Talk about a complete 180 in the confidence department.
Last week I was on cloud 9 for days after 14.1. Nine days after having laparoscopic surgery, I posted a 112 with double unders and 55 pound clean and jerks.
This week has been an emotional ride as well, but not a positive one like last week. This week I have cried about 3 times, and after a lot of effort (unsuccessfully) trying to get just one 65 pound overhead squat, I am officially out of the Open.
As soon as 14.2 was announced I knew it was going to be unlikely that I was going to be able to post a score. It wasn’t a lack of belief in myself, or being negative. It was a realistic, honest view of my abilities at that moment in time. I am terrible at overhead squats, and my max (before my surgery) was 30 pounds. I have no problems front squatting or back squatting 65 pounds. And before my surgery I was able to clean and jerk (not easily, but I could do it) 65 pounds. But at this point in time, I cannot snatch 65 pounds and I cannot overhead 65 pounds. Read more
I’ve been thinking about how to write about this, my very first official competition workout, since I completed it Friday, February 28th.
I could start by saying that before the 28th, the last time I completed any sort of workout was on February 10th. (17 days without a single workout, Crossfit or otherwise, 17 days largely spent on the couch or in bed.) That on February 19th, I underwent laparoscopic surgery to have my twisted up fallopian tube removed. And that because of this surgery, I had reluctantly accepted the fact that I would not be getting any official score for any of the 2014 Open workouts.
February 27th marked the beginning of the 2014 Crossfit Open. The first workout was announced at 5pm Pacific. I left work and headed to Crossfit Force. Not because I thought I was going to be able to participate, but to be with my friends who were going to compete. Even if I couldn’t compete, I still wanted to be part of it.
I could feel the excitement as soon as I entered the box. Our trainer had his projector set up, so we could watch, on a very large screen, the announcement and the first 2 men compete.
(If you look at the bottom of this picture, you can see the rowers lined up. This should give you an idea how large the projection screen was!) Read more
Everyone loves bacon, right?
One thing I’ve noticed since becoming active in the Crossfit and Paleo communities is that the bacon love is real.
About a month ago, I decided to get on Pinterest to see if I could find some Valentine’s day ideas for a certain Crossfit Guy I’ve been seeing. (No, I haven’t talked about him here, and yes, that’s why my Single Saturday posts stopped happening, and no, I will not be answering any questions about him yet.) Since we haven’t been dating too long, I didn’t want to go overboard for Valentine’s day, but I did want him to know that I like him. Read more
Lately I’ve felt like my life is lacking passion. And I’m not talking about the relationship kind of passion. I’m talking about the daily, “I love my life and am passionate about it” kind of passion. Don’t get me wrong, I have a good life and every day I feel blessed. But I’m not living my life with passion.
A lot of people have jobs that they wouldn’t consider fulfilling. Sure, their jobs pay the bills and provide security, but they aren’t living their dream life. They are just going through life. I am in that category.
Some people are perfectly to just go through life. I am not in that category.
Let me start by saying I work for an amazing company. I have missed a lot of work the past 3 weeks due to the medical issue that resulted in my having surgery last week. My boss and the people I work with have been great. I also make enough money to keep a roof over mine and my son’s head and to put food on our table. I am blessed to have a job. I know this. I am thankful every day. Read more
In the last 6 days I have been to the ER twice where I endured a painful ultrasound, 2 cat scans (one with dye to “light up” my insides), and blood tests. The diagnosis is a ruptured cyst & a fluid filled right Fallopian tube. Surgery is a possibility. I will find out more on Tuesday.
I have been in constant pain for these past 6 days. And I’m angry.
Why am I angry?
I have a competition in 3 weeks. I’ve already lost a week of training. I am still so new to Crossfit that I want & need to make the most of every day. And now my body has betrayed me. Read more
I see so many cute Crossfit Hoodies, T-shirts and tank tops on Twitter and Facebook and I want to buy them all!
One day I saw a tweet for a super cute tank top. I followed the link and immediately decided I wanted to order it. The tank was by Chase Infinite. Aside from the cute tank tops that promote the empowerment of women, I noticed that they donate $1 from each sale to charity. That made me feel even better about buying from them!
I ordered their “Respect the girls” burnout tank top. When reading the info about this tank top I saw that $1 from the sale of each of these tank tops is donated to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “an organization that is dedicated to eliminating domestic violence and encourages respect for all people. Learn more here - (http://www.ncadv.org/).” (Quoted portion taken from the Chase Infinite website.) Read more
If you have been reading along, you know that since the first Thursday of 2014, Crossfit Force has been doing the 2013 Crossfit Open WODs. I can’t believe how quickly these last 5 weeks have flown by!
This past Thursday we did the 5th and final 2013 Open WOD.
Here’s what 13.5 looked like…
Wow. Where did January go?
While I’m not great at those photo a day challenges, I really want to get better at taking pictures on my iPhone. Maybe I will have to look into an online iPhone photography course. That’s a thing, right?
Anywho… Here are a few pictures from week 5 of 2014.
Top Left: me on a work from home day, sporting my new Crossfit Force yoga pants.
Top Right: I was giving the Zone Diet a test run a few days this week. This was a 3 block breakfast. And it was delicious!
Bottom Left: After a few days of getting beat up by my inner mean bitch, I decided to shut her up and write & display my 2014 goals down in a manner where they are visible to me every day. They are on my front door. No way to ignore them that way! My hope is that by seeing them all the time, I will make choices that are in line with reaching my goals.
Bottom Right: My H decided to cut his beautiful locks. He probably had about 4″ of hair cut off. He is so handsome! I am still getting used to his clean cut look!
Have you ever tried the Zone diet? Any advice or tips you can offer?
What about goals? How do you hold yourself accountable?
Do you consider yourself stylish? I definitely don’t put myself in that category.
I pretty much wear Old Navy Jeans & T-shirts or yoga pants and spaghetti strap tanks about 90% of the time. I have never felt that I had any style or fashion sense. I don’t know how to put cute outfits together. I go shopping, get overwhelmed because I don’t really know what styles would look good on me, or what shirt goes with what pants (or skirt). And accessorize? Forget about it. Not a clue over here. In fact, I’ve always said that one of the things I would do if I ever came into money, would be to hire someone to help me build a stylish wardrobe.
I see some women who just look so well put together. And while I don’t really want to be bothered to have a high maintenance hair style or wardrobe, I would love to be more stylish! Especially if it was easy!
So when I started seeing friends posting their cute outfits and talking about their latest “Fix” I knew I had to check it out!
Have you ever heard of Stitch Fix?
I almost forgot to post this week! I remembered to post the picture to Instagram, but forgot to post it here!
Top Left: I made paleo bacon deviled eggs! They were pretty good. I forgot to add the crushed peppers, so they were missing the spicy. Nonetheless they were a hit! If you follow me on Pinterest you will find the recipe on my Paleo board!
Bottom Left: My athletic son getting his basketball on! Go #11!
Top right: My favorite Stitch Fix outfit! (Review post coming soon!)
Bottom right: A crossfit workout I did on my own. It was one of the hardest WODS I’ve done. Sweat was literally dripping in my eyes! I completed a total of 85 double unders before time was up. (I completed 1 full round & made it through 40 double unders of the 2nd round!)
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