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Whether you want it or not, here’s some unsolicited photographic evidence that whatever I’ve been doing has slowly been working. What’s even better is that last set of photos was taken Sunday–after a carb-heavy day which has left me feeling rather nasty. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen my comment that “I feel like a slug.” Back to eating clean(er) this week, for sure.

I also took the Basic skills test at my gym on Saturday. I passed a lot more than I thought I would in this first attempt; I originally was going to wait until the June testing came around, but I decided to go and see where I currently stand. As it is, I still need to master my pull-ups, wall ball shots (14lbs. at a 10′ target… woof.), and knees-to-chest sit-ups (basically, going in and out of boat pose–which I have never been super great at). After all those skills are verified as complete, I will need to also complete Christine as prescribed under fifteen minutes. My latest attempt at Christine was scaled to 115lbs. on the deadlifts with a finish time of 15:32. Ack.

But, here’s everything else I passed:
– 10 kettlebell swings at 16kg.
– 800m run in under 4 minutes and 20 seconds
– 2000m row in under 9 minutes and 50 seconds (barely–9 minutes and 26 seconds)
– 50 air squats
– deadlift at body weight (130lbs. [based on the in-gym scale])
– 10″ vertical jump (16 inches!)
– 10 push-ups on parallette bars (yes, hands and feet on the bars)
– shoulder press at 1/4 body weight
– 3 dips (no idea how I did that, since I’ve never done even one dip on my own)
– 30-second static hang (the “up” position of a chin-up)
– barbell high-pull at 1/2 body weight
– 30 sit-ups
– 10-second L-sit (15 seconds)
– 400m run in under 2 minutes and 4 seconds (1 minute and 31 seconds–good enough for Advanced level!)
– 500m row in under 2 minutes and 20 seconds (had to haul on that because my usual row speed is right around 2:34/500m)
– 10 medicine ball cleans
– 1-mile run in under 9 minutes (7 minutes and 23 seconds–that’s a run, and that means I jogged my 5K last week)

That’s a lot of stuff. Which makes the other stuff that’s left seem not-so-bad. I also have confirmation of my strengths, weaknesses, and the revealing of some hidden strengths. That’s pretty cool. As Coach K said, this isn’t a pass/fail exam. It’s more of an “in-progress” work. A lot of this will take–again, Coach’s words–getting all my systems to work and engage together. It’s not necessarily upper- vs. lower-body or a lack of core. So, here’s to starting the fine-tuning this week.

I will admit that writing about my workouts and seeing my half-clothed body on my blog are a little bit weird. However, I said I would be accountable to myself, and part of that meant sharing my progress, my challenges, and, yes, my discomfort with my friends and readers. This is me.

This is transition.

(Also, I hit my first 90lb. squat clean and jerk on Monday night. So, yay!)
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