Raw Nationals

30 Aug

Last week was the USAPL Raw Nationals. This was my first Nationals and my second “travel” meet after the Arnold. I did learn after the Arnold that I need to travel a day earlier to meets so I have a day to eat properly and rest properly. I arrived on Thurs for competition on Saturday. My travel day included 3 planes, from OC to TX, TX to NJ, NJ to PA, first stop I had to run to my plane, second stop I had to collect my gate checked bag at baggage claim and sit in security for 45mins. When I finally arrived in PA it was late and I was tired. I did meet 2 lifters from Texas who became great friends and hung out with me the whole weekend.

Friday I watched some of the light weights lift, got all my food and rested. Ben and Kat were there from Derby City CrossFit and they had some lifters so I hung with them a bit.

On Saturday I weighed in at 71kg which is a little light for 75kg class, but the IPF (international) weight class goes up to 72kg and I have been trying to stay around that since I think they are going to move to those classes next year and the Arnold uses those weights. I felt good and went into warm up. I had the opportunity to meet some of my fellow lifters. One that was 3 months pregnant (ya you heard me). Another who was a mother/daughter team (how cool is that?). One who was over 60. And so many more really really great women. I think that is my favorite part of going to these meets is to get to know these girls who enjoy the same thing I do and just hearing their stories.

My competition went really well, I was in second place coming out of the squat and battled to keep second from that point on but ending up third in my weight class and 18th overall out of 87 women. I was really happy with that for my first Nationals and very honored to be in the company of such great lifters. It was such an amazing experience and I learned a lot that I know will help me in the future.

This week I got back to training only to catch a cold, so I am resting and recovering so I can get back to training next week. Next on the schedule is State Regionals in November. I did qualify for the Arnold again so I will be going back in March to defend my title. This last year has been an amazing journey, I have met so many amazing people and I can’t wait to see where the next year takes me.

I want to thank all my friends and family for your support, and thank my coach for all that he has done, and especially want to thank USAPL CA for all the great support they have given me. I am very blessed to have this new Powerlifting Family.


The Singlet

31 Jul

Leave it to the Punkmaster to pick a sport with a not so fun uniform. The USAPL says you must wear a weightlifting or wrestling type one piece singlet. So in the years of this sport there still is only a couple of options for this uniform and let me tell you they have not advanced in style since the day they started. I will say that I appreciate the rules and will happily wear my ever so flattering “scuba suit”, I mean singlet but COME ON!!  The purpose of the singlet is to allow the judges to see your body during the lift. For example if you have a big baggy shirt on its hard to see the crease of your hip to make sure you go below parallel. At this point my suggestion would be “well cool let’s make it a 2 piece?” So that I don’t have to get completely undressed to go to the bathroom! AND when you are nervous you go to the bathroom A LOT! They also come in primary colors, hardly any patterns and most are made of spandex or polyester. Luckily mine is black which is a slimming color but I think I would like a pattern like zebra stripes? Jus kiddin. Its even worse for the guys, I feel bad they have to get into one. I know you are thinking it so I am just going to say it…… yes it is really hard not to look “there”. Because honestly its like a target! AH! Thats all I’m going to say about that.

So my plan is to get more women involved in Powerlifting so that maybe someone will design a better, more flattering uniform. If there was a Lulu singlet I would buy one in a heartbeat and I know I would look smokin hot in it!! Please Lulu make a singlet????

One last thought, there are things you should avoid when picking out your singlet. Spandex is not preferred. Stripes are not slimming, and definitely do not even if it’s the last thing on the planet, absolutely DO NOT WEAR A WHITE SINGLET!

Liffit! Liffit Good!

It pays to have a strong core

13 Jun

It’s week 10 away from nationals. Team Maxfit has been hitting it hard in the gym. Big Mike and I are doing more things than we have ever done before. We have been lifting heavy this whole time and we are doing a ton of core work. After the Arnold Max wanted to really work on my core because my lifts are “wiggly”, my back is just not getting tight enough. We have also been working on conditioning. So there has been a lot of grunting going on between Big Mike and I. Mike TOTALLY hates abs!! I think it is really paying off tho. My back feels really different in all my lifts.

