Monday, December 31, 2012

I NEVER look cute after my workouts, unless they're the quick 5 minute ones!  lol

I am pretty happy today - I did not workout over the weekend, I know...I should not be happy about that, but my word!  My inner lower calf muscles (if that's what they are) were SO sore from doing jumping jacks on Friday!  I'm really beginning to wonder if I will ever NOT be sore after working out.  You'd think after 3 months, that the soreness would be gone, but NO!  Not for me!  The soreness is finally gone today - yippee - so that makes me happy!  Also, I weighed 249 this morning.  That's the LOWEST I've weighed so far AND with it being my "first thing in the morning" weight, it should go down by this afternoon.  I'm strange - my lowest weight is usually in the afternoon not in the morning like everyone else, so I can't wait to see what it will be this afternoon!  Hopefully, my weight is coming down, but as long as I see the results in inches lost and my clothes fitting better, I'm happy with that, too!

Today's workout is for time, 3 rounds of:
   50 squats
   7 reverse pullups (jump up, go real slow down)
   10 hang power snatch, 20 lbs

I watched the video Jenni posted of dumbbell hang power snatches, and they don't look too bad.  I'm going to see if I can find a few more to watch to make sure I get my arms right, but they look fairly simple.  I'll also be using 24 lbs (2 - 12 lb dumbbells) instead of the prescribed 20 lbs. 
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So, I totally ran out of time.  Will work this in tomorrow or over the weekend.  Happy New Year, y'all!!


Friday, December 28, 2012

I need to remember this!  I'm always saying "So far, I have the worst time" whenever I post my time on the CrossFit blog.  I'm not always the slowest, but I'm usually right there at the bottom.  Honey Buns (this is what I call my husband) will usually reply with "At least you're doing something" and that makes me feel better.  Then, I get to thinking there has to be some who do the exercise but don't post their times for whatever reason and I recall an earlier blog where I posted all of my stats and remember - the reason I post my stats is not necessarily for people to see (even though I know some see it) but because I'm "owning" my body and my results.  By putting it out there for everyone to see, whether I'm proud of them or not, I am letting the world know "This is me."  So, I will continue to post my times on the CrossFit blog, whether they're good or bad it's me telling the world "It wasn't pretty, but I DID IT!!!!!"

That being said, I will probably have a sucky time with today's workout!  lol  Today is a doozy...for time:
   50 jumping jacks
   50 push ups
   50 jumping jacks
   50 CrossFit situps
   50 jumping jacks
   50 squats
   50 jumping jacks
   50 back extensions

UGH!  Back extensions!  I think I'd rather do burpees than back extensions!  I think it's because I feel like a beached whale whenever I do them - maybe I'll like them better once my stomach gets smaller, but right now?  No.  I don't like 'em.  Will I do them?  Yes.  Yes, I will.  And I'll be happy about it because it will let me know today's workout is over when I finish them!  :)  Positive thoughts...
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25:00 - WOW!  This was a tough one, but I feel great right now.  Tomorrow might be another story!  lol - SO glad it's the weekend, but I still have the squat-a-thon to do.  I added an extra 35 squats after my timed workout to reach today's squat-a-thon goal of 85.  I am tired (but in a good way)!!!
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Thursday, December 27, 2012

I am surprised to say that I can lift and move my arms today.  My triceps were SO sore after yesterday's workout, but feel fine this morning.  My badonka-donk is another matter.  I'm really beginning to wonder if I will ever wake up without a sore ass?  lol  You'd think those muscles would be like, "Okay...we're being used...over and over!", but NO!  It seems like they are still surprised!!  Oh well, it's just something I'll have to live with.    :)

Today's workout doesn't look too bad, but as I've said before - those are the ones that usually are!  For time, 3 rounds of:
   *Run 200 meters (.124/mile)
   7 push presses w/10 lb dumbbells
   14 knees to elbows

I'm curious if the push presses are supposed to be a 10 lb dumbbell in each hand?  I hope so, because that's the way I intend to do it - only I'll probably use 12 lb dumbbells in each hand.  It's either 12 lbs or 9.5 lbs, so I always try to go with the one that's a little more.  I'm also excited to use my workout gloves I received for Christmas from my son.  He was too funny telling me I could use them while doing my "knee to elbow things"!  Then, my daughter was like "OH!  They're open on the top of the hands, which is good since you're such a weirdo and sweat there!"  So sweet.  I really do sweat on top of my hands.  As far as I know (and I HAVE asked around), I'm the only person I know who sweats there.  Oh well, it is what it is.  Sweat is just my fat crying, so that's a good thing!!  

