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Thanks for the support in the Nudity incident. Facebook didn't take it down a second time, so guess who has two thumbs and won that battle? Boom! Justice is served. 

If you follow my Facebook page or Land Warrior CrossFit's Facebook page (which you should be if you aren't!), I hope you heard my awesome news. 

I'm the new Head Coach and Operations Manager (and co-owner) at LWCF in Windsor Locks, CT! 

I'm absolutely ecstatic about this new position!


So much so, that my original plan to road trip across the country, from Oregon to Connecticut, started to seem like it would take way too long. Chomping at the bit to get this new chapter started, I instead took a leap of faith. I brokered a deal to have my car shipped across the country so that Elliott and I could fly, and I'm spending one last week relaxing in Pennsylvania with the BF before assuming my new role next week. 


I can't wait to meet the athletes, work with coaches, and grow our local CrossFit community. 
I would love if you would support us!

For motivation and more, check out our Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter

If you're in the area, we're hosting a legit competition on November 8th, a two-person team competition. Cash prizes, and sponsors up the WAZOO. Kill Cliff, Box Junkie, Mad Fitter, you name it. 


What else is new? I changed my hair color. It seemed fitting, with the changing seasons.


From über blonde to brunette.


I don't know why my lips look like zombie lips in this picture? 

I do miss the blonde though, it may be back sooner rather than later. ;) 


Happy Hump Day!

.


We made it #facebookofficial. Surprised? :)


I made this my profile photo. 


Facebook removed it yesterday without telling me why. So, I put it back up. Someone reported it AGAIN. This time Facebook told me WHY. Apparently, it's contains NUDITY.

According to Facebook's Community Standards for nudity, that would mean:

"Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicitly sexual content where a minor is involved. We also impose limitations on the display of nudity. We aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo's David or family photos of a child breastfeeding."

I have seen a lot profile photos of folks in bathing suits, on their wedding day kissing (in a strapless or backless wedding dress), breastfeeding their baby, etc. 

While I wait for Facebook to review it (it's still up since the 2nd time I put it back up, but if they deem it in violation of their standard, it will be removed), I thought I'd ask your opinion. 

I don't think my photo is inappropriate, I think I have a hater (I'm pretty used to haters).
What do you think?



I'm on vacation. For realz now.

And daaaaaamn, it feels good. 

It's been pretty crazy since I got home from Kuwait. A good crazy, but busy! Just go, go, go. I spent the weekend in Orlando cheering on friends from Kuwait at the Disney Fit Challenge.




CrossFit Kings Point!


But right now I'm in PA. It's peaceful, quiet, and calm. My belly is full from a hearty breakfast made for me by a hunky, half clothed man, and my body is recovering with some tasty coconut water after a brutal (but awesome) workout in the garage gym this morning. 


I'm in the middle of the country. It's quiet. The birds are chirping. My favorite country music station is playing on Spotify.

I went from Oregon to Connecticut to Florida to Pennsylvania. This is the last leg before I head home again, but just for a week, then I'm back on the road. This time, for my final destination ... Nope, not telling where I'm resting my hat yet. ;)


I am a happy, happy girl. 



October Goals

String together 5 muscle ups 
my current best is 4, with 3 being a little more consistent
Get more consistent with bar muscle ups
Sometimes I can do them, sometimes I can't. SO ANNOYING.
Register for a competition 
Since I wet the competition whistle at Regionals this year, I haven't done anything since. I need to get better on the competition platform. 
Continue KILLING my ankle dorsiflexion and mobilizing my tight hip flexors and psoas.
all things that lead to the #gainztrain. 




It seems like every time I find myself in front of my laptop to write a blog post, I'm sitting in an airport.


Such is the life of a nomad making the most of every minute she can back in the United States. 

Let's catch up a bit, yeah? I'm having a glass of chardonnay, what about you? Pull up a chair, friend.

First things first: The reason I haven't posted my review and personal results of the Advocare 24 Day Challenge, are because my old MacBook Air took a crap on me. Literally, it won't turn on, and that's where my before pictures were stored. By some miracle,  I should be able to retrieve them via iCloud? Don't even ask me what kind of crazy voodoo that is. So yeah, I'm working on it.

The truth is, I am in LOVE with Advocare. Let's talk about why.

I started the Challenge with the intent to benefit only from the Cleanse. The first 10 days consist of an all-natural, gentle, but very effective, herbal cleanse. (Peaches and Cream tastes so good!) I was feeling so bloated and gross after eating copious amounts of DFAC (Army food) while living in Kuwait, I wanted a "fresh" start to my system. A fresh start you will get. This literally "resets" your system. If you have any kind of irregular bowel movements, pardon my table talk, this will fix it. Healthy, happy, predictable poops at least once or twice a day. 

And really, without changing my diet, I had other great results from the Cleanse. My acne cleared up thanks to the Probiotics and OmegaPlex, which I SWEAR by because of.

The next 14 Days are the "burn" phase, where we take a combination of vitamins, minerals, fish oil, and even a mild thermogenic (these are called MNS packs). The pill packets need to be taken 4 times a day, at particular times: Before breakfast, with breakfast, before lunch and then after lunch. I loved this method, because it got me into the habit of eating breakfast and lunch again, something I had let slip with my hectic and erratic work/training schedule in Kuwait. 

I love the MNS packs! They can be hard to stay on top of, but they are a great product to take if you want to continue feeling and looking good beyond the 24 Day Challenge. I love MNS 3, which I took for another 24 Days after the 24 Day Challenge (2 boxes), and feel great. 

I recommend Cleansing (a 10 Day Cycle of Herbal Cleanse) every few months or any time you're starting to feel "irregular" or imbalanced. 

