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Memorial Day Murph!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Here's me with the group I did the Memorial Day Murph!!

Ok so I did complete the Memorial Day Murph. Then a few hours later I wanted to die. LOL So ok I finished last. And when I say "last" I mean...LAAAAAAAAAAST. LOL It took me 94:54 to complete it. But you know what? I finished it! My goal next year is to finish it in around an hour. By then I'll be doing CrossFit for a year so I fully believe I can do it! I think the part that slowed me down the most was the running. If it wasn't for that, I would've had a much better time. But like I said, it gives me something to work towards! Oh, and this Thursday I "graduate" from On-Ramp! Next week I start WODs! I'm excited about that!

So I think most people here know I had gastric bypass and my whole story with that. Today I went to see my gastric bypass doctor and told him about eating Paleo and CrossFit and everything I've been doing and I just felt like he was just disappointed that my weight loss has stalled. I told him what I'd been eating and he still asks me if I've been having any sugar, etc.. I was just thinking, "Really?" And he didn't understand why you can't eat legumes on Paleo. OMG it was like talking to a wall. I felt like I was defending myself! Argh! But I suppose he's probably not used to working with people like me either; as I view it as a tool and not a cure. And I set ambitious goals. I see him again in September and I'll be getting blood work done AND by then I'll be doing CrossFit for 5 months so my weight should start moving between now and then. Plus my bloodwork will rock! Still, frustrating and I know you guys will understand here. It felt like the fact I was losing body fat and doing all these things didn't matter because my WEIGHT didn't move. Ugh. Frustrating!

I hope everyone is having a happy, healthy day! emoticon

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AWOLF24 5/29/2013 10:37AM

    OMG you did Murph!!!!!!!!! WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!! Our box did not, and I can't say I minded. I still showed up for the regular WOD though.

I feel your frustration with your doctor...and it does seem like in his field, he should understand Paleo and the difference of the numbers on the scale vs. gaining MUSCLE, improving your cardio endurance and what you know will be better bloodwork results. So that being said, I think your attitude of using him and your surgery as a tool, not a cure, is definitely the way to go. And you are SO RIGHT - I can't wait until your next appointment in September to show him even MORE progress that you know you will make. You are SO right though - progress is NOT measured by the scale alone.

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LOVINGAFRICA 5/29/2013 2:40AM

    Burn the scale! Muscle mass is healthier and stronger and a lot more sexy.
Don't worry, come September you will drop his jaw.
Is your blood group O? Paleo is a very good diet for Os
Bless you!

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 5/28/2013 10:07PM

    Piah... do what you know is right.. most physicians don't have a clue about paleo.. or crossfit..

CONGRATS on completing MURPH!! That is awesome... I did a scaled Murph and cannot imagine doing the whole thing.. but I will.. someday!

Great job!

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Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

I want to say a huge emoticon to everyone who responded to my last post!! I felt so much better after reading your responses! Of course I wasn't able to get to see them until yesterday and I had a busy day yesterday.

So the quick thing- as far as this stupid Facebook crap with my family it's not freaking ending, which is seriously making me mad. I live an hour away from my hometown and these 2 individuals are telling everyone back at "home" about this whole thing. Now I'm getting messages from other family members who, of course, have only heard what they have to say. In my opinion, the whole thing is petty and stupid and blocking them was the best thing I did, family or not. And I think it's very immature of them to be telling everyone about it. It's only Facebook! Good Lord, apparently they have no life and that's why they feel the need to interfere in mine and try and make me feel like crap. I just decided to ignore it ALL, because I'm not going to argue about it. It's dumb, petty, and just plain ridiculous. I am a CrossFitter, I will not be bullied! So, that's the update on that. Oy.

Ok so onto better things... CrossFit!! I am feeling much better about it today, and ironically, ran into one of the other chiros who is in my class in the store today (the original shoes I bought for CrossFit didn't hold up at all, so I returned them and got myself a pair of awesome Converse shoes, which I'll post a pic of) and I told him how I was feeling. He was so incredibly nice and got where I was coming from. He's a runner and he was expecting this to be a much easier workout than it is. I found that true for myself as well, because I used to do Zumba and the elliptical and really any machine in the gym and I start this and I realized I'm not nearly in the shape I thought I was. LOL And I'm finding out as I get to know people that everyone is really in the same boat, regardless of size. And that makes me feel so much better! We went to the free class this morning and it just helped a lot. The 3 things my chiro left me with today was that you're only competing with yourself (and I know that in my head, but I'm so freaking competitive), think about where I'll be 6 months and a year from now, and that I'm doing more difficult workouts than most people period, even moreso with people around my weight. So that made me feel so much better. I think I need to hide my scale because my weight isn't moving at ALL (it keeps fluctuating between 210-212, it's driving me insane!) but I know my body fat percentage is going down. I'm not going to update it until I see the chiro next, because their machine is more accurate than my scale, but it's moved on my scale so I know I've lost some. Yay!!

