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The open is around the corner y’all!

So I’m sitting in my living room, drying off Miss Oakley after drying to convince her to go outside and potty during a light drizzle when all of a sudden, we’ve got hail. No, we didn’t have cows, just hail. Big ole fat hail.

Now I have a dog shaking on my lap refusing to leave. So it dawns on me to pop over and check my stats on here. I mean, I’m a fairly new blogger with almost four months under my belt.

And you know what’s happened in those four months?

I’ve already got 40 followers on here. FORTY! That’s crazy to me! I never thought that people would actually want to read and follow what I have to say. I know I can go off on little tangents and everything, but forty people in four months?! Thanks guys and gals!

One of the other things I noticed is that I’ve gotten over 765 people to read this here blog. Again, I didn’t realize people would actually read what I had to say!

But you know what’s really on my mind right now?

Not hail, not stats, not numbers. No, not any of those things.

My mind is on The Open. You know, the CrossFit Open.

It starts on Thursday.

14.1 will be released on Thursday.

And yeah, I registered for it, and yeah I (think) I’m ready for the challenge.

But you know what’s really on my mind about The Open? I’m not worried about the movements (yet) or the actual workouts (yet).

I’m worried about whether or not I will have time to do the first workout.

You see, with me and my crazy life, I work nights. A lot. And it just so happens that I’ll be working tonight, tomorrow, and Thursday night. And probably Friday night too.

That normally wouldn’t be a problem for me, but here in Louisiana we celebrate this little thing called Mardi Gras and because of a parade on Saturday, my box isn’t having open gym.

So I need to start bribing and begging people, right? Yep. Sure do.

Boxmates, coaches and friends who I happen to know. If you happen to be reading this (hopefully not for the first time ever)…….

I will bring you coffee. I will make you dinner. I will wash your car. I will pay you.

I will do ANYTHING just to have someone yell at me and kick my butt and judge me and make sure I’m not going to fall on my face and die.

So please. If you workout at my box/gym and happen to want any of the above things and happen to be a judge, please. Please please please. Judge me. I dare ya.

It will make me so happy happy happy.

Oh, PS, if you haven’t registered yet, just do it. Rip the callous off and just do it.

I did.

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Crossfit isn’t a cult, it’s a family

So a lot of people will tell you Crossfit is a cult. Once you drink the Koolaid, you’re done for. Welcome to the club.

But I don’t see it that way.

I see Crossfit as a family. Your brothers and sisters all together working towards the same goal which could inevitably have you sprawled out on the floor at the end of some bonding time, terrified to move because that bonding exercise you just did was tough. You’re all in this together. It’s not everyone for themselves. If it were everyone for themselves, would you be cheering each other on after finishing? Pushing your brothers and sisters to the limits and yelling TIME when you finally complete the task at hand?

Crossfit is definitely a family. It’s my extended family.

In the past few days, I’ve noticed there are a lot more Crossfitters out there who see it this way too.

During the OC Throwdown held this past weekend (January 11-12), one of Crossfit’s most dedicated athletes suffered a devastating injury. During the competition’s snatch session, Kevin Ogar suffered a separated T11/T12 and severed his spinal cord. After he was brought to the hospital, doctors established that he had no voluntary movement below his waist.

Kevin Ogar via Barbells for Boobs

Wow that was tough to type. Just reading it makes me tear up. Seeing an athlete as dedicated and competitive as Kevin endure such an injury just hurts you inside and out.

I don’t know Kevin personally. I didn’t know anything about the competition itself until I read about his injury.

But I also noticed how Crossfitters from across the nation are coming together to support Kevin in his recovery. Both through personal messages and donations. Unfortunately like a lot of athletes, Kevin does not have health insurance.

I said it before, I’ll say it again. Crossfit is a family.

At the time this article was published earlier today, a Fundly page had collected over $60,000 from over 900 of Kevin’s supporters. As of this blog post the donations have reached well over $97,000 from over 1,600 supporters. In just hitting the refresh button on the screen, the donations had increased by $700. Barbells for Boobs is another site that is actively tracking the progress of Kevin’s recovery. They’re establishing a fundraising page that will allow for more of the donations to be accessible to Kevin and his family. Other upcoming Crossfit competitions are setting up places on site where donations can be made to go towards his recovery.

This is family.

Family comes together in times of need to support each other. Family doesn’t have to be in your blood. Family supports one another through the good and the bad. Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

Kevin Ogar post surgery via The RX Review

My thoughts and prayers are with Kevin Ogar, his family, friends, loved ones, and his Crossfit family. #ogarstrong


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I really dislike ignorant people. A lot.

So yeah, I really don’t like ignorant people. In fact, I don’t like them so much that I hate them too. And before you get your feathers ruffled about another Duck Dynasty rant, cool your jets. This is a Crossfit blog. I’m talking about those people ignorant about Crossfit.

So I went out with a friend of mine last night. I hadn’t seen her in a while and she was going to meet up with some people so I figured I’d tag along. No big deal, right? Wrong. We sit down at Happy’s and start talking about different things, and when I declined another drink, I got judged for it.

“Why not?”

“It’s just one more drink.”

“Oh come on, it’s one drink. What does it matter?”

Well you know what, it matters a lot. I don’t drink a lot, and when I do decide to “let loose” I stop at like, 2. I know, I party hard.

Well, they began asking why and I simply said that I don’t really like treating my body badly. I’m a health nut and one drink is enough for me.

You know what happened next?

“You Crossfit don’t you.”

Out of nowhere. Neither my friend nor myself brought it up. It just came up in the conversation on it’s own, which was incredibly weird.

So I responded that I did, and that I was going to continue to not need another drink for the rest of the night.

“Man, y’all are all the same. Thinking you’re better than everyone else because you go to the gym and snatch, do front squats and burpees. We did that sh*t in football.”

