It’s Friday!! I had the weirdest dream last night and I think it was caused by reading about the horrific Malaysian airplane tragedy. I read an article about the crash site and witness accounts and my heart just dropped. Thinking about those people and the sheer fear and terror that must have overtaken them is unimaginable. I hope those stories you hear about your body going into shock and protective mode are true…
It’s another reminder of how precious life is and to stop wasting it on people and situations that don’t matter and cherish and appreciate those that do….
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Boxing (yes, again!)
My yoga instructor Tori continued the theme of Aparigraha (Non-Possessiveness) in yesterday’s class. According to wiki, Aparigraha “is the concept of non-possessiveness or non-greediness. The term usually means to limit possessions to what is necessary or important, which changes with the time period.”
I am getting a lot out of this theme personally. I have needed to de-clutter my house as well some long held beliefs and resentments that are not doing me any good at this point in my life. It’s not easy to just let go – it takes time to work through whatever caused you to hold on to it in the first place. I need to find time to go through all the closets in my house and get rid of clothes that don’t fit or that I don’t wear anymore. My closets are overflowing with unworn clothes that will probably never see the light of day, so why am I holding on to them? (rhetorical question of course!)
We all have things and beliefs in our lives that have been around for far too long. A sweater that you loved 10 years ago? A perception of who you are and why you can’t just drop everything and let loose… Things we hold on to in our life that may or may not serve us anymore. How often do we take a look at all “stuff” and clean house?
Think about de-cluttering or spring cleaning – it helps us feel more open to fresh ideas and refreshed and renewed – at least I know that’s how I feel! Tori suggested wearing our beliefs like loose clothing – where you aren’t constricted or constrained by them. You have the freedom to move, shift and let go of things that are holding us back.
By embracing the idea of Aparigraha, we can start to understand how our stuff controls us. We all want to live comfortably, but when you start to hold on to things (ie hoard) and/or obsess over what you have/don’t have, it starts to take control. This is also true when it comes to our opinions, habits and perceptions. We all need to regularly look over both the physical and internal stuff we are holding on to and get rid of the junk!
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Yesterday’s soccer game was so thrilling and even though the USA team lost to Belgium, I am still in awe of how awesome our players are. I had no idea how awesome soccer players are in general –great athletes and amazing to look at too. That’s a great combination for sure. I love when world sports’ teams compete –it brings out our national spirit. Everyone rallies together and cheers the team on. It’s unifying and exciting and it was much needed especially after the SCOTUS ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby this week that clearly divided the country.
It was definitely tough getting up this morning for my Power Boxing class. I am enjoying it but it’s hard on my body at 6A, especially after a tough and hot yoga class yesterday. One thing I have begun to notice while boxing is the variety of intensity found among the boxers. There are a ton of newbies that are still not comfortable really beating the crap out of the heavy bag. At least I think they are newbies — I wonder how much benefit they are getting when they don’t hit hard or really move during the workout time. My feeling is that you are there to work – so go as hard as you can. Maybe that’s as hard as they can go but I doubt it — I think it’s as hard as their mind allows them to go. This is really where the CrossFit training and mentality serves me really well. I go at full intensity when it calls for it — and I don’t quit and I am finding that a lot of people outside of CF don’t necessarily subscribe to that.
Have you had a chance to read this NYT feature: Is Obesity Ok?. It’s such a touchy subject that is tied to so many emotions that it’s tough to really get to the heart of it. The health implications of obesity are not OK – but obese people are worthy of respect and kindness, just like everyone else out there. But does respect mean you don’t show sincere care for their well being and talk to them about addressing the issue? Obesity is a public health issue and causes a whole host of other health issues. Sometimes honest conversations can sting even though it’s coming from a place of concern, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t happen.
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Yesterday, Casey Kasem died. He was very much a childhood staple in life. Every Sunday morning, I would listen to his American Top 40 on the radio and sometimes I would set up my tape player to record some of my favorite songs. Funny how different things are today. He will always hold a special place in my memories. It’s very sad that his family were in such a conflict over his end of life care. I’m sure it’s not what he would have wanted… Rest in Peace, Mr. Kasem.
“Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.”
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During yoga class yesterday, Tori, our instructor, talked about coveting someone else’s place in the world – or more specifically coveting what someone else has can somehow degrade or cancel out what you have. A Zero Sum Balance. In Yoga practice, looking at others in the room and wishing you could be as flexible as they are somehow means you aren’t doing as well. I am sure each of us can think about situations in our lives where we do this…
The fitness community is a perfect example – how come my belly isn’t as flat as the person next to me? Or, “That girl lifted 250# and I can only lift 200#.” Why do we think that someone else’s achievements and gains mean we aren’t as good? Isn’t there room for everyone – and who gets to define what success means to us? We are all on our own track and are as varied as could be. Why are we consumed with keeping up with the Jones’ and think that one person’s success means we are somehow not as good?
It also goes a long with body image…as my friend Foxy says, “There’s an ass for every seat.” Who gets to decide what is the ideal body type or because someone weighs less than you, it means you aren’t as worthy of love and attention? We shouldn’t focus on what our neighbors are doing, unless they are in trouble or need help. Easier said than done, I know.
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Power Boxing 1 hour
I am on a quest to renew my inspiration and motivation for lots of facets of my life -especially my fitness plan. So far, Boxing has been the most fun and I can already see the effects of the heavy cardio and I am leaning out. After class today, I went and did some back squats as an add on since I want to focus on getting my posture in order. When I took the Olympic Lifting clinic with Bob Takano, he suggested I work on lots of back squats to help. I figured that and yoga – I will be on the road to improving.
