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The Reality of Fear


I came across 23 BRILLIANT LIFE LESSONS FROM ANTHONY BOURDAIN and thought so many of them were worthwhile. I especially liked this one…

“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” 

Fear I think this one resonated with me because it’s the advice I would give my younger self. When I was in my twenties, I was so gripped with fear of instability that it caused me to see things in very rigid terms. The person I am today realizes clearly that that fear held me back from so many adventures and experiences.  They are the things I look back at and wish I had just jumped into the opportunities that presented themselves during that time. I guess that’s the beauty of hindsight though. I know it’s never too late to jump in and go for it but there are adult life responsibilities that have to be considered that prevent me from just dropping everything and going for it now. What I can do is take chances and travel when opportunities exist and encourage my kiddos to not be controlled by fear as they grow up and taken on the world. They can learn from the lessons I experienced…

This doesn’t just apply to travel either. How many things in our lives do we avoid or quit because we are scared? Scared of what’s on the other side. Afraid of change. Afraid of the unknown. I’m not sure who wrote the following “Reality of Fear”, but it definitely gives you some points to consider as you start to confront fear holding you back…


You’re not scared of the dark;
you’re scared of what’s in it.

You’re not afraid of heights;
you’re afraid of falling.

You’re not afraid of the people around you;
you’re afraid of rejection.

You’re not afraid to love;
you’re just afraid of not being loved back.

You’re not afraid to let go;
you’re just afraid of accept the fact it’s gone.

You’re not afraid to try again;
you’re just afraid of getting hurt for the same reason.
Reality of Fear



Planning is Key When Traveling


Yum! Creme Brulee

Planning is Key When Trying to Stay Paleo When Traveling

Now that I am more recovered from my trip there are a few things I wanted to share from the overall experience with regard to eating well and health and fitness. First off, it’s Vegas and we all know the Vegas of the strip and business travel is not the day to day Vegas that the residents experience and it’s not tailored to health and wellness. It’s about debauchery and mischief. They pay people to ensure that the engagement tactics, sights, smells, food, entertainment all point people to those two things. So it’s tough to stay on the straight and narrow when you are there. I witnessed first hand how difficult it can be —

The hotel our company meeting was at was a bare bones suite hotel off the strip. It had no hotel restaurant and no other eateries nearby and we were asked to not rent cars because of the shuttle service that the hotel offered. So there I was: no car, no restaurant – nada, zip.  I did bring some general snacks with me -Larabars, some packets of Justin’s Almond butter, and an apple and I found some gluten free oatmeal for my son a while back and grabbed a few packets to bring just in case. Well I am glad I did and you will see why shortly —

I got in around noon Monday and thought the hotel would have a restaurant – nope. So the hotel shuttle was there and kind enough to bring me to a Whole Foods nearby, where I created a salad from their salad bar and picked up a few other things for snacks in case I needed them and grabbed a few bananas for good measure.

In the morning – I went down for breakfast and they had NOTHING Paleo to eat. No FRESH food at all. They had eggs from the carton which has gluten and who knows what else, hash browns, muffins, waffles, bagels, yogurt, oatmeal and a bowl of fruit that was sitting in water that led me to assume it was frozen fruit –which I can’t stand. The idea of fruit sitting in water just makes it so unappealing.  What’s a Paleo eating girl to do? I took out that gluten free oatmeal, ripped open the packet of almond butter and stirred it right in there. So while not Paleo, it was as close as I was going to get in this place.  I also ate the banana I had bought and called it breakfast. I do have to give props for the coffee — it was really good coffee!  Coach Jerry said to me this AM: You embraced the true Paleo spirit and foraged for food!  It’s all about Planning!!

When I got to the meeting there were gift bags on each of our chairs. Inside was a bunch of SWAG, including a granola bar. The meeting coordinator was very thoughtful and came up to me and said I know you don’t eat that so I brought some fruit roll ups for you –they are gluten free. I almost spit my coffee out — as nice as that was, the thinking that a fruit roll up was even remotely an alternative for me was so indicative of the problem with overall nutrition today. I politely explained that I don’t eat that stuff, she said but it’s made with real fruit juice and I added — and high fructose corn syrup. I thanked her for her thoughtful-ness but declined the substitute. Again, i really did appreciate that she was trying to accommodate me but it was definitely another reminder of how off base many are about nutrition.

