Share your best fitness victory from this week with the ladies of xxfitness and revel in how awesome we all are!
Share your best fitness victory from this week with the ladies of xxfitness and revel in how awesome we all are!
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Ran a 25k trail race with >3700' of climbing (and of course, another 3700' of descent back down), and won it! Bonus points for the fact that it had been pouring for months when I ran the race, was pouring during the race, winds were insane, mud was everywhere, and conditions really were just all-around dismal.
I like running on dirt and all to protect my joints, but I'm not a "trail runner" in the traditional sense. I prefer to just run on extremely non-challenging dirt paths and the likes, I don't want the terrain to be an inconvenience, and I much prefer track and road racing. I didn't prep for this race per se, other than just continuing my normal running, and doing three long runs on similar terrain before my race. Still a bit sore but no big deal.
But that means that in total, I've won all three of the trail races I've done in the past three years! I'll probably do another one this summer as part of a marathon buildup... gotta make it 4-0!
HECK YESS!!!! Goals right there
Um, that's incredible!!! Damn, congrats
I may have eaten brownies each time my baby woke up last night BUT I did not buy 99c clearance cookies at the grocery store yesterday. So you could say I have iron willpower
I made a couple pies for Pi Day, and while shopping for the ingredients, the sugar monster that is my lizard brain was screaming at me to buy everything I didn’t need. I managed to get out of both Trader Joe’s and Target with just the stuff I went in for. Aaand I’m thinking I’m going to skip breakfast in favor of the peanut butter pie I made bc yolo but also calories 😂
I managed to get out of both Trader Joe’s and Target with just the stuff I went in for
You the real MVP
Seriously, that is some award-winning willpower.
I cannot leave TJ's without mochi ice cream, some form of chocolate, those delicious mango gummies, multiple containers of black bean dip, chicken potstickers, some form of frozen Indian dinner, and basically everything else I see. I can, however, leave TJ's without my dignity.
Easy solution: just add those to your list! Boom.
Yep, let me just pick up these three things I just ran out of. Check out - $150.
I read this 42 times as “couples pie” and was wondering what exactly makes a pie a couples pie. Like maybe you split it in half and enjoy it with your significant other 🤔 or if you’re single you eat the whole thing on your own 😏
Every pie is a singles pie if you believe in yourself. (Or if you hate yourself? I diligently logged the pies I made in MFP and just... you don’t wanna know is all I have to say.)
Peanut butter pie? That sounds like everything my dreams are made of.
This recipe absolutely makes enough filling for two pies, or for a big deep dish pie. I made one "normal" sized pie and it is a thicc boi. I also used unsweetened peanut butter which I would absolutely recommend, otherwise I think it would be overwhelmingly sweet. I did also throw in a layer of chocolate ganache in the middle of the peanut butter layer, and I just made a standard oreo crust. Mine still worked out to about 500 calories per slice (16 servings in one pie) with lower calorie swaps like lite cool whip and cream cheese. It's delicious. It also got me to my protein goal for the day soooo I'm not mad about it. You could easily make half the filling, omit the ganache I used and the peanut butter cups I topped it with, and have a reasonable treat. Or, you can live your best life and make it with all the full fat ingredients and revel in the power bestowed on you by this marvelous pie.
So only 8000 calories for the entire pie you made? I could make that work. That’s only around 5 days worth of calories for me.
But seriously thanks for the recipe!!! :) looks like I could easy make it gluten free! Desserts that can be gluten free for me and not “taste gluten free” to my picky family is always a challenge!
Oh yeah that would be a breeze! Just the crust to worry about. The gluten, dairy, and nut free tart I made was also a huge hit among everyone in my office and we only have two gluten free folks, one dairy free, and one nut free. Gluten free doesn’t have to mean cardboard.
