Sunday, July 28, 2013

CrossFit July Week 4 results

Guess what?! I got accepted to another grad school program! What! Now, comes the decision.

This week was tough, b/c Cole's birthday was on Wednesday and my mom took us all out to lunch at Macaroni Grill. I could hardly eat anything else for the rest of the day. Plus, I made Cole a Bigfoot chocolate birthday cake, and I have a sweet tooth for chocolate cake. =P Also, my Aunt Flo made me ravenous, and it's the end of the month, which means we are strapped for cash! I can't afford healthy foods anymore, and we are living on homemade bread and noodles. The only protein I have in the house are eggs and really old protein powder.
Supposed to be the sasquatch. Looks like a monkey.

Still, I stuck to my plan.

Here's how I did, et al:

Weight
July 1: 171
Week 1 Results: 165! (-6lbs)
Week 2 Results: 167 (+2)
Week 3: 164 (-3)
Today: 163 (-1)
Overall: -8lbs.

Waist
July 1: 31 3/4"
Week 1 Results: 30" (-1 3/4")
Week 2 Results: 29 3/4" (-1/4")
Week 3: 29 1/2" (-1/4")
Today:  same
Overall: -2 1/4"

Hips
July 1: 46"
Week 1 Results: 44 1/4" (-1 3/4")
Week 2 Results: 44" (-1/4")
Week 3: 44 (no change)
Today: same
Overall: -2"

Thighs
July 1: 28 1/4"
Week 1 Results: 27 1/4" (-1")
Week 2 Results: 26 3/4" (-1/2")
Week 3: 26 3/4" (no change)
Today: 26 1/2" (-1/4)
Overall: -1 3/4 "

Arms
July 1: 13 1/2"
Week 1 Results:  13 1/2" (No loss.)
Week 2 Results:13" (-1/2")
Week 3: 13" (no change)
Today: same
Overall: -1/2"

Here are my work outs for this week:

 I can't find the wo I did on Monday.
The Wholesome Heart : At Home CrossFit Workouts!
Tuesday's wo.


6 Crossfit workouts when you're at home or traveling
I did WOD 4 on Wednesday.


Thursday: I got a terrible stomach ache and didn't workout. 
Crossfit workout of the day with my own additions & substitutions.
Friday wo, but I couldn't do the last two on it.

At Home CROSSFIT Workout! #crossfit #workout #healthy #fitness
Saturday. Lane helped me during the sit-ups by sitting on my feet. I still got a but rug-burn.

 I lost a pound. It's been a good week.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

CrossFit July Week 3 results!

Bet you thought I forgot to blog my results.
I didn't. I've been kinda busy today.
I had to clip my dog's toenails. Sounds like an excuse, but it seriously is a major event. (And not the only thing I did today.)

Also, I've been a little preoccupied on account that I GOT INTO GRAD SCHOOL! Booyah! I found out yesterday and took my kids to Walgreen's for ice cream cones (b/c our favorite mom-n-pop shop was closed), but after scanning the calories on the prepackaged frozen treats, I settled for Fitness magazine. 

Here's how I did last week, et al:

Weight
July 1: 171
Week 1 Results: 165! (-6lbs)
Week 2 Results: 167 (+2)
Today: 164 (-3)
Overall: -7lbs.

Waist
July 1: 31 3/4"
Week 1 Results: 30" (-1 3/4")
Week 2 Results: 29 3/4" (-1/4")
Today: 29 1/2" (-1/4")
Overall: -2 1/4"

Hips
July 1: 46"
Week 1 Results: 44 1/4" (-1 3/4")
Week 2 Results: 44" (-1/4")
Today: 44 (no change)
Overall: -2"

Thighs
July 1: 28 1/4"
Week 1 Results: 27 1/4" (-1")
Week 2 Results: 26 3/4" (-1/2")
 Today: 26 3/4" (no change)
Overall: -1 1/2 "

Arms
July 1: 13 1/2"
Week 1 Results:  13 1/2" (No loss.)
Week 2 Results:13" (-1/2")
Today: 13" (no change)
Overall: -1/2"

My measurements are pretty much the same, but I lost three pounds this week. It appears that reducing my caloric intake by another 100 a day worked last week. This week, I'm pushing harder. I'm going to attempt to keep the caloric intake at or below 1200 a day. That's my goal. Shoes on the table.

CrossFit is kicking my trash. I am tired and sore all the time. It is wearing on me. I think I'm going to push for a few CF cardio/running workouts and in between mellow CF workouts, like the 9min. AMRAP one. It's been hard to find a good balance between working out to get toned and fit vs. 24 hr exhaustion, which is not the goal. Here's what I did this week.

