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.
2for1 Wall Balls
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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.
WOD: Death by…
–if you complete under 10 rounds>40 burpees
–if you complete under 15 rounds>20 burpees
–if you complete under 20 rounds>1 burpee
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Music to your Ears
It’s my rest day — so I wanted to share this quote I heard today that struck a chord with me…
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Roosevelt
A few bits of info to share today. It was my rest day and I am super sore. Not sure why, but for some reason this week has kicked my tush in the workout department!
I have talked about coaching many times before –and the need to make sure you find a good, experienced coach to help you learn CrossFit. Here’s a great post that I came across yesterday:
The CrossFit L1 Cert Doesn’t Make You a Coach - There is an abundance of bad coaches out there and the difference between that and a great one is night and day. Once you find one – you will never, ever accept poor coaching again. I promise!
And this -Watch this video below. It will make you really think about how changing your words, can change your world – It’s something I am trying really really hard to focus on. That and the thousands of other things I am trying to improve. Life is about moving forward, getting better, and being the best you, you can be.