Saturday, December 28, 2013

Communication is the Key

Communication is the Key!!!  My EPIC FAIL of Communicating Got Me a Bad HairDo!!!!

So here is my most recent drama....  I have been needing a haircut for the past couple of weeks but kept putting it off or just didn't have time.  But this past week at CrossFit, I was getting irritated with the thickness and puffyness of my hair.  Then on Friday, this picture was taken at the Box.....
I am top right!!
Yap, I got desperate quick.  I called a local friend of mine to give me a quick cut.  When I sat down in her chair she asked me what I wanted.  I simply said "just want it shorter".  But I didn't mean I wanted a shorter style.... I just wanted to trim up what I already had.  I even showed her two pics of the last time she cut it.  (Yes, she had cut my hair the time before--so I didn't think twice about it).

Lots of casual chatting went on for awhile while she was cutting my hair.  And then it dawned me....she was still cutting even after several minutes.  I had noticed there was more hair in my lap than I had expected....but I hadn't seen it in the mirror just yet cos she had me turned in the opposite direction.  I was getting nervous, but shame on me, cos I didn't say anything.  She finally turned me around where I could get a glimpse and I thought I was going to cry right then and there. I don't think I heard anything else she said the remainder of the time, as I was in complete shock.  I was expecting what I showed her with these top two pics....but ended with the bottom three pics.  I won't lie, I came home and cried to my husband and my three kids! :-(

One reason I hate this haircut is because it isn't my personality.  I feel like the cut/style I had before was right on. 

But the honest reason I HATE this cut is because it immediately makes me feel FAT.  And I know exactly why.  I had this cut before......almost 10years ago.  I WAS FAT then!  I WAS TIRED! I WAS HUNGRY! I WAS NOT MANDY!!! This cut immediately takes me back to this time.  The cut brings back all these emotions and insecurities I had back then.  DISLIKE!!!
Post Gabe Pregnancy--GROSS!

I know it's just hair and it will grow back.  But I am just so upset at myself...for so many reasons.....
1) Why did I let that first picture put me into a FREAK OUT MODE of I have to fix the HAIR NOW!!! I should have never gone to go get my hair cut to start with----especially over one lousy pic or bad hair day!
2) Why didn't I tell the hair dresser EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED?  Looking back I see now that when I said shorter, she thought I meant shorter style.  I should have said...same style just trim it! UGH!  This is so my fault!!!
3) Why am I letting my bad haircut change my self-image and self confidence?  I am not that FAT MOM in that picture anymore!  I am a "fit mom" making progress everyday!  It's just hair! It could be worse!

Anyhow.  I am still struggling with this haircut.  I avoid the mirror and have been having a hard time smiling the last couple of days, cos I am so upset about it!  But I am thankful I can leave town for a week and perhaps get used to the new hairdo.  Who knows, maybe I will accidentally start liking it??? *Doubt that though:-(

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Galore!!! (and a little more)

Merry Christmas my friends!!!  I hope everyone had a very blessed Christmas.  I know I have had an amazing one (with way too much food that doesn't fall into the "clean catergory").  But before I get to that.....I want to show you my blessings of this Christmas Season!

***First of all, this Christmas has been so much different than all the rest for me.   Usually my sister in law comes to Texas for a couple of weeks and stays with us.  They decided not to come this year.  So that's been a bit weird.  We also usually have a very BIG Lewis Christmas (my dad's side of the family) every Christmas Eve, but this year we skipped it.  So that was weird, too.  We usually go overboard with the kids Christmas each year but we opted for "MORE with LESS" approach this year.  Santa seemed slim so that was weird, as well.

So here is the deal.... growing up, I spent many winters snow skiing with my family.  We used to go every year even after I got married.  However, three kids later, that was expensive and HARD to do.  The last time we went was when Gabe was turning one.  That was 9 years ago. 

This year my dad had a potential scare with kidney cancer.  After a couple of months of prayer, doctor appointments and a successful surgery.  He had a benigned tumor and it well (still recovering though).  But my family thought that this could be a great treat or celebration for us all.  Instead of the Christmas Galore of presents and stocking gifts.... my parents, my brother & nephew and my family are going skiing for Christmas (after Christmas).  My parent's present to us is to pay for our lodging.  Our gifts to our kids and selves are paying for our skiing! I CAN'T WAIT!!! We leave Sunday!!!

So here are a few pics from our Christmas.......
Christmas Morning
 The kids woke at 6am?!?! They got clothes and an XBOX 360 Connect (used) and a Trampoline!  Addie and I made a big breakfast and we all had naps by 10am:-).

 We had a trampoline years ago.  It was so used that it finally was unusable.  Addie and Gabe have been begging for another trampoline forever!  They had no idea!!!!  Gabe is already doing backflips, as well as Addie! I am hoping to do one soon, too:-)

My Lewis Family Christmas
About 4:30pm, we headed to my parents house (aka The Lewis').  We had alot of good food.  I ate skittles and banana pudding too:-( YUM!  and YIKES!!!
Family Fun Game of Guesstures
This game seems to make us all a little crazy.  We are all competitive and it's just super funny to see the stuff we do to make people guess our words on this game!!! SOOO MUCH FUN!  SUCH GREAT ABS too.....from laughing so hard! 
 Okay....a little humor here.  My mom (aka Nana) likes our booties.  So we started trying to pose like Instagram bootie ladies.  Only Addision (13yrs) can pull off a good bootie shot!!! LOL!  I have since named this picture "The Evolutions of Booties".  We have mid-life crisis age (me), we have almost OLD age (my mom) and a teenage age (my daughter) all in this picture.  Which if you look closely reveals our age.  I have some lift but not alot.  My mom is NOTHING!  I am not even sure she has crack! LOL!  And then Addie has it all!!! LOL!  HAHAHA!   

