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Track Your Progress

In CrossFit, exercise, Fitness, Food, Life on September 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I’m a firm believer in tracking your nutrition and exercise. It helps keep you on target and also lets you look back and see how far you’ve come and/or what needs improvement. I use the fitBook and websites like DailyMile.

There is also another good website called SlimKicker – it helps you create challenges and rewards for yourself when you achieve a short/long term goal. It has a great community sense and an inspiration feed that I like to read through. It helps you track nutrition and exercise. There are groups and you can invite friends, it also lets you blog your achievements!

Disclaimer: SlimKicker asked me to mention their website, opinions are my own.

Another early CrossFit WOD:

More squats??

Squat count: 850 this week. Beast mode.

Pre-workout!

Post-workout yummy goodness.

I have my AFAA personal trainer certification next weekend. I’m seriously on study overload. I think I will be so happy to have next weekend over with, passing or failing won’t matter anymore. (Well, I’m sorta kidding, but for real.)

TGIF!!

Sophie enjoys the foam roller too!

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Thursday “Hurt” Day

In CrossFit, exercise, Fitness, Food, Life, Running on September 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm

My workout this morning was p.a.i.n.f.u.l. – my arms are still jello, three hours later.

Thursday WOD

Ouch. My biceps and quads hate me. I actually just calculated that, just this week, I’ve done 550 squats. No pain, no gain – or so they say.

Anyways, what I’m eating:

Pre-workout: Vitalyte/water, banana. I just can’t eat a lot before I workout.

Anybody else love this stuff? I actually love the Tri-phase endurance one the best!

Post-workout: Still loving my new coffee/protein shake. 2 CLA & 2 fish oil pills.

Best little blender for my coffee and protein.

And I have to make mention of my Cowboys last night. I’m a huge Jason Witten fan (Tennessee, holla) anyways, I’d be lying if there wasn’t a lot of happy dancing last night. Always good to beat a conference rival. Go ‘Boys!

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We are full fledge in to deployment mode and Sophie has started counting down the days until her Dada is home. She is excited every morning to put a new sticker on her calendar.

Counting down the days…

I’ll be sure to show progress. I’ve got one more workout to get through and a run, so I’m out. Happy almost Friday ya’ll!

 

 

FitBook Affiliate Partner

In Fitness, Life on September 6, 2012 at 1:33 am

Hi guys!

I’ve become a FitBook affiliate partner, because I truly believe in their products! Please check out their products and stay tuned because I will be doing a FitBook give away in the near future!

 

Fish Oil – Why it’s good for you!

In CrossFit, Fitness, Food, Life on September 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm

First, I wanted to share a breakfast protein coffee ‘shake’ I’ve been testing out. I should add, I’ve NEVER been a coffee drinker. Which other runners find weird about me. But, that might be changing.

Coffee

  • Archer Farms ‘breakfast blend’ coffee (4 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup Almond Breeze (vanilla, but it has a little more sugar than desired, so going to use just plain next time)
  • 1 scoop Trader Joe’s chocolate whey protein (I’m looking for a better whey, but this is all I have at the moment. Too much sugar)
  • 1 handful ice
  • 2 truvia packets

So this is still in the experimental stages. But it was really good, and I actually drank all of it. Like I said, I need a better whey protein (with higher grams of protein and less sugar) and I want to try just the plain Almond Breeze, to also eliminate sugar.

Now, on to Fish Oil. I should first disclaimer, I’m only sharing facts I’ve researched for myself and obtained from MY Dr. By no means, should they be taken as personal medical advice. I’m in no way advising anyone to take fish oil supplements, just stating the health benefits and why I choose to take them.

Omega-3 fish oil supplements first intrigued me because they can help reduce inflammation. As a runner who often logs lots of miles, this appealed to me. Inflammation can also cause joint pain, omega-3 lessons inflammation. It can be found in fishes such as: tuna, mackerel, salmon, herring, & trout. All rich in omega-3 oils. I’m not a fan of fish, I’m learning to eat it, but I don’t necessarily enjoy it. So supplementing fish oil seemed like a good alternative.

Here are a few other benefits of omega-3:

  1. Cardiovascular functions are maintained/improved by help of omega-3. (I use my cardiovascular system a lot)
  2. Blood pressure/cholesterol can be controlled/normalized.
  3. Reduces inflammation.
  4. Has DHA, which is a major building block of optical nerve & cells.
  5. Good for skin, weight regulation, & may help curb cravings.

What I’m taking…

Also, wanted to share this deal that popped up in my email. Active.com often offers really good deals through Schwaggle. I got a killer deal on my Oakley’s last year. As a runner, I found this deal could be useful. While I have a RoadID band, I like the look of the Go Sport ID bracelet as well. Just $14 right now. It’s an item you hope someone never needs, but one that could save your life!

CrossFIT WOD: Tuesday edition

Get some!!

Friday Sweat Session

In CrossFit, exercise, Fitness, Life on September 1, 2012 at 3:44 am

WOD

Friday’s are always the HARDEST day for me to work out. During marathon training, it was my rest day. But since I’m not logging insane weekend miles, I’m back to working out. I mentioned in my last post about The Blonde Ponytail and how I love her CrossFit inspired workouts. Check out her blog! It took me about 20 minutes to knock out the above workout but it was awesome! The thrusters and plank toe taps were brutal. Definitely had to break a couple times. I only did it once, once was enough! I did some dynamic stretching before I started.

That’s what I think about it…

After that intense 20 minutes, I met the hubby and child at the playground for some family fun time!

Sliding

Sorry for the terrible lighting…

It’s bedtime for Sophie and that means bike trainer time for me. Let’s knock out an hour of cardio. Hope you got active today!

