Time has flown By!!

Hello to those of you who still visit this blog! As I said in my last post 2L year has been as hectic as they come! I took 6 courses in the fall and was still working at the law school library, so I was up to my eyeballs in homework- constantly behind.  Also, I started playing soccer again on an intramural team and ended up getting a very severe (level 3) ankle sprain in one of our last games of the season.  So I was hobbling around on crutches for a few weeks.  Which basically mean that my working out diminished greatly because I wasn’t able to do much besides seated shoulder press and one-legged rows, which suck btw.

Anyways, I started the spring semester and decided to take 6 classes again.  Why would I put myself through such stress? Well so that next year when I’m stressing about the bar, etc. I have like 3 classes and I’ve picked classes already and my schedule is exactly that-3 classes=win! Also this semester, I picked up a second job in a law firm and was doing paralegal/law clerk type work for the semester.  So my free time this semester was 0, I’ve still been working out with the 5 am crew at my gym and doing partner workouts with my friend Zac on Saturdays.  It’s been a jam packed semester that’s for sure.  I also randomly decided to take a trip to Europe next December.  I’ve always wanted to travel and just haven’t, so I decided I need to do it before I graduated and had crushing debt/a job.  So I’m very excited about that- I have my trip almost all the way paid off which is exciting (thanks 2 jobs!).

It’s currently mid-finals.  The way my classes were set up I had a lot of work in the weeks leading up to finals; a lot of trials, papers, etc.  So right now I only have 2 actual finals, which means I have a lot of free time because I’ve cut my work hours down dramatically.  As someone who is used to a jam-packed schedule I’m honestly unsure what to do with all of my free time.  It’s mainly resulted in binge watching television, which there are worse things I’m sure.

Also my gym membership is up so for this last week that I’m at school I am taking up running again.  Even though I’m in shape, I’m out of running shape so I’ve definitely been sucking wind.  I’m hoping to run a half-marathon again in a few months so I have to stick with the runs!  Soon I’ll be home for the summer and will hopefully find a summer internship that I can gain more legal experience in.  Other than that, I’m just taking it one day at a time! I hope everything is going well for everyone else!

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Thanks to my coach

So clearly I haven’t been on here in awhile.  I won’t apologize. Life happens and it happens even more for a law student who also is trying to continuously get better at CrossFit.   So to sum up the past 2 months or so of 2015.  Well I started a whole new schedule, which has given me more work to do this semester and I’ve had to rely on supplements to understand everything better.  Supplements are basically like “law school for dummies” books, sad but effective.  So that’s that, not much to report really, I only took 1 midterm and it hasn’t been graded yet so I have no idea how I did.
I started a job at the law school library at the end of January and I do love it.  It’s perfect because I generally only work around 10 hours a week and during at least one of my shifts I’m able to do some homework.  So the job is definitely good for sure and it is helping me to save up for this summer when I go back to St. Lawrence county to intern in the public defender’s office again.

CrossFit!  Well the open started last week and according to mine and my coach’s plan I am doing the workout scaled (first year there is this division), in order to see what I really need to work on.  The first workout 15.1 wasn’t too terrible and I did decently.  The second workout today 15.2 just was absolute crap on my part and was I’m sure horrible to watch. My wod buddy Kevin, whose 58 and usually kicks my butt, was not having a good workout either.  15.2 scaled had movements that both of us are weak in; for me its pull ups and for Kevin its ohs.  He was given an option to scale further but would then disqualify and I promise you I have never heard him swear more! He was like I don’t care if I no rep every single one, I’m not getting disqualified.  I swear he inspires me every day with the amount of heart that he puts into the sport! So even though we were both disappointed we know what we have to work on and we are going to work on it. b80927867665e4f557ab32595e851236

So basically I had a little mental breakdown yesterday because I really want to qualify and make it to regionals my 3rd year of law school.  So I was texting my coach and asking if I was doing everything I could possibly be doing.  Well, when I went back in for my 2nd workout he pulled me aside and gave me a talk. He reminded me that am a law student 1st and a crossfit athlete 2nd- no matter how much I love it.  Law is my future, crossfit is my fun.  But besides all of that he also reminded me to be patient (Something I definitely need to work on!).  9b70f6e25bfb64acfd5d9df217bd38f9I’m steadily getting stronger, even since I started at this box in August I’ve put on muscle and increased all of my lifts.  But more than that I’ve been perfecting my form, without which you can’t continue to get stronger.  But also, he reminded me that by taking my time and mastering all the basic movements now, I’m building up my strength and movement pattern and I’ll be better off in the long haul because I’m working in such a way to prevent injury.

