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Back, at it

Ya girl is tired today. I got that thang put on me by my Beast (aka trainer) today. I think he tried to incapacitated me for the weekend. But chile I regenerate like Wolverine. (Looks at bruised arms from 2 weeks ago and giggles)
Well today was back day. And he beat that back like I was a runaway. Father forgive him even-though he knew EXACTLY what he was doing!(Rolls eyes) But I’m turning the other cheek, which I’m sure he will take care of next week. I mean honestly, it’s best to live in truth (shrugs and giggles) It was a great workout.
I love working out with my trainer. And I love seeing the changes in my body. As well as gaining the strength I need to do things I would have never thought  I could do when I started this journey. I’ve done several 5k’s, a 15K, several obstacle races, climbed over 15′ walls, swung like Tarzan over freezing water, carried a 75lb bucket of rocks for and ungodly length of time, jumped over blazing fire, swam through swamps, and I have the ability strength and endurance to do ANYTHING I choose. How awesome is THAT.

Embracing my journey and all that it holds. Endless possibilities. #GRGT

 

Back Work

 

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Salvation

The pianist begins to play as the pastor walks from the pulpit. Let the church say Amen! The doors of the church are now open. Will there be one? Will there be one?
I look from left to right, take a deep breath and make my way to the center aisle adjust my dress and begin my walk to salvation.

Because I have just spent 60+ minutes in HELL and I don’t want to spend an eternity there. Yep he was  ’bout the devils business today because I remember my pieces and parts being on fiyah.  That’s really all I have because I’m so tired I just remember the feelings not the actions that brought about the feelings, LMAO. I know it was mostly upper body but that’s ALL I remember. I also remember the deadlifts and those 10 plates on the leg press machine.  Oh and I remember walking to my truck. Even with all that said, I know I loved it. And I know at one point I laughed so hard I cried, cause some dude booty was hungry and eating up his sweats that were DIRECTLY in my line of sight whilst I was trying to press those 10 plates! My gym time is SO FREAKING awesome!

So when I reached the preacher…LOL

Did I happen to mention, I went back to the gym and took a TRX class? Umm well yeah, I did. As I drove to class I began a conversation with myself and it went something like this.

What in the heck are you doing? Why are you going to this class? Aren’t you still tired from that dip in the fiery pit from earlier?

My responses went something like this.

Idk, sigh. Idk, sigh. Hell, yes!

And then I was thinking well I’ll just do what I can. Some will beat none. But, in reality that will not work for that class. My instructors have already have expectations. I’ve talked so much trash, it’s a must I back it up. My instructors even refereed to me as “Beast” as opposed to my name, lol. That just sealed my fate, smh. So I had to beast it out. Jesus take the wheel.

And I did 2 miles on the dreadmill. Yeah, it was slow but I did it 🙂

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Dedicated and Determined #GRGT

Recognizable Beast

It seems as though this TRX class is everything! I’m loving it. Yes, I went back again today. The thing of it is, I was super late for class and had hopes of just being able to slide into class but low and behold all straps were filled. My heart sank 😦 Instead of moving on to something else I just kinda stood outside the class like a little lost puppy wanting to come in from the rain. Just as I was about to tuck my tail and move on, I noticed Amiee (one of the instructors) coming towards the door. And when she said come on in, I was overjoyed! I hurried inside before she changed her mind, lol. I was greeted with such enthusiasm from Victor, the other instructor. I felt right at home, in my house of pleasure and pain, lmao!

So this is how it went down today. When I grabbed my strap, it was break time for the class, but it was suggested that I catch up, (giggles). Hey, whatever, I’m bout this life. Bring it. And he brought it, LOL. If you all don’t know by now, when I show up, I show up with Beast Mode on. I’ll take on all challengers! So during class I choose to do the advanced moves, not because I’m showing off, but because everyone should work to their ability so that you can get what you need out of the workout. So, that is what I do. I challenge myself. And if in doing that I push others to challenge themselves, that’s even better. Even the guys, (giggles). It might be a “Mans World”, but that’s, my class.

So when class was over, Victor looks at me ands says, since you were late, “I know you want some more, do you want to stay?” Well at first I thought he was kidding but I soon found out he was not! So, in my mind, my inner Beast is being recognized. My desire, dedication and determination are shining through. And that is moving others to become a part of team GRGT! How freaking amazing is that.
My class, after class, was amazing. I worked my legs like nobody’s business. My biceps and my core. Chile my core, lol. It’s getting stronger that’s for sure. I love, love, love being pushed and challenged, it only makes me better and stronger.

Check out my video…whatcha think?

Dedicated and Determined to Get Right Get Tight

Rambonian Beast

I took another TRX Class at the gym. I have to giggle to myself when I think about it, because the first class I took with them I talked a little trash about it, and they knew it, LOL. So, I KNEW when I went back I needed to be ready. Did I say I was STILL recouping from that leg session on Wednesday? So when I walked in Victor and Aimee were Ooooh she’s BACK! I wore my camo leggings I went with the intent to go to war, lol. And chile let me tell you a war it was. But as most of you know, that’s how I like it. Force me to engage beast mode. I’ll never back down or quit. As we got into the routine we had to do squats, I knew they would burn but I had my poker face. So I’m going pretty deep and happy with it, and Aimee decided to do JUMP squats. Well I took it as an unspoken challenge (gives her The Rock Eyebrow because she KNEW I was beat down from Wednesday) I accepted the challenge like a true Rambonian Beast (LMAO) so WE did jump squats! Some of the others in class were looking like WTH, yeah yall can have THAT! We did all sorts of moves, various squats, regular rows, high rows, bicep curls, triceps, planks, mountain climbers, and MANY other things. There was a cute senior couple in there and the lady was next to me and she kept saying, “Wow, you are just a little Dynamo.” It was an awesome class. I really like that 12:30 class. I’ll go back. I was suppose to go back to the 5:30 class but sometimes teenagers can throw a monkey wrench in you plans. So I’m glad I did go early. Day 13 of the challenge done! GRGT

Mobility or Nah (The Leg Day Chronicles)

TIRED? Tired? I’m as tired as a 1 legged man in an ass kicking contest. leg[1]
This man must think he’s the beneficiary of my life insurance. What other reason would have to try with such diligence to kill me today? That’s not a rhetorical question, if you have thoughts on the matter please speak up. I need answers.

