WODs 22nd and 23rd June + resume of the week

Myoh wow….I can’t believe that it has been a week since I wrote last time. It is not that I did not intended, I did, but I did not have time to sit down and collect either thought or recipes. The week has been really intense. On Sunday I went outdoors for rock climbing, first time in Quebec. The crag is super easy to reach if you have car, but not so easy if you don’t (my case). It was first outdoor experience for Nora and it was really fun to watch her exploring the forest. I was so happy to do some outdoors with my husband and dog, it is such an amazing fulfilling feeling. I love to see Keven climbing and it is really fun to climb with him. When we met, he had no idea what it is rock climbing and I had a pleasure of introducing him to this sport.

Here are some pictures from Sunday 🙂



 

From those pictures I noticed how much smaller my thighs became since I started doing crossfit and using bike and a mean of transportation. The thing is that I always had big thighs and ass, no matter how much physical activities I was doing, I remember that since I was maybe 9 years old when I was standing on the start position to jump into water for swimming  competitions. Even when I was having swimming training 6 times a week for 2 hours every session, I was still bigger that other girls in my class. And now for the first time I start to be happy about how they look (not that I was worrying and having a complex all my life, but still…). Paleo food and Crossfit training made a big difference in my appearance and I love to have muscles almost everywhere.

On Monday I had CF workout, but it was group challenge and I got mixed up with numbers, so there will be
no results, but it was fun to work out in a pair with someone else, not just competing with others:) And they painted our room and renamed it 🙂 Now it is called Black Box, instead of Crossfit Quebec.  But it looks nice 🙂

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I had my regular average 40km a day bike ride, as I was going for a work, plus I combined it with some abs workouts 🙂 On Thursday I also had short but intense rock climbing session in a gym and date with my Keven in a dog park 🙂 (It takes about 30mins. to walk to a dog park as we don’t have a car, so it is nice 1 hour walk in total, but definitely needed for socialization of Nora).

Then I was dreaming about some weight lifting, because it has been long time since I lifted some weights
(OMG, before CF I never tried any weights and never intended to try). So, I was happy to come to gym on Friday morning and find out that WOD included deadlifts. I did not know how much I could lift with deadlift as I was always just choosing weights from given ones and last time I did my body weight that was 145 lb. This time I tried to lift 245lb, got it first time, so it is not my limit yet, however, for WOD2 I was using 215lb barbell. My result for WOD1 was 110lb, I tried to make 115, but could not 🙂 Then for WOD2 I used 16lb wall ball and 215lb barbell and my time was 20:10 🙂 It was really hard to make those deadlifts from round 5, but the wall balls became really easy to do and before I was suffering doing them, so that means improvement. My legs were sore today because of 150 wall balls :)))) But, new day -new WOD 🙂

This time I was not saved from running, had again do wall balls and some intense rowing. We were 8 people this morning (4 girls and 4 guys), so coach split us into two groups for 2 WODs. I quickly slipped into the first WOD group with guys for 2 reasons:

  1. I wanted more challenge and competition and girls did not seem to be that much challenging as young hockey guys 🙂
  2. I wanted to postpone running as much as possible and I was not excited about that at all.

WOD1 took me 13:45mins and I finished 2nd (yoo-hoo) of all that done this WOD today and RXed it.  I made squats with 2x25lb (very painful) and  wall balls with 16lb.

WOD2 I did with 75lb barbell and it was great practise of squat clean, because I think I have done it only once before. My result was 3 rounds completed.

My body is really sore, so tomorrow I am having a day off and will see what Monday WOD will bring. I decided incorporate into my workouts swimming again and some running. My goal is to be able to run 5 miles without hating every minute of it 🙂 So, I think I am gonna do running once a week and swimming  twice a week 🙂 I am really thinking about making CF games next year, as I missed this year individuals (I was not doing CF back then), so I want to be as fit as possible, but I don’t plan to have super intense training and work individually with coach, just mix all different sports and see where it will take me 🙂

Why I work out and eat clean

I love working out, I am in no way professional but I like pushing limits of my body. Sometimes I do refer to my body as if it would be something outside me:) I say: “my body needs to work out” and it’s true. Sometimes my mind does not feel like working out, but my body is pushing me yo make at least something. I have to do some type of workout every day, even if it would be walking few kilometers. Anything counts. I do work out not because I would look hotter or more attractive ( my husband finds me beautiful all the time) but because I feel good. I always tend to have at leat two different physical activities at a time, to provide myself mental stimulation and variety. When I was a kid, I used to do swimming (5 times a week) and karate (3 times a week) so my body is used to be under pressure. Then I had period of around 8 years where I was not working out regularly, except physical education classes at school. I still would be in shape. It was not until I started getting really chubby that I decided tk stopall this and get back in shape. I got strong body, so it is a sin not to use it. I started running, swimming and my kilograms melted. Then my ex introduced me to rock climbing. It was love from the first sight. Boyfriend was gone, climbing stayed. It is amazing how much it pushes you mentally and physically – you are never strong enough. Rocks are always stronger than you. And when you think…isn’t it crazy that we climb those rocks that have been there fkr millions of years and feel sense of accomplishent when we top it. Rock doesn’t care…but we do…not just for personal accomplish, but for the connection with nature. Most of my most beautiful moments in life are related to rock climbing: travelling, exploring, being absolutely fulfilled and totally content, feeling happy to be alive and have an opportunity to feel and experience, happy to have this body that can climb, being able to enjoy sun burning my back, taking a moment to look around and enjoy beauty of nature, feeling glad that I fight my inner demons and fears, meeting most amazing people and making friends for life. Since I started to climb, I never got back into state of not working out. I also started doing capoeira (brazilian martial art). Most of the days after work I would go to climb for an hour, then head directly to capoeira for the other hour and go by bike home. After that I would feel so weak and strong at the same time. I love being able to explore possibilities of my body, to make it stronger and stronger. I could not find affordable capoeira group in quebec, so I just stuck with climbing and working out at home (bodyrock.tv and some apps). Then I discovered Crossfit, thanks to Couchsurfers from Washington. That was another love from first sight. I feel challenged every time and I love it. I never worked out with weights in my life, so it is all new to me. But climbing helps a lot: I have super strong back, forearms and fingers, great sense o balance and ability to push myself, and pain endurance ( try to climb wog shoes that are 3 size smaller or hold your body weight on 0.3cm edge and pull up), so I am doing quite great in crossfit.

