Monday, July 25, 2011
Today, I accomplished 2 things!
1) Performed a snatch! Amazing - I really doubted I could do this, and with good form. The class consisted of only 1 other athlete and I, and the coach. We started with the Burgener warmup, then the skill was the snatch balance, OHS, and the snatch itself. Once we did it with weights, I started with the 35lb barbell. When the coach felt that my form was great, we moved on and added 20 pounds. I did these quite well, and moved on to add another 10 pounds. I did struggle a few times throughout the next 20 or so attempts, but I completed the lift more times than not. And I am so freaking proud of myself! Coach Nick said that it's the hardest olympic lift! Look at me! :) And, 65 pounds? Yeah, I am one proud mama!
2) Double Unders - This is jumping rope, but during one jump, the rope completes two rotations! This means that your jump needs to be higher, and your rope needs to move faster than a normal single jump. Google it. It looks easier than it is, though. Or, maybe once I get it down, it'll be easier than it looks? Right now, I know that it's definitely tough. Perhaps it's because my fitness level isn't where it needs to be so that singles are easy! Anyhow, after a few attempts, I completed 1 double under! Coach Nick was impressed - he said it normally takes people longer, but I did it in my first 5 minutes of trying (though it was really like less than 2 minutes! Maybe even less than 1 minute!!!). The final part of the WOD was maximum DUs in 2 minutes. After all of the snatches, I was pretty beat, but I am still super proud to say I completed 5 DUs! I know there are people out there who can do 100, even 200 in 2 minutes, but, hey!!! First attempt and I did 5! Maybe next time I'll string together 2 in a row! Hahaha... It was funny, every time I did one, I was so happy I'd stop and yell! Silly!
I left the gym at 5:57am this morning, feeling pumped and totally pleased with myself. I am so proud of myself. I can't believe the progress and the things I'm accomplishing, and it's only been 3 workouts (counting the intro WOD). I cannot wait to see what I've accomplished in a month's time, 2 months, 6 months, etc. I love CF! I know there will be days when I'm going to question what the hell I was thinking, but I know in the end, I'll be proud and getting fitter. What a confidence booster!
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Warm up: 1 minute jump rope (single jump), 1 minute rest. 3 rounds
Skill: wall walk to handstand
5 rounds: 100ft bear crawl, 100 ft broad jump. 3 burpees every 5 broad jumps
I was able to scale this and did 3 rounds in 8:12. Btw, the burpees I've been doing aren't correct. These were killer. Chest down to the ground, hop up and then jump, clapping overhead. Say whaaaaat?!
This was my first official crossfit workout (Friday am), and I'm hooked. On Wednesday, I went for my intro session. Completed the intro WOD in 6:41, a time the coaches were pleased/impressed with as they've seen men take as long as 20 minutes, ns others not complete because they had to throw up. The intro WOD is a 400m run, 40 air square, 30 sit-ups, 20 pushups, 10 pull ups. The beauty of CF is the scalability. I went to my knees after 8 pushups, used the blue band for the first 5 pull ups, Went to green and had Conan assist the final 5. Funny how by themselves, I can do 20 pushups, no knees. But, after a run (which I stupidly practically sprinted (for me) in 1:30) and sit-ups, pushups are a beast! Anyway, after the pull ups, I was ready to puke! And I couldn't stop yawning, which Jerry confirmed was common after intense workouts. Phew.
So, I'm hooked. Oh, and did I mention this was a 5am class. I'll be back on Monday.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Sing the title of this blog to the tune of "where oh where has my little dog gone, oh where, oh where can she be?" if those are the lyrics..
anyways, I am such a terrible sparker, and a bad friend. leaving you all without a word. jeez.
so, here's the quick story of where the heck i've been lately:
November 3-10, 2010 - wedding in the DR. Was AWESOME! link to pics via facebook below (and friend me there if you'd like cuz then you'll have a way to find out if I died or something ... or something less dramatic and crazy or whatever. Just make sure to send me a note that you know me thru SP because otherwise I will ignore you if it's not obvious who you are).
November 11-Dec 3 - last few weeks at my old job, which meant I was training the new guy who replaced me, which meant i wasn't on spark or facebook...
Dec 4 - Jan 2 - Me time! well, me and Donnie time! I took a month off to hang out with my baby before starting my new job! I figured it was really the only time i'll ever have to just RELAX and stay at home and not have to worry about what's waiting for me back at the office. plus, it was a great time to spend with little D Bizzle (as we call him sometimes!). It was awesome, the holidays were great, and i ate A LOT of sweets and gained a good 5 lbs. ack!
Jan 3 - present - Worky worky! I work at a new job, but at this new job, I do not have internet access. It's good and bad - bad, obviously, because I can't email friends during the day, no facebook, no spark (which, really, is TERRIBLE and I blame the now 8 lb gain due to lack of SP during the day!), and no online shopping (EVEN WORSE! hahah). Good, because i actually do get a lot of work done.
