Monday 110123

Snatch one rep every minute on the minute for 15 minutes.

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You can feel the anticipation seeping from the walls.

Growing up and even long into my adult life I dreamt of happiness.  Happiness came in the form of being a famous singer, meeting the man of my dreams or even winning the world cup in surfing. These fantasies came in many shapes and sizes, but always played like a romance novel, where happiness was something that magically one day would discover me.

I believe my twenties were an exercise in hoping that this would happen soon, before it was too late.  I was destined for something great, it just hadn't happened to me yet. I never settled down, I was nomadic and noncommittal.  Why, because that thing that was going to make me great and thus happy, had still not walked up to me and introduced itself.

Through the course of waiting I became jealous of those who had buckled down and chosen a path and in return those who had buckled down were jealous of my free spirited ways. Two opposite paths ending at the same conclusion, should we have done it all differently? Which leads us to the point of my post, do you know what makes you happy?  

We've created a culture where money, success, fame, power and good looks are supposed to bring us happiness.  We all secretly strive for one of, if not all the above mentioned as a key piece to our own personal puzzle, a key to realizing our full potential.   

Somewhere in my travels I began reading eastern philosophy, I was particularly drawn to the the concepts of the Tao.  The Tao is as difficult to describe as CrossFit, it is ever-present, but must be manifested, cultivated, and/or perfected in order to be realized.  I believe happiness is sewn of the same cloth.  

My interpretation and thus belief in what makes us happy is shaped by this concept,  it is ever-present, but must be manifested, cultivated, and/or perfected in order to be realized.  What I mean is, it's never going to walk up and discover me.  It is something I control and thus must create.  It is my behaviors and my relationships which directly correlate to my happiness, not my success, financial status or physical appearance. It is understanding I have free will and choosing everyday who I want to be and not who I've become.

Understanding our behaviors and how they affect the outcome of our future may just be the key.  In Psychology, it's called behaviorism and in my opinion it is the most logical approach to happiness.  Do the things that make you happy and not the things that don't. Having a clean house makes me happy, thus I should clean my house.  Eating "right" makes me happy, thus I will make the food choices that support eating healthy and so on. While it may not be the stuff of a romance novel, I found that wandering around didn't make me happy, so I stopped doing it and started doing things that do.

One week down, eight to go! How is everyone doing?  Get your logs ready, we are going to need to check them off this week.  Cherie will be in the office in the am, and catch Joylyn in the pm.


  1. Luke Blair :

    I’m in my early twenties, just recently graduated from fitness and health and am completely lost. All I know is that training people and crossfit make me stoked. Yet lately I have been pressured with how much money I have and where I am going and what I am doing.
    This post is definitely what I needed to read right now and I send 100 kudos for that.

  2. Courtney :

    I would like to place my guess for who wrote this post. Because of the use of the word “thus” I say it’s from Luke. Luke or not thanks for the thoughts on life, doing what makes you happy is such a simple concept but we need the reminder far too often. Working out, singing in the shower, walking my dog, and dancing the Carlton all make me happy. . . guess I’ll get to it. 🙂

  3. James :

    “meeting the man of my dreams” Definitely Luke.

  4. Beck :

    I am very thankful and happy that my toughest decision today is which lucky vegetable I will have 4 cups of. pretty small task in comparison to what others have to deal with. thanks for the post!

  5. Jeff "CueBall" :

    Great post and reminder that American society is overwhelmed with the “status quo” of materialistic desires. Crossfit = no fluffery
    Zac! Loved the coaching today and the tips given pre-WOD delivered more then I expected! I suck horribly at the snatch and avoid it at all costs. Almost skipped today but I committed to myself and this challenge to go as planned. Did not think I could do this…
    First time ever I controlled, landed, and locked out a full squat snatch with weight on the bar! I’m one step closer to Matt Chan bad assness!

  6. Nat :

    135, 145, 155, 165, 165, 170, 170, 175, 185, 185, 190, 190 (pr), 195 (fail), 195 (fail), 185.
    I love lifting heavy s*** over my head. With that said, my form falls apart the moment I get above 170. I need to focus on form and stop resorting to power snatching.

  7. Cherie :

    Stoked about todays snatch of 228#, 8# PR !

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