CrossFit – Beginner stuck in headlights

So I started CrossFit a little over 4 months ago now and I am loving it. I feel stronger, healthier and most importantly happier. One problem… I am inpatient.

Let me explain… yes i am getting PB’s all the time as a beginner to any real weight training however my ¬†aspirations are so far ahead of me they are unrealistic. I have always had this problem. Ive always been sporty but never really stuck at anything for a long period of time. I played hockey for years but that eventually fizzled away from my interests. I am always looking for ways to be better and if thats not happening I get bored. Quickly.

So at the moment I’m hitting okay numbers on things like my back/front squat, clean and jerk, Snatch and overhead squat… but how do I know what good numbers are for my age/weight category? Any thoughts? Id love to hear your opinions…

Im also less focused on my body composition than I ever have been and feeling much better for it… yes I’ve lost a little shape but I’m performing better and have way more energy. I finally have a happy relationship with food and exercise!




Protein Pancakes

proteinpancakes1My all time favourite recipe!

We have an aga at home so cook them straight onto a piece of greaseproof paper on the top but these work just as well in a saucepan on a conventional oven.

I stumbled upon this recipe by accident… I was supposed to be following a different recipe but we were missing some ingredients. Me being me, too lazy to go and get the correct ingredients and starving, just threw together a few variations and it was good!

  • 1 egg,
  • 1 scoop protein powder ( I use Belgian chocolate but many flavours work)
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • A splash of milk (I use rice milk, coconut milk, almond milk, hazelnut milk.. whatever is in the fridge… rice milk is my favourite)

Mix all the dry ingredients then beat in the egg and milk until smooth.

I have tried this mixture in smaller thicker pancakes (like in the picture) and also large crepe style ones. Both work well but the smaller ones are best for a pancake stack with peanut butter and bananas and a sprinkle of dark chocolate chips.


Bear With…


This blog is me learning to document my progress and development… please excuse me whilst i get used to it!!

Let me tell you a little about me;

Im a country girl, 21 years old and I live on a farm. I have 2 very little brothers, (8 and 6 years old) and the most amazing boyfriend ever (Dan). Im a student nurse, baking mad, CrossFit loving and in my spare time I do pole fitness.

In April I started CrossFit and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I was suffering with Chronic Fatigue and was at a very stressful point in my life. In my final year of nursing school I was juggling assignments, placement, job interviews and my dissertation alongside trying to fund myself without the time to have a part time job. Dan had started CrossFit around a year before me and other than listening to him talk about it a little I had no idea what it was like. Then when the documentary was released following the CrossFit Games he made me watch it with him. Well he started an obsession. WOW. seeing how strong and confident these athletes were absolutely amazed me. Its just the most amazing sport and really pushes individuals to so much more than they thought they were capable of.


So I saved up a bit of money and found out that a box was opening locally. I went to visit the box and loved it. Next thing I knew i had signed up to do my induction classes. I was so nervous i almost backed out and didn’t go, but I did. The first class almost killed me, I was less than half way through the workout and almost fainted. The class ended up with me sat on the chair being fed caramel rice cakes to try and restore my blood sugars! My was CrossFit a shock to the system!!!

Now, 4 months into my own CrossFit journey I feel stronger and fitter than I ever have been and am absolutely loving it. CrossFit just becomes like an addiction. I really believe that it is a big part of my success in recovering from chronic fatigue and stress related illness.

My blog posts are going to be talking about workouts, food, nursing school, life outside the gym … anything really!