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What Are You Thankful For?


Be Thankful - Thanksgiving 2014

Happy Thanksgiving! There is always something to be thankful for even when things may not be going in the most ideal way. Whether it be an opportunity to learn, to grow, or to appreciate.  It’s way too easy to get wrapped up in our lives and forget how blessed and lucky so many of us are. That doesn’t mean we aren’t entitled to feel low but you have to keep things in perspective.  Take today to really answer this: What Are You Thankful For? 


What Are you Thankful for?

12 rounds boxingI got up and did a 12 round boxing session to get my day started with some awesome, fun people.  Im thankful for my health and fitness for sure. Some days it’s hard to get up and get it done, but at the end of the day it is so worth it.

Being Thankful


SunflowerAn extra post today to close out my 5 days of sharing what I’m thankful for:

Day 5…

  1. 1. I’m thankful for my strong personality. Some may think it’s a blessing and a curse but I disagree. It’s important for people to know where you stand.
  2. 2. I’m thankful for my ability to make friends ‘with a rock’. It has come in handy in many situations over the years.
  3. 3. I’m thankful for the perspective that I developed during my husband’s cancer treatment. The people I met, the friends who supported us, the things I saw, and the situations that made me uncomfortable – all of them were gifts and have helped me to remember how important it is to constantly revisit what’s important to me in my life.

I am not going to nominate anyone, but I encourage every one out there to stop, breathe and really look at what blessings you have in your life. Sure, things can always be better, but they sure as hell can be a lot worse!



Kindness never goes out of style


Kindness and Robin WilliamsKindness never goes out of style

I came across another wonderful story about the kindness displayed by Robin Williams. You won’t regret reading it:

I’m on Day 4 of 5, sharing what I am thankful for:

  1. 1. I’m thankful for my large network of good people. I’ve learned so much from them and they have helped me in so many ways over the years.
  2. 2. I’m thankful for salad. Any one that knows me well, knows I love me a good salad.
  3. 3. I’m thankful for laughter. It has gotten me through many tough situations.

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Depression: Who Are You To Judge?


As I spent time yesterday reading about Robin Williams, it became clear how judgmental some people insist on being.  Who are we to judge someone else’s actions? We were not in his shoes at that moment or the ones that led up to it. All I can imagine is the immense pain he must have felt to actually want to die. One blogger wrote about how selfish he was by taking his own life. Another wrote about how it was a choice he decided to make. I am not a doctor nor super educated in depression – I have felt very low during periods of my life and can attest to the fact that you aren’t necessarily capable of making rational, clear decisions. The decisions you make are filtered by what you are feeling and thinking every second of every day, so if you are depressed or happy – it influences your actions.

Judgmental People


The actions you take while you are in the throws of Mr D. seem rational at the time. They seem like the only logical choice to make that will help you feel better and stop the pain.  Regardless, we have no room to judge what Robin Williams decided to do. Is it something you would do?  I hope not. Do I wish he had not done it? Absolutely. I feel sad but realize that I can not comment on someone else’s journey and no one else should feel as if they are entitled to either.  We really need to take a look at our society as a whole and find ways to be kinder and act with more compassion. We are all here for a short time…

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The Goal Is To Get Fit And Have Fun


Fill your mind with positive thingsWhat I have discovered over the course of the past month or so and mixing up my fitness routine is I was/am burned out from strength and conditioning training. I think the one year mark tends to be the time when I start craving something different. With that in mind, I have decided to stop going to Highbar CrossFit and try some different classes and gyms in the area to see if any trip my trigger.

I’ve learned a lot at Highbar when it comes to strength and conditioning training. The hardest part of leaving is leaving the friends. They are the reason I am able to get my butt up in the AM and go workout.  But as I said, even that was not inspiring me enough to go and that’s was how I knew for sure I was suffering from burn out.

The burnout was starting to seep into other aspects of my life — I’ve been feeling uninspired overall. What I realized is that my morning workouts were no longer fulfilling the need they once were and it was throwing off my day. This past week, it became clear what I craved was change. Not only change, but also more cardio – I am not going to lose the weight I have gained without adding some serious cardio in addition to switching up my diet.  I think my nagging shoulder issues were signaling to me that need to back off a bit from heavy lifting. I am still going to make sure I have some strength and conditioning in my weekly program, but not 5 times a week.

