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I survived my 1st week at Crossfit Medusa!

I generally tend to think I’m pretty badass. I mean…I birthed a child, what can’t I do?!

But when it comes to exercise and fitness I tend to count myself out before I even start…terrible, I know. I haven’t prioritized my health and wellness and as a result I can’t fit 90% of the clothes I own. I feel heavy, and have become quite insecure. I’ll workout for a day and look down at my stomach expecting to see some chiseled abs after 35 minutes of exercise. I haven’t got time to wait….ain’t nobody got time for that!

I recently had to ask myself, how badly I wanted to change my life. How badly I wanted to prioritize my health and wellness and how hard I was willing to fight for it. First, I signed up to run in the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women in October, it’ll be my first race and I’m really nervous but I paid for it so I’m running it! And next I needed to commit to a workout routine that would motivate me and help me change my body. I’d been doing TurboJam on and off for a few months, was considering purchasing TurboFire, but then an all women’s Crossfit opened near me.

My inner badass immediately thought, Crossfit? No problem, sign me up! I stopped by Monday morning and met with the awesome owner Liz Mellen who psyched me up and got me all excited, and by Monday afternoon I’d signed up for a month of unlimited workouts. I’ll go every day this month!! I thought! Man oh man I didn’t know what I’d gotten myself into.

Tuesday afternoon I was ready – Day One of Crossfit – I got this! I was the only student in the class at the time so I had the owner Liz and another trainer all to myself. Halfway through the warmup I was panting. I thought, oh shit WTF did I get myself into. The WOD (workout of the day) was 3 rounds of: 200m run, air squats, and lunges. I tried not to let my inner badass run away, so I smiled and said sure no problem, when inside I was freaked. I was crazy slow, cursing while on the run, wondering who puts themselves through such torture. By the time I came in for the last set of air squats and lunges both coaches were cheering me on as I slowly finished up. I walked in a daze home, drenched in sweat, happy I burned 800+ calories, but worried about future classes.

Day One Highlight: Crossfit T-Shirt for showing up & not giving up.

Wednesday I woke up stiff as a board. My whole body hurt. It hurt to walk and bend my knees. My cousin, another Crossfitter, told me to fight through the pain and go to class even though I was hurting. So I went to class, unprepared for the ass whooping about to happen. There were two other girls there and Liz and Alexis Picheny, another trainer, were teaching the class. Once again I was sweating by the end of the warmup – and out of breath. The WOD included 18 minutes of rounds of jumping jacks, burpees, and ab situps. BURPEES? They are about the worst exercise ever. I had to modify them because of my knee. The other two girls were on fire, whipping through it, and then there was me. I felt like a slug, everything hurt, and I was out of breath, and the burpees killed me. But lovely Alexis stayed close by and encouraged me to push through it. I was dripped in sweat at the end…and had to go back to work. I was so pissed that it was so hard for me to get through the workout that I cried. Yup, I cried when we were done and sat talking with Alexis who was amazing and so supportive.

Day Two Highlight: I cried.

Yesterday and today I have been in such pain from back to back workouts – I was clearly too ambitious. I’m also doubting if Crossfit was the right workout for me to get into since I haven’t been working out recently. I’ve paid for my month and will stick it out at least that long. The cost after that more than doubles which plays a huge role. I thought I was so ready to see my body change that I would do anything. But shit Crossfit is crazy intense, and my inner badass needed to sit down!! One thing is for sure – Crossfit yields results. In two workouts I burned over 1600 calories – that’s CRAZY! And based on how my body’s feeling and how on fire my abs are I know that if I were to continue there is no way my body would stay the same.

Week One of Crossfit done. Recovering this weekend so I can mentally prepare for Week Two. GULP!

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Join Planet Fitness & Support Breast Cancer Research!

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I love hearing about companies giving back. Paying it forward is the ONLY way to go!!

Planet Fitness, the innovative health club franchise known for its Judgment Free Zone and friendly prices, has a Mother’s Day promotion that gives back in very meaningful ways. From May 8 through May 15, people can join for just $10 down and then $10 a month, and Planet Fitness will donate 100% of the enrollment fee to Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), an independent not-for-profit organization committed to funding scientific research to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime.

$10 never meant so much. Not only can people purchase a truly healthy gift for Mom or themselves with a Planet Fitness membership, but they will help raise important money for breast cancer research as well. This is the fourth year Planet Fitness has run this promotion, honoring mothers and all women touched by breast cancer. Over the past three years, Planet Fitness has donated more than $1 million to BCRF towards this worthy cause.

