Changes

Posted: January 30, 2013 in Uncategorized
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There have been so many changes in the last few weeks that I almost don’t know where to begin.  Bad news first, I suppose?  Well, it’s not really horrible news… just sad.  My fiance and I have decided to call it quits.  Mostly it was me.  I don’t want kids, and he does one day.  It’s definitely a deal breaker.  Anyhow, we’ve decided that it’s probably best not to be friends.  It might not even be possible after 10 years.  My hope is that he finds someone who loves him more than I ever did and who can make him happy with a bunch of little ones.

The good news, you ask?  The silver lining?  I’ve been accepted into the police academy.  It starts April 10th, so I have exactly 10 weeks to get the rest of the chub off and really focus on making myself a much better person mentally and physically.  

Being single is going to be hard and weird for a while, but I’m kind of excited about it.  Things are changing faster than I could have ever imagined, but maybe that’s the best kind of change.  Clean breaks heal the fastest.  

CrossFit is going very well.  I’ve been a little tired lately, but I think it’s because I haven’t really been getting a lot of sleep.  Stress coupled with a terrible schedule aren’t really conducive to a great metabolism and powerful lifts.  Time to get my shit together.  

I just have to remember that I love myself enough to make my dreams come true.  

My Achin’ Back

Posted: January 15, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I got really frustrated today during weight lifting, and when I say frustrated, I mean stupid mad. I had to take a mini-break to collect myself.  You see, I’m having major lower back issues.  My deadlift isn’t where it needs to be because of this, and I’m just overall really pissed about it.

I’ve been stretching, decompressing, etc for weeks now, and it won’t let up.  The moment I deadlift more than a few times, it’s back.  I’ve been trying to build up my core, too because I have a sneaking suspicion that my stabilizer muscles aren’t all that great.

My coach has watched me carefully the last few weeks, and he told me to skip the weighted good mornings today.  I really blew it, then.  Watching everyone else around me do varying weights of something I can’t do at all left such a horrible flavor of disappointment in my mouth that I could literally taste it.

Needless to say, I should have handled the whole thing with more grace and understanding, but it was too early in the morning for that.  I walked to the restroom, sat down for a minute and talked myself out of punching a hole in the wall.  Crazy much?

Anyway, I flipped a tire 50 times and felt a little better, so I continued the work out.  Afterward, I still felt frustrated.  I attribute that to a lack of good sleep and delicious food because I’m feeling much better now after coffee and eggs.

I can smile freely at the moment, and Thursday I’m going to give it my all for squat day.  No weenie squats for this woman.  On the bright side of today, my max deadlift is now 30 lbs higher than the last CFT.  235 lbs.  I know I can do more, though.  I can feel it… as soon as my back heals.

Just so we can end on an even happier note, here’s a pic from the World Wide WOD Gym Resolution on Saturday.  We had a pretty good time for that one.  :D

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That’s me… in the pink and black skele-toes on the right.  All smiles.  I’m trying to channel some of that happiness today.

Happy New Year

Posted: January 7, 2013 in CrossFit
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I took a bit of a break from eating right over the holidays and guess what?  I gained 6 lbs.  Yup.  That’s what happens when you eat pie like the world is gonna end.  Since the world didn’t end and I’m still chubby, it’s time to get back on the wagon. 

CrossFit is still pretty good.  Weight lifting is alright, but mornings are still not my thang.  I’m having a super hard time getting my lazy bum outta bed before dawn.  My body and coach just disagree about what constitutes morning.  He says 5am, and my body says whenever the sun has been up for at least half an hour. 

In an effort to make him happy (and not hate me for missing class) I decided to get a sunrise alarm…. until I saw the prices for such beasts.  $120.00?! 

So I thought of another option… a CFL bulb (because they take a while to warm up and get to full brightness) and a lamp timer.  Bam!  I’m going to pick them up from Home Depot before class.  When I get home, I’ll set it up with my bedside lamp.  I’m excited to see if this works, but I’ll post pics either way.

On a more fitness related note, I tried Hot Yoga for the first time yesterday.  And I thought about passing out once… maybe twice.  I just relaxed on my mat for a good 5 minutes toward the end of the 1.5 hour session because I didn’t think I could handle even stretching out my legs. 

They say the goal of the first class is just to stay in the room, and luckily, I managed it.  A couple of my fellow CrossFit friends came, and they loved it, too, even though they had similar reactions to mine toward the end.  Yoga in 105 degrees is HOLY HOT, let me tell ya… and we’re from Texas.

