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Inspired Mover – Irene Vuu

IreneThis is Irene. She is one of MANY women at my gym who inspire me. You’re going to see more of these amazing movers in the coming months.

Irene is just one of those people who seemed to latch on to CrossFit like a fish to water. I remember when she started – she seemed a little nervous, but more excited. Within a couple of months she was kicking some serious a##.

For me, it’s always about watching how someone moves. Irene moves really fluidly – she throws around a great deal of weight, but it’s like the barbells are an extension of her own body. It’s really fun to watch her move. She inspires me.

I think she’ll inspire you too. Here’s her story, in her own words:

Have you always been a mover?
Yes — maybe not always in a specific sport, but growing up, I’d much prefer doing Maker:S,Date:2017-1-17,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Ysomething active (swimming, playing tag, etc) over watching TV or reading. I ran cross country and track in high school, and then continued running leisurely (with some 5k’s, half-marathons, and 2 marathons) since then.

What are your favorite ways to move your body?
Most sports that don’t require aiming, haha. In general, I’m not the best athlete when it comes to sports where there’s a target/goal involved, so that’s why I stuck with running for so long. Prior to joining CrossFit and outside of running, I occasionally enjoyed yoga, swimming, biking, and hiking.

How/When did you find CrossFit?
My classmate had really brought it to my attention about 2-3 years ago. Before she mvimg_20180502_110828.jpgmentioned it, I thought it just was for superstar athletes who are ripped. During the training for my most recent TC marathon, I got really bored of training/running by myself, and running in general. I knew I had endurance locked down, but I never thought of myself as being “strong.” The winter and spring after that marathon, I tried ClassPass, which allowed me to check out different gyms and workouts. I knew I had wanted to join a CrossFit gym then, but I couldn’t get over how much it would cost me. Finally, I was enticed by Timberwolf, and the rest is history.

What do you like about it?
I like that it’s constantly a new/different challenge. If it’s not a challenge with burpees today, then it’s a challenge with deadlifts or pull-ups or double-unders or etc. Because there are so many movements, there’s always something to improve on. I’m not sure I’d ever be able to master all of the things I’d like to (Rachel Shores is goals AF). Also, I really enjoy the TWCF community. Even though most of the workouts are done individually, I can count on other gym members to push me through it.

Is moving your body important to you? Why?
Definitely. Not only is it a stress reliever, but I have to be active in order to balance the sitting I do all day at school, haha. Not only that, but in my mind, it’s a privilege to be able to move my body. Maker:S,Date:2017-1-17,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-YOur bodies and the movements they can produce are gifts, and I consider myself lucky to be born relatively healthy and physically-able. I also think about how I don’t want to be sitting in my rocking chair 40 years from now thinking about how I wish I would’ve moved more when I was physically able to.

What have you learned?
I’ve learned so much about weights (in general) since joining CrossFit. I don’t feel as awkward walking into a weight room (there will always be awkwardness, haha). Also, I’ve learned more about my body and how it changes with the stresses I’m putting on it — how my shoulders take a lot of the hits that my hips aren’t helping with -_- (I really want to work on that).

What are your goals?
I want to be stronger – lift heavier (back squats and deadlifts), be able to a chest to bar, Maker:S,Date:2017-1-17,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Ymuscle up, handstand walk, and 2 double-unders in a row, and maybe also work on overhead lifts (snatches kill me). Another goal is do more research on nutrition, and how it can supplement/complement my workouts.

How does moving your body support the all of you?
Gives me a time and space to focus on me — because when you’re gasping for air after your 16th burpee, you’re not thinking about what frustrated you at work today or the many responsibilities you have to deal with after.

What advice do you have for people around movement?
Move in the way that goes with your flow and makes you happy and present.

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Thanks Irene! You’re an amazing mover.

I hope we’ll get to work out together again soon.

Until then, know that you are an inspiration.
xo, Sarah

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Bravely Creating

There is something SURREAL about holding your book in your hands.

Something you made and put forth.
It is both out of body and wildly embodied experience.

The process of putting my poetry forth has been a combination of being brave, doing the work of regular writing, and shutting down my inner critic.

Sometimes this process felt like my full-time job…HA!

I talk about Bravely Creating in this week’s Pajama Talk – maybe it will be helpful to you. There are some ideas and resources that helped me.

Do you create? Do you share your creations? If not, why? If so, how does it feel? And have you felt that creating is a holy experience?

For me, it has been just that. Co-creating with the Divine and leaning into my edges of fear that try and keep me small.

In addition, it’s about letting go of any “results.” Just putting it forth as a gift…not worrying about how many people read/see it, how many people buy it, how it is received.

Detachment from the results. hooboy! Fertile ground.

Anyhow, I’d love to hear your process and how you till the garden of your creativity.

Also, if you want a copy of my book of poetry, you can order BY CLICKING HERE.

Much peace, S


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Self-Compassion – Tool #5

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The gift of Self-Compassion is a practice.

Like a string of pearls, each time you practice a moment of self-compassion, you string a pearl. And as you practice, you string another and another and another until you have a beautiful string.

And those pearls can help gird you when your inner critic pipes in to tell you you aren’t good enough.

And those pearls can help gird you in the face of a culture whose messages are designed to make you feel less than, not enough, always lacking.

And truly, like this quote says, this string can change your life.

Collect your pearls.

You are a gift.

xo


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Pajama Talks – “What I Will Be” by Amber Tamblyn

I don’t have much to say about this week. It was a challenging week. Because I couldn’t find my words, a friend shared this poem by Amber Tamblyn. It’s called, “What I Will Be” and though it’s specific to this week and dedicated to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, I think it will serve to support you whenever you get knocked down emotionally.

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CLICK HERE TO HEAR IT.

Peace, Sarah


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Self-Compassion – Tool #4

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Have you ever heard that saying that we teach what we most need?

This tool of Self-Compassion is a skill that I’ve had to learn again,
and again,
and again.

I feel like I’m hardwired to be hypercritical of myself. I am my own worst enemy. The things I have said to myself, I’d never say to another human being. Ever.

Then why would I heap it on my beautiful self?

If your compassion practice doesn’t include your SELF, then you are, paraphrasing author Deborah Adele, painting the world blue from a red paint can.

Compassion for others starts from being compassionate toward your SELF.

Peace, Sarah


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Pajama Talks – Using Your Voice

Yesterday, I had a series of difficult conversations around something I care deeply about…it was hard and painful and I lost some people.

In today’s Pajama Talk we talk about Using Your Voice. Finding it, using it, why it’s important and how to navigate difficult conversations.

Difficult conversations are just that….difficult. But there are some ways you can move through them that help you to keep your calm, keep your center and stay on point.


CLICK HERE TO SEE IT. 

If you have any tools that help you find and use your voice while having hard conversations, please share.

Peace, Sarah


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Self Compassion – Tool #3

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Words are powerful. I believe that what we say has a hand in what we create.

If you say, “I am bummed” enough….you will, indeed be bummed.

If you say, “I’m not good enough” or “I’m not able” or “I’m not worthy”…these things will be.

Words are powerful.

What if, instead, you said things that are constructive?

I am powerful.

I am beautiful.

I am brilliant.

I am able.

I am.

I am.

I am.

Give it a shot. Participate in the creation of your future. Life doesn’t just happen to you. You co-create it. You take what has been given and decide what to do with it.

I am ______________.
What are you?

Last time we talked stop signs. Now replace them with reconstructed I am’s.

Let me know how it goes.
Peace, Sarah