I had a great Christmas!  I did cheat some on it! But I am back at it today! I have vacation coming up, but am vowing to go clean 95% of the time I am gone.  I am already back at it at CrossFit.  I went this morning...Then went to play racquetball with Todd and Zander afterwards (I am HORRIBLE) and then did some smolov weight lifting work.  I will head back to the box tomorrow for a benchmark workout!!!

 I am ready to live out this post!!! Time to get some big time results!!!

Stay tuned.  I have a new INSTAGRAM and am considering a private FB page for those to follow!!! :-).

New PRIVATE Instagram is momnprogress.  Follow me!!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Just Do It!

I seem to have been MIA lately!!! But that is not really true.  It's just that time of the year.  Lots of programs, school parties, basketball practices and games and just the "busy"ness of the Christmas season! 

So I have been doing alot of soul searching.  I wish I could tell you that I have made some big life changing conclusions, but I can' least not yet!  But I can tell you that in this last year, I have learned a great deal.  And alot of that has come from within myself.

Looking back at 2013.... I started the year off with two health goals: 1) lose weight 2) run a full marathon.  I accomplished both.  Neither were done perfectly, but both were accomplished---very well. 

The interesting thing about 2013 is what I have learned throughout the process of losing weight and training for a marathon......

First, I am capable of so much more than I ever imagine!!!! Mentally and physically God made me "wonderful"!!! I can run far and fast!  I can lift some amazing amount of weight! And I can do a lot with hard work, some dedication, and a whole lot of determination.  I now know I can do more.....
Some Progress... 2013

Secondly....God has made me an athlete.  I am not just a "has been".  I have been created to love competition and am passionate about my own training. This was a fact at the age of 12 and now at the age 38, even more so.  I thrive off team atmosphere and love a physical challenge. I am not afraid to fail!!!

Lastly, it's perfectly OKAY to have a passion for athleticism at my age (almost 40).  In my adult years, I have been embarrassed about my passion for competition and fitness. I would take offense if some one made a comment about my running or workout post of Facebook.   But I have learned that this is just how God made me. If you don't like it or it annoys you.... just stop following me on FB or IG and stop judging me.  I am me. I will be me! No apologies!! Believe it or not, I do inspire SOME people.  And if it's only one person, that's a goal met in my book:-).

So where does this lead me now....  I want to follow my passion for training and fitness.  I want to take my own fitness to the next level.  I want to have sexy abs, strong legs, tone arms, and a bootie with no JUNK! LOL! l believe I can do this.... but it will be HARD!!! But why not TRY???
I also know I want to do more than train.....I am considering training others??? Just don't know how or when or what this looks like!

So my goals of 2014 are.....
1) Persue more than just fitness goals, but look into becoming a coach, mentor, or inspiration to others.
2) To take my own athleticism to the next level.  I want my body to reflect my hard work!!!  I don't want my body to reflect a sex image but a physically fit woman that inspires others!!!
My Inspirations!
 I want the top left abs.  I want mid-left bootie and love how she lifts heavy.  I follow the bottom left girls and love their lifestyle and their balance in fitness and family.  I love the chest on girl on the right....which for me will require surgery.  I am considering breast surgery now that I have lost weight.  **My chest is not looking very pretty after breast feeding three kids for a year each and then losing a good amount of weight.  We shall see after consultation in January.

I know I can do this!!! Just have to decide to do it:-).

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A+ Progress in a Month

It's been a month....and I have been focusing on the three "A" areas (abs, arms, and **bootie). It's been a harder month than I anticipated with Thanksgiving and an Arctic ice-in here (that is still among us as I am typing---day #6).  I have probably followed more of a 75%/25% rule of eating clean 75% of the time and cheating 25% of time.  But I haven't gone crazy on my calorie intake....just not eating as clean or within my macros with that other 25%.  The next month will be hard we have Christmas and vacation.  But I am gonna stick to this and get through these hard times.  My goals is to make it through the Christmas/vacation break with a 85%/15% rule:-).

So here in the progress.....

ABS-----This is my super weak area!!! And main focus for months to come---and probably the rest of my life!!!
I can see some "oblique-type muscle" just starting to appear this month. 
Who would have thought that running WAY less and hitting the weights and going heavy and hard would make a difference.  The pouh is slowly going away and my waistline is starting to appear.  Got a ways to go, but celebrating even in the small progress of the last month.

A**----aka Bootie
One month of Smolov Squating!!!
I have just completed a four week training plan, Smolov Squat Cycle....lifting heavy weight!! I had no idea I was making bootie progress till I took pics.  WOW!  Hello bootie lift!  No wonder my panties have been crawling more than usual! I am transitioning into the front squat cycle and strict press cycle now!! :-)

And last----MY ARMS (I didn't take before pictures-darn!!! But here is where I am at and will take progression pics in the next month or so).

So there you have it!!! :-).  I think I should get an A+ for the effort I put in for the month. 

Now let's see what the next month brings.......

Sunday, December 8, 2013

What Do YOU Do When You Are Iced In?

