My Rough Week

Well, as I started typing this post, I wasn’t sure what the title should be. But then I realized that all I am going to type about is how much this past week sucked. For starters, the Crossfit gym that I was going to changed their schedule starting at the beginning of the week, and the new schedule made it impossible for me to attend regular classes. So I am stuck going back to my old gym. Don’t worry, though – I am still working on my squats because I feel that it is important to be able to do those right. I keep thinking about it and I think that my doing them wrong has nothing to do with how long I have been sitting on my butt. I really think that I have been doing them wrong my entire life.

So I was bummed about the Crossfit thing. Still am. Any time that my fiance and I look into any type of activity like that, it never works with my schedule. I guess that means that I have a really crappy schedule. And it also means that it is back to my old gym for me. My workout partner said that she’ll finally be able to go with me. I may throw some burpees in for good measure.

I had mentioned that I started feeling sick after my very first Crossfit workout, and I fought it all last week, but by this past Thursday I felt like I was about to die. I went to the doctor and found out that I had a sinus infection. I’ve got antibiotics now and this morning I was actually able to smell stuff for the first time in over a week. I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing, but I do know that the meatloaf that I made for dinner sure smelled good.

I was going to post about my wild weekend last weekend, but the week was so rough that I never did. I spent almost the entire day last Sunday shopping – most of it was for groceries. It really was entirely unintentional because I had a plan and knew what I needed, but there were two items that the stores close to me just didn’t have. So rather than change my plan, I drove all the way across town to another store to get my stuff. Remember, I was sick. I get really stubborn and bitchy when I’m sick, so no one was even suggesting that we change the plan, lest they get their heads bitten off. I did get everything that I needed, though, and I made my pork chili again, and some chicken soup that I thought was going to be awesome but turned out kind of tasteless. Either that or it was the fact that I couldn’t taste anything since I was all stopped up. Not a good week for experimenting with new recipes, anyway.

It is incredibly hard to stay Paleo when I am sick. I did it, but I craved all kinds of stuff. If you’re like me, all you want when you are sick is some kind of comfort food, and by comfort food I mean CARBS. You know, the stuff that will increase the level of endorphins in your body so that you will feel happy and warm and loved and can forget for a moment that your head is about to explode from all of the crap in your sinuses. Whenever I did low carb diets before, I always fell off the wagon when I got sick. Now I see why, because this diet has been the easiest change of my life, but I still craved all kinds of stuff that I couldn’t have when I got sick. It is probably a good thing that I haven’t gotten sick very much since I started doing Paleo, and it is also probably a good thing that I’m not going to be doing Crossfit, since I think that had a lot to do with why I got sick in the first place. I hate that. I hate not being able to do the cool, intense workout stuff. But whatever.

I’ll be back at Crossfit. You just wait and see.

On a more positive note, I lost a couple more pounds, bringing me to a total of 40 pounds lost. I am very happy about that!

 

Crossfit Workout #2

I am actually sitting in the parking lot outside of the Crossfit gym as I type this, waiting for my third class to start. I figured that I could pass the time by posting about my second class.

First of all – OMG I am so tired! I am so tired that I called the coach while I was on my lunch break to see what I needed to do to cancel, but talking to him actually made me feel better so here I am: sitting in the parking lot. I know that I wouldn’t be nearly this tired if I weren’t in such bad shape, and knowing that is actually pretty good motivation for me to continue on.

The workout on Wednesday was not quite the same as the one on Monday. The same key points were hit, but we played around with different equipment and the WOD was different. It was more fun, too, because it wasn’t my first time there so I didn’t feel completely out of my element. Mostly, but not completely. It also made me look forward to what they are going to do tonight, because I know that they aren’t going to do the same thing.

I do still feel like I am getting a cold, and the feeling is worse than it was before. Yet another reason, maybe, to not go in those doors tonight, but this is my last foundation class and then I can spend the whole weekend sleeping if I want to. So I am going to tough it out and get through it and then next week I will be taking level 1 classes, which is exciting.

I actually dreamed about bread last night for the first time since I posted about dreaming about bread. This Crossfit stuff is definitely affecting me in weird ways. It was good bread, too – that warm Italian bread like they serve at Carrabba’s, but it was made into a sandwich. I guess that since I’m tired from working out, my body feels the need to throw a sugar tantrum.

Crossfit Workout #1

So last night was my first Crossfit workout, and I have to say that….

I’M NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO WALK TOMORROW!!!

I am actually surprised that I could walk today. I have NEVER done as many squats at one time as I did in my life. And I know that tomorrow night I am going to have to go back and do it again…

I started feeling like I was getting a cold as SOON as I left the gym, which was aggravating to me because it is the same problem I was having with Power 90. I haven’t felt sick since I started this diet, so feeling like I am getting a cold is not fun! But I looked it up on the internet, and so far as I can tell, I may just need sleep and food. The symptoms I am experiencing now are very mild, so hopefully I will be okay by tomorrow.

Pacing Myself

I have found that this go-around, I am doing a much better job of listening to my body and trying to rest when it tells me it needs rest. I am also not going all gung-ho during my workouts, when it is very obvious that I’m not ready for gung-ho anything. This is helping a lot. Last week I felt myself getting sick, and I took a day off from my workouts. I didn’t get sick! This week, I am trying to pace myself during my workouts, so that I can work out the prescribed number of days and not burn out. But before I do a workout, I ask myself two questions: How do I feel now, and How do I think I am going to feel after my workout?

I work in childcare, which is a hugely draining job in and of itself. Add to that workouts that I’m not used to doing, and I have a perfect recipe for burn-out. So I am trying to be very careful this time about what I do and when I do it. I do not want to get pneumonia again, and I think that my workout style back then, coupled with my smoking habit, contributed greatly to my getting pneumonia.

Did I mention that I won’t be weighing myself every week? Probably once every four weeks is what I will do, so I won’t see updated numbers for another three weeks or so. I’m looking forward to what those numbers will tell me!

Another Weigh-In

I lost another pound. I have now lost all of the weight that I gained over the holidays. A very good thought, but now my new goal is to lose all of the weight that I have gained since I met my boyfriend.

I didn’t feel much like doing my workout today. I did some – some yoga poses for toning and lengthening. It went pretty well. I think I’m coming down with a cold, so my energy level is kind of low. I looked online about if you should exercise with a cold, and it said that it was okay. I do think that lack of proper sleep is what is causing my symptoms, though, so I am trying to take it easy today without doing away with my workout. I will also probably get a nap this afternoon. I pushed up my workout intensity from beginner to intermediate this week, so I’m sure that is one factor of how I am feeling. So begins a new week. I am excited! I feel like I have accomplished so much, and I am trying to listen to my body through all of this, too, so that I don’t over-do it. So far, this has been a great experience.