Hi, friends! Merry Christmas Eve!
Somehow, my “nasty, phlegm-tastic cold” got even worse last night, so I went to bed feeling pretty awful. This morning, I woke up feeling quite a bit better, but definitely not 100%. It was the final day of 24 Days of Togetherness, and Mal and I planned to “wear red + green to CrossFit,” so I took some Sudafed and hoped for the best.
Hooray for red and green and Christmas spirit!
(Ugh, I look so sick. My nose is all red and gross… I’m like a 5 year old. Haha! Anyway…)
Today’s WOD was ridiculously hard and appropriately named the “Twelve Pains of Christmas.” Obviously, I wasn’t feeling well, but everyone else in class struggled too. There was lots of huffing and puffing, grunting and some swearing going on! Some of the exercise combos in this WOD—Wallballs to Burpees, for example—were absolutely brutal, but I like challenges (and chipper-style workouts), so I pushed through.
“Twelve Pains of Christmas”
1 quick Dash across the street
6 Abmat sit-ups
7 Plyo push ups
8 KB half swings
9 Air squats
12 Strict close-grip chin ups
Rx: (135, 95) (70, 53)
L2:(115, 75) (53, 45)
L1: (95, 65) (45, 35)
Beg: (65, 45) (35, 25)
This workout was performed like the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” but backwards. (We did a similar WOD last Christmas Eve.) So you start with one quick dash across the street and then you do one quick dash across the street and two deadlifts; then, one quick dash across the street, two deadlifts, and three cleans, and so on from there until you work your way up to 12 strict close-grip chin-ups.
I did Level 1 for weight (65 pounds + 35-pound Kettlebell) and used a #2 band for the chin-ups (my arms were dead by the end). I did, however, do all (40!) of the pull-ups unassisted and, surprisingly, they weren’t all that bad. The Burpees, however, were easily the toughest part of this workout for me. Usually, I can push through the pain and bang them out, but I was dying today. Ugh, Burpees… they’re definitely one of the Twelve Pains of Christmas. I finished in 28:45.
My appetite has been really weird since I started to feel sick. Usually, I can always eat, but last night, I had zero appetite—not even for Crème De Menthe Cookies! Can’t eat cookies?! That’s when you know I’m sick.
This morning, I woke up hungry because I barely ate dinner last night, but I wasn’t in the mood for anything specific. I ended up eating some leftovers of my Mom’s Apple Crisp with a scoop of sunflower butter. I was kind of random, but it worked.
After CrossFit, I wasn’t all that hungry, but I knew I needed some calories to refuel my muscles, so I made myself a protein shake with vanilla fitmixer protein powder, decaf coffee, almond milk, cinnamon, and ice.
About an hour later, I was finally hungry for “real” food, so I whipped up an egg and cheese sandwich on a Microwaveable English Muffin.
It totally hit the spot.
Now, Mal and I are packing up our things to visit our families for the next couple of days. I can’t believe how much stuff we have to take home with us!
I hope you’re enjoying time with family and friends! Merry, merry, merry Christmas to you!