Olympic Lifting! First, you should know that Almostsexykitty and ThefairCatherine are the same person. Just in case you don't know me.
Second, I should tell you that CrossFit had it's first Olympic Lifting Competition this past Saturday. I was very nervous because these movements are much more technical than those of powerlifting. The snatch especially scared be because I find it hard to maintain my balance with such a quick movement.
Of course, once I got going I had so much fun! I managed 100lbs in the Snatch! I couldn't OHS more than 85 lbs a few weeks ago so I was very proud of that lift. Plus, I really wanted a triple digit PR. I tried 105 lbs, but I failed at 2 attempts. NEXT TIME!!
Then, we hit our Clean and Jerks. I was less nervous about this, but still a bit worried I wouldn't be able to Squat Clean the heavy weight I know I can Jerk. Anyway, I ended up hitting 135 lbs! Huge PR! I tried 140 lbs and failed, so then i dropped down to 135, and it made a huge difference. I'm hoping to hit 150 next time!
All in All, despite not being a "fan" of the Olympic Lifts, I had a great time and can't wait to do it again!
Well, for most of 2008 I was in a rut. I did many things to try to get back in the groove of eating healthy and working out regularly. At the end of 2007, I joined Curves and participated in a "biggest loser weight loss challenge." The winner won a free year membership at Curves for 2008. Long story short, I won! Well, it seems the minute I redeemed my free year, I stopped going to Curves. During the challenge attendance was required 3 times a week, or you were disqualified and this made me very diligent about making sure I went to workout. However, after the challenge ended, I was less determined. The hours of operation and location was not convenient and so I stopped going entirely. The 30 minute workout just didn't seem worth the effort to actually get there. After abandoning my goals altogether for about 2 months I gained back everything I lost last year and decided agin that I need to change once an for all. Luckily, I did some research and it turns out as one of the perks of my job, I get to use my local universities fitness facilities for FREE! This was great seeing as how I had been hesitating to join a gym because of the membership fees. And since this university happened to be where I graduated from, it seemed the perfect choice. I'm comfortable with the environment, the people, PLUS, it's open till most days and is on my way home from work. I couldn't possibly fail right? Oh, so wrong. I quickly found out that with no one to be accountable to, I quickly began skipping the gym with any little excuse being used to justify not working out. Its snowing, it's raining, I don't feel good, i'll use my elliptical at home...(speaking of the elliptical, that was supposed to be another cure for my exercise needs circa 2006. It also failed.) Of course I would ever use my elliptical when I got home. I would never go double time the next week to make up for my missed days and I would never keep the promises to myself to suck it up and go workout. I lost almost 20 pounds, but I could never past that 20 pound mark. So there I was out of options. I considered getting a personal trainer, but that was very costly. The worst part is that I can afford a personal trainer, but I have a hard time spending money on myself. And so I found myself once again giving up on everything. I went back to my old ways and gained back an extra 10 pounds while I was at it. I really thought that I was doomed.
Lucky for me it turns out, you really can find something you're looking for when you stop looking. On a whim, I went to this want ad site looking for free kittens. My boyfriend put me up to it. I was searching around and didn't find much. Then I started exploring more places on the site. Furniture, jobs, houses, and then services. It was mostly for legal services and carpet cleaners , but then I spotted an ad for a personal trainer. I clicked it and it directed me to a site for a CrossFit gym. This was my holy grail. The site was amazing. This place was everything I wanted and didn't know existed in a gym. So, that day I contacted the place and set up a free indroductory lesson. From there I was hooked! It was the hardest program I had ever done in my life and I knew it was just what I needed. It was small group classes, one on one training and support and a different workout everyday! For 2 months I've been going there and It's been a life saver. Not only have I seen my fitness improve 100%, but I've lost almost 30 pounds well surpassing my usual 20 pounds or less!
First Post Happiness So, this is my first post in this community. It only took me 6 years! I made this group in 2003 as a place to disuss events in the strength community and to chat about our own weightlifting stories and exploits. Since then, I had mostly forgotten about it and so I am re-claiming it for a different purpose.
Here, I shall discuss my fitness goals, triumphs and tragedies, my nutrition struggles and strifes and occasionally the great successes.
Plus, since this is a community, it's an open forum for advice and help for anyone else trying a similar lifestyle.