Throwing Shade

Crossfit and the Chinese buffet: Getting out of bed is the hardest part

Justin Mitchell rests after finishing a workout at CrossFit Portside in Gulfport on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.
Justin Mitchell rests after finishing a workout at CrossFit Portside in Gulfport on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

After a night of karaoke, Diet Coke and a shot of cinnamon whiskey in downtown Biloxi, I wanted to throw my phone across my room Wednesday morning when the alarm starting ringing at 8 a.m.

I probably stayed out too late (#yolo) and I knew that I had slept hard when I found drool dried to my face when I finally stepped in the shower after hitting snooze two times.

As the water hit my face, I immediately wanted to crawl back under the fancy down comforter I got for 90% off at a discount store and drift back off to dreamland. After all, I don't get to work until after lunch. Why should I be up this early?

After I bathed and mirror danced to “Me&U” by Cassie for 5 minutes, I threw on some shorts and a tank top and ran out my door. For the record, Cassie's jam is still in the Top 25 Most Played list on my iTunes.

After a 20-minute drive, I arrived at Crossfit for the 9 a.m. class. Wednesday morning, my friend Kyle joined me for his first class. After a rigorous warm-up, our coach, Sara, had us work on deadlift progressions and watched our form closely to make sure the class was lifting safe.

Then, we moved on to pull-ups, squat cleans and mountain climbers. If you don't know what a mountain climber is, imagine climbing a rock wall or Mount Everest, but doing the motion in place on the floor for five rounds. Okay, Mount Everest may be a bit of a dramatic comparison, but my quads feel like I need to buy a bedazzled wheelchair to make it through the rest of the week.

Crossfit Portside in Gulfport is 12 miles from my apartment in D'Iberville, but I've come to realize the importance of getting my butt out of bed early and making the drive. It's totally worth it. In one hour, I'm drenched in sweat from head to toe. I'm out of breath and ready to drink about ten gallons of water, but I feel amazing. There's no better feeling in the world than driving to the gym and knowing you're going to get an awesome workout in before work. I feel better all day and I have more energy. I see my body changing and I have a coach that makes sure I'm getting a great workout in without sacrificing my form or safety.

I've been on this health and fitness journey for two years now. I love Crossfit, and I still love the Chinese buffet. I loved doing the Whole 30 challenge, and now I'm trying to bulk up, stay active and feel better about myself in general.

The hardest part is getting out of bed in the morning, but it's worth it every single time.