Thursday, March 1, 2012

Crossfit Love

What a week of workouts! I've been Crossfitting for about six months now with Crossfit Kailua and my body is still consistently challenged- being broken down and built back up to amazing strengths.

After Hasselhoff's deployment last year, we found ourselves in Hawaii "fat and happy," until we realized soon that we were just fat and lazy. Just in the knick of time Crossfit Kailua opened right down the street from my house!

I signed up right then and there! The coaches are amazing and I've met some great friends! Only in the last two months have we amped up our eating habits by following the Paleolithic Diet. Yes please!

This week has really kicked my ass... literally! Here are my WODs so far:

Monday: As many rounds as possible in 20 minutes:
                3 Broad Jumps
               15 Box Jumps
               30 Double Under Jump-ropes

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday:                                                                  Thursday:

I realize this may look like a foreign language to some people, but these are generally what my daily workouts look like. I am down 25 pounds, up a whole lotta muscle and can officially say that I might stand a chance at surviving a Zombie Apocalypse. Who wants to be on my team!?

Although, some

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Back to the ole Paleo Routine...

So thankful to unexpectedly have the next two days off! After a quick two hour "power nap" this afternoon, I decided to listen to my tired body and skip my Crossfit WOD. This was justified only by the fact that I can hit it even harder on my days off!

I find myself pretty stressed lately. With a big move back to the mainland and Hasselhoff's seven month deployment coming up, the "To Do" list seems endless! In between house guests from the mainland, we have to buy plane tickets, sell a car, pack our house for storage when we return to Hawaii, ship our dogs, complete heaps of paperwork, and still work on top of that all. I think one of the trickiest things is going to be figuring out how to pack my suitcase for seven months. Clothes for Washington, Montana, and hopefully Europe! It's definitely going to be tough!

With that being said, I cooked a nice hearty, healthy Paleolithic Dinner tonight. For those of you who do not know, I recently completed a 30 day challenge following the "Paleolithic Diet." No dairy, No legumes, no grains, no soy, no rice for 30 days. My meals consisted of meat, fruits, veggies, lots of coconut products and nuts. I lost 10 pounds, but have recently fallen back into some bad habits. That's about to change! Tonights dinner consisted of baked chicken marinated in honey, applecider vinegar, and ginger; Okinawan sweet mashed potatoes; and a field green salad topped with blueberries, purple onion, mushrooms, and honey mustard dressing.
Here are a few examples of "Paleo" meals that I made while on the challenge. Don't they look yummy!!!??

Field Greens, Turkey and Dried Fruit Salad
Roasted Chicken
Oriental Asian Salad
Chicken Mushroom Stew
Banana Bread
Portobello Burger
Apple-Cinnamon Pork Chop with Asparagust
Spanish Fritata
Grilled Salmon, roasted Sweet Potatos/ Veggies, Salad
Fried Egg, Bacon and Avacado
Butternut Squash Lasagna

Monday, February 27, 2012

Tequila tried to kill me...

What a weekend! Saturday morning, Hasselhoff and I headed to North Beach on Marine Corps Base Hawaii- Kaneohe Bay for a quick surf session. Unfortunately, our good time was cut short after a rude run-in with the off-duty, base Provost Marshall (head of Police). FYI: If you do not live on base, your dogs are not allowed anywhere on base except for the Vet. This includes beaches. What a bummer! We had never heard this rule before! North Beach was one of our favorites! We walked back to our truck in defeat, but on our way several people approached us and expressed their sympathy to our situation. Apparently this woman Provost Marshall is despised, especially by dog-owners that live in the same neighborhood as her. I was slightly comforted to know that I wasnt the only frustrated beach-goer, doggie walker.

Trying not to let the unpleasant  woman ruin our day, we packed up our camping gear and headed to Bellows Beach for some good ole fashioned camping with great friends. While everyone errected their massive four-room tents and filled them with full-size airmattresses, Hasselhoff and I set up our tiny two-man backpacking tent with half-length Thermarests. We are often the butt of jokes with our camping gear in Hawaii. Most of it was purchased in Washington and meant for backpacking- lightweigh, small in size and incredibly water-proof. We may have stuck out like a sore thumb, but that didnt stop us from having a jolly time- well equiped with Margarita Makings!

Although I woke up Sunday morning with a screaming headache and a fuzzy brain, I reminisced about the conversations that took place the night before, mostly about politics, religion, and science. Phrases like "Damn Liberals," "But What about Sickle-Cell Anemia?" and "Imma go Walkabout," came up quite frequently all night long! (Sigh and Smile)...Tequila always makes for great nights!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Surf'in with Hawaiian Fire

Last year for my birthday, Hasselhoff gave me a gift certificate for a surf lesson with Hawaiian Fire, a surf school run by the City of Honolulu Firefighters. Since we were both firefighters back in Washington, I loved this idea! Unfortunately, another birthday rolled around and I still had not used the gift certificate.

Hasselhoff tried to teach me how to surf several times. Word of advice to the fellas: If you want your relationship to last, don't attempt to teach your girl to surf or any other sport that you are way better than her at for that matter. I like to think of myself as pretty athletic in the "surf-like" sports department. I'm an avid skier and snowboarder. I picked up wakeboarding pretty fast and I used to skateboard a bit. Surfing shouldn't have been an issue right? Bawhahahahah! It was horrific! Despite Hasselhoff’s experience as a sailor, the profanity that came out of my mouth was that of epic and matchless proportions. Needless to say, I was a bit turned off by the sport. Until Hawaiian Fire that is!

I know what you are thinking. Surf  lessons on a paradise beach with hunky, shirtless firefighters right? That’s exactly what it was! However, I must commend all of the instructors (however hunky) for their professionalism, knowledge and the fact that they can get me up and roll ‘in on a surfboard!