YIKES!  I was just checking out everyone's times so far (it kinda gives me an idea of what to shoot for) and noticed people talking about running and I thought...running?  We aren't running today!  So I looked at the blog again and guess what?  We ARE running today!!  ARRGGHH - 200 meters each round, which is .124/mile for a total of .372/mile.  I WILL run the entire distance - no walking.  THAT is my goal and I WILL make it!  :)
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14:22 - Probably the worst time, but you know what?  I did it!  I've decided that even though I would like to be a runner, I sure don't enjoy running!  Lord help me if I'm ever being chased!  Hopefully I'll be running off of the adrenaline if that ever happens!  lol 

I used 12 lb. dumbbells for the push presses, so I guess that makes 24 lbs.  I'm glad I did that much, I really couldn't see me using less - even with the 12 lb dumbbells it still seemed a little light weight.  Maybe I'm just stronger now!

My knees to elbows are now knees to waist and just a tad above that - so that's an improvement from knees to hips!  :)  I tried using my new workout gloves with the bar, but because my bar has padding where you grip, it just made the cut off fingers hurt my real fingers - so I had to take them off.

I also got back on the treadmill and finished out to a mile.  I walked (no more running today!) at 3.3/mph and inclined every 30 seconds.  Once I reached and walked at the 10 incline (the highest one), I started declining every 30 seconds until I came back down to 0 (the lowest setting).  After walking that for 30 seconds, I slowed down to 3.0/mph for 30 seconds, 2.8/mph for 30 seconds, and finally 2.5/mph for the remainder - it was just a tad over 30 seconds.

I feel like I've done a GREAT workout today!  So glad it was a day of rest on the squat-a-thon!  :)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

This one fits me today!  Today's workout was a good one!  I know, I know - they're ALL good ones, right?  Ha-ha!  Um...no,  but today's was a fun one - I guess I should have said that instead.   ;)

Anyway, as many rounds as you can in 20 minutes of:

   5 Pushups
   10 Wall ball, 10 lbs
   15 Kettlebell swings, 15 lbs

Well - I went over 15 seconds to make it a full 14 rounds!  Woot-woot!!!  NOT the worst, NOT the best - but I did beat my "in my head" goal of 12 rounds, so VERY happy with that!  I also did not get a heavier ball for Christmas, so I stuck with my 4 lb. ball and used a dumbbell set at 15.5 lbs. for the kettlebell swings.  Let me just say, even though this was a fun workout, my triceps are KILLING ME!!!!!

I added it all up and in 20 minutes, 15 seconds I did 70 pushups, 140 wall balls w/4#, and 210 kettlebell swings w/15.5#!  Not too shabby!  :)

I hope everyone had a good Christmas!  I did - my son DID get me some workout gloves for when I "do those knee to elbow things" (as he put it) and a weighted vest, which I did have on my list.  I'm going to start wearing it next week whenever I work out in hopes of burning more calories and dropping more pounds.  :)

3 Month Stats

Sorry it took me so long to post these, but Christmas was busy, busy, busy!  Anyway, here are my new, improved, updated stats:

9/24                               12/24          Difference
254.5     Weight             249.5          -5 lbs
42          Bust                 38.75          -3.25 in
49          Waist               43               -6 in
56          Hips                 52.25          -3.75 in
15.5       R Upper Arm   15.25         -.25 in
15.5       L Upper Arm    15.25        -.25 in
29.5       R Thigh            29.25         -.25 in
30          L Thigh            29.75         -.25 in
20.25     R Calf              19.75         -.5 in
20          L Calf               20             0

Total 14.5 inches and 5 pounds lost so far!  I also added some new places to check, because I could see a difference there as well. 

12/10                               12/24            Difference
20.75     R Upper Knee   20.75             0
21          L Upper Knee   21                  0
18          R Knee              17.75            - .25 in
19          L Knee              18.5               -.5 in
17.25     R Lower Knee   16.5              -.5 in
17.25     L Lower Knee   17.25            0
11          R Ankle             10.25            -.75 in
11.25     L Ankle             10.75            -.5

This is another 2.5 inches lost, bringing my overall total to 17 inches gone!  AND - I wore a pair of jeans Christmas Eve night that I wore the 1st weekend of November to a birthday party and guess what?  NO muffin top in those jeans!  When I wore them in November, it was the first time I was able to get in them in over a year, and they fit but were those kind of jeans you couldn't wait to get home and take 'em off!!  So, I'm very proud of the whole "no muffin top" thing and I wasn't in a hurry to get home and take them off.  It's THAT kind of result that makes me happy!  :)

Monday, December 24, 2012

3 Month Check-In

This is SO true for me!  I've even asked my husband if something was wrong with me, because what I see in the mirror is NOT what my camera shows me!  lol - Oh well, that's just one of life's mysteries, huh?

Well, today makes three months that I have been doing these CrossFit workouts.  I can't believe I've stuck with it for three months, but if I hadn't been seeing a difference I would have given up already and went back to my treadmill.  I am so glad I came across the workout blog on Pinterest - it has made a difference in my life!  I can see a difference with my tape measure, the fit of my clothes, my strength, and my overall fitness.  I can breathe better!  Don't get me wrong, stairs and hills still get my heartrate going and I'm not a runner yet, but I AM getting better! 

