Recently someone told me jump and a net will appear – and I have really taken that to heart. In many decisions I have made to help improve things in my life. I decided to get serious about things that just weren’t working out for me and instead of doing what I always do -put up with it and move on, I decided to say Nope. Enough is enough. And the last few weeks, has proven that it is indeed true — Jump and a Net Will Appear. I just feel better, more refreshed and good things are happening all around me.
And it’s nothing earth shattering to share either –just good vibes, a better outlook and I just feel better. There is a lot to be said about just changing perspective and trying something new to help bolster your sense of happiness and get you back on the right track. Ok, enough unicorns and princesses for this morning…
My workout was tough. It’s hot and muggy outside and adding box jumps to a burpee is just not called for. In fact, it’s downright mean.
10 Push Ups
4 Instep Lunges
4 Sampson Stretch
8 Ring Dips
10 Burpee Box Jumps
100m Farmer’s carry 25# dumbbells
Bench Press Ab Work (Try this one, sometime!)
Lying on back with end of bench above butt, hang on to bench and bring knees into chest, straighten legs and slowly bring them down, pausing at parallel for one sec before repeating. 3 Rounds of 12 Reps.
Yesterday, I did my second 5K of the season for a great cause –the Joe Cassella Foundation 5K. I didn’t know Joe, but have come to know his wife Gina and she is a very special woman. The gang from CFI Endurance all gathered to run together and it was so fun. It was a great way to bring everyone together to help one of our own. That’s what really matters at the end of the day. Helping one another out and being there for someone when it really matters. I came in 72nd overall in the women’s division and 13th in my age group. There were 272 women running –so top third isn’t too shabby. Again, not my best 5K time but it was better than the Chris4Life one and I did focus more on form than speed. I would never consider myself a runner, but I am sure improving and that’s what counts.
So – for the remainder of May, I am going to try a different approach to my fitness routine and get some different coaching at a different gym. Don’t panic – I think its important to see how other gyms in the area approach CrossFit and I am burnt out, so I am hoping having some different coaches will help me regain some of my mojo when it comes to lifting. I plan on returning to CFI in June — if all goes well, but for now I am attending a local CrossFit gym that just recently opened. Good guys — have a lot of strength training under their belts.
This morning we worked on a bit of strength and then did a mini metcon which was deceptively hard as usual.
4 sampson stretch
4 instep lunges
10 push ups
5×5 Back Squats
Warmup to your 5RM back squat
EMOM for 12mins
8 KB Swings
10 Sit ups
total rounds 11 hard, yucky rounds!
I have been buying flowers the past few weeks –to brighten up the house and also to help brighten up the family. I think even if you aren’t depressed or feeling low, staying connected to beauty, nature and wonder is key in staying centered and at peace. It’s all a part of self care –continuing to take care of yourself and making you and your family the priority! And come on–flowers are cheap therapy!
The world is a really pretty place if we stop and pay attention!
I so needed to read this article: Fighting the “Mehs” – When Taking Some Time Off Is Good
I often lose sight of how I am really feeling inside because my fitness routine is so ingrained and so much a part of who I am. I miss being at the gym when I am not there and I know that people look to me to help spur their own journey to getting fit and healthy. The reality is that sometimes I do experience burn out and need time off.
And just like Dizzle says — it’s good to step away, get some real rest and get re-energized and pumped about heading back in. I have noticed that I havent made huge gains in certain areas and quite frankly am not too pumped about even trying. That’s when I know there is an issue.
The one thing I have been pumped about is running –getting to figure out my damn running form. I saw a bunch of pics from my 200 mile relay this weekend and man — I don’t lean. Don’t get how to lean even when I think I am leaning. I am straight up and down. Proof is in the pictures. Now some of that was due to sheer exhaustion but man — I am fired up to figure it out. So I am going to either take a few solid days off or de-load and just focus on form for the next few weeks to refuel my inspiration tank so I can feel pumped up again!
