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Aftershokz

Bone Conduction Headphones: Are they right for you?

My brother recently told me about these cool headphones that use bone conduction to transmit the sound, sending the vibrations straight into the top of your jaw and from there to your inner ear and brain. The company, Aftershokz, originally started making bone conduction headphones for the military and now they are offering them to the public. After hearing how much my brother loved them, I went to the website, checked them out and ordered the Trekz Titanium Wireless model. Here’s what the More >

Allergies

Is Dairy Causing Your Eczema?

The Connection Between Eczema and Eating Dairy A few weeks ago I was talking to a friend of mine about her recent case of eczema. I immediately said it’s probably dairy. She said that’s what her doctor said too  Fast forward to this morning, before our 6A boxing session, she said she stopped the dairy and almost immediately – her eczema cleared up! Well what do you know!! It’s amazing how many people don’t realize that a sensitivity to dairy can cause skin issues and congestion. Before More >

bacon

Busy Busy Day

 I took the day off to take Hannah to the orthopedist to have her wrist looked at — well she is now in an arm cast. I am sure the novelty of it all will wear off in a day or so. It will be a long four weeks for my baby. Today was a rest day for me and I was more than happy to do it. I am so so sore.. mostly in my quads. I think it may be from rowing since I did a ton of that yesterday. But i will be back at it tomorrow… Here’s a few interesting articles I have read that I think you should read More >

Bacon

Paleo Leap: Sweet Potato Bacon Cakes

Bacon and Sweet Potatoes? There is no wrong in this recipe! It’s supposed to be a good, solid replacement for hash browns. The resulting cakes have crispy outsides that just beg you to bite through them into the irresistible flavor inside. In fact, you may want to make a double recipe; these are sure to disappear as soon as they come off the skillet. Sweet Potato Bacon Cakes

BadAss Body Book

Christmas Abbott: BadAss Body Diet

This past month has been pretty stressful for me – and I’m not going to sugar coat it. My eating has gone to shit. The little excuses I have made have added up and now are full blown standard operating procedure and it’s not good.  It’s being triggered by stress and emotional stuff going on but sliding back into old habits is not the path I want to revisit so it’s time to refocus. I am heading out on vacation next week. My long road trip will give me time to think about what’s going on and some More >

BBW

Making Progress and Gains

I just completed a full week of the Body by Wayne challenge and guess what? I lost 3#s and 2% body fat in 6 days. What am I doing, you ask? Here are the high level things that have been on point this week for me… Focused strength training Wayne has been guiding me each PT session on what strength training to focus on — and then supports, instructs me as I take on whatever challenge he has in store for me.  I’m still boxing 3-4x a week as well. Tracking my food intake I’m back to square one More >

benchmarks

Murph: Honoring a Hero

I hope everyone spent yesterday’s holiday the way they wanted! And took time to remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we have. After all, that’s what the holiday is all about. Many folks in the CrossFit community do a workout entitled “Murph“, to honor Murph” – Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005. He was 29, from Patchogue, N.Y. Lt Murphy was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor after his death. It’s a brutal workout if More >

Blast Motion

Blast Motion: Blast Athletic Performance Smart Video Capture

One of the unplanned perks of my blog is that nice business owners send me products or samples from time to time to try out. I get lots of offers for products and I definitely pick and choose which ones I accept. If it doesn’t align with what I believe or am about – then I don’t accept it even when most times, the vendors do not place any sort of expectations on accepting the product. For example, diet pills are not something I would ever review, recommend or promote. It’s not a part of living More >

body image

Fitness is Rented and Needs to Be Paid Every Day

Where have I been? What’s been going on? I wish I could share some exciting details or news, but the truth is I have been lacking inspiration and motivation the past few weeks. Maybe it’s the election results, or the change of seasons- whatever it is, it’s been affecting me big time. Now that the holiday season is here, most of us will be out socializing a lot more than usual. I get invited to a ton of Holiday Parties and Happy Hours in December and if I’m not careful, I start to slip back into More >

bodybywayne

Following My Passion for Fitness, Health and Wellness

I’ve taken so much time off from blogging it’s as if I am starting again. Which is not necessarily a bad thing and timely because I am starting something new in my offline life as well centering around Fitness and Health. For the past few years, I have been consulting with various small to medium sized companies, focused on social media, marketing strategy and content. I love figuring out ways to connect with people which is what marketing is all about.  However, i was having a hard time More >

boxing

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month Which Means I Run a 5K

