Fat Jelly Bean

Picked up JR from school yesterday and out of habit, I asked him how his day was.  “Good,” he replied.  Not his normal, “good!” that I’m used to.  Then JY piped up from the back seat, “someone called JR fat today”.

JR bowed his head. A metal stake went through my heart.  “What happened, buddy?” I asked, trying to keep my emotions at bay.

“It was at recess and she kept coming in my space saying I’m a fat jelly bean. I asked her to stop and she wouldn’t.”  His body was deflated.  He wouldn’t look at me.

The metal stake in my heart became engulfed in flames.

“Did you tell someone?” I asked.

“I told a teacher.  She gave me a hug.”

I changed the subject and drove the rest of the way home with my heart on fire.  When we walked into the house I asked JR to walk the dog.  As soon as he walked out, I walked into my room and did the ugly cry.  How could I have let him get this way?  Why are kids so mean? What more can I do?  I’m going to CRUSH that 9-year-old girl!

I called the hubby and tried to convince him that my parenting career was a complete disaster and my child was going to be scarred forever.  I updated my Facebook and solicited pity and got some really good advise in return.

The last piece of advice I happened to read before JR walked back in the door was from my Uncle.  All he wrote was: sticks and stones.

I looked at JR, he sat on the couch, Indian style, chin on his hands, watching tv.  He saw me watching him.  He looked up at me and smiled.

Instead of a full fledged attack on the 9 year old girl, her parents, the school system, the teachers and the counselors…. I did what I knew would make me and JR feel better.

“Get your shoes, JR.  Let’s wod“.

We only did three rounds

We only did three rounds

JR held for 12 seconds

JR held for 5 seconds

JY held for 18 seconds

JY held for 18 seconds

Then he held for 12 seconds!

Then he held for 12 seconds!

I stopped the wod at three rounds 1: because I was tired, 2: because the kids were over it and 3: we broke into dance to Gangnam Style (Kids Bob version)!

Can't touch this.

Can’t touch this.

Words will never hurt us. 

Tootles-

jess

Kids wod

Another highlight in my 10 day trip to the states was the opportunity to not only watch a Crossfit Kids (CFK) class, but JR and MC got to participate!!!

Crossfit GP has just launched their CFKs program and I was able to work both boys in there for a wod.  This is the first wod they have ever done without me being the “coach”.  To be honest- I was nervous.  I had told the coach that I was Level 1 and CFK certified and that I had coached them for a few months, but I forgot to mention it had been almost 2 months since they had worked out (in those 2 months JR has gained 9.5 pounds and no- he hasn’t gotten any taller):

Both of the boys were excited to go so I tried to put my nerves on the back burner.  Plus there was the added distraction of the awesome feeling I had from just completing my first wod with my sister– bonus!

The boys warmed up and looked good.  They looked comfortable.  The coaches were enthusiastic and incredibly encouraging.  As a skill they worked on hand stands.  JR came right out and said, “I cannot do that”.  The coach called JR to the mat and had him start in a head stand.  Even though JR struggled the coach got him to pull his legs straight up and cheered him on as if his assisted head stand was the most beautiful thing she’d ever seen.  When he stood up, she yelled, “you did it!!!” and then he smiled proudly: beautiful!

Crossft GP in Grants Pass, Oregon

Crossft GP in Grants Pass, Oregon

MC had the same success.  Apart of the warm up was pull ups.  He jumped up to the bar, kipped and then pulled himself right up.  Of course I only saw it out of the corner of my eye and asked him to do it again so I could get a picture.  He said he didn’t think he could do it again… he did!!!

Since we have been back on island MC has lost interest in CFKs.  He did one wod with me and JR but I could tell he wasn’t feeling it.  I asked him if he wanted to wod with us yesterday and he very politely said, “no thanks”.  I’m not going to push it, but I do hope he shows interest again some day.

Yesterdays wod with JR was awesome!!  I had ran out of time to make it to RCFA, so I threw together my own wod:

  • 1000 m row
  • 50 wall balls (WB)
  • 40 dead lifts 85# (DL)
  • 30 WB
  • 20 DL
  • 10 WB
  • 500 m row

It took me over 20 minutes, but I’ve just got to better at those damn wall balls!!!

