We Get Credit For Trying, Even If We Don’t Succeed

Happy Monday friends!

Has there ever been something you wanted to be able to do? A dream or goal you wanted to achieve?

Have you ever tried and failed at any of these?

If you answered yes, then you are just like the thousands of other people who have tried their hand at something and did not succeed overnight. We are human and not perfect.

The good news is, we still get credit for trying, even if we don’t succeed right away, or at all.

You know how many things I have tried since starting Crossfit in January that I still can’t get? Do you know how many things I can accomplish now, after my many attempts + efforts?

When I first started Crossfit, I was trying, learning, and attempting all the moves. It was a new side of fitness for me. Over the months, I’ve been able to achieve things I never thought I’d be able to do, and I even competed in my first Crossfit competition in August. (My team got 2nd place!)

Have my failed attempts at a PR or mastering a move got me down? OH YES. There are many days I get discouraged because I can’t seem to be fast enough, nail a move, or hit a PR. But I have to start reminding myself that I still get credit for trying! I’ve come a long way since January.

I can finally hit 130 pounds on a squat clean!

If you asked me 6 months, even one month ago, that i’d be able to clean 130 pounds, I would not have believed you.

My attempts and efforts pay off in due time! I just need to know I still get credit for trying, even when I don’t get something down or accomplished.

This goes for more than fitness, of course, but it’s my good go to examples.

For me, I have major goals for this blog and it’s future. Will I have failed attempts on my way there? Of course I will! It’s part of it, and I know I won’t succeed overnight. A lot of people don’t realize just how much work a blog is. I love it though, and I have goals!

Whatever your goals and dreams are, remember you get credit for trying…even when you don’t succeed! Things won’t happen immediately or overnight, but if you keep your goal in sight, and put forth effort, time, and the passion you have for it…you will succeed! 😊

Walmart Pickup Grocery Haul

Hiya, friends!

Ive been patiently awaiting the internet at my new apartment, so I’m a little late getting a post up for you guys.

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and were able to spend it with friends and family. Friday was spent up at the hospital for Austin’s Dad’s bypass surgery. Everything went SO good and the recovery process has begun. Day by day!

Saturday was…MOVE IN day!

I haven’t finished putting everything up and/or decorating, and I don’t have all my furniture yet, so those pictures will be coming soon.

The apartment has much more space than I first anticipated. Moving in was my first time to be able to see it. And one of the things I love is that my patio doesn’t face the parking lot…so I can sit out, drink coffee, and see some nature! 😀

The first official fall decor is up! <3

So before I get into this official grocery haul, I want to highlight how much I love the grocery pick up option at Walmart.

At my old apartment, I took advantage of this free grocery pickup quite often. It’s so convenient with my schedule sometimes, even though I’m one who loves to physically grocery shop! Like, for real, you could pay me to buy your groceries and I’d be happy about it! 😊

After moving in, I scheduled a grocery pickup for Sunday around noon. I knew I was going to already have some food that I took with me Saturday, but knew I wouldn’t feel up to going up and down aisles for groceries. Moving is a whole other workout level sometimes!

All you do is go on the Walmart Grocery App, pick your Walmart location, set a pickup time, and you can get to ordering your groceries.

You have to have a $30 minimum, but if you’re getting things you need, it should be no problem getting there! 😊

They make it easy to shop by category, so if you know exactly what you need, or are looking for a specific product, you can go to that catoegory to make it quicker. This goes for non grocery pick up orders as well.

I also love the option where they show you what you’ve ordered in the past and make it easy to order past items. If you ordered a lot of similar items, this comes in handy!

I spent a little over $60 and got all of this!

Questions for you:

Have you ever used the Walmart Grocery pickup option before?

What’s one of your go-to grocery items you purchase almost every time?

Mayhem on the Mountain (My First Crossfit Competition)

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I wanted this post out yesterday, but after being gone all day Saturday and Sunday, I just didn’t feel up for having it done by then!

This past weekend I competed in my first ever Crossfit competition.

Mayhem on the Mountain, done at Oak Mountain State Park, has been going on for 4 years now, and this year was the biggest yet!

Saturday was all individual events, so that meant Austin and his brother Sawyer completed, while Sunday was all teams, which meant my team—me and 3 other wonderful ladies from the gym—competed throughout the day.

Here’s a recap of the weekend!

Day 1

We were up and at ‘em Saturday for Austin and his younger brother, Sawyer, to compete. They were competing in the Men’s Scaled Individual division.

First up was a WOD called “Midline Assault”. It included the assault bike, burpee box overs, kettlebell swings, deadlifts, and sit ups.

They all started and ended on the bike, and Austin was really pushing it at the end, despite being tired. He did great!

We had several from the gym come in support on the individual day! Haley and I cheered on from the side while her boyfriend tried to get some pictures!

Along with cheering Austin and Sawyer on, Lauren and I were getting an idea of what Sunday was going to be like, since we are on each other’s team.

