Thanksgiving and a #21DSD Update!

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

I did manage to cut my bird in half with my old, dull knives (I’m saving up for some Wusthof)! It was a long and difficult attempt with the cutlery I did have.

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It worked though! Now we have the other half in the freezer waiting for Xmas time.

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Along with the turkey and yummy veggies that got to soak in the juices, we had mustard Brussels and sweet potato mash.

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Keeping with our 21 Day Sugar Detox, we had apple crumble a la mode with banana “ice cream”!

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Speaking of the 21DSD, today is day 7. I know it’s not about weight, but I have lost 2.8 lbs in a week.  It’s incredible the effect sugar has on my weight. I also know that sugar is affecting my body in other ways. I suspect candida overgrowth and leaky gut based on symptoms and food intolerances. I’d love to go see Dr. Amy Myers right here in Austin, but in addition to new knives, that’s on my list of things to save up for.

As far as the detox itself, some mild headaches and cravings, but nothing too bad. I believe that it’s not so much will power as making a decision. Joey and I DECIDED that we needed to be better to our bodies. Sure we eat paleo, but sugar, even maple syrup and honey, isn’t good. My body is clear evidence of that and I am trying my best to help heal my body from things that have been wrong since my early teen years and that takes time.

Joey and I went for a walk with our dog, Darla, and our friends, Peter and Kelsi yesterday and asked them to take a picture for us. Reminds me that it’s been quite a while since Joey and I had any pictures taken. We are always so busy running around. It was nice to socialize a little bit yesterday and get out in the wonderful Texas December air to walk around in the pretty trails of Lady Bird Lake.

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If you live in Austin and enjoy Paleo food, check out our Kickstarter for Kippin’ It Paleo! If you back us with $25 or more by 11:59pm CT tonight then we’ll throw in a pair of CrossFit socks!

Melissa Joulwan of The Clothes Make The Girl featured us on her blog on Saturday and we couldn’t be more excited.  Go check out the blog article here!

Here’s to one week down on the 21 Day Sugar Detox! I look forward to checking in next week!


Time For Another 21DSD & Other Ramblings

Howdy everyone!

I had no idea Austin got this cold in November. Brr and hope you all are keeping warm.

Joey and I joined Wheatsville Co-op this week. We are stoked about their local and organic selections!


Went to the farmer’s market this weekend to pick up our Thanksgiving bird.  We must not have remembered the birds were first come first serve as we wanted a 6-8 pounder and got a 21 pounder instead. Oh hello, xmas! Now, does anyone know how I can saw this baby in half?!


I haven’t had a chance to really talk about it on here, but Joey and I started a business, Kippin’ It Paleo! Please check out our Kickstarter! We had our first tasting today at The Combine and it went so well. People are digging our food and that feels amazing!!


Check us out on Facebook and Twitter to find out when we are handing out samples as a box or gym near you!

I’ve been stressed lately trying to juggle my 40 hour a week job, photography on the side and starting a new business so Joey and I will be doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox (created by Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites) starting today! I’m all prepared with food and looking forward to kicking my stress induced sugar cravings!

While I’m super excited now, I might be complaining of headaches and other fun withdrawal symptoms in a few days…

My Generation: a move toward the self employed?

I am in a constant state of feeling like there’s not enough time for cleaning the apartment, buying groceries, cooking meals, doing laundry, walking/playing with the dog/cat, running errands, having a social life, exercise, relaxation time (reading, tv, etc.) and working in order to afford all of the above. The chores come first and taking care of ourselves usually comes in second. I often feel run down from the constant cycle of things that NEED to get done versus the things I want to do such as exercising and relaxing. I can’t even fathom adding kids into the mix.

Is it my generation? Am I lazy? Do we just have more to deal with now than older generations?  I hate my job and thus it drains me. I don’t feel like my body was meant to sit at a desk staring at a computer all day. Yet, so many people do that and love it. I also know that it feels like there’s an increasing number of people that make it into there mid 20’s and decide that going to college and then working at the same job for the rest of your life feels like a death sentence. Joey and I are two such people.

Many of you may already know that Joey and I have decided to start Kippin’ It Paleo, a paleo food preparation and delivery service, because we both hate working in an office and sitting all day in front of a computer. If we find it hard and stressful to balance cooking meals from scratch into our busy schedule, then I am sure other people do too. I find it really hard to eat out without triggering some kind of autoimmune response because my body is intolerant to nuts, grains, gluten, legumes, dairy, eggs and sometimes nightshades. My body also reacts to sugar, but when under stress, I subject myself to it which I know is terrible.

When our business website goes live, we’ll have a blog attached to the site. It’s then and there that I’ll rehash my full story since I believe there are many people that can and will relate. Maybe some people will realize that the headaches they get correspond with eating a certain food or if they feel really tired, that could be food induced as well.

Part of the reason for this business is to be able to set my own hours and rules for how and when I work and to be a part of something I believe in and care about. I love the idea of helping other people by doing something that will help give my life more meaning and allow me to live a healthier life.

Updates, Updates, Updates, and an Announcement

Yay! Big/awesome news from Joey and me!

