Saturday, March 08, 2014
I was wondering if anybody has ever had one of these done? Our gym is offering them for $30 which supposedly they go for $350???
I'm really on the fence... It's "only" $30 (which is A LOT for me) and I wonder what it would change??? Would I change my eating? Probably not. It also seems like they will try and sell me some natural supplements after getting the results... Or like they may try to sell me extra services or additional testing...
Ugh.... I'll probably end up doing it.... Just wondering if anybody else has done this?
Friday, March 07, 2014
So my heart sank big time when I heard the workout.
10 Overhead Squats @65 lbs. My 1 rep MAX from 4 months ago was 62 lbs and I barely got that after several missed attempts...
10 chest to bar pull-ups....
Yeah right.... I can only do a couple of strict pull-ups, not to mention chest to bar.
(then there was a repeating pattern, but I knew I wasn't going to get past the chest to bars)
Well, again I surprised myself!!!! I did the overhead squats NO PROBLEM! I got 9 unbroken and dropped number 10... but no biggie. I picked it right back up and did my number 10. Then I attempted several chest to bars and came close! I didn't get any, but I was thrilled with how close I came. Now I know what I need to work on for next year!
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
I cannot BELIEVE I SIGNED UP FOR THIS! I wasn't going to... most ladies at my box aren't doing it. They don't want to. They can't do all of the CrossFit skills.... They are not competitive. They don't care... They don't have time. And I thought, well, if they are not doing it, then I'm not going to either.
****Basically, for those that don't know, the CrossFit Open is a competition open to all CrossFit athletes around the world. We "compete" against the fittest people on Earth. Thursday night they announce a workout (it is kept top secret until then) and you have until Monday night to complete it. You are judged (to make sure you are not cheating and you are doing it correctly) and given a score based on how many repetitions you get in a specified period of time. For example, the first workout that was announced was 30 doubleunders (jumping rope, spinning the rope twice under your feet in one jump) and 15 power snatches @55 lbs for 10 minutes. You keep repeating it until the 10 min is up. They announce a new workout every Thursday for five weeks. Then when you put your score into the system you can see where you compare in your age division worldwide, regionally, and even locally. It's pretty awesome!****
Well seeing as how the very first workout started off with doubleunders, which I am horrible at, I did the workout just for fun on Friday and amazingly was able to get my doubleunders better than I ever had! I scored a 117. I impressed myself SO much I decided to go on and sign up for it! So I re-did the workout on Sunday, with an official judge, with several other competitors, and with a wonderfully supportive crowd of my gym-mates, I nailed a score of 160! I was on top of the world! I even talked 2 more people into signing up for it! LOL! And what really knocked my socks off was when I looked at my standing to see that I am currently sitting slightly better than 50% worldwide and right at 40% regionally for my age division. ME! The former "fat girl".... the "benchwarmer".... the "I don't have an athletic bone in my body" girl....
Now I am totally obsessed with this! I still have some skills I need to work on! The workouts that involve heavy weights are going to be my weakness since I am small. Pull-ups will not be good either. But give me a high cardio workout and I will smoke it! I would LOVE to chat with anybody else doing this!
I feel so good to have let go of my fear.... let go of my desire to be like the others so I don't stand out. I am glad I did this!!!!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Hey there, SparkFriends! Just thought I would post an update. We have delayed reporting this morning due to icy roads so I have a few minutes.
I am so totally ate up with CrossFit still.... It's all I want to do. It's all I think about, lol. I am getting closer to reaching some goals. I am finally starting to get my double unders- after a year and a half, lol. I can do 5-6 at a time and sometimes 15-20. I am also working on my kipping pull-up and am getting close. I can pull myself up, which tells me I am strong enough, but that totally smokes my arms when I do that which is why I need to learn the kip. My kipping handstand push-up is slowly coming along too. These are my 3 goals I want to accomplish this year. Wow.... I never thought I would become such a fitness junky.
My dad ended up passing away on Jan. 16th. It was really difficult for me, especially since losing my mom 2 yrs prior. I got to see him the weekend before and I knew he was going to pass. I could tell by looking at him that he was done. But I got to say good bye and was at peace with seeing him.
