Monthly Archives: May 2012

Laser Tag

While not really an effective mode of workout, I’m going to go on the basis that I sweat like crazy and I was working a lot of the muscles I had worked the day before in the WOD.

Boyfriend and I met up with our DND friends for an afternoon of laser tag in Milwaukee on Sunday. This particular place featured 5 lb guns that you had to keep held up the entire time, my arm kills, let me tell you. I suppose this is a nice change of pace from the sitting down for six hours that we’ll be doing tonight at DND.

I also did a lot of crouching, monkey swinging from stairs, climbing stairs, and power walking my way back to the other side of the space to ‘respawn’ after I had been killed for  the thousandth time.

Needless to say, I haven’t really had a day off from working out in five days. The general rule for CrossFit is 3 on, 1 off. Wednesday through Sunday I worked up a sweat. Today, Monday, is my day off. I’m taking it very easy and, while I want to go outside for a run and do some squats and such, it’s almost 90 degrees and I don’t think my body really wants to work in that heat. I’ll make up for it tomorrow.

So anyway, laser tag. We couldn’t run or walk quickly. This proved to be extremely effective at burning my quads and hamstrings and I took the defensive ‘crouch’ position most of the game. My calves burned up, my back was tight and my glutes were getting a workout too with every squat I made.

My arms still hurt at the shoulder where the gun rested and where I held it up. My fingers were cramped shortly after finishing from holding onto the gun without supporting it very well, meaning my hands took the brunt of the weight.

It was a really quick and really fun hour and a half, regardless, and we treated ourselves with Qdoba. I had a hard time ordering because I usually get the grilled chicken tacos, but I can’t eat the sour cream and cheese or the tortilla so I settled on a naked burrito, no beans or rice, no cheese or sour cream but with guacamole, extra veggies and extra lettuce, and the verde sauce. The sauce saved it. I wasn’t satisfied though so while boyfriend got food elsewhere, I headed back to his place and waited for the door to open so I could dive into the fridge for a larabar. It did the trick and I wasn’t hungry until late today.

So let’s just call today a wash. It’s hot, I spent a lot of time sweating just because of the general heat outside and I’m going to take a nice relaxing shower. Happy Memorial day, everyone. Please take some time to send happy vibes to the Soldiers, Marines, Seamen and Guardsmen fighting for our freedom. If you believe in it, please pray that they come home safely and soon. If we get the time to do it, Boyfriend and I will be doing Murph this week. I’ll let you all know about that once it happens!

WOD: Saturday

So the last I wrote, I was finishing breakfast with Boyfriend of eggs and bacon. I had a good lunch of a big salad, extra chicken and light balsamic vinaigrette. Dinner was a long time coming as I made more marinara sauce and put slices of chicken as well as more sweet Italians in the sauce. The chicken picked up the flavors and the heat from the sauce and got all kinds of yummy. I only did 10 squats that night to ensure my body was ready for the following morning.

Saturday I woke up at o’dark-thirty and got dressed, made a big breakfast and tried to take it easy until about 7:30 when I left for my first ever CrossFit class in Wauwatosa at Badger CrossFit. I was nervous as all hell.

Troy was to be the trainer today and I knew I would be OK because there was a trainer and it was only my first class. I just didn’t want to look like the chubby wimp while sitting there. I didn’t let this, or the rain, stop me.

First things first: Signing a waiver. I confirmed that my injuries were my liability should there be any and I confirmed that my doctor had signed off on this kind of activity. Really, Doc signed off on it about a year ago, it just took me this long to get here. The workout started with a quick introduction to Badger CrossFit and CrossFit in general. There were about 10 of us and none of us had done CrossFit before. I felt a little more at ease.

Someone in the class asked if there was AC in the Box. I kind of stared at them saying “You’re supposed to sweat” and they didn’t know how to react. Admittedly it was pretty muggy in the box but I knew it would be better than having cold artificial air pumping into the place. But sweat we did.

We started with a warm up of walking knee-ups to stretch hip flexors, kick-runs, jumping rope for a minute, planks and shoulder stretches. We then moved on to a light Deadlift. I was familiar with Deadlifts and was excited to get this far already. We started with a simple training bar of 15 lbs and two 10 lb weights. I found my form was good, my back was straight and lifting the weight was like lifting one of my cats.  I added two more 10 lb weights and still found that 55 lbs was pretty easy. I wanted to  keep going but we had to move on to the WOD: The work out of the day.

