Oh Snatch

Body image issues. We all have them. Today, mine got the best of me and also affected my workout. Nothing upsets me more than my workout being messed with.

The WOD was Isabel. 30 snatches for time. I believe perscribed was 75lbs for girls. We were warming up, setting up our bars, and practicing the weight we were going to use. I had 65lbs on my bar and was going to try that a few times to make sure my form was correct, then possibly bump up to 75lbs as perscribed before we started the WOD. Dave came around to watch form, and he came to me first. I set up, started the pull, and as I was on my way overhead, I felt my shirt start to ride up. I immediately bailed, threw the weight and landed on my butt. WHY?!!! All because my shirt was riding up and I didn’t want to risk the chance of anyone seeing my belly. I am so dumb.

Needless to say, Dave told me the weight was too heavy, and made me do Isabel with only the bar (45lbs). I didn’t want to tell him I bailed because of my shirt. I breezed through it in less than 2 minutes and was so upset with myself for letting my negative body image get in the way.

I got home and told my husband. He really is my biggest fan. He said “You just had twins. Why are you even worried about what everyone thinks of your belly?” I couldn’t even answer that. What AM I worried about? It’s my belly. It’s not perfect (yet)!

It happens to the best of us. It’s a matter of picking and choosing your battles. What is more important? Getting that weight up there right, and not bailing with the risk of hurting myself OR bailing only because someone might catch a glimpse of my untoned belly? If I hadn’t been so worried about my stupid belly, I possibly could have kicked butt in a perscribed workout only a few weeks into CrossFit.


Surprise Trip to Laguna

Josh takes me to Laguna Beach every year for Valentine’s Day (our “dating” anniversary). We have fallen in love with that place. This year we decided not to go because I was about 30 weeks pregnant with the twins at that point. With the majority of twins being born before 35 weeks, we didn’t want to chance it.

After the twins were born, life was hectic to say the least. They are wonderful babies, but the newborn stage is just filled with constant feeding. One night I brought all the kids into the Academy with me so that I could work out. Josh and I were sitting along the side waiting for the Youth class to finish up, and he nonchalantly says “I have a little surprise for you.” I thought he was going to tell me that he picked up some raw cashews for me or something (yes, that would really excite me. I’m lame, I know). Well, his definition of a “little” surprise was taking me on a kid free trip to Laguna. I love my husband.

It was a quick trip, Friday-Sunday. Josh’s mom and her fiance came up to Pittsburgh to watch the kids. I was much less nervous leaving them this time around. Josh and I also went to Laguna 3 months after Aerie was born and it took me like a week to prepare a “list” of how to care for Aerie, as if Josh’s mom never had children. That’s a first time, overprotective, crazy mom for ya! But this time around it was a quick “Feed them this much, this many hours apart. Bye!” Well, maybe not that simple. But you get my drift.

Laguna was amazing. We stayed at the Montage and were treated like Royalty. That place is amazing. If you have never heard of it, you should check it out. We spent most of our time by the pool and walking the beach. Laguna is seriously the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. I love the cliffy, rocky beach. Josh and I went cliff climbing a little while we were there, which he loves. The first year we went, I was taken by a wave. I’ve gotten much better!

The first night we went to our favorite pizza spot of all time (and no, it’s not Paleo). BJ’s Pizza. Their pizza never disappoints. My mouth is watering now just thinking about it. We walked around downtown Laguna for a while and listened to some live music. Then we walked on the beach for a while in the dark.

On Saturday night we had dinner at the Resort. I think the restaurant was called The Loft. We went to the lobby first and listened to music on the piano and had pineapple coconut margaritas. Then we went to dinner. Josh had Sea Bass and I was boring and got chicken, but it was delicious. They brought us out a complimentary dessert with “Happy 7th Anniversary” written on it (our Wedding Anniversary is on the 23rd). It was a beautiful night.

The next morning was checkout. We had breakfast in our room, overlooking the ocean, then took one more stroll on the beach before checkout. We had such an amazing time and I can’t wait to go back next year.

Oh, and I forgot to mention, we talked about our amazing kids the whole time and Skyped them a few times while we were gone. They had a great time with Grandma and Mr. John.

CrossFit Tune Up Graduation

Six weeks ago (a week after I got cleared from my doctor to start “light cardio”), I began our Tune Up course at CrossFit Shadyside. I figured it would be a good way to ease back in to working out, and to force myself to focus on the basics and rebuild a good, solid foundation. I haven’t CrossFitted since 2009 because I have pretty much been pregnant ever since.

On the first day of the Tune Up, we did the following workout:

15 minute AMRAP of: 20 mountain climbers, 20 pushups, 20 air squats, 10 burpees.

We revisited this exact same workout on the last day of the Tune Up to see how much we had improved in those six weeks.

On the first day I got 4 rounds and 6 air squats. On the last day I got 7 rounds and 12 air squats. I’d say that’s a great improvement.

We also did a CrossFit total on Tuesday. The CrossFit total is said to reflect on an athlete’s functional strength capacity more accurately than any other test. Basically, your total is the sum of 3 lifts: Back Squat, Deadlift, and Strict Press. Ideally, you are trying to find your one rep max of each of these lifts.

I got- Back Squat-155lbs, Deadlift-185lbs, Strict Press-85lbs. CrossFit Total=425

I probably could have done a little more on the back squat, but since that was our first lift, I felt like I was taking forever with it and just wanted to move on. The Deadlift and Strict Press were definitely my max (for now!)

I’m a little bummed because I used to be able to dead lift 250lbs easily. Unfortunately now, especially not too long after having the twins, I absolutely can not do the hip thrust to really finish the movement. I hope it comes in time.