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Monthly Archives: March 2013

I’ve been sick for 2+ weeks now and it’s getting pretty old. Initially it was the flu, which morphed into a head cold. But then it turned some weird thing with my throat and now WebMD says I have hypothyroid. That would suck. What annoys me the most is that being sick means my Crossfit performance has been sucking. In fact I’ve had to miss multiple workouts because I was too sick, too weak, or too tired. I hate missing a workout because my body is being weak! My mind is strong! Except when I’m on Dayquil, then I’m a zombie. So I’m doing my damnedest to get better. And I may not be posting much in the meantime. But I still love you.


Sometimes I do more than just drool over tasty recipes, I actually make the tasty recipes. Given the fact that my workday is 12 hours I usually select something very fast or very slow, and my very slow I mean slow cooker. I don’t know why I didn’t start using slow cookers years ago, they’re amazing! Prep all your junk the night before, toss it in the pot in the AM, set, forget, come home to dinner. Win!

I have about five thousand “recipes to try” that I’ve bookmarked so I’m certainly not at a loss for inspiration. Since I had tried out a pulled pork recipe a few weeks ago that turned out rather bland and boring, I decided to try a different pulled pork recipe that might restore my faith. You can’t really go wrong with Civilized Caveman, so I snagged his pulled pork and BBQ sauce recipes. Wham, bam, thank you pork man; the result was spectacular: tender, delicious, and full of flavor. And that was without the sauce! The sauce itself was good but not quite my style, I go for more of a vinegar BBQ sauce. Still good tho, so give it a shot!


I really wish I could embed this so you could watch it from here, but I’m still bitching about WordPress being a PITA and ruining my life by making me pay to embed video. Instead, click on over to see an epic dubsteb video of Peter Dinklage! “Short person” or not, he’s hot, smart, and a little cocky. I’d raise my hand.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.


This = amazing. Chocolate and bacon, the two most wonderful foods in the world. Longing is filling me and leaving me with an uncontrollable urge to go buy lots of dark chocolate. Because of course I already have the bacon, don’t be silly.

How to Make Chocolate Bacon Roses


Since I’m from WA state this should come as no surprise — in fact it should be expected — but I think I’m going to go all hippie and stop treating things like the cold or flu with medicine. Recently I had some ass-whooping version of cold/flu/I-don’t-know and I was out for a day and a half. Tired, achy, congestion, weak, night sweats, cold spells, etc. I took Nyquil and Dayquil, both drugs I have never taken before to treat such symptoms. Mistake! The third day I took some Dayquil and headed off to work, tired but thinking I could at least pull a half day. I barely made it through a half day with my brain in a total fog. You know those Claritin commercials where they feel all fuzzy “before Claritin”? That’s how I felt. It was like my brain was operating at half  capacity and things that are normally instantaneous took forever to muddle through. There was an opaque film between me and my brain, one that could not be overcome by caffeine superheroes.

I caught a boat, managed to drive home without incident, ate a PB&Banana sandwich (I know, not very Paleo), and watched a few episodes of Bones (hellooooooo David Boreanaz!). About 6hr after I took the Dayquil, I found myself playing rambunctiosly with my dog and realized that my vision had returned to normal. Oh right, I didn’t mention that my eyes were unable to completely focus? Yes, it was magical. And 6hr just happens to be how long it takes for Dayquil to run through you system. Coincidence? I think not! Well, maybe, but I choose to believe that Dayquil/Nyquil is the devil. I’ve taken Benedryl for years without any of these side effects, so I definitely blame the ‘Quil. Good thing I have a Costco size box of the stuff. *rolls eyes*

For those of us crazy enough to have signed on for the Crossfit Open, we’re privileged to be faced with this

10 minute AMRAP of:
5 Shoulder to overhead, 115 / 75 lbs
10 Deadlift, 115 / 75 lbs
15 Box jump, 24 / 20 inch

Deads are cool by me and I finally overcame my terror of box jumps, but the shoulder to overhead? I’m too new at CF to know how that will go. Nonetheless I did my homework and Mobility WOD has a video out on how to go about this week’s battle. 13.2 aside, I think this is a great primer on how to efficiently perform at both box jumps and deads. I hope I remember the finer points as I shoot for at least 4 rounds (I know, low expectations).

And since WordPress now sucks monkey balls and won’t let me embed the video, here’s a link. Enjoy!

DOMS is pretty common when you do CrossFit and it can be a real pain (ha!). The day after your workout you’re thinking “meh, a little sore in the shoulders but no big; I’m a total badass!” The second day after your workout you wake up to screaming muscles and wonder if you’ll be able to wear a bra today since your arms don’t go above your belly button.

One of the methods recommended to prevent or lessen the effect of DOMS is a contrast shower, aka water torture. The normal way to do a contrast shower: gradually turn water to coldest temperature comfortable and stand in it for 1min, then gradually turn it up to hottest temp comfortable for 3min; repeat for 3-5 cycles. But this is apparently too blasĂ© for some people, or maybe I just misunderstood the words “as cold as you can stand” to mean “colder is better so don’t be a bitch.” So I tried it once, going as hot as I could tolerate and as cold as it could go. Because obviously cold isn’t going to hurt you the way hot does, right? WRONG. The cold was so cold that I was literally whimpering like a puppy as I forced myself to stand under the streaming water. My dog, who always follows me into the bathroom, cocked his head to one side and seemed to be wondering if intervention was necessary. It was so cold that it hurt.

Did it work? I think it might have helped a little but since I only made it through one cycle I wasn’t expecting much. Will I try a contrast shower again? Probably, but definitely the less extreme method.