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.
This is such an important quote to take to heart. I have been around some people that inspire me to be better, to want to work harder and I have been around people that suck the wind out of you – and drag you down. Sometimes this can be one and same the person at different times or when you or they change. Change is inevitable –knowing when to move on is the key.
Gaining perspective in your life is an important exercise that you must purposefully develop. By reading good books, speaking with older relatives, volunteering and observing little kids you can start to get a more rounded view of the world you are living. As you partake in these activities, train yourself to start looking at your life outside the realm of your current circumstances; see yourself as if 40 years from the future, and 30 years from the past. We all have very real problems and situations to deal with; some are in our control while others are not. The only thing that we really have control of is our emotions when dealing with situations. Gaining perspective is a wonderful tool for sustaining a meaningful and fulfilling life!
I have heard many times “unfortunately perception is reality”. This statement bugs me because I believe that if you are aware that perception can cloud the reality of a situation, you should, in theory, be able to step back and evaluate whatever is going on for what it is and then make sound decisions and react appropriately. Sometimes if you dig deeper, or peel the layers — what you find is nothing like what you thought.
…perception is NOT reality. Perception is merely one person’s interpretation of reality.
People lie about things everyday in order to evoke a better persona. It’s important to be conscious of your perception, because if you’re not, someone else will create it for you. It’s your life you need to decide how you’re going to live it.
10 push ups
4 sampson stretchs
4 instep lunges
50 Ring Pull Ups
20# dumbbell Manmakers (AMRAP)|
total:?? who the heck knows. I sweated my butt off and lost track or was that consciousness?
I am going to meet a friend that wants to try Highbar CrossFit tonight for their evening class, which is a good thing because I woke up this morning not able to move my arms fully because of the pull ups on Sunday and the Manmakers on Monday. Total CrossFit problems!.
“Always be learnin’.”
This is, in my opinion, a fine motto for living. It prevents complacency and ensures you are always becoming a better version of yourself. It also presents to you — sometimes in uncomfortable ways — your own areas of opportunity, allows you to appreciate other people’s abilities and reminds you that strength comes in all forms.
That’s why I take all of those CrossFit workshops and courses – i love learning and find when i am really interested in the topic, i can’t get enough of it. It’s all a part of my go, go, go personality.
How funny is this quote? Education is important, but big biceps are importanter.
This is such a good quote because although Luck does play a part in so much of what happens — you have to focus and commit to make things happen. Because as sad as it is, things just don’t
‘happen’ when you are sitting on the sidelines. You have to clear a path, get rid of the shit that is holding you back, jump when you aren’t sure where you will land sometimes. Take chances, try something different just because. Too many of us go around not happy – either with our jobs, or our family life, or with ourselves. The reality is we have the power to change the state of things if we — focus and commit to it! Promise!
I was all set up to go workout this morning, but my quads are so sore. Earlier this week it was my calves from my run on Sunday and now my quads! Sore is good don’t get me wrong, but I decided to rest. I will be taking out the old Lacrosse ball and rolling them out later. I wish I had someone that could smash my legs –perhaps I can talk Scotty into stepping on me later. TMI I know.. .ha ha!
Have a great, great day –don’t let anyone get inside your head so much that they cause the day to spoil! It’s not worth it! Go get em tiger!
It’s days like this that remind you how lucky you are to be where you are –and how in an instant life can be altered. The stories out of Oklahoma City after the tornado are heartbreaking. And I find that it’s too painful and heart-wrenching for me to talk or read about the children hurt and killed — I keep thinking about it in a selfish way. Those could be my babies, when in fact they were someone’s babies and how it’s just over. Their entire life is altered in the blink of an eye.
Appreciate all you have and don’t waste time with the stupid shit we all get wrapped up in from time to time. It’s just not worth it in the end. What is worth it is to surround yourself with good people that you love and love you. Everyone’s time will come — and none of us know when.
Here’s a wonderful story among all the tragedy: Okla. tornado survivor finds dog buried alive under rubble
I had a great workout this AM but it sure pointed out that taking a short break –even just two weeks–can remind you that you are only as good as your last workout. I am S O R E!
- 200m jog
- 10 squats
- 10 push ups
- 4 Sampson Stretch
- 4 4 Point Instep Lunges
- 10 Squats
5×5 Bench Press
3 Rounds 1min each station
- SDHP Kettlebell
It was tough. I had issues with catching my breath — it’s muggy and this place has a lot of new construction dust still but I pushed through best I could. Do what you gotta do today to get some fitness in!!
Working out really does help with SLEEP. I got my fitness in yesterday evening and I gotta tell you, I slept so so so much better. And just feel overall better this morning. It was a tough workout too!
5 RM Backsquat 155#
Mini Rowing Helen
21 KB Swings
12 Strict Pull Ups
I have been doing some thinking around Taking responsibility for your actions. Why are you where you are today, whether that means you are in a good space or bad. We are the product of the choices we make — are we out of shape and overweight? are we unfulfilled in our careers? There may be a myriad of reasons why things are the way they are but it does come down to making choices. We can always choose to change our status quo. It’s probably the harder route and scariest, but in the end it could be worth it. Why not decide to make one change today — big or small. Who knows, it could be the smaller ones that end up being the most fulfilling.
Not taking responsibility may be less demanding, less painful and mean less time spent in the unknown. It’s more comfortable. You can just take it easy and blame problems in your life on someone else. But there is always a price to pay. When you don’t take responsibility for your life you give away your personal power.