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I was born on August 20, 1987. 

Yesterday I turned 27. 


26 was an incredible and memorable year for me. It was a year of self discovery. A year of struggle and of triumph. I leapt, and built my wings on the way down.

I ended my marriage. I moved half way around the world. I competed in my first CrossFit Open. I made it to Regionals. I traveled everywhere from Dubai to Seoul, Korea. I made new friends. I let old ones go. I closed doors behind me and walked through new ones. I forgave myself. I learned to stand on my own two feet. I soul searched. I discovered my passions. And most importantly ...

I fell in love with the person I've become.

Feeling introspective, I came up with a list ....

27 Things I've Learned by 27

1. Never apologize for who you are. Not everyone will like you. And why would you want everyone to? Be proud of who you are, what you stand for, and what you believe in. 

2. Start every day with a grateful heart. The first five thoughts you have in the morning will shape the course of your day. 

3. Don't sweat the small stuff. And it's all small stuff. 

4. Money does not = happiness. But it does = independence.

5. LAUGH. As much as you can, as often as you can. Nothing is that serious.

6. Fall in love with as many things as possible. 

7. Fake it until you make it. You have to believe in yourself first and foremost!

8. You'll become like the 5 people you spend the most time with. Choose very wisely. Elevate yourself. 

9. Follow your heart. Figure out the logistics later. I can't stress this enough. You don't have to have a perfect plan. But you need to believe in what you're doing enough that you'll fight like hell to make it happen. THAT will lead you to success. 

10. You can't plan life. Sometimes shit just happens. Your perspective will determine whether it's a lesson or a blessing - usually ends up being both.

11. Learn to bend. Don't break. Be adaptable to change.

12. The bedroom is for two things. Making love and sleeping.  Get the TV, the phones, the computers, the drama, out of the bedroom. That is your sanctuary.

13. Sleep more. Sleep is so damn important! Be selfish about it!

14. Stop watching TV and stop reading magazines. Living in Kuwait, I don't have very many channels and rarely watch TV. The only magazine I read is Box Life. I've discovered how freeing it is getting away from what society deems as "beautiful." Your hair is already shiny enough. Stop worrying about your "fine lines and wrinkles." No, you don't need another pair of shoes. No, you don't need to lose 5 more pounds. I didn't realize how BOMBARDED I was with images of "beauty" in magazines and in commercials, ideals that I DO NOT fit into ... all of these things I "needed" and/or I was "lacking." The comparison trap is brutal. Get away from it. 

15. YOU ARE ENOUGH. You are so enough. 

16. Everyone needs to be taking fish oil and a probiotic. These are natural inflammatory fighters.

17. Just because they are family, doesn't mean they need to be in your life. 

18. Set goals. Daily goals. Monthly Goals. Quarterly Goals. Annual Goals. Re-evaluate your wants and needs based on achieving them. Put them somewhere you can see them. 

19. Wake up with determination, go to bed with satisfaction. You have to have a purpose. Discover it. Live it. Relish it. Let it become your life blood. 

20. Be selfish. You have to take care of you before you can take care of anyone else. Be able to create your own happiness, and not depend on someone else for that. Know what your limitations are. Your needs. Put them first. This really isn't being selfish, it's called self-respect, and no nearly enough people have it. 

21. Never stop learning. Sign up for classes. Sign up for seminars. Try something different. Get your of your comfort zone. 

22. Live abroad. This is different than traveling abroad. Immerse yourself in a new culture, force yourself to meet new people, discover new foods, navigate a new country. 

23. Do 1 thing for 5 other people every day. Pay it forward. Buy the guys order behind you at Starbucks. Hold the door open. Say thank you. Compliment a stranger. Or just simply reach out to someone and say good morning. Go out of your way. It is such a good feeling. And karma is so good. 

24. Don't expect anything. Be pleasantly surprised, instead. Come from a place of gratitude, not entitlement. 

25. Get your money under control. Pay off your debt. Grow your savings, 401k, emergency funds, that's important. And makes you feel grown up.

26. Feeling grown up is kind of cool. But, always be a kid at heart. You're never too old for Saturday morning cartoons, fart jokes, or wet willies. 

27. Life is what you make it. You are not a tree. If you don't like where you are, move. 


I want to thank everyone who made my day so memorable. For the birthday wishes, the hugs, the high fives, the phone calls, the snap chats ... The INCREDIBLE birthday WOD! The cake, the cookies, the balloons ... 


I have so many amazing changes on the horizon and so much love in my life. I can't help but believe 27 is going to be even more memorable than 26! 


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I am 10 days in to the Advocare 24 Day Challenge!

And I'm feeling pretty dang good.


I was nervous to start the Challenge, I'll be honest. I'm in the middle of a 12-week strength cycle with my coach, and the last thing I wanted is to stop making #gainz. Yes, hastag necessary.

I did NOT need to worry about that. My performance the last 10 days has been stellar. My energy has increased. My sleep is solid. And I'm hitting PR's like whoa. 

140lb snatch, 5lb PR
5:58 "Annie" almost a 30 second PR
12 Rounds, "Mary" Rx, a 2 round PR

I'm feeling strong. I'm feeling motivated. 

Next week we test my new 1 rep maxes on the big 3 lifts, and I am feeling CONFIDENT. 

The beautiful thing about the 24 Day Challenge is that it's not a diet. It doesn't have to be about weight loss, though I'm sure for many people, it's inevitable (though I didn't have a goal to lose ANY weight). It's a variety of supplements for health and wellness. Eating clean and training on top of the 24 Day Challenge will only enhance the results, but they aren't necessary to feel good or feel the change.


It was what I needed to get back on the clean eating and WHOLE eating train. I was struggling with my nutrition - skipping breakfasts, eating unbalanced meals, thinking a protein bar was a fine substitute for dinner or lunch, eating gobs of peanut butter when I couldn't get to a whole source of protein. I was a bad news bear.

Starting the Challenge got me back on track. The timing of the supplements ensures you're eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No skipping out!


Bacon and almond butter, still happening. But in moderation.

For most people through the Cleanse, you want to restrict your processed food intake; like pasta, bread, tortillas, etc. I'm still on a strength cycle though, so I opted for oats most mornings. Again, GAINZ, people, GAINZ.

Most mornings I'd eat 1/3 cup oats with chia, a scoop of lactose free protein, and a heavy tablespoon of almond butter or a 3-egg veggie omelet. I did cut out Quest bars, to ensure I was eating whole meals, and not "cheating" my way out of a meal ...


So let's talk about what I've been doing for the last 10 days.

I've been taking a probiotic supplement & fiber drink as part of a 10 Day Herbal Cleanse, as well as drinking Meal Replacement Shakes (lactose free) and taking Catalyst, an amino acid supplement, before training. 

What did it do for you?

I refuse to step on the scale until the end of the Challenge, because I don't want people to become affixed on a number to think they're getting results. It did "clear" me out so to speak, in the best way possible. I've never had such healthy, happy poop in my life! I used to deal with all kinds of issues with my digestive system. Terrible stomach aches, bad acne, bloating, gas, just foul things.

I cut dairy out when I moved to Kuwait and that helped with A LOT of issues. But, I still battle with acne. It's way better than it used to be, but I still break out and they're still pretty angry.

I haven't BROKEN OUT ONCE in the last 10 days! I am going to attribute that to the probiotic supplement I've been taking. I don't even want to put makeup on I am so damn happy about my clear skin. I hope I'm not jinxing myself here ... because I haven't changed anything else about my eating habits, sleep habit, training, makeup, face wash, etc. I have only added the Probotic Ultra Restore. 

