‘Fatkini’ Trend

Oh, I sure hope this stays around!!!

We all come in different packages, and we need to love our bodies! True health comes from a combination of proper nutrition, physical activity, and great mental attitude.

Gabi Gregg, Blogger Who Started ‘Fatkini’ Photos, Talks Body Image On The ‘Today’ Show (VIDEO).

Tuesday 29 May 2012 « CultFit

Tuesday 29 May 2012 « CultFit.

In my “OMG-Finals-Are-Killing-Me” mode, I wanted to share with you a Blog that I read every day. Since my time that I normally set aside to blog has become dominated by finals, I haven’t been up to much, nor feel up to much. So here we go: your Tuesday Shot of Reality, provided by the amazing CultFit. (Can that picture of the little girl be any cuter?!?!)

And I promise, come Thursday, I’ll be back in the blogging saddle!!

What’s on the schedule for you today? 

Have you ever read CultFit? Let me know what you think!

 

Memorial Weekend Coin Check

Now all you veterans out there had better be whippin’ out your coins!

the last F-117A coin from Kunsan AFB deployments

For all you civilians out there: throughout a military career, you collect coins. These coins represent units, bases, special teams, deployments, anything the commander thinks is significant. *this is also the reason why commanders have their own coins* Now these coins are not purchased at the base stores (BX, NeX, etc). You have to earn these coins by being part of the unit, or if you’re really lucky, you can win them in poker games. These are basically glorified trading cards for the military.

Now the point of these coins to get alcohol. If these had another purpose when they were created, then I don’t know it. It’s been so diluted, that I’m sure no one knows it. Nowadays, coins are used as an alcohol pissing contest.

no, not all the coins are actually round

It goes like this:

Someone at the bar yells “Coin Check!”

Everyone in that person’s party has to pull out their coin, and place it on the bar/table/hold in the air. The person without a coin buys the next round. Have you ever drank with a military person?! I feel sorry for the shmuck without a coin! If everyone has a coin, and seriously-they all should!, the person with the lowest-ranking coin is the one who buys the next round.

This is where the Commander’s Coin comes in handy. You will never have to buy another drink again. And yes, the ranking system is sorta subjective.

my unit’s coin. as far as rank goes, unit coins are pretty far down on the list.

So I’m bringing this up because I’m missing my military peeps. It’s Memorial Weekend and I’m not on base. This sucks. There’s a bond that goes beyond family and camaraderie between military members, and it sticks with you for life. My more than family is scattered across the world, and we still talk all the time and meet up when we can. These are the people who you can go 10 years without seeing and you’re still best friends. There is no time lost between military members.

On my way to Run Club this morning, I heard the most popular/famous/tear-enducing military song ever. It brought me right back to Tent City (a make-shift base), throwing darts, getting stuck inside the aircraft fuselage (I was the smallest, so I was the lucky one to go and fix the break. awesome), closing out hooches and bars, and Chicken Bulgogi from South Korea.

For everyone who has ever served, or is serving now: this one’s for you!

don’t forget to ground your drinks!!!

What are your plans this weekend?!   I went for a 5.5 miler this morning, and now the rest of the weekend is full of kid’s birthday parties and Starbucks. 🙂

Running and Baseball

I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don’t think about it is when I’m playing it.

Carl Yastrzemski, Baseball Hall of Fame-er, Boston Red Sox for 23 years

Boston Red Sox hall of famer Carl Yastrzemski throws out the first pitch before game one of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Red Sox on October 23, 2004 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

I think this applies to more than just baseball. Personally, this relates to my running. Plan out your training, do your training, visualize the races, tweak the training, more visualization. But when the time comes to pin on that bib, don’t think about it anymore. You’ve already done more than enough thinking. Now it’s just time to RUN. Turn off your brain, and let your body do what you’ve trained it to do.

Any one running an event this weekend? I’ve got a LR on Saturday, but that’s it! I feel so lazy! 😉

Do you ever find your brain getting in the way of your performance? I can turn my brain off pretty easily, but I also have an easy time of getting distracted from what I’m doing. . . I need to find that happy medium that everyone swears exists. 😉

Gladiator Rock N Run

On Friday, at the Giants game, Wes said, “You should do the Gladiator with us!” In fact, he said it multiple times. Enough times for me to say, “Yeah, sure. Why not?”

So on Sunday morning, my alarm went off at 6am, and there I was, getting ready for a Boot-Camp-Flashback obstacle course. Never mind that this was supposed to be my first rest day since Tuesday. (We can worry about my brain cell count later)

Mark, Wes, and I drove to San Jose, where we met up with Hoyt, Hoyt’s dad: Bob, and Hoyt’s sister: Stacy. (Hoyt’s first name is Rob, but for the past year and a half, I’ve known him as Coach Hoyt, so for the sake of not confusing Heather, we’re calling him Hoyt.)

