OK, so, at least as far as my entries go, I have been kinda MIA lately. It happens. As a result my training (and cooking) recaps are non-existent for the past few weeks and I cannot remember what they were and I forgot to write them down because, well, I suck at life. Fine, that may be a bit extreme. I do remember I made bread (and it was pretty darn good if I say so myself).
Starting Monday I am going to begin (or restart) a series of challenges to both my physical and mental abilities.
I had recently posted that I was quitting my trainer and going to start doing CrossFit. I had to wait an extra month because I had to give 1 month’s notice to my gym to cancel the trainer membership, yadda yadda yadda. Point is I finally did it! Yesterday was my “final” foundations course at the box I joined. I personally think I am HORRIBLE at this and probably could’ve used a few more classes before joining the real classes, but my trainer insisted I was good to go. I only wacked myself in the nose once with the bar bell, so there you go! While I drank the Kool Aide and really do love and think I’ll continue to love CrossFit, this may be my toughest physical challenge ever. I mean, hell, running half marathons feel easier to me than this at this point.
I am honestly worried about my inability to do a lot of these activities, my strength, my flexibility, my endurance, they all seem far behind everyone else in the classes. I am concerned about the amount the WODs will have to be modified in order for me to do them (Fran kicked my butt, but I’ll get back to that). That being said, this is my mind saying these things and making me feel this way. I already had the complete strangers participating in the classes give me words of encouragement as well as witnessed them encouraging the other people in their group. There is no judgment there by them and I need to remind myself of that.
My “graduation” workout was Fran. Fran is typically Thrusters @ 65# (for women) and Pull-Ups at 21, 15 and 9 reps. To give you an idea of how from scratch I am starting, Fran for me was 35# Thrusters and Pull-ups (jumping from a 12in. box) at 15, 9 and 6 reps…and let me tell you, I was DYING after that. That was less than 7 minutes of my life, how the hell am I supposed to survive an hour class?!?! But, that’s why this is a challenge. Monday is my first “real” class. I will accept the challenge and do the best that I can…and hopefully not die.
So, a couple of months back, I had joined Danielle in her push-up challenge. It was supposed to be 1 month to do 40 push-up. I had gotten up to 30 and then the Dumbo hit and then I just stopped and forgot about the challenge (someone explain to me why I was able to do this on my honeymoon more consistently than at home?!?!) I figure, if in CrossFit they think I’m going to do a handstand push-up someday (have I mentioned I have never done a handstand in my life?), the ability to do regular push-ups is probably a good skill to have. So, starting Monday, I will be resuming the push-up challenge. While I probably can’t start where I left off at 30, I can probably start with a number higher than 5.
30 DAY AB CHALLENGE
Something that will help me both in running and in CrossFit is a stronger core…ok, the idea of possibly getting a flatter stomach helps motivate too. So, starting Monday (Monday is going to be a busy day) I’m starting the AB challenge. It is essentially doing 20 of the following: Ab crunches, Bicycle crunches (ugh), Scissor Kicks (ugh), Leg Raises (ugh) and Hip Lifts (did I mention, ugh?). You also have to hold a plank. The challenge is essentially being able to do the crunches a little faster and hold the plank a little longer every day. There’s also a variety of plank positions to try once I hit the minute mark of the basic plank.
BACK TO SCHOOL
I had also mentioned a while back that I decided to go back to school for a career change, I love where I work but I do not love what I do and I wanted to change that. Steps taken to go back to school? .5 Yes I can take 1/2 a step. I started to try and research what would be involved in going back to school to get a doctorate in psychology (for example, what specific area to specialize in to become a Sports Psychologist and what prerequisites are needed to do so). I’ve been coming up empty. I don’t know how or where to begin to get a better idea. So, this challenge? Go to an actual school, talk to a human being, and see what it will take.
I love to cook. I also love to run Disney races which has become a very costly addiction. I also don’t love being broke. What does this have to do with Pampered Chef? Well, basically, as a way to earn some extra income, in a manner I would enjoy, I’ve been talked into by my friend to start selling Pampered Chef. This basically entails me going to people’s houses, cook for them using the Pampered Chef gear. Why exactly is this new part time gig a challenge? Well, a few reasons. For starters, I need to find said people who want to let me into their homes and cook for them and their friends. Another reason, and perhaps the biggest reason? I’m actually kinda shy. At least in the beginning. Once you know me, you can’t get me to shut up (case in point, this ridiculously long post). But when I’m somewhere unfamiliar, doing something unfamiliar, with unfamiliar people (remember being too scared to say hi to you guys in person?) I’m a bit of a wallflower. I was even teased when I first walked into CrossFit for trying to just sneak in and change without being noticed. Basically, this challenge can be related to others, just to get some confidence and put myself out there.
Thus endeth the ridonkulously long post.