Archive | October, 2013

WeekReflection

11 Oct

I know when it is time to write when everything I do, I think about how I could put it in my blog. This week there are a lot of things I have wanted to write about, but didn’t know how to write it, or if it was even important enough to take the time to put it on my blog. Then I decided- screw it. I had a great week, and it should be public. My week consisted of breaking a few personal records, participating in more than one two-a-day workouts, and meeting a friend for coffee that I have not seen in over 15 years.

I had four separate people this week tell me that they can tell my body is changing (or that I look a lot different than I did a year ago) and that I have come a long way since I started Crossfit. First off, thank you. Any encouragement is great and it pushes me to do even better. I was lucky enough to attend a conference closer to home, so I had the opportunity to workout before and after the conference resulting in a push press PR at 105lbs, a strict press PR at 80lbs, and a clean and jerk PR at 125lbs. Then, on what I thought would be my rest day, I PR’d my 5K run time, finishing in 24:50. Holy crap. My body is ready for a rest, but my brain just keeps telling me to try new things, or to work on my weaknesses. It is all coming together. Six handstand kipping push ups strung together, three connected toes to bar, and a tripple-under just for fun. These are all of my crossfit-improvements this week. Don’t rain on my parade.

If these achievements weren’t enough to make this week great, it was made even better when a friend of mine from elementary school who moved away in Middle School reached out to me on Facebook wanting to meet up. We learned that we now live pretty close to each other and so I put out the idea of meeting at mmm… COFFEE! because I had wanted to check it out and knew it was within walking distance of her house. Although it has been 15 years since we have actually seen each other face to face, it wasn’t weird at all and it was great catching up with an old best friend. I remember sleep overs, a tee-pee in her back yard, and would still think about her when I would drive down Westlake Dr. to my parents house and see her house from the road and wondered what she was up to. It is crazy how everything comes full circle. And it is crazy how even after 15 years we could pick up and talk as if she never left. I challenge you to reach out to someone you have not seen or talked to in years. It is awesome that she reached out to me and it really made my week perfect. In a world of social media – we are probably the least social we have ever been. And by we I mean people. I am sure that is assumed, but I felt like it needed some clarification. 🙂 weird tangent- sorry. but anyways- just because you are “friends” with someone on Facebook, does not mean you really know what is going on in that person’s life. Make an effort and meet face to face with someone. Be social. It’s good for you health. I am not a doctor, but take my advice.

Happy Friday. Cheers.

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SweatItOut

2 Oct

There is no science for sweating out your sickness. At least I haven’t taken the time out to do any research on it. Shoot- Google it. There may be studies showing what is better- sweating it out or resting. Either way, I am not one to rest and to sit around enabling my mind to focus on my sickness. That small, temporary boost of serotonin from being active is all I need to get me a few extra hours of feeling great.

This post comes to you because, well.. I don’t feel great today. A small tickle in my throat started in the middle of the night between Monday and Tuesday  and I blew it off as nothing. I ran 3 miles yesterday in the middle of the day and being in the sun really did boost my overall sense of well-being, but then towards the end of the day my immune system started to crash, and a before-bedtime-pharmacy-run prevailed. Man, that nighttime alka-seltzer plus stuff really made me sleep like crap. And yes, I am not blaming my sickness, I am blaming the medicine. Ironic.

I am one stubborn person, and no matter what illness I may be facing I just cannot sit still. I would like to know what you all do to get you through your toughest days. Please- comment or write me a personal message. I’d love to hear what works for you.

And- to anyone disappointed in the fact that it is only Wednesday- maybe this video will give you some inspiration to rise and shine and to keep moving.