Adding Probiotic Ultra to my diet helped changed the anatomy of my skin, and for the first time in my entire adult life, I don't have any cysts like I used to have around my jaw-line. That were the bane of my existence. For the first time in my life, I don't mind not having make up on, and fee no shame going without. 

Spark keeps me going during those long days, which I seem to be having a lot of. Or any time I feel I wan a cup of coffee, but don't want to pay $6 for something from Starbucks. 

Not part of the 24 Day Challenge, but another incredible product I can't recommend enough is Night Time Recovery. I was previously taking a combo of ZMA's and melatonin, but I was still struggling a lot with sleeping and staying asleep through the night. Now, I pop one of these before bed and sleep like a baby, and wake up feeling refreshed, never groggy. Yesterday was a HARD day of training, and I feel like I could have easily worked out today.


I don't want to get too much into the Performance Elite line, because that's a different story, but since taking Post Workout Recovery, I have so much more pep in my step and feel better after working out. This is probably because of the higher carb content in the protein, which I used to deprive myself of sometimes. But damn, it makes a difference. There is a reason this stuff is a little more expensive, because it works.

I promise to do another post on the other products I'm using regularly and loving from Adovcare soon.

So, the end of my 24 Day Challenge ... 


I lost roughly 1/2 an inch around my waist and hips, which is pretty impressive, considering I was on a strength cycle and probably lifting more than I was anything else. The pictures speak for themselves. While I didn't lose any weight on the scale, I definitely looked less "fluffy" and finally got rid of that low belly pooch I have had since the dawn of time. (I can't post my before pictures, because again, they're on my MacBook Air that's taken a poop. I promise I'm going to retrieve them!)


About a week after finishing the 24 Day Challenge, 7 days into a new MNS 3 box.

If you have any questions, shoot me an email, or leave a comment. I 100% believe in and LOVE Advocare. I was a little hesitant at first, but the results don't lie. Rich Froning knew what he was doing when he decided to start endorsing Advocare. 


So on to what the hell I have been up to ... I'm all over the East Coast for the next few weeks. Traveled to CT to see some old friends and attend the USAW Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach seminar (I passed!) and am heading to Florida this weekend to cheer on friends at Disney Fit, a CrossFit competition this weekend. 

Next week? We'll see where the breeze blows me ... 




Three Things I've Learned Since Being Home (by home, I mean the United States). 



1. There is nothing that a glass of wine or three can't fix.

Wine, how I missed you ...

2. Be friendly. Ask the cashier how she's doing. Ask the guy pumping your gas what his plans are this weekend. After spending a year in the Middle East unable to converse during small, trivial, interactions like this, I am soaking up as many of them as I can (it's the little things you miss). Make everyone a friend. Learn their first name. Greet them with it. 


3. There is life outside of training. I know I was all hell bent on being an "athlete" after Regionals this year. But life is short. And beer is good. And sleeping in is heaven. Again, it's the small things ... 


As I write this, I am flying over Chicago, on a jet plane heading to Connecticut. It's a business (but mostly pleasure) trip. I get to see some of my favorite people that I haven't seen in months. Do some CrossFit. Drink. Relax. 

I attended the CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer Seminar over the weekend at CrossFit X-Factor in Portland.  I was very impressed with the instruction. Zach is bearded and burly. His girl Roo, moves like a leopard. Great team. You'll be swinging a lot of bells. If you're a trainer looking for more tools in the toolbox for your athletes regarding rehabilitation, accessory work, strength, etc., I can't recommend this course enough. My hamstrings are still sore.


This weekend I'm attending a USAW Seminar (trying to studying on my flight over, but this chardonnay is distracting). I'm hoping it ties in with everything I learned at the CrossFit Weightlifting Seminar a few weeks ago in Kuwait. 

It's a little surreal to be back in the United States. But I am loving every minute of it. 


And those mups are coming along! 


I'm back!


USA! USA! USA! It's so wonderful to be back.


I have so much to catch you up on!

1) I flew from Kuwait to London to Seattle to Oregon on Friday. It was maybe the longest flight of my life. I was up for over 28 hours ... Didn't sleep a wink on the plane. I was too busy conversing with a bottle of Johnny Waker. *wink wink*

2) I was reunited with my love bug. And he hasn't left my side since. 


3) I made a large purchase. Meet Isabel the Impreza.


4) I miss my athletes and coaches at CrossFit Arifjan terribly. They spoiled me with an AMAZING going-away WOD, t-shirt, cards, cake, and I was even given a certificate of appreciation and coins from the 108th Sergeant Major. How awesome are my people?!



 Everyone came out to bid me farewell and throw down one last time.


I haven't been in the gym for the last 3 days. I'm dying. My sleep has been all ass backwards trying to adjust. I can't sleep more than 2 hours without waking up. I'm just trying to acclimate myself back to the States, take care of some paperwork, insurance, my car, living out of a suitcase ...

Oregon is not my final destination. I'm just here for a few weeks visiting with family, Isabel and I will be hitting the road soon for a road trip of a lifetime. 

This weekend I signed up for the CrossFit Kettlebell Seminar in Portland. So excited! Next weekend I signed up for the USAW Seminar. Which I'll be flying out to the East Coast to attend. 

Do I have any readers that live on the East Coast? Connecticut, to be exact? :)

I promise I'm working on my Advocare 24 Day Challenge write up. My Macbook air took a crap on me, so it's been a process blogging. 

Sorry to be short and sweet, but I have to run. Isabel has an appointment at the mechanic. 


Happy Monday!


I was born on August 20, 1987. 

Yesterday I turned 27. 


