Tough Mudder Buffalo – Team DeVAtion from the Mean Monster Truck

A victory for twentysomethings everywhere! Particularly twentysomethings who emerge from stagnant sedentary lifestyles on couches with Kraft Easy Mac and Gummy Fruit Snacks and soar with full force towards Paleo (it’s a life style not a diet) and physical activity! Not only have I survived the Tough Mudder but I. Kicked. Ass.
Without going into too much detail, I’ll let the pictures do the talking. I climbed, and swung, I got shocked, I ran (a lot), I slid (a lot) and I got really really really dirty. I mean, the dirtiest I think I’ve every been in my life. (And the Minimus sneakers not only prevailed but survived the mud and still keep me running to this day).

This is one small step for personal fitness, and one billion steps for wounded warrior project.






Post-workout Protein Frosty

I can’t get enough of these Frosty’s after crossfit in the afternoon.They’re just the perfect cool refreshing and filling treat for the hot early summer evenings and they’re remarkably similar to Wendy’s Frostys – but without the chemicals.
Post Workout Protein Frosty, perfected:
1 serving 216 cal/ea : 3g fat : 30g carb : 19g protein

1 banana, frozen (I peel and pop one in the freezer in the morning)
1 cu almond milk
1 scoop organic whey protein, chocolate (or add 1 tbsp baking cocoa)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
5-8 ice cubes

In blender or food processor, blend ice and frozen banana first until finely ground ice crystals.

Add almond milk and protein powder and blend for 30 seconds.

Add cinnamon and vanilla extract and continue blending until desired consistency.

ABSOLUTELY drink through a straw… for added effect.

Adios Zumba… Here comes Hurricane CrossFit

The end of April means free-month membership at the YMCA is over. I am truly heartbroken that I can’t continue going to Zumba. Even though it wasn’t “enough” of a work out for me personally, I started looking forward to getting lost in the Latin fitness songs with Syracuse’s inner-city finest. I plan on coercing my friends at the Y to bring me as a guest when I need that sexy-work out boost this summer. I JUST mastered the hardest moves too. And shredded up my old t-shirts into ridiculous skimpy zumba-friendly work out tanks.

One thing is for sure: I will not be wearing re-tied t-shirts OR provocatively shaking my booty at CrossFit WHICH… *drum roll* I have OFFICIALLY started. Foundations class ended yesterday. It started with about 20 people, and ended with 7. Since 95% of my life so far has been sedentary/non-athletic, I still am SUCH clutz and can not master any kind of coordinated movement… making the lifting overwhelmingly unsuccessful (as in, just moving the bar – without weight) So I went to the hardware store and bought a 1″ PVC pipe in hopes of mastering the moves at home. Everything else: rowing machine, air squats, box jumps, wall ball, pull ups… I love and can complete relatively successfully. Yeehaw. Twentysomething and Bring. It. On.


I had a lovely discussion about the Paleo diet with a girl in my “graduating” class too. I must say, it’s nice to talk about the paleo diet with people who also eat paleo – or plan to. It was also nice to know that someone else had physically prepared to join before joining (P90X… kickboxing… one in the same) and stalked pintrest crossfit pins for hours.


On a final optimistic note: a coworker and I ran to the mall during lunch break to pick up our packets for the Color Me RAD 5K tomorrow. Naturally (twentysomethingandfemale) we stopped in H&M for a summer-clothes quicky. I got a CrossFit graduation outfit (as seen above) and an itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny not-really-yellow-or-polka-dotted bikini which – LOOKS FREAKING GREAT. Warning: success at weightloss can DEFINITELY lead to a retail problem. Its so much easier to avoid spending money when clothes don’t fit or look good. I still can’t wrap my mind around it when I go shopping these days (wait… I’m a SMALL!? OK… wait… this fits? this looks good? wtf I can’t buy ALL of this…) I feel the dopamine being associated with the act of purchasing clothes though and it’s dangerous…

So cheers to teeny bikinis before beach season, being a CrossFitter (and crying after every workout for the next month), and lifting PVC pipes in your dining room. Keep it moving and trying new things twentysomethings.

OH! PS now that I’ll actually need to recover and moderate more than just calories – I’ll be including grams of Fat (F) Protein (P) and Carbs (C) in my recipes.