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A Product Of Your Parents


dadHappy Birthday Dad

Today is my Dad’s birthday. I really feel blessed that both my parents are still around and in my life. So many of my friends — as we enter into middle age have or are starting to lose their parents and the fact that both of my ‘rents are still here and fairly healthy is a blessing that is not unappreciated by me.

I am not super close to my dad – but he’s in my life. We certainly had many issues that caused strife as I grew up –many of them will never get resolved but at the end of the day — who cares.  Does it matter now? The answer is no –and who was right or wrong doesn’t matter in the wacky game of life.  At the end of the day, what matters is are you happy where you are today. I can’t change the past but I can change the way I view the past and see it for what it was and where it led me. And where I am today is in a pretty great spot overall.

I have an amazing family — a husband who loves me and makes me feel special and two amazing kiddos – who give me a chance to be a better parent each and every day. My parents were great teachers, whether that means they led me to experience the right and wrong of parenting and taking it all and applying it to being better with my own kiddos.

We are all a product of our parents and the era they grew up in –it’s something to consider about your own parents and the wins and mistakes they made helping you grow up.  Finding out more about the environment that both my parents had to grow up in helped me understand a lot of how they live and react. It helped give me some perspective on some of the relationship issues I have with my parents and how it shaped some of the issues that creep up with my siblings.

But in the end — I am so fortunate to have four brothers and sisters that I speak to often, and parents and step-parents and together we have each other’s backs and are helping to forge relationships with one another as healthy adults and helping foster in the next generation of family.

400m run

Ring Dips


  • Power Cleans (2)
  • Squat Cleans (1)

85 & 95#

  • Tabata Situps

Total 109

Happy Birthday Mommy


MomToday is my Mom’s birthday and I am so thankful to have her in my life and so active in the lives of my kiddos.  She’s crazy, and always working and busy so the effort that she puts in to be active in our lives does not go unnoticed. Sometimes that constant state of chaos she lives with (at least it looks like that to me) drives me crazy but I know that she wouldn’t be who and where she is without it.

I love her constant drive to learn more and do more. She is always reading, teaching, and talking with people in an effort to keep moving and progressing.  And as I have mentioned –  I am often told I can make friends with a rock? Well – I learned it from her and she is even better at it than I could ever be. She rarely leaves any event or party without a dinner invite and hugs all around. She taught me the importance of being well rounded and accepting of everyone. Everyone has something to teach and offer  and you never know – that one person you just met could have the potential to help you change your life.  Even if they don’t know it yet.

Happy Birthday Mommy.  I Love You! 

On another note entirely, I wanted to be sure to share this article as food for thought. When was the last time you went without eating something that contained wheat/gluten?

Food Science: Why you should probably stop eating wheat

A growing number of people are switching to wheat-free diets — and for very good reason. As science is increasingly showing, eating wheat increases the potential for a surprising number of health problems. 

CrossFit Training

I got up as usual but found a text from Coach Conan who is down and out with the flu — asking if I could cover for his 6A coaching.  We are a family, so as much as I wished I could just be an athlete this AM: I covered for him so he could go home. The poor guy had a 100+ fever and had barfed 2x during the 5A class.

So I got to have some extra fun this AM and coach a great group of athletes who managed to get their butts up and out to come and work on the Hang Squat Cleans. There really is sometimes nothing better than being able to hang out with people who are committed to living healthy lives.

Get It Done!


Love this: I have often heard discussed, that when it is time to go, you don’t remember your life in months or years, but instead you remember only moment’s, evens magical seconds, the snap shots and stills that have set the scenes of your life. So lovely people, who ride along side, make sure you are creating a movie worth watching, or a book that is not to be put down, with knee trembling highs, heart breaking lows and multiple stories that have you live as full and deep and wide as possible, in the time you are given…….the naked truth

Yesterday I of course did the Saturday CrossFit workout — it was hot and hard – just like most WODs.  But glad i got it done! Then we headed over the neighbors for a BBQ and ended with an evening movie with the kiddos. We saw BRAVE — a good movie with a great message and I loved her flow-y red hair. It was awesome!

Today, a bunch of athletes headed over to Reston Town Center for a special WOD to raise money to help Vets. No better reason to get together and workout! It’s also great to meet people I am friends with in the social media space and get the community together. It was really fun and I will of course have pics to share as soon as Scotty finishes prepping them.  The Workout was:

“We’ve Got Your Six”

One Round For Max Reps
90seconds work/30seconds Transition

  • 20m Farmers Carry Shuttle Runs, 150#/70#
  • Full Extension SlamBalls, 20#/15#
  • Hand-Release Burpees
  • Plate Ground-to-Overhead, 45#/25#
  • Row (calories)

“It’s only 9 minutes?”