I’ve been taking some time off from blogging in case you haven’t noticed. I haven’t taken a planned break for years and wanted to reset. I’ve always blogged for the passion of it. To be able to share my own struggles, experiences, successes and hard work and have it help someone else – that’s my goal. That’s what inspires and motivates me. Learning about how others have succeeded has helped me throughout the years without a doubt. I don’t like to blog out of obligation and I guess that’s why I More >

Breakfast

Healthy High Protein Breakfast

Starting this week, I’m focusing on eating enough protein daily. I’ve struggled with this in the past. Mainly because it takes more effort and prep time to make healthy, good high protein meals and it’s a hell of a lot easier and faster to eat carbs (healthy kind or not).   My body responds really well when I eat enough protein and even though I know this — I still don’t always make the effort. I remember when I was first becoming interested in health and wellness, I was going by the what the More >

Cancer Related Information

Dogs are Awesome: Their Amazing Health Benefits

Dogs are amazing and awesome Last night, I watched this video: A dog’s remarkable journey to find a home: A distance of 6,455 miles doesn’t begin to measure the journey one dog made to join a team and find a family (video below) and I literally sat there crying for a few minutes after the video was over. What a special bond some dogs develop with their people. But even more than the companionship and love they give, dogs are good for your overall health. Here are just a few of the many More >

career

Following My Passion for Fitness, Health and Wellness

I’ve taken so much time off from blogging it’s as if I am starting again. Which is not necessarily a bad thing and timely because I am starting something new in my offline life as well centering around Fitness and Health. For the past few years, I have been consulting with various small to medium sized companies, focused on social media, marketing strategy and content. I love figuring out ways to connect with people which is what marketing is all about.  However, i was having a hard time More >

crossfit
 

Don’t Believe the Hype or the Memes

I came across this posting on FB the other day –and it came at the right time. I have been dealing with a deep tissue tear in my back and just feeling a general fatigue and lack of motivation for some of my workouts. So, after reading this – I gave myself a pep talk and said -take a break from the workouts that aren’t bringing me joy and do something else for a while. Read it and see if it helps you too…   Don’t believe the memes, don’t take the inspirational posts as gospel, don’t destroy your More >

crossfit girls

Christmas Abbott: BadAss Body Diet

This past month has been pretty stressful for me – and I’m not going to sugar coat it. My eating has gone to shit. The little excuses I have made have added up and now are full blown standard operating procedure and it’s not good.  It’s being triggered by stress and emotional stuff going on but sliding back into old habits is not the path I want to revisit so it’s time to refocus. I am heading out on vacation next week. My long road trip will give me time to think about what’s going on and some More >

Cycle Scene

Cycle Scene: An Indoor Cycling Experience

Last weekend, I went to the grand opening of Cycle Scene in Ashburn. Cycle Scene is an indoor cycling studio with spice. I say that because it’s not just sitting on a bike and riding. It’s an experience — there are specialized lights, including a disco ball, a great sound system, and motivational inspirations all over the walls. Depending on the instructor, the experience can be night and day each time you attend too. There are some that strive to boost you up, make you feel empowered and ready More >

Cycling

Cycle Scene: An Indoor Cycling Experience

Last weekend, I went to the grand opening of Cycle Scene in Ashburn. Cycle Scene is an indoor cycling studio with spice. I say that because it’s not just sitting on a bike and riding. It’s an experience — there are specialized lights, including a disco ball, a great sound system, and motivational inspirations all over the walls. Depending on the instructor, the experience can be night and day each time you attend too. There are some that strive to boost you up, make you feel empowered and ready More >

Dinner

Crockpot: Cilantro Lime Chicken

This is an easy recipe! Feel free add/subtract spices as you prefer… Ingredients: 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs 1 cup of chicken broth A handful or more of chopped cilantro 1 med onions (sliced or diced) Juice of 2 limes Salt/Pepper to taste Dump it all into your crockpot and coat the chicken. Set it on low for 5-6 hours. My crockpot then goes into warm mode. It’s very tender when it’s done and easy to shred. I served it as is with a side of broccoli. The following day I mixed up the More >

Education

Reading Should Be Without Rules

About a year and half ago, I decided to start reading before I went to bed every night. I had long given up reading anything more than a magazine or a quick web article and realized I missed having some quiet, yet productive time each day. I don’t really have any sort of rules about what I read — and when I don’t feel like starting something new, I reread one of my favorite Outlander books. (I love them!)  I prefer reading books that help me escape into new worlds and experience different More >

