Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Minor accomplishments

One of things I love about Crossfit is that you are constantly competing against yourself.  You can go into the gym every day and get by with minimal effort without anyone calling you out. OR you can go into the gym each day and push yourself harder than you ever have. The only person that will keep you accountable is yourself. The only way you will ever make progress and get stronger is if you are constantly pushing yourself to try harder and not giving up. I will admit that there is a lot of stuff in Crossfit that I can't do, but that is what keeps me coming back each week. I look back at where I was last year and my list of "I can't do that" was pretty long. But with consistent work, I am slowing cutting that list shorter and shorter.  Crossfit workouts can be as hard as you make them. You run slow, lift light and call it a day. Or push yourself to be a bit faster and stronger then you were last time. There is something about being around other people that do this day in and day out that motivates you to become a better version of yourself.  There are so many instances in life where I find myself saying, "I can't do that" and walk away, but in Crossfit I don't find myself doing that.  Never once have the words "I can't" come out of my mouth while in the crossfit box.  Rather, I suck it up, modify, and give it a try. If I fail, that is ok. I just try it again.  And while some things take longer than others, I always succeed.
Yesterday was one of those days that I succeeded at something that I have been working on for a LONG time.
I did my first double unders! What is a double under you ask? A double under is passing the jump rope under your feet twice in one jump. Sounds simple, but for me, it has been a struggle.  I have gotten really good at jump roping but the double unders always been a struggle for me. Until yesterday. I didn't do anything differently, but remembered everything my coaches have told me and went for it.  And when it finally happened for the first time, I was in shock because it was so easy! Now that I know what one feels like, I can do several of them. WooHoo! I still have a lot of practice to do to get better, but now I can do them! I am so glad that I continued to stick with these and work on getting it accomplished. It may be a minor accomplishment, but each minor accomplishment whether in Crossfit or in life adds up to a better, stronger, and happier me. On to the next challenge...overhead squats...ugh...

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