Health/Nutrition

SLOMO: Do What You Want To Do

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Watch this video:  Slomo and when you are done, I want you to ask yourself if you are doing what you want to do. Are you really tapping into what makes you happy?  Not everyone can just take a leap like this guy has done, but we can all take steps to bring us closer to doing what we enjoy…

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CycleLuv Spinning Class!

Mother Nature’s Favorite Child is Winter

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Snow in MarchHere we are — well into March. In fact, you could say that we are nearing the end of March. Spring is in the air and what happens? Snow. We got snow and it snowed all darn day. This year’s winter has been really odd in Northern VA. I have lived here since 1996 and don’t remember it ever being so extreme — spring like one day, super frigid cold the next, snow and ice, and more and a lot of snow. Mother Nature needs to be put on some mood stabilizers for sure!

I was all prepared to get up this morning and head off for my usual workout but you know what? I am feeling somewhat burned out. My shoulders are smoked and I just don’t have the usual enthusiasm. To me, this is a clear sign that I need to scale back for a while. I may be overdoing it and not doing enough recovery work. This weekend was very intense physically for me and it may have finally made me realize that I needed to rest extra. So yesterday and today – I did some stretching and lacrosse ball smashing but that’s it.  Hopefully my mojo will be back for tomorrow’s workout. I need my CrossFit!

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The Story of Michigan State Star Adreian Payne and ‘Princess Lacey’ Is Bigger Than Basketball [Video]

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Mother Nature Isn’t Done With Us Yet

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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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Time to Feel Good Again

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It’s odd to say but Daylight Savings Time doesn’t really bother me. I woke up this morning in a pretty good mood and am not super tired. I wonder if that will last though…. hmmmm? I love getting an extra hour of sunlight to help lighten my mood. Let’s just hope that the whispers of snow aren’t true for this week. I have seriously HAD it with WINTER.

I am going to be super blunt here. I have totally fallen off the wagon with my eating and every time I snack or eat something that I know I shouldn’t, I feel bad about myself. Not bad enough to stop mind you. Over the weekend, I started being really honest with myself. I don’t feel good. Mentally and physically. And my hand eczema has returned with the re-introduction of eating too much dairy. My hands are an itchy, dry mess and they burn. I am also tired, my joints ache and when I see pics of myself, I think I look puffy. I have gained 10 pounds if not more since  being laid off from my job too. I am not happy with all of that. What’s interesting is I am not alone – I have talked with and read about others feeling the same way. Maybe it’s partly because of the long winter we have had and it’s also because it’s way too easy to fall into old habits…

Be Happy AgainMy friend Leah said it best:

I’ve learned it’s very easy to neglect your diet, and slip back into old habits. The more you pay attention to what you eat, the easier it is the feel good. I’ve really noticed how bad I feel lately and I know it’s all what I am eating. Time to feel good again!

A huge part of feeling good again is being around great people. This weekend, I went to my dear friend Liz’s baby shower. What a great friend she is to me – and I am so happy for her, her hubby and her daughter. I can’t wait to meet the newest member of her family in May!  It was also a great opportunity to be with some of the amazing ladies in my life who inspire me and make me feel loved – Caitlin and Lani.

Liz   Cait and Lani

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3-Year-Old Girl (and Her Disney Princess Dolly) Donate Hair to Help Children With Cancer

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I am really struggling with my workouts and in my heart of hearts, i know it’s diet/nutrition related. I am going to get on the ball and straighten this shit out…

  • Mobility
  • Pull Up Test
  • Push Ups
  • 1P Cleans
  • Full Cleans

WOD
EMOTM 10 mins

  • HSC
  • Pull Ups
  • even min: Wall sits
  • odd min: Planks

Look your Best, Embrace the Experiences

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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?

Kim KardashianThen 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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Ohio boy turns found fortune into act of kindness

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Pushups/Pull Ups
Mobility Work
100m shuttle run for time
10m AMRAP
Wall Balls
Bear Crawls

 

February Blues

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The Family that Runs Together I haven’t been feeling myself the past few days –not really sick, but not really feeling well either. I am sure it’s all part of the February (now into March) blues that I seem to get every year. I am just not finding the joy or motivation that I usually have for much if I am being honest. I could literally stay in bed all day long if I let myself. It’s so unlike me and it pisses me off but yet it’s my reality right now.

I am not one to have any patience with people out there that play the victim, so even though I don’t feel well, I haul my ass out of bed, go workout, get my shit together and keep moving. It’s what I know and what I do.

Scott, Hannah and I went on a run yesterday in preparation for our yearly Scope it Out 5K race this month. We ended up running a little over 2 miles yesterday. My endurance and cardio have really gone downhill this past year –strength has gone up, cardio has gone down. Not sure if that’s good or bad but I have to get crackin’ on it if I am going to be able to enjoy a bunch of activity outside this spring and summer.

