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Love Your Butt and Join Us for A 5K


loveyourbutt.orgThere’s still time to join us on Team Hoagie’s Heroes to run this Sunday’s Scope it Out 5K Washington DC Presented by Chris4Life! For more details and to register

It’s a great Spring race and it’s for a great cause that’s near and dear to my family – This past summer marked Scott Hoaglund‘s Five Year Cancer Free Anniversary!! Do it for the silver fox!

Last week I had an experience that reminded me how important it is to know your audience. I made a joke to someone who I did not know well and it didn’t go over in the way I intended. It’s not important what the joke was or anything, just that I was floored that what I had said had not sat so well with her. It was a throw away comment that I didn’t even think twice about and something I have said before to different people. And although I was surprised that it bothered someone, I apologized once it was brought to my attention because at the end of the day — Do I want to be right or do I want to be happy? I choose happy.

It also was a good reminder for me to be more aware of people I meet and not automatically assume they will ‘get’ me. And not everyone approaches situations thinking that the person involved had the best of intentions. It definitely is a hard thing to do and takes practice. I felt like the other person automatically assumed it was a regular occurrence and I needed to be schooled and called to heel – oh well. When you know better, you do better.

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Mother Nature Isn’t Done With Us Yet


Snow in VA SNOW is what greeted me when I woke up this morning. SNOW is what happened mid-March – mere weeks before spring. SNOW is what made me cranky today. School was cancelled, gym was closed, and it’s cold. I am so over winter – it’s overstayed its welcome. I am all for seasons but it’s time for this one to move on. I need more sunlight, more outdoor activities, more warmer temps. Who is with me??

Next Sunday is Team Hoagie’s Heroes annual 5K Scope it Out Race to help raise awareness and money for Colon Cancer. Colon cancer is curable if detected early and there is no reason why we shouldn’t detect it early. Go to Chris4Life and find out more info about colon cancer, its signs and symptoms and other ways to be in the know. The colonoscopy is nothing compared to what you have to go through if you actually do have colon cancer – trust me. I had to witness Scotty’s diagnosis and treatment and it ain’t something you want to go through.

Now, let’s talk about the impending season change…

With spring is coming – or at least I am assuming it will be here soon, it’s a great time to reevaluate your goals. Many of us make a list of things we want to do at the beginning of the year and rarely check in with them to see how they are progressing. Spring means you can be more active outside, get some more Vitamin D, socialize with friends that you rarely saw during the winter. Do me and yourself a favor, take a few minutes in the evening this week and write down a few things you want to accomplish this season. Don’t jot down too many – just a few things that you have been meaning to do, or really want to do and work towards completing them or making progress towards their completion. It’s a great feeling to be able to feel the momentum that is created when you are moving towards goals you set for yourself.

Here’s a post I wrote earlier this year about Focusing on the process, not necessarily the goal that might offer some help:

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Life is Short: Enjoy Every Day


Cancer has been on mind the past day or so- and it sucks plain and simple. It sucks for famous people, young people, old people, fit and unfit people. It really doesn’t discriminate – unfortunately there seems to be a cancer for everyone.  Whenever I read or learn about someone newly diagnosed, fighting cancer or losing their life to this awful disease, it brings back so many memories of my family’s experience. It’s a type of PTSD for sure. I am filled with sadness for the families of these young men below and it reminds me how blessed and grateful I am that Scott is still here and healthy.  Every day really is a blessing…

Shawn Kuykendall, soccer standout, dies of cancer at 32

“My biggest ray of hope is that God has a purpose for me.” – Shawn Kuykendall #Kuykenstrong

Kuykendall Death

Zachary M. ‘Zach’ Lederer, inspiration to cancer patients, dies at 20

Zachary Lederer, champion of all those battling cancer and other challenges, passed away peacefully today at home surrounded by those he loves. His legacy will never die.

Zach Lederer

A story of perseverance: ESPN anchor’s private battle with cancer

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Introducing a new section, chronicling the actions of my son, Nate. He constantly confounds, challenges, surprises and delights us. I figured, why not share the experience…

The State of Nate

Mom, I forgot my iTouch was in my pocket when I left for school today and yes, I told the teacher I was reading but I was really hiding it in between the pages of the open book playing a game. He didn’t fool the teacher for long…

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The Winter That Never Ends…


Tired of SnowThis week has been really odd for me – just feeling really sluggish and unmotivated. I think it’s the lack of sunlight and all this snow. I am so sick of winter – I don’t mind the seasons, but man, this winter has gone on forever.

