You only get one turn

You only get one turn at this carousel of life.  Once your turn is over, there is no line you can go get back in for another turn.  There is no chance to get back on the ride and choose a different seat.

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You have one shot to make your life count. You have one chance to do the things you want to do – not the things your friends are doing, or your family says you need to do – what YOU want to do.  Maybe you have been told all your life that you need to be a doctor or a lawyer – but YOU want to be an artist or a musician.  Maybe you were told you need to find a good man, get married and have babies and be a stay at home wife and mother.  But instead, you want to figure out who YOU really are first, and travel and experience life before you decide on a life partner and a family.  Maybe you don’t want to work a full time job so you can have a huge house and drive an expensive car and wear name brand clothes.  Instead YOU want to live in a small place, consign for your wardrobe and travel, meeting people, making a difference and experiencing life.

I’m not saying one way is better than the other.  I’m not saying one way is right and the other is wrong.  I’m saying do what YOU want to do – not what everyone else is doing or what everyone else thinks you should do.

I love when people bash Crossfit but then tell me the “thing” they are into.  I’m sure we could sit together and come up with positives and negatives about every sport.  What baffles me is that we all feel the need to correct everyone else on what THEY are doing in THEIR lives.  You want to do Zumba? Awesome.  You want to do P90x? Get after it!  You want to Crossfit? Heck yea! The important thing is that YOU chose to be active and YOU chose how best that would work for you.

So back to my point.  Do you want to work a ton of hours at a job that you don’t like to earn money for a house you cannot afford?  A house you cannot afford and never spend time at since you are always at work?  Do you want to work all those hours for that car that gets you from that beautiful house you can’t afford and never spend time in to the job you hate so you can keep making payments on that car and house and never truly live and enjoy the time you have on earth?  If you do, more power to you.  Don’t get me wrong, I know that we all have to work.  We need jobs, we need money to survive.  BUT, how much money do you truly NEED.  Earning enough for some of the WANTS I had in life did nothing for me.  But learning how to fulfill my NEEDS and still live and experience life – now that has been LIFE CHANGING.

The 16 months have been a crazy time for me.  I miraculously got pregnant.  I lost that child through a miscarriage.  I got sober (11 months going strong on the 18th).  I started evaluating myself and my life.  I got divorced. I started to make decisions for myself.   I started to figure out what I wanted for myself.  I started to learn what is truly important.  I started to live again.  And now, I’m faced with another life roadblock.

The past year or so has been full of ups and downs.  Happy to say, that through all the the downs, the ups have been amazing.  I’m in a fantastic place right now. And yet I’m facing a potentially life altering roadblock.  I have no answers right now – only questions and WebMD.

I may take a little break from the blog until things settle down, and I have more answers.  But I’m going to keep on living, keep working out and keep on doing things that make ME happy and continue dreaming about what’s truly important.  I hope you do the same.  I hope you take a good hard look at your own life, and at the end of the day, I hope you are prayerfully living the life of your choosing – not one that you think others will approve of or that others have chosen for you.  I know I will be.

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2014 Bacon Beatdown

The 2014 Bacon Beatdown Crossfit competition took place this past weekend in Daytona, Florida at the Ocean Center.  I participated as an individual last year (remember when my stuff got stolen??) and I was excited to compete this year in the intermediate team division with two friends from my old Crossfit box.  Although I was excited to be participating in this event with my friends, I was not happy about some of the “programming”.  Now, let me just say it right off the bat, this post is not about bashing the organizers of this event.  There were a lot of things I did not like, but at the same time, there were a lot of things I DID like and for the size of the event, it ran fairly smooth. The event set a record with having the most athletes registered to participate – over 1,000 athletes competing over 3 days.  There – now that I have said that – let’s move on.

When I consider doing a competition, the first thing I consider is my skill set and where I think I should fall in the division categories available.  I am not now, nor will I probably ever be a contender to win any competition I sign up for.  I’m just not that strong/fit/dedicated.  I Crossfit because I love it, it keeps me in shape and I love feeling strong and healthy and because it challenges me.  I don’t do it as a “job” or with some aspirations of going anywhere with it. I’m also not ego driven when it comes to Crossfit.  I don’t compete with others in the gym.  It’s me against me and the clock.  Everyone has their own journey and I’ve realized, at 35, I am just happy with what I can do and applaud others for their successes as well.

So, back to my point, when I sign up for a division, I want to pick appropriately.  I don’t want to sandbag and go beginner so that I can “beat” others and I also know my limitations and that I will never be in an “RX” or “Elite” division.  I’m a “middle of the road” kind of gal.  For the Bacon Beatdown, I considered the standards with the other two girls on my team, and we chose intermediate because we could all do the movements and weight standards for that division.  I’m not gong to pick a division that has say pistols or muscle ups even if I can maybe do some of the other movements and weights.  Since I don’t have those two movements, I would obviously not choose that division.

