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June 17th, 2013, by Jennie · 5 Comments
TOUGH. CrossFit T-Shirts are always telling me I need to "harden the f-up". I don't need to be any tougher, because I'm already as tough as I want to be. To be completely honest, I sometimes feel like crying when the WOD is extra challenging. Every now and then I scale workouts. And if my hands hurt really really bad during pull-ups, I stop. I don't go and go and go until my body collapses and my hands are bleeding, because that's not who I am. It might be who you are. And I'm cool with that.
ME. I wear makeup to the gym. I like tall socks with cute designs. I have a pink headband that matches my pink sports bra that also happens to match my black shorts with hot pink trim.Tough isn't for everyone. It certainly isn't for me. I don't wear t-shirts with profanity on them. (Actually they make me cringe). I don't cheer when people puke after a WOD. Instead I want to hold their hair and get them a drink of water. Puking is awful.
HUGS. Know what I do a lot of? Hugging. High-fiving. Cheering and clapping. Because that's who I am. I'm tender and kind and I just so happen to have a love for lifting heavy weights. And you know what? That's ok. It doesn't make me any less of a "CrossFitter" because I'm not tough. CrossFit is infinitely scalable and so is the "toughness" that our community has become famous for. Or infamous. Whatever you prefer.
BE YOU. Consider this the CrossFit Fire PSA that you don't have to be tough all the time. It's ok to break down once in a while. There is a time and a place for that mental toughness....but there is also a time for scaling, kindness and lipgloss. Lucky for me CrossFit Fire allows me to be whoever I want to be today.
On a scale of 1-10, how tough are YOU?
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June 9th, 2013, by Jennie · No comments
WEIRD. I'm at a weird point in my life where I'm dealing with a toddler and a teenager at the same time. There are constant struggles with temper tantrums, whining, and an inability to communicate their feelings properly. Yep - all of those struggles are relative to BOTH the toddler and the teenager.
EASY. One thing that I'm working hard to adjust are my teenager's expectations. She expects that everything should be "easy". She shouldn't have to work hard to get what she wants, or implement any real change in her life. This lazy river runs through her social life, school work, and even her diet and nutrition.
ADVICE. She recently decided she wants to lose weight. Lucky for her, she has parents who make their living helping people reach their goals, and look better naked. Do you think she wanted to hear anything we had to say? ABSOLUTELY NOT. She told me she doesn't want to give up the foods she loves, count her calories, or eat any of our "gross paleo food". Oh, and top it all off with the fact that she is also unwilling to exercise. So...how exactly am I supposed to help? Her answer was that she wanted me to buy her diet pills. Uh huh. Just sit by the mailbox, sweetie. They should be arriving any day now.
RESULTS. Know what kind of results she can expect? NONE. No change = no change. Weird, I know. Surprisingly, this "no change" mentality isn't just bound to the teenage years. I've met plenty of grown adults over the years who have told me all the things they won't do in order to reach their goals. Whether it's that they won't commit to more than 2 days a week at the Fort, won't give up ______ food, won't give up the convenience of drive-thrus, or just plain won't put in the effort that's required. There are SO MANY THINGS they won't do, that ultimately they will never reach their goals.
CHALLENGE. What I'm challenging you to do right now, is make a list of all the things you ARE willing to do in order to reach your goals. Start by writing down your goals. Under that, start your list. What are you willing to sacrifice? How hard are you willing to work? What permanent changes will you make? Next to your list of AREs, make a list of your WON'Ts. But before you start writing your WON'Ts, make sure you go back and re-read your goals. There's a good chance these are goals you have had for a long, long time and have never been able to reach. Think about how you'll feel when you reach them. The triumph you'll experience. The pep in your step, and the gleam in your eye......Ok, NOW write your WON'Ts.
Approach your life with determination, not with the expectation that anything is ever easy.
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May 27th, 2013, by Jennie · Comments Off
QUIT. Have you ever thought about quitting during a workout? Maybe instead of fully quitting you just cut some of the reps short? I'll tell you a story about quitting. It starts with a girl and a jump rope on a sunny pier in Door County.
As soon as Bill told me about the Flight Simulator WOD, I knew I had to try it. My double unders are so amazing that they're almost legendary. (that might be a stretch) So here we are on vacation with friends, and I thought the 'ole Flight Simulator would be a great way to start my morning. The first few minutes went by fast. My sets were unbroken. My form was amazing. And then I hit my set of 40 and it went like this: 38, 38, 38, 35, 37, 38, 39. Each time I failed my frustration started building. At one point I ripped off my sunglasses and threw them into the boat. I mean....this workout is already 500 double unders. Add to that an extra 265ish and you start to feel a little burned out.
So I quit.
I threw my jump rope down in frustration and quit. I slowly started walking back to the house and as the cool morning breeze hit my face I thought to myself, "How am I going to tell everyone that I started a workout and then quit??"
I felt ashamed. I felt embarrassed. I felt...like a failure. Worse than attempting the workout and it taking FOREVER was the thought of attempting it and failing. So about half way back to the house I put back on my big girl pants and I started again. My wod timer was still running in my pocket, so I just picked up where I left off. Miraculously, I made it through the whole rest of the workout with unbroken sets of double unders - not a single miss. It was a frickin' miracle.
For the rest of the weekend I walked kind of funny due to extreme pain in my calves, but at least the extreme pain came with the satisfaction of knowing it was from FINISHING something. What was unimaginable to me would be if that pain was accompanied by the sting of defeat.
