In the moment.

Ever have one of those moments when everything is just right and you realize it? I think we realize things aren’t right when something goes wrong. We don’t take the time to be grateful or appreciate them when they are going right.

Everything just really came together this week. I realized how great it was when I walked outside to my car last night and looked up at the sky. I’m pretty sure I even said “wow” when I saw all the stars and planets. I stood there and stared at the sky and the planets and it just blew my mind. We can see other PLANETS! That is just crazy! I’ve always been fascinated with space and I plan on making it up there before I die. I remember the first time I saw the Milky Way. I was living in Cloudcroft, New Mexico with my parents. Cloudcroft is a tiny little town up in the mountains and the night sky is unbelievable. I was standing outside with my dad looking up at the sky and I asked him, “Are those clouds?” He looked at me and said, “Those aren’t clouds. That’s the Milky Way.” You could see so many stars that it like a smear of stars all across the sky. I miss those times I had with my dad. I know that when I am looking at the stars, he is looking with me.

After staring at the sky for a little while, I got into my car to go pick up Kylie from gymnastics. Every couple of weeks her gym has Friday Night Fun. You drop the kids off at 7, they get pizza, play games, do tons of gymnastics and you pick them up at 11. It’s awesome. I was pointing out the planets while we were walking back to the car and she thought it was the coolest thing. I told her about how you could see a million stars in New Mexico and she asked when we were going because she wants to see it too. I told her some day soon. We stood in the backyard when we got home and just stared at the sky. She told me that she could stare at the sky forever. That made my heart happy.

While I was driving I was thinking about the week. We did some killer workouts and everyone kicked butt. One of my clients beat my score by one round on a workout and I am so happy for her. Everyone else was only one or two rounds behind her. It makes me so happy to see them getting stronger and faster. Their hard work is paying off and they are seeing the results.  This makes me work even harder on myself to become faster and stronger. The motivation that I have in my little garage gym is HUGE.

I have two new clients that signed on this week. That’s two more people on their way to be healthier and stronger! I love that!

Preston had his tonsils out on Thursday and everything went great. I hate seeing him feeling so crummy but one week of downtime is so much better than rounds and rounds of strep throat and drugs. I’m glad that we had it done now so that he’ll be ready to go when the pool opens in a couple of weeks. Kylie has been great through all of this. She is ok with not eating certain things right now because she doesn’t want him to feel bad since he can’t eat them. She even gave him one of her favorite stuffed animals to help make him feel better. She is such a sweetheart.

Sean, of course, has been awesome. He is crazy busy at work and he manages to keep it all together.

I think that’s it for now. I’m going to go enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of dark chocolate. Remember to take a deep breath and be in the moment.


WODs served up hot and fresh!

We’ve been busy in the garage!

Here’s a good WOD that’s not on the board:
Kettle bell sumo deadlift high pull
Sit ups
American swings

Kristi and Erika busting out the clapping planks!

Mayra and Marisa owning the med ball pass!

Getting her butt kicked with a smile on her face!

This is really, really hard.

Hold on to your seats because I have some breaking news: being a parent is really, really hard. Shocking right? I don’t care if you are a parent that works from home, works outside of the home or your job is to be home with the kids. It’s FREAKING hard.

Yesterday was one of my worst parenting days ever. My frustration with many things had been building and the top blew off yesterday. I’ve been trying to do it all and be the best at it. Here’s a rundown of my day. I’m sure most of you can relate. Feel free to substitute your own craziness if mine doesn’t match with what you are doing.
5:30 – wake up, get coffee going, start on kid’s lunches. Remember I was going to start getting up at 5:00 to get my workout in? Still not happening.
6:00 – 6:30 -Get Preston out of bed, repeatedly wake Kylie up and make breakfast. Back and forth to Kylie’s room to make sure she is up and getting dressed.
6:30 – get kids to the table to eat breakfast. Finish up lunches.
7:00 – Preston and Sean are out the door.
7:15 – I take Kylie to school.
7:30 – Back home to throw down some coffee and a quick breakfast.
8:00 – 9:00 – First training group of the day.
9:00 – 11:30 – Pick up the house, check email, go to the store, get a WOD in and then head to Austin to pick up Preston from preschool. I train a group in Austin on Wednesdays at 10:30 so email is about the only thing I get done those mornings.
12:30 – 2:15 – Back home with Preston, put him down for a nap, try to get my WOD done if I didn’t get it done in the morning.
2:15 – 3:00 – Get Preston up, walk to school to pick up Kylie on Tues and Thurs.
3:00 – 4:00 – Help Kylie with homework.
4:00 – 5:00 – Get dinner ready.
5:15 – 6:15 – Training group/boot camps.
6:30 – 7:00 – Dinner.
7:00 – 7:30 – Bath for kids.
7:30 – 8:00 – Attempt to get kids wound DOWN and in bed by 8.
8:00 – 10:30 – Finish whatever didn’t get done during the day.

I’m seriously not complaining – I love being able to do what I’m doing. It’s just really hard some days and I have to be ok with not getting everything done. In between doing all of my regularly scheduled stuff, there’s all the other stuff that comes up during the day. I’m still picking up freelancing gigs so I have that to work in as well. Again, not complaining – just pointing out the obvious which by the way, my clients and my husband say I’m really good at. Especially when I tell them they only have 1 more round to go on their WOD so they need to work harder.

