Thursday, October 20, 2016

Well, just look at me...

Back over here blogging two days in a damn row!!

SO, this morning I was dreaming, peacefully and slowly started to wake up and I looked over at the clock and it said 5:02! CRAP on a cracker!  I overslept.  I did NOT want to miss Annie, because I've been on a roll with the double-unders lately and I just knew I could PR it!  So I hopped out of bed, threw on (matching!) clothes, brushed my teeth, put up a pony tail while peeing and tying my shoes (I'm a trained professional, do not try this at home!) and ran out the door as fast as I could.

I made it to the gym just in time to grab my jump rope and get an abmat and get in position.  Zero warm-up, though I was already sweating from rushing around. 

So...3-2-1 GO!

I PR'd Annie by what I thought was 3 minutes but it was actually only 2.  I'll take it. Why did I think it was three you ask?  Well, I haven't updated the side panel over there---> to show my most recent PR for Annie, so I was thinking 11:38ish.  Anyway, I went back through the CFJ pages and found my real PR and it was 10:36. 

Today's time was 8:36 so *boom*  2 whole minutes.

We did other stuff...bench, and some planks and stuff, but that's too boring to write about in comparison to Annie.  :)

And, I have a "cigar burn" on my bootie to show for all of this.  Go figure. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

PR day!

Yeah, I haven't been blogging at all. Like in months.  Oh well, today I hit a PR so I figured I'd come over and make note of it.  You know, in case I forget or something.

PR = 16 unbroken pull ups
PR = "bi-polar nicole" = 64 reps

So there it is.  :)

Let's see...what else?  I'm almost to my 20 lb weight loss goal...2.5 lbs to go.  Which explains why my body weight exercises are improving.

Life is great! 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Hello August!'s August.  11th.  One month since I've blogged.

Since that time, I've been sailing in the Virgin Islands and I've been back home for weeks now.
I've also maintained my weight loss and my commitment to lose more.

Anyway, today I made myself go to the gym, even though Kelly was the posted WOD.  I despise that workout.  It's just so mentally defeating.  I just scaled it to suit myself and got a good workout anyway!  Here's what I did:


5 rounds
400m run
15 box step ups 20″
15 wall ball shots 10#

Time= 26:07

I did 30 sit ups afterward and that was all I had to offer today.  :)

Monday, July 11, 2016

What? We're half way through Summer?

I haven't blogged in a while.  Obviously.

Kind of forgot about until someone mentioned it this weekend, at our CFJ pool party.

I've been working hard at the gym, usually doing the Masters Rx weight on stuff.  I mean, I"m not officially 55 (two more years), but the weights feel about right to me.

Also, I'm down to 16 lb weight loss since April 11 or whenever I started this.  Managed to not gain a ton on my June vacation, despite eating some pretty tasty stuff.  Heading out to the Virgin Islands for a couple weeks this Wednesday, and hopefully when I return I won't have gained it all back.

I'm 4 lbs from a 20 lb goal.  Hopefully I can hit that goal by the end of August, and another 5 by end of September.  Then I'll be happy with it and settle in at that weight.  I already feel SO much better having that 16 lbs gone. 

Today's WOD:

For Time:
100m Run/sprint
21 Thrusters 95/65 MRX 75/55
3 Rope Climbs15′ RX+ 3 Legless MRX 3 10′
15 Thrusters
2 Rope Climbs15′ RX+ 2 Legless MRX 2 10′
9 Thrusters
1 Rope Climb 15′ RX+ 1 Legless MRX 1 10′
100m Run/sprint

My time:  10:18, MRx

I still do not like thrusters.   Probably not going to happen at this point, eight years+ of CF.  But I'll do them.  It's all exercise, so whatever.  I love the rope climbs.  Just wish I wasn't scared of the higher one. 

Strength was Back Squats

I should get back to lifting heavier on these.  Maybe this fall, I'll focus more on that. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ready for some sunshine!

So, let's see.  I've been sick for days.  I skipped the gym Monday & Tuesday.  Decided to go try it today and did okay, just modified everything.  I've had this upper respiratory crap that seems to be making the rounds.  I'm drowning in my own snot.  I know...gross!

Anyway, with the magical combination of Mucinex and Nyquil, I'm gaining on getting over this stuff.