This is where my first issue with this event comes into play.  If you list standards for a particular division, don’t then throw something else in there that was not listed.  For example, I can do push ups.  BUT, I can’t do incline push ups (feet on a 20 inch box).  I understand that Crossfit is all about constantly varied and functional movement and being prepared for something unexpected, but changing a skill to that extent feels sort of like setting someone up for failure.  We signed up for intermediate because we could all do push ups so when the WOD’s were released and one of them included incline push ups, it was frustrating.  It reminded me of last year, with this same organizer for the 2013 Bacon Beatdown.  The standards said “push ups” but what was programmed was ring push ups with feet on a box – not the same thing! It set me up for failure last year and it felt like a repeat this year. Thankfully, this was a team competition and one of our team members COULD bust out a few incline push ups.

That was a huge rant and I don’t want to sound ugly.  I know there are people that are RX that will sign up for an intermediate division to pump up their ego and ensure a win.  I get that.  I get that organizers try to manipulate the programming to account for that.  But at the same time, you screw with those of us that actually signed up for a division based appropriately on our skill level.  Ok, I’ll get off my soap box.  Just wanted to get that off my chest and now I will move on.

I drove over to Daytona with my friend and teammate Thursday night so that we could sleep in a little before check-in and the day of competing.  What an experience that was! Don’t ever trust online pictures and reviews on smaller, less-known brand hotels!  From the moment we drove into the parking lot, we were scared.  From the clientele “hanging around” outside and the 80 year-old female security guard to the guys that offered Bud Light and a good time as we went in our room – we were more than a little apprehensive about staying. Once we got in the room and got a look, we barricaded ourselves in – since you could wiggle the doorknob and see into the room and quickly decided this was not happening.  After a trip to the office to tell the lady we felt unsafe, we were given a full refund and quickly found a beautiful hotel a mile away and for only $15 more a night! Crises averted!

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We arrived at the Ocean Center Friday morning and got checked in.  I loved that you were given a lanyard with badge that had your heat time and lane assignments – very efficient since this was such a large event.  We made sure to take a “before” picture – who knew if we would be smiling at the end of the day!

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Once the athlete meeting was over, it was time to sit back and relax for a few hours until our first WOD.  Oh, and try not to get nervous over competing in such a huge venue!

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Although things did not stay entirely on schedule, I will give it to the organizers by saying they kept it pretty close most of the day.  This was a huge event with over 1,000 athletes so staying on schedule was important.  Toward the end we were way behind, but the first two WOD’s happened within 15-20 minutes of the actual listed start time.  One thing I didn’t like was that the floater WOD was scratched from the event because they did not have enough judges.  Most teams were happy about that – I was actually looking forward to the snatch floater.

Our first WOD was 9 rounds of 30 double unders, then 10 thrusters @ 65 lbs. The cap was 12 minutes.  If you completed the 9 rounds under the 12 minutes, you moved on to max pull ups with the remaining time.  Our plan was for one of our team members to do all the double unders (her specialty) and myself and the other team mate would alternate on the thrusters.  We were hoping for at least 3 minutes at the end for pull ups.  We only ended up with 1:27 left for pull ups and managed to get in 30 before time called.  The rig was so high you had to assist each other up so precious time was wasted with that as we each contributed to the pull ups.  Over all though, I was happy with how we all performed. [special thanks to Jon Bojar for all the pictures he took of us competing]

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WOD 2 was broken down into 3 movements.  Each team member did one movement.  Five minutes of either the airdyne bike, back squats at 95# or row. The airdyne and row were for calories and the back squats obviously for max reps.  I took the back squats.  When I practiced it the week before, I got 61 and wanted the same if not more during the comp.  I got 60 and was no rep’d twice – I thought I did well, until I saw that people in my division were getting WAY MORE.  In fact one girl got 108!!  My teammates got 40 calories on the airdyne and 65 calories on the row.  Don’t let the run picture fool you.  Doing 5 minutes all out on an airdyne and then trying to run 30 yards is no joke!

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WOD 3 is where the day sort of just fell apart.  We did not start WOD 3 until 6:45(ish) p.m. – a good 30 minutes after our scheduled heat time.  At this point you have been sitting around most of the day since WOD’s 1 & 2 totaled all of 27 minutes of your day.  So we were DONE.  It was apparent at this point that we were well out of our league in this division and would not be advancing to Sunday.  WOD 3 was sort of a ladder.  It was a 9 minute cap and started off with 7 rope climbs to 15 feet, then 4 incline push ups and 4 box jump overs, followed by 5 rope climbs, 8 incline push ups, 8 box jump overs, and so on.  The rope climbs continued to go down each round as the push ups and box jump overs went up.  We never made it past the round 2 of 5 rope climbs.  I’m not sure what happened to all of us but we forgot how to climb a rope after the first few and then spent the remaining time frustratingly failing to get up that damn rope.  I have the bruises, blisters and rope burns to prove it (you will notice my poor form and the rope location during my climbs – hence the horrible inner thigh bruising).  Even when I did get my feet locked in correctly, I was so tired and my arms were blown out that I could not get up that damn rope for the life of me.  I did a total of 4 in the WOD and could not get another.  No clue how many times I got half way up and failed.

