Obsessed, Insanity or Just a Healthy Addiction

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This morning my two alarms went off and I hit snooze on both of them twice…. I KNOW I KNOW, not good for the brain and body! Let me just say that the inventor of SNOOZE is evil! But I digress. It was time to wake up and as I plopped out of bed, my every fiber was aching. Now was a good time to crawl back under the covers. This urge to stay in bed is the constant battle I have. When the cold hits, it will be an even bigger battle. I know I’m not alone. Early Birders you have to agree that your comfy bed is begging you to sleep just a lil longer.

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So I make the choice to walk to my sink. I brush my teeth and put my hair up. I walk to my dresser to get my clothes and stand there. I think again about how much every muscle is sore and drained. I think again of crawling back into bed. I debate on how much more sleep I will actually get if I just lay back down. I may have fallen asleep standing up because I stood there for what felt like a rather long time. I’m sure it was less than a minute but it felt like 10 minutes. I had to convince myself that I was halfway to being ready. Don’t ruin it. Plus I’m in that darn Work Weight Loss comp and I need to stay focused. I also will regret not working out all day. I dressed and drove my tired ass to the Boom Box.

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So I ask myself. Am I obsessed, insane or is this considered a “healthy” addiction. A health addict. Probably a little bit of everything to be honest. I know not every CrossFitter is all of the above. I know the term “addict” is deemed as negative but in this instance as long as I’m not hurting myself (which I’m not) I do believe you can say you have a healthy addiction. I’m pretty sure there are several Boom Boxers who take it as a workout and move on. But there are quite a few of us who might go into withdrawals if MIA for too long. In general though, whether I drink the kool-aid or not, I would be striving to a healthier me. I have just found that CrossFit fits my needs the best in many aspects. And I’d rather have a workout addiction than any other kind.

End Ramble.

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9/25/13 WOD
Midline: 30 evil wheels
Evil is correct. Especially when my ABS are still fried from Friday! Doh! Below is kind of what they look like. Just like the handy dandy AB WHEEL but with a barbell. Roll out to preferably a plank position and roll back in. I probably didn’t even get halfway to a plank position.

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Skill: Handstand Push Ups
Ugh. I used to be close to having these. I even had a handful of kipping HSPUs. But I know my recent weight gain has hindered me. I really have hopeful thoughts that when I shed some pounds I will be closer to mastering the HSPU.

MetCon: TABATA: Row (for calories), HSPU, Bottom to Bottom Airsquats and Strict Press 45/35
TABATA can SUCK IT TOO! For those who don’t know, TABATA is taking a movement and doing said movement for 20 seconds. You then rest 10 seconds. Alternate between work and rest for 8 rounds (4minutes). The idea is to go HARD for 20 seconds, since I know you folks who haven’t participated in such a ‘simple” workout are probably saying how can that be hard. There are different ways to score your TABATA. You can score by adding up all reps. Or you score, like we did today, by using your lowest rep count as your score. So if you start of strong with 10 reps but by round 8 are only doing 5 reps, then your score is 5. Not fun!

9/25/13 WOD

9/25/13 WOD

The rowing was nice, I did well, for me at least. But only managing 4 calories each round. At least I stayed consistent. WE then moved onto HSPU. Well I used a box for assistance and only managed to stick with 6. These were a beating but not the beating the Air Squats delivered. I started off with 12 air squats. My hips were achy already and this just killed them. Sitting in the bottom of the squat for our “rest” was nice for the first 2 rounds then it just become misery. I went from 12 to finishing with 5. Womp Womp! Then came Strict Press. The shoulders are dead from HSPU but it’s a light weight 35lbs. So how come it felt like 90lbs?!? I stuck with 8 reps through 6 of the rounds but finished with 7 reps. :/ Everything added up = 22reps. Booo. Hissss.

Barbells For Boobs
Time is ticking. Boom for Boobs will be here 2 1/2 weeks! Yikes, I don’t think I’m ready! But I’m doing it regardless. MY biggest fear is that I won’t beat my current RX Grace time! How sad is that? It’s a workout for FUN! And it’s a workout to support B4B. But my competitive side doesn’t want to fail. It still will be fun and all the fundraising goes to a great cause.

