Monthly Archives: March 2011

Making Adjustments

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It’s Tuesday….you know what that means! Yep, CrossFit time. I wasn’t sure if I should go today since my feet were still hurting (heel blisters) from the half marathon on Sunday. My fear was I would have to run and I know I wouldn’t be able to.

Today’s strength was the Clean. We paired up and did 4 rounds of 3 reps. Michelle and I paired up and started with just the 45# bar. The next round was 55#s, then 65#, then 75#s, and since everyone else was still going we did 85#s. 85 was the magic number for both Michelle and I. We both got 2 good cleans in but struggled for the third.

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The WOD was supposed to be 4 rounds of 25 Competition Style Push Ups, 10 Dumbbell Snatches and a 400 Meter Run. However, since I wasn’t able to do the run, Shane let me ride the bike for 2 minutes each round instead. The competition style push ups are where you go all the way to the ground and lift your hands off the mat to show you’re all the way down, then push back up. Since I’ve been doing the 100 Push Up Challenge, I’ve been able to do 10-12 push ups without stopping so I was making pretty good time on my first couple of rounds. My last two rounds were a little different story. I was having a hard time keeping my back straight when coming up (instead of “snaking”, as Shane calls it). I also was having to stop after 7 or 8 and rest a little bit.

The dumbbell snatches were great. In fact, I don’t think I had enough weight. Shane told us to use a 25# dumbbell last time I used a 25# dumbbell too. I should have gone up to 30# or 35#s. Next time I will make sure I go up in weight. I have to say I think the dumbbell snatches are one of my favorite weight exercises.

The bike went well. I tried to peddle fast for the whole 2 minutes. The seat was highly uncomfortable! However, I’ll gladly take a sore tush over throbbing feet any day. I think Thursday I’ll be back to being able to run. At least I’m hoping I am. I’ve also decided to get some new shoes with the hope that it will help. I finished the WOD in 17:53.

I was happy with how today’s workout went. That usually means I’ll get knocked on my ass next time!

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Angie’s Half Crazy 1/2 Marathon

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Today started at 3:45AM. Mike and I drug our butts out of bed and were heading to Clear Lake for the 1/2 marathon at 4. I didn’t sleep well at all last night due to anticipation. So, as soon as the alarm went off I was ready to turn it off and go back to sleep!

We got to the race area about 5:30AM and went in search of my cousin. I wasn’t sure if we’d be able to find her or not with over 1600 people participating today. However, she was up front and easy to spot as we walked over to where the organizers were setting up the finish line. Clara and Kelly both look like they’ve lost quite a bit of weight. So proud of them!

Since I was in the walking group, we had a 30 minute head start. At 6:30AM I was called to line up at the start and get ready to go! It was the first time I’ve started a race when it was still this dark.

The fire engine sounded its siren and we were off. It was so crowded at the beginning that we couldn’t really get moving well. I felt like I was in a crowd leaving a concert…being herded like cattle.

I was able to pass quite a few people right off the bat, then finally the throng thinned out and I was able to get going a little faster. There was a lady in a yellow shirt that passed me doing the run/walk intervals. She was always within my vision (never more than a mile ahead). I decided then and there that I would beat her. This gave me a goal to work toward. My other two goals were to finish before Kelly and Clara (they were run/walkers so they started 30 minutes behind me) and to finish in less than 3:40 (the time on our trial run).

About mile 3 the first runner flew by me. He was hauling butt! I was still moving pretty good and feeling good. I could feel a spot on my left foot where a blister was wanting to start, so I knew my poor feet weren’t going to come out of this looking pretty! Around mile 4 Mike smacked my rump as he ran by. I was surprised to see him pass me so soon, but he was running quite fast! About another half mile down the road someone else patted my shoulder which caught me off guard. I knew it wasn’t Mike, so I wasn’t sure what I’d see when I looked over. There was a woman (about my age) who waved and said “You’re doing great. Keep going!” While it was surprising, it was nice!