I am tempted to show you a no-makeup selfie, so that you can see for the first time in my life, I am blemish free. I still have tons of acne scars, but whatever, I can live with those. Blemish-free, guys!



The next 14 Days begins the 2nd Phase, the Max Phase. Essentially, it's supplements that support appetite control and energy. No more Peaches and Cream Fiber drink though, boo! I loved that stuff. 

Other supplements I'm LOVING from Advocare:
Nighttime Recovery, an amino acid supplement that saves me from soreness
Muscle Fuel (I attribute this to my 4 PR's in one day)
Slam (this is the BEST pre-workout!) in Strawberry Blast (and so much cheaper than Starbucks!)
and of course, the Probiotic Restore Ultra, my new clear-skin savior


Have a GREAT weekend!


Remember when I told you last week I drank a Kill Cliff, and later that night had some crazy violent dreams?

Well, they're still happening. And no, I'm not drinking Kill Cliff.


I had another dream last night, it was a Maury show gone so, so wrong. Fists flying, handfuls of hair everywhere, kicking, screaming. I don't remember much else about that dream (who, why, where), but I remember feeling really strange when I woke up ... Kind of concerned, a little worried that I was maybe turning into a blonde, female version of Dexter ...

But no, I'm not turning into a murderer and it's not the Kill Cliff; it's actually stuff in my life that's making me mad. Situations that are out of my control. And apparently I'm duking it out in my dreams. Hey, at least it's legal in my dreams. (And I always win!) It's funny how the brain works and responds to stress that isn't properly dealt with (aka IGNORED) in real life ... 

With any big life change (moving back to the United States next month), comes turmoil. I'm trying to sail the seas as smoothly as I can while keep it relatively stress and drama free.

In times of turmoil, craziness and uncertainty, I can alway fall back on keeping CONTROL of my diet and exercise though. Today we kicked off the 24-Day Challenge, so far, so good!


I couldn't believe how delicious the Peaches & Cream Fiber drink tasted. A few friends had warned me that it can be a little weird at first ... so I was nervous. But, it tasted like a peach smoothie. Thick and delicious. I actually look forward to drinking it tomorrow. So there is another flavor, Citrus, that a few friends on the Challenge with me right now have, and they reported today that it tastes gross. 

Hmmmmm. We're going to trade packets so I can assess for myself. 


Breakfast was a beautiful 3 block Zone affair, totally set the tone for the rest of the day of clean and blocked-out meals.


Because we are eating really clean during the Challenge though, we decided to have a bit of a splurge last night. I went with cheesecake and enough pralines and cream ice cream to satisfy a small elephant. 

T'was delightful. And worth every pimple that will probably pop up in the next 2 or 3 days thanks to the dump truck of lactose to my system.


A shot from the 31 Heroes Event we hosted at CrossFit Arifjan this weekend.

1. What does your ultimate cheat meal consist of?
2. Do you ever have bad dreams? Of a certain theme?



1. We start our 24 Day Challenge on Monday! (You can still get on board, check out all the information I threw together here). 

I'm putting together a little mini-motivational wall. This picture was just added to the mix ...


2. I drank a Kill Cliff for the first time in months after an evening training session a few days ago, and had the CRAZIEST night of dreams. Has anyone ever experienced this? I rarely remember dreaming most nights ... But the dreams I was having were GRAPHIC and freaking insane. Violent even. Disturbing. Shook me to the point I was almost in tears. Avoiding the Kill Cliff for a while ...


3. In the last week, I've finally started stringing together bar muscle ups and free standing hand stand push ups! Have you watched these progressions from Carl Paoli? They're great. 

Did you see that his new book just came out? I just ordered it from Amazon.

Have a GREAT weekend!


Not to quote Drake, but I'm gonna quote Drake ...

"Just hold on, we're going home ..."

Yep, this girl is going home.


Not just for vacation ... but for good! 

My one year contract is up in September. I can't say when exactly (OPSEC), but it's soon. 

I am so, so, so ready to be home in the beautiful United States. I am so blessed to have had this opportunity the last year. I've grown exponentially has a person, an athlete, and a coach. It's been amazing, I don't regret it for a second. But, it's time to go.


I will miss everything that I did here with CrossFit Arifjan: working with and training alongside our US servicemen and women, but I will not miss the politics of contracting or working for the people that I worked for. 

I will not miss working underneath someone who referred to me as the Military's "flavor of the week."

Knowing that it's all coming to an end soon ... knowing I'll be reunited with my dog, my family, breathing the beautiful fresh air in Oregon ... I have a smile on my face that nothing has been able to fade. When one door closes, a hundred new doors open. I can't wait to begin my next chapter!


PLUS! I have a group of seven awesome friends who signed up do to the 24 Day Challenge with me here in Kuwait starting August 1st, and a handful of fellow blog readers who are on board, too! (We originally wanted to do the 28th, but the mail system here in the middle of the desert is uber slow). 


If you are doing the 24 Day Challenge with me, please shoot me an email at petiteathleat.com! I have some additional tools and tips for ya to help make the Challenge an UBER success. Plus, I am here to keep you accountable! If you are on the fence, you can still grab yourself some product here, and join us! I can't WAIT to see my results. JUST IN TIME FOR MY HOMECOMING! 


Have you you guys been watching the CrossFit Games? The time difference here means I've been sacrificing some sleep ... but so worth it! Who are you cheering for? Who are your favorites?

Our set up is pretty ghetto, but we have it streaming from the box via the website. 


I am a huge fan of Lauren Brooks, Pip Malone, CLB, Julie Foucher and of course, Lauren Fischer. 
For the men, I'm cheering on Dan Bailey, Jason Khalipa, Chris Spealler, and Eric Carmody (of the Asia Region, it was awesome competing with him at Regionals!)

For the first time in my life, I was really cheering on Rich Froning! 
Who ever though he'd be the underdog?



This could only mean one thing ...


 It's my day off!

And dang, does my body need it. Last week we re-tested my CrossFit Total, so far I've added 30 pounds to it! 10 pounds to my back squat (235), 10 pounds to my deadlift (285) and 10 pounds to my strict press (105). Since it was a test week, it was relatively light. My coach warned me not to get too comfortable though, because we'd be hitting it hard the remaining 6 weeks.

Guys, he wasn't kidding. I feel like I was eaten by a hippo, regurgitated, sat on by a bear, run over by a freight train, and then left out to turn into jerky by this blasphemous Kuwait desert heat.


Do you follow me on Instragram? @petiteathleat. Do it.

I've been posting all of my videos there. PROUD OF THOSE PR's, BABY. 
I'm slaving for them, literally. 


I've been getting a little bit of help grinding through everything with these bad boys ...


And these bad boys!


WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL OF MY LIFE? And more importantly, why didn't I have it during the 50's event at Regionals? I can only describe it as having HUGE lungs. My muscles failed me well before I felt out of breath. Talk about 3-2-1- GO all. day. long.

And then enter Spark.


You all know I don't take pre-workout. I recently tested drinking a quad-Americano a couple of times while working out, but I was getting so shaky and some serious cotton mouth, I don't think I could do it all the time. And no shit, Starbucks is an EXPENSIVE daily habit. 


I'd never given Advocare a real thought, mainly because I've never been a huge fan of supplements, and because well, it seemed kind of dorky. Then this culmination of things happened.

Rich Froning endorses it. Hello. (And no, he doesn't get paid to, either.)


 Lisa Bender Thiel (who INSPIRED me to try CrossFit way back in 2011, when I saw her competing at the South Central Regionals in Texas) wrote this blog post.


