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Monthly Archives: June 2016

  • Dressing Room Insecurities

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    Learning to love the body you’re in is hard. Even when you work hard day-in & day-out to train, eat right, provide your body with the nutrients it needs. Even then, it’s hard to look in the mirror and really love what you see.

     

    But I’ve done it, for the most part. I’ve gotten past the point of “oh my gosh my arms are too big, why doesn’t my waist curve in more,” and moved on to “look at the definition in my arms! Look at my obliques in that picture!” Used to, when people would ask me to flex, I would blush and shake my head- now, I figure if they want to see my muscles I might as well let them! I lost what little breasts I had when I got really strict into working out, and I’ve now gone from self-consciously covering my small chest, to going braless and embracing it (and it’s awesome.)

     

    It’s not that easy, every day, though.

     

    Like when I find the CUTEST pair of jeans and I go to try them on and they won’t make it past my massive calves.

     

    Or when I’m trying on my favorite top from the year prior, and I have to call my fiancee into the room to help me take it off because it’s gotten stuck on my lats and I can’t get it over my head.

     

    Or when I’m wedding dress shopping and a dress gets stuck because I decided to put it on over my head rather than step into it and my shoulders are too broad… and I laugh it off, but inside I cringe.

     

    Or yesterday, when I’m alone in a dressing room, and I decide I’m going to purchase a romper even though it’s a little tight across my shoulders, and then I go to take it off and break into a panic because I don’t know if I’m going to be able to get it off.

     

    Yeah, it’s not always fun…it’s not always “look at my muscles!” Sometimes, people you love say hateful things… “you’re not going to end up looking like *insert famous CrossFit athlete here* are you?” or the ever-popular, “you used to be so tiny!” And sometimes you almost hulk-rip out of an outfit in the dressing room because the outfit you almost bought turned out to be a little tighter than you thought it was.

     

    But other times, other times it’s awesome. When you hit that PR you’ve been working towards and you realize that you just practically threw someone who is 15 lbs heavier than you from the ground to over your head. Or when you finally find a bathing suit line like #aerieREAL that accentuates your muscles and fits your small breasts and makes you look hot & feminine. Or, better yet, when you receive messages from people you barely know telling you that your life is an inspiration to them, that because of the changes you’ve made, they believe they can change, too.

     

    I struggle with self-image, we all do. I want to look a certain way now, and sometimes I get frustrated with the process. But it’s important to remember that God has made everything beautiful in its time (Ecc. 3:11.) God is funny like that, sometimes He is so intentional in His vagueness, it’s as if he’s saying “you know I will handle it, be patient, darling.” So I remember this, I keep working hard towards my goals and keeping my sights on Him, after all, we are His masterpiece (Eph. 2:10.)

     

    You are beautiful, you are loved, you are called Hephzibah.

    Until next time, in Christ, Taylor Michelle

    Taylor Michelle Owens CrossFit Bulletproof

    RxClubhouse Athlete

  • My Inspiration

     

    I was recently Inpired by a an article by Janne Robinson called, "F*** Everything that Doesn't Make You Happy". I love this.

     

    In life we have choice. We really do.

     

    If you are not happy change it.

     

    If your friends suck, "break-up" with them.

     

    If you don't like any part of how you are living them change that.

     

    OR....

     

    Don't complain and bring yourself down. That is the worst.

     

    In my heart I recently have decided to go after what I want. That involved changing gyms and environments so that the growth in me was fed. But you know what, I don't care what "nay-Sayers" say, I mean I'm great. I'm happy. I have an awesome husband and Jesus is showing me awesome new things everyday. Not mention I am so in love with my job.

     

    So why wouldn't I do what I love?

    Megan Lynn Adams CrossFit Cedar Park

    RxClubhouse Athlete

  • What Now?

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    Now that regionals is over, my off season begins. It is always a good experience and always a journey for myself. I am always learning and growing. I've been doing Crossfit for 3 years now. 2016 was also my third year at regionals. Yes, my first year doing Crossfit, I went to regionals. My first year at regionals in 2014 was unbelievable. It was nerve-wracking and exciting. I was a rookie and had just learned a lot of movements in Crossfit. I wasn't expecting much from myself out on the floor but I was ready to see how well I could move with the girls. My background in sports has helped me a lot in Crossfit. I have done gymnastics, track and field, pole vault, cross country, wrestling, power lifting and bodybuilding. My background is not an excuse. I've realized how bad in shape I was, despite all the sports I've done. I was like starting all over from scratch but I loved it! The challenge is what I enjoy. I've been an athlete all my life and I love the feeling and craving to be better. 2016, regionals in Dallas, which was my third year goes to prove I am not ashamed to say that I was a little disappointed. My dreams is to make it to the Games one day. And maybe I had my hopes a little too high, but once again I experienced all my weaknesses. I WILL continue to work on them. Like I always tell my coach Marcus, some day's I'm the hammer and some days I'm the nail. BUT, what really opened up my eyes was on the first day I was down to 30th place and all I could think about was to pick it back up. On the second and third day I went back up 15 spots. That had to say something? I didn't leave angry after all, I was proud of myself. Who knew I could jump back up to top 20? This is not the end of me, this only makes me more hungry!

    Rachel Garibay CrossFit 915

    RxClubhouse Athlete

  • Feedback

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    This is one of my favorite new things. The art of feedback is one of the toughest lessons but as you approach giving/ receiving it with openness and no emotion, it becomes easier.

     

    What feedback is, is this:

     

    Context- Impact-Commitment

     

    Context: What was seen or said.

     

    Impact: What was the impact it had on you? Only you. (No 'I feel'). How did what was done directly impact you? Be honest.

     

    Commitment: What is the commitment you are making to the person you are giving feedback to? (consider this: you care enough to tell the other person, with love, what was done).

     

    I see a lot of conflict that could be resolved if you simply take your emotion out. When you do that you can have empowering moments with whoever you are giving feedback to. This is how we get better in life and personal or business relationships.

    Megan Adams CrossFit Cedar Park

    RxClubhouse Athlete

  • Goals

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    When I have a new athlete come through the door one of the first things I ask them is what they would like to achieve. A few have a quick response and know exactly what they want and a few look at me like they have never been asked that question before. Goals are important in your growth as a person and as an athlete. I try to encourage everyone to train with a purpose. They can be simple and small to start and then gradually increase and become one big picture. Goals set the stage for the future. Goals remind you of the "why" on days you don't want to be there. Achieving goals gives you confidence. Failing reminds you that it won't always be easy. Goals give you a purpose and a desire to better yourself. Set goals and crush them! Never settle and always stay hungry for more.

    Randi Stevens Crossfit Impressions

    RxClubhouse Athlete

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