Paleo recipe site discovery!

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been “loosely” following the Zone plan and I have definitely seen and felt a difference in the way I feel and look. I recently saw a picture of a chick who did a strict 30-day paleo and Zone diet and the results were awesome. It was the motivation I needed to take this on myself. I know everyone is different and I may or may not end up with ripped abs at the end of 30 days but I’m going to give it my best shot.

Because I have to really plan things out, I’ve started digging around for new recipes and came across this awesome site. They have some really tasty looking recipes that I’m excited to try. I’m going to spend the next couple of days planning out meals in 2-week blocks. That way if there is something that we’ve tried (my family doesn’t realize it yet but they are doing this with me) and it is really great, I can make it again. It will also give me the chance to prep as much as I can. I do have to say that my family is 100% behind me on whatever I chose to do so this isn’t their first rodeo on going strict paleo.

It’s all going down starting February 25. I’m not going to fool myself and say I’m going to be good on my birthday weekend cuz I know I’m not. I’d also like for this to be the first big thing I do at the awesome age of 44.

Stay tuned for updates!


Let the lifting begin!

I did it! I have my CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification! I even did it with incredibly jacked up arms. I’m pretty sure that a CrossFit class is one of the few places I could have walked into with bruised and taped up arms and about half of the people there knew what it was from. I got a lot of “Oh yeah – you are doing that muscle scrapping thing, huh?” Yep.

Coach Mike Burgener put together this program to teach CrossFitters and CrossFit coaches how to properly execute and teach the snatch and the clean and jerk. Does this make me an expert at it? Absolutely not. Olympic lifts are so technical that you can’t learn everything you need to know in two days. I do know a ton more than I did before and I had a pretty good grasp on the moves going into the certification. I was so worried about my shoulders but it ended up being my knees that took the brunt. I swear we did no less than 600 squats over two days. It was exhausting. Six hours of snatches on Saturday and about an hour on Sunday and 4 hours of clean and jerks on Sunday. My legs were trashed by Monday.

I was really hoping that Coach B would be our instructor but he wasn’t. I’ve watched hours of his videos and I really wanted to be able to learn from the man himself. In his place was his son Cody who is an awesome Oly coach, Amy who is a member of Coach B’s staff and Ursula Graza Papandrene, who is one of the most respected women in Olympic lifting. She’s a local gal and coaches an Oly class at CF Round Rock. She is AWESOME. I think it’s so awesome to see women doing Oly lifts and to be coached for two days by one of the best was so empowering. This is from her website:

“I am a two-time senior national champion, two-time Olympic Festival champion, 5 time world team member (1992-1996), and former record holder in both  snatch (master’s) and clean and jerk.  I was an elite international athlete and am the first and only woman to attain USA Weightlifting’s highest coaching level, Senior International Coach aka Level 5.  I am one of only 24 such coaches in USA Weightlifting and the only Level 5 coach in Texas.”

I was in the front-row, right in front of her both days. I was ready to to be immersed in Oly lifting greatness. For two days we went over the same moves over and over, did squats way past parallel, pushed weight over our heads and came away completely exhausted by the end of the weekend. It was AWESOME!

I am super stoked about working with all of my clients on these moves! I also can’t wait until my shoulder is back to 100% so I can start working on some PRs. I’m almost there!

Now go lift something heavy!

Fear not.

Fear. It can either consume you or you can chew it up and spit it out. You have to chose.

I remember the days leading up to my first workout with my coach. I was TERRIFIED. I signed up for CrossFit without even really checking it out. I remember sitting in my car, texting my best friend and trying not to have a panic attack. I made it through the first workout and was hooked. I still get nervous about certain WODs and that is how it should be. You have to take yourself out of your comfort zone.

I started working with a new personal training client this morning and I am so proud of her! She faced her fear and took on this crazy CrossFit thing. She was nervous and worried but she took it on and she KILLED it! She did better than she thought she would and I’m pretty confident she will be back. I just LOVE seeing how proud my clients are after they finish a WOD that they didn’t think they could do or they set a new PR. This is why I do what I do. Helping women overcome their fears, build confidence and be proud of themselves is the best job in the world. I am truly blessed.

5 days of food.

When I tell people I eat paleo 80-90% of the time, I am usually asked what exactly do I eat. Pictures sometimes speak louder than words so I decided to document 5 days of food. I did this two weeks ago in preparation for our beach vacation. I knew that I wasn’t going to eat clean the entire trip so I really made an effort to do it beforehand so I would go into it feeling really good and the temptations wouldn’t be as great. I have to say that it worked! I had a couple of roasted marshmallows, a few cookies and quite a few beers on the beach. Being on sugar white sand and not drinking a Corona with lots of lime would be nearly impossible for me.

Alright – so back to the food. As you will see, if I find something I like, I eat it all the time. Here’s 5 days of tasty food!