I wanted to follow up with my post from earlier this week about beauty and celebrity with this piece about Kim Novak and Hollywood standards -

It’s Horrible to Be an Old Woman in Hollywood, Kim Novak Edition

To me it highlights how sad it is when woman are driven so far as to drastically alter their appearance to try to hold on to their youthful appearance. It’s probably even worse when you base your self worth and value on your looks. If Kim Novak feels great about the way she looks -good on her. The mean spirited comments and reaction speaks volumes about society’s obsession with youth – which is fueled by the media. It’s a never ending cycle —


I am thinking of revamping my blog a bit and organizing it differently — still in the early stages of thinking it through but don’t be surprised if one day you visit and poof! it’s looking different….

Scope It Out 5K Washington DC Presented by Chris4Life

logo_scopeitoutAre you busy Sunday, March 23rd? Want to do a 5K with me in DC?

I am running in the Scope it Out 5K Washington DC Presented by Chris4Life with Team Hoagie’s Heroes to raise awareness and money for colon cancer research. My silver fox of a husband Scott Hoaglund is five+ years colon cancer free!! This is the fourth year our family and friends will be running in his honor!

I would love you to join us for the run or if you can, donate to this very worthy cause!

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Team Hoagie’s Heroes: Scope It Out 5K March 23, 2014


logo_scopeitoutAre you busy Sunday, March 23rd? Want to do a 5K with me in DC?

I am running in the Scope it Out 5K Washington DC Presented by Chris4Life with Team Hoagie’s Heroes to raise awareness and money for colon cancer research. My silver fox of a husband Scott Hoaglund is five+ years colon cancer free!! This is the fourth year our family and friends will be running in his honor!

I would love you to join us for the run or if you can, donate to this very worthy cause!



Five years cancer free!





Approaching the World with Good Intentions


I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the effects of how you see your world has on how situations play out in your life. I had a discussion with my brother over the weekend about kindness and approaching things with the idea that everyone around you has good intentions when they do what they do.  We all know that not everyone operates from that truth –but one thing we can control is how we approach things in our lives, so that we do indeed start from there.

I shared with him a recent experience where I had to really be conscious about how I was going to approach a certain situation because the old me would have been less than kind -

I was at Wegmans this weekend and ran into a former co-worker of mine. As I have shared, I was recently laid off and my experience at that company was less than ideal for quite a while before that. Many of the people there were just not nice –whether it was a personality trait or a product of the company culture, I can’t say–but I would categorize 8 out of 10 people in the department I worked in as unkind regularly, not only to me but to many others.  There was no team atmosphere, no sense of each other as people, no compassion.

Do Everything with Good IntentionsAfter working there for 7 years – with this particular person, I didn’t hear a peep from him when I got laid off. I would have thought a facebook message or an email. We had been friendly through the years and he lives in the same area. I did receive notes from many others out there. It was just annoying and disappointing and hurtful to not hear from some of the people I would have thought would at least send a note.

Anyway, I don’t have time for people like that in my life and would have preferred not to see him. But he stopped me in one of the aisles and wanted to make small talk. The old me would have been standoffish and maybe even, rude. But I did stop, chatted about mundane things, asked him about his family, wished him well and walked away.  There is no reason to be mean. It would have been a reflection of me, not him. Who knows why he didn’t reach out to me and who cares, really.  There’s no need to create discord or strain a relationship that really is just a blip on my life radar.

I felt good about how I handled it and realized – I can do this!

My brother shared a story about letting his three year old daughter put the parking ticket in the machine and she was fumbling around, taking a long time. She dropped the ticket and well, you can imagine, she was futzing around. There was a lady behind them with her teen-aged kids waiting  - who decided that this was annoying enough to warrant rudeness. And very rudely – told my brother and family to hurry up and that there were people waiting. I get that people are in a hurry and maybe they were holding people up – but to choose to approach them in an aggressive, rude way wasn’t necessary. We are talking about a three year old -learning to do grown up things and think about how she is teaching her own kids to behave when inconvenienced.

