Working Woman of the Week

Things have been busy around here! Being a work-at-home-mom is challenging and full of distractions. There is always laundry to do, dishes to clean, homework to help with, science fair experiments to conduct, and of course there is "my work."

Earlier this week I was honored to be chosen as the Working Woman of the Week by Working Women of Florida!

How cool is that??

I've been participating in the Working Mom's Roundtable discussion which meets on the 4th Thursday of every month (not for November or December though because of the Holiday season.) I've enjoyed connecting with other working moms and having the opportunity to hear strategies that work for their families. Today we met. This is what I wore. It's a super cute dress with the prettiest hemline. Of course the photo I took doesn't really show the entire hem. You can only see the top of it. It's a size 8. And the biceps were a bit tighter than the last time I wore it which was last February when I tried it on in the store! Tongue Out Not surprised though. I've been up in the gym just a workin' on my fitness and my biceps are getting bigger!!

My husband works right across the street from where we meet, so we've also been able to meet for lunch once a month. It's very nice. Today he surprised me by saying "I made reservations." What? Reservations?? I can't remember the last time we went out to eat at a place that required reservations!

We went to Mitchell's Fish Market and it was so good! I had an appetizer for my lunch. Ceviche! Shrimp and scallops with mango and lime. And it was a tad bit spicy. But so good! It was nice to have a lunch date with my husband. Last month we went out for seafood too!

 

The Working Women blurb also mentions how I am the social media manager for a national fitness apparel company. It's true. I am managing the blogger outreach, blog and soon Facebook and Twitter pages for My Race Ragz. I've been doing it for just over a month and I am loving it! I love connecting with other fitness bloggers and offering them the opportunity to order and review a custom made race shirt! In exchange for their honest review, they get the opportunity to offer a giveaway to one of their readers. I love their shirts and will soon be offering a giveaway to my own readers! Wink

 Fall has finally arrived in Florida. It was actually chilly last night, and darn right cold this morning. The kids all needed jackets to head off to school. It's beautiful weather for getting out and taking a nice long evening walk!

Earlier this week (when it was still 90 degrees) I took the kids to a corn maze/fall festival at Sweetfield Farms. We had fun. They each had a cold rootbeer in a glass bottle. A first for them, and they loved it!

We painted pumpkins, and watched a pig race.

It was a good day.

 

What is your favorite thing about Fall??

#Rethinkyourday

I have been having ups and downs with my body recently. I know I should be so proud of all the weight I've lost, AND I AM, but my body is changing shape.

As I've been strength training more and more, I am getting more muscular. The top half of me from the waist up in getting leaner, stronger, more defined while the bottom half is building muscle and my thighs and butt are growing. Surprised It's a COMMON issue with women who crossfit. I've talked to my female coaches and some of the other female athletes at my box, and they all agree that it takes some time to get used to, but once you do, and you realize what your body is capable of doing, a mind shift happens and bam...it's no longer a concern.

I had that mind shift happen today and it totally made me #rethinkmyday.

What was my ultimate goal when I started CrossFit En Fuego? I wanted to become stronger. I wanted to be able to pick up my dog. I wanted to be able to do a pull-up. And I have certainly become stronger. And if I had to do it, I could pick up 2 Matthew's (my dog, he weighs 120lbs.) Pull-ups are still a work in progress but at least I've gone down in assisted band color/resistance!!

I stepped in to my box this morning and saw the WOD posted. And then Coach Josh explained something that was written on the board but that we sometimes overlook. 1 big word and 1 big phrase. HEAVY & NOT FOR TIME.

This is when the phrase #rethinkgyourday started playing over and over in my head and I decided that not only would I go HEAVY, I would go for my max prowler push and sled pull. Like over 200 pounds. I have wanted to pull what I lost since the beginning on September and have been training hard. I've been pulling 45 pounds for a mile for at least a month. I didn't want to pull 200 pounds for a mile, just 40 yards.

Could I do it??

YES!! I did it!! It was heavy. It was challenging. I had to stop at least once and regain my footing because I was a little unbalanced.  How did I manage to carry this much weight around on my body on a daily basis? I have no idea.

Then it was time for the push. I haven't really been practicing the prowler push and really didn't know what I'd be able to do. My friend Kris had just finished her push, and was waiting and she jokingly said "can you push me back down?" and I said YES, jump on! Again, I had no idea what I'd be pushing. Turns out I pushed over 230 pounds!!

I didn't even realize that a photo was snapped until Coach Jen put my camera back down on the weights. I love that. Kiss

So I did it. I pushed and pulled the amount of weight that I used to carry around on my body.

Then I came home and took a picture of my arm. Would it be visibly noticeable that I had gained muscle?

I can see it. And I'm very happy with it. I don't think my extra skin is ever going to go away. But I'm okay with that. Look at the muscle that is building on top of it. That's proof that my hard work is paying off!

