7.18.2012

Stronger

I have been going to River North CrossFit for 7.5 weeks. After struggling with trying to find the right workout throughout my 20s I have finally figured it out. And the answer to everything? For me, it's CrossFit. And (mostly) following paleo unless it's the weekend during the summer in Chicago which usually calls for a drink or two.

I have gone to CrossFit a total of 28 times. That's 28 hours that I've given myself to do something for me. To feel better. Stronger. Healthier. Taking time out of my day to push myself has done wonders for my mental health. And actually seeing a change is the best feeling in the world. Then there's the sense of community at RNCF. I can't even begin to describe it, but the support, friendship etc. It's unlike anything I've ever experienced at any gym.

I am so glad Gina hired me to design her blog, that we met for lunch, and that I decided to give CrossFit a try. Just gaining Gina as a friend would have been fantastic, but aside from becoming a good friend, that girl is responsible for introducing me to CrossFit. I am eternally grateful.

It's been an awesome journey and I can't wait to see where I am in another couple of months. I've been feeling pretty run down the past week, and going to CrossFit has not only helped me get out of my head, but it's also given me a sense of control over my life when things feel impossible. We did Sumo Deadlifts yesterday and I did 3 reps of 103 lbs. Triple digits. Go me. I still have a ways to go, but it feels great knowing that I'm on the right path.

I'll conclude with some pics of the CrossFit games. Because they're awesome.





12 comments:

  1. Always happy to gain another blogger buddy into the Crossfit world!!!!!!!!!!! (and Paleo world) :)

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  2. I love your friend Gina's blog design!!!

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  3. Good for you! My husband and I have been eating Paleo the last few months and we love it! I'm definitely going to check out Gina's blog :)

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  4. What an awesome post! I am so happy that you are enjoying CrossFit...what you are feeling is what got me hooked and that feeling doesn't stop! You will always be learning, improving, and finding new ways to push and challenge yourself, and it's so fun! I am so SO glad that we met, not only because our dogs are dating (Minne and Buddy Forever), but because you are such an amazing friend! See you tomorrow. xo (This now concludes mush-fest 2012)

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  5. congrats to you! i need to find an exercise routine i can get excited about but it's so hard to get back on the wagon after getting so out of shape! thank for turning me on to gina's blog...paleo looks like something i might be able to try!

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  6. so proud of you! crossfit scares me. haha :)

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  7. I have to thank YOU Danielle because your first post about CrossFit inspired me to finally try it after having looked up the closest gyms to me several times without ever going (I'm in the west loop so I'm at crossfit312!). It's now something I look foward to going everyday and I feel so much stronger. Now I just need to get into (or close to) the paleo diet so if you ever have any tips that I'd love to hear them! Have a great day :)

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  8. I love, love, love this! I've been eating paleo for about 2 years now - and it has completely changed my life!!! Not just how I look, but how I feel - I have MS and its has totally stopped my symptoms in its tracks. I have been interested in Crossfit for some time, but I've been scared off by the stories of extreme competitiveness that you hear about. I'm not a competitive person and don't think that would be the best workout for me....what are your thoughts about that aspect of crossfit? Have you experienced any of that? I'd love to hear more about your experience! :)

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  9. That is super awesome! It took me years to figure it out also and for me it's running. I am so happy that you have found something you love!

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  10. Congrats on triple digit weights! WooHoo! Very interested in learning more about the Paleo diet I'll have to check out Gina's blog. Okay I'm loving the stripes socks on the girls in pic 3! :-)

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  11. I am so glad you have found your ideal workout. I have found mine, too! Cross Fit is the perfect thing for me, and I am continuing to become more and more passionate about it. SO glad we get to share that passion!

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