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Life of Chanel – Seventeen Point Four – CrossFit Open 2017

Week 4 … and what would it be?

17.4 would be a repeat of last years workout 16.4

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this made me happy, as it wasn’t the unknown.  We had done this workout about 5 weeks earlier and I knew where I was at.  I knew all the movements, so I was excited to go again.  Gary decided to do it on the friday night and got 31 HSPU out.  That night he hatched a plan for me, to pace through the HSPU which would be the weakest part of the workout for me.174girls

Saturday morning I gave it a shot, and the plan worked pretty well until about the 35th HSPU where they started breaking down.  I ended up getting 50 HSPU out, and I failed my last two reps … so I felt pretty confident that I had hit my capacity for where I should be.  I was also proud of the improvement from the previous year.  I dont think I even got 20 HSPU out last year … so I was super happy about that progress.  I decided not to repeat it.  Probably my most satisfying workout of the Open so far.

the before and after shots

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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?

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Use Your Fitness – Life of Chanel

I was intending on writing this post once we returned from holidays … now it is February and I am trying to find my feet with school back, and routine having kicked back in.familyski

I’ll be honest I was a little concerned about having 2 1/2 weeks off training when I went on holiday.  I love my life and what I do, I love my training … so although I was excited to go on holidays, I knew I would miss it too.  It is really good for your body to have a break from what you do all the time.  And even though I wasn’t lifting weights, I was out behind the boat every day waterskiing, wakeboarding, wake skating and trying new things out.  It was super fun, and I think it is important to “Use Your Fitness”.  chanelwakeHaving a strong, healthy body is awesome, but putting it to use doing fun things is what life is all about.  I think the Christmas break is the perfect time for me to have a refresh and a change of routine.  We were staying on the Murry River and the little town only had a corner store and pub, which was perfect, as I am not very good at relaxing, so it made it easier for me to really enjoy my holiday.chaneski

so … my message is, enjoy your training and exercise … but use it to live and be happy too.  Try new things and enjoy life!  One of my goals this year is to make sure I do more fun things throughout the year that “Use Your Fitness”

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Cleaning Jewellery Tips

Depending on the Ph of your skin, jewellery can tarnish very quickly – regardless of weather it is sterling silver, pewter, stainless steel ….  and if you are like me and “high maintenance” then my advice to you is to keep a jewellery cleaning cloth with you in your bag to polish your pieces up with.cleaningcloth

This month our readers get a FREE cleaning cloth with every purchase.  You need to leave a comment when checking out and say “Free cleaning cloth” so we know you have been reading :-)

Here is a tip for cleaning the pewter charms:

Use a sponge to gently wash the pewter piece and rinse.  Dry and set aside.  in a mixing bowl add one teaspoon salt, one cup white vinegar and half cup of flour.  Mix slowly until paste is formed.  Use this as the cleaner.

For sterling silver:

Mix 1 cup of boiling water, 1 tablespoon salt and 1 tablespoon baking soda together.  Then pour into a foil lined pan – add your jewellery.  Slowly add 1/2 cup of vinegar and watch it do its magic.  Let it sit for 5-10 mins – rinse and dry.

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Sweet Potatoe Hash Browns

I love sweet potatoe, it is one of my favourite foods.  This recipe from Libby Wescombe can be used for a delicious breakfast, side dish or even as a burger.  Give it a try …


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Sweet Potatoe Hash Browns

INGREDIENTS:

4 medium sweet potatoes

2 eggs, whisked

1/2 cup almond flour

2 teaspoons sea salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup spring onions, chopped

1/4 cup coconut oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pierce one of the sweet potatoes with a fork. Wrap it in a damp paper towel and place it in a small bowl with 1/2 inch of water. Microwave for 7-9 minutes, or until tender.

Let this sweet potato sit for 5 minutes. Then drain the water, peel the potato, and mash it with a fork.

Take the other 3 sweet potatoes and peel them. Then grate them with a grater using the large holes. In your bowl of grated sweet potatoes, add the previous mashed potato, the 2 eggs, almond flour, sea salt & pepper and spring onion. Combine with a spoon.

