Boxing: Getting In The Ring To Work On Technique


Back to School It was only me and another guy for boxing this morning which meant that Coach Mike had us work in the ring instead of on the heavy bag. It is so much harder to spar with your instructor – so much harder! Not only do you have to be quick on your feet at all times, you also have to be quick thinking too. In the ring, Mike works with us on our form and technique which is where I need to work. I am strong but once I learn how to use all the momentum and power possible to hit -watch out.

Here is a good site for some boxing info and tips:

Yesterday was the first day of school for kids in Loudoun County, Virginia which includes my two kiddos! And, although I love summer because we don’t have to rush around in the morning to get them off, I appreciate the routine of the school year too. I think kids are happier when they are in a learning environment and challenged.

Back to School School Photo

Here are some great resources to help start the school year right:

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Boxing Heart Rate Data

Enter the Giveaway

Don’t forget to enter the One Direction Looks Collection Giveaway that I highlighted on my blog this weekend.

Win One Direction Looks Makeup Collection Autographed by the Band


Win An Autographed One Direction: Looks Make Up Collection


One Direction at NationalsA few weeks ago, I took HB to her first concert – One Direction at Nationals Stadium. It was just as you would imagine it would be — lots of young girls, screaming, crying, singing along in their 1D schwag. There were a ton of Moms bopping along and Dads sitting in their seats wondering how they got roped into taking their daughters.

I’m not going to lie — I really enjoyed the event. It brought back a lot of memories of being a Duran Duran loving tween. And my 12 year old daughter LOVED it.

I took a lot of photos during the show – click on the concert pic below to see my One Direction photo gallery on Facebook.

One Direction at Nationals 2014 Washington DC

One Direction “The Looks Collection”

One Direction seems to be taking over the world just like Duran Duran did in the 80’s.  Case in point, just released:

2rSpCEMS1yQZYHpYNSvw_MM CollectionThe affordable limited edition One Direction “The Looks Collection” cosmetics collection was created to be fun and bold and a tad mischievous – like Harry Styles, right?

Backed by Markwins International, it’s now available at Macy’s! I was asked to spread the word about a special giveaway to win one of these really cool Looks Collection sets autographed by the band. That’s right – signed by Niall, Harry, Liam, Zayn and Louis!! How happy would you or your daughter be if you won!? Details and entry method info are at the bottom of this post.

Brandbacker: One Direction Macy's Collection “The Looks Collection” comprises three keepsake tins inspired by One Direction’s globe-conquering albums, “Up All Night, “Take Me Home” and the latest chart topper, ‘Midnight Memories.” Each tin comes complete with everything you need to show off your personality. Are you a rock n’ roll girl, a fun party girl or the girl next door? We have just the right collection for you and illustrations to help show you just how to get your perfect look. All your beauty essentials are housed in a LIMITED EDITION collectible keepsake tin with removable sleeve, complete with ONE DIRECTION doodle stencils to decorate your keepsake tin and make it uniquely your own! “

Win a Looks Collection set autographed by the band!

Giveaway Details:

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Thanks to BrandBacker for sponsoring this post & offering me an opportunity to spread the word. 

Love More. Worry Less.


It’s my rest day today –hip hop hooray!

Keurig Last night, I came across this blog post: How K-Cups Might Damage Your Metabolism, Reproductive Health, and Cause Cancer. I love my Keurig and use it often but the info in the post has me questioning this common kitchen tool.

very little is known about the longterm effects of consuming these substances in low doses day in, day out for years and years.

Let’s be honest though – we don’t need research to tell us that it’s probably not good for us long term.  The issue for me is what my friend Adam commented to me when I shared this link: “I say keep using the Keurig. Something tells me only massive amounts could really affect you. It’s great to be mindful of what goes in but all this stuff floating around online is typically glorified, taken out of context, and causes unnecessary hysteria. Why not do what you can (like you do) and forget worrying about every microgram that goes in. I’m sure if you keep that up you’ll have a long, healthy, happy life.”

What say you all? I do see his point – just about everything we do now a days has some hazardous implication. Did you see the smog in China? Heck they shouldn’t even breathe anymore without wearing a protective mask. All of this info can cause a lot of stress and hysteria. I told someone the other day that if I took every supplement people have recommended I take – there wouldn’t be enough hours in the day. Do what you can, with what you have – do your homework and weight the risks to make a decision based on what’s best for you. Period.

