a.k.a. “Carolyn tries CrossFit”
Between being a giant ball of stress and being a giant ball of fat, I’ve had enough. While I have been running and sticking to my distance/heart rate training goals, I’m gaining weight.
It didn’t help that last week Moose ran the show for food since my husband was out of town all week for work.
Oh, yes I did eat Pizza Rolls for dinner one night. I REGRET NOTHING.
I did the math and there was a good two and a half day stretch where I did not eat a fruit or vegetable of any kind. Well, not unless you count the tomato sauce in those pizza rolls as a vegetable or that wine used to be grape juice and that came from a fruit.
Throw in the lovely bloat that comes ever 28 days, and you could put me next to Shamu and you’d have a hard time telling us apart. Ladies, you know what I’m talking about. The fat jeans don’t button anymore! Argh!
Drastic times call for drastic measures. I tried CrossFit.
I know! That’s what I said too!
But I needed that kick in the pants to get me on the road to fitness again. The best shape I had been in my adult life was four years ago when I trained for a half marathon and did a bootcamp style class twice a week. Now while I’m not going to make the mistake of training for a half again, I do want to get back to running that 7-8 mile distance per run – that’s a distance that I really enjoy. Now that I live in a place where I don’t have to stop running outside between now and April, I’ll be able to keep up with the running progress I have made and improve on that distance-wise.
The other issue was the cross training aspect. Do I have access to a gym in my apartment building? Yep. Can I motivate myself to do the damn cross training and stick to it. Obviously not as I’ve used the gym a grand total of once the two and a half months we’ve been here.
I had the opportunity, but not the timing, to take an introduction to CrossFit class at the Automattic Grand meetup. I was bummed I couldn’t go, but going to the Olympic park was way more important. I found a couple of CrossFit gyms near my house and found one run by a woman who’s been doing CrossFit for over a decade. They had a free class on Saturday and I decided to try it out.
I was a skeptic for sure, but it ended up being more fun than I expected. I think that was due mainly to the fact that this one is run by some really laid back people. If it was one those crazy intense places that yelled, I would’ve been out.
The class was Saturday morning. It’s Monday afternoon and my abs still hate my face. Because the workout we did was:
50 walking lunges
50 situps (OW OMG OWWWWW)
50 squat thingies with a medicine ball. I’m sure they have a name for them.
Tonight is the next class, so we’ll see how painful that will be. Because I don’t know if I mentioned that my abs hurt…but by the way, THEY HURT LIKE A MOTHER. I sneezed earlier and I cried.
I didn’t gain this weight in a day, so I’m not going to lose it in day either. We’ll see what happens tonight!
4 thoughts on “What The Hell Is Happening To Me?”
Awesome! Finding the right gym for you is important, especially in an area where you probably have multiple options. Let me know how it goes.
It’s been great so far! One of the trainers is in his late 40s and when he started he was over 300lbs, so he’s really sensitive to limitations and starting slow.
That set of exercises is what the warm up was at martial arts. I would burn out and then be half exhausted. No wonder I was hurting myself. It was like I was doing cross fit followed by TKD 😛
Really? That’s insane! When I was doing karate in MN, we just did jumping jacks, situps and pushups to warm up. Nothing insane like this.
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