Here comes the Heat, whatcha gonna do about it?

I am not gonna lie…I love this time of the year in this part of the country. The Texas heat has always been something very near and dear to my heart. I have lived in Texas since I was about 2 years old. I don’t really remember life before then. The summer is Awesome and I hope you agree!

Glenns_1287bc_1080881One thing I know about this time of year is that people will either embrace it or whine about it. Don’t be the person trying to figure out how to avoid the heat.

I will only say this once…don’t allow the heat to stand between you and your fitness. This is actually the time of the year when you should be in the best shape possible. Your body temperature is already higher than normal and therefore you are able to burn more calories easier throughout the day. Take advantage of it. If you ever had an easy chance to get lean…now is the time. If you aren’t sure how to talk yourself into this…act as if you don’t have a choice.

Mental toughness is built upon every single day. Physical toughness is developed through doing things that maybe you don’t always feel like you want to do. Whatever negative thoughts we have about doing something is obviously a very natural emotion, but failing to do it anyway is where we fall short. Showing up anyway is the only way to have a chance to become better. This is true even if you feel like it wasn’t your best day.

They say if you can train in the heat, you can train in any climate. I think that if you can make your brain tell your body to move…you have definitely figured out what it means to be fit.

 

Motivation… Do you have it?

About 2 1/2 weeks ago I was having a conversation with Jeremy Thiel about Flipping the switch.
From Time to time we all have to check back in and see where we are, how do we feel about it and how to get your mind back into the right mind set to do something that maybe used to be so natural.

It is wild what all can come out of a conversation like that.

Take this for instance… for the both of us, we love to wake up and start listening to Rap/Hip Hop Music. We are from a generation were some of the most vulgar music can motivate us to make big things happen.

I know for myself… if anything that gets me going is missing on a given day, I will probably not be 100%

Yesterday was my first day back to work after knee surgery last Thursday. It was a solid day for me because from the time I woke up at 4:30 till the time I got back home at 8 pm, I got a lot accomplished. I actually stayed up on my computer till about 10pm reading and sharing on Social Media out of shear positivity.

Today, I was driving around in my Truck after a morning of meetings and computer task (both of which I was not on fire about) thinking about how much I just wanted to feel like I was making something happen and having fun with it. All I wanted was to feel excited about what I was doing. I couldn’t shake the word Motivation from my head. Almost immediately the TI song from above came through my speakers from the radio.

Here is what it all boils down to… If I want to feel like I am getting something done… I need to be out doing something. That simple. I know that we are more capable to do more than sometimes we are willing to push ourselves to do. I have experienced that myself and all I know from it is dissatisfaction.

This blog has do with nothing more than me rambling about some thoughts so please don’t tell me if you don’t like it.

Crush Life!

Ups and Downs are Temporary

But what you do is always right now.

joypainLife is Good! Life is Great! Life Sucks!

As some years have gone by for me (currently 32) I have continued to be reminded of the Law of Abundance. This states that we are capable of designing our life 100% and that everything we ever want and desire is obtainable simply by thinking and acting as if we already have it!

This is true for all things!
The type of Job we want.
The relationships we desire.
The money we want to earn.
The homes, cars, boats, clothes or jewelry we love to have.
The influence we aspire to.

If you can Dream it You can See it… If you can See it you can Have it.

I have believed in the Law of Abundance for many years now. I have put the practice to good use many times and enjoyed countless rewards because of it. The thing is, though, the fulfillment from it all hasn’t always lasted like I thought it would. I have even lost or given up much of it through frustrating or challenging times!

This makes be think…how can I be so blessed and at times feel like life is a living hell all at the same time?

Crazy right?

pain-pleasureThrough soul searching and desiring more though, I feel like I better understand God’s Plan. We are young creatures who are to be given much and challenged even more. Through the experience of pleasure and pain we develop an unbelievable wisdom that we are able to share with others around us who need a message. If we had no hardships, we would have no growth and therefore would have nothing to offer the world in which we live.

I believe life needs hardships or extreme challenges.

Fire Burns. Tearing the skin off your hands sucks. Pushing your body past fatigue and failing reps is a horrible experience. The body always comes back stronger…Always!

So how about embracing the suck fest when the cold wind blows and know that it is all a necessary piece to the bigger picture of life.

Quitting is not an option…Quitting is for quitters! So get back up. Show back up. The time to go is right now!

Acquaintance, Client and Friend

I love to highlight hard work.