In a frying pan, pour coconut oil and heat over medium until your pan is hot. Then drop in sweet potato “cakes” in about 2-3 tablespoon batches. Flatten them with a spatula. Cook on each side for 5 minutes or until golden brown.

Once cooked, place on a plate with paper towels to drain the oil. Let them cool slightly so they crisp up before serving.

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NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:

(Makes 9 hashbrowns)

Per hashbrown:

Calories: 137

Carbs: 12g

Protein: 2g

Fat: 9g

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Resolution Bracelet – New Years 2017

Happy New Year 2017

 

So …. what will you chase in 2017?  Before I start setting my new years goals I make a list of what I achieved in 2016 …. I think it is really powerful recognising your accomplishments and giving yourself a pat on the back.  Setting goals is an important part of having something to work towards ….

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Our Resolution Bracelets are the perfect wrist inspo to keep those New Years goals on track.  For the month of January we have 20% off the Resolution Bracelets to encourage goal setting and starting the year off with a crack.  Use code RES20 at check out.  Choose from a stone beaded bracelet or a leather band … and 2 charms.  These will not tarnish and will be a source of inspiration throughout the day to keep your goals on point.charmspewter-2Share with any other friends who are chasing dreams, and setting goals for themselves

Find out about our Resolution Bracelets here 

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Panpacs 2016 Fitness Challenge

In 2014 my first individual CrossFit competition was the Pan Pacific Masters Games Fitness Challenge.  My training buddy Robyn had signed up to do it and talked me into doing it with her.

The Pan Pacs are every 2 years, so this year it was time to re-visit it.  I have been training for the past 6 months building up to it as an individual competition.  It scared me and made me excited at the same time.  Its scary to comit to something, because it pushes you outside of your comfort zone … it would be much easier to not do it.  It is a 3 day event, with 9 workouts over the this time.  As much as it scared me to think about it, I am a goal orientated person, so having a goal makes me focus and keep my training on point. I did this over the year.

Coming into this years competition, I felt much more ready.  It was timely that my sister gave me a book called the Kindness Pack.  It talks about not comparing yourself to others, and about doing your best … because it is about your journey.  This is the outlook I have had coming into this competition.  It helped me settle my nerves, as last time I was so nervous I felt sick the whole week before.  This made me not enjoy the process so much, so this time it has been alot more fun.  I was still nervous – however I have learnt how important it is to have nerves as they are part of the process of getting your body ready to compete.done

Day 1 started with a 1RM Snatch.  I will be honest and say I have done a lot of work on my lifting, and have been a little frustrated that my numbers especially with Snatch have not moved very much.  I know there are some reasons for this, however when you work hard it is still frustrating.  Gary told me the night before I was going to get a PB, and he was right.  I lifted 57kg for my snatch … I was elated about this.  So it was a good start to the competition.  We had 4 workouts the first day, so it was a heavy duty day.  They were tough workouts too.  Luckily Movement   were at the event.  So I was lucky enough to see them each day for massages … this was such a blessing.ppmg1Day 2 we had 2 workouts, both pretty tough workouts – however, it was so nice having the afternoon off and being able to have extra recovery time

What is so cool about doing something like this is the people you get to meet, new friends you make.  Its about the people.  I am lucky to have made so many cool friends in this sport, and this weekend I get to see lots of them and have a good laugh.

Going into Day 3 the body is always tired.  3 workouts to go and the first of the day is a tough one.

Eating well and hydration is super important throughout the event, so you can recover for the next workout.  I have been following Libby Wescombe’s eating plan for the past 10 weeks, and it has helped me get prepared.  It has worked really well for my energy and performance, so I prepared all of my food before I came.  This was so perfect as I didn’t have to think about what I was doing.cleanladder

Day 3 I had a pretty substantial lead, which really took the pressure off.  Although I was nervous about the clean ladder, as I knew I could not clean 85 kg, so I knew i was not going to finish it.  Therefore I decided to go as hard as I could early on, and suffer the consequences with my heart rate.  This plan worked … and even though I did not finish the ladder, I was still able to win the event.