If you’d like to support the B4B organization, please go to my fundraising page HELP SAVE BOOBIES and donate. My goal is $100 and I’m halfway there.

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Also, if you want to participate with us at the BOOM Box you are welcome. Even if you just want to spectate then come on out. The workout will be Grace (30 clean and jerks). Everyone is welcome to join in. It’s at 9am on Saturday Oct 12th.

The End.
That’s a wrap folks. I need a driver to to safely drive me home from work so I can nap. Any volunteers? Hehe. I know that’s a little far fetched, but I’m sleepy! Make today great and don’t forget to be awesome!

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Hard. To. Breathe

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This morning that is. I’m breathing just fine now. I’ve never been asthmatic, or one who hyperventilates. I’m not sure either one of those are even similar, but this morning I truly felt for the folks who have a hard time breathing. This morning at the end of my WOD, I was hurting so bad. It felt like my throat cramped up. I couldn’t breathe properly. I couldn’t inhale. It took me a few minutes to get in a good deep breath. I was freaking out! Which in turn makes it SO MUCH WORSE! Today was a ROUGH day in regards to working out. Surprisingly as the day has continued I feel freaking great! Go figure.

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I will say that before my breathing issue I was already struggling. I was all by my lonesome at the BOOM Box. YES 5 a.m.-ers, ALONE! Where were all of y’all? This morning just wasn’t one of those days where flying solo was good for the mindset. I was already cranky and pissed. It’s the detoxing of chemicals from my body. And it hurts, mentally and physically! I broke out in HEAVY SWEATING and I had barely started anything. The only way I can describe it is that when I’m sick and feverish and the fever breaks and you are hot/cold, drenched in sweat, medicine head, etc. I felt like that for the whole hour. Thankfully Coach T is patient. Cause I would have kicked myself out in the first 10 minutes.

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FOOD ADDICTION
Hi, my name is Stephanie and I’m addicted to food. It’s true, and it’s mostly NON-FOODs that I have issues with, but we as a society consider anything edible as FOOD when in reality it’s JUNK.

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Now I’m not going to go into a whole I’m a DOCTOR and you should listen to me spiel but rather an I’m AWESOME, I KNOW ALL and you should definitely LISTEN to everything I say! Jokes, Jokes. For real, I’m not a doctor, professional, or anyone you should take super serious. I am however a REAL human being that has put my body through a plethora of diets, exercise programs, and whatever gimmicky shitstorm that has passed my eyes for the past 15 years or so. I am a person who learned to research and read and to know not everything is TRUE but if I try it out and it legitimately works for me then I might be on to something. Make sense? So I will say, I do believe GLUTEN is bad, processed SUGAR is really bad and all the processed foods with chemicals that I can’t even pronounce MUST BE FROM THE DEVIL. But they all taste so good! It’s so hard. I know! I’m with you.

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I did find some links that hopefully will lead you into researching on your own and finding out more. Mostly gluten related and it’s not anything too intense but hopefully you’ll be intrigued. Being the slacker that I am I have never just given my LIFE to researching and backing the scientific data but I believe these things because I’ve experimented with myself AND I can feel the differences in my body. It’s not some mental hoooo hah. I know, SHUT UP ALREADY, but I really can’t tell you enough that when I eliminate the crap foods, my body instantly feels better in many ways. If I’ve gone rogue for too long like I just recently have, I feel good in some things but worse in others. ADDICTION is a bitch. Headaches, MIGRAINES, joint pain, stomach aches, brain fog, etc. There are so many symptoms and I do know that eventually you just cope with all of those symptoms and blame it on lack of sleep, old age, etc. Give “giving up” junk and gluten for just 30 days. Some of you may experience withdrawals for 2 days and others 2 weeks. Just push through. It does get better!