The diet is good. I finally feel comfortable with 1600 or so calories a day and I’m down 8lbs. I feel stronger than ever even with the weight loss and don’t really feel light-headed at all anymore. I’m keeping up with my supplements and eating really clean. I’ve added in some rice a couple of times a week and it seems to be fine with my stomach and doesn’t add any weight on me. I really try to eat little to no sugar, and when I do eat it I feel like total crap and it really messes with my sleep. If I eat sugar I can’t sleep for days, its weird.

So even tho we have been lifting heavy I haven’t actually done any heavy squats or deadlifts since the Arnold. We have been doing box squats and partial lifts with bands. Because of this I can’t help but to get all crazy in my head and think I’ve lost it. When you don’t max out its hard to know where you are at. Last week we did some full squats with bands and I had 245 on the bar with blue bands and it felt light. I thought at that point that maybe I had gotten stronger. Then Sunday with Max we were supposed to work up to 90% work sets. For me that would have been about 275lbs based on my 308lb PR. I put on 270, then 280, then 290 and I felt amazing so I asked if I could just do one at 300lbs to see how it felt.  It felt great. This was big for me, the 308 I did do back in Jan was a grinder and I have some numbers in my head for nationals so hitting this 300 made me so happy. I think I might have to raise those numbers I want to hit!

Happy Lifting!!

Get your fix?

6 Jun

Food discovery update!!!!! Yes my Primal dieting self is all about the comfort food in little amounts. I’ve been cutting for a while now and it’s not so bad this time. I eat pretty clean normally and the only thing that is different is I am only eating 1500-1700 calories. So far down 8lbs give or take. Just a few more to go, then add it back in lean mass. BUT of course I am like any girl and sometimes find myself sprawled out on the floor in front of the fridge with a bucket of ice cream and a wooden spoon at the end of a bad day. So sometimes I need to have items around the house or in my desk at work for these not so good moments. (just for the record I have NEVER eaten ice cream with a wooden spoon, it’s usually the metal scooper)

If you have followed along you know my chocolate fix is dark chocolate covered soy beans but sometimes I need a salty fix and this little treat does the job!!!

These Plantain Chips are the BOMB!!!!! The ingredients are plantain, sunflower oil, and salt. And they are roasted so I think that makes them Paleo! 20 chips is 140 calories, 6g fat, 20g carbs, 0 sugar and 1g protein. They are very high in Vitamin A and C and of course Potassium. I usually don’t need to eat 20 to feel better so thats even fewer calories. They are really crunchy so if you need that crunchy feeling it totally satisfies.

These are for sure a must have in your kitchen! And if you have a total breakdown and eat the whole bag I still think its less calories than half a bucket of ice cream.

Happy Eating!

No use crying over spilled milk.

1 Jun

About a week before the Arnold I started to get some pain in my right wrist. We we came home and the pain didn’t get better I started to worry and saw a doc. It felt a lot like a broken bone and not really like a muscle tear. I have always been a bit of an adventurer and have a lot of experience with broken bones. I have broken my arms 5 times, my foot, many toes, and separated a shoulder. All on horses, motorcycles and bicycles. Yes I have a problem, adrenalin junkie. When it comes to the right wrist I have broken it 3 times. Here is the result:

When I was 13 (or so) I was riding my horse and fell off. Which is pretty common but in this case I landed on my arm in a way that completely broke both bones and dislocated the hand which needed to be reset. It healed great but as you can see on the little bone (ulna) that it was broken on the growth plate and stopped growing. As a result the ulna is 2mm shorter than it should be. The place where the ulna and the radius meet usually has a nice joint in between the bones but in my case due to years of wear and tear (12 years of motorcycle racing) the joint is completely destroyed and the cartilage on the bones is worn away causing advanced arthritis. This causes a bit of pain and loss of mobility.

So in my case the only solution is pain management. There is joint replacement for the wrist but it is not really that great and only used as a salvage surgery and I would not even be eligible for that for many many years. Cortisone has been my friend. The shots seem to be the only relief to the pain and they last about 6 weeks for me. Most people should not get lots of shots because it breaks down the joint but in my case the joint is completely destroyed so there are no negative consequences to getting the shots. In addition to the shots I have been icing every day sometimes 2 to 3 times a day. The ice keeps the inflamation down and helps me with the mobility loss. I have been really happy with the icing and see good results from it.

I will admit its been an emotional roller coaster since my diagnosis. I think a lot about powerlifting and if I should be doing it at the risk of more pain or even loss of some use of my hand. I have made it very clear to my doctors that it’s not worth the loss of using my hand and if they recommend I quit lifting I would. I can’t imagine not riding a bike again or a motorcycle or even being able to brush my hair. My doctors assure me that I will not damage the wrist any further at this point and that I can keep lifting. My doc said he will tell me when I need to stop.

