GINGERLY4's SparkPeople Blog GINGERLY4's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community You Can't PR Every Time! I did my one rep max for the snatch yesterday. I PR'd my snatch (90#) and my power snatch (95#). The snatch was a big deal for me, because when I started I wasn't catching the bar in a squat and now I can. <BR> <BR> Anyways, the WOD last night consisted of a one rep max for the split jerk. My previous PR for this was 125#. Last night I was only able to do 115#. I was really bothered by this. I had to reflect about what was going on with me. The one thing I noticed is the week before m... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:45:57 EST Tired and I know it! So I haven't been on SparkPeople much. I started a two month Olympic Lifting class in January. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursday I take the Oly class and then do my normal Crossfit WOD afterwards and then do WODs on the other days. I've been taking rest days on Tuesdays and Sundays. <BR> <BR> Since I started, I've been sick twice. I work with kindergarteners, so I get exposed to a lot of germs/viruses. I don't normally get sick this often though. I do get an occasional head cold, bu... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 11:04:19 EST Negative is Easy! Why is it so much easier to think negative thoughts than it is to think positive thoughts? A quick example: <BR> <BR> I get on Facebook this morning and there is a shout out to all the people who competed in the throw down at another box this weekend. It was teams of four athletes(2 guys and 2 girls). I saw the names and I instantly started to go negative. <BR> <BR> They are all young. They are all uberly fit. They are all cardio machines...blah, blah, blah. Not a single positive th... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 09:13:17 EST When did that freakin' happen? I got a gift card for Target from my daughter to buy some workout clothes. I'm a stinky sweater, so they tend to not last too long even with very regular washing. I found some tights and tops and went to try them on. <BR> <BR> I'm not big on looking at myself in the mirror. I mean I'm 5'4 and weigh about 185 lbs. I'm obese...get it? Got it? Good! Now today I took a real good look at myself (those angled mirrors are awesome for this). My butt is smaller. My legs almost have some defin... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 14:58:47 EST The Scale Can Kiss My Rear End! Okay, so I only officially weigh myself once a month, but I jumped on the scale this morning. It was up a little. Not a happy finding. I didn't make open gym at the box, so I needed to come up with something to do today. <BR> <BR> I decided to put my running shoes on and go for a run. A 5k around my neighborhood. I did the whole thing without stopping!! Now, I haven't been running lately. I've been doing Crossfit 3-4 times a week. I did a 2 mile run about 3 weeks ago, just to see i... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 15:34:31 EST Crossfit Fundamentals Class 4 First I have to admit my diet over the weekend sucked! I had beer and wine. I also had Indian today, so I was not feeling to great when I went to class. With that being said we learned about: <BR> Handstand push ups & how to scale them <BR> Deadlifts <BR> Toes to bar <BR> Knees to elbows <BR> Wall Balls <BR> <BR> Our 10 minute WOD was: <BR> 5 deadlift (85lbs) <BR> 5 toes to bar <BR> 5 wall balls <BR> 5 handstand pushups (scaled was 10 holds in a handstand) <BR> <BR> My biggest accomplish... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:02:47 EST Crossfit Fundamentals Day 3 Being at the gym/box, whatever you want to call it, isn't the hard part. The hard part is not being there. I don't have anyone else who has this interest. My husband isn't interested, my kids aren't interested, and I don't know anyone else outside the environment who does it. It makes it a little harder. Especially food wise. I talk about ditching dairy, reducing sugar, and mention paleo and my hubby just kind of looks at me like....uh-huh we've talked about this before and nothing chan... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:37:26 EST Love it...Hate it...Crossfit Fundamentals Day 2 Today we were all there except for one person. We also added another person to the class. We reviewed the following: <BR> Rowing <BR> Back squat <BR> Press <BR> Push press <BR> <BR> Our ten minute WOD was a team effort with three people on each team for: <BR> 2000 meter row <BR> 100 press <BR> 100 Russian twist <BR> Only two team members could workout at a time. I did 50 push presses, 400 m row, and 20 Russian twists. My shoulders are going to hate me tomorrow, but legs should be okay. <... