Tag Archives | Sacramento

{Guest Post} A CrossFit Year

Welcome to another Fitness Friday post – Today we get to hear about the overall life improvements and health benefits of adding consistent weight training to your workout regime. This is also a great reminder that you get what you put into your workout regime – No pain no gain!

A few notes to get you started:

(1)     In CrossFit there are benchmark/progress testing workouts that are completed periodically – Hero workouts named after fallen heroes and workouts named after the badass ladies who coined them. Fran is one of these workouts, you can find a description here:

A workout consisting of two relatively simple movements, Fran is a decreasing pyramid of thrusters (barbell beginning in a full squat position and ending in a fully locked out overhead position) and pull-ups. The rep scheme is: 21/15/9 of alternating thrusters (at 95 lbs, ‘prescribed’) and pull-ups.

(2)    On Ramp is a series of introductory classes that anyone new to a CrossFit gym will be required to go through – They gauge your proficiency in various lifts so that you can learn all requisite movements, from Olympic lifting to gymnastics, before beginning your first CrossFit “WoD” (workout of the day).

(3)    Kyle’s current gym is Cap City Strength & Conditioning and while this is a barbell gym everyone is competing in the CrossFit Open – So far Kyle has done GREAT in the first two WODs and will be attempting 13.3 tomorrow!

If you’d like to learn more of the basics behind CrossFit check out my Do You… CrossFit? & My Personal CrossFit posts, and you can get more background the Paleo diet in Guest Post: The Paleo Lifestyle.

Though I suppose many (or perhaps just some, I’m really not that terribly famous) of you reading this may already know me – The Fauxhawk, the moniker “Asian Kyle,” the non-stop posts on Facebook and Instagram on anything and everything Paleo/CrossFit/denim/etc. – My name is Kyle Chin. A bit of history about fitness and me: In my youth, I ran 5Ks and 10Ks throughout middle school with my parents – Purely for the fun of it. Yes, I was strange even then. Then in high school I joined Cross Country and Track & Field to pursue more competitive running & racing. The thrill of racing and making the Varsity team was a great head rush, but the loneliness of trekking mile after mile – Often solo – Didn’t provide the ‘team’ or ‘family’ atmosphere that I craved and that would push me harder and farther. So I tapered off the running, started hitting the weight room for something different, but nothing really stuck. That was my junior year in high school, 2005, and I was 115 lbs.

Fast forward 6 years – And 35lbs – It was 2011 and I was nearing 150 lbs. College had been a whirlwind of fun, but revolved largely around the freedom to cook, eat, and of course drink – Whatever I wanted. I found a new passion in cooking during college – Roasted leg of lamb with gravy from the drippings served with homemade mashed potatoes loaded with butter and heavy cream along with maybe a veggie – And cooking for one meant either tons of leftovers and frozen portions for later or… Gorging myself so as not to waste any of that delectable goodness. So for four years I cooked and ate whatever I wanted, with no attention paid to portion sizes, calories, saturated fats or any of that nutritional mumbo-jumbo. I went from a size 28 fitting loosely to a size 32. I also lost all desire to work out, I tried to hit the gym or the trail but was either too self-conscious to stay out for long or too lazy to stay on track for any length of time – In short, I was a mess of self-loathing and depression that needed a ‘push’ in the right direction.

After graduating college I moved back to NorCal. Luckily, I landed an internship which turned into a job. Long story short – A co-worker of mine, Christina, asked me if I wanted to try to find something like CrossFit to try so that we could get fit. We both had been running and going to 24 Hour sporadically, but we were both looking for that ‘it’ factor to really motivate us. So we tried a free Saturday workout at a local CrossFit box – And that, as they say, was our first drink of the Kool-aid that is CrossFit.

CrossFitKyle

{2006 to 2008 to 2013}

That was March 2012.

As I write this it is March 2013 – A year after starting CrossFit – And my life has changed in so many (amazing) ways. I still remember it clearly – One of the first day after nine sessions of On Ramp – Fran. Anyone who’s heard of CrossFit has heard the whispers of the dreaded “Fran cough” and the other “CrossFit ladies,” so I was more than just a little worried. Our coach’s advice to not be scared to scale rang loudly in my head and I decided to drop 20 lbs off the ‘prescribed’ weight and do my pull-ups with the assistance of a band. Eight minutes later and I was done and I felt like a million bucks – Nothing hurt too badly and I wasn’t terribly out of breath – I thought to myself “CrossFit isn’t so bad!” And then I turned to my coach who looked at me and said nonchalantly “Kyle, you never get to use that band again.” (A few months later when I did Fran again, it took me around the same time – 7 min and change – But I assure you I’ve never been so exhausted as I was in the ensuing days. The Fran cough, the soreness, and my ego being taken down a few notches).  And since then I’ve fought through so many amazing (*cough* horrible) workouts – The “Filthy Fifty”, “The Seven,” “Murph,” to name a few, and after every one I swore I felt near death and thought I was going to die. But the next day – Or maybe two or three later – I was back in the box for more punishment.

