Sunday, January 27, 2013

Incorporating A Bit Of CrossFit...It's A Good Thing.


                          Don't get me wrong....I still love a bunch of things CrossFit.  On a weekly basis I try to incorporate some of it into my workouts because I don't want to look like I am going to sink to the bottom of the pool like a ton of bricks...I want to look athletic.  This week I managed some man makers and a sit up WOD on back day.  Heavy overhead squats on one of my leg days and a super long chipper one day ( with rest in between each ten reps...NOT GONNA BURN UP MY NEWLY FOUND ASS CHEEKS) that consisted of KB swings, box jumps, wall balls and toe to bars. I kept it pretty light and it felt fantastic. I actually craved wall balls and 100 of them were welcomed. :)  I don't do kipping pull ups anymore and I stay away from super heavy snatches and clean and jerks. Kipping pull ups were turning into a injury waiting to happen for me and they weren't making me stronger. I go strict now and do less.  The snatches and cleans... well, I don't stay away from these lifts all together, but I truly believe that you need to practice properly and keep up with them on a regular basis to go heavy and I just can't do that right now. So less then 115#  it is.

        I love that my trainer is old school. J's Fit Factory is a great place. We use mostly dumbbells and barbells.  A lot of the work I put in is 30 seconds of one movement then right into 30 seconds of another movement ( sometimes another movement or two just depends) and then a minutes rest. I also do a bunch of super sets. This all really appeals to me because of CrossFit.  I like this so much more though because I see such better results with my body.  Having a day devoted to each body part has really made a difference in my muscle definition.  I was really in a rut doing only CF and I felt discouraged working out so hard everyday and not getting the results I really wanted. Also my body felt wrecked much of the time. Now my muscles get time to heal and grow and I am not burning them up with super long metcon like work or flapping around on a pull up bar until my shoulders won't move for days. Also the globo gym is full of meat head douches doing quarter squats and it is super entertaining. Some of the things I see in there....HYSTERICAL.   It really is working out to be the best of both worlds and I am loving it.  I feel stronger and healthier then ever.

 Negatives of the week:  My Buttercup ( AKA Natalie BFF we grew up together) moved to fucking Kansas.  Bummer. My heart hurts. I do think it helped me train like a fucking rock star though because I was trying not to think about it.  I fear my head still may be in the sand on that one  Blaaaaaarggggggghhhhhhh....
Positives:  I am on a roll.  I am not missing workouts.  I am eating what I should and then some.  Enjoying the lenient diet while I have it and my pizza and garlic knots were delicious yesterday.  Believe it or not I am even getting hungry in between meals which there are six of them a day so that is an awesome sign.  :)    

Make it a great week :)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Posing Clinic...Whew...


                Thank God I got through this posing clinic without falling on my face or something.  I learned a few things but have much work to do.  I am so glad I have until June but I know it will go fast.  The girls in my group were very nice.  I had to break off with the bodybuilding girls because there was only one other physique competitor in the house.  The main difference is they have a few extra poses and they do everything with a closed fist.  My hands will be open while posing.  It was a a very different but overall very good experience. That gym really is awesome.  

           Ok so on some days cardio is getting a little easier. Especially when it is nice out. That is huge progress for me. I would always rather just lift.  Lifting comes a lot easier to me and I enjoy it much more.  I better learn to fall in love with cardio though before it gets closer to the show and I am doing it for 90 minutes a day.  Oh God, that just sounds terrible.  Think about that for a minute....on top of training and constant eating, 90 fucking minutes. Just gotta start getting mentally prepared to buckle down now because that is just a ton of work.  Yesterday I just went to the clinic and didn't train but today was still a struggle to get out and just run.  I just didn't want to so I knew I had to.  There are days like that but more often then not I want to train so thank God for that. Today was just one of those blah days.  Stop tie your shoe.  Stop fix music.  I even tried to talk myself into not running anymore because it gives me heartburn.  It couldn't of possibly been the two sweet potatoes stuffed with paleo hot sausage and blueberries that I shoved down my throat 30 minutes prior. Whatever.

