Mental Block

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Have you ever had something that just gets in your head and freaks you out?  Like…the one thing you feel like you can’t overcome, and if you honest with yourself, have no desire to.  That’s BOX JUMPS for me.  I think it may have had something to do with my shins looking something like this (but worse…honestly) after a mishap in high school doing box jumps.

This picture is of another Crossfitters leg, and she has a really cool testimony of how Crossfit has changed her life.  Check it out here.

Anywho…the accident that I had in high school has been enough for me to avoid the dang boxes like the plague.  I mean…it took enough courage to jump on a tire.  So, with that said, today’s WOD had box jumps in them, and inconveniently enough…all of my comfortable tires had water in them from the rain over the past couple of days.  AWESOME! My coach, Kristen, who is the BOMB, took this as an opportunity to help me face the music and give the dang boxes a whirl.

I really can’t explain how terrified I was to jump on the stupid box.  I think after swinging my arms back and forth and taking a step to jump over 4 or 5 times, and then chickening out, Kristen finally said something along the lines of….”this is ridiculous.  Just jump!” I kid you not people.  It took me FOREVER to build up the courage to jump.  I know it was obnoxious.  I was getting on my own nerves.  But eventually….JUMP I DID! And LAND IT, I DID! It felt amazing.  Not only did I jump on the box 1 time, but 30 times total.  I conquered that beast…and it felt SO GOOD! Here are a few pics of my UPS….(sorry they are so small)

Okay, so it was the smallest box in the BOX :).  Either way, I feel so empowered! I have to say…10,000,000 thanks to my Coach Kristen! I would have never, ever gotten over this fear without her! BEST COACH EVER!

What fears are in front of you that you need to “jump on”?


About Jenni Riley

Hey! My name is Jenni Riley. I live in Abilene, Texas with my kick-A husband, Chase, and our two boxers Romo and Ruby (who are the coolest dogs on the FACE of the world)! I work in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and love it! Love my family, and love my friends that have become family. I love to be creative and crafty. My specialties are furniture and stationary. I sometimes suffer from diarrhea of the mouth when I find myself in awkward situations. I have a poor self-esteem when it comes to my body, but I’m pretty good at hiding it to most people. My close friends and husband would disagree. I love God and love people, and I am searching for peace and fulfillment….everyday. I am writing this blog as a way to share my journey with others that are on the same journey as I am. I am working toward a life of healthy eating and exercising. My main motivator is my desire to be a good example for my “in the future” children. I don’t want to pass along my horrible relationship with food and disdain for exercise to them. I hope my blog can be of some encouragement to someone, somewhere. And even if it’s not…it’s therapeutic for me to process my feelings that are so easy to bury…with food!

4 responses »

  1. yay! i hate box jumps. scary! im proud of you!

  2. omg good for you! i hate anything that has to do with jumping especially those boxes! I dont even like to do jumping jacks…you go girl! (that sounded so 1995). =)


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