Monday, April 18, 2011

Did I Forget To Mention That I'm A Bad Ass?

I did?  Well, I am.


Actually if you look closely my face looks severely contorted because I think I might vomit, or be snapped in half.  Even Aiden is looking on and wondering what the hell I am doing because all he ever hears me say is that even he's too big for me to pick up. 

I usually go to the gym two or three times a week. It is a fantastic break from the kids, they love it and I feel great after I'm finished.  On Tuesdays and Saturdays I do a crossfit workout that my police lieutenant neighbor Andy runs.  It's ridiculously hard, I'm frightened every time I go, but particularly when he wears his gun while telling us what to do, and I most often want to vomit when it's over. 

I really love it though. I also think this sounds crazy.  I shouldn't love anything that makes me want to throw up.  It's why I've averted roller coasters my whole life, or scary things like that Viking ship at amusement parks.

I've never been much into fitness.  I grew up playing tennis, but basically never went anywhere with it because I simply didn't have the drive.  I could play, but if I started losing a match I usually gave up mentally.  I mean, why make both of us fight it out when I could just look cute in my tennis skirt and go meet my boyfriend after the match?  See how driven I am?  So sad.

During crossfit I feel like I might die.  I feel like I'm going to vomit or just pass out or simply give up, but I don't and it is so gratifying to get finished and know that I did it.  I am usually last, and I am great with that.  I can't believe I am going to something like this when I could be drinking wine and getting my kids to bed. 

I actually only did the barbell you see in the photo above for a short time because I am not strong enough and had to be moved to squats with a weight ball. 

(In fairness to me, the bar and weights were like 45 pounds and I only weigh 115, it doesn't seem like I should be able to dead lift that, right? )

See how I threw in the phrase dead lift? I am so fitness smart.  I can totally work a kettleball and do about a million burpees.  (Ok, I can do like 30 and then anything after that really, really hurts.  But, I do know what a burpee is and that's a huge accomplishment for me.)

As I was running on the treadmill today I was thinking about how I am starting to sort-of enjoy the challenge of the workout.  I also have taken care of the peeing my pants while running problem so it's much more enjoyable to run.

I used to run to get sweaty and sort of feel like I did something to work off all the ice cream I eat (huge bowl nightly after dinner, it's a problem, it's a condition, it's super yummy,) but now I'm running my ass off.  I'm using the incline.  I'm climbing stairs for 20 minutes after a hard 4 mile run.  I did 75 sit ups and 30 push-ups, when I used to barely be able to lift my shoulders off the floor in a traditional push-up. I feel strong and I love it.

I think I feel so out of control with the kids sometimes that it feels great to be able to push my body a little to do something and suceed.  I can work hard and see results.  I'm stronger, my muscles feel tighter, and I am relearning all the words to my old favorite N.W.A. songs. What could be more valuable than that?

So here's a list of my top running songs.  These are the ones that I sing along too.  Seriously you should come to 24 Hour Fitness and run on the treadmill next to me, I'm super fun.  I also will periodically play these while cleaning and really bust a move. 

(I had planned to show you a video clip of me cleaning/dancing to these because I thought it might make your day brighter...but then I couldn't figure out the filming logistics so I gave up.  See how determined I am in everything?  Maybe some day. Send me your sob stories of why I should cheer you up and maybe I'll be movtivated to make a total fool of myself dancing to these for you. Maybe.)

Here's my list of exercise music.  If I weren't so lazy, as we established earlier, I would have linked to all the iTunes spots for these songs, but I am and we just have to accept me the way I come.

Get out and move people, it really does feel good...particularly set to explicit lyric raps. 

In Da Club - 50 Cent (I call him Fitty, because I am so street.)

Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A. (I really relate to their anger.)

Lose Yourself - Eminem (Greatest running song EVER)

Stronger - Kanye West (Still don't understand some of the things discussed in this song and need to get in touch with some of my dirtiest friends - Scott - to explain things to me.)

Love the Way You Lie - Eminem featuring Rihanna (A song about loving someone so much that you'd tie them to a bedpost and set the house on fire?  Just beautiful.  Sometimes I cry while running to this. Why can't these kids just work it out?)

Raise Your Glass - Pink (I LOVE Pink.  She rules and anyone saying differently will be kicked in the head by me, or Pink.)

Something 2 Dance 2 - N.W.A. (Surprisingly not that explicit so that's unfortunate, but an amazingly good beat and I have caught myself on many occasions actually trying to dance, sing and run while on the treadmill with this.  It's impossible not to move while listening to this.)

Any recommendations for what I should add?  What do you run to?


Stacy said...

Love these songs! And the motivation!! VV impressed with your fitness regimen with three little ones.
ok, Black Eyed Peas is great - Boom Boom Pow and Ima Be (I think that's how you spell it). Anyway, those songs are long too.
Totally checking out your songs.
Thanks Leslie!!!

pezzoni1 said...

Whew! I'm tired now. Thanks for the virtual workout...

-dweej said...

Ack! I want the video, stat!

My running playlist is very Rihanna heavy, but not the newer stuff. I prefer Don't stop the music, Pon de replay, know the "classics". Also my boyfriend Justin Timberlake and my BFF Beyonce. 'Cause I'm still living in 2005 and stuff.