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Back again 

I haven’t posted in months, the Cowden syndrome diagnosis in my daughter  was such a shock I didn’t have words. Ive kept up crossfit though throughout all of this, pretty consistently really. 

Anyway progress numbers, since I started blogging in August 

Back Squat was 30kg now 65kg 1rm

Deadlift was 30kg now 77kg 1rm

Strict press was 20kg now 30kg 1rm

So definite progress, I have torn the meniscus in right knee which is problematic and I’m focusing a lot on yoga to help with it. 

Study wise I’m almost at the end of my graduate law diploma, my exams are the end of May so a huge amount of my time is focused on that. 

My daughter is still recovering from everything she’s been through, it was such a lot for someone so young. She is very unwell, exhausted, anxious and catches every bug going. I wish I could do something to help her. 

Cowden syndrome 

My daughters genetic results came back and she has cowden syndrome.  I’m devastated for her, I just don’t have words for it.

I’ve still been getting to the gym. Its just about the only time I don’t feel like crying. I’m so glad I have a programme so I can be there on my own and not have to communicate with people, that stupid “how are you?” “oh I’m good” because no one actually wants to know that my heart hurts so fucking much I could physically throw up. 

The actual programme is 3 days with the option of a 4th

Day one :-Strict press 

                    upright row

                    triceps dips

                    bicep curls 

Day two:- deadlifts 

                     front squats

                     walking lunges

                     air squats

Day three :- back squat

                        stiff leg deadlift

                         hanging knee raises

                         plank 4 x for up to 90 sec

Day four :- same as day one but push press

Today was day two, the early part of the week was appointments. It was the right thing to go today, to physically move but God I wish I had the equipment at home, I just can’t face other humans when I feel like my heart is breaking 

Crossfit and university 

I missed three weeks of crossfit when I went back to uni,  the kids all caught back to school virus, I had a number of classes and one to one’s to teach. Then my dad ended up in hospital and throw university on top everything went pear shaped. University itself is going well and I got back to the box this week, one session last week and three this week. My PT is writing me a programme so I can go when suits me, they have many classes including early morning and mid morning ones but on my own week days I have too much child responsibly. Thankfully where there is a will there is a way and my own programme will work great. Truthfully with the Pten gene thing going on with my daughter I don’t really want to be in a group of people, all that “how are you?” followed by a polite “I’m fine”or” good and you”. I’m not fine, my heart physically hurts, but we don’t talk about stuff like that in group settings. So for a little while drawing in works for me.

Goals

I love and hate goals. I constantly have short term goals and long term goals running. Hitting a target feels amazing, of course the flipside is that missing a target can be really defeating.

At the moment my goals are two fold. 

1) Get really fit through crossfit by attending Real Fitness 4 x a week, 3 minimum.

2) Finish my Graduate diploma in law, I’ve had to delay this year a few times when my daughter has been very ill.

Of course on top of this are the normal day to day necessities, looking after the house, kids and their various needs from clubs, homework to simply having mummy time. Helping my parents when they need it. Maintaining a yoga practice,  keep up with teaching my classes and deliver good solid lessons.

Not much then 😂

My weekly targets are easy to pull from the above. Of course the family, work list is every week. On top of that it’s the 4 crossfit sessions a week and completing that weeks study on time and thoroughly.

I nearly had a bit of a meltdown over that this week as by Friday I was behind and shattered.  Thankfully today I caught up with study and yesterday I hit my 4 th crossfit session.

Study to be honest was way easier than crossfit, “equity and trusts? Heck course I understand that, some weird clean, squat over head press, squat, over head press combo? Arrrgghh”

Pretty much crossfit was a bit of a wash out. I still don’t feel like I’m getting fitter. I probably am but I don’t feel it. I do enjoy the doing though so I will keep chipping away and see where I get. 

Week one back at uni

And wow I’m tired today. So I am back at uni to finish a graduate diploma in law, it’s technically a part time course but that still means at least 20 hours a week. I genuinely love it but with 3 kids, part time teaching and training 4 times a week it’s gonna be a hell of a year 

Crossfit wise I’ve maintained 3 to 4 times a week since I last posted. Not actually sure if I’m getting fitter or stronger as every class still feels like a bloody struggle. This mornings, long wod of wall balls, row, kb swings, burpees that went on for half an hour was a killer and I modified some stuff as my son knackered my elbow showing me self defence moves he learned. That said I was hill walking at the weekend with my family and the hills felt like a comfortable walk. So I guess it’s paying dividends outside of class. I’m also feeling thinner and firmer. 

All my kids are back at school or college including my daughter who had cancer. It’s really lovely hearing her talk about normal stuff.

Right best read a law book!

Whoops

Been pretty bad updating recently, after the virus which lasted about ten days I made back to class the following week. That week was two sessions followed by 3 the week after and a home WOD so essentially 4. This week I will probably go to 3 sessions plus an at home. Things have gotten a little crazy recently,my dad has been very ill. The entirety of Wednesday night last week was spent with him in hospital, followed by the next day at casualty with my son who dropped a weight on his hand! I have more one to one yoga students and am back at uni next week! This is when it gets tricky fitting in my crossfit. Wish me luck.

Be kind, keep your germs to yourself.

My cold is abating,  it’s now at the point where I might consider working out though it’s probably best to leave it another day. Either way I’m not going to my box, why? Because I’m still sneezing, because I’m still coughing. Because I’m still contagious.

As a mother of a child who has just recovered from cancer and whose child at one point had a really fragile immune system I cannot express how much people coming to classes sick annoys me.

You may think you look valiant and warrior like soldiering on through your sniffles. You don’t. You look selfish. You look like you don’t give a damn if you make the woman over there recovering from breast cancer sick, or the guy over there a carrier who will spread it to his father with lung disease.  

Yes you are very fit with an awesome immune system, but not everyone is. Don’t make other people sick. Be kind, unless you HAVE to go out, don’t. Stay in rest, look after yourself, if you are well enough to workout do so at home. Throw out a few burpees or air squats. You know all the stuff you don’t need to be at a box to workout. 

If you have to go out be considerate, sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. Wash your hands regularly, carry hand gel.

As we approach autumn and all the colds and flu viruses return remember a minor inconvenience to you could make another seriously ill.