Reasons why I would recommend Hawaiian Fire?

·  Three hour lessons -the perfect amount of time so you can still move the next day

·  1:2 Instructor to Student Ratio- allowed us to ride wave after wave

·  Shallow, mild break- we were able to touch the bottom at any point which is perfect when you get tired

·  Empty beach- we had the water and the beach all to ourselves!

·  They let Hasselhoff paddle out and be there while I surfed!

·  Hunky Firefighters- need I say more!?

Surf's Up!!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

WOD Withdrawls

My "WOD" or "Workout of the Day" Tuesday morning at Crossfit Kailua put me down for most of the week. An excruciating combination of deadlifts and pull-ups with a rep scheme of 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 might look easy on paper....yeah I made that mistake too. Not only is my lower back incredibly sore (in the right way) but my hands look like something straight out of a meat grinder.
Deep Blisters
Our "BOX"- Crossfit Kailua

Not to worry, my extra free time has given me the opportunity to catch up on some blogging!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Where has all the Aloha Gone!?

Was it National Rudeness Day yesterday? …No? You could have fooled me! I witnessed more inconsiderate, bad-mannered, hasty people in a six hour time span than I have in the past month! Where has all the Aloha gone?

Hawaii is famous for Aloha. That’s one of the reasons I love living here. We use it in greetings, farewells and in expressing love for one another. Besides these common meanings, the word Aloha holds within itself all one needs to know to interact rightfully in the natural world.

Aloha is being a part of all, and all being a part of me. When there is pain- it is my pain. Where there is joy- it is also mine. I respect all that is as part of the Creator and part of me. I will not willfully harm anyone or anything. When food is needed I will take only my need and explain why it is being taken. The earth, the sky, the sea are mine to care for, to cherish and protect. This is Hawaiian- This is aloha! (Unknown)

Aloha must have been scared away by all the nastiness yesterday, as was I. My plan was to hunker down on the couch so I would not be subjected to all the disrespect. No one could tell me to “Quit talking and get to brewing!” No one could speak to me like I was an idiot. And no one could TOUCH me!! When you are customer, is it ever appropriate to touch an employee…NO! (Unless obviously your job requires it. Let me make this clear…MINE DOES NOT!)

I retreated, beaten down. My faith in humanity was diminished. The only thing that gave me any comfort was the ceaseless, pure love of my doggies. They know just how to wag, slobber and lick to make a girl feel all is right in the world. They always have Aloha!

Hasslehof thought a Mexican lunch might make me feel better. I agreed but was a bit nervous about what other atrocities I might encounter. We headed to our local favorite Mexico Lindo and took a seat at the bar. I immediately began self-medicating with large amounts of chips and salsa. I’ll admit, I was sulking like a five year old. All of the sudden, out of the blue, this quiet woman sitting at the far end of the bar all by herself, got up, walked over and offered us the rest of her ¾ full pitcher of mango margaritas. She was leaving and thought we might enjoy them! Now that’s what I call Aloha!! I thought to myself, if all it takes is one person’s Aloha to wipe out all the “un-Aloha” in a bad day, I really need to step up the Aloha I am putting out there! I happily accept this challenge!

RIP Beach God, Hello Hasselhoff?

Per his request, claiming that "Beach God" sounded too pretentious, my lover will now be refered to from here on out as...wait for it..."Hasselhoff!" This is the name he requested during a very serious conversation while drinking Margaritas by the pool a few days ago. I think he is picturing a strong, tan lifeguard running in slowmotion down the beach. Unfortunately, for many of us, the name may conjure up images of the infamous "Cheeseburger Incident." Hee hee! Oh Hasslehoff, how I love you!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

A Day of Giving

Wow! What an incredible day! Beach God and I decided at the last minute to ditch our usual Saturday morning workout for a beach cleanup with two amazing organizations- Surfrider Foundation and Sustainable Coastlines. Beach God and I have long considered ourselves stewards of the earth and have been members of Surfrider for several years now. We jump at every opportunity we can get to help out, especially when it’s so close to home. Today’s selected beach: Bellows in Waimanalo. This particular beach is dear to my heart not only because of its unmatched beauty, but because it is the setting of many of my Grandma’s stories from when she and my grandfather lived here 40 years ago.
Bellows Beach
Bellows Beach

Our focus today was on marine trash- garbage and debris that has washed ashore. We spent several hours combing the beach picking up everything from bits of degraded plastic the size of quarters to entire fishing nets to tires, to toothbrushes. My mood was somber as I picked through debris and noticed a great deal of it was covered in Japanese writing. My thoughts wandered back to almost a year ago when Japan was ravaged by the tsunami. I couldn’t help but wonder what else was going to wash up- bits of children’s dolls and toys, pieces of people’s homes, cars, personal mementos. It was absolutely disheartening.
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Plastic Marine Debris
 At the end of the cleanup, we had collected 1300 lbs of trash. That was not including this truck full of fishing nets.

After a quick shower and change of clothes I headed to Family Promise of Hawaii here in Kailua. Family Promise is a non-profit organization that helps homeless and low-income families achieve lasting independence. Although this volunteer experience was set up through work, I was really looking forward to spending the afternoon here.

Our main focus was the children, who immediately took a liking to us. We spent the afternoon doing simple arts and crafts. It was the most rewarding and stirring experience I’ve had in several years. These children were so eager pure. They watched intently as we showed them how to color paper flowers and decorate their flower boxes. Something so simple brought them (and me) so much joy and satisfaction! I think that spending a Saturday afternoon at Family Promise may become something I do much more often!

To wind down a great day, I headed over to Enchanted Lakes Elementary School for a fundraiser called “Eat Out Kailua.” All I can say is that there is nothing better when you have spent the day working up an appetite than a lineup of local food trucks!