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Christmas Tree Hugs, Competition Confidence, and Cookies!

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This morning bright and early and 6 a.m. I was awakened by the 3-Year-Old. We went downstairs and when he saw the Christmas tree all lit up says,

“Christmas Treeeeeee!”

And then proceeded to give it a hug.

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He does this daily. It’s so stinking cute!

I made us some pancakes and then got ready to head to the competition.

I was nervous but not as much as normal because I already knew I’d be at the bottom of the pack. I decided to compete in the Rx division and I’m still working on quite a few weights and moves that I haven’t mastered yet. But I decided yet again to push myself out of my comfort zone and just give it a shot.

The first workout was a clean ladder with a burpee buyout (as many burpees as we can do in 50 seconds after we finished the latter). The weight ranged from 75-165. My 1-rep max is pretty much 125 so I knew I’d be at the end of the pack and I was, coming in 8th out of 9.

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It’s all good though. This is something I’m working on with a new coach at the gym and I already can see improvement in my form. I have no doubt I’ll be pulling higher weights in no time.

The second workout was as many rounds as possible of 85lb front squats and 20-inch box jumps. I was a little nervous about the weight but I knew I could do it. I ended up only 2 reps shy of completing 8 rounds coming in 6th out 9 in this round.

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The third and final workout was made for me. I’m more of a stamina girl than anything and love a good long workout. This one was…

  • 100 double unders
  • 50 – 35 lb thrusters
  • 40 calorie row
  • 30 GHD situps
  • 20 135 lb dead lifts

I came in 3rd!!

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Considering I couldn’t even do double unders a few months ago AND the last time I tried 120 lb clean it took me like 5 tries (and I looked like this–today it was effortless) I think I did amazing.

And I loved every minute of it. Butterflies, nervous feelings, losing and all.

This is my friend Leslie killing her deadlift at the end of the last WOD.

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The atmosphere and support at my gym in phenomenal.

This is the 6 a.m. crew — the folks I workout with every morning.

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We’ve become a little family and it’s so nice.

When I got home I played a few games with the family and then we decided to make Christmas cookies!

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This is by far my favorite part of the holiday. We blasted Christmas music and made a variation of my Less-Sugar Sugar Cookies — click here for the recipes. 

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I will admit, it’s hard not to be in the Christmas spirit with kids and cookies around.

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Here’s my food journal for the day. I don’t have exact times for food during the competition, I just ate after each workout. The night before I pan-fried some chicken and roasted sweet potatoes.

I’m signing off to hang out with my friends from the gym. We are celebrating a birthday and the competition. The husband agreed to stay home with the kids so I can go. He’s the best!

  • 7 a.m. Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes made with this recipe. 
  • 9-2 p.m. Snacked throughout the day on chicken and roasted sweet potatoes during the competition
  • 5 -ish Christmas cookie baking and decorating time! Lots of taste tests. :)
  • 7:30 p.m. Shared a cheese and cracker and apple tray with the-3-Year-Old and had some leftover pulled pork over a bed of fresh spinach.
  • >8 p.m. Heading out with some friends. Planning on a few beers.


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    Amy G.

    December 7, 2014

    All sounds great! I wish there was a Cross Fit closer to me (and a little cheaper, to be honest!). I really like how you work as a team and build relationships – it makes challenges so much easier! I experience that a little bit when I work with my trainer, who is super supportive and encouraging.