27 April 2013

It really is that simple


and it really is that hard. Turning the switch from off to on, for any reason, is a simple thing yet so hard to do. What I have discovered is that if I can turn it on in one area of my life, I can generally coax it on in other areas. For example, I wrote about someone's comment at Crossfit about my making excuses. Since that night I have not been allowing myself to make any excuses. I either do something or I don't - thank you Yoda. That's all. I give my best and if it happens, it happens. If not, well, next time I have to give more. That's it. It's been working out really well. Because I've had that attitude with Crossfit and things are starting to click again, it's spreading. I have a 16 page paper to write. I've had 2 weeks to write it but I've really been blocked the few times I tried to write. This morning I sat down with the conviction that I could totally do this, and it started to come. I still have a long way to go, but I'm off to a good start and feeling better about the whole thing.

Workouts lately have been good, though I have been taking it easy on my shoulder. I injured my right shoulder on April 26th doing snatches at Crossfit. It did not seem like a serious injury and had I taken some time off it probably would have gone away quickly. Instead I kept going and it's dragged out, slowly getting better. Last night it was feeling darn good but I could not do overhead squats. Something about having my arms up and squatting made it hurt. I rolled it out with a weight bar and it started moving better. This leads me to believe that it is really healed, just stiff and/or scar tissue I need to work out. So I will work on mobility with that. Because of that, I have been taking it a little easy on it. No explosive movements that could injure it. Only controlled movements. But I've still been working my ass off.

Tuesday WOD was a 12 min AMRAP:

  • 5 burpees jumping to touch bar
  • 15 rebounding box jumps - used 8" box
  • 5 dumbell snatch - used left arm only, 1st 3 rounds 25#, last 2 rounds 35#
I got in 5 full rounds, 5 burpees, and 15 box jumps. 

Wednesday WOD was 3 rounds with a 30 minute cap: 
  • 800 m run
  • 80 situps
  • 40 lunges
I got 2 full rounds in plus the last run.  Brutal, brutal workout

Thursday WOD was for time: 
  • 42 wall balls -  8#
  • 252 single unders
  • 30 wall balls
  • 180 single unders
  • 18 wall balls
  • 108 single unders 
I did it all in 12:55. 

Finally, last night's WOD was a 12 min EMOM: 
  • 4 push-ups
  • kettlebell swings - 25#
I got a total of 123 kettlebell swings. 

Each workout I've had a positive attitude and did my absolute best at. I was a little dissappointed in some of my performances, but that only means I have lots of room to improve. 

Now I'm off to get ready for today's workout. Saturdays are always brutal, so wish me luck. 

24 April 2013

No more excuses



The other night at Crossfit, I finished my workout with a spasm in my lower back. I was bitching and complaining, I actually almost quit the workout. Finally one of the men said to me, it all sounds like excuses. That has been rolling around in my head since then I can finally say out loud, he was right. Every workout I was coming up with all kinds of excuses. Now, I did injure my shoulder and it's still sore, but all that means is I have to take it easy with it. Everything else is just an excuse. So last night I have it my all and did pretty good. Tonight I gave it my all and while I didn't get to finish the workout because I ran out of time, I know I gave it everything I had. And I'm happy. So no more excuses. I'm going to go, work hard, and do my best. I know from experience my best will get better and better as time goes on.

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