Wut up Monday? Usually I’m not one to act like I’m draggin’ and all on Mondays. Mostly because I would never want my negativity to rub off on you. That would be sucky on my part. And Mondays are great (true story). Mondays are for motivation. But today I’m draggin’ a little bit. Not sure why. It’s cool though. Not every day is rainbows and unicorns.

But let’s stay motivated, ok?! Lack of motivation on Mondays could be for a number of reasons, including how hard you went this weekend and what you ate, or didn’t eat. And I won’t get into all that today. But instead… let’s talk about how we can turn that blah Monday (or any day for that matter) feeling around for good. And for the purposes of this post, let’s talk about the gym.

Here’s what I’ve been thinking. I posted something about this on instagram, or my insta story last week, so sorry for the repeat. But I got a good bit of messages back after it. Here’s the thing.. You woke up this morning ( I’m assuming…because you are reading this). And while your body may not be perfect, or feel perfect, right now, you still woke up this morning. And another day on earth (especially in the USA…am I right?) is a gift in itself.

But real life: I’m sure if you go hard in the gym, you may have some sort of injury (big or small) enabling you from feeling great right now. It’s easy to focus on little tweaks, but in all reality, there’s always going to be someone out there that feels worse than you. There are people going through unimaginable circumstances that may or may not be preventing them from being as active as they would like. 

I’m not trying to focus this post on negative circumstances, but instead, the focus is on taking advantage of what your body can do right now. You and I are alive, so we can do something to move. It may not look the same as everyone else, and depending on what you’re facing, you may have to ask for help. It may be way more of a struggle for you right now than the average person. 

But, if you woke up this morning, and you’re able to move (whatever that looks like for you currently) don’t pass up the opportunity to use that gift. And you have a choice. You can either go about your life never acknowledging what your body can actually do, or you can change your perspective to one of gratitude.

Because no matter what your body can, or can’t do, there will always be someone out there who wishes they could just do what you could, or have a body that moves like your’s does, or feels the way your’s does. So, as you go about your week, don’t take that for granted. Be thankful 🙂 It will change your perspective this week. 

I don’t usually do this, and you totally don’t have to, but if there’s something big or small that you’re having to push through right now in the gym, message me and let me know. I promise, the majority of those circumstances are temporary, and they will make you stronger and better in the long run. However, I know that’s not the case for everyone., and while I personally probably can’t relate to you, just know that you making the most of what you’re faced with is inspiring everyone else around you, so never take that for granted either. 

Ok, moving on! Last thing. I wanted to talk about this past weekend! Swamp Rabbit CrossFit hosted a competition on Saturday. It was sooooo flippin’ hot on Saturday, so it was a major sweat fest. But it was A LOT of fun – mostly because crossfit/ fitness competitions always bring people together, and it’s great to catch up with people and hang out with people that may not workout at the same place you do. But also, every heat lasted only 50 minutes. So, it was like, “Hey, come workout for 50 minutes today, and then you’re done, because we’re going to jam 3 workouts into one.” I personally love this because you get to workout in your one hour time slot, and then you get to talk to people the rest of the day. Swamp Rabbit’s gym is pretty beautiful too, so that also didn’t suck. 

But there were a handful of people at CFEC that made this their first competition, or maybe hadn’t competed in awhile, so I wanted to give them a shoutout. Because maybe I’m just more anxious than most people, but I’ve been competing in CrossFit for over 3 years now, and I can’t remember a time that I didn’t feel like I was going to throw up everything I had eaten in the past 24 hours before. No matter if it’s a big competition a long way away from home and you’re essentially on your own, or a good ole’ local one down the road, I always get nervous. Because when you compete, you’re just throwing it all out there, and that takes a lot of guts, mental fortitude (big word), and strength.

 This is my friend, Allison - aka ALLI T. But her husband calls her Red. This was her first competition ever. She competed alongside her friend, Jess, who we all know at CFEC, but works out at Foothills CrossFit. Alli T and Jess work together. Alli T has two kids - middle school age kids that are involved in everything from gymnastics, to football, to drama, Fuse, music, etc. yet she still has time to workout. I remember when she told me she was doing this competition, she was so nervous. But she didn't let that hold her back. I was able to get there just in time to watch Allison and Jess compete, and they did great and kicked butt - especially on those pullups. 

This is my friend, Allison – aka ALLI T. But her husband calls her Red. This was her first competition ever. She competed alongside her friend, Jess, who we all know at CFEC, but works out at Foothills CrossFit. Alli T and Jess work together. Alli T has two kids – middle school age kids that are involved in everything from gymnastics, to football, to drama, Fuse, music, etc. yet she still has time to workout. I remember when she told me she was doing this competition, she was so nervous. But she didn’t let that hold her back. I was able to get there just in time to watch Allison and Jess compete, and they did great and kicked butt – especially on those pullups. 

 This is Salem and Molly. Salem did a competition with her husband Jack last month. But this was Molly's first one. They both workout at 8:30 class. Molly recently got married AND graduated from pharmacy school. Salem had a baby (Raegan, aka 8:30 mascot) a little over 6 months ago!!!! They both played soccer in college, so they're pretty athletic, and can hang in those lonngggg burner pain cave workouts. Well, they got third place in their division! I'm so proud of them. I didn't get to watch them compete, but the insta stories I saw later were great. 

