Tag Archives: Accomplished

Still here and still WODing.

20 Mar

Well…what can I say?  It has been a long time since I last posted on “i chalk it.”  My apologies to my followers.  I have had to deal with some personal issues and I still am unsure of how often this blog will be kept up-to-date.

 

All that aside, I do have great news.  I finally hit 40 pounds lost and slid into a size 10!  We started the Ravage at RRCF and I am so proud of all the Ravagers!  We are all working so hard to “activate, intensify and destroy!”  Remember a few months ago, when I had a major breakdown because of handstand pushups?  You’ll never guess who finally got their own handstand hold?!?!?!  What? What?  Yup, that would be Fletch.  And just in case you do not believe me, check out the picture below.  In addition, I am finally able to do 2 double unders in a row, but can actually link them together with a single back into a double!  Oh oh oh, and I got my 1 mile to 10:10, but since then ran 1/2 mile and decreased my time to 4:49!  Major improvement.  And, I PR’d on my power clean this week – up to 105!!

Handstand

 

I am finally feeling like I am accomplishing goals in the box…I have even been able to WOD RX instead of scaled.  It is still surreal that CrossFit stuck when most everything else didn’t…it feels good to work hard for something and actually see results.

 

That’s all for now.  Keep on keeping on!

30 Day Cleanse, Shake Day No. 1.

14 Jan

I started my 30 day cleanse today with a shake day.  For the most part, it wasn’t bad.  I had brief moments of hunger, but again – it wasn’t terrible.  I had two meal replacement shakes today: one for breakfast and one for lunch, and a 400-600 calorie meal for dinner.  I savored every single bite of my dinner!

 

The Ravage continues with the WOD, “Cindy.”  You know, Cindy can really be a biatch!  I was able to get 11 full rounds, 5 pull ups and 10 push ups (using bands on the pull ups, of course).  I’m wondering what the Ravage has in store for us tomorrow…

Ah, the Ravage.

12 Jan

RRCF’s definition of Ravage = to activate, intensify and destroy.  We kicked off the Ravage today with a series of events, before photos and weight log-in.  The Ravage will last 90 days, but the true intention of the Ravage is to show RRCF CrossFitters just how changing your life outside the box (nutrition, etc.) can maximize your performance inside the box plus gain the results you’ve been working hard for:  losing weight, maintaining weight or gaining muscle definition.  Our coach, Josh, said at our event, “Battle Outside the Box” that we spend just a few hours inside the box compared to the time outside the box – so it’s time to fix the problems outside the box!  He also mentioned we bust the WODs, but still complain about not achieving the results we’re looking for, which means there are problems “outside the box.”

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t stuck to a true Paleo lifestyle since the summer.  When I first started CrossFit in December 2011, I ate Paleo and lost 30 pounds pretty quickly plus my WODs were much better.  I’ve improved since last year, but I don’t believe I’ve improved at the rate I would have IF I stuck to Paleo.

For the kickoff today, we started the event with a timed one mile run.  I was able to complete the one mile in a little over 10 minutes, what?!?! what!?!?!  I’m super excited about it, especially since I couldn’t exactly run a year ago.  After the one mile run, we paired up with a team-mate and my team-mate was Cat.  She is amazing!  Total beast!  She did Rx and  I did scaled.  All the stations were numbered and there were two movements per station (1 rx female, 1 scaled female, 1 rx male and 1 scaled male) with all weights preset.  There was a judge at each station to log your info.  You were to complete each movement per station, as many reps as possible, in one minute.  The movements were:  kettle bell swings, hand stand push ups, deadlifts, front squats, clean and jerks, push press, snatches, back squats, ring dips and pull ups.  After all this was done, we finished our last event with a 400 meter run.  Needless to say, I was exhausted after the three events!

The stats recorded today will be a comparison for what we can do 90 days from now.  Pretty exciting, huh?

The Versatile Blogger Award!!!!!

9 Jan

Eeeeek!!!!  Can you say excited????  Transformation Pics has awarded me the “Versatile Blogger” award.  This blog, ichalkit, was started in June 2012 to help motivate and inspire others.  William and Rhonda with Transformation Pics featured me on their blog, which was amazing.  It was awesome to be able to share my story with others and it is so awesome that William and Rhonda created the blog.  Their blog is a source of motivation and their story alone is inspiring!  I have been able to become friends with both William and Rhonda through Facebook, their blog and Instagram – it has been rewarding to watch their progress through fitness!  You can access their blog here:  http://transformationpics.com/.

