I came across a blog post by one of my CrossFit friends who runs Craic in MA – and it enhanced a previous blog post I wrote last week – how not judging others is one of the hardest behaviors for so many of us to do. Think about all the ways you judge things in the course of a day. A few examples like the weather, your outfit, how you feel, your hair – you make judgments on those things before you even leave you house in the morning. John writes:
“If your goal is lasting change then it’s going to take work. It doesn’t matter if you want the body of your dreams, more money in your bank account, a more fulfilling career, or in this case – to be more accepting of others for the choices they make.”
And that’s what I am trying to do — with a new job, new people to meet, I have decided to put my best foot forward and make some changes to how I react and respond in certain situations. The other day I was showing someone pictures from Facebook and they immediately made a comment about the way someone looked and I challenged them about it. It’s easy to sit back and decide who someone is without really considering what walking in their shoes may be like.
Here’s another good post about judging: Judge Not. Failing That? Learn A Lot. that may offer some insight. To be less judgmental day to day definitely takes awareness, practice and work, which is probably why many of us choose to focus on other goals.
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I’ve been boxing for a while now and am really getting into it. I can see more definition and I am leaning out. And I am not having any nagging shoulder impingement issues either. A lot of it has to do with not lifting heavy shit over my head which is Ok with me. I love that it’s not just boxing either –this morning we did some agility drills with the ladder and then finished the workout with suicide sprints outside.
On the nutrition side, I’ve been eating a lot of sweet potatoes lately – I buy an bag of organic ones at Wegmans weekly. I didn’t realize how good they are for you – they have massive amounts of beta carotene, fiber, and important vitamins and minerals.
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I came across this list from the book The Four Agreements. I think we would all agree that these 4 tips are a good road map for anyone but like most everything, not always the easiest to always act upon. But we should all at least try to live by them…
I’m off to start my second week at my new job - so far so good. It’s been an energizing experience so far and I am learning a lot – which is something that I love to do.
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I still have Robin Williams on my mind. Reports say that he had been getting treatment for his depression but that it was too far gone to do any good. I’m not sure I am willing to believe that help at any point is not helpful. The entire situation is tragic and hurts. We hurt because he was a part of our lives. His movies mean something to us. He touched many of us deeply and many of us can relate to his mental health struggle. Russell Brand wrote a very poignant piece about Robin Williams and his struggle.
“When someone gets to 63 I imagined, hoped, I suppose, that maturity would grant an immunity to adolescent notions of suicide but today I read that suicide isn’t exclusively a young man’s game.“
Robin Williams was not a young kid – dealing with the struggles that sometimes hurt so badly that teens don’t know how to deal – he was what we would call a success! He had kids, a wife, money, career success. The stories about how kind and thoughtful he was continue to pour in… It really is true that no one knows what inner struggles another person faces day in and out. If we all remember that and approach our daily lives with kindness and patience – we all benefit.
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I posted All the reasons I loved being on the Paleo diet (but why I decided to stop) the other day – and I fielded some questions about what I am doing lately. I relate a lot to what this blog writer says as well. Right now, I am trying make healthier choices and staying away from gluten, dairy and processed food which aligns to Paleo but I am realizing there is more to life than hitting PRs and restricting and monitoring everything I eat. I want to be healthy but in a healthy way– does that make sense?
If I want some pizza, then I am going to have some but not go overboard – I am enjoying being away from 100% CrossFit/Strength and Conditioning fitness gyms. I want to have fun, listen to some great music, and be fit – move my body for an hour or so. The way I am feeling right now – who the heck gives a crap if I can deadlift 250# and added 10# from last cycle. It’s great to be strong, but I am not training for an athletic endeavor. I want to be FIT and Healthy. That may include dead lifting and it may not — who knows. I am regaining perspective about what I am doing. What are my goals TODAY — they are definitely different than a year or so ago. I may be less lean and lose some of the strength gains from a year ago, but I am starting to realize at the end of the day, so what? I am healthy, strong and fit.
