It’s Monday! — Actually it’s probably Tuesday by the time you’re reading this. Sorry, I’m still on Mexico time. We had a great vaca, but having a great life here makes it not so bad to come home. I always learn a lot on vacation. I read 4 BOOKS in 6 days!!!!! (Compliment me). But I think Daniel’s and my favorite part about vacation (besides the good food and drinks) is the people. I tell you what, if you’ve ever been fortunate enough to travel to another country, you know what I’m talking about. I’ve been fortunate to travel a good bit since college to Mexico, Central America, and South America, and whether it was vacation or some sort of mission trip, the people are one of a kind. I always love making friends in other countries, and I love my hermanos and hermanas in Mexico.
But this blog is supposed to be about fitness, so moving on…
Three things I learned in Mexico:
1. So many people just don’t really care about their health.
2. I can’t hang with those people on vaca – (and by this I mean, I can’t keep up).
3. The effects of vaca stay with you for a little while…
And here’s the thing. I get it. Taking care of yourself is hard work. It takes planning, discipline, self-worth, and being uncomfortable. And you know what’s easy? Eating that ice cream and downing those margs on the regular.
I’m not saying that we didn’t eat, drink, and be merry. But by the second day, I had to tap out. I just can’t hang with these people. I mean, I still went for it and enjoyed the moment, but I just realized I can’t hang.
People watching on vaca is fun, and I watched people drink and eat all day. We met some kind people from Texas that told me they shut the bar down every night. I’m competitive, so I get frustrated when I can’t hang with other people. We were asleep by 11 every night. But Daniel had to remind me that they’re probably used to eating and drinking whatever they want all the time.
But the thing is, you’re only given one life. One shot. One opportunity. To seize everything you ever wanted (thanks Eminem). Heath is challenging. It’s hard not to eat ice cream every day. But I promise, it’s worth it. And you’re worth it. And the sooner you can get it together now, the better your future life can be.
So, today, make better choices people. You don’t have to eat that bread at Olive Garden. In fact, stay away from Olive garden. Go to the gym. If you “can’t afford” a gym…ok, cool, well go for a 30 minute walk. No excuses. It’s worth it. And you’re worth it.
I worked out every morning we were there- mostly because it helps me feel better for the rest of the day. And thankfully Daniel went with me some too. The great thing about CrossFit workouts is that they’re pretty short, but when you give it all you got for that time, you still get a great workout in, and then you have the whole day to enjoy your vacation. I can’t say I “gave it all I had” every morning, but I did break a sweat and get a workout in. We also played beach volleyball every day. And these people are pretty serious about their beach volleyball, so I had to think and sweat like Kerri Walsh, the Olympian. Oh, we also handstand walked (more just for laughs) most afternoons.
Coming back from vaca is always rough though. I promise I felt motivated to workout Saturday. But after coaching the 9:30 class and realizing I was working out all by myself, I suddenly didn’t feel motivated when I got on that assault bike. And since then, I’ve been struggling.
I did these team workouts for the CrossFit Games Team Series. We did 2 yesterday and 2 today. And I dunno how else to explain it, but it was evident that I couldn’t go as fast as I wanted my body to on those box jump overs. It felt like I gained 5 pounds. And oh, yeah, I did. And today, I put the bar down on those push presses, when I usually wouldn’t.
But the good news is, I got back on track yesterday. And it helps that Daniel did too. I planned out my food so I don’t have to think about it, and I’m going to keep pushing through workouts, because each day of making good choices will ultimately get me back on track.
Sorry, that was long. If you skimmed over all of it, just know…make good choices when it comes to your health. Because you’re worth it.
But moving on to that Team Series. Yesterday was a 1RM Hang Power Clean – aka I’m not allowed to just throw the bar up and hope I land under it. I still got a PR though for a hang clean, and just 5 lbs under what I can full out clean — so thanks Holland.. at least something is working. And Marlie got a hang power clean PR. But Colin and Nick were the ones that really showed out.
Today we rowed our little hearts out. I need Marlie to teach me how to sprint on the rower. Oh, and we laughed (being sarcastic) through that little synchro burpee, overhead squat, c2b pullup workout. So, good job Lindsey’s B’s. I’ll let you keep guessing what the B stands for.
You can see everything we (and I don’t mean me) did at CFEC here.
But here is what I did every morning in Mexico: (some version of this can be done from the comfort of your own home, with some dumbbells, minus the row)
Sunday- didn’t workout because we were on an airplane. And I was thankful for a rest day. Except our workout could be considered traveling from the domestic terminal of the Atlanta airport to the international terminal because I’ll do anything to save us money. Not anything, but you get the point.
calories on rower, dumbbell thrusters ( I used 12 kg- whatever that is in lb), burpees
Tuesday – Row 2,000 meters, Run 2 miles on treadmill (may have shin splints now), Row 1,000 meters — then 5 rounds: 30 abmat situps, 20 v ups
Wednesday – 21-15-9 reps of DB pushups, DB step ups with high knee, and ring rows with TRX, and then 21-15-9 reps of DB step ups w/ high knee, burpees, DB push press
Thursday- 30 min AMRAP(as many rounds as possible) of swim (or try to) let’s say somewhere between 50 and 75 meters, 20 lunges, 10 walk out walk up burpees
Friday – watched the sunrise with Dan, ate a lifetime worth of crepes, and then we left.
Alright, well y’all have a great week!