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  1. donnaGEM

    Crossfitting Atomicans?

    LOL. Surprised Donna hasn't given up in disgust at some of the rabid dog crap in this thread. hahaha it's just nice to know Atomic hasn't changed ;) And nice poppies ... didn't know you were in that business :)
  2. donnaGEM

    what will be the best movie of 2013

    I just watched Total Recall and really quite liked it. I've never seen the original though. I also watched Magic Mike - safe to say it won't likely be a rewatched movie even considering some hot male bodies!
  3. donnaGEM

    Books, and the keeping thereof.

    I'm kind on the same page as OJ. We have a bookshelf in every room of this house (except laundry, bathrooms, kitchen) and I wouldn't have it any other way. I also re-read a lot of books - even some of those books from my childhood and my next target is to re-read all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder series 'Little House on the Prairie'. It's something I've been thinking of doing for years and I think now is the time. A lot of books from our childhoods I want to keep around for my little ones to read when they get older. I also loan books to family and friends a bit and I have quite a few favourites that I'm very happy to re-read 2 or even 3 times - some even more. I just wish I made more time for reading these days. I do think i need to cull children's books though - we've got so very many that my kids have a hard time trying to decide each night what they want to hear :) They have a few favourites in their rooms and mostly choose from that so I'm going to sort through and see what's relevant to keep in my classroom for teaching purposes, what is okay to give to the school library and perhaps just send the rest to an op shop somewhere (although I will be donating some for the bushfire appeal here in Tas). I'm kind on the same page as OJ. We have a bookshelf in every room of this house (except laundry, bathrooms, kitchen) and I wouldn't have it any other way. I also re-read a lot of books - even some of those books from my childhood and my next target is to re-read all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder series 'Little House on the Prairie'. It's something I've been thinking of doing for years and I think now is the time. A lot of books from our childhoods I want to keep around for my little ones to read when they get older. I also loan books to family and friends a bit and I have quite a few favourites that I'm very happy to re-read 2 or even 3 times - some even more. I just wish I made more time for reading these days. I do think i need to cull children's books though - we've got so very many that my kids have a hard time trying to decide each night what they want to hear :) They have a few favourites in their rooms and mostly choose from that so I'm going to sort through and see what's relevant to keep in my classroom for teaching purposes, what is okay to give to the school library and perhaps just send the rest to an op shop somewhere (although I will be donating some for the bushfire appeal here in Tas).
  4. donnaGEM

    Crossfitting Atomicans?

    Spot on - each for their own purposes and goals :) That sounds pretty impressive to be so particular and skilled to take years to perfect a new move. Awesome :) Today it was just me and two guys who are probably the fittest in the gym's membership. I worked my arse off but it was amazing to watch their strength and stamina. I like that I still finished with them, with my own efforts and modifications, and I didn't feel like a total idiot. They're the kind of people that in my regular gym would never have looked twice at what I was doing. It's great because I can learn a lot from them.
  5. donnaGEM

    Bushfires in NSW and ACT

    I don't know about any atomicans but I have a couple of friends in NSW living on the border of catastrophic fire zones so keeping a close watch and hanging out for their updates. It's all too much after Tassie's last week or so. We're still burning in places and sitting under clouds of smoke :( Hope everyone from here is okay and out of harm's way!
  6. donnaGEM

    Crossfitting Atomicans?

    Well splurging costs money I don't have but really I just need to re-fit back into the new wardrobe I bought doing this last time before I screwed up :)
  7. donnaGEM

    Crossfitting Atomicans?

    Quite simply I would never be doing this lifting on my own as much as I've wanted to do it for a long time. I've not had the equipment available or the support to do it properly. I'm fortunate starting out with a PT has drilled correct form into me from the first time I stepped into a gym. Our XFit classes are fully coached. We all (regardless of experience or ability) must be able to show correct form with a broom handle before we're allowed to touch the weighted bars. If we're doing it wrong, we are stopped and we go over it again and again until we have it right. The last thing they want us to do is hurt ourselves and it's the last thing I want to do. In only a month I've already gained muscle and have lost 10 cms off each thigh and about 7-9 cms off waist, hips, bum. Obviously diet helps but I've gone from someone who had an eating disorder due to ill health causing metabolism issues to having a pretty normal eating pattern. That alone is enough for me to keep this up. Whatever it is I am doing has fired up my metabolism like nothing I'e tried in the last 4 years has been able to do. Noone can try and tell me that's not worth it :)
  8. donnaGEM

    Crossfitting Atomicans?

