Let’s try this again…

Over the past year, I’ve been pretty much non-existent on my blog and I must admit I miss it.  Decided today would be the day that I start back with my blogging.  I miss typing out my thoughts and then having something to read back on.  So where am I today?

Well the kids have started school and most of their activities and they’re definitely keeping me busy.  Dance, gymnastics, soccer, karate, and more..

My membership at Sublime Crossfit expired earlier this month and honestly in the past few months it was a struggle to make it to the gym.  There really was no excuse, except lack of motivation 😦

Now I’m looking at the kids schedule and my schedule trying to figure out a way to  justify a crossfit membership.  The only way I see it working out, is if I start working out in the mornings (@ 6am), but I’ve never been a morning workout person, so I don’t know if it would work out for me.

I’ve been trying to train for a 1/2 marathon on October 16th.  I’ve got less than 4 weeks and the furthest I’ve gone is 8 miles.  Again, no real excuse just lack of motivation and laziness on my end.  My original goal was to run a sub-2hr 1/2 marathon but as I progressed in my training, I modified my goal to simply running the 1/2 marathon.  DH will be joining me, and it will be very challenging for both of us, but we’ll be doing it together.

I want to use this entry as a reset to get re-focused.  I’ve done it numerous times before and even though I’ve stopped and lost motivation/focus, I’ve always started back up again.

I got this.

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Starting to feel frumpy… It’s time to take action

I’m starting to feel uncomfortable in my clothes and it’s not a feeling I enjoy at all. I’ve enjoyed the holidays but it’s time to get serious. I want to make progress but that won’t happen if I keep on this same road. Time to make a change. Time to set my goals and work toward them.
Today I had to get some work pants hemmed. I put them on to get measured, haven’t worn them in awhile and they all fit snug 😦

Tomorrow is the start of my new year. 2 years ago I made a drastic lifestyle change to reach my first serious goal of reaching my pre-pregnancy weight and I succeeded so I know that I can do this again.

I’ve signed up for the 6:30am classes Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. That’s step 1. Overnight oats are in the fridge ready for tomorrow’s breakfast, spaghetti lunch is packed, along with a couple snacks. Food prep for tomorrow is done. That’s step 2. Final step is to stick to my plan. First day is always the hardest. Once it becomes routine I won’t even have to think about it.

I start the rehab and strengthening exercises for my shoulder. I can’t wait til I can start doing all the exercises and lifts again. It will probably be another 4 weeks and it’s definitely frustrating but I’m trying to stay patient.

I still haven’t though through my goals for 2014. Right now I just want to feel comfortable in my clothes again.

My year in review… Looking forward to 2014

Check it out!
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This year has been an amazing year which started with my best friends wedding in Mexico. It was 7 days sans kids which meant a lot of rest and relaxation… Oh and drinking… Hehe

Highlights of the year:
– running the Manitoba 1/2 marathon and beating my best time. I did my best training for the full marathon and although I was unable to run the full I’m glad I went through the training program and did my best.
– reaching my fitness goals of doing a strict unassisted pull up and squatting my body weight. Those were 2 things I never thought I’d be able to do.
– being promoted to a senior role. This was a great work surprise and reinforced the thought that hard work really does pay off

I definitely have a lot to focus and work on for 2014 and I haven’t decided yet what my goals are but as soon as I do I’ll update you all.

Now that the holidays are over I’m looking forward to having a more regular schedule. Actually looking forward to meal planning and cooking. We ate out so much over the holidays. I need to eat better!

Happy new year everyone!

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 that time of year

The last three months of the year at work usually means one thing: food food and more food.  It all starts tomorrow with my team’s year end luncheon.  Definitely too early to be considered a true year end luncheon but due to financial due date our lunch had to be scheduled early. 
Then Halloween is just around the corner which means lots of treats at the office.  Then shortly after Christmas holidays which means more year end celebrations and treats at the office.
I’m not too worried about all the treats I definitely have more of a salty tooth rather than a sweet tooth. 
Good news with Crossfit.  The movements and lifts are getting a little easier.  I even added weight to my snatches today.  Huge progress for me.  Yesterday we also did rope climbs. Surprisingly it was quite easy to climb up.  Coming down was definitely harder and I often would just lower myself half way and then jump down.  My right hip is feeling really tight right now. Hopefully this doesn’t hang around for long. 

On to 34

Saturday was my 34th birthday and honestly I’ve never felt so healthy or strong.  I’m so glad I stepped outside my comfort zone and started crossfit. One of the best decisions ever.  The cost scared me at first but now I definitely can’t put a price on the progress I’ve made.
This past weekend was spent attending a couple kids birthday parties.  It was great!  My own party celebrations but I didn’t have to do any of the planning and there was plenty of cake and food. And the kids had so much fun which made me so happy!

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I’m definitely looking forward my 34th year.  Looking forward to getting healthier and stronger.  Once I start Olympic lifting I’ll start thinking about my goals. Can’t wait!
Oh and I also got flowers at work from the hubby and kids (sorry had to throw that in there)

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Meal prep is going well so far this week and I’ve got Crossfit scheduled Tuesday-Friday.  Should be a good week.

Taking care of an injury…

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Followings Saturday’s CrossFit class I started to feel a bit of pain in my shoulder and neck area. I didn’t feel any pain during the class but I suspect the injury happened during the push press sets. The pain continued into the evening and unfortunately was still there during today’s CrossFit class which meant I couldn’t do the ring pull ups which was very frustrating as well. On a more positive note aside from the shoulder and neck pain I did reach a personal record with my front squats and my dead lifts. I managed to front squat 100 pounds and deadlift 175 pounds. Yay!!

And so now I’m applying some heat to the area and hoping that it will help make it feel better because I really want to be able to do all the exercises at CrossFit for the remainder of the week. We’ll see how things go, I’m trying not to get too frustrated and I know that injuries do happen and the best thing to do is to take it easy and just give it time to heal. We’ll see how that goes.

I came back to a hectic day at work but I enjoy the hustle and bustle. I’ve always work better under pressure.

And one last thing I think I cracked a tooth or lost a filling. One of my molars is causing me extreme discomfort. I suspect I will need to make an emergency visit to the dentist. And just my luck I decided to opt out of my work dental benefit plan this year so hopefully no major dental work is required. Its so uncomfortable it actually hurts to run and jump around.

Sorry for another random post hopefully I can get back more focused posts.

Ooh actually one last thing I wanted to mention. While in Minneapolis we went to Trader Joe’s and picked up a couple jars of cookie butter. I’ve heard that cookie butter is extremely addictive and delicious so I cannot wait to give it a try. I’ll let you know how it taste.