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

edited back

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! 🙂


Wednesday’s WOD

Warm Up:  3 RDS of

50 DU’s (Double Under’s)/100 Singles

10 Push Ups

15 Sit Ups

Mobility:  7 MIN

SWOD:  10 MIN EMOM

5-10 Pull UPS + 10 Air Squats

WOD:    10 RDS

Row 40 SEC     *10 SEC Transition

Hollow Rocks/Sit Ups 40 SEC

These days, any day that I can do a CrossFit class is an added bonus. When I normally take  CrossFit classes several days a week, I usually schlep into the 3:30 class wishing I’d stopped by Wawa for a 12 ounce cup of Joe, but not today.  I was ready for whatever was in store for me.

No weight lifting was included in today’s WOD.  On the white board, the WOD looked easy. Ha! Ha!  I know better!  The coach’s instructions were:

“If you use bands for your pull up’s, challenge yourself by using a thinner band.”

I did just that. The first minute, I knocked out 10 pull ups, the second minute 9, the remaining eight minutes, I literally squeezed out four or five for each minute and I used a thin blue band. I’m happy!

I’ve missed rowing terribly, so when I sat down on the equipment, I could have stayed there for the rest of the WOD.

The greatest challenge for me? Hollow Rocks!  Hollow Rocks!  They were horrible.  I tried to conquer the Hollow Rocks, but today they got the best of me.  Lol!  Next time HR’s!!

Ten minutes from now, the 11:00 O’Clock news will be on. I’m exhausted.  If we get the snow and ice forecasted, I could get the chance to sleep in late tomorrow.  But I can’t be certain now so I’m going to sleep. When the alarm clock goes off at 4:40 a.m., I’d like to be some what coherent.

Good Night!


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!