My CrossFit Journal (Year 2 Week 40)

Has it really been months since I did a CrossFit workout recap? Huge fails.

I usually post this kind of stuff on Monday but I wanted other things to go up before this (boring to you) post. I had an idea. Recap all my workouts once a month into one post? Does that sound like a better plan than posting it weekly? I want my blog to be enjoyable for you guys to read, too. Let me know, will ya?

I am almost at the 3 year mark of joining CrossFit. I’ve had a few bumps in the road where I attend 3 or 4 times in a month and then get all hardcore (I’m actually mediocre for those people who always do Rx’ed WODs), but I keep at it because I freaking love it.

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I gave up… for a little while

I feel like I need to pop in here towards the end of the week and sit down and chat with you guys. It has been ages since I’ve done a post like this and told you what’s going on in my life at the moment. Today feels like Wednesday. I think it’s because we had a professional development day at work on Monday and we didn’t have to officially work.

Girls weekend in BuffaloI still haven’t managed to publish my girls weekend post yet. It was a memorable weekend and even weeks after we went, I still find myself laughing in my office all by myself about what went down those few nights in Buffalo.

Each Monday I used to post my workout routine from the previous week. To be completely honest I’ve fallen off the fitness wagon and haven’t been to CrossFit on a regular basis. But what I have been doing is going out for very light runs around my neighbourhood with my new wave riders sent to me from Mizuno.mizuno running shoes

I gave up running for a little while but I think it was because I dislike timing myself on runs. I tend to want to be self-competitive and beat my time each time I go out for a run. I need to learn to chill the heck out and just enjoy being out there in the freezing cold. Actually, it’s not that bad since I don’t run far (no more than 6km). I always thought I’d be a fair weather runner, and last year around this time I started running again with a coach up until January … with snow on the ground and running through snow storms each Sunday! It was amazing.

snow jogSee the snow?!

Do you know what someone needs to invent? A wireless wifi ipod. Or something like that. Wifi needs to be everywhere so I can listen to audiobox live (house music internet radio station based out of Montreal) on my ipod. That would be great. Thanks. Any inventors reading my blog? I’d totally buy that.

The Boyfriend and I went to see the 3D movie Gravity on Tuesday night. CHEAP NIGHT. Only time to go. I’ve heard a lot of iffy things about that movie. It made some people nauseous and others have a anxiety. I try to not to have any preconceived notions about movies before I go in. I’m not going to ruin anything for you, but I did really enjoy it and my finger nails are all bit off. That’s the sign of a good movie.

Let’s be real. I just go to the movies to have a popcorn. I really could care less of what movie I see as long as I can eat the delicious popcorn. Ha ha! When I was home in Newfoundland I saw the movie “Meet The Millers” which I thought was pretty funny. Has anyone seen that?

I have to update my wordpress. It’s making me. But I first need to back up my website in case anything goes wrong. Does anyone know how to do that? Please help me in the comments if you know how! I haven’t done it in a number of years.

Okay back to fitness. I’ve also been volunteering at the climbing gym a lot more often so I can get another free month membership. They’ve expanded the place and now it’s massive and so fun. That and they have a weight room in there with a TREADMILL. The only reason I don’t have a gym membership is because I love CrossFit too much. But CrossFit needs to have a treadmill. I need to get The Guy climbing again. I think he went with me once. When we weren’t even dating. 8 years ago. Maybe I made that up and he’s never been climbing with me. Either way, he needs to get on them walls. You don’t even need a belayer (someone to hold your rope) anymore guys. There’s a few auto-belay things set up on some of the walls there. It’s unreal. I’m half afraid of them.

I went on a shopping trip to Sephora when they had the VIB sale (which ends/ended today). I made two purchases, in store and online so once my online order comes in I’ll show you what I bought. Alfie seems to like Sephora too ;)good boy

Until next time folks. But I will leave you with this: How To Be A Nice Blogger by my buddy Julie! julie-nowell-and-i

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Mondetta Performance Gear Fall 2013 Collection

Folks, I am Fashionable, Functional, and ready for Fall. Whoo wee.

