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Saturday is in full swing.

I woke up to an alarm clock (ouch) but greeted the day my favorite way possible: coaching a new athlete in the ways of CrossFit. I love one-on-one coaching and taking someone through the fundamentals of CrossFit. I remember my first Orientation class back in Texas a few (cough) years ago, and how abysmal my air squat was. I'm pretty sure I did everything on my toes. It's exciting to be a part of someone's beginning. You always remember your first coach.

The sun was out. I opened up the garage doors and enjoyed some much needed time outdoors. I think I need to hit the tanning beds during the winters here, because the snow and the rain make me want to rip my hair out a bit depressed. Vitamin D depletion?

I didn't even know who I was this afternoon, running in the sunshine, singing to myself, frolicking through the gym ...

I'm looking forward to a trip to Lululemon tomorrow to get a bunch of tights hemmed into crops. I just ordered some shorts from Ground 2 Overhead apparel. The colors. I couldn't resist.

Spring is here. Summer is around the corner ... Weekends laying next to the pool are near.

Sigh.







.


The Open is over. 

Thank goodness.

When I tell people I really hate competition, that's an understatement ...

I am so burnt out over the last 5 weeks, I literally haven't picked up a barbell since finishing 15.5.

I've taken this week off to rest nagging injuries, but more than anything, because I need it mentally. My whole life has become CrossFit. All of my friends are CrossFitters. My business associates are CrossFitters. My boyfriend is a CrossFitter. In my free-time, I'm doing CrossFit, or studying avenues to become a better CrossFit coach and CrossFit affiliate owner.

There is no "off" switch. I think about my business, coaching, or training literally all day long. And then I get home and want to go to bed, and I'm dreaming about the business, coaching, or training, all night long.

I'm not complaining. I love what I do and I wouldn't trade it for the world. I just have to find other hobbies and a better work/life balance. Why don't they teach that in college? It doesn't help that my boyfriend lives 4 states away, so I really don't have anything to help me take my mind off of work, or busy up my evenings and weekends. Instead, I just see free time as an opportunity to do something for the gym: cleaning, advertising, blogging, updating the website, planning, programming ...

And now we are moving!


So not only do we have the day to day operations to handle, which is really my responsibility, we now have a new space to create.

It's amazing. And exciting. To be a part of this. To be a part-owner of a small business.

When I was 16, I had to write a paper on two dream jobs.

They were
1. to become President of the United States.
2. to open my own small business. At the time, I was very much into writing and design, I wanted o be a graphic designer.

As I have grown and my hobbies have altered and shifted, I could never have dreamed of being in the position I am now, Head Coach and owner of a CrossFit affiliate at the ripe age of 27.

I take my dreams, and the people I work with, very seriously.

Which is probably why I don't have a life anymore outside of my work.

Which is probably why, after the Open was over, I just literally hit a wall and shut down. I'm still coaching and running the business side of the things, but no training for me. No putting on my lifters. No taping up. No looking up percentages. Or turning on the clock. Or trying to hit a new PR. Or fight through a tough set. No. Just no.

I didn't do too bad in the Open. I had a lot of haters who didn't think I would do well, after competing last year in Asia and making it to Regionals. The Northeast is a huge region with a lot of strong girls.


I know I want to get back under a barbell soon. I am just not pushing it. I am trying to listen to my heart and what it wants. 

I remember how exciting CrossFit was, back when I first started it. I had a solid group of girls that I'd always WOD with. We were best friends and had each others backs. I know that I keep CrossFitting in the hopes that one day I will find that again. I'm not giving up yet. 





Today I am grateful for
1. Pain relievers during that time of the month ...
2. Coffee ... for those nights you don't sleep very much.
3. My Nike Romeo's II - they came in yesterday and they are mind blowing!
4. CrossFit ... the strength it's given me mentally.
5. Bar Muscle Ups <3
6. It's snowing. It's pretty.

What would make today great?
1. Getting my curtains hung. It will take a miracle.
2. PR'ing 14.4 (last year I didn't have muscle ups)
3. Having a conversation with someone I love



I'm really sucking at this Gratitude Journal! 