I started to revert back to my binge eating to deal with my grief. UGH! One day in particular, about a week after my dad passed away, I had gone to the grocery store, bought 2 packages of cookies, ate them and then a few hours later walked into CrossFit and was reminded that it was the last day to sign up for a "Strongest Loser" contest they were having. I had no intention of doing it, but I felt like I needed the help and motivation and jumpstart to get myself back on track. It seems to have worked with some minor bumps. I have gone to the Paleo diet (not super strict). I lost some initial weight, but am maintaining between 133-136. I even caught the stomach bug for 3 days and hardly ate anything and still stayed between 133-136, lol!
Oh, I also ran another half marathon 2 days after my dad passed away! It was a wonderful time for me to release some emotions and just pray and focus on what a great man my dad was and how lucky I was to have such a strong, loving father figure in my life. It was on the trail here in town, the 3rd year I have run it. I PR'd by 8 minutes! I finished at 2:08 and won the female Masters division (now that I am 40). I was actually the 2nd fastest female on the course. The first place finisher was also over 40 but she took "overall". I got a cool fleece blanket embroidered with "Winner Female Master's Dirt Trail Half Marathon" with the logo of the race. I can't wait for spring weather to get here so I can get back out and run again. It has been cold and icy here and I just haven't been up to running in this mess.
I am still pretty indecisive about a goal weight. On paper 133-136 is a good number (I'm 5'2"). But seeing myself in pictures I still am not happy with my belly! I feel fat and I don't like that! I certainly don't want to be skinny, I want to be thick and strong and muscular, but my midsection --- I am not happy with. I just hate being one of those women always struggling with those "last 10 lbs" that are never coming off. I don't know if I've reached my maintenance range or if I *can* lose a few more.
Hope everybody is doing well.... going to go and read and check up on you all. Take care!
Monday, December 30, 2013
Hello, my Spark Friends! How I have missed you guys! I am really learning about what it takes to be in a maintenance range and it can be quite a challenge.
I have been staying right around the 135-140 range. With the holidays it has been closer to 140. Actually, when I weighed myself this morning I was up to 143.8! That's almost 5 lbs overnight. And that's the highest I had been in awhile. Pizza last night did not help, I am sure. And all of those holiday goodies really did me in! They are now all out of the house and my fridge and cupboards are filled with delicious healthy choices. Ever since I turned 40 TOM has been wreaking havoc on my body! It's been awful! I really need SparkPeople to help me get back on track.
Christmas was stressful. My Dad--- who is 90---- caught double pneumonia a week or so before Christmas. When he first entered the hospital, my sister was given a lecture about how it was so bad, with him being 90, chances were slim. She was told breathing treatments (CPAP, O2, ventilators) don't usually work on 90 yr olds. Plus with how advanced it was, medication probably would not help in time. Well.... Dad is a tough old bird and responded to the breathing treatments and medication and survived a severe case of double pneumonia at 90 yrs old!
But.... while he was in the hospital, he was having stomach pain and they came to find out his colon was double the size it should have been. So they were going to schedule surgery sometime this week, but last night his blood pressure dropped suddenly and they were afraid his colon was close to rupturing if it hadn't already. Again, my sister was lectured on how dangerous surgery is for a 90 yr old... how Dad may not even make it through the surgery... how things might be so bad there might not be anything they can do for him. Well, Dad proved them wrong again! He only had a small intestinal blockage and the Dr was able to fix it, remove the bad part of his colon and he came through fighting like a champ.
My sister said right before he went into surgery he told her "If I pass away don't you dare send me to those crooks at Ellis Funeral Home"!!!! LOL! Then he smiled at her and said "See ya later alligator". I love that man! He has totally amazed and shocked the Dr's and nurses with how strong his body is ffor a 90 yr old. My sister has been told left and right "I sure hope you inherited these genes!" I sure hope I have!
But I cannot take any more of these messages of one day he's fine, the next day he's not going to make it... What a rollercoaster of emotions it has been for me!
CrossFit has been going amazing... I have hit some PR's and have been feeling really good.... but they reduced their hours over the 2 week holiday so I am not able to go every day... grrrr.... I hate that because I do feel my motivation waning and I do not want that. They have had some open gym days, but that's not the same.
OH! I signed up for a half marathon on January 18th! It is the trail here in town... This will be my 3rd time running it. It was the only Half Marathon (well only race at all) I did last year. I definitely want to change that this year. I've got my eye on another one in March. My foot is still bothering me, but I am learning to deal with the pain. It's not getting any better or any worse and I am able to tolerate it. I want to run while I still can!
Wow... I love blogging. I have forgotten how therapeutic it is. But I have to go... I am going for a 4 mile run, then am going to hit open gym at CrossFit. Hope to be back in touch tomorrow!
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