And then several months ago I found my addiction, competition. The largest NorCal competition is the SacTown Throwdown and I was lucky enough to make the team for my box and had the opportunity to compete for the first time in January. Over the course of 8 hours, our four-person team competed in 5 separate workouts that tested our bodies, minds and resolve. At the end of the first day, I found myself exhausted, bruised and loving every (excruciating) minute of it – The competitive spirit within me knew that CrossFit provided a healthy, friendly outlet to compete with amazing athletes who loved pushing themselves as hard as I did. The adrenaline and team/family atmosphere around the competition was so amazing and I knew then that I had found my passion with people I truly loved.

To say that I’ve fallen in love with CrossFit and the Paleo lifestyle is an understatement. Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you I probably overdo it a bit online and at any opportunity in a conversation, but my enthusiasm stems only from how wonderfully my life changed because of CrossFit and the amazing family I’ve come to know throughout the past year. So here I stand a year after starting CrossFit – Back to a 28 size waist, a lean 135 lbs, and in the best shape of my life.

Thank you Kyle for your interesting & thoughtful piece, it’s great to see how weight training & CrossFit have had such a positive influence on your life. As someone who has been able to witness part of your transformation I can really attest to both your dedication and enthusiasm!

Have you tried CrossFit or weightlifting? What’s your go-to workout for Spring?

Continue Reading · Comments { 14 }

MCLV Style: Spring Stripes

This past weekend I had my very first Sacramento style shoot. My friend Cole, who I spend most of my Sacramento weekends with, was kind enough to act as photographer for the quick street style shoot.

It ended up not only going off without a hitch, but also being easy and fun. Spring stripes for the win!

100i

Striped Tee – Splendid

Eyelet Mini Skirt – Club Monaco

Cropped Blazer – Aqua

T-Strap Heels – See By Chloe

Belt – Forever 21

Sunglasses – Banana Republic 

 

102

{Check out outtakes from this shoot here – Just log into Facebook to view}

103

We ended up at the entrance way to Sacramento’s fair grounds and played around with different backgrounds.

The most entertaining part of the shoot? My photographer laying in the street to get the shot that she wanted. If my smile looks strained in that last picture it’s because I was terrified she was going to get hit by a car!

Continue Reading · Comments { 23 }

Shenanigans

As I’m sure you’ve already picked up, I’m a big fan of Fall in general and Halloween in particular {Fall Fabulousness, All Hallow’s Eve & October Round-Up}. This year I was lucky enough to attend two fabulous Halloween parties in Sacramento as well as act as American River CrossFit’s team photograph for CrossFit West Sac’s charity Breast Cancer competition.

This year I was excited to dress up twice, the first time as Wendy from Peter Pan in a vintage yellow nightgown and the second time as The Black Dahlia in a fabulous little black dress that my friend made.

But don’t worry, I’m not the only one who dressed up for Halloween this year. Bones dressed up as a CHICKEN! Again. Clearly it’s his favorite costume, doesn’t he look enthusiastic?

{Mammograms In Action – Barbells For Boobs}

And the day before Halloween I watched the exciting Barbells For Boobs charity CrossFit competition which included every shade of pink known to man and even Jessica Rabbit in a stunning red gown.

How was your Halloween? What did you dress up as? What was the best costume that you saw?

Continue Reading · Comments { 0 }

All Hallow’s Eve

As October progresses the  reminders that it’s  holiday season are everywhere – Store decorations, TV commercials, sale annoucements, magazine advertisements… Luckily for me the holiday season begins with my favorite holiday, because as much as I adore candy canes and the scent of evergreen, I’m a Halloween girl.

You get to be a kid for a day – Candy, costumes, pranks, parties, and a general feeling of nostalgia and excitement – What’s not to love?

When it comes to costumes I’ll always choose innovative & novel over skin-baring. In recent years I’ve been Holly Golightly from Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Cleopatra, a Venetian Carnival reveller, and Twiggy. I’ve seen so many creative costumes over the years that I’m at a loss for why you’d want to pick a cookie-cutter one when you could put a little effort in and end up with something one-of-a-kind that you absolutely love.

So with that in mind here are some fun links to get your creative juices flowing for this year’s costume!

