A Safe Place

Whenever tragedy strikes, people have different ways to cope with it.  Whether it’s the bottle or drowning yourself in ice cream and sad movies…people deal with sad things differently.  It is a scientific fact that exercise is a type of medicine to help with depression, anxiety, stress and other things people may take actual medication for.  I think this should be people’s number one go-to …but that’s just me.

This weekend, tragedy struck my family when my grandmother passed away unexpectedly.  I have a very small family compared to most, so when the core of the group is no longer around, it hits everyone like a 2x4…and even more so if you actually knew her.

On any normal day, if I had hardly eaten anything or barely got 3 hours of sleep, I would cross the gym off of my list of things to do that day.  Instantly.  I know what it takes to perform well in the gym, and nutrition and sleep are the top two.  However, today was different.

When you go to a gym like CrossFit Bezel, you aren’t just going to a gym.  You are going to your second home…your safe place…your sanctuary.  When you walk in the door, your family is there to ask you how your day is going, joke with you, celebrate your successes and support you when life gets the best of you.  I have experienced every emotion at that place…I have cried, laughed, screamed, cursed, and jumped for joy.  And no matter how ugly the cry gets, they are always right there picking me back up again.

Today I cried twice.  The first time was right when I walked in the door and the coach hugged me.  The second time was after I had PRed on my deadlift… after the coach had believed in me and pushed me to add a little bit more weight.  After the lift, I dropped to the floor and let out my breath and emotions.  I also thanked God that I have such an amazing place to go when life sucks.

When you go to  CrossFit Bezel…you don’t just get a gym, you get a family.

-- Kasey

 

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Love your body

I was recently reminded of this article on my Time Hop.  I posted it on Facebook a year ago with the caption “Decades wasted”.  Here’s an update:

After decades wasted, I’ve spent the last few years coming to terms with the ‘new’ me.  The me who has somehow maneuvered from wanting a size 6 body to wanting a body that can do things.  Things like box jumps, dead lifts, cleans, pull-ups, T2B, V ups, running, and anything and everything in between.  I could care less what it looks like as long as I can do those things coupled with things outside of this box.  Isn’t this what we train for, being able to do things outside of this box?

Upon great reflection, I’ve decided to no longer let anything get in my way (basically get out of my own damn way).  So when you see me in shorts, know this – it’s taken me years to get here.  YEARS.  The new me is a bad ass and is learning to love myself one step at a time, and learning that it doesn’t matter what you look like or what you wear along this journey.  I’m training to GO DO SHIT.

Up next:  tank tops.  Baby steps people. Baby.Steps.

Carrie on.

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http://www.tabatatimes.com/learned-love-body-crossfit/2/

Your inner voice

We all have our own battles.

I cannot take a compliment.  I’ll often make excuses for what I should be instead of what I am, often responding with “I’m working hard” or “I’m trying”.  I tend to concentrate on how long of a journey I still have instead of how far I’ve already come.

Truth is my inner talk is probably my biggest issues.  It’s not only what I’m thinking, it can also be what I’m seeing.  When I wake up and look in the mirror, I often see the woman on the left (yes, that’s me at 240 pounds holding Megan who is now turning 13).  Some days, I see the woman on the right.  In my mind, I know I’m not the woman on the left but somehow I relate to her.  She was so hard on herself.  You see, I spent years speaking to myself in undertones that one should never say to oneself, much less other people.  It’s so true that we are our own worst enemies.  It needs to end.  It does nothing for anybody but totally negate all of the hard work and efforts we put into ourselves.

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Do me a favor:  the next time you see someone’s body language suggest they’re in disagreement with your compliment, stop them and tell them they deserve it along with good thoughts and that they are good (no, screw that), GREAT ENOUGH for whatever they are trying to accomplish.

Carrie on.

 

Everybody starts somewhere

This was me in March 2014.  I was 2 months in to this crazy idea.  My face is red, my elbows are jacked, and all I could think about was how hard this was.

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But looking back, I did one thing that I’ll always thank myself for – I KEPT GOING!  You hear your coach yell it all the time “just keep moving!”  They even say it in movies “just keep swimming”.  That’s the funny thing about life, it’s never easy, but if you just keep moving/running/swimming/burpeeing you eventually get to where you’re going.

