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Here comes November!

**“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut” - Dr. Suess**

The simplicity in this quote, but how deep it travels, is worth reading twice.

We are creatures of habit. We enjoy our routines. Morning rituals, to the way we warm up, to our regimented diets.

Creating healthy habits is a massive advantage, and one that we want to leverage. But with that said, the quote reminds us to be aware of the effect habits naturally have on us. The more ingrained we become into a habit, good or not, the more challenging it is to “see” new ideas. We feel we’ve found what works for us, and often without even realizing it, we close off.

It’s a theme we can take into our day: that we are forever students. There is so much to learn, to experience, to try. Even when we feel we’ve got it all figured out.

Open-mind. Forever a student.

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The "No Sugar November" Challenge is starting next Monday! If you are interested there will be a sign-up sheet posted this week in the gym. That means you will need to get your grocery shopping done beforehand! Check out this page of resources from Diane Sanfilippo's 21 Day Sugar Detox program (see we aren't the only crazy ones who do this!). It includes free shopping lists with meal ideas you can print our or reference while you are at the grocery store!

Here is another link with a bunch of recipes using acorn squash - which is in season right now! Squash is a healthy starchy carbohydrate and perfect with any meal.

I'll be posting recipe links and tips throughout the challenge, and your assigned team captain/coach will also have ideas for you if you get stuck!

Monday's Training:

Strength:

Every 1:30 x 9 minutes (6 sets)

1 Hang Power Clean + 1 Power Clean

Build over sets

Metcon:

"9 Volt"

AMRAP 9:

2 Kettlebell Swings (53/35)

2 Box Jumps (24/20)

4 Kettlebell Swings (53/35)

4 Box Jumps (24/20)

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Increase By (2) Reps Until the Finish