One of the challenges of this summer has been my 12 year old daughter is home during the day. She really wasn’t into attending camp this summer – so other than a few weeks where there were specialized camps, she is home. Which means she has to figure out a way to keep herself occupied and out of my hair. She seems to be glued to her tablet and/or the TV for most of the day, which annoys me to no end. I challenged her to read at least one book a week this summer but she doesn’t seem to be really digging that idea. I ran across this post with some tips to help us parents encourage our kids to READ. Most are basic but I do like the one below and will start doing this for an hour or so a day while she is home.
Have an Electronics Black Out
For just an hour a day, or even just once a week, have an all out electronics blackout. Turn off the TV, the computer, cell phones and any other distracting device (unless it is an eReader) and pick up a book, magazine or newspaper. There is a saying that goes ‘monkey see, monkey do’, and if kids are used to seeing everyone around them read, they too will be encouraged to read more books.
On a related note: Most 10-Year-Olds Are More Afraid Of Getting ‘Fat’ Than Getting Cancer. A lot of the info she shares in the video below is discouraging, but being unhealthy is not OK. However, do people who are overweight and/or obese deserve respect and kindness like every other living soul in the world? ABSOLUTELY. In my mind, it shouldn’t be about condoning unhealthy behavior and habits, but teaching folks to rewire how to approach and treat people – no matter the circumstance. Always choose kindness and understanding…
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I’m really digging this song and its message: Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
The HR monitor reset as we were doing sprints outside but I saw it before it reset and my calorie count for this hour workout was: 810. Not too shabby considering I felt pretty worn out. I have to figure out a way to loosen my body for the 6A boxing class. By the time I am finally feeling like I can hit hard, we are on the fourth round!
To follow up on yesterday’s seasons of change post, I found a post that capture the essence of what I was talking about: Change of Season. The last line “Commit to the process then release your attachment to the outcome….” really says it all doesn’t it?
I want you to take some time to read this: Are You Recovering, Or Are You Just Resting? My friend Madeline shared it along with this comment:
“Merely taking a day or two off from exercise when you’re feeling overtrained (or All Banged Up) is, to put it bluntly, the slacker’s version of “recovery.” One of the many things that was underscored during our training with Rob MacDonald of Gym Jones is that recovery requires just as much (or more!) discipline as training itself. Which means if you’re training hard, a case could be made that you should spend more time focused on recovery than you do on training itself.”
For quite some time I had been feeling just run down — and would take a day off regularly but what I have realized now is that I was not really allowing my body to recover and it was taking its toll. High Intensity Training like CrossFit is hard on your body but it’s hard to take time off. It’s why people keep it up –which is great and bad at the same time.
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Today’s Yoga theme was about the meanings of the different seasons, specifically Summer. Summer meaning abundance – it’s the time when things come to fruition. Flowers bloom, goals come together – but not everything is ready. Keep in mind that fruit takes a while to ripen. But it’s the time to appreciate all you have in your life. Appreciate and Recognize the abundance that greets you day in and day out.
In keeping the theme coming to fruition, after almost a year of being transitioned and finally laid off from my previous job, I have accepted a new opportunity and will be starting mid August. It’s been a gift to have 12 months away from the corporate/business world. With the time, I have been able to work through some internal, personal issues, spend time connecting with the kiddos, and just be home. I haven’t had any real down time since Scott got sick six years ago — and I had not realized how much of that experience was still affecting me. The time off also helped rid me of the fear of the unknown when it comes to my career. It has shown me that things work out — may not be the way you expected, but it does work out.
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If you are looking for a new show to watch, watch The Fall on Netflix. The first season is only 5 episodes and I am hooked. I can’t wait for Season 2. Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan are awesome and the story lines and acting are superb. I can’t get the story out of my mind. It’s that good.
“”The Fall” is a crime drama that follows an investigation into a series of murders involving young business women in Belfast, Ireland. Season 1 begins with Metro Police Superintendent Detective Stella Gibson (played by Gillian Anderson ) heading up a group of local detectives determined to track down a serial killer by the name of Paul Spector ( Jamie Dornan ) before he has a chance to strike again.”
I didn’t wear my Heart Rate monitor during class today because my iPhone was dead. But here’s a previous class’s data:
Did you happen to watch the CrossFit Games this past week? What an awesome display of athleticism and community. It makes me feel like working out harder and it also makes me feel like I am way out of shape. HA! Someone posed a question online about whether the CF Games actually hurts local affiliates because the general public thinks that those athletes are the normal CrossFitter. They aren’t- CrossFitters come in all shapes, sizes and fitness levels.
Watching the games on TV this weekend also reminded me how big the whole thing has become. 3-4 years ago, the crowd was small and intimate and the athletes weren’t celebrities, they were just people working out. Times change…
Congrats to Camille and Rich! Both worked hard and completely earned their first place wins!
For those not familiar with the CrossFit Games – any athlete can buy into the CrossFit Open. It’s a series of weekly workouts over a 6 week (I think) period that you perform, post your scores – which are then validated by a Certified CrossFit Gym or you can submit a video. The top scores/athletes from each of the regions get invited to the Regionals, where they spend a few days vying for a spot to the Games. The top 3 from each region go to the games. It’s a long process that starts in the Spring and ends in August in Carson, California. The main Games features CrossFit athletes but they have Master’s divisions (40+) and then of course, there is CrossFit Kids (they don’t compete at the Games).
