Even though I signed up for this on Black Friday, I’m still astonished that I’m getting ready to embark on a 6 week CrossFit Challenge that requires me to attend classes 3 days per week. My schedule typically doesn’t allow for any extra-curricular activities, so the thought of what my life will look like (and my body will feel like) is still a little blurry.
But I suppose what blows my mind the most, is that this is what it takes for me to finally carve out time to reach my goals.
Some might read this and be amazed with the CrossFit aspect of it, but if there is one thing I’m confident about it is my athletic ability. So when I was brainstorming what to share in regard to starting the challenge, I knew I wanted to talk about the time commitment.
How I found time to commit to a 3 day a week, 6 week CrossFit Challenge
I’m not big on telling people that there should be no excuses–there are excuses and I have them! Excuses are real, life is real, but eventually goals need to become real if they will ever come to fruition. From my experience, shifting goals to action evolves in three steps:
First the breaking point arrives.
I think there comes a breaking point for everyone, when they are prepared to take action. Or at least I hope that’s the case. Personally, I am tired of not having time for strength training. Strength was something I took for granted before kids and I know I need a challenge of this caliber if I want to get it back.
Next, seek out a support system.
First and foremost, my embarking on this challenge would not be possible without the support of my husband, Lance. We’ve been team Homan from the beginning, he supported me through both my post-baby comebacks, I supported him through a comeback (which included the CrossFit Challenge!) this past summer, and he’s experienced the benefits so much that he’s supporting me again.
With two full time jobs and two young kids, committing to a challenge like this definitely requires spousal support!
And then, map out a physical plan.
Three days a week I will be CrossFitting while I’m usually home with the kids and prepping dinner, cleaning up from a long day of not being home. With some prioritizing and planning (and support!) I’m hoping those days will be taken care of ahead of time. I’ll have to be more cognisant of meal planning, flexible with household chores, and generally just get used to thinking a day (or ideally a week) in advance.
These steps are important to remember throughout the challenge as well so that I don’t forget what it’s going to take to see this challenge through and I hope if you are interested in tackling a similar challenge, you can take inventory of these as well.
The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start. – John Bingham (author of numerous running books, Runner’s World author)
This is going to be the quote that sums it up for me right now. Just signing up, just getting out of bed, just getting out the door is half the battle (Lance even went as far as to tell me 90% one day when he was rushing out the door to make it to class!), so don’t be afraid to start!
Have you ever participated in a ‘challenge’?
Were you able to maintain the commitment?
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