Spring and Summer are here and it means most of us are eating more fruit! I have my dehydrator going every day making my new favorite snack –dehydrated fruit. Yum. I was pretty excited to get contacted to help co-host a Fruit Basket giveaway from the fine folks at All About Gifts and Baskets. The giveaway is for a Fruit Basket, Box or Tower valued at up to $100 and it runs through April 28th, 2013. The winner can choose from over 30 fresh and delicious designs including some organic ones from their Fruit Gift Baskets page.
All About Gifts and Baskets has lots of gifts to choose from –including ones on the healthier side! I have been sending gift baskets of fruit to lots of people in recent years in lieu of sending things that they don’t need or necessarily want. I have never met anyone who didn’t love to get a basket full of fruit, snacks or other stuff. I personally LOVE them. <hint hint>
And in regards to eating fruit, Spring and summer are my favorite time of year.-I love strawberries, peaches, nectarines and really good Oranges. Here’s a great resource to find out about when your favorite fruit is in season.
Here are some details about the giveaway and you can enter right on my page! Good Luck!
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Remember: Sweepstakes ends at midnight EST on April 28, 2013. The sweepstakes winners will be announced by May 5, 2013.
Yesterday, I was interviewed for a local magazine about being a Modern Mom. I was nominated by one of my dear friends Tina, who I met at the very beginning of my fitness journey. What’s funny is that magazine is called I am Modern Magazine and it’s geared towards Modern Moms (whatever that means). I had never been interviewed before so I had no idea what to expect.
I met the writer, Gwen, at CFI in our coach’s office so we could have a quiet place to chat. Gwen is a local writer and you ever just meet someone and just instantly feel connected? Yeah, well that was how it was with her. The conversation just flowed. A mom herself, with three boys – she and I connected on a lot of things and issues relating to health, wellness and parenting. She also believes strongly in giving back and has started a local non-profit to help underprivileged families called: www.growlearnthrive.org
“Our mission is to help children of financially disadvantaged families to thrive through each developmental phase of their first five years by contributing material needs, providing parental education and support, and stimulating learning and early literacy through exposure to age-appropriate educational toys and books.”
We talked for a long time — and what surprised me was all the emotions me sharing my story with her brought up. I don’t often go back to the actual moments of ‘cancer’ being in our lives, so when I do, it always surprises me. It seems so long ago and my family was so different back then, but what became clear after talking about it — there were some wonderful things it taught me and fundamentally changed me. As bad as it was, and as scary as it was — it taught me about perspective, and what’s important, and showed me how much I love Scott and my family. It helped me filter the people in my life, it brought new and amazing people and opportunities and ultimately led me to finding my passion that surrounds me with a group of people that I now call ‘family’.
I hope the story conveys the intentions behind why I do what I do day in and day out — to inspire and support people out there to live a healthy and well life –not just physically, but mentally and not just focused on exercise but on things that make you happy, creating perspective and finding real joy in your life.
Hannah always tells me I am not cool –she says “Mom, get into the modern”, and now, that I will be in I am Modern Magazine – I can confidently say to her -well look, I am!
Here are some interesting things I have been reading about this week:
- Don’t Just Declutter, De-own.
- Nutrition Myths You Need to Stop Believing: Eating well begins with separating facts from fallacies
- My Daguerreotype Boyfriend
- Bruce Feiler: Agile programming — for your family
- 600m jog
- Front Squat
- 5×5 Front Squat
Today is shaping up to be a much better day than earlier this week! Life is about ebbs and flows, peaks and valleys — you know the drill. The turnaround started yesterday when a friend at work asked if I wanted to take a walk. The weather is beautiful right now in the DC area, so it was sunny, high eighties. This friend is the person at work you just love –infectious energy, always smiling, sees everyone in the best light, and has the sunniest disposition. He’s alot like Scotty — the nicest guy you will ever meet. As many of you know, I don’t think anyone would consider my disposition sunny. Honest, blunt, witty – yes. Sunny? I would say I have more of a Partly-Sunny disposition!
