Friday, March 29, 2013

You don't squat or deadlift?  Tell us again how you "go hard" at the gym.  LOVE this!  Yesterday's workout looked easy, but boy was it hard!!!  I ended up taking an aspirin every 4 hours last night because my thighs were SO achy!  I slept like a baby last night - even going to bed just a little after 10:00, but my thighs are still achy this morning, so I'll take one more aspirin and everything should be good to go!

I have to say, I really thought Jenni was going to throw a run in to end the week, but am happy to see it's not here!  However, more squats!!  She's killing me!!!  But in a good way.  :)

Today's CrossFit is for time, 3 rounds of:
   50 Squats
   50 Sit-ups
   10 Hang Power Cleans w/20-30 lbs

March Madness:
   55 Squats
   30 Burpees

Needless to say, I will not be doing the squats in today's Madness workout (I think 150 is plenty for one day, don't you?)  I also will not need to add sit-ups since they are included in today's workout as well.  Looks like a toughie, but goodie!  :)
Thank...huff, puff...God...huff,'s...huff, puff...Friday!!!!  huff, huff, puff, puff - WHAT a workout! I'm not sure if this was a tough one or if my legs are still jello from yesterday, and Wednesday, and Tuesday, and Monday.  I think it's a combo of all!!  :)

18:47 was my total time.  When I started with the squats and made it to 25, I thought - no way in HELL will I be able to do these!  My legs were SO sore and SO stiff whenever I squatted, but they finally loosened up and believe or not, the last round of squats went by WAY quicker than the first two rounds!  Sit-ups were another story.  I looked at the timer when I started and ended each set of 50 sit-ups, just to get an idea of how I was doing compared to my sit-up times from earlier this week.  Well:
     Round 1 - started at 1:59, ended at 3:30 - 2 minutes, 31 seconds :)
     Round 2 - started at 8:24, ended at 11:44 - 3 minutes, 20 seconds :/
     Round 3 - started at 15:24, ended at 18:16 - 2 minutes, 52 seconds :) I pushed hard to finish!

I didn't have any problems with the hang power cleans, except the last round.  I think my thighs were just exhausted by then.  ALL power cleans were with 31 lbs.

I will admit, I did not want to do burpees after today's workout, but decided - what the hell?  Let's see how many I can do?  Well, I am VERY proud to say I not only completed 30 burpess, but I TOTALLY beat my time from Wednesday's burpees!!  WOOO-HOOO!!  On Wednesday, it took me 6:33 to complete 30 burpees, but today it only took me 5:21!!  I took over a minute off of my time!  Paarrrrrttttaaaayyyyy!!!!  :)

We're going dirt-track racing this weekend - y'all wish Honey-Buns luck!  I hope you all have a great weekend!!!  :)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

I don't have a personal trainer.  All I have is that voice telling me if I stop now I might never start again.  Go workout!

This is true!  It's so easy to say (or think) I'm not feeling it today and not work out, but I've discovered 9 times out of 10 if I go ahead and work out I really do feel better.  That being said, I ached ALL night long!  I'm thinking it's the burpees that are making me so sore because it started in the rib cage area on my sides.  Then again, that could be from the bar work or the reverse pull-ups from the other day. that I think about it - never mind!  That soreness is probably from the reverse pull-ups on Tuesday followed by knees-to-elbows yesterday.  I forget how much reverse pull-ups work those muscles I obviously don't use too much.  Sure...reverse pull-ups seem like the easiest exercise out there and I always feel like I didn't really do anything until the next day (or, in this case, two days later)!  Wow - they really work.  Who knew?  lol   I DO know my hip-flexors are sore from the burpees.  They started aching from Tuesday's 25 burpees, but last night?  After doing yesterday's 30 burpees?  OMG - they ached and ached and ached.  I had to sleep with my legs stretched straight out.  I'm a side sleeper - usually with one leg bent and one foot hanging off of the side of the bed.  Needless to say, I had to swich positions a LOT last night.  I've got to get some more aspirin at the store this morning and I am taking some of those babies as soon as I can!

Today's CrossFit is to complete as many rounds as possible in 12 minutes:
   4 Shoulder presses w/20 lbs
   8 Sumo Dead-lift High-pulls w/20 lbs
   12 Front Squats w/40 lbs

March Madness is a "rest" day and I am SO happy about that!  I didn't think I could do any burpees today with my hips feeling like they do, but would have probably sucked it up anyway.  I will do at least 50 sit-ups today - gotta get those abs stronger!  I will also do either a pre-programmed workout on  my treadmill or bike today as well.  :)
wow - woW - wOW - WOW!  That was MUCH tougher than it looked!  My legs are J-E-L-L-O!!!!!!  I did not do a treadmill or bike workout afterwards - I could barely stand!  I guess that's what I get for thinking this one would be easy-breezy!

I did 8 complete rounds.  I have adjustable dumbbells, so some of my time was used up changing the weights around.  I had just finished the 8th round with 10 seconds left and struggled to get one of my dumbbells back into the holder the correct way so I could adjust it and the timer ran out right before I got it done.  :(  Oh well, I'm happy with 8 - that was tough!  I used 24 lbs for the shoulder presses and high-pulls, then switched over to 44 lbs for the front squats.  BOY - those were hard from the beginning!  I was going to reduce my weight, but decided not to be a wimp and push on.  I don't know about you guys, but it's easier for me to close my eyes and just go with it than it is for me to focus on a spot.  I don't know why - it's like I'm shutting out the world or something.  I do this with sit-ups and burpees as well.  If only I could do that on the treadmill - I just about bet that would work!  lol

I did 50 sit-ups today - they're not part of the March Madness or anything, just something I've added on for me to do each day.  Anyway, yesterday it took me 3:15 to complete 50 sit-ups (of course, that was AFTER all of those knees-to-elbows!)  Guess what?  Today, I completed 50 sit-ups in 2:39!!!  YAY!  I love progress!

Another great workout, but man...I'm ready for the weekend!  :)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A good workout is when you make your dry fit shirt look like false advertising.  Truth!!  Mine are always like that on run days!'s a run day, but it's not a LONG run day and that makes me smile. Although, if it was a long run day I would just suck it up and go.  I really need to quit being a wimp on run days.  I know it's a mental game.  I do.  I know this.  But, my brain!!!!  I'll get it together - y'all just watch me!  :)

I don't know about you, but my arms/shoulders were KILLING me last night!  I even made the comment to Honey-Buns "At least it's not my legs that are sore!"  But, jeez-Louise!  I was making sweet tea (yes, I'm from Georgia - we LOVE our sweet tea!) and thought I was going to drop the pitcher when I went to put in the refrigerator.  I had to use two hands!!  Trying with one hand was SOOOO shaky!!  Things were much better after my long, hot bubble-bath last night.  But again...I spoke too soon because then my thighs were sore!  I was okay as long as I stretched my legs out.  Both shoulders and thighs are better this morning and that IS a good thing!

Today's CrossFit is for time:
   20 Kettlebell swings w/20 lbs
   30 Knees to Elbows
   Run 400 meters (1/4 mile)

March Madness:
   50 Squats
   30 Burpees
   *extra for me* 50 situps

It looks like another fun workout - I LOVE kettlebell swings!  Normally I use 24 lbs for the swings, but if my shoulders and arms can handle it, I'm going to try to go higher than that.  Excited to see if there is any progress in my running.  I'm going to continue to cover the display panel while running and just go.  Hopefully, I'll keep going farther each time!  :)
9:14 - Wow - NOT great!  I haven't looked since around noon, but I do believe that is the worst time of the day!  I used an adjustable dumbbell set at 25 lbs for the kettlebell swings.  I looked at my timer after finishing the swings and it was at 45 seconds - starts off good, right?  Then, I did 30 knees to elbows, which were really knees to just below my boobs.  After finishing those, my timer was at 4:59.  I ran 400 meters on my treadmill at 5.3 speed - ran ALL of it, with two short (or so I thought) breaks for breathing to finish up at 9:14.  My actual treadmill running time was 2:50, which means my breaks were totalled 2:25 - NOT impressed with that!  Looks like I need to push myself harder!!