Today I am grateful for
1. A wonderful night of sleep, waking feeling rested
2. That Elliott learned how to use his potty pad inside - it's freaking cold outside, and taking a dog outside who doesn't like the cold ... 
3. Coffee. Should we set up an IV?

What would make today great?
1. A breakthrough on my muscle ups
2. My Nike Romaleo II's being delivered
3. Feeling confident back squatting for max reps at 90% today. Because seriously. I HATE the back squat.

But wait, this is supposed to be a positivity journal. So, I am working on discovering my love of the back squat. Let's hope I discover it today.

xox,
Courtney


Gratitude Journal

1. PR Fran! 3:04 (Sub 3, I am coming for you!)
2. Taking 2nd place at Black Ice with Travis
3. Training partners
4. 13 hours of sleep last night!
5. White Chocolate Raspberry Quest Bars




Because no one likes a negative Nancy, I've decided to blog 5 positive things that happened to me on a daily basis for 2015. A Gratitude Journal if you will. Every entry may not make it's way into the blog, but I am writing them down every day in a journal. 


I am not going to lie - it's been working. When I'm on a mission to find positive things that happen to me, I don't have time to notice the "bad" things ... and interestingly enough, the bad things I try to twist around into a positive thing. 

My elbows are killing me from all of this muscle up practice.
How awesome is it that I can at least do (some) muscle ups?

My voice is always gone after an evening of coaching.
How awesome is it that I get to high five, clap, coach, and cheer people on for a living?

Today I am grateful for:

1. 8 hours of sleep!
2. A relaxing morning.
3. Snow!
4. Getting all of my training in.
5. Coaching 5 hours in a row and not skipping a beat!





I can dress like a human!


Or like I normally do, word.


I'm sponsored! Thanks Ace Athletic Apparel


I do not use "clean" creamers.


This is the best feeling, ever.


Housekeeping = positive benefit of hotel living


Post-Thanksgiving Advocare 10 Day Cleanse


Dressed to impress at the movies


Not sure what the dream is ... 


But I'm still grinding every day.

How do you take your coffee?
Last movie you saw in theaters?



Sometimes I wonder what it is I have to blog about anymore. When I started this blog; it was to document the adventures of being married. I originally think the title of it was something super cool like, "Milspouse Adventures" ... then it became a blog of my new found obsession for running and "fitness" (I loved the Nike+ app on iPhone!) And then about eating and making clean food. Mmm, food! And then as I got busier, life became crazier, I had less time in the kitchen to cook. Less recipes were posted. Less foodie photos. I was balancing school, CrossFit, still running and biking too many miles a week, being a military spouse (we PCS'ed (moved) several times over the course of 3 years) and working.

But then ... I went through my divorce. And I moved to Kuwait. 


When life is good, I always want to talk about it. When life gets hard, that's when you'll see my blog posts wane. I don't like to focus on the negative. I don't like to write that down, it makes it permanent. I don't want to look back at a period in my life where I was going through a hard time. Does that make me naive? To think that if I don't document it, maybe it didn't happen? I can forget about it. 

Last night I was looking through one of my WOD journals, from September 2011. I wrote in it "Swung my first kettle bell over my head today!"

Just let that soak in for a minute. I went to Regionals this year. 3 years ago, I couldn't swing a kettle bell over my head.

Last September (when I moved to Kuwait) is when I started following CrossFit competitively; quit the running, quit the biking, just focused solely on CrossFit and following a competitive program. 


Last night I did 30 burpee muscle ups for time. It had a 15 minute cap on it. I was nervous about this workout all day. Butterflies. Sweaty palms. I didn't have muscle ups during the Open this year, and I barely had them at Regionals (I did singles all the way through Nasty Girls V2). Muscle ups were the bane of my existence. They were painful (thanks to Snapping Triceps Syndrome). My training partners over there, bless their hearts, knew not to talk to me after getting off the rings, because when I'm in pain like that, I'm mean. BioFreeze and elbow sleeves were the only thing that kept me going. 

But I pushed through the pain. Because that's what I do. That's all I know. 


