Finding Balance

Happy Sunday!

If any of you are Philadelphia Eagles fans, I feel for you!  My hubby, a long tine Eagles fan is catching hell from his so-called friends today.  Oh my!  Being an Eagles fan is not easy.

Today is rest day for me.  Well… not exactly rest from everything, but rest from weight training and CrossFit.  Yesterday was leg day at the gym and I am a little sore.  I know my legs are the strongest muscles on my body.  At their sorest (if there is such a word) they are never as sore as my arms and shoulders post workout.

My blog description talks about trying to find “balance” in my life.   It’s tough, but I am not complaining.  I just make it work.

Though I woke at 8:30 a.m. this morning, I lounged around for a few and cleaned out my junky nightstand draw.  The “lounging” around set me back, but I’ve come to accept the fact that setbacks are simply part of my norm.

Typically it goes something like having a to-do list of about 10 items or more. There’s no way in hell, everything is getting crossed off the list.  So I prioritize what’s most important and chip away at it like that.  Whatever is left on the list, I will tackle another day.

Lounging recharges my battery.  One good night of 7-8 hours sleep and waking without an alarm clock at 4:30 a.m. puts me in the energy bunny mode.  I go on and on and on….  Lol!

As I write this, I am also cooking my meals for the week and figuring out tonight’s dinner for my family.

Parts of my “mini” grocery haul still sit on the kitchen counter.

Mini grocery hall

Mini grocery haul

While shopping this afternoon, my son discovered this nail in my tire.  I need to get his fixed ASAP!

While shopping this afternoon, my son discovered this nail in my tire. I need to get his fixed ASAP!  I hope my tire isn’t flat tomorrow morning.

SuperSoul Sunday plays in the background and I leisurely move from computer to stove, to oven, to fridge and so on…. Y’all cookers out there know exactly what I’m doing.

I just finished tossing my steel oats in the crock-pot, white baked potatoes (for my peeps) and plain sweet potatoes (all mine) in the oven.

Next on the list…. Ugh! Chicken drum sticks for my family and boneless, skinless chicken breast for me.  Ugh, because of the clean up after I’m done.  I bleach out every part of the kitchen sink and around it.  There will be no cross contamination in my kitchen!

I  haven’t made zucchini cakes in about a month, so I picked up four decent size ones at the produce store. During the winter months, medium to large size zucchini are hard to find in South Jersey.

What else?  Broccoli, broccoli rabe, mixed vegetables, a pot of quinoa, brown rice, and small whole wheat buck wheat pan cakes–  No syrup thank you.  A friend recently hipped me to these.  Yum!

I think that’s it.  There’s so much stuff on the counter, I could be missing some food.  🙂

Oh yeah, I have to slice up two fresh pineapples.  I hate doing this, but I like to keep fresh pineapples in the fridge.  They are great in smoothies and are good for you.  Read more about pineapples here. 

Well, I really need to get back to my cooking.  I will chat with you later.  Tomorrow is a busy day.  After work, I’m headed straight to the gym, then later, B’Dazzle (my son) has a basketball game.  The holidays are over and it’s back to the grind.

Talk to you later and thanks for stopping by!


Are You Willing To Experience Discomfort?

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Warm Up:  Agility Ladder Drills For 4 Minutes

Mobility:  5 Minutes

SWOD:  8 Min To Warm Up To First Set For Front Squats
Front Squat: EOM (Every Other Minute) Do 3 Reps

Then Do:

Power Snatch 1.1.1. X 3 2-3 Mins
( . ) Denotes a 10 Sec Pause Between Reps

WOD: For Time:

20 Overhead Squats (95/65)
15 Shoulder to Overhead (95/65)
20 Front Squats (95/65)
15 Shoulder to Overhead (95/65)
20 Back Squats (95/65)
15 Shoulder to Overhead (95/65)

Who knew that ladder drills would make my gluts and a few other muscles burn so badly? I certainly did not. Wow!! The next time I watch my son and his team mates complete rounds of ladder drills, I’m going to cheer something fierce.

I completed the WOD reps with 45 pounds, which was a struggle and down right uncomfortable. To develop strength, the struggle and the discomfort is necessary.  Sometimes when my muscles are shaking and puddles of sweat are beneath me on the floor I have to remind myself of my personal goals.

The most difficult and uncomfortable exercise for me today was by far the overhead squat.  Don’t get me wrong, the power snatches weren’t cake either, but the overhead squats require good core strength and solid form. About half-way into my squat, I struggled to keep the chest up, and the back straight, all while trying to push my butt out. Maybe I should have used less weight; I’m not sure, but to perfect my form, I will practice with my 25 pound bar at home.

I smile a lot when I work out. Actually, I smile a lot period. Today was not the first time that the instructor either told me or asked why I was smiling. LOL! I might be smiling outside, but that obnoxious filthy mouth inner voice is saying stuff like, “Come on! Get your ass movin!” “Don’t F’N punk out!” That sweet voice says other crazy ish, but you get the point. The inner voice, who bitches like a military drill instructor is encouraging and motivates me to push myself harder.

Yáll keep it movin!


We run because…

“We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves…The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say, ‘You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.’ The human spirit is indomitable.”

-Sir Roger Bannister, first runner to run a sub-4 minute mile

I did not feel like running this morning. I wanted to stay in my comfortable bed, snuggled under the covers, to sleep and then to read. I ran anyway.  Why?  Because of several reasons:

  1. I read yesterday’s blog post (to critique it) and the post inspired me to run anyway.
  2. Next week is the beginning of the hectic family routine.  The “routine” limits my  flexibly to run as frequent as I do during the summer.
  3. In October I will run the half-marathon in the 2012 Atlantic City Marathon.  I need to stay conditioned for the run because I want to beat my best time.
  4. A family member invited me over for brunch today–fried fish is on the menu.  Need I say more?

My running stats for the day are:

7.18 Miles
1:09:12 Duration
746 Calories Burned
9:37 Minute/Miles (Pace)

I’m so glad that I ran today and feel better for doing so. I hope that you have a great day!  Remember…keep it moving!