Crossfit In A Skirt

Fitness. Modestly.

Twenty-Fourteen — December 29, 2013

Twenty-Fourteen

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We all do it. We reflect on the old as the new rapidly approaches.

Hopefully you will use the start of a new year as a launching point for your goals, dreams and aspirations.

Perhaps they are the leftovers from 2013. The things you didn’t accomplish or didn’t get to cross off your list.

Or maybe they are brand new goals! New interests and determinations that have found their way into your life.

Either way, I want to encourage you to sit down and really think long and hard about 2014.

With no excuses, no ‘what if it doesn’t…I can’t…’ scenarios, no negativity – without all those things, put in writing the things you would love to be able to say you did at this point next year.

Last year, my husband and I determined we wanted to be gluten-free.

I personally determined to go to workout 3-5 times a week.

If I can give up pasta and bread, do weighted pistols and wake up at 5:15 a.m…next year, I know I can do whatever I put my mind to. 2013 proved to me that my mind and my body are capable of amazing things!

There are so many ways you can improve your own health and fitness – perhaps it’s jump starting your year with a few personal training sessions. Maybe it’s finding a running group or joining a yoga class with a friend. Perhaps it’s determining to no longer keep soda in the house. It might be cutting back on eating out or making better choices when you do eat out.

Whatever it may be, tailor it to fit your needs!

So go! Now 🙂 Write down 3 health/fitness related goals. Then come back.

Ok. Now that you know your goal – it’s time to make a plan. Without a plan, you’re planning to fail.

(Only 8% of people who set ‘resolutions’ actually obtain success. It’s due to lack of planning! Snapping your powder-sugar covered fingers will not put you on the road to Healthyville!)

How are you going to accomplish your goals? Knowing how is just as important as knowing what.

Start with the end in mind and then baby step backwards to the point you are at now.

Your life is different than mine so our plans will not be the same. I don’t have kids. Maybe you have to factor in your children’s school schedule or the childcare that will be required. Maybe you have to be at work at 7:00 so a 6:00 class that I can swing is unreasonable for you….

Whatever you decide, find your balance! Don’t bite off more than you can chew – but don’t sell yourself short, either!

Of course, I’m talking specifically about your health and fitness – but don’t stop there!

Balance yourself within your marriage, your church, your job, your family, your money….the same approach will work. Create a plan. List your baby steps.

In all of these areas, make sure you push yourself – it might be uncomfortable but that’s the point.

Comfort leaves you in the place you are now.

I look forward to hearing about your goals, plans and accomplishments in 2014!

Best of luck in the new year, friends!

HJ

Fanny Falling — December 17, 2013

Fanny Falling

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So I follow some blogs, watch videos, keep up with how other people train and eat.

I’ve noticed a pattern of people only posting personal records, better times, bigger biceps, and heavier weights. 

I’m guilty. After all, who wants to announce the fact that they’ve just had their slowest time, that they fell on their box jumps or can’t get a double under to save their life? And failed attempts videos are no-no uploads. There is a serious risk that such a post might end up on Youtube with over a million hits.

Don’t believe me? Just search ‘gym fail’.

Anyhow – I had fall on my fanny day. In the most literal sense. During our SWOD (power cleaning) and again during the WOD (wall balls). I may have a bruise. 

And it got me thinking about how people handle failure. Particularly pertaining to fitness.

When they binge, can’t hit a new PR, don’t workout for weeks on end or actually fall on their face in front of everyone in class…it’s definitely not posted on Instagram. Can you imagine? “OMG look how much Papa Johns I ate…my stomach is hanging over my waistline!” Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad the people I’m connected to don’t post that. 

But why the insatiable need to broadcast only our good days? To make our intermittent successes seem like a perpetual series of events? Why do we hide the bumps in our journey? Why are we so hesitant to confess that it took hundreds of attempts to finally get that pistol?

I guess I’m looking for my own balance. I do not (NOT) perform the way I want to on a daily basis. I don’t want to broadcast my failures as a sympathy seeking device – but nor do I want to be misleading by only putting my best face forward. I want to be able to handle my fails and my wins with class, dignity and a smile. 

Be real, folks. That would be my point of all this.

Playing the part of perfection is not expected – nor is it realistic. 

Keep Pushin’ Up 🙂

HJ

A Week’s Worth of Wardrobe — December 1, 2013

A Week’s Worth of Wardrobe

Well – Thanksgiving has come and gone! One holiday down…how did you fare?

I fared well – quite well! I was spoiled rotten with gourmet foods cooked by other people! For example…

Bacon wrapped, goat cheese stuffed dates

Sweet potato casserole topped with candied pecans

Braised, brined, perfected organic turkey

Mixed berry cobbler with cashew sauce

Apple pie with vanilla ice cream

And quite honestly, the list goes on!

But I did make it to the gym Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday so I had no guilt when it came to enjoying every bite. Every last bite.

