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Fourth of July: Family Roadtrip to Williamsburg

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Nate Dogg HoaglundScott planned a last minute family road trip to Williamsburg to celebrate the Fourth of July. Fireworks watching in Colonial Williamsburg – what could be more appropriate? The hurricane brought cooler temps which made it a perfect weekend for site seeing and spending time outdoors. We spent our last day at Busch Gardens Theme park. Anyone who knows me well, knows I am not a huge fan of parks like that. It’s too crowded, people forget their manners and to me, it’s the biggest display of gluttony on Earth. We managed to find a place in the Ireland section that had healthy salads, which is what I ate for lunch but I was probably one of the few in the entire park that actually chose the healthy option. Every time I go somewhere toursity, it’s a shocking reminder how obese and out of control people are. It makes me angry and sad at the same time. I see obese parents raising kids who are already battling obesity. They will have a harder battle to fight as they grow up already dealing with it.

Obesity is such a serious health issue. I found some Shocking Facts Behind Obesity Infographic that will surely open your eyes to how it affects all of us! Whenever I hear about accepting our bodies – I want to clarify it to be more about kindness, respect and worth. Being overweight affects your health and for your benefit and others – that’s not OK!

Steph Hoaglund & HB

As we are in full summer mode, many of us will be exercising and/or attending events to benefit worthy causes. I’m all for giving back, but you have to do your research before you just give. You need to make sure the money you are donating is really going towards the causes you wish to support. We all found out the hard way about the Susan G Komen organization and the millions of dollars going to pay salaries and not helping find a cure for breast cancer. With that in mind, I came across information about the Wounded Warrior Project: Wounded Warriors Project A Legal Scam. If you do support this organization, I ask that you inform yourself on how they operate. Based on this report, they definitely have some inflated salaries and other sketchy operational cost which ultimately means less of the money donated goes to the wounded vets they serve.

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Kindness Matters

Woman Pays For Young Mom’s Diaper Bill, Shows Us What Kindness Is All About

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Being Human Quote

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Sunday: Power Boxing
Monday: Power Boxing

USA Soccer: Bringing Out Our National Spirit

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Tim Howard Yesterday’s soccer game was so thrilling and even though the USA team lost to Belgium, I am still in awe of how awesome our players are. I had no idea how awesome soccer players are in general –great athletes and amazing to look at too. That’s a great combination for sure. I love when world sports’ teams compete –it brings out our national spirit. Everyone rallies together and cheers the team on. It’s unifying and exciting and it was much needed especially after the SCOTUS ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby this week that clearly divided the country.

It was definitely tough getting up this morning for my Power Boxing class. I am enjoying it but it’s hard on my body at 6A, especially after a tough and hot yoga class yesterday. One thing I have begun to notice while boxing is the variety of intensity found among the boxers. There are a ton of newbies that are still not comfortable really beating the crap out of the heavy bag. At least I think they are newbies — I wonder how much benefit they are getting when they don’t hit hard or really move during the workout time. My feeling is that you are there to work – so go as hard as you can. Maybe that’s as hard as they can go but I doubt it — I think it’s as hard as their mind allows them to go. This is really where the CrossFit training and mentality serves me really well. I go at full intensity when it calls for it — and I don’t quit and I am finding that a lot of people outside of CF don’t necessarily subscribe to that.

Have you had a chance to read this NYT feature: Is Obesity Ok?. It’s such a touchy subject that is tied to so many emotions that it’s tough to really get to the heart of it. The health implications of obesity are not OK – but obese people are worthy of respect and kindness, just like everyone else out there. But does respect mean you don’t show sincere care for their well being and talk to them about addressing the issue?  Obesity is a public health issue and causes a whole host of other health issues. Sometimes honest conversations can sting even though it’s coming from a place of concern, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t happen.

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Power Boxing

Time Flies And You Are the Pilot

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time flies Thanksgiving has come and gone — I still can’t believe December is here. I love holidays but I also love getting back into the swing of life.  I’m excited about what’s happening in my life — new career opportunities and new paths to follow. I am testing out the theory about letting go and letting life take you where it’s supposed to without fear of what’s next. And everything little thing, will be alright.  This is new for me but I am committed to trying it this way – worrying and stressing myself out hasn’t really helped before. And so far, new opportunities have appeared from the least likely spots.

I started creating my consulting website: LiftPotential.com. It’s very much a work in progress but I’m excited to see it evolve. Check it out when you get a chance and if you do have any marketing needs focused around social media or integrating social with traditional marketing, let me know!