In addition, to honor all moms throughout the country, Planet Fitness is hosting a special “Mom Nom” sweepstakes to find the Best Mom on the Planet. From May 8th - 15th, people can nominate a special mom by visiting www.PlanetFitness.com/MomNoms and one lucky person will be randomly selected to win a year membership for themselves and a mom of their choice.

About Planet Fitness

Founded in 1992 in Dover, N.H., Planet Fitness is now the fastest-growing health club franchise in the United States, and has revolutionized the industry with a combination of extremely low prices and a unique, friendly, and hassle-free environment called the Judgement Free Zone®.

Planet Fitness has approximately 650 locations nationwide and has grown to more than 4.5 million members. The company prides itself on giving people an unbeatable value – top-notch facilities at extremely low prices, and an atmosphere that focuses on the needs of occasional or first-time club members rather than hard-core fitness fanatics. All Planet Fitness gyms feature a wide selection of brand-name cardio and strength equipment, and provide unlimited fitness instruction with all memberships. For more information, visit www.PlanetFitness.com.



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Exhale Spa Boston: Core Fusion Cardio Class

This summer I made a promise to myself – to lose 5lbs by my birthday at the end of September. I was getting so frustrated and discouraged by nothing fitting and not really feeling like myself. I’ve been running, realizing I hate running, so jogging and walking, and lifting. What I’m realizing is I need a lot of variety to keep me interested!

I sure got to switch things up a bit Wednesday with an exclusive media and blogger core cardio fusion class with Exhale Spa in Boston. The class was on a gorgeous roof deck overlooking Boston. The views were absolutely breathtaking. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, it was perfect.

Exhale Spa has locations across the US and three locations around Boston. The location I was at, within the upscale 45Province is usually only open for residents including a multi-level fitness studio, state of the art gym, meditation lounge, and an in-ground pool 20someting stories up that’s open year round! All of which I got to tour, it was incredible! Exhale is elegance and relaxation all wrapped in one.

The roof deck was spectacular, there was a full house as we took off our shoes and got ready for a core cardio fusion class. The original core fusion class developed by Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito is the original core class providing a challenging workout for those that are ready to work. This class was designed to make you *sweat* and sweat we did with the sun beaming on us as we completed sets of plank runs and countless amounts of mountain climbers. Our heart rates got pumping with yoga postures and light weights for a maximized calorie burn. My favorite part is when we got into the punching and kicking!

While the class included far too many mountain climbers for my liking, and it was difficult to follow the instructor at times, it was a great to try something new and incorporate a different workout into my schedule. It was a great workout for cardio! Even though it was tough and moved fast I didn’t give up. I stopped when I needed, got some water, and gave it all I had, and my body is in pain today as a result. OH and they served us white wine when the class was over!! Sweet! I had to pass to get home to lil mama, but how awesome is that! They also gifted media and bloggers with some swag including face masks, socks, and a core fusion DVD!

And look at me; even as a sweaty mess after the class, I had a smile on my face! Don’t look too bad after an hour workout in the sun if you ask me!

 I’m looking forward to an outdoor sunset Pilates class next week in Boston by the water. I love summer!! Get it right, get it tight!!



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What I gain by losing

Weird title right? No worries, I’ll explain :) A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of having Erin Berry Scott on the blog talking about healthy living and exercising. As a busy working mom I find it extremely difficult to exercise, and the marketing geniuses make unhealthy food more convenient and affordable. I’ve had a rough year personally and I’ve seen my body change in a way I don’t like. I’ve told myself over and over I was going to change-up what I eat and ensure I include exercise in my day. I’ve let myself down, and I’m not happy about it.

But, I’m no quitter, never have been and I don’t intend to start now. Being an athlete in high school I know what my body is capable of, and I know my body is strong…there just a little extra fluff cushioning it! There is no better start than today to start living the life you want to live. So as of Friday I changed things up a bit. I’m going to start eating healthier, drink more water, and work out. This morning I ran 2.69 miles in hot 80 degree weather. Did I want to give up? Did I think I was going to have an asthma attack? Umm, yes!! But I know that it’ll take hard work and getting into a routine will take some getting used to, but I want to do this for myself and for my daughter.

 

I have to hold myself accountable, because if I don’t then who will? Below are the changes I’ve made since Friday and will continue incorporating in my schedule:

  • No bread or pasta
  • No starches at dinner
  • Run 30minutes 3x a week
  • Circuit Training 3x a week
  • Eat  breakfast
  • Drink more water

When I thought about these changes I thought of all that I was losing out on – and if I look at it like that then I’ll have a hard time getting through implanting all of these changes. Yes I’ll miss my pasta and pesto and pizza and garlic bread – but what I gain from losing is far more beneficial to my life. I gain increased self-esteem and more energy. My legs are burning from the shock I gave them by running today, but I’m so glad I did it. I contemplated the run for an hour this morning before actually getting up to do it. It speaks to the kind of person I am…I won’t let anything or anyone get in my way, and if I see something I want I’ll work as hard as I need to to achieve it.

