In January 2014 I wrote out a few goals I wanted to accomplish that year (we all did and saved them in envelopes to open the next New Year's Day).
In years prior I had never been much of a goal setting person, I had always felt like the moment I set a goal for myself I was already failing at it a day later. Way to be positive, right?
Well anyway my main goal for 2014 was to finally (and I mean FINALLY) get stronger.
I wanted to build and SEE some muscle tone.
I had been running the year before and in 2013 my goal was to run a 10K (which I did), but running just is not my thing. It's really hard on my body, especially my back and my lungs really struggle no matter how much I would run, they just didn't improve a whole lot.
I started 2014 off with doing Insanity diligently and by February I was not loving it.
For me it was just way too easy to push "pause" on the remote to go change the laundry or take a longer break.
I needed someone in person to kick my butt and to push me to my limits.
CrossFit had been on my mind for a couple of years. It was something I saw that was HARD and (to me) kinda badass :)
The beginning of March rolled around and I took a giant scary leap and attended my first class.
I thought for sure an ambulance would have to be called.
Immediately I hooked and no ambulance was called.
I spent the next two months in Basics class learning all about olympic lifts and how to do them properly and nearly every other movement CrossFit does.
It was HARD.
But I was loving every single minute of HARD, even if I wanted to say naughty words while doing HARD things.
And that was just Basics class. How was I suppose to "graduate" and attend a REAL CrossFit class and make it through it? That scared me. But I was already doing CrossFit, which scared me for 2 years before I actually tried it.
But my 2 months of Basics, I was ready to be catapulted into the next level of hard.
I was ready for SCARY HARD!
It's been 12 1/2 months since I started my first CrossFit class.
I'm still addicted.
I still love it.
It's still HARD!
And sometimes SCARY to look at the WOD for the day and wonder if you're going to make it through it. Alive.
CrossFit has been the best thing for me (I know it's not for everyone, nor am I saying everyone must try it), but for me it was about doing something that would push me to my limits everyday, challenge me in ways I didn't or couldn't do myself and to do something that is hard (and scary!). I can do HARD & SCARY things.
Because pushing through hard and scary things has made me STRONGER.
I might not be the fastest or the strongest and I might come in last a lot of the time, but I know I'm doing something hard and hard things makes you stronger!!
I have so much more muscle than I have ever had and I've lost a lot of fat (I'm down 12-15 lbs since starting...and that's with muscle gain) and am 6+ inches smaller in just 3 areas that I measured.
From month 6-9 I lost a total of 4 1/2 % body fat as well.
These were not part of my goal, so it's a nice added bonus to getting stronger :)
This photo probably doesn't do it justice, but I was working on my double unders today....looks like the jump rope won :)
Both arms are sporting whip marks.....I'm going to get some strange looks today! Ha!!
And apparently I talked so much hype about CrossFit, that my entire family signed up last year!
Yes, all 3 kids and Ian!
Sometimes we make them go with us on the weekends :)
Ian & I both signed up for the CrossFit Open this year.
They have a scaled division this year, so we are participating in that.
It's kinda fun to see where you rank worldwide (or in my case it's not fun, I also forgot to submit one of my scores, so I"m not even ranking right now).
My whole point wasn't to get anyone hooked or even interested in CrossFit,
but to write about goal setting and where I am at a year later.
I am proud of myself for setting a goal (that's obtainable!) and taking steps to face a fear I had had (trying CrossFit) and to push through the hard parts.
My results have been slow to see and my weight took forever to even drop 1 pound, but it's one day at a time and not giving up even when I'm frustrated!
It's pushing myself every morning at 5:30.
It's not easy, but then again easy things don't make you stronger.