Hellooooooooo there. How’s it going? Hopefully if you’re reading this, you are safe and sound from ole’ Florence. Florence talked a BIG game. And she was a BIIIIGGGGG storm. My heart goes out to those who were affected in small and big ways. We had some evacuees/refugees at the gym all last week, and that was fun for us! But despite their homes making it through, some of them are still unable to actually go back home. I know this isn’t the most convenient for them. On the other hand, PTL we didn’t get any damage really. In fact, I slept like a baby Saturday night. 10 HOURS. TEN. WHO AM I? Like as in, I didn’t wake up once in those ten hours. I feel like a new woman.

We watched a lot of football over the weekend. Oh, if you saw my insastory from yesterday (as in didn’t scroll right past it) you saw that I read (actually listened to) this book over the weekend while I cleaned, ran errands, drove, and did laundry. It’s called Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. I was dedicated. Totally recommend. I wouldn’t call it a “Christian help book.’“I think everyone can get something out of it. I like how real she is. She made me laugh a lot. And she brings some great perspective about a lot of touchy subjects. Anyway, she is one of my new favorite people.

Ok. Let’s talk about WHY we really do things. I know I’ve talked about this before on here, but let’s just go with it! This is one of those reminders we could all use from time to time. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in going through the motions, and all the mundane-ness of why we do what we do every single day. And I’m talking about everything from jobs, to raising kids, to hobbies, to volunteering, and any and every obligation or event in between. There has to be a reason why we do these things in the first place – even the things we “don’t want to do.”

I get like this with coaching, and CrossFit in general. I may still have A LOT to learn. Some days I feel dumb. Some days I feel like I literally repeat the same thing over and over again. Some days I feel like maybe I care too much. Some days I feel like maybe I don’t care enough? Some days I get annoyed that I can watch someone move over and over, yet I can’t pinpoint exactly what they can do to move better. Some days, I get frustrated with my own movement patters and/or lack of mobility. Some days, I probably make no sense! BUT…BUT… all that to say, it’s a process, and because I DO care, I am constantly trying to get better at it. Some days are great. Other days, I feel like one of the things I mentioned above. And on those days, I have to remember why I do this in the first place.

Getting to play a small role in someone’s fitness journey – helping them fight disease WHILE having fun in the process is something I’m so thankful for. Getting to stand in front of a dry erase board today and talk to people about food, making healthy choices, and how that ties into not only their workouts, but the way they feel outside of the gym, their mood, how they carry themselves, how they sleep, etc…that’s really cool! Shoutout to Colin for pushing us to start implementing this. If there was no WHY, it would be meaningless. Because there is a WHY, it pushes me to push past my own discomfort or insecurities, or any other weird feelings I may have.

And it’s the same in why I personally do CrossFit in the first place. Competing every now and then is cool and all, but being reminded of how far I’ve come is even better. I get inspired when I see people in the gym do things they didn’t think they could do (after putting the hard work in), lose weight they didn’t think they could lose, or go through something really hard outside of the gym. When they surprise themselves, or push through something so challenging (in or out of the gym) that inspires me to do my personal best too.

Your WHY will carry you through when things get tough. Or don’t go your way. Or you feel like an idiot. We actually got reminded of this at Granite Games during the Athlete Dinner they had for the “pro individuals” before the competition started. And it was a GREAT reminder! – When things get tough or uncomfortable, remember why we do this in the first place. For me, it’s because I’ve seen a lot of people find the courage to change their life for the better in the gym – more specifically, at the gym I coach at – CFEC. So, Thursday morning, I am trying to swim 800 meters as fast as I could (which is pretty hard considering I don’t know how to use my legs when I swim). At one point in the swim (about the last 75%) I started to feel dumb because of how inefficient I look swimming. I was picturing my own self in my head. My mind tried to get the best of me, and I honestly thought I was a lot farther back in the pack than I really was. Despite having a wetsuit(I’ll always be grateful! haha), the water wasn’t warm Lake Hartwell, and I was in it with 35 other girls who were fighting to do their best too. It was uncomfortable. But I was able to go back to that reminder of WHY I do this in the first place. And if one of my friends, or someone I’m able to coach, can sustain themselves through doing uncomfortable things in the gym on the daily, I could DO THIS. I ended up surprising myself (big time) on my placement out of the water, and my mind carried me on to finish that event in 4th place overall.

So, as you go about your week, think about why you do what you do! Maybe it’s your job. I know you probably don’t always love it, but there’s a reason why you’re doing it (hopefully besides to make the dolla signs shine bright). Or switch gears…if you’re driving your son to soccer practice, or your daughter to dance practice, there has to be a deeper reason why you’re doing it besides “it’s just what we do.”

And as you jump into that workout this week (maybe some burpees tomorrow?) remember WHY you are doing it in the first place. It’s not so you can suffer and be miserable. No, that’s a terrible perspective. And it goes way deeper than just building your engine in the gym. You do it so when life gets hard, or something doesn’t go your way, or you get UNCOMFORTABLE, you can rise to the challenge..because you know what it’s like to be pushed past your sweet, little comfort level.

Have a great week!