It’s been months. I know.
The good news is that I’ve stuck with the program. I’ve lost 53 pounds so far. The bad news is I totally neglected to update my blog.
So here’s what I’ve been up to.
Through June, I continued to walk and lift weights, but to be totally honest, I got bored with it and a little lonely. That’s a lot of solitude every day, and while it was great at first, it became old and tired quickly. I started looking into CrossFit.
I went to Seattle for the first 4 days of July with my family. We walked over 12 miles every day, just walking to the myriad of activities all over Seattle. There are so many amazing family attractions and little undiscovered gems in that city. I swear, I was born to live there. Perhaps when the kids are grown…
When I returned from Seattle, I emailed the local CrossFit box owner. I wanted to know if I was ‘in shape’ enough for CrossFit. I was nervous because of my weight, my limitations (arthritic knee, sciatica in my hip, etc). He encouraged me to come check it out.
What I found wasn’t just a gym. It is so much more than that. Chad, the owner, and his amazing wife Leslie, walked me through everything, provided encouragement, and generally made me feel at home. After the first day, I was completely addicted.
I have become a little CrossFit obsessed. I am told this happens to all new CrossFitters. I worked my way up to five days a week, and then suddenly my body started giving me grief. So I’ve scaled back to three days a week until things clear up a little, but I have a passion for CrossFit that does not appear to be subsiding.
If you live in the Columbia River Gorge and you have not checked out Columbia Gorge CrossFit, I highly encourage you to do so. You can learn more at http://www.columbiagorgecrossfit.com.
Today I am starting a challenge provided by a favorite blog of mine, SkinnyMs.com. It is their Shape Up Size Down, 7-day Pushup Challenge. I figure it is a small way to supplement my CrossFit habit and keep active on my off days. So it starts today as soon as I submit this post.
I am also participating in two longer, more in-depth challenges, that begin in the next few weeks. The first is one I stumbled across from another user on MyFitnessPal.com. It is the Whole Life Challenge. The other, which I can thank my CrossFit box for, is the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge 2012. You can find out more information about either one by clicking the links.
Lastly, I have my first ‘official’ 5k run on September 29th: the Color Run in Portland, Oregon. I am going to attempt to run it, but as I mentioned earlier, my body is not cooperating fully right now, so we will see what happens.
That’s it for now. I have to hustle off to soccer. I’d love life to be all about me, but right now, it’s all about my two pre-teens who are both wrapped up in sports. More later!