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4MANDY05 Posts: 36
1/27/10 3:10 P

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Well put everyone. I THINK I finally got my brother to try it. It is so hard to put into words when you are trying to get someone to join other than - ITS AWESOME!. I always get the "your kinda crazy look" LOL. I just love the place too. The cost factor did keep me from joining right away also. But like someone said, just find spots to cut corners. So many people just don't realize it is an investment in yourself. They don't really realize how much they spend eating out or buying junk food. It is just like figuring out your household budget too. For some people they just don't want to deal with it but it is something that you have to face sooner or later.

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1/27/10 1:14 P

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I hear ya... I was always (and still am for the most part) a solitary exerciser, and have never been competitive (I'm an only child, go fig. ;)

I didn't 'get' the whole push yourself, be better, compete, comminity thing but wanted something different than just doing traditional weight lifting routines that were sooo boring to me!

Tried CrossFit, about fell over after the first workout and had a emoticon moment.

The endorphins kicked in and I couldn't wait to do it again!

My (healthy) competition kicked in and I couldn't wait to see how much better I would do next time.

My community need kicked in and I sought out a group that was DOING what I was doing instead of talking about getting ready to get started.

*sniff*

love you guys!

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I love CF. I was brand spanking new at it 4 weeks ago when I started a crossfit bootcamp. I hate exercising and I didnt understand this addiction that crossfitters keep talking about. But even though it feels like torture sometimes, for some reason I am always chomping on the bit to go back! I think I might be addicted! Eek!
I think it's because crossfitters tend to take on a more community feel and its always fun to keep pushing yourself to do better than you did before. I love that things are timed because even though I'm still pretty slow right now, a few months down the road I can try the same workouts again and see how much I've improved.
Exercise hater here, but Crossfit LOVER! Love love love it!

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1/27/10 8:52 A

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We agree! My family started into crossfit last June. My husband was leary about the money at first and I priced how much we could save if just using the "punch card." I feel STRONGLY however, that until the addiction takes hold, it is better to pay for the full buffet so it makes more sense to go more often. Once the addiction hits, it's cheaper to buy unlimited! emoticon

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1/25/10 8:44 A

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I am absolutely positively addicted to CrossFit. At first I swore up and down that I would go 3 days a week MAX but now I am going 5 or 6 :-) I actually gained 10 lbs of muscle since I started....clothes are still fitting good!

I have never been able to do a pullup but after 4 months of training now I can. You should totally do it. If money is an issue, you can find ways to cut corners in other areas. Eat out less, turn water water heater down to 120*, think twice before driving somewhere....so many ways to save money!



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Thanks.. I still have a few more to go but I"m really proud of how far I've come.

That's why I think your pull up achievement is so awesome and is really a marker for me of how far I've come... it's stopped (for the most part) about losing x pounds this week/month, to being able to being better at a certain exercise, running a little faster, shaving a bit of time off a workout, lifting just a bit heavier.

The great thing with SparkPeople, at least for me was the food tracker - it really helped me get a handle on what I was eating and how much I was or wasn't eating and being able to see at a glance things like how much calcium, iron, sodium, etc., I was getting from each food.

I think you'll do great towards any of your goals - dialing in your nutrition is really key since you only spend 30-45 min in the gym each day but you eat 4-5 times every day. Learning what foods work best for you and which don't, laying a good foundation of preparing your day ahead of time, all those things will play a huge role in your success!

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4MANDY05 Posts: 36
1/23/10 11:55 A

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wow, that is awesome the amount of weight you have shed. I know what you mean though that if you didn't do it in a way you can maintain, it will ALLLL come back and then some. I feel really good about this Spark thing, don't know why but it has somewhat kept me in line. Maybe that is why I finally did get that pull-up because I had to be real that I was "heavy". I couldn't lift myself and the trainer said, well you either get your eating in check to loose some weight or get stronger!! So I decided to get real about my eating. I figured I needed to get rid of some of the middle I had been carrying around for too long.
Your right though yaaay us!! emoticon

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1/22/10 11:06 A

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Exactly!

I keep thinking about ages ago when I lost 60+ pounds in a year... I looked great at the end but couldn't sustain it and gained it at least 20 in the first year and the rest over the last (mumblemuble) years.