26 was an incredible and memorable year for me. It was a year of self discovery. A year of struggle and of triumph. I leapt, and built my wings on the way down.

I ended my marriage. I moved half way around the world. I competed in my first CrossFit Open. I made it to Regionals. I traveled everywhere from Dubai to Seoul, Korea. I made new friends. I let old ones go. I closed doors behind me and walked through new ones. I forgave myself. I learned to stand on my own two feet. I soul searched. I discovered my passions. And most importantly ...

I fell in love with the person I've become.

Feeling introspective, I came up with a list ....

27 Things I've Learned by 27

1. Never apologize for who you are. Not everyone will like you. And why would you want everyone to? Be proud of who you are, what you stand for, and what you believe in. 

2. Start every day with a grateful heart. The first five thoughts you have in the morning will shape the course of your day. 

3. Don't sweat the small stuff. And it's all small stuff. 

4. Money does not = happiness. But it does = independence.

5. LAUGH. As much as you can, as often as you can. Nothing is that serious.

6. Fall in love with as many things as possible. 

7. Fake it until you make it. You have to believe in yourself first and foremost!

8. You'll become like the 5 people you spend the most time with. Choose very wisely. Elevate yourself. 

9. Follow your heart. Figure out the logistics later. I can't stress this enough. You don't have to have a perfect plan. But you need to believe in what you're doing enough that you'll fight like hell to make it happen. THAT will lead you to success. 

10. You can't plan life. Sometimes shit just happens. Your perspective will determine whether it's a lesson or a blessing - usually ends up being both.

11. Learn to bend. Don't break. Be adaptable to change.

12. The bedroom is for two things. Making love and sleeping.  Get the TV, the phones, the computers, the drama, out of the bedroom. That is your sanctuary.

13. Sleep more. Sleep is so damn important! Be selfish about it!

14. Stop watching TV and stop reading magazines. Living in Kuwait, I don't have very many channels and rarely watch TV. The only magazine I read is Box Life. I've discovered how freeing it is getting away from what society deems as "beautiful." Your hair is already shiny enough. Stop worrying about your "fine lines and wrinkles." No, you don't need another pair of shoes. No, you don't need to lose 5 more pounds. I didn't realize how BOMBARDED I was with images of "beauty" in magazines and in commercials, ideals that I DO NOT fit into ... all of these things I "needed" and/or I was "lacking." The comparison trap is brutal. Get away from it. 

15. YOU ARE ENOUGH. You are so enough. 

16. Everyone needs to be taking fish oil and a probiotic. These are natural inflammatory fighters.

17. Just because they are family, doesn't mean they need to be in your life. 

18. Set goals. Daily goals. Monthly Goals. Quarterly Goals. Annual Goals. Re-evaluate your wants and needs based on achieving them. Put them somewhere you can see them. 

19. Wake up with determination, go to bed with satisfaction. You have to have a purpose. Discover it. Live it. Relish it. Let it become your life blood. 

20. Be selfish. You have to take care of you before you can take care of anyone else. Be able to create your own happiness, and not depend on someone else for that. Know what your limitations are. Your needs. Put them first. This really isn't being selfish, it's called self-respect, and no nearly enough people have it. 

21. Never stop learning. Sign up for classes. Sign up for seminars. Try something different. Get your of your comfort zone. 

22. Live abroad. This is different than traveling abroad. Immerse yourself in a new culture, force yourself to meet new people, discover new foods, navigate a new country. 

23. Do 1 thing for 5 other people every day. Pay it forward. Buy the guys order behind you at Starbucks. Hold the door open. Say thank you. Compliment a stranger. Or just simply reach out to someone and say good morning. Go out of your way. It is such a good feeling. And karma is so good. 

24. Don't expect anything. Be pleasantly surprised, instead. Come from a place of gratitude, not entitlement. 

25. Get your money under control. Pay off your debt. Grow your savings, 401k, emergency funds, that's important. And makes you feel grown up.

26. Feeling grown up is kind of cool. But, always be a kid at heart. You're never too old for Saturday morning cartoons, fart jokes, or wet willies. 

27. Life is what you make it. You are not a tree. If you don't like where you are, move. 


I want to thank everyone who made my day so memorable. For the birthday wishes, the hugs, the high fives, the phone calls, the snap chats ... The INCREDIBLE birthday WOD! The cake, the cookies, the balloons ... 


I have so many amazing changes on the horizon and so much love in my life. I can't help but believe 27 is going to be even more memorable than 26! 



I am 10 days in to the Advocare 24 Day Challenge!

And I'm feeling pretty dang good.


I was nervous to start the Challenge, I'll be honest. I'm in the middle of a 12-week strength cycle with my coach, and the last thing I wanted is to stop making #gainz. Yes, hastag necessary.

I did NOT need to worry about that. My performance the last 10 days has been stellar. My energy has increased. My sleep is solid. And I'm hitting PR's like whoa. 

140lb snatch, 5lb PR
5:58 "Annie" almost a 30 second PR
12 Rounds, "Mary" Rx, a 2 round PR

I'm feeling strong. I'm feeling motivated. 

Next week we test my new 1 rep maxes on the big 3 lifts, and I am feeling CONFIDENT. 

The beautiful thing about the 24 Day Challenge is that it's not a diet. It doesn't have to be about weight loss, though I'm sure for many people, it's inevitable (though I didn't have a goal to lose ANY weight). It's a variety of supplements for health and wellness. Eating clean and training on top of the 24 Day Challenge will only enhance the results, but they aren't necessary to feel good or feel the change.


