Kipping Pull-ups, My Weekend, & Weight Loss with Friends!

I can't believe I'm just getting around to posting this! It's been a hectic Monday! This weekend was a busy one, too! From Friday night on, we've been go-go-go and I haven't had a free minute! Friday night at CrossFit I PR'd my front squat hitting 180 lbs! I'm so excited! My previous max (tested last month) was 170 (and I distinctly remember not being able to squat 175!) but I've been squatting 145-150 during 5x5 sets (usually Part A of our workouts), which was hard but I think it paid off! I wasn't sure I got "below parallel" for the 180 (it felt really heavy and I dind't want to bottom out), but my coach and Aaron confirmed I got low enough! Woo hoo! I'll take it!

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The actual workout involved chest-to-bar pull-ups, which I can't do, but I decided to try to kip a few regular pull-ups just for the practice,,. You won't believe this but I ended up kipping all the pull-ups!! And my chin actually went over the bar every time! It was awesome! I did them one at a time because I'm still not able to string them together, but it was still major progress! I finished the workout in 10:26 and Rx'd the weight for clusters at 75 lbs (PS: I love clusters. They're a mix of cleans and thrusters and most people hate them but for some reason, I just love them!)

Here's a video Aaron took of me practicing kipping a few weeks ago one night after class... taking just 5 minutes after class to practice this movement has helped tremendously. (Don't laugh; there's sheer determination on my face!)

Kipping pull-ups from Mrs. Brooch on Vimeo.

The only bad thing about doing actual pull-ups Friday night was ripping my hand (ouch)! I ripped it on the last three which was such a bummer because I had plans to do Murph the following morning (i.e. 100 pull-ups)! I knew I would need all the help I could get so I headed to Dick's Sporting Goods after class to get hand grips...

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A little side note about Dick's - oh my goodness the selection of cute workout clothes is crazy! I will never shop anywhere else! (Well maybe, but that's definitely my preferred spot now!) I was actually at Lululemon earlier in the week looking for some new pieces and didn't see much I liked or wanted, especially for the price ($$$); there were so many awesome pair of leggings in different patterns and colors at Dick's though, and the prices are much more reasonable.

I walked out with a pair of hot pink UnderArmour crops (similar). They were marked down to $45 and even though that's still a tad more than I wanted to pay, having a new pair of pants was seriously helpful for my psyche, with Murph to look forward to in the morning!

On Saturday Aaron and I met two others before our box even opened at 8 am to get started! Everyone looked pretty tired and terrified of the workout to come, but guess what? It really wasn't THAT bad!! I mean, it wasn't my favorite workout (by far) but it was doable...

Look, we even took a picture afteward!

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For me, the initial run was a little tough and I felt a little overwhelmed at round four, knowing there were 16 more to go plus a run... But, by the time I got to 15, I knew I could finish! I kipped most of the pull-ups but they definitely weren't Rx... (sometimes my chin didn't make it over the bar). I started using a red band for the last few rounds, which was really helpful!

The push-ups really held me up the most. I could only pump out 5 or 6 at a time, and then I'd have to rest before doing the last 4. Overall, our rep scheme of 5, 10, 15 (pull-ups, push-ups, and squats) really helped. The final run was an awesome cool down! I finished around 57 minutes -- less than an hour! -- woo hoo!

Did I mention the hand grips saved me? They did!

After the workout we had to rush home, shower, and hop on the road to Williamsburg for a family event Saturday. Aaron's dad's church was celebrating their 133rd anniversary and there was a wonderful evening planned with a silent auction and play. It was really nice! Also, my sister-in-law surprised me with this:

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SHE ASKED ME TO BE HER MATRON OF HONOR - GAH!

Of course I'm super excited and cannot wait to get to work helping her pick out a dress and whatever else she needs me to do! We got to see her venue on Saturday and it's simply breath-taking!

Of course we woke up super sore on Sunday and I really wanted to lay around and do nothing but we had to go to church!  It was a long service and we didn't sit down to eat until 1:30! Unfortunately, the food that the church served wasn't healthy and it was the first day of the weight loss challenge I'm doing with my friends! I had to improvise so I pulled the skin off the fried chicken and ate some green beans (I passed up the rolls and cake - yay - go me!) but then I was starving on the ride home. There weren't many healthy options nearby so I stopped at grocery store and I grabbed a box of lettuce and some fruit. (They didn't have a salad bar... I would have preferred that!) I didn't cheat and got full so that's what mattered!

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When we made it back to town we ran to the grocery store to get a few things for our weekly meal prep, but by the time we got home, we were too tired to cook so we heated leftovers from last week and sat on our butts to watch Game of Thrones... Do you watch that show? I can't even!!!! The anticipation of the season finale is KILLING me! I can't believe there's only 2 shows left.

I have to say, I was really surprised Sunday to see my friends so pumped for the weight loss challenge. I was really nervous that it would get off to a smooth start, without too many complications or questions; I was also a bit concerned about asking everyone to post their weight, but it's been going GREAT! Everyone was more than enthusiastic that first day - not only did we all post our weight, we posted "before" pictures too!  There were several posts of healthy snacks and meals, and encouraging comments everywhere; I'm loving it!!!

I don't think anyone really cares about the cash prize, either. It's more about making healthy strides and uplifting each other. So far the whole thing is a hit and I'm happy I'm doing it!

 What did you do this weekend? 

Do you and your friends have common goals you can help each other with?