Monthly Archives: April 2014

Week 16 – Failing is good…

This was a tough week. I am still gluten free and will be decreasing my dairy intake. I have set a challenge for myself, 6 weeks on an altered Paleo diet. I feel better without gluten in my diet and I am hoping that it will make me stronger. I have found that last week I really enjoyed spending time and taking pictures with Coach Keidy and I think I can get better at it but I feel like I am at a good starting point. Here are a few words of encouragement that I hear over and over in my head this week. Surround yourself with great people because they will push you to be great. This was clear when we were running this past week and I see these fighters that I call friends being stronger than me and pushing me to be greater than I think I can be. I see greatness in all my ladies and they push me to be better than I was yesterday. Sometimes I get to return the favor and push them to see the greatness in themselves (you must find your inner Wonder Woman). The second set of words of encouragement is this; if you cannot grow then you cannot become your best and if you are not your best then how can you really be happy. It will be a tough journey to grow, it hurts and it is hard work but if it was easy then everyone would do it. Life is about being uncomfortable with where you are. If you get comfortable you stop growing and you have stopped pushing yourself. Life is about failing. If you are scared of failing you will not become the best you can be. Failing means you pushed yourself to the edge. You become a fighter when you fail and you get up. Fail and then fail again and then again and again. It happens to the best of us. The strongest person I know failed. She failed over and over again but the reason she is so strong is because she got up every time she failed. Think of your Wonder Woman. Guess what, they were where you are right now. They all started. They all failed. I don’t know who they are but I know they failed. When you get up from that failure you learn about yourself. You see what you can do and where you can go, maybe not today but work. Do your assignment. Do your work. In that moment when you no longer fail, that’s the greatest feeling of them all. That’s what success feels like.

Now the work. Ugh, this was a tough week. I tried to give up a few times but I pushed through it and I feel awesome that I finished. I got shin splints which I get at the beginning of any running program but I iced my legs and I got lucky that the workout on Thursday really stretched my legs with the wall balls. I blazed through them because it felt amazing to stretch my legs. I see that I am getting stronger and it feels great. I am so close to a kipping pull-up that it angers me (like Marvin the Martian kind of anger). I will be working on these this weekend again at the regular gym. I am hoping to enter the battle of the sexes at the box to see who is stronger. The workouts this week also included so many burpees with different jumps (burpee star jumps or burpee pull-ups) that it was horrible. I am pretty sure burpees are a torture movement that they use to make prisoners talk. I mean I was willing to tell coach anything she wanted to know.

Until next week, keep up the good work and may the WOD’s be in your favor…

Food Journal Day 6…

Wheat wheat everywhere and not an ounce for me… It is my 6th day without wheat and I have just now gotten to the point where I do not want a donut/cracker/sandwich/burrito. I have found ways to get food at work without having wheat. I almost slipped up when they had Italian Wedding Soup (one of my favorites because it has tiny meatballs and I pretend I am Godzilla) but then I noticed the pasta. Oh you are tricky Italian Wedding Soup. I have gotten to where I cannot eat as much as I did before since I am eating more nutritionally dense food. My belly bloat has gone down some but that will take a while before it is gone. Here is my goal, I want to be down 15 lbs before I give myself a treat (I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!!) and I want to work out 6 days a week. I have also started a “How Foodie are you” within my circle of friends to see who can make the best food porn pictures. Watch out people because my partner is going out of town for a few days so it will be a wild food party with brussels sprouts and other cruciferous veggies! Here is my dinner from last night (even the little human that is my daughter enjoyed it):
Lime Chicken

There will be more to come tomorrow with the WOD’s for this week. Sneak peek: I worked out with The Hulk on Wednesday!

Start of Week 16 – Made It Through Easter

Yeah I made it through Easter without eating tons of candy (managed my jellybean intake to 10 – 15 beans)! Anyone who knows me how hard it is for me to turn down chocolate, cake, ice cream, and of course jellybeans. I have been known to eat so many jellybeans I get sick (I wonder why I gained weight). It was tough of course but today marks day 3 without bread or wheat. This morning on my journey in I just thought donuts are delicious, breakfast burrito would be perfect on this brisk morning (it was 20ish degrees), or how about a muffin? Amber waves of grain but none for me! The first few days are horrible so I just have to make it through this week. I have organic yogurt and gluten free granola to help me through. More on the adventure in no grain land later this week.

