It’s the First Day of Fall! This is one of the best times of year to live in Northern VA. The leaves change and the scenery looks like it’s out of a painting or something. It’s also a good time to head to a farmer’s market. If you are local to Ashburn, VA – the farmer’s market will be opening at One Loudoun through October 25th.
Unsure of what to look for there? No worries – I found some info about what to buy: WHAT TO BUY AT A FALL FARMERS’ MARKET: YOUR WEIRD AND WONDERFUL GUIDE TO FALL’S WACKIEST PRODUCE
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Monday: Rest Day
Having had to deal with my husband’s cancer battle has given me the gift of perspective. From diagnosis to treatment to learning to live a new reality post cancer is a very real and scary thing- the post below hits home for me. Please read it and learn from someone who had to face the ultimate harsh reality of cancer…
Embrace your loved one and if they cannot embrace you back, find someone who will. Everyone deserves to love and be loved in return. Don’t settle for less. Find a job you enjoy, but don’t become a slave to it. You will not have ‘I wish I’d worked more’ on your headstone. Dance, laugh and eat with your friends. True, honest, strong friendships are an utter blessing and a choice we get to make, rather than have to share a loyalty with because there happens to be link through blood. Choose wisely then treasure them with all the love you can muster. Surround yourself with beautiful things. Life has a lot of grey and sadness – look for that rainbow and frame it. There is beauty in everything, sometimes you just have to look a little harder to see it.
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Since I switched things up last night and went in for a boxing class, I took today as a rest day.
A huge part of staying fit is exercising your mind by constantly learning new things and challenging yourself. That can mean trying to master a new skill, learn a new subject or adopt a new behavior. Whatever it is — it’s jarring the established connections already made in your head. There’s a bunch of research out there about how learning new skills keeps your mind sharp while you age.
I’ve been doing research on what FREE online education classes are available. It’s no surprise that you can find practically any subject and topic imaginable. No Excuse List lists sites ranging from languages to cooking and Business Insider listed out The 12 Best Free Online Business Courses To Take This Fall. I encourage everyone out there to pick something they want to learn this Fall and go for it.
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Rest Day – Thursday
Boxing – Wednesday
I’m not going to lie and say I was raring to go this morning. Getting up at 515A regularly is hard – I desperately wanted to hit snooze, roll over and get some more Zzz’s. But I can’t do that. I like the benefits of exercise too much to compromise and one hour of sleep isn’t going to make that much of a big difference in the grand scheme of my day. The only person that I have to battle with to get my butt up is me and I can handle me! I got this and so do you.
I had a conversation with a friend yesterday about why we workout and strive to live a fit life. And then I ran across an article by Mark Rippetoe: Bodyfat and Age: Just How Important Is Thin? Think rationally, not subjectively, about bodyfat and it’s good food for thought. I didn’t discover my love of fitness until I was in my thirties – so I didn’t enjoy the 20 year old “i look super hot in this bikini stage” – and for me, the reason I strive to be fit goes way beyond vanity. I am reminded why I continue on whenever I see seniors who have lived a fairly inactive adult life struggle to do daily tasks because it has caught up with them. I don’t want that to be my path — and by staying active and continually challenging myself, I’m doing what I can. When was the last time you thought about why you workout?
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I struggled with my energy level this morning – I am still feeling sore from Saturday’s CrossFit workout and forgot to drink Natural Calm magnesium last night to help with my overall recovery. Lesson learned…
Four straight days of exercise has left me sore — My quads are so sore it hurts to walk down stairs — so today is a rest day. Rest and recovery is just as important as exercise in your overall health and wellness plan. It’s the times you haven’t taken enough rest time and aren’t on top of your game that you get injured.
This past weekend, the topic of body image was on my mind. I follow some modeling agencies on Instagram -one of the many fashion weeks has just passed and I kept noticing how thin the models look. Not healthy thin either. For a brief moment, I thought maybe my outlook changed because I am around strong women who workout and have muscles. Annie Thorisdottir and Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet are the type of women I see in the magazines and websites I frequent. But then I realized that wasn’t it – they really are too thin. Even my 12 year old daughter mentioned how emaciated they looked. It bothered me to see that this sort of look is still favored in the world of fashion. We all need to make sure we are having regular and real conversations with our kids about body image. Just the other day I read a post about a woman making sure her sons see her naked on occasion, so they don’t develop a warped sense of what a women’s body looks like….
