Motivating My Inner Dreamer

There’s no doubt that I’m a dreamer. I’m a creative entrepreneur who is always thinking of what my next adventure could be. Sometimes this can prove to be challenging, not only to figure out how to make something so crazy come together, but to also get those around me to be supportive and understand my vision in the same light.

 

Right now I will admit that I’m dreaming. There’s a level of uneasiness that I’ve been fighting for awhile and that itch to do something outside my comfort zone and to really challenge myself is getting stronger. As I dream and brainstorm and plan and try to figure out what is actually within my grasp, I figured I would share a few quotes that speak to my guiding light as of late.

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What are a few of your favorite quotes right now?

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Super Skoop (+ Giveaway)!

A couple weeks ago when I shared all the fantastic mail I’ve been getting lately, one of those items was a full bag of Skoop and at the time I promised I would be providing you with a full review soon. Well friends, that day has come!

photoAs I mentioned, one of my suite mates at Blend works for Skoop and she sent me home with a 5 day Skoop Challenge. The challenge was one packet of the A-Game Skoop which you take each morning. You could have it mixed with water, juice, almond or coconut milk, blended into a smoothie or mixed with protein powder.

 

Since I’ve been going to CrossFit first thing in the morning, I come home and mix together some coconut milk, protein powder and a packet of Skoop and sip on it as I get ready for my day. Quite honestly, this quickly became my favorite way to start my morning. A little while later I’d have a banana and make a cup of coffee, but sometimes I found that my energy was up and that coffee wasn’t actually necessary until mid-afternoon.

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I’m sure you’re wondering, what is A-Game?

From Skoop: “Skoop A-Game is the simplest way to put the complete benefits of super foods to work for you. Our proprietary blend contains 41 obsessively researched ingredients that have been formulated to maximize nutrient synergies. The result is a surprisingly tasty, nutrient dense superfood powder – rich with antioxidants, probiotics and adaptogenic herbs that makes it easy to get your super on.”

 

Not to mention it’s a great way to get 10 servings of veggies! And let’s get real, who is actually successful at getting in 10 servings of veggies a day, let alone before 10am?! ;)

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What gets me the most is how GOOD it tastes! And I’m not just saying that! I have come to really enjoy my morning protein & Skoop shake after CrossFit, whether I choose the Sweetgreens or Chocofresh, it’s always super tasty!

 

Because I’ve been loving it so much, I signed myself up as a distributor! Care to buy some Skoop? ;)

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Since I’ve been so excited to share the love, the kind folks at Skoop even offered to giveaway a 30 serving bag of A-game to one of your lovely people!

 

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How would you try the A-game?

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The Run When I (Almost) Ate A Bug

Now that the weather has warmed up, I’ve been enjoying running outside as much as I possibly can. In fact, my new thing is to drive about 5 minutes from my house and run along the trails. It’s nice to have a path where you don’t really need to worry about cars except in a few select locations…but that doesn’t mean you’re completely free from concern.

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The other week I set out on a late afternoon run, which as the girl who works out first thing in the morning is very unlike me, but with this different time of day brought different things to watch out for. Really, since there was more activity on the trail than there is at 7am on Sunday morning, it just brought those things to the forefront of my mind versus lingering in the back, only to come around if and when necessary.

 

So what are those, you ask? Aside from my physical safety (yes, I take precautionary measures!), there are 3 things that I try my best to avoid whole trail running:

  1. Eating a bug
  2. Getting pooped on by a bird
  3. Getting run over by a bicycle

And quite honestly, you can’t win them all…but for me, my biggest struggle is usually the bugs. There’s a lot of those little suckers and when you’re trying to just breathe and get in the zone, next thing you know there’s a bug that just ran right into your mouth. It’s gross, I admit it. But no one said everything about running is all sunshine and butterflies. Just be happy we’re not talking about poop.

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So do I actually eat the bugs? Well no. Or at least I try not to but if you told me that I have, I wouldn’t be surprised…a little extra protein, right? ;)

 

Have you ever eaten a bug?

Tell me a funny story from one of your workouts!

The Run I Needed But Didn’t Get

I’ve said it so many times before, not every run will be a good run, and it takes those bad runs to make us really appreciate the good ones when we are so blessed to have them.

