Tuesday, March 13
“Nothing in life is so hard that you can’t make it easier by the way you take it.”
Ellen Glasgow, American Writer
Ellen Glasgow didn’t do CrossFit or eat grassfed beef–she was an author from Virginia who had trouble hearing, championed the woman’s suffrage movement, and prided herself on her “independence of thought.”
Whether or not she did squats, I suppose it is that independence of thought that allows Glasgow to provide this insight. I was excited when Rob shared this quotation with me a few weeks ago because it has so many applications for our lives.
And so we come back to choices. “By the way you take it.” We are empowered. We are calling the shots. We decide how we take it. We choose.
And, let’s face it. Hard and easy are relative terms. Things are not finitely hard or finitely easy. We also make choices about what is hard and what is easy. In fact, this is how things go from being hard to easy (and the other way around!) We’re in control.
(Yes, you. I’m talking to you! You’re responsible for making choices!)
Many of the choices we make are emotional, physical, spiritual, and/or cognitive.
All of us face and make these different types of life choices all the time. And some of them are hard, relatively speaking anyway.
But we have a moment, a fleeting second, right before we make life’s choice when we actually get to make another choice. How are we going to take it?
What way are we going to choose to see it? Are we going to take it personally? Are we going to judge or place blame? Are we going to let it hurt our confidence? Are we going let it make us feel uncomfortable? Are we going to do it surrounded by people who are not part of our support team? Are we going to let it make us feel bad? Are we going to let it rob us of our passions? Are we going to let it confuse us? Are we going to let it take us off our path?
How are we going to take it?
We choose that first.
Then we proceed with life’s hard choices. Tough decisions. Tough workouts. Tough relationships. Tough situations.
How do we get to make it easier?
Glasgow’s wisdom suggests we seize that moment right before we make a life choice to pause and intentionally make another choice; how are we going to take it?
Own that moment. Empower yourself to choose not only once, but twice. Make the life choices, even the ones that are relatively hard. But as you do so, decide with purpose how you are going to take it.
14 Minute AMRAP
Men’s lbs options 135/95/65 Woman’s options 95/65/45
1 Squat Clean/10 Double Unders
2 Squat Cleans/15 Double Unders
3 Squat Cleans/20 Double Unders
4 Squat Cleans/25 Double Unders
5 Squat Cleans/30 Double Unders
6 Squat Cleans/35 Double Unders
7 Squat Cleans/40 Double Unders
8 Squat Cleans/45 Double Unders
9 Squat Cleans/50 Double Unders
10 Squat Cleans/55 Double Unders
Continue in this fashion for the 14 Minute AMRAP.
I completed 7 full rounds and 5 squat cleans using 75#
Run: 400M 1:27 and run/hill 1:31
Did 62 wall balls to get 50
2 eggs, hash, sweet potato hashbrowns
lunch: salad with tuna, peppers, cucumbers, 1/2 avocado, handful of hazelnuts
Dinner: Salad (spinach, avocado, peppers, cucumber, fruit) with oil, vinegar, and mustard dressing topped with grilled (from the grill!!!) shrimp