What can you do to #rethinkyourday??

October 9

I am restless. In less than 3 days I will be competing in my FIRST CrossFit competition, The Diablo Games.

I am just an excited ball of energy right now!! I train day in and day out and really should be well prepared for Saturday. Especially since I know 3 of the 4 WOD's Smile Only one WOD has me freaked out and that is WOD #2. Here are the WOD's for you to see:

WOD 1
Complete an 8 minute AMRAP of:
- 1 Clean & Jerk (75/45)
- 1 Ring Row
- 3 Single Unders
- 2 Clean & Jerks (75/45)
- 2 Ring Rows
- 6 Single Unders
- 3 Clean & Jerks (75/45)
- 3 Ring Rows
- 9 Single Unders
… Continue adding 1 rep every round to the Clean & Jerks/Ring Rows and 3 reps every round to the Single Unders until time expires.

WOD 2
(A)
Find a 2 rep max Shoulder-to-Overhead lift.

*Standards:
- The athlete will have exactly 6 minutes to successfully complete 2 unbroken (without reracking) lifts.
- The lifts may be a Strict Press, Push Press, Push Jerk, or Split Jerk. The athlete may use any combination of these lifts as well.
- There must be complete control of the bar overhead with feet together for the reps to count.
- The athlete may drop the bar from overhead on the second lift, but will be required to pick it up on their own to replace on the rack for any subsequent lift attempts.
- Clips must be used for each lift.
- The bar will start on the rack unloaded. On "3,2,1,Go" the athlete will load the bar on their own to the desired starting weight.
- The athlete must have both lifts completed BEFORE the 6 minute cutoff for it to count.

(B)
Max Length Bar Hang

*Standards:
- The athlete will have 1 attempt at a max length bar hang.
- Athletes will be able to choose which bar to hang from.
- Athletes may use any grip they choose with the exception of interlocking fingers above the bar.
- Arms may be bent or straight.
- On "3,2,1,Go" the athlete must be in the hang position. Once the athlete drops time is stopped.

 WOD #3

For Time Complete:

15, 12, 9, 6, 3 of
- Wall Balls
* 10 yard “Weight Drag”
- Deadlifts
* 10 yard “Weight Drag”

WOD Description:
- Athletes will start at their assigned Wall Ball station with their Wall Ball on the ground in front of them. At “3,2,1,Go” athletes will pick up the Wall Ball and begin their set of 15. Once 15 good reps are completed the athlete will go to a designated lane where they will grab a handle attached to their weight stack. They will drag the weight stack, by pulling it backwards, approximately 10 yards to another designated area. At this station they will set down the handle, go to their assigned Deadlift bar and complete 15 good Deadlifts. Upon completion of the Deadlifts the athlete will grab the handle of their weight stack again and drag it back, in the same manner, to the Wall Ball station where they will begin their set of 12. Athletes will continue this format until the last set of 3 Deadlifts is completed OR the time cap is reached.
- 12 minute time cap.

Okay, so why does WOD 2 have me freaked out?? A few reasons. I struggle with overhead lifts. I suffered a shoulder injury in 2001, had surgery, years of physical therapy, and yet that shoulder still nags me. I can feel it "snag" when I lift something heavy overhead. My 2 rep max overhead lift is 75 pounds. And while I'm proud that I can lift that much over my head, I know it's not going to be enough to win WOD 2. And then adding insult to injury, the second half of WOD 2 is a max length bar hang. Yell I have like baby hands. Seriously they are so small that I have a heck of a time wrapping them around the rig. What's a rig. Here's the rig. Basically an adult set of monkey bars.

I have tried all sorts of grips, tape etc., and so far the longest I have been able to hang before my hands start to pull and rip is 7 seconds. Sigh. It doesn't hurt my shoulder, or wrists, or anything else. It's just my freaking hands. I think I have a deformity.  So I'm looking at scoring MAYBE 85 points for the 2nd WOD and there are women in my division who can overhead lift way more than that. So I've resolved that while I'll probably finish last in WOD 2, I need to bring my A Game for WODs 1 and 3, and hopefully WOD 4 will be kind to me and not include any rig or running. Tongue Out If I can score well on the other WOD's then I have a chance of not finishing last. Not that I would really care about finishing last, I just don't want to!

One benefit is that I am in the last heat of the Women's Division which means that I can cheer everyone else on, see what techniques they use for WOD 2, get myself all psyched out by watching my fellow athletes kick serious butt and then go and give it all I've got!!

Regardless of what place I finish in, I am a winner for even attempting a competition, AND I get this totally cool shirt!

In celebration of the Diablo Games, I went and had my nails done today! I picked Diablo Red. Was there really any other choice??

 

What do you think of my upcoming competition?? Any advice for me??