It was what I needed to get back on the clean eating and WHOLE eating train. I was struggling with my nutrition - skipping breakfasts, eating unbalanced meals, thinking a protein bar was a fine substitute for dinner or lunch, eating gobs of peanut butter when I couldn't get to a whole source of protein. I was a bad news bear.

Starting the Challenge got me back on track. The timing of the supplements ensures you're eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No skipping out!


Bacon and almond butter, still happening. But in moderation.

For most people through the Cleanse, you want to restrict your processed food intake; like pasta, bread, tortillas, etc. I'm still on a strength cycle though, so I opted for oats most mornings. Again, GAINZ, people, GAINZ.

Most mornings I'd eat 1/3 cup oats with chia, a scoop of lactose free protein, and a heavy tablespoon of almond butter or a 3-egg veggie omelet. I did cut out Quest bars, to ensure I was eating whole meals, and not "cheating" my way out of a meal ...


So let's talk about what I've been doing for the last 10 days.

I've been taking a probiotic supplement & fiber drink as part of a 10 Day Herbal Cleanse, as well as drinking Meal Replacement Shakes (lactose free) and taking Catalyst, an amino acid supplement, before training. 

What did it do for you?

I refuse to step on the scale until the end of the Challenge, because I don't want people to become affixed on a number to think they're getting results. It did "clear" me out so to speak, in the best way possible. I've never had such healthy, happy poop in my life! I used to deal with all kinds of issues with my digestive system. Terrible stomach aches, bad acne, bloating, gas, just foul things.

I cut dairy out when I moved to Kuwait and that helped with A LOT of issues. But, I still battle with acne. It's way better than it used to be, but I still break out and they're still pretty angry.

I haven't BROKEN OUT ONCE in the last 10 days! I am going to attribute that to the probiotic supplement I've been taking. I don't even want to put makeup on I am so damn happy about my clear skin. I hope I'm not jinxing myself here ... because I haven't changed anything else about my eating habits, sleep habit, training, makeup, face wash, etc. I have only added the Probotic Ultra Restore. 

I am tempted to show you a no-makeup selfie, so that you can see for the first time in my life, I am blemish free. I still have tons of acne scars, but whatever, I can live with those. Blemish-free, guys!



The next 14 Days begins the 2nd Phase, the Max Phase. Essentially, it's supplements that support appetite control and energy. No more Peaches and Cream Fiber drink though, boo! I loved that stuff. 

Other supplements I'm LOVING from Advocare:
Nighttime Recovery, an amino acid supplement that saves me from soreness
Muscle Fuel (I attribute this to my 4 PR's in one day)
Slam (this is the BEST pre-workout!) in Strawberry Blast (and so much cheaper than Starbucks!)
and of course, the Probiotic Restore Ultra, my new clear-skin savior


Have a GREAT weekend!


Remember when I told you last week I drank a Kill Cliff, and later that night had some crazy violent dreams?

Well, they're still happening. And no, I'm not drinking Kill Cliff.


I had another dream last night, it was a Maury show gone so, so wrong. Fists flying, handfuls of hair everywhere, kicking, screaming. I don't remember much else about that dream (who, why, where), but I remember feeling really strange when I woke up ... Kind of concerned, a little worried that I was maybe turning into a blonde, female version of Dexter ...

But no, I'm not turning into a murderer and it's not the Kill Cliff; it's actually stuff in my life that's making me mad. Situations that are out of my control. And apparently I'm duking it out in my dreams. Hey, at least it's legal in my dreams. (And I always win!) It's funny how the brain works and responds to stress that isn't properly dealt with (aka IGNORED) in real life ... 

With any big life change (moving back to the United States next month), comes turmoil. I'm trying to sail the seas as smoothly as I can while keep it relatively stress and drama free.

In times of turmoil, craziness and uncertainty, I can alway fall back on keeping CONTROL of my diet and exercise though. Today we kicked off the 24-Day Challenge, so far, so good!


I couldn't believe how delicious the Peaches & Cream Fiber drink tasted. A few friends had warned me that it can be a little weird at first ... so I was nervous. But, it tasted like a peach smoothie. Thick and delicious. I actually look forward to drinking it tomorrow. So there is another flavor, Citrus, that a few friends on the Challenge with me right now have, and they reported today that it tastes gross. 

Hmmmmm. We're going to trade packets so I can assess for myself. 


Breakfast was a beautiful 3 block Zone affair, totally set the tone for the rest of the day of clean and blocked-out meals.


Because we are eating really clean during the Challenge though, we decided to have a bit of a splurge last night. I went with cheesecake and enough pralines and cream ice cream to satisfy a small elephant. 

T'was delightful. And worth every pimple that will probably pop up in the next 2 or 3 days thanks to the dump truck of lactose to my system.


A shot from the 31 Heroes Event we hosted at CrossFit Arifjan this weekend.

1. What does your ultimate cheat meal consist of?
2. Do you ever have bad dreams? Of a certain theme?



1. We start our 24 Day Challenge on Monday! (You can still get on board, check out all the information I threw together here). 

I'm putting together a little mini-motivational wall. This picture was just added to the mix ...


2. I drank a Kill Cliff for the first time in months after an evening training session a few days ago, and had the CRAZIEST night of dreams. Has anyone ever experienced this? I rarely remember dreaming most nights ... But the dreams I was having were GRAPHIC and freaking insane. Violent even. Disturbing. Shook me to the point I was almost in tears. Avoiding the Kill Cliff for a while ...


3. In the last week, I've finally started stringing together bar muscle ups and free standing hand stand push ups! Have you watched these progressions from Carl Paoli? They're great. 

Did you see that his new book just came out? I just ordered it from Amazon.

Have a GREAT weekend!


