Workout Wednesday: Saving “Grace”

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If you are familiar with the Crossfit world or some of the common benchmark workouts done in Crossfit, you have probably heard of “Grace” … If you haven’t I will explain the workout.

30 clean & jerks. Done for time.

Yupp. That’s it. Sounds pretty manageable right? Well the goal of it being to work up to using the Rx weights if you are not there yet and being able to do it in the fastest time possible. So, yes. It is definitely manageable. BUT if you are really pushing yourself if can also make a fun challenge.

Now, you might be wondering why I am writing about such a basic workout. Well, on a typical day that is really all it is, a basic workout of 30 clean and jerks. However, for one day each year, it becomes SO MUCH MORE than just a workout.

One of the things that I am beyond proud to say I have been a part of since the beginning of my Crossfit time is participating in Barbells For Boobs each October.

We all know that October is breast cancer awareness month. Each year at this time we begin to see a sea of pink flood EVERRRYYTTHIIINNGGG. That also includes the Crossfit community. All over the country, crossfitters come together at events both big and small to complete this simple yet powerful workout of 30 clean and jerks and together raise money for an amazing organization that works to promote and service men and women with early detection tests.

This year will make it my 3rd year in a row fundraising for Barbells For Boobs and completing “Grace”. My goal each year has been to reach a PR both in the workout and in my fundraising. My first year I completed the workout with just 75# and raised $165. Last year, I was able to complete the workout with the RX weight of 95# and I was able to increase the amount raised to $246.

For this third year, my goal in the workout is to again use the RX weight and to beat my time of 6:40. My goal for fundraising is to double that number fromย last year and hit $500! ๐Ÿ˜€

Also, this year, I am insanely excited to say that I will be having my boyfriend join me in his very first year participating in Barbells For Boobs. We will also be lucky enough to be participating in the Central Texas stop of the Pink Bra Tour. I feel so blessed to be part of such an uplifting and inspiring community and be able to advocate for everyone’s RIGHT TO KNOW.

PLEASE help me in reaching my fundraising goal this year and help to save the lives of men and women by providing them with the opportunity for early detection.

VISIT MY PAGE HEREย 

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Are You #LJInspired?

Over the last 5 days Fit Approach and Lorna Jane have hosted an AMAZING Instagram challenge in celebration of the new Lorna Jane book “Inspired” – get the hashtag? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I have thoroughly enjoyed this challenge because it is so fundamentally different from most fitness IG challenges. In fact, it took a community of fit chicks and took a step back from what is thought of as “typical fitness theme posts” and asked us all to dig just a little bit deeper. It asked us each to post about how we dream big, who inspires us, what makes us happy, and lastly (today) what makes us a #LJInspired girl

These are big questions and, for many, often things we don’t think about as much as we probably should. On a day to day basis, we focus more on the physical challenges and aspects of our health and fitness. For example, posts I see on the day to day revolve more around what people ate for dinner or how far they ran today or how jacked they look today. Granted all these things are important and play a key part in our fitness journey. But what is the one thing that makes all the difference? What is the one thing that can determine whether we succeed in our goals or fall short?

Attitude.

Mentality.

It is our mental state that factors the most into whether we give in to the temptation of the late night snack or if we push ourselves just a little further for just a little longer in the gym when our mind tells us to quit. Attitude is everything. I mean think about it, the way we see things determines how we react to them which then determines what happens to us in the given situation. With the right attitude and a positive outlook (or perception) on life and our fitness journey, we can conquer anything we set our minds to! But it is all about the way we choose to see the feats in front of us.

I read something the other day that has really stuck with me. It said…

If

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Equals

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26

Then

Knowledge (11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96) is 96% and

Hardwork (8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98) is 98%

… So both are important, but both fall short of 100%

BUT

Attitude (1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100) is 100%

Attitude is 100%. 100% of what?

100% of success. 100% of how we react to the happenings of our day. 100% of how or where life takes us. We can decided to have nothing by having a shitty attitude all the time and having a negative outlook and perception on everything in our daily lives. Or we can decide, beyond our knowledge and beyond our hardwork, to have EVERYTHING based solely on our attitude. For you see, even the person with less knowledge can grow and learn with the right attitude. And even the person who begins with the less than great work ethic can get motivated with the right attitude.

Take the time on a regular basis to reflect on the things around you; the things that inspire you, the dreams you have, the things that make you happy. Make an effort to notice even the little things that put a smile on your face or make you feel accomplished through any given day. All these things will help you keep a positive attitude and an enthusiastic outlook. Everyone can succeed with the right mentality.

Get started by completing the following Mad Lib prompt from Fit Approach for yourself… I mean who doesn’t love Mad Libs right?

I believe that the key to a happy life is _________ [noun]. _______ [same noun] inspires me to be the _______[adj] person that I am today. I am lucky to have _______ [person] and ______ [person] in my life because they inspire me to live life to my fullest and to chase my dreams.

My dream is to one day _____________ [verb] and even if it takes _______ [noun], I know Iโ€™ll get there because Iโ€™m not afraid to dream big!