It's just over 72hrs since we have been officially iced in.  And folks, this is crazy old and alot of ice.  Church was closed today and schools closed again tomorrow!! WOW
North Texas Highways are not travelable---PURE ICE!
 Texas is NOT used to this kind of weather! Schools first closed Friday, stores and gyms closed Saturday, and even church is closed on Sunday!  But so far, I have enjoyed every bit of being STUCK inside with my crazy family.  We have napped alot, eaten a heck of a lot, played tons of board and cards games, sled alot (using trash can lids and storage lids), and even did a little 4x4 driving (via our four wheeler).
Not even snow....Just a very THICK amount of ice!! Perfect for fast sledding!!!
 I admit, I stayed up late Thrusday and slept in Friday.  And then ALL day Friday, did nothing but sleep, eat, and watch TV.  I am not even sure I showered or brushed my teeth??? LOL

Saturday, I woke up and did two workouts and got back on that clean eating train!! I did two different workouts (pictured below).  I did the workout on the left except with a working set of back squats at 185#.  Then the pic on the right indicates my WOD time for doing 20 burpees, 21-15-9 air squats and push ups, and ending with 20 burpess.  This took me about a minute too long, as I was struggling on the pushups today:-(
We stayed up entirely too late Saturday night but enjoyed our Sunday morning at home.  We did lots more sledding and also bought whatever grocery items were left at DG today!!! I managed to get another good workout in today too..... HEAVY Lifting!!! :-).  I am starting to really love lifting weights, btw!!! I love feeling STRONG!!! **But missing my running:-(
Today's workout:
6mins elliptical warm up
Bench Press 5sets of 3 reps of 105#/45sec. planks
Push Press 5 sets of 4 reps of 95#/alternating ab exercises
Deadlifts 5 sets of 5reps at 185#/alternating lateral raises and hammerheads
Leg Extensions 5 sets of 10reps at 75#/wide grip pull downs
Leg Curls 5 sets of 8 reps at 55#/Tricep kickbacks
10mins of elliptical

Tomorrow is Monday---but not a typical Monday, as we are OFF OF SCHOOL AGAIN for these bad icy conditions.  I do think the sun comes out and we will start warming up I forsee school resuming Tuesday? We shall see!

I am gonna leave ya with more photos of our LOCK IN SITUATION!!! :-).
Addie with her friends Brooke and Alexis--- MAKEOVERS??? LOL

Not a successful attempt to pulling the trailer out.  We got stuck in the front yard.

Zander has read ALOT this weekend- THE HUNGER GAMES SERIES

Sunday's To Do List Accomplished!
This is how we got groceries:-). LOL

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Winter Weather Makes Me Hungry

Round TWO of Texas "Winter Weather" is coming in as we speak!!! Just a week ago we had our first real cold front of the year.  It is super early to have real "WINTER" weather here in Texas.  But I admit, I think its just media trying to get us to watch their television coverage! LOL!  We got some sleet out of it....and some cold air but that was about it! ***which is to be expected!

Last week was Thanksgiving, too.  I did GREAT getting some hard workouts in.  I even had a couple of days of two workouts!!!  However, my achilles is still hurting me only when running or I am biking more now than running for my cardio.  Biking isn't so bad cos Todd will do that with me.  But I do hate that it takes a whole lot more biking to burn the same calories I do running.   However, it is much better for me on my OLD joints and such! 

Back to Thanksgiving!  Well, I ate TERRIBLY!!!!  The only good news is I did stay at my 1775 calorie range....but I will not tell you what my macro counts were.  OMG!!! They were sooo off.  Let's just say, I ate alot of orange/coconut bundt cake and thanksgiving dressing!! I have NEVER liked dressing before, but my goodness, this dressing I had made was DELISH!!!! I also tend to stay away from GLUTEN products and eat as clean as possible...but from Thursday to Saturday, I did not do this.  And I almost took a pic of my nasty-constipated belly to prove my point.  I was miserable!!! I looked like I had a food/baby belly!!! LOL! Which also makes me realize---- I can not believe I used to eat like this ALL THE TIME (not just for a three days). 

I got back on track Sunday and started back to eating clean and drinking alot of water.  I have been back on track for four days......but guess what??? We have an ice storm heading our way.  Tomorrow, around mid-day, the weather is supposed to get pretty hazzardous!! ICE accummulations, maybe power outages, maybe snow???  Again, I still think this is all MEDIA trying to attract us to their programs, but it could be FOR REAL!!!  And if it is, I know my winter habits of will come back into play.....

If I get locked in my house due to an ice storm, I will want to walk to Dollar General and buy all the ice cream, chips, and cheese dips they have stocked.  I will buy Seven Up to make Seven and Seven drinks and may even buy a pack of rolos!!! UGH!! 

***I will not do this! I will not go to DG! I will not give in to WINTER WEATHER!!----but really I have to admit, I am seriously thinking I "deserve" one bad vice!!! RIGHT? So which will it be???

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Why I CrossFit

One of the CrossFit Solus coaches posted a question a week or so ago inquiring information as to WHY DO WE CROSSFIT?  It really got me to thinking....and I wanted to share WHY I CROSSFIT!

A year ago, when I first started with the bootcamp crossfit (aka Out of The Box or OTB),  I would have answered that question with; for curiosity, convenience, and desperate for some physical changes in my body.  I had had friends and other crossfitters tell me I would love it.  But at the time, I thought the price was ridiculous and I didn't want to drive into town for it.