People who are willing to do things others are not willing to do is always easy to recognize. All I know is that when I see it…I at the very least make sure to tell those people how great they are doing. These individuals will never get enough credit from anybody else to keep them motivated to continue to do what they do, so the only thing that really makes them stay on track is their internal drive to be better than they were yesterday.

Erin is somebody who exemplifies this quality as good as anybody else. This lady absolutely gets it done when it comes to living live full tilt. I remember meeting her for the first time 3 years ago while she was getting her business (Blenders and Bowls) started in an Air Stream Truck parked in the parking lot of the Rowing Dock off of Lake Austin one summer day. She and her business partner were hard at work making Acai Bowls. Since then she has grown that company to a business that now occupies a physical location in downtown Austin (4th and Brazos) and employs about 10 employees.  She is on the verge of a 2nd location in North Austin.

While doing that, she has also for the past 6 months been transforming her body and training it to do things that she has never been able to do before. I have seen her show up before her classmates and stay after to work on her things like pull-ups, weighted sit-ups and handstand pushups all for the sake of meeting some major goals she has set for herself.

Erin is an all around doer…who does everything she does with an awesome attitude.

Erin’s Story

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I started CrossFit at the beginning of this year, on January 4th.  I got a six-month membership to CrossFit Central for Christmas and it was the greatest gift! I had met Mike at the café [Blenders and Bowls] and chatted with him about my goals and decided he would be the best to help me attain them.  My brother used to do CrossFit and recommended that I train with Coach Mike.

Physically my body has changed a lot since January.  I was on Coach Mike’s team for the I AM CROSSFIT challenge and I lost 8% body fat. I also shaved 3:30 minutes off my benchmark workout. Doing that challenge was the best decision I have made. It was so fun and a great experience – and I was a success story! Mentally I am sharper as well.  I am a very competitive person by nature and since joining CrossFit I feel more myself and in my element. I love the community aspect of challenges and overall trying something I’ve never done.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love the community that I have met at CrossFit Central. It’s such a solid group of people pushing one another to the next level.  I have realized a lot about myself in that I am very competitive but I also love watching others succeed.  Being physically active is something everyone should be doing daily whatever the workout may be.  It’s a lifestyle and if you choose it everything else seems to fall in place.

After doing the I AM CROSSFIT challenge I had a revelation about taking care of myself first and foremost; work, family, relationships, social life…it all comes second.  I had to take a step back and focus on what I needed physically and mentally in order to tackle all the other aspects of my life.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat I love about CrossFit is seeing the benchmark workouts and how much I have improved.  When I can’t do something it motivates me to get it.  I am always challenging myself physically and it keeps me motivated. I am 26 and when I started CrossFit this January I weighed 148 pounds but had low energy even though I ate healthy. I wasn’t focused on my body before CrossFit. I didn’t really think about what I put into it even though I eat healthy. Now – six months later – I have had crazy results in inches and body fat loss and muscle gained.  I weigh 140 pounds and have lost 8.7% body fat and 10 inches.

I started using AdvoCare during the I AM CROSSFIT challenge and loved the MNS system.  I just did the 24 Day Challenge and saw a huge shift in energy levels.  Spark is my best friend! I have been using Catalyst and I would say I have the best results from it.  It trims me up so fast.

ErinHalfMarathonMy goals now are to keep lowering my body fat and lean up. I have always been super dense and muscular having played soccer my whole life but I know I can tone up more.  After doing the I AM CROSSFIT challenge I couldn’t go anywhere without someone commenting on how fit I looked.  Everyone noticed I was leaning up.  My family says this is the best they have ever seen me.  I am more fit in all other aspects of my physical life. I ran my first 1/2 marathon and didn’t even train for it. I was just confident in my abilities because of all the CrossFit I was doing.  I ran the 1/2 marathon in 2:08, which is pretty damn good for not training.

How do you feel right now?

If it ain’t fun…it ain’t worth doing.

This has been on my mind a lot lately. Through the process of reflection I am remembering times of my life that I had more fun doing whatever it was that I was up to. I also remember times when people around me were having more fun doing what they were up to.

What happens when that which used to be fun becomes routine or boring or even annoying?

I guess there are a few options:
1) Quit.
2) Keep doing it the same way and feeling dissatisfied.
3) Change your mindset and create a sense of newness and excitement around it.

Let’s think about this…If this is something you truly once really enjoyed and got a lot of pleasure out of…then is really something you want to quit doing? I doubt it!