Suffering is what I've been doing since I can remember. Seeing things kids shouldn't have to see. At 9, watching my mom die. Being separated from my dad, then my sister, and eventually my brother. Moving like a nomad. Eventually, out on my own at 16. Working and going to school. Bad relationships after bad relationships. Drinking like a fish, smoking like a chimney. The understanding didn't come until recently that my shit hand of cards were not dealt to me because I was a bad person, but because life has an interesting way of unfolding.

Last night I did that workout. 30 burpee muscle ups for time. Well under the time cap. I didn't fail one muscle up, and I experienced no pain. Just euphoria. I realized I am a damn good poker player. Deal me the shittiest cards, and I'm still going to come at you with a royal flush.

This is why CrossFit works for me. The sad truth about being used to suffering your entire life; is that you come to expect it. You almost end up looking for it. It's a kind of dysfunction. Enter: bad relationships and bad life choices that eventually lead you down to a road of ... guess what? More pain.

CrossFit essentially saved me from making life decisions that would lead me to more suffering; because I'm getting all of the pain and dysfunction I want in the gym. I don't want to make CrossFit sound screwed up, because it's not. It's a completely safe and effective program, scalable for all ages and fitness levels. But CrossFit will make you dig into the deepest, darkest corners ... and if you want that suffering to be worth something, you can't quit. You have to be your own hero, every day. 

CrossFit taught me that through suffering, comes wisdom, comes the light. 


Elisabeth Kubler-Ross said, "the most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths."

It's crazy to think that something as menial as a WOD with some silly muscle ups (that most competitive athletes have zero problem with), could have such great impact, but when I finished that last rep, I truly felt like I had found my way out of the depths. If someone had told me 3 years ago when I was swinging that kettle bell over my head that I'd be doing 30 burpee muscle ups for time in the future;  I would have maybe dropped that bell on their face.

Why do I blog? Because life is a journey worth being documented. Because even though I've suffered, it does not define who I am.

I am a coach, an affiliate owner, a rescue dog mom, a divorcee, an athlete ... I'm not perfect and I don't claim to be. But this is my walk. Thanks for following me along. 


Thanks for the support in the Nudity incident. Facebook didn't take it down a second time, so guess who has two thumbs and won that battle? Boom! Justice is served. 

If you follow my Facebook page or Land Warrior CrossFit's Facebook page (which you should be if you aren't!), I hope you heard my awesome news. 

I'm the new Head Coach and Operations Manager (and co-owner) at LWCF in Windsor Locks, CT! 

I'm absolutely ecstatic about this new position!


So much so, that my original plan to road trip across the country, from Oregon to Connecticut, started to seem like it would take way too long. Chomping at the bit to get this new chapter started, I instead took a leap of faith. I brokered a deal to have my car shipped across the country so that Elliott and I could fly, and I'm spending one last week relaxing in Pennsylvania with the BF before assuming my new role next week. 


I can't wait to meet the athletes, work with coaches, and grow our local CrossFit community. 
I would love if you would support us!

For motivation and more, check out our Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter

If you're in the area, we're hosting a legit competition on November 8th, a two-person team competition. Cash prizes, and sponsors up the WAZOO. Kill Cliff, Box Junkie, Mad Fitter, you name it. 


What else is new? I changed my hair color. It seemed fitting, with the changing seasons.


From über blonde to brunette.


I don't know why my lips look like zombie lips in this picture? 

I do miss the blonde though, it may be back sooner rather than later. ;) 


Happy Hump Day!


We made it #facebookofficial. Surprised? :)


I made this my profile photo. 


Facebook removed it yesterday without telling me why. So, I put it back up. Someone reported it AGAIN. This time Facebook told me WHY. Apparently, it's contains NUDITY.

According to Facebook's Community Standards for nudity, that would mean:

"Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicitly sexual content where a minor is involved. We also impose limitations on the display of nudity. We aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo's David or family photos of a child breastfeeding."

I have seen a lot profile photos of folks in bathing suits, on their wedding day kissing (in a strapless or backless wedding dress), breastfeeding their baby, etc. 

While I wait for Facebook to review it (it's still up since the 2nd time I put it back up, but if they deem it in violation of their standard, it will be removed), I thought I'd ask your opinion. 

I don't think my photo is inappropriate, I think I have a hater (I'm pretty used to haters).
What do you think?



