Merry Christmas… I Survived my First 12 Days of Christmas Wod!

And I loved it!!! It’s THE workout of the year. I didn’t go last year because I was still new and very much intimidated by big, Holiday workouts. I was on the fence about going this year, but several of my friends were going so I yielded to their happy pressure and went. It was great!

Each box has their own 12 Days of Christmas, done in rounds, like the song. Here’s the scaled version I did:

1 Push Up
2 Box Step Ups
3 Thrusters (65#)
4 Jumping Pull Ups
5 Burpees
6 Hanging Knee Raises
7 Wall Balls (14#)
8 Kettle Swings (35#)
27 Single Jump Ropes (Instead of 9 Double Unders)
10 Overhead Lunges with 25# Plate
11 Hang Power Cleans
12 Snatches
Took me 38:36. LOVED IT!!!

Merry Christmas… and may all your CrossFit wish lists get filled. 🙂


It’s Just Crazy (video link)

Here’s a short vid that a friend of mine took yesterday. We were doing a one rep max in Front Squats, something I’d never done before. I knew I could do 5 reps at 155, so I was really excited. My hope was to get to 185… then I got excited, thinking, what if I got to 200. Wouldn’t that be freaky??? At the end, I hit a one rep max of 205#! Faint!!! I swear, if my friend hadn’t captured it on video, I would never believe it really happened. Here’s the link:

It’s the weirdest thing. I’ve looked at the vid several times and I still can’t believe I did it… then my crazy mind takes over and I think, well, maybe it wasn’t really that big of a deal. Maybe lots and lots of people can do it and I’m just being silly by being so excited about it… and it’s embarrassing that I even posted it at all. Maybe I’m still a gym “poser.” And even worse, I hear that voice in my head… the really evil voice… saying how great that is, but my stomach still isn’t that much smaller and what am I going to do about that.

I know… It’s crazy making! I’m trying to enjoy doing something I never, ever thought I would ever be able to do… and trying to silence the voices that keep telling me I’m a girl and not only is it not worth doing, but this isn’t really that big of a deal and stop embarrassing myself by posting it.

My solution… continue the course… keep doing what I’m doing. Being in that gym… holding that bar… it’s TERRIFYING sometimes… it’s exciting and fun and really, really IN THE MOMENT! The voices go away and suddenly, it’s just playing and it’s peaceful…. so I keep going back. Eventually, perhaps, the voices will sort themselves.

Something New…

Finally… took me over a year to make it to the Olympic Lifting part of my gym. I sneaked over there a time or two, even did the workout, but I kept missing the coach. Finally got to work with him and it was awesome! Worked on my Snatch form… elbows out, shoulders back, arms straight, jump back… and now that’s what I’ve been chanting in my head… every rep. Might have sounded a little crazy today if you stood nearby. Today’s workout was all about snatches so I put my new chanting skills to use and hit a 20# pr… 95#. So exciting!!! I did the workout at the prescribed weight of 65# and my shoulder felt great. Hurt a teeny bit at 95# so I stopped… but I really, really wanted to try for 105! Maybe next time…

Project Smaller Lori is still coming along, as well. I’ve had the occasional cheat meal, though I hate that term and need to come up with something else. “Cheating” bothers me and I need a paradigm shift… maybe Splurge Meal??? Whatever I end up calling it, they have been few and far between. The plan is to get healthy and that means fueling my body with things that are good for it… putting good things in and getting good things out… like new prs and doing the workout at prescribed weights. I try really, really hard not to focus on the scale, lest I become obsessed… dangerous territory for people with eating disorders, like me! However, I’ve been using it as a guide to see how Project Smaller Lori is coming along… and the Heaven’s have been kind this week. I’m doing the work… and it’s showing on the scale… not yet in my clothes or even with the tape measure… but something is happening and I’m finally moving in the right direction now. I’ve been stuck for months and months and months. I hate making weight goals… but I do have a certain number in mind to hit by Christmas. It’s small… 7 pounds left until I meet it… and doable if I stay on track.

So the plan is to continue what I’m doing… and even though I can only spend one evening a week in the Oly gym, by gosh I’m going to make the most of it. It’s new… it’s exciting… it’s fun… really, really FUN!!! 🙂

Checking In After Thanksgiving

How’s it going? We passed Thanksgiving, the kick off of Eating Season and we’re heading straight into the Apex, Christmas!!! I had my little wake up call and I’ve made a few changes around here. There were a couple of typical American eating days around Thanksgiving, but I’ve pretty much held to my paleo plan… much, much less grain, more meats and veggies, hardly any snacking at all. Things are looking up at Cottage O’Hurley. Project Smaller Lori is on track and heading in the right direction. My hope is that this will translate to the scale in a positive fashion…. and translate even better to a smaller pants size! It might be unrealistic to hope to get smaller between Thanksgiving and Christmas… but why not. I either make my goal or stay the same. Nothing wrong with that! 

Yesterday, my gym had a CrossFit Total 2. I’d never done one before, never even heard of it… but I love lifting and I love one rep max days, so I was as happy as could be. I ended up with some great numbers. Does anyone else just sit back and look at your weights with shock? There always comes a point near the end of my one rep max when I just look at the weight and think, what the heck am I doing??? This is crazy heavy. How the heck am I going to lift this??? Then the magic happens and I do… and usually I have a friend nearby who says that was great and add 10 more pounds. Lol! Friends are very motivating and the very best part of CrossFit!!! There’s always someone there who can outlift me… or run faster than me (lol, not very hard when I run at turtle speed!)… or has more endurance than me. I’m grateful because these women are paving the way and showing me that it CAN be done! They are awesome!!! 

Crossfit Total 2 is the added weight totals of an Overhead Squat, a Bench Press, and a Clean. My hope was to hit 350, which was iffy because my shoulder doesn’t like Overhead Squats and Benches. It was a happy day and my shoulder cooperated. I ended up with 385!

Overhead Squat… 105# (pr)

Bench Press… 125#

Clean… 155# (pr)

Then, since I’d already cleaned the bar up, I just wanted to see if I could Jerk it all the way up… and hit a new Clean and Jerk pr of 145#. Yesterday was a great day. Now… reality is going to hit and hit hard. When we have a mostly lifting day, it’s usually balanced out by a week of cardio/burner wods. My end goal is to be more balanced… keep my weights high and increase my speed and endurance. I’ll have the rest of the week to work on it. Let’s just hope I’m still breathing by the end. 🙂