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The open is upon us

Good morning! It’s morning everyone! Today’s the day! The sun is shining, the tank is clean, and The Open starts in less than 9 hours!

At 5pm this evening, The CrossFit Games will announce workout 14.1. The first of five workouts created for this year’s CrossFit Open.

The Open is designed to show you what you’re made of. Regardless of whether you’ve been CrossFitting for 3 weeks, 3 months or 3 years, everyone should do it.

No matter what happens, just don’t give up. You can’t give up and you can’t give in.

Personally, I’m not as scared as I thought I would be (I’m pretty sure I’m trying to hide some underlying fear with these funny GIFs). I think it has to do to the fact that I can’t do the first Open workout with my box mates tonight at 7:30 because I have to work, but at the same time, I’m going to do it. I can’t not do it.

I will do it.

I have to do it.

Why do I have to do it? Well, because I said so. And because Ace said so. And because, quite honestly, I want to know what I can do.

I want to be broken down. I want to see what I’m made of.

Over the past 10 months, CrossFit has become my second family. My crutch. My therapy.

I want to give back to something that has done so much for me.

The bar doesn’t talk back to you or cop an attitude. It will break you down, but it will build you back up.

Get ready, because it’s coming for you.


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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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Christmas is around the corner y’all!

I know everyone has probably been on their best behavior lately (or at least trying to be). Making your lists, trying to gauge your naughty / nice percentage from the past year, preparing for your life to be bombarded by family members you haven’t seen in a while. The list goes on and on and on.

Speaking of lists, what is on yours for this holiday season? Mine is kind of short and sweet.

All I want for Christmas is a Triggerpoint Cold Roller, workout clothes and someone to help me clean out my closets and actually get rid of some stuff. And to watch Elf over and over and over and over again with hot chocolate, candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.

Now, I know it’s a STRUGGLE to stay on target and keep eating clean during the holidays.

But you can do it! I have faith and so should you! Stay motivated and on target and I promise it will be worth it in the long haul. I have a few new recipes to share with y’all soon, and I hope they’ll be as amazing as they sound.

In the meantime, please do not get discouraged. Remember that the glass is always half-full, regardless of how you see it.

And focus on the trapezoid, not always the paper hat (you can, however,  wear a party hat to a party and still eat like a trapezoid).

Food Pyramid

If you and your family have an Elf that hides in your home during the holidays, please look here. It’s awesome and hilarious the things you can do to spark your child’s imagination.

Oh, and Happy Holidays from The United States Air Force Band 🙂

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Pre-Thanksgiving preparations

So I realize it’s Monday (yay Mondays) and I’m sitting here eating a bowl of miso soup and watching Dancing with the Stars while thinking about everyone’s favorite cheat day (or one of them) coming up this Thursday. I wanted to share a few things I’m thankful for, both legit and maybe not-so legit.

Ok so legit things I’m thankful for.

First of all, my parents, because no matter how badly you screw up, they will be there to either pick you up and brush the dirt off, or push you down and let you roll around in the mud a lil bit before picking you up and brushing you off.

Secondly, my dog. Annie Oakley came into my life in August of 2012 against the advice of my parents. I’m so glad I didn’t listen to them when they said a dog would ruin my life, because honestly, she’s the best thing that ever happened to me (I mean, Crossfit is a close second). No matter how horrible of a day you’ve had, how gross you feel or whatever the reason, seeing her face when I walk in the door just seems to make everything better.


Thirdly, my box and everyone that came with it. Red Stick Crossfit has given me the opportunity to make so many new friends that let me have a pretty decent social life. People like my friend Ace (you know, that Eat.Pray.Wod. girl) who surprised me with a blog journal/calendar (which is AMAZING by the way). The RSCF ladies who love pushing each other to their limits and beyond in the box, and know how to get out and have a good time.

Fourthly, my strength and support group. Y’all know who you are and every single day you keep me going. Honest. You’re the kind of people who I love having in my life for the good days, the bad days, and the days you tear your hands and feel like you’ve joined an elite club. They’re the kind of people who send you this on an off-day and immediately make you feel better.


Ok, so now for the no-so legit things.

First off, my dishwasher. Holy crap the motor in mine died a week ago and it can’t be fixed till after Thanksgiving. I never realized how much I took it for granted. Life is SO much easier with a working dishwasher and it lets me be super lazy with my blender bottles and water bottles, and normal people stuff like dishes.

Secondly, yoga pants. I used to judge people for wearing yoga pants in public (yeah, that was me) and now? Now I basically live in them. I wear them everywhere and just don’t care because they are just so darn comfortable. And I’m pretty sure every single guy out there appreciates women and their yoga pants.

Thirdly, Snapple (well, Diet Half ‘n Half Snapple). It’s my crutch. I almost always have a bottle of it in my hand (either it or Iced Tea from CC’s) and I’m legit addicted.

I think that covers the little things, you know, just a little tidbit, into what I’m thankful for.

Oh, geez, how’d I forget this one. I’m thankful for CROSSFIT. I’m so incredibly happy that I joined my box. The second best decision I have ever made. It kicked my butt and showed me how truly out of shape I was when I started. It also showed me how strong I’ve become. Just last week I hit a PR on my clean jerk of #95. Now that might not seem like a lot, but I was barely lifting #45 when I first started back in May. I can carry all my groceries up the stairs to my apartment at once. My friends are telling me they can see a difference and that it’s a good thing. Mom may think she knows best, but what’s best for her might not be best for you. I’m thankful for TABATA: body weight edition. Did this today and it kicked my butt.

Happy Thanksgiving y’all!