Having everyone home over Spring break was a true test and a major eye opener for me as to what the summer is going to be like. I flipped out. I was done with telling kids to pick their stuff up, to close the door after they come in, to stop fighting, to get out of each others face, to stop yelling, to stop saying ‘stop it’, to get up and get it themselves, to stop throwing sand and on and on. You get the picture. At about 10:32 in the morning, my head blew off. I started crying. Uncontrollably. I threw some things and slammed a bunch of stuff down on the counter. I slammed a couple of doors. I picked up Sean’s belt that was laying on the ground and the buckle flew up and nailed me directly on my ankle and I think my head blew off a second time. I’m pretty sure I said every cuss word in the book.I have a really nice bruise as a reminder.

My kids were pretty freaked out. I know they say you shouldn’t lose it or cry around your kids but you know what? I felt like part of this was their fault so maybe they should see how upset I really was. I was done. I had hit my limit.

Sean came home around 2ish and was like, WTF? I let him have it too. There was plenty to go around for everyone.

I locked myself in the bathroom, took a really, really long shower and pulled myself together. I was emotionally drained and I had a class to coach that night. What the heck was I doing coaching people to be stronger when I was completely falling apart. Just goes to show that everyone is vulnerable. Even the people who you think are the strongest and have it all together, may not. You really have no idea who is locked in the bathroom crying.

Today is a new day. A better day and I’m stronger today than I was yesterday. I also have a new weapon to use when my kids act up. “Remember that day when I completely freaked out? You don’t want that to happen again do you?” Me either!

The secret to happiness is an organized pantry.

Out of all the rooms in my house, I think I spend the most time in my kitchen and my pantry. It drives me nuts to have a dirty kitchen and a messy, unorganized pantry so I decided to spend some time last week cleaning out and organizing the pantry.

When I made the switch to paleo last year, I threw out a TON of stuff. Better in the trash than on my ass was my motto. I found a bunch of stuff this time around that I should have tossed but didn’t. I think I kept some of this stuff around because it was like holding onto a piece of me that I wasn’t ready to let go of yet. A bag of Halloween candy was the biggest offender I came across. I also tossed a bunch of old spices, canned stuff that had expired and a bunch of old soup.

I organized my spice shelf and it’s so awesome! It’s my biggest shelf and I love it. All of my oils and vinegars are together, healthy snacks are together, canned goods like tomatoes, olives and coconut milk are together and all of my baking stuff is together. It’s so nice to walk in and get exactly what I need quickly because I can find it!

Take some time to get yourself organized and you will be amazed at how great it will make you feel! It can be anything in your house – your sock drawer, fridge, desk drawer, junk drawer, etc. If you are feeling overwhelmed by it, take one shelf at a time or one drawer at at time. I find that once I start, I can’t stop!

Here’s to decluttering our lives one shelf at a time.

Before and after pictures of the pantry.

And after!



It’s already been a year? That’s just crazy!

A little over a year ago I started on this crazy CrossFit journey. It’s been one helluva ride and we are just getting started.

In December of 2010, I signed up for a 28 day challenge called Strength and Beauty. I signed up in December but wasn’t going to start until March. I had to really think about this one. Up until then, I’d been doing the traditional gym workouts. 3o minutes on the treadmill or elliptical, back and bi’s one day, chest and tri’s another day, legs and abs another day. Throw in some cardio pump classes here and there and that was my story. And it was getting me nowhere. I was also eating a “low carb” that was high in whole grains and I couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t losing any weight.

In February of 2011 I went to a seminar at CrossFit Central called Form3. It was an all day, women only event and my future trainer was one of the speakers along with Carey Kepler, co-owner of CrossFit Central and Crystal Nelson, the creator of Fuel-21. It was awesome, so inspiring and empowering. I learned about the paleo lifestyle, had a great paleo lunch, set some awesome goals and started on my vision board. I also did my first ever CrossFit WOD. I had to ask what WOD stood for. All day long I was trying to decode it. Warrior of death is what I had decided on. Workout of the day is what it actually is. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was the ONLY person in the group who had never done one before and it was a partner WOD. Flashbacks of getting picked last raced through my mind. Then I realized how different this sport is. Everyone is in it together and to help each other. The WOD was 4 rounds, 30 ring rows, 30 wall ball squats, 30 kettle bell swings and 200 meter run. Holy balls. I have no idea how to pace my when it comes to first time workouts. I went out 100% and just about killed myself but I did it! Two days later, my right elbow was so freaking sore and swollen that I could barely move it. Lesson learned!

Fast forward to March 1st. I had my first meeting and workout with my trainer, Jessica Stephens. I was so terrified that I almost had a panic attack. I did a fitness test on various things like pull ups, push ups, sit ups, etc. so that I’d have a benchmark to go from and remeasure in 28 days. Guess what? No pacing happened. Once again I blew up my elbow and this time ended up in physical therapy for a month. That month that I spent training with Jessica was so awesome and seriously life changing. After my 28 day challenge was up, I signed on for personal training sessions with her. We met once a week and she continued to kick my ass and I became more and more excited about what I was doing. For the next six months I continued training with Jessica and it became crystal clear to me that I had figured out what I was meant to do. I was changing my life so that I could help other people change their lives.

In October I started a boot camp with a few very trusting friends. Marisa, Megan and Erika were my test subjects. I didn’t kill them and they kept coming back! I was on to something. I decided that I was going to quit my corporate job in June of 2012 because that would give me enough time to build out my garage, build up my client list and get certified. I had to have time to get it all planned out. Well, the Universe said “I don’t think so.” and I was laid off in November. Hey! No time the present to get things going!

Flash forward to now. My garage is kick-ass, I have a rapidly growing client list and I’m still amazed that I’m am actually doing this. I’m leaner and stronger than I have ever been and I’m only getting better! I created my own 6-week challenge that is into it’s 2nd week and I can’t wait to see my client’s results. Things are happening for me and it blows my mind. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to own my own business. This is it! Bring it on! If you can dream it, you can make it happen.