CrossFit WOD that you can do at home or in the gym- just need some weights!
Monday. My variation: 10 burpees, 10 kbs, 10 sit-ups, 400 meter run, and repeat 5 times (except for the run, that was only done 4 times.)

The Wholesome Heart : At Home CrossFit Workouts!
Tuesday. This one only took 10 minutes, but I could really feel the burn. 

Cross Fit: I'm bringing this to the gym and doing 10 min cardio then 10 min sets of these
Wednesday. An intense 20 min.







at home ab workout (crossfit inspired) via eatwatchrun
Thursday. The sit-ups gave me a rug burn on my ass.


At Home CROSSFIT Workout! #crossfit #workout #healthy #fitness
Friday. A good one to do when you have no flipping energy. My variation: I had to do lunges instead of sit-ups, b/c of the rug burn on my derriere.

The Wholesome Heart : At Home CrossFit Workouts!
Saturday. My variations: I did 8 rounds, but the last half I did squats instead of push-ups.


I hope to lose another 4 lbs by the end of July, so I can be at 160 again, finally. I sure am glad it's only taking me a month to get off the weight.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

CrossFit July Week 2 Results and Runolution #8

The Riley Smith Rocks Cancer 5K was both horrible and wonderful.

First of all, it was 80 degrees at 9am when the 5K started. The first mile and a half was downhill, making the second mile and a half all uphill. There was no shade and the heat bore down on me like a tanning bed. I had to run through someone's sprinklers at one point to cool off, and before you judge me, I wasn't the only one. I ran/walked the last half and ended up with a terrible time: 36:14! Embarrassing. I did worse than the time I ran the Law 5K in the rain. Apparently CrossFit isn't making me a better runner, though I don't do well in heat or uphill, so that might have something to do with it too.

(Also, I ran it solo and my phone broke so I have no documented pics of this race. Plus they didn't give out bibs. I got a t-shirt. Pic to come.)

The wonderful part about the race was that we were all there to support Riley Smith and help his family with medical costs. The course was lined with cute quotes from the Smith family. One, written in crayon, said, "I wish cancer would get cancer and die." Another showed a picture of Riley and said, "Smile!" There were several that had quotes from Brandy Smith,Riley's mother, but the one that I remember was, "The most important thing in the world is today." So inspirational and sad that I was crying and running and running and crying. It was very emotional though a wonderful cause, and I'm so glad that I got the chance to contribute.

WEIGH-IN TIME NUMERO DOS!

Weight
July 1: 171
Last Weigh-in: 165! (-6lbs)
Today: 167 (+2) (I was extremely bummed about this, until I did my measurements. And I think this is one of those instances where I gained muscle weight, b/c I lost inches all over my body.)
Overall: -4lbs.

Waist
July 1: 31 3/4"
Last Weigh-in: 30" (-1 3/4")
Today: 29 3/4" (-1/4")
Overall: -2"

Hips
July 1: 46"
Last Weigh-in: 44 1/4" (-1 3/4")
Today: 44" (-1/4")
Overall: -2"

Thighs
July 1: 28 1/4"
Last Weigh-in: 27 1/4" (-1")
Today: 26 3/4" (-1/2")
Overall: -1 1/2 "

Arms
July 1: 13 1/2"
Last Weigh-in:  13 1/2" (No loss.)
Today:13" (-1/2")
Overall: -1/2"

Ok, I am still very annoyed about my weight. I understand that I lost 1 1/2" this week and 6" total, but I wanted to lose pounds too. Not gain them. So I'm modifying my plan for this week. I'm going to keep my calorie intake between 1200-1300 (instead of 12-1400). I think dropping an extra hundred calories will help me lose more weight. If I like the results, I'll do that for the 4th week of July too.

Actually, I'm going on vacation in August and I was thinking of doing a race while vacationing and extending CrossFit July until the day that I leave. I'll decide conclusively by next weigh-in. Fingers crossed that the caloric thing will help.

Chao, dieteers!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Runolution: Riley Rocks Cancer Race # 8



Saturday Morning, I am running the Riley Rocks Cancer 5K. It is for a 5yo boy with Wilms Tumor Cancer. He had to have a 6lbs tumor removed from his kidney and is now undergoing chemo treatments. This is a great cause. Riley's mother had to quit her job to stay home with him and the family needs help with the finances. The boy lives in the community where I teach, which is a very small community full of people willing to help. On Saturday, they are also having an auction, yard sale, food vendors, and lots of family activities.