The final straw, when I tried the products. My friend Drew, a CrossFit coach and athlete, shared O2 Gold and Spark with me. And even though I was sore and tired and skeptical of the stuff, it honestly resulted in some of the strongest training I've had in a while. 

Now, my 27th birthday is coming up. And I want it to be really momentous (just wait until you see the party/WOD I have planned at the box :)


This has been the most INCREDIBLE and life changing year for me, and I want to finish it with a bang. I want to feel and look the strongest, leanest, healthiest I ever have. 

I was going to try another 30 Day Paleo Challenge (even though I fail miserably at them) to hopefully chisel in some of those abs I can only create using Instagram filters ... but then, another thought struck me.



I'm pumped. I have a friend that went through it recently, he's a CrossFitter and a solid athlete, and the guy chiseled out like whoa. But, even if there were no sexy results at the end, I would still do the Challenge for a few reasons:

The meal replacements shakes are almost a perfect 3 block meal. And they offer a lactose-free option. (Yay, happy skin!) If you guys haven't noticed, I have stopped posting a lot of meals and recipes, because I don't have time to cook anymore. Meal Prep has totally gone out the window. I skip meals a lot ... more often than I like to admit, and then resort to eating at the DFAC. Army food is NO BUENO, people. Or I result to eating a Quest bar with almond butter for dinner.


As someone who ate Zone almost religiously before moving to Kuwait, I know how much of a difference it makes in energy levels. So, while I plan on eating meals at home when I can, I'm really excited to have the shake to resort to, and hopefully no more 3 PM energy slump.

The first phase of it is a cleanse. Hopefully, I can cleanse out some of this Army DFAC food I've been eating and the copious amounts of Quest bars ... (It's totally normal to go through 2 boxes in 2 weeks, right?)


Of course, when I get excited about something ... everyone knows. I have a few friends at the box who are on board with me, too (they're going home in September and wanna look good for their ladies)!

So, I thought I would throw it out here to you, too. The more the merrier. If anyone wants to jump in with us: we're planning on hitting the ground running on Monday, July 28th. We ordered ours today so that it can reach us in Kuwait by then.

If you're interested, you can order here. If you have any questions, I'm all ears (errr, eyes?) Comment below or email: petiteathleat@gmail.com

I'm off to get my mane tamed before taking my 'BEFORE' pictures.


Let the good times roll!
#sixpackbyseptember #hashtagsallday #challengeaccepted




It's been a while since I've done one of these, so here goes. Either you've emailed these questions to me or asked on Instagram or Facebook. 

What products do you use on your hair?


First of all, my hair is naturally straight and fine, but, I have A LOT of it. By coloring it, it actually roughens up the cuticle, so it styles better. As a kid growing up, it was corn silk. It would slip out of a braid, wouldn't hold a curl, etc. 


These days, I wash it at night and let it air dry. I rarely use a blow dryer on my hair, which I think keeps it pretty healthy. When it's wet, I throw a few products on it. Because it's not freshly washed the next day, I also think it styles a lot better. I haven't needed to use any hair spray on my hair since moving to Kuwait and switching to showering at night, but I also live in the desert, where it's really dry. Humidity = hair killer. It might be dry, but it's windy as fck. How it survives the wind, I have no idea.



Detangler 
Right now I'm using this by John Frieda. It's alright. If anyone could recommend a better one, I'd appreciate it.

I swear by this stuff. Just a little goes on a long way. Gloss and shine and healthy looking ends.

Shampoo 
Clairol Shimmer Lights. It's a purple shampoo that keeps the brassiness out of blonde hair.

Conditioner 
 I need something really hydrating. Surprisingly, I love this 1-Minute Hydra-Recharge from Garnier Fructis. 

What products do you use on your skin?


I actually have really bad skin! The filters on IG save my life, hah.

 I am plagued by adult acne. I used to be on all kinds of medications for it, to no avail. I cut them out when I moved to Kuwait. When I moved to Kuwait, I also couldn't find my usual Fage Greek Yogurt that had become a staple in my diet. I decided to just cut dairy out then, since I'd always wondered if I was slightly allergic to it. And wow, my skin problems diminished by about 900%. Slightly allergic, you say? No shit. I still have the random pimple, but nothing like the deep, cystic-type acne I'd get on my jawline. When I eat ice cream or indulge in cheese, just give it 2 or 3 days, and I'll ALWAYS break out.

I also recently added Proactiv into my regime 3 months ago, and my skin has cleared up even more. I still have scars and dark spots, but as for new acne, it's much, much less.
 
 What makeup to you use? And do you work out in it?

Most of the time yes, I have makeup on. Is it full face make up? No. Did it used to be? Yes. Again, my skin is just REALLY bad, and I was always so self conscious of it. Now that it's cleared up and it's mainly just scars and dark spots, I'm a little more revealing. 

There are many days where I go into work with just a little mascara and shimmer blush on, and maybe a tiny dot of concealer on a spot or two. It feels SO good wearing less makeup. But it took almost 10 years for me to find that confidence. 

My one and only no-makeup selfie. 

As far as makeup that I use. I use almost all Bare Minerals. I really like the powder finish, its more natural looking than creams or liquids, and it just feels better on my skin.

Where is your bathing suit from?


 This bathing suit is old! I think I bought it 5 years ago at Nordstrom. The brand is Roxy.
 
I love your blue pants! Where are they from?


They're Lululemon Wunder Unders, of course! I'm a size 6. I'm 130 pounds and about 5'2, if you're thinking about ordering a pair. 

Do you take pre-workout?

No, I don't. I have a hard time having anything in my stomach when I'm training, and pre-workouts really give me a stomach ache. If I need a pick me up, I'll order myself a shot of espresso before training.


And that's all folks. To all my male readers, I know adored this post, you've been dying to hear what products I use in my hair.

xo,
Courtney


I love, love, love my body.

It is a direct representation of all of the hard work I have put in the last few years chasing performance, not physique. 


You won't see any women with my shape in a Cosmo magazine or a CoverGirl make up ad. You won't see girls with my kind of body in any television shows or cast as the "sexy female" role in any main stream movies. 


My body is not societies idea of beautiful. 

It's a good thing I give 2 fcks about society then, eh?

As much as I love my body, we experience highs and lows, just like any relationship. 

The highs are the comments I get on how strong I'm getting. The lows are the internet trolls telling me I take steroids and the comments from women, "I just want to tone, I don't want to get that big," as they're eyeballing me.


The highs are usually in the gym, when I'm hitting a PR. 

The lows are usually when I'm watching something on TV and I get wrapped up playing the comparison game, "Dang, she is skinny."


But then I remember what I'm packing ... 


The lows happen when I'm in a changing room trying to find a pair of jeans to fit over that derriere. 

The highs happen when I find a great pair of shoes to compliment those chicken legs.


The lows happen when my thighs have become so big, they rub together when I'm walking or running. Any loose fitting short or pant is the bane of my existence.


The highs occur when my midline is looking strong.
The lows happen when I just look like I have a belly when I have a shirt on.


OR WHEN MY WEIGHT BELT NO LONGER FITS ME
(I've actually come to consider that a high though.)


Society tells me for some reason I need to be chasing this constant desire to become "smaller."


And to that I say no. I am an example that you don't have to give two shits about what the scale reads or what size jeans you wear. CrossFit has enabled me to break out of this mold that society tells me I'm supposed to live in. A world of smaller: smaller portions, smaller dress sizes, smaller weights.