Versatile Blogger Award

The rules for accepting the award are:

  • Display the award certificate on your website.
  • Announce your win with a post and include a link to whoever presented your award.
  • Present 10 awards to deserving bloggers.
  • Create a post linking to them and drop them a comment to tip them off.
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

7 interesting things about myself:

  1. While in high school, I was a mime in our church’s drama ministry.
  2. I have a secret dance to “Baby Got Back,” which is usually only performed with my best friend, Emily – we made up the moves.  We actually stuffed our pants with pillows and danced around doing our moves to the song.
  3. I am extremely afraid of needles.
  4. It took me years to build enough courage to get my ears pierced because I was so afraid of needles…it finally happened at age 19!
  5. I love to laugh and being with people who make me laugh.
  6. I LOVE CrossFit, ha – bet you didn’t see that one coming!
  7. I can only sleep in complete silence:  no ticking clock, no snoring – complete silence!!  I will remove the batteries from a clock if it’s ticking and if needed, I wear ear plugs.

Alright, those are my 7 interesting things…now for the 10 deserving bloggers:

  1. Joy in the Day:  her CrossFit ramblings are so fun to read!
  2. Smart and Savvy Style:  my cousin, and she has some awesome style ideas!  I LOVED today’s sweater!!
  3. FatChick2FitChick:  this lady is on an amazing journey to transform her life through healthy eating and fitness!  She’s already made some awesome changes.  Way to go FatChick2FitChick!!
  4. L-Jay Health:  Way to go, Jay!  Your blog is inspiring and what a journey you’ve been on!!!  Keep doing what you do!
  5. The Landy: I’ve really enjoyed following the Landy’s blog.  He and his family take some awesome trips and he takes some great photos!!
  6. The Writer Gal: This gal is a personal friend who actually helped me create this blog.  She’s an awesome writer and has some great short stories on her blog.
  7. Disney World Diva:  Here’s another personal friend.  She and her family are Disney nuts!  If you have a question about any Disney trip – read her blog!
  8. Ramblings From an Apathetic Adult Baby:  This dude is just hilarious.  And like I mentioned above, I love to laugh.
  9. Canadian Hiking Photography:  His photos are absolutely gorgeous.  While on hiking trips, Patrick Latter documents his hike through pictures.
  10. Diary of an Angry Fat Woman:  Shonnie is on a journey to lose weight sharing fears and accomplishments along the way.

Thank you again, Transformation Pics!!!!

Fletch’s Year-End Review

21 Dec

Wow, what can I say?  2012 has been an amazing year.  I hit my 30 pound lost mark, lost 4 pant sizes and so many other milestones.  It has been one year since I first stepped foot into River Region CrossFit (RRCF).  If you remember my story, I started CrossFit as an overweight couch potato weighing in over 200 pounds.  When I first contacted Josh Carter, my now coach at RRCF, I was at rock bottom and on the edge of giving up.  It is difficult not to become emotional while talking about my journey because I NEVER thought it could be done.  You can ask most anyone who has known me for a long time; I’m notorious for starting something and not finishing it:  Atkins Diet, LA Weight Loss, Planet Fitness, Jazzercise…the list goes on.

There is something about CrossFit that grabs a hold of you and doesn’t let go; well, that is if you allow it to totally consume you.  If you give it a chance and actually try – and I mean try with all your body, mind and soul – you can do it and you’ll have nothing but benefits to reap from it.  In one year, I have formed new friendships, gained confidence in myself and learned to love myself again.  For years, I disliked the person I had become:  depressed, emotional and afraid.  It took courage that sometimes…I just did not have in order to put myself together and interact with friends.  I never felt like I truly fit in – I was always the “fat” girl.  There were sometimes I didn’t go to get-together’s or parties because I felt horrible about myself:  my clothes didn’t fit right or I was just anxious to be around others.  Everything about me was out of sorts, which resulted in eating more and doing less.  When I look back at pictures, I can’t believe “that Stephanie,” the one who ate uncontrollably and had little self-worth had gotten so out of control.

Since 2006, I have let each year pass with wants and wishes of losing weight.  Each summer, I would tell myself – this is it – this time next year, I’ll be comfortable in my bathing suit.  Each year passed and more weight was packed on and before I knew it, my size 18 pants were too small.  When I contacted Josh 12 months ago, I was serious about changing my life, but there was always this voice in my head telling me, “you can’t do it – you always give up and what makes you think things will be different this time?”  River Region CrossFit is what is different this time:  the coaches, friends, atmosphere, community…that’s what is different.