We were chatting in the hall and he said – do you have some time? Let’s go for a walk. So, i paused what I was doing and took him up on his offer. Turns out there is a path around the Corporate complex I have worked at for the past six years that I had no idea existed!! He he told me if we had walked further, there is a pond. A FREAKIN’ Pond! How did I not know this? We had a great conversation, laughed a lot, commiserated on some shared experiences – it was seriously just what I needed to get my head straight. I know he had no idea the week I had been having, because as shocking as it is, he’s not one of my blog readers! See how funny the universe is? It sends you what you need if you are open enough to see it….
Cirque du Soleil: Totem – at The Plateau at National Harbor
A week from Saturday, I am heading to the National Harbor to see Cirque du Soleil. I was asked if I was interested in going to see the show and get a tour backstage by their touring company’s press group. The show is called Totem - a fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind. The show is in the DC area Aug 15 – Oct 7th. If you have never seen Cirque du Soleil you have to go. Scott and I first saw one of their shows in Las Vegas – Le Mystere before we were married. We have seen them many times since then and have seen their staged shows in Vegas and in Downtown Disney – La Nouba.
According to the website:
Written and directed by Robert Lepage, TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations.
Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.
Cirque du Soleil started in 1984 with a group of 20 street performers. I’m not kidding when I say that the shows are like nothing you have seen — amazing displays of athletism, amazing music, and just seriously things that you can’t even figure out. It’s an explosion of sights and sounds in the most creative and innovative ways. They may call it a Cirque but it’s nothing like a traditional circus!
Buy Tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s Totem
*Disclaimer: I will be sharing information and a review of Cirque du Soleil’s performance of Totem in exchange for complimentary tickets and a backstage tour. My thoughts & opinions will be unbiased & honest as always.
Tony Blauer’s Tactical Combative Camp: Five Important Themes For Women
I recently attended the annual two day Tony Blauer “Tactical Combative Camp” at CrossFit Rubicon in Tysons Corner, VA. At first glance, any normal. suburban woman would walk into that gym and see the crowd gathered for the camp, and walk right out.
Picture it: A dark, window-less rectangular shaped gym. Walls painted with slogans of strength and toughness. 130 men gathered – many from military/law enforcement backgrounds, filling the room. I can see how it could be intimidating and too testosterone rich of an environment for your average, everyday girl. In fact, there were maybe 20 women in attendance total, with only a handful of them outside of the MMA or Military world.
After two days of learning and practicing drills, it became very clear to me that the themes discussed over the weekend have practical applications that extend way beyond any sort of combat or personal defense scenario. They are not masculine themes that only apply to a small percentage of women. They are important themes for everyone about living your best life…
“Failure Expected Action Required”
1. You Have Permission to Do Something!
How many times in our lives do we miss out on an opportunity because we don’t give ourselves permission to take action? Or to delve even further, we don’t believe we can go after that job opportunity, or pursue a romantic interest or that we are capable of fighting off an attack because as woman, we are programmed to be full of self-doubt and lack confidence in what we are capable of doing. You know what I am talking about –it’s that un-filtered inner voice that reminds us of our short comings and second guesses our skills, talents and decisions.
What if you said Screw the Rules? You make the decision to accept the fear that comes with doing something new and unchartered and go for it. You give yourself permission to go after that job, ask that guy out, or prepare to kick the shit out of any ‘bad guy’ that tries to cause you harm? What’s the worst that can happen? Generally speaking, the worst thing that can happen isn’t usually the worst thing that can happen ever in your life. That’s not to say that some pretty bad things do happen even when you do fight back. But if you are aware of what you are capable of doing and give yourself the permission to fight back, you can certainly lessen the chances of that coming to fruition.
“You’re not going to wake up tomorrow as Arnold Schwarzenegger, but you don’t need to be.”
2. You Are Who You Are
We all have that list of things we wish we could change about ourselves. I wish I was taller, my stomach was flatter, and my boobs were bigger…my list is really long. And yes, I can change some of the things with surgery, diet and exercise. But the point is– you have to accept the hand you were dealt. I will never be 5’11, model thin. It’s not physically possible. I can whine about it all I want, but the reality is I will not wake up tomorrow looking like Claudia Schiffer. Not going to happen – and the sooner I accept that reality and figure out how to work with it, the better off I will be.
