This was on May 10th. :)
So today marks six months since I had my first WOD at CrossFit ACT. Let’s go through a little journey of how I’ve progressed over this time.
My first WOD was:
Max rounds & reps in 8 mins of:
4 handstand pushups
2 pood kettlebell swings, 8 reps
10 GHD situps
5 rounds of pike pushups on a 20” box, 25# KB swings, and regular sit ups.
I fell in love immediately and signed up that day. During the next six months, when my hamstring hasn’t been injured, I’ve been doing KB swings with either the 45# or 55# now. I can actually do handstand pushups in a WOD now. And come on, I live off 100 GHD’s after almost every WOD, if not weighted sit-ups with 45#KB or dumbbell. I can actually climb a rope now, do double-unders, however terribly. I’ve gone from barely being able to use a black band for pull ups to working on my strict pull ups on a blue band. I can do a freestanding handstand! In January I was able to run my first 5K on my own without slowing down or walking, when I’ve never been able to run more than half a mile without stopping. I’m not gonna get into the change of my weights right now cause I’ve only just gotten back to regular wodding since strength is over now and after a year, I think it’ll make more sense to display those, but I’ve improved so much and I’m so much stronger now. I love every moment of CrossFit and can’t imagine my life without it now.
And onto measurements.
I’m down 16 pounds.
My waist is down 5 inches.
My hips are down 6 inches.
Thighs have lost an inch each.
My arms have lost half an inch each.
That’s all I was measuring from the beginning, I’ve added a few more things, but it’s so hard to say because the loss is just general all around, parts of me go down faster than others that I don’t measure, my face is just thinning out like crazy every other month.
I’m happy that I made the transition to this life. I could never go back and it’s so hard to see people at Globo Gyms and the workouts they do and I want to grab them and go “why are you wasting your effort? THIS MAKES SENSE.” I wish I knew how many squats I’ve done since I’ve started, how often I’ve been sore and loved every moment of it, even as I cringe walking down the stairs to do laundry. One day, my hamstring won’t act up like it does since I got hurt at the beginning of March, but healing is slow, especially without being able to see a doctor about it. It seems the only thing that really pulls it right now is running and deadlifts, so I wasn’t able to do today’s WOD. Instead I tire flipped for a while and loved it, my first time :)
I’m running my first race on Saturday, the MetroDash. Not so much a race as an obstacle course, but I’m excited nonetheless. Who ever thought I’d be competing like this? After this I’ve got the Spartan Race on June 4 in Tuxedo, NY. It’s like a lesser Tough Mudder, but a 5K in the mountains. I’m souped!
^ Edit: Looking back at this, I ran the obstacle course yesterday and it was so much fun! It's like this big adult playground, 15 foot cargo nets and climbing over and under walls, through tubes and under wires. Tire flips and kettle bells and pulling and pushing sleds. Beyond fun!
So after six months, I want to thank all the coaches that I’ve worked with over this time. I’ve learned so much and if it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do; your guidance has set me free from a life stepping machines, ellipticals, and 10 pound dumbbells. My trainer at Retro really got me prepared during our last sessions before I joined the box and if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have jumped into it right away like I did. As well as my brother, who’s pushed me along and had discussions about our progress and what hurts and who did what. I love him.
I always had the drive in me and I was always a strong girl and I knew there was something out there for me. I’ve found my home at CrossFit ACT.