Me vs. Me

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It’s really hard to find that extra BURST of energy at 5 a.m. during a WOD. My brain is still not fully functioning. My body is still super achy. My joints, tendons and ligaments are resisting any warm ups or mobility. It’s so much different than doing an evening WOD. So where in the heck do I find that EXTRA that I need to force myself through a workout. To go that extra rep? It’s a total mind game, I know. But it’s rare my mind comes to terms with my body or vice versa.

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I know that everyone has their own mental battles. It could be the choice of the couch over a brisk walk. It could be that decision to get rid of all your junk food and only have healthy food in your home. It could be debating on if you make the vote for the WHOLE family to move over to eating clean or keep those treats for your kiddos. Those battles plague us all. Easy vs. Difficult. Quick vs. Effort.

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I’ve already made the decision for health, now my decisions in my workouts are: HOW MUCH MORE CAN I GO? What kind of gains do I want? What kind of progress do I want? These battles are just as hard as making the initial decision to get fit and healthy. Even though I KNOW I can win the battle, I am struggling! But I do know I gotta keep at it.

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So I hope to encourage, you, or whoever that you gotta just keeping at it. Even when you veer off, just veer back on. Persistence is key to success. Remember it’s not a sprint. It’s a process that is different for everyone. Last week I gave some quick baby steps to get closer to good health. Once you are comfortable with those, you need to find the motivation and drive to push even more. Just don’t quit!

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Endurance: Row 4x500m (rest a couple of minutes between rows)
I keep hoping that I will get better at rowing and I’m feeling confident that I am slowly getting better. I’m still slow but now that I’m actually feeling more comfortable I know the speed will come later. At least I hope. My short, chunk legs may say otherwise. I’m 5’2. It is not easy to be GREAT at rowing. I averaged about a 2:10 500m. I think the quickest pace I hit for today was 2:05. In the past I’ve hit paces under 2min but this morning was a definite struggle. I did, however, stay consistent!

10/3/13 WOD

10/3/13 WOD

MetCon: 5 x 3 min AMRAPS of 3 Power Clean (135/95), 6 Pushups, 9 Squats. Rest 1 min between rounds.
I did not want to do this workout. The simpler movements are misleading to the EASE of the workout. The Power Cleans were few but a heavier weight. At this very moment I can’t remember my max but it’s probably 115 and maybe less. My first round was 30 seconds. And after that I fell apart fast. Coach T gave us a goal of trying to hit 3 rounds for every 3 minutes. That was a good goal but after the first 3 minutes, I wasn’t sure I could hit it everytime. I was just slow and tired. And that “fight” that I was looking for was still at home sleeping. I dragged ass and I’m disappointed in myself for doing so. Final: 14 rounds + 1 Power Clean.

Barbells For Boobs
I’m to the point of downright begging folks. And maybe BRIBING! Let me take stock of how many pairs of AWESOME socks I have left. I’ll get back to you tomorrow or first thing next week. But I’m thinking some form of donation to my fundraising page could get you some socks. I’ll have details later if it’s feasible.

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I’m STILL only halfway to my $100 goal and BOOM for BOOBS is 9 days away. Just in case you are new to the blog, I will let you know I am fundraising for a group called Barbells for Boobs. My box, CrossFit Boom, is hosting an event to raise money and awareness for the B4B cause. We will be doing “GRACE” for the workout. That is 30 clean and jerks for time. We will be rocking out the PINK colors. And we will be having a great time. Any donation would be fantastic! $1, $5, $10… anything! Please click here: HELP SAVE BOOBIES!

Barbells for Boobs is 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.

The End
I hope everyone is getting along nicely this week. I hope you are doing something new or different to be a healthier, fitter you. Remember, we all have struggles. Don’t give in. And if you do, pick yourself up and get back to it. Hey, I promise it will make you more AWESOME!

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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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Challenge Accepted!

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Hi guys! It’s been a week since I last checked in here. I’m sorry! You see, last week a weight loss challenge was brought up at my job. There were quite a few of us that said we’d do it… FOR REAL, and battle it out for most percentage of weight lost over the next 60 days. So for me that meant, PIG OUT the rest of the week. Eat up buttercup! And that my friends is what I did. I enjoyed BEER! And all kinds of non healthy FRIED foods. I even had an all COOKIE dinner consisting of Oreos and Chips Ahoy for my last hoorah Sunday night. Oh ya, I went big. And oh ya, I paid for it come Monday at the BOOM Box.

My body definitely felt the pain all week and I just said to hell with it. I’m going to enjoy, enjoy and enjoy. Because I knew that I would have to cut it all out. There’s a potential to win $400 bucks here. It’s not a super grand prize but it could definitely buy me some new clothes that I’m in desperate need of.

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I also figured that I better commit to something. Cause so far I’ve had a complete FAIL with the Get Fit, Stay Fit Challenge and another fail with the Mobility Challenge that Jenn over at Wine to Weighlifting has going on. I’m a mess, we all know this. But I got this. I’m in it for the CASH money and well of course a healthier me, right? hehe. YES a healthier me is more important but the CASH is definitely a good incentive.

My current plan is Paleo, but not stressing over it too much. Then Oct. 1 go full on Whole30. And if I’m feeling frisky, I may even take on a 21-day sugar detox, starting Nov. 1. Our weigh in is Nov. 14th so it would be perfect. Nothing is set in stone but it’s a good start. Right now I’m just worried about today. I made it through yesterday with no snags or hiccups and today should be on track as well. It’s SATURDAY AND SUNDAY that I need to prepare for! DOH! I hope I can make it!

But enough about my Challenge, lets get to some BOOM Box insanity.

9/16/13 WOD
After all my weekend eating, my sleep was not all that great for the early bird class on Monday. Plus it was a 1RM day for Back Squat. There was NO WAY I was going to have a good morning so I made it to the 6pm class.

