The Accent Vlog

You all are in for a treat… For the last few months I’ve been meaning to do the accent vlog that has been making it’s way around the internet but just never got around to it. Lucky for you, when I finally decided to sit down and do it, it’s a Friday night when I’m sitting around watching House Hunters in my pajamas and with no make-up. HOT stuff! ;)

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If you wanted to follow along, here is the list of words/questions for The Accent Vlog: Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

•What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?

•What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?

•What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?

•What do you call gym shoes?

•What do you say to address a group of people?

•What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?

•What do you call your grandparents?

•What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?

•What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?

•What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

 

 

Okay and for the record…it’s a freaking DADDY LONG LEGS! What is wrong with me?!

 

Now it’s your turn…pick a couple of the questions and answer them in the comments!

Weekly Workout Check-in

I can’t believe how quick this week went, but let me assure you…I am NOT complaining. I’m looking forward to the weekend ahead with a mix of time with friends, running and relaxation. The best balance as far as I’m concerned.

A little Sunday evening self care.

It’s been nice getting back into my fitness this week after being sick all weekend. I’m so thankful that I’m feeling better and have been able to manage my stress this week to help get my health back in check.

 

Friday 8/1

2 mile run

1.5 mile walk

Saturday 8/2

Rest

Sunday 8/3

1.25 mile walk

Monday 8/4

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Tuesday 8/5

4x400m (w/ 2 mins rest)

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Wednesday 8/6

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I fought my ego and fear and was unable to establish my 2RM for Snatch and ended up giving up. Not my proudest CrossFit moment.

Thursday 8/7

4.27 mile run

 

How were your workouts this week?

What plans do you have for the weekend?

The Unexpected Benefit of CrossFit

I’m going to be honest here (not that I ever try not to be), I’ve always been very self-conscious of my legs…or at least for as long as I can remember. Not that I’ve ever really had a reason to be, they’ve just always felt like one of my “trouble” areas. Not because they’re see-through (aka super pale ;) ) or because they bruise easily and show every spot, ding or scrape; I didn’t like them because I didn’t like their size or shape. It’s taken me years to learn to love my legs, to see their size as a sign of their strength and ability to carry me through life and run 13.1 miles (hopefully 26.2 someday).

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Regardless of having learned these lessons, I’m not someone who you’ll often see in shorts and even if you do, chances are more often than not, inside my head I’m wishing I could put pants on instead.

 

Since I started running and working out consistently a few years ago, I have bought gym shorts and will wear them from time to time but I still mostly wear leggings or capris. Not that there’s anything wrong with that but what I’m getting at is the realization that I came to earlier this week as I dressed for some sprints…

 

I threw on my Lululemon shorts, sports bra and a tank top; put my hair back in a ponytail and slipped on a headband; then socks and shoes on my feet.

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I was debating going to CrossFit later after work and wanted to work from the coffee shop for a few hours after so I figured I’d skip my shower for later. I had decided to attend one of the later CrossFit classes when a friend asked me to hang out. I told her I was going to workout and feared if I went home after to shower that I wouldn’t leave my house again so if she didn’t mind me coming as I was, then I was totally down. She didn’t care so I packed some post-WOD fuel and when I was done working for the day, made my way to the box.

I understand for many this may not be a big deal but for me it was. Not that I was walking around town in my post-workout sweat (fyi-my friend promised she couldn’t smell me!) but that I was walking around town in shorts. And not just any shorts…I was in my short and tight workout shorts – booty shorts if you will. That’s when it hit me…

 

I am so much more confident in my skin and in my body!

And while years of hard work are definitely to play, my biggest strides have come since starting CrossFit in May…I’m sure of it!

 

To some I’m sure this boost in confidence makes total sense but for me, this is all coming as a huge, unexpected (but welcomed) surprise. I know not everyday will be great or that I’ll feel as confident, but it’s nice to know that I’m headed in the right direction and rockin’ this body that I’ve been given!

get fabletics

 

Are you a shorts wearer?

Phone Dump + Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to all who entered the Skoop B-Strong giveaway! I wish you all could win but alas, giveaways just don’t work that way. ;)

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Of course, even if you didn’t win, I HIGHLY recommend you try Skoop anyway! I honestly love starting my day with my Skoop A-Game & B-Strong. I feel like I’m giving my body the nutrients that it wants (and needs) for a healthy start and to re-cover from my daily run or WOD at CrossFit.

