Last night I went to my first real Crossfit class by myself. Despite it being my boyfriend’s gym and despite me knowing most of the people there already, I was still concerned I’d feel a little like the Brazil nut of the mix–unwelcome and out of place. (No one likes a Brazil nut, duh.) This, obviously, was not the case. Everyone I’ve worked with has been super accommodating in making an intimidating sport very approachable. Nick also bought me real Crossfit shoes (there are Crossfit shoes?) so I can attempt to fit in.
Even with the shoes I can’t really “do” any of the moves, per se. I’d say if you had to describe me in the mix of all the actual athletes, I’m like a wiggly noodle at the moment. But whatever. So far so good.
I’ll try to keep you updated on that experience without being waaa-aaaaay too annoying about letting the world know every single time I go to the gym. I am curious about committing to the sport for a month though since I’ve been vocally critical of it in the past without actually trying it myself. So let’s give it an honest go, shall we?
Now let’s talk about sugar…
Today marks 7 days sans sugar and I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty great. It pains me a little bit to say that since I have always rolled my eyes at people who claim eliminating sugar is such a life changer. I don’t eat that much so I didn’t think there would be so notable a change. Here’s what I’m seeing so far…
Surprisingly minimal. I had one day in particular where the 3 o’clock slump demanded sugar, but I just ignored it.
I usually eat a KIND bar every day around 3pm, but it’s made with some kind of sugary rice syrup so I just eat a Larabar now instead (which is made with dates). I’ve also been leaving protein powder out of any smoothies because it has stevia in it. I just add peanut butter to up the protein instead. On PBJ I just mash up a banana instead of using jelly. Where Nick and I would usually put away a bag of gummy bears or something at night, we’ve taken to eating an entire pineapple. Baby steps.
This is the real winner. I feel. so. much. better. I can’t really explain it, but I wake up better and I especially feel more energized after work. I used to drag ass home and then collapse on the couch until going to bed. The thought of going out for any reason (especially exercise) was just out of the question. I thought it had something to do with just sitting at a desk all day, but it turns out it may have something to do with eating Lemonheads all afternoon. This week, for example, I have worked later (after 6 is late for me), come home, dropped my bags and immediately headed out the door for different activities. Before this week I would haul ass out of there at 5pm because I wanted to curl up in a ball and die from exhaustion. So that is really worth noting.
I actually didn’t plan to even consider physical changes, and there aren’t any for me, but one girl commented this morning that she’s lost an inch off her waist so I figured I’d throw that out there for your consideration.
Ok so I have to confess I am chewing gum and I just don’t care. It definitely has artificial sweetener in it. There, I said it. Last night I also got so excited when I bought this local raw chocolate granola that appeared free of sweetener. After a handful and a closer inspection of the ingredients, I noticed agave way down at the end of the list. It is very possible I will still eat it because it cost me $12. There’s that.
How’s it going on your end??