“Remember that first you’re an animal”

What if it’s okay to admit disappointment?

What if it’s okay to admit frustration?

Alternatively, what happens when it’s not okay to believe you can feel a certain way?

Consider this paradox to social conditioning – the spectrum to which you choose to express or not express your most unfiltered self, in an effort to keep the peace with those around you…

On one hand, “keeping it together” to avoid harming others is advantageous, let alone necessary. How would the billions of us coexist here otherwise?! Equally so, however, consider how internally storing angst, and to a degree that negatively affects you, can be harmful.

If you read this blog with any regularity, you’re well versed by now with a capacity to reframe situations towards more constructive navigation. That said, the next time a friend, classmate or coworker shares any negative emotion(s) out loud to you, consider this reframe:

NOT suggesting a reframe that would dismiss the emotion expressed. (i.e. “It’s not that bad,” “It could always be worse,” “Yeah, but think of all you have to be grateful for!”)

Food for thought – remember that first you’re an animal. As poet Francine Witte elegantly says in her poem, “Learning to trust your gut,”

Remember that first you are an animal, reacting in animal ways. Your nostrils flare at predators. Your eyes squint you out of the sun. Your body tells you everything. You know all this. You’ve always known. But still you have your doubts.

Here’s your takeaway: exercise that ability unique to human beings to observe yourself, but consider what might happen if you granted more permission to yourself and those around you to feel a certain way without guilt. Might you move on from it sooner?

I hope you exercise compassion as consistently you exercise your body.

3/9/21 WOD


Complete 4 rounds for quality of:
10 Single KBLateral Split Squats (each)
16 Step Dbl KB Death March

Then, AMRAP 9
KB Cleans (ea)
Push Ups


Complete the following for time: 
0-8 Minutes  
800m Run 
30 KB Swings 

:8-14 Minute 
Goblet Squats

:14-22 Minutes
3 Rounds:
50 Mountain Climbers 
20 Sit Ups 
20 Toe-to-Hands 

:22-25 Minutes
100m Waiter Walk  
1 Round:
400m Run 
21 (L-Arm) Push Presses
30 Up Downs 
21 (R-Arm) Push Presses
400m Run


Complete 3 rounds for quality of:
2 Med Ball Vertical Jumps (with a Pause)
3 Med Ball Vertical Jumps

Back Squat

Then, complete 3 rounds for quality of:
8 1 1/4 KB Goblet Squats
15 KB Swings 
-Rest as Needed-

Then, AMRAP 10
24 Lateral Plyo Box Skier Hops
4 Hang Power Cleans (155/105)
2, 4, 6, 8.. Squat Jumps