The problem with commuting…

Driving

Nothing was more aggravating than that ONE driver who thought they were ‘smarter’ than the rest. Better yet, how about having a handful of drivers who thought they were smarter than the flow of traffic. The last time I checked everyone who was commuting was trying to get to their destination just as fast as the next person.

*sigh*

I was a commuter for years. I commuted a long distance for a former job, then I commuted again for school. Traffic patterns and flow was so temperamental, just when you think you had it figured out…. you’re sitting in your car (AGAIN) for hours on end.

I can remember when I first starting commuting. I thought to myself, “this will be a great way to decompress after a stressful day”

[face palm]

What made things really fun was during inclement weather.

Gewd times… ahh the memories.

;)

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That first question on an exam….

 

Was it just me, or did that first question on an exam make or  break you? I mean seriously. When the first question on the exam tripped me up, confused me or completely perplexed me… my confidence for the remainder of the exam went down the tubes.

All I could think was, “Good gawd… please don’t let me fail, please don’t let me fail”.

I would wonder, did I even study this stuff??!!!

Am I alone on this one??

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Honoring the memory of a fallen CrossFit family member. Coach T.

CrossFit FBO @crossfitfbo lost a member of its family after a long hard fought battle. Tucker beat all the odds and survived longer than anyone ever predicted. Those who were lucky enough to have known him KNOW he survived on the love his extended family had for him especially his owners Lumpy & Kris. While his heart was failing we all knew just how much ‘Heart’ he truly had. He brightened our second home with tons of love and laughter. He will be missed. RIP coach T. Thank you for blessing my world. #crossfitfbo

I remember the first time I saw Tucker. I thought to myself, “wholly sh&t that dog is huge. I hope he doesn’t get hungry.” Tucker stood above waist height. He towered over most other dogs, heck he towered over some human beings. But his physical size only told a fraction of his story.

Tucker was CrossFit FBO. CrossFit FBO was Tucker. Tucker might have resided at his owner’s home, but he lived at FBO. Tucker was a part of such a larger family. Every person that stepped foot through the gym doors learned just how engrained Tucker truly was. He left an indelible mark on every person’s heart both young and old.

The irony of it all? His biological organ that was failing him was unequivocally the ‘glue’ that stitched our small  community together. Tucker suffered from heart failure, but he truly was the ‘heart’ of our gym.

I’m still considered a ‘newbie’ at our gym. I’ve only been there a year and a half. What I know is that Tucker out-lived all his doctors predictions. He was maxed out on every prescription medication you can give a canine, and yet he was still plugging away. Barking, playing and sleeping just like every healthy dog should.

I truly believe in the depths of my soul that Tucker outlived all the odds because of the love in his heart, and the love everyone had for him. Tucker brought smiles to everyone that crossed his path, and before you knew it he had you wrapped around his paw.

Tucker slipped his way into your heart without you knowing it. I miss that gentle giant. I sometimes walk the floors of the gym thinking he’s sleeping in the office, waiting for someone to walk in. I often miss the greetings you would get when you opened up the locked front door, perched at the entrance waiting for the first visitor.

Tucker had a presence. I’ve never met a dog who had a presence, yet he had a presence. You knew when he was there. You missed him when he wasn’t.

Tomorrow our gym is celebrating his life the only way our CrossFit community knows how, by sweating it out:

The Tongue: teams of two (any gender combination)

10 rounds of:
10 front squats
10 burpees
5 rounds of:
20 push press
20 cal row
2 rounds of:
50 hang power cleans
50 front rack lunges

**work can be divided anyway you want between team members. 2 bars for male/female teams. Females 55/65/75. Males 75/95/115.

