Recently, I attended a workshop that focused on the book The Element written by Sir Ken Robinson. In his book, Sir Ken Robinson talks about self fulfillment and creativity. He helps his readers understand that “The Element” is when natural talent meets personal passion and that when people finally arrive at “The Element” they feel most themselves, most inspired, and achieve at their highest levels.
When we think about thinking positively we at times assume that it implies seeing the world through rose-colored glasses and ignoring the negative parts of life; but it’s more than that. While it is good to focus on and appreciate the good things in our lives; positive thinking is also about approaching life’s challenges with a positive outlook. It’s about turning challenges into something positive, i.e. making the most out of a potentially bad situation, trying to see the best in other people, and viewing yourself and your abilities in a positive way.
People are often surprised by the various forms of exercise I do. I guess most yogis and runners don’t do CrossFit or vise versa, yet I like to do all three. For me, each activity helps and supports me in different ways. My workouts provide me with great physical and emotional balance; all feeding into the various aspects of my life and personality. Why do one when you can do all three?
Recently I have read and heard a lot of negative things about CrossFit. People are talking about why it’s bad for you, how it can cause injury, how it’s a cult, you have to be paleo, as well as that it’s intimidating and too competitive. Well in this weeks blog I’d like to share some reasons why CrossFit isn’t those things, how it’s helped me to become a better athlete, and how it’s helped to change my life.
I am back in the States after a fabulous two week cruise in the Mediterranean. Over the course of my trip I got to visit and explore Rome and Naples-Italy, Istanbul and Kusadasi-Turkey, as well as Santorini, Mykonos, and Athens- Greece. It was certainly a trip of a lifetime! Cruising is a great way to explore many cities in a short period of time. We cruised on the ship, the Celebrity Reflection. It was beautiful! The ship had lots of amenities and had excellent, trained, and accommodating staff that were happy to help provide you with anything you needed to make your tip the best it could be.
This week, during some of the quiet times on the ship, I have been thinking a lot about what is means to be strong and live a courageous life. Which has lead me to consider what it means to move beyond what we think we are expected to do and begin to think about what it is we want to do. This may mean taking the road less traveled. Continue reading There’s a Warrior Inside Each of Us!
This week I am preparing and packing for vacation. My husband and I are going to be taking a two week cruise in the Mediterranean. We will be visiting Italy, Turkey, and Greece. In order to prepare for travel, one of the most important things I do is to plan and write down my schedule and workouts ahead of time. It is important for me, that while I am away, I still find time to workout. Working out is an important part of my everyday life and I want to make sure I can continue to maintain some sort of balance and routine even while I travel. Plus, since I have started my training for the NYC marathon I need to run 6 days a week. So it’s even more critical for me to have a workout plan in place. I want to be sure I get my workouts in and still have plenty of time to enjoy this once in a lifetime vacation.
I absolutely LOVE burpees. I get pumped and VERY excited when I know they are in the workout of the day (WOD). In order to prepare for class, I will even wear my YAY burpee socks and my I LOVE burpees T-shirt. I know that I am one of the few people who actually like and enjoy this movement, but it wasn’t always that way.