Thanks for the support in the Nudity incident. Facebook didn't take it down a second time, so guess who has two thumbs and won that battle? Boom! Justice is served. 

If you follow my Facebook page or Land Warrior CrossFit's Facebook page (which you should be if you aren't!), I hope you heard my awesome news. 

I'm the new Head Coach and Operations Manager (and co-owner) at LWCF in Windsor Locks, CT! 

I'm absolutely ecstatic about this new position!


So much so, that my original plan to road trip across the country, from Oregon to Connecticut, started to seem like it would take way too long. Chomping at the bit to get this new chapter started, I instead took a leap of faith. I brokered a deal to have my car shipped across the country so that Elliott and I could fly, and I'm spending one last week relaxing in Pennsylvania with the BF before assuming my new role next week. 


I can't wait to meet the athletes, work with coaches, and grow our local CrossFit community. 
I would love if you would support us!

For motivation and more, check out our Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter

If you're in the area, we're hosting a legit competition on November 8th, a two-person team competition. Cash prizes, and sponsors up the WAZOO. Kill Cliff, Box Junkie, Mad Fitter, you name it. 


What else is new? I changed my hair color. It seemed fitting, with the changing seasons.


From über blonde to brunette.


I don't know why my lips look like zombie lips in this picture? 

I do miss the blonde though, it may be back sooner rather than later. ;) 


Happy Hump Day!

.


We made it #facebookofficial. Surprised? :)


I made this my profile photo. 


Facebook removed it yesterday without telling me why. So, I put it back up. Someone reported it AGAIN. This time Facebook told me WHY. Apparently, it's contains NUDITY.

According to Facebook's Community Standards for nudity, that would mean:

"Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicitly sexual content where a minor is involved. We also impose limitations on the display of nudity. We aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo's David or family photos of a child breastfeeding."

I have seen a lot profile photos of folks in bathing suits, on their wedding day kissing (in a strapless or backless wedding dress), breastfeeding their baby, etc. 

While I wait for Facebook to review it (it's still up since the 2nd time I put it back up, but if they deem it in violation of their standard, it will be removed), I thought I'd ask your opinion. 

I don't think my photo is inappropriate, I think I have a hater (I'm pretty used to haters).
What do you think?



I'm on vacation. For realz now.

And daaaaaamn, it feels good. 

It's been pretty crazy since I got home from Kuwait. A good crazy, but busy! Just go, go, go. I spent the weekend in Orlando cheering on friends from Kuwait at the Disney Fit Challenge.




CrossFit Kings Point!


But right now I'm in PA. It's peaceful, quiet, and calm. My belly is full from a hearty breakfast made for me by a hunky, half clothed man, and my body is recovering with some tasty coconut water after a brutal (but awesome) workout in the garage gym this morning. 


I'm in the middle of the country. It's quiet. The birds are chirping. My favorite country music station is playing on Spotify.

I went from Oregon to Connecticut to Florida to Pennsylvania. This is the last leg before I head home again, but just for a week, then I'm back on the road. This time, for my final destination ... Nope, not telling where I'm resting my hat yet. ;)


I am a happy, happy girl. 



October Goals

String together 5 muscle ups 
my current best is 4, with 3 being a little more consistent
Get more consistent with bar muscle ups
Sometimes I can do them, sometimes I can't. SO ANNOYING.
Register for a competition 
Since I wet the competition whistle at Regionals this year, I haven't done anything since. I need to get better on the competition platform. 
Continue KILLING my ankle dorsiflexion and mobilizing my tight hip flexors and psoas.
all things that lead to the #gainztrain. 




It seems like every time I find myself in front of my laptop to write a blog post, I'm sitting in an airport.


Such is the life of a nomad making the most of every minute she can back in the United States. 

Let's catch up a bit, yeah? I'm having a glass of chardonnay, what about you? Pull up a chair, friend.

First things first: The reason I haven't posted my review and personal results of the Advocare 24 Day Challenge, are because my old MacBook Air took a crap on me. Literally, it won't turn on, and that's where my before pictures were stored. By some miracle,  I should be able to retrieve them via iCloud? Don't even ask me what kind of crazy voodoo that is. So yeah, I'm working on it.

The truth is, I am in LOVE with Advocare. Let's talk about why.

I started the Challenge with the intent to benefit only from the Cleanse. The first 10 days consist of an all-natural, gentle, but very effective, herbal cleanse. (Peaches and Cream tastes so good!) I was feeling so bloated and gross after eating copious amounts of DFAC (Army food) while living in Kuwait, I wanted a "fresh" start to my system. A fresh start you will get. This literally "resets" your system. If you have any kind of irregular bowel movements, pardon my table talk, this will fix it. Healthy, happy, predictable poops at least once or twice a day. 

And really, without changing my diet, I had other great results from the Cleanse. My acne cleared up thanks to the Probiotics and OmegaPlex, which I SWEAR by because of.

The next 14 Days are the "burn" phase, where we take a combination of vitamins, minerals, fish oil, and even a mild thermogenic (these are called MNS packs). The pill packets need to be taken 4 times a day, at particular times: Before breakfast, with breakfast, before lunch and then after lunch. I loved this method, because it got me into the habit of eating breakfast and lunch again, something I had let slip with my hectic and erratic work/training schedule in Kuwait. 

I love the MNS packs! They can be hard to stay on top of, but they are a great product to take if you want to continue feeling and looking good beyond the 24 Day Challenge. I love MNS 3, which I took for another 24 Days after the 24 Day Challenge (2 boxes), and feel great. 

I recommend Cleansing (a 10 Day Cycle of Herbal Cleanse) every few months or any time you're starting to feel "irregular" or imbalanced. 

