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Workout Recaps!

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Forced rest day – gym closed

30 thrusters (65lbs)
30 toe-to-bar (ttb)
400m run
20 thrusters
20 ttb
800m run
10 thrusters
10 ttb
1200m run

I finished in 28:15! This one was a slow burner, thrusters are a strength of mine, but the ttb totally kicked my butt!

15min AMRAP:
30 bicycle abs
15 slammers (20lb ball)
30 crossovers
15 slammers
30 sit ups
15 slammers
30 weighted crunch
15 slammers

I think I got just over 3 rounds. 

10 snatch @75lbs
10 clean & jerk @75lbs
10 hang squat cleans @75lbs

20, 18, 16….6, 4, 2
Weighted Lunges @95lbs
Ring Dips (w/black band)

I finished in 21:17.

4 Rounds:
20 burpees
30 box jumps (20″)
40 jump squats
50 mountain climbers

I finished in 34:15! This workout was a killer after Thursday!


Living with Food Allergies Part I

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A little over a week ago I was tested for food allergies. Turns out the results from the prick test indicate that I am allergic to oats, peanuts, broccoli, chocolate and garlic. Now none of those are horrible BUT I’m really struggling with the garlic allergy. They put garlic in EVERYTHING! So how did I end up in the Allergy Doctor’s Office? Here’s my story…

Back in November I had started to get these horribly itchy legs. I thought maybe it was caused by my Muck Boots, so I quit wearing those. Then that didn’t work, so I thought that maybe it was just all boots, so I quit wearing all boots. Nope no relief. Then I thought it was my lotion, so I switched that about 800 times. No avail. Then I thought it was leggings or skinny jeans, so I quit wearing those and switched to mostly capris and again, no improvement. After all of that I decided that I guess it wasn’t something external and had to be internal. About this time I started switching up my protein intake for the competition and my training. At the time that my symptoms (the itching) got so bad that I was scratching them until they bled, but I didn’t realize it until they started bleeding. It was terrifying that I was becoming that unaware with what was going on. So when I switched up my diet for training I was eating a lot of dairy. Cottage cheese in particular is very high in protein for a reasonable serving size and calories. Well within about a half an hour of eating dairy I would get horrible itchiness. However, I’ve struggled with cutting out dairy, which is silly, but it’s been a real struggle. The dairy prick test came back negative though.

So I made an appointment with the allergy doctor, but it was a month out. So I took pictures of my legs and the horrible shape they were in with the rashes and scratches. And then called dermatology to see if they could get me in sooner. They were able to get me in that day. I went in and had the WORST experience I’ve ever had with a doctor. He didn’t even look at my legs, came in telling me to prescribe me a topical steroid for contact dermatitis. Not that the doctor told me what it was for. It was the most mind-blowing appointment I’d ever had. However, the steroid helped calm down the itching, but I still have to use it about 2-3 times a week. So we have only been treating the symptoms and not the cause. That really bothered me. I’m hoping the allergy doctor can help me find the answers to the cause of the itching and help me to get it under control. So far I’m working on cutting out all the allergens that have been identified this far. The doctor had blood drawn and sent off for further testing, including whey specific testing for dairy to see if there is a connection there. It will be nice when this is under control. Anyhow, that’s what I’ve been dealing with lately.

Do you have any allergies? Are they food related? What have you done to try to figure out some medical mysteries?

Workout Recap!

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Sorry I missed last week. Traveling and what not had me all out of sorts! But lucky for you I’ll recap two weeks worth of workouts! Here we go!

15 close grip pushups
15 jump squats
15 slammers

I got 10 rounds.

Rest day – Denver

Rest day – Denver

Rest day – Denver

Mountain Climbers
Deadlifts (115lbs)

I finished in 27:07.

15 min AMRAP:
12 toe to bar
6 box jumps (30″)
3 max push press (135lbs)

I don’t know how many rounds I got but set a personal record for my push press! On 4/10/2015 my PR was 105lbs! 30lb gain in a month! 

15 min AMRAP:
10 sumo high pulls (60lbs)
10 air squats
10 sit ups

I did 13+ rounds. Then went and played softball.

EMOM: +1 Front Squat (95lbs)

I made it through 11+10.

20min AMRAP:
30 crossovers
30 ball to toe
30 weighted crunch
Max Plank
400m run

I think I did 3 rounds.

30 snatches @65lbs

15min AMRAP: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 (+3 until time runs out)
Push press (95lbs)
5 pull ups between each set

I made it through 18.


Financial Peace University – Week 8

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We only have one more week of FPU! I cannot believe how much I’ve learned in this short amount of time. It will be invaluable for my future and my family’s future.

This week at FPU we learned about how to buy a house. There is a right way and a wrong way and it is very important to do this the right way, so that you are living the American Dream not the American Nightmare. It can be done the right way with some hard work and dedication. I plan to use some of Dave’s techniques when I purchase my first real house. I currently have a single-wide manufactured home that is completely paid off and I rent the lot it is on for $235/month. WAY cheaper than rent here in Billings.

In the lesson, we learned that you should be through Baby Step 3 before you start saving for a house. Which means you should be debt free and have a full emergency fund of 3-6 months of expenses. He calls saving for a house at this point Baby Step 3b. It’s a great plan. I have told my family that when I go to buy a real house I will have no debt, a fully funded emergency fund and a mortgage of $100k or less.

