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Hurt So Good

Yesterday was a WOD day.  It had been a few weeks since I had been and at first I thought about skipping again because I was having a great day with my little family, but I decided I really need to go; I really wanted to go, and it was AMAZING!

I’m pretty sure when I left, I felt every muscle in my body and I had sweat off at least 5 pounds.  We had 10 rounds that included the dreaded man maker.  It was another one of those nights when I got 3 rounds in and there would be no way I could do all 10 rounds.  I may have been the last one finished, but I finished.  There were a few times when I got down on the floor while doing my man makers that I just laid there thinking there was no way I was going to get back up, no way I was going to be able to keep breathing, but with a little motivation from the instructor/trainer, I did.

Every time I do WOD, it is painful, it’s hard, it’s sweaty and it seems impossible, but then I count down the days to when I get to do it again.  I wish my schedule allowed me more than once a week, but once is better than nothing, right?

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Wearing a pair of size 12 Bermuda shorts and a medium tank top from a 22 and a 2x!

On another note, my husband and I left our kids with a sitter yesterday (this is very rare) and went to do some shopping.  It was mostly window shopping but since I’ve gone for a 22 to a 12 (YAY!) nothing fits me.  I don’t think it has ever felt so good to try on clothes.  There is something about going into a fitting room and trying on a large shirt and having switch it for a medium.

For the first time in a really long time, even since I started shedding pounds, I felt good about myself.  I felt good about the clothes I was wearing and I didn’t have to say, “they don’t have that in my size.”  Yesterday, the 1.8 pounds I gained last week didn’t matter at all.  It wasn’t about a number on the scale, but about how if felt to put on size 12s, which is the same size I was wearing in high school.

I’m still not comfortable enough in my own skin to wear regular shorts.  There are still a few too many dimples in my thighs and some sagging skin that just makes me feel like I’d be one of those girls that people see and whisper, “she shouldn’t be wearing those.”  Maybe I’ll get there before the end of the summer!

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Death By Burpees

Part of yesterday’s WOD was death by burpees and I was in fact quite certain I was going to die.  It starts with 1 burpee in minute one, then 2 burpees in minute 2 and so on until you can’t get the given number done in the amount of time you have. 

The beginning was so easy.  One burpee then almost a whole minute of rest, but as the amount of burpees goes up, the rest time goes down.  All I kept thinking to myself was, “I cannot be the first one to not make it to the next round.”  When the numbers got higher, and I wanted to stop, or take a longer break between, or got down on the floor and didn’t think I could get back up, I just kept telling myself that.

Thankfully I lived through 8 rounds and was 1 shy of finishing the 9th round.  The best part of that was, everybody stuck at that level (other than the trainer of course).  I may have only done 44 burpees in 8 minutes, (only?! That’s a lot!) and I might have thought I was going to lose my lunch, but I didn’t give up.  Even in the last minute when she said there was 20 seconds left and I knew I wasn’t going to get the 9 I needed, I still kept trying, and all those burpees were a lot easier than they would have been 70 pounds ago. 

ImageThis morning when I went to get out of bed, I noticed a great big bruise on my knee.  Apparently I was so wrapped up in accomplishing my goal, I didn’t notice I banged my knee on the floor.  It isn’t a pretty bruise but I’ll take it.  One of my friends said “If there are no bruises, you didn’t go hard enough.”  I gave it all I had last night and as usual when it comes to WOD, I can’t wait to do it again next week!

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Time to go Shopping

Today was a great workout day!  I missed my Wednesday night zumba last night because I had to work.  I haven’t missed a day of zumba since I started going a few months ago unless I was at another workout (or I missed 1 with the flu).  I was feeling pretty awful about not going last night.  Not that I could help it.  I was making some much needed money so there wasn’t a choice.

After I left work, I decided since I didn’t make it to zumba, I would walk to my husband’s work.  We are a one car family and he wasn’t supposed to be out of work for at least a half an hour.  I made it 2 miles before he called to ask where I was so he could pick me up.  I would have made it all the way to his work, but about 5 minutes in I developed a blister on the top of my foot (my shoes were too big and it’s not like I had a spare pair of sneakers with me).

So after feeling pretty lazy yesterday, I decided today I was really going to push myself.  After a day of packing and unpacking (yup, we’re moving!) I went to WOD for an hour.  I did tons of frog jumps, some rowing, some burpees and on and on.  I was so hot and sweaty that even the skin on my arms was bright red.  After WOD, I decided to stay for zumba. 