We worked on mobility for quite a while. Oh boy did it feel awesome. My body was rested but seriously running on JUNK! So everything was hurting. Started my warm up with just the bar and about 10 seconds after just barely warming up, my Quads start hurting. Not a cramping type of hurt but more of a ARE YOU F’ING KIDDING ME, what is this weird pain I’ve never felt before. I was concerned. I rolled out. Tried out the bar again and although the pain wasn’t excrutiating, it was present and odd to say the least. So I kept rolling out and slowly adding weight. In the end the pain mostly went away but I knew I wasn’t going to PUSH to hard for that 1RM.

9/16/13 1RM Back Squat

9/16/13 1RM Back Squat

A couple of weeks ago we had 103% on the board and I hit that for 170lbs. Today my goal was 185lbs. I think under different circumstances I would have hit it. But I took a week off. I did absolutely ZERO in regards to good health and knew it wouldn’t be pretty! I hit 175lbs and it was HEAVY but I felt 185 was there… maybe. Got under the bar and I didn’t feel that it was too heavy till I went down and that’s where I stayed. It was HEAVY! Hahaha. After a few minutes rest, I dropped to 180lbs. Got under the bar, dropped and could only get halfway up. I was stuck. I wasn’t going to hit 180 today. But woohooo for another PR! 175lbs!

And I just want to say GOOD JOB to everyone who killed it! Amazeballs.

9/17/13 WOD
I made it to the early bird class! What??!?? Yes sir. Back to back workouts.

Strength: 3RM Push Press
My shoulders were feeling alright considering my gluttony. It’s my wrists that were really feeling the pain. But overall the Push Press was feeling good. So good that I 3RM at my 1RM of 95lbs. I think maybe I could have hit 100lbs but time ran out and 95lbs wasn’t a walk in the park. Next time!

MetCon: in 3 minutes 500m Row Max pull-ups with remaining time. (ring rows for mod) rest 3 min repeat until you have 3 rounds.
I was due for a good row. And 500m isn’t all that far right? HOLY DONKEY BALLS it took everything out of me. On each round around 250m it felt like I hit quicksand. It looked like the numbers were going backwards instead of forwards. To get from 300m to 400m felt like an eternity! I did hit the first two rounds right at about 2:10 and the last round at about 2:20. Not great, but for my OOMPA LOOMPA legs, not too shabby. My first round of Ring Rows got me good. My quads are still pissed off at me from yesterday. Add rowing this morning and just to hold my body up was a task. I got 10, 9, and 8 for my Ring Rows. Total: 27 reps (booooo) I was cursing myself on every pull of the rower and every time I let go of the rings. It is what it is though and I can only get better from here.

Barbells For Boobs
Oct. 12 is quickly approaching! Thankfully I committed to getting healthier with the weight loss challenge, so hopefully I’ll kill it at Boom For Boobs. Although in the end it’s not about killing the WOD, it’s about raising MOOLAH and awareness for Barbells For Boobs, 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.

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I’m fundraising and you can find my personal fundraising page here: HELP SAVE BOOBIES. Donate if you can. $1, $5 or whatever you can. If you can’t donate then share me to someone who may be able to support the cause. My goal is $100 but I’ll be more than happy to raise more. Thank y’all in advance.

And of course if you’re local, YOU ARE INVITED to come participate or spectate. It will be a good time. Lots of fun!

The End
And that’s all for this fab Tuesday. I feel good about finally shedding some pounds and encouraging my co-workers to do the same. Take that step for yourself to find a healthier you. Health still comes in all shapes and sizes. So don’t go for what a magazine or tv show tells you how to be. Go for feeling better and enjoying life. And you know the drill…. be awesome!

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Being Consistent

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Consistency does pay off. I know it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that but I think all of us will try to make excuses for everything if we let ourselves. Just because 2 weeks of trying to eat better and exercise isn’t showing any results doesn’t mean that the 3rd week, the week you may have quit, wasn’t going to be your “golden” week. It may even be the second month. But you will NEVER know if you QUIT!

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I’m pretty sure most of us always want those INSTANT results. In a time of growing technology, the faster the better! Quick food, quick apps, quick everything. Quick weight loss and body results are just fantasy! The stuff we see in magazines. The mid day shows that promise and guarantee weight loss without putting in the WORK that it really takes to achieve those goals. We all want the easy route. Who doesn’t want that route? Only thing is, it’s not easy. EVEN if one of those gimmicky plans worked, it would only be for the short term. Why even bother? I want results and I want the results to stay. I was on track, being the most awesome I have ever been and then I derailed. Big time. Gained some LBs and woke up and said WHOA where did those come from? Well they came from stuffing my face and showing up to the Boom Box like once a week. My consistency went down the drain and I was a HOT MESS and it was ugly.

Now I’ve cleaned up MOST of my eating, not all but most. I promise, FOOD, it’s a bad addiction sometimes. But I’m cleaning it up and I’m CONSISTENTLY showing up to the BOOM Box and whaddyaknow…. my progress is showing up in WODs and in my strength. Again, this doesn’t take an expert to know that putting in work will make you better, stronger and faster (well faster is questionable in my case :D). But it’s something that I know we all just put to the side. We make excuses. We justify our poor eating habits and lack of exercise through busy lives and schedules.

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With my dedicated 4-6 workouts a week and at least 80% clean eating, heavy weight is becoming easier light weight. PRs are here. And I’m feeling that confidence come back that comes with killing WODs. Although I’m still a MAJOR work in progress, it’s coming along. Much slower than I was planning but it’s coming along none the less!