Now, here I am, a CrossFitter.  I may not be the best CrossFitter and lift the most weight, but I am doing far more than I ever done.  Every single day, week, month – there’s an improvement or a new milestone.  Rikki Rogers said, “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do.  It comes from overcoming things you once thought you couldn’t.”  And for me, the year of 2012 has been about overcoming things I couldn’t before.  For 2013, I want to expand on my goals and set new personal records.

But yes, I wear crazy looking shoes and I don’t go one day without mentioning something CrossFit.  My Facebook page is filled with CrossFit this and CrossFit that.  My ears are on auto-tune…it feels like I can hear “CrossFit” from a mile away and when I hear it, my heart starts beating and my pulse speeds up.  I get super excited.  Even if it isn’t my conversation and I don’t know the people, I want to join the conversation if it’s geared around CrossFit.  Yep, you can say I’m addicted.

For me, CrossFit is more than just lifting weight.  CrossFit has been the avenue for me to find myself and learn to love myself again.  I have gained confidence and self-worth.  RRCF is true to its’ slogan – it is the baddest box in the River Region and does redefine fitness.

I have the most amazing coaches:  Joshua Carter, Wesley Hodges, Larry Geddings, Stephen Roy, Chris Bailey, Bucky Stephens and I cannot forget Mandy and Jake Baker, and Chandler Merrill.  Each and every single one of these coaches have taught me something – a technique, the need to believe in myself, commit to the movement and more.  They have seen me nervous, irritated, ticked off, upset and crying like a baby.  Not once, have they stopped believing in me.

Now to the even better stuff, my personal records and max weights!

One Rep Max:

  • November 12, 2012, Push Jerk:  105 pounds from 55 pounds on May 9, 2012
  • November 12, 2012, Deadlift:  200 pounds from 65 pounds on January 26, 2012

Personal Records:

  • November 27, 2012, Back Squat:  115 pounds from 55 pounds on February 23, 2012
  • December 15, 2012, Front Squat:  105 pounds from 75 pounds on April 17, 2012
  • Grace at 75 pounds, completed in 5 minutes and 20 seconds
  • 20 inch box jumps
  • 55 pound snatch
  • 55 pound overhead squat
  • 5k run (without stopping) in 40:13 compared to not being able to run 400 meters without stopping one year ago.
  • June 2012:  Competed in Embrace the Gauntlet, a Garage Games CrossFit Competition

Weight Lost:  33 pounds

Inches Lost:

  • Upper Arm:  2.5 inches
  • Bust:  5 inches
  • Waist:  3.7 inches
  • Hips:  5.8 inches
  • Thighs:  3 inches
  • Calves:  0.5 inches
  • Ankles:  0.5 inches

Total Lost:  21 inches

December 2012

200 pound Deadlift

200 pound Deadlift

November 2012

2011 vs 2012!!!!

2011 vs 2012!!!!

October 2012 vs October 2011

2012 5k on left vs 2011 5k on right

2012 5k on left vs 2011 5k on right

October 2012

October 2012

Barbells for Boobs, Grace scaled @ 75 pounds.  Completed in 5 min 20 sec.

Barbells for Boobs, Grace scaled @ 75 pounds. Completed in 5 min 20 sec.

July 2012

My coach, Wes, and me.20 inch box jump.

My coach, Wes, and me.
20 inch box jump.

June 2012

Clean and Jerks @ Embrace the Gauntlet

Clean and Jerks @ Embrace the Gauntlet

The video that started it all – I had to “chalk my hands” for courage to jump that 20 inch box!

Wow – times have changed…

Oh and crazy shoes, see?!?!?!

Fletch's shoes.

Fletch’s shoes.

Thank you to all my coaches, family, friends and ichalkit followers – thank you for the motivation, inspiration and encouragement.  It has been such a great year.  I can’t wait to see what great things will happen in 2013!!!

Awesome-ness.

12 Nov

Why is that when I blab about my feelings on here that they are usually resolved the next day?  I suppose I shouldn’t question it and just go with it, huh?  Suits me.  I’m just glad tonight’s WOD was able to lift my spirits.  What can I say to sum up tonight’s WOD?  AWESOME-NESS, that’s what it was.  I felt so good that I couldn’t focus on studying for my Finance test, instead I was turning cartwheels in my living room.  Soon the cartwheels turned into trying to do a HSPU in my dining room.  I was able to get up on the wall, ahem, by myself – but my arms weren’t locked, which cause the leaning and then crashing tower of Fletch.  I landed on my head, but I was too surprised that I got on the wall that I didn’t care.  I tried it again, but wasn’t as successful, but it’s a start, right??