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http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/home/eng/peptide.asp

http://www.corepsych.com/2007/08/celiac-notes-opiate-withdrawal-from-gluten-and-casein/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-david-perlmutter-md/gluten-impacts-the-brain_b_785901.html

http://www.growyouthful.com/remedy/sugar-addiction-recovery.php

http://www.livescience.com/25588-junk-food-withdrawal.html

9/19/13 WOD
Ya I know. I talk to much. And I know it’s mostly rambling. I apologize. Onto the workout!

Strength: Split Squats w/KB 4×5
I did mention I was cranky right? Also sore. And also tired. These took everything out of me. I remember we had already been introduced to split squats using a barbell. Maybe I wasn’t a junk food junky back then. I think I even liked them. This morning, I was hating the whole idea of all squatting but especially Split Squats. I struggled. And I wasn’t even using heavy KBs :/ When I did finish all my sets, I was literally drenched in sweat. WITHDRAWALS SUCK!

Replace Dumbbells with Kettlebells and that's what we did this morning!

Replace Dumbbells with Kettlebells and that’s what we did.

MetCon: 21-15-9 of Deadlift 225/145, Burpees and Run 200m between rounds
Burpees SUCK more! Especially after trying to bust out Deadlifts like I did. My only strength going into this workout is that I can do Deadlifts just fine and I just recently had a 245lb PR. So 145lbs should be a walk in the park! Uh NOT SO MUCH. I did 11, 5 and 5. I just couldn’t go 11 and 10 even though I wanted to so badly. My hands were hurting too much. Then Burpees! I got through 10 fine, then struggled with the next 11. Coach T knew I had a bail out plan for the run – WALKING, so he went with me to at least keep me at a trot. It worked for round 1. And almost worked for the other two rounds. For my second round of Deadlifts, I surprised myself and busted out 10. I don’t know what came over me. I had a plan of 8 and 7. So yay me! Burpees however were even uglier on this round. I had the run for about 3/4 of the way, then walk, then trot, then walk. I tried at least. For round 3, I did the Deadlifts UNBROKEN. How in the hell I was able to do that I still have no idea, but I did it. I think I only had 2 sucky burpees and tried to keep good form on the other 7. But when I finished I went in to full on CAN’T BREATHE MODE. I struggled on the last 200m. It was bad. About half way I finally regained my breathing somewhat and tried trotting the rest of the way in. It was half ass but I was done. Time: 17:31 RX

9/19/13 WOD

9/19/13 WOD

Barbells For Boobs
To Save lives through the early detection of breast cancer, regardless of one’s age, gender or ability to pay. Barbells for Boobs is a non-profit organization that provides funding to pay for breast cancer detection services as a last resort for thousands of people who don’t qualify for assistance elsewhere. Our aim is to help anyone that needs it, anywhere, whether they are male or female, no matter what their age or situation in life.

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You know I want your money! So just go ahead and send it in. It’s easy. And it goes to a good cause! Just click here: HELP SAVE BOOBIES

The End
Yup you finally reached the end of this post! Hopefully y’all will keep coming back. If you don’t know me well enough, just know I tend to rant and ramble and sometimes not make any sense. Part of it! 😀 Now go on and have a great day. Make it AWESOME!

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Putting My Blinders On

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Entering Day 3 of the Work Weight Loss Challenge and Nov. 14th seems so far away! I’ve steered clear of temptations, COOKIES, FAST FOOD and other worthless junk. But again, only 2 full days in. I have the opportunity to hit up 3 different Starbucks on my journey into work. Oh DOUBLE TALL CARAMEL MACCHIATO, I need you. But noooo. I can’t give in. I gotta be the rock…the good example for my coworkers. I’m trying to find balance in all my meals and snacks. So far so good, I just need to stay prepared and to stay ahead of the game. BLINDERS: ON!

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Nevermind that my body is in full withdrawal mode. Crying out for sugar, wheat and everything processed. Everything hurts and my eyes are heavy even with proper amounts of sleep! I know this will pass, I just need it to pass sooner.

