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Fight Gone Bad Redeux

Yep yep!! It was Fight Gone Bad again. My score last time was 182. This time around my score was 164…so….that went down. However, I went up on weight on all of lifts.

Wallball 16#, up from 8#
Sumo Deadlift High Pull 45# up from 35#
Push Press 45# up from 35#
Box Jumps 20″ step ups up from 14″ step ups

Plus, add in the fact that it was boiling and I’m at my lowest breathing point (150 on the peak flow meter, lowest before last dilation too). So, I’m going to take it as an even move. We also have a rowing machine now!! Stoked about that.  Thankfully, I wasn’t as tired/drained today as I was Thursday.

Here’s the breakdown:

This weekend I bought some Vibram Five Fingers. It takes me about 30 minutes to put them on because my little toes never want to cooperate! I bought these because they supposedly help keep blisters from forming, if they fit correctly. I’ll give them a trial run on Saturday to see how they feel. Once I get them on they are actually pretty comfortable, yet odd looking! Yep…I went with pink…why not?

My eating has been very good this past week. Today was day 8 of no artificial sweeteners, sugar, grains or “white” foods. Mike is doing it with me this time, which seems to help me stick to it more. I don’t think he’s that big of a fan but he’s still hanging in there!

I’ve been happy with my food options available at the local HEB lately. So glad they’re starting to carry more nitrate free/free range/grass fed/organic foods!

Mmmmm….green beans, sausage and kraut!

Sunday was also weigh in day. When I weighed in after my vacation I was up to 206#. Eeek!! I weighed in yesterday at 201.4! Down 4.6#…in one week. Granted a lot of that was probably water weight from cutting out some of the foods, but I’m quite excited about it! We’ll see what this Sunday brings. I bought myself the Wow: Worship CD as a reward. This week if I reach my weight loss goal (1.5#) I get to buy a book!

How are you doing in your fitness journey?

Is it Friday yet?

Started off the workout with a 400 meter sprint for time. It was friggen hot!! At least 100 degrees. I finished in 2:23. Last time, I finished in 2:12. I could have done better today if 1) it was cooler and 2) I could breathe normally.

WOD:
Tabatas
Push Press (45#)
GHD Sit Ups
Pull Ups (started green band went to black)
Wall Balls (12#)

Today was a tough day. I felt like I had absolutely no energy. My strength was poor as I could only get 3-4 push presses after a while. Pa.the.tic. I played with our new rower (squee!) for a little bit afterward but was too pooped to do much of anything. I have been eating clean for the past four days. I’m hoping once my body kicks back into fat burning gear my energy and strength will be better. I don’t like workouts where I feel like a failure!

Don’t Poke the Bear

WOD:

The Bear Complex:
5 Rounds of 7 reps (55#)
Clean
Front Squat
Push Press
Back Squat
Push Press

Every time you set the bar down between reps you had to do 3 burpees. You can rest as long as needed between rounds.

Today’s WOD wasn’t timed, but I think I finished around 20 minutes. All I have to say is ouch. That was hard. I definitely have bruises on the back of my neck from dropping the bar too heavily to go into the back squats. I also know my squats weren’t probably deep enough toward the last couple of rounds. My front squats really suffer when I get tired and I’m pretty sure that’s because my elbows drop which makes me want to lean forward instead of stay on my heels. That’s definitely something I need to work on. The good news? I didn’t have to do 1 burpee! Yes…

It was 100 degrees here today and I felt quite overheated between the last few rounds. We need a fan just to get air circulation in the gym. I rested more than I cared to between rounds but I did not want to have to put the bar down to do burpees. I think I was the last one done, or at least close to last, but that’s ok.

Yesterday was my weigh in day. I didn’t post the results because I got lazy and was a little miffed at myself. This month is my first gain in the 5 months I’ve been working hard.