I will be posting my updated measurements later today - I have some errands to do this morning...it IS Christmas Eve after all!  I will also do my workout sometime this morning as well.  From 12:00 on, my day is full.  I never did the dreaded 100 burpee workout that I missed last week, and hope to do it tomorrow if a workout is not scheduled.  I know it's Christmas, but we are doing our family get together in the morning and the rest of the day is free and since my beloved Patriots won't be playing and my Falcons have already played and there won't be ANY football games on and I HATE pro-basketball, I might as well workout, right?  Right!  :)

Today's workout is 5 rounds of:
   10 front squats, 40 lbs
   20 CrossFit situps
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Today's Workout - 9:22 :)

I'll put my results on this post tomorrow.  I will say I have lost a total of 17 inches and 5 pounds since I started CrossFit.  SO happy!!  I have to go shower and get ready to go to my in-laws for our Christmas celebration. 

Friday, December 21, 2012

I need to remember this today!  So, I totally did NOT work out yesterday.  My body was entirely TOO SORE!!  Just thinking of using my arms at all for burpees was painful.  I know, I know....excuses, excuses.  I will do it tomorrow or Sunday.  I can't believe how sore/tight my body is this week.  And after looking at today's workout, my upper body is getting hammered this week!!  lol

Today's workout is 3 rounds of 15-12-9 reps each round of:
   Thrusters w/20 lbs
   Walking Lunges
   Pushups

For example:  Round 1 - 15 thrusters/15 walking lunges/15 pushups/12 thrusters/12walking lunges/12 pushups/9 thrusters/9 walking lunges/9 pushups - Repeat that for rounds 2 and 3.

Killer, right?  Yup, looks that way!
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16:30 - I must say, it wasn't as bad as I thought!  So...GO ME!  AND I did not have the slowest time, so...GO ME again!  Ahhhh, it's the little things.   :)  AND, as prescribed except I used 24 lbs. with my thrusters!  AND I get to count my thrusters against today's squats since there is a squat movement.  Wow!  A quadruple whammy!  It's a good day.

If you figure it up (and you know I always do), that's a total of 108 thrusters w/24 lbs, 108 walking lunges, and 108 pushups.  That's a LOT of work in NOT a lot of time!  I'm still loving these workouts and have discovered that even if I don't feel like doing them, I feel so proud afterwords...so I need to just suck it up and do it!  :)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Well...it looks like an "attempted homicide" kind of day!  lol - Today's workout is 100 burpees for time!!!!  What...the hell?  I know Jenni knows how sore my shoulders/upper arms are - she commented about how sore she was when she posted her tabata score yesterday.  Oh my goodness!  Let's all hope I don't die...really...just kidding.  I'll give it my all.  :)

I'm not too sore today, just my upper obliques - if that's what you call them.  Not sure, I might need to Google it!  It's the muscle on my side - kinda under my arm, but more towards the back not the front nor directly under my arm.  I was telling my husband yesterday that I was very surprised about the new muscles I keep discovering from doing these workouts.  I mean, this is my 13th week of CrossFit and I still get sore in new places!  I guess that's a good thing.

Wish me luck on my burpees!
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

This is me after yesterday!  Deficit pushups are really hard and let me say I finally found something that makes me forget about how sore my ass has been from all of the squats/squat motions I have been doing and it's sore shoulders!!!!  I'm sure they will get better once I get up and going, but right now while I'm just lifting my coffee cup?  Ooohh yeah...they're there.  ;)

Today's workout is a tabata workout.  I really don't like those.  Let me rephrase that - it's not that I don't "like" them, it's just that they make me SOOO mad because I kinda feel like a failure because you have to post your worst round score.  I know - I'm NOT a failure because I'm at least working out.  Maybe that was the wrong word.  Posting the worst score makes me look/feel like a weakling, and THAT I definitely am not!!  lol - I'll get over it.

Anyway, today's workout is 8, 20-second rounds of work with 1 minute rest intervals in between exercises.  Post your lowest score per exercise and your total number of reps for all.
   Jump rope
   Squats
   Push press w/20 lbs
   Pushups
   CrossFit situps

Well, I know my jumprope will be extremely low being that I am SO inconsistent with it!  Oh well, gotta get 'er done!  :)
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First, my results - then my thoughts!  :)