I had no clue what I wanted to be when I walking thru those doors at CrossFit Bezel on January 4, 2014 (yes, I celebrate that date every year), but I kept moving forward in faith that I’d eventually figure it out.  It’s only been in the last few months that I’ve finally had a vision of what I want to be, correction, what I’m GOING to be.  And it’s glorious!

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So for now, I’m going to keep moving/running/lifting/jumping/burpeeing/pushing forward like it’s my job.  Because it is.  And I can’t wait to meet her!

Carrie on.

Everyone Starts at the Beginning

No matter who you are, you start at the beginning. The beginning is not the same for everyone. It's the moment you decide to start something.  It's YOUR beginning.

Everyone may have a different path or different life experiences or different body type. But the fact is, it doesn't matter. It's your journey and when you decide to start, you are at the beginning of your journey. What you do after the beginning or where you decide to go or how fast you get there or how serious you take it is up to you.

You can't blame anyone or anything else for what you may consider the failure of your journey. Everyone starts at a different spot and for different reasons and faces different obstacles. The only person that can affect your journey is you. If you want something bad enough you will go get it. You will make the time to prepare your meals or turn off the TV or spend time stretching and mobilizing or getting up early or saving money or . . . whatever it is you need to do in order to continue your journey.  OR, you will find any number of reasons (excuses) not to.

You are not like anyone else, you are unique. So don't try to compare yourself to what others have or have accomplished or can do. You are not them and they are not you. Celebrate your uniqueness, embrace it and continue on your journey.

Everyone begins at a different place and is on a different journey. But everyone starts at the beginning.

-- Shaffer

 

From Wikipedia:

"Julie Foucher is an CrossFit athlete and medical student. She has competed in the CrossFit Games four times, and has historically been one of the most successful women in the sport. Across her four Games appearances, Foucher has never finished outside the top 5. She has twice finished on the podium, earning 2nd in 2012 and 3rd in 2014. Foucher was a favorite in 2015, but was not able to compete after tearing her Achilles tendon during the season's second qualifying stage."

- - all while being a medical student - -

Julie Foucher in 2009 compared to Julie Foucher in 2013.

 

 

It’s just a bar

It's just a piece of machined steel.
It can't check your heart rate or tell you how many calories you have burned.
There's no headphone jack or magazine holder and it won't charge your phone.
It's just a bar.
But if you know how to use it, it can change your life.

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How much you weigh or want to weigh is irrelevant.

What matters, are the choices you make each and every day.  Your weight on the scale and on the bar are direct representations of those choices.

Making better choices should be the goal. Living a better, more productive life should be the goal. Want to be sick less, have more energy, play with your kids, or pick up 40lbs of dog food?

Make better choices.  Daily.

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There are no shortcuts.

When you go for a jog you can go fast, go slow, or walk. However, if you want to lift something, you either can or you can't. The barbell will not lie to you and there is no halfway.

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Want to . . . . .  ?

We can help you.

Come see what the barbell is all about.

http://www.crossfitbezel.com/contact-us

 

Are you ready ?

It’s a funny thing being faced with something you cannot control.  I hurt my back in December 2013 while picking up my sleeping 5 year old.  She’s heavy as lead, but still only 5 years old.  I kept thinking to myself, I should be able to do this.  Why did this happen?  Was I in a weird twisting position or something?  The reasons (more like excuses) kept coming until I finally realized I was just really out of shape.  Okay, so if I’m already out of shape and barely into my 40’s, will I always be like this?  Clearly I want to be able to do fairly easy things like this, but my body wouldn’t let me.

Backtrack 10-12 years prior.  Let me set the stage:  I’m speaking with my best friend telling her my frustrations for not being able to lose weight.  The weight just kept coming. I kept getting bigger and bigger.  Yes, I had a couple of kids, but DEAR LORD when will it end?  I specifically remembered telling her, “So, I can graduate from college, move back home, buy a house, and get married all in the same year; BUT I’M STILL A SIZE 22 AND CAN’T SEEM TO LOSE 1 POUND!  Why can’t I do this?”  I can still feel the frustration (and anger).