I know it's not omgsoamazing but I've had a mini goal of squatting 200 x 8 since I started training in November and I can finally say that today I did it and they were all clean and to depth :) feeling good about it
Not omgsoamazing? Mini goal? 200??? Dude, that's amazing!
thanks, it's hard to kick the ~nothing is ever good enough mentality~ trying to be happy just enjoying a new hobby
200 x anything is amazing!!
Jfc, my 1RM for squats is 205lbs and I did that once and then sat down for a fortnight.
Well done, that IS OMGSOAMAZING!!
Daaang. I’m doing 100 x 15 and suspect I’m not hitting full depth (the mirrors at my gym are all mounted too high - you know, for all the 10-foot-tall people out there). That’s awesome. Congrats, and be proud!
ugh the worst when you can't even check your own form, I get my spot to tell me or film me when I have a gym buddy, also 15 reps of any weight kicks my butt/genuinely just feels like cardio haha so props for working in such a high rep range!
My heart rate spikes to the 170s, so the last 6 or 7 reps are just me staring at myself in the mirror with my internal drill sergeant telling me to stop being a bitch and GET THOSE REPS IN! Circuit training life is hard life.
you push through though!!!
Dude I've been lifting for like 4 years and pre-minor-injury my (5'6", 145-155lbs) squat max was 175 x 1. 200 x 8 is amazing.
To be fair, my squats kind of suck for someone who's been at it for so long, gladly my deads make up for it.
yeah deadlifts are my favourite too :) my bench though is a whole other story
What, HOW?! This is wizardry. You is strong!
HELLOOOOOOOOOOO that is amazing! Great job
I LIFTED FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER THIS WEEK!!! And to my own great surprise, I am strong enough to bench the bar!
Benching the bar is a huge achievement! Congrats!
I bit the bullet (kind of). I'm moving forward with a punch card at the new crossfit gym, which will let me really test them out for 3 months while I still attend my current. I wasn't sure I would until I walked into my current box yesterday to find my coach not there and a sub in his place. The sub is a nice guy but really an awful coach.
Also, so weird for me. Last night the SO and I got into an argument. I was initially planning to have ice cream after dinner and relax before bed. But after the argument I skipped the ice cream and went to bed because I knew that it wouldn't taste nearly as great when I'm upset like that. Intuitive eating win! Before I would have just ate more ice cream to cope with the emotions.
Good on you for not eating all the ice cream! Have you tried out the new CrossFit gym yet?
I tried it Tuesday! I like the coaches I met a lot, it's just weird not knowing anyone at the gym and being the new kid again, so I decided I'll give them a chance and go there for a few weeks and then decide fully which gym I want
It will be weird for a little, but soon you won't be new anymore! Liking the coaches and the convenience of the gym could factor in too. I think your approach of trying it for a little while is a great idea
They have assault runners there! I love those things
I'm nervously excited, I'll be there 1-2 days a week for a bit and get a real good feel for it
It’s so hard to choose between coaching and environment. I love my box but the coaching is definitely sub par. BUT the community is amazing and there so many open gyms/freedom to use the gym as we please as long as we respect the classes. And they don’t mind if we have a friend drop in once in awhile without a charge. And it’s cheaaaap. I’ve been to another gym in my area where most of the advanced athletes go and the coaching is amazing but the environment is starkly different. Not much community for new/not part of the clique members and barely any open gyms. I’m interested to see how it evolves for you. Keep us updated!
My situation feels so similar to what you just described, I'm just crossing my fingers that it's not really cliquey and I'll be fine in a few weeks. I'll keep you all updated :)
After the breakup, I have completed two/three workouts of thinner leaner stronger at my old gym. I'm proud I was able to get back to working out on my own & do pretty good at the programs, but it is kicking my butt. Gains ahead!
TLS is a good program, hope you enjoy it! Sorry about the breakup, but good on you for not letting it limit your gains lol
💪🏻thanks! It's what I was doing before I switched gyms, so the familiarity makes it simpler. I will not let it destroy my gains!
Dance related: (I haven’t danced since I was a kid so this is a big deal for me!).
