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Last week was my birthday. It was an awesome day that started off with a good 530A workout. I try to always exercise on the big day as a way to thank my body for hanging in there. Of course, I took a nap when I got home because waking up before 5a is just not OK. I woke up to a wonderful homemade breakfast. HB made me a feast fit for the health conscious queen that I am, including gluten free toast with an owl design made out of fruit. It was awesome and yummy.
In the evening, my friend Mandy invited me to go into DC and check out a panel discussing Behind the Scenes of the Walking Dead. And yes, Andrew Lincoln was there! It was really awesome to hear more about how the show is made —Greg Nicotero, executive producer, director, and special effects makeup supervisor talked about the process to create the zombies. It was clear listening to him how much he was born to do what he does. It fascinates me to listen to people who from an early age found something they are passionate about and get to do that thing every day as a career.
The next evening, Scotty and I enjoyed a steak dinner at DC Prime. It was so amazingly delicious and we came home to cut into my yearly Carvel Birthday cake with the kiddos.
It was a lovely weekend that ended with a super bowl party over at a friends house with friends that have been in my life for over 20 years. Coincidentally, this past weekend I came across this article: ‘I have lived over half of my life’ : Writer Miranda Sawyer on the quiet desperation of a midlife crisis. I had never thought about my age in this way, but thanks to this writer, I have spent more time than I care to admit thinking about it. It’s scary in some ways – to think that half of my life has been lived but on the other hand, I have had a ton of great experiences and lessons and it has led me to the life I lead now – which is pretty damn good. (see birthday weekend as an example.) She makes some good observations that I can certainly relate to although not necessarily because I agree or it’s been my own personal experience.
It also speaks to something that has been on my mind – quite a few of my friends are splitting up. They are separating, divorcing, up and moving across the country – doing some reflecting on where they are in their lives and deciding it’s not where they want to be anymore. For some, it was a long time coming and best for everyone involved. For others, it hit them like a sucker punch. They were not ready for the life shock that hit them – and are now trying to recover. There is something about hitting middle age. We are not the same people that we were in our twenties (at least I hope we are not), and the things that some people chose during their younger years are not the right things for who they are now. There is no right/wrong about it – even though I know it happens, it still causes a bit of a pit in my stomach.
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I was sincerely touched by all of the people in my life & social sphere (in person and online) that took time out of their day to wish me a Happy Birthday yesterday. I don’t really grasp the reach and impact the stuff I share and the digital media work I do – and it becomes clear on a day like yesterday.
I started my day off with some exercise. Each year I make sure to get a workout in on my big day — to thank my own body for being so dependable. And to make it even more fun, my dear friend Maria bought me a tiara and a “real women box’ tank to wear for the occasion. And yes, I wore that tiara throughout the entire workout!
Then I headed into work – and went out for a steak dinner in the evening. Nothing extra fancy but a great day overall. My kids made me some spectacular gifts and Scotty was attentive as always. When your life is good – what more can you ask for?
- Madam C.E.O., Get Me a Coffee- Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant on Women Doing ‘Office Housework’
- Early music training prevents loss of listening skills later in life
Happy 10th BIrthday to my Nate Dogg, my challenging, cute, sweet, smart, and mischievous bundle of joy. It’s hard to believe that my youngest is now double digits. It’s another reminder of how time flies… Nate used to love to snuggle, hug and hang out with me and now he would much rather hang out with his dad and play video games. Getting a hug and kiss from him is a lesson in strategy and deal making. I tell him all the time that being his Mom, I am entitled to hugs and kisses whenever I want but it hasn’t changed his mind. I won’t stop trying though — some day he will realize how awesome my attempts really were.
Here are some good tips and info about raising boys:
- Wish We’d Known: 20 Things No One Told Us About Raising a Boy
- How to raise boys to be good men
- CrossFit: Does CrossFit push people too hard?