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I was originally planning on doing a wiaw day in the life of my food post for today but let’s just say I forgot to actually do that one day this week…I guess there’s always next week, right? ha!

So instead can we do a bit of a phone photo dump? I swear it’s not as awful as it sounds…

Starting my morning with coffee + writing in my journal = setting my heart up for a beautiful day

Starting my morning with coffee + writing in my journal = setting my heart up for a beautiful day

My tea speaks to me...and it usually says something I need to hear

My tea speaks to me…and it usually says something I need to hear

I'm doing this...are you?

I’m doing this (or trying)…are you?

I miss beach days with my beautiful friend Ida. I also just miss my beautiful friend Ida. Hope to see her again soon.

I miss beach days with my beautiful friend Ida. I also just miss my beautiful friend Ida. Hope to see her again soon.

My favorite breakfast - coffee + RxBar + (unpictured) banana

My favorite breakfast – coffee + RxBar + (unpictured) banana

Good music by good friends in town for the weekend.

Good music by good friends in town for the weekend.

A little Sunday evening self care.

A little Sunday evening self care.

What are you eating this week?

Give me some inspiration to get back in the kitchen and cook…

Fidgety

I have found myself in quite the situation. Without giving away too many details, I find myself in the predicament of listening to my gut, knowing that it always pushes me in a direction for a reason, even if I don’t always understand it OR putting on my big girl panties, sucking it up and dealing with a situation that may be less than ideal but maybe that’s what you do when you’re an adult.

Which way would you go?

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I was talking with a dear friend about this last week when she asked me “are you just fidgety?”

 

I thought I knew where she was going with it but wanted to make sure…”staying in one place too long? Stability. Permanency. This would mean being in one place for awhile and being tied down.”

 

Ding! Ding! Ding!

 

It’s not me. It’s not something that I’m good at and fidgety might be the perfect way to describe it. I move apartments after every lease; I make major moves every 2-3 years; and I’m always dreaming and strategizing some big project. I always wonder when the day will come that I feel content enough to stay in one place or to go somewhere that I feel is a commitment of time in that place. But the truth is, I may just be too fidgety for that.

 

Only time will tell so for now, I know that everything happens for a reason and I’ve just got to follow my gut. It always leads me in the right direction.

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How do you make tough decisions?

From Eden

The disappointment was having plans for my weekend that I had to cancel due to a not so fun cold. The good thing was giving my body the rest it was asking for with a break from formal workouts and LOTS of sleep. It meant a lot of fluids and as much relaxation as I could possibly allow myself. And by that I mean relaxing the mind AND body, especially as I’m sure the sickness was caused by an overload of stress and not giving my body and mind the break it needed to recoup.

 

Sleeping Saturday afternoon around 1pm until 6:30am Sunday morning, getting out of bed only to grab something to eat or grab more fluids allowed me to wake up Sunday morning with enough energy to get to the grocery store and even grab a lunch time walk around my neighborhood.

10552503_10100211339216519_5675036341311576601_nBut I didn’t allow myself to jump back into life at full speed as the glimmer of feeling better. After lunch, I grabbed my laptop and plopped myself in the chair, turned on some music and allowed myself to just chill out. Knowing my body still needed rest and relaxation, that was exactly what I wanted to give it.

 

I was listening to an artist that I recently discovered and have been LOVING ever since. He’s called Hozier but we’ll let his talent speak for itself…

 



 

Seriously amazing, right?!

 

What are you listening to and loving right now?

The Best of July 2014

I can’t believe that it’s already August, where has the summer gone?! I feel like time is slipping by, I really wish it would just sloooooowww down!

10376730_10100206169915839_3414363926629935667_nAnyway, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite posts from July…a little catch-up/re-cap if you will. Let’s get to it!

Mind:

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Progress NOT Perfection

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The Gray Area

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Creating Healthy Habits

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Motivating My Inner Dreamer

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Just Take the Compliment

Body:

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5 Reasons Why I Love CrossFit

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3 Lessons Learned While Marathon Training

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That Time I Dropped a Barbell On Myself

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The Run I Needed But Didn’t Get

Food:

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Rosemary & Almond Kale Pesto Salmon

Have a great weekend!

It’s FRIDAY!

Who’s excited that it’s Friday?! 

photoTHIS GIRL!!

 

I’ve got a few plans with friends this weekend that I’m looking forward to and maybe even a little more time snuggling with my new little nephew and hanging out with the new mama.

