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Refuse to Sink

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Refuse to Sink.

I think this is a perfect way to explain how I feel right now.

My health, my life, my well being, I have taken  matters into my own hands and sticking with what works for me.

I Refuse to Sink.  I will Keep Swimming.  I will conquer no matter how long it takes.

 

 

 

This week at the gym, I was really proud of myself. Here is how I did:

Monday

8 min AMRAP

5 push press – 25 lbs

6 box jumps – I am jumping on 2 plates right now,

working my way back up to the box, currently at 7″

7 KB swings 0 26 lbs

I got 5 rounds, 11 reps

6 min AMRAP

6 thrusters – 25lbs

60 single jumps

I got 3 rounds.  Whoa Nelly were those jumps harder than I thought! Snuck up on me!

4 mins- as many backsquats as possible – 15 lbs – I got 60.

To say my legs were burnin would be an understatement.

Wednesday – Lift day!!!

My favorite!!! Wish it was every day 🙂

Back Squats

3-3-3-3 increasing weight after warm up set .  6lb- 75 lb- 85 lb – 95lbs!!!!!!   Yeah baby – 95 lbs, how the hell did I pull that out?!?!

Push Press

3-3-3-3

60 lb- 65 lbs- 70 lb- 75 lbs

Here are some pics from my Push Press -courtesy of my girl Alicia 🙂

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And – Can I just say , I didn’t look as bad from the back as I thought I would , lol

 

 

Accessory work / 3 rounds

10 single leg dead lifts – 18lbs

8 seated presses – 18lbs

30 frog pumps

(3) 20 second hollow holds

Thursday

4 rounds

200 m row

15 wall balls – 8lbs

15 box jumps – ( actually 7″ plates )

15 hollow tucks

I completed this in ……. get ready for it……. 18:24 !!!!!!   What the frack ?!?!?  I was dying, sweat dripping, eyeballs sweaty, ready to puke, but I DID IT!

Honestly, I believe it was the power of MC HAMMER , that propelled me.  We had a 90’s throwback jams playlist going , along with Hammer , we had Humpty Hump, No Diggity, you get the gist.  I was 2 Legit 2 Quit! It was quite the interesting class.  Coach Jane always makes it fun.

 

I have got to tell you folks, yours truly , is back at it , back in the game, and the Swim is strong! After the past year and a half of all my various crap, I am back doing what I need to do for me .

Managing my condition, once I had a better understanding of what is going on and how my body is reacting to things with the info from my drs, was number 1.

I needed to get working out.  I really just love working out in this format.  I do. I feel good, I feel strong , I feel fierce. I feel freakin awesome!

In addition, adding Plexus into my daily routine has helped so much . It has really helped me so much, I cannot even put it into words.  I wish I had discovered it sooner.  The funny thing is, I didn’t realize how much I wear my emotions on my face. I keep hearing how people can tell I am feeling better. How crazy is that?   I signed up to be a Plexus Ambassador because this product is now something I  NEED, I do. I figured why now get the most of it as possible.  If you are interested in learning about Plexus or want to give it a whirl – check  out my site : Meg’s Plexus Site.

Or shoot me an email – lets chat. lessthighsmorethunder@gmail.com

I feel better than I have in such a long time.

It’s taken me a while and its a long road, but I feel I am at the start of a great part of this journey!

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Sometimes you surprise yourself

Happy Easter Folks!

 

Sometimes you surprise yourself, I think that is really the best surprise .  I was at the gym 3 times this week .  Did some new stuff and did things that honestly going into it , I thought I had no chance.

 

I have been pretty sore this week, which sucks, not gym sore, but me sore, if that makes sense.  I started taking Plexus .  One of my blog friends I met a few years ago got me into it.  I  have to say, I don’t know how, but this stuff works.  For example, I am always sore, but when I take it, I am not as sore, and I feel great.  That’s enough for me.  If you are interested in reading up on Plexus or would like to check it out and try some your self, check out my site : Meg’s Plexus site.  Yes, I signed up to sell it, but really just to get a better deal on it.  Hey, at this point, anything that makes me feel better, I owe it to myself to try it.  And the doc said it was good too.

