“Me” Day

I’ve been spending some quality time with the girls over the past few days and I think Rina has appreciated spending a bit more one-on-one time with her Mommy and Daddy. Last night, she came to me with this sweet love note:

Rina <3<3<3<3<3 maman

Rina <3<3<3<3 maman

Last night, I was getting ready to not be able to sleep before my night shift tonight, but the husband had arranged for the girls to spend most of the day with his parents so that I could get some alone time and do whatever I wanted with my day, including nap before night shift! #hesawesome ! I quickly changed gears and planned my day accordingly! On my to-do list:

  • cook a healthy meal for night shift. During the holidays, I see a crazy amount of treats in (and out) of our break room and if I don’t plan my meals accordingly, it’s easier to fall off the wagon. Although my Whole30 is officially over since last Saturday, I have yet to have a “cheat meal”. It’s going to happen tonight with this recipe from Inspiralized
Image credit to inspiralized.com

Image taken from  inspiralized.com

  • Do a little laundry
  • Tidy up the house
  • Wrap-up Christmas presents
  • knit, if I have time left-over!

While I was slowly enjoying a late breakfast, the doorbell rang. I went to open the door and it was a flower delivery!

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The husband surprised me with a nice floral arrangement “just because” this morning! <3! More brownie points for him! I cleaned up breakfast, helped getting the girls ready and packed for the day and Ben drove them to my in-laws. I got going on the laundry and just finished cooking the Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potato Noodle Bowl with Pomegranate and Maple-Sesame Vinaigrette (long title, delicious meal!) hence, where I will be breaking my Whole30 (maple syrup isn’t compliant to the Whole30). I did add some cooked chicken to the recipe for my night snack in order to bump up the protein content of the meal. I cleaned up my dishes and am now about to wrap up some presents all while attending to the laundry, and it’s not even noon yet! #score

I begged Ben to bring the girls back home for dinner as I will otherwise be away from them for close to 24hrs and I can’t remember when I’ve been apart from them for so long. At the same time, it makes me realize that maybe I SHOULD make it a point to take more time for myself once-in-a-while… Food for thought!

Enough blogging, I have a full day ahead and I plan on making the most of it!

 

 

When Crushing Your Goal Is Disappointing

I had my last Pelvic floor physic appointment yesterday and I’m also all done with my regular physio, with only my “homework to work on at home and at the gym. Although rehab from sciatica is far from over, it’s a work in progress and I’m slowly moving forward with it.

I looked at the WOD last night and I set myself some mental goals:

  • do the rowing intervals unbroken.
  • attempt the thrusters @ 65#
  • Finish sub 30′

It was a whole different ball game when I started to warm-up for it. I had talked with Heather before the WOD and she had suggested to drop down to 55# for the thrusters. In my stubborn set-up mind, I told her I would still try at 65#. YEAH. RIGHT! I warmed up and because I’m still figuring out a safe depth for me to drop to in a squat (not as deep as I CAN go, but still below parallel. Goldilocks I tell you!) I quickly figured out that staying at 55# would be safer and smarter for me.

It was my 1st time back on the erg since my sciatica flare-up and I was very apprehensive. My splits were horrible and I only managed my 4th round unbroken. That’s right! I stopped, sometimes more than once, rowing during the row intervals. Talk about wasting time. I even got into the ugly, bawling cry on my last interval. Breathing through that was fun… Not!

So, although I did manage to finish sub 30′ (my time was 18:49) I still wasn’t super impressed with how I did today. Maybe next time, I need to cut myself more slack. Although I was glad I was done, I wasn’t proud of how I managed to get it done, if that makes any sense. I guess, WODs aren’t always all roses and unicorns and sometimes, they are ugly, even when you get through them!

Anyway, I got through it and I survived so I came back home for a well-needed shower.

"Do Crossfit" they said, "it'll be fun!"  I don't know if I had fun, but it sure gave me funny hair! ;)

“Do Crossfit” they said, “it’ll be fun!” I don’t know if I had fun, but it sure gave me funny hair! 😉

Now, I’m back to being a mommy and looking forward to some knitting when Béa goes for her nap/quiet time!