"Lose 5 pounds in 5 days!"
"Lose that arm jiggle forever"
"Whittle Away Your Waist with these 9 great moves!"

I'm OVER it.

I am here to tell you that your self worth does NOT come from anyone else's opinion except your own. I am here to say BIGGER is better. More biceps. More booty. More performance. Let it jiggle. Make it rain. The number to care about is the one you're lifting. The PR you're chasing.

If people, your boyfriend, your best friend, can't handle the heat, tell them to get the fck out of the kitchen. 

You can keep your salad fork, society, I'll only be needing the steak knife.





CrossFit Gear I Can't Live Without

RPM Jump Rope

This bad boy was a gift,and the best gift I've ever recieved. I have played around with a number of different ropes, but never liked them. And then I tried this bad boy ...

This rope is FAST. You need to be very efficient at double unders (string together 100+ consistently) to benefit from this ropes speed. It's just freaking lightening fast. I attribute my 14.1 score (snatch + double unders) of 322 thanks to this rope.

They're coming out with a new style in July with an even sharper handle.

If you're still trying to work on double unders, I highly recommend this training rope. This is what I was using before, and what I recommend to all of my athletes.

Natural Grips

I don't know why I waiting so long to try these! They're incredible. Saved my hands during the final Event at Regionals. Everyone was ripping on those pullups and I walked away unscathed. Secure them to your wrists with Goat Tape, uber winning.

Goat Tape

This stuff is freaky sticky.

Original Nanos

Oddly, I didn't buy these originally. I started with the 2.0's, then bought the 3.0's, and let me tell you, my Originals BLOW THEM OUT OF THE WATER. They're the most comfortable shoe I have ever worn, both in the gym and out of the gym. I use my 3.0's now for climbing rope because they have that really thick mesh crap on the outside, but otherwise, they're useless.

When I put my Nanos on, I literally feel my feet sigh with happiness.

Marc Pro

The most amazing tool for recovery. MOST AMAZING.

Rehaband Knee and Elbow Sleeves

I have the blue Rehaband knee sleeves, they're the original style. I love them though because they're thicker than the newer grey style, like a TK sleeve but WAY easier to get on. They really provide a LOT of stability. The elbow sleeves as well, keep inflammation down and ease some of the issues I have with my ulnar nerve during muscle ups and jerks.


I am not endorsed by any of these companies (but I wish I was)! They're just awesome products that I highly recommend.

Coming next Monday:
Foods I Can't Live Without

YUM!


So dang, let's talk about the Asia Regionals, shall we?

What a weekend! 


Following up to Regionals, I was training my ass off. The weekend prior, I did a run through of all of the events. 

These run throughs did not play out AT ALL at Regionals. I did far worse in some of the events (like Events 1 and 2, total fail), but did much better than I had in practice in Event 3 (Nasty Girls V2) and Event 4 (cutely coined the handstand push up WOD). 

My nerves got the best of me in Events 1 and 2, big time. While warming up (in our tiny shoe box of a warm up area), I was hitting my numbers just fine. 115-120-125, and knew I was going to go for my previous PR of 130 for my final lift. 

And then everything went to shit, because I decided to open with 115, and couldn't even get that. The adrenaline was so intense, I felt like I was having an out of body experience. I had NO idea what in the world my body was doing. It was like I had never done a snatch before! I failed all three lifts miserably, and walked over with the rest of the girls to the start line for the hand stand walk. I was on the outside lane. 

As we started our max distance walk, I apparently came out of my lane. Awesomely enough, I did this on purpose. Yeah, upside down, on the edge, it looked like my lane was differently marked than it was. So, I scratched at 20 feet. In practice I've walked closer to 70. 

Looking back, I'm so disappointed in these two events. I had these in the BAG. There were SO many girls who didn't have handstand walks in our Region. This was my moment to capitalize. Instead, I wasted it due to a stupid error. And wasted it because the novice in me had a complete and utter meltdown in the middle of the arena trying to remember how to snatch. 

I walked off the field, back to the Athlete Area, totally numb. I think I was smiling. Probably to contain both utter disappointment, anger and sadness. This was not how I wanted to begin my weekend. 

On the verge of both punching something and crying, I sent a text my coach.

Instantly he replied (I have the best coach in the world, even though he's all the way in Texas), and said I had 10 minutes to get it out. Scream, punch, cry, laugh, whatever. Then, after that 10 minutes, I had to move on and prepare for Event 3 (the Event that I was most dreading). 

I did just that. I walked into the Women's Restroom, locked the door behind me, and just let the tears fall. I let the disappointment wash over me. 

10 minutes (well, maybe more like 15), I walked out of there renewed and refreshed, albeit a little shaky and exhausted now that the adrenaline of the Events had worn off. 

So what if I failed the first few events? I had 5 more ahead of me, and I was going to fight like hell to show people that I do have some shred of fitness in me, Scouts Honor. 

Because of my 11th place finish in the Open, I was placed in the final heat with the big dogs (the girls that were all fighting for a chance to make it to the Games). I was shaking in my boots Nanos, walking out on to the field for Nasty Girls. 

A workout full of muscle ups. I love muscle ups. But I recently learned them, as in, a week before Regionals. Sometimes I could do them, sometimes I couldn't. Practicing them was very challenging, because they were very painful (I have some ulnar nerve issues). I was too afraid to even attempt more than one or two in my warm up, for fear I'd fire up my ulnar never before even starting the event.

I surprised myself though, a lot. I didn't miss one attempt. I even felt confident enough to string them together (something I had done in practice), but my judge no-repped me, telling me I hadn't gotten full lock out. I resorted to singles to avoid wasting energy receiving no-reps, and surprisingly, did pretty well.

Saturday and Sunday went much better after I'd regained a smidgen of confidence during Nasty Girls. I did way better on the HSPU workout than I had in practice, and the legless rope climbs of Event 5 didn't blow up my biceps and elbows like they had in practice. 


The 50's workout was by far the easiest in terms of skills, but it sucked the most, too. Just constant grind, no breaks. Wallballs to a 10 foot target when you're barely 5 foot tall ... 

On the final event, the pullups and overhead squats, I just had nothing left in me. I was so drained. Emotionally? Physically? The adrenaline from each event prior left me wasted ... Maybe because I was having a hard time fueling correctly (I was running out of food at this point), who knows. I had to break my pullups into way smaller sets than anticipated. And 135 has never felt so heavy. I could barely clean it (literally, it ran me over at one point) and get it over my head into the back rack. Stabilizing it overhead felt like balancing the world over my shoulders. 

But the joy I felt after time was called, was something I'd never experience before in my life. Joy at it just being OVER, joy at making it through it, joy at surprising myself a few times over the course of the weekend ... Just joy. It's a huge accomplishment to just make it there ... And I made it out alive. I'm the 15th Fittest Woman in Asia. *whoop!*

I have always done CrossFit for fun, and had personal goals I've strived to attain, but competing was never one of them. I had no idea that I'd be going to Regionals when I moved out here 9 months ago. After the Open I realized I had 5 weeks of training to get as prepared as I could.

This year, will be different. I'm dedicating all of my training to Regionals, not just 5 weeks. ;) 


I couldn't have done it without everyone that supported my cause. Thank you all for your donations! Thank you to my training partners, I definitely couldn't't have made it through all of that grueling training the 5 weeks leading up to Regionals without you. Thank you to my awesome Coach, David Tillman. Thanks to Jon from CrossFit 254, for loaning me his MarcPro and the massive effort it had in aiding in my recovery! Thanks to all of the athletes at the box for believing in me.