So it was leg day! I love leg day but dammit, I only have maybe 30″ of legs after all my entire body is only 60″ what do you expect from them? Mind u I was already sore, from TRX on Monday, and Body Candy on Tuesday. But true to who I am I persevered. Leg extensions, 2 kinds of deadlifts, box jumps.
IMG_0270 (Pause for a second, I am terrified of jumping on or over things, and Mister Man, put the medium sized box out for me to jump on. Can you say hot mess? First, I had him stand of front of me, then beside me, still with no jump, lol. I finally wound up holding on and jumping that way. I’m not sure what my issue is with jumping, other than falling lol) We also did, hamstring curls, weighted squats, and let’s not forget leg press (540lbs ascending, then descending). I did 1.5 miles on the TM prior to and another 1.5 after. Annnd I almost fell asleep on the way home. I had to use one of my lifelines, I phoned a friend to make it home. I was thoroughly exhausted. I guess that’s what called leaving it all on the floor, and the parking lot, the truck…yeah you get the picture. I’m sure my trainer was proud of himself! LMAO
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When my daughter got home from school and saw me in the bed she said, “What’s wrong, are you sick?” LMAO. I’m never in the bed before bedtime! I mean I was in my PJ’s under the covers in the bed. I had no intention of getting out of the bed, for a few reasons. First, I bruise easily. Second, I was half afraid my legs would betray me, if I tried to use them. And third, I don’t have a Life Alert thingy! Dedicated and Determined to Get Right Get Tight

300

Spartans, ready yourself for glory! This is essentially what Perry said to me when I entered the gym this morning. I definitely feel like I was preparing for battle! I guess essentially I am, he’s getting me ready for my first Spartan race, which is in March. I’m so excited about that. I can’t stop smiling every time I say it. Although I know this preparation time is going to be challenging I welcome the challenge.

So today’s workout was A-MAZING! We did some weights, and worked my shoulders and chest. But the MOST fun and challenging part was the functional segment. So Perry lined up all the weighted balls, there were 5 and they ranged from 10-50lbs, several yards away from the him and I had to do 10 push-ups and run with the first ball down to him and place the ball on the wooden box. Then I had to run back down to the balls and do 10 push-ups and run with the 20lb ball and so on an so forth until I got to the 50lb ball. I did that 6 (SIX) times! THAT, my friends was booger bear tough!
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Not counting the weights, I moved 900 pounds when it was all said and done. I’m going to say I moved it at least the equivalent of a few football fields. Boom-shaka-laka! I’m so proud of myself. Oh and did I mention, that means I did 300 push-ups (at one point I did have to drop to my knees, and stay there lol. I have the abrasions to prove it.)
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I can’t wait until my next Spartan workout. He assured me this is just the beginning. Now I’m going to hit the treadmill but just for 1 mile. Loving my journey. I love that I’m willing to put myself out there waaay outside of my comfort zone and try different things. GRGT

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Hot Chocolate 5k/15k

I DID it!! I completed my first 15k! I am so proud of myself. I finished faster than I thought I would (2:20 minus a wait in line for a potty break) and I was not as tired as I thought I would be. Who’s winning? This girl, points to self.
It was cold out there, 33 degrees and I was so cold it looked like I had some sort of palsy, I couldn’t stop shivering, my toes well, I wasn’t sure if they were still there, because I could not feel them after waiting an hour to start. Let me just say, the porta potty scruggle is REAL! I prayed like I was praying for my kids before I went inside that above ground cesspool. And that’s ALL I have to say about that! Moving on. I still smell it, (throws up in mouth, just a little)

There were so many people participating. This is the biggest race I have participated in. It was so exciting. I won’t go into everything but it was an amazing experience. I jogged for the 1st mile then I walked jogged every 1/2 mile. However, I am going to start working on adding more distance to my run time. I want to be able to improve on my time. The hills tho, that’s all I have to say about those. Well, no, there were so many of them. It’s like they were on the buddy system! Always at least 2 in a row. And once I hit mile 6 or 7, I questioned why I was there lol. And THEN I had to go AGAIN. 😦 I prayed AGAIN. And again, that was not pleasant, there has GOT to be a better way. And lawd Jesus, I messed up and looked in the hole. (throws up a lot in my mouth)

My 15K

Oh another thing. I learned and witnessed this today. Don’t drink the water they hand out along the race route. Why not? Check this out. They pop the fire hydrant hook up a hose and fill a trash bag lined TRASHCAN and dip the water out with pitchers. They place the pitchers on the tables, the ground everywhere and then they dip again. Jesus be some e.coli, salmonella, cholera, and typhoid immunizations. IJS LOL that’s just NAAAS-TY.

Last but definitely not least, I took a little piece of my husband with me today. The little “S” tie pin in the top right picture, was his that he wore to work each day. He loved to run on 15k’s and 1/2 marathons and he was preparing for one when he was diagnosed. For those that don’t know, I’m a widow and he is my angel. When it became rough and I needed to push I just rubbed the tie pin thought about him telling me I can do it and persevered. My first big race is dedicated him. XO Honey.

I think I might be getting the bug. Looking for my next race 🙂