Just a slow uninspired day around here for me — super busy Friday work wise. Other than that – I took an extra rest day to see if it will make any difference in how I feel. My body has been really sore and I kind of feel like I have before when I have been overtraining. Not sure if it’s just me over analyzing how I feel. But with the 200 mile American Odyssey in less than a week I need to be on point.
Jon Stewart is so good
Yesterday, I was interviewed for a local magazine about being a Modern Mom. I was nominated by one of my dear friends Tina, who I met at the very beginning of my fitness journey. What’s funny is that magazine is called I am Modern Magazine and it’s geared towards Modern Moms (whatever that means). I had never been interviewed before so I had no idea what to expect.
I met the writer, Gwen, at CFI in our coach’s office so we could have a quiet place to chat. Gwen is a local writer and you ever just meet someone and just instantly feel connected? Yeah, well that was how it was with her. The conversation just flowed. A mom herself, with three boys – she and I connected on a lot of things and issues relating to health, wellness and parenting. She also believes strongly in giving back and has started a local non-profit to help underprivileged families called: www.growlearnthrive.org
“Our mission is to help children of financially disadvantaged families to thrive through each developmental phase of their first five years by contributing material needs, providing parental education and support, and stimulating learning and early literacy through exposure to age-appropriate educational toys and books.”
We talked for a long time — and what surprised me was all the emotions me sharing my story with her brought up. I don’t often go back to the actual moments of ‘cancer’ being in our lives, so when I do, it always surprises me. It seems so long ago and my family was so different back then, but what became clear after talking about it — there were some wonderful things it taught me and fundamentally changed me. As bad as it was, and as scary as it was — it taught me about perspective, and what’s important, and showed me how much I love Scott and my family. It helped me filter the people in my life, it brought new and amazing people and opportunities and ultimately led me to finding my passion that surrounds me with a group of people that I now call ‘family’.
I hope the story conveys the intentions behind why I do what I do day in and day out — to inspire and support people out there to live a healthy and well life –not just physically, but mentally and not just focused on exercise but on things that make you happy, creating perspective and finding real joy in your life.
Hannah always tells me I am not cool –she says “Mom, get into the modern”, and now, that I will be in I am Modern Magazine – I can confidently say to her -well look, I am!
Here are some interesting things I have been reading about this week:
- Don’t Just Declutter, De-own.
- Nutrition Myths You Need to Stop Believing: Eating well begins with separating facts from fallacies
- My Daguerreotype Boyfriend
- Bruce Feiler: Agile programming — for your family
- 600m jog
- Front Squat
- 5×5 Front Squat
Interesting information about companies and the quest for“stomach share” — the amount of digestive space that any one company’s brand can grab from the competition.
Today, one in three adults is considered clinically obese, along with one in five kids, and 24 million Americans are afflicted by type 2 diabetes, often caused by poor diet, with another 79 million people having pre-diabetes. Even gout, a painful form of arthritis once known as “the rich man’s disease” for its associations with gluttony, now afflicts eight million Americans.
What I found, over four years of research and reporting, was a conscious effort — taking place in labs and marketing meetings and grocery-store aisles — to get people hooked on foods that are convenient and inexpensive.
Never forget that it’s a business folks! They are making products that make them money, not looking out for your best health interests!
- Cut the Processed Foods! Diet And Acne: For A Clearer Complexion, Cut The Empty Carbs
I am always amazed when I see a teenager with bad acne and their doctors prescribe meds instead of first having them try to modify their diet! I know when I start eating junk, my face breaks out. Plain and simple –it’s not rocket science.
- Seriously, if you are having a bad day – visit this link. I promise it will make you feel better! Guaranteed! 13 Simple Steps To Get You Through A Rough Day
- 3 wall walks
- 3 burpees
- 6 mountain climbers
- Split Jerk
made it to 130# but it wasn’t pretty.
I came across this article in the New York Times about how important it really is to develop relationships when looking for a new job or opportunity. It’s a lot like how social media marketing works — it’s about the authentic relationships you build upon; not gimmicky tactics. Many traditional marketers are having a difficult time making the transition because they have never really looked at their customers as detailed as they have to now. It’s been an interesting few years in marketing watching those who knew so much struggle and having to play catch up. Many of them simply aren’t able to grasp this new approach and it’s showing…
This quote “Don’t think of the reps you have left – Just get the one in font of you, then another, another and another” is applicable to so many things in life. Sub the word “reps” with anything. Breaking things into bite sized pieces helps you from becoming overwhelmed and you start to see things in a more optimistic way. Try it!