Personally, I would have thought it was adorable and would have encouraged her on even if she weren’t my niece. But this lady could have smiled and asked if she could go ahead because she was late or whatever.  And my brother didn’t respond in the best way either –

It really does take practice. We have to relearn how to approach conflict, because for many of us our knee jerk reaction is to defend our actions & get defensive. If you start to approach everyone with the idea that they are coming from a good place, with good intentions – it will get easier. And if you really practice being kind, even to those that don’t deserve it – you will become better for it too.


Back Squat

  • Wall Balls
  • -db snatch
  • -shuttle runs
  • Wall Balls

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Christmas Eve – Be Happy


Ways to Be HappierHere we are – Christmas Eve. I have a ton of wrapping to do and I will try to be in the holiday spirit. Sometimes I think these holidays do more damage to people than help. People get cranky, some kids forget how lucky they are and become greedy little brats, everything is rush, rush, spend, spend and then it’s done. Just like that.

I know, call me Scrooge but the way my kids are asking for gifts and telling me what they expect gets me riled up. I know I am not raising them to be greedy little turds but sometimes they act like it. They have so much more than I had growing up, but don’t even appreciate it. I know they are kids and they cant be expected to recognize it – but jeesh. There are a ton of kiddos out there with nothing.  I’m just venting at all the crap I have to do today to get ready – it’s stressing me out.

Remember when I mentioned that I want to start meditating? Not only to help me during my workouts, but also just help center me and get me to a place where I feel confident once again. I found some information on iPhone apps that can help me get started:

12 iPhone Apps for Meditation

I’m going to check some of them out and see how it goes. I need to learn to control my thoughts and gain some inner quiet. Lately, my mind has been going non-stop and I’m not really sure that’s a good thing.

I’m always looking to improve and make myself better – its probably one of the issues I need to deal with!

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Wall Balls

KB Swings
Shuttle Runs

-Posterior Series Mobility Work

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One last thought to share today – Every year, I send a card to Mercedes and the oncology nurses at Georgetown Medical Center who were there to hold our hands and played a big part in our cancer journey. We saw them every other Tuesday for almost a year for Scott’s chemo treatment. They were the most caring, supportive, kind people we have ever met and they are never, ever far from my heart.  This year, after receiving our card – Mercedes called Scotty to just check in and say HI. That’s what it’s all about – just a small gesture, a phone call – to remind us what great people those nurses and the entire team there are.

Happy Holidays from The Hoaglunds

The Fountain of Youth is No Secret


I have been having some issues with my right trap and shoulder for a while now. Anything overhead seems to aggravate it and being stubborn – I have been ignoring it, working through it and continuing on doing some mobility daily to loosen it up. I think it’s due to misalignment during lifting and just overall posture issues. My shoulders lean in — picture a traditional weightlifter sort of hunch. I am working on it though –just takes time and effort.

Anyway, my friend Liz has been bugging me about backing off from some of the movements I have been doing to let it heal and I finally listened.  Starting last week, I have been avoiding pull ups (especially kipping), and going lower on any sort of exercise that requires me to push it overhead. And my shoulder/trap does actually feel better. I am surprised at how hard it is for me to just leave my ego at the door and pick up the 15# dumbbells when I normally do 25# -even though I KNOW it’s because I’m working on healing something. I guess it’s because I have worked so hard to be this strong – and to have to back off of it, is tough.  But just like anything else with this fitness journey, change and being comfortable with it is part of the learning process.

I want to let you in on a little secret this morning about where to find the Fountain of Youth…

You can find it in your area, I swear. I have seen proof – Exercise and living a healthy life is the secret and is quite literally the Fountain of Youth.

Steph Hoaglund and HBI have seen it for myself — I feel and look younger than I did when I was in my twenties (or so I have been told). And this week, an old AOL co-worker of mine posted this status:

Five years ago, I couldn’t climb stairs without getting winded. Today, I punched and kicked my way through my test, almost passing out. Anything is possible folks, and let me tell you, it feels damn good when you get there. Well, after you throw up and fall down. And a shower. Then it feels good.

I was looking at the picture she posted to go along with it and realized she looks younger and healthier than five years ago too! She feels great and looks younger without cosmetic surgery! Through exercise and living healthier. I think there is something to this whole thing.

To further the point, the Washington Post published Studies show the long-term, positive effects of fitness on cognitive abilities. I think we can all agree that exercise and living healthy improves all areas of your life.

