Friday, August 31, 2012

Its a Virtue

August 31, 2012

Anyone that knows me in real life... especially my parents and Hubs can tell you, I have absolutely zero patience. I have never had any, not when I was a newborn, a toddler, a child, a teen, a young adult... and still, I have none now. I am not really sure why, and I am not really sure how, but it is something I am working on. Though most of the time I can translate it into being a positive there are times that it is not good. Sometimes it adds stress where stress is not necessary and when I get stressed, I get even more impatient and, well, you get the picture. 

I think one of the biggest issues that people have with working out and "dieting" (for the record I hate that word now when used in that context and almost cringe when I write it), is that they want immediate results. With the workout, they want to walk into the gym, pick up the weights or run on the treadmill and in a two week time period see results. They want to spend a week eating a "low carb" diet and drop 2 pant sizes... they want to walk around wearing shape up sneakers for a month and have "toned legs" that they claim to magically give you, when in reality... its just not that simple. In this case you HAVE to have patience. You have to have dedication and you have to have faith that the results will come with proper training and diet.

I will be the first person to admit that I stood in the mirror more times that I can count over the years just thinking "man, why isnt this working." With all the "fad" diets that I tried... all those endless workouts and new routines at my globo gym, it just seemed like no matter what I tried I was never going to get where I wanted to be... and I would give up. I would never have the patience to let whatever I was trying to actually work. All of that changed after first few weeks of crossfit and paleo. I was in the right place in my mind at the right time (que Wednesdays post) and I was going to be patient with this one. I had a gut feeling I knew what I was doing was going to work. But I knew it wasnt going to happen over night and I knew it was going to take every bit of patience that I had in me. Let me tell you something. It paid off, it is still paying off.

My workouts have come along the same as transitioning to the paleo lifestyle. I have learned to be patient, that its not going to come overnight. There are always going to be ups and downs, but with patience and time I will be right where I want to be. Its important to celebrate where I am now, and what I am doing. I will have time to celebrate those future "things" when they happen. Because they will happen. Double unders... do you think those were "easy..." um no, there were more pissing matches with that damn jump rope (still a little hostility there) than I can count, but I have to keep my faith and have patience that it would come. If I had just given up... well than, I never would have gotten them would I? Its so important to remember that.

Now, where my being impatient comes in handy... that's the trick here. That right there is what really helps my drive. When there is something I want, I am going to work my ass off to get there. How can I give up sugar? How can I all of a sudden drop nuts out of my diet? How can I get up at 4:45 every morning? How can I withstand the foods I used to crave? How can I work what seems like endlessly on an exercise that I suck at or cant do yet? Because I know if I do it, or keep working on it, I will have results. Developing my patience for these things it makes it easier for me to understand when I fail I have to keep going... however, my impatient side says "keep the eff going, you are almost there."

This morning after the WOD I worked on my handstand pushups again. They released the standards for the movements for Garage Games first 3 WODs and I saw that the handstand pushups will be outside, with two 35lb plates and one abmat...

This made me at ease, but last night I had worked on them with 15lb plates not 35lb plates. There is a little more of a deficit here when your head is on the abmat... So, after the WOD I was back to work at the wall for some more HSPU action. To my own surprise, I was good. I was consistent and connecting reps!! In this case my being "impatient" has allowed me to progress from 2 abmats down to none in just two weeks!!

Having said all that, I wouldnt try this without the proper supervision and coaching... pushing yourself and challenging yourself is one thing, but you have to be sure that you are able to do these things strength wise to be sure that you will not injure yourself. K and I were discussing after the fact and I understood that for me, strength was not the issue, form was the issue. I needed to get the technique down. K and M would never have encouraged me to make that quick of a drop if they didnt think that I was strong enough to handle it. So please please please be careful and even if you want to move out of your comfort zone, dont put yourself in danger.

What it comes down to is the fact that I really should have started reducing my ambats a long time ago, I just got comfortable using them as a crutch and pushing through the workouts without really working on my form on them. Once I really started to work on my form and think about the movement as a whole I was able to put it all together.

I am pumped and ready for Garage Games!!

3 Rounds
- 10 Step Ups
- 10 Pushups
- 10 Inchworms
- 10 GHD Situps
- 1 Rope Climb
Couch Stretch (2 min each leg)

WOD: Garage Games WOD #5
4 minute AMRAP
- 2 Power Cleans (135)
- 2 Front Squats (135)
- 2 Shoulder to Overhead (135)
(3+2 Rx)

- OH Press 5-5-5+
65, 75, 85 (6)
- Rx HSPU Work

Challenge Day 12
Post WOD: Shake
Breakfast: 1oz Pumpkin Seeds, 2 Egg Muffins, 1 Cup Butternut Squash, 12 oz Green Tea
Snack 1: 2oz Boars Head Nitrate Free Ham, 1/2 Avocado, 1 Tomato, 12 oz Green Tea
Lunch: 3 oz Chicken and Eggplant with Capers and Garlic and 1/3 cup of Coconut Milk
Break: 12 oz Green Tea
Dinner: 3 oz Flank Steak and Butternut Squash
Snack 2: 2oz Boars Head All Natural Turkey with 1 tbsp of olive oil mayo and 1/2 an Avocado on Romaine


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