Positives of the week:  The clinic.  Also running into Amber a lot and even getting in a great back day at World's with her.  I struggled to not take a nap a few days after lifting so that was on point.  I plan to hit it harder and heavier this week after being inspired a bit on Saturday...I felt pretty tiny comparatively and I wanna get bigger. :)

Negatives:  This really has nothing to do with training but it sticks out in my mind so here goes... I miss my dad and a day or two this week was difficult.  I am sure it was because I finished cleaning out a few remaining boxes of his things that I had stashed in my spare bedroom.   It just felt so final. Those were the last ones.  I would give just about anything to be able to walk into his room and see his beautiful smile and hear his contagious laugh.  He was always so pleasant and just being around him for a few minutes could brighten your day.  I love ya Norm :)
                                                  Dad dancing at the nursing home 2012 :)

Have a great week.  GET AFTER IT, no matter what your it is.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

If I Can, Anyone Can...


         So, this week was a great week all around.  The weather was so nice I even did more cardio then I had too.  The miles of running through my neighborhood are FINALLY getting easier.  I actually enjoyed it tonight...3.5 miles nice and slow.  Slow because I don't wanna burn up any of this NEW PRETTY MUSCLE!! DUH.  I even bought new running shoes that aren't "crossfit" or "barefoot" style.  The bottom of my foot has a issue that dates back to a injury during my young days of hard partying every night, so I thought some new comfy shoes could help with the ache.  You see even after that particular chapter of my life not that many years ago I was a out of shape drunk that smoked 1-2 packs of cigarettes a day.  I drank till I passed out and as soon as I could keep it down the next day I started drinking again.  I am lucky to be alive.  I struggled for a very long time and then one day I was tired of it all and committed to change my life....More on all that MESS in a later post.... but the point is I am not ashamed of where I have been, I am actually beaming with pride because it was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I put my mind to it and get it done day in and day out. The pay off is bigger then I ever could of imagined and now it comes easy.  My life is great and the sobriety blessings are flowing left and right.  So while running tonight with that foot aching and pounding the pavement I began to think how happy that little ache makes me.  It reminds me of where I have been and how far I have come.  It makes me proud.  I am so happy I turned things around.  My daughters little eyes are watching closely. She is such a good girl and she helps inspire me to try and be a better person every single day.

      Whoever you are or no matter what your situation if you wanna change you can.  There were a few days this week that I just wanted to say "fuck it" and go back to bed.  I didn't.  I went out and killed it.  When I was done I was happy and had a great sense of accomplishment.  The more you do something the easier it gets.   It could be beating the bottle, smoking or 400 extra pounds, whatever. Just put your mind to it and kick its ass.

Positives this week:  Training was great and Amber ( my gym soul mate) and I worked out like 4 days in a row together! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I got my song for my show but I will leave that for a big reveal later on.  ITs TOOOO MUCH TO HANDLE RIGHT NOW!!!!  :)  My posing got a little better.  My body feels great and I am ready to kill it this week.   Also I shopped a ton which is always super fun.

Negatives:  None really.  My diet went to shit on Saturday but I still have some wiggle room for another few weeks till I really begin prepping.  I feel like I may be coming down with something but I hope not.

Enjoy your week :)

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Wrapping up the 1st week of the new year...

    So this week was a good week of training. My trainer is awesome as always and I had a couple killer days at globo.  I did miss a little cardio and a leg day ( I do 2 leg days a week now) but had a blast on my road trip to D.C.  I had some cheats while away ... STREET FOOD BITCHES AND A HALF A CINNABON... but ate clean the rest of the week so it worked out ok. I packed my super fancy Christmas present cooler and even though I didn't eat quite enough over our 800 mile in 36 hour journey I did pretty good. I packed some shakes too.  I am proud I didn't run it right off the diet cliff because I am infamous for DOING NOTHING IN MODERATION so SCORE!  Nothing like a good cheat on a corner in our nations capital...

Negatives of the week:  Missed a leg day...I DO NOT NEED TO DO THAT SHIT AGAIN....We all know my no ass at all issue going on.

Positives:  Everything else!!! I had a great birthday I got a Bulldog and went to D.C with the BFF!! Oh ya and my husband is super awesome and supportive as always!!

Hope everyone is doing great on those resolutions of exercise, paleo challenges or whatever.  I saw a bunch of people all bundled up and out running or biking on Tuesday in my neighborhood and haven't seen them since...HAHA!  Make it a good week!! Get it !!

A firm decision to do or not do something
Synonyms: Decision- Determination - Resolve- Solution