Monday, 11 March 2013
Friday, 8 February 2013
I was planning on going to Crossfit this morning but I would have had to walk, and the snow is up to my knees so I decided against it. So I woke up and did a at home WOD from Tina at Carrots 'N Cake:
10 Rounds for Time:
10 Air Squats
It took me around 12 minutes, but I think I did 11 rounds. I messed up the counting and did an extra one just in case. It did make me sweat so I consider it a good one!
I'll upload a picture of what it looks like outside later, but for now I'll leave you a picture of the snow pup (with horrible iPod quality). He loves the snow, he just sticks his whole face right in!
Sunday, 3 February 2013
I feel like I've been eating non-stop, and I pretty much have been. I just can't get full! Although I've been hungry all day I'm still keeping it healthy. Oatmeal for breakfast, veggies and chicken for lunch, fruit for a snack, and a chocolate peppermint luna bar (so good!).
I also did level 2 in the 30 day shred, this is the first time I've done the shred in probably a week? Level 1 I thought was pretty easy. Level 2 is a whole different story! I was sweating in the first five minutes and dripping sweat by the end. I took several breaks, my body just couldn't handle it. It was definitely more challenging, so just a warning for you!
After yesterdays WOD my hamstrings and lower back were just a bit sore but that's it. Not the extreme soreness I had been fore warned about. The weight I used was heavy for me, but did that mean I didn't use enough? Wasn't doing the move right? Or do I already have quads of steel that it was no problem? I'm not really sure but maybe DOMS will make an appearance tomorrow.
Speaking of tomorrow, I'm really hoping to get a run in. It's supposed to be sunny but still well below 0, I'm just going to suck it up and do it! Especially with it being Superbowl Sunday, not that I'm going to splurge tons (I'm making my own dinner) but any extra treats that I do consume I'll burn off beforehand :). I'm planning on making chicken tacos using lettuce as my tortilla with sweet potato fries. It's really good. And might do a little baking in the form of gluten free chocolate chip cookies. Healthy eating doesn't have to be boring, you can still enjoy all your favorite foods in healthy ways! When making nachos, use low fat sour cream (or plain greek yogurt), low fat cheese and black beans instead of refried. Bake your wings instead of frying them and buy baked chips instead of the usual Lays. Kettle has baked chips that are pretty good, pop chips are another option!
Hope everyone enjoys their superbowl eats, it's just one day. Just moderator how much you eat!
Friday, 1 February 2013
15 KB swings
20 walking lunges
90 second rest
When I took off on my second sprint on the first round my quads felt like thick lead. I could barely move and a couple swear words may of made their way out of my mouth. I used a 12lb KB and might go up higher next time. But then I probably wouldn't be able to walk at all. Did I mention it was 14 degrees Celsius at 7:30pm?! It was so warm that the run outside was wonderful. I finished in 15:45.
I took the next day off but my legs felt good, they were so fatigued immediately after the WOD but on Thursday were only a bit stiff. Today I took to my box for another WOD, I have been warned this one is fatal and people can't walk for days.
1 min front squats
1 min rest
1 min back squats
1 min rest
1 min air squats
1 min rest
I think I've done enough squats for the rest of the month. I used a 15lb bar with 10lbs on each side and then added 5lbs to each side during the second round. It was hard, my legs were still sore from Wednesday and I felt it. I manged to do 236 squats over the 3 rounds and am pretty proud of it. I pushed myself to the last second when people had given up and didn't stop. I stretched afterwards and then walked home. My legs feel pretty good, but ask me again tomorrow when I wake up.
When was the last time you were sore?
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
I decided against waking up early for the shred and slept in an extra 30 minutes. It was exactly what I needed. After working out for four days straight and doing some pretty intense workouts I decided my body needed a break. Although my muscles aren’t too sore I’m sure they appreciate it. I’m contemplating on waking up tomorrow for the shred and then going to Crossfit after work but I’m not sure yet if I’m going to do both. I’ve heard that level 2 is harder than level 1 so I’m ready for the harder aspects that level 2 will bring. Since I didn’t take any pictures of food today (it’s hard to remember!) I’ll leave you a picture of the fur beast as a pup, I can’t believe he’s turning 4 this year! He grew up way too fast.
Monday, 28 January 2013
|Pomegranate, Blueberry, Pistachio - My favorite!|
Sunday, 27 January 2013
Before my run I ate lunch of black bean burgers, carrots and broccoli and a corn muffin. This morning I made pumpkin pancakes and they were sooo good! Love pumpkin pancakes.With of course peanut butter and banana. Now that I've run those eight miles I think some frozen yogurt is in order, I have a groupon and I've been craving some for a while. Need that fuel for Crossfit tomorrow!
Here's what I'm planning for workouts this week:
T: 30 Day Shred (Level 2 Maybe)
W: Run or Crossfit
Th: 30 Day Shred
Since I've started Crossfit I haven't been doing the shred. My upper body has been sore the past two days and yesterday when I tried to do push-ups I couldn't do it, it was after Crossfit so probably not the smartest thing to do. I want to continue to do it on the mornings I work though. Okay, I think I'm going to get some fro-yo, later!
