2014 Crossfit Open: “You Just Might Regret It”

For the past two years, I’ve written motivational articles on the upcoming Crossfit Open.  In 2012, I wrote about how Rich Froning can inspire greatness within all of us.  In 2013, I wrote about how a run-in with a popular song encouraged me to give my all during the Open season.

To say the least, this year is a little different.

For the past several months, I’ve struggled with my relationship with crossfit.  If it were a boy, I think we’ve broken up at least twice.  If it were a relationship status on Facebook, let’s just say It’s Complicated.

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I took a few weeks off of my gym’s membership last Fall to focus on my workload at work.  As I spent 9-10 hours a week sitting in my desk chair, my physical and mental state suffered.  When I returned to the gym, I couldn’t hit PRs that I used to hit.  I couldn’t maintain the endurance that I used to maintain.  I couldn’t string together the same number of pull ups – or ring rows – for that matter.

Disappointments quickly started mounting from which I haven’t exactly recovered.  To be frank, this year, the Open is the last thing on my mind.

During times like this, I often think of my sister.  She frequently encourages me to do things that I never think of doing.  She provides the motivation that I can’t muster myself.

Want to hear one of her stories?  (Inspiration delivered hot n’ ready below.)

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The summer before my sister’s senior year of high school, she committed a fourth-degree misdemeanor in the state of Ohio.

In that, she went skinny dipping in Lake Erie (public indecency, peeps).

No – my sister never actually got caught by the police or any adult, for that matter.  But, she did immediately tell her entire family what happened.  It was quite humorous really, but, also, shocking.  Why would my baby sister feel the need to randomly go skinny dipping???

She had an answer for that, of course.  She told me that if she had not gone, one day, she just might regret it.  I mean – how often do you have the chance to skinny dip in Lake Erie?

Hmm…

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This story has been stuck in my head for the past several weeks now.  It’s rather odd, really.  It’s the dead of winter and has nothing to do with my life or the Crossfit Open.

Or, does it?

With my physical and mental state, regarding crossfit, these past several months, I want to run as far away from the 2014 Open as possible.  It’s like that looming date for a test you don’t want to take – or that evil relative that  you don’t want to visit.

But, what it really comes down to… is that I’m scared of it.  Abso.lute.ly.terri.fied.  I’m scared of not being able to complete the movements.  I’m scared of disappointing myself.  I’m scared of not beating last years’ times.

Am I alone?

Probably not.

As much as I know it’s hard to ever admit it, both seasoned and rookie CrossFitters are most likely a little scared.  Will we perform like we expect?  Will we meet the time cap?  Will they repeat that god awful 12.4/13.3 wallball WOD?  Will we meet our expectations?  Our friends’ expectations?  Our coaches?

The Crossfit Open is full of uncertainty and expectations.  Heck, there’s a reason why they announce the workouts the way they do. But, at the end of the day, how often are we given the chance to compete in the same workout against thousands of people around the world?

What this boils down to is that we all have our own motivational techniques – uplifting music beats, pre-workout routines, lucky coins, verbal affirmations, etc.  But this year, I want to offer up something a little different.  This year, as you prepare for the announcement of 14.1, as you contemplate whether or not to even show up, as you struggle with deciding if you need a video camera or not, as you question during the WOD if you can push yourself one.ounce.harder, do me a favor – will ya?

Think about how if you don’t do these things – one day, you just might regret it.

***Linking up with Frysauce & Grits!!***

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Guest Post: Tips for Achieving Optimal Health

To anyone that knows me, it’s no surprise that I am in to healthy living.  I try my best to eat healthy, attend CrossFit regularly, and I truly believe in that whole concept that our body is our temple.  That’s why when Healthline contacted me about hosting a guest post for them, I jumped at the opportunity!  Please welcome Leslie Vandever, from Healthline, as she gives us her tips for achieving optimal health!

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Optimal health. What a concept! What would it take to be totally healthy in every way?

Well, we’d never be able to splurge on a super-sweet snack or stay up too late and deprive ourselves of a full eight healthy hours of sound sleep. We’d enjoy push-ups and jogging and never get depressed. Our posture would be perfect and we’d never carry a pound more or less than the optimum weight for our age, gender, height and build. We’d never, ever be plagued by a cold or the flu.

Actually, maybe “optimal health” wouldn’t be very much fun. Not very realistic, either. But there’s nothing to say that we can’t try. And so in the spirit of the late, great John Harvey Kellogg, who once said “Keep your feet on the earth and your head up, but not too high in the sky. Be humble,” let’s find out what we can do to be healthier.

Eat mindful

Developing healthy eating habits doesn’t take a diet book, just some common sense. Choose what you eat for each meal from the different food groups—vegetables and fruits, whole grains, protein from fish, lean meats, beans, or eggs, and finally, low-fat dairy products. Sugary foods should be reserved as a once-in-while treat, no more.

Drink six to eight coffee-cups full of water per day. Choose water instead of soda-pop when you’re out. Your body will function better if it’s well-hydrated.

Say no to highly processed and fast foods. They’re loaded with calories, salt, sugar in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, and saturated fat. Instead, cook your meals fresh. Read the nutritional labels and know what you’re eating.

Get a yearly health exam

Your doctor will run tests and examine you to check several common health indicators, such as blood pressure, blood glucose levels and cholesterol levels. The idea is to catch problems before they start or catch them early, when they can be treated with the greatest success. By paying attention to your physical health, you’ll know what needs to be done to get closer to your “optimum health” goal.

Get some sleep

Sleep is vital. The average adult needs about seven hours of sleep every night for optimum health. How can you make sure you catch your Z’s?

  • Go to bed each night and get up each morning at the same time every day, even on weekends.
  • Sleep in a cool, dark, quiet room with no distractions. That means no computer or TV.
  • If you’re having trouble “shutting your brain down,” try counting your breaths. When your mind tries to chase off on another tangent, gently bring it back to your breath and resume counting. Often, that’s all you’ll need to drift off.
  • If you still have trouble after trying the tips above, talk to your doctor. He or she may be able to help.

Move that body

Humans were made to move. But today’s culture keeps many of us stuck behind a desk and, when we get home, too whipped to do more than watch TV or surf the Internet. What to do?

  • For five minutes, three times a day, stand up, stretch and do some gentle weight-bearing exercises with small hand-weights or resistance bands. Run in place or walk around the block, fast.
  • Next, add a brisk, 15-minute walk each day during your lunch hour.

If you do these exercises, you’ll be meeting the Mayo Clinic’s exercise guidelines for adults. It adds up to two-and-a-half hours a week of moderate exercise. Yay you! You’re well on your way to optimum health.

For more health information, click here.

Leslie Vandever is a professional journalist and freelance writer. She also writes a blog about living well with rheumatoid arthritis called RheumaBlog, under the pen-name “Wren.” In her spare time, Vandever enjoys cooking, reading and working on the Great American Novel.

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