“Things are imperfect, but they are yours.”
Ok, so I’m a bit stumped for Halloween costume ideas. I’ve been so busy and stressed out that my creative juices just aren’t flowing right. You don’t understand, halloween is my FAVORITE holiday. Since I was a kid, I’ve always had the most creative and hilarious costumes, most of them I make myself. This year, I just can’t quite get it. C’mon, help a girl out.
As you can see from my photos below, Dina has no boundaries. I’ll be anyone, wear whatever, just to get a rise. I’ve won contests (as a kid I won almost every year) and three years ago, I was picked by OK Magazine to be featured on their website for a celebrity look alike contest when I was Amy Winehouse (see below). Also, two years ago, I won $1000 from Us Weekly & Zaarly and was featured in their magazine for dressing up as Snooki.
So, any fun ideas? It can be outlandish as possible, ain’t no shame in my game; the crazier the better. Let’s hear them in the comments below.
I did it, yup, I earned my bright orange Tough Mudder head band. One of the happiest moments of my life.
Something I realized is that there’s such a great feeling crossing a finish line. Now I know it may not seem like such an accomplishment. So many people have completed this obstacle course, so it may not seem like such a difficult feat. But it’s so much more than that. Anyone can go through those obstacles (or opt out of them) and finish the 11+ miles. For me, it sort of symbolized how far I’ve come in life. It wasn’t just 11 miles for me. Thinking about even just 6 months ago and then versus now is such a huge difference. My body, my mentality, my strength, everything…I have grown so much. Crossing that finish line was like the icing on my cake.
I made sure I at least attempted every obstacle course; it bothered me that people didn’t even TRY. Sure, there were a bunch I knew I wouldn’t be able to do, but I wouldn’t have felt like I completed the course if I didn’t make an attempt at all of them. Actually, there was one I didn’t think I would be able to do completely – the Island Hopping where you have to get from one tree stump to the next. I did it. Not many people that I saw made it across without slipping into the water, but I did. Very proud moment. Now what if I hadn’t even tried it because I was scared or doubted myself? I wouldn’t have known that I could do it.
Now I know why people enjoy racing and competing so much. There’s such a sense of accomplishment, and not just about training hard for whatever it is you are working on — but more about yourself as a whole.
Here are the pictures my sister and some friends took from the event:
Have you done the Tough Mudder? What do you think of it?
Yikes! I found some pictures of myself on my Crossfit gym’s Facebook page and thought I’d share. I still have so much to work on. Actually, next week I am going to take a private class because I need to work on my form with the weights. One of the coaches said I’m using too much of my arms and not my legs which is ruining it for me because I have really strong legs. In these pictures (courtesy of Crossfit Hoboken), it was my first time doing the overhead squats (a virgin, yes!) and I wasn’t using a lot of weight because I’m trying to figure out form first. Once I learn to use my legs more to lift I’m sure I’ll be able to pick up more weight.
Bare with me because this is a 5:30am class…
I finally finished my Crossfit fundamentals courses. So for the first class three weeks ago we did this WOD:
- Ring up (I’m not even sure what it’s called, its like a push up but on the rings)
I finished it in 9:02 three weeks ago. We did it again at the last class on Thursday and this time I finished in 6:49. I’m excited I improved my time. Now that I’m done with Fundamentals, I’m a little nervous jumping into a class. I’m still learning all the moves so worried I might not know everything and fall a little behind to everyone else in the class. I’m such a chicken shit. I emailed my coach so he could suggest which ones I should start with.
I took a break from Crossfit this weekend to run. I’ve been nagging myself to run 5 miles nonstop which I have yet to do, but haven’t had much time to work out aside from Crossfit. Now with work AND school – there don’t seem to be enough hours in the day.
So, I finally hit 5 miles non-stop – big milestone for me. I wasn’t sure if I was even going to be able to run 3 miles since I didn’t run in about 3 weeks but I actually did. I ran 5.03m in 52:05. I definitely needed that. I have trouble running in the morning because I don’t eat or drink (I know I should), so I find myself getting very dehydrated after 5K. At 4m, I ran past my house and had my father bring me a water so I could finish up my last mile.
I feel much more prepared for my Tough Mudder obstacle course race (which is less than a month away — eek!). I’m in much better shape than when I initially signed up for this bad boy over six months ago!
Now back to Crossfit…
Ok, I call this week hell week because even though it was a short week it was a HUGE change in my schedule. Monday we were off from work, so I did a 4-mile run throughout downtown Jersey City on Monday and got ready for the short (but oh so long) week ahead. I woke up Tuesday at 5am for my first 5:45 Crossfit Fundamentals class (whoo hoo!). It was an awesome first class and it was great learning the basics. We took a test at the end of class because we’ll take the same one at the last class to see how much we’ve improved. Here’s the workout we did:
Lap around the block, 15 reps, then 12 reps then 9 reps of each of these:
- Push ups
- Ring dips
I did it in 9 minutes. Not the time I wanted but I wasn’t the last person to finish (YESS!). I realized I probably should have went much faster on my run since that was probably my strong point. I tried to focus more on doing the workout properly as opposed to just zooming through it. Also, running 4 miles the day before didn’t help, I was way more tired than I should have been.
Then, I worked for 8 hours (YAY!) and went to what was supposed to be my class at NYU. Except I trekked all the way to NYC (in the rain no less) only to find out my class was moved to Wednesdays. Fabulous. Wednesday I worked all day then went to my class until 9pm. I even snuck in a little time in to watch the Giants lose.
Thursday morning I was up again at 5am for Crossfit Fundamentals class #2! I still need to work on a lot of my technique and I’ve been trying to practice on my own also. I’ll get there eventually. Another thing I really need to learn: the names of the workouts I’m doing. Sometimes I have no idea. I’m going to start taking a picture of the board with our lesson because honestly it’s so early I nearly forget it.
Friday was just another busy day of work. But fuck, I was exhausted. Time for week #2 – which is actually a FULL week!
Bring it on…