It’s almost Thanksgiving – are you mentally preparing and creating a plan on how to approach this holiday? Some people find it super stressful – their eating focus is thrown off, or their family is visiting, or just the simple fact they are out of their routine. Coming up with a plan on how you are going to handle things that will trigger bad/unhealthy habits before they hit you in the face is key. And above all else, remember Kindness.
Your family will head back to their lives, your eating can be set straight once again, and your routine will resume. Holidays shouldn’t be a time of stress – enjoy yourself! Have some pie, laugh a lot, eat an extra serving of stuffing and drink all the wine you want. One day will not erase all you have done and at the end of the day – spending time with your family, friends is what’s important.
Remember a while back, I mentioned getting enough Magnesium? - here is another article about why Magnesium is so important for women:
There is something comforting about seeing celebs working for their bodies too!
- People in CrossFit: Tony Blauer’s CrossFit Defense
Speaking of Tony Blauer, have you been reading about this crazy Knock Out game that the news is reporting about? Some say it’s a myth and not widespread as people are being led to believe. Even if it’s not completely true, my friend Tony Blauer wrote a blog post -KNOCK YOURSELF OUT @SS-HOLE
He offers some great advice and insight around real world responsibility. We all have to be ready to defend ourselves. One thing I have learned from reading and learning from Mr. Blauer is so much of protecting yourself is mental.
My friend Leah, who owns CrossFit Nation in Maryland, posted about a story about a woman handing out letters on Halloween to children she thinks are obese. Leah and I share the same outlook on this situation and with regards to letting kids off the hook on certain days:
There is a lady in ND handing out letters for Halloween to children she deems obese. While I feel her heart is in the right place she is accomplishing nothing but pissing off parents and hurting children’s feelings. The root of this problem is far deeper than any night of trick or treating. It’s a holiday, meaning a break from reality. When my boys were growing up we had built in hooky days. Birthdays, first beautiful day of spring and the day after Halloween to eat as much candy as possible. Life needs to enjoyed and lived smartly and healthily but that doesn’t mean you can’t play.
Sometimes we can get wrapped up in what we ought to do, that we forget to LIVE. Kids need some freedom to be kids and I know some of my strongest memories are of Halloween — trick or treating, then sorting and trading with my sister, and then eating my favorites!
It’s also not up to us to parent children that aren’t ours. Yes, there are some kids that definitely need a bit more heavy handed parenting but that’s not up to us to determine and handing out letters is not an effective or appropriate way to help people learn to live a healthier life.
- How Does Time of Day Affect Your Workout?
- Women’s Only: Weighing the Balance Between Obsession and Health
- Do Not Forget
For all of us CrossFitters, that get caught up in what our time was, and our own head — read this. It reminded me of one of the things I love about CrossFit – being able to help lift someone else up. “What matters is taking care of others, lifting them up, being that encouraging word…“
Good info for those starting out eating Paleo. Keep in mind it’s a blueprint –you may need to make modifications depending on your own personal needs.
I am constantly thinking about intentions when I take an action or think about something that is going on. What is the intention behind whatever it is — it really helps sort out all the toxic garbage and helps you think straight. Try asking yourself “What was their intention” the next time you start to get mad about something someone said –
Happy Halloween Everyone!
The kids are off from school due to the Columbus Day, so that was a great reason to sleep in a bit and hit a later CrossFit class. We are de-loading for the next week or so since we just finished the 12 week strength program. It’s a very odd feeling to be de-loading — but i know internally, it’s the only way to come back stronger. It’s just an odd feeling –
Double Under Skill Work
First position clean 5×2 83#
So this weekend, I had to go to Walmart…
I hate going to Walmart. I don’t like the overall experience of being there – too many people, too much stuff. I can’t explain it, it’s just not a good shopping experience. But I go on occasion. As we were going down the baking aisle, I just stopped for a second and looked at row after row of crap food. Processed baking mixes of every variety and size and I was reminded why we have an obesity problem in this country. This is how people eat regularly — and most have no idea how good their bodies are designed to feel. It just floors me when I stop to think about it.
Obesity is not a disease: Pretending otherwise will stoke an epidemic and crush the NHS
THE HUMAN BODY HAS A STORY TO TELL: Harvard biologist Daniel Lieberman’s new book, The Story of the Human Body, digs deep into the real meaning of “paleo” and why we struggle to stay fit and healthy in the modern age.
And to start your week off right, focus on your internal voice this week. Whenever you start to focus on the negative, consciously switch it up and find a positive. It’s a tough exercise to do, but just like anything else –the more you do it, the more natural it becomes. A lot if it means we have to let go of the power thoughts and feelings have over us — Lisbeth Darsh over at Words with Lisbeth shared this the other day:
Today is a day to remember — not to lament about what’s wrong in our lives. It’s a day to honor those who lost so much. It’s a day to appreciate and recognize those who fight to protect our freedoms and our country. When you stop and think about what happened that day, twelve years ago — it helps put things in perspective – at least for me.
