I just wanted to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who donated and/or participated in the Charity Challenge on Sunday to help me finance my trip to Israel to compete on the U.S. field hockey team at the 2013 Maccabiah Games. It was definitely a little scary when I found out that I had to raise $5,000 to participate in the Games but you guys have blown me away with your generosity and I am now much closer to my fundraising goal.

 
Saturday night I was telling Wes that joining CFDR has changed my life in so many ways. I’ve accomplished things I never thought I could do (unassisted pull ups come to mind), learned to keep trying when faced with a weakness (hello double unders), and I’ve found that working out with barbells just makes me feel badass. Paleo taught me to pay better attention to my diet, discover fun new recipes, helped me lose 10-15 lbs (depending on how good i’m being at the moment), and improved my blood pressure. But most importantly, I’ve met some of the nicest, down to earth, fun and caring people and I look forward to seeing all of you at the gym every time I go. Even though I’ve played a team sport most of my life, working out has mostly been a solitary activity for me in the past. Also, I can sometimes be kind of shy and quiet in social situations where I don’t know people very well, so I think it took me a little while to really feel comfortable and part of the team at CFDR. But now, almost 2 years after my first WOD, I feel so lucky to be part of this community. Having an entire event organized for me and having so many people show up and/or donate…I just can’t express how much it means to me. Thank you so, so much.
 
Finally, I want to share the paleo dessert recipes I made for the post-challenge party. For those of you who couldn’t make it, this pie, in particular, was so good. I could not believe there was no added sugar.
-Rachel Gassert
If anyone would still like to make a donation you can do it directly through Rachel’s fund raising website.
Workout of the Day
For time:
50 KB Swings or DB Swings
100 Double Unders
200 m Run
100 m Walking Lunge
50 Back Squats (135/95)
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