I am not sure how many times you can get ” Back in the Saddle” but hey, I ‘m willing to keep getting in and falling out as long as it takes to get me where I am going.
I am coming off of a month that had no gym. My back was bad and my knees have been killing me. But honestly, I am convinced my knees are just because I am such a fat ass at the moment. So, I gots to move . I know , I know broken record. But hey, its my record and I will play it as many times as needed 🙂
So, I am returning to the gym tomorrow and so happy! It will be lift day . Hooray ! No better day to get back at it. Fresh start. Fresh month.
On an even more positive note, today marks 3 months flare up free. 3 months!!! No issues, no soreness, no rash. While there are still no answers to my mystery illness, I am so freaking thankful that I am able to live my life again, free from the bullshit I was dealing with. I cannot tell you just how much things have changed for the better over the last few months with my health. I am okay with the fact that I am undiagnosed. I am happy I got out of my funk and took the leap of faith and gave Plexus a shot. I am not going to turn the blog into a Plexus infomercial, but man, this shit is awesome!
I noticed today that I have to keep pulling my pants up. One of the things folks have told me about Plexus and the Triplex is that you lose inches, not pounds on it. See you later inches!!! And that is not even why I take it!!!! Another happy bonus.
Check back later this week to see how I survive lift day tomorrow!
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:
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 🙂
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?!?!
60 lb- 65 lbs- 70 lb- 75 lbs
Here are some pics from my Push Press -courtesy of my girl Alicia 🙂
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
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. email@example.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!
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!
Here is how I did :
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
I gotta say, I have really had such a great week, all around.
Back in the gym 3 nights this week. Sore today from it , but its the good sore 🙂 Not the bad sore I have been experiencing the last year or so .
Wednesday was Lift Day, as you know – MY FAVORITE! And it was dead lifts!!! I was very happy with how I did , but it just drove home that I am starting over and I have to let the numbers and how I used to be able to do things, go. And I used to get really frustrated with that, but now, I am in a much better place with it. Would I have loved to go in and rock a 220 lb Deadlift smashing my goal? Of course, but I was very happy I made it up to 95 lbs.
Starting over and that’s okay.
Here is how I did Wednesday :
5 sets 10 reps sit to stand squats on low box – yes, folks – we are reduced to squatting on a box. But it is totally okay, cause honestly the struggle with it was REAL. I was dying. So, it is most definitely a good place to start.
Onto dead lifts :
8 @65 lbs
Then there was 3 rounds of accessory work :
10 trx rows
10 resistance band pulls – supposed to be bench dips but i had a hard time with that
Planks! i did about 20 seconds on each one
Here is how I did Thursday :
I got some new sneakers for the gym, that did not work out so well. They were too big and my feet were literally coming out of them while rowing. So the rest of the workout was barefoot. Never stop Swimming!
500 m row
17 TRX lunges
17 push ups
17 v ups ( or what ever you call my version, lol, to the knee)
I finished in 30:54 , cap was 35:00 so I was really happy that I got it done in time, even modified.
Excited to go back next week. This is what I need, I just need to do my part and actually go.
This week – I am happy to report that I have done awesome with my no soda, no bread , no pasta changes. It may not seem big to some people, but believe me, It is HUGE for me.
Overall, things are pretty great at the moment. I kept on swimming, and I will continue to swim. Hope you do too, no matter what the situation.
Well folks , Yesterday was one of my best days in a very long time. Not only am I trying to lose weight , but now I had this added in mystery illness where no one can diagnose me. There is no possible way that losing weight and working out can harm me in any way , so I am diving back in , no matter if I am sore or not. Honestly , I am always sore, there is a baseline level of soreness, some days it flares up. I am making changes to try and see if any of it works to help me feel better.
One thing I have tried is Plexus, not for the weight loss aspect, but for the blood sugar level out and the help with inflammation . And, I gotta tell you , for those aspects, its definitely working . My only issue is that you need to drink tons of water when taking it and I am doing that , but I feel like I am retaining water. So, I am going to check with the doctor when I see him this week.
