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Dadgum Rodents…

This past weekend I bought this super nifty “keep the squirrels away” bird feeder from Lowes in the hopes that my fat squirrels would leave the seed to my poor, starving birds.

Monday, I came home to this:

I’m pretty sure my cardinals didn’t unscrew the feeder from the pole. Yes, the albeit cute, rodents somehow unscrewed this:

From this:

Did you notice the slinky on the pole? Yeah, that was another brilliant idea I had to try to keep the cuddly monsters out of the bird feeder. Obviously, that didn’t work either! In my mind, Rocky grabbed hold of the cage and pushed himself around and around using the pole with said slinky protector. I’m sure they had a jolly good time with it as well!  So much so that the extra piece that covered the larger hole on the feeder was missing for a bit. We found it a little later a few feet from the crime scene.

Goodbye, Not Farewell

Yesterday was my last workout with my trainer, Neal. I met Neal at CrossFit Deer Park when the girls and I started in Nov of 2010. Eventually, he stopped attending the classes and started teaching the new start up classes at the gym. He was already very professional with his students and you could tell they enjoyed him being there.

He helped with our class from time to time and I was always pleased to have him there. There were times when my Coach, Shane, would be too concerned with other clients that he paid no attention to whether my form was good or not but Neal stayed on my butt. Back in October/November 2011 Neal left the gym. I was sad to see him go, but figured he had bigger and better things lined up. Of course, now I know there were issues and he made the right choice for him at that time.

I stayed at the gym for the rest of that month since I had paid up but I was already feeling disenchanted with it. Four of us started at the gym and after a year I was the only one left. On my year anniversary, no one said a thing. Not one thing. I’m not asking for a big celebration, but just an acknowledgement of the hard work and my patronage for the year would have been nice. “Congrats on your year anniversary!” That’s all I wanted to hear. It was at that point that I decided I needed to move on as well. My Coach at the time was having fun with his friends (most of the members were personal friends of his) and I think just assumed I’d show up because I had been 2 to 3 times a week for the past year. As of this writing, I haven’t heard one word from the gym since I left. That’s not the way to get returning business people! Then again, maybe my membership wasn’t that important after all.

That’s me in the pink shirt killing over, the guy staring at me on the left is Neal, and my Coach at that time? He’s the guy in the back looking at the table.

My goal was to get healthier and I didn’t feel the gym was helping me get toward that goal anymore. So, I left. I started running at the park by work when I saw Neal there with some clients. That next week I tried his class out and was hooked from then on. We’ve been meeting up at the park Mondays and Wednesdays to workout and it’s been great!

 Neal was offered a job to help open a CrossFit box near Austin, CrossFit Dripping Springs. While I am happy that he found an amazing opportunity in a beautiful area, I’m quite bummed that he’s leaving. He says he’s going to keep up with our workouts via the web, but we’ll see how long he stays in touch!

Now, I have more reason to be jealous of all the Austinites! However, at least now I have a place to workout when I go visit family!

Lowest Reps Win



6 Rounds of 3 Reps @ 155#



4 Rounds, Lowest Reps Count

1 Minute Pull Ups 13 (Green band: 18, 13, 13, 15)
1 Minute GHD Sit Ups 23 (25, 23, 23, 24)
1 Minute Burpees 10 (11, 10, 10, 10)
1 Minute Push Ups 18 (Knees: 22, 18, 23, 23)


We are working on increasing our squat max, so we’re following a schedule of back squats, then deadlifts, and last front squats. You start at 65% of your 1 rep max the first week, then each time after you add 5 more lbs.


My hands are starting to get torn up again. Pretty soon I’ll have a tear on the palm of my left hand and the two knuckles of my right. My pull ups weren’t very pretty. I guess I need to work on the kipping more. I was happy with my sit ups and burpees. On the sit ups I went back further than normal and on the burpees I jumped on every one instead of stepping back. Score! My push ups were bad though. I felt my core getting soft and therefore losing my form. Overall, I’m happy with it though.



When we got home today we were greeted at the door by 2 dogs. This should have only been 1. Ruby (Rubini) managed to get out of her pen again. We have zip tied and screwed this pen together to keep her in but she continually finds ways out. It’s rather impressive actually. However, it’s irritating because she tears up stuff! We found screws all over the floor and one of my books with the back cover (hardback) ripped off and the front cover peeled.



At least all of the pages are still there. Apparently my dog likes books as much as I do, just for different reasons. Gotta love this face though!



CrossFit Total

This was the first time in quite a while that I felt so defeated after CrossFit. We did CrossFit Total to get a gauge of where we are with the heavy lifting. I PR’d on one lift and only by 5#s…pa.the.tic.

My PR for Back Squat was 175#. I only managed to get 165# this time. I know my legs and arms were sore from yesterday’s workout, but still…. The Strict Press was the only one I moved up on. My previous PR was 75# and I was able to get to 80# today. However, it took me a few tries. I think I was psyching myself out a bit on it. The weight didn’t feel that heavy on my shoulders but as soon as I tried to start pressing it felt like it weighed a ton!


Ahhh…the Deadlifts. My PR on Deadlift is 235#. Today…I was only able to get to 215#. WTH? 20# less? Shoot, just a couple of weeks ago I did 215# for 3 reps…I should have easily been able to go up from there. Alas…I couldn’t even budge 235# off the ground. I had all sorts of emotions running at that point. I was embarrassed because I was expecting a good lift, Shane was expecting a good lift. I was pissed because I couldn’t do it and it had been months since my last PR. There was no reason I shouldn’t have done better. Shane kept saying “It’s ok…I bet if you come back in two days you’d be able to do it no problem. You’ve been doing a lot of running lately.” Which is true but it still bothers me.


My foot was hurting a bit after all of the lifts too. I’m supposed to get 12 miles in this weekend but I think I’m going to drop that down to 6 and do my 12 miles the next week (just flip the distances around). That should allow my foot a little bit of a rest.


On our way home Mike was hungry so we stopped at Subway to pick up a sandwich. That’s when I saw this:

 Oh my goodness….did those smell great! The state I was in, I was more than happy to do some emotional eating and take a few dozen of those off their hands. Thankfully, I thought better of it and passed on the cookies. Let’s hope Saturday’s run goes better.