8/6/13 WOD and my 2nd ever DNF (womp womp)
If you look closely at the pic next to my name there is NOTHING. No time recorded. It was a sad day for me mentally and physically. I had just flown through Power Cleans at 95lbs and was feeling great and was actually looking forward to the Kettle Bell Swings and Toes To Bar.

8/6/13 WOD

8/6/13 WOD

I’m not great at TTB but I’ve made some progress and I’m getting them knocked out even if it’s only 1 at a time. It wasn’t till my last round of TTB that I just lost all my energy, juice, mojo, etc. My toes weren’t touching that bar. I struggled a lot in the round of 15 but managed to finish. I thought 9 more wasn’t out of the question. But for this day, it was completely not going to happen. Not in the class time anyways. I probably had 50 ALMOST TTB but only managed about 5 for that last round. The next class was already starting and I wasn’t going to be able to knock out the last 4. I knew I didn’t have it in me. And I realized that it was going to be OKAY if I didn’t finish. I wasn’t going to get kicked out of the BOOM Box. No one was going to tell me I was a loser, except for me of course and the world was going to keep on spinning. It did take the wind out of my sails for a few hours but I realized I did 41 TTB in about 20 minutes which in the end was pretty GREAT for me who sucks at the TTB. I felt much better the next day and I know that I made progress.

8/7/13 WOD
I wasn’t sure how I would feel walking back into the BOOM Box after sucking so bad the day before but I was fine. The WOD wasn’t for time. There was just work to be done.

MetCon: 3 rounds of Row 250m and 8 Box Jumps 40in/30in THEN 3 x 8 @ 90% of 5RM Press and 1 x ME @ 70% 4 sec negatives

We worked on Box Jumps and well I’m scared of the box and I don’t know why but I am. I jumped a few times on the 20in, then a few on the 24in, then just stared at the 30in. Went back to 24in and put a 25lb plate on top. Made it. Put another 25lb plate on top. Made it. Ok I’m good right there.

8/7/13 WOD

8/7/13 WOD

That was till we rowed. It was only a 250m row As Fast As I Could Go. But it was enough to take some JUMP out of my legs. So I took one of the 25lb plates away and jumped on the one. That probably made it a 27in jump. I didn’t measure. But I finished!

We moved onto strict Press afterwards and 65lbs was my 5RM from the week before so I went off that. Each set started off great but it was always at the 6th rep where I felt it hit me. Still got through the last 2 reps but the weight felt so HEAVY. My shoulders were dying by the end and I wasn’t sure how long I’d last with those negatives. I started off feeling like this will be easy but I only managed about 12 reps. My triceps were on FIRE!

8/9/13 WOD
Strength: Front Squats 4 @75%, 3×4 @80%
That puts me at 110lbs and 115lbs. Surprisingly this was feeling pretty good. I didn’t struggle. Woohoo, getting stronger.

8/9/13 WOD

8/9/13 WOD

MetCon: 5 rounds of 9 Deadlift 85lbs, 6 Power Clean and 3 Power Snatches
I can DL 85lbs easy breezy. Power Clean 85lbs fairly well but it’s a NO WAY on the Power Snatch. Theoretically I should be able to do it. But that Brain of mine likes to get in the way. But I needed to settle on a weight I could do. So I warmed/worked my way up to 75lbs. My current best. And it felt good. So I stepped up to 80lbs. DONE! PR right there. I thought well hey I got this, so I added 5 more pounds and maybe just maybe I can do this RX. Got the weight to my eyeballs and failed. There was no dropping under that weight. Boldly I decided I would work with 80lbs. Good or bad idea. I wasn’t sure till the clock started. I failed on my first 2 attempts in the first round! I should drop weight is what I immediately told myself. But I gave it one more shot and although it was sloppy I got the weight up. Took some deep breaths and finished out the 3 reps. Still debated if I should drop in weight and talked myself into staying at the weight. It wasn’t a matter on if it was too heavy, it was just a matter of me doing it. Plus it was only 3 reps at a time. Again these weren’t the prettiest Snatches but I wasn’t HURTING or feeling like I was going to be hurt so I stuck with it. 5 rounds was not an easy task. That’s 45 Deadlifts, 30 Power Cleans and 15 Power Snatches, at a Personal BEST I might add! Time: 10:53

8/10/13 Community WOD
Finally a Community WOD that didn’t involve running! I was so excited! Of course until Coach explained what was going to go down. And then, and then and then. That’s all I heard. Teams of 4; 2 guys, 2 girls. 50 Thrusters each (my once favorite now least favorite movement). While the guys are going the girls will be holding Kettle Bells (35lb) overhead. Girls can’t drop the KB and if they do guys must stop doing Thrusters. Girls can transfer KB but only from overhead position. And no one can let the barbell touch the ground! DOH! That’s a lot of weight not being able to touch the ground. Who knows how long this will take. Our guys, Kyle and Micah, did great. Breaking up their sets nicely and not dropping the bar. Us ladies did fine managing how long we held onto the KB before switching. Once the guys were done we had to change the weight on the barbell before continuing. Almost moved too quickly removing weight but it all worked out fine. I went first on the Thrusters (55lbs). Annette and I decided to start of with sets of 10 and if we had to drop to sets of 5 then so be it. Just do the work. I was feeling great doing sets of 10 until I finished my 3rd set. I knew I wouldn’t survive that again. So I said I HAD to do sets of 5. This way I wouldn’t quit or be tempted to drop the bar. I moved as fast as I could. RUNNING wasn’t involved, I had no excuses! I think Annette and I had a good pace going and a good way of transferring the bar between us. I know our guys weredoing just fine holding the 53lb KB. Never let it down. Time: 12:05! FInally KILLED a Saturday WOD.