So, if you are keeping count – I have been a member at CrossFit Impavidus, Highbar CrossFit and have tried out Cycleluv in Leesburg, Flow Yoga, and Title Boxing. As a part of this exercise, I am going to write about the experiences in a future blog post, so everyone in the area can gain the benefit of my exploration.

And the other thing I need to work on is regaining my perspective. Perspective about working out and how my fitness goals fit in with my overall life. I tend to go all in — I have said it before, I don’t half ass anything and as I have found out time and time again, not everyone gets that and/or approaches their life in the same way. When I start to get bogged down with anxiety and wrapped up in behaviors that steer me away from my goals, I am learning to step back, breathe and reset. Sometimes the process takes longer than it should but practice makes better!

This quote from Pat Sherwood is one of my favorites about fitness and CrossFit. It helps me reset my perspective and carry on…

Relax and have fun. “The goal is to get fit, make it the best hour of your day, stay safe, turn up the music, high five some people, and blow off some steam.  So remember that.  Relax.  Have fun.  Work out.”  –Pat Sherwood

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A Strong Strength Foundation


Not only can I already feel how Yoga is helping with some mobility issues, it’s also helping me learn to quiet my mind. At the end of every class, we do a short meditation and I always wish it was longer. I just start to feel relaxed – my muscles are loose, i love how completely spent I feel and we lay down silent – the room is dim, the ambient sounds are relaxing and after a minute or so, I can feel my mind just start to settle and just when I am at that relaxing spot – it’s time to reawaken and class is over. I am sure I can take a class where it’s a combo, but I do like the hard work required during the class.  It’s funny how I am starting to really enjoy it — four classes in.

The instructor last night came up to me to ask if I was new. Apparently it was abundantly obvious – ha! She said she could tell I was strong and that coming into Yoga with an already established strength foundation will serve me well. She mentioned that it’s more challenging for someone who may be more flexible but doesn’t have the strength – so I have that going for me!

I do have to say – four classes in and I really do feel a difference overall and seeing some progress with how I am handling the Highbar CrossFit workouts. I am still babying my shoulders though – I  don’t want to be the type of person that goes all out to the long term detriment of my body. It’s not worth it to me.

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Push ups/Pull ups
85% Deadlifts
5 Rounds

  • 40m shuttle
  • 3 DB Power Cleans
  • 4 DB Hang Clean Squat Press
  • 3/side DB Lunges


Mother Nature Isn’t Done With Us Yet


Snow in VA SNOW is what greeted me when I woke up this morning. SNOW is what happened mid-March – mere weeks before spring. SNOW is what made me cranky today. School was cancelled, gym was closed, and it’s cold. I am so over winter – it’s overstayed its welcome. I am all for seasons but it’s time for this one to move on. I need more sunlight, more outdoor activities, more warmer temps. Who is with me??

Next Sunday is Team Hoagie’s Heroes annual 5K Scope it Out Race to help raise awareness and money for Colon Cancer. Colon cancer is curable if detected early and there is no reason why we shouldn’t detect it early. Go to Chris4Life and find out more info about colon cancer, its signs and symptoms and other ways to be in the know. The colonoscopy is nothing compared to what you have to go through if you actually do have colon cancer – trust me. I had to witness Scotty’s diagnosis and treatment and it ain’t something you want to go through.

Now, let’s talk about the impending season change…

With spring is coming – or at least I am assuming it will be here soon, it’s a great time to reevaluate your goals. Many of us make a list of things we want to do at the beginning of the year and rarely check in with them to see how they are progressing. Spring means you can be more active outside, get some more Vitamin D, socialize with friends that you rarely saw during the winter. Do me and yourself a favor, take a few minutes in the evening this week and write down a few things you want to accomplish this season. Don’t jot down too many – just a few things that you have been meaning to do, or really want to do and work towards completing them or making progress towards their completion. It’s a great feeling to be able to feel the momentum that is created when you are moving towards goals you set for yourself.