With this change in scenery, I am also starting to reflect on what I can improve upon. I seem to have an issue with overall communication. A few of my friends disagree but I think it’s because they ‘get me’. I find that many people I come into contact with lately are sensitive – they are unable to dig deeper and see the real meaning underneath what may or may not be said. When someone says something to me that may not be what I want to hear or just irks me – the first thing I do is stop and think about it and try to apply intentions to what was said. I find that a lot of people don’t do that. My friend Omar suggested that it may be because I am around a lot of young people — like 20 years younger than I am — and they have not yet experienced different types of relationships and forms of communication. I am trying very hard to take this into consideration when situations arise, but I gotta tell you -it’s hard. Why do people not talk to each other anymore? It’s so darn frustrating…
One of the things I realized I was missing was the connection to CrossFit in general. Because each CrossFit is individually owned and is not a franchise, each one is run a bit differently. Highbar is very much a strength and conditioning gym and tended to steer away from a lot of CrossFit staples -like CF benchmark workouts, the CF Open, much of the CF lingo. What I realized a year into being there was I missed some of the fun and excitement that created. When you do a benchmark WOD like one of the ‘girls’, you know you are doing a workout that people around the world have done. It synchronizes us all –and I liked that. I do think some of CF workouts are problematic, but there are some that live up to the snuff. I want to reconnect with the CrossFit community overall and find that excitement again.
I am also going to make an effort to reconnect with some friends – beyond texting and facebook. To actually go out and spend time with them. I made plans for this evening to finally get over to one of my dear friend’s new place and we will just hang out and talk. That’s my kind of evening…
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TItle Boxing Club: Power Boxing 1 hour
How cool is this Luna moth I came across yesterday? It was a great reminder that you need to look around and appreciate the beauty around you. We are all so busy with our lives – that if you don’t stop and look around, you are going to miss some really cool stuff.
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FED UP – Official Trailer
You know how you are worrying about something that happened in your life – an argument with someone or a situation that happened – and then something big happens that reminds you that the little shit isn’t that big of a deal? Well that happened late last week. I was distracted worrying about a disagreement with friends when Scott and I got a call about our friend Div. He was in the hospital after having a heart attack. Early 40′s, no family history and just had a complete physical, including a stress test, a few months ago. He was in surgery having a stent put in after finding one valve 100% blocked. Holy shit – our dear friend just had a heart attack. That, my friends, is the big stuff in life — life and death.
Life really has a way of reminding you to appreciate all that you have right now. I was preoccupied with drama going on in my own head and was quickly reminded to let that shit go.
Update on Div: He’s doing great and should be released from the hospital today. He will need to make changes in his life. I went and visited with him for a few hours yesterday. He now has to get used to a new normal –life after a heart attack.
As I am renewing my inspiration towards my fitness efforts, I ran across this post: ARE YOU HAVING FUN? that really spoke to me. At the end of the day, it’s about being healthy and having fun. Hope it helps you as well.
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SNOW is what greeted me when I woke up this morning. SNOW is what happened mid-March – mere weeks before spring. SNOW is what made me cranky today. School was cancelled, gym was closed, and it’s cold. I am so over winter – it’s overstayed its welcome. I am all for seasons but it’s time for this one to move on. I need more sunlight, more outdoor activities, more warmer temps. Who is with me??
Next Sunday is Team Hoagie’s Heroes annual 5K Scope it Out Race to help raise awareness and money for Colon Cancer. Colon cancer is curable if detected early and there is no reason why we shouldn’t detect it early. Go to Chris4Life and find out more info about colon cancer, its signs and symptoms and other ways to be in the know. The colonoscopy is nothing compared to what you have to go through if you actually do have colon cancer – trust me. I had to witness Scotty’s diagnosis and treatment and it ain’t something you want to go through.
Now, let’s talk about the impending season change…
With spring is coming – or at least I am assuming it will be here soon, it’s a great time to reevaluate your goals. Many of us make a list of things we want to do at the beginning of the year and rarely check in with them to see how they are progressing. Spring means you can be more active outside, get some more Vitamin D, socialize with friends that you rarely saw during the winter. Do me and yourself a favor, take a few minutes in the evening this week and write down a few things you want to accomplish this season. Don’t jot down too many – just a few things that you have been meaning to do, or really want to do and work towards completing them or making progress towards their completion. It’s a great feeling to be able to feel the momentum that is created when you are moving towards goals you set for yourself.
Here’s a post I wrote earlier this year about Focusing on the process, not necessarily the goal that might offer some help:
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It’s my rest day today –hip hop hooray!
Last night, I came across this blog post: How K-Cups Might Damage Your Metabolism, Reproductive Health, and Cause Cancer. I love my Keurig and use it often but the info in the post has me questioning this common kitchen tool.
“very little is known about the longterm effects of consuming these substances in low doses day in, day out for years and years.”
Let’s be honest though – we don’t need research to tell us that it’s probably not good for us long term. The issue for me is what my friend Adam commented to me when I shared this link: “I say keep using the Keurig. Something tells me only massive amounts could really affect you. It’s great to be mindful of what goes in but all this stuff floating around online is typically glorified, taken out of context, and causes unnecessary hysteria. Why not do what you can (like you do) and forget worrying about every microgram that goes in. I’m sure if you keep that up you’ll have a long, healthy, happy life.”
What say you all? I do see his point – just about everything we do now a days has some hazardous implication. Did you see the smog in China? Heck they shouldn’t even breathe anymore without wearing a protective mask. All of this info can cause a lot of stress and hysteria. I told someone the other day that if I took every supplement people have recommended I take – there wouldn’t be enough hours in the day. Do what you can, with what you have – do your homework and weight the risks to make a decision based on what’s best for you. Period.
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