Events

What to Expect at the Mother of All Baby Showers

It’s hard to believe that 15 years ago TODAY, my first baby was born. HB is fully into her teens and teaching more about being a parent and a better person than I could ever imagine. And not to mention, allowing me to hone my skills in patience, anger management and improving my sense of humor as I experience life through the eyes of a teen in the year 2017.  Boy, new parents are in for the most wonderful, crazy ride of their lives! Which leads me to share info about an event I was invited to More >

Fashion/Shopping

Keep on Keeping On

Summers are hard on working parents. Now that my kids are older, it’s hard to find camps to occupy their days and it’s even harder to figure out how to get them to the camps that are available. So many of them are only half day – and I am left wondering how am I supposed to work and get my kids to and from camp during the day? I am lucky at least right now in that I have quite a bit of flexibility with my current work situation and can handle what needs to be done but there are days when I feel More >

Favorite Things

Light Therapy for the Winter Blues

The holidays are such an interesting time of the year. It’s the most wonderful time of the year – or so we are told – but is it? I find that for many people, myself included it’s a tough time of year. High expectations, over indulgence, missing family – it can all add up to being depressed. Not to mention the winter blues start to hit. A few years ago my doctor suggested I buy a light therapy lamp. Each year about this time, I start to feel the effects of winter starting creeping up and I have More >

Fitness/Exercise

Following My Passion for Fitness, Health and Wellness

I’ve taken so much time off from blogging it’s as if I am starting again. Which is not necessarily a bad thing and timely because I am starting something new in my offline life as well centering around Fitness and Health. For the past few years, I have been consulting with various small to medium sized companies, focused on social media, marketing strategy and content. I love figuring out ways to connect with people which is what marketing is all about.  However, i was having a hard time More >

Friends

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month Which Means I Run a 5K

I’ve been taking some time off from blogging in case you haven’t noticed. I haven’t taken a planned break for years and wanted to reset. I’ve always blogged for the passion of it. To be able to share my own struggles, experiences, successes and hard work and have it help someone else – that’s my goal. That’s what inspires and motivates me. Learning about how others have succeeded has helped me throughout the years without a doubt. I don’t like to blog out of obligation and I guess that’s why I More >

General Reflections
 

3 Relationship Tips I Learned from Chris Rock

Scott and I recently went to see Chris Rock at MGM National Harbor.  Because of the current state of affairs in our country, I’ve been trying to find ways to laugh more. We’ve seen a few comics recently, including Trevor Noah and Kevin Nealon. This was also the first time seeing a show at the Theater at MGM National Harbor. Chris Rock’s Total Blackout Tour is a couple hours of the Chris Rock comedy you would expect- offensive topics, sex and dating, cursing, and race discussion, but what More >

giveaways

Boxing: Getting In The Ring To Work On Technique

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 More >

Giving Back

Blood Donation: An Easy and Important Way to Give Back

It’s always been important for me to do some sort of charity regularly but I made a deal with myself to go outside of my norm and give back in different ways this year and do it at least monthly. So with that in mind, I read a Facebook call out that blood donation was needed and that they were especially in need of type O. I happen to be Type O+. Type O+ blood is important because it is the most common blood type (1 in 3 people have it) and therefore is needed most. It is what maintains the More >

Gluten

Happy Halloween 2015

Today’s Halloween comics offer a glimpse into the changing culture. Now, I am one to be sensitive to dietary issues but it’s gotten to the point where it’s ridiculous. You can’t cater to everyone or every child. Is it so bad to teach our children that things don’t always work out for them or apply to them? They get over it, I swear! Have a safe and wonderful and FUN Halloween!

GoMacro MacroBars

Review: Thrive – Plant Based Nutrition Bars by GoMacro

I was recently sent a box of GoMacro’s newest bar — Thrive, a plant-based nutrition bar, which should be available at Whole Foods now. I’ve shared info in a previous post about GoMacro -so I knew I liked their bars, but I was interested in trying these bars because they use plant-based protein which I prefer because of my dairy sensitivities. The GoMacro Thrive is available in six flavors that contain plant-based protein, essential fatty acids and prebiotic fiber to fuel your body and mind.  More >

good wods

Take Care of your Health Now!

