February 13, 2017
So Fresh & So Clean
There is no such thing as a bad time to make a fresh start. Sometimes we think that a fresh start is an all or nothing game, which can intimidate us into not taking action at all. A fresh start doesn’t mean you have to wipe the slate clean, leave everything you have come to know, and set out on some unprecedented adventure which could leave you with less than what you started with. A fresh start can begin one weakness at a time, one new habit at a time, one day at a time, or even one year at a time.
A fresh start is a simple commitment to changing something you consistently do so that the cumulative result is a positive and permanent reinvention of yourself. Don’t get caught up in the past, don’t adhere to your labels or prior failures, and don’t worry about whatever your reputation may or may not be. Your fresh start lives and dies with a solemn belief in your character, which is holding true to the values you know represent you, and everything else is merely what other people think.
Fend off the intimidation of a fresh start with a plan of action which focuses on what is important right now, with a clear perspective as to how you are going create a cumulative change in the future. Open yourself up to what needs to change in order for you to reach your purpose, and make it your purpose to open yourself up to change. Create an unrelenting momentum one improvement at a time, with a respect for the past but not a focus on it, and start fresh today because “Ain’t nobody dope as me, I’m dressed so fresh, so clean.” – Outkast-CPT Ryan
January 19, 2017
I find that when it comes to fitness & my career in the field – people have two ways of thinking. They either think I am SOLELY a CrossFitter & that I have absolutely no idea how to do anything beyond that type of sport OR that I excel at every workout I’ve ever tried, whether it be yoga, running, martial arts, etc.
The truth is NEITHER of these are correct. I used to think that since I was in this realm of fitness I had to love every single type of workout I ever tried if I was to truly be considered an “athlete” or “fitness-er” of some sort. I’ve indulged in a smorgasbord of fitness endeavors in my time as an athlete – while some left me inspired & eager for more (CrossFit & Weightlifting), others left me demoralized & bored.
Exercise is not a one-style-fits-all proposition. Not every workout is suited or enjoyable for everyone. It seems logical but is an easy concept to throw out the window when your BFF swears up and down that pilates melted the pounds right off her body & you’re wondering if this is FINALLY the answer for you too. But if intense stretching & slow movement is not your thing, you aren’t going to stick with it no matter what your best friend says.
In my own life, I’ve definitely had my girlfriend preach about how fun & hardcore Zumba is. Naturally, as the hard-headed individual that I am, determined to prove I’m athletic in ANY arena, I gave it a shot. Unfortunately, rhythmically I couldn’t keep up & this was a huge blow to my ego – so of course, I didn’t return to zumba for another ego-ass beating and that’s OK. Remember, for an exercise method to be sustainable it needs to please your body & mind + get you closer to achieving your goal & thus, these methods are different for EVERYBODY.
Take some time to try out a few different types of workouts & find your own perfect FIT!