Just Breathe!

Crazy busy, hectic, non stop, rangers lose, sleepy, falling off the wagon, jumping back on the wagon, broken bones, cold weekend, cookies, BREATHE!

The WEEKEND WOD & Oly Class
The cold air blew in Friday and with that the Rangers were out of the playoffs. I dried my eye, went to bed and woke up to our first CHILLY morning in a long time. And it was COMMUNITY WOD day at the BOOM Box! Of course I was running late and in a rush, and of course I happened to freakin hit a car as I pulled in. NO MAJOR damage thank GOODNESS but damage none the less! (Sorry Jenn :/) And then it was time for a partner WOD. Not knowing what lied ahead I asked Russell to partner up with me. Boy oh Boy was I the wrong partner for this WOD. We first had a banded together 400m run. Did I mention Russell is about 8ft tall! Jokes, but seriously 6’4″ or something like that. And I’m a towering 5’2″! How’s that for a running buddy you’re literally stuck to?? FUN FUN! I just had to embrace the suck and deal with it.

We then had to do 21, 15, 9 of Step Ups and KB Thrusters with a RUN between the sets. So I warmed up with a 1/2 POOD KB (17lbs or so) and I could manage that. Those got taken up quicklike by other teams so I gave 1 POOD a go. Well I could complete the movement with my right arm and the left arm was weak! But that’s what we stuck with. After many FAILS I was downgraded to a 20lb dumbbell. RELIEF! It was now only the running that was miserable. When we came back for the sets of 15 I saw I now had a 25lb dumbbell…. sneaky sneaky Coach! That was still better than the 35lb KB! Poor Russell, I apologized about 7978798 times for being slow at the runs and for sucking in GENERAL. We came in last, I didn’t even look at the time. It was sad.

After the MetCon, we moved outside to work on buddy carries. I didn’t think my legs would hold up anyone so I didn’t try carrying anyone. Probably for the best. And I wasn’t feeling particularly light in weight so I didn’t offer for anyone to carry me either. I was pretty much OUT on any sort of carrying. Well Coach wasn’t having any of that and carried, ran, skipped and spun me in circles for about 50m! Good thing I don’t get sickly easily. It could have been disastrous.

OLY Class
Right after the Community WOD we had an OLY Class. Due to the boys’ football schedules, I’ve missed some classes. It was good to be back. I need to work on technique in a bad way. And that is all we did – Work on Snatch technique. With PVC and a 35lb bar I’m pretty confident. But once I start putting weight on, I let the FEAR creep in. The self doubt. The weakness. It’s mental. So we worked on that. Mentally letting go and landing in that squat position. Learning we could fall down and it’s not the end of the world. Learning that dropping the bar is not the end of the world. Just doing it over and over and over. I’m not anywhere near being GREAT at snatch but I felt I came a long way in just an hour this past Saturday. I understand where I was coming up short this time around. Coach had me do “close-grip” snatches with the PVC and later with the bar which is really funky and not normal feeling at all, but it definitely showed me where I lose stability. A lot of times I don’t feel it or understand where I go wrong. But I can feel it now. I can feel where I put the brakes on too soon. And at least with that knowledge it’s easier for me to work on this movement. It’s truly all technique and confidence. I’m getting there. I really AM!

The 21-Day Sugar Detox –  Day 5-7 And the wheels came off!
I did so well Friday and all day Saturday. I stayed true. I obeyed. I was strong. On Friday my cousins were eating all sorts of badness at the Ranger game but I was eating pistachios, carrots and drinking lots of water. Then Saturday rolled around and I fueled myself up properly after my 2 hour workout session. Headed to football games stayed strong despite it was perfect Caramel Macchiato or Hot Chocolate weather. But by the end of the day at late o’clock, I was still hungry and cold. I caved in for some Chic-fil-A. And not any healthy choice either. I did stray from the sweet tea but I still indulged in some sandwich yumminess. Did I hop back on the GOOD KID train on Sunday? Hell NO.

Went to our favorite butcher where I typically get a frankfurter with no bun but YES I did have a bun. And then I just went further down the rabbit hole as Ernie convinced me to make the Otis Spunkmeyer cookies that had come in from our football fundraiser. Yup ate a few of those too! All in all I had about a 24 hour relapse. It’s all good now. I shopped well for the week. And hopefully my little splurge is out of my system. It’s not that I craved the sugar, I just went off the grid for a moment. For those of you who think it’s ok, it’s not. It did do a number on my stomach. But y’all don’t want those details!

So you could call it starting over or you could call it moving on. I’ll restart my 21 days but still consider myself on day 8. I’ll just finish on the 28th instead of the 21st.

Back on Track KICK OFF MEAL!

10/8/12 WOD
And we’re finally to today’s WOD. It was so nice and cozy in my warm bed, it was really hard to get up and at em. Looked at my phone and it said 40° outside and I really wanted even more to stay in bed. When I arrived at the BOOM Box it looked like I wasn’t the only one that thought of staying in bed but I was one of the few who actually didn’t stay in bed and showed up… cough* slackersscarredofalittlecold* cough… where was everyone? Ah well. You can’t get better if you’re not showing up to do work.

Skill/Strength: 5 x 5 Back Squat at 82.5%, for me that was 120lbs. I did a few warm ups and then worked my way up slowly to the 120lbs mark. My first set of 5 weren’t too shabby. I felt good. Since it was extra cool in the box, Coach suggested I work on stretching my hip between sets. My second set wasn’t so pretty but I finished. I ended my sets strong and really fought for the last rep in each set. I felt good. It doesn’t sound like a lot but that’s some weight I’m not used to moving around and it got my heart going. It was good work.

10/8/12 WOD

MetCon: 3 min AMRAP of 5 Air Squats and 5 Push Ups, 1 min rest, 3 min AMRAP of 3 Pistols and 3 Handstand Push Ups
I left my OLY shoes on for the MetCon because I figured it would help me in my squats and pistols. I tried to fly through the 3 minutes without pause. I wasn’t 100% successful but I managed to get by with few pauses. I got 11 rounds. The next round wasn’t that pretty. I am pretty confident on my right leg with the Pistols. It’s the left leg I don’t trust. That IT band drags across my knee which is painful but it’s not the pain that gets me, it’s the idea that I feel my knee is weak and it’s hard for me to feel confident. I did work on getting full depth by being on a box but I really struggled on my left leg. With that struggle and transitioning to HSPU modified on the box, that sucked up a lot of time. I completed 4 rounds. That second 3 min AMRAP weighed me down bad. Total of 15 rounds.

I do hope everyone had a pleasant weekend. I hope you have an even better week! If you’re on the fence about The 21-day Sugar Detox, paleo, working out or whatever it is, just know holding out isn’t getting you anywhere. Waiting till tomorrow is doing NOTHING for you.

Waiting for next Monday or Nov 1 is giving you more reasons and excuses to wait till after Christmas. Just start NOW. You might fall down like I have just done but guess what? You get back up. Even if you fall down everyday. You can’t reach your goals if you aren’t even trying. Hell if you don’t have goals how are you going to get anywhere. Set some goals. TODAY and ACT TODAY. and BE AWESOME!!!

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