Moving Forward

2015 ended on a high note in my fitness life (finally reached a huge goal of mine to back squat my body weight), but it was very sour and looking bleak on a more personal level. I am taking the appropriate steps to change and that and I’m remaining positive that this year will be better than the last and I’m looking forward to acquiring new tools to make this year better. Always growing and always learning makes you a better person. I’m a firm believer that we should always strive to better our personality and if it’s not a priority of yours, I strongly believe we wouldn’t have much in common.

As such, I made it a priority to get a workout in today and, after discussing it with my other half, I was cleared to make it to the 0600 class this morning. Yesterday was stressful at work and I felt like I was putting out fires all day, but it all comes with the territory of being a charge nurse. I did my best and came home feeling accomplished. Exhausted, but accomplished! I think it is slowly becoming apparent that my fitness is important to me as my co-workers are blurting out comments to me. I had 3 that made me laugh a lot because they were as random and out-of-the-blue as they come.  When I told a co-worker I was going on break, she asked: “Will you be back squatting your bodyweight in the break room?” Then, another (female) co-worker blurted out that “Your ass is tight!” clarifying shortly afterwards that I looked lean and fit and a third co-worked noted how I “Eat healthy all the time”. Preach by example, don’t impose your beliefs on people and answer questions is my way to make people understand that it’s all about hard work and dedication, but the rewards make it worth it by the ten-folds! I came home bone tired, my sciatic was acting up and I was ready for a long night of uninterrupted sleep.

My night was uninterrupted, but didn’t feel long enough with a 0500 alarm! I was happy to be back with my OG crew (the 0600!) and to be surrounded with people who share a passion for hard work. Here are the shenanigans we got up to today:

 

Skill: Deadlift 4-8-12-16 E2:30

I’ve been having a hard time concentrating lately. I read the WOD at night, elaborate a game plan and then, somehow, in the morning, I forget about my plan or can’t focus enough and can’t count plates properly. I was meaning to start the DL at 135# and take off 10# with each set, but instead, here’s what I did:

145#x4

125#x8

105#x12

85#x16

Meh! Can’t win them all. I was also wondering why I was struggling so hard to hang onto the bar on my 1st set and then realized I wasn’t using my mixed grip, like I normally am when DL heavy! See what I mean?!? Can’t focus to save my life!

Not my legs, in case you were wondering! Lol!

Mixed grip demo. Not my legs, in case you were wondering! Lol!

I did manage to hang on to the bar for all my rounds without having to drop it, so I was pretty happy with that!

WOD: Bingo Bango

I could have scaled this the same way I normally do, with banded pull-ups, but I decided to go a little harder. I had talked to Coach Caleb last week about my pull-ups and he suggested doing some building up with this little gem:

It’s more of a strict pull-up drill, but it really recruits the appropriate muscles needed for a pull-up and I was ready to put in the work today. I set-up my bar on the rig and we put a 70#KB in front of my feet so that I wouldn’t slide forward as the reps increased and I was set to go.  I wrote my rep scheme on a small whiteboard and I had written up to 10 pull-ups, thinking I would probably make it to the round of 7. Much to my surprise, I completed the 9th round for an AMRAP of 135. I was really conscious of my BJ and made a strong effort to not become sloppy for my reps. I was pretty happy with the work I put in today and came home to were proudly my new muscle shirt, gifted by the Nanny. She gets me so well and had given me this shirt that says: “Muscles and Mascara” on it.

My muscle shirt! <3 it!

My muscle shirt!

 

BeZU, flexing like a beast with Mama!

BeZU, flexing like a beast with Mama!

Having people who think like you, support and encourage you in your crazy adventures make the world of a difference and I was happy I got to see reconnect with my bunch of fit people this morning. These people are a source of inspiration on a daily basis and I consider myself lucky to have like-minded people in my life who provide friendship, love and support when it is needed! I am lucky to have a bunch of them in my life!

 

Dec. 6, 2011: 8 blissful hours!

Rina!,

 

After my post yesterday, I was showered with love and support from friends and family near and far and it acted as a soothing balm on my soul. I am very lucky to have all these wonderful people in my life, understanding, sharing and caring a lot for our little family. To top it all off, since I am only pumping for 1 out of 2 of your feeds, last night, your dad got up for the middle-of-the-night-feed and offered to feed you (I didn’t have to pump) so that I could go back to bed. It was the best night I’ve had in a long while! 8 blissful long hours of sleep. HEAVEN! I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world. OK. Ready to take you on! Last night, I had made plans with Jess and her daughter Alexis to go for a stroll over to Walmart, rain or shine and we managed to meet up and go out in the rain.

 

I have to say, I absolutely LOVE the new stroller we got for you. Previously, we had purchased a used Peg Pérégo Venezia. It was a nice stroller, but not trail friendly and since I’d like to get back into jogging eventually, I wouldn’t have been able to use that stroller for that purpose. To top it off, we couldn’t clip on our car seat to it so it made things a bit difficult for me. Therefore, for Christmas, I went out and bought you a new stroller. I got us the BOB Revolution stroller. I love how easy it is to stir the stroller (you can easily stir it with one hand) and how the front wheel can either swivel or you can lock it straight in order to go jogging. The only down side to it is the undercarriage basket is a bit on the small side and not easily accessible. However, the mesh pocket in the back of the stroller is very handy to carry phone / keys / wallet.

Your stroller, the Bob Revolution

I also bought the attachment for your car seat so we can clip your car seat to the stroller and purchased the Jolly Jumper Rain Cover for the stroller as it covers the stroller when the car seat is attached to the stroller. We have the Graco Snugride 32 and the rain cover works perfectly on the car seat and the stroller. Ok, we wont tell anyone that this Babymama was putting the rain cover on backwards and thanks to Jess, she now knows the right way of using the rain cover, and NOW, it works perfectly on the car seat and the stroller! 🙂

 

Tomorrow, we are supposed to have lunch with Katie, her mom, Lucy and Emme. If we do, it will be the 1st time I take you out to a restaurant. Let’s keep our fingers crossed everything goes smoothly! It should be ok as we’ll be 3 grown-ups for 3 babies. I think our odds are pretty good. I hope I didn’t just jinx myself!

Love,

Mom & Dad Xxo