By: Travis Blythe
Y'all good? HELL YEAH! Rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat...or are you? While our mantra is all about good vibes, sweaty hugs, and high fives, sometimes our lives are not that simple. People struggle with things we will never know or completely understand. Everyone has a transformation story. Sometimes we help transform others, sometimes we transform ourselves by the way of our mind or our body. Sometimes we transform both.
About a month ago we had a new tribe member #justshowup. She was looking for more--for another avenue to push her limits. We hope she's found her forever home with us, as we welcome her with open arms. But before we get into everything, we need to know the why. Am I right? Isn't that the first thing we ask everyone? Why? Why did you...Well, it was the first thing I asked: Why start a journey?
In order to answer that question, we must first travel back in time to that moment when you have that come to Jesus talk with yourself. You know the one--where you look in the mirror and curse, sometimes cry, but definitely say to that person looking back...fuck you! Yes this weeks Transformation Tuesday is a physical one to start, but is also proving to be a mental one. So let's set the stage, it's December 2014 and our tribe member breaks up with her significant other. This is not just a run of the mill break up, but one of those that sucks your soul out and makes you question everything. It was a painful time, and she came to the realization that not only was her relationship toxic, but so were the other parts her life. She wasn't living a healthy lifestyle. She had lost most of the passion for her job and the commute was sucking the life out of her daily. It is no wonder with all of these things compounding something obviously had to give. It did and she has not looked back since.
"My main accountability partner is the mirror. If I wake up and feel good naked in the mirror then I know I had a good day the day before. If not, I know I need to make some improvements.
She did what everyone does, pack up and move! After living in the northeast for 9 years, she decided to move back to Big D and start over, recharge, and regroup. But before we can fully get into the transformation, we must first know the struggle. The struggle is one that's been in place since early childhood. With a family history of obesity, weight has seemed to always be an issue. We know that going through life and trying to yo-yo isn't the healthiest or most practical way to live, but those methods helped in high school she when she did shed some weight--but the means to do so were not a sustainable method. Then college came and the freshman 15 turned into much more. The realization of staying busy is not the same thing as being active, finally hit home. So after looking in the mirror, she said to herself, enough is enough.
Now back in Dallas, she knew everything had to change. The plan was set and instead of "dieting" she was going to change everything and begin living a new, healthy lifestyle. It started with cutting out alcohol and improving nutrition. Adult beverages and fast food were the first things she got rid of, and if out and about, she started having a juice/ smoothie or a vegan protein shake instead of stopping at a drive thru.
The transformation was and continues to be an ongoing process. Her exercise began with walking and jogging in her neighborhood. She also added in senior citizen yoga at her rec center. Next, she joined Title Boxing where they gave her an awesome intro to HIIT workouts as well as boxing/kickboxing. Then, it finally happened. She hit the jackpot and found the mother of all workouts, WE RUN BIG D!
"My cheat meal is always tex-mex but I split a meal with my mom and only eat half.
We could not be happier to have her join our tribe. She wants accountability, and we are here to give it. Her goals are still to lose about 20 more lbs., get stronger, improve her 5k time (she had a goal of running a 5k without walking and has done it twice!) and train for a 10k.
She follows fitness accounts for meal prep ideas or general inspiration to stay motivated.
She has a 30 by 30 bucket list of things she wants to accomplish by her 30th birthday this December. Recently she went skinny dipping in the ocean for the first time in her life!
Random facts about Meredith:
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Last but certainly not least...Meredith won our Spirit Stick award last week!
By: Ash Williams
We’re all familiar with Rock, Paper, Scissors.
...or is it Paper, Rock, Scissors?
Players are given three options in an interconnected system of choices and consequences. Rock beats scissors, scissors beat paper, and paper beats rock. It’s good, ol’ fashioned, innocent fun. Or is it?
The rock — blind, uncaring — reigns supreme, destroying everything through brute force. There is no morality, the only thing that matters to Rock is survival.
...Until Paper comes long. Paper is wizened, philosophical. Brute strength is fine, yes. But the higher good is wisdom.
But the paper gets cocky. It loses sight of what brought it to the party in the first place. Hubris takes hold and blinds the paper to the more sinister elements within its own ranks. Wisdom and reflection give way to information and logic. A line is crossed where innovation gets so out of hand that technology begins to actively destroy the wisdom that created it. paper itself becomes weaponized.
Now technology and its virtues are the highest good. Sure, technology seems innocent at first — wheels, hammers, pullies — Mankind values progress above all else, consequences be damned. So we hurdle blindly down the path of technology — the Next Big Thing at any cost. What’s next? Well, technological apocalypse. We finally develop a super technology that we must destroy, thereby learning our lesson.
the rock smashes the scissors.
The game, a closed, zero-sum system of morality, presents any choice you pick with its virtues and its drawbacks . On a small scale, it demonstrates that any decision you make has pros and cons. But on a much larger scale—it speaks to a deeper innate understanding of the human condition. At its heart, Rock, Paper, Scissors is much bleaker. At its heart it can be down right nihilistic.
Amid this battle for moral high ground WerunBigD walked out of the mist armed with a new weapon. This morning there was an alteration made to the age-old mix. What was it you ask? What was this game-changing, mind-blowing, worth-blogging-about addition? Well, it was some Mo’ Effin’ Fun! Courtesy of a little workout group known as WRBD, this morning the consequences of our choices were rewards and gains instead of punishments. There were no victims, only victors! Rock crushed your scissors? Go crush some push-ups! Scissors cut your paper? Plank it off. Paper beat your rock? Awesome! Cause, nothing beats sweating your heart out with this tribe of fun–loving, fitness fanatics!
... or is it fitness-loving, fun fanatics?