Weekend Wrap Up

I had a pretty good weekend !  How about you ? 

I was up really early on Saturday , 4:30 am , had to be to work for 6 am .  Then it was a 10 hr day . Usually after working on Saturday  I need to take a nap . I was pretty exhausted when I got home but it was almost 5 so I just kinda relaxed . 

We had dinner then I decided I wanted to try and go for a walk . There is a rail trail about 10 mins from my house , so the hubs and I headed there .  

Lo and behold , I walked and survived. I survived all 2.4 miles !!! 

2.4 miles !!!!

I was dying at the end of the walk but I am so glad I did it . 

Then today , my daughter and I headed to my sisters house . First off was some Pokémon Go , my daughter and nephew had a blast . We walked around for a while, had some lunch , then headed back to the house for swimming . 

It was definitely not as warm as I would have liked but , I wanted to get some water aerobics (or my version of them ) in .


I was in the pool for about 45 minutes , running , walking , did high knees , jumping jacks and some actual swimming .  

Man , was I tired after that , honestly, still am .  But – again , I did it ! 

Not only did I get in exercise this weekend , I am down 8 lbs since I got back in the wagon ! 

Cheers to a great week everyone! 

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Something is better than nothing

Happy Sunday Everyone!

The past couple of weeks I did not get into the gym as much as I wanted. Last week was only twice and the week before was only 1( ugh ) time.

While I was not able to do what I wanted fitness wise, I took the next best thing this weekend and joined my husband at Planet Fitness.  Oh.my.goodness.gracious.

This sealed the deal that Planet Fitness is not for everyone, especially me, and that’s okay, but I had to move and Something is better than nothing.

I don’t know if every PF is like this one, but weight machine hogs galore. And the 3 weight benches they had with the barbells attached to the rig, Sweet Baby Jesus…. Once I got in there to do some bench presses – there was only (1) 10 lb plate…. WTF is that ? I looked everywhere.  At that point I was so frustrated with waiting for one, then the disappearing plate, I was ready to go after that.  When we got there, I did time on the elliptical.  Lot harder than I remember, but I did a good amount of time.  I think I can use PF for my cardio needs on the weekend, to get moving.  But I will not be using it for my regular workouts.

I admit it…… I AM A LUNK , lol.  I like to ” Pick things up and put them down” .

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So here is how I did at the workouts I made it to :

Weds 4/6 Lift Day!

Overhead Squats = I really did not think I was going to be able to pull this one off, but lo and behold – I did 5×3 25lbs!!! Winna Winna Chicken Dinna!

Sumo Deadlifts ( which are so much fun! ) 5×3 95lbs.  Its fun, cause you can pretend you are a sumo wrestler, but when I do it, its more like Fat Bastard from Austin Powers.

After that it was accessory work – 3 rounds

20 R/L side steps with side pump

10 dips

20 planks – with kneeoff box ( modified)

20 crunches

Unfortunately, I did not make it back into the gym until the next Monday

This was a killer. Complete KILLA

row 500m

2 rounds = 8 modified burpees, 20 jump squats

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2 rounds = 20 kb swings 26lbs, 10 alt pistols ( mod with TRX)

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2 rounds = 12 pushups, 15 plank jacks

Time was 23:43

Then it was back on Thursday . Yes, I missed my Lift Day 😦

It was a kettlebell night.

All I can say is SWEET BABY JESUS.

4 rounds

8 KB Cleans 26lbs

8 KB front squats ( 2 rounds just Bw squats )

8 KB Jerks 12 lbs

8 Lunges – BW

time was 27:13

This workout was so hard for me.  I was going to stop and cry at one point.  I wanted to finish, I wanted it to be over, I wanted to do it.  I just Kept Swimming.

Honestly surprised I did not cry or pass out.  I was so happy I finished.  IMG_4219

 

Today, I decided to go to one of our State Parks. Maudslay State Park in Newburyport , MA is a place I have been going ever since I was a kid.  I absolutely love it there.  It is a great place for a walk, run, dog walk, picnic, bird watch, horseback riding, kite flying, you name it, its great . Today , they had a telescope set up so visitors could look at Great Horned Owls that were nesting in the trees above the main building.  Its 480 acres of awesomeness. I took a great walk there this afternoon.  Other than the obviously pot smoking teens I walked by, the walk was really great  and super peaceful.  Here’s a little snapshot I took .