This is me about 1/2 way through (mile 6ish). I was still feeling pretty good and confident that I’d meet my time goal and the yellow chick was still in front of me so she was going down soon! I was being passed…a lot…at this time by the runners. All of the walkers I passed earlier had yet to pass me again. There were a lot of people on the sidewalks cheering others on and most of them cheered everyone on as we went by. One guy kept playing the “rebel” horn sound over and over which was irritating. This was the most supportive race I’ve run so far!

The guy in the pink speedo with his name across the back cracked me up. There was one other runner in a black speedo as well. Neither one of them were setting any records. In my opinion, if you’re going to dress the part you better be up to the challenge!

The line just stretched on for miles ahead of me. I did some wogging down this road. When I stopped and started walking again the lady passing me told me to keep it up and the older woman behind her gave me a thumbs up! We turned on to Kirby and stayed on that road for quite a ways. Our mile markers stopped after mile 6 until I got to mile 10. Mike says he saw every one of them, so I guess I was off in my own little world. I started wogging again from mile 7-8. It was at this point that I passed the Lady in Yellow…finally! Unfortunately, about mile 8/9 I started hitting the wall and slowed down. I half way expected Kelly and Clara to catch up to me, but they didn’t. This entire course was flat, which was great. However, at mile 9.5 there was an elevated bridge. Come on…put that sucker at the beginning, not the end! When I hit mile 10 all I could think about was how sore my feet were becoming (blisters were forming on my heels and little toes) and was having a hard time keeping up my speed above 17:00. Then suddenly…in a blinding flash…the Yellow Lady passed me. Again. To push the point home, she brought the Pink Lady (who I passed at the beginning at the race) with her.

I stayed as close to them as I could. At this point, I wogged most of the time. I seemed to move faster that way and my feet didn’t hurt as bad. At mile 11, I passed the Pink Lady but was still behind the Yellow Lady….dagnabbit! I thought if I could stay close to her at least, I could try to pass her again at the end. Mike found me at 11.5 miles. He always comes back to find me when he finishes his race so he can walk the rest of mine with me. He was a little surprised to see me at that point. “I thought I would just go to mile 10 and wait for you to catch up, but you’re moving right along! You’re doing good!” My feet were throbbing but starting to get a little numbed out, which helped some but I was still going slower than I wanted.

I sucked down some Gatorade and water at mile 12. There had to have been 20 people telling me “you’re almost there!” I asked Mike where the turn was to get to the finish line and he said “you’re almost there” which got him to giggling. Funny man…yes he is. I was still wogging but tried to push harder to go faster. Slowly I caught back up to the Yellow Lady and passed her right after mile 12. I couldn’t allow myself to walk at this point. If I did, she would pass me again and I couldn’t have that! I kept asking Mike how far back she was. He said that she was wogging as well, then stopped. YES…I had her beat! That last mile was tough. I was so relieved to make that last turn to hit the finish line. I was able to get my medal and a cold towel. That towel was from Heaven. According to my watch, I finished in 3:39:53. Hey, it’s under 3:40! Mike finished in 1:50:19. Unfortunately, my official results weren’t on their site. I don’t know why…I finished in the time frame and hit all their timing markers. I’m a little upset with that.

As I found Kelly and Clara’s group of friends I saw they hadn’t finished yet, so I sat on the curb to cheer them on as they came in. Clara came in first and was all smiles as she spotted the finish line! Kelly came in about 5 minutes later looking a bit tired. I hollered at her to “finish strong” and she came back with “This is all I’ve got!” Yep…I can relate to that but she picked it up and finished it at a jog. Mike had to help me stand up off the curb. I ended up walking like an old lady back to the car. My legs were tired and my feet were covered in blisters in a way that I couldn’t find a spot that didn’t hurt to step on!

We got home and I soaked for a bit in the tub. My toe nails were overly sensitive when they hit the water. I’ve heard of people losing toenails from walking long distances, so I’m hoping all my toenails stay where they’re supposed to! I think my biggest problem is my shoes may be a little too small. When I walk long distances my feet swell and I don’t think they have room to spread out enough. So, I will get some new shoes for the marathon…if I actually do the marathon now!