If nothing changes, though, and you maintain a feeling of monotony towards it, then it probably isn’t going to ever bring you a renewed sense of satisfaction either.

So what would be the solution?

How about changing your mindset! Tony Robbins calls this “Changing Your State.”
I bet you anything…as people, we get the best of ourselves more often than not because of the patterns in which we think.

I believe Tony is right when he says that if we ask a better question, we will get a better answer. The end result is the best life possible.

The time for that is now. #GameOn #LetsGo

The Man with the BBQ. Wait… Who?

20140528_131707I am sure it doesn’t surprise everybody,  but sometimes my ability to procrastinate is astounding!    I know, i know…  yes I really just put myself on blast.

Really though,  this blog is almost a whole month late and I am irritated with myself about it!  The worst part about it is that I kept giving myself an excuse for why it wasn’t posted yet.   Even worse than that was how bad my excuse was.

Every Client of the month post, I write an intro to share my thoughts and even some feelings about the person whom I am highlighting and with this one in particular I didn’t know what to say.   I didn’t really know Mike or anything really about him.   How did this happen?   How do I know nothing about a guy who I have been training for over a year and who has also been in the Crossfit Central community for 5 years now?   Wow!

So the truth is I am not always the best coach!    Relationships are the most important part of my job and this guy and I had never much spoke about anything.  #FAIL

I knew I had to sit down with him!   Who is this guy who I train once a week at 5:30 am, does additional private training with Nyki Helmcamp to work on strength,  who has been coached by 5 or more head coaches in our gym and who finished in the top 50 athletes in the 60+ year old age group in this years Crossfit Games Open Online competition?

What better way to find out than to go eat some BBQ together.   Here is the kind of guy Mike is.

Me: Hey Mike, I would like to meet with you to discuss what I am going to write about in this blog.

Mike:  Great  How bout lunch?
Me: Perfect.  Where do you want to go?
Mike:  How bout Iron Works or Moonshine (Both 1 minute away from the gym)
Me: Lets do BBQ
Mike:  Sounds Great… I am buying!

So after an hour of hanging out here is what I like about this guy.
Lifelong Tezan
30+ years in austin (UT Grad)
Married almost the same amount of time
5:30 Workout Guy
Loves Crossfit Central

This guy has all the Values I appreciate in a Man.
Competitive, Humble, Motivated, Loyal, and Giving

Mike’s Story

I started CrossFitting in August 2009 and started with Big Mike at the time Crossfit Downtown opened last year because I was looking for a 5:30 class time. Even though I have only trained with Mike for about a year, I have known him for most of the 5 years of CrossFitting. Getting to know him better in his class and reading his blogs has led me to appreciate him even more. Mike is striving to grow himself and his athletes with dedication to improvement in the physical, mental and relationship aspects of living.

I was 55 when I started with CrossFit Central and weighed around 185 with a body comp of about 22% body fat. I jogged occasionally and my diet was SAD (standard American diet) of poor quality food, processed foods, diet cokes and lots of nutrient poor carbohydrates. I have eaten Paleo for more than 4 1/2 years now and primarily with a low/moderate carb intake. My meals are unweighed and unmeasured, just full of quality proteins, fats, and veggies. I am not on any meds and have gone from a medium dose to low dose to no dose of cholesterol med (Lipitor). My latest body comp was weight of about 162 and about 11% body fat. In addition to these health changes, CrossFit has given me more energy outside the gym and the knowledge that there is a little more in the gas tank if I dig for it.

My overall physical goal is to be “Younger Next Year.” Functional fitness is the key. Most of my weaknesses as an athlete are the result of shoulder and hip mobility (other than stringing double unders together). I am dedicated to doing more foam rolling and mobility work over the next year.

I always enjoy the challenges and competitions.  Since starting CrossFit, I have done I AM CROSSFIT five times, The Fittest Games once, Project Mayhem once, Lean Turkey twice, Spartan 300 once, and the CrossFit Games Open three times. I like the accountability of the challenges. It keeps me motivated to do extra workouts and clean up my diet. The IAM is in particular a very good “jump start” for the year after the feasting time of the holidays. The youth and vitality of the team challenges is great. Trying to keep up with folks half my age is a wonderful motivating factor. I think being around the energy, the sense of community and the “youthful perspective” of my young friends is very helpful in my personal and business life.

