04 January 2014

Time to get moving

I took off from Crossfit yesterday and it was quite productive. Made good progress on the paper I have due tomorrow and ate well, really well. Except for the Whitman candy sampler. Oh well, perfect I am not.

But the thought of going to Crossfit this morning was not pleasant. Whenever I take a day off, it's like I lose my momentum. And that's what is happening today. I forced myself to dress for Crossfit, down to putting my shoes on, and I need to leave in about 15 minutes. Just long enough to write a post and get me pumped for it.

CFO is starting a new paleo challenge on Jan 15. It will run for 45 days, ending on Feb 28. I'm pretty sure I'm going to do it. I hate to pay the $75 but I need to get back on track and this is a great way to get it done. I will do level 6: no sugar, grains, beans, rice, alcohol, full fat dairy only and cook with animal fats or coconut oil. That is a doable level and I can jump to 7 and 8 once in a while. This will help me jumpstart my healthy eating.

Okay, it is time to get my things ready and head out to Crossfit. I knew if I just distracted myself I could work up to it and I did.....

03 January 2014

Rest Day

I have a rule that I workout three days and take a day off. That rule works well for me and I try to follow it all the time. Sometimes it just doesn't work out, but I try. I was planning on going to Crossfit this morning but after the jump ropes yesterday, my knee was a little twitchy all day and night. Then I realized that I had gone Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. That was three days, time for a rest. So I am taking a rest day today. Also, those last three WODs have been absolute killers, so a rest day is in order.

For my rest day, I am going to focus on getting work I have put off done, and eating well. This whole week my eating has been really wonky. I would not eat breakfast until 10 or 11 then not eat again until dinner, but I would usually get hungry around 2 or 3 and fall victim to the junk food. So today, I will eat breakfast soon, eat a good lunch, and then eat a fabulous dinner. I will avoid bread and sugar and I will be productive.

I'm off then, because I'm already hungry.

02 January 2014


There is something so very freeing about admitting something is wrong and dealing with it. I have a tendency to not deal with things. I was going to say I don't ignore them, but I do. I ignore the problem, pretend it's not there, and hope it will go away. It rarely does until I deal with it, but whatever. So after I got over my pity party last week, I realized I just had to deal with the fact that my knee and shoulder are screwed up. So I have been very realistic. No running, little jumping, being careful with both. And my WODs have been phenomenal!!!! I do what I can, but push myself hard within my limits. Before, while trying to ignore there was a problem, I kept setting myself up for failure. I would try to go too heavy and not be able to do it, then I would get frustrated and angry. Now, I have a much better attitude towards it. I know my limitations and work within them. Todays WOD included running. Since that is out of the question for me, I rowed. It also involved double unders. Those really hurt my knee. In fact, to many single unders cause pain. In the WOD, if you can't do double unders you are supposed to do three times as many single unders. I didn't do that. I did single unders, but the double under number. I'm not stupid. Plus, that's what I can do right now. We modify every other move, why can't I modify single unders? So I worked my ass off today. I feel awesome and am incredibly proud of myself. It is going to be an awesome year!!!!

01 January 2014

PR Queen

That was me today and I'm still flying high from it. Let me start at the beginning. Last night was kind of late due to all the fireworks around here. I think the last time I looked at the clock it was 1:25am. I got up at 6:30am and started my day with some work. Eventually Hubby got up and we had our traditional New Years breakfast at 9:30am. That consists of eggs benedict and mimosas. It was awesome, but I had Crossfit at noon. I tried to take a nap, but wasn't very successful. So I headed out for Crossfit feeling tired and with a sinus headache. Oh joy. I was fully expecting the WOD to be Fran as that is usually what we do on new years, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn't. We were doing the Crossfit total. That is finding your max back squat, strict press, and deadlift. I did not think I would be doing much with my knee and my shoulder, but I decided to give it my best shot. I also decided that if I felt any kind of pain or twinge or anything, I would stop immediately. So we started with the back squats and I was going and going and going, all the way up to 185#. Woot!!!! Now in truth I had hit this number well over a year ago, but I have not been able to hit it again so it definitely counted as a PR. Next it was on to strict press. This is tough because of my shoulder being so weak. But I started going and going and going, and boom I hit 85#. This is another number that I hit over a year ago, but have never been able to hit again after I injured my shoulder. Finally the deadlift. This is my lift. I can deadlift like a big dog. My previous PR was 245#. So we started and just kept going and going and going and boom.....250#. I probably could have gone 255 or even 260 but I was feeling good and decided to take the 5# PR. I was absolutely elated. I have been riding a high all afternoon. After last week, when I contemplated quitting because of my knee, and now I'm busting out PRs left and right. It's a great way to start the new year.

2014 has arrived

The year of the horse begins on January 31st. It is going to be a great year.

Last night was a little wild. People here spend so much money on fireworks, it is unbelievable. I've been through 23 new years here and I still can not get over it. I wish I had that kind of money to burn. Literally... Anyway, makes it fun for me to watch without spending a dime.