The medal was nice. The race was a baseball theme with some of the money going to the Clear Lake Little League. All in all, I thought the race was well organized and went off without too much of a hitch.

Race Swag

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After I finished my WOD this morning I headed over to pick up Mike and my race packets. I can’t believe the 1/2 marathon is tomorrow! The butterflies are starting. The race packet had some great swag in it.

My favorite part is the socks. “Suck it up Cupcake!” The LaraBar was way too sweet. It’s been a while since I’ve had any of those in a long time but I didn’t remember them being that sweet. I only took one bite then through the rest away.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow but at the same time I’m quite nervous. Right now my neighbors are shooting and it’s really putting me on edge. I wish I could turn off the cringing it makes me feel, but I just can’t help it. The only good thing is, this is the first time in a long time since they’ve done this. Let’s hope it’s a long time until the next bout as well.

So…here are the before and after pictures for this month.

Date: 2/25/11       3/25/2011
Bust:  41.5              41
Waist: 38                37.5
Hips:  46.5             45
Calf:   18                  18
Thigh: 28                27
Bicep: 14.25         14.25
Neck:  13.5            13.5

Woohoo! I’ve lost 3 1/2 lbs this month. Outstanding! I didn’t see a big difference in the pictures from February to March (the photos above are from December to March) but it’s nice to see some inches lost as well. The fact that it appears my thighs have lost some girth makes me a happy girl! I’ve been waiting for them to budge for the past couple of months.

Saturday Fun

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I’m not sure what made me think it was a good idea to get up early on a Saturday to go do a WOD! It usually takes an act of congress to get me up before 8:30 but today I was up by 7 and out of the house by 7:30 and ready to get my but kicked by 9.

Since this was the first Saturday I’ve ever gone to the gym I wasn’t sure what to expect. There were 10 of us there, a few that I’ve never met before. Scott and Shane were videoing the entire workout and taking pictures. We’ll see what the results are in the next few days! We normally have a skill or a strength we before we start the WOD, but today we didn’t have either.

We were split up into 2 teams. The WOD was supposed to be 4 rounds of 10 Thrusters (35#), 20 Box Jumps, 10 Knees to Elbows, 20 Kettlebell Swings (25#), and a Weighted 200 Meter Run (12 or 14# can’t remember which). Each person does the workout but can’t move on to the next exercise until the person before is done with that exercise. Since I was the slowest, I put myself last. I didn’t want to hold up too many people, but I guess it doesn’t really matter in the end when I’m slower than everyone else anyway! I was on a team with Neil, Courtni, Robert, and Alen. I should have probably used the 45# bar for the thrusters, but I didn’t want to slow myself down more than necessary. On the box jumps I did ok. The boxes were in the middle of the room instead of up against the wall like I usually put it. I found it a little easier to do the jumps that way. Maybe it was because I wasn’t concerned about hitting my head. On my last round Neil kept trying to push me to finish my last ten box jumps but I just didn’t feel I could get my feet up cleanly so I dropped down to step ups again…which was sad. I should have just sucked it up and tried to finish the box jumps but I wanted to finish for the team.

The knees to elbows were pretty sad too! I couldn’t get my knees very high. The kettlebell swings were fine. They only had a 50# and 25# weight there, but I think I could have done 30 or 35#. The run was a little awkward because Shane made the girls carry a medicine ball. I had a hard time gripping it comfortably. I also can’t remember if it was a 12# or 14#s. Shane and Scott decided to drop down our rounds to 3 instead of 4 (thank goodness!). I was so happy to be done!

So Close!!

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It’s the official weigh in day! I woke up this morning feeling like I was a little bloated but the scale was still good to me. Drumroll please…

Let’s compare some numbers. Last month I was 209.7 so I ended up with a 7.9lb loss!! That is outstanding, especially considering I wasn’t 100% paleo this month; However, I was much better this month that I was the previous when I lost about 5lbs. Guess I should pay attention to that! I’m only 2lbs away from being below 200. That means I’ll be weighing myself probably every week until I see the magic “1” at the front of my weight. As it is, I’m at my lowest in about 6 years. Can’t ask for much more than that.