Wall-Ball-Humor

JR came out to the garage to cheer me on, so I asked him if he wanted to wod.  “Sure”, he said.  I’m not sure if he agreed because he actually wanted to or if he knows it would make me happy.  Something I’m definitely keeping an eye on.

  • 100 m row
  • 14# ball carry 100 m (BC)
  • 5 burpees
  • BC
  • 5 pushups
  • BC
  • 5 sit ups
  • BC
  • 5 jumping jacks
  • BC
  • 5 air squats
14# ball carry

14# ball carry

air squats

air squats

sit ups

sit ups

Speaking of CFKs, I was contacted a few weeks ago by CFKs.  The email suggested I apply for “affiliation”.  I’m still waiting to hear back, but I have got to say I’m really excited!!  I don’t know how I would coach kids (other than my own) with my work (and social) schedule, but I’m really excited for the opportunity to share what I have learned and love to other families!!!

Tootles-

jess

100 mile club

At the beginning of the school year, JR signed up for the 100 mile club.  At first I thought it was an awesome idea but then I started to worry that JR wouldn’t be able to finish in time.

I was right.  JR was 14 miles shy of completing his 100 miles.  He went to the ceremony and received a “Participation Award”, but he did not get the “100 mile club medal”.

After the ceremony he told me he still wanted to finish the 100 miles.  I plotted out an out-and-back route from the house that would equal one mile.  We laced up our shoes and off we went.  At the 1/4 mile mark I started thinking there’s no way he will be able to the whole mile non-stop.  He started complaining about his ankle.  Then his knee.  Then he started talking about his friends at school, his Auntie visiting, his cousin and her blankie, his trip to Alaska and how he loves airports.  At the 1/2 mile mark, we turned around… JR kept talking.  And talking.

100 mile club

100 mile club

This picture was taken at the 3/4 mark.  He was actually picking up speed and enthusiasm!  After the run we were both on a runners high!  I was laughing and so was he!  It was an awesome moment between us!

But, make no mistake, this was a very special occasion.  I tried to recreate the magic last night and it was far from enthusiastic.  It started off promising.  He wanted to go.  We laced up our shoes, got out the door but within three minutes he started to complaine about his ankle.  Then his knee.  Then his head.  I tried to change the subject, but he insisted he was dying.  The 100 mile medal wasn’t important any more.

I could tell he just “wasnt feeling it”.  I thought we should turn around and go home but I also knew he could do it.  I did all that I could to keep the frustration at bay while I cheered him on. 

We finished, I gave him a high-five and took a minute to reflect.   Why was I so frustrated?  Should I have turned around sooner?  Was he tired?  Did I push him too far?  As I rubbed my head trying to release the guilt, he came up to me and said, “look what I can do with this melon.  It’s a front squat, right?”

Melon Front Squat

Melon Front Squat

JRFS1

JR

Maybe he just didn’t feel like running.  Maybe, just maybe, I didn’t do anything wrong.  Maybe my little guy just wanted his Mom to be proud of him.  “Yes, JR, that IS a front squat!  Let me grab my camera… do it again!”

In that 30 second conversation and front squat display we recaptured our “runners high”!

Tootles-

jess

Team Work

34 seconds.  With 34 seconds, Reebok Crossfit Asia has come in first place in the Asia division on the Crossfit Regional Games!  A huge congratulations to the whole team!

Team WODs for Regionals 2013

Team WODs for Regionals 2013

Apparently the place to be was on Twitter.  Waiting for facebook updates was so last year!!!  Good to know!  To join in the team fun, we did a home “team” wod with the kids:

Jackie-ish

Jackie-ish

Its Jackie-ish, but instead of having each kid do the whole wod, I split it up for each kid.

rowing

PVC Thruster PVC Thruster

 

push ups

push ups

After the kids did their wod, BL and I split the wod 50/50 and did it with 35# thrusters.  After that, I tracked down a random neighborhood kid and set up my new “snowballs” for a family game of “Snowball Fight”!!!  I really wish I had a clone to take pictures… maybe it’s for the best.

clean up

clean up

After our team wod, the snow ball fight and cleanup… we ventured out for dinner.  I found a restaurant that reminded me of my Grandma, got the directions from okinawahai and off we went.   50’s Cafe will blow your top!   Easy to find, decorated in 50s memorabilia, the service was quick and friendly service- and the food was all Rock & Roll, doll!!!