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But let’s back up a bit…I had a frustrating day yesterday. Just one of those days that you just can’t figure out. I’m not going to go into more detail about it but I went to bed early last night knowing I had a long run planned for the morning and could just run out my frustration and hurt. I even woke up this morning feeling like the originally planned 11 miles was possible (note: while 11 was on the schedule I was willing to cut it down to 6 or 8 mid run if needed due to Murph‘s lingering soreness). And then I hit the trail.

 

The first few steps felt amazing and then I started feeling it…the soreness in my left leg and glutes, the tightness in my chest but even more so, the doubt and hurt in my mind that just quickly took over everything.

 

I reminded myself 6 was ok and committed to the 3 mile turn around point and said I could even take a moment and rest, catch my breath and stretch it out. I struggled to that point and when I got there I stopped. And I stared.

10394860_10100197169891959_2610707201681838259_nI stared at the 3 miles I had to run back. I stared at the frustration from the day before. I stared at my future and all the questions I have about it and won’t know the answers to until I actually get there and it becomes the present.

 

I watched as bikers passed me and I just stood there trying to figure out how I was supposed to get myself back to my car. Running is my therapy and at this moment it was letting me down.

 

I finally got up the courage to start running again and while I wish I could tell you I ran those 3 miles back with every bit of my heart, I can’t say that. I ran about a minute and then shut off my app, started walking, ripped off my arm band and started typing up this post in the notes app on my phone. I did all I could to not throw myself on the ground and start crying like a 2 year old.

 

I’ll tell you, I wasn’t that far off! And if it weren’t for the mosquitos that started attacking me after ½-¾ mile of walking, I would have walked the rest of the way back but ended up running the last 2 miles just to avoid turning into a giant mosquito-bitten marshmallow (yes, I am that allergic!).

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Not every run is going to be a good one and not every run is going to be one that we can push through. Sometimes it’s about accepting that as it is and not expecting anything more from it.

Flexibility with Marathon Training

First of all, Happy 4th of July! Who’s got fun plans this weekend?

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I’m hoping for a nice weekend filled with a good combination of fun and relaxation. Can you ask for anything more?

 

Anyway, I’m in the heat of marathon training… I’m only a few weeks in but I’m definitely still in the thick of it, there’s no question. I’m already finding the dedication and early nights that are necessary to get in those long runs before the summer heat and humidity take over. But regardless, I’m also finding there has to be a bit of flexibility. This week, I’m learning and doing my best to embrace that flexibility.

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Friday 6/27

Strength: 4RM overhead squat 55#

WOD for time:

-run 1 mile

THEN 3 rounds:

50 double unders (100 singles)

5 power snatch (35#)

TIME: 14:58

 

Saturday 6/28

Rest

 

Sunday 6/29

9 mile run

 

Monday 6/30

Strength: back squat 3-3-3-3-3 (w/ :03 rest at bottom) – 80#

WOD 3 rounds for time: 40 air squats / 30 push-ups (w/ purple band) / 20 deadlifts (55#) – 10:41

 

Tuesday 7/1

Strength: 2 snatches every :03 for 4:00 (40#)

WOD for time: 60 box jumps (12″) THEN 3 rounds: 20 burpees / 40 sit-ups, THEN 60 box jumps – 15:41

3 mile run

 

Wednesday 7/2

Strength: Hang clean 1RM – 60#

WOD AMRAP in 8:00: 5 Strict Pull-ups (green+red) / 7 Power Cleans (35#) / 9 Front Squats (35#) – 4 rounds + 2 front squats

 

Thursday 7/3

Rest

I woke up Thursday morning with a slight headache. It was one that I wasn’t sure if I could run through or not, but decided to wake up, eat something small and relax while my body digested and see how I felt in an hour. …nearly 2 hours later I woke up. Oops! But when I woke up, the headache was worse and I knew it wasn’t something I could run with so I made my way to the chiropractor for an adjustment and then to the coffee shop to get my day of work started.

 

Being a holiday weekend and knowing I want to enjoy time with friends, I’m figuring out how to best plan out my weekend of workouts, especially with yesterday’s sudden rest day. There’s a definite balance between sticking to the training plan and letting it control and take over your life; I’m working to find that balance and allowing myself the flexibility to adjust when and if needed.