IMG_4244I know I don’t look super happy here, but it was a beautiful day . And I thought my hair looked good, lol.

If you get a chance to explore all the Maudslay has to offer, I highly recommend it.  You won’t be disappointed.

 

Bring a water and some binoculars too.  There is so much to see .

 

 

One of the things I have been actively avoiding this week is the fact that 1 year ago, I was really sick and things for our family took a drastic turn when we experienced a fire in our apartment building.  It sucked. 2015 as a whole, truly truly sucked.  On one hand its hard not to think about it, cause all of us are stronger for having gone through it.  I am still frustrated that they have no answers for me as far as my health goes.  I am thankful for Plexus and its effect it has had on my health,  a true ray of hope in my battle against this unknown. I am thankful that my amazing kids adjusted to hotel life, then to living in a whole new town, going to new schools and have THRIVED. My kids are unbelievable.  At least I know we are doing this parenting thing right. All 3 of my kids are exceeding expectations in all areas.  I am so proud of them.

So far, 2016 , it has been a pretty good year.  Here’s hoping it continues.

Wonder what this week has instore? Gotta keep swimming!

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Refuse to Sink

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Refuse to Sink.

I think this is a perfect way to explain how I feel right now.

My health, my life, my well being, I have taken  matters into my own hands and sticking with what works for me.

I Refuse to Sink.  I will Keep Swimming.  I will conquer no matter how long it takes.

 

 

 

This week at the gym, I was really proud of myself. Here is how I did:

Monday

8 min AMRAP

5 push press – 25 lbs

6 box jumps – I am jumping on 2 plates right now,

working my way back up to the box, currently at 7″

7 KB swings 0 26 lbs

I got 5 rounds, 11 reps

6 min AMRAP

6 thrusters – 25lbs

60 single jumps

I got 3 rounds.  Whoa Nelly were those jumps harder than I thought! Snuck up on me!

4 mins- as many backsquats as possible – 15 lbs – I got 60.

To say my legs were burnin would be an understatement.

Wednesday – Lift day!!!

My favorite!!! Wish it was every day 🙂

Back Squats

3-3-3-3 increasing weight after warm up set .  6lb- 75 lb- 85 lb – 95lbs!!!!!!   Yeah baby – 95 lbs, how the hell did I pull that out?!?!

Push Press

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60 lb- 65 lbs- 70 lb- 75 lbs

Here are some pics from my Push Press -courtesy of my girl Alicia 🙂

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And – Can I just say , I didn’t look as bad from the back as I thought I would , lol

 

 

Accessory work / 3 rounds

10 single leg dead lifts – 18lbs

8 seated presses – 18lbs

30 frog pumps

(3) 20 second hollow holds

Thursday

4 rounds

200 m row

15 wall balls – 8lbs

15 box jumps – ( actually 7″ plates )

15 hollow tucks

I completed this in ……. get ready for it……. 18:24 !!!!!!   What the frack ?!?!?  I was dying, sweat dripping, eyeballs sweaty, ready to puke, but I DID IT!

Honestly, I believe it was the power of MC HAMMER , that propelled me.  We had a 90’s throwback jams playlist going , along with Hammer , we had Humpty Hump, No Diggity, you get the gist.  I was 2 Legit 2 Quit! It was quite the interesting class.  Coach Jane always makes it fun.

 

I have got to tell you folks, yours truly , is back at it , back in the game, and the Swim is strong! After the past year and a half of all my various crap, I am back doing what I need to do for me .

Managing my condition, once I had a better understanding of what is going on and how my body is reacting to things with the info from my drs, was number 1.

I needed to get working out.  I really just love working out in this format.  I do. I feel good, I feel strong , I feel fierce. I feel freakin awesome!

