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CrossFit Portsmouth!

CrossFit Portsmouth!
So a I've been traveling a bit.  Working late a bit. And making excuses a lot.  My time in the gym has slacked and my body has been making me feel really old.  Once again my muscles get so tight and my back twinges so much it just makes me mad and sad.  I blow of the gym and spiral into nothing.  UGH!  Well a week ago I saw an episode on NH Chronicle about CrossFit.  The episode was about a gym in Bedford, NH but after watching the show I googled and found one in Portsmouth.  I did my research and made an appointment.  I loved what I saw and read and I've been looking forward to my free session for over a week now.  Well my subconscious went into over drive.  NONE SHALL PASS!  My muscles started to tighten up from my heels to my shoulders.  I felt as though my body would completely freeze up on my.  BUT, I know my brain.  I told my subconscious to shove it and I powered through my day.  I arrived at the gym a bit early, changed into my shorts, t-shirt and sneakers and started to do a little stretching while I waited for my 6pm session to start.  Jason Goulemas met me with a smile and a handshake and proceded to explain to me the philosophy of CrossFit.  We went through some of the basic moves for 30 minutes of so and after he had given me the gist of the moves he gave me my workout instructions.  5 jump pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 air squats, repeat as many times in 5 minutes.  Piece of cake.  NOT!  Holly Crap!  I did it. Barely.  Then I was told that the folks in the normal class would do what I just did for 20 minutes.  WOW!  This is GREAT! I can totally see how doing this on a regular basis would get you in awesome shape.  Sadly for me the cost to time ratio for my life just isn't going to work.  I would HIGHLY encourage anyone with a steady homelife (no traveling) to get in with Jason and get in the best shape of your life.  After the 5 minute workout and a 30 minute drive home.  I was still shaking.  Tomorrow will be interesting.  Thanks for the intro Jason. You've got a good thing going on.


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Grilling is a year-round event. 
I love being able to get outside regardless of the weather and grilling gives me the opportunity.
I loved to be outside enjoying the quiet of nature or the sound of kids playing in the neighborhood.  The wind through the trees or the birds chirping. 
Fall brings a new treat. The crispness in the air. The changing of colors and the smell of a wood stove warming the house.
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I'll probably mow the lawn once more this season before I rotate the mower to the back of the garage and the snow blower to the front.  Oh yes, I must get some shear pins.
Never a dull moment.  For now I'll enjoy my steak.