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Eating Zone – Week One Recap

24 May

Hey guys! Rebecca The Red checking in with you and sharing progress. My first week of eating Zone went pretty well, all things considered. I stopped weighing myself a long time ago, so I don’t know what kind of progress I’ve made in terms of pounds, but there’s a noticeable difference. Besides, I’m not really doing this for weight loss. Regardless of intent, my work slacks are loose again, which means change is happening! The meals I ate for the week were as follows (3 block):

Breakfast:
1 cup almond milk 
1 large scoop protein powder 
7-9 cashews 
1 cup strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries

1st Snack:
1 tomato (sliced), 
1/2 Tbs guacamole, 
1 (oz) string cheese

Lunch:
1 3 oz can tuna, 
3 tsp light mayo, 
1 slice of wheat bread, 
1/2  green apple

2nd Snack:
1 cup fresh strawberries, 
1/4 cup cottage cheese, 
1 macadamia nut

Dinner:
3 oz chicken breast (sautéed in tsp olive oil, garlic & crushed red peppers), 
2 1/2 cups kale  
1 peach

On Monday, I substituted a 4 oz glass of red wine for the peach (rough day). Tuesday & Wednesday I have night class, so I got two chicken tacos (fresco style) from Taco Bell. Friday I was running late and didn’t have time to make a breakfast shake, so I got a bacon/gouda sandwich from Starbucks and removed one slice of the artisan bread. Then Friday night, I went to the CrossFit 310 anniversary party, where I had one piece of chicken (about the size of my palm), a hand-size portion of greens with cheese, strawberries, nuts, and a small amount of balsamic dressing. The weekend rolled around, and as usual, I had a lot of trouble keeping up with my weekly routine, which means I didn’t get all my meals in on time. Then I went to a Roger Waters concert where I consumed many beers & a pretzel (because I was starving from lack of food). And in my boozy state, I also had some chips after the concert (because we all know about post-boozin’ munchies)….and yeah. Sunday was even worse, but we won’t go into that. I’m really trying to make it work though, which has proven somewhat difficult because I’m at the end of the semester (two weeks left).

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Eating Zone – Week One (with Before Photos)

17 May

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And so it begins, again. As some of you know, I participated in my CrossFit gym’s Live Fit challenge back in January, and won 3rd place! Winning cash was great (which bought me some sweet new CrossFit kicks), but the physical results I achieved were far more rewarding. I’d love to say I sustained those eating habits after I won – the eating / sleeping / hydration habits that contributed to 10+ Personal Records – but the truth is, when I injured my hand during the 12.3 Open WOD, I (sort of) gave up on eating that way. The thing is, I had never dealt with an injury before, and certainly not one that would drastically limit how I spent my time at the box. No amount of reading material can prepare you for the psychological response to your first injury. And so, I ate.

But isn’t that life? CrossFit athletes will tell you, nutrition can be a rollercoaster ride. Life happens, and sometimes your best intentions get derailed. It just so happens I’m on an up right now, so I thought I would give strict nutrition another spin. This time though, I wanted to try Zone because my coach says it’s optimal for CrossFit athletes.

So this post marks week one. I will be updating weekly to track progress, note any changes, difficulties, and give a breakdown of what I’m eating. The very top photo is a collage of my before photos which were taken on Monday (May 14th). Let’s see where I end up in four weeks!

The CrossFit Games Open In Photos

3 Apr

2012 CrossFit Winter Shakedown Competition in Photos

21 Feb

This past weekend I went to the Winter Shakedown Competition at CrossFit FAST in Westlake Village to support our team from CrossFit 310 & to snap some photos of all the fantastic athletes that came out to compete. It was a great turn out, and the event ran smoothly. They even let me inside the athlete ring to snap photos during the 1st WOD! I bought some tanks from Life AsRx, ran into & met the co-owner of WOD Gear (Gabriel Pelino) at Starbucks, who is a totally sweet guy, and I (and pretty much everyone else) also drooled over Andrea Ager’s (pictured first below) quads and sweet rope descent. Major congratulations to our 310 team Brook Epperson, Jason Tank, Brittny Burford & Graham Burford! Our gym’s continued success is a joy to watch.  – Rebecca The Red

Andrea Ager, Trainer at Brick CrossFit

30 Day Live Fit Challenge: Before & After Photos

14 Feb

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My 2011 in Instagram Photos

4 Jan

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How To: Throw A Mad Men Themed Party in L.A.