Friday Breakfast: I pretty much have this every day for breakfast. My mornings start at 4:15 and I don’t have a chance to sit down and eat until after 7:30 so this is a great way to start the day. Fill your cup up about halfway with UNSWEETENED coconut milk. Microwave it for 30 seconds. Pour it in the shaker and add one scoop of protein powder. Shake like crazy. Pour into your coffee cup and fill the rest with coffee. It’s like a latte but much healthier! A fun coffee cup is also a must.


Friday Post Workout/Late Breakfast: It’s really important to get some protein in you within 30 minutes of working out. This helps rebuild your muscles and for me, it helps regulate my blood sugar. If I wait too long to eat, I’m left with a raging headache. Here we have a hard boiled egg with sea salt, pepper and Central Market Organics ketchup. Sounds crazy but it is so good. Half an avocado and one link of nitrate free chicken and apple sausage. This is a great combination of protein and good fat sources.


Friday Lunch: We had grass-fed burgers for dinner on Thursday and I had one left over. Lucky me! Lunch was mixed greens, cucumbers, red bell peppers, black olives, crumbled burger and feta cheese. Dressing was olive oil and vinegar. Tasty!


Friday Dinner: Green night! Costco has this awesome frozen basil pesto Talapia which is super easy to make. It goes straight from the freezer to the oven and you have fish in 14 minutes. Steamed broccoli and organic frozen green beans tossed with butter and sea salt.


Saturday Early Breakfast: Protein powder and coffee.

Saturday Late Post Workout Breakfast: Half an avocado, nitrate free chicken and apple sausage and organic grapes.


Saturday Lunch: Mixed greens with cucumbers, carrots, black olives and nitrate free turkey lunch meat. Olive oil and vinegar dressing.


Saturday Snack: I know, I know – popcorn? Really? I know it’s a grain and corn is bad for you but I love popcorn. I do make sure that I buy Central Market’s organic brand.


Saturday Dinner: I didn’t have any dinner on Saturday. All of my meals and my bowl of popcorn were pretty late in the day so I wasn’t hungry.

Sunday Breakfast: Fried organic egg, nitrate free bacon and organic strawberries!


Sunday Post Workout Lunch: I LOVE the AdvoCare shakes. If you use coconut milk, they thicken up like milkshakes. I added strawberries and a teaspoon of chia seeds to mine.


Sunday Dinner: Here’s the 5-10% of my not eating clean. Neither one of us was in the mood to cook dinner so we went out. As you can see, I had a Corona and some chips and queso. YUM! I was really jonesing for enchilladas but I opted for the stuffed avocado instead. It’s a fresh avocado stuffed with shredded chicken and topped with sour cream and cheese. I peeled off the cheese and ate everything else. I left the beans and rice and then realized I payed out the nose for one avocado.


Monday Early Breakfast: Protein powder and coffee.

Monday Late Breakfast: Coffee with coconut milk creamer and a dash of cinnamon, half an avocado, strawberries and chicken and apple sausage. Familiar, no?


Monday Lunch: I had breakfast pretty late so I wasn’t hungry for lunch.

Monday Snack: The other half of the avocado. The perfect snack!


Monday Dinner: Grilled sirloin, baked sweet potato fries and tossed salad with oil and vinegar dressing.


Tuesday Early Breakfast: Protein powder and coffee.

The rest of the day on Tuesday: I had a TON of running around to do on Tuesday to get ready for our trip so I knew that sitting down to eat wasn’t even going to happen. I armed myself with snacks and lots of water to get me through the day. Lara Bars, OsTrim sticks and nuts. Easy to pack up and eat on the go. I wish I could remember what I had for dinner. My guess is that it was probably grilled chicken, salad and a veggie.


That’s 5 days of food for you! Easy to prepare and super tasty to eat!

What if you died tonight?

Kind of crazy, right? But what if you really did? Would you be happy with the way things ended?

Twice in the last two weeks, I have been in traffic that has been stopped for a funeral procession. They were both very long and it made me wonder how many people would come to my funeral. I was really moved by all the cars that pulled off to the side of the road in oncoming traffic to pay respect to someone they didn’t even know. I love to see compassion in people.

I constantly strive to make a difference and this really got me thinking. Am I doing enough? Am I really making a difference? Where am I making a difference? In my life? My kid’s lives? My family? My clients? And the list goes on.

My answer to that would be yes. I am confident that I am making a difference. I have made a difference in my own life and that spills over into everything else that I do. I’ll never stop growing, inspiring others, being inspired and being the best person that I can be.

I can tell you though that I’d be really pissed off if I died tonight but I’m sure I’d get over it. I have way too much left to do. I’ve been having some very challenging parenting days lately and I’ve really been wishing my dad was here to give me advice. Even though I know what he would say, I still wish he was here to say it. He died too young and he was pissed off when he did.

So ask yourself, “Am I doing enough or am I just getting by?” You have to make a difference and the best place to start is with YOU. You can be pissed off when you die but be mad about the things you didn’t get to do versus the things you SHOULD have done.

Be happy. Make a difference. Make an impact. Spread some love.

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.

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.