A Fun-Filled Day in Pictures

This post is picture heavy, you’ve been warned…

After I came back home from Crossfit Qualicum Beach (you can read all about that here), I had a quick breakfast and since the sun decided to make an appearance so we jump don the occasion and made our way down to the beach with our sand pails and shovels and a skittish Rina who wasn’t enthused at all at the amount of small crabs on the beach. The tide was on its way out which meant we had about 2 km of sandbar to play with.

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We came back to the condo once the clouds reappeared (it got chilly fast) for a quick lunch and finishing up a load of laundry. Ben had found a flyer at the laundromat about a place in Nanaimo called Jumping Jiminy’s. It’s an indoor playground centre. We decided to forgo the girls’ nap this afternoon to take them there. That place was the absolute bomb! I’m not sure who got the most fun out of that place, the little people or the big people enjoying supervising the whole thing! There are many huge infrastructures to climb, obstacles to avoid and crawl through and many big and fast slides. Ben and I had just as much fun getting the girls through the obstacle course as I’m sure they had.

I know this is extra blurry, but look at how much fun Daddy is having!

I know this is extra blurry, but look at how much fun Daddy is having!

Ben referred to the place as the American Ninja Warrior for kids. We all had so much fun and after an hour and a half, the grown ups were getting tired and sweaty. We had to bribe the girls with ice cream in order to leave the place and even with that, Rina was in tears and didn’t want to go :(

Once we were done at the mandatory DQ pit stop, we decided to do some shopping in Nanaimo. We went to Country Club Centre where Ben was looking for a baseball hat to cover his noggin from the sun. He found one that was quite fetching in my opinion:

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We went to Home Depot (of course! Now that we’re home owners, that’s our new hangout spot with Costco! ;) ) where I bought the Better Living Foam Dispenser.

Lucas had that soap pump at CFQC this morning  I asked him where he had gotten it from and I bought 3 for the house (kitchen and both bathrooms). I had been looking for something similar for a while and I’m glad I found them for such a great price (about $16 each). After much discussion, Ben decided to purchase a new shower head (I don’t think it will get the suds out of my hair very well, but we’ll see… I have a thick head of hair and I’m picky about my shower heads). After all that fun grown-up time, we headed back to the condo to enjoy the pool and hot tub with the girls before dinner. All I have to say is that by 1730, I was ready to call it a day. I had been up for 12 hrs at that point and I was getting hungry. We packed the girls up and headed back for dinner where Béa thought this was proper table manners:

Baby feet for dinner it is!

Baby feet for dinner it is!

We crammed a lot into today and we have another busy day tomorrow, a friend of ours is getting married! Let’s just hope the girls are on their best behaviour! As for Saturday, we are planning to take the girls to the Sand Sculpting Competition and we will also attempt mini golf with them! I will finish with 2 pictures I took yesterday evening:

Mandatory sunset in the clouds

Mandatory sunset in the clouds

Deer (or reindeer as Rina called it) just chill in' outside our window. Rina kept calling for Santa to come on over after she saw the "reindeer"!

Deer (or reindeer as Rina called it) just chill in’ outside our window. Rina kept calling for Santa to come on over after she saw the “reindeer”!

Crossfitting Away From Home

We are on our little (rainy) beach vacation in Parksville, BC at the moment and the clouds seem to want to clear up  so we can enjoy some beautiful sunny beach time. Of course, before we came out here, I had checked out affiliate boxes in the neighbourhood in order to get a WOD in. My choices were Crossfit Nanaimo or Crossfit Qualicum Beach. I opted for Crossfit Qualicum Beach after perusing their website and  I’m glad I did. It is a smaller box and from their Facebook page, it looks like they opened sometime in April or June of 2014 (don’t quote me on that, it’s just my little uninformed guess). I had the great pleasure of dealing with Lucas Bugg who is the Head Coach and owner of CFQB. I was the only one on site for the 0630 class so I also got the bonus of a private lesson. Score!