Random Béatrice 

For those who know her, you also know that Béatrice can be a little space cadet and random at times.

Today will go down in my little life as one of the shittiest. Let’s see why:

Basement that flooded last Thursday was finally dry, until water started coming in again
I got rear-ended on my way to work by somebody who had expired insurance and registrations. I’m fine, my bumper has a little scratch, we’ll live.
I had to go to work, then pick up Béatrice, rush home, go to physio, go shopping for birthday presents and Christmas, rush back home and decide if I was going to take the girls to Crossfit. I really wasn’t in he mood, but I know Rina would enjoy it so I sucked it up and we went.
It’s been crazy with wind and rain all day and all I’ve wanted to do was curl up on the couch with my hot water bottle and my knitting. Unfortunately, I still have to clean the kitchen, fold the laundry and the girls aren’t even close to being in bed.

As I head upstairs for a quick bath, BeZU calls out to me

Béatrice: Mom!… Mom?… MOM!

Me: (exhausted and a little annoyed) Yeah buddy?

Béatrice: I love you Mom!

Well done, clever girl, well done!

Grace

I got up at 0500 for the 3rd day in a row and got ready to hit the Box for this:

 

Dark and wet

Dark and wet

It was raining for the 1st day in about 3 months this morning and I’ve been noticing how dark it is already when I get up for the 0600 class. Back to fall weather soon, I guess.

 

WOD: I warmed up with 55#, then moved on to 65# as suggested by Tracey and Coach Caleb. I had a plan of breaking my reps into sets of 3 for the first 15, then do single reps. I got to 15 according to my plan and I still felt good so I kept going with sets of 3. I figured I would keep it up until I felt unable to do so, but it turns out I finished all 30 reps broken into sets of 3. According to Mark, I looked strong doing it too. Does that mean I sandbagged this one? Should I have gone with 75# instead? I’m not sure. Coach Caleb was very adamant that we make sure our form was perfect the whole way through and I apparently managed to do just that. I wasn’t last to finish, I think I finished in the middle or towards the end of the pack, so maybe my scaling was on point? I’m not sure. I’m so used to scaling and finishing last that I feel like maybe I screwed up when I’m not last and maybe I didn’t work hard enough. Maybe I should see it as myself getting stronger instead? I’m not sure how to analyze this, but at least, I now have a benchmark for Grace and it gives me something to go from here on out.

I paired up with Neil aka Boy and we did our 5 rounds of the Skill #2. That ab wheel was something new and it hurt my wrists for some reason.

lifeline-powerwheel

Strap your feet in and bring your knees into a tuck or pike

I only managed to string 10 DUs once. The rest of my reps were singles upwards of 4 in-a-row. Not my best performance, but today is my 4th day of Crossfit this week and I feel beat up. I was pouring sweat after the Skill #2 and I came back home, dreading having to attempt the entire house cleaning for yet another day this week.

Walking into the house, I noticed our black “leather” couch had been decorated with gold Sharpie… I hopped back into my car and drove to the only grocery store open to get a Magic Eraser. Some of the disaster has disappeared, but not all of it. Ben thinks if we draw over it with a dry-erase marker and then wipe that down, it will lift off the Sharpie as well. We’ll try that later. That’s one of the reason I didn’t want to get a real leather couch just yet… I knew it would get ruined at some point by the girls, I just didn’t think it would happen 8 months after getting our couch! 😦 Ugh!

Ben and Nanny have agreed on a plan in order to help keep me sane today: Ben will take the girls out of the house and Nanny will help me (hopefully) finish cleaning the main floor. This way, the girls have a better chance of staying alive to see another day and Nanny and I will power through the cleaning.

She looks all innocent wrapped up in my blanket, but son't get fooled by appearances. She's the gold Sharpie culprit

She looks all innocent wrapped up in my blanket, but don’t get fooled by appearances… She’s the gold Sharpie culprit and is grounded for today!

