26 October 2013

Barbells for boobs


For breast cancer awareness month, October, the Crossfit community does barbells for boobs. Basically it's a workout you pay for and the money raised goes to breast cancer research. Last night our box did theirs. All the boxes came together at the main one, CFO, and 200 people did "Grace" to raise money for breast cancer. It was a blast. I got there just before 4pm and everyone was milling around waiting for the action to begin. At 5pm the heats started and we were off. I was in the 2nd heat, so I counted for another lady in the first. It is kind of nerve wracking standing around waiting for your turn. Finally it was time for heat 2. I was just hoping to not be the last one, I just wanted a decent time. And we started. One of the amazing things about Crossfit is that no matter how you are feeling, when the coach yells 3-2-1 GO!! It is on like donkey kong. The adrenaline gets you and you are gone. I was worried how I would do, but once we began I just took off. 65lbs from the ground to overhead, 30 times in 3:35 minutes. Awesome!!!! Every time I stopped to take a breather, there was a friend yelling pick it up, pick it up, plus I could hear all the other barbells clanking around me inspiring me to keep pushing. It was awesome. The best part was the last person still going ended up with a cheering section of 200 people. That is one of the best things about Crossfit. Being last means you have the biggest cheering section. It is awesome. No one is threatened by what anyone else does, because it's not a competition between people. It is a competition with who you were yesterday. Can you be stronger or faster than the person you were yesterday? It is awesome. They did the heats with the slower people going first, than the faster stronger people going, then, what they call the fire breathers went. These are the people who will do the workout, RX, in under 3 minutes. It was amazing to watch these folks. Strong. Fast. Truly inspiring. I had such a good time. And I PR'd Grace. Not a bad night. Can't wait until next year.

24 October 2013

69 days


Until January 1, 2014. 69 days. Less than 3 months. It will be here. This year was not the greatest. I had a lot of bumps along the way. I want next year to be awesome. I want to start running. I want to enter races. I want to be strong and fast and awesome. If I start working on it now I should be ready on January 1 to do the 10k. I really want to do this. I'm going to start planning and working on this. I really want to do it.

23 October 2013

Wants vs needs

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I have a habit of getting caught up in wants and ignoring needs. It is a problem I've had all my life and I know it. I'm becoming much more aware of it and hopefully getting a handle on it. I have almost completely stopped my impulse purchases which I many times regretted. So it's a step in the right direction.

This week I almost bought a new car. I have a car that needs some work. I'm afraid that the work is going to cost a lot of money. So instead of finding out what it will cost, I decided to buy a new car. Luckily, it took longer than anticipated and I have reverted to reason. I am not buying a new car. I am going to see what it will cost to fix my car. I have got to stop doing this. I am trying to change my way of thinking. It's hard, but apparently I'm making progress because I did not drive a new car to work today.

20 October 2013

Hives strike again

After being fine all day Saturday, around 3am I wake up itchy. I look in the mirror and I am covered in hives. Large, angry ones. Not the small ones of Friday. Also, my lower lip is starting to swell. WTF???? What is going on. I get up, take some Benadryl and some prednisone and go back to bed. I was wide awake though and itching, so I got up. I got on the computer thinking I'd do some schoolwork, but in about 20 minutes I started getting really, really sleepy. So I laid on the couch and dozed until 6:30am. I woke up and things were better, I'm no longer itchy but some of the hives are still there.

I thought about it and really tried to get some insight into what is causing this. There must be something and I'm leaning towards some food item. On Thursday night we went out to dinner and I ate a lot of bread. A. Lot. Of. Bread. Probably more than I've eaten in the last 6 months combined. Then on Saturday I had a pumpkin scone, a hamburger on a pretzel bun, and cookies before bed. As I finished eating the cookies I felt the first hives pop up. They weren't serious and I thought it would be okay, so I just went to bed. Now I'm wondering if I'm allergic to wheat. It is possible to get hives from wheat, and since I have gone so long eating so little, and then suddenly overload my body with it, could that be what set off the hives? I'm going to avoid all wheat today and see if they clear up. The only way to really test it is to eat a lot of wheat, but I don't want to do that. If it goes away when I stop eating wheat, I may just leave it at that and avoid wheat at all costs. This is crazy.

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