The Countdown…

Five days! “Leaning Out” is in full effect. Bye-bye shakes, eggs, and starchy carbs (oats, rice, sweet potatoes)!

Hello chicken, kale and collard greens  Lol!

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This morning’s breakfast! Unusual but delicious and filling.

Have a fabulous day! 😄

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Eight Weeks Out And Counting

 

“The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

-Buddha

Yesterday marks the 8-week out milestone to stage day! Woo! Hoo!   It’s crunch time!

Pinch me!  Rarely do I have the house to myself; it’s a treat. As I write this, my home is completely silent. Well… other than the tapping sounds of my keyboard and Alex’s paws strolling around the kitchen floor looking for crumbs.

Alex

Speaking of crumbs, there’s probably lots of those on the floor these days. I don’t dare peak. Training has minimized house cleaning..  Oh wow!  Birds are chirping out back. Lovely!  As I was saying, training has cut into house cleaning, plant watering, and other household chores.  But–the fort is still standing and that’s what matters, so I’m over the dust.  LOL!

My training is going well.  To reduce the risk of burning muscle, CossFit is only an option when my work and family schedule prevents me from getting to the gym, which is occasionally.

We’re going heavier with the weights.  Legs, arms, shoulders, back… legs, arms, shoulders, back… and so on.  Three sets. Yes, of course we’re doing ab work, everybody wants to see abs on stage.

The American Natural Bodybuilding Federation held a competition in my area last weekend, so I got the chance to see a show from a competitors perspective.  It was awesome and lots of positive energy!  The competitors looked amazing. With my friend/trainer seated next to me, I learned the do’s and don’t’s of being on stage.

Walking, stage presence, transitioning, posing, and more.  Very helpful, I found this was.  The show was great and I loved more than I expected to.

Attending the show help me to realize that I should also have fun too.  Of course, not so much fun that I lose focus, but don’t take myself too serious and let my personality shine.

Consistent practice will bring me comfort and confidence, which is what I need to rock the stage.  I’ll get there.

Sunday mornings, I spend about an hour walking and posing in my five-inch heels.  Did I say Sunday?  Yes!  OMG!  Sundays are usually my rest days, but I’ve given them up.  I am going to do whatever I have to do to win this.  Win!  So what I’m a novice, if I put the work into training, I should expect the best, so there it is, I said the “W” world.  🙂

I finally have some pictures for you.  Forgive my hair and tired looking face…LOL!  It’s Sunday Morning!

Standig sideways

Posing is much harder than it looks.  Viewing pictures of myself help me to visualize what I should and should not look like on stage. I was so focused on the pose, that I forgot to smile.  LOL!  I won’t do that on competition day!

side pose

In this picture, I’m learning how to do a side pose.  I have to work on those stiff hands. Ugh!!

back pose

This is the back pose.  I’m amazed at how my back has grown and developed.  All of the hard work is paying off. There are those stiff hands again!  Working in progress!

Fall/Winter 2013

 Progress!   October/December 2013

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March 2014

Think Forward and…   Happy Sunday!


Thursday’s WOD

SWOD
Skill: Light snatch technique work – 10 minutes

WOD  15 minutes @ moderate effort

300m Row

60 sec plank hold

100 Single Unders

This afternoon I got high in CrossFit!  Well, at least that’s what I felt like during the WOD.  The rush of doing a little cardio sent my adrenaline into high gear!

Working on my snatch technique was much-needed. Snatches aren’t something I do in my figure training, so I was glad to get some practice reps in. I appreciate the way our trainer broke the technique down into move by move-it helped.

As soon as I positioned my feet and grabbed the handles to row, my heart raced like I was competing in the Olympics or something.  The thing is, I wasn’t looking forward to competing with anyone, I was just looking forward to the euphoric state, the endorphin rush, and the wonderful feeling I get from an intense cardio workout.   It’s my addiction.

The WOD wasn’t overly challenging, but enough for me to breakout into a nasty sweat.  Twenty seconds into my last plank and in the most sinister way, the coach placed a 25 pound weight on my back and another member’s back.

“Don’t move!  Hold it! Only 40 seconds to go.”

Putting myself in a meditative state of mind, I deeply inhaled…  slowly exhaled, concentrated on my body and held on!  By the way, I LOVED every second of it and I’m glad he did it.   Awesome!

Sweet dreams! 🙂


Can I Do More?

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”Mahatma Ghadni

Wednesday was Back Day. 

“How is your back?”

“..back feels great!”

“Ugh!  You’re impossible!”

“Lol!”

Two days post workout, my back muscles should have felt a little sore, but they didn’t.  I keep asking, “What is WRONG with me?”   During the workout, she pushed me hard. My muscles burned with intensity, yet two days later, I felt GREAT!  A little too great!  Lol!

I never thought  being “too conditioned” would be a challenge, but it is.

Thinking back to my summer regime makes me laugh.   In July and August 2013, I did CrossFit five (5) days per week.  Some days I ran a short (3-5 miles) after CrossFit and enjoyed every step.  My lifestyle has conditioned me well.

When I say that I am a junkie, I am serious.  Oh man, the highs of working out! Endorphins kick in and the day’s agenda is history.  I’ve pretty much worked out with intensity my entire life.   Running 5+ miles daily, studying Tung-So-Do, teaching fitness classes, and more recently CrossFit and figure training.

Wednesday’s workout was tough. I was eager to use my new Versa Gripps gloves and boy, did they make a difference! They gave me a better grip, so I lifted heavier and with more confidence.  No more slipping and sliding!  I am amazed at how a glove can make such a difference.

I don’t whine or complain so when my trainer adds weight, I appear skeptical (at times) but I push through the reps anyway and often surprise myself.

