Wednesday, May 1, 2013

NOOO!!!  Not burpees!  I found this picture at and it made me laugh, so I thought I'd share because....we're doing burpees today!  :)

There's not a lot going on this morning, so today's blog will be short and sweet.  I still can't believe the doctor's appointments took so long yesterday.  We left our house at 12:45 and did not get back home until just a tad after 4:30.  It always takes awhile for Hayley's appointment, but that was even a little crazy.  Hayley has Cerebral Palsy and is confined to a wheelchair.  She has a Baclofen pump installed in her abdomen that automatically dispenses a muscle relaxer (Baclofen) to her spinal column.  This allows her legs to be able to bend into a sitting position, otherwise they would be straight out like a board.  Anyway, the appointment was to refill the pump.  We go every 6 months with this newer pump (it used to be every 3 months with her old one).  In order to refill it, they have to use a needle that is about 4-5 inches long that has a catheter-type tubing attached.  They insert the needle into a specific spot through her abdomen into the pump - this spot is not bigger than my smallest fingernail.  Then they draw out the "old" Baclofen medicine into an empty syringe, and refill with "new" medicine from two syringes.  Yesterday was the first time I can recall that they were able to insert the needle into the exact location on the first try!  Normally, they insert it and kind of feel around for the "spot" and if they can't find it, they'll poke her again and again until they do find it, usually going through several needles because they bend in their "search".  Whenever that happened, Hayley would have to go on antibiotics to prevent an infection from occuring.  So, I was very happy to see it only took one poke!  Then, we had to take my mother-in-law to her doctor's appointment to see what's going on with her back.  Well, we found out she has Scoliosis (as does Hayley) and several other things going on with her back.  Her only options are steroid shots/pain pill, surgery, or just living with the pain.  She has to go and get CT scans done next week for further evaluation.  Jeez!  Doctors, doctors, doctors!

I had pretty much made up my mind I was going to do yesterday's Mamas workout, but I think I'm going to do today's workout because it looks like fun, yet hard.  I still plan on doing yesterday's workout this week because I need to do a run of some sort since I haven't done one yet.  So, I'll do it either tomorrow or Friday.

CrossFit Mamas:
   4 rounds
      27 Box jumps, 18" box
      20 Burpees
      11 Squat cleans w/20-40 lbs

Brand X:
   Deadlift 3-3-3-3-3

Brand X's workout is deadlifts, 5 rounds of 3 reps.  It said on their site that you can increase your weight as you go if you're more advanced, but suggested for beginners to use close to their max-out weight (or whatever you are comfortable with) to work on your form.  This is not a timed workout, so it's a good chance to do just that.  I may throw this one in after I finish Mamas today!
OH...MY...GOODNESS....must...catch...breath....  Wow!  That was WAY harder than it sounded.  Have I mentioned that I hate burpees?  No?  Well, let me make it official.  I HATE BURPEES!!!!  There.  I feel so much better!  ;)

39:41 - What?  I know - very sucky, but I did not stop after two rounds (which I almost convinced myself to do), nor did I stop after three rounds (which I was really begging myself to do!).  I completed ALL four rounds - which is a miracle because I really did not think I could continue to get up off of the floor during those last five burpees.  How it happened...I have no idea.  Unbelievably hard!  I do believe I was sweating more than when I run!  The only dry spot on my sports bra is the spot on top of my boobs - apparently I don't sweat there.  Other than that?  My bra was soaked!!  That was a good workout, but heaven help me - that was hard!

I used 32 lbs for the squat cleans and was very impressed that I could complete all 11 each round without having to stop at all.  Box jumps and burpees were another story.  Below is the breakdown of those per round:

Box Jumps:  1- 14, 10, 3
                    2- 17, 10
                    3- 19, 8
                    4- 11, 3, 13

Burpees:  1- 5, 6, 6, 3
                2- 3, 8, 4, 5
                3- 6, 5, 6, 3
                4- 6, 4, 4, 6

Squat Cleans w/32 lbs:  11, 11, 11, 11

My form on the squat cleans is so much better than it was.  I go into a pretty deep squat as well, so I'm very pleased with those.  I considered bumping up the weight, but was glad I did not during the 3rd round and actually thought about reducing the weight the last round - but still glad I didn't!

Brand X Deadlifts:
   32 lbs x 3 reps
   44 lbs x 3 reps
   50 lbs x 3 reps
   50 lbs x 3 reps
   50 lbs x 3 reps

Just to clarify - Brand X is not included in that time of 39:41.  I wish it was included to make it sound better, but it doesn't do anyone any good to lie about it.  Great workout!!

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