Sometimes You PR, Sometimes You Don’t

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Three days in a row last week was all I could handle! Now, hoping to make four days this week at the Boom Box!

Monday was already going to be a struggle because I decided to drink too many margaritas on Saturday. That turned into a worthless Sunday and I knew it would spill over into a not so fun Monday. I pretty much kicked myself the whole time about those dang margaritas.

6/29/15

SKILL & STRENGTH

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Single leg Split Squat x 12 reps

Rest 30 seconds

Handstand Push-Ups x Max Reps
Rest 3 minutes

So Single Leg Split Squats will get you every time. My booty is so sore! I should really make these a daily thing but that’s one more thing I gotta try and fit in. For Handstand Push Ups, I just did Handstand Holds. My wrist was good for the first 2 rounds but started to get irritated on the last round.

CONDITIONING

Annie For (TOTAL TIME)

50-40-30-20-10 reps of:
Double-Unders
Sit Ups

Oh, Annie, one of my favorites. Only because I KNOW I can do this workout. I haven’t always been great but on this day I finally PR’d. Two years ago I had a 7:58 finish. One year ago, I had a 9+ minute finish. But on Monday, I had a 7:34 finish! Wooooo! But again cursing those margaritas as I was sluggish on the Sit Ups.

6/30/15

SKILL & STRENGTH

Find 1 Rep Max: Clean

15 min

And this is where I didn’t get a PR. I know, I know, I took some time off. And boy did I feel it. My last PR was 125lbs. But today I only got to 110lbs before I had to call it quits.

CONDITIONING

TABATA FOR: (TOTAL REPS)
3 ROUNDS, WORK 01:00 min, REST 02:00 min OF:
Ground to Overhead 135/95

After all the Squat Clean work, my wrist was getting weak. I was going to go for 85lbs but decided not to try and hurt myself so I went for 65lbs, hoping I would get more work in by getting a lot of reps in. The first round, I did 12 unbroken and I shouldn’t have dropped the bar but I did and I let it sit there for too long before picking it back up. By the time I did, I could only manage 3 more reps. After resting, I told myself I would get at least 16 reps on the next round but that was just a lie I was telling myself. I did stay consistent though with another 15 reps. By the third round I just didn’t want to lift the bar anymore, but completed 12 reps. Grand total: 42 reps at 65lbs. Not great, but not bad.

Until Next Time

I can tell you my boozing days are limited if not over. I’m still hurting from Saturday. And then add all the soreness from Monday and yesterday. My shins are dying from the Double Unders.

My eating is still subpar, but I’m doing what I can… sometimes! It’s birthday dinner for my Dad tonight, so no planned workout. Maybe I’ll get ambitious and take a jog later this evening. Hehe. I did say maybe!

 

Another year, a better year

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It’s 2014 ladies and gents. I hope everyone enjoyed not only their Christmas but ringing in the new year as well. As you all know, January is the month to start fresh. Gym memberships increase. Weight loss plans go into play. Etc. Etc. And yes I will join the cliché and “start over”.

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I’ve never been one to make resolutions or goals really. I kind of say it in my head what I want to do but never write it down, unless I say it here in the good ol’ blog. I think mostly because I don’t want to let myself down by not meeting my goal or holding on to my resolution. This year will be different! I have some things I need to get accomplished physically, mentally, in the gym, outside of the gym and everything in between. But I’ll only bore you with my health and fitness goals 😀

My Health Goals:

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1. Annihilate Chunky Monkey
2. Be a better planner/organizer so that all of my goals come to fruition.
3. Eat Clean 90% of the year. There will be vacations and there will be life celebrations and life just happens. But I really want to live that clean eating dream.
4. Complete at least one Whole30. This starts January 6th for me. And is the boost to eating clean for the year.
5. Dedicate at least 15 minutes a day at home to mobilizing/stretching. Work my way up to 30 minutes a day.
6. Get a freaking Pull Up. This includes making the time to work on this movement at home.
7. Improve my attitude towards running. I think some weight loss will help in this area. A lighter me will be a less oompa loompa me!
8. Lose weight. I’m not putting a number on this. I know where I’m at, where I’ve been and what’s ideal as far as I look and feel. I’ve learned to not weigh obsessively over the past two years and I’m not going to let that get in my head again. I just need these added layers of flub to be gone. Hopefully in the next 3 months.

