Workout 19 June 2013


It’s been a while since I have posted…mostly because I have been waiting for some books to spark my imagination for a few new posts. These coming weeks I will work to post more as I have just received the book Knowing Your Value by Mika Brzezinski. In the meantime, here is today’s ass kicker!

1000m row warmup

deadlift 5×5 (95lb, 115lb, 135lb, 155lb, 175lb)

Gymnastics Strength:
3 rounds
10 ring pushups
10 inverted pullup on rings
10 ring dips

4 rounds
10 pullups
10 deadlifts (95lb)
3 rounds for time
15 burpees
400m row pace at 1:45

Reached a new benchmark! 175lbs on deadlift for 5 reps!!



Workout of the Day 10 June 2013

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Hey Girls in Green…try this one! It’s a smoker!

Full snatches 4×2 at 85lbs

Pullup complex 3x through
10 pullups
6 chin-ups
10 hand stand pushups

METCON 5 rounds

5 snatches
5 overhead squats
15 burpees

METCON completed in 15:38…wish I could have done better but the altitude is killer out here in Afghanistan!

Getting stronger GIRLS IN GREEN!

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I promise that this will be my last post relating to Ms. Sandberg’s book, but I can’t help and reflect on her lessons and teachings. Again, I urge all females to pick up her book and read it.

“Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder…”(53) This quote, which is the premise for Chapter 2 of Lean In hits home, especially at this point in my career. Sheryl discusses seeking out diversification instead of sticking with what you know best…challenging yourself to accept some risk, if possible, and accept an opportunity to accept a position that you may not excel at, but are willing to learn and grow. She admits that a career shouldn’t be based off a ladder where you can only move up, down on or off, but a jungle gym where you hit obstacles and have to navigate through different channels to get to the top.

In the last page of her chapter, Sheryl talks about the “Tiara Syndrome”: “where women expect that if they keep doing their job well someone will notice them and place a tiara on their head.” She writes that “in a perfect meritocracy, tiaras would be doled out to the deserving, but I have yet to see one floating around an office…taking risks, choosing growth, challenging ourselves and asking for promotions are all important elements of managing a career.”(63)

How does this relate to me today? Well, currently I am at the 10 month mark of my time as an Executive Officer. I just received an exemplary rating on my evaluation and its time to move on…the only problem there is no discussion about where to move…

This is the most frustrating time in a young officer’s career. I am currently at the end of two key development positions and it’s time to move on…but where. There are options, but most of them are limiting, especially because I am not the ONLY officer that needs to move on into Operations or another staff position. I find that often most officers just sit back and wait to find out where they are “slotted,” I instead intend to fight this. There is no reason why as a junior officer you shouldn’t have input into where you want to work next, especially if you have longevity in the Army.

While I was a Platoon leader, I found out that I had been passed up as an Executive Officer by one of my peers for the COIST position. I was livid. I felt that the only reason I had been passed is because I had two months less time deployed as a Platoon Leader than my peers…and that justification was irrelevant to the job title. So what did I do? I formulated my argument, gathered myself and a couple days later walked into the Battalion XO’s office and argued my case. I told him why I thought I Was one of the best, and why I deserved an Executive Officer position, regardless of where I worked or who I worked for. I told him that I know I may be a young Platoon leader and that half of my time was deployed and half in garrison, but I have stood the test as one of the few females to remain in position as Platoon leader throughout my deployed time and I was willing to learn and grow. I argued that I would not let him down if he did give me the opportunity. He told me that my concerns were not falling on deaf ears, that I should set up an Office Call with my Battalion Commander and bring my case to him. He taught me how to be my own best advertiser for my personal career.

Guess what, the Office Call was unnecessary. While passing the Battalion Commander in the hallway he stopped me and said “Malissa, is it necessary for us to have an Office Call about your position.” I said “Sir, I would like the opportunity to explain why I think I am right for the job.” His response…”no need, you’ve got it.” Later he told me that he was impressed that I took the effort to fight for my own career progression.

I intend to do the same this month, and fight for what I believe the right move is for me and this Battalion…where I would serve the Battalion the best and where I think I would be able to grow. I am aware that I assume a great amount of risk by standing my ground on this issue, but when it comes to my future…I want to opportunity to advertise for myself instead of leaving my future in the hands of a third party.

