Aloha, my beautiful and wonderdul friends! I hope everyone is having a great start to their week.
As for myself, I am ready to turn in early, but wanted to connect with all of you in a quick blog post.
Forgive the odd formatting of tonight's post, but I can't seem how to figure out how to establish my setting on my Blogger APP on my smartphone.
I could just jump on my computer, but I am literally laying on the bathroom rug, too tired to make the effort. After a nice long workout and an even longer hot shower, I wanted to just be still. I developed this habit even as a kid. Funny how I still do this decades later. We all have our quirks.
Maybe one day I will have a big fancy bathroom, it's my equivalent to a man cave.
Blogging from the bathroom.
The OCD in me is going crazy that it is centered and not justified. However, the lazy in me is telling me to F' it and just finish the post.
Alright, clearly I am tired and rambling. Moving on.
Last night, I received a message on my Facebook from a friend I had made a few years ago, asking for details on the special needs prom I volunteer for every year.
After passing on the information, she said something that really made my day.
It's always the unexpected comments that are the most satisfying.
"You're transformation is amazing! You're body is rocking and you look so youthful. How do you do it? You're so inspiring! And, you're a mom too!"
She met me pre-CrossFit, post break up weight gain. I was at my heaviest in years. I never exercised, I ate junk food and I wasn't in a good place.
Honestly, I was so shocked to hear this beautiful real life beauty queen even say this!
Seriously, I don't really see myself this way. Infact, I can be hard on myself. Aren't so many of us guilty of this? My body is far from rocking, but I will take the compliment!
Anyhow, it made me happy because someone else had noticed all the hardwork I had been putting into being a healthier me.
She isn't the only one. I've run into old flames, friends or former coworkers and they are shocked of how much I change.
Now THIS pumps me up to work really hard this year.
Granted, will never be Miss CrossFit, with the rippling abs or muscle ups, but I will be the best version of me.
Next month I turn 38! You better believe I am going to stride into my 40s as a hot mom, thanks to CrossFit. Haha.
For the last two months, I have doubled, almost tripled the amount of times I worked out at CrossFit. This is an all time record for me as far as fitness is concerned.
Plus, I am really working on my nutrition. Which reminds me that I need to prepare my lunch for tomorrow. Honestly, I am learning that is the critical component. Abs are really cooked in the kitchen!
Not only have I been noticing gains in my strength, but I have developed a habit of making working out a part of my daily schedule.
I'd like to challenge you to work out for 30 days and see what healthy habits you stick to.
Back to my friend's question, "How do you have time to work out?"
It's simple. I MAKE TIME!
If you know me, I don't have a typical custody schedule, as it reflects my ex husband's travel for his business. There were times I used that as an excuse. "Well, I can't because I have my son with me." So, I wouldn't work out for weeks.
Thankfully, my head coach at CrossFit is so supportive of families. He is a single dad himself and GETS how hard it can be juggling family and fitness. He encouraged me to bring my little boy and introduced me to other parents bringing their kids.
I love that my box has so many families that bring their kids with them! We truly are one big family at CrossFit in Kailua.
So, no matter what, unless we are sick, we have scheduled CrossFit into our week. Sometimes it is more challenging when you have to take your kid to after school sports. However, we make it work.
Just the other day, I passed a framed photograph of the night I graduated my Elements CrossFit class. I couldn't help but smile. Out of the 20 faces, I was 1 of about 3 left in my class still at my box two years later.
SERIOUSLY, ME, the girl who failed PE, hated sports, always finished the WOD last, couldn't even squat and almost died doing burpees.
I am still here.
I am not going anywhere, because I have discoverd a home away from home and a family of loving and supportive friends.
That is another thing, now that I am going more, I am really getting to know people. Strangers turn into friends. I use to be really shy every time I walked into the box.
In the past, I just did my WOD, left and didn't really know anyone on a deeper level. Now I see so many of their wonderful faces and whether they will ever realize it or not, spending time together is often the highlight of my day.
CrossFit has changed my life in so many wonderful ways, but it's the people and comradery that define it's greatness.
Who wouldn't want to make time out for something that brings you such happiness?
Have a great week and I hope you enjoyed my cheesy, sappy CrossFit moment.
Here are just a few photos from my Cicily Goes To CrossFit adventures.