This image was posted with Cross Fit MN's Workout of the Day.
After the workout, I sympathize with the bunny on the left.
Small victory: I did not overdose on Easter candy. Big victory: I finished my first Cross Fit workout as prescribed on Saturday, which is to say I lifted the recommended weight. Why a big deal? I've been doing Cross Fit workouts for a year and a half and have never done this before. I have been working on the power clean technique from the beginning, with a focus on form. I love this lift, and am convinced it creates as much of an endorphin rush as going for a run. Now, I can do it right and really test my power.
The workout was four rounds of:
15 Wall balls (throwing a medicine overhead, hitting a wall, catching, repeating)
20 Double unders or 100 singles with jump rope
7 Power cleans (95 lbs. for men/65 lbs. for women)
12 Bag slams (lifting a sandbag overhead and slamming it to the ground)
Unlike in the Training for Motherhood Workout where I recommend using your children as weight, due to the "slamming" nature of the workout, kids won't be appropriate props (no matter how mad you are at them). Slamming sandbags to the floor can do wonders for your strength and your sanity. Check out this post on the benefits of working out with sandbags, how to make them at home, and what you can do with them (in addition to keeping them handy for rising floodwaters).
To add to my excitement this weekend I saw the May issue of Experience Life, which includes my expert answer to the question: How soon after giving birth can I do core exercises again? You've read me rave about the Sahrmann exercises and the Bowman squat that started the pelvic floor revolution, and now you can watch me rave! This, being my first in-front-of-the-camera experience, I get tongue tied a few times (and say "musckle" once, the way Popeye would say it) but overall, I'm overjoyed this information is getting out there and proud that Experience Life asked me to do it. Click on the video below to watch for yourself (if you're reading the post in an email you'll have to click through to the blog to see it).
Finally, on to the winner for last week's giveaway. I asked for recommendations on eating more veggies. Not for me--I love veggies--but for Mamacat, who holds her nose when forced to eat veggies. But we all know healthy eating is an important component to Becoming a Hot (Sweaty) Mama, so many of you stepped up with outstanding suggestions. I was motivated myself and likely tripled my vegetable intake last week. (This might have something to do with why I Googled "excessive gas." Did you know that gas isn't considered excessive until you have more than 25 "eruptions" in a day? Twenty five! I refused to keep a tally and concluded there wasn't anything seriously wrong with me, although my family might think otherwise).
And the winner is... Bearing! I tried her more vegetables than egg omelet, and it was winner, winner, vegetable dinner! Bearing, please send me an email with your address! You get your own Fit Deck courtesy of Skirt Sports.
I could go on, but I'm cutting myself off. This is enough to digest on a post-holiday Monday. I'm having egg salad for lunch. You?