If I ever get attacked, chances are the bad guy will be taller than my 5’3 frame. At face value, it’s easy to assume that I will be overpowered and taken down during said attack. So what should I do – accept it and just pray that I won’t ever be attacked?
At my age I won’t be growing any taller, so I need to figure out how to use what I can to fight off a guy of any size. Is there a guarantee of success? No, but if I don’t prepare for it, it’s like asking for a 100% guarantee of failure.
Outside of an attack scenario, there are so many ways to apply this theme to everyday living and the choices we make. You have to make the most out of what you are given and figure out how to use it to your advantage. And, don’t let your hang-ups define who you are.
“The pursuit of technique and/or perfection can get in the way of action”
3. You Don’t Have To Be Perfect.
Have you ever gotten so wrapped up in making everything perfect you miss out on the very thing you wanted to enjoy? Was it a dinner party, a vacation, or perhaps a workout?
During the camp, we practiced a lot of drills. I found myself getting flustered and putting myself down when I wasn’t getting some of the attack strategies. One of the coaches pulled me aside and said, “Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect – you just need to hit the target and you did that. You got it done and that’s what counts. “
I needed to hear that. The truth is if I am attacked and need to fight back, the only thing that will matter is that I DO fight back and get out of there. It won’t matter if it looks like Elaine’s dancing from Seinfeld if it works!
There is a time when being perfect counts, but there are many more times when getting it done is all that matters.
“You never know how much you can do, until you try to do more than you can.”
4. You Need To Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable
The concept of being comfortable with being uncomfortable was discussed throughout the weekend. It reminded me of a recent blog post one of my coaches/friends wrote about this very topic:
“Human beings normally choose the path most traveled; the one that’s easiest. Our decisions play a huge role in whether we resist or embrace life when it is uncomfortable. Do we view them as a chance to tackle and conquer, trusting that we will become better people in the process, or do we see them as something to avoid?”
Can you see how always seeking out your comfort zone can prevent you from being prepared to take on whatever comes your way? Tony and his staff stressed that putting ourselves in situations that throw you off balance is key. The ability to take action and get tactical when you are not comfortable will put you in a vantage point no matter the situation. It’s a skill the majority of people out there do not possess.
“DO more, KNOW more, THINK more, HAVE more and WANT more than your opponent.”
5. You Feel Like A Bad-Ass
I’m not a fighter. I have never seen a MMA fight in person or watched any sort of UFC match. And before this workshop, I would never have believed that I would enjoy practicing defense drills. I loved it. Practicing head lock escapes, using SPEAR techniques, throwing elbows and administering knee strikes gave me a sense of strength and empowerment that I have not felt before. I may not have looked like one, but I certainly felt like a bad-ass! Now I feel like starting a pseudo fight club – where we practice fighting drills, not actually fight!
“Live life like You are a Trojan horse — with a warrior inside.”
6. Bonus Theme
Remember how I mentioned that there were 130 men at the camp? I’m not going to lie and say being able to hang with and in some cases, wrestle some strong, fit handsome men wasn’t fun, including a few elite world-class athletes. There is definitely something to be said about learning from a group of men who define the word masculine. What exactly there is to be said – I will leave to your imagination.
I promise you that if you really focus on mastering these themes, you can live your life like as if you are a Trojan Horse, with an empowered, strong warrior inside prepared to take on any adversary.
I wish more women would seek out and attend workshops like these. There was so much more discussed than what I have shared here. And all of it can be applied to so many aspects of life. Tony’s teachings are definitely not for men only. Start being comfortable with being uncomfortable by signing up for one of his Personal Defense Readiness courses as soon as you can!
*Disclaimer: I received free registration for Tony Blauer’s Combative camp so that I could share my thoughts and perspective on his program. My thoughts & opinions are unbiased & honest as always.
I am wondering if I am feeling like crap because of allergies. I never really have them bad, but Northern VA is famous for causing them. I can’t put my finger on things, but I just feel yucky and just not right!
