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lacking direction


Some days, I have no idea.  Getting closer to the Christmas craziness and I’m trying to get myself organized enough that it won’t be too insane.  But who am I kidding really 😉 At least my shopping is pretty much done.  Although it’s a little bittersweet, I thankfully don’t have many to shop for since changes at work could leave me bitter and searching for a new job come January.  Fingers crossed that’s not necessary though.  My 4-legged fur child will be completely smitten to play with an empty box on Christmas morning.  My Sport Chek job redeems itself large when it comes to shopping for my sporty parents.  My sister Claire has become a friend more than ever this year which makes me super happy AND gives me lots of gift ideas, and the youngest sister is a punk and might be getting a lump of coal.  See? Easy.


I feel like I should touch on the Whole Life Challenge.  I got so far as a 2-part draft that has yet to be published, and I’m not doing a re-edit now cause that’s often where I drop all the “real ness” from it cause I realize that things didn’t work out as planned.  Anyways, a few of us are already talking about doing it again.  I need guidelines in life.  Without a goal or target, things spin out of control.  Almond butter finds its way back into my fridge, stays for a few days, then disappears.  It’s a bad scene.  On the bright side, I killed yesterday’s WOD.  Coach Dave asked at one point why I don’t blog anymore.  I didn’t really have an answer for him.  Actually I didn’t really have an answer for myself… But I think I do now.  I think I’ve realized that I just don’t know what direction I want to go anymore.  I’ve beat the food element to the ground.  I’ve rambled endlessly about crossfit. But I’m at least a little bit over talking about both.  Both still excite me, but neither are new.  The honeymoon is over.


Fri. Nov. 20:

5 Rounds: 
1:00 Minute: Overhead Squats #115/#75 
1:00 Minute: KB Swings (24/16kg) 
1:00 Minute: Toes to Bar sit-ups
1:00 Minute: Rest 

Result – 350 reps

10-30-30.  That was my goal from round 1, and I DID manage to maintain it the whole way through 🙂  Weights were Rx too.  Woot!  Some days it just comes together.  Nice way to wrap up the week.

Sun. Nov. 15:

WLC Complete.  I had written in my agenda – CRUSH final WOD.  I was partially successful with that goal I guess.  Completed 36 more reps than I did the first time through, but my pull-ups still held me up more than I would have liked.  Oh well, it’s about progress.  I killed the row, and it returned the favour.  Felt like death for a bit after going as hard as I could for 15 minutes.  I DID however, win the challenge points part (nutrition, mobilization, water, etc) so I’ll just be happy with that 🙂

Fri. Nov. 13:

It’s been a strange week.  Monday WOD was good.  Tuesday Coach Dave told me I should be taking a rest day post-comp (oops!), so I stripped some weight off the deadlift bar (sigh) and rested Wednesday as usual.  Thursday I could barely walk.  WTF?! My stupid hip was back to its old tricks and full force!  I left Sport Chek an hour early, much to my manager’s disapproval, cause the stupid hip was killing me.  He’s a nob.  He’ll get over it.  Then today, I woke up feeling perfectly fine, almost like Thursday was just a bad dream.  Weird, although I’m not complaining.  Side note – my dreams have been really weird too.

Today is the LAST day of the Whole Life Challenge.  Tomorrow, there will be bacon.  No question.  I predict chocolate in my future at some point too…  All in all, it’s been a great experience for me.  It’s taught me some habits that I will most definitely look to continue.  Example – I have not missed taking my MS drugs ONCE in 56 days!  That’s unheard of.  And I’ve finally (after years of saying I would) started taking vitamin D.  Supposed to be insanely important for people with MS.  My water intake was always good, so that wasn’t a struggle.  Stretching at least 10 minutes a day feels really good, so why stop?  Plus Yuko enjoys the ritual of stepping on my hair and trying to lick my face while I’m on the floor.  AND I’ve gone through the hang over of giving up some bad food choices so I have no intention of falling back down that rabbit hole.  My main goal wasn’t weight loss, although it’s totally a bonus, cause I’ve lost 10lbs along the way.  The final test will be to see how my performance compares on Sunday when we do our ending workout.  One thing I didn’t stick with as much as intended was my goal to work on my pull-ups.  I mean, I had 56 days… I should have been able to make a difference in that period but I just haven’t put in the effort I had planned.


step up!