Here's the article I wrote about Riley and the event.

Here's more info about the event tomorrow.

And here's the family's blog.


CrossFit July Mid-Week Update: Days 8-12

Funniest thing happened.
This week has been especially tiring. I've been less motivated to work out than I usually am, and twice this week I've crashed at the end of the day before we put the kids down. I've taken a couple of naps, and I kept thinking, it's this CrossFit. It's kicking my trash, making me exhausted.

So this morning I go downstairs to get my caffeine fix--Great Value Energy packets (It's like Crystal Light Energy, but a third of the price.) I pull out a lemonade flavor, and think, "Wait a minute. The energy multi-flavor doesn't have lemonade. It has pomegranate lemonade, but not straight up lemonade. So I pick up the package. Lo and behold! No caffeine. I read the ingredients to be sure. My husband bought the packets this time and (whoops!) got the caffeine-free kind. I've been detoxing all week. That explains the headaches, the lethargy.

I'd be really annoyed if I wasn't so relieved that my sleepiness now has a reasonable explanation.

Anyhoo, here are the workouts I did this week.
at home, no equipment, crossfit workout
Monday! I was still barely caffeinated this day. Awesome workout.
Crossfit Workout
Tuesday. I did this one in the pool with my kids on  my back for the push-ups, sitting on my feet for sit-ups, and holding them for the squats. Instead of running, I swam. Very modified, but my body ACHED  the next day.
Good crossfit regimen
Wednesday. One round was enough for me.



At Home CROSSFIT Workout! #crossfit #workout #healthy #fitness
Thursday. By far my favorite. It changes them up enough that I wasn't wiped after the burpees. It also didn't take long, and I still felt worked out.
 I haven't selected today's workout yet.

The scale hasn't moved much this week. I'm wondering if I hit a plateau already. Though it could somehow be related to the fact that my husband accidentally de-caffeinated me. Either way, I still have 3 days left of this week. Wish me luck!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

CrossFit July Week One RESULTS!

WEIGH-IN TIME, BABY!

Weight
Last week: 171
Today: 165! (I seriously lost 6lbs this week! Fist Bump!)

Waist
Last week: 31 3/4"
Today: 30" (Almost 2 inches off my waist.)

Hips
Last week: 46"
Today: 44 1/4" (I'm thrilled about this, b/c I can really feel the loss in my clothes.)

Thighs
Last week: 28 1/4"
Today: 27 1/4" (Wish it were more, but I'll take the inch.)

Arms
Last week: 13 1/2"
Today:  13 1/2" (No change, and I believe it is because my arms are more muscular from all the burpees and push-ups.)

I could not be more excited about this, and I owe it all to my shoes. =) (And you guys for keeping me motivated by threatening to take my shoes. Love you, friends.)

Saturday, July 6, 2013

CrossFit July Days 3 - 6: Let freedom ring and my quads burn!

Yesterday was the first day that I didn't feel like doing a CrossFit workout. Don't worry, I swear by Guess leather slingbacks that I still did it. I tried to pick an easy wo and it turn out to be HELL. (I'm learning there are rarely easy CrossFit workouts.) Here are workouts 3, 4, 5, and 6 from CrossFit July.
I can't wait for my day off tomorrow.
Crossfit Workout at Home!
Day 3. Hollow Rocks are HARD ROCKS. heh heh.

The Wholesome Heart : At Home CrossFit Workouts!
Day 4: Independence Day Workout! Not so hard, so I did it twice.

Feisty 50 at Home CrossFit Workout - Blonde Ponytail
Day 5 of CrossFit July. A KILLER workout. I had to make two modifications. I couldn't do all of the burpees, so I switched out a 30 of them for plie squats, and I did girly push-ups instead of regulars.
Crossfit Additions and new WODs
Day 6: V-ups suck. And I alternated between lunges and reverse prisoner lunges for variety. I am a fan of this one. Not too hard, but you really feel it in your legs.


My abs feel tighter, clothes looser, and I've lost two pounds.

Diet has been fine too. A little tricky during the 4th of July BBQ, but I had my iPad with me and logged everything into MyFitnessPal so I wouldn't go overboard with the calories. I haven't deprived myself of all sweets and stuff, but I try not to eat them anyway, because they cost me too many calories and don't fill me up. My average daily caloric intake is 1350. (Remember my goal is between 1200-1400 cals.)