Read this: Dear Jim
There ain’t no rest for the wicked…even on a holiday, so up I got and headed in for my usual 6A workout. I thought I would be the only one there – but nope, there were three others! Yay but the workout was a tough one, so boo!
So, let’s post the workout details so I can get to what I really want to share today –
10 push ups
4 sampson stretch
4 instep lunges
cash in: 400m run
5 dumbbell high pull snatches
10 wall balls
10 alternating jumping lunges (ouch!)
2 min rest
I can’t breathe worth a crap today or lately. I have to start working on increasing my lung capacity if I want to get better. It’s frustrating for sure to keep having to stop because you feel like you have someone sitting on your chest while trying to workout. Yeah -it’s really like that at times!
A friend posted this – When Your Mother Says She’s Fat.
When I first read the title, I didn’t want to read it. I kinda already knew what it was going to cover –I ended up reading it anyway and wow, it was powerful for sure. How many times do you find yourself talking down to yourself or being mean and critical of how you look and your worth? I’m not sure if this is applicable to guys as much, but probably 95% of women in the world can relate to this topic in some way.
I remember my mom being very conscience of weight and appearance on a regular basis. It was the way they were brought up — the role of the woman was very different during the 60′s and early 70′s. It was to support their man or find a husband if you didn’t have one. Taking care of yourself was paramount. There was little concern with how you felt, or whether you were fulfilled and if you lost your man – it was your fault. You weren’t put together, you were over weight, you didn’t do ‘something’. And those are the parents that brought up the next generation — and some were more progressive as the times changed, but some still held onto those opinions. Parents teach their children the right and wrong of the world – as filtered and biased as they are.
I remember feeling horrible about myself during my high school years because I was pudgy. I didn’t exercise – i was great at couch sitting and eating potato chips. Makes a perfect environment for developing low self esteem. I am sure a lot had to do with being depressed and uninspired by anything.
We are grown up now, and can’t blame our parents for things that happened in the past. We set our own course and looking back and being able to evaluate our experiences to make better choices is a skill we all need to develop. I so deeply do not want my daughter to grow up thinking her self-worth is tied to the way she looks. I want her to think she is the cat’s meow, so that she will look her best inside and out. When we feel great about ourselves –it shows. I try very hard to not make disparaging remarks about myself in general but if I find myself slipping, I try to make sure she’s not around. I don’t want her worrying about it as much as I did. It held me back from doing a lot of stuff that I now regret.
We all need to remember our kids hear, see and react to what we do and say. We may not think they are noticing, but they are. Next time you hear yourself falling into negative dialogue, stop and ask yourself is that how you want your kiddos to see their world?
To all the brave heroes that give up so much to protect our freedoms,
I had a really wonderful Mother’s Day – and totally did not follow my normal eating habits. I even had –ready for this??? Pizza! And I enjoyed every single bit of the million slices I ate. When I got home – however, it was a different story. I had a Gluten Pregnant Belly. I looked in the mirror and seriously, my stomach looked bloated. I had read recently about this phenomena –and then saw a picture of it in action. I had never really thought about this although I know that my whole life I have had this stomach bloaty look even when I would eat so called healthy — whole wheat bread, cottage cheese…you know that drill. No matter what I did, I could not get rid of the belly. Until I got rid of gluten!
I didn’t workout all weekend — which is so odd to me. The oddest thing is that my shoulders and calves are sore.. The calves are from the run I did on Friday and the shoulders – that’s from the weeks and weeks and weeks of CrossFit. They haven’t had a good rest in a very long time. Scott also mentioned that the mycobacterial rash on my legs is looking better. Could it be that a good, solid rest is the ticket for it to heal completely? Who knows –but it’s been a very hard mental exercise for me too.
I’m going to go to a new gym tonight just to mix things up on my extended break from CFI. See what some of the other local gyms are doing, and how other trainers coach. I am thinking of it as a learning exercise to bring back when I return.
We are still going strong on the next 30 day challenge, but I have noticed that some of the athletes are losing steam. I posted this for them this morning. I hope it helps you all too!
Today is my baby Nate’s 9th birthday. He has provided our family with lots of laughs, challenges, love, and adventure. I love him more than words can ever describe and am so thankful he’s all mine. I just love to look at him sometimes and when he is upset –no lie, my heart starts to ache. He is truly my baby – always. I don’t care if he gets to be over 6 feet tall. He will forever be Baby Nate.