Jen Goes Crossfit 

I started crossfit two weeks ago. The first week I went to two classes and last week I went to three classes. 

I have been hearing about CF for a few years now and I always thought it was something I’d never be interested in trying.  I really had no idea what CF was all about but I just knew it was too extreme for me. I thought there was no way CF was a safe workout. 

I didn’t think I’d be able to do all that is crossfit. And dang, all I saw was the dollar signs as CF is more money than your typical gym. 

There are other gyms in my area that offer great deals. I’ve joined one of those gyms in the past. They offered 6 months for $99 which included unlimited classes and almost 24-hour access. It even came with one visit with a trainer. The trainer was awful and the gym was not much better. At the personal training sesession I thought I was going to die. When I went to the gym, I hid out in the women’s area on an elliptical or treadmill.  

One time I signed up for this special with the intention of starting and completing the New Rules of Lifting for Women. I loved that lifting program but I had to do it all on my own. I wound up hurting my neck. 

I haven’t really worked out since I hurt my neck, more than two years ago. I’ve pretty much been in a funk with my health and wellness. I’ve been working two jobs and running a side hustle (buskins leggings and now, life’s abundance) and what time was left was for my family.  The more I worked the less I took care of myself. 

So here I am.

I joined a new gym. 

I found friends I haven’t seen in a long while. I have even made new friends.  

Let’s talk about the sweat. I never knew it possible to sweat as much as I have.

Crossfit is nothing like I was expecting.  I truly thought it was going to be incredibly hard and I would hurt like I did with the trainer at the other gym. 

It was NOTHING like that other gym. Stay tuned, next post will be more about CF. 

Quick update BTS edition 

  • Started my 10th year teaching
  • So far so good. 
  • I like my classes 
  • I’m looking forward to working out some new and big ideas for this scool year. 
  • I’m working on a side project that could, potentially,  take my career to another level. 
  • I wore a dress all four days of school.  I guess I’m going to have to get you some pictures this week to prove I wear dresses.  ;) 
  • I did not do 3 downdogs a day. I did a few here and there. I have noticed myself stretching more often when I stand and at other random times throughout my day. All in all, I’ll call this a win. 
  • I joined crossfit and went to two classes. 
  • I went to see my awesome chiropractor immediately after my first CF class.  I was so sweaty and gross
  • I sweated more than I thought humanly possible. 
  • I was so hungry the days following crossfit yet I managed to eat well.
  • Thanks in part to my new protein powder and greens blend. I am so happy I decided to sign on as a field rep for Life’s Abundance.  
  • I picked an extra shift at good ol’ Applebee’s and wound up bartending Friday night. Until 1:30am. I love it. My body hated me but they took out the mats from behim the bar. Picture standing, pacing around on hard tile over hard concrete. Ouch.
  • My most amazing husand massaged all my owies and rubbed biofreeze on my sore lower back muscles so I could finally get some sleep
  •  I skept until 11:15 on Saturday morning.  That NEVER happens. 
  • We went to the farm stands, grocery store and completed household chores.  Tho, not enough chores because there is just not enough time in a day when one sleeps so late. Lol. 
  • Today, another bar shift but day shift so I was home early. I was he just in time  for a lovely conversation where the teen was grounded. 
  • Now the only thing left to do is get ready for the week ahead. 
    Do you see the sweat ring on my cool star wars shirt?
    Not A Black Eye. This is what happens when you forget you wore mascara tp school and then go to crossfit. 
    Second Breakfast days after CF. (LA protein and greens.)

    Back to School & some goals

    How in the H-E-double hockey sticks is it September? 

    August just flew by in the blink of an eye. 

    I’m back to school today and I’m not entirely happy about it.  Not the school part, that part is totally awesome. It’s the summer ending part I’m not happy about. I worked so much in August that it flew by and I didn’t get to enjoy it as much as I had hoped. Thankfully,  my friend came down and spent five days with me. While they visited I did the tourist thing and had a lot of fun in my ‘hood. 
    I want to stomp my foot and whine. I want more summer. I’m not ready for all the responsibility being a teacher means. 

    Time to suck it up. Whether or  not I like it,  summer is unofficially over and school is back in session. Today and tomorrow I have in service and my students start on Tuesday.  Today, I will learn about my new contract. Wish us luck.