Lucas is a really attentive coach and you can tell he knows his stuff. Here’s what we did:

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Skill: Clean Squats. We worked on the progression with a PVC pipe and working our way to doing the full clean squat. It had been a really long time since I had done clean squats (we usually do power cleans) and at one point, I was overthinking things and complicated everything. It was easier once I did the progression with the empty bar (35#). Lucas gave me some pointers and reminders (which I needed. I have a tendency to get into the swing of things and forget a bit about form at times, so that was really helpful). I then showed him my burpees and we moved onto the WOD

WOD: I knew this one would be hard so I wanted to stay at 35# for my bar. I used the training bar (15#) + 2×10# plates. My plan of attack was to break the 21 in 3 sets of 7, the 15 in 3 sets of 5 and the 9 in 3 sets of 3. I stuck to my plan except for the 9 burps which I did unbroken. Lucas reminded me to keep my knees turned out before I tackled the set of 9 clean squats and it helped tremendously getting through them. I finished in 14:23, sweaty and happy!I got to meet 2 regular members who were there for the 0730 class. Lucas offered for me to register for an ply lifting class on Saturday morning with Ed Fergusson, but we have some fun family things planned so I will have to pass on that one. I wish I had known earlier and planned accordingly though! ;)

All in all, CFQB is a nice little box and from what I could tell, Lucas is totally dedicated and very knowledgeable about having his members WODing safely. I’ll be sure to come back for more when we are in the neighbourhood. Please check them out as well if you’re ever the area!

I know a lot of my Crossfit Family is in Carson right now enjoying the Crossfit Games and although I am slightly jealous, I’ve been catching up online with the live stream. According to my husband, I look stressed out just watching the Games! Haha! Why wouldn’t I be? Have you seen the OHS yesterday??? That was some serious throw down!

 

Finally!

Ben came home after I went to bed last night and although my 0500 wake-up call came a bit too quick, I was ready to go. Why, you might ask? DEADLIFTS is why! I was so happy to see deadlifts on the skill for today when I checked the WOD last night. I have been doing Crossfit for a year and I have done deadlifts only 3 times before today. That’s because I’ve missed almost all deadlift days due to work.  Yeah, being a shift-worker really sucks sometimes!

Skill: I love me some tempo skills! It was nice to work on the deadlifts and I feel like I could have gone a bit heavier on them too. My thumbs are a bit sore from the hook grip, but it’s all good. Here were my reps:

65#-65#-75#-75#-85#

WOD: I was literally aiming for 3 rounds of FG2 for this. I know this is low, but I wanted to do all my push-ups from the toes. Also, it was my 1st attempt at doing lunges and farmer carries with a 25# plate (I usually take the 15#). The farmer carries were hard on the grip. The plate is wide for my little hands and I was glad to be switching hands every length of the gym. It was a lot easier from my right hand than my left one. I just kept telling myself “You’re holding on to Béatrice, if you let go, she will fall and injure herself”. It worked, I didn’t put the plate down once. I managed to surpass my expectations by doing 4 full rounds + 1 lunge for a total score of 121. I was proud as punch and it felt good.

I came back home to the usual dusting, cleaning, laundry and a quick walk to the grocery store with the girls. It’s nice that Béatrice can now walk to and from the grocery store without being picked up (except to cross streets). It makes for a longer trip, but I’m ok with it as long as I’ve planned for it. Ben was in and out of the house, still having to work before we head out on a little R&R trip to the beach and a friend’s wedding. Speaking of, I bought a very cute dress for the wedding and it’s a size bigger than I normally wear because it was too tight around my back and shoulder. I’m ok with that. I know I have gotten broader since starting Crossfit and I don’t mind the bigger size to accommodate my new-found muscles! I just hope my Crossfit bruises will heal in time and I will be able to show somewhat decent legs in my cute dress. I dropped a bar loaded with 80# last Friday when I was cleaning my front squats and it just glided off my leg before landing on the floor…

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Not-so-sexy leg

If it doesn’t go away, I’m sure I’ll hear a lot of negative talk about how unsafe Crossfit is… Oh well, it was my fault for not moving fast enough from under the bar.

We are in day 2 of weaning Béatrice from her soother and she’s still very vocal about how she’s not on-par with my plan. I have cut the tip of her soother, so it’s not as bouncy anymore and she doesn’t appreciate this change. Which means I have to go settle her down every 15 minutes upstairs. Which also means that I can feel my sore glutes from the deadlifts and lunges today. It’s a good soreness and I don’t mind the stairs! She only gets her soother for nap and bedtime. I’m hoping to get her off it completely by the end of the week. Keeping my fingers crossed!