I need a vacation -
1 Hang Snatch
all the way to 11. (I went to 8 until I ran out of time and stuck with a 53# to work on Snatch form)
I updated a post that I had previously written for the 30 day reset and shared it out today about ditching the scales and focusing on the task at hand –which is health and wellness. We are not defined by a number on the scale and we should not be controlled by it. The real questions to ask are:
- Do you feel better?
- Are you Stronger?
- Do you look better and more fit?
- Are you working towards being the best You?
The only issue with these questions is for so many of us — how do we know if we feel better? We have always felt this way — which is where the nutrition reset comes in. Detox by eating natural, whole foods and then indulge. See how you feel afterwards — I am going to guess that if you ate crap food, you feel like crap.
A number on the scale doesn’t begin to tell the story. My friend Kathy B. pointed out to me this morning:
That during CrossFit Open WOD 13.5 Camille Leblanc-Bazinet is 5’2″ & weights 130#. Her competitor Sam Briggs is 5’7″ & weights 132#.
If we went by weight alone — we would be like
“Oh that Camille weighs so much, she should be worried. She needs to drop some poundage.” Um have you seen her?
I think you get the point. There are so many factors at play when it comes to your weight. Yes, a lot of folks out there need to trim down and lose weight. No argument there. But for the ladies who are struggling with the numbers on the scale to the point that it’s causing mental harm — remember, your weight doesn’t tell even half the story. Focus on what’s important. We are re-defining beauty standards. We are re-defining health and wellness in our lives. It doesn’t happen overnight but it takes practice just like CrossFit. Neurological connections need to be restrung so that we can see ourselves the way we are meant to be!
turkish get ups
- 7 Deadlifts (body weight)
- 7 Burpees
- 7 Pull Ups
Not performing at my usual — not sure if it’s allergies, antibiotics or CrossFit Endurance classes in the evenings but I have decided to take this time to focus on form. Not rush through, trying to beat the clock. Gotta make lemonade out of lemons!
So another crazy busy weekend for my household that included coaching some great athletes Saturday morning at CrossFit Impavidus, then getting ready to host my daughter’s laser tag birthday party with 13+ tween girls, then a night out with some fellow nutrition challengers to let off some steam. That was just Saturday!
Sunday morning off to coach some more –then did a doozy of a workout compliments of Coach Conan that included a few mini WODs with three minute rest between:
Ran a mile on my own then….
50m two tire flips/50lb prowler pushes
30s on/30s off rowing
3×5 Back Box Squats with resistance band
Can carry 50m/Run 50m/5 Wall Balls
Yeah it was awesomely horrific — and I am feeling it this morning but didn’t want to miss this morning’s workout. To be honest, I wanted to be there more to see my friends. When the alarm went off, my body was trying to tell me to go back to bed but I didn’t listen. Off I went and I do now indeed regret it.
- 10 Push Press
- 10 KB Swings
- 10 Box Jumps
From the start of this WOD, I just had no energy and frankly, didn’t want to be there and at the end, as I was walking to the wall to cool down — yup, I threw up. In fact – three times! Thankfully the trash dumpster was right there and I ran to the bathroom to finish the final hurl. Yeah – when your body tries to tell you to take it easy — you should listen. I am thinking its these damn antibiotics but who knows. So, not the best way to start my week off — I’m hoping it can only get better from here!!
Have an awesome day!
So, day three of my nutrition reset and I am not sure I am feeling any different – yet. We have over 70 athletes doing the reset and what is amazing is how many are trying to find loopholes. Can I have Paleo Cookies? What about using Stevia? You mean Gum is not allowed? Something about the act of looking for loopholes bothers me – Are you committed? Do you want to see results? If Yes- Loopholes aren’t going to cut it. Own that fact and move on.
That’s not to say we all – myself included – don’t make wrong decisions or use the loopholes, but you have to be honest about it and move on. OWN IT PEOPLE – is that too hard to ask for?
