What Seems Impossible Is Anything But!

Friday’s WOD

“Wittman”
7 rounds
15 kb swing 53/35
15 power clean 95/65
15 box jump 24/20

Rest 5 min

SWOD/buyout
Work up to 3rm for front squat then take 50% of that number and do an unbroken amrap (as many reps as Possible)

The first thing I do when I walk in the door is scan the white board for the days WOD.

Hmm… Whittman. I haven’t done him before. Initial thought, not too bad.  Of course I didn’t see the

7 rounds

15 minutes into the WOD, a puddle of water forms under my bar bell. I realize this is going to be more challenging than I thought. But I felt strong, rested & up for the challenge.

My primary focus was to complete the 105 box jumps without injuring my shins. I did that! Sweet!

My power cleans improved with each round.  Encouragement & critique from the instructor made a world of difference. If you are not careful and get caught up in beating others or just completing the WOD, you risk sacrificing form. Having an instructor who pays attention to members helps to break bad habits, improve form, and prevent injuries. It makes for a better overall experience.

I completed the rounds and felt great. Time: 24:27 (if I remember correctly).  What I didn’t see coming was AMRAP front squats as the buyout. Yikes!

Before starting the front squats, we were told that 34 was the most reps done for the day. I thought that was amazing. After hearing who the beast was that did the 34 squats, I counted myself out.

By squat number 20, I was the only one left doing reps. The instructor snapped at other members to cheer me on, and so they did.

I got to 34 and some mumbled and pleaded,

“one more!”  35!  Ugh!

I hear a male’s voice near me saying,

“You’ve got 40 in you!’

A guy in front off me is giving me cues.  “Use your hips!”  “Look up!”

They were right,

I did 40 unbroken front squats!!!

Their encouragement pumped me to keep going.  I am amazed and happy as ish!  LOL!

34 front squats with 55 lbs.,  seemed impossible.  In actuality, the squats were more than possible.

We, including myself, have to stop setting ridiculous limitations for ourselves.

Decide to blow off that stupid little voice in your head that says, You can’t do that, and just go for it!

By the way, if you’re new to CrossFit and wonder where the names of the WODS come from, they are named after our United States Heroes, who died serving our country. Click here to learn about U.S. Army Sergeant Jeremiah Wittman.   That you Sergeant Wittman for your service!

Thanks for stopping by.  Make it a great day!

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Tuesday’s WOD

Row 1000 M

40 Back Squats (135/115) (95/75)

30 Pull Ups

20 T2B (Toes to bar)

Rest 4 Mins

Buy Out

Prowler push (Modified due to class size)

25 pounds on sled 20 yard shuttle (10 up/10 back)
Rest as needed between each shuttle.


OMG!!  I actually did T2B (toes to bar) today!!  I was so darn excited that I actually did them that I lost count.

One second I’m gripping and dangling from the bar.  The next second, I look up and my toes are touching the bar!  Holy cow!

Whoop!  Whoop!  Hey! Hey! Hey! At that very moment, I felt like doing a happy dance, but you don’t stop in the middle of a WOD to celebrate.  Progress is a beautiful thing.

T2B require core strength, something I lacked before hitting the gym.  Thanks to seven months of intense training, I whipped my feet up with no problem… not without pausing in between, but gone are the days of knees to chest and elbows are gone.  Yippie!

The 75 lb. back squats were too light. Surprise! Surprise! I stepped away from the bar with the weight on my back expecting a challenge. Nope! I knocked out 4 sets of 10’s with no problems.  Next time, I need to try at least 95 and go from there.

The most challenging part of the WOD was the prowler push.  I didn’t mind the bright sun outside, but by hamstrings were on fire!!  By the time I was into the second 20 yards, I realized I would have to dig deep to complete the 10.

It is great to be back.  Don’t get me wrong, I know that I’m going to be sore tomorrow, but I got such a high from today’s WOD!!  Endorphins, I love you!

I’m taking off tomorrow, but plan to do back in the gym on Thursday and will figure out the rest of the week as I go along.

Until next time!

Smooches and sweet dreams!


Behind The Scenes

Two days post competition turned out to be a perfect and my last day of “cheating.”  Lol!

A personal day off from work gave me time to enjoy a spa day. I took my son to school and immediately drove to the spa for a day of pampering with a girlfriend.

The Hot Rock Massage was exactly what my body needed and then some.  Just heavenly!  Massage…jacuzzi…sauna…steam room…pool…DRINKS!  Lol!  Oh yeah!

The activities that take place behind the scenes are just as, if not more interesting, than what occurs on stage.  Lots of muscle pumping, tanning, and prepping.  I respect fellow competitors privacy, so I won’t include any of their shots.  The vibe in the prep room is all good and I felt welcomed.

I received many well wishes lots of smiling faces.  I even received advice from the more experienced competitors, which I thought was cool.

Speaking of behind the scenes, I must give props to my seamstress, Decked In Diamonds, who did a phenomenal job on my suit!  Heeey!   We never met in person and all the measurements and fittings were done through the internet or snail mail.  And… she nailed it!

Well tomorrow, it’s back to the grind!

Happy almost Tuesday!


No Dream Deferred Here!

There is something magical about the many “firsts” that we experience in life, which cannot be duplicated.

The jubilation a mother experiences after hearing the first cry of her newborn, the jittery feeling of starting a new job, the joy of buying the first car or home, your child’s graduation from kindergarten or college, or in my case debuting as a figure competitor at 48 years old are feelings that can never be replicated.

The raw and unexpected ball of emotions that evolve from the onset of something new is remarkable!

Calm… anxious… proud… hype… disbelief… happy… tearful… overwhelmed… and more!