One of my CrossFit buds and friend Jason Sturm is featured on the cover of the most recent The Box magazine I met him at CrossFit Rubicon and have always just been genuinely in awe of him. What a great way to honor a great guy…
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This video makes me feel cuddly inside: Baby and pit bull puppy snuggle up
With the kiddos off to camp this week, Scott and I are taking time to reconnect. It is so odd to not have the kids home. The drive to VTech to drop them off was filled with bickering and Are we there yets as expected. The 4 hour drive home though — was pure heaven. We listened to uncensored music. I took an uninterrupted nap. We stopped and got Dairy Queen. We were FREE!
Truth is, I miss those brats but it’s nice to have some down time once in a while. It makes you appreciate them all the more!
I am going to start working on getting up and heading for my workouts at 6A again on the regular. It’s amazing how fast you can get used to sleeping in even though it was easy for me to get up super early for years. The thing I am finding though is that because my body is still stiff that early in the AM, the boxing class is a bit tougher for me. I guess I will just have to get used to it once again. Liz and I are planning on adding in two strength days and then boxing and yoga to round out our weekly workout routine. I’m excited to have my lifting partner back and we are renewed with energy!
I came across this post last night that I think is share worthy and can be applied to sons and daughters….
19 Things I Will Tell My Daughter, via @brennanat (tumblr)
1. Wash your sheets every two weeks, I promise you’ll sleep better.
2. If a boy breaks your heart, it’s okay to cry.
3. If a girl breaks your heart, it’s okay to cry.
4. School is important, but there are many things you can’t learn in a classroom. Pursue them.
5. Find your passion, and run with it.
6. No, you don’t need to lose weight.
7. You are beautiful without make up.
8. You are beautiful with make up.
9. Being a good person will never go out of style
10. Buy yourself flowers if you’re feeling sad.
11. Getting enough sleep is very important.
12. Drinking water has so many benefits
13. Believe in fairy tales, believe in love, and allow no one to steal your magic.
14. Reading is good for the soul.
15. I am not here to judge you, but I will always support what I think is best for you.
16. I appreciate you.
17. I am proud of you.
18 Even on your worst days, you will never disappoint me.
19. I love you no matter what.
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It’s Friday!! I had the weirdest dream last night and I think it was caused by reading about the horrific Malaysian airplane tragedy. I read an article about the crash site and witness accounts and my heart just dropped. Thinking about those people and the sheer fear and terror that must have overtaken them is unimaginable. I hope those stories you hear about your body going into shock and protective mode are true…
It’s another reminder of how precious life is and to stop wasting it on people and situations that don’t matter and cherish and appreciate those that do….
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Kacy Catanzaro at the 2014 Dallas Finals | American Ninja Warrior
Boxing (yes, again!)
Yesterday, Iyanla Vanzant shared something on her Facebook page:that really enhanced the theme of change:
There are times when we do not recognize that it is time for us to move forward. When life is ready for us to move and we resist, life will move us by any means necessary. What may feel like a disaster is actually a graduation. Remain open to being guided, supported and protected by the universe.
The key is really to embrace it and don’t let fear take over. Don’t get bogged down with the What Ifs or wrapped up in worst case scenarios. I believe things happen for a reason and if you are open to the adventure of the unknown, the journey to where you are supposed to be will be much more enjoyable.
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Here’s Stuart Scott’s Moving Speech From The ESPYS
I’m not sure really why, but for the last few weeks I have been really off focus on my nutrition. Eating a lot more dairy and usually snacking in the evening. Morning and afternoons – no problem but something about dinner and beyond has me acting very unlike myself. More carbs and just foods I know I shouldn’t be eating — even Pizza. I think some of it has to do with some life changes that I am in the process of making and I am worried and excited for what it will hold for me. I will talk more about it once it’s a done deal but don’t want to jinx it!
Last week, an online friend of mine was unceremoniously let go from her job. It was a job she loved, gave her inspiration and a sense of purpose. I shared with her my experience with my last job and how it rang true once again, that things happen for a reason even if it makes us uncomfortable and upset. It’s been almost a year since I was *unbeknownst” to me – transitioned out of a job and although it was shocking, upsetting and done badly, in the end it has turned out to be a gift. I have been able to have real time to be with my family, work on my fitness, and just “BE”. It slowed down my life which has been really nice…
Even though in our minds we know it’s all going to be OK – giving yourself time to adjust to the change and feel what you need to feel is just as important as being comfortable with being uncomfortable. Sometimes people are assholes when they have to do something or take some action that they aren’t entirely comfortable with — and sometimes those actions hurt but they also make us stronger and more experienced.
Change is inevitable – Here’s some info to prepare yourself when and if it starts to cause you stress: It is easier to accept change with an open mind.
The most common myth about change is that we resist it, but this is a misunderstanding of change. Change is an event. Change is a point in time when something old stops and something new begins. What people resist is not the change itself, but the impacts of change. (Lucy Garrick).
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For the past month or so, I have been using a heart rate monitor to track some stats about the different workouts I am doing. I didn’t really understand much about how the five heart rate zones work and what they each meant, so I started doing some research:
I’ve included an infographic about how the five different zones work and included my stats from the Power Hour Boxing class I took today — What I hope to do is start to tweak how I perform depending on the type of exercise so that I work more efficiently. It’s a fun and interesting experiment for me…
I’ve been using the 60beat heart rate monitor that uses bluetooth and your iPhone instead of wearing a watch. It’s a fairly easy, reliable HRM so far…
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