Tomorrow, morning, I'll do measurements and a weigh-in and see how week one turned out. =)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Mid-week progress during CrossFit July

Day one (yesterday) was a success!
(If you don't know about my CrossFit/Shoe challenge, read THIS post first.) 

I always forget how much extra food I'm eating until I start logging every calorie. And believe me, I have been counting EVERY CALORIE. For example, when I licked of little muffin batter from my finger, I logged it into MyFitnessPal. When I ate a handful of almonds, and wasn't sure how many calories were in a handful, I researched it. (There are about 23 whole raw kernels in one ounce and 7 calories per kernel. My handful is about 16-18 kernels, therefore...112-126 calories per handful, and I count each one to have an exact number.) When I fixed dinner, I knew exactly how many sweet potato fries I could have without exceeding my daily allotted intake (1200-1400 calories).

It's been hard. I ended day one with a total of 1358 calories.Unnervingly close.

Day two has been easier thus far. I calculated breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner and I still have room for another hundred calories if I get hungry.

My day two work out kicked my trash.
 The Wholesome Heart : At Home CrossFit Workouts!
My legs were all rubbery after the burpee reps, but I have to say the push-ups were easier than yesterday. Though my muscles are achy today. Keep in mind that my caloric intake is not subtracting the calories I burned during my workout, which is the way MyFitnessPal calculates the totals, much to my dismay.

What is on the chopping block if I screw up? These babies.
Today, my sister and I went shopping and I tried on all these shoes (didn't buy any, btw) and got all emotional about the idea of having to get rid of my shoes. I tell you what, this has been the biggest motivator for weight loss I've ever done.

Here are pics of my boots. Aren't they gorgeous?


From left to right: My faux Uggs wedges; my suede, chocolate brown spiked-heels;, and my Buffy boots: faux leather, exposed zipper, and sexy heel (while still sturdy enough to kick vampire butt).

On the left, my newest acquisition: tan faux leather fierce heel boots. And on the right: My grey short heel boots that my sister is always coveting.
 This post is just solidifying my resolve not to screw this up.

Monday, July 1, 2013

CrossFit July and hands off my shoes!

Today is day 1 of CrossFit July. Now that I'm done applying for grad schools for the time being, I've decided to focus on my body more. That is how I came up with CrossFit July. I am going to do an at-home CrossFit workout every day (except for Sundays) for the whole month of July.

My before weight: 171 (I know what you're thinking, "Seriously, Rena, how did you let that happen?" I won't bore you with my terrible year and a hundred excuses about why I chose to cry in the bottom of the bathtub instead of working out, b/c what good would it do? I've re-earned my conviction, and I'm taking back my body today! If there's one thing I've learned about myself, it's that when I can't control anything else in the world, I can control what I eat and my workouts.)

And also, since I get the best results when I'm being honest with myself and the e-world, this is after I lost those 3 lbs a couple of weeks ago. I lost three, got down to 166, and somehow bounced back up, surpassing my initial peak weight--peak weight in the last two years that is. I started this whole thing when I weighed 221lbs--and gained 5lbs. I'd like to blame PMS, and it should take some of the blame, but I'm still the master of my domain, and I shouldn't be so careless with my caloric intake.

Before Measurements:
Waist: 31 3/4"
Hips: 46"
Thighs: 28 1/4"
Arms: 13 1/2"

My sister's doing this thing where she motivates herself by vowing to eat healthy on the Paleo diet and if she doesn't, she has promised to give up her books to interested parties. I think that is a swell idea.

So here's my deal. I vow to keep my calorie consumption between 1200-1400 calories a day and to do a CrossFit workout everyday for the month of July (except Sundays). If I don't I will give up my shoes to whoever comments on this blog requesting a pair of your choice.

I've included pictures. (First come, first serve.)

I'm an 8.5" - 9". I know that will make a difference, and if you don't want shoes, I will give up my books.










Today's CrossFit Workout of the Day: (All found on Pinterest)

The Wholesome Heart : At Home CrossFit Workouts!
Do you know how hard this is? Really hard. I love my shoes. LOVE THEM. Almost to the point of naming them. I have a pair of Buffy boots and a pair of Stilett-HO heels. But the rest are just my sweet unnamed babies. I can tell you right now that Rick will be motivating in helping me stick to my plan, b/c he loves it when I wear my shoes.

I can't believe I'm doing this. O.o

Exception to the workouts: illness or injury. And I will be running a 5K in July for my Runolution, and that day will not also have a CrossFit workout.

Wish me luck. I'll take pictures of my boots too and the ones not pictured, so you fully understand my obsession. =)




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