8/12/13 WOD SQUAT HEAVY DAY
Strength: Back Squats; 5 @70%, 5 @ 80%, 2 @85%, 3 @90% and 1 @100%
Everything was feeling AWESOME till I got to 2 @85%. IT felt so HEAVY. Manageable but HEAVY, so I wasn’t sure what 3 @90% would be. Guess what? It felt lighter than 85%. So weird but definitely good. So hitting the 1 rep at 165lbs was great! Really looking forward to a PR!

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MetCon: 3 rounds of 400m run, 15 Ring Dips and 10 Burpee Handstand Get Ups
UGH! more running. If it weren’t for the running I would have beat this WOD up, no problem. But there was that run. Each round. And they were ugly slow runs. I went with the Green Band for the Ring Dips. My shoulders are sensitive creatures and I didn’t want to blow them out. My first round I did 10 and 5. My second round I did UNBROKEN! And my third round I went 8 and 7. As for Burpee Handstand Get Ups, they weren’t miserable but they weren’t fun. I’ve explained in the past I have a hard time breathing heavy and being UPSIDE DOWN. It’s just hard to breathe when you are out of breath. I knocked these out in sets of 5 each round. Just to regain some composure. I surely didn’t want to fall over out of dizziness or something worse. Time: 21:20. The runs did me in :/

8/12/13 WOD

8/12/13 WOD

How’s that a for a week of ups, downs and all arounds? I’m slowly getting back into everything and I’m struggling and succeeding. All part of it. Learning and growing. Being consistent! Hopefully I’ll get back to a more normal blogging schedule as well. This once a week posting is sad. So hopefully I’ll get back to more of daily thing. Who knows. Have a happy and joyful Tuesday. And until you see me again… next week?? hahah, Be AWESOME!

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Get Fit Stay Fit Challenge

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Several weeks ago I joined the AMRAP4Life Community. Now, I haven’t been super involved like I thought I would be but I still log in and check it out regularly. And I keep updated through Facebook. Yesterday I saw they had partnered with Reload Fitness for a “Get Fit Stay Fit Challenge”! Pretty much just what I needed to come across my path to help me stay motivated. I’m not sure what it’s going to involve over the course of the next 3 months, but hopefully I can hang and maybe win some cool stuff! Either way it should be fun. I invite all of you to join the AMPRAP4Life Community, here. And go ahead and join this challenge with me, here.

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I also invite any of you in the DFW metroplex who are interested in CrossFit or just want to check out a new box to come out to CrossFit Boom tomorrow at 9am.

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Most Saturdays are FREE Community WODs and we have a blast. Nothing intimidating. And the workouts are for everyone. This allows you to get a peek inside of what goes down at the BOOM Box. Plus you get a solid workout first thing to kick off your awesome weekend! Come out and play.

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7/25/13
So I decided to take Wednesday as a rest day because Tuesday wiped me out. This way I was plenty rested for the craziness in store for Thursday.

Speed: 5 band sprints, 8 40yrd sprints 10 – 100m Sprints on Rower
The skies opened up just in time for me to get to miss the outdoor sprints and although the rain was intermittent, I don’t think Coach wanted us to get stuck in a torrential downpour. Instead we hit the rowers. This is bittersweet. I am no bueno at rowing, but I prefer rowing over running. And 10 100m sprints sounded like NOT FUN! But I hit it hard, probably the best rowing I’ve done yet. I typically don’t have a strong enough pull and I get all wonky but this time around I was hitting on average 23 second sprints. This isn’t lightning fast by any means but for me it was progress and I will take it! My last two sprints were the most miserable. I slipped to about 26 seconds for each round. I was dying. Out of breath DYING!

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MetCon: 12 min amrap of 150 Sit Ups, 90 Pistols, 30 Calorie Row
!!??@$**#@#$$@ 150 STRAIGHT LEG SIT UPS!

Ugh. 3-2-1 GO. I started off not trying to kill myself knowing this would make it much harder to finish. So I felt I had a good pace and worked my way to 75 reps. I was getting dizzy but I knew I had to just chip away. I think I finished around the 6 minute mark. It was on to pistols which I am not capable of doing so I had to hold on to pull up rack for assistance. My strategy in knocking these out were 5 at a time alternating legs.

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My left leg is weaker due to the IT Band pain but I fought my way through it! Coach yelled out 2:30 left … and I thought I WON’T finish my 90 but I NEED to finish those 90 reps. With 1 minute and change, I finished and slowly made it to the rower. Strapped in and began the rowing. My whole body felt like a wet noodle. I had nothing. The calories were not moving very quickly. With just under a minute left I was giving it my all. 11 calories. And then I unstrapped and rolled off the rower onto the ground. Whew. I was pretty pumped I made it through to the row. I know my pistols were ASSISTED but that’s still a lot of one legged squats! Final: 150 Sit Ups, 90 Pistols, 11 Calories on Rower

7/25/13 WOD

7/25/13 WOD

Happy Friday everybody. Have you been making changes for a healthier you? If you are already a healthier you, are you spicing up your fit world? Trying new things? Helping others to find their fitness path? I challenge you all to start something new. Get Moving! Eat Clean! Let’s do this. Make your weekend GREAT and as always BE AWESOME!!!

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Putting in the WORK

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I know, I know. I had this super duper I HEART CrossFit moment then I’m not posting again for a whole week. I don’t know where time goes but I’m here, I’m still putting in the work. Still showing up at the BOOM Box. And I’m still crying like a little baby when RUNNING pops up on the whiteboard.

So have no fear. I haven’t fallen into a giant hole of depression. I’ve just been busy! And just like everyone else, I can make excuses or I can find solutions. I encourage you to find solutions. I encourage you to find good health. I encourage you to get active. When Biggest Loser was airing I would always get teary eyed and happy for the folks. Now I’m on the Extreme Weight Loss season kick and to me it’s more inspiring but maybe only because it’s focused on one person.