My trainer is REALLY good about scaling, actually. For the HSPU he had me get up on one of the boxes and had me do pushups off of that. It was super hard, but there was another girl doing it too so I didn't feel so bad. LOL He's always helping me scale things, which is really nice. I'll just look up at him and say, "Ok, are you freaking insane?" and he shows me. LOL Ah yes, I forgot to add that I do always give 100% and I push myself (or try to anyway) so I really think I'm doing the best I can do. On a usual week now I'm doing CrossFit 4 days a week! It really fun going on Saturdays because then the hubby and I go together and it's fun. Oh and on Memorial Day we're doing the Memorial Day Murph (in honor of a fallen Navy Seal) which includes: run 1 mile, 100 pull-ups, 200 pushups, 300 squats, and then run another mile. Yeah, we are insane. LOL I'm going to die when I'm done I'm sure. emoticon

SKINNYINMYHEAD thank you so much for the article! Like I said, my trainer is really good at scaling and that article REALLY helped me. I'm definitely going to send it to my hubby because he has to scale a lot too. If you see the pictures of us in my photo gallery, don't be fooled. He's totally "skinny fat." Despite the fact that he is at a healthy weight and I'm not, we're pretty much on the same fitness level. In a lot of ways I'm better because I've been working out on and off for the last 5 years and he hasn't at ALL. I'm determined to beat him. LOL Well in the end I won't be able to lift more weights than him, just because he's a man, but I can still do better. LOL

I can't forget! I owe SCENIC_ROUTE a list! Ok things I couldn't do 10 years ago huh? Well I never EVER thought I'd be an exercise and health nut or that I would love Zumba and CrossFit. I used to hate exercise!! CrossFit has shown me some of the things I can do and things I thought I'd never want to do but I now want to do (like climbing a rope!) I can now do "man pushups" and jump pull-ups and am lifting more weight than I ever did when I was weight training in the past. I'm only going on my 3rd week of CrossFit so my list is short, but it will get longer!! I feel awesome now just typing that little bit! By the way, I don't know yet if I can have butter, but I did buy some ghee to try!!

Oh and people asked about recipes last time. One of them (the Paleo Brownies) I don't think I'm able to give out because I got it out of a book. But if you are interested in the book it's "The Primal Blueprint Cookbook" by Mark Sisson. There are a ton of good recipes in that book!!

Now the pizza... I got the recipe for the crust here: cynthiaunderground.tumblr.com/post/1

Then for the sauce I used a can of tomato sauce and a can of tomato paste, simmered them in a pot together and added whatever spices I felt like. For me it was basil, oregano, and Italian seasoning.

For the cheese I used Daiya cheese substitute. My tummy like it! For pepperoni I used uncured pepperoni and then we added whatever veggies we wanted! It turned out so good!!

OMG and in speaking of cheese... I bought this stuff that I thought was goat cheese. It was in the goat cheese section. Find out later it was half goat and half dairy! Of course, I got freaking sick. Totally sucks! Argh!! I used it when I made pizza the second time and now I can't even have my leftovers. Boo!!!!

Ok here are the pics I promised!

New shoes!

And here's me in long socks as we were working on rope climbing that day! I felt so dorky! LOL And yes, this is at my CrossFit gym!

Well I think that's about it. For now anyway!! Thank you everyone so much again for your support, it means so much to me!! I'm feeling so much better now!!

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AWOLF24 5/20/2013 12:01PM

    Love it!!! Love the attitude, love the pics, LOVE the pink Converse, LOVE the CrossFit outfit, love the long socks. I am NOT liking the scale either these days - I am in the SAME range and it is not moving and I think it is just our bodies acclimating to all of this new heavy duty activity.

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    So glad you enjoyed the article! I thought it was good too.. AND I own a pair of pink high top Chucks.. they are the coolest evah! As for butter, I've heard all different sorts of things (Whole 30 says "no" but I'm not following Whole 30! YEAH).. I follow Robb Wolf's Paleo right now.. and he encourages to mix up your "butters".. use Coconut Oil (a great source of Medium Chain Triglycerides) and butter from grass fed cows.. he says they have a different makeup of essential fatty acids.. so, I use coconut oil. grass-fed butter and grass fed ghee.. and i'm a happy girl!