Seeing Stars

I really didn’t want to go to Crossfit last night when I went to bed and even though I really wasn’t in the mood, I took my clothes out and put them at the ready in the bathroom for this morning. I’ve had a cold all week and had a crappy sleep last night with my night ending at 0400. I was more than ready to come out of bed at 0500.

Here’s what I was anticipating:

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Skill: Back Squats 5×5 E90S

I was actually looking forward to these last night and I kept it with a minimal PR goal of 5#. My previous attempt at theses ended up at 100# and I was planning to end at 105#. I secretly wished I could have done 110#, but my energy level was too low today. On the 4th rep of the last round (my round at 100#), when I came out of the squat, I was seeing stars and black spots in front of my eyes and said so outloud. Coach Caleb came by and spotted me on the last rep and I really had to fight for it, but I managed to do it without being rescued out of it. Yeah, glad I stuck to 105# today!

WOD: Blower

We had to have 3 heats for this one since there were so many of us and only 6 ergs. I was lucky enough to be in the first heat. I knew I would struggle through this one with my lungs not being 100% from my cold, but at the same time, my goal was just to get moving today. I finished with a score of 695 (3 full rounds + 65m rowed into the 4th round) and even though it’s a low score, I’m glad I managed to even get that much! I was happy and out of breath when it was all said and done and I went on to cheer my peers in the other heats.

I came back home, walked the dog up to the reservoir and tried to jog back down with him on his leash. I’m slowly trying to teach him to run on his leash as all he wants to do when we’re jogging is jump and bite my hands. It’s a slow process and the entire thing probably lasted less than 10 minutes (don’t worry, I know I’m not supposed to be running a puppy, I’m just trying to slowly bring him to good manners on his leash) and we managed to shave about 5 minutes to our walk time. Next time, maybe I’ll try to “run” up the reservoir as well (he’ll do just fine walking next to me as I slowly and painfully huff and puff my way uphill 😉 ).

I came back home, made a delicious breakfast of gluten-free toast layered with hummus, salsa and a sunny-side-up egg, a side of sausages and cherry tomatoes and a nice coffee. Don’t diss the toast until you try it, it is absolutely delicious and my favourite breakfast at home! Ben took both girls with him when he drove Rina to school and extended his outing by getting a haircut, which meant I had an empty house to myself to clean. I can stay focused on the task way better when the girls are not calling out for me every 5 minutes and that meant that I had dusted, vacuumed, mopped the upstairs, cleaned the downstairs bathroom and finished off 3 loads of laundry (folded and put away too!) by 1115! I had a few minutes to play with Béa before heading out to pick up Rina at preschool. We came back home, had lunch, they watched a bit of TV and they are now down for nap/quiet time while I finish this post and will then relax with some knitting. Nanny will show up later so I can also nap before my night at work. The glamorous life of a full-time working mom/RN!

Enough Already

So, this household has been quarantined since last week. It all started with Rina getting an ear infection with fever galore. We then had to stop her antibiotics because she was developing a rash and was getting itchy all over. Ben then got a nasty cold, which I caught as well, but it turned into a sinus infection coupled with a laryngitis for me. Antibiotics for me and no work this week as I could kill the wee babies I work with if I spread that stuff around. Now, the girls both have diarrhea to different degrees which means, laundry to no end and cleaning toilets multiple times a day. Seriously. Enough already. I’m going stir crazy from doing nothing but sitting on the couch and knitting all day and today is the first day I have a faint tone to my voice back. I miss going to work out and I have booked myself a massage for later today, hoping to work some of the toxins out.

Thank goodness I have this little cutie to brighten up my days! I gave her pig tails for the first time earlier this week and she has now been asking for them everyday since! Today, she was wearing her pink shirt and she reminded me of Boo from Monsters Inc. If you have young children, you’ll get it, otherwise, here’s a comparison pic!

BeZU aka Boo!

BeZU aka Boo!

