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July 21, 2013

New Days, New Goals, New Challenges

New Days New Goals New Challenges

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
~ Goethe

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I sort of stopped paying attention to this blog some time ago. Life gets busy and writing seems more like a thing that get in the way than…well, than much of anything.

Plus sometimes I think to myself, this thing has served its purpose. I ran for a year, I wrote for a year.

End. Of. Story.

But perhaps not. I think that part of what happened here – and those who followed along bore witness to this, is that I started to really enjoy running – it became part of my life. I still like it now and I still run and it’s now just kind of part of who I am. In the eyes of some, that might be a successful experiment. It has been for me. The minimal learning here was that at least in my life – busy, chaotic, full, but with a priority to stay healthy and fit – the age-old advice that you should chose an activity you like for your regular exercise because you will be more likely to do it – proved to be untrue. What I found – and this might help others too – was that what I really needed was an activity that I could actually accomplish regularly despite my life. Running fit. So I ran with committed effort. I ran and it changed me. At least it made me a runner.

I think it also made me a better person.

I will never be a great runner. I’m not going to be fast, I’m not going for super distance. As a 5 foot tall woman with asthma, I really wasn’t build for this sport. But it gives me results, it gives me a stronger, healthier body – and frankly, it gives me a healthier mind. And once I learned all that, it could have been the end of the story. And perhaps for running it is.

Then there was CrossFit.

I am probably about to make a terrible mistake in writing what comes next.

I am not going to define CrossFit for you – that’s what Google is for – but let’s just say it’s a crazy hard workout that manages to combine things like gymnastics and Olympic weightlifting and often bears slogans like Eat The Weak. Hmmm. You see I woke up 6 months ago or so and realized that running was serving me well but was also sort of neglecting major parts of my body. Moving into my my mid-40s I could see the future for things like my arms and kept thinking in a nagging kind of way…it’s time to do something more.

Yoga always calls to me. But again, I found that the studios near me were either limited in times of the kinds of yoga I like and I still have a schedule that makes most people’s heads spin. But every day on my way home I was driving by an increasing number of CrossFit “boxes” (the CrossFit version of a gym). So I started to inquire. The minute I did I found opinions.

It’s hard. It’s fun. It’s dangerous. It’s a cult.

I also found that I had a few friends who were doing this workout regularly, were absolutely crazy about it, and – frankly – looked great.

So three months ago I signed up.

Here’s what I am going to say right now. CrossFit is the first thing I have done in a very very long time where I am so much of a novice that I often find myself simply feeling like a child. Or feeling stupid. It’s like learning an entirely new language with my body. A really really hard language.

It is also crazy addictive for a goal-oriented, achievement minded, competitive person like me. So after 3 months of sweat and bruises and impossibly sore muscles I am more hooked than ever. And I already wish I had “before” pictures.

But since I just signed up for a year of this at CrossFit Balboa I guess I could also spend some time writing about it. I figure I might learn something. Maybe we all can.

Happy Sunday to you.

Jacqueline

 

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  1. Jeff Haaga
    July 22, 2013 at 4:26 am #

    Awesome! Keep it up your inspire us all!

    • Jacqueline Jacques
      July 22, 2013 at 4:35 am #

      Hey – Jeff!
      How the heck are you and when are you running for president?

      Miss you.

      Jacqueline

  2. Dawn
    July 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    Glad to see you’re back! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Jacqueline Jacques
      July 23, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

      Me too…and thank you!