I did do the March Madness workout today, however, I counted 20 squats from the kettlebell swings so I only had to do 30 more squats.  I also timed my burpees and sit-ups today.  It took me 6:33 to do 30 burpees - I just wasn't feeling it today.  It seemed like it was harder doing burpees today than it was yesterday.  I did 50 CrossFit sit-ups in 3:15.  I don't think that was too bad, but could definitely use improvement there as well.  Hopefully timing them will give me incentive to go faster and harder.  We can only hope!  :)

Great workout, just wish I gave it a little more MMPPHH!!  :)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I clean, I jerk, and I have a nice snatch!  This is funny to me!  Wrong, but funny!!  I admit...I would NEVER wear this shirt, but it's still kinda cute!

Well, I'm not sore from yesterday - that's a good thing!  There's no running today - that's a better thing!  I am going to run today, though.  It's not going to get better by itself, is it?  I don't know how far I will run, but I'm throwing in some kind of running.  I will also cover up the display - that actually seemed to work.  I'm not just staring at the blinking blocks waiting for more to light up, nor am I staring at the time thinking "almost done".  I will be a happy, happy, happy little girl when I can run 1/4 mile without stopping!  Then I'll have to change my goal to something farther.  Don't get me wrong - I'm happy that I've done the running segments without walking, I'm just not happy that I have to stop so much.  Why can't I breathe while I run????   Weirdness - that's why.  I'll get there - slowly, but surely - I'll get there.  

Today's CrossFit is from the Challenge, but with a modification for us Mamas:
   As many rounds as possible in 12 minutes of:
      150 Wall ball shots w/10# ball
      90 Jump rope
      30 Pull-ups (assisted are okay)

Your score is the total number of reps.  Looks fun - hard, but fun!  Just the way I like it!!  lol

March Madness:
   55 Squats
   25 Burpees
   *extra for me* 55 Sit-ups
255 - total score - WOOOOOO-HOOOOOO!!  SO surprised by this!  lol  Wall ball shots KILLED my arms and thighs!!  I didn't think I'd be able to "turn" the jump rope and am even more surprised I finished the jump rope segment!  I kicked off my shoes and just had on footies for jumping rope.  That helps tremendously and am happy with my improvement jumping - I actually jumped 20 times without tripping!  That's a new high for me!!  I had 48 seconds left after jumping rope, so I went ahead and started on pull-ups, but I chose to do reverse pull-ups using my treadmill.  I was able to get 15 pull-ups in before the timer went off.  VERY happy with today's workout!!

150 Wall ball shots w/4 lb ball - I canNOT imagine doing this many with a heavier ball.  These got VERY hard around 80.  lol

90 Jump rope

15 reverse pull-ups

I did 55 sit-ups and was hoping (really hard) my son would have been here so I could convince myself to leave the room so he could use the treadmill and I would not have to do burpees, but...that didn't happen.  I started on burpees - here's a tip - you cannot do burpees wearing footies, at least not on carpet.  I went down and it felt like I was doing the Fred Flintstone movement with my feet trying to get a grip to get back up!  I had to stop and take off my footies so I could continue.  I even did the burpees the correct way - with the little hop on the end - and I have to say my burpees have even improved!  Doing 25 burpees today seemed WAY easier than when I struggled through 17 the last time I did them.  I love progress!!!  :)  I chose not to do 55 squats from the Madness workout because I felt like I squatted 150 times with wall ball shots!  THAT was plenty for me!  :)

Monday, March 25, 2013

I thought they said "rum"!!!!  Ha- I wonder if that WOULD help with my running?  Maybe that's my problem - I'm not drunk whenever I run!  lol  Just kidding - I very seldom drink anymore, although it's time to start again.  I only drink on Saturday nights, at the race track - and racing season is about to start back up.   I'm not sure if I mentioned this or not, but Honey-Buns races a 4-cylinder car at our local dirt track here.  Not in it for money (Lord knows he spends WAY more than he wins!), but just for a stress reliever.  I will tell you - it's VERY redneck, but I love it!  It's Georgia culture at it's finest!!   lol   I tell everyone I only go to see the crashes (I never saw a major one here) and the fights!  OH - and to watch Honey-Buns!!!  lololololol   :)

I am recovered from Friday's workout that I did on Saturday, and had a funny feeling that we would be running today and I'm happy (?) to report my funny feeling was correct.  I have two different workouts to choose from, but both are running workouts.  I went for the one that is shorter in length (but only 1/4 mile shorter).  HA!  ONLY 1/4 mile?  To me, that's like 10 miles!  lol 

Today's CrossFit workout that I'm doing is "Jamie":
   5 rounds of -
      Run 400 meters (1/4 mile)
      15 Overhead squats w/20 lbs

CrossFit "Mary":
   Run 800 meters (1/2 mile)
   50 Squats
   Run 800 meters (1/2 mile)
   50 Sit-ups
   Run 800 meters (1/2 mile)

March Madness:
   50 Squats
   25 Burpees

I seriously doubt I will do the March Madness, but stranger things have been known to happen!  My son has been coming over to "borrow" my treadmill and said he covers up the screen that tells you how far you're going, etc. when he runs and he does better like that instead of looking at it all of the time.  So...I think I'm going to cover it up as well, plus move my Nook Tablet to where I can't see it.  I have a timer app on my Nook that I use, and it fits perfectly in the little slot on the treadmill.  I've tried reading while working out and actually enjoy it (it doesn't make me dizzy or give me a headache like a lot of people) but I sweat too much and my reading glasses (yes, I have those!) keep sliding down my nose and I hate it!!  So, I don't read while working out anymore.  Let's see how this does, it might just surprise me and I could use all of the help I can get!  lol  Wish me luck, y'all!!
Well - it didn't seem a lot better today, but a little bit helps, right?  My total time was 32:07.  I did 3 rounds on the treadmill - all running, NO walking! - and the last 2 rounds on the bike.  I was averaging 8 minutes per round on the treadmill, so I don't think that was too bad.  My total treadmill time was 8:28.  While on the bike, I doubled the distance to 1/2 mile per round and rode with an 8 resistance.  THAT will get your heart rate up!  lol

I took my son's suggestion and covered up the screen on my treadmill and during my first round I ran 10 blocks - going into 11!!  I thought, wow!  I can do this!  After taking a short break, I continued to run for my first round with the screen covered again and actually ran 2 blocks into the next segment (which was 8 more blocks).  After that, it went downhill.  I was only running 6 or 7 blocks at a time after that.  But, I ran 3 rounds (3/4 mile) and I'm happy with that.

All squats were with 24 lbs and gave me NO trouble whatsoever.  I'm going to conquer this running thing - just y'all watch me!  It's gotta get better - scratch's GOING to get better!  :)

Friday, March 22, 2013

The day after leg day...yep, that's what it feels like!  lol  I thought this would be SO appropriate today!  I admit my thighs are not as sore this morning as they were last night - they throbbed forEVER last night!  And, to top it all off - my monthly visitor arrived, but guess what?  Midol works great for throbbing thighs as well as cramps - YAY, Midol!  ha

I knew we were going to finish this week out with a bang - which for me means "run"!!!!!  Oh well, at least I was expecting it, right?  ;)

Today's CrossFit is 5 rounds of:
   Run 400 meters (1/4 mile)
   30 Box jumps, 18" box
   30 Wall ball shots, 10 lb ball

I really want to run the entire thing today (no, really...I do), so I'm going to split this in half to make sure I can do that whole running thang!  Here's how I plan to do it:
   10 rounds of:
      Run 200 meters (1/8 mile) - I know I can run this without walking or stopping
      15 Box jumps, 11" box - it's all I have
      15 wall ball shots, 4 lb ball -'s all I have!

