It is a bit of an oddity, that I am writing a fitness post. I am most certainly not a gym bunny, nor do I regularly take part in any form of exercise. In fact the height of my exercise for almost 2 years, has been the odd stroll around the Phoenix park to try and help shift a few pounds. Exercise is honestly just not my thing. Makeup and lounging on the couch with the laptop are my thing. I most certainly never thought that I would find myself back in a gym, never mind a Crossfit gym.
To me Crossfit is a massively scary gym, full of muscly men and women who lift weights, do serious cardio work and fist bump each others success. To me Crossfit is a place where everyone talks about the Paleo diet, drinks protein shakes, eats homemade nut bars, and looks down on people like me for loving the odd glass of wine, packet of crisps and bar of chocolate. It most certainly was not a place where this beauty loving, chocolate eating, weak and unfit hobbit could ever see herself fitting in.
Over the last few years, due to ill health and a dodgy thyroid, I put on a little over 3 stone. My fitness level had seriously diminished, and if I am honest, I just couldn’t be bothered getting up off the couch and exercising. I was in a rut and even though I have now lost nearly 2 stone through slimming world, I was completely and utterly allergic to the thought of exercise. Yet, there is only so much that diet alone can do, and with the wedding coming up in July I needed to get my backside in gear and shift the rest of my weight as well as tone up, so that I can look my absolute best in my dress.
A few weeks ago, Dara from Crossfit 15 contacted me and asked if I would be interested in joining his Crossfit gym and blogging about my journey.Dara had mooched through the blog and really liked the ethos of The Beautiful Truth being an honest blog. He thought I might be able to debunk some of the myths about Crossfit and give an honest account of a Crossfit journey. Dara must have caught me at a weak moment, as I agreed to meet with him and discuss the possibility of joining.
When I met with Dara, I relayed my fears of taking part in Crossfit .The last thing I wanted, was to collapse in a heap on the floor of the gym due to starvation and over excursion, while some hot rugby player looked on and laughed at the weady unfit mess that I was. I had heard so many horror stories about Crossgit and I really didn’t know if it was for me. Dara promised me that Crossfit was nothing like I thought it would be . I would never be out of my depth, I would always be at a level that was comfortable for me, rather than the level of the big rugby player beside me. My diet, while it would have to change a small bit, I could stick with Slimming World as it was working for me. He also promised that while each workout would burn, I would be able to do everything and would gradually work my way up through the levels. Not only that, I would have 4-5 one on one sessions with himself, to learn all the techniques, and skills that I would need before I could join the main class.Everyone that joins Crossfit, must take part in 4/5 introduction classes with a coach, so that they learn the proper techniques and skills so as not to injure themselves.
Since agreeing to join Crossfit, I am have completed 2 of the introduction classes. I was absolutely terrified my first night up and the gym. On more than one occasion , I contemplated backing out, but I had to stop making excuses and take responsibility for my own jelly belly. I can honestly say, it was nowhere near as scary as I thought it was going to be. Everything was taken at my pace and my own level. Dara assessed me as I was doing each skill or exercise, and has found out what areas I need to work on, to strengthen up my body. While I was a little stiff, I wasn’t really sore and I actually have enjoyed the work so far. I can’t believe I am going to say this, but I am excited to get really stuck in. I am still a little sceptical as to whether or not I will be a Crossfit addict like so many that do it. I just don’t know if I am that type of person.
While my ultimate goal is to fit into my wedding dress, that is a little too far down the line and I have decided to make a short term goal. There is a purple dress sitting in my wardrobe for the past four years, that I haven’t been able to get over my hips, never mind fit into. To me this dress symbolises me at my healthiest and skinniest. I would love nothing more than to fit into that by Christmas. That gives me nearly 9 weeks of hard work and a good diet to get into the skinny dress. Very doable.
Over the next few months I will be blogging and vloging my Crossfit journey. Like with everything on The Beautiful Truth, I will be giving you an honest account of how it is working out for me, as well as getting Dara to share some of his tips and tricks to training. losing weight and more importantly getting a strong body and mind. I won’t be talking about weight loss in pounds, because to be honest it is not all about the scales for me, but rather looking and feeling good, as well as getting strong.
To find out more about Crossfit 15 you can check out their Facebook page here and their blog here.