13 October 2012

Some more thoughts

People who have never had a weight problem will probably never understand this, but this is what happened last night to me. Prior to last nights workout I felt like I had been phoning in my workouts. I left there sweaty and tired but the sweat was due mostly to the humidity and the tired was because any type of activity tires me out in that heat. Not that I was working out, I just was not giving it my best effort. Wednesday's workout I think I miscounted a couple of sets and didn't do quite as many reps as I should have. On Wednesday I let that slide, but normally - when in beast mode - I would have done some extra just to make sure I got all my reps in. But up until last night, the little voice inside my head telling me this was hard was winning. Last night I finally beat it into submission. It's not beaten for good. This is a battle I will have to fight every so often, but I have definitely one the most important skirmish. There will be a point when I win the war, but that may take awhile. Now at least I know I'm up for the fight.

All I could think of all night was running this morning. I just ate something so that I can run in about 30 minutes or so. Once I got over myself last night I realized that my legs felt good running. Strong and steady. I want to feel that again. So this morning it's a run. Then I have to work on some Marine Science. I got Chemistry all set up for the rest of the semester, I need to do the same for Marine Science. I also need to make some presentations for both classes. After that it's taking it easy. I plan on getting rest these next 2 days since it's back to school on Monday. I am really feeling the creative juices flowing again. I may even look up some fender electric guitars at musicians friend. I want to learn to play and now I kind of have the time. Not really, but sort of.

The birds are absolutely driving me crazy this morning. All week they've been pretty good, but this morning they are driving me nuts. Maybe it's me.....maybe it's them....who knows....

12 October 2012

Something clicked tonight

I went to Crossfit even though I did not really feel like it. I normally don't go on Friday nights, I go on Saturday. But tomorrow is Barbell for Boobs and my box will be closed. That meant if I wanted my 3rd workout this week I needed to go tonight. I had a very busy morning. I had Starbuck's for breakfast at 7am. I ate Burger King for lunch at 2pm. By then I was so hungry I would have eaten a piece of wood if one was around. I drank a soda. It was not a stellar day as far as eating went. My stomach started reminding me of that around 4:30. I forced myself to go and on the way there my blood sugar started acting up. Great. This was going to be fabulous. As I parked I almost sat in my car for a minute to see if I felt better. But then I said, screw it, if I can't do it I'll scale it back and I headed into the box.

The warm up was a run to the corner - this was where everything changed. I headed out, slowly, and was sucking air in a few steps. Then the tape recorder in my head started: Oh, this is hard: Maybe I should walk a little: I'll just slow down: blah, blah, blah. When I got to the turn around point the dialogue in my head had reached a crescendo and the word walking seemed to be repeated over and over and over. At one point I did stop and walk a couple of steps. And then it happened. I said, hell no, you are going to run and I started running again. Then I shut the voice in my head up and took inventory. Yes, my lungs were working hard but they did not hurt. My legs felt fine, in fact they felt like I could run for a while. So I kept running and got back to the box. I got back last but damn it I ran the whole way.

For the first part I worked on shoulder press. We were supposed to do 85% but since I did not know my max, I worked on that. I had no fear about adding weights. None at all. I could easily do 45lbs so I tried 65lbs. That was hard but not impossible, let's add 5 more each side. I maxed out at 75lbs, I could only do one at that weight. But I did it. I went back to 65# and finished the workout. Woot woot woot.

The actual workout was 20 pull-ups and 20 wall balls. We could do 3,4, or 5 rounds. Everyone was doing 5 so I decided to give it a go. I did ring rows for the pull-ups and I used an 8# ball. The thing was I knew I was going to finish 5 rounds and just went to it. I did it slow and steady, trying not to stop in the middle of the round. Just going through it. I felt kind of like a machine just chugging along. There were a couple of times I had to stop for a few seconds but nothing serious. I got through it, just like I knew I would. I finished 5 rounds in 12:17. Awesome!!!

So the switch in my head from "this is hard" to "this is totally doable" seems to have been switched tonight. I knew it was in there, I just did not know how to turn it on. I seem to have done that. Yeah!!!!

Slowing Down

It always happens this way. I start break all energized with a long list of things I want to do. Then around mid break I start to slow down. It's weird because I really would have thought it would go the other way. I'd be super lazy at the beginning and more energized after some rest. And it's been that way on past breaks. I think the difference now is that I don't have that stupid thesis hanging over my head. Anything I do I do for me and if I waste time it's okay. For example, I spent about an hour yesterday looking at digidesign at guitar center. Not sure why as I'm not looking for that kind of stuff, but who cares? I did it and I did not feel bad about it.

So today is the last day and then it's back to school on Monday. I did get things accomplished and I plan on getting a little more done. So for a change I got to enjoy a break and not beat myself up over a stupid paper. I'll probably take it easy the next few days so I'm all rested for Monday. There is something to be said for slowing down.

11 October 2012


This is what most people look like after a Crossfit workout. Last night we are all lying all over the place completely covered in sweat. It was awesome!!!!

So I went last night instead of in the morning and it was much better. I got a lot accomplished yesterday and after my workout I was tired. A good kind tired. I was in bed by 9:30 and that is a perfectly acceptable hour to go to bed.

Woke up this morning starving. That is another benefit of working out at night. If I work out in the morning I spend the day eating. When I work out at night I eat dinner and go to bed in a couple of hours. Much better than eating all day long.

