Mid-week odds and ends, self-improvement edition

My work days as of late have been consumed by event planning. It’s both fun and challenging to fit the puzzle pieces together to make a great event happen. After each event, however, I’m puzzled by one simple thing: the people on the other end, often event managers, rarely ask for feedback. Is it because they’re afraid of what they might hear? Do they simply not care?

Maybe this is the Type A part of my personality shining brightly, but I’m always focused on what I could have done better. I thrive on feedback and metrics. Not knowing how I can improve drives me crazy.

I think this way in CrossFit, too, almost to a fault. Did I spend too much time just standing there over the bar, trying to catch my breath? Could I have gotten more reps?

I thought about it this morning, too, trying to decide whether I should weigh myself—something I haven’t done since January—to see how 31 days of strict paleo might shift a number on the scale. Instead, I wrapped a soft tape measure around my soft body, understanding how these measurements are really what I’m looking for.

Thanks, Nia Shanks, for broadcasting time and time again the most important message I think women need to hear. I am training to be awesome. I am training to revert to a former version of myself who was pretty awesome in her own right, able to bust out 10 pull-ups; squat, bench, and clean more than she weighed; and run sub-9:00 miles on a normal day. On the radio this morning I heard a DJ mention that it’s Zombie Awareness Month. So yeah, I guess it’s good to be prepared for that, too.

On the day I first walked into the box, I asked my coach, Laura, for the name of the movement in which you do a pull-up and then push yourself up beyond the bar. It’s called a muscle-up, she told me.

“I want to do that,” I said. And I don’t want to lose focus on these types of goals.

“Remember that the only representation of you, no matter what your station, is you—your presentation, your demeanor.” How to be gracious. [kottke]
“It’s far easier to put your future into someone else’s hands than it is to slog your way forward, owning the results as you go.” [Seth Godin’s Blog]
“See, if you have a soul that is not content with mediocrity, not content with good enough, not satisfied with bullshit, then you hear the siren song in almost everything you do.” [CrossFit Lisbeth]

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