A friend of mine sent me this link a few weeks back to help cheer me up! It sure makes you stop and think about what failure and not giving up can lead to! Thanks Will!
I woke up feeling a bit under the weather — sore throat and stuffy headed, but deadlifts were on the board today and they are my favorite lift.
deadlifts (go heavy)
I warmed up with a few lower sets 135/165. Then went to 235/165/235/125/235/85. I tried two separate times to hit 245# but just couldn’t get it to happen today. Not every day can be a PR day as Coach Nate says.
It was a super fun day at the gym — we worked on Rope Climbs for a part of it. Rope climbs without the knot at the end that we all remember in grade school. It’s about foot placement — Rope climbs was one of the things that eluded me for a long time until one of my friends – Anna took me to task and helped me learn it.
I am going to master double unders this year — yesterday I was able to string 4-5 in a row during the workout which is progress for me — and I did a modified muscle up a few weeks back. For my CrossFit Goals — those are the two things I will make progress on. It’s only going to happen with focus and practice.
So it’s January and so many people out there set goals for themselves as a way to start the new year out on a the right path. Setting goals is the easy part – achieving them: well that’s where its tough.
Set Short Term Goals to Signify Progress
But setting a long term goal and setting short term goals that can signify progress may be an easier way to look at the whole process. So you want to lose weight — how about setting the goal that Sunday – Friday, you will focus on what you are eating, follow a plan that you researched, not have dessert –whatever it is.
That way you will see some progress, but you break it down into chunks that don’t seem so daunting. It’s a process I use with my son when I can tell he is getting overwhelmed at the task at hand and it’s a good strategy to use for many other things.
Also, create lists (daily that turns into monthly). If you write down all the stuff you want to get done, it doesn’t have to take up space in your head and cause you stress. You just go through the list and do each task. Whatever doesn’t get done, goes to the next day or week or month. It’s very Covey like but effective. I also find that using mobile or a tablet doesn’t quite cut it for me. I like putting paper to a pad. It seems to make the connection better for me.
I bought a weekly calendar post it note pad — so each week, day by day, I can list out what needs to be done.
You may be headed towards progress towards your goal and then realize “Shit –this isn’t going the way I wanted it to.” You know what you do? Adjust your goals. They aren’t set in stone –life is in flux. That doesn’t mean that you should give up because it’s hard — you have to think about why you created that goal in the first place. Do you really want to lose weight? It’s gonna take work –and are you ready to put in the work?
Last night, I watched the Biggest Loser Season Premiere. They had some CrossFit folks on it helping Bob Harper out with his custom gym area for his athletes. What struck me was how harsh Jillian was on her team. I get that she was trying to break them and so many of them are so stuck in their habits — Stuck In the fear loop –as Tony Blauer calls it. Sometimes you have to just push and pound on people to get them out of it — freedom is so buried deep inside of them and they have layers and layers of filters preventing them from escaping.
But the real question with those broken athletes is are they willing to put in the work? How bad do they want to change and get healthy? It is probably one of the hardest things they will ever have to do — and it’s not the weight that is holding them back, it’s their head. They peel the layers of whatever is holding them back – the rest will seem easy.
They need to really commit and then recommit to what they say they want –and for some of them, the answer is they don’t want it as bad as they say they do. Or they aren’t ready to escape the chains of fear. It is definitely interesting to watch how stuck they are – everyone that watches the show can see it –it’s sometimes hard to understand how they can’t. But life is funny like that.
With that said — I think she was too hard and not adjusting her style to match the athlete – which I think good coaches, good managers, good leaders get.
Here are some ideas for you to think about when you are thinking about making progress towards your goals:
- 600m jog
- Rope Climbs
- 12×3 Back Box Squats 60% 1 RM
Christmas Abbott: Smoking Hot!
One of the coolest CF Athletes I have met so far has been Christmas Abbott. I met her first a few years ago at the Mid Atlantic Regionals and have kept up with her from time to time. I Just like everything about her –shes super sweet, happy to help you out (and I have called on her more than once) and of course is Smokin’ Hot.
Look at these pics of her from Inked Magazine- Nov 2012. They totally bust the myth of CF Girls getting bulky. She is amazing, strong, and conditioned and — NOT BULKY! Rest my case –enjoy the pics. I can honestly say that Christmas is my girl crush! I just like everything about her!