Life Of Chanel for March

It was a hot month here in Brisbane.  I love summer … so I wasn’t too bothered, in saying that, training in the heat can be tough and there were some sessions which I felt I was battling the heat rather than the workout.
Everyone in our house got back into the New Year routine of school and work, and adjustments were made by everyone getting used to the new timetable.  Gary jetted off to NZ for a mountain biking trip with his mates.garymtb

The end of February sees the CrossFit Open start, which isa super exciting time of the year for me/us.  For those not familia with CrossFit, the Open is a worldwide competition that anyone can enter, each week there is a worldwide announcement where the workout for that week is announced, and then you have until tues to submit your scores. These are then on a leaderboard where you can see how you got one against your peers in your country and the world.  It runs for 5 weeks.

17.1 was announced on Friday which was the following17a

I did the workout on friday afternoon.  I guess the dumbbell snatch in that quantity was a bit of an unknown.  Everyone said to watch the pacing … which was correct as the burpees jacked up your heart rate.  I managed to keep moving the whole way, and the last 15 burpee box jump overs were definitely the hardest.  It was a tough workout for sure.  I finished on friday with 15:07 which I was pretty happy with … then as the weekend went on, I started thinking I could go faster – as my first two rounds I maybe paced a little too much.  bbjo

So even though it made me nervous again to repeat, I wanted to give it another crack.  The first two rounds I went faster, and it did hurt alot more – but I managed to shave 47 sec off my time.  I also played with changing the dumbbells in the air rather than the ground.  I believe this was faster, however I had trouble co-ordinating it … so I reverted back to switching on the floor by the 3rd round.  dbsnatch

Looking forward to 17.2 …. what will it be?


Family First – Chanel Stuck

Being a mum in a family of 5 life is busy. I was driving home after dropping the girls at school wondering if they feel life is going as fast as I do? I remember when I was a kid, it took forever for Christmas to come around – seriously, forever! I wonder if our kids feel this way now.

Christmas 1977

Having my own business, I feel a constant juggle with balancing family, business, training and everything else I try and fit in. I read something very good last night as I had a bath (I may have gotten myself into a little tizz beforehand … just being frustrated and feeling like I had achieved nothing the entire afternoon) I am trying to take more baths, as I am not very good at slowing down and stopping – and clearly I need to do more of it. I am reading Naomi Simpson’s latest book, and she was talking about being a mother and a driven business woman how something had to give. When you are running a business, it takes a certain amount of hard work and hours – it does not just happen by itself (unfortunately). So she realised that she could not be it all or do it all, so if she had to work long hours that was fine, as long as when she was with her children it was 100% quality. BOOM a light bulb went off. This I need to implement! So I thought I’d share this with you … as this is going to be my challenge. When your children are little they go to bed earlier, and then you have a couple of hour’s quiet time to yourself. I used to scrapbook a lot when the girls were small at night. I just cannot find time for this at the moment. Now Gary and I are often in bed with the lights out before our big girls are in bed … how times have changed! The girls are busy with their own things, school, and jobs, dance etc … so we do not get as much time as a family. So I realise this is really important to the stage I am at … to make sure its quality time when they are around!

Our girls when they were little

Our girls when they were little

Another thing we try to do as often as we can is have dinner together around the table. I was bought up doing this, and many and argument or discussion happened around that kitchen table … it was the basis of good communication. We try to do this as often as we can. It is good quality time together as the days are so busy.


It’s probably my favourite time of the day, when we are all sitting down together. If you have a great family ritual or activity, please share. Let’s create more places of support for families by sharing our ideas and thoughts.

Christmas 2008

Christmas 2008

Oh how time flies!