Some other numbers:

  2/25/2011 3/25/2011
Body Fat Weight: 78.6 lbs 73.0 lbs
Body Fat %: 37.4% 36.2%
Body H20: 45.6% 46.5%
Bone Mass: 7.0% 6.9%

My bone mass went down some. I need to start including more calcium rich vegetables in my diet. It’s always nice to see the other numbers go down. As you can see, my water percentage was higher so I think I am retaining some water. I can feel it in my fingers. I will try to get my progress pictures up with my measurements tomorrow when I have more time to fiddle with that. I’ve also decided to go do a CrossFit WOD Saturday morning since I have to be in that area to pick up my race packet for Sunday!

Like Breathing Through a Straw

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Today was a good day overall…until CrossFit. My Tracheal Stenosis was acting up today. Unfortunately, it was quite inflamed/swollen so as we started pushing the cardio I was basically breathing through a small tube. I can’t explain exactly how it makes me feel. First, I get tired quickly from the lack of oxygen but worse than that is the embarrassment. For those people who don’t know about my condition I come across as being extremely out of shape with all of my huffing and puffing. I have to stop to try to catch my breath, which makes me feel like I’m slacking. I just don’t know what to do to make it better between dilations.

Our strength workout was 3 rounds of 20 GHB Sit Ups and 20 Back Extensions. I’m still not able to loosen up enough to extend back past a 90 degree angle on the sit ups. That’s something that I need to work on.

I’ve been doing the 100 push ups challenge the past couple of weeks and I think it’s helping. Part of our warm up was 10 push ups which went pretty good for me! Tomorrow is my last day for this week’s challenges. We also did some pull ups which I’m still struggling with, even with the black band. The last part of the warm up was 5 burpees. I was able to hop out and back in for all of them (both rounds) which thrilled me. I wasn’t able to do that many before without stepping back.

The WOD was 3 rounds for time of a 400 meter weighted (15#) run, 12 Front Squats (45#),12 Box Jumps, and 12 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls. That run did me in. It was all downhill from there. In fact, I just had to do a fast walk for the last 2 runs because I couldn’t catch my breath. The front squats weren’t too bad on my elbows. I have a hard time keeping my elbows up. Apparently, I was having a tough time getting low enough on my squats. I think that was because I was concentrating on my arms too much. The box jumps are getting better. I had a couple of mishaps where I didn’t make it to the top but hit the edge of the box. Thankfully I didn’t face plant! The sumo deadlift high pulls were ok. On my last round Shane was pushing me to finish my last 6 without putting the bar down. I really wanted to because I was really sucking air, but I pushed through and made it. I was whimpering at the end! Finished in 18:53. I crashed on the floor for a bit to catch my breath afterward. Tears were wanting to fall, but there was no point in it. My emotions were running high, I was torn down and embarrassed.

My throat started closing up like this last month and I was afraid my stenosis was getting worse again but then it went back to what it was like after my last dilation. I’m hoping this is the same thing, that my throat will open back up and I’ll be ok. Sunday is the big race, so I’m hoping I can breathe well then too.

Feelin’ Good

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Tomorrow is my official weigh in day where I’ll post my numbers as well as progress photos but I was feeling good today and decided I should take a picture of me in my everyday clothes each month as well. Uncharacteristically, I woke up in a good mood today. Of course, I was tired but not as grouchy as I normally am. Mike knows to just let me do my thing in the mornings and tries to stay out of my way the best he can! I just feel like today is going to be full of blessings…and I hope I’m not wrong. We’ll find out in a few hours, won’t we?!

I really like this shirt too. It’s several years old but not well worn. It’s made out of some sort of fabric that shows my belly bulges a little too clearly for me at times! Since I’m down to the smallest I’ve been in a couple of years (not sure how many exactly) I finally feel confident to wear it more often. Of course, belly still makes its appearance when I sit down…but whose doesn’t?! Mike took this picture for me at work. Then he told me to spin…so I did. This was the outcome.

I normally would have deleted this photo but I decided what the hell! Have a great Thursday everyone!