I have not been feeling myself the past few days — like I have a bug or something. I left in the middle of the workout yesterday because I was throwing up and then took a sick day from work and slept most of the day. This morning, I’m not sure how I have feel. Still not 100% but better. I have been on these antibiotics for almost two months now and frankly, I think they are killing my system. I need to get better for my big 200 mile relay race next week.
Have you read this article? Why We’re Motivated to Exercise. Or Not.
Although the findings suggest a genetic disposition to motivation to exercise, it’s not meant to be used as an excuse. Choice can be a very strong leader in change.
Behavior, he says, remains a mix of innate tendencies and personal choice. So, even if it is in your nature to enjoy long hours on the couch, you can choose to get up and move.
It’s been such a crazy few days emotionally and that could be also tied to how I am feeling physically, but one thing I keep remembering is that there are a ton of good people out there, helping one another, living great, blessed lives. Good, kind people who cherish every day and look to share their inspiration and support with others. I am finding a lot of comfort reading the stories of the amazing every day heroes who sprang into action during the Boston bombing and how their heroism saved many people. That’s the stuff I am focusing on — and the amazing stories of the tragic victims. The world lost some special people this week.
Don’t forget the giveaway I am co-hosting to win a fruit basket worth up to 100 bucks!
I’m not sure what to say after what happened yesterday. It seems selfish to talk about myself after the horror that people in Massachusetts have just experienced. I can tell you though that I definitely have some Post Traumatic Stress that bubbled up after hearing about it all. I felt numb — weepy — and anxiety ridden the rest of the day and am still feeling it this morning.
My heart breaks for the people directly affected –the eight year old boy. All I can think about is my own eight year old son and how horrific it must have been. His mom and sister are critically injured right now and how the actions of a bad, probably crazy person or persons has forever altered the country yet again. I can’t stop thinking about how they got up in the morning, just like every day they got up — did their morning routine, never in their mind that what happened could have happened. We are designed to go on living, not living our every moment in fear — and that’s probably for a good reason but then horrific things like this happen –senseless crimes, terrorist attacks, hateful actions occur that shake us all to the core. Throw off our stability, our sense of safety, our sense of well being and it takes time to regroup, recover and resume our lives.
Last night Hannah had trouble sleeping –she told me how scared she was and asked if things like that could happen here. I took the Fred Rogers approach – and it worked partly but she’s also very aware and sensitive and it didn’t completely settle her. So she slept with me last night –just to feel safe. And I was ok with that — I made sure to kiss my kiddos extra yesterday. Life is precious and short and can be taken from us at any moment.
Becoming More Optimistic
How great is this image and message. It really is all about how you choose to see things. During the CrossFit Teens class I was coaching, the teens did some ladder speed work. Some of the movements were complicated and really made you think.
At the end, Coach Patrick suggested to the kiddos that before they go to bed, visualize doing some of the drills in their head and they should see some improvement the next time they do it. Seeing yourself doing the drill helps create those neurological connections to help build muscle memory. And how you see the things in life works the same way…
You can become a more optimistic person but you have to work at it –visualize yourself differently and constantly work at it.
A more classical definition from the Mayo Clinic: “Optimism is the belief that good things will happen to you and that negative events are temporary setbacks to be overcome.”
But many of us live our lives being the opposite of that — Pessimists! Imagine if we all worked on becoming more positive people who are prepared to take on whatever life has in store – I really do believe we would all be happier people.
Here are some stuff to help you figure out ways to start becoming that more optimistic person you have always wanted to be:
3 reps x 7 Rounds
Hang Squat Cleans
I kept the weight constant so I could work on form.
I had a great day yesterday filled with lots of great people around me and an easy relaxed day. I went out to lunch with two of my favorite people -Scotty & Britt – was able to take a nap – and go out to dinner with Scotty and eat a good meal and just have no real stress. The only thing that would have made it perfect was to include a long massage in there at some point, but that’s my fault. I could have scheduled one. Oh Well.
