This 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 Slate.com piece about Kim Novak and Hollywood standards -
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….
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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I was thinking about the Oscars and the mundane questions that celebs get asked at events like that. I read that there was a push to ask more insightful, less looks focused questions called Ask Her More. It was funny to hear Kevin Spacey get asked questions usually reserved for the lady celebs. He was so out of his element. I get that many women out there get excited to learn about the fashion and the styles that are worn, but in recent years, it seems to have gotten out of control. Women are being treated as if they are no longer people, just models and mannequins. I appreciate a good couture look myself – however I also realize the work and illusion that goes into it. Do young girls realize it though?
Then it got me thinking about someone like Kim Kardashian. She is known and ‘famous’ because of the way she looks. It’s all tied to her beauty – what happens when that youthful beauty starts to fade? Does her entire self worth go down the drain? It’s kind of sad if you think about it – every outfit she wears, every pound she gains, every mistake she makes – gets documented good and/or bad. I don’t envy someone so tied up into their physical attributes. Does anyone know if she actually makes any sort of valuable contribution to society? I am not saying she doesn’t, but no one sure as hell talks about that. Sure, she makes a ton of money from looking the way she does, but is it worth it? There are a ton of studies out there that prove money doesn’t buy happiness. Can you imagine the constant pressure she feels to look a certain way all the time? And how hard it is to constantly be the target for cruel jokes and criticism?
I bet she will be the type of celeb that constantly tries to keep her youthful appearance by trying the latest cosmetic procedure, and end up looking like she’s trying to hard. Embrace aging — a little help is one thing but so many of these aging stars just don’t know when to quit. Anyone notice Kim Novak at the Oscars? Oy vey….
Personally, I don’t have the time nor the desire to look like a beauty queen 24/7. There is so much more to life — look your best, embrace the experiences.
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100m shuttle run for time
It’s my rest day today –hip hop hooray!
Last night, I came across this blog post: How K-Cups Might Damage Your Metabolism, Reproductive Health, and Cause Cancer. I love my Keurig and use it often but the info in the post has me questioning this common kitchen tool.
“very little is known about the longterm effects of consuming these substances in low doses day in, day out for years and years.”
Let’s be honest though – we don’t need research to tell us that it’s probably not good for us long term. The issue for me is what my friend Adam commented to me when I shared this link: “I say keep using the Keurig. Something tells me only massive amounts could really affect you. It’s great to be mindful of what goes in but all this stuff floating around online is typically glorified, taken out of context, and causes unnecessary hysteria. Why not do what you can (like you do) and forget worrying about every microgram that goes in. I’m sure if you keep that up you’ll have a long, healthy, happy life.”
What say you all? I do see his point – just about everything we do now a days has some hazardous implication. Did you see the smog in China? Heck they shouldn’t even breathe anymore without wearing a protective mask. All of this info can cause a lot of stress and hysteria. I told someone the other day that if I took every supplement people have recommended I take – there wouldn’t be enough hours in the day. Do what you can, with what you have – do your homework and weight the risks to make a decision based on what’s best for you. Period.
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I have had a rough morning and it’s not even 8A! We did some new super sets yesterday morning and my shoulders and deltoids are not appreciating it very much this morning. Then when I got into the gym, I noticed a strong odor of polyurethane which for any asthmatic, is not really welcome and it caused me a lot of issues with the endurance stuff we had to do. So many issues, that I had to stop a lot during my workout which pissed me off. I was hacking up a lung and had to run outside to clear my lungs.
I want to talk once again about how the media distorts our perception of what aging and beauty really looks like. If you watched the Golden Globes and saw Diane Keaton up on the stage – well I think she looked awesome. She isn’t the youngest woman but she looks age appropriate and I thought, beautiful. She is a spokeswoman for l’Oreal, which is awesome. However, they are not showing her how she really is, which is a shame. I get the lighting and makeup effects and am all for it – however, the digital airbrushing goes way too far.
Yesterday, the Today show folks went without makeup and asked others to do the same to prove that we are all normal, regular people underneath all that gook. Here I am this AM, after my workout – no makeup. Who the heck has time to get all dolled up before a 6A exercise sesh? Not this girl…
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Pull ups/Push Ups
Agility Drills (Dot drills, shuttle run)
- Slam Balls
- Lunge Walks
- Broad Jumps
- Shuttle Runs
This weekend we went to a charity Martini’s mixer for a great cause: Backpack Buddies.
Each week during the school year, Backpack Buddies provides weekend meals for students at local elementary schools. Each backpack contains two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, plus snacks. Backpack Buddies also provides food to our school children during the summer and holiday breaks so they have consistent access to food.
The only thing I would like to say and I know there are extenuating circumstances as to why – but the food they actually put in the backpacks leaves a lot to be desired. Lots of processed foods. I get that they have to have a good shelf life but I still cringe when I see Spaghettios in the mix. During the mixer, they had a raffle and I won some Alamo movie tickets. So -it was a win/win for all.
Also, my coach Dan was a part of the MMA/UFC fight this weekend between Ronda Rousey and Sara McMann. He has known Sara for a long time and helped with her strength and conditioning programming. So I watched the fight on Saturday and sadly, Sara was down in 66 seconds amid controversy. I am not really into fighting at all – it made me cringe but I watched it to support my coach. Why people would want to knock the shit out of each other on purpose is beyond me.