    On Wednesday,  my daughter starts her senior year. Let me say that again,  my baby, my Q is a senior in high school. 

    As you may know, I’ve been partipating in a fitness/healthy living challenge. I’m working the challenge in my own special way but I am still in it. I am pretty active with my challenge group. My goal for this challenge was simply to stick with it. I am famous for starting challenges but not finishing.  

    THIS challenge  will be different.  

    So it’s September and I have been thinking about goals. Coincidentally, I came across the above “hello September” graphic and it says exactly what I’ve been thinking.  

    In the last few days, I’ve been going through my closet and pulling out my teacher clothes. I have a bunch of dresses and I hung them all front and center. I want to wear more dresses this year. 

    So my September goals are simple.the graphic is says it all. 

    1. Enjoy the mornings.  I am SO not a morning person and this summer I’ve been doing so much restaurant work that I’ve completely switched to night mode.  I am planning on getting a few minutes early so I can enjoy my first coffee without the rush.
    2. Wear dresses.  Easy enough. I want to focus on actually paying attention to my appearance, especially at work. 
    3. Do something outside.  Self explanatory here. Ask me about this, please. I tend to get stuck inside.
    4. Make every meal special.  This one to me, means taking the time to plan and eat properly. To take time for myself here. With Q as busy as she is, I’m looking forward to Sunday night dinners. It may be our on it night to sit down together for a meal. 

    I like these four focuses.  

    But wait. 

    There’s more.  

    I’m in a group and we have all been struggling.  We were chatting yesterday and it was mentioned…hold that, I’m going to copy and paste:

    “Since today is the last day of the month… How’s about we start some goal setting?  Starting tomorrow?
    But let’s not go hog wild.  Pick ONE GOAL! 

    Possible Ideas: 

     – Post once a day in this group as a check in. 

     – Enter food in a calorie tracker once per day. 

     – 30 min walking per day. 

     – Drink 72 oz of water per day. 
    Studies show if you pick one goal and stick with it for a month, then it’s a habit and then the next month we can pick another and start “stacking them” (so to speak).  
    Whaddya think?

    One small goal for month”

    My ONE goal for September 

    Can you guess? 

    Here was my response:

    “I’ve thought about this all day. I know I *need* more water and to journal my food and and and. But with school starting I know those may not happen every day. I’m setting a goal of 3 downdogs per day.  Before and after school (on school days, obvi) and before bed.”

    What are your goals for September? 

    I will bug you about your goals….will you bug me?

    New, scary things and the old self doubt

    Two weeks ago I stepped into a crossfit gym. It was a 6am class. 

    Do you have any idea how freaking early that is?!? Especially considering I often work til midnight or later. 

    I got up be before my alarm after waking up almost every hour thinking I’d miss my alarm. Am I the only one who does this?

    I think I lucked out.  I haven’t worked out in forever and I haven’t worked out with any regularity in at least a year. This was a hard workout for sure, but not too scary. 

    I think I built crossfit up so much in my head that I expected it to be the hardest workout and that I’d be puking before I went home.

    But this workout was ok..I also took it slow and did what I could without pushing myself too hard or fast. The trainer watched everything I did, ame sure I was using correct form and made sure I didn’t do too much on my first day. 

    Crossfit was hard, I was sweaty and sore, but I liked it. 

    I went to Ambitious Fitness with my girlfriend,  Kerry.  Ketry has been going to this CF gym for around 6 months  (maybe more, I’m terrible with dates) and looks amazing. You can see the difference crossfit has made to her body. Changing her eating habits and crossfit has done wonders for Kerry. She’s always been beautiful but now I think she knows and believes it. She’s a strong mama and the confidence she has now it amazibg. And Kerry was pretty damn confident  (or a great actress) when I met here. 

    How cute are we?!?

    I’ve been thinking about CF since that morning.  I liked the way you walk in and the workout is there for you. I don’t have to figure it out. I really like that it’s a group but yet individual workout.  I really like that there is a trainer or two around to check form. (I hurt my neck lifting on my own a few years ago and stopped lifting and going to the gym at that time)

    I want to go back. But CF is expensive.  Like $50 more than a regular gym….each month. But I liked it. 

    Thoughts like that have been swirling in my head for weeks now. 

    I think I’ve come to a decision.  I like CF and I want to join the gym. 

