diary of a weakling: time to gain weight


Yeah you read that right. Time to make some gainzzz! Let me explain what’s going on here. At the turn of 2014 Himself asked me to write down my goals for the year.  One major goal is to race, at least 4 races this year on my stand up paddleboard (SUP). I raced last year and was hooked, I LOVED IT! This would mean a race board (here anyday this week- weeee!), cold weather equipment to start training this winter for an April 26th race in NC, along with juggling cars since I can’t put racks on my little car. Himself was ALL IN. Ladies, marry a Life Planner, period. He has all ready ordered the roof racks, joined me as we met with my coaches (our friends Matt and Kari) about the race board and clothing gear, and is all ears on my training plans. When you make your goals known to your bestie, they jump in and help. Then surround yourself with a good team who will push you. Go TEAM CFTC!!

ack! only 74 more days to train!

ack! only 74 more days to train!

Now about that weight gain. A few weeks ago I took a Starting Strength Level 1 training class, where the instructor, Jordan, asked my weight. I told him, and he said, “No, no, no, that’s not happening, you need to gain weight”, and after a weekend of getting my  butt kicked and handed to me in every powerlift, I saw what he meant.  I am currently 95 pounds (5 feet, 0 inches) and have been for 2 years. I feel great, I feel healthy, I have energy. Now with a deadlift of 115# (130# pre-shoulder injury) and a squat of 65# (95# pre-shoulder injury) one could see I need to be much stronger. I have 100% ROM back in my shoulder, so there is no reason I can’t push.  My weakling days are over! Strength is the foundation of speed, endurance, agility, stamina, power, balance, I could go on but I think you get the idea. Last year when I raced, I got by on CrossFit endurance but was unable to apply more power or speed to the paddle, I didn’t have the strength. Plus I am racing against women who are bigger and stronger than me. That means my goal is to get stronger which means I have to get bigger.  Working on my paddle stroke form doesn’t hurt either.


The details:
1. Gain 10 pounds by race day 4/26, by increasing calorie intake- I will still be paleo/primal but will add organic white rice, white potatoes, and other starchy carbs. No powdered protein shakes for me.  I am using the app myfitnesspal to keep track of my intake. Confession- I figure I have one cheat meal, snack, and dessert per week. The plan is 1900 cal per day for a one pound gain per week pace.  Macronutrients will come in at 50% carbs, 30% protein, and 20% fat- I hope I have that right? Tips are welcome.
2. I will weight train 2 times per week with 3 lifts per session. The lifts are deadlift, back squat, power clean, bench press, and shoulder press.  3 days would be great, but I have 3 kiddos to feed, drive, and referee. If I am not meeting my goals then I may have to go in to the gym and lift one more day, in my spare time between midnight and 2.   We’ll see.
3. Once the rivers defrost, I will train on them at least 2x/week, if I can’t make the river, I will do a CrossFit Metcon 2x/wk moderating movements that could hinder my SUP training. Such as burpees have been really bothering my injured shoulder (see my injury a year ago here).
4. I will weigh and tape measure myself once per month to make sure I am going in the right direction. My scale has a body fat % measurement that is not accurate but then again, apples to apples comparison can’t hurt.  I will also go MORE on how I feel, do I feel stronger, is it measurable? Are my SUP training times improving?

Here are my before photos. The only doctoring I did was I cut my head off because I had a bad case of bed head. If you would like to read my CrossFit Journey, it explains how I got healthy.  In 10 weeks from now, just before the race I will share my After photos that will hopefully show a bigger, stronger me. Or a bloated windbag if I screw this up.  Now if I could only get taller…


I have never taken anything athletic very seriously before. Sure I threw the javelin in high school and college and won a few times, and yeah, I have been in CrossFit for over 4 years, and coaching for almost 2, but I have never competed in it- no interest really. Last year’s SUP race was to see if I could even finish. But living with a Life Planner husband has taught me to dream bigger. What if I applied myself on a sport? What would it be like to try and win, even if it’s against gals half my age? I’m 46. The biggest failure in this entire scheme is never trying. Wondering is nice, but trying, now that’s when dreams may come true, or at least make a really great story.


Photo by Big Papa SUP, my coach. Now if only the rivers would melt before I chicken out.

One nice “gainer” recipe I found this week is from Elana’s Pantry, Paleo Chai Latte. So yummy. Sipped along with my brekkie of crispy pork belly and sweet potatoes, this gainer meal came in at 579 calories. Gainzzz! Only 7 million more calories to go for the day. Wink.

I also made another 15 Second Cooking Video: 2 ingredient chocolate mousse based on this recipe. This should make for a nice Valentine’s Day Indulgence.   Here it is…


Have you ever added muscle weight? Any tips?


  1. Karen V
    Posted February 20, 2014 at 1:21 AM | Permalink

    This recipe is zone, so you might want to adjust the blocks, but it was absolutely delicious. http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=itpdrev93Wc&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Ditpdrev93Wc%26feature%3Dyoutu.be
    Good luck with gaining muscle, I know it’s slow going.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted February 25, 2014 at 10:42 AM | Permalink

      Thank you!!

  2. Posted April 4, 2014 at 11:16 AM | Permalink

    When I initially commented I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on each time
    a comment is added I receive four emails with the exact same comment.
    Is there an easy method you can remove me from that service?
    Appreciate it!

    • Robin Sue
      Posted April 8, 2014 at 10:30 AM | Permalink

      Go to original comment and unsubscribe to comments or undo the permalink. I hope that helps.

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