I Compete Because……. I CAN!!!!

This past weekend I competed in a Crossfit competition with my Crossfit friends from Crossfit Solus.  It’s been two years since I have competed.  This actual competition I was a part of, I have participated in twice before.  It was a same-sex partner competition with four different WOD (WorkOuts of the Day).

I was very pleased with how we performed—except for my own performance in the last workout.  The first workout was a 40cal bike ride, 30 clean and jerks, and 20 pulls-ups done as fast as possible and broken up between me and my partner however we wanted.  We got first in our heat in this WOD.

The second WOD was two parts.  Partner 1 (which was me) did 150 single unders, 21 overhead squats, 100 singles, 15 OH squats, and 50 singles with 9 OH squats.  I was able to do this part unbroken with no problem (other than wanting to pee on myself a little.  Jumping can do that to us- HAHA). And my partner, Melissa did 12 front squats, 24 KB swings, 9 front squats 18 KB swings, and 6 front squats with 12 kb swings.  We finished well in this WOD too….maybe 3rd or 4th.

My favorite WOD was the Deadlift and Overhead Press WOD.  It was a 3-6-9-12, etc workout of 6mins where one partner held a static hold of a overhead press out while the other did deadlifts.. as soon as that partner was done she held the deadlift hold at the top while partner two did OH presses.  This one wasn’t any trouble for me.  My partner got a little tired at the end but not too bad.

Where it all went wrong was in the last workout.  Which was a workout I would think I would be decent at in the past but for some reason….that day was not my day for this chipper WOD.  First of all it was synchronized workout where my partner and I had to complete two rounds of 40 dumbbell snatches, 30 toes to pole, and 20 burpees over the db.  All was going very well for us until I got up from the toes to pole and started on burpees…..and suddenly the whole room was spinning.  I kept thinking it was going to pass, but it was actually getting worse the more I kept going.  I am not sure why….I am thinking I just got up too quick from the toes to pole (laying on the ground) and up into a burpee…which made me go WONKY.  I kept having to stop and take breaks, thinking I would be able to slow the room down.  But it didn’t work at all.  The rest of that workout was a blur.  By the end of it I even felt nauseated.  I felt terrible because I would usually rock this kind of WOD!  So I know it was a shock to my partner as well as myself.

But here is the deal….competing now in my 40s is so much different than when I was in my 30s.  I used to be extremely competitive. From grade school till now.  Don’t get me wrong. I am still quite competitive, but it’s all relative now.  A few years ago, I would have been extremely upset with myself for letting myself and my partner down in that last WOD.  But this time, I was able to shake it off way quicker than ever before.  And I know it’s because my mindset has changed.  I am not competing or working out anymore to PROVE SOMETHING.  Instead, I am competing because……it’s darn fun!  It’s fun to hang out with my best CF friends all day and get a lot of workouts in.  And its fun to cheer on each other and even pick on each other, too.  I also compete because…..well, BECAUSE I CAN!!!  I am 42 years OLD.  And there is something to be said about being older and throwing around heavy weights and doing pullups.  Frankly, that’s impressive! And it’s something to be proud of.  And I compete and workout cos it just makes me a better person from the inside out.

So will I continue to compete….you bet! Can’t wait!

 

 

“Objects in the Mirror” are not as real as they appear

I can’t even count how often I hear…..”Oh you guys are too cute!”  “You guys have such the perfect family.”  We are frequently told that some of our Facebook posts are fun and “they make me smile.” My husband and I also get mentioned as a “great couple” whom others look up to.

But I am just gonna get real raw and honest here!  We really aren’t cute!  We don’t have our “crap” together…  In matter of a fact, we are a dang mess most of the time.  We really are!!!

I do admit, we do have a great family and we work really hard to maintain our family……  BUT…….

Our kids don’t always win, we skip workouts, we eat poorly sometimes, we aren’t always “happy,” we don’t get invited to parties, our bank account gets laughable, our house is frequently messy, we fight, we skip church, we make excuses,  the sound coming from our cars need attention, and our baseboards are really bad.

