Sorry for the delay in getting this posted but I have been super busy. Between work and trying to figure out a plan for my photography it has been pure chaos. It is these times of chaos that I need the stability of something like CrossFit and I have really enjoyed my time there. I have started physical therapy and my foot is getting better. I was able to do a kipping pull up but when I tried it today my shoulders were too tight so instead I just hung on the bar and relaxed for a bit. I have also tried a new meal plan that is delivered to my box. They are fantastic and you can check to see if Custom Fit Meals are in your area.
My workouts have been pushed back to where they were thanks to clearance from my doctor and the promise of going to physical therapy. There are days when I feel like I don’t want to go and other days where I am excited to go. It is just what ever energy I have and the stress at work. I have also picked up yoga twice a week. I did Saturday and Sunday and the first class was really difficult. I thought yoga was supposed to be relaxing and getting you back to balance but that was not the class I went to on Saturday. Sunday was taught by my good friend, Katie, and it was relaxing and some stretching which was not easy (I have issues with stretching in that I don’t do it). I hope this finds everyone happy and healthy. Cheers!
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…
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!
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…
Well this week was pretty much awesome; maybe it was the vacation day on Monday. Hmm if only there was a way to just take pictures every day and still get paid. Sadly I did not win the 500 meter row challenge. The winning time was like 1:40 for women/wonder woman. I felt pretty good about getting that close with only a little over a month of CrossFit under my headband (we don’t wear belts in class). We also had a Saturday throw down between the morning classes and afternoon classes. Well looking back on it the workout was fun. At the time however, not fun. It all started on the Airdyne. I am pretty sure the Airdyne is what they use to make prisoners talk. I felt good about completing the work though as it was about 2 hours of work and watching work. My team won mainly because we had more men than the other team but hey a win is a win! Looking at the board after the workouts I realized I am a wimp. Yeah I said it, lightweight, wimp, muscle-challenged, etc. I was one of the weakest in the group (the yoga instructor was the other one). Actually I believe the yoga instructor and I are CrossFit twins. We got the same across the board but I beat her by one rep in the last challenge.
This week I will not be giving up anything as the candy sabbatical went pretty well this week. I also have a medical test where I cannot eat anything but clear liquids on Thursday. Cake didn’t count as candy as it is cake. It was someone’s anniversary and it would have been rude to say no to cake. I had to eat two pieces in case someone didn’t see me eat the first one. Here’s hoping this week will be better. No looking back at the great cake crusade.
Well I am calling this week a do over. Yeah I am 5. We had a snow storm roll through on Thursday so I didn’t go and then on Friday the people I work with apparently have no idea what blocked time means since they scheduled meetings over my time. On top of that, the whole “No candy while at work” lasted about 5 hours. I gave it a whirl day 2 and that didn’t work either. Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit candy.
This week at the box was good and actually fun (yes I know I am sick and I shall see someone about it). I got the fastest time in the women’s class and won the game at the end of class. The game was who can get the closest to 100 meters on the rower. You would get points for going over and points for going under and there were 4 changes to try. The numbers would be summed up and who ever got the lowest number won. I felt pretty good and then we got the snow storm. Mother Nature really hates me, I am pretty sure this is personal now. Friday was problem due to the ice and the scheduling of my meeting. I have not weighed myself but I feel like I have gained muscles and lost fat. I must keep moving so the fat doesn’t smack back on my bum.
Next week we shall try the whole no candy while at work…
Well my bathroom scale has taken an adventure out the window and into the snow bank. I was surprised at how strong I have gotten this week as I did not know I could toss a glass bathroom scale that far. I am pretty sure this will be the next Olympic event, winter scale throwing for the annoyed dieter. Upon my review of the week I see that I should have stuck to the no weighing rule. Another pound gained and another sad girl eats cookies. NEXT! So I must move on. I am going with it is muscle gain and not fat but judging on number of cookies that were consumed (cookie monster would have been challenged to eat more), it is a good thing that the scale is now enjoying fresh air.
The box was pretty good this week. I have established a really good love/hate relationship with the trainer. She seems to be ok with this arrangement. I have also found a new outlet for my mathematical skills/hobby as well. This seems to be the one thing that I win at every time. “How many total reps” is followed by a long silence and I am always the first to pipe up. Next observation, Superman works out at my box. I am pretty sure it is Clark Kent. I see him in there every once in a while but I never pay attention until he was in my noon class. Well this just added insult to injury. We had to count the number of rounds plus any additional work. I was really proud of myself because the workout contained pushups which I actually like. I had done an even 6 rounds and thought “You did good buttercup”. The trainer called on Clark Kent to who yelled out “Ten rounds plus 6 pushups”. I looked at the girl next to me and said “I’m sorry did he say 10 almost 11 rounds?”. Yes he did. I would have knocked him over but I could not currently pull myself off the floor and I am pretty sure that would not be a battle I could win. I found out the next day that he did the most rounds for the day. That made me feel a little better.
Next week I am going to try to cut out snacking in the office. This is difficult as many people here in the office bring in food, have bowls of candy, and some jerk brings in donuts. Let’s continue down this path and see what this week brings… Good bye my sweet candy, I will miss you most of all…
Well this week was tough. First, I went to weight myself and gained another 2 lbs. Well that was super upsetting. I also had part of an apple crisp but on the plus side, I have dropped all soda. No carbonated beverages. Secondly, I hurt one of the muscles in my arm on Monday so I could not do the full workout with the assigned weight. I continued to go every day this week and just worked with my injury. Luck for me we only did the movement twice (first time is when I found out the issue) so I just decreased the weight. I thought this would get easier but as it turns out, it gets tougher. I really had to search for my reason for going to CrossFit. I got in touch with my inner warrior and pushed on. I have decided not to weigh myself until after February. I think if I weigh myself again and see an increase in weight I might just have to do something crazy like eat a whole tub of ice cream so waiting to weigh again it might save not just myself but the spike in the ice cream market. This would not be good for my inner warrior.
This week I will cut back on my wheat intake to wheat at 1 meal a day. I try to set reasonable goals each week in order to build a better eating habit. This all feeds into my healthy goal for this year. I want to be healthier by changing what I eat and my exercise routine. So far I have cut out soda and junk food. Here’s hoping this week goes better!