GIRLS IN GREEN…advocate for yourself, promote yourself and dream big.

Workout 4 June 2013

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Just reached a benchmark with snatches!

1000m Row

Hanging squat snatch 3×3 @65lbs, 2×2@85lbs

Pausing Front Squat (lower to parallel 3 sec, then down and up) 4×5 @70%

3×10 hand stand pushups
15 pullups
3×20 knees to chest

8 power cleans (95 lbs)
15 toes to bar
40 double unders

Made it in 11:20!

Reach your benchmark GIRLS IN GREEN!

Workout 2 June 2013

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Today’s workout:

1/2 mile run warmup

EMOM 20 minutes
Every even minute: 3 back squats (115)
Every odd minute: 3 push press (65)

4×12 dips
4×8 pullups
4×15 sec L sit hang

Metabolic conditioning:
60 burpees
1 mile run


Thank you Dad…


me and dad

Today I just finished reading Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. One of the later chapters entitled “Make Your Partner a Real Partner” really got me thinking about what an impact my father had on my personal and professional life as I grew up.

Sheryl writes “Studies from around the world have concluded that children benefit greatly from paternal involvement. Research over the last forty years has consistently found that in comparison to children with less involved fathers, children with involved and loving father have higher levels of psychological well being and better cognitive abilities…their children tend to be more empathetic and socially competent” (113). As I read this paragraph I reminisced in my elementary school days.

I don’t think there was one day in the week that my dad didn’t take me outside to either throw a softball, play some basketball or build a snowman. He and my mom split roles in my life…my mother was an active participant in pushing me educationally and my father physically. My mom was the one making me cry because I couldn’t learn to subtract in second grade…and my dad was the assistant coach pulling me out of the softball game because I couldn’t catch a fly ball. Both of them knew their very important roles in my life, but both taught me very different and important lessons.

My father was never absent, though he worked hard daily, he always found time to dedicate to me when he got home from work. Every weekend he walked me to the park, though sometimes I did hate it. I hated when he forced me to shoot foul shot after foul shot and corrected every mistake that I made…I hated it when I wanted to walk away from the sport and he decided to become my basketball coach to show me that I could do it…and of course push me harder. He never once let me settle for second best. Even if we won our softball game by a landslide, he would credit my home run, but remind me that I need to fix my batting stance or else I will strike out next time. When I was young, I never realized that my father was teaching me endurance, perseverance and strength, instead I thought he was just being mean. Now when I look back on these moments, I regret never thanking him for teaching me that I should NEVER settle for second best.

When I was growing up, everyone saw me as weak…I was scared of spiders, I would run away and cry whenever a situation was tough. I was definitely a cry baby and was extremely gullible. I am not afraid to say that I was picked on by everyone, to include my close family. It was my dad that forced me to “woman up” and grow up. When I Was in middle school, my dad’s past as a judo fighter provoked him and my mother to enroll me in tae kwon do. I remember being so scared to start karate as a white belt…I was mostly scared of making it to green belt and having to start sparring. Never, ever did I think I could do it. My dad told me I could, and he would remind me that he would be there with me every step of the way. Three years later, I was a black belt and an assistant instructor.

Today, I am an executive officer of a Headquarters and Headquarters Engineer Company. I am Lieutenant in the United States Army and I remind myself every day to remain unafraid of what stands ahead of me. I remind myself that my dad taught me that I should NEVER settle for less than being the best. This post goes out to my father, who never grew tired of teaching me that I could always achieve more than I thought possible, who never gave up on me, and who told me to stand up and quit crying…the same man who told me that I would be great and that my future was endless.

Thank you dad, for always believing in me. GIRLS IN GREEN, I challenge you as does Sheryl Sandberg to find a partner who compliments you and engages your children in their future…I challenge you to find someone like my father, who never grew tired of teaching me the definition of greatness.

Workout 28 May 2013

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Another crossfit workout:

500m row

3×4 Power Snatch 65lb
5×3 Squat Clean Jerk 65lb

10×3 Handstand Pushups
7×5 Strict Chinups with band

15 toes to bar
25 double unders
15 kettle bell swings (35lbs)
10 box jump (24″)
(14:28 minutes)


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