Friday Favorites

Hi there!

Happy, happy, blissful Friday! 🙂


We don’t have any big plans (I’ll be doing homework – yay) but I’m so ready for the break. I might also do some cleaning on what once was Thing 2’s room. Boy, did that girl leave a mess! Sounds exciting and fun, doesn’t it? Hey, there will also be wine so …. wine = fun. 🙂

Anyway, it’s time for me to share some of my favorite things from this week.


I love kisses! They are perfect little nuggets of chocolate that satisfy my sweet tooth in small quantities. These happen to have come in a box from my sweet, sweet friend, Lena. They’ve been in my lunch box all week. Pretty much my reason for smiling. 🙂


I’m back to wearing 2 shoes!!!  While the boot was definitely necessary for healing, there’s something quite liberating about wearing shoes that match. 😉



I saw this on Pinterest (who doesn’t love Pinterest?!). It originated in this blog post from Wonderfully Women. You should read it. It (both the image and the blog post) really spoke to me. I’m definitely not a complainer but once upon a time, I was.  Remember, I’m an ISTJ? J = judging. Being judgemental can result in complaining. I’m not sure exactly when my mindset changed (okay, probably in 2008 when I started running long distances and my self-esteem started to grow) but I don’t really let too many things get to me these days. Stress is overrated anyway – it’s so much healthier to find the positive in something than to worry and complain about it.

I have realized, though, that some of my friends complain ALL. THE. TIME.  A couple of them have to be the most miserable people on the planet.  Thanks, Facebook, for pointing this out to me! Their complaining is absolutely exhausting!  I shared this image to my own Facebook page in the hopes that they would see it and take the challenge. I don’t know if anyone did but my fingers are crossed. Imagine how much nicer the world would be with less complaining! Plus, thinking smaller than global effects, think of how much nicer your own LIFE would be without the negativity. Try it! It’s just a day. If it doesn’t make you feel better, then, by all means, complain about it. 😉




My sailor rocks. That is all.

Talk to me: What are some of your favorite things from this week? Do you love purses like I love purses?

– jennifer

Injury update and some stuff is in the works…. :)

Hello, hello!

Happy New Year!

Yes, I know I’m late to the party. I was sick with the plague. #dontjudgeme

BUT, I’m better now and I’m ready to kick start my 2015!

(In case you missed it, here are my goals for this year.) 🙂

So, I finally had my follow-up with the orthopedist about my foot.


My x-rays showed “significant periosteal and endosteal new bone formation is
noted at the distal shaft of the third metatarsal, compatible with healing


In normal people speak, that means NO MORE BOOT!


She told me to use my best judgement with returning to activity – obviously, she meant running and jumping because that boot certainly hadn’t stop me from working out. 🙂

photo credit: Spike's Consulting, LLC

photo credit: Spike’s Consulting, LLC

It was really nice to CrossFit in 2 shoes last night. Even though the WOD made me want to hurl. Oof. #itsthesimplethings

To keep my healing on the right track, I’ll limit the jumping (as in, probably not do any just yet) and I’ll ease back into running next month.

I can’t wait until then! 🙂

So, I made a new chili this past weekend.

Holy. Yum.


And, in other news, there are some big, BIG changes in my blog’s future! Stay tuned – I’ll be getting a new look and errrthing.

I’m moving up in the world. 🙂

Now, if I could just remember to take more pictures. That aren’t of my cats.




Talk to me: Did you get the flu? Did you get your flu shot? Are you stuck in the snow?

Honestly, I haven’t had a flu shot since 1999. I tend to avoid them. And, technically, I didn’t test positive so ….  while I thought I was going to die, it wasn’t of the flu. 🙂

– jennifer

Weekly workout recap – squats, rope climbs & running is trying to break me


It’s finally the weekend!



This week of workouts started out great but didn’t end so fabulously. I’m thankful for the weekend so I can rest.


I kicked off Monday morning with a run. 🙂


I had to go to work so I definitely needed the kickstart.

It felt really fabulous!

I opted out of CrossFit. I’m not really training for anything so I don’t need to do doubles. Besides, I’m still coming back from my injury and I’m not trying to over extend myself. 🙂


Since we had the day off, I decided to take advantage and get another morning run in. #winning


I’d mostly been sticking to the streets in the neighborhood right behind my house but this time, I ventured back out into the town. Felt good to run in old familiar places again!

