Sunday, October 12, 2014

Getting into the ZONE!

I went to the doctor this past Friday.  Now let me tell y'all, I am blessed to have a doctor that is a friend of mine.  I have been working out with her for the last 18months (about that same time I switched doctors).  She is an avid crossfitter and understands the demands that the body needs for performing when crossfitting. She has had a huge influence on my diet/exercise regimen.

Anyhow, I went to get my hormone injections this past week. I was prepared to talk to her about my recent weight gain.....but to my surprise I weighed exactly the same as I did the last visit! !?!?!  Her answer to me was "pshh, Mandy...the improvements you have made are huge. Let's just stick with the injections and see what happens.  You're all muscle."

Those simple words were enough to make me stop thinking about the dang scale again.  It was almost like I had permission not to worry about my weight again!!! FREEDOM---- I know I have never been  this physically fit like before in my adult life.... maybe noot even in my college or high school years, too.  So why get upset at the scale!?!?

If you read my last blog, you would have seen that I have been having a change of heart when it comes to my GOALS.  WHAT DO I WANT MY END RESULT TO BE?  Is it abs? Is it a weight? Is it my performance?  -----Just recently, I am thinking I am more geared for a goal of always do better than I did before! To get stronger! To go faster! To be the best I can be each benchmark or each competition!?!?  But I still want some abs and lower fat percentage....I mean, come on, who doesn't want these things especially if you are working you butt off??

SOOOOO---This week I will begin a very strict PALEO ZONE Diet.  This just simply means I will be eating a certain amount of protein, carb and fat at EVERY BITE (even my snacks). Every meal and bite will be perfectly balanced.   I will have to do alot of weighing of food the first few weeks (just to get an idea of how much each serving is).  I will be eating every 3-4hours, as well. ** I will still have my shakeology but will be adding ingredients to balance the shake out perfectly.  I will be eating ALOT....but no nachos, burger, or sausage on a stick (sigh). LOL

You can see more about the Paleo ZONE diet here:

I plan to follow this diet strictly for two weeks....and then allow myself one or two cheats per week after that (depending on how these first two weeks go).

This is my first time to ZONE.  I know alot about zoning because it was part of the crossfit diet curriculum.,...but I have never followed it 100%.  I have only eaten Paleo (without the perfect zoning).

So this is a first!  I am ready for this!  I am needing something a little different and this should benefit my performance and my weight and/or my abs.

So here is to getting in the ZONE!  I plan to do pics every three weeks and measurements! READY! SET! GO!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

So Many Things..... So Many Directions

Gosh, it is going to be so hard to play catch up right now on what has been happening the last few weeks. Bare with me, cos this may be like an ADD blog know, a little of everything and going in all different directions.

First of all....Yes, the rumors and Facebook posts are true.  I found a facility (warehouse) here in Gunter a few weeks ago.  It's a promising place.  It's big. It needs work.  It is in town.  It's priced close to right.  It's like a piece of a dream come true in my world. LOL!  We have been talking to the owner and doing more research and planning in hopes to open the facility this winter.  But, it is still very preliminary! VERY!!!  *I don't have a lot of details to share just yet because we are all still talking, planning, and discussing! :-). I promise to keep ya informed.

Secondly....I found myself in a very weird spot lately.  I am questioning my goals and asking myself why am I working so hard?  This doesn't mean I don't want to continue working hard. Working hard is not my problem..... I am just wondering what I am really working towards.  And to be honest, I can't really decide 100%.  I really thought I wanted to just improve my health and my physical appearance.  I initially said I wanted to have the a body that resembles someone who works out a lot (because I DO!!) and I wanted some abs. You know, the ones we see all over FB, Instagram and magazines.

But honestly, things seem to be changing a bit with this....  Since surgery this past April I have put on about 5-6# that won't go away.  This has been bothersome to me somewhat.  I can also see back fat (that I didn't have) appear and of course my stomach is always an issue.  However, I have also seen an amazing improvements in my legs, arms, upper abs, and shoulders.  And what is really catching me off guard in my performance improvements.  I am really making some huge improvements in my lifts and WODS.  AND I LIKE THIS--- A LOT!!!