Saturday, 26 January 2013
With one person working as a team complete as many rounds as possible in 15 minutes.
- 200m row
- 10 front squats
- 10 toes to bar
- 1 rope climb
- 10 dumbbell thrusters
I was going to do the 30 day shred but my arms couldn't even do a push up so I decided that I'd do it tomorrow, maybe start level 2. I'm also going to go to the gym tomorrow and run 4-5 miles. I'm thinking of doing some intervals, I haven't run in a week and am really itching to get my legs moving!
One of my fitness goals is to climb a rope in crossfit and run another half-marathon this year, what are some of yours?
Friday, 25 January 2013
We started with a buy in push press. We did four reps on the minute every minute for 6 minutes at 75% of 1 rep max. Honestly I don't know what that means but basically we chose a weight that was challenging but still doable for the push press and it four times every minute for six minutes. And rested after we had completed the four. I was using a 15lb bar with 15lbs on each side. I did pretty well and I think next time I can go higher.
Then we got ready for the WOD (aka workout of the day). Today's WOD was:
12 Overhead Squats
9 Ring Dips
6 Box Jumps
4 rounds, after the four rounds finish with 50 sit-ups.
However, as I am a weakling and couldn't even hold myself up on the rings my WOD was modified to this:
12 Overhead Squats
12 Push-Ups (on knees, still challenging though!)
6 Box Jumps
For the push-ups I thought it was just down and up, but in Crossfit your chest has to go all the way down. Yeah, that wasn't happening. So he told me to go on my knees and move my arms closer together. That was just as challenging and I definitely felt it.
Another thing I found out, I hate overhead squats. Every time I would squat down the bar doesn't stay straight and comes over my head. It's hard for me to keep my arms straight and the bar high.
|Image Source, What I should look like.|
A thing I have to work on I guess. Also I put 5lbs on each side of th 15lb bar, on my second round I took them off. Way to hard. Right now I just need to get my form down on these things and then start adding weight.
I finished the WOD in 10:45. Everyone was really encouraging and told me to keep going. I didn't care I was the last one done. I did it the best I could and I know that's a number I can work on in the future to get down.
In case anyone is interested. I bought the unlimited monthly classes for $190 (including tax). I thought it was pretty good because I like to do both strength and cardio. A spinning studio near my house has spinning classes for $130 and bodypump classes for $190! So with Crossfit I get the best of both worlds for a lot cheaper. This is a start of a beautiful thing :).
Thursday, 24 January 2013
Friday: 30 day shred. Crossfit
Saturday: Crossfit (depending how sore I am), 30 day shred
Sunday: 4-5 mile run at the gym, 30 day shred
As you can see I'm doing Jillian Micheal's 30 Day Shred. I've been doing it for a week now and I can say I have seen improvements. Not body wise yet but in Level one many of the moves are easier. I can do more push-ups and do the side lunge/lateral raise combo continuously. That moved killed me every time but yesterday and today I did it without taking a break! It definitely feels easier. I ordered it off of Amazon and with tax and shipping it came to $10! Not too shabby. I really like it so far and am excited to get into the harder levels.
Wow, two posts in less than an hour! I've got the blogging bug right now and just want to keep writing. I've been reading blogs for about a year now, maybe two and can really see why a blog is a great idea. In a way I find it therapeutic and can really share whats on my mind. I'm a fan of the blog world!
When I first started training for my half-marathon I was the smallest I have ever been. I fit into all of my size 6 shorts, my size lululemon shirt was a bit big and I felt great about myself, especially since I was back to running. But as I got further into my training and the miles increased, so did my appetite. The mentality to eat what I want because I just ran 10 miles became the norm. I started eating late at night, ate gluten filled carbs (which didn't agree with me but they were so good I put that aside) and slowly the pounds added up. Even though going into the race I had gained some weight I still managed a sub 2:00hr race which I am beyond proud of.
But now that my running hasn't been as intense, the weight is still there. My pants that used to be loose are now tight and uncomfortable. I feel like the big girl again and I don't like it. It's been hard to go back to my strict eating habits, but I'm slowly making an effort. Yes it's hard that it's winter and it feels like -24 outside, the only thing I feel like doing is Jillian Michael's 30 day shred and taking Kona for a walk (which is what I did today!). I know once the weather warms up I'll start running more and the weight will come off, but I also need to realize that what I eat is just as important.
I really just needed to share this. I've probably gained around 10 pounds and just want them gone. I know with will power and determination I can do it. I'm also signing up for Crossfit tomorrow (eek!). I did a trial class awhile ago and loved it, although I felt like I was going to throw up I felt awesome after. I really love strength training as it really increases my metabolism. And combine that with cardio and you got one hell of a workout. I know with Crossfit I'll tone up, lose the weight and become a stronger person. Which will translate into a better runner. I'm going to my second class tomorrow, so wish me luck!
Sunday, 13 January 2013
- Run another half-marathon
- Blog more often
- Get into the school of my dreams
- Become more lean and build muscle
- Join Crossfit
- Build my core strength
- Do more volunteer work
- Keep my room clean (failed at it last year)
So that's it for now! I really hope to do well in all of these and I'll sure keep you updated.
I'm watching the golden globes so I'll see you tomorrow, later!