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!

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Today’s WOD

“Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us.”

                                -L. Thomas Holdcroft

If you buy into all the hype and the commercialism feeding into the holiday season, I pity you. If you don’t and instead, embrace the true meaning of the holiday, congratulations! Maturing cleared my perspective very well.

Don’t get me wrong, I buy holiday gifts for my loved ones too. But the gifts that I buy are in the spirit of giving and expressing my gratitude and the genuine love in my heart for my family and friends. My gifts are selected very thoughtfully with each person in mind. I search to find the special gift that will plaster a genuine smile on their faces. Oh gosh, I really enjoy the search.

Before the holiday season arrive, my strategy is already in place. I think about the who, the what, and the how much. Realistically, I think about how much time I can dedicate to decorating, cooking, especially since Christmas dinner is at my home. This keeps the stress at bay.

Look at these lovely treats I picked up yesterday! I brought them from a friend who owns a catering business. She saved me a lot of time.  Thank you Ms. Trixi!   I cannot wait to try your beautiful creations!

Oooh la-la! Chocolate covered strawberries

Chocolate covered pretzel sticks

Chocolate covered pretzel nuggets

Because I knew my Christmas Eve day would be busy, I crawled into bed early last night. Early for me is 9:30 p.m. By 5:30 a.m. this morning, my iPod was in full effect. As my head bopped to the sound of my favorite workout tunes and Beyoncé’s, “Drunk in Love,” I was in my zone. First stop… Kohl’s. It was empty!! Heeeeey! And that’s the way I like it. The sales people are rested and fresh and most folk are in an upbeat mode.

I shopped from 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. And then…. CROSSFIT!!!! LOL! That’s right. I planned ahead and wore my workout gear to shop. I had a shake, an apple, and other snacks in the car. I swear, my car looks like I live in there– Several pairs of sneaks (suitable for each workout), shake bottles, towels, iPod, gym bag, locks, supplement, quite a few water bottles, and only God knows what else. I’m a neat freak and the visual drives me nuts, but my workouts are more important than the neatness of my car.  It is what it is!

"Some" of the healthy snacks in my car

“Some” of the healthy snacks in my car

Just one pair of the funky crossfit sneaks in my car.  Lol!

Just one pair of the funky crossfit sneaks in my car. Lol!

Gloves, locks, my ipod, and other "stuff" fills my gym bag.

Gloves, locks, my iPod, and other “stuff” fills my gym bag.


Okay so the WOD!  The WOD!!!  The WOD!!!   Oh my goodness!!

200 Kettle Bell Thrusters (100 L /100 R)  955/35

-Each time you break yields 5 Calorie row or SDHP 55/35)

100 Burpees – Each break yields 10 Pull UPs

100 Abmat Wallballs (20/14) – Each break yields 10 Box Jumps)

40 Min Cap!

 

Not that 200 KB Thrusters are not a challenge, but to further challenge myself, I did the first 100 (50 each arm) were with a 26-pound KB. For the remaining 100, I decreased to a 16 pound KB. -I didn’t take any breaks during these.

Dem damn Burpees! I’m shaking my head just thinking about them. LOL! I thought I would never finish, but I did and with only one break, so I did 10 pull ups.

Only after one (1) Abmat Wallball (with a 14 pound ball), I rolled over… saturated the floor in sweat, then I got my butt up and attached the box with 10 box jumps. Old tunes by DMX loudly vibrated off the walls and I so wanted to break out into a dance atop the box, but I thought I’d look ridiculous and needed to preserve my energy, so I continued jumping and got back to the Abmat Wallballs.

Thankfully a fellow crossFitter, who already completed the WOD, saw my struggle.

“Do you want me to get a lighter ball?”

Barely audible, I mumble  a grateful, “Oh God, yes thank you!”

Right then and there I just wanted to scrape myself off the floor and kiss her!  LOL!  So I went from a 14 pound ball to a 10 pound ball and, with genuine encouragement from my peeps, completed the WOD within the 40 minute cap.  I forgot to look at the clock, but I think I finished somewhere between 33 and 35 minutes. Woot! Woot!!

I came home, finished wrapping, cooked chicken for tomorrow’s dinner and wrote this post. Soon, the fireplace will be melting wood sipping on… I don’t know yet… probably Cabernet or a Cosmo. Either case, it is well-earned today.

Thank you so much for visiting and for following Lexa’s Journal!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

One of several Santa's that rests on the staircase.

One of several Santa’s that rests on the staircase.


What Makes A Day Great?

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Warm Up: 

Each Athlete Takes A Turn To Run 100M While Other Athletes Pass A Med Ball While Sitting In A Circle At Bottom Of Squat Position

Mobility:  6 MINS

SWOD: 

        4 MINS:  Every 30 Secs Do 5 Reps @ 75% Of 1RM of Back Squat

WOD:   

40 – 30 – 20

1 ARM DB/KB Thrusters
(1/2) L   (1/2) R   (35/25)

Run 400M

DU’s or Jump Tucks

*20 Min Cap

I enjoyed the warm up today.  It was cool, interactive, broke up the routine, but very effective.

We’ve been doing a lot of jump tucks lately.  Well actually, the “we” is those of us who haven’t mastered the double-under’s.  None chooses tucks over double-under’s.  I’m just saying.