A woman on Fire

Chris G has never been somebody I have personally highlighted as the client of the month. She has however earned multiple recognitions as a Crossfit Central success story over the past 3 years.  She has continued to be an inspiration throughout the entire time she has been a client to many of her friends, family and 2 sons.  

This story of her success is specifically to honor her achievements as a Crossfit Competitor. She is  a perfect person to highlight  in this light because 5 years ago she had never touched a weight or played any athletic sport in her entire life.  At 45 years old she was a person who had no real understanding toward using her body in athletic or physically demand ways .  

At 50 years old, I am blown away by how different of a person she now has become from the first day she showed up at Crossfit Central.

Out of  the Hundreds of classes and private sessions I have coached Chris through, her toughest lesson has been learning to be patient. My hardest Lesson has to have been letting her try to progress as fast as she really wants to.  1 thing I can tell you about an athlete like Chris is that NO obstacle will stand between her and her goals. Given all the limitations she has worked though she has continued to have to find a balance between training smart and going full speed ahead.  The lessons we’ve both learned are well beyond what we can count. But you know what… we are still here and she is now legitimately and contender in her division of the Crossfit Games.  This is only the beginning for her!

 

Chris’ Story

Advanced Athlete Class

Advanced Athlete Class (photo by Rabah Rahil)

This May will be the 4th year I have trained with Big Mike and when I look at where I started and where I am now I am amazed – and grateful that I found CrossFit when I did. I started in a boot camp with Jeremy Thiel in the Fall of 2007 – a 43 year old mom, not terribly active, with no real athletic experience or skill. I was looking for something to help me feel better about myself at a low spot in my life. What I found was not just a workout regime, but a community which has nurtured and challenged and embraced me – and has given me a completely different way of looking at myself.

I had been taking a Kettlebell class at CC Burnet with Chris Hartwell for a year, watching Big Mike’s noon Co-Ed class that whole time, with my thoughts running from “Yeah…there’s no way I can do that” to finally “I want to do that!” With some strong encouragement from a couple of friends already in the noon class, I finally made the jump on May 17th, 2010 – my first WOD in Mike’s class was a 20 min AMRAP of 100m row, 10 box jumps, 15 push ups. I had just started having the courage to jump on a 20” box and I’m pretty sure I was still doing push-ups from my knees most of the time.

2009 vs. 2014 (photo on right by Rabah Rahil)

2009 vs. 2014 (photo on right by Rabah Rahil)

I wanted to join Mike’s class because I had seen over the course of that year of watching what a skilled and dedicated coach he was with his clients, how he encouraged people to face fears and limits and push past them, and how much fun everyone seemed to have while they were getting their asses kicked! I have gotten all that and more in the 4 years I’ve had the privilege of training with him, both in class and as a long-time personal training client. I’ve learned a ton about CrossFit from Mike but even more about myself as a person – how most if not all of our limitations are self-imposed, what it feels like to face a fear and overcome it, how to fail and shake it off and get back to the work that’s in front of you, and – the biggest gift of all for me – how very much I am capable of and how I much more is possible for me (not simply with CrossFit but in my life as a whole, where it really matters).

The Fittest Games 2014 (photo by Caleb Kerr)

As I’ve taken up competing for the first time in my life, Mike has helped me shift my mindset to thinking like an athlete, including not only what I do in the gym but even more importantly how I recover, minimize injuries and handle the mental side of competition. With his help I’ve found the right way for me to eat to fuel the training I want to do. He’s helped me augment my nutrition with consistent supplementation that I have found to be critical to recovering well, maintaining energy, managing the impact on my joints, staying lean, and building strength and muscle mass (I’ve added 10 pounds of muscle since I started training with him – no small feat for a women entering her 5th decade of life!).

As load and intensity of my training increased with my shift to the Advanced Athlete class in June 2013, I’ve had to increase my out-of-gym recovery and soft tissue work a lot – rolling out, mobilizing and stretching, getting massages whenever I can, and more recently working with someone to correct some long-standing functional deficiencies in my hips and shoulders that have plagued me since I started CrossFit.

The Fittest Games 2014 (photo by Caleb Kerr)

The Fittest Games 2014 (photo by Caleb Kerr)

All of these things came together with the phenomenal training I’ve gotten since June in the Advanced Athlete program to give me the best performance I’ve ever had in The Fittest Games this January (2nd place in the 50+ masters division) and in the recently completed CrossFit Games Open (234th in the world, 17th in the South Central region in the 50-54 year old Women’s Masters division). I plan on being in the Top 200 in my division in next year’s Open!