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I am happy to say that we all made it up the rope at least twice and that we had a good time together.  At the end of the day, we paid these people so that we could go workout in front of a bunch of people.  That’s it.  We had no grand illusions of winning but we did want to do our best and have fun.  Could we have done better? Probably.  But we did have fun!  I love having friends that are like-minded and love just being active and having a good time.  Yes, healthy competition is fun, but at the end of the day, none of us are getting paid for this and we are just thankful to be healthy and fit enough to do what we do and to the best of our abilities.

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I will tell you though, one thing that this event reiterated to me was that this is not my kind of event.  Give me a 20 team cap, held in a box with no air and real comradery over this any day of the week.  Not bashing the event, just saying it’s not my cup of tea. I had a great time with these two girls and on a smaller scale would totally tackle another team comp with them both!

Oh, and this is what can happen when you use poor technique when rope climbing! No Bueno!

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MIA

I know I have been a bit MIA but I promise you that I am keeping up with my workouts.  I’ll have a HUGE update soon.  I’ve been busy LIVING and getting ready for a local crossfit competition happening this weekend:

I’ll be participating with two other badass girls in the intermediate team division and we are so excited.  I’ll have a full recap after.  Wish us luck!

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Fearfully hidden in the shadows

We all have a light within us to share with the world.  Often times, we stay fearfully hidden in the shadows.  We need to be courageous and learn to step into the light and allow ourselves to shine and share that light with others.  Don’t hide your life away in the shadows – don’t squander the light you were given to share. Be a beacon to someone else and shine!  Take a leap of faith, step out of the shadows and into your personal spotlight and inspire someone else to do the same!

You may never know your audience.  You may not even know you have an audience – but you do.  Every single one of us, on this big, beautiful earth, has something we can share with others.  Every single one of us has something we can do to make a difference in the world and in the lives of others.  Even if you impact only ONE PERSON.  Even if you impact one animal.  Even if you impact the environment.  We are all connected.  One impact on a single thing will trickle down to someone or something else.

If everyone in this world would live each day courageously sharing their light with the world, just imagine how we would all shine together!

Nelson Mandela quote Art Print - Let your light shine ( which he borrowed from Marianne Williamson for his inauguration)

Be a #powerfulhuman

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WHAT IF my grandmother had balls

Then she would be my grandfather, wouldn’t she?

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I know that is a totally ridiculous statement: WHAT IF my grandmother had balls, then she would be my grandfather.  I laugh every time I hear it.  And I have to give credit to Chayet for it because he says it to me every time I play the “what if” game over something.  Basically reminding me that we can’t play “what if” all the time in life because it would be ridiculous. What if I had made this choice, or done that, or went there instead of here….what if my grandmother had balls.  I know you can’t go through life NEVER asking what if, but you also can’t live your life CONSTANTLY asking what if.

Why am I talking about this? Maybe I am crazy and it doesn’t relate, but it’s because of all of the ridiculous “studies” in the news and online lately.  I swear, there is a new “study” almost DAILY that claims possible causes to horrific things and suggestions of things that could lead to this and may do this.   Do you see where I am going with this?  Makes you laugh and totally get what if my grandmother had balls.  One dietitian is telling you its ok to GMO’s and there is nothing wrong with “fat free” snacks while the other is telling you that you will get diabetes and cancer if you drink a diet coke and a candy bar.

I read a few articles recently that made me want to sit down and write this post. A few that sparked me into action were: COULD bra’s be increasing our risk of breast cancer.  Does eating organic REALLY give you more nutrients? COULD eating red meat increase your chances of getting breast cancer?  IS eating fat what is making people fat?  It wasn’t the articles themselves that upset me.  If they were full of FACTS and documented findings, it would be one thing.  But every one that I read was full of hypothetical “what if’s” and theories and possibilities and vague findings and all seemed to be pushing their own agenda in some way.

Everyone has an agenda.  Everyone wants to make you believe their research. But who has your best interest at heart? It certainly isn’t the food industry. They are just trying to line their pockets.  Do you really think that huge corporations lining grocery stores with sugary breakfast cereals care about your long term health? Of course they don’t! They only care if you buy their product and they will do whatever they can and say whatever they can to ensure you do.