It took nearly two years of me pondering and to man up to the challenge of competing. The seven-month flight took me along a road of expected twists and turns. Today I’m scratching my head and earnestly wondering,

Why the heck did I wait so long?”

I can’t help but to reflect on one of my favorite Langston Hughes poems:

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

Thankfully, my desire to compete didn’t dissipate into a distant memory . However, my desired lingered and festered like a sore. Like a relentless kid in a candy store pulling on mom’s shirt tail, the want to compete, tugged and nagged at me until I couldn’t take it anymore and succumbed to the challenge.

I am happy I did, for I would have surely missed out on an incredible experience.

Ohm-gosh! There is so much to say, I’ll have to break it down into segments of several posts.

I’ll start with the question of, How did I measured up?

 IMG_2499 Women’s Figure Debut – 2nd Place

Women’s Figure Debut is for first time competitors. To place second behind a woman who has previous “stage” experience is pretty cool. I’ll take it.

3rd place

 

Women’s Figure Masters 40+ – 3rd Place

Women’s Figure Masters 40+ is just that, women over 40 years old. I went up against a few seasoned unofficial pros. To place 3rd is a major accomplishment!

 

4th place

Women’s Figure Open B ~ 4th Place

 In Women’s Figure Open, I competed against women’s entire figure division, young and old, so I am pleased with my results.

The most inspirational and moving moment was the ANBF’s first wheel chair body builder competitor.

 

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Amongst spectators, I sat and then stood screaming and applauding in amazement at his performance. This guy was remarkable! It was his front chest pose that stunned the audience evoking tears from many, including me. His muscles were well-defined and his composure and finesse was outstanding.

People come up with endless excuses for why they can’t or (chose) not to exercise. Yet a man, suffering from a brain tumor, with every valid excuse not to work out, obviously takes on the challenge and title of bodybuilder.   Come on now; really there is NO excuse.

I credit my success in this competition to my wonderful friend and trainer.

My inspirational friend and BEST Trainer around!

My inspirational friend and BEST Trainer around!

She’s an awesome woman, who helped me to develop not only the body, but also the confidence and ump to successfully compete!

Her dedication to a healthy lifestyle and  her commitment and work ethic is impeccable.  Regardless of how many hours she worked before we hit the gym, she brought her A game and kicked my butt daily!  Most mornings, I started my day feeling very sore (some days like I had been hit by a truck), but it was always after a fun, challenging, and very creative workout.

Thank you AR; you ROCK!!

My family and friends made me feel special on stage. They sported their blue, “Team Tanya” t-shirts and make their presence known.  The competition had a large number of competitors, yet my crew sat for the entire show (over 6 hours) and waited for the presentation of the awards. Thanks guys! I am so blessed!

Loyal "Team Tanya" supporters.

Some of the loyal “Team Tanya” supporters.

 

The guy in the front with the black t-shirt is from "Team Karen" who shared in the enthusiasm of my team.  Lol!

The guy in the front with the black t-shirt is from “Team Karen” who shared in the enthusiasm of my team. Lol!

The extra sparkle and edge on stage surely came from my “Glam Squad!”   Hair stylist and owner of KinHairitage Salon, Victoria Shelton and the fabulous make up artist Miss Takiyah did their thang!!  I wanted to represent the Natural Chicas in a Big way and they came through big time!!   I loved the hair!!

glam squad

There are more pictures to share with you, I have to get them off of my daughter’s camera, so I will post them in a day or so. For now, here are a few more photos.

 

This journey has been a blast and I am truly thankful for everyone’s support.

What’s next?

I’ve been bit by the bug…. Let’s just say, I’ll be back!!! Lol!!

 

3rd Place in Masters (over 40)

 

Happy Sunday!


A Quick Lesson In Math

It’s only Tuesday and I ran out of chicken! Darn! This is not cool on a weekday.  Clearly I underestimated and miscalculated my intake of protein for this final week.  Math lesson learned.  :0)

Was up at 4:30 a.m. this morning.

It is now just past 9 o’clock at night.

About 12 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast is baking in the oven. Two pounds of collard greens mixed with one pound of kale sit cooling on the kitchen counter.

The chicken is only seasoned with granulated garlic powder, black pepper, olive oil, and crushed red peppers.  No salt or "extra" spices.

The chicken is only seasoned with granulated garlic powder, black pepper, olive oil, and crushed red peppers. No salt or “extra” spices.

 

Kale/collard green blend with chicken.

Kale/collard green blend with chicken.

You’d think I would be exhausted after leaving work and going straight to the gym for more posing practice and a so, called “light” total body training at the gym. Haaahaaa! My trainer kicked my butt!

From crawling backward starting from a push ups position and dragging (backward) a 25 pound weight across the floor to arms curls and about 90 minutes of other “stuff” plus 20 minutes of cardio, I worked up a good sweat.

Wednesday I will be ready for the “light” workout. Lol!! I am not complaining because I actually enjoyed every minute of it.

Friends, family, and co-workers always ask, How do you do it? Where do you get the energy from?

The answer?  Eating healthy, which for me, means eating cleaning, getting enough sleep,  staying motivated and, keeping my head on straight (I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore) works well.  I want to say more, but I really have to go.

The transformation continues!!

A quick pic before showering and off to bed

A quick pic before showering and off to bed

Have a great day!


Approaching The Finish-line

 

“You hit home runs not by chance, but by preparation.”

– Roger Maris
Major league outfielder

Four days remain and I am going strong!!

My meals for today?  Same as yesterday.

Lol! It’s a mental thing right now.

I LOVE chicken! The kale and collard blend really is a treat. 😜

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Yesterday after work, I practiced posing, did a little total body (except for legs), and 30 minutes of constant cardio.  Today is pretty much a repeat of yesterday.  By the way, I dropped one (1) pound.

Have an awesome day!