Thanks to the other athletes competing who were so encouraging and motivating! It was a lot of fun working out alongside friends.


I have a few more days left of rest and recovery, and I'm right back at it. 2015, you bet I'm going to make it the best season yet!




I was born on August 20, 1987. 

Yesterday I turned 27. 


26 was an incredible and memorable year for me. It was a year of self discovery. A year of struggle and of triumph. I leapt, and built my wings on the way down.

I ended my marriage. I moved half way around the world. I competed in my first CrossFit Open. I made it to Regionals. I traveled everywhere from Dubai to Seoul, Korea. I made new friends. I let old ones go. I closed doors behind me and walked through new ones. I forgave myself. I learned to stand on my own two feet. I soul searched. I discovered my passions. And most importantly ...

I fell in love with the person I've become.

Feeling introspective, I came up with a list ....

27 Things I've Learned by 27

1. Never apologize for who you are. Not everyone will like you. And why would you want everyone to? Be proud of who you are, what you stand for, and what you believe in. 

2. Start every day with a grateful heart. The first five thoughts you have in the morning will shape the course of your day. 

3. Don't sweat the small stuff. And it's all small stuff. 

4. Money does not = happiness. But it does = independence.

5. LAUGH. As much as you can, as often as you can. Nothing is that serious.

6. Fall in love with as many things as possible. 

7. Fake it until you make it. You have to believe in yourself first and foremost!

8. You'll become like the 5 people you spend the most time with. Choose very wisely. Elevate yourself. 

9. Follow your heart. Figure out the logistics later. I can't stress this enough. You don't have to have a perfect plan. But you need to believe in what you're doing enough that you'll fight like hell to make it happen. THAT will lead you to success. 

10. You can't plan life. Sometimes shit just happens. Your perspective will determine whether it's a lesson or a blessing - usually ends up being both.

11. Learn to bend. Don't break. Be adaptable to change.

12. The bedroom is for two things. Making love and sleeping.  Get the TV, the phones, the computers, the drama, out of the bedroom. That is your sanctuary.

13. Sleep more. Sleep is so damn important! Be selfish about it!

14. Stop watching TV and stop reading magazines. Living in Kuwait, I don't have very many channels and rarely watch TV. The only magazine I read is Box Life. I've discovered how freeing it is getting away from what society deems as "beautiful." Your hair is already shiny enough. Stop worrying about your "fine lines and wrinkles." No, you don't need another pair of shoes. No, you don't need to lose 5 more pounds. I didn't realize how BOMBARDED I was with images of "beauty" in magazines and in commercials, ideals that I DO NOT fit into ... all of these things I "needed" and/or I was "lacking." The comparison trap is brutal. Get away from it. 

15. YOU ARE ENOUGH. You are so enough. 

16. Everyone needs to be taking fish oil and a probiotic. These are natural inflammatory fighters.

17. Just because they are family, doesn't mean they need to be in your life. 

18. Set goals. Daily goals. Monthly Goals. Quarterly Goals. Annual Goals. Re-evaluate your wants and needs based on achieving them. Put them somewhere you can see them. 

19. Wake up with determination, go to bed with satisfaction. You have to have a purpose. Discover it. Live it. Relish it. Let it become your life blood. 

20. Be selfish. You have to take care of you before you can take care of anyone else. Be able to create your own happiness, and not depend on someone else for that. Know what your limitations are. Your needs. Put them first. This really isn't being selfish, it's called self-respect, and no nearly enough people have it. 

21. Never stop learning. Sign up for classes. Sign up for seminars. Try something different. Get your of your comfort zone. 

22. Live abroad. This is different than traveling abroad. Immerse yourself in a new culture, force yourself to meet new people, discover new foods, navigate a new country. 

23. Do 1 thing for 5 other people every day. Pay it forward. Buy the guys order behind you at Starbucks. Hold the door open. Say thank you. Compliment a stranger. Or just simply reach out to someone and say good morning. Go out of your way. It is such a good feeling. And karma is so good. 

24. Don't expect anything. Be pleasantly surprised, instead. Come from a place of gratitude, not entitlement. 

25. Get your money under control. Pay off your debt. Grow your savings, 401k, emergency funds, that's important. And makes you feel grown up.

26. Feeling grown up is kind of cool. But, always be a kid at heart. You're never too old for Saturday morning cartoons, fart jokes, or wet willies. 

27. Life is what you make it. You are not a tree. If you don't like where you are, move. 


I want to thank everyone who made my day so memorable. For the birthday wishes, the hugs, the high fives, the phone calls, the snap chats ... The INCREDIBLE birthday WOD! The cake, the cookies, the balloons ... 


I have so many amazing changes on the horizon and so much love in my life. I can't help but believe 27 is going to be even more memorable than 26! 


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I am 10 days in to the Advocare 24 Day Challenge!

And I'm feeling pretty dang good.


I was nervous to start the Challenge, I'll be honest. I'm in the middle of a 12-week strength cycle with my coach, and the last thing I wanted is to stop making #gainz. Yes, hastag necessary.

I did NOT need to worry about that. My performance the last 10 days has been stellar. My energy has increased. My sleep is solid. And I'm hitting PR's like whoa. 

140lb snatch, 5lb PR
5:58 "Annie" almost a 30 second PR
12 Rounds, "Mary" Rx, a 2 round PR

I'm feeling strong. I'm feeling motivated. 

Next week we test my new 1 rep maxes on the big 3 lifts, and I am feeling CONFIDENT. 

The beautiful thing about the 24 Day Challenge is that it's not a diet. It doesn't have to be about weight loss, though I'm sure for many people, it's inevitable (though I didn't have a goal to lose ANY weight). It's a variety of supplements for health and wellness. Eating clean and training on top of the 24 Day Challenge will only enhance the results, but they aren't necessary to feel good or feel the change.


It was what I needed to get back on the clean eating and WHOLE eating train. I was struggling with my nutrition - skipping breakfasts, eating unbalanced meals, thinking a protein bar was a fine substitute for dinner or lunch, eating gobs of peanut butter when I couldn't get to a whole source of protein. I was a bad news bear.

Starting the Challenge got me back on track. The timing of the supplements ensures you're eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No skipping out!


Bacon and almond butter, still happening. But in moderation.

For most people through the Cleanse, you want to restrict your processed food intake; like pasta, bread, tortillas, etc. I'm still on a strength cycle though, so I opted for oats most mornings. Again, GAINZ, people, GAINZ.

Most mornings I'd eat 1/3 cup oats with chia, a scoop of lactose free protein, and a heavy tablespoon of almond butter or a 3-egg veggie omelet. I did cut out Quest bars, to ensure I was eating whole meals, and not "cheating" my way out of a meal ...


So let's talk about what I've been doing for the last 10 days.

I've been taking a probiotic supplement & fiber drink as part of a 10 Day Herbal Cleanse, as well as drinking Meal Replacement Shakes (lactose free) and taking Catalyst, an amino acid supplement, before training. 

What did it do for you?

I refuse to step on the scale until the end of the Challenge, because I don't want people to become affixed on a number to think they're getting results. It did "clear" me out so to speak, in the best way possible. I've never had such healthy, happy poop in my life! I used to deal with all kinds of issues with my digestive system. Terrible stomach aches, bad acne, bloating, gas, just foul things.

I cut dairy out when I moved to Kuwait and that helped with A LOT of issues. But, I still battle with acne. It's way better than it used to be, but I still break out and they're still pretty angry.

