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Dry Lakes and Dry Feet

It has been many years since Texas has experienced a drought like the one we’ve dealt with this year. Supposedly, these types of conditions could go on for another 1-3 years. Let’s hope the “professionals” are wrong in this instance. Lake Conroe is the lowest I’ve ever seen it. The north side of the 1097 bridge is completely dry with grass growing. Water normally fills this up all the way to the treeline.

 

 

The south side of the bridge shows a lot of land/sand as well. These people had lake front homes with FEET of water….now, they could be considered beach homes!

 

 

It’s all quite sad. I do hope we get a lot of rain this fall. We need at least 20″+. Anyone have some they care to send this way?

 

Wednesday I forgot my Garmin so I didn’t have anything to tell me when my intervals were up and I didn’t plan on watching the clock on my phone that closely. So, I decided to change up my running a bit and ran the whole mile. Forget the intervals…I’m going all.the.way baby!

 

 

Ok, so it wasn’t all that pretty! Yes, my pace wavered quite a bit. I started off strong but the end was tough. About half way through I wanted to stop, but forced myself to keep going. In fact, I noticed my shoe came untied a bit before that and I refused to stop and tie it because I knew I wouldn’t start again. So, while it may not be pretty, it’s actually not terribly bad!

 

Yesterday, was another CrossFit day. We did some skill work then tried to decide how to do the WOD. The day before they had done a 15 minute AMRAP. Thursday was supposed to be a 20 minute AMRAP. Shane wanted us to just do 8 rounds instead of an AMRAP but I wasn’t sure if I could get 8 rounds in. So, we settled for 8 rounds with a cut off of 20 minutes.

 

Skill:

Squat Clean

 

WOD:

8 Rounds or 20 Minutes, whichever was first.

 

In case you can’t read that, it’s:

5 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (65#)

10 Ring Dips (Green band)

20 Wall Balls (16#, dropped to 12#)

 

I did ok. The ring dips and wall balls were quite tough and I’m not sure why. I started with a 16# med ball, which wasn’t too bad last time, but had to drop down to a 12# after round 2. I guess 20 in a row was just too much. The dips were hard to do too. They got more pathetic as the workout went on! All in all I finished with 7 rounds and only 7 wall balls left in my 8th round. I was so close! Something that I’m noticing during my workouts is I’m not pushing past the threshold. I should be pushing harder rather than stopping to catch my breath. That’s something I’ll work on from here on out. If I’m going to do this marathon, I will need to learn how to push through the mental hurdles and pain to finish.

 

Today is a rest day but tomorrow brings on a 12 miler! Not sure how this is going to go, but we’ll see. My foot seems to be feeling better, so I’m glad of that. Oh, guess what came in today!! I finally have multiple pairs of Drymax socks! Anyone who has been following this blog for a bit knows how much trouble I’ve had with blisters. It’s not been pretty. I thought it may have been the way I was walking, but come to find out it was just because my feet sweat so much (I know…ew).

 

 

I had tried Thorlo’s before but I still got blisters in them. These are the only pair of socks I’ve used that have helped me stave off those little buggers. From now on, I’m only using Drymax socks for running/walking.

 

This whole time I’ve been worried that I couldn’t do the marathon because my feet would be covered in blisters, but now I only have to worry about whether I can go that far or not! On that note…I leave you with this:

AMRAP It Up!

WOD:
15 Minute AMRAP
10 Wallballs (16#)
10 Toes to Bar (mod to Knees to Chest)
10 Box Jumps (Short Box)
6.20 (6 complete rounds and all but box jumps into 7th (20 reps))

Felt great doing today’s workout. I was able to do all wallballs with the 16# ball without too much pain. Don’t get me wrong, it was tough but doable. My hands ripped again doing the Knees to Chest but not nearly as bad as yesterday or the time before. I tried my best to just hook my hands so I didn’t tear them, but it’s harder than it appears! The box jumps were slow, but not too bad. Glad I’m able to do them now without having to modify down to step ups.

I got my order of Eatology in today. Some of the boxes were broken. One had to be thrown away because it was busted too much. They were packed very well (Styrofoam and bubble wrap) and the outer box didn’t look too damaged (was dropped on one corner) so I’m not sure what happened there. I’m not upset, just surprised. Had to throw away the meatloaf…too bad! hahaha

Tonight I ate the Chicken Creole. It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t very spicy, which in my head a Creole should be. It was a little bland, but not overly so. Of course, it was much better than Lean Cuisine!  Plus, it had okra, cabbage, and other veggies I’m not a fan of and I was able to eat them without getting grossed out!

 

I’ve found a race challenge I would LOVE to do. Who wouldn’t want to race in Italy? The pricing is a bit much so I’ll have to save up. Anyone want to join me?!

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!

AMRAP Rampage

Alright, I’ve decided to go back to posting the workouts on a daily basis. While I liked the week in review, I felt like I was abandoning my blog!

Warm up:
Stretches
20 push ups
30 Squats
40 sit ups

Skill:
Bottom Up Press (15# Kettlebell) 4 sets of 5

WOD:
15 min AMRAP
4 Squat Cleans (65#)
8 Toes to Bar
12 Wallballs (12#)

Finished 5 rounds and 3 cleans

First, I have to say I was happy with my squat cleans. While I bottomed out and dropped the bar a few times because I wasn’t getting my elbows up, I was happy with how low my squat was. Plus, it was one fluid motion instead of doing a clean then dropping down into a squat. I tried to do the toes to bar using the kipping motion, but I started swinging too much. I lost a lot of time on those. The wallballs were ok. I find it more difficult to breathe when my head is turned up at that sharp of an angle, but I can’t catch the ball well if I step back further…so…I’ll just suck it up and do the best I can! My goal was to complete 5 rounds. I did that a little more.

Shane was trying to get one of us to commit to doing the reboot diet for 6-10 days. I have to say, it doesn’t look too pleasant to me. So, I’ll stick with Paleo (when I’m doing it. hahaha). The last few weeks, well maybe even months, have been poor as far as my diet is concerned. I’ll be going on vacation pretty soon and I know we won’t have Paleo friendly food so I’ve been using that as an excuse to eat crap now. Bad…bad Tammy. I need to do the best I can each day and if I slip up at one meal, not carry it over to the next…and the next…and the…well, you get the point. I am up 4 pounds again. Why can’t I commit to this and lose the last 40 lbs like I did the first 40? I’d even be happy to be in the 180’s right now. Ergh…no one to blame but myself. Get to it!