I know I usually save these Monday posts for things I’m personally learning in the gym, or I guess life in general. But I wanted to switch it up and talk about what I’m seeing some of my friends battle through currently: Trying Harder. 

You may be like…. umm.. Alison/Stall/Stall Dog/Stallio— trying harder is a good thing. Well, in this case, you’re wrong. It kills me when I hear people say they need to “try harder” to meet their fitness goals. I personally believe it’s the wrong way to think. Instead of thinking “I’m going to try harder,” Change your perspective to: “Because my health is worth it, and because I’m worth it, I’m going to focus on making my life the best it can be today by making good choices.”

Because “trying harder” is burdensome –not just in working out, but in all aspects of your life. “Trying harder” has the potential to set you up for exhaustion, pissy mood, lack of self-confidence, and eventually, failure. 

It’s easy for us to beat ourselves up over the small things…like…”Oh, I said I was going to stop drinking wine every night, and look at that, I’ve had wine every night this week.” Or “Whoops, I said I was going to eat totally clean, and here I am at QT…again…drinking another bacon maple milkshake.” 

No, I’m not saying that you should drink wine and milkshakes every day (that wouldn’t go well for ya). But I do think it’s important to focus on the big picture: 

What’s one thing you can stop doing this week to make your life better?

What are you good at, and how are you using it to better your health – (mentally and physically)?

What are you doing today to make your life the best it can be for tomorrow and into the future?

Start thinking about these things. Start implementing healthy habits- no matter how small they are- and you’ll watch your perspective change from “try harder” to “I’m doing this because I enjoy it and it is making my life better.”

Quit beating yourself up for where you’re at right now. Or how you messed up. Or for not being where you want to be now. And start setting practical goals. And OMG, Celebrate those goals when you reach them. 

When it comes to setting healthy goals, it can be anything from: I’m going for a 15 minute walk today with my baby in her stroller. Or, maybe you don’t have to be at work until 8:30 am, so you can go to the gym at 5 am, or even 6 am. Hmmm….who would have thought you could actually go to the gym before work? Or maybe you’re going to cook a good meal tonight for your family instead of eating Taco Bell. Or, if you’re like me, maybe you’re going to make yourself recover, rest, and sleep more.  It’s not about trying. It’s about believing you’re worth it, so you’re going to make it happen. Small steps, people!

I’m not saying that life isn’t hard sometimes. Some days you’re going to have to push a little harder. I’ve said this before on here, and I’ll say it again.. Life happens. Marriages. Babies. More babies. Jobs. Unfortunate health circumstances….Those all happen. And sometimes you’re going to have to give a little, or a lot more effort. But nothing in life is meant to be burdensome. If it’s a burden, it’s because you’re allowing it to be. 

I dunno what you believe. But I believe that you were created on purpose, with a purpose- to live a great life. To do fun things. To be healthy.

So, instead of saying you’re going to “try harder,” give me some practical things you’re going to do throughout this week to make your life the healthiest it can be. And then do those things. And then do those things next week too. And then do them the week after that. And there ya go– instead of focusing on “trying harder” you focused on making good choices, and now you’ve been making these choices for 3 weeks, which means you’ve formed a new habit. And they say doing something for 21 days is all it takes to form a new habit. Science. 

Well, that’s my schpeeel  for the week. 

It was a good week at CFEC. We were in Week 3 of 4 of the C2K In House Competition. It was a fun workout – 10 minutes of power cleans and bar muscle ups/pullups/jump pullups. Bar Muscle Ups are tricky, but most people that attempted them got way more than they thought they would – especially some of the girls in the gym. I think I’m also finally sold on having some sort of gymnastics grips- or in the summertime at least. 

Here’s everything we did in the gym last week. 

Oh, here’s a workout you should try in your gym. Colin told me to do it, and it’s one of those that will leave you on the ground when you’re done if you try your hardest. 

3 min AMRAP: 10 slamballs (50/30#) + 10 thrusters (95#/65#)

Then, rest 3 minutes and repeat. The second 3 minutes was pretty brutal. But I’m tellin’ ya, these short GO workouts are what will make you better, so if you want to do better in the Open, do stuff like this. 

I got 82 reps (4 total rounds + 2 slamballs) for the first 3 minutes, and 79 reps (3 total rounds + 10 slamballs + 9 thrusters) for the second 3 minutes. 

Last thing, I dunno if you were as fortunate as I was to witness some of the Olympic Race Walking this past week. It was pretty fierce. Pretty intense. Anyway, if you were confused like I was, here is a helpful video that give you the DL about it.



At Home Workout

20 min AMRAP (as many rounds as you can get through in 20 minutes. Once you finish a round, keep going until you reach 20 minutes. The goal is to get as many rounds + reps as possible in those 20 minutes)

10 burpee tuck jumps ( do a burpee and go immediately into a tuck jump)

10 v ups

30 second handstand hold on wall

10 Sumo Squat and kicks (10 each leg)

1 minute plank