JAC_HAMIL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JAC%5FHAMIL JAC_HAMIL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Injuries...Patience...and the Master Athlete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734155 It's been awhile. <BR> <BR> Since my last post, much has happened and much has remained the same. <BR> <BR> I continue to maintain my weight loss and fitness program. <BR> <BR> I'm still a strong advocate of the CrossFit program. <BR> <BR> I am still competing...finishing my 2nd CrossFit Games Open and my 1st CF team competition this spring...as well as attending my 1st NE CF Regionals...as a spectator rooting on one of our coaches. I've seen lots of gains in PRs (weights and times) an... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 22:29:51 EST Serendipity...Life's Irony! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535307 It's been awhile since my last post. A lot has happened since then... <BR> <BR> I have competed in another CF competition, completed a Tough Mudder, participated in 2 breast cancer walks (Making Strides and Race for the Cure) and appeared on the Dr. Oz Show! <BR> <BR> The latter is the subject of this post. <BR> <BR> Last month, I was selected as 1 of 10 women who have successfully lost weight over the age of 40 to participate in a show about belly fat myths (which aired today). The show i... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 22:35:37 EST 1st CF Competition (No Baby, Leave the Socks On) is a Wrap! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458394 Today, I officially became a true CF athlete! (Yeah, that still makes me chuckle. Lol!) <BR> <BR> I competed in an all-women competition, 'No Baby, Leave the Socks On' -- an event that consisted of 3 WODs (workout of the day) and 2 divisions (scaled...my division/Rx...as prescribed). <BR> <BR> All in all...it was a great introduction to CF competitions...and a very long day. <BR> <BR> I competed along side a fellow CFPV member (who was running a 101 degree fever...a true beast!) and her f... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 21:26:12 EST Proud Mama Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428774 Remember how I mentioned that I fell into CF because my son needed kickboxing to be his 'thing'. Well, he started to become very frustrated with his grappling progress and was seriously contemplating quitting. <BR> <BR> Of course, I couldn't let THAT happen! <BR> <BR> He loves his MMA (mixed martial arts) class! But he wasn't picking up the grappling moves as quickly as he thought he should, and he thought he was disappointing me and Sensei. No matter how much I told him that I was proud o... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 23:03:19 EST Working Through the Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417296 Sunday during the strength/skill portion of my training, I was executing 3 x 5 (or 3 sets of 5) heavy deadlifts @ 185#. I didn't set up correctly during my last set, pulled wrong and pulled my hamstring! Ouch! <BR> <BR> Needless to say, I finished the WOD even though it included more deadlifts. By that evening, I was paying the price. My hamstring was so tight, and I had very, very limited range of motion. I couldn't squat down to pick anything up if my, or my son's, life depended on it! And... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 23:12:56 EST Progress...and Moving Onward! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406665 Awhile back, I posted the CF goals that I wanted to achieve by June 1st. Well, I missed the June 1st deadline, but here's how I did to date: <BR> <BR> - Deadlift 155 lbs - now 185 lbs <BR> - Back Squat 105 lbs - now 125 lbs <BR> - Clean & Jerk 95 lbs - met goal <BR> - Bench Press - 80 lbs - no progress...hasn't been programmed on a day I went to WOD since I set this goal <BR> - Push Press 65 lbs - now 85 lbs <BR> - Snatch 65 lbs - now 70lbs (as of today!) <BR> - Squat Cleans 65 lbs - now 95 ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 20:11:24 EST Loyalty...Is It Overrated? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404028 It's been almost a year since I stopped kickboxing so that my son wouldn't be overshadowed by my success. You would think by now, I would have stopped missing it! <BR> <BR> I haven't! I still crave the rush and the sheer satisfaction I felt every time my fist or leg connected with the bag! <BR> <BR> Even though, CrossFit has also become essential to my existence (and I still plan to get my Level 1 Trainer cert), there is still a hole in my life that nothing seems to fill...but kickboxing. <... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:16:27 EST Another Goal Accomplished...Now What? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399457 I don't know about you...but I keep falling into a vicious cycle. <BR> <BR> I set a fitness goal...spend anywhere from 6 months to a year preparing and/or working towards it...reach my goal...celebrate my accomplishment...then sit around feeling lost and bored because I don't have anything to work towards! <BR> <BR> The only thing that alleviates this malaise is another goal! <BR> <BR> Now I'm in search of a new fitness aim. Something that I am capable of performing with training...but som... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 19:54:19 EST Mission Accomplished! Now the RECAP...this is a long one...sorry. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383725 After a year of blood (courtesy of the pull up bar), sweat and coming close to being on 1st name terms with Pukie (CF mascot...sorta), I realized my goal yesterday...I completed my 1st obstacle race. <BR> <BR> 4 miles and 25 obstacles was quite a challenge after Tropical Storm Andrea dumped large amounts of rain on the area. But that didn't stop the 4k+ people who showed up and competed...one of them being yours truly. <BR> <BR> Below is a recap of my day. <BR> <BR> Between the obstacles, ... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 19:51:11 EST D-Day is Here!!! Will My Training Pay Off? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381034 Tomorrow, I will see if a year's worth of training pays off! <BR> <BR> At 10:15am, I will be standing at the starting line of my very 1st OCR (obstacle course race). Not just my 1st OCR...but my 1st race period! <BR> <BR> I will be undertaking a 4-mile, 25 obstacles course laid out on the side of a ski slope. With the rain this area is supposed to receive today, the trail should be soggy and muddy! What an initiation! Lol. <BR> <BR> Never had I tried to accomplish such an ambitious feat.... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 04:45:38 EST Coming Down to the Wire....OH CRAP!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370830 With less than 2 weeks to go before my Sprint, do I feel confident...prepared? HECK NO!!! <BR> <BR> Am I more prepared than I was when I started? HECK YES!!! <BR> <BR> I have intensified my training this last week...running with weighted vest and sandbag. So at least I will have the stamina. <BR> <BR> Do I still have a ways to go? Again...HECK YES!!! <BR> <BR> Will I finish the course? Yes. <BR> <BR> Will I finish quickly? No. <BR> <BR> But I'm ok with that. This 1st time out is all abo... Tue, 28 May 2013 21:13:01 EST Goodbyes....and Letting Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361527 Sometimes, saying goodbye is your only option. <BR> <BR> As hard as it may be, the only way to move on and sometimes just to survive is by letting go of that which doesn't make you stronger and which doesn't allow you to grow. <BR> <BR> Whether it is a person, a habit or a lifestyle, you cannot move forward until you disengage yourself from that part of your life that doesn't (or refuses to) support you along your journey. <BR> <BR> It's not going to be easy! You will shed tears and want ... Sun, 19 May 2013 21:10:44 EST A new endeavor....Life's Journey Magnified! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342560 Ever felt like no matter how hard you try...how hard you work...or how faithfully you stick to your eating/fitness/no smoking plan you just can't do it? <BR> <BR> Me too! <BR> <BR> There were times during the last 2+ years when I didn't think I would EVER reach my goals! <BR> <BR> The weight wasn't coming off fast enough! I was tired of always 'watching' what I ate! I felt like I was on a moving sidewalk...but no matter how fast I walked, I wasn't making any progress...not moving forward ... Wed, 1 May 2013 22:21:42 EST To train...or to TRAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333510 'Should I workout today?' <BR> <BR> 'It's been a long day...maybe I'll skip today and go tomorrow instead.' <BR> <BR> 'I just can't spare the time. I have that project due at work at the end of the week.' <BR> <BR> I remember the endless litany of excuses I used to make to talk myself out of working out. Isn't it funny how I never worked as hard to talk myself INTO exercising! <BR> <BR> But no more...I no longer have to make the decision to go workout. <BR> <BR> Why do you ask...because.... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 22:32:09 EST The Final Curtain Call....2013 CF Games Open is History! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317564 When I signed up, I didn't think I would have this much fun, frustration and pain...all rolled up in one! <BR> <BR> All in all...it was a blast. There was a moment (which will remain nameless...ahem...13.3) when I didn't display the most sportsman-like behavior (but I wasn't alone! Lol). But for the most part, I was on my best behavior. };-> <BR> <BR> So for the fun part....my final standings! <BR> <BR> Drum roll, please.......in the Masters Women 45-49 bracket........ <BR> <BR> In the ... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 20:11:11 EST Split Jerk...Where Have You Been All My CF Life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304792 There are breakthroughs...and then there are breakthroughs that end up being game changers. Tonight, I had one...a game changer! <BR> <BR> What was it, you ask? The split jerk! <BR> <BR> In previous posts, I have bemoaned all my missed lifts -- 80# clean & jerk (C&J), 75# snatch. I missed those lifts because I couldn't 'get under the bar'...I have an 'immature squat'...whatever that means. But tonight, I was introduced to the split jerk to help me get heavier weights over my head...and to ... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 22:05:32 EST 3 Down 2 to Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301225 <BR> We're halfway through the CF Games Open...and I'm holding my own. <BR> <BR> Even though I didn't performed as well as I wanted (even after repeating 13.3 twice! Those darn wall balls!), I still moved up 4 places on the leaderboard to 200 (#9 of the women in my Box). <BR> <BR> With my end goal being under 200, I'm standing on the cusp of success! <BR> <BR> The only thing that can stop my forward momentum is if CF HQ programs Fran, Murph or any WOD that includes pull ups or hand stand ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:13:00 EST CrossFit Games Open Workout 13.3 (Week 3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296578 After every score was tallied after Week 1, I fell from 254 in my division/age bracket to 263 on the leaderboard. <BR> <BR> Goal = to finish under 200. <BR> <BR> Then 13.2 was announced...and God smiled on me! I jumped 60 places to 204. Goal in sight...booyah! <BR> <BR> Just as quickly as he gave it...he takes it away...CF HQ announced 13.3 -- a: <BR> <BR> 12 minute AMRAP (as many reps as possible) of: <BR> 150 Wall balls - 14# <BR> 90 Double-unders <BR> 30 Muscle-ups <BR> <BR> I'm not e... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 20:26:54 EST 13.1 is History! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281718 Today, Pete programmed 13.1 as the WOD. <BR> <BR> When I walked into my Box, I had bats...not butterflies...flying around in my stomach! I had worked myself into such a state of anxiety that I was concerned that I would not be able to perform. <BR> <BR> By the time we finished our warm-up, I was feeling calmer. What will be is what will be, right. <BR> <BR> I was in the 2nd heat so I judged one of my favorite partners' performance. It's not easy having to 'no rep' someone else...especially... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 21:34:41 EST 13.1...And So It Begins.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276732 Well, it's official! The 2013 CF Games Open is underway! <BR> <BR> Tonight, they announced the 1st WOD of the Open. What did I sign myself up for! <BR> <BR> Challenging is the word that comes to mind...scary and crazy are a couple more! Lol! But, a part of me can't wait to see how far I can push myself! <BR> <BR> Week 1's WOD consists of: <BR> <BR> Open Workout 13.1 <BR> <BR> 17 minute AMRAP of: <BR> 40 Burpees <BR> 30 Snatch, 75 / 45 lbs <BR> 30 Burpees <BR> 30 Snatch, 135 / 75 lbs ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 23:26:07 EST Counting Down to the Start of the 2013 CrossFit Games Open...3 Days To Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271567 'Sign up for the Open,' Pete said. 'It will be fun,' Pete said! <BR> <BR> So I did, and now I'm shaking in my Innov8s! Lol! <BR> <BR> Wednesday, the 1st Opens WOD will be announced kicking off the 2013 CF Games Open season. From the CrossFit Games website, "The 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games season is a three-stage test of fitness, comprised of the Open, Regionals, and the world championships, the CrossFit Games. <BR> <BR> The season kicks off with the Open, the most inclusive competition in ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 19:06:33 EST Grass-Fed Beef...the Elusive Ingredient! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262681 Growing up, we were all exposed to pictures of cows/steers roaming aimlessly and grazing contently in green pastures. So, common sense would dictate that the beef that shows up in our markets and ultimately on our tables would be from similarly fed animals...NOT! <BR> <BR> The beef mass marketed and sold to the general public has been 'raised' on cornmeal, hormones and antibiotics. <BR> <BR> Does it really matter? <BR> <BR> That is a personal decision that everyone will have to make for h... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 22:12:50 EST Teamwork...Camaraderie...Competitiveness...Having Each Others Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261619 The more I come to know the members of my Box, the more I feel that I made the right choice! <BR> <BR> From the owners and coaches...to the long-time members...to those that started when I did...and the newbies (which I am no longer! Yeah!), there is a common spirit of oneness. I know that sounds a little too metaphysical and new age, but I have no other way to explain the sense of common purpose and direction. <BR> <BR> Have you ever been a part of something (whether group, team, or event... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 23:57:04 EST 3-1/2 Months to Go...3-2-1 GO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253102 Well, I'm coming into the final months of my training for my Spartan Sprint. <BR> <BR> I must tell you...this has been the most fun I've had in a VERY LONG time! <BR> <BR> Pushing my body to what I thought was the brink of exhaustion and to its breaking point...and then being able to push it a little farther, has been exhilarating! The confidence in knowing that my body will 'step up' exactly when I need it most (no matter what situation I find myself in) has liberated me like nothing else ... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 22:45:20 EST 2013 CrossFit Games Open: Closet Athlete or Insane! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243261 Closet athlete or insane...that's the question I'm asking myself these days! <BR> <BR> Everyone knows I'm a CrossFitter.... <BR> <BR> What started out as an arse-kicking workout to get me conditioned for my obstacle race, has become my latest mid-life obsession! ;-) (I never knew I had an addictive or obsessive personality until I started CF...the things we learn about ourselves! LOL!) <BR> <BR> In 6 months, I have seen a tremendous change in my endurance and strength ... not to mention my... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 20:15:07 EST Paleo: Not Just Hype! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239515 There is something to this Paleo hype. <BR> <BR> I was skeptical when I started. But after 30 days, I willingly admit that there's some truth to the propaganda. <BR> <BR> But don't let me sway you...look at my results. <BR> <BR> The Food: Yes, you eliminate 'major' food groups from your eating repertoire (i.e., dairy, legumes/beans, grains as well as sugar). For me, I didn't miss anything...well except my dairy...yogurt had become my go-to meal. But there are enough 'allowed' substitutes ... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 23:25:30 EST New PR...@ 85# http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236177 Just a quick note during half time... <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago, I wrote about how I failed to C&J 80 lbs. Well, what a difference 2 weeks make! <BR> <BR> Today, I set a new PR at not 80# but at 85#...PR'ing by 10#!!! <BR> <BR> Progress is SWEET! But more importantly...it shows that if you persevere and don't give up when you experience a set back, that you will eventually surpass that which previously defeated you...and usually in grand fashion! <BR> <BR> Booyah!!! <BR> <BR> <em>248</... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 20:23:02 EST 'Angie' -- My Benchmark Baseline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234870 I can't believe I'm about to type this, but....Angie was not so bad! <BR> <BR> Did I complete all 400 reps in the 20 minute time cap...no. But, I came close @ 339! My pull ups, the bane of my CF existence, did me in...only finishing 39 of the 100. <BR> <BR> My saving grace was that Pete permitted me to do Angie in reverse. So instead of starting with pull ups, I started with squats. This modification allowed me to move quickly through the exercises where I am stronger instead of blowing al... