I had a really wonderful Mother’s Day – and totally did not follow my normal eating habits. I even had –ready for this??? Pizza! And I enjoyed every single bit of the million slices I ate. When I got home – however, it was a different story. I had a Gluten Pregnant Belly. I looked in the mirror and seriously, my stomach looked bloated. I had read recently about this phenomena –and then saw a picture of it in action. I had never really thought about this although I know that my whole life I have had this stomach bloaty look even when I would eat so called healthy — whole wheat bread, cottage cheese…you know that drill. No matter what I did, I could not get rid of the belly. Until I got rid of gluten!
I didn’t workout all weekend — which is so odd to me. The oddest thing is that my shoulders and calves are sore.. The calves are from the run I did on Friday and the shoulders – that’s from the weeks and weeks and weeks of CrossFit. They haven’t had a good rest in a very long time. Scott also mentioned that the mycobacterial rash on my legs is looking better. Could it be that a good, solid rest is the ticket for it to heal completely? Who knows –but it’s been a very hard mental exercise for me too.
I’m going to go to a new gym tonight just to mix things up on my extended break from CFI. See what some of the other local gyms are doing, and how other trainers coach. I am thinking of it as a learning exercise to bring back when I return.
We are still going strong on the next 30 day challenge, but I have noticed that some of the athletes are losing steam. I posted this for them this morning. I hope it helps you all too!
Today is my baby Nate’s 9th birthday. He has provided our family with lots of laughs, challenges, love, and adventure. I love him more than words can ever describe and am so thankful he’s all mine. I just love to look at him sometimes and when he is upset –no lie, my heart starts to ache. He is truly my baby – always. I don’t care if he gets to be over 6 feet tall. He will forever be Baby Nate.
Yes, today is my birthday! It’s hard to believe another year has passed but if it’s going to pass, I am thankful it was a pretty awesome year. I still feel like a young twenty something chick most days, so it’s hard to believe that I am really getting up there.
One of the things I love about blogging is you can look back and see what, who, where you were. Last year, I celebrated with some awesome friends and this year, same thing- awesome friends and family. We all have challenges and shitty stuff happen to us in life, but when you surround yourself with supportive, healthy and happy people – that other stuff doesn’t seem so bad or insurmountable. I feel lucky to have found out this well hidden secret so early in my life – and have found those people to surround my family with. We are all better for it!
I am so thankful for the life I have – Here’s to another year of health, joy and progress!
hang clean squat
Hang Clean Squats (go heavy)
220.127.116.11,105, (failed at 110#)
Happy Birthday Dad
Today is my Dad’s birthday. I really feel blessed that both my parents are still around and in my life. So many of my friends — as we enter into middle age have or are starting to lose their parents and the fact that both of my ‘rents are still here and fairly healthy is a blessing that is not unappreciated by me.
I am not super close to my dad – but he’s in my life. We certainly had many issues that caused strife as I grew up –many of them will never get resolved but at the end of the day — who cares. Does it matter now? The answer is no –and who was right or wrong doesn’t matter in the wacky game of life. At the end of the day, what matters is are you happy where you are today. I can’t change the past but I can change the way I view the past and see it for what it was and where it led me. And where I am today is in a pretty great spot overall.
I have an amazing family — a husband who loves me and makes me feel special and two amazing kiddos – who give me a chance to be a better parent each and every day. My parents were great teachers, whether that means they led me to experience the right and wrong of parenting and taking it all and applying it to being better with my own kiddos.
We are all a product of our parents and the era they grew up in –it’s something to consider about your own parents and the wins and mistakes they made helping you grow up. Finding out more about the environment that both my parents had to grow up in helped me understand a lot of how they live and react. It helped give me some perspective on some of the relationship issues I have with my parents and how it shaped some of the issues that creep up with my siblings.
But in the end — I am so fortunate to have four brothers and sisters that I speak to often, and parents and step-parents and together we have each other’s backs and are helping to forge relationships with one another as healthy adults and helping foster in the next generation of family.