After the solid dinner I had one goal: to get lost!

So that’s what we did.  The kids lead the way from the back seats- shouting “right” or “left”…. and then I saw it.  It was on top of a hill… it looked like a look-ou!  We parked and off we went!  Half way up I asked a local if he would take a picture in perfect Japanese.  Well, actually I handed him my brand new iPhone 5, pointed at it, smiled and said thank-you (in perfect Japanese).

jun5The kids had a blast running free!  It was a bit high for me and it made my stomach way too woozy.  Back at the bottom we asked Siri to take us home.  On the way, BL recognized the route and swore there was a cafe I would like.  He was RIGHT!!!  Cotta cafe’!!

My team.

My team.

For having to work 16 hours of the weekend we sure did enjoy our time as a team!

Tootles-

jess

A Sunday win

Not every day is a win.  For me, its been month.  I’ve noticed that JRs belly has been protruding a bit more than usual, my pants are a bit tighter and our unison as a family has been “off”.  Maybe its been the indulging from the fail of the Whole 30, maybe the chaotic schedule, maybe it’s the weather… whatever it has been- it changed this weekend.

The weekend started with my husbands birthday on Friday and was followed up by having both Saturday and Sunday off!  The husbands birthday gift came in early Saturday morning:

I ordered through Rogue Fitness who have a website set up specifically for APO deliveries!  I ordered it April 7th and it arrived May 11th.  Not bad!!!!  We will definitely order through them again!

We were both able to attend both boys’ basketball games- I even got to see MC make his first basket (BL was taking JY to the bathroom, bummer)… I cried!  I was so proud of him; it was awesome seeing his hard work pay off!!!

On Sunday, my bed was infiltrated by my minions at 6am.  But, hey, they came toting gifts!  From MC: a jar of hand-made sugar scrub.  From JY: a paper mache’ flower-pot.  From JR: a hand-made card where he claims his mother weighs 84 pounds and her job is “cleaning“; nice!   I consumed my cup of coffee, we changed into PT gear and headed to the garage.

WOD:  Jackies Little Sister; For Time:

  • 1000m row
  • 30 thrusters 16#
  • 10 handstand holds for three seconds
MC

MC

WOD: Jackies Little Sister; For Time:

  • 500m row
  • 30 thrusters 16# then to 8#
  • 5 handstand holds for three seconds
JR

JR

WOD: Jackies Little Sister; For Time:

  • 200m row
  • 20 thrusters 8#
  • 5 handstand holds for three seconds
JY

JY

All three kids took to the rowing machine like it was second nature!    It was also nice letting the kids wod one at time- it gave each kid cues from both parents!  The husband and I did Jackie, too; I subbed pull-up with 3 second hand stand holds and the husband subbed pull-up with hand stand push ups.

All in all, a great Mothers Day!

Tootles-

jess

Whole 30 KISSed goodbye

It was an 80’s party and I hate 80s parties.  Trying to recreate my fashion statements as a 6-year-old is not what I consider “fun”.   But, it was a homecoming for two brothers.  And my outfit was in fact, amazing. **Make-up by Haley**

KISS

KISS

I mentally prepared myself for the party: No drinking.  I think I had convinced 89% of myself that I could pull this outfit off without drinking.  Then I saw the kitchen counter: guacamole, fresh salsa, spinach artichoke dip and chicken buffalo dip.  I’m not going to be able to use my paleo ribs to dip… it’s got to be a chip.  If I’m gonna have one, might as well have 20.  If I’m going to have chips, might as well wash it down with a gin and tonic.  Riding that slippery slope!

Done.

I woke up in the morning, hung over, bloated and slightly embarrassed… but I didn’t feel guilty.  I know I had a lot of supporters around me but in the end this is my body… my journey.   I stepped on the scale: 160.5.  I lost 4.5 pounds in one week.  I learned quite a few lessons during my 20 day journey:

  1. The Whole 30 or eating clean is a lot easier when your spouse is on board
  2. I conquered my fear of kale
  3. Found out what a plantain is… and what it isn’t
  4. I became more proficient at washing dishes
  5. Realised what works for me.

Overall the Whole 30 was a great experience!  I felt better.  I felt stronger.  My clothes fit better.  My mood was more stable.  But it was tough.  Will I do it again?  Probably not.

What works for me is eating paleo Monday through Friday… final answer.

