Tuesday, July 22, 2014

one on one: day seven

If you read my previous posting than you know the heartache I am going through. I know that I am someone who can easily fall into a dark place and close everyone off. As hard as it is to simply get up and move I forced myself to do so. So today I went and had my one on one session with Joon to help work out some anger and frustration. It most certainly helped to let some pent up emotion out in a way that will benefit me in the long run and makes me feel better. Today we did the following:

Warm-Up: 500m Row
Extended Warm-Up:
     4 x 50m Skip
     4 x 50m Athletic Burpee Sprint
     4 x 10 DB Clean (speed)

Rest 5 minutes

CrossFit Football Total - 1RM
Power Clean
Back Squat
Bench Press
My total = 580

So my old Power Clean 1 rep max was 105# that I achieved back in March, today I got 110#. I did try for 115# but mentally I was being challenged. My old Back Squat 1 rep max was 140# that I achieved last September, today I got 175#. I went for 185# but once I got to the bottom of the squat I wasn't coming back up. It's still a 30# PR! My old Bench Press was 85# that I achieved in February, today I got 100#. And the funny story on this one was my kicking out my leg from the floor to help me push that 100# up. Joon doesn't know how I did that with a flailing leg but I did. And lastly, my old Deadlift 1 rep max is 225# that I achieved last January. Today I was only able to muster 195#. It wasn't without trying but by then I was taxed out.

I am happy with my achievements today and look forward to doing this one again to see where I end up!

Photo taken from Pinterest.

my loss & fight for mojo

If you know me personally or are my friend on Facebook than you are already aware of the loss that Aaron and I are going through. For those of you who are not aware we had to make the difficult decision to surrender our loving cat, Mojo, to the Oregon Humane Society in order for him to receive the medical care he so desperately needed. About 12 or so days ago we rushed him to an Animal Hospital when we noticed that he was straining to pee. Turned out that his urethra was blocked by a tiny crystal. They drained his bladder and flushed out as much of the crystals and debris as possible, he stayed there for 3 days to recover and to be sure he was in the clear. He came home on a Saturday to very happy fur-parents. We ended up paying close to $2000 for his emergency care, this forced us to look into pet insurance. Unfortunately none of our research was fast enough as 10 days later he started to exhibit the same behavior and again we rushed him to the vets. It wasn't good new. I refused to end his life just because we couldn't pay the amount again so soon, but I am distraught that I had to give him up indefinitely for him to get the care he needed. My heart is broken into so many pieces.

We've received an outpouring of love and support from family and friends that is completely overwhelming but appreciated. So many people have offered to adopt Mojo and give him back to us. Some even expressed anger that OHS would not just simply give Mojo back to us knowing that he has a good home and is well loved. The more and more I think about this, it upsets me that they refuse to give him back. But on the flip side, I kind of understand. Trust me, if we had the funds to pay for his treatment than we would've paid gladly. But after already fronting $2000 for his first procedure only 10 days prior, we just didn't have anymore to give.

I am in the process of learning about many organizations that offer emergency funds to pets/families in need. I never knew these existed. I have called OHS to ask if we were able to come up with the funds, if we could get Mojo back. I'm still waiting to hear back from them with an answer, it's been several hours and the waiting is really hard to deal with. Aaron intends on giving them a call and seeing if he can get any answers before we attempt to apply for emergency funds and signing up for a fund-raiser.

I am trying to remain positive but I also don't want to set myself up for more heartbreak. Mojo is my fur child and I love him immensely. The last 24 hours have been brutal but I'm simply moving one foot in front of the other.

Mojo and I

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

one on one: day five

Todays session was hard but absolutely my most favorite session so far. I went into the session feeling pretty good, completely rested and energized. Tony chimed in a few times during the session to help give me pointers in how to efficiently sprint. I can't say that I mastered it yet, but I surprised myself with my sprint times. And it seems I can be quite consistent. So this is what I did today:

Warm-up: 500m Row
Extended Warm-up:
     2 x 50ft Skip / Reverse Skip
     2 x 50ft Side Skip

     6 x 100m Row + 30 sec FLR 1:1 (Row times 24/25/22/22/21/20 - Overall time was 13:30)
     6 x 30 sec to perform 2 Burpees + 20m Shuttle Sprint w/ 1 min rest (Overall times 10/11/11/11/11/11)

Ballistic Movement:
     100 Sledge Hammer Tire Strikes (every 10 strikes perform 5 tire jumps)

I have to admit that the sledge hammer strikes were my most favorite movement of the day. Great to do something new and different. Joon says now that we've had a few sessions, from now on we will end every session with a little work on the goals I have written down and goals he has set for me. I am excited to attack my list of goals and can't wait to see myself achieve skills and improve overall!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

one on one: day four

I woke up this morning still feeling quite sore from Tuesdays session with Joon AND from the WOD that evening. I also struggled with stomach pain last night and a mild one this morning but I will leave that for another posting. Other than being sore I felt pretty good this morning and ready for what Joon may have in store for me. And I was surprised! Today's session was taken outside to Buckman Field. And this is what we did today:

2 x 25yd Jog
2 x 25yd Jog Backwards
2 x 25yd Skip (for some reason this was hard to do)
2 x 25yd Side Skip

Rest 3 minutes

2 Sets:
10 Alt KB Snatch 25#
50yd Sprint (walk back)

Rest 2 minutes

2 Sets (timed):
20 Russian KB Swings 35# (unbroken) -3:14
50yd Sprint (walk back) -3:04

200yd Run (timed) -0:54:04

DUDE!! I did a 200 yard run in under a minute. ME! Where in the world did that come from? And that after I did all those KB things and breathing hard. If it's not obvious, I am stoked. My progress in this past year has been amazing, but the progress I've made in such a short time with Joon is even more amazing. I feel so proud of myself and can't wait to see where I will be in a few months. Thank you Joon!

This photo was taken from Pinterest.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

help me help jennifer

So I know in the past I have blogged about various people who have impacted my life in positive ways, Jennifer Burningham is one of them. She is the person responsible for helping me to learn how to run, to push through barriers that I constantly put up (and sometimes still do), and ignited a passion to keep working towards getting fit and healthy. Meeting and working with her I feel was critical in my finding the path that I am currently on. Had she not pushed and inspired me, I don't think I'd be where I am today. So Jennifer, thank you.

With that said, the main reason for this post is because I learned that Jennifer is working towards opening up her own fitness studio. This is something she's contemplated for a very long time and is in a position to take that step. Her goal is to create a space that is totally committed to client success and overall wellbeing without grabbing for money or selling supplements. Her long term goal is to offer training and wellness services on a sliding scale. I think this is a fantastic idea, it gives people access to her that ordinarily would not be able to afford the expensive price tag of a gym and/or personal trainer. To learn a little more about her, visit her site by clicking here.

Jennifer is in the process of trying to raise funds to help with the expenses of opening up a new business. Depending on how much you decide to donate, you will receive a perk. Whether it be a one 30 minute session with her to receiving several sessions and a lifelong discount of 15%. I encourage you to take a peek at her fundraising page: Right Track Health and Fitness. If after reading up on her via her website you find that you may be interested in working with her and/or just want to help a local woman be successful in helping her community get healthy and fit- donate. And as a favor, I ask that you share the link to my posting with your family and friends in the Portland and surrounding areas.

This photo is from Pinterest.