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Sweaty Eyeballs

First off –

Remembered my sneakers for Wednesdays workout, lol

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I gotta say folks, I am sore as hell today, but it is THE best feeling.  I worked my ass off this week and I am so happy to be back into my rhythm.

It’s amazing how much I missed it.  I know this is the right way for me to go and as long as I keep going, everything else will fall into place.

Wednesday was a strength day.  Overhead Squats were the nemesis.

Now, I can’t say for certain, but as much as I recall, I could never really do OHS with weight , I usually did them with a dowel or training bar.  Well my friends, my 1 Rep Max was 35 lbs!  I know, not much, but for me this is astounding! The other gals in class got much higher, one was even 100 lbs!  Incredible to watch #girlsthatlift.

My OHS.  Still a ways to go, but progress is progress!
My OHS. Still a ways to go, but progress is progress!

 

After the 1 Rep Max, it was onto the workout.  You guessed it, more OHS.  But this time, it was 100 OHS for time.  Yup.  100.  And every time the bar hit the floor, it was a 10 sit up penalty.  For this portion of the workout, I used the dowel.  But honestly, it wasn’t any easier.  It sucked.  I found myself putting the dowel down to do the sit ups as a break.  It was hard and I was sweating out my eyeballs, lol.

Here are my numbers from the 100 OHS

Finished in 9:44

Did 100 OHS

Did 40 sit ups

Me with my “cool towel” post workout . I was dying!

 

 

 

Thursday was hard.  Even sweatier eyeballs tonight!

It was an AMRAP in 20 minutes.

5 Power Hang Snatch

7 HSPU

25 Double unders/ 50 singles

That is how it was supposed to be done.  Here is my modified version :

5 Power Hang Snatch 35 lbs

7 Modified HSPU – pike position

50 singles

Our goal for this was at least 5 rounds.  My arms were not as bad as I thought they were going to be from the OHS —- until I started.  I banged through the 1st round now prob, then the 2nd round, it was a little harder.  By the 3rd round, we decided the 35 lbs looked too easy and I tried 45 lbs.  I did the round with the 45lbs but boy-o was it a challenge! I went back to the 35lbs for the rest of the rounds.

For this workout – I got 7 rounds and 5 reps!!!! Goal was 5  rounds .  I think 7 rounds of anything in 20 minutes is pretty freaking good!

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My Chips – 5 white for the Goal rounds – 2 blue for the extra rounds!

 

Chips are funny. I look at them as accomplishments .  I know to some they mean nothing at all, but when I look at these  7 chips, I am so damn proud.

How about you? How was your week? I’d love to hear about it!

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Shit Happens – It is how you deal with it that defines us

Happy Sunday Everyone!

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.

 

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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 .

Still swimming.

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?

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Tuesday’s Ten Most Awesome

I couldn’t sleep last night.  Seriously, my mind raced all night – Prozac did not work, lol!

During my tossing and turning , like a million thoughts came to me.  One of them being, I have gotten such awesome feedback on this blog and my journey, lets expand it!

One thing about me is , I am real.  I tell it like it is, good, bad or indifferent.  I am an emotional goof ball.  So, I figured I would give this weekly post thing a go, but different than the Weekly One More. Weekly One More is about what I can do better to be the best me I can be, but baby steps at a time.

This one not so much fitness, but more just fun or whateva!  A random list of things besides my family ( obviously) that make me chuckle .

Here Goes:

 

Tuesday’s Ten Most Awesome Things to be Happy About !  ( in no particular order )

1. Listening to my daughter sing Tik Tok by Kesha ( and the wicked cool dance moves that go with it)

2. Quest White Chocolate Raspberry Protein Bars – Good Lord I could eat these all day

3. Old Navy Active work out clothes – what took me so long to get these?

4. Miss Saigon Original London Cast Music – Love Lea Salonga!

5. Central AC – it is muggy and humid here right now.  Frizzy hair city

6. Quoting Monty Python and the Holy Grail with my kids in the car  – ” Tis but a scratch! ”

7. Going out for a hamburger with my Grampy

8. Viral videos – Ain’t nobody got time fo dat!

9. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

10. Any music  you can do the Roger Rabbit to

 

So, that was the 1st Tuesday’s Ten Most Awesome.  Hope you enjoyed! Would love to see your Ten Most Awesome ! IT can be anything – make it what you want. #TTMA

We can’t sweat the small stuff, we have got to embrace it!