 

Thank You! The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Earlier this week, the awesome Meg of Less Thighs More Thunder nominated me for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Meg is also working away at becoming the best Meg she can be and she is swimming through life’s ups and downs with flying colours.You should go check her out and tell her I sent you! She’s pretty awesome!

I was surprised to see the nomination as I don’t really see myself as an inspiration to others, this is just my little blog so I can vent, write about who I am and let my girls know about who their mom is and the joys, moments of pure bliss and also the few struggles that were dealt my way. As I said, the nomination came earlier this week, but I was way too tired to do a post about it and decided to wait until the weekend to tackle it.

Here is how it works:

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  • Thank and link the person who nominated you
  • List the rules and display the award
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate fifteen other amazing blogs and remember to comment on their blogs to let them know you’ve nominated them and provide a link to your post.
  • (Optional) You can proudly display the award logo anywhere on your blog e.g. on your sidebar and also follow the blogger that nominated you.

Here are my 7 facts:

  1. My husband and I met online.
  2. I speak French to my daughters everyday (it’s my mother tongue). They understand it, but barely speak it. I’m hoping things will change in due time.
  3. Both my daughters were born on the same day, exactly 2 years apart!
  4. I secretly wish I could be a stay-at-home mom so I could go to Crossfit on a regular basis. Sometimes, shift-work really sucks for set-days activities…
  5. The only award I ever won in high school was in gym class. Go figure!
  6. I absolutely love eating lobster
  7. I was vegan for 15 months before my 2nd pregnancy

My nominees are: (I only have 9 because I don’t have much time to read blogs… Sorry for cutting it short!)

  1. Be Silly Be Strong
  2. Fat Tom Goes To Blogville
  3. The Twisted Yarn
  4. Xine’s Battle of Her Bulge
  5. Not the Fat Kid in Gym Class Anymore
  6. idrankthecfkoolaid
  7. E & L Adventures
  8. Corrie Anne
  9. The Adventures of Fanny P.

Some of these blogs are about knitting, some are about Crossfitting, some are about family, but all of them are inspiring in their own peculiar way. Go check them out, they might inspire you too!

Redemption

I woke up to a rough start this morning. The toilet was overflowing with a nice doodoo. Great. Rina had, once again, used too much toilet paper and plugged the toilet. It took 2 different plungers to fix the damage. As I stepped out of the shower, Béa was having a meltdown because she wanted to put shoes on. At 0715. For breakfast… I know, I know, she gets her shoe obsession from me, but even I, am not that early on the shoe train.

As I was silently counting down the hours until my beloved other half comes back home (40 hrs in case you’re wondering) and making the grocery list for our weekly Costco run, here’s what I saw on the shopping list app we share:

Redemption on a grocery list

Redemption on a grocery list

See the only item currently on our list? Yeah, he’s good that way. Don’t get me wrong, I am my own individual, but this man soothes my nerves just by his simple presence. I miss him and will be whole again once he’s by my side.

Empty, Done, Kaput!

It is Friday. For some, it is TGIF. For me, it will be TGIS on Sunday. My lovely husband will be back from doing an awesome job of coaching the Junior Squash PanAm Games in San Salvador. Since he has left, I have been pulling 17hrs/day straight since last weekend, trying to squeeze in cooking, cleaning, work, being mom and dad all at once. I am exhausted.

To top it all off, we have had a record hot week here in Victoria and I would come home only to find the girls awake well past 2100. (they are usually asleep by 2000). It doesn’t seem like such a big difference, but let me explain. I had to trade my night shifts for day ones since Ben is away and it felt counterproductive to pay the Nanny 24/7 (as lovely as she is, I also like to have some money in my name)! So yeah, a full week of 12-hrs days shifts. Couple that with a super moon and you can be sure to expect mayhem at work. Mayhem did happen on the 2 days I was in charge and I was just exhausted yesterday, simply doing my bedside duties. I came home, showered quickly, managed to get the girls asleep by 2030 (thank you heavens above) and watch some mind-numbing TV. I also received a message from the lovely Tracey offering to watch the girls after her 0600 WOD today so I could come for the 0700 WOD and not worry about keeping them out-of-the-way during the WOD. At that point, I was half hoping she would have forgotten her kind offer last week, but I sucked it up and woke up at 0545 in order to get ready, get the girls up and dressed and off we went to Crossfit.

