One of my favorite fellow crossfit ladies posted this wonderful article today:
It brought me back to a conversation I had with Tara D. awhile ago. We talked about how the middle of a WOD was the only time our brains ever turns off.
As a wife, mother of two, and full time doctoral student, there is not a whole lot of mental down time in my world. My brain is constantly flooded with insanity- my schedule, my husband's schedule, the girls' schedules, what's for dinner, writing a brilliant research paper, cleaning the house, calling that friend I haven't talked to in a million years, getting enough spiritual time, healthy eating, writing those thank you notes that I should have sent out last January. The list goes on and on and on and on. I wouldn't say I am typically an anxious person, but with the hectic schedule I have, it feels like if I miss one beat, the whole thing is going to fall apart.
That is where crossfit helps. Even though I am surrounded by people, my WOD (workout of the day) is the only time in my day where I get mental privacy. It is just me and the task in front of me and if I am pushing myself to my physical limit, there are no other thoughts that get to creep into braintown. When I do notice outside thoughts, I know I'm not working hard enough. I really connected to what the author said in the article: I have no idea what song is playing, what the trainer just yelled at me, or what is for dinner. I just go.
The more stressful my life is, the more I find myself at crossfit. Other than sleep, it is the only time I get to experience the joy of going into shut down mode. Plus it helps keep this old, stressed out, tired woman lookin' fly.