In addition, adding Plexus into my daily routine has helped so much . It has really helped me so much, I cannot even put it into words.  I wish I had discovered it sooner.  The funny thing is, I didn’t realize how much I wear my emotions on my face. I keep hearing how people can tell I am feeling better. How crazy is that?   I signed up to be a Plexus Ambassador because this product is now something I  NEED, I do. I figured why now get the most of it as possible.  If you are interested in learning about Plexus or want to give it a whirl – check  out my site : Meg’s Plexus Site.

Or shoot me an email – lets chat. lessthighsmorethunder@gmail.com

I feel better than I have in such a long time.

It’s taken me a while and its a long road, but I feel I am at the start of a great part of this journey!

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Remember Why You Started

Why you started

 

 

This is all a journey,  right?  I know, I keep saying this, but it so is.  Ups and downs.  I have been through a lot this year, in general.  In trying to keep myself and my family afloat, I have forgotten about me and my journey.  And that SUCKS!

I feel better now, My family is getting settled in our new place , and thats right folks, yours truly is getting BACK AT IT!!!!

WITH A VENGEANCE!!!!

I know I am no fitness role model, but gosh do I love working out.  And I am so so so excited to be back at the gym tomorrow.  Don’t get me wrong, I will be a hot flabby mess, and I will be sore as hell Tuesday, but I cannot WAIT!!!

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Now, peoples usual reaction is ” why don’t you just go to a regular gym?” ” why not work out at home?”  Both good questions, and yes, cheaper options, but at this point = I have found a format that works for me .  Anyone who has struggled with weight loss and fitness knows that finding what works for you  is half the battle.

I’m not making excuses, just explaining, I suppose, but I have had a pretty crappy year so far.  I had a different focus than on myself and my journey and it was all about my family and my health.  Not bad reasons to lose sight of your personal journey , but none the less, I was lost.

As I say, I did not just fall off the wagon – It was a horrific wagon crash with no survivors.

These past few weeks as I felt better and gave myself excuses why it was not the right time to get back into it, I revisited my blog.  Revisited my posts, reread my journey, because, yes, there are things we forget.  I am so glad I decided to do this blog, cause I much as I can remember events, those feelings swell back up when I go back and read about it again.

In that Spirit  – Here are some of my ” Greatest Hits “

Just Keep Swimming!

What’s On the Box ?

Turkish Getups – She Ra Style!

One Small Lunge

Lunges – Oh how thou art a heartless bitch

1st Weight Goal Achieved !

Rebirth

Shakin’ it – the key to running!

Gotta Find the Postives

Double Unders …. Check !

Personal Goal Hit

Haters Step Off

5 K – Check!

Falling is Easy …

The hopes, the dreams, the goals

And here’s a photo dump of some of  these great times!

215 Lbs Baby!!!

215 Lbs Baby!!!

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Bad Ass BeFitters at the finish!!!

Bad Ass BeFitters at the finish!!!

My first 5 K!!!

My first 5 K!!!

Me doing my ring dips!!!  Thanks Holly for capturing the moment!!!!

Me doing my ring dips!!! Thanks Holly for capturing the moment!!!!

I hope you enjoyed my walk down memory lane .  Here’s to making the rest of 2015 Incredible – no matter what journey you are on!!!

If you have stumbled on your your path, that’s okay, dust your self off and get back on it.  It’s okay to falter – we just need to get back at it.  It can be a pause , it just can’t be a stop.

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I will be back to the gym tomorrow and I am sure I will have lots to say. Hope you will come back and read all about it.

Thank you to everyone that has helped me and inspired me on this journey, my coaches, my family, my “gym gals” , my friends and all of you for your support.

Lets make this swim the best yet!

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Bumpy Ride

 

Hello Everyone!!!! How the heck are ya?!

I know, I know, its been months.

Well, those months, they haven’t exactly been all to great for yours truly.