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And you get to watch their individual success and struggles… each person is so GUNG HO the first 90 days. They are amped. Then like most folks, it gets old, it gets harder, it gets complicated. But they have to fight through and they still have to put in the work. Chris Powell, in my opinion, is a great motivator. He can’t go run the miles for them though. Sure he can send them on wonderful trips when they hit goals but he can’t put in the work. I wish I could be the person that could surprise you with cool gifts and prizes. But I can not. I can give you a virtual HIGH-FIVE and a lot of woohooos and way to go’s! And really that’s what most of us need. We need a support system, someone to hold us accountable. And you need to find a reward system that doesn’t involve “cheat meals” or food in general. So if no one is on board in your personal life to help you change then chat me up and I’ll cheer you on. Or find an online community for that extra inspiration or an online buddy with your same goals. You may even find someone in a bootcamp, fitness class or running club. But you have to put yourself out there. You have to make yourself vulnerable. In the end it will only make you stronger.

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In my roller coaster world of fitness, I’ve had friends, co-workers, etc… to help kickstart goals and in the end a lot of them wandered off (me included). We’d all start of strong and just disappear into excuses. When I finally made that decision to start my journey and not look back, I realized it relied all on me. No one else but me. I told myself I wasn’t going to let some workout kick my ass then go eat like crap. I started bootcamp with NO ONE. I didn’t know anyone there. I didn’t have any friends that wanted to show up at 5 am to workout. It was just me. I made friends and we shared in the same soreness and same results. It became fun. I started a food plan and all of our fast food habits and busy schedule didn’t mesh with it. So guess what I carried a cooler bag with me EVERYWHERE! It’s all possible. I found a support system in that group of bootcampers. My family realized the work I was doing and they jumped on my support team. So go DO WORK people! It will all fall into line once you make that decision to become a healthier you!

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And now for what you all have been waiting for…. my Boom recaps! Hahah, ok so maybe you don’t care so I’ll keep it short and sweet.

7/11/13
TABATA Push Ups / Sit Ups
TABATA anything sucks. 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest for 4 minutes of any movement. For us it was Push Ups and Sit Ups. I started off way too strong on Push Ups with 15. And I dropped from there on out. I believe I finished with 7 Push Ups in the last 20 seconds. UGH. As for Sit Ups I didn’t go all out for the first round and I can’t remember how many I did do but I know I ended up with 9. But I stayed pretty consistent in the 9-11 range.

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MetCon: 12 Min AMRAP (get as far as you can) 40 Thrusters (115, 85) 6 Rope Climbs 20 Thrusters 3 Rope Climbs 10 Thrusters 1 Rope Climbs
I was thinking I would not survive. I went with 75lbs on the Thrusters, not know really how long it would take me to get through 40 and if I recall correctly I did them all in just under 5 minutes. Not stellar but I really suck at Thrusters so I was happy with my time. No such happiness for Rope Climbs. There is something in my brain that says if you loosen your feet to regrip the rope then my hands are automatically going to let go too. I know in reality this won’t happen but my hands stay on the rope in a death grip. So much that my hands were sore for days. So I only got 40 Thrusters in.

7/11/13

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7/12/13

Strength: Front Squats 5@60% 5@65% 2×5@70%
Finally being in attendance on several front squat days has made life easier on me. I think I’m actually getting better now. Duh I know I’m getting better. Just have to show up consistently!

You can barely see the 75 but that's my 1RM for Snatch!

You can barely see the 75 but that’s my 1RM for Snatch!

Skill: Power snatch positional breakdown Metcon Power snatch 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1
Same with Snatch. I’ve been present on days where we work on this movement and I’m getting a little more comfortable. I’ve always had this fear of dropping under the bar. I know, I have a lot of fears! I’m a headcase. I was stuck at 65lbs FOREVER because I’m scared. Finally for the CrossFit Open I was able to manage a handful of 75lb reps. But that was the last time in a long time I worked on that number. Today I worked up to 75lbs and made it official that I have a 75lb 1RM. I can get the bar up no problem. But dropping under the bar a whole other story. I need clear the fear and start getting that weight up!

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7/13/13 Community WOD

We rarely know what rabbit Coach is going to pull out of the hat on Community WOD days and this was no different. He had has get in groups of 3 and handed out a chipper! Woo fun! NOT! Between the 3 of us we had to do 210 Wall Balls, 150 Over the Box Jumps and each Row a 1K. So if you know me at all, I suck at Wall Balls. I say it’s a short person issue but it’s just really a “ME” issue. Then I’m literally frightened to jump completely over the box so stepping over was acceptable. Then it was time for the row. Can I blame being short keeps me from being awesome at rowing too? I opted to Row the whole 1K without switching it up with my team. It was miserable. But I’m determined to get better at it. I can’t despise running and rowing. So I choose rowing! I know we finished under 35 minutes. I just don’t know the exact time. 33:34 or 34:33. Something like that. It was a beating 🙂

7/15/13

Strength: Squats 8@65% 8@70% 6@80% 6@85%

For real, we’ve been doing a shit ton of SQUATS. It’s good for me I know and I’m making it through but the reps and the percentages add up. And I’m surviving! PR I can’t see you yet but I know you’re there!

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7/15/13 WOD

MetCon: 3 Rounds 12 DL 135/95 9 Power Cleans, 6 STOH, 3 MU (Scale is x3 dips)

It was a tough decision on if I wanted to RX or not. I’m still not 100% in regards to killing it. My wrists were a little sensitive and well I’m a baby. I went for 85lbs instead of the 95lbs. I always check with Coach first though. He’s pretty good at making sure we’re going to get work in and gauging our performance. So 85lb Deadlifts were so “light” and I thought Power Cleans would be too, but they felt a little heavy this time around and for 9 reps it wasn’t like it was 21 reps. Shoulder to Overhead was where I wasn’t sure how I would hold up. I know I didn’t want to drop the bar but I know the longer I hold it in a front rack position the more likely I am to fail. So pacing myself had to be key. I probably took too much rest in the cleans by dropping the bar too often but I really didn’t want to fail at STOH. I did scaled dips with a band and no matter what , your shoulders will fatigue! Time 11:30

7/16/13

3 rounds 800M  sprint 150ft OH Lunge W/bar Rest 5 min 2×500 m row (rest as needed) aka HELL ON EARTH. Or at least that was my take on it.

