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Two weekends ago I traded my barbell for a pair of heels. It was a last-minute decision, but a good one.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the concept of success and how we define it, in our training and in life.
Some of the most amazing moments in my life were only possible because I was willing to walk the hard road.
"Don’t ask who you are - act on who you are. Action alone delineates and defines you."
I walked out of yesterday's training seriously doubting my athletic abilities, but I know I have to embrace those days and not fear them.
Serious athletes love that altered state where everything somehow comes together and works. I've definitely experienced that moment in weightlifting, CrossFit, figure, and even in training.
Between the CrossFit Open and the Arnold Classic, the last two weeks have been amazing reminders of why I started training in the first place.
It's an athlete's nature to never be satisfied, and that's okay. But sometimes we need to take a step back and evaluate how we gauge success and failure.
It’s easy to get weighed down in the trap of defining our successes by comparison to others. But what's even more important are the small, everyday self-victories.
Does your training bring you joy? I’ve tossed this question back and forth a lot in my own mind lately, ever since my dad asked me this several months back. And now I think I know the answer.
I celebrated Christmas with the 12 Days of Christmas WOD and rang in the New Year with a solid nine hours of sleep and 10lb clean PR. People might think I'm weird, but I've learned that's okay.
I've learned that confidence is key during holiday time. The most important thing during the holiday is to celebrate the way you want to, whether that means training or taking a break.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about staying where things are safe - in love, in life, and in fitness. Change is hard, but embracing it can take you places you never thought you could go.
It aggravates me when people base the “success” of their life on the successes of others, and yet I’m guilty myself of being far too concerned with what others think of me and my progress.
Tough situations can kill us, or they can be our greatest gift. The choice is yours - it’s how you view it. This principle applies to training and life.
This week a woman at my box made it into the 100+lb snatch club before I did. I'm going to spend my time and energy working, not envying, so I can get there too.
This week I got to thinking about why we put ourselves through the anxiety and fear we experience during competition. Here are some of my personal reasons.
In the past, competing in figure has injured me, mentally. Right now my focus is preventing that from happening again, and here's how I'm doing that.