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Catching Up/Getting Farther Behind

Eh. Worst blogger ever. I never feel like blogging and by the time I do, there’s so much I have to write about– I put it off some more.

Lots of stuff happened.

Thanks to my late Uncle Larry, I was able to pay off my credit card debt– I’m still poor, but at least I’m free! That’s probably the biggest thing.

I’m going to miss that guy. There’s not a day that has gone by where I’m not thinking about him, missing him. I wish I could tell you more clearly what kind of shining light he was, but I can’t.

In other news, completely fell of the paleo wagon in probably my most flagrant style yet. I’m just… not on it.

Today is the first day in weeks where I’m really even contemplating getting back on.

The CrossFit Open started and the workouts have had their ups and downs. As I’ve only been CrossFitting since June, I’m still a n00b. I’m often frustrated by what I can’t do. Trying to overcome that frustration. Also gave up on the No Girly Push-Up challenge due to my uncle’s passing and general exhaustion. Still trying to figure out if I have an adrenal fatigue problem. I probably do.

I also have run two 5Ks, both PRs, in the last month. I did the Corktown 5K (saw Jennifer of Wine to Weightlifting fame) and the Run du Nain Rouge 5K. I ran the Corktown 5K in 28:40-something and I ran the Nain Rouge in 26:31! It was only in the last year that I’ve been able to run a sub-10 avg min/mile, so I’m super-impressed. I had just told one of my CF coaches that my next goal was to run a sub-9 min/mile and BLAMMO, there it is.

On Friday, March 22– I did the DEA’s Maltz Challenge at Ford Field. That was pretty cool as even though I work across the street from the stadium, I had never been inside. I did the 1/2 Maltz as I’ve been beating my body up pretty good.

Back to CrossFit tonight after a few days off. W00t!

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Pre-Run du Nain Rouge 5K

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Pre-Maltz Challenge at Ford Field with some of my CFT homies.

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Pre-Corktown 5K with a creepy Keebler-Elf-looking guy.

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Getting Old.

I do all this fitness-y stuff, I’m active as hell– but I still can’t get out of the car without feeling like a creaky old lady. Not joking. I hate getting out of the car. It doesn’t hurt– but it’s awkward and slow. I don’t know what my problem is.

Speaking of problems, let’s talk about push-ups. I hate them. I’ve been CrossFitting since last June and I still can’t seem to string 10 good-form push-ups together. It’s brutal.

So that’s why a bunch of us (@winetoweights, for one) are doing the 100 push-ups challenge with the hashtag #nogirlypushups. I’m only on Level 1, Week 1, Day 3– and I think I have to re-do the day because it was such a hot mess when I completed it. My last few were hand-release push-ups. Not intentionally, I just collapsed onto the floor.

I really want to get these good-form push-ups mastered because I think it is important for all-around fitness and also for CrossFit workouts. I’d hate to not be able to Rx a workout for sake of a lousy push-up.

To be fair, I can hammer out a lot of them on my knees– chest to ground– but even those aren’t easy. Suffice to say, I simply have to get better at push-ups. I have to make an active effort to improve. It’s obviously not going to happen on its own just as a side-effect of me getting stronger generally. Same with a dumb-ass pull-up, which is another story.

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Another thing I have gotten back into is yoga. I can’t quite swing the cost of re-joining my favorite yoga studio (Serendipity Yoga in Royal Oak) at the moment, so I’m joining a small group of people doing yoga on Wednesday nights at a friend’s house– with a bonafide yoga instructor. The cost is very low and the instruction very specific and geared toward newbies– which is very helpful. I am pre-arthritic and have flexibility for shit.

PS: Watching me do yoga is probably pretty hilarious. Like a bull in a china chop, for sure.

I keep waiting for that one move I’m amazing at, but haven’t found it yet. I’ll let you know when I do.

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I keep meaning to talk about my experience at Syphus Training, but keep getting waylayed.  Got recruited from Twitter to give it a try– along with Jennifer of Wine to Weightlifting fame.

It was kind of like an hour-long CrossFit MetCon…ish. There were some long, complicated patterns– which I didn’t like. But it was all made up of awesome movements and exercises, which I DID like. A lot. You get points and stuff, but I’m not terribly competitive– so I don’t care about that as much. I went back last Monday to get my butt kicked again and I loved it. Only wish it was closer to where I live now. I think I may drop in once or twice a week. We’ll see. I think it could make me a better CrossFitter. I do love the coaches there– good people. Definitely a killer workout, too.