Behind the curtain of our life… is absolute pure chaos sometimes.

To be honest, this past year has been the toughest year for our family. We have been in the biggest valley of our marriage. It is ONLY by God’s Grace that we are even still married.

Thankfully, we have had some good moments of laughter, success, smiles, and good friends along the way. God has been with us every step, every crawl, and every stare-at-the-ceiling late night.

So don’t let social media fool you. Most people post the best things about their week… We frequently do too. But it is not the only reality.

Don’t let social media fool you.

Tears, down times, sadness, and valleys are real, too. Struggling to just “barely hanging on” is a reality that you can live in for long periods of time. Believe me, I know.

Hang in there… if you feel alone or not as cool as the Facebook post of your friends. It’s OK. It’s OK to struggle. It’s OK to not live up to a fantasy.  We all live in the same real, broken world.

Be thankful we have a Savior that helps us through the dark times and a Savior to thank in the good times.

I know I have had to cling to Him in the valleys of life. I try to remember to cling when walking on the mountain tops too.

We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.” Phil 1:30

Making Changes and Seeing Changes

Feeling Great again thanks to these things….

So it’s been three weeks since I began my new program!  I thought it might be time to give everyone an update on how I am doing and what I am doing.  First of all, I am very happy with my progress, not only physically but mentally too!  I’m not only see inches and pounds coming off, but I feel so much more in control over my food behaviors and choices.  I am no longer “craving” those bad foods and seldom do I actually want them.  I have will power and discipline again! And because I do, I feel so EMPOWERED!  It’s an amazing feeling!!!

I haven’t felt this good in so long!  I am so in the ZONE and determined to continue.

So what have I been doing?  I have been following a strict meal plan.  I ate exactly what the meal plan called for except if I were out.  When I was out, I ate like kinds of foods (usually chicken salads).  The first week of the program I ate very clean and very balanced meals.  The second week I cut some selected starchy carbs out….still had some but only what the program suggested.  The last week the carbs were cut almost completely out. I lost 8.2# and 4 inches totally (mainly from waist and chest) during those three weeks.

Clean Eating Works. Trust me

Workout Wise?  I did a variety of things…..   I am kind of playing around with keeping my daily workouts very unroutined, because I think my body adapts to the exercise regimen and then gets used to it.  So I would do at least two workouts a day…… all in the choices of crossfit classes, lifting, running and/or online shift shop programs from beachbody.  I would workout in the mornings and evenings.  Mornings were crossfit and/or lifting.  While evenings were shift shop or running. **Let me add, I am not going “all out” at my workouts either.  I am just moving and moving well.

I also have put Shakeology back into my daily routine!  I absolutely love it…..(SHAKEOLOGY).  I have always had success from supplementing #shakeology into my diet.  I don’t like too many veggies….this supplement makes me feel better about my picky taste buds.  LOL.  And let’s just be honest! It’s super convenient and tasty.  So it’s #win all the way around.

Shakeology is working and I can tell

I haven’t felt this good in so long!  I am so in the ZONE and determined to continue.

In the next month I am going to continue my meal planning and carb cut.  I am following my very own 21 Day Sugar Detox again….but I am doing it for a full month because I have a private group following and being trained under me next week.  I have this program down to the T.  I have made some adjustments to it to make it very much doable (customized it) ** If you are interested in this private online training with me, please contact me!  I’d love to help you!  You’ll learn to so much…… (nutrition label reading, why is carb cutting a big deal, what is ketosis, what you body needs, etc).   Click here to join us.  I PROMISE YOU CAN DO THIS AND WON’T REGRET IT!

Hey… Wives and Moms, do this!!!

This is to every wife or mom out there!!! I need to tell ya’ll something that you MUST DO!!! Take some solo time… alone…away!!!! It’s a must!!! I am a wife (19 yrs of marriage) and a mom of three teenagers (parenting for 17.5 years)….and for the first time in my adult life, I took a solo vacation. And it was more than I ever dreamed and hoped for.

