Sometimes I feel like I am beating my head against the wall when it comes to getting fit. I toil and sweat, muscles get sore, I flop around like a flounder. It is hard work! But now that I know what types of exercise I get turned on by, I wouldn’t change a thing! I fell in love with CrossFit and all I can say now is BRING IT ON!
I have tried it all – the gym memberships, swimming, Pilates classes, running, even Hip- Hop Abs (LOVE Shaun T!) I even had that thigh-master thing for awhile! I would ultimately lose interest after doing the same old repetitive movements week in and week out and then eventually stop. Years ago I even bought an elliptical machine, thinking it would save me money on a gym membership. I used it 4 months – tops. (Much like the gym membership!) Honestly, I don’t even know what happened to that thing – I moved and I never saw it again & forgot all about it until just now! HA! Let me state for the record that there is nothing wrong with any of those activities I just listed – many people enjoy them, in fact that is where my long winded point will eventually take me – but for me, meh. I need variety. I also realized that doing “chronic cardio” made me feel awful and I did not experience many positive results.
The worst part of all of this (including all my wasted money) was that I really thought I would be fat forever given that I couldn’t seem to “stick it out” with any of these options. I blamed myself for being “lazy” which lead to more sitting around feeling full of self-loathing. My poor self-esteem was a driving force that lead me to eat junk food to try to feel better. (HINT: It never made me feel better.) The truth is I wasn’t lazy and I certainly didn’t deserve to punish myself the way I had been. I was just uninspired. Let’s face it, for many people, especially overweight people, workouts can feel like a chore because we MUST DO THEM or we won’t be healthy. And that’s true. But the key is finding ways to be active that you enjoy – because if you actually like something, you will be more prone to doing it. Don’t beat yourself up. Experiment with different types of exercise. If you get stuck, think back to sports or activities you loved as a child and try them again. I loved gymnastics as a child and have been thrilled to revisit a lot of those same movements in CrossFit. Another great way to workout is to recruit a partner to workout with you so there is some accountability. It also adds a bit of healthy competition to keep both parties working hard. Getting fit is great for you – and trust me, IT CAN BE FUN!
My Workout Today: (From CrossFit Newton’s programming)
55lb-65lb-75lb-85lb – (85lb is a new PR for me!!!)
1 Round for time
30 Box Jumps
20 Power Cleans (65lb)
30 Wall Balls (10lb)
My Time: 14:36
Yes, a ton of people can beat my time, but I don’t care about any of that. This was a milestone workout for me in many ways. I have always been terrible at burpees, but I never felt too beat to make it through them today. HOORAY! Little victories, people! I have become so much stronger over the past year doing CrossFit. As you may know from reading the rest of my blog, I work out at home. I was doing my own programming, but it took up so much of my time, I decided to simply follow the programming from my local affiliate, Crossfit Newton. I have to give Gilaad Cohen (co-owner & trainer) props. He has, unknowingly, really fine-tuned my training. I am really pleased with the results. When I am feeling a bit more courageous, I will post some before and after pics for you fine people.
I have said it in almost every post I’ve ever written, but I will say it again: if I can get into shape, so can you. Find something that lights you up and gets you moving – and just do it.
What are your favorite ways to get in shape? I would love to hear from you so we can give each other some inspiration!
Happy Spring all!
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