Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Maybe it was the French Fries

I'm officially on the 5x/week schedule. 6 mos to go.

Yesterday I logged workout 40.21.2.  That means 40th workout of the year, week 21 of workouts since I started at the end of October (really, that's all?? 21???)  and the 2nd workout of the week. (If you've been wondering what all that means on my Foursquare check-ins, well there ya' go...)

I was actually looking forward to the WOD. 1 400m run,  and 2x thru Sumo Deadlifts, Box jumps, & Pull ups.  Nothing that made me say "Oh crap".

Allergies, fast food lunch (I know better... I was just lazy and craving fries), mediocre Hershey's chocolate, and staying up too late watching stupid Scandal (thru 2 seasons and I'm still not finding it to be as "OMG" as people had made it out to be), all part of the head game that made yesterday's effort feel like I was just starting out, carrying twice my weight.

Everything was slow. I even had the "I don't care what my time says. I'll finish it, but I'm not going to hurry. I'm going to be the last to finish anyway, so why does it even matter?" thoughts in my head.

I finished in 11:40.  Eh, it was alright. I finished it. That's all I was doing.

I don't have a good reason for my mindset. I have excuses. There's a difference in those.

One accomplishment I did have was that I finally broke 100 lbs on my strength training. I hit 105# deadlifts. I could have tried more, but when I got the 105, I accepted that as enough.

And I just looked at today's WOD.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Clearing the Path..Gotta Make Way...

These updates have been somewhat lacking... mental motivation has been null lately.  Just not feeling inspired, inspiring, motivated to do much of anything but try to get re-adjusted and have some seriously needed downtime.

In the past 2.5 weeks I have
1. Gone to Chicago - it was cold, I was on my feet a lot, I ate my weight in carbs, drank that much, too, and enjoyed what I could about it. But in the end, it was work.

2. Sat on the couch.

3. Did 5x week crossfit (14.2 & 14. 3 in 1 week... wanted to make up the missed Games WOD, but I'm not competing at all, just wanted to do it for myself)

4.Tried to ignore the calls that never came, the multiple people I've been disappointed by. Lame.

5. Time change. Love the sunshine but my sleep schedule is crap. Staying up later, waking up earlier... Vicious.

6. Did a cleanse. Today is day 10. Tomorrow starts the metabolic restore, and "burn phase".  This will be my poorest performing 24 day challenge since I started Advocare.  My head just hasn't been in the game.  No prep, no desire to cook, or go to the grocery store, but I made do with what I had.

7. Watched a LOT of Netflix. Finished House of Cards, Orange is the New Black & started watching Scandal. Kerry Washington's lips perplex me. I don't know where to focus when she's on screen. Very distracting, but I'm trying.

8. Made a banner for a friend that she should have had before I left for Chicago & I just got overwhelmed with my to-do list to get it done. But Friday night I knocked it out.  It's really cute!

9. Got Nine Inch Nails / Soundgarden Tix for August.

10. Yesterday I signed up to do Crossfit 4x/week (5, including Saturday) for the next 6 months. In the summer.  I really do have the best team of coaches and members supporting and helping me do this.  This is the highlight of my year, being a part of this community. Life changing.

11. Got approved for 2 credit cards.  Sucks when you can't get them b/c you pay everything in cash and have no debt, but you have to have them before they will let you buy a house.   Dumbest system I've ever played in to, other than one I'm not talking about. (Vague much? Touche'!)  But I want to buy a house, dammit! I'm tired of my apartment that I outgrew 5 years ago. And a want another dog, too!

12. Avoided the SXSW mess of people. I used to be more adventurous. Now I'm just old.

I'm sure there's more I can add to the list, but honestly, I'm just tired.  I'm looking forward to upping my gym time. I'm looking forward to the KOKE FM music series being back out at the Nutty Brown in a couple weeks. I feel like I'm coming out of a fog, so I'm looking forward to getting to the other side of it all.  I know getting my apartment in order, de-cluttering a bit, okay a LOT, and organizing my craft stuff, well that will be a big part of it.

Gotta clear the path. Gotta make way.

I'm itching to change more, do more, and get outside more, less time at home.

We'll see how that goes.

The wind might blow tomorrow. (i.e. probably).

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Kicking off Another Challenge

I'm so glad to be home! It was nice to get outside of Austin for a few days, but it definitely wasn't a vacation! Chicago was WORK!  Nice to see a place I'd never seen before, though, and eat some REALLY amazing food.

Sugar overload.

Carb overload.

Alcohol overload.

I started my day way too early after too many late nights to really get in much of any sort of workout. I had the best of intentions, even brought my MAC that I didn't crack open once I was off the plane, to do my Advocare Can You 24 DVD.  I did manage to do a few rounds of squats, sit ups and push ups.  One time.

Shame on me.

Tired, unmotivated, missed my home, my dog, my routine.

I gained 1 lb. while in Chicago. I don't know how it wasn't 5 or 10.

I was in bed by 9:30 Friday night and like a kid on Christmas morning when it was time for Crossfit on Saturday. I was slow, and it was expected. I was there and I was excited to be back.

Monday I started my next 24 Day Challenge, as I knew I would months before I left.  It was the only way I could really let myself enjoy my food break with a little less guilt.  Today is day 2 and the lb I gained while I was gone has already gone away.  I also took my measurements this morning, and discovered I still had measurements from when I decided to get re-focused last year.  When I added it all up I was stunned and had a really good dose of "Proud".

Here's the diff:
Weight:  -27.8 lbs
Waist: -4.25 in.
Neck: -.75 in.
Bust: -4.5 in
Hips: -5.5 in.
Arm (rt): -1 in
Arm (lt): -1.25 in.
Thigh (rt): -2.5 in
Thigh (lt): -2.5 in
Calf (rt): -1.5 in.
Calf (lt): -2 in.

Total:  almost 28 lbs and 25.75 inches.

Not to brag, but that's the best progress and the most needed thing I could see today. I know I've made changes, but seeing them on paper somehow makes them a little more "true".

I'm hitting the gym today so I can give Open 14.2 a go. I want to have some metrics and reference points as I continue on the Crossfit train. Plus adding in the extra day this week to make up for the time I was away last week, and get in the mindset for what's coming up after April, see if it's a possibility for me, something I can maintain thru the summer, will be interesting. But it involves chest to bar pull ups. And the pull ups are one thing I'm gaining a bit of confidence in, so we'll see how that goes.

Yesterday was fantastic. At the gym anyway.

Today I'm hoping for a repeat.