I haven’t been feeling myself the past few days –not really sick, but not really feeling well either. I am sure it’s all part of the February (now into March) blues that I seem to get every year. I am just not finding the joy or motivation that I usually have for much if I am being honest. I could literally stay in bed all day long if I let myself. It’s so unlike me and it pisses me off but yet it’s my reality right now.
I am not one to have any patience with people out there that play the victim, so even though I don’t feel well, I haul my ass out of bed, go workout, get my shit together and keep moving. It’s what I know and what I do.
Scott, Hannah and I went on a run yesterday in preparation for our yearly Scope it Out 5K race this month. We ended up running a little over 2 miles yesterday. My endurance and cardio have really gone downhill this past year –strength has gone up, cardio has gone down. Not sure if that’s good or bad but I have to get crackin’ on it if I am going to be able to enjoy a bunch of activity outside this spring and summer.
And speaking of Spring, it can’t come soon enough. We have probably a good 6-8 inches of snow on the ground this morning/afternoon. I am so ready for winter to leave. Enough is enough. I am cold and getting stir cray cray.
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Gym is CLOSED! Wah Wah.
I have had a rough morning and it’s not even 8A! We did some new super sets yesterday morning and my shoulders and deltoids are not appreciating it very much this morning. Then when I got into the gym, I noticed a strong odor of polyurethane which for any asthmatic, is not really welcome and it caused me a lot of issues with the endurance stuff we had to do. So many issues, that I had to stop a lot during my workout which pissed me off. I was hacking up a lung and had to run outside to clear my lungs.
I want to talk once again about how the media distorts our perception of what aging and beauty really looks like. If you watched the Golden Globes and saw Diane Keaton up on the stage – well I think she looked awesome. She isn’t the youngest woman but she looks age appropriate and I thought, beautiful. She is a spokeswoman for l’Oreal, which is awesome. However, they are not showing her how she really is, which is a shame. I get the lighting and makeup effects and am all for it – however, the digital airbrushing goes way too far.
Yesterday, the Today show folks went without makeup and asked others to do the same to prove that we are all normal, regular people underneath all that gook. Here I am this AM, after my workout – no makeup. Who the heck has time to get all dolled up before a 6A exercise sesh? Not this girl…
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Pull ups/Push Ups
Agility Drills (Dot drills, shuttle run)
- Slam Balls
- Lunge Walks
- Broad Jumps
- Shuttle Runs
Earlier this week I found out that someone that I am not fond of has been hired to do some work at one of the company’s that I am doing consulting work for. When I said I am “not fond of”, It’s really not even close to covering how much I would prefer never seeing this person again. Up until this week, I didn’t think I would ever have to. What are the chances that this person would re-enter my life? It got me thinking about the reason that they showed up again. Could I still have more to learn from the experience? It could be that her projects will never intersect what I am doing and I hope that is true – but the fact that she has entered my professional circle once again has irked me. Like some cruel joke. I’m professional and all but I can’t help feeling a pit in my stomach when I think about it.
So I did what someone like me does usually – took to the internets to read and learn about Nasty People. Hope it helps some of you out there as well –
I took a rest day today after not taking one on Weds after all — I was so tired this morning and started the internal dialogue with myself when the alarm went off about how tired I was. Since I didn’t have a real rest day yet, I said what the heck and turned the alarm off and went back to sleep.
If you read my blog regularly, you know I ditched the gluten a long time ago. I just realized I felt like crap all the time, my belly was always bloated. I wanted to sleep all the time -my symptoms go on and on. It’s always interesting to read about research on how gluten affects people.
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Super Cute Picture of the Day
I got so busy yesterday that I forgot to post – I try to sit down every morning and write. It’s a way for me to reflect and relax but yesterday was kind of a crazy day. So, here I am back at it again today.
I’ve started to really focus on my marketing consulting business this year. Now that I have the time and the momentum, it just feels right. I recently took on two more clients for a total of three so far. And have met with a lot of other people who are doing exactly what I hope to do – run their own small business, with a steady group of good clients, interesting projects and freedom. It’s not an option I had really considered before, but the more I get into it -it really does seem like it could work out pretty darn well for me. I’m happier, more organized and just feel better.
Are you Magnesium Deficient?