This is Salem and Molly. Salem did a competition with her husband Jack last month. But this was Molly’s first one. They both workout at 8:30 class. Molly recently got married AND graduated from pharmacy school. Salem had a baby (Raegan, aka 8:30 mascot) a little over 6 months ago!!!! They both played soccer in college, so they’re pretty athletic, and can hang in those lonngggg burner pain cave workouts. Well, they got third place in their division! I’m so proud of them. I didn’t get to watch them compete, but the insta stories I saw later were great. 

 Kelly and Lindsey (aka Emerson's B's) competed kinda last minute. But thankfully Swamp Rabbit was nice enough to allow them to suffer alongside everyone else. This was one of Kelly's first competitions ever, and it was Lindsey's first one in two years. They are both good friends of mine, and very encouraging, supportive people of everyone else, so I'm glad they got to compete this time. Kelly showed the world that she has THE BEST thruster pain face - which just means she was giving it all she had. Although I didn't get to see it, they lifted 85 lb over their head almost 100 times. Their hanging knee raises were very impressive, also. 

Kelly and Lindsey (aka Emerson’s B’s) competed kinda last minute. But thankfully Swamp Rabbit was nice enough to allow them to suffer alongside everyone else. This was one of Kelly’s first competitions ever, and it was Lindsey’s first one in two years. They are both good friends of mine, and very encouraging, supportive people of everyone else, so I’m glad they got to compete this time. Kelly showed the world that she has THE BEST thruster pain face – which just means she was giving it all she had. Although I didn’t get to see it, they lifted 85 lb over their head almost 100 times. Their hanging knee raises were very impressive, also. 

 John and Jack are like the dream team of CrossFit. They are usually partners for Saturday workouts, so they decided they would just compete together for this competition too. Jack competed with his wife, Salem (see above) about a month ago. But this was John's (Molly's husband - see above) first competition. They are both really strong, and I can't wait to see them compete more in the future. Shoutout to Nate for going live on instagram while they competed so I could watch them while I brushed my teeth and made my breakfast before heading to the gym. I know Rhianna made them go way faster on their thrusters, burpees, and pullups, and was a valid reason they got SECOND PLACE OVERALL in their division. 

John and Jack are like the dream team of CrossFit. They are usually partners for Saturday workouts, so they decided they would just compete together for this competition too. Jack competed with his wife, Salem (see above) about a month ago. But this was John’s (Molly’s husband – see above) first competition. They are both really strong, and I can’t wait to see them compete more in the future. Shoutout to Nate for going live on instagram while they competed so I could watch them while I brushed my teeth and made my breakfast before heading to the gym. I know Rhianna made them go way faster on their thrusters, burpees, and pullups, and was a valid reason they got SECOND PLACE OVERALL in their division. 

 This is the only picture I can find of Daniel and Colin. But shoutout to Nate for giving it to me. If you look closely behind their judge, you can see Daniel rowing. But I thought it was going to be fun to compete literally right by Dan and Colin, however, besides the first workout, I was dying too much to even look over at them and distract them. So, that plan fell through. But I heard they did really great, and they were by far the most jacked guys there in the Rx division. 

This is the only picture I can find of Daniel and Colin. But shoutout to Nate for giving it to me. If you look closely behind their judge, you can see Daniel rowing. But I thought it was going to be fun to compete literally right by Dan and Colin, however, besides the first workout, I was dying too much to even look over at them and distract them. So, that plan fell through. But I heard they did really great, and they were by far the most jacked guys there in the Rx division. 

 I stole this from her instagram, but we all love Kill Cliff Lauren, and it was great getting to watch her compete too. She literally went from passing out/selling Kill Cliffs to doing thrusters, so that's pretty cool. 

I stole this from her instagram, but we all love Kill Cliff Lauren, and it was great getting to watch her compete too. She literally went from passing out/selling Kill Cliffs to doing thrusters, so that’s pretty cool. 

 This is me and Jack (ie). I love competing with Jackie because she always pushes me. For some reason though, whenever we get done, I'm dead, and Jackie is just walking around like nothing happened. Shoutout to Jackie for being really good at CrossFit and helping us win some cool pillows that I've used every night so far, as well as the KC gear I've always dreamed of having - or at least since March.

This is me and Jack (ie). I love competing with Jackie because she always pushes me. For some reason though, whenever we get done, I’m dead, and Jackie is just walking around like nothing happened. Shoutout to Jackie for being really good at CrossFit and helping us win some cool pillows that I’ve used every night so far, as well as the KC gear I’ve always dreamed of having – or at least since March.

 Local competitions are great because you get to meet people, and then literally see them everywhere in Greenville. Shoutout to Noelle for always being really encouraging, and cheering us on. 

Local competitions are great because you get to meet people, and then literally see them everywhere in Greenville. Shoutout to Noelle for always being really encouraging, and cheering us on. 

 I love these people, and this was't everyone from CFEC that came out, by far. BUT shoutout to these people for staying until the end. It was fun. 

I love these people, and this was’t everyone from CFEC that came out, by far. BUT shoutout to these people for staying until the end. It was fun. 

 Competing with Daniel is always fun - especially side by side. 

Competing with Daniel is always fun – especially side by side. 

Have a great week!