Early Morning Quiet Time

If you read my last post, A HOT MESS,, you would have learned that I have been in a very rough and difficult time in my life. Life has been messy. And once the mess gets so out of control….just like a dirty unorganized house, you can get overwhelmed, stressed, and freaked out. And, suddenly you do not even know where to begin to start cleaning the mess up. That is where I have been recently.

So, I needed a temporary escape from all the chaos. And it was GLORIOUS! Simply divine and glorious!!

I traveled to East Texas and stayed at a friend’s lake house. The place was perfect. Plenty to do outside, plenty of nature, and complete quietness. I came with NO PLANS other than to rest, pray, read my Bible, and be outside (I hear God best when being outdoors).

Quiet Mornings and Evenings

So I spent three days alone at this lake house. I would wake early and go for a run on the windy roads around the lake. I saw deer all the time. I would then sit on the back porch (for hours) that over looked this quite beautiful lake, and I would pray, read my Bible and work on hand lettering scriptures for fun while I ate breakfast. After lunch, I would go get in the water and either swim or paddle board. I would also binge watch Greys Anatomy on Netflix too… ha ha ha. And I did a lot of sitting and thinking and meditating on what God wanted from and for me.

I can not explain how magical that time was to have there all alone. I remember thinking to myself as I drove out there….. I am probably gonna get lonely or bored. LET ME TELL YOU!!!! I DID NOT ONE DANG BIT!!! It was so freeing, relaxing and refreshing to just BE STILL for once.

I also would advice you to do something out of your comfort zone while away too. For me….. I never knew I would have a problem getting into unknown lake waters BY MYSELF!  It seriously took me 15 minutes and a glass of wine to get in. HAHAHA! And then I got even more daring by pulling out the paddle board and then getting out on on that by myself. 1) I have only paddle-boarded once 2) What if I fell off and couldn’t get back on by myself? But I did it…..and it was a blast! I paddle-boarded all over that lake! LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!!!

Loved my Paddle Board

The last night my husband came to join me….he brought me steaks for dinner and I “allowed” him to crash my party for the evening. Which was a nice treat to end my time there. But do not tell him—-my time alone there was way better than the steak :).

My Cute House Guest

Funny thing was…..I found myself crying as I left my little oasis that last day. Because the reality of my normal chaotic life awaited me back at home. I wasn’t really crying because I didn’t want to come back home….but because I was so grateful for that time alone with God for a few short days. I knew the reality of the BUSY WORLD was going to grab hold of me again once I arrived back home.

Recharged

I am home! I am refreshed… a bit renewed. And loving my chaotic life. But I do have on my calendar to make it a priority to have a solo vacation once a year from here on out!!! I am counting the days to my next one……

A Hot Mess

Hey! I am back—-after a very long absence to the blogger world!!  But I am gonna shoot straight with you here…. I am entering back into this blogger world as a dang hot mess!! So much “life” has been happening in and around my world.  Too much to post here today, too complicated, and even a bit too messy.

But because of “life”,  I have a lot of clean up to do with my mess…. and dang right dirty mess to clean!!!!  I have a lot of re-aligning of my priorities to do with my Faith, Family, Friends, and Fitness.

As I type…. I am actually at a friend’s lake house in East Texas on a SOLO mini vacation.  YAP!! You heard that right!?!? I am on a solo vacation for a few days (no kids, no husband, no work, just me and some quiet time).  I am here to get away from the chaos and to be able to just focus on what God wants me to focus on. And to figure out the next steps of how to make my hot mess—–into a beautiful mess!!!!

A HOT MESS

Life can get a little dirty

And because of where “life” has recently led me, I have found myself….

  1. On my knees asking God for answers to hard but real questions.
  2. Battling and conquering struggles in my marriage.
  3. Wondering what God has in store for Todd and myself career wise.
  4. Needing and desiring more time with my kids but the above things often takes away from that time.
  5. 15 lbs overweight and not feeling my usual “healthy-fun” self.