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A friend of mine sent me an article about Feeling Burnt out about CrossFit and how to find the joy again. What I found interesting was that it didn’t mention actually taking a step away from CrossFit for an extended amount of time, which is what I am doing. I’ve also been doing some reading about how many veteran CrossFitters are burning out and many CF gyms don’t know how to address the needs of this group. Yesterday, Kaylee Suitors on one of the CF boards I visit shared a post that I think is a worthwhile read, however I think it ignores one big issue: Would what she is proposing convince me or do enough for me to want to continue to pay a monthly membership fee? I’m not sure there is an answer that is right and it depends on the person but at the end of the day, each individual needs to figure out what works for them. If a workout or fitness program is not working, you are not seeing results, you aren’t having fun, or you are getting injured regularly, then it’s not working – period. You have to find something you enjoy doing or it’s not sustainable. And living healthy is a life long effort…
“How to be Awesome at CrossFit”
You may think that this is an article about cycling butterfly pull ups or getting a One rep max on your Snatch…. Buuuut No!
Recently I have been spending a lot of time thinking about my veteran athletes and what I can do to prevent them from burn out. Many are 3-5 years in and I can see on their faces that its just not the same as it was when they started. No more huge PR, no more crazy gymnastic movements that they never thought they would do past child hood. And, oh, that group of friends that would always WOD together in the beginning have been replaced with a bunch of new bees that are having a blast.
So, as a coach with general concern for each and every athlete in my box, I want this fixed!!! I racked my brain to think of special programs just for them, open gyms that cater to the time frame their schedules need, creating social gathering to make it feel like the “old” days, hour long heart to hearts to just chew the fat and make sure, in all this craziness of running a CF gym, I do not loose touch with those original members that birthed our box. I truly love these guys and want them to be happy, but in trying so hard to make them happy, I am going nuts!
I came to the realization today while talking to a friend. My really Awesome CrossFitters have completed the “cycle”. And what is the cycle you may ask? It’s simple. Come to CrossFit, it will make you awesome at life. It will tear you down shred you up and pour you out a whole new person. A better person…. If you let it.
I look at many of my veterans and think “you are almost there, you are almost Awesome, but not yet” You see CrossFit is about you and your growth through the cycle. People come in the door looking for a life change. “It’s really hard, we tell them and you better be ready, so don’t waste our time and we won’t waste yours”.
The first year is huge for most members. Weight loss, strength gains, Personal records, first competitions or 5ks, first handstand, first Double Unders… the list goes on. We take you from ordinary to superman and its exhilarating!
These accomplishments in the gym transfer to life and confidence and doing things you never thought possible. BUT… then year 2 and 3 hit and dang it I got injured, now I’m regressing and that new person just killed my best Fran time. I’m not eating as clean anymore because… well really who cares? I like nachos. Everyone seems to be having fun and where the heck are all my old buddies? Sooo, I’m not making progress, I’m no longer having fun and I feel like crap whenever I WOD (may have been that little Caesars I just ate). It’s just not the same. I only come to the box about twice a week now, but you better believe I’m going RX, I’m a veteran and everyone know I’ve been a member forever. But dang it, I keep getting injured! I’m going to QUIT, this sucks!
So heres my challenge… Complete the cycle. I know you came to CrossFit to change Your life, and do all the things listed above. But, to be truly Awesome at CrossFit despite the injuries, plateaus, set backs and generally bad days, YOU MUST GET OUTSIDE OF YOURSELF. To truly enjoy the ride and experience of CrossFit and Life, you must get pass yourself. When was the last time you helped someone else find their PR, or ran the last 400m meters with the new guy so he wouldn’t finish alone? When was the last time you showed someone how to roll out that nagging shoulder issue because, crazy, but thats the same injury you dealt with last year. When was the last time you gave a high five after a WOD or helped another exhausted athlete put up her weights? When was the last time you encouraged another to run their first 5k and offered to run along side, not for you to get a new PR but for them to?
You see all these little things that keep life amazing can be found in small day to day tasks, that you may never see if you are not paying attention. Joy is found in serving. Happiness comes in the satisfaction of touching another life in a positive way.
At the end of the day, theres nothing wrong with wanting to be a better athlete and continuing to make progress. But if its your only aspiration and you never see the new person next to you, scared to death because its day one, then you will never really complete the cycle of CrossFit. You will never experience fully what CrossFit can do for you. CrossFit changes people if you let it. CrossFit can take an ordinary person, turn them into extraordinary then show you how to do that for someone else. If you will work through the cycle, this will not only change your CrossFit experience, but can possibly change your life.
And THAT’S How to be Awesome at CrossFit!
Try This: Aveda Smooth Infusion
I’m always appreciative when brands ask me to try out new products like Aveda Smooth Infusion. I’m excited to try this one out and will share my thoughts once I have used it for a while, so stay tuned.