Now, even though it's taken me about 2+ years to get rid of 50# of fat, I know I have the habits and lifestyle in place to keep it gone and keep me going... and when the next 10# drop off, I'll have a whoooole lot less to lift for MY first pull up! (and I'm still way proud of you for that!! :)

YAY US!!!

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1/21/10 6:56 P

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That's good to know the "three year" part. Only because it says that it is a slow gradual change. Not every one can do it over night. Just like the CrossFit workouts, they take time to really get a grip on those too. Like me taking just over a year to get that pull-up. It all takes time. emoticon

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1/21/10 10:43 A

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Thanks!

All that came from about 3 years of really getting a grip on how to incorporate things into my life on a permanent basis (aka lifestlye) rather than doing a short term fix (aka diet ;)

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1/21/10 8:24 A

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Very well put Ladyrose!!!

Great links too.

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I to am sticking pretty close to the zone plan...

This is a good breakdown/overview of how the Zone plan can be implemented journal.crossfit.com/2004/05/
zone-meal
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(or Mastering The Zone, if you want more detail)

Once you get that down, and see any sort of value in it, Paleo is a pretty easy transition.

For me, I see a value in limiting the starches/grains due to the fact that 1 block of carbs can be 1/2 piece of toast/ 3T rice vs. 2 tomatoes/3 cups of lettuce/1.5 C cooked broccoli AND the fact that now, too many grains tends to leave me bloaty, tired and achey for a couple of days.

Both plans can be rough to jump into if you 1) don't already have a good nutritional foundation, 2) don't have good habits in place for regularly cooking at home/packing your meals to go, and 3) don't see any value in it.

This article is a great resource that not only addresses taking baby steps, getting ready for change, and being nice to yourself no matter what eating path you choose.

www.marksdailyapple.com/prima
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transition-six-easy-steps/


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1/20/10 3:46 P

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I try and follow the Zone diet. It is pretty easy just basic measuring which you are supposed to do anyway. Just get the right mix of carbs, fat and protein. When I follow it I am never hungry and you don't feel deprived. You can pick what you as long as you have the right mix.

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1/20/10 3:22 P

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The diet piece is the only question I still have: how many of you are following the "paleo" diet, as in little or no starch? I just don't know if I can do that! But I want to make the most of it, you know?

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1/20/10 1:30 P

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That's awesome! And that's how people end up in various competitions (fitness/figure/body building/strength) - someone dares to ask "Why not?!"

Enjoy the awesomeness of that pull up!!!

And I know you have what it takes to compete!

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4MANDY05 Posts: 36
1/20/10 1:26 P

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you know I am not sure.. still in a daze over my pull-up LOL. actually it was too weird. The CrossFit sectional competitions are in about 4 weeks and today at the gym others were asking if I was going. I said "no I can't do my pull-ups yet". The response was better get busy because you would do good at the games and there are still spots open. Holy cow I got that pull-up! So who knows maybe shoot for competing in the competitions.

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1/20/10 1:22 P

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No luck needed, you have sheer determination to succeed!

Now that you've met your pull-up goal, what's next on the list?!

Steph
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1/20/10 1:20 P

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thanks so much !!! I really thought I would never get one. I think since I have been making a REAL effort to eat better that has helped. I tell you that one thing alone may make me actually stick to logging my food intake. This spark website has helped. I always, always start logs and fall off the wagon. Wish me luck in sticking with it emoticon

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WHOO HOO!!!

You go with your bad pull up self!!!

Steph
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1/20/10 1:13 P

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YIPPEE!!! Got my first pull-up today!!! I am so excited.. took me just over a year but I got it!! emoticon I know what you mean when you talk about being shy. I kinda was too and it can be a bit intimidating but I feel that does go away. Everybody at CrossFit makes you feel like you are part of a big family. I really felt that way today when I got my pull-up. The whole gym erupted with joy... I actually got all embarrassed. emoticon short lived though because that got me totally pumped though. Hang in there newbies.. trust me you will become addicted as did I. emoticon

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I have been doing CF for 1 year now and it totally changed my life. Before CF I always knew what I was supposed to eat and grew up in a family who is health conscious, so I knew the importance of exercise. I worked out because I was supposed to (and not very consistently), but never because I enjoyed it. Once I started going to CF, I liked that it was a challenge. The fact that I was paying a lot more for it, made me go consistently, then I started seeing major results, both asthetically and performance-wise after about 4 weeks! This was motivation enough to fall in love with this type of training, the community, changing my diet to get more out of my workouts, etc.! Again, I never cared for working out before CF. Now, I know that I can't live without it. I hope you love it like I do!

