Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Out of the Box

(thanks for the name idea Mandy)

this was my second competition

I'm 34 weeks and 5 days pregnant with twins.  I'll post more about that later.  This is more about Crossfit.

I had been going pretty hard at my crossfit box for the last year before I got pregnant.  It was fun.  I've always been athletic and into sports.  I started crossfit when my daughter was about 1.5 years old.  Basically when she didn't need me to nurse her that much.  I had read about crossfit before when I was learning about the Paleo diet.  It seemed like something I would be interested in.  I always liked lifting, I lifted in high school.

Anyway, so after the first year or so I decided I wanted to try a competition.  I fell in love with doing them.  Then I decided to start working out more than my current 3 times a week.  I also met people who wanted to do more than the house WOD.... we would do more.  We started following various programming that would last more than the hour I usually spent at the gym.  My kids were older then, and I didn't nurse them anymore and my husband wanted me to go to crossfit to get out of the house. He was saying how much happier I seemed after working out.  And it's true, I enjoyed it,  I had made a ton of friends and it was nice to get out for an hour or two.

There was a few downfalls to it though.  I think, for me, 4-5 times a week of training like that wasn't exactly good for my body.  I could tell that it was wearing me out.  I had started to see a couple of people because I got a high thyroid test.   It's so easy looking back - I think I was working out too hard.  I think it was wearing me out.

It's so easy after the fact to see all this stuff.  Like last summer I did more crossfit, and didn't have the energy to do the things I had the previous summer.  I picked, canned and froze a bunch a fruit.  Before, I was into sewing.  I felt that I became obsessed with crossfit.  It's not like its a bad thing.  It was fun.  I really enjoyed it.  But now being pregnant and having to take a break from doing crossfit (my body is just not able to lift right now) I can see how that crossfit obsession kind of took over.  It's really nice to have the perspective.  I know once my babies come I won't be able to work out like that and I'm kinda glad.  I think I'm excited for more of a balance.  I just don't think training two hours a day, for me, in my life, is "balance".   I'm glad I know that now.  It's nice to have some out of box perspective.   It will be interesting to see how this year has changed things.