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Moving Past ‘I Can’t’

So much awesomeness this weekend!

On Thursday they released the first CrossFit Open workout and my excitement about it started to plummet after I tried to do a chest-to-bar pull up and failed. Knowing I wouldn’t be competitive in the workout, I thought for sure I could power through them one at a time at least getting a few, but when I tried, I couldn’t meet the standard and actually touch my chest to the bar.

I started getting tips from anyone I could and practicing but it wasn’t looking good. I pretty much concluded there was no way. I simply CAN’T do them.  My approach for the first workout in the open was to do everything up until the pull-ups and just get a super low score.

Well I wish someone was recording me because when it came time for me to do the pull-ups I looked at the bar, gave it my all and I did it.

I actually freakin’ DID IT!

I dropped off the bar smiling ear-to-ear and did a happy dance.

When will I learn to stop saying “I can’t” and simply move toward my goals?

I’ve been doing things I supposedly can’t do for years now.

Like weight loss. Proved that one wrong.

Like running. I muttered the words ‘I can’t run” for most of my life until I just started doing it.  Now it just sounds silly. I ran 2 miles just today!

Like a pull-up. Like writing a children’s book. Like publishing a “real” book. Like having a second child!

This is very much a pat-myself-on-the-back type of post. I’ve been feeling blah lately, comparing myself to others, feeling oversaturated, under appreciated and disconnected.

Then today happened. I did better in the open than I thought I would. I hosted 20 kids at the gym and had a blast! And I worked on some lifts hitting a new snatch PR by catching 83 pounds in a full squat — something I swore I’d never be able to do.

mid snatch

That’s me mid-snatch. I still have lots of things to work on but I’ve made so much progress.

So much progress.

I need to move past “I can’t,” set my sights on my goals, and just keep trucking.

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About Mehmood Esmail

Mehmood Esmail
Hi, I am Mehmood Esmail, there have been severe health issues in my family, like cancer, heart attacks, stroke, kidney stones, IBS, etc. Where we live, in Africa, health facilities are basic. Thus it becomes imperative that we hnow what is happenining to us and how to look after ourselves, and where possible, how to prevent serious illnesses.

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