It’s All About Me (Or Is It?)

It’s a new year, so time for a New Year’s resolution post, right?!  Sorry to disappoint. There’s nothing wrong with New Year’s resolutions, but there are about a million other bloggers who have already written on that topic, so I’m going to pass. 2014 was a great year.  It had its difficult moments – I…

The Pursuit of Good Health and Body Image

This isn’t the first time I’ve written about body image, and Lord knows it probably won’t be the last.  I came across this article on Breaking Muscle earlier, and it really resonated with me.  Health is a noble and worthy pursuit – but so often, health becomes the scapegoat for pursuing what is, at its core, simply…

A Case of Mistaken Identity

Pretend for a moment that I am sitting across from you, and I ask, “Who are you?”  What would you say? You might define yourself by the role you play to others – friend, wife, mother, sister.  You might define yourself by your job or industry – accountant, teacher, marketing, sales.  Perhaps you would define yourself…

The Cross > CrossFit

In my last post, I wrote about some of the fall-out from competing at the Galt Games.  I was physically and mentally hurting.  At the time, my response was to resist becoming discouraged and to redirect my frustrations into working harder at becoming a better CrossFitter.  However, what I really ended up doing was the…

Conquer, Compete, or Compare?

Yesterday, I competed in the Team RX division of the Summer Galt Games.  It was my second CrossFit competition, but first time competing in the Rx division. I agreed to compete because one of my friends asked me to do it with her.  I reluctantly agreed (competitions, whether dance, figure, or CrossFit, carry a high…

After 29 Years…Finally

I have spent many years of my life wishing that I was more like someone else.  The number of times I have said to myself, “I wish was I _____ like her” is mind-blowing.  That blank has been filled by all kinds of adjectives – pretty, stylish, confident, thin, funny, sexy, outgoing, uninhibited, popular, ripped, strong, beautiful…

Never Enough

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to be visiting Charlotte for work and decided to stay through the weekend.  While I was there, I participated in CrossFit for Hope, which is a charity fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. In 2013, I went to CrossFit For Hope to cheer on one of my…

Beauty Is Becoming

I don’t often rant, but I had an experience yesterday that continues to bother me despite a good night’s sleep. Yesterday, I went to a bar with one of my friends (who also does CrossFit) to watch the evening events of the CrossFit Games.  The event we were watching was the individual women’s Sprint Carry,…

Fail Better

I had another CrossFit-epiphany-that-translates-to-life moment last week when I was doing a one-on-one session with Matt. The warm-up was 3 rounds (not for time) of 30 seconds L-hang, 12 Russian kettlebell swings (20kg-24kg-28kg), and then to accumulate the equivalent of 4 mat lengths of handstand walks in however many attempts I needed. I love and hate handstand…

Old Mindsets Die Hard

I’ve got a lot of exciting CrossFit events coming up over the next month and a half.  First, the CrossFit Level 1 certification seminar is next weekend.  It’s unfortunate the seminar runs from 9:00-5:30 on Saturday and Sunday of 4th of July, but I can think of worse ways to spend the holiday weekend.  I’m…

Intentions, Commitments, and PR’s

Do you ever feel like life is trying to teach you a lesson?  I’m in the midst of one of those moments.  It’s a time where there is a recurring theme in multiple areas of my life, and it’s one that I thought was worth sharing. The lesson first surfaced in CrossFit about a week…

My Next Year of CrossFit

My last post was about reflecting on my first year of CrossFit, the progress I have made, and how much my mindset about training has changed.  The next step was to look ahead and to set some goals to chase down during my second year of CrossFit. I’m no longer sipping the CrossFit Kool-Aid – I’m…