    Sorry? Why the hell would she WANT to? She s obviously trying to get a bit fitter, have a bit of fun and work to her own goals. Her goal may not be a size 6 body with washboard abs and a butt you can crack a walnut on. It might be "gee, I hate exercise but I want to lose a bit of this baby belly and feel good about myself a bit more". Are you saying that's not a worthwhile and commendable goal? Not everyone wants to "take it to the max". Not everyone is even vaguely interested in the max. Again, it's just pure snobbery to try to impart your goals on her. You don't like crossfit and it doesn't meet your expectations. Cool. You are just doing exactly want you accused her of doing when she started this thread - getting fanatical about something and shoving it down her throat. She doesn't want to chew on it and all I am getting from this thread is that what you are doing is as much a fad as crossfit. brb doing some zumba to get "toned" I do it with shake weights too for added effect No one should stop me because I have a support group of others who have no idea what they are doing so we can all be ignorant together :) I mentioned Olympic lifting because doing Snatch's is part of any 1/2 decent cross fit program along with your good compound lifts. Do you do Snatch, Dead lifts or Over head press DonnaGem? Or do you primarily kettle bell based work? As far as weights go, I've done snatches, dead lifts, OHP and OH squats, front squats, back squats as well as kettle bells (which is mostly all I did before crossfit with my PT, or dumbbells, bench presses - all my other weight work was on machines). I need more than weight lifting to help my body recover from a long term illness though. Building muscle is currently my primary focus as it will help repair the damage, but it's not all I need. My crossfit box is run by a very qualified fitness instructor who used to run her own boot camp but has also done weight lifting and has 25+ years experience in the industry so I consider myself in a very good environment. And as I said there are a lot of very fit people who know what they're doing working out with me - including personal trainers and defence forces people who I know work out long and hard.
  9. donnaGEM

    Crossfitting Atomicans?

    hehehe exactly and good on you. I'm just very happy to be involved in something that's really giving me the push I needed after some injury and serious mental health issues - if Crossfit stops me from destroying myself I'm all for it. The regular gym just wasn't getting me hooked in enough. I bought a bike years ago that I've barely touched. I'd like to get it out and go for a long ride somewhere one day. I always did like going riding off on my own when I was younger.
  10. donnaGEM

    bobthemonkey's house burns down

    Yes I know that but I was being lazy and planned to remove it after I heard back :)
  11. donnaGEM

    bobthemonkey's house burns down

    I tried to send you a PM but it won't let me :( Do you have an email addy I can send to or would you be able to send one to me sometime please?
  12. donnaGEM

    Crossfitting Atomicans?

