Thursday, August 30, 2012

Paleo Spaghetti

Best as leftovers.

Paleo Spaghetti was my lunch staple for a very long time.  The sauce (the base of the dish) is super easy to make and does not require a lot of time or tools.  Like the Italian meatballs, this dish tastes even better as leftovers and is addictive!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

My Home Gym

Squats in my cute little gym.

I don't know why I did not blog about this earlier, but this is my home gym!  One of my favorite things to do at home is lift in my backyard.  I can't think of the right words to describe why; there's just something special about it.  Anytime, whether it is to the sunrise, in the hot summer afternoons, or in the wee hours of the night.  It is just a pleasant feeling to lift outside wearing anything I want.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Occupy Strength NorCal

Occupy Srength NorCal @ CrossFit One World

Last weekend I competed in the CrossFit Football Occupy Strength competition at CrossFit One World.  The competition is one day long and consisted of two workouts: the CrossFit Football Total, and a short metcon.  The emphasis of the competition is strength.

Unlike most CrossFit competitions, this competition had weight classes:
  • Female Light Weight - up to 70kg/154lb
  • Female Heavy Weight - 70kg/154lb+
  • Male Light Weight - up to 85kg/187lb
  • Male Middle Weight - 85kg/187lb to 100kg/220lb
  • Male Heavy Weight - 100kg/220lb+
Unfortunately for me I was in the same weight class as a 154lb chick.  So being the smallest person in the competition, I knew from the beginning I was going to get crushed.  Whatever, it was all about doing the best I can, and hopefully set some new personal records.  Lucky for me, I PRed all the lifts in the CrossFit Football Total, and surprisingly did not come in last!  In addition, my metcon performance blew Freddy's mind so I got the Pound for Pound award!  yea yea, an unexpected pleasant surprise.

Occupy Strength NorCal Results

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Crispy Caramelized Grilled Kale

The tastiest way to eat kale.

I'm not a huge fan of making a recipe post for just a side dish, but this one stands out and is too good not to share.  Seriously, every time I make it, I have to make at least double the amount because I will eat one bag of kale myself!

I came up with this recipe out of drunk and laziness.  Normally, I would cook kale on the stove top or in the oven but since I was too lazy to wash dishes and since we were going to be grilling anyway, I decided to throw it on the grill too.  Why not right?  Also while drunk, I tend add way more garlic than intended and grate cheese over everything.  This time the dish turned out well, and is probably now, one of the more desirable side dishes I make.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

2012 CrossFit Games!

Sold out!

This was my second time attending the CrossFit Games and wow, it has changed so much in one year.  Not only was it completely sold out this year, but everything was turned up a notch.  There were a lot more spectators, vendors, food options, commercials, and coverage.  There was even a performance from elite jump ropers.  This is just some of the differences from last year.  I cannot even imagine how it was back when it was held in Aromas.  

The Games actually started on Wednesday this year, with a triathlon followed by the Infantry Obstacle Course.  However no spectators were allowed since it was held at Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps Base.  Also new this year, was a programmed rest day on Thursday.  Over the span of the weekend, athletes completed 13 workouts!  The scoring system was also different: the athlete with the highest score wins.  Workouts were out of 50 or 100 points, and athletes were awarded more points for a better finish.