I am ever grateful that I have the opportunity to spend my noon hour 4 times a week at CrossFit Central Downtown with best group of training partners I could ever hope for. Relentlessly supportive and positive, this crew is my team and my family and are a huge reason I keep coming back for more!

My goals now? Giving my body a chance to recover from the Open, which definitely took its toll on me, and then getting back to my continuous quest to improve my Olympic lifting and gymnastic skills. And a muscle up – definitely a muscle up very, very soon!

Know Your Purpose

I wish I could say it is always easy to stay 100% motivated to stay on top of your day-to-day focus, goals and responsibilities, but sometimes that isn’t the case.  Sometimes don’t we wake up a little tired? Isn’t it easy to just say I don’t quite have enough time today to make that a priority? How about the creeping ideas we have to just want to let loose and go do something for the sake of a fun time instead?

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Of course we are going to have to fight through these types of justifications sometimes. What if we were to get up every day and in a very unmotivated way went about? Wouldn’t we let anything distract or sway us in some random direction? Aimless wandering seems to have taken over a large portion of our society. It seems like strong commitments and hard work ethics are dissipating more and more culturally.

One of the reasons I fell in love with CrossFit was because it pushed my physical boundaries. I remember how freaking hard I thought these workouts were.

Although I appreciate the competitive nature of the program,  I really kept doing it because of how it forced me out of my comfort zone and helped me prove to myself that I could accomplish things that I had never been able to do before.

Here is what I know about waking up everyday to achieve something new. It takes purpose.  Sometimes a small purpose can work for you for a short time, but for a day in/day out motivation that will carry you for a year, 5 years, 10 years, etc…you need to have a powerful purpose. If we all can find something that, when we think about why we do anything, will light a fire in our hearts and draw emotion out of us to the point of tears, then we will know that nothing will distract us from doing what it is we say we want to do!

I challenge you all to know you Purpose. Why are you where you are? Your job? Your gym? Your church? Your circle of friends?

Go to bed with it on your mind. Wake up with in on your heart. Live you life with it guiding your choices! Do this and see what happens to distraction.

I bet we will be a little more motivated. 

Under the Radar

Sometimes people get overlooked. It’s not that they don’t deserve rewards. It’s just that it’s easy to forget that somebody’s day in and day out consistency needs to be recognized right away.

Tom has flown under the radar for 6 years without ever being highlighted as a client success. The funny thing is…he has been crushing it the entire time.  Tom often sets the mark for the workouts in his noon class and has even had many of the overall best workout times/scores for the gym as a whole for a long time.

He is a guy who humbly shows up and works his tail off and never looks for credit from outside sources.

I will never forget about 2 years ago when he was dealing with some serious shoulder and elbow issues to the point that he couldn’t use of his arm for a good 2 months or so. Most people typically avoid the gym until they can return or simply never come back. This guy simply showed up and modified everything in the workout so that he wouldn’t miss a beat. Everything with weights turned into single arm lifts. He was even doing 1-arm jumping pull-ups. If we had to, at times upper body movements were changed entirely to squats, lunges, box jumps, running, etc. so that he could still get better and improve his fitness every single day. Not once did I ever notice frustration or concern in his demeanor.

It’s a cool thing to see somebody who has guts this day and age. People like him remind me that having a strong mind is what I need to strive for everyday, and I only wish more people understood this today. Sadly, it has become a lost way.

Here’s to being Brave, Bold and Resilient!

Tom’s Story

TomDBSnatchI started my journey with CrossFit at CrossFit Central in 2007.  My wife, Whitney, was participating in a challenge and I went to watch her compete.  I remember being in awe at both the workout and the fitness of the competitors.  It was truly amazing.  That next week, I had enrolled in a 6am class that was being taught by Mike.  As with most CrossFitters, I quickly became enthralled with not only the WODs but the community as well.  I found a place where people were like-minded and strived to encourage each other.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThrough the years, I have continued to train with Mike because of his incredible knowledge and his positive outlook.  For six years I have trained with one of the best coaches.  I feel thankful that he has let me be a part of the community.  Not only do I continue to make gains and PRs but I feel that I am a better person for my family and friends.  I also feel blessed that I have been allowed to be a part of a group of athletes who have chosen to workout at noon.  The group has the nickname the “Giants.” This name is very fitting, not because of size and strength, but due to their inherent quality and tenacity.  Recently, the 12:15 Giants experienced a transition.  Instead of concentrating on self, the group banded together and helped organize an advanced CrossFit opportunity with Mike at the helm.  I cannot express how thankful I am to have this group in my life.

