DECEMBER!

Well if you can’t tell by my lack of posts, its been a very busy month for me.  Time has just flown by! Since the competition I’ve basically just been bugging my coach to tell me what to do to work on my skills.  We ended up having a lovely hour pow wow about what I need to do if I want to get serious about getting better at the basics.  So currently I am on a push up and pull up regimen to do every day after the wod.  So I’ve started that….

I’m also trying to remember to be better at not killing myself every single day.  And I even took 3 whole days off from anything! On Thanksgiving I ran my annual 5k Turkey Trot race with my mom and my brother.  Now, I’m a klutz, I’ve fallen in this race basically every year.  Last year was the 1st year in about 5 that I haven’t fallen.  So my goals this year were to; not fall and to have someone give me a beer.  See the course goes past this bar 2x- once on the way out and once on the way back in.  I’m happy to say… I accomplished both of my goals- so it was basically a Thanksgiving Day win.  10556398_10204311622003597_14159057478327252_n

So after Thursday, I didn’t do any working out for 3 whole days because I figured after many months of 2 a days and not taking more than 1 day off a week, my body deserved it.  Although I don’t know if my body really appreciated it because we did Fran this morning.  This was the first time I’ve ever done Fran… I’ve done variations of Fran with thrusters and burpees or Double unders, but never actual Fran.
So Fran consists of thrusters and pull-ups at 21-15-9 and my time was 14:09, not exactly the 2 minutes that Camille does, but I’m just happy I finished it and didn’t stop because I really wanted to.  My goal is going to be that the next time we do it (in spring/summer) I take like a few minutes off and I do it fully Rx.  I can do the thrusters Rx, but the pull-ups not so much…

So anyways, my body felt really sluggish during it and I don’t know if it is because my body has so much rest or if (realistically) it’s because of all the crap I ate over Thanksgiving.   Now, I’m paleo so I don’t eat milk products, grains, corn, etc.  And all I ate over Thanksgiving (Thursday-Saturday) was cheese, bread (cornbread), soda, wine, chips, dip, stuffing, clam chowder, etc.  I went absolutely nuts.  And it was fun while I was doing it but my body quickly reminded me how much it did not appreciate such crap.  I kept getting headaches and stomachaches from all the food I don’t normally eat.  So while it was fun, I’m happy to be back on my normal eating schedule of meat, veggies, nuts, and fruit.

This week is my last week of classes and then I have 2 weeks of finals.  And then I will be done with my first semester of law school! Seems absolutely crazy, but there it is!   So that’s it for now, I’ll probably be MIA for the next month again with studying and all.

So until later, TTFN. 

I am not Lauren Fisher

Or Camille Leblanc-Bazinett or Julie Foucher.  It is a difficult thing to remember sometimes.  I go to my box 2x; once to do the actual wod of the day and the other is to do some skill work.  Luckily I have my wonderful coach Stefan who constantly reminds me that I have to not over-train and to make sure that I get the proper rest.  I tend to forget such things a lot of the time.

So I’ve written on a lot of post-it notes to remind me of such things.  Things like rest is an important factor in building muscle, eating clean doesn’t have to happen 24/7- I am allowed to eat some crap every once and awhile, and that working one skill a bagillion times isn’t going to help me be better overall.  These are the things that I have to drill into my own head. f75d5f806ea32e27697eed8dd455c484

I also have to remember that I’m not Lauren Fisher.  I want to be yolked like Lauren Fisher is, but I have to remember that she didn’t get to where she is overnight, just like everyone else.  I totally creeped on her Instagram so hard and looking at pictures of her from like three years ago and she was where I am now.  So it gives me something to aspire to, it shows me that if I continue to work hard and eat clean and be a boss I will look like I want to look.  And not only look how I want to look, but be as strong as I want to be and meet the goals that I have for myself.