Jumprope - 12 - SO mad!  I got a 12 on my first round because I tripped and tripped!
   12, 17, 16, 15, 16, 14, 19, 15
Squats - 17 - I was pretty consistent with these!
   17, 17, 17, 18, 18, 17, 18, 18
Push Press w/24 lb dumbbells - 20 - My arms are SO weak and still sore from yesterday.
   21, 23, 23, 22, 21, 20, 20, 20
Pushups - 8 - I really think it was SUPER mean to make us do these after yesterday!
   8, 10, 10, 10, 10, 9, 10, 9
CF situps - 8 - SO proud I can do these AND my feet stay on the floor!
   8, 9, 9, 9, 8, 9, 8, 8

I have to say - my soreness really did not get better.  I even took baby aspirin!  At first, I thought I was sore from the deadlifts - those always work my back muscles.  But then, it was in my shoulders more than my back, and I thought...still could be from deadlifts.  But then, it was down my obliques and I KNEW it was from those deficit pushups!!!   Damn you, deficit pushups!!!  I was really surprised I could do pushups today after yesterday - even though I had crappy numbers, they were consistent.

I really don't want to complain about my arms too much because I know Jenni will give us a run or something crazy like that for tomorrow!  Please, please, please....no running!  lol  :)
  



Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I should have posted this pic yesterday just to remind ME!  I was such a bad girl yesterday - didn't post...didn't work out...JEEZ!!  I didn't do the 12/12 workout over the weekend either.  I've just been so busy shopping and doing holiday stuff, but I WILL get back on track today.  I always feel so guilty when I don't work out, but I had no "get up and go" yesterday.  It's been rainy and yucky weather here - I couldn't live where it rains the majority of the time.  I would be so miserable without my sunshine!  I will do the 12/12 workout and yesterday's workout - hopefully this weekend.  I might do yesterday's workout after today's workout since they are both short ones, then save the 12/12 for the weekend.  I really want to do the 12/12 workout because it sounds so hard (and long!) and I really want to see what I can do.

Today's workout doesn't look too bad.  Do as many rounds in 12 minutes of:
   15 Deadlifts, 60 lbs
   15 Deficit Pushups - hands on books, weights, or something!
   15 box jumps, 18"

Yesterday's workout is 4 rounds of:
   10 Dumbbell snatches, 15 lbs (alternate arms - right arm 1st round, left arm 2nd round, etc)
   200 foot sprint

I'll let you know how I do later!
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Today's workout - 4 complete rounds
WOW!  Deficit pushups are WAY harder than regular pushups!!  Also - did deadlifts w/50 lbs - it's all I got!!  lol - My husband was on the treadmill today while I was working out.  I made him swear not to laugh at me and guess what?  He was a good boy!  lol - He finally was allowed to see what I have to do and I think he now understands why I come downstairs huffing and puffing!  :)

I also did yesterday's workout when he was done with the treadmill.  Instead of doing "rounds", I just went ahead and did alternating arms/dumbbell snatches then I ran on the treadmill when he was finished.  My arm exercise time was 1:39.  I looked up to see how many miles 800 feet is (.151/mile) and ran that.  And by run, I mean RUN!!  I ran at 5.3 for the majority and slowed to a walk for the last three "block" segments on my treadmill and guess what I realized today?  I am NOT a runner!  Boy was I sucking wind!!  I don't know what it is about running.  I'm trying.  Really.  I am.  :)  OH!  Forgot to mention my treadmill time - 1.59.  That makes yesterday's workout time 3:38, which wasn't too bad considering I did it AFTER working out for today AND being a "run" workout!  I'm happy.

Friday, December 14, 2012

I S'wanee!!!!  My WHOLE lower body is sore today, but especially my badonka-donk!!!  Oh My!  I felt SO good after walking the 5k (I just love saying that!) yesterday, but boy did the achyness start last night and all night and this morning!  I'm hoping once I get up moving around (and after taking some Tylenol) that it works itself out.  I told my Honey-Buns last night that I definitely needed some new workout shoes, so if I don't get any for Christmas then I'll purchase them myself afterwards.

Today's workout doesn't sound too bad, but I've discovered those are the ones to watch out for!  lol

5 rounds of:
   7 deadlift, 60 lbs
   30 squats
   7 pushups

Squatting looks initimidating to me today...maybe because my butt is sore right now?  Hmmm....I think so.  Oh well, gotta do it!
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9:49 - 50# deadlifts - the rest as rx'd and man, oh man!  My legs are SOoOooO wobbly!!  Glad it's Friday, but tomorrow I'm doing the infamous 12/12/12 workout!  Yikees!!  :)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

So, I totally shopped all afternoon into the evening yesterday and did not work out.  I'm saving yesterday's workout for Saturday, but  must admit looking at everyone's times is VERY intimidating!!  Even Jenni's time was 59 minutes and some odd seconds, so there's no telling what my time will look like!  I can usually look at everyone's times and double them in my head and come really close to what my actual time is.  So, on Saturday I will do the workout and hope for the best.  I certainly hope it doesn't take me two hours, though!!  One good thing about saving this for Saturday?  Yesterday's squat-a-thon number was 70 and Saturday's is 85 for a total of 155.  I'll be doing 144 in the workout, so I'll just need to add 11 more.  Two days in one - gotta love that!  :)