So next time you're knee deep in the murky waters of complete exhaustion, sweat running into your eyes, and the clock mercilessly ticking away, just ask yourself: What does quitting say about you? Is that the kind of person you want to be?
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May 3rd, 2013, by Jennie · 5 Comments
THOSE DAYS. As athletes we've all had those days. The days when the weights are glued to the floor. Days when our double under rhythm is gone with the wind. Days where you want to scream and yell and kick the chalk bucket. We have also had days that are completely amazing. The barbells seem to have no weight at all. Our pull-ups have never been more fluid. You could quite possibly PR every single one of your lifts. It's almost like you got sprinkled with unicorn dust as you walked through the door.
HANDFUL. Unfortunately, those days aren't who you are as an athlete. There will only be a handful of days like that. The amazing days are there to help balance out the fantastically crappy ones...and nothing more. The rest of your days will just be mediocre.
FUN. Don't get me wrong - those mediocre days will still be fun! They are how you are going to spend the majority of your time at the Fort. All I'm asking is that you try not to put too much stock into the days that are few and far between - good or bad. Take a look at the meat and potatoes of your training. THAT is who you are as an athlete.
FOCUS. So just as you can't let yourself be defined by your crappy days, don't try and define yourself by your spectacular days either. If you are always waiting for the spectacular, you're going to miss all the great things you're accomplishing along the way. You'll be so blinded by your quest for unicorn dust that you forget how amazing it is to do a whole workout RX even if you have the slowest time of the day. Or how much fun it is to just lift heavy stuff with some like minded people. Next time, before you let a crappy day consume you take a deep breath - chances are there will be unicorn dust in your future to help balance out the universe.
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April 26th, 2013, by Jennie · 3 Comments
SOCKS. Cold steel. Weights slamming against the floor. A haze of chalk floating in the air. And in all that agony, all that struggle, I couldn't stop watching her socks. The stark contract of her innocent, girly tall socks stood out to me and had me completely captivated.
FUN. It reminded me that we all just want to have fun. Deep inside all of us is that little kid screaming "no hands" on the roller coaster, and jumping into the air at the very last second before the elevator stops. As adults we tip-toe around puddles, but sometimes don't you just want to jump in with both feet and splash around?
YOU. So make sure you're making CrossFit what YOU want it to be. If you're here to wear tall socks and put on lip gloss before your workout, GREAT! If you're here to raise hell, go RX every day, and qualify for the Games, PERFECT! There's room here at the Fort for all types. Silly, serious and everything in between.
PLAY. Try and remember that there are enough parts of life that are demure and grown-up-y. Make sure you're playing with your inner little stinker every once in a while. So go ahead and run through a sprinkler, car dance, climb a tree, or wear pigtails to work. When it's time to return to the grown-up stuff, it'll be a lot more tolerable.
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April 20th, 2013, by Jennie · 1 Comment
We don't always see ourselves the way the rest of the world does. Mirrors, scales, body image issues, fad diets, rail thin super models, eating disorders, unrealistic expectations, and even our busy lives prevent us from noticing the changes we're making and how profound they are. It's very possible you became amazing without even realizing it.
Did something recently surprise you? Did you see a picture of yourself and have to look twice to see if that was REALLY you? Maybe you made it back first from the run in the WOD for the first time EVER. Or maybe someone congratulated you after class on how hard you pushed during the WOD. Huh. Weird. It's almost like you might have missed that if someone else hadn't taken notice.
We spend our days with our faces glued to our computer screens and phones, so wrapped up in what's happening in other people's lives that we sometimes neglect ourselves. While a witty status update complaining about the weather might get some laughs from your friends, is that what's REALLY going on in your life? Is that what you REALLY want to be telling the world? More importantly, if the world was making status updates for you, is that what they would be saying??
AMAZING YOU. You are an athlete. Powerful and strong in every way. Your body and your mind change a teeny tiny bit every time you come to the Fort. The changes are so subtle that you won't even notice. Take a minute to change your focus. Reflect on where you were 3 months ago, 6 months ago, a year ago....and compare that to where you are now. See yourself the way the rest of us do. Find the amazing that is within you, and be proud. Relish the opportunity to gloat a little about what's truly great about you - because there most definitely IS something great and amazing. (even if you didn't notice)
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March 30th, 2013, by Jennie · 3 Comments
- Found this on Facebook. Thanks to CrossFit New Bedford! Had to re-post!
It pisses me off when I walk into a box, the workout is ending, someone is struggling to finish and people are just sitting around watching, or packing up to go, or worse... gone.
Yeah, you've finished the workout, but guess what, your friend and partner over here, they haven't. This person who you see 3-4 times a week, more than your family, more than your friends...
This person who shares in some of your greatest triumphs...
They are still struggling.
So what the hell are you doing dis-interested, checking your facebook posts and inane work emails.
Put down your damn phone, get a little closer and step back into the game. You're not done yet.
This person is part of your crew, your new family, and you know what, they could use your help.
This person who is experiencing the same awfulness you just went through is in the middle of that dark place.
Your encouragement helps them pick the weight back up.
Your attention focuses their energy.
Your yells drive them forward.
You should care about this person because they will care about you.
You should cheer for this person because they will cheer for you.
And you should be in the game until its over for everyone because that is how its done in our CrossFit community. Each and every one of us, newbie, veteran, competitor, deserves to be pushed by their neighbor.
Get over there, start cheering, and stop pissing me off.
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