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Working on my snatch balance… and other things

It’s been a week of trying but not succeeding.

Specifically when it comes to my meal prep and clean eating.  Although I was successful in bringing lunch to work Monday – Thursday and actually eating it! That’s actually a big win!  I also had one too many excuses to skip my work out.  After being away for a couple weeks, I tried to start up my Crossfit workout plan but struggled with the snatches.  

I started up again yesterday and managed to snatch balance 60lbs.  Felt a bit wobbly but I know that I’m making progress.  Back squat and front squat @ 110lbs – 2reps 5 sets.  Feeling pretty good with the squats and looking forward to the next couple weeks when I start working towards a new PR.  Today for clean & jerk, I got up to 90lbs, which I think is a new PR.  Focused on hitting 100lbs, although I don’t think that will happen until I return to Sublime.  I’m still struggling with my grip on a 45lb bar and without bumper plates, I’m very nervous about dropping the weights on the floor.

I’m actually hoping to sign up again at Sublime by mid-August.  I’ve been thinking lately that I just miss the box, the community and all the support I got when I was there.  I’m just looking at the budget to make sure I can make the numbers work :)

I also completed 3 PiYo workouts.  They’re definitely not easy and I do love the stretching involved.  The workouts are quite short, the longest being 40 minutes.  Today’s Define: Lower Body workout was 25 minutes long and I worked up a sweat and really stretched out my legs.  Felt great!  I’ve also been drinking Beach Body’s Shakeology.  I can’t tell if it’s made a difference in my cravings but I haven’t been giving 100% so I don’t want to say that it’s not working.  I’m going to keep trying to stay on track to truly see if the Beach Body program results in progress.  I don’t want to be sabotaging myself.

Wish me luck!

 

Good first day…

Back from 12 days in Ontario and so far so good :)

Vacation highlights:

  • 2 days in Niagara Falls – celebrated Canada Day at Niagara Falls and watched the awesome fireworks display.  Did a lot of walking around while we were there.
  • 2 days in Toronto – more walking down Queen Street and around the Eaton Centre
  • 8 days in Port Elgin – beautiful resort on Lake Huron.  A week spent with 100 other families from across Canada, learning about Social Justice issues around the world, Health & Safety standards, and Unions (the history, their role, vision, etc).  The kids had an amazing time, participating in camp activities and making new friends.

Surprisingly I did make it to the gym a couple times while in Port Elgin, the gym consisted of 90% weight machines, so I couldn’t do any olympic lifts or squats/deadlifts, etc.  Although all food was included and there were desserts available at every meal, I actually only had dessert twice.  And not even full dessert, just small pieces.  So I’m quiet proud of that.  I did indulge in a daily latte (sometimes twice a day!)  So delicious!!  All in all I don’t think this vacation threw me off track.  Truth is, even before the vacation, I was really struggling with eating healthier.

I also received my Beach Body PiYo Challenge pack, which includes the workout DVDs and a month supply of Shakeology.  Made a shake today with a 1/2 banana and it was okay, a little grittier than the protein I usually drink but nothing I can’t get used to.  I also watched the intro DVD to get familiar with the moves.  First actual workout is tomorrow, I can’t wait!  I’m really hoping this program will help me with my flexibility/mobility.

I also took my “before” pictures and they didn’t look pretty.  But that’s okay.  A part of me didn’t even want to take the pictures, but I knew that I needed to have a picture to compare my progress against.

Today’s eats were pretty good.  Shakeology shake in the morning with my one-pump white mocha americano from Starbucks.  Quinoa, roasted zucchini and a couple shake n bake drumsticks, spinach salad with grapes and pumpkin seeds, then for dinner, quinoa with a couple eggs and turkey bacon.  I also munched on some popcorn and that’s about it!  Didn’t give into the dark chocolate craving or any other cravings :)

Really hoping I can stay motivated and focused.

Still here.. with an upcoming challenge!

Wow, it’s definitely been a very long time since I last posted.

And I’ve been on here reading up on everyone’s posts just struggled to write up a post about what’s going on with me.

So where should I start?

I think I mentioned in my last post that I didn’t renew my crossfit membership.  At least for the summer.  With work being extremely busy the last month and summer vacations coming up, I knew that I wouldn’t be making it to crossfit classes regularly, and decided to take the summer off and re-visit the idea of starting up crossfit again in September.

