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! 🙂


Taking The Edge Off

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WOD (Workout of the day)

Run 2200M

21 Wall Balls (20/14)

21 T2B

Run 2000M

15 Wall Balls

15 T2B

Run 1000M

9 Wall Balls

9 T2B

From the second I discovered the day’s WOD, I experienced an enormous rush!    In double time, my pulse raced, as did the blood through my veins. Thump…da…thump…da…thump…da…thump…and so on…   Off and on throughout day, the image of the run streamed through my mind.

I asked myself, not really caring for an answer,

“Am I normal?”  “Is it normal to be hopeful for a rigorous, physically challenging activity that I know is going to sap every ounce of energy from my body?”   I don’t know.  I only know that I love the feeling!

It’s been about two weeks since I ran and I’ve been feeling very edgy for a relaxing 10-mile run.   I am a non-smoker, but feel like my intense craving to run is similar to a smoker’s crave for nicotine.  I need just one more to take the edge off.

This month, I started training for a fitness competition in 2014.   To sculpt my body, the training will require more weight lifting but less distance running.   A maximum of three miles, no more than two to three days per week is my limit.

To come to terms with the shift in my new workout regimen, I feel the need to take one more long run until I can get back to it next summer.   I think today’s WOD may have fixed this for me.  LOL!

The WOD was challenging, but I enjoyed the test.  I used the 10-pound ball and did the knees-to-chest exercise instead of the toes-to-bar exercise.  I’m working on those, but not yet.

I completed the WOD in 33:23.   Was this my best?   For today… Yes.  For tomorrow…Absolutely Not!  LOL!  Gotta keep pushing!

Enjoy your weekend!


The Beauty Of Running At The Jersey Shore

So I finally got the chance to run in my new running sneaks. I was eager to run because I needed to figure out if my hip issue was due to my run down sneaks.   Although I’m having fun doing CrossFit, I still miss my running.  Sniff!  Sniff!  Today would determine if I needed an X-Ray or MRI.

You know what?  It was the sneakers!!!

Shame on me for not keeping up with my mileage! I know better.

The great thing about today’s run?  I know that I can run the Atlantic City Marathon!!!!   I am going to run the half-marathon (13.1 miles).   While I haven’t been training for the Half-Marathon; I am well conditioned and have time to prepare, so I am flying high!

Today’s weather was ideal for runners.  Seriously!  The sun was out; not too hot, but perfect enough to break out into a good sweat.

Oh– there was another reason I was eager to run…  My first time running the Ocean City bridge…. alone!

Although two weeks ago, I walked the bridge with two beautiful women, Nicole and Tara, I needed to run it the first time alone.  I still got nervous as I approached  the bridge.

But I stayed to the left of the walkway, carefully avoiding the right side railing…  It is still scary to me. Eventually I settled in to take in the beauty of the day around me.

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The bridge was steep, but breath-taking. My hamstrings and quads burned like someone lit a match to them, but was worth every step.

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After my run, I walked under the bridge to my car. This was the breath-taking view. I quietly stood, taking in the calm waters, the beautiful bridge, the clear sky, and the fact that I just ran the bridge with an abundance of gratitude in my heart.

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Boaters and jet skiers enjoyed the day as well.

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Another shot from under the bridge. So peaceful as the waters softly crashed against the rocks.


A WOD And Then some!

“Wake up with DETERMINATION,

Go to bed with SATISFACTION.”  – Unknown via Pinterest

Today’s WOD

Warm up:

4 Min of Partner Assist Handstand Hold
4 Mins Practice Double Unders

2 Rounds Partner Rowing 1 Min While Partner Planks

Mobility:   6 Minutes

WOD:

2 Rounds for Time: Ring Muscle Ups* OR 20 Pull ups + 20 Ring Dips
20 Pistols (10 L/R) or 50 Air Squats

Then Do:

10 Min AMRAP of 200 M Run
15 Box Jumps (30/24)

*I don’t have the strength to do Muscle Ups….yet, so I did pull ups & ring dips (both with the assistance of a band).  Initially I was hesitant performing the box jumps on the 24 inch box because my shins are still healing from last week’s slip.  With encouragement– actually it was more like a direct order from the instructor I “man-upped” and completed my rounds on the 24″.   Whew, no slip ups!

Although I’ve completed more challenging WOD’s, I was still fatigued when I finished.  Tomorrow’s WOD might be one to contend with.

Immediately after the class, hubby and I made a few stops to get supplies to begin painting Tailor’s room.  Once we got home, I ate a quick snack (a Gala apple & some cashews) and started priming the wall.  The primer needed one hour to dry.

During the hour wait, an intense urge of wanting to run returned.  I wanted to run yesterday, but the day got away from me and I ran out of time.  Mentally I went back and forth. Should I or shouldn’t I?  Hubby said, “just go run, you know you want to!”

That’s all I needed, so I ran. My sore hip is healing and I don’t want to push it, so I planned to run 3 easy miles.  Well… it felt darn good to be out there, I ran longer. Lol!  Trying to put how I felt into words is difficult.  As I listened to my favorite play list, I laughed and enjoyed every step. My run was heavenly!!

While cooling off and walking up the driveway, I looked at my stats and fell out laughing in amazement. This is what I saw:

 

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During my run, I didn’t feel like I was running hard, I got into a nice rhythm and ran at a comfortable pace.  There is no doubt that I am seeing the wonderful benefits of CrossFit.   Even though I haven’t ran much in the past two-months, my pace and splits continue to improve.  I am over-joyed!

TTYL!