- CrossFit: The CrossFit-ification of Christianity
- Health & Fitness: Got Gas? It Could Mean You’ve Got Healthy Gut Microbes
- Life Lessons: Four Confidence Killers for Women (and How to Defeat Them)
- Life Lessons: 10 Essential OTC Medications for Your Emergency Kit
Cycle Class 1 hour
Today’s Yoga class theme was thinking about what you need today. Today, do you need strength: brama or do you need to be more fluid ayama? It’s interesting to think through. During the stretches, we were told to perform them based on what we needed – note: not what we wanted but what we needed. Did we need to gain strength and hold the poses or did we need to work on flexibility and focus more on being fluid while doing them. It’s a theme that relates to our lives as well- think about it, there are times when we need to be strong and act in ways that help us gain the needed strength and times when we need to go with the flow — be flexible, adaptable and focus on accepting help. We don’t always need to be strong…Whatever it is that you need TODAY – the first step is figuring out that need & making sure you don’t just gravitate towards what you want to do and ignoring the stuff you need.
Happy Birthday to my smart, gorgeous and very tall sis in law Jennifer — she’s an awesome, caring person who is helping shape the future of the world by teaching young people.
- CrossFit: Why the NPFL is the best thing to happen to CrossFit yet
- Fitness: A Confession about my Obsession to use Fitness to Manage my Depression
- Fitness: RICE: The End of an Ice Age
- Fitness: 5 Tips To Help Keep You Running Safe and More Efficiently
- Life Lessons: The secret to joy
- Life Lessons: 30 Totally Rotten Things Parents Do That Are Ruining Their Kids’ Lives
- Health & Nutrition: How Ibuprofen (and other NSAIDs) lead to Gluten Sensitivity
- Health & Nutrition: The 25 Most Popular Items At Trader Joe’s
- Health & Nutrition: 8 Signs You Need to Be Getting More Vitamin D
This has been a really long week – lots of great things, lots of life happening. I can honestly say I am finally starting to feel better about everything – my spirits are re-igniting. It’s about friggin’ time too. I don’t like to be in the dumps and the people around me don’t appreciate it either.
I really do think there is something to the thinking and focusing on the positives in life.
Today is my Dad’s 74th birthday. Crazy how time flies and my Dad is in his seventies. I was thinking back to when I was growing up and how young my parents were. I never thought about them aging and now – in their seventies! I have not always been the closest to my Dad, but as I get older, and am a parent – I am learning that much of what happened back then doesn’t really matter anymore. It doesn’t mean it wasn’t hard or wrong or challenging – it just means that life goes on and I am who I am because of my experiences-good and bad.
I am really thankful that both my parents are still around – and I realize that some day that won’t be the case. Every day with family is a gift. No one else in the entire world will be closer to you than them. I always tell my kids that too. My relationship with my Dad is not a typical one – but I appreciate him for what he can offer and the fact that he can be in my kids’ lives. He does the best he can with the skills he developed and I have to accept him for who he is.
Happy Birthday Dad!
Here’s an interesting read for those that have a rocky relationship with your Dad:
holy cow this one hurt!
5 Wall Balls
10 Pull Ups
10m broad jumps
60m farmer carry
–rest 2min & repeat–
(no rest in between)
Dr Wayne Dyer posted a status on his Facebook page yesterday that I will re-post here because I think it’s a great reminder for us all. Simplifying our lives will better our lives. I have started to do this slowly. Uncluttering our home and slowing down have been the first items I am tackling. This will be an ongoing To Do List for me. How about you?
My 12-Step Program for Simplifying Your Life
Here are 12 very specific tools for simplifying your life. Begin using them today if you’re serious about hearing that ultimate call to inspiration.
1. Unclutter Your Life. You’ll feel a real rush of inspiration when you clear out stuff that’s no longer useful in your life:
If you haven’t worn it in the past year or two, recycle it for others to use. Get rid of old files that take up space and are seldom, if ever, needed. Donate unused toys, tools, books, bicycles, and dishes to a charitable organization.
2 Get rid of anything that keeps you mired in acquisitions that contribute to a cluttered life. In the words of Socrates, “He is nearest to God who needs the fewest things.” So the less you need to insure, protect, dust, reorganize, and move, the closer you’ll be to hearing inspiration’s call.
3. Clear your Calendar of Unwanted and Unnecessary Activities and Obligations. If you’re unavailable for Spirit, you’re unlikely to know the glow of inspiration. God will indeed work with you and send you the guidance—and the people—you need, but if you’re grossly overscheduled, you’re going to miss these life-altering gifts. So practice saying no to excessive demands and don’t feel guilty about injecting a dose of leisure time into your daily routine.
