You are not ready for CrossFit…

…and you will never be ready for CrossFit.

So you should absolutely start today. Right now. Right this second. 

Photo by Christopher

I am never prepared when I walk into the box. 
Whether I know or I don’t know what’s on the whiteboard for today.
There is always a feeling in the pit of my stomach that reminds me that I am decidedly unprepared for whatever I’m about to do.

Kind of like when you’re about to take the test of your whole life and you know you should have studied harder or memorized more.
Except this is not that kind of test. 

This test is going to ask more of you.
Demand more of you.
It’s not about your body. Your body can handle it.
This one is about your mind.
Can your mind push through the suck?
Can you convince yourself to give those last 5 reps?

I can.
You can.

This is not easy.
This is not leg lifts in leg warmers on your living room floor watching tv.

This is sweaty.
This is difficult.
This will be painful.
This will get done.

Whether it takes 5 minutes or 35 minutes.
You’ll do it.

And you’ll be back tomorrow and the next day and do it all over again.

That’s when something awesome happens. One day, you’ll walk into the box and you’ll do the work out and it will seem…easy. That’s you, getting better.
So you’ll do the unthinkable.
You’ll do something that you never thought you’d do when you first entered the box.
You’ll make it harder. On purpose.
You’ll add more weight.
You’ll move faster to make it more difficult.
You’ll get even better.
You will purposely make sure that you aren’t ready.

Because your success–your goals–are beyond comfortable. 
You have to be uncomfortable to see how far you can really go.
To find your best self.
So you’re not going to be ready.
But you can start out toward your dreams.

Right now.
Right this second.


Before I die I want to…

Not to be morbid on a Monday, but every moment you’re living…you’re dying. 
The face of the matter is that with every breath we take, we’re that much closer to the last breath we’ll take. 

Toward the end of last week, I was introduced to a social experiment led by Nicole Kenney where she asks people one simple question: “what do you want to do before you die?” and photo documents their answers.  

Y’all might remember the above picture from a few months back. In our neighborhood, just down from RSCF, this board went up and stayed up for a good 6 months. Someone came and washed it away every week and every week people came and listed what they wanted to do before they die. My friend Katie took this picture for me but I didn’t think too much about the board itself. 

I realized that a year ago, this list would have been really different, but through this crazy journey, I’ve found a lot of things that I want to do.

What do I want to do before I die?
I want to…
-Dance with my daddy at my wedding.
-Save a life.
-Inspire someone.
-Join a gardening club.
-Finish my daddy’s dream ranch house with a tin roof and a loft.
-Make tamales with my mama for Christmas.
-Take care of my niece and nephew for their college educations.
-Adopt a kiddo.
-Go to the very top of the Empire State Building.
-Own a house with a claw foot tub.
-Volunteer at an animal hospital.
-Take care of my parents.
-Throw a dinner party for my Uncle Sonny.
-Cook Thanksgiving dinner…while Mama Nancy watches football.
-Throw April and Whitney a housewarming party.
-Live with my sister for a year…so I can take care of the house and the kids and she and Keith can go do everything.
-Learn to play the guitar.
-Walk on the stage at the Grand Ole Opry.
-Buy (and learn to ride!) a moped.
-Make my mama and daddy proud.
-Live up to my Grandma Nancy’s legacy: alegre.
-Watch Kristie act on a national stage.
Cry at Anthony’s wedding. (9/14/2013)
-Cry at Brittany’s wedding.
-Marry a guy that I’m lucky to have and that I’m proud to have a son just like. 
-Teach my kids to work hard.
-Rescue and renovate an old house.
-Walk through the soles of a good pair of cowboy boots.
-Read every word in every book I can get my hands on. 

What do you want to do before you die? 
In case you haven’t yet, today’s the day to start living!