** there will be a 30 min cap on this Wod. Scale accordingly**

A Memorial WOD and Fundraiser, proceeds benefit the ANNA Shelter (where I believe Tucker was from)

The night before this even, and I find myself feeling pensive.  I’ve been thinking about the gentle giant, and here are just some of the memories I have of Tucker:

  • I remember the first time I saw him and his ‘tongue’… I couldn’t stop staring at first. I felt so bad for the big fella, but he made it work
  • no matter how big he was, he acted and played like a puppy
  • I still remember how he would run, jump and prance up and down the gym
  • I loved when he would run, and then try to stop on a dime and just slide on the gym floor. Always reminded me of the movie Bambi, when Bambi slid on the ice
  • I remember how he used to bury his head into your hip (or groin) wanting attention. His silent way of saying, “pet me”
  • He actually knocked me over several times when he would bury his head to gain attention
  • “Tucker hates DanceVibe” still makes me chuckle, even though we all know he didn’t hate anyone
  • While his bark was ‘worse than his bite’… his bark could make strangers shake in their shoes
  • I was always amazed at how he could sleep on the most oddly sharped objects.. and it never phased him
  • Boy did he love to run. Give him the chance and he’d let loose out the back alley and into the streets of the city. I heard he loved chasing rabbits
  • Let’s not forget his slobber. It was impressive. It was sort of FBO’s hazing ritual, you weren’t really considered a member of the community until you got slobbered

That damn dog will truly be missed. I know his owners miss him. There’s a void now. I know they say time heals all wounds, but this one may never completely heal. The only comfort I can offer to Kris and Lumpy is that they are not alone. We miss him too.

 

 

Who needs an alarm clock…??

Yawn!!

More than once this week I’ve woken up before my alarm clock. I’m talking 10-20 minutes earlier than the alarm setting.

*sigh*

Not 5 minutes.

Not 30 minutes.

That gawd-awful time frame that is too short to lay back down and fall back asleep, and it’s too long of time frame because you could very well just fall back to sleep to be jarred awake by the actual alarm clock.

I’m not sure what’s worse? Taking the chance, laying back down and being jarred awake… or just getting up and losing out on that 10-20 minutes of needed sleep. I’ve made both choices.. and they both sort of stink… LOL

Does anyone else regret fighting ‘nap time’ as a kid?

 

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So. Ebola

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith used several minutes of his show Wednesday to calm the Ebola fears of people who listen to the “hysterical voices on the radio and the television or read the fear-provoking words online.”

“We do not have an outbreak of Ebola in the United States. Nowhere.” – Shepard Smith

“We do have two healthcare workers who contracted the disease from a dying man. They are isolated. There is no information to suggest that the virus has spread to anyone in the general population in America. Not one person in the general population in the United States.”Smith said should the situation change, his reporting on the situation would change. He also injected the notion that politics has played a role in the way Ebola has been handled in this country.

“With midterm elections coming, the party in charge needs to appear to be effectively leading,” he said. “The party out of power needs to show that there is a lack of leadership.”Does Smith’s message ease your fears or are you still concerned about what’s happening with Ebola?

via Fox News anchor Shepard Smith delivers Ebola message everyone needs to hear | WTVR.com.

I’ve been pretty silent about the Ebola tragedy. My heart goes out to the two nurses and their families, I cannot imagine how scary their lives are right now. As a fellow nurse, that reality is a lil’  too close to the vest.

I had planned on posting some thoughts about the festering hysteria out in the media, but the above video summed it up pretty well for me.

Maybe I’ll still post something tomorrow. Maybe I won’t. Either way, it would be a good idea to arm yourself properly… which means educate yourself. Don’t just imbibe the viral information shared on the internet.

 

Focus on the people that get it

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“It doesn’t matter how many people don’t get it, focus on the people that do”

Thank you Mr. Ferriss, for the advice on dealing with the haters.

Ferriss’ 7 Principles:

  1. It doesn’t matter how many people don’t get it, focus on the people that do
  2. 10% of people will find a way to hate you – don’t take it personally
  3. When you try to please everyone, you end up alienating the more valuable people
  4. If 95% of the people like you, you’re not doing it right
  5. You want to practice being foolish and stupid
  6. Living well is the best revenge
  7. Keep calm and carry on

It’s been an interesting couple weeks for me. I’m doing the work thang. I’m doing the coaching thang… and now the YouTube endeavor with scrubsBeat is slowly gaining some momentum in the popularity department.