Keep it up girl, you are doing fan-freaking-tastic! So glad you're feeling more yourself.. the thing I love about CrossFit is how STRONG it makes me feel.. AND that I can take out some aggression on tires with sledgehammers.. hehe


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In Need of Some Encouragement Today...

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ok, so today has been an awful day. Today at CrossFit we learned a lot of new stuff and a lot of it I couldn't do without SOME kind of help. We were learning handstand pushups and climbing the rope. I am the fattest one in my class easily and everyone else is SO much fitter than I. I'm pretty much in a class full of runners. I mean, everyone is great and nobody makes me feel fat, but I know it. I'm not a moron. It's so frustrating when I felt that I was at least somewhat fit and I'm finding out that I'm not at all. I know I'm not supposed to compare myself to anyone else, but today was so emotionally taxing. It hasn't helped that I stopped taking my antidepressants (which has actually gone well!) But the biggest part is that two of my family members have been harassing me on Facebook over how I stand over a particular issue. I'm not going to say what the particular issue is, as this is not the place for it, but these two family members have been harassing me about it for months. Today I finally defended myself (I was ignoring it before) and all of a sudden I'm a "bad person." Needless to say, I ended up blocking them both as I do not need negativity in my life. I have no room for it and I will not make room for it. Still it was hurtful and didn't help the blow my self-esteem had already gotten at CrossFit. I was simply not in the mood. And I didn't appreciate being bullied by my own family. Definitely not cool. I could say so much more about it, but I better just shut up now. LOL

Then to make my day worse, I ate some cottage cheese. OMG I can no longer process dairy. It made me sooooooo sick. I tried to take a nap, but I just couldn't sleep. I imagine I should sleep well tonight though.

So that's been my day so far and it all happened in the MORNING. It's been a rough one and could use some support. Thank you for listening (or reading, in this case!)

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LOVINGAFRICA 5/20/2013 3:51PM

    I am so sorry for you, facebook sucks sometimes.
Keep up the Crossfit thing- You are only getting stronger.
That is totally awesome.

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AWOLF24 5/17/2013 9:35AM

    Awww...... emoticon . I completely understand, at least the CF part. I am the largest and slowest and least fit in my class....ALWAYS! I am slowly coming to realize that is OK - I mean, I am giving it my ALL, as I am sure you are too, and that is the very BEST I can do! Our class was doing rope climbs and HSPUs yesterday too. My modification for the rope climbs are rope rows, which are actually a modification of the modification! LOL And I had to leave before the conditioning part of the workout what included the HSPUs (conditioning is optional - I like to try it, but the next class was starting and my husband and I trade kids and he was starting class), so I don't even know WHAT my modification would be for that....probably regular push ups because I would be doing NOTHING that included any sort of handstand!

I know it gets frustrating, but I am really trying to realize that it is hard for EVERYONE in there...just that everyone is at different levels. It is SO HARD but try not to compare yourself. And I bet we will both find skills that we are better at than others so try to really enjoy and get into those days! For me so far that is deadlifts. But today that WOD has wallballs (I checked the schedule already) and I know I am gonna totally SUCK........but I can only get better right? So can you!

I also try to focus on the things that I CAN do well already. For example - form. I know there are people in there who can lift MASSIVE amounts of weight FAST, but honestly, their form isn't awesome. So as I am going through my reps of dinky weight, I am really trying to focus on my form and get it RIGHT, which can be done at ANY weight, so that I have a good foundation to build on. Slowly it will get easier for both of us!

Plus, I think we are pretty bada$$ just walking INTO a CrossFit gym and completing the workouts, no matter what degree they are scaled!!!

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    Let me just say... being a 281lb woman who does CrossFit.. I hear ya! It can be disheartening and a bit overwhelming.. but CrossFit is about starting where YOU are and improving.. are you giving it 100%?? THAT is your measure... don't let what you "think" other people are thinking make your workout efforts suck.. cuz most crossfitters who are REALLY working their 100% aren't paying a bit of attention to you! they are in THEIR moment..