 

With that, I’m off to run and hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

 

How was your training this week?

What are your plans for the weekend?

Just Take The Compliment

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If you’re anything like me, it’s not easy for you to take a compliment. I understand the ridiculousness of that statement but it’s true. This is what it usually looks like:

Friend: I LOVE your hair! I love when you straighten it!

Me: Oh…uhh…yeah, well this humidity is turning it into a total frizz ball.

Or…

Friend: You look seriously fabulous today!!

Me: No way, I feel huuuuge!

 

Seriously? SERIOUSLY?! Why is it so hard to say “thank you!” Sometimes I’ll even start with “Thank you, but….” NO! No, no, NO!

 

Why is it so hard to take a compliment? 

Why is it so hard to just say “thank you” and leave it at that?

Why does there always have to be an excuse?

 

To make it worse, I get the impression I’m not the only one like this. In fact I know I’m not. I can recall a few conversations with one of my good friends when I told her I loved her outfit and it turned into “oh thanks, but I totally spilled my coffee on myself this morning and now I have to spend the rest of my day walking around with this little spot” or some excuse along those lines.

 

As the day continued and everyone mentioned how cute she looked, she kept saying the same thing…”thank you, but…” We got a good laugh out of it when we realized how many times it happened in that day, but she couldn’t stop. She couldn’t just take the compliment and say “thank you.”

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We talked about how hard it is for us to do that. Like we suddenly turn into this awkward girl in the corner freaked out that everyone is staring at us and we have to point out every flaw.

 

Even yesterday before I sat down to write up this post, I was texting with one of my best friends…

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I know, I know… :-/

 

So I challenge you… And I challenge myself

 

Next time someone gives you a compliment JUST SAY THANK YOU!

Take the compliment, acknowledge the compliment and realize you’re freaking gorgeous so let others see that!

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How are you at taking compliments?

4th July Party Trail Mix with Blue Diamond (+Giveaway Winner)

I’m going to join the masses in saying I can’t believe it’s July! But seriously, I can’t! I’m pretty sure the July 4th holiday weekend snuck up on me and suddenly my friends and I are scrambling trying to figure out plans to celebrate the holiday.

 

But despite our scrambling, the one thing I have together is my snack. I’m not even kidding. My friends at Blue Diamond sent me some of their Blueberry and Toasted Coconut almonds and the first thing I knew I wanted to do was make a red, white & blue trail mix for the 4th.

2photoEvery year my hometown has a 4th of July parade…it’s never ON the 4th but it’s usually a good time regardless. It goes past my grandparent’s house so ever since I was a kid the whole family would get together, watch the parade and then move the party to the back yard for a picnic. We’d always eat snacks while watching the parade, our favorite being a yummy trail mix. This year, I might be bringing my own. ;)

photo1I wish I could say the Toasted Coconut almonds made the trail mix, but they were gone within days of arriving and never stood a chance until I made it to the store to buy the remaining ingredients. It happens…ha!

 

The great thing about trail mix is that you can put in WHATEVER you want, however much of anything you want, but I will tell you this was a great little mix.

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Ingredients:

-Blue Diamond Blueberry almonds

-Blue Diamond lightly salted almonds (they didn’t send these, but I did have them on hand!)

-Toasted Coconut Chips

-Goji berries

-Dried cherries

-Banana chips

I seriously could not stop eating this! Such a great snack to grab by the handful or enjoy in a cup while sitting along the parade route on Sunday. I may have already picked out all of the banana and coconut chips, so I better even it back out. ;)

 

What’s your favorite trail mix ingredients?

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*Blue Diamond sent me product in exchange for this post but as always, all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own!*

5 Reasons Why I Love CrossFit

The irony of this post is how just a few months ago I found myself too scared to try CrossFit. I had heard so many good things from other bloggers as well as friends of mine who went regularly. I heard all their reasons for loving it but still wasn’t sure it would be my thing. Obviously, I decided to step outside my comfort zone and give it a shot and as we’ve seen, I do indeed love it. I thought it would be fun to share some of the reasons why I’m loving CrossFit.

