Trampoline Park & Crossfit

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Despite eating too much fat and carbs the last two days I was very happy to wake up today three pounds lighter. I’ve been killing it all week until Saturday. My drive home went wonderfully. I hit all my macros by packing a cooler! ┬áNow I’m struggling. My mom is not big on the lean protein.

Today was a busy day. I took my nephew to celebrate his 11th birthday since I will be missing his party this weekend. We started at the trampoline park where we jumped for an hour (if you’re reading this from Green Bay they have a Groupon right now)! Afterward, we went to Bay Beach in Green Bay and rode the rides, went to the Texas Road House where we devoured some bread and steaks, then finished up with Cold Stone. It was a pretty great day and I definitely think my nephew had fun.

My favorite part of my journey through fitness is all the amazing things I can do. Last year for Dameon’s Birthday I took him rock climbing and I was able to rock climb with him. I never would have been strong enough to do that before Crossfit. This year, we went to the trampoline park and despite my tight calf acting up, I was able to jump for the majority of the hour with short breaks to cool off. Afterward, I got my 11,000 steps in and still got a Crossfit workout in after I digested my Texas Road House steak.

I also got received great news from my friend Jess (shout out) today that she is down almost 40 lbs! How awesome and exciting! I love hearing about the success of my friends, it’s definitely motivating and inspiring!

My plan for the rest of the week is try to focus on protein, get a Crossfit workout in tomorrow, and get ready for camping and the Crossfit games! So excited, but this vacation is flying by way too quickly. I can’t believe it’s almost Tuesday.

Until next time followers!

-The Fathlete

On the road again

Do you ever look at people’s Instagram (IG) accounts or their blogs and think, what the hell does this person do for a living that they have all this time to do all this stuff? I feel like that ALL THE TIME. I follow some people on IG who have lost some weight or are amazing athletes and I swear they must be making enough money of their IG accounts via sponsorship and whatever else that they were able to quit their job because every time I see their account they’re in a new city, doing something new and exciting. My life is not like that. I’m incredibly normal (but fun). I work a Monday to Friday full time job. I also work a second job at a retail chain for extra money. I have a disgusting amount of student loan debt and some consumer debt too.

But I do travel quite a bit. Mostly, because I work as an international business consultant at my 8-5, also because all of my family is in Wisconsin and as I went to school near the WI/MN border, many of my friends live in the Twin Cities. In 2017, I have managed to travel to Orlando, Abu Dhabi, Los Angeles, Montreal, Milwaukee/Green Bay, Twin Cities and just got back from Washington DC, last Thursday. Today, I’m leaving for another trip to Milwaukee/Green Bay and later this month will be back to Minneapolis. I love to travel so I don’t mind, but my trips to Wisconsin are normally very short. I spend 10.5 hours in my car, one way to spend maybe 20 hours with my family to have to turn around and drive another 10.5 hours. But this time I’m super excited because I am using 6 days of vacation to not have to think about or worry about my job for 10 full days!

I have a few reasons for this trip. One is that my favorite nephew is turning 11, so I need to figure out what to do with him (if you have any ideas, please share). Also, since the Crossfit Games have moved from California to Madison, Wisconsin I bought tickets to go see Noah Casey (M 16-17 yr old division) compete! Noah is the son of one of the couples that own the gym I attend. He’s such a polite and wonderful kid. If you’re watching the games on ESPN or even at the games, look for him. He’s a red head, hard to miss :).

Okay, great. I’m traveling again and going to the games. Why am I rubbing this in? What does this have to do with being a fathlete? Well, the reason for this post is to tell you that the one thing I have not yet figured out is eating on the road. You’d think it would be easier when I go to see my family than when I travel for work (and in some ways it is) but let me tell you. o.0 My mom’s food scale never works and the town she lives in is the size of a pea. The last time I was in town the only grocery store for 10 miles, that closes at 8 pm on week days and 5 pm on Sundays, doesn’t even have rotisserie chickens for when I’m starving and have 0 desire to ruin a chicken by attempting to cook it because as I said I’m awful at it.

So last night, I spent my time at the grocery store stocking up on beef jerky and chicken, filling a cooler with chicken, protein drinks and fruit and getting ready to hit the road and be healthy about it. Wish me luck. I’ll let you know how it goes. I may even stop to pick up a $20 scale to travel with. May also help when camping for the games next week.

Perhaps if I can master this I’ll be one step closer to figuring out how to hit my macros while I’m traveling for work. Between the hotels without refrigerators, the crap carb filled breakfasts, and all the restaurant meals it’s a bit of a nightmare. If you all have any tips, please share. For now, it’s grapes, chicken, two dogs and a 7 hour drive up to Milwaukee.

You’ll hear from me next week!

Cheers!

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Inspiration from Twitter

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I’ve had a Twitter account on and off over the years. I had one for years that I recently deactivated because I never used it. Generally when I want fitness inspiration I turn to Instagram or Pinterest. So, with the start of this new blog I decided to try Twitter again (@TheFathleteBlog) and this time focus on fitness. So, I’ve gone through and followed a bunch of fitness pages, about 20 and the other day I’m scrolling through the home page only to come across a quote that said “Instead of trying to be skinny, try to be healthy…your motivation will last longer.”

That struck all the right chords. That’s the entire purpose of not only this blog, but my personal journey in fitness. Do I hate being the only girl in my group of friends at the bar not getting hit on because I’m fat? Yes. Do I wish it was easier to shop for clothes that actually fit and look flattering? Yes. And that may be why I started, but it’s not why I continue. I continue because I don’t miss waking up everyday with indigestion. I continue because I like being able to breath walking up stairs (allergies permitting). I continue because I like how it feels to throw a barbell over my head, to tell people I can squat 200 lbs, to complete a workout faster than I did last year. I continue because sometimes the only thing that stops me from sobbing is absolutely killing myself in the gym. That release I feel listening to the weights hit the floor when I’ve had the shittiest day keeps me going. It’s my motivation. It’s lasted more than 1.5 years and continues to burn brightly. Sometimes my drive is strong and sometimes it fades, but it’s always there.

On days it’s 100 degrees in the gym, I still show up. On days I’m exhausted, I still show up. On days where the last thing I feel like I can do is lift up a barbell, KB, or jump on a box, I show up. On days my elbow hurts or my back or calf is tight, I still show up. Do I still dream about the day that I’m feel comfortable in a bikini? Absolutely. But who knows if I will ever reach that destination. For now my goals are to lift more, run faster, and jump higher. Because those are the things that give me confidence. The things I think I can’t do then accomplish propel me forward into wanting to be even better tomorrow than I was today. That’s why I can go to Crossfit at 270 lbs and jump on a 20″ box. That’s why I can do push ups, lunges, and finish a 5 mile run. It’s why I can look at myself in the mirror and maybe not like what I see, but still love my body.

If you shift your focus from being thin to being healthy your outlook and your journey will be so much more rewarding.

-The Fathlete