Bad With The Good

3 Dec

Pain and Sacrifice are inevitable.

What types are you willing to endure?

We all talk about the things we want out of life. Everyone’s list is a little different, but I think for the most part everyone could answer a few things they know they want in their future. ‘The Good’

The real questions we should ask ourselves are, “What am I willing to sacrifice? What types of pain am I willing to feel in order to have the things I want?”

Pain and suffering is going to happen-whether we like it or not, it is a fact of life. Pain can be in a simple, less aggressive way, and then unfortunately it can also lie in the catastrophic things as well-most of which are unavoidable. Same goes for suffering.

When you are reading this and asking yourselves these questions I want you to think about pain and suffering on the light end of the spectrum.

For example-when shopping around for an apartment or home we all have “NEEDS” and “WANTS”. And then there is the list of “THINGS I SUPPOSE I CAN LIVE WITHOUT”. Would it be amazing to have an in-unit washer and dryer, yes! Can I survive life without it right now at the ripe age of 27? (Wow, first time I’ve typed that, weird) yes I can.  So there you are-not having that amenity is a “suffering” I am willing to tolerate because the rest of the apartment is worth it.

Now relate that to something else in your life…

Your job. Your relationships. Your home.

We’ve all heard the “take the good with the bad” saying right? Well the good should still outweigh the bad. And the bad can have varying levels of intensity. I say it should be turned around; you have to take the bad with the good. We all want the good, but often forget about the bad or don’t want acknowledge it.

It’s there. Think about it.

What are you willing to give up in order to have the things you want?

What things will you sacrifice in order to live the life you’ve always wanted?

Once we can all answer those questions will pure confidence, we will be that much closer to truly living.

I am not trying to be negative here either. But I do think this is an aspect of life that many of us don’t think about. If we can tackle the ‘pain and suffering’ head on, then in the end we will get to where we want to go.

One step at a time. One suffering, one success, one mistake, one joy, the good AND the bad.

Here’s to late night blogging, post nail painting, while drinking a glass of wine in front of our Christmas Tree =)

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#lauratime #loveourtree #thinkdeep #redwinedoesthebodygood

YOU are in CONTROL

19 Nov

So often we allow others to dictate how we feel, think, and act. But why? We are in control of all of those things; our emotions, our actions, our thoughts…they are ALL our own.

You and only you can control your emotions. Yes, there are things that will want to make you feel differently but ultimately it is up to you whether you allow those feelings to change. Is it too cold? Was your boss mean today? Did someone cut you off while you were driving today? Was the check-out lady slow? How will you let these little situations effect your emotions?

Will you give the weather, your boss, the random driver and check out lady the power to interfere with your day? Will you give them the power to alter your mood? You can say no. You have control. Keep it.

I just finished reading an article sent to me by the lovely Raddis, about being mentally strong. I tend to have a lot of emotions, and by tend to, I mean I do. =) I can’t help it, it is who I am. With that being said though I am always striving to find emotional balance in my life. I think one thing that makes me who I am is that I have a lot of feelings, and I care a lot. But there are times when my emotions can allow other people to have control over me and I think that is where the work comes in- continuous work to become and stay mentally strong.

As I read this article there were moments when I thought, “Okay, I’m good at this.” Or “Okay, I don’t do that so that’s good.” And then there were moments when I said things to myself like, “oooohhhh, yeah I definitely need to work on that” or “Yup, that’s me. I do that”. Life’s about balance.

This quote stuck out to me as well.

“Mentally strong people recognize that they don’t need to please everyone all the time. They’re not afraid to say no or speak up when necessary. They strive to be kind and fair, but can handle other people being upset if they didn’t make them happy.”

I so often want to make everyone happy. I am sure there are many of you out there that feel that way. One thing I’ve been working on for a lot the past 3-4 years, is recognizing the times it is appropriate to put myself first.  And also knowing when I don’t come first, when my career, my significant other, a family member, a friend, a stranger comes first. There are times for both.

Choosing yourself at times DOES NOT make you selfish. It makes you human. You deserve to be happy just as much as the next person. Don’t forget that.

Do something once a day for yourself. Purely. Only because you want to. I dare you.  Can you?

Some might say that being mentally strong means living life with less emotion. I don’t believe that. I don’t believe that in order to be mentally tough you have to be cold or rude. My goal in life is to be mentally tough and still the same loving, happy, outgoing women I was raised to be. Balanced. 27 years and still working…but I know I am on the right path. Are you?

Who do you want to be?

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Life is about constantly trying to better yourself. Evolve. Grow. Learn. Educate. Repeat. Repeat Again.

Happy Tuesday =)

If you are interested here is the article on being mentally strong.

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/13-things-mentally-strong-people-dont.html

Be Passionate

27 Jul

“Champions are made when no one is watching”

It’s not what you do when people are around; it’s what you do when no one is watching. That is what really matters.

A true test to one’s dedication is if they stick to their guns even when they know no one else will know if they don’t.

