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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!

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!!!

Milestones.

15 Oct

Here I am sitting in the cafeteria at Troy University, Montgomery.  I am waiting around until my 8:05 p.m. class begins…Managerial Finance, I…ugh.  Needless to say, I am not excited about the class.  On a typical day, I (Fletch) am getting warmed up for the WOD.  I have to admit missing a WOD makes Finance even worse.

 

I have always wanted to be addicted to some sort of fitness regimen and I never thought it would happen…ever.  Days like today make me realize that yup, it happened.  I am addicted to CrossFit.

 

OK, on with the blog.  There is a point to this, I promise.  From my previous posts, you have read that I participated in my first 5k in October 2011 and this October (one year later), I was able to run the entire 3.1 miles without stopping.  Huge milestone, people – huge!  The photographer for the run posted pictures of the runners today.  You should know me a little by now, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I put together a before and after photo.  The photo is below.  I posted it to Facebook today and received a lot of awesome comments.  And of course I sent the picture to my coaches, Josh and Wes.  Now, I’m sharing the picture on my blog with all of you.  I hope you enjoy it.  Keep going and fight that fight.

 

Left: 2012 Right: 2011

Capital City 5k

7 Oct

Wow, what can I say about the Capital City 5k?  Let’s go back to this time last year.  Last year on October 1, 2011, I participated in my first 5k.  I was able to cross the finish line at 48:07.  I wasn’t able to run much:  my shins were killing me and not to mention I was extremely out of shape.  A few months later in December, I joined CrossFit.  We run, but we do not train for 5k’s or any other race.  Just a month ago and again on this past Thursday, I was able to run one mile straight without stopping, which was a huge accomplishment.

 

I signed up for the Capital City 5k again this year with hopes to at least run one mile.  I completely shocked myself and ran the entire 3.1 miles.  Like I mentioned in earlier blogs, I am my biggest obstacle.  I have to literally tell myself as I’m running that I can do it.  I was able to run past the Montgomery Advertiser and I thought about stopping, but then thought – heck, I’ve come this far – why stop now?  I just kept thinking, man – it would feel so good to say –  yep, I ran the entire 3.1 miles.  I could care less about my time, I just wanted to prove to myself that I was able to run the entire way.  Ahhhh…and…it happened!  I crossed the finish line at 40:13.  My next 5k will be in December.  My goal is to finish in less than 40 minutes.

 

Excited Finish!

 

My results.

 

After the 5k

Hurdles.

25 Sep

I took a week off CrossFit.  It was strange not going to the box after work every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday – but it was nice to cook my son his favorite foods.  Even though my coach suggested I keep my eating clean, I didn’t.  I ate bad – real bad.  My work out struggled tonight because of it, but I hit up Publix after the WOD and bought some Paleo-friendly items for snacks and meals.

My next 5k will be here soon.  I am sort of nervous about it.  I would like to run the entire 5k without stopping, but I’m thinking that isn’t possible.  I’m trying to stay positive, but darn – running is so hard for me.  I’ve got the shin splints figured out, but now I need to master my breathing.  I breathe so hard when running that I feel embarrassed when someone runs with me.  I have been known to hold my breath while someone passes so they can’t hear my breathing…ugh.  Reading this makes me realize this yet another hurdle to jump over and conquer.  It’s going to take time, but somehow – someway – I’ll make it.

Color Run

4 Sep

Wow, what can I say about the Color Run?  It was rainy, messy and so much FUN!  It was 3.1 miles of pure enjoyment.  I will most definitely be registering for the 2013 run.  We didn’t take it all that seriously and we walked a lot, but that’s ok – it was all in good fun.

After the run, we celebrated by blasting color and dancing!!!

 

Me before Color Run

 

Me after the Color Run

 

JUMP!!!!

 

 

RRCF Before

 

RRCF After

 

RRCF Swagger!

 

Me and Sarah. This was Sarah’s first 5k!!

 

Trying to get it together!

 

We got it!

 

Christina and Me

 

My Mom and Sister. They were volunteers and threw paint at the runners.

 

CrossFit Made!

 

Colorology.

21 Aug

A group of friends and me are running the Color Run on Labor Day.  I am super excited about it – especially since I was able to run 1600 meters straight.  The Color Run is going to be a whole lot of fun.  If you’re unfamiliar with the Color Run, watch the youtube video below.

I hope I look like a scene from Willy Wonka afterwards!

Don’t Wake Me Up…

20 Aug

…yes, the title is the same as a Chris Brown song.  And yes, it’s a love song, but for me it applies to what my life is now.  My life feels like a dream.  So, please don’t wake me up!

Tonight was a HUGE night.  I was seriously freaking out about the WOD for tonight.  I can handle power cleans and squat cleans, but when I read 1600 meter run – I was like, oh heck no!  I was trying to stay positive.  Rich and Josh Matlock were helping me stay positive – they’re really encouraging folks.

We completed our power cleans (finally made it up to 95 pounds, woot!) and it was time to run the 1600 meters – for time.  I started running and my breathing was getting out of control, but I kept telling myself – I CAN do this and I AM NOT going to stop.  400 meters done then it was 800 meters done and I’m still running…then, the breathing was manageable.  It finally dawned on me, I really CAN do this.  I’m not going to give up and man what a feeling it will be to actually run the entire 1600 meters straight.  As I’m running, I see my other fellow CrossFitters – they are also giving it all they’ve got.  We’re cheering each other on – we can do this.  And we did.  All of us.  We ran it straight.  My time for the 1600 meters was 12:11.  I stepped into the box and my coach, Josh, was like – FLETCH, you finished????  And I just nodded and started crying.  Man, what a feeling.  One more goal – accomplished.

Why was this a huge deal?  Well, back in January after CrossFitting for one month – I attempted to run the 5k at the Gump Games.  I had terrible shin splints and spent a little extra time with my coach, Josh, trying to fix the problem.  He taught me the correct way to run, but I still wasn’t strong enough to run most of it.  As I’m crying and walking the last part of the route, I see this woman – she came to find me – and she started walking with me.  Come to find out “she” was my coach’s, Wes, mom.  She kept telling me it was great that I was attempting the 5k.  We rounded the corner and then I see Wes.  They both walked with me to the finish line.  If that isn’t encouragement, I don’t know what it is.  THIS, is what CrossFit is about.  It’s about becoming part of a family – one that wants YOU to succeed.

Here’s a photo I put together.  The left photo (taken by Rich Matlock) was taken during the last leg of the 5k at the Gump Games and the right photo was taken tonight by my hubby.

Like I said, don’t wake me up.