Also, I'm still eating healthy, counting my macros and losing weight.  I'm down a grand total of 14 lbs since April 10.  That's averaging a little over 2 lbs a week.  I need to lose 6 more.  Then I'd love to lose 5 more as a bonus, but we shall see.  I don't see myself changing the way I'm eating, other than when I hit my goal, adjusting for "maintenance".  I need to do some reading on that to determine what my numbers should be (calories, fat, carbs, protein).  I've got time to work on it.

5 MUs (Bar or Ring) or 5 Burpee Pull-ups
50 Double Unders
50 Ab-Mat sit-ups anchored
4 MUs (Bar or Ring) or 4 Burpee Pull-ups
40 Double Unders
40 Ab-Mat sit-ups anchored
3 MUs (Bar or Ring) or 3 Burpee Pull-ups
30 Double Unders
30 Ab-Mat sit-ups anchored
2 MUs (Bar or Ring) or 2 Burpee Pull-ups
20 Double Unders
20 Ab-Mat sit-ups anchored
1 MU (Bar or Ring) or 1 Burpee Pull-up
10 Double Unders
10 Ab-Mat sit-ups anchored

My time:  11:30, modified

So this is basically Annie with some burpee pull ups.  I just did strict chin ups and strict pull ups.  I think I actually kipped one or two.  And I stuck with single unders.  I didn't want to get to breathing so hard that I started hacking and coughing all over the place.  Afterward I rested up and then ran 2 x 400m.  Nothing fast or hard, just trying to fill the hour.

Ready to go try again tomorrow.

Friday, May 20, 2016

TGIF and all that jazz.

So, I ran in the rain today.

Breck said it's an old wives tale that you'll get sick from running in the rain.

Guess what?

I'm sick.  Thanks Breck.

Heading out to see if I can get a strep test in a few minutes.  The sore throat came on really fast and I feel like crap. So, better get it checked out. 

In other, more CrossFit related news, I ran a mile under 10 minutes.  My time was 9:52.  This is 50 seconds behind my all-time PR from 2008.  So, not too shabby, considering how much older I am.

10min AMRAP:
5 Burpee Box Jumps/Step ups 24/20″ RX+ 30/24
1 Rope Climb 15′ RX+ Legless 55+ 10′
200m Sprint (1 rep/pt each 100m)
10 Ring Dips RX+ Strict 55+ Bar Dips

My Score:  3 rds + 3 burpee box jumps

I did the 10' rope and bar dips, so "masters".   Good way to end the week, and now I hope this is just a cold and not strep...I have things to do!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


I was down another pound this morning!

Kickin' some fat to the curb! 

That is all. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Goals...getting there!

I hit the 10 lb mark today.  TEN POUNDS!!

I haven't been below 160 in over 3 years, and today, I am below 160!! 

Seriously you don't know how badly I have wanted to succeed at this, and have failed repeatedly.  But I changed my outlook and my approach, and I'm stunned at how easy it's been.  Oh, I'm working hard, don't get me wrong. I'm meal planning, weighing and measuring every bite that goes into my mouth, making an effort to go Rx on the workouts.  But it's the nutrition that's done the trick this time around.  Cutting out beer was a major contributor. Also, adjusting my macros to make more sense for my body.  Cutting fat, raising carbs, and honestly my calories are about the same as before. ) Except for all the beer on the weekend.  That was what was derailing me.)  But no more!!  I'm headed for the next 10 lbs and nothing will stand in my way!! 

4 RFT:
40 Double-unders
10 Deadlifts 185/125 RX+ 225/155 55+ 135/95
400m Run
20 Russian KBS 55/35 RX+ 70/55 55+ 45/25

My time:  24:11

Rx weights, but subbed 400m rows for the runs.  It was raining.  Remember, I'm allergic?  Ha ha!  It stopped raining during my second round and I considered running the last 2, but stuck with the rower.  My time would likely have been the same anyway.  I got in just under the cut-off and I was beat!!

The Russian KBS surprised me.  I  Why is that harder than going fully overhead?  They were awful!  Guess it just works the muscles differently. 

Strength/Skill today was double unders.  I aimed for 125 and made it at the 5 min mark.  My max unbroken set was 26 today.  Twice I hit 26 but tripped on 27.  I think it's as much mental as being out of breath.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Today, I'm not talking about CrossFit!

I need to go to Target.  I’m out of a lot of things we buy in bulk there. 

I’m also a Christian.  For those of you thinking “Oh I’ve seen her at the pub, and I’ve heard her cuss during a workout” well, guess what…I’m not perfect.  God knows my heart and I know I have things to work on.  I’m a sinner, not a saint, and I’m fully aware of it, and work on myself every day.