So I was talking to Joscelyn, the girl from my box that I am doing the CrossFit competition with in November, and we were laughing that we need men who do CrossFit in order to be able to date/marry them.  We were saying it because besides school, homework and the box we don’t do anything.  Like literally we spend so much time at our box, and its literally the only thing we do outside of school that it’s all we talk about.  So the guys we date will have to be involved in CrossFit or we will have nothing in common.
I love Joscelyn, today we did one of the wods from our competition in November, because they are posted already, and it was rough.  I mean I’m glad we did it because it proved to me that we CAN do it and do it well, but not only that I had no adrenaline running, which will be a big help come competition time.

So my friend posted this article to my Facebook wall and I thought it was hilarious and I felt the need to share it here;

http://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahbass/leg-day#zah746

f62834f0a3dac65041c4efbb88f9fd75So that’s it for now I guess, oh the wedding… Yeah I’ll talk about that in my next post.  So until later, TTFN.

 

Getting things in order

So my baby brother has his gallery opening today.10352588_10203142223489365_4892427770612588043_n  He is a photographer and if I do say so myself he is pretty damn good.  And he’s a cutie to boot! Anywhoser I was going to try to finish my homework on the quick side today so I could drive home to surprise him, but that was a no go. I would’ve been able to do it if I had been able to get homework done yesterday, but I was so hungover!
Ok, so I like never go out anymore.  And some people say that but I’m serious.  I don’t go out on Friday nights, I go to CrossFit.  I don’t go out on Saturdays, I go to bed.  So I drank and I drank too much and I was hungover all day.  I asked my friend how we managed to do such nonsense in undergrad all the time and she said because we were young then.  My God, getting older sucks a bit.

Needless to say, it validated why I don’t drink much.  I’m clearly NOT missing out on anything. So now that I’ve experienced being drunk again, I can check it off my list and not do it again for a very long time.  So I found my notebook that I had started of all the inspirational photos for working out and such.  And it reminded me about talking with Joscelyn and about how she has goals for what she wants by next year.  And I was thinking, I have goals for what I want by the end of this year.  I made a list and put it next to my bed to remind me every day.

My goals are; To up my daily water intake, to get better at yoga (my balance sucks!), to hit a 93 lb. snatch, to get a strict pull up, to ROCK my first CrossFit competition, to be more confident, to study my ass off, to get in the top 10% of my class this semester, to eat better (Paleo wise) and to be a BADASS every day.

I really want to improve my Olympic lifts especially the snatch because between that and the clean and jerk, I’m way better at the clean and jerk. I just hit a 83 lb. snatch last week which is the most I’ve ever done. 10641140_10204760877726557_3316034419391134041_n And I hit my first ever 100+ clean.  It’s because of this girl Allie from my CrossFit gym who pushes me.  I’ll be adding weight and am like “I don’t think I can lift that weight” and she will be like “Shut up, and do it”.

<– That’s me hitting a 103 lb. clean and split jerk 3 or 4 times this past week.  The week before it was my 1RM for the week.  Clearly, I can do more, but that’s besides the point.  I was so pumped to finally break 100+ it was ridiculous.  I can’t wait until the strength cycle is over and I can see just how much stronger I’ve gotten.

My strict press has already gotten stronger and the strength cycle is not done yet! I literally can’t even say how much I love CrossFit Journey.  My life basically revolves around school, homework, and doing CrossFit. And I’m absolutely ok with that.  Contrary to what some believe I don’t have to go out every weekend to have a good time!

I’ve got to really stay on top of my homework this week because Taylor and Kathleen’s wedding is this weekend.  I can’t wait it’s going to be a great time.  I’ll probably cry or something lame.

So that’s it for now, until later TTFN.

Celebrating my anniversary

So it has been one year since I started doing CrossFit.  One year, since I started eating normally again, one year since I started gaining muscle weight, one year since I stopped caring so  much about being skinny and started caring about being strong.  CrossFit has given me a lot over this past year.

