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Seven things to look forward to this Fall

It’s September. I absolutely adore Autumn in so many ways. Unfortunately I have to spend 6 days in Orlando at the end of October (which is my favorite month). What a waste.

Anyway, here is a list of things I am looking forward to over the next few months:

1. Autumn. The weather, the trees, Oktoberfests everywhere, visits to the vineyard, Halloween, crisp apples, pumpkins – you gotta love it. Virginia is particularly beautiful this time of year.

2. Re-entering the world of physical fitness. So I fell off the wagon for a while (again). It is my intention to begin as Jen suggests with short intense workouts, it will definitely help my state of mind (not to mention my body). I am also considering taking Yoga and a Swimming for fitness class at the local rec center.

3. Finishing the books I am reading. The Dark is Rising Series, and then moving on to a new literary adventure.

4. Making a decision on what to do with my Career. I am about to present a new job description for myself. It’s totally different from what I am currently doing. I will give up the important title and managing an entire division to work on more innovative things. At this point in my career, I don’t need the title – I just want to use my best skills for the greater good. If it doesn’t work, I may have to figure something else out.

5. Upcoming movie releases. The Golden Compass, The Dark is Rising (although I think the directors may have messed this up even more than the Eragon movie) (read this well thought-out post on, and the new Elizabeth movie with Cate Blanchett are just three that I would like to see.

6. Going on more mini-adventures with my daughter. We have visited several beautiful places this past year (within driving distance). I look forward to doing that even more.

7. Learning new things. My interest in photography has peaked and I would like to buy a new camera, I am also going ot learn how to podcast/vodcast with my friend Rebecca, and I would like to take Yoga and learn how to meditate properly.

Crossfit @ 6am

Great workout this morning. Becky and I worked out with Jen. Here is what we did:

  • Warmup with windmills
  • 10 burpees
  • Mountain climbers for 1 minute
  • Run across Connecticut ave bridge – stop and do squats, lunges or boxer jumping jacks at each lamp post
  • Run back
  • Ball slams 2 sets of 20 with 15lb medicine ball
  • Ball toss 2 sets of 20 with squats with 12lb medicine ball
  • Shoulder press with 2 15lb kettlebells 2 sets of 20
  • Kettle Bell swing with 24 lb kettlebell 2 sets of 20
  • up-downs (plank position from hands to elbow) 3 sets of 10
  • Alternating knee to chin (for abs)
  • 5 windmills each side with 15 lb kettlebell

All in my head?

If any of you have been reading my blog over the past few months, you will see a series of boring posts about my crossfit workouts. I love these workouts, they are extreme and painful but when I am done, I feel invincible! I am a very strong person (both physically and emotionally) and these workouts definitely help to confirm that for me.

After much encouragement from Jen, I took the plunge and decided to try out a crossfit session at crossfit DC yesterday. This means that I attended a crossfit class with a large group of folks led by a certified Crossfit instructor. It was a beautiful day, we went outside to the park. Tom is awesome – he has a lot of energy and seems to really love what he does. Here is the workout we did:

warmup with squats, lunges. pushups, and stretches

at the park –

 Repeat the following 3 times:

  • run around the block
  • 20 squats
  • 10 jump ups
  • 20 shoulder press with 10 lb dbs (10 each side)
  • 5 jumping pull ups
  • 5 pushups

Then finish with short run around the park

The workout was a little challenging, especially the running part. Now – it is no secret that I am overweight – I weigh 188lbs on my short 5’2″ frame, so running in particular is hard for me. I was already nervous about attending this class where I knew that I would show up and be the heaviest one there, and participate among some extremely fit people. I arrived and immediately felt awkward and uncomfortable. I introduced myself to several class participants and I could tell that they were trying to be nice – but what was really on their mind was ‘how is she going to possibly make it through this workout’.

This is an issue that many overweight people feel – and I believe that is why we do not see more of us at the gym or attending these types of classes – which of course does not help us as we should be out there working out with everyone else. It is extremely intimidating to be a big person among folks who are fit and trim. I know many of you understand what I am talking about. Those who have never been overweight can not possibly understand how it feels to be in that position, and probably just don’t understand why we just don’t ‘lose the weight’.

I did very well and made it through the workout with some other ‘beginners’ and left right afterwards. That’s another issue, because I am not really a beginner, but in my head I felt like one because of my weight. I liked the class, but I am not sure that I want to go back (I would rather work out with Jen and other folks who know me) because I walked away still feeling uncomfortable and awkward. It has nothing to do with Crossfit DC or Tom’s class, and I know that most of this is probably in my head – but it is real to me nonetheless. I have not always been overweight. I do notice the difference between how people look at me (or how they look past me) now versus how I used to be treated when I was a ‘normal’ size.

It’s important acknowledge these feelings – because so many people have been (and still are) where I stand – and it is very difficult to talk about. Let’s face it, none of us want others to know we have such feelings, or such weaknesses. There are many of us out here who just want to be fit and healthy, whatever that means for us. We don’t have to be perfect, or have six-pack abs and a size 24 waistline. I just want to be fit and healthy, and enjoy life to its fullest – that is all. I just wish that it was easier, and that society wouldn’t place such a horrible ‘stigma’ on us heavy folks. It is such a hellacious battle – and it is SO tiring, making all of the rest so difficult to achieve. But I won’t give up my quest for health and fitness – ever.

