Working on me!!

So 2L year sucks some major lady balls to say the least.   I’m stressed AF, my food choices are real shit, sleep is less than last year (I didn’t honestly think that was possible), I barely have time for the gym, and I’m behind in my work for the most part- did I mention this year sucks lady balls?

Anywhoser, after weeks of literally not being myself and being the most miserable person on the planet to deal with- I decided to make a change for myself.  With some great advice/input from my friends I figured out things I’ve wanted to do/work on for myself and made a list.  First things first, I’ll be learning to dress like an adult- my usual wardrobe basically consists of an undergrad gym rat type style- not saying its a bad thing because its comfortable as hell, but seeing as how I’m attempting to get professional internships/job opportunities I figured its time to look the part.  The best thing? My friends are going to help me shop! A main reason for my laid-back attire is due in part to not knowing how to dress myself so I’m finally going to learn.

It’s also a goal of mine to just eat.  I’m not saying completely unhealthy or completely healthy, but I’m learning to be ok with moderation and balance.  But most importantly I’m learning how to eat without guilt tripping myself for eating candy, or a cookies, etc.  I mean I’m not going to make it an everyday habit, but it never hurts to live a little!

Yoga- I’m going to learn that shit.  It consists of a lot of strength- which I quite honestly didn’t realize, but I think that it’ll help my balance and I just think it’d be cool to learn.

But most importantly, I’m learning to focus on myself.  I think I’m pretty selfish as it is, but I’d like to focus being independent and being able to do things on my own without having to rely on anyone else because it honestly seems like I’ve been relying on others for quite a while.

Anywhoser, that’s  a basic outline of what I’m planning for the time being.  Like I said, 2L year sucks so I won’t be posting here much.  But hey hope everyone is well!

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Summer 2015

So clearly I’ve been MIA for quite some time.  Well there’s not too much to say except that law school keeps me extremely busy and that I was extremely busy this summer.  I go back for my 2nd year on Friday and classes start on Monday.  So I’m pumped to finally get back into things and to be back with my Crossfit family at Crossfit Journey!  My summer training wasn’t exactly 100% on par with how I train August-May, but hey what can you do?

Long story short, I interned in a Public Defender’s office all summer under a Practice Order which allowed me to generally do almost everything actual fully licensed lawyers are able to do.  So I got a lot of really amazing hands-on experience, which I hope will help make me a really strong candidate to be accepted into a JAG program come my 3rd year.  I was so lucky to get the internship that I did and to be able to work with the people I did.  There were 6 lawyers in the office and they all had their own technique and style and I was able to learn something from each of them.  I’ll never really be able to say thank you to the extent that is required to show my appreciation… Anyways, after such an exciting summer I’m a little concerned that I’m going to be slightly bored in law school- I mean I’ll have plenty to do for sure, but it won’t be as “thrilling” as being in court all day long.  But hey, what can I do? I’m not a real lawyer yet so I have to actually finish school first.

What else? Oh I used a regular gym all summer and I tried to keep with my box’s training to the best of my ability.  It was a little difficult because I wasn’t eating as well/enough which greatly effected my workouts.  Being a lawyer is very time consuming and sometimes you don’t really have time to stop for lunch! Anyways, these 2 weeks at home have thrown off my training even more since I have to do all bodyweight workouts-so I’m super pumped to get back.

I’m basically just waiting to go back at this point and have mostly been working out and knitting a lot.  I’m trying to get as many Christmas presents done now so I won’t have to worry about them during school.  Plus, I’m making some baby things for my friend who is pregnant- 1st pregnant friend! It’s weird having 2 married friends, one of whom is pregnant, and one friend who looks like will be engaged by the end of the year and I’m over here like….. I’m still in school and have homework to do….  Its just different being in school when most of your friends are starting their careers/families etc.

So that’s basically all I have to say for updates.  It’ll probably be awhile again before I post since I’m going to be getting right back into the swing of things in 2 days, so hopefully y’all bear with me!
So until later, TTFN.

CrossFit Competition

So I had my CrossFit Competition yesterday…. there were about 6 teams in the women’s scaled division.  So Joscelyn and I had to beat at least 2 teams to get into the 4th wod, which only the top 4 teams in each division go to get to.  When all the teams were there and we were having the athlete meeting the people running the event told us that the 4th wod would be double Isabel.  Isabel is 30 snatches for time, in order to do it the first person on the team had to do all 30 and then the next person had to do all 30.  You couldn’t switch off and you had to do it as fast as you could.