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I have not been feeling myself the past few days — like I have a bug or something. I left in the middle of the workout yesterday because I was throwing up and then took a sick day from work and slept most of the day. This morning, I’m not sure how I have feel. Still not 100% but better. I have been on these antibiotics for almost two months now and frankly, I think they are killing my system. I need to get better for my big 200 mile relay race next week.

Have you read this article? Why We’re Motivated to Exercise. Or Not.

Although the findings suggest a genetic disposition to motivation to exercise, it’s not meant to be used as an excuse. Choice can be a very strong leader in change.

Behavior, he says, remains a mix of innate tendencies and personal choice. So, even if it is in your nature to enjoy long hours on the couch, you can choose to get up and move.

It’s been such a crazy few days emotionally and that could be also tied to how I am feeling physically, but one thing I keep remembering is that there are a ton of good people out there, helping one another, living great, blessed lives. Good, kind people who cherish every day and look to share their inspiration and support with others. I am finding a lot of comfort reading the stories of the amazing every day heroes who sprang into action during the Boston bombing and how their heroism saved many people. That’s the stuff I am focusing on — and the amazing stories of the tragic victims. The world lost some special people this week.


Don’t forget the giveaway I am co-hosting to win a fruit basket worth up to 100 bucks!



All About Gifts and Baskets: Fruit Basket Giveaway


Spring and Summer are here and it means most of us are eating more fruit!  I have my dehydrator going every day making my new favorite snack –dehydrated fruit. Yum. I was pretty excited to get contacted to help co-host a Fruit Basket giveaway from the fine folks at All About Gifts and Baskets. The giveaway is for a Fruit Basket, Box or Tower valued at up to $100 and it runs through April 28th, 2013. The winner can choose from over 30 fresh and delicious designs including some organic ones from their Fruit Gift Baskets page.

All About Gifts and Baskets has lots of gifts to choose from –including ones on the healthier side! I have been sending gift baskets of fruit to lots of people in recent years in lieu of sending things that they don’t need or necessarily want.  I have never met anyone who didn’t love to get a basket full of fruit, snacks or other stuff.  I personally LOVE them. <hint hint>

And in regards to eating fruit, Spring and summer are my favorite time of year.-I  love strawberries, peaches, nectarines and really good Oranges. Here’s a great resource to find out about when your favorite fruit is in season.

Here are some details about the giveaway and you can enter right on my page!  Good Luck!


Giveaway Rules Summary

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Any of the options listed for entry are acceptable, and entries per person are limited to the number indicated in this contest form. Entries will be reviewed and any duplicate or incomplete entries will be removed.

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NOTE – You must complete the specified entry task in order to be eligible to win the contest.  If you click the entry button without completing the task, your entry will be thrown out (disqualified from winning).

This contest is open to all residents of the 48 Contiguous States and only to those 18 or older.

Winner is picked random from all eligible entries.  The lucky winner will receive their choice of fruit gift basket (valued at up to $100) from this page.

Prize will be fulfilled by the contest sponsor

If you are the lucky winner, you will be notified via email. Winners must respond within three days of being contacted. If you do not respond within that time, another winner will be chosen.

The full list of rules can be found here.

Remember: Sweepstakes ends at midnight EST on April 28, 2013. The sweepstakes winners will be announced by May 5, 2013.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

CrossFit Field Trip: Gymnastics


Have you taken the pledge yet? I’m not one of those bloggers that is going to try to sell you something — but this really is a good cause. Gatorade is going to donate money to to the Women’s Sports Foundation  — and you just need to sign the pledge.  And if you leave a comment on that post, you may win an autographed soccer ball. Can’t beat the odds there!  I think any time you can give money to a worthy cause by a click of your mouse — you should and helping young female athletes is a very worthy cause!

The mission of the Women’s Sports Foundation is ” To advance the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.”    So don’t wait, take the pledge already.

