There’s a First Time for Everything.

There were two distinguishing “first” for me this week already that I just have to share.

dancing

My first REAL chicken dance.

Okay, so I’m lying… it’s not a chicken… but it is poultry!  Turkey, actually.  Jarid’s company gave each of its employees one back around Christmas time and it’s been sitting in the freezer taking up an enormous amount of space ever since.

veggies

Finally on Tuesday night, I decided I was sick of seeing it in there.  Before class, I snipped up the bag, rinsed and “cleaned” the turkey (removing giblets and excess skin), and got to work.  I have a “thing” about handling uncooked meat…especially when I have to reach inside of said animal.  I kept my eyes closed to do that part and only gagged when I opened them too soon to see what my hands had gotten ahold of.

turkey

All I really did was rub that baby down with grapeseed basting oil infused with garlic and spices, salt, and black pepper.  Then, I added 1 tbsp. of oil to a bunch of chopped carrots, celery and onion with more salt & pepper, and stuffed my bird with it (TWSS).

kisses

I left it in the fridge for a few hours while I went off to class.  With a kiss goodbye and a pat on the butt, I was on my way to Aquatics (I changed hoodies because the first was soaked in animal juices).  Also, I had to take my contacts out because I refuse to lose another pair during this class.  It’s costing me enough in tuition…I don’t need to add another box of contacts to my tab.

oven

Anyway, I came home and baked it in the oven @ 350° for 2.5 hours.  I had a feeling I did an alright job when the aroma began to fill the house.  Just like Thanksgiving morning!

baked  Mission accomplished.  1st roasted turkey ever = check!
Now, instead of taking up room in the freezer, it’s taking up room in the fridge 🙂

The second “first” (yes, I’m aware that’s an oxymoron), took place last night.  I didn’t have class, and I’ve been doing a bit of research on CrossFit. I Googled Crossfit in our area, and lo and behold, there was a box just 3ish miles from our house!  They also had an opportunity for a free into class, so Jarid & I agreed to check it out together.

outside

I knew from the time we stepped into the box that this was going to be unlike any other workout I’ve ever done before.  The people at Crossfit 717 were very friendly and welcoming.

sign

It was unexpectedly loud in the box, between the music playing and the session before ours cheering one another on.  It was really neat to see how much of a family these people have become just by working out together.

inside

Our session started at 6:30Pm with a tour of the facility.  I’m not sure how much I like the idea of co-ed locker rooms, but one of the owners, Aldo, who was our guide, explained to us that everyone is very respectful and modest about it, which is what I’d expect from adults anyway.

I stopped taking pictures because our workout was starting and I wanted Aldo to feel respected, giving him my full attention.  Before we started our “mini WOD” (including rows, squats, sit-ups, push-ups, and chin-ups), he explained to us the proper way, bio mechanically, each was supposed to be done.  He helped each of us with our form before we even started, which I liked. When we were all ready, the countdown started and we were off:

500 meter rows

40 squats

30 sit-ups

20 push ups

10 pull ups

After we finished, we sat down and talked about what Cross-fit is all about, the basic principles, and how nutrition plays a roll.

Basically, nutrition is the basis for the entire program, which makes sense…How can you expect your body to perform if you’re feeding it junk?

What I didn’t like, is that Aldo described the Paleo diet as one that is based on eating mostly vegetables & meat, then nuts & seeds, then fruit, then whole grains, and absolutely no sugar.  I agree, as Americans, we tend to over do it as far as portions of complex carbs and whole grains, but I have learned in every Nutrition class I’ve ever had, that carbs are also the body’s first choice as far as meeting energy needsHow can you get a good workout in without energy?  I love my carbs and they can be super important when it comes to muscle recovery.   Plus, I don’t agree that ONE way of eating is best for everyone.  That being said, not every type of workout is best for everyone, either.  I doubt that Jarid & I will be back for CrossFit.  Maybe an occasional class thrown in the mix just to change things up, but I prefer the comfort of my own home and a more relaxing environment to workout in.  It’s ME time.  Jarid wasn’t a huge fan, either.

It was a fun experience and I’m glad we got to try it!  Oh, and the turkey?  It’s delicioussssss.  🙂

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One thought on “There’s a First Time for Everything.

  1. Sami,

    I want to thank you for stopping by and giving CrossFit a try. I’m glad you got to check out our community in action.

    I think though, you may have misunderstood Aldo’s explanation of the Paleo diet we prescribe. Carbs are important, that is true. But, the source of carbs is even more important for people looking to improve their health and fitness. Most of America believe they should be eating whole grain cereal and breads to help shed the weight, when in fact, they should stop eating grains completely.

    Substitute the grains, legumes, and sugar, with vegetables, (some) fruit. Again… not all Carbs are equal.

    I hope that helps clear some things up. Look up Robb Wolf or the Whole9life for some really easy to follow guidelines.

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