Sunday, August 26, 2012
Hey fellow Sparkers! I hope everyone had a good week. I'm still doing really well with the Paleo eating. I'm finding that the cravings for grains, breads, etc are just about gone. I did have a couple of cookies one day this week, and let me just tell you, totally not worth it. I literally felt like I had a hangover afterward. From here on forward, cookies out - fruit is in.
I also started my CrossFit jump start classes on Monday of this week. The classes are designed to work on form and get members used to the CrossFit workout methodology. There are six of us in my group class who will be working with the same trainer Twice a week over the next 4 weeks. We then get a free week of CrossFit 201 classes. It's a great design to help integrate people and lower the intimidation.
Monday we did squats. Lots of squats. My body is not used to squats at all. We also did some weight lifts, and then as many burpees as we could do in seven minutes. If you don't know what a burpee is, YouTube it. I managed 52 of them in seven. At the end of our 4 weeks, we'll test again for improvement.
By Wednesday, the delay onset muscle pain was horrendous. My coworkers were laughing at (with) me, because I walked like a penguin. All of the stretching in the world could not relieve my aching stiff muscles. This pain, however, is a good thing. It means my muscles were rebuilding - getting stronger. It was also an indicator of how out of shape I am, as well as what muscles I haven't been using in my typical gym workouts.
Wednesday, I wasn't sure how I was going to do it, because I was so sore from Monday. We learned for does or overhead weight presses and push presses. I managed 40 lbs up, which I was proud of. As the workout progressed, my soreness lessened some, which was great. We then did metabolic conditioning. We had to do "wall balls", which essentially is throwing a padded medicine ball 10 feet up against a wall from squat position. Since I was so sore, my squats were not very deep. We had to do 200 of these working with a partner, and I did mine with a 10 lb ball. It took us 13:50, after which we collapsed. The endorphins were a great feeling.
I didn't lose much weight this week, but I feel much better. Even though CrossFit is a lot of hard work, I think it's definitely going to be worth it.
Beginning weight (3/2011): 257 lbs
Last week's weight: 229.1 lbs
This week's weight: 228.8 lbs
Weight lost this week: -.3 lbs
Total weight lost: -28.2 lbs
Have a good week everyone!