Saturday, January 28, 2012

Anna vs. the alarm clock and CrossFit

Yesterday marked the end of my second week of CrossFit. Last week was a bit...bumpy, we'll say.

Monday was easy; I practically jumped out of bed at 5 AM. It was the first day, and I was excited. The workout was great. I was sore after, of course, but I felt great about myself. I accomplished a TON (more than I usually do in a whole day) before 9 that morning. I unloaded the dishwasher, started a load of laundry, and made dinner for Monday night all while entertaining William and feeding the twins.

Be very impressed.

BUT, Tuesday did not go so well. It actually did not go at all.

The short story is I overslept.

The long story is long and explains that it wasn't exactly my fault. ;) I have a terrible history with alarm clocks. We have a mutual hatred for one another. It never rings loud enough to wake me. And if it does, it makes me so mad that I must turn it off. This time I woke up and hit snooze - one of my favorite things to do in the morning.

(*It is important to note here that I have not used an alarm clock in the morning for 2 years. And I have NEVER used one at 5 in the morning.)

This was my first time using the alarm clock on my iPhone, and I didn't realize that there is a 9 minute snooze. Yikes! So, I thought I would get to close my eyes for 5 more minutes, but I got 9. Then I hit snooze again. Double yikes. I thought it would be 5:10 when I got up, but it was 5:19.

Too late. It was too late to go. I was mad. But there was nothing I could do.

There is no morning class on Wednesday, so Thursday was my next shot.

The exact same thing happened. I was livid that morning and in a bad mood all day long.

Thursday night, Cole and I devised a plan. He would set his alarm then kick me out of bed.

It worked, and we've been doing that ever since. (Yes, he does get extra brownie points for technically waking up at 5 AM so that I can work out.)

I really, really like CrossFit so far. It's a little difficult to explain to people what the workouts are like because they are different every day. Suffice it to say, they are difficult but doable. I've done lots of squats, situps, pushups (I try, anyway), and weightlifting. And I've done lots of other random things (rope climbs, rowing, etc.). One day I'll do a post about some actual workouts we've done so you can get an idea of what I do so early in the morning.

I think I would prefer not to go at 5 in the morning, but that's really the only time that works for my life right now. It makes me feel so much better about myself AND I get to talk to adults. About something other than babies. It's pure 5 AM.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

Oh, hello 2012

Somehow, I think I'm still stuck in 2010. (When I originally wrote the title for this post, I wrote 2010.)

Yet, here we are, 13 days into 2012.

Today Ellen and Cole are 18 months old. That is completely unbelievable to me. They are seriously growing up so fast. (Some days seems to draaaaaaaaag on and on, but that's another post.)

Looking forward to 2012, I've been thinking about my goals for this next year. Yes, I suppose "goals" are the same thing as resolutions, but my word sounds better. :) One of my goals this year is to focus on my fitness. Not weight loss necessarily, but fitness. I want to feel good about myself. I want to be in shape.

Last December I was just starting to get serious about getting in shape again after having the twins. And then I found out I was pregnant with William, so I quit working out and watching what I ate and started focusing on surviving. I told myself that when William was 6 months old, I would revisit getting in shape.

William turned 6 months on December 24. I'd been thinking for a long time about what kind of exercise routine would work best for me. I would love to be able to work out in the afternoons, but it's so hard (and expensive!) to get a babysitter every afternoon. Early mornings were going to be best, sadly. I am NOT a morning person. I tried to get up and do a DVD by myself a few times, but every single time something stopped me from getting a full workout in. After that, I knew I would need to leave the house.

I decided that CrossFit might be my best option. The location closest to me offers a morning class (5:30 AM! Yikes!). They have a trainer there telling you what to do, helping with all the moves, and offering encouragement. PLUS, there are other people there...other adults. I desperately need some interaction on a regular basis with adults.

I have now completed the first of two beginner classes, and I think I'll be able to start regular classes Monday morning. I can't wait!

I'll post more about our workouts and how getting up in the mornings goes later. And I promise to do a Christmas recap. I have some FUNNY pictures of the twins (especially Ellen) to share.