Wednesday, January 30, 2008


This picture is too much fun not to post it!!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

See the difference!

Adrienne's comment on my last post has inspired me to post before and after pictures - you can definitely see a difference!

The first picture was taken during my first week or two of Crossfit - either late July or early August. I weighed around 177lbs.

The second picture was taken this past Saturday (01/26/08). In the time that passed between the two pictures, I had gone up to 185lb (muscle), and then down to just below 175lb (Zone). On Saturday I weighed in at 174.6lb. My goal is to get down to 165lb.

It's really exciting to see the difference!! I've never made such a significant change in my body before!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

I FINALLY hit a Chin!!!!

The title of my post pretty much says it all - I got my first chin-up in class today! I think the kick finally clicked - or something - but it feels AMAZING!!!

It's not that I NEVER thought I'd do it - but I felt like it was really far away. I thought I'd be going back to the thin band. Now - even if it's one at a time - I'm hitting those chin work outs as prescribed! Okay - well, maybe with a BIT of scaling - but I'm doing full chins from now on!! YAY!

Oh - and I'll still losing weight! The Zone KICKS ASS!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Still in the Zone!

So - it's been 22 days, and I've only cheated once while being in the Zone! (It wasn't my fault - I was in a Bangladesh family's home - the first American in their home, and the mother had cooked... I had to eat!)

I feel good - and I've lost about 7lbs of fat! Yay!

A Workout of Epic Proportions

On Monday Jerry gave us the "Meet the Spartans" Workout. The previous week I had been in Monday-Friday, so I had not worked out on Saturday (or Sunday). So - with 2 days rest I hit the work out hard.

I had to do some scaling - I did jumping pull-ups instead of pull ups (2 for 1), and my push ups were plank position on the way down, and knees on the way up. For the push-press I did 20lb dumbbells - however, I went as prescribed for the high pull - 55lbs. I also did the prescribed number of reps - something I don't think I would have tackled a few months ago!!

I finished in a bit over 40 minutes - I am quite proud to have finished the work out!

However - the point of this post is to say how sore I was yesterday! I still came in to workout yesterday, but I haven't been this sore since my first month or two of Crossfit! Part of it was, of course, the insane work out. But also - I'm thinking that part of it is that I didn't work out on Saturday - and I had 2 days of recovery instead of 1. Seems counter-intuitive, but ever since the barbell class was dropped, and I've been doing the standard Crossfit workouts 5xs a week, I've been typically missing one day during the week - and then coming in on Saturday. This was the first time in a while that I had taken 2 days in a row of rest.

So - I deliberately missed today, and am planning on coming in on Saturday. I'm going to do Saturdays from now on - and skip either Wednesday or Thursday. Hopefully this will keep me from getting as sore as I did after the "Meet the Spartans" workout.

Does this make sense? Is my logic completely off? Was it JUST the work out, and not also the fact that my body hadn't been moving too much for two days in a row? Any thoughts? I'd love any advice! Thanks!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Damn Alarm Clock!

So - for some unknown reason my alarm clock did not go off this morning - I woke up in time for work, but not in time to make it into CFOT!

I was pretty pissed that I missed today's workout - although I plan on making it up tomorrow (Saturday). I usually only go to Saturday classes if I didn't get all 5 workouts in during the week. I think 6 would be a BIT too much for me!

Even though I know I'll still get 5 CF work outs in, working out before work gives me a boost that helps me get through the day. This morning I felt especially sluggish and sleepy - a way I haven't felt at the beginning of work since taking up CF. It's amazing how I both mentally and physically missed my work out!

Friday, January 4, 2008


This is way in the future, but I'm planning on going abroad to get a Masters Degree in the 2009-2010 academic year.

Honestly, one of the things I was worried about (on top of selling my condo in THIS market, finding people to keep my cats for me, getting scholarships, finding loans, etc) was how I was going to keep up with Crossfit! I would comfort myself with saying that, by the time I went abroad, I'd know enough to be able to follow Jerry's workouts on my own. I'd be motivated enough to be able to really push myself on my own. However, I get SO much motivation and help from being in a group setting, with Jerry as our coach - I still felt apprehensive.

That being said - I am SO excited to find that there are Crossfit affiliates ALL over the UK! I'm looking mainly in England and Scotland for schools - so this is simply fantastic for me to find out! It's probably saying a lot about my love for Crossfit that if I end up having a choice between schools, I will be choosing the one closest to an affiliate! :)