Starting a new path in life is really, really hard.
This is the story of someone looking to start getting healthier and live longer, as they told it to me. “Jim” is a pseudonym, and he doesn’t like the internet, or writing, or even talking about himself. But this is his story, through his eyes. Missed the first one? Start here.
What kinda gym IS this, anyway?!
Last night our “gym family” got together for carne asada, grilled veggies, and beer. Yes, beer.
There’s a CrossFit competition starting at the end of February. I’m nowhere near ready to do CrossFit competitions, and probably never will be. Nor will I want to. But we got invited to this gym party, so we went. The Coaches of the gym split up into two teams and picked randomly everyone who wanted to participate.
I recognized a couple of people who were put on my team – they go to noon group. Now they’re planning to dress up for the themed events. So I went on the CrossFit Games site and registered my wife and I to do this competition. Seriously, it feels crazy just saying that. But we’re doing all the workouts already, and I guess these are just harder ones. The coach on Thursday said we’ll just modify them the same way we modify every workout, and it’s only 20 bucks, and there are some pretty fun themes “dress like a Coach” is my favorite one. If you’d asked me last month, I would have said, “I don’t need more friends”–that’s not why I joined a gym–but you can’t help liking these people. One lady named Flo hugs me every time she sees me. I had to miss happy hour to go to workout, but it was better anyway.
My wife’s schedule always gets crazy at work before tax season, so she had to stop coming to noon group. She’s going to try going to the 6am class, but honestly I don’t think that’s going to work. If it doesn’t, I’m not sure what she’s going to do. She has to have her CrossFit. I’m still fine to make noon groups about 3 times a week.
If you looked in our window on Thursday nights, you’d probably get a good laugh. There we are, Mr. and Mrs. Fitness, watching our CrossFit videos on a laptop and stretching. My coach told me to stretch again on Saturday while I was watching people exercise, good grief! So there I was: rolling around on a lacrosse ball to loosen up my hips.
I’m struggling a bit to eat all the vegetables I’m supposed to be eating. And meeting the boys for a donut on Saturday is starting to give me a bit of stress. I’ll ask a Coach about it next time; I’m working pretty hard and I don’t want to keep going backward. The other hard part is drinking a glass of water every time I have a coffee; that’s a LOT of water. But no one’s selling me supplements or anything (I was totally on the lookout for that) so our food bill hasn’t gone up at all. I think I’ll ask my wife to figure out how much we’re actually paying and post that on the next blog.