Keidy was an awesome subject on Saturday and I even got a few pictures of Chris. Here are some photos I got. I would love any feedback you have…

Athlete and equipement
Post workout chatter
Mental Game
Keidy preparing for handstand push-ups
Chris Floating
Chris tried a back flip a few times. This time it was successful

Week 15 – Where Do I Fit?

This week was interesting. We did a 2 one rep max days (this is where you find the max weight you can lift and can either make you feel like Wonder Woman or a kid). I love these as I usually feel pretty strong afterwards then I make the mistake of looking around. I suddenly realize the ladies I workout with are the understudies for Wonder Woman, Cat Woman, and possibly Bat Girl. Wonder Woman (a.k.a. Nurse Jackie) got a PR (personal record) for her front squat and Bat Girl (Heather B, yes like the Spice Girls but better) always amazes me with her progress. Yes I know it is like Stan Lee’s nightmare in my head where everyone is a super hero but you have to be your own hero. You can’t wait for someone else to come along and be your hero. That is what CrossFit is about, be your own competition.

This coming week I am focusing on my eating behaviors (again I know) and trying to bring my lunch every day. I find when I do this I eat better and I don’t snack as much. We have a guy that is like a mini mart and has all kinds of bad stuff that is super tasty. I am also going to try and take some fitness shots of my coach and one of the biggest super hero’s I know, Miss Keidy! Yeah she has agreed to be my test subject as I try out fitness/athlete photography. If all works out I can try to expand to other athlete’s. I love my macro photography but I am trying to figure out where I really fit in the photography world. I am hoping that the two things I love to do can intersect. If you have ever seen a CrossFit athlete (check out Lindy Barber or Camille Leblanc-Bazinet) you can see how this is a unique photo challenge. Hopefully I can capture the fun and excitement that Keidy brings to the CrossFit community.

Here’s hoping that next week will bring healthy eating and some great photos! Cheers…

Week 14 – We have a runner…

This week was interesting. I got to the gym on the weekend and I had a guy that was doing squats wrong and he was counting out loud (how weird is that). I said “No rep” under my breath because I figured if he was counting out loud he might need some help. He stopped and said “What do you mean no rep” at which point I said, “Your form is not correct and you can hurt yourself. I am surprised that no had mentioned this to you.” This got the attention of the Green Lantern looking dude behind me who said “Yeah I told him that but he didn’t listen to me”. The squat guy was a little upset that I no rep’d him but hey if you lift right you might be able to lift more than you think and not hurt yourself. Anywho, I base lined my chin up and pull-up, 55 lbs is my delta (how much more weight I have to pull so I can do a strict pull-up as kipping is not allowed at the gym). I was pretty excited about that as when I first started going to the gym in August I had a delta of 120. I also had another issue with mangos. Yes mangos and I have a long standing feud. They are delicious but I cannot touch my face to them (lips are the biggest issue as I usually do not rub mango on my forehead I mean I am not weird). This simple thing causes a slight allergic reaction which takes several days to clear up. Yes, mango. Freakin’ delicious fruit!

The weather has been getting better here so we started running at the box. Yeah we ran a few times outside (Rain or shine as the coach said). I even got to push a sled which is my favorite. We even had a whole WOD that was just running on Friday. Warmup was running technique and then sprints ever 30 seconds. Yeah we all complained but I think we were glad to be getting sun on our skin. It’s been a really long winter up here in New England so any temp over 50 degrees is more than welcome in my book.