Adding Probiotic Ultra to my diet helped changed the anatomy of my skin, and for the first time in my entire adult life, I don't have any cysts like I used to have around my jaw-line. That were the bane of my existence. For the first time in my life, I don't mind not having make up on, and fee no shame going without. 

Spark keeps me going during those long days, which I seem to be having a lot of. Or any time I feel I wan a cup of coffee, but don't want to pay $6 for something from Starbucks. 

Not part of the 24 Day Challenge, but another incredible product I can't recommend enough is Night Time Recovery. I was previously taking a combo of ZMA's and melatonin, but I was still struggling a lot with sleeping and staying asleep through the night. Now, I pop one of these before bed and sleep like a baby, and wake up feeling refreshed, never groggy. Yesterday was a HARD day of training, and I feel like I could have easily worked out today.


I don't want to get too much into the Performance Elite line, because that's a different story, but since taking Post Workout Recovery, I have so much more pep in my step and feel better after working out. This is probably because of the higher carb content in the protein, which I used to deprive myself of sometimes. But damn, it makes a difference. There is a reason this stuff is a little more expensive, because it works.

I promise to do another post on the other products I'm using regularly and loving from Adovcare soon.

So, the end of my 24 Day Challenge ... 


I lost roughly 1/2 an inch around my waist and hips, which is pretty impressive, considering I was on a strength cycle and probably lifting more than I was anything else. The pictures speak for themselves. While I didn't lose any weight on the scale, I definitely looked less "fluffy" and finally got rid of that low belly pooch I have had since the dawn of time. (I can't post my before pictures, because again, they're on my MacBook Air that's taken a poop. I promise I'm going to retrieve them!)


About a week after finishing the 24 Day Challenge, 7 days into a new MNS 3 box.

If you have any questions, shoot me an email, or leave a comment. I 100% believe in and LOVE Advocare. I was a little hesitant at first, but the results don't lie. Rich Froning knew what he was doing when he decided to start endorsing Advocare. 


So on to what the hell I have been up to ... I'm all over the East Coast for the next few weeks. Traveled to CT to see some old friends and attend the USAW Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach seminar (I passed!) and am heading to Florida this weekend to cheer on friends at Disney Fit, a CrossFit competition this weekend. 

Next week? We'll see where the breeze blows me ... 




Three Things I've Learned Since Being Home (by home, I mean the United States). 



1. There is nothing that a glass of wine or three can't fix.

Wine, how I missed you ...

2. Be friendly. Ask the cashier how she's doing. Ask the guy pumping your gas what his plans are this weekend. After spending a year in the Middle East unable to converse during small, trivial, interactions like this, I am soaking up as many of them as I can (it's the little things you miss). Make everyone a friend. Learn their first name. Greet them with it. 


3. There is life outside of training. I know I was all hell bent on being an "athlete" after Regionals this year. But life is short. And beer is good. And sleeping in is heaven. Again, it's the small things ... 


As I write this, I am flying over Chicago, on a jet plane heading to Connecticut. It's a business (but mostly pleasure) trip. I get to see some of my favorite people that I haven't seen in months. Do some CrossFit. Drink. Relax. 

I attended the CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer Seminar over the weekend at CrossFit X-Factor in Portland.  I was very impressed with the instruction. Zach is bearded and burly. His girl Roo, moves like a leopard. Great team. You'll be swinging a lot of bells. If you're a trainer looking for more tools in the toolbox for your athletes regarding rehabilitation, accessory work, strength, etc., I can't recommend this course enough. My hamstrings are still sore.


This weekend I'm attending a USAW Seminar (trying to studying on my flight over, but this chardonnay is distracting). I'm hoping it ties in with everything I learned at the CrossFit Weightlifting Seminar a few weeks ago in Kuwait. 

It's a little surreal to be back in the United States. But I am loving every minute of it. 


And those mups are coming along! 


I'm back!


USA! USA! USA! It's so wonderful to be back.


I have so much to catch you up on!

1) I flew from Kuwait to London to Seattle to Oregon on Friday. It was maybe the longest flight of my life. I was up for over 28 hours ... Didn't sleep a wink on the plane. I was too busy conversing with a bottle of Johnny Waker. *wink wink*

2) I was reunited with my love bug. And he hasn't left my side since. 


3) I made a large purchase. Meet Isabel the Impreza.


4) I miss my athletes and coaches at CrossFit Arifjan terribly. They spoiled me with an AMAZING going-away WOD, t-shirt, cards, cake, and I was even given a certificate of appreciation and coins from the 108th Sergeant Major. How awesome are my people?!



 Everyone came out to bid me farewell and throw down one last time.


I haven't been in the gym for the last 3 days. I'm dying. My sleep has been all ass backwards trying to adjust. I can't sleep more than 2 hours without waking up. I'm just trying to acclimate myself back to the States, take care of some paperwork, insurance, my car, living out of a suitcase ...

Oregon is not my final destination. I'm just here for a few weeks visiting with family, Isabel and I will be hitting the road soon for a road trip of a lifetime. 

This weekend I signed up for the CrossFit Kettlebell Seminar in Portland. So excited! Next weekend I signed up for the USAW Seminar. Which I'll be flying out to the East Coast to attend. 

Do I have any readers that live on the East Coast? Connecticut, to be exact? :)

I promise I'm working on my Advocare 24 Day Challenge write up. My Macbook air took a crap on me, so it's been a process blogging. 

Sorry to be short and sweet, but I have to run. Isabel has an appointment at the mechanic. 


Happy Monday!


I was born on August 20, 1987. 

Yesterday I turned 27. 