The gym this week was great!  Three times again, really happy with that .

Monday – Sweet Baby Jesus – Monday was killa!

It was :

15 Wall balls, 15 burpees ( modified) ,15 KB swings ( i think I had 26 lbs), 15 BW squats, 15 side toe touch planks, 75 singles, 15 Step ups, 15 Push Press 55 lbs

The work out was 2 mins to get through as much as you can, rest, 4 mins to get through as much as you can starting from beginning, rest, 6 mins get through as much as you can from the beginning , rest , then get through all of it.  Man O Man.  It was rough.  Even though everyone else was doing 25 reps, and I had things modified, it was so hard!

Wednesday – Lift Day !

We worked on Front Squats – now since returning to the gym my squats are just as horrid as they were when I started 3 years ago.  If not worse, I did not think I was going to be able to do this, let alone with the bar…. And whaddya know? Not only did I do them with the bar, I kept adding weight!

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10 reps @ 30 lbs

8 reps @35 lbs

6 reps @40 lbs

4 reps @ 45 lbs

2 reps @ 50 lbs!!!!

And I did not fall over!!! I thought for sure that was going to happen.

 

Then we did some bench presses.  Surprisingly , I have never done bench presses before, but I gotta say…. Mama like!  These are awesome!! Where have they been all my life?!

For these I knew I could do them , no question. Here is how I did:

10 reps @ 55lbs                                                        Bench Press!

8 reps @ 65 lbs

6 reps@ 70 lbs

4 reps @ 75 lbs

 

 

 

Please do not mind my Tweedle belly which you can clearly see on display here.

By Tweedle, I mean Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.  See what I mean, lol.images-2

After that , we had some accessory work. It was 3 rounds, my weight kept going up each round, which felt great .  I love lifting the weights.

8 landmine bent over rows – 10lbs, 20 lbs, 25 lbs

8 single arm floor press ( a fav! ) 20 lbs, 22 lbs, 25 lbs

20 mountain climbers, 20 supermans

I felt so freaking amazing when I left the gym on  Wednesday.

 

 

Thursday – Holy Crap on a Cracker. IMG_4116

It was a 20 min AMRAP.

8 DB Snatches Alt 25 lbs!

12 single leg squats ( did this modified with the help of the TRX)

6 Plank rows ( no weight) into a reverse lunge ( no weight)

I don’t know how, but I made it through 4 plus 8  rounds.  At one point during the squats I was trying to breathe, and I kept saying ” Just Keep Swimming ” Swear to God, that mantra works wonders.

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My round chips – 3 White for the Goal , 1 Red for Goal Smashed!

Then there was a ”  But wait , there’s more ” Bonus – 4 rounds , 30 mountain climbers, 10 bw squats.  I completed it in 3:46.  How I did not collapse, I will never know.  Another happy surprise, lol.

 

I also tried cutting out bread , pasta and soda.  Past 2 weeks I have done pretty good.  No pasta at all, which for me is an eternity.  Soda, I had some this weekend, and bread too.  It’s Easter. Fresh snowflake rolls.  I did not stand a chance. But hey, whats life if you can’t enjoy it , right?  I will be back on the good streak tomorrow. Back to the gym too.

I am trying to get in walks where I can .  I work on a very busy stretch of road, and we are surrounded by trailer parks.  Not exactly a scenic walk, but a walk is a walk. Today, we got home from Easter festivities and I took my pup for a walk.  At least its something.

 

Today was the 1st Easter without my Gram.  We had steaks and french fries, it was what my Gramps wanted, so we did it.  It just did not feel like Easter without her.  I would bring her Easter Lilies here and there, so I wanted to make sure I got one to her today .  I think she would of liked them, they smelled beautiful.

Ready to crush another week! Are you ??

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Back with a Vengance!

Hello there people!

How have you all been?  I have been busy ( of course), lol.  Work has been super busy, kids finished up school and all the jazz that goes along with it.