It started with a 500 meter row. My technique was too arm-focused and Troy pointed it out so a quick recalibration and I was ready to roll. Sadly, my little legs slowed me down and I was much slower than the others. The girl next to me was probably about 6 feet tall and she was done a full 100 meters before me. I still finished in 2:30, which I found impressive.

Next was 40 air squats. Having done these for the last week or so, I knew I would be OK doing them in no time. I still took breaks every 10 or so because I didn’t want to wear out too quickly and I knew the rest of the work out wasn’t my forte. Troy said my squats were great, which made my face light up in satisfaction that all the ‘not bad’ critiques I had gotten from Boyfriend were just him pushing me to keep working on it.

Coming up next was 30 sit ups. We’re not talking crunches. We’re talking chest to knees sit ups. Luckily, in CrossFit, you can use your arms to propel yourself forward. I was done in no time.

Next was 20 push ups. Ugh. I don’t even want to talk about these. They were awful. I don’t like doing push ups especially when it involves you actually putting your chest to the ground. It knocks the wind out of you and it makes it that much harder to get up. I was done but not without a lot of breaks.

I was finally done with push ups when I had 10 pull ups to do. I modified to using gymnastic rings and leaning back to a 45 degree angle to pull myself up on the rings. It was decently easy but I know if I had tried pull ups on the bar, it wouldn’t have happened.

I was finished with a time of 10:15. I was so proud of myself and I was so jazzed that I had finally finished something that intense. And it was only 9 a.m.!

I went home, packed up a lunch and my clothes for the weekend and headed out to my hair appointment. It’s super short now but I kind of like it and Boyfriend likes it a lot more than he did before. After that I went to Mom’s for lunch and hung out there until Boyfriend was done with work. We met up and I gushed about the WOD and how good I felt and how impressed he was at my 2:30 Row. If it weren’t for my little legs, I’d have been done at 2 minutes.

Dinner was chicken wrapped around asparagus with a side of grapes. It was delish and I went for a second helping of grapes. I also made Larabars, post to come soon as they’re not yet perfect. They are, however, absolutely scrumptious.

Days 1-4

I have successfully managed to make it through four days of Paleo.

This may not seem like a lot, but for me to go four days without dairy, grains or sugars is a big thing.

So since we’re a little behind, here’s a catch up of the last week.

Sunday, Boyfriend showed me how to do a proper squat. I was used to only doing a 4-inch squat so going all the way to parallel while also keeping my chest and head up and leaning back on my heels was quite the task. Wiggling my toes also made my fingers wiggle. Boyfriend found this quite funny… and I hope just a little endearing.

Monday I joined the Paleo and Crossfit groups on Ravelry and started reading. All weekend I had been looking at Paleo recipes and I felt I was ready to get started. Monday should have been day 1 but I had creamer in my coffee, a latte later in the day and a sandwich for lunch with cheese and a wheat wrap. Dinner was good and paleo though in the form of a Jimmy John’s Unwich!  25 squats were done and I held three of them in the bottom position for about 10 seconds each. My quads were on fire.

Tuesday was Day 1 officially. I started with two scrambled eggs and three large strawberries. It kept me sustained but the Rav crowd said it wasn’t enough. I decided to add another egg and a few slices of bacon. I ran out of time to make lunch for Tuesday but I trolled the food court menus to see what I could find. A large citrus salad with onions and chicken would be just the ticket.

This would have been a good idea had the place not closed previously. Much previously. Instead I found a salad-building place and got a big salad of greens, bell and banana peppers, broccoli, carrots and cucumber and extra chicken. I had it topped off with balsamic vinaigrette. He put a lot of it on the salad though so when I go again I’ll ask for less.

Dinner was quite the event. I went to the store and got three pounds of ground beef, chicken breasts and sweet italian sausages. Boyfriend was coming over and I wanted to do something special. I whipped up my family’s recipe for marinara sauce and put a package of hot italian sausages in. I then grilled up a large chicken breast and, as Boyfriend walked through the door, I was putting asparagus in the grill pan with olive oil and salt and pepper. The marinara sauce  went well with everything on the plate and I still had a ton left over. I then made up the three pounds of meat into meatballs and added a good amount of them to the sauce. They would make a yummy lunch for the rest of the week.

Boyfriend and I set to emptying the fridge and pantry of all non-paleo items. I filled three paper grocery bags and one plastic bag of dairy items to take to Moms. The rest will either be sent to a food pantry or I’ll bring them to work to pawn them off on people.

Tuesday was a rest day since I couldn’t walk much without pain. Sitting down to go to the bathroom was proving difficult as it was.

