Rest

Last night, I thought about going in to the Box for a workout… for about 3 mins. Then, I painfully made my way upstairs to go brush my teeth and considering it literally took me 2 minutes to make it up the 16 steps, I decided against. While I was brushing my teeth, I thought about doing this workout instead, the one with the burpees and the double under from stayfitmom.com once I was done with all my cooking and food prep for the week, then I had to sit down on my bed and since I did it the geriatric way (keep your legs straight as long as possible, then collapse onto said bed), I decided to just have a rest day today.

Rest should probably be in quotation marks however, since I was still up at 0630 to go on my walk with Duke. Although, 0630 is now considered “sleeping in” for this BabyMama who’s used to waking up at 0500 now. I quite enjoy those early walks with the pooch. Everything is still sleepy, there’s nobody at the reservoir, which means, I’m an outlaw and let him run off-leash. He likes it and it allows him to burn some energy as well. Here are a few shots I took as I was listening to the birds. I even heard (but couldn’t find) a woodpecker.

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I came back home, showered and helped out with breakfast before heading out to get groceries and work on my menu for the week:

Yummy food for the week

Yummy food for the week

In the midst of all this food prep, I managed to go get Rina from school on time, avoid “accidents” in the house from both Béatrice and Duke and write this blog post. I only have to make the curry dressing for the salad and cook dinner and then, I’ll be ready to go back to work tomorrow.

A friend of mine sent me some pics she took of me during 15.5. Some of them are funny, others slightly embarrassing as they were taken during my meltdown. Although, the more I think about it, the more I feel like I shouldn’t be embarrassed about them. They show strength when I felt like quitting, relentlessness when faced with adversity and through it all, even when I was sobbing and tears were flowing down my cheeks, I managed to do every rep successfully, without ever getting a “No rep” from my judge. I showed the hubby last night and he said something pretty sweet.

You’re an entirely different person than who you were when you first started. It’s a pretty big transformation, babe.

Now, my husband is a man of few words and not someone I would qualify as romantic, but to me, that was the epitome of romance coming from him!

Below are the pictures, so you can see by yourself:

On the erg, at the beginning. Rowing at 5'1" is never pleasant

On the erg, at the beginning. Rowing at 5’1″ is never pleasant

"Deer stuck in headlights" look on my face as I just realized my original game plan will not work and I have so many reps of thrusters to do. I was on the round of 27...

“Deer stuck in headlights” look on my face as I just realized my original game plan will not work and I have so many reps of thrusters to do. I was on the round of 27…

Pushing through the pain on the round of 21

Pushing through the pain on the round of 21

Meltdown in full force. The mind wants to quit way before the body does

Meltdown in full force. The mind wants to quit way before the body does

Trying to get a grip on my emotions and finishing this one, once and for all.

Trying to get a grip on my emotions and finishing this one, once and for all.

Finally, a little comparison from a year ago to this year. Crazy how much straighter my back is (not so much of a “stripper butt” thing going on) and how much more relaxed my shoulders are, even in full effort! Progress is progress!

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Rest Day: Another Kind of Torture

Yesterday was my self-imposed rest day from Crossfit. I was glad to be able to sleep in (until 0700 that is! I am still a mom to 2 toddlers after all), but I was really sad to be missing out on a day of Crossfit. It was Back Squat day and I was going to be a no-show. One thing you have to know about me, back squats and deadlifts are my favorite lifts. It just so happen that I missed the complete serie on deadlift when it was in the programming recently (except for maybe one session) and now, I find myself missing a session of back squats. I was strong and resisted the urge to go in and do the WOD because I know my body needs the rest. My shoulders have been screaming for a break for the past week and I know I NEED to rest in order to keep progressing.

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It’s just so dang hard to stay away from the Box when it’s my sacred me-time where I don’t have to think about anyone else but me. I’m a wife, a mom and a NICU RN every other hours of my life, but the rare times I get at the Box, I just have me to think about. Maybe that’s why I love it so much! 🙂

So what did I do instead on my turnaround day (the day between my last day shift at work and my first night shift)? Well, I was a wife who got to spend about an hour with my husband. It feels like we haven’t seen each other for almost a month. Our schedules are really not in sync right now and if we get to see each other an hour a day, it’s a good day. So, yeah, we spent about an hour in the same room trying to mane the kids. I was also a mom for most of the day, getting clothes ready, food ready, kids dressed, one napped, the other didn’t. I took them shopping for Rina’s new dance outfit (she has outgrown her 1st one) and we had a quick lunch while I folded 3 loads of laundry.

I then tried to relax before going for a nap myself before my night shift, but Beatrice had other plans and therefore, I was a bit on edge. I was thankful when Nanny showed up so I could go sleep for 2 hours before getting ready for  work. My sleep was occupied by weird dreams and I was hoping a good hot shower would help out when I got up. Life had other plans since I had to endure a completely cold shower (our upstairs neighbours were washing dishes and that means no hot water for me when their tap is on). It’s about time we move from there. I have reached my limit a while back and I can honestly say I’m not sure how long before I break down and verbal diarrhea comes out.

As you can see, a rest day from Crossfit is simply that. Rest from Crossfit. When you have young kids, you don’t ever get a day off. It’s all god though, I love kissing their boo-boos away, hugging them and getting their snotty kisses and cuddles!

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Rest Day

I went to Crossfit Friday and did my first Hero WOD yesterday. To say that I am sore today is an understatement! My pecs are sore, my lats make it difficult to drink, brush my teeth, lift my arms and pick up the girls. My quads are letting me know they are alive and on fire. My lower back is the usual: sore and cranky. Today is a Crossfit rest day as I plan on attending my beloved 0600 class tomorrow.

We went out for breakfast this morning and then did the usual laundry / grocery shopping / some cooking. Currently in my Instant Pot is this chili recipe:

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From the little tasting I did, it will be delicious! I added some red kidney beans on Ben’s request. I also plan on doing some foam rolling, but I’m not looking forward to the pain on my lats. Also on my agenda is finishing folding the laundry, sitting on the couch with my hot water bottle on my back and do some mindless blanket knitting or some yarn untangling in order to prepare for my Shepherd Hoodie. I have finished the leg warmers I was working on and they are currently blocking. I can’t wait to give them away to the special person they were intended for! Will post pictures once she is in possession of her present! 🙂

In the meantime, I will leave you with some pictures I am very proud of… They were taken yesterday during the Regional 11.4 WOD we did. Yes, my bar has no weight on it, but the bar alone weighs 35#. To some, 35# is a very light weight for OHS. To me, it was very challenging. We all have to start somewhere. This is my beginning. There is no telling where my end will take me, but nonetheless, I am very proud of my beginning!

That's me, in the 2nd heap!

That’s me, in the 2nd heap!

Don't worry, I landed with both feet together! Those 60 bar facing burpees were tough!

Don’t worry, I landed with both feet together! Those 60 bar facing burpees were tough!

Focused, breathing hard, but still going!

Focused, breathing hard, but still going! I guess the lifted pinky helped?!? Lol!

All pictures in this post are ©Crossfit Vic City