But once CrossFit Solus opened an OTB class here in Gunter, I really didn't have an excuse to not "try" it.  I still wasn't happy about the price but I was committed to giving it a 3 month trial.  I was hooked after my first few classes.  Mainly because I loved trying things I had done only as a teenager.  I was feeling young again. And to my surprise I was actually doing them.  ***Even if it wasn't know, fat old lady trying to do a handstand seems a bit awkward! HAHA!  I was having fun though!  ***Added bonus was my body was slowly changing, too.

However, the real reason I crossfit is now more apparent to me....  I don't think I started to understand this truly up until just recently.  But the actual "change" in my attitude and also my commitment to CrossFit and a healthy lifestyle started about mid-summer when I began the real crossfit class (meaning barbell and heavier lifting/olympic lifting classes).  I think the fact that even though I was a newbie to the sport but was actually performing pretty well despite my lack of knowledge and experience made me stop and realize that I am STILL AN ATHLETE!

STILL AN ATHLETE????...... I can now tell you that I know that I was a great little athlete back in my high school/college days.   "Back in the day" most everything I participated in, I actually excelled in.  My biggest love was for basketball, in which I excelled in and also played at the college level (Jr College, that is).  I was probably a better "cheerleader" though....but I cheered just for fun.  I loved tumbling and was quite the power tumbler.  And yes, I held girls over my head...which now I realize that, that is actually quite impressive! HA!  Not many girls can hold another girl over their head!  :-).  I was also pretty darn fast.  I could run a quarter right under a minute (not bad for a white girl), but I could also run 2miles in 14mins.  So regardless the sport; basketball, cheer, track, cross country or gymnastics.  I always ENJOYED and felt so PASSIONATE in COMPETING in ANY and ALL of these sports!  It was fun! It was always a challenge!  And I loved the challenge and worked very hard to be sure I achieved whatever possible.  I admit....I didn't fail too often to achieve any of my athletic goals.

This all leads me back to that question...... WHY DO I CROSSFIT??

Well, I became an adult..... and once I became an adult, I thought that being an athlete was just "something in my past" or just a "memory of the good ole days".  So the next stage in my life now that I was a GROWN UP was to move on to the next thing...which was to be a coach.  As much as I can say I did enjoy wasn't the same as actually being the athlete or competing myself.  But I was OK with that because I was a GROWN UP now.

But life happened and so did three babies:-).  Coaching and raising kids were not a fit for my life, therefore I did away with coaching to raise my three babies.

This is where I slowly lost my PASSION for life.  ***I am by no means saying I do not have a PASSION for raising my I do, 110%.  But slowly I found myself a bit withdrawn and lonely and only able to have a conversation with little people---under the age of 7 ONLY! HA!  At this time, I was overweight for the first time in my life....about 50lbs. The things I used to be good at (sports) were not an options any more, coaching took up too much time out of my parenting, and suddenly I was a bit lost.  It seemed that everything I was once good at....was just something in my past!!!

So I was a GROWN UP.....former athlete, former coach, and a full time mommy of three babies.  So the next step, at this stage, was to become a runner. That's what old people do, right? HA!

Running became something I began doing soon after the birth of my last child, Gabe.  To be honest, I was a walker after having Zander, but now that I had three babies.....and very little time and no extra money, I began running to make workouts go by faster and it was CHEAP to do.  With three kids under the age of 5.....not alot of time to workout and not enough money for gym fees, sitters, etc.  Running was the only INDEPENDENT thing I could do.  But running, to my surprise, sparked that PASSION in me again--and only within months.  I was slowly finding myself again...setting goals for myself and meeting them:-).  I was COMPETING again! It was an AWESOME feeling and addictive and effective for weight loss (at least some of my weight).  Running made me feel comfortable in my own skin.  Running gave me that familiar feeling of what used to be.

Back to the WHY DO I CROSSFIT??? Like I said before, after the miles and miles of running I began crossfit for ALL THE WRONG REASONS (for convenience, for the hope of finding something that would physically change my body, and just out of curiosity).  Within the last couple of months though, I have felt my lifestyle completely change.  And it has a lot to do with WHY I CROSSFIT!

I CROSSFIT because I am an athlete! I CROSSFIT because I love the challenge!  I CROSSFIT because I enjoy it!  I CROSSFIT because it makes me part of a team!  I am not too old to be an athlete, or to compete, or to challenge myself beyond what I ever imagined I could do....even at my old age!!!  

This is WHO I AM!  This is how God made me!!! I am a passionate, goal setting, competitive athlete.  I always have been and always will be!  And that's why I CROSSFIT!!!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Slow Progress is Adding Up

I have to admit....  I have spent much of my 2013 year complaining about how hard I have been working out but how I wasn't happy with how fast the weight was coming off!!!  I mean, you can totally see it on this blog. 

Last January, I began blogging here while a group of us were training for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.  I worked hard training for that race! I ran a butt load of miles ALOT! And I was eating way too little.  I had lost a bit of weight running and doing crossfit bootcamp twice a week.  But it stalled after the I completed the marathon.  I then began crossfitting 3x a week and still running 30+miles a week (while still eating 1400calories a day--which is NOT ENOUGH for all this working out). Not much of a change was happening.  I had stalled at about 160lbs...

Then this summer, I joined CROSSFIT---Barbell crossfit!  This is when things really began to change for me.  I began seeing I was running TOO MUCH, which is what I now call "Junk Miles".  I began to learn about Paleo and clean eating.  I began understanding I was totally not supplying my body with the proper nutrition to support my active lifestyle.  I also began to understand the importance of weight training.  I slowly became a crossfit, nutrition obsessed athlete!!!