My running, while I WAS still running, became faster.  I ran my Plattsburgh Half Marathon without running more than 6 miles at one time during the entire month and a half leading up to the event.  Even though I ran less, my legs were stronger and I ended up taking around 7 minutes off of my time.

I started eating normally again, which had been a struggle for me.  I went Paleo, which is a way of eating that a lot of people who do CrossFit eat.  I found that it really helped me to focus not on feeling bad about eating something that I considered “bad”, but on focus on eating better all around.  I just cut out dairy completely and I’ve stopped eating processed foods.  I mainly eat fruits, veggies, nuts, and meats, which basically means I can eat as much as I want.  I eat like all the time now, which is pretty amazing but the veggies fill me up and they are all pretty delicious.

What else, what else?  Oh when I first started, cleaning the 45 lb. bar was pretty impressive to me.  But this past week I hit a goal that I had made for myself at the beginning of the summer. I cleaned AND jerked 103 lbs. 10693412_531811883628899_1404660754_n I FINALLY broke the 100 lb. barrier on one of my Olympic lifts, which is something I’ve been working towards.  Yes, my name is Tall Sara at my box, and there’s another Sara and she is Small Sara.

I feel like I’m starting to feel REALLY comfortable, plus I have a routine now, which Stefan and I now joke that I’m there like every 10 hours, it is really true sometimes.  I’m there twice a day and I’m kind of a huge dork but it’s ok.

So there’s that for CrossFit.  Everything is still going well so far for school.  I’m still getting my work done on time, which is good.  And basically this week I’ve been kind of stressed so my goal is to get a lot of work done this week and then either start outlining this weekend or next weekend.

Plus, I’m going apple picking this weekend.  Which means that I will get to make applesauce! Boom shaka laka! So pumped!

So that’s it for now, until later TTFN.

Tryng new things

Which basically means trying to be social, well to at least improve my human skills.  And by human skills I mean being able to effectively communicate with other humans and not be weird.  Something that isn’t a strong suit of mine.  I’m kind of really antisocial with most of the other people who are 1Ls.  But I have started talking to a few people who I think are pretty coo so I’m improving a little bit.  I’m falling more and more in love with my box… can you tell? 10693546_1552580228304100_1520663380_n

We had a town hall meeting last night and potluck, which is basically us eating food and then talking about all sorts of odds and ends thins that has to do with the gym.  I made paleo brownies and no one believed me at first because they looked like regular brownies, but they were a hit! 10546841_753519758039797_107385845_n

Oh and clearly someone decided that I missed an ingredient on the list and decided they were actually pot brownies.  Much hilarity ensued.  Also, I spent some serious time chatting with Stefan’s wife Karin who I absolutely love because she is super down to earth and cool. And she gave me a good idea to cut out dairy products.  I’ve been having some stomach issues or feelings of voming-ness after I have my milk so I’m going to just let my stash run out and not buy anymore this week and just try not having any and see how I feel.  So we will see what happens with that.

On another note, my Mom and Granny are visiting this Saturday and they are bringing me food and taking me out to lunch- can you tell my mind centers around food?!?  So that’s an exciting thing, it will give me a break from the homework and stresses of law school.  So that’s basically it for now.
So until later, TTFN.

The library is my second…no First home

So my dad called me today and asked if I was at home and I said; “No, I’m at the library”.  When I realized that if I take sleeping out of the equation I’m pretty sure that I spend more time in the library than I do at my own house.  I spend at least 5 hours there every day after my classes so that I don’t have to bring anything home with me and I can keep myself from getting too stressed.  And its only been a week, but I feel pretty good about the schedule I’ve set up for myself.  Let me break it down now for you beautiful people;

Daily Schedule: 6 a.m. get up and get ready to hit up the wod

6:30-8 a.m. I’m usually at CrossFit Journey (mainly messing around)

8:30-10 a.m I’m eating massive amounts of food, packing massive amounts of food for the day since I don’t come home until 5 or 6, and basically getting ready for the day.