Mark was nervous and bouncing around like a Terrier, Wes had to tape up his sprained ankle from Friday, and I kept having to pee. Yeah, this was going to ROCK!! 😉

Mark, Me, Wes; before the race

We went the 11am wave. Hoyt, Mark, Wes, and I were near the front of the corral, and Bob and Stacy were near the back. With Mark’s energy, the boys shot out of the corral like 5-year olds on crack. My calves couldn’t handle the hill, so I walked up most of it, falling behind the guys. I kept expecting Bob and Stacy to catch up to me, but I didn’t see them again ’til I was half way done with my beer and slightly delusional.

I could go through how I dealt with each and every obstacle, but I’m not going to. I will, however, tell you that I didn’t pansy out of ANY of the obstacles. Did I have to get some boosts up from some tall guys? Yeah. Did I climb the scaffolding instead of the rope? Hells yes! Both the military and CrossFit have taught me something very valuable: work smarter, not harder. But I did every single obstacle!!! Without my group, and while cheering on the people around me. They shoulda given me an extra beer. And a shot of tequila.

find the shortest person in this picture. that’s me. yes, climbing in and out of industrial dumpsters was HARD. from left to right: Bob, Stacy, Hoyt, me, Wes, Mark.

6K and 15 obstacles later, I’m covered in bruises that I can’t explain, and swollen everywhere where I don’t have a bruise. I even bruised my elbow pits. How in the hell did I bruise my ELBOW PITS?!?! I have a really impressive shiner on the back of my right leg (lower hammie) where I used my leg to get over everything. Hindsight: alternate use of legs next time. (But I’ve got no muscle soreness! Thank You, CrossFit!!)

My results:

Chip time: 1:21:02.8

Pace: 20:04

Female 25-29 group: 55 out of 166!!!!!!!

Overall Place: 545 out of 1256!!!

I am never washing these. In fact, I may even laminate the bib to preserve it 😉

Not bad for deciding do it a day before the event. Not bad at all.

I wonder if these clothes will ever be the same. . .? I used my old shoes, ones that needed to be thrown out, so I threw ’em in the donation pile. (The Gladiator races raise money for Talk About Curing Autism.)

after being hosed off at the event. before being rinsed off in the bath tub and laundered. the pink thing is the bag i used to get my clothes home

I definitely recommend an obstacle course!! Especially if you love running and love challenges!! (And no, there is no way to accurately train for swimming in 35* water. There’s just no way. And yes, you will feel like you’ve all of a sudden got asthma. It’s insane. The best feeling of accomplishment that you can have in a race.) It’s a lot of fun, and everyone’s in a great mood, having a blast! I passed a lot of people (wow, did that sound conceited?) and they were having the best time walking the course and joking around! Don’t take yourself too seriously, and JUST DO IT!!!!! 😀

Have you done any of the obstacle races?! How’d you loath like it?! 

Giants VS A’s Game

Howdy howdy howdy!!! Long time no see! 😉

Quick recap of what I’ve been up to:

On Friday, the Athletic Trainers and Athletic Training Students went out for a ball game. There were 13 of us. 2 of our group were A’s fans. The rest: Giants fans! Needless to say, we had a good time. Well, us Giants fans had a good time. 😉

Wes, Mark, me

Brian (A’s fan! lol), me, Wes

Wes’ air guitar solo to Journey’s “When The Lights Go Down.” It’s a Giants staple. You know, being in San Francisco and all. 😉

One of the most random moments was when Nate, one of the Trainers, stood up with a package of Oreos and pretended to be a vender. “OR-eos! Get your OR-eos!!” And sure enough, some random guy a few rows up yelled back, “Up here!” So what’d Nate do? Threw him an Oreo. This is why I love my coworkers.

The kids in front of us were really cute. And really smart, too. You know, rootin’ for the Giants and all. 😉 I loved their sign!

So after a great game (we WON!), and the drive home from San Francisco, I got home about 1:30am. In bed at 2am. I was le tired.

But at 8:30am Saturday morning, I’m driving to Los Gatos for Lululemon’s Run Club! When I got there, I looked at everyone and said: I’m totally coming in last today. I’m effin’ exhausted. 😉 The 5 miler turned into a 4.5 miler, but I still felt accomplished!!

can’t complain about my run’s scenery!

The rest of Saturday was filled with cleaning the house and running errands. And neon pink compression socks. 😉

By Saturday night, I was very tired, but feeling pretty normal. 🙂

How was your weekend run? Do you run on both days, or only one?

Treadmill Workouts Don’t Have To Be Boring

I’ll admit it.

I FRIGGIN HATE THE TREADMILL!!!

It’s boring. Also, the treadmills at my gym face out from the building. This means that you’re watching the weather, the traffic, the people at the grocery store, and Burger King. You’d think it’d be motivational. It’s not. It makes you crave french fries.

But let’s face it: sometimes, using a treadmill is the only way you’re going to get in your run. At some point, it’s going to happen.

So I thought I’d share a couple videos with you to help keep the treadmill as interesting as possible. Are you going to look/feel like an idiot? Very likely. Are you going to get results? YES.

