Each morning I try to do some reflection and spend time reading through quotes or inspirational passages to start my day off positively. This quote from Iyanla Vanzant made me stop in my tracks and nod my head profusely…
If you really want to live your life to the fullest and realize your greatest potential, you must be willing to run the risk of making some people mad. People may not like what you do, people may not like how you do it, but these people are not living your life. You are!
I can certainly relate to the sentiment and am trying to be more comfortable with the realization that some people just don’t get me — and as long as I know my intentions are good and I am open to learning and being kind, then sometimes that’s the way it is. I definitely do have somewhat of a dominant personality and not everyone takes to it. But I can expect regardless of it, I deserve to be treated fairly, kindly and with respect. Scotty tells me often that that’s where I go wrong –to expect anything from anyone. I’m still not sure I subscribe to that way of thinking… although he sure seems to be a happy guy.
I have now been boxing for a few months and am starting to see the fruit of my switch over. I have lost some weight and am leaning out. I have realized that based on my body type, I do tend to get a bit bigger when I focus on strength training. There is nothing wrong with that depending on your goals, but I definitely like the way boxing is leaning me out. As I said, we don’t just box either – we do speed work, weight training and mobility. I am trying to figure out how to add in actual barbell work a few times a week but for now, it’s a real nice change for me. I am meeting some fun, friendly people and am finding myself getting excited again about getting up and working out. The music is good, the instructors are experienced and prepared and the boxing gym is clean. That’s my recipe for a good fitness experience!
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A few things and thoughts to share today –
My thoughts and respect are given to Maya Angelou who passed away yesterday. What a wonderful, inspiring, strong, spirited leader who left this world a better place. She defines what it means to leave a lasting legacy…
“So here’s what I recommend to everyone. Live the life that makes YOU the happiest. Whether that’s paleo, gluten free, pure gluten, CrossFit, jazzercise, marriage, single, muscular, skinny, really whatever. I don’t care. It’s your life. Do what makes YOU the best kind of person. Not because other people do it, but because you love it. And while you’re at it, try to keep your negative comments to yourself. No, don’t try. Just do it.”
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Wednesday: Power Boxing
Thursday: Rest Day
Take time out of your day and watch this amazing, inspiring and thoughtful commencement speech delivered by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, BJ ’77, ninth commander of U.S.Special Operations Command, Texas Exes Life Member, and Distinguished Alumnus at The University of Texas at Austin, on May 17, 2014. It’s worth it…
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I skipped Power Boxing this AM- but I may go for a run later in the day if I feel up to it but no pressure….
My friend Saxon is a creative, talented writer. Today, he posted this:
Let’s call it a Re-launch or should we say a soft opening. ..
The passion we have for each other has reached a peak like it’s our first time.
The re-dedication to our relationship is something like a relaunch
Or should I say a soft opening.
It has been rescued by our bodies that seem to not been able to stay away from each other
It’s been long enough. ..I believe today is time for the relaunch or should I say soft opening.
The chemistry has fallen back into sequence our devotion for the greater good of this relationship is unmatched.
It’s definitely time for this relaunch or should I say a soft opening. -Saksuhn
This being human is a guest-house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
Who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture.
Still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
The kids are finally in school and the house is quiet. I just want to sit here and enjoy the silence. As much as I love my kids and being able to spend extra time with them, there is definitely a need for space. For their benefit and mine. Enough was enough.
I was able to get some of the much needed de-cluttering done this weekend. I scheduled an appointment with gooddonor.org to pick up the stuff at my house –and almost half of a garage full of stuff will be in the hands of the Lupus Foundation before the day is through. I love the feeling I have after a good purge. I was telling someone late last week, how I finally feel like I can catch my breath now that I am not working somewhere that was suffocating me. The clearing of all the clutter in my house is a sign that I’m coming up for air and it is such a great feeling. I highly recommend getting the shit out of your life as a great way to help you feel better.
Here are a few good sites about clearing clutter:
Another way to renew and feel great is to spend time with a baby. Here is the most adorable picture of my brother and his new daughter:
Squat Clean Testing -managed a 5# PR on my squat clean -however, it wasn’t a perfect clean and I know strength wise I am capable of much more. Gotta get the technique down – practice, practice, practice.
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I’m not sure if I have mentioned but I am leading a wellness challenge at Highbar CrossFit. I am far from perfect when it comes to complete and utter wellness, but I sure as heck have enough experience and knowledge to help others navigate as they learn what works for their body. It’s been a great experience so far – two weeks in.
It’s funny though – because you really do get to know people pretty well when you are helping them. The thoughts about themselves, others – how they approach what they are being asked to do, how they prefer to go about tackling the changes. It’s all very interesting and helps me more than they probably realize learn about myself and how I interact with others. It inspires me to want to help more people discover how they can feel so much better just by being more aware of what they are eating. I am not a nutrition nazi at all – but I think if people would just detox and then eat the foods they normally eat, it would be an eye opening experience for them.
Today’s workout was fun – and varied.
4 Rounds of
Slam Ball Throws/Bear Crawl-Lunges
3x 250m Rows
Some Inspiration to start your weekend…
Kids are home and I found out they will be home for the rest of the week thanks to Mother Nature. I am all for being around my kids, but there comes a time when we all need some distance from one another –like this week!
One of the nutrition challenge extra asks last week was to drink .5L for every pound you weigh. Most of us don’t drink enough water – I know I don’t. It’s actually really hard – and I know I need to do better. So let’s all commit to drinking lots of water this week and see how we feel.
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An impending snow storm has the kids at home again and allowed me to spend some extra time after my workout to work on mobility and have time in the sauna. My hips flexors have been hurting for a few days. I have never had issues before with them quite like this, so I’m not sure what I did. I am focusing on specific mobility and stretching to help and doubling up on some fish oil for a few days to give my joints some extra lubrication.
It was also a very exciting start to my week – I am an Aunt again– my brother David’s second daughter arrived yesterday – 2 weeks after the arrival of my other brother Jon’s daughter, Simone! That makes 4 Girls and 1 boy (Nate) in the grandchildren department. I wish I lived closer to San Fran so I can be a proper Aunt and spoil them rotten… Maybe someday that wish will come true. It’s hard to think about not being in their lives day to day.
Today was a hodge podge of mobility/conditioning/strength that was brutally wonderful.
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I’ve been really reflective the past month or so – thinking about life, my own place in the universe, how I relate to others, and the frailty of life in general. Not sure why all of the sudden – maybe because some change in my own life or seeing friends lose someone close to them.
Yesterday, I came across a post that once again displayed how short life is and how it can change in the blink of an eye. The reason I am sharing is to really drive home the idea that you need to make every moment count. Don’t hold on to anger. Don’t be stopped by fear. Stop and smell the roses. Focus on creating the life you want.
Everything We Leave Behind - Amanda was living her life, using Twitter once in a while, and then found out she was very ill with a brain tumor. Her tweets capture her life –all the way to the end. This compilation is a poignant snapshot of a life — and she didn’t even realize that she left a legacy. It really makes you think about your own social legacy after you pass — and what it says about you.
Life really is precious and short — take advantage of the time you have.
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–if you complete under 15 rounds>20 burpees
–if you complete under 20 rounds>1 burpee
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