10:30-2/3 I’m in class (More Socratic method than you can handle)

3-6 Library for homework (I get out of class earlier generally so I get more homework time in)

6-8 food and relaxing

9 p.m. BEDTIME! (I’m a grandma)

So this is my schedule basically every day.  I’m pretty repetitive in what I do everyday and with what I eat everyday.  I’m clearly not very exciting, but that’s what’s up when it comes to law school.  Plus, because I spend such a large amount of time in the library every day on the weekends I don’t have to spend as much time and I take Sundays completely off.  Sundays are my off from working out and homework day, they are basically the day where I spend the entirety of it in bed watching t.v. #notashamed.

On Wednesdays I mix it up a little by going to CrossFit Journey at night too for Olympic Lifting skill work, but all that does is make me pass out even earlier.  Other than that everything is going well.  I found this awesome article about one of my two CrossFit women idols; Camille Leblanc-Bazinett.  I’ve always liked her, but I like her even more finding out that she had issues with anorexia. http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/blogs/fitstop/2014/08/29/fitness/eat-like-crossfit-champ-camille-leblanc-bazinet/

So my other idol is Lauren Fisher, even though she is 2 years younger than me.  I think her work ethic and drive is just incredible, but that’s just me.

Basically, these women inspire me and they help me get through the tough wods.  Like the one we had on Friday, which was called “Death by Backsquat” in which every minute you’d do squats according to the minute —> minute 1- 1 squat, minute 2-2 squats.  However fast you finish whatever is left of the minute is your recovery time.  And you go until you can’t finish the prescribed reps for that minute.  I made it through a full 9 minutes and then on the 10th minute I only made it like half-way through the round.  It was rough and my legs definitely felt it the next day.

So that is literally it for now, until later TTFN.

 

Thirsty

Because every now and then you just get a little thirsty…  Now I don’t drink that frequently, at most 1x a week, maybe 1x every other week.  But this weekend my brother was visiting me from Oswego so I drank a bit more than I otherwise would.  And had some damn interesting times! It’s tough being a cliche.. But I digress..

Anywhosers, the internship is going well right now.  I’ve started putting in more and more time and have actually asked to go to night court- gasp! I know! But in all sad reality; besides working out, class,  homework, and my internship I don’t have much else going on in my life.  Which means the days that I allot to my internship are days I don’t do anything else, so if I get out early I don’t know what to do with myself.  Yes I realize the sad-level factor that that is.

So I’m talking to this guy, and I’ve partially fallen in love with him because he lifts and he gets the gym life and he said some magic words to me; “you were going ass to grass, so I had to too”. OMG! Seriously, I’m a sucker for guys who lift and  have tattoos…. he doesn’t have any tattoos.. that I know of anyways.  But yeah, I’m not trying to get super pumped about it because there’s only a month left and then I’ll be outtie like ‘Deuces!’ and I don’t need to be tied down, but yeah.. 9b7dd7e7f5eac8cf20cdb130e87b8b12

So there’s that.  What else is going on? Really not much.  Like I said before I really have no real life.  Oh, Easter is this weekend and I’m going home for it and I’m bringing my roommate Maggs with me, which is going to be super fun and exciting.

Easter is my super cheat day and I’m super excited! I’ve made the decision to cut my fruit intake down once Easter is over and to try to increase my veggie intake.  It will be a little bit of a struggle, but I think that all the extra sugar is screwing with my clean eating, even though it isn’t technically bad sugar.  I’ve also decided to go on a phase program after I do my half-marathon next weekend.  I think this will be my last half for awhile… Not  that I don’t still enjoy running, but I’m trying to get bigger and gain more muscle so they kind of contradict eachother in terms of goals.

So that’s all I’ve got for now, until later TTFN.

Oh P.S. I found this awesome new blog to follow, I’ve added the link here.