I do WOD at a different gym than I usually do zumba at, so it was a different place, some different songs and a different atmosphere.  I spent some time getting a little lost of some of the songs I hadn’t done before (and it was harder to hide since it was a smaller crowd) but I managed and it was fun.  Don’t get me wrong, I love doing zumba where I usually do it, but I spent more time smiling, I may have even laughed a time or two, which is unheard of during a workout.

I also had a bit of an I need to go shopping moment.  At they gym I was at tonight, they do zumba in front of a mirror.  There I was in my yoga pants and my 2x shirt, and seeing myself in the mirror I decided it might be time to take this shirt out of circulation.  I’m now wearing a medium to a large so this 2x, as you can imagine is rather flattering. 

I know for me the purpose of a workout isn’t to look sexy, but looking in the mirror, I determined, I have earned all 60 of the pounds I have lost, I deserve to look like it everywhere I go, even if it’s to the gym to get red faced and sweaty.  So I guess it’s time for a trip to Goodwill!

Oh and after all this, I’m up to 220 squats in my squat challenge so I guess I better get my butt up off the couch and get it over with, before my earlier workouts catch up with me.

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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This is Why I Do Classes

Yesterday I didn’t make it to my WOD like I had hoped to.  I couldn’t find a sitter for my kids so I had to skip.  I didn’t want to just do nothing, and running wasn’t really an option since my husband didn’t make it home from work much before dark.  So I decided to do a Jillian Michaels workout instead.

It was not the best idea I have ever had, and it reminded me why I go to classes.  I do so much better working out in a group atmosphere.  When I’m working out by myself it’s far too easy for me to just give up.

As I’m doing the workout (in my kitchen, since it’s the most open space I have) I’d think to myself, “Well, I really can’t do a burpee in my kitchen,” or “I don’t have a mat and my feet keep slipping.”  I spent a lot more time sitting on the floor watching than I would like to admit.  Not that I slacked on the whole thing.  I definitely got in a workout and was working up a sweat, I just know I didn’t put in as much as I could have.  That being said, I almost stopped 20 minutes in, but finished the entire 35 minutes.

After I was finished I was reminded how much I sometimes short change myself and how little I give myself credit for when I’m on my own.  I hope someday I will put in as much effort in my kitchen doing a workout as I do in the gym.  In the gym I have other people around me, people who can see if I rest on the floor for more time than I need to, or see when I totally skip one exercise because I don’t really like it.  When I have other people watching me, I don’t do that.  I will give up and let myself down when I’m alone, but I can’t stand the thought of people knowing I can’t do it.

I’m only cheating myself by not putting my whole heart into every workout.  I know I can do it; I’ve done it before.  So tonight at zumba, I’m going to give it everything I have to make up for my lacking workout last night, and going to keep my fingers crossed I find some way to get to WOD sooner rather than later!

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Frustrated with my Schedule

Today I’m feeling super frustrated.  I really wanted to make it to my WOD.  I haven’t been able to make it since last Monday.  Not that I haven’t been working out because I have.  I went to zumba Wednesday, Friday and yesterday, ran 1.5 miles and did 100 squats on Sunday and went to a family walk on Saturday, but WOD is where I really push myself to levels I don’t think I can achieve.

We are a one car family.  The WOD class that I do is about a 20-30 minute drive, whereas my zumba class is just 2 minutes from my work.  It also works out that zumba is right after I get out of work, so my kids are already with a sitter or with my husband.  WOD on the other hand is earlier in the day, so in order to make it, I either have to leave work early, which might be an option every once in a while but not on a regular basis, or I have to find a sitter for an hour and a half to 2 hours while I go work out.  That should be easy, but it really isn’t.

So here I am, on a day I really want to make it to WOD.  I have asked my mother, my mother in law, my brother in law’s girlfriend and on and on it goes, with no luck.  The odds of me being able to make it at all this week are looking pretty slim.  Thursday is the other day that I might be able to make it, but I’m in the same boat Thursday. 

This won’t be a problem next week.  I have talked my husband into switching one of his days off, so no matter what I will be able to make it to WOD every Thursday and I can’t wait!  Until then, I’m going to pout and be grumpy about it.

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Stronger than I Give Myself Credit For

One of my favorite quotes is from Christopher Robbin.  “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”  The more I work out, the harder I push myself, the more I’m beginning to believe that quote.

