Archive | January, 2011

Back to the Monday Grind

31 Jan

Or maybe Tim’s phrase is better…”working off the weekend gunk”. Yes, that’s definitely what I needed because my weekend once again was full of sweets and treats. Ate too much, and was ALWAYS full. Oh man, next Monday is going to be a tough one. No more Starbucks, no more starch, no more of that CRAP!! It’ll be good for me, I know it! This week, I’m trying to get a hold of my sugar cravings. I got a Cappuccino instead of a Caramel Macchiatto, so no type of sugar in my coffee. Why the dairy you might ask? Because I know next week I can cut the dairy cold turkey. It’s not like I actually do crave sugar or starch, it’s just it’s easily accessible therefore I just grab it and go. It’s too much work prepping a good healthy nutritious Paleo meal, you know what I mean? I’d rather just relax, play with my munchkin’, and hang out with the hubby. That’s all got to change next week. Back to the good ole healthy eating days. Whole30 – hopefully Whole50 or 60. Maybe I’ll lose some weight, because I definitely need to. You don’t want to know how much I gained in the last month. I got the talk from the doc, so I better be careful, otherwise I’ll really be put on a “diet”.

But boy, do I pay for it on Monday with my workouts. Especially those met-con ones. Today’s workout should of taken me less than 15 minutes, but my fat preggy butt would not move as fast as my mind was telling it to.

This week starts with a new cycle at CFPA, so we worked on Snatch Balances. I haven’t done these since August, so it was nice to work on something semi-new. The last time, I did 1 rep with 78#s, so I wanted to end up with 3 reps at 78#s. It was starting to get a little tough, but I got there. Here were my loads:

Snatch Balance: 43#(5)-53#(5)-63#(3)-73#(3)-78#(3)

And now the met-con:

3 RFT

  • 400 m run
  • 20 burpees
  • 30 abmat situps
  • Time:16:29

    Ugh! It sucked! I was a turtle with the burpees. I need to stop resting, and just freakin’ move!!!! I even thought about doing girl push ups with them, but I didn’t want to give in. My endurance level is flying out the window as fast as I can scarf down a Viet sammy. LOL.

    Ending the week with more Power Cleans!

    28 Jan

    Just wanted to say TGIF! And congrats to everyone at CFPA for making it through the first full week of longer WODs. Tim chose some great WODs that pushed us, and when I looked at the board, I saw some amazing numbers. HIGH FIVE!

    Today, our 5AM crew ended the week with Handstand Push Ups and Power cleans…oh ya, and a run..BLEH.

    4 RFT

  • 400 m run
  • 10 HSPUs
  • Power Cleans(95#)
  • I scaled the HSPUs. It’s not like I can do one in a WOD, but I decided not to use the jet pack and just use the box to scale it. Another skill that I need to learn after I give birth. I took my time with the power cleans, and I think that helped me in get through the WOD and finish second. WOO HOO! 95# is pretty heavy especially since I’m preggs, and I know I shouldn’t rush it too much, and make sure my form is right. I just had to get through 12 of them!

    One of the Crossfit videos that reminded me of our WOD today was the ladder WOD with Power cleans and HSPUs between Camille LeBlanc and Miranda Ordrolyd. Team Rogue and Team Again Faster got together in South Lake Tahoe for a few days to throwdown, and this was event #16. Camille is a tiny girl! 5’3″, and Miranda called her out with 135# power cleans which is EASY for her, and Camille came back with HSPUs. They decided on a ladder WOD, 10 power cleans, 2 HSPU, 8 power cleans, 4 HSPUs, and so on.

    As you can see in the video, Camille was just trying to get through the heavy power cleans, knowing that she could catch up with the HSPUs. Lots of determination from both girls. Love this video!

    Lesson: Just focus on getting through the WOD, and know where to push yourself, and keep moving! Oh! And much props to all those that did the HSPUs RX’d!

    Result: 17:44

    Fight Gone Bad

    26 Jan

    We all came into class sore. After the warmup, I still felt a little bit stiff, but it was all good because FGB would definitely loosen me up! Here’s the workout:

  • Wall Balls
  • SDHP 75/55
  • Box Jumps 20″
  • Push Press 75/55
  • Calorie Row
  • 3 rounds: Rest 1 min between rounds

    The worst for me was probably the calorie rows and wall balls. Hmm…and box jumps because I’m so slow at them! I can’t really practice box jumps because I’m preggs, so that will have to suffer a little while longer. The calorie row was the slowest, and I felt like I was pulling hard, but I guess not hard enough. The first round I got 12 calories, second round I got 10 calories, and third round I got 11 calories. I was hoping for 15.