4 Be Sure to Keep Your Free Time Free. Be on the lookout for invitations to functions that may keep you on top of society’s pyramid, but which inhibit your access to joyful inspiration. If cocktail parties, social get-togethers, fund-raising events, or even drinking-and-gossiping gatherings with friends aren’t really how you want to spend your free time, then don’t. Begin declining invitations that don’t activate feelings of inspiration. I find that an evening spent reading or writing letters, watching a movie with a loved one, having dinner with my children, or even exercising alone is far more inspiring than getting dressed to attend a function often filled with small talk. I’ve learned to be unavailable for such events without apologizing, and consequently have more inspired moments freed up.
5Take Time for Meditation and Yoga. Give yourself at least 20 minutes a day to sit quietly and make conscious contact with God. I’ve written an entire book on this subject called Getting in the Gap, so I won’t belabor it here. I will say that I’ve received thousands of messages from people all over the world, who have expressed their appreciation for learning how to simplify their life by taking the time to meditate. I also encourage you to find a yoga center near you and begin a regular practice. The rewards are so powerful: You’ll feel healthier, less stressed, and inspired by what you’ll be able to do with and for your body in a very short time.
6 Return to the Simplicity of Nature. There’s nothing more awe-inspiring than nature itself. The fantasy to return to a less tumultuous life almost always involves living in the splendor of the mountains, the forests, or the tundra; on an island; near the ocean; or beside a lake. These are universal urges, since nature is created by the same Source as we are, and we’re made up of the same chemicals as all of nature (we’re stardust, remember?).
7 Your urge to simplify and feel inspired is fueled by the desire to be your natural self—that is, your nature self. So give yourself permission to get away to trek or camp in the woods; swim in a river, lake, or ocean; sit by an open fire; ride horseback through trails; or ski down a mountain slope. This doesn’t have to mean long, planned vacations that are months away—no matter where you live, you’re only a few hours or even moments away from a park, campground, or trail that will allow you to enjoy a feeling of being connected to the entire Universe.
8 Put Distance between You and Your Critics. Choose to align yourself with people who are like-minded in their search for simplified inspiration. Give those who find fault or who are confrontational a silent blessing and remove yourself from their energy as quickly as possible. Your life is simplified enormously when you don’t have to defend yourself to anyone, and when you receive support rather than criticism. You don’t have to endure the criticism with anything other than a polite thank-you and a promise to consider what’s been said—anything else is a state of conflict that erases the possibility of your feeling inspired. You never need to defend yourself or your desires to anyone, as those inner feelings are Spirit speaking to you. Those thoughts are sacred, so don’t ever let anyone trample on them.
9 Take Some Time for Your Health. Consider that the number one health problem in America seems to be obesity. How can you feel inspired and live in simplicity if you’re gorging on excessive amounts of food and eliminating the exercise that the body craves? Recall that your body is a sacred temple where you reside for this lifetime, so make some time every single day for exercising it. Even if you can only manage a walk around the block, just do it. Similarly, keep the words portion control uppermost in your consciousness—your stomach is the size of your fist, not a wheelbarrow! Respect your sacred temple and simplify your life by being an exerciser and a sensible eater. I promise that you’ll feel inspired if you act on this today!
10 Play, Play, Play! You’ll simplify your life and feel inspired if you learn to play rather than work your way through life. I love to be around kids because they inspire me with their laughter and frivolity. In fact, if I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times: “Wayne, you’ve never grown up—you’re always playing.” I take great pride in this! I play onstage when I speak, and I’m playing now as I write.
Many years ago I was given a tremendous opportunity to appear on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The man who took a chance on me, booking me even though I was an unknown at the time, was a talent coordinator named Howard Papush. It was my first big break, and I went on to appear on The Tonight Show 36 additional times. Now it’s my turn to say thank you to Howard. He’s written a wonderful book titled When’s Recess? Playing Your Way Through the Stresses of Life, which I encourage you to read. (Howard also conducts workshops that teach people how to play and have fun in life.) In the book, Howard shares this great quote from Richard Bach: “You are led through your lifetime by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self.” I couldn’t agree more—by all means, get back in touch with your real, playful self, and take every opportunity to play! Notice how it makes everything so sweet, and so simple.
