Thursday, January 20, 2011

How is Your Discipline?


What does that mean to you? When you decide to do something- wether it is taking on an 8 week challenge, a 30 day food challenge, or even training for the Fittest Games or Crossfit Games- how do you discipline yourself to get mentally tough? 

I thought a lot about this yesterday as we were doing Elizabeth in the Women's Only class. Carey Kepler gave me some good advice recently. I asked how I should train for the upcoming Fittest Games. She said "You need to have a goal for each WOD. You need to think about how you are going to approach it each and every time." 

It's so easy to just show up and work out. Sure, you get a good workout and feel good afterwards, but once you have decided something (like "I am going to do RX weight no matter what"), how does your mind change once you hear "3-2-1-go"?

Once again, Lisbeth Darsh has something to say about this. Read on...

I don’t touch the barbell with my foot. I don’t walk over it. And I don’t drop it unloaded. Ever. I place it down.
People think I’m a little OCD about the barbell. Maybe I am. Last night’s class kept dropping the barbell — clanging it to the ground — during “Jackie” and I almost became unglued.
Yup, it’s just a barbell. A piece of metal. It, technically, has no soul. It’s not flesh and blood and therefore it really is not that important in this life. I know that.
But I also know that our behaviors are representative of how we treat the world, how we approach the world, how we embrace the world. If I want to succeed in this life, then I have to have a successful mindset. I have to embrace attention to detail and focus on every aspect of my actions. Only I can control my actions. Only I can control me. No one else can. So, if I drop the unloaded barbell on the ground, what am I saying with my actions? Am I neglecting attention to detail? Am I disrespecting the tool I am using to chase success? Would I drop my Mac? Or throw down my pen? Bump my truck into a light pole? Be careless with my money?
Whatever field you work in, success lies in wait for those who pay attention to detail, respect their craft, and work really, flippin’ damn hard. The gym is no different. Drop an unloaded barbell, toss a kettlebell down, throw a dumbbell to the ground: You’ve just told me where you’re going in this workout and this life.
Respect your work in all aspects. Stop being sloppy. Pay attention to details and really focus on discipline. And prepare for more success than you ever dreamed of . . .
-courtesy of Crossfit Lisbeth

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Carey Kepler Signature Series

YOU Can have Whatever YOU Want for Your LIFE.
-Carey Kepler

What do you envision for your life? Are you taking the steps needed towards your Goals and Dreams? Do you know your life's Purpose?

Join Carey in this 3 month dynamic series that will literally change your life. Be a part of a like-minded group of women working towards achieving the life they want-through Vision, Accountability, and Laser beam Focus

The first Signature Series is kicking off THIS Saturday. There are a few spots still available- sign up here

Dates you will want to remember:
*Jan 15th @ 5pm @ CrossFit Central - Kick off - What is my Vision &  Purpose for my life?
*Feb 17th @ 7pm LTBD - Setting Goals and Taking Action
*Feb 25 @ 6:45pm LTBD - Vision board/book creation
*Mar 18th @ 6:00pm  - Invite a Friend: Check out what you are doing night.
*April 8th Live Your Passion

What you will need for this Saturday Jan 15:
1) You to be present both mentally and physically
2) A journal that you love to pick up
3)  A pen you love to write with

I am looking forward to digging into this thing called life with you all.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me by email or phone (512).296.4637
~Carey Kepler

"the rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher." - Thomas Henry Huxley 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Stocking Your Paleo Pantry and Soup Goodness

You did it! You survived the I Am Crossfit/Trojan Challenge! Your forearms may be a little sore, your pride may be a little bruised, but it's only up from here, people!

I wanted to share a few resources with you as you plan your week of menus and Paleo goodness. The following recipe is from Sarah at Everyday Paleo. She is an inspiration for Women (and especially Moms) as she is a Coach, Mom of 3, and comes up with super easy and delicious recipes. Watch for her book and podcast coming soon!

As you are thinking about what to stock your pantry with, make sure to go here to see Sarah's Must Haves for your Paleo Pantry. 

I made this soup last week and OMG! It was sooooooo good. Perfect for a rainy day in the ATX.

Everyday Paleo’s Spin on Mulligatawny Soup
1 ½ lbs grass fed ground beef
2 shallots, diced
3 carrots, chopped
2 apples, peeled, cored, and diced
1 leek, halved, and sliced (make sure you clean these guys really well)
1 parsnip, peeled and chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, diced
1 tablespoon curry powder
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon cinnamon
4 cups chicken stock
1 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
In a large soup pot, heat the coconut oil over medium heat.  Add the onions and leeks and saute for 4-5 minutes.  Add the rest of the veggies except the parsley and saute for another 7-8 minutes.  While the veggies are cooking, brown the ground beef in a separate skillet.  Once the meat is browned, add to the soup pot and mix in with the veggies.  Add the parsley and all the dry spices and mix well.  Add the chicken stock and coconut milk, bring to a simmer and cook for 1 hour.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Crossfit Total- What Does it Mean?!

Every 3 months, we do the Crossfit Total Benchmark. There are a few reasons why we do this. The first one is to see our strength improvements over time.

The reason it is called Crossfit Total is because you add up the total of your 1RM (1 rep max) of the 3 lifts you performed. That is your Crossfit Total score. Mark Rippetoe, author of Starting Strength and owner of Crossfit Witchita Falls, developed a table that determines your ranking based on bodyweight (Bwt) and Total score.

To read more about Crossfit Total, check out this article from the Crossfit Journal.

based on tables by Kilgore, Rippetoe, et al. (Aasgaard Co, 2006)
Men’s Class Rankings
Women’s Class Rankings