Did you read this in the news recently?

McDonald’s was the featured sponsor of the annual meeting of the California Dietetic Association in 2014.

I’m sorry….what? FEATURED SPONSOR….at a Dietetic Association conference?  These professionals are attending this conference and earning continuing education credits all the while being “courted” by sponsors like McDonald’s, Corn Refiners Association, and Coca Cola.  Read this from Kiera Butler who attended the annual conference of the California Dietetic Association.  And while you are at it, read this by Michele Simon – Are America’s Nutrition Professionals in the Pocket of Big Food.  Makes you think!! Did you see this video going around about how we the consumers are marketed?  Although the speaker is in fact an actress and NOT a marketing professional, apparently the facts are true and the audience is supposedly real. It’s kind of disgusting!  Again, I get that ALL SIDES are doing this and THAT is disgusting too.

Take this study from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition titled Nutrition-related health effects of organic foods: a systematic review.  Here was their objective:

We sought to assess the strength of evidence that nutrition-related health benefits could be attributed to the consumption of foods produced under organic farming methods.

Ok – seems logical.  And here was their conclusion:

From a systematic review of the currently available published literature, evidence is lacking for nutrition-related health effects that result from the consumption of organically produced foodstuffs.

Really? Evidence is lacking about the health benefits of eating organically grown foods? Seriously?  Is this a joke?

What kind of “research” would I need to do to make the following claim:

Eating fast foods and a diet rich in processed foods could possibly lead to obesity, poor health, diabetes and cancer.

That sounds like a pretty bold claim, right?  And if I made that claim publicly as FACT, I would need to back that up with research.  But you see, I don’t have to – NOT if I follow the tactics of big corporations and “researchers”.  I can follow the same rules as all these other news stories, studies and articles do – I can lie.  Ok, maybe they don’t really lie, and instead just mislead. That is totally different!  No seriously, I can just use leading words and suggestions without making the statement as fact or truth and then it’s ok, right?

Do you ever sit back and really think about what everyone is really fighting about?  Why are we arguing so much with each other about health and nutrition?  Why aren’t we working together to promote eating REAL FOOD? I find it interesting that all the articles and studies and research are all fighting over food and nutrition.  One side wants you to buy into their logic and research because then you will buy their product and line their pockets.  They don’t care about your health – they just want you to make them rich.  The other side hates big corporations and although they want you to be healthy, they also want you to NOT help increase the wealth of these big companies.

Now, don’t get me wrong, ALL SIDES are doing this.  It’s not just the companies that want you to buy their products with high fructose corn syrup, GMO’s, or “fat free” products that contain tons of sugar, etc.  Why can’t we ALL just agree that everyone CAN benefit from eating REAL FOODS instead of processed foods, and that eating LESS SUGAR is better for everyone?  Why are we arguing that its ok to eat the amount of sugar we do all the while complaining about the obesity rate in our country?

I didn’t say you CAN’T eat sugar or processed foods.  What I said was why can’t we agree everyone can benefit from eating real food and less sugar.  I have no agenda here.  I’m not trying to sell you on the idea that all food companies are bad and you can only buy organic and you can ever eat a candy bar or you will get diabetes and die from cancer.  Although that is probably a slogan or tag line of some article out there somewhere…

My point (I think I have one…) is that we get fed a lot of BS and fear tactics are used all the time and our emotions are preyed upon to sway us into a certain way of thinking.  Everything is about money.  Shame on the media for playing the game.  Shame on the big corporations that only care about making money and AT THE EXPENSE of others.  Companies that knowingly sell a product that is unhealthy or knowingly mislead in labeling.  BUY Organic – and it’s not and they know it – shame on you!

Here is a WHAT IF for you – WHAT IF we took personal responsibility for our health, fitness and well being?  WHAT IF we quit asking “what if” and just DID?

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Workout Recap

Workout Recap

My workouts are much more consistent these days but other than work, nothing else is going on.  I am just loving my love and living it well.  I wish I had more to share though.  Be sure to check out my YouTube channel as I will be uploading more videos soon.  Right now I am working on a 100 day challenge to learn to kick up and HOLD a controlled static handstand.  You can follow my progress on here and/or here. #giveit100

Here is a quick recap of my workouts since my last post.  It is SO NICE to be back at Crossfit!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 – REST DAY, still feeling Murph!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – Crossfit.  WOD was 21-15-9-6-3 of deadlifts and T2B but my hands were still torn up from Murph, so I did deadlifts and GHD situps with a 10# med ball.  Weight on the deadlifts was 155 and I finished in 14:37.

Thursday, May 29, 2014 – Crossfit.  12 minute AMRAP of 15 KB Swings, 15 Box Jumps, 40 foot crap walk – forward and back.  I used 40# KB and 20 in box. Rounds completed: 4 + 35.

