“I just try it”

I swear to you the best conversations with kids come when riding in the car AND they speak the ultimate truth.

The other night I was taking our son to hockey practice.  Our conversation started with him outlining his goal of getting to the NHL… all while being a professional scooter trickster.  Scooter trickster??  YES- think X-Games or Xtreme Sport athlete. I said that eventually events and competitions held currently at the X-Games may end up in the Olympics so he could strive for that too.  We were honestly being completely serious – I love hearing him talk about goals and dreams.  It’s always great to strive for something.

As we talked more about scootering I asked… “Do you ever get scared when you try a new trick or jump.”

Without hesitation he said,  


I was a little shocked by how readily he answered and how honest he was about his fear.  

I then asked well how do you get over it. Personally at this time I couldn’t help but think about my own, almost paralyzing fear I’ve felt during CrossFit competitions.  

He simply said… “I guess I just go try it.”

WOW.  I know this sounds simple and easy enough but I wanted to pull the car over and just stare at him for a second… words of wisdom coming from the mouth of this 12 year old.  He didn’t know it but it was a profoundly philosophical statement.

So often we can let fear guide us and stunt our growth, goals, and accomplishments.  Does fear take a hold of us as we age or is it something we’re taught?  I think, either way it’s something we can teach ourselves to overcome.

From here on out I’m promising to honor B’s advice and wisdom and … just try it.  

Give it a try too! 

TRUE Strength

go for it


I … uh… CrossFit…

We’ve made the transition from our fertility specialist to my normal OB… I didn’t want to leave!!  But this week’s conversation with the nurse consultant at least made for fun entertainment.

This was how our discussion went…

Nurse: So – you seem to live an active lifestyle… I’m sure your activity levels have changed… have you found an exercise you’re enjoying… like walking or slow yoga movements?

Me: Well… I, uh, CrossFit.

Nurse: Puzzled look

Me: Eeee…. things like body weight exercises (this got an ok look), pull ups, weight lifting, rope climbs (I had done 10 the night before)

By this point, the nurse was taking notes veraciously.  The only response I got was… well I guess if your body is conditioned already for this it’s ok to continue.  Just stay at a pace you can maintain a conversation.

Later in the packet of goodies she gave me I saw a line where it said to limit weight lifting to 5 and 8 pounds.  HMMMM…

So… continue what my body is conditioned to do.  Check – I can do that… NOW what I really need to “train for” is to change my mentality… rather… train my mentality to function on a different wave length.

I will be training each day to take care of these kiddos, to make sure my body is the most physically fit and ready as possible to have them and then be the active, engaged, role model of a mom I’ve always envisioned.  I need to train to be a member, a client, and someone who is working hard and having fun… not competing (maybe still with myself), but who is comfortable moving – for now – from ‘in training mode’ to being mode.

** “Being” does not equal not doing, growing, pushing.

I challenge you to think about what re-training mentally you can do! 

TRUE Strength


We're excited to announce... TWINS!

We’re excited to announce… TWINS!

We are so excited, thankful, blessed (how many other descriptor feelings can I add??) and overjoyed to announce… our little Ellis Family is growing by 2!

We have been trying for over two years now to get pregnant and have fought very hard for these little ones.  They are already a very special part of the family and a true treasure!  They are expected to make their debut in early June!

I’ll be blogging about the journey we took to get pregnant, as well as, adventures in continuing CrossFit training while pregnant.  Hey… it’s like a built in weight vest right?

TRUE Strength