Posted on | February 24, 2014 | 4 Comments
When I first started CrossFit, my entire goal was, “Please don’t puke, pass out, or die.” In that order. Now that I’ve gotten more accustomed to the mental and physical strain of fast, intense work outs, I no longer fear embarrassment (or death). I figure if I puke or pee my pants, I won’t be the first. I’ve seen it happen, and guess what? Everyone involved survived! And no one laughed at them unless they were laughing at themselves. It’s a very open, enjoyable community, and I’m grateful that I can honestly say I never feel like people will make fun of me.
When I miss a lift, they cheer me on to try again.
When I feel defeated from a really long AMRAP (as many reps as possible work out), they are there are the floor trying to recover with me.
When I’m struggling with a particular movement, they are struggling with me or giving me tips that helped them.
With that being said, I’m now looking to get better. My end-state will no longer be, “Finish.” I’m really wanting to focus more on getting more weight on the bar, getting down some movements that I’ve really struggled with (pull-ups), and trying to become more well-rounded. I know there will always be weaknesses I need to focus on, but I’m hoping I can overcome some of them that I have now and push on to the next level.
I registered for the CrossFit Open this year. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a world-wide competition in which every registered athlete completes five different work outs that are supposed to touch on most of the core lifts and really push athletes in metcons and strength. I know I’m not going to be “competitive” per say. I’m not trying to get to regionals this year (that would be a pipe dream), but I thought it would be a great way to see how I fair this year versus next year. I’ve been doing CrossFit for about seven months now, and I’ve seen a huge improvement since I started, but I’ve got a long ways to go, and I’m hoping I’ll continue to see jumps in my PRs and abilities as this year progresses. I think the Open will be a great benchmark for comparisons.
I’m also still on a really cleaned-up diet. I’ve since adjusted it a bit…I eat greek yogurt and some other dairy like cheese at least once a day. I stay away from grains the vast majority of the time. I’ve cut out basically all unnatural sugar (except for some dark chocolate!), and I’m still keeping wine to the weekends at the most. I feel so much better when I clean up my diet, and it keeps me from feeling bloated or having “fat days.” I feel pretty much the same all the time, and that’s a huge difference from when I was eating junk here and there. No more afternoon sugar spikes. No more big water weight fluctuations. It’s all a good thing. I haven’t gotten on the scale in months, but I think I’ve put on a little muscle weight. I’ll probably continue to avoid the scale. I just have such a mental aversion to those numbers, and it’s something that still bothers me.
So, there it is! I’m looking forward to adding some weight, focusing on olympic-type lifts a little more, and hopefully see some changes! I’m also going to put together my “Must Have” list for working out, and specifically for CrossFit. If you have any things that you LOVE, be sure to leave a comment. I’ll check them out and write about it.