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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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Who am I ?

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TO ALL THOSE WHO GAVE ALL FOR US, THANK YOU.

TO ALL THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO GIVE THEIR ALL FOR US, THANK YOU.

 

This blog as most of you know is about my journey.  The good, the bad, the ugly, the ridiculous, the hilarious, the struggles and the triumphs.  This year, I will admit, I am really not proud of myself at all.  Honestly, I am really in a funk and I freaking hate it.  So , of course, you are saying to yourself,  ” So do something about it”.  Of course, that is the obvious answer.  And Lord knows I am trying.  This lack of working out and extreme funk is effecting me on all levels.  I suppose I never would of that that it would, but I guess the reality is, I have changed my life , I have changed my lifestyle. Weather or not, I am sticking to it, is one thing, but my body is reacting to the lack of exercise for certain.  Thank goodness I am still holding onto my size drop, but alas, there have been pounds gained.

I LOVE working out.  I am dying during it, but the rush when the workout is completed , is like nothing I have felt before.  I really think that for such a long time I felt so bad about myself.  My self esteem was horrible, I suppose on some level it still is, but through this journey, I have shown myself that I am pretty darn amazing 🙂

I want to continue and I want to get out of my funk.  If I could find a way to workout everyday, I would so do it.  I guess all of this is about balance.  I just need to find mine.

I did get a run in today.  Felt good to get moving.  Did not run as far as I would of liked, but a run is a run.  I will so not be ready for my color run on Saturday, but thats okay.  A bunch of my gym buddies will be there, so it will be fun.

When I started this, one of my goals was to run a 5k.  I did my first 5k last November.  The more I get to know my body and workout more,  I kinda think I am over running.  I would so much rather lift weights and do a workout than run.  Don’t get me wrong, I still will run and still want to be able to run, but as far as the bucket list is concerned, we met that goal. lol.

One of the biggest things about me, is I can’t keep my emotions or my feelings in.  I wear my heart on my sleeve.  I am a horrible liar. I am honest and upfront.  I suppose it is good and bad, but it is what it is.  I don’t know how to not be like that.  I like sharing my life, I like sharing my stories, I like hearing people and their stories.  I guess that is why I enjoy this whole blogging world.

So, yeah, I share my gym stories good or bad with those around me.  Sometimes, I can tell my kids don’t want to listen. And my husband, forget about it.   But my momma, welp, she always listens to me. I can call her up and start spouting off my workout and she just listens.  I have called her and literally said ” I know you will have no idea what I am talking about, but just listen” and she does.  I don’t always say it, but it means the world to me.    And it’s not just workout stuff, I can call her with anything.  I think we all need that person we can just vent to and let go with.  Thank you Mum!

I guess this is kinda a mish mosh of thoughts, but its been kinda a mish mosh day.  Here is to a great week for all of us!

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Back to Normal – With a New Look!

I needed a little bit of a upgrade.  Something fresh for the blog.  I like it! Hope you do too! Figured since I have been quiet for 3 weeks – I would come blazing back . I have been super super busy lately.  Work has been crazy, to say stressful would not even come close.  The hubs changed jobs, my son went to Disney with the band.  Just lots going on.

With that lots going on, I have only been able to make it to class about 2x week instead of my usual 3x. And, boy , is this body feelin’ it! I need to get to class more, fit them in.  I have been stuck at my weight too.  I know it is because I have not been doing everything I need to.  Time to step it up!

When last I blogged, I was going to attempt 14.5.  Major Fail.  There was no way I could do it RX as long as I needed to . Just no way, so I did ” Jack ” that night instead – pulled out an PR! Thank you to everyone for the support and encouragement as I attempted my first Open.

I have had some great workouts though, over the past few weeks! Here is some of how I did :

3/31 “Jack is a Cross Fit Benchmark workout.  I actually did this RX! I was so excited.

20 min AMRAP

10 Push Press 75 lb

10 KB Swings 35 lbs

10 Box Jumps 20″

I got through 5 +3 rounds.  I was really pumped!

4/2 for Time

500 m row

3 rounds

12 Pistols ( done with the rings)

8 Knees to elbow ( or as close as I could get)

500 m row

3 rounds

12 Pistols ( done with the rings)

8 Knees to elbow ( or as close as I could get)

500 m row

My time was 18:23.  We recently changed up how they modify pistols for those of us that can’t do them yet and It is way more challenging.  I feel like I get a better workout using the ring method.

