So, one of the more frustrating things that I have experienced through this process is stalls! Where one month, you are dropping 5+ pounds a week, and all of a sudden, it turns off like someone flipped a light switch.... It never fails that no matter how many times it happens, and how many times you bust through, when it happens... you feel like it is the end of the world, and you will never lose another pound. 

I am in the middle of one of those times now. It has been about 3 and a half weeks since i last saw the scale move. It is a bit frustrating, becasue for the most part, i feel like i am doing what i am supposed to. I am going to Crossfit (more to come on that) 3-4 times a week, and when i am not going, i am swimming or running. No matter the frustration, i know the truth is like many things in life, sometimes our stories get written a little different than how we would like...Luckily, we have people around us who are our cheer leaders, and push us to keep going... I don't know if any of this would have been possible with out Sarah constantly behind me, cheering me on...They have our goals in sight, what we get so frustrated with what is right in front of us we cant see that far. 

My goal is to be a healthier Ed than i was the day before. Thankfully, because of her and others, i can say that that is happening. 3-4 times a week, i drive 42 miles to Rocky Mount to go to workout at Crossfit. Close your eyes and imagine a nice sparkley gym with all of the top of the line workout equipment... Now imagine what the absolute opposite of that is, and there you have crossfit. Crossfit is spreading like wildfire across the US.  It is anti-specialization. I once read a quote in the crossfit journal that said "Specialization is for Insects" -Heimler

Rather, crossfit focuses on optimizing your grasp on the 10 fitness domains, which are  are Cardiovascular and Respiratory endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy.  In essence, crossfit aims to make you better at life, not give you bulging biceps or a heavy bench press.  

Here is an example of a typical WOD (workout of the day) today was a Christmas Theme

"12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS"

1 Christmas Power Snatch (95# / 65#)
2 Ring dips
3 Burpees 
4 Pull-ups
5 Toes-2-Bar
6 Push-ups
7 Air-Squats
8 Jumping Lunges (each jump = 1)
9 Box Jumps (20" for Men & Women)
10 10' Wall-Balls (20# / 14#)
11 KBS (53# / 36#)
12 Thrusters (95# / 65#)

This workout is done just like the song....Round 1 = 1 Christmas Power Snatch, Round 2 = 2 Ring Dips and 1 Power Snatch ....etc. Until all 12 rounds are complete.

It was one of the hardest workouts i have done while there...It took me 34 minutes to complete it... Did i do it all as written? No.... but any and everything can be scaled. I cant do real pull ups yet... so we adapt the things that cant be done with those that can... 

 

But here is the draw for me... here is a quote from Crossfit Rocky Mount's website (www.crossfitrockymount.com)

"How many other fitness facilities do all the members and trainers know each others names?  This support and camaraderie increases the overall excitement and ultimately, enhances the amazing successes and results that "CrossFitters" experience."

I have never experienced half a dozen people cheering me on through a tough WOD (workoiut of the Day), or giving me high fives when it is all done. It is a place full of people interested in you, and your sucesses, and that is what pushes me to go there, rather than any other "generic" gym.

In some ways, Crossfit is an ideal model of community that we need to surround ourselves with....People that are further along in life, those who are somewhat behind you, but more importantly those who are experiencing and persevering with you. Cheering you on when they finish before you, and pushing you from behind when they arent quite as fast as you (that usually doesnt happen to me at crossfit. I geneally am the slowest, but i try to encourage everyone ;) ...

Merry Christmas!! We leave tomorrow for a 10 day trip back home to Texas!

 Here are a few pictures of my crossfit journey to this point.