What motivates you?

Hello!

Happy Wednesday!

half-way-week

I don’t know about you but it was really tough for me to get out of bed this morning.

5 more minutes

Seriously.

Maybe it was because it was 3:30am?

Nah. What are the odds of me being tired at 3:30am?

But, I did get up and I went to the 5am CrossFit class.

trick yourself!

My sailor says I’m an addict.

I say there are worse things I could be addicted to! 🙂

I love the way working out makes me feel – both physically and mentally. It’s what drives me to get up and go even if I don’t want to. Especially WHEN I don’t want to. Plus, then I get to eat. I like eating.

Hey, I remembered to take my camera with me when I took the dogs out for their first morning bathroom break!

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Isn’t it beautiful?

Blue moon leftovers.

Almost like a blue plate special only less diner-ish.

So, they’re really throwing some toughies at us at CrossFit these days.

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Me and my shadow!

We had a SUPER full class this morning and, by the time I helped finish putting the rowers away – seriously, not sure why only 3 of us were putting ALL the rowers away! I think if you got it out, you should put it back but maybe that’s just me. Not just me? Good! Grrr! – all the 35# bars were gone. So, I had to grab a 45# bar. :/

The main difference between the two, besides 10# (duh!), is the width/grip of the bar. The grip on the 35# bar is skinnier than the 45# bar and perfect for ladies or people with small hands. I do not have gigantic hands.

OH!!! Check out my new lifting gloves!!! They’re PURPLE!!! Best. Color. Ever.

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And, as you can see, my hands are little. The 45# bar is hard for my little hands to manage sometimes unless I’m deadlifting. And then, that’s just picking up weight. I’m not throwing it around trying to get it over my head.

So, the snatch with the 45# bar was a whole new experience for me. I added 10# to the bar so I was up to 55# and, honestly, that was pretty darn near my limit. I had to break them up into sets of 3 or 4 to get to 11 because I had a hard time holding onto the bar.

But, *bright side!*, I got a good workout and I worked really hard on maintaining good form and I think I did pretty well! I was 2 snatches shy of completing 4 total rounds.

And then, I went out for a mile cool down rather than the 800m. Because, you know, I’ve got to be an overachiever.

And, honestly, I just wanted to run.

My reward for getting out of bed even though I didn’t want to, making the 5am CrossFit class and working hard?

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Nature's beauty

Complete and total gift.

Thank you, Mother Nature. ❤

Questions:

1. How do you motivate yourself to get up when it’s early?

2. Do you prefer morning or evening workouts? If you workout in the evening, how do you motivate yourself after a long day at work?

3. Sunrises or sunsets? I love them both but I prefer the sunrise. I love the joy and possibilities in a new day!

– jennifer

Craziest. Monday. Ever. and an injury update

Hello friends!

Did anyone else besides me notice the moon this morning? Or even yesterday morning, for that matter?

No? Hm…guess I should have taken a picture after all. It was just so early and I don’t think to grab my phone when I’m taking the pooches out for their first morning “pit stop.” I mean, it IS 3:30 a.m. after all!

Anyway, yesterday, the moon was just a teeny tiny edge away from being full. Almost as if someone had bumped the crust off that side of the pie. And this morning, completely full.

Sorry, this picture is from June. But, isn't it pretty?

Sorry, this picture is from June. But, isn’t it pretty?

Big, beautiful moon hanging in the sky. Man, do I regret not getting a picture! *note to self – carry camera EVERYWHERE, ALL THE TIME!”

    Side note: Well, tonight, it’s supposed to be a “blue moon” so make sure you have your cameras ready!

But, that doesn’t have anything to do with yesterday.

Or does it?

Yesterday was crazy. Like, CRAY CRAY!

The WOD was a toughie.

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I RX’d it, by the way! Took me 16 minutes to finish but still – Go me!

(EMOM stands for every minute on the minute.)

But, I was SO TIRED for the rest of the morning.

Seriously.

Like, falling asleep at my desk while actively typing tired.

extended blinking

I don’t normally do that.

Really! I don’t!

Then, there were a few other things that happened that I can’t really go into but – weird and awkward would be great adjectives to describe the middle of my work day.

And then, there was jubilation!

(nope, sorry, can’t even share that…..YET!)

I was downright EXHAUSTED last night from the physical and emotional roller coaster that was Monday.

overtime

Injury update!

After yesterday’s WOD, I decided to test out my foot with a little 800m jog. It actually felt pretty good! I had rested it over the weekend and I didn’t have really any swelling after Friday’s killer WOD so I was hopeful that I was really and truly on the mend. My plan for today was to run in the morning – a short distance – and then hit the 5pm CrossFit class. Well, some of yesterday’s events changed my plans today so I went to the 5am CrossFit class with the plan to go for a little run after the WOD.

I was so thankful to see today’s WOD! The dice game!!

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Basically, you roll the die once and that’s the exercise you do; roll it again and that’s the amount of reps. FUN!

I DID BOX JUMPS!!! Like, a for real, honest-to-goodness BOX JUMP! Pain and FEAR free! I was so happy that I was just jumping on and off the box! Ha! *dork alert*

And, afterwards, I went for a run. About a mile and a half run! WOOT!

My foot felt pretty good. A little stiff but not super painful. I held a comfortable pace and, even though I know I could have gone another half mile for an even 2 miles this morning, I figured that limiting myself was best. Baby steps. But, BLISS!

It’s been entirely too long since I’ve been able to run pain free. I miss it.

I’m so glad I’m almost back to 100%!

Questions:

1. Was your Monday crazy or did that just happen in my world?

2. Do you have any chocolate?
🙂

– jennifer