I made a thing with a side of things.
I made a thing with a side of things.
FYI, this is still what’s going on at my house.
That Krampus, though — he might get framed.
If one nipple touches, that’s a rep — right?!
I got a few consistently in practice that way because my right arm is stronger and one boob is bigger than the other …
My legs tell the story of a successful battle this week. I already know my score for 14.2 (10), so that takes some pressure off. Ha!! I’ll fight for one c2b, though. I got them once and was like, “Oh, that was easy,” but haven’t been able to replicate it since! Not sure what I did different that day.
Today’s homework from my “get better at willpower” Peak Performance program is to ride the wave of a craving. I’ve seriously been wanting to dig into some chocolate in my pantry all day, but haven’t given in (yesterday I did — a LOT). I notice that the craving comes and goes like a wave and I feel a physical tightness in my chest and even in my throat/sinuses/tongue if that makes sense? When I feel myself doing that, I’m just trying to breathe through it and let it pass. I never realized before that I had physical manifestations of a minor anxiety such as wanting a snack before! Interesting thing to learn about myself. I feel more in control of my willpower and emotions each day as I work through these exercises. It’s amazing stuff.
I didn’t make it to the gym yesterday because I had work and family priorities, but it ended up being a good thing because I would have done Wendler bench press. Today’s WOD:
Linda aka “3 Bars of Death”
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps each of:
Deadlift @ 1.5 x’s bodyweight = approx 185#
Bench Press @ bodyweight = 125#
Clean @ 3/4th’s bodyweight = approx 85#
I’m dead. My deadlifts were broken on the 6s and 5s. I was using a men’s bar for them and my grip was giving out. The cleans were a train wreck — so much cardio! My form felt awesome, though — thank you Colin!! I think everyone went way too heavy on them. We should have scaled those, big time. Benches were my “rest.”
So then, I figured … let’s run!
I figure tired legs like this will feel what the back 5 of the half will feel like, so it was good practice. I always tend to start hitting really good running form after 4 miles. It’s kind of ticking me off! Why can’t I start out running well?!! Dumb body. Ha!
How to dance. [x]
I just did this with my kid and we are laughing so hard. It made our day.
Holy shit. Forecastle 2014 lineup.
Wendler Squats, it’s 3s week. Finished at 155# x 8.
I feel like my squats are still my weakest mentally. I think I could have made another 1-2 reps, but my head got in the way. I even set up the power rack for myself to get my head out of the way so there was nothing to fear, but I felt some pressure to not fail because a few people were watching. All of these are stupid excuses. I set up the rack for the SOLE PURPOSE of going for maximum effort, but I think I sold myself short a rep or two anyway! Stupid brain. It’s a process that I’ll keep processing. I’m happy with my 8, just mad I didn’t give it one more even if it was a fail.
IT IS GOOD TO FAIL. It is good to fail. Fail!
Worked on my pull-ups and 4 felt so smooth and easy today. I’ve probably got 6-7 reps again, but am going with the program and not rushing anything. I’ve got nothing but time on my hands.
Warm-Up of 8:00 EMOM wall-balls and burpees, followed by
20:00 AMRAP of:
10-Push Press (115/75)
10-Box Jumps (24/20)
9 + 20 reps Rx. Sweaty.
Ran my intervals on the treadmill this morning — remembered to use my Garmin footpod this time, but neglected to hit the lap button for the intervals. Doh! I’m learning. :) The pause at the beginning was me jumping off real quick to turn up the volume on the music, haha! I think I need to up the speed on the recovery intervals as I go — I notice I do that outside on my own, and running slower between each effort interval is harder at the end than at the beginning.
I’m learning SO MUCH from the Peak Performance podcast program I posted yesterday. Here’s how it helped me mentally power through my morning and turn a few negatives into positives:
My cat started pestering me and waking me up around 4:00. Tried going back to sleep, but gave in around 4:30-4:45. Got up and listened to Day 5 about forgiveness. This lesson is HUGE for me. Just last night I was beating myself up for going a little overboard in the kitchen around 9:30-10:00. It wasn’t huge, just minor nagging at myself, but it even persisted through this morning.
But here’s the thing — I noticed the feelings of guilt I was putting on myself and noticed that the perfectionist in me was causing these feelings. After listening this morning I was able to get over it and move on and recognize it was just a mistake for not having my planned snack at 8:30 like I told myself I’d do to keep the nightly munchies at bay. There’s a reason for that planning! Live and learn and move on!
