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15-ml Peppermint essential oil
20 Essential Rewards points
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15-ml Peppermint essential oil
20 Essential Rewards points
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Peppermint is a peppermint essential oil that promotes and enhances healthy intestinal function, along with overall healthy G.I. system comfort. Peppermint is celebrated for maintaining the efficiency of the digestive tract and supporting normal digestion. It may also support your performance during exercise when ingested or added to water during physical activity. Find peppermint in DiGize.

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Battle of the Beasts – My First CrossFit Competition

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Okay, I suck. I should have done this recap weeks ago! The competition went really well! We were super excited that we did not come in last place. We came in 12th out of 13! The workouts were killer and the heat was practically unbearable! It was 97 degrees that day and there was no shade where the workouts were, all the shade that was available was provided by canopy tents brought in by the athletes. This competition was a true test of mental strength, physical strength, courage, and perseverance.

Gym Family Support

Gym Family Support

We had excellent support from our gym family as well. Our coach and several members showed up to cheer us on and bear the heat with us. The outpouring support was unimaginable. I feel so very lucky to belong to a gym family as supportive as IronCross Fitness. Trevin has always been very encouraging and uplifting when you need it most.

The Rig

The Rig

WOD 1
Partner 1-
5 mins to complete:
21-15-9
Thrusters @55lbs
Toe-to-bar (knee to elbow for scaled)

Thrusters

Thrusters

Then

Partner 2-
5 minutes to complete:
4 rounds-
12 overhead squats @65lbs
6 pullups

Overhead Squats

Overhead Squats

Then…

Partner 1-
3 minutes to complete Grace @75lbs (30 clean & jerks)

Clean & Jerk

Clean & Jerk

Then…

Partner 2 –
3 minutes to complete Isabell @75lbs (30 snatches)

Snatch

Snatch

Snatch

Snatch

Snatch

Snatch

Snatch

Snatch

WOD 2
Relay run aka the most hellacious 400m run ever! Partner 1 completed the run and tagged Partner 2 to finish. Score is based on total time. I think we finished in 14 something.

Relay Run

Relay Run

Relay Run - Almost done!

Relay Run – Almost done!

WOD 3
Partner 1 –
400m Run
30 double unders (60 singles)
15 kettlebell swings @35lbs
15 box jumps 20” (step-ups allowed for scaled)
16 kettlebell cleans @35lbs
15 burpees w/jump to plate
50 yards overhead lunges w/35lb plate

Partner 2 (starts when Partner 1 crosses the 50 yard mark)
400m run
15 burpees w/jump to plate
16 kettlebell cleans @35lbs
15 box jumps 20” (step-ups allowed for scaled)
15 kettlebell swings @35lbs
30 double unders (60 singles)

Walking Lunges

Walking Lunges

Kettlebell Cleans

Kettlebell Cleans

Kettlebell Swings

Kettlebell Swings

Box Jumps

Box Jumps

Kettlebell Swings

Kettlebell Swings

Kettlebell Swings

Kettlebell Swings

Single Unders

Single Unders

I don’t remember what we finished in, but it was under the 25 minute time cap!

WOD 4 – we did not place in the top 10 so we didn’t get to do this workout, I was very sad.
100 partner over burpees
Wall-climb sprint
Rest
6 minutes to find 1 rep max overhead squat and snatch complex, clean and front squat for scaled.

In the end, this was a really good first competition and I’m so glad that I was able to compete and give it my all and never give up. It was a huge eye opener to how far I’ve really come not only physically but mentally as well. Lacey was a great partner and I’d definitely do another partner competition with her if the opportunity arose!

Lacey & I

Lacey & I

Now to find the next competition…

Workout Recap

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You guys! The competition is here! I’m competing as you are reading this! How crazy is that? I cannot believe it is here already. Here is a recap of the week leading up to the competition.

Monday
15min AMRAP
10 close grip pushups
10 weighted sit ups (20lb ball)
10 no-touch burpees

I got 9+ rounds.

THEN
Rest 1 min, 3mins 30 snatches @75lbs

I made it through 22.

