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CrossFit: My One Complaint

4 Oct

So if you can’t tell, I love CrossFit!

I am level one certified, recently started assistant coaching at my gym Kitsap CrossFit, and have been doing this workout programming for over two years.

After all this time I only have one complaint.

It stems from an experience I had a few weeks ago…

I was in the grocery store and saw one of my fellow gym members and said hi.  They said hello back and then jokingly (but seriously) said, “Don’t look in my cart!”

Her comment bothered me because it meant that people at the gym felt judged about the way that they eat and live their lives and that is the opposite of how I want people to feel.  It reminds me of people’s complaints about church!

Although CrossFit gyms advocate Paleo and Zone eating, and having any grains in your cart is a supposed no no, life needs balance. Nutrition is a process of growth and learning.  And most importantly, no one is perfect and I don’t think there is a need to be.  Balance makes people happy and sane, so if you want pizza every once in a while go for it.  I do!

My point is that grace and acceptance of yourself and others is way more important than being perfect nutritionally.

Please don’t think that because I eat well 80% of the time, I am bothered by you indulging 20% of the time.

And if I see you in the grocery store, you don’t have to cover your cart, I am not judging!


Change on the Horizon

6 Sep

Life is always moving forward little by little.

This has been very apparent to me recently as I am almost exactly one year away from separating from the Navy.  The past four years have gone by so quickly even though at times it felt like forever.

It is really dawning on me how I am entering a new phase very shortly and need to get my plans in order.  Amidst all that though are the daily tasks of  life.  It would be easy to get sidetracked from health and wellness, school, my relationships, and work by this looming future, but that would ultimately make me fall behind.

For me to be a whole person, fully alive, I need to be balanced and press onward with all of my goals while making specific plans for my future.

I just started my third class of the year for college, that means that goal is completed!  Yay!

Health goals are still going well and I am on track for my weight loss goals. Yay!

My husband and I are enjoying life together and actively discussing our life after the Navy.  Yay!

We have more in savings that we have ever had, and will leave the Navy with a nice security savings fund.  Yay!

I am looking into school options and real estate job options as a plan for when I get out.  Yay!

Major life changes don’t happen every day.  That would be exhausting!  But everyday we can prepare for major life changes by being diligent to create the kind of life that can weather storms and sunshine.

I am excited for the future and what it will bring!  I hope you are too!

What is on your horizon?

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Giving Up

20 Jun

Don’t be fooled by the title!  I am not giving up some meaningful dream, or exiting a relationship.

I am just throwing in the towel for my garden… this year anyway.

Some garden beginnings from last year.

Last year I gave it a go and it was fun and rewarding.  This year I have added to my normal life responsibilities: schoolwork, blog writing, and helping out at Kitsap Crossfit .  It’s just too much, and the garden falls short in terms of importance.

I have finally come to peace with it today.  I will probably keep my strawberry plants, but every thing else will be ripped out and mowed down.  It looks like a wild field anyway.  And it will give my pup more romping room.

My Vizsla Trigger. Isn’t he the cutest?!

Sometimes it is ok to give up on something if you are gaining time spent on more important dreams and goals.

As much as I like the idea of growing my own food, I am happy to frequent my local farmers market and buy food from people who are passionate about what they do!  I will be supporting my local economy and gaining time and mental energy to move forward towards my future…Business degree, Blogger, CrossFit gym owner and trainer.

Sounds like by giving up I am really gaining more!

Have you given up on something because you had more important things to do?  Did you regret it or feel that it was the right choice?  Tell me about it in the comments!

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What I’ve Learned (CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course review)

19 Jun

This past weekend was awesome!

The CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course this weekend. From CrossFit.com. We are the left column fifth down.

As you know if you have been reading regularly, my husband and I went to CrossFit Bellevue this weekend for theCrossFit Level 1 trainer certificate course.

So much to say…

The Staff:  Hands down some of the greatest teaching and coaching I have seen.  I don’t just mean in relation to CrossFit, I mean in my whole life!  The trainers were engaging, dynamic, knowledgeable, experienced and personable.  I felt like I was in great hands and got really good information that I could immediately internalize and put to use.  In fact that’s what I did!

Yesturday at Command PT for the Navy Band Northwest, where I am a Assistant Command Fitness Leader, I led the band through a  warm up, taught a movement that I learned how to coach at the course (medicine ball clean), and led 16 people through a workout and cool down.

Absorbing how the staff coached and taught really helped me grow.  How about applicability!

The Format:  Everything in the course flowed and was broken down brilliantly!  I was never bored or sitting in my seat too long.  Every hour or so we were up and moving, performing and critiquing movements we had just learned about.  That really helped to solidify what was taught.  It also made the weekend fun!