    I am proud of my wall balls though. Most of them hit the 10 ft. marker, but didn’t go above the 10 ft. marker. Because of that my total was not RX’d. If I subtract about 10 or 12 reps from my score, I would be RX’d. I’ve done this workout before at the old gym, and got close to 80 per round. But that was probably with a lighter wall ball weight, and definitely NOT to 10 ft.

    Good times at the gym, and I’m not sore anymore! Let’s see how I feel tonight.

    Can I throw up real quick?

    25 Jan

    Never again am I eating Taco Bell or any fast food chain for that matter.

    Read more here!

    Power Cleans & Double Unders

    25 Jan

    Since we are doing longer WODs this week, I decided not to do my normal cardio run. Also, I missed last Monday session with power cleans, so I decided to work on power cleans and double unders. It was a short session, but hey…at least I went!

  • Power Cleans – 5(45#)-5(65#)-5(75#)-5(85#)-5(95#)
  • I did 10 double unders in between each set just so I could get some practice in. I still have the jumps in between, but I think I just need to work on not jumping so high, and sort of bend my hips when I am doing the DU. Hard to explain, but I’ll get there…ONE DAY!

    1st Cindy at CFPA

    24 Jan

    I haven’t worked out since last Wednesday, and last week was not a good Crossfit week. I think I only went to the gym twice, ate horrible all week, and my arms are exploding with fat injected into them! LOL. Well, I didn’t eat horrible, just not HEALTHY. Soon, I promise! A couple more weeks.

    Today, Tim told us that he was changing the program a bit, and it would be a 4 week program instead of 3. The 4th week would not include any strength workouts. We would be doing longer WODs and use what we learned in the past 3 weeks as part of the workout. Sounds like a plan to me!!

    So today we did the full version of Cindy:

    AMRAP in 20 minutes of the following:

  • 5 Pull Ups
  • 10 Push Ups
  • 15 Squats
  • This was the first time we did a full 20 minutes of Cindy. The last time we did 3/4 Cindy, I was definitely stronger and more in shape. Oh ya, and not pregnant. Still no excuses right? I was eating right, and consistently working out. With an extra 5 minutes, I should of beat my score from last time. But NOPE! It didn’t happen today. The weakness was PUSH UPS!!! Because of that, I think I’m going to add another item to my list of fitness goals which is to do the 100 day push up challenge. I think I can start this right after I give birth, so I don’t lose any upper body strength while trying to recover. I ended up getting the same amount of rounds I did with 15 minutes – 14 rounds + 29 reps. Yes, 29 freakin’ reps! 1 rep short of making 15 rounds. I REST TOO MUCH!!!!

    The workout was great, and I feel alive again. I heart Crossfit!

    My Paleo Breakfast

    20 Jan

    Organic uncured bacon from Applegate Farms, Guacamole, and Eggs. Probably the most satisfying and satiating breakfast ever!

    Sumo Deadlift High Pulls(SDHP)

    19 Jan

    I used to hate SDHP. I cringed every time the coach wrote it on the board. They were the worst, and only because I didn’t know what I was doing. 45# sounds so heavy when doing this lift, and my arms always tired out.

    But now, 2 years later, I’ve learned to actually like them. 65# doesn’t seem as heavy anymore, and they sound easier than box jumps. I know..crazy huh! Today’s workout made me feel great, and made me regret missing Monday because I was lazy.

    50 Double Unders
    Switch between the two exercises:
    1->10 SDHP
    10->1 Box Jumps
    50 Double Unders

    Time: 14:13.

    I was trying to catch up to Henry, but he finished the last double unders faster than me. Ugh, I really need to work on that new years goal that I had. Stringing together the double unders would of probably saved me 3 or 4 minutes. Great workout!!!

    Oh, and my 5AMers were kind enough to get me a bag of “Paleo Candy”. LOL. Coconut butter, 100% cacao, 85% dark chocolate, and macadamia butter. This will definitely help me in Whole30 next month. Thanks guys! 🙂

    Reflection

    18 Jan

    Early this morning(330 AM early!), I laid in bed thinking about today. Today is the day that I spend my last hours being in my 20s. I can never come back to it, so I’d thought I’d just take a moment to reflect on it. What have I lost, what have I gained, what have I learned?