I didn’t go to workout as usual on Saturday –instead spent it with the family at Mount Vernon. Nothing replaces some good old fashioned time with the family. Scott’s family was in town from Southern Cali, so we met his Aunt and Uncle along with his cousin and her daughter and walked the grounds. I love Mount Vernon — I’ve probably been there 4+ times now and never get tired of it. I love to think about how Washington and his family spent their time there –and we were lucky enough to get to see the third floor on this visit, which is only open one month a year.  The room where Mr Washington died is up there.  Just a pretty cool day overall…

I have mentioned before, that many people ask me how I manage to stay so inspired and motivated to continue being fit. A lot of it is finding what works for you and being passionate about it. CrossFit and being overall fit has definitely helped me explore a new path in my life – but a huge driving motivator for me are my kiddos.

Your actions and decisions lay the foundation for their lifelong health – and I know how hard it is to start when you are already an adult. My goal is to have being healthy and fit be a normal part of their every day life just like it’s mine now. They won’t know any different – Read this article below and hopefully it will help you get moving the next time you start to slide and lose motivation.

10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out  - “Exercise is a lifestyle, not an event. Being an active person isn’t about taking a class three times a week at the gym. It’s about things like biking to the grocery store and parking your car in the back of the lot and walking instead of taking a cab and catching up with friends on a hiking trail instead of a bar stool.”

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This next article is a long read but worth it. It really takes a good look at obesity, from a medical professional’s perspective. Where does personal responsibility fit in while treating it? Is it ok to just give people pills and procedures – enabling them to continue the myth that modern medicine can cure them from their disease? Such a tough subject – from a health standpoint and because society judges harshly those it affects.

FAT CITY-What can stop obesity?

Recently someone told me a story about their daughter in law who has gastric bypass – she lost 100 pounds before the surgery at the doctor’s request, then had the procedure and a year or so later  - is back to many of the same habits and almost has returned to square one. The problem is not what she is eating. The problem is what’s eating her. It’s easy to say that while I am looking at someone else’s situation, but when you are dealing with people who are so deep in denial about what they are dealing with, or who are so scared to address the feelings they are burying deep inside them because it will no doubt cause serious pain – a quick pill or procedure seems like the right way to go. It’s such a tough subject, because I am one of those that people who believe that everyone deserves kindness, but to teach people to embrace their obesity is not Ok either. Everyone deserves respect and decent treatment period but you have to be realistic and sometimes the truth is harsh and painful.  Such a tough, tough situation and topic…

Workout

Strength: Power cleans

WOD
1P wall balls
Clapping Push ups
Broad Jumps
Burpees

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Kindness Matters

And finally, very sad news over the weekend about Paul Walker dying in a car crash. I can’t honestly say I have seen one of the Fast & Furious movies, but reading about Mr Walker and how he resonated kindness and lived his life from a perspective of giving, it’s a big loss to the world. He was also a father, a son, a friend to many and losing someone that special so sudden and tragically is hard to understand. There has been a lot of backlash on social about the support and acknowledgement of his death which has really surprised me. Who are we to tell someone how they should grieve or recognize the death of someone?  Everyone deals with tragedy and death in their own way and we have no way of knowing what it represents to them.  It sounds like Paul Walker was a stand up guy who didn’t let fame and celebrity get in the way of being kind and giving back. The world needs more people like that. Rest in Peace – Mr Walker.

Paul Walker RIP

 

Allowing Kids to be Sedentary is Asking for Trouble

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Neurological Connections Created During Exercise

As a CrossFit Kids Coach – I am always wanting to learn more about neuroscience related to exercise. It’s so influential in how a child learns and grows that not encouraging kids to exercise is just asking for trouble.

Here’s yet another study:

Exercise is a powerful tool for enhancing mental performance and cognitive health.

Exercise is a powerful tool for enhancing mental performance and cognitive health.Whether you want to improve your memory[1][2], enhance your problem solving abilities[3], reduce your risk of Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s[4][5][6][7], or bend metal and shoot lasers with your mind – exercise has an important role to play in all but two of those activities. In particular, richer exercise regimens – regimens consisting of aerobic and resistance training methods[8][1], produce the greatest overall improvements in cognitive performance. Note, however, working out for sixteen hours each day won’t turn you into the next Stephen Hawking. There are diminishing returns[9], and the favorable cerebral environment promoted by exercise is only as good as the active learning that accompanies it.

 

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: The Hispanic Community

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I want to start off by sharing with you what I saw on the news this AM: The Donut Burger! I honestly have no words. Do we really think that this what America needs? And for that extra marketing push – let’s aim it at football fans. I am all about personal responsibility but we do all have to be in this together and the people who create shit like this are clearly playing for the other team. I am still shaking my head.

