Balancing Fitness

Just when I think I have this balance thing down something else gets added (by me of course) to the mix!  Lol!

If you follow Lexa’s Journal, you know that in May I competed in my first, and what I thought would be my “only” figure competition. “One and done,” is what I said.  Whelp!!!  Ya know, I’m already focusing on competition #2.  Ha! Ha!!  Will this be the last time I walk on stage??   Truly, only God knows! Lol!

Anyways, with this 8 month goal in mind, I must be careful about indulging in two of my favorite summer activities:

  1. CrossFitShape.com research estimates an average of 12.3 calories burned per minute in CF.  That’s just over 738 calories in one hour’s time.
  2. Running – According to the folks at sparkpeople.com, if I run 10 miles (which is a summer average for me), I’d burn close to 1,000 calories!!

If your goal is to burn calories and simply to lose weight, great, but…

 That is waaaay too many calories and muscle mass burned.  That’s a no-no for my fitness goals.

Does strength/weight training burn calories?  Absolutely, but it depends on the type of exercise, the weight, and the duration, but typically, you won’t burn as many calories as CF and running.

For now, balancing my fitness regimen focuses on my current goals (competition #2). Weight training four or five days a week and CrossFit one or two days and at least one rest day. Sounds like a lot?  Well…

Hard work pays off and I’m willing to put the time in. Are you?

So, I looked at the WOD for today and decided it wasn’t too bad. (I’m smiling)  I was sore from yesterday’s shoulder workout and Monday’s back, so this WOD was perfect:

SWOD:
rope climb practice

I am a work in progress when it comes to the rope climb.  Technique gets you up the rope, so I worked on my foot positioning.  I sweat like something crazy doing this, but I loved working with my favorite instructor Lisa.  She’s detailed oriented and never allow you to compromise on form.  Look for that quality in a CF instructor.  It matters. You’ll be thankful when you avoid injuries.

WOD: 20 min EMOM (every minute on the minute)
min 1 – 2 rope climbs
min 2 – 25 abmats (situps)
min 3 – 10 kbs swings + 10 kb push press 5l/5r 53/35
min 4 – 7 burpee box jumps

I did the modified rope climbs… 4 ground to standing. Everything else was cool. Sore shoulders prompted me to go lighter on the kettlebell exercises, so I used a 26lb KB.

While the workout wasn’t intense, it served as my cardio day and took one hour. Tomorrow is leg day, they’ll be ready and refreshed.

I’m going to try to get to the gym early tomorrow because we’re having a yard sale on Saturday and I have a lot of work to do.

garage

I’m all about de-cluttering and getting rid of stuff we don’t use.  I want to simplify everything in my life.  During the 10 years in our current home, we’ve accumulated too much and I just have to get rid of it.

I also need to get rid of clothes that no longer fit. About four to five months into my training, my body composition began changing.  My blouses grew tight around the back, shoulders and arms.  My pants started sagging in the rear, while others grew tight in the thighs.  My beautiful Calvin Klein winter dresses suddenly looked like they belonged to an older sister.

I no longer fit 99% of these clothes.

pants

I can put these pants on and off without unzipping or unbuttoning them. I had no idea this was going to happen!

dresses and tops

Look at this lovely pile of mostly spring and summer dresses and a few blouses!  It’s not like I lost 50 pounds or anything.. heck I didn’t really lose weight… I just developed muscle, loss fat, and sculpted a new physique.  Jeez!!  I’m still amazed.:)

CK dresses

This pile makes me want to cry!  I’m not a brand name person, but here lies beautiful designer suits and dresses.  It would cost more to pay for alterations than to buy new ones.  Sheesh!!

What doesn’t sell, I’ll give to a charity. Then come the fall, I have much shopping to do and I am going to have a blast shopping!

It’s getting late and I have a busy day.  Sweet dreams and thanks for stopping by! 🙂


Moving One Step Closer

“If you’re not gonna go all the way, why go at all?”
– Joe Namath

Percentages, grams, carbs, fat, proteins, calories, etc.… are all the talk for me these days.  Give or take two years, eating clean is my lifestyle.

My clean eating journey started after I read, Tosca Reno’s, The Eat Clean Diet.   The book was a game changer for me.  While I always ate my daily share of fruits and vegetables, occasionally I indulged in my favorites.  Favorites that I wouldn’t think to sink my teeth into now—Butterscotch krimpets, any apple pie, and McDonald’s French fries!  Yuck!!  Nothing but processed junk!

Knowledge is power– I know—clichés in writing is a no, no, but it’s true.  Having a solid knowledge base and understanding of how gobbledygook affect the body’s performance gave me the power and ease to stop polluting my mind and my body.  Guilt free and without the tug-a-war of craving this or that is a thing of the past.  Yay!!

My point is bringing a history of clean eating into the mix of figure competing is a blessing.  I don’t feel like I’m starting from ground zero.  I have a solid nutrition foundation established, so I can focus on tweaking my diet to perfection.

What’s slightly overwhelming for me?  Keeping track of what I eat, making sure that I am consuming the correct amount of calories, protein, healthy fats, carbs, and other nutrients.

I’m keeping a food journal and, to more accurately track my calories, I found the mobile app. LIVESTRONG.

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The app was free (I don’t pay for mobile apps), seems relatively simple, and I can access/update my information from any of my  mobile devices or from any computer.  In a short amount of time, I added everything I ate today (2410 Calories).

To help me keep track of my calories, I’ll be using my new best friends!

My measuring tools

A scale, measuring cups, and spoons.

For the first time, when I packed my meals for the next day, I measured everything!  It took me a little longer, but I will get use to it.

After work yesterday I did biceps and triceps.  By dinnertime, I sat at the table quietly wondering how my arms would function while preparing my hair for bed.  Lol!!  I managed.   I rested my body today, but will work very hard at the gym tomorrow.  Hopefully soon, I’ll have pics or videos of me sweating it out at the gym.  When I enter the gym, it’s all business!

Tomorrow is another day that I move one step closer to going all the way.

Sweet Dreams!!