Friday, August 14, 2015

A Post in Pictures.

Hi everyone,

Where is the summer going?  I cannot believe it is mid August already.  Good Lord, it went quickly, right?  Oh well.  I'm just going to try to enjoy what's left of the warmth and sunshine.  Colder temperatures will be here before you know it.  Ick.

A couple of weeks ago, Sarah, one of my favorite ex pat bloggers ever, contacted us East Coast peeps saying she & her husband would be flying out to NY to celebrate their wedding anniversary, and she'd love to see us.  The plan was for a bunch of us to meet at Coney Island and catch up.

My friend Steve said he'd never been (I confess I hadn't been to Coney Island either) and he asked if he could crash on my couch last weekend.  So he came up, and a bunch of us got together in Brooklyn and had a blast!

Here are some scenes from last weekend.

Margo, me & Steve on the F train.

With Sarah.  Don't let her British accent fool ya - she's got quite a tawdry sense of humor!

I love Margo.  It was great seeing her again. :-)

Tracy ventured out from NJ to celebrate her birthday and see all of us!

So the Khaleesi and the Hand of the King walk into a dive bar in Brooklyn and.....

It was so much fun, it was such a great weekend, and I was sad to see it end.

Next weekend, I'm in Boston visiting friends, and I can't wait!  I'm also going to drop in to the local CrossFit box while I'm there in an attempt to keep up with the fitness. Really trying to be consistent with it.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

WI Results & Friend's Birthday!

Is it me or has July flown by? :-/ Shame, since the summer has been pretty enjoyable.  And it just means that if the summer is flying by, then colder temps will be here soon.  But I'm ahead of myself.

First things first, WI.

Down 0.8.  :-)  Yay.  Feeling good, and I'm just going to go with the flow.

I'm getting more acclimated to CrossFit.  The Coach is more engaging, and I appreciate that.  A lot.  Those WODS are tough, even with modifications, and after my initial premature reluctance, I'm excited about my next fitness chapter.  It helps that my friend Katie attends this box, and she's such a big help and support.  Phew.  I'll be ok.  My CrossFit friends have warned me that there will be days I rock the work out, and there will be days where I'll leave wanting to cry, I'll be so wiped and worn out (humbled.)  I'm scared but looking forward to it, if that makes any sense.

Last night, I joined some of my Bootcamp friends for Brittany's birthday party at Prime.  It was a lot of fun!

With Lori and Peter.  I miss them!  It was great to catch up.  Let's do it again soon, guys!

Mom and Dad are hanging in.  Mom has to have weekly blood test for a while to see how her meds need to be adjusted.  She doesn't have to take Pradaxa anymore, which is great, but they put her on Coumadin while she was in the hospital.  As her numbers and levels progress, the hope is she'll be able to stop blood thinners at some point.  Hence, the weekly blood work for now.

Ok,  that's all I have for now.  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Foo Fighters!

So Weds. night, I went with some friends to the Foo Fighters show at Citi Field.


The Broken Leg Tour, as it's been coined because Dave Grohl broke his leg while performing in Sweden, was awesome.  Even if the poor guy had to play & sing from his throne that he designed while recovering in the hospital.  LOLZ

Honestly, if you've never seen them live, you MUST see them!!  It was such a great night!

We had General Admissions seats, which meant we were standing the whole time on the floor.  I had woken up Weds. morning with a super tight back for some reason, so it was tough, but screw it - I sucked it up!  Four hours of head banging and dancing. And sweating - it was humid that night.

He had his leg in a cast and had to keep it elevated.

Concert selfie!  With Rita and Jenna.

End of show.  Chad from the Chili Peppers was in town, called the band up & said, "Hey Dave,  I'm in town, wanna play?"

So he guested on the drums while Taylor sang a few covers.  It was great!

Still continuing with CrossFit, and it's kicking my ass, but in a good way.  I've missed organized group fitness a whole lot, so I'm glad I found this box.  I'm still doing Foundations, and I'm almost done.  Friday will be my first WOD at this box with everyone, so I'm nervous.  I hope they like me.  The coaches there seemed nice, and one of the ladies from my WW meeting attends this box.  She's the one who pushed me into trying it, and Eric knows someone who goes to this box too.  So we'll see.

Sweating like a pig. Even this Met Con was tough, and it killed me!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

WI Results & CrossFit.

Hey everyone!

It has been a gorgeous sunny weekend so far, and I am a firm believer in the sunshine playing a part in my mood.  I've been feeling ok lately, and more confident in my food choices.  That's something that was missing most of last year, and I am hoping I got my groove back on that one.

For some reason, it showed in my WI this week.

Down 2.6 lbs this week.  :-)  Maybe it's IF (Intermittent Fasting)? Maybe it's carb cycling?  Maybe it's that I'm still trying to figure this out.   Whatever it is, it seems to be working.  For now.

I'm still shopping around at local CrossFit boxes.  I went to one that one of my friends from my WW meetings go to, and she had nothing but rave reviews about the box.

I met Shannon, the owner, and one of the other head coaches, Ray, trained me for complimentary class.  I still worked, I still sweated like a pig, and it was a tough WOD.  And I actually lifted!  First time at the bar.  :-)

I did 4 rounds of the above WOD, and got halfway done through 5 before time ran out.  I'm sore already.

I'm undecided about which box to frequent.  Still going back and forth about it.  I know I want CrossFit to be my next fitness chapter, just don't know about the box yet.  Price is a factor, but so are the people and community aspect.  I'll have to make up my mind soon, so we'll s,ee.

I think it'll be a low key weekend for me.  Cleaning, food prep, a visit to the beach, etc.  Nothing special nor super busy before the work week begins.  Ugh.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


So I made it to my first WOD yesterday!

And I didn't die. So there's that. :-)

I had a lot of anxiety setting in as I sat in my car waiting for the session to start.  I saw those athletes in there performing such crazy athletic moves (crazy for me) that I allowed the old insecurities to come creeping back in to my head:

You are way out of your league.

You do not belong here.

What were you thinking?

You can't do any of this.

Just turn around and go home right now.

Isn't that terrible?  I mean, it's god awful.  I'd NEVER say that to another human being.  Ever.  And I was and still am excited about this next fitness chapter of my life.  So why am I deliberately trying to sabotage myself before I had even begun?  That's dumb and extremely counter productive.  And I know better.

Luckily, I have the best friends who are CrossFitters supporting me.

I got all these great messages from T, Steve and Eric telling me to take a leap of faith and just PRESS ON. No matter what, I'll have a great workout and we all have to start somewhere. I had already paid for the Groupon, so I might as well start, right?  So, that's what I did.  After a whole lot of deep breaths.

I walked in, looked around, and sat down, waiting for the 6PM session to start.  The Coach spotted me and walked up to me after a few minutes.  He introduced himself, took my information, input in the system, and then I told him about my bum knee.  He said not to worry, just to scale back.  Ok.  I could do that.

I did shrugs, walking lunges, V-ups, pull ups on those rings, jump rope, and then a 1000m row at the end. 

I feel sore already.  That rowing machine was something. 

So my thoughts?  Umm, I think I should've been more insistent on taking the Foundations class first, because I thought that's what any newcomer had to do?  I mean, I feel fine now, there wasn't a whole lot of high impact, which is good.  I guess I just needed to be more vocal about it.

I'm taking the day off from CrossFit today, and will go back tomorrow.  Today will be a light active rest day on the recumbent bike or Arc Trainer.  We'll see.

And - more good news.  The social worker called me today about my Mom.  She gets to home next Tuesday!!  :-)

If you've ever CrossFitted or still CrossFit - talk to me!