Now, it is no secret that healthy eating and I have never been good friends, but I am taking a different approach. I am attempting to cut out Soda, Bread, and Pasta. That last one is going to be a killer. I loves my pasta.
Day 1 of this plan, I think it went very well. My biggest victory was lunch, I got a burrito bowl from Qdoba. I got rice, chicken, cheese, a splash of queso and GUACAMOLE! Yes, guacamole. This was a very large step for me. I know to most, you are probably thinking ” Is this chick all right?” but this was big for me.
So much so , I took a pic
Next up on my healthy quest was snacking. I wanted to find something I could snack on and not eat crap. So, I went with almonds. But, I found, salted caramel almonds! And Sweet Baby, are those suckers delish! I took a pic of those too!
The salted caramel is not a thick caramel all over them, it is more like a salted caramel sugar, I don’t know , but it is yummo ! And only 4 carbs for 28 pcs! Winner Winner !
Now for the best part of the day :
BACK TO THE GYM!!!!
I found my notebook from the last time I was in the gym…. 8/13/15! Ugh. So not proud of that .
Tonight I had several moments during my workout when I wanted to Puke, to Cry and to Fart.
I didn’t know which way to go , lol. Needless to say, I held it together. How, honestly, I have no idea. What type of ridiculous, hell inducing , spawn of Satan work out was this, you ask?
OH SWEET BABY JESUS. This was a wicked hard one. I had sweat coming out of my eyeballs.
Here is the workout and how I did:
It was 3 AMRAP’s. Yes 3 .
#1 AMRAP in 7 minutes
4 Hang Cleans 55 lbs
12 Wall Balls 6 lbs.
Go ahead and laugh at the 6 lbs, but sweet baby, those were the heaviest 6 lbs ever, I swear.
I got 4 rounds and 11 reps on this one.
#2 AMRAP in 6 minutes
3 Hang Cleans 60 lbs
12 Wall Balls 6 lbs
I got 3 rounds and 4 reps
#3 AMRAP in 5 minutes
2 Hang Cleans 65 lbs
12 Wall Balls 6 lbs
I got 2 rounds and 8 reps
Like I said I wanted to puke , cry and fart at various points through this workout. It was a killer for sure. My back was hurting so bad, which I am sure is a sign I had bad form, but I still kept going.
All in all, I am very happy with my performance. I think I did pretty darn good. I am so very sore right now, but I am feeling so great, Getting back at it and nothing is gonna stop me now.
And did I mention, I did this whole workout in my socks. I forgot my sneakers!
It’s been almost 2 months since my last post. Let me explain, here goes…
The past 2 months have been tough. My beloved Gram took a turn for the worse, and on July 22, she made her final journey. At exactly 90 1/2 years old, she lived a long wonderful life. I have been so very lucky to have had my Gram for 35 years. My children had a relationship with their great-grandmother. I know so many people who don’t have that, who have never had that. We really are so fortunate, but, it doesn’t make it hurt any less. I miss her terribly. I always will. But I know she is up there looking down and making sure we are okay.
So, how does this play into my journey? Things don’t always work the way we plan. We have to adjust. We have to regroup. I planned on getting back into my routine. I didn’t plan on going to the hospital all the time. I didn’t plan on being at the hospice everyday. Would I change a second of it? Or regret my decision ? Absolutely not. As much as my physical health I am working on, my mental health is important too. Being there for the end with my sweet Gram means more to me .
And that is okay. Shit Happens to all of us. Something derails us for whatever reason – big or small. But you get through it. You can’t let the shit be the end of your journey. Honestly, this whole year of mine has been Shit. But, you know what? I am here. Still trying. Still moving .
So, here I am . Still going. More weight on than ever before. I feel like I am bursting out of my skin. And now that the dust has settled, Its time to get back at it. This week I got in 2 workouts and started watching what I eat.
I feel great.
