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Archive for December, 2011

Trying to find the positive….

For the last several weeks, I’ve been wanting to go out on the patio to get my Christmas stuff out and maybe rearrange and look through things.  I put it off because of my visitor a few weeks ago (if you missed it, there was a HUGE spider living on the patio) and I was, admittedly, frightened of going out there and facing that fear.

Today, I finally put the fear aside and went out there with a broom to clean off all the cobwebs and what not.  I opened the door to the storage unit and this is what I found:

Doesn’t look too bad at this point.  I figured whatever was in the cardboard boxes would be lost and everything else would be okay.   During this photo, I had already removed the ladder I had and the Christmas tree box, and both of them were a total loss.

As I was trying to bring everything out of the storage unit so I could see exactly what the loss was going to be, I realized the side panel on the right side was falling off:

I also found a hole in the bottom left corner of the storage unit:

I was becoming really discouraged with what I was finding.  I knew there were some old books that I collected over the years.  Laurel K. Hamilton, Jude Devereaux, etc.  My entire Jason Bourne book collection was destroyed.

I finally got to the plastic containers and they were frozen together with some of them being damaged and water seeping through them.

I’ve emailed all the pictures to the manager asking her to fix to the storage unit.  I’ve gone through all of those containers and I went from 5 to 2.

As I was going through this stuff, and getting really upset, I tried to focus on the positive.  This enabled me to take the time to go through all this stuff and get rid of things I don’t need anymore.  Although it was heartbreaking because some of the stuff had definite emotion to them, I knew it had to be done.  I also found paperwork from the early 90’s and forward.  Really didn’t need to keep that stuff.  I did it quickly and thoroughly and I’ve taken all the trash out.  I won’t be putting anything back in that storage unit again, even if they fix it.  I’ll just store them in here with the rest of my stuff and call it a day.

I, of course, will turn this around to be my fault ya know.  I left those cardboard boxes in there.  I knew that storage unit wasn’t the best.  I shouldn’t have done that.  I should have put all those books in a plastic container.  I may still have them.  I guess I had figured since they were on TOP of the plastic containers, they’d be okay from water damage from the bottom of the unit.  Never did I imagine the water damage would come from above the boxes.

Until next time…

Friday December 9 – Day 215

I don’t know if this day could have gone any better.  Really.

10 burpees
20 weighted step ups (#15 in each hand)
100 jump ropes
20 minute AMRAP

I did 3 full rounds plus 2 burpees.  This one was difficult.

Thursday December 8 – Day 214

10 push press (db – #15 on left and #10 on right)
20 push ups
30 jump squats
40 sit ups
3 rounds:  19:40:1

I did it in less than 20 minutes.  Which was my goal for this one.

I hate the push ups.  Horribly.  They make my shoulder dislike me a lot and rage a bit.  I got through it though and now I’m home relaxing!

One year later…

I’m sitting here before work, thinking about how my life has changed, improved, grown, etc., in the last year.  One year ago yesterday, I asked a coworker to make up a workout for me everyday.  In the last year, he has missed/forgotten a handful of times to send me something.  Beyond that, he has sent me a workout via text or on his duty days, he’s made something up for me.

One year of Crossfit type workouts and I am creeping into a size 10 (my goal is size 8).  I started at size 14.  One year of these workouts and I lost 26 pounds and then gained 7 back and then lost another 2, so I’m sitting at a total of 21 pounds lost.  I have yet to really change my eating habits along with this workout regiment.  However, for this next year or workouts, I’m going to work on my eating habits and try to eat healthier so I can see even more results than I already have.

I’ve felt better about myself, other people and life in general in the last year than I have in quite sometime.  I’m pleased with the results I’ve seen, I like how I feel.  I like how I look.  I’ve also formed a different kind of bond with some of my coworkers who workout with me everyday.  Same group of people, everyday.  We encourage each other to keep going when we know all we want to do is lay down on the blue mat and die.  We congratulate each other on finishing a difficult workout.

I’m blessed to work with such awesome people and have the opportunities I do with having a gym in the basement and the abilities to use that gym.

Also, I’ve decided to keep the blog.  Too many memories around this place and I’m just not ready to let it go.

Until next time…

Wednesday December 7 – Day 213

Today marked one year since I started working out on a regular basis.  And I finally learned my lesson.  I did NOT mention that milestone to The Trainer!  YAY!  I am so very proud of myself for keeping my mouth shut, you have no idea!

10 knee raises
25 sit ups
50 Russian twists
100 calories on the bike (O_o)
4 rounds

Ugh.  That is all.

Tuesday December 6 – Day 212

He almost forgot to send me something.  But I, once again, opened my mouth and sent him a text around 3:15 to remind him to send me something.  Ugh.  Maybe I should have just made something up myself?

2 stair runs
20 calories on bike
30 minute AMRAP

I did 5 full rounds and then an additional 2 stairs and 5 calories.  I was close to hitting that 6th round completed!

Cardio heavy workouts make me so sleepy, I can hardly see straight.  I went to the grocery store anyway cause I knew that if I came home first, I would not go back out in this crappy weather.  I’m now ready for payday again.  *ahem*

Monday December 5 – Day 211

I was so looking forward to my workout.  The weather has been crappy, I’ve felt crappy from the antibiotics I’m on and I just wanted to forget about stress for at least 30 minutes (average time for one of my workouts).

He gave me a 30 minute AMRAP (o_O)

10 db presses (#15 on left/#10 on right)
10 push ups
10 ring rows
10 squats

I got into the 4th round and realized my shoulder was NOT feeling right.  It felt like my long thoracic nerve was tightening up, which causes pain at the top of my shoulder and then down my side.  I cringed while doing the ring rows in the 4th round and he saw me.  He asked me if my shoulder was hurting and I said, yeah it’s starting too.

He sent me home to ice it.  Told me to stop what I was doing and go ice it.  So I did.  I also took some ibuprofen for it before leaving the office.

I did, however, do the 10 squats to finish out the 4th round because I’m a nut like that.

Friday December 2 – Day 210

You want to know what happens when you ask for mercy from your trainer?  You get your ass kicked.  That’s what happens!

I told him I just wasn’t feeling like working out, I’m on antibiotics that make me pukey and this is what he gave me:

100 calories on the bike
100 sit ups
150 Russian twists
200 lunges

F*cker. It took me 37:42 to get it done, but I did it all and I’m glad I did (in a way).  My legs will be sore tomorrow.

Thursday December 1 – Day 209

We are getting closer to my 1 year anniversary of doing Crossfit like workouts everyday of the work week.  I can guarantee you, I will NOT be mentioning that milestone to The Trainer.  No sireee.  I will not.  Please remind me of that as the days move on.  I’ll hit the one year mark on one of his duty days next week and I am hoping I can keep my freaking mouth shut.

For today, I was just not in the mood.  I had no specific reason for it, I just didn’t want to work out.  But you know I did.

5 deadlifts (#95)
10 burpees
25 sit ups
1 stair run
20 minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible)

I did three full rounds and into the 4th, I completed the deadlifts and burpees plus 5 sit ups.

I didn’t rush myself and I took my time, which is so NOT what Crossfit is about haha.  I just could not get into it.  Although it still kicked my butt, I’m glad I ended up changing and going down there.  I always feel better after a workout.