Friday, May 30, 2014 – Crossfit.  Strength was Back Squat – my mobility still sucks but at least I am slowly seeing some improvements.  12 minute AMRAP of 5 S2OH (75#), 35 DU, 15 Wall Balls (20# ball).  I completed 3 + 54.

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Shoulder to Overhead Shoulder to Overhead Double Unders

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 – Off.

Sunday, June 1, 2014 – Off.

Monday, June 2, 2014 – Crossfit.  Strength was strict press and I worked up to 75#.  WOD was for time but I don’t remember my time – oops!  It was 400 m run, then 15 HSPU and 15 T2B, run 400 m, 10 HSPU and 10 T2B, run 400 m, 5 HSPU and 5 T2B.  I did the HSPU on the box.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 – Walked at lunch 1.76 miles.  Crossfit.  20 minute AMRAP of 5 pull ups, 10 push ups, 15 squats.  I completed 10 + 5 rounds.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – Crossfit.  Skill work was box jumps and I worked on 24 inch box jumps.  I can physically do it and did several but fear gets to me. I’m so scared to miss on every single jump! Knock on wood, but I have NEVER missed and hit my shin on a box like so many have and I NEVER want to.  That probably makes me over cautious on the box though.  We did EMOTM (every minute on the minute) of 8 box jumps per minute for 5 minutes.  The WOD was a short one – 30 SDHP (sumo deadlift high pulls).  I used 75# and finished at 2:05.

Thursday, June 5, 2014 – off.

Friday, June 6, 2014 – Crossfit. Skill work was double unders.  WOD was 4 rounds for time of 5 pull ups, 10 thrusters (started with 65# but dropped to 55# after two rounds) and Russian twists (I used 20#).  Time was 10:32.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 – off.  Watched a Crossfit comp at TNL in Tampa.

Sunday, June 8, 2014 – off.

Monday, June 9, 2014 – Crossfit.  Strength was deadlifts: 5 X 3 working up to a 3 rep max.  Since I am still slowly getting back into this, I didn’t push it on weight.  My 1RM is 265 but I know I am nowhere near getting back to that.  I worked my way up to 215 x 3 as my final round.

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And check out Chayet’s mom – 65 years old and she just got a new PR for her deadlift – 225 lbs!!!  She is such an inspiration to me and everyone who knows her!

Margie with 225 deadlift

The WOD was a 12 minute AMRAP of 15 KB swings, 15 box jumps, 200 m run with a 20# sandbag.  This was one of the workouts from the comp on Saturday – it sucked watching it and it really sucked doing it.  I say that…but I still love to hate it. =)  I used a 53# KB and 20 inch box.

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I sort of dropped the ball with my updates.  I will try to be better about it but life has just been too good lately and I’ve not taken the time to sit down and blog.  Not that I don’t love my blog and documenting my progress – I truly do. But sometimes you have to just step away from the computer, put the phone down and not worry about getting a picture of every single thing and JUST LIVE!  That is what I am trying to focus on – JUST LIVING!  Sometimes I get too busy being a #powerfulhuman – try it sometime.  It’s so empowering to live happy!

  "I cheated on my fears, broke up with my doubts, got engaged to my faith and now... I'm marrying my dreams."

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Workout Recap & a shoe review

Workout Recap & a shoe review

Here is a quick recap of my workouts since my last update.

Monday, May 19, 2014: Crossfit.  21-15-96-3 of HSPU, front squat, burpee-over-bar.  Time: 14:37.  Although I can kick up to the wall and use ab mats to get some dip for the HSPU, I don’t get full range of motion so I did the workout using the box for those.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014: Walked 1.22 miles at lunch – total time 23:25.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014: Walked 1.68 miles at lunch – total time 30:52. Crossfit – JTall Birthday WOD.  I modified the WOD slightly by doing a heavier med ball (20#) and less reps of those.  Instead of 21 each round, I did 15.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014: Walked 1.71 miles at lunch – total time 30:51. Skipped Crossfit for a much needed date night with my girlfriend – five months is WAY TOO LONG to go without seeing a dear friend!  Had to share the yummy meal I had! Fried egg on a burger? Yes, please!!!

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Friday, May 23, 2014: Crossfit.  Strength was OH Squats (5, 5, 3, 3, 1, 1) and I worked up to 90#.  WOD was 10-1, 1-10 of OH squats (65#) and dips.  This workout killed me.  Getting back into Crossfit from a lapse in time really affected my strength in this area but I did notice more depth in my squat even if I did feel I had to use a lighter weight for the movement.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014: Off.  Saturday was devoted doing errands, laundry, tat appt. and coffee with a friend (Buddy’s Brew House at Oxford Exchange and met her squirrel, Tessla) and catching up with my bestie from high school and her little girl, sister and niece. It was a much needed me day and a very special (and hilarious) time with my friend.  Capital Grill for Ahi Tuna and hours spent laughing and catching up!  Only Laura can be a brilliant nurse anesthetist and wear a minion shirt like a boss!