Since this summer I have been taking in more calories than ever before but I log everything I eat....and make sure I am getting the proper amounts of carbs, fat and PROTEIN in.  I am running less...usually around 15miles a week, but usually no more than 20miles.  And I crossfit 4-5x a week.  And I am eating clean 80% of the time.  The results seem slow---but they are results.  And after a full year, I am now seeing that my progress may have been slow but it has truly added up.

Take a look at these two groups of pics I found.  I so wish I wouldn't have had that sweatshirt on.  This pic is about a year apart.....
Left is 172lbs-----Right is current 148lbs

Now look at this pic of those shorts I am wearing on the left above...  This is what they look like on me now.
Size 12s WAY TO BIG
I am vowing to stop complaining now.....  I can see that my hard work is paying off.  It may be SLOW progress....but it is progress!  And I will continue to make even more progress!! 

Then 172lbs-----NOW 148lbs
Then Size 12----NOW Size 6/8
Then Top Size XL---NOW Top Size M

Monday, November 18, 2013

Transitioning Into New Seasons

My little family of five stays super busy no matter how hard we try to "simplify".  It's almost comical the amount of time and money we spend on these activities....but then again, it IS what we enjoy!!! I can't exactly explain it---but even for myself, I know God has given me a passion for sports and exercise!  He wired me this way....and apparently my kids are wired this way some, as well.

This past fall my daughter, Addie, completed her last volleyball season for her middle school career.  We are all sad to see it come to an end, as this team really meshed well and had an amazing season (a winning season)!  Addie enjoyed it so much that she wants to play more volleyball during the off season---but that will have to be after her basketball season comes to an end first.
Addie's 8th Grade Team

Gabe completed his 4th and final year of PeeWee Tackle Football just this past Saturday.  Yes---I said his FINAL YEAR---because Todd and I have decided to make Gabe take a two year break from this CONTACT sport to do some other sports that will require much less IMPACT.  Gabe will play Jr High Football IF he is still wanting to....but we want to take a break from all the HARD TACKLING for a couple of years.  He takes and dishes out alot of hard hits every week---which is a bit frightful the older he gets! **And he is quite the little beast on the field.... So gonna take a much needed break to keep him injury free.... ***He wants to learn to tumble and/or crossfit with ME:-).  Not to mention he likes to run and bike with me too!! I can't wait to do this all with him!!! :-).
My Super Bowl Champ---4YRs in a row!!
Todd just posted a nice little "Fatherly-Write Up" about our youngest son, Gabe, and his football career thus far on Facebook..... Thought I would share.....

Zander took the fall season OFF.....and played a whole lot in the front yard!!! (Which is what Gabe will be doing during these next few months).  I always think that is such a good idea for kids to have at least one full sports season OFF!!!  But this past week....both Addie and Zander started basketball.  Zander started the year off with a tournament win with his Express team (undefeated)!!!  **I will also be coaching Zander and his Gunter boy's team one more year.  (Zander will be playing on two teams---rec and competitive).
Zander's Express 2020 Competitive Team! CHAMPS!!
It's been a bit crazy transitioning from one sports to another---but what a privilege and honor it is to be able to be a part of any of these teams!!  I try to emphasis to my kids daily that we are truly blessed with such these amazing opportunities...and we are to Glorify God in every way possible when playing and practicing!  I pray God continues to grow and mature them through these sports!!! :-).

Now bring on BASKETBALL!!!! :-).

Monday, November 11, 2013

I Drank the CrossFit KoolAid! And I LIKED IT!

This past weekend's competition was a BLAST!!! I can definitely say, without a doubt, I can't wait to do more of these.  Not only did my partner and I do well, but we had such a fun time.  It was a great atmosphere, well organized and fun event!!!

Quick recap of the competition....  First of, this was a partner competition and I was partnered with a former athlete that I used to coach when I was a High School coach (millions of years ago), Kim Patterson.  So, needless to say, it was fun to be partnered with someone I was familiar with and knew I could easily push:-).
Kim and I flexing our GUNS!! And me with my cheerleaders-Addie and Alexis
I was able to drag Addie and her BFF to the competition and promised to take them to the Gunter HS Volleyball Playoff Game afterwards.  They admitted that they actually enjoyed the event and weren't too bored:-).

