Naptime yet?

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Holy smokes I’m tired today. But first of all, HELLO to all you new peeps. I don’t know who sent you or where you came from, but WELCOME! Feel free to comment and share how you found me. I’d love to thank whoever is sending you my way.

Just an FYI, I’m typically a hot mess of a blogger and I tend to come off as a big ol whiny baby, but I assure you that I LOVE all things CROSSFIT. And no matter how much I cry or sound like a debbie downer, I still show up and put work in and eventually progress is made. I try to share all my experiences and although I’ve been slacking in the recipe department, I do hope to catch up on that and start being a more productive blogger. I live a busy life, so this is more of an outlet than a job. One day though I rule the world! Ok probably not, but I’m here anyways. Again, thanks for finding me. I hope you stick around 🙂

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Back to my ramblings. So I stated I needed to focus on my clean eating so I can release this extra fluff I’ve accumulated on my body. Really to that “not liking” myself stage and I really don’t like feeling like that. That’s a lot of dislike going on around here. And most of you probably know how that just snowballs into a big ol quitters mentality. But yesterday I stayed strong. I even added a mini WOD at my kiddo’s baseball practice last night. We all know I despise running, so I figured I need to work on that. I did a Death by about 20yds, give or take some yards. My oldest son and I looked it over and both agreed it was about 20 yds. So I’ll just stick with that!

If you don’t know what DEATH BY ________ is then let me share. You take a movement, in my instance 20 yd sprint/run/jog. You start a clock. In minute 1 you do 1 rep of the movement and rest till minute 2. In minute 2, you do 2 reps of the movement and rest till minute 3. You keep adding a rep each minute. When you can no longer complete the amount of reps to equal the minute you are on, you are done. So if you are at the 10 minute mark and you only completed 9 reps then you tap out. Done son. And I finished didn’t make it past 10 minutes. It was brutal, I was so out of breath but I soooo worked a weakness.

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And if that wasn’t enough I did 5 rounds of 10 butterfly sit ups and 5 Hand Release Push Ups. I got sidetracked with some other kiddos who were interested in joining me. Which was AWESOME. Yay for inspiring little ones to get their workout in! I finished under 3 minutes but took some time to explain what I was doing.

Stayed eating clean for dinner even though Chick-fil-a was the “fast” food option for the rest of the family. We get home after 9 on a school night, the boys need food ASAP … don’t judge! LOL, Heck judge all you want. We make it work when we can. I then stayed up way past my bedtime to roast a chicken to ensure I had no excuses to eat out for lunch!

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9/4/13 WOD
I dragged my sleepy, chunky butt into the BOOM Box knowing I wasn’t liking what was on the white board!

Skill: Skin the cat Try and work up to the straight bar.
Uhm ya, we worked on this a couple of months ago and well I’m not any closer to mastering this movement. With some assistance from Coach T, I managed. This time around it didn’t completely kill my shoulders. That’s definitely a good sign but still not a skill I can proudly claim.

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Skin the Cat

MetCon: TABATA! One leg split squats (one foot on bench or box), Burpees, Kb swings, True Push-ups
If you know TABATA, you know it’s good but it’s killer. TABATA is taking a movement and going hard for 20 seconds, then resting for 10 seconds. Rinse and Repeat for 4 minutes. That’s 8, 20 second rounds. But we’re not done yet folks. You keep count of how many reps you completed. And you take your lowest rep count for your score. The key is to keep up the intensity even though you feel like quitting. Yay fun!

9/4/13 WOD

9/4/13 WOD

For the One Leg Split Squats we alternated legs. So 4 rounds per leg. You might think ooo a little break for the legs, but there is no such thing. I managed to get 10 per leg in the first couple of rounds but dropped to 8.

I knew the Burpees were going to be my downfall. I started off strong with 6, then 5, then 4 for the rest of the time. Not cool TABATA BURPEES, NOT COOL!

PreWOD I knew I could knock out some KB swings. But I was so smoked from Burpees I didn’t fare so well. I started off weak with a late start and only managed 12. The second round I lost grip of the KB and was done at 4 reps. I was so pissed I just stood there. I stuck with 4-6 the rest of the rounds but 4 was my score. I was not happy.

Then it came down to True Pushups, not HR Push UPs which I could have been somewhat successful. Good ol fashion ones. My score was 3. Yes 3. Note for future self: WORK ON PUSH UPs.