Sometimes I feel like she has more confidence in my strength then I do.

At least on one occasion, I crawled to the next station (in the fitness room where group classes are held).  Haaaa!  Haaa!  No shame in my game!  That particular day was a leg workout and my legs were fried.

I recognize that I need to push myself harder- Not  just physically but mentally too.  I’m beginning to understand weight training is more about mental will and less about physical strength.

With each rep, I have to ask myself, ask myself, Can I do more?  Mentally I need to psych myself into believing I can do more and push harder.  In weight training, there is no place for passiveness.

Ironically, when it comes to running, I NEVER second guess myself–regardless of the distance or conditions. Always confident, I can do this, through knee pain and the other discomforts of distance running.

I have to adopt this mindset on the gym floor. Come competition day, I will be standing beside many amazing women. I don’t want to simply be just another girl on stage, but a woman who makes her presence known by walking away with a trophy or two!

Yes, I can and I will do more!

Today is hubby’ birthday, so I’m off to breakfast duty!

Have a great day!


Leg day… Week 17

gru·el·ing
[groo-uh-ling, groo-ling]

1. exhausting; very tiring; arduously severe: the grueling Boston marathon
2. any trying or exhausting procedure or experience.

G R U E L I N G!!     Is the only way to describe yesterday’s leg workout   All of the exercises, or shall I say the “amount of weight,” made for a profusely nitty-gritty, and nasty workout.

If I had to pinpoint which exercise took me over the edge…  I’d have to say the seated leg presses tops the list.

I did:

  • Three (3) rounds each starting at 270+   (Six 45 pounds weights, three on each side,  plus the weight of the equipment)
  • 6-8 Reps.  After a set is completed, I pause for a second (literally) and one (1) weight is removed…  On to the next 6-8 counts, then another weight is removed…
  • …the process continues until I am pressing with only the weight of the machine

At any moment, I expected my hamstrings to explode.  With pure ugliness on my face, all the willpower and determination I could muscle up, and with my friend’s encouragement, I did it!

I barely stood up…  feeling like big foot had risen again!!  I could only feebly wobble a few steps before gaining composure.  Lol!!   My “friend” kicked my butt yesterday.  Did I say “friend?”  Lol!

Umm … what else?  My first time using the HOIST!!   If you ask me, the “Beast” is a better suited name for this equipment.  Don’t let the smooth and sleek look of it fool you; it will work your gluts very well.

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While I’d I’d like to post videos of my workouts, my friend and trainer is all about business. Just putzing around for an extra few seconds will get me dirty looks.  If I take time to snap snap or shoot a video, I can’t even begin to imagine what she will have me doing.  Take for example, if I let a weight down too quickly– the rep doesn’t count… do it again!

I respect her knowledge and commitment toward my goal and cannot ask for any more from her.  So for now, I will have to tell you about my workouts.

Last weeks Barbell Squats to a Bench had my hamstrings and gluts aching for nearly a week.  Yesterday we, I mean “I” did deeper squats down to a stepper with four risers on each side.  We’re— why do I keep saying, “We?”   Lol!  I do about three sets of everything.  Heavier weights nets eight reps; a tad bit lighter nets 12 reps.  Either case, with each rep, I’m pushing harder.

I am stretched out in the bed now, resting my achy muscles and trying to finish today’s one gallon water bottle.  I started out strong at work, but then slowed down around 5 p.m.

Today's water consumption progress.

Today’s water consumption progress.

B’Dazzle’s school had a mandatory parent meeting at 6 p.m., So I slowed up on the water because I didn’t want to keep jumping up and down to go to the bathroom. Workout days are easy to drink water than rest days. The frigid temperatures here in Jersey does not entice me to drink water. Every day I force myself to chug it down.

I’m looking forward to a few heat waves this summer.  Give me steamy hot weather any day. This cold weather stinks. And I’m going to sleep.

Sweet dreams!


Challenging False Limitations

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”
John F. Kennedy

Friday’s WOD

Row 1000 m

21 – 15 – 9 – 21

Wall Ball (20/14)

Pull ups

KBS (Kettle Bell Swings)  ( L1-53/35, L2-35/25, L3-25/20)

100 Abmat wallball situps (20/14)

A week has passed since my last CrossFit class. I feel like the longer I am away from CF, the harder (or longer) it takes me to complete the WOD. This feels odd because it’s not like I am not working out.  I am in the gym (not the box) lifting at least three days per week and I try to get in at least one CF class.  As competition day grows closer, I will have to step away from CF, but I will return immediately after, just as I will with my distance running.

Laying off the cardio is having a surprisingly negative affect on my cardio performance.   My strength is surging so I am lifting heavier weight, but rowing the 1000 meters got me a little more winded than usual.  I didn’t like the winded feeling (so soon) and I am certainly not use to it. I want my cardio back!!!  Lol!!

While I am disappointed with the feeling of my loss of endurance, I am very much focused on Project FitCom14.  Weight lifting has never been my “thing,” but I love the changes I see in my body.  My friend/coach who is helping me prepare for the competition is tough and disciplined.  She is no no joke and continues to push me pass, what I (falsely) believe to be my limit!  Each week that pass, I learn a little more about myself. This is awesome!

Limitations?  What are they?  We falsely set them for ourselves-then we become underachievers.

On post work out day, If my muscles are not sore in the right place, it’s on and poppin with a new set of exercises when we return to that body part.  ‘m almost afraid to tell her when I’m not sore.  She goes into “bitch mode” the next session.  Lol!  Of course, I always tell her the truth.

“When you cheat, you only cheat yourself!”

Left: October 2013 Right:  January 2014

Left: October 2013  – Right: January 2014    Progress!

Have a fabulous weekend!   Much love to you all!