CrossFit

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Last week, I finished a design project for fellow Chicago blogger Gina. I am kind of a health nut (but only kind of) so I had to ask her some questions about paleo. Then she brought up CrossFit. And then we met for lunch. She went from barely being able to do a squat to squatting 75 lbs. Or was it 113? Either way -- she's a tiny little peanut with superhuman strength and she's inspired me.

Let me take you back to last night. A room full of people doing pull ups, jumping on and off these crazy high platforms, squatting insane amounts of weight etc. In walks Danielle who can't even do a real push up. Sad but true.


I attended my first CrossFit intro class. If this is the intro, I'm not sure I want to know what a full hour will do to me. I loved it and hated it. Thought I'd be a little more prepared after doing bar method 4-5x a week for a month, but this is a whole other ballgame. If I could afford it, bar method would be my fun/on the side workout, because I do love it. I've done spinning, yoga, rowing, bar method, plain old running, kickboxing, and probably a few other things. Then there's Crossfit. My throat/chest were on fire. I was exhausted. But it was doable. I was never pushed too hard and everyone was very supportive. I finished last in my group of 6 (but only by a few seconds). And in case you do not know this about me, I am a super competitive overachiever. But this was just about doing my best. And I did.

And now I'm motivated. I will nail this. 

Here's what we did:
1000 meters of rowing
intro to pull ups, sit ups, squats, burpees, push ups etc (we each did a few)
500 meters of rowing
15 pull ups (with support bands. obviously)
40 sit ups
40 squats
20 push ups
10 burpees

Might not sound like much, but it was. Just trust me. Now let's hope I can walk tomorrow.

I need to clarify something. I do not want to be super skinny. I just want to be as healthy as possible. Between my mom's parents, we're looking at 4 heart attacks (grandfather), a stroke, diabetes (grandmother) and two pacemakers. I did not grow up in a health conscious home, so I suppose I am just wired this way. The thought of being unhealthy does not work for me. Yes -- I want to look awesome. But more than anything, I want to be healthy. Low body fat. A healthy heart. Muscle tone.

I am also giving raw foods a try. I really enjoy experimenting with different programs, so I started following paleo and eating a little organic free range turkey, but I'm not sure that will last. I needed a little boost so I just started Ani's 15 day fat blast and just ordered a spiralizer, food processor, and dehydrator. I figure that even if I don't stay raw, I'll use all of these things anyway. Zucchini pasta, pesto, and kale chips? I'm all over it.

Has anyone reading this used a dehydrator or spiralizer?

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28 comments

  1. Wow, a few people have posted about health and fitness today. Oye, makes me feel so guilty. :S

    xoxo
    ~Natasha Fatah~

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  2. I can't even imagine going on a paleo diet- it seems cruel to me! But I do know people who religiously follow it and CrossFit and are obsessed.

    Whatever works for you- being healthy should always be commended!

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  3. I have gone raw quite a few times - I love it! The energy boost is amazing and you totally notice a difference in your skin.

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  4. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my dehydrator - I use it for everything from fruit to veggies ... My go to snack making machine! I have technically never gone RAW completely but I am a strict vegetarian that is very health conscious.

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  5. hello! you continue to inspire me- first your big move, then The Everygirl, and now cross fit! would you mind sharing the name of the nutritionist that you used a while ago? i need someone to help me with a fresh start!

    jessa (jmr224 at gmail dot com)

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  6. I have done a few crossfit workouts on my own but never at the crossfit gyms- I have been wanting to try it for awhile! You can totally do it!! :)

    xx Lynzy

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  7. You have such a great attitude towards it! Too many women just want to be skinny... but the important thing is being healthy. Sounds like CrossFit will be a great challenge and will help you accomplish your goals!! xo

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  8. I've been wanting to try CrossFit -- I need to find someplace close (west loop) that offers beginners classes. It certainly sounds intense, but like a fun challenge! I've also been intrigued by raw and really want to get a dehydrator. Have you been to 'raw' in the french market yet? I just tried it last weekend...delicious food! And the owner, Carole's skin literally glows. Makes me want to just eat raw :)

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  9. crossfit was started here where i live (santa cruz, california) and the original gym is here! i incorporate crossfit into all my workouts and it really pays off. its hard work but totally worth it. i'm sure they'll teach you these, but my favorites are wall balls with a medicine ball, jumping squats, and back squats with the weighted bar. have fun, and good for you for taking care of yourself!