And speaking of Spring, it can’t come soon enough. We have probably a good 6-8 inches of snow on the ground this morning/afternoon. I am so ready for winter to leave. Enough is enough. I am cold and getting stir cray cray.

March Snow Day

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Gym is CLOSED! Wah Wah.

Aging and the Distortion of Beauty

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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.

no makeup dayI 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.

“Diane Keaton at the Golden Globes compared to Diane Keaton in the L’Oreal commercial that aired during the Golden Globes.”

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)

WOD

  • Slam Balls
  • Lunge Walks
  • Broad Jumps
  • Shuttle Runs

What Reality Really Looks Like

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A Sunrise after a workoutI 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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Thoughts On President’s Day

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Happy President’s Day!

abe Lincoln QuoteLast 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

5 rounds

  • Shuttle Runs
  • DB Snatch

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Happy Valentine’s Day: Lucky to Have Love

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Highbar CrossFit Heart for Valentine's DayHappy Valentine’s Day to everyone out there. It doesn’t matter what kind of Love you have in your life— as long as you have Love. It’s mushy but true.  I am lucky to have the Silver Fox in my life – who loves me at my worst and at my best. This is the 19th year we are together for Valentine’s Day. And during those years, it hasn’t all been hearts and flowers but I wouldn’t want to be with anyone else.  Marriage is work -plain and simple and it has peaks and valleys. Being with someone for a long time means they get on your nerves regularly but in your heart – you can’t imagine your life with anyone else, nor would you want to. I am not one of those people who expects a trail of rose petals at the door when I come home – even on Valentine’s Day. I just think treating one another with respect and having a real affection for your partner is key. Scotty makes me laugh, makes me feel special, feel cherished and wanted. And he lets me be me. I thank the stars above for bringing him into my life. Together, we have created a wonderful life, with awesome kids and try to be good people each and every day. What more can someone ask for when it really comes down to it?

I was thinking about how it has been about five months since my job situation changed — I didn’t realize that at the time it was going to be for the better but I sure do now. I was reminded about how toxic my previous situation was this week during a meeting I was attending for one of my clients.

I was asked to attend a meeting about the progress the team has made with social media marketing with the CEO of the company. The SVP that I work with asked me to attend because she said that he would love my energy and knowledge. When I arrived, the group was waiting outside the meeting room. I knew everyone but this one guy. We all walked in and the guy introduced himself to me, “Hi, I’m so and so”, shook my hand and sat down. We were waiting on a few people — I assumed the CEO was one of them. The CMO arrived -I have met him before and we began. It occurred to me that the one guy who introduced himself WAS the CEO of the company. Totally didn’t get that until we were underway. During the meeting, he asked a lot of questions about what we are doing and why- but it was all in the vain of him understanding the purpose and the benefit. Not once was it to question our knowledge or decisions. The meeting flowed well and the team allowed me to go through most of it. The reason it was such a reminder to me about how bad that other company had become was because meetings NEVER were like that there.

To even get to meet with our CMO was rare – reserved for a few — Forget about the CEO. You were not trusted to be in the room with him unless it was a large crowd and he was reading from a prepared speech. The CMO was always late — ALWAYS and there was a pecking order. Everyone was there to prove they knew more than the person next to them. The CMO questioned every decision, every action &  not from a place of her trying to understand but because in her mind – she knew more than you and didn’t trust that you could make a decision. Many times -whatever progress or decision you made was reversed or changed at the drop of a hat.  The whole culture was cover your ass all the time. New people were brought in – many times they were consultants – and they were automatically given more credence than you, even if you had been there for years and they had no background in the industry.  You could fall on a sword for a decision, but if the consultant disagreed or wanted it different – it was made to be.

People were not nice to each other — you could be the nicest person in the world, but in that culture and workplace, you could easily change up to be the biggest ass in the room. Imagine being questioned about every move, not empowered to do a job you are responsible for, have no inspiration or true leadership, be disrespected day in and out, and not trusted. It’s not hard to understand how it is toxic. But just like any abusive, unhealthy relationship that endures – you start to think that’s normal and it’s only when you are away from it and see what healthy can look like – it becomes clear how bad it was.

It’s just another affirmation of the path I am heading now…

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Now this guy gets it — let’s reevaluate our values people!  Gay people are a part of our world – I tell my kids, if one person loves another person – no matter girl or boy- how can that be bad? Love is a great thing – no matter who loves who.

Dallas sportscaster’s shocking response to Michael Sam coming out as gay

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Where there is love, there is life

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Strength

  • Press 2×5
  • Push Press 2×3

WOD

  • 4 Rounds
  • Box Jumps
  • Burpees
  • –rest–
  • 50 wall balls

 

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