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Week 51 – Holiday Thoughts

There are always changes in life. I think that Christmas time is a time to review your life and appreciate the great things that have changed your life. I am grateful for the people in my life. I really believe people are brought into your life to teach you something. Everyone has something to teach someone else. My coach teaches me that strength is more a mental game than a physical one. My partner teaches me patience (anyone who knows me knows this is not my super power). One of my friends that I work out with teaches me that it is ok to start over. There are countless others who teach me humor, love, respect, and hope. I can only hope that I am able to share my creative outlook, humor, and grace to others.

Yes it has been a while since I went to the gym but I am getting back into it. I did complete the challenge and lost 15 pounds. I am trying to keep up with it but it is not always easy in the holiday season. I walked in this morning to cookies sitting at my desk which of course is my weakness. Ice cream is another one of my weaknesses. So I ate a cookie for breakfast which, as I have stated many times, it contains everything I was going to eat for breakfast. Then my Jewish friend brings in Almond cake. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop eating wheat. So yes I ate a slice of cake. I mean if you are going to go off the wagon you might as well go big. I have been doing CrossFit for a year now and I love it. I have gotten pretty strong and my clothes fit better so it has been a big help. I do apologize for the lack of writing but I have been busy at work (yeah I know, how rude). I hope to write more later this week but we will see. If not, have a happy Chanukkah, Merry Christmas, Funky Festivus, Krazy Kwanzaa, and the best Boxing day. Until next time, cheers!

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Week 16 – Failing is good…

This was a tough week. I am still gluten free and will be decreasing my dairy intake. I have set a challenge for myself, 6 weeks on an altered Paleo diet. I feel better without gluten in my diet and I am hoping that it will make me stronger. I have found that last week I really enjoyed spending time and taking pictures with Coach Keidy and I think I can get better at it but I feel like I am at a good starting point. Here are a few words of encouragement that I hear over and over in my head this week. Surround yourself with great people because they will push you to be great. This was clear when we were running this past week and I see these fighters that I call friends being stronger than me and pushing me to be greater than I think I can be. I see greatness in all my ladies and they push me to be better than I was yesterday. Sometimes I get to return the favor and push them to see the greatness in themselves (you must find your inner Wonder Woman). The second set of words of encouragement is this; if you cannot grow then you cannot become your best and if you are not your best then how can you really be happy. It will be a tough journey to grow, it hurts and it is hard work but if it was easy then everyone would do it. Life is about being uncomfortable with where you are. If you get comfortable you stop growing and you have stopped pushing yourself. Life is about failing. If you are scared of failing you will not become the best you can be. Failing means you pushed yourself to the edge. You become a fighter when you fail and you get up. Fail and then fail again and then again and again. It happens to the best of us. The strongest person I know failed. She failed over and over again but the reason she is so strong is because she got up every time she failed. Think of your Wonder Woman. Guess what, they were where you are right now. They all started. They all failed. I don’t know who they are but I know they failed. When you get up from that failure you learn about yourself. You see what you can do and where you can go, maybe not today but work. Do your assignment. Do your work. In that moment when you no longer fail, that’s the greatest feeling of them all. That’s what success feels like.

Now the work. Ugh, this was a tough week. I tried to give up a few times but I pushed through it and I feel awesome that I finished. I got shin splints which I get at the beginning of any running program but I iced my legs and I got lucky that the workout on Thursday really stretched my legs with the wall balls. I blazed through them because it felt amazing to stretch my legs. I see that I am getting stronger and it feels great. I am so close to a kipping pull-up that it angers me (like Marvin the Martian kind of anger). I will be working on these this weekend again at the regular gym. I am hoping to enter the battle of the sexes at the box to see who is stronger. The workouts this week also included so many burpees with different jumps (burpee star jumps or burpee pull-ups) that it was horrible. I am pretty sure burpees are a torture movement that they use to make prisoners talk. I mean I was willing to tell coach anything she wanted to know.

Until next week, keep up the good work and may the WOD’s be in your favor…

Week 4 – Inner Warrior

Well this week was tough. First, I went to weight myself and gained another 2 lbs. Well that was super upsetting. I also had part of an apple crisp but on the plus side, I have dropped all soda. No carbonated beverages. Secondly, I hurt one of the muscles in my arm on Monday so I could not do the full workout with the assigned weight. I continued to go every day this week and just worked with my injury. Luck for me we only did the movement twice (first time is when I found out the issue) so I just decreased the weight. I thought this would get easier but as it turns out, it gets tougher. I really had to search for my reason for going to CrossFit. I got in touch with my inner warrior and pushed on. I have decided not to weigh myself until after February. I think if I weigh myself again and see an increase in weight I might just have to do something crazy like eat a whole tub of ice cream so waiting to weigh again it might save not just myself but the spike in the ice cream market. This would not be good for my inner warrior.
This week I will cut back on my wheat intake to wheat at 1 meal a day. I try to set reasonable goals each week in order to build a better eating habit. This all feeds into my healthy goal for this year. I want to be healthier by changing what I eat and my exercise routine. So far I have cut out soda and junk food. Here’s hoping this week goes better!

Week 3 – Delusional bliss

Well I don’t know if I might be crazy or if there really is something to CrossFit. I kind of like the punishment of the WOD. Don’t get me wrong, I hate it in the moment but afterwards I feel like I have done something that I could not have done 4 weeks ago. I find that I talk to my partner about things like “I made it through again”. I have become surprised about the amount of weight I can lift/move. I have a love/hate relationship with my trainer. I have yet to have any weight drop off (as a matter of fact, I have gained) but my clothes do fit better. I have also noticed that my food cravings have shifted and I don’t want to eat as much as I have in the past. I no longer crave soda, potato chips and sandwiches. Now I want a salad or veggies and water. I can see why people shift over to the paleo diet as it is something your body craves. I am sore but not something that stops me from moving during the day. I guess I have to start working on my diet soon (that is planned for February). This week was tough mainly because the box started a challenge to eat clean and do a measurable workout (1 mile on a bike, 50 goblet squats, 3 burpees, rest, and 1000 meter row). Apparently my little class of 2 other people has become this massive workout team (yeah not really a group anymore) is now like 8 other people. As the week went on, fewer and fewer people showed up. By the end of the week we were down to 4 others in the group. This made me think, it is really easy to quit. I didn’t want to quit. I didn’t want to do the challenge but I didn’t need this to push me. So this lead me to remember failing and failure are two different things. It is a mind set.

Here’s to another week of CrossFit! Let’s hope the scale starts going down!