80/20 Just Some Thoughts

My next step on my road to healthy is eating healthier. Notice I said healthier not healthy. That’s because I’ve tried eating all out healthy before. What usually happens when I do healthy?


Therefore; my second goal on my list is healthier.

I’ve lost 18 lbs with just exercise but can’t consistently diet. So’, I’ve decided not to diet. I’ve been hearing about and researching 80/20. Don’t know a whole lot about it yet, but I definitely think its something to consider. In a nut shell, the goal is to eat healthy (plants/nuts/protein) 80% of the time & you don’t beat yourself up over that slice of turtle pie or birthday cake you had at a friends house the other 20% of the time. It sounds simple enough. I’ve found an informative website to share.


All things considered, I think the difficult part will be changing the way I prepare most dinners at home… Less carbs. Aaaaannd convincing my husband that getting rid off the chocolate chip cookies (unless it’s a special occasion)!

Shadow out. 🙂


Technology Teaches!

What an unexpected gift! I’m thrilled beyond capacity right now!!! I teach 4th grade at a rural, Title 1 school and I put a project to be funded through donations on a website called Donors Choose. Well, low and behold, a generous donor donated a generous amount to my project! My project costs around $2,500 and she donated well over $2,000! What an angel!

Anywho, I cannot receive my funds until the final $384 is paid to donors choose! So if you or anyone you know need a tax write off or loving giving/supporting educational project. Check out this link! Every little bit counts! 🙂 thanks



I’m back!

The holidays are a hard thing to get though for anyone. Every year, I always experience some type odd depression around the holidays. It usually comes on full force with the appearance of December. I associate this reoccurrence of my depression with seasonal affective disorder. My cousin, Kassie, and I have joked about having SAD for years… And years. All in all, I think there is some sort of truth to Our joking. I live for the sunny Florida weather, relish my time in the sun, and Spend the majority of my weekends outdoors for 9 months out of the year. 

But…. Then December hits. As it does every year. On top of my usual depression, I had to put my best friend of ten years, Hemi, to sleep. That just did me in. Between teaching, coaching in full swing, holiday stress, and the damn month of December; I shut down. Stopped going to crossfit, stopped texting, calling, talking to just about everyone. Began disliking my job, (which I really love), my selfmy and just about everything else. I even disliked Christmas & the thought of it. Who was I? The grinch, right. 


Anywho, lost 10lbs from depression. Went to the DR for my usual checkup, she tried to run blood work because she knew I didn’t feel/look well. I declined (well, just didn’t go get drawn). And declined the pill I was offered to “fix it”. Pshhhh, there’s gotta be a better way. 


Then in the waiting room at Quest, it dawns on me. I’ve gotta go to the box. Chemical imbalance, endorphins. It makes the most since. I can fix this myself. What did I do? walked out & messaged my box owner. Woke up and even though I didn’t want to, I went to the BOX! Low and behold. I felt a hell of a lot different in just an hours time. Complete different outlook. Why did I let myself stop? Because I’m used to the usual “do nothing until the sun comes back out in spring” train of thought. But this is why I love crossfit. It’s a different train to ride, there’s still life in me. I just needed some sweat and a warm welcome back from my box to light my fire again. And through all the anxiety I had, it was better than I could have expected. Crossfit brought me back out of it just in time to have a happy new year.  


And believe me, this year is going to be a HAPPY New Year!


Fitness Goals 2014:

lose 13 lbs

create a healthier eating lifestyle. 

16 Weeks Later

I’m still at it. Crossfit. The results took a little while to come; yet when they did, they came fast & furious. I’ve gone through all sorts of reasoning behind what “I did” to get some change in my body… I’ve tried diet, exercise, globo gym workouts, spin class, step class, Zumba, running & nothing seems to work or fit with me. I never saw real changes.

Then I found Crossfit. Well, maybe it found me. My brother in law always talked about it, but he didn’t live here so I really didn’t think much about it or even know if it was in this area. Some work friends also talked about it, but I didn’t really understand what they were doing… Then, on Instagram one of my lovely Alpha Chi sorority sisters posted her 4 month results from doing Crossfit & I was shocked! What changes she had made! I knew I had to see what the fuss was all about.

I called my some of my BFFs & asked them to go try it with me. Only 2 were interested & we set the date! Boy were we in for a surprise! Thought I was going to die, but boy I felt great afterward. Immediately, I was hooked.

I started out going 3 days a week. My coach wouldn’t let me do more. I didn’t really understand, but am very thankful to him now. He knew what he was talking about, I probably would’ve over exhausted myself & quit if I’d of went gung-ho the very first month.

Now I Crossfit 4 to 5 days a week. I keep thinking maybe I changed my diet ever so slightly.. That’s why I’ve seen results?!. I mean I wanted to change my diet. I meant to change it. Maybe I was just eating less… Nope. Not possible. I eat like a horse.

I Know I finally got results from getting off of my rump & doing Something Worth doing… Crossfit. I owe it all to crossfit. Plain & simple. Kettle bells swings, banded pull ups, wall balls, squats, pistols, clean & jerks, snatches, rowing, running, renegade man makers, AMRAPs, Turkish get-ups, ab mat sit-ups, trying to master DUs, RFTs, flipping tires, T2B, box FREAKING jumps, burpees, buy ins, cash outs, GHB machine, mobility warm ups, handstands push ups, K2E, ring dips, muscle up progressions, flat on my back rope climbs, the bangers, dips, clean & jerk, push press, sumo deaf lift high pulls, tire flips, finishing first in my class one day & the next day finishing dead last. Crossfit. I’ve made awesome new friends, reestablished a strong foundation with an old one, learned it’s more about the inner struggle than what your body can actually handle. I’ve learned you’ve got to want it. I’ve learned it isn’t as hard to get up & out of bed early as we tend to think it is. I’ve learned that Crossfit doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger. Never. Give. Up.

16 weeks in I’d definitely say I’ve gotten more than I bargained for… And the awesome thing is this is only the beginning.


The Night Before Jitters

Tomorrow’s the big day! I’ll be attending my very first Crossfit workout at 5am! Ahhhh!!! What am I thinking? Well, for starters I’m battling the Dirty Thirty here & welp… You’ve gotta fight fire with fire. They say you get dirty-nasty-sweaty doing Crossfit, so that’s what I’m going to do.

I’m not even going to lie, I’m pretty anxious for the 5am class. Luckily, I have two wonderful friends who are willing to tackle the first class with me. These girls have been with me for a long time & they’re both interested in changing their lifestyles for the better. Hopefully we are traveling down the right road. We all have so many questions & we keep asking each other & looking up info from other crossfitters blogs and such… But they are just nervous questions. Nobody wants to feel like the odd man out on their first day.
I’ve talked with a coach who will be there tomorrow & let him know our situations so we’re not going in and taking then by a fat storm. 🙂

Any who, off to bed for this girl. I’ll do my initial weigh in before I leave the house in the morning. My husband has already taken some before pictures. We’ve decided to track my weight everyday, but average the week. We’ll see how it goes…