In between their first and second event, we checked out the vendors they had set up. I told myself I would only get one pair of new shorts…I ended up getting 2 shorts and 2 workout tanks! Oops…

Workout 2 was called “Risky Business”. They both started off with a complex…Sawyer hit a PR and Austin got to 255!

After that, they had to swim, jump rope, row, and do knee ups (all of which my team knew we had to do the next day, be it set up differently). Austin did great on this one!

The last one was “Ladies Night”, full of clean + jerks, dumbbell thrusters, and dumbbell burpee deadlifts. They both did great! Overall Austin got 5th and Sawyer got 7th. Out of 18 others, I’d say that’s great!

Day 2

(Photo: Casey Marie photography )

Sunday was my team’s, 4 Snatches No Jerks, day to go! We were going early to register and be ready, because our first workout was at 8:30!

First up, “Ladies Night”. We were worried about this one because there was only an 18 minute time cap to get it done, and the couple times we practiced this workout, we didn’t get it done under the time cap. 

( photo: Casey Marie Photography )

In this one, 2 of us had to hang from the bar while the other two complete 30 clean + jerks. Lauren and I held the. whole. time! We weren’t able to do that before Sunday.

( photo: Casey Marie Photography )

After the clean + jerks, Lauren and I had to hold the barbell in front rack/squat position while Michele and Lauren did the dumbbell thrusters and dumbbell burpee deadlifts! Once completed, we swapped places and did it all over.

We did it right under 18 minutes and we were so excited!!

Since an almond milk caramel macchiato was all that fueled me for the first workout, I ate a banan with peanut butter, a baby food pouch of mango and pumpkin, and a little ham roll up Lauren brought. Time to rest and re-fuel!

( bike photos: Casey Marie Photography)

Next up at 11 was our second workout, “midline assault”. Michelle and I started out taking turn on the assault bike while robin and Lauren completed deadlifts, kettlebell swings, burpee box overs, and sit-ups (down and back), then they tagged up and Michelle and I went out to complete those moves.

 

( photo: Casey Marie Photography)

40 deadlifts, then 30 kettlebell swings.

( photo: Casey Marie Photography)

Then it was on to 20 burpee box overs and 40 sit-ups.

Whatever time was left we took turns on the bike for calories until time was up.

After cooling off and coming back down, I drank some coconut water and decided to eat a little more than random snacks before our last workout. I grabbed a little chicken, a little pork, and s sweet potato from the MealFit booth!

The pineapple flavor coconut water is my favorite!

In between we got to relax more and I got to see this pretty lady and her team do one of the workouts. They did fabulous! (Psst, they got first!)

I love my gym family and love how many of us were out at Oak Mountain competing and/or cheering!

Before you knew it, it was time for our last workout, “risky business”. We started with the same complex as Austin and Sawyer did Saturday, with 8 minutes to find a one rep max.

Leading up to Sunday, I’ve been unable to hit #100 on the complex. One part of it kept giving me trouble. We had to do 1 power clean, 1 hang clean (the hardest for me), 1 squat clean, and had to get it overhead somehow…which I ended up jerking it.

I ended up getting #100 and it didn’t feel bad at all!! I had thought about going #105, but we ran out of time. The rest of the workout was a mix between a swim, rowing, jump rope, hanging knee raises and alternating dumbbell snatches. We were exhausted by the end of that workout since we’d been there almost all day!

Me, amber, Austin, and some others cheered on our gym’s other teams while we waited to see what place we came in.

We sat in first all day,  it due to a team playing unfairly, we had to do a tie break at the last minute. We were all a little mad because it was handed poorly and they just threw it at us, without breaking anything down.

We ended up losing the tie breaker, but still got 2nd place and podiumed!

Im so proud of my team and all we accomplished in this competition! For my first competition ever, I’m glad to have done this one with this group of girls! 🙂


Weekly Eats + Back to Videos?

Happy Friday guys!

I am so glad the weekend is about here. I thought I would start making Fridays a weekly recap post of what I ate and/or things that took place during the week. This one is mostly foods I ate.

Let me know if you like these posts!

I am also thinking about seriously bringing back the YouTube video. I made one and published it, and attempted a few other times to make another one, and it just faded out. But I enjoyed making them, and I had a lot of great feedback.

Let me know what you think of continuing them on! Here is a link to the first video I made:

https://youtu.be/ioDG2LOpmEM

Now, on to the recap!

Monday

Breakfast Monday morning was 2 scrambled eggs topped with Daiya (dairy free) cheese, alongside a piece of toast topped with the Wild Maine Blueberry Jam my sweet friend got me in Maine!

I worked on my fat bomb post, and for a snack grabbed a Fiber One bar. No picture of that! Lol I stayed busy getting the post done, went with dad on a grocery trip, and when I got back,whipped up lunch.

I mixed jasmine rice with corn, black beans, broccoli, and mixed it all together with salsa. I topped it l over a bed of greens. It was so good!

