Monday, August 29, 2011

Helen Who?

August 29, 2011

Ahhh, good old Monday morning. Seems to always creep up on me the same time every week! Before bed last night Hubs and I were talking and I said "you know, it feels really go to be getting rid of all this suff that we dont need or want want anymore... less clutter, less stuff to bog us down... kinda seems like we are on a mission to do the same thing with our lives."  I am  feeling good, motivated and determined (hehe, kinda like the title to my blog, see how that works) to get my life where I want it. I am surrounded by a wonderful family, very supportive parents, and the best friends I could ask for. I have always been a "reach for the stars" kinda girl, something instilled in me as a child, whatever you want you can do it... typically, I follow everything through to the end. Never give up.

My problem, fitness. I love working out, I love feeling strong. For some reason I have never actually pushed myself hard enough. The more I think about it "goal setting" has never been something I have associated with fitness. Yeah sure we all want to fit into that old pair of pants, or "lose 20lbs" but I dont think I have ever really put stock into those commitments. I would go through the motions, add little weight here and there, get excited when I got to up my max weight, but I didnt challenge myself much.

Times, they are a changing. I am 100% committed to this. I love the challenging workouts, I have a goal, I have weights that I want to reach, I want to eventually compete in Crossfit games (yikes), I have an image of my future body in my mind. I have people who are behind me encouraging me towards these goals. M and K are fantastic motivators and are willing to help push me to above my own expectations, asking me to do things that I thought I would never be able to do... I mean come on... I can bang out 10 pushups pretty easily now. They new I could do it, they just gave me the tools and tips to get me there.

Today was no different. I arrived, it was chilly... post hurricane Irene leaves all over the place and I was ready to start week 3 of my "journey" to my new life.  The WOD was "Helen" and she is mean. I got the big bad black band out (this is embarrassing since its the heaviest band they have at CFW) for my push ups and I walked over to the kettle bells to get the 12kg bell for the swings. K, right away says "nah... you cleaned 100lbs on Saturday, you are going to use the Rx weight for women for the swings," and she hands me the 16kg (35 1/3 lbs... or 1 pood as they call it in CF land). She knew I could do it... and all I needed was that push, and that challenge.

The runs are getting easier, but they are still where my time slows the most. The 200's are not that bad, but the 400's seem like they still need some work. I was trying to concentrate on my breathing so when I return to do the KB swings I am not in need of an oxygen tank... K was there cheering me on as I returned from every run to get right into the swings. You know what, even at the moments where I thought I wasnt going to be able to do it, I did it. I got in all the KB swings with the Rx weight!

Pullups still need work. I have been giving myself a boost to get up there and slowly letting myself down, they are HARD... they are now the hardest thing I have to do in a workout (and somehow they seem like they keep appearing every workout). I had a decent time for the 3 mods, and I am already ready for tomorrow's challenge!

I have learned through both good and bad times, that nothing feels better than accomplishing a goal you have set for yourself, even if it involves blood, sweat and tears. Whether it was walking across the stage to receive my Masters degree after a long 6 years of all of those thing (yes sometimes even blood, we architecture students shouldn't be handling knives at 4:00 in the morning after working all day and into the night)... or cleaning the basement, or having a long overdue talk with a friend about something that is bothering me, or getting a new job I had prayed for for 4 years, or cleaning 100lbs during a crossfit workout... challenge is AWESOME... change is AWESOME...

CrossFit is changing my life. I am changing my life.

WARMUP
3 Rounds
- 250m Row
- 10 Ab Mat Situps
- 10 Pushups
2X Bergner Warmup
Hip Mobility Stretch

WOD
"Helen" 3 Rounds for Time
- 400m Run
- 21 KB Swings (Rx 16kg, 1 pood)
- 12 Pull Ups

SKILL
Start Hollow Rocks

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