As you should well know by now, all we need in life is a little focus. Be it on a goal, the pursuit of a significant other, a degree, doing all the squats, or if you really must make it through until cheat day.


Focus is where the magic is, hands down, every time.

This is an area where I slip up numerous times, and whenever I am really honest with myself, this I can fully admit to knowing what the problem is, and that this is it. Am I just shit? Nope. Am I going soft? Nope. Am I more focused on finding unicorns? Still, nope. What I am is pushing too hard generally and letting everything fall to shit. After a lifetime of living on every level at maximum, my body is just giving me some schooling, and for a change I am listening, and possibly cutting myself a little too much slack.

It has been a tough year, with an exploding business, the passing on of another business, a new intense job and, of course, the unimaginably difficult loss of my father. As you can see, I have had many reasons to cut myself slack and allow myself to breathe.

However, as a result of this lack of focus (and my looming birthday which always has me revving at 1000 FMLs per minute) I have set myself some loose guidelines and gentle goals for November; 30 days of epic focus, but without the crazy pressure I have tried in the past, because we all know how pressure has me running for the first cheese burger and peanut butter milkshake. No green diets, no keto diets, no long training sessions, no self-loathing, just me and my Barbie vibes.

This little NewVember mission (I am hoping) is going to be the start of the pursuit of goals I have lusted after for a long time. A little focus, a little rhythm, and before we know it will be all booty shorts and crop tops.

Quite simply, here they are:

  1. 80/20 whole foods, with four meals a day. I thrive best on this, and I am generally a champ in this regard, buuuuuuut then meal skipping happened and Peanut Butter Kit Kat Chunkies appeared. More FMLs. No cupcakes, no chocolate below 85%, no caramel peanut butter, no bread in any way shape or form, no steers veggie burgers. Nothing that does not fuel my body and is not of a whole foods source. It’s that simple.
  2. More plant based, because it’s happening and I am listening to my body’s rejection of meat sourced protein.
  3. Four training sessions a week (don’t tell my coaches this, haha). Be it CrossFit or OCR. With runs for bonus points. If you know me and my loathing of running, you can stop roaring with laughter now.
  4. Stop making f*ing excuses. Yes, my adrenal glands have gone to a pile of steaming sheizze, yes my legs are angry as f**k, yes things have been rough, but I am a baby beast and I will just grit down through it.
  5. Drink all the water, I have been winning at this game. Whoop. Yay me. Now to just be consistent.
  6. Acknowledge the change. I am terrible with this and when everyone says “Mich, look at your skinniness”, my reaction is generally “I think you need to find the nearest Spec Savers”. Given all the people I am being hit on, something is clearly paying off, and I think it’s mostly the squats, haha! #BootyGainzForDayzzz
  7. Being conscious of my here and now and enjoying this journey. I am thankful that I am no longer in a place consumed by the scale, by results, by rapid weight loss. Rather allowing my body to grow, shift and evolve and that progress alone is amazing! I am doing this because I love myself, not because I hate myself.
  8. No scale. I generally only weigh myself once a century these days because adrenal fatigue is such a pain in the vag. The reality there is you can give your everything, follow your macros to the letter and still get farked over. So, screw it. The weight loss will happen in its time. Yes, it would be nice, but I will report back in 30 days.
  9. Sufficient sleep. Its 12:05am and this is a problem. Nuff said.
  10. No alcohol. Hahaaahahaha, probably not, but let’s give it a good shot, no, no shots Mich. Unfortunately, every single time I have made this goal I have consumed all the Tequila in the southern hemisphere at some point within the 30 days. So, let’s see how far I can push this one.

That’s it. NewVember. The days of taking it one day and one meal at a time. Join me in it if you like. The above is achievable and realistic and at the very least, you can follow her on Facebook and Instagram

That is all. Love you lovelies!

See you out there doing something awesome!

Written By Michelle “Action Barbie” Pearl, member at CrossFit 360Vida

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