Since I am very interested in education and helping the younger generations get set up for success, I love that many of our CrossFit Impavidus athletes are teachers or work at schools. Mike, a bud of mine from the 6A CrossFit class, is a gym teacher at an elementary school in a local low-income area. 98% of the students at his school qualify for free or reduced lunch. They come from poor, under-educated families and many start life already at a disadvantage.  Tonight is their back to school night and he told me that very few parents will show up. Happens ever year. Many of these students are being raised by their older siblings who are students themselves. The parents work long hours to barely make ends meet. So there is very little parental involvement day to day in their education – which we all know is a key component to students’ success.

We were talking about how this year, he and his co-worker have begun to implement the CrossFit Kids curriculum into their gym program. He mentioned that a large majority of his students are Hispanic and are seriously overweight. Just a quick search of Hispanic obesity rates and its effects served up some alarming statistics from the U.S. Department of Health.  In 2010, Hispanic children were 1.6 times more likely to be overweight than children who are not Hispanic.

We have a serious issue on our hands with all kids and obesity but if you are seeing an entire demographic trending in the wrong direction – that makes it an even bigger problem and one you have to look at not only from the kids’ perspective but from their families as well. 

This month is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. I wrote a blog post for the K12 thinktanK12 blog – where I work, about the seriousness of this issue and the effects it has long term on all of us. A lot of what I wrote about was how parents, along with educators, along with national leaders have to work together to address this issue and if we all do our part, we can force changes. But, think about what I told you earlier in this post, many of the students at the school above are not being raised by their parents on a regular basis.  How do you address the issue the teen sister or brother helping raise their younger siblings and they themselves haven’t learned what living an inactive life with poor nutrition can do long-term?

I don’t have any answers — I wanted to put it out there to help spread the awareness and get people talking about some of the real challenges we all have with influencing change among large groups of people who are barely holding on, trying to make ends meet.

Today’s workout was upper body and it was a hero workout – a way to honor a hero that lost their life while in the line of duty.

warmup
3m of double under practice
DROM

skill
TGU

WOD
Arnie” 

With a single 2 pood kettlebell:

  • 21 Turkish get-ups, Right arm
  • 50 Swings
  • 21 Overhead squats, Left arm
  • 50 Swings
  • 21 Overhead squats, Right arm
  • 50 Swings
  • 21 Turkish get-ups, Left arm

15:18 (did lighter KB – 18-20#)

Los Angeles County Fire Fighter Specialist Arnaldo “Arnie” Quinones, 34, was killed in the line of duty on Sunday, August 30, 2009 during the Station Fire. His emergency response vehicle went over the side of the road and fell 800 feet into a steep canyon during fire suppression activities protecting Camp 16 outside the City of Palmdale, CA. He is survived by his wife Lori and daughter Sophia Grace, born three weeks after his death.

Memories are Limited when we are Unhealthy

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I don’t know if you can see this but if you enlarge it — notice how excited this person was at the great deals she was able to get using coupons! Then notice the crap food she bought — mostly processed food which almost every ‘expert’ – no matter what doctor or diet you are on – tells you to stay away from. Its a great example of what’s wrong with people and why people are so overweight and unhealthy!

There is nothing wrong with this person – she is doing what she knows and most of the country knows this same information of what to eat. It’s BAD information!

And one of my friends posted this the other morning as she waited for her flight — her caption is dead on.

We are getting FATTER and Unhealthier

There is a real problem with our society and their habits. We all know habits are tough to change but this one affects us all! Healthcare costs, family member health, cancer, creating memories with the people we love! All of these are affected by people’s health habits. Think about it —

 

Kids: Obesity & Its Effect on Learning

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childhood obesityI have been doing a lot of research about Childhood Obesity and its effect on learning and have compiled a list of recent articles and research about how lack of exercise and feeding kids crap affect their ability to learn big time. You can’t dispute all of the studies and once you go through them — it should really hit you how important it is for us to instill the healthy and fit foundations that will affect them for the rest of their lives.

 

School Physical Ed Not Helping In The Fight Against Obesity

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No shocker in this info….

 

Physical Education Programs In School Not Enough To Combat Obesity In Most States: Study

Only six states nationwide require the recommended 150 minutes of elementary school-based physical education, according to a study by University of Georgia kinesiology professor Bryan McCullick.

For older students, two states mandate the appropriate amount of physical education instruction for middle school, and none require adequate instruction at the high school level. Guidelines are set by the National Association of Sport and Physical Education.

McCullick’s study examined the role of federal courts in interpreting ambiguous physical education statues.

While public health reforms have emphasized school-based physical education as a means of combatting the childhood obesity epidemic, the study’s results found thatcourts typically do not interfere with state legislative decisions concerning curriculum.

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Talking Around the Obesity Problem

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Why Doctors And Patients Talk Around Our Growing Waistlines

Many patients say their doctors don’t spend enough time, if any, talking with them about losing weight. But doctors often complain that when they do bring up the issue, nothing changes.

