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.

Fake it until you make it

So my best friend tells me to “fake it until I make it”.  Meaning that I need to fake that I have all of the confidence even if I don’t and then eventually I will.  She was giving me the advice in relation to a guy, which is a whole other story.  But it got me thinking, that’s basically how you have to approach all of life.  You just have to fake it until you make it.  With law school, I act confident as shit so that people think that I know what I’m doing (I don’t).  With CrossFit I don’t have to fake it until I make it, I can suck badly and its totally cool because everyone sucks at something and yet at the same time I have people who will help me and cheer me on.  But what’s throwing me off at CrossFit currently is a guy, which is super annoying because its supposed to be my zen place.  But I’m worried about looking like too much of a spaz too try my best anymore, which is annoying me.  It probably doesn’t help that I’m watching ‘He’s just not that into you’ right now, but I digress…

Basically, I go twice a day to my gym.  On my second round, I get to see the night gang and they are all pretty awesome.  I’m having a Endurance WOD date with Gary on Tuesday, he’s a hilarious man.  But generally, my second round is my time, its my time to work on skill work and just get into the zone.  So what’s a good way to throw that off? By having said cute guy be there when I’m there and be there again on my Saturday when that’s my time to suck at Oly lifting and get better!!

Gah, I can’t handle this level of stress.   So what I think I’m going to do is, treat him like a girl.  Girls are easy to be around because I’m clearly not trying to impress them and get them to try to date me (that was super weird sounding), but I think the point has been made.  So basically I’m set on bs’ing my way through my first year of law school and hoping that I am able to make my goal of getting onto the Law Review and I’m going to not worry about a guy.  Instead I am going to work on becoming the most badass version of myself I can, which involves a lot of time at CrossFit!

So until later, TTFN.

Whelp its been awhile…

And I’m terribly sorry about that! I’ve been busy with working out/training, getting all of my affairs in order for law school, figuring out my life, and working.  So I will catch y’all up real quick and we shall go from there!

First things first, law school yeah that’s happening in about a month.  And I think that the ‘shitting bricks’ feeling is finally starting to kick in.  I’ve had to worry about my loans and figuring out financials, books, class schedule, packing, making sure I have everything I need.  Plus, I’m taking a day trip with my Dad this week.  We will be driving there so I know that I won’t get lost since you know I’m an adult now and have to know how to navigate in the unknown.  So all of that’s going on.

Next, working.  Yeah I work at Tj Maxx, the pay sucks and the hours aren’t great, but I generally enjoy my co-workers so that makes it a bit better. The way I look at is, even thought it is a crappy job at least I get money and I’ll be done with it soon.  It’s not my forever job that I intend to have. liftbitch

What’s up next? Working out/training! Right so I’m still at Latham Crossfit, and on days when I’m not there I’m at ABC gym mainly working on my Olympic lifts and squats and such.  With the program I am on I’ve been doing a lot of heavy work; low reps, high weights and it seems to be paying off.  Yesterday I went for a total lifts in 3; strict OH press, back squat, and deadlift.  I got 65 lb. for OH press, 150 lb. for back squat, and 185 lb. for deadlift.  My back squat and deadlift both went up around 10 lbs. from a few weeks ago when I last tried for a one rep max so I’m pretty happy about that.
I still have a lot of work to do technique and upper body wise, but I intent to join a crossfit gym at law school so it will be alright. I’ve already decided it will be my hour a day that has nothing to do with studying!

Figuring out my life, yeah that’s more difficult.  I have some goals for myself this summer, which have included getting PR’s, learning to love running again (a story for another day), to read a few classics (in the process), etc.  So that’s that.

I believe that I have now caught y’all up to speed on what’s going on with me.  I’ll try not to let it be so long before I blog again. My computer is busted and I have to get it fixed so it will depend upon that.

So until later, TTFN.