I wanted to talk once again about Magnesium, and how important this mineral is to all of us and how many people don’t realize that a lack of it is the reason for many of their ailments . The reason I mention it again is because I have been forgetting to drink Natural Calm, and sure enough, have been experiencing a lot of the symptoms mentioned in the graphic on the right. I have remembered this week – and I feel so much better. Do your own research on magnesium, but if you are experiencing more than 4-5 of these symptoms, it could be caused by low magnesium. Food for thought…
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Two more PRs this week:
- Bench: 130#
- Deadlift! 250#. I think I could have done more but I ran out of time because I had to go to get the kiddos ready for school this AM. I may retest on Saturday.
- Back Squat: 220#
- Clean: 120# (I can’t get that damn technique down yet!)
After working on a specific strength program for 12 weeks at Highbar CrossFit, the time has come to test and see the progress. Yesterday, I got a 5# PR on my Squat clean. Today – my back squat! PR’d by 10# to end at 220# although I think I could have done more – ran out of time and had to get home to get the kids off to school. Sometimes you have to leave some in the tank to take care of life.
I feel so great about my progress. The coaches at Highbar take such a different approach to strength training that sometimes I think maybe it’s not working, but then you test and you are a whole hell of a lot stronger than you realized. But then I remind myself that i am still starting out by doing something pretty stupid.
After getting my PR this morning, I am taking the plates off the bar. I don’t think I have ever had plates that heavy on a barbell before, so it never occurred to me to take the plates off in any particular way. Well think about it –heavy plates on each side, removing all the plates off of one side before the other… Yeah, the bar was a teeter totter and went flying. I am so lucky that no one was around it because it could have done some serious damage. The only damage done was to my EGO as everyone stopped, became silent, and then laughed at me. Coach Dan then said Do you even lift, Bro?. I’m always learning…
I gotta talk about the benefits of Magnesium again. I sometimes forget to take it and then get in the routine of skipping it for days on end. Then I remember to take it and quickly remember why I should take it. The last two days, I’ve been taking Natural Calm before I go to bed and I am telling you – the difference in how I feel when I wake up is night and day. I am not sore, not groggy, not super exhausted.
Yesterday, I shared a link about symptoms of a Magnesium Deficiency, but the bottom line is that a magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every system of the body. It’s that important to your overall health and wellness. My suggestion is to talk to your doctor, of course, but add a glass of Natural Calm before you go to bed for awhile and see if you feel better.
Back Squat 1RM: 220 (10# PR)
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The kids are finally in school and the house is quiet. I just want to sit here and enjoy the silence. As much as I love my kids and being able to spend extra time with them, there is definitely a need for space. For their benefit and mine. Enough was enough.
I was able to get some of the much needed de-cluttering done this weekend. I scheduled an appointment with gooddonor.org to pick up the stuff at my house –and almost half of a garage full of stuff will be in the hands of the Lupus Foundation before the day is through. I love the feeling I have after a good purge. I was telling someone late last week, how I finally feel like I can catch my breath now that I am not working somewhere that was suffocating me. The clearing of all the clutter in my house is a sign that I’m coming up for air and it is such a great feeling. I highly recommend getting the shit out of your life as a great way to help you feel better.
Here are a few good sites about clearing clutter:
Another way to renew and feel great is to spend time with a baby. Here is the most adorable picture of my brother and his new daughter:
Squat Clean Testing -managed a 5# PR on my squat clean -however, it wasn’t a perfect clean and I know strength wise I am capable of much more. Gotta get the technique down – practice, practice, practice.
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I’ve been really reflective the past month or so – thinking about life, my own place in the universe, how I relate to others, and the frailty of life in general. Not sure why all of the sudden – maybe because some change in my own life or seeing friends lose someone close to them.
Yesterday, I came across a post that once again displayed how short life is and how it can change in the blink of an eye. The reason I am sharing is to really drive home the idea that you need to make every moment count. Don’t hold on to anger. Don’t be stopped by fear. Stop and smell the roses. Focus on creating the life you want.
Everything We Leave Behind - Amanda was living her life, using Twitter once in a while, and then found out she was very ill with a brain tumor. Her tweets capture her life –all the way to the end. This compilation is a poignant snapshot of a life — and she didn’t even realize that she left a legacy. It really makes you think about your own social legacy after you pass — and what it says about you.
Life really is precious and short — take advantage of the time you have.
WOD: Death by…
–if you complete under 10 rounds>40 burpees
–if you complete under 15 rounds>20 burpees
–if you complete under 20 rounds>1 burpee
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Music to your Ears
The past month or so have been odd — my son’s friend’s father died over the holidays and this week, my coach, Randy, at Highbar had to leave abruptly on Monday – unfortunately his father passed away in his sleep sometime during the night. Life happens and you never know what’s next.
