“Murph” and other bits and pieces

Life has been moving a bit fast around here and I’m afraid I’ve been doing a lousy job at documenting it.  The holiday weekend and some vacation time are providing a bit of a break, so I thought I’d fill in some of the gaps.

Since the beginning of February, I’ve been working out at CrossFit Hillsboro, 3-4 times a week.  It’s challenging.  It’s fun.  The people are great.  It’s totally different than any other type of gym experience.  CrossFit often names particular workouts after fallen soldiers.  To commemorate this Memorial Day at the gym, we listened to the national anthem and then we did a WOD (Workout of the Day) called “Murph,” in remembrance of Lt. Michael Murphy.  It goes like this:

  • 1 mile run
  • 100 pull-ups
  • 200 push-ups
  • 300 air-squats
  • 1 mile run

Sounds a little nuts, right?  You can break it up into segments that work for you, and you can modify movements where necessary.  My “pull-ups” are called jumping pull-ups.  I stand on a box, reach up to grab the bar, jump and pull myself up so my chin goes above the bar and land back on the box.  My push-ups are girl ones, from the knees.  Air-squats are squats without added weight.  You try and get your rear as low as you can while keeping your chest up, then you stand all the way up.

I broke it down to look like this:

  • 1/2 mile run (about 5 min each time)
  • (5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 air-squats) x 5 (about 7 min for each set of 5)
  • 1/2 mile run
  • (5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 air-squats) x 5
  • 1/2 mile run
  • (5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 air-squats) x 5
  • 1/2 mile run
  • (5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 air-squats) x 5

I finished in 48:46.  Woohoo!!!

Thank you to Lt. Murphy and ALL the armed forces for your work and sacrifices.

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Seth, his parents, one sister and I recently completed the Whole30 Challenge.  To sum it up, it’s no diary, no sugar, no grains, no legumes…for 30 days.  It’s a clean-out-your-system kinda deal.  In conjunction with CrossFit, I lost 13 pounds.  Seth lost 17.  It wasn’t as difficult as I expected it to be.  I never counted calories;  I just ate decent food.  Also in conjunction with CrossFit, since early Feb I’ve lost nearly 3″ off my waist, an inch off my arms and a dress size or two.  I’ve gained strength and access to parts of my wardrobe I haven’t seen in a while.  Yahoo!

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May 28 was our 17th anniversary!  Wowee!!

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We are in the middle of baseball season, which makes for a crazy schedule when combined with swimming season (which is year ’round).  Between now and mid-Aug, we have 2 weekends free.  Whew!  While some of this is a bit wild, it’s also fun.

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We’ve finally updated our CRT television with a flat screen version, and now we’re canceling cable!  With a digital antenna, we’re able to see most of the major networks, and we’re enjoying our free trial month of Netflix, which we’ll probably subscribe to.  Hulu may prove useful as well.  There will be things we’ll miss, but we like the idea of not paying for SO many things that we will never watch when we can find less expensive ways of watching a lot of what we would want to watch…especially now that summer is upon us and there are better things to do.  Like yard work!  Yippee!!


3 Responses to ““Murph” and other bits and pieces”

  • Heather Says:

    Hello! Sounds like you’ve been really busy too! I’d love to know more about your whole foods option. I looked at the website and considered ordering the book – is it a good guideline? We have to deal with Greta’s peanut allergy so I was excited to see legumes eliminated, but wonder about the use of other nuts too? Did you get the book? Thoughts?

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    Elaine replied:

    Hi Heather,
    Peanuts are the only nut not allowed on the Whole30. Other nuts and seeds are fine. We eat almonds and cashews and walnuts (and almond butter and cashew butter). At first, I think I ate too many, but now I just have a few now and then. I did not purchase the Whole30 Success Guide. The Whole30 is based on the Paleo way of eating. I haven’t read them yet, but my mom-in-law has a book by Robb Wolf called “The Paleo Solution” and a cookbook by Sarah Fragoso called “Everyday Paleo.” I think those would be a good place to start. Honestly, it’s been a bit confusing at times, because there seems to be a “right way of eating” around every corner. We’ve been eating more meat (high quality), which I still wonder/worry about, but it has not been overly difficult to do this and we are experiencing positive effects. Hope that helps!

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  • Laura Says:

    SO glad you’re still liking CrossFit! It’s amazing what you find your body will let you do and how far you can push it! Good for you!

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