Happy Monday! How ya feelin’? Football is officially over… until like 6 months, and then we’ll be right back at it. Not complaining about that. What a game. I grew up a Falcons fan, but like I said last week, I’m not really into the NFL or whatever, so I wasn’t like hugely disappointed or anything in the outcome of the game. And I still got some great food last night with great friends – And I did NOT eat my weight in food. Hopefully you didn’t either. Because I bet that sucks today, doesn’t it? I could have though. My friend Kelly makes these mean chocolate chunk brownies. She’s famous for them. She swears they’re out of some box mix, but no one believes her. They’re special. But not like “special” brownies or anything. Just chocolate chunks in them. But I only had one. And it was perfect. So, just goes to show that you can still indulge some every now and then, enjoy time with friends, all while not going ape crazy on the brownies. 

Ok, so I really didn’t feel like blogging anything today, but remember, I’m staying true to my word – unless if something crazy happens like spending the night in the airport and not functioning on a Monday to write anything. 

So, here’s the deal. I do talk about CrossFit and competing a lot on here, and I don’t care because I love it. BUT I also like to talk about other things every once in awhile that aren’t like all CrossFit in your face. 

So, for today, let’s talk about being thankful. 

No matter what your current circumstances are, being thankful for what you DO have changes everything. 

I bet most of you could give me at least 5 things that you don’t like about your life right now. For some people that may be pretty easy – because either you really do have a lot of crap going on right now, or because you’re negative and always quick to point out what’s wrong, instead of finding the good. But for some of you, it may actually be pretty difficult to find 5 negative things. And that’s great. Don’t do it or anything. I just wanted you to think about it. 

This is kinda new for me, but each morning I’ve been writing down what I DO have to be thankful for. I have a journal, so I just kinda write it down whatever. But each morning, I’ve been actually listing out what I do have to be thankful for on that particular day. It’s been a game changer for me. It’s nothing special. No like template or special “diary of thankfulness,” or anything new I had to buy to do it. Just white, lined paper. 

It changes my perspective, takes my focus off of me and puts it on the great people and great things in my life – all God given that I probably don’t deserve. It sets me up well for the day. 

You may be asking…so how does this relate to fitness?  And yeah, it has a lot to do with it.

First of all, you should be thankful for what your body is actually capable of doing – whether that’s just to be able to walk, do your job well, play with your kids, or workout. Second, being thankful leads to joy, which I personally believe leads you to being more proactive. It helps you to be productive and do things that better yourself and others – instead of just feeling sorry for yourself. That’s a mouthful of a couple sentences, so more simply put:

being thankful –> joy –> not feeling sorry for yourself –> wanting to be more proactive –> more productivity –> good for you and for others. 

So, if you haven’t been feeling so great lately, or if you’re going through a hard time, try that out. And meanwhile, keep working hard in the gym. And while you’re moving/working out/training, be thankful – even while you’re doing heavy kettlebell snatches. And turkish getups. And 1 minute of rowing as hard as your tired legs will take you to get as many calories as you can. Can’t you tell I hate em.  (Those CrossFit Mainsite workouts will get ya). But despite that, I’m still thankful because they make me better. See, all about your perspective. 

Ok, that’s it for today. Have a great week! Be grateful for what you have and you won’t lack anything. 

As always, you can see all we do at CFEC right here. We are in a deload week right now because we are in between cycles. Deload weeks are still pretty tough though if you want them to be – but they’re also pretty great because it gives people the option to not be so competitive, or to work on skills and go slower and really focus on their movements in that workout- and all of that is cool too. So, choose your own adventure. Fun. 

Here’s an At Home Workout if you’re looking for something fun to do this week- and it includes dumbbells – since everyone in CrossFit is all about some dumbbells right now. 

Dumbbell Tabata (Tabatas are 8 rounds of 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off. Each interval round = 30 seconds. So 8 x30 sec =4 minutes. Each of the below movements should be done in Tabata format with 8 rounds of 20 seconds of work, followed by 10 seconds of rest. The goal is to go HARD for the 20 seconds while you are working. It gets tough quickly. It’s great interval training. and great for fat burn because they will help you to burn calories wayyyy after you’re done working out. You can move directly into the next tabata, or rest as long as you need in between them. I’ll let you choose that. 

Tabata 1: Dumbbell Burpee Clean & Press

Tabata 2: Dumbbell lunges (with dumbbells by side). 

Tabata 3: Dumbbell Russian Twists

Tabata 4: Dumbbell front squats