Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Dust Settles. People Should't

Change is in the works. 

Big things a'coming. 

And no, I don't mean my quads.

In times like this, I like to reflect on the last few years and some of the huge changes I've gone through and how I've grown into the woman I am at this very moment. I've learned to have the courage to stand on my own two feet, to believe in myself and to be self-reliant. I'm grateful for every change, everything I've learned at various stages of my life, and every choice I've ever made. Some things don't always work out as we would like them to, but I do believe everything happens for a reason. 

In 2013 ....
I ended my almost 4-year marriage.
In September, I moved to Kuwait to take a year-long position coaching CrossFit on a military base.

In 2014 ...
While working overseas, I competed as an Individual at CrossFit Regionals in South Korea.
I finished my contract in Kuwait, and came back to the US to take a position as Head Coach at a CrossFit affiliate in Connecticut, never having lived on the East Coast before. 

In 2015 ... 
I'm closing the door to my current position as head coach, to pursue new opportunities and to take my relationship (with a pretty awesome man) a little more seriously. 

Next chapter: Pennsylvania bound!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

What Made Me Smile This Week

1. Helping a kid learn how to squat in his first CrossFit class. He was an incredible listener. When I used my favorite "big chest, like an angry gorilla," he smiled and brought his chest up immediately, pulled his shoulders back, and rocked back in his heels, "like this?!"

It was beautiful. And so incredibly rewarding. I think unlike adults, who generally want to make excuses when you're trying to coach them, "I can't because _______," young kids just listen and do it. They're unafraid. They're not worried about being judged, or what everyone else is doing, wearing, or saying in class, they're just happy to listen and happy to please. 

The broseph and I many moons ago

2. My shoulders FINALLY feeling strong again. 

I have been suffering for weeks from what was some kind of overuse injury in both shoulders, (I got an x-ray but said no to the expensive MRI), and decided to rest it and attempt to rehabilitate it on my own. After almost 3 weeks of avoiding the pull-up bar and the rings, and two weeks of no overhead barbell movements, I think I am ready to start using my shoulders again. I'm not back to 100%, but I am on the road to recovery. 

3. Clearing an area for a garden on Sunday with Dunny!

I haven't had a garden since I was a kid, growing up on a farm in Oregon, participating in 4-H. I can't wait to plant bell peppers, tomatoes, spinach, maybe some squash ... I hope I still have a green thumb.

P.S. Did you know I'm taking clients again for Zone Meal Planning? And Remote Coaching? 

1. Do you garden? What are you planting this spring?
2. Have you ever suffered from an injury that put you out?

Thursday, May 7, 2015

8 Reasons Your Bigger Butt is Better

1. People who carry their body fat in their thighs and backsides aren't just carrying extra weight, but also some extra protection against diabetes, heart disease and other conditions associated with obesity. (source)

2. Children born to women with wider hips are intellectually superior to the children of slimmer, less curvy mothers. (source)

3. Big butts are stress relievers. It's like a stress-ball, but so much better. Grab your butt the next time you're stressed out. You can't even be upset.

4. They fill out a pair of Wunder Unders like no ones business.

5. You can squat. All the weights. 

6. You can sit on almost anything, anywhere. It's like a built-in cushion.

7. Getting people to move on the train, in the movie theatre, is no problem. Back that thing up and make way.

8. Everyone wants to touch it.

Dedicated to all my friends with a little more junk in the trunk. Happy Squatting!