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Friday, February 27th, 2009
12:21 pm
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!
Monday, January 19th, 2009
7:26 pm
CFT Results
So, Update on the CFT on January 3rd.  I came in first place with the highest Women's total at 625.

That was 90 press, 220 squat, 315 deadlift!

Hopefully, I can beat this next CFT.  My goal is 640!
Friday, January 2nd, 2009
5:37 pm
A Year in Review

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 midnight 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!

Current Mood: chipper
12:07 pm
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. 

Current Mood: chipper
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