Coach Zach doing pull-ups for free beer at Outlaw Brewery on our Bikes, Boulders and Brewery tour.
"Everything in moderation," is something I hear everyday and it makes me crazy. This ridiculous and illogical saying has gained traction in our culture of, "I deserve it," and today I'm calling bullshit on the myth of moderation.
The problem with "everything in moderation," is that it's a moving target. There is no objective, one size fits all, definitive Moderation. What we consider moderate today, while we're on the first week of the Whole Life Challenge and kicking ass, taking names, doing the CrossFit Team Series, and counting our macros, Thank-You-Very-Much is VASTLY different than what we consider moderate in that last week of December between Christmas and New Year's Eve. Right? Think about that for a moment. If there wasn't a huge cavernous span in our decision between what's moderate now versus December 28th, we wouldn't need to be doing, yet another, Whole Life Challenge.
"Everything in moderation," is a LIE that we tell ourselves to justify a decision we know is not moving us toward our goal. It is the justification we use to allow ourselves to eat the thing, drink the drink, take the days off from the gym, and do whatever we want to do right now, "'Cause YOLO." This simple lie enables us to dodge discipline, avoid accountability, and trick ourselves out of temperance.
It is also used by other people to pressure us into a behavior that makes THEM feel better. Far too any times have I been pressured by friends, co-workers, and family to eat the cookies, cakes, pies, candy, etc., because it makes them feel better to see me do it. Why? Because my discipline makes people uncomfortable. Our actions and decisions often are a mirror for the people around us. So many times have I seen people wrestle with the consequences of their decisions once they see me stand-firm with mine.
Our culture resolutely accepts that moderation does not work for an alcoholic. Rarely do you see people pressuring sober folks into having "just one, because everything in moderation, yo." Why do we not afford this same consideration to people who don't want to eat sugar? Or grains? Or meat? Or anything else about which they have personally decided that abstinence is their moderation?
Everything in moderation is a myth because some things, even in moderation, will kill you. Everything in moderation is a myth because some things we need in more than moderate amounts, like 78% nitrogen and some in less than moderate amounts, like 21% oxygen. Everything in moderation is a myth because some things we want to achieve, i.e. our goals, require discipline. Everything in moderation is a myth that keeps us bound to the hell of our own status quo.
Take a nap today, you've earned it. After your nap consider this:
"When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you. The misinformation will feel unfair, but stay above it, trusting that other people will eventually see the truth, just like you did. Be brave, be honest, stand tall and stay above it." - Greg Mortenson
Join Coach Heidi, and probably more Coaches since we can't stay away from PR Parties, for a super fun class this morning at 9.
You can attempt a new personal record in any lift, workout or skill. This is your LAST CHANCE to do BTWB Fitness Level workout. This is a great opportunity to do the Whole Life Challenge workout.
Stick around after you get sweaty to sip coffee and/or mimosas and to shop our Zyia Activewear pop-up store. Here's a Zyia preview. Think Lululemon at a lower price. YES! They makes men's activewear as well!
Welcome Back Sam! Sam is focused and deliberate in her return to training after a few months off.
We are continuing our Intramural Team Series workout challenge today and Monday. We will do our best to get through 2 workouts today and 2 workouts on Monday. Good luck!
Woohoo! It's Foodie Friday! This is a special Foodie Friday as it is the Friday before we start our Fall nutrition challenge. There's still time to join one of our 2 challenge options. The Whole Life Challenge begins tomorrow and the Macrostax Challenge begins on Monday. Are you ready to take your health, body composition and performance to the next level? Join our Fall Nutrition Challenge!
To get us ready for our Fall Challenge I'm sharing a delicious Sunday brunch recipe, or a easy and travel ready breakfast for your busy week. Click on the image below for the recipe which includes a macronutrient breakdown. Please note the recipe does contain dairy, which might not be on your Whole Life Challenge approved food list. Check your nutrition information carefully. Enjoy this recipe courtesy of stayfitmom.com
Green Chili Egg Casserole
Saturday is our PR Party and Zyia Activewear pop-up store. Join Coach Heidi for some heavy lifting, fast MetCon's, or tall box jumps. Stick around after for free coffee and/or Fit-Aid mimosas and shop the sale!
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