I'm doing it this way because I know I can run 1/8 mile without having to walk or stop.  I know Jenni likes for us to do these as they are written, but isn't it better to run the entire thing than to walk half?  I think so!!  Now, let's just hope my legs hold up!  I'll make sure I take an aspirin (or even some Midol) beforehand!  lol

March Madness:
   40 Squats
   17 Burpees

In all honesty, I don't know that I will be able to do 40 squats or 17 burpees after today's CrossFit.  Maybe I can eke out those squats throughout the day.  I mean, they really don't take any time at all to do, right?  Y'all wish me luck with today's CrossFit....I'm gonna need it!  I got this.  I got this.  I got this.  :)
****************************** I still alive?  I must be, I'm fighting for air!!!  lol  WHAT a workout!  I did not get this one in yesterday (Friday) - I'm sure those of you who read my blog already noticed that, but I did it today (Saturday)!  I am VERY proud, tired, sore - you name it, I'm there!

So, like I mentioned already, I decided to break this up into 10 segments and I also decided to run the entire thing - no walking allowed!  Which means, I stopped...a LOT...but I ran, and ran, and ran, and ran, and ran - well, you get the picture!  This was entirely a mental game for me today.  While doing the running part of round 5, I decided to get on my bike for the last 5 rounds.  However, after doing the boxjumps and wall ball for that round, I thought one more round on the treadmill.  Then, after 6 full rounds, I thought one more round then I'll get on the bike.  Well, after the 7th round, I thought "You only have two more rounds - get on the damn treadmill!"  So, that's what I did - it wasn't pretty, but I did it.  I stopped to catch my breath - a LOT - did I mention that I stopped a LOT?  lol

I'm almost embarrassed to say what my time was, but I will.  I'm not posting it on CrossFit Mamas though - it really is a terrible time, but I DID IT!!!  Are you ready?   Ya sure? time was 59:03.  Pretty sucky, huh?  Oh well - I did it.  I not only did it, but I ran it.  So..yay me!!  :)

My treadmill time was 15:04 - which isn't too bad and I'm sure all of you runners out there are laughing, but it really is a struggle for me to run.  I did all rounds of box jumps and wall ball shots without stopping, except for the two times I almost busted it on the box jumps.  Box jumps are SO much better than before.  I still remember only being able to do 4 or 5 before I'd have to stop and catch my breath, so doing 15 each round without stopping is a big deal.  However, it really makes my total time look bad.  Oh well - it is what it is.  The important thing is I did it - I didn't walk ANY!  I would have had a much better time if I had walked, though.  Oh well - it's done and I'm happy.  :)  Tired, but happy!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

I came across this picture one day while browsing for exercise pics/quotes.  It didn't have a name, so I named it "Bad-ass one-legged squat"!  That pretty much sums it up.  Needless to say, this is NOT what I will look like doing my one-legged squats today!!  lol   I have to have one finger/hand touching something just for balance, and I cannot go down that far on one leg.  Let me rephrase that...I CAN go down that far on one leg, I just CAN'T get back up!!  ;)  Apparently you are expected to get back up, but if you weren't, I could rock those one-legged squats!!

I am surprised I'm not more sore today considering how achy my thighs were last night.  I ended up taking an aspirin (just one) around 8:30 last night, but it seemed to do the trick and everything feels back to normal this morning.  Progress?  Lord, I hope so!!

Okay, this is a little personal, but funny and I think I'll share it just for laughs.  It's tax season, right?  So, we had our company taxes done earlier this month.  Not sure if you know this or not, but business/corporate tax returns have to be filed by March 15th.  Anyway, our company made a profit - which is a good thing, but also (usually) means that when we claim that profit on our personal tax returns we owe money - which is a bad thing.  Anyway, I took our personal stuff to the accountant yesterday afternoon.  A little after 6:00 last night, we get a phone call from said accountant.  My first thought was "Oh, they must have a question."  My second thought was "This can't be good if your accountant is calling after 6:00."  Anyway, she was asking me if we made donations, (I said we did, but did not keep receipts - I don't think it's true charity if you profit from it in any way) then she asked if we made estimated tax payments last year (I said we didn't because we withhold extra monies from our wages to go towards monies owed).  She kinda hesitated (not a good sign) and said she was showing us owing money (surprise, surprise).  I asked her how much and she said $23,000.  I'm trying to stay calm so Honey-Buns (who is sitting beside me on the sofa) doesn't freak out (he's a major worrier) and I'm asking questions, all the while trying to figure out how the hell we're going to come up with $23000 by April 15th.  Anyway, we're talking back and forth and finally I ask her to give me the amount again.  And she said twenty-three hundred.  I was like, twenty-three....  And she said, two - three - eight - seven.  I said, but that's twenty-three hundred and she was like "Yes."  I started laughing and she was like "What's going on?"  I told her I thought she said we owed twenty-three thousand (I swear that's what she said the first time) and she started laughing and my husband sort-of calmed down from the freak-out I knew was coming.  Anyway, I told her maybe that's how she should start breaking the news people owed money - but telling them they owed tens-of-thousands of dollars, then changing it to hundreds because twenty-three hundred sounded SO much better than twenty-three thousand!  I laughed and laughed.  Honey-Buns finally calmed down enough to laugh about it as well.  He knew we would owe money, we just didn't know how much - so it was a major panic attack into a major laugh-fest/calming down attack.  :)   Okay...back to topic.

Today's CrossFit:
   As many rounds as possible in 20 minutes -
      5 Push-ups
      10 One-legged squats, alternating legs each round
      15 CrossFit sit-ups

March Madness:
   40 Squats
   15 Burpees

Since I'm doing squats in CrossFit, I will not do them for March Madness unless I do not reach 40 reps during CrossFit.  I believe I'm going to do the bar-facing burpees from now on - it makes me jump at the end (something I don't normally do), so that's a good thing.  Surely I can knock out 15, right?  Let's hope!
Wow, wow, wow!  That was intense!  I set a goal of 10 rounds after looking at my time after the first round, well...I beat it!  Whoop-whoop!!  Still not as awesome as the other Mamas (some had 19 rounds!), but I'll take it!  I don't know how I could have improved on that today - I just went that hard.

I did 11 complete rounds, plus another round of push-ups plus 1 1-legged squat.  I reset my timer and completed the 12th round, going 1:12 over 20 minutes.  Wow, wow, wow.

Push-ups were easy - these gave me NO problems whatsoever!  Don't you just love getting stronger?

1-Legged squats are another story.  So, I watched the video Jen shared the link to (thanks, Jen!).  Anyway, I thought I'd do the chair method using my weight bench.  HOW hard is it to stand up on one leg with your arms extended?  SUPER HARD, that's how!!  I couldn't do it without rocking into it.  I planned on alternating legs (doing 5 each leg, per round), so I completed two like that on the bench.  And by completed, I mean just barely!  It's very hard for me to hold one leg out and stand up.  I ended up using my vanity stool and sitting it beside my treadmill so I could hold onto the treadmill handle for balance.  I kept one leg out while standing and while going back down to a sitting position.  Again, alternating each leg (5 each, per round).  My thighs are SCREAMING right now, so I know I was using those muscles!  I made sure to keep my "standing" foot in the straight position like the video said.  Man!   Those were hard!!!

I am extremely proud to say I did not have to stop and stretch/rest during my situps!  However, I noticed myself slowing down during the 6th round and every round thereafter once I hit 10 situps.  Apparently 10 is my magic number!  Don't worry...I struggled through them and am SO proud of myself and my score.

