Crossfit In A Skirt

Fitness. Modestly.

Summer and Such… — July 15, 2014

Summer and Such…

It’s been almost 3 months since my last post. I’m well aware, thank you very much.

But seriously – some of the best things have been happening! 

When Justin and I went on our trip to NYC, we were contemplating a career change for him. He switched from medical care to preventative health in January of 2013 and was recruited to join a supplement company as they go from multi-million dollar company to multi-multi-multi million dollar company! What a fantastic and valuable experience…!

We also joined The Next Level Crossfit Tampa (as you know). In October of 2013, Justin became certified as a Crossfit trainer and  started working any extra hours he could coaching night classes and on the weekends.

 

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He found that he love, l-o-v-e, loved it.Enough to do it all the time. Enough to want to learn how to run the box in hopes of opening his own at some point. We contemplated the pros and cons for months. It’s a pay cut. It has risk involved. But he loves it. It loves him. It’s flexible. He can learn the business without owning the business. We don’t have kids. Or a mortgage. Or debt. So why not take the leap?

So that was that. After praying, thinking, talking, debating, stressing, debating, talking, thinking, praying and deciding – July 1st was Justin’s official first day as a full-time trainer and Crossfit coach at TNL Tampa. It’s been a full 2 weeks since he’s taken the position.

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He works with fantastic, skilled co-coaches, has a great boss and I keep hearing such positive feedback from all of the members at the box about his people skills, his training style and his passion for the sport. But the best part is that once he settles in, he will begin working on piloting TNL’s personal training program. 

This is amazing to me for several reasons. First, Crossfit can be intimidating. I don’t care who you are. When you see the videos of big athletes throwing around heavy, large objects, dangling from bars and rings, all while sweating profusely with their muscles bursting at the seams…it just has a way of making people want to avoid it. That’s the effect it had on me, anyhow. I did an 8 week personal training session that set me up for success in the Crossfit environment – I worked on learning the movements, the mechanics, the lingo, the workouts, the equipment. It was all brand new to to this traditional machines and treadmills girl. Now I’m a huge advocate for getting involved in Crossfit in any way you can. Including starting small with a personal trainer.

That being said, personal training at a Crossfit box offers a non-intimidating introduction to Crossfit and all of its beauty!

Second, it will be available in many different forms! Clients can split between classes and personal sessions, small groups can be accommodated (group of 3 girlfriends, etc.), it can be an 8-week program or as extended as the client wants or needs, it can be as frequent or infrequent as needed and it can be scaled to athlete of all abilities.

Lastly, it can be customized! Crossfit workouts are varied daily – that’s the point. It’s not just about weight loss or only muscle building or only cardio. It’s about doing it all. But in all of that variety, some skills may not be practiced or consistently utilized.  With the option of starting off with or adding in personal training, the client has the advantage of charting the course and setting the goal – whatever that may be.

Focus on skills. Focus on form. Focus on weight loss. Focus on toning. Train for a competition. Train for an obstacle race.  Whatever it may be, a custom program is designed and applied for each client to obtain optimal results. 

This is exciting to me! I cannot wait to see what blossoms from his endeavor…!

If you happen to live in the Tampa/Clearwater/Westchase area, give TNL a call and set up a consultation to see if Justin can help you hit your goal. Tell him I sent you. Maybe he’ll give you a special deal!

With love for all things fit,

HJ

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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

A Pistol, Blue Spaghetti, 24 & Eat-Your-Heart-Out Day. — November 19, 2013

A Pistol, Blue Spaghetti, 24 & Eat-Your-Heart-Out Day.

Well. It’s been 3 months (insert guilty face).

I’ve been in school and literally all of the writing I do is for that! When I realized it’s been so long since my last blog I knew I had to be deliberate in sitting down and doing a little blog. So here it goes.

In August I almost overheated – obviously I am covered while I workout so that often means wearing a layer or two.

In September I was consistant – 4 to 5 days a week.

In October I went on vacation – did nothing for 14 days (I’m getting good at this guilty face thing).

