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Why do we love resolutions so much? 

  • They allow us to consciously decide on the kind of people we want to be.
  • They give us a chance to begin anew, to wipe the slate clean.
  • They provide us with the hope of becoming a better person.
  • They help us believe we can atone for the mistakes we’ve made in the past.
  • They make us feel optimistic, hopeful and motivated.

But here’s the rub.

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For me, "you can't fake sweat" represents something bigger than just working out. It's more of a philosophy for life -- the notion that you have to put in the work to get the results. But staying motivated can be tough. Dan Pink gave a talk called "The Puzzle of Motivation" a few years back, and it has nothing to do with physical fitness per se, but it a fascinating exploration into what motivates us. I wanted to share it with you.

 

Burpee Madness

December 13, 2014

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One guy who has a bit of a complex (psycho) relationship with burpees is Joe DeSena, founder of the Spartan Race. In fact, Joe gave a TED talk in Boston called Burpees and the Art of Pool Maintenance. I’d recommend giving it a watch – if only to hear how many burpees Joe did in one evening. It is almost beyond belief. 

I like to share little exercise tidbits as I come across them, and here’s one I came across the other day.

While I’ve known for a long time that there are plenty of ways to do strength conditioning without weights or fancy equipment, I didn’t realize there was a name for it. But sure enough, there’s a name for everything, and this kind of exercise is known as “bodyweight fitness.”

 

 

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If you’re lucky, you have a few experiences in your life that are so bizarre, so beautiful or so other-worldly that they’re almost impossible to fully describe to people who weren’t there with you. You know that if you hadn’t been there yourself, you wouldn’t quite understand it.

The November Project is one of those experiences, and all you have to do is "just show up."

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Usually when you read these kinds of things they’re all, I changed my life and it’s awesome! Things have never been better! But the thing is, I’m still in that sticky in-between place. I changed my life - big time, and it’s still in flux. Some days that feels okay, others it kind of stresses me out. Actually, more than kind of, it really stresses me out.

I sold my home of 17 years nine months ago. I loved that house. If I could have married this house I might have. My former husband and I built it, and I picked every tile, every light fixture, every knob. When my life fell apart, not just once, but several times, my home was a constant, a safe place to regroup and put it all back together. I really didn’t know how I’d ever be okay without it.

 

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In Brazil, the weather is near perfect for outdoor activity year round. So as a youngster growing up there, I spent a lot of time on the playground. But sadly, the playground was also my nemesis.

Remember that kid on the playground who was always physically capable of doing monkey bars, handstands and cart wheels? I was NOT that kid!

In fact I didn’t even try. Instead, I just ran around the park playing with the other kids who were like me—the ones who didn’t do all of the cool stuff.  

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I'm a woman who has grown up in a time where society has been infatuated with how women look. A time when women obsess over how we think others think we look.

I have been concerned with how I look since I was 13 years old. The past 20 years have been a roller coaster ride of highs and lows regarding how I look and how I feel. Like many women, I have to try every day to remain positive and think about all the wonderful things that make me who I am as a person. I don't have an answer to the question: "How does one not care what others think?" I still care, but I'm learning to keep it in perspective.

So far, this journey has had some heart-dropping-into-your-stomach moments, and it’s also had some I'm-so-happy-I-could-fly moments. And I’ve learned some good lessons along the way. 

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Let me tell me start by telling you a bit about Bill.

Wall BallsBill goes the same Crossfit “box” that I go to. He’s a tad taller than me—probably 6’3”, and he probably weighs 35 pounds less than me.

He’s fit. He can do the things I still can’t do—pull ups without bands, muscle ups on the rings, sets of toes-to-bars with good form. 

When it comes to fitness, I aspire to be a bit more like Bill and a bit like, well, me.

So a few days ago, I’m go in for 5:30 PM WOD (“workout of the day” for you normal people that don’t do Crossfit), and here’s what was written on the board:

3 Rounds (for time):

  • 400 meter run
  • 20 wall balls (20 lb. balls)
  • 20 box jumps (24” boxes)

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“You haven’t read the Harry Potter books yet?”

My best friend clapped her hands with delight, her eyes shining, and stopped in her tracks. We were taking a leisurely twilight stroll through my old neighborhood in New York, but suddenly she looked like her heart was racing with joy.

In fact, she looked positively ecstatic.“I am so happy for you,” she said. “You get to experience it all for the first time!”

And of course she was right. There’s nothing like discovering a magical new world for the first time. It’s an experience you can never replicate, no matter how hard you try.

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