Wesley: Growing Big

I thought it would be nice to officially post on Leap Day, being that they don’t come around too often. So, here are some quick photos of our sweet Wesley from my cell phone (read: not great quality images). He is getting so big!

As a side note, it appears to be good practice to sleep with a sword. ;o)



So, I completed my first workout since starting CrossFit by using the prescribed weight, hence I Rx’d as the lingo goes. Many of the workouts do not contain weight recommendations but there are some that do have suggested weights for the various movements. It has seemed in the past 3 months of my time doing the Workout of the Day, I could do 1 out of 2 or 3 out of 4 of the suggested weights, but there was always something that could keep me from meeting the goal, such as a 35lb kettle bell movement around 100 times. I can do a 35lb kettle bell, but not that many. Yeah, not happening, at least not for now. The other day though, there was only one real prescribed weight and I knew I could do it. It was a great workout:

800m Run

21 Deadlifts (95lbs)

21 Box Jumps (20 inches)

400m Run

15 Deadlifts (95 lbs)

15 Box Jumps (20 inches)

400m Run

9 Deadlifts (95lbs5)

9 Box Jumps (95lbs)

800m Run

I did all 95 lbs of it, all 45 times. As I normally do, I took a picture with my phone so I could write it down when I got home, in order to track my progress. Once in my workout journal, I delete the picture, but for some reason I could not choose to click the little trashcan icon for this one. Turns out, all the veterans say you remember your first official Rx and that you should take a picture of it and remember that workout, for a year later you will possibly do it again and not even think twice about doing the prescribed weight. Fortunately for me, this workout involved running, so I did quite well:

I present this to you, not to necessarily say “yeah me,” although it is true I am proud of it. I’ve already told you that the accolades don’t really mean much in the end. I show you because as I dabble in this new fitness routine, I am learning that I can physically do more than I ever expected, when I give the crazy workouts a try. I do more than I would typically anticipate because someone challenges me to do and also tells me that I can. In fact, the trainers at the gym typically suggest a weight to me that I would not choose for myself, but they know I can and should do it.

The same goes for you.

My husband never thought he could run a 5k but then he did…..and then he ran a half-marathon.

Challenge yourself, and even if you don’t fully succeed, it’s still worth it in the end to have done something hard and gotten stronger than to have done something easy and stayed the same. And before you know it, one day you’ll make it happen.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 3:10-14