Washboard abs and buns of steel!

OK, so as I posses neither, the title of this blog may be slightly misleading, but the way my body feels today I must be heading in the right direction!

A couple of WODs to post today:

18th March

25 Cal Row
50 Sit Ups
100 Single arm Overhead Walking Lunges (25lb dumbbell)
50 Sit Ups
25 Cal Row

Completed in 16mins 13 secs.

I was so tempted to drop down to an 8kg kettlebell half way through but so glad I powered through. I am not the best at pushing myself beyond my comfort zone so I’m really trying to work on upping my weights at the moment!

A: 10mins of gymnasts skill practice. – For me this was strict pull ups, of which I achieved zero, however, I did lowering yourself down slowly quite well.
B: Within 15mins establish a max load for the following complex:
2 push press
1 Push jerk

Max load – 37.5kg – That felt pretty good for me!

C: 3 sets of:
25 hip extensions
Rest 30s
15 strict TTB
Rest 30s

We were short on time at the end of this session so I did 2 sets of 15 hip extensions and 10 TTB which for me was lifting my legs about 40 degrees.


Monday 9th March = Deadlift Day

Part A – Deadlift 

5 – 5 – 5

Worked up to 58.5 kg which is a PB, but not something I have done a lot of before. It’s nice not feeling too scared to add some larger weights onto the bar.


Part B – Christine

3 Rounds For Time:

500m Row

21 Box jumps (20 inch box)

12 Deadlifts (35K)

Completed part B in 13 minutes and 37 seconds. The box jumps really slowed me down!

The WOD with all the squats

Just a quick post to keep up with my WOD blogging:

5th March 2015

Part A – Establish a 1RM Front Squat. – Worked up to 45Kg, a PB although I haven’t done many of them before.

Part B – Using part A to calculate the percentages complete for time:

15 Squat Cleans @ 45% = 20.25 kg

12 Squat Cleans @ 50% = 22.5 kg

9 Squat Cleans @ 55% = 24.75 kg

6 Squat Cleans @ 65% = 29.25 kg

3 Squat Cleans @ 75% = 33.75kg

I completely forgot to look at the time when I finished but somewhere between 9 and 10 minutes I think. I seemed to finish before everyone else and as it definitely had nothing to do with my fitness level maybe I need to up the weights in future. My legs today would disagree. evergreen

The finished kitchen

The tiles are up, the walls are painted and we finally have a lovely kitchen and entertaining space! Now that it is finished I thought I would share some pictures of the transformation:


We love our new open plan kitchen diner, the kitchen feels really spacious and it’s great to chat to dinner guests while we cook (unless you are having a culinary malfunction).

Here are the main features:

Wall colour: Unfortunately I wasn’t very organised and took these photos in the dark so you can’t get a true sense of the wall colour. It is Pavillion Blue by Farrow & Ball which is actually more of a pale green than a blue. It is nice and bright but not at all in-your-face – perfect for this space.

Cooker & Extractor hood: One of my favourite items in our kitchen is this IKEA FÖLJANDE extractor hood. It was a bit pricey but adds a interest to the cooking area. The hood features rails for hanging utensils and storing condiments, we keep ours in draws as we have plenty of space but I really like the idea of having everything readily available whilst you cook.


We went for a cheapish IKEA LIVSLÅGA hob as we had splashed out elsewhere but the rings are nicely spaced apart and it seems to do a good job.

The oven was another item we splashed out on as we wanted one with a decent usable capacity. This is the IKEA GRÄNSLÖS which has a steam function and a usable volume of 71 litres. I made a lovely roast dinner in it the other day and there was plenty of space to roast the potatoes, veggies and chicken.

Kitchen units & Worktop: The black cupboard doors are IKEA’s LAXARBY range. We were worried that black may have been a bit too bold but we are really happy we took the risk.

The worktop is IKEA KARLBY in Oak. It has a real wood finish but isn’t solid wood so doesn’t need the same level of maintenance.

Tiles: We opted for white Mini metro tiles from Walls & floors with Micromax grout in ‘smoke’.


Kitchen sink: I love my IKEA DOMSJÖ kitchen sink. It is a double bowl Belfast style and both sink bowls are a decent size, allowing you to put dirty dishes in one side and clean them in the other.

As you can probably tell we are really happy with our kitchen now, it’s great showing people around our house without the ‘it’ll be lovely when it’s finished’ comments.

Ralph enjoys his new sleeping spot by the warm oven too!


Roast veggies and halloumi

roast-veggies-and-halloumiThis is my favourite post gym recipe at the moment. I always feel like something healthy after a workout but usually don’t get home until 8.30pm so I’m not really in the mood to cook up a feast.

Start by roasting some veggies in the oven, sometimes I use courgette, peppers, red onion and aubergine but recently I have been really lazy and just bought frozen roast vegetables.

When the veggies are nearly ready cut three slices of halloumi and fry on each side for a couple of minutes until golden brown.

I usually have this with cous cous but at the weekend I discovered Jamie Oliver Tomato & Olive Quinoa in Sainsburys . Half a pack is plenty and you can heat it up in 1 min or have it cold.

This is a really tasty and filling post workout dinner which leaves you feeling like you’ve been really good without missing out on a yummy meal.

The WOD that ended my fitness slump

I started Crossfit in October and was averaging 3 WODs a week before we had the kitchen renovated. The results were starting to show and I was feeling great. Unfortunately, when you are left without so much as a kitchen sink for 3 weeks it becomes necessary to plan your evenings around other people and their charitable dinner offerings rather than gym workouts.

While we had fun mooching off friends and family, dining out and ordering takeaways, it did nothing for my gym goals and we didn’t make it to the box once in February!

Now that the kitchen is finished (post & pics to follow) there are no more excuses, especially now that we are in the 6 month countdown to our wedding!

In an effort to bring some accountability to my workout regime, I am going to start posting WOD results, so here goes:

Wednesday 4th March

Part A – 

12min Emom.                                      

Odd – 7 Strict Pull Ups                       

Even – 7  Strict Ring Dips 

I can’t do either of these movements so worked on a scaled version by jumping up and lowering myself slowly down, 5 of each rather than 7

Part B –             

For Time:                                         

1500m Row                                           

150 Double Unders                                 

1 Mile Run 

Finished in 19 mins 34 secs which I didn’t think was too bad considering how unfit I was feeling and how much of an incline there was on the 1 mile run! I did go for single unders as I can only do a couple of double unders in a row!