Totals: 8, 4, 4, 3 = 19 Booooooo :/

We’ll see what tomorrow morning brings. Hopefully I get to bed at a better time tonight. Happy Hump Day folks! Be AWESOME!!

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Hangin’ In There

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It’s been a busy couple of days in my little world. But we are making it work and I’m still showing up for evenings at the BOOM Box. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to go back to 5 a.m.! I know I need to just for the sake of having evenings free for doing all the things the boys schedules require. But it sure is nice to be awake during my workouts!

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And in regards to a busy life, YES I have fallen prey to excuses and pure laziness. In my eating habits, I have become increasingly better but I can definitely still feel in my joints from all the poor eating whether I partake in it once or day or ALL day. It takes a toll on the body. Everything is inflamed. I once lived in a day to day world of dirty eating. You get used to the aches, pains, sleepiness, headaches, etc… You write them off as getting older, not enough sleep, and numerous other excuses. I can honestly attest to the fact that those aches and pains go away when you eat clean and move your body.

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The SORENESS from working out doesn’t ever go away but that’s not a PAIN that plagues you. That’s a sign of getting stronger. And you keep moving and eating clean and the soreness does fade away AND the joints get better, your mood gets better, sleep gets better. Do I need to get back to that HAPPY place? YES HELL YES! Should you give it a whirl for 30 days, 3 months, a year… DEFINITELY! Will you fall down? Probably but who really knows but you. Your mind and body will fail you but it’s up to you to get back up and back on it. I’m sitting here in the corner like a sulking kid knowing that I’m hurting myself and it sucks. So I’m trying to get back there – back to feeling good, to performing well and to eating clean. It’s like starting all over except for the fact that I know the reward at the end. For those of you who haven’t made the decision to change, it’s hard to imagine what 30 days can do for you. Get up and get moving. Cut out bread one week. Cut out artificial sweeteners the next week. Or just jump in the deep end and go strict. It’s up to you. You know YOU. Make a better version of YOU!

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Below are some links that I found interesting this week. I’m going to try and share more of what I read more often. I tend to read a lot of info and then just digest it for me. Sharing is Caring!

http://www.naturalnews.com/040325_Splenda_diabetes_artificial_sweeteners.html

http://eattoperform.com/2013/03/15/the-gradually-awesome-approach-april-simmons-blackford/

http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/is-the-juice-worth-the-squeeze-how-to-get-more-with-less-in-your-workouts

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As far as recaps. I’ll be short and sweet. I have 4 days to go over and I’m sure you don’t want to die of boredom reading them! So here goes it. By the way, all of the following WODS, I have sucked at! Which in the end should mean I will be getting better but this past week has been weakness after weakness for me. It’s defeating but I keep showing up.

5/9/13
Skill/Strength:
SKIN the CAT and DU PracticeI can not skin the cat. I am horrible at this and my shoulders are dead. I felt super loserish because I was the only one who couldn’t do it at the 6pm time slot :/

I can however do Double Unders like a champ and worked on Triple Unders. Other than the one time I got ONE a few weeks ago, I can not manage to get another!

5/9/13 WOD

5/9/13 WOD

MetCon: Run 3 x 800m, rest 3 minutes in between run, 25 burpee penalty if over 21 minutesShould be an easy goal. Just run all 3 800m in less than 4 minutes. That didn’t quite happen. Poor attitude towards running = POOR RUNNING! I was horrible and not getting better. 25 burpees went really slow after all that running.

5/11/13 Community WOD
If I had known about the workout ahead of time I wouldn’t have shown up! More running! My poor partner, Eric, had to deal with my slow running!

5 min EMOM, run 400m, then with whatever time was left alternate minutes with Max Effort Sit Ups and Push Ups

5 min EMOM, run 400m, then with whatever time was left alternate minutes with Bar Hold and Push Up Hold (negative points if you fall from bar or drop to knees)

5 min EMOM, run 400m, then with whatever time was left alternate minutes with Max Effort of KB Swing and Jumping Air Squats

With my sub-par running I wasn’t able to get many reps. And I dropped from the Bar Hang which is -5 points. All in all we didn’t do too shabby I guess finishing with 243 reps.

5/11/13 WOD

5/11/13 WOD

5/13/13
Skill/Strength: Back Squat 3, 3, 3+ at 70%, 80%, 90% 2 min rest between set
Today it all felt heavy. But I ended with 5 reps at 90%. I literally forgot how to breathe today and was holding my breath way too much. Once I would breathe, the lifts were much easier! Duh!