5 things i love CF1. The Community – We hear this one over and over again. Everyone always talks about the community at CrossFit and I never actually expected that it would live up to what everyone said. I didn’t want people yelling at me to hurry up and finish my workout, only to later be like “can you believe how long it took her?” And I didn’t want people judging that I couldn’t lift as much weight as they could. Well, those fears were ridiculous.

 

At least at my box, I haven’t had judgements over what I can (or can’t) lift, rather I’ve had encouragement when I can add more but am allowing fear to get my way but I’ve also had encouragement that it’s okay to stop adding weight to the bar and that I’m doing really well.

 

We cheer each other on, but not in the drill sergeant-esque way I imagined, it’s out of pure encouragement. To hear “you got this Katie!” from across the box from someone who’s finished, is amazing! I’ve also joined in cheering on my fellow athletes. In fact last week, as we were cheering on two girls who were rocking their kipping pull-ups, I got goosebumps. I turned around and the entire box was standing around cheering them on, helping them count and cheer them on until the final pull-up. It was incredible!

 

2. Sweaty Workouts – I understand this might sound crazy but it takes a lot for me to sweat during a workout which often makes me feel like I’m not doing enough. I finish nearly every CrossFit workout dripping. While that may sound gross to some, it makes me feel amazing! Yes, also that I need a shower (ha!) but that I’m doing something amazing for my body and releasing toxins. I enjoy the sweat. (Yes, I realize I shouldn’t ever expect to meet a man while working out…lol)

 

3. The Feeling on my hands from the bars – Okay, this is going to sound weird, but there’s a feeling I get on my hands after holding the bars or doing pull-ups. But I like it. My hands may not be super smooth but they’re tough and I like that better.

 

4. Variety of Workouts – I was in a serious lull with my workouts before. It was the same thing every week or with little variety. I was going through the motions, even on workouts that I hadn’t done in awhile or really enjoyed. I was in need of a serious shakeup and CrossFit has brought that into my life. Yes there’s the benchmark workouts but otherwise things are constantly changing, which I think helps my sweat factor. ;)

 

5. Workout Structure – This is HUGE coming from the girl who would rarely plan Tabata or Circuit workouts into her workout regime. I always felt like I would end up pushing myself too hard too fast or wasn’t getting enough of a workout. When I first heard about CrossFit and the short workouts, I didn’t think I would get enough of a workout or would upset my asthma by going out too fast. Guess what? We warm up and stretch, we have a strength focus for the day and then we get into the WOD where we find our pace. This hasn’t been an issue despite it being one of my biggest fears going into it.

 

I still believe that we all need to find the workout that suits us best and that we enjoy doing. For some that will be CrossFit, for others it won’t be. And that’s okay in both instances. I’m enjoying CrossFit, I’m going to share why and how I’m able to make it work for me, and if you’re so inclined to give it a go, I’ll be here to support you. If you don’t like it, I’ll continue you to support you in finding what you enjoy.

 

If you do CrossFit, what do you love most about it?

If you don’t, what do you love most about the form of exercise that you love?

Destination

Before we get to this week’s Music Monday pick, I must admit I took this baby out of her case last week…

1513808_10100187058155959_3832712065505634204_nDon’t get excited for any performances soon, I’m basically starting from scratch trying to re-teach myself how to play. In fact, I broke out the book I used when I first started learning and have started making my way through that again. We’ll see how much I can actually do myself before recruiting my musician friends to help but I’m determined to at least get to a point that I don’t get super angry by how awful I am just by holding the guitar. ;)

10455772_10100189995893709_2597298321841848125_nThe good thing is, my guitar is super pretty and even after all these years, we still look good together. HA!

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Anyway, at this point, I’m sure you all realize I love a variety of music – rock, country, pop, folk and pretty much everything in between. There’s definitely some genres that I don’t listen to as much as others, but at the end of the day, I believe I listen to music that I believe is good regardless of the genre it falls into.

 

One song I’ve been enjoying lately is from Nickel Creek called “Destination.” While I’m not a huge fan of some of their other and older songs, I do really enjoy this one. It’s definitely worth listening to.

 

 

Do you have a favorite genre of music? Or one that you don’t ever listen to?

Can you play guitar? Will you teach me? ;)

Would You Rather…?