In November I’m back to consistent! Most of all, I’ve reached a goal that I was determined to reach by January 1st! In the summer we wrote on a large board (that everyone can see!) what our Jan. 1st goal was. People had a variety of things!

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So I had 2 goals to accomplish before the new year – Pull up w/out a band and to be able to do pistols (one-legged squats) on both legs. I’ve gotten my pull up (singular) without the band so then I was on to my second challenge. I was almost to doing my right leg in July but no-way-no-how was able to do them on my left. The muscle, flexibility and stability were simply not there. Well – it’s there now!

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*Please note: This movement can be done while maintaining complete modesty! 

Top – Lululemon

Skirt – Target

Leggings – Lululemon*

Whoohoo! So I can do multiples on each leg and when they are in a workout, I’ll be ready to do them RX. No more boxes!

Ok – switching subjects really fast. Switching to eating. If anybody know me, they know I like to eat. Yummy things in particular. Dessert, bread, pastas, sauces, anything that falls into the ‘bad for you’ category is pretty much on my ‘favorites’ list. That being said, going gluten-free and attempting to eat as clean as possible for the last 11 months has been one of the toughest challenges for me regarding my health and fitness. When people make comments about how my husband and I eat all I can think is ‘it’s ok – they have no idea that it didn’t come easy. That it still doesn’t come easy.’ It’s just as as hard for me to say no to certain things as it is for the next guy – I don’t have some freaky super power that allows me to deny myself momentary pleasure via a peanut butter pie. I struggle. Still. It’s lessened ever so slightly in that past few months but I would not label it as easy. It takes a lot of commitment.

That being said – finding alternatives has been key for me. My husband is awesome at finding these things. For instance, he made spaghetti (one of my favorites!) the other night but instead of pasta he used black bean noodles – organic and gluten free! This dish is high in fiber, protein and iron. So seriously, you can’t go wrong. Once it was cooked, it was a dark blue color. So. Yep. Blue spaghetti. The taste and texture were pretty consistent with regular pasta – I have no complaints! I love my husband!

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Ok. Last subject change. I promise!

My birthday is next Friday (6 days before Thanksgiving) so I’ve been a little reflective on what I’ve accomplished in the last year of my life regarding my health and fitness. Deadlifting, push jerking, pull ups, pistols, hand stand push ups…Feeling good. Feeling proud. Then. I realize. It’s almost Thanksgiving.

But fear not! My hard work will not get tanked in one day!

I have a great way to spend my day. I’m spending it at work! Now before you drop your jaw….

I’m a nanny. My bosses are clean eaters, gluten-free, my husband will be cooking as well, some of my family will be here….it’s going to be awesome! Some of the food will still be heavier than I normally eat but it will all be in line with my dietary boundaries.

But not everyone has that option. So before I finish this blog entry I want to give you a few tips to help you stay on track on Turkey Day. Take ’em or leave ’em. They’re here if you want ’em 🙂

1. Portion control – Just because there’s a huge bowl of stuffing doesn’t mean you need a huge bowl of stuffing! I promise that if you portion moderately you will still be satisfied and full. Take some of everything…try it all if you must. Don’t deprive yourself. But try it with appropriate boundaries.

2. Eat before you eat – If TG is at someone else’s house, have a snack or small meal before you go over. You will be less likely to gorge or overeat if your body doesn’t have the ‘starving’ signal going off! If it’s at your place – do the same thing. Have a snack or a small meal of something you enjoy so the signals in your brain keep the lust of your eyes and stomach at bay.

3. Quality over quantity – if you’re not a ‘have to try it all’ person, that will work in your benefit! Great aunt Marge might be losing her touch with the apple pie so if it’s not that great…avoid it! Instead, have something of high quality of which you can enjoy every bite! Think before you dish out….do I really like that?

That’s it. I’m sure there’s more tips out there but that’s all I’m putting in today.

If you have questions or comments….I’d love to hear ’em 🙂

xoxo

HJ