Recent Work Outs


Tuesday, Nov. 12 — Yoga and then CrossFit (WOD mainly included: Split jerk, plate hops, lateral burpees over the barbell, push presses)

Wednesday, Nov. 13 — Short on time so I did a 2.3 mile jog/sprints and every time I stopped to take a break, I did 10 air squats. 

Thursday, Nov. 14 — Yoga and then CrossFit (WOD mainly included: Deadlifts, Knees to chest, wall balls, calories on the assault bike, and front plank hold on rings.)

Friday, Nov. 15 — 2.8 mile jog. (Short on time.)img_5019

Monday, Nov. 18 — CrossFit (Deadlifts and burpees). New 5 Rep Max is 150lbs.

Tuesday, Nov. 19 — Yoga and a 3.45 mile treadmill jog


Positive Thoughts & Happy Things

img_0814I been having a really good week, so I decided to write down some of the aspects of my life that I feel grateful for.

  1. My cousin, JW, is having a baby with somebody he loves. They recently got married. I am really happy for them. img_0825
  2. My sister bought me a Pokemon AirPod case. It’s too big and I can’t use it, but I like that I was thought about. Sometimes I feel like I am constantly thinking about other people and I don’t feel like people really think about me that much. (Although this can all be in my head.)
  3. MJO has been free for two Fridays in a row and was able to attend two family events with me. He is typically not available during my family get-togethers. We also had dim sum with my dad on Sunday. Usually MJO is working during family events and when he is not, I know he just wants to enjoy his free time, so he doesn’t always want to hang out with people. I get it, so it is nice when he is able and willing to. It’s an awesome feeling having everyone I love together. It’s makes me so happy and grateful!img_0807
  4. MJO and I explored a park this past Sunday. The weather was gorgeous and it was a fun, leisurely activity for us to bond and get some light exercise sprinkled with some fresh air.
  5. I was able to get back on track with my nutrtion and fitness goals. I know I have been slacking lately, but I forgive myself. I think I may be in the best shape of my life and so if I take a week or two off once in a while, I shouldn’t be too hard on myself.

Blah blah blah! Same as last week.

IMG_4556I’ve been feeling very depressed and lethargic. I have no idea why. It’s made me real unmotivated. I am at this point where I don’t want to do anything, but then when I allow myself to be lazy and just lay in bed, I feel bored and ridiculous.

I started this week trying real hard to have a good, productive week. I prepped all my meals and snacks with MJO. I woke up every morning at 4 a.m. with all intentions of working out hard; keeping up with all my chores and errands; eating right; being a pleasant person (LOL); and doing a good job at work. IMG_1480

IMG_1486I worked out Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and then I just went downhill from there. 

Monday 11/04 : CrossFit (WOD included: Ring Rows, Push-ups, Assault Bike, 50ft Front Rack Lunge w/ 1 KB #20, KB Swings #20) 

Tuesday 11/05 : 20 minutes of Yoga / 2.25 miles on the treadmill / sit ups on an incline bench

Wednesday 11/06: CrossFit (WOD included rowing, burpees and box jumps or step ups) 

Blisters from RowingRowing caused a lot of blisters on my hand! Not sure how that happened. It has never happened before.  But it seemed fitting at the time, for the way my week was going. 

Now I am sitting at work, contemplating my life. Wondering if I could just quit my job and go live under a bridge for the rest of my life. A huge part of the way I have been feeling is probably related to how work has been. It may be time to move on to bigger and better things. 

Hopefully next week will be better for me. I can’t have go three weeks in a row of this nonsense!


Not a successful week

IMG_4512I was feeling pretty low energy all week. Not 100% sure what was wrong with me, but I suspect maybe it was just that time of the month. Plus some work stress. It probably all got to me.

There was a real lack of effort on my part with the planning, packing and tracking. I also couldn’t drag myself out of bed to do any activity on Wednesday or Thursday.

And of course I suffered the consequences on my scale and felt massively disappointed in myself. Booooo. I have to remember that consistency is key if I really want to achieve real results. 