The Content:  Content is King.  I was just reading at Jon Acuff’s blog about how you can have great delivery and packaging, but without content you still have nothing.  Not only was this course taught by great people and formatted wonderfully, but the content is life changing.  Learning about the functional movements, the models of fitness, nutrition, and programming solidified what I already knew, and gave me tools to fix my weaknesses.

I have been doing CrossFit for two and a half years and my life is very different:  

  • I have discovered my own strength and learned how to move and use my body functionally.
  • I work out consistently now and have seen great results.
  • I know what to feed my body to feel good and sustain long term health.
  • I have more confidence and better self-image.
  • I have formed new relationships and strengthened my marriage.
Overall I had  a great weekend, and it was wonderful to share the whole experience with my husband!  We are really looking forward to the future, and are excited about what is next for us in relation to CrossFit and life!

Moving Forward

15 Jun

An exciting weekend is ahead for my husband and I!

This weekend we are headed to CrossFit Bellevueto attend our CrossFit Level 1certification. It is going to be two days of fitness and health, and the first step towards one day opening our own gym!

It is always exciting when you take steps towards your dreams and future. Another way we are moving forward is by shadowing (and soon to be assistant coaching) at our local gym Kitsap CrossFit. They have been so helpful and supportive, and there is so much we can learn from the coaches and owners!

So as we move forward here are some thoughts on what we need to accomplish our goal of opening a gym:

1. A goal: Clarifying and writing down our goals is important and gives us direction.
2. A plan: We have to identify the knowledge we need and steps to take to get there. For us this would be CrossFit certifications and capital to open. We also need people resources and the knowledge they have.
3. Mentors and Examples: We have a good relationship with the owners of our current gym and can draw from their experience and use them as sounding boards. We also can visit other gyms and see how they are set up and run to have models to mirror.
4. Accountability: Marriage affords a great accountability partner as do other close relationships. Mentors also offer great accountability as their purpose is to challenge and encourage you.

It is exciting to move towards the future! Hopefully you have an exciting future you are working towards as well!

What does your future hold?

On the Road Again

11 Jun

So as you may have read we spent a few days in Portland last week.  It was fun getting to spend some quality time in a new city!

We got to check out a new gym Crossfit Portland, and had a great time there.  Ate at Jake’s for some good seafood, and some good Thai food from a food cart ( first experience ever with a food cart), and great barbecue .  You may think that all we did was eat!

We also had a great time playing in the Starlight parade, and playing a rock band gig in downtown for Rosefest.  It is always fun to get out there and play for the public compared to military ceremonies, although both are important.

Well, my husband and I are on the road again!  We are visiting family near the beautiful Coeur d’Alene Idaho.  I normally make that drive from Seattle by myself, so it was fun to have company!


However, when you normally do something by yourself you develop a way to do things, so adding my husband to the equation brought up a few interesting moments.   I realized that  instead of relaxing and having a fun road trip, I was trying to be efficient and control how the trip was going.

That doesn’t make for a fun bonding experience.  About two hours in I realized what I was doing, and we had a great time the rest of the trip!  I just had to give up my desire to control.  Hard to do sometimes.

I think the self evaluation that marriage naturally brings about is really special.   And putting your relationship in new situations (like a road trip) brings up new opportunities to grow.  It really makes you look at the ugly in yourself  and make a change for the better.

What other relationship is so close and raw that does that?


When was the last time that you discovered some attitude you needed to change in your relationship? Did you make the change?

Why Fitness Is Good For Marriage

24 Oct

My husband and I really enjoy working out together.

We like lifting heavy weights, metabolic conditioning, and being exhausted after just killing a workout together.

Maybe you aren’t as into working out as we are, but exercising with your spouse can improve any relationship.

Whether it is walking together, swimming, running, biking, going to the gym or hiking, exercising with your spouse makes you feel good. 

Why do it?

When we get beyond the mundane tasks of life, and break up the monotony with something different like exercise, it adds interest and fun to our lives (who knows, maybe some sexual interest as well).

Exercising together makes you feel like you are on a team with common goals.

Not only that, but exercise improves our moods from the endorphins that are released.  Yay for feeling good!

What next?

If you have decided that adding some fitness to your relationship could be a good thing, then sit down and write out some goals with your spouse.

Talk about what interests you and some things you could do together. Maybe join a gym, or plan some hikes.

Have fun with it and support each other in your goals.

Note: when setting your goals ensure they are S.M.A.R.T. and realistic to your lifestyle.

Are you feeling like your marriage could use a pick me up?

Take a walk with your spouse today, or make plans to start a new exercise regimen together.

Want to read more on goals and supporting your spouse? Then check out these related posts:

Supporting Your Spouse’s Dreams and Goals

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