Feels So Good

I was finally able to go to the Box this morning and it felt so good to be back in my happy place after an exhausting set at work. I even warmed-up on the death bike Airdyne, willingly! I also worked on my DUs and to my amazement, I strung 4 in a row! Go me! It’s not much, but it’s twice as much as my previous PR! I swear, I should be somewhat good to go for the Open!

Once we were fully warmed up, I got ready for this:

Skill: power clean + hang power clean + thruster EMOM x 10.
I started at 55#x5, but it felt like I was sandbagging it. I upped it to 60#x2 and upped it again to 65#x3. That felt good for the cleans, but challenging for the thrusters.

WOD: Twintrix

WOD 1: I scaled this one with red and blue CTB. I managed 4 full rounds + 6 burpees before the 6 mins were up. I was doing jumps over box burpees before Coach Caleb set me straight and said they were just burpee box jumps. Oops! I corrected my reps and kept on going. It was tough, but I was surprised at how little “granny” burpees I was doing. Most of my reps were full ones and I was pretty happy with that improvement!  We then had 2 mins to switch stations and try to catch our breaths.

 

WOD 2: I did this one Rx (wallballs at 14# and RKBS at 35#) and paid the price for it. Those wallballs are so hard for me. I’m still struggling through them and I may have dropped an F-bomb at some point. I was doing them single and couldn’t seem to catch the ball. I would have to reset it on the floor before picking it back up and wasted so much energy doing so. Still, I managed 3 full rounds + 5 RKBS for a grand total of 89 points for this WOD.

I came back home to have breakfast, shower, throw some laundry in the machine and headed on out to get my hair done. It feels good to get pampered once in a while. I took advantage of being by myself downtown to go pick up my new necklace

My Unicorn In The Forest

My Unicorn In The Forest

Here’s the description that came with it:

This handcrafted talisman necklace features a unicorn, which is a mythical creature with healing powers that is said to be fierce yet good, selfless yet solitary but always mysteriously beautiful.

I thought it was a good representation of the woman I am: healing powers (NICU RN), fierce yet good (Crossfitter mom), selfless yet solitary (I give so much to my family, but I still relish those quiet stolen moments for myself and for knitting).

The girls love it just because it displays a unicorn! 🙂

I came back home and made a fresh batch of egg muffins for breakfast tomorrow. They smell so good, it’s very hard to resist eating them now!

I will now sit and relax a bit before I fold the laundry! Just another typical day at home with my girls, but to me, those are the best days!

Pushing Myself

I now have completed 2 weeks of my detox (aka Fast-Metabolism Diet) and I am down 5.8lbs. The best part is I don’t need to take my heartburn medication on a daily basis like I used to. Score!

I showed up to the Box this morning and got ready for this:

WOD: Interinvention

6 rounds of 20 sec. work followed by 40 sec. rest. Add 1min rest after each round:

  • Shoulder to Overhead (I did push jerks) @ 65#
  • DUs
  • Hang power cleans @ 65#

With the above weights, I was doing the FG2. It was the first time I was using 65# for a WOD. It was tough and my reps were low, but I knew they would be going with a heavier weight and the DUs really killed me. I only managed 3 and 4 / rounds, but they were controlled ones and not my usual spastic ones. Maybe I’ll master them this year… I managed a total combined reps of 91. Like I said, I’ll probably be the lowest on the board, but I pushed myself with the weight.

That’s pretty much it for this post. I don’t have any interesting stories about my little ones and I’ll be doing the housewives thing today with some cooking and laundry. Looking forward to relaxing on the couch with my knitting! 🙂

One more thing. A friend posted this on Facebook. I need to get me one of these! 😉

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Husband-ism

Last night, my wonderful husband let me indulge in a recent guilty pleasure: I recently started watching all the season of Gilmore Girls on Netflix.

We were watching the episode where Lorelai gets engaged to Max and her mom finds out from Sookie. I then asked Ben if he was prepared to have a boy, one day, ask for Rina’s hand in marriage. Below was his response:

Well, the first one will get shot, so, she better not like him too much!