Exercise improves:

  1. Sleep
  2. Thinking
  3. Mood including Depressing and Anxiety
  4. Sex Life
  5. Memory
  6. Controls Weight
  7. Boosts Energy and fights Fatigue

Our bodies are designed to move –when we are sedentary, we are not using as designed and it causes issues! It’s a no brainer — and we all can find time in our busy lives to make exercise a priority.


3x 10 Strict Pullups
3x 400m Row
3x RFT
25 slam balls
40 Double Unders/60 Singles

100 Abmat Situps

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


cancerToday we worked on the 2nd position for Power Cleans. I have struggled with my cleans for a very long time, pulling too early. Today, for some reason it was clicking. Coach Dan said the last sets of cleans, for some reason it looked like you weren’t thinking and it was working! I love how he gives me encouragement – and then he went on to say, throw out whatever you are thinking and keep doing that. I am such a thinker that it’s hard to just quiet my mind and let it fly. Practice is the key! It was a breakthrough/win for me this morning! Yahoo.

So I am not sure if any of you have seen the article about CrossFit’s secret, discussing Rhabdo but I wanted to take a minute to put my thoughts out there. Rhabdo is a really serious condition but CrossFit workouts per se doesn’t cause Rhabdo to happen anymore often than any other sport/activity. It’s the combination of poor programming, inexperienced coaching, and a dash of the athlete’s ego that sets up a ripe environment for it to happen. Long distance runners get rhabdo, strength and conditioning athletes get rhabdo, it’s not exclusive to CrossFit.

I am not one of those people that says it’s exclusively up to the athlete to be aware of the signs and know when to pull back. New athletes don’t know what they don’t know and they come to CrossFit gyms with a certain perspective. It’s sold to be different than any globo-gym. You are going to get oversight, coaching and experience. And many have never done workouts quite like this, so they are super sore and how do they know the difference between normal sore and dangerous sore. Sure, they need to listen to their body and inner voice we all have. But CrossFit gyms have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their members too. In the end, it’s not a CrossFit issue though so anyone that writes a post claiming it’s a CF dirty little secret is looking to bolster traffic to their website – period.

CrossFit seems to be a hot topic for any controversy and with such a passionate audience, people will write things to incite discussion, which helps their traffic stats, which makes the money! So just know that when you are reading certain controversial topics and themes out on these there interwebs.

Now on to more important topics - September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 

childhoodcancerEach year around 13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer in the US, that’s more than a classroom of kids a day! Donate, volunteer, help out however you can. Cancer sucks, but it sucks really, really bad for kids. And remember, cancer never goes away. It filters every day life for entire families.

I know how hard and emotionally draining it was personally to fight Scott’s cancer battle. I can only imagine how hard it is for a little kiddo and his/her parents to go through treatment. It takes a lot of faith, courage, strength and love. My heart goes out to them each and every day.


5×2 Clean (2nd position) 93/103#

EMOM 12minutes
2 manmakers 20#db
5 strict pullups or 5 ring rows

First round, I did 5 pull ups. Subsequent rounds – it was two pullups, three ring rows. This was brutal.

Re-Focus and Remind


Have you ever done Plate Drills? OMG they are brutal and were part of today’s WOD. Highbar adds in some Isometric work in addition to the traditional and I love it. Well, I don’t love it when I am in the middle of doing them but the results show.

I recently found out two women I know were diagnosed with Breast Cancer and have been undergoing chemo. As much as it’s great to celebrate Scotty’s success, it’s hard to really feel happy when others are just starting theirs. Knowing what they are about to endure and how their lives are shifting can be hard to take. I find myself offering to help but also pulling back because it brings me back to our own experience. I have spoken before about Post Traumatic Stress and how both Scott and I suffer from it depending on the situation and memory that is triggered. I want to be helpful and supportive, but a part of me wants to leave it all behind. I know in the end – I will do whatever my friends need me to do but there are times when I have to re-focus and remind myself that others need a hand to hold, no matter how hard it is for me to do it.

Hang Cleans 5×2

4 Rounds
1m Inverted Barbell Rows
1m Burpees
Plate Drills

20s Press
20s Arm Raises
20s HighPulls
20s Steering Wheel
20s Around head (l)
20s Around head (r)

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