So basically, without my coach to remind me of all these things and to keep me on track all the way, I’m pretty sure I’d get into my head far more.  I don’t know what I would do without him!

So then Brian was helping me work on my kip today after my 15.2 rough time and I definitely can do it.  I just need to work on my strict pull up strength, which will help me when it comes to kipping pull ups.  So he gave me a whole variety of things to do to work on that.  Basically, I have my work cut out for me over the next year because next year I’m doing the open Rx!  Oh did I mention that Kevin and I have decided to practice our burpees?!? Right? who does that??  We do I guess because we both know we kinda suck at them and that we need to get better so every day we have decided to do some burpees and just add more each day.  Why did I think that would be a good idea?! a8ecb533f8283554bfc895482fd6f0c7

But other than all my complaining I have spring break in 2 weeks.  It will be great to sleep in and to not have to go to class- I can just do homework and outlining all day instead of classes and homework all day-YAY! Plus, it’ll be nice to have someone else doing the cooking, even if its just for a week.  Oh and I guess it’ll be nice to see my family too… I have missed them a bit- but only a little bit!

So that’s it for now, I hope to be better about the updates.  Maybe over spring break I’ll write so much that no one will want me to post for awhile!

So until later, TTFN.

2015

Whelp I’m a bit late to the race here folks.  Clearly I haven’t posted in forever, no excuses! But no apologies either, I’m busy doing things in real life.  So Christmas/New Years happened.  My favorite Christmas gift was a home-made blanket I got made of a bunch of my old t-shirts.  It’s super warm and I have taken to dragging it everywhere I am going overnight, since I’ve gotten it.  Christmas was generally lovely, my house was invaded by relatives- as it should be!  I got to see some of my cousins who I don’t get to see very often and my grandparents so it was an overall fun time.

I ended up going to Syracuse for New Year’s Eve so that I could visit with my friends who I haven’t seen in a while and to find a bridesmaid’s dress for my friend’s wedding in July! Super pumped! I got her save the date card, and her and I found/bought all the bridesmaid’s dresses (super cheap) so it was an overall successful trip.
I’ve got my 2015 goals for the year taped to my bedroom wall, sitting there, staring at me, waiting for me to check them off.  And slowly throughout this year I will! I’m currently waiting patiently anxiously for my final grades from last semester, but the good lord only know when they are going to be out.  So I’m trying hard not to stress too hard while I wait.  What else?
Oh I’ve made the decision to apply to a JAG program for after law school.  It’s going to be a process for sure and I’m not sure whether or not I will be selected, but I sure hope I will!

I hate to keep this post short since I haven’t posted in so long, but I have a mountain of work to do and little time to do it all in.  I just wanted to keep y’all update (for whomever actually reads this).

 

So until later, TTFN.

I’ll just leave you with this; https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=z0rxydSolwU

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.

WANTED: A Break

No, but seriously.  I can’t wait for our fall break at the end of next week.  Last week I was extremely worn down and because of realizing that I honestly stretched myself a bit too thin this semester, I’m cutting down on some of my duties and responsibilities.  It’s the only way that I’ll be able to get everything done that I need to get done and to keep up with my schoolwork.  Which is another reason I need break, I’ve fallen behind and I need just 4 days of absolutely no responsibilities and no classes to worry about so I can just get a bunch of work done.

I know that sounds terrible, but honestly this is what happens to me every year around this time.  I just need to make it to break so I can catch up/get ahead and everything will be good. So that’s that for classes/school work type things.   On to working out/team stuff…  1375707_10201444813375173_140370924_nWe’ve had like 3/4 meets thus far, so far so good, my times aren’t where I want them to be, but they aren’t terrible so I’m content for now.   We had a race at SUNY IT this past weekend and my mom came and brought me groceries and lots of baked goods so that was fantastic! Also, they had water and apples at the finish- and I got to say I always love when I get some sort of fruit when I’m done with my race.

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Moving along again… I’ve been working out around 3x a day for the past few weeks, so I’m trying to restrict myself a little bit more these next few weeks.  Monday and Wednesday I’m going to try to workout only 2x a day and Tuesday and Thursday I can workout 3x a day.  Maybe it will help my body feel not so worn down because I was having that slight problem- overtraining- YAY! 558523_10201444815815234_1665924880_n

Oh, also I got some Paleo cookbooks, so I’m attempting to thoroughly educate myself on the whole thing way more than I am already and also having these cookbooks will give me more ideas for foods to make besides my normal chicken and eggs staples.

Which brings me to my next topic- cheat day. Seriously, I went a little too hard this past cheat day and it had a bit to do with my mom bringing me all these baked goods to eat- they were delicious! 1238350_479031898870915_1202806720_nBut its ok, because I honestly haven’t been too nuts on a cheat day yet.  Funny thing was I kept saying I was going to go out- I had like maybe 1/2 a beer and then decided I was too tired and went to bed.  Sara choosing sleep over going out- FTW! 