Capital Grill Laura buddy Brew house coffee Oxford Exchange squirrel

Sunday, May 25, 2014: Off.  Spent a much needed day alone with my man. He has been working so much lately, it was nice to have a day for just us.  It started with sleeping in, breakfast, Lowry Park Zoo, Taco Bus, then hours at Starbucks watching Crossfit Regionals online followed by Evos for dinner and a movie in bed.  Perfect day!  I was going to do a full review on our time at the zoo but I don’t think I will now.  I really was NOT overly impressed with Lowry Park for many reasons.  I have not been in over 15 years so I was super excited to get to see it – new and improved from my last time.  I had heard so many great things that I was super excited to experience it again.  Not only were some of the exhibit areas devoid of the animals that were supposed to be in them, there were renovations (somewhat understandable) going on and some of the areas were sadly too small for the animals.  Weather and hunger cut our visit short but I don’t think there was much else for us to see.  I doubt I will go back unless it is for a personalized encounter with some of the animals or if it was free.  I did enjoy seeing a few favorites: giraffe, elephant, orangutan, and especially the clouded leopard.  The dragonfly picture? While I was busy checking out some cute monkeys, Chayet was over by the plants capturing that beautiful creature.  I love that he loves all creatures!

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You know they call him The Charilla for a reason!!!

Monday, May 26, 2014: Crossfit at the brand new box in Temple Terrace – Crossfit STS.  Chayet’s mom is a member at this box and I joined them in doing Memorial Day Murph in honor of Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a US Navy Seal who lost his life in battle, fighting for our freedom.  Every Memorial Day, Crossfit affiliates all over honor him, and all military fighting for us or those who died fighting by doing this WOD.  It’s a mile run, followed by 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 squats and another mile run – for time.  This year I planned on doing it rx and would have finished had my hands not torn after 70 pull ups.  I had someone do my 30 remaining pull ups while I did ring rows and finished the other movements and the run.  Total time 50:48.   STS hosted a cookout for everyone after the workout and it was a great time getting to know new friends and enjoying time with amazing people.  If you are looking for a Crossfit box in the Tampa/Temple Terrace area, be sure to check out this new location.  The owners are awesome and the members are wonderful.  Tell them Lydia sent you!

Shoe Review:

Chayet walks a LOT at work.  At a minimum, he walks 20 miles EVERY DAY, but most of the time its more like 25-28 miles.  That amount of walking has him rotating three different pair of shoes throughout the week.  Well, his beloved LEMS saw their last day this past week.

Lems

That particular pair saw 1,500+ miles – not too shabby!  He loves Lems and barefoot shoes in general and we will definitely be getting him another pair but for now, he is going to be testing out the new Reebok Crossfit Lite Lo TR.  I know it is being sold as the new “strength” shoe but what caught his eye was the 4 mm heel to toe drop.  Like I said, he likes a minimalist shoe and his feet are happiest in that type of shoe. So far, he has put quite a few miles on these and he likes them. Only real complaint is not a ton of color options and they are kind of hot for wearing all day at work in the blazing sun.  That is only because of the material and they aren’t really made for that use.  Other than that, he is really liking the comfort and stability of the shoe and especially the wide toe box.  He has enjoyed wearing them at Crossfit as well – great stability for heavy lifts but allows for functional movement and is flexible even for short runs.  He likes the zero drop, style, minimalist based comfort and the price.  I think I need a pair now!

Reebok Crossfit Lite Lo TR

Ok, I’ll end this (very long) post with something hilarious!  I have seen the Reebok compression crop shirt in Dick’s before and after seeing Lauren Brooks (a fellow large breasted athlete) rock the top at the 2014 South East Regionals, I had to try it on.  I have always assumed that my girls would NOT fit in it and let’s be honest, my abs are not quite where Lauren’s are to truly represent in a top like this!  I wish I could find a picture of her in it! Anyway – I tried it on – so not there yet – but it was surprisingly comfortable.  Well, Chayet has the men’s Reebok Compression shirt (similar).  Compression is a B to get on sometimes and he got a little stuck the other night putting it on.  I found the similarity to the women’s shirt hilarious and he was a sport and let me take a picture.  I know he was flicking me the bird in his head when I took the picture but thankful his handsome smiling face made for a great photo!  And that is all folks! Enjoy!

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My Journey into Crossfit

I thought I would share a little bit about my journey into Crossfit.  Obviously if you have been reading this blog for awhile or are a personal friend, you know I’m obsessed with it.