I came across this blog post yesterday that I think may resonate with many people out there — and hopefully inspire some others to give CrossFit and eating healthier a try:
I was reluctant to give CrossFit a try because of an old rotator cuff tear, a delicate back and no interest whatsoever in lifting heavy weights. I had heard that it was a real man’s realm, and to be a woman in CrossFit meant you had to look like an Olympic weightlifter, and also perform like one.
I quickly realized possessing Olympic strength wasn’t necessary, but I didn’t realize how little strength I actually had until I was faced with the dreaded pull-up bar and the evil devil of a weight lift called the squat snatch. I also didn’t realize how tight, misaligned and inflexible my body had become during my years pounding pavement in New York carrying a heavy bag over one shoulder.
I started attending CrossFit classes about three times a week last January, and at the beginning, I sucked at everything. Really sucked. In fact, the only thing that kept me going at the beginning was my determination to not be the absolute worst performer in every class, because we keep score. My competitive nature helped with that, but what finally got me excited was the day I was able to touch my toes to an overhead bar I was hanging from. That takes flexibility, core strength and also a little rhythm. I never thought I would be able to do it. Now every month I am reaching some kind of personal best in workouts that vary from strength training to gymnastics to endurance exercise and sprints. My back problems are also gone thanks to building the strength up in my core and everything else that supports it. Oh yeah, and the back fat that used to squish out from under my bra is gone, too.
The thing to remember is her story is not unlike so many others’ experiences out there. But with that being said, it’s easy to fall into old patterns and start eating like crap and slacking off on fitness goals. I know I have been slacking like no other in my nutrition and I can feel it. So, even though I am aware of how much better I feel when I am on point – I am so drawn to sugar and other crap to soothe my stress, combat boredom, or whatever other excuse I can find. It’s like I can’t help it. And the more you let loose the reigns, the more you crave the crap and the more dulled your memory of how awesome you feel becomes. It’s a slippery slope. If it were easy, we all would be doing it.
Earlier this week, someone on facebook posted a picture of an obese woman at a McDonald’s counter. I hate when people post those pics with the intention of mocking or pointing out their obesity. We all have our issues and baggage to deal with and putting someone else’s out there isn’t helping anyone. This pic is not the pic posted, but it gets my point across — whenever I see someone obese, the first thing that I think is: Inflammation. That is a big driver of their obesity. My husband always rolls his eyes because whenever I say it. Not everyone responds to food the same way – some tolerate gluten and sugar differently but I will argue until the day I die that we are all better off without it.
- deadlifts 135#
Being Responsive to Change
Going after what you want is scary sometimes. Ok, most of the time! Learning to be comfortable being uncomfortable is scary and goes against most of our human nature. We want to steer clear of danger and the unknown. I many times look at folks who just jump head first into scary stuff as the crazy ones and now I am the one trying to make changes so that I can learn to embrace the fear and instability and use it towards getting what I want.
A friend of mine posted this yesterday and I just sat there and read it and reread it and said YES! Exactly true.
“It’s not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent… but the one most responsive to change.“—CHARLES DARWIN
Jumping into the unknown brings up baggage and lots of questions — the ole What If… swirls around in my head.
- What if I am not happy?
- What if it’s not the right fit?
- What if it doesn’t work?
- What if I am not good enough?
- What if no one likes me?
- What if it sucks?
The list can go on and on if you let it. But, how about reversing the What if pattern to be more positive?
- What if it’s the best thing for me?
- What if I am deliriously happy?
- What if I finally start to feel respected?
- What if I am great at it?
- What if it fits me to a tee?
- What if it’s perfect?
- What if it inspires me?
So many ways to look at a situation and learn to embrace change and see it for the positives it brings into people’s lives. And most of the time, it’s better than where you are currently and so isn’t that a step in the right direction regardless?
I created a Goal Board at CrossFit Impavidus (see pic) with the goal of helping inspire the athletes commit to working on something that they want to progress on this year. Sometimes all it takes is a public way to make a statement and they spring into action. I’m excited for them and for me…
- 5 manmakers
- double unders
- 100 Double Unders
- 5 RFT
- 15 Pull Ups
- 25 Ab Mat Sit ups
- 100 Double Unders
time: 15:43 (Did some DUs and some singles)
Felt good this AM!