I was thrilled to finish the 3 day event with another Gold Medal.  Back to back gold medals in my age group … was a great feeling.  It was a super fun 3 days, with awesome people, great workouts that tested us and beautiful weather.  The location was spectator friendly.  gold

I really love what I do  … so being able to set a goal, then head along and enjoy the process was really great.  Competiting definitely is a different dimension to training, and you have to enjoy the process of competitng as it pushes you out of your comfort zone.  This is where I learn the most about myself though.  So now its time to re-group, re-focus … as I know I am much more motivated if I have a goal in mind.  The CrossFit Open will be starting the end of Feb … time to get back into it.

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if you have someone who needs a little bit of motivation to keep their goals on track, a perfect Christmas gift may be something from www.enjoyjewellery.com.au    pick something that is meaningful to what they are working towards, or create something specific for them.  Surrounding ourselves with positivity and motivation is super important … this is a great way to do so

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Homemade Body Butter using Essential Oils

I’m always keen to share a cool recipe when I find one, this time it is for body butter.  I personally love using RXD Repair’s Thermo Magnesium body butter for my aches and pains after training, and for recovery … however, it is nice to make your own also.

Here is a recipe from Young Living where I get my essential oils from.

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this gives you the option of adding whichever oils you particularly love.  If you wanted to make a sports blend to help with muscles and aches, i would add peppermint, pan away, lavender.  If you wanted to make a blend that is for relaxing you could add lavender, stress away and/or joy.  Its actually pretty cool, you can make so many different versions depending on which type of oil you add.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1 cup organic solid cocoa butter (do not use lotion)
  • 15 drops of your favourite topical/aromatic essential oil (we love Cedarwood, Lavender, and Frankincense essential oils)­

Directions

1. Warm a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, then add coconut oil and cocoa butter. Melt until completely liquefied, about 4–5 minutes.
2. Pour into a glass mixing bowl and place in refrigerator for 30–45 minutes to cool and just set but not harden.
3. Stir in essential oils.
4. Using an electric hand mixer, whip until firm peaks form, about 10 minutes.
5. Gently transfer to a seal-able jar or container. Store at room temperature to avoid melting or solidifying.
6. Massage into dry skin!

enjoy trying your own out.

 

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Pan Pacs Masters Games Round 2 – Lets do this!

I competed in my first individual CrossFit event in 2014, it was the Pan Pacs Masters Games – a 3 day event at the Gold Coast.  It was a great experience and I got to meet lots of great people and test myself. allstarsDoing individual events is nerve racking.  It pushes me outside of my comfort zone … there is no where to hide in an individual comp.  Its just YOU … and last time I did get very nervous beforehand.  The week before was especially stressful.  This time, I feel like I have trained hard, and consistently.  I have been involved in some great team comps this year … which has been great preparation.  I have also had some great advice that has been helpful in the lead up.

ropesWith one week to go until game time I feel alot more relaxed and confident.  I have a plan in place to follow for the following week, and I am starting to get myself organised.

I have done the work, now its time to enjoy the comp and see what I can do.  comfort-zone1

So, even though it can feel uncomfortable – its a good idea to push outside of your comfort zone.  It gives your training purpose, and gives you something to work for. I look forward to blogging about this event … I better remember to take some pics :-)

 

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Breast Cancer Bracelet for October

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to get on board the Fitness Infinity Bracelet will be available this month in PINK leather.  $5 from each bracelet will go towards Breast Cancer to help fight the battle.

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I was 16 when my aunty died from breast cancer, and back then I did not know of anyone else who had it … now I could probably name 6 or 8 people who I actually know personally who have battled this illness. The more we remind each other to do constant checks and help spread awareness hopefully we will be able to get on top of it.  breastcancer

I have added a Breast Cancer bracelet for this month also … it has the breast cancer ribbon charm and Believe In Yourself or Never Give Up charm … some wrist inspo for someone who is/has battled this illness. Find out more here 

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