Over the past few years I have let myself become something I see as a failure.  I have failed as a friend, becoming more and more of a home body, avoiding going out where people might see how much weight I’ve gained.  I have failed as a wife by gaining so much weight, one would hardly recognize me as the woman in my wedding pictures.  All the times my son asked me to get on the floor and play with him and I said no because I was so heavy it hurt my back and put my feet to sleep, I failed as a mother.  I failed myself.  I didn’t think I was capable of ballooning to the point I did, I didn’t think I was strong enough to get my butt up off the couch to work it off, and I didn’t think I had the will power to say no to some of the foods I loved the most.  I lost control of myself, my weight and my life. 

At the end of the day, one thing I am able to do is reduce myself to feeling like nothing.  But I’m not nothing, I wasn’t then and the more work I put into myself and my health the more I believe that. 

I started a new workout last week.  A workout that is going to require me to put a little more faith in myself.  Monday night at my WOD (Workout of the day), we were given a workout that included 8 sets of kettle ball swings and running.  I got 2 sets in, and I was certain, there was no way I was going to be able to do all 8.  I had barely started and I had already given up on myself.  I played mind games with myself.  After that first 2 I kept thinking, I’m almost halfway, then I was halfway, then only a few more, and then, I was done.  I wanted to quit, but I didn’t.  I wanted to walk some of my running laps, but I kept moving.  For that minute, I was stronger than I ever thought I could be.

I told the instructor of my class before I started that I needed to accomplish some things I didn’t think I was capable of, and that’s what I did.  It was an amazing feeling.  It felt so good to push myself to limits I never thought I could get to, and then to keep on going. 

Every time I get down on the floor with my son and play, or slide down the slide with him at the playground, or find myself making eye contact for a minute before turning away, or feel my husband’s gaze on the new found muscles in my legs, I get stronger, I get braver and I get closer to becoming the person I deserve to be.  I can’t wait for next week when I will get a chance to get back in the gym for another WOD and another chance to prove to myself, there’s more in me than I think.

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Still Obese but not Extremely

We had health assessments at work today.  I was really interested to see what my BMI was since I have lost 52.7 pounds (2.7 this week!).  I was not surprised to see that my BMI was at 33. 

That got me thinking about what my level was when I started back in October.  I did a quick search for an online BMI calculator.  After just a few seconds I discovered, my BMI started at 43!  In fact, webmd told me to “Take Immediate Action!”  6 months ago, I sat plumply at extremely obese. 

I am still in about the middle of the “obese” section, I’m only 3 away from just being “overweight” and 8 away from Normal.  I have lost more than I have left to.  I’m on the right track, and when (not if) I get to goal weight, I will be sitting pretty in the pretty green section of the BMI chart.

I never want to be in the red again, and I won’t be.  When you’re being told at the age of 28 to “take immediate action” it’s a real eye opener.  I have a long way to go, for sure, and while my goal weight is still 60 pounds away (I’m a little less than halfway there), I’m more than halfway to a healthy BMI.

Another big accomplishment today, I survived my first WOD!  It was not nearly as horrible as I thought it would be.  It was by no means easy, and it most certainly gave me a different challenge than zumba does.  I was sweating within just a few minutes, and had to push myself hard to finish.  We keep track of our own numbers so it would have been easy to miscount to shave off a few, and believe me, I thought about it, but I knew the only one I would be cheating if I did, was myself.  In fact while doing mountain climbers I lost count a time or two and I’m pretty sure I did several extra because of it.

I will say I have never done so many squats in one workout before, I haven’t done more than 10 pushups at a time since high school (I did wall pushups today, but still, 10 has been my max in the last 8 years), I did exercises I haven’t done since grade school (mountain climbers) and was introduced to an exercise known as the “man maker.”  There are videos of this on youtube, I watched some…mine looked nothing like that!  Pretty sure mine were in slow motion with my butt up in the air.  We were supposed to get a 1 minute break after those, I’m pretty sure I took a 1 minute break in between each one.

Tonight I certainly feel like I worked out today.  My legs are tired and a little achy and a bit like jelly, my arms are a little sore (driving a manual transmission car home was interesting) and I’m sure tomorrow morning it will be worse, and probably Friday morning will be even worse than that, but that means I did something.  I really worked muscles that I haven’t been working. 

And I will def be going back!  My schedule is hectic in getting there for the right times, but I know for sure I will be there Monday.  My goal is to go from Zumba 3 days a week and running 1 day to Zumba 2 days, WOD 2 days and running 1.  I would love to do WOD more often but for now, my work schedule just doesn’t allow it.  I say this now, I very well might change my mind when I try to get out of bed tomorrow morning.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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