I haven't BROKEN OUT ONCE in the last 10 days! I am going to attribute that to the probiotic supplement I've been taking. I don't even want to put makeup on I am so damn happy about my clear skin. I hope I'm not jinxing myself here ... because I haven't changed anything else about my eating habits, sleep habit, training, makeup, face wash, etc. I have only added the Probotic Ultra Restore. 

I am tempted to show you a no-makeup selfie, so that you can see for the first time in my life, I am blemish free. I still have tons of acne scars, but whatever, I can live with those. Blemish-free, guys!



The next 14 Days begins the 2nd Phase, the Max Phase. Essentially, it's supplements that support appetite control and energy. No more Peaches and Cream Fiber drink though, boo! I loved that stuff. 

Other supplements I'm LOVING from Advocare:
Nighttime Recovery, an amino acid supplement that saves me from soreness
Muscle Fuel (I attribute this to my 4 PR's in one day)
Slam (this is the BEST pre-workout!) in Strawberry Blast (and so much cheaper than Starbucks!)
and of course, the Probiotic Restore Ultra, my new clear-skin savior


Have a GREAT weekend!


Remember when I told you last week I drank a Kill Cliff, and later that night had some crazy violent dreams?

Well, they're still happening. And no, I'm not drinking Kill Cliff.


I had another dream last night, it was a Maury show gone so, so wrong. Fists flying, handfuls of hair everywhere, kicking, screaming. I don't remember much else about that dream (who, why, where), but I remember feeling really strange when I woke up ... Kind of concerned, a little worried that I was maybe turning into a blonde, female version of Dexter ...

But no, I'm not turning into a murderer and it's not the Kill Cliff; it's actually stuff in my life that's making me mad. Situations that are out of my control. And apparently I'm duking it out in my dreams. Hey, at least it's legal in my dreams. (And I always win!) It's funny how the brain works and responds to stress that isn't properly dealt with (aka IGNORED) in real life ... 

With any big life change (moving back to the United States next month), comes turmoil. I'm trying to sail the seas as smoothly as I can while keep it relatively stress and drama free.

In times of turmoil, craziness and uncertainty, I can alway fall back on keeping CONTROL of my diet and exercise though. Today we kicked off the 24-Day Challenge, so far, so good!


I couldn't believe how delicious the Peaches & Cream Fiber drink tasted. A few friends had warned me that it can be a little weird at first ... so I was nervous. But, it tasted like a peach smoothie. Thick and delicious. I actually look forward to drinking it tomorrow. So there is another flavor, Citrus, that a few friends on the Challenge with me right now have, and they reported today that it tastes gross. 

Hmmmmm. We're going to trade packets so I can assess for myself. 


Breakfast was a beautiful 3 block Zone affair, totally set the tone for the rest of the day of clean and blocked-out meals.


Because we are eating really clean during the Challenge though, we decided to have a bit of a splurge last night. I went with cheesecake and enough pralines and cream ice cream to satisfy a small elephant. 

T'was delightful. And worth every pimple that will probably pop up in the next 2 or 3 days thanks to the dump truck of lactose to my system.


A shot from the 31 Heroes Event we hosted at CrossFit Arifjan this weekend.

1. What does your ultimate cheat meal consist of?
2. Do you ever have bad dreams? Of a certain theme?



1. We start our 24 Day Challenge on Monday! (You can still get on board, check out all the information I threw together here). 

I'm putting together a little mini-motivational wall. This picture was just added to the mix ...


2. I drank a Kill Cliff for the first time in months after an evening training session a few days ago, and had the CRAZIEST night of dreams. Has anyone ever experienced this? I rarely remember dreaming most nights ... But the dreams I was having were GRAPHIC and freaking insane. Violent even. Disturbing. Shook me to the point I was almost in tears. Avoiding the Kill Cliff for a while ...


3. In the last week, I've finally started stringing together bar muscle ups and free standing hand stand push ups! Have you watched these progressions from Carl Paoli? They're great. 

Did you see that his new book just came out? I just ordered it from Amazon.

Have a GREAT weekend!


Not to quote Drake, but I'm gonna quote Drake ...

"Just hold on, we're going home ..."

Yep, this girl is going home.


Not just for vacation ... but for good! 

My one year contract is up in September. I can't say when exactly (OPSEC), but it's soon. 

I am so, so, so ready to be home in the beautiful United States. I am so blessed to have had this opportunity the last year. I've grown exponentially has a person, an athlete, and a coach. It's been amazing, I don't regret it for a second. But, it's time to go.


I will miss everything that I did here with CrossFit Arifjan: working with and training alongside our US servicemen and women, but I will not miss the politics of contracting or working for the people that I worked for. 

I will not miss working underneath someone who referred to me as the Military's "flavor of the week."

Knowing that it's all coming to an end soon ... knowing I'll be reunited with my dog, my family, breathing the beautiful fresh air in Oregon ... I have a smile on my face that nothing has been able to fade. When one door closes, a hundred new doors open. I can't wait to begin my next chapter!


PLUS! I have a group of seven awesome friends who signed up do to the 24 Day Challenge with me here in Kuwait starting August 1st, and a handful of fellow blog readers who are on board, too! (We originally wanted to do the 28th, but the mail system here in the middle of the desert is uber slow). 


If you are doing the 24 Day Challenge with me, please shoot me an email at petiteathleat.com! I have some additional tools and tips for ya to help make the Challenge an UBER success. Plus, I am here to keep you accountable! If you are on the fence, you can still grab yourself some product here, and join us! I can't WAIT to see my results. JUST IN TIME FOR MY HOMECOMING! 


Have you you guys been watching the CrossFit Games? The time difference here means I've been sacrificing some sleep ... but so worth it! Who are you cheering for? Who are your favorites?

Our set up is pretty ghetto, but we have it streaming from the box via the website. 


I am a huge fan of Lauren Brooks, Pip Malone, CLB, Julie Foucher and of course, Lauren Fischer. 
For the men, I'm cheering on Dan Bailey, Jason Khalipa, Chris Spealler, and Eric Carmody (of the Asia Region, it was awesome competing with him at Regionals!)

For the first time in my life, I was really cheering on Rich Froning! 
Who ever though he'd be the underdog?



This could only mean one thing ...


 It's my day off!

And dang, does my body need it. Last week we re-tested my CrossFit Total, so far I've added 30 pounds to it! 10 pounds to my back squat (235), 10 pounds to my deadlift (285) and 10 pounds to my strict press (105). Since it was a test week, it was relatively light. My coach warned me not to get too comfortable though, because we'd be hitting it hard the remaining 6 weeks.

Guys, he wasn't kidding. I feel like I was eaten by a hippo, regurgitated, sat on by a bear, run over by a freight train, and then left out to turn into jerky by this blasphemous Kuwait desert heat.


Do you follow me on Instragram? @petiteathleat. Do it.

I've been posting all of my videos there. PROUD OF THOSE PR's, BABY. 
I'm slaving for them, literally. 


I've been getting a little bit of help grinding through everything with these bad boys ...


And these bad boys!


WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL OF MY LIFE? And more importantly, why didn't I have it during the 50's event at Regionals? I can only describe it as having HUGE lungs. My muscles failed me well before I felt out of breath. Talk about 3-2-1- GO all. day. long.

And then enter Spark.


You all know I don't take pre-workout. I recently tested drinking a quad-Americano a couple of times while working out, but I was getting so shaky and some serious cotton mouth, I don't think I could do it all the time. And no shit, Starbucks is an EXPENSIVE daily habit. 


I'd never given Advocare a real thought, mainly because I've never been a huge fan of supplements, and because well, it seemed kind of dorky. Then this culmination of things happened.