Skill: There were so many of us for class that I offered to clean my bar from the floor (not enough racks for everyone) and then go into the front squats. I managed 80# before I decided to call it quits. I was dipping the elbows a bit and needed to refocus on my straight shoulders. Always chose form before weights! :) Here are my reps:

60#-65#-70#-75#-80#-80#

WOD: Again, since there were so many of us, some of us decided to do the Airdyne (nope, not me!) or run (yep, I ran) instead of getting on the rower. I paired up with Erin (a runner who enjoys running). I was to do the following:

5 rounds of:

  • 12 Taters at 26#
  • 200m run

Erin, for her rounds had to do:

  • 12 taters at 26#
  • 300m run

We finished the 5 rounds in 21:03. I was done. I managed to do all my runs without ever stopping. I know it’s probably not a feat for anyone, but I felt exhausted during the warm-up today, so that was pretty good for me, I think. Tracey got Rina and Béatrice to cheer me on for every run and, honestly, I think that’s the only thing that kept me going. Tracey is amazing that way, she always knows just what you need at the right time. Thanks Tracey for helping out with my little ladies, but also for working your magic and getting me through today.

Then it was back home, a quick shower and getting the girls to the park (I had promised them we would go) for a good hour before heading back home for lunch and finishing the laundry. I now have to fold it all and put it away before I nap while the girls do as well.

I am pooped. I’ve been running on empty for a while and I am done-zo. Kaput. Fini! Today is actually the first day of my month-long vacation from work. I cannot wait for Ben to be back and for our little getaway at the beach. I was thinking of trying a new box while we’re away, but I’m not even sure I have anything left in my tank for that. I think the weekend of rest will do me the world of good and I will re-assess next week. For now, I am very much looking forward to my upcoming nap! :)

1 Year Progress Update!

In 12 days, I will celebrate my 1 year anniversary at Crossfit Vic City. At the same time, I will also celebrate my 1 year of Crossfit. One year of being dedicated 2-3 days/ week to go sweat my little heart out and get myself in the best shape of my life. I have seen many ups and a few downs over the past year. I’ve had months with better measurements than the one I’m celebrating on my anniversary, but I’ve come to understand that this is a lifelong process and there will be ups and downs. I just can’t beat myself over it. All I can do is keep my chin up, my elbows in and keep going forth. The pounds lost are minimal as well as the inches lost, but the pictures are worth a thousand words in my opinion. I have never stuck to a fitness program for this long and I’m proud of my accomplishments. I am happy to have found my Crossfit who keeps welcoming me with open arms, day in and day out. I have definitely reached a plateau over the past few months and I know I just have to keep working hard, but even if I don’t ever PR in the next year, I will keep going because Crossfit grounds me. For some people, yoga or meditation does the work. For me, it’s being told to keep pushing, keep rowing, one more rep. These words get me going and the physical exertion I get from the workouts are why I keep going back. I love knowing and feeling that I get my body to work and move in ways I never thought possible a year ago. Happy anniversary to me and here’s to another wonderful year to come! :)

Skill: I worked on the push jerks. We had to clean those from the ground up and I wanted to challenge myself on the WOD. I warmed up and worked on my form at 35# (empty bar).

WOD:

Push Jerk Station: I worked up from 40# to 75#. I wanted to try 80#, but I was running out of time and 75# was plenty challenging to me. I’m not sure I would have managed 3 reps at 80#.

40#-45#-55#-60#-65#-70#-75#

Double Unders: Those are still a struggle for me, I managed to do 8 in 2 minutes

Row: I did 40 calories in 3 minutes. I was trying to pace myself  while still maintaining a good effort and did a sprint for the last 45 secs.

Total score: 123 Probably the lowest of the box, yet again, but I’ve stopped caring about that a while ago. As long as I’m happy with the effort and the work I’ve put in, then it has to be good enough for me.

Since I won’t be able to go to the box until next Friday, I will do my progress update below

In numbers, here’s what my stats look like:

A year in numbers

A year in numbers

And for those of you who are visual people, here’s what it looks like for me:

A year in pictures

A year in pictures

Also, here are some goals for the year to come:

Unassisted pull-ups: I’d like to master those this year.

Running: Still my nemesis (with the dreaded Airdyne): I’d like to get a little better at running.

Squat and Deadlift my body weight: Hopefully, I’ll get there this year!

That’s all folks! Thanks for all your words of encouragement, your support and your readership over the past year, I hope you’ll stick along for the year to come!