I’ve finally managed to master the triplet step and I’m just a few sessions away from nailing my pirouette!
I’ve been rehearsing for a musical and putting a few extra hours practicing the dance in my gym’s studio room! It’s really paying off!
I never thought I’d get there so quickly! We’re a month into rehearsals and I’ve got three months to go!
Worked up to a new 1 rep max on bench on Tuesday and got 120# (previous max was 107#).
Edit: we worked up to a max on trapbar deadlift today as well and I got 225#! Finally at 2 plates! Now, I just need to get my straight bar deadlift there (current max is 205#, but haven’t tested in a while).
New goals: bench 1 plate and deadlift 2 plates with the straight bar.
Yesterday I ran 8.5km to work at a pace of 5:51/km, which took me 50m20s. On the way home I decided to try and beat it, and ran back at a pace of 5:41/km and it took me 49m10s. I'm getting faster and it's so cool.
I'd like to get it below 45 minutes sometime soon, but that's a little far out at the moment, or at least it is if I want to function once I get to work :)
Do you run commute every day to work and back? I've never tried it but I'm really curious about the logistics now that I'm enjoying running outside.
Only one day a week at the moment. I'm hoping to get it to three by the summer, but I've got longer runs on Saturday and Sunday and can't jump the mileage that fast.
For logistics, I cycle to work the other days, so on Tuesday I carry clothes and lunch for both Tues and Weds, storing clothes in desk drawers and food in the staff fridge. That way I only have to carry phone, wallet, keys, and staff card when I run, which makes it much easier.
Thanks for letting me know! Very helpful for the future (hopefully) :)
I’ve started splitting up my workouts so I’m not in the gym for 2+ hours after a 10+ hour workday and it’s been working! I’ve been to the gym every day this week, but for under an hour each time, and have gotten in bench, deadlifts, and squat so far. Planning on my second set of deadlifts today and OHP tomorrow.
My weight is also down this week, which is nice after it being up a pound last week.
Just about to finish my most consistent streak of lifting ever! 4 weeks of 4 x per week. Amazing what a difference consistency makes. My butt has lifted BIG TIME. Reward tattoo is coming tomorrow. Yay me.
Hell yeah! I also do reward tattoos. Such a good motivator.
I actually woke up with my husband who has an early alarm wake-up and went for a 30min walk on the treadmill. Where did my energy come from especially as I was in a funk for the last couple of weeks?
I think half the time it's just having a moment like this where you prove to yourself "oh yeah, I CAN do this.)
Took a skiing lesson on Monday (moguls are hard!) And discovered I am strong. Strong legs, strong core. Yay!
I am home sick with a head cold/sinus misery. I got a dr appt just to be sure. Rather than take the train, I rode my bike to the appointment. I got a tiny bit of cardio, and cleared out my nose on the way (TMI). I know working out while sick isn’t recommended but for a cold, it felt good.
Sometimes getting the heart rate up a tiny bit and getting fresh air through your system is just what I need for a cold! Not a hard workout, just a body wake-up.
Feel better :)
I posted this the other day, but it was deleted because it was better suited for this thread. SO. I got a new foam roller and Holy EFF i had been neglecting stretching! I spent most of the morning stretching with bands and doing some foam rolling and my body was like "yessssss finally!" I've been so focused on marathon training and F45ing, I forgot about recovery. I had also added on that post some recommendations of videos to watch: "Full-Body Rolling Out Routine Perfect Form With Ashley Borden" on the LivestrongWoman channel. She doesn't go through like a whole roll out session but she shows clearly and explains well how to do each move. I also liked "Yin Yoga For Hips With IT Band Stretches 20 Minutes Crazy Deep Hip Stretching Yoga With Music" on the BrettLarkinYoga channel. "6 Resistance Band Stretches for Increased Flexibilty" on the 12 Minute Athlete channel was good, but her voice was kind of annoying to me so i did it on mute haha.
This is my first week with my trainer. I’m obese. I learned how to deadlift and did 10 sets of 25 lbs!