The past 3 months I have been dealing with more health issues.  More enlarged lymph nodes in my neck.  Three this time around.  Had surgery to remove one to be tested, came back benign for everything ( thank goodness! )  This time around I also had extreme fatigue, muscle soreness, weight loss, night sweats, chills, and a crazy rash.  I was tested for everything from lymphoma to lyme disease to sarcoid to mono.  I have no idea how many times I was at the doctors or the emergency room .  What royally sucked, was no one could help me.  The only thing that made me feel any better or allowed me to function was steroids.  After being sent to an infectious diseases doctor, the conclusion after all the testing is that I had some sort of crazy unknown virus .  Some crazy unknown virus that ruined my life for over 2 months.  I am happy to report that I am feeling so much better now!  Thank Goodness !

 

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While this was all going on , we had a fire in our apartment building.  Thankfully no one was hurt, and no ones things destroyed.  It was an electrical fire in the electrical room.  The issue was that the fire destroyed the electrical system and the electric company would not turn the power back on to the building until the management company brought the building up to code.  So nice to know that the ridiculous rent we were all paying went to upkeep and making sure things were up to code.  The fire happened on April 20, today is June 2, they have yet to start the work to bring the building up to code.  My neighbors and my family were sent to a local hotel until other arrangements could be made.  Those other arrangements were other apartments on site, some 3 bed, some 2 bed.  (Our building was all 3 bedrooms, all full of families). The biggest issue with this for us, was that our lease was up at the end of May, so we were low man on the totem pole when it came to comfortable accommodations.  They ran out of available apartments ( despite listing all of our apartments as available on line while we were all at the hotel ) so we were sent to a Residence Inn .  Basically until our lease was up we were between a Residence Inn and a LaQuinta Inn .  Keep in mind , I have 3 kids, who all needed to get to school .  And these hotels were not even in the same town that we live in . It was a 20-30  min drive to get the kids to school, each day .

For those keeping track:

Wicked sick

Fire

Hotel Life

3 kids

This is not a good combo.  Not too mention, the extra cost of all the eating out.  Thankfully, my renters insurance picked up most of the food cost and everything I lost out of my fridge.   The management company of my complex was horrible through out the whole ordeal.  The day it happened, all the residents could not go back home, so we were cooped up at the Club House, which is where the main office is, would of been nice if the Property Manager gave a shit and actually came and spoke to the residents, but nope.  One of neighbors went and grabbed donuts and coffee for everyone .

Don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful we had a roof over our head, but the process was atrocious.  The Management company had the audacity to try and tell me they were paying for my food…. I had to remind them, that no they were not, my insurance company was.  It was all bullshit.  Not to mention, we had to move out of our apartment with no power.  It was a giant suckfest.

February , March , April and May were just completely shitty. Snow – Sickness – Fire – UGH!!!

Good Riddance!!!

Time to get my life back and get back to me.  We are still getting settled in our new place but my plan is to get back at it at the gym next month.

I miss working out so very much.  I miss how I felt, I miss the sense of accomplishment.  I need to get back at it!!! I have so many goals and so many things I want to accomplish.
Hopefully I am leaving the Bumpy Road behind for Smooth Sailing ahead.

 

Just Keep Swimming!!!! It applies to everything.  Just  Keep Going. Never give up.  Keep up the fight, no matter what the fight is.

We all have a fight going on – be it within ourselves or with a part of our world or the world it self.  But we can do this.

Gotta remember kids – this is a journey.  Its not always the best one, or the fun one, but its the journey we are on .  Bumps, scrapes and joys.  Each one defining us and making us who we are and who we are meant to be.

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Thanks for sticking by me and I hope you enjoy the journey along side of me.

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Let’s Talk About Body Image

Tell me what you like about yourself and your looks.

Tell me what you dislike about yourself and your looks.

 

I bet you it is easier for you to answer the 2nd statement than the 1st.

Why is that ? Why is it so much easier to focus on the negatives than the positives? Especially when it comes to our bodies and how we perceive them ?

 

The beginning of every year has just about all of us focused on losing weight or getting fit.  Our most common resolution is ” To fix ourselves”.  I have found more and more that my thinking was wrong on the subject.  If a skinny person told me that they ” need to lose 10 lbs” or ” I’m so fat” or something like that , my usual response was ” I wish I was fat like that ” or ” I wish I only had 10 lbs to lose”.  My thought was, this person looks great, I would be so happy if I looked like them.  It really never occurred to me, that they are unhappy with themselves.  And who the hell am I to judge that , or be jealous?