So, what to do about going to Target?

First of all, it’s not my place to look up the skirt or down the pants of anyone in the restroom anywhere.  What’s in your pants is your own business.  I had an employee years ago that I swear was a man dressed as a woman, but I hired her anyway.  It was none of my business what was between her legs as long as she kept it there.   She typed a gazillion words a minute and she was a very nice person. That’s all that mattered.  I still have no idea if she was truly a woman or a man.  It didn’t matter.  Her issues were her own, and she did her work. 

Secondly, I’ll address some of my “Christian” friends who are outraged about Target allowing people to choose whatever restroom they gender-identify with.  Do I think it’s  weird that a man wants to be a woman and vice versa?  Yes.  Do I think these individuals probably have mental health issues that need addressed?  Yes, I do!  But that’s none of my business!  Do you think Jesus would have forbidden these people from following him?  Would he have forbidden them from drawing water at the well meant for only “normal” people?  Would he have turned them away from learning the word of God because they were different?  You know the answer and I know the answer – NO! 

Thirdly, who among you with small children actually allows them to run off to the restroom by themselves?!  Are you really going to tell me that you let your 5 year old go unattended to the restroom in big ol’ Super Target?  I’m calling BS on this one, my friends.  I took my son into the women’s room until he was big enough to be embarrassed by it.  At that point I figured he could fend someone off and yell loud enough from the men’s room, that if I needed to rescue him I’d be right outside the door and not hesitate to bust in.  Be a responsible parent.  Watch out for your kids. 

The child molesters and perverts are closer than you think.  Teachers, preachers, uncles, aunts, coaches, daycare workers, babysitters.  Normal looking every day folks - it works for them because they "look" safe.  Meanwhile they're molesting kids left and right while you are worried about a man who thinks he needs to be a woman, and obviously has different issues.

And, just for the record, I’ve gone to pee in many a men’s room.  I didn’t rape anyone.  Nor did anyone rape me.  So, I think this is all a bunch of nonsense.

Jesus gave us a mission to go out and be with the people of the world – all of them – and be disciples to them.  Do you think “throwing stones” at people is going to draw them in to the Body of Christ?  You know the answer, and I know the answer – NO!  It is turning them away and they’ll likely look on you as hateful and judgmental, and get away from “the Church” as far and as fast as they can.  That's not what Jesus wanted of his followers.  Being a Christian is uncomfortable.  It's challenging.  But hating is not part of what we are supposed to do. 

Look, I don’t know all the answers but I do know that there is a lot of hatred going around and a lot of it is coming from the Christian community.  Love one another - that is our greatest commandment!  Are you loving only the people who fit your mold?  Are you just loving “the Christians”?

Take a good hard look at yourself and ask if you’re one of those being hateful about something that amounts to nothing. Ask yourself if you're willing to be kind to everyone, or only the ones you perceive as lovable. 

Oh, and just in case, go pee before you go to Target. Maybe I'll see you there!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Sore All Over

I'm torn up!

My traps are sore.
My lats are sore.
My glutes are sore.
My quads are sore.
My abs are sore.
My hands are ripped.

I must be doing something right, huh? 

One more day and I'll get two badly needed rest days.  The 100 pull ups yesterday tore up my hands.  The weighted lunges earlier in the week have my glutes on fire.  All for a good cause, though.  I'm building muscle and hitting goals!  Woo hooo!!!


9min AMRAP:
6 Hang Power Clean 155/105 RX+ 185/125 55+ 125/85
12 Box Jumps/Step-Ups 24/20″
9/6 Barbell Push-Ups
12 Pistols (alternating 6 each leg) RX+ 12 pistols w/25/15lb DB or KB 55+ 12 Goblet Squats 45/25lbs

My rounds/reps:  4 rds + 3 HPC = 147 reps

I used 85#, 20" step ups, regular push ups and 25# goblet squats.  My hands were killing me, so each hang power clean was more and more pain.  I taped up under my gloves but still ended up losing the top of a blister from yesterday.  Ah well, it'll be toughened up by Monday. 

Rest exactly 2min after WOD

Max Reps Hang Power Cleans Unbroken at WOD wt. Can only Rest in Rack and Hang

My reps:  15 @ 85#

Strength today was bench press immediately followed by hang power cleans:

7 @ 65/65
5 @ 70/75
4 @ 75/85
3 @ 80/90
3 @ 80/90