For more about Syphus, check out Jennifer’s blog entry about it– much more thorough than mine!

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Me and Jennifer, post-Syphus workout. Hope she doesn’t mind I ganked this pic without asking!

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So, despite not losing a pound or an inch on our box’ Paleo Challenge because I cheat all the time– I’ve been throwing strength PR’s around every week like it’s my job. So, there’s at least that.

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Rocking the long hair!

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But I did get these at work. Well done, boyfriend!

I CrossFitted on Valentine’s Day, to B’s great relief– we ate Chipotle for dinner and watched Weird Science. It was lovely.

busy in a tizzy

I keep thinking that one day I’ll actually properly update and format this blog. And put some care into my writing. Maybe edit the content. Spruce up the ugly, boring theme and look of the blog.

But I can barely remember to update it at all, which comes first. I hope that by making it a regular habit– the content and form will follow. 

Or not. We’ll see.

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Woke up at 4:30am yesterday so that I could make Bulletproof coffee before hitting up CrossFit Transformation for a 6am WOD.

Thank goodness the WOD was relatively “easy” since bodies are still broken from 350 Burpee Sunday and Deck of Cards Saturday.

CFT Standard Warm-up and Mobility

Strength:
Back Squats
3 x 10
Heavy as Possible
Rest as needed between each set

WOD:
TABATA Row for Calories
Rest 1 min
TABATA Ab-Mat Sit-ups
Rest 1 min
TABATA Row for Calories
Rest 1 min
TABATA Ab-mat Sit-ups

The TABATA interval is 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest for 8 intervals.
Score will be a combined total of both the rowing and Ab-mat Sit-Ups.

My score was 225. I crushed it on the second set of rows. My sit-ups faltered.

Back squat weight started at 65# and progressed to 85#. I def could’ve pushed harder for more weight, but form is paramount. Rather go lighter and do it correctly, you know?

Oh, thinking about signing up for this in the Womens’ Modified category. I can’t wait to start competing in CrossFit events!

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Got a massage last night at Massage Green Spa in St. Clair Shores (they have other locations– I know for sure there’s one in Birmingham). They have a great deal going on with 1-hr massages for $29.95. I get one a month at that price. I usually go to Greenleaf Bodywork in Ferndale– which is an awesome place– but they don’t have a deal running that is quite that sweet right now. And since I can’t finish my Christmas shopping or pay the rest of my monthly bills until I get paid Friday, cheaper is better.

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Massages are one of my all-time favorite things. In fact, if I could afford (time or money-wise) to go straight from one massage to another massage– I would. Daily. Highly recommend. 

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Christmas shopping is stressing me out. I live paycheck to paycheck and I’m usually tapped out by Tuesday or Wednesday of any given week. I’m heading to LA on Sunday to spend Christmas with my family out there and I have not even purchased one gift for either of my nieces. My nephew has a birthday a few days before Christmas and the gifts I got him can count for one or the other, but not both. Argh. 

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Excited to get to LA and see some of my friends there. I used to live in LA and sometimes it feels like going home, even though I was only there a handful of years in my 20s. 

 Anyway, meh– enough for today. Time to get on with my morning. 
 
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PS: I think I have a pistachio problem. Might need an intervention.

Run Like the Dickens!

Feeling rough after a late night of eating cookies and drinking wine with friends, then waking up at the butt crack of dawn to get to Holly, MI for a snowy, wet 10K. 

The race, Run Like the Dickens, was well-organized and a lot of fun. My friend Rachel and I ran together and gabbed the whole time and still stayed below a 10-minute average mile. We finished the race in 1:01:13 (9:52 avg), which was pretty dang good considering neither of us was running regularly or training for it. My goal is to reach a 9-min mile by Shamrock Shuffle time this spring, but I don’t plan to train particularly hard for it, it either.

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Me and Rachel, pre-race.

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Wet and snowy, but fun.

 

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Trying to beat that Christmas tree, unsuccessfully, at the finish. 😦

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Yesterday morning’s CrossFit workout was cool. The strength portion was particularly fun, especially the bench press, which is completely new to me. I had only bench pressed one other time, in July, at Geaux CrossFit in Baton Rouge, LA. I was only able to do 35# then. I easily did 65# yesterday and it was NOT my max.

Strength:

Every 45 sec for 7:30 (22) 2 Deadlifts @ 60% (I think I used 85#– goal was speed and form)

Benchpress 1×5 @ 85% 1×3 @ 90% 1×3 @ 95% 2×3 @ 100% (I don’t remember how we broke it down, but we started with the men’s bar–45# and ended at 65#. It was easy. Kind of excited.)

