Hi there! I'm Paula and I live in Orlando. I like to run and watch too much TV. I'm a lover of cupcakes and hater of chia seeds, even though I've never tried them. I eat peanut butter out of the jar and think Aaron Paul is my boyfriend.
Tag Archives: Crossfit
This week went considerably slower than last. I’m still spending mass quantities of time in the gym, but mostly because I don’t want to sit in my hotel room and stare at a wall. Therefore I’ve been doing lots of miles on the treadmill. Most of those miles are walking but I’m still working on that one speedy mile.
- Friday’s mile: No speedy mile. Went to bed early.
- Saturday’s mile: Race day and we know none of those were speedy.
- Sunday’s mile: 8:34 pace.
- Monday’s mile: Tried an 8:27 and lasted one whole minute.
- Tuesday’s mile: 8:27 pace.
Those miles are getting considerably harder to maintain. I’m still aiming for something in the 7’s by next week.
My trainer also sent me a workout to do in my hotel room that I thought I’d share. Let’s just say I haven’t done a plank in probably two years or a pill bug ever, so I was feeling this.
How to do:
A few of those videos have beginner and advanced moves, so if you’re just starting out, don’t be skerred.
Get ready for those abs to hurt. Probably a good idea to give all your unfunny, depressing friends a call after this one. You’ll want to hang out with them.
It took a little over a week of being back on track but I’m happy to report I’m out of my workout and eating funk. Finally! I know it only lasted three weeks, but that’s a long time when it comes to your waistline. I’m still not back to where I was pre-gluttony and I still may be thinking back lovingly to that day a week ago when I ate nine marshmallows dipped in Jif chocolate peanut butter, but things take time. (I don’t recommend that by the way. I mean, I do. But, I don’t.)
Anyway, my biggest fan recommended I post some pictures of myself doing Crossfit. Since I’m such a people pleaser (not really), I’m going to do just that.
On Saturday, we did a modified version of the Dirty Thirty.
There are usually squats and lunges in there, but our trainer was being nice since he mutilated our legs during our workout two days earlier.
Also, if you like the workouts I post, you can follow my Workouts pin board on Pinterest. I’m not on Pinterest much, but I try to post them all there when I think about it. I also keep them in an album on my blog Facebook page. A lot of the workouts are no equipment needed, so if you’re looking for something new, check them out.
Ok, so here is me doing Crossfit in all my glory. Also, it might be helpful for any of you who don’t know what these sweet moves look like.
No, I did not change outfits in the middle of my workout. It was a different day. Although, I do aspire to make my workouts like a Celine Dion concert of outfit changes. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.
I am smiling because my trainer makes me laugh, not because I love jumping pull-ups.
The push press is one of my favorites. It’s awesome for the shoulders and makes it hurt to wash your hair for two days. Oh, and if this girl says anything about me not having extra weight on that 45lb bar, I will shank her. I did 30 of them for time, I don’t need to be getting crazypants.
So, there you have it. Just a little peek at what I do during Crossfit every week.
So, I went out Friday night. Hubs had plans to take his team out from work as a thank you for finishing their first game. I wasn’t going to go but hubs convinced me at the last minute with promises of lots of food and all-night access to his bad self, so how can I say no to that? So yeah, not planned but it happened.
Things that also happened. Shots.
And then nachos.
And then peanut butter ice cream pie.
It was all sorts of awesome. I think I just really needed to have fun and eat something that I really wanted for once instead of ordering the healthy thing. So, I broke my no drinking rule and then I ate all the things.
Oddly, I do not regret it at all. Not even when someone called me out for shoving all the nachos in my face. It was delicious and that person can suck it.
Saturday morning at Crossfit, in what was possibly the worst timing ever, I had my body fat calculated. Getting on a scale after Gluttonfest 2013 was slightly humbling. In case you’re wondering, I have 22% body fat and I’m pretty sure 15% of that was nachos. My body fat is considered “average” but even so, I was a little disappointed only because I’ve been lower before. I just really wanted some type of starting measurement since it’s been awhile since it’s been checked. I’ll have it checked again in a month and in the meantime I’m going to try to get those numbers down.
My trainer also gave me a little nutrition pep talk and it made me feel a lot better. It was nothing I didn’t already know, but sometimes it just helps to hear it from someone different. Saturday was also the first day in a week where I didn’t think, “I feel like total shit today.” So finally, my poopy pants are off and my big girl pants on. I’ve been eating extremely well the past two days and even had an almost too awesome nine mile run yesterday.
This was our workout at Crossfit by the way.