Everyone needs to do a gut check and really take a look at you want out of your life — you may be surprised to find out it isn’t what you thought. And who knows, six months to a year from now, maybe I will feel like going back to CrossFit or do another strength based program, but maybe not. I’m keeping an open mind…
This quote really speaks to doing a gut check as well: “You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures.” ~Charles C. Noble The question to ask is what are you working towards — what does the future look like to you and then start working towards that…
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Boxing with Connor. Great class that included sprints in between rounds!
Fall is around the corner and the change of season is a good time to make healthy changes in your life, like taking on the Whole 30 challenge. If you want to look into the Whole 30 approach, Melissa over at The Clothes Make the Girl compiled some great resources: Whole 30 Resources Roundup. I also found a Pinterest Board to help get you set up doing Whole 30: Whole30 Approved – Food.
And of course you can always visit my Paleo & CrossFit Resources page for even more information and inspiration!
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I’m loving this guy’s voice: Sam Smith – I’m Not The Only One
Boxing – I was not really feeling it today, so my calorie burn was a bit down but at the end I did some stretching, so my calorie burn was around 800 total.
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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Watch this video: Slomo and when you are done, I want you to ask yourself if you are doing what you want to do. Are you really tapping into what makes you happy? Not everyone can just take a leap like this guy has done, but we can all take steps to bring us closer to doing what we enjoy…
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Here we are — well into March. In fact, you could say that we are nearing the end of March. Spring is in the air and what happens? Snow. We got snow and it snowed all darn day. This year’s winter has been really odd in Northern VA. I have lived here since 1996 and don’t remember it ever being so extreme — spring like one day, super frigid cold the next, snow and ice, and more and a lot of snow. Mother Nature needs to be put on some mood stabilizers for sure!
I was all prepared to get up this morning and head off for my usual workout but you know what? I am feeling somewhat burned out. My shoulders are smoked and I just don’t have the usual enthusiasm. To me, this is a clear sign that I need to scale back for a while. I may be overdoing it and not doing enough recovery work. This weekend was very intense physically for me and it may have finally made me realize that I needed to rest extra. So yesterday and today – I did some stretching and lacrosse ball smashing but that’s it. Hopefully my mojo will be back for tomorrow’s workout. I need my CrossFit!
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SNOW is what greeted me when I woke up this morning. SNOW is what happened mid-March – mere weeks before spring. SNOW is what made me cranky today. School was cancelled, gym was closed, and it’s cold. I am so over winter – it’s overstayed its welcome. I am all for seasons but it’s time for this one to move on. I need more sunlight, more outdoor activities, more warmer temps. Who is with me??
Next Sunday is Team Hoagie’s Heroes annual 5K Scope it Out Race to help raise awareness and money for Colon Cancer. Colon cancer is curable if detected early and there is no reason why we shouldn’t detect it early. Go to Chris4Life and find out more info about colon cancer, its signs and symptoms and other ways to be in the know. The colonoscopy is nothing compared to what you have to go through if you actually do have colon cancer – trust me. I had to witness Scotty’s diagnosis and treatment and it ain’t something you want to go through.
Now, let’s talk about the impending season change…
With spring is coming – or at least I am assuming it will be here soon, it’s a great time to reevaluate your goals. Many of us make a list of things we want to do at the beginning of the year and rarely check in with them to see how they are progressing. Spring means you can be more active outside, get some more Vitamin D, socialize with friends that you rarely saw during the winter. Do me and yourself a favor, take a few minutes in the evening this week and write down a few things you want to accomplish this season. Don’t jot down too many – just a few things that you have been meaning to do, or really want to do and work towards completing them or making progress towards their completion. It’s a great feeling to be able to feel the momentum that is created when you are moving towards goals you set for yourself.
Here’s a post I wrote earlier this year about Focusing on the process, not necessarily the goal that might offer some help:
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