5/13/13 WOD

5/13/13 WOD

MetCon: 21-15-9 of Toes to Bar and Ring Dips (modified Straight Let Sit Ups and HR Push Ups)
I’ve established that I can do TTB even if it’s one at a time but Ring Dips are a no go. So I busted out TTB one at a time like a beast with only a few NO REPS. And I rested too much on push ups! On my last round of TTB I ripped and it hurted! Bad! So bad that I didn’t show up for Tuesdays WOD. Time: 9:39

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5/15/13Skill/Strength: 5 x 3 Pendlay Rows, 5 x 3 Floor Press, 3 x 5 band weighted pull ups
Pendlay Rows are awkard for me and it’s been a while but I worked up to 95lbs so that felt good. It feels like it’s been FOREVER since we did Floor Press so I wasn’t sure what I could handle. Again we worked up to 95lbs. By the 5th set I was struggling to get all 3 reps but again I knocked them out and was feeling strong after being weary. Instead of weighted pull ups and cause of my wounded hand I opted for Ring Rows. So we would start up with chest to rings and slowly lower ourselves down over a 10count pace before lifting back up. These were easier than negative hang pull ups but still sucked!

5/15/13 WOD

5/15/13 WOD

MetCon: 2 rounds of Max Reps of Push Ups 90 seconds, Pull Ups 90 seconds, Rest 30 secondsAbout 30 seconds in on Push Ups my left shoulder was in pain. I sucked it up as best I could but only managed 39 reps. INFLAMMATION from crappy foods. As far as pull ups. I knew I wasn’t going to get many so I went ahead and used the green band and did the best I could. 9 reps. My hand held up pretty well the first round. Towards the end my forearms were dying. For the second round I busted out 10 push ups really nicely and fell apart from there. I completed 31 reps. Moved to Pull Ups and may hand was just hurting. Only completed 6. Total: 70 Push Ups, 15 Pull Ups

It’s almost Friday! WOOOOOO! If you are in the DFW metroplex… CrossFit Boom is having a party tomorrow night. Come out and have some food, fun and more fun! Go out and move! And you know the drill… BE AWESOME TOO!

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Friday – You’re my BEST FRIEND

I love Fridays. Unless you work weekends I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t like/love Fridays. This Friday however I was greeted at the BOOM BOX with SKIN THE CAT….?!?!? really, what the hell is that and with 100 BURPEES for time. I was already trying to sleep in this morning by sleeping through SNOOZE and now I have this insanity to do.

Ends up SKIN THE CAT isn’t so terrifying but something I am not able to do as of yet. It looks so simple but hell if I can do it. Below is a video of what it should look like.

I even hung out after class to attempt this movement more but it just wasn’t happening!

6/22/12 WOD

MetCon: 100 Burpees for time!
Ya ya ya…burpees AGAIN. Not my favorite but I’ve learned that they will always be there and I should just freakin get through them. I started off with a slow pace knowing that I had to do 100 and I didn’t want to burn out and really struggle with the last 50. I thought I even had a decent time of 8:43. I was feeling pretty good UNTIL the 6am class blew me out of the water! It’s good to have goals or ideas of what should be expected. 5am was just hoping to finish with no time in mind. 6am waltzes in and just kills it. I know it’s not a super big deal but sometimes it gets to me. If I had a goal time to shoot for would I be better? NO IDEA cause I am in the first round of the day! I can’t complain though because 5am is the only time I can really go so at least I’m putting in work. Sorry for the little rant, just feeling a little poor poor petrie today! Hahaha.

Moving on!
No baseball, no workouts, no plans! What a weekend this will be! Unless we just turn into couch potatoes and do nothing which won’t be very good. I have a house that needs some serious cleaning but I’d rather be outside PLAYING! So first thing tomorrow I think we’ll be hitting up the Arlington Farmer’s Market. I’ve never been because we always have something going on when it’s open. And I want to get there early before they sell everything and before it gets MELT YOUR FACE OFF HOT. This time I will take pictures because our last adventure to Homestead Farms was a fail in the pic taking dept. If I don’t get pics, blame Ernie, not me!

It’s supposed to be in the 100’s already for all of next week! It just barely officially turned summer and the TEXAS HEAT is here!

Hope y’all have a FAB WEEKEND! Eat Clean, Play outside!