Last night, we did our annual pumpkin carving as a family around the kitchen table for Halloween. It’s so funny to see the different personalities that come through as we create our masterpieces. This year I decided to do a CrossFit theme – and created a Strict Shoulder Press image! I think it came out pretty awesome! HB has also been asking for me to find some new recipes for dinner since I seem to always make the same stuff – night after night. So last night I found this one from Paleo More >

Guest Bloggers

Personalized Health: Helping us Live Better Lives

This is a guest post by By Matt Riemann, ph360 founder and entrepreneur, who is introducing what I think will be a cool, virtual health assistant, called Shae™. The product will be available soon. Find out more here. Although I don’t accept many of the guest post requests I receive, the ones I do post are those that I personally find interesting and are relevant to my health and wellness philosophy.  Please note: I have not personally tried the ph360 product, but I do have a real interest in More >

GWU Lab

GWU Weight Management and Human Performance Lab

I mentioned that last week I visited the GWU Weight Management and Human Performance Lab to check out the lab and get some tests done so I can really figure out what the key is that will help get me where I want to be. Todd Miller who runs the lab and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise Science and was kind enough to offer me some testing so I can share my experiences with anyone interested in experiencing the lab. Todd ran me through a series of tests and then we sat down, More >

Health/Nutrition

Healthy High Protein Breakfast

Starting this week, I’m focusing on eating enough protein daily. I’ve struggled with this in the past. Mainly because it takes more effort and prep time to make healthy, good high protein meals and it’s a hell of a lot easier and faster to eat carbs (healthy kind or not).   My body responds really well when I eat enough protein and even though I know this — I still don’t always make the effort. I remember when I was first becoming interested in health and wellness, I was going by the what the More >

High Bar

Giving Back To The Community

I had one heck of a Yoga headache after yesterday’s class, so I looked it up and it’s a common malady after a hot yoga class when you are a beginner. I made sure to drink a lot of water afterwards but couldn’t seem to break it.  After a few sessions, it seems to not happen anymore so let’s hope that’s the case with me.  The yoga is working – my workout on Weds and today felt better. My body wasn’t as stiff and sore and I am starting to feel renewed once again! We also had a nice surprise this More >

Holidays

Goodbye George Michael

Another cultural icon passes away too soon. George Michael was a huge part of my growing up. His music was a constant as I grew up in the 80s and early 90s. We have lost so many greats in music this year -Glenn Frey, David Bowie, Prince, George Michael… Do you remember how controversial his song “I want your Sex” was? How it was obvious he was gay but wouldn’t publicly admit it because back then –artists didn’t talk about it. My how times have changed. I was trying to explain this whole thing More >

Humor
 

3 Relationship Tips I Learned from Chris Rock

Scott and I recently went to see Chris Rock at MGM National Harbor.  Because of the current state of affairs in our country, I’ve been trying to find ways to laugh more. We’ve seen a few comics recently, including Trevor Noah and Kevin Nealon. This was also the first time seeing a show at the Theater at MGM National Harbor. Chris Rock’s Total Blackout Tour is a couple hours of the Chris Rock comedy you would expect- offensive topics, sex and dating, cursing, and race discussion, but what More >

Influenster

Keep on Keeping On

Summers are hard on working parents. Now that my kids are older, it’s hard to find camps to occupy their days and it’s even harder to figure out how to get them to the camps that are available. So many of them are only half day – and I am left wondering how am I supposed to work and get my kids to and from camp during the day? I am lucky at least right now in that I have quite a bit of flexibility with my current work situation and can handle what needs to be done but there are days when I feel More >

Injury

Is Chivalry Dead or Is It Just About Manners?

My friend Nicole mentioned a new moisturizer she has been using that helped her heal fast from a minor surgery she had. She said the doctors were amazed at how fast she was healing up because she was using it. I ran to the store and picked some up and I have been using it for two days now, before I go to bed, and it really does work. It’s called Avalon Organics Vitamin C Sun-Aging Defense Renewal Facial Cream and I am totally sold. Just wanted to share! I am now on day four of eating clean for More >

Inspiring Quotes

Everywhere: It’s On My List

I’m on a much needed vacation, so while I am away enjoy some inspiration… I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. – Susan Sontag  

Kindness Matters

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month Which Means I Run a 5K

I’ve been taking some time off from blogging in case you haven’t noticed. I haven’t taken a planned break for years and wanted to reset. I’ve always blogged for the passion of it. To be able to share my own struggles, experiences, successes and hard work and have it help someone else – that’s my goal. That’s what inspires and motivates me. Learning about how others have succeeded has helped me throughout the years without a doubt. I don’t like to blog out of obligation and I guess that’s why I More >

klout

Klout Perk: Sony Action Cam

So I have to share something super cool that happened this week. As most everyone knows — I do social media marketing for a living as well as my passion. I love both sides of it –figuring out ways to use it market to certain demographics and then the flip side, to inspire and support people to make themselves a priority in their lives. It’s really the best of both worlds in many ways because I learn through being able to use social media in a real, authentic way. That is not to say that I am More >

