So remember a few weeks ago I briefly mentioned that I was going to check out a crossfit box? Well, I did!
Back story: A girl I went to high school with bought a month membership to a crossfit box. I don’t really talk to her much, but she really was inspired by my weight loss journey. She’d message me every once in a while telling me how great I look and how happy she was for me.
Randomly one day around a month ago, she messaged me on facebook asking me if I’d like to have a free month at a crossfit box. She told me she bought a month membership, and she got into an at home work out and wanted to finish that instead of doing crossfit. Instead of wasting her money, she wanted to give her month membership to somebody. She messaged me and told me she thought I deserved it after all the hard work I’ve done for myself.
I sincerely took this as a sign. I’ve been hearing so many things about crossfit for a while now (through people I know, tumblr, instagram, websites, magazines, etc) and have really been dying to try it. But, to get a whole MONTH free??? Insane!!! I had to jump at the opportunity.
So, a couple weeks ago I decided to check it out. I was a bit nervous going into it. Trying new things can be scary… especially going alone. I actually drove around in circles for a good 10-15 minutes contemplating if I should go. I ultimately decided that I needed to face my fears. Jillian Michaels actually was embroidered in my mind. “Life starts at the end of your comfort zone.” That quote couldn’t be more true.
So, I walked into the crossfit box not knowing what to expect. There were a couple people there, and they were super nice. I met the owner, signed a few papers, and began the WOD (work out of the day). I did burpees and wallball squats. 20 minutes, on the minute. I kept up the entire time, and I was sweating bullets. The next couple days afterward, I could really feel the muscle soreness. Ever since that day, I’ve been hooked.
I’ve attended more crossfit classes since then, and after the free month is over, I plan on joining. It is very expensive, and I already have a gym bill to pay, so I will be playing it by ear. I believe crossfit is EXACTLY what I’ve been needing in my fitness regime.
I used to be a cardio junkie. I would do cardio machines for hours at the gym. I would run and run on the treadmill. I’d do the stairmaster until my legs fell off. Any progress I made was painfully slow. I knew I needed to make a change. I wanted so badly to transition into weight lifting and using your own body weight exercises, but I couldn’t figure out how to do that. Part of me didn’t want to get out of that comfort. I mean hey, I first lost the majority of my weight with strictly doing cardio. The pounds melted off. But, after losing so much weight and educating myself more during the process, I knew I needed to switch things up.
It’s so funny because right before this girl offered me the free month of cross fit, I was getting really bored of my work out routines. I was running, doing cardio machines, some of my own exercises, and spinning. My routine was exactly becoming well… routine. I find it so odd how this whole thing happened. It literally came just in time.
Now, I mostly use the cardio machines as warm up tools or for HIIT work outs. Today, I warmed up on the treadmill for 10 minutes and for 10 minutes on the stairmaster. Then, off I went and did my own exercises. I incorporated moves that I’ve learned from the Insanity dvds, crossfit, tumblr, and just thing I’ve stumbled upon. I did my own circuits and used my owned body weight, and I burned over 700 calories. It’s crazy, because I find myself being BORED on cardio machines now. The fact that I used to spend an hour at a time on a machine is mind-boggling to me now. I never thought in a million years I’d feel this way about cardio. It’s so cool to see myself evolving (mentally and physically).
I weighed myself this past friday, and I lost another 2lbs. That is a total of 15lbs in three months!!!
With consistency, hard work, continuing to grow and get myself out of my comfort zone, I’ve embarked on another leg of my journey. I’m so excited, you guys. I feel the lightest and strongest I’ve ever felt before. Crazy how both of those words can be in one sentence.
P.S. look at that muscle peaking through! ;)