Not fair. .. sick again!

As soon as I started feeling chilly yesterday I knew I was in trouble.  I threw on a sweater but it didn’t warm me up at all.  I already had a stuffy/runny nose so I guess a fever was on it’s way.
By 7pm I was in bed underneath a couple blankets but still unable to get warm.  That was it for me.  I was out until this morning.  Stayed home from work.  And missed two days of Crossfit.  I’m so bummed! Really really hope that I’m feeling better tomorrow morning so I can make it to the box.
I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned how one day I’d like to take fitness/physique pictures with my hubby.  When he used to compete in bodybuilding I always thought it would be awesome to take pictures together.  And I’d love to have a physique that could stand next to his.
Here’s a back picture that we took awhile ago:

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It’s true.. hard work always pays off…

I’m pretty sure I’ve wrote numerous posts where I mention how crazy busy work is and how work is kicking my butt!

And my husband has heard my fair share of griping and whining about my work load.  The weekends of work… well it’s paid off.

I was actually quite surprised to meet with my career leader this morning, only to be informed that I was receiving a bonus for all my hard work this year 🙂  It definitely made my day and is helping me with the late nights, staying up to work.

Crossfit has been going really well too.  Over the past couple weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to workout with 4 different coaches, so I’ve been receiving alot of feedback, tips and techniques on my olympic lifting techniques.  And it’s all so helpful.  I’m finally starting to feel comfortable with the lifts, and will start focusing on adding weight.

Today’s WOD

10 mins

EMOTM: 5 power snatches + double unders (for remainder of the minute)

10 mins rest

10 mins

EMOTM: 5 power cleans + burpees (for remainder of the minute)

 

It was definitely a tough workout.  For the power snatches, I used 55lbs in the first couple rounds but had to strip the weight off and just go with the bar (35lbs) for the remainder of the rounds.  I’m glad that my double unders are getting better/easier and was able to get a total of 203 double unders.  My first round I was able to string together 49 in a row!  For the power clean, I did 55lbs and those were a little tough too.  I found it tough to focus on technique because there was an emphasis to get the 5 reps done as quickly as possible.  I got a total of 60 burpees.  But my body is sore today, I’ve got a bruise on my collar bone from the power cleans and my shins are all bruised from trying to keep the bar as close to my shins/legs as possible.

No new PRs on my end, there have been some WODs were we needed to look for our 1RM clean & jerk and snatch but for those WODs I was still working on my technique.  My current goals would be to hit a 65lb snatch/overhead squat and a 75lb clean and jerk before the end of the year.  

Still can’t believe December is just a week away and 2014 is almost here.  It’s been almost 7 months since I joined Crossfit, so hard to believe!  The past 7 months have been the most fun I’ve ever had in terms of exercise and I always look forward to class.. still dread it sometimes and still feel slight anxiety, but I love every single WOD and as hard and challenging and painful some of the WODs are, I’ll always come back for more! 🙂

I definitely need to get started with the Christmas shopping.  I would love to crochet/knit some gifts for my girlfriends, just need to pick up the supplies and learn some of the patterns.  Very excited! 

Hope everyone is having a great week so far!

Even a tough WOD couldn’t stop me. ..

From talking non-stop to the cashier about how awesome Crossfit really is.
Still feeling under the weather but made it to crossfit tonight.

Today’s WOD:
5 x [1 clean, 1 front squat, 2 jerks]

3 rounds:
5 front squats
100m row ALL OUT
180 secs rest

3 rounds:
10 db thrusters
12 burpees
120 secs rest

3 rounds:
AMRAP
30 secs push ups
60 secs rest
30 secs pull ups
60 secs rest

It was a tough work out and the pull ups at the very end were so hard!  But even after a tough WOD I still managed to share my love of Crossfit with the cashier at Shoppers Drug Mart when I stopped by after my workout to pick up some goodies for the kids.

My technique for the clean and jerk is slowly improving but I still need more hip.  I was so focused on the squat clean that I forgot about my hips. 

Looking forward to crossfit this week.  Just need to get healthy!

