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Rock Hard CrossFit

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I've gone from not being able to do a sit-up at all in my first CrossFit class to being able to do 16 in a minute. I was second to last in my group, but that's okay.

We also measured 1 minute for:
-squats: 37 (I came in 2nd to FIRsT this time. And 1st place only did 40.)
-push ups: 20 (Hit middle of the crowd, but I did knees on the floor kind, whereas the first time I only did wall pushups)

I went from being skeptical and a little angry (actually, scared) about the whole thing (read my first blog from earlier this month or so), to really looking forward to the challenge and the reward from the class.

Today we worked in teams, doing things like lifting heavy tables while our team mate did burpees, and then switching. In the second alternating exercise we pushed each other in rolling office chairs and then did walking lunges across the room together. It almost felt like playground play.

I've finally given myself room to be okay at the level that I am, and know that I will improve. I may not be the strongest or fastest person in the room, but I know that I am working As HARD As I POssIBLY CAN!!! And that level increases every day - my capability.

If you can't afford CrossFit (it's free to me at work twice a week since I'm part of the weight-loss contest there), there are a lot of things you can do right now to work the muscles that effect your functionality.

I don't know if I would have taken the advice I'm about to give out right now, back when I was over 350 lbs. But some of the greatest improvements I've found have been in doing things that were hard. You've gotta start somewhere - BURPEEs are FREAKING HARD. But what would have made them even begin to seem feasible for me is the act of getting down onto my hands and knees and then getting back up -- as quickly as I can for a minute, the resting, then doing it again, etc.

All of the improvement I've ever seen has come from doing things I never do. And although that seems obvious, it's been a revelation to me this week.

"The only way to be something you've never been is to do what you've never done." has never meant so much to me.

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HAPPY92003 10/25/2012 4:31PM

    I love Crossfit! I never knew there were so many things I couldn't do! But I love the challenge of reaching for new goals...LOVE IT. And I just feel so bad a%% throwing heavy weight around:) I'm glad you got the courage to start (I know how much it takes!) and you are enjoying it.
(hugs)

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FREETOWANDER 10/22/2012 1:09AM

    emoticon Joce! emoticon

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SAPHRAEL 10/21/2012 11:35PM

    So if I get you're meaning, Just do it, whatever level it is than you can accomplish? I love it! just get started. That first step really is the hardest.

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KITT52 10/21/2012 9:55AM

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MCJULIEO 10/20/2012 11:24PM

    Well Done! Way to Go!

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MERRY_XMAS 10/20/2012 3:23PM

    You are doing great! It's refreshing to see employers who care about the health of their employees.

Keep it up girl!

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35ANGELS 10/20/2012 12:16AM

    "The only way to be something you've never been is to do what you've never done."

So so true! emoticon

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KATYMS 10/19/2012 5:08PM

    That is so rad!!!!
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JANEMAR2 10/19/2012 4:21PM

    You are doing awesome! I have been watching the CrossFit Games on TV and I am just in awe of those people.

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BEMILLER30 10/19/2012 3:26PM

    Wow! What a great blog. I'm so SO glad you shared this. I've thought about doing Crossfit before, but chickened out. I weigh 260 and don't feel like I could do it right now. My husband goes and he likes it a lot. This makes me think maybe I could do it too.

So happy for you! Keep up the great work!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 10/19/2012 2:48PM

    I'm very impressed, you're doing awesome!

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JILLYBEAN25 10/19/2012 2:29PM

    So much improvement in such a short time! So proud of you!!

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HHB4181 10/19/2012 9:21AM

    So awesome! You're doing a great job!!

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JESPAH 10/19/2012 9:06AM

    It's very true.

I think we kinda condition ourselves to just love the ruts we're in. And the real breakthroughs happen when we climb out of them.

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FATBASTICH 10/19/2012 8:19AM

    You're doing great! Keep it up!

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RYDERB 10/19/2012 8:11AM

    emoticon you've come so far in such a short time. emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 10/19/2012 2:30AM

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Our greatest growth comes from pushing beyond the boundaries we build around ourselves with the words "I can't .."

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1HAPPYWOMAN 10/19/2012 1:13AM

    So awesome! You rock!!!

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ABB698 10/18/2012 11:39PM

    Way to rock it. Joce! emoticon

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MICKEYMAX 10/18/2012 11:28PM

    bEAUTIFUL! GREAT JOB and great blog! Inspiring!

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