Graduation/Being Back Home

10406560_10203022008524066_2398528504349522097_nSo well I graduated this past Sunday- I even gave a speech!  I’m now officially a college graduate of SUNY Potsdam with a Bachelor’s in Politics and minors in Pre-law and Environmental Studies.  Everyone keeps asking me if I feel any different and I don’t.  Maybe if that was the end of my collegiate career I would, but knowing that I’m going to law school in the fall has me in a calm mode.  For now anyways, I know that as it gets closer I will be freaking out about readings and my classes, etc.  Everyone has the utmost confidence in my ability to make it and I’m pretty confident myself, but I’m nervous at the same time.  Oh well, nervous jitters I think are probably normal. 10325246_10203022008284060_7945361957635466487_n

My life this summer basically consists of working at the Maxx again and working out.  I was a little concerned with how my workouts would go over the summer.  I mean I don’t mind doing my crossfit workouts by myself, but it’s way more fun with friends.  So bring in Latham Crossfit! I found it on google, I creeped on facebook, then I messaged the coach Luke, and went and joined and have had 2 crossfit workouts there so far. 1391777_529635337126268_898449131_n

I really like it because I’m getting a lot of good instruction there, like at my other gym I learned everything but I didn’t get constant supervision telling me what to fix and here I do.  And two I used to do most of my workouts by myself and now I’m doing all of them with someone else.  It is way more motivating to have someone struggling through the workout with you compared to trying to do it by yourself.

Plus Luke is pretty nice, really knowledgeable, and makes the gym a comfortable space so that I can try things and make a complete ass of myself while trying new things.  Like the other day when we were working on handstand walks I could get up and then I kept flipping over.  Luke helped me figure out how not to kick as hard so I could stay up longer.
I literally just love it at this gym.  I didn’t think I’d find one like the one at school where I’m completely comfortable, but I think I have.

Last night, I hit a new snatch PR- 75 lbs., breaking my old PR by 10 lbs! Luke decided to freak me out by telling me right before I was about to attempt it and I was like gee thanks now I’m nervous, to which he said “oh nevermind! It’s not heavier!” I just kinda rolled my eyes.  I have so much fun at this gym and it isn’t even funny!

So that’s basically it for now.  I’ve graduated, I’m working during the summer, I’m doing crossfit at this awesome new gym, and I’m going to law school in the fall.

So 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.

Looking to the Future

So I’m not entirely sure what I mentioned where, but I have been accepted at Albany, Buffalo, Vermont, and Western New England Law schools.  After some deliberation I decided upon Western New England Law for school  next year.  I’m feeling pretty good about my decision and the most hilarious part is that their mascot is the golden bears. 8e5aa1d9-80c7-42d6-bb91-b272558bab14 So basically I go from the Bears to the Golden Bears….

So that’s been decided, I’m (er my mom) is sending in the deposit money and then I will be able to pick some housing and get all set up! I’m a little nervous, but very excited to graduate in May.  My time at Potsdam has been fun, but I’m more than ready to move on and be challenged on a new level.  Also, one of the gyms in WNE has Crossfit stuff so….

Which brings me to working out related things.  I recently hit a new squat PR of 120 lbs.  I was very excited about it.  Now my goal is going to be to squat my body weight, which means I have 30 lbs. to go.  I actually gained around 5 lbs. in the past few months, which I’m ok with because I’m about 99.9% sure it’s muscle and not fat. And if it somehow does turn out to be fat I’d be damn surprised.  85f9e9a6531e903b7de2fa6cdf2f225e

On an entirely different note, my friend Hollikins got engaged to her boyfriend (well now fiancé) Tim.  It is super exciting and I’m so happy for her!  I hope that she knows that I will in fact be creeping on Facebook for wedding photos when it comes the time, but I digress…

Oh, I’ve also made a NEW color-coordinated schedule for my life.  Our Student Government Executive Board elections are happening next week and I will be thankfully kicked out of office.  I can’t wait! I’m going to have so much time on my hands that I know I won’t know what to do with myself, but I’m kinda ok with it.

So that’s everything that I can remember right now. So I think I’m good and I hope that y’all are too!
So until later, TTFN.