It's a great feeling when you can do something you never could before, isn't it?  :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Don't look pretty to exercise...exercise to look pretty.  This is me after a hard workout, which I believe today will be because we have to not only run, but burpees as well.  Ai-yi-yi!  I'm sure I completely misspelled that, but it's okay.  You get my meaning.  ;)

I was really tired when I updated yesterday's blog.  Cutting the grass really wore me out.  I am very proud to say I could tell a HUGE difference while cutting my yard, though.  I always cut our grass - Honey-Buns has allergies and can't.  His response to everything is like Jake on Two And A Half Men, "Why don't you just hire a guy?"  I've tried.  I'm just too anal to let someone do something that I know I could have done "correctly" myself and too cheap to pay someone to do something that I know I can do myself!  So, I never "hire a guy" unless I'm completely stuck and clueless.  It doesn't happen very often (wink, wink) but it does happen!  lol   Anyway, back to topic.  Last year I would have to stop when doing the hilly part of the yard and catch my breath - keep in mind this was while using the self-propel feature on my push mower.  Yesterday?  Nope, didn't stop AT ALL except to empty the clippings from the bag.  I wanted to stop once, but I only had like two more "rows" to cut, so I forced myself to continue until it was done.  That's another thing that was different - the chatter in my head.  Anytime I would even think about stopping, it would be like "No, quit being a wimp and go" or "You can do this" or something like that.  Before it would be like "Okay, stop"!  Crazy what a difference a few minutes a day make, huh?  SO happy I found CrossFit!  

Well, I mentioned earlier that today's workout looked hard and it does.  That's okay - I've been expecting it.  I have a sneaky feeling we might me running for the rest of the week.  :)

Today's CrossFit is a Hero Workout in honor of fallen Staff Sergeant Ricardo Barraza.  
   As many rounds as possible in 18 minutes:
      Run 200 meters (1/4 mile)
      9 Deadlifts w/60 lbs
      6 Barfacing Burpees

March Madness:
   30 Squats
   15 Burpees
   *extra for me* 30 Sit-ups

Jenni recommended watching the linked video on CrossFit Mamas website for the bar-facing burpees, so I did, but I did not see anything different than what I do anyway.  I think most people are trying to do the little push-up movement in their burpee, which (from what I can gather, anyway) is not required in CrossFit burpees.  I'm glad because that would make it even harder than it already is!  lol
First off, let me say that 200 meters is NOT 1/4 mile, but 1/8 mile - which is what I did every round.  Secondly, that picture I used for today's blog?  That really could be me...if I were WAY skinnier and taller!  lol

I had set a personal goal of 5 rounds, just going by what everyone else was posting,  However, after seeing my time on the first round, I decided to go for 4 rounds.  Well, I made it 3 full rounds plus 100 meters running into the 4th round.  I stopped the treadmill (really, it was NO trouble at that point to stop!) and re-set my timer and jumped (you know better than to believe that!) back onto my treadmill and finished the 4th round.  That took me an addition 3:43.  Wow!  Who knew I'd prefer running over burpees?  Especially bar-facing burpees!  OMG - that little jump killed me!!!!

I did not do March Madness.  My reasoning -'s a reasoning and not an excuse :) - is that I kinda squatted doing the deadlifts and I did 36 of those total and burpees were DEFINITELY included in today's workout and I did 24 of those.  I did do 30 sit-ups, though.  Progress!

I am happy to say that I did today's CrossFit almost as RX'd - my deadlifts were with 50 lbs since that's as high as my weights go.  THAT'S always a good thing!  AND - I ran ALL of the running segments.  THAT is definitely a good thing!!    :)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

According to this BMI chart, I am too short.  lollololol  - This makes me laugh!  I am happy to report my headache finally went away around 9:00 or so last night and I hope it does not come back today.  I am glad I went ahead and worked out yesterday - I felt really good while working out (I always do).  I just didn't enjoy working out with a headache, but that's life.  You do what you gotta do.  

Today's workout is NO running!  YAY!  I'm hoping my grass dries up enough so I can cut it (major thunderstorms came through last night), but if not then I'll either do a bike workout or a treadmill workout.  I'll decide when I go up to my gym.

CrossFit for today:
   21-15-9 reps of
      Bench dips
      CrossFit sit-ups

March Madness is a rest day.  I plan on doing yesterday's Madness since I skipped it.
   35 Squats
   12 Burpees

Just wanted to share with you how bad I am NOT a morning person.  I always read the news on the web while drinking my one cup of coffee and then I go to the CrossFit Mamas blog to see the workout.  I write the workout in my "journal" and then type on my blog.  Well, yesterday morning - I apparently wrote "Tues 3/18" at the top of the page and did not even realize it until this morning when I went to write down "Tues" for today's workout!  What makes this really bad is the fact that  I always start a new section at the beginning of the week, so obviously I knew it was the beginning of the week - I just don't know why I wrote "Tues" instead of "Mon".  Craziness!!
6:06 - NOT great.  AT ALL!!  I was going for 5 minutes, but wow.  Just. Wow.  I cut my grass today - using a push mower - up hills and down - WITHOUT using my self-propel mechanism because apparently that is broken!  Anyway, I SO did not want to workout after cutting my grass, but again - I figured it's a short workout, just do it! arms are now mush!  I think it's from pushing my mower uphill, but then I had to add on pushups and bench dips?  OMG!!  My bench dips were pathetic today!  PAthetic!!  The max I did in a row without stretching them out was 6.  SIX!  Sad, sad arms.  My pushups weren't much better - my right shoulder (rotator cuff area) is a little sore, but I pushed (pun intended!) through the soreness and did my push-ups!  lol - but boy, they were hard!!

Oh well, another day -  another great workout in!

OH!  Obviously, I did not do the March Madness workout.  I'm okay with that.  I think if I were to try to squat I'd fall on my butt and if I were to try to burpee I'd fall flat on my face!  :)

Monday, March 18, 2013 jumps!  LOVE this!  Have you ever really looked at some caution signs?  The pictures on some of them are hilarious and look like a kindergartner drew them.  I know they're supposed to be "super serious", but really...some of them ARE funny!

I don't know about you guys, but I had an amazingly relaxing weekend.  I did nothing but enjoy this beautiful weather we've been having in Georgia!  We actually had to turn on our A/C on Saturday - it actually got up to 79 here in Winder, which is GREAT weather.  We only turned on the A/C because it got so stuffy and hot inside the house.  Honey-Buns has allergies, so I can't open the windows like I love to do.  Of course, thunderstorms and cooler weather is moving in today, but it was great while it lasted.  I'm going to have to start cutting our grass this week.  That's a good thing - I use a push mower and we have hills!

I am EXTREMELY surprised there isn't any running in today's workout.  I don't know why, I just keep expecting it now - especially since we didn't run much last week.  NOT complaining, just surprised!

Today's CrossFit is from the CrossFit Games 13.2:
  As many rounds/reps as possible of...
      5 Shoulder to overhead (shoulder press) w/20 lbs
      10 Deadlifts w/60 lbs
      15 Box jumps, 18" box

March Madness:
   35 Squats
   12 Burpees
   *extra for me* 35 Sit-ups

If I remember correctly, we "score" CrossFit by total reps.  Looking forward to this workout!  :)
WOW!  That was harder than it sounded!  I wasn't going to work out today - I have a MAJOR headache going on right now, but decided to go ahead and do it anyway because it was ONLY a 10-minute workout.  Let me just say, headaches and box jumps do NOT go together.  Every jump a big boom went off in my head, but surprisingly during round 3 that went away, but has come back while I type this.  Anyway, my score is as follows:

Shoulder presses w/24# - 30 (6 full rounds)
Deadlift w/50# - 60 (6 full rounds)
11" box jumps - 83 (5 full rounds, plus 8 more)

Total Score:  173

I follow "CrossFit World" on Facebook and they posted a picture of a woman participating in the CrossFit Open Challenge 13.2 and her score was 420.  They said the next closes score was 383.  The reason I mention this is because today's CrossFit workout is based on the challenge - only with less weights.  I looked it up, the real challenge calls for 75 lb weights on both the shoulder press and deadlift, and it also calls for 20" box jumps.  Crazy!  Something to work my way up to, huh?  :)

I did not do the March Madness today.  I'm hoping my headache goes away fairly quickly - I took an aspirin at lunchtime, but it looks like I need to take at least one more.  I might do this workout again over the weekend just to see if my score improves if I do this without a headache!  lol

Friday, March 15, 2013

Keep calm and let the bodies hit the floor!  I know this is a Drowning Pool song, but it reminds me of burpees - letting your body hit the floor.  Which probably tells you what's part of today's CrossFit, right?  Yup!