I was talking to Randy this morning and he was sharing with me how in the span of a few short days – he is forever changed. He was talking about spiritually. I am not a particularly spiritual person myself, but when I look back at the time when we found out my husband was sick – weeks/months before, there were things happening in our lives that were setting our family up physically, spiritually and mentally with resources, people and information that we would need on our journey. I didn’t realize it at the time, of course, but there are things that I see clear as day now. Why did those pieces come into play? It is something I still find comfort in – proof that there is some sort of divine plan in play. Things will be ok and what happens is meant to happen and meant to be. Good or bad – we should learn from it, become better for it, and live our lives with the lessons in practice.
I think it has helped me recently with the change in my career and changing CrossFit gyms this past spring. Continuing to tell myself that things happen for a reason and I will indeed be OK. If things I am doing cause me a lot of struggle – I need to take a look and evaluate it. Maybe I am supposed to struggle and learn – maybe it’s just the wrong path for me. Always look again…
My daughter Hannah gets this whole concept — and I love when she reminds me how much happier I am after a big change. It’s a gift that kids have — we seem to lose it growing up — to see things as they really are. No filter to cloud it up. It is what it is to them -no interpretation, no bias.
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Music to Your Ears
I’ve been listening to this mushy song by John Legend lately. You can tell whomever he wrote it for –is loved.
My friend Nicole mentioned a new moisturizer she has been using that helped her heal fast from a minor surgery she had. She said the doctors were amazed at how fast she was healing up because she was using it. I ran to the store and picked some up and I have been using it for two days now, before I go to bed, and it really does work. It’s called Avalon Organics Vitamin C Sun-Aging Defense Renewal Facial Cream and I am totally sold. Just wanted to share!
I am now on day four of eating clean for the Wellness Challenge at Highbar CrossFit and I have to honestly say that I FEEL better. My workouts are just flowing better. I can’t describe it but it’s like I feel lighter – and not weight wise. Just less bogged down, lighter on my feet. It’s been easier to get up in the AM and I am sleeping more soundly. And mentally, I am just feeling more like myself finally. I have found some motivation that had been in hibernation since this fall and feeling hopeful again. Food really does affect you – physically and mentally. And even though we all know how great we feel when we eat clean and healthy, it’s a lot easier to talk about then do. It’s one of those ongoing battles so many of us have.
Yesterday, I read this post by Matt Walsh – Chivalry is Out of Style
In his post, he laments about how men have seemed to forget to put women and children first in their daily life. I actually agree with a lot of what he said – but I think it comes down to manners – my husband is the first one to hold the door for someone, give up his seat, grab something from the top shelf at the grocery store-and it’s something I love and smile every time he does it. I am proud that he is the type of person/man that does that without question. I think at the heart of it is a lot of people today are so into themselves and what’s in it for them – they forget that we all are in this together. You see a senior citizen or a prego lady or a mom and her kiddos, or small kids: get off your ass and give them your seat. Simple as that.
And finally, I want to mention a freak tragic accident that happened in the CrossFit world this past weekend: Kevin Ogar suffers serious injury at OC Throwdown. The guy is paralyzed from his waist down right now — too early to tell his long term prognosis.
We sometimes forget that participating in these types of CF competitions bring on inherent risks just like any other sport tournament and/or competition — a freak accident and this poor guys life is forever changed. Help him out if you can –I am going to donate to his fund.ly
With that said, why would you compete in a competition like this without health insurance? I get that we all think “it will never happen to me” but even the best athletes in the world get injured when competing. Seems like it should be a requirement to compete – something to think about. Oh to be young and naive….my best wishes for his recovery.
Mobility work (duck walk, instep lunges, sprints)
- 2 manmakers
- 10m Broad Jumps
- 10m Shuffles
- 10m bear crawl
- 10m walking lunges
- 20m sprints
My fellow 6A workout partner and friend, Liz, found this video today -
“it’s too early, it’s too dark… listen to your voice of defiance, we’ve got work to do. Welcome to the Grind.”
5 Rounds/1min each station
- Battle Ropes
- Slam Balls
- Plate Rotations
- Wall Sits
My coach Randy Reay at Highbar CrossFit wrote this today and I think it’s something everyone of us ‘regular’ athletic folks should read: