Workouts with the sig other are some of my fav. Love pushing each other to be fit and healthy! Very appreciative he lets me "torture" him with Crossfit workouts... tough, but so much fun! 🙂 What about you all? Like working out with your sig other/friends when it comes to HIIT or do you need to be alone?
Have a thigh gap. Don't get too muscular. Don't show an ounce more body fat than someone with an IFBB pro card shows in the peak of their show season on stage. Don't dare have any wrinkles or blemishes. Cover your face in makeup because natural isn't best. Accept that as you age you are no longer beautiful and desirable. Suck your stomach in. Make sure you look like a bronzed goddess all times of the year. Don't eat that treat because "a moment on the lips is forever on the hips". The expectations go on and on and on.... I never was enough in my mind for anything. Not skinny enough, not pretty enough, not trendy enough, not creative enough, not outgoing enough, etc. So much pressure is placed on women of all ages to look a certain way and portray a certain personality, and if you don't fit that mold you're made to feel ashamed. I, for one, am over it. I give all those sayings and the thoughts and feelings they cause a big ole MIDDLE FINGER. I am proud of my body and all it does for me. I'm proud of my naturally more muscular body. I love my pale, creamy skin, all the freckles, my hair that never lays quite right, my imperfect, non-pearly white teeth, I'm proud of my THICK/beat up legs, because they let me do some incredible things in the gym and outside of it.... I am in a place where I can actually love and accept my body as it is. It's not "perfect", I still have my own improvements I want to make to what my body can DO, but I still love it as is, and that's okay. These things are mutually exclusive. Love you for creating the #legchallenge @alyssaritchey1 because it allowed me to think more on my body as a whole and how amazing it is at adapting to all I throw at it. The fact that we are all able to live every day in these bodies for years despite all it has to go through is AMAZING. Take a moment today to appreciate all your body does for you! ❤
Excited for how cleans have been coming together lately. Alright snatches, hspu, double unders, running (any length at all....), wall balls, and thrusters... your turn! 😂 Imma just choose to take this win and keep doing my best at the rest!
Surprising myself with how quickly things moved today (at least, that's the fastest I've ever moved 85#). Breaking boundaries just for fun. Push yourself harder on a task you don't think you're necessarily "good at". You might surprise yourself! 😉
Sometimes I really don't want to follow my own advice. I don't WANT to push even when it gets hard, I dont WANT to show up when I feel beat up (physically or emotionally), and I sure as hell don't usually want to go and do the extra mile when I feel less than stellar. But, that's how things progress. That's how you get better. So, even though all of the above may be true at times, still, I persist. Dont get me wrong, I do my best to give myself grace when it's called for, but not when I know I could've done it and been better for it. What do you need to "persist" through this week? Whatever it is, I believe in you and your ability to do the hard things.
Let me tell you how much I love workouts with lots of burpees/rowing, wall balls, and kettlebell swings.... not at all, Karen. Not at all. So naturally, I make sure I go. If you aren't hitting your weaknesses, your strengths will eventually suffer too. Show up and do the hard things, even when you don't feel like it, because motivation is GARBAGE.
When you hang power clean your old regular power clean 1 rep max. Seems the days I feel really terrible emotionally or mentally and just do NOT want to show up, but do anyway, usually turn out to be big discovery or growth days at the gym, at work, and in my own head. Moral of the story: just do the damn thing.
Quickly becoming one of my favorite times of day, dawn calmly comes upon the world each day, gently waking those still deep in the throes of sleep. It's so peaceful and holds such a promising air to it of another opportunity to live out a day on earth. Things may feel difficult from time to time, but there's one thing for certain: If you wake up, you're one of the lucky ones. Not every person who woke up one day gets to wake up the next day. There are a lot of good things in the world, shining through the cracks of any trouble you may be experiencing. I am grateful for each day that passes, for each dawn I see, every breath, every step I take, every little moment of frustration, every moment of joy, because the alternative is far worse. If life starts feeling too heavy from time to time, think on all the things for which you can be grateful, small or large. I guarantee it'll make you feel a bit better.
Waking up at 430 am central time (330 am mountain time, where I live) to travel home after the holidays is rough. Thankfully the early am flight --> missing any blizzard mayhem. Flew over it, actually. Some days after early travel I dont exercise, I just do a little walking. Others, like today, I do an actual workout (albeit being a rough workout). It's all about listening to your body and doing what it needs and not what your ego needs. The gym will still be there tomorrow.
Thankful for having such a loving boyfriend, family, and friends. Thankful to be in a stable job. Thankful for a healthy, functioning body. Thankful to be able to use movement to help improve my physical and mental health. Focus on you gratitudes today and every day, because you have a lot to be thankful for if you can read this right now.
Getting that pre-Thanksgiving movement in with lover boy. Love working out with my sig other, we help motivate each other through rough workouts. Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! But if you're like me and get a bit overwhelmed with bigger group gatherings... it's always okay to take a five minute breather outside.🍖🍠
No big long post here. Just showing that I showed up for the grind despite a great desire to move absolutley 0% today. Eating like a poop takes a toll on more than just physical capacity. Felt that today. I don't regret the fun times shared, though perhaps I'll reign in the massive amount of food I intake at my family's Thanksgiving this week. You shouldn't regret letting loose a bit for the sake of fun either! Life is all about that moderation. 😉😂 🍖🍠🍷
If we as women aren't helping each other to greatness, what even are we doing? Strong women LIFT other women up, they don't tear them down. Also, speaking of tearing things UP sled pushes at 135# are SPICY. RIP legs. You've been a constant support system for me (hehe) 🌶🌶🌶🌶
I PR-ed my snaaaaaaaatch. Yay! This movement is so very tricky and so very much messes with my head! First set is at 85# which was my old PR (though I didnt realize that's the weight I had on the bar at the time). I wondered why it felt so heavy to do the complex we were doing and afterwards I realized the weight I was using. So, naturally, I added 5 pounds. Couldn't finish the complex, but I did get the first snatch, which I'll take!! To think I didn't want to go today... All the drive to the gym, I kept thinking "I do NOT want to do this workout. Maybe I'll do open gym". I knew that'd be a mistake, because I need all the oly coaching I can get (in the video I want to pick apart a million things, but trying to be constructively critical instead of vicious with myself). Those who work towards their goals even on days when "they dont feel like it" will be rewarded. This is proof of that. Applies to more than just lifting though, my dudes. The things you really don't want to do are often the things that you really NEED to do. What have you been avoiding? Time to tackle goals, motivation or not. 🏋🏻♀️💪🏻
Favorite thing to do on a snowy weekend day is to crush it in the gym, especially when I can rope my sig other into it too! Such a great way to keep my positive attitude going tthroughout the day. Weekends are actually when I struggle a bit more with slipping into anxious thought patterns - probably because of increased free time. Moving helps me circumvent that. How about you all? If you feel the same, get moving! Even if you don't want to. If you want to try out the workout we did... 15 minute AMRAP: 16/20 cal row, 20 no-jump burpees, 20 wall balls (14/20 lb ball). Rest 5 minutes. Repeat. V spicy. 🌶🌶🌶