Might As Well Dance

Because sometimes life gets a little crazy!

The Lion King

Yesterday evening I was lucky enough to go and see the Lion King being performed at the Hobby Center here in Houston. I have seen this show before when I was in New York with my Dad but was so excited to see it again.

First, we took some family pictures…

 

 

 

Then, we headed to our seats…

 

We got to witness some awesome sights. You can’t take pictures while the show is going on but here are some that I snagged online. I’m just amazed at what costume designers/set designers/directors are able to do with human bodies!

What I learned from seeing the show…

1. I really wish I could sing.

2. Next time I need a PR at crossfit I am listening to Circle of Life before.

3. Hakuna Matata. ALWAYS.

If you are in Houston I HIGHLY recommend checking it out ­čÖé

Have you ever seen The Lion King or another Broadway show?

Fun Fact Friday

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I haven’t done one of these in a while but I’m back on it! So since it’s Friday here’s some fun facts…

1. It’s the last day of my summer job…wahoo!

2. I can’t believe July is almost over! Seriously?!

3. I have six (6!) dozen eggs right now…who does that?

4. I am PUMPED for the Olympics to start.

5. In the next month I move apartments AND move into my classroom. Pray for me.

6. I used to never ever snooze. My alarm went off and out of bed I went. I now snooze every single day!

Have a great weekend!

Recipe: Chocolate Muffins

Honestly, I have no idea what to call this recipe. They aren’t cupcakes because there isn’t any icing but muffins don’t do them justice either. Since I made them in a muffin tin that makes them semi-muffins. ┬áBasically it doesn’t matter what these are called because they are perfect for those days when you just want something sweet and delicious but you don’t want leftovers for days…because really you I know you I will eat them all.

I got the idea for this recipe based off this one from Elena’s Pantry.

Chocolate Muffins

Ingredients:

Chocolate Chips (1/4 cup) **I like Enjoy Life brand

Almond Flour (1/4 cup)

Coconut Flour (1-2 teaspoons)

Cacao powder (1/8 cup)

Salt (pinch)

Eggs (2)

Maple Syrup (1/4 cup)

Coconut oil (1/4 cup) **melted

Chocolate Chips (1/4 cup)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Place all ingredients minus the last chocolate chips in a food processor. I’m pretty positive you could just mix by hand too. Mix until smooth.

3. Add in chocolate chips and stir until combined.

4. Grease a muffin tin with melted coconut oil and pour 1/4 cup batter in each.

5. Bake 15-18 minutes then let cool before you devour.

**This recipe makes five cupcakes

What would you call these bad boys?

Crossfit Goals

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So apparently I am fired up about crossfit after the Crossfit Games. I made this list of goals a few weeks ago but decided to share it so I can hopefully look back in a few months and check them all off! For me crossfit is about small strides. I don’t expect to see vast improvement in a month but baby steps are heading in the right direction. So what do I hope to be able to do in the next few months…

1. 20 unbroken pull ups…right now I’m at 13. To be honest, I haven’t tried to break that record in quite some time but I’m meaning this goal more for during workouts. I want to consistently do a lot of pull ups together.
2. 50 unbroken double unders…I have seen a HUGE improvement in these in the last few months. Currently, I’m at 24 in a row. Part of my problem…I get so excited when I’m about to beat my record and then end up screwing up. I just have to keep practicing!
3. Suck less at burpees…I hate these with a deep down passion. I doubt I ever rock at these but honestly I just want to not die doing them.
4. Overhead Squat 75…playing softball my whole life my shoulder was extremely overprotected. You would think as a pitcher they would have wanted me to focus on strength surrounding my shoulder but it wasn’t a priority. Now I am paying for that and am slowly building it up. Right now I’m at 55 pounds I believe.
5. Back Squat over 200…I am stuck at 190 and have a mental block. I must get over it.
6. Do a handstand…If you don’t know I’m 6’0 tall. I did gymnastics one time in my life when I was probably five. I’m terrified of being in a handstand position. And I have weak shoulders on top of it. Makes for a fun time.
7. Be able to do a ring dip…See my explanation to number 6.
8. Do full range of snatch and clean with same weight as power snatch/clean…I am decently strong but need to really learn the most efficient form of these movements. I’m getting a lot better but the difference between my full clean/snatch and power clean/snatch need to improve.
9. Get more flexible…because I’m not. This will help tremendously.
10. Compete….I signed up for my first competition on August 11th!
What are some of your fitness goals?

What I Ate Wednesday

It’s been a few weeks since my last What I Ate Wednesday post but I’m back on track!

Wanna know what I ate yesterday…

Breakfast was three egg muffins made with eggs, sausage and cilantro. Simple and easy.

Lunch was a chicken salad made of romaine lettuce, baked chicken, cherry tomatoes and a homemade dressing from It Starts With Food and a nectarine.

After work I may or may not have consumed a delicious dark chocolate bar.

Dinner was Better Butter Chicken with a side of green beans.

What did you eat yesterday?

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?

Recipe: Blueberry Popsicles

Things I love…delicious sweets and easy recipes. This is both. I love this idea for summer and cooling off. I was online shopping and came across these popsicle molds and just had to give it a whirl. So without further ado…

Blueberry Popsicles

Ingredients:

Blueberries (16 oz)

Canned Coconut Milk (1 cup)

Vanilla Extract (1 tsp)

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth

2. Pour into popsicle molds

3. Let freeze overnight

4. Eat em up!

Have you ever made home-made popsicles?

What is your favorite flavor of popsicles?

The Deal on Real

So as you may remember it was one of my goals to try Raw milk in June. Raw milk basically comes strait from the farm and isn’t put through all the crap that milk found at the grocery store is. If you’re interested in reading more on raw milk then I would read this post.

I’m a big fan of buying from farmers so I have been buying some meat and eggs from Yonder Way Farms. They also sell Raw milk so I figured I would give it a try. I was so excited when it was ready to pick up. I haven’t had milk in probably close to a year! I got it home and opened it. Smelled it…hoping it wouldn’t turn my stomach and it didn’t. I poured some and holy smokes it was the most glorious thing. Honestly, I know that cow’s milk is meant for baby cows. But I┬áadore┬áthe taste of the creamy goodenss. It is pretty pricey at $8 per gallon but if I only get it once a month then I feel like it’s okay. I mean I spend $6 per chocolate bar so really its more bang for my buck!

I am just oh so excited to have milk as an occasional item in my diet. I know its not “technically” paleo but guess what…it is a whole food and that is what I strive for.

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If you’re around my area I would highly suggest the farm I got it from. If not I would look on www.realmilk.com. It is illegal in some states but that website can give you all the needed information!

So I’m wondering…

Have you ever tried raw milk?

Better yet…Have you ever even heard of raw milk?

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.

Weekly Meal Plan

As I talked about yesterday, I am ready to stop my binge sugar eating ways of the past week. Here’s how my weekly meals are looking:

Monday: Simple Beef Stew inspired by this guy

Tuesday: Sunny Paris Shrimp Stir-fry

Wednesday: Green Curry Stir Fry

Thursday: My parents for steak and grilled vegetables

Friday: Green Bean Beef

Saturday: Mexican Shrimp

Breakfast: Egg, Sausage and Basil Muffins

Lunch: Faux Pho

Are you on board with my clean eating attack?

What are you eating this week?

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