Taylor’s Journey Week 2
Right now I would really like to take a nap.
A Rip Van Winkle kind of nap.
You see, my kid has decided that sleep is for the weak, so I’m roused from my comfortable, warm bed every hour or two until it no longer makes sense to try to fall back asleep. During these 1 a.m. (or 2 a.m., or 4 a.m., or 4:45 a.m.) feedings/snuggles with my mini monster, before we both fall asleep on the couch with his bottle hanging out the side of his mouth getting milk all over everything, I usually find myself drawn to my social media accounts to reminisce about what life was like before I became a mom.
Sometimes I just need a reminder of what I’m capable of and it helps me to refocus on my goals when I can see what my body looked like before and then, more importantly, remember what my body could do.
At my last session with Tracy at CrossFit Seafarer in Point Place, we met after a long work day. We were the only ones inside the chilly garage gym. During the hour-long workout we worked on few things including weighted squats, arms (though various dumb bell exercises), and abdominals with these terrible, horrible things called “hollow rocks,” and another exercise which required me to hang from a pull-up bar and swing my feet up, trying to get my toes to touch the bar (Spoiler alert: I was not even close).
What I appreciate about working with Tracy is her encouragement. I mean, really. I’ve had coaches who use different approaches that don’t work for me or motivate me at all.
“You better work harder. You’re looking fat.” (Yes, that was actually said to me – when I was pretty close to my fittest. I stopped going to those workout classes for a long time after that because I was so mad.) No matter how pathetic I am at a particular exercise, Tracy doesn’t make me feel like I’m a loser. There’s instruction – how to be more effective, how to do an exercise properly – and a “You can do it!” “You’re doing it!” attitude that makes me feel like, some day, my toes will touch the damn bar.
Anyway …. After our session, I felt good. The exercise-induced endorphins were flowing freely.
I’m not a novice to hard workouts. In fact, the harder the better. I’ve perhaps sworn at a coach a time or two, and promised to hate them forever, but always came back for more. Anyone who works out with some regularity knows that, no matter how sore you are the next day, chances are it will be worse two days out. Friday, the day after my workout with Tracy, I felt fine. Saturday, though, was a different story.
With a friend offering to hang out with the baby, I went to the gym with the intention to run and lift. I realized before I even got to the gym that my arms felt tired, from, I assume, Thursday night’s workout.
Instead of lifting, after I ran, I pulled a cushioned floor mat into the hallway and stretched and then worked on some of the abdominal exercises Tracy has shown me.
That’s another thing that I’ve liked about working with Tracy. Because we’re only working together once or twice a week, I’m able to take what she shows me and do it on my own time because not all of it requires equipment (which I don’t have at home and getting to the gym isn’t always easy).
One thing I’d like do to in this space is set monthly goals and, at the end of the month, share where I stand. It’s another way, for me, to practice accountability.
Since I didn’t have official goals for October, I’ll share, briefly, my accomplishments:
•In October, through increased exercise and careful monitoring of my meals (I track everything using My Fitness Pal), I dropped 17 pounds.
•I ran 1.5 miles in the mandated police-testing time twice and came really close a couple more times.
•I can feel my body getting stronger and my post-baby belly getting smaller
•Drop 10 pounds (This will put me within 10 pounds of my pre-baby/goal weight)
•Run the 1.5 miles in 14:45 (or less) at least once; run five days a week
•Complete two 5ks (virtual Not Your Average Runner race and the Nov. 21 Girls on the Run race) in no more than 31 minutes each
•Perform a minimum of 12 consecutive perfect-form push-ups; practice push-ups every.single.day. No excuses.
•Perform 31 police-test standard sit-ups in one minute a minimum of 10 times
•Attempt the police test sprint at least five times (Note to self: find course to run)
•Find max one-rep bench press and increase ability every week
•Attempt bench press at 110 pounds every week