I did purchase a month of workouts and online training.  I’m on my 4th week, and it’s been going fairly well.  It’s been taking me about 1.5 weeks to get through 4 WODs due to my full schedule but I’m making progress.  I’m definitely challenged with the limitations of my home gym equipment but I’m doing the best I can.  I’ve also worked out at my work gym, but find it very distracting with so many people around me working out on different things, whereas with the WODs we were all doing the same exercises.

Another challenge would be having to use a regular Olympic bar.  What can I say, I’ve gotten used to the women’s bar (35lbs) and find myself struggling with getting a good grip on a regular bar.  Especially when trying to lift heavier, it’s a bigger challenge.  Again, I’m doing the best I can.

And I’m actually excited because even with the limited equipment and having to use a men’s bar (45lbs) I’m getting stronger with my lifts.  The biggest excitement for me was being able to power snatch and overhead squat 70lbs!!!  If you recall in one of my earlier posts, during the Crossfit Open WODs, I was very discouraged and disappointed when I could overhead squat 65lbs (I believe this was the week 2 WOD).  So for me to overhead squat 70lbs felt amazing! It wasn’t easy and I’m pretty sure I could have gone a 1/2 inch deeper in my squat, but I’ll take it!  This week I also clean & jerked 85lbs, which was super exciting.  I think I could have gone heavier if I was able to get better grip on the bar.

Here’s a video of my 85lb clean & jerk, please ignore my son playing in front of the camera.

Clean, power clean & jerk @ 85lbs

I miss working out with the bumper plates.  For some reason having regular plates on the bar (which are so tiny) doesn’t look as impressive as a bar loaded with bumper plates.. hehe

Here’s my power snatch and overhead squat @ 70lbs.  Again, not very pretty but it’s good motivation to keep me pushing.  This was actually my 2nd attempt at 70lbs.  I failed on my first attempt and was about to call it quits but the hubby insisted I try again.  Take a few minutes to rest and give it another try.  I’m glad he pushed me to try again.

Power snatch and overhead squat @ 70lbs

My current goals are to do a 100lb clean and jerk and 75lb snatch and overhead squat.  Currently I’ve been focusing on the power snatch but I really need to start working on my full snatch and getting comfortable with being under the bar.

Eating-wise, things have been okay.  They’re not terrible but I’m not 100% eating clean.  And that’s okay.  There were days, like today where I really wanted to have a brownie and I did.  Of course I probably didn’t need to eat the entire brownie, but it was just there… sitting on my desk.. hehe

But what I’m most excited about is starting a new challenge.  It’s actually Beach Body’s new workout.. PiYo.  Here’s a small blurb from the BeachBody website:

“Chalene Johnson took the very best Pilates- and yoga-inspired moves and cranked up the speed to give you full-throttle cardio, strength, and flexibility training—all at once. PiYo packs it ALL into each workout so you can build lean muscle mass—as you’re burning crazy calories.”

What caught my eye immediately was the flexibility training.  I definitely lack in flexibility and mobility and I know that this hinders my performance and progress in crossfit.  And I know that I should be stretching regularly, and I even bought “The Supple Leopard” to help me, but so far I’ve only opened the book a few times and overall simply do not stretch enough.

So I decided to give this new program a try.  I just placed the order so I’m hoping to get started in a couple weeks (mid-July).  Perfect start time, since I’m away on vacation for the first 2 weeks of July.

Actually when I first start my journey to get fit and lose weight post-baby, it was Beach Body’s Insanity program that helped me reach my first goal.  So I’m fairly confident that this program will deliver results, of course as long as I stay focused and committed.

I’m also determined to track my progress while on this program, so I will be posting pictures regularly.  I’m also hoping to eat as clean as possible to help with the results.  Very excited!