That set me off like dynamite. I didn’t respond though, just sat there in the corner of the booth making awkward obvious eye contact with my friend, visibly mad.

Do I think I’m better than you? No. Absolutely not. I don’t know your life or honestly want to anymore. But you know who I am better than? The person I used to be.

I don’t think I will ever understand the hate for Crossfit. I will admit, I was a little scared to start Crossfit back in April. Hell, I had wanted to start in December 2012 but I kept putting it off. Then when I finally bit the bullet, walked into the box and started working out, I realized that Crossfit is where I belonged.

I think a lot of people who are ignorant about Crossfit express this for a few reasons.

They think Crossfit is dangerous and you will inherently get rhabdo. WRONG. Do Crossfit properly and listen to your body and you won’t.

Crossfit is going to bulk you up (talking to the ladies here).

Do they look bulked up? Didn’t think so. That’s toned y’all.

Everyone who Crossfit HAS to eat Paleo or Zone. Hah. That’s funny. There are lots of people I know who eat Paleo, either strict or 70/30, 80/20, 90/10. When I started Crossfit, I just ate kind of healthy. Then I started eating Paleo, and I’m not going to lie, I saw a definite difference. But whatever, it’s their life, let them live it!

Lastly, the cult atmosphere. People say that Crossfit is a cult. You drink the koolaid, join a box and BOOM, you’re a member of the cult. Eh, let them think that. But you know what this cult does? Support you. Workout with you. Help you. Guide you. This “cult” that non-Crossfitters judge do so out of ignorance*. The people I workout with have become my friends. We socialize together, hangout, help each other, push each other. If you’re one of the last people finishing up a killer WOD, would you rather just hear the beats of the music playing through the gym or the screams of support from your fellow Crossfitters?

“Push it!”

“You’re almost there!”

“Finish strong!”

I’m pretty sure the vast majority of people would choose the screams of support. Just sayin’.

Don’t be ignorant. Don’t knock it before you try it. Just live your life and let everyone else live theirs. You don’t have to be all up in everyone else’s business.

And lastly, don’t let ignorant people push you down. Stand tall and pick up that weight again.

 

*This sentence was not meant to make you think we’re better than you, but I know it sounds that way so I’m just letting you know that that’s not the case.


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Crossfit girls are better. Agree or disagree?

So I ran across this article on Facebook today (the owner of my box posted it) and reposted it because 1. It made me laugh and 2. It’s scary true.

Why You Should Be Dating A Crossfit Girl

Here’s the article according to me:

1. Crossfit girls are seriously fit. This is true. Whether you’re new the sport or a seasoned veteran, you can see your body is changing. Being single I’ve been able to devote a lot of time to health and fitness and just focus on myself. That might sound weird to some, but to me I enjoy it. When I do decide I want to date again, I want to be surrounded by positivity and date someone who understands and respects my fitness decisions.

2. Dedication. We spend time in the gym, cut out blocks of time, plan ahead, etc so we KNOW we will be able to get our workout in. I schedule all of my classes on Sundays (usually) so I know my week ahead of time, I secure a spot, and I don’t chance seeing the WOD ahead of time. I just love the surprise of walking in and finding out that way.

3CrossFit girls are (for the most part) “guy’s girls”. My mom hates this one. Crossfit girls can throw serious weight around. Just the other day I hit a new PR of a clean jerk and I was ecstatic. While I might take a little longer than 20 minutes to shower and clean up, I would much rather relax with friends and grab a drink to watch the game.

4. Independence. This is HUGE. Going back to #1, being single isn’t a lifelong decision, but it’s who I am now. It’s a lot easier to focus on fitness, make time for the gym, and eat clean this way. Like the article says, I don’t NEED someone in my life to be happy, it’s if I WANT you there.

5. Competitive nature. I love that my coach pushes me to lift heavier. She will yell at me, change my weight when I’m not looking and overall encourage me and it has made me really competitive, not only in Crossfit but in my personal life as well. I sometimes secretly compete with other boxmates during WODs and love it (don’t lie, you do it too).

6. Crossfit girls are more brazen. While I’m still a little hesitant to try new things, I’ve realized how much more open I am when trying certain things. I have learned to love trying new things (it’s a process) and am always up for a new adventure.

7. Paleo. Just started this a month or so ago and haven’t looked back. While I might not have the smoking hot bod that the article infers you get from automatically eating paleo, it’s a process. I eat an 80/20 paleo lifestyle and LOVE cooking and discovering new recipes, so I guess that part is true. And everyone loves a girl who can cook, right?

8. Personality. Crossfit has definitely changed my personality. I find myself more open to others and love the group that I workout with since we all usually go around the same times. I’ve thought of myself as a tad witty, and honestly working with guys for the past 5 years has given me a certain, uh, resilience (I guess? Maybe?) to those crude comments they have a tendency to spew. 

9. Crossfit girls wear tiny outfits to the gym and will show up to hangout scantily clad in gym clothes and think nothing of it. Now this one, when I read it I kind of scrunched my face and cocked my head to the side. I don’t really know what to think of it. A lot of the girls at my box wear tights and some form of either a loose shirt or a skin tight top. Me? I just rock the tights and a sleeveless running shirt. I like to be able to move around and not really have to deal with something riding up or sticking to me. I have, however, realized that I find myself going to the store or running a quick errand in my gym clothes. Sometimes I’ve even gone not realizing there’s chalk all over my legs. Do I care? No. Should I? Eh.

10. Going there. Well, I’ll have to get back to you on that one. (All I will say is that my mother continues to tell me that “no man will want to be with you if you keep working out like this.” I’ll take my chances.)

Anyway, it’s Friday. Happy weekend y’all!