4/7 for time

Its getting to be nicer out – so that means running returns to the workouts.  Dreaded it, but Love it!

400 m run

3 rounds

3 HSPU – which I can actually do now!!!!!

9 Deadlifts – 95 lbs

400 m run

3 rounds

3 HSPU – which I can actually do now!!!!!

9 Deadlifts – 95 lbs

400 m run

My time was 28:22

I am glad I can finally do HSPU. Still have a ways to go as far as getting down further, but I can hold myself up and then I can move myself down – Freaking progress people! Whoo Hoo!

 

4/10 for time

1000m row

100 Double unders – finally got some of my DU “swing” back – I used a speed rope and was able to bang out 4-5 in a row through the 100

75 KB Swings 35 lbs – At this point in the workout, I was struggling.  I had to do 5 swings at a time, I was pooped!

50 Grasshoppers – by far the easiest thing of this workout

25 Power snatches 65 lbs – At this point I was lucky to finish and not drop the bar on my head, but my awesome coach Holly was right by my side through the last of it, encouraging me and pushing me.

Final time 24:08

 

There you have it – a few of my workouts from the past few weeks.

In other news, I went for a run tonight.  I have been doing some calf exercises to loosen then up , but they got really tight tonight.  I walked it out and decided to see if I can run faster.  I mean, yes, technically , we all CAN run faster, but could I do it? I booked it.  Not sure how far I ran, maybe 100 – 200 m but I will say I found it a lot easier than ever before.   I just need a super sports bra.  Boy, did it hurt my girls, lol.  And my toosh!  I need a super  sports bra/ butt combo.  Haha.  If anyone hears about one, please let me know 🙂  Need to kick up the running – have a 5K on 5/31.

 

Feeling good about things right now! Looking forward to the future.

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Great Week!

Sorry I haven’t posted this week folks! I am back in the full swing of classes and work has been super busy.  So, I get home and crash, lol.

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This week I really enjoyed the WOD’s.  Here is how I did:

Monday

OH Squat practice  30 lbs – Ugh, these are not easy.

Chin Up Practice – green and tan band 4×5 reps.  This gave me hope for my pull ups. I can so do the Chin Ups more easier than Pull Ups, I don’t quiet understand why, but I will take it.  I was able to get my chin over the bar for every rep.

AMRAP 8 minutes

6 Goblet Squats – 44 lbs KB

12 V Ups

I got 6 rounds! I was shocked as shit at that.

Wednesday

10 Ring Dips – green band

20 Burpee Pull Ups – I can’t do these without changing it to jumping pull ups, so we changed it to 20 Burpees and 20 Pull Ups.  My Burpees still suck, but not as bad.  I am still the slowest but my slow is getting better.  My Pull Ups need work though.

30 Wall Balls – 10 lbs MB

40 Double Unders

Time 19:09

Thursday

Cross Fit Total WOD

I loved this one! I really enjoy the barbells and I want to be stronger.  But this was really fun, testing your limits and seeing how heavy you can go.  We partnered up, I was with Nicole.  She was a great partner.  Here is how I did:

Back Squat – 130 lbs

Press – 55 lbs – who Nelly is that one hard!

Dead lift – 210 lbs !!!!!  SOOOO Proud of that!

I am so proud of myself for the 210 dead lift.  So, of course, I am telling people about it.  And the responses have mainly been ” Better be careful about your back” ” thats a lot of weight, do you think you should do that?”   WHAT THE EVER LIVING FRACK?!?!?   Why do people think that I was just walking along, minding my business, saw a barbell on the ground and was like ” Hey there, let me try to pick you up, with no training, no coaching, just let me grab it?”  UGH! Everyone that knows me and their brother knows I have been doing Cross Fit for almost a year now, so of course, I know the proper way to do it, and my coaches are right there.  It just stinks cause I am so proud of this and people will take any chance they get to kick you down.

And for the record, I used to have back problems, bad sciatica.  Haven’t had it for years, but here  and there twinges and pains.  Since I started this – I have had no back problems! So there , mo fo’s!

I have come such a far way, and I have so far to go, but damn, its exciting! I am so energized to keep this going.

My weight has plateaued at the moment, but honestly, I am not letting that keep me down, I just gotta keep going. I gotta keep swimming!

Doing good on my Weekly One More too! had some eggplant yesterday!

This Phoenix is rising bitches! Get Ready!

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