I’ve found myself struggling to deal with change this year. The ever shortening days are really changing my game. I spent the whole summer devoting a huge amount of my non-working hours to hiking with my pup. Most nights we could get 1 1/2-2 hours in before the sun faded away, but now if I manage to start work and hour early and leave an hour early, we may get a half an hour before dark.  It’s been a tough adjustment, and not one I’ve completely accepted just yet…  Thankfully there are still days like today 🙂  The sun was shinning, the wind wasn’t trying to blow us away, and Yuko and I got to our favourite trail for a nice long walk.


NMOM 2015

Sat. Nov. 6 – Nightmare on Mill Street

2nd time competing at Crossfit Kitchener yesterday.  This year was awesome cause for once the injury fair passed right on over me.  Unfortunately my team-mate was not so lucky though 😦  Coach Sharon probably deserves a chance to throw me an “I told you so!!” though.  The placement of this year’s GM conference falling Tues-Thurs the week of the comp meant I was good and rested!  That never happens :p

WOD 1: My eff’n Legs   <— NO JOKE!!!

  • 400m sled pull, 100m each – whole team moves together
  • 200 lunges – 10 wallballs buy in when a new person picks up the bar
  • 400m sled pull, 100m each – whole team moves together

Time – 19:13  good for 1st in our heat 😀

WOD 2: Sprint Relay

4 rounds – each team-mate completes:

  • 5 power cleans  #75
  • 10 burpee box jumps
  • 2 shuttle sprints

Not sure our time, but 4th in this one 🙂

WOD 3: Skill/Aerobic/Stregth

Each team member completes:

  • 3 rope climbs
  • 1000m row
  • 5rep max overhead squat**  #90

** when person 1 completes the row, person 2 can start rope climb. Person 1 then has until person 2 is done row to build to 5RM OHS.  Score is time for team to complete 4x1000m row & combined 5RM weight.  No big dudes on our team.  Row was quick, but max weight wasn’t massive.  I wanted to try 95 for my OHS, but ran out of time.  Oh, and I’m not sure my arms would have kept the bar up either!  90 was a struggle!

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WOD 4: Cindy with a twist

Last WOD of the day and the game plan needed a last-minute revamp.  My female partner hurt her back in WOD 3 and couldn’t deadlift with me.  There was a moment of panic for sure… I thought I was going into the whole WOD solo, but we settled with me taking the deads and pull-ups.  End of the day, the pain on MB’s face during the squats told me I should have stepped up even more and taken the whole WOD.  We may have ended with fewer rounds, but a little friendly comp isn’t worth making an injury worse.  I’m sure if Dave and Sharon had been there, Coach Sharon wouldn’t have advised MB to fight through the pain 😦  I should have persisted, but can’t change it now. Lesson learned.

AMRAP, 10 minutes:

  • 3 deadlifts (partner) solo #185
  • 5 pull-ups
  • 10 push-ups
  • 15 squats

Guys – 11 rounds + ?    Girls – 7 rounds + 20

As partners – males together, females together. Break up movements any way desired.  8×3 185lb Deadlifts was shitty, but my CFD friend who was there cheering and taking pics assures me that my form at least didn’t go to hell in a hand basket.  “You made them look easy!” she said.  It was an act.

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Dear Fitbit, I’m not sure we can be friends.  You just don’t “get” me at all. Or just can’t comprehend crossfit maybe. 4 WODs in a day and I still didn’t make my calorie goal, but today’s yoga and walk with Yuko, no problemo.  Sometimes I just feel like you don’t appreciate how hard I work.

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