Saturday is in full swing.

I woke up to an alarm clock (ouch) but greeted the day my favorite way possible: coaching a new athlete in the ways of CrossFit. I love one-on-one coaching and taking someone through the fundamentals of CrossFit. I remember my first Orientation class back in Texas a few (cough) years ago, and how abysmal my air squat was. I'm pretty sure I did everything on my toes. It's exciting to be a part of someone's beginning. You always remember your first coach.

The sun was out. I opened up the garage doors and enjoyed some much needed time outdoors. I think I need to hit the tanning beds during the winters here, because the snow and the rain make me want to rip my hair out a bit depressed. Vitamin D depletion?

I didn't even know who I was this afternoon, running in the sunshine, singing to myself, frolicking through the gym ...

I'm looking forward to a trip to Lululemon tomorrow to get a bunch of tights hemmed into crops. I just ordered some shorts from Ground 2 Overhead apparel. The colors. I couldn't resist.

Spring is here. Summer is around the corner ... Weekends laying next to the pool are near.

Sigh.







.


The Open is over. 

Thank goodness.

When I tell people I really hate competition, that's an understatement ...

I am so burnt out over the last 5 weeks, I literally haven't picked up a barbell since finishing 15.5.

I've taken this week off to rest nagging injuries, but more than anything, because I need it mentally. My whole life has become CrossFit. All of my friends are CrossFitters. My business associates are CrossFitters. My boyfriend is a CrossFitter. In my free-time, I'm doing CrossFit, or studying avenues to become a better CrossFit coach and CrossFit affiliate owner.

There is no "off" switch. I think about my business, coaching, or training literally all day long. And then I get home and want to go to bed, and I'm dreaming about the business, coaching, or training, all night long.

I'm not complaining. I love what I do and I wouldn't trade it for the world. I just have to find other hobbies and a better work/life balance. Why don't they teach that in college? It doesn't help that my boyfriend lives 4 states away, so I really don't have anything to help me take my mind off of work, or busy up my evenings and weekends. Instead, I just see free time as an opportunity to do something for the gym: cleaning, advertising, blogging, updating the website, planning, programming ...

And now we are moving!


So not only do we have the day to day operations to handle, which is really my responsibility, we now have a new space to create.

It's amazing. And exciting. To be a part of this. To be a part-owner of a small business.

When I was 16, I had to write a paper on two dream jobs.

They were
1. to become President of the United States.
2. to open my own small business. At the time, I was very much into writing and design, I wanted o be a graphic designer.

As I have grown and my hobbies have altered and shifted, I could never have dreamed of being in the position I am now, Head Coach and owner of a CrossFit affiliate at the ripe age of 27.

I take my dreams, and the people I work with, very seriously.

Which is probably why I don't have a life anymore outside of my work.

Which is probably why, after the Open was over, I just literally hit a wall and shut down. I'm still coaching and running the business side of the things, but no training for me. No putting on my lifters. No taping up. No looking up percentages. Or turning on the clock. Or trying to hit a new PR. Or fight through a tough set. No. Just no.

I didn't do too bad in the Open. I had a lot of haters who didn't think I would do well, after competing last year in Asia and making it to Regionals. The Northeast is a huge region with a lot of strong girls.


I know I want to get back under a barbell soon. I am just not pushing it. I am trying to listen to my heart and what it wants. 

I remember how exciting CrossFit was, back when I first started it. I had a solid group of girls that I'd always WOD with. We were best friends and had each others backs. I know that I keep CrossFitting in the hopes that one day I will find that again. I'm not giving up yet. 





Today I am grateful for
1. Pain relievers during that time of the month ...
2. Coffee ... for those nights you don't sleep very much.
3. My Nike Romeo's II - they came in yesterday and they are mind blowing!
4. CrossFit ... the strength it's given me mentally.
5. Bar Muscle Ups <3
6. It's snowing. It's pretty.

What would make today great?
1. Getting my curtains hung. It will take a miracle.
2. PR'ing 14.4 (last year I didn't have muscle ups)
3. Having a conversation with someone I love



I'm really sucking at this Gratitude Journal! 