Last week I posted my attempt at frying plantains.  I followed the directions… I fried them… I ate them… they tasted like fried bananas.  The following day I went to the commissary and saw a sign: Plantains.  Hmmm, not what I thought.  Woops!

The plantain has a sticker... that says: Plantain!

The plantain has a sticker… that says: Plantain!

The baby bananas is what I fried the day earlier… the larger banana is a plantain.  Noted.  I sliced the new “plantain” fried it in coconut oil and voila- plantain chips!   Crispy, conveinent and does not tasted like a fried banana!!

Yesterday at RCFA the wod was: Kelly.  5 rounds for time: 400 meter run, 40 box jumps and 40 wall balls…. with a 30 minute cut off.  I got 4 rounds plus the run- and an idea: this would be a perfect CFKs workout!

Kellys Little Sister: 5 rounds for time for MC, 4 rounds for time for JR, 3 rounds for time for JY

  • 300m run
  • 15 box jumps (step ups for MC, jumps for JR & JY)
  • 15 wall balls (basketballs for MC & JR, bouncey ball for JY)

Scaling is absolute favorite thing about crossfit: Anyone can do it.

JY

JY

JR

JR

MC

MC

Crossfit Kids Kokoro

Crossfit Kids Kokoro

Tootles-

jess

 

More BACON!

It’s about time for a good spring cleaning!!  We still have a few boxes to unpack from our move back in October, the winter clothes need to be replaced by summer dresses, and the weight that I have put on over the past 9 months has got to GO!

It’s not much (10#), but I feel it.  And it doesn’t feel good.  I’m dedicating the month of April to “The Whole 30“.  My spring cleaning is going to start in my gut!!!!  I blogged about my first attempt and that lasted a whole four days.  This time I’m going to go at it with a different approach: follow through.

As I said before, I wanted MC to do 13.2:

10m AMRAP:

  • 5 shoulder to overhead (35#)
  • 10 deadlift (35#)
  • 15 box jumps
13.2

13.2

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4 Rounds + 26

After his 13.2, I took him in the back yard and coached him on his new obsession: basketball.  I went through the basics with him because this is the first year he’s ever played organized basketball.  The word that was beat to death was: follow through.

Then I started thinking about it: follow through.  Whether it’s basketball or in life, following through is so important.  So, I took a reflection moment and looked at my New Years Resolutions.  I have written a few hand written notes, but my list is getting longer!!  The choreographed dance… well, here it is:

Ok, so it’s not really “choreographed”… but it’ll do!

Smoking.  Day 5.  Again.  Follow through.  The first quarter of 2013 is almost over… time for me to start following through.

Eating paleo has gotten a lot easier but one thing I have never done was paleo-tize things.  I’ve never made “paleo-cookies”, “paleo-bread”, ect.  It’s never really struck me as “paleo” eating.  But then I had one of Suz’s “paleo muffins”.  And. It. Was. Good!!  The best part was my stomach didn’t toss and turn!

So, I thought to myself, what do I miss the most.  Wheat thins.  Yes.  Wheat thins and cream cheese bell pepper relish dip.  Ok, well, my first stop: paleo crackers.

  • 2 cups almond flour (not coconut… trust me)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T Olive Oil (I used blood orange olive oil… yes, I think it made a difference)
  • 1 T fresh minced rosemary
  • 1/2 t salt

Preheat oven to 325.  Mix the egg and oil together first.  Then add the rest and knead.  Put the ball of yummy goodness between to pieces of parchment paper (no, saran wrap will not work) and roll out with a rolling-pin.  Roll it pretty thin.  Then cut it.  I put mine on a Pampered Chef stone… bake, carefully for 15-20 minutes.  I removed the brown ones as time went along as not to burn anything.

Like a Wheat Thin

Like a Wheat Thin

But different.

But different.

Then (dramatic pause) I made…. bacon jamBacon. Jam.  I’m so stoked about bacon right now, I have even started watching the tv series “The Following“.  More bacon for me!!!  I also used zenbellys blog for the bacon jam.

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Commiscary syrup, honey from a friend who brought it back from “down under”.

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Japanese bacon

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Dark Magic coffee

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More Japanese bacon!

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2013-03-14 20.51.18 Fryin’ that bacon!

Bacon and Eggs

Bacon and Eggs

Tootles.

jess

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