Crisp up your favorite bacon. Make your favorite pancake batter from scratch or use a mix. I use Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking and Pancake Mix.
Pour strips of batter on a griddle. Top with a piece of cooked bacon. Pour more batter over top to cover. Cook until golden on one side. Flip. Cook until golden on the other side. Serve warm if you can. I did put extra in the fridge and reheated them and they came out OK.
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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- “I’m sad because I can’t eat like Normal people eat.” Hmmm. Let’s look at that
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
Happy 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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- Lactic acid myths, debunked
- Eggs Don’t Cause Heart Attacks — Sugar Does
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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.
- Press 2×5
- Push Press 2×3
- 4 Rounds
- Box Jumps
- 50 wall balls
Lots of snow — lots of shoveling — lots of going stir crazy. I am probably one of the few people out there that doesn’t really mind the snow in general, but there comes a point when it’s too much and I am over it. I think I hit that today. We are supposed to get a few more inches before the day is through.
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Yesterday during our 200m shuttle run test – something happened around lap 7 and my ankle gave out. I knew something had happened but wasnt sure what and I kept going, finishing out the final 3 laps. When I got in the shower yesterday – I had a black and blue mark around my ankle and around my big toe. I definitely rolled my ankle but the odd thing is that it doesn’t really hurt. Just feels like I have a bruise but it looks bad. I modified one of the movements today to accommodate it this morning.
We are doing a four week program at Highbar CrossFit that focuses on core skills, rather than lifting which is different for me. There are maintenance lifts but we are focused on body weight – push ups, pull ups, and some agility/speed work. I like the mix up because it’s no secret that I need to work on speed/agility/endurance work.
On a more somber note – my Dad called me this past weekend to let me know that his sister, my aunt – Barbara is being moved to a hospice care this week. She has had heart problems and I guess after this past weekend, there isn’t anything else that can be done to prolong her life. I’m not sure how to feel because I have only met my aunt maybe two times during the course of my life. I feel sad for my Dad and of course, her kids. She was estranged from my Dad for many, many years so she wasn’t a part of my growing up. She has two kids, that are a bit younger than me, that I hardly know. I was thinking about her though in the context of family. I am glad my Dad and her were able to patch things up a few years ago and resume their relationship. I know my Dad would be full of guilt if something happened and he was still estranged from her. It’s another reminder about how life is too short to hold grudges and not reconnect with family. I am always reminding my kids about how here isn’t anyone on this Earth closer than them – so they have to stick together and always have each other’s backs. They probably don’t understand it yet, at their age, but my hope is that when it counts, they will.
Both my mom and dad were/are estranged from their sisters -which I find sad. I am making sure that things change with my generation. I speak to my brothers and sisters regularly and would be there for them in hot second if they needed me. I am closer to some than others -but we are in each other’s lives for better or worse. And it’s extremely important for me to bring my kids up with conflict management skills, so they don’t shun people in their lives and are able to confront issues and feelings head on.
I am of the thought that kids need conflict in their lives, but we, as parents, need to help them learn to manage and resolve it. Here’s some good info on how to help your kiddos learn to manage conflict:
- Kids Need Conflict
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This is how role models should behave. A real Olympic hero:
- 90min Rounds
- Slam ball complex
- Wall Sits
If the predictions are right, the DC area is due for some big snow starting tomorrow night. Personally, I like having some snow on the ground. I find it forces people to slow down life a bit. However, the extra work attached to getting a big dump of snow is not welcome. My kids get stir crazy. I don’t know if I have mentioned this before, but my kids aren’t the most adventurous when it comes to snow. My son will get all dressed and ready to go out — only to come in maybe 10 mins later because he’s cold. I don’t remember being like that — snow meant spending hours outside building forts, sledding, snow balls.
I just heard that Shirley Temple has died. I remember so many afternoons watching her old movies on my black and white TV. It was a part of my childhood. She was a class act throughout her life and a great example of how good parenting works. Every time I hear about someone so iconic dying, it’s another reminder for me that life goes by so fast and to make the most of each and every day.
I remember reading about how her parents took care of her, looked after her and made sure she was not exploited like so many other child actors of her day. She also was quite a trail blazer in her day – helping break the white/black stereotypes so prevalent back then.
Rest in Peace Ms. Temple.
I am once again focusing on making sure I am drinking enough water. Not only to recover from the dehydration of my partying Saturday evening but in general. I don’t drink enough and am completely not in the habit of drinking it. Starting yesterday, I have a water bottle that I am committed to emptying at least three times during the day. That will put me at about 100oz for the day. If you see me during the day at all –remind me to drink, drink, drink!
DId you know that this week is Kindness Week?
Life Lessons: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS WEEK - What are you going to do to be kinder?
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Working on skills and body weight movements for the next few weeks, and easing off of heavy lifting.
- 200m shuttle runs 1:07 (this was brutally painful for me – my ankles felt wobbly and my asthma kicked in)
- Agility work (ladder drills)