1 Apr
We all love watching Don Draper eloquently flaunt his sexual prowess on our television sets while poor Betty Draper slowly comes apart at the seams (and looks fabulous the entire time) and Joanie seductively swinging those dangerous curves in a bright form-fitted number, breaking hearts with that whip of a smile.  It’s sooo good, that sometimes we’re left feeling like we just… can’t… get…. enough. Well, that my friends, is when you throw a Mad Men themed party.

I should forewarn you though: A Mad Men theme party is not for the faint of brain. It can get pricey & time-consuming as fast as you can say, “Peachy keen, whippersnapper” if you’re not sharp in your planning. With a little bit of creativity, resources and patience, I’ll show how to make it a great success and have your friends talking about it for weeks.

 

The first task is finding the attire. This is the most important part. I used Joanie as my reference point because of my red hair. Joanie loves to wear bright, attention-grabbing colors & I was fortunate enough to find a beautiful red dress (pictured above) at Someone Else’s in Hollywood for $50. That was a little more than I had planned on spending for a dress, but it was worth it because it fit like a glove and flattered my hair. There are a lot of other great vintage shops in L.A. too that have equally great finds: The Way We Wore, Enid & Edgar Vintage, Iguana Clothing, Ozzie Dots & Belle Jar Vintage to name a few. For guys: Think skinny ties, smoking coats, thick rimmed glasses, suits etc. For gals: Think high neck line dresses (preferably at or past the knee), fur shrugs, low heels etc. And don’t forget accessories! Era appropriate jewelry will make or break your get up. I highly recommend wearing a brooch! I’m sure your grandma has one you can borrow.

Next, take staged pictures! We hired a van to go out and about in downtown L.A. and pre-partied at my house (which just so happens to be a 1950’s modern home). To set the tone, a friend brought over some old vintage National Geographics, newspapers, old vinyl (Nat King Cole) and a typewriter his mother had in storage. We took posed pictures to imitate some of the Mad Men cast photos we all love so much. It worked like magic because it got everyone really revved up to go out and rock this theme. Plus, we don’t look half bad! If you’re worried about how to edit your photos to get that vintage feel, fear not, Picnik is on your side! It’s easy, FREE and you don’t have to download anything.

Next, location, location, location. I specifically chose bars that were rocking a different era to keep the mood going. The first bar we went to was The Edison. It’s a 1930’s underground speakeasy bar/club with absinthe fairies to boot. The drinks are incredible, the crowd is beautiful and the bar decor is stunning. The best part was when we walked down the alley to the entrance, the bouncers wanted us to come into their bar because of the way we were dressed. It’s a nice change of pace from the usual L.A. clubbing politics.

The next bar we went to was The Association. They have a 1970’s theme going with dim lights, gold and mirrors. I emailed them a few weeks prior and they set up a little seating area for us free of charge which I ended up being even more thankful for as we watched people pour into the bar. I ordered a dirty Hendricks martini and my friends ordered Manhattan Cocktails to stay in theme, which is just too much whisky for this girl. It was a great bar and once again, we were well received by the bar and it’s patrons!

Lastly, we went to The Varnish, which was sort of like an old-time dark diner, except with no food and absolutely mind-blowing cocktails! The seating is not friendly for large groups but the white russian I ordered was well worth the drama of being separated into two tables across the room from each other. It was the best white russian I’ve ever had; truly divine. The best part? One of the girls who was working at The Varnish that night works on the set of Mad Men. She really went above and beyond to make our experience spectacular and I’m so thankful for that.

And lastly (for a reason), is hair. The truth is, it was the hardest part. If you’re a guy, you can do a comb-over …or if you’re bald, wear a hat. If you’re a gal however, it’s not that easy. There are a plethora of hair tutorials online for these kinds of things but my hair and I just don’t have a good working relationship, so I used a bumpit. It did the trick and that’s all I’ll say about that.

Now get out there and do the twist!

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