- Power Cleans (2)
- Squat Cleans (1)
85 & 95#
- Tabata Situps
Yesterday was a busy day – we had a redo of Scotty’s birthday and after I coached the CrossFit Teens classes, I headed out to do a happy hour and dinner with friends to celebrate. It was fun but I totally ate like crap and had a martini. Not a huge deal in the grand scheme of life, but when you have to get your WOD on the next morning at 6A, well let’s just say you certainly feel the effects.
We ended up having dinner with the group after the happy hour and had the best time laughing. I have seriously met the most amazing people through CrossFit. All kinds of people, from different backgrounds and experiences but we all come together and create a family. I just get so energized being around them and feel loved. It’s a great feeling –
I came across a few articles recently to share:
- Why CrossFit is the Workout of Choice for Entrepreneurs
- Top 9 Gym Pet Peeves
- Paleo Diet Challenges & Solutions III: Stop Energy Dips & Cravings
- 400m run
- Max box jump 27′ (hit my hand on the box – OUCH)
- 5 burpees
- 10 SDLHP (65#)
- 15 Ab-mat situps
Seven days. That’s how long it has taken me to even feel close to myself again after getting hit with the flu last week. I don’t really remember the past week in any great detail and every time I thought I was OK and started to resume ‘life’, I was swiftly reminded that well, no you aren’t better.
It has seriously been one of the worst holiday breaks for our family — Scott got stomach bug and then the flu which caused him to miss Christmas and his birthday. I got the flu which wreaked havoc on the entire family. When Momma is sick, ain’t nothing getting done – apparently.
I also wasn’t even able to let off steam — missed seven days of exercise. For me – this is HUGE and a sign of how struck I was with this nasty bug. Come hell or high water I was going to get in some fitness today. I thought for sure I could do it yesterday, but my chest hacking was too hard on me to attempt. In all honesty, I was starting to get really depressed.
As an active person not being able to move – I literally wanted to jump out of my skin. And of course the mental toll it takes — you work hard to be at a certain level and as hard as it was to get there, it’s a shame how easy it is to lose ground. I know seven days won’t cause a huge ripple in my fitness program but if you let yourself slip a little — it’s a slippery slope and not so fast to reach the bottom.
I had high hopes for my time off during the holiday break but true to life — you don’t get to plan what happens & you have to learn to roll with the punches.
Another year; another year of CrossFit and helping others change their lives.
I haven’t really shared my thoughts about the past year and what I want to strive for this upcoming year. I don’t make resolutions anymore – I think taking things day by day, minute by minute, if that’s what it take, is the best approach to making meaningful changes in your life. You just have to remember to keep your eye on the end goals but they don’t just appear January 1st — and to not be surprised by all the s off and on ramps, peaks and valleys and hidden treasures.
I will be focusing on my intentions this year with regard to the way I behave and respond to certain situations and people in my life. I very much believe that it all starts with intentions.
I wish everyone who reads this blog, another year of inspiration, support and hope. I choose every day to commit to living healthy and fit, for myself, for my husband, and especially for my kids. And just like many other people out there, I sometimes find myself taking the harder routes in my journey but I always find my way back because I committed to living this way – no excuse will be a good enough reason for me to sway too far off the trail for too long. I have worked too hard, met some amazing, inspiring people, and feel too damn good to let it all fall by the wayside.
Finally had a workout –
- 400m run that burned my lungs
- Shuttle Runs
10m Every Min on the Min (EMOM)
- 3 Deadlifts (65% 1 RM) 145#
- 5 Burpees
The late Erma Bombeck made these New Year’s resolutions:
1. I’m going to clean this dump just as soon as the kids grow up.
2. I will go to no doctor whose office plants have died.
3. I’m going to follow my husband’s suggestion to put a little excitement into my life by living within our budget.
4. I’m going to apply for a hardship scholarship to Weight Watchers.
5. I will never loan my car to anyone I have given birth to.
6. And just like last year…I am going to remember that my children need love the most when they deserve it the least.
Merry Christmas one and all! Scotty unfortunately came down with the nasty bug that is going around. Poor guy was too sick to even open gifts with the kiddos this morning. I know how much it bothered him but he was down and out.
We did have a White Christmas though – which was really special. I hope that everyone out there has a super special Christmas filled with great food, great company and great times!