I had a great workout at CrossFit last night! I did the WOD as prescribed and finished in 9:17. Woot!
“Annie’s Got a Gun”
*Each round of Pistols is the total # of pistols, NOT each leg.
The last time I did Pistols (one-legged squats), I needed to hold onto a bar to stabilize myself, and I really struggled with them. Last night, I did them without the bar! I used a 5-pound plate under my foot to help add stability to the bottom of my Pistol and busted them out. Ok, I didn’t “bust them out” at all (I was actually kind of slow on some of them), but I still did them with out the assistance of the bar. Yay!
The other day, my CrossFit box had this quote written on the “Quote of the Day” board:
It definitely got me thinking, especially since I’ve been accused me of being “obsessed” with CrossFit. (If you think I’m obsessed, you should talk to my husband! Ha!)
Let’s see what Dictionary.com says about these words:
Obsession: the domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc.
Dedicated: to devote wholly and earnestly, as to some person or purpose.
I definitely think there’s a difference between being dedicated to something you’re doing and being obsessed with it. I think the key difference is dedicated means you can choose to invest yourself in whatever you are doing. Obsession is when that thing dominates your life in a negative way.
When I blogged about how much exercise is too much in response to a comment by Jillian Michaels a few weeks ago, I received all kinds of comments and the discussion even got pretty heated at times. It was interesting to read everyone’s opinions.
One of the comparisons that came up during that discussion was between exercise as a hobby/pastime and other hobbies, like scrapbooking and photography. Both types are fun and enjoyable, but a number of commenters made the point that most people don’t wake up at the crack of dawn or rearrange their schedule to scrapbook. True, with most hobbies, you find time to do them and you don’t plan your life around them, which sometimes happens with exercise. The difference is that exercise is often a lifestyle choice.
Exercise affects your whole body. It’s necessary for your health, and there are tons of physical and emotional benefits to it, which is why I enjoy it so much. When I’m out on a run or at CrossFit, I almost always enjoy myself, and when I finish a run or a class, I feel happy (yay, endorphins!) and proud of myself. Exercise is just plain fun for me (I’ve referred to it as “playtime” in the past)””and often times I do it with my friends, so there’s the social aspect as well. I’d exercise everyday if my body didn’t need recovery days.
With that said, exercise can obviously cause harm to your body if you do too much of it. Just like with other hobbies, it can turn into an unhealthy obsession if it gets in the way of other aspects of your life. Personally, exercise doesn’t get in the way of other parts of my life because it’s so ingrained who I am. For me, it’s a lifestyle. It’s also an important part of my job. Getting my body moving in some way is what I look forward to each day. It doesn’t mean I’m obsessed with it, but I can definitely say I’m dedicated to it.
Thanks to our trusty crockpot, dinner was a good one!
No joke, it took me about 10 minutes to cut up the veggies and add everything to the crockpot, and then I just set it and forgot about it until after CrossFit. When we got home, Mal cooked the brown rice while I cut up the mango. It came together so well.
If you make this meal, Mal insists that you layer the different foods on your plate as follows: rice, veggies, meat, mango. He’s convinced this is the best way to eat this meal.
For “dessert,” I enjoyed a few handful of granola.
Question of the Day
What are your thoughts on dedication? Do you agree or disagree with the above quote?