Klout Perks

Women’s Running Magazine: National Running Day 2014

Did you know that today – June 4th is National Running Day? To celebrate this momentous occasion, Women’s Running magazine asked for help to get the word out about a special subscription offer to their magazine for today only — Women’s Running is the world’s largest women-specific running magazine. Women’s Running covers all aspects of the running lifestyle, from active beauty needs to training plans. The Women’s Running mission is simple: to create a high-quality magazine for smart, successful More >

Leadership

The World Needs More Inspirational Leaders

I’m once again on the hunt for career opportunities. After almost two years, my long term contract with a magazine publisher for younger kids has come to an end. It’s part of the drawback of being a contractor – no notice, no severance. Just – “hey, yeah, um we aren’t going to renew your contract that ends like TODAY.” But with all experiences, I have learned so much about so many things, including what makes a good inspirational leader. In all fairness, my boss tried her best to get them to More >

Media/Internet
 

3 Relationship Tips I Learned from Chris Rock

Scott and I recently went to see Chris Rock at MGM National Harbor.  Because of the current state of affairs in our country, I’ve been trying to find ways to laugh more. We’ve seen a few comics recently, including Trevor Noah and Kevin Nealon. This was also the first time seeing a show at the Theater at MGM National Harbor. Chris Rock’s Total Blackout Tour is a couple hours of the Chris Rock comedy you would expect- offensive topics, sex and dating, cursing, and race discussion, but what More >

Moabs

What to Expect at the Mother of All Baby Showers

It’s hard to believe that 15 years ago TODAY, my first baby was born. HB is fully into her teens and teaching more about being a parent and a better person than I could ever imagine. And not to mention, allowing me to hone my skills in patience, anger management and improving my sense of humor as I experience life through the eyes of a teen in the year 2017.  Boy, new parents are in for the most wonderful, crazy ride of their lives! Which leads me to share info about an event I was invited to More >

mobility

Your Hamstrings are Tighter Than You Think

I am not super religious but take this day (Yom Kippur) to take stock of things and see where I can improve, and think about situations where I could have been kinder, could have helped more, could have been more understanding.  Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement,” and it’s a day set aside to “afflict the soul,” to atone for the sins of the past year.  Some Jews fast and/or refrain from using technology.  So, as a way to atone for my sins, I hit up an afternoon class at Solidcore.  I struggle More >

Mobility
 

Relieve Muscle Soreness using a Lacrosse Ball

Let’s talk about how to relieve muscle soreness and loosen up those tight muscles throught a technique called myofascial release.  What type of stretching is that you ask? According to Mayo clinic, “myofascial release is a manual therapy technique often used in massage. The technique focuses on pain believed to arise from myofascial tissues — the tough membranes that wrap, connect and support your muscles”. Have you ever felt super sore and rubbed that particular area and it hurts like hell More >

Music

Find Your Fall Motivation

Some mornings are tougher than others and today was one of them! It’s Monday and I am tired. I keep forgetting to drink Natural Calm Magnesium and I can really tell the difference in my overall energy level.  I also think that the season change isn’t helping. Fall is coming and it’s that much harder to get my butt out of bed but just like with anything -practice makes better. The allure of a comfy, warm bed is hard to combat but I found some tips to help make it easier: Tips For Keeping More >

News to Note

Blizzard 2016: Storm Jonas

  Its it’s the historic storm of 2016…Jonas. I am sitting in my house with about 26 inches on the ground and it hasn’t let up. I love when Mother Nature exerts her power and we all are forced to slow down. I wonder how challenging it is for those of us so used to going at life full steam. We are literally snowed in…     For those not enjoying storm Jonas, you are missing out on life’s reminder that we are powerless against Mother More >

Nuun

I’m on the team: Nuun Ambassador 2015

I’m very excited that I was accepted as Nuun Ambassador for next year! I started using Nuun a few years ago when I someone gave me some to add to my water to help rehydrate after a race I had done. If you aren’t familiar with Nuun- they are these drink tabs that you add to water that enhance it with electrolytes to help keep you hydrated. They don’t have all the additives or high sugar content like Gatorade or other sports/energy drinks.  That’s what I liked about them to begin with – they More >

