Monthly Archives: December 2010

A New Word for a New Year

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In 2009, I came across Ali Edwards “One Little Word” post and chose my word for 2010 to be Transformation. After getting feedback from everyone participating in 2010 she created this great word list. This year Ali’s word is “light, which is very similar to what I decided to choose!

Let’s recap a little bit first. Last year my watch word was supposed to be Transformation. Did I live up to that choice? Honestly, I don’t think I did it justice until about a month or two ago. Of course, 2010 found me signing up for a running club where I met some wonderful people and increased my speed enough for a PR in the 5K race! I participated in a new 5K race, Rise & Shine, and in two races I’ve done for the past two years; The Pear Run and Muddy Trails. Last, and my biggest transformation moments, I signed up for CrossFit (even though I didn’t want to) and I signed up for my first 1/2 marathon coming in March of 2011. Aaaannddd….I will be signing up for a Marathon to be run in 2012. WHO IS THIS LADY??! If you would have told me I would do all of this a couple of years ago I would have snorted coke out of my nose and laughed while I tried to choke down my pizza. While I gave up coke in April 2009, I was able to go the entire year of 2010 without having 1!! So, yes, now that I come to think of it. I do believe I’ve lived up to my watch word…my One Little Word.

By now I’m sure you’re wondering what my word for 2011 is. It’s Shine. I want 2011 to a be a year where I let my light shine through. What does that mean exactly? It’s quite simple…I want to be happier, become an athlete, and mold myself into the person I want to be…a person who can help brighten someone’s day when dark clouds are hanging overhead.


What about you? What word would you choose?

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Meeting Jillian

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No….not that Jillian!

Although it was that tough. This was one of our benchmark workouts (like Fran) that we’ll do again in a month or so to see our improvement. We had to do 300 weighted (10lb plate) lunges interrupted by 2 burpees every minute, on the minute. It was supposed to be 3 burpees, but Shane changed it. Since I don’t bounce up very well after going all the way down, I just got down into the plank position during mine. I finished in 19:53. It was hard. You wouldn’t think that 10lb plate would get too bad, but it got quite heavy! Plus, our arms were still a little sore from Tuesday’s workout.

My knees hurt when I do lunges. It’s odd because I can do squats without too many problems, but lunges hurt. I think it must be the angle of the leg. Shane kept asking if I was ok, and I was. They’re a little sore today, but they’ll get over it! I think if I can keep building up my leg muscles around my knees maybe they’ll stop hurting eventually on those types of moves.

I asked what kind of meal I should be eating after getting my butt kicked and Shane said to make sure I eat at least 30-35 minutes after the workout and get in good protein, vegetables (not salad since it’s mainly water), some fruit and a little fat (avocado, nuts, etc). I was only able to get a chicken breast and some green beans down. I just cannot seem to eat much after my CrossFit workouts. Guess that’s good…not sure!

On another note, I’m going to fall short of achieving my December Going the Distance Challenge. I’ll probably get about 90% done…but I only have 1 day left and I’ll be spending quite a bit of time visiting Grandpa/family. However, I am very happy with my effort! I worked out harder this month than I think I have my entire life!

Shedding More Than Weight

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While I have been mostly focused on losing weight over the past year, it’s evident that my house is gaining weight. How’d I miss that?! What exactly do I mean? Well, I have way too much clutter going on. My friend Michelle is starting a challenge in 2011 of throwing away/donating/getting rid of at least 1 item a day for 365 days. I think that’s a great idea!

I won’t be doing the 365 day challenge, but I am going to try to clean out the clutter in my house. Anyone else wanna join?!

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Keeping My Fingers Crossed

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I picked my Father up from the airport today then headed to the hospital to see Grandpa. The nurses had lessened his sedation so he’d be a little more alert once Dad got there. He looked so much better than I had expected. In fact, he was able to respond to our questions with a very small nod or shake and at one point he even had a slight smile when Dad was joking with him.

The Doctor said that he has a blood clot in his leg and lung but they’re hoping the blood thinner will allow the clots to stay where they are so the body can break them up. His kidneys are functioning better as well. After a little while they had to up his sedation again because his breathing was getting too labored.