This list could be more detailed and longer, but I am don’t want to blog today about all of that.  What I do want to blog about is the fact that I am HERE!!! READY TO KICK SOME BUTT transforming my HOT MESS into a Beautiful Mess!!!

So ready or not!!! Here I come….  Time to get dirty!

I’m working on the mess now

 

A “Transitional” Year

As I look back on this past year….I realize how much I have changed as an individual.  It was a very different year for me. A year of a lot of change in my life…not to mention turning 40!!

If you know anything about me, you would know I am a very much goal oriented person. I am driven. Hard working. Super dedicated.  And STUBBORN!! LOL! You might also know that I make New Year’s Resolutions (aka Goals) every year.  Since as long as I could remember, every New Year’s I would write these down and then put them in my Bible to review and remind myself throughout the year.  BUT, last year was the first year that I did not do this!  WHY?? Cos I had NO CLUE what to expect out of my year.  I had no real direction.  No real DRIVE for anything in particular….other than crossfitting and some running.

My 2015 year began with me resigning from my 6.5 year position as the Children’s Pastor at my church.  And I was coaching crossfit classes very part-time.  I had no idea what I was going to do next…. I just knew in my heart that it was time for a change.

Because I am the type of person that needs to have SOMETHING IDENTIFIED as a goal so that I can chase it, to not have any goals were a real struggle for about 8 months out of my year.  The only goal I had for the year was to do a CrossFit Competition as a RX athlete.  And that didn’t go as planned either….because I got injured one week before the competition.  **This was an athlete spirit killer for me too!

I felt like much of my year I was lost.

–I was a new crossfit coach…working hard to gather as much knowledge as possible to help my athletes.  And I was also getting to know my coaching peers…and slowly making new friends with those I worked with.

–I was a busy wife and mom—but a mom of teenagers who didn’t need me the way they used to.  It’s a big change to have kids who are somewhat independent….that need me and my attention is a totally different way than they did in the earlier years.  Now they are little adults.  I have gone from Mommy to Mom.

–I was a Christian..struggling to open my Bible and having a hard time connecting with God in my prayer life. (I truly believe this was a huge adjustment since I had just left full time ministry and struggled to know how to study without an audience in mind).

–And as an athlete….It was a humbling year.  I had spent much of my year injured. (People warned me this would happen at 40years old-haha).  I thought my injury would be just a two-three week deal but it ended up being a 4 month ordeal.  And that was just ONE injury.

I vividly remember late in the summer having a complete breakdown at Crossfit.  I was hoping to PR (aka Persona Record) on my clean lift (cos I hadn’t PRed in months…like A LOT of months) and I was due.  That day I barely hit my previous PR.  I was devastated and just threw my barbell down and took off running….while everyone else did the WOD (workout).  Yes, it was a grown woman tantrum!!!  

As I was running, I remembered that running hurt, too.  And right then and there I ran (wobbly) and cried my eyes out…wondering why God was taking everything away from me that made me ME…the things that I loved or felt like I was good at.  I couldn’t run.  I couldn’t lift heavy.  My workouts sucked.  I just ran and snot cried! I started doubting my coaching ability. I knew I was struggling spiritually but that snot run I actually felt like He was listening to me.

 

SOMETHING HAPPENED soon after that tantrum!  All of a sudden I was able to feel freedom of being okay with not having a direction.  It was like I suddenly understood I was in a “transitional stage”.  I was realizing I was refinding myself….. or I think a better term would be “redefining myself”!  And suddenly I was content to be open to any change that may come my way.

I have finished off my 2015 year feeling more confident and actually excited about this new transitional time in my life.  I am enjoying every minute of redefining who I am…..in God, as an individual, as wife, as parent, as a coach, and as a friend.

And right now I am in a good place……a very, very good place!

–And I will be making goals again this year!!! Stay tuned!  Welcoming 2016! Can’t wait to                                           see what it has in store for me!!

 

 

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.

woodstock

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

The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.

Since January 7th, I have not had any processed foods, no chips, no breads, no starchy carbs, and eating very clean!  I have lost 12# and have been feeling great.  I have had no desire to go back to my bad habits…….UNTIL THIS PAST WEEKEND.

