Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Forgot to Turn my Swag Off


Don't you hate it when that happens?!

Actually, I hate it when I forget to turn my swag off and can't fall asleep, period. I've been having such a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. 4 hours, I got 4 hours of sleep last night, and maybe 5 combined the night before. This is no bueno, folks.

Especially when you have a monster day like this ahead of you:


FML.

Before these pretty little metcons, I had 5/3/1 squats today. Warmed up with 70x5, 95x5, 120x5 and then jumped right into my work sets.

145 x 5
165 x 3
190 x 2

Goal is 200#, soon! I'm thinking I need to tweak my high bar to a low bar, as the weight is starting to pull me a little too forward at the bottom. 


Stronger every day! Even if the WOD's result in meeting our mascot ...


Yes, I pukied after WOD #2. I finished Double Annie in 16:10 (ouch!) then jumped right into the chipper. A few minutes of rest would have been much more intelligent. 

I hit those last 30 box jumps, started cycling them, and before I knew it ...

To the bathroom I was running! I haven't pukied in a long, long, long time. The WOD was tough, but I think it was my stomach just being sour since yesterday. 

Have you ever met Pukie?

Do you have any recommendations on sleep aids?
I take a Melatonin tablet and Natural Calm drink, but it just isn't cutting it, my brain is moving a million miles a minute still. 

29 comments:

  1. New to your blog, really enjoying it! You are inspiring and sassy- love it!

    Regarding sleep- sounds like you need to take care of something. You eat well, get plenty of exercise, have a great job...try to identify the theme of your thoughts and figure out a plan to execute/resolve them. I have been treating sleep and insomnia issues for years, and difficulty falling asleep 9 times out of 10 is emotionally related to something.

    Good luck!

    BTW thanks for the chicken and cabbage recipe you posted in November- it's a weekly staple 'round here :-)

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    1. Are you here in the Atlanta area? You seem like someone I need to talk to! I definitely understand what you mean by an emotional imbalance. Since moving to ATL ... Well, everything has just been different.

      Thanks for the advice.

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    2. I wish I lived in Atlanta! Then, I could treat you AND live near my BFF. But alas, I am in L.A.

      My BFF is a coach at Crossfit East Decatur, her name is Lauren. She is an amazingly kind, genuine and funny person. Crazy easy to get along with. If you are needing more friends/buddies in the CF world, she's a gem :-) Email me if you want! karen@wrightlifewellness.com

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  2. So......I've been wanting to ask for a while now....so here goes...Aren't you scared of getting a hemi, you know a roid? All the weight you're throwing around is a perfect way to get a hemi brewin'!!! I do mostly strength and weight training and throw in a little cardio each week. I trained with a competition trainer last summer and we used very heavy weight. I was so worried that I was gonna wake up with a little friend back there!! Luckily, I didn't but am to scared to go back.

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    1. Haha! There are no boundaries within the blogging world, and that is a common fear. To be honest, my brother got them as a kid, my husband has had them, they never resulted from lifting. I feel like I could get one either way, might just enjoy what I'm doing if I am ;)

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  3. I always wake up covered in bitches...just how I roll...lol

    I would recommend checking out melatonin. It is suppose to be a natural accruing compound that an help get your circadian rhythms in check...ie you will start sleeping naturally. This can get out of sync during the winter...oh and supplement vitamin D to if you arn't already. That will help with your daytime energy...doesnt work for everyone but just a thought...

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    1. Done and done! I might need to tweak my melatonin dosage ...

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  4. Depending on the dose you are already taking, you can increase the amount of melatonin you take. I took unisom once - it helped, but I was scared i'd somehow end up addicted and reliant upon it, so I never took it again.

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    1. I'm going to look into the dosing, thank you!

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  5. Hey Cutie, Im sorry that you are not sleeping well. I watch DR. OZ show about Melatonin and its not good to take a high number of mg because it can actually disturb your sleep. I think you should check out his web site for more information. Maybe don't take it and see if you sleeping gets better. Dr. Weil suggested Valerian Root. well, have a great day

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    1. That's in Sleepy Time tea! Great advice :)

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  6. Nyquil/Dayquil now make Zzzzquil - I think it's just diphenhydramine (Benadryl)

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    1. Hmmm ... I'll have to look into it. Non habit forming, you think?

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    2. Just a note that the diphenhydramine makes me hyper... I go for the active ingredient from Nyquil (doxyalamine). But everyone is different. I just never got the same sleep from the Diphenhydramine, even when I tried it isolated.

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  7. I've never puked (yet). It's really none of my business what you do, but I'm wondering how come you did 3 workouts (lifting, wod1 and wod2)? Isn't that a lot? On another note, you might look into magnesium oil spray to help with sleeping!

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    1. Hey Gina!

      Im following Wendler's 5/3/1, so I'm doing the big lifts 3-4 days out of the week, followed by CrossFit programming. Since situps, yes, situps, are a weakness of mine, I've been squeezing them into my programming a little more. Since the first workout was strictly metabolic (cardio biased) the second chipper was much more strength based, and it did have 25 min cap on it. Normally it's just the big lift and a metcon, sometimes it happens there's some overlap.

