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What Do YOU Have Goin’ For ‘Ya?


Feel So FatI have ugly feet.  I’m a terrible salesperson.  Oh, and I can’t bake to save my life. And just in case you haven’t noticed, I’m flat-chested.

Can you imagine if I went around constantly broadcasting this?  Just announcing my flaws constantly to everyone I met?  How annoying would this be to others?  But, just as importantly, how demoralizing would it be to my self-esteem?

“Hi my name is Lauren, and this is what I don’t do well”.  Ughhhhhhh, what a downer!

The other day, I watched a commercial for Special K Cereal (I am in no way endorsing this product).  It stated that 93% of women “fat talk”.  By this, they mean they hashtag, status update, tweet, and loose talk with their friends about how their “muffin tops”, “thunder thighs”, and “cankles”, are just absolutely intolerable.  In order to prove how detrimental this type of talk is to one’s ego, they placed average women in a retail store which broadcasted this “fat talk” (real life tweets by women) all about in print.  It made the women sweat, and some even admitted to feeling physically sick.  It ended with a powerful comment:

You wouldn’t talk this way to anyone else. So why do it to yourself?”

Your self-talk is very powerful.  If you are constantly berating yourself, you will become negative, powerless, and unproductive, accepting sub-par everything

This self-talk can relate to the activities you do daily in life, to how you perceive yourself physically, and even your performance in the gym.

Hang out with CrossFitters…Oftentimes, we fall into this trap.  I suck at handstand push-ups.  My push jerk is embarrassing.  That will take me forever because I blow at rowing.

Look…I just gave you my list of “I suck at…”  It just seems to come so naturally.  But what if, just once in awhile, we weren’t afraid to say what we’re good at…to affirm our self-esteem.  Think of what it could do to your perception of yourself as an athlete, thus increasing your productivity in your workouts…

So, tell me, right here, right now…because everybody’s got something….what, in CrossFit, are YOU good at?

I’ll start:  I smash double-unders and box jumps… YOUR TURN.  Post what you’re good at in today’s comments.

JR, working on his snatch

JR, working on his snatch

Now that's a focused face!

Now that’s a focused face!

Coach Shlee

Coach Shlee

Dr. Bruce, looking good!

Dr. Bruce, looking good!

16 Responses for What Do YOU Have Goin’ For ‘Ya?

  1. DP:
    December 17, 2013 10:30 pm

    Snatches and pull ups!

    1. LP:
      December 18, 2013 09:14 am

      And BURPEES!

      1. Chrisrtina Quong:
        December 18, 2013 11:13 am

        DEF burpees!! Best burpeeier around!

  2. Capstick:
    December 17, 2013 10:47 pm

    Cleans and Jerks. Together or separate.

    1. LP:
      December 18, 2013 09:15 am

      And matching your clothes…duhhh!!!

  3. Christina Quong:
    December 17, 2013 11:08 pm

    Cleans and sprints. Shopping.

    1. LP:
      December 18, 2013 09:16 am

      Without-a-doubt, Chris. I am always impressed with how much that tiny frame can clean…and I am impressed with your commitment to bargain shopping…unreal!

  4. Al Chavez:
    December 18, 2013 03:22 am

    Wow…. There you go again, constantly earning our love and respect. 😀 Best blog in a while, Lauren. Really hit home with this beardo.

    1. LP:
      December 18, 2013 09:17 am

      Thanks, Al! So what are you good at (besides growing facial hair, rocking snakeskin tights, dancing, and plain and simply, just being a BADASS?)??!!

      1. Al Chavez:
        December 18, 2013 02:51 pm

        You are too kind! That’s about it, though. You listed ’em all!

  5. Mark D.:
    December 18, 2013 09:51 am

    Overchalking my hands.

    1. Myke:
      December 18, 2013 09:57 am

      Death by 10 meters.

  6. MRoy:
    December 18, 2013 10:09 am

    Silencing a room with my laugh.

    1. Al Chavez:
      December 18, 2013 02:53 pm

      Unless I’m there. In which case, the total laughter in said room triples.

  7. Danielle Smith:
    December 20, 2013 02:08 pm

    I look forward to finding out what I’ll be good at.
    I enjoyed this blog

  8. Tricia Anderson:
    December 20, 2013 02:43 pm

    burpees and KB swings