Guess what. 112 days ago millions of you set a New Year’s Resolution, or as I liked to call it – you made firm decisions to change something about what you do day to day and made goals for 2014. Do you even remember what you said you wanted to do? Do you remember what those goals were? Probably not. Lucky for me, I wrote them down in my January 2, 2014 post titled, “Year2014” and want to reflect how the first quarter of 2014 has gone and if I have even followed through with any of them.
- Do not drink alcohol for 30 days
- Did this and on day 31 I rewarded myself with a nice beer. It really was not that difficult and maybe I will try this again at some point this year.
- Add more vegetables to my diet
- I wouldn’t say I am adding more than I already did, but reading this reminded me to get on it and to replace some fruit with veggies to make it more balanced.
- Work on my muscle up progression with 9 strict pull ups and 9 strict ring dips for 8 weeks.
- I did this progression and still do not have a muscle up, but after watching The Outlaw Way’s Muscle Up progression video, I am going to start this.
- To participate in the 90 day YLE Nutrition Challenge
- I just completed this challenge and I did drop in body fat, but only by 0.2% and my weight stayed the same. Still happy with the results and this proved that I am doing everything right if I want to stay in the 20% body fat range.
- To participate in the 2014 CrossFit Games Open with CrossFit South Denver
- Done & Done. Please read any of my “recap” posts from each workout.
- Run a 7 minute mile and have a sub-7 minute Fran time
- I have run a mile on the treadmill in 6:58, but outside, the best time I have is 7:08. My best Fran time is 6:58 which I am very happy with and may wait awhile to retest that one.
Maybe look back at the past four months and ask if yourself if this is how you pictured your life to be when you were making new goals to better your life in 2014. If it is- then great! Keep at it. If it isn’t, treat today as DAY 1 and start checking those goals off of a list- you still have 8 months to make 2014 YOUR YEAR.
This month will be 12 months of me staying committed to CrossFit. 12 months is a long time, but wow did it fly by. I remember at the end of December of 2012 I told Steve, the owner of CrossFit Denver that I was going to be one of ‘those’ people and my New Years Resolution was to give CrossFit a try. I gave myself three months… And now look at me. I not only gave it my all in those three months, I have given it my all for the past 12 months and have come leaps and bounds since I first stepped foot into the gym.
When I started CrossFit I could not do 1 pull up, I got about 23 double unders unbroken, and my goal that I set for myself was to able to do 10 pushups in a row without dropping to my knees. I can now do 15 pull ups in a row, my all time record for unbroken double unders is 119, and I have far surpassed my goal of doing more than 10 regular push ups in a workout.
I am not sure why I started doing it – but on January 1, 2013 I took a photo of myself from the front, back, and side with just a bra and underwear on. I didn’t think it was unflattering at all, but every month since- I have taken the same photo, in the same under garments, and wow – I am glad I did that. Other people have told me that they can tell my body has changed, but I know for myself that yeah- by legs are more defined, my hips aren’t as wide, and my shoulders look awesome. It has shocked me how much my body has truly changed over 12 months. Not only has my body changed. So has my hair. Thanks to my confidence. Never in a million years would I have thought that I would ever let my hair stylist take an electric shaver to my head. In June I decided it was time to donate 9.5 inches of hair to Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths, and today I am rockin the ‘Miley Cirus’ hair cut. Short on the sides, with a longer ‘mohawk-thingy’ on top. This would have never happened if my confidence didn’t spike during the year.
CrossFit has brought me confidence and that is the best thing I could have asked for. Yes, it is great that I am now in the best shape I have ever been. Yes, it is great that I can lift heavy weights, and do some gymnastics movements as well. But I am now more confident than I have ever been, and this is all thanks to CrossFit and the community that surrounds it. On to another 12 months. 🙂
I have always had goals. At the age of 3 or 4 I had a goal to stop sucking my thumb which I conquered with many sleepless nights I am sure. In high school, I had the goal of being accepted to college, which became a completed task in 2009 when I graduated from the University of Colorado- Boulder. After college I had the goal of entering the real world, with a job in my field. I set this goal out for myself because I know the numbers are not very high for people to go work in the field they studied in college. Bam… Got my degree in Geography and am working in GIS, and am happy that I completed this goal as well. I am a goal seeker. And now, with CrossFit, I have goals that are never ending, and there is always work that needs done. This is where the term PR comes into play.
PR: Personal Record
In the past two days, I have set three new PRs for myself. I never realized how good that feels until I hit those PR’s and then went on to do Annie (50 Double Unders, 50 Sit Ups, 40 DUs, 40SUs, 30DUs, 30SUs, 20, 20, 10, 10 – for time) and hit a goal of mine- to make it on the board at our gym. I am so happy with the progress I have made, and if you would have talked to me seven months ago, I would have never set a goal of Front Squatting 130lbs, or thought I could do Annie in under six minutes. The other PR I hit was Nancy. This workout consists of 15 Overhead Squats at 65lbs, and then a 400Meter Run, 5 rounds, for time.
A lot of people who do not do CrossFit think I talk about it too much, or do not understand the “cult.” But if you listen to me, it is not just the sport of CrossFit that I am addicted to; I am addicted to making myself better. I am excited to share with you the goals I have. I am inspired by the people I watch every day. Everyone should have a goal, and everyone should be excited when they accomplish that goal. There is no shame in sharing with the world what you have done, and how it has made you better. Hell. Set a goal of making your bed every morning… Start simple… but set a goal.
For the past three days I have come to the conclusion that I am going to be one of “those” people who set a fitness-type new year’s resolution. I have set resolutions in the past, and have done my best to accomplish them, but this year’s resolution is different. I want to better myself, mentally & physically.
This resolution may seem very open ended, and that is what I like about it. In the past, I have set very goal driven resolutions like my 2012 resolution was that I wanted to run in my first half marathon. In January of 2011 I set a resolution to run a race with my boyfriend, and even the year before that in 2010 I decided I would participate in my first sprint/mini triathlon. This year’s resolution or….. goal, as I would prefer to call it, has pretty much already began. Tomorrow I am signing up for my first months of Cross Fit. I have had the opportunity to work out for free at Cross fit Denver a handful of times, but starting tomorrow- it is on.
I am excited to start working out at the same gym that Dan works out at, and to become stronger not only physically, but mentally as well. I believe that Cross Fit will be perfect for me because I am always competing with myself, and always striving for more. I hope to write more about my Cross Fit experiences and sorry if my blog gets a little bogged down with WODS, pictures of my worn out hands, or me complaining about how sore I am. I cannot wait to start this journey and tell you all about it!
Julie Foucher’s Video says it all – Check it out.