Last night was the WORST I have slept in a while...between my thighs and knees throbbing, and my sleep shirt and panties twisting up - it was just awful!  Note to self - buy new panties.  It's a good thing that I need to buy smaller panties, I've actually needed to for a good bit now.  I just haven't.  Well, the last couple of "run" days it seemed like I was spending as much time pulling up my panties as I was running!  It's a VERY uncomfortable feeling to be running or doing box jumps and you feel your panties slowly sliding down your butt!  What a problem to have though!  I mean, it IS a much better wearing something too big than it is something too small, right?  YES, it is!  The only reason everything kept getting twisted up is because I kept tossing and turning because of the aches in my legs.  You can be sure I'll take some aspirin or something before bedtime from now on.  In my defense - I wasn't sore when I went to bed, just super sleepy.  These workouts have worn me out for the past couple of weeks. Normally I'm up until 11:00 or 11:30, but I have been going to bed around 10:00 or 10:30 - I even went to bed at 9:30 one night last week!  I went to bed at 10:00 last night and had no trouble falling asleep (I usually don't).  I'm one of those that goes to bed, takes a couple of deep breaths, and I'm out.  Honey-buns lays there for a good bit before falling asleep.  He said it amazes him how quickly I can fall asleep.  I've always said that I don't go to bed until I'm sleepy, therefor I fall asleep very fast!

Enough of that - back to today's workout.  I'm surprised (and kinda glad, but definitely surprised!) it's NOT a run, I just knew it would be run day!

   10 push-ups
   20 wall ball w/10 lb ball
   30 knees to elbows
   40 power cleans w/20 lbs
   50 burpees
   60 sumo deadlift high pulls w/20 lbs

March Madness:
   30 squats
   20 burpees

I know I won't be doing extra burpees, so I'll just do the squats from today's Madness.  Looks like a great workout!  I don't know why, but I love the workouts that have lots of multiple exercises like this, as opposed to the ones that do "rounds".  It's probably because I used to lose count on my rounds.  Not anymore, I finally crumpled up some paper making paper "balls" that I use to count my rounds, but my cat (the one laying on my weight bench in the photo I shared awhile ago) has discovered where I kept my paper ball counters, and she has absconded with some.  I started with 8, was down to 6 earlier this week, and noticed yesterday that I now have 5.  I don't know what's she's done with them.  I searched the floor in my "gym", thinking she was just batting them around, but nope!  Nothing.  I need to get something bigger that she can't pick up with her mouth.  :)
21:30 -  Not the best time, but I can say I let my body hit the floor 50 times!!  lol  Great workout!  Great ending to the week!

Push-ups - 10?  Easy, peasy!

Wall Ball w/4 lb ball - 20?  Okay, but I felt the burn in my legs from all of the leg work we've done this week!

Knees-to-Elbows - 30?  BIG improvement!  I'm not only getting my knees up to my underbreasts, but I can do 6-9 at a time without having to stop.  The main reason I would have to stop is because my palms were burning!  My bars have padding, but I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.  I can't wear gloves with the padding on there because they get all twisted.  Anyway, still proud of my improvement on the bar!  :)

Burpees - 50?  Are you freaking kidding me?  You would think after doing burpees almost daily for the March Madness workout that I could drop 50 with no troubles, right?  Think again!  Put it this way - I started doing burpees at just a little over 7 minutes on my stopwatch/timer.  I finished doing burpees at just a little of 19 minutes.  Twelve-plus minutes on burpees!  BUT....I DID THEM ALL!  Not only that, but I did them all the non-beginner way (without my step).  SO, very, VERY proud of that!  :D

Sumo deadlift high pulls - 60 - MUCH harder than I thought they would be.  I started feeling the burn around #15, but pushed to 20 before shaking it out.  After that I could only do 10 at a time and the last 5 were U-G-L-Y!!!  But again, ALL done!

So glad it's Friday and I can say I worked my butt off (or at least I hope I did) this week!  Y'all have a great weekend.  :)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The goal is just to get fit.  Make it the best hour of your day, stay safe, turn up the music, high five some people, and blow off some steam.  So remember that.  Relax.  Have fun.  Work out.

Truth!  This is how I sit on my weight bench after a really hard day of working out, only I'm a little (okay, a LOT) more sweatier than he is!  ;)

Well, I think I'm getting stronger from doing burpees so much this month - if soreness is anything to go by.  After doing burpees yesterday, I was extremely sore around my ribcage/back area - but this morning?  Not so much.  Usually if I'm sore right after working out, I'm worse the morning after - so maybe those muscles are getting stronger - or just used to being "used".  I don't know, but I'll take any day that I'm not super sore!

Today's workout sounds easy, which means it will probably kill me!  That's usually the way it goes.

   3 rounds of:
      21 Thrusters w/20 lbs
      21 CrossFit sit-ups
      15 Thrusters w/20 lbs
      15 CrossFit sit-ups
      9 Thrusters w/20 lbs
      9 CrossFit sit-ups

March Madness:
   25 Squats
   15 Burpees

I'd love to get some kind of running in, but I'll have to see what kind of time I have left.  Hayley has been out of school this week and so far we haven't done much - so I really need to do something fun with her.  :)
13:01 - Man, did this make me sweat!  Strange thing - my sit-ups became more difficult, but my thrusters became easier each round.  Go figure!  The only thing I can think of is maybe my legs were tight and once they loosened up it got easier?  I don't know, but it sounds good!

I used 24# for all thrusters.  The first round of "21" reps on thrusters were awful!  I kept thinking, "Why am I working out today?"  But they got better (thank goodness!) so I was able to shut up the voice in my head!!  The third round of "21" reps on sit-ups slowed me down.  I had to stop after 13 and stretch my arms over my head, then I continued on.  I had no problems with any of the other reps, though - did them all start to finish.

I was going to count the squatting done with my thrusters against my March Madness squats, but changed my mind.  They were super easy without the added weight!  lol  Burpees?  Burpees??  WHY do I continue with the burpees??   It's madness, I tell you!  Madness!!!  I guess naming this extra workout March Madness fits it perfectly, huh?  I did my 15 burpees, but jeez!  Those things get my heart rate going like bonkers!  BUT - I did them, and I'm glad I did them.  Accomplishment - another workout on the chart.  Life is good.  :)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

What's my secret?  Oh...I'm glad you asked.  It's this awesome new diet pill called "Get the hell up and work your ass off every damn day!"  I love sarcastic humor.  Can  you tell?  lol

I have to say, I am disappointed with my workout yesterday.  I always feel bad when I don't do all that I'm supposed to or - like yesterday - when I have to cut the workout short due to time constraints.  I don't know why I didn't think of this (my wack-a-doo brain, do doubt!) but I could have rode my stationary bike instead of doing some of the running.  This popped into my head last night while I was soaking in my bubble bath.  Hopefully, I'll remember it the next time!

Today's CrossFit workout is the exact same as what we did this past Friday (3/8) - not sure what's up with that.  Anyway, instead of doing that one again (I'm not sure I'd improve on my rounds anyway - I was very happy with 20!!), I'm going back to the very first CrossFit workout I did on September 24, 2012.  You know...just for shits and giggles!  I also plan to run a mile today to make up for the last one that I didn't do yesterday.  Today is supposed to be a rest day for March Madness, but I'm going to do Monday's workout (it has the most reps) to try to make up for some that I missed.

CrossFit workout from 9/24/12:
   25 situps
   1 pullup
   20 situps
   2 pullups
   15 situps
   3 pullups
   10 situps
   4 pullups
   5 situps
   5 pullups

Looking back on my blog, Jenni had said you could substitute pushups for the pullups, but I'm actually going to do the pullups today, and NOT the reverse ones either - real ones...with a bar and everything!  lol   -   My time on 9/24 was 5:25, but apparently I didn't do "real" situps, but crunches instead.  I remember those days - not being able to do a situp, much less a CrossFit situp.  My time may be worse today, but at least I'll know I'm doing things I couldn't do before - "real" situps and pullups!