So the first wod came; it was a 3 RM front squat.  We both had to hit our 3 RM in 10 minutes and guess what? We both PR’d!10801956_10203768102740888_4924225296353192861_n I hit 130 lbs. for 3- 5 lb. higher than I’ve ever hit before and Joseclyn hit 160 lb.! 10262089_10203768103700912_5854971143604285595_n So we were feeling pretty good after that… Then came the second wod.  During practice it was a 14 minute wod of wall balls and jumping pull ups.  Now when we first heard about it it was only up to 50, but on the day of the event they changed it to 50+ in essence, you just kept going until the time ran out.  So Joscelyn and I made it through the 50 and we got around 25 wall balls of the 60.  So again we were feeling pretty good after that because well we were on our way to 60 and we weren’t sure how many other teams had made it that far.  10712964_10203768101780864_6542115379031998479_nWhen we finished some of the guys from our box told us they didn’t think they had gotten as far as we did and when we checked the leaderboard we were tied for 2nd place!

So we were super nervous going into the 3rd wod pretty psyched and nervous al at the same time.  The last wod was a 2,000 m row, 30 power cleans, and as many burpees as possible.  We got through it and did 65 burpees.  When  we finished our judge said “have fun in the 4th wod!” So we go super pumped and nervous- yet again!

Ok so final wod, we had to do our 30 snatches each as fast as we possibly could. 10445504_10202708833068015_8646590649861895996_n I thought my arms were going to fall off but I finished and then it was Joscelyn’s turn.  And it literally came down to like 1 snatch.  We were neck and neck with another team and were about to finish but the girl couldn’t finish it so her and Joscelyn each had one left.  And with literally only a few seconds to spare she got it before the other girl! It was so exciting.

So we got to the end and the places on the podium were announced.  And guess what? We got 2nd place in the women’s scaled division! 1557574_10203768100260826_14037500883840516_nIt was so exciting and if I wasn’t already addicted to CrossFit then I would be now!  I told Brandon that I wanted to do a bunch more competitions.  And he said only do 4 a year.. to which I said so what I’m hearing is that since I started to late… I should do 3 more competitions by the end of January…  And he was like yeah…no.  Worth a shot!

So that’s it for now.  I’m extremely sore and I don’t want to move much because moving hurts everything.  So until later, TFFN. 10393166_10203768099980819_2445379374757033010_n

It’s going to be a good week!

So it’s a Monday-drag-BUT I did have a lovely start to the day with the wod.  I literally almost died a little bit, but I did make it through.  I finished last, which isn’t something I normally do, but I was trying to go heavier on the weight today.  The wod was a metcon; it was for time and it consisted of- 50 wall balls with the 14 lb. wall ball, 30 cleans which I did at 83 lbs. and 15 chest to bar pull ups.  I have to do the pull ups with a band, which is whatever.  But my max clean so far has been 103 lb. which I’ve done around 4 times at once.  Doing 3o cleans at 83 lb. today makes me realize that my clean is probably way heavier than that now! 10641140_10204760877726557_3316034419391134041_n

Me cleaning and split jerking 103 lb. ————————————————————————->

Even though I finished last during the wod today I’m pretty proud of myself for doing that weight and for not dropping the weight down at all.  I’ll get faster as I get stronger, but for now my goal is going to be to perfect my technique because without technique I will only get so far on my lifts.  Brandon was telling me what I need to work on skills wise over the next few weeks so I think that I might work on that at night this week.

This also has to do with the fact that I really shouldn’t be doing anything crazy this week because my CrossFit competition is THIS Saturday so this week is more of a deloader week for me.  I’ll mainly do mobility or skill with the pvc/ bar this week.  I don’t want to do anything too crazy because I want my body to be nice and relaxed and rested for this weekend.

