The highlight of today were the hanging knee-ups. Before the workout even started I convinced myself that I could not do them. Needless to say, with a little prodding from someone and encouragement from Cassie, I got through them. Another win for me.. ignoring my own doubting mind.
B: eggs and sausage
I had a great day – work was productive and I am making progress in my new position… 7 months and I am finally working on my own figuring things out. I am used to being the expert in all things so this transition from my role in customer service to this IT position was a tough one. I am happy everyday I that I made the move, but I will be even happier when I can be an fully contributing again.
I got the new job about a month before I started Crossfit… I pretty much jumped out of my comfort zone all together this year. As with my job, I am finally feeling like I really making progress at the gym. My strengths gains are finally becoming noticeable to me. It was the kettlebell that really opened my eyes. Earlier this year I was working out on my own and was doing some kettlebell exercises. I had a 15 pound KB and a 35 lb KB. I couldn’t even swing the KB AT ALL. When I started the gym I used the 15 lb for several weeks before going to the 26 lb. Now I can do the 45 lb! Very exciting.
I am feeling every bit of that workout from yesterday. My abs haven’t been this sore it quite some time! Tonight’s workout was fun but I wish I did a couple of things different.
Tabatas are more fun with friends, but I got it done. I hated to miss the gym tonight, but work called. Sadly, despite it messing up my evening, I was not much help. I did what I could.
35lb KB swing – 76
air squats – 114
sit ups – 80
Not sure how this was scored, but I got a great 12 minute workout.
L: big salad
S: butternut squash soup, dates and almond butter
D: ham, green beans, potatoes
P.S. – I cannot wait for tomorrow. Even though I have to suffer through burpees, I get to do the hang clean and jerk… and jump rope!
I love weekends! No structure, no schedules. I love it when weekends feel like a vacation – that is exactly what this one was like. I had a great time Saturday with my parents hanging out, shopping, playing with the pups….. fun.
I used some deductions again this weekend for the Paleo challenge. I had the most amazing gluten free cake. It has been a long time since i have had cake and I decided it was worth it. It was rich and delicious. I can’t say that I felt great afterwards, but it tasted good. Later that night we made cocktails – my new favorite… the Moscow Mule.
One thing I have notice about the weekends is that I do not get my water in… I am not even sure I drink water at all. I tried making up for it today after I saw the workout for Monday. I think I got about half of my water in… better than Saturday.
B: eggs, brisket, spinach
S: finished the macadamia nuts!
L: big salad
D: turkey, sweet potatoes, salad
B: eggs and veggies
L: hamburger no bun, fries (-2)
S: GF chocolate cake (-2)
D: roast chicken, butternut squash soup, salad with apples, pecans and cheddar (-2)
2 cocktails (-4)
no water (-2)
B: eggs and sweet potatoes
L; big salad
D: ham, sweet potatoes, salad with pears and pecans
not enough water (-2)
I am going to run a 5K on Thanksgiving. I need to get to work! The only running I have done this year are the 400 and 800 meter workouts (and Memorial Day Murph, which included 2 – 1 mile efforts). I don’t think I will ever go back to long distance training, but I would like to finish the 5K in a respectable time.
Today I did last Friday’s running WOD. From now on, Thursday will be running day.
4 x 400 meters with 2 minute rest between intervals
2:30, 2:16, 3:00 (don’t ask), 2:27
I need drop these lap times!
B: eggs, brisket, spinach
S: macadamia nuts
L: cocoa chili and sweet potato
D: turkey, vegetable soup
I had a lovely and productive day… I worked at home. I was actually able to get my work done and many household chores that have been staring at me for awhile. I wish I could do it one more day.
I also cooked up a bunch of food that will last us the rest of the week – turkey breast in the crock pot, a pot of cocoa chili, sweet potatoes and spaghetti squash. The cocoa chili is yet another fantastic recipe from my favorite paleo website The Clothes Make the Girl. She is full of great ideas and inspiring blogs.
The workout was another hard one but I am happy with out I did:
Ended up with 6 rounds in 21:50 minutes.
