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I made it. Now what?

NOTE– This post was written yesterday (Tuesday) with the intention of posting then.  My Waterloo computer no longer knows how to add pictures and a world without pictures is just boring.  Cambridge has saved the day!!  That being said, TODAY is DAY 31 😀 I’m proud of the commitment I showed to get through the Whole30 for the whole 30 days, but today the lack of accountability is messing with my head.  Just have to keep reminding myself… the cheats aren’t worth it.  Just keep on keeping on.

A few important milestones this week and next, but I’ll save the next week one for now.  Today is Whole30 day 30 😀  What does that mean?  Hmmm… not entirely sure it means anything.  Other than that tomorrow is Whole30 day 31.  This has been such a great experience (well, aside from the “kill all the things” days) that I really don’t have any intention of a ceremonial dive off the deep end back to my old habits.  BACON is in my future, but sugar is not.  Would it be considered a “cheat” that Saturday at my birthday BBQ I allowed my mom to talk me into mashing a frozen banana and sprinkling it with walnuts so she would have something to stick a candle in?  Maybe it is, but I don’t feel guilty.

I guess it’s not a milestone, but Sunday was 1 month until my closing date 😀  Now I really need to start packing.  With juggling managing the two stores, playing hockey 3 nights a week and crossfit 5 times a week, my “free time” is limited.  Can’t wait to get out of my building though.  Love my actual apartment, but the building sucks.  Like today… I get a call at work at 11:00am letting me know they will be showing my place at 3:00 today.  Say what?!?!  “Um.. I need more warning than that!” was my response.  “well, if we will need to fill your place for July 1, we need to show it.” I’m told.


“WHAT!?!?  How about Aug. 1!” I barked back.  Idiots.  And with bolting out of bed to get to the box this morning, I’m sure my place is not staged for a showing!  There could even be underwear on the floor or something. (not likely, but ya never know!!)  I put my foot down for today, but I will now be living with the knowledge that there could be people through my apartment over the next month and a bit.  Fun.


Before I get soooo far behind that there’s no chance of catching up, here’s the specs:

Tues. June 24:  7:30am

This morning I was standing in the washroom at the box while shoving my hair into a ponytail when I looked down at the random compilation I had thrown on, apparently in the dark.  Lime green socks, teal shoes, blue tank top, purple bra.  The thought that ran through my mind – OH GOD!  Please don’t let Coach Sharon the matching police show up today!  Figured I was safe, cause other than Friday morning, we don’t usually see her at 7:30am.  WRONG.  😮  Lucky for me, Coach Dave kept us pretty occupied and I don’t think she noticed!!

Part 1. Strict Press: 1-1-1-1-1   #85

Part 2. 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (12 min cap)
Strict Press, #95/#65  #55
Strict Chest-Bar Pullups  ring pulls

Time – 11:57 Boom!

Part 3. Dave’s treats

50 wallballs, for time*   #14

to be completed in as few sets as possible

Result – 2:08, 2 sets

Mon. June 23:  6:00 am

Sunday night I played ball hockey and had my jet pack strapped on again it seems.  Speedy Gonzales!  I’m starting to come to the conclusion that my body just isn’t adapting to crossfit in the AM, hockey in the PM.  The days that I take a rest from CF and just play hockey, I play soooo much better!  Boo.  Side note, I forgot a sports bra and had to play in my girly Calvin Klein.  Got a team mate to tape my straps together to prevent too many waredrobe malfuntions, but the experience still sucked.  And I don’t have big boobs.  My heart goes out to all the sports-playing girls with giant tah-tah’s!  WOW!  I’ve lived sore muscles, but never sore boobs!  Too much information?  Ah, well.

Perception really is reality.  Such an important lesson to learn, and a useful tool if you can teach yourself to become more aware of how your actions, and more importantly reactions, could be perceived on the other end.  I work in retail.  This is the story of my work life.  But walking into the box this morning, I realized it can be the story in real life too!  Now that I have a longer commute to work on Monday mornings, I’ve had to abandon my 7:30 WOD in favor of the 6:00am spot.  On a Monday morning, it’s not the easiest thing to do, even for me!  Coach Dave came over to me at one point and mentioned “I like seeing you at 6 on Mondays :-)” (yes, said with a smile!)  “sigh… I have to was my response”  That was NOT the right answer!  “You don’t have to do anything McDowell.  You WANT to.” he said.  And he’s totally right!!  I DO want to.  More than many things.

burpees nowFor time
800m Run
30- Burpee Box Jumps, 30/24   20″ (but JUMPED first half!)
800m Run

Result – 11:37

Part 2. c2b pull-ups

7-7-7-7-7-7-7   kipping, sets of 3

I don’t think I’ve ever run so slow :p  My legs felt like they were 6″ long.  Or weighed 100lbs each.  I kept going, but it was not a nice light run! hahaha

Sat. June 21:

Reading this Friday night, I expected 24 minutes of pure awful:

“The Ghost”

6 rounds of:
1 minute of rowing
1 minute of burpees
1 minute of double-unders
1 minute rest

Try for as many reps as possible of EACH exercise, not just total score.

Part 2. Tabata Hollow-rocks

Part 3. Plank holds (6×30 sec plank, 10 sec rest)

For Ghost, the first 2 rounds anyways, awful it was.  Hoping off the rower in round 1 and jumping into the burpees offered a valuable lesson.  My legs were not as reliable as I had expected, I nearly landed on my face.  Noted.  By the half-way point auto-pilot kicked in.  Even got a few double unders!!  😮

Post-WOD was “goat” practice time.  While I’m not sure I can even consider it a goat anymore, I worked on my pistols.  At the beginning of June, I proposed a challenge to DK for 30 pistols, for time.  As the month progressed, it became pretty clear that DK wasn’t taking my challenge with any level of commitment.  This being said, it’s his loss at the end of the day.  I, on the other hand, have been practicing like crazy and getting pretty decent.  Managed my 30 in a row post-WOD yesterday with minimal stumbles.  My BUTT is SORE today though!  YES 😀


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