More instagram truths time! (You can see more here, here, here, and, oh yes, here). I'm "off" work for 2 weeks - I still have to work on other projects from home but don't physically have to go anywhere - so I've been bored. Really bored - like, clean all of my baseboards and walls, bored. It's been a nice break and I'm actually really grateful that I don't have a ton of stress going into my next competition (ON SATURDAY, jeez) but I'm still a little stir crazy. Good thing I have to go take a 44kg kettlebell and walk it up some bleachers today (sarcasm, so much sarcasm). Anyways, on with the instagram truths! (P.S. you can see more photos and follow me on Instagram - @gabbysgfree)
Caption: Gorgeous day for a beautiful wedding
Truth: It was an absolutely BEAUTIFUL day and a stunning wedding. I drank entirely too much wine, danced too much, and laughed so hard my face hurt. Perfect wedding combination.
Caption: Bro day. Axle jerks, power cleans, bench pressing, barbell hip thrusts, and dumbbell chest pressing.
Truth: SO MUCH PRESSING. My pressing strength has improved quite a bit this cycle because of all the pressing and it's been extremely helpful. I actually really love doing dumbbell chest pressing and feel like it's helped out quite a bit with all of my overhead work - I may feel a little differently if you were to ask me while I was doing 3x10 with 35# each hand. Plus, everyone needs a good bro day.
Caption: Baking day!
Truth: I made a batch of these truffles and you bet I licked the bowl clean. Chocolate + butter + cream is always the start of something great. Usually ganache. Or you know, truffles. Have I mentioned that I'm really glad I don't have to worry about making weight for this contest?
Caption: My favorite part of the table - the cookie & bourbon station.
Truth: We hosted a little holiday app & dessert gathering for my family and of course cookies and bourbon were involved. The bottle next to the bourbon decanter is eggnog and it's delicious. Bourbon and cookies are basically two of my favorite food groups.
Caption: Adventures in clothes shopping - ripping the quad out of a pair of jeans. #spandexforlife but I did did awesome jeans - the "legging jean" from the gap are perfect for my short legs and big quads.
Truth: I hate shopping for clothes and haven't done in a LONG time so it was desperately needed. That said, I had no idea what size I wore or how things were going to fit because I haven't bought anything new in so long. Major takeaways from that trip: more spandex is always better, your lats and shoulders take up a lot more room than you realize, don't even bother trying to find a well fitting jacket - it's an exercise in futility.
Truth be told, I got fairly frustrated but quickly snapped out of it. Seriously, spandex is the answer.
Caption: More video of video - walking 255# axle + PVC (to make it bigger) for 80 feet.
Truth: That was rough. The PVC made it very awkward but it was great practice for Saturday. I did 205# first and failed after taking a few steps, then did it for 80 feet. My coach and I put 255# on and I failed again right out of the rack. I wanted to walk that thing, so I did. My forearms are a bit bruised despite wearing "elbow sleeves" (or rather, my old knee sleeves that now fit my arms perfectly #gainz) and my biceps were really sore but it actually went pretty well. I love walking heavy things around.
Caption: After doing some at home yoga for the first time in ages, the pup decided she would like to join in. She chose her favorite "side laying dog" pose.
Truth: I haven't done yoga in MONTHS. I decided to a quick 30 minute stretchy session yesterday and yeah, it's been awhile. It felt really good and helped the soreness in my shoulders and upper back quite a bit. I NEED to make time to do that more often. Of course, the pup had to join in. Although her version of "yoga" seems much more relaxing than my version.
And that's it! Now, I'm going to go take a kettlebell to some bleachers.