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I hope you will kick off your shoes, grab a cup of coffee, and stay for a bit.  The blog offers insights on lifting heavy things, nutrition, and loving who you are right now.  When I’m not lifting, coaching, or writing, you can find me having fun over here.

What little things bring you joy? What are the things you try to savor as often as possible?

Secondly, do you track them, write them down at all?

For me, some little things that delight me:
-My cats waiting for me outside the bedroom door in the morning
- the smell of brewing coffee that fills my house
- the beauty of the river I cross every morning on my drive to the gym
- the soft blankets on my couch
- laughter and high fives in the gym

Oh so many things. ❤️
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There are two ways of spreading light - to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. --Edith Wharton ... See MoreSee Less

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It never fails when I sit in judgement of someone else, I find myself doing the exact thing I was judging them for within a short time thereafter.

I was judging my husband for having a low energy day and impacting the schedule that I had in my head for the day. The next day? I can hardly summon the energy to do anything or get anything done.

I am judging a friend for not understanding me. Then in a further conversation about it (after I created some drama around it), I realized I was not understanding them either.

I am judging someone for going too slow or making erratic moves on the street because they clearly don't know exactly where they are going. Sure enough, I find myself slowing to a crawl while driving as I am looking for the right street to turn on.

It is a lesson I learn constantly. Whenever I feel like I "have it", I realize there is always more to learn. :)
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From Ben Bergeron. It aligns with one of my favorite quotes which is "the struggle is what teaches". I will be reading this a few more times through. 👊🏻❤️

There's no such thing as adversity.

There's no such thing as bad things that happen to you.

There's no such thing as setbacks.

Every one of those that we think exists is just an opportunity.

You have the option of looking at every single scenario as either an obstacle or an opportunity. You get to choose how you view them.

Things might look hard, things might look scary, the road might look rougher than you want it to be. Or maybe it looks like an opportunity to get stronger, to get better, to get mentally tougher and physically more adept.

The more adversity we face, the stronger we become. It's how we need to train, and it's how we need to live. We need to train with more and more adversity. We need to accept the bad things that happen.

People freak out when they get sick, or when there's no chalk near them, or when the music goes off in the middle of a workout. None of these are bad things because they're all going to set you up for when you go into a competition and things don't go exactly to plan. You'll be ready for those opportunities.

Remember: When it gets hard, it's supposed to get hard.

When you're suffering, everybody's suffering. You're never in this thing alone. The second you create a mindset of self-pity is the moment you fall apart. We can't live with self-pity. It cannot exist.

A great story that demonstrates this is from the Burden Run at the 2013 CrossFit Games. The event started with a 2.1 mile run, followed by a 100-yard Pig Flip, a log carry, and a sled drag. After the run, Garrett Fisher was in the lead and first to the Pig.

When he got to it, he immediately began to struggle. The voice that says "Maybe I can't do this," and "Maybe I don't belong here," crept in.

Meanwhile, Jason Khalipa finished the run and started to flip the 490-pound Pig. It was just as heavy for him as it was for Garrett. Instead of self-pity and self-doubt, though, Jason was thinking, "If this thing is heavy for me, it's gotta be heavy for everybody else."

He started flipping and went on the win the event.

Know that when you're working hard and when you're suffering, so is everybody else. It's all part of the process. It doesn't make you special, and it's not singular to you. It's what we're all doing.

It's the suffering that makes us stronger.

When it gets difficult, that's when it starts.

Another story, this one about Muhammad Ali. He was once asked how many sit-ups he did. His answer: "I don't know. I don't start counting until it hurts."

That's the deal. It doesn't matter until it starts to hurt.

Everything else before that doesn't count.
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