Paleo

Healthy High Protein Breakfast

Starting this week, I’m focusing on eating enough protein daily. I’ve struggled with this in the past. Mainly because it takes more effort and prep time to make healthy, good high protein meals and it’s a hell of a lot easier and faster to eat carbs (healthy kind or not).   My body responds really well when I eat enough protein and even though I know this — I still don’t always make the effort. I remember when I was first becoming interested in health and wellness, I was going by the what the More >

Parenting/Family
 

3 Relationship Tips I Learned from Chris Rock

Scott and I recently went to see Chris Rock at MGM National Harbor.  Because of the current state of affairs in our country, I’ve been trying to find ways to laugh more. We’ve seen a few comics recently, including Trevor Noah and Kevin Nealon. This was also the first time seeing a show at the Theater at MGM National Harbor. Chris Rock’s Total Blackout Tour is a couple hours of the Chris Rock comedy you would expect- offensive topics, sex and dating, cursing, and race discussion, but what More >

Personal Training

Following My Passion for Fitness, Health and Wellness

I’ve taken so much time off from blogging it’s as if I am starting again. Which is not necessarily a bad thing and timely because I am starting something new in my offline life as well centering around Fitness and Health. For the past few years, I have been consulting with various small to medium sized companies, focused on social media, marketing strategy and content. I love figuring out ways to connect with people which is what marketing is all about.  However, i was having a hard time More >

Perspective
 

3 Relationship Tips I Learned from Chris Rock

Scott and I recently went to see Chris Rock at MGM National Harbor.  Because of the current state of affairs in our country, I’ve been trying to find ways to laugh more. We’ve seen a few comics recently, including Trevor Noah and Kevin Nealon. This was also the first time seeing a show at the Theater at MGM National Harbor. Chris Rock’s Total Blackout Tour is a couple hours of the Chris Rock comedy you would expect- offensive topics, sex and dating, cursing, and race discussion, but what More >

ph360

Personalized Health: Helping us Live Better Lives

This is a guest post by By Matt Riemann, ph360 founder and entrepreneur, who is introducing what I think will be a cool, virtual health assistant, called Shae™. The product will be available soon. Find out more here. Although I don’t accept many of the guest post requests I receive, the ones I do post are those that I personally find interesting and are relevant to my health and wellness philosophy.  Please note: I have not personally tried the ph360 product, but I do have a real interest in More >

philosophie

The Eat More Protein Diet Plan

I’m down another 2 pounds this week. Which means I’m down 6 pounds in 3 weeks. Seems adding more protein, cutting out the majority of processed crap/extra snacking, and being focused –  in addition to appreciating how much better I am feeling..mentally and physically has made all the difference. Funny how the old fashioned/no gimmick way works if you commit (which is the hardest part). Slow and steady — is the name of the game; 1-2 pounds a week. The other thing I have noticed, besides feeling More >

Podcasts

A Path to Greatness

I have been trying to walk during my lunch hours and listen to podcasts that focus on certain themes like leadership and improvement.  Not only does it allow me to be close to nature, it’s also an opportunity to learn and grow and also just have time to think on regular basis.  When was the last time you spent time just thinking? I have spoken about this problem before: We as a society don’t know how to carve out even just a little time to THINK. Lately, I am enjoying The School of Greatness by More >

Print

Live Fit and Sore in print

I came home yesterday and went to bed. It was 6p. Got up around 9p. Went back to bed at 10p. I am not feeling good so I decided to skip my workout this morning to get some rest. Turns out 2 other boot campers that I am very close too also aren’t feeling so hot and stayed home today.  I will get out there tomorrow and run if I feel up to it. I wanted to share with you my latest article for my HOA The Villager. I write a monthly column that relates back to this blog. You have to download the pdf More >

Prose

Re-launch

My friend Saxon is a creative, talented writer.  Today, he posted this: Re-launch Let’s call it a Re-launch or should we say a soft opening. .. The passion we have for each other has reached a peak like it’s our first time. The re-dedication to our relationship is something like a relaunch Or should I say a soft opening. It has been rescued by our bodies that seem to not been able to stay away from each other It’s been long enough. ..I believe today is time for the relaunch or should I say soft More >

Pup-eroni

Bacon Bonding with My Dog

One of the greatest things that has happened to our family this past year is adopting our dog, Trooper, the white German Shepherd (IG: TroopertheWGSD). Although he is a ton of work – it’s like having a toddler living in my house again – he has brought so much joy and fun into our family life. The big joke among Scotty and the kids is that every time I go out to run errands I bring Trooper a toy. HB likes to say “I’m obsessed with him”.  She’s right but who else is that happy to see me all the More >

Races/Challenges

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month Which Means I Run a 5K

