Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before I Started CrossFit…

orig_3365eda27d54b0198fd2b4f1d6a66b90a970ac6b1)  Olympic Weightlifting.  Most boxes do a poor job in teaching their members Olympic Weightlifting.  My box was horrible.  It wasn’t until I took the Olympic Weightlifting Level 1 Certification that I realized how ignorant I was.  Find a reputable coach and learn from the best in your area.

2)  You REALLY do need shoulder strength to kip and to prevent injuries.  I wish someone would have warned me how horrible kipping is for your shoulders and arms.  I wish my coaches would have prevented me from doing kipping pull ups until I could do strict pull ups (I know some boxes are great at this but not mine).  I wish someone would have warned me doing 100 pull ups and negatives were a bad idea the second month of CrossFit.  Finally, after 2 years, I feel strong enough.

3)  CrossFit will trump many other things in your life if it becomes your passion.  I live for CrossFit.  I put CrossFit above many other important things in my life (like sleep for example) because it is an addiction.  A healthy one, but one I recognize nonetheless lest it turn unhealthy.  A fine line to walk!

4)  You’re devoted to your box because of the people, not the workouts.  Some of my closest friends I met at my box and I get to see everyday.  I’ve thought of going elsewhere to other boxes, but at the end of the day it’s the friendships that keep you going!

5)  Rest days are harder than work days.  I live for the box and when I’m on a rest day, it takes all of my might to resist going (especially if the workout is one want to do).  Stick to the plan.  It works.

6)  Eating right is a daily struggle.  Since I have kids having junk food lying around is a given.  Will power takes on new meaning when you’re eating for performance.  Again, stick to the plan, the diet, the nutrition.  It works.  When you deviate, you’ll pay in unwanted weight gain and in stomach cramps!

7)  Ripping is a part of CrossFit that never goes away.  You can shave your callouses all you want, you’ll still rip on workouts such as Murph or Angie.  Do your utmost to prevent it but it’s as much a part of CrossFit as PR’s.

8)  Muscle soreness is perpetual.  It never goes away.  Neither does having something tweaked.  It’s a part of CrossFit I think that drives many to quit after 6 months.  You either accept it or you don’t.

9)  Your body will change.  And drastically.  I never thought I’d have “the CrossFit look” but one look at me and you’ll know.  And I keep getting stronger and leaner and bigger.  If you push yourself, this is inevitable.

10)  Your self-confidence in yourself will grow and you will bloom when you never, ever thought you would.  I can do things most women can’t physically.  I work hard.  I train hard.  And my mind has worked just as hard and harder.  I have grown as a person not just as an athlete.  You will discover that anything in life truly is possible.  You will find your life’s passion.  You will succeed at anything you do.  That’s a promise.  That’s CrossFit.

NOT Going to the Gym is Harder than Going to the Gym…

im-going-to-the-gym-motivational-gym-quotesYesterday, my arm was tweaked from the day before.

I debated all morning, “Should I go to the box?”  I was going over in my mind all the scaled options I could do and how it wouldn’t hurt me, etc.  I did this literally for an hour.

Finally, logic prevailed.

I skipped the box and Oly class.  I wasn’t very happy about it, but I’ve learned I’d rather miss one day than one week.

Today my arm feels good.  Ready to go.

That rest day was good.

At least that’s what I tell myself.

USAW Olympic Certification Course Level 1 Review…

Recently, I took the USAW Olympic Certification Course Level 1.  For my own personal edification.

My one take away:  I wish I would have started with Olympic lifting before CrossFit.

The course was amazing.  I had amazing trainers who know their stuff.  I got good, honest feedback on my moves.  I learned how to properly teach the clean and jerk and the snatch and their progressions.  And I learned about the sport, which before I had not known much at all.

Honestly, I left mad.  Mad at myself for not doing this sooner.  Mad at myself for not getting educated before I started CrossFit.  Mad at my CrossFit coaches for not teaching me this stuff properly and not giving a damn.  Mad how I have to start from scratch to learn proper technique in some regards.svetlana_podobedova_2012c

I also left grateful.  Grateful I now know my kids need to do Olympic lifting before CrossFit.  I need to find a coach who knows what he or she is doing.  And now I know if the coach knows what he or she is doing.

One of Oprah’s sayings I never forget is:  when you know better, you do better.  Well, now I know.  And better I shall do.

Update on Diet…

God, I hate that word.

Diet.

Such a negative connotation.

But an unavoidable one as I can’t think of a proper synonym.stock-photo-balanced-diet-healthy-food-on-wooden-table-590825882

So my “diet” is going well.  Perhaps too well.

I’ve lost almost 8 pounds in two months.  I’ve definitely leaned out that’s for sure, which was my goal.  However, I need to keep my strength gains going so I don’t want to lose anymor.

It’s a delicate balance and one I still need to tweak.

But seeing results is a good thing.  And I feel much better than I did with excess fat due to unhealthy eating habits.

Now the problem with eating outside of my diet (like cake and ice cream on my daughter’s birthday) is the horrible stomach pains I feel afterwards.  Yuck!

Response To Change…

RESPONSE TO CHANGE

Conflicted as the night

Troubled—to the point of flight

Heavy-hearted—that is true.

More accurately—very blue.

Nothing fun in change.

Rocking the boat—always strange.

“Wait and see.”

Blah! I’d rather plea,

“Say it ain’t so.”

I can’t deal as you know.

Luckily, time never stops

Ending all the flips and flops.

“Could be better than you imagine”

I believe that as much as a dragon.

Nothing to do

I have no clue.

Helpless—

And on I press.

Written when I found out my box was being sold to new owners.

 

“What Do You Do on a Saturday?”

I go to a CrossFit box all day and beat myself up.

At the end of the day, I have bruises all over my body.  I can’t walk.  And I can’t lift my arms over my head.

This is the result of a CrossFit Competition.

It was a good Saturday, indeed.

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Just 10 More Reps…

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CrossFit Tip of the Day:

I tell myself this in every workout.

Just 30 more reps.

Just 20.

Just 10.

If you think of it like that, every workout is easier.

And workouts like Murph doesn’t seem so bad, does it?