I don’t think I’m asking too much of myself and I’m just hoping I can make all of the above HABITS. What are your goals? What do you want 2014 to bring?

Boom Box Recaps
12/31/13
Skill: Turkish Get Ups
Welp, with a bum wrist these aren’t ideal for me. So coach had me do some mobility. MUCH needed mobility! And some KB swings. Bleh.

12/31/13 WOD

12/31/13 WOD

MetCon: “Annie“ 50-40-30-20 and 10 rep rounds of: Double Unders and Sit Ups
Oh Annie, this is one MetCon I can kill, 8 months ago. But now, not so much :/ I’ve never been so slow at sit ups. In April I had a sub8 time. For the last day of the year I had a time of 9:07. And it was the sit ups that got me! I thought I had my 50 DUs unbroken but failed at 44, then at 46, then at 47. So frustrating. But I did 40 unbroken. At 30 I did like 15, then 15. For 20, I did 18 or something dumb and failed. And I managed to do 10 unbroken. I only stopped twice during Sit Ups but there were on SLOW MO. I thought I was going to puke. Thankfully I did not!

I felt like Annie was a good way to finish the year. And a good benchmark for me to retest in a couple of months. With clean eating and hopefully some weight loss, I hope to destroy my 7:58 time from April 2013!

1/1/13 FRAN NIGHT
I went back and forth on if I was going to go to Fran Night. Every year CrossFit Boom rings in the new year with FRAN: 21, 15, 9 of Thrusters and Pull Ups – the dirtiest girl WOD out there. I knew I couldn’t physically do the actual workout because I can’t do Thrusters right now, but I knew Coach would have something equally as painful for me to do. I wasn’t sure though, if I was going to have the energy to be AWAKE to workout. Well thanks to the Chick-fil-A bowl and my beloved AGGIES making it an exciting game, I was pretty awake. Two of my three kids were home. And one of them wanted to participate with me. So we loaded up and off we went.

After we all warmed up we split into two groups, the 2013 Fran and the 2014 Fran. I decided to make Fran my first workout of the year and I let my son, Justice, do the 2013 workout. I was so proud of my monkey. He is athletic and he is tough but he’s never really done a WOD at the box for time. And he’s for sure never done Fran. Coach gave him a 15lb bar and off he went. And I didn’t let him slack. I NO REPPED him on some Thrusters and several Pull Ups. He eventually had to move to bands to finish out the Pull Ups. Time: 7:18

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Then it was my turn, womp womp. I was tasked with Front Squats and Pushups instead of Thrusters. The break down was 7 Squats, 7 Push Ups with fists x 3, 21 Pull Ups, 5 Squats, 5 Push Ups x 3, 15 Pull Ups, 5 Squats, 5 Push Ups, 4 Squats, 4 Push Ups, 9 Pull Ups. This was a beating. A pure beating. And I went from 1 green band and 1 blue band, to 2 green bands, 1 blue band. It was terrible. But I did the work. I haven’t actually done Fran in probably over a year and it was modified. I’m pretty sure I had completed this benchmark in the 8 minute range. For this year it was a slow 10:43! This is another WOD I need to retest in the future.

Looking forward.
And there you have it. I did start of the NEW YEAR strong. And starting Monday I plan to start eating CLEAN!

I have all the resources I need at my fingertips. Now I just need the mental aspect to stay focused. This is a year of Looking Forward, Planning Ahead and Staying Focused. I’m also replacing AWESOME with something else. I think I’ve awesomed myself out and probably all of you as well! Any suggestions on a new WORD/PHRASE for the year?

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Everyday I’m STRUGGLIN!

