Thursday, April 4, 2013
Okay, so now on to the topic of this post. CrossFit. After years of being a cardio junky and rarely giving strength training a chance, I've decided to change my gears and focus on CrossFit. Oh, and training for the Marine Corps Marathon. Yeah, I'm a little crazy. My husband started doing CrossFit back in 2008 when we were stationed in Okinawa, Japan. After only a couple of months from doing it, he became pretty ripped. It wasn't until this year that I decided to make a major change to my fitness regimine. Yes, I still love to run and yes, I'm running two half marathons (1 down, 1 to go) and a full marathon this year. But I feel that CrossFit will make me a stronger runner and an overall stronger individual as a whole. This past tuesday I completed my first on ramp class. I am required to complete four on ramp classes total, however the trainer has a feeling that I can possibly complete all the required courses in three classes and jump right into the WODs (workout of the day) immediately. Day 1 WOD was pretty fun. It was a real eye opener. I started off doing a warm up that included various movements with the ropes. Next the trainer walked me through 4 simple movements which were going to be included in my day 1 WOD: walking lunches, squats, ring pulls and push ups. After he "showed" me how to do these movements with the proper form, it was time for the WOD. 3..2..1.. go! I started off doing so many meters of walking lunges. Then, 15 squats, ring pulls and pushups. Then, 12 reps of those three exercises. Then, 9 reps... After I completed these movements, I had to repeat the walking lunges and done! So it about 7 minutes, I was completely smoked and done with my workout of the day! It's that simple. Well, simple is an understatement. CrossFit is NOT easy and not for the faint of heart. But it's effective and quick. And that's why I like it so much!
CrossFit round 2 tonight!
Have you ever tried CrossFit?
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
It HAS been a busy year. It's also been one of the greatest years of my life. So much has happened. When I look back at my life, I've had such a difficult time with change. I think it's what finally sent me into a total whirlwind and lead to the development of my eating disorder in 2007/2008. I hated being out of control and trying to manage all the change around me. Yet, five years later I am welcoming the changes in my life with open arms. I am blessed with all the changes that have recently happened in my life.
So with that being said, I want to introduce the best thing that has ever happened to me. My son, Michael.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
The first new thing was a breakfast that I made for the Deputy yesterday. Introducing... Egg in the Hole.
|Foreign beer glass|
|Find a glass with at least a 2" diameter rim and press into the topic of a slice a bread|
|Remove circle and set aside|
Another new for us was the gun safe that my in laws purchased for my husband. For years, my husband has been asking for a safe for his rifles and pistols. My husband has been into pistols and rifles since he was a little boy. He got his first 9mm beretta when he was just 17 years old. Since then, he's collected a handful of weapons (for personal and work use). Being a Marine/Police Officer, it's pretty common :) It was nice to get the safe yesterday because up until then, he's scattered weapons all throughout the house. Everywhere you looked, there one was. Ha! So now, they are stored in a nice, safe location.
What's are the "news" in your life? Whether it's news or something new, explain.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets (Comes 2 in a box) - thawed
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (or another filling)
Directions: Make sure that the pastry sheets are thawed but not too thawed where they are warm and they just stick to everything. Lay the sheet out on a flat surface covered with flower. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to where it's almost transparent. So make it nice and thin. Cut one sheet into fours. So you'll make four separate mini squares. If you're using both sheets that came in the package, you'll obviously have 8 squares total.
In each square, add a little bit of your filling. In my case, I used 2 spoonfuls of chocolate chips. You can use cherries, apple pie filling, etc.
Next, to make the sack bring the opposite corners together and pinch them together. Next, bring the other corners to the middle and continue to press firmly. Once all four side are together, press the dough until it sticks together and maintains the “sack” shape. Also go around and press the seams down and push together any gaping sections until it looks like the insides aren’t going to leak out while you are cooking them. Place the sacks on an ungreased baking sheet and bake @ 400 for 16-18 minutes until golden. You want them to be golden on the outside, yet cooked long enough to be done in the middle . Let them cool for about 5 minutes and sprinkle some powered sugar on top. Enjoy!!
Friday, December 16, 2011
So why do Social Workers get burned out so easily? Well... crazy work hours and intense workdays (check!), mismanagement (check!), schedule imbalances (check!), chronic fear of downsizing (check!), lack of appreciation (check!), personal risk, office and inter-agency policies, and lack of professional projects (uhh.. I need less projects lol).
Needless to say, I've been striving to not work more than 40 hours a week. I need me time. I need time to spend with my husband, my dogs and time to exercise. I had an appointment scheduled at 5pm tonight. My appointments generally last one hour. This would have put me at about 42 hours. Luckily, my appointment cancelled on me due to my foster teen being on the "run." Though him running is not a good thing, I feel somewhat releaved that I don't have to work late. Is that horrible of me?
What do you do to avoid burnout with your work? (Work can be being a full time parent and student too!)