If you’re a dedicated, passionate, health-conscious CrossFitter, you’ve probably heard these words before: “Live a little.”

My experience with “live a little” has always been negative. The words usually come up when you decline cake at a party, order water instead of pop or beer at a dinner, or tell someone you’re eating healthy and will take your coffee without sugar.

“Live a little,” someone will say.

The individual who suggests I need to live a little is implying what exactly? That I am dying? That my life would be more fulfilling if I ate Krispy Kremes and Pop-Tarts? I’m always perplexed by this meaningless advice. Where is the value in telling me how to live with no substantiated proof that he or she is living better? In fact, I guarantee that person is not.

My theory is that this statement is born of envy and helplessness.

I love training. I love eating clean. I love waking up in the morning (early) and feeling the WOD from the day before. I love my clear mind and happy, focused thoughts. I truly believe that when people tell me to live a little, they wish they could live as well as I do, but for whatever reason, be it lack of motivation, laziness or fear, they cannot and will not.

So they don’t, and they try to encourage me to lower my standards with some good, old-fashioned peer pressure.

And I’m not judging them. If they want to live a little, that’s OK. For them.

But I’m not into living a little. I’m into living a lot. A lot longer, a lot better, a lot cleaner. I want to do the things I want for as long as I want. I want to fight aging and disease. I want to beat Mike at the RX’d men’s weight. I want to set new records tomorrow, at 50 and at 70. I want to wake up without a hangover, pick up something heavy and feel like I bettered myself.

The next time someone suggests you need to live a little, say, “How?” When she tells you to eat more cake, drink more rye, and hit the couch more regularly, laugh (with just a little contempt) and invite her to do a CrossFit WOD. When she’s done–if she can finish–ask her, “When is the last time you felt this alive?”

Don’t live a little. Live a lot.

Burpee bear-maker

1 manmaker with bear crawls + 5 burpees at every wall and column

Squat Bear-maker

1 man-maker with bear crawls + 5 squats at every wall and column

20 strict pull-ups or 3 sets of max strict pull-ups

Rowing drills and workout

We’re spending this entire class on fixing form errors on the rower. We are going to grind your errors to dust and start making the rower hiss. Pre-class homework: watch some of the instructional videos on the Concept 2 site. Click here for the videos, and pay particular attention to the one titled “Technique.”

With two weeks of the Eat Less Crap Challenge behind us, you might be noticing a few things.

Cravings, perhaps? Increased strength? More energy? Weight loss? More endurance?

At the halfway point of the challenge, Crystal and I have noticed that the cravings have started to subside, and we’ve worked our way into a good rhythm of eating. We (Crystal) shop(s) a bit more regularly, and now Crystal has a pretty good collection of new recipes from which we choose our meals.

This is literally the longest I’ve ever gone without peanut butter and bread, and I don’t miss them. About five years ago, I used to eat three peanut-butter-and-jam sandwiches a day. I miss the occasional cinnamon bun from Kathy, but I’m doing OK there too. I also find myself reaching into the crisper for a scepter of broccoli rather than into the cupboard for a sugary granola bar.

We’ve been experimenting with some new things, and those have replaced old habits. Quinoa and kale, for instance, are regularly in the meal plan, and almond pancakes and fresh fruit have replaced the spongy gut-bombs we used to slather with syrup. Turkey-bacon consumption remains constant, as always.

There’s dust on the booze cupboard, which never got a lot of use, but we’ve laid off even the weekend glass of wine or gin-even after losing two consecutive games, and bets, to the Saskatchewan Roughriders and CrossFit Regina.

Of particular note, I’ve noticed a need for less coffee. Now don’t get ahead of yourself: I will always be fueled by coffee, but I’ve found myself skipping the afternoon cup more regularly now. My theory is that by eliminating some of the breads and sugars that used to be a part of lunch, I’m no longer experiencing the afternoon crash after my sugar high.

And what about you?

You’ve all made some major commitments, and we’d like to know what you’re noticing. We’ve certainly noticed some really impressive and very obvious changes in you all over the last two weeks.

Use the comments section to share your experience with the group. What are you struggling with? What’s getting better? What can we help with? Do you need a recipe for something? Do you have one? What helps you get past a craving? Is it heavy squats (probably)?

Let us know how you’re doing, and keep up the great work!