As part of my FitFluential Ambassadorship I was introduced to Mondetta Performance Gear (MPG) last fall.I’m no stranger to MPG — I’ve been actively (see what I did there?) sporting my hot pink zip up from last year’s fall collection, and you can see plastered all over my instagram photos. Now for my unbiased opinion as always.
MPG jacket in pink

I feel like I’ve been wearing that jacket year round since I got it last Fall. I basically have since we had much cooler temps than average this summer. It’s just the perfect length where it covered your butt and has sleeves long enough for my monkey arms. It never fails that I get a compliment on the pink jacket whenever I wear it out. I think they should bring this favorite (of mine) back and have it available in tons of colors. Hot item, that one. That and the fact they’ve definitely mastered having a flattering silhouette on this jacket. Often for our warm up runs at CrossFit I wear this, and I always wrap my hands around into the thumb loops to keep my scaly man hands warm.

Not only that? MPG is Canadian and I absolutely love supporting companies in Canada.

The colour palette and items that has been launched for fall (love that orange is making an appearance) is fantastic. I’m not just saying this because I’m writing a review about MPG, but my favorite colors are a coral-orange, and magenta. While they don’t have a magenta this season, they do have a nice purple in the Essence top I ordered. I picked out pink for myself though.mpg-purple-top

I was given the opportunity to pick out a few items from their Fall collection to test and try out. Thank you for feeding my obsession, MPG. I tweeted out to MPG in the past that they need not let their Designer go, ever. My one dresser drawer that I use primarily for active-wear is overflowing and can barely close shut. Instead of opting for more fitness apparel I wanted something comfortable I could potentially wear to work out, or to sit around at home in, and be content either way.

Last year I mistakenly sized up in their bottoms. I do not suggest this. MPG‘s clothing  fits true to size, so stick with what you are regularly. While they’re the only bottoms I wear during the winter (much thicker material than Lululemon) at CrossFit, I have to tie them really uncomfortably tight. Thank goodness they had a draw-string. This year, I received the Avert Legging and my heart was calling out to get the hot pink. It was so very tempting, but I figured I’d get much more use out of the black pair. Even though the pink would be fun for a change.

close-up-of-pant-seamNote the leggings has three different seams on it? That’s because you can customize the leggings to your required length! No sewing necessary. I’ve kept mine as long as possible because I love pants that cover my ankles, especially getting into the colder months.

I took a break from climbing this summer. Three months off in fact. Just right after I received some new climbing shoes for my Birthday. Figures as much. I activated another 1 month membership and have been going consistently 2-3 times per week. Surprisingly I am not that rusty. I’m still bouldering pretty solid, and I haven’t had a chance to top rope. But since bouldering is more for power and less endurance I’ve decided to amp up both. I’ve been doing extremely easy problems by climbing up, then down climbing, then back up. Doing laps I suppose you could call it. It makes your forearms burn. I’m trying to get as many laps in as possible. My first night back I did 3.5 laps (jumped off the climb before I did my final down climb). I’ve been wearing the Avert legging while I climbed and didn’t feel like I was worrying about hiking up my pants at all. Most importantly though, the items that I’ve all received are made of great sweat wicking fabric and quite comfortable. Thankfully the leggings are not see-through so I can move around without flashing anyone on the wall.

MPG-Valencia-hoodyAnyway, back on track. I’ve been wearing the Valencia hoody in BRIGHT coral fire back and forth from Climbing to CrossFit. It’s thick and form fitting, yet has this stitched design on the front which makes the valencia more unique than the average hoodie which seemed to pique my interest. I had a purple zip up from a different company a few years ago which is literally fraying at the seams since I’ve completely worn it out. Now it’s time to welcome my little valencia into my home and wardrobe.

mpg-while-lifting-alfieBadda-bing badda-boom I really enjoy wearing functional work out clothing that is also fashionable and thankfully MPG has created a great collection for Fall.

mpg-valencia-hoody-look-dowLove the thumb holes!

I can’t leave ya guys hanging talking about how fun the people are at MPG and the wonderful experience I’ve had with them regarding Customer Service. So MPG has allowed me to host a giveaway for my readers. Even though I said I hate to leave ya hanging. I’m going to, only for today. Because this blog post is getting a little too long. Come back tomorrow and see what you get to win! Wahoo!

  • Whats your favorite thing to wear when working out?
  • How often do you work out?
  • Before today, have you ever heard of MPG?

I was not compensated for this review, in fact —I asked MPG if I could work with them again. They sent me three items from their Fall collection at no cost. All opinions are my own.

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