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    Why I Compete

    Caitlin Allday

    Caitlin Allday

    1. Tell us about yourself.

    I am a Nutrition Coach, Entrepreneur and in the final stages of becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. I was born and raised in Austin, TX. I spent nearly 8 years living in New York – I got my MA in Classical Studies from Columbia University (I was a Roman archaeologist in a former life) and I did my nutrition education at NYU. I have lived in Dallas with my husband and our crazy animals for the last two years, though I was back and forth between Austin and Dallas for most of the last year while I was finishing up my dietetic internship.

    1. What’s a typical day look like?

    I don’t really have one. I’m working on building a more routine daily schedule, but right now things are a bit crazy. Since my business (Paleo University) is so new, my days are split between working on the business (creating processes and systems), working in the business (creating content) and putting out any fires that need immediate attention. I do CrossFit 4 days a week and Ido Portal style body weight movement 3 days a week. I often hit up different coffee shops depending on what I need to do that day. I also try to carve out some time to study for my RDN exam.

    1. What’s one goal you’ve set to achieve by 12/31/17?

    One of my three motivators for the year is “go big,” so it’s a big goal - I’d like to have 3,000 active members on Paleo University.     

    1. What’s one life goal (non-fitness) you’re currently pursuing?

    Taking (and passing) the registration exam this summer to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist; and making Paleo University successful.

    1. What does it mean to you to Compete Every Day?

    It means striving to do the best I can on that day, every day. It’s waking up and realizing that this is my life. It’s not tomorrow. It’s not in some future time when I “have more time” or “have more money.” My life is today and that means working to make each day the best it can be.

    1. What’s one obstacle you’re proud to have overcome in life?

    I have chronic PTSD as a result of some things that happened when I was a kid. There were times when I was younger when I wasn’t entirely sure I would make it this far in life. It’s slow healing and definitely requires competing for your life every day, but I am proud of where I am now – when I look back on where I was ten years ago or twenty, I can hardly believe that I’m the same person.

    1. What/who do you Compete for?

    My past self, my present self and my future self. My past self because every day I make forward progress I can heal the wounds of self doubt that plagued my younger self. My present self because every day is an opportunity to get a little better and be a little happier. My future self because what I do today sets the foundation for what I will do tomorrow, and I know my future self has big plans!


    Caitlin Allday, @cmallday 

    Ryan Pence

    Ryan Pence

    Personally, competing everyday isn't only a fitness goal.

    It's about the daily pursuit to be someone that my friends and family are proud to be associated with. I have found that striving to be in the best physical shape I can be in directly correlates to being a better man to those around me."

    - Ryan Pence, @pencerama

    Blair Martindell

    Blair Martindell

    I compete every day because I know there is always a better version of myself to strive for.

    Self love & growth are incredibly important to me, whether it be through a killer workout or taking time to be mindful and rest. I'm passionate about community, knowing that after I'm fueled up, I'm able to love and encourage more than I could have before.

    I refuse to take a passive approach to the life I've been given."

    - Blair Martindell, @bmartindell

    Brandy Leyva

    Brandy Leyva

    I #CompeteEveryDay for my Savior, my husband and my business.

    When starting this business, there were so many moments of self doubt and listing the millions of reasons why it wouldn’t work, yet my husband was always there with encouragement and love.

    2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power and of love and self-discipline, “ and it is because of this that I am embolden to live a life full of purpose."

    Brandy Leyva, @brandychey

    Katie Harris

    Katie Harris

    Why do I Compete Every Day?

    This is such a bold question, so here it is:

    I compete because it reminds me I'm worth it.

    It means choosing between caving to the inner critic in my head or the reality I want to create. It means doing all things with gratitude. It means showing others that it doesn't have to look pretty, it's definitely not going to be perfect and that there's going to be an endless amount of struggle. and lastly, that at the end of the day if I'm still standing I can look myself in the mirror and know that I've made it and I get to wake up the next day and do it all again.

    I compete because I don't need someone else to define my worth. Only I can do that."

    - Katie Harris, @klhnugget