Saturday, March 09, 2013


This word sucks.  It literally sucks the life right out of you.  It takes away your motivation and your drive to push forward and move past your roadblocks.  It’s a terrible word, and I am hereby demanding that Mr. Webster or whoever is responsible for placing it in the dictionary remove it immediately.

What I Could (Very Easily!) Sound Like…If I Wanted to Focus on My Shortcomings

  • I can’t do a muscle up.  (Ummm, suck it up, Buttercup.  Scale it and get better.)
  • I can’t do double unders.  (So what?!  Keep trying, and in the meantime do a crap-ton of single unders.
  • I can’t do a pull-up.  (You are closer than you were a few months ago.  Stronger is stronger.  Period.  It takes time.  Shut up and practice.)
  • I can’t run fast.  (Moving your feet at ALL is faster than sitting on your ass.  Get up and move.)
  • I can’t box jump very high.  (Jump as high as you can, and then take a chance.  Practice.  Scrape your shins a little.  You’ll get there.)

What I Am Very Capable of Sounding Like Every Single Damn Day
(Or…Things That Make Me Smile Every Damn Day)

  • I can walk.  I can run.  I am healthy enough to GET MOVING.
  • I can do as many single unders as my coach tells me to do.  (He may have to yell.  But I CAN do them.)
  • I can lift heavy weight.  It gets heavier every week.
  • I can build muscle and burn fat and feel healthy and strong.
  • I can use all the tools I am lucky enough to have—great coaches, great friends, great workout facilities!
  • I can deadlift and press and clean and squat.
  • I can now FINALLY do a push-up on my toes and NOT from my knees.
  • I can control what I stuff into my face.  (This is new…just now figuring this out, so if you see me with a french fry, kindly conduct an immediate intervention and smack it out of my hands.)

I don’t know about you, but the list of CANs in my life sure makes me a lot happier than the list of CAN’Ts.

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