The workout was good and hard. I did jumping pull-ups again. They are harder than they appear… though not as hard as real pull-ups. I am happy I graduated from the ring rows! I also did the push-ups on my knees… only because we had to go all the way down to do hand-releases. I am not sure that I could have done them all if we didn’t do them this way. The run was tough, as usual, I hate running around that building with the gravel and the stupid little hill. I did get a little extra push the last round when someone unexpected ran with me and gave me a nudge. I was surprised and happy with the encouragement. I did run faster, which only shows that I CAN run faster. I need to push it a bit more on these runs, but I seem to always be trying to save some breath for what is next. I will run faster.
B: eggs, brisket, butternut squash
L: cocoa chili over baked sweet potato
S: apples and almond butter
D: turkey breast, sweet potato, spinach
Tuesdays are my day! For the past couple of weeks I have been crushing my workouts. Not sure what it is but I am not going to complain. Today I PR’d my “Hang Clean and Jerk” (my favorite move, by the way – 95lbs). The link to the video is long – but just watch the first couple to get an idea. I am not as fast, but will get there one day. AND, the biggest deal was that I dropped the bar from above, like the second guy on the video… although, mine was a bit more dramatic and exciting.
I also crushed the WOD. Running and kettlebells. I did it in a much better time that I expected and did it with the 45 lb kettlebells again. LOVE the kettlebells. Today was easier than last week (maybe because I did it already) but also read an article today I found that compared kettlebell training to that of yoga – how it needs the mind/body connection. I wasn’t just throwing the KB overhead – I was really trying to focus on whole body and using my hips. My first set was the best – I did all 15 unbroken, but the next three were tough after the run. I decided to break them down into three sets of five good swings. I lost some time resting, but my form stayed good throughout.
I just spent a few minutes looking back on some of my old posts. 2009 was an epic year for me. It was the year I decided that I could change my own life. Somehow I had ended 2008 at the heaviest I have ever been. I was tired and fat and miserable with life. Part of it was an undiagnosed thyroid disorder, some of it was just laziness. When I got put on thyroid medication the laziness got a bit better. I started working out in my basement with Jillian Michaels and counting calories. I was obsessed with my calorie expenditure for a whole year. Every Friday was weigh in day and I put all of my self worth into that day. The number on the scale that day would determine if I was good or bad. If I had worked hard enough or if I was a slacker.
It is interesting to read those posts now. I had to do it. I am not sure I would have changed anything. It worked. I lost 85 pounds that year and it got me started on the fitness journey that I am still on. But, I am so happy I have learned more since then. In the quick few minutes I looked through those posts I can’t even believe how many times I said “I am tired” “so hungry”. My most successful weightloss weeks I was down to 1000 calories of food. I was starving and working out two hours a day.
I am so happy I don’t have to do that anymore!
I gained some of those 85 pounds back over the past couple of years (I haven’t weighed myself in over a year so I am not sure)…. mostly due to this past year I took off of exercising. It probably would have been more if my diet was bad. I found a way of eating that makes me happy. I enjoy good foods and I haven’t counted a calorie in close to two years. I am rarely TIRED like I was before… and if I am it is because I am having so much fun! Not because I am starving and working myself to exhaustion!
B: eggs and fruit
S: macademia nuts (at this point I just need to finish the can. I bought them at Costco and they are dry roasted with no other additives like some dry roasted nuts have. The problem is that they are not that good. I got used to eating the raw macademia nuts from Earthfare and I prefer them so much more!)
L: big salad (big salads are lots of greens, colorful veggies, peppers and some sort of protein topped with avocado oil, salt and pepper)
D: Cocoa beef brisket, peas, stewed tomatoes
15 minutes to perform 5 x 1 Hang Snatch
*AHAP w/perfect form (as heavy as possible) Not much for me. I struggle with this move.
10 minute AMRAP
15 Handstand Push-ups (kneeling on a box, upside down)
30 Barbell Weighted Split Jumps (65/45) (35 pounds… ouch!)
I did 3 rounds plus 10 more push-ups
Full, happy and ready for a lovely night’s sleep.
Week one is in the books. I had a great week – lots of good food and workouts.
This weekend we stayed so busy but didn’t get much done. Total fun!
B: eggs and veggies
L: hamburger no bun, salad
D: turkey burger, salad
B: eggs and veggies
L: big salad with roast chicken, apples and pecans
S: salami and olives
D: big taco salad – taco meat, olives, tomatoes, salsa, avocado
Saturday we walked the dogs for an hour and it was lovely. Sunday was spent grocery shopping and socializing. There should have been some cleaning done as well…. but time ran out on the day. Darn.