Yaaasssss! Deadlifts are the bomb, they feel so badass, and there’s so many cues involved that they feel like a bit of a mental workout as well.
I've been keeping up well with my workouts this week (including abs which I often skip) but the real feat this Thorsday is that I've made an appointment with my Dr. to talk about my mental health. It's time to get to the bottom of why I feel so crappy all the time.
I'm so proud of you!! Keep us posted on how it goes, we're all here for you! ❤
Monday I committed to a meal plan. And I have stuck to it! I’ve made a few modifications to what works for me, but I am so proud of myself! Usually I start something like this and two days later I’m completely over it. But I’m doing the damn thing!
Good for you!!! It's so hard to find a sustainable meal plan. I mean, it's partially dedication/willpower but that can only get you so far. It has to work for you.
Tried to run last week in my new neighborhood. Couldn't even get through a mile. Ran again yesterday and did 2 miles in less than 24 minutes! I can't run the whole time yet, but I'm improving. Was a little worried about running down the street since some areas can get a little shady but now that the sun is out I'm not as nervous, and there were still a lot of people out and about. Even saw a dude running the opposite way so I feel better now.
I probably won't be able to run the whole 5k in April that I signed up for but it's a casual event that I wanted to just try out. Gotta be on it for the next month, though!
I sent the 5.11a I’ve been working on at the climbing gym!!! First one since last summer. Maybe I’m not climbing as badly as I thought last week...
I mentioned this in the daily a few days ago, but I set a new trap bar deadlift PR!! 100kg x 1 rep, and then 95kg for 4 reps. Accidental because I was at a different gym and apparently the staff there don’t know how much their trap bar actually weighs (10kg more than they told me, oof!), but still exciting!
Yaaassss get it! Now you've broken through that you'll crush all the 11s :D
Yesterday I managed 4 sets of squats and shoulder press with 15 lb dumbbells in each hand. This was mixed in with pushups and burpees and everything else we were doing. By the end my arms were shaking, my form went to hell, and I was having a hard time getting them up but I finished! I only started getting serious with strength training at the beginning of the month. Before that I would've picked the 8lb weights. Can't wait to see some muscle!
Got into the gym today after just not feeling it at all this week. Think I'm making some headway with my deadlifts and my form. I'll take it.
I have Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and have futzed around for a while dealing with injuries and loss of function and not really making any progress on my own besides cardio improvements (and losing a bunch of weight), but I finally got off my butt and started actual full-on physical therapy yesterday. I was surprised and pleased when he commented during the assessment on how strong I was and going, "oh yeah, I can work with this," when he was doing strength tests, so I left feeling pretty pumped about that.
I was honestly a little annoyed he said to hold off on starting the exercises he gave me until Friday because the testing can aggravate things, so I went for a 12 mi. recumbent bike ride instead, ha.
Actually got over myself and am trying Strong Curves, which turned out to be the little push I needed to get more consistent with lifting (so far). Kept to it on schedule this week, and also am doing EHOH banded pullups (because I need to get a full clean bodyweight pullup soon or I'll probably die haha). It's not a lot, but I'm feeling motivated and inspired to not give up on myself, which is kind of a big deal on this gross Midwestern winter.
Good job. I ended up enjoying Strong Curves back when I did it. Especially once I did Gluteal Goddess.
You're always worth not giving up on!
I took “active recovery” day seriously and because of it I have no soreness today and feel good to go!
I’ve been doing IF for about a month now and I feel great. No bingeing at all and my weight has stayed the same (which is what I wanted). The past few days I’ve noticed it’s becoming more of a habit and I’m not as hungry mid morning. In the past I’ve had a lot of trouble eating on a regular schedule- I hate to cook so I’d either just eat junk food for dinner or skip it entirely. Then I’d wake up the next morning starving or with a food hangover.
But now I eat lunch and dinner! I feel like a real adult.
Been doing pole dancing for about two months now, and on Monday i finally was able to do a spin upside down! Yay for inverted v’s!!!
