Sunday, September 16, 2012

WLC: Day One

Day One (Saturday, the 15th) of the Whole Life Challenge (WLC) called for the taking of measurements and completing the baseline WOD (workout of the day).  We'll do the same WOD at the end of the 8 week challenge to see how we improve.

Since my box isn't participating in the WLC and I am doing this under the 'friend & family' option, I was on my own with the day one festivities.  Well, not entirely.  I enlisted my husband as my measurements and before pics taker, WOD rep counter and timekeeper and both my husband and my girls as cheerleaders.

I don't mind sharing my measurements.  Before pics, well, those are another story!  I'm being pretty brave (for me) and coming way out of a box to post my measurements.  Heck, it was a huge deal for me to perform a WOD at the soccer fields (that's the only place we could think of that allowed for the 50m run).  I was out in public, WOD'g by myself with my husband and girls cheering me on.  And, the had spirit.  ;)  Thank goodness the weather has been off/on (more on) with clouds and rain.  The rain kept the fields and my particular corner clear of spectators.  :)

My measurements are as follows:
left bicep - 11"
right bicep - 11 1/2"
waist - 35"
hips - 37"
left thigh - 21 1/2"
right thigh - 21"

The measurements not being symmetrical bug me a bit.  It's just my personality for things to match up.  Oh, we'll.  I've been told that it's common!

The WOD:
9 Minute AMRAP
7 kettle bell swings
7 burpees
50m run

I used a 26# kettle bell and did the run as an out and back (25m each way, obviously).  I was able to complete 6 solid rounds.  And was spent.  More than I anticipated.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

to WLC or not to WLC

I've been giving it some thought.  I've been in a funk and looking for something to focus on.  I think I've found it.  Because I am somewhat afraid of it, I believe even more so I should give it a go.

What is it?  It's the Whole Life Challenge.  The more I click this link and read through the 'whys' the more and more I can relate and nod my head yes.  To almost every point made.

I haven't PR'd quite awhile.  In fact, I've set new lows by not giving it good effort.
I've been giving less than half.
I've let Coca-Cola make its way back into my mornings.  With its pal doughnut.
I wish I was just pinching an inch on my waistline!
My girls are back in school.
Summer flew by taking my personal 'get fitter' plans with it.
I am on the verge of throwing something.
I am afraid of competition but I think I can channel this fear to actually do this thing.
Because I can be a better version of myself.  (And, I need to be.  I have a husband and two girls who deserve it just as much as I do.)
Because I want the structure, encouragement and goal-setting.

Plus, I'll be in some great company!  While my box is not participating, I've been following some amazing ladies' blogs and they have accepted the Challenge.  I first learned of the Challenge from Courtney over at The Petite Athleat and then saw Tiffany chatting about it over on Heavy Medal.  If that wasn't enough, Ashley commented that she, too, would be participating.  These are all great athletes whom I admire via cyberspace; I totally would like to hang out with them if even only through this Challenge!  :)

So, I think I'm in.  As Courtney encouraged me, some people spend $45 (that's the entry fee) on a race all the time.  This is no different.  I'm anticipate to get a lot more out of it than a one time, one hour race!

Take a look at the links.  All three of these ladies I referenced have some great posts about it with lots of information - easy to read, fool-proof lists and 'cheat' sheets can be found on Petite Athleat's page right here.  And, don't hesitate to reach out to them.  I've exchanged messages with a couple of them and they have been more than kind, helpful and informative.  Go say hi!

I know my post is going up kind of late and I'm not really sure how many people are reading; however, I hope I have encouraged someone to participate as well!  Please let me know if you are participating!  I'd love to follow your journey as well.  :)

Good AfterNUUN!

Check these out!
I love getting packages in the mail.  Especially at work.
Because, at work, I have people to harass with whatever fun the new package brings me!
Today, I got a box.  An awesome box.
Full of things I have come to appreciate and, dare I say, love.  NUUN!
I came to know more about nuun after following stalking Running Hutch for a bit.
(I came to know more about Tiffany since we are fellow SPAs!)
After several message chats about whether or not it really made a difference and its appropriateness for the kiddos, I went looking for it.
I found a few flavors at our local Vitamin Shoppe and grabbed them up.
Those three grabbed tubes didn't last long.  Not long at all.
Well, they didn't last long because I went all crazy out on a mission.  I wanted to get my girls off of sports drinks.  And, my husband.  And, I wanted to see how this was going to work out for me.  Especially after learning that nuun was going to be the hydration sponsor for the NWM.  Oh, yeah.  I hope to #SweatPink this October during the half portion of the NWM.  I am nervous and excited but that is a different post.  I haven't even posted that I was training for it, I don't think.  Bad.  Blogger.
I digress...
Since my three tubes were gone and I couldn't find any other flavors other than the ones I had tried, I went to the nuun website and went a little crazy.  Like "oh my, did I really order all of that" crazy.
I've already popped the tops off of several of these tubes and forced co-workers to "give it a try!" because "you'll LOVE it, really!".  They already think I am crazy and wound up, so I had nothing to lose.  The verdict?  Some liked it, some didn't.  Life.
I have replaced my girls' sports drinks with nuun during soccer practice and will do the same for games as the fall season begins.  My oldest, who is not a fan of lemonades or pouch-type drinks, is the one I was most focused on as she has longer practices, practices more frequently and had been complaining about tummy troubles during and after training sessions.  After giving nuun a go for about a week or so, she commented that she no longer had the tummy troubles and headaches (also a complaint) were non-existent.  Score!
I am also working on the husband.  At work (a refinery), he is outside in the South Texas heat and humidity all day long.  They (work) provide them with water (duh!) and encourage the consumption of sports drinks for electrolytes (and provide these at no cost as well).  I would LOVE for him to get off of the sugary stuff and on to the nuun.  I am working on it.  His problem is that he forgets to grab a tube of tablets before leaving for the day.  He'll get there!  Even if I have to start dropping them into his overall pockets!
I also have plans to share my stash with friends and extended family.
After finding out about this awesomeness (and finding out that it does indeed make a positive difference), I have gabbed and gabbed about it any time hydration comes up.  Even if randomly.  I am prepping a box to send to my BFF and NWM pal (I know, I see her weekly and she lives within minutes of me but who doesn't like a random box of fun in the mail?!) and plan to mail some to a few work-related pals that I know are way more active than I am.  They participate in marathons, MS150 events and such.  I mentioned nuun to them at a casual business open house (yes, I waited for hydration to come up beforehand) and they hadn't heard of it.  I cannot wait to share my find!
So, in addition to pink shoelaces, I am now ready to nuun you!  Ha, ha!