Spring Break Recap!

It has been WAY too long since I finished Spring Break. However, I went back to work and life just got CRAY-CRAY. I swear, work is nothing but IN THE WAY! Can’t I just stay home with Stanley, cook, watch TV, and create recipes? Is that too much to ask?

Anywho… Here are the goals I set for myself and how I did…

1. Finish the last paper of my first year of my Masters degree–one year left!!! DONE!!! and I passed 🙂

2. 6am CrossFit–call me crazy but I am a morning person 110% DONE!! I kept at my 4-5 times a week as seen HERE and HERE

3. See the lady doc–sorry guys Did it! – Ladies:: did you know we only have to go once every THREE years now? It was news to me!

4. Make an appointment to get acupuncture–I will try anything once Sadly, I didn’t make the appointment. I was on hold one day, lost my patience, and made an appointment for a massage–which turned out to be EXACTLY what I needed.

5. Try recipes that I have marked “to try”
Paleo Strawberry Shortcake Once word: delicious.

Microwave Protein Carrot Cake Yummy (subbed pumpkin for apple sauce). I topped mine with a mixture of cottage cheese and SF syrup.

Brownie Pancakes Still on the to-do list.. I need to buy apple sauce
Sweet Potato Banana Bites Good– especially topped with peanut flour!

Paleo Girl Scout Tagalongs To die for. The recipe made 9–The BF ate 7.


6. Take Stanley to Fiesta Island–a huge off-leash dog park on the beach I never made it to Fiesta Island (FAIL)–but we did go to the dog park 3x a week. Does that count?

7. Reach my CrossFit goal–one strict pull-up HECK YES I DID!! 🙂

8. Create 5 new recipes
Nutty-cocoa-nana Protein Shake
Ground Chicken Taco Salad
Apple Chips
Wasabi Peanut Spread
Ground Chicken Breast Patties

9. Replace the battery in my watch–it’s been forever! Yup–as evidenced in the pic.


10. Catch up on Grey’s Anatomy–I am behind FIVE episodes.. whoops! I caught up–but then got behind. I just can’t win!!

All I know if I cannot wait for SUMMER BREAK… and I think this little guy agrees with me!


xoxo, Haley

I must say that I am pretty proud of myself for keeping to these goals. I guess making them public held me accountable… hmm.. What to do next??

Question: do you find that telling someone your goals keeps you accountable??



Lovin’ These Links

There have been some great links that I have been into lately.. I thought I would share them with you!  There’s a mish-mash of recipes, workouts, tips, and health ideas 🙂  Enjoy!

Keeping those stinkin’ allergens away! All About Allergens

Why didn’t I think of this recipe? Hummus Stuffed Chicken

Yes, please! Peanut Protein Cookies

Shoulders buggin’ ya? Shoulder Savers

Junk Food Cravings? Kick ’em to the curb!

Really??  Celine Dion??!  Best Baby Makin’ Songs

I can say yes to quite a few (9, 10, 28, 29, 37, 39, 50) … whoops! Signs You’re Obsessed with CrossFit

Need to follow this Pull-Up Power Program 

Not the number on the scale What is Your Health Marker?

Gotta try these Raw Banana Nut Bars

What is exercise NOT good for? Exercise Reduces Breast Cancer Risk

Trying the Protein Crepe ASAP Five Competition Prep Breakfasts

xoxo, Haley

Question: Any new links you’re loving lately??  Do share!

MIMM: jam packed weekend

What a great weekend—what a busy weekend!?

I am happy to say that I am exhausted from tons of fun with my mom, Dave, and CrossFit friends. My Monday is MARVELOUS because I am feeling very blessed. San Diego is a beautiful city with tons to do.. I am lucky to live here!

Here’s to another Marvelous Monday and a great week! Thanks to Katie for the link-up!


This pic cracked me up! .. I have been teaching about atoms and their protons, neutrons, and electrons to my 5th graders, so I had to share!


New favorite drink! It was made by a wonderful bartender, Robyn, at Bridges. She muddled oranges and limes with Silver Milagro tequila, and added fresh lime juice.. 20130414-102539.jpg

After Bridges, I obviously ended up at a fine establishment with this coin machine in the ladies’ restroom….


Saturday WOD was a partner workout. I had the best partner there is.. and he did his first muscle-up on the rings! Way to go 🙂 I am a proud girlfriend!


Saturday night was a 6am CrossFit East Village happy hour meet-up at La Puerta! I had a great time getting drinks (mainly margaritas with fresh lime juice–paleo!!!) with these ladies. The guys were there too, but we wanted a ladies only pic 🙂 p.s… don’t mind the spilled water on my shirt.


The BF and I went out for one more after the group went their separate ways.. We always have a great time.


And then we ended up getting hungry.. These carne asada tacos were ridiculously good! Maybe it was the tequila talking.. but I wasn’t mad at it 😉


These babies were born on Sunday.. recipe coming soon


Our wood floors were redone. So nice and purdy!