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:34:31 EST Definitely the BIG Girl tonight!!! Crossfit Fundaments Day 1 So today I had my first fundamental lesson for crossfit. I have to attend six classes and then I can do regular WODs. There were seven of us in the class and I was definitely the BIG Girl in the class. It was a little intimidating, I'll be honest. <BR> <BR> We did a 400m jog for a warm-up. Then we reviewed the following moves: <BR> Air Squats <BR> Lunges/Walking Lunges <BR> AB Pad Sit-ups <BR> Russian Twists <BR> Jump Rope (regular and double unders) <BR> Push-ups <BR> Box Jumps <BR> ... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:00:30 EST Something New! It's time to start something new. I have set my goals and have a plan. I start Crossfit tomorrow and look forward to learning the ropes. I really need to lose this weight and get my body and stamina back! I'm working towards 50 lbs gone. I'm done being the fat girl! Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:30:47 EST Why here and not there? I'm visiting my parents in WA right now, because my dad had back surgery and I traveled out here to help my parents out. This is not my first trip to WA state, we were stationed here before and I love this state. This is the state where I ran my first half-marathon. This is the state where I quit smoking. This is the state where I started working and decided to pursue my degree for teaching. I have a lot of positive associations with this state. <BR> <BR> We currently live in VA Beach. ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:51:07 EST I am soooo guilty of this!! A big mistake people make when trying to get healthier is when they fall off the wagon a bit and think, ''I have to start over!'' - SparkCoach Nicole <BR> <BR> Umm...this is me. Totally and completely me! I suffer from this delusion. This is not my first SP account and I've started and stopped WW more times than I'd like to admit. Perhaps I constantly start over, because I'm scared a mistake will stop me from having progress? But that doesn't work, because I haven't had progress due to ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:21:03 EST Excuses - SparkCoach Blog Spark Coach is dealing with exercise excuses today and we are supposed to blog about our excuses for skipping exercise and our plan to counter those excuses. <BR> <BR> Excuses 1 - I'm Tired! Honestly, I am tired at the end of the day. However, I'm not so tired that I won't watch TV shows before going to bed. If I want to watch episodes of something, I need to do it on my treadmill! One episode usually equals 42-45 minutes on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> Excuse 2 - I don't have time today. ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:25:18 EST Down a pound!!! WooHoo! I'm a down a pound since last week. I had a low mid week weigh-in, but it wasn't real. I'm okay with that, because I am down a pound from last week! <BR> <BR> I took a good look at my weight chart in SP. I extended the dates out to next Sunday, so I can see what my goal weight is supposed to be and that is what I am aiming for. So I am working towards being 188 on weigh-in next Sunday. <BR> <BR> On the medical side of things, I'm having thyroid issues! It's been over a year ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 08:37:05 EST Slowing Down This Journey I'm someone who has to jump in 100%. The problem is...I can't stay 100% for any real length of time. I was reflecting on this yesterday and have realized a few things about myself. <BR> <BR> 1. I'm 40 years old and thing like my knees...hurt when I do too much. (I've noticed my knees hurt when I don't modify TurboFire workouts). <BR> <BR> 2. I'm closer to 200 lbs than 150 lbs. I need to respect my body by easing into workouts now. I used to be able to jump into to something, but now ... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 09:29:57 EST The truth sucks!...Made to Crave On page 95 of chapter 9 of Made to Crave the following question is posed: <BR> <BR> "When you think about your schedule and daily demands, which of the following statements come closest to describing how you feel about your time:" <BR> <BR> Several selection are then given. My answer is: <BR> <BR> "Some of my time is within my control. I have several responsibilities or obligations that can't be changed, but I do have pockets of time each week that I can use for things that I want to do.... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:52:24 EST Today's Question...Made to Crave Did I feel, at any time, I ran to food instead of God? <BR> <BR> NO! I am so happy to say this today. It's been a rough day too. My second oldest daughter is now 18 (birthday) and she's been grumpy (feeling her oats). We went out to dinner and the family bickered for a little bit before we settled in. It would of been so easy to get a heavy dinner, but I went with chicken kabobs, stewed green beans, and rice pilaf (which I did not finish). I then had only 1 slice of cake. I have decaf... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 20:45:47 EST Workout Schedule 2/1 - 2/7 Saturday 2/1 - TurboFire Fire 55 <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday 2/2 - Turbo Fire Fire 45EZ <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Monday 2/3 - Les Mills Pump Pump & Shred <BR> <BR> Tuesday 2/4 - Rest Day <BR> <BR> Wednesday 2/5 - LMP Pump & Shred <BR> <BR> Thursday 2/6 - TurboFire Fire 45 <BR> <BR> Friday 2/7 - LMP Pump Revolution Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:47:31 EST Made To Crave Week 2 My Word: Determination <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> My Verse: 1 Peter 5:7-8a - Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self controlled and alert. (NIV1984) <em>525</em> <BR> <BR> My Goals: <BR> 1. To stay within calorie range 4times/week. <BR> 2. To exercise 5x/week. <BR> 3. To pray when I have cravings! <BR> <BR> My actions steps: <BR> 1. Pray <BR> 2. Log my food <BR> 3. LMP workouts <BR> <BR> Victories this week: <BR> 1. I went clothes shopping. I deserve to wear clo... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 08:59:55 EST Made to Crave Online Bible Study Today was the official start day for the Made to Crave OBS. I read Chapter 1 in preparation for the blog tomorrow. Wow, what a powerful chapter. A couple of things I took away from chapter 1 are: <BR> <BR> 1. I try to have my physical desires fulfilled outside of the will of God. <BR> 2. I try to get my material desires met outside of the will of God. <BR> 3. I try to get my need for significance met outside of the will of God. <BR> <BR> I try to do/get all three of these. I have some s... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 21:10:28 EST My first short term goal... Okay, sat down and figured my first short term weight loss goal. My goal, within the next two months, is to lose 5% of my weight. This means my first goal is to reach 180.1 lbs. My goal date is February 8, 2014. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 07:54:24 EST My fat dream and weight loss ADD... Do you ever feel like you have weight loss ADD? Or better yet, you feel like you have ADD when it comes time to plan your weight loss? <BR> <BR> I do! I do! I do! <BR> <BR> Weight Watcher or Spark People? To run or not to run for cardio? To eat dairy or not to eat dairy? So much options, so many choices, and at one point I want to do each one! <BR> <BR> Deep Breath! The decision I need to make are these? Do I want a weight loss goal or a fitness goal? Do I want to really focus o... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:18:20 EST The Great Equalizer Sadly, I've been spinning my wheels again. I'm finding this to be a very frustrating practice. I still love SparkPeople for the great online support community and I like tracking my food with Weight Watchers and attending meetings. <BR> <BR> The great equalizer for going nowhere is me! <BR> <BR> It's not the plan I follow! <BR> <BR> It's not the exercise plan I do (or don't do)! <BR> <BR> It's not the food I eat (or don't eat)! <BR> <BR> It's me! It's me NOT being consistent. It's ... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 08:55:52 EST Work Out Plan for 11/11 - 11/16 Monday: Walking while Chaperoning <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Walk or Run <BR> <BR> Wednesday: Step Aerobics <BR> <BR> Thursday: Get Ripped <BR> <BR> Friday: Walk or Run <BR> <BR> Saturday: Step aerobics Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:36:23 EST Finally...Some progress So late weeks weigh in was not good. I had a gain. However, I pulled it together last week. I tracked faithfully, stayed within my points, and attended the meetings. I exercised 6 days in a row. I had a 4 pound loss this week. Which gave me 1.8 pound loss since the beginning of WW. I'll take it! I've joined an exercise challenge on the WW message boards. My challenge for next week is to workout as soon as I get home from work. I have two sub jobs that will start pretty early in the ... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 09:56:29 EST Day 6 Good Day! I had an awesome run in the morning and then logged my food for the day. I also got a lot of cleaning done around the house and my errands for the day were done as well. <BR> <BR> Challenge Items: <BR> 1)Logging - Done <BR> 2)Exercise - Done <BR> 3)Blogging - Done Mon, 7 Oct 2013 07:35:22 EST Day 5 Today was okay. At the WW meeting this morning, we discussed habits and making small changes. I'm going to focus on beer in the evening and cross stitching to keep my hands busy and the food out of my mouth. Exercise today was low key, my hubby and I went on a mellow walk together. <BR> <BR> Challenge Items: <BR> 1)Logging - Done <BR> 2)Exercise - Done <BR> 3)Blogging - Done Sat, 5 Oct 2013 21:21:11 EST Day 4 Not going to talk about yesterday, but I realize I need a little more help than what I can get from SparkPeople. I joined Weight Watchers today, because I need a people connection and I need some extra accountability. So I am going to keep with my SP challenge here and do my tracking on Weight Watchers. It's time I put my foot down and get some control over my habits. Sat, 5 Oct 2013 11:01:33 EST Day 2 & 3 - They were washes! I had beer Wednesday night and I paid for it yesterday. No motivation, nothing. Here's to a new day and getting my act together. I will make at least one positive step forward today. Fri, 4 Oct 2013 08:01:53 EST Not a Bad Day - Day 1 Today was very, very busy! I worked all day and then did the dental appointment for one of children immediately after work. So I was out of the house from 7 AM - 5:30 PM today. Then it was dinner, errands, and p/u from the middle school after the football game. <BR> <BR> I did not get my workout in today. I think I'm going to go to bed early today and try to wake up early to run tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> Challenge Items: <BR> 1)Log - Done <BR> 2)Exercise - Not Done <BR> 3)Blog - Done ... