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"God will never leave you empty. If something is taken away, he will replace it with something better. If He denies your request in a certain area, it is because He wishes to give you what is best. If He asks you to put something down, it is so you can pick up something greater."
-Roy Lessin


I am SO sore from yesterday's WOD, and I love it!!! The workout was 5 rounds of:

400m run
20 deadlifts(105lbs)
20 pushups
10 deadlifts
10 pushups

It was really tough, but actually kind of fun! The pushups are what got me so sore in my lats and front delts. I mean, I only did 150 of them!

I hated the running as always, but I know that it's making me stronger mentally because I want SO bad to stop or slow down, but I make myself keep going and push through the pain. It'll only make me better.

Still working on my splits. I don't feel like I'm getting any more flexible yet. Here's how far I can go so far. I guess I'll get there someday!

What to Look for on a Food Label

There are still a lot of people who don't read food labels, don't know what to even really look for on the label, or who just trust what the outside of the package says("fat free", "all natural", "whole grains", "heart healthy", etc.).

Well, first of all, one thing to keep in mind is that some of the healthiest foods don't even HAVE food labels-fruits and veggies!

What I think is most important is to buy foods that have the least amount of ingredients possible. This is something I didn't even do until just the last year or so. If the label has a super long list of ingredients that you can't even pronounce, then you probably shouldn't eat it. Even better is to choose foods that only have ONE ingredient. For example, apples, broccoli, oranges, oats, eggs, fresh chicken breast.

Of course, you also want to look at the sugar content, saturated fat, and sodium-you want all of those to be as low as possible. If you are buying mostl…

Spicy Turkey and Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

I'm always looking for new healthy food gets boring eating the same things over and over again! So I thought I'd share 2 of my new favorite things!

I don't know HOW I didn't come up with this one sooner! All I did was cook up some ground turkey breast with a bunch of seasonings-chili powder, garlic, onion, paprika, cumin, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Then I steamed some cauliflower in the microwave until it was soft enough to smash up with a fork, and added it to the ground turkey along with a fresh, diced tomato and some hot salsa.

MMMmmm-it is SO good. A great way to disguise veggies if you don't like them much, like me! I couldn't even taste the cauliflower!
This one I found in the most recent Oxygen magazine issue-a protein peanut butter cup!
I know it doesn't look too pretty, but trust me, it was delicious! And super simple to make. I blended a scoop of chocolate peanut butter flavored Syntha-6 protein powder with 1 spoonful of natural peanu…

Back At It!

Recovery week is over, finally. Okay, so maybe it was only 5 days...close enough, right? I just couldn't take it anymore!

So today it was back to the gym with my FAVORITE exercise-pullups!
I'm making up the workouts that I missed from the CrossFit mainsite, starting with the heavy pllups WOD-7 sets of one rep, working up to max weight. I set a 5 lb PR with 60 lbs!! Woohoo! I think it helped that I was jammin' to Beyonce's "Run the World"-awesome workout song!

So anyways....we didn't do anything too exciting this weekend. Went to church and then out to eat at Cheddar's yesterday evening. Then the usual ice cream at Culver's for dessert. Actually, I tried something different than my usual Reese cup mixer and got a sundae with chocolate and peanut butter sauce and Reese's pieces!

This and That

I'm taking a recovery week off this week...and I hate it! I'm just walking, foam rolling, and stretching.

I've been going hard for about 8 months now with CrossFit, and just felt like it was needed. It's actually good to do a couple times a year, but I just love working out and look forward to my workouts so much that I don't like taking a whole week off!

I can't wait for next Monday to get back to the WODs!

So I have a new goal-to be able do the splits! I am NOT flexible at all, partly due to genetics and partly due to the fact that I never stretch! I hate it, and it's boring.

I have been better at stretching more consistently for the past few months, but I've got a LONG way to go. At least having this goal will keep me motivated to stretch!

Plus, I just like trying things that I've never been able to do. Remember, it's always good to set new goals for yourself and to try new things-it keeps you motivated by giving you something to work towards.…

Just a Few Fat Loss Tips

A few things that may be holding you back from your fat loss goals:

1. Drinking diet sodas, flavored waters, or eating too many "sugar free" products. Research is showing that artificial sweeteners are NOT good for weight loss. They basically mess with your brain and trick your body. Look it up if you don't believe me! Eat real food, use naturals sweeteners when needed, and forget the "sugar free" stuff as much as possible.

2. Not exercising with enough intensity. If you can read a magazine while working out...then I think you may need to workout a just little bit harder....unless you're 80. So go a little heavier on your weights, add in some interval training, bodyweight or strength training circuits, and try sprints instead of long, steady state cardio. Like I always say, try something new, get OUT of your comfort zone-challenge yourself!