How do you hold yourself accountable? What changes do you make to live a healthier lifestyle?



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LET’S GET REAL… HEALTHY! Realistic Steps to Living the Fit Life (Part 2)

Yesterday I posted Part 1 of “Let’s Get Real” a guest post from my friend Erin Berry Scott! She is on the blog sharing some tips on living a healthier lifestyle with advice that we can all use and implement! She’s already shared that we need to set priorities, educate ourselves and find what moves us, and to get help and engage others. Read below to check out her final tips!

HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR
This is a biggie! In fact, this is where I spend most of my time and energy when it comes to living the fit life! Deciding to begin and commit to a new workout when you are not in the habit of working out regularly is HUGE. For some, that kind of commitment level tends to bring people to a pretty serious place mentally and emotionally: “I have no other choice but to make this change…my life depends on it.” That is a LOT of pressure! The wellness journey is a life-long one. Having an attitude of lightness and positivity will make the journey all the more pleasant. Having a sense of humor about your fitness journey is helpful in two ways:

1) laughing is a stress-reliever!! The simple act of smiling almost always puts you in a good mood!! Stress is one of those, what I call, “silent saboteurs” to fitness and wellness goals. I know so many people work really hard in their workouts, stay hydrated, keeping an eye on their eating habits and portions and… nothing. They feel stuck. They are stuck. Upon further investigation, it is the stressors in their lives that are contributing to their slow crawl towards their goals.

2) Having a sense of humor and laughing at yourself along the way actually helps you stick with it!! Believe it or not, I have students in my fitness classes that come to just have fun (and I believe to hear my jokes!) and realize only after the fact, they got an incredible workout. Did they nail every punch and kick with precision and power? Probably not every one. But they stuck with it, continued to get better and better until their form and coordination had improved. Because they are able to just let go, not fret over the errors and just have fun with it, they automatically improve. For some people, their lives are SO FULL this is the only time in their day they have to experience joy! That blows my mind! They come to my classes consistently and that yields results. If someone were to get all hung up on thoughts like, “oh, I have two left feet. The moves are too fast. I’ll never nail it like you. I missed that punch. My jumping jacks are lame. Squats are haaaaaaaard,” they would see little success. If, however, they approach their workout with an attitude of “Haha! Did you see that 1-legged jack I just did?! I just invented a new move for ya, Erin!” or “Squats = jello legs!!” it puts a positive spin on, what can often be, a tough journey.

ONE STEP AT A TIME
Know that all of these steps are realistic and effective–when addressed one at a time or in a step-wise fashion. Did you ever try to hop with two feet up a flight of stairs? Pretty challenging…but when you place one foot on each step at a time, you were able to climb the flight of stairs with much more ease.
Changing too much at once is a recipe for disaster. Determine your priorities first and figure out when and for how long you are free to commit to fitness. Do some homework and find what kinds of fitness styles work for you. Once you’ve nailed down a program/system, get help sticking with it. Support is huge–people will be able to better help you stick with it once you know what it is you’re doing. Lastly, protect your positive attitude and outlook. Belief–or lack of–can surely guarantee success–or failure. The benefits of having a light-hearted attitude about it all go far beyond simply sticking with a program that will get you to your goals. A little bit each day is sure to realistically move you towards a healthier, happier life!

THANKS to Erin for her expertise and advice. I’m all about living a healthier lifestyle and these tips were just what I needed to fulfill my goals!!

About Erin: Erin Scott (BSc, cPT) lives in Boston, MA with her husband, Steve, and 9 year old dog, Angel, who are the center of her world. She is an AFAA-certified group fitness instructor, teaching high-energy classes such as Turbo Kick and PiYo Strength throughout the Boston-area. Erin is the founder of SillyFit and enjoys being an Independent Team Beachbody Coach–helping others become physically and financially fit. She also holds an ACE Personal Trainer certificate and is listed as a certified fitness professional with IDEA FitnessConnect. Erin has always had a passion for lifting others up and helping people see their fullest potential. She is always looking to learn more, improve and grow…and pass it on! When she’s not teaching, training or coaching, Erin is a neuroscientist–researching psychiatric disorders, spending time with her friends, family and loved-ones, serving her neighborhood and community, dancing, bowling, enjoying music and cheering on her favorite Boston sports teams–especially the Red Sox. You can connect with Erin by EmailFacebook, and Twitter.



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