Friday, May 20, 2016

Injuries & Weight Loss

Besides posting recipes, I've been keeping it pretty quiet in terms of sharing what's going on in my world. If you follow me on social media (Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat), you probably get more than enough of my daily boring antics. I drink a lot of coffee, I spend a lot of time with my dogs, do that CrossFit thang, coach my clients, and spend a lot of preparing and then joyously devouring food.

It's a rough life. I luff what I do. <3

So here's what else is up. I started working with a weightlifting coach. The plan is to drop some el bee's and compete in a meet or two as a 58kg lifter. Singlet and all. The real deal. My current weight puts me in the 63 class, but I'm choosing to lose 5lbs and compete as a 58kg. Otherwise, I need to get A LOT stronger to stay (and be any good) as a 63. So, I'm working on the strength thing. And in the meantime, working on cutting some weight & keeping it off permanently. So I can walk around as a 58.

But damn, it's tough. I sympathize with my clients on the regular - because we are going through this ish together. Finding the sweet spot for your macros, to lose weight and maintain training intensity and volume is a dance. It's not like the Whip and Nae Nae though, oh no. It's like en point ballet. Focus. Dedication. Commitment. Sacrifice. But, it's worth it. As my body fat drops, my performance increases. I can't complain. Heavy barbells still feel incredible. Gymnastics are easier (and I don't train it nearly as much as I should).

How about the elbow? Well, it's not all fixed. I took almost the whole month of April off from CrossFit. I needed to heal my golfers elbow/tendinitis for real. So no grip work, no going overhead, no gymnastics, ring work, flexion of my wrist, or extension of my arm at the elbow. Because the injury was tied into my shoulder impingement and my lack of internal rotation, it was suggested I even avoid back squats. I even gave up my CrossFit classes because demo-ing movements hurt!

I was a mess. I did a lot of yoga. A lot of ROMWOD. A lot of Spin class. I let myself come back slowly the first week, light barbell stuff, body weight movements, loads of Crossover Symmetry. We went to Florida on vacation and dropped into some CrossFit boxes, and I just jumped right back in. Because everything felt awesome! Rope climbs, handstand pushups, deadlifts, all the things.

We got back from Florida last week. I enjoyed kicking back and taking class and just having fun.

This was the first week I've started following programming with my coach; and so far so good. I'm able to lock out my snatches with no soft elbows, though I definitely still feel stiffness and still have pain from my shoulder impingement. As long as I manage my volume, listen to my body, take appropriate rest, continue acupuncture, and don't miss daily Crossover Symmetry - I think I'm going to be alright.

Crossing my fingers.

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