I don’t know if I mentioned but almost a year ago, I started to have a rash on the back of my legs. I showed my General Dr and he gave me some antibiotic solution but it didn’ take care of it, so he put me on some antibiotics. Fast forward to about a month ago, I finally went to the dermatologist because it hasn’t gotten any better and in fact, it’s worse. The back of my legs look like I have chickenpox – all over them! Turns out I have a myco bacterial infection and have to be on antibiotics for at least two months before I will see any improvement. And that’s just an improvement. Mycobacteria are a type of germ — and can have no symptoms or have a ton. One of the symptoms is loss of energy.
Gross I know — but it’s a good lesson in making sure you treat any odd rashes, open wounds etc pronto. I have seen a bunch of people at the gym ignore stuff and then see an infection develop. Also, now I am on antibiotics for a lot longer than I care to be and it’s affecting my physical health in other ways.
I’m more tired than usual. I have more fatigue than normal and guess what else, it’s affecting my mood. All things that affect my performance inside and outside of the GYM. Anyways — I know TMI! The morale of the story — get stuff checked out!
I’m going to see Maroon 5 tonight with Scotty. We bought tickets a long time ago and I can’t believe it’s here already! I’m so excited –whoo hooo.
Yesterday, I did the evening Endurance class where I ran 14 100m sprints. Talk about torture!
- Double Unders (I did single unders)
- KB Swings
- Sit Ups
I had a rough time wiht this one — couldn’t breathe but just muddled through. There’s always tomorrow!
I’m back and I wish I could say I felt refreshed and raring to go this Monday –but I don’t. The last few weeks I have felt seriously run down and all I have wanted to do is stay under the covers in my bed and sleep. I honestly don’t think I have felt this way in a very long time and am not sure if it’s the long winter, a lack of focus on my nutrition, some stress at work that I am experiencing, or the medication I am taking for a leg infection I am trying to get rid of. Or heck –maybe it’s all of them combined.
I have seemed to lost my mojo –and I am sure many of you that seem me day to day wouldn’t know it but it’s true. I haven’t felt much motivation for many of the things I used to and am on the hunt to figure out how to bring it back.
My friend Brittany and I were laughing because I have a light box, I exercise like crazy, I have a happy family – great husband and kids, am financially sound –Life is pretty darn good. I have a wonderful community of friends that I can call family – both my parents are alive and thriving, my five brothers and sisters are all doing well. I mean come on –what the heck do I have to be down about? See what I mean? Makes no sense….
There are some things going on that are throwing me out of balance though and the universe keeps reminding me of them and I start to make changes towards what’s needed but then revert back. I think I really need to tackle it once and for all — and make the change. I know I am being cryptic but it’s kind of a touchy subject and political so I don’t want to blast it out here. Those that are close to me know the situation and have been the ones at me to just do it! It’s about embracing confidence and getting out of the fear loop.
Ok – enough of that!
I am starting a 30 day Nutrition Challenge today with CrossFit Impavidus –not only starting it but helping run it as well. I need to refocus because I am about 10#s heavier than last year and my clothes are not fitting like they used to. I will keep you posted with how it’s going.
1 RM Deadlift 250#
- 5 Pull Ups
- 10 Push Ups
- 15 Squats
Yesterday, I went to the CFI Endurance class and let me tell you — i slept like a baby last night. Not only was it physically challenging, the mental game you have to play wears on you as well. I am going to continue to share my thoughts and experiences taking this class so that others can see if it’s something they want to take on as well. As someone who has asthma and just generally dislikes running in general, it will be interesting to see if this four week commitment will change my view and perspective on running. It certainly is going to kick my ass, so much so that I had issues with this morning’s workout — and energy.
- Tire Flips
- Prowler drills
- KB Swings
- Wall Balls
- 30 KB Swings
- 15 Wall Balls
The Scope it Out 5K Washington DC Presented by Chris4Life race is on Sunday! There’s still plenty of time to donate to Team Hoagie’s Heroes as we run to celebrate Scott Hoaglund’s fifth year colon cancer free!! Here’s the link:
There’s still plenty of time to donate to Team Hoagie’s Heroes as we run to celebrate Scott Hoaglund’s fifth year colon cancer free!! The race is this Sunday!
