Wednesday, January 6, 2010

"Muscle Memory"

If there is such a thing as muscle memory, my muscles are screaming "Hey, remember me, we're the ones that hurt so bad, you can't even walk?" After the last two days of my return back to crossfit and doing wall balls, pull ups, deadlifts and handstand push ups, my muscles are remembering fully what I put them through and they are "Protesting"! Even though my rational mind says that this is normal and my body is in adjustment mode and I will begin to become conditioned to this vigourousness that is crossfit, I still have the little man in the back of my mind that says.."Are you freakin crazy lady?, lets stop this foolishness and have some Doritos....the spicy salsa kind that discolor your fingers... Ah!

I digress...

As much as I love Doritos and all of their yummy "Doritoness", I must focus at the task at hand and that is to become strong, fit and pretty much a crossfit warrior queen! The kind that no challenge is to big. The kind that looks wall balls in the eyes and says "Lets get it on!" The kind that picks up a 200lb deadlift and says "Is this a joke?" Thats the kind of athlete I want to be. That looks fear right in the face and laughs. If I can look past the pain and realize that it only makes me a stronger, more confident woman I would be much better off. Things that satisfying and good don't necesarily come easy. And I would say in most cases something that is hard and challenging to do is worth all the energy you put into it. And the pay off is so rewarding. I have learned so much in the last 8 months or so of my crossfit experience. Limits I have pushed, feats I have crushed and things that I never thought possible have become possible. I believe that anything is attainable. Anything is do-able. But the committment needs to be made and the focus has to be there or surely you'll fail. I've got such a long way to go. I've not even come close to reaching my full potential. Will it suck? I'm guessing yes... Will I curse the crossfit name? I'm sure.... But when I lift that 200 pound bar ( or more) x 5, or do Fran in 4 minutes, all that pain, sweat, tears and cursing will have been worth it. Bring me the challenges, bring me the pain... I am crossfit and I'm worth it!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

"Goals 101"

So, most people set goals, have new years resolutions, vow to do this or that. And then a fair amount of those people fall short and end up breaking those resolutions and the goals go down the toilet. I have been one of those people. I think we all have been or know someone that has done this. Its really very easy to go back to same ole routines, back in the comfort zone that made us unmotivated, tired, weak and just down right lazy... I've heard many people say that when the pain gets bad enough, people will make the change. That pain and unhappiness can be the greatest motivator. I took a little hiates from Crossfit. Only to find that there wasn't anything that I could do or try that could compare to the results and rewards that I received from this amazing program. Oh I tried to talk myself into thinking that I could just go over to the nearby rec center or gym and get on a treadmill and run a couple miles or do some version of a crossfit workout on my own. Uh, I was totally lying to myself. And cheating myself out of getting the full experience that only crossfit has to offer. So, I made my way back. Changed up the schedule a bit that will better work with the other things I'm committed too. And I'm pumped to get back at it and chase my goals. I'm committed to making changes in my overall fitness. I'm excited to see the transformation and changes in my mind and body. I think maybe it took a little bit (month) away to realize what works for me and what doesn't. Its important to me that I maintain my health and its necessary for all of us to set goals and do what we can to achieve them. There is greatness in everyone. There is strength and determination in everyone. You just have to show up.....