The Badass's Creed

This was borrowed from an amazingly inspiring woman from Lean Eating (who is a reformed paleo/crossfitter), Amanda:

 The Badass's Creed

This is my body. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

My body is my best friend. It is my life. I must respect it as I must respect my life.

My body is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will love it as a sister. I will learn its weaknesses, celebrate its strengths, love its parts, and guide its sights. I will ever guard it against the ravages of all damage as I will ever guard my mind and spirit against damage. I will keep my body well fed and ready. We will become part of each other.

Before my Barbell, I swear this creed. My body and myself are the defenders of my life. We are the masters of my life. We are the saviors of my life. Bí láidir.

And may we all say, Amen.



Replace "awesome" with "badass" and this article pretty much sums up my world view:
I'll admit it.  I spend an embarassing amount of time thinking about how to be awesome.  It's the 'what would Jesus do' of my life.*

*I am not comparing myself to Jesus - but I think he would totally feel me on this.
It's definitely time to get back on the badass train.


Go read this.

Right now.    And then come back here and revel in its glory.


Inspiration for Friday Evening

In case you feel like the generation(s) ahead of you aren't leaving you with much to aspire to, I present to you Johanna Quaas.


Bringing your awesomeness to a new level

I posted on a forum today, and in that post, it showed that I hadn't really brought my all to the gym with me. It was on stupid stability planks on a swiss ball--I hate these, so am probably more likely to shrug them off instead of taking them on with more intensity because of that distaste. Well, within minutes, someone had posted an inspirational video. And then, within minutes of that, I stumbled upon another awesomely motivating video. These both speak to different parts of me, but they're both about what Krista Schaus calls "bringing your awesomeness to a new level." Without further ado:

The first video that kicked off the quest for elevating my awesomeness:

And Coach Krista's video:

Have a wonderful, KICK ASS day.



Sorry I've been away for so long, dear readers. (Even if Tricia is the only one still reading this.) I have two exciting things to share.

1) Getting fit may mean I will stop being startled so often.

2) I swung my 25lb kettlebell for 8 rounds of 20 seconds on, 40 seconds off last night. And it was easy. This is noteworthy, because I had gotten so weak that in January when I picked up the bell to do a 15 minute circuit, the sheer weight of the bell made me opt for a burpee circuit instead. And I felt like total wimpy ass mincemeat. No longer! I am back to embodying the byline of this blog in more than just mental badassery.

Also, I'm not taking submissions for what to name my 25lb bell. I feel that now that I'm back at raaaaaaaaaawr strength, (s)he and I should spend more time together.


More reason to love your (former) roommate

Weight Loss Can Be Contagious, Study Suggests

According to a new study published online in the journal Obesity, teammates in a team-based weight loss competition significantly influenced each other's weight loss, suggesting that shedding pounds can have a ripple effect.

Researchers from The Miriam Hospital's Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University found that team members not only achieved similar weight loss outcomes, but participants who said their teammates played a large role in their weight loss actually lost the most weight.