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 21:04:08 EST October Challenge I am going to do another challenge. This is for 31 days, the month of October. Challenge times are: <BR> <BR> 1)Log my food daily (at least 6/7 days) <BR> 2)Log my calories burned <BR> 3)Blog <BR> <BR> That's it! Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:05:49 EST I Want To Be Like You!!!! Today I ran in the Neptune Festival 8k. It was a local race, so the crowd of runners was no where near what it was for the Rock 'n Roll Half on the 1st. It was run by a local running club. It was a good route, flat and fast. <BR> <BR> I don't run in road races to win, it's never going to happen. I do run in them to compete against myself and to be a part of the local running community. Every person I see out there, my thought is..."I want to be like you!" I think this when I see the el... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 10:43:54 EST Day 30 of 30 - It's all about perception! So my weigh-in yesterday was disappointing, but not surprising. What was surprising was the measurements. I had lost a total of 2 inches. This changed my whole outlook. Not sure why, but it did. I even ran faster, achieving my first sub 12 minute mile pace, which is huge for me. <BR> <BR> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 08:02:09 EST Day 29 of30 - Measurements Wow, tomorrow is my last day. I can't believe this has gone by so quickly. For the most part, except for 3 days, I logged in daily. Not bad! Saturdays are my weigh-in days, do here are the results. <BR> <BR> I weigh 186.0...I'm still at where I started when it come to my weight. <BR> <BR> Measurements: <BR> Chest 42 (-.5) <BR> Waist 37(-.5) <BR> Hips 44(-.5) <BR> Right Arm 13 (-.5) <BR> <BR> So over the course of these last 30 days, I have lost 2 inches and completed a half marathon. ... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 08:08:56 EST Day 26 - Wednesday Not a bad day. Did strength training and upped my weights...woohoo! <BR> <BR> Challenge Items: <BR> 1) Logging - Done <BR> 2)Exercise - Done <BR> 3)Blogging - Done Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:30:43 EST Day 25 = Running and Krav Maga Today was a really, really good day! I worked this afternoon, so after yesterday I made sure I got my run in before work. I also had a Krav Maga class tonight, which was fun. Unfortunately, I elbowed my daughter twice (lightly on accident) and she elbowed me and almost kicked my chin..geesh! We're having fun and we do a lot of talking while we are attacking each other in class. My other daughter was told that we are all powerful and we can kick some <BR> <BR> I felt really s... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:43:33 EST Day 25 = Running and Krav Maga Today was a really, really good day! I worked this afternoon, so after yesterday I made sure I got my run in before work. I also had a Krav Maga class tonight, which was fun. Unfortunately, I elbowed my daughter twice (lightly on accident) and she elbowed me and almost kicked my chin..geesh! We're having fun and we do a lot of talking while we are attacking each other in class. My other daughter was told that we are all powerful and we can kick some <BR> <BR> I felt really s... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:43:31 EST Day 24 - 9/10/13 Yesterday started well, but went to crap! I didn't have to work till he afternoon, so I got a lot done around the house. I told myself I would do strength training when I got home, but that didn't happen. I had to wear clothes to work that just didn't feel comfortable and I just went into self hate mode...which resulted in eating crap. <BR> <BR> NO BEER THOUGH! The only victory from yesterday. <BR> <BR> Challenge Items: <BR> 1)Logging - Partial <BR> 2)Exercise - Not done <BR> 3)Blogging... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 10:34:18 EST Day 23 I got my run before church this morning. I actually was faster than the last one...woohoo! I can't wait for my next run. I did have Buffalo Wild Wings this evening, but I didn't have beer (huge victory)! <BR> <BR> Challenge Items: <BR> 1)Logging - Done <BR> 2)Exercise - Done <BR> 3)Blogging - Done Sun, 8 Sep 2013 21:38:29 EST Day 22 - 9/7/13 Challenge Items: <BR> 1)Logging - Incomplete <BR> 2)Exercise - Not done <BR> 3)Blogging - Kind of... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 14:40:46 EST Day 20 & 21 - Off the wagon Wow, I totally fell off the wagon. I worked on Thursday and then we were painting the house Thursday and Friday. I didn't log anything, didn't exercise, and I didn't blog. I completely fell off the wagon and my weigh-in shows it. <BR> <BR> Weigh in today was 186.9 <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not liking myself very much right now. It's my fault and I need to control myself. Sat, 7 Sep 2013 08:20:10 EST Day 19 of 30 - Frustrated Well, I'm wrapping up the evening! I'm really frustrated with my weight right now. It keeps inching up, instead of going down <em>39</em> I know it's me, but I'm worried I'm going to start the downward cycle. <BR> <BR> On a good note, I did get a consistency trophy for last month. That is a first for me, so I am excited about that. I'm also happy with the fact that I've been keeping up my 30 days challenge. Little steps, little steps, little steps.... <BR> <BR> Challenge Items: <B... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 21:32:14 EST Day 18 of 30 - Tuesday 9/3/13 Yesterday was a good day. The two youngest kiddos went back to school and my senior went to MEPS to see if she qualifies. She goes back today to take another test to see if she qualifies for the nuclear program. <BR> <BR> I started running yesterday. I ran 3 minutes/walked 2. I'm transitioning myself. Being heavy right now, I feel it in my knees. I want to rush, but I need to respect my body and ease myself into this. <BR> <BR> I did sign up for a 8K this month. I want to do one ... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 07:42:44 EST Day 17 of 30 Good day today! Went shopping with daughter three and we didn't kill each other! My hips are super sore from yesterday, so my only exercise was walking the dog. I did try on clothes and bought some new workout clothes. I'm prepping for the cooler weather to come, so I bought some running tights and got some other items on clearance...woohoo! <BR> <BR> Challenge Items: <BR> 1)Logging - Done <BR> 2)Exercise - Done <BR> 3)Blogging - Done <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Sep 2013 21:40:04 EST Crazy Timing! Yesterday, I ran the Rock n Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach. I knew I was getting ready to start TOM, but I was hoping and praying I wouldn't start until today, Monday. Well, I started after I got home yesterday. How's that for perfect timing? My prayers were heard. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> The side effect of that is I have the side effects of everything today! I'm sore, I feel super duper bloated, and I'm I honestly feel like I'm sinking today and weigh 1,000 pound... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 08:53:03 EST Day 16 of 30 - Half Marathon Day, WooHoo! I hate the night before a big even, I never sleep! I didn't fall asleep until after 1 AM and had to be up by 4:45 AM. I did wake up though, so that was a good thing. I had my coffee, a quick shower, breakfast and then we headed to the drop off zone for the race. <BR> <BR> We got there and the first thing I did was use the porta pottie. I hate those things, but I'm a nervous peerer (how do you even spell that?). Once that was done, we found two of my husband's friends who were running an... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 16:19:00 EST Day 15 of 30...8/31/13 Challenge Items: <BR> 1)Logging - Incomplete <BR> 2)Exercise - DOR <BR> 3)Blogging - Done <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a day of rest in preparation for today's half marathon. Sun, 1 Sep 2013 05:01:07 EST Day 14 of 30... 8/30/13 Yesterday was a good day! I confirmed my registration for the half marathon and picked up my swag bag. I also walked around the expo and picked up a new visor and couple of other little things. The most exciting thing I found there were the local running/tri groups and brochures/flyers for all the local races in the area. <BR> <BR> Challenge items: <BR> 1)Logging - Done <BR> 2)Exercise - Done <BR> 3)Blogging - Done Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:32:51 EST Day 13 of 30 Today was a completely awesome day! I finally bought the paint to paint the entry way of our house. It's been an unfinished project for about 7 months now. We also bought some other fix it project supplies. We got very lucky and scored 4 large/tall butterfly bushes! So excited about those bushes (they attract hummingbirds). <BR> <BR> We had Chic Fila for dinner tonight. I checked my calories before ordering and had a wrap and fries...still within my calories for today! <BR> <BR> Cha... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 22:59:37 EST Day 12 of 30 - 8/28/13 Yesterday was pretty good! I went for a walk and took a nice long nap, lol. Anyways, I finished in calories. WooHoo! <BR> <BR> Challenge items: <BR> 1)Logging - Done <BR> 2)Exercise - Done <BR> 3)Blogging - Late but done Thu, 29 Aug 2013 11:06:33 EST