I’ve been taking some time off from blogging in case you haven’t noticed. I haven’t taken a planned break for years and wanted to reset. I’ve always blogged for the passion of it. To be able to share my own struggles, experiences, successes and hard work and have it help someone else – that’s my goal. That’s what inspires and motivates me. Learning about how others have succeeded has helped me throughout the years without a doubt. I don’t like to blog out of obligation and I guess that’s why I More >

Reasons to Workout

Finding Your Passion & Making A Difference

“We’re successful if person by person we help make a difference in their lives.”   Read this article about Elizabeth Holmes, who has made medical history and is now one of the youngest billionaires based on her invention.  What’s amazing about her story is she took a risk, a leap of faith supported by a passion and a purpose and it paid off.. (an understatement as she is a billionaire now). I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about following your passion and doing work that is meaningful to you More >

Recipes

Healthy High Protein Breakfast

Starting this week, I’m focusing on eating enough protein daily. I’ve struggled with this in the past. Mainly because it takes more effort and prep time to make healthy, good high protein meals and it’s a hell of a lot easier and faster to eat carbs (healthy kind or not).   My body responds really well when I eat enough protein and even though I know this — I still don’t always make the effort. I remember when I was first becoming interested in health and wellness, I was going by the what the More >

Reviews

What to Expect at the Mother of All Baby Showers

It’s hard to believe that 15 years ago TODAY, my first baby was born. HB is fully into her teens and teaching more about being a parent and a better person than I could ever imagine. And not to mention, allowing me to hone my skills in patience, anger management and improving my sense of humor as I experience life through the eyes of a teen in the year 2017.  Boy, new parents are in for the most wonderful, crazy ride of their lives! Which leads me to share info about an event I was invited to More >

Shows
 

3 Relationship Tips I Learned from Chris Rock

Scott and I recently went to see Chris Rock at MGM National Harbor.  Because of the current state of affairs in our country, I’ve been trying to find ways to laugh more. We’ve seen a few comics recently, including Trevor Noah and Kevin Nealon. This was also the first time seeing a show at the Theater at MGM National Harbor. Chris Rock’s Total Blackout Tour is a couple hours of the Chris Rock comedy you would expect- offensive topics, sex and dating, cursing, and race discussion, but what More >

Skulpt AIM

Skulpt Aim: Changing How To Track Fitness

As I mentioned recently, I was sent a new device to try out called Skulpt Aim to test. The Skulpt Aim uses a technology called electrical impedance myography or EIM. ‘Myography’ literally means “The description of muscles.” EIM measures two separate features of the tissue: its resistive properties and its capacitive properties Skulpt Aim measures body fat percentage and Muscle Quality (MQ). One of the first questions I have been asked is what is Muscle Quality (MQ)? According to their More >

Smoothies

The Eat More Protein Diet Plan

I’m down another 2 pounds this week. Which means I’m down 6 pounds in 3 weeks. Seems adding more protein, cutting out the majority of processed crap/extra snacking, and being focused –  in addition to appreciating how much better I am feeling..mentally and physically has made all the difference. Funny how the old fashioned/no gimmick way works if you commit (which is the hardest part). Slow and steady — is the name of the game; 1-2 pounds a week. The other thing I have noticed, besides feeling More >

solidcore

Focus and Doing the Work Equals Success

I didn’t see any weight loss this past week, but I also didn’t see any weight gain – so it’s still a win. I’m not going to lie and say it doesn’t bother me though. I have been on point, eating well, no crap snacking and exercising as usual. You would think my body would step to it and show results. Although in fairness, I am about to hit that monthly time, so it could be the cause of the lack of results this past week. I’m going to go with that and see what next week’s weigh in produces. More >

St Judes

September 21, 2016 is St. Jude Day at Chili’s

Head over to Chili’s restaurants today for lunch or dinner and support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® by participating in their #CreateAPepper campaign! Chili’s proclaims Sept. 21 as St. Jude Day and will celebrate by giving a minimum of $100,000 donation and an upcoming naming ceremony for support of the school program. More info: CHILI’S MAKES $30 MILLION COMMITMENT TO ST. JUDE SCHOOL PROGRAM

supplements

Are you Magnesium Deficient?

