Tattoos and Bling

Two weeks ago I got a new tattoo and a nose ring (stud piercing).  This has been something I have wanted to do for some time now….but it was never the right time and to be completely honest, I had worried about what some would think.  But as I get older I am becoming more and more comfortable in my own skin.  I know God created me. He wonderfully created me says the Bible in Psalm 139:14, “I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.”  So I know that God made me and He made me uniquely.  He made me a daughter, a wife, a mother of three.  He made me short, athletic, independent and a little on the rebellious side.  He made me with certain traits and talents: like being a teacher/coach.  And He gave me a personality that I tend to show (hence, piercings and tattoos)!!!

So two weeks ago, my BFF and her husband came to visit. She and I had said for several years that we were going to get tattoos and my nose pierced together someday.  SO THAT SOME DAY CAME and WE DID!!!  I had been looking at different tattoos for years.  But just recently found a simple but bold tattoo of the word STRENGTH with a cross in the middle of it.  This tattoo stuck out to me immediately…… for many reasons.  1) It’s simple. 2) Even though it’s simple it tells a lot about who I am and what I want to represent.  3) I am physically strong (God made me that way).  4) I want and thrive to be mentally and spiritually strong  5) and most importantly I know my strength (physical, mental, and spiritual) come from Christ alone.  Two weeks later, I LOVE my new tattoo and my nose stud.  I really feel like these two things represent who I am! And I am not ashamed…..

My new permanent motivation


So why do I tell you this….. Well, I have another tattoo.  It was from 20 years ago.  I was in Junior College, playing Jr College basketball….dating a serious boyfriend at the time (not my husband now).  At the time, I was wanting to get an ankle bracelet tattoo that had his name inside of it.  But that night I had found out some bad news and we were on the beak of a terrible break up.  My friend had gotten her ankle bracelet, but I chickened out (not knowing if I would end up marrying this boy or not) and made a last minute decision to get a tattoo of WOODSTOCK (the bird) dunking a basketball.  YAP!!! That’s my tattoo….on my hip!!! FOREVER!  I didn’t marry that boy  (thank goodness I didn’t put his name on my ankle).   But the years that followed, I resented this tattoo.  I had talked about getting it removed and even having it redone into something more feminine.  I have even had my husband snap a picture of this tattoo to send to artist to see if they could recreate it into something more beautiful.  But that all changed two weeks ago after I got my NEW tattoo.  I don’t know what made it click…..but suddenly I DO NOT want to change my woodstock with a basketball tattoo.  And the reason why is because it tells a story about me.  About who I was back then….20 years ago.  A little lost.  Loving the game of basketball.  Going through a heartbreak. Making crazy tattoo decisions.  I have come along ways.


So today I have two tattoos….. One old.  One new. But I absolutely love that these tattoos tell a story about who I am!  And thankful for WHO made me who I am!!!! And Who has changed me from the inside out.

The good news about my cross, is that I KNOW that guy won’t leave me.

****As for the nose ring….its just some added sparkle to my smiling face!

mandy nose

Why Do You Need a Sugar Detox?

Our 21 Day Sugar Detox is fast approaching and I often get the question, “Why do I need to sugar detox?”.  Well, for me, having done the 21 Day Sugar Detox 3 times, I have many reasons that one can benefit from this detox.

The MAIN REASON for doing a Sugar Detox is to balance out and regulate your body….meaning balancing out your blood sugar levels.  How would you know if you have an imbalance??? ………..

1. If you have cravings for sweats, sugars, or bread products.  **This is pretty much a guaranteed sign that your blood sugar levels are out of whack.

2.  Are you feeling tired or easily exhausted….especially after eating a meal?

3.  Do you become light headed when you skip a meal?

4. Do you depend on coffee or other stimulants to get you going in the morning? Or keep you going during the day?

5. Do you struggle at losing weight or keeping weight off?

6. Are you moody?

7. Do you struggle with some of your hormonal imbalances?

These are a few signs that you may be a great candidate for the 21 Day Sugar Detox Program.  I know for me, more than half of these questions I could relate to.  But after doing this program, I am not struggling with any of these symptoms any more!!! YAE~!!!

The program is very simple.  You remove all sugar and simple carbs from your diet for 21 days and you eat only from the ALLOWED list of food provided.  There will be an AVOID LIST to follow, as well.  IT’S THAT SIMPLE!!!

But I must warn you the first week (usually 3-5 days) are the hardest because your cravings will be more pronounced.  But once you get past “the hump” the cravings will subside and the program begins to really work…and it becomes easier and easier every day.  Those days leading up to the hump day will take absolute will power.  Believe me, you can do this! I have done it and it is completely doable (and worth it).  After getting though the actual detox, you will begin to notice a lot of the positive side effects that I am going to list below (example: better focus, better sleep, weight lose, etc), which makes this program exciting to be on because you see immediate results.  Check out the list below I am providing of the positives you may notice during and after the detox.

