Deficit Push-ups

So it was a hectic day.. and I’m so grateful to have a good friend who went for a chill out walk with me this afternoon.. and then off to the gym to sweat off today’s happenings. It was a tough workout with 5x300m rows, 50kg sled pushes.. (a cheeky 80kg one too!), followed by the daily WOD which included deficit push-ups. I never thought I’d be able to do them.. I ended up completing the workout on 20kg plates.. and just to see if I could, I tried 2 x 20kg! Yay! Progress! ​

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25 x 100kg Deadlifts 

What a day! So good to be back at the gym.. and what a set tonight.. 5x100kg deadlifts x 5!!! 25 in total! Pleasantly surprised that I did it without too much pain. Hybrid really pushes me to my limits in the best possible ways. I missed 7 days.. it felt like a year. So glad to be back! Grateful to be well enough to exercise again. 

Deadlift 

Once again.. I’m grateful to be a member of @hybrid__training. Today was really tough but I know I’ll actually get some sleep tonight. I’ve had sleeping issues for a really long time and have been on multiple prescription medications for insomnia. If I exercise I usually sleep reasonably well (with meds). If I skip the gym I find it much harder to rest. I have found an active lifestyle that really pushes me to my limits and tires my body enough to rest. Yes.. I exercise to sleep.. other people may exercise to increase their energy levels. My challenge is to deplete my stored energy. 

Crossfit 

I finally reached my handstand goal.. yay! It feels good to cross it off the list. Now what’s the next step? We shall see!For the first time I have found my max deadlift. I feel so motivated and happy to be a part of @hybrid__training. I have found a place where working out brings me joy. My health is improving, my mindset and self esteem is also improving, and my life is blossoming. I’m excited to go to the gym each day, I’m excited to challenge myself.. and I’m grateful to be surrounded by friends who are equally excited to workout.. with coaches who are supportive and encouraging. 

Another step in the right direction 

Okay.. I honestly didn’t know whether I’d be able to do this… but I did. I complete today’s workout in 28 min and 28 secs. I wasn’t anywhere near the front of the pack but I smashed the previous Chloe world record. I didn’t rest during the row.. I did 600 single skips as I am not yet able to consistently skip double unders (that’s a work in progress!) and I ran without stopping.. even up that hill.. every time. I’m super proud of myself and how far I’ve come. The best part about it.. I was also super proud of all my workout buddies. It’s amazing to see everyone improve. We are all getting fitter and stronger. I’m grateful to have such a great community to workout with. So now I’m sweaty and for some reason sneezy.. time to jump in the shower. 

So today was the first time in 8 + years (could be even longer) that my blood counts were in the normal range for white blood cells…. AND my body has started utilising iron.. I went from an extreme deficiency (2 years ago) to an average storage rate(6 months ago) to now utilising my iron.. this means my liver is functioning (almost as well as an average person). 

Smile

This is the smile of a girl who survived a 3.2km run that was only part of tonight’s workout. It’s been a seriously tough week with medical emergencies, school excursions, reports being handed in last Friday, swimming, almost end of term.. the list goes on. Tonight I needed to clear my head, my rest and bubble bath last night meant that I was strong enough to head out and workout with my crew mates. At the start of the year I found 400m tough.. tonight I ran 400m x 8..plus completed 3 x 6 Romanian deadlifts (65kg).. 1x 20 single leg deadlifts (8kg).. 50 bent over rows (20kg).. 100 body weight squats..50 push ups.. Now my body is tired and my mind is clear. Exercise is wonderful and friends are even better.

Snatch

Today I attended a ‘snatch workshop at hybrid__training – it was such a worthwhile experience. 2 hours of focussed learning with two great coaches. I’m really thankful that they explained each step in a way that I could understand. Everyone learns differently and it can be hard to teach a large group at once. But with only 10 participants we were able to ask questions, receive corrections, and achieve positive results. Thanks for including me 😊

Another step in the right direction 

A new Chloe record. My handstands are getting longer and stronger. My back squats heavier and more powerful. My body leaner and cleaner. And my outlook on life – clearer and brighter. I am so glad I walked through the doors of hybrid__training last December. While I was already starting my journey to better health.. this community has motivated, inspired, supported, encouraged, and guided me. I still have a long way to go but I know the direction I wish to head. 

Handstand!

New handstand record for me.. against a wall 😜 but I’m getting there. My strength is improving and I’m having a lot of fun in the process. I’m grateful to have that ‘I’m progressing’ feeling. 

Blessed

I’m grateful to have so many beautiful hearts in my life. I had a tough week last week and a good friend surprised me with a beautiful scented soap – smells divine.. later in the day another good friend popped by my classroom to see how I was going. I feel truly blessed to have friends who go out of their way to check in, and show that they care. My class buddy and classroom next door neighbours are so supportive – I feel we can get through anything when we work together. So lucky to have you girls xx And then, after work I came home to the smell of baked chicken. Mum rushed home to bake me dinner.. (I eat early so I have something in my tummy before I work out and mum knows how much I love her baked chook). I’m spoilt rotten. Then it was time to workout. I’m really lucky to be part of the 6:30 crew.. everyone is so friendly, encouraging, and the fact that we all share the desire to be the healthiest we can be is a bonus. My peers inspire me just as much as our coaches do. I’m feeling truly blessed. Thank you to all the beautiful hearts out there for your kindness 💕