Then I found out that lunch was from Panera: sandwiches and salad with lots of cheese, croutons and dressing. I talked with the meeting coordinator and called the Panera and explained my situation. They were the nicest people and created a special salad for me with grilled chicken. Stamped my name on the box and delivered it with the rest of the order!

I did have quite a few people mention how hard it must be to eat the way I do –and I am so used to hearing that now that I just say, it’s really not – just takes planning and I feel great. Not sure they really believe me because I heard more than once how crazy people think I am about my fitness and health focus. Crazy, Focused, Committed, Addicted – call it what you want. Our bodies are designed to move and fueling it with quality food can’t be wrong.

Shots, Shots, ShotsOn that note — I wasn’t a complete angel in Vegas. I had some drinks, had some creme brulee and mashed potatos but the point is -I’m home now and am getting right back on track with my goals.

It’s been four full days of rest days — and I got back at it this AM. Sometimes really letting your body rest and recover can make all the difference in making big gains in your overall progress.


  • 600m jog
  • bear crawl
  • inchworms
  • high knees
  • sprints
  • 10 handstands holds
  • DROM

KB Snatch


  • 10 burpees
  • 20 squats
  • 30 KB Snatch
  • 40 KB Swings
  • 50 walking lunges
  • 40 KB Swings
  • 30 KB Snatch
  • 20 Squats
  • 10 burpees

time: 14:50 (did 25# Snatch, 35# Swings)

So was the break worth it?  I felt like I was going to puke around the 2nd KB swings round and started to get a cramp, but yes it was worth it. It always is!

No equipment neccessary: CrossFit Workouts


Great post about CrossFit Workouts you can do with no equipment from a CrossFit trainer —


Over the weekend I had a workout in the local park adjacent Kitsilano Beach (an area in Vancouver). We had access to a pull-up station next to the basketball courts, so what workout would make sense? Hmmm, let me think about it. Murph! Well, it may not have been the best choice, but considering it is a couple of body weight movements sandwiched between two 1-mile runs, it was easy to do with a group of 5.

Well, this got me thinking what other workouts are good for those of us who find ourselves on the road or have limited equipment options? I came across a conversation thread on the Crossfit Discussion Board entitled Eva T’s WOD Compilation.

Here’s a good travelin’ workout


Today’s workout is the kind that anyone can do anytime — you need a jump rope, that’s it. If you are traveling, bring one along and do this workout! there are a ton of workouts like this with CrossFit that you can do with little to no equipment. No excuses right? This workout is also one of the Ladies of CrossFit — Annie.

800 jog
10 squats
10 push ups
10 Pass thrus
10 hollow rocks

Double Unders


50-40-30-20 and 10 rep rounds of:
Sit-ups (ab-mat)
time: 13:45

2m push up challenge =50

I struggled with my Double Unders. I am getting a few at a time, but not more than that. And I bought a new rope from It’s really cool and lightweight, and I started off great — then the dowel came off and there went my rope! I quickly switched to my other, heavier rope but I lost focus so it took me a while to get it back on track. I will master these Double Unders, I will master the DUs — repeat after me…

Student Travel Rates are Available to Non Students


Student travel agencies are beginning to actively court nonstudents and older travelers, extending their low prices to the not-so-youthful set. Though it has quietly offered discounts to nonstudents for years, STA Travel began actively promoting “flights for everyone” on its home page late last year, highlighting sales and negotiated discounts available to travelers of any age, like round-trip flights from Los Angeles to Sydney from $798 or New York to London from $476.

via Practical Traveler – Student Rates Available to Nonstudents –

For those of you looking to travel soon, look into some of the student rates that are being offered to those of us that have lived well beyond our student years  — We have used STA travel personally. One of our friends works there in So Cal and he has booked trips for us. See if it helps you get a bargain!

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