1. I don’t like running. 2 My dislike for running has made me get worse. 3. I don’t like running.

Good runners probably run a 3 minute 800? Great runners probably run it in 2ish minutes? I’m not sure but sucky runners do it in about 5-7 minutes and mostly cause I was walking :/ ! It was horrible and I’m not just saying that to say it. I KNOW I am horrible at it. And I do zero things to make it better. So I knew I had to do better at the LUNGES. And these were not going to be easy. I started off with a 45lb barbell. I made it almost halfway without stopping. My shoulders were dying. I then made several stops to the end. For the second round of Lunges I dropped to the 35lb barbell. With this weight I made it halfway without stopping! Great success! I then made it to the end with only one other stop. And for the 3rd round I again made it halfway without stopping and then finished without stopping! I knew I was dragging ass for the runs and had to make up for it somehow. After resting it was time for those rows. And it was too late to try to find a happy place. My upper body was smoked, my lower body was smoked. I was content with a 3 minute 500. I’m just glad I finished! Time for runs/lunges: 34:30.

7/16/13 WOD

7/16/13 WOD

7/17/13

Warm-up: 50 n 50 GHD, Yoke Push 50ft x 2

Booooo GHD. And didn’t have time Yoke Push… HOORAY!

Strength: DL 5RM

I was excited for Deadlift day. Way better than HELL ON EARTH day. That was until I got warmed up and started putting weight on the bar. I could feel my hamstring on my right leg. It wasn’t a horrible pain but it was enough to tell me to not push myself into injury. So I worked up to a 185lb 5RM. I know I could do more but I didn’t want a bum hammy. So I laid off and took it for what it was.

7/17/13 WOD

7/17/13 WOD

Skill/Metcon: If you are able to do the following movements you will go ME for the minute. If not you will work the skill of the move for 4 minutes straight. EMOM 20 Odd-PU/MU Even-Pistols

Yup it was all skill work for me. I am no bueno on the Pull Ups or the Pistols. WompWomp!

And there ya have it faithful readers. That’s my week! Go forth, get moving, eat clean(er), and BE AWESOME.

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Why I (still) CrossFit

Slightly inspired by the video (below) I watched this morning, I decided to talk about WHY I CrossFit and why after 2 years it’s still something I want to do pretty much FOREVER. Not to mention that there are articles popping up left and right on steps to begin CrossFitting or the do’s and don’ts of CrossFit or why you SHOULDN’T CrossFit.

I watch this sport exploding yet there are still so many folks out there who don’t have a clue what it’s about. I’ve seen the positive reports and the negative reports. I’ve seen people show up for a workout and are never to be seen again. I won’t say I’ve seen it all because I’m just a busy mom living in her small part of the world. But I will say CrossFit can be for everyone.

What is CrossFit? It’s weighlifting. It’s cardio. It’s gymanstics. It’s body movement. It’s eating clean. It’s EVERYTHING!

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I don’t remember all of the details of my first workout mostly because it was about 2 years ago, but I went to a free CrossFit Boom Community WOD with Ernie (who had been going for a couple of weeks already). We did Kettle Bell Swings and Thrusters for 21-15-9. I don’t recall if we had a time cap or what but I remember it kicking my butt! I had no idea what a Thruster was. I had no idea what going below parallel was. I just knew it was kicking my butt and here I thought I was in pretty good shape. I also knew from that moment on I wanted to swing kettle bells and lift barbells. I had no idea what was in store for me but I was ready to take it on.

The EARLY Days!

The EARLY Days!

The following weeks were all about learning how to properly lift weights and properly do a whole bunch of other movements! Mechanics, mechanics, mechanics! I didn’t know then but I do know now that not all Boxes (term for the CrossFit Gym) are created equal but I felt fairly confident my Coach had his head on straight and was there for the love of CrossFit. He was educated, he was eager and he taught us well. He was there to make sure we did things properly to avoid unnecessary injuries. He was there to make sure we were having fun. As for me I was seeing improvements, I was seeing myself get stronger and yes I was having fun. I was ready to take on the world. So much that I eagerly signed up for a charity event called Barbells for Boobs and even more so that I signed up for a competition only 3 months into my CrossFit Journey.

It was at Barbells for Boobs that I first witnessed the awesomeness of the CrossFit COMMUNITY! All of these folks coming to workout to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer. The workout was “Grace” – 30 Ground to Overhead for time. I was so nervous. I had never worked out in a situation like this. And boy did it suck. But the whole time it was sucking, so many people were standing around cheering me on. But not just me, EVERYONE! It was so rewarding to finish and to watch all the other heats start and finish. I saw the fittest of fit, finishing in insane times, I saw the newbies such as myself just trying to push through. I saw young, old and everything in between. And that was just the beginning. From competitions to visiting other Boxes in different cities – CrossFit is a Community that can not truly be explained until it’s been experienced. It’s a supportive community that shares the same success and failures as you do. We all experience the same highs and lows. We all see that we have similar strengths and weaknesses. It doesn’t matter at what stage in life you start CrossFit, we all share the same insanity.

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Struggling with 65lbs (2011 B4B)!