So apparently what I am eating now is fueling me perfectly for my workouts....but it still isn't trimming my mid-section down the way I want to.  So now I am asking I want to keep performing better? Or do I want to look better?  The answer is both, but I can only focus on ONE at a time.  With that being said, I do know that either one will benefit the other....but will not get me both goals at 100%.  I must choose ONE goal and go for it!  That's my dilemma. Right now, I am thinking performance.  But I question that cos I am OLD!!! LOL  Who cares if a 40year old can squat clean 150# 3x from the power position.  ------------WAIT!!!! I DO! LOL!

And lastly,  I am a bit upset that I am having some hormone issues again.  Thyroid is good....but my testosterone and estrogen have made a big decline.  I am back to losing my hair, feeling tired mid-day, gaining a few pounds, and hot flashes and night time sweats.  So this Friday I am opting to do pellets again.

Well---that's the main stuff happening right now!  I have even more stuff to share but will spare ya the time and blog later.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

September Blur!

Has it really been almost a month since I have posted on this blog? Goodness.  Time is getting away from me.  With that being said, I guess I need to give an update.  Or at least review the past month of September and journal about what the coming in October (or maybe a tease).

If you have been following me or know me personally, you would know that I had a great year last year.  I had lost a good amount of weight, got off my thyroid and hormone meds and found a new means of living and eating right.  However, in April I decided to reward my hard work with a breast augmentation.  Since then, I have felt like I have been in a YOYO type of state.  Good one month, bad another, good one week, bad another, and just not 100% on (at least when it comes to eating right).  I DO NOT struggle with working out. I am one of those weird gals that enjoys working out.  I could workout all day, every day, if I could get away with it! (I am dead serious about that).  But I could also eat all day long, every day, too! LOL. (NOT REALLY--but I am a hungry girl by the time the week ends).

This past month has been a better month of mine since my surgery.  I am eating cleaner and I am sticking to my macros for the most part.  I did slip up the week of my birthday but that is excusable, right?  And since then, I give myself one cheat evening a week.  This seems to be working.  I have lost almost 2inches in my area of concern (tummy) this past month.  I have lost more on the waist, but that seems to go quickly...its just below the belly button that is stubborn. It's not a lot but I am ok with that.  A little over time = alot!   I do see muscular definition appearing....but if I had one wish, I would wish that fat to be gone above that muscle.  But I remain patient and keep doing what I have been taught to do.

Another thing that is frustrating, is I have seemed to have gained a little weight since my surgery and some of it won't go away.  Some may be boobs (dr says 5#) and some of this is muscle.  But let's be real.... I know that some of it is fat, too!  I have also noticed my hot flashes coming back.  They are random and not too bad YET, but that's enough to let me know that my hormones are off again.  My doctor thinks I may need another round of testosterone.  But good news, the thyroid is still perfect!!! :-).  I am thinking my next crossfit paycheck will pay for this:-(

Good news about all this is I have been performing at the best ever in a long time.  PRs and improving big time on my olympic lifting.  It's exciting!  No matter what my body looks like, I can count on it to do the HARD THINGS --- So I celebrate that!!!  KUDOS TO ME:-).  And many days, I am more satisfied with doing HARD THINGS than I am with what my body looks like.  THAT'S THE GOD HONEST TRUTH!
KettleBells Swings with a 55#KBell!

As far as my new coaching or training is going..... that is a whole different blog all together.  I LOVE coaching crossfit.  It's so fun to coach.  I know that God made me to teach and coach.  But to do that (coach) and to couple that with my new passion for crossfit, makes it that much more fun!!!

I have been praying hard for months about what to do with this passion and my new certification....and God seems to be showing me opportunities.  In matter of fact, maybe a crossfit box here locally!!!!  Who's in on crossfitting with me, here locally???