Around the same time when I started crossfit I also discovered Zone Diet, while I was browsing for some recipe book. So, I decided to take a month clallenge with Zone. That was great, I eliminated gluten and changed my way of eating hy having much less carbs. I was reading a lot about nutrition and more and more I felt inclined towards paleo. I took little steps, trying to understand why we eat as we eat finally took Whole30 challenge. Just went cold turkey. It was challenging at the beginning, but I would never go back to my previous eating. I love my body and I want it to be as healthy as possible. I rlrat quality food and I can’t even think of eating something that contains sth that I can’t pronounce or that is not natural. I want to be able to climb when I will be 70, I want my children to be healthy and I love to be in charge of what I eat and how I look. There is no greater feeling as feeling healthy and strong. It requires effort and is not always easy, but what is? In order to be happy we have to work to achieve it, it is a process and it requires effort, but show me a person who doesn’t want to be happy and healthy, just not everyone is ready to work for it. But this is personal choice and responsibility for your own life and way of living.

Climbing and working out


My first passion is rock climbing, but sometimes it happens that I do not feel like climbing. Since Monday, I have been thinking to go to climbing gym for some climbing, but managed only today. I just did not feel like leaving home and climbing. It happens. Maybe I am just simply bored of the routes in the gym and simply wait until there will be a competitions and the new routes will be created. Actually I think that subconsciously I sis not want to go climbing since the christmas time and  then my sweetness attraction I gained some weight, so I was scared to fail. It is not that I gained a lot, but I think I gained like 1,5 kg and in climbing it is a lot. I already weight too much for a climber and I am lucky just because I am strong. So, basically, 1,5 kg means that I have to carry those 1,5 kg while my muscles did not got stronger, so it means while I could be able to do some moves before, I might not be able to do them with changed weight. Complicated, no? Anyways, as I lost a bit of weight and I have been training at home with body weight exercises, I felt more encouraged today to go climbing. It was good, I did not achieve anything new, I just climbed the routes that I already climbed, tried some more difficult ones, but did not want to hurt too much my fingers. So, after spending in the Roc Gyms about 2 hours, I got actual climbing probably 45mins, as rest would be warming up, checking the routes, taking rest. I can’t wait to see the new routes when they will be done as it supposed to be changed on Saturday. Then it is easier to be motivated, when you have new challenges waiting for you.

After coming back from climbing I also made some 20mins. workout using Fleetfy app in my iPod. I like thins one as it is more community based and you can compete agains the others, so I joined some challenges and so far so long really enjoy working out. I just don’t like that most exercises are related to wights and as I don’t go to gym and don’t like going to gym my workout options are quite limited. But for now it is fine, I have some challenges to overcome.

When I look back, my first workout partner was Bodyrock.tv  that helped me to start working out as my subscription to the gym did not work out once more. I like doing sport and I really love challenging my body, but gym is not for me. I have fun for the first month as I want to try out all the classes and program created for me, but eventually I am bored and instead of having fun, I start suffering. Then I simply stop going to the gym, usually after 3 months. So, with Bodyrock I could simply workout at home, exercises are challenging and your body will definitely suffer first time, but then they started adding to much equipment to their workouts. And I didn’t like that too much. I don’t mind when they add jumping rope or fitness ball, it’s fine, but then you have different bars, sandbag, ugh ball, etc…So, it seems that I should start having some kind of gym at my home. Not for me….Especially when me and Keven were moving all the time in Barcelona, now changed to Quebec and have no idea where we will be nest Christmas. Keep it simple and light.

 

So, I started using Skimble app for workouts and it is also nice though sometimes funny to listen to robot voice telling you what to do or “pushing you”. But it is nice exercises and you have some kind of personal trainer telling you what to do and once you switch of the sceptical reaction to robot voice and concentrate on climbing it is really fun and useful.

 

I also use “MyfitnessPal”app for tracking my diet. Not so much now, but it was extremely useful during spring and summer when I wanted to loose weight, but could not figure out how to do that properly. It helped me to loose maybe 6-7 kg, simply by loving in what I eat during the day and knowing how many calories I am supposed to consume if I want to loose weight. It really helped with the unconscious snack problem that I think many of us have when we don’t even realize how much calories we eat without counting and it was extremely helpful for the empty calories (so I call drinks). I worked in the bar when I started to use this app and I was shocked to see how many calories can be consumed through drinks: little shot here and there, favourite drinks that are nice to sip while working, clients buying drinks. With this app I had literally to earn calories by working out. And I am sure that at least this way I lost 3 kg or more, just by minimizing drinks and various juices.  I don’t use it now, just sometimes to check for the calories, but I was absolutely following all my food intake for half a year.

Now I want to go back on track, workout a lot (I have time for that) and be in the best shape of my life ;)))