We all have shit we want to work on, in some way or another.  Some of us, want that to be our looks.  Be it our size, our hair, our face, it doesn’t matter.  We need to stop judging and just let everyone be themselves .  Embrace that people want to change themselves for reasons that would make them happy.

Take this whole Bruce Jenner stuff going on at the moment.  What ever is going on in Bruce’s life, its not our business. Regardless if they make a life in the public eye, what they want to do or be – its not the public’s call.  Let Bruce be Bruce. Whoever that may be.

Then there is static about a plus size model in Sports Illustrated.  Come on folks!  People over a size 10 need a bathing suit too!

 

Why do we care so much ?

 

It all goes back to Body Image and what we want to be and how we see ourselves.

 

I have always had a negative image of myself.  I really don’t know why, but I have.  Let’s go over how crazy I am.

 

This is me as a baby with me momma.  Prob 1981 . I have issues . I think I look like  a monkey baby here.

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Here I am in High School.  This is where I thought I was fat.  All size 7 , 128 lbs of me.

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High School

High School was really where I felt the worst, all by my own doing.  I mean seriously, I thought I was fat here.  What the hell was the matter with me?  If only I could go back.  But I can’t , I made this bed, and I am through lying in it.  This was my goal picture.  But I have to be realistic,  I am 34 years old, not 17 anymore.  It’s time I focus on being the best me that I can be, today.  Not best me from 1997.  It has taken me so long to get that through my head.

So here I am today.  Working on myself and trying to get back to get to a place where I am happy with myself.

215 Lbs Baby!!!

215 Lbs Deadlift Baby!!!

Its a journey as you all know.  I think I have grown, not only stronger physically, but mentally since I made this decision to do something about myself. I keep swimming.  Keep going.

 

I started back working out in January , and I am down 5 lbs!

Its slow and steady to win that race.   There are no quick fixes and there are going to be set backs.  I think we all need to get out of our own heads.  I will get there.  And you will too.

We need to focus on happiness within ourselves instead of what we look like.

Everyone no matter the size has something they don’t like, I am working on liking all my parts and making them what I want .  We should be who we want, how we want and we shouldn’t care what anyone thinks.

I know that is not easy.  But maybe we are all a work in progress through our lives, instead of a finished product.  Always room to grow.

 

So I ask all of you now, Tell me what you like about yourself.  Share it! Shout it from the rooftops!  Be you ! Embrace all of your qualities!

Let’s get out there and change the world.  WE can do it. One mindset at a time.

 

Don’t forget to check me out on my  Facebook Page  = Less Thighs More Thunder .     I post little things over there too.

 

We are all awesome. Sometimes we just need to be reminded of that.

Spread the Awesome.

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The Chicken Wing Method

Hi Folks!

It has been a great week for me work out wise.  Right now, we are in the middle of a snow storm, so I figured it was a great time to tell you all about it.

I worked out 3x this week.  Trying to get back into the groove is both hard and humbling.  But, boy, was I happy to get in 3x .

 

Wednesday was strength day.  Here is how I did:

Overhead Squats – On The Minute for 10 minutes.

4 reps each minute – I had to use the training bar.  15 lbs and it was hard.  Sweet Baby.  Its amazing how just being out of it, really for 6 months, affects your body and how much it ” forgets”.

The humbling didn’t stop there.  Then it was on to the workout portion.

3 rounds

10  step ups r/l —> 18 lbs

10 Bend over rows —>18 lbs

10 Strict Press —> 12.5 lbs.  12.5 freaking tiny pounds. Good Lord.  The worst part was it was a struggle.  It was hard for me.

That really sealed the deal, that I am starting from the beginning again.  And that is okay.  I always say this is a journey. It really is.  Ups, downs, beginnings, endings, restarts.  Its all good.

