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Back to School 2013


First Day of School 2013Today is the big day — Back to School 2013. Hard to believe it’s September and that my kids are growing up this fast. Hannah is heading to middle school and Nate is a proud fourth grader this year! I am so proud of both of them and hope this year strengthens their love of learning.

Yesterday, I came across this status post from Just Eat Real Food and I had to share it:

“Go outside. Hug your family. Laugh with your friends. Work hard and play hard. Get enough sleep. Read. Experience. Keep life in perspective. Avoid negativity and unnecessary stress. Eat yummy food. Don’t define your self-worth by the number on the scale or the supposed “purity” of your diet. Keep your health in mind, but don’t let it become an obsession that rules you. At the end of your life, you won’t look back and dwell on the foods you did or didn’t eat, so don’t dwell on it now. Stop worrying about other people and what they do or say or think or feel or eat. Don’t be afraid to learn, change, grow, evolve. Find your joy, and live it.” — Chef Amber Shea

I think we all can do better in all of the areas mentioned above and my favorite part that resonated:

Don’t be afraid to learn, change, grow, evolve. Find your joy, and live it. 

So many of us are stuck in a rut, or a fear circle and are not enjoying the lives we are living. It’s not easy to change and many times, it’s a painful process but nine out of ten times, it is so worth it. Fear holds us back –

On that note, read this post: Successful People Start Before They Feel Ready – and think about how fear can control you and hold you back from success. Many of us are scared to start before we are ready and that is what differentiates being successful from just getting by.

I don’t want to be one of those people that just gets by – i am always striving to learn, grow, progress. Be better than I was yesterday. I don’t quite understand how some people aren’t wired that way and are ok being average. I was at a party this weekend and someone I have recently met at the gym said to me — “I think of you like a mentor . You are so willing to help others learn and want to make things better.” I don’t think she realized how much her words meant to me –those words capture the person I am focused on being. Do I mess up from time to time? Absolutely, but that’s all part of the learning process – no one is perfect and to expect it from anyone is crazy.  My intentions are good and usually my heart is in the right place and I am learning to quiet my mind, in hopes that it helps me learn to quiet my mouth when necessary. We all have to have goals, right?

Today’s workout was BRUTAL. The air was thick and it was all about conditioning.

strength: Front Squat 5×3 140#

-800m run
-3 Rounds
10 Burpee Box Jumps
15 Wall Balls
-200m run with 15# plate
time cap of 15m
time: 15:20

For all of you out there with kiddos heading back to school — enjoy the quiet and the routine. As much as I love this time of year, it also is bittersweet. Our kids grow up so fast. I wish we could bottle them up and hold them tight a bit longer.

Back to School is Now in Session


First Day of SchoolBack to Life. Back to Reality.

Today is the first day of school for my kiddos. It’s an exciting day but also bittersweet. It makes it even harder to believe how fast time goes by. HB is now in Fifth grade -her last year at the elementary school and Nate Dogg is headed to Third.  I totally remember them being my little babies, needing me for everything. There are a lot of perks to them growing up but also alot of bittersweet moments of seeing them grow into independent little human beings.  What happened to those babies who thought I was their world?

And although my kids drive me crazy at times, I wouldn’t change one moment of how our family is evolving. I have the most dynamic, sharp, smart, funny, beautiful kids and I love them to pieces. I also love their father — If you would have asked me if this is the life I wanted when I was younger, I think I would have said yes.  Happy, Healthy, Dynamic, and forever growing.


Enough of the schmultzy moment, but if you don’t stop and acknowledge your life milestones then you don’t honor them properly. A few years ago, when Scott was sick and undergoing his chemo, experiencing family moments like these were not a given and I fully intend to continue living the lessons that experience brought me.

Today’s workout was not a favorite of mine. And I knew what it was before I got there and take note: I STILL GOT MY BUTT UP AND WENT!  It also taxed that crick I have in my neck still so mentally it was tough to force myself to lower my weight on the bar but I’m not here to prove anything to anyone but myself. And my overall health is paramount so ego or no ego – I ended up just using the bar.

600m run
DROM (fancy word for stretching)
Bear crawl

10 Kick to Handstands



  • 15 Thrusters
  • 200m run
  • 20 Thrusters
  • 400m run
  • 30 Thrusters
  • 800m run

I started with 65#, did round 1 then did 10 reps and dropped to just a bar the rest. I am not a great runner, the air was thick, my neck/back still hurts and I had gluten this weekend and don’t feel dynamic. Excuses, excuses but I was battling all of it in my head as well.  I have said before — alot of this is a mental game. If your not mentally in it to win it, you won’t. Plain and simple. 

Same goes for your day to day life. If you aren’t in it to put your best foot forward, do your best then you won’t and others will notice. 

Have a super, stupendous, fabulous day and be kind.




Today is the last day of school for the kiddos. What a crazy year this has been for us – but that’s life.  We had a bit of extra time this morning because our internet is out at the house, so I decided to walk the kids to school. Here is the pic I took as they headed on their way. You realize how fast time goes by when you look at a pic like this.

Today’s workout was even more torturous to me based on the workout yesterday. Doing 50m lunges are super painful and then having to do squats the following day –well that’s mean.

Sampson Stretch
Hollow Rocks
Whirly Birds Stretches
Whirly Bended Birds
30 DUs
5 Pull Ups
10 OHS
10 Pass thrus


400m run
50 air squats
time: 14:38

Pull Ups with a Kip!


It’s hard to believe it’s the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Is it me or does time seem to be moving extra fast now a days??!! Today I’m headed for a special workout class at Plumbline Training that will focus on the pull-up. More specifically it will focus on us learning and improving the kip.  I love pull-ups and to me, it’s one of those exercises that says to me — you are strong and in shape. It reminds me of gym class and doing the presidential fitness tests — if I can do them, I am the definition of shape!

Come learn or enhance your understanding of the pullup. You’ll be taught variations (Kipping) to the pullup which may help you produce more of them during worktouts. This class is 1 hour with an optional PT workout at the end. “

A 2m run to start your day


Today is the start of school for the kids in my county. Hannah is heading into 3rd grade and my baby Nate is heading into 1st grade but first time in Public School. As usual, I headed to boot camp before taking them to school on their first day.

Today’s boot camp was tough!

side shuffle
check points
skip jumps

partner dynamax ball drills (you bounce the ball on your partner’s stomach while they hold their feet 6in)
Ball kicks (you hold the ball and partner touches it each time lifting their legs up and down)
25 reverse partner high five push-ups
general stretching

2mi run
behind the head shoulder press 65lbs
25lb kettle bell squats x2
inch worms
25lb db jack hammers x 2

I got to the beginning of the 3 rep round finishing 3 reps of BTH Shoulder Presses before time ran out. What a hard workout this one was. Starting off with a 2m run really wears you down and then to have to still move on — you do burn a lot of calories though!!

Today is a great day


Today is one of those days that you sit down and shake your head because you can not believe how fast time has flown. My little baby – Baby Nate – is finishing kindergarten. He will be leaving the haven of the AOL Childcare Center private Kindergarten and in the fall will head to public school.  Today is his graduation ceremony. I am sure I will shed a tear of two. How did that much time go by? He was just a little baby yesterday right?

And on that note, Hannah will be heading to 3rd grade next year. She doesn’t know this yet but we have been invited to attend an awards ceremony this morning and she will be getting an award for her leadership during the school year. Her teacher emailed us last week asking us to come, and that she doesn’t know she is getting the award. How great is that?

I am so thankful that both of my kids are doing so well in school! Today is a great day.

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