Here’s a post I wrote earlier this year about Focusing on the process, not necessarily the goal that might offer some help:

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Look your Best, Embrace the Experiences


I was thinking about the Oscars and the mundane questions that celebs get asked at events like that.  I read that there was a push to ask more insightful, less looks focused questions called Ask Her More.  It was funny to hear Kevin Spacey get asked questions usually reserved for the lady celebs. He was so out of his element. I get that many women out there get excited to learn about the fashion and the styles that are worn, but in recent years, it seems to have gotten out of control. Women are being treated as if they are no longer people, just models and mannequins. I appreciate a good couture look myself – however I also realize the work and illusion that goes into it. Do young girls realize it though?

Kim KardashianThen it got me thinking about someone like Kim Kardashian. She is known and ‘famous’ because of the way she looks. It’s all tied to her beauty – what happens when that youthful beauty starts to fade? Does her entire self worth go down the drain? It’s kind of sad if you think about it – every outfit she wears, every pound she gains, every mistake she makes – gets documented good and/or bad. I don’t envy someone so tied up into their physical attributes.  Does anyone know if she actually makes any sort of valuable contribution to society? I am not saying she doesn’t, but no one sure as hell talks about that. Sure, she makes a ton of money from looking the way she does, but is it worth it? There are a ton of studies out there that prove money doesn’t buy happiness. Can you imagine the constant pressure she feels to look a certain way all the time? And how hard it is to constantly be the target for cruel jokes and criticism?

I bet she will be the type of celeb that constantly tries to keep her youthful appearance by trying the latest cosmetic procedure, and end up looking like she’s trying to hard. Embrace aging — a little help is one thing but so many of these aging stars just don’t know when to quit. Anyone notice Kim Novak at the Oscars? Oy vey….

Personally, I don’t have the time nor the desire to look like a beauty queen 24/7. There is so much more to life — look your best, embrace the experiences.

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Pushups/Pull Ups
Mobility Work
100m shuttle run for time
Wall Balls
Bear Crawls


Rest in Peace Ms. Shirley Temple


If the predictions are right, the DC area is due for some big snow starting tomorrow night. Personally, I like having some snow on the ground. I find it forces people to slow down life a bit. However, the extra work attached to getting a big dump of snow is not welcome. My kids get stir crazy. I don’t know if I have mentioned this before, but my kids aren’t the most adventurous when it comes to snow. My son will get all dressed and ready to go out — only to come in maybe 10 mins later because he’s cold. I don’t remember being like that — snow meant spending hours outside building forts, sledding, snow balls.

I just heard that Shirley Temple has died. I remember so many afternoons watching her old movies on my black and white TV. It was a part of my childhood. She was a class act throughout her life and a great example of how good parenting works. Every time I hear about someone so iconic dying, it’s another reminder for me that life goes by so fast and to make the most of each and every day.

I remember reading about how her parents took care of her, looked after her and made sure she was not exploited like so many other child actors of her day. She also was quite a trail blazer in her day – helping break the white/black stereotypes so prevalent back then.

Rest in Peace Ms. Temple.

Shirley Temple


Drink WaterI am once again focusing on making sure I am drinking enough water. Not only to recover from the dehydration of my partying Saturday evening but in general. I don’t drink enough and am completely not in the habit of drinking it. Starting yesterday, I have a water bottle that I am committed to emptying at least three times during the day. That will put me at about 100oz for the day. If you see me during the day at all –remind me to drink, drink, drink!

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Working on skills and body weight movements  for the next few weeks, and easing off of heavy lifting.

  • Mobility
  • 200m shuttle runs 1:07 (this was brutally painful for me – my ankles felt wobbly and my asthma kicked in)
  • Agility work (ladder drills)

Musings for an Ordinary Day


Holy cow it’s cold – the thermometer said 4′ on the way to the gym this morning. Temperature

I am really wanting to go to San Francisco and meet my nieces. Seeing the pics of them is tough because I know it will be a while before I get to actually meet them in person. I am a lot like my Mom  — We both love babies. I could hold them all day long. As hard as it was being a new mom years ago – I loved it. Babies just are a sign of all that is right in the world.

Water Reminder AppAs I mentioned yesterday, I’m trying to drink more water. It’s a goal I make all the time – it’s such a struggle. I found a free app to remind me called Daily Water. Let’s see if that helps the cause.


Strength: back squat 185#
Turkish sit ups
Double Unders

-20 minute sit in the sauna.

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