The first WOD was the workout I was a bit more nervous about.  It was 9-7-5 reps of toes to bar to pulls while partner did 9-7-5 barbell thrusters.  Once you completed that, you worked your way to 9-7-5 T2B2PU while partner did snatches.  **We both had to complete the sets meaning she would do 9 T2B2PU while I did 9 thrusters, then we swapped and she would do 9thrusters while I did 9 T2B2PUs....and so on.  We had to do as many as we could in 7mins. I am happy to report that I was able to do the Toes to Bar to Pullups very well.  I did all 9 without coming off the bar (remember I couldn't do an unassisted pullup 3 weeks ago...and then last week, I was able to do no more than three T2B2PU without coming off- so this was a huge accomplishement).  We finished #6 with this WOD:-). YAE US!!!
The second WOD was super easy for me.  I can thank my coaches for making me use the 53# kettlebell these days cos in this WOD I was using a 35#kettlebell as if it were a toy:-).  This WOD was done as a leap frog WOD meaning my partner and I took turns completing a set.  We had to do 50-40-30-20-10 reps of kb swings, speed box jumps and double unders with the jumprope.  I started with 50kb swings (and I was flying and never took a break), she did the 50box jumps, I did the 50 double unders...then she moved on to 40 kb swing, I did 40 box jumps......and so on.  We did well with this WOD. She was a little slower at the kbell swings but we still managed to finish the WOD before time expired:-).
I am sore from the speedy kbell swings tho:-).
The third WOD was a surprise WOD....meaning we didn't even know what it was until we got there!! I was praying for running and I got some running.  :-).  This WOD was super fun as it did challenge us.  I was to run 600m while Kim rowed 600m.  When we both got done we had to do SYNCHRONIZED BURPEES together.  I sprinted the 600 and made it back way before everyone else. Kim struggled to get her rows done.  She might have even been the last person off the rower.  But that didn't stop either of us.  We became burpee queens that day.  We did 30-unbroken-beautifully synchronized burpees and ended up finish FIRST! LOL!  Those last 5 were all mental and I will never forget us yelling at each other....DON'T STOP!! KEEP GOING!! WE ARE ALMOST THERE!!! So fun!!!
BOOM! That's how ya burpee:-).
The last WOD was the one I am a bit sad about!!! I am a heavy lifter and this was a squat clean ladder....starting at 35lbs and moving up 10lbs each step.  The key was, you couldn't move onto the next weight unless your partner cleared the previous weight.  I started with 35#, Kim did 45#, I did 55#, Kim did 65#....and so on.  My max squat clean is 125lbs and I knew I could rip out a few on 115#.  Kim, however, is a tiny little thing.  So 105# is her max (which might be more than she weighs-ha).  Anyhow, she could not clear the 105 therefor I wasn't able to attempt 115.  I was a little bummed because I know I could have gone much higher in weight...especially with the adrenal pumping.  But by no means was I disappointed in my partner! She gave it her all ALL day!!! And I couldn't have asked for a better partner....especially for our first competition.
95lbs clean squats-- I think I did 8 in 50seconds (still need to work on my form)
Kim and I finished 9th out of 26competors which isn't bad at all.  And IF we would have done better on the squat cleans we would have cleared 5th place.  I am very proud of us!!! We actually had numbers close to Melinda and Kaylee on some of the WODS--which is something to be proud of :-).  I can't wait to see our progress in a year from now!!!

And yes, I am officially addicted to this sport!!! I can't wait to do more of these in the near future.
My CrossFit Family

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Gearing Up for Competition

This is the week prior to my first competition!  I am excited but not too nervous---at least not yet.  I think it helps that I am doing my first competition with a partner, so it isn't as intimidating!  And I feel much better about all the movements for all the WODS (workouts of the day).   But guess what??  Yesterday the heats (aka schedules) came out for each WOD.  There aren't just three WODs....but FOUR WODS.  The fourth WOD is an unknown WOD and we won't know till we get there.  I am praying for a running WOD!!! :-).  So yall promise to pray with me!  Both my partner and I love to run and are both pretty good at it too.  We could really make up some time in this one!!!!  ***FINGERS CROSSED!! 

Oh, another thing I was quite shocked about with the competition is that all the WODs are done close together.  We will do a WOD every hour! That's alot of workouts in one day in a short amount of time!!!! I am hoping my endurance training will benefit and shine through now! We shall see?  All in all, I am just going to enjoy the experience and get the experience!!!

Totally off topic.  But this month I have opted to do CrossFit unlimited.  So I have already been to four classes in just three days.  This has actually been good timing cos the weather has been either very rainy or cold and I prefer not to run in it just before the competition.  Having more crossfit class options has worked out towards my benefit already.

This morning, I did try a new class..... OLYMPIC LIFTING.  I absolutely LOVED it!!  In this class you work alot on your form and there are no real WODS to do....just alot of skill and form coaching on the lifts.  I already feel like I am getting better at the "clean".  :-).  The only bad part about this class is that it's at 6am in the morning and ONLY on Wednesday.  And most Wednesdays, Todd goes to play racquetball before work so I can't really make many early mornings workouts.  I may have to sweet talk Todd into moving his racquetball day??

COUNTDOWN is 3 days!!!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Busy Week and lots of other RaNDoMness!!!!!

I must be getting older cos last week just about wore me out! HA!  I did start my week off feeling a bit punny....and I must have had a touch of "something" because both Addie and Todd got sick shortly afterwards.  But by Tuesday I was feeling my normal 100%.

I finally got back on track with my eating clean again---for the most part (95%).  But I did have an absolute hissy fit with Todd one day.  He hasn't been eating clean---just keeping his calories in check, and I know he has definitely been eating out more.  He isn't doing bad but he also isn't doing as well as he had been.  AND he had promised me he would get serious for these two weeks prior to my first CrossFit Competition to help ensure I stay on track too.

Well, he kept doing small cheats but on the day he got sick....I almost strangled him!  I came home and he had GONE TO DOLLAR GENERAL for Sprite, Pizza Pocket and Chip!! @#&@*&^@*  Yap, I was MAD! It wasn't like I didn't have healthy food ready for him, cos I did. I had left over crockpot chicken, tuna salad, and crockpot beans all ready.  His excuse was he was sick! Which I just about went psycho and immediately told him that being sick was even more the reason to eat even healthier! I am not lying, I was one mad momma!! I mean MAD!  Poor guy!!! He is back on track now....but not sure if it's because I scared the poo out of him or if thinks I am crazy! HA!