Just this morning, as Coach T threw in Burpee Broad Jumps into our warm up, I gave him the YOU MIGHT GET PUNCHED IN THE THROAT LOOK. Then I said I’m in withdrawals and may or may not have said that he was evil. Not sure if I kept those thoughts to myself or not, but I will tell you anything with Broad Jumps is just plain torture in my book.

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9/18/13 WOD
Skill: Work getting into a handstand (Wall/Rings/Free standing)
Thankfully I can pop up into a handstand with wall assistance with NO PROBLEM. I can barely hold a freestanding one for a few seconds. But anything else and I’m out! I can’t even fathom doing a handstand on rings!

MetCon: 5 min AMRAP (13.5 style ladder) – 3 rounds of 15 Push Ups (HR), 15 Power Cleans 95/65. Go up the ladder until you can no longer complete the rounds under the cap. 5 min=3 rounds; 10 min=6 rounds; 15 min=9 rounds; 20 min=12 rounds

9/18/13 WOD

9/18/13 WOD

Woooo for movements I can physically do without question. Now would I make it past the first 5 minutes? My shoulders were feeling good so I got through the Push Ups just fine. Moved on to the Power Cleans and did those UNBROKEN as well. All in less than a minute! Then I got down to do more Push Ups and I did ONE! And I wanted to die. I was breathing so hard, I couldn’t catch my breath, so I lied there for what felt like FOREVER, but it was probably 30 seconds in reality. I couldn’t stop, that’s only ONE round with 2 to go. I mustered through the second and third rounds with maybe 20 seconds to spare in that first 5 minutes. I was really slacking in the Push Up dept. As with most WODS that I can most assuredly do the movements just fine, I tend to reflect and beat myself up for not doing better. Just making it to the next 5 minutes was relief at the time. So again, I just laid there after doing about 3 Push Ups into my 4th round. Knowing I couldn’t just quit I chugged along. 3-5 at a time for finishing the 4th round and moving into the 5th round. As for Power Cleans, I always tried to do at least 7, then 3, then 5. I tried to go UNBROKEN with 1 minute left in that 2nd 5 minute time frame. But I failed! Final: 4 Rounds + 15 Push Ups + 12 Power Cleans. So close to finishing 5 rounds…. so close!

Barbells for Boobs
Thanks to my lovely friend Vicki, I am halfway to my fundraising goal. But of course I am not limited to $100, I’d love to be able to help B4B with as much as possible. With that said, I’m not picky 😀 If you can donate $1, I would be thankful and appreciative of your support. If you can’t help out at this time but know friends or businesses that can support the cause then please share me with them. HELP SAVE BOOBIES!

In Vicki’s case, she is donating in memory of her Grandmother who fought the Breast Cancer Battle. I told her I would rock out her name in my attire when I do Boom For Boobs on Oct. 12. If you have someone you’d like to donate in memory of, then I will add their name as well.

What is Barbells for Boobs?
A wonderful organization that helps to SAVE lives through the early detection of breast cancer, regardless of one’s age, gender or ability to pay. Barbells for Boobs is a non-profit organization that provides funding to pay for breast cancer detection services as a last resort for thousands of people who don’t qualify for assistance elsewhere. Our aim is to help anyone that needs it, anywhere, whether they are male or female, no matter what their age or situation in life.

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What is BOOM for BOOBS?
It’s CrossFit Boom supporting the cause and hosting an event! So come on out. Click HERE to join. Saturday, October 12, 2013. 9 a.m.  2401 Callendar Rd Suite 111, Mansfield, Texas 76063.

The End
That’s all I got for today. Well just one more thing – I ask that you join me for the next 57 days to find good health via clean(er) eating and being active. You can do it. I know you can! Get a group of friends, co-workers, family, etc and get your butts in gear. It’s always helpful when you have others holding you accountable. The weather is cooling down, so there’s no “IT’s TOO HOT” excuses. I promise you two things. 1. Your food does not have to suck just because it’s clean eating and 2. You don’t have to kill yourself in the activity department to be healthy. You know you want to ENJOY life! So step on up! It can only make your more AWESOME than you already are!

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