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The Classroom!

Well I am alive. I’m sorry for the serious abscence the past few weeks. I have been beyond busy moving out of my old apartment and into a new one while setting up my classroom and getting ready for the beginning of school. I was nuts for taking it all on but I did it! Today I am going to show you my wonderful classroom that has been consuming me this past week!

Here’s what I started with…

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And here is the end product…

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And check out the adorable “supply cake” my sister made…

I LOVE it! It was so much work but definitely worth it. I cannot believe that my kiddos come on Monday. I am so excited!

What’s your favorite part of my classroom?

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Why I Crossfit

A lot of you may be aware that the Crossfit Games just concluded this weekend. It is an event that is months in the making. Early in 2012 there is a open in which any athlete can complete the five workouts and post their scores. From there the top sixty athletes in each region move onto the Regionals. Regionals is a weekend long event where the top three athletes continue on. From there the athletes compete in the games for the title of “Fittest on Earth.”

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Rewind to last October, I was an ex-collegiate athlete who was unmotivated to workout but hoping to avoid the typical post college weight gain. I saw Crossfit on TV and had a few people mention it to me. After some resistance I finally gave it a try. My first WOD (workout of the day) was 21-15-9 of squats, push-ups and sit-ups with a 250 meter run in the beginning and the end. I was destroyed. I seriously questioned that I used to play a Division I sport. I used to be in shape right? Shockingly enough I went back and realized like many others…I loved crossfit.

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I loved it because it was an awesome workout. It was normally quick and to the point. There is a great community. I started looking better physically. But more than all of that I loved/love it because of the challenge. Crossfit has given me more strength than I thought I had inside of me. Yes, I mean physical strength but more than that it has given me a mental strength. Sure, I went through some tough things playing softball but Crossfit has given me the most self-confidence I have ever had. I know I can do anything because of the way I push myself on a daily basis.

Not only has Crossfit given me a better bod (lets be honest…who doesn’t want that?) and allowed me to meet some cool people but it has made me a better person. I am up for any challenge in life and have more mental toughness than I did when I played softball. At times, I wonder what it would have been like if I had found Crossfit while playing softball. I can’t change the past now but I can shape my future by continuing to push myself to grow in mental and physical strength.

If you are stuck in a rut of working out or maybe not working out I would highly reccomend searching for a Crossfit gym/box near you. I stumbled upon an awesome one my first try at Cosmic Crossfit and have got to try some other awesome ones like Lahaina Crossfit, Crossfit 1836 and Crossfit Grafitti. I know it sounds extremely cheesy but it will change your life. It will change your perceptions, your confidence, your body and your priorities. With my whole heart, I believe everyone would benefit from Crossfit.

Have you ever tried or wanted to try Crossfit?

What I’m Reading: It Starts With Food

I have mentioned this book a few times in previous posts especially the recipes but I finally finished reading it (clearly I did not read four book in June) and just have to tell you how awesome this book is.

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Dallas and Melissa of Whole9 are some of the coolest people I’ve never met. They seem to be so smart but relatable at the same time. It appears that they have it all together. I doubt that they do but even if you believe they do they still seem like they are on your side of this battle with food. Their book came out in early June and the context blew me away. Lets me break down some of the awesome things in the book:

1. “The food you eat either makes you more healthy or less healthy. Those are your options.”

2.They aren’t Paleo police. I love what they say…” We are far more concerned with health than we are with history.”

3. They are blunt. “It’s not really that radical-unless you consider eating nutrient-dense food radical. Which in today’s microwave-dinner-fast-food-low-fat era, might very well be the case.”

4. They break down science-y stuff really well. Oreos vs. prime rib. Club bouncers and intestenes. Hormonal thermometers.

5. They get that food has a grip on us. “These scientifically designed foods artificially concentrate highly palatable flavors stimulate our pleasure centers with a far bigger hit than we could ever get from nature.” They make you realize that all that crap you have been eating has no “brakes but an emergency ejection seat.”

6. They gave me even more reasons why I don’t eat grains, “There is not a single health-promoting substance present in grains that you can’t also get from vegetables and fruit.” And explained how gluten to a sensative person is like “dropping a nuclear bomb to kill a spider” in your gut.

7. They helped me understand fiber. Because you need grains and beans for fiber right? Wrong. “You could get a nice dose of fiber from beans, [but] it would be like eating a Mound bar to reap the benefits of coconut”

8. They’re making me check my addicition with almond butter…that section broke my heart to read.

9. They lay out priorties when eating this way. Not all of us are made of money.

10. They give a ton of meal ideas. I say ideas because they “teach you how to fish, which means that we’ll give you all the tools you need to comfortably and compentently start cooking and eating according to your new healthy-eating plan.”

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So basically…buy the book. It’s informative, funny and packed full of knowledge.

Also Dallas and Melissa have some *FREE* handouts available on the website that are extremely helpful in this healthy eating buisness. I’d highly suggest checking them out.

