Tough Mudder is 1 Month Away (insert scream)

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My husband and I signed up for our local Tough Mudder back in May. Since then I have greatly increased the intensity of my workouts. Our intention is not to set any record. We want to go out there and have fun with our team. My intention is to most importantly finish and to not end up in the back of an EMS vehicle.  Since the beginning of May I have greatly increased the intensity of my workouts. About 6 weeks ago I really got more serious about it. I started to really watch what I eat and am working out 6 days a week ( my normal was 4-5 days a week).

The bulk of my workouts is Crossfit, TRX classes and running.  I try to also squeeze in a yoga class. I have been doing TRX for about 2 years now and I have always enjoyed it  (well, not during the class). It’s hard and humbling, but I feel like a million bucks when I am done. It also creates (well at least on me) lean muscles, I haven’t bulked up at all and I am a hell of a lot stronger.

My gym also offers Crossfit. At first I was a little hesitant to do it. I was intimidated, but I started doing the WOD’s (workout of the day) with my trainer. He coached me through it for a while. It took about a month or so until I felt comfortable to do them without him. Now I do the WOD everyday but Sunday. What I love about it is that they are no longer than 30 minutes (normally), you get a total body work out in a short amount of time. The exercise also varies day by day so you aren’t doing the same thing. It’s also very social. I have met so many cool people by doing crossfit. I guess misery loves company. In the six weeks that I have been doing it 5 days a week I have greatly increased my endurance and I am a lot stronger, especially in my core (which is my weakest spot).

These are the accomplishments I am most proud of…

-I have lost 4  pounds (which is huge for me). Now I can say I only need to lose 6 more (sounds so much better than saying 10). My Fitness Pal app is so awesome! It is so easy to follow your calories and your progress.

-I ran 2 miles ( regularly now for a few weeks)without stopping and I wasn’t dead at the end. I have also been wanting to run which is huge. I have also started running on the street which is so out of my comfort zone. Running and I have always had a hate/hate relationship. I have even signed up to do a 5k in November and a 4 miler in December.

-I have really kept at it. If I can’t make it to the gym in the morning, I’ll go in the afternoon and -gasp- even on a Saturday!

-Finally my hard work is starting to show. My arms and back are more defined and over all my body is tighter.

Now hoping I survive another month!

Have you set up any fitness goals for yourself recently?  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

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