Radical Heavy Liftin’, Pink Wearin’, Veggie Munchin’


Mimi, Mimi, Mimi, where have you been?

Oh you know…

just working too many hours as a waitress, trucking off to Europe for a few weeks, finishing my first CrossFit Open in Amsterdam, and organizing a Love Your Body Challenge.

I have so many awesome things to talk to you beauties about this month and can’t wait to get back to work with y’all.

I thought that it was about time to get back onto this, “treat your body like it belongs to somebody you dearly love,” train.

After all, we’ve only got one body and one life, why does it have to be so hard to love both of them? I have some juicy nuggets coming your way this month, THAT, I am warning you now, ON A WEDNESDAY, that April is going to be so chalk full of positivity and support that every day might just find itself in the running as the best day ever. 😉

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Good. It should.

I know I’m ready for it, so you should be too.

Okay, good talk. Thanks for getting so excited with me 🙂

You’re talkin’ this huge game girl, what you go up those sleeves anyways?

Things to look forward to on be true. be you. be strong. in April:

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PR Playlist #3: Drake just happened to come out with a new album since the last time we talked, no? YES. YES HE DID.

Escaping Winter: #OopsI’mInEurope…Again

CrossFit: International Fit Family

A Little Love Pt. 1: CrossFit Munich

A Little Love Pt. 2: CrossFit Amsterdam

Previewing of the Love Your Body Challenge: updates on how the trial run is going.



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That’s just the beginning, are you even ready?

All that cool stuff on top of the already radical WOD-lovin’, burpee-smilin’, heavy liftin’, pink wearin’, veggie munchin’, protein hoardin’, beautiful-bod-cherishin’ fun that is be true. be you. be strong.

Hold on tight babes, this could get really awesome, really quick.

A Reminder To Love Yourself…

Hey beautiful…

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Over the past weekend I took a two hour workshop at IndyYoga in Duxbury, Vermont about Self Care, lead by Indy Ewald (Yoga & Mindfulness instructor) and Angie Anderson (life coach.)  The workshop began in a circle where I had the honor to sit with 20 other women all interested in taking better care of ourselves.


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To name a few… there was the woman in her Mid-40’s who had just finished her breast cancer treatment the week before and was now in remission.  There was the mother of three in her 30’s who had traveled all the way from Massachusetts.  There was the 65-year-old woman from England who had moved with her husband to Vermont to start a new life in the states, and then there was me, 19-year-old CrossFitter, recovering from eating disorders, still learning how to navigate in my own life.

I realized as soon as I sat down and faced these women that every woman is still learning how to love herself no matter what age she is.  We put ourselves on the back burner to please others when really we’re flailing in our minds.  I’m not good enough.  She’s prettier than me.  She’s skinnier than me.  She’s stronger than me.  He’ll never notice me.  I’ll never make enough money.  I’ll never hit that PR.  

As women, we’re always judging.  We look in the mirror and judge our eye brows, acne, hair, butt, stomach… need I go on?  I’m sure you’re thinking of exactly what you judge every time, I don’t need to give you more examples.

So I ask you, why is that?

Ladies, where are these confidence issue coming from?  Men?  Other women? Our parents?  Our friends?


Our confidence issues come from ourselves and how we look at ourselves is solely our own.

What I want to share with you is this:

A reminder to speak to yourself with the same compassion you would someone you love unconditionally.  

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You deserve to be taken care of.

Be fierce with your self-love, ladies, because you have these crazy mind games working against you.  You have pre conceived notions and self-hate to work through.  Trust me, I know.

DISCLAIMER: I am not perfect.  (In fact, I am probably the weirdest human you’ve ever met, and slowly, I am learning to be okay with that, even though recently, it’s been pretty lonely, I’m learning a lot about independence.)

With independence comes confidence.