March Madness:
   Rest day, but I'm doing this:
      20 squats
      17 burpees

Looks like I've created myself a nice little workout once you tack on my 1 mile run I'm doing.  :)
I'm impressed!  I not only knocked 10 seconds off of my time (thank you, very much!), BUT I did it doing "real" CrossFit situps and pullups.  Granted, I did not do the jump up/slow down pullup, nor did I do "assisted on a chair" pullup.  I actually tried to do for real, actual pullups AND am happy to say I could go up 2 inches!  Progress!  It's not much, but I'll take it.  My arms actually bent - I think that's the first time ever for pullups without assistance!  :)

It's crazy to think that in just a little over 5 minutes I just did 75 CrossFit situps (not crunches!) and 15 un-assisted partial pullups.  That sounds like a good name for them, doesn't it?  I think I'll use that from now on!

I also did Monday's March Madness workout which was 20 squats and 17 burpees, and let me tell you...burpees get my heart rate going big time!

I did not run today because I was side-tracked by the Pope on t.v.  I was watching the coverage - I just love the history behind all of that! - and looked up and it was 3:45.  I told Honey-Buns I needed to hurry up and go work out.  His response was, "I was wondering when you going to get up."  Hello?  You could have reminded me of the time!  lol  MEN!

Can't wait to see what tomorrow has in store.  :)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Amazing things rarely happen in your comfort zone.  True!  Here's to something amazing happening today because I am definitely NOT in my comfort zone with today's workout!  lol   Can you guess?  Burpees or running?  Hmmm....looks like running.  And not a little running, but a LOT of running!  I guess it could be worse - Jenni could have made us run a 10k like we had to do in January, so I'm not going to complain.  Much!  :)

Today's CrossFit:
   Run 2 miles (!)
   Rest 2 minutes
   20 squat cleans w/20-30 lbs
   20 box jumps, 18" box
   20 walking lunges
   20 box jumps, 18" box
   20 squat cleans w/20-30 lbs
   Rest 2 minutes
   Run 2 miles (!)

Today's March Madness:
   25 squats
   10 burpees
   *extra for me* 25 sit-ups

Right now, I don't think I'll do the March Madness, but who knows?  I might change my mind by the time I get upstairs - or I might do it this morning.  I don't know.  I hate to say I'm NOT going to do something, so I take it all back.  ;)  Hey!  It's my prerogative to change my mind!

I will say that I have discovered it's the burpees that are making me so sore in my ribcage area.  I'm not as sore as I was last week, but I can definitely feel that part of my body!  And, can someone tell me if I'll EVER have a day of no sore thighs?  It seems like they are ALWAYS sore!!  Not when I'm walking, but whenever I go to stand up from a sitting position I can feel them.  It's worse at night (of course, after sitting for a bit after working out) and in the mornings.  Oh, and going upstairs at ANY time throughout the day.  Always sore.  Oh well, I guess I'll just live with it.  It doesn't keep me from doing anything and usually goes away the more I move around - but dang!  It's just nervy.  

Well, y'all wish me luck today!  I'm going to try to keep Jenni's picture/quote in mind today - It's not how good you are, but how bad you want it.  Well, I'm not going to stop now - I've put in too much work and it's part of my routine now.  :)
Wow!  I am sweating like crazy right now!  24:51 total - BUT let me just start off by saying - I MAJORLY modified this today.  My meeting with my company's accountant went longer than I thought it would, so I did not have a lot time for this today.  I was going to cut the runs in half, but actually only did one running segment.

I did my run 8/walk 8, 6/6, 4/4, 2/2.   I was at .62/mile at that point.  I then ran 4/walked 4 until I reached the 1 mile mark.  My treadmill time was 14:19.

I then did the exercises, except I did hang squat cleans with 31 lbs. since I use dumbbells.  I tried doing just squat cleans, but that was very awkward - so that's why I switched it to the hang squat cleans.  Box jumps were with an 11" box - no troubles.  As much as I've said I need to invest in a taller box, I am so glad I didn't have one today!  Lunges were okay - I actually went deeper than I ever have before.  I can go at a diagonal in my "gym" and take 4 walking lunge steps across the room.  It's very boring just going back and forth, but that's how I do it.  My time for these exercises was 10:32 - not bad!

I just could not/did not/would not get back on the treadmill today.  I'm glad I ran out of time - that sounds bad, doesn't it?  Hopefully I will make up the missed mile sometime this week.  I have noticed an improvement in my running though and I actually bumped up to 5.3 speed (from 5.2), so that's a good thing!  I kinda felt like I was running slow, but didn't want to get too crazy and kick it up too far!!

No March Madness today - no time.

Monday, March 11, 2013

When life knocks you down, do a burpee!  I love this saying, but what's up in that picture?  I don't know WHAT that guy is doing, but I'm pretty sure it's NOT a burpee!  lol

I don't know about you guys, but I was SO sore over the weekend - my thighs (oh, my thighs!), my shoulders, and my triceps!  I would have to say my triceps were the most sore.  All those pushups on Friday!  But what a great week of workouts!!

Today's workout is burpees - yep...that's why I used that picture!  You're supposed to do as many rounds as possible in 17 minutes (Jenni stated "reps"), but the last set of hang squat cleans were listed as "as many reps as you can", so I'm assuming it's basically one round and then as many hang squat cleans until your time is up.  Look below and you'll see what I'm talking about:
   40 burpees
   30 hang squat cleans w/10 lbs
   30 burpees
   30 hang squat cleans w/15 lbs
   20 burpees
   30 hang squat cleans w/20 lbs
   10 burpees
   as many hang squat cleans w/25 lbs

See!  There are only 3 comments right now, and everyone has only done 1 round, with different numbers for the last set of hang squat cleans.  

I will admit, even though I can do burpees without my step and even though I'm VERY proud of that fact, just looking at this makes me tired!  lol

March Madness:
   20 squats
   17 burpees
   *extra for me* 20 sit-ups

Needless to say, I will NOT do extra burpees!  I'll just do my squats and sit-ups.  :)
Sucking wind! I'm not sure what I hate more - running or burpees.  Trust me.  It's a pretty tight race!  It took me almost 8 minutes to do 40 burpees.  "Stupid me" actually though the hang squat cleans would be easy.  I mean, come on!  I set my weights on 12 lbs and when I picked them up, I thought wow!  Easy!  NOTTTTTT!!!!!  They were easier than burpees, but that's all I can say about those!  lol

I set a goal of 100 (70 burpees and 30 hang squat cleans), and I am proud to say my score was 101!  I didn't adjust my dumbbells after the hand squat cleans because at that point I didn't think I would make my goal, much less go on to another round of hang cleans.  Needless to say, by the time I adjusted my weights to 18 lbs, I was only able to get one hang squat clean in.  BUT!  I went over my goal!  YAY!!

Oh...I did not do the March Madness work out.  I figured I did plenty of squatting and burpees in today's workout.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it!  :)

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Gym - where fat is burned, and pride is earned.  This is definitely true for me this week!  It seems like it's been one of the hardest weeks of workouts yet, but I'm sure that's not true, but man!  I have busted my butt EVERY day this week!  I know I didn't sound like it, but I was very proud of myself yesterday.  I was just so tired and STILL trying to catch my breath when I typed up my results yesterday.  You won't believe how long my face stayed red!  Honey-buns was like, "You need to take it easy and not push yourself so hard."  I just told him that was the whole point and besides...I DID IT!!  I'm still excited about that.  That last round of running came close to killing me, but I pushed through it.  If y'all could just hear the chatter that goes on in my head sometimes, you'd put me in the looney bin!  lol  Rob Zombie has become my go-to music for running and I am so glad that's what I had on my I-Pod yesterday. 