Today I am grateful for
1. A wonderful night of sleep, waking feeling rested
2. That Elliott learned how to use his potty pad inside - it's freaking cold outside, and taking a dog outside who doesn't like the cold ... 
3. Coffee. Should we set up an IV?

What would make today great?
1. A breakthrough on my muscle ups
2. My Nike Romaleo II's being delivered
3. Feeling confident back squatting for max reps at 90% today. Because seriously. I HATE the back squat.

But wait, this is supposed to be a positivity journal. So, I am working on discovering my love of the back squat. Let's hope I discover it today.

xox,
Courtney


Gratitude Journal

1. PR Fran! 3:04 (Sub 3, I am coming for you!)
2. Taking 2nd place at Black Ice with Travis
3. Training partners
4. 13 hours of sleep last night!
5. White Chocolate Raspberry Quest Bars




Because no one likes a negative Nancy, I've decided to blog 5 positive things that happened to me on a daily basis for 2015. A Gratitude Journal if you will. Every entry may not make it's way into the blog, but I am writing them down every day in a journal. 


I am not going to lie - it's been working. When I'm on a mission to find positive things that happen to me, I don't have time to notice the "bad" things ... and interestingly enough, the bad things I try to twist around into a positive thing. 

My elbows are killing me from all of this muscle up practice.
How awesome is it that I can at least do (some) muscle ups?

My voice is always gone after an evening of coaching.
How awesome is it that I get to high five, clap, coach, and cheer people on for a living?

Today I am grateful for:

1. 8 hours of sleep!
2. A relaxing morning.
3. Snow!
4. Getting all of my training in.
5. Coaching 5 hours in a row and not skipping a beat!





I can dress like a human!


Or like I normally do, word.


I'm sponsored! Thanks Ace Athletic Apparel


I do not use "clean" creamers.


This is the best feeling, ever.


Housekeeping = positive benefit of hotel living


Post-Thanksgiving Advocare 10 Day Cleanse


Dressed to impress at the movies


Not sure what the dream is ... 


But I'm still grinding every day.

How do you take your coffee?
Last movie you saw in theaters?



Sometimes I wonder what it is I have to blog about anymore. When I started this blog; it was to document the adventures of being married. I originally think the title of it was something super cool like, "Milspouse Adventures" ... then it became a blog of my new found obsession for running and "fitness" (I loved the Nike+ app on iPhone!) And then about eating and making clean food. Mmm, food! And then as I got busier, life became crazier, I had less time in the kitchen to cook. Less recipes were posted. Less foodie photos. I was balancing school, CrossFit, still running and biking too many miles a week, being a military spouse (we PCS'ed (moved) several times over the course of 3 years) and working.

But then ... I went through my divorce. And I moved to Kuwait. 


When life is good, I always want to talk about it. When life gets hard, that's when you'll see my blog posts wane. I don't like to focus on the negative. I don't like to write that down, it makes it permanent. I don't want to look back at a period in my life where I was going through a hard time. Does that make me naive? To think that if I don't document it, maybe it didn't happen? I can forget about it. 

Last night I was looking through one of my WOD journals, from September 2011. I wrote in it "Swung my first kettle bell over my head today!"

Just let that soak in for a minute. I went to Regionals this year. 3 years ago, I couldn't swing a kettle bell over my head.

Last September (when I moved to Kuwait) is when I started following CrossFit competitively; quit the running, quit the biking, just focused solely on CrossFit and following a competitive program. 


Last night I did 30 burpee muscle ups for time. It had a 15 minute cap on it. I was nervous about this workout all day. Butterflies. Sweaty palms. I didn't have muscle ups during the Open this year, and I barely had them at Regionals (I did singles all the way through Nasty Girls V2). Muscle ups were the bane of my existence. They were painful (thanks to Snapping Triceps Syndrome). My training partners over there, bless their hearts, knew not to talk to me after getting off the rings, because when I'm in pain like that, I'm mean. BioFreeze and elbow sleeves were the only thing that kept me going. 

But I pushed through the pain. Because that's what I do. That's all I know. 


