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Olympics and CrossFit.

30 Jul

I am super-duper, over the top, excited about the 2012 Olympics.  I have always enjoyed watching the Olympics.  During summer, my usual favorites are gymnastics, diving and swimming.  This year, I have added weightlifting to the list.

I downloaded the most awesome app today.  It allows me to view live feed of any sports category.  Obviously, I watched the weightlifting category today.  Amazing stuff.  The neatest part was watching Olympians doing the same stuff we do at RRCF.  Not only the clean and jerk, but also the “check list” as Josh and Wes call it.  For each lift, we have a check list:  check your feet, hand and head placement, squat position, etc.  I never doubted Josh or Wes, but it is so awesome to see it done by Olympians!

So, I have been watching weight lifting off and on today.  I arrive at the box and can’t help but feel giddy.  I am participating in a sport that is world-wide.  The stuff I do in Millbrook, Alabama, is being done by people in China and Kazakhstan.  Exciting stuff!

The WOD tonight was hard, but I felt strong.  There was a 30 minute cap and I completed it under the cap.  Deadlift weight:  95 pounds.

July 30, 2012

Warm up

200m Run

20 Squats

20 Kettle Bell Swings

20 Ham Swings

10 Hip Swings

10 Back Rolls

Hip Floss



Complete for time!

400m Run

30 Deadlifts

400m Run

25 Deadlifts

400m Run

20 Deadlifts

400m Run

15 Deadlifts


With help from Josh pushing me and others cheering, I completed the last 15 without stopping.  I must admit, it felt pretty darn good!

I just took a look at tomorrow’s WOD…umm…yeah, I shouldn’t have looked.  Wowza!


Sleds are for Gravel?

24 Jul

Good grief.  Monday’s WOD was insane!  I had two great partners and we gave it our all!

July 23, 2012

20 HSPU “Buy-in”

Team WOD

Complete As Many Reps of each movement…

30 Minute AMRAP!

Sled Pulls

KB Swings

Box Jumps

Here’s our system:  1 teammate started with the sled pulls and while she was “pulling,” one teammate was “box jumping” and other was “kettle belling.”  We continued our system that way no teammate was completing the sled pulls and then going directly to the box jumps.  We thought it worked well.

By the end, our team completed the following reps:  13 sled pulls, 165 kb swings and 154 box jumps.  We were beat!  Oh and the sled pulls were done in our parking lot, which is gravel.

The Un-Godly WOD.

9 Jul

Good gracious.  Tonight’s WOD was intense, horrible and ridiculous.  See below for yourself:


July 9, 2012

Max L-Sit Hold “Buy In”


3 Rounds for Time!

800 meter Run

20 Pistols

30 Burpess


You see?  It was absolutely crazy!  I completed the WOD scaled to a 400 meter run each round and completed the 30 burpees the first round (15 for the second and third) with the 20 pistols each round.  Tonight was the first time in a long time that I actually felt like I was unable to complete it.  It wasn’t the run or the pistols – it was the burpees!  HORRIBLE!

Major breakthrough:  I WOD’d in shorts tonight.  Yes, shorts!  Never in a million years did I think I would wear shorts to the box.  I even wore them to Publix after working out.  Yup, sho nuff did!


What’s in that Kool-Aid?

22 Jun

CrossFit is often referred to as a cult.  I can understand why CrossFit has acquired this label.  What person, in their right mind, voluntarily subjects themselves to the WODs and to eating like a caveman?  Gah, that’s just insane, right?!?!

I suppose you wouldn’t understand until you try it.  I drink the dang kool-aid at least three days a week and it tastes good!  I bet you’re asking yourself, “What exactly is in that kool-aid”?  Well, let’s have some fun and “create” my kool-aid.

Stephanie’s CrossFit Kool-Aid

1 packet of Encouragement

1 cup of Obsession

2 liters of Confidence

What’s in your kool-aid?

Turn that Switch off!

20 Jun

Let me help motivate you.

First, I will explain the relationship between my coach, Josh, and myself.  When I showed up at RRCF for my first work out, he encouraged – well, he made – me join RRCF BEFORE the 7 minute WOD.  I suppose by the tone of my long and sappy email, plus the phone conversation about my goals, he took MY best interest at heart.  From the beginning, I have been brutally honest with Josh and in turn he has been brutally honest with me.

Josh and I have these “come to Jesus” meetings.  Here’s how they come about:  I start feeling sorry for myself, over evaluate my progress and more than likely I begin crying.  Now, during these “come to Jesus” meetings – things get raw – and Josh just tells me like it is.  I take it because I know that he is reeling me back in for my own sake.  One of the best things Josh has told/taught me is to “turn the switch off” and to let go.  I am always worrying about what others are thinking about me (i.e., how’s my hair, what about my clothes, ugh – I look so fat, I bet people are making fun of me, I shouldn’t be wearing this, I’m going to look stupid, etc.).  After Josh told me to turn the switch off, I did and let go of wondering, worrying and stressing.  And you know what?  It felt awesome and a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders.  I can’t live my life worrying about what someone else is thinking about me.  I am Stephanie.  I work at my own pace and not the pace of others and I am working to recognize the progress I have made.

Do me a favor and turn that switch off!  Dance when you want to dance.  Sing when you want to sing.  Just be you.  🙂

Anger. Belief. Pride.

18 Jun

What do anger, belief and pride have in common? They all belong to my emotional and mental state during this journey of weight loss.

Anger: I often have to stop myself from being angry. Anger can become a massive emotional and mental block. You are probably asking, “Why would you be angry?” Well, to answer your question, I am angry for:

  1. allowing myself to gain 70 pounds
  2. thinking it was OK to be unhealthy
  3. making myself think it was all about losing weight
  4. feeling sorry for myself

Belief: What do I believe? I believe we can all tackle this obsession with weight. We need to stop thinking, “Oh, I just want to be skinny” and transform our thinking to “I just want to be healthy and strong.” When I started CrossFit, I quickly realized that I DID NOT believe in myself, but you know what? My coaches and fellow CrossFitters believed in me. In CrossFit, you are constantly pushing yourself and breaking down those barriers of unbelief.

Pride: We all need to be proud of ourselves and our accomplishments. Please do not confuse pride with arrogance because they are different! And what am I proud of:

  1. Running a mile in 13:16 (my coach, Josh, taught me how to run)
  2. Walking up three levels of stairs without becoming winded (I sometimes run!)
  3. Biking 12 miles (wowza, right?)
  4. Swinging a 35 pound kettle bell
  5. Deadlifting 155 pounds
  6. Pull ups with just a blue band (huge deal here, people!)
  7. Doing 40 sit ups without taking a break

The list can go on and on, but I’ll stop at 7. I am far more proud of myself than angry. Sure, I have off days and feel like I am too weak to do a WOD, but I show up and get it done.

I love the way CrossFit makes me feel: strong, healthy and proud.