Lisa Flowers says weight is something she wishes her doctor would address more directly. At 47, Flowers stands 5 foot 7 and weighs nearly 300 pounds. She wasn’t always obese. But after she had a baby five years ago and moved from Washington, D.C., to Delaware, she says her workout and eating habits got off track.

Flowers says she’s brought up her weight with her doctor, but the topic is “kind of avoided, almost as if he’s uncomfortable.”

“It’s sort of a beating around the bush kind of thing,” she says.

Her doctor, on the other hand, insists that he and Flowers have discussed her weight and strategies to help her shed pounds. But that’s not clear in Flowers’ medical chart.

What is clear, says Yale University psychologist Rebecca Puhl, is that this kind of disconnect between doctors and patients is all too common. Puhl says just one-third of doctors surveyed say they talk with patients about losing weight. That means two-thirds don’t.

 

Girl Scouts vs. Health and Fitness

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Today is a much needed rest day for me — I’m sore! Not over crazy sore but definitely a good day to rest. What’s crazy is that I miss the gang though — that’s part of the draw about CrossFit. You want to go workout because you miss your pals if you don’t!

So last night, I coached an adult class and I loved it. At the same time, I was able to see my own two kids working out in their CrossFit Kids classes. I am so proud of both my kids and how they are embracing getting fit.  One of my goals for myself for them as they grow up is to really stress the importance of fitness and health. I want to make sure they have a healthy foundation and that it’s a normal thing for them to get exercise in daily in their lives and think about overall health and fitness.

This past weekend, I went to CrossFit for Hope in DC. At the same time 250,000 Girl Scouts hit the National Mall to celebrate the 100 anniversary of Girl Scouts. I love this organization. I have fond memories of being a brownie and my daughter is having a great time learning and experiencing some wonderful things. So what I am about to talk about is not an indictment against the organization as a whole — they do great things and anything that empowers girls to give back and learn about empowerment is all right in my book.

However – one thing that really bothered me this weekend was seeing many of the troop leaders we saw were very overweight. Here they are mentoring young girls, teaching lessons that empower them with little or no regard for 1. their own health and 2. the example they are setting for the girls in their troop. Yeah yeah, I know they are busy and don’t have time to workout. If you have read this blog for a while or know me — you know i call B.S. on that. If you are willing to make it a priority, you can and do have time!!!

I went and did a little research on how fitness and nutrition are incorporated into the Girl Scouts organization. The Girl Scouts of Central and South Jersey have a page about it, but it definitely is not stressed in any of their materials and they leave it up to their troop leaders and whether they want to stress it or not. I also found some info at the Fitness Guru about how they recently entered into a partnership with “the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) to provide a turnkey customization of three Journey books (the national Girl Scout leadership curriculum) that will offer a focus on health and wellness. This will enable Daisies, Brownies and Juniors to learn how to be leaders who take care of themselves and inspire others to do the same.”

So that’s great but without the backing of the entire organization to make it a priority this means very little. How about investing in specific programs for the troop leaders themselves so that they will truly understand and embrace the importance of health and fitness. This will no doubt set the stage for their daughters and other girls to begin walking the walk and want to learn more about it.

Also about those cookies — I get that they bring in a ton of money for this non-profit organization. We all appreciate the cookies and it’s about personal responsibility and if you don’t want to buy them, don’t. But –they can certainly make healthier options across the board. “No one will buy them” then is the argument — Well, they can’t be crappy and slapped with a healthy label to solve the problem. People will buy great tasting cookies!

And if the Girl Scouts as an organization is truly behind empowering girls and helping them succeed in LIFE, they owe them nothing less than going all in and really backing up their words about overall health and fitness goals. Science and Research is all over the place about how obesity and type 2 Diabetes are huge threats to our kids and it’s not looking like that will be changing soon — so why not do what is truly in the best interest of those you are set up to help?

1. Set up programs that not only focus on the young girls but on the troop leaders as well. This will only help the younger generation they are mentoring and leading.

2. Look into healthier, great tasting cookie options to offer alongside the standards.

3. Rock the Mall — you could have invited some fitness groups to come and get those kids moving as opposed to just sitting on the mall. With music, comes dancing and fitness routines!!

4. Make one of the CORE programs (required) each year – fitness related. Service leadership is really important of course and most troops do a larger effort each year around that. They should be required to do one with their troop leader that is all about fitness and health and gets them moving and learning about how to be healthy and fit! Biggest Loser type program for all troops?

These are just some of the ideas — but come on parents — look at the example you are setting for your kids. Seeing so many of the overweight women leading these kids this past weekend not only saddened and disappointed me, it angered and annoyed me as well. I get it’s work and change to get moving and take care of yourself, but you owe it to yourself and those kids you love to do it!

 

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