Who doesn’t love a good survey? I mean really…I figure since it’s a Saturday and I love to keep things pretty chill around here on the weekends, it’d be fun to share this survey I’ve seen making it’s way around the interwebs lately.

Also, don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win a case of Cookies & Cream Quest Bars – only a few days left!

Would You Rather…

Speak another language or get a higher degree?
I always find myself wishing I could speak another language. I took French in high school for a few years but definitely didn’t try to hold onto it. I often find myself thinking I should try to learn again…so I probably should. ;) Also, it would have come in handy when my family went to France and instead making my sister handle it all…

You can't tell but we were on the Eiffel Tower FREEZING our butts off!

You can’t tell but we were on the Eiffel Tower FREEZING our butts off!

Have a beautiful singing voice or be a fantastic dancer?
I’m going singing voice…some say I already do have that…

Be a CEO of a huge company or run your own small business?
I often find myself wanting to own a small business…I’ve been dreaming of it for YEARS and I’m still sure that someday it will happen.

Fly like a bird or teleport?
Teleport! I have friends all over the country and always wish I could see them. If I could teleport, it would be so much easier to see them more often!

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Eat only sweet food or only salty food for the rest of your life?
Sweet…easy peasy!

Do yoga or lift weights?
This is a hard one…I haven’t been doing yoga lately (though I REALLY need to!) and have been LOVING lifting weights at CrossFit lately, so I guess I’m going to have to say lift weights…who am I?!

Be a SUPER fast runner be SUPER strong?
Super fast! I always find it funny that people assume if you’re a runner you must be fast…well guess what? I’m not fast but I can (and do!) run. It would be fun to be faster!

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Have 8 kids or no kids?
No kids, no question….sorry friends with kiddos! I want to be a super cool aunt to all my friend’s kids (and obviously my sister’s kids if/when that happens) but I’m not one of those girls that feels like I need my own…

Have a small, older home with character or design a big brand new home?
I go back and forth…I do love the character in older homes but I also love some of the modern touches in new homes…

Watch the Today Show or Good Morning America?
Today show!

Watch only sports or watch only BRAVO?
I don’t really watch much TV and while I’d rather watch sports in person, I’m not really a big fan of Bravo….unless I’m looking for mindless TV.

Cook a romantic dinner at home or go to the nicest restaurant in town?
I’ll take the romantic dinner at home. I love going out to eat from time to time but cooking with your sweetie is a really wonderful thing and can be more enjoyable then going out sometimes.

Drink beer or wine?
Wine! I do enjoy a good beer but it usually leaves me feeling pretty bloated (hello wheat!) so I’d rather go the wine route.

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Eat cookies or eat cake?
Cookies… but if you give me cake, I’ll gladly take the frosting!

Have only brothers or have only sisters?
I only have a sister so I don’t know what it’s like to have brothers…and I think if I said brothers, that only sister of mine would hate me… ;)

Go to Africa or Asia?
Can’t I go to both? But I would love an African safari!

Eat sweet potato fries or regular fries?
Sweet potato! Hands down!

Own an SUV or a sports car?
I always loved feeling on top of the world driving around in my Dad’s truck but if it’s something I’m driving regularly, I’d rather have something smaller, so I guess sports car.

Have a personal chef or a personal trainer?
I don’t really want either…is that weird? If you asked me a few months ago, I’d say trainer but since starting CrossFit, I’m loving having that community around so I don’t really want a trainer and I enjoy cooking so I don’t really need a chef. Once and awhile though, I wouldn’t mind someone to do my cooking for me…

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Sleep for 9 hours every night but no coffee, or sleep for 6 hours a night and have coffee?
You do NOT ask me to give up coffee!

Read a book or watch a movie?
Depends on my mood…there’s a time and a place for both!

Live on the east coast or west coast?
Seeing as I’ve lived on both coasts, I know I’m more of an east coast girl than a west coast girl…hands down!

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Have your toenails painted or your fingernails painted?
Toes! I do paint my fingernails once and awhile but I’m more likely to chip those in 2 seconds than my toes…ha!

Go to the beach or the mountains?
The beach is fun but the mountains are so gorgeous and I love hiking! I feel like I can spend more time in the mountains than I could at the beach.

Pick a question or two and answer it!