Today's workout looks intimidating as well - well, at least to me it does.  Run a 5K.  Really?  Run?  A 5K?  Oh my goodness - WHAT are they thinking?  lol   I looked it up and 5 kilometers is 3.1 miles, so I seriously doubt I will run that entirely.  I think I may just do a 30 minute programmed workout on the treadmill (that's usually 1.5 miles) or if it's not too cold outside, I may just go walk the trails in the park.  There are two trails that are a mile long each with LOTS of hills, and a trail that goes around a pond that is .6 miles long, so I could do that one twice to come up to 3.2 mile.  I really wouldn't mind doing that - no running though (not in front of people!), but it would be a nice, long, fast walk!  You'll see what I decide later!
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I decided to walk in the park for a total of 3.2 miles!  I did both longer trails (up hills and down!) for 1 mile each, and the pond trail which is fairly flat and .6/mile.  Gorgeous day in Georgia to walk outside - sunny, blue skies, 60 degrees, and just enough of a breeze to keep you from being too hot!  This took awhile (an hour) but it was a great workout!  :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Still on a "high" from yesterday's plateau buster of going below 250 on my scales!  I know it's just a number, but DAMN!  That sure made me feel better - such a mood lifter!  I was having major inner dialogue - don't stop CrossFit, you're getting stronger - you can see/tell the difference, the scales don't matter - you're clothes fit better, you FEEL better, etc.  I know it's not much, but it worked!

Today is 12/12/12 for those of you who didn't know and today's workout is in honor of that fact.  Meaning...we do 12 rounds of 12 reps each of:
   CrossFit situps
   Squats
   Walking lunges
   Push ups
   Box jumps
   Thrusters, 20 lbs
   Back extensions
   Bench dips
   Kettle bell swings, 15 lbs
   Jump rope
   Leg lifts
   Wall ball, 10 lbs

I've requested a heavier wall ball for Christmas and even showed my children what mine looks like and am hoping they get me one.  I don't want one that looks like an oversized soccer ball, I like the smaller version.  The one I have came from Target and my son works at Target, so...fingers crossed!

I'm glad to see squats in the workout - today's squat-a-thon number is 70, but it looks like my number is 144!  Can't wait to post THAT!  I am feeling every single one of those weighted squats from yesterday, too, by the way.  Not sure why, but my left butt cheek is feeling them more than my right - does this mean my left side is weaker?  I don't know...just know that's where I feel it.  OH!  My thighs, too.  Unweighted squats are WAY easier, huh?  lol

I'm hoping to have time to workout - I'm taking my niece and her best friend Christmas shopping right after school.  That is normally my workout time, but I think I'll try to get it in early so I can have Saturday off!  Although, I'll probably do a treadmill workout (or two) over the weekend.  I have set a goal of making it into the 230's in four weeks (by the week of January 9th).  I'm hoping I can meet that goal.  :)   No, let me re-phrase that...I WILL meet that goal!  There!  In writing!  Makes it official.
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Looks like I'm saving this for Saturday.  Too much going on today.  :(

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Good morning!  You will be happy to know I have not weighed myself this morning like I usually do.  I'm avoiding my scales for now.  Let's see how long that will last!  lol

Today's workout looks like a short one, so I'm going to do a pre-programmed workout on my treadmill beforehand.

For time -
   30 front squats w/20-30 lbs
   7 pullups (or attempted pullups)
   30 front squats w/20-30 lbs
   5 pullups (or attempted pullups)

Short and easy, PLUS this will count against my 65 squats for the squat-a-thon!  I know, I know.  I said I wasn't doing it but decided as long as I'm not sore I will do them and today is a non-sore day.   Tomorrow is another story! 
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4:42!!!!!!!!!!!  I'm in the average time range!!  Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!  I used 24 lbs for the squats and did a total of 3 unassisted pullups, but switched to assisted and came down extremely slowly - my arms were quivering!

I also did a programmed workout on my treadmill - workout #1.  This workout used to make me SO out of breath and I would always slow the fastest timed segment down from 3.5 mph to 3.2 mph.  Well!  Today, I did it as programmed and checked my heart rate throughout the workout.  The highest my heart rate got was 125 at 3.5 mph with an incline of 6 (10 is the highest incline the treadmill goes).  Not bad!  I was surprised I wasn't as tired from this workout as I used to be - so I MUST be getting stronger!  YAY!!  I did the treadmill before I did the CrossFit workout.  I also added 5 weighted squats (untimed) at the end so I could count this for my 65 squats for the squat-a-thon.  :)

OH!  My whole "ignoring the scales" didn't last long.  I weighed before working out and guess what?  I made it below 250!  That's right - 249.5!  That's a total of 5 pounds lost.  I'm hoping the weight does start coming down - I was very discouraged yesterday, but I refuse to stop my workouts.  This is the longest I've stuck with them while doing them by myself, at home.  Still loving CrossFit!