This week I am going to try working on my kipping pull-ups in the down time at the box (anytime between the strength piece of the workouts or time after the workout). I am again going to try to cut back on my wheat in-take and of course, no mango (damn it). I have also been working on my shoulder mobility as it is not great since I work at a desk all day. Hopefully the weather will be nice this coming week and we will be able to get out more. That is all for this week. Stay healthy and get out and enjoy the spring as your body and mind will thank you…

Week 13 – What would you do if…

What if you were not promised tomorrow? How would you live your life differently? What would you do differently if you had a chance to start your life over again? Why? Why not start changes in your life now. This is how I started this year. I wanted to be healthier, I wanted to be stronger, I was tired of being tired. I didn’t want to be that sad old lady who sits and complains about what she used to do. So I got up and did something about it. Nothing holds you back but yourself. As much as I hated finding my weakness in the Open I love when someone says “You can’t do that” and of course my favorite “You can’t do that because you are a girl”. Best way to drive me forward is to tell me you can’t or “no that’s not possible”. It’s only impossible because you believe it is so, I do not always share those same believes. I have seen strong amazing women do things that men cannot. I know it will be a long hard road but the hardest battles are the best ones to win. I did not get out of shape in a month or 6 months so I do not believe that I can get back in shape in a month (at least not in a healthy way). This is a long term plan. I do not work out to get thin or look cute in some “skinny” pants. I work out because I want to be better, healthier, and stronger. That is one key piece to CrossFit. It is not about counting calories or about looking cute or quick weight loss. CrossFit is about being stronger today than you were yesterday. It’s about eating nutrient dense food that is not chemically processed. It’s about being healthy. Can you loose weight in CrossFit, yes but it is about doing it in a healthy time frame (not a week or 2 weeks).
On to the work for the week, well I missed 2 days (Thursday and Friday). I did go to support the box on Saturday to honor the loss of 2 fire fighters. The WOD was really fun and it was my first time climbing the rope more than one pull. I made it to the midpoint on the rope (our ropes are 17 feet long) since I had a mental block on getting higher than that. It was super fun as it was a merger of all the classes during the week into one session. It was great! I still have the goal of working on my pull-ups/chin ups. Hope everyone has a great week!

Week 12 – Last Week of the Open and Goal Setting

Well this was the last workout of the CrossFit Open. It involved thrusters, burpees, and plenty of swearing and sparkling (I follow the “I don’t sweat I sparkle” mentality). I will admit there was swearing towards the end of the workout. I wanted to quit at one point but there is no quitting in CrossFit only pausing the awesomeness. I was not the only one in my group that wanted to quit (I have a group of awesome ladies that did the open together) but we pushed through it. I am glad I did as now I am currently 18th in my age in my state. I have to say thanks to everyone that suffered through watching me as I was the last one to finish in my heat at the box. I lay on the floor for a bit afterwards but hey I think it is pretty great to finish something that is supposed to find the fittest on earth. One of the ladies in my group who also happens to be our coach made it to the regional games. Yeah we are all super excited for her. She was a great cheerleader, coach, and friend. It was a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to find their weakness and strength. Now that I know where I am weak I can work on it.
On to my progress for my goal of getting healthy: I weighed myself and it seems I have lost almost 10 pounds. This month I am going to work on getting stronger with the toes to bar. These were included in 14.4 and “apparently” toe to bar does not count (damn you Dave Castro!). It was a personal record or PR for me but still was a no rep. I found a place by my house that has an old outdoor gym set with a free standing bar. Finding an old gym is critical for a few reasons for starters you do not have to fight with 10 year olds over the bar and secondly you are not the weird lady who jumps on the bar and tries to get her toes to bar and lastly there is the gentle sobbing that will happen when you get it down. I also want to be able to do 1 chest to bar (see 14.2 workout) by June. This means I have to plan ahead and hit the different milestones such as mastering a kip up. This will help with a few other weak points I have such as pull-ups, muscle ups, and shoulder mobility. I will work on building the upper body at the regular gym. I have also given up on getting gluten out of my diet until I get a better handle on my schedule. Breakfast seems to be tough as I do enjoy a breakfast burrito. So my goal for this coming week is to get to the actual gym on Saturday and Sunday to work on the upper body. Let’s see how that goes!