What is More Important??

19 09 2012

My apologies for missing a few days of posts but priorities are priorities.  My youngest daughter, Olivia, cut her eyelid bad enough to require a visit to the emergency room Monday night while I was traveling into New York City for a YPO dinner event with Tom Brokaw.  (As cool as that sounds, I would have prefered the alternative of caring for Olivia and, subsequently, had half an ear for the speech he gave.)  The original report from the babysitter was that it was just a scratch and I should continue on.  Once my mom arrived she called to let me know that it might need to be seen by a doctor!  By that time I was at the venue and the car service had departed leaving me all but stranded until the event was over as my husband and I were catching a ride home with the Chapter Chair – oyy!!  The time I had allocated for my blog during the drive was, of course, consumed with this unfortunate injury, as was yesterday as I kept Olivia home for the day.  The poor girl was exhausted and slightly traumatized by it all!

In the past, I may have found it difficult to prioritize something like blogging (I made a commitment) to spending quality time with a slightly injured child.  (The cut only required surgical glue and white tape!)  Last week, as I was filling in the calendar for the fall with the kids’ actitivties, games, auditions and rehearsals I was feeling a little overwhelmed by the thought of also taking on additional commitments for myself.  I knew I would have to do a better job at prioritizing to make this work but I just wasn’t sure how.  I wrote the question “What is more important?” on a neon pink sticky note and stuck it on the front of my computer to remind me to ask that question when I am deciding what to do next.  So, Olivia took priority and I am happy for it.  Although, I will admit to a small amount of guilt anyway.

On to my Morphin!  I have been feeling really good lately.  My workouts have all been challenging and I am still a bit frustrated with the “summer effect” of lost strength and stamina but every day is better.  The workout on Monday was one we had done back in January and I was able to measure my progress from then.  Even at my limited ability I was still able to beat not only my score but increased the weight by 10 pounds, as well.  I know 10 pounds does not sound like a lot but the exercise which most hindered me doing more was the push press, which is moving a weighted barbel directly overhead with a slight dip to help create some momentum.  My overhead strength is the absolute weak link for me right now and one of the things I really need to work on as I move forward.

Tuesday’s WOD was all metabolic conditioning and I was surprised by my added stamina.  I truly believe my strict adherence to Paleo for the last nine days is already paying off.  My performance, while respectable, was not stellar, by any means, yet I walked taller knowing I did my best and RX’d it, at that!!

Monday, 9/17: 5 round AMRAP (as many reps as possible)  5 min/4 min/3 min/ 2 min/ 1 min.  Rest 1 minute between each AMRAP

  • 4 Deadlifts
  • 4 Hang Power Cleans
  • 4 Push Presses
  • 4 Reverse Lunges

212 total reps, 60#

Tuesday, 9/18: 30 seconds on/30 seconds off

  • Kettlebell Swings
  • Burpees

Plus: AMRAP in 5  minutes of

  • 10 sit-ups
  • 15 squats

267 total reps, 35#  RX (baby!)

Wednesday, 9/19: Rest Day

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