Happy Wednesday!!! Are you celebrating What I ate Wednesday! If you are link up over at Jenn’s blog…or just head over and check out everyone’s posts! Thanks so much to Jenn for hosting!
We’re combing eats and fitness this month! But first onto the eats….
Here’s a combo of eats from the past few days!
Breakfast has been the same! Siggi’s yogurt, my new favorite, and 2 tbs. of flax
Lunches and Dinners have been the usual salads! Getting in a rainbow!
If not salads its a focus on lean protein and veggies!
Snacks have been apple slices with a peanut flour drizzle and cinnamon
Many handfuls of cherries!
And this awesome Kind bar!! Can’t wait to try the new flavors!
Onto the Fitness!!!!
CrossFit WODing has been happening as usual!!! Feeling extra motivated after watching the Games!
Monday’s WOD was strength work… 1RM Clean and Jerk and then 80% of that OTMEM I got up to 135…
Tuesday’s WOD was working on our goals! I did Wall Balls, Ring Dips, and Double Unders! I’m still using a skinny band for ring dips and think I will be for a while but can’t wait until I don’t need one!
I also want to talk a bit more about CrossFit today! So if you read my blog regularly you know that this past weekend was the CrossFit Games! They were absolutely amazing and inspiring and I hope everyone got a chance to check them out this weekend! You may be wondering why I am so obsessed and enthusiastic about my love of CrossFit so I wanted to share with you my story of what CrossFit means to me! Here goes:
Before I was a CrossFitter, I was a dancer! I loved dance and even went for my B.A. in Dance. I had a very enjoyable four years of college but also struggled a lot with body image…it’s pretty hard not to when you’re wearing a leotard and tights in front of a mirror on a daily basis! After graduation, the reality of “now what?” came quick and I ended up pursuing the route of part time jobs from group fitness to teaching dance. I really loved my group fitness classes and got inspired to spend quite a bit of time in the gym. The focus for me was still on the way I looked, again when you are taking daily fitness classes you are spending a good hour of your day staring in the mirror while you work out. I would create my own weight circuits to do in the gym, take kick, spin, step, anything to up my cardio, and spent just a little too much time on the elliptical. Fast forward a few months and the gym that I taught at started offering separate CrossFit classes. I was intimidated by the classes, yet wanted so badly to try them. For a good 6 months, I watched from the elliptical what was going on in CrossFit, too nervous to try it for myself. After talking to one of the coaches about it, she convinced me to finally come try a class that Saturday morning. So I went!
I will never forget that Saturday! It was a field and team workout, including everything from burpees to fireman’s carries, and finishing inside with deadlifts! It was one of the hardest things I had done, yet one of the funnest. After that day I joined and from there I was hooked. My first 8 months of CrossFit I wasn’t really, all in. I went around 3 times a week but didn’t change up my nutrition and will admit, I sometimes skipped the workouts I was afraid of. Then came my first Paleo challenge. It was then that everything clicked for me. I started CrossFitting 4-5 times a week and following strict Paleo. During this time I started to see actual progress. It was then that I realized that this progress I was seeing had absolutely nothing to do with how I looked but rather what I could do! When we did our final benchmarks for the challenge I was ten times more excited about the fact that my back squat went up by 20lbs than the fact that my measurements went down!
Fast forward to today! CrossFit is a huge part of my life. I fuel myself with healthy foods for CrossFit. I schedule my days around when I want to WOD. I set monthly and yearly goals based on what I want to accomplish in CrossFit. CrossFit has taught me a ton but one of the most important things it has taught me has absolutely nothing to do with fitness. For the first time, I have learned how to be proud of myself, how to push myself beyond what I think I am capable of, how to trust my coaches and learn new things daily. CrossFit has taught me what it means to put what I can do first and how I look second! I couldn’t ask for anything more than that! Being a part of one of the most supportive and motivating communities has inspired me to just be better! Do better! Act better! Feel better! I can’t imagine where I would be had I not gone to my first CrossFit class! Had I known from the start how much CrossFit would impact my life, I would have started a long time ago, but I am so grateful that I started when I did and that I continue to enjoy it on a daily basis!
Missed my past CrossFit posts? Here they are:
So tell me…did you watch the games? What did you think?
Would you try CrossFit?