I’m sure everyone has experienced this in some way, shape or form in their lives. Whether it be that you are on the newest fad diet and then you run into a coffee shop where they are giving out free samples, your alone…should you just try it because it’s there and free and no one will ever no? Or do you smile, say no thank you and walk away? Have you ever gone for a “run” or started too then walked a lot then ran a little then walked a whole lot more? No one knew you didn’t run the whole time right? All anyone “knows” is “you went for a run”.

I could go on and on with examples.

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Lately I have been working out alone. Not a single sole in the box but me, myself and I. There have been times when I think, “Damn, this is hard! I don’t want to keep going for another 10 minutes.” Or mid workout I think, “maybe I’ll just change the rep scheme to x instead of z” But I don’t. I keep repeating to myself that opening quote.

“Champions are made when no one is watching”

It has really helped me stay true to what I’m doing. In the end, I’ve never been disappointed by my results. Yes, we all have good days and bad days, in and outside of the gym, but it’s how we respond to those days that make us who we are.

Today I thought, “The athletes at the Games just rowed over 21,000 meters on a Concept 2 Rower-YUCK! I think I can keep pushing this sled just a few more times”

One of my favorite parts of Crossfit is that we all get to work out alongside other people-fellow athletes busting ass just as much as you are, feeling the pain you feeling, dripping puddles of well-earned sweat. I think a lot of one’s results have to do with what happens outside of the gym. Again, when no one is looking…

So many things go into making up the characteristics of who you are.

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So I leave you with this, what will you do the next time no one is looking? What decision will you make when no one else is around? Will you give up? Give in? Let go? Or stay true to who YOU ARE?

Be Passionate!

 

16 Jul

Be who you are. BUT respect others for who they are too-even when it’s different from you.

I was reading an article last week that gave 6 tips to be a good Crossfitter. After reading it, I started thinking a lot about Crossfit and its connection to our everyday lives.

I love Crossfit. I love everything about it. I am passionate about it and if you don’t know me you would know all of that in the first 5-10 minutes of talking with me. However, I need to remember that not everyone feels the same way. AND that is OKAY!

Embrace your non-Crossfit Friends- Before you started Crossfit you likely had some friends that didn’t do Crossfit.” This is one of the lines that stuck out to me.

It’s so true.

We all existed in life before Crossfit. Although I truly believe most of us would never want to go back, we have to respect those people in our lives who do not Crossfit. Remind ourselves to talk about other things than our PRs and Fran time. I know all of my non Crossfit friends (or am hopeful) support and love my passion for Crossfit, but at the same time they appreciate it when I talk about other things as well =)

**Special shout out to all of my non-Crossfitting friends!! You are still LOVED and APPRECIATED!! I would not be the same person I am today without each and every one of you too!! <3**

Respect Fitness in many forms” This is another line that stuck out to me while reading this article.

Yes, I believe that Crossfit is the most efficient, safest, fastest, and most fun way to get into shape and continue to live a healthy life. With that being said, especially as fitness professional, I should respect all fitness genres. Although I may not believe in the methods or movements does not mean they are wrong. I can express my opinion when needed and let me passion shine through, but if people are moving and lifting and doing some sort of exercise, THAT is what is most important.  I do believe that Crossfit CAN be for everyone, but that NOT everyone will like it. With that being said we should all respect anyone who is moving their bodies and working towards a healthier life-not bash them for not being one of us.

I think these two things relate so much to our lives outside of fitness too. Think of all the hobbies and interests that some people may have that differ from yours. You don’t like them any less do you? Should you? Same idea with politics and religion (these are touchy subjects so I won’t get into them too much). Not everyone is going believe what I believe, or want what I want and there comes a point where I just have to concede and move on.

There is a fine line between fighting for what you believe it and agreeing to disagree. I think it comes down to who you surround yourself with. As a majority the people in your life should already have similar beliefs and values as you-isn’t that what brings people together in the first place? Trust in their goodness and embrace their differences.

Make healthy decisions today. And tomorrow. Healthy for your minds and body.

Peace. Love. Barbell.

 

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Today is a Gift

20 Jun

Everything you do TODAY should move you farther from YESTERDAY and closer to TOMORROW.

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Sometimes the moves we make are big ones, they make huge impacts on our lives and change things. Sometimes the moves we make are tiny and are merely footsteps on our journey of life.

No matter what the size, shape, intensity, or magnitude, each thing we do should be constructive.

There are days when you will feel exhausted, overwhelmed, tired, frustrated, and much more. These are the most important of all of your days. It is in these days that the little things matter the most. You may not be able to get ALL of your work done. You may not be able to workout AS MUCH as you want, you may not be able to cook ALL your meals for the week, BUT you can do SOMETHING.

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Since Regional’s has ended I find myself in this weird ‘lost puppy’ state. I know my end goal, but it’s quite far away. I’m not sure what I want my smaller goals to be. I’m not sure exactly how I should go about getting there. So I feel a tad lost.