 

Thursday:

4 min Amrap

3 wall climbs

6 Burpee Box Jumps

50 single jumps – I was able to do some double unders 🙂

I got through 1 round and 3 reps

6 min Amrap

4 wall climbs

8 Burpee Box Jumps

50 single jumps

I got through 1 round and 5 reps

8 Min Amrap

5 wall climbs

10 Burpee Box Jumps

50 Single jumps

I got through 1 round and 8 reps

 

I was really happy that I increased my reps each round as well as I was able to complete 1 full round each set.  I just had to keep moving.

 

Friday:

Here we come to the name of todays post.

In this class we worked on Front Squats and Squat Cleans.  I always struggle with the squats. That is no secret.  I thought I did pretty good at my cleans.  I learned, not so much.  I always struggle to get my elbows up.  We broke down the clean and I finally got it right.  It feels so much different.  I call it the ” Chicken Wing Method”  Cause you gotta bring your elbows up like chicken wings.  What ever you gotta do, right? Hey, it worked ! They used to tell me the same way and say the same things, but this time it clicked, better late than never.

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Here is the workout that followed:

15 Front Squats 25 lbs

25 bar Hops

10 Push Press 25 lbs

15 Squat cleans 25 lbs

25 bar hops

10 Push press 25 lbs

25 bar hops

15 Front Squats 25 lbs

The bar was a little too high for me to jump over right now, so I used a hurdle.  I could jump over the bar any way I wanted. Mostly I did lateral hops, but to have some fun as I do. I went into ” Elegant Gazelle” mode. What do you think? lol

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Elegant Gazelle… well, kinda/ sorta. Maybe not, but at least I got off the ground!

Yes, I am a goof ball.  But, if you can’t have fun, then why bother?  And I know what you are thinking…. panty line. Right? Not that my fat ass isn’t big enough on its own, but that big ol line across it doesn’t make it look smaller.  Anyways…I’m a Fatty McButter trying to be less fatty right now.  There is not sugar coating it. I got shit to work on. And I am okay with that.

To quote my fav – Stuart Smalley …. ” I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like me! ”

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If you don’t know who Stuart Smalley is, check out the link above.  Serious SNL gold.

It really was a great week.  I have some long term goals I am working on.  More on those next post.

Until then, Keep Swimming folks!

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Resuming the Journey with Positive News!

Happy New Year Everyone!

When last you checked in with your heroine ( me), I was at the end of months waiting to find out if a lump in neck was cancerous or not.

I AM ECSTATIC TO REPORT THAT EVERYTHING CAME BACK NEGATIVE! ALL CLEAR!

After months of emotional turmoil, I got the best end result and for that, I could not be any more grateful.  My life was on hold and now I feel I have my life back.  I feel I have to live life to the fullest.

I am so very grateful from the bottom of my heart for all of you who sent me messages, prayed for me, thought of me, and sent your positivity my way.  I am so blessed, truly, truly blessed.  I will forever cherish all the goodness that was sent my way .

 

Now back to our regular scheduled program….

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I have not done a workout, like entered the gym, since October 15, 2014.  Then, before that, my workouts were spurratic at best.  Here and there for really the last 6 months.

No more excuses my friends.

Got back into the gym this week on Tuesday.  A humbling and disappointing time, but, it had to be done so I can move on.  I am so out of shape from where I was, its disgusting.  I am ashamed I let myself slip back so much into the dark.  So, what did I tell myself? You know it…. Everyone together…

il_570xN.489538417_4ovmThats right kids, JUST KEEP SWIMMING.  And man, did it take a lot to keep me afloat.

The WOD was 3 rounds, the usual suspects.  Cleans, Burpees, Thrusters, lunges.  I sucked it. Hard.  But I knew I was going to.  What I didn’t think I would have to do was resort to the training bar.  Good Lord. The training bar.  I used to be able to lift 65-75 lbs over my head and now I struggle with 15 lbs.

Sweet Baby Jesus.

So, since this was 3 rounds, my goal was at least 2 .  And I did meet my goal.  But, man, was it hard. And the soreness I have been feeling sucks hard.  I knew that was coming, but its something I just gotta get through. I was so sore by Thursday, stairs were excruciating.  I almost wasn’t going to go to the gym, but I decided I just need to get there and move.  Even if it is modified to the enth degree, I need to move and hopefully it would also loosen me up.