That made me laugh. I guess Daddy will have some issues to deal with as the girls get older! 😉

Another guilty pleasure I finally caved into this morning is this podcast:

Serial podcast

Serial podcast

I’m currently on episode 3 and it gets more and more intriguing. I always like murder/mystery type shows (Dateline, Law & Order: SVU, etc) and this is a good one to add to my list. I had heard a lot about the podcast lately and finally gave in… I think it will be hard to choose between Gilmore Girls and Serial when the girls go for nap this afternoon to accompany my knitting!

In other news, Rina had been hit with her second bout of coxsackie virus (Hand, foot and mouth disease) over the past few days and we went out for our usual Sunday morning breakfast. She asked for pancakes, her first solid meal in 4 days and she has been up and playing with Béatrice since we got back. I may have been involved in a little Princess role-play, but I will deny it if pressed for it! 🙂

Also, Béatrice has been asking to use the potty and the toilet on a regular basis, without being prompted by us! Looks like potty-training will be a breeze for this little smarty-pants! Look at how cute she was yesterday, all snuggled-up with her dad:

Sleepy browned-eyed girl

Sleepy browned-eyed girl

Double Unders And Weak Bladders

I am off work until December 13 and I plan on making the most of my time at the Box until I get back to work! I started off this morning with this:

 

It was cold this morning. So cold that the lock of my car door was frozen in the “open” position and I had to hold my car door closed while I was driving. Good thing I didn’t have to drive too far in order to get my workout in! It was cold when I got in the Box and I hopped on the death bike Airdyne for a few minutes in order to warm-up. It worked well and then, I went to stretch for the WOD. To be honest with you, the warm-up kind of felt like a WOD in itself, but it helped with getting warm!

 

WOD: Spealler Virtuosity

That was a short one, but we had to split the class in two heats since there was so many of us. I really wanted to try the FG2, but I warmed up my squats with 85# and I could barely do 2 in a row before having to re-rack the bar. I decided to go down to FG1 and use 75# instead.  I was in the 1st heat and I managed to do the first set of 10 front squats without having to rack my bar. I then moved on to the burpees. I did my first set geriatric-style and managed to jump the 6″ to touch the pull-up bar for each rep. That was the 1st time we ever did burpees with the mandatory 6″ jump. It went better than I originally thought. I then got onto the rig for my pull-ups. I had the red and blue band and got so much momentum that I ended up doing C2B for all my reps.

The second round was harder. I had to rack my bar after 5 front squats, did 3 more before I racked it again and finished up my last 2 reps. I moved onto the burps and forced myself to do them the proper way before getting onto the rig for the C2B. I finished with a time of 6:09. At first, I was kind of disappointed in myself for my time and the weight I used. I really wanted to do 95#. I know I have to be patient with myself and my progress. I’m really trying to focus on nutrition lately and am doing the 40-30-30 Formula / Zone with hopes of losing some fat without losing muscle mass. Thinking back on it, I did end up squatting 1500lbs in just a little over 6 mins so it’s not too bad in itself, but I want to be faster and stronger. Baby steps, Val, baby steps!

After I was done and while the 2nd heat was giving it a go, I decided to work on my double unders for a bit. I wanted to practice until I did a total of 20 DUs. Now, I’ve never talked about it on the blog before, but I’ve had 2 kids in 2 years so my bladder isn’t as strong as it used to be. No matter how much I make sure to empty it before doing any heavy lift (Squats, mainly) or jumping (burpees, DUs), there is always a small amount of leakage happening. This morning was particularly brutal in that department. I was afraid during my DUs that I’d have to mop the floor once I was done. It didn’t get to that point, but let’s just say I was a tad uncomfortable. 😦

I found out the ever-cheerful M. at Crossfit is expecting a girl and that sparked all kinds of knitting tingles and thinking about girly projects I could cast-on. I’ll have to have a look at my Revelry library and pick a few projects to get going on! 😉