What I need to remember is that I don’t need to have all of the answers NOW. It may take a few weeks to figure it all out and that is okay. That doesn’t mean I can’t still be productive. As long as I’m doing things that are making me a better athlete, a better employee, a better person, then I’m on the right track.

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Just PRing on my sumo-deadlift =)

So I leave you with this. Everyone always says ‘live in the moment’ and as much as I do think that, it might be easier to wrap our heads around living in each day. Don’t worry about what is going down tomorrow, or in a week or a month, don’t get caught up on what happened yesterday, but choose to live in TODAY. Today is a gift.

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2013 North Central Regionas. Complete.

4 Jun

Controlling your destiny.

Do we have full control over the outcome of our lives?

No.

We can’t control every aspect of what happens in our lives. We can only control what we do, how we act, how we respond, how we treat others and how we treat ourselves.  I have written about this before, the thought of being strong enough to have the ability to understand the things we can control and the things we cannot.

This was a huge underlying theme this weekend at the 2013 North Central Regionals.

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Tyler, Frayne, ME, Jenny, Noal, Liberty (left to right)

I am so proud of each and every one of my teammates for the performance they put on this weekend. Their dedication, hard work in training and throughout the WODs and especially the heart they showed, it was truly spectacular.

I also feel proud of what I accomplished. I truly left it all out there, gave it my all, did all I could. Being back on a team was a different feeling, although I grew up playing soccer and having teammates almost my entire life, I had been so used to competing individually as far as Crossfit goes that it took a little adjusting; adjusting in the best way possible.

I remembered that being a part of a team is special. Being on a team means knowing when to take the back seat and let someone else do the work, it means supporting each other through the good and bad times,

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(Lib and Jenny having faith in me that I could hit 145# and them bringing in the big 150#)

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(Noal encouraging and cheering me on)

It means picking up your game when your teammates need you most, it’s giving them a shoulder to lean on when they need you and also allowing them to be the shoulder to lean on when you need it, it also means that you have to be happy with the outcomes because there is only so much you can control.

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I thought it would be so hard to sit and watch my teammate’s bust their butt’s during the guy/girl WODS and not be able to help, make an impact one way or another. Don’t get me wrong, it was hard, but not in the way I thought it would be.  I was nervous, excited, and anxious, but I had faith in them and knew they’d do their absolute best to get the job done.

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When something didn’t quite go our way, I just had to know that I needed to push it that much more when it was my turn.

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It was such a great experiences of growth for me as an athlete and a person. It truly proved that all you can do is your best, the rest will happen as it is supposed to.

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We HANDS DOWN had the most amazing fans. It was so……(so many emotions I can’t pick one) to walk back after finishing a workout and have all of my family, friends, athletes abrupt in cheers. It made me feel like one special lady, thank you.

Warm

Loving

Emotional

Inspiring

Wonderful

Grateful

Proud

Exciting

Those are just a few of the emotions that ran through me as I walked back to the fans. Thank you all so much!

All in all I’d say this weekend was a success. 11th in the North Central Region=top ranked team in Chicago AND Illinois, plus we are also ranked 83rd in the WORLD out of 368 teams-pretty awesome!!

I’d say we did this…

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Hard work does pay off. Way to go TEAM!

Let the training begin for 2014 =)

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Time to Shine!

27 May

[This has been way overdue. The past 6 weeks have been so crazy; I can’t even begin to explain. I think about blogging a lot and have been missing it, but with training for Regionals, working and some other unfortunate family matters I just have not found the time. I apologize! With that being said, I hope to be back on track =)

Happy Memorial Day! I hope every takes a moment today to remember those we have lost and those who have fought and survived, while serving our country.  You are all truly appreciated!]

In life all we can really ask for out of people is their best, right? Sometimes your best isn’t good enough and I’m sure almost everyone has experienced that and it sucks. Too put it bluntly. On the flip side, I hope many of you have found yourselves in situations where you did not think you would succeed and you greatly surprise yourself. That is the spectrum of life. We all hope we fall more towards great successes than unforeseen failures, but a little of both is what makes us human.  It’s what defines us.

Confidence is also essential to success. There is a fine line between cocky and confident and it can sometimes be hard to find. I think part of being confident is being realistic. Knowing where your strengths and weaknesses are and how to mix the two together to do something great.

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Limits should never be set; we should all strive to do better than what we imagined was possible. Do something EPIC! Epic is in the eye of the beholder. The only way to be epic is to put yourself out there, do something that scares you, embrace the adrenaline and feel your blood boil, get in the zone and get it done. If you do that, everyone around you that means anything to you will feel the epicness. (I decided to make up my own word =))

This weekend the only thing on my mind will be my teammates. Everything I do, every ounce of energy I use, every breath I grasp for, every burning sensation in my muscles will be for them.  I will be confident that my best will be epic for them. At the end of the day that is what matters most to me.

One more day of training (light) and then it’s go time. With Regionals only about 3 days away, I feel anxious and excited, ready to rock n roll. I have had so much fun training with my team-I am ready to get to Navy Pier and spend 3 days competing side by side putting all of this training into action.

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