A tough 2000m row

Especially when I’ve still got this cold.  I’ve been sick since Tuesday and missed both Tuesday and Wednesday night WODs. I really didn’t want to miss another class so I managed to do a lighter workout yesterday.  Coach Kyle knew I wasn’t feeling great so he made sure I wasn’t going too hard. 
Tonight I debated going to the WOD but again didn’t want to miss out.  I knew I could adjust my workout to my energy level so I went.
Tonight’s WOD was a 2000m row for time with a 10 minute time cap.  If you finished early you moved onto an AMRAP of double unders.
I was pretty certain that I’d take the entire 10 minutes to finish so I was really happy when I finished in 9min 17 sec. It was definitely a tough row I felt like I had such little energy and struggled with each pull.  But I’m glad I went.
Tomorrow I’ve got a 2hr workshop on Olympic lifting so I’m super excited about that.  Hopefully I can learn some new techniques that will help me.

Someone tell me it’s muscle…

Sorry I’ve been MIA this past or so… the days are flying by so fast, it’s hard to believe we’re fast approach mid-November!

What’s been going on?

Well I’m glad to say that since I set my goals over a week ago, I’m still trying 🙂

I haven’t purchased a single coffee at the cafeteria, so that’s a huge win for me!

I’m enjoying the brewed coffee at home, and loving it even more with my Peppermint Mocha creamer.  So delicious!

I did so well with cooking, packing and eating my lunch the first 2 days.. and then.. lunch with a co-worker on Wednesday and a free lunch on Thursday.  Friday I had given up and it was so busy at work, I ended up picking up a small bowl of chicken noodle soup at the cafeteria.

Last Thursday was also my first attempt at kipping pull ups.  And they’re definitely not easy!  I was a bit hesitant to go to class, as I was the only one that had signed up. And I wasn’t sure if I was prepared to have a one-on-one session with the coach.  If I were more confident in my lifting, I would have easily welcomed the session, but I’ve been feeling so much frustration lately, I wasn’t sure if I could handle the focused feedback.  But I did go, and I’m glad I did.  Turns out another girl had signed up at the last minute, but there were 2 coaches that session so we each got our own one-on-one session.  I got alot of good tips and feedback on my clean and jerk technique.  Still a long way to go until I’m feeling comfortable with the lift but I just have to keep at it.  I think I did okay for my first attempt at kipping pull ups.  I struggled to get a rhythm going and will need to spend some time watching You Tube videos to get a better idea of the technique.

Also on Saturday I watched my first local Crossfit competition and it was so awesome!  And so inspiring and motivating.  Just watching the events and the athletes, was so great.  The hubby and kids came with me, and I ask the hubby if he noticed that although this was a competition, everyone was cheering everyone on.  I loved the atmosphere!  There are a couple more Saturday competitions left but unfortunately I won’t be able to make it due to Christmas functions.

Starting the weekend and leading up to Christmas, every single weekend (and most weekends – both days) will be filled with holiday events and parties.  Both hubby and I will be attending our company’s Christmas parties and I have the perfect dress to wear, which I purchased this past summer:

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I fell in love with the dress I soon as I saw it and it fit perfectly!  At least it did when I purchased the dress over the summer.

Up until last week, I hadn’t stepped on a scale since I joined Crossfit back in May.  Although I will always want to eat healthier/cleaner, I was more focused on getting stronger.  Anyway, I stepped on the scale and saw an increase.  I’d say an approx 4-5 pound increase.  Eek!  And I’m trying to tell myself that I must have gained muscle right?!  But would that explain why the dress fits a little snug around my waist?  WAH!  Maybe it’s just that time of month? 

Anyway, the first party is on November 23rd, which is 11 days away.  Which means I have to stick to a meal plan else that dress isn’t going to fit at all.

 

Tater tots: 1 – Me: 1 – Ready to take on the rest of the day

Good Morning!

The tater tots won this morning.

I should be more specific – the oven-baked tater tots won this morning.  Doesn’t seem as bad compared to the deep fried cubed potato hashbrowns.

Last night at Crossfit, I continue to practice my clean & jerk technique.  I feel like I’ve lost all progress I made last week and I’m starting over.. again!  I do love the coaches though, Gail was super attentive and providing me as many tips to help me get the feel of the clean & jerk.  He could tell I was getting a little frustrated and he let me move onto the next part of the workout.  I’m definitely focused on getting the movement, just got to keep practicing.

The 2nd portion of the workout consisted of pushups, rowing, pull ups and burpees.. UGH! hehe.. by the 3rd (and last) round my arms were definitely killing me!

When I got home, hubby was working out in our basement gym, so I went to visit and we took some back pictures.

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I don’t doubt the hubby works out hard, but I swear he makes it look so easy to maintain his physique.