May Long Weekend…

I can’t believe we’re half way through May!  And June is only a couple weeks away.  The year is flying by.  It’s May Long weekend and the sun is shining.  It could be warmer (+15 right now) but I’ll take it after the miserable last few months,

Anyway, I’m here at work and I got the following Outlook reminder pop up:

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I told myself that I would start putting gym time in my calendar to ensure I made it.  So far this week, I haven’t made it to the work gym and today I actually can!  So I’m excited but at the same time I’m trying to convince myself to take it easy today and enjoy the weekend. hehe…  today’s workout is:

Day 2: FSQ int %’s + CL mod + OHS + Rowing Map

A) Front Squat @70% 5 X 5 / 3:00 Rest

B) Hang Power Clean – Build to Tough Single in 10:00

     – Rest as needed, Not a Max

C) Over Head Squat @33X1 3 Reps X 3 / 90s

     – Slow, controlled. Get comfortable with the bar overhead.

D) Row 1:00 @ High Intensity / Rest 1:00 X 7 

I actually like all the exercises, even the row. 

I should probably go.. pack up my laptop and just go workout.

Getting this workout in would be the perfect start to the long weekend.

Okay, it’s settled.

I’m going!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Struggling to get back on track..

So last week I made the decision to postpone the renewal of my Crossfit membership.  Definitely a hard decision considering Crossfit Regionals have just started and I spent some time watching the Canada West Regionals.  Is was so inspiring!  That being said, I still couldn’t justify the cost of the membership, with the lack of consistency making it to the WODs.  I still want to continue my Crossfit training, so I purchased a monthly customized workout plan which I hope to follow using my work gym.  When I read the workout program I was very excited because the included exercises will help build that foundation while learning and strengthening my Olympic lifting techniques.  My original plan was to start the program yesterday but that didn’t happen.  Then I planned on going to the gym today, and brought all my workout gear to work.  I just couldn’t get away from my desk.  Probably won’t happen either tomorrow :(

I’ll try though.. we’ll see what happens.  It really is frustrating but I can’t beat myself up for not making it.  Work is just kicking my butt! 

Definitely looking forward to the long weekend.  Not sure if we’re going anywhere but even a few days of taking it easy will be nice and much needed.

Back to work for me.. I just wanted to let you all know that I’m still alive.. hanging in there.  

Not sure what to do

My one year membership at Sublime crossfit is later this week which means it’s time for renewing my membership. Except I’m not 100% sure if I should. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love Crossfit and everything it has done for me this past year. I guess with my injury last November and my irregular workout schedule I feel like I haven’t made much progress at all the past 6 months. Testing is just around the corner and I’m pretty certain I won’t see much gains and that’s very disappointing and frustrating. Of course and gain however big or small is still a success. I think I’m just really frustrated right now. If I renew my membership I’m thinking of switching back to the building program to help build up my strength. At the same time I’m wondering if i don’t plan on continuing with the Olympic lifting maybe I should just workout at home?
Ugh… I’m feeling very lost right now.
Thinking maybe I should take a short break and reevaluate my goals? Truth is Crossfit isn’t cheap, definitely worth the $$$ but it needs to line up with goals.

Hopefully I can figure things out in the next day or two.

Frustrating WOD…

Good Morning!

I actually have another post that I started yesterday, but now that it’s a new day, I’ve actually got newer things to write about.

Yesterday’s post had a lot to do with my interview (which went really well yesterday afternoon) and the job positions I now need to choose between.

But anyway, enough of work talk.  What I really need to get out there is my frustration from yesterday’s WOD.  Which was:

  • Snatch – @80% 2 reps, 2 sets, @90 1 rep, 3 sets
  • Snatch grip behind the neck press 3 reps + 1 overhead squat – 3 sets
  • Back squat – @70% 3 reps, @80% 3 reps, @90% 2 reps, 3 sets
  • 3 rounds for time:  8 ring rows, 15 kbs (55#), run (not sure of the distance, it was one block – out&back)

For the past month or so, I’ve been practicing my power snatch, as opposed to catching in a squat position.  Last night, Coach Gail wanted me to focus on getting underneath the bar in that squat position.  And I don’t know why it’s so terrifying for me to drop into a squat.  I was working with a light weight (50#) which after 5 days of no workouts, felt very heavy for me.. hehe..  but I just struggled so much.  And there was actually one attempt, where as I was pulling the bar into the overhead position, my right foot somehow slipped and I was off balance for only a second and luckily managed to catch my balance and still hold on to the bar.  Thinking back to that moment, it could have been quite the disaster and the injury.  Because my foot had slipped from underneath me, I could have easily landed on my back and who knows what I would have done with the bar.  That’s another issue I seem to struggle with, letting go and dropping the bar.  So many times, Coach Kyle has told me to just drop the bar after a lift.. but I never do.  Ever.  Maybe it’s the noise of the bar dropping that I don’t want to hear.. or cause?

