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Fitness Confidence

13 Feb

Though Zach and I celebrated our Valentine’s Day last Friday, I still had a trick up my sleeve. Our philosophy on gifts in general is to never get a gift just to get a gift. We only get something for each other and our friends if we think of something they truly want, or the perfect gift for that person. Last year, we didn’t get each other anything for Valentine’s Day, but this year we each ended up getting something the other person wanted.

This year, Zach got me something I’ve been wanting very much:

pitch perfect

Whoa, sorry for the blurry camera photo!

 

Ever since we watched the movie a while back, I’ve been talking about it non-stop, so he bought me the Blu ray! Best present ever.

Me, I had a little idea up my sleeve. I read Gretchen Rubin’s Happier at Home recently, which is pretty much just a continuation of her Happiness Project Book, one of the topics I flagged was that she would celebrate minor holidays with an elaborate breakfast for her children. I adored this idea, so I decided to do this for Zach on Valentine’s Day morning. However, I have Crossfit at 6:15 on Valentine’s Day morning, so I did it a day early:

breakfast table

 

I decorated the table with little heart stickers (they are hard to see because my tablecloth is so busy already), and I bought Zach a card and an iTunes gift card (because he’s been talking lately about some music he wants). Then I made us a delicious breakfast!

His and hers breakfast. Zach prefers a more savory breakfast, so he got an egg too.

His and hers breakfast. Zach prefers a more savory breakfast, so he got an egg too.

The pancakes are roughly heart shaped. I made a little aluminum foil heart mold for the pancakes, but they tended to spread out a bit after I took the mold away, so they were just kind of heart shaped.

And, with that, I promise the Valentine’s Day posts are over! I fully intend that our Valentine’s Days will be less eventful as we grow as a married couple, but this will be our only Valentine’s Day as an engaged couple, so I wanted it to be a bit special. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The other thing I wanted to talk today about is fitness confidence. I promise this is relevant, but here is what yesterday’s Crossfit WOD looked like:

100 KB swings (35, 52)
100 Double unders
100 Wall Balls
100 Air squats

Now, keep in mind that I did Angie in 27 minutes, which is also 100 reps, but is (in my opinion), a bit more difficult than this WOD, especially since I can’t really do double unders, so I modify that to regular jump rope (although I double the reps), and air squats are no biggie for me (I attribute my runner’s quads for my ease with air squats). So, when I tell you that I was the very first person finished, with a pretty great time of 20:17, you may not be surprised.

I was.

In fact, as I sat guzzling my water, I started getting insecure as to why I finished so quickly. Did I modify too much? Did I accidentally skip a round without realizing it (I broke up the exercises into sets of 25 — going through 4 times)? In short, I was pretty much putting myself down. I was telling myself, “There is no way you finished this workout this quickly, when these other people aren’t even close to being finished yet.”

But, I did. I know I did all the reps of the exercises, I was keeping careful count. I wish I could just be confident in my abilities.

I do this a lot, actually, but usually it’s in the form of thinking I should have pushed myself harder. No matter how hard a workout is, once my heart rate is back to normal and I’m hydrated, I feel like I didn’t push myself hard enough.

Question of the Day:
Am I the only one who isn’t very confident in their abilities? What should I do to increase my confidence, or does this just come with time? 

 

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I Drank the Kool-Aid

29 Jan

This morning (after a whopping 3 hours of sleep — ugh), I attended my second Crossfit….class? Seriously, someone tell me what I should be calling it, class doesn’t sound right.

Anywho, as I mentioned, I didn’t get a stellar night of sleep last night. I don’t know if this happens to anyone else, but there are some nights when I literally cannot keep my eyes open when I’m in the living room watching TV, but as soon as I lay down in bed, I’m wide awake. I lay down in bed at a little after 9, and didn’t fall asleep until at least midnight. Then, I was wide awake at 3:00 AM and wasn’t able to get back to sleep. I don’t know if I was anxious about my workout or what?

Well, I should have been. Today’s WOD was a doozie:

40 minutes AMRAP (as many reps as possible): 

50 double-unders
50 burpees (with a push up)
50 air squats
50 box jumps
50 push ups
50 wall balls
1.5 minute rest between each exercise

…!!! Let’s see, first of all, I ended up getting through all the exercises once, then finished my box jumps and was just about to start my first push up when he called time. I was pretty impressed with my performance, especially since I was one of only two girls and some of the guys called it quits before he called time. I pushed through and even though I was taking some breathers, I didn’t stop until he said time.

Since I’m new to Crossfit, I will assume you are also new to Crossfit. I read a lot of blogs of people who do Crossfit, and I’m usually really confused by the exercises, so let me break them down for you:

Double-unders

The goal of the double-under is to get the jump rope under your legs twice in one jump. In order to do this, you have to jump pretty high. I’ve always kind of struggled with jump rope, so I’m not quite there yet. Luckily our coach said we could do 100 singles if we struggled with the double-unders, so that is what I did.

Burpees

You probably know what a burpee is, but in case you don’t here’s what it looks like:

…except our coach made us add in the push up, too. Sigh.

Air Squats

The goal with the air squat is to really get down low. This is where I was able to excel. I pumped out both sets of 50 air squats in no time, even on the second go-around when I was tired. I solely credit my leg strength to swimming in high school and running now. I love squats!

Box jumps

I was going to show you a picture of someone jumping on an insanely high box, but I figured I didn’t want to mislead my readers. The box she is jumping on is about the height I used today. I’m pretty short, and nervous about falling/banging my shins, so I played it safe. This was another skill that I feel like rocked.

Push ups

I’m not going to show you a picture of this. I’ll assume you know what a push up looks like.

Wall Balls

I’ll be honest, when I saw wall balls on the agenda again today, I almost cried. For some reason last time I did a WOD, they almost killed me. But, I’m happy to say I powered through them this time. I am, however, glad I only ended up having to do one round!

You are supposed to go into a full squat, raise up, launch the ball to the desired height (at my box, there are two lines, one for females and one for males), catch it in a full squat and repeat. I used a 10 pound ball. I think next time we do wall balls, I’ll go up to 12 lbs.

I’ll tell you, I don’t know a time when I have sweat more than I did today! I’ve always kind of wished I was that person who worked so hard that their sweat literally dripped onto the floor, and today I achieved that. I started out with a guy who was pretty fit, so I was proud of myself for keeping up with him the whole time. I’d say that I have definitely drank the Crossfit kool-aid. I’m not going to start going 5 days a week or quit running, but I do think I’ll stick with 2 days a week for a while. I feel like a beast when I complete such a tough workout!

Question of the Day:
Have you ever tried Crossfit? Would you, if you had the chance?