11 Slow Down. One of Gandhi’s most illuminating observations reminds us that “there is more to life than increasing its speed.” This is great advice for simplifying your life—in fact, slow everything way down for a few moments right here and now. Slowly read these words. Slow your breathing down so that you’re aware of each inhalation and exhalation…
When you’re in your car, downshift and relax. Slow down your speech, your inner thoughts, and the frantic pace of everything you do. Take more time to hear others. Notice your inclination to interrupt and get the conversation over with, and then choose to listen instead. Stop to enjoy the stars on a clear night and the cloud formations on a crisp day. Sit down in a mall and just observe how everyone seems in a hurry to get nowhere.
By slowing down, you’ll simplify and rejoin the perfect pace at which creation works. Imagine trying to hurry nature up by tugging at an emerging tomato plant—you’re as natural as that plant, so let yourself be at peace with the perfection of nature’s plan.
12 Do Everything You Can to Eschew Debt. Remember that you’re attempting to simplify your life here, so you don’t need to purchase more of what will complicate and clutter your life. If you can’t afford it, let it go until you can. By going into debt, you’ll just add layers of anxiety onto your life. That anxiety will then take you away from your peace, which is where you are when you’re in-Spirit. When you have to work extra hard to pay off debts, the present moments of your life are less enjoyable; consequently, you’re further away from the joy and peace that are the trademarks of inspiration. You’re far better off to have less and enjoy the days of your life than to take on debt and invite stress and anxiety where peace and tranquility could have reigned. And remember that the money you have in your possession is nothing but energy—so refuse to plug in to an energy system that’s not even there.
I think next year for Christmas, I am going to go easy on the number of gifts for each kid. How do you do that though when your kiddos already have these high expectations of what they will receive? Well – I like the suggestions in the blog post linked below — strategic deprivation throughout the year! I really think that we are doing our kids a big disservice by giving them outrageous, abundant, expensive gifts. When they grow up and have to make it on their own, will they even know how to prioritize and work for it?
Today is my silver fox’s birthday. Happy Birthday Scotty – he makes me smile each and every day. I really am so lucky to have found someone who is the ying to my yang (if you know what I mean…). Hard to believe that we have been together 19 years in February. Life can be a hard journey but I am blessed to have someone I genuinely like by my side.
Back Squat at 90%
3 Round Tabata
DB Snatch L
DB Snatch R
2min Man Makers
3 Round Tabata Again
Owen Groesser, an eighth-grader with Down syndrome, scored four points Thursday night.
- Stranger Generously Pays for Groceries for the 10 People Behind Him In Line
- 7 Inspiring Acts Of Kindness That Capture The True Essence Of The Holiday Spirit
Check out the new section of my blog for links to the stuff I am reading.
I have started to dehydrate some fruit again and a lot of people have been asking me what dehydrator I use. I don’t have a fancy one — you can find ones that dry out the fruit in a matter of hours. Mine is a basic model and I prep the fruit before I go to bed and when I get up, it’s ready. It works for me. Here is a link to the one I have – if you use the link below, I get credit for referring you –
I personally like them when they are a bit on the crispier side, and I dip them in some almond butter. The only thing to keep in mind is that you are eating fruit and if you aren’t careful, you could end up eating like 5 pears in one sitting! It’s still better than eating chips or some other crap.
Today is my Mom’s birthday – HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMY!
As much as she drives me crazy, I love this lady more than the world. She is an amazing, strong, beautiful person and I am so lucky to have her as my mom. She doesn’t let anything stand in her way – and I love that she will never retire. She is the one who gave me my love of learning and the drive to be better each and every day.
Life is so short and I am so lucky to have both my parents still around and in our lives. I didn’t grow up with active grandparents – Both my grand fathers died before I was born, and my grandmas were nice ladies but I rarely saw them or knew them. I love that my kiddos are growing up with both sets of grandparents in their lives. They know them, spend quality time with both sets and will have memories to cherish.
Strength: Back Squats
There’s a new section on my blog: Recommended Reading
- This is a friend of mine who works out at Highbar CrossFit. She left a large tip – just because.
- Kind World is a radio and online series featuring acts of kindness and the profound impact one human can have on another.
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)
22.214.171.124,105, (failed at 110#)