Most Commonly Reported positive Effects DURING and AFTER The Detox:

Fat loss
Less bloating
Clearer skin
Less craving for sugar / food
Increased sense of taste (healthy food starts tasting better)
Increased energy
More consistent energy
More regular bowel movements
Increased sense of wellbeing
Elevated mood/less depression
Lower cholesterol
Better sleep

You need to give this a try.  It will truly provide you will great results and education that you can use everyday to live a better and healthier life!

Custom Sugar Detox


Week One of Crossfit Opens “FAILURE”

Last Thursday night, the CrossFit Opens Games began.  What does this mean?? It means that crossfit athletes across the world are competing against each other to see how they rank, even among the professionals.  Each week, for five weeks a WOD will be posted for everyone to do. You have until Monday at 5pm of the following week to have a qualifying crossfit judge judge you doing this WOD. Time and scores are submitted and you are ranked. There are several divisions, age groups, and now even scaled divisions.  I, unfortunately, fall in the most competitive group…..under 40years old and doing WODs prescribed (Rx’ed).  RX’ed or “prescribed” simply means you are not scaling the working out in any means (not using less weight, doing less reps, or subbing out movements).  Other divisions are teens, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, male/female.

I debated on whether I actually wanted to sign up to compete.  I knew I was going to do these WODS with my box, but really didn’t care to know where I rank among the very best.  I know I will be just another number….and it’s too much of a humbling experience, maybe!?!? LOL. But my coaches convinced me to do it anyhow.

**I will be 100% honest with you. I know that I can sometimes be hard on myself if I don’t do well at something that “counts”.  This is a fact about me in any competition, Crossfit or not. I tend to beat myself up when I screw up or mess up! And I hate that kind of pressure.****

The WOD was a two part WOD that went back to back:

PART ONE: 15 Toes to Bar, 10 Deadlifts, and 5 Power Snatches (75#)—as many round of this as you can for 9mins (as fast as you can, too).

PART TWO: Find your max clean and jerk immediately after Part One is done but you have six minutes to do this.  This also includes adjusting your weights and bar, while trying to catch your breath from part one.

I was super worried about the toes to bar.  To do 15 of those suckers would be taxing. And I am not fluid yet on cycling them.  I can cycle them but it really can wear me out, as I have just learned how to cycle these without kipping.  I was not worried about the deadlifts or snatches as this weight is super easy for me.

As for the Clean and Jerk. I was pumped about this one. I have been working hard on my clean and just recently got a new PR of 160 on a clean last week.  I can push press 140 so I knew going in that my previous one rep max of 145 was about to get higher.  READY for that lift!!!!

So I begin Part One—-my goal was to get three rounds.  I was shocked when I got over 4 rounds. (4.5 rounds to be exact). So when I was done with this part (even though my hands were hurting due to tearing from gripping the pull up bar), I was super stoked and feeling like I was doing AWESOME….and I was doing awesome, at least for me I was!  PART TWO immediately begins. I load my bar with my previous PR (personal record) of 145#.  I clean and jerk it with NO PROBLEM!  #BOOM #FEELINGSTRONG.  Because I felt good and my adrenaline was flowing, I decide to put on 155#.  I attempted it ONCE…and failed.  Not by much, but by a little. So I got a little nervous and decided to deload to 157 because I knew that I could pull that with no problem.  I go to deload one side of my bar and realize that the 2.5# plates that I had out were not where I placed them.  I immediately go into a little panic.  I find them, as someone is taking them off their bar.  I quickly load my bar.  I step back and double check my plates and all seems good.  I had plenty of time so I go to clean it and suddenly realize I am totally lopsided. *****I HAD FORGOTTEN TO DELOAD THE OTHER SIDE OF MY BAR! Apparently when I went to search for my 2.5# plates, I only unloaded one side of my bar and not the other. Not good.  I had 20 seconds left on the clock and had no time to get the lift in. I was stunned with disappointed, disbelief, the feeling of failing, and even fighting back some tears.  I can’t even begin to stress how I felt.  HEARTBROKEN!!!

This was my max then of 125#

Clean and Jerk—last summer at Solus Competition


I left the gym feeling so saddened.  And I am still working through the emotions of it still.  I wanted to record my BEST and I felt like I didn’t show my best when it came to the clean and jerk lift.  This is probably one of my biggest struggles, and had always been, that I beat myself up on things when I feel like I have failed myself or someone else.  I tend to beat myself up over things that really don’t matter.  The fact though, is that it DOES MATTER to me.  I want to show my best. And I didn’t!!!

This has eaten at me for 24hours.  I keep thinking…..”I should have been better prepared with my plates.”  “I should have never put 155# on after my first lift.” “I should have started with the 2.5 plates first.”  UGH!!!! All the should have beens and could have beens.

Does my time, score, or lift really even matter? No, not really.  I am just a number or ranking among thousands of athletes.

The good news out of all of this….is that if I was in the 40yrs old division (just 6months away), I would have been ranked right up there!

Wonder what week #2 WOD will bring??? Please no Double Under jump roping.