ELLIE'S MONTHLY MESSAGE

Pay Yourself First

This morning I was working with a new client and she had the chance after her lesson to talk to a few of the other gym members and hear their experiences. She is a new mom and recently started her own insurance business. One of my clients, a 58-year-old woman who has...

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Thanks and Extraordinary Things to Come!

So much big stuff is happening at CrossFit Odyssey right now!  First off, as you may have noticed, we have been making a few changes to the organization of the gym. We want to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to Lisa Prather, JJ Wynn Jackson and our coach, Lara Norton. These...

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Gratitude on Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day to all of the wonderful mothers out there on this beautiful May day that celebrates what we do for our sweet babies, and what our mothers did for all of us. Mother's Day is always an interesting day to me because as a mom, I am celebrated for what I...

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Gratitude – Part 3

I have been thinking literally for months - and honestly for years - about Gratitude. And I have been struggling for over a month about how to write this particular blog. I felt like I needed to say something huge and go into a ton of detail and explanation. But I've...

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The Making of a Champion

People ask me all the time what made me fall in love with CrossFit. I can tell you that it is what I learned from this man, John Mariotti. John had a very small gym in Fernley, NV where he taught "cross-training", Jiu-Jitsu and TaeKwon-Do (he's a 6th degree black...

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Everybody Has a Story

Sometimes I feel sorry for myself. Sometimes I think the world is against me. Sometimes I think you would not believe the storm I have endured. And then sometimes I can't believe what a wimp I am for thinking for one second that what I have endured is different from...

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What We Learned From the Open

Every year when the CrossFit Open is over I go back over the workouts and I reassess. I look at each workout and how well I performed and I try to figure out what worked for me and what worked against me. As a coach I try to do the same with my members. How can I help...

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The CrossFit Open – This Is Hard – 2017

This past week many of you completed your very first CrossFit Open Workout. I'm sure it was an eye opening experience. FOUR years ago I entered my first CrossFit Games Open Competition. This is what I wrote about that first day of self-torture…...

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How to Avoid the Holiday Pounds

It happens every year - we even have come to expect it as a normal part of life. The holidays come, the weather is cooler, we are less active and we eat and drink more. A LOT more. Halloween comes and it is a day devoted to remembering the dead - and eating and...

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Sunday, Holy Sunday: Mindful Eating Part 2

I was talking to a friend the other day about diet and eating well and how to get in shape and suddenly this popped into my head: When it comes to diet (and many other aspects of life), You need to treat your Sunday as a "Holy Day"... and this is what I mean... When...

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Mindful Eating

One of the most common conversations John and I have with our clients is about their diet. We ask them if they eat well and they usually say yes, they eat pretty healthily. Then when we ask them what they ate that day they tell us and it's usually pretty bad! OR... it...

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