Archive for January, 2013

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.  

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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.  😀

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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.  😀  (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!