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85lbs EASY! (2012 B4B)

And two years later I STILL love to live in the CrossFit world. There are ups and downs but I’ve never been bored or plateaued. I’ve been lazy and tired but that hasn’t stopped me. I’ve watched extremely fit people come in and just kill it and I’ve seen first timers have that look of defeat in their faces. No matter what level of fitness they are at they keep coming back. All for different reasons, of course, but they keep coming back. For me there was a small pipe dream that I would become some super athlete and be a 30-something CrossFit phenom but in reality I just want to be healthy and strong. And after two years I’m not some bulked up SHE HULK. I’m still an average mid-30s woman. I don’t dedicate my life to working out because I have too much other shit going on. I don’t live at the BOX but I’m pretty sure I would if I could. The Community at our Box has only grown. We moved into a new and bigger facility. We form bonds and friendships at the BOOM Box. We support each other through and through.

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NEW BOX, BIGGER FAMILY

After last night’s workout which included fear, stress and lack of want to, I realized that no matter what I’m going to finish the workout. Sometimes my strategy is more relatable to a mouse up against a bear, but sometimes I’m the lion in the field of lions. I had to work on rope climbs… scares the crap out of me. Like seriously. Why do I want to climb a rope that’s not even that high although it seems like a mile up there? I don’t but it’s all part of conquering fears and becoming stronger physically and mentally. Then we went onto 10 rounds of Rowing for 250m and 5 Overhead Squats. It sounds eh. But it was HOLY CRAPOLA. I scaled to 65lbs for the OHS and it’s a good thing because after about round 3, my legs were not a great source of stability. Strangely though I felt better rounds 4-9. Then went back to wonky for the last round. OH WHY AM I NOT A GOOD ROWER?!? But I finished as I always do – sometimes first, sometimes last … but I’m not quitting! Time 19:52

7/9/13 WOD

7/9/13 WOD

And for those of you wanting to be pretty and cute, well there’s that as a bonus from the hard work and clean eating, but I’ve taken away so much more. I leaned out quite a bit but never to where I “thought” I wanted to be physically. The way magazines and TV idolize super skinny women. I realized really quickly that’s not so important anymore. While I don’t like my current state of fluff – I’m not as hateful to myself as I once was in the past. I know my strengths. I know my weaknesses. I know I can lift heavy shit and I know I will get back to a good place. I’m sure a lot of women can relate at the discomfort that comes with body image. The scale was OHHH so important to me for entirely too long. Weighing day in and day out. Counting calories. Stressing over foods and how many calories I’ve burned. With CrossFit I’ve learned to let go. Two years later I’m still a work in progress. But meeting goals and doing things I have never done trumps the extra jiggle or dimples I have. I’ve learned to love me, still learning as I have setbacks every now and then but I don’t cringe at my imperfections. It’s what makes me … well ME!

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CrossFit is more than getting your daily exercise in. It’s learning to have a mental force to push you through anything. It’s pushing your body past it’s limits. It’s forging friendships with like minded people. It’s family.

So if you’re scared of giving it a go. DON’T BE! If you’re afraid you’ll become a sheMAN or the HULK if you’re a dude. Don’t be! If you’re afraid you’ll get injured. Don’t Be! If you want to be strong, empowered, fit and part of a great community then just TRY CrossFit out. There are boxes popping up everywhere. Most let you check them out for FREE to see if it’s something you want to do. Don’t feel obligated to go to just one and stick with that one. If there are several try them all out. And what you put in is what you get out. Hopefully you find a great Coach that will push you and not let you slip through the cracks.

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Welcome to the GRIND!

Hello Hello! No I’m not slacking again. I had jury duty yesterday and blogging fell off the to do list. But I did get my WOD in. Someone recently asked me HOW I DO IT? How do I get up every morning, check in at the BOOM Box, get the kids off to school and get to work. And I responded with “It’s not always easy and sometimes I do sleep in but 5 am is the only time I CAN go. There’s a fit kid in me somewhere telling the fat kid inside me to get up and move. I want to be strong for my boys so I get up and go. I want to put my all out there so they have no excuses for not trying or giving it their all.” That’s the best way I could explain it without going into full on novel mode. I want to be fit, healthy and THERE for my family. I don’t want to be hurt, broken and sickly. I want to be a better me for me, for my boys. I’m not always the most positive athlete in the box but hell I’m there. I show up. I put work in. Ahhh, there’s so much I could say but I would bore you and I’d just be a broken record. Just freakin do it! Go out there and work hard. Life life. Laugh. Cry. Smile. Relax. Love!

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Right now my kids are in the heart of baseball season. We eat, breathe and live baseball 24/7. One of their coaches sent out a link to the team for the boys to listen to and I hadn’t really had the chance to hear it, but it’s loaded on their iPods and they listen regularly. The past couple of days we’ve been listening together in the car and it speaks to me probably more than the kids! So here it is. It’s a great motivator.

That’s right ladies and gents. Welcome to the GRIND! Man I love that video. It’s only my 3rd day listening/watching it but it will be a daily ritual. I love it!

On to my Boom Box reports. Taking a week off HURTS! I’ve already preached about not slowing down or taking time off and I did just that and it sucks. But it does motivate me to work harder (sometimes).

4/2/13 WOD
Skill/Strength: Muscle Up or Ring Dips
Ya, there’s no Muscle Up in my near future but hopefully in my future in general. I’m getting better at getting my hips working the movement right when we break it down to work on but there’s so much more work to be done. Focusing on ring dips is the goal for the moment. I can get up there and hold myself up there but the dipping part is where I have a mental panic. I can’t just drop without completely failing. I can’t lower myself down to pop back up. With a band, I’m AWESOME but that’s not that cool. I’m working on it. But it’s a SLOW work in progress.

