Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

And to take the Chicago song to its lyrical conclusion: Does anybody really care?

Well, yes. Yes, I do care. Because I want to get myself to my CrossFit class.

Follow-up question:
If a hypothetical CrossFit girl wants to wake up at five minutes to six in the morning, what time should she set the alarm on her digital alarm clock?

a) 6:05 a.m.
b) 5:55 a.m.
c) 6:55 a.m.
d) 5:06 a.m.

If you answered b) 5:55… congratulations! You probably arrive at your destinations on time.

If you answered c) 6:55… you are our hypothetical CrossFit girl (ahem) and woke up naturally at 6:30 a.m., just as your class was starting.

But if you’re our hypothetical CrossFit girl, you are also relentless and decided to go to the 7:30 class because (a) you really wanted to do the workout on schedule for today and (b) you didn’t particularly care if you were a somewhat sweaty wreck for the corporate overlords today because it’s Friday and you wore grown-up clothes and makeup for an all-day client meeting yesterday.

CrossFit Austin WOD
3 sets
:30  of AMRAP strict chin-ups (3010)
:30 Rest
:30 AMRAP abmat sit-ups
2:00 rest


50 db thrusters, 20 lbs.
5 burpees every minute

So… how did I do on the workout I really didn’t want to miss? I give myself a resounding, “Meh.”

Right now,  I don’t have a strict chin-up to speak of, so Tristy had me do negatives: jump up, get my chin over the bar, slowly lower for a count of three, repeat. I managed about four in each :30 interval. Hate. Pout. Complain.

I ruled the sit-ups! 19-19-21

Thrusters, a.k.a., arch nemesis: The goal of the workout was to move-move-move, so I opted for 15# dumbbells. I should have used the 20s. During the first minute, I cranked out 28 thrusters – and the whole workout took me only 3:40. I should’ve gone heavier and added two minutes to my time. Live and learn. At least I got sweaty.

For cashout, I practiced 12 jumping ring dips: jump up, hold one second, lower for three. Painful and somewhat demoralizing.

Overall workout performance: B-
Making it to the gym despite alarm-setting dysfunction: A

Also, in case anyone cares, I’m firmly back on the No-Sugar Train, the daily express route that bypasses CrankyTown and Bloatsville. I’m not saying I’m doing a strict, no-cheat, 30-day la-la… but I am saying vegetables are my somewhat constant companions, and I’m turning a blind eye to poison in the form of office treats, after-work cocktails, and I’ll-just-have-a-few tortilla chips.

I just read this awesome post from CrossFit Watertown called “Please Fail.”

“Do me a favor: Go out and fail today. Really. Pick something that you’ve never done or that you’ve never done well and do it… do it for a minimum of 5 tries. Try and fail. Try and fail. Try and fail. Try and fail. Try and fail.”

I’m revising my above grades, based on the notion of failure as success:
Overall workout performance: B-
“Failing” at ring dips and chin-ups: A+
Making it to the gym despite alarm-setting dysfunction: A

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  • Joanna says:

    As "paleo" as I'm living, I cannot shake the sugar addiction. Many of my coworkers have candy dishes out (with the good stuff, M&Ms and Twix), and I will make a special trip to "just grab one" (a few times a day). Or I will walk to the vending machine to get some Oreos at 3pm during the afternoon slump. I always wind up feeling extra tired and crabby, but I just don't learn from my mistakes! I quit smoking, I should be able to do this. So hard. Grr. Cold turkey?

  • Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    The sugar cycle is VERY hard to break, and if you really, REALLY want to crush it, you might need to go totally hardcore, cold turkey on all sugar… which means fruit, too.

    If you want to tackle it, my advice is to pick a week when you won't have too much other stress and eliminate ALL sugar: fruit, real and artificial sweeteners, soda (sugar-free and regular), candy, baked treats, even Larabars. Banish them all and replace them with raw veggies and yummy fat sources: avocados, olives, almonds, macadamia nuts… break the sugar cycle.

    It will be yucky, I'm not going to lie. But if you do it for a week, the subsequent weeks will be easier, and then you can re-introduce fruit at the rate of 1-2 servings per day.

    The ONLY way to get over it is to suffer through it for a little bit.

  • Joanna says:

    Word. I will try. My CSA is full of fruit these days so I'll have to do some swapping. I'm good with everything else (I don't use sugar in my coffee anymore, I don't drink soda…ooo except for my gin and tonics, oops).

    I'll let ya know how I do! 🙂

  • Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    Keep me posted on how you're doing. I'm tackling it big time now — I don't usually have a problem with sweets (I'm a salt and fat girl), but lately, I've been having a bite here and a bite there and I don't like it.

  • themurr says:

    Your post reminded me of one of my more favorite quotes. Most people know "don't do something unless you're willing to do it well" I prefer "don't do something unless you're willing to do it badly." I just wish I remembered where I first heard it.

  • Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    the murr –> I LOVE that. I definitely get stuck in thinking I need to be good at stuff right away, and CrossFit (and life!) have definitely taught me the value is in TRYING. Hard to remember sometimes, though. Jeez.