WOD 113017

4 Rounds for time:

400m Run

12 Sandbag Half Moons

12 Goblet Squats

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“Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church.”
-St. Ignatius of Antioch

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

By Ron Pereira

Excuses.  We all have them.  We all use them.  Heck, some of us even use deflecting statements like, “I don’t have a good excuse… I just suck…” as an excuse!

We make excuses for why we don’t work out consistently.  We make excuses for why we don’t eat clean.  We make excuses for why we don’t spend enough time in prayer.  We make excuses for… well, I think you get the point.

What are Excuses?

Excuse-making is often categorized by Psychologists as self-handicapping.  In other words, excuses hurt our own performance and negatively impact how motivated we are to improve.  Excuses often stem from an unconscious desire to protect our ego.

Of course there are legitimate excuses (i.e. being late to the meeting because you were in a car accident).  I’m not talking about these.  I’m talking about the excuses we use to deflect our own mistakes, inaction, and lack of discipline.

What’s the Solution?

Now, I don’t want to pretend to have all the answers as it relates to excuse making since I’m far from infallible myself.  But, I firmly believe one of the remedies to excuse making lies in our ability to form strong, virtuous, habits.

In other words, if you struggle to eat clean… form clean eating habits.  If you struggle finding time to read the Bible and pray… form Bible reading and prayer habits.  And if you struggle to exercise on a regular basis… form fitness related habits.

Obviously, this is easier said than done, so if you need some help figuring out how new habits can be formed and bad habits can be modified… we have you covered with these articles from our growing archives.

  1. What are Habits and Why Should We Care?
  2. How to Form New and Virtuous Habits
  3. 4 Steps to Modifying Bad Habits

Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!

WOD 112817

AMRAP in 15 min:

5 Pull Ups

15 DB Thrusters

200m Run

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“We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials.”
-St. Teresa of Avila

WOD 112717

For time:

40 Jump Rope (Singles)

25 HR Push ups

40 Jump Rope (Singles)

25 Air Squats

40 Jump Rope (Singles)

25 Sit ups

40 Jump Rope (Singles)

25 KB Swings

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“We are to love God for Himself, because of a twofold reason; nothing is more reasonable, nothing more profitable.”
-St. Bernard of Clairvaux


WOD 112517

Time Trials:

ME 800m Run x 3

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“Remember the past with gratitude.  Live the present with enthusiasm.  Look forward to the future with confidence.” – St. John Paul II

WOD 112417

10 Rounds for time:

10 HR Push ups

10 Broad Jumps

10 Air Squats

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“O my God let me remember with gratitude and confess to thee thy mercies toward me” – St. Augustine of Hippo

WOD 112317

EMOM for 12 min:

Alternate movements:

14 KB Swings

12 Burpees

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“Out of gratitude and love for Him, we should desire to be reckoned fools” – St. Ignatius of Loyola

Culture Clash

The Thanksgiving Holiday can be engulfed in feelings of fear, anxiety and pressure. These feelings are the effects, like over pressure from an explosion, of a divisive culture. Gathering with family members and friends who don’t see each other often can seem to tear open old wounds as the friction of disordered relationships rub upon one another until blood is drawn.

Without dismissing the reality of this experience in many families, I think it is informative to look at the intent of the Holiday and the transformative nature that it can have on our culture. The etymology of the word culture comes from the Latin word, cultura, which means “growing” or the “tilling of land”. Later in 1867, this word was used to describe the idea of “collective customs and achievements of a people”.

We gather on this American holiday to give thanks for the many blessings that we have been given and it provides an opportunity for generational factions within your tribe to come together and share the customs and achievements which enrich the culture of the family.

These customs are usually passed down around the dinner table. We can probably all call to mind our favorite dish that a family member makes or a famous recipe that is widely known within our family circle. It is precisely through this labor of love and the sharing of food that we come to share our achievements, failures and sacrifices over the past year which enhance the flavor of our family’s culture and helps it to flourish.

We can look at this holiday as an opportunity to share your new found desire for “real food” and mesh it with other favorite family recipes in order to knit together the fabric of a growing and vibrant culture. Don’t get stuck in the trap of keeping score and judging one another this Thanksgiving, but rather look for ways to till the soil of your family so that it will grow.

“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live” – St. John Paul II

“Put on the Armor of God” (Eph 6:11)