So today was my first workout at home. First, I had a slight injury from running on Saturday so I took Monday off. So today’s workout, I call it K-Pac, which was made up of 25 minutes of run/walk (I did about 1.65 miles) and then one tabata (20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest 8 times) that was air squats, squats with arms over head (non-weighted overhead squat), box dips and decline push ups. It was pretty tough but I am working on getting to where I can run a 5k so I can attempt Murph (run a mile, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 air squats, mile run). Yes I know that 2 miles does not equal a 5k but my lungs are not great as I have asthma so I have to work up to 30 – 40 minutes of solid cardio. I have been scared of Murph for a while and they of course did it as part of the CrossFit Games. The women there had a hard time with finishing it so this just reinforced my fear. I will feel like a real athlete when I can attempt Murph. I also took the stretches from Coach Snow after my workout as stretching is important.
I have started a new job and I have not been able to walk at lunch but I did pace like a Jaguar in a cage. I am hoping I can get out at lunch tomorrow for a walk along the river at lunch. I try to walk about 5 or 6 miles each day but yesterday I was not able to get to 5 miles. I did ride the bus today with my husband so I didn’t get lost (anyone who knows me knows this is a real possibility).
So here’s the question for all of you, what music do you listen to when you work out? I am always looking for good music to workout to. Pandora channels, actual songs, which ever. Happy workouts and cheers!
There are always changes in life. I think that Christmas time is a time to review your life and appreciate the great things that have changed your life. I am grateful for the people in my life. I really believe people are brought into your life to teach you something. Everyone has something to teach someone else. My coach teaches me that strength is more a mental game than a physical one. My partner teaches me patience (anyone who knows me knows this is not my super power). One of my friends that I work out with teaches me that it is ok to start over. There are countless others who teach me humor, love, respect, and hope. I can only hope that I am able to share my creative outlook, humor, and grace to others.
Yes it has been a while since I went to the gym but I am getting back into it. I did complete the challenge and lost 15 pounds. I am trying to keep up with it but it is not always easy in the holiday season. I walked in this morning to cookies sitting at my desk which of course is my weakness. Ice cream is another one of my weaknesses. So I ate a cookie for breakfast which, as I have stated many times, it contains everything I was going to eat for breakfast. Then my Jewish friend brings in Almond cake. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop eating wheat. So yes I ate a slice of cake. I mean if you are going to go off the wagon you might as well go big. I have been doing CrossFit for a year now and I love it. I have gotten pretty strong and my clothes fit better so it has been a big help. I do apologize for the lack of writing but I have been busy at work (yeah I know, how rude). I hope to write more later this week but we will see. If not, have a happy Chanukkah, Merry Christmas, Funky Festivus, Krazy Kwanzaa, and the best Boxing day. Until next time, cheers!
So I am coming up on my one year doing CrossFit. I started going every week in January and I have been on the Whole Life Challenge for a few weeks now. So busy at work doing different things so I have not been able to write anything. I have a vacation day coming up on Friday (Yes I am that person that takes off Halloween). I have gotten worse with my asthma (having to take my inhaler several times a day). This has been almost a month now where I have had issues but I am going to see someone in November (apparently getting an appointment with a specialist is almost as difficult as getting in to see a dermatologist). The paleo diet/lifestyle had been helpful as I am down 10 lbs and I am still eating really good food like Sticky Chicken. Now mind you I did not go full blown paleo as I eat brown rice but just not with every meal. I also have a cheat day to reward myself. How do you do a cheat day? Glad you asked, you decide on a given day and plan ahead for what you want to eat and then life gets in your way and you miss it and then you see homemade biscotti that you mother sends and you yell CHEAT DAY and eat 4. Yes that’s right that’s what happened which of course frightened Gary but hey it is Halloween month! Things have been going great at the box and yesterday I went to the noon class worried I would have to work out with a herd of boys (I assume this is the punishment for missing the ladies class) but when I walked in my Yoga Instructor friend was there. I hadn’t seen her in a while and it has been months since we were in the same class. Then who walked in? Yeah Wonder Woman Jackie! Yes that is right I got to work out with Jackie. That has been even longer since Jackie and I were in the same class (she is usually in the class before the women’s class so I see her but don’t work out with her). I missed my little group and I was excited. Then the best news ever, the noon class was oddly going to be all women. Yeah that’s right Coach Keidy got a double dose of the ladies yesterday.
Anyways, I am hoping to take some photos on Friday and I will try to post them as it is fall in New England (I still argue that there are days that it looks like the original England so there is nothing new about it). I also got a photo printed in an actual magazine so I am hoping that trend continues as I would like to have a little income from my hobby (even if it is just to pay for equipment). Well here is hoping you have a spooktaclur Halloween and a grand Día de Muertos!