Here’s a video on how to do a ball exchange.
Our trainer has this new thing where he likes to make each card worth 10 reps instead of what is actually on the card. So basically, we do more reps and the card just chooses which exercise we do next.
For my cardio, I picked the stair stepper while hubs ran a quarter mile. You can pick whatever you want – jump rope, jumping jacks, the river dance. Whatever gets your heart rate up. Today it hurts to laugh and sneeze, so try it out. It’s a good one.
I haven’t talked about Crossfit in awhile but that’s still happening 3x a week. I still love it. A lot. I keep forgetting to post my workouts on the blog (but they’re still on Daily Mile), so I decided to make up for that today with two workouts I’ve done recently.
First up is a 10 rep workout.
Here’s a YouTube video on how to do mountain climbers.
I love workouts with a lot of sets of low reps. It makes me feel like I’m doing less work even though I’m not. If 10 sets is too much for you, do five sets. Originally, my trainer had me doing five sets until he saw that it was too easy for me. I love that he calls me out and knows when I can do more because you know there’s no way in hell I’m going to tell him something is too easy.
Hubs and I did this workout on Friday.
Here’s a YouTube video on how to do body rows.
You can substitute pull-ups for body rows if you want some extra torture. Also, make sure that quarter mile run is fast. Both of these workouts are for time, so don’t go resting between sets now.
I forgot to mention the day before I flew out to Arizona I got my hairs cut. Say hello to my new bangs.
I can’t stay away from bangs for long. I just don’t know what to do with the hair around my face if I don’t have them. Everyone else without bangs looks so good. About once a year, I think I can pull it off so I grow out my bangs, but I just end up looking homeless. Plus, bangs are good for covering up eye wrinkles that heavy photo filters can’t.
So far, I’ve been keeping up with exercise every day thing while I’m out here. On Tuesday, I did a workout using my Crossfit Deck of Cards app. (It’s for Droid, not sure if it’s on iPhone.)
Best dollar I’ve ever spent that wasn’t on a cookie. This app saves me when I’m on travel.
I’m starting to notice the weirdness that is Arizona. I didn’t know that Arizona is just one of two states that doesn’t recognize Daylight Savings Time (Hawaii is the other). I thought all of Mountain Time Zone did that. But no. Arizona is special and even has a time zone named after it. So, I’m in Arizona Time Zone, also known as the time zone when all TV shows come on an hour late.
I guess it wouldn’t be so annoying except that all the commercials still say shows will be on at the regular time. I was up till 12:30am just so I could watch the Sons season finale on Tuesday. Did anyone see it? It had one of the single most disturbing scenes I’ve ever seen on TV. And if you watched it, you know what I’m talking about.
There’s a Dairy Queen down the street from the hotel that is “closed for the season.” Now I’m upset that Arizona thinks there is a season for ice cream. It’s not like this is Alaska. It was 80 degrees out yesterday. I can’t even think of anything funny to say, because having a season for ice cream is no laughing matter. So all I can do is leave you with a picture of a bunny eating ice cream.
1. After New Orleans but before the great plague hit, I did this little workout.
Hubs and I asked our trainer for “medium” workout and this is what we got. Let’s just say after four days of gluttony, those box jumps killed. I probably could have done two sets had I felt less…New Orleansy. Still, it’s a good workout and you can always use a stepper or stairs if you don’t have a box for the jumps. (Just be careful.)
2. I’m running the Orlando Half Marathon this Saturday. Hey, maybe I’ll actually run the race this time. I figure three weeks of booze, no training, and the flu should put me right on track for a PR.
I’m not 100% better (still congested), so instead of a time goal, my new goal is for Michelle and I to recreate this picture from this same race two years ago.
Got that, Michelle?
3. I just found out I have a two week work trip to Sierra Vista, AZ starting this Sunday. Nothing like less than two weeks notice for a long ass trip. I checked the weather. It’s 35 degrees out there at night. Since I only have one long sleeved shirt, I’m going to have to pull a Chandler to keep warm.
I messaged back and forth with Tara yesterday. She assured me Sierra Vista is a crap hole (might not be her real words) and that she pities the fool who goes there (also might not be her real words). So I guess I’ll just have to bring the fun with me. At least I hear there’s a good, sketchy biker bar near the hotel.
4. I’m not one to tell people what to do. But, I’m going to tell you what to do. Eat this.
I don’t even like Boston Cream Pie but this stuff is good. I’m having a problem keeping it in the house because someone else’s greedy little mitts is getting a hold of it.