Wednesday I worked on Front Squats. My 1 Rep Max was 90 lbs. I know this is not my best, but I will keep working at it. Squats are always something I struggle with.
After the front squats it was time for a complex. Power Cleans x Hang Cleans x Front Squat – I did this at 55 lbs. I was so glad I could do this with actual weight added to the bar. I have been out of it and not working out regularly , basically the whole year. So, for me to be able to feel confident in the weight, it was awesome.
Thursday was 2 work outs in 1 class. Coach Jane took some videos of me as I was working out. For the life of me, I cannot get them to load to this post. If I can figure out, I will post later.
1st workout was :
3 rounds 1 minute each
Alt DB snatch – 20 lbs. I used to be able to do 35 lbs. But when I picked up the 20 lb DB, I was like , oh man, its gonna hurt! I made it through, but boy that 20lbs got heavier and heavier
Row – I made it to 100 meters each time
Wall climb hold – this was supposed to be a handstand hold, And I geared myself up for it, but I was a mental case and could not get myself to commit and go down for the handstand. I opted for the wall climb hold. It was a lot more difficult with all this extra weight on. My last round , I thought my arms were going to snap. They were shaking like crazy.
The 2nd workout was at the park down the street.
Walking lunges, suicide sprints, wall balls, mountain climbers. All while dodging the goose droppings all over the place.
Have you ever had a moment when you realized that you changed? For me, no matter what the size, I have always been self conscious. If it thought something was too tight, or didn’t look good on me, I would not go out in it. So, how did I know I ‘ve changed?
There I was – in my workout gear. Rolls and fat and sweat and all. Outside in public. Busting my ass to complete the workout.
And not one shit was given.
I am finally in a place where I feel we are moving past this shitty year and resuming normal life. Rising above our challenges is never easy. But we cannot let it have the last word. Shit happens. Life Happens. It’s how you chose to deal with it. I choose to keep going.
What about you? How do you handle it when shit happens? Is it the end of the world? Do you move on? How do you rise above?
When last you checked in with your heroine ( me), I was at the end of months waiting to find out if a lump in neck was cancerous or not.
I AM ECSTATIC TO REPORT THAT EVERYTHING CAME BACK NEGATIVE! ALL CLEAR!
After months of emotional turmoil, I got the best end result and for that, I could not be any more grateful. My life was on hold and now I feel I have my life back. I feel I have to live life to the fullest.
I am so very grateful from the bottom of my heart for all of you who sent me messages, prayed for me, thought of me, and sent your positivity my way. I am so blessed, truly, truly blessed. I will forever cherish all the goodness that was sent my way .
Now back to our regular scheduled program….
I have not done a workout, like entered the gym, since October 15, 2014. Then, before that, my workouts were spurratic at best. Here and there for really the last 6 months.
No more excuses my friends.
Got back into the gym this week on Tuesday. A humbling and disappointing time, but, it had to be done so I can move on. I am so out of shape from where I was, its disgusting. I am ashamed I let myself slip back so much into the dark. So, what did I tell myself? You know it…. Everyone together…
Thats right kids, JUST KEEP SWIMMING. And man, did it take a lot to keep me afloat.
The WOD was 3 rounds, the usual suspects. Cleans, Burpees, Thrusters, lunges. I sucked it. Hard. But I knew I was going to. What I didn’t think I would have to do was resort to the training bar. Good Lord. The training bar. I used to be able to lift 65-75 lbs over my head and now I struggle with 15 lbs.
Sweet Baby Jesus.
So, since this was 3 rounds, my goal was at least 2 . And I did meet my goal. But, man, was it hard. And the soreness I have been feeling sucks hard. I knew that was coming, but its something I just gotta get through. I was so sore by Thursday, stairs were excruciating. I almost wasn’t going to go to the gym, but I decided I just need to get there and move. Even if it is modified to the enth degree, I need to move and hopefully it would also loosen me up.