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Girls, you are on fire! We will all help each other keep the fires blazing. Mastering the exercises in the WODs is very rewarding and confidence boosting. Stay the course and NEVER EVER GIVE UP!

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1/20/10 1:44 A

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Thanks, thanks, thanks for the feedback!! It has confirmed all that I already suspected. The operator of the gym emailed me today to see how I was doing and I asked if I could try the gym out for free, and he's giving me a week! Plus a good friend of mine who does CrossFit and Jiu Jitsu thinks it's great and it will get me into shape, fast. So, basically I'm sold. I'm just finding a way to fit it into my budget.

And I'm totally ok with being sore- I love when I wake up my muscles after a nice, lone nap! I'm so ready for this!

I'll keep you guys updated on how it goes! Thanks for all the kind words!

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1/19/10 11:09 P

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I'm sort of shy/antisocial, so the group atmosphere is taking a little bit to get used to (especially since I'm super new, so I'm always the last to finish while everyone loudly and exuberantly cheers me on, heh) - but so far, I think it's a great experience.

I did 3 intro classes to get basic movements down, but I'd done similar stuff with a personal trainer for a few years previously. The trainer leading each (non-intro) class at my CrossFit usually has everyone go through a quick warm-up of that day's class movements (after a regular warmup to get your body loosened up and blood flowin'), so that also helps.

I just started my 3rd week. I'm going 2x/week right now because I really need the extra recovery time (I took a few months "off" from lifting when my trainer moved to Spain), but I would eventually like to do a 4x thing (2 on, 1 off, 2 on, 2 off).

Can't wait until I'm strong enough to do kipping pullups! :D

I'd say if you're interested, definitely go check it out!

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1/19/10 1:07 P

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I just LOVE LOVE LOVE my CrossFit... I have been going now for 16 months.. I am angry with myself for putting it off emoticon what I mean by that is my girlfriend had been telling me about it and I kept saying "I know how to workout, I don't need a trainer" blahblahblah.. it is soooo much more than that. Also the cost was a factor for me also. It is expensive but like you said it is an investment in yourself. What did if for me was realizing how much I actually ate out. One food bill was 6 sessions for me. So that did it right there. I started out going 3 days a week now I go 5 days a week. You do need to start out slow and don't over do it. Expect to be sore though and don't let this discourage you. CrossFit is a totally different way of working out and I think really keeps you wanting to come back for more!! emoticon

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Megan - I second what Bekah said... it's amazing!

Best thing to do is to go through the main site and look at any info you can - the exercises, any free articles, etc. Then go to the BrandX forum and look at the WOD thread to read how they scale down the exercises depending on your fitness level.

And any CF gym worth their salt will have you go through a foundations type class that teaches you proper form.

Other than that, the atmosphere is AMAZING! I went to a free session at a gym by me and people were cheering on the slowest, fastest and everyone in between... it rocks!

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Boooya - I got stoked just reading your post! You definitely have the right attitude and your take charge determination is jumping off the page.

I LOVE CrossFit. There has been no other exercise I've done that is more effective in conditioning the entire body in one session. Most of the WODs take less than 30 minutes. CrossFit isn't something one is good at right away...it takes patience and practice as I have found. I know others will chime in here and offer their expertise. We have lots of different skill levels on this team and we all encourage each other at the level we are at.

I LOVE newbies joining up with us...it keeps things fresh and exciting! (Hmmm...reminds me of a song)..anyway...we'd love to have you join us!

Ask as many questions as you'd like. They are welcome and benefit the whole team.

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Hey everyone! I am considering trying my local crossfit gym and was stoked to see a team on Spark! I wanted to get some feedback from you all- like it? Love it? I enjoyed the atmosphere and the guy totally sold me on the results piece. I also think the community aspect sounds cool. Have any of you found this stuff to be true? Only thing I'm concerned about is the price, but I'm ready to make the investment in myself that I've always wanted- I'm tired of letting it just happen, I want to take control!

Any feedback you guys have for me, I'd appreciate! Thanks!

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