So I’m very excited because tonite, CrossFit Impavidus is doing a field trip. We are headed to a real gymnastics gym for a bit of an adult open gym time. I am constantly challenging myself to try the wonders that are gymnastics. Having grown up with ZERO motivation to do any of it, and many missed opportunities to learn, I am finding a real joy in learning how to hang upside down!  It’s going to be super fun to really get to use the tools of a real gymnast tonite and see what I can do. I will definitely take some pics and keep you posted.

In preparation for tonite, Coach Jerry had us do some gymnastics today, as usual. I love how when he gets to the box in the AM, he likes to ask one of us what we would like to try today. Like any of us have a clue! We always laugh and say, Handstands?!! And he says — nope, we did that already and finds something else tricky for us. I  know you are thinking, our version of fun is a big off kilter –and yes this is at 6A!

800m jog
10 OHS
10 Pass thrus
10 Whirly Birds
10 Good Mornings
10 Hamstring Stretches
10 Kick to Handstands

Re: my handstands I am getting really good at. I no longer need a kick start and have stayed away from the wall for more than 5s at a pop. Thinking back to Jan/Feb/Mar time frame, when I was too scared to even try it until Coach Marc got in my face and said –‘JUST COMMIT!’. It really has gotten me through a lot lately. You have to commit yourself to whatever you are doing — and sure enough, it comes through!

Back Bends
Skin the Cat

SDHP (53#)
Wall Balls (10#)
total: 13

So the issue today was that I went too light on the SDHP, so when I got tired, I lost form and bent my arms too early. Key thing is to let your hips do the work and pop ’em and let them push the weight up. When you bend your arms too early, you break the momentum and your arms do the work! So, I should have gone heavier so that I couldn’t bend them too early and force my hips to do their thing — lesson learned!

Giveaway: Take the Pledge: Help Athletes BECOME from Gatorade


When I went to Blogher’11, I was lucky enough to attend a Gatorade event about young athletes, proper nutrition and how we, as parents, can help them ‘Become’ the great athletes they are destined to be.  During the event, I was also fortunate to meet Brandi Chastain .  For those of you too young to remember, Brandi Chastain is a professional American soccer player and is a former member of the United States women’s national soccer team.  She is considered one of the great women soccer players in the USA . You may remember her from the famous sports bra-baring photo that appeared on all the major news magazines like Time and Newsweek after the US National Soccer Team’s win at the 1999 Women’s World Cup.

Brandi Chastain spoke at our event about leading by example.  “If you want your kids to be active, get active.”  For those that follow me, this is a very big deal to me as well. I have seen way too many women lose themselves once they become a wife and mother.  It is never too late to start — learning a cartwheel at 40 was a very humbling experience but one that has become a highlight of my year!

I stopped and chatted with her after the event and found her to be very welcoming and interested in my story. I didn’t get the sense she was ‘just being nice’ either. She inspired me even more to continue and push myself further —

Last week, Gatorade asked if I would be interested in helping get the word out about their BECOME pledge — and if the cause isn’t enough reward, they have provided me with an autographed soccer ball from Brandi Chastain to give-away!!  How cool is that?

Pledge support to young athletes on their quest to BECOME. 

Gatorade is calling upon people to pledge their support to young athletes in their quest to BECOME.

Gatorade will donate one dollar up to $10,000 to the Women’s Sports Foundation for every pledge received at (just click “take the pledge now” on the main Gatorade Moms page).

All you have to do is read the pledge, click to commit and Gatorade will donate a dollar in support of girls’ and women’s sports. That’s it – click commit and they donate $$ for a very worthy cause.

The donation will help ensure there are opportunities for all youth who want to get physically active, get involved in competitive athletics and get in the game.

Giveaway details:

1 lucky Live Fit and Sore! reader will win an autographed soccer ball from Brandi Chastain.

not pic of actual ball

Here’s how to enter:
Visit, click “take the pledge now”, fill out the form and take the pledge.

~ Leave a comment on this post letting me know you took the pledge.
~ One extra entry if you tweet about this blog post using @livestrongnsore & #become. (Please leave me a comment letting me know you did.)
~ One extra entry for blogging about this. Please leave me a comment with a link to your blog post.
~ Make sure you include your name and email address in your comment. Comments without name/emails will be deleted.
~ Giveaway is open to U.S residents only
~ Giveaway will end Friday, September 23, 2011at 11:59pm ET.

~I will be using an online randomizer to choose the winner.


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