So the rest of our week was super busy!  It was super fun, though....  Wednesday night was spirit night at IMPACT 252 at Grace Bible Fellowship and then Thursday night we hosted our annual Happy HalloWEENIES at our house and handed out over 500 hot dogs to families that were trick or treating down our street!!!
IMPACT 252 Spirit Night---yes, my youngest wore his undies on the outside of this pants:-)

Happy Halloweenies at my house
I absolutely LOVE Halloween! I love the change in the seasons, the dressing up, the feel of "family and friends".  Just love it!!! And I will always treasure our little neighborhood/culdesac street where alot of the community comes to trick or treat!
**A little side note--- I did pretty well with my eating on Halloween.  I started off with 2 wieners-all beef (no buns) and had saved two small MILK DUD candies for later.  I had hid those behind the music player.  Later that night, I went to reward myself for not eating candy or buns by eating those two MILK DUDS...and guess what?? SOMEONE STOLE THEM!  I was sad, depressed, and HUNGRY!! LOL!  I then ate two more wieners---no buns.  But let me tell you, at 3am, I had decided that wieners needed to no longer exist in my diet (if you know what I mean). HA!  Lesson learned.  But at least it wasn't pounds of candy!!!

Cuddling with my Hottie
Friday night, we took the family to the football game (the game of the season).  We lost to a really good team, but I sure did have fun cuddling close with my honey and cheering on my school!!! Love my hometown!!!

Saturday Bike Ride--10miles

My little tiger played great
Saturday, I got up and got a 10mile bike ride in and some weights at the house done....and then went to cheer on my #00 at his playoff football game.  He played AMAZING!! ** He gets his speed and strength from me....or at least that's what I tell him! HA!!

Sunday was also Zander was a guest player for a former baseball team of his.  We weren't too excited about giving another day up for sports and all....but after the day was done, we were very happy that Zander ended up playing. He played amazing baseball.  He went 100% at bat and was truly pounding the ball.  He was just shy of a centerfield homerun, too! (Yes, he gets that from me, too.  Lucky kids!- HA).  He played great defense at 3rd, short, and first base!!! And his team ended up winning the tournament!

It was a fun, fun week....but busy.  I am very much looking foward to a slower paced week this week!!!

And did I mention the CrossFit Competition is just 5 days away!!! WHAT? WHAT?!!!! Ready or not!!!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Slow It Down and SQUAT MOMMA!

Early last week I had some amazing runs for myself.  I also did well on my WODs, but by Thursday I was feeling the effects of doing a bit too much and maybe not eating enough to keep up the pace.  There is something that happens---maybe endorphins or maybe just my insanity or obsession with working out---that once you start to preform well, you just want to keep on going.  But the reality is....recovery and rest is just as important as eating clean and working out.  So Thursday I took the day off, but felt drained still come Friday.  But I didn't want to miss the benchmark WOD DT.  Can I just tell yall, I wished I would have missed it! The DT WOD sucked the life right out of me!!  It was 5 rounds of 12 deadlifts, 9 cleans, and 6 jerks.  I started out using 105lbs which was fine for the deadlift and jerks, but by round 3 I had to go down to 90lbs.  I was DRAINED!!!  I took the rest of the day off---no running at all!!
Saturday Morning Practice for Competition
Saturday morning came and I was a bit intimidated (and super sore from the DT WOD) to walk in a do a trial competition with all the Solus Competitiors.  And yall know my fear I have about these dang toes to bar to pullups I have going on.  As of right now, the other stuff is pretty easy for me, but not these T2B2PU.  But I was very encouraged after I left that practice, cos I was able to actually cycle through all the T2B2PUs---now I was slow and had to take a break but it was manageable!  :-).

My ONLY healthy meal this weekend!
Oh....and I must admit, I ate terrible on Saturday.  Yap, I ate true mexican food.  Chips, queso, taquitos, fajitas, and even a couple of nachos.  NOT GOOD!!!  I did eat well Sunday though....the picture above proves I did bounce back with eating clean the next day.

Today....I am feeling just a bit gross! Maybe it's the affects of having bad food this weekend and still needing more rest?  Or maybe I am fighting off being sick?  Not sure just yet....but gonna dial it down this week and start preparing for the competition.

OH---Totally off topic!!! But during the month of November, at CrossFit, we will be doing a back squat training cycle.  Today we had to do a one max rep and I was surprised and happy with myself.  I back squated 225lbs!!! I am so excited about that!!  But what's pretty scary is the workout that that number has left me to train with the next month??? YIKES!! Check it out...........
This looks mighty tough!!!  But hoping for a bigger back squat number in a month!!! :-)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Determined to Get This.....

My first CrossFit Competition is just 18days away....and I am wondering what I got myself into! LOL!  I thought signing up to do the "scaled" version would be ideal for me, but now that the WODs are coming out..... I am scared out of my mind!!!!

Pull ups are hard for any crossfitter..... and I am just now getting them.  Toes to bar are no jock either, but those don't bother me too much.  So when WOD #1 was announced, we were all shocked to see that the "scaled version" of pullups were not scaled at all.  Instead, they have made it even more complicated by saying you must do Toes to Bar to PullUp.....and continue to cycle through it. OMG!!