But this isn’t a food post! (Believe it or not.) It’s a clothing post!

Since starting Crossfit I’ve realized that the standard uniform for women is tiny shorts and a sports bra. But since I’ve joined,  I’ve had comments about my modesty in the gym. My husband has even had people comment to him about my appearance. You know what they say? Positive things! They say how well I stay covered while looking cute. How comment on how they appreciate the choice I’ve made. I’ve been asked so many times if I’m a dancer (I think that’s a combo of the top knot and the clothes) and I take that as a compliment. Not one person has had a negative thing to say. Not one.

So on average I workout 3-4 days a week. Sometimes more – I try not to do less.

But that means  I need 3-5 modest outfits to accommodate that schedule! This can be a challenge. Not impossible…but a challenge, nonetheless. Why is it a challenge?

I am picky. Very picky.

My leggings can’t be too tight at the waist (I don’t want a muffin top). My skirts have to sit at a certain spot on my hips (no riding up). My shirts have to come to hips and be a certain level of snug at the bottom seam (I have short legs – proportion is important!).

I want to be cute – I want to be able to move – I want to feel feminine – I want, I want, I want!

I try on everything before I buy it. Only once in my life have I bought athletic attire online. It was successful for the most part but I rarely take those kinds of risk.

That being said…Here are some examples of what I wear. Whether it’s your style or not, at least these are some ideas of where to begin!

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Ok, so this was a workout that didn’t have anything overhead. That’s important to know because I’m wearing a loose fitting top. Almost every day in Crossfit, you are upside down or have your hands over your head. If during those movements you have something loose fitting, you will without a doubt be revealing all of your abdomen. Ew. Not cute. To avoid a mishap, I check the posted WOD for my Crossfit box before I get dressed in the morning to see what clothing is appropriate.

Shirt – Champion (sold at Target)

Skirt – Danskin wide-leg capris converted by a friend (sold at Walmart)

Leggings – 90 Degree by Reflex (Marshall’s)

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My blog last week touched on this outfit but it’s one I use often! Because I love-love-love it! The skirt is a-line (great for squats, pistols, burpees), the shirt is snug (no flopping over my head if I’m upside down) and it has pretty lace for a feminine flare. The leggings are highly durable so they can resist bars scraping up your legs (for cleans, dead lifts, snatches, etc.) without showing signs of wear.

Shirt – Lululemon (in store or lululemon.com)

Skirt – Merona (sold at Target)

Leggings – Lululemon (in store or lululemon.com)

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This shirt was a great find! It’s the material that wicks away sweat. It’s stretchy but again, snug enough to keep me covered when I’m knocking out some pull-ups. Don’t forget the a-line on the bottom! I have a preference for neutral bottoms and fun tops…

Shirt – Calvin Klein Athletics (Marshall’s)

Skirt – Mossimo (sold at Target)

Leggings – New Balance (Marshall’s)

Ok, just two more and that will give you a full weeks worth of looks!

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This top is like 100% cotton or something but I love it – snug around the bottom to keep it in place but breathable. The skirt is a repeat from above – a-line so stretching is made easy!

Shirt – Avia (Marshall’s)

Skirt – Mossimo (sold at Target)

Leggings – I’m not even sure what the brand is but I know where I bought ’em! (Marshall’s)

Last one and you can get back to your dishes, homework, Facebook-status-checking and all other necessities of life!

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This is a cold-weather top. It’s half zip and has the soft material on the inside. It was 39 degrees when I went to work out the morning that I wore this so it was quite suitable! It’s more of a running top than a lifting top (I found out as the zipper dug into my skin when I was front squatting after the WOD) but I would use it again for another WOD. As you can see…I wear mine a little more snug than the product picture that Nike uses on their model.

Shirt – Nike (Marshall’s)

Skirt – Merona (sold at Target)

Leggings – Derek Heart (Marshall’s)

Did you guys notice a pattern? I buy ALOT of my stuff at Marshall’s! They always have an activewear clearance area. And even if I pay full price at Marshall’s, it’s still a good deal! If you’re not a money-saving-lover like me, then feel free to become a frequent shopper at Lululemon. It’s the sweatiest hour of my day so I’m only going to get expensive stuff if someone else is buying it for me (hint – I put workout stuff on my birthday and Christmas lists).

Other places to search around would be Athleta, TitleNine, Target, Gap, and Old Navy stores or online. I piece together my items one at at time. And I never buy anything unless I love it. If I don’t love it, I know I won’t wear it.

Love what you wear. Love what you workout in. It makes it that much easier to get yourself motivated!

So, stay modest ladies.

My own personal guideline is this –  If I wouldn’t wear it to walk into my church doors…don’t wear it to walk into the gym doors.

Find your own personal guidelines while remembering that you are an example every moment of your life.

That’a all for today, folks! I may do another one of these down the road if you liked it enough?

HJ