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This was written by my husband last year on 9/11:
Whenever I see the numbers 9 and 11, I remember.
Whenever I fly and go through airport security, I remember.
Whenever I drive past the Pentagon, I remember.
Whenever I see the New York City skyline, I remember.
Whenever someone says “Let’s Roll”, I remember.
Whenever I see the letters F.D.N.Y. or N.Y.P.D., I remember.
Whenever I see Giuliani, or hear his name, I remember.
Whenever I see an American flag at half staff, I remember.
Whenever the Department of Homeland Security is mentioned, I remember.
Whenever I hear about a U.S. soldier being killed in action, I remember.
I remember seeing my yet to be born daughter for the first time via sonogram, and how happy I was. I remember the confusion going on in the doctor’s office as we were leaving, but not understanding why.
I remember my boss calling me as I drove to work late, and her telling me to turn around because they were evacuating the campus.
I remember being glued to the television, when the second plane hit the south tower, and I remember watching the footage over and over again until it was permanently etched into my brain.
I remember people hanging out the windows, and then falling/jumping to escape the fire.
I remember the shock of watching the south tower collapse.
I remember “All circuits are busy” when trying to use the phone.
I remember hearing false information about the Pentagon, and the White House.
I remember being scared and helpless when the north tower collapsed.
I remember footage of thousands of people walking out of the city, covered in grey ash.
I remember newscasters switching from talking about and showing the horror, to honoring and showing the heroes.
I remember reading the scroll at the bottom of the screen for hours and days.
I remember breaking down and sobbing in the middle of the night as I thought about all of those lives lost.
I remember mobile surface to air missile launchers deployed around Washington D.C.
I remember David Letterman, coming back on the air and not telling any jokes.
I remember New York City tourism grinding to a halt, and making it a point to show my support by visiting.
I remember seeing the gaping hole where the Twin Towers stood from the top of the Empire State Building, and the site still smoldering over a month after 9/11.
I remember walking all over the city with my pregnant wife, and having a great time.
I remember Shock and Awe.
I remember ignorant people saying horrible things about Muslims.
I remember having a great sense of Patriotism, and being thankful for the brave men and women who serve in our military.
I remember crazy conspiracy theories.
I remember President Bush standing on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln with a banner that read “Mission Accomplished” in 2003.
I remember the U.S. soldiers that were killed in action.
I remember having a conversation with a young coworker about where we were when the planes hit, and he replied in middle school – I remember I am getting older.
I remember how precious life is, and how much I love my family and friends.
I remember that the world was forever changed.
You are damn right I remember……..everyday.
I will admit fully that I am not a football fan. I’m not really into spending Sundays or Mondays watching the big game or going to any Super Bowl party for any reason related to actually watching the game. I had no idea who Ray Rice was up until recently. My husband told me he is a pretty good football player. No matter how good of an athlete he is, there is something defective about his character and his filter of the world. The brutal response to his girlfriend/wife during their argument and the resulting response and behavior of not only Rice, but of everyone involved in determining his punishment – in life and in his career once again shines light on the pervasive misogyny that happens every day all over the world.
One thing I have noticed the past day or so is that no one is really talking about how Janay Rice is feeling until I read this: The Revictimizing of Janay Rice. I get that she married him after the incident. Staying with the abuser is a common behavior of women in abusive relationships. I am not able to understand what goes through the mind of someone who is subjected to mental and physical abuse regularly, which is something I need to be reminded about when I find myself questioning how she could have gone on and married him after that. We are not in her shoes and have no room to judge her decision to do what’s best for her and her family.
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What I am really upset about is how the NFL as a whole has treated this case. Ray Rice got a slap on the wrist until we all saw what really happened although how many people out there thought they were having a party in that elevator for real? He dragged her out of the elevator, completely knocked out. How does anyone think she got that way? The Commissioner knew, the Leaders of the Ravens knew it — and Ray Rice knew it. But we are talking about Ray Rice the brand –the money maker. How can they possible do the right thing when it will cost them money? <insert sarcasm>
ESPN’s Keith Olbermann manages to capture the essence of the situation perfectly…
Some mornings are tougher than others and today was one of them! It’s Monday and I am tired. I keep forgetting to drink Natural Calm Magnesium and I can really tell the difference in my overall energy level. I also think that the season change isn’t helping. Fall is coming and it’s that much harder to get my butt out of bed but just like with anything -practice makes better. The allure of a comfy, warm bed is hard to combat but I found some tips to help make it easier: Tips For Keeping Motivated To Exercise This Fall. And one of the most important things you can do, in general, is get a good night’s sleep.
Here’s to a great week…
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