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You do that CrossFit?

7 May

I decided it’s time for me to update the ol’ blog. I realize it’s been almost a year but…
Well, I have no excuse actually.

The latest news to share is my new obsession.

CrossFit.

Prepare yourselves to read much much more about my CrossFit journey. What is CrossFit you say?

This short video sums it up nicely.
If after watching that video, you’re still not sure what it’s all about- here’s an example of what my daily routine looks like:

1) 10m Warm-up (Rowing, Running, Jumping Rope)

2) 10-20m Stretching/Mobility 

3) Strength Skill (Squat, Front Squat, Deadlift, Overhead Squat, Clean & Jerk, Snatch, etc)

We usually work the following: 5-5-3-3-1 reps adding weight for a 1-rep max. Of course, the priority here is perfect form, then speed.

4) WOD.

WOD stands for Workout of the Day. This is what I get nervous for every time I step into the gym. You never know what to expect, and a WOD that looks easy may just be the ugliest and most difficult workout you’ve ever experienced. You usually are trying to do as many rounds as possible (AMRAP) in a set amount of time OR a set amount of rounds for the fastest time. Either way, you are going as fast as possible while still keeping form and not dying. Also, any of the workouts can be scaled so that any one at any fitness level can participate. 

I will share an example of a WOD- the one I did today. 

– 30 Squats (135lbs for women/195lbs for men)
– 100 Jump Rope Rotations
– 7 Burpees
– 1 Minute Rest 
3 Rounds for Time.

Let me just tell ya- this one was gnarly. Even one of my coaches almost got the pukie.

5) Accessory Work/Mobility

This is where we will do little extras to just push the muscle groups we had just worked in the WOD a bit further. Also, more stretching is appropriate here. 

The beauty of CrossFit is that it incorporates Mobility, Strength and Endurance all in one. It’s this “fitness trifecta” that I believe makes the fittest people possible. In the last 7 weeks I’ve been doing CrossFit, I have experienced gains in all these areas and have built confidence in my abilities. It’s amazing what the body will do if you just get your head out of the way.

Speaking of what the body can do, I recently hit a BIG milestone in my CrossFit journey. One that I will share in my next post! 

Until then,

Peace. Love. Health.

My Celebrity Crushes

5 Oct

We all have them. Some are obvious choices. Some I shouldn’t admit (there I go again with the confessing thing…).

Without further ado…

The Obvious

Ryan Gosling

Ladies and Gents: Ryan has arrived. Gents, you may go home now.

James McAvoy

Yes please.

Ryan Reynolds

Best with facial hair.

The Comic

Jimmy Fallon

This guy laughs at his own jokes. I laugh at my own jokes (albeit, I am the only one laughing). I love him.

Demetri Martin

Important Things indeed.

The Artist

Ryan Adams

Are you seeing a theme here? I like geek chic.

The Baby

Zac Efron

Goodness gracious.

Justin Bieber.

Do I feel a little weird about this one? Yes. Do I care? No.

The Intellectual

Andersoon Cooper

This guy is a journalistic genius AND a silver fox.

The Athlete

Bode Miller

He’s just got that face you swear you know, right? Hey Bode, remember me? Pretty sure we’ve hung out before.

Rafael Nadal

No.1 Tennis Player in the world… Uh… yeah…

The Twisted

Jack White

Sexy. I seriously cannot explain my attraction to him.

Conan O’Brien

Why? Because I can.

11 Things I shouldn’t Admit… But I will.

21 Sep

11. Once, after a first kiss with a guy I was dating, I laid on my bedroom floor for an entire day. It was that good.

10. I have a serious, serious, serious wedding gown obsession. I have (on multiple occasions) considered putting a fake wedding ring on just so I can try on wedding gowns.

9. All of the labels of canned goods in my pantry must be facing forward. A little OCD?… Possibly.

8. I belt it out in the car to tunes like I am a contestant on American Idol. Sometimes I even close my eyes to really get into it. I realize this is reckless endangerment to all those vehicles around me but what’s a girl to do? Gotta get into those soulful moments, ya know?

7. I fall in love waaaaaaaay too easily.

6. Even though for the past decade, I have been working in the skincare/beauty industry, I choose not to wash my face at night sometimes…

5. I floss my teeth while talking to clients on the phone at work. I did it at my last job, and I continue it at this one. Disgusting you say? That’s what I call an effective use of my time friends.

4. When I see a woman jogging down the street as I am driving by, I say to myself, but out loud, “Get it gurl. Get it.” After my brief training period for a half-marathon, I have a whole new respect for runners- especially women who run.

3. Even though I eat mostly a plant-based and clean diet, I have one weakness/craving and it’s a terrible one. McDonald’s Breakfast Burritos.

2. I am attracted to younger men (early 20’s) and older men (mid 30’s). You will never see me date anyone in the range of 26 to 30 years old. Bad, bad, age range for me.

1.  I don’t remember (or maybe never realized) how to do math fractions.

Phew! Feels so good to get that off my chest!!
How about you? Any confessions you’d like to share?

Dreamer

26 Aug

The last few weeks, I have been extremely busy day-dreaming and making plans for my future. Daydreaming takes a lot of energy and time you know? I am a big dreamer and what I believe I want for my life changes with the wind. But I realized, there is something that always remains.

And I am going to share it with you right now.

It is ambitious. And a little unusual for a single woman with a child.

It might look like this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And may include some of this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And definitely this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There won’t be much of this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But a lot of this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And it most likely will be in an area like this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahhhh…. yep, that’s a little piece of heaven right there.