5. I found out what my babies would look like should I have them.
I was always worried that my kids would be ugly, but now that I know for sure, I’m gonna have ten of those beautiful creatures.
I haven’t talked about Crossfit in awhile, but I’m still going three times a week, and it still kicks my butt every time. Most of my workouts have been the same or similar to what I’ve posted in the past, so I guess I thought it would be silly to post them again. However, I finally have something new to share – a no equipment leg and ab workout that I did recently.
To make this workout more challenging, do it for time. I found it fairly easy until the second half of the third set. That’s when I started to really feel the burn in my legs. The workout is sneaky like that. So don’t give up if you’re half way through and feel like you’re not working hard enough.
Now I’m off to the gym. I have a 6 mile speed run on my training schedule today.
For the three of you that like the AHS recaps, it’s half way done and should be up tomorrow sometime.
A little over a month ago, I bought a BodyBugg.
BodyBugg is a device attached to an armband that tracks the number of calories your body burns at any given time. The armband is worn on the back of your tricep. (Which means, contrary to popular belief, that is not a picture of my back.)
Before I say any more, it should be noted that I paid for the BodyBugg myself and am not getting any compensation for this post. I am not a cool enough blogger to get a BodyBugg for free. Or a Garmin Forerunner 10. What? Anyway, I’ve wanted to try one out for a long time but they were a little too expensive. So, when Michelle found one on sale online for $89.00, I grabbed it.
I wore the band for the first 24 hours just to track my resting/sleeping calorie burn, which averages between one and two calories a minute. As you can imagine, it made me love Breaking Bad even more when I realized that I burned about 90 calories while sitting on the couch watching it. Can Breaking Bad do any wrong? I’m thinking no.
There’s no way to read your calorie burn on the device itself, so you have to pop the Bodybugg out of the armband and hook it up to your computer by the USB cable that comes with it.
To get your calorie burn, you have to log into their Web site. When you log in for the first time, you have to register your device (which was a pain for me but their 24-hour service center was super helpful) and then enter your weight, age, sex, etc so it can accurately track your information.
The information from the Bodybugg syncs with the Web site and you can see your calories burned, and calories consumed if you log your daily food into their site (which I don’t because I use My FitnessPal instead). The site basically allows you to keep track of your entire exercise and nutrition plan, but I just use it to view specific calorie burn.
I wear the BodyBugg mainly for workouts. My main goal is to figure out which of my activities burn the most calories and I wanted to use something with more accuracy because cardio machines are notoriously off by about 20%. While a lot of the activities that I do averaged close to the amount of calories I predicted, there were a few surprises.
Remember that time I did Yoga? That hour and 15 minute session burned 174 calories, or what I like to call, “two Breaking Bad episodes.” The other day I wore my BodyBugg to Crossfit. We did the Filthy 50 workout and it took me 58 minutes to finish. My perceived exertion during that workout is extremely high. In other words, I feel like I’m going to die at any moment.
This is the workout, if you’re not familiar.
That workout burned 415 calories – about 150 short of my estimate.
I’ve worn the BodyBugg for several of those two-mile HIIT workouts I’ve been doing lately as well. Those runs burn about 325 calories in 20 minutes – about 75 calories more than I estimated. Pretty good for only 20 minutes of exercise.
So basically, I’ve been keeping a more accurate track of what I burn and have lost 5 lbs in the past three weeks. I’m not saying the Bodybugg is solely responsible for my weight loss because I’ve also been eating fairly well and doing two extra workouts a week (those HIIT 20-minute workouts), but I think it’s helped.
Overall, it’s made me more aware so that it’s easier to plan what I’m eating that day based on what workout I’ll be doing.
I had a really good run on Tuesday. According to my training schedule, I was supposed to do a 2 mile easy run but I felt so good that I decided to do the next day’s tempo run instead. I ran 5 miles and I could have run more but I had to get home and get some work done. This is what I did:
- 1 @ 10:00
- 3 @ 9:06
- 1 @ 9:40
I haven’t been able to run five consecutive miles, much less maintain a 9:06 pace for 3 miles in a long time. I didn’t stop to walk and I didn’t stop for “other things.” It was amazing. While I was on the treadmill, I really wished I had worn my special occasion rip-away clothes, because I was all like…
Wednesday, I went to the gym to do the easy run I skipped the day before. The schedule was 2 miles at a 10:43 pace which, on the crappiest of days, is a little on the slow side for me unless I’m running long. Knowing I was only supposed to do two slower miles must have helped me mentally because once I got going, I felt so good that I ended up running 3 miles and increased my speed for every mile (9:40 average). Then I was all like…
After two awesome runs, I was super psyched for my first long run in awhile on Saturday morning. Third times a charm, right? First I had to get through Friday’s Crossfit workout. (Not the best idea before a long run, by the way.)
