A new year start.

Posted on | January 22, 2014 | 3 Comments

When I first started at CrossFit, I signed up for three days a week. I struggled to make it even three days a week. Between the babies, the house, and volunteering, it was hard for me to make the time for myself. But I soon realized I wasn’t getting the results I’d hoped for going to Gold’s gym on my days off of CrossFit. This week, I walked into the gym and told the owner I’d like to go ahead and bump my membership up to “unlimited.” I can go whenever I want. I could go three times a day! (I won’t do that. That’s crazy.) So, since a new year has begun, I thought I’d share a bit of how I’m doing and what I hope to be doing.

Here’s the best comparison picture I could find from last year to this year. It’s hard to tell how I looked from the before picture because I was insecure enough to try to hide behind others and do a “sorority squat” to disappear even more.

Okay. So it’s a really not great comparison, but maybe you get the idea? Before=Insecure, not toned, not happy. After=More confident, muscles in new places, happy!

Here were my starting PRs (records for most weight I was able to lift):
Push Press-65lbs
Stict Press-45lbs
Back Squat-125lbs
Front Squat-95lbs
Pull ups-NONE without a thick band
Box Jump-16 inches
Push ups-Probably 10 before having to switch to “girl” push ups
Clean and Jerk-65lbs

Now, about six months later, here is where I stand:
Push Press-105lbs
Strict Press-65lbs
Back Squat-155lbs
Front Squat-125lbs
Pull Ups-1 strict, 5 kipping
Push Ups-I can finish any work out without having to go to my knees (including Murph with 200 push ups!)
Snatch-75lbs (power) and 70 (squat)
Clean and Jerk-At least 95lbs, but I haven’t maxed this out for awhile, so I think it would be closer to 110lbs.

And that, my friends, is why I LOVE CrossFit. Even if you can see a big initial change in your body, the change in you ability is astounding if you just stay focused and consistent. It took a full five months for me to start noticing physical changes, and I’d imagine I’ll hit another plateau again before I start seeing more changes. I think that’s probably why people get discouraged. They start and gain weight as they add muscle, and they feel frustrated. Here’s my tip:


Ignore the weight you weigh and focus on the weight you lift. I mean it. If you go to the doctor, turn your ass around so you don’t have to see the number. If you’re tempted to weigh yourself, do a burpee. Eventually, it will become a negative thought in your mind, and you’ll train yourself to avoid it. That’s not to say you should eat whatever you want and pretend CrossFit gives you free rein to chow down on Cook Out and Taco Bell. It doesn’t. But if you eat well and work out consistently, you’ll get results.

Here was today’s work out:

It felt good! I did my push press at 75lbs, 85lbs, and 95lbs. I’m looking forward to the next time we find our max weight because I think I’ll be able to beat my last one. I managed 604 reps on the WOD (I hate that term, but, it really is easier than typing out “Workout of the Day). I did it “perscribed” or “RX’d” meaning I didn’t have to scale anything. My hip flexors were hurting at the end, but it was a fast, fun work out. I schelped it a bit to the gym today, wearing a t-shirt from Taylor’s unit and some crops instead of a fitted tank or anything too cute. Everything was dirty! I guess when you live in work out clothes, you really need to do laundry more than once or twice a week.

I’m headed to warm yoga tonight. I tried hot yoga last week and left feeling like I had the norovirus. I’ll update on my warm yoga experience tomorrow.

How are your work out goals going for this year?


3 Responses to “A new year start.”

  1. Verna
    January 22nd, 2014 @ 6:26 pm

    How long does it take you to finish the warm up and the wod? Seems like a lot of stuff.

    Sally Reply:

    Verna, our warm-up is usually directly related to the WOD. If it’s a short WOD, we spend about double the time warming up. If it’s a long one, we spend about half that time warming up. Today’s took about 20 minutes. There isn’t any real rush to get through it, so we can spend some time warming up those muscles :)

  2. Domesticated combat boots
    January 22nd, 2014 @ 9:36 pm

    I looove crossfit, but I also love loooong distance running. I incorporate crossfit into my running work outs. It’s amazing the results I get! And you, look amazing!!!

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