Looking back to these situations and so many more like them, are what lead me on my journey to figuring out what I wanted my future to look like.  Did I want to continue to be out of shape, be injured while doing regular things, or change?  It was not long after this event that I realized, there’s no way on God’s green earth that I’m going to live my life without being able to do things like picking up my own children or their children.  It was at that moment I became ready.  I was ready to find out FOR MYSELF what I was truly capable of. 

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What can 40 some year old Carrie do?  Can I jump on, run around, and lift heavy shit?  Can I return back to being somewhat fit and carry things like my now 7 year old heavy as lead free-spirited daughter?  I knew I would have to work hard at it, be consistent, and take care of myself.  I knew I was not in great shape when I walked thru the doors at CrossFit Bezel, but I also knew that wouldn’t be for very long if I put some effort into it.  I’m not saying I’m near any sort of finish line, but I’ll be damned if I’m stopping now.

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Interested in how you can get started with us and become a member of the family?

Just click on THIS LINK and read what steps to take.

OR just CONTACT US and we'll walk you through on the phone, in person or via email.

Don't wait to start your new fitness journey.  Let us help you today.

Success in the gym

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Everyone wants a short cut.

Everyone wants it to "just happen".

Everyone has an excuse, or something that's more important.

Everyone gets bogged down in the past.

The best way to achieve success in the gym is to focus on what you want. Don't think about why you can't or what happened in the past. But focus on you and what you want.

Jacob over at CrossFit Pagosa sums it up nicely.

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THE Number 1 way to Succeed in the Gym

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

That's it. It is not some german-bulgarian squat program or multi-tiered, 6 stratified macro cycle of barbell complexes. It is an all consuming ideal that permeates all your thoughts. If you focus on the big picture than the details will always take care of themselves. In business if you focus on the daily habits you will be consumed. In business if you focus on your dreams then your goals and daily habits will get taken care of. In the gym you must focus on hitting an overhead squat that would make an olympian proud. Have that dream in focus and your daily habit of stretching will take care of itself because that ideal is consuming your thoughts. You pay attention to how you sit, how your shoulders are positioned, if one foot is front of the other when you stand, etc. Be consumed by creating the new. Have your vision on what will be and not what is. Focus on your ideal weight. Focus on your next unbroken pull up or double under. See yourself there and your actions will mirror your journey to the goal. THE number 1 way to succeed in the gym is to have your energy focused on building the new.

Jacob Miskimens

http://www.crossfitpagosa.com/blog/succeed

My knees hurt . . . .

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Want to improve your overall health? Then you need to learn to do a few things really well.  Two things that are most important, get yourself up off the ground and pick things up off the ground.
 
Basically you need to squat and deadlift.
No matter what your age or limitation, you need to be able to do these two things to some degree.
 
The members that have walked through our door that thought they never could or were too afraid to, either due to their own self imposed limitations or something a doctor said, have found that squatting and deadlifting (properly) has actually helped them. Especially those with bad knees.
Here is a nice little write up about knee problems and why most of the time, it's not really about your knees.

The Interview

by: Carrie Harmon

I recently was interviewed by an intern at our CrossFit box.

She asked me a question that stuck with me, "what's been your best memory while you've been here (CrossFit Bezel)?" My response included discussing the CrossFit Games Open workouts.

But it made me think, honestly, my favorite memories here are what seem to be any day I walk in here.  Whether we’re performing the open workouts or a regular daily WOD, we always have the same effect:  people are always encouraging and motivating each other.

It's truly a family environment here.  I feel completely comfortable walking in here any time of any day to workout, shoot the breeze, talk about issues, drop off the kiddo at Lil Beasts and go grocery shopping, anything.  This is an extension of our homes and it's a great feeling to workout beside people who you not only admire for their athletic abilities, but you respect because they are a great example and are leading a life you are aspiring to lead as well.

It's hard to find a place like this where you fit in and I have no problem telling you, our family is the best.

So, yes, my greatest memories here are Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  All of them!

Carrie on . . . .

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Interested in how you can get started with us and become a member of the family?

Just click on THIS LINK and read what steps to take.

OR just CONTACT US and we'll walk you through on the phone, in person or via email.

Don't wait to start your new fitness journey.  Let us help you today.

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