Plus, I’ll be taking Friday completely off from the workout, which is what I’ve been advised to do by both my coach and fellow athletes who are competing and have competed before.  But basically I’m going to be grumpy on Friday because I generally like never take a rest day besides Sundays…

b1837c795c060a9b278de3b66d4ee20f<- How I will look on Friday…So that’s enough about that.  I can’t wait, only 3 more weeks until Thanksgiving when I get to go home and see my family and basically just not be in class for like 4 days in a row, it will be glorious!  Also, it will give me time to outline my last class, study, get caught up on hw/get ahead, and it will let me update the other outlines that I basically have done.  So it won’t really be much of a break, but I will get to eat turkey, so that’s a win!

Oh, I found this cozie this morning while I was putting my lunch in the fridge at school.  I found it so it’s mine now- possession is 9/10ths of the law! keep-calm-trust-me-i-m-almost-a-lawyer

So that’s basically it for now.  I just have classes, hw, and attempting to chill on my workouts this week. Nothing too exciting until the weekend and I’ll keep y’all updated on that after!

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.

 

I’ve been terrible this summer…

I have no way around my lack of posting besides the fact that I’ve really sucked this summer.  I guess it’s because I’ve been working a lot, working out a lot, and trying to be a normal person who has friends ahha.  I’ve successfully completed the goals I had for myself this summer, I read about 2 full classics, I got new PR’s on all of my lifts and managed to improve my DU’s and gymnastic skills, I’ve increased my fruit, veggie and water intake per day.  Basically, I feel pretty happy with what I’ve managed to accomplish this summer.  I even managed to finish 2nd during a WOD! Something that I’ve never accomplished before.  Also, I went to the Dr. for my annual check up and I’ve gained 15 lbs. since last August, I’d like to think it’s all muscle, but I recognize that some of it is probably fat.

Also, I watched/cheered my friend Christine on to her first (probably not last) Ironman finish.  She did it in Lake Placid, where let me tell you the course is not the most fun thing in the world. 10525845_10152328518258722_1245276808304383937_n

Otherwise, I’ve just been working a lot- I got a second job in a dog groomer/day care where I learned a lot about dogs, made some good money, and had a lot of fun! Now, I’m mainly focused on law school.  I move into my apartment on Saturday, I have orientation all of next week and then classes start on the 27th.  I’ll miss my friends at Latham Crossfit and the coaches, but I am excited to join a new box and meet new people and hopefully get stronger.  It’s still hard for me to believe that I’ve been crossfitting for a whole year now.  Time sure flies!

Going off to law school, I have a lot to look forward to.  But I also can’t wait for two of my good friends’ wedding in October, in which I am going to be a bridesmaid.  My first friends to get married! Now if only I could get a boyfriend….

Haha other than that I lead a pretty boring life.  There’s not much going on for me this last week at home except packing, working out, and trying not to hyperventilate in anticipation of school.  So I hope that I’ve given y’all a nice enough tid bit  on my life to keep you occupied until I go to school and have more to tell you!

So until later, TTFN.

Self issues

I’ve been having a rough time this week food wise.  I’ll admit I’ve been eating not the greatest.. I’ve had some chips and a fuck ton of wings and such.  It got to the point where I had to reach out to my really good friend Kate, who has had some food issues herself so she can understand when I talk to her about what’s going on in my head.  The bad news- well I feel worse than I did before, I mean I ate chips and some fries tonite and what kinda made it worse is my bestie Maggs.  And like the bad part is that she didn’t intentionally make it bad.  I basically just said to help me stop eating chips so much because they aren’t Paleo to, which she replied that “I see you drink milk everyday what does it matter?”. And to a normal person it doesn’t I guess, but to me it does.
See I follow the Paleo diet pretty well, there are certain things I make exceptions for as part of my own diet, like a glass of milk every day. And I guess it probably shouldn’t bother me as much as it does, but it really does.
It’s difficult to describe because I generally don’t want to be whiney (though I realize that I generally am :P).  I know it probably doesn’t make sense to most of you (if anyone reads this), but like it has seemed like this past week everything has hit me the wrong way food wise.

I’ve just been eating absolutely shitty, and what makes it worse is that I did something to my shoulder so I can’t do my strength program. Which is making me feel worse because in a way when I eat a bit shitty when I’m lifting its not such a big deal, but when I can’t really do much it becomes a bigger deal.  I don’t know, I know that it doesn’t make sense, but there’s no better way for me to articulate it.

So sorry to be such a downer right now, but I’ll TTFN.