No equipment needed for that workout. We did the burpees for 25 feet, which I think equaled to about 10 of them (I wasn’t counting). I was, however, waddling instead of walking afterwards because my legs were so weak. When my trainer told me what I’d be doing beforehand, I thought it sounded easy. It wasn’t. Trust me. It didn’t take long to do but it was super tiring and my butt was sore the next day.
Saturday morning, I met my group for a long run. I had eight miles on the schedule but was willing to do ten if I was feeling good. I haven’t run long in at least five weeks, so hopefully that will give you some indication of how it went.
Four miles in, I wanted to turn back but the whole group was going a different direction and it was still pitch black out. I received this email from my old group a few days earlier, so I decided I’d rather run some seriously shitty miles than get molested.
WARNING! We need to be on the lookout for “the weird Brazilian kick boxer guy” (yes, that’s what we call him). He likes to touch women and will just jump in and start running with any group. Call the police immediately if you see him (you’ll know him) and remember to NEVER run alone, even in beautiful Winter Park! So, this means, if you break away from the group for some reason, be sure someone is with you!!
By the time it was light out and I felt comfortable breaking away from the group, I was eight miles into the run and four miles away from my car. So that meant I had no choice but to do them.
I ran 11 miles, walked one, and stopped my Garmin whenever I walked. I’m really surprised I had a 10:33 average pace. It was so humid, I expected it to be worse. Either way, it was a terrible run and I hope next week goes better.
And now for the drama…
I hate my new running group. So much. I mean, I like that it’s a faster group and that my friend Brad is in it but I hate everything else. One of the pace leaders doesn’t give a shit who he leaves behind. He just keeps running and doesn’t watch out for people who may be having bad days. I was left behind at a water stop Saturday morning. It was dark out and I didn’t know the route, so I was really lucky that Brad knew where he was going so we could catch up. The other pace leader never finishes with the group. He lives in the neighborhoods we run through, so he always leaves at some point and runs back home and no one knows where he is. Honestly, the only thing keeping me in the group is Brad. I love running with him because we are basically pace twins and he keeps me motivated. (Our half marathon PRs are exactly the same – down to the second. And we ran them in different races.)
So, I’m not sure what to do. Go back to my old, slower, Brad-less group that I love and possibly not improve my speed? Or stop being a complaining jerkface and just run in the new, faster group with Brad and try to ignore the fact that the pace leaders suck and start bringing GPS for when (not if) I get lost?
The running thing has slowly been getting better for me. I’m not hating it like I was and now I’m running about three times a week, up from…none times. I’m thinking that’s an improvement. My long run with my group this morning was only 6 miles (since I had a Crossfit afterwards) and it felt like I was running an 8 minute mile. I felt like I was one with the wind, like nothing could hold me back. Then I felt like a jerk when I looked at my Garmin and saw I was actually running a 10 minute mile.
Running in the humidity is pure misery. It was miserable last year too but this year seems so much worse. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s actually more humid out or trying to keep up with a faster pace group is kicking me square in the lady parts. Probably both.
That’s not going to bode well for when I visit Melissa next weekend. We’re planning on running together and she’s fast. But I agreed to the run only if she promised to run slower for me, but I’m not sure she can be trusted.
You know what else kicked me in the lady parts? This workout that I did last night.
All the exercises in that workout are inconsequential. It’s the 2.5 minutes on the treadmill that will kill you. I started out at a 4.0 speed and couldn’t get my breathing under control. So my trainer lowered the speed to 3.5, which I could only handle for a few repetitions. When it was getting to be too much, I dropped to a 3.2 or 3.3. I felt dread at the end of each set of squats because I knew I had to get back on the treadmill. Dread! But then afterwards, I thought I was awesome. So try it out. This workout will raise your level of awesome exponentially.
Hubs and I also saw Ice Age 4 yesterday.
It was really cute, but the others were better and funnier in my opinion. Still worth seeing, though.
Before the movie, there was a trailer that looks like all my nightmares joining forces and coming true. It’s called The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure. I don’t know what Oogieloves are, but I almost couldn’t make it through the trailer (<— watch it if you dare). It was that annoying. After it was over, I felt dizzy, confused, and was all…
Then I was never happier than bunnies can’t talk. (Sorry, Pants) So, if you have young kids, just know that movie is out there. And it’s coming for you.