So, this morning — I’m super tired and don’t want to do my interval run. I cooked up some blueberry muffins for the guys and they smelled so good. Told myself I’d go do my run so I could “earn a muffin.”
During the run, I:
1. Realized I was not running to “earn a muffin,” but because I have fitness goals such as a certain 13.1 mile race coming up in 7 weeks.
2. Realized I didn’t really want the muffin, I really wanted my regular breakfast that I love so much.
3. Utilized some of Coach Kiomi’s mental vacation regrouping techniques during my recovery efforts to calm my body and mind for the next push.
In the end, my run was a success and I feel more alert and refreshed. I realized that my willpower was low and I was wanting the sugar just because I was very tired — not because it was something that I’d actually enjoy. (The last time I ate one it tasted really gross to me. I’m not used to that much sugar any more and the muffin felt like it was sticking all to my teeth and stuff and I could barely swallow it! My food tastes and preferences have really changed.)
I re-charged my willpower this morning through my 20 minute meditation and my exercise. I’ll probably make it to 2:00 before I actually give in and shove one of those in my face. Wanna place bets? :-D
Some other positives from yesterday that have come from just 5 days of applying her program:
1. I caught myself checking out the pantry and instead put away a bunch of Legos and vacuumed the house.
2. I noticed several small, easy tasks around the house and actually DID them instead of walking by.
3. I stayed out of the pantry until the very last hour of the day, when my willpower was depleted.
4. I accomplished many “between task” regroupings and mini mental breaks. Stayed in control of my day and productive until the very end of it.
5. Stayed on task pretty well at my desk and stopped myself from wasting time more than 5 times.
HOW CAN WE BE HAPPY ?
Once a group of 50 people was attending a seminar.
Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each one a balloon. Each one was asked to write his/her name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.
Now these delegates were let in that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written, within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.
At the end of 5 minutes no one could find their own balloon.
Now each one was asked to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it.
Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.
The speaker began— exactly this is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is.
Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness.
And this is the purpose of human life.
I stumbled upon this podcast program from a “life coach” kind of lady, and man it is spot on!! Right in line with everything I’ve been thinking and doing.
I almost feel like I’ve found the answer to what we’ve all been seeking. (I’m speaking to the “fitblrs” here like me who struggle with weight, motivation, procrastination, distraction/focus issues, failing to meet goals, etc.) For sure, I’m on the right path for myself and I’m finding more tools to help me stay on that path.
It’s an 8 week program, available for free only through March 14 (she’s still adding content).
Get it while you can! I downloaded all the mp3s in case I can’t listen to them all before it goes away.
I’m only on day 4, but so far I’ve learned:
1. I actually have goals.
2. My goals were too vague or too big.
3. I have too many goals, so I narrowed it down for my first trial of this to two simple ones that are “low-hanging fruit”.
4. A better way to make a plan to achieve these goals using the “When -> Then” formula. (My first trial run this week is: “When I mindlessly open the pantry to avoid tasks, Then I will clean for a few minutes.”)
5. Meditation methods/exercises and more analysis of how meditation helps improve willpower.
I highly recommend this series. It might seem cheesy and lame to some of you, but to others it might really hit home. I almost didn’t want to share this because it’s either too stupid or too perfect. I can’t decide if I’m ashamed or amazed. Give it a try and decide for yourself if it’s a tool that may help you.
I just hope on day 10 I don’t wake up and find out I’m in a cult or something. Haha!
Wendler OH Press, finished with 8x85#
When you think you don’t have another rep, go for another rep. Only your brain is in doubt, and it can’t know the truth until you press! (Using common sense, of course — not if there’s a risk of injury.)
I’ve been warming up with what I call “Shankle Shoulders,” following his routine from his video the other day. Worked so well for the 14.1 snatches!!!
It’s deload/metcon week at CF, so no risk of overlap with my strength program. Yay!
2011 CrossFit Open WOD 11.5
5-Power Cleans (145/100) — scaled to 85#
15-Wall Balls (20/14 t0 10′/9′)
= 7 rounds + 5 cleans.
I got voted “Most Humorous” in middle school for this very reason. It’s sarcasm, people!