Rich Froning endorses it. Hello. (And no, he doesn't get paid to, either.)


 Lisa Bender Thiel (who INSPIRED me to try CrossFit way back in 2011, when I saw her competing at the South Central Regionals in Texas) wrote this blog post.


The final straw, when I tried the products. My friend Drew, a CrossFit coach and athlete, shared O2 Gold and Spark with me. And even though I was sore and tired and skeptical of the stuff, it honestly resulted in some of the strongest training I've had in a while. 

Now, my 27th birthday is coming up. And I want it to be really momentous (just wait until you see the party/WOD I have planned at the box :)


This has been the most INCREDIBLE and life changing year for me, and I want to finish it with a bang. I want to feel and look the strongest, leanest, healthiest I ever have. 

I was going to try another 30 Day Paleo Challenge (even though I fail miserably at them) to hopefully chisel in some of those abs I can only create using Instagram filters ... but then, another thought struck me.



I'm pumped. I have a friend that went through it recently, he's a CrossFitter and a solid athlete, and the guy chiseled out like whoa. But, even if there were no sexy results at the end, I would still do the Challenge for a few reasons:

The meal replacements shakes are almost a perfect 3 block meal. And they offer a lactose-free option. (Yay, happy skin!) If you guys haven't noticed, I have stopped posting a lot of meals and recipes, because I don't have time to cook anymore. Meal Prep has totally gone out the window. I skip meals a lot ... more often than I like to admit, and then resort to eating at the DFAC. Army food is NO BUENO, people. Or I result to eating a Quest bar with almond butter for dinner.


As someone who ate Zone almost religiously before moving to Kuwait, I know how much of a difference it makes in energy levels. So, while I plan on eating meals at home when I can, I'm really excited to have the shake to resort to, and hopefully no more 3 PM energy slump.

The first phase of it is a cleanse. Hopefully, I can cleanse out some of this Army DFAC food I've been eating and the copious amounts of Quest bars ... (It's totally normal to go through 2 boxes in 2 weeks, right?)


Of course, when I get excited about something ... everyone knows. I have a few friends at the box who are on board with me, too (they're going home in September and wanna look good for their ladies)!

So, I thought I would throw it out here to you, too. The more the merrier. If anyone wants to jump in with us: we're planning on hitting the ground running on Monday, July 28th. We ordered ours today so that it can reach us in Kuwait by then.

If you're interested, you can order here. If you have any questions, I'm all ears (errr, eyes?) Comment below or email: petiteathleat@gmail.com

I'm off to get my mane tamed before taking my 'BEFORE' pictures.


Let the good times roll!
#sixpackbyseptember #hashtagsallday #challengeaccepted




It's been a while since I've done one of these, so here goes. Either you've emailed these questions to me or asked on Instagram or Facebook. 

What products do you use on your hair?


First of all, my hair is naturally straight and fine, but, I have A LOT of it. By coloring it, it actually roughens up the cuticle, so it styles better. As a kid growing up, it was corn silk. It would slip out of a braid, wouldn't hold a curl, etc. 


These days, I wash it at night and let it air dry. I rarely use a blow dryer on my hair, which I think keeps it pretty healthy. When it's wet, I throw a few products on it. Because it's not freshly washed the next day, I also think it styles a lot better. I haven't needed to use any hair spray on my hair since moving to Kuwait and switching to showering at night, but I also live in the desert, where it's really dry. Humidity = hair killer. It might be dry, but it's windy as fck. How it survives the wind, I have no idea.



Detangler 
Right now I'm using this by John Frieda. It's alright. If anyone could recommend a better one, I'd appreciate it.

I swear by this stuff. Just a little goes on a long way. Gloss and shine and healthy looking ends.

Shampoo 
Clairol Shimmer Lights. It's a purple shampoo that keeps the brassiness out of blonde hair.

Conditioner 
 I need something really hydrating. Surprisingly, I love this 1-Minute Hydra-Recharge from Garnier Fructis. 

What products do you use on your skin?


I actually have really bad skin! The filters on IG save my life, hah.

 I am plagued by adult acne. I used to be on all kinds of medications for it, to no avail. I cut them out when I moved to Kuwait. When I moved to Kuwait, I also couldn't find my usual Fage Greek Yogurt that had become a staple in my diet. I decided to just cut dairy out then, since I'd always wondered if I was slightly allergic to it. And wow, my skin problems diminished by about 900%. Slightly allergic, you say? No shit. I still have the random pimple, but nothing like the deep, cystic-type acne I'd get on my jawline. When I eat ice cream or indulge in cheese, just give it 2 or 3 days, and I'll ALWAYS break out.

I also recently added Proactiv into my regime 3 months ago, and my skin has cleared up even more. I still have scars and dark spots, but as for new acne, it's much, much less.
 
 What makeup to you use? And do you work out in it?

Most of the time yes, I have makeup on. Is it full face make up? No. Did it used to be? Yes. Again, my skin is just REALLY bad, and I was always so self conscious of it. Now that it's cleared up and it's mainly just scars and dark spots, I'm a little more revealing. 

There are many days where I go into work with just a little mascara and shimmer blush on, and maybe a tiny dot of concealer on a spot or two. It feels SO good wearing less makeup. But it took almost 10 years for me to find that confidence. 

My one and only no-makeup selfie. 

As far as makeup that I use. I use almost all Bare Minerals. I really like the powder finish, its more natural looking than creams or liquids, and it just feels better on my skin.

Where is your bathing suit from?


 This bathing suit is old! I think I bought it 5 years ago at Nordstrom. The brand is Roxy.
 
I love your blue pants! Where are they from?


They're Lululemon Wunder Unders, of course! I'm a size 6. I'm 130 pounds and about 5'2, if you're thinking about ordering a pair. 

Do you take pre-workout?

No, I don't. I have a hard time having anything in my stomach when I'm training, and pre-workouts really give me a stomach ache. If I need a pick me up, I'll order myself a shot of espresso before training.


And that's all folks. To all my male readers, I know adored this post, you've been dying to hear what products I use in my hair.

xo,
Courtney


I love, love, love my body.

It is a direct representation of all of the hard work I have put in the last few years chasing performance, not physique. 


You won't see any women with my shape in a Cosmo magazine or a CoverGirl make up ad. You won't see girls with my kind of body in any television shows or cast as the "sexy female" role in any main stream movies. 


My body is not societies idea of beautiful. 

It's a good thing I give 2 fcks about society then, eh?

As much as I love my body, we experience highs and lows, just like any relationship. 

The highs are the comments I get on how strong I'm getting. The lows are the internet trolls telling me I take steroids and the comments from women, "I just want to tone, I don't want to get that big," as they're eyeballing me.


The highs are usually in the gym, when I'm hitting a PR. 

The lows are usually when I'm watching something on TV and I get wrapped up playing the comparison game, "Dang, she is skinny."


But then I remember what I'm packing ... 


The lows happen when I'm in a changing room trying to find a pair of jeans to fit over that derriere. 

The highs happen when I find a great pair of shoes to compliment those chicken legs.


The lows happen when my thighs have become so big, they rub together when I'm walking or running. Any loose fitting short or pant is the bane of my existence.


The highs occur when my midline is looking strong.
The lows happen when I just look like I have a belly when I have a shirt on.


OR WHEN MY WEIGHT BELT NO LONGER FITS ME
(I've actually come to consider that a high though.)


Society tells me for some reason I need to be chasing this constant desire to become "smaller."