So I will overcome, I will be the best I can be. I will still constantly monitor my health and be as realistic as possible. I have goals and dreams that are yet to be achieved and I’m gonna get em!

See you on the platform! Liffit, Liffit Good!

Bro-Mances, heavy weight, lots of coffee, and wings

30 May

I don’t think I know anyone who drinks as much coffee as Mark Bell and Jesse Burdick. I was thinking that maybe because of their size they required more caffeine  to keep them awake because if I drank that much I think my head would spin right off my shoulders. BUT regardless of how much coffee they drink they sure can lift a crap load of weight and they put on a really good Powerlifting Certification Class!

The class was filled with lots of information starting with learning the box squat, then the deadlift, and the next day the bench press. Each movement was gone over in detail and then everyone had the opportunity to perform it and be given feedback from the guys. The days were also filled with talk of additional movements that compliment these lifts and lots of talk of and about the sport of powerlifting. The majority of the last day Mark and Jesse talked about programming and how strength training can be applied to the CrossFit gym. The class was broken up into groups and they had a chance to set up their own training schedule and again the guys provided feedback. The group also got a special treat when Max Mormont (my coach) talked about additional movements and how they build strength. It was an amazing weekend learning all these things.

I felt really honored to help put at the cert and really enjoyed meeting all the people who came from all over to attend. On top of all that CrossFit Bea was a really cool gym and the owners Erik and Darlene are good people!

Mark and Jesse are a couple of the funniest guys I have met. From day one Mark has been picking on me like I was the little sister he never wanted. I try to dish it back but he always has the upper hand. I think I will spend the rest of my life trying to think of a way to “one up” him. On top of that he and Jesse are having some sort of bro-mance with my coach. It made me pretty jealous all weekend and they all just flaunted it in my face and enjoyed it. I kept picturing all of them in matching singlets and tall socks doing chest bumps and butt slaps. It is very disturbing. But I was able to separate them for a short time and learned more about who Mark Bell really is. Mark has contributed a lot to the sport of powerlifting and I am sure he will do it forever. He is very passionate and his positive attitude is infectious. Of course I had all kinds of questions for him and after talking his ear off I asked him if he ever got sick of talking about powerlifting and he said “No I don’t, I just want to help people”. It’s not too often you meet someone who is very influential who is genuinely out there to make things better and help people. I think what Mark and Jesse have put together is really great for the CrossFit community and I can’t wait to help out at the next one.

I also asked both Mark and Jesse -“Would you rather wear a pink singlet with pink socks while lifting for the rest of your life OR never eat wings again, which would it be?” Both their responses, “Wear the Pink!”       And there you have it…….

Chuck and As Seen on TV

8 May

Happy Mothers Day!

I spent the day with my mom today for her special day. Made her bacon and eggs for breakfast, and handled the little items on her “honey do” list. Then asked her what she wanted to do today. She said maybe a little shopping at the outlets. I’m not a huge shopper but there are a couple of places I like to go there so it sounded like a good idea. First we headed to a small shopping center by her house and I of course checked out the Lulu and got a new red headband since red is my favorite color. Then met mom in Sur le Table. Now let me give you a little back story…….

So I eat strawberries every morning. Anti-oxidants ya know. And I spend about 20 mins twice a week cutting the dang things. That adds up to  34 hours a year of chopping strawberries!! So……….I have been on the hunt for a “Strawberry cutter upper” for a long time.

In the store I asked the lady if they had a thingy that cuts strawberries and sure enough they did! WOOOT!!!!

It is so amazing! It took minutes to cut up a whole box!

Can’t even tell you how happy I am with this $15 purchase!

Then off to the outlets. I went into the Converse store to find some new lifting shoes in the clearance rack. When I was a rocker back in the 80’s I wore high top Converse every day. When I moved to CA way later in life people would mention Chuck Taylors and I had no idea what they were talking about because we never called them “Chucks”. After being told they were Converse I looked on the shoe and sure enough there was the name. But really who knew I would be wearing them again now. In Powerlifting I use the shoes for the Deadlift so I needed a new pair just for that. And what do you know I found the perfect pair for just $20!

Not only did I have a great time with my Mom but I was very successful in my bargain shopping!!


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