Suffering is what I've been doing since I can remember. Seeing things kids shouldn't have to see. At 9, watching my mom die. Being separated from my dad, then my sister, and eventually my brother. Moving like a nomad. Eventually, out on my own at 16. Working and going to school. Bad relationships after bad relationships. Drinking like a fish, smoking like a chimney. The understanding didn't come until recently that my shit hand of cards were not dealt to me because I was a bad person, but because life has an interesting way of unfolding.

Last night I did that workout. 30 burpee muscle ups for time. Well under the time cap. I didn't fail one muscle up, and I experienced no pain. Just euphoria. I realized I am a damn good poker player. Deal me the shittiest cards, and I'm still going to come at you with a royal flush.

This is why CrossFit works for me. The sad truth about being used to suffering your entire life; is that you come to expect it. You almost end up looking for it. It's a kind of dysfunction. Enter: bad relationships and bad life choices that eventually lead you down to a road of ... guess what? More pain.

CrossFit essentially saved me from making life decisions that would lead me to more suffering; because I'm getting all of the pain and dysfunction I want in the gym. I don't want to make CrossFit sound screwed up, because it's not. It's a completely safe and effective program, scalable for all ages and fitness levels. But CrossFit will make you dig into the deepest, darkest corners ... and if you want that suffering to be worth something, you can't quit. You have to be your own hero, every day. 

CrossFit taught me that through suffering, comes wisdom, comes the light. 


Elisabeth Kubler-Ross said, "the most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths."

It's crazy to think that something as menial as a WOD with some silly muscle ups (that most competitive athletes have zero problem with), could have such great impact, but when I finished that last rep, I truly felt like I had found my way out of the depths. If someone had told me 3 years ago when I was swinging that kettle bell over my head that I'd be doing 30 burpee muscle ups for time in the future;  I would have maybe dropped that bell on their face.

Why do I blog? Because life is a journey worth being documented. Because even though I've suffered, it does not define who I am.

I am a coach, an affiliate owner, a rescue dog mom, a divorcee, an athlete ... I'm not perfect and I don't claim to be. But this is my walk. Thanks for following me along. 


Thanks for the support in the Nudity incident. Facebook didn't take it down a second time, so guess who has two thumbs and won that battle? Boom! Justice is served. 

If you follow my Facebook page or Land Warrior CrossFit's Facebook page (which you should be if you aren't!), I hope you heard my awesome news. 

I'm the new Head Coach and Operations Manager (and co-owner) at LWCF in Windsor Locks, CT! 

I'm absolutely ecstatic about this new position!


So much so, that my original plan to road trip across the country, from Oregon to Connecticut, started to seem like it would take way too long. Chomping at the bit to get this new chapter started, I instead took a leap of faith. I brokered a deal to have my car shipped across the country so that Elliott and I could fly, and I'm spending one last week relaxing in Pennsylvania with the BF before assuming my new role next week. 


I can't wait to meet the athletes, work with coaches, and grow our local CrossFit community. 
I would love if you would support us!

For motivation and more, check out our Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter

If you're in the area, we're hosting a legit competition on November 8th, a two-person team competition. Cash prizes, and sponsors up the WAZOO. Kill Cliff, Box Junkie, Mad Fitter, you name it. 


What else is new? I changed my hair color. It seemed fitting, with the changing seasons.


From über blonde to brunette.


I don't know why my lips look like zombie lips in this picture? 

I do miss the blonde though, it may be back sooner rather than later. ;) 


Happy Hump Day!


We made it #facebookofficial. Surprised? :)


I made this my profile photo. 


Facebook removed it yesterday without telling me why. So, I put it back up. Someone reported it AGAIN. This time Facebook told me WHY. Apparently, it's contains NUDITY.

According to Facebook's Community Standards for nudity, that would mean:

"Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicitly sexual content where a minor is involved. We also impose limitations on the display of nudity. We aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo's David or family photos of a child breastfeeding."

I have seen a lot profile photos of folks in bathing suits, on their wedding day kissing (in a strapless or backless wedding dress), breastfeeding their baby, etc. 

While I wait for Facebook to review it (it's still up since the 2nd time I put it back up, but if they deem it in violation of their standard, it will be removed), I thought I'd ask your opinion. 

I don't think my photo is inappropriate, I think I have a hater (I'm pretty used to haters).
What do you think?