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Crossfit Update and Big News!

13 Jun

A quick Crossfit update: I’ve attended my second On Ramp class, and I’m even more excited about Crossfit now than I was when I posted about my first class. I took the initiative to go early on Tuesday to get a run in before class — I know if I want to commit to Crossfit, I’m going to have to fit my running in when I can — and it was a hot and sweaty run! The class was a little more fast paced this time, and I had barely stopped sweating from the run before we were completing our WOD:

8 minutes AMRAP
6 KB swings
8 air squats
10 Abmat sit ups

I loved this workout! After I had started my second round, Coach Zach called 1 minute in and right there I decided to try to complete 8 full rounds — and I ended up completing my goal plus more! Woo hoo! That’s one of the million awesome things about Crossfit — it is more than a workout, it’s like playing a game. I love that!

In other news, I have some very, very big news: Zach and I have found a house! I wanted to wait to post too much about this until we were further into the process, but we’ve crossed the Home Inspection hurdle, and it’s looking more and more like this isn’t going to fall through, so I’m going to tentatively announce that we have found our house!!

The back deck

The back deck

One of the main things that have been bothering me about apartment living since the weather has gotten warm was the lack of outdoor space. It’s kind of a bummer when Zach and I are sitting around in our apartment when we could be relaxing on a porch. Our new house not only has a front porch, but also a back deck! The wood is weathered, but our home inspector assured us that the frame was solid so we can eventually replace the boards.

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…and look at that yard! Frank is excited just looking at it 🙂 Not to mention, the current owners have a dog and they have installed a doggie door in the basement that leads right out to the yard. Frank will be in heaven!

I’ll refrain from posting pictures of the inside of the house because the current owners are very much still living there, but I’ll tell you it is perfect for us. The first floor has a semi open plan, newly updated kitchen, hardwood floors, two bedrooms, a full bath and even a “bonus room” that the current owners are using as a bar area (we’re considering doing  the same). The second floor is all ours in the form of a master suite — bedroom, sitting area (could double as a nursery for a newborn — not that we’re there yet), full bath and huge walk in closet! It’s really more than I could have asked for in our price point. I’ll keep you updated on the progress of our closing.

Question of the Day:
Are you a homeowner, or do you rent? What are the pros and cons of each?

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?