I went.  It was a wicked fun workout – granted just about every move was modified but I finished the workout and got a great work out in.  Felt so damn good .  Really.  I do love working out, I love the feeling afterward, I love the soreness, I love the feeling of accomplishment.  I need this.  I need to keep it up.

 

Lets talk Resolutions.  Do you make them? Do you keep them?

 

Me, neither, lol.

 

I do make goals for myself.  For the time being, the goal is to get down under 200 lbs by my 35th birthday in July.  I think its going to be hard, but I do think its doable.   I am going to get back into the swing of things.  I am going to succeed.  I am going to conquer.

 

Thank you for coming on the swim and sticking by me through the crap.  I hope to make you proud.

Until next time Kids….

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This Fall’s Charity Challenges !

How are you doing with your Charity Challenges?  Have you run a race in honor of someone?  Donated to a charity?  Participated in a walk for a cause?  Or did you just donate to a cause?

 

This fall, I am participating in a couple of different events.

 

This Sunday I am walking with my sister’s in laws in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Boston .

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My sisters mother in law passed away recently from this terrible disease. I love the family and I am proud to walk with them . If you interested in donating , you can find the information here .

 

Also, this October, I am participating the Barbells for Boobs event at my gym.

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This is a workout where we raise money for Breast Cancer early detection in young folks. For just $80, one more person will know that they are living with Breast Cancer.  This is staggering to me. My grandmother, while she did not have breast cancer when she was young, she is a survivor having been diagnosed later in life.  If you are interested in donating or participating, you can find the information here.

 

I think if we all gave some of our time to a great cause, the world would be so much better of a place.

 

So get out there and do some good !

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Early to bed, Early to Rise

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I am slowly getting into my new routine of morning classes . I have gone to the 5 am class . I am soooo not a morning person . But I am freaking determined to get my workouts in , no matter what .

That means a 4:15 am alarm. Sweet Baby Jesus. What on earth was I thinking ? That is what I kept saying to myself the ride to the gym yesterday . But the workout had snatches and box jumps which are my favorites, so I just focused on that .

We warmed up and went over the workout .
12 rounds
3 wall climbs
6 alt Db snatches – 30 lbs
12 box jumps

At first I grabbed a 22 lb weight figuring I would ease back into it instead of going to the 35 lbs I used to do. But , yeah , that was too light . So up to the 30 I went . I still used the 12″ box and instead of the 2 plates I would use before , I opted for (1) 45 lb plate. I figured it was shorten than I used to do . I can do it , no problemo .

Cha right ! The universe had other plans and apparently they had it out for my shins . I took my first jump and promptly missed the top instead coming down on either side of the box . Got some nice bruises. But hey, it’s all good ! I kept on going , took the plate off, but kept going.

My goal was 6 rounds . Knowing it would take me forever I figured if I got through half I would be happy .
Lo and behold – guess who got through almost 10 rounds ! Technically 9+17.

I felt so great the rest of the day, which I honestly was not really expecting.

 

Today’s class I was on the fence about going into it.

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

Push jerks 65 lbs

Power cleans 65 lbs

I used to be able to do 75 lbs, so I figured I would go for 55 lbs.  Everyone else in the class could go heavier.  But, 55 lbs ended up being way too light, so I went to 65 lbs.

This work out looks pretty easy, but if you dropped the bar during each set – like the 8th rep of the 10 set, then your penalty was 30 Mountain climbers.  I figured for sure there were going to be tons of Mountain Climbers for me to do .

But, when I got the 1st set of 10 done, I knew I could do it.  I just kept going , taking breaks between the sets and not the reps.  The goal was 20 minutes.  I thought for certain it was never going to happen, but guess who banged it out in 17:39?  This gal!!!!

It was just what I needed to get me pumped.  It wasn’t a PR, it wasn’t my best ever, but its the best I have been in so long, so I was down right thrilled!!!

Excited to see what tomorrow brings 🙂

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