As the summer progressed I continued to go to the gym 4-5 times a week. When we think about change and it being hard, well this change was one of the hardest. But I committed to it and I was going to stick with it. I have read a lot of research to prove that if a student does something for 21-30 days then it becomes a routine. I put my teaching technique to use with my life. I gave myself 30 days with my new workout routine. Each day was a mental struggle. My body was sore and mentally I would come up with all kinds of excuses. I can honestly say two of the biggest motivations to help me through each day was the support system I had (husband, friends, and family) and the fact that I made it my job.
So as the days went by and I accomplished the 30 days I signed up for a 6 month membership. I was all in. I had to continue, I wanted to continue, some days I struggled but I was going to do it. I worked out hard at the gym, harder then I ever had.
One day in late July it was my first day back at the box after going on a week vacation with my mom and it was a mystery workout. When I got there I found out it was to run a 5K. I can tell you I wanted to run right out that door and pretend I didn’t show up for the noon workout.
But I stayed. I stayed because I couldn’t figure out what I was going to say to my trainer Matt to make it seem like I wasn’t a quitter. He said that we needed to run 10 laps. (I think it was 10 laps, maybe it was more. The numbers aren’t the main focus of my story, you will see as you keep reading) I figured okay, I am going to run 4 and then call it quits. I didn’t realize then that I was already setting myself up for not completing it by not thinking positively that I could do it. 2 months prior I did the 5K color run with friends and I suffered from the worse shine splints and was only able to run half of it.
I started out my slow pace and when I was rounding the corner to finish my 4th lap I told my coach Matt I was done. He looked at me and said you got 2 more laps in you. His encouragement and positivity moved me forward and before I knew it, I was at 6 laps. By this time my lungs hurt and every part of my body ached. Next thing I knew a member of the gym, Mark( already finished his 5 K) and started running next to me. He said he was going to finish the laps with me. Part of me was embarrassed, part of me was in awe that he would run his miles and then come help me finish mine. By the time I got to my last lap several others joined as well as my coach. That was the best support and encouragement I have ever gotten in a workout. These people were amazing and they just helped me finish my first 5K run ever! There was something about this CrossFit community.
With today’s post though, I wanted to tell you about my next change. I was putting all this hard work into my workouts and I continued to eat (what I thought at the time) healthy. I was a weight watcher for several years. I would loose 10-15 pounds and gain it back. It was a vicious cycle. I was talking to a few friends at the box and one of them recommended the book It Starts with Food. So, I figured why not read it. By this time in the summer I had read 4 other food books and thought what is one more. I hadn’t seen any change in the scale and felt I had to do something different. One of my coaches at the box mentioned to me in passing, hey you know it is 80% of what you eat and 20% of what you do. This was something that just kept replaying again in my brain. WHAT! I started working on the 20% not the 80. Well this wasn’t going to get me where I wanted to go fast enough. The percentage wasn’t in my favor.
As I read the book, each time I turned the page or chapter it gave me information that made sense. All of the information presented was something I felt spoke to me. It has some pretty radical ideas and went against a lot of what I knew to be healthy. But that saying of if you keep doing the same thing you are going to get the same results. So, why not, why not try and change your diet completely. What is the worst that could happen. Gain weight? Not like that hasn’t happened to me before.
So as I finish up my second blog entry. I have given you a little more background on what happened after I made the huge change of becoming a CrossFitter. I looked to change my diet. Next blog will tell you the crazy steps and journey of the beginning of the change with my eating habits.
I leave you again with what change can you make that can improve your life in a positive way. No need to start big, start small. Think for small change. Change that is achievable and seems like nothing, but yet once you keep doing it you will see positive results.