- Sidebar: the popularity is due mostly in part to the amazing people over at Scrubs Magazine coupled with the raving popularity of Katie Duke. I can’t say I garnish a lot of ‘followers’ or readers.

With this new found public interest (traffic) comes the good …… aaaand the bad. The ‘haters’ are cropping up. I guess I’ve been lucky over the years being the ‘invisible’ (behind the scenes) blogger. I dodged the hater bullet. Or maybe I just never payed much attention? Either way. I’m noticing it now. There are some seriously mean people out there, let me tell ya. Isn’t the catch-phrase internet trolls?

I have a new-found respect for Katie Duke and others who are in the public eye. I don’t think anyone looks good under a microscope. And when your every move is judged and critiqued.. I can completely understand how one can get negative. Yet Katie and others continue to plug away, navigating through the crap maintaining their composure with great poise, sharing all things positive.

I started to let the ‘meanness’ get to me…

Then I realized, I don’t blog, tweet, post updates or record video with the intent of pleasing the masses. I do all of it as a way of sharing my story. Sharing my experiences. And while I’m at it, maybe even impart some knowledge (droppin’ knowledge bombs peeps). I started this whole blogging thing years ago (hard to believe I’ve been blogging for over 8 years!) because I wanted to ‘get things off my chest’.. and I wanted to find out if all these crazy things that I had been experiencing were unique to my corner of the world, or that perhaps I wasn’t alone. Along the way I’ve gained a tad bit of experience, and have met some pretty awesome people.

Over the years I learned that I’m not alone. That my crazy life is not all that unique. That as a nurse practitioner, my journey has been shared by many others before and after me. That my  crazy journey with my weight, my exercising, my eating was more common than I imagined. That my discovery and ‘passion’ for CrossFit (and its overall message) was part of something bigger than I ever imagined.

So, I ramble on today just to validate that while there are a crap-ton of haters and negative Nate’s & Nelly’s, there are an infinitely larger number of positive change agents out there. People who are doing what I do. Trying what I am trying. Putting themselves out there. Sharing their stories.

Those are the ones that matter.

An old friend of mine has been trading positivity with me lately on Facebook. We both came across a great saying:

“Iron sharpens Iron”

While the quote has a strong ‘exercise/fitness’ undertone to it, it can and does apply to everything in my life (and yours too). Be the light, (and)or be the mirror. Whatever you do, don’t let the darkness swallow you up. Some people just don’t get ‘it’. Focus on the ones that do.

Stay strong gang.

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My time off of work… it always goes by so fast? #nurselife

7 days on, and 8 days off. I have one more day off. During the past 7 days I packed a busy week. I got to spend time doing what I love, coaching. Along with putting my hand on the barbell 4 out of the past 7 days training. So I couldn’t be happier. Top it all off with a weekend spent with my awesome family doing some belated birthday celebrations, and you can call that a pretty kick-##S week.

Here’s my week in pictures:

The sun was shining all week, which made for some awesome training weather during the early morn. I got to coach the 6am class early on in the week, so I’d stick around and train while enjoying the sunrise. Perfection.

This was my favorite one..

Along the way I discovered I think I broke some sort of ‘branding’ law by wearing all three major brands in one sitting…

My week off wouldn’t be complete without a few trips to the store. I decided to share one of my many hidden talents..

For some strange reason I ended catching a nagging head cold / allergy exacerbation (check this previous post: I don’t get sick … often? ). I still sucked it up and made the road trip home to visit my family for some belated birthday celebrations. So of course I have to practice what I preach:

Despite how crappy I was feeling, I wasn’t gonna let it ruin family-time.. insert McDonald’s-smile:

We spent a great weekend laughing and catching up with our family. I’m glad we did. I missed them. The more I’m away from them the more I realize how important they are to me, and the time I spend with them is a priority.

In the end, my weekend was partially (if not completely) fueled by:

Uhh…. Heeelloooh? I’m a nurse. Coffee. It’s what we do.

How was everyone’s weekend? I’m back to the grind on Tuesday for a short stint before another nice long weekend. A belated Wedding Anniversary get-away / celebration with my beautiful wife. :)