The Man Repeller’s For Halloween – Her fun suggestions include: Steve Jobs, Rupaul, Frida Kahlo, Margot Tenenbaum, Larry David & Richard Harrow.

If you’re in the mood for a fashion-forward costume check out Fashionologie’s Fashion in Costume: A Look Back at Halloweens Past for great inspiration from models, fashion designers, and couture collections.

02_empireRecords

Are you a movie lover? Check out Refinery 29’s 5 Big-Screen Halloween Costumes That Are Total Oscar Winners! I love these kinds of costumes since they’re always a little open to interpretation and this post includes gems like Liv Tyler’s character in Empire Records, Liz Taylor’s Cleopatra, Daisy from The Great Gatsby – The original or the upcoming remake – The Queen of Hearts from Alice In Wonderland, and Tippi Hedren in Hitchcock’s The Birds.

If you’re not interested in spending a fortune on your costume, want to find something wholly unique, or even if want a costume made up of pieces that you can wear again, heading to a vintage shop is a great option. Fun ideas from Refinery 29’s How To Thirft 6 Super-Easy Halloween Costumes include Martha Stewart, fisherman from The Deadliest Catch, and The Rockettes.

Doing your makeup for Halloween can be one of the most fun parts of getting ready. Whether you’re recreating Cleopatra’s famous exotic kohl-lined eyes, adding oozing sores & blood for a Walking Dead-inspired get up, or whiting your face out so you can be a Vampire or mime. The Glamourai put together fabulous tutorials to help you perfect the makeup for your costumes – Everything from the wide-eyed look of the 60’s to the glamorous white-faced Geishas to Bogie-inspired detectives – { DIY } Halloween Beauty Ideas, { Behind The Scenes } Spooktacular Beauty & { Ghoul’s Night Out }.

As for my costume this year I wanted to be the Mad Hatter… But the costume I ordered didn’t fit. Either of them. 🙁

Pinned Image

But with a last-minute party scheduled for this evening in Sacramento and no costume planned yet I’ll be giving you hints and sneak peeks of my shopping & planning all day today… So be sure to keep an eye on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram for updates!

Have you picked your Halloween costume yet? What’s the most creative costume that you’ve ever worn?

Continue Reading · Comments { 3 }

List Girl

My June Listing post was such a success that I thought I’d make it a semi-regular offender, so get ready for some information about me and details about what I’ve been doing lately.

What I’ve been eating:

I can’t seem to get out of the kitchen actually, something which I blame this new 11-Cup Cuisinart Food Processor for. I was thrilled to upgrade from the 4-cup to the 11-cup but I haven’t stopped baking since it arrived, and that’s rough on the jeans!

I’m still eating tons of veggies, cooking healthy meals for Arianna at least once a week, and eating my body weight in fruit every day, but everything I eat seems to come with a side of baked goods these days…

{JL Goes Vegan’s Cherry-Oat Ice Cream BarsPeanut Butter Protein Balls & OhSheGlow’s Oil-Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins}

The boy has been thrilled by this little development and no one in my office is complaining about the abundance of cookies and zucchini muffins, I can assure you!

What I’ve been reading:

It seems like lately I’ve spent a lot of time on the train or in the car, so reading materials have been a must. The benefit is that I’m all caught up on my favorite magazines now, which is a relief, and I’ve read a handful of books over the last few weeks.

Recently I’ve gotten through the too cute Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Martin Cruz Smith’s Russian crime novel Stalin’s Ghost, and the international espionage novel Moscow Vector by Patrick Larkin. Now it’s on to Robin Maxwell’s Signora da Vinci and Lucrezia Borgia by Sara Bradford, both of which have been gathering dust on my bedside table.

What I’ve been writing:

Um… I take the 5th. I swear I’ll have an answer in my next Listing post. I swear!

What I’ve been wearing:

I’ve been making an effort to trade in my easy-to-wear dresses for fun separates and that’s given me a chance to be more creative with colors and prints and accessories so far this Summer.

Hopefully I can keep this up through the end of Summer and start Fall off right with lots of great skirts and pants paired with fabulous tops and all the cold weather accessories I’ve been missing!

Some Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me:

  • I spend most of my waking time thinking about food – I love to cook and eat, and trying a new recipe is one of my favorite parts of the day.
  • I compulsively double lock my front door whenever I walk inside my apartment. Even when Sean’s just walked out to drop off the garbage. I can’t help it!
  • I love swimming and spending my vacations in the water, but I’m afraid of lake monsters. Don’t ask.

How have you been spending your time lately? Have you eaten anything great? Read anything new? Worn anything fabulous that you’d like to share?

Continue Reading · Comments { 1 }