Monday, December 10, 2012

11 Week Stats

I have been following CrossFit Mamas' blog for 11 weeks now.  It's hard to believe it's been 11 weeks!  I'm still not seeing hardly any results on my weight, but  I do see a big difference in my clothes and in the mirror.  It just has me stumped on why my weight hasn't really gone down, but my husband said I needed to quit obsessing over that and be happy with seeing the results.  I know I'm stronger - there are LOTS of exercises I can now do that I couldn't when I started.  CF situps, pushups, box jumps, jump rope, running - the list goes on and on.  I'm still not great at running, but I see a major improvement there.  I just need to get it in my head to quit worrying about the scales.  Stupid scales!  lol

I promise I am updating my stats today.  I don't care what they are, I'll take them and put them up.  My goal before the new year is to at least weigh in the 240's.  I keep hovering between 250 and 252 and it's driving my crazy!  I'm also taking pics today, but those will not be shared because I'm taking those just in my bra and panties and really don't want THAT out in cyberspace!

Today's workout is for time, 5 rounds of:
   100 jump rope
   10 deadlift, 60 lbs
   Rest 1 minute

It's a good thing I can now jump rope, huh?  lol  :)
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Okay - I did my measurements and let's just say I don't know what sucked more...my stats or my jumprope skills.  Pathetic!!  I'm not giving up, I just need to really do better with my food choices.  I feel great and my clothes fit better than ever, but my stats are not what they were just a few weeks ago, BUT they are better than when I started = gotta think positive, right?  Anyway...here they are:

9/24 stats:                      12/10 stats:      Difference
254.5             Weight     251                  -3.5 lbs
42                  Bust          39.75               -2.25
49                  Waist        45                    -4
56                  Hips          53                    -3
15.5              UpRArm   15.5                  0
15.5              UpLArm    15.5                 0
29.5              R Thigh      29.25              -.25
30                 L Thigh      29.25              -.5
20.25            R Calf        19.75              -.5
20.                L Calf         20                  0

Total loss of 10.5 inches, which is good.  I just don't know if I was measuring wrong previously or not, but I'll take it.

Back to today's workout - I had the worst time but this was because of my jumprope skills, or should I say lack of jumprope skills?  I can jump, just not the rope!  lol  I finally gave up and just jumped without the rope on the last round and I wish I had done that after my lousy first round of jumping!  I used 50 lbs with my deadlifts, but I did 12 reps each round.  I figured 10 reps @ 60 lbs = 600 lbs and 12 reps @ 50 lbs = 600 lbs - so that's how I came up with that number.

I did take pictures today as well and can tell the difference between my "Day 4" pics and today's pictures and also a difference in my face from my October 5th picture of my face and today's pic of my face.  It's a little slimmer.

Nothing but positive thoughts now.  I'm getting in shape, I'm getting stronger and that's what counts!  :)



Sunday, December 9, 2012

Just finished Friday's workout!  I set a personal goal of 5 rounds and surpassed that!  I did 5.5 rounds - not too bad!

Just a reminder of what the workout was:
  As many rounds as you can in 15 minutes of:
    8 bench dips
    10 box jumps
    12 walking lunges w/20 lbs
    15 CrossFit situps

I did 6 rounds of the bench dips and box jumps (11" box), 5 rounds of lunges w/24 lbs and the situps.

I am finally up to 11" box jumps and let me say - they are WAY harder than 10" - or they seem like it anyway.  I'm really feeling my thigh muscles today!  :)

I think I'm giving up on the squat-a-thon - my ass muscles are entirely too sore!  I don't like being in constant pain and there just didn't seem to be any recovery going on unless I skipped a day.  So, that's out!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Just did Thursday's workout and OMG!!!  I am sweating sweaty sweat!  Trust me...that's A LOT!!!  :)

That was an awesome workout and I thought at one point about skipping some things...like burpees, and the deadlifts near the end and those last squats, but then I thought "I ain't no quitter!" so I finished.  Not only did I finish but I finished in under 30 minutes!!!  I saw that most people did theirs anywhere from 20-30 minutes and thought mine would be 45-60 minutes, so I am very impressed with my time.  Are you ready for it?  27:02!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Yup, yup - that's how I roll!  And believe me, I was rolling - especially after the situps!  lol   I'm confused on the difference between regular situps and CrossFit situps, so I just did all CrossFit situps and am also very proud to say I can do 20 of those without stopping!  My pushups were weak today which was surprising to me.  But my legs...my legs are still quivering! 