    Thanks lovely :) That's entirely my point that doesn't seem to be getting through. I am seeing incredible progress in only a month (even Zeph has been very impressed with what has happened for me - physically, mentally, even nutritionally) and the only thing I've changed is doing crossfit. Whether it's a fad or not, is entirely beside the point because it is working for me. With the introduction of the biggest loser, you could nearly say anyone who's started seeing a personal trainer lately is participating in a fad. I just love how people argue about how ridiculous crossfit is while admitting they are doing the same activities in their own basic training and format. Lol. Seriously? Donna should go do olympic lifting? a particular type of exercise focused on a particular thing. It's obviously great for what it is and it's more "every day" beneficial than body building, but Olympic lifting is a bad fucking idea for many people for many reasons. Want to be a runner? Maybe a cyclists? A soccer player? A fighter? So many sports... Olympic lifting is NOT the way to go. This. I'm not interested in a full blown Olympic lifting program so see that as a pretty futile suggestion. I am pleased to be able to participate in tougher weights than I was doing with my PT which is making all the difference and really proving to me my body's capabilities. I need a mix of weights and cardio, I need to work on getting back my flexibility and endurance and crossfit is giving me an opportunity to work on all of these areas without getting overwhelmed or bored. Our box has only been opened for 6 months but the women who've been participating since it opened have transformed their bodies - they're gorgeous. I'm a long, long, long way off looking like any of them but I feel it's a step in the right direction. I'm not interested in justifying crossfit to the masses. I've tried it, it's working, I'm enjoying it, I intend to continue and see how far I can go. I have my own crossfit goals I want to be able to achieve and that's what I'm being driven by, nothing else. How's your own weight loss journey gone? I do have very different goals to Juggs and mudg3 - crossfit is helping me to achieve them in a supported environment. That's good enough for me. I've not yet come across a movement that has not felt functionally wrong. It is getting my heart rate firing, burning lots of calories, it's increasing my muscle mass, it's increasing my flexibility and endurance. I've not before been able to do a single workout (and no time for multiple disciplines) that helps me to achieve all of that within a supportive group.
  13. donnaGEM

    Crossfitting Atomicans?

    I've read plenty. I've been looking into Crossfit for 3 years and it's the only thing fitness wise that kept coming back to me when I considered what might work for me. And since starting it's been exactly what I hoped and more. I understand why it's got a bad rap - I'm fortunate I've found somewhere to do it that doesn't come close to fitting those negative connotations. Interestingly the personal trainer I worked with for 18 months is about to come and start with me as she's been investigating crossfit strategies since I told her about it 3 years ago as well. I recall once upon a time Taibo was the latest fad that everyone should be doing - I remember watching the infomercials for getting DVDs to do it in your own home. Exactly why I refer to Taibo when you mention crossfit. No one takes it seriously once the fad died down. Be more intelligent. Research, move on. You pay your personal trainer, of course they're going to try to sell you the next big thing that you've probably heard about... I was actually the one who introduced her to Crossfit, not the other way around :D And another point you made mention of was finding supportive communities in a range of fitness arenas. That's interesting because I can quite honestly say that aside from the personal trainer I worked with (and certainly not the rest of her team) I have never felt or received any support for my fitness goals within those communities - quite the opposite in fact. I've always been the fat one, the unfit one, the smart one who can't run to save herself, the 'we won't even bother with her' one my whole life. I feel very fortunate I've found a group that not only support me but can find inspiration in the fact I'm giving it my all and more.
  14. donnaGEM

    Crossfitting Atomicans?

    Yes I lost many centimetres and changed my body shape because I was building muscle that I had lost during pregnancy. I hit a plateau and just could not shift it. With my PT we started adapting my workouts to resemble something more like crossfit workouts. I then had an injury which stopped it all for a long while. I tried getting back into it all again and I wasn't able to do it on my own. Only very recently we had a crossfit gym open up locally so rather than find a new PT (mine retired from her business while I was injured) I decided that rather than half heartedly do crossfit workouts on my own, I'd go somewhere with qualified trainers. As far as I'm concerned it's not that different to what I was doing with my PT - but perhaps have upped the intensity. The outcome on my physical appearance and my health and mental wellbeing has been amazing for me and what I've been through. If it stops working for me, so be it, but gosh I'm going to give it all I've got while it's giving me the progress I'd been hoping for.
  15. donnaGEM

    Crossfitting Atomicans?

    I've read plenty. I've been looking into Crossfit for 3 years and it's the only thing fitness wise that kept coming back to me when I considered what might work for me. And since starting it's been exactly what I hoped and more. I understand why it's got a bad rap - I'm fortunate I've found somewhere to do it that doesn't come close to fitting those negative connotations. Interestingly the personal trainer I worked with for 18 months is about to come and start with me as she's been investigating crossfit strategies since I told her about it 3 years ago as well. I recall once upon a time Taibo was the latest fad that everyone should be doing - I remember watching the infomercials for getting DVDs to do it in your own home.
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