So, there ya go - I've not been sparking because at work I can't, and at home, I spend time with my baby and my honey or exercising. Yes, I actually have been exercising! It's just that I've been EATING, too!
But, recently, I started writing down everything I eat at work, and guesstimate my calories, and i've seen a drop in the lbs. (i was up 10 lbs as of 2 weeks ago...). Clearly, i'm in bad need of my spark, but i KNOW that I can't use not sparking as a crutch. It's time to take control again.
I've been running a lot recently. Surprising, but I can actually run longer distances than I thought possible. Ran 6.5 on sunday, 4 yesterday, 5 today. With the jogger, pushing a 22lb baby! so, that's good. I'm playing softball and field hockey, too. So, once I get the eating under control (hmm... weird.... i... feel like... maybe... haven't i said that before? No...?), i'll get back into my smallest sized pants (which, right now, make me have a muffin top like NEVER before... it's so big! It's almost awe-inspiring!). I'm fitting in 6s ok (could be better) and my 4s are just... disgusting. all tight in the thighs and FUPA area, and my belly.... my BELLY. it's a belly again! well, it's always been a belly, but i'm talking JELLY BELLY.
So, my goal is to stay active with chalean extreme (weight lifting 3x a week), keep running (3x a week), and continue field hockey and softball, and most importantly, EAT CLEAN and say NO to junk. I gotta just do it slowly (the controlled eating) so I don't rebel.
ANYWAYS, I have missed you ALL, and I'm sorry I'm a terrible sparker and friend. I really, really, really hope to get online more often. And, I hope to post some awesome new pics soon. BTW, Donnie is AWESOME. He is the BEST! he just turned one on march 29, and i've officially stopped all breastfeeding as of yesterday, april 20. i was hoping to drag it out as long as possible, but my stupidass period started on monday, and since that was the only reason i was hanging on (since he has cow's milk all day except the morning feed, which was dwindling every day), well... it's pointless now. i was reallllly hoping one feeding a day would be enough to keep my period away, but, i guess it wasn't. great. back to being a full-blown, fertile woman again... ;) ANYHOW, Donnie is great, and he is seriously such a good baby. I will post more pics soon...
Here are the professional pics from our wedding in November, 2010 at Paradisus Punta Cana in the DR: www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=
I apologize for the ridiculously superhuge delay. I also apologize for not proof-reading this blog entry. it's late and i need to go to bed.
I MISS YOU!
Friday, October 29, 2010
This is an interesting article on sugar/candy in our society. It doesn't really say much and the writer doesn't really take a stance (moreso introduces Dr. Kawash, who is studying candy and american culture), but perhaps provokes some conversation. Since i'm currently in the middle of a no-sweets challenge, the article was interesting to me, and it made me wonder if i was crazy to say no to these sweets lately (no, it's better to say no when considering my history of indulgence!).
In moderation, i don't think sugar and candy are evil. Unfortunately, I seem to lack understanding of 'moderation'...
So, if you read the article, what do you think? i thought it was interesting that some of the people in the article (nutritionist professor!) say that candy isn't bad for you. At first, I said 'say what?', but then she goes on to clarify that candy (a form of sugar) isn't much different than a sugar-filled granola bar or sugar-filled sports drink - it's all sugar.
anyways, i'll blog soon about how I did this October, and blahblahblog. hope all is well with you, my sparkies!
Friday, October 15, 2010
So far, today is day 3 of the 21 day challenge. Which means that in 19 days, I will be on my way to the Dominican Republic, and I'll be 'allowed' to have a sweet! Mmmm, cake on the beach sounds much more appetizing than sex on the beach! hahaha
I have a terrible sweet tooth. Like a dummy, i made cupcakes on monday. I ate three on monday, and three on tuesday. What a fatty! I don't make excuses for my weight - I'm quite honest about it with myself and my friends - I ate too much, and that's why I'm overweight. I can't blame it on the baby - he was only 7 pounds, and the other 55+ pounds I gained were either water or extra blood/pregnancy stuff, which are all well gone, and fat because I ate too much! I'm not going to lie and say gosh, i work so hard, and yet I'm still overweight, and i don't know why!!! The truth is, I'm not 100% with my eating, and if I'm not up to some challenge or my motivation and willpower aren't at the right level, I cave. Funny, I just typoed "cake" instead of "cave". Hmm... Does that mean it's all in my head?
Anyways, I'm thankful for the challenge presented by JFIT - it's come at just the right time. I really was doing well (not 100%, but better) before I made the dang cupcakes. Oh well, it is challenge time, and I know i've got this. No candy at halloween? So what - it's a kids' holiday anyway. No cake at my nephew's birthday? tough - there's cake everywhere whenever I want it - why feel like i'm missing out just because it's an occasion? Life is full of occasions. Maybe I'll just hold off until my wedding cake - there's a great occasion for a cake - after I've already taken the wedding pics!
So, here's to 18 more days of no sweets - and who knows, maybe just a few more until the reception. easy peasy.
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