I completely forgot to mention this yesterday, but I had lunch with my niece's special needs class.  I haven't done that since January.  Anyway, her teacher came up to me and said "You look like you've lost weight!"  I was so excited to hear that!  I told her I haven't really lost a lot of weight, just a lot of inches (2 pants sizes so far) and she asked me what was I doing.  I told her about the CrossFit blog and she said she remembered me talking about it before.  It's always nice for your hard work to be noticed!

Thank goodness today's workout is NOT a run!!  I would have pushed through it, but JEEZ LOUISE!  I've ran 3 times this week already!  lol

CrossFit workout:
   As many rounds as you can in 20 minutes of:
      10 push-ups
      5 dead lifts w/40-60 lbs
      8 push press w/20 lbs

March Madness:
   15 squats
   11 burpees
   *extra for me* 15 sit-ups

I have realized the soreness in my sides/rib cage area is from burpees.  I guess since I'm doing them the "right" way now (as opposed to the "beginner" way), I'm using muscles in that area apparently.  I'm very pleased with my workouts this week!
UNBELIEVABLE!!  I set a goal of 16 rounds.  Well...I went 25 seconds over and did 20 rounds!!!  Crazy!!  I can't believe it!  The push-ups started killing me around round 11 - that's when I would have to stop and stretch it out before continuing on.  Dead-lifts and push-presses were easy, peasy.

ALL dead-lifts with 50 lbs and ALL push-presses with 24 lbs.  SO happy with myself - not only for today, but for this entire week.

AWESOME workouts!  I did not do the March Madness workout today, my arms and thighs cannot take anymore.  I also chose not to do sit-ups, but I'm okay with that as well.

Y'all have a great weekend.  It's going to be sunny and in the mid-60s here, so I can't wait to get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather!  :)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The ability to run the extra mile lies in between your ears.  Keep going.  

I really need to remember this today's a run day.  Again!  I think Jenni is trying to kill me.  Maybe I should put Kanye in my I-Pod today - what doesn't kill me, only makes me stronger!  Well, I shouldn't complain too much, I mean - I wanted to be a runner, right?

Today's CrossFit workout:
   3 rounds - 
      Run 800 meters (.497/mile)
      20 situps
      12 thrusters w/20 lbs

March Madness workout:
   15 squats
   11 burpees
   *extra for me* 11 situps

My plan is to start my run doing the 5k training exercise thing - run 1 minute/walk 1 minute.  I'm hoping to do this every round, but I will definitely do it on the first round.  I discovered yesterday that doing it this way makes me run 6 blocks and walk 3 blocks and I can get 2 of these done in 1/4 mile, so 4 in a 1/2 mile.  It's just WAY harder running, but like I said earlier, I will definitely do this for the first round.  For the 5k training, you're supposed to do this 8 times, so it would be awesome if I could do this for at least 2 rounds.  I'm going to try, so y'all wish me luck!

I'm not worried about doing the situps and thrusters - it's not too many of both and I know I can handle that!  March Madness doesn't look too bad either, except for the burpees and those are ALWAYS hard after running, but...oh well...I'll get over that as well!
32:07 - Not bad (for me anyway), but I had set a personal goal of 30 minutes, so...I missed it, obviously!  But!  I DID IT!!!  Honey-Buns said my face was red after doing my workout on Tuesday, well, it's even redder today!  Oh my goodness, am I tired!!

I did not do the run 1 minute/walk 1 minute, but this is what I did instead: run 8/walk 8, run 6/walk 6, run 4 - then I was at the 1/2 mile point.  I did the same thing on round 2.  I was ready to give up by the 3rd round, but I forced myself to get back on that DAMN TREADMILL!  I ran 5/walked 5, ran 4/walked 2, ran 4/walked 4, ran 4/walked 4 on that last round.  All in all, I ran more than I walked (53 blocks out of 96) and that is a goal of mine, so I did accomplish something!  I would hurry up to get in situp position, but I was so winded I would just lay there for a minute or two (not nearly long enough!) to catch my breath before doing my situps.  I had no trouble doing 20 situps or thrusters each round.  That's a good thing!n  I used 24# on thrusters and did not have any problems.  So, yay!

I am so proud that I completed this workout today, but I hope like hell we do NOT run tomorrow!  I was sweating so much that even my knees were sweating!  My workout pants were so wet - and it wasn't from tinkling myself either!  lol

I also completed the March Madness workout.  I debated whether or not to count the squatting from doing thrusters against today's Madness, but chose not to.  Very proud I made myself do 15 more squats and thought how bad can 11 burpees be?  Well, all I can say is thank goodness I wasn't timing myself on those!  I am D-O-N-E for the day!  DONE!  ;)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Keep calm and CrossFit on.  Yup...that's what I'm doing!  Soreness report:  not too bad!  My butt is a little sore, but I know it will go away once I start moving around.  Man!  Was I tired last night?  I went to bed at 9:45 and did not wake up until my alarm went off at 6:00!!  Usually if I go to bed before 10:30, I wake up around 3:00 or 4:00 and cannot go back to sleep, so I was very happy (but surprised) to see that I slept all night!

Last night I told Honey-Bun that I hoped like hell there would be no squats/lunges/running in today's workout.  Then I amended it to include no weights, then changed it to hoping Jenni would give us a surprise "rest" day!  THAT'S how sore I was last night!  lol - Needless to say, I did not get my wish!

Today's workout:
   10 pullups (modify as necessary)
   100 push press w/20 lbs
   Run 1000 meters (.621/mile)

March Madness:
   10 squats
   10 burpees
   *extra for me* 10 situps

I already know that I will do reverse pullups.  I'm not really dreading doing them, I just dreading the soreness I know I'll have tomorrow from doing them!  BUT, it's only 10 so I'll suck it up.  I'm planning on getting as close to the 20 lbs. as I can for push presses and will NOT do 31 lbs. like I did the other day!  I'm still sore around my sides/rib cage area from Monday's workout.  I don't know if it was from the deadlift high pulls or the pushup or the push presses, but SOMETHING has got me sore!!

Yes, I know - for someone who is not excited about doing squats right now, I sure am punishing myself doing the March Madness, right?  I think I can eek out 10 squats today, it's actually the burpees I'm not looking forward to!  But, I have seen an improvement on those (I don't need the step anymore!), so I'll suck it up...again!  A lot of sucking up for me today, huh?  If only THAT were an exercise!  lol
14:14!!!!  SO happy with my time!  I busted by ass today!!  Well...I've busted it ALL week!

10 reverse pullups using my treadmill - super easy, but I know from past experience I will be super sore tomorrow morning!

24# push press - I knocked out 20 before having to lower my arms, then I could only do 10 at a time until I hit 50.  Instead of struggling through the next 50 (and wasting time), I went ahead and got on the treadmill.

Ran 1 minute/walked 1 minute - all runs @ 5.2 speed and all walks @ 3.5 speed.  It actually worked out that I did 6 blocks running and 3 blocks walking.  I did this twice, then stopped and went back to push presses.

24# push press - I knocked out 30 this time before having to lower my arms, then I could only do 10 at a time, but struggled between 85 and 90, and the last 5 were the shakiest EVER!!

I got back on the treadmill and continued to do the run 1 minute/walk 1 minute until I finished.  I stopped at .612, looked at my journal and saw it should have been .621, so I jumped back on the treadmill and that time went so quick that I actually ended at .635!  Oh well, I can definitely use the run time!

VERY happy with my treadmill time of 8:41!  I normally run 8/walk 8, run 6/walk 6, run 4/walk 4, run 2/walk 2 which brings me to .626/mile with a time of 9:09, so...VERY happy cutting off 28 seconds of my treadmill time!  Don't you just love progress and improvement?  :)  Also, running/walking for 1 minute each means I ran more than I walked and I likee that!  I ran 29 out of the 41 total treadmill blocks - very happy girl today!  :)

Totally forgot to mention that I did the March Madness workout as well.  Still doing burpees without the step!  Still struggling when I come back up!  lol

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Train like a beast, look like a beauty.  I think I'll make this my new motto!  I felt like a beast after yesterday's workout!  I haven't said this in a long time ass is sore!  And I mean SORE!!  To the point that whenever I sit, I feel the soreness.  I was SO looking forward to my hot bubblebath last night until I sat in the tub...OH, the pain, the pain!  lol  It did eventually feel better in the tub, but my goodness - it is still sore this morning!  Honey-buns is enjoying it because every time I get near him, I'm like "rub my ass"!  Of course, he readily agrees!!  lol  After looking at some of the times posted for yesterday, my wasn't too bad, but I'm more glad to see I wasn't the only one that thought it was a hard workout!  I was blaming it being so hard for me because I missed so many days last week, but apparently it was hard for people who did not miss any days as well.  