Tuesday Tips

Another week…another tip. Like I said last week making a transition to a healthier life can be difficult. It’s my goal to share some of my own experiences that made it easier to be successful. This week my tip is:

Make a grocery list and stick to it!

This seems beyond simple but I guarantee this makes your life so much easier. I used to just walk into the store and wing it but I always overbought or forgot needed items. Now I sit down with my meal planning paper and create a list based on what I actually need. This helps me stick to a budget, more efficient in the store and only go to the store once a week! If you don’t make a list, try it! You get faster/better at it every week but in the long run it will save you big time!

Do you make a grocery list?

Monday Motivation

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Who wants a healthier life? Better body? Cleaner diet? Workout more? Probably everyone can answer yes to one of those choices. The problem is we are all about intentions. How many times do you say I’m going to start doing that tomorrow? I am guilty of saying that a lot. Now I realize that the best time to do things is now.

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What are you going to do today rather than tomorrow?

What I Ate Wednesday

Well I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday! This week has been a whirlwind…I started my summer job at the zoo and my schedule has been fuller than normal! I’ve still managed to have delicious quick eats. Here’s what I ate yesterday…

Breakfast was a frittata of spinach, mushroom, onion and sausage.

Lunch was meatballs made with onion, sweet potato, grass fed ground beef and a few other odds and ends

I unfortunately have to eat lunch super early due to my job so I am pretty hungry when I get off but unfortunately it is too early for dinner. I had a tomato from my mom’s garden and an unpictured peach from my sister’s garden!

Dinner was a quick red curry stir fry with chicken, red bell peppers and snap peas. It was so good and so easy. I got the idea from a can of coconut milk and with a few tweaks it was a Whole30 approved meal and so yum. I also had a sweet potato with almond butter because my tummy was grumbling.

Oh and the stir fry was so good that I had another helping the same size as the one pictured.

Hope you have a happy Wednesday!

June Goals

This is going to be a quick post. I’m going to be lazy and not put any pictures.

 

Here’s my goals for the month of June:

1. Do another Whole30

2. Only eat fruit cooked in a meal, no snacks of it!

3. Try raw milk

4. Try chicken livers

5. Brew my own kombucha…more to come on that 🙂

6. Get in bed by 10 pm every night, no excuses.

7. Read four books…too lofty?

8. Workout at least four times a week!

 

We’ll see how I end up doing 🙂

Fun Fact Friday

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I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday. Here’s some fun facts:

1. It’s my last week before starting my summer job and I will miss being lazy.

2. The Murph Wod made me so so sore. Parts of my body are just now returning to normal.

3. When you have free time its really fun to cook fancier meals!

4. I’ll be watching so much TV this weekend because the Women’s College World Series for softball is on.

5. I’m starting another Whole30 on Sunday

Here’s some fun reads for the weekend…

The reveal of May Foodie Pen Pals!

Why you don’t need protein powder.

If you need a laugh.

A book you should order!

Have a great weekend 🙂

Are you working this summer?

Do you like to cook fancy meals with freetime?

Foodie Pen Pals: May


Last month I stumbled upon a bunch of blogs that were doing what is known as Foodie Pen Pals. What is it you ask?

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month. 
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 

If you’re interested in participating for June, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by June 4th as pairings will be emailed on June 5th!

*If you’re from somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send me an email and I’ll see if we get enough interest this month!

 

I was so excited when I got home from Hawaii to open up this box of goodies

 

Leslie sent me some awesome things! Thank you again Leslie.

She sent me New England Coffee…although I am not a coffee drinker I use coffee on a TON of spice rubs and this stuff smells a-mazing.

She also sent me coconut sugar which is a nice replacment for conventional sugar. I don’t use it a ton but a nice treat to have 🙂

She sent me a sweet potato and if you have read any of this blog you know I adore them.

Finally, she sent me a bunch of snack goodies which are all new to me. I am really excited to try all these and the ingredients all look pretty darn clean.


I really enjoyed particpating in this and will definitely do so in the months so come! If you are interested in joining go visit The Lean Green Bean and click on Foodie Pen Pals!

Also, if you want to go see what I sent my pen pal you can visit her here! Hopefully she will post this by the time I do 🙂


						
					

What I Ate Wednesday

Well here’s a quick look at my food yesterday.

 

Breakfast was some pizza inspired egg muffins

I was feeling lazy for lunch so I just fried up four eggs in butter and topped it with the most delicious roasted garlic salsa and had a salad as well.

 

Dinner was from PaleOMG…it was steak hash with a red pepper spread. This was to die for. It was steak, onions, red bell peppers, mushrooms and basil topped with a sauce made up of avocados, roasted red bell peppers, garlic powder and salt. Bonus for it being easy!

 

After dinner I had some Kombucha…be prepared for a new adventure on that soon 🙂

 

 

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