I read a good article about scaling (which my coach is a master at but some coaches, I've learned, are not so much)
Mistake #7: Avoiding Scaling for Rx Distinction
Scaling is a key component of CrossFit training, the means by which you and, say, Rich Froning can do the exact same workout and get equal results. But it’s also one of the most underused components of CrossFit, mainly because scaling often involves picking a lighter weight and not achieving the coveted “as prescribed” distinction.
But scaling is not only underused; it’s also misunderstood. The way Gelbrich sees it, just because you’re able to do a given WOD as prescribed doesn’t mean you should. Scaling doesn’t exist only to help you complete a workout; it’s also there to help you achieve the workout as it was intended. Take “Fran,” for example. Many would say that if you’re able to complete all reps (21-15-9) at the prescribed weights (95 pounds for thrusters, bodyweight/no assistance on pull-ups), then you should, even if it takes you 20 minutes. Gelbrich disagrees. “That would be inappropriate scaling,” he says. “Yes, the athlete achieved the Rx distinction, but that’s not the response that workout is looking for. Fran should be a really short, high-intensity workout intended to be just a few minutes long. The question is, Can you do all those pull-ups and all those thrusters in six minutes or less? If so, you’re feeling the same experience as the world-class CrossFit athlete who’s doing Fran in two minutes flat.”
Fix it: When deciding whether to scale down on a particular workout, determine what an appropriate time or work output should be. If you’re that guy who does Fran as prescribed in 20 minutes, drop the weight on the thrusters by 20 to 30 pounds, do the pull-ups with elastic bands and try to complete the workout in six minutes or less. Don’t just finish the workout — finish it while achieving “the type of response you’re supposed to get out of it,” Gelbrich says. “That’s where the training gains are made. As you build strength and power output, you can work your way up. It takes maturity to take a step back, but you really need to check your ego at the door.”

Here's the link to the entire article: http://www.theboxmag.com/cros
ssfit-mistakes-and-how-to-fix-them/ or go to www.theboxmag.com and look for the 7 biggest crossfit mistakes and how to fix them.

Hang in there.. the only person you're competing against is YOU.. (Oh, as for the FB thing? pish, blow them off.. I like the blocking thing.. and you're a crossfitter, you can't be bullied!)


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    Hi. I am sorry you had a rough day! A lot of times, when I go to the gym and someone gets on the treadmill and runs, I feel silly there just walking but I remind myself that it doesn't matter what fitness level I am at. I am there WITH them! You are there WITH the people in the class & a lot of people can't say that they even try something like that. One day, you probably will be at that fitness level but you have to keep going and working at it. Keep going and doing your best. At the end of the day, that is all that matters.

As for your family, it is not fair that they are harassing you over a difference of opinion. Explain to your family that nobody is telling them they have to agree with your stance but you would appreciate it if they respected it. I know that always doesn't work, especially when dealing with people who feel passionate about their views and refuse to take one minute to see it any other way but you are not your family. You are you. Independent and old enough to decide how you see things. Feel proud of what you believe even if you are getting backlash for it. Hopefully, your family will realize you mean no harm and all this is a difference of opinion.

Good luck!

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SCENIC_ROUTE 5/16/2013 4:11PM

I don't like it when a day starts like that and just snowballs.
I will give you the advice that a trainer gave me years ago when I was having a tough time and complained that I couldn't do things that other people did. He said: "Only compare yourself to yourself"
You have been through a journey and still going through it. Your pictures show your success and just being in a crossfit class shows how much you have achieved physically. You said you are in a class of runners - they are a different breed anyway, but if you try to compare yourself to them you will only end up depressed! So step back and write down all the things you have been doing in crossfit that you couldn't even imagine of doing 2 years ago.. or even 10 years ago.
( I am expecting a reply to this- I want to read your list!)
I think you are doing an unbelievable great job. You are following a great plan and moving your body. Things will fall into place, just give your body the chance to build up strength. I bet in a year people will see you and wonder why they can't do what you are doing.

Family members can be the worst, especially when you make changes in your life.
Not sure what the situation is but you handled it fine- though I know that doesn't make things better.

For your stress- Congrats on being off the antidepressants. That is a big big big step. But stress happens and it is easy for us to fall prey to spiraling down. If you haven't already, check out EFT or Tapping. I love Brad Yates, but if you You Tube it, you will find tons. It's like acupuncture without the needles. YOu tap on certain points of your body while making statements on your situation. So you can search for Tapping and anxiety and you will get a gazillion hits :) It looks a bit weird, but it works! I have been using it for about 8 years - and it helps with anxiety, stress, pain ( I used it for the menstrual pain of PCOS) medical issues, PTSD.... the list goes on and on.

Dairy... It sucks that our bodies go through these changes and decide not to break down foods that we love! Eat some protein, and take it easy, the tummy will settle. I haven't had yogurt in almost a year (since I started Paleo).
I just finished my 60 day juice fast a week ago, the past 2 days I was able to add fish, tonight I am adding chicken and hoping to get to red meat in the next few days so I can go back to full blown paleo. I used really hard pecorino cheese to flavor my raw salads and so far it handled it just fine :D
Can your body handle butter?