Just a reminder of what Thursday's (today's) workout entailed:
   20 of each:
      wall ball
      situps
      box jumps
      push ups
      cleans, 20 lbs
      jump rope
      thrusters, 10 lbs
      front squats, 20 lbs
      kettle bell, 20 lbs
      push press, 20 lbs
      bench dips
      sumo deadlift high pulls, 20 lbs
      burpees
      hang squat cleans, 20 lbs
      CF situps
      walking lunge
      deadlift, 20 lbs
      knees to elbows
      squats

I used two 12 lb dumbbells with all weighted exercises (total of 24 lbs).  I plan on doing yesterday's (Friday) workout tomorrow, so I won't be skipping any of my workouts.  Still sweating from this one!

Friday, December 7, 2012

I did not work out yesterday, but am saving that one for tomorrow - or I may do it today and save today's workout for tomorrow.  Either way - I'm NOT skipping a workout!!

Today's workout is many rounds as you can in 15 minutes of :
   8 bench dips
   10 box jumps, 18" box
   12 step walking lunges w/20 lbs
   15 CrossFit situps

I've noticed the workouts are starting to state "CrossFit" situps or just situps.   Regardless of what they say, I will always do a CrossFit situp - especially now that I can!  :)

Today's squat number is 50 - but since I skipped yesterday's squats as well, I'll do those first.  I'll catch up because the 10th is supposed to be a day of rest - I'll just be squatting on that day!
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

I don't know if I'll work out today, or save today's workout for tomorrow or Saturday.  It's my annual Christmas shopping day with two of my best friends!  We leave as soon as I drop off Hayley at school and am not sure what time I'll be back.  To be honest, after looking at today's workout I'm kinda hoping I won't be back in time!!  lol

My left butt cheek is very sore today.  I think between the squats in the squat-a-thon and the burpees and the running yesterday (all week really) - something funky is going on.  I can feel it when I walk, so I think it might be more of a muscle strain.  I don't think I'm going to do my 45 squats today either - but I always said I would count any CrossFit squats against the squat-a-thon squats, so today's workout actually included 40 of those - 20 of which are weighted!  So...I'm not going to feel bad about skipping them today.  I'll catch up tomorrow - tomorrow was supposed to be a day of rest in the squat-a-thon.

Today's workout is one of those that includes everything...and by "everything", I mean EVERYTHING!  For time, 20 each:
   wall ball
   situps
   box jumps
   push ups
   cleans w/20 lbs
   jump rope
   thrusters w/10 lbs
   front squats w/20 lbs
   kettle bell swings, 15-20 lbs
   push press w/20 lb
   bench dips
   sumo deadlift high pull w/20 lbs
   burpees
   hang squat cleans w/20 lbs
   CrossFit situps
   walking lunge steps
   deadlift w/20 lbs
   knees to elbows
   squats

WHEW!  I'm tired from just typing all of that!  lol - I'll let you know if I do this today or tomorrow!
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

I feel really good about yesterday's workout.  I know you're not supposed to compare yourself to others, yada, yada, yada...but I was looking through everyone's results and I was NOT the worst (YAY ME!), but I was close to what Jenni had.  For anyone who doesn't know, Jenni is the one who does the CrossFit Mamas blog.  My score yesterday was 49, with 433 total reps - Jenni's was 54, with 448 total reps.  I have to say - I really pushed myself yesterday to not slow down or slack off and that alone made a HUGE difference!  I soaked for a really long time last night in my bubble bath and felt great afterwards, but was really sore/stiff after sitting and watching t.v. last night.  This morning isn't bad at all - my upper arms and shoulders are a little stiff and sore when I move them, but that should work itself out once I get to moving this morning.  It's still my coffee drinking time right now.  :)

Today's workout looks like a good one as well.
   For time, 3 rounds of:
      10 knees to elbows
      Run 200 meters (.124/mile)
      10 bar facing burpees
      Run 200 meters (.124/mile)

I love to see the runs set at 200 meters because I know I can actually run that distance without walking!  I can't wait for the day when longer runs are easy for me!  I watched the video Jenni had showing how to do bar facing burpees.  They are actually just burpees with a barbell on the floor at you head.  After you do your burpee, you jump over the bar, turn to face the bar, do another burpee, jump the bar, turn to face it, etc.  LOVE the video - it shows a guy and girl - both fit looking, but the girl is WAY faster than the guy.  He's like me, he stops to catch his breath for a moment.  Still, I love it when the girls beat the guys.  Makes my little girlie heart smile.  :)

Today's Squat-A-Thon number is 40!
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30:22 - Geez Louise!  WHAT a workout!  I'm still pouring sweat!  I can actually bring my knees to just above my waist line.  I know this for a fact because I marked it on the doorway that I have my bar located at.  The last time I did knees to elbows, I could only bring them up to my hips and only do one at a time.   Today I could do three in a row without having to stop and stand - so I am VERY proud of that!