    ..It’s now January 18th… I wrote the paragraph above on the 16th, and never got to finish. So here goes…

    10 years ago, I was in college, and about to graduate! I met Tran a few years earlier, and things were going great. Then I joined the wonderful engineering world, and started to earn my own cash, invest in 401k, and started saving for my first house. By 23, I finally moved out and was on my own. No one to really answer to, just living my life the way I wanted to. Of course, I always had the parents on each side of my ear quietly whispering the pros and cons of every major decision I make. Annoying, but it happens. Lots of ups and downs with the family. I lost my Uncle(my grandma’s oldest son) from a heart attack. Just crazy how things change so quickly, and how life can all of a sudden be taken away from you. That event definitely taught me to just live. Be happy and just live. There’s no time for bickering on petty shit, because it’s such a waste of time. Live your life!!

    Best friends were getting married and starting to have families. Tran and I traveled a lot, and let’s just say, we love the Caribbean. Then in 2007, after 9 years of being together, we finally tied the knot. One of the best days of my life. Such a great journey for both of us. All the meetings, planning, time and money spent — all for a few hours of celebration. Celebration of life, love, and happiness. All worth it!

    After a couple more years of travelling, we finally decide that it’s time to have our first baby. In October of 2009, Mason Quan Le was born, and has been a blessing every since. The crazy nursing schedule, CIO session, poopy diapers are all really worth it. My mom used to say to me – “You won’t know how it feels to be a mother until you have a child of your own”. Wow, was she right! I’ve never loved or missed someone so much. Being at work and away from your child is hard because you want to hang out with them all the time. Even though it’s hard to communicate with him at times, all those frustrations go out the window when he gives me a big smile and tries to squeeze you as hard as he can. So precious! My baby boy. Mommy loves you so much!

    And here I am today, celebrating 30 years of life. When I was a kid, I thought life was so hard. Always compared myself to others. Why did I have it so difficult, and mainly it was difficult parents. I truly believed they made my life hard. I can write a whole post about this, but I’m trying to let it go, and just accept it. Although I know they were difficult and strict, they had their reasons, and usually their reasons were very valid. What I’ve learned is to just take what I think is right about them, and try to apply it to my life. And I’ll definitely take what I think is wrong about them, and try not to do the same. And no I didn’t have it hard, I just thought I had it hard. Compared to other kids out there, my life was P.E.R.F.E.C.T. and I was very lucky to have parents who provided for me.

    In between all the big events that happened the past 10 years, there were definitely sad, embarrassing, fun and crazy moments that I didn’t mention. It was not all happy, I’ll tell you that. And you know what, I don’t think I’ve truly met my run of bad luck yet. I know I will one day. I keep thinking about it, when will these events occur, and how bad will they be. It’ll definitely be a test of will and strength, that I’m for sure of. Until then, I’m just going to live my life for me and my family. I think the 20s were definitely about me and growth. Now the 30s is going to be about my family, the family that Tran and I build together, and how we get through this crazy life as a family of 4.

    Cheers to the new decade! I promise, no more emo posts..back to Crossfit and healthy eating. The healthy eating, I’m still working on!!!

    BTB Tabata Squats

    14 Jan

    Oh, tabata, I love tabata! That’s what I said when Tim started writing our WOD on the board.

    BTB Tabata Squats THEN 1 mile run

    But what’s “BTB” everyone asks? BTB = Bottom to Bottom. As you might know, tabata is a 20 sec work 10 sec rest WOD for 8 rounds, which totals 4 minutes. The caveat with this WOD was that with BTB Squats, when you rest, you are resting at the squat position. Okay, that doesn’t seem too bad, right? OOOH ya, wait until the 4th round, then when you get up from the rest position, you’ll waste about 2 or 3 seconds waiting for your quads to unravel itself so you can get down to the squat position again.

    I cranked out 20 and 19 squats respectively for the 1st and 2nd round. Then I stayed at 15 and 13 for a few rounds, and ended up with the score of 12 squats after our last tabata round. The rest felt like it took FOREVER! It definitely hurt. And after the last round, we all stood up and walked outside to run the mile. No one was able to pick up their legs to run quickly out of the driveway. Well except for the new guy Chris, and he did real well.

    My time for the mile was 9:06 – 12 squats, so the final score was 8:54. Not too bad for a pregnant lady, and I did scrub while running. A little scary, but I think I’m A-OK. Great way to end a week of hard workouts.

    I should note that we did Press for Strength, and I could not get the 80# up. I didn’t want to push too hard, but I need to keep my core tight. Oh well, I will try again next week.