Happy Friday! Here is the second part of Alisa's blog. This one focuses on some of the challenges she faced following the last WLC - proof that progress is never in a straight line. Check it out!
Then July 1st came around and I got tonsillitis/sinusitis and was literally sick and taking medication through the entire month of July. While we scaled back the number of sessions, and the length of the sessions, I still was determined to get some working out in, but my body was just not capable of doing what I was asking of it and it started to mess with me mentally – I was getting very frustrated that I couldn’t perform at the level I knew I had been capable of just a month earlier. I felt like all the work I had put in was slipping away day by day because I couldn’t keep the intensity up. I started backsliding into old/bad habits with regards to nutrition and exercise; I was really struggling mentally. When I started making “excuses” for indulging in sweets Mike and Yvette gave me a stern talking to about the bad habits I had let back in. They gave me the kick in the behind I needed to stop feeling sorry for myself and start taking back control. I told Mike to stop scaling for me being sick and to push me as far as he knows I can go, which he did. On July 29th he “forced” me to PR my deadlift at 235lbs (I was ready to call it a PR at 185). I did this while I was still on antibiotics, suffering from a ruptured ear drum and nursing bruised ribs. I knew then that I was capable of doing more than I thought and started to get aggressive in my pursuit of my fitness goals once again.
I made the decision that 5 days a week would be my routine – a mix of 1-on-1 and classes – so on August 1st, after 11 months of On-Ramp and 1-on-1 coaching, I officially became a member of CrossFit 818. I recommitted to my health and started dialing in the nutrition again. After just 2 weeks I was feeling good again and during a routine workout day Mike pushed me to yet another PR on August 15th – 1 RM Back Squat at 223lbs. That was a huge shock to both of us as I had never back squatted more than 53lbs before! Then on August 16th I did my first attempt at handstands – a move that has terrified me to the point of feeling paralyzed and a failure because I couldn’t even walk up the wall one step. I not only was able to walk up the wall, but I was almost in a full handstand.
Now as I write this I am three weeks away from my one-year anniversary and achieving the goals Mike and I set no longer feels unattainable. It has taken these last 6 weeks for me to learn my weaknesses and learn how to push past them. I now know that regardless of what I am going through physically or emotionally, I can push myself harder than I think and achieve the ultimate health & fitness goals I have set for myself. It has been a lesson well learned.
The morning 818 crew team rowing hard!
A. Overhead stability fun
B. AMRAP 10 minutes:
30 double unders
15 power snatches (75/55)
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