May Laughter Light Your Days

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!
On Saturday I laughed so hard, so many times, that my belly hurt. My voice was hoarse and my throat burned from yelling out reps…98, 99, 100! My counting skills definitely improved. I spent the day with my Fort CrossFit family; a group of people who inspire me to be the best I can be. From start to finish the first annual WoD Crawl was a success. It was the best event we have hosted so far, not only because it ran so smoothly, but also because of the electric energy that everyone brought to the gym.
It’s amazing to see team spirit; teammates coaching others, yelling words of encouragement, dressing up in some of the silliest get-ups I have ever seen. It’s incredible to witness athletic feats people once thought were impossible or unattainable. To see these things happen before my eyes, knowing all along you all were capable of this, but were just not ready to “go there”…until this day. It’s inspiring to be a part of something that automatically uplifts me when I’m feeling down. 
I have heard it all…”I just don’t think CrossFit is for me”, “I am intimidated by those heavy weights you lift”, “I don’t think I could do that”, “Oh, that’s a stupid cult”, “CrossFit is a workout fad that injures people”. The list could go on. I try not roll my eyes in plain view when I hear any of this. The thing is that people will never understand what we’re talking about unless they experience it themselves. They come to the gym; they complete their first WOD; they work harder than they ever have; they start to experience real fitness. 
Be thankful that you are one of the lucky ones. You walked through the doors, signed the waiver, did the Benchmark workout, almost puked, and continued to come back. Continue to be a part of something that genuinely improves your quality of life. I mean really, who else can say that they exercise…for fun…all day…on a Saturday…and love every minute!? Spend this beautiful Sunday basking in the glory of your accomplishments and recharge for the week ahead, it’s going to be a great one.
happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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