Just rambling about the day 10/9

Listening to Diamond and Silk on Facebook Live talking about a lot of different things. Love those Ladies. They preach it and teach it and they live it. They are all about having the conversation. Catch them on Facebook and Twitter and everywhere! Be sure to check out their merchandise too.

Great news about the fence, icymi the before story: 

Take a look at the after story as of today, thank you Officer Bret for finding the right fencing team for our adjoining fences! You are the best neighbor! 

Excellent work by Professional Grade Fence on a very hot day! 

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Getting excited for the new CrossRope #ZenDudeFitness Challenge. You can join me and my Guns Out CrossFit teammate, Lance Winstein, by signing up here and tagging me or Lance with #TeamBooGah #GunsOutCrossFit in the CrossRope Jump Rope Community page on Facebook. All you need is a JUMP ROPE!

And yes, I love CrossRope. I love their jumping program so much that I joined the ZDF just so I could order smaller sized ropes with ZDF colored handlesBy the way, my jump roping is just about as good as my CrossFit but at least I am still working at it. 

Another tidbit of good news. My niece was crowned a runner up for Ms. Veteran America 2017.  


And that is it for today. Pip-pip. Cheerio!




Oh my goodness. It has been a wild couple of days with Irma and the debris around my house and the tree on my roof and organizing clean up. But it is all good because today was CrossRope‘s Jump Rope Performance Challenge Day 1: 1000 jumps with a half pound rope. 

I did it. It took me forever.  I did not die. 

Yes. Yes it was as much a stress reliever WoD as it was a stressor to keep going and get it done. The rope kept getting caught under my shoes. I tried jumping without the shoes but it was a little painful to step on it when I missed a turn. It was seriously painful when I whacked my toes with that heavy duty sucker. Finally it was just wiser to put them back on. 

No. No I will not video myself jumping. No. I will not post my time. 

Nevertheless, I will press forward with this JRPChallenge. I will keep on jumping, doing the very best I can as my little old gray-haired lady self, for my kind never die; we just modify. 


Making a shift in thinking, again.

IMG_8853It has been a year of midday to late afternoon and some evening WoD’s for me since moving to Alabama. It has been, well, not bad. I am definitely more a morning workout kind of person and that is better for me. 

Today I started back jumping rope. It felt so fantastic. It was around 9 or so in the morning, 250 jumps timed, taking me about three minutes to complete the task. For me, that was great. I was elated and my feet were happy.

I am thankful to my Coach Charles for working with me so I have a way to work back into a routine after all of the goofy drama with my broken toe, my blistered feet and ripped toenail this year, plus the bout with bronchitis before that.

Yeah Baby. I’m working my way back to you, Guns Out CrossFit

P.S. Now that is serious business WoD music for the Granny Nanny!



First Day with CrossRope… and Johnny meets Brunhilda

A few days ago I ordered the CrossRope Limited Edition Heavy Set. It arrived yesterday. Feeling the weight of the package, I opened it with great awe in anticipation. The experience did not disappoint. 

It was late. It was dark. I was in the house, exhausted after a long day. Even though I wanted to try out each rope, there was no energy left in my caboose so I simply had to organize everything in my special CrossRope bag, set it by the door in preparation to try the ropes out at the gym today. And I did so with great awe and anticipation to see what my possibilities would be. 

Today’s experience did not disappoint.

Walking into the gym I announced to Coach Charles, “Look at my new toys!!!”

Putting the Rush Rope (red) together to let him take it for a spin, followed by the the Flex Rope (aqua), he was quite impressed until he saw me reveal the 3 lb Titan X Rope (silver), pulling it out of my bag. Then he was completely astonished. 

“That’s just like the cable I used to lock my bike with,” he said as his jaw dropped while his eyes grew big. “Seriously! I had a cable just like that and would padlock my bike with it!”  

When I finally had time to test out each rope I began with the Titan X, or as I lovingly refer to it, Brunhilda. Glad I was working it alone in the gym. It was much too heavy for me. I could barely whirl it over my head one time, even after a couple of tries.

Next I went to the Flex Rope which seemed much easier though I looked like a turtle jumping rope on valium. By time I dropped to the Rush Rope it went around me like slicing buttah. (My butt-ah got whacked a couple painful times.) 

Using the CrossRope app I opted for the Brute Set 1 Beginner workout. Instead of changing ropes I started with the Flex Rope and manage to get through the 9 minutes like a remedial jump roper. So feeling pretty happy with my remedial performance I moved to do the same workout again with the Rush Rope and actually felt stronger, like I could push myself harder.

What I like about these weighted ropes is my speed drop in jumping and my desire to press myself to speed up, relatively speaking.  Slowing down helped me focus on my form. The ropes exposed my weaknesses so I could correct myself to better balance my body to then increase my speed in turning the rope. The ropes are indeed a “powerful full-body training” system.

As I sat a bit to recover from my workout, my teammate Johnny, significantly my junior, showed up. And yes, I pulled out all of my ropes to share with my teammate. Enjoy the video below as he gets to know Brunhilda. 


Another day, another Cross-What?

After three years of not being able to do double unders I have no idea what possessed me to get into some crazy jump rope scheme.

Yes. Having lost my mind, I ordered the CrossRope Killer set, the LIMITED EDITION HEAVY ROPE SET.

No, I could not merely begin with the STARTER SET. Noooo. That would be the sensible thing to do.

The good news is there is help with starting as a beginner on heavy ropes here: 

Wish me happy hopping and joyous jumping. 



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