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4/2/13 WOD

MetCon: 7 minute AMRAP of 30 Double Unders, 10 Handstand Push Ups
My wrists and shoulders haven been shredded. The idea of doing a handstand push up hurts me. I still can’t do them but I’m getting better. I opted for using the box for a modified version of HSPU. Double Unders come relatively easy for me. I’m not a MASTER and I can’t do 100 unbroken. But I can get them knocked out quickly. I’m pretty sure I did my first 2 sets of DUs unbroken. Most of my time was wasted climbing onto the box and setting up for HSPU. Plus it seriously sucks to be winded and being inverted. It’s so much harder to breathe! The rest of my DUs were sets of 10’s or 15’s. Fatigue set in my triceps halfway through, I didn’t even want to hold the rope. 7 minutes isn’t that long but I was feeling every second of it. Score: 6 rounds + 10 DUs.

4/3/13 WOD
It was RAINING this morning and it felt so good to be in bed. I was 90% sure I wasn’t getting out of bed. And the MetCon was SPRINTING. It’s raining. SLEEP! The legion did not win. I got up and put my feet on the ground and didn’t look back!

Skill/Strength: 15 minutes to find 1RM Push Press and 3 X 8 Jumping Good Mornings.
As typical for me I get stuck with my 1 rep max weights. Although I’ve Push Pressed 105lbs before, I can’t seem to get back there. And I’ve been stuck at 95lbs. I’m OK with it for now. Like I said my shoulders are toast. My whole upper body is smoked. I know I can do more weight, it’s just not happening today. More dip, more drive. MOVE FASTER. All those things in my head. Get the bar up and all momentum stops. Not sure where that brake is in my head but I want it gone!

4/3/13 WOD

4/3/13 WOD

MetCon: 4 x 400, Rest 1:1 (100% effort)
So it was still raining and pretty steady when we started so we opted for the rower. I’m no more of a rower than I am a sprinter. And we haven’t rowed in a while. I wasn’t sure where I would end up. ROWING is tough cookies man. I think being short doesn’t help. But of course that’s my excuse. If I was tall, I’d probably say that’s the reason. I’m too tall. I was taking turns with Leigh. I rested while she went and she rested while I went. I didn’t pay much attention to my times but I think I averaged 1:30 splits. Faster than my 400m sprint, that’s for sure. Woooo I was beat down. My forearms, shoulders, biceps, triceps, and quads were dead. I need to row more!

I’m tired today. Maybe the rain. Maybe the WODs. Just heavy eyes. This is a first week of 5 days in a row. Not sure if I can HANG! But I’m gonna try. You will all know how it turns out. Plus it’s 13.5 DAY! The last CrossFit Games OPEN WOD will be announced and we can all go back to our normal, anxiety free (ha) lives. I know I gotta step up my game. I gotta put more focus into my workouts and I HAVE TO GET BACK to at least a 90% if not 100% clean eating regimen. AGGGHHHH! So much to work on. My first year I started off GREAT. My 2nd year has been half ass. I need to end my 2nd year of CrossFit strong. NOT half ass! Anyhow, that’s where my I need my head to be, let’s see if I can actually get there.

Happy HUMP Day! Make it AWESOME!

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Beat Down Friday!

First let me say, I love that you can google all sorts of random crap and in return you get some goodness to make you giggle. Hence the Ronald McDonald Beat Down pic.

This week has taken it’s toll on me. Post WOD today I was draggin butt all over the house. I had no more to give. I guess that can be a good thing. I know I did work! But it’s also a bad thing because I just wanted to crawl into bed and sleep FOREVER!

Today’s Whiteboard had Power Cleans, Running and Rowing. Well not even 5 minutes into mobilizing and warming up it started POURING! Yay for no running is all I could think of cause I’m a loser like that! But who knew what other punishment would be in store… so it’s a bittersweet happiness.

I feel pretty good doing Power Cleans in MetCons, typically because it’s a reasonable weight for me. This morning it would be a 2 RM. Yowsers. I don’t have any Power Clean Maxes recorded but I have Clean & Jerked 90lbs so at least I had some idea of weight. I worked my way up to 85 fairly easy so I thought 90 would be easy. Well it wasn’t HARD but it sure wasn’t easy. I then added the baby 2 1/2 lb’ers to make it 95. I can surely lift the weight but I have some sort of mental issue with dropping under the bar. After 3 attempts I finally got mad enough to get under the 95lbs. It wasn’t pretty but I did it. I gotta work on TECHNIQUE.

MetCon: Rowing and Running
The board said 4 rounds of 250m Row and 100 yd run, 2 minute Rest between rounds. Well the rain kept us from going outside, although coach was thinking we’d run it out in the rain but it was coming down pretty hard. So we modified the run to some windsprints in the box which is, according to modified whiteboard, 50 yds. We didn’t record times on our rows or sprints, we just raced each other. I did alright and had some close races and I was certainly winded and beat down. I also noted to myself that I need to work on ROWING. Sheeshh that shit is hard. More freaking technique I gotta learn!

WEEKEND
We have a COMMUNITY WOD at the BOOM BOX. If you’re in town, near town or want to make a trip to see us, you can drop on in! Right after the group love I will partake in an Olympic lifting class that has started up there at CrossFit Boom. I hope to gain technique and confidence with this class. Last week we worked a lot with the PVC and I feel like I learned a lot. I just hope I keep feeling that way 🙂

One last thing….Happy Father’s Day to all you DADs, StepDADs, Future DADs and to any man who plays a Fatherly role to someone else’s kids. Also to those MOMs who have to play both roles all of the time, I pray you find good men to help mentor your children and if doesn’t happen I pray God gives you the strength to do both roles with ease.

A Dad is truly somebody everyone needs even if they aren’t your real DAD. I’m just sad that Father’s Day is so undervalued in general.

Alrighty then. For the rest of you… HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!! MAKE IT AWESOME!!!