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There we are afterward as proof that we survived.  I’m a bit shell shocked here, and we were all monstrously sweaty.  Happy nonetheless.  :D  (Mostly happy it was over.)  We’re going back for more torture 3 times a week together now.  It’s a good complement to CrossFit because it helps with injuries, mobility, etc.

Oh, and I wanted to share something that I thought was amazing… banana ice cream!  I didn’t know you could make ice cream from bananas, but you can. 

It’s super easy, too… peel 3 bananas, slice into 1/4 inch slices, freeze the slices, then once frozen, process them in a food processor until smooth.  (You have to occasionally scrape the sides of the processor down, btw.)

Delicious!  Put some almond butter and cocoa powder in there, too for more flavor.  Enjoy!

Partied out…

Posted: December 17, 2012 in CrossFit

Every time I make a resolution to have a successful weekend (food/exercise) I screw it up at parties.  All the delicious food and drinks prove to be too tempting for me.  I have to figure out a way around this; even eating before I arrive doesn’t work.  :/  I’m just a piggy and can’t resist good, free food.

Good thing I worked my little fanny off on Saturday morning in weight lifting then CrossFit immediately afterward.  Go me!

And guess what, we totally did the preggie WOD, and it was hilarious.

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The guys were having a hell of a time trying to make kettle bell swings and deadlifts work with a giant ball strapped to their tummies.  Not only that, but they complained about the back pain and spasms incessantly.  Weenies.  Thankfully, I had a smaller (but heavier) ball than most of the other ladies.  It wasn’t quite in the way as much.  Running proved to be kind of a pain in the ass.  Remind me not to get pregnant… ever. 

That goofy red head in the corner with the GIANT smile on (I don’t know what was so funny) is me. 

Another one for your pleasure from our Ugly Sweater WOD last weekend.  (I don’t think I already posted it.)

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I have the white-ish puke color sweater on.  It was a beauty, let me tell ya.  I thought the antlers were a nice touch, too.  And just because I love posting pictures so much, here are some of the crafts I’m working on. 

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Aren’t they cute?!  I’m putting them on the bags I’m making for my homemade peanut brittle.  I wish you could try some because I know you’d love it, too, whoever you are.  I’m also putting together some “adult” hot chocolate jars to go with the brittle.  And by “adult”… I mean booze. 

Layer hot chocolate mix, chocolate chips, and marshmallows in a jar.  Then tie a tiny bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream to the jar with pretty ribbon.  Perfect treat for those over-21 loved ones.  If you wanna get really crazy, you can melt some of the chocolate chips, dip a plastic spoon in the chocolate, let it harden, then you’ve got a chocolate covered stirrer for the cocoa. 

I’ve got probably a bagillion ideas for what I’m doing as gift baskets.  Making my peanut brittle, my pretzels, salted caramel chocolate popcorn, hot cocoa, chocolate beer bacon cupcakes with maple frosting (for XFit, obviously), and a few other little things.  Big plans, people, big plans.

None of these plans is working well with my goals for cutting the sugar.  *sigh*  When I bake, I taste test.  It’s a problem. 

Not to be gotten down for too long by my own lack of will power, I’m pretty excited to use my new wrist straps tomorrow.  :D  Got them in on Friday and haven’t needed them, yet.  I’m hoping we’ll do some thrusters or something in the morning. 

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Well, it’s 12:13am, and I’m supposed to be awake, ready, and out the door at 5:30am to work out.  (I know… sleep is VITAL, and I should know better.)  I can’t help it.  I slept in this morning and ate cake today.  I’m basically wired, but I’m going to force myself to fall asleep if I have to beat myself over the head with a rock.  I can’t miss tomorrow morning.  So good night folks!

Holly, Jolly… Jelly Belly

Posted: December 14, 2012 in CrossFit
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I think the holidays are a great time for me to lose weight.  I find myself staying in a lot more because of the cold and drinking a lot less.  My biggest problem isn’t food, though… it’s the booze + food.  Once the alcohol goes in, the good judgement about my diet goes out.  I find myself sitting at Waffle House at 3am ordering an All Star Special with chocolate chip waffles.  (GASP!)

In an effort to drop the extra poundage and help myself maintain a good weight, I’ve decided to not have any alcohol for the next few weeks.  It’s gonna be hard given all the fabulous parties I’ll be attending, but I think I can manage.  Kyle will love it because he’ll have a designated driver when I feel like going out.  Other than that, the only upside (besides health and safety) is that I might actually lose some fat.

I’ve been consistently attending WODs every single day, and on Sundays (when I’m not being lazy) I’ll go for a run.  :)  I could use a lot more cardio (running), but my knee is still being a baby.  I’ve got knee straps coming in the mail tomorrow, though.  I gotta say that I’m SUPER pumped about them.  Also, my wrist straps should be here, too.  I don’t need those as often, but they might be able to do me so good on thrusters.