    I work my ass off to ensure my family has everything we need. I work a second job. I sell Buskins.  And I just started selling Life’s Abundance. (Let’s be honest here, I joined the two companies because I LOVE their products and selling them just helps offset my own  costs.) 

    I am not afraid of hard work. 

    So why am I hesitant about joining CF?

    • Should I spend the money? 
    • Am I being selfish if I join?
    • Will I have the time?
    • I could just workout at home….why don’t I? 
    • I could, I should, but I dont…..
    • Or other such nonsensical bullshit that runs thru my head. 

    This week, I go back to school. I will start my 10th year teaching.  My daughter starts her senor year next week. I will be 39 in February.  

    I am tired of being tired. I don’t want to be tired and out of shape forever and I’m not going to do it myself.  


    I am willing to work one extra Applebee’s shift each month, to afford crossfit.  

    Why does this freak me out?

    I know I should do it. I know I want to do it. Why do I hesitate? 

    Around my hood

    Every now and again I remember just how much I love where I live. South jersey is expensive and I work hard to live here. My daughter is in a great school and has grown up in a fantastic neighborhood. I live 10 minutes from the beach and boardwalk. Less than 45 minutes away is an amazing free zoo. 

    Last week, our friends came to visit. Normally, we head to their place in the mountains for a break from the summer tourist craziness. 

    We did the shoobie(our word for tourists)thing with our friends. I will let the picture tell the story.

    Ocean City, NJ boardwalk (near 17th St)
    A string band for entertainment. No parade just the band.
    I love this picture or my friend taking pictures.
    A necessary sign. Seagulls are vicious!!

    I LOVE the Cape May Zoo. Close to home, free (donations welcome), and amazing.  We go there at least 4 times each year and yet I still take too many pictures.  Here are a few.

    This was my first visit to the Naval Air Station Aviation Museum and I was amazed. 

    Look at this wall of veterans! 

    The letters here made me cry. 

    I keep learning more about the history of my area. I am continually amazed. 
    The next few pictures are from Sunset Beach in Cape May. 

    Flag Ceremony at Sunset. 

    Beaches and bunkers, sunsets and flags, history and good friends. 

    I had a great week with my great friends.  

    I hope you eniyed seeing some of the sights on my area.

    LoI can be a dumbass

    Today, I went to the:

    •  Grocery store
    • Farm stand
    • Produce outlet 

    I loaded up on healthy goodies. Fresh and seasonal and delicious goodies. 

    While I was out a friend stopped by and visited with Big Man. Said friend is a baker. Said baker friend left an apple crumb cake behind. 

    Not gluten free. 

    Guess who ate some?

    Guess who ate some more?

    Guess who has an upset belly and is itchy all over?

    Guess who feels like a dumbass? 

    And then donuts. Donuts. WTF, dumbass?!?

    Good thing tomorrow is a new day!

    Week 2 begins

    This challenge is so much fun. I’m making it my own and being encouraged by team leader to do so. 

    A little background…..

    I am part of this amazing group of women striving to find our way with fitness and health. It’s a very private group, so it’s a very safe place to explore and talk about what’s really going on. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I’ve been a member of this group since it started but over the last few years I have not been a very active participant  (much like life….another post for sure, damn these revelations keep coming now that I’m opening up and journaling/blogging again) but a lurker instead. This group hosts seveal 90 day challenges each year. I’ve not participated in forever and when I did participate I never completed an entire round of 90 days.  

    The invite to participate this time, ,ame at just the right time. I signed up right away and picked my team.  Something in the description and the team name (Thick Thigh Squad) called to me. Plus,  a friend was on the team already. I jumped in with both feet. 

    Week 1 was my slow-rollout. 

    This week will be fun.  I have a new work schedule and have the next three days off. Until school starts I have two jobs (Applebee’s – 3 nights, 1 day -and one morning cleaning job) but they never work out to be a double. 

    Sidebar: I love the idea of snapchat but I am terrible at posting pics at the same time I take the pictures.  I like to be more in the moment,  but I lover taking pictures. Blogging again will give me a chance to post, reflect, journal. 

    This week, I will try and do something around my area. I love where I live this time of year so for the next week, I will remember that and capture images of what I love where I live. 

    This is gonna be fun. Who wants to join me?