It’s also my dear friend Conan’s Birthday! This guy is one of the nicest, kind hearted, just deep down great guys I have ever met!

Happy Birthday Conan B.!!

Go Shorty – It’s your Birthday!!


I have a great life, filled with great family and friends. Look at the love surrounding me last night to celebrate my birthday. There is nothing greater than good health and good people around you!

Last year – my post was all about turning 40. I would say the 40th year was one of my best yet!

Feb 4: World Cancer Day


It’s Friday and it’s my birthday weekend. Hard to believe it’s February already and my birthday is here again.  And tomorrow it’s World Cancer Day — What a great way to kick off the weekend.

World Cancer Day is this Saturday, 4 February 2012. It is the occassion to unite the world in the fight against the disease through raising awareness, educating the public, and lobbying for change. 

It is only by every person, organisation, and government, individually doing their part, that the world will be able to reduce the global cancer burden.

So get involved and do something this World Cancer Day – because Together it is possible! 

In light of what’s going on with Susan G. Komen Foundation  – if you are looking for another non-profit to support that helps breast cancer patients and cancer patients around the world, consider the American Cancer Society.  They do great work for support and research and deserve lots of support from all of us!

Do I look tired in this pic or what — I took it after my CrossFit workout. Mary, one of the mean bad girls of CrossFit reared her head this morning and holy crap – she is a force to be reckon’d with.  I mean who invented pistols aka a one legged squat?  Squats are tough enough, now let’s be evil and make em do it with one leg. Jeesh.  Thank goodness for scaling -balance, coordination and strength all wrapped into one seems to challenge me every time – but practice makes better!


General Stretching
25 DUs
10 Squats
10 Push Ups
10 ?? (I can’t remember for the life of me!)


Pistols (one leg squats)


10 Pistols
15 Pull Ups

Total: 10

Today’s workout felt great. My kipping is coming along and boy it makes a difference when you are doing long workouts with lots of pull ups. It’s night and day and it’s so energizing to me. Every time I get the right momentum, inside I get all giddy. I so, so, so  needed some progress to reignite me and there it is. Now — on to the rest of my day so I can get ready for my big birthday celebration tomorrow with the CF girls of CrossFit Impavidus. Watch out World — Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Happy Birthday Scotty!


My silver fox’s birthday is today — Here’s to another year of health and happiness.

Thrusters here we come —


Happy 7th Birthday to my crazy, funny, quirky son Nate Dogg!  He has kept things in our lives super interesting and his personality has shown from day 1.


This week has been a series of very hard, challenging but great WODs at CrossFit Impavidus. There have been a bunch of skills thrust upon me that I need to work on — Coach Mark was there this morning which made for a good change of pace. Different coaches have different styles — and I like to mix it up so that I get different perspectives on my skills and workout.

run around both bldgs
10 Pass Thrus
10 Jumping Squats
10 Ring Dips
10 Burpees

Kipping Pull Up

3 Thrusters (63lbs)
3 Bar to Chest Pull ups
6 Thrusters (63lbs)
6 Bar to Chest Pull ups
9 Thrusters (63lbs)
9 Bar to Chest Pull ups
12 Thrusters (63lbs)
12 Bar to Chest Pull ups
15 Thrusters (63lbs)
15 Bar to Chest Pull ups
18 Thrusters (63lbs)
18 Bar to Chest Pull ups
21 Thrusters (63lbs)
21 Bar to Chest Pull ups

I got 4 rounds in (to 12 reps). This was TOUGH and I didn’t even do the RX’d weight. One of the atheletes, Kim, gave me a hard time about that too — but my thinking is if I am not supposed to stop and Thrusters are tough as crap, then lowering the weight to power through is the right thing to do. I still only got to 4 rounds and used the lower weight and a blue band to do the pull up. It is a tough WOD for sure!

Happy Birthday to my Beautiful Daughter!


Today is my beautiful Hannah Bea’s 9th birthday. It is hard to believe that it has been 9 years since I took that trip to Reston Hospital that forever changed my life. I became a Mom. What a wonderful journey it is —

This morning’s workout was fun — I can’t begin to tell you how fun it is to go to CrossFit in the morning and ‘play’.

20 DU/40 SU
10 Hollow Rocks
10 Pull ups (2 min dead hangs)
10 Ring Dips
10 Pass Thrus

Back Bridges (OUCH!)