I got so busy yesterday that I forgot to post – I try to sit down every morning and write. It’s a way for me to reflect and relax but yesterday was kind of a crazy day. So, here I am back at it again today. I’ve started to really focus on my marketing consulting business this year. Now that I have the time and the momentum, it just feels right. I recently took on two more clients for a total of three so far. And have met with a lot of other people who are doing exactly what I hope to do – run More >

TED Talks

Summer Parenting Challenges

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 More >

The Villager

A New Year – Time to Try Something New

Does the thought of heading to the gym to face the cardio machines make you cringe as you begin your quest to get in shape? Finding a form of exercise that works for you is key to finding something that ‘works for you’ long term. Many people find themselves sticking with what they know best – the local gym, where they spend time on the elliptical, treadmill or bike! Sound familiar? I was recently asked about why I created livefitandsore.com and blog daily about my workouts and what it takes to More >

Tips/Suggestions

Planning for a Family Visit with Toddlers in the DC Area

We dropped the kids off for their yearly sleep away camp. Camp Kesem is a week long camp that serves children who have lost a parent to cancer, have a parent undergoing cancer treatment , or whose parent is a cancer survivor. The camp is an opportunity for kids to just be kids and to hang out with other kids who have experienced the life altering effects that cancer has on an entire family. While Scotty is now 8 years cancer free, the long term effects are still present and the changes within More >

Uncategorized

Crowdsourcing Kindness

Today is another opportunity to make a difference.  Even if it’s in some small way. The smallest act of kindness can make a huge change in someone’s life. Have you ever visited the Humans of New York website? I love seeing the posts every day. It’s a reminder that every one has an important and impactful story. We are all human, going through this thing called life… Look around the web and you will find a ton of stories of kindness and changing someone’s life. Here are two recent More >

Vacations/Trips

The Tarts Take Manhattan

I have been so busy that I haven’t had a ton of time to update, which is good and bad. I often find posting in here a cathartic experience and one that forces me to stop for a few moments during the week and think – about what has caught my attention during the week, what is spinning around in my head – and document it for lack of a better word. So, it’s been well over a week with no entry – and I feel the guilt creeping up. NY Tartan Week 2016 Rumor has it that I do have some Scottish genes More >

weather

March Brings a Snow Day!

We are getting hit by a last of Winter Snow Storm!

Web Finds

Bad Economy means Great Deals

Thought this story may be interesting to some of my fellow parents: The bad economy’s upside? Great coupons. The good news about the bad economic news? Prolonged economic misery has created a heyday for bargains. Coupons are better. Maybe the best they’ll ever be. Scouring for deals is nothing new. It’s been the American family norm for decades, and it only intensified recently as the economy nose-dived. What’s different now is that years of financial troubled times have provided the coupon More >

weekend

Weekend: Saturday

Be Inspired Workout

Well Fed

Well Fed, Healthy and Happy

I came home to a special package from Melissa Joulwan.  If you aren’t familiar with her, she’s the author of the popular blog The Clothes Make the Girl, which is now renamed to just her name alone and her Well Fed book series.  I’ve been a supporter and fan of Melissa’s for years now and have recommended her first Well Fed book before. If you are looking for really good recipes that meet Whole 30, Paleo, Clean Eating guidelines – look no further than her cook books.  Her recipes are by far the More >

WOD

Happy New Year: Make Mistakes All Year Long

I saw this quote this morning and it is perfect for the new year: “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.” — Neil Gaiman I think this quote says it all — Make Mistakes. My last job was all about pointing out when you made mistakes More >

WODs
 

Know the Symptoms of a Magnesium Deficiency

After working on a specific strength program for 12 weeks at Highbar CrossFit, the time has come to test and see the progress. Yesterday, I got a 5# PR on my Squat clean. Today – my back squat! PR’d by 10# to end at 220# although I think I could have done more – ran out of time and had to get home to get the kids off to school. Sometimes you have to leave some in the tank to take care of life. I feel so great about my progress. The coaches at Highbar take such a different approach to strength More >

Womens Running

National Running Day 2015: Love the Run

Appreciate and Celebrate the Sport of Running! National Running Day held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running. Since 2009, the country’s foremost running organizations have worked together to celebrate the sport of running with thousands of runners.  It’s easy to join by planning a run, spreading the running bug to a friend, signing up for a race, or setting a new goal. Like last year, Women’s Running, the world’s largest More >

Yoga

A Balanced Life is the Key To Happiness

Yesterday’s Yoga theme was BALANCE and the idea that the universe needs it and will do what is necessary to gain it.  I’m sure we all have seen examples in our lives of the chaos that ensues when things are out of balance. We eat too much, drink too much, clutter up our spaces, overindulge in things that we shouldn’t.  They are signs of things being out of whack in our lives. A great example of someone trying to regain balance in their lives is Max Schireson, the chief executive of a software More >

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