I am not sure what exactly happened this past weekend!?! I had done my food prep. I haven’t been terribly hungry and haven’t felt deprived at all.  I feel great! —-BUT SOMETHING HAPPENED!

On Thursday I ate very clean, as I normally do. The typical day of having a protein shake in the morning, eating a colorful lunch (salad this day), drinking plenty of water and green tea.  I even had some amazing workouts again this week and hit two new PRs (Personal Records) on two lifts that completely make me mental and freak me out. All was going well. But Thursday night, I got home a little late and didn’t want to prepare another thing chicken or fish so I had a few gluten free (but processed) meatballs for dinner.  (This is what I had made for my kiddos).  Two hours later I felt very full and bloated.  I have felt full and bloated all weekend because of it. Which has started a bad weekend of bad choices……

Friday I hardly ate…which is just as bad for you than eating too much (but I just didn’t feel 100%). However, my husband did take me to lunch and I had fajitas (no tortillas). I DID CAVE and have 8 chips with salsa:-(  For dinner I had a lettuce wrapped burger. Not a terrible day, but definitely had my share of cheats and didn’t eat enough and not enough veggies.   But Saturday, I failed miserably.  I woke, with a little-off tummy….and decided I must have “something” clean to eat to get my day started off right.  I didn’t feel like eating but knew I needed something.  I had another Metagenics *balanced* shake with three slices of bacon. Felt ok.  I worked out at home afterwards and that seemed to help my stomach.  I had a funeral to attend two hours away.  I had already planned on stopping at Chickfila for a salad to go.  But I was traveling with my dad and was talking and missed my exit:-(  I would have normally just waited on getting a lunch later with a better choice, but knew my dad was hungry.  We ended up stopping at Wendy’s.  I made a choice to get nuggets (processed and fried). No option of fruit here and I had no veggies 🙁 Then on the way home, I stopped to get groceries for the upcoming week. Meanwhile, at home, my husband had made some green chili chicken taco fillings.  I had this for dinner, but with a half carb balanced tortilla. **I NEVER eat tortillas anymore!!?!?!  The rest of the evening I wanted and craved bad foods.  I wanted chips (thankful we had none).  I wanted candy (thankful we had none).  I wanted wine (had some). And had wafer cookies as my snack of bad choice.

So, as you can tell…this weekend hasn’t been clean or sugar free at all.  I have felt miserable too….  But even after feeling miserable, I am amazed that my body and mind still wanted more bad foods.  I know that adding some of these foods to my diet and the lack of eating enough threw off my blood sugars.  Which has in turn made me want more of the bad stuff.  It’s a terrible cycle that I can get stuck in if I don’t be careful.

My weekend was not a failure but a reminder of how I “could” fail if I don’t recognize the mistakes and what led me to them.  I must make a conscience effort to changes to recognize and learn from my mistakes this week–and avoid them the next time I am tempted.

Today I am choosing to celebrate in the fact that I can decide to rebound nicely from this and clean this diet up immediately….STARTING NOW!

Back at it 100%.

theugly

Experiencing the “High”

Have you ever experienced a “runner’s high”? Like after the very first time you ran a full mile without stopping? Or your first half or full marathon? It’s a feeling of great accomplishment.  It’s a feeling of believing in yourself, to be able to do more than you gave yourself credit for to start with.  It’s a feeling that you can’t wait to go back and do it again! Like you can’t get enough cos it’s so fun but yet fun in a challenging way.  I know I have experienced that actual “runner’s high” and something similar as an athlete in crossfit when achieving huge lifting personal record or completing a benchmark WOD (aka workout) in the fastest time out of the whole gym!  This feeling is amazing! And is probably what keeps me coming back for more!