If I ever own a gym, I will surely make sure that at least part of my focus would be on encouragement, support, and sensitivity to those in my position. Heck, I may even market services in that light. I would want to help people feel better about themselves.

In the meantime, I will just make up my mind to ignore all of the ugly ‘chatter’ within, and remind myself “I am beautiful, I am fit, I am strong“.

That’s it for now – off to the next great adventure.

peace out.

WOD for March 21st

Again, that is Workout of the Day:

I woke up at 5am and was here by 6 ready for my workout. It was ok – but not very well planned out prior to my arrival. When I work out alone I like to have a plan in my head but I didn’t, so this is what I did:

Warm up

  • 4 laps side shuffles
  • 10 burpees

Repeat the following series 3 times

  • 30 jumps (hard to explain thes)
  • 20 pushups
  • 30 lunges with arm extension and 15lb db (15 each leg)
  • 30 dumbell swings w/15lb dumbell (15 each arm)
  • 30 squats with sumo lift (with 15 lb db)
  • Run 400 meters – 6mph

Finish with:

  • Situps with arms extended overhead – 20
  • Lower ab lifts with shoulders raised – 20
  • Scissors – 20
  • left oblique twist – 20
  • right oblique twist – 20
  • Crunches with arms extended overhead -20
  • Stretch and cool down

Crossfit today

Crossfit this morning was so challenging that both Becky and I wanted to throw up. Becky (my absolute favorite workout partner) and I met at 6am for a 45 minute long journey:
Powerwalk across the Connecticut Avenue bridge – the run back (total of about 400 meters)
Repeat the following sequence two times through –

  • 20 thrusters with 2-15lb dumbells
  • 20 tricep bench dips
  • 20 dead lifts with 2-20lb dumbells
  • 20 air squats
  • Run 400 meters
  • 20 pushups
  • 20 reverse lunges
  • 20 bent over rows with 15lb dumbells
  • 20 air squats
  • Run 400 meters

Finish with:

  • Situps – 20
  • oblique twists – 20
  • lower ab lifts – 20
  • crunches with legs in the air – 20
  • ab plank with arm count to 100

Wednesday and a new attitude

I cut all of my hair off yesterday – not Britney style, but about 4 inches came off so now I can see my neck. It’s all part of this exciting and sometimes scary transformation I seem to be going through.

This morning I woke up at 4am and made it to work to do my first real crossfit workout in a month. With that, I need to give Jen a shoutout. She is going for her Crossfit certification this weekend and I am really proud of her. Because of Jen I started having confidence in my body and my strength. So Jen – I am sending positive thoughts and energy your way!

Todays motivational workout music: Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy & Sum 41


  • Side shuffles – 10 laps
  • Boxer Jumping Jacks: 50
  • Burpees: 10

Main Routine :
repeat the following three times through

  • 20 thrusters with 2-15lb dumbells
  • 20 tricep bench dips
  • 20 dead lifts with 2-20lb dumbells
  • 20 air squats
  • Run 400 meters

Finish with:

  • 10 burpees
  • 20 air squats
  • 1 round tabata situps
  •  stretch and cool down

WOD for March 6th

As promised – part of my March challenge is to accomplish 5 crossfit workouts each week. Since it’s been a while, I started out small. Here is what I did:

 10 Laps (quickly) up and down stairs (thats 24 stairs total x 10)

1 round tabata squats

 Thats it. It was fun, it was hard. But i did it. now carry on.

WOD – Crossfit Queens

Becky and I met this morning and did a pretty intense workout: 

Warm up – together

  • 4 laps side shuffle

  • 50 boxer jumping jacks

  • 10 burpees

Phase 1: Repeat the following a total of 3 rounds through:

  • 20 thrusters with 2 – 15 lb dumbells
  • 20 triceps dips off bench
  • 20 deadlifts with 20 lb dumbells
  • 20 air squats
  • Partner: Run until partner finishes routine (~400 meters) then switch

Phase 2: Repeat the following a total of 2 rounds through (we ran out of time so only did 2 rounds):

  • 20 pushups
  • 20 reverse lunges
  • 20 bent over rows with heavy dumbells
  • 20 air squats
  • Partner: Run until partner finishes routine (~400 meters) then switch


  • Tabata situps (1 round)

Stretch and cool down


this means workout of the day (learned this on Friday). Yeah, I am sorta slow sometimes.

This workout was excruciatingly difficult  (mentally more than physically) for some reason.

Here is what i did:

  • Warmup 10 mins on treadmill walking/with incline: 3.5 mph


  • jogging/walking 1 mile (as much as i could stand) incline level: 2

Then for 15 minutes:

  • 5 burpees
  • 5 medicine ball cleans

(I lost count at about round 11)


  • Jog/walk .5 mile incline level 2

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