Here is the first WOD:
Dynamic Duo Death Match WOD #1
For Time: (8 min cap)
9-7-5 of:
Toes to Bar/Chest to Bar
Then 9-7-5 of:
Power Snatches
Toes to Bar/Chest to Bar

Womens Scaled - 65# Thrusters and Power Snatches
*1 rep Men and Women Scaled = 1 Toes to Bar + 1 Chin Above Bar Pull-up

*Partner 1 completes 9 Thrusters while Partner 2 completes 9 T2B+C2B. When both Partners have completed reps they switch and Partner 1 completes 9 T2B+C2B while Partner 2 completes 9 Thrusters. Switch again and complete the round of 7 reps each, then 5 reps each. When 9-7-5 of Thrusters and T2B+C2B has been completed Teams will move on to 9-7-5 of Power Snatches and T2B+C2B.

I am not worried about anything but those toes to bar/pullups.
Here is what it is supposed to look like: Toes to Bar to Pull Up
Here is where I am at-----mind you, this is a huge improvement to where I was!! 
This should be interesting fun!!! I am praying I can cycle through these by the time it competition time.  ***FYI, this is only one WOD out of three we will do!! :-).
White Trash Practice Time on my Shed Bar!!!
 WOD #2 is actually gonna be a breeze for me.  I usually use 53lb Kettlebell for swings now and usually jump on 24inch box.  :-).
Dynamic Duo Death Match WOD #2
For Time: (14 min cap)
50-40-30-20-10 of:
KB Swings
Box Jumps
Double Unders

Womens Scaled - 35#KB - 20" Box

*One Partner working at a time.

*Box Jumps are NOT Games Standard - Hips do not have to open at all. Not on the box or in the air. Both feet start on the ground and both feet must touch the top of the box.

*Partner 1 completes all 50 KBS. Partner 2 completes all 50 Box Jumps. Partner 1 completes all 50 Double Unders. Partner 2 completes all 40 KBS. Partner 1 completes all 40 Box Jumps. Partner 2 completes all 40 Double Unders. Continue alternating until workout is completed or time cap has ended.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Getting Stronger---and It's Making Me Faster!

I am so excited!  I just went on a Sunday run and was blown away at how great I felt, how strong I felt, and how fast I was. 
This is a super fast pace for me at this longer distance!! :-).
I usually run more like a 8:45 for a fast pace when I run anything over 5miles.  But today, I ran way faster than I ever had before for this long of a distance.  7.55miles in 1:02!!!!  I am shocked....cos I am not even tired or dead legged or winded at all!!  Nor was I trying to run hard or fast! I just wanted a nice Sunday afternoon run...nothing more, nothing less. 

***I am finally seeing the benefits of crossfit training (aka High Intensity Interval Training) and weight training as I truly believe it is making me a better athlete all around.  My body is finally changing.  And I am even getting faster, even though I have cut my weekly mileage in over half the last couple of months!!  LOVE THE PROGRESS!!

There is no doubt, I have been surprised with myself in the last couple of months of doing barbell training!  I am learning everyday that I have some natural "strongness" going on.  So much so that it makes me wonder why I am just now discovering this when I am almost too old to do much with it?? LOL. My coaches are shocked that I have never done any true weight training---other than conditioning in off season during my basketball and track days and random bootcamps (but no real barbell experience).

This past week I maxed out for the first time on my deadlifts and my squat cleans.  I got 275lbs on my deadlift and 125lbs on my squat cleans.  The funny thing is, I can actually lift a bit more than that....but it's my first time to learn some of these things and I am still learning the proper techniques and forms.  I actually have a new nickname---well actually new phrase that the coaches have come up for me----"That's terribly awesome!"  This meaning, I am apparently lifting a large amount of weight effortlessly but with some terrible form! HAHA!  (I have so much to learn when it comes to form.)

My bump is becoming a muscle!!! Watch out boys!!! *Love my SURPRISE FACE:-)
I am gonna get back on a strict eating schedule the next three weeks---to prepare for my first crossfit competition!!! COUNT DOWN is 20 days!!!! TWENTY DAYS!!!! OMG!!! I have got to get these pullups mastered!!! :-).

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tracking Todd

I don't know if any of you were following my hubby's blog....but if you were, you have probably noticed that he is NO-EXISTENT in the blogger world now.  But let me tell you, that doesn't mean he has stopped or quit his weight loss journey.  It just simply means he didn't have the time to blog about it.  He is however, still making huge progress. 

We did have a bit of a hard time getting back into the swing of things (or should I say eating clean) when we returned from DC.  But we were still doing very well.  Just not 100% clean.  After about a week, we seem to be back on track about 90% of the time.  I think Todd's only down fall right now is not actually taking the time to write down what he is eating.  I admit, I think he would be shock if he actually wrote it down. But he is following the "rules" on what to eat and how much.  He is down about 28lbs and his trainer measured him last week and he still is making progress in his numbers lost. 

His level of activity is so much different than it was when we started.  He can now workout without looking like he is hating every minute of it. He can workout for an hour or longer and sometimes twice a day:-).  He can jog a couple of miles with some walking breaks. And he even bought a mountain bike and biked 11miles at the GreenBelt last weekend--while I was at CrossFit Charity Event!  YAP!!! He is bringing it! I LOVE IT!!! :-).
His new ride!!!

Todd with his buddy, Mark at the Greenbelt

For me just looking at him-I can totally see that his stomach is starting to take on a new shape now.  And his man-boobs are almost non-existent!! :-).  ***We may have a FLAT CHEST CONTEST SOON!!! :-). 

Just this morning, he told me he felt good enough to up his cardio more here in the next couple of months.  So I bet I'll be posting more bike rides soon.  And hoping for a kayak trip at the Greenbelt soon, too!!!
Greenbelt trial--at Lake Ray Roberts