So evening workouts are definitely for me. I wonder if I've always been like that or if this is something new. When I look back on my life, most of my workouts were in the evening for most of my life. Hmmmm....I wonder if I've been trying to make myself a morning workout person for no reason. I know that by doing it in the morning I get it over with. Waiting until evening allows too many things to go wrong and get in the way. But I like evening workouts. I like being able to go to bed a few hours later. Hmmm.... I may have to reset my thinking about this. Interesting.

Okay, I have things I want to accomplish today, so I'm off to work...... (I'm not going anywhere but I'm going to get things done).

10 October 2012

Handstand revisited

Crossfit is big on handstands. Handstands, handstand push-ups. Whatever. If you can do it on your hands they are all for it. I have also figured out the pattern to the Crossfit workout. We warm-up then spend 10-15 minutes working on something. We have worked on front squats, deadlifts, cleans, etc. These things may or may not be in the workout. The idea is to spend a little time perfecting a move and then do the workout. I like it.

On Monday I decided to go in the morning and that was a huge mistake. The morning class is at 10am and that time just does not work for me. Also, it has been super, super hot here and by 10am I am just dripping sweat from doing absolutely nothing. But I wanted to give it a go so I went. For the first 10 minutes we worked on handstands. I have done this once before at Crossfit and actually got up. I tried again on Monday and got up twice but man oh man did it kill my wrists. I could not stay up for more then a few seconds my right wrist hurt so bad. But it is something to work towards. A handstand pushup?? With a lot of work I could do that.

Back to the Monday morning workout. The workout was 60 secs of front squats, 60 secs of weighted sit ups, 30 secs of power cleans, and 30 seconds of rest. Do that 4 times. By the time we started the workout, 10:30am, it was so brutally hot in the box that just being in there made you sweat. I found that I could not push myself as hard as I normally do during a workout. It was so hot and I was sweating so much it was impossible to push myself as hard as I normally would. So I felt like I only gave a half effort or 3/4 effort really.

Afterwards I biked over to do some errands and ended up going home because I was so tired. I found myself really, really hungry. After a shower I had something to eat - what, I do not remember - and collapsed on the couch. I spent the rest of the day hungry and exhausted. There was a lot of napping on the couch and eating things I should not have eaten. Not a good day really. Yesterday was easily as hot and sweaty but I got whole lot accomplished because I did not workout in the morning.

So what is the point of all this drivel??? I'm not going to Crossfit this morning. I'm going to wait and go tonight like I normally do. It's not so hot then and I can push myself harder. Also, if I'm exhausted I will be going to bed soon so no problem.

Today will be busy. I have a craft project going - I'm redoing a table - and I want to make great progress on that today. Also, I need to look at tv mount by standsandmounts. We are considering getting one of those thin TVs for the house and I want to see if it can be mounted on our flimsy walls. My house is what they call single wall construction. It's only tongue and groove one wall. It's something that was popular in tropical climates. Luckily that popularity is fading but I have one :)

07 October 2012

Paleo Diet

It's funny how things happen. I've been working on my diet for years - and not in the trying to cut calories way. In trying to make my body work right and feel good way. I've been working towards removing processed foods from my diet. It's been a little difficult but not impossible. I can now count on one hand how many processed foods I eat on most days.

Then last month I started Crossfit. Love the workout, love it. Turns out Crossfit is a big proponent of the Paleo Diet. I agree with the concepts of the Paleo diet. We really are cavemen. Our bodies have not evolved as rapidly as our technology has. As a result we are eating processed foods that I really believe our bodies don't recognize as food. So while I agree with the philosophy I have never really investigated it.

On Saturday my box had a Paleo workshop. I wanted to go but after my workout Saturday morning I ended up falling asleep on the couch and missing it. But since I was really interested I did some investigation on the Internet. What I found was that I pretty much have been heading towards a Paleo diet. Above is a graphic that pretty much sums it up.  Avoid dairy, grains, processed foods - all things I've been working on getting out of my diet. The legumes stumped me a little but I'm not a huge of beans so that should not be too much of problem.

So a diet focused on meat, fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and some healthy fats. That is what I have been trying to do so it seems like the perfect fit.  I did some web surfing and found some good recipes, I even tried two of them today. I made my own mayonnaise - huh!! Who would of thunk it??  I also made some acorn squash and bacon patties for dinner. They were pretty good.  Tomorrow I'm going to roast some veggies, I got black radishes at Whole Foods, and using my Paleo mayo to make some Paleo ranch dressing.  The condiments were the things I was struggling with so hopefully these things will work out.  I was surprised how easy the mayo was.  A couple of eggs and some oil in my food processor. Amazing.

So I'm working on recipe this week while I'm home and I'm going to come up with some I can make on the weekends and take for lunches. I'm stoked. I just need to not get crazy with it. I can do that....

Weird ads

I have been looking at a lot of ads and motivational things on the internet lately and let me tell you - some of them are just plain weird. I realize this one is old but babies drinking cola?? Really??? That doesn't seem smart not matter when this came out.

This one I remember so it's not that old. Of course, now that we know better, all cigarette ads are stupid.

Okay, this is weird. They used similar scare tactics during the Gulf war. If you drove a gas guzzler you were supporting Al Queda. Some things never change.

This one is just plain weird. I'm assuming there was a problem with underweight people and they were trying to fatten them up. But without context it is just plain bizarre. I ran across an ad the other day that said you live in Hawaii check out:
carpet cleaning chapel hill nc. Ummm, okay. If I'm in Hawaii why would I be interested in carpet cleaning in chapel hill??? I don't know. I just enjoy reading ads and finding strange things.

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