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Ugh! I meant to update sooner! I didn't realize it had been so long... Oopps. LOL

So Crossfit is going well! Today started my second week. My stomach was killing me on Thursday so I made it up on Sunday, which means I went to CrossFit on Saturday, Sunday, and today! I'm really glad I have tomorrow off, I can rest. Yay!! I am really enjoying it though, even though it's very hard, difficult, and sometimes I want to die, but I love it. Everyone is so encouraging and great and I'm pushing my body to do things it could never do before. It's awesome! The only issue I'm having is that my weight loss has stalled. My chiropractor/trainer told me it's because I'm gaining muscle but I'm losing fat so that's why I'm not showing a loss yet. He said it'll take some time. So as well as tracking my weight, I'm also going to start tracking my body fat. I think that will help.

So Paleo is also going well. I did stop eating potatoes and as a result I went through serious carb withdrawal. I was like a crack addict! All I wanted was pizza and tacos. So, with the help of my chiro and some recipes I found on the internet, I made Paleo pizza! I was so proud I took a picture. Here it is!

It was absolutely heavenly!! I had leftovers for lunch. I'm definitely going to make it again! I also found a recipe in one of my Paleo cookbooks for Paleo brownies. Hubby really wanted me to make them, so I did. I was a little skeptical but they turned out awesome!! IMO they tasted as good as a "regular" brownie! And I'm not eating them all the time either, which is major progress. LOL I'm finding out you can make just about anything Paleo, you just have to plan ahead and actually MAKE it and not use convenience foods. My birthday isn't until December but I'm trying to figure out how I can make a birthday cake. No more ordering cakes for me! (Or much of anything for that matter! LOL) I know I'll find something and it will be pure awesomeness, and I won't feel guilty for eating it!! I feel we're really getting the hang of Paleo now and really starting to have fun with it. Now it's more like an adventure!! Since starting CrossFit and Paleo I've stopped 2 of my medications and am now only taking 1. It feels great! If I can just stop taking the stuff to help me sleep, I'm home free!

Oh and on a more personal front, I'm going back to school starting this summer! I'm really excited about it. I'm going to finish my degree in graphic design. I'm currently trying to get into work study, keep your fingers crossed for me! When all is said and done, I want to get into either web design or advertising. Or both!

Well I think that's everything!! I hope everyone is having a happy, healthy day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 5/14/2013 2:56AM

    Gonna have to look into that Paleo thing....You are doing great!

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CORTNEY-LEE 5/14/2013 12:07AM

    looks awesome - would love to know how to make it!

You are doing so awesome -- keep on keeping on friend!

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 5/13/2013 10:09PM

    So??? Where are the dern recipes??? mmmmmm????

I need to change my Paleo up a bit.. cuz it's been 10 weeks and I've cycling basically the same stuff.. i need to check out some new recipes....

I did FRAN for the first time last week... what a blast!! So glad you're loving CrossFit as much as me.


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I'm in love... with CrossFit!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

So ok, I'm signed up for the next On-Ramp class which starts May 6th. However the one I'm going to go to (and my hubby has already graduated from On-Ramp) has an open gym on Saturday. I went with him and I loved it! Did it kick my butt? You bet it did! But it was so fun and everyone was so nice and encouraging! It was so great! I am sore today but it feels great! I also got a lot of things done around the house today, things I've been meaning to do for months. So that feels good too!

Tuesday will mark 2 weeks of Paleo! I'm still going strong and I'm doing very well. I did notice I was leaning too much on potatoes, so I'm not buying anymore. Tonight for dinner we went to Moe's and grabbed salads. So delicious! One of my favorite dinners for sure! Yum!!

I hope everyone is having a happy, healthy day!

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    Hey fellow CrossFitter! I have also "drank the coolaid"... CrossFit is changing my life. You are going to looooooove it!

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AWOLF24 4/28/2013 11:02PM

    I just started CrossFit too! I think I am really going to love it. At least, I hope so. I just added you as a friend and I look forward to following your CrossFit journey too. emoticon

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CORTNEY-LEE 4/28/2013 8:54PM

    I love CrossFit type workouts! So awesome!!

Glad to hear you are doing so well!


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SCENIC_ROUTE 4/28/2013 7:16PM

    Good work!
Potatoes are tricky. Remember that sweet potatoes are easier for the body to break down. Keep the white potatoes for once or twice a week :)
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