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You all know now how much I love my friend Christmas Abbott who is now the first female to be a part of the Nascar Pitt Crew. CrossFit just created this feature video introducing her to the community again. It’s worth your time to watch it and get to know this amazing athlete and inspiration…

Christmas Abbott is the owner of CrossFit Invoke in North Carolina, a Level 1 Seminar Staff member and a NASCAR pit-crew member in training.

“My family’s always taught me to listen to my heart and listen to my intuition,” says Abbott, who grew up in Lynchburg, Va. “I really have lived a very unusual life.”

During college, she spent a summer in Iraq upon her mother’s suggestion. 

“I was never shying away from trying new things. With that, CrossFit’s really helped me develop that inner being and self-worth, ultimately, that allows me to try new things,” Abbott explains. “And not just try it, but … if it scares me, then I absolutely have to try it.”

Today she is training to become a NASCAR pit-crew member.

“I love changing tires. The adrenaline of running in front of a car and then having the car zip by you, 50 to 60 miles an hour behind you … ,” Abbott starts. And when she so much as hears the sound of the air gun, “It makes me want to go fast,” she says. “It’s like hearing ‘3, 2, 1 … go.’”

I’m still sore – from Diane on Friday and the 12 Days of Christmas yesterday. I am going to do some stretching today to loosen my muscles. I can’t believe Hanukkah and Christmas are mere weeks away. I gotta get moving on getting stuff ready – can i just forgot Christmas and fast forward to January? Please…

Labor Day Running


Running Makes the Heart Go Faster

Had a great morning coaching a special class at 9a. It was a last minute substitution and it was a hero workout — Griff. The group had to run backwards which always trips people up. They did a great job and after seeing them finish, I kinda wished I had done it. So in that vain, Coach Jerry was up for a run with me so we took a nice leisurely 3m run after the Hero wod. I don’t run often enough and it’s not one of my strong suits and I really don’t love it –which is exactly why I need to do it more!

I was wiped out afterwards but happy I took Jerry up on his idea of what a run was. I wanted to do a measly 800m! He laughed.

Speaking of running, here are two recent articles I have read that may prove helpful to all you ‘runner types’.

Have a great Labor Day! BBQ, Relax, and enjoy the holiday! 

Happy Birthday U.S.A.


I made my fruit trifle for the holiday occasion and once again it was a hit!  Although it does have angel food cake in it —  you can easily make it with just the pudding and fruit and it will be just as good —

We headed over to our dear friends – Jim  & Holly’s – for their annual neighborhood 4th of July parade and pool party to hang out, laugh, swim and eat good food. It was almost 3 years ago during this same time that we found out Scott had colon cancer. Holly and Jim have been wonderful friends to us. I can truly say they are like family to me.  I love this holiday; it’s really a time to kick back and enjoy the time with your friends and family. Appreciate what you have and the freedom you enjoy.






Honoring Murph at CrossFit


Yesterday was a great day. I headed to CrossFit Impavidus for their Memorial Day ‘Murph’ WOD. I did ‘Murph‘ last April and the weather was pleasant. Yesterday – not so pleasant. Hot, Humid, Hot — but this was a great WOD, and great way to honor a real hero.  We started the day with National Anthem and read about Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy,, who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005.  To do Murph with all the fellow athletes, many of them military — it took it to a bigger level.

So my Murph time for yesterday: 53:10. It was brutal. We were all drenched in sweat and just completely wiped out. We did a post WOD potluck as well – full of paleo and non-paleo food. It was really fun and great to spend time with some great people outside of the brutal body beatings aka WODs.

I got home and had to get ready for a small cook out  — We invited some neighbors over.  I love having people over because it forces you to clean up your house. Hannah walked in from the pool and said ‘Mom, the house is so clean and orderly.’ I said – let’s keep it this way ok? Easier said than done!  Great cookout, great friends, great food. I even made homemade strawberry ice cream with strawberries picked from Great Country Farm. It was a great day — and I slept great last night!


Happy Mother’s Day


Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful women out there — whether you are a mom to your own kids, someone else’s kids, 4 legged kids — Mom’s are special people who show us the true meaning of love. My kids let me sleep in, and then showered me with love and home made presents, including “The Book of Awesome Moms” in which I came in on top, and an I Love My Mom book, and a plant and lots of drawings of me.  Make sure you take time out today and call or visit with the “mom’ in your life…

Yesterday’s workout that included lunges made for a sore day today — Walking lunges with 25lb plate overhead can really make you appreciate rest days!  I’m off to get some gluten free pizza with my family — going to go a bit off plan today with the eating, but still no gluten.  It’s mother’s day after all —-

Attempting to Conquer the Cartwheel


Happy St. Patty’s Day to all my Irish Friends!

I gotta say – I have been feeling so great about life. I feel empowered and in charge & I don’t know what is so different in me that it’s causing me to feel this way, but I feel great energy around me. Good things are coming for me – I can feel it! Spring is coming, birds are chirping — somebody slap me before I start believing in fairies too!

I was more excited than usual to head to my workout this AM because Coach Jerry promised me we would work on cartwheels. Cartwheels are one of those skills I never mastered as a kid and it has always irked me a bit. So – we didn’t have a lot of time this AM to do it, but we did learn the Hand, Hand, Foot, Foot transition and after some fiddling and trying to figure out which is my left and right — (no I am not kidding) — I did the first step in learning — Cartwheels and Driving a manual car will be things I conquer before I die!

Workout at CrossFit Impavidus this AM:

25 Jump Rope
10 Air Squats
10 Push Ups
10 OHS
5 Pull Ups

Cartwheel Transitions

7 Wall Ball Squats 14lb
5 Push Ups
3 Ring Dips (used blue band)
total rounds=12

CrossFit Workout: Kelly


- Abraham Lincoln

Happy Washington’s Birthday aka President’s Day! It’s nice to have another day off in the middle of winter — an extra day to get something done.

CrossFit has a bunch of workouts named after Ladies –And this morning at CrossFit Impavidus, I met ‘Kelly’.

75 Jump Ropes
10 Jumping lunges
10 MTN climbers
10 Air Squats

Push Press

400m Run
30 20in Box Jumps
30 10lb Wall Ball Squats
time: 31.40

Eight Leadership Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.


Eight Leadership Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is Martin Luther King Day in the United States. On this day we celebrate the life and work of one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known. I want to take a few minutes and reflect on what is commonly referred to as his “I Have a Dream” speech.

It helped give me some inspiration to write my K12, Inc Blog post:

Teaching Kids About Great Leadership to honor MLKDay

January 17, 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday and many states are encouraging Americans to use this holiday as a way to give back.  Make sure you and your family visit the MLK Day of Service website to find get information about this effort and find projects that “strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and create solutions” – all actions that can help make our world a better place to live.

Here’s to helping create the next generation of Great leaders!

Take some time to share some of the great leaders in your life and how they continue to inspire you by leaving a comment below.

Happy Birthday Scotty!


40 is the new 30

Today is a special day — 40 years ago, a great man was brought into this world. That great man is:

Scotty Hoaglund

I am the luckiest lady in the world that I met him 15+ years ago.


A White Christmas


Having kids gives you a whole new perspective on the holidays. My kids woke up at 6A – screaming, yelling, running around. They did not appreciate waiting for their Mom and Dad to get up and prep their coffee before they could explore the treasure trove that was under their tree.

We opened the gifts – the kids were so happy and appreciative. Then I went back to bed only to be woken up by the kids screaming yet again — this time about snow. A White Christmas may be in the cards for Northern Virginia!

Have a wonderful holiday!

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