 

 

 

 

 

And if you’ve vowed to never run and/or never set foot on a treadmill, maybe this is more your style:

 

 

Today, I’m set to run an easy 3 miles. I’m guessing I’ll run the usual routes, but we’ll see what the weather’s like. (Running in full sun in the middle of the afternoon = torture.)

Have you checked out the Lululemon SeaWheeze App?!?! It’s AMAZEBALLS AWESOME!!! It’s set to get you ready for their SeaWheeze half marathon, but it’s a great design for any half marathon! It has a perfect schedule to set me up for my half in July, and with extending all training runs a bit, it’s a great schedule to get me ready for the Nike Women’s Marathon in October. The app has videos and demos, and great descriptions of what your runs should look and feel like. Places to take notes for workouts, too. And come on, how awesome is hearing a rest day being called “sweatpantsana”?! 😉 It’s free through the iTunes App Store (sorry, I don’t know about the Android Marketplace. But I can’t imagine it wouldn’t be there!) Check it out!!!

What’s your favorite running app?

How often do you run on a treadmill?

A butt-steered Segway?!

Seriously?

Seriously?!?!

Am I the only one seeing how this contributes to Americans being grossly obese and lazy?

Honda creates a butt-steered Segway with the Uni-Cub rolling stool | Motoramic – Yahoo! Autos.

I feel like I should be on Coffee Talk With Linda Richmond right now.

SNL

SNL, anyone? 😉

Let’s discuss this a$$ scooter. Thoughts???

Healthy Brownies!!!

No joke. I don’t joke around about the sweet nectar of life brownies.

Alas, my waistline triples in size when I start chowing down on brownies. . . Which is my fault. They’re like frickin’ Pringles! You CAN’T have just one!!!

So imagine my utter delight when I found a recipe for a healthy treat, that when added enough chocolate, tastes like brownies!!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! that’s me squealing with joy

So without further ado:

photo from NiaShanks.com

 

Nia’s Brownie Balls!!

  • 1 cup raw nuts (Nia said she uses 1/2 cup almonds, 1/4 cup pecans, and 1/4 cup of walnuts, but that it’s really easy to experiment with other nuts and combos)
  • 3/4 cup raisins or dried dates
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (seriously, go for more like 1/3 cup. Plus an extra few.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon (approx) water

Put the raw nuts and raisins/dates in a food processor. Blend on high until everything is chopped/mixed together well.

Add in the cocoa powder and vanilla extract and blend/pulse until the nuts are finely chopped and all of the ingredients have combined.

Add in a teaspoon of water. This allows the mixture to bind together. Add very little water and only add more as needed. You just want the balls to hold their shape, but not be wet.

Once you’ve attained the proper consistency, divide the mixture and form them into little brownie balls.

Nia said she puts them in the fridge for a couple hours, but that’s like actually making brownies from the brownie batter: a foreign concept. 😉

for more recipes and ways to be a bada$$ chick, hang out with Nia at NiaShanks.com

Look out! Changing topic! 😉

I have a little secret: I’ve kept my son home from school today, simply because I wanted to. We went on a field trip yesterday to the Natural Bridges Tide Pools, so my son and I were both exhausted by the time we got home in the middle of the afternoon. (I’ll do a post later about the tide pool adventure)

23 wild, crazy 7-year olds. (the one on the far right is my little man)

So this morning when the alarm went off, I made the executive decision that Kael and I were going to have a “family day.” We were both tired from yesterday, and sometimes, you just need a mental health day! I even told the attendance office that we were having a family day. Oh, I guess that means it’s not a secret then. Hm. Oh well. hehe

I love love love my little man!

So after we run our errands, I’ll be running while my son rides his bike. (read: probably not a very successful run)

Anybody else take “family days” from school? my grandma used to check my mom and my uncle out from school early because she was bored and wanted some company at home. My mom never did that with me. I guess it skipped a generation. 😉

Try the brownie balls recipe and let me know what you think!! eating clean doesn’t have to be boring and gross!

CrossFit Logic

“The notion that holding a heart rate of 180 bpm for twenty minutes on a bike is good cardio whereas holding 180 bpm for twenty minutes in a circuit of weightlifting is of lesser cardiovascular value is widespread yet ludicrous.”

Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit, on cardiovascular training

This is always good for us to remember! Even if you take the day off from running (or other traditional cardio exercise), you can still get a great cardio workout from weigh-training. Don’t ever let someone tell you that lunges, squats, and thrusters aren’t cardio! No matter what type of exercise you’re doing, if your heart rate goes up, you’re doing cardio. Simple as that!

I’ll be going for a run this afternoon, and if my schedule allows, Megan‘s yoga class tonight. (You wanna talk about elevated heart rate? Come take Megan’s Power Vinyasa class! Whew!!!) My glutes are a little sore from Saturday’s and Sunday’s runs, but I’d like to get in some speed work today. Also on the docket today: agility cones! I don’t use them enough, so they’re getting lonely. I’ll take ’em out this afternoon and show ’em some love. 😉

What’s your workout today?!