TomSandBagThis year I will turn 49 years old.  I just view this as the beginning of my CrossFit journey.  Over this past 6 years, I have been certified in the following disciplines:

* CrossFit Level 1
* CrossFit Mobility
* CrossFit Kettlebell
* CrossFit Strongman
* USA Weightlifting Sports Performance

I have been able to utilize these certifications to improve my movements in training and competitions.  As I continue to train, I will continue to compete as I am able.  I have two simple goals as I progress in CrossFit.  Physically, I want to be better tomorrow than I am today.  Mentally/spiritually, I want to be a better me for my wife Whitney and my daughters Emma and Honore.  I do want to give Mike a big thank you for helping me with my journey.  Bob Marley once said, “Though the road’s been rocky it sure feels good to me.”

The Life of “A Man”

There is always an emotional connection that comes from highlighting the Client of the Month stories for me. I am usually inspired or proud. Sometimes I see people who are older and how hard they work and feel like I want that for myself at that age. When I highlight younger people…I feel proud of them for their desire to challenge themselves and am grateful to be a mentor for them.

John is my peer. We are the same age and we have now known each other for almost 5 years. I have never seen him take CrossFit, his fitness or his health very seriously.  Although he was in my classes before,  he never really made any true commitments towards his physical goals.

Earlier this year… He decided it was time to change that.

He is a young professional person who, since the time I have known him, has been seeking out life.  Obviously improving but at the same time never shying away from having a great time being young.

I am the same way. To say when we are 26 to 30 that we have life all figured out would just be an absolute lie. We obviously will always have more to learn but I think there is a point for many people either right before or right after 30 when they stop for a second and say…hey, I am now in full control of my life and stop taking anything for granted.

Being a Man takes experience. When you are going through the process, much of what we go through looks chaotic. I loved that part of life! I also love the part where you stop and say “Ok…it is time to change Everything!”  It’s cool to see others do the same!

This Man has my full respect!

My CrossFit Story – John

JohnRBeforeI’ve always been fortunate to lose weight quickly.  I gain 15, I lose 15.  I was either on my “weigh” up or “weigh” down – I never had any consistency and being healthy was never a lifestyle.  I am now 32 years old and about 5 months ago, I was at my highest weight ever.  Once again and routinely, I decided to lose the weight.  This time it was a bit more difficult.  The pounds were not dropping as quickly and the eating habits I’ve become accustom to were not as easily dismissed.  About a month into it, I saw some improvement but my overall health was not where I wanted it to be.  My body felt old, my energy was low, I craved everything, and most importantly – I lacked confidence.  I knew then a permanent change was needed – a lifestyle change.

JohnRMarathonI approached my CrossFit Coach, Big Mike Gregory, and he immediately took me under his wing.  A couple things happened: 1) I attended a CrossFit nutrition seminar and 2) I made a commitment.  Big Mike has always been my favorite coach.  I have been through many CrossFit workouts taught at different boxes by different coaches and I always come back to Mike.  He has a calm but demanding approach to his coaching style – passive aggressive. It works for me and pushes me to my limit.  He is never shy to tell me I didn’t give it my all – keeps me motivated and encouraged.

I’ve learned so much in the course of a few months about living healthy, committing to a program, and striving for excellence.  I am proud to say that because of CrossFit, I lost the weight.  I am now sub 10% body fat and loving it. But something bigger occurred during this time.  I now walk around with a natural high.  I’ve never had so much clarity in life – my direction is forward.  My energy levels are at an all-time high.  I sleep better, I wake up easier, and every obstacle I encounter is a fun challenge when it used to be a barricade.  I like to think of myself as a WRECKING BALL – nothing can stop me!

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I love CrossFit – it is a community that am honored to be a part of.  CrossFit members are a different caliber of people – they are smart, fun, engaging, interesting, interested in others, and easy on the eye.  I hope I meet their high standards.  I am continuing my journey for health and optimal performance.  I am now taking AdvoCare’s performance supplements to maintain and increase my health and lifestyle goals.  I CrossFit three times a week and am training for my second marathon.  Boston Qualifier Soon To Be…Wish me luck!

Thanks for listening and turn off the television.