Anyhow, I’m sorry that I haven’t posted in a while.  I’ve been lazy.  I’ll have to post a video here soon of me making peanut brittle, which is my holiday specialty.  It’s not paleo, and it’s not healthy, but I’m not the one eating it.  That makes it alright… so long as I don’t taste test in the kitchen.  *sigh*

Oh, and I nominated Heather (very pregnant Heather) for some new shoes from a contest that CrossFit Women is doing today and tomorrow.  I’m hoping she wins.  She totally deserves them.  Can’t wait until Saturday for the preggie WOD.  This’ll be fun, and you can bet cho ass there are going to be some amazing pictures.

Well, time for bed… weight lifting is tomorrow morning at 6am.

Bee’s Knees. *sigh*

Posted: December 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

I’m having knee issues.  Ever since the 5K I’ve had pain.  A friend let me borrow a pretty good brace, and I’ve ordered some knee straps online.  Still… the pain persists.  I’ve not run for any significant distance since then in an attempt to let my knees rest, though.  This is very frustrating. 

Also, I think I may have run a red light today on accident.  I’m praying it’s not one of those lights with cameras on it.  The last thing I frickin’ need right now is a ticket, especially now that I’m in the background check process with the police department. 

On the brighter side, (teaching myself to find silver linings after seeing the movie last night) I went to CrossFit twice today and beat my time the second try on the same WOD.  YAY!  It would have been even cooler if I had Rxd, but I’m not too broken up about it.  Also, I started taking Glucosamine & Chondroitin with MSM and Vitamin D3 for my joints.  I’m hoping this will alleviate some of the issues I’m having with my knees.  I’m still taking my Omega fatty acids and a multi, but my coach thinks I might need more.  And even brighter, Kyle came to work out with us this morning at 6am.  I feel sorry for him that he can’t come to the evening classes, too because they’re pretty busy, which makes them more fun and chaotic.  :D 

Nevertheless, he was pleased with the work out, and he kicked my butt.  LAME!  But he didn’t do as much weight as he should have.  (Beginner’s need proper form before they just throw on a bagillion pounds, so if you’re starting out, too, don’t get discouraged if your coach says no to more weight.)  He starts unlimited with us on Monday morning bright and early.  This gives me the motivation to start going in the mornings AND in the evenings.  See my man in the AM and my fraaaands in the PM.  (Kyle and I see one another maybe 2 days out of the week… so we like the idea of working out together now.) 

In an effort to strengthen my crapola legs, I’m getting a 40 lbs-weighted vest tomorrow afternoon, and I’m going to start walking to and from work on Monday morning with it.  I’ll have to post pics of it tomorrow.  Sorry no pics tonight.  I’m exhausted and not feeling very creative with my post.  I hope you understand.  Tomorrow will be more fun, and Saturday will be epic because we’re doing an “Ugly Sweater WOD.”  Yes.  This is happening, and I gotta say, mine is mighty hideous. 

Nighty night. 

Back on the wagon.

Posted: December 5, 2012 in CrossFit
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This last weekend was a blur of activity.  I ate a lot of junk food, drank a lot of beer, and basically, I felt like crap yesterday for it.  It’s always Monday that’s the hardest part of the week.  I can usually get my act together by Tuesday, but no more of this yo-yo silliness.

For the rest of December, I will make sure to keep my sh*t together and not go bonkers on the weekends.  My background check for the police department FINALLY started today, so I’m absolutely thrilled!  I might actually make it into the March academy at this rate.  I am so excited that I can barely stand it, and I know I still have to wait a few more months.  Calm down, Jessie.

Anyway, so the WOD today wasn’t that bad.  It took us forever because all of us lazily fast-walked the 200m at the end of each of the 4 rounds instead of truly running.  I mean, we were all holding kettle bells, so that made it a lot harder, but still.

100 Sit-ups buy in, then
4 rounds:
20 kb swings
8 kb thrusters
200m kb run

My time was 20:08, and that put me in 3rd place with a 30 lb kb.  I wanted to get done quickly so I could see a movie by myself at the AMC theatre.  :D  It worked. 

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There were a LOT of people in the 6pm class today, which made it super fun.  I wish we could do a team WOD soon.  I love competition.  It makes me work a lot harder knowing I can’t let my team down.  I mean, we could!  We’ve got the numbers.  :D 

Oh, I’m the one in black sitting near Charlotte in the yellow.  You can’t see me because I’m so far back there, but you get the idea.