A REST DAY IS NOT A COP OUT

The other day, after working out 3 days in a row (2 running, 1 CrossFit), I woke up tired. And I did not want to get out of bed. (some of that may or may not have had to do with the 2 sweet snuggly kitties purring around my chest and head.) But, I had a workout planned! I even wrote it down on my white board in my garage. I had to get up and get out there. But my body was so tired, my knee ached a little, and my eyelids were soooo heavy and I went back…

DEAR GOALS: PREPARE TO BE CRUSHED

So, I’ve struggled before with a bit of an “identity crisis.” If I hadn’t blown up my previous blog (you know, maybe I need to stop rehashing that and move on from it? hmmm…that’s probably a whole different post that needs to be written), you would know that.  But seriously, after I found CrossFit 5 years ago, I began to question who I am. Am I a runner? Am I a CrossFitter? Is it possible for me to be both? AND find balance between the two? Most CrossFitters will tell…

PUMPKIN APPLE BREAD

You guys. Fall is coming!! And you know what that means….. It’s time for all things.. PUMPKIN!!! Did you know that pumpkin is a nutrient-dense food? It’s chock full of vitamins and minerals like Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Iron, Niacin, and Potassium which your body needs.  Plus, it’s super versatile and can be added or incorporated into so many different recipes. Like a yummy loaf of bread. 😀 Pumpkin bread is usually made with loads of sugar and butter and that’s what makes it dense and delicious.  AND maybe not always…

HOW TO GET YOUR GROOVE BACK… HOPEFULLY.

If you read my BlogFest recap, you’ll know that one of the things I learned while I was in Vegas was about finding my “why.”  It came from a quote that Darren Hardy made during his keynote address and it really resonated with me.  I’m fairly certain that I’ve finally found my why – took me long enough, right?! – and I’ve been moving towards it over this past year.  Unfortunately, I’ve had my share of struggles along the way. Guess that’s all part of that…

FUDGY TRIPLE CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

I cannot tell a lie.  I have totally been craving brownies.  And not just any brownies – although, it was getting to that point where I mighta grabbed a sub-par brownie and been disappointed but I controlled myself. it was hard. – but these super fudgy triple chocolate brownies. Again, I cannot tell a lie.  I did not skip out on or substitute something else for the sugar in this recipe. These are brownies, people. Generally, you’re going to find sugar in a brownie. It happens. They’re supposed to be a treat! A special moment…

FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM BLOGFEST

Okay, so I seriously learned so much while I was at BlogFest that it actually took some time after I got home to go through it all and decide what information actually applied to me and what I wanted to implement. Plus, I had a major case of airplane flu going on and was trying to get over that/jet lag/time difference/bladder infection/ALL THE FUN so I needed a li’l extra time to get my thoughts together. Obvi. I’ve been to a fitness blogging conference a couple times before (sorry, I can&#8217…

VEGAS AND BLOGFEST (IN PICTURES)

Hey y’all!  I’ve been wanting to get this recap up since I got back but seriously, all the travel drama and then getting sick and then being the primary babysitter for my granddaughter really threw a wrench in that plan! BUT, I finally feel less like a zombie and my Nutrition for Sports Performance class is finished (squeaked an A!! Whoop!) and I have some time to get this done! I’m actually going to break it up into 2 posts because there’s just too much and I want to focus on my…

WEEKEND THINGS (AND PACKING FOR BLOGFEST!)

First things first, I want to thank each and every one of you who commented on my past few blog posts or sent me a personal note or just reached out.  You have absolutely no idea how much all that has meant to me.  I’m in a spot that is hard for me to deal with and actually admit that I’m in it and knowing that I have the support of you guys, and that I’m not alone, is EXACTLY what I need. Thank you. I love you! <3 So anyhooo, I&#8217…

LEARNING TO LET GO (TOL#19)

One of the (many) things that I’m not good at is letting go. I really need to work on that. I am, however, really REALLY excellent at holding on to things. Not just physical things – although there is a slight, ever so teeny tiny, chance that I may possibly be a small, wee little bit of a packrat #dontjudgeme #everythinghasmeaning #yesimustkeepallofit – but feelings and all that other hokey mushy stuff. Like, I can take something that happened (not a good thing) or was said to me (something not nice) YEARS ago, or some way that something…

BUCKWHEAT OATMEAL SNACK BARS

You guys. These bars!! So, this semester, I’ve been taking “Nutrition for Sports Performance” and we’ve been looking at that whole My Plate recommendations and I’ve discovered that I don’t really eat enough grains and I’m trying to change that.  My diet has changed so much over the past few years and I definitely do well with protein and fat (maybe too well in this area. I <3 nut butter. YOLO!) but I’m pretty lacking in grains. With as much as I love oatmeal and…