Feeling pretty great


Feeling pretty great

I wanted to post this photo I found through Pinterest (it’s not of me) because it keeps me inspired. I also sometimes need to remind myself that weight is not indicative of fitness. Last summer I weighed 115lbs, which I felt good about, but my muscles had probably deteriorated. My new goal is to be whatever weight I need to be to have the body that I want, which is somewhere along the lines of the picture below.

I can already feel myself getting a little bit stronger… is that possible already? Ha!

Tuesday and yesterday I went to CrossFit, the Tuesday workout was:

Muscle Up

For Time

400 M Run
3 Rounds
2 Muscle Ups
4 Handstand Push Ups
8 Toes to Bar
12 Box Jumps
400 M Run

Rx: Box Jumps: 24″/20″
Level 2: 2 Modified Muscle Ups PER Muscle Up, AbMat Handstand Push Ups, Knees to Elbows, Box Jump 24″/20″
Level 1: 3 Pull Ups AND 3 Dips substitue for Muscle Up, AbMat Handstand Push Ups, V-Ups, Box Jumps, 20″/16″

My time was 11:36, doing level 1, except I totally forgot to do the push-ups (I’m so spacey), and I’m pretty sure I was not doing the V- ups right. My abs weren’t sore the next day and I could barely do them. It was hard, which made me realize how important it is to keep at this cause I used to LOVE doing V-ups, they are such a good exercise for the lower abs. I wasn’t sore on Wednesday morning after doing this workout, which maybe is a good thing-maybe I’m getting in shape…

Yesterday’s workout was exciting:

Squat Clean
3 – 3 – 3 – 3 – 3

“High Tide”

7 Power Cleans
21 Wall Balls

Rx: Power Cleans 155/105, Wall Balls 20/14
Level 3: 135/95, 20/14
Level 2: 95/65, 16/12
Level 1: 65/45, 14/8

I thought this workout would be IMPOSSIBLE for me because of the Power Cleans, but it was actually quite exciting for me because I could actually do them. I did 4 reps plus 7 power cleans using 35lbs for the cleans and a 10lb medicine ball. I actually wish I used a lighter ball because I couldn’t throw it up passed the line for hardly any of my wall balls. But I still got a good workout from it, so eh, I’m happy with it. I felt bad because the coach specifically mentioned that you shouldn’t count it if you didn’t get over the prescribed height, but I wasn’t about to stop halfway through and run to get another ball, so I thought it was okay. All in all, Wednesday’s workout made me feel good about myself because the cleans look intimidating and I was able to do them. It’s hard for me to remember the forms throughout the movement when there are so many specifics, so this was a mental thing for me, and I succeeded 🙂


Friday the 13th

I think I’m going to start each post with a quote from here on out, so here is today’s:

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~Howard Thurman

I didn’t work out yesterday, nor did I post the workout that I did on Wednesday night. So… here I am! Wednesday I went to Crossfit thinking that the WOD was going to be fairly straightforward and easy for me. Here’s what it was:

3 Rounds for time

500 M Row
12 Deadlifts
21 Box Jumps

Rx: Deadlifts: Bodyweight, Box Jumps 20″/20″
Level 2: 135/95 or 3/4 bodyweight, Box Jumps 20″/20″
Level 1: 95/65 or 1/2 body weight, Box Jumps 16″16″

I thought I was an o.k. box jumper so I figured that was easy enough. Rowing always seemed pretty easy for me. So I thought the deadlift might be a challenge since I hadn’t done it at a CrossFit gym. Well, put the three of these together and try and do them as fast as you can and its pretty challenging. I actually think I was the last person to finish with a time of 12:36. The deadlift weight I used was 65lbs.

