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.