26 was an incredible and memorable year for me. It was a year of self discovery. A year of struggle and of triumph. I leapt, and built my wings on the way down.

I ended my marriage. I moved half way around the world. I competed in my first CrossFit Open. I made it to Regionals. I traveled everywhere from Dubai to Seoul, Korea. I made new friends. I let old ones go. I closed doors behind me and walked through new ones. I forgave myself. I learned to stand on my own two feet. I soul searched. I discovered my passions. And most importantly ...

I fell in love with the person I've become.

Feeling introspective, I came up with a list ....

27 Things I've Learned by 27

1. Never apologize for who you are. Not everyone will like you. And why would you want everyone to? Be proud of who you are, what you stand for, and what you believe in. 

2. Start every day with a grateful heart. The first five thoughts you have in the morning will shape the course of your day. 

3. Don't sweat the small stuff. And it's all small stuff. 

4. Money does not = happiness. But it does = independence.

5. LAUGH. As much as you can, as often as you can. Nothing is that serious.

6. Fall in love with as many things as possible. 

7. Fake it until you make it. You have to believe in yourself first and foremost!

8. You'll become like the 5 people you spend the most time with. Choose very wisely. Elevate yourself. 

9. Follow your heart. Figure out the logistics later. I can't stress this enough. You don't have to have a perfect plan. But you need to believe in what you're doing enough that you'll fight like hell to make it happen. THAT will lead you to success. 

10. You can't plan life. Sometimes shit just happens. Your perspective will determine whether it's a lesson or a blessing - usually ends up being both.

11. Learn to bend. Don't break. Be adaptable to change.

12. The bedroom is for two things. Making love and sleeping.  Get the TV, the phones, the computers, the drama, out of the bedroom. That is your sanctuary.

13. Sleep more. Sleep is so damn important! Be selfish about it!

14. Stop watching TV and stop reading magazines. Living in Kuwait, I don't have very many channels and rarely watch TV. The only magazine I read is Box Life. I've discovered how freeing it is getting away from what society deems as "beautiful." Your hair is already shiny enough. Stop worrying about your "fine lines and wrinkles." No, you don't need another pair of shoes. No, you don't need to lose 5 more pounds. I didn't realize how BOMBARDED I was with images of "beauty" in magazines and in commercials, ideals that I DO NOT fit into ... all of these things I "needed" and/or I was "lacking." The comparison trap is brutal. Get away from it. 

15. YOU ARE ENOUGH. You are so enough. 

16. Everyone needs to be taking fish oil and a probiotic. These are natural inflammatory fighters.

17. Just because they are family, doesn't mean they need to be in your life. 

18. Set goals. Daily goals. Monthly Goals. Quarterly Goals. Annual Goals. Re-evaluate your wants and needs based on achieving them. Put them somewhere you can see them. 

19. Wake up with determination, go to bed with satisfaction. You have to have a purpose. Discover it. Live it. Relish it. Let it become your life blood. 

20. Be selfish. You have to take care of you before you can take care of anyone else. Be able to create your own happiness, and not depend on someone else for that. Know what your limitations are. Your needs. Put them first. This really isn't being selfish, it's called self-respect, and no nearly enough people have it. 

21. Never stop learning. Sign up for classes. Sign up for seminars. Try something different. Get your of your comfort zone. 

22. Live abroad. This is different than traveling abroad. Immerse yourself in a new culture, force yourself to meet new people, discover new foods, navigate a new country. 

23. Do 1 thing for 5 other people every day. Pay it forward. Buy the guys order behind you at Starbucks. Hold the door open. Say thank you. Compliment a stranger. Or just simply reach out to someone and say good morning. Go out of your way. It is such a good feeling. And karma is so good. 

24. Don't expect anything. Be pleasantly surprised, instead. Come from a place of gratitude, not entitlement. 

25. Get your money under control. Pay off your debt. Grow your savings, 401k, emergency funds, that's important. And makes you feel grown up.

26. Feeling grown up is kind of cool. But, always be a kid at heart. You're never too old for Saturday morning cartoons, fart jokes, or wet willies. 

27. Life is what you make it. You are not a tree. If you don't like where you are, move. 


I want to thank everyone who made my day so memorable. For the birthday wishes, the hugs, the high fives, the phone calls, the snap chats ... The INCREDIBLE birthday WOD! The cake, the cookies, the balloons ... 


I have so many amazing changes on the horizon and so much love in my life. I can't help but believe 27 is going to be even more memorable than 26! 



I am 10 days in to the Advocare 24 Day Challenge!

And I'm feeling pretty dang good.


I was nervous to start the Challenge, I'll be honest. I'm in the middle of a 12-week strength cycle with my coach, and the last thing I wanted is to stop making #gainz. Yes, hastag necessary.

I did NOT need to worry about that. My performance the last 10 days has been stellar. My energy has increased. My sleep is solid. And I'm hitting PR's like whoa. 

140lb snatch, 5lb PR
5:58 "Annie" almost a 30 second PR
12 Rounds, "Mary" Rx, a 2 round PR

I'm feeling strong. I'm feeling motivated. 

Next week we test my new 1 rep maxes on the big 3 lifts, and I am feeling CONFIDENT. 

The beautiful thing about the 24 Day Challenge is that it's not a diet. It doesn't have to be about weight loss, though I'm sure for many people, it's inevitable (though I didn't have a goal to lose ANY weight). It's a variety of supplements for health and wellness. Eating clean and training on top of the 24 Day Challenge will only enhance the results, but they aren't necessary to feel good or feel the change.


