As a peaceful warrior, I would choose when, where and how I would behave.
With that commitment, I began to live the life of a warrior.
~Dan Millman

Friday, May 28, 2010

For love of country they accepted death... ~James A. Garfield

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A healthy human environment is one in which we try to make sense of our limits, of the accidents that can always befall us and the passage of time which inexorably changes us.

Rowan Williams

Monday, May 24, 2010

Build your weaknessess until they become your strengths. ~

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Once in a Lifetime Experiences

Often we are comfortable in the same routine. Stepping out here and there for a taste of something new, but those once in a lifetime experiences...are you letting them pass you by?

The invitations to life don't always come with a fancy bow or special wrapping. Sometimes they are found in an obscure event or off the beaten path. The key is to recognize them when the do show up. Then it is time to decide, since life is about the experience, where does it show up in your priorities? Is there desire? or just a flicker of interest?

In my opinion, it isn't about being distracted from what is important to you, but those once in a lifetime experiences are to enhance your journey on this earth.

See one? Go for it~ jgirl

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Ideas are cheap. Execution is priceless.
Be someone that gets it done.


What was I thinking? Was all I was thinking as Team VictriX took the field at the SoCal Regional Affiliate WOD 1 event. Hey, I am just the girl with the blender. I am in excellent health, love my job, have an amazing family, happy with my life, what more could there be?

I had been in deep denial that I was even at UC Irvine for this challenge. A competition? Well, I have had no aspirations to take my CrossFit experience and throwdown. Sectionals? Nope, only back in the box a couple of months and not confident. But now, a team, with the focus being about the experience, that was the crack in the door. It might be fun.

Fun it was...after the butterflies died off during suicide sprints. Actually, it wasn't really that fun, yet. The team executed with 1 full round of individual efforts strung together. Sprints, 30 DB thrusters, 10 Ring dips, next! The set of 30# DB thrusters were brutal. Could I actually rip off 30 of these? I had to. Don't think, just do. They had to be to standard too. Hey, I am a metcon junkie, what is the deal with these weights? Use your legs or you will die. The last thing I wanted to hear was 'no rep'. Being a judge at the NorCal Sectionals was an eye opener to the lack of form a lot of CF athletes practice. Breathe and count them off. The number only goes down.

I am not sure exactly how I felt when all was said and done. Fun wouldn't be the word that I would have used. I think I was in a fog. Ring dips scaled, I was thrilled that I finished, but had a new respect for pushing my limit. That was HARD for me. The good news was, I was on the afternoon team to do the second team WOD too! I am here of my own free will. Yee haw~ 30# one arm DB snatches, lots of them ;-). Why couldn't they be kettlebells? Why did I continue to doubt the possible. Sometimes it is you up

A spin around the multiple competitions that were going on showed feats of strength that were impressive. The human potential is inspiring. Housewife, business exec, athlete, all on the same playing field getting it done. CrossFit brings out the primal in all of us. Time to refuel, rest and take it all in.

Late afternoon approached and our team set out for warm up. The weather was warm and we knew the track would be hot, be prepared for some sweat. Doesn't the back of my affliate shirt say something like...I'm not sweating, my muscles are crying. Strategy set, no butterflies, I was more focused on reps, reps, reps, run, snatch, pull. That was my job. Do it right, do it fast.

NOW we are having fun. This was the highlight of the weekend for me. Our team worked so well together. We didn't prepare as a team for this event but we knew the drill. We finished a group run, 500 db unders, 250 snatches and 125 pullups in just over 21 minutes. Exhausted and elated I walked away breathless and ready for some meat!

Knowing that the rest of the team still had one more WOD to complete tomorrow kept the excitment of the weekend flowing, but as for me... Ahhhhh! I could take my sore and sunburnt body and relax. It's not often that one does a CF workout more than once a day and I was ready to kick it and enjoy the sites.

Still can't find our live stream online, but I heard it is there. Our heats were 10:50am, 4:50pm and 8:50am.

I still have no aspirations to be a bad-ass or the top performer and I am not always the most motivated. But I show up consistently and strive to do my best each day. I check my ego at the door because some days are really tough, the only easy day was yesterday and keep my sites on those goals for PR.

I CrossFit because I love it. Bullied to try it, challenged to do the work, driven to continue. I love the community, the love/hate relationship with the WOD's, the excitement of the white board. It helps to make me the best person that I can be physically, mentally and emotionally.

Thanks to my trainer, my teammates and our support posse. These are wonderful people who have lives, loves, challenges and experiences outside of the box and have the courage and spirit to bring it consistently. I love sweating with them, training them and cheering them on as they inspire me and coach me through those times when I need it too.

The trip home was the biggest challenge of the weekend. Among a myriad of ridiculous trials, an unexpected stay in Bakersfield, two new tires, chipped tooth, speeding ticket, pouring rain and a very patient passenger, I found myself back at rep 27 of the thrusters thinking, "finish this damn thing! It'll all be over soon. I wonder what's on the white board today?"

Find the crack ~jgirl

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Power in Ambition

You may channel the whole of your passion into your ambitions. As you address activities related to your goals and those tasks dedicated to your evolution as an individual, you will likely feel more competent and driven than ever before. This flame of personal power that has sparked within your soul can inspire you to undertake challenges that might once have frightened or unnerved you. Your focused ambition can motivate you to change careers, begin pursuing a line of insightful spiritual inquiry, or travel to those far-flung lands that awaken your imagination. This can also be a wonderful way to explore your creative talents or immerse yourself in an exciting new discipline. You may embark upon a new phase of your life’s journey today as you pursue your dreams.

Ambitions can be a source of personal power when leveraged as a means to increase motivation and drive. Often, our dreams and goals are imprecise—we have a vague idea of the success we hope to attract into our lives but no set plan on how to achieve it. When we understand not only the composition of our aims but also their subtleties, we become energized and excited to embark upon the quest to build the futures we desire. Our passion is fueled by our comprehension of the steps we must take to attain success. When channeled through ambition, your ideas about what achievement really means are touched by realism. This enables you to subdivide your large goals into manageable steps that you can pursue with passion.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Nourishing You to A New Level of Well