Conditioning:

10 minutes total time

Even minutes 15 Burpees

Odd minutes 3 Power Clean and Jerks at 80% (65#)

5 rounds of Burpees and 5 rounds of C&J’s (I didn’t have a score because I was never able to get 15 burpees in 1 min. I did 14, 14, 13, 13, 13)

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Have a scratchy throat and am exhausted. Picked B up from the airport, ate some Thai food and immediately napped. Napped for 2.5 hours. He’s still sleeping. I’m ready to go back to sleep.

Right now.

 

Good night.

Hot Taco Intervention

I fucking love tacos.

I eat the corn tortilla instead of flour, because in my head it seems a little better.

Hot Taco on Park downtown (Detroit) is my kryptonite.

Holy cow! All my charges from there over last 2 weeks cleared on same day and when I saw the damage? I realized I have a problem.

Thank you, Crossfit– thanks to you, I haven’t gained a pound (lost one, actually).

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Going through the motions.

Eh. Last night’s CrossFit class was not my finest. You know, when you get there and before you even look at the schedule of events (the warm-up, the mobility stuff, the strength stuff, the WOD)– you know it’s not going to be your day.

Feel like every day I’m go-go-go from the time I wake up around 5-5:30am til I roll into the apartment (around 8-9pm lately), and zipping from one end of town to the other and back again. Even my commute to and from work is frustrating– 35-45 minutes no matter where I want to be. It shouldn’t be so tiring as nothing in my life is terribly difficult– just so little of my time seems to belong to ME. But I guess that’s just how it is when you’re a grown-up without a trust fund, you know? I definitely am not ready for offspring. I want to greedily hang on to my liberty for just awhile longer.

Things in the office have been kind of tiring, too. I am the first one in the office (unless my dad beats me there) and the last one to leave (unless my dad is putzing around)– and since someone just quit and I’ve taken on a large portion of her former responsibilities… it’s an adjustment. I’m busy from the time I walk in until the time I leave. It’s nice not to have time to be bored– but it’s also… tiring. It’s a long day of busy (not hard) work. And when I go to Los Angeles for a few days at the end of the month for the holiday– I’m going to have epic work load waiting for me when I return. I don’t know how I’ll catch up. So… also stressful.

Anyway, the workout. Last night. Long day. Not favorite.

Wednesdays are OLY days. Usually I like them, but like I said– last night I knew coming in that it was not going to be my night. My arms and shoulders were (are) smoked. My right wrist is tweaked (luckily am left-handed). Didn’t have my usual joie-de-vivre.

CFT Standard Warm-up & Mobility

Strength:
5 X 1
3 Position Snatch @ 65% (low to high) (*I used 45# to start)
Rest 60 seconds

5 X 1
3 Position Clean + 1 Push Jerk @ 70% (low to high) (65#)
Rest 60 seconds

4 X 3
3 Stop Snatch Pulls (heavier than last week) (65#)
Rest 45 seconds

4 X 5
Hang Clean Hi-Pulls – heavy ! (65#)
(BB should rise to chest height – elbows above bar)
Rest 45 sec.

We did some kind of lunge press with the barbell (35#) 3×5.

WOD: (other choice was to row 4 x 500m)
Run~
4 X 400m
Rest 2:1
>25 burpee penalty for every set that deviates +/- 5 sec. from the fastest set.
My times were: 2:27, 2:21, 2:19, 2:15. I did 50 burpees afterward.

*I would have chosen to row, but since I rowed in a similar workout last week– I was compelled to run. I knew I’d have at least 25 burpees since I always come out of the gate slow as molasses.

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Taking today off from workouts. Going to try my inept hand at baking paleo(ish) cookies with my friend, Meghan, tonight. Gods help us all that I don’t burn her apartment down.

Hoping for a better workout tomorrow (Friday). I will have to wake up 4:30am early again. And then it’s go-go-go!

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Intense and focused, at least there’s that. I got the crazy faces down.

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PS: Going to work on the aesthetics of my blog. It’s boring and my links section isn’t up-to-date and everything is wonky.

Mundane little things

I woke up at 4:30am yesterday (mainly so I could use my Aeropress to make my Bulletproof coffee and putz around online for a few minutes) to get to CFT for the 6am class. I don’t mind waking up at 4:30am, but the rushing thing (waiting for other gym patron to finish his shower, so I can take fastest shower on earth and pull skinny jeans over damp legs, spill shampoo all over my gym bag, etc.) SUCKS. I have to open the office between 8:15-8:20 am or the employees are waiting outside the door (not in the cold, we’re in an office building), looking very smug.