My Crossfit Journey began on October 29, 2011.  You can read about my first WOD here.

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In April of 2012, after being a lover of Crossfit but fair-weather at best due to training for my first marathon and “life”, I posted about my “love” of Crossfit and why it was still important to me.  I was about to embark on a true journey, one that really changed my life AND my body and Crossfit was one of the biggest impacts in my life and helped me make the most significant changes in my health and fitness.

As I worked on my fitness and weight loss challenge, I really progressed with Crossfit and continued to fall more in love with the sport.  In June 2012, I joined the 200# club!

200 lb club

I also made a startling revelation and I must have been delusional when I did….on June 20, 2012, I actually said I was starting to LIKE burpees! You read that right – that’s when you know I officially drank the Kool Aid or lost my mind – you choose which one!

I went back and read my thoughts after watching the 2012 Crossfit Games.  I haven’t gone back and read that until now and it was almost comical to read – not sure why.  Maybe because the regionals are currently going on and I’m 100x more obsessed with it then I was then! And its even more inspiring today than it was 2 years ago.

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As my love for this sport grew, and my skills improved, I found myself hungry for more.  There were movements that I still struggled with but I kept after them and I saw myself wanting to try to compete.

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Rope climbs

2013 was my year to compete.  I competed in my first competition in June, then did another one in July and my final competition, a team comp in December.

Fenrir’s Mayhem

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Bacon Beatdown

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Reindeer Rumble

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It’s been fun reflecting on my journey into Crossfit and it reminds me why I love it so very much.  For how its changed my life – body, health & strength and the “community” of Crossfit.

It’s nice to see how far I have come, and a reminder of just how far I can still go!  Keep watching, 2014 is going to bring great things and a much stronger and more fit me!

JTall WOD

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Awkward & Awesome

It’s been ages since I did an awkward & awesome – made famously popular by the gorgeous and talented Sydney over at The Daybook.  Do you read her blog? You are missing out if you don’t.  Not only is she gorgeous, sweet and stylish, but she is an amazingly witty writer.  I’ve been following her blog since long before the arrival of Everett and still remember her announcing her pregnancy on the blog.  Well now she is on to baby number 2 (a baby girl).  Time flies, I tell ya!

Anyway – I used to LIVE for her A&A every Thursday (Awkward & Awesome Thursdays) and my cousin and I even took to doing our own every week via email.  I have had so many random things going on in my life, so many random things happening in my life, that I felt it would be fun to jot them down in my own AWKWARD & AWESOME!

Awkward:

Being in the bathroom at the same time as the lady who literally flushes the toilet every 5 seconds it seems.  I kid you not, we were in there maybe 3 minutes and she flushed 6 times.  Hey lady – we all poop and I appreciate the courtesy flush, but really?

Discussing dilation and internal cervical devices with your boss who is about to become a grandfather for the first time.  Not sure who felt more awkward…

Explosive, overnight diarrhea ALL NIGHT LONG when you have a teeny, tiny apartment…sorry love!

Sitting in a packed arena and trying to figure out whom sitting around to you keeps blowing butt all the while trying not to gag – fun times.

Walking into the building with the guy that just cut you off in morning traffic. Oh hello there Jerkface.

Accidentally telling the bookkeeper “love you too” when she said “have a good week” instead of “you too” as she left the office.  Here’s to hoping I mumbled enough that she didn’t hear me….yes, that actually happened.

Learning to talk around a retainer.  Hello extra saliva and awkward words. Hey, lisps are sexy…kind of like an exotic accent, no?

Awesome:

Holiday’s off – thank you Memorial Day.  Now if I can just hold on until vacation…

How Chayet literally stops everything he is doing, every single time, when I softly tickle his neck.  Playing on the phone? Talking/Telling a story? Watching something on the computer or reading? It stops him in his tracks.  It’s the little things…

Eating clean and seeing results – period.

Being back at Crossfit Aero.  Feeling strong and powerful.  Making GAINS (that’s a joke – hello Hodge Twins)

Anticipating an ENTIRE day off with Chayet.  No work. No plans. No sharing.  Just he and I.  After weeks of him not getting a full day off, it’s like Christmas time in May.

Eliminating ugly people from your life.  Best. Thing. Ever.

Lazy days at the beach with a friend.

Sweet potato fries.

Feeling empowered enough to “be comfortable with me” and acknowledge that #ihaveembraced my body – with all its imperfections AND all its strength and beauty.  One – by posting a picture of me in a bikini online (gasp – I know) and two, do a WOD in my sports bra and shorts – NO SHIRT REQUIRED!  If you have not read this post – do it now.  Seriously empowering and beautiful story about a girl embracing and loving herself.  That may seem like a weird “awesome” but for me, it was huge!