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Astronaut in space does #CrossFit Angie- 100 Pull Ups, Push Ups, Sit Ups and Air Squats.
1P Cleans/Full Cleans
Super Set work (No Met-con today)
- Jumping squats with barbell
- KB Rotation work
- Oblique KB work
Scott had to be at work super early this AM, so I decided to switch things up and go to a later morning class at Highbar CrossFit. It was me and three others and a ton of fun. I was raring to go after it was over!
I watched the first show of the new Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Will Smith was on. Something he said really has stuck with me. He was talking about how people are living longer and longer. He said “90 is a real thing” – and he just turned 45 and decided to jump out of a plane. His thinking is that he’s entering the second half of his life and he doesn’t want to go down without a fight. So why not LIVE! I loved that thinking — he’s right too. People are living longer and longer and we have to not lose the fight inside ourselves just because we are hitting middle age. It’s one of the reasons I do CrossFit – I love that every day I go in, I am asked to do something challenging and bad ass. I also don’t want to be 60 and immobile and unhealthy. The stuff we do now to take care of ourselves will pay off when it counts, because whether we want to admit it or not, we are all getting older.
“Smith also spoke on turning 45-years-old in September and choosing to take advantage of that milestone in his life rather than take a break to relax. He attributed his recent skydiving trip in Dubai to that particular mentality.
“I’m 45 right now. Right? And with the state of modern medicine—90, we’re all probably gonna hit 90,” he said. “90’s like a real thing now…So, I was thinking ‘This is halftime.’ Right? So, when you come out for the third quarter, in any sporting event the third quarter’s an important quarter. That’s not the time when you start relaxing and you start chilling. You gotta go get it in the third quarter.””
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- 3 sets of push ups
- 1 set of pull ups
- Practice Cleans
- 1p Wall Balls
- KB Swings
- backwards lunges
I read this Facebook status this morning and thought it was perfect to share – the past few days, I have been struggling with being engaged in my workouts – I’m really sore and worn out. I am more than thankful that today is a rest day from Highbar CrossFit. I may even take tomorrow off if I am still sore. Gotta listen to your body and mind first and foremost when gauging my workout schedule.
“Actions speak louder than words. How you approach your workouts says a lot about the person you are. Do you give it your best daily or so you just go in just to say you did it? Or are you the one who is the socialized and not doing work? Think about it.. How you approach work, your workouts, relationships carries over to daily life…”
I am continually appreciative of living in truth and appreciated this post: Keeping It Real. We all need to do more of this honesty thing. No one looks airbrushed and perfect. NO ONE. Good lighting, computer enhancements are all part of the norm in the images we are barraged with day in and out. It’s refreshing when someone goes ahead and shares what their reality really looks like because it looks like everyone elses! Hallelujah!
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I am worn out — today’s workout was brutal. The kind of workout I didn’t want to do, and while I was doing it, I wanted to stop and when it was over — I didn’t feel better. I am so sore that I was having issues doing some maintenance lifting today. I definitely should have listened to my body and stayed in bed and rested. The lunge and core party I had at Highbar on Sunday was intense and I didn’t start feeling it until yesterday afternoon and then it hit hard this morning.
I’m considering taking of a few extra days this week to really recover. February is a tough month for me in general and I have been using my light therapy when I am at my desk to help me ward off the blues. I think I may need to use it more. I am trying to keep a level head about it and recognize that it has to do with the the winter blues and attack it that way as opposed to giving in to the feelings and being a grumpy mope.
Here’s some info about light boxes and light therapy as a way to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):
Light therapy boxes can offer an effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder. Features such as light intensity, safety, cost and style are important considerations.
The Amazon link below is an affiliate link to the Light Box I use – which I find easy enough to take with me, is light in weight and has a timer, so you can set it on your desk and forget about it.
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Maintenance Strength: DeadLifts
- Slam Balls
- Box jumps
Happy President’s Day!
Last night during dinner, we went around and discussed who our favorite president was and why. Both kids said George Washington – for the usual reasons. Scotty said sorta jokingly that Ronald Reagan was his for ending the cold war. That led us to a discussion about what the Cold War was — and we never got back to favorite presidents. For the record – I am torn between Thomas Jefferson and Abe Lincoln.
I was at Wegmans yesterday and I am always interested in what people put in their carts. The couple behind me in the checkout lane had a bunch of processed foods and a big box of heartburn remedy stuff. I chuckled to myself that maybe they should consider what they eat to help them cure their heartburn instead of looking at taking a pill to help. My cart is in no way perfect – but I am of the mind that most if not all of our maladies are caused by what we eat and how we move or not move.
Also, I wanted to mention something that connected with me recently. I have mentioned that I have an issue with not drinking enough water through the day. A friend of mine, Kristen, mentioned during the Real Food Wellness Challenge that when she didn’t drink enough water, her teeth grinding issue returned. Isn’t that something?! I never thought about that — I have a teeth clenching issue that pops up fairly regularly and after doing some research -sure enough one of the causes can be dehydration! Ah ha! Amazing how things are connected…
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- Max Pull Ups
- Push Ups
- Shuttle Runs
- DB Snatch