I really enjoyed working on my back and front squats. I think, in time, I will be very good at them. I like the 6am coach, he is very straightforward and full of encouragement. He doesn’t coddle, though. If I can do something without scaling, even if it takes forever– he is all for that. Like that day with the thrusters. I thought I was going to cry (I feel as though I might cry in pretty much every CrossFit workout) when it seemed like it was going to take me 10 minutes to do 10 thrusters. And there were 5 rounds of 10 thrusters! But it didn’t take me that long and I didn’t cry.

The class yesterday looked like this. If you’re not a CrossFitter, it will look like chicken scratch or like one of my ex-husband’s boring-ass logic puzzles.

CFT Standard Warm-up & Mobility

Strength:
Part I~
Back Squat
-Every 30 seconds for 4:00 minutes – 1 rep @ 85% (9 total reps) (*I can’t remember, but I think I was doing 95#)
-Rest exactly 2 minutes
then
-Every minute on the minute for 4:00 minutes – 1 rep @ 90% (5 total reps) (I think I did 105#… math isn’t my strong suit)
Part II~
Front Squats
Find 1 rep max. (*I didn’t quite find it, but I was close at 115#)

WOD:
2 min ME Row for Calories (32)
Rest 1 minute
4 min AMRAP~
15 Pushups (hand release) (*I must not have seen the “hand release” part of it, but I just did knee push-ups. My arms were smoked for some reason, even during the warm-up, I could barely do 1 regular push-up without collapsing)
10 T2B (*I scaled to knees-2-elbows, which is still bloody hard!)
Rest 1 minute
4 min AMRAP~
15 Jumping Squats w/ 35# BB
10 Pullups (*started with just the red band, but again– my arms were smoked. Had to bring in the skinny purple band to assist as well)
Rest 1 minute
2 min ME Row for Calories (31)
32-3+3K2E-2+6 jump squats-31

Notes: I am pretty decent at rowing, but I am pretty terrible and push-ups and pull-ups. I need lots of breaks and I have to scale them. I hate feeling so weak!

Over the spring, before CrossFit, I was doing a 100 push-up challenge– but I don’t think I was doing them correctly. CrossFit requires you to go chest-to-ground. I think I was making it too easy for myself then, because I am much, much (visibly) stronger now and have regressed to knee push-ups almost exclusively.

My biggest fitness goals currently are to get a regular pull-up and 10 regular push-ups consecutively. I really think I am close.

Generally am too tired to get much running in. Also, between work and CrossFit (and recovery days)– when am I supposed to do it? I am desperately fearful of getting sick (especially the pukey kind), so am trying to be smart and get lots of rest since there are lots of nasty bugs going around.

So far, so good. I am giving credit to my sort-of paleo diet and good gut flora (thanks, raw kraut!).

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Coworker who had been glum for some time and sort of a negative nellie, quit via email on Monday. Not very cool, if you ask me. She worked with us for 10 years and broke up with us via email. Sometimes when you’re done, you’re done and she checked out a while ago, I think– but still. A few day’s notice would have been a classy and courteous thing to do. I don’t think I’m at liberty to say much more regarding my feelings on the matter, as it’s not professional, etc. As much as we all get on each other’s nerves, as coworkers, we spend most of our day with one another– for better and for worse. She came to my wedding. I would’ve appreciated a proper “goodbye.” As it is, I’m a little miffed. As my dad said, “We would have had a ‘goodbye party.’ I would have brought a cake.” Cake is a big deal at our office. Cake is The Big Thing That Happens. We love birthdays. OR any other excuse for cake.

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I also worked out in the early AM yesterday so I could do a couple loads of laundry and pick up all of my clothes off of B’s floor. I wish I had been in the anal retentive place where I could see to it that all the clothes were facing the same way on the same type of hanger– but I wasn’t in that place and don’t see myself being in that place soon.

Still have to find time to wash the bed linens before B gets back Saturday. I don’t think he’ll care either way, but I do. It’s proper. Plans tomorrow night, Friday night, and Saturday morning. I feel like Little Miss Social Butterfly, which is hardly true. I hope I have time to get my nails done on Friday. I can’t do it before then because… money.

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I love KB Swings. I’m pretty good at them, maybe.

I also really like air squats.

I also really like air squats.

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Shit. My coffee is cold.