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Focusing the Mind

One of the things I like about CrossFit is the fact that you get wrapped up in the workout. There is no room to think of anything other than the number of reps and rounds you’re doing. You may have some room to think about how much you’re hurting as well!

Tonight’s workout went well. The warm-up was “Death by 10 Meters”. Yes…it stood up to its name. You had to run 10 meters in intervals of 1 minute. In other words, you start off with 1 10 meter “sprint” in a minute. I walked it. Then, once that minute is up, you have to do 2 “sprints”, then 3, 4, 5, etc. You get the picture. The more sprints you have to do, the less rest time you had in between. I only got 11 sprints in then I missed the time limit and had to sit out while the rest of them finished up. The top person got 16 sprints in, I believe. So, let’s look at this a little bit. I did a total of 66 10 meter sprints. That’s not too terribly bad! The top guy did 136 sprints. He did fantastic.

After the warm-up, the WOD was another one of the flip flop rounds. So we had three rounds: 30 Squat Thrusters, 10 Dips; 20 Squat Thrusters, 20 Dips; 10 Squat Thrusters, 30 Dips. It was tough. Shane told me to use the heavy PVC pipe instead of the small bar. I was thinking “I can do the bar”…but I’m glad I had the PVC pipe toward the end of the workout. My dips don’t really resemble dips as I can’t get down very far. That doesn’t mean I didn’t feel the burn. I finished my set in 6:30 which was really a good time for me. Of course, I’m pretty sure that’s because I had the lighter bar. I went to wipe my bangs out of my eyes afterward and couldn’t raise my hand up to my forehead. My arm was too tired to cooperate! I will be feeling it tomorrow and Thursday. I had a box that I was supposed to hit (not sit on) when I did the squat part so I was getting low enough. I touched it through all of the first round and most of the second. I don’t know how many times I hit it the last round…I felt like I was low enough but I know I didn’t hit it every time.

I’ve really enjoyed working out with everyone I’ve met at this gym. They’ve all been friendly and supportive. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

Source: Dynamic Fit Web Site

Improvement? Or Maybe Not…

Today’s crossfit workout was great! We had rounds of step ups (box jumps), push ups, then front squats. I had a 35# bar for the front squats, which seemed a little light to me and I think next time I’ll go up to the 45# bar. We did the 10-1 count down. So, for the first round you did 10 of each, then 9, then 8, etc…you get the picture. I finished in 10:50. This leads me to believe I may have miscounted somewhere and possibly skipped a round. For anyone that has been working out with me for the last 3 weeks, you know I’m usually the last person done with all of the exercises.

However, the more I think about it, the more I think I did it right but I’ll always have that doubt.  I tried not to take too much time between reps. It seems harder to stop and start than to just push through (although sometimes you have to). We also learned how to do muscle ups today. That was tough, but fun. After the WOD was over we did 8 Tabata rounds of sit ups. That was just a little added torture for our benefit!

I hope everyone’s Christmas is full of surprises and joy!

Checking in

Today was the first day of my 1/2 marathon training. I’m both excited and scared. Part of me thinks “What’s the worst that can happen? You get a DNF” and the other part thinks “Just don’t do it. You’re not ready for it yet”. I’m trying my best to stamp down the negative voice and focus on the fact that competing in a 1/2 marathon and giving it my best is more important than whether I finish or not (I have full plans on finishing though!).

I used the treadmill in our garage since we don’t have a good place to walk/run outside around here after dark. I’m following the Penguin’s plan which called for 8 rounds of walking 3 mins/running 1 min. Unfortunately, I started getting shin splints after the second round. I think the problem is my legs are used to walking/running outside than on a treadmill. So, after a few more days I’m hoping they’ll be gone. It went well other than the shin splints. I didn’t get too out of breath, so CrossFit must be doing some good in that department!

I also decided to do my measurements again. The last time I did my measurements was September 30th. While I didn’t weigh in today, I will be weighing in again (officially) on Christmas Day. However the last time I weighed in (last week….I wasn’t supposed to…whoops!) I was at 225. So, how did it break down?

Dates: 9/30            12/22

Bust:   43            42.75

Waist:  39.5          39

Hips:   49.5          49

Calf:    17.5            19.5 (not sure about this one)

Thigh: 28.5            28.5

Bicep:  14.8            15.25

Neck:  14.5           14.25

I’m not too upset or surprised by these numbers except for the calf and bicep measurements. The calf could be simply that I wasn’t measuring in the same spot or it could be I’ve gained muscle from my strength training, but 2 inches is a lot and I thought they were looking smaller!! I’ve lost a bit in almost every other spot. So, that’s good news. My diet has not been good so I wasn’t expecting a big change. However, after the holidays I’m going 100% paleo which I’m hoping will help peel some of this fat off.

Here are some pictures…the left is from Sept and the right from tonight. There’s not any differences really because I’m roughly the same size, plus a couple of pounds.

Star Trekkin’ Across the Universe…

Happy Tuesday Folks!!

Today was a tiring day at CrossFit but not as tough as some of the previous classes have been. We started with some cleans (5 rounds of 3 with increasing weight, I got up to 55#s). Then we started our WOD. It’s as many rounds as you can do within a 20 minute time period. 5 Chest to Bars (however I had to do jumping pull ups…not much of a pull up!), 10 dips (again, these were tough), and 15 overhead squats with the 35# bar. Good news….That’s the most I’ve used in overhead squats, so I’m improving there!

I was drenched in sweat by the time it was over. Of course, it didn’t help that it was 78 degrees out there. I can’t imagine doing these workouts during the summer with 100 degree heat.

Hope y’all had a good workout today!

Saturday in the Park

I spent about 2 1/2 hours this morning walking around Tamarac Park. The weather was gorgeous! All in all I went 8.25 miles. I was only 5 miles away from the 1/2 marathon finish line, but I was pretty tired. In fact, my pace had slowed quite a bit. I think I did something to the side of my foot because it hurts. Hopefully having the next two days off will get it back to normal.

I started by doing a mile then doing 10 squats. This lasted for 4 miles. So, I ended up getting 40 squats in throughout the workout as well! After my walk I went to the HEB next to Town Market to get groceries but there wasn’t any parking spaces. I couldn’t believe how packed it was. Yes, I know it’s close to Christmas, but come on…So, I went to Randall’s instead. I bought a bunch of veggies (fresh) and herbs. I’m looking forward to new meals than the boxed dirty rice.

Now, as everyone probably knows….alcohol and diets do not go together. I had a few drinks Friday night and as a result I ate fried pickes, a hamburger, and fries for dinner. DOH. Poor choices. Then I went and ate a few pieces of pizza for dinner tonight. That was brought on by me getting on my scale….yes I know I wasn’t going to weigh in until Christmas day but my curiosity got the best of me. I was at 225….same weight…no change. So, I did the whole “What does it matter what I eat then?” attitude and ate the pizza.

I realize this is nothing but self sabotage. Even if I’m not losing weight, I’m still trying to get healthy and what’s healthy about Pizza or feeding myself poor food? So, I slapped myself back to reality and am back at it again.

My parents and nephews are staying with us next week and I’m hoping that I can resist the poor eating then as well. However, on Christmas I won’t lie by saying I won’t eat any bad foods. I will eat dessert, but I won’t pig out. The goal is to just have a bite or two, not a whole pie!

What are your plans for making it through Christmas without extra pounds?