 

I bet you’re wondering what was so awesome about tonight’s WOD…well, Josh Carter and coaches were determined to encourage everyone at the box to PR on Deadlifts and Push Jerks.  I have to say by all the posts popping up in my News Feed on Facebook that they were successful.  At the 5:45 p.m. class tonight, people were working up to their max 1 rep goal.  It was truly amazing to see everyone in the zone.  I know everyone in our class exceeded their max – it literally makes me want to scream “YEAH YUH” like Lil Jon.  Ahhhh!!!!  Before tonight my max on the Deadlift was 155 pounds, but tonight my max increased to 200 pounds!  I mean, whaaat??  That’s crazy, right?  My Push Jerk tonight exceeded to 105 pounds…eek!!!

 

I truly think everyone left the box tonight feeling accomplished.  Good stuff happening, people, good stuff.

Determination.

18 Oct

My last post was about how I boo freaking hoo’ed at CrossFit on Tuesday.  Yesterday, I read some of my older posts and is unreal how a person can change in a few months.  I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll mention it again, CrossFit isn’t just about physical fitness, it is about breaking down those mental and emotional barriers to allow YOU to believe in yourself.  Little by little, I am becoming more confident in my skills.  I am believing in myself a little more each week.  It is tough, but I never expected it to be easy.

 

After my mini breakdown on Tuesday, I committed me – myself – and I to not letting it get me down.  I put behind the stares from falling on my head during HSPU’s and I showed up tonight determined to make that WOD my biatch, which I did.  Yes sir, I sure did!  And Josh Carter, if you are reading this, can we say progress?

 

Ok, so I am sure you’re wondering about tonight’s WOD, huh?

15 Clean and Jerks

Rest 1 minute

10 Clean and Jerks

Rest 1 minute

5 Clean and Jerks

Rest 1 minute

50 Deadlifts

30 lateral burpees

I was able to finish the 30 clean and jerks (at 75 pounds) in 8 minutes.  The entire WOD was completed under 20 minutes.

 

Snatch It!

2 Oct

A new WOD is posted every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of each week.  I stalk the RRCF page until the WOD is posted and sometimes I regret even looking and yesterday was definitely one of those days.  I tell myself that it is ok to check out the WOD because it will NOT be a deciding factor on whether or not I go – I decided in December 2011, when I first started CrossFit, that it would be mandatory to do the WODs.  I wasn’t just going to lay out of the workout just because I didn’t feel like it or the WOD was too hard.  I am committed to keeping this lifestyle that has totally consumed me since December.

Well, like I mentioned earlier – yesterday’s WOD was one of those “regret looking at the WOD” days.  I showed up at the box nervous.  As Josh was teaching us the technique of the snatch (with a PVC pipe), my heart was beating so fast.  I just knew that I was going to be unsuccessful and it scared the crap out of me.  One day I hope to have as much belief in myself as my coaches do in me.  It’s almost overwhelming how they know without a shadow of a doubt that if you commit and put your mind to it – you’ll succeed.

Here’s yesterday’s WOD:

WOD 10.1.12

We walk in the box after our technique lesson to actually try it with the bar.  Then, we added the weight. Again, I was super nervous.  My weight ended up being 55 pounds for the snatch and overhead squat.  I was unable to finish all three rounds, but I was able to make it to the 10 overhead squats on round three.  It felt good to as Josh put it “rip that bar off the floor” and succeed.

Here’s a video of my snatch and overhead squat:

Cheers to the next 30.

27 Sep

I’ve been down 30 pounds for a little while now and though I have enjoyed it – it is time to lose the next 30.  The month of September has flown by and I haven’t taken my Paleo-ish lifestyle seriously – well, except for this week.  Thankfully because of it, I was able to complete tonight’s WOD feeling strong.  It really does make a difference to eat right.  If I don’t, I feel sluggish – but when I do, I feel energized and ready to tackle the workout.

Here I am, down 30…

 

 

 

So here goes – cheers to the next 30!

CrossFit Family

4 Sep

I showed up at CrossFit tonight not feeling well and definitely not feeling the WOD.

 

Tonight’s WOD:

800 meter run

5 Rounds of 20 Thrusters and 20 Burpees; 40 minute cap

I completed three rounds and was on my fourth round of thrusters.  During the last two minutes, the entire 6:30 class was cheering me on to give all that I had left.  I cannot help but to get emotional.  The reason I get so emotional:  women and men that finished the WOD and stuck around to cheer me on – to cheer on the Fletch who started CrossFit over 200 pounds with low self-esteem, no confidence and no willpower to stick with anything physical.

I cannot explain to you how it feels to have so much support.  At the Color Run, the CrossFitters found each other…we can’t help it.  We’re a family.

A CrossFit family…