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Maybe my mid-life crisis, maybe my one true love

We met almost 18 months ago and I’m still totally crazy in love. Scandal?!?! No, not really. I’m talking about Crossfit 🙂

I don’t really get why it suits me as I’m not a hyper competitive type-A personality but whatever the reason, it does suit me. A lot. It makes me smile at strangers on the street and want to high five all my colleagues when I return to the office from my lunch break sessions.

At first I thought it was just my midlife crisis. You know – wanting to do something thrilling and new to feel ALIVE. But then I remembered that maybe I’ve actually always liked exercise that’s a bit different and full-on – I remembered the time in my youth when I was into TaeBo! (anyone else been there? Billy Blanks ring a bell?) I did it at my local gym and it’s been the only exercise class in front of a mirror that I have been able to stand. In general I don’t do well in front of mirrors, especially when I’m hopping along with a bunch of other women. I am not graceful, I am not slim… I am not chubby either but I am big boned and just…. solid.

Luckily for me solid goes very well in Crossfit. When I’m there I don’t fret over my genetically large upper arms and I get compliments from other girls along the lines of “Wow, girl, you got QUADZ!”

I love fitting in somewhere, I love how many new things I have learned in the last year and a half (handstands, climbing a rope, double unders, etc.), and how much stronger I have become. I am amazed at what it feels like when I can finally do something that I initially said was absolutely impossible. The self-confidence that comes from that cannot be described in words.

So whatever it is, midlife crisis or just wanting to fit in with the cool kids like a teenager (growing up is over rated), Crossfit and me get along very well. I have a feeling we’re going to grow old together. Very happily.

I wonder if anyone still does Tae Bo these days?!? 🙂

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Here’s a video shot at my box a few weeks ago as part of the Great British Box Tour. My solid body makes an entrance towards the end as well 😉

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Bex
    March 30, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try this for a while but always thought it looked a bit scary and competitive- might give it a go now! Love the blog!

  • Reply
    kathleen @kat_walk01
    March 11, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    I’m glad you like it so much and you like the box you go to. I really enjoyed cross fit but I became a bit disillusioned and I think it was down to the place I was going to and what I felt was their underlying agenda to make everyone do competitions. I ended up feeling really intimidated every time I went so I stopped going. You sound so inspired by it though and maybe in the future I’ll go back to it. Different box though 🙂

    • Reply
      MrsB
      March 12, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      I have definitely lucked out with the box. There are people of all abilities there, young and old. I never want to compete and no one’s ever made me feel like I should. If you have another box or two to check out, I’d definitely give it another go.

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