3. Never increasing your weights or changing up your workout plan. Common sense to me, but you wouldn't believe how m…
"The mind will play tricks on you. The mind will tell you that you can't go any further. The mind will tell you how much it hurts. The mind will tell you these things to keep you from reaching your goals. You have to see past that and turn it all off if you are going to get where you want to be."
-Michael Jordan

Pasta Feast and the "Filthy Fifty"

I just love the weekends. I love my job, but what I love more than anything is getting to spend the weekends with my husband! It's what I look forward to. :)

This weekend was more of the same: lots of sunshine, floating in the pool, Blizzards, and putt-putt!

Sunday evening we had a big spaghetti feast with meatballs that my husband made and pepperoni and then healthy banana chocolate chip muffins that I made for dessert. It's been SO long since I've had pasta! Yummmyyy....
So yesterday I did the "Filthy Fifty" workout: 1 time through, 50 reps of each-

Box jumps
Jumping pullups
Kettlebell swings w/20lbs
Walking lunges
Knees to elbows
Push presses w/30lbs
Back Extensions
Wall balls
Double unders

I was doing okay until I got to those dang wall balls and burpees! Those were pretty tough to get through and really killed my time. Oh well. Today's workout is going to be 12 deadlifts, 9 hang power cleans, and 6 push jerks, 5 rounds with 105 lbs. I've done this workout…

"Strong is The New Skinny"-From a Skinny Girl's Perspective

When I first heard the phrase, "Strong is the new skinny", I instantly LOVED it. When I found out there were shirts, I ordered one right away. But when I got it...I was actually kind of hesistant to wear it to the gym the first time. I almost felt like I didn't "deserve" to wear it because, well...I AM skinny.
I've been "skinny" all my life and have often felt insecure about it. Yeah, I know, you're probably thinking, "Insecure about being skinny??" Yup.... I can remember hating my skinny legs since I was a little girl. Then add to that having people constantly say how skinny I am or always hearing, "You're so little", or people saying that I need to gain about 5lbs or "put some meat on my bones"(I HATE that one!! If only you knew how hard I try!)....or even the few times my sister and mom have told me that I looked anorexic.

Yeah....those type of comments really get to me. They make me feel insecure and self c…

Focus On Fitness

"If you can force yourself to focus on your fitness capacity and health instead of the size of your thighs or belly, you will find that it is much easier to stay motivated and confident. Then one day you will wake up to a body you love, and the change will have happened while you weren’t paying attention." -Jason Seib

If only more people would get this!!! You will be most successful in your weight loss efforts(or muscle building, fat loss, whatever it is) if you STOP putting your focus on that number on the scale or on your physical appearance alone.

If you focus on your HEALTH and becoming the best and healthiest person you can be, you will be most likely to stick with your exercise program and make it a lifetime habit, not just something you do every now and then, off and on, to try to lose 10 or 20 or 50 lbs.

Focus on getting stronger, trying new things, and challenging yourself. Don't just go to the gym and get on the treadmill or the elliptical for an hour just to tr…

Not In MY Future!

I just have to rant about something again.

My mom said something to me the other day, and I completely forgot how this came up or even what we were talking about, but all I remember is my mom saying,"When you're old and in a nursing home..."

WHEN I'm in a nursing home? Well, I don't plan on ever being in a nursing home! Why do people assume that that is your ultimate destination when you get old??? It shouldn't be.

If I ever get put into a nursing home it's NOT going to be because of something that I did or did not do! It's not going to be because I ate unhealthy food and didn't exercise. Of course, my mom doesn't understand that-she doesn't eat right or exercise, doesn't fully understand the importance of it, and thinks that a nursing home is just a natural part of life and where she'll end up. Umm, well, NOT for me!

My ultimate goal in eating healthy and exercising is to hopefully prevent diseases and prevent my body from wasting awa…

4th of July Weekend Recap

I had a great, long 4th of July weekend! It was spent floating in the sun, working out, and eating lots of food(some of which was NOT so healthy)!

Sunday Matt and I drove out to E-town for a cookout at my aunt's house.I got to see my sister for the first time in months!Then Sunday night we went downtown to 4th street to eat some dessert at T.G.I Friday's.We had the Oreo cookie madness, which is basically 2 icecream sandwiches w/cookies and cream icecream, drizzled in fudge and caramel sauce! It was pretty darn yummy. :)
Then we found a spot to watch the fireworks go off over the river. Monday we grilled up a bunch of meat and some veggies. I had some barbecue chicken, squash, and a turkey burger on a lettuce bun.
And this is where most of our days were spent-soaking up the sun in the pool! So relaxing! Isn't my husband such a cutie?? I love him. :)

Do A Little More

Push yourself a little more each day.

Try something new.

Do something you're scared of.

Get out of your comfort zone.

Challenge yourself.

Always strive to be better.

Happy Friday!