Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A New Begining...

August 15, 2011

Hubs and I decided it was time to start a new adventure. We feel like we have tried everything when it comes to styles of training and “diets” that we prefer to call “lifestyle changes.” Nothing seems to work. We stick with it for a few weeks, than as the weekends set in a month into it we decide its time to have a pizza… than its easier to go out to dinner one of the nights…. And before we know it, we are back into our old habits.

We are both pretty well adjusted to strength training. Hubs has been lifting for years and I started up quite a few years ago myself. He has been teaching and training me to know what exercises work for me, and what will give me the best “bang for my buck” so to speak. For our wedding in 2005, we were in “fantastic” shape. I use that in quotes because it was only fantastic because when we look back at it now, it was pretty fantastic. Had you asked either of us then, we would more than likely have not had the same response.

I was literally in the best shape of my life. Granted when I was in high school I could do laps around the track, tap dance in circles and toss a 90lb girl in the air (yes I did one season of cheerleading that was the worst experience of my life). But, having said that, I wasn’t in top shape. I never thought about food… in fact I ate pop tarts, cookies and cake for breakfast most days, ate school lunch or bologna and cheese with a bag of chips from home and followed it all up with pasta, 4 meatballs and a giant glass of whole milk every night. College was the same, ramen noodles, cans of peas or beans, all the tootsie rolls I could eat and when I had the money a Chicken west from Campus Pizza.

Now, things are changing again. We have tried this on our own and it just isn’t working. I have tried piling on the weights and power lifting. I have tried low weight high reps, I have tried high weights and low reps. I have tried to discipline myself enough to do cardio and abs… and to be honest, I just cant make myself push stronger. I go through the motions, I get my workout in, but that’s it. If I am out of time, I stop. If I don’t feel well, I just lessen the weight. DONE, that’s over. Not going to happen anymore. Last Saturday the 6th of August. We/I had my first Crossfit experience. Hubs found a location in about 5 minutes down the street from our house and we just dove right in.

We met K the first day we were there and she has been fantastic in helping us get used to our new style of training and pushing us along the way. We worked out Saturday, and again Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday last week. She told us she thought we were ready to jump into the full workouts, as she had given us modified workouts for those days. We thought they were tough, and were covered in sweat by the end of the workout… but we just kept pushing. I heard Hubs say to K at one point while he was breathing deeply trying to catch his breath between sets of burpees “I want this.” And that’s the truth. We want this. We both do.

So, we bid farewell to our old ways this weekend with a bang. Went camping with the usual group… and boozed up our final weekend away for the summer. It was wonderful and fun… and boy did we eat. We were so sore from our workouts it was a constant reminder what was to come when we got home.

K was great enough to open early for me today since I prefer to work out in the morning. She was sitting in the garage this morning at 6:00am when I pulled in. I was half terrified and half excited to work out alone… and to jump right in. Let me tell you. This was no easy workout!! When I started the warmup I was going strong, than I saw the WOD (workout of the day)… YIKES!! First thought was that I couldn’t do it, my lungs would collapse… I would fall on my face… I am going to look like a fool in front of her… but no. no. no. I am going to do this.

You know what. I did it. The whole thing. My face to the ground during pushups… my back sweating, my whole body sweating, it was raining… I wanted to cry, I wanted to quit, I wanted to giveup…. But I didn’t. K wouldn’t let me, she pushed me on, she was a great coach. And… I finished.

I am going to use this as a journal to track how I am feeling, what my progress is, and what the workouts are (with my weights and assists in parenthesis. Just starting with today… since I didn’t write down last weeks stuff. Today started my official first day of Crossfit.

3 sets of the following
- 200m Run
- 10 Air Squats
- 8 GHD Sit-ups
- 6 Pull Ups (black band assist)
10 Inchworms
10 Shoulder Rotations

20 Box Jumps (20” box)
20 Hand Release Pushups (first set no assist, three sets use assist)
20 Weighted OH Walking Lunges (25lbs)
4X For time (my time 24:14)

3 sets of the following
- 10 KB Abmat Sit-Ups (17lbs)
- 10 Back Extensions
- 10 Russian Twists, 20 each side (14lbs)

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