Weekly Workouts January 12-18

I had a pretty good week of workouts! I worked out 6 days and 3 of those days were doubles!!

I moved a total of 122,569 steps and burned 19,126 calories for the week. That's an increase of over 12,000 steps, but a decrease of just about 500 calories compared to last week. Weird. I know at one point during my Saturday WOD my Loop wasn't registering because when I uploaded the data it only showed me working out for :40 minutes and burning 97 calories. 

I've also been doing the Mamavation boot camp. Burpees, jumping jacks. Takes me just a little bit of time to knock it all out. I don't track my calories for that workout, but maybe I should??

Weekly Workout Schedule January 12-January 18

Sunday-REST DAY! Steps: 13,927

 

Monday- CrossFit & Jazzercise  HOLY LEG DAY!!! FOR TIME! 50 weighted front squats, 800m run, 50 weighted back squats, 800m run, 50 air squats. WOZERS! I chose to use 45# and we needed to use the same weight for both weighted exercises. I could have gone heavier in the back squats, but I was pretty proud that 1) I RAN the 800m, and 2) I didn't put the bar down at all during the back squats. After the WOD my friend and I walked 2 miles as a post-HOLY LEGS "walk it out, walk it out" Whew. I had originally planned to go to Jazzercise, but thought that walking might serve me better. I think it did because I experienced NO soreness. 

Calories: 633
Steps: 18,861

 

Tuesday- CrossFit:
Complete a 20 minute AMRAP of:
- 1/3(assisted) Rope Climb (15')
- 5 (may be assisted) Ring Dips
- 10 Med Ball "Toss and Catches" (20/15)

Because of my clumsiness and overall fear of tripping over a falling ball, or hitting someone with the ball, I opted for wall balls instead of toss and catches. It was a good move on my part. After the WOD I walked 800m.

Calories: 558

Steps: 17,007

 

Wednesday-Crossfit & Jazzercise. I did it! I made it a double header!! We started with a strict press, working up to a 5X3 heavy weight. Overhead is my hardest move, and strict press is my most challenging lift. I maxed out at 50pounds, but was happy that I did it 15 times. Then we did a quick 8 minute WOD of jump ropes and sit-ups, adding additional sets each round. Then I went to Jazzercise. This was my lowest calorie burn yet. There were a lot of confusing feet moves in the routines this instructor picked which caused my heart rate to basically go into resting mode because I was so confused by what was going on. I should have just run in place. Undecided

Calories: CrossFit: 362  Jazzercise:342 Combined= 704
Steps: 22,898

 

Thursday-Jazzercise. Thursday is usually my "rest day" from CrossFit, so I decided I'm just go and do some dancing today! It was fun! A great routine with a new (to me) instructor (Beth) and I loved her class! Such fun music!

Calories: 452

Steps: 15,166

 

Friday-CrossFit & Jazzercise. Another good day. At CrossFit I made up Thursday's WOD. It was great. Started with a 1000m row, then for time, 6 sets of: 10 power snatches, followed by a 100m sprint. I finished in 18:19.

Calories: 414

Then I went to Jazzercise and it was a great day for dancing! Lots of kick ball changes and those are always fun Smile

Calories: 405

Total Calories: 819

Steps: 15,936

 

Saturday- I made it to CrossFit!! I love Saturday partner WOD's. And what made it even better was that my friend Hope who does CrossFit at another box came and did the WOD with me. It was good. A 800m run, (and yes, I ran!!) and then in teams (we did a team of 4) we did 100 wall balls, 125 burpee plank jump overs, and 125 tire flips. I love tire flips. The wall balls were okay too. The burpee plank jump overs totally sucked. Tongue Out Post WOD Hope and I walked 2 miles and chatted. It was nice to walk and chat. We've never really been able to do that before. 

Calories: 640

Steps: 18,974

 

 

 

How was your week in workouts??

 

CrossFit Games 2014-It's Happening

Nothing like a little peer pressure from the TOP FEMALE ATHLETE in your box to get you signed up for the 2014 CrossFit Games Open. Tongue Out It started innocently enough. Katie put out a little post on Facebook indicating that she had signed up. I replied with something like "oh, how I wish I could do it." And Katie replies with something to the effect of "you can do, get off your lazy ass and sign up." Wink So I did. See...peer pressure.

 

 

What are the CrossFit Games?
"The CrossFit Games are the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth™. They are world-renowned as a grueling test for the world’s toughest athletes and a thrilling experience for spectators. Since its inception in 2007, the CrossFit Games have become “one of the fastest growing sports in America,” according to Forbes."

"CrossFit Games events are made up a broad range of functional movements. Functional movements move large loads (does my butt count??), long distances, quickly. These movements also form the basis of our exercise program. Make no mistake—the CrossFit Games are designed to test, not train fitness. The goal is to find the fittest athletes, not to produce an easily replicable workout program."