 

Home Management Binder

In Life, Organization on August 27, 2012 at 10:36 pm

So with the impending deployment, I’ve been inspired to make a home management binder. Complete with calendar, weekly planner, budget, home projects, shopping lists, and a few other things to keep me on track these next 8 months. I made one the last deployment and it worked wonders and through budgeting and organization were able to pay off $13,000 car loan…go us! Having a child this go around, a home binder is a MUST! All the responsibility is on me now and having it organized and neatly in front of me will make it that much easier. I can’t take all the credit, thanks to a few awesome blogs, I was able to download all the templates I needed for my folder. All credit goes to their hard work!

Cover:

Home Management Binder

The Nest Effect has some awesome templates. Like the cover above. Download it here.

My first page is a monthly calendar. Found here.

Calendar

(Excuse my cheap tabs, I need to buy some on my next Target run.)

Next, we have the Weekly Overview and Planner. They are both found in the same template. Prepared Not Scared has TONS more.

Weekly Overview and Daily Planner

Daily planner part 2.

The weekly planner breaks each day down by ‘responsibilities/schedule, household maintenance, and projects’. The daily planner is more detailed with the schedule, cleaning, project list, to-do list, menu, etc…totally awesome!

Next in the same section is my grocery/shopping list. Found here and here. I break my grocery list down to bi-weekly.

Grocery checklist

In this section, I also have an ‘important receipts and coupons’ sleeve.

Receipts & Coupons

On to the budget section. I have about 6 sleeves in this section, it’s very detailed. I start out with our pay-stub page. I’m obviously not going to show it here, lots of important info on that stub.

Next is a monthly expense form. Again, I do this bi-weekly as we are paid. I keep a running log of expenses going out and our balance.

Monthly expense form

Download above form here. It’s page 4 in the downloads.

I also use the ‘Loan repayment log’ for our truck and credit card. Found here.

It’s never to late to start budgeting for Christmas. I have a budget list and envelope for cash. Download form.

Christmas Budget

Then I have a sleeve for monthly bills that I receive in the mail, which are very few, thanks to online bill pay. I also have a few cash envelopes (think Dave Ramsey envelope system). Mostly for ‘odd’ bills and monthly needs (clothing, emergency cash, etc).

Cash envelope system.

Next section is home projects. Download form. Page 20. I also slide magazine clippings of ideas in here as well.

Home Project Lists

My next section is just Misc. It includes – birthday/anniversary list, family yellow pages, travel packing & check list, and a ‘to mail’ folder.

Birthday/Anniversary list

So a rundown of the blogs that inspired me.

Organized Home – lots of great ideas and printables.

Miss Poppins – Family planner ideas.

The Nest Effect – awesome printables.

And if you want to see how I keep my workouts and diet organized, check out this post.

Generation Disconnect.

In Life on August 25, 2012 at 10:34 pm

I’ve been thinking a lot today about how different generations view the times we are living in. It’s not a good or bad thing, but times are definitely changing. I feel like my generation is kind of ‘stuck’. Do we go on doing things as generations before? I know a lot of people in my generation are starting to interpret and see things differently, even differently from our parents. Nothing wrong with that, we are just growing up in a different time. I often wonder what it will be like in 18 years when my daughter is officially an adult. How will her generation view mine? Will they be proud? Will we have made real steps to improve their lives or leave them with a mess to wade through and fix. Will they even be able to fix it?

I feel now more than ever though, there is this huge generation disconnect. Generations before me still cling so tightly to their interpretation of how things should be. But times change, people change, nothing ever stays the same. I hear it all the time, my generation and younger don’t have respect for our elders. But you know what I’ve seen and experienced  first hand? Older people giving up because they no longer “connect”. Whether that be their spiritual beliefs differ or they don’t understand our interests. I definitely think it’s a two-way street. It’s something we could all work a little bit harder at. Understanding each other, and understanding that we all interpret things differently. And to realize change is inevitable.

Just some random thoughts (don’t worry, I have more)! 😉

Well hello there!

In Life on August 25, 2008 at 4:01 am

So, this is all very new to me. But I’ve noticed alot of cool blogs and decided Taylor and I needed one 😉

Hopefully we can both keep the outside world updated on our busy lives…well maybe not busy…but always entertaining!

As many of you know, Taylor is in the United States Navy and I’m his Navy wife 🙂 We are currently in the great state of North Carolina…Jacksonville to be exact. Life here isn’t all bad, if you love traffic (rush hour is all day everyday!), Marines everywhere, really BAD drivers, aircraft flying over all day (sometimes so low, you feel as though the ground is literally shaking), etc… I’m not complaining at all…it just isn’t East Tennessee. But at the same time, I have a sense of pride living here. The American flag is flying every corner you turn, and knowing that 90% of the population have volunteered to give of their life for people they will never meet…it truly is awesome!

I work as well, at Bluff Ridge Apts. I’m an assistant manager there and loving every minute. I’ve met some amazing military wives. I usually only see the wives, since most of the men are either deployed or working insane long hours. I can’t describe everything that I do. Some days I feel as though I’m babysitting…”No, you cannot put your down comforter in the dryer, it has the washing/drying instructions right on the tag” or “I’m sorry you have developed a ‘fly’ problem, but maybe you should take out your 500 bags of trash” (you think I’m kidding???) But I truly love helping people find their perfect apartment, whether it’s at Bluff Ridge or not. I think I’ve found my true calling. 🙂

Well, I will close with that. Hopefully we can continue blogging. I will try to get Taylor on here to update everyone on his new job in Quantico, VA. Soon it will be on to our next duty station!

Oh and here is a recent picture of Taylor and I, ya know incase you forgot what we look like 🙂

Night all!