Running the 1/8 mile on the treadmill was WAY easier after the knees-to-elbows segment.  I had no issues with running until after the burpee segment.  I ran the majority, walking a total of 4 blocks the entire time (there are 16 blocks in a 1/2 mile), so I am also EXTREMELY proud of that!  My treadmill time was 10:26 - so not too bad.  I'm improving and that's the important thing!

Since I don't have a barbell, I used my aerobic step on the lowest setting, which is 6 inches.  I use this for burpees anyway to avoid face planting in the floor.  So, I'd do my burpee then box jump onto the step, jump off the step, turn around and face the step, then do another burpee.  Burpees are getting easier, but maybe that's just because I only had to do 10 each round.  They're getting easier as well.  Can't wait until I can do them without the step - hopefully that's not too far off.

Great workout today AND I did my 40 squats this morning for the squat-a-thon.  :)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Today is Tabata Tuesday!  If I understand the instructions correctly (and that's a big IF), this is what I'm to do - exercise for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds doing 8 consecutive intervals of the following exercises:
   Wall Ball - 10 lbs
   Sumo Deadlift High Pull - 20 lbs
   Box Jump
   Push Press - 20 lbs

Score each individual round - of course the lowest number is the only score that counts, then add all scores together to get a final, overal score.  Confusing, right?  I had to re-read it, but am fairly confident I'm correct.  For example -

   1 - count # of wall balls for 20 seconds - rest 10 seconds - 2 count # of wall balls for 20 seconds - rest 10 seconds - 3 - count # of wall balls for 20 seconds - rest 10 seconds, etc. until you do 8 rounds.  Write your score down during your 10 second rest.  Use only the lowest score and move on to the next exercise.

Got it!

Today's Squat-A-Thon number is 35 and I must say between my squats, little run, and burpees - I can definitely feel my ass today!   I had to take some aspirin last night to stop the throbbing.  :)
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That was a hard, quick workout!!  Thanks, Jenni!  I scored as follows:

10 on 4# Wall Ball - 10-11-11-14-12-12-11-11
14 on 24# Deadlift High Pull - 14-15-16-15-15-14-15-14
8 on 9" Box Jump - 8-10-9-9-9-9-9-9
17 on 24# Push Press - 21-18-18-20-21-18-17-19

Total Score = 49

Not bad, but still mad about that 17 on the push press.  My left arm was so shaky when I went up on #16, so I brought them both down and shook 'em out - then only had time to go back up once more!  ARGH!!  Another weird quirk, my lowest score was on my first round of each exercise.  I guess I just started slow - I do know I kept telling myself "Do not go below" whatever number that first one was and really pushed myself that way.  Especially with the box jumps - those are killer!  Can't wait until tomorrow.  :)

OH!  Did my 35 squats this morning and feeling them this afternoon!  ;)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Hard to believe I have been doing CrossFit religiously for 10 weeks!  Normally, I slow down on things, but must say I've impressed even myself for sticking with this program.  I think it's because it's always different workouts everyday and I really can see/tell a difference in my body.  Looking back, I couldn't even jump rope, box jump, run (!), or even do pushups.  The first workout that I did that called for pushups I did a few on the floor, then switched to wall pushups!  Now, I can get in almost 20 without shaking or stopping!  I do believe I'll take my measurements today - it's also a picture day.  I haven't taken a pic in awhile, so I'm hoping to see changes.  Fingers crossed!

Today's workout is to see how many burpees you can do in 7 minutes.  THAT is going to be a blast...NOT!  :) 

Also, it's Day 3 of the December Squat-A-Thon.  You have to do 30 squats today.  I think I'm also going to throw in a 1/4 mile run.  I'll never be able to conquer running if I don't do it and I am determined to conquer running!!!!
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59!!!!  I set my goal to be 50 after reading everyone else's numbers, so I'm happy with what I did.  Plus - this was after I did a little over an 1/8 mile run (2 minutes even) - I had planned to run 1/4 mile, but my lungs were burning too bad. 

I did my 30 squats this morning AND I put up my Christmas tree.  I had to bring the decorations up from the basement (stairs...LOTS of stairs), and I brought my tree into the house (more steps), up and down my step stool - so all in all, I think I got a pretty good workout in today.      :)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

It's official!!  December Squat-A-Thon is on!!!  I've already done my 20 squats for today.  :)  I have to say, after doing those CrossFit weighted front squats the other day, it was amazingly easy to do 20 regular squats!  I'm getting tickled - the people doing these on the Facebook Squat-A-Thon page are looking at the numbers and getting antsy about doing 100 squats!  I'm like...ppsshaw..that ain't nothin'!  lol

I'm so glad I made the choice to get fit.  Now, if I could only run....I am planning on running 1/4 mile today. I've got to get better at runnin.  I don't know why, but I feel like if I accomplish that feat, I will be accomplishing a lot.  Can't get better if you don't try, right?