So there was an interesting thing that happened on Sunday. There was a wild ninja that broke into my house and I attacked him before he got to the baby kittens. No that’s not true. There was a circus in town and their bear had escaped and was terrorizing my neighborhood and as the wanna-be-superhero I sprung into action before the trash was bear handled. That’s not true either. I really wish it was something as exciting as a ninja bear or I was attending the open call for America’s Next Top Superhero but in actuality I caught the edge of the step and fell the rest of the way down the stairs. All in all I have a “spring” in my step. Yes that is right, I sprung my foot and am currently out of commission when it comes to CrossFit but I am just too stubborn to really stop exercising. I am currently working on an upper body workout that allows me to not use my foot but still workout. I was told that I might be out of commission for 6 to 8 weeks but as the all famous Tony Hawk once said “You are going to have to fight me”. I cannot just sit still anymore.
The big goal for this week and next is to focus on the healthy eating and build the upper body strengthen. This will allow me to get strong without putting the stress on the ligaments in my foot. I will continue to post and keep you updated on my progress including pictures and stats. Also, I am working on trying my heart rate monitor (HRM) from polar again to track my progress.
So I have been very upset that I have only lost 10 lbs over the past few months. There was the argument that I had with the bathroom scale, the steamy discussions with the bar of soap in the shower (what the hell is that? Oh right I have one on the other side so it must be ok as no one has twin tumors), and the odd winded talks with the dog in the backyard asking him if I look fat (FYI, he is a true gay man and just tilts his head as if to say “I love you no matter what size you are”). One of the ladies in my class has lost 20 lbs in a few months time. I love that she was able to lose weight and super proud. I had to stop myself today while doing plyo ski jumps and think I could not do some of these things in the prior month. My recovery time from cardio is much smaller (usually I can get it together in about 3 to 6 deep breathes). I do still get annoyed when I have not lost a lot weight but then again I didn’t gain this weight in 4 months. I am just a little down today but I will go home, have a nice healthy dinner, go to bed, and wake up to start over. It is a day by day effort and some days I am up and feel great but other days I am down but those down days pass. I just have to look at the price tag on being healthy. That price tag is work, dedication, and commitment to a goal. I have put my goals in place to push myself and they started small but they are getting bigger. There is more time before I get to the goal and I think that is part of my frustration. I have to keep going and remember that the path to greatness is paved in failure. Sometimes you have to fake being great until you just become great. So I stand in a Wonder Woman stance and hope that one day I can be as strong as Wonder Woman.
Time at the box this week has been awesome. We have been doing a few workouts that are similar to what we did before so you can track how much you have improved. I feel like I have gotten faster and faster at different things. The first thing I noticed that I am getting faster at is my jump ropes. I am consistently doing about 2 for every second which means in a 2 minute window I can do over 150. I even got 2 double unders in a row.
Cheers to all my friends and followers out there and here’s hoping I can fake it until I make it…
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):
There will be more to come tomorrow with the WOD’s for this week. Sneak peek: I worked out with The Hulk on Wednesday!
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…
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…
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!
Over the past few weeks I thought my clothing was fitting a little looser. This week I had someone asked if I had lost weight. I do not know if I have actually lost weight since The Great Bathroom Scale Toss (see Week 5) even though it has been restored to its original location it still frightens me. Well this week I was walking around the office and realized exactly how loose my pants had become. Yeah, I can almost walk out of my pants like the end scene in the movie Big (Not that bad just yet). So looks like I might have met my first goal, fit into my smaller pants (I hope to eventually get into my original sized pants).
The sad piece was 14.2 included chest to bar and overhead squats. Since I have poor mobility and weak lower back I cannot do overhead squats. The chest to bar I can only do if the bar is low which I believe defeats the purpose of C2B. Anywho, it was a good week at the box with some awesome workouts. I am hoping that 14.3 will include something that I can do. 14.2 is now strike 2 on Rebok’s CrossFit group, first they classified me in the age group above me because my birthday is in June (a slight bonus for them for thinking I would be in the CrossFit games) and now this. On the food frontier I have given up most sugar such as candy, chocolate, and I even cut back the sugar I put in my tea and coffee to half as much as I normally do. I do sneak in a bowl of ice cream or cake once a week. This has been pretty easy as no one has left at work hence no “Going Away” Cake. This week I am going to cut the sugar out of my coffee and really work my way towards a more Paleo lifestyle. One catch, “the boy” is coming up to visit and I have a week off. This is awesome as I have not seen him in some time and I can take tons of pictures but the full Paleo life might have to wait until after he leaves (I will try to slide some Paleo meals in on him though). This will mean that I will reduce the amount of dairy I take in (one or two baby bell cheese wheels) a day, no grain, no potatoes other than sweet potatoes, and more lean protein. I am hoping to have one cheat day on the weekend. I hope to maintain this for a few weeks and then add in non-GMO grain. I am going to take measurements before and after and share the delta’s.
Here’s hoping the week of the boy will be super awesome! Stay tuned as there will be photos. Much love…