Spirit Days: Make someone happy

Today I’m launching a new feature called Spirit Days in which I’ll try to make us all feel better about not going to church. Here’s the first installment!

Sometimes Crossfit Andy makes us listen to Lil Wayne music while we’re working out. The lyrics are extraordinary.

And girl, I fuck who I want
And fuck who I dont
Got that A-1 credit
Thats, that Filet Mignon OR

I don’t know about you (chea)
But I’m really, really fucked up (chea)
No more liquor in my cup (chea)
I think it’s time for us to, time for us to, time for us to fuck (let’s go)

lil wayneSuch sparing use of words really inspires me! Fuck is such a versatile term. And that Lil Wayne….whew, I throw up a little in my mouth get the shivers just thinking about him.

CrossFit Andy talks a lot of smack, too. Sometimes I interrupt him when he’s giving instructions because, you know, I’m TOTES HILARE like that. But he politely tells me to shut the fuck up let him finish. Sigh. Doesn’t anybody understand me?

Anyway, his general badass demeanor meant that Hot Firefighter Husband and I were surprised to receive an email last week announcing the launch of what Andy calls the Happiness Challenge, because honestly he doesn’t seem like a Kumbaya type of guy. But I was thrilled, because I had slithered into 2014 with renewed commitment to my LIVE MORE SIMPLY plan, and was searching for a way to jumpstart it. And it makes sense that this momentum crosses paths with my workout routine – I’ve always maintained that physical strength is mental strength (watch this awesome video for proof), and to work on improving both simultaneously comes perilously close to multi-tasking. BOOM SAUCE.

Pay attention to this if your New Year’s Resolution includes hitting the gym – because you should know that really, truly getting in shape requires a lifestyle change, not just resolving to do more lunges. Losing 10 pounds won’t improve your life if you still hate your boss. Developing triceps doesn’t matter if you’re still getting heartburn about the color of your neighbor’s front door. True health, in other words, entails a full body workout – from the brain to the heart to the toes. I like that my gym guy gets that.

The first directive of Andy’s Happiness Challenge is like a gratitude journal except it’s more work. Every day for the next week, write a note expressing your appreciation to someone with whom you interact on a regular basis. Nothing elaborate – just a few words to let that person know he/she has a positive impact on your world. 4-up on 11-12-13 at 8.47 PM #2

If you’re like me, you love this idea because you get to GO SHOPPING! Or maybe that’s just me. But I definitely need to purchase some writing supplies and hide them so they won’t be stolen by the miscreant urchins who live in my home.

If you choose to accept this challenge, remember the words of Lil Wayne: I’m all about I, give the rest of the vowels back. Then listen to somebody else. And if you like what you’ve read here, check out CrossFit Ponte Vedra. If you ask him nicely, Andy might put on some Coldplay. But probably not.

Happy Spirit Day, peeps!

3 responses to Spirit Days: Make someone happy

    • tricia says:

      Dear Elaine, you know you are invincible. You can do anything you want. You can even move back to Florida. Hint, hint.

  1. Mary says:

    Excellent plan. I’m on it! And I’m back to the gym this week. 2014 is going to be a great year. And, Elaine, I agree with Tricia. You can do anything you want. Even the thing we all want — come back to Florida.

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