BRRR!!!! The Cold is Here

30 Oct

Top 10 things that make the cold weather a little more bearable:

  1. Fires
  2. Coffee cuddled in bed, on the couch, in front of the fire-you name it!
  3. Paleo Blueberry pancakes
  4. Isolating yourself in the BOX for hours on end forgetting what it’s like outside with an Olympic Bar/Kettle Bell/Sled/Rower.
  5. The holiday season
  6. Boots
  7. Scarves
  8. Chili
  9. Hats
  10. WODing

In my personal and professional =) opinion these are 10 things that should be on the top of everyone’s “How to Survive Chicago’s winter” list. You’d think I wouldn’t be such a baby considering I grew up in the burbs of Chicago and went to school in Northwest Indiana where the lake effect was ridiculous, but I am! I complain about it when my nose is frozen off or I can’t feel my toes, but I do love the change of seasons.  I just wish fall was longer! Did we even have a fall this year? It was like two days long, not acceptable mother nature.

Ok, back on track. There is something about walking into the gym, cold face/hands/toes/core and then getting a good workout in and sweating-so much better than just continuing the sweating during the summer time-today is going to be a perfect day for this to happen!

I also made my best batch of Paleo pancakes this morning! Not sure what I did different, but they turned out like real pancakes, it was so exciting! Perfect pre workout meal, right? =)

Speaking of working out…I’ve come across this underlying theme a few times in the past week and wanted to share.  Crossfit can be a roller coaster of emotion with good and bad days. That is what makes us stronger and courageous.  Knowing there is always tomorrow to try again.

A few times in the past couple of weeks I’ve had some off days.  They are frustrating and annoying, but they are life.  I have seen some of my friends go through it too and it just makes me realize that we are all human and can’t perform at our best every day.  We can give our best effort everyday but we can’t guarantee the best results all the time.  It’s being able to recognize that and still come back the next day for more.  For instance, Friday morning the barbell and I were fighting. I couldn’t snatch to save my life. I was failing at 100# left and right, I just wanted to say, “F U bar and walk away” which I kind of did for that given moment (only for my safety and sanity) but I came back Saturday and then again yesterday morning to snatching  and it was feeling great! Olympic lifting takes courage and a lot of it.  It takes courage to keep attacking it and trying to perfect the art form that it is, it takes courage to throw heavy weight at your throat and above your head. I think that is why it is so inspiring to watch others lift and to lift, it’s such a wonderful thing that has come into my life and I’m very grateful for it. I know that sounds kind of silly because I am talking about Olympic lifting, but can you disagree?? Also on the topic of Olympic lifting, Kendrick Farris (Olympian Weightlifter) is coming to CFD this weekend and I couldn’t be more excited to learn from him.

Another thing on my list of wonderful winter things is chili. Chili can also be a great post workout meal. Add some butternut squash in there, veggies, meat and you’ve got everything you need!  I just did some clean and jerk work, 85% (145#) and muscle up work. I also PRed on my strict ring dips!! Haha yes that’s right, 3 in a row! Don’t laugh, but it was quite exciting for me and these little triceps/pecs =) so after a nice Progenex Recovery shake, I think I’ll take some of this… while I jot down my workout notes and hydrate in my new favorite cup =)

YUM!!!!

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