Sunday, June 22, 2008

New highs and lows...

Hmmmmmm.... where shall we start today? The highs? Or the lows? Or the workout? :P Let's start with the workout. I made it out of bed today, and like Georgia and Adrienne keep telling me, sometimes you just get points for showing up. Today was one of those days. Our circuit today should have made me feel good, hang clean to push press coupled with 400 meter runs. It didn't make me feel good. Going home was emotionally and physically draining. Not only did it require me spending over 8 hours in the car, my main reason for going home was not because I was going on vacation.

I don't like to blog about my family because I feel as if it's almost not fair to include them without their consent, but the trip home this week really was because of my grandfather. I've mentioned here and there that he's not been in the best health, and my trip home this week was really so I could go see him. Going home this week I saw just how much he's regressed since I was home last, which was a mere 4 weeks ago. If you have ever watched a loved one at their later stages in life, you can probably understand the things that I was going through. It was awful to see him now and know how he used to be. It was heartbreaking, and I wish that I could help him in some way, but truthfully there is nothing I, or anyone else can do. It's been hard over the last few days just to shake that visit. Not to mention, immediately following that visit, I went to have lunch with a good friend of mine. We've been, not on the outs, but not as close lately as we have been in the past, and we are in the process of trying to mend some hurts and patch fences. While it is great to do that, it also involves delving into a lot of issues, which brought up a lot of emotions, both good and bad. It was great to mend things with my friend, but dealing with all those emotions really wiped me out. So, getting back yesterday just to head to work to deal with people who didn't want to tip me, and didn't want to leave when the restaurant closed was almost more than I could take. So truthfully, I'm giving myself points today for not staying curled in bed in front of my fan in the fetal position.

When I got to the Blue Room today, I decided to jump on the scale to measure the damage I had done with my ice cream binge and my trip home. I have to say... I nearly fell off the scale when I saw the number. Literally. I couldn't believe the scale was right. Before leaving on Wed, the scale read 163.6. Not where I would like to be, but I was also thinking a little bit of that may have to do with *ehem* "being a girl". Nonetheless I was not prepared for the number today. 159.8. That is the lowest reading I have had on a scale in over 6 years. I couldn't believe. I nearly started to cry. Despite falling off the wagon, my grit in keeping my meals mostly Zone friendly, and trying to steer clear of most sweets has paid dividends, and is the result of my new low. My new weight. I have now officially to the T, lost 19 lbs. My Zone journey started when I hit a staggering high (for me) of 178.8 lbs. I am flabbergasted today by how much I've lost, and if anything, today's number is going to encourage me to keep going. I would love to hit 155. I think that would be a good weight for me to hang around, but we'll have to see how the Zoning continues to go.

After I got over the shock of the scale, I went into the Blue Room to get stretched out. Cindy and Tiger definitely left me feeling a little on the sore side. We warmed up for a few hang clean to push presses, and then headed outside with all our toys. Before I get to my commentary, here's what the fun looked like:

Warm-up
Hang cleans to push press
35, 55, 65 X 5

WOD
5 rounds for time
15 clean and press
400 meter run

I have to say, my gas tank was not full today. I had a lot of trouble with this one, and mentally had a hard time staying in this one. I think it's understandable but nonetheless, just wasn't there. The runs felt pretty good, but cleaning and pressing 65X15 was rough. I was the only woman to go 65 today, but all the ladies totally housed me today. I brought this in in 18 something. I wasn't really listening by that point. I was just trying to finish. I guess it's good that I have that mentality of always finishing, but man, sometimes I really do feel like poop.

As we were taking the toys inside, I was thinking about my statements the other day about challenging my 20 chins. The shoulders were a little wonky after the 75 clean and presses, but I really felt like 20 was not my max, and I really wanted to get on the bar. Well, as we were putting toys away and Jerry started to sweep the floor, I decided, "What the hey. I'll get on the bar and see what happens." Cara came over to count for me and watch me. Somehow our numbers got a little off, but I still say I'm right. :) My total? Well, since you asked so nicely, I'll tell you.... it was 24. ;) WOOT! :) That is a new class record, but I can't be too excited about that. There are ladies who will knock that down probably by tomorrow. Stacey will have 26 tomorrown. Guaranteed. However, I want to get to 30. Danny said that if I got to 30 before Stacey, he would buy me breakfast. Now, I don't know about you, but I can think of some pretty elaborate and very non-Zone friendly breakfasts I would like to make Danny buy me... ;) Mimosas anyone? Tehe... just kidding, but 30 is a new goal for me. I'm at that point where I feel so close I can taste it. The bar and I may get a rematch tomorrow BEFORE the circuit. The last two attempts have come after the circuit and have been done with fried shoulders. I'd be interested to see what happens before the circuit... ;)

17 comments:

Jerry said...

hey dude, thanks for the comments.

nice job on the 24 pullups in a row!