The visit lifted my spirits and gives me a some hope that he may pull through this. The Doctor said he’s still critically ill, but he’s doing better than he was Tuesday when they said he wasn’t going to pull through. So, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he keeps improving!

Focusing the Mind

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One of the things I like about CrossFit is the fact that you get wrapped up in the workout. There is no room to think of anything other than the number of reps and rounds you’re doing. You may have some room to think about how much you’re hurting as well!

Tonight’s workout went well. The warm-up was “Death by 10 Meters”. Yes…it stood up to its name. You had to run 10 meters in intervals of 1 minute. In other words, you start off with 1 10 meter “sprint” in a minute. I walked it. Then, once that minute is up, you have to do 2 “sprints”, then 3, 4, 5, etc. You get the picture. The more sprints you have to do, the less rest time you had in between. I only got 11 sprints in then I missed the time limit and had to sit out while the rest of them finished up. The top person got 16 sprints in, I believe. So, let’s look at this a little bit. I did a total of 66 10 meter sprints. That’s not too terribly bad! The top guy did 136 sprints. He did fantastic.

After the warm-up, the WOD was another one of the flip flop rounds. So we had three rounds: 30 Squat Thrusters, 10 Dips; 20 Squat Thrusters, 20 Dips; 10 Squat Thrusters, 30 Dips. It was tough. Shane told me to use the heavy PVC pipe instead of the small bar. I was thinking “I can do the bar”…but I’m glad I had the PVC pipe toward the end of the workout. My dips don’t really resemble dips as I can’t get down very far. That doesn’t mean I didn’t feel the burn. I finished my set in 6:30 which was really a good time for me. Of course, I’m pretty sure that’s because I had the lighter bar. I went to wipe my bangs out of my eyes afterward and couldn’t raise my hand up to my forehead. My arm was too tired to cooperate! I will be feeling it tomorrow and Thursday. I had a box that I was supposed to hit (not sit on) when I did the squat part so I was getting low enough. I touched it through all of the first round and most of the second. I don’t know how many times I hit it the last round…I felt like I was low enough but I know I didn’t hit it every time.

I’ve really enjoyed working out with everyone I’ve met at this gym. They’ve all been friendly and supportive. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

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Goodbye 2010

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Lately I’ve seen several blog posts that refer to New Years Resolutions. I gave up resolutions a little while back. In order to change my life and be a healthier person, that’s something I need to work on day after day, year after year. I do have goals, don’t get me wrong, but resolutions to me are things that people come up with when the excitement of the new year is here then forget about as time goes by.

2010 has been a mixed year. My husband and I were blessed with how well we were able to save up money and get some things paid off (like our truck!). However, I lost my Grandmother and will soon be losing my last Grandfather. My Grandfather is 89 years old and had just celebrated his 59th wedding anniversary this month. Yesterday he was found in the bathroom, not breathing. My Uncle Tim was able to give him mouth to mouth until the ambulance got there. Come to find out he has pneumonia and the fluid was restricting his heart. Last night, according to the doctors, ┬áit was just a matter of getting the fluid removed. This afternoon I got the news that he’s not doing well and will more than likely not pull through this. He has a blood clot in his lung that they can’t remove, due to his age. So, now I’m in the same position I was in at the end of September…waiting for a loved one to pass on. I don’t which is hardest: having a family member pass away suddenly without a chance to say goodbye or having them hang on while you watch them go but being able to let them know they’re loved.

Compared to many of my friends, I have been extremely lucky in the Grandparent category. My Great Grandmother was part of my life until she passed away when I was 14. How many people get 14 years with a Great Grandparent? I am close to all of my Grandparents and didn’t lose my first one until I was 28. So, I am thankful for all of the time I’ve had with them.

Here’s hoping 2011 brings new/better changes!

Monthly Weigh In

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Ok, so it’s Christmas Day….Time to hop on the scale. While I may have been hoping for a Christmas miracle…it didn’t happen! I dug my scale out from my closet and stepped on while holding my breath.

228

I let my breath out…no change. I stepped off, then back on…

228

While I didn’t eat bad the past week, Christmas Eve’s party had me eating stuff I hadn’t touched in quite a while. Caramel popcorn, fudge, cookies…..*drool*

So, my next weigh in will be Jan. 25th. That’ll be roughly a week before my 7th wedding anniversary, so let’s make it a good one!