4/20/2011 5/25/2011
Body Fat Weight: 69.1 lbs 73.3 lbs
Body Fat %: 35.3% 36.3%
Body H20: 47.1% 46.4%
Bone Mass: 6.9% 6.9%

This really didn’t take me by surprised since I spent all month making poor food choices for the most part. But, it is what it is. I’m not going to dwell on it, especially since I’ve had my eating back under control since Monday. By next month, I should be back down to the 190’s. I’m hoping to be in the 180’s by the time I hit the beach at the end of July. Then, when I get back from there I’ll have two weeks before my marathon training starts. Eek!

Friggen Burpees…You Won…This Time

Oh….what a day, what a day. I knew today’s workout was going to hard when I heard the first thing we were doing was burpees. We did some new stretches today that was kind of nice. Then once the stretching was done we got ready to start the WOD. There were 11 people in class today, which is quite a few for our group. They’re growing!

WOD:
AMRAP 15 Mins
10 Burpees
20 Med Ball Cleans (12#)
200 Meter Run
Finished 2 rounds and up to 17 cleans in 3rd round

My first round of burpees were pretty strong. The med ball cleans were a little awkward to get a rhythm with at first, but into the second round it got a little easier. My second round of burpees weren’t as good as the first. While I’m still not that good at them, I’m slowly getting better the more we do them. I was trying to get my 20 cleans in before time ran out, but I didn’t quite make it. I got to 17…oh well. It was worth a try! After the workout those who wanted to do the strength could do it. I wasn’t going to do it because I had a splitting headache, but I would have been very upset with myself if I hadn’t done it.

Strength:
Push Press
5 (45#) x 5 (55#) x 5 (65#) x 5 (75#) x 5 (85#)

We ended up doing the max of 85#. I had to sit the bar down on the 4th and 5th rep, but I got all 5 done! Tomorrow I’ll have some nice bruising on my neck/collar bones from dropping the bar to heavily on there. Oh well, nothing new there either! After the second round of push presses my headache went away. Woohoo! There were two small guys there (freshmen or sophomores in high school) that I overheard ask Shane “How are they doing that much weight?!” referring to our group of girls. I glanced over and they had a 5# weight and 2.5# weight on each side. Shane told them we had been doing for several months, which seemed to make them feel better. I felt a little bad for them because I know how it feels! However, these are small boys that may not have even hit puberty yet!! Just give it a year and they’ll be lifting a lot more than 85#!!

Slow and Steady?

Started the evening off practicing Pistols. Yeah…I’m not very good at this! That’s me in the back with the blue shirt and black pants. My knees start to bother me when I put too much weight on one. Lunges hurt for the same reason. Plus, I’m a bit of a clutz!

Photo by Shane

 
The WOD…oh the WOD. Have I mentioned how much I hate burpees? Yes, yes I have.
 
21-15-9
Burpees
Push Press (65#, dropped to 45#)
Abmat Sit Ups
 
So, the WOD started off with my beloved burpees. I did ok up until about #10-12, then I started stepping back instead of jumping. The last round found me getting on my knees to get back up on the last few. It just takes everything out of me when we do a ton of burpees. I lost count on round two so I did extra just to make sure I hit 15.
 
I started the push press at 65#. The prescribed weight was 75#. It was quite heavy for me but I wanted to be able to do the 65# for the entire workout. The first round ate up a lot of time because I’d have to do 3-4 and put the bar down, regroup, and start again. By the time I got into #4 on my second round I was already being lapped by the others. So, I took the weight off and finished with just the bar. I’m pretty sure I could have finished with the 65# but I would have been wayyyy slower than everyone else. As it was, they were all finishing their WOD as I was finishing my second round. I finished in 16:16. ehhh. Not great…but oh well. Eventually, I’ll build up my upper body strength and be able to push through some of these workouts.
 

Photo by Shane. I need to get my butt lower.

 

Photo by Shane. I look a little crooked!

The Abmat sit ups provided a nice little break. I don’t find them that difficult unless we’re having to knock out 40-50 in a row. Who would have thought that I’d want to do sit ups to catch a breather while working out?! hahaha…