It was what I needed to get back on the clean eating and WHOLE eating train. I was struggling with my nutrition - skipping breakfasts, eating unbalanced meals, thinking a protein bar was a fine substitute for dinner or lunch, eating gobs of peanut butter when I couldn't get to a whole source of protein. I was a bad news bear.

Starting the Challenge got me back on track. The timing of the supplements ensures you're eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No skipping out!


Bacon and almond butter, still happening. But in moderation.

For most people through the Cleanse, you want to restrict your processed food intake; like pasta, bread, tortillas, etc. I'm still on a strength cycle though, so I opted for oats most mornings. Again, GAINZ, people, GAINZ.

Most mornings I'd eat 1/3 cup oats with chia, a scoop of lactose free protein, and a heavy tablespoon of almond butter or a 3-egg veggie omelet. I did cut out Quest bars, to ensure I was eating whole meals, and not "cheating" my way out of a meal ...


So let's talk about what I've been doing for the last 10 days.

I've been taking a probiotic supplement & fiber drink as part of a 10 Day Herbal Cleanse, as well as drinking Meal Replacement Shakes (lactose free) and taking Catalyst, an amino acid supplement, before training. 

What did it do for you?

I refuse to step on the scale until the end of the Challenge, because I don't want people to become affixed on a number to think they're getting results. It did "clear" me out so to speak, in the best way possible. I've never had such healthy, happy poop in my life! I used to deal with all kinds of issues with my digestive system. Terrible stomach aches, bad acne, bloating, gas, just foul things.

I cut dairy out when I moved to Kuwait and that helped with A LOT of issues. But, I still battle with acne. It's way better than it used to be, but I still break out and they're still pretty angry.

I haven't BROKEN OUT ONCE in the last 10 days! I am going to attribute that to the probiotic supplement I've been taking. I don't even want to put makeup on I am so damn happy about my clear skin. I hope I'm not jinxing myself here ... because I haven't changed anything else about my eating habits, sleep habit, training, makeup, face wash, etc. I have only added the Probotic Ultra Restore. 

I am tempted to show you a no-makeup selfie, so that you can see for the first time in my life, I am blemish free. I still have tons of acne scars, but whatever, I can live with those. Blemish-free, guys!



The next 14 Days begins the 2nd Phase, the Max Phase. Essentially, it's supplements that support appetite control and energy. No more Peaches and Cream Fiber drink though, boo! I loved that stuff. 

Other supplements I'm LOVING from Advocare:
Nighttime Recovery, an amino acid supplement that saves me from soreness
Muscle Fuel (I attribute this to my 4 PR's in one day)
Slam (this is the BEST pre-workout!) in Strawberry Blast (and so much cheaper than Starbucks!)
and of course, the Probiotic Restore Ultra, my new clear-skin savior


Have a GREAT weekend!


Remember when I told you last week I drank a Kill Cliff, and later that night had some crazy violent dreams?

Well, they're still happening. And no, I'm not drinking Kill Cliff.


I had another dream last night, it was a Maury show gone so, so wrong. Fists flying, handfuls of hair everywhere, kicking, screaming. I don't remember much else about that dream (who, why, where), but I remember feeling really strange when I woke up ... Kind of concerned, a little worried that I was maybe turning into a blonde, female version of Dexter ...

But no, I'm not turning into a murderer and it's not the Kill Cliff; it's actually stuff in my life that's making me mad. Situations that are out of my control. And apparently I'm duking it out in my dreams. Hey, at least it's legal in my dreams. (And I always win!) It's funny how the brain works and responds to stress that isn't properly dealt with (aka IGNORED) in real life ... 

With any big life change (moving back to the United States next month), comes turmoil. I'm trying to sail the seas as smoothly as I can while keep it relatively stress and drama free.

In times of turmoil, craziness and uncertainty, I can alway fall back on keeping CONTROL of my diet and exercise though. Today we kicked off the 24-Day Challenge, so far, so good!


I couldn't believe how delicious the Peaches & Cream Fiber drink tasted. A few friends had warned me that it can be a little weird at first ... so I was nervous. But, it tasted like a peach smoothie. Thick and delicious. I actually look forward to drinking it tomorrow. So there is another flavor, Citrus, that a few friends on the Challenge with me right now have, and they reported today that it tastes gross. 

Hmmmmm. We're going to trade packets so I can assess for myself. 


Breakfast was a beautiful 3 block Zone affair, totally set the tone for the rest of the day of clean and blocked-out meals.


Because we are eating really clean during the Challenge though, we decided to have a bit of a splurge last night. I went with cheesecake and enough pralines and cream ice cream to satisfy a small elephant. 

T'was delightful. And worth every pimple that will probably pop up in the next 2 or 3 days thanks to the dump truck of lactose to my system.


A shot from the 31 Heroes Event we hosted at CrossFit Arifjan this weekend.

1. What does your ultimate cheat meal consist of?
2. Do you ever have bad dreams? Of a certain theme?



1. We start our 24 Day Challenge on Monday! (You can still get on board, check out all the information I threw together here). 

I'm putting together a little mini-motivational wall. This picture was just added to the mix ...


2. I drank a Kill Cliff for the first time in months after an evening training session a few days ago, and had the CRAZIEST night of dreams. Has anyone ever experienced this? I rarely remember dreaming most nights ... But the dreams I was having were GRAPHIC and freaking insane. Violent even. Disturbing. Shook me to the point I was almost in tears. Avoiding the Kill Cliff for a while ...


3. In the last week, I've finally started stringing together bar muscle ups and free standing hand stand push ups! Have you watched these progressions from Carl Paoli? They're great. 

Did you see that his new book just came out? I just ordered it from Amazon.

Have a GREAT weekend!