 

The Games are a three-stage journey.

 

1. The first step is the Open, a worldwide, inclusive, five-week competition that kicks off early in the spring. Want to participate? More info is available here.

 

2. The top athletes from the Open in each of the 17 regions around the world will qualify for the second stage of the competition—Regionals, a three-day, live competition.

 

3. The season culminates in the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games. At the Games, thousands of participants will be whittled down to around 100 of the fittest men and women in the world.

 

A key element to a fair test of fitness is the unknown and unknowable. Athletes cannot train for what they do not know. At each CrossFit Games, the athletes engage in a series of challenges unknown to them until right before the competition. The combination of highly-trained athletes and unknown workouts makes for an explosive mix.

 

Whew. So now that you understand what the games are all about, you can freak out right along with me.

5 weeks. 5 different workouts.

The 5 workouts will take place at my gym CrossFit En Fuego. I went last year and watched one of the workouts. 13.3 I believe. It was impressive. And oh so hard. It had muscle ups. I just watched in awe, my  mouth wide open as the top athletes in my gym went at it, and went at it hard. And I don't think any of them completed the entire WOD. That's how hard it was. H.A.R.D.

Just to give you an idea, this was the FIRST WOD for Women competing in my division last year:


MASTERS WOMEN -
Proceed through the sequence below completing as many reps as possible in 17 minutes of:
40 Burpees
35 pound Snatch, 30 reps
30 Burpees
55 pound Snatch, 30 reps
20 Burpees
75 pound Snatch, 30 reps
10 burpees
90 pound Snatch, as many reps as possible

 

HAHAHAHA!! Ya. 17 minutes. I can't even do a 75# snatch let alone 30 TIMES! But ya know what, I DON'T CARE! I'm going to go and give it my best. I'm going to push myself out of my comfort zone and I'm going to try.

 

Any words of wisdom??

Morbid obesity and back pain

Life as a morbidly obese woman was HARD! Besides the everyday stares, looks, and comments, I had pain. Back pain, knee pain, and hip pain. By the age of 37, I felt like my life was over.  And then I had my "a-ha" moment. That moment when life suddenly comes into focus, a plan gets made, and things start happening. 

My "a-ha" moment happened while I was trying to play kickball with my kids (#tampatrio Wink) when I fell and twisted my knee and ankle very badly. I couldn't get up off the ground. I was in pain. And standing over me were these three little babies. 2, 3, and 4 years old. And they were crying saying "mama get up, mama get up." And I couldn't. My oldest ran inside to get my husband and he came out to help. He couldn't get me up either. He had to grab a blanket, roll me on it, and drag me in the house. It was awful. Humiliating.  All I could think of was laying on the ground and having my babies stand over my body, crying. Is this what my life had become? This could have easily been a heart attach. And there was NO WAY I was going to let that happen. And that was my "a-ha" moment. 

 

 

Life is very different now after losing 200 pounds. My back doesn't hurt. In fact, I'm able to deadlift over 200 pounds (240 to be exact!). My knees still hurt a little bit, and so do my ankles, which is why I no longer run long distances. I can run about a mile before I need to stop and walk. It just hurts. But I can walk for hours and hours. Fitness is a LIFESTYLE for me, and I need to be able to be active every single day. I need to listen to my body, and if it tells me to stop running because the pain is not the good kind of pain, then I'm going to listen to it and stop.  I'm 42 years old and in the best shape of my life!

 

I want to be a 90 year old woman lifting weights and walking races. And by doing activities that I love and listening to my body, I'm giving it my best shot!

I have a great giveaway to go along with my story of how losing weight stopped my back pain!

 

 GIVEAWAY

There are 3 chances to win an iPad Mini 16G (WiFi) and Amazon gift cards. To be eligible to win these, you need to:

 1. Register as a user at MedPress.com by January 31, 2014 to be entered into a random drawing.  

2. Follow MedPress on Twitter (@MedPressForum), Like them on Facebook, and then register at MedPress.com though the rafflecopter giveaway below. 

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3. Leave a comment on this post telling me about any back pain you might have (prior to January 31, 2014) to be entered into a random giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card!! One lucky Metamorfit fan will be randomly chosen through random.org

4. Join @MedPressForum, me @JennyMetamorfit, and other bloggers including ll the co-hosts @denisermt,  @CK_Lunchbox  @dadcentric and @itsajourney1 for a Twitter chat on January 21st at 8pm EST where we will talk all about spine health. We'll also giveaway TWO additional $50 Amazon gift cards during the Twitter chat. Use the hashtag #healthyspine

 

There is a lot of opportunity for you to win, and learn about how to keep you and your back healthy and strong! US Addresses only, please.

 

Disclaimer: I was compensated by Med Press for sharing my story of back pain and morbid obesity.