Can We Change the World?

20 Aug

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
–Margaret Mead

Gemininity

19 Aug

I’m fascinated by astrology. It’s vast and complex and it boggles my mind, but it intrigues me. This may be due to the fact that  my personality traits are described almost to a T, when the Gemini  horoscope is discussed- which happens to be my sign.

Sign of the Twins

What are the traits of a Gemini?

Adaptable, Intelligent, Unreliable, Youthful, Clever, Witty, Communicative, Flighty, Intellectual, Uncommitted,  Lively, Adventurous, Diplomatic, Cheerful, Impatient, Indecisive, Talkative, Mutable, Restless, Impulsive, Social and Playful.

That’s soooo me right?

I came across this horoscope for a Gemini in 2011. I must say, this is eerily accurate thus far.

Let’s take a look.

Your social life picks up its pace from January to June this year, dear Gemini. It’s a time of interesting connections, and for some of you, partnering opportunities can be made through or with friends and group associations. You particularly enjoy sharing your expertise with your associates and networking. From June forward, you can experience a greater love of solitude. It’s not that you’re unsociable during this period – it’s more about feeling quite comfortable when alone, and there’s an important difference between the two states of mind. As well, you will find that putting others’ interests ahead of yours tends to bring you the most rewards. You may be doing a lot for others, but you’ll be enjoying doing it! For some of you, in the second half of 2011, partnering opportunities may be made through the Internet or other channels that allow you to connect anonymously at first before meeting. Again this year, those of you who are dating or involved in a more casual romance will find that you’re a little more serious and selective. For all of you, in the second half of the year especially, you tend to go with the flow in romance rather than rush in. Parents might invest more money and time into their children’s hobbies, or find themselves creating more structure for their kids. Creative pursuits that most attract you now are those that generate tangible rewards, and you may be putting more energy and work into your own hobbies. A long-term cycle that’s influenced your career for many years is coming to an end in March, 2011. With this cycle’s end, dramatic ups and downs in your career path tend to subside, although you are still required to adapt to more subtle shifts. Your aspirations begin to change. The cycle that begins with this one’s end is bound to shake up your social circle. Some friendships may be left behind, and new ones are made, although they may not be quite as reliable as the ones you had in the past. July through October can be a strong period for finances – both material and emotional support is more readily available to you. June is an important month for taking charge of your life and beginning new long-term projects. The second half of the year can bring more emotional energy to a partnership, and for singles, the possibility of a new partnership altogether. Overall, Saturn’s influence this year is good for feeling on track, stable, and strong enough to meet life’s challenges. You are less inclined to rebel or react in 2011, and more inclined to live in a more authentic manner – true to yourself.

According to this horoscope:

Your social life picks up its pace from January to June this year, dear Gemini.
Hmmm… interesting. I went through my dating frenzy and subsequently overdosed on romance in about May.

From June forward, you can experience a greater love of solitude. It’s not that you’re unsociable during this period – it’s more about feeling quite comfortable when alone…
What?! I just wrote about this yesterday. See blog post here.

For some of you, in the second half of 2011, partnering opportunities may be made through the Internet or other channels that allow you to connect anonymously at first before meeting.
My dear blogger friends, the very conception of this blog was in early July.

Again this year, those of you who are dating or involved in a more casual romance will find that you’re a little more serious and selective.
From my point of view, there has been slim pickings as of late. Hence, my current dating hiatus.

For all of you, in the second half of the year especially, you tend to go with the flow in romance rather than rush in.
Sounds aaaaaaa-mazing.

Parents might invest more money and time into their children’s hobbies, or find themselves creating more structure for their kids.
I have been searching for the perfect residence to provide more stability in Carter’s life and in mine. A post featuring my house hunting adventures coming soon.

A long-term cycle that’s influenced your career for many years is coming to an end in March, 2011.
I have been in the beauty industry since I was 16 years old. Finally, I have given it up in pursuit of something more substantial and fulfilling. My beauty career peaked in March and April. And then, I moved on.

Your aspirations begin to change.
New ideas and goals have surfaced. Simplicity rules the day lately and a recent epiphany is in accordance with this.

The cycle that begins with this one’s end is bound to shake up your social circle.
Let’s just say I have had to do an inventory of relationships this year. A few didn’t make the cut.

You are less inclined to rebel or react in 2011, and more inclined to live in a more authentic manner – true to yourself.
True. Very true.

So is this astrology stuff nonsense? Rubbish? Hogwash?

Check your 2011 horoscope and tell me what you think. Any truth to it? Comment below!

How To Be Alone

18 Aug

Saw this video floating around on the internets.

I love it.

For most of my life, I have required, no I have commanded, that I am with people at all times. I was never comfortable being alone. I was the child that would sneak out of the house to go play with my friends at six years old (Carter has repeated this very thing recently) and to be alone was akin to death in my world.

Being a divorced woman and single mother, I was forced to be alone for a time.  It was hard. I hated almost every minute of it. But guess what? It was healing.

Years later, I find myself willingly, longingly even, looking for these quiet moments of peace. I look forward to every moment spent alone; whether it be reading a book in the park or driving home from work in the car.

I finally have embraced me. I no longer look for validation in that of others company or companionship. And when people do show up in my life, I invite them in knowing that if I was fearful of being alone, they may have never showed up anyway.

Lonely is a freedom that breathes easy and weightless and lonely is healing if you make it.