It was an awesome weekend – I love, love, loved the Mobility workshop with Kelly Starrett on Saturday. It’s so true that when you are around people who are passionate about what they do, it is infectious. I just ate up what he shared and was just blown away by some of the info he gave us. I know deep inside that this is where I am meant to be, learning how to help people live healthier, happier lives in ways that make them and me better people. I will do a write up about Kelly’s workshop but for now — let me just say that it has changed the way I see myself and the way I see athletes in action.
And Kelly Starrett is awesome. A funny, smart guy that not only knows his shit but also knows how to teach his shit. You can tell he demands a lot of his clients and doesn’t slack on himself either. I think I am now a bona fide fan, groupie, stalker of his. He truly blew me away.
One thing that I am always concerned about in our CrossFit community is the lack of real experience and knowledge many coaches and affiliate owners have. They open up or start coaching and have all these athletes that are looking to them for advice, guidance and sage advice. Well they can’t give it because it takes lots of hours of hands on training to be able to really look at athletes and help them move beyond the basics. Kelly and his team are doing what they can do help change that. Yes, CrossFit is absolutely scalable but how do you know how/when to scale. Many coaches have never worked with injured or older athletes. They come into the gym and expect the coach to be their first line of safety and guidance. I got news for them –so many coaches have never, ever worked with the modifications that certain athletes require. So, having mentors and leaders in their field – like KStarr – is vital. He and Carl Paoli, and Tony Blauer are doing their part -helping educate and lead the way.
But coaches and affiliate owners have to seek them out and unfortunately too often –many don’t. It really is an athlete beware situation and we all need to take responsibility to ensure that the coaches and CF Gyms we are going to have experienced people running them because in the end – the only person that suffers from an injury is YOU!
Then on Sunday, I went and tried 13.2 again and didn’t fare much better than on Friday. It is what it is. Then later on in the day, Scott and I went on a short 2+ mile run –getting ready for our big 5K on Sunday!
double under practice
knees to elbows
- 15 Double Unders
- 10 Push Ups
- 5 KTE
total: 14 rounds +10+1
The CrossFit Games 2013
Sometimes we long time CrossFitters forget that many people have no clue what the CrossFit Games are and why we are all talking about it. I didn’t register because I think I am going to move on — I did it for the challenge and i love the fact that athletes all around the world are doing the same workout this week as a community. Elite, everyday Joes, and newbies are all taking it on and doing their own personal best.
I also love that moments before you start, you get that nervous excitement in your belly even though you have done countless workouts before — it’s just this adrenaline building up. For me, I remind myself it’s just a workout – I’m here to maintain my fitness and feel great, blow off some steam, de-stress, have fun – but then the clock starts to countdown and you hear 3, 2, 1…beep beep beep and you GO!
And then the mental game kicks in — which is a part I need major help with. When I am in the zone, nothing can stop me. I have been there and felt it. But when I start gasping for air, my lungs start to get heavy and mentally I start to lose focus and begin to focus on the very important point of breathing. I have asthma and there are times when it doesn’t bother me but when it does, it does big time. It’s also very heavily affected by the weather –when its cold and or very dry. I think I need to deal with it better –learn how to manage it when it starts to creep up and I panic during a workout. I know I haven’t been really on point with managing it and it’s days like today, when I really feel let down by my own performance that it shows.
I’m off to a Mobility Workshop tomorrow with the famous Kelly Starrett – KStarr – to those insiders! KStarr is also the coach behind MobilityWOD.com and owns CrossFit San Francisco. I have been wanting to go to this trainer’s course for a long time and finally registered before it sold out. I am so hungry for info from this amazing community of athletes and coaches that i could go to these workshops every week if possible. Learning from the best is the only way to go!
CF Games 13.2
5 Shoulder to OH
15 Box Jumps
total: 158 reps
Again, not my best showing but it is what it is and I’m moving on….