While I dream big, I hope to inspire others by ________________.

After you have completed this, feel free to screenshot or print it out and keep it somewhere that you will see it regularly. Use it as a reminder to keep dreaming big. Use to encourage and motivate you to keep a positive attitude.

Take care of your mental health. It will affect all other parts of your health and wellness. It can be your greatest aspect or your biggest enemy along your fitness journey.

Stay healthy. Stay fit. And stay #LJInspired โค

Trendy and Functional: Owl Be Sweatin’ … Review and Giveaway

As a crossfit chick, my gym days do not revolve around how I look while getting my wod on… Mostly because I am usually dripping in sweat with my hair in a million places and my face full of exhaustion. Not the cutest of looks haha… BUT, as a chick in general, what I do enjoy is a fun colored or sassy slogan filled outfit to rock while I am ruining it with my sweat. And hey there is no shame in that! Sometimes its the little things can be huge motivators or just add that extra burst of excitement; especially on days you would rather not.

I continue to develop a decent collection of bright colored shorts and pants, neon tanks, multicolored everything, tanks with motivating sayings or things that just make me feel bad ass haha, funny knee socks, everything you could imagine. One thing though that I did not have and was not sure how I would feel about is headbands.

Even as a kid I was never a huge headband person. Honestly I just tend to think I look silly in them. However, recently it has become more and more of a trend. Fitness girls everywhere are flocking to different versions of these fun, funky, workout accessories. So of course I decided, welp I have to at least try it.

With that I borrowed headbands we had at home, things my sisters have worn, things that did nothing for me but annoy the crap out of me during a workout and fall out of my head. After a few failed attempts to like or find use out of any of these headbands I thought what the hell is the appeal of these things?! And with that, I gave up.

Enter a IG page I came across and became unexpectedly intrigued with. Owl Be Sweatin’ is a headband brand whose designs seemed cute and appropriate for all fit chicks; young and old, crossfitter to runner to yogi and everything in between. They could be casual or used in a serious workout. At least that’s how they appeared. For some reason this brand stuck in my head and I had to check them out further.

Upon investigation, I realized not only are they an apparel company but they are really a seemingly awesome pair of women! They promote amazing things.. For example their new strength series, which is sharing the stories of some inspiring women and their battles with cancer. They are changing the face of women’s strength through their small company and it is so impressive! And while you’re thinking how sweet! You are probably also thinking are their headbands actually any good though? So to answer your question…

OMG

I received two headbands. One being of their thicker options, a 1-inch, and the other being of their “thinny” collection. (Tell me that isn’t a super cute name of a collection?!) The headbands I received were freakin adorable. I was obsessed with the designs right away. The thinny being just a more basic cute girly green and the 1 inch being an awesome flowery type design with one of my favorite color combos! ๐Ÿ™‚ I was immediately excited to try them out… Though still had my doubts of whether I would like the whole headband thing any more than I did last time.

The first headband I tried was the thicker band. I used it when I went for a run on a super windy day. I used it for a couple yoga sessions and some small at home workouts. I also wore it just as a casual outfit piece when I was in yoga pants and a tank hanging around for the day. In all 4 instances it was awesome! It stayed in place, it was comfortable, and it actually did its good of keeping my hair out of my damn face for once! It’s felt like backing kept its traction on my hair and really did all the dirty work while not taking away from the beautiful designs. And best of all, they’re adjustable! So I could make it as tight or loose on my head as I wanted depending on what function I needed it to provide. How awesome is that?!

Now on to the thinny. Honestly, even after my great experience I was nervous about this little one. It is no doubt adorable but my hair has a mind of its own and I wasn’t sure if the smaller band would do the job quite as well. You see, thin bands are what I had tried in the past without much (or any) success.

So I decided to REALLY put this one to the test. I wore it to crossfit for a workout that involved 4 full minutes of double unders, an exercise which has always driven me hair crazy! To my extreme surprise, it was AMAZING! It did everything I wanted and impressed me beyond belief. Now I know I am just talking about a headband here haha but you don’t understand the issues I typically have with keeping my hair in place. I don’t have thick hair but I have hair that apparently has its own agenda and no desire to listen to me. So finding something that actually keeps it in place and tells it to shut down the free attitude is spectacular

Basically, these headbands get a 10 out of 10 in my book! And lucky for all you guys, you get the change to try them out for yourself! ๐Ÿ™‚

  

Owl Be Sweatin’ gave me two stunning headbands (also one thinny and one 1 inch) to give away to my lovely fit followers! So click below for your chance to win the

OWL BE SWEATIN’ GIVEAWAY

Contest will run from today until midnight on the 23rd! Each contestant can get 18 entries with various ways to connect and enter! GET TO IT ๐Ÿ˜‰

Restoration and Fitness

Everything we see and everything we hear on television, social media, the wonderful world wide web or from our trainers and coaches and training partners or fitness idols… Everything revolves around pushing ourselves to ourย absoluteย limits. Pain is progress. Right? I mean at the very core of it the muscle burning and day after soreness is in fact the muscle rebuilding and growing stronger. And rebuilding well that’s basically the definition of restoration isn’t it?ย So even down to a simple formula, it would appear that restoration is an every day part of fitness because our body is constantly restoring itself and in turn becoming more fit.

But what happens when there is too much burn? Too much pushing? Too much tear and not enough restore? What happens when we just go too far and our body never gets that time it needs for proper restoration…

I feel like this is a subject that gets skipped over during typical fitness talk. Most likely because as we are promoting fitness we are trying to get the general public to move more and focus on doing physical things with our bodies rather than talking to them about resting…. and for good reason.

However, part of fitness and part of getting faster, stronger, better is embracing a restorative process. To live a fully healthy – mind, body, and soul – and happy life, we need to give ourselves an adequate amount of self-love. We need to give our bodies love. We need to allow them some time to not have the crap beat out of them. I don’t mean sitting our butts on the couch and doing nothing… (though sometimes a glass of wine, a movie, and a loved one is what me may need emotionally or mentally)… I am talking aboutย some good old active rest time.

Being a crossfitter, I spend most of my gym time stressing my body to its absIMG_0936olute limits… and then past them. The barbell is a good friend of mine. I get inverted a lot. Or do some crazy monkey strength things on the rig. And I love every single second of it. I love the burn. I love feeling sore. I love knowing that my body is the strongest it has ever been. And my body loves it. My body embraces it. My body is growing and changing and getting better… But even though my body feeds off heavy lifting and aggressive tests of endurance or speed and then both of those combined haha, my body still has firm limits. It has the “I used to not be able to do this” strength limits and then it has the “If I don’t get a break I am going to burn out and I will get injured and I will feel like shit” limits. That second set of limits; those are the ones you want to recognize and make sure you are giving some attention to.

Rest is different for every athlete and every BODY. It can range from a beginner who may need 2 of these days a week to a professional who takes maybe 2 of these a month, if that. Rest can also range from the days were we only do a little stretching to maybe some light running and cardio work and some mobility on the side. Regardless, ACTIVE rest should be a plannedย part of every person’s fitness.

I am guilty of not giving myself the space, time, or treatment neededย to heal and have paid the consequences. Healing isn’t complete rest and inactivity. Rather, healing is doing something active for your body to assist in its restoration. If you constantly heavy lift, perhaps active rest is some light cardio. If you are a runner, maybe your active rest is some yoga. Whatever it may be, switching up your routine to add in some less aggressive days every so often is beneficial to the growth and continued health of your body.

With my life being all ovFullSizeRenderer the damn place these days, I am insanely excited about forcing myself to get into better habits of addingย stretching and mobility as a regular part of my every day, even outside the gym. I am also excited to focus on some restorative fitness for both the sake of my body and mind. I am starting by going in on a 14 Day Yoga Challenge which started today.

The #LoveYourHips Challenge ran by Brittany Suell and Lora Hoganย is 14 days of hip opening yoga poses. Yoga is a fantastic supplement to all workout routines. For someone like myself with heavy lifting, it allows me to develop a better range of motion, better flexibility, and focus on gaining lean functional muscle rather than tight bulky muscle.

So whatever your poison, just make sure you are having a healthy mix of aggressive pushing the limit workouts and restorative active rest for your body. Stay healthy while you get fit.

PaleOH MY GIVEAWAY!

Do you eat Paleo? Have you always been dyinngggg to try it but unsure of where to begin?

Well today is your lucky day.

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Buck Books, which is an online provider of discounted ebooks, is running one of the most STELLER giveaways I have ever heard of! Seriously, I am like in awe of the prizes they are offering.

The giveaway is currently running from now until March 23rd. Prizes consist of:

  • Paleo f(x) Premiere ticket

  • $200+ Amazon Gift Card

  • 10 Bestselling Cookbooks,ย physical copyย 

  • 3 Bestselling Paleo informational books, physical copy

  • Kasandrinos Olive Oil, Lip Balm and Soap

  • Kindle Paperwhite

That adds up to over $1000 in prizes! :O

It is absolutely FREE to enter the giveaway. No purchase necessary. No commitment.

Whether you are all about the paleo lifestyle or just looking to find out more about it… or you just want a great gift card and kindle (heehee), this is a great set of prizes. So what are you waiting for?

Go WIN ALL THE PRIZES!

Aaaanddd to make it even better the are hosting a killer Paleo event with super discounted ebooks on St. Patrick’s Day (as if it wasn’t already my favorite day of the year!) …

If you enter the giveaway you will automatically receive a reminder for this Paleo event.

If for some reason you aren’t into free stuff, then you can just click HERE to check out the event.

The Paleo event is a 24 hour flashย sale of 3 Paleo info books and 12 Paleo cookbooks, all starting at $0.99 !!

Some of the books available in both the giveaway and the flash sale event are some of my favorite liiikeee….

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Where else can you get books by some of the biggest names in Paleo for LESS THAN ONE DOLLAR!

EEEKKKKK!! โค

So head on over and check out these awesome events and use these awesome deals to get your feet wet in the paleo world or discover some fun new recipes to add to your inventory.

Trust me, you will not regret it!