That’s so cool, congrats!
Can I ask what your fitness level was like before you started pole dancing? It’s something I’ve been curious about but I’m not super strong (yet!) and wonder if I should wait until I’ve gotten in better shape so it’s not a waste.
I grew up doing ballet/dance and i’ve been lifting weights 5ish days a week since August. But there are girls in my class who dont lift at all and do just as well as me! You don’t have to be super strong to get started, it just helps out a bit once you start progressing but you build strength from doing it anyways too. I definitely don’t think it would be a waste, especially since i’d say the fitness aspect is only a fraction of what i get out of it. The benefits of getting to spend an hour each week with other women appreciating ourselves and exploring femininity outweighs it in my opinion haha
My squadron made food and I am able to eat some of it even though I am counting calories!
I went and did my bro lift day at my regular gym (I've been at my box most of the time the last couple of months) and two different people stopped me to tell me how amazing my progress is. I almost started to cry right there in the middle of the gym. It's so hard to see past myself and focus on the things I've accomplished sometimes that I forget I've lost over 30lbs.
I got two PRs this week technically. I haven't really ever had a heavy snatch day (no idea what a 1rm would be) but I went to the Oly class at my CrossFit gym and landed 3 singles of 90# snatches pretty easily. My last 1rm for a clean was 130# for context.
Also this is the second to last week in our strength cycle and so yesterday we worked up to a 90% push press triple (again no 1rm I missed testing day and I've never done heavy push press) and my last set was 110 for 3 reps and it went up so smooth I was shocked.
I hit so many PRs this week! First time hitting triple digits on squats, 115 on hip thrusts, 95 on Romanian DLs, and 85 on my deadlifts (can u tell I like leg day? Lol)
I also started jumping rope for 5 mins before my lift sessions this week... I’m a sweaty mess BUT I really like it thus far!
I've been working with a trainer for the last year and a half, but don't really track my progress. I just notice I'm getting stronger and am having fun working out. So every now and then I get surprised by muscles I didn't realize I had. The other night, it was my glutes. They are rock solid and I had no idea until I was randomly flexing and smacking my own ass in front of the mirror.
And probably partly related, I was having a really good image day yesterday which is continuing today. I am looking and feeling really good.
I've been trying for forever and a day to
wake up get up slightly earlier to have more time for my workouts. On lifting days, this means I wouldn't feel rushed. On bodyweightfitness days, that means I'd actually be able to complete the workout (obviously not my priority). This morning, I still didn't have enough time to complete it, but I did manage to get further along in the workout than I normally do. I'm thinking this might be my next fitness goal - get up when I actually to in order to do the full workouts I want.
I was able to do a toe touch for the first time ever this week!
Ran 6 miles at 6am this morning. Did my first GRIT class yesterday evening. Have thus far been consistent with the dumbell routine I'm doing.
Eating lots of veggies, whole grains, and protein. Not sweating the small stuff (I ate one of the donuts I baked yesterday, who cares?) Maintaining a sleep schedule.
Life-wise: got the second interview scheduled! It's next Monday, and this would be a big career move. Double my current pay, full benefits. I know two people that work there who I very much respect, and they love it.
So the other day I went to the gym and realized that I forgot a shirt. I don't know how I managed to not pack a shirt, but I didn't. I didn't want to skip my workout so I just went out in my leggings and sports bra instead. I felt self conscious at first but eventually was just concentrating on my workout and didn't care about anything else. I'm so glad I didn't let my fears of other people judging my body get in the way of my workout. I'm pretty proud of myself for that.
I did two sets of five pullups this week, where as last week could only do one set of five. Could only get 4 on the third set though. 3x5 here I come.
Strung together toes to bar for the first time! I managed 3 and then stopped to save myself for the workout... During which I strung together 0 😂 whatever, at least now I know I can do them!
