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If It’s Broke

Fix it. Fix it now. I am not talking about bikes either.


In the spirit of my 21 day No Complaint Challenge, which kinda fell off the radar as getting past 7 days wasn’t happening for any of us, I need to vent without complaining. I have come across a couple of situations via various blogs, twitter, and my life that hit at the heart of the problem. Complaining about a situation that is fully caused by your own decisions.

To frame what I am talking about:

One blogger details her experience with an Acne drug and the challenges with that come along with chronic acne. I am sympathetic as I am sure a lot of people are; I was once in High School and dealt with the pesky little things as well. Her comment though of ‘I’m not sure if it was CrossFit that changed my complexion, but I’m almost certain it had to do with it because of the changes in estrogen and other hormones’ I have a hard time with. Why continue CrossFit if you feel that it is causing it, then resort to a pharmaceutical solution?

One of the people I follow on twitter is a avid CrossFit athlete and has made many comments about ‘having to accept the fact that my muscles are part of my body’. We all know that lifting big, and consequently eating big, will increase muscle mass in a hurry. If increasing muscle mass is making you have a hard time accepting your new body image, why continue to brag about PR’s?

I am as much to blame as others, here are my examples:

During my Whole 30 challenge I was following the rules and not eating a snack mid-morning, wondering why I was so hungry. As the challenge, and the elite say, that you don’t need a snack I held off bringing more food. I continued for a couple of days thinking it was all in my mind, but alas, it was not; I was really hungry. Why continue to complain about being hungry instead of just bringing more food?

I have started lifting weights again at the local YMCA; at lunch time. It is no secret that the busiest time for a gym in downtown Calgary is between 1130 and 1300. There are a couple of things that started to bother me, one of them being Crossfit athletes taking up half of the equipment for their WOD. I am talking about the Olympic lifting station, room to jump rope, and the 40 feet in between for all the other lifts.

So it would seem that I am flogging CrossFit athletes. Not intentional believe me.

I changed a couple of things that I hoped would eliminate my problems. I added in breakfast number 2 (or pre-lunch how every you want to slice it) with great success. I am no longer hungry before lunch and it has actually helped with my hunger later in the day. I have also rearranged my strength workouts to the morning, avoiding the rush and not having to dodge everyone and their dog.

Long story short, if it aient broke, don’t fix it. If it is broke, fix it damn it.

Question: Have you fixed something that is broke?


2 responses

  1. I totally agree with Breakfast #2 and morning workouts. Both are recent changes on my part as well, and both are paying huge dividends!

    November 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    • That is awesome, keep it up. The covers are nice and warm at 0500 though……

      November 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm

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