Alright, I’m Uncomfortable!

When I started CrossFit, I had all these motivational thoughts swirling around in my head.  I knew I was starting something totally new to me with weight lifting and I promised I would let myself “be a beginner”.  I promised to be uncomfortable.  I pinned all sorts of inspirational quotes and messages:

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Well ya know what?  I’m uncomfortable.  Last week I went to two workouts that were especially uncomfortable for me, because they included olympic lifting movements.  For the first few months of CrossFit, especially during marathon training, I focused a lot on bodyweight work and MetCon (metabolic conditioning) workouts.  I shied away from olympic lifting classes or WODs that had these movements and told myself that I could learn those later.  Well now it’s “later”, and I’m totally out of my comfort zone.  

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Screenshot from a video of my frustrating snatch work

 Despite being a CrossFit groupie, following lots of CrossFit athletes and meticulously watching them as well as my coaches and classmates…guess what? I’m not instantly good at olympic lifts like snatches and cleans.  Watching and reading about something doesn’t make you good at it.  Shocking, right?  So I’m officially uncomfortable and I’m frustrated.  I hate seeing something demonstrated and listening to how to do it, yet not being able to translate that to my own movements.  I’m not good at being bad at things.  I don’t like when I can’t figure things out and I don’t like losing.  I’m stubborn and get mad at myself easily.  I snap at poor boyfriend who is trying to coach me through these movements and workouts.  {Sorry, dude!  I know you’re trying to help, but I’m a stubborn lady.  You still love me for me, right? šŸ˜‰ }  

So that’s where I’m at with my CrossFit journey.  I’m uncomfortable and I have to keep reminding myself that it’s okay to be uncomfortable.  I signed up for this.  I want to learn, so I have to let myself be uncomfortable and get out of my own way.  I keep going back to this quote:

“If we quit every time we felt uncomfortable, we wouldn’t achieve anything.”

TRUTH.  This isn’t easy for me and it’s not supposed to be.  Because the discomfort zone is where you grow, right?  I hope so!  Stick with me as I continue be to uncomfortable and hopefully grow from it.  Into a big strong perfect CrossFit beast!  šŸ˜‰

Your turn…what’s your weakness when it comes to fitness?  Do you avoid it or face the discomfort zone?  Tell me about it!

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4 comments on “Alright, I’m Uncomfortable!

  1. So proud of you!!!!! I hate when I can’t do something when I’m trying to learn and better myself. Like with anything else, have a little patience, be forgiving with yourself, and you WILL get there. It’s just like marathon training. Or speedwork. You look at and think I’ll never be able to do this. And then you do! You WILL be an even stronger crossfit beast! And you don’t need to be perfect. Just try your best. That’s what you always tell me. It’s good advice. Keep up the great work, buddy! YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!!!!

  2. As we just discussed via email … you got this! These things just take practice (though it can be super scary throwing around all that weight)!! Even our coaches say they still practice Oly lifts all the time.

    And boyfriend always tells ME, “you can’t expect to go from a beginner to a super-perfect CrossFit monster overnight!”

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