Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Just when I was done with plans...a new plan!

Next Tuesday, I turn 37 years old.  At 37, I will be in the best shape I have been in since high school.  I'm very proud of that.  I think you all know that I have been a little funkalicious lately.  I set goals, but I don't really get anywhere with them.  This has been going on for a few months.  Losing and gaining the same 5 pounds over and over.  My workout routine is stale...all I'm really enjoying is Jazzercise (which is super fantastic, but 2-3 Jazzercise classes per week is maintainenceville for me, not weight loss mode.)

I would consistently be disappointed in myself for not doing what I set out to do.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not doing NOTHING.  I still work out more than most people I know.  And I'm not binging or anything.  But I'm living in a way that is more akin to maintenance than for weight loss.  So, last week or so, I decided that I would just accept mainenance mode until I was truly ready to get serious.  It was ridiculous to continue to set goals that deep down I did not have any intention of meeting.  I actually said those words to my mom last night and I meant them.

Then I got home last night and I watched Extreme Makeover Transformation.  I found that I was fascinated with the workouts, just like I am with the Biggest Loser.  I started thinking how great it would be to be in BETTER than high school shape by age 38.  Why shouldn't I wear size 8s to the Olympics?!?!  I even went online to see how much a week at the Biggest Loser ranch would cost.  Interestingly, it isn't nearly as much as I expected.  But then I realized that it would just be a week.  So, CrossFit came to mind.

I have two fitness buff coworkers that swear by CrossFit.  One of them (happens to be the President of my company) told me a couple of months ago that I should do it and I dismissed him immediately.  They talk about their workouts and I couldn't POSSIBLY do the things they talk about.  But watching this girl on EM:T work out, I realized that in order to be able to do those things EVENTUALLY, I have to start somewhere.  So I started looking at the website and I started to think that maybe it is doable.

This morning I discussed with one of my coworkers and he told me that another coworker had just started.  I went and talked with him and got the scoop.  His fitness level was a little more comparable to mine.  He said it was by far the hardest work out he has ever done, but he liked it. 

I sent an email to the training center I'm considering and told them my situation.  I will see how they respond.  But assuming they are all for it, my thought is that I will try the introductory free class next Saturday 6/11 or the following 6/18.  Since I'm on vacation the last two weeks of June, I would start the beginner level fundamental classes in July. 

I'm terrified.  But I'm also excited.  I'm competitive with myself, but I have gotten to the point where I'm bored with what I'm doing.  I think this will give me some motivation.  Unless it is TOO hard.  I will let you know!!

Anyway...the point of all that, is just yesterday, I was blah.  I was okay, but not really motivated.  But something inpired me and I'm running with it.  I'm just hoping that I can keep up the excitement through June so I don't crap out in July.  Haha!  When I'm working out hard, the good diet tends to follow.  I may not be on the exact track now, but I do have a plan. 

And you all know how I feel about a plan!  :) 



Leslie said...

What exactly is Crossfit? I have heard of it but don't know what it is exactly.

And you can totally wear size 8s to the Olympics!!

Liz said...

My friend started doing CrossFit and she is in love with it. It's kicking her ass, but she totally is getting off on that! ;-)

FitBy40 said...

Now I have to hit up google and check this out!

Laura Belle said...

That sounds interesting. And challenging. But you can do it.

BTW, you look so fab in your may picture!

Cat's Chic Chat said...

Totally have to check out what Cross fit is! I agree with Laura Belle - your May picture is so beautiful!!

My b-day is Sunday! We're Gemini's together!

Pamela E. Williams said...

Crossfit does sound interesting. Please let us know how hard it is. I'm sure you will do great though.

Sarah said...

Cross Fit does sound fun! You will rock it out!

Sarah @ Thinfluenced

The Cozy (not crazy) Coconut said...

You've got some serious mojo going on - your motivation is CLEAR and sincere! I'm excited to hear more about your cross fit experience! Maybe that's what I need to get things jump started???
I really am sticking to between 800-1000 calories per day and am able to run just fine. I always thought it wouldn't be enough for me either but I'm actually ok - actually good. I feel very good. :)

kagead said...

Oh- can't wait to hear about crossfit! I haven't exercised in an inexcusably long time but signed up for a yoga & bootcamp package with a studio across the street from my apartment. We can hobble around together after our first workouts. :)

Lyla said...

I look forward to hearing how it goes. I do NO exercise, so hard core stuff seems so out of league for me. I'm impressed you're thinking of pushing yourself.

Kerri said...

Love the new pic! My roomie is a HOTTIE!!!

Kiwigirl said...

You are always so positive Beth Ann... I love the way you refuse just to accept status quo, and continue to push yourself. I have no idea what cross fit is, but it sounds like just the challenge you like so much. How very cool to be at size 8 - getting there would be like your own version of the olympic marathon!