Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Because I just want to sleep for 10 more minutes

I need to figure out a way to make the snooze button a little harder to activate. It's tooooooo easy. Maybe electrical shock? Hmmm...surely there's an app for that!

Even though it would have been lovely to hit the snooze one more time, I got up at 4:30 a.m., got dressed and headed out for Milestone. The WOD was a doozy today! It didn't seem like it would be as hard as it was at first glance, but, holy shmoly!

For the SWOD, I did supine ring rows - using a box! First time, and that is a lot harder than it looks! I scaled the squat cleans, too. 55 lbs. I did 35 lbs last week, and felt then that I could go heavier. So I did. I got to the 1st rep of 9 (the last round) when time expired. Not too shabby.

I think I'm getting better at talking myself OUT of my excuses. It gets so easy to let the excuse take over, and I always regret it when it does. That feeling of regret is what I need to remember when the excuses start to try to take over. I AM stronger than my excuses! :)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Twofer Tuesday!!

That's right. A twofer!

This morning I hit the snooze button more than once. I finally realized at 4:50 that, if I was going to get any kind of run in I needed to get the heck outta bed! And, I did. Although, there was a brief thought of using the "now I don't have time" excuse, but it was fleeting. Out the door I went. Again, a great run! I even used my Night Beams to make sure people saw me.

I really wanted to get 4 miles in. But, I really didn't have time. So, 3.57 would have to do.


It's Tuesday! That means circuit training after work. I can get a mile in on the treadmill if I get over there in time. And, I did. However, I realized once I got there that I did not pack any socks.

Again, fleeting thought of using the "no socks" excuse. But, onto the treadmill I went. Got a mile in! And a nice little blister on my heel. Was going to just do the circuit barefoot, but my coworker saved the day with a spare pair of socks!

Feel good moment of the day: I was sitting on the floor waiting for circuit to start and another coworker came up to me and asked "How long did it take for your arms to get how they are now?" I thought I was the only one who noticed. I still have a ways to go, but that extra skin under my arms is getting smaller and smaller. Wooo!!

Monday, April 29, 2013

No excuses: Weekend edition

What a busy weekend!

Woke up Saturday at around 6 a.m. - before the alarm went off. Laid in bed thinking, "It's too early to be up on a Saturday. I should go back to sleep for a little while." But, instead, I got up and made myself a nice little fruit salad with frozen bananas, peaches and strawberries with some coconut milk and topped with coconut flakes and almonds and hazelnuts (bottom of the bag for both). So. Good! See:

Then, it was off to Milestone for the Saturday Community WOD. And, it was a doozy! A partner WOD, but intense. I don't think I've ever sweated like that before. It was even dripping down my nose! I know, TMI, but I needed to paint a picture. Here's the WOD:

Intense, but kind of fun. Sadistic much? Jake had a baseball game, so I went straight there. That's right. Straight there. No shower. Those poor people!

Stayed up late watching TV with Jake, so, of course Sunday's excuse was...because I'm tired! And I was, but I got up, made myself a nice little brekky of a sweet potato with almond butter and eggs. Then, I went for a nice 4 mile run. It really was a good one. Like, one of those runs that just sort of reminds you why you love running to begin with. Gets you motivated again. LOVE those runs!

I will be starting over on the squat challenge because I didn't do ANY (other than the ones in Saturday's WOD) this weekend. But, overall, I'd call this weekend a success!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Two excuses and a gold star

So, yeah...I haven't posted since Tuesday. Oops. Here it is - Wednesday: Gold Star Day!

I got up, got dressed and headed out the door to go to Milestone at 5 a.m. Go me! Now, it WAS cold. Like, really cold. In the 40s and windy. I was fairly certain that meant no sprints, but here's what I saw on the board:

Sand. Bag. Sprints. Oh, it was bad. Running into the wind was the worst. But - I did it! I did the modified version of the WOD since I am nowhere near getting muscle ups. And I did step-ups on a 20" box.

Then...Thursday. Excuse: because I just don't wanna. I didn't. Hit the snooze too many times to get my run in. After work went to Ali's Fine Arts showcase. That girl is so talented. I'm so lucky to be her mama. After watching her, I managed to catch the end of Jake's game. So, got home and did my 85 squats.

Today's excuse? Because it's sort of rainy out there. That one is pretty lame. A little rain isn't going to hurt me. So, off I went to Milestone, and, as usual I'm glad I did:

I scaled down to 95 lbs for the deadlift (155 is my PR), did HSPUs on the box, and 150 singles as I can only do about 2 unbroken double unders.

All in all, a good week. Could have been better, and it will be!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Because it was a looooong day

I decided last night that, rather than run in the morning, I would run after work before circuit training. Every once in awhile I just need a change of pace (pun intended), and running up and down Lake Austin Blvd. provides that.

I spent most of the day in meetings, and my last one ran late, and before I knew it it was 5 p.m. Too late to run before circuit. Hmmm...maybe too late for circuit? Plenty of time to get to the gym (across the street), change clothes and just do it. So glad I did! Great work out, as usual. And FUN. It's a fun group. Need proof? Check out our Harlem Shake video:

See? Fun!

I figured I would just rush home after and go for a short run then. Of course I did NOT figure on the temperature dropping about 15 or so degrees in the 40 minutes it took me to get home. The run ended up being about 1/2 a mile. I did do my 75 squats today, too. Mission (mostly) accomplished!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Because it's Monday

...and Monday's are dumb. I'm not a fan. Especially when a weekend flies by like this one did.

But, I got up at 4:30 a.m., got dressed and went to Milestone Crossfit for my 5 a.m. class. And I'm sooo glad I did! We did a CrossFit Total benchmark WOD. Here it is:

I did a 105 lb back squat, a 55 lb STRICT (as in, no bounce, just lift it straight up) press and then set up for the deadlift. My max is 115 lb. I told my partner that I would love to just be able to deadlift my body weight. Well, I did, and about 25 lbs more! 155 lbs, baby! I tried 175, but it wouldn't budge. Tried 165, too, it budged a little.

Talk about making Monday a little less dumb! That's the way to start a week!

Tack on 65 squats for Day 2 of the challenge and that's how it's done!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Because I have a cold

I do. I have a cold. I'm a sniffling, sneezing, scratchy throat mess. :(
It's hard to run when you can't breathe, so that didn't happen, but I decided to start a 30-day squat challenge today, so today's workout was 55 squats.

Jake also tried to take a pic, but couldn't quite coordinate the 'click' with the squat.

Have I mentioned that my dog loves stealing Jake's blankets? Jake had a sleepover at a friend's last night and left his sleeping bag on the couch when he got home. Sparks decided to make it his bed, as you can see above.