Who knew the windows flipped down like this?? We have owned our house for 2 years and I discovered this on Sunday! Definitely made for easy cleaning.


Stanley, the best copilot ever while in the car!


xoxo, Haley

Why is your Monday marvelous? Any exciting plans this week? How was the weekend?

Work it (4/7-4/13)

Work it, girrrrrl!

Sunday: Rest Day

-Snatch 7 sets of a snatch pull and 2 hang squat snatches – 60 lb.
-WOD: 3 rounds of 10kb thrusters & 50m farmers carry (I used 25 lb kbs and finished in 4:15)

-WOD: 3x (2 min rest in between)
-300 yard shuttle run (50 yard mark) – 1:07 <<—slow! It was tough.

-Clean 7 sets of a clean pull and 2 hang squat cleans – 85 lb. NEW PR! (and a shoutout to Charlotte with her PR!!)–we rock 🙂
-WOD: cash-in with 50 DUs
-then… 5-4-3-2-1 hang power clean, T2B 200m sprint (finished in 10:52 with 75 lb.)


Thursday: Rest Day – did some xBox Kinect Dance Central

-Back Squat 5 rep max : 125 lb..
-WOD: 9-6-3 Push Jerk & Strict Pull-ups I used 75 lbs. and a blue band

-I stayed after and did a mini-WOD on my own of:
5 rounds
-5 KB swings (35#)
-5 goblet squats (35#)
-100m sprint

-Then 100 DUs  …enjoy!

Saturday: Partner WOD! 15min AMRAP
While one partner is running 300m, the other partner is working through stations (overhead lunge, sumo dead lift high pull, wall balls, burpees, and air squats) with 10 reps at each.
I must say that my partner was really cute 🙂
Afterwards, he did his first ring muscle-up! I was so proud of him. It was his goal for April.


Chocolate Covered Strawberry Protein Shake

Since trying to build muscle, upping my protein is required.  After tiring my muscles out at 6am CrossFit, I need to refuel with a protein shake.

The milk and powder thing works, but I like to jazz them up… So…

I’m back with another YUMMY protein shake!

It may not be ice cream flavored like the last one, BUT it is definitely one of my favorite desserts turned healthy 🙂



The chocolate brings out the subtle strawberry flavor–and amazingness happens.


-1 cup almond milk
-1 handful spinach (optional)
-1 scoop chocolate protein powder
-1T unsweetened cocoa powder
-1 handful frozen strawberries
-1t vanilla extract
-1/2t xanthan gum


1. Put milk, spinach, and chocolate powders in blender. Blend until spinach is liquified.
2. Add in strawberries and vanilla. Blend until mixed.
3. Add in xanthan gum to thicken things up. Blend, blend, blend.
*The longer you blend, the fluffier it gets!



xoxo, Haley

Question: What’s your favorite dessert?  I just may make it into a shake 😉

Work It (3/24-30)

Sunday: Rest day 🙂



This workout was a good one– Cash in: 1000m row, then 3 rounds of 20 alternating over head lunges, 200 m KB farmers carry (TOUGH!)… but then you had to run 900m!

What’s unfortunate about being at 6am class is at that time, the WOD did not have a farmers carry distance.  Therefore our trainer decided 200 was good.  After we suffered through it–she said 200 was too far and lowered it!  haha.. Oh well, we got a great workout!

I used a 25# plate for the lunges and carried 35# KB.



We started with a Clean sequence for 10 min EMOM (every minute on the minute) of a power clean, hang power clean, and front squat.  I used 70#

The MetCon was For Time:

20 KB swings (55#), 30 Toes to Bar, Run 400m

I was happy with my time of 5:33 because the T2B were difficult!  Also, I am getting better at the HEAVY 55# KB swings.



Push Jerk strength was quick!  I used 65lbs.

MetCon was Rxed at 135#.  I can deadlift this, BUT not quickly and safely with correct form.  So, I used 110# and finished 10 rounds in the 10 minutes.

Thursday: rest day.. My shoulders were feeling toasty, and I wanted to rest up for 13.4



Oh 13.4—Rxed for ladies was 95#.  That’s heavy.  I can’t clean 95# YET, so I used 75 (then dropped to 65) pounds.  I ended up with 36 reps.

The one thing that I loved about this WOD was the fact that I can do T2B now!  I remember when I started crossfit 3.5 months ago, I laughed at T2B because I couldn’t do them at all.  🙂  PROGRESS!!

Saturday: Met my favorite workout partner, Sheila, at CrossFit.  We weren’t feeling it today–but did a quick WOD of 10 rounds of 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, and 10 air squats.  It was quick, got our heart rates up, and hit the spot.

I then did some back squats while The BF did 13.4  I hit a new PR!  130lbs 🙂

xoxo, Haley

Question: How was your week??  I would love to hear from ya! 🙂