I have never had any serious training, yet crossfit is interesting in a way that regular training is not! Read about my journey here!
So a lot has happened since my last update.
I have been slacking a lot on my posting, which I’m really regretting. I actually enjoyed writing the posts - alot! I might get back to posting on a daily basis, when I get a little more time on my hands. Right now i’m pretty busy with a project that takes up all my spare time. But its exciting, and it might be something you can use! Yes, you - the reader! I’ll write more on this, when I get closer to being done with it.
Meanwhile, i have still been crossfitting on a daily basis. I have become fairly confident with my handstand up against a wall and I had tried handstand pushups a couple of times, but I dont really feel that confident when it comes to trusting my body to have all its weight on my head. But i’m getting there! I have also developed a lot of strength in my arms - a lot. I am now doing KB swings with a 28kg kettlebell without any problems, and might soon be taking the leap to be using the 32kg one. I have also been working a lot on my technique for rope climbs and yesterday was the biggest success. I successfully managed to climb up to the 4m mark on the rope! I have never ever been that high up before.
My technique on the various olympic lifts has improved a little aswell - i feel more confident in a deep squat with weight on, and i’ll be working a lot on my squat clean the next couple of weeks. Hopefully i’ll be able to absolutely destroy my previous pr with the squat clean.
I am currently on my second day after the paleo challenge and me looking back at what I ate yesterday makes me want to hurt myself. It was really really unhealthy and I have made an effort today, not to let it be the same as yesterday. Just because I’m officially off the paleo challenge, doesn’t mean that I wont be eating healthy. The challenge itself has made me think alot about how different the kind of food i eat affects my entire day.
The biggest change I have felt so far, is the fact that my lunch is so much better now. Boiled veggies are awesome - no doubt about it, but I have had a problem getting enough of it for the entire challenge. I just never felt I got quite enough of it. But me having these 4 pieces of ryebread is more than enough - i can feel the fibres working in my body, and I’m actually really enjoying this feeling. The feeling of feeling full, just full enough to be able to keep a high level of concentration and motivation.
I have ideas in my head that I want to accomplish and a heck of a lot of stuff I want to achieve. Just look at my 2012 goals page. Theres some pretty hard stuff in there, but i’m pretty darn confident that I will be able to accomplish many, if not all of them before we get into 2013.
I know my core strength has improved a lot, and I can feel how my upper body is improving aswell. Yesterday I was pretty close to doing a strict pullup, without any band or anything. I have never been able to do that - not even coming in close, but I almost did it yesterday! I only missed a couple of centimeters - so a week or so more, and I will be able to do that too!
But the best thing about right now - I genuinely feel that I need to eat right, to be able to give my most at the box. Yesterdays breakfast was really horrible and I could feel that yesterday. I had lots of energy to begin with, but due to poor eating, I quickly burned out and had to do the last half of the workout just by pushing myself harder than ever.
The title also says “moving on”, and that is exactly what is about to happen. I will be working a lot on restructuring this tumblr-blog, to convert it into a full fledged website. I am pretty limited, due to the tumblr-platform, but I think I will be able to accomplish a lot within these boundaries. Mainly this means I will be writing more content, and perhaps even a couple of articles about my view on nutrition and more details about my journey and how it has been. But also about paleo! I like paleo a lot, so I might be writing a guide to how I would recommend others to ease into paleo. It is tough, but not so tough that anyone can do it!
I’m excited to be moving on - are you?
I wrote yesterday, that I would be writing a post-mortem style post about my paleo challenge, but I did not get time to write it. I was busy doing other things, that will benefit me otherwise, but heres the regular post! :)
Today was a pretty great day, and also a pretty darn different day. I woke up pretty early and packed up my lunch. Two pieces of ryebread with some cheese between them. Simple, but also something I have been missing a lot. I also brought some fruit to eat, just as I have been doing the last month. Thats not something I want to let go of!
I got through the day pretty great, but I have to admit I had minor concentration issues, but I’m quite sure its not because of what I eat, but just a general plain old bad day, like most people have once in a while.
I had been looking at the mainsite and was really really looking forward to todays workout. Tomorrow is a rest day, so I just had to go all in for the workout, and I sure did. The workout was:
So looking at it, its just a “Karen” workout, split up with some easy rowing in the middle. Thing is that I dislike wallball shots a lot. I can do them, but I’m not a fan (yet). I need to work a lot on just keeping on going. I could feel that I had no problems doing it in sets of 10, but I kept on doing sets of 5 for some reason. It annoys me a lot, when I’m thinking about it right now.
I got through the workout in a brisk pace and had no problems with the rowing at all - it was the wallballs that was killing me. Funny thing is that it wasn’t the legs that were killing me, and it was not my arms. I think it was my core thats kinda exhausted, so the rest day tomorrow is well placed. I finished the workout in a great time. My time ended at 21:47.
After the workout, i got ready to start on my en2zym protein shake. It tastes really great and I’m really excited to see how it will affect my body. Right now, it feels like it already did a lot, as I’m not sore in my body at all. 150 wallballs, and I’m not sore - I dont really understand it.
I’m sitting here writing this post in a absolutely fantastic mood. In 30 minutes, my paleo challenge is officially done. I’m really really looking forward to being able to drink a glass of milk - ice cold milk *drool*
I will be writing a post mortem tomorrow some time, but for now, i’ll go through the day as I have been doing for a while now. So my day started out pretty great. I had to decide what I wanted to cook for lunch, as this was my last morning where I would cook lunch. From tomorrow on, i’ll bring rye bread, as that is something I have been missing a lot! I wont be describing in detail what I had, since its not interesting at all - it has just been exact the same as all the other days, boiled veggies fried in bacon fat.
I got to the box feeling absolutely amazing. I was really in a great mood, and thats most likely because I had a little short 20 minute powernap before I went to the box. It sure made a huge difference in how my is - i’ll keep on doing that for sure. I just went around smiling and feeling great the entire day.
The class started out with a tabata sprint, which was something I actually enjoyed. I’m not much of a runner, but this was something I felt really great about. I managed to get through the sprints running at least 80-85m every time, which I’m fine with. I’m not that great a runner! :)
The main workout was a hero workout - the famous workout called “the seven”. It is:
7 rounds for time, 30 minute timecap
This was a extremely tough workout and i had to keep on going and stop thinking about anything, so because of that, I’m having a hard time remembering exactly what happened, but I remember it felt pretty damn great to get through the workout. I completed 3 full rounds plus 31 reps, which means I got to the burpees when I hit the timecap. A most satisfying result.
Now, i’m off to drink milk!