A Hand for the Man and a Hat for the Lady

What a month or whatever it’s been. I have a lot to tell, so hang on to your butts. There’s an announcement in here, too. That’s exciting.

—Kerry and I moved again. The fourth time this year. We now have a bigger apartment with a second bedroom and bathroom, that just so happens to have our old full-sized bed. But don’t worry, readers, we aren’t sleeping on the couch. No, we got ourselves a queen. Not just a queen, but a Sealy queen and you just sink into it. It’s also on top of a box spring and this awesome frame so we’re about 10 feet from the ground. Pretty sick. The rest of the apartment is coming together and will be open for visitors (the approved kind) soon.

—You know what else we got? A dog.


We named her Darla. She’s a 2-year-old Pocket Pittie (smaller, about 40 lbs)…

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It’s Only Been 5 Months

March 22, 2013. That was the last time I posted. A lot has happened in 5 months. Joey and I moved from New York to Texas. We both started new jobs, tried new things, met new people, ate food that we knew would wreak havoc on our poor bodies, yada, yada.

Yesterday, we finally joined a new CrossFit gym called The Combine Strength & Conditioning. I miss how my arms and abs were starting to tone. Right now, I feel all sorts of fluffy. Operation go hard body is back in motion.

Since my biggest weakness with physical activity is on the stamina side of things, in addition to my CF classes, I’m going to do a weekly in home experiment to track my stamina progress. How long can I keep up without slowing down. The challenge is simple. 5 squats followed by 5 burpees every minute on the minute until I can’t finish in a minute. Once that gets too easy (20 rounds and counting?), I’ll up the reps.

Tonight’s score was 10 rounds.

I took a front and side photo of myself tonight and while I am too self conscious to post that now, I’m saving it for when I can be proud to show how far I’ve come. Instead, I’ll show you my proudest CF moment so far as part of this year’s open. I got 95lbs overhead. 🙂

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…no one has a cute face when they lift. No. One.

CrossFit Games 13.3 And Other Babblings

As soon as CrossFit Games workout 13.3 was announced, (see below) I laughed. I’ve never gone past an 8 lb ball for wall balls in the WODs because, if I did, I’d be there all day. So, when a 14 lb ball was prescribed, I knew I didn’t even need to think about double-unders or (bahahaha) muscle-ups.

So here was the workout:

12 minute AMRAP of:
150 Wall balls
90 Double-unders
30 Muscle-ups

Ladies got a 14 lb wall ball and the dudes got a 20 lb wall ball.

I managed to deliver 64 wall balls. I can’t even tell you how many were no reps. It felt like a third were no reps because I kept skimming or not hitting the wall.

I arrived early before the work out to take some pictures for a CrossFit Kids workout for my gym. Then we got to watch Christian Harris, our CrossFit South Shore resident beast, rock the work out and complete up to 25 muscle ups. I’ve got pictures. They’ll be up soon. It was sick to watch.

Joey’s CrossFit oriented blog has been catching on like wildfire. Rightfully so, he’s an incredible writer. Check out his 13.2 coverage and his blog here.

See you soon. With pictures. Of a ripped topless man. And some children. But not together.

Don’t Mess With My CoCo-Roons…

I’ve been having a rough day / week / month / year? Joey and I are relocating to Austin in approximately one month. My job is aware and they have hired my replacement for me to train, but it is our busy season (I work in an accounting firm) and I am mentally fried. I really wish I had more time for…anything? Specifically, I wish I had more time or energy for CrossFit. I mean, with snazzy shoes like these, who wouldn’t want to wear them as often as possible?


So anyway, I was having a bad day. In my stressed out state I forgot to bring my lunch (yummy Caveman To Go)! Joey left work early due to a swollen ankle that he managed to injure pumping gas. Yea, I didn’t really ask either… Anyway, he drove all the way out to where I work to bring me my food and suprised me with deliscious Coco-Roons! I may not be a fan of all of their flavors, but the “Brownie” flavor is addictive. Also, there’s nothing terrible inside them! See?!

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13.1 In Review

I am a registered participant of the 2013 Crossfit Games through my CrossFit gym, CrossFit South Shore (L.I.). A quick recap of the leaderboard after workout 13.1 puts our gym at 85 out of 264 in the Northeast region.  We walked away with a total of 951 points for that workout as a gym.  Our top ladies for this WOD were Melissa Smith, Wendy Sylvester  and Keri Lanzarotta. Our top dudes for this WOD were Christian Harris, Matthew Herrick and Connor Duddy.

Below are some of my favorite pictures that I took of the workout:


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Awesome job to everyone on 13.1 and good luck on 13.2.

The CrossFit Games are…

  •  Making me want to compete harder. With myself.
  •  Giving myself and Joey the ability to connect more with other people because we are cheering for them and they are cheering for us.
  •  Giving me something to take pictures of. I miss having people subjects.

13.1 Workout (17 minutes)

40 Burpees

45 pound Snatch, 30 reps

30 Burpees

75 pound Snatch, 30 reps

20 Burpees

100 pound Snatch, 30 reps

10 Burpees

120 pound Snatch, as many reps as possible

First attempt results:

13.1 3/7/13

100 reps

Tiebreak: 11:54