Again, I opted out of CrossFit because I ran.


No running today.

Which means…

6pm CrossFit!


I was really excited about this workout because of the back squats.

The last time we worked on them was October 23rd and we were working towards our 3 rep max. I got to 115# but am pretty sure I could do more weight.

*side note – if I wasn’t recording my workouts, I would most definitely not have that information right at my fingertips! Write it down!!

After a warm up, we got down to work.  The idea was to stay at the same weight, something pretty close to your 5 rep max so the weight wouldn’t be easy and would likely still be difficult by the time you got down to the final rep.

I loaded 115# on the bar – honestly, I was thinking this might still be a “warm-up” and wanted to see how it felt. Did my 5 reps and decided that was the weight I was sticking to.

I knew my 3RM was higher than 115#!


I had some moments during these squats where my form faltered and my chest dipped forward. I really focused on making sure to drive my knees out and keep my chest up so the movement would be more fluid.

Then, we hopped on the rowers for the WOD – a 1,000m row for time.

Holy smokes, was that tough after all those squats!!

I finished in 4:06.

OH! I forgot to tell you!! During the warm-up (row, run, or bike, 15 GHD sit-ups, 15 GHD hip/back extensions, 15 pull ups, 15 ring dips), I got 4 strict pull ups in a row! PR baby!! 🙂


Dude, it’s cold and I did NOT want to get up and go for a run. Plus, my legs were smoked from yesterday so I hit the snooze and snuggled with my fur babies a little longer. 🙂

6pm CrossFit


I almost skipped this workout.

My legs were super tired from yesterday and running and rope climbs both require legs. Well, except for the legless climbs, but still.

Seriously. I almost drove home after work instead of to the gym.

But, I went.

I was pretty nervous about all those rope climbs. It was just so many!!

I certainly don’t have legless rope climbs so I scaled those.

Hell, not too many people actually have legless rope climbs. Those things are super hard!

For each legless, I did 2 from the plank position (#2 in this video).

Finished the first part in 13:21.

After the 5 minute rest, I started the 2nd half of the workout.

I got through the first 2 rope climbs and headed out the door for the 200m run.

I should add it was FREEZING and it had started to drizzle a little. YUCK!

On the 2nd round, I got through 1 rope climb and had a HUGE raw spot on my ankle from the rub so I scaled back down to the pulling from plank position. Still did 2 pulls for each 1 climb.

I really need to learn how to do the climbs like this so there’s no rubbing. OUCH.

I finished 3 rounds and was heading out for the 4th run and my foot started to hurt.

My left foot.

The OTHER foot!! GAH!!! 😦

So, I quickly headed over to the air dyne bike and finished the last two rounds on that.

My total time was 30:21.

My foot. I don’t know. I felt it a little when I was coming back in from the 3rd run but it definitely wasn’t like what happened with my right foot.

I did drop funny off the rope on my first set of climbs but I didn’t feel anything until the 3rd run so I don’t know if it was that.

It felt more like a cramp than anything.

I could put pressure on it which was different than the last time but it definitely still hurt.

I came home, rested, and took some ibuprofen.


I had planned on either running or going to CrossFit but didn’t do either because of my foot.

It’s not swollen and I can definitely put more weight on it than I could with the stress fracture in my right foot but I still limped around the office.

Luckily, I only worked half a day so I was able to come home and just rest.


Obviously no running today. 😦

My foot still hurts but it’s not as bad. There’s still no swelling and no real bruising. I suppose it’s possible that it’s another stress fracture (seriously, can I catch a break, please?!) but I’m not sure.

My plan is just to rest it for a few days and see how it feels.

If it gets worse, I’ll definitely be calling the doc for an appointment.

Good thing I still have the boot from the last time. Those things are interchangeable, right?

Now, I have to try and figure out the WHY. I wasn’t wearing my running shoes – I was wearing my CrossFit shoes (Inov-8) and those don’t have the same support. They’re not old by any stretch – maybe 5 months? – but maybe that’s the issue. I eat pretty well and take calcium and vitamin D supplements as recommended by orthopedists. Hopefully, this isn’t a sign of early osteoporosis. :/

Talk to me: How did your week of workouts go?

– jennifer