No need to thank me for this….the pleasure was all mine.

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Return to Crossfit & a workout recap

Yes, you read that caption correctly! I have returned to Crossfit and I am beyond excited! I thought I would tell you a little about my return to Crossfit & give you a workout recap at the same time.

I won’t get into specifics (divorce is ugly no matter how hard you try to stay civil) but I felt it was best to leave my Crossfit affiliate box at the end of February.  No hard feelings and it was a very hard decision.  I missed the place and the people, as well as the workouts, terribly.  Well, I’ve been given the opportunity to return and I cannot express how thankful and excited that I am.  The people at your box truly do become your family and for me, there really is no other workout that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE than Crossfit.  Sure, I was going to a globogym and trying to do “Crossfit style” workouts – but it does not work and is not the same.

Return to Crossfit Aero

I’m excited to regain some strength that I have lost and continue building and getting even stronger.  Gotta work on those GAINS!  Expect to see my workout recaps full of Crossfit again.  THAT MAKES ME SO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Crossfit world is on fire right now with Regionals taking place – which is basically our “playoffs”.  The man (aka Chayet/the Boyfriend/The Charilla) and I spent several hours on Sunday glued to the computer watching replays from the weekend and the recap shows.  We both have a few favorites and have really been enjoying the Regionals so far this year (how can you NOT love watching Rich Froning and Scott Panchik).  One of his all time favorite athletes is Chris Spealler who will compete at the end of the month in the South West Regionals.  We are and will be basically glued to the computer either watching live or recaps over the next few weekends!

Here are a few of my favorites: Talayna FortunatoStacie Tovar (my girl crush right there #strengthisbooty), of course Annie Thorisdottir and Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet. There are SO MANY others that I love and admire, but these I listed would be on the top of my favorites.  I was so lucky to get to be there and watch Talayna live at the South East Regionals were she took 2nd and solidified her ticket to the Games in Carson, CA in July. I DIED when Stacie failed to make it to the games this year.  She is such an amazing athlete and although she did amazing, did not qualify this year.  I still love her and she is still a total bad ass!  Annie and Camille have both qualified for the Games in July as well.  This years’ Games are going to be epic for sure! I would LOVE to be there in July to watch it all go down!

Ok – back to my workout recap!

May 12, 2014 – divorce becomes official – that was a workout alone.

May 13, 2014 – med ball complex with 20# ball, 15 deficit pull ups, 5 rounds of 5 push ups, 10 sit ups.  Walked 2.01 miles at lunch.

May 14, 2014 – short on time? DO BURPEES! 100 burpees for time (10 minutes). Pearl helped me cool down.

100 burpees DONE

May 15, 2014 – walked 1.45 miles at lunch

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May 16, 2014 – RETURN TO Crossfit Aero!!!! I can’t even describe how awesome it was to be back.  I missed the people, the workouts, the COMMUNITY – everything.  Strength was Clean & Jerk.  Since I had taken basically a 3 month hiatus, I took things really easy.  I didn’t push it and try to work up to a 1RM as prescribed and just worked up to a comfortable weight – 95 lbs. and then did several working on my split jerk form.  I rarely split jerk and really need to work on it so this was good for me.  The WOD was for time: 1,000 m row (or 800 m run – knee is still smarting so I rowed), 50 alternating dumbbell snatches (35#) and 100 air squats.  My time was 13:00.  It was great to be back!

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May 17, 2014 – YouFit with my friend Amanda.  We warmed up with a 1,000 m row and then did the med ball ab complex with a 10# ball.  It was really light but all they had so we made due.  Then we did 21-15-9-6 of goblet squats (25#), toes 2 bar (or knees to elbow for her) and mountain climbers.  She told me that I didn’t kick her butt enough this time so I made her do my Friday workout.  Row, dumbbell snatch and squats.  I also pushed her on her squat depth – there may have been a few curse words thrown my way. =)  We did a few other movements like spiderman plank push ups, walk out push ups, overhead squats (just worked on the movement a little) and deadlifts.  She did several rounds, moving up in weight and I threw 135# on there.  She said she would never be able to lift it.  She was wrong – my girl deadlifted 135# first time like it was nothing!  We spent over 2 hours at the gym and got a great workout in!

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May 18, 2014 – took a rest day and chilled at the beach for a few hours with a friend, then hit up the Yelp Event at Yard of Ale with the man and then spend the next few hours watching Regional events and recaps at Starbucks with him. It was a great day!

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Want to see how I am fueling my body lately? Too bad, I’m gonna show you anyway!

what's in your fridge

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You cannot out-train a bad diet. 

But that does not mean I can’t indulge here and there with a treat!

Get active this week!

Remember you only have one shot with this body to be healthy.  Make the most of the one you were given and treat it right!

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