I went. It was a wicked fun workout – granted just about every move was modified but I finished the workout and got a great work out in. Felt so damn good . Really. I do love working out, I love the feeling afterward, I love the soreness, I love the feeling of accomplishment. I need this. I need to keep it up.
Lets talk Resolutions. Do you make them? Do you keep them?
Me, neither, lol.
I do make goals for myself. For the time being, the goal is to get down under 200 lbs by my 35th birthday in July. I think its going to be hard, but I do think its doable. I am going to get back into the swing of things. I am going to succeed. I am going to conquer.
Thank you for coming on the swim and sticking by me through the crap. I hope to make you proud.
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:
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 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!
Let me just start off by saying how ugh I am right now . I am so incredibly pissed at myself and Wednesday nights workout was the icing on the damn cake .
I realize I have sucked lately , I am trying to get my groove back and failing miserably . I am trying to eat better and get this extra weight off that I put back on , I think I’m doing good and bam! Wednesday failure , fucking ugh . And I have no one to blame but myself but, throw me a fricken bone here !
So yesterday , here’s what happened:
Wednesdays workout was :
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 thrusters (I used 60 lbs)
20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2 box jumps ( I used 12″ box with 45 lb plate )
So it was thrusters, box jumps , thrusters , box jumps , you get the idea. I love box jumps , since I have been able to get on the box , it is my most favorite move , by far . So I was pumped for this , figured I could finish this in the time given. Thrusters would suck but I could do this . Timer goes off and we start going . For as long as I can remember when ever I do any sort of physical activity, my face gets red, I can feel it. Always been that way . This was an intense workout so of course I am going to be red. I didn’t think too much of it when my coach Jane came over to check on me , they usually check in with everyone , we get amazing personal attention . But as the workout went on , I could tell I was off , way off , to the point where I knew I had to stop. I was fighting back tears because I once again let myself down on something I CAN do and do pretty well. I stood by the window to get some fresh air and Jane checks in on me again and tells me I have gone from ” bright red to gray” a hilarious thought actually but serious and shitty . I sat down , I was shaking , trying to breathe / catch my breath. I just sat there and watched the rest of the class finish . My friend Jen, grabbed me a protein bar and it hit me that I hadn’t eaten much that day . I wolfed that sucker down . What a fuckin idiot I was , I was doing this workout and only ate a bowl of American chop Suey the whole day ! So stupid !
I feel like I am constantly failing myself and its driving me nuts. This journey is all me. No one decides this – just me. It is so mental its crazy. I have been stuck and I swear its tar. I was so upset driving home.
But, it was just one workout. One day. As much as I feel stuck and frustrated, the old me would of been derailed. So, what did I do?
I went right back to class Thursday and was psyched!
Thursday I finished my workout in time and PR’d my Front Squats! Oh Fucking Yeah!
Here is how I did:
Front Squat Strength 5×3
3 x 65lbs, 3 x 65 lbs, 3 x 75 lbs, 3x 75 lbs, 3 x 80 lbs! <————— PR BABY!!!
Workout for Time
5 Ring Dips
25 Double unders
I am still on the green band to assist with my dips, but I was finally able to lock my arms and keep the rings closer to me. It felt great! The DU, Coach Holly let me use her speed rope. Boy! I did so much better than I have done lately with them. I whipped the shit out of myself, but I did more DU’s than I have in such a long time, it felt so good.
Now, the ultimate sign, that yes, I am growing and changing. Today my office got take out from Kelly’s Roast Beef. A Boston classic. I have written before about their cheesy fries. Good Lord are they delicious. I opted for the grilled chicken sandwich. Yes, I suppose a salad would of been the healthiest choice, but for me, resisting the cheesy fries as they danced in front of me, tray after tray after delicious tray, was a VICTORY.
I have to keep swimming along, if I don’t , I am going to sink to the bottom, and AIN’T NO BODY GOT TIME FOR THAT!
For those who have seen the Sweet Brown Video – enjoy. If you have not seen it, check it out. It is Hilarious!