So that was fun/funny.  Everyone who was with me was like “come out sara!” and Kinga was just like she does this every weekend… I knew she wasn’t actually going to make it out.  And it’s totally true, I definitely get ready to go out and then go to bed like every weekend.

I’m going to attempt to write an article for my school’s newspaper because I saw an advertisement saying they needed sports/health and nutrition writers and I was like I should write an article about Paleo! So I’m going to attempt it and if it sucks…. it sucks.
But other than those things, nothing else is really going on.  I’m basically just attempting to stay afloat with my workload and everything. So I think I’m going to go to the gym quick before class so I can eat between running and crossfit tonight.  9ae33c0979858ef5a51cacd755cd8ff4

So until later, TTFN. 

The 1st week of my Senior Year

So I came back to school last Saturday instead of waiting until Sunday.   It was just easier/smarter to go the whole way instead of waiting. Anywhosers,  this whole week has been spent unpacking/organizing, running, lifting weights, and pretty much trying to get on top of everything before school really starts.  Kinga, Maggie, and I joined the gym that opened in town this past April called Rogue Fitness and Protein Bar. 487441_213183032157616_598274854_n  So far I really like it (to be honest I was going to join with or without them but it was nicer to have them).  We got a lesson on Wednesday of some basic lifting and strengthening exercises.  We need to master these and do them without much soreness before Jenn (the owner) will let us continue on.
Personally, I’m totally cool with that because my abilities are quite limited.  We are currently doing a lot of stretching and such for places that I didn’t even know were sore!  I think it’s good though because I’m learning about different parts of my body.

Someone told me yesterday that they thought I looked thinner, which was kinda nice to hear after struggling with feeling like I haven’t seen any results. imagesCA4LCHUS I’m hoping lifting and running and really eating right will get me to where I want to be.  But for now I will be patient!  So that’s going on and we have been going for the past 4 days (which includes today).  I’m definitely going to attempt to go like 5 days a week once classes/ meets start on Monday.  But I will talk more about that at a later time.

I finally managed to completely unpack… it took a lot of effort.  I didn’t really have a lot of stuff for my actual room it was more a lot for the kitchen/downstairs area and some stuff for my office.  Overall, I’m mostly just happy that I don’t have to be one of those people who has to move in today or tomorrow.  I’m glad I got a full week to get really settled in.

So Maggs and I went to the farmer’s market today to get some fresh fruits and veggies and they are all to die for! I got this awesome herb bread that I literally just want to smell all day long.  I used it to make a Panini for lunch- gotta say best thing ever.  I have a bunch to talk about in terms of my training this week, my new teammates and my new way of eating, but I think I will save all of that for tomorrow.

So until later, TTFN.

Motivation/Eating/Law School

Yes I realize that my title means that I’ll be covering a wide variety of topics- bear with me.  It’s still hard for me to stay 100% motivated all the time.  I see pictures of what I want to look like and I know that I still have to keep working to get there, but sometimes it feels like I never will.  So luckily for me- there’s the internet and everyday I look up more motivation.  Today I came across this woman’s blog .  And I’m reading her workout challenges and diet and it’s helping with the motivation.  Plus, I’m talking to my friend Alexandra who went through the Insanity program and she looks bamf! so she’s helping me also- doesn’t hurt that I know we will be working out together in the fall.

Oh btw, I’m in love with this song- I heard it for the 1st time at the movies yesterday.

So anywhoser, eating yea.  About that….. So don’t get me wrong I don’t drink soda I don’t really do ice cream or chips or any of that stuff, but I do have a huge sweet tooth and while I definitely haven’t eaten by far near as much candy as at school I’ve still eaten a good amount, which isn’t helping me lose weight. So I need to work on getting that into control.

Moving along yet again, law school.  FE_DA_120725_law-school425x283I want to go to law school still- that hasn’t changed.  But the reality of whether or not I’ll be able to afford to go is finally starting to sink in.

I was listening to my mom talk to my aunt and uncle about paying for college (my cousin is a senior in high school) and hearing how her and my dad have been helping to pay for my undergrad and all the things they’ve had to do… and that’s just undergrad! Law school is 2x as expensive- per year! How in the hell am I going to pay for it?!?

So far I’ve talked to a few people who’ve recently gone to law school to sort of figure out how they did it.  Either way, if I actually manage to come up with the funds to go its going to be expensive.  But I don’t know, I’m just not ready to completely give up on it yet.  So we shall see…

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