This could be uncomfortable, but remember, there is no way we can learn anything without stepping way out of our comfort zones.  It’s like the butterflies you feel stepping up to a loaded barbell, how will you ever PR that lift if you don’t make your body a little bit uncomfortable and pick up the damn bar? 

Body love becomes a little easier for me when I spend hours in the gym everyday, but not because of what I look like.  But because of how I feel.  A five-pound PR will make me feel beautiful and a failed 10# PR makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world because in two weeks, I’ll hit that number, too.IMG_9637

Be patient with yourself because it’s okay to have a bad day. 

Something I learned this weekend:  being in the box is great for my body and being outside is even better for my head.

I’ve been beating myself up about a lot of things this week, feeling frustrated about feelings that I have, a negative headspace I can’t seem to shake, and the fact that I’ve been stuck on one movement for the past week and can’t seem to hit it like I usually do.

But then I climbed a mountain today.  

Not figuratively, like, I literally went for a snowy hike with my best friend and made it to the summit of a mountain and saw the light.

There were steeper parts of the hike that were hard to climb and made my heart beat fast and there were icy parts of the path that were almost impassable– but then in about an hour we were sitting on top of this mountain, sipping on Kill Cliffs, and surrounded by something out of a movie.  We had one of those, “Is this real life?” moments and I was so thankful.  

IMG_9630This could be the most cliché analogy to life or self-love, but today, I got it.  There is something incredible about reaching the summit of something after fighting to get there.  So fight for it.

Be fierce, but be flexible, because it’s okay to have a bad day, too.  

What I will leave you with is this:

A reminder to be fortuitous when fostering an attitude for gratitude towards yourself and all things.  When you foster gratitude for the things that are important to you, (YOU BEING ONE OF THEM)– you will find that your daily intentions will become more pure and the challenges you face in loving yourself will be easier to navigate.

You are light.  You are love. 

Fill yourself up.


xo- mimi

Open Fitness Journal: January 23



I’m getting so much better at this, I swear, listening to my body and understanding when WOD-ing or lifting on some days just isn’t an option.  There’s been a lot of injuries recently at the box I’m training at and most could have probably been avoided by taking just one more day of rest.  Or actually recovering for a day and not just resting. (Remember that article?)

Reason #129841928 why I love CrossFit: it’s functional fitness.  We hammer ourselves day in and day out in the gym and sometimes we get caught up in the fact that we’re not performing as well as we’d like to in WODs, but take a day off from the gym, and go climb up a snowy hill, or stack wood for a few hours, or go skiing…

That’s functional.  Your body will love you.

Love it right back.



Open Fitness Journal: January 17 & 18

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Challenging myself by resting almost all weekend and I’ll tell ya, I hope it pays off this week.

I’m hungry for some PR’s 🙂

I was running around all weekend, so full up to my ears with work that I didn’t even have time to drive by the box and drool over it………

What?  You don’t do that?

Oh. okay. #CrossFitGirlProbs

I must confess…

On Sunday, I did run through a bench cycle and a squat cycle..

which are as followed,

Bench Press

8 x 55

8 x 65

8 x 75


5 x 80

5 x 85

5 x 95

Back Squat

sets of 5 building to 2×2 at 150#

The best part of this weekend though had to be the thought…

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This is how I’ve been feeling about myself.

So put yourself in there, too, okay?

YOU are the ‘people’ that this quote is talking about.

Sometimes, you can’t save yourself, but you can damn well love yourself.  

The next time you’re grabbing at your tummy in the mirror and hating every inch of it, remind yourself, I can’t save myself from these thoughts but I can love myself, instead of hating.

Instead of thinking, “I have been working so hard and this f*cking fat won’t get the hell off of my body,”

try, “I appreciate that my ab muscles make it possible for me to lift heavy, without my strong core I couldn’t lift anything.”


“I love my strong legs because they have walked me all over the world.”

You can’t save yourself- but you can change your mindset and that might help you get a little bit closer.


You don’t need saving baby, you’re spectacular.