Here we go!
1. The kids hockey season starts tomorrow! Everyone in the house is looking forward the start of the 2013-2014 hockey season. Tomorrow we get to see who is on their teams and we start spending a good chunk of the weekend in an arena. At least this year, it will all be at the same rink and sometimes at the same time. Other times, it will seem like we are spending our whole day there. Tomorrow will be one of the “whole day” days. Nick has a game at 1pm, which we need to be at an hour early since it is the first day and the kids need to get their socks and jerseys and there is some paperwork to fill out. Then at 3:15 Jacko has his first practice, which we also need to be at early for jerseys etc. This means we will be at the rink from about noon until 4:30. Nothing like jumping right into it. I can’t wait!
2. I’m playing what will likely be my last round of golf on Sunday. It is our EWGA appreciation day and we are playing out at Royal Ontario. It is a team thing, but I’m hoping I play well as we will still keep our own score. At each hole, everyone plays their own ball and records their own score. Then we open a little card that says how we pick the score that we record for the team. It could be something like: “who is the next person to have their birthday”, “who has the most pink on”, “who is wearing the most layers of clothing”, and fun things like that, that make it pretty random on who’s score gets picked. The weather is supposed to be perfect for golf. Sunny and 23 degrees (Celsius). I can’t wait.
3. I tried Kombucha! I have been reading in lots of blogs about Kombucha and how great it is. I really had no idea what it was and was a bit nervous to try it out. Last weekend, I was down at Whole Foods, checking it out for the first time and I looked to see if they had Kombucha. They did, but I still wasn’t sure what it was. Luckily for me, there was a girl giving out samples of some other thing just in front of where the Kombucha was. She heard me chatting to hubs about the Kombucha and offered some advice. I ended up getting 2 different kinds/flavours. So far, I’ve only tried one:
This was a Gingerade flavour. It was actually pretty good. I took a small glass before meals for a couple of days. I’m not sure I felt any different because of it – I may need to take more to get the full benefits, but I was worried I might react to it, so just started small. I’ve got another bottle of grape flavour in the fridge and will try to drink it this weekend. I’m not sure I will become a regular drinker, but will probably drink it on my whole life challenge since I miss the bubbles of my diet pop, and this is naturally fizzy. It’s a bit of a treat for me now. Who knows, I may keep it up. Here is an article from the Huffington Post that lists some of the benefits of Kombucha.
4. I found some Whole Life Challenge approved snacks. I actually haven’t been snacking all that much since starting the challenge. I’m eating pretty filling meals and don’t find that I’m hungry between meals. That being said, everyone once in a while I do find myself wishing I had something sweet to eat. Since sugar is out, that doesn’t leave too much. The coaches at CrossFit posted a few challenge compliant snacks that they found in the local health food grocery store. I picked up a few different varieties of “brownies”….although I’m not quite sure how they are brownies, since they don’t have chocolate in them! One is only bananas and the other is bananas and guava. I will try them tomorrow and see how they taste.
And last, but certainly not least….
5. I love CrossFit. I know that is not something new. I have been raving about how much I like CrossFit pretty much since the first day I stepped in the Box. The workouts are killer. They scare the hell out of me just about every day, but they are awesome. I leave the Box knowing I have worked hard and done my body good.
That’s only part of the reason why I love CrossFit. The other has to do with the sense of community you feel in the Box. The coaches are amazing. The are so knowledgeable about the moves and I have learned so much from each one of them. Every class I get a bit better with each movement. But the coaches are only half of the equation. The other half is the other CrossFitters. Everyone is so friendly and encouraging, cheering you on for your last counts.
I’m often the last one finished the WOD (I’m old and slow, but I’m okay with that!), and so often class members who are finished will stick around until I’m done, helping me count out the last few reps. It actually happened at today’s class. 3 rounds of 600m run and 30KB swings. I am a slow runner, so knew I would be near the end. I was just finishing up my last run when everyone else was done and putting their kettle bells away. The coach came over to get me moving on the kettle bell swings. I did 15 and needed to take a break. By then, two other girls in the class had come over, asked how many I had left to do, and counted me down. I know I could have finished those last swings if they weren’t there, but just having them standing close by and counting the swings off for me, gave me that extra little motivation I needed to get them done.
I hear about this on other blogs as well – the sense of community and encouragement that you feel in the Box. I saw this article today that just sums it up so well. I hope you will take a few minutes and give it a read: Crossfitters Eat Their Young – For Time.
Now, it’s late and I need to get to bed so I can get my 7 hours of sleep. I’ve got CrossFit at 9:30, then the rest of my day will pretty much be spent at the rink.
What have you got planned for the weekend?
Have you tried Kombucha? What flavour should I try next?