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  10. I have a dehydrator and LOVE it. I use it a lot during the winter, especially for apples and bananas. It's amazing what fruit should look like when it's dehydrated and not full of ingredients to keep it looking fresh!

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  11. Since I know you are in Chicago I have to recommend shred 415 to you! It's an absolutely amazing work out, it's all interval training and you go from doing crazy speeds/inclines on the treadmill to weights and lunges and such on the floor. It's something you really have to push yourself doing and afterwards you feel so amazing to have completed it!

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  12. Good for you! I've been too frightened to try cross fit, tho I've seen it do wonderful things to people! :) I also have a hard time at finding a workout that I love and am motivated to do it long term, hopefully someday I will find one that works for me!

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  13. Oh my gosh, I am SO IMPRESSED you did CrossFit! That scares the junk outta me! Way to go!! :) You're awesome.

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  14. That sounds really intense, but I am sure it was very motivating! Good job on being such a positive inspiration to us all!

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  15. CrossFit sounds intense, but you can do this girl! ;)

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  16. I love Crossfit! I just started this week and I love it! I am incredibly sore at all times but I want to go back everyday. Good luck!

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  17. Congrats on starting CrossFit! Keep working at it and you will love it. I started 6 months ago and am obsessed!

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  18. Look at you with your new fancy kitchen tools. I can't wait to hear what you think of the spiralizer. I may have to invest in one.

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  19. I love using my dehydrator... especially for fruit, it makes the perfect snack. I've also used it to make kale chips, and even dried spicy peppers for flavored olive oils for pasta dishes. the possibilities are endless, enjoy!

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  20. I love using my dehydrator... especially for fruit, it makes the perfect snack. I've also used it to make kale chips, and even dried spicy peppers for flavored olive oils for pasta dishes. the possibilities are endless, enjoy!

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  21. I know you can do it! Very inspiring lady, your post just made want to put on my running shoes and go for a jog.

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  22. Oh my gosh...my husband and I did the CrossFit Intro 2 weeks ago and we thought we were going to collapse! I do the equivolent of The Bar Method here in Houston 3-5 days a week and doing CrossFit made me feel like I had not worked out in years. Good for you for giving it a try! Keep us posted :)

    bstylewise.blogspot.com

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  23. Gotta love that "throat on fire" feeling. Best of luck with your CrossFit journey!

    Justin
    KippingItReal.com

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  24. im super impressed! these classes are suppose to be crazy intense! but i know you can do it! best of luck! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  25. Wow, this sounds very hard but very healthy for me. Never heard of Crossfit here in Germany. I just startet Rowing 4 weeks ago and now I'm on vacation in the south of France...not the best time to start a new diet ;)
    http://greenpinkorange.blogspot.de/

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  26. This is so incredibly impressive ... and I don't think I'd make it five minutes! haha, out.of.shape.
    ♡ Lexi
    FASHION: Glitter & Pearls
    WEDDINGS: Glitter Weddings

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  27. I am so interested in crossfit! I feel like everyone I know who does it just adores it and lives such a healthy lifestyle without being obsessed. Can't wait to hear more. :)

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  28. i just finished my first week of real crossfit classes! i went to the intro class last week with my hubby and we were hooked. today, i can barely lift my arms over my head since Wednesday's WOD was pullups (my least favorite thing EVER) and thrusters.

    i know what you mean by the love/hate - i hate it while it's happening, but i love the way i feel after. minus the super sore lats ;)

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