10526123_10100208247177989_8982120452347177591_nDespite it being a Friday, I’ve got a long to-do list so let’s make this quick and get to the workouts….

Friday 7/25

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3x800m (w/ 3 min rest)

 

Saturday 7/26

Rest

 

Sunday 7/27

2 mile run

 

Monday 7/28

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Tuesday 7/29

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10x200m run

 

Wednesday 7/30

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Thursday 7/31

Rest

 

How were your workouts this week?

What plans do you have for your weekend?

Progress, NOT Perfection

I have a slight problem…I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I’m constantly working to break myself of that but it’s hard, so when I don’t get something right away, mess up or feel like I’m failing especially at something I’m working really hard at, there’s definitely an internal struggle.

PerfectionIt’s because of that struggle though that when I get something, it’s that much sweeter!

 

Last week was a huge week for me at CrossFit as I checked off two new accomplishments…my first handstand and my first rope climb!

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I love the girls at “Dawn Patrol” (aka 5:30am) as they have really welcomed me and made me feel like a part of the group. They usually stay a few minutes after and work on something that wasn’t covered in the days class. One day last week they decided to work on their handstand push-ups. As I’m standing around just chatting with them, they asked if I wanted to try and I laughed and said “no, I don’t even have a handstand!” to which they ALL replied “Yes you do!” They eventually convinced me to try my handstand and after a few assisted (and successful) attempts, I tried one on my own and DID it! I was so excited and later that night I found a wall in my house and did it again, just to prove that I still could!

 

I had been close to getting my handstand for awhile so maybe it was the pressure of having the ladies around to encourage me that I was finally able to do it. But the real test and excitement came the following day when they wanted to work on rope climbs after class.

 

Now keep in mind, I have never been the girl who could climb a rope. When we used to have to do it in elementary school, it never happened, I just couldn’t. It was one of those things that I was sure would never be in my wheelhouse and I was OK with that…until I started CrossFit and put my eye on the prize.

 

The girls helped me get the footing and I started trying to climb…next thing I knew I was ¾ of the way up the rope! I was definitely scared (hello slight fear of heights!) but I was feeling strong and my adrenaline was definitely kicking in. I honestly believe I could have made it to the top except that I realized I didn’t know how to get down so going any further up without knowing how to get down was a bit more than I could bear.

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I’m so glad the girls caught this moment on camera because I sometimes I still don’t believe that I did it! …but I did!

 

Because you see, it’s not about perfection. It’s not about making it to the top on your first attempt at the rope climb, it’s not about getting a handstand without help, and it’s definitely not about using the same weight as everyone else around you. It’s about acknowledging where you are and working to be better than you were yesterday – progress not perfection.

 

Are you a perfectionist too? 

How do you battle your inner struggle?

Linking up for Thinking Out Loud!

Re-Fueling Post WOD with Skoop B-Strong

Between CrossFit and marathon training, recovery is huge for me! I need to be sure I’m re-fueling my muscles properly so they’re ready for what’s to come next.

photoAfter loving the Skoop A-Game, the company asked if I’d like to try their new B-Strong vanilla protein powder. It’s vegetarian, gluten-free, clean and super yummy!

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Lately, one of my favorite things is to come home from my workout and shake up my morning Skoop. I’ll do a scoop of A-Game and a scoop of the B-Strong with a cup of almond milk or water. It’s been the perfect start to my day and I love knowing I’m fueling my body with clean ingredients that also taste amazing!

photoFrom the Healthy Skoop website:

Formulated for plantheads, meatheads and everyone in between, one serving of B-Strong® contains 16 grams of plant-based protein, including essential and non-essential amino acids. With vitamins, minerals, prebiotic fibers and Omega-3, 6, & 9 fatty acids, B-Strong® works with your body intelligently. Our antioxidant-rich Mediterranean Blend even helps your muscles recover after a workout. It’s protein for the masses, not just the massive.

 

To change it up once and awhile, instead of just shaking it up, I’ll add it to a smoothie with frozen fruit. Also, super yummy! :)

 

Since I’ve been loving Skoop so much, the team has offered to giveaway a bag of the new Skoop B-Strong protein powder to one reader! Luck you!!

 

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What’s your favorite way to enjoy protein powder?

How do you make sure you fuel properly post-workout?

Joining up for WIAW!

*Disclaimer: Healthy Skoop sent me a bag of B-Strong free of charge in exchange for my review but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Also, this post contains some affiliate links, thank you for your support!*