My Jump tucks are improving, but they’re still difficult to do and I so want to do the double-under’s instead.  I won’t give up.  I don’t give up.  I just keep trying.

Self declared bag lady.  I'm just walking in the house since 7 a.m. and after work and CrossFit.

Self declared bag woman.  I’m just walking in the house since 7 a.m. and after work and CrossFit.

bag lady

Hubby took these pictures as I walked in the door today.  Yup.  Still smiling after a long day.  Why?  Because I got my workout on.  Yay!!

Every night I make lunch for the following day.  Lunch typically includes  chicken, turkey, plain yams, broccolini, a salad, a Gala apple, unsalted almonds, unsalted cashews, a banana, or other healthy left overs from the previous nights dinner. I also take water to work and my morning cup of java.

Every night I pack my workout clothes.  I know that once I get home, distractions will mostly likely stop me from attending CrossFit, so I plan ahead and go directly from work.

After this picture, I showered, wolfed down dinner and headed to Medium’s football practice til 8 p.m.

All is great and life is good!  Work with what you got!

TTYL!


Tuesday’s WOD

Warm Up:       2 RDS   200m Run, 10 Push Ups, 20 Air Squats, 30 Push Ups

Mobility:         6 MINS

SWOD:            Back Squat:   5 MIN To Find 5 RM Then For 3 MINS   3 Reps Every 30 Secs, Last Set AMRAP

WOD:              OTM 1:   2 Tire Jumps + 2 Tire Flips + 2X Sled Push (Up & Back)

                        OTM 2:    2 Rope Climbs or 12 Chin Ups, 100 M Run

                        OTM3:      OH Lunge 45/25 10 L/10R

Exhausted and wiped out pretty much sums up my post workout mode. Even after the warm up and the stretching, I still felt tight and wanted to take a two-mile run to loosen up.

I think if  I had done this WOD at 9:30 a.m.,  throughout the workout, I would have felt more energized.   Overall I actually enjoyed the workout, especially the Tire Jumps, Tire Flips, and Sled Push.  We did those outside and the cool breeze hitting my face sustained me  enough to move to the next exercise.  

My goal this week is to attend CrossFit at least four (4) days this week; two down, two more to go.  After CrossFit, I watched my son’s football practice from the sidelines.  It was frigid .  I swear it felt like late October or early November.

The cold temps depleted my remaining energy, so I am going to bed now.

Sweet dreams!


What Is Acceptable?

crawling

I found this wonderful image on Pinterest and I just had to share it with you!

8-30-13 Workout Of The Day

SWOD: 8 Minutes to build to first set of the following:
 SDLHP 3, 3, 3 @ Med to heavy weight
WOD: For Time:
 20 Back Squats
 30 Chest 2 Bar Pull Ups
 40 Burpees

Spent!  Wiped Out!   Sore!  Today was day 5 of CrossFit for me.  Why? Because I could so I did.  LOL!  I contemplated not going today, but my friend Tee wanted to go.  We did the 8:30 a.m. class because I had back-to-school shopping to do. Nope! Not what you think. The shopping was for mommy dearest and I had a blast.

Let me back up for minute.  You must know by now that I live for an intense workout.  Since I return to my regular grind next week, I just had to get my last morning session in and that is the real reason why I pushed myself to go today.

My friend Tee pushes me to go harder.  While doing SDLHP (Sumo-Deadlift-High-Pull) I know.. .what the heck is that?  I said the same thing when I looked at the board.  While writing this post, I couldn’t remember what the acronym  meant, so I had to look it up.

Anyway, Tee pushed me on the SDLHP’s.  I thought my max was 55 pounds, but she pushed me to 77!  Do I feel it now?   Yeees!  Her new name is “Sarge” because she ORDERS me to put more weights on, she never asks my opinion.

This is why it helps to have a dedicated partner and friend to workout with.  I push her when we run, and she pushes me at CrossFit.  If you don’t have a partner, find one; it will make a huge difference in your daily routine, especially on the days when you don’t feel like working out.

Okay it is  late, I’m tired and must get some sleep.  It’s a holiday weekend and I plan to rest.

Enjoy your weekend!


Hump Day Hurdles

8/21/13 WOD
Warm Up:   Run 100M, Toy Soldier, Run 100 M, 20 Push Ups, Run 100 M

SWOD/Mobility: 4 RDS 1 Min AMRAP of HSPU (Hand Stand Push Ups) or        Kipping HSPU Practice Mixed with Scheduled 1 Min Mobility

Then Do:  3 RDS For Time:
3 Turkish Getups
3 Strict Hanging Leg Raises (N/S Legs Straight)
2 Wall Walks
200M Run
WOD: 3 RDS For Time:
35 Wall Balls
25 Toes To Bar
15 Pull Ups

Seriously this was torture!  Last summer was the first time I ever heard of a wall walk, let alone try one.  Today… I DID wall walks!!   Heeeey!!

My two greatest hurdles today were wall Walks and the three rounds of 35 Wall Balls, but neither exercise stopped me.  I pushed… pushed some more… and pushed again until the clock stopped.

I am praying for leg work tomorrow, but will take on whatever challenge that awaits me.

TTYL