I’m not upset about this because I know that I can absolutely improve this time. When I signed up for CrossFit I decided to try going 3 times a week, thinking it would motivate me and I would see results faster, but I’m finding that it’s exhausting for me. Here is my schedule I try to follow:

Sunday: Rest

Monday: Kickboxing

Tuesday: CrossFit

Wednesday: CrossFit

Thursday: Rest

Friday: CrossFit/light workout

Saturday: Yoga

I was going to try and go tonight since I’m leaving work early due to the long weekend (Marathon Monday- yay!), but the WOD is not very appealing to me and I am not motivated to do it. Instead of giving us a workout, we are supposed to do a goal oriented workout where do a workout that we want to get better at. For me that would probably be the kipping pullups since I don’t even think I can do one. I guess that’s frustrating in itself, how am I going to do more than one? I know, that’s a silly way to think of it, you can never get better unless you try.

But anyways, its Friday and I don’t want to go. I was feeling crappy yesterday and I am looking forward to yoga tomorrow. Maybe I’ll go for a walk tonight.

Happy Weekend!

Back from vacation blues

I went to California from March 28th-April 3rd with the intent of not letting a vacation spoil my momentum for eating healthy and working out. Easier said than done! Although, I think I’m too hard on myself. The first day I was there I made sure I went to Trader Joe’s to stock up on all the goodies that I regularly eat: sweet potatoes, assorted nuts, almond butter, veggies galore, coconut water, sweet potato chips (I am obsessed and they are my guilty pleasure), yogurt, etc… I’m pretty sure my friend thought I was nuts, but I tried to tell her that when you go from eating super healthy and have fast food no more than once every three years, suddenly bombing your body with Taco Loco or McDonalds is KILLER! I felt like I was making her feel bad for the way she eats… but then I realized, I am done feeling like a lunatic for trying to maintain my health. It can get to you after a while.

Anyways, the 2nd day there I went for a hike all day at Crystal Cove State Park. I thought it was going to be a short hike, but the trail map was confusing and I got carried away. Either way, it was beautiful and my body was so sore afterwards. I kept seeing signs about respecting the rattlesnakes and mountain lions because they are natural to that habitat and it made me a little freaked out but you only live once! I’ll post some pictures up when I get them off my camera. After this hike, I didn’t work out for the rest of the week! And, I gave up trying to be healthy because we went to Vegas and fast food was the easiest thing to eat.

I got back Tuesday at midnight and was going to workout on Wednesday but I was so exhausted from traveling and I had finally gotten to sleep in my own bed that I slept in so late. I did yoga on Saturday which made me feel better about my slacking, and on Monday kickboxing was a pretty intense workout that Caleb and I got to do together (which makes me super happy). So that got my motor running. I did CrossFit last night and now I feel like I’m on again and can’t wait to do more. The workout was:

Front Squat
3 – 3 – 3 – 3 – 3

“Sweet Sting”
3 Rounds for time

10 Front Squats
20 Hand Release Push Ups
40 Double Unders

Rx: Front Squat 155/105
Level 2: 115/80, 20 Double Unders
Level 1: 75/50, Assisted Push Ups, 15 Double Under Attempts

Ha! By the way I’m such a ditz… I did not see the “3 rounds for time” and if I did, I forgot about it. I find that I have a really hard time remembering the details and really benefit from having someone there to tell me how many of everything I’m supposed to be doing and then also having them count for me. Which is just ridiculous. So, instead of doing 3 rounds for time, I thought we were repeating the workout as many times as possible in 10 minutes. Funny. And I didn’t even keep track of how many times I repeated the workout, so I did this workout for about 11 minutes before I realized that everyone else was done and I was exhuasted. In conclusion, I’m not sure what my time would have been for 3 rounds or how many rounds I actually did, but the weight for my squats was 65lbs. Silly me! But at least I challenged myself!

Ps. I happened to weigh myself at my parent’s house (which is usually where I do my weighing), and I have gained 4lbs in the past month…. I’m not sure if its the vacation or if I was actually able to build muscle in 1 weeks worth of working out (I’m guessing its the former since my pants are too tight). I was slightly disappointed in myself, but working out has made me feel better. And besides, I need to remember that ITS NOT ABOUT THE WEIGHT ANYWAYS! So there.