I definitely want to work on my back more, so I think I’ll add back-specific workouts at home on my Crossfit rest days.

Although I lost to my potato craving this morning, I’m still ready meal-wise for the rest of the day.  Yesterday it felt great to have my food with me and actually eating it!

 

Can’t help but think about it…

Last Friday was payday.. YAY!

As usual, I grabbed my payroll statement from my mail slot, opened up the envelope and quickly scanned the deductions.  Health care, dental, parking … cafeteria.. $60..?!  Say again?!  I spent $60 in a 2 week span (more like a total of 9 days) on cafeteria food.  And that’s on TOP of the days I went out to eat for lunch or picked up a Starbucks coffee.  OMG! that’s just not right!  But I can see how it happened.  A breakfast of 2 eggs, hash browns and a coffee will cost me cost to $6.  

I realized I can’t keep spending this amount of money of food that I could easily prepare myself.  So this past weekend I got focused and made a couple dishes that I could have for breakfast.  Let me say, yesterday was the most time I’ve ever spent in the kitchen baking/cooking.  I couldn’t believe how much time I spent cleaning up dishes, my poor hands! But it was a great feeling at the end of the night to see all that I had done.

1st item:  Apple cinnamon oatmeal muffins.  I followed a fairly simple recipe and I think they turned out ok.  Not exactly “OMG! these are to die for!!” but more like “hmm.. these are okay, a good healthy snack” hehe..

2nd item:  Baked eggs – with double smoked bacon, onions, diced orange peppers and spinach.

3rd item:  Honey soy chicken thighs.  I followed the online recipe exactly, but for some reason the finished product didn’t look like the picture posted with the recipe.. GRR.. that’s ok, it was still pretty tasty and will go great with quinoa and broccoli.

4th item:  I made this on Saturday night.  It’s my own version of italian wedding soup. – mild italian sausage, onion, garlic, chicken broth, orzo and spinach.  That’s it!  so easy and quick to make.

I even managed to make my own coffee at home, rather than buying a coffee at the cafeteria.

So far so good.  I’m thinking I’ll warm up my baked eggs shortly and have them for breakfast.  But I can’t help but think about how delicious the hash browns are in the cafeteria.  The cafeteria just opened at 7:30am so the hash browns are freshly cooked.  Nice, hot and crispy.  Ahh!  The wise thing to do would to just fight the craving and stay put at my desk.  At the same time, they would make me so happy! haha…

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Update:  I did it!  I sat at my desk and worked away and the craving has passed.  

1st AMRAP – not the easiest thing to do at 6:30am

First off, I’m a little bummed that I missed my workout yesterday.

Original plan was to go to a 6:30am class, but my car pooling plans changed and I had to bus to work so I re-scheduled to a 7pm class, thinking the kids and hubby would be back from trick or treating and could take over the handing out of candy while I snuck away to the gym.  When they hadn’t returned by 6:30pm I went ahead and cancelled my spot in class.  I had already accepted that fact that I wouldn’t workout and told myself that it’s okay.  Halloween is once a year for the kids and missing one workout isn’t the end of the world.  Oh well.

This evening will be another busy evening and I’ll be coming home late from work, so wanted to make sure I got my workout in this morning, so last night before bed, I signed up for the 6:30am class.  Oh boy… it was a tough morning and I struggled to get out of bed.  But I kept telling myself, go now or miss another workout.  I finally got out of bed @ 6:10am, washed up, grabbed a banana and water and headed to the box.

Today’s WOD:

AMRAP (as many rounds as possible)

7 kettlebell swings (55/35#)

5 burpees

Rules:

Do not pace

No strategy

ALL OUT effort

And no matter how tired you were… keep moving.

As soon as I read the board, I thought.. “How am I going to survive this @ 6:30 in the morning?”

We made sure to warm up and open up our lungs to prepare for the WOD.

I knew I had to do some kind of pacing but I did go as fast as I could.  The first few rounds felt good, although my shoulders are STILL sore from earlier this week!  I was so glad when I heard that we were half way done.  The end was in sight.  And actually the last 6 minutes went by faster than I expected.

By the 2nd half, my burpees had slowed down and I had to pause a bit between each burpee.  But I never stopped for more than a few seconds.

How did I do?

17 rounds!! which = 119 kettlebell swings and 85 burpees!  Woo Hoo!

Definitely a tough workout, especially first thing in the morning but I’m so glad I got my workout in today and can enjoy and rest a bit this evening.