THEN
Run 1/2 mile, then intervals for 3/4 mile (walk 200m, sprint 200m)

THEN
Technique work on overhead squats

Tuesday
Run 1 mile then 1 mile of intervals (walk 200m, sprint 200m)

THEN
Complex – push press, front squat, thruster +1 until failure @75lbs

I made it through 7+ rounds. This workout was super tough, you thought you were doing good after you finished the squats but that first thruster put you in check real fast. 

Wednesday
Run 1 mile then 1 mile intervals (walk 200m, run 200m)
3 rounds:
12 overhead squats, 6 pullups
I finished in 7:10.
10 snatches every 60 seconds with 30 second break (3 rounds)
4 sets of 5 hang squat cleans @95lbs

Thursday
Run 1 mile then 1 mile intervals (walk 200m, sprint 200m)
Jump ropes

Friday
Run 1 mile then 1 mile intervals (walk 200m, sprint 200m)

Bountiful Basket and Operation Don’t Let Anything Go to Waste

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I have decided to start getting the Bountiful Baskets again. Bountiful Baskets is a volunteer co-op organization providing a basket of 50% fruits and 50% veggies for $15 ($25 for organic)! I’m doing the conventional basket for right now and then I will move to the organic basket as soon as I know I will not be disappointed. So far so good. This weeks basket looks delicious! I cannot wait to prepare my meals this week! I’m also hoping that getting the baskets inspires me to continue to cook healthy at home and prepare for the week!

Here is what came in the basket this week:

BB1

Potatoes
Peaches
Green Peppers
Blueberries
Celery
Green Onions
Grapes
Lettuce
Plums
Honeydew Melon
Cabbage
Mangoes

Operation Don’t Let Anything go to Waste

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Sunday Eggs, Bacon, Plums* Sunday Dinner w/family
Monday Scotch Eggs (2), Grapes* Salad* w/tuna Stuffed Peppers*, salad*
Tuesday Scotch Eggs (2), Grapes* Leftover stuffed peppers*, salad* Chicken, potatoes*, crunchy slaw*
Wednesday Scotch Eggs (2), Grapes* Leftover: Chicken, potatoes*, crunchy slaw* Twice Baked Potatoes*
Thursday Scotch Eggs (2), Melon* Twice baked potato* Pork chops, potatoes*, salad*
Friday Scotch Eggs (2), Melon* Pork chops, potatoes*, salad* Spaghetti w/meatballs, salad*
Saturday Scotch Eggs (2), Melon* Crossfit Competition Crossfit Competition

Snacks: Plums*, celery* w/almond butter
*means come from basket

The mangoes*, peaches* and blueberries* will be frozen into smoothie packs, for those hot summer days when I don’t feel like cooking! I’m really hoping that this meal plan helps me stay on track!

Workout Recap

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Well this was a rough week! I knew it would be. It’s the last week of training before the competition. Next week I’ll be going hard on Monday and Tuesday and then take it easy for the rest of the week to make sure that I’m well rested for the competition that is in a week! A week peeps! I cannot believe that it is basically here! I’m so excited, nervous, terrified and ready! Here is the recap!

Monday
40 push ups
20 clean & jerks (65lbs)
Run 400m
30 push ups
15 clean & jerks (65lbs)
Run 800m
20 push ups
10 clean & jerks
Run 1200m

I don’t remember my time, oh well, I barely remembered the workout! Whoops!

Tuesday
15min AMRAP:
5-10-15
Front Squat (95lbs)
Knee to elbow on bar

I got 2+ rounds. I almost had 3, I was through 8 of the 15 of the front squats when time ran out!

Wednesday
4 rounds:
1 min wall balls
1 min sumo high pulls (50lbs)
1 min box jumps
1 min battle ropes

Thursday
15min time cap:
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Down and back up
Thrusters (75lbs)
Elevated Ring Rows

I made it through round 4 going back up the ladder. I was pretty proud of myself. Those ring rows were really tough when you elevated your feet.

Friday
Partner Workout!
P1 – 400m farmer carry w/rope
P2 – Plank until P1 comes back in
P1 – Plank until P2 comes back in
P2 – 400m farmer carry w/rope
P1 – 400m farmer carry
P2 – Wall ball sit (10lb ball)
P1 – Wall ball sit (10lb ball)
P2 – 400m farmer carry
P1 – 400m farmer carry
P2 – 50 slammers
P1 – 50 slammers
P2 – 400m farmer carry
P1 – 800m farmer carry
P2 – 40 burpees (+40 for 4 drops on the plank and wall sit)
P1 – 40 burpees (+40)
P2 – 800m farmer carry

We finished in 33:16! I was super proud of us! We did good!