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At least lately. I know, I know. When is this girl going to have a good inspirational post. Something AWESOME and badass? No clue. I’m in this loop of chaos that I can’t get out of it. I have more off days than good days lately. And it’s like once I’m sleeping in or eating poorly I don’t want to get back to the program. It doesn’t help that I am doing absolutely nothing to keep on track during tournaments or unplanned events. I’m just going to blame it on the inconsistent weather we are having here in Texas. It’s driving me bonkers. Rainy, COLD, warm, cool, windy, COLD, hot, drizzly, COLD! It’s almost MAY and there is still COLD weather lingering. My brain can’t wrap around it! Or I can really just blame myself for getting stuck in this spiral of laziness.

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The bulletproof coffee did give me that satiated feeling and energy boost but after I tried it at the full recommended dose it wasn’t so good. I’m struggling getting back to it. And after our whirlwind weekend I’m still trying to regroup. Then it’s off to another whirlwind weekend of more baseball! Don’t get me wrong. Baseball and my kids is my happy place. I love it and wouldn’t change it for the world. But for the purposes of health, fitness and this blog it’s really cramping my style! And the waistline is ever expanding. And I’m not a happy camper about it. If you’ve stuck around long enough you know I can be disciplined but I think my brain is broken.

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As for missing the BOOM Box on Friday and Monday AND Tuesday – well my hands were broken for Friday and Monday. After those rips I got on Thursday I was done. There was no way I was going to comfortably do a workout and get work done. By Tuesday my hands were healing up fine. And it was a Power Clean day. But it was also a Pull Up day. I was still planning on going, just doing something other than Pull Ups but I had a kiddo wake me up not feeling so hot and I actually struggled going back to bed. Must be all the bad foods I’ve been eating. So when the time came to get up and get movin, there was just an alarm reset and back to snoozeville I went. I didn’t even hit SNOOZE. Just reset the alarm. So sad!

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So I pick the coldest morning in April to actually get up and make an appearance at the box. 37° is not my idea of fun. But I’ve already missed 5 days in a row. So I’m itching for a good workout.

Skill/Strength: Push Press 5, 3, 1+ at 75%, 85% and 95% of 1RM.That’s 70lbs, 80lbs and 90lbs for me. The one good thing about 5 days rest is well it’s FIVE days rest and my shoulders were feeling good. Got warmed up and started my rep scheme. Woo I was feeling strong. Maybe I should be a slacker more often?!? Hehe. Got to 95% and did 4 reps. I knew I had at least 1 or 2 more, but my concentration broke and I was done. That’s the worst! One little extra thought comes through and I’m done. But 4 reps at 95% ain’t too shabby.

4/24/13 WOD

4/24/13 WOD

MetCon: Helllooooo Annie! Activating Superpowers. Cause shit that’s all I got. For those of you who don’t know Annie, it’s 50, 40, 30, 20 and 10 reps of Double Unders and Butterfly Sit Ups. Those are about the only STRENGTHS that I have when it comes to CrossFit. Seriously my ONLY strengths. So frustrating but at least I do have that. 3,2,1 GO … I really was going for UNBROKEN in the first 50 DUs. I can do that many unbroken but not very often. I got to about 37 and had some trip ups in the last 10. Then chipped away at the Sit Ups. I can’t recall if it was during the 50 or the 40 of Sit Ups that I took my hoody off and that’s where I took too much time not working. But I was hot and flustered and well I should have taken care of that before the clock started! But after that, I just kept moving. I took a few short pauses during the Sit Ups but no LONG rests. Top time recorded for the BOX was in the 7:30 range so I was trying to at least come close. The last time I recorded myself doing Annie last summer was 8:40. I knew it was under 9 but over 8. I just wasn’t sure my exact time this morning though. My time today was 7:58! Dang it. If I had just sucked it up with my HOODY on I could have had a better time. At least I wasn’t worse from 9 months ago!

Happy Hump Day ladies and gents. Make it a great day. Well you know you should actually make it an AWESOME day. See you tomorrow, uh, I hope! Fingers crossed!

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