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Practice Some New Austerity

marybiggirlweightWe can all see changes in our bodies from CrossFit. I think we all see changes in our minds and spirits too. But here’s the deal: It doesn’t come easy and you can’t get it on a part-time basis. If you want to see results, you need to commit more than 3 hours out of 168 for the week. That doesn’t mean you have to spend 20 more hours in the gym working on your form but that you need to spend a lot more time away from the gym working on your life.

You need 5 hours doing CrossFit and about 160 making good decisions for your body. (If you need it, take 3 hours to just do wrong — like a safety release valve.) Eat right, sleep more. Look at everything you put in your body and decide if it’s taking you closer to who you want to be — or whether it’s pushing you further away from your goal.

Decide not to be a loser when it comes to food. You know what I mean. Losers eat crap.They shop the interior of the supermarket and they buy all sorts of stuff with ingredients they can’t pronounce and chemicals that are going to kill them. Don’t treat yourself like that. Respect yourself and your body. It’s the only one you have and it needs to carry you throughout your entire life. Make it strong enough to do the job.

Decide to be a winner. Decide that life is more than existing. Decide to be mentally strong. Decide to set a goal and reach it. Then set another one. Never quit. Respect yourself enough to keep on fighting.

Thoreau once wrote: But the notes of the flute came home to his ears out of a different sphere from that he worked in, and suggested work for certain faculties which slumbered in him. They gently did away with the street, and the village, and the state in which he lived. A voice said to him,–Why do you stay here and live this mean moiling life, when a glorious existence is possible for you? Those same stars twinkle over other fields than these.–But how to come out of this condition and actually migrate thither? All that he could think of was to practise some new austerity, to let his mind descend into his body and redeem it, and treat himself with ever increasing respect.

Treat yourself with ever increasing respect. Those are some words to live by.

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jen
jen

Mary, for a bad night you still are one strong women. If it makes you feel better I had that yesterday. I just sucked at the WOD! I felt weak and just out of it. Shake it off sister...not everyday is a PR day!(Lis said that)

Mary
Mary

Lis&Jen-Thanks for all your coaching on the DL's tonite. It just wasn't my night so I am just going to write it off as a bad day and move on. BETTER DAYS ARE COMING!!!

Rockstar
Rockstar

Is chesticles a word? I like it!....Let use is in a sentence... I'm soo pist off right now my chesticles are gonna pop..

K
K

Amen Lis... I swear it's so easy to fall back into bad habits of all kinds. I'm trying to find my way back right now- with all my great CFW buddies, I am sure it will work out just fine :)

Chris
Chris

Welcome back to Jenny! Good stuff today, Lis. You have to keep fighting that battle, both inside the gym and out. One bad choice doesn't mean anything in the grand scheme of things. Just forget about it and get right back to it.

jen
jen

Hey all, Last night was a good WOD, that left me feeling shitty. I did GHD sit-ups and not Push-ups do to my shoulder. I should have gone with more weight and don't more GHD's sit-ups..but I guess we all have those WODs once in a while. Sue and Lis, Thanks for the cues and cheers during that WOD! Who's in for 5pm? Jen

SueLoz
SueLoz

Nate- Thanks for the clarification! I should have looked it up myself! Loved the WOD last night...I'm gunning for those pull-ups, so the heavier the better as far as I'm concerned. I'm letting the clock go for the sake of weight... Every day I'm reminded how important the community aspect of CFW is...you cheered me on last night over push-ups like it was the end of the New York Marathon. That's the thing that makes me push myself. Its the thing that keeps me coming back: great people who want the same things that I do in fitness.

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

Yes, it's ordnance. I knew that. (Do I win a prize? Do I win a prize?) I guess I didn't understand the question last night? Sue had TWENTY more pounds on the bar than me and her form was way better than mine. Nice work, Sue! And I've got some photos of Big D looking mean during that workout -- and of Nate proving that a HPC is "Jumpin' with the bar." And Cheryl and RayRay looked cute HPCing together! I'm not sure what our Potomac CF guest thought of us, but props to Richard for coming to WOD with us!

melissa
melissa

Welcome back jen!! Lis just the pep talk I needed this morning...time to throw away the leftover halloween candy...they are def not gonna get me lifting any heavier!

Nathan
Nathan

Welcome back Jenny! Fun wod last night. I got those nice dual HPC bruises on my thighs as souvenirs ;) Of course it is always fun to work out next to Lis, and mad props to my 6pm lady friend Sue for rockin' all 50 of them push ups RX'd! Not to mention going heavy in general. And to answer last nights trivia question: It is actually ordnance, not ordinance. "A law is an ordinance, but a gun is a piece of ordnance." Ta-da!!

Jen L
Jen L

JIIILL!! Can't wait to see you. Thanks Lis, I made that important decision of late and that is why I am back at Crossfit, it's the only way!!

Jill
Jill

JENNNNYYY!!!! it's conference play off time for our fall sports so I have some obligatory games I need to be at this week that conflict with the evening classes, so I will see the am crew bright & early tomorrow!!!