Brad said...

Congrats on the pullups!

I lost my Grandma a few years ago. I was living away at the time. I found it to be more and more difficult to visit to her because I'd be away long enough to have my happy memories replace the unhappy ones. It was a trying time for me since we were very close. My heart is with you.

I waited tables for several years. Some people are truly clueless. I can tell you stories...

Anyway, chin up!

Katie said...

Jerry dude, you're welcome for the comments. Just tryin' to keep you from being a Nancy. ;) It'd be a full-time job for KF... not sure if he has all that time on his hands... ;) Just teasin'! :)

Thanks for the thoughts Brad. When I was home a few weeks ago I was still pretty optimistic that there might be a recovery. My grandfather is quite stubborn and I know where I get it from now. I thought he would still show signs of the strokes, but would make at least a 75% recovery. After seeing him this weekend it really hit me that that is not possible and is not something that is going to happen. Needless to say, it was a big blow. It was like night and day. Was there a pun intended with that last line Brad? ;) I did keep my chin up... 24 times to be exact... and after I get out of this stupid class (ROAR!) I may go at that bar again today... ;) Call me stubborn, but I kinda want to hit 30.... ;)

Splint Chesthair said...

It's the ICE CREAM I'm telling you. Eat some more and you'll drop another 5 pounds easy.

Brad said...

Pun was intended. Nice that chin ups help you with what they are...

Katie said...

Splint, I'm going to go to the store and buy some more if it's going to get me to 30... ;)

Adrienne said...

Come to the site to say congrats on the kick butt job you did during yesterday's WOD as well as the new class pullup PR!

Also, I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather. It is so hard to watch. Stay strong sister.

daniel said...

damn homie.. you're movin up quick. been watchin some videos or somethin?!

.danny

Katie said...

Danny... let's just say I have a little motivation to get to 30... ;) Heard through the grapevine that it's Daniel tonight at 1700. ;) First thing out the gate is a set of 40 chins... what would you do if I hit 30? ;)

Darcy D2 said...

Read about your trip home and it brought back memories about when my Dad had Alzheimer's, I literally use to dread going home. I feel for your.

Congrats on the more positive, 24 pullups wow! Weight Loss! good job!

Cara said...

Did you like the picture I sent you, compliments of Daniel? :-)

Katie - after such a hard weekend, you did amazing yesterday, and I look forward to hearing how tonight goes for you! So far I was one of only 3 girls to go Rxed on Daniel - make it 4, I know you'll kill it!!

Katie said...

Adrienne, thanks for stopping by! I always love it when you come by! :)

Darcy, thanks for your thoughts. It's nice to know that people understand.

Cara, the picture was lovely. I'm sure my hands will look similar later. :P I'm hoping, I'm hoping it happens today!

Danny, I've been watchin' some vids of this real sick dude... flies on the damn bar like it's a trapeze.... hmmmm... wonder who that might be... :)

daniel said...

didn't make it in this morning so i might try to come in at 5. twisted my ankle playin volleyball over the weekend so daniel will be a no go for me. maybe i'll do the 50 muscle up workout. maybe not. i'll try to come watch you get 30 though.

Katie said...

50 MU's for time? If you make 50 I'll buy YOU breakfast...

Now that I know you might be around I'm getting all nervous... :P

Sorry to hear about the ankle... serious or just sore?

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BlessedBy3JDCs said...

Key Katie...

So sorry to hear about your grandfather. I'll being praying for you. This is such a tough time. My dad died last summer on my 30th bday. He had inoperable lung cancer and end stage emphazema (sp?)... what would you expect after smoking 50+ years??
But it was hard to watch him suffer...

About your chins... YOU GO GIRL!! Be sure to share what decadent breakfast Jerry bought for you after you meet your new goal.. ;)
Keep getting stronger.

Katie said...

Thanks for the thoughts Angela! I do appreciate them. Jerry won't be buying me breakfast but Danny will. We'll have to see how things go at 1700 tonight.... is it bad that I've started telling things in military time because of Jerry? :P