All that being said, I have continued with my workouts.  I have said before , how this year, I really have been unhappy with myself over how I have done.  I haven’t been eating right, I wasn’t getting to class as much.  I am happy to report I am back on track.  THIS IS WHAT I NEED. BADLY.  I have increased my classes to get myself in the right routine.  So far, so good!

Even though I have was not getting to class as much as I wanted, I still gave it my all when I was there.  I had some PR’s in June too!

So, lets start fresh with this week.  Here’s how I have done so far:

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Monday

Back Squat Strength Practice

5×3, 105 lbs, 125 lbs, 125 lbs, 135 lbs, 145 lbs!!! ——> That’s a PR Baby!!!

Then the work out was a 12 Min Amrap

6 Push Press – 65 lbs

12 OH Plate lunges 15 lbs – this was supposed to be with the bar, but there was no way I could do it, so first I started with 25 lbs plate, that was a joke. So, my coach gave me the 15 lbs plate  instead.  What a difference that made.  I got through 5 rounds plus 10 reps into the 6th.  I was really psyched about the Back Squat PR.  So proud of myself!

Today

Today was my first venture into the 5 am class.  The amount of strength in that class is pretty amazing.  Inspiring to watch everyone.  I really struggled with the workout today and I told myself if I get through 1 round, I would be happy with that.  So , here goes:

800 m run – last one of course.  But I finished the run.  Took me a long time though.

25 Burpees – the devil.  Serious. Devil burpees.  I hate them so much.  They slow me down cause I can’t freakin do them great.  Took for-fucking-ever to get them done.

25 Power Cleans – 85 lbs.  i was doing 65 lbs, but Holly said to go to the 25 lbs. Glad I did – another PR!

25 Pull Ups – double green band , still 😦  but I got them done too

I only got 10 burpees into the next round, it was supposed to repeat the 25’s, then another 800 m run.  Some folks finished it.  I was happy just to be working out.

Some day , I will finish all the WOD’s, lol!

 

You know, this blog is really the best motivation I could have.  Reading back some of these entries.  Man, I have come a long way.  And there is so much farther to go!

 

Its getting fun folks!

 

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Lunge and Squat Hangover

One of the things that stinks when you wobble off the wagon is getting back into the wagon and your body adjusting.  Granted I was only off my game for 2 weeks, but my legs are still sore from the lunges of my Monday workout and the squat jumps and over head squats from Wednesdays workout.

Lets break down my work out from Wednesday:

We did Overhead Squats – I knew it was going to hurt but it is better to keep moving than to sit and wait for it to feel better ( at least for me it is) .  Squats are not my strong suit as you all know, but I kinda rocked it with the Overhead Squats .  How, I do not know, but I felt really great about them.  My weight was 30 lbs which is the heaviest I have done yet for Over head Squats.  Here is a picture of someone doing an over head squat for those who are unfamiliar.

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You have to lock your arms out over your head and hold the barbell, then squat.  So, I was fearing them until I started them, and saw I could do it easier than I did before – so PROGRESS! And get this – so I am down in the sit and look up , I can see my right arm’s reflection in the window in front of me = and you know what ?!?! This gal’s got some muscle! Now, maybe it was the lighting, or a shadow, but I really think it was definition starting to show through!

So – that was the first part of the work out then it was the WOD.

3 minutes on/ 1 minute off    for 4 rounds

4 Ring Dips  ( used green band)

6 Alternating Push Press ( 25 lbs DB)

8 Jump Squats

My score was : 186 reps

So, why do I say ” Hangover”? Cause my gams are still sore! It was the laugh of the week at the office too since I was shuffling around, but I kept saying when I lose all this weight, who will be laughing then?!?!

Looking forward to getting into class Monday 🙂

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You know, when I started this, I was just in the now, working on myself taking it one day at a time, which I still do.  But I am loving the thought of 2 years down the road and being a fit person.  They always say Hard work will pay off – and by golly I am the living embodiment of it.