And to that I say no. I am an example that you don't have to give two shits about what the scale reads or what size jeans you wear. CrossFit has enabled me to break out of this mold that society tells me I'm supposed to live in. A world of smaller: smaller portions, smaller dress sizes, smaller weights.

"Lose 5 pounds in 5 days!"
"Lose that arm jiggle forever"
"Whittle Away Your Waist with these 9 great moves!"

I'm OVER it.

I am here to tell you that your self worth does NOT come from anyone else's opinion except your own. I am here to say BIGGER is better. More biceps. More booty. More performance. Let it jiggle. Make it rain. The number to care about is the one you're lifting. The PR you're chasing.

If people, your boyfriend, your best friend, can't handle the heat, tell them to get the fck out of the kitchen. 

You can keep your salad fork, society, I'll only be needing the steak knife.





CrossFit Gear I Can't Live Without

RPM Jump Rope

This bad boy was a gift,and the best gift I've ever recieved. I have played around with a number of different ropes, but never liked them. And then I tried this bad boy ...

This rope is FAST. You need to be very efficient at double unders (string together 100+ consistently) to benefit from this ropes speed. It's just freaking lightening fast. I attribute my 14.1 score (snatch + double unders) of 322 thanks to this rope.

They're coming out with a new style in July with an even sharper handle.

If you're still trying to work on double unders, I highly recommend this training rope. This is what I was using before, and what I recommend to all of my athletes.

Natural Grips

I don't know why I waiting so long to try these! They're incredible. Saved my hands during the final Event at Regionals. Everyone was ripping on those pullups and I walked away unscathed. Secure them to your wrists with Goat Tape, uber winning.

Goat Tape

This stuff is freaky sticky.

Original Nanos

Oddly, I didn't buy these originally. I started with the 2.0's, then bought the 3.0's, and let me tell you, my Originals BLOW THEM OUT OF THE WATER. They're the most comfortable shoe I have ever worn, both in the gym and out of the gym. I use my 3.0's now for climbing rope because they have that really thick mesh crap on the outside, but otherwise, they're useless.

When I put my Nanos on, I literally feel my feet sigh with happiness.

Marc Pro

The most amazing tool for recovery. MOST AMAZING.

Rehaband Knee and Elbow Sleeves

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So dang, let's talk about the Asia Regionals, shall we?

What a weekend! 


Following up to Regionals, I was training my ass off. The weekend prior, I did a run through of all of the events. 

These run throughs did not play out AT ALL at Regionals. I did far worse in some of the events (like Events 1 and 2, total fail), but did much better than I had in practice in Event 3 (Nasty Girls V2) and Event 4 (cutely coined the handstand push up WOD). 

My nerves got the best of me in Events 1 and 2, big time. While warming up (in our tiny shoe box of a warm up area), I was hitting my numbers just fine. 115-120-125, and knew I was going to go for my previous PR of 130 for my final lift. 

And then everything went to shit, because I decided to open with 115, and couldn't even get that. The adrenaline was so intense, I felt like I was having an out of body experience. I had NO idea what in the world my body was doing. It was like I had never done a snatch before! I failed all three lifts miserably, and walked over with the rest of the girls to the start line for the hand stand walk. I was on the outside lane. 

As we started our max distance walk, I apparently came out of my lane. Awesomely enough, I did this on purpose. Yeah, upside down, on the edge, it looked like my lane was differently marked than it was. So, I scratched at 20 feet. In practice I've walked closer to 70. 

Looking back, I'm so disappointed in these two events. I had these in the BAG. There were SO many girls who didn't have handstand walks in our Region. This was my moment to capitalize. Instead, I wasted it due to a stupid error. And wasted it because the novice in me had a complete and utter meltdown in the middle of the arena trying to remember how to snatch. 

I walked off the field, back to the Athlete Area, totally numb. I think I was smiling. Probably to contain both utter disappointment, anger and sadness. This was not how I wanted to begin my weekend. 

On the verge of both punching something and crying, I sent a text my coach.

Instantly he replied (I have the best coach in the world, even though he's all the way in Texas), and said I had 10 minutes to get it out. Scream, punch, cry, laugh, whatever. Then, after that 10 minutes, I had to move on and prepare for Event 3 (the Event that I was most dreading). 

I did just that. I walked into the Women's Restroom, locked the door behind me, and just let the tears fall. I let the disappointment wash over me. 

10 minutes (well, maybe more like 15), I walked out of there renewed and refreshed, albeit a little shaky and exhausted now that the adrenaline of the Events had worn off. 

So what if I failed the first few events? I had 5 more ahead of me, and I was going to fight like hell to show people that I do have some shred of fitness in me, Scouts Honor. 

Because of my 11th place finish in the Open, I was placed in the final heat with the big dogs (the girls that were all fighting for a chance to make it to the Games). I was shaking in my boots Nanos, walking out on to the field for Nasty Girls. 

A workout full of muscle ups. I love muscle ups. But I recently learned them, as in, a week before Regionals. Sometimes I could do them, sometimes I couldn't. Practicing them was very challenging, because they were very painful (I have some ulnar nerve issues). I was too afraid to even attempt more than one or two in my warm up, for fear I'd fire up my ulnar never before even starting the event.

I surprised myself though, a lot. I didn't miss one attempt. I even felt confident enough to string them together (something I had done in practice), but my judge no-repped me, telling me I hadn't gotten full lock out. I resorted to singles to avoid wasting energy receiving no-reps, and surprisingly, did pretty well.

Saturday and Sunday went much better after I'd regained a smidgen of confidence during Nasty Girls. I did way better on the HSPU workout than I had in practice, and the legless rope climbs of Event 5 didn't blow up my biceps and elbows like they had in practice. 


The 50's workout was by far the easiest in terms of skills, but it sucked the most, too. Just constant grind, no breaks. Wallballs to a 10 foot target when you're barely 5 foot tall ... 

On the final event, the pullups and overhead squats, I just had nothing left in me. I was so drained. Emotionally? Physically? The adrenaline from each event prior left me wasted ... Maybe because I was having a hard time fueling correctly (I was running out of food at this point), who knows. I had to break my pullups into way smaller sets than anticipated. And 135 has never felt so heavy. I could barely clean it (literally, it ran me over at one point) and get it over my head into the back rack. Stabilizing it overhead felt like balancing the world over my shoulders. 

But the joy I felt after time was called, was something I'd never experience before in my life. Joy at it just being OVER, joy at making it through it, joy at surprising myself a few times over the course of the weekend ... Just joy. It's a huge accomplishment to just make it there ... And I made it out alive. I'm the 15th Fittest Woman in Asia. *whoop!*

I have always done CrossFit for fun, and had personal goals I've strived to attain, but competing was never one of them. I had no idea that I'd be going to Regionals when I moved out here 9 months ago. After the Open I realized I had 5 weeks of training to get as prepared as I could.

This year, will be different. I'm dedicating all of my training to Regionals, not just 5 weeks. ;) 


I couldn't have done it without everyone that supported my cause. Thank you all for your donations! Thank you to my training partners, I definitely couldn't't have made it through all of that grueling training the 5 weeks leading up to Regionals without you. Thank you to my awesome Coach, David Tillman. Thanks to Jon from CrossFit 254, for loaning me his MarcPro and the massive effort it had in aiding in my recovery! Thanks to all of the athletes at the box for believing in me.


Thanks to the other athletes competing who were so encouraging and motivating! It was a lot of fun working out alongside friends.


I have a few more days left of rest and recovery, and I'm right back at it. 2015, you bet I'm going to make it the best season yet!