I am definitely glad it’s a rest day — I am SORE too!
I wanted to share this story to show how you can indeed eat healthy and stay away from gluten when eating out. some coworkers & I went out for lunch with our Google partners. We went to a mom & pop restaurant named: El Manantial. Their lunch menu was not necessarily gluten free, so I talked to the waiter and he was more than happy to put together a spinach salad w/ avacado, grilled chix, aspargus and tomato with no issue. It was delish and I was super happy. Yes – there were a few remarks from the coworkers, but it gives me an opportunity to talk about the benefits of Paleo eating and share how easy it is to on the go! Win – Win. So when I hear how hard it is to eat Paleo, I call BS. Just ask!
Oh, you think I should order this AB MAKER? LOL – I am sure it will totally work. I mean that is exactly how to have great abs — right?
A few weeks ago I was on Twitter and saw a tweet come across from @Paleonola. Since going mostly Paleo, I miss cereal — plain and simple. I sent them a message asking if they are available anywhere local and if not, do they send samples because I would love to try it. I have tried all sorts of ‘paleo’ snack mixes and have been disappointed by most of them. Not only are they expensive, but they taste like cardboard.
Going paleo needs to be approached with the understanding that it may cost you more to buy food, but in the long run, that really isn’t the case and simply put, it’s better for you. Eating real food wins over processed any day of the week. So a few weeks later, I get a package of samples from Paleonola. They sent me samples of the different flavors they offer –Original, Chocolate Fix, Maple Syrup, Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie. With names like that, what’s not to love?
Now in all honesty, I did not eat them as a cereal. I ate them right out of the bag as more of a snack mix. I started with the original and ended with the Maple Pancake. So what did I think? I LOVED THEM. My least favorite was the maple pancake but it wasn’t because I didn’t like it – I just didn’t prefer the flavor of maple syrup but it was good. And yes, the Apple and Pumpkin Pie really did taste like Apple and Pumpkin, so how can that be wrong? The mixes were fresh too – which was a nice surprise because I have found that many of the mixes you buy at local stores tend to be dry.
Would I buy these combos? You bet! When you eat Paleo, you are always looking for healthy options on the go that taste good and this definitely would fit the bill. It gives you a feeling of eating a ‘cheat” but it’s not! It’s 100% grain free granola created by people who started off creating it for themselves.
Paleonola products are “made with hearty nuts, unsweetened coconut and real cranberries.”
• Always All Natural
• No High Fructose Corn Syrup
• No Trans Fats
• No Artificial Flavors
• No Cholesterol
• No Hydrogenated Oils
• No Preservatives
• No Soy
• Gluten & Vegan Friendly
The Paleonola folks are just starting out, so you can get their products directly from their website – www.paleonola.com and they ship out USPS. For those looking for Paleo snack options or want your cereal back, give Paleonola a try. You won’t be disappointed!
CrossFit L1 certification at Reston Crossfit- July 2011
It’s true — you can now call me Coach Steph! Has a nice ring to it don’t you think. The truth is it’s only the beginning. I have lots to learn and now I have to shadow some experienced coaches to really learn how to Coach. And i think I have said this before –what I really want to focus on is CrossFit Kids. Helping Kids develop a healthy foundation is really important to all of us –and I love to see and learn about how they approach it all. That’s my next goal –CF Kids cert.
I took a ton of notes from my cert class and will be sharing what I have learned over the next week or so. I am so inspired not only by the info I learned, but the people I met. The team of coaches that ran the cert were top-notch. Very experienced, bad ass athletes who know how to train all fitness levels. And maybe it was just in my head, but they really took time to get to know your name and coach to your strengths.
During the course of the weekend we did Fran, a team WOD (8m kb swings, push-ups, 400m run), Pull up clinic, Muscle up clinic and muscle snatch clinic- in addition to learning and practicing the 9 Foundational Movements of CrossFit – 1)dead lift, 2)sumo deadlift high pull, 3)clean, 4)squat, 5)front squat, 6)overhead squat, 7)press, 8)push press, 9)push jerk. The weekend went like this –
DAY 1: intro, lecture, get up and move, lecture, practice, lecture, practice, lunch, lecture, practice, lecture, practice — Fran 8:20 (35lb, jumping p-ups)
DAY 2: welcome, review, practice, nutrition lecture, pull up clinic, Team WOD (w/warmup), lunch, programming lecture, muscle up clinic/muscle snatch — TEST time — 1h later, goodbye and find out if you passed.