Wednesday we started with a very healthy meal. Boyfriend and I split six eggs and four slices of bacon, cooked soft. Fat is my friend! Three more strawberries finished the meal.

I drank coffee black for the first time in years. It was bitter and left a dry taste in my mouth. I wasn’t about to cave just for the small things like that in life. I was determined to stay as strict as possible for this first month and day three was not a day to start letting cracks show. I was able to walk much more easily and my quads didn’t hurt nearly as much.

Wednesday was not my friend. I had read from a Raveler that I should look out for the “Carb Flu” and that it would hit soon. I didn’t think it would happen to me but all I could think about all day was potato chips. Popcorn. Rolls. It was awful. I was spacey and grumpy for a majority of the day. I had sausage and meatballs with carrots and lots of water. When I felt munchy, I re-filled my water bottle. Dinner was a salad from Subway for my visit with my Mom and the kittens, George and Louie. I got extra chicken and my munchies went away. When I got home I did 25 squats and held another three. I felt like my form wasn’t getting better since my quads seemed to be doing all the work rather than my hamstrings. I texted Boyfriend and he said he’d look at it.

Thursday I woke up with a killer headache. I made my normal breakfast and had the last cooked hot sausage and meatballs for lunch with a side of broccoli and guacamole. That Wholy Guacamole! stuff is actually really good! I noticed that my steps were much lighter and that I wasn’t pounding on the floor with every step like I was the week before. I found it comforting– like all the pain would eventually lead to something.

Stomach pains were stabbing at my insides every now and then and I relied on cold water to fend them off. The headache wouldn’t go away until well after dinner when I had finally left work.

Dinner was extremely late after Church and a trip to Urgent Care for the boyfriends’ ears, but while he cooked I squatted. I became frustrated when my quads kept doing all the work. I tried leaning back further to force my hamstrings and glutes to do more work and I fell over. Boyfriend just squatted in front of me like it was nothing and I got more frustrated because I couldn’t do it. His second critique of “Not bad” was pissing me off because it meant I wasn’t progressing and I wasn’t used to not progressing. I didn’t want to look like the chubby newb at the intro class on Saturday but Boyfriend assured me that I wouldn’t because my squats were actually good and I’m not going to be perfect right away. I did another few to finish out the set and proved that I could do a decent squat. I was still frustrated until dinner was ready. Three slider-sized hamburger patties and a steamed california mix of veggies and a good bunch of grapes.

Today, Friday, Boyfriend made up 5 eggs with southwest seasoning(thanks, penzeys!) and sliced strawberries. I’ll be going back to the salad-building place today for lunch and dinner is a mystery. I need to make up some more marinara for the remaining meatballs so I’ll probably do those for dinner with some vegetables and fruit. I have to go to the store. 

Tonight my goal is to drink all the water I can while at home. I start Crossfit bright and early at 8 a.m. in Tosa at Badger CrossFit. I’m extremely nervous for the class this Saturday even though I know I shouldn’t be. I just don’t want to try my hardest and realize I’m a total fuckup and I shouldn’t really be lifting heavy things over my head.

A New Adventure

Last weekend I attended the CrossFit regionals with the Boyfriend. He’s been a CrossFit-er for a while and he wanted me to come along with him to see the abundance of strength and experience the community that is CrossFit.

I saw women lift hundreds of pounds above their heads with ease. These women had abs. They had the arms I’ve always wanted but no amount of push ups would get them there. Women and men were breaking world records, they were doing things in 25 minutes that I never thought possible. It was completely inspiring.

All weekend a food truck was stationed just outside the expo center for the games. The Paleo Wagon was an easy choice for us when it came down to Paleo or Concession stand food. We waited in line and got a perfectly rounded Paleo meal: Bed of greens, guacamole, broccoli and tomatoes, ground beef or chicken and sausage. I was so full but energized after eating this meal and it sustained us well into the afternoon. I didn’t think about it until much later when we had talked more about Paleo.

Boyfriend was already on the Paleo track for the most part but I was stubborn and kept to my ways: I liked yogurt. And granola. Hell, I loved cheese. I’m a Wisconsin girl. I didn’t think I had the strength of will to give those things up.

Then I went a weekend without it; and I didn’t really miss it.

Tuesday, May 23 was my first full Paleo day. I started doing squats to prepare the basis of lifting for CrossFit and I signed up for my first CrossFit intro class at Badger Crossfit for this Saturday. Tomorrow.

I figured blogging would be the best way to keep track of what was happening with me and my progress, so I plan to come up with recipes, pictures and everything needed to make this blog something interesting.

The first 30-45 days are the hardest. Let’s get through this together.