“Just call me the PR queen” – Yvonne’s Adventures in CrossFit, Newbie Blog Nov 6-10, 2017

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Newbie Blog: Yvonne’s Adventures in CrossFit –
November 6-10, 2017 “Just call me the PR queen.”

by, Yvonne Moreno

Monday November 6, 2017

Holy Front Squats Batman!!!

After being off for a week, I came back to an awesome WOD.  I was super excited to see that we were working on squats today. I PR’d my back squats a couple of weeks ago and I was wanting to get another PR today.

Today’s WOD consisted of the following;

5 Rounds (resting completely between each round) of:
2X Front Squats at 85% of heavy (10 minutes before start to determine heavy)
10X Lunge + T Spine Rotation

Then finishing off with;

6 Minute Grind:

5X Renegade Rows
5X Kneeling DB Press
5X Toes to bar or leg raises

“I know I have more in me and
I can’t wait to see what this body can do.”

Just call me the PR queen because my PR today I got a 115 pound Front Squat!  Now I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but when I started CrossFit in June, I would use the ladies bar with no weights and was super done by the end of the WOD.  I know I have more in me and I can’t wait to see what this body can do.  Yes, I am overweight, and my journey is long, but if I keep winning at every step, it’s going to be one hell of a journey!

Tuesday November 7, 2017

Another day, another squat WOD!!

Again with the squats! Interestingly, today’s exercise was one that I’ve never done before. It’s the Squat Clean. I must admit that I peeked online last night so I knew what was coming. I did what I always do when I see something I’ve never seen before, I went on YouTube to check out a video. 

Drew took us through this particular squat in stages, which helped because my squats rock but my cleans, not so much. Today’s WOD was the following;

10 Minute Squat Clean Practice

Every 2 minutes for 10 rounds:

1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Squat Cleans
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Chest to Bar Pull Ups (or in my case ring rows)

I know it looks confusing, but it’s basically 1 Squat Clean and then 10 Ring Rows… in the first two minutes, 2 Squat Cleans and 9 Ring Rows the next two minutes, and so on and so forth. It easy at first, because the hard part of these two movements is the Squat Clean. Towards the end, however, I was dying. The very last round I could barely do the one Ring Row. 

I liked that I tried something I hadn’t tried before. I remember this movement from Foundations. Now that I’ve hit some PRs, it’s very satisfying personally. They are small PRs, but for me it means a lot. I am getting stronger. I would have never been able to deadlift 115 pounds when I walked in here back in June. I’ve come a long way and still have longer to go. Stay with me as the fun continues.

Friday, November 10, 2017

I had an interesting thing happen to me today and I wasn’t going to dwell on it, but nonetheless I am dwelling just a little.  This morning I had my annual work health assessment blood draw which is administered by a registered nurse.  So I go in the room and smiled and said my good mornings and sat down.  The nurse looked at me and before returning the sentiment or even before verifying that it was me by asking my name, she looked me strait in the eyes and ask, “Have you thought about having the gastric bypass surgery?”

Ok so for those who know me well, even for those who don’t but have been around me enough, I am not a little wall flower, shy girl, NOPE not me. Yet her question rendered me speechless. 

“Now that I’ve hit some PRs, it’s very satisfying personally. They are small PRs,
but for me it means a lot.
I am getting stronger.
I would never have been able to deadlift 115#
when I walked in here back in June.”

I’ve been a big girl all my life. As a child, and in my teen years, being bullied because of my weight was a regular occurrence.  As a matter of fact, if kids weren’t making fun of me, I wondered why. What were they up to? However, I’m a grown ass adult now. And I have never had another grown ass adult be so rude to me before. 

I mean, yes, I am fat. However, I would think that a nurse would be trained to ask sensitive questions like those. I mean, if she’d said, “Good Morning and your name is?…” and then asked me, it would have been fine. But she didn’t. 

She saw me the way the rest of the world sees overweight people. She saw someone that is clearly in need of help. I don’t know if she intended to be rude, or if she makes a commission with a local surgeon and just saw her opportunity, but it shook me up nonetheless.

This experience was an eye opener. Here I thought I was making progress. No worries though. I will work harder. I am actually hoping and praying that when she comes in next year the results of my hard work will be obvious, and I can show her that hard work is far better than what a surgery can ever produce. There, I’ve stood on my soapbox now it’s time to jump over it!!

Today’s WOD consisted of working with my old friend, the rower.  I used to love the rower because it got me out of running. Until the day I just ran instead of rowing, and I haven’t looked back since.

On today’s menu;

4 rounds of 3 minutes each
10 calorie row/ski/assault bike
10 deadlifts

6 minute grind:

10 V ups
15 second left side plank
10 Supermans
15 Second right side plank

I wasn’t on my game tonight. I was still reacting to my earlier encounter with the medical professional from hell. Yet I was here and I gave it my all. That’s something that you have to remember, there will always be someone trying to tear you down, whether it be in fitness or in personal life situations. Under no circumstances has anyone walked in your shoes. So, keep your chest up, look forward, keep the bar close to your body, and lift.

Thanks for coming on this journey with me.

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