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 20:17:16 EST 'Angie' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233847 Tomorrow's WOD is one of the girls...a benchmark....Angie. <BR> <BR> I'm not supposed to know this until later tonight (or early tomorrow morning...depending on how you see it). But Pete took pity on me when I went to the Box to make up Tuesday's WOD. He told me to look up Angie before I chose my WOD. And after dropping the barbell on my knee, I listen to my coach! <BR> <BR> Pete was right...as always! There was absolutely NO WAY for me to do Tuesday's WOD tonight and then do Angie tomorro... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 22:24:56 EST Double Unders: Tips & Tricks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232389 What does it take to do a double under without ending up shredding your arms and legs? Well.... <BR> <BR> According to Molly Metz, JumpNRope founder, it's all in the form. <BR> <BR> 1. Contrary to the way CF coaches advise, you must grip the whole handle and not just the tip. Your thumbs should rest at the top of the handle close to the rope. <BR> <BR> 2. You have to check in with your body .... Abs tight, butt tight, feet in your jumping position. <BR> <BR> 3. Arms close to your side wi... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:32:00 EST Double Unders: CF's S&M http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231024 Every sport, exercise genre and fitness fad have that one technique that tortures everyone. In CF, it is the infernal DOUBLE UNDERS!!! <BR> <BR> Double unders (DUs), for you non-CFers, is a rope jumping exercise where the rope passes under your feet twice for every jump. <BR> <BR> Why, you ask? Why not? <BR> <BR> I'm not being sarcastic...even though it might seem like it. <BR> <BR> Think about it. CF is the strength and conditioning program whose focus is honing the trainee's overall fu... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 23:47:48 EST Coming into the Home Stretch...Everything Coming Up Roses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227819 As I slide into the last week of my Paleo challenge, success is a given! <BR> <BR> These past 4 weeks have been a real eye opener! Who would have thought that eliminating whole food groups from my eating plan would turn out so well!?! <BR> <BR> I didn't miss the legumes, grains or sugar. Me, the bread feen, made it without a single craving! Dairy, on the other hand, was a bit of a challenge. I missed my yogurt. But not enough to cheat. And I'm glad I didn't! <BR> <BR> The truly surpris... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:25:28 EST Failure in a DNF (Do Not Fail) World....Not Really http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212232 Last night was a humbling experience. <BR> <BR> After the high of Monday's night new PR (personal record) for Deadlifts of 185lbs., my ego was a tad bit bruised when I fail to execute my 80lb Clean & Jerk. After successfully C&Jing 75lbs, I just knew I would lift the 80lbs with no problem. Who would have thought 5 measly pounds would make THAT much of a difference! <BR> <BR> My first couple of attempts could not even be classified as legitimate attempts. I had to bail before I completed ... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 22:20:32 EST 2 Weeks Down...2.5 Weeks to Go! Paleo is Not So Bad! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5209173 I've reached the halfway mark in my Paleo challenge. Verdict...not so bad! <BR> <BR> The biggest hurdle for me has been eating the amount of food during the course of a day! Many days I didn't. <BR> <BR> As far as craving those food items that I cut out of my diet....I don't miss the foods (i.e., yogurt, peanut butter, protein bars, bread), in and of themselves, but I miss the convenience! I miss being able to grab a yogurt as I'm running out the door...or eating a quick PB & J sandwich f... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:26:37 EST CrossFit Progress: Moving into Beast Mode - Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192190 Slight modification to my Seated Shoulder Press goal.... <BR> <BR> I shared my goals for the next 5 months with Pete. I'm not sure if that was a good thing or not! Lol. <BR> <BR> I think he was surprised that I had put that much thought into it. The only item he thought was a bit ambitious (other than the 5 hand stand push ups I want to achieve by the end of the year!) was the 65 lb. seated shoulder press. Per Pete, the seated shoulder press is one of those exercises where only small increm... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 21:01:47 EST CrossFit Progress: Moving into Beast Mode http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189177 I've gotten a little sidetracked from the original subject of this blog. I started this blog to chronicle my training progress for my upcoming Spartan Sprint. Lately, I haven't written much about CrossFit...that's sacrilegious!...and probably a first for a CFer...what self-respecting CFer can go an hour without talking about pr'ing and/or killing their WOD! Shhhhhh...don't tell Pete! He might strip me of my membership. LOL! <BR> <BR> So that I won't lose all credibility, tonight's post is al... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 23:17:29 EST Day 1 -- Paleo Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184986 My Box is undergoing a 30-Day Nutrition Challenge...the 2 nutrition plan choices -- Paleo or Zone. <BR> <BR> Of course, I cannot pick the easy course..that goes against everything in which I believe! <BR> <BR> Since I had started researching the Paleo lifestyle a few months ago, it was a no-brainer...I was going Paleo. Then Jamie mentioned that we could combine the 2 plans which offered the benefits of wholesome eating with built in portion control. So of course, I had to switch my plan to ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 22:29:31 EST In Need of Paleo Recipes.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180678 Does anyone follow the Paleo diet? <BR> <BR> If yes, could you please share 1 or 2 of your favorite recipes? I'm in search of all things Paleo for my 30-day challenge. <BR> <BR> All replies are greatly appreciated! Sun, 30 Dec 2012 09:55:01 EST Paleo 30-Day Challenge...Hunter-Gatherer vs. Modern Nutritionist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179248 Happy Holidays! <BR> <BR> It's been awhile. I hope everyone's holidays were filled with love, joy and family! <BR> <BR> After spending Christmas with the mouse...as in Mickey Mouse, I am ready to get back to my routine -- nutrition-wise and fitness-wise! <BR> <BR> I never realized just how limited the food choices were @ Disney and the surrounding area. Disney tries ... but still healthy choices were hard to find. I found a few quick service venues that offered more nutritional options, b... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:12:15 EST Calling All Runners...I Need Some Advice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157636 Lo and behold...After yesterday's semi-rant about my love-hate relationship with running, what does my CrossFit trainer do? He incorporates 3 runs for a total of 1400 meters in today's WOD (workout of the day)! Gotta love him. Pete always seem to know just what I am dreading (but at the same time, what I need to work on)! <BR> <BR> Surprisingly, I looked forward to the WOD inspite of the runs. Maybe it was because the runs were manageable distances (200m, 400m and 800m). Maybe it was becau... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 22:40:48 EST Running....A Form of Torture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156531 They said, 'come run with us....it will be fun'...NOT! <BR> <BR> They said, 'run until you go to your happy place'...no such place! <BR> <BR> A few entries back, I mentioned that running is not a passion of mine. Running is not even something I 'like'. But, I have set a goal that includes running which I have every intention of accomplishing. And if that means that I will have to run to do it, then that's what I will do...even if I hate it! <BR> <BR> Why do I dislike running so much, you ... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 22:55:15 EST WOD ... Another Word for Mood Lifter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154060 They say that exercising releases stress...they say that exercising releases endorphins ... nature's happy pill. They're right! <BR> <BR> I was feeling a little down today. Tomorrow would have been my dad's 68th birthday, and I'm missing him more than I normally do. <BR> <BR> I wasn't totally psyched to go to WOD (workout of the day) today. But, I needed to go because we would be doing volume training (yeah...more pull ups), deadlifts and double unders. I definitely need all the practice... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 22:06:21 EST Doing the Unthinkable .... When the Impossible Becomes Possible http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150057 Last year when I finally became serious about 'getting back into shape,' I NEVER imagined that in a little over 18 months I would be where I am today...doing what I am doing now! <BR> <BR> Back then, I could barely walk a flight of steps without needing 5 minutes just to catch my breathe at the top. Now, I can run up those same stairs with no change in my breathing...in heels no less...carrying a laptop and a 10lb purse! Lol! <BR> <BR> I am AMAZED at how far I have come...and how far I'm st... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 23:32:47 EST Just a Quick Follow Up to 'My 1st Yoga Experience' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146302 I went to WOD (workout of the day) today...the 1st WOD since my yoga class. <BR> <BR> I immediately noticed a difference in my range of motion! <BR> <BR> Our WOD was a workout from the 2012 CrossFit Games Open ... WOD 12.3 which consisted of: <BR> <BR> As many reps as possible in 18 minutes of: <BR> 15 Box jumps (24&#8243;/20&#8243;) <BR> 12 Push press (115#/75#) <BR> 9 Toes to bar <BR> <BR> In doing box jumps, I always feel like I'm not going to jump high enough. Not a problem today! ... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 19:02:29 EST My 1st Yoga Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145476 Variety is the spice of life...especially true when it comes to fitness. <BR> <BR> I don't know about you, but every now and again, I need to incorporate something 'new' into my fitness routine! It's not like I dislike what I'm currently doing because I LOVE CrossFit....running not so much. Lol! But I just need to shake up my routine. <BR> <BR> Well, I've come to that point in my training when I need to venture into a new arena...to try a new activity. Enter stage right....yoga! <BR> <BR... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 22:27:29 EST The Season of Giving Thanks.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141963 As each of us prepare for this week's Thanksgiving festivities, let us take time to remember all those who have made us the people we are today. <BR> <BR> Personally, I give thanks to a number of beautiful souls who have traveled with me on my journey...whether they only walked with me for a short time or are still traipsing with me along this path. I call/called them family...teachers...mentors...and friends. Together, they have shaped me...molded me...cheered me...encouraged me....support... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 22:04:16 EST Even When You Don't Feel Like Working Out ... GO ANYWAY!!! You Will Be Glad You Did. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135721 I don't know about you...but since Daylight Savings Time has ended and the days have become progressively cooler, I have not 'felt like' exercising. I have been sluggish and lethargic longing for the long, warm summer days. But I have to find the motivation to push through these moods so that I do not derail my training. <BR> <BR> Case in point... <BR> <BR> Tonight, I had a 7:45pm WOD (workout of the day). After a very, very long day at the office, I did not have the energy or enthusiasm to... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 22:01:33 EST More Than Just A 'Gym'...A Helping Hand in Trouble Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128800 It's not often that I make a choice that is dead on...I made such a choice when I selected my Box -- CFPV! <BR> <BR> The owners and coaches have made CFPV a warm and inviting community for its members to achieve their fitness goals. CFPV also has a 'heart' that embodies the spirit of charity that you do not find in big, more commercial chain gyms. That spirit of charity is demonstrated in the causes they support and the way they band together to help each other. This was demonstrated the day... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 19:30:25 EST A Runner...Me? Naw....well Maybe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118305 A fellow CFer and I were discussing Sunday's WOD and how we were both non-runners. We both love all the lifts...just wanted to eliminate the 400m run. <BR> <BR> Larry, one of our coaches, overheard us and took pity on us and scaled the run down to a 200m run. (Pete would have told us we could scale the run if we REALLY needed to...meaning if you were wimping out, only do the 200 meters, this time! LOL!) <BR> <BR> We were grateful knowing that we weren't quite at the conditioning level where... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 19:51:11 EST Building A Sense of Community: Partner WODs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116224 Every night, I check my Box' website for the next day's WOD. Last night was no different. <BR> <BR> However, when I saw what today's WOD entailed, I thought Pete had lost his mind! <BR> <BR> This is what I saw: <BR> <BR> For time: <BR> <BR> 100 Power cleans (75#/55#) <BR> 400m Run <BR> <BR> 100 Front squat (75#/55#) <BR> 400m Run <BR> <BR> 100 Push press (75#/55#) <BR> 400m Run <BR> <BR> 100 Back squat (75#/55#) <BR> 400m Run <BR> <BR> Mind you, every WOD is scalable. But even with sc... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 23:56:27 EST