Anyway, moving forward I really need to work on my squat snatch, and I know there’s going to be a lot of frustration that comes along with the practice.  I’m hoping that I can practice consistently and make progress.

The snatch grip behind the neck press was also very difficult for me and again very frustrating.  It wasn’t a good day and I’m realizing that my nutrition is also impacting my energy/strength levels.  I’m not eating enough and not fuelling my workouts.  So I need to address this right away.  Sad part about this week?  I made one meal… no other cooking :(    I need to make a change.

Back to yesterday’s WOD… the back squats felt good.  I’m hoping for a PR when testing week comes up.  We’ll see.  And the ring rows and kbs felt great.  The run sucked! It was such a short distance, but I was huffing and puffing.  Not good.

UGH…

Anyway I need to to suck it up.. and focus on today’s WOD @ 5pm.  I’m hoping for a good one :)

Frustrations or not, I will forever love Crossfit :)

Any tips or advice on how to get underneath the bar for a snatch?

 

Sometimes life gets in the way…

and that’s okay.

The last time I made it to Crossfit was on Friday and it was a great WOD.  We worked on our clean & jerks, clean pulls and bench press.

I only recently started doing a split jerk, so I still have quite a bit of work to do to get comfortable with that position but overall the clean & jerks felt good.  I made it to 90# for the clean and jerks and used the same weight for the clean pulls (where we practice the pull for the clean but not actually do the clean).  Coach Kyle told me he’s excited to see what I can do during our testing phase in a couple weeks.  He said that I should be able to get some good numbers since it looks like the clean pull at 90# seems light for me.  I hope he’s right.  

No Crossfit for me Saturday morning, we had a lunch party to attend and no Crossfit on Sunday.

Yesterday and for the remainder of the week, there’s some life stuff that will prevent me from making it to Crossfit, so I’m super bummed about it.  I’m trying to think of a way to still make it but so far, no luck :(  I’ll have to figure something out, I definitely don’t want to miss any classes when testing week is coming up soon. 

I’m not expecting huge gains, especially with my squat which I’m still struggling with and which I seem to always miss when it’s part of the WOD.  But I’m positive there will be small gains and I can’t wait.

I can’t believe it, but my one-year crossfit anniversary is coming up next month.  It’s hard to believe I’ve been doing this for an entire year!  I wish I had tracked my progress better.  Something I should probably start regardless.  Along with testing week I’ll take progress pictures so that I can compare against later on.

Back from vacation…

and I definitely need another .. more relaxing… vacation!

Disney definitely kept us running around all day and left me exhausted!  It’s a good thing we returned to a long weekend (Good Friday was a stat holiday) because I really needed to catch up on my sleep.

I managed to make it out to a Saturday morning WOD, which included a 1-mile run which I was not prepared for.  The foundation group at my box were finishing up their testing week and they definitely posted some big numbers and new PRs, which is always exciting to see.  The one mile run is part of their testing, so everyone did it but I wasn’t running for time.  I did finish the mile (actually 1.1 mile) in 9mins 42secs.  Could have been faster but there was still ice on the side walks which forced me to walk a short distance.

2 days later and my legs are still sore from the 1 mile run, just an indication that I need to start running regularly, especially if I plan on running a 1/2 marathon in mid-June.  The weather is finally warming up so I should make it out for runs on the weekend.

Eating while on vacation has been pretty horrible.  There was quite a bit of fried foods.. french fries especially.. it seems like fries were the side of choice.  Although I always brought fruit with us to snack on, there was still potato chips and muffins.. fish n chips and crab cakes.. pizza.. 

And I can feel it and see it in my body :(

But I’m trying to get back on track today.

i think it will still be a challenge but I’ll keep working on it..  and I can’t wait to be back in the gym 4-5 times a week…

Hello from Disney world

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And only after two days under the Florida sun I’m already burnt pretty bad. Hoping the burn won’t feel so bad tomorrow.

My exercise and healthy eating have also gone on vacation.  And I can totally feel (and see) it :(

But I won’t stress about it because I know once I’m home I’ll be back at it 110%

I’ll be back later this week!

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