How to Successfully Change Your Habits—And Make It Stick This Time
Very often, we have warring aims. We want to master a habit—to go to sleep on time, to drink less—but we also want something that conflicts with that habit—to stay up watching TV, to treat ourselves. Because we don’t acknowledge this ambivalence, we can’t form the habit.
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Athlete Spotlight on Bridie Ledwell
1. Name and “board name” (or what should your board name be)? What are your stats (optional)?
2. Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?
I grew up and still live in Amityville (I spend about 6 years in NYC and 3 in Boston after college, before coming back home)
3. What do you do for a living?
I’m an Account Recruiting Manager for Aerotek (a recruiting and staffing firm). I work remotely from my home office full time and report to my Boston South office. I recruit and place mostly architects, MEP engineers, and manufacturing professionals in contract positions in the Boston area.
4. When did you become part of the Diamond family and why did you join?
I joined CFD in January 2014 after coming back to Amityville. I joined Crossfit 93 (just south of Boston) in 2013 after my dad had been part of Diamond for almost 2 years. If he can do it, so can I! I worked out up there for about 6 months during my pregnancy with my first son, Peter. I joined CFD when I came back to Amityville.
5. What was your athletic background before joining CFD?
For most of my life, my exercise has primarily consisted of running. I did some typical step and strength training classes at the gym too but running was my consistent go-to workout.
6. What is your favorite wod/exercise?
I really like AMRAP wods (because I know they have to end at some point). I also like when there is a mix of cardio and weights during the workout.
7. What is your least favorite wod/exercise?
I really can’t stand burpees—they kill me. They aren’t so bad now that I have to modify them for my pregnancy #2 though
8. What is your biggest milestone, achievement, or “A-ha” moment at CFD?
For me, my A-ha moments are when I finish a wod that looks really scary (like when there is 100 burpees plus other things in 1 workout) and I didn’t think I would be able to get it done! Also, right before I found out I was pregnant I was finally able to climb the knotted rope (I’ll try again after the baby).
9. What goal(s) are you looking to accomplish?
I just want to become more consistent with getting to the gym (I have to rely on a couple of other people’s schedules to get there so someone is with my son) and eating better. I’d like to do more Rx wods too once my pregnancy is over.
10. What are your hobbies and interests outside of CFD?
I spend most of my time with my very large extended family (that mostly live in Amityville). I love to be on my couch on Friday nights with my boys and in the summer we go to the beach all the time. My New Year’s Resolution is to read more so that is now a hobby again!
11. What is something that we may not know about you?
I have completed 4 full marathons (NJ, Long Island and 2 NYC)!
12. What is your favorite cheat meal?
Pizza and ice cream—really hard during pregnancy to say no to those things too!
13. What is some advice or encouragement for someone just starting CFD or thinking of starting?
Just try it—I was really nervous of trying Crossfit because I thought I wouldn’t be able to do anything during a workout. I love how things are modified to your level so that finishing something can be accomplished by anyone! It’s great to see how you can improve as you go consistently.
HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY 2015
21 Reasons Why Some People Get So Lucky in Life
Did you ever look at someone and think, “He is so lucky. He has money, he’s in a great relationship and wow — what a great career, being able to travel like that?”
I’ve done it too. And as my mind entertained this thought, I would find myself in an often depressing place overthinking about reasons why I wasn’t as successful as “that guy.”
I wasn’t so lucky. I wasn’t lucky to be born with good looks or into the right family. I wasn’t lucky enough to have the right education or lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time.
But as I grew in my career and in my life and by meeting lots of people from all over the world in so many walks of life, I made this profound realization:
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