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Friday, May 24, 2013

I like this about myself: CROSSFIT

If you would have told me six months ago that I’d be a crossfit junkie, I would have laughed at you because if you know me, you know that I don’t have one athletic competitive bone in my body. Or at least that’s what I have thought all this time.  

I've always been intrigued by crossfit. A few of my former co-workers swore by it but they were the super duper athletic types and well, there is me, not athletic. Ask my dad, I used to skip down the soccer field as a kid.

I spent most of 2012 either pregnant, recovering from a c-section, breastfeeding and just flat out saying I didn't have time to work out. I had a lot of excuses. I also spent most of 2012 watching a couple of friends transform their lives with crossfit (Debbie & Collin, I’m looking at you). 

I had a vague idea of what I thought crossfit actually was. From watching videos on YouTube, I thought it was similar to circuit training or a bootcamp style class. I kept hearing it was for everyone but looking at the workout of the day (aka WODs), I still was skeptical. Handstand pushups – ha, hilarious. I can’t do those. Burpees! Yuck. Running – fat chance!

What’s crossfit? Wikipedia has a great description:
Crossfit advocates a mix of aerobic exercise, body weight exercise, gymnastics and Olympic weight lifting. CrossFit describes its strength and conditioning program as “constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement," with the stated goal of improving fitness (and therefore general physical preparedness), which it defines as "work capacity across broad time and modal domains."

I'm holding a sign that says "I love this about myself = CROSSFIT"
On my first day at Crossfit Type 44, I seriously thought “why do people like this?” but since I bought a month of classes, I still had 29 days to go. I couldn't  even do modified pull ups with bands so they had me jumping up to do them. Jumping rope was a pain in the butt. I could barely run but after a month of making a routine out of going three days a week,  I started to see small improvements. I moved from jumping pull ups to assisted pull ups with a band. Jumping rope was easier – I can belt out 200 no problem. I got the hang of kettle bells swings. I still hated burpees but running 800 meters wasn't a pain like it used to be.

I started the Shaklee Blogger program two months after I got my crossfit habit down. The two together have been a winning combination.   The main thing about both of these programs is the support you receive.

The crossfit coaches and other folks in my classes are cheering me on (and I cheer them on too). It’s like a small close family. I’m always reminded when I get frustrated with a WOD that “I’ve come a long way” and to never forget that.

With Shaklee, seeing the scale and inches come off with amazing products, keeps me motivated to stay away from cupcakes, ice cream and stress eating. In fact, my routine of early morning workouts has really helped keep the stress levels down. Even though I’m in competition with the Shaklee Bloggers, there are always nice comments on my blog posts, Facebook page and instagram photos to keep me encouraged. And it helps that none of my clothes from the beginning of the year fit me. What a great motivation to keep going!

Let's RUN!
As for being competitive, I started running. If you know me, I used to run years ago and I hated it. The combo of crossfit and Shaklee 180 has given me the push to start the Couch 2 5K program. I’ve signed up for several 5K races this summer and fall so I have a goal to work for.  Who knows, I may just keep going and run a 10K.

It’s hard for me to take a rest day. Crossfit and running have become routine in my life at 5:30 am each morning. Someone commented on Facebook “that’s when you know you’re addicted.”

I’m Shannon and I’m a crossfit addict. But I still hate burpees. 

This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating. My opinions are my own. People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.



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