Well today, I think I experienced the “coach’s high” 🙂  It was a great day for me to be coach and to see how far my athletes have come. Every one of my sessions went great! Everyone of my sessions had accomplishments today! And everyone left their classes feeling like they were better athletes.  As a coach, there is nothing sweeter than having athletes being proud of themselves and believing in themselves.  #WIN

I had 4 different sessions today. Not one of them was the same.  I had an early small group who did some circuit weight training. I have been working with this group since August of last year.  When we began, not a single one of the ladies could do a strict pushup (tricep pushup). This is not uncommon at all! But today, when we got to the pushup session, they went to the scaled version of pushing up.  This looked fairly easy on them so I asked the ladies to “try” a strict pushup….and guess what? They DID IT!  They did it beautifully!! YES!!! #WIN #A GOAL MET

Then in my second session I am working my husband and his buddy out of my house/home gym.  This was their third workout and today I introduced them to an actual HIIT workout (high intensity interval training).  These guys sweated their tails off and totally rocked their first HIIT workout.  As much as they hated it, they loved it too!!! #WIN

My third session is my actual crossfit foundations class (aka beginner’s class) at my gym, CrossFit Solus. This class has a great vibe to it. It’s one of my favorites!!! I have one veteran girl (I call her veteran because she started when I started coaching in August) and several newbies who have recently joined in the last month or so.  We have become like a little family!! :-). So that in itself is a lot of fun! But today not only did my veteran athlete face a fear of doing a kick handstand on the wall—unassisted.  But my newbies each got their double-unders with jump ropes.  This is a big deal for any new crossfitter.  Double-unders are jumping rope but roping twice under your feet at a time.  These are very hard to accomplish–but every athlete did one. I even had several able to cycle single, single, doubles quite well!  ## WIN

My last session with a private session at Solus.  It’s her second session with me.  She is totally new to the sport of crossfit and working out (other than doing the treadmill).  But this girl has so much heart and determination.  She is very coachable and that makes my job so much easier! I can see that she is enjoying our workouts and more than willing to be pushed.  She is taking on every challenge I give her and she is surprising herself along the way!! How fun is that to see a client completely shocked at what they are actually able to do (that they wouldn’t do without someone spotting them and coaching them along the way).  ##WIN

So today has been a good “coaching day”.  I am loving what I am doing! I am loving the relationships I am forming with all my clients (aka my friends). And it has given me great joy (or coach’s high) to see them leaving today with their very own “highs” for the week!!!

OTB

 

 

Live Better. Play Harder.

Live Better. Play Harder.  This is my “tag line title” of my website/blog.  It has taken me some time to come up with this “tag line” but now that I have it, I can’t be more pleased.  I truly believe that this tag line explains what my goal is for myself but also for my clients, as well!!! #WIN #WIN

livebetterplayharder

A few months ago, my husband asked me to come up with a “tag line” for my new website.  I knew at that time I wanted something that involved the word PLAY.  I am few months away from turning FORTY, but I still “playing” as if I am a kid or teen athlete.  In matter of fact…. I may play harder now than I did in the “good ole days”.  I think that why I absolutely love what I am doing now.  It’s not only CrossFit alone that has me playing (even though I truly believe CrossFit has physically and mentally prepped me and given me the courage to play more), but also in so many other aspects in my life.  Like I said, I am almost 40 years old BUT I am having the best time of my life playing!!! Whether it’s tree bashing at crazy speeds with my brother snow skiing down a mountain….Or swimming way out too far into a lake (just cos I can). Or going for a random 17 mile run around Washington DC for some sight seeing…. Or simply playing basketball in the front yard with my kids.  These are the things I LOVE doing! They give me great joy and make me love living life.  I feel most alive when I am at “play”.

But here is the truth…. I can’t play hard if I am not properly taking care of myself.  I must FUEL properly (diet wise).  I must exercise (strength, endurance, stamina, etc). I must properly rest. I must take certain supplements that my body needs extra of.  I must train my mind—become wiser.  I must train my soul–mature in my relationship with God.  I must love…..my family, friends, and others. All these things are a part of what I mean when I think of LIVE BETTER.  Everyday, every week, every year…. I want to be better in all these aspects of my life that are greatly important to me.

So when you see my hashtags now….. #livebetter #playharder, you will now know what I am referring too!!!