Work It Out

I haven’t blogged in nearly a month because I am SO BUSY! Weird, right? I’m not use to having a life. As I am sure most of you already heard, I accepted a full time position as an HR Coordinator at the company I was temping for. The corporate world is pretty sweet. The first week was crazy but I am finally getting into my own groove of it all. Ya’ll are going to think I am crazy but I have not run in almost 10 days. 10 DAYS. I have hit running droughts before but I just hate that is it happening right now! Between starting a new job and Crossfit I have been a one woman circus. I am going to try and turn that around this week. While I have not been running, I have been FAR from lazy. Monday, Wednesday, and Saturdays are Crossfit days and this last Tuesday I joined my co-workers in a 45 minute Tabata WOD at lunch. One of the girls that I work with is a certified trainer so they work out at lunch Mon-Thurs. So, this was my first Tabata WOD and oh my gosh I was sore, sore, sore in all the right places! I actually think I am still sore just from the Tabata! I am so excited that I now have not only Daniel to motivate me, but now coworkers to motivate me. As for Tabata, well, I have a feeling we will get along just fine. I’ll post an example of a no equipment Tabata WOD (but at work we have a gym so, I am just all sorts of spoiled with equipment).

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Try it out! Let me know how it goes!

As for Crossfit. I have heard some backlash recently. I have heard its dangerous, what are you training for, it’s not really that great of a workout. etc. etc.

Let me just step back for a minute and squash some of these myths.

“Crossfit is dangerous”

-Absolutely it is. Anytime you are lifting ANYTHING be it moving a couch, pushing a car, lifting a bar bell it can be dangerous… especially if you don’t have proper form. What Crossfit has taught me is unbelievable. I have been lifting objects incorrectly my whole life. My Box [aka gym] spent 9 whole 1 hour classes on teaching us proper form with weightless PVC Pipes on how to squat, push press, deadlift, etc. before throwing us into lifting. However, just like with any sport you could mess up and hurt yourself, or push yourself too hard. The thing I love about Crossfit (or at least in my box) is that everything can be scaled to meet your needs. You are NOT required to start off deadlifting 200 lbs. You always go for how your body feels and if you are not feeling well, DO NOT go to the gym. Wait it out.

“So, What are you training for?

I mean this in the most sincere way: Life. Saturday our WOD included pushing a car in neutral for 4 rounds of about 75 meters. The first 3 rounds was with a partner so I picked Husband because if we were ever in a situation where we needed to push a car out of the road, he will most likely be with me. For those days that he is not with me…. We did the last round pushing the car by ourselves and I ROCKED it. These things that we are doing/learning apply to life and so, lifting a 40 lb bag of dog food up 3 flights of stairs is no big deal to me anymore. I have also dropped a pants size since I started Crossfit. Are YOU ready for the Zombie Apocalypse?

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“It’s not really a good workout”

I beg your pardon? Well, if you’ve never done high intense training for 15 minutes straight, I don’t even need your opinion on the matter. Weekdays have usually a high intensity 6ish minute warm up, then we have about 30ish minutes to get some strength training in, and THEN we do a WOD. It’s not like we do a 15 minute work out and then head home. On Saturdays we do what I have been calling a Monster WOD. Which is usually between a 30-50 minute WOD from hell. Example from last Saturday’s WOD:

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The prescribed weight is just a ballpark of what you could either work your way up to or bypass. I have been using 30lb kettlebells because it’s not a sprint its a marathon and I will get to 35 soon enough.

So, Crossfit is really up to YOU and how YOU decided to push yourself and when YOU decide to back off a little and take a step back.

What have you learned about Crossfit? What negative things have you heard?

Happy Lifting!

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My First Lesson in Marriage

So far, marriage has been a downright blessing. We have only been married for 5 months but, I believe I have already discovered a valuable lesson. A few weeks back, Daniel and I went through our first stressful patch of craziness. The stress of moving, Daniel starting a new school semester, his work demanding more of him, me getting and new job, being newly weds in the first place all snuck up on us at once.  It was all just a cluster of stressful events one after the other. We had lived in our apartment for 3 weeks and never had a chance to enjoy it over the weekend together. With a little communication we recognized that things were just crazy right now and we really hadn’t had a chance to enjoy very much together, especially our new apartment/city. Even throughout this brief moment of craziness in our lives, we still had a few things that kept us grounded and connected. Three things: Budgeting, Running, and our monthly Anniversary/Unknown Dining date.  This is time we spent 100% together (well except when we’re running we never keep pace together) but it is me and him, doing something together. My first real lesson in marriage is that it is extremely important to have “together time” no matter what is going on. No, I am not talking that you both come home from work and sit in front of the TV together. I’m talking doing something together that benefits you as a couple.

For us, budgeting gives us a chance to look at each others needs and talk them over with each other. Do I really need a 60 dollar haircut? or does my car need its oil changed, how much money do we have to spend for going out together?  I thank God every day for Daniel’s interest in our money, budget, getting our loans paid off, and asking me my needs as far as spending our money together. When you talk about it and write it all out there is a better understanding of where, when, why, and how you spend your money and it eliminates pointless arguments in the subject of money.

Running. An activity that keeps us somewhat fit and something we both enjoy doing (except lately, hes had to drag me out of the house kicking and screaming) we have even signed up for a couple 5ks together and intend on doing more together throughout the running season. Even though we hardly ever keep pace with each other, its nice to know someone shares an interest and motivates you to be your best and do your best. Motivating each other has been a real treat. I think its a pretty special connection to have.

Eating. Daniel and I love to eat. breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and cool snacks. We love to go out to eat and enjoy a steaming hot plate of food that he doesn’t have to cook and I don’t have to clean afterwards.  This is probably my favorite time, is when I am sitting down beside him and sharing a conversation over food we didn’t have to prepare. No stress, no bullcrap, generally we ban cell phones unless we are taking pictures of or food or tagging each other on Facebook. This is why we started our Unknown Dining tour of Georgia after our really awesome experience on our honeymoon. As you (may) know each month on the 8th we pick a restaurant neither of us have ever been to and go together on our “monthaversary” and spend that time critiquing food and enjoying little holes in the wall that we find to be complete gems. Even though I commented on cooking being a pain, I will say that doing it together is a really special time for us, also. Lately I haven’t been a big help but we use to get in the kitchen together and I would chop while he sauteed. This is also time I really enjoy with Dan. Cooking together is always so much fun. We pump up some music and hang out in the kitchen taste testing and laughing.

Trying something new. We have decided to try some new things. This month we have completely made a spontaneous decision to take off to the beach for a weekend to watch our friends band play over St. Pattys day. We probably won’t be making a habit out of monthly spontaneous trips, but I am hoping we do more of this. I love being married and enjoying it with my wonderful husband. We are going to enjoy this time for now, with no straps to tie us down.

Me and you together, can do anything. Baby.

How do you and your husband spend quality time together?

Happy Eating! We’re going on our 4th Unknown dining date tonight!