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Monthly Archives: August 2013

A few weeks ago I had breakfast with one of my gorgeous lady friends. She has perfect skin, a banging body, and is also married so no, I won’t give you her number. The conversation turned to juicing (not the steroid kind; I think they call that juicing, right?) and she convinced me that I should give it a try. For a long time I’ve read in the blogosphere about the wonders of green juicing, plus LaLanne was like a million years old and a living testament to the powers of crushed produce, so I decided that I needed to try it. I want perfect skin and the fountain of youth! And apparently they sell the fountain of youth on Amazon.

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I’ve had it for a couple weeks now and I love it! I think I probably have to use it longer before I develop the preternatural LaLanne glow, and maybe it’s all in my head, but I do feel better when I juice. Probably all the antioxidants and junk that produce has. Also, I only do green juice recipes, so lots of kale and spinach with only a little fruit for sweetness.

Here are some recipes I like:

Dr. Oz’s Green Drink

  • 2 cups Spinach
  • 2 cups Cucumber
  • 1 head of Celery
  • 1/2 inch of teaspoon of ginger root
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 2 Apples
  • 1 Lime
  • 1/2 Lemon

Green Juice with Grapefruit

  • 1 Apple
  • 1 Grapefruit
  • 3-4 Celery Stalks
  • 1 Head of Kale
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Lime

The Hulk

  • 2 Stalks Celery
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Apple
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • Ginger
  • 1/2 Green Chard Leaf
  • Cilantro
  • 3-5 Kale Leaves
  • 1 Cup Spinach
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In fitness there’s a huge focus on supplements, which I take with a grain of salt. I don’t believe that taking magic elixirs will make me stronger or faster, but I do think that some supplements are worth taking. So here’s what I take, and why I take it!

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The lineup

  • ZMA: recovery and support
  • Vitamin D: I live in WA
  • Zyflamend: recovery and support
  • Gingko: increase blood flow and asthma prevention
  • Fish Oil: reduce inflammation
  • Stinging Nettle: allergies/asthma prevention
  • Electrolytes (not pictured): recovery and muscle function

The one thing I may add to this list is calcium, and once I’m working out again my chiropractor suggested that creatine might help with my muscle recovery (and thus help prevent re-injury).


Hey. So yeah, it’s been pretty dead around here. I haven’t done a real WOD since June 28 because of all my broken, so I kind of had nothing to talk about other than how depressing it was/is to go from athlete to….person in rehab? I found out a few things though:

 

  • I blew up both of my triceps by doing about 150 pushups like the first series of images on this website. Technically correct but horribly stupid in retrospect. Why would you do a huge number of pushups in a format that basically isolates your triceps? This taught me to be more thoughtful about what technique is appropriate for me.
  • Going through the L1 opened my eyes to a new perspective and I will definitely be more intelligent and involved in my own journey as an athlete. Caveat emptor — be an educated consumer whether you’re buying shoes or buying into a way of thinking!
  • Crossfit is a permanent part of my life, but it’s no longer going to be my life. Wherever I go with this lifestyle I will always have a life outside of Crossfit.

 

Aside from that I’m pouring all of my energy into healing my arms. I’m getting massages and ART (which is agonizingly painful, btw), doing hot yoga, and basically just taking it easy. Some (well-meaning) people have suggested that I say screw it and just go back to working out. And don’t think it’s not tempting! I went from identifying myself as an athlete to feeling like a fake when my co-workers say I do Crossfit. The mental drain of these injuries is nothing to shake a stick at, but I vehemently say hell to the no. The goal here is holistic: heal my arms so that I can have a longer, healthier athletic life.

 

Oh, and I forgot to mention that my tail bone is still messed up (and probably will be until 2014). Every morning and most evenings you can find me with an ice pack down my pants, looking like I dropped a load in an adult diaper.

 

Many days I feel like Sisyphus, pushing uphill the giant rock of my recovery.

 

Sisyphus

Sisyphus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 


One of the female athletes at the Games, I don’t remember who, was noted by a blogger as having participated in Kokoro Camp. Having no clue what that was I googled it and learned that Kokoro Camp is “50 hours of intense physical and mental training”. They list out a number of skills they work on, and basically warn you that you have to be in incredible physical shape to make it through. Do I want to do it? Kind of. On the one hand, given my experience with injuries, I’m reluctant to push myself to the point of failure physically. On the other hand I think it would be a great experience and I would learn a lot. So perhaps I need to revise my goals. Rather than competing in the Games (which I don’t really care about doing anymore) I will have the goal to be capable of participating in Kokoro. Because that would be badass.


MIA

It’s been a while since I posted, and admittedly that began because I was busy. Then I was lazy. And then when I was ready to blog about stuff my computer died!

So now I’m computer shopping, which is a real hassle to do from your phone. I’m mulling over converting to Apple, altho I don’t think it’s really worth the money, or just building a computer. I’m also considering if it’s time to buy a desktop (which is so much nicer for desktop publishing). Decisions decisions!

Hopefully I have a new machine soon, over which I will geek out. Until then, here’s an adorable photo of Wally. :)

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