"Keep up the good work. You are a tough cookie." That was my send off today as I left crossfit after one of my personal best workouts. It came from a guy that saw me exactly two weeks ago today when I had entered crossfit and it was all men on their lunch break. It was his first time back from that day. It was excellent to hear that someone who had only seen me once could tell such a difference.
So what was this great workout? Well first I must tell you that it was only 60 degrees today in Minneapolis. That meant instead of wearing my normal exercise pants, I went back to some of my sweat pants I haven't worn in a while. When I put them on, as well as my shirt, I noticed they were a little larger than the last time I wore them. When I started my warm up at crossfit, my pants slowly started to fall, lower and lower. Not in the Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch show your underwear kinda way. More like the hip hugger pants kinda way. Not where I am used to my pant lying. However, I was able to adjust to the new level by the time the warm up was over.
The circuit today consisted of only two things. Sumo bar presses and hand stand push ups. Sumo bar presses were done with the 45 lb bar today. I knew it was too heavy by the end of the first round. However, I felt like wimp the other day using the 25 lb bar and was determined not to go back. Of course, the hand stand push ups were modified. Today instead of just using the rings to do pull ups like last week, the instructor did make them a little harder so I would be using more of my core. My legs were on a 2 ft high box while I faced down and did push ups from that position.
When I first read what we were doing today and even practiced it a few times, I thought "piece of cake". Well, let me tell you, it was no piece of cake. It was hard after the first time through both exercises. I made it through the circuit seven times. While it was the least amount for my class, I was still proud of myself for making it through as many as I did. I also set a goal for myself after one of the other guys was joking around with me trying the wall push ups that I will try them in two months. I don't know if that is too aggressive or not considering all of the men doing them today were having a difficult time. Yet I think it is better to have a goal in mind to keep moving forward than to worry about being too hard-hitting. If I can't do it in two months, I will just keep trying until I can.
I loved my attitude today. I hope I start having more days like this. I loved my crossfit workout today. It was challenging and I met the challenge. And I loved that my clothes were loose today. I could definitely get used to more days like that. Then the only problem is smaller clothes, but who doesn't like shopping for new clothes even if they are in what my friend, Missy, calls "cow sizes". And speaking of Missy, I would like to say thank you to her for my GREAT smelling bath bombs she sent from the Basin store in Las Vegas as she was visiting there last week. What a blessing!! All of you are great with all of your encouraging words and support. In the past, I would have already slowed down significantly or completely given up all together. This time is different. This time I will win!
1 Corinthians 9:24 (New American Standard Bible) - Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.