Handstand Push-ups (HSPU) – we did it with a box but with your toes on the box, not knees. So you are in an inverted V shape. It really hurts your hamstrings. It also is not a straight push up. Your hands should be as close to the box, and your head should hit so that it forms a triangle (hand-hand-head at the top)

15 Box Jumps
10 Ab Mat Sit ups
total rounds=7

Then I stuck around a bit to practice my cartwheels. They are getting better and better every day! I cant stop telling you how empowering it is for me to be able to learn them. At my age, learning something like that is just a huge win, so you will probably hear about it again and again!!! Sorry – it’s my blog!




Oh, and one last thing — Fun Mommy strikes again. Ice cream as a part of her birthday breakfast! I mean come on, that is just fun!

Hit the Nail on the Head


So I seriously had the best birthday yesterday. I woke up, worked out, headed to a baby shower lunch with some friends, came home, napped, and then headed out for a party thrown by some good friends. There is nothing like just living in the moment and enjoying your life.  I felt loved. So much has happened to me in my 30’s — some great things. I had my kids; some seriously suck ass things too — my husband got diagnosed with colon cancer and we began our cancer fight.  I am sure everyone reading this has both sides of the spectrum no matter what decade they are in. It’s called life, get used to it.

One big change this year is me moving out of my old boot camp and going full on Crossfit! It was not something that intentionally decided. It was more a series of events that led up to me ultimately leaving. I have said before — When it is time to make change, sometimes it comes whether you are ready or not. So, here I am loving the switch so far and have already had some major wins -like getting a start on learning Double Unders. I couldn’t even do one successfully and now I can do that and sometimes more. I have met some great new people at Crossfit and I know that this will only lead to wonderful things in my life.

Yesterdays workout at Crossfit Impavidus was fun. I can’t tell you the last time I worked out with my old trainer that I used the word Fun. There was no fun there. Everything was so serious — and now that I have been away for a week or so, I feel FREE. I like laughing along with the coaches when I try to do a Handstand Kick and fall to the side looking like a pretzel. I ‘m ok with that — the only time I laughed at bootcamp was before we worked out, and all the ladies were talking and waiting to begin. Once we began, it was all regimented. Now don’t get me wrong — that certainly has a place and some people need that and maybe even I needed that for a while. But now that my passion for fitness and health was found — I want to work hard and have fun.  So if I fall on my face during a Handstand Kick and can get up and laugh — then that’s ok.

It’s so odd to even talk like that when talking about my fitness journey. It’s an outlet for me and it was becoming a source of frustration and stress. It took something unexpected to happen for me to be able to realize that I had lost the fun and I needed it back.  The reality was I wasnt at my bootcamp for the trainer anymore. I was there for the support and relationships of the women that I worked out with. And I was scared to leave for fear of not having them in my life. I was settling for training that wasn’t meeting my needs so that I could have the support of friends. What I finally realized was that those ladies are my friends now, no matter if I work out during the mornings with them or not and that I needed a new trainer who will help me move forward with my fitness goals. I haven’t had any breakthroughs in quite some time and it hasn’t been for a lack of trying

My friend Kelly sent me my horoscope yesterday after reading it because she said it directly spoke to me. It really did. I’m not one of those read your horoscope daily kind of people, but sometimes those things hit the nail right on the head:

Moving from where you are to where you want to be in life may suddenly seem easier than ever today. New energies are coming into your life and they are wiping the slate clean. Today, making a fresh start seems more possible and more fun. But keep in mind that no matter how major or how minor you want to alter your life, change always takes effort. You must be ready to make sacrifices and accommodate unpleasant facts — or people — and flex muscles you are not accustomed to using.

It even used the word muscles! Tell me that wasn’t written for me?

Lordy, Lordy I am 40


Yes its true. Today is my birthday — my fortieth birthday to be exact. When I was a kid 40 seemed so old — now that I am that age, doesn’t really add up. I don’t feel old and I have been told I don’t look old — so overall if this is what 40 looks and feels like –i’m ok with it.  I truly believe that exercise, healthy eating, moderation, and happiness are all the ways to capture the fountain of youth. It’s no secret — and if you don’t believe me, look at older pics of me. I look younger today than I did a few years ago.

I woke up and headed for a birthday workout at Crossfit Impavidus. Nothing beats exercising as the best birthday present you can give yourself. I have put my body through a lot the past 40 years — it’s only right to do something good for it on my birthday.

5 pull ups
5 OH squats
15 sit ups
8 push ups

KB Swings
Handstand Kicks/push ups

50 sit ups
40 35lb KB Swings
20 pull ups
20 Handstand Kicks

I also got to take a nap. I love naps. I call being able to nap a gift. Scott is not a napper and I feel sorry for him. There’s nothing like a good nap in the middle of the day

It’s been a good day.

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