Anyway, I couldn’t sleep, so I got out of bed at 4 a.m. today, which was great for me because then I had time to organize my stuff; do some light yoga and jog 3.3 miles before work.

I have a pretty busy weekend ahead so I am glad that I was able to get some chores out of the way.

Work Outs This Week

Monday – 1 hour of yoga

Tuesday – Crossfit (Hang Power Cleans (55lbs), Burpees and Kipping Knees to Chest)

Wednesday – Nothing

Thursday – Nothing

Friday – 2 mile jog

Saturday – 30 minutes of yoga and 3.3 mile jog on the treadmill.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! 


Treadmill Thoughts and Weekly Check In


– I broke my weight loss plateau and also weighed the lowest I have in about 5 years. (Probably longer, there was a long period in my life where I refused to get on the scale.)


– Finally found my love for running again! Yay. I went from being an exercise hater to a person obsessed with running. Then I started slowly gaining weight (5lbs to 10lbs a year). I got so overweight that I started hating movement and fitness.  I didn’t even realize that I started hating running again. I was in denial. I would sign up for half marathons thinking that it would motivate me to train, but instead I would NOT train and then hate myself and not be race ready. Then I’d have to muster enough energy to pretty much walk/jog 13.1 miles. Absolutely awful.

– I did pretty good with my planning, logging and tracking this week, especially on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

– Thursday, Friday and Saturday were pretty meh meh. I didn’t do great, but I didn’t do awful either.

Work Outs This Week

Monday: CrossFit (WOD: Good mornings, snatch-grip deadlifts, waiter’s carry (25lb), supine ring rows, 200m sprints and alternating single-arm dumbbell snatches (20lb)

Tuesday: CrossFit (WOD: Plate hops, air squats, hang cleans (45lbs), front racked kettlebell lunges (20lbs))

Wednesday: 30 minutes of yoga and 2.4 miles on the treadmill.

Thursday: 30 minutes of yoga

Friday: Super Scaled 20.3 WOD (aka 18.4) (Kinda)

21-15-9: deadlifts, 85 lb. and hand-release push-ups

21-15-9: deadlifts, 115 lb. and 50-ft. bear crawl

(I think I got caught by the clock somewhere the second round. The time cap was 9 minutes, so I am pretty sure I stopped after 15 deadlifts when I was just about to begin my bear crawl.)

Saturday: 30 minutes of yoga

Sunday: 5.15 mile jog on the treadmill


New Goal

IMG_6370After losing about 30 pounds and 11% body fat, I am 7 pounds from my goal weight. But instead of working hard to get to my goal weight, I have been lollygagging like a fool since May. No goals have been met since I left for Japan.

I have not been seriously focused on my health or fitness, so I decided that for the next month or so, I will work very hard to lose these last 7 pounds. I am giving myself the deadline of Thanksgiving.


To do this, I will:

  • Plan and track all my meals and snacks (meal prep). 
  • Consume 1,300 calories daily. 40% of those calories will consist of carbohydrates, 30% protein and 30% fat. (Shout out to my gym for breaking down my macros!)
  • Log everything on MyFitnessPal.
  • Continue to do CrossFit twice a week; yoga twice a week; and run twice a week (with Sunday being a long run)
  • Don’t give in to temptations of food. Remind myself that it’s just a month and I can do this.

Treadmill Thoughts

Every year I get an email reminding me of an auto charge I have scheduled for this domain name (crystalchew.com) and this blog.


And every year, even though I haven’t used it in years, I continue to renew my website.

Why? Just in case I want to do something with it.

This year I decided that I will do something with this.

What am I planning to do? I still haven’t decided. I been thinking about it every day for several weeks.

For now, I’ve decided to use it as a journal for when I’m on the treadmill or working out. I’m going to joint down all my thoughts when I do my best thinking. Then I’m going post it on here and maybe one of my “treadmill thoughts” will inspire a good idea.

It’s not going to be interesting, but it will make me feel less silly for renewing my domain every year just to have it sit here as a blank page.

Today’s work out: 45 minutes of yoga and a 3.15 mile jog/walk on the treadmill.