Lesson 1 in bouncing back from burnout: Workout in a way that works for you

 Lesson 1: Find a way to work your workouts in - in a way that works for you. Don't be worried if this looks a lot different than the way you used to do it.  Obviously I am not going to be setting any PRs for number of blog posts this year. Which is not to say that things haven't been going well this year - they have. There just hasn't been much time or energy for blogging. As I mentioned in my last post, after burning out in spectacular fashion last year, my goal this year has been all

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To Burnout and back….slowly

Hopefully some of you are still around to read the blog, I know, it's been awhile. So let's talk about where I've been. 2015 was supposed to be my year. I had just gotten married (awesome!), just started a new job with a serious promotion (also awesome!), I had it made - I was now officially living the dream. So everything should have been perfect, right? Everything.was.not.perfect. And as it turns out, I also was not perfect. This is a bit of a story about the unrealistic expectations we can put on ourselves - and consequently let others put on us. And what happens

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Finding the Crossfit love again at Crossfit North Seattle

Usually I rely on my globetrotting gym-mates to provide me with their stories of visits to far off Crossfit boxes, but today it’s my turn. While visiting G’s family for Christmas in Seattle, USA  we dropped in (and dropped in, and dropped in again….) at Crossfit Seattle North. It was a somewhat cold and rainy day(which, let me tell you, really isn’t that unusual in Seattle..but hey, it isn’t snow right?  but I digress…) when G and I decided that there was only so many video games

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The Effects of Jet Lag on Crossfit training (and how to reduce them)

Hello again! I started writing this post at 5:00 a.m. Why you ask? Jet lag my friend, jet lag. As you know, (since you have religiously read everything on my blog) I am an Expat. I live in Switzerland, which is far away from my homeland, and my husband’s homeland. While being an expat has many advantages, it does come with a few disadvantages…like the annual trip to see the in-laws in Seattle at Christmas. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my in-laws – I was

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2015: The year I lift the sh*t out of everything!

Well it’s a New Year.  I think for the past 20 years of my life, this day has always consisted of a resolution that this year I will go on a diet and lose some weight. Inevitably that fails and it begins a cycle of dieting, breaking diet, beating myself up over not sticking to said diet, promising to do better, dieting again, breaking diet, feeling bad…. wash, rinse, repeat. Well this year…

F*ck.that.noise.

That’s right. This year, my resolution isn’t to lose weight. In

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Guest Blog: Allison visits Middle Kingdom Fitness in Beijing, China!

Thanks to our travelling correspondents here at CIC, I really get to feel like I’ve crossfitted all over the world!! Today’s guest blog is from Allison, who recently visits Middle Kingdom Fitness in Beijing.  Honestly, how cool is that?!?  
  In Beijing in 2014, a visitor who wants to do CrossFit has two options:
  • Follow the WOD posted by your home box in the hotel gym which has limited barbell equipment (it was workable … but only just, and it was really distracting to be able to see myself in the

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I ain’t as good as I once was…..

But I’m as good once as I ever was! After a few weeks of crazy work mayhem, my return to Crossfit can be summed up fairly well in these lyrics from Toby Keith’s song “I ain’t as good as I once was”.

I ain’t as good as I once was Thats just the cold hard truth I still throw a few back, talk a little smack When I’m feelin bullet proof So don’t double dog dare me now ‘Cause I’d have to call your bluff

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GUEST BLOG: CiC’s Travelling Correspondent Q at Crossfit BCN (Barcelona)

I once stood outside the Crossfit BCN (Barcelona) box and wanted to go in, but didn’t have enough time so I was really excited when CiC’s travelling correspondent Q told me he’d been there. He tells us about tapas and his time below. Thanks Q!
fkdjfkajfkajkfa The first 6 months of 2014, blew by and there were a number of occasions to travel to nearby cities in Europe for me. Berlin was one of them (if you read

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GUEST BLOG: Crossfit Aberdeen gives you wings!

Hey CiC readers! Allison is back and this time with stories from her trip to Crossfit Aberdeen        
Scotland: Beautiful landscapes. Friendly people. Creatively deep fried foods. Mysterious lake-dwelling monsters (maybe). Delicious whisky. And of course, if you work in the oil biz (like me), home to Aberdeen, the centre for UK North Sea oil and gas, where I sometimes come for work and as a bonus get to try out a new box and write a blog entry for Rae. I contacted Rob Lawson, owner

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Guest Blog: Kyuta checks out Crossfit Spree in Berlin, Germany

Well our official CiC travelling correspondent is back! This time he has visited one of my favorite cities – Berlin!!  Berlin is home to some amazing  historical sites – the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, that tell the tales of some dark times past.  It is also the home to some pretty cool Crossfit Boxes. On this trip, Kyuta visits Crossfit Spree in Berlin. He also brought me back a tank top. Love it. Love him. Enjoy.    
Roughly 5 months ago, I

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