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7’s and Heavy Metal

On Wednesday (7/28/2010) of this week, we did a really fun WOD. It was 7 rounds of:

  • 7 Sumo Deadlift High Pull (95#)
  • 7 Ring Dips (no assist)

My time was 5:47 (very proud of that). We followed that up with a Tabata run. After we rested for a a little while, I decided to do 2 five minute intervals on the C2, just for funsies. In the 10 minutes on the rower, I got 2343 meters total (1163m + 1180m).

The good.

I felt great during the first WOD. My energy level was high, the SDHP’s were cake, and the ring dips, although challenging, were doable. The rowing was pretty good too. It’s good to do longer intervals, I think, so that you can working on stroking efficiently (let the jokes begin).

The bad.

Although I said the ring dips were good, they were still really difficult and I think that I started to loose a bit of the ROM towards the end as my chesticles started to fail. The tabata run sucked hard b/c I had my converse on. I hate running in them. I feel like I am running in clown shoes.


Overall, it was a great night. I was very proud of how I performed.


Tonight (7/30/2010), we hit up another heavy metal class where the WOD was simply to find your 3 rep, 2 rep, and 1 rep max clean.

Things were going well. We started with about 95# to warm up, then moved to 135#, 155#, 185# (all 3 reps), then #205. As I was going for my second rep of 205#, I missed my front rack when I caught it in the squat and it pulled my fingers back really hard. I ended up dropping the weight and didn’t do another rep. To be exact, I tried a rep with just 65# to see how it felt and it hurt, so I decided to stop for the night.

The good news is that I cleaned my former 1 rep max twice with little problem, so, I suspect when my hands are feeling better, my max will probably now be higher.

My hands still hurt this morning, though.

In other good news, I had Dave measure my body fat again yesterday and here’s how it broke down:

Body weight: 219lbs (previously 221lbs, down 2lb)

Body Fat Analysis (caliper test)

Chest: 20.5mm
Abdomen: 34.5mm
Thigh: 22.5mm

Total Body Fat: 22.8% (previously 24.4% down 1.6%)
Fat Mass: 49.93 (previously 53.9lb, down 3.97lb)
Fat Free Mass: 169.07 (previously 167.1lb, up 1.97lb)


V is going to take my measurements again today so that I can see if they have changed at all. I doubt they have very much but I won’t know until she actually measures. At any rate, I am happy to see this progress, even if it is just a little bit. At least it’s in the right direction.

Weights and Measures

As promised, here are the measurements that I have taken. I will take them again on August 1st, 2010 to see where I stand.

Bust (right at the nipple line): 44 14/16” (44.875”)
Chest (just under bust): 41 5/16” (41.3125”)
Waist (smallest part above belly button): 40 4/16” (40.25”)
Hips (biggest part): 42 7/16” (42.4375”)
Thighs (biggest part): Right 26 7/16” (26.4375”) | Left 26 1/2” (25.5”)
Calves (biggest part): Right 16 5/16” (16.3125”) | Left 16”
Upper Arm (biggest part above elbow): Right 14 9/16” (14.5625”) | Left 14 12/16” (14.75”)
Forearm (biggest part below elbow): Right 12” | Left 11 12/16” (11.75”)

Body Weight: 221lbs

Body Fat Analysis (caliper test)

  • Chest: 26mm
  • Abdomen: 34mm
  • Thigh: 25mm

Total Body Fat: 24.4%

Fat Mass: 53.9lb

Fat Free Mass: 167.1lb

The Price We Pay

We are back in the great state of Texas after being gone for about a month. It was a fantastic tour of weddings, receptions, CrossFit boxes, our honeymoon, lots of site-seeing and visiting with family and friends. I wouldn’t trade the last month for anything in the world.

If I HAD to make one complaint, it would be that our paleo eating habits went out the window. Really, really far out the window. We had lots of plans for trying to stick to it as much as possible, but well, that didn’t really work either for a variety of reasons which I will not go into because really, it’s just a bunch of lame ass excuses and laziness. Granted, you only get to honeymoon one time (hopefully) and sometimes you just need to do whatever it is that you want to do. But, there’s always a price.

I am back from this trip finding myself feeling like I have gained weight. My clothing is not really as comfortable as I would like and really, I am feeling really uncomfortable in my own skin. I hate this feeling.

Being that I have amazing tools at my disposal to help deal with this sort of thing, for the next 30 days, I will be doing my own paleo challenge. That means that I will be on a strict paleo diet doing my best to not cheat at all except for maybe a paleo dessert here and there, but definitely not often.

I will be doing a CrossFit WOD 2-3x week along with WODs from the CrossFit Endurance site at least 2x week. I will also be food logging. I know… I know you would love to see a picture of every single thing that I eat, but sorry, I am using plain old pen and paper this time. I will be submitting my food log to my coaches at CFCP and reviewing it with them to help tweak my diet.

I imagine that somewhere along these 30 days, I will start weighing and measuring my food to get a better idea of exactly how much of what I am eating. I have been very hesitant to do this in the past as I think it’s sort of neurotic, but at this point, I want results and I will do whatever I need to do to get them.

I am tired of feeling like this and tired of feeling like I will never have a body that I can be proud of.

Speaking of weighing and measuring, I will also be weighing and measuring myself. Tonight, before I go to sleep, I will ask V to take my measurements. Next time I am at CFCP, I will take my weight ( I don’t have a scale at home ) and get my body fat assessed. I have put off doing this as well as I am REALLY afraid of the result. I am guessing that I am somewhere between 30% – 40%, but we will see.

On August 1st, I will retake all of the above (measurements, weight, and body) and post whatever the changes are. It may work and it may not work. Whatever the results, at least at that point, I will know what I need to do to tweak my program.

It’s time to pay the piper.