Valor II and Peace & Calming II

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Valor II and Peace & Calming II have been developed as alternate formulations of Valor and Peace & Calming. These are not meant to be replacements but these new formulations will have increased availability. Gary hand-formulated these new blends to stay true to the original constituent character of their predecessors, so they offer the same great experience. I know I will be adding both of these to my next Essential Rewards order! I cannot wait to try them!

Valor II

Valor II

Gary Young specially formulated Valor II™ essential oil blend as his recommended option and alternate to Valor. Gary handpicked this new formulation to stay true to the original constituent character of its predecessor and offer the same great experience. Valor II includes Young Living’s exclusive Northern Lights Black Spruce and Idaho Blue Spruce essential oils, along with Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Vetiver, Cistus, Bergamot, Cassia, German Chamomile, and other oils. Diffuse Valor II for an inspiring and calming aroma or apply topically to experience this empowering and uplifting fragrance. Valor II includes the naturally occurring constituents linalol, alpha-pinene, camphene, and limonene. Along with Valor, you’ll now have two unique and powerful options that can be used individually or together for a complementary experience!

Suggested Uses:

  • Diffuse or apply topically for a calming and soothing aroma.
  • Apply topically to experience an empowering and uplifting fragrance.
  • Add 15-20 drops to V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex and use for a relaxing foot massage.
  • Diffuse for an inspiring aroma.

Topical: Apply 2-4 drops directly to desired area. Dilution not required, except for the most sensitive skin. Use as needed.

Aromatic: Diffuse up to 1 hour 3 times daily.

Caution: Keep out of reach of children. For external use only. Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use.

Peace & Calming II

P&C II

Gary Young specially formulated Peace & Calming II™ essential oil blend as his recommended option and alternate to Peace & Calming. Gary handpicked this new formulation to stay true to the original constituent character of its predecessor and offer the same great experience. The gentle aroma of Peace & Calming II includes Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, German Chamomile, Vetiver, Cistus, Bergamot, Cassia, Davana, and Young Living’s exclusive Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oils. This proprietary blend creates a relaxing and pleasant aroma when inhaled or diffused. Dilute and apply topically to moisturize and beautify the appearance of skin. Peace & Calming II includes the naturally occurring constituents germacrene D, linalol, alpha-pinene, and bisabolol. Along with Peace & Calming, you’ll now have two unique and powerful options that can be used individually or together for a complementary experience!

Suggested Uses

  • Apply topically to beautify the appearance of skin.
  • Dilute and apply topically to moisturize skin.
  • Diffuse to create a gentle, relaxing aroma.

Topical: Dilute 1 drop with 1 drop of V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex or olive oil and apply to desired area as needed.

Aromatic: Diffuse up to 1 hour 3 times daily.

Caution: Keep out of reach of children. For external use only. Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use. Avoid direct sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.

Are you interested in starting your new journey with essential oils? Visit here to sign up today! I would love to have you on my team to share the love of Young Living Essential Oils!

Disclaimer:

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.

Workout Recap!

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Monday
40 sumo high pulls (50lb kettlebell)
40 knee to elbow on bar
40 sumo deadlift (50lb kettlebell)
Run 200m
30 sumo high pulls
30 knee to elbow
30 sumo deadlifts
Run 400m
20 sumo high pulls
20 knee to elbow
20 sumo deadlifts
Run 800m

I finished in 31:32. This workout was tough and all back. It was quite the struggle to finish the 800m run!

Tuesday
8 rounds:
10 handwalks
15 push press (65lbs)
20 air squats

I forgot what my time was, like 19 something maybe…

Wednesday
100 bicycle abs
Run 400m
100 crossovers (20lb ball)
Run 400m
100 sit ups
Run 400m
100 weighted crunch (20lb ball)
Run 400m

I finished in 16:41. I was so proud of myself. I really pushed the cardio aspect of this workout and it really paid off. 

Thursday
+2 until failure @75lbs
weighted lunges
back squats

I failed at 18. It was pretty challenging making it through the last 18, my left buttcheek started cramping pretty hard!

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