Dave talks about financing a house with 100% down aka paying cash for a house. This is the ultimate goal, and would be really awesome, however, not always attainable in the time frame we’d like. So he recommends a 15-year, fixed rate mortgage. And if you go through this class he provides awesome examples of why. He also discusses the other types of mortgages available including FHA, Veterans, ARMs, interest only, and so on. He also talks about the Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) and how if you have 20% down or 20% equity in your home you do not need this insurance. It is for protecting the lender, not you, from default.

Dave also talked about short sales, foreclosure, and willfully defaulting on your mortgage. It was a very enlightening lesson. I really enjoyed this one and will adjust my goals accordingly. Current goal, debt snowball (Baby Step 2).

Are you interested in taking Financial Peace University yourself? Visit and find a class near you or sign up online!

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University – Week 7

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Last night at Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University we learned about investing.  Investing 15% of your income is also known as Baby Step 4. This is after you have paid off all of your debt through the debt snowball (Baby Step 2), and put 3-6 months of expenses into an emergency fund (Baby Step 3), then you start your investing, which is also how you grow your wealth for retirement.

We did a fun little exercise of drawing what our picture of retirement would be and also our why. The why is very important. The why is what keeps you motivated to blast through your debt with gazelle intensity and get that emergency fund fully funded. Then you can really start to see your money grow.

Now of course I’m still on Baby Step 2, but knowing what I’m working so hard for is really helpful. This way I don’t lose sight of the bigger picture when I’m bogged down that I still have debt. I had been toying with the idea of printing out a picture of my dream house and Germany and posting them on my fridge to look at every day.

Here is a picture of my why:

brick home


So what does your picture of retirement look like? Is it changing the family tree so future generations are strapped with debt? Is it traveling the world? Is it freedom and control over all of your money? Is it so you can give like you’ve never given before? What is your why?

Are you interested in learning more about Financial Peace University? Visit and find a class near you.

*Click on images to see sources!

Workout Recap

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2 Rounds-7min AMRAP:
10 pushups
10 situps
10 air squats

I got 8+3 situps and 8+7 situps.

12,800m-16, 400m-24, 200m
Overhead Lunge (35lbs)
Push Press (95lbs)

I finished in 23:41. I started out with 75lbs for the push press. My coach decided after 4 reps that it was too light and I had to do 95lbs. It was such a good challenge for me. 

4 rounds:
1 min bicycle abs
1 min slammers (20lb ball)
1 min reverse crunch
1 min mountain climbers

Snatch practice @75lbs.

I was supposed to do 30 in under 3 minutes, but I was not feeling it. I have some personal stuff going on that was distracting my mind from the gym. Rather than risk injury I just practiced the snatch at my own pace and that was that. Hopefully back to normal soon. 

15min AMRAP:
2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14…
Deadlifts (135lbs)

I made it through 14. My pullups need some serious work. 

3 rounds:
30 box jumps (20″)
30 burpees
30 front squat (65lbs)

I finished in 25:07.

Financial Peace University – Week 6

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Last night in FPU we learned about insurance. We learned what kind of insurance you need, what kind is a gimmick, and the best way to do insurance. We also were very humbled by stories that have happened to people before they got insured properly and after. It really puts things into perspective. It definitely made you want to run home and check your coverage to make sure it is adequate.

Here are a few key points from the lesson:

Auto Insurance
If you have a full emergency fund (baby step #3), raise your deductible.
Make sure that you carry adequate liability.

Homeowner’s/Renter’s Insurance
Homeowner’s should be guaranteed replacement cost if at all possible.
If you rent, you NEED renter’s insurance.

Health Insurance
See if an HSA is the way for you to go.
Increase your deductible, but never decrease the maximum pay.

Life Insurance aka Death Insurance
Replaces lost income due to death.
Try to get Term insurance and invest the rest of what it would cost for a cash value policy.

Disability Insurance
Designed to replace your income lost due to short-term or permanent disability.
Try to get own occ or occupational disability, therefore, if you are not able to do the job you were trained to do you are covered.
Always purchase with after-tax money, that way your benefits will be tax-free.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Only need if you are 60 or older.

Identity Theft Protection
Make sure that your coverage includes restoration services that assign a counselor
Need more than just credit monitoring.

Gimmicks/Not-needed Insurance

  • Accidental Death
  • Cancer Insurance
  • Credit life and disability (on debt)
  • Pre-paid burial policies
  • Mortgage life insurance
  • Policies with fancy options (return of premium, waiver of premium)

I can tell you, I had no idea about insurance before this. I knew it was a necessary evil in your life for things like auto accidents and crazy weather. But I didn’t know the value of insurance until this lesson. I will be looking into my policies and options as soon as I can. It’s definitely not something to put off. You never know when life will strike you down. I know I have health insurance, auto insurance, homeowner’s insurance, and life insurance. Other than that I’m not sure what I have. I also need to look into those policies to make sure that I have adequate coverage on all of them.

Have you been wondering about Financial Peace University? Visit to find a class near you or register online.

All the opinions are mine, I am sharing my story. This should not be taken as advice on your situation. YOu should always consult with a licensed professional before making any changes to your policies.