Well, today's workout is NOT going to improve my soreness, but it will continue to improve my butt!  Yep...more squats today and hey!  Let's throw in some running as well!  

Complete 3 rounds for time:
   Run 200 meters (.124/mile)
   100 meters of walking lunges (.006/mile)
   50 squats

So...I'm going to slow my treadmill WAY down and try to do the walking lunges on it today.  I'll have to make sure I'm wearing the magnet thingie today though (I don't usually wear it). Doing lunges on a treadmill doesn't sound safe, but we'll see!  This way, I'll know EXACTLY how far 100 meters are because you know...I wouldn't want to do TOO many!  lol  I have to say, just thinking about doing lunges and squats are causing my ass to start throbbing.  NOT a good sign!  ;)

March Madness is a "rest" day today.  YAY!  And no - I do not think I will make up any of my missed days, even though I probably should...but, no.  Just.  No.
21:17 - Not bad!  I set a personal goal of 20 minutes, so I didn't go over that too much.  The squats killed my time!  OMG - between the lunges and the squats, my legs are jello!  And, I'm not talking ready to eat jello, either...more like "it has about 30 minutes until it sets" jello!!!  lmao

Wow...just. Wow!  That was an incredible workout!!  I am very proud to say I ran ALL of the running segments!  Yay me!!  I not only ran them all, but I did them at 5.2 speed, so I'm getting faster.  Like a cheetah!  ha-ha

I slowed the treadmill down to 1.9 speed to do the walking lunges.  I really liked doing them on the treadmill, but there is NO way I can get all the way down like the girl in today's picture at CrossFit.  I couldn't get down that far when I wasn't doing them on the treadmill!  I did manage to get as low as I normally get.  I liked doing them on the treadmill because I couldn't go too far, although I did go too far on round 1.  On my treadmill, 200 meters is 8 blocks which means 100 meters is 4 blocks.  Well, for whatever reason, I was thinking to lunge 8 blocks as well.  It wasn't until I was going from block 5 to block 6 that I realized I went too far!  I was a good girl and did not count the extra 2 blocks for the next round, although I would have on round 3 but I completely forgot about it!  My memory sucks!

Believe it or not, it was the squats that got to me today.  I think doing squats reminded my legs how tired they were from yesterday!  I can't wait to see what my butt has to say later today and in the morning!  lol - GREAT workout!  :)

Monday, March 4, 2013

I've been hiding from exercise.  I'm in the Fitness Protection Program.  lol  Don't ask me why...I just thought this was funny!  I'm sure you can guess, but this was me this weekend.  I had zero energy all weekend.  I'm not sure if I was still recovering from being sick last week or what, but I slept more this weekend than I have in a long time.  I know...excuses, excuses, but I just could not - scratch that - DID not do anything.  I have really got to get my act together and get my butt in gear this week.  

Today's workout looks hard, but sounds fun.  It's one of those "all mixed up" workouts that I love!
   3 rounds of:
      30 wall ball shots, 10 lbs
      30 deadlift high pulls, 20 lbs
      30 box jumps, 18" box
      30 push press, 20 lbs
      30 jump rope
      30 pushups
      10 front squat, 30-60 lbs

I also have to make up my March Madness workouts from the weekend and do my 5k training run today, so it will be a fairly long/good workout for me today!

March Madness:
   from Saturday - 8 squats, 5 burpees
   from Sunday - 10 squats, 7 burpees
   today - 13 squats, 8 burpees

5k training run:
   Run 1 minute, walk 1 minute x 8

Wish me luck!
27:21   Sucking wind SO hard right now!!  WOW!  Today's workout almost KILLED me!  Needless to say, I did NOT do any "extras" today - no March Madness, no run.  I know, I know - but I honestly did not have it in me today.  I think my ambitions were bigger than my willpower today - kinda like your eyes are bigger than your stomach, only different!  lol

Anyway, I thought, you know...instead of adjusting my dumbbells, I'll just leave them set on 31 lbs for all weighted exercises.  Great idea, right?  I mean, what could it hurt?  AAAHHHH...ME, that's what!  ha-ha

I should have known it would be a rough day when wall ball shots were harder than normal.  Anyway, I did all of those, did okay with deadlift high pulls until the last round, then I struggled through those.  Box jumps and push presses were okay, but my left arm quivered the whole time every round!  I am pleased to say I only tripped over my jumprope 4 times on round 1, 3 times on round 2 and 4 times on the last round.  Improvement!  I am also pleased with my weighted front squats.  I cannot believe how low I can go on my weighted squats now - so...another improvement!  My pushups were a disappointment, however.  I struggled through rounds 1 and 2 - to the point where in round 2 I could only do 2-3 at a time before "stretching" it out.  Well, bad news - I did not complete my pushups on the last round - I only got 4 pushups in.   :/  I know - sucky, but I did it and I survived.  :)

I also did today's workout barefoot - that's always a good thing.  I can't believe how much easier box jumps and jump rope are when you're barefoot!  I also can't believe my feet aren't sore whenever I work out barefoot!

My time was not great, but I actually feel good about working out because I SO did not want to, but I refused to skip today.  

Friday, March 1, 2013

March Madness

There were two workouts to choose from.  You can choose for yourself, but I'm choosing the one with squats!  :)

You'll only regret the workouts you don't do.  This is SO, SO true for me this week!  Even though I've felt like crap, I still felt bad I didn't do my workout!  There was no way I could have done them.  I am EXTREMELY glad my "bug" is squashed!!  :)

I'm going to start my workouts from where I left off instead of doing today's prescribed one - even though today's isn't too bad and even sounds fun!  I just want to do them in order.  SO...I'll be doing Tuesday's scheduled workout.

Complete as many rounds as you can in 15 minutes:
   10 Kettlebell swings w/15-20 lbs
   10 Box jumps, 18'
   10 Bench dips
   10 CrossFit situps

I'm not going to make up the Fab Ab workouts because it's March and there are new exercises for March.  I will be starting that - just not how excited I am about it.  There were two different ones for March - one was ALL burpees starting with 25/day and ending with 100.  Yeah...I didn't pick that one.  What?  I'm NOT a glutton for punishment!!  lol  The other one has burpees (just not 100!), but it also has squats - so that's the one I'm going to do.  I'll post both in a separate post title March Madness (makes sense doesn't it?).   I'm also going to add the same number of situps each day.  I'm really pleased to see my situps improve and I can see a huge difference in my stomach, so I'm keeping that up.

Today's Madness:
   5 Squats
   5 Burpees
   *5 Situps
WOW!  I'm sweating up a storm!!  I went over 24 seconds so I could finish my situps and made it 7 rounds!  I don't remember what everyone else did, but I'm pretty impressed with that!  :)

The best news!!!  I did burpees WITHOUT the aerobic step!! SO HAPPY!!!  I did great going down, but coming back up was hard, but I guess that's what everybody else has to put up with, too!  I did not do the little "hop" at the end though.  Are you supposed to do that or is it extra?  Anyway, I'll add it eventually.  I'm still proud that I didn't faceplant!!!!  Holla!!  :)  I also did not add/do 5 extra situps for the madness workout - just flat out did not want to.  No excuses - just didn't.

I feel so much better today, especially now that I got a workout in.  Why does sweat make you feel good?

I plan on doing Wednesday's Hero workout tomorrow.  Y'all wish me luck with that.  :)