And no time during the weekend, did I feel that I didn’t belong there or couldn’t be counted among the athletes. Coaches Nicole and Christmas were especially inspiring to me. As I said my goodbyes to them — I shared a bit about my blog and story and I just can’t even describe how much it meant to me that they really took the time to listen and get what I am about. I actually started to tear up when sharing –there is something very FULL CIRCLE for me about getting this cert.
Although I had been doing HIIT training at my first bootcamp — it was at CrossFit Reston that I took my first official CrossFit class. I even wrote about them back in Feb 2010. So to get my certification here — and see Jeff and Maggie as a part of it, was emotional for me. I don’t know if anyone out there gets it — the redefinition of who I am is huge for me. I was not athlete Steph growing up and in fact if you would have told me about the way I am now — I would have laughed and said - yeah right, you have the wrong person. Move on —
I really know in my heart of hearts, that I have found my passion. My whole life I have always wondered why I didn’t have a hobby or something i was into — and here I am, 40 years old and found it a short 3 years ago. Goes to show you – you are never too late to learn how to cartwheel, create a new you, or commit to being the best you. Sounds awfully schmultzy doesn’t it. I just realize that if I can do this — anyone can and want to help the younger generation do it before they have all the other life pressures to contend with.
I have come a long way baby!
Today I took my daughter and a friend to one of the CrossFit Kids classes that CrossFit Impavidus held to start prepping for the summer session. They had opened it up to all members’ kids, so why not tire my kids out on a Sunday morning. I had read about what CF Kids was all about, but I was curious to see it put into action.
Coach Lori and Coach Jerry started off with gathering the kids in a circle and talking to them a bit about what was on tap for the session. What I liked about that was they talked to them in kids speak so they could understand what’s going to happen. They went over some of the other skills the kids would have to use when doing the exercises and then into the warmup they went. This session was more geared towards the 5-8 year olds than the older kids.
They did some general stretching and then began to get ready for the Lego Game.
In teams of 2, each partner has to do broad jumps to one wall to earn 3 lego pieces – then with lego pieces in hand, they run back alternating for 6minutes. They can earn 3 more lego pieces if individually they decide to do 3 burpees right after their broad jump. The team that can construct the highest lego structure within 5 mins of time being called wins. What I loved about this was i combined exercise with learning to work as a team and then use your brain to figure out how to get the tallest structure.
After they did a quick clean up of their lego pieces, the gang headed outside to play a game of tag with a twist. One person is it – once they tag someone, everyone freezes –
and those 2 (tagger and taggee) have to do 3 reps of the exercise that the coach calls out. For this game it was squats, push ups, and tuck jumps. So the 1st tagger/taggee had to do 3 squats. Everyone unfreezes and the taggee becomes the tagger and goes after someone else — doing the 3 push ups and so on. … The kids were well run after this was over –
Then they regathered in the circle for a wrap up and afterwards were able to look around and try out a few exercises on their own if they wanted — like push ups, pull ups, box jumps and ropes.
I love that these games are designed to be fun and active and also engages their mind. They learn strategy, teamwork, and patience! My daughter loved it!
A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Safeway to do a review of their new Safeway.com/Simplenutrition healthy options label system they were rolling out in their stores. In their words: Safeway understands that shoppers want to make better nutrition for themselves and their families. But they also understand reading nutrition labels and wading through all the different sources of nutrition information can be time consuming and confusing. Fortunately, SimpleNutrition is here to help! SimpleNutrition is a new ‘at the shelf’ program that simplifies and personalizes grocery shopping so you feel confident about making informed food choices.