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  8. OOoooo I used to the Wendler's 5/3/1. I loved it. I switched off because of some shoulder pain...and I started becoming abnormally scared of the weight I was lifting. I kept psyching myself out. So weird. Anyways, I thought it was a good time to lean down for a figure show. Instead I went a little lighter with higher reps. A different type of training. It's ok. Not as good as a seriously monster lift but still good. Not sure where that tangent came from.

    I actually wanted to say that I've been having the same problem with my sleep. I don't like to become dependent on melatonin so I limit myself to once/week, if neccessary. My mind also goes CRAZY. What I try to do is lay there and slowly relax...first your toes relax...imagine them relaxing...feel them relaxing...DON'T MOVE. Then your ankles start relaxing. SLOWLY move up your body. It gives you something else to think about. You should be asleep before you get to your upper body. Oh, and if you move or start thinking about something else start over!

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    1. I love this idea! It keeps me totally present, not giving my mind time to wander!

      I'm thinking that if the lifts become too scary for me, I'll probably just stay in that week and repeat the numbers again to see if that helps me mentally overcome the fear ;)

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    2. Hope it helps!

      Oh I can't even begin to tell you how frustrating it was. I was on my 10th cycle before I started to lose it. To give you an idea my max squat was 235lbs. So 135 - 165lbs should be a piece of cake. Nope. I couldn't do it. After 2 weeks of this even my workout partner was like "seriously, I think you're done for awhile". That's my story. :)

      I should get back into it. I mean, I have a really awesome red lifting belt and everything.

      Sorry, ranting again. I guess I'm just excited to have another female to talk to about lifting. As you can imagine, they're few and far between. Love the blog! And keep up the amazing lifts. ;)

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  9. You sound like me - I'm an insomniac (seriously, I ran off of 4-5 hours a night MAX for so long - if I could fall asleep, I'd still wake up and stay awake consistently at 3 or 4 in the morning...)but I don't let lack of sleep keep me from working out, even when I should rest...

    Oh and yes I've also tried Natural Calm/Magnesium Citrate, Melatonin, Valerian, Sleepy teas, you name it... Oh and Benadryl, etc - APPARENTLY the active ingredient in Benadryl makes me hyper - who KNEW?

    BUT the active ingredient in Nyquil is what does it for me. Go to Walmart and look for Doxyalamine sleeping pills. They work for me and that's saying a lot. I still have some trouble sleeping, but even my fiance comments that I've been so much happier lately because I sleep better. Half a pill works for me (they come in 25 mg doses).
    Also - I am a freak and research the side effects of everything. These are apparently safe for even pregnant women to take when needed... &Aside from making me sleepy, Doxyalamine really hasn't effected me badly - no skin issues, weight changes, etcetc. And since I love caffeine, coffee and tea get me going in the morning.

    All I have to say is - you remind me of me and I know that sleep issues paired with a love for Crossfit just suck.

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  10. You're a life saver! Totally going to check them out!

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  11. Hey! As another army wife that also just recently moved and having a hard time adjusting and finding friends like I had at our last post I def feel like I connect with you and your blog! I can be completely exhausted at night and just lay there thinking about a billion things. I was doing melatonin, but woke up groggy all the time. I've been trying to get off the phone, computer, etc at least 20 minutes before bed and either read a magazine or do some yoga stretches to calm myself before I go and wash my face and all the regular before bed shenanigans! This has helped me a ton! Hope you start getting better sleep!

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    1. Hey Ashley! Where did you guys move to? Anywhere in my neck of the woods? :)

      I did find that reading something boring, like Newsweek, helps me drift off ... I HAVE to keep my computer and even my cell phone in the office, away from me or I'll just browse all night ...

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    2. We went from Ft. Carson....amazing....to West Point. It's gorgeous here but a whole different world! I started doing crosswords for my boring nightly activity!

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  12. My Chiropractor recommended a supplement called Formula 303. It is a natural muscle relaxant/ stress reliever. I was skeptical, but I love it! It helps me feel calmer and even on those nights I can only get 4 or 5 hours in I wake up feeling much more well rested than I think I should! It is also great for those days after killer WODs that leave your muscles crazy tight!. May be worth a try if you are trying to go a more natural route. http://www.earthturns.com/Formula-303-Natural-Relaxer-p/F303-45.htm
    I also just started Wendler's 5/3/1. I'm on my 3rd week. I love how flexible it is. I can only get in for lifting two days a week, so I just double up a pushing move and pulling move and I'm done! Hoping I can build up to your crazy big numbers!! :)

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    1. Oh, another 5/3/1 girl! Whoop! Let me know how youre doing, I'm actually just starting week 4, will have to double up my movements this week, but Deload next week, holler! ;)

      I love the sound of this stuff! Well noted, thanks for the link!

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  13. Yikes.. those WODs look evil on their own; amazing job to be able to do them both!! Even if there was an incident after.. !

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  14. Hey there.... valerian is great! I have some I made... i'll get it to you.. lmk...i'm around this weekend!!
    -Brandon

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  15. Hey Courtney..
    I use Nighttime Recovery,its amazing for sleep and recovery. Its also safe and natural!

    You can find it on my page at www.advocareimpact.us under Performance Elite,hope it helps!!

    Avery Quinn
    ISSA CFT & Advocare Advisor
    Averymquinn@hotmail.com

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