It is so cold out there this morning but even that wasn’t the reason I took a rest day. I noticed yesterday that I was just not into the workout. My body was fatigued but it was more my head. My head wasn’t in the game. Whenever that happens, I know my body is tired and needs to rest.
When the alarm went off this morning, I considered going but then remembered yesterday and said — back to sleep you go. It’s not often that I do that but I have learned to listen to my internal cues. They are always right!!
Here are some recent articles I am reading around the web. I’m always trying to improve myself and learn more! Stay Hungry My friends!!
Even though we had a day off, I still got my butt up and headed for the workout. I personally find that deviating too much from a routine is a recipe for disaster. It’s like a gateway drug — before you know it, you are making excuses for not getting any exercise in and you are back to square one in your overall fitness journey.
Yesterday, I spent a few hours going through crap in my house. Just random junk that for some odd reason, I thought I should keep and what happens is — I start to look like a candidate for the show Hoarders.
For example: I have been keeping a Caboodle! I have had this thing since probably before college. During my night out with the ladies on Friday, I mentioned it and someone said –what the heck are you doing? It has caked on shit and you will never use it. She was right and yesterday, it went bye bye! Why do we keep the crap we do?
Have you ever thought about what all the clutter means and how it affects you?
Clutter’s Effects on Your Life — How clutter affects you and what to do about it.
Think about it –and see if you are OK living like that.
- 400m run
- Dead Hang Pull Ups
- double unders
- sit ups
I am stuck in a fear loop and know I have to get out of it — I came across some great words this morning: 12 Tough Truths that Help You Grow
Some people will lie to you. Remember, an honest enemy is better than a friend who lies. Pay less attention to what people say, and more attention to what they do. Their actions will show you the truth, which will help you measure the true quality of your relationship in the long-term.
Time and time again this truth rings true. I keep wanting people to be honest and do the right thing (the right thing in my mind anyway) and they just never do. When I take a step back and see how they acted as opposed to what words they shared — yep, that told the whole story! When will I learn???!!
What If it Really Was The End?
No end of the world it seems — but have you thought about the What If of it all?
- Are you living your best life?
- Have you made amends with anyone that is not in your life anymore but you miss them?
- Are you living life with good intentions?
- Are you HAPPY?
There are probably a ton more questions you can ask yourself but simply If the world were to end tomorrow — you wouldn’t want to die with a bunch of regrets would you? Deep thoughts for a Friday morning I know.
Scott and I attended his company holiday party last night. It was a nice event – they rented out a local restaurant Clydes at Willow Creek and had great food and drinks, a live band and just a really nice atmosphere. It was also nice to see people that I haven’t seen in years — I used to work at AOL too, so seeing people that I knew way back when was really fun and nostalgic.
And another benefit of CrossFit and living a healthy life to share: On two separate occasions yesterday, I was mistaken for someone much younger than I am. Our pediatrician didn’t recognize me. Scott and I were there and she walked in and seriously looked confused. She looked at Scott then me and then just kind of froze. I said — um, Hi Dr. Lisa! And you could see the realization that it was me and started to apologize and explained that she didn’t know who I was – she for a second thought maybe Scott had brought someone else to the appointment and then she thought that was odd –and the wheels in her head were turning. I was very flattered!
Then, at the party one of Scotty’s co-workers stopped him and asked who he was with — and when he said that’s my wife, she said she looks really young! Those are both Wins in my book. I told Scotty that he is now officially my old man!
On the way home from CrossFit this morning on the radio I heard the dj talk about things kids born in the last few years won’t recognize. As I was listening to it, it made me realize once again how fast life goes and how quickly it changes. Technology has made it so that if you blink, you miss out on a whole trend!
Here’s a recap of some of the stuff kids born in 2012 won’t recognize:
- Video Tape
- Rotary Phones
- Movie Rental Stores
- Camera Film
- Encyclopedia sets
- Long Distance Service
- Dial Up Service
So mind blowing!
- 5 push ups
- 5 jumping squats
- Toes to Bar
- 15 Deadlifts (135)
- 15 Toes to Bar
time: 12:40 RX.