They offered me a gift card as a thank you for taking the time to visit their store and give my honest thoughts about it. Other than knowing there was a new label system they were using, I didn’t find out any more information, thinking it would be a better experience to go in ‘blindly’ and see if I could figure it out. Also, I am not familiar with this particular Safeway either, so it was a double blind experience. Here are my thoughts –
Here’s the Safeway in Ashburn, VA that I visited on a Friday late afternoon. I walked into the store and headed to the produce area –which coincidentally, seems to be in the front of every grocery store if you haven’t noticed before. Anyone know why? Hmmm…
As I was going through the produce area, I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary in terms of labels of the food. Looked completely regular to me — so I headed on down a few aisles, again, nothing stuck out. I was beginning to think that maybe this particular Safeway was not using the new label system. So as I pushed the cart down a few more aisles and went to the frozen food section.
Now that my son, Nate is eating gluten free foods, I have had to become familiar with frozen breakfast items that he can eat and figured, maybe I will see these new healthy option labels there. What I saw was a clearly marked ‘Organic’ label which I thought was great, but hardly a stand out. (See picture to the right)
I continued on through the aisle and came upon them – FINALLY! They look like little tabs hanging off the edge & right below the food item. They color-coded them along with its related word. I saw Organic, Gluten Free, Low Sodium, All Natural & More! Once I got the hang of it and noticed them – I realized how much help they really were. It helped me quickly identify the gluten-free items instead of having to look through and carefully make sure that the product I am getting is indeed what I think it is.
What I have been finding is that many brands have a healthy, organic version AND a healthy, organic but Gluten free option and other than a small little label on it – that says it’s Gluten Free, it’s hard to tell. This really did make it easy!
As I said, once I noticed them – that’s how I finished my shopping trip. Looking for these little tabs all over the store. They were up and down the rice & pasta aisle and I was able to find them in the frozen food area. I was able to scan this wall of mac & cheese options and find the ones that are gluten free quickly and easily. That made me very very very happy!
The way this Safeway is laid out – the healthier options are integrated with all of the food — so I can see how these labels would really help shoppers quickly identify healthier options. Even the lower sodium spaghetti sauce had a healthy options label to help you find it easier.
So what are my overall thoughts about Safeway Simple Nutrition Shelf Tags? Anything that helps people make better nutrition choices for themselves and their families is a step in the right direction in my book! I really liked how these tags stood out and were very readable. So, for those shoppers already looking for healthier options — this makes it easy. One wish? I wish it had the magic power to convince people to make a conscience choice to buy them…..
Please know that although Safeway did provide me with gift cards to thank me for my time, the opinions shared above are my own & were in no way influenced by them. They did not encourage me to write any particular review of my experience.
I have started drinking Coconut Milk. I have said before that I don’t like Coconuts at all –but coconut oil, water and milk don’t seem to have the typical coconut flavor that I remember tasting when eating an Almond Joy or Mounds bar. That may have been the problem to begin with looking back. ….
I have been drinking the So Delicious Coconut Milk brand and have tried the original and the vanilla flavored. I gotta tell you — it’s ‘so delicious’ just like the name says! It’s a bit thicker than milk — I mix it with my all natural chocolate protein powder and it seriously reminds me of chocolate milk and I love chocolate milk!
I have also tried their dairy free frozen desserts: Purely Decadent Ice Cream Chocolate and Vanilla Bean flavors and although a bit more coconut in flavor — I loved them too!
Coconut milk is a great alternative to anyone trying to eliminate Dairy in their diet. From the So Delicious website:
For centuries cultures around the world have revered and relied upon coconut for its nutritional powers and infinite practical uses. Native tradition attributes healing and life-giving properties to the fruit-bearing palm, which is why it is often called, ‘Tree of Life’.
In western society, the health benefits of coconuts are just beginning to be understood. The mystery appears to be in the favorable fats found in coconut.
Although coconut contains saturated fat, a closer examination shows that not all saturated fats pose a health problem. Saturated fat chains exist in a variety of lengths which impact the body differently.
Coconuts have gotten a bad rap and it’s time to start incorporating them back into a healthy diet, so go ahead and try coconut milk and So Delicious is available at many local stores! I heartily recommend it!