Yesterday ended up being pretty good. A couple of things happened that have added some possibilities to the new year. Turns out Hubby knows the person in charge of hiring at Damien. That's really good. Also, an ad was posted yesterday on Craigslist that is exactly the kind of thing I want to do with Ph.D. I am sending the application off today and keeping my fingers crossed. I was going to send it yesterday, but since 2013 wasn't all that hot to begin with, I decided to wait and try the luck of the new year. Fingers crossed.

Yesterdays eating didn't go as well as planned. I ended up having some cookies and cookie butter in the late afternoon. That was probably due to the fact that I only had breakfast at 11, and then nothing else. Really need to break that habit. But, I will. I only have a few more days left at home and then it's back to school and routine. I'm looking forward to getting things started though. Our traditional new years breakfast is eggs benedict and mimosas. After that, I am done with eating like that. I'm going strict paleo, for at least a couple of weeks. I need to get a handle on things and the only for me to do it is to get strict with myself.

Today though, I have things due. So I will be busy working on school work, both schools. Here's to an awesome year.

31 December 2013


Just a quick update. Since I plan on starting my new life today, I thought I should say goodby to my old. I just stepped on the scale and this is what it said. I'm not pleased with that, but it's also not unexpected. I sat around yesterday eating. Duh!!!! So, this is where my journey begins. I know where I am headed, and I know how to get there. So I'm off. 2014 is going to be an awesome year.

Moving on

I was going to do a year in review thing, but I think I'll pass on that. I was just reading something about letting go of your past and I think I will do that. So instead of looking back, let's look forward. Not only do I believe things happen the way they are supposed to, I also believe that you get what you wish for, kind of like the secret - the energy you give out is the kind of energy you attract. So let us start the year with some really super positive energy.

As I said before, this year will be focused on me getting healthy. I have an appointment with the ortho in January and I start physical therapy too. So that will be my first order of business. Next, I have got to get this eating under control. After breakfast tomorrow, I am back on strict paleo. Strict Paleo!!!! I am going to keep it paleo today until dinner. Dinner tonight and breakfast tomorrow will be cheat meals - then that is it. That is the one thing I really struggle with, my eating. I know that working out will not lose the weight, and if I'm going to have surgery there will be long stretches where I won't be able to work out, so I have to get a handle on the eating. In fact, that will be my second major focus this year, as part of getting healthy. Oh, I like that. There will be lots of time where I won't be able to do anything about my shoulder and my knee, but I can do something about my eating every single day. Yes. I like this plan. So there you have it, this year is going to be all about getting healthy and well, in all aspects. Focus on the positive.

30 December 2013

Coming to terms

I firmly believe that things always work out the way they are supposed to. It may not be the way we want it to, but it's the way it is supposed to be. Now that does not mean I won't fight for things. It means I try not to be an idiot and fight for something that is not going to work out. I generally use the brick wall model. If there is a brick wall in my way, and I find a way around that wall, but the wall moves....I generally take this as meaning it is not supposed to happen. So I am working very hard on viewing this knee/should issue as happening for a reason. There is something that I will get out of this that I just can not see right now. I'm trying to take a Zen approach to it. It is not easy, but I'm trying,

I developed a head cold on Friday and it pretty well kicked my butt over the weekend. But, in typical fashion, I decided last night I was over it and I woke this morning feeling pretty darn good. Still a little stuffy, but I will survive. We are heading out to Costco this morning to get crab for New Year's dinner. Hubby took the day off from work and we will run around together. Fun....

I passed up on Parkour tonight. I decided that with my knee and all the landing on your feet they do, it was not a good combination. I do want to try Parkour, but it will have to wait for another time. I will however, do Crossfit tonight. That is a definite. I'm kind of sad about not running. I really want to run, but that is out of the question with this knee. But it still makes me sad :(

Okay, enough nonsense. I need to plan my day because I am spending far, far too much time doing nothing.

29 December 2013

Time for action

For the last couple of days I have been very, very inactive. I'm not sure exactly why, though I have some ideas. First is my knee. Honestly, I really thought a trip to the doc would result in limiting my activities and some physical therapy. I thought I would have 3 or 4 months and then I would be good as new again. I really, really believed that. I didn't know exactly how much I believed that until I found out that was not the case. So that does have me down. Also, I'm dealing with a bit of a head cold. It's not serious, but it sure sucks to be sick on break. Finally, there is that general inertia. I have a bunch of stuff to do but with all these things on my mind, nothing is happening. Nothing. So I really, really need to just do something!!! I did start working on my paper today, that's a good thing. I'm taking break right now and I'm going to sew for a little bit. I love sewing and that is something that frees my mind for other things. Maybe the paper will resolve itself while I'm sewing. Stranger things have happened. Anyway, I'm off to do something.

Monsoon season has arrived

and we got our first rain yesterday. Actually, it's still raining a little this morning. It wasn't a lot of rain, but it was rain....