PR'd my clean and jerk by 10lbs! Slowly getting stronger. Up to 120lb now. 🏋️♀️
I completed my 3rd cycle of German Volume Training, homemade edition in 15 days. I don't see or expect to see clear results yet maybe except my tris feeling harder. I totally forgot to take measurements so I'll be eyeballing in another 2 weeks and decide then whether to do another 2 weeks or finish there. I feel like it's giving me a good workout though. I find it overall enjoyable. And right after that, I'll go on a weekly trial for this amazing looking weightlifting gym I just found about. Hopefully, I'll like it and continue my workouts there. Super excited!
I kinda fell off track with IF last week and I made it 18:6 yesterday and have been doing well this week! Tonight will be gym session #2 for this week since my workout partner has been sick but I will kick ass tonight!
i am training for my first official half marathon, and I managed to run 7.3 miles in 60 minutes- the day after a grueling hour-long leg day! I have been working out every day for a couple of weeks instead of 4-5x, and sure enough, my anxiety is way more manageable. I have come to terms with the fact that some form of daily exercise is an absolute prerequisite to my mental health.
I started TLS!
I have never done any kind of weight training, but I pushed through the pain/soreness and did the first week of the 4 day split!
I’ve gone to the gym every day since Sunday and I’m hitting my calorie goals! 💪
Whenever the weather changes, I start feeling awful. I’m not sick, but my sinuses and allergies fuck me up. My body just feels uncomfortable. I’ve been having a good consistent workout schedule. I’ve been tempted to just call it a day and not workout at all. I’ve worked out 2 times this week and about to go to my booty barre class!
Since getting healthy, my body has been handling the change of season way better than it used to.
I actually meal prepped this week and have also had overnight oats ready for breakfast every morning. I never eat breakfast because I don’t wake up early enough to cook, so this is a huge accomplishment for me!
Also, I finally broke out the weights I bought for my house...6 months ago 😫 No time anymore to get to the actual gym and I was using that as an excuse, but my boyfriend gave me a simple workout plan for at home and it’s been great so far.
I started reading Starting Strength and I’m learning how to squat correctly. Now I just have to get up the courage to go to gym and try out what I’m learning with the barbell
I've been back on my running base training ahead of training for my first half marathon later this year and I'm motivated AF!
V. Smol feat this week: I signed up for a info session/planning meeting with a women's bike racing team for next week. I dunno if I'll actually race, but I'd like to see what they offer and train with them.
I'm also planning to check out the Olympic weightlifting gym soon. Nervous to leave my strength and conditioning gym, but excited to improve my lifts and eventually compete.
My hr during my workouts has been steadily declining for the past two weeks while I've been increasing my pace. My hr recovery after doing short 1-2 minute intense intervals has been fantastic. Much quicker and smoother. Ugh, i'm seriously contemplating getting a fitbit or some other wearable device that tracks my hr throughout my workouts and the day in the next few months.
Last Saturday we went climbing outside and I lead outside for the first time in nearly a year (I got hurt in June and it's been raining for the last three months lol) - it was terrifying but so goooooood.
And then been pushing it hard at the gym - we have all these comp routes up that have no grades so it's been interesting to just try stuff that looks vaguely possible and then realise it's been set as like, an 11c or something hard.
I'm going to take my lagree certification and start teaching classes within the next month. Been wanting to do this for about a year now and FINALLY got the motivation/courage/money to do it! I can't wait to start teaching. Hopefully I'm good at it lol
any good idea what to put in yogurt? I really incorporate it into my diet but I really hate the taste :(
Protein powder - about 20g into a 170g tub of Greek yoghurt turns it into a delicious mousse-like-thing. Chocolate, caramel, or peanut butter flavours have been my favorites. The Icelandic or quark style Greek yoghurts have a milder flavour. I’ve never liked yoghurt either, but it’s such a great source of protein for relatively few calories that I’ve figured it’s worth incorporating into my diet, so that’s how I’ve been doing it.
I’ll try that! Thank you xx
Back to my pre-injury PB on DLs yaay