I ran over to pick up the MealFit food for my gym, and on the way back had a couple rice cakes with peanut butter on them.

This workout I did with Austin and his brother was most challenging for me! So many overhead squats and thrusters!! I got me a Fitaid drink afterwards for extra recovery.

Dinner was a bowl of oatmeal with banana slices and peanut butter. Completely forgot to snap a picture. It wasn’t very pretty anyway lol. I was sleepy and hungry so I threw it together!

Tuesday

Tuesday morning for breakfast I mixed dairy free blueberry yogurt with my chocolate plant based protein powder, and topped it with Bear Naked granola, banana slices, and drizzled with JIF powdered peanut butter. Such a tasty bowl!

After a couple clients, I came back home for lunch. I had more of my salsa rice mixture over a bed of greens and topped with delicious avocado!

I think this is the most perfect avocado I’ve ever cut open! What joy!

For a little something sweet, I had a few bites of this dairy free version of Halo Top ice cream. This is my absolute favorite dairy free ice cream (next to Ben and Jerry’s!)

I taught kids Crossfit class at 4, did the class at 5 for my workout, ran across town for my evening client, and when I came back heated up a bowl of my spaghetti squash, topped with my Daiya dairy free cheese.

It did not take long for me to fall asleep after that!

Wednesday

Breakfast was a bowl of oatmeal with a little peanut butter and a fat bomb I made earlier this week. Get the recipe here!

For lunch me, Austin, and Dad went to Mugshots for a late bday lunch for Austin. We started off with their fried pickles. SO good! They gave us so many pickles that we had to take most home.

I ordered the turkey burger with a side of sweet potato fries!

Afterwards Austin and I headed to the mall to get a shirt he needed, and we got Starbucks while we were there. Go figure! That held me over until the gym. Hit some PRs that night!

Dinner was  2 pieces of chicken from Dominos and a low carb wrap with peanut butter. Needless to say, Wednesday got off track a little. It was a treat day for sure!

Thursday

Thursday morning started off with 2 fried eggs and a piece of toast with half peanut butter and half blueberry jam!

I picked up Austin and dropped him off where him and his buddies were meeting and they were headed off to the beach. So jealous of them!

For lunch I threw together a salad topped with smoked turkey, cucumbers, and topped with fat free ranch. I also had a small bowl of jasmine rice.

On my way to my afternoon client, I enjoyed this Mountain Zevia drink (tastes like Mountain Dew!)

After my client, i went and picked up my cousin Devin (he’s in visiting with his family from Texas) and he took the kids Crossfit class I taught at 4. He rocked it!

I was going to do some light ab work or the Assault bike during the 5pm class, since my Mayhem team was planning on practicing at 6, then I found out a couple of my team members may not make it, so I decided to do the workout at 5. We did a 400 meter run, walking lunges with #35, 50 double unders, 25 toes to bars (I had to do hanging knee raises), back down to 50 double unders and another set of lunges.

By the end of the workout both the other ladies ended up coming, even though one girl on the team has an injured hand, so she is taking it easy. I decided to join them in the workout for Mayehm, so I ate some dates for a quick energy source and drank this FitAid.

I was pooped after back to back workouts, and I was ready for dinner! I had a bowl of my spaghetti squash again, mixed in with spaghetti sauce and smoked turkey.

I had this chocolate plant based protein shake alongside of it, for some extra protein.

Before bed (9 something maybe), I was still a little hungry, so I grabbed a bowl of cheerios and then I headed straight to bed!

So glad today is Friday! What are your weekend plans? I will be spending it some more with my family that’s in town, and Austin gets back on Sunday so I hope to see him then too!

😀

5 Stretches You Can Do for Knee Pain


If you’ve ever had knee pain, you know how it can affect not only your fitness routine, but your everyday life.

Before continuing into this post anymore, I want to first say that if you have knee pain where you experience popping, swelling, or immense pain that keeps you down, check with your doctor. 

Most knee pain is often caused by weakness, or tightness, in muscles/tendons: glutes, hamstrings, quads, or hips. All are connected and essentially work together, which means if one get compromised, the others are affected as well.

These stretches, when followed correctly and consistently, can help with current knee pain, and help prevent knee pain.

Hold each Stretch 30 seconds, and repeat as necessary depending on tightness.

1. Quad Stretch

Standing upright (and using a wall, chair, or table if needed) pull one foot up to the glutes and hold. Be sure to stay tall, and not lean over. Switch sides.

2. Standing Hamstring Stretch

With one leg out in front of the other, toe pointed up, keep leg in front straight, look forward, and lean down until you feel a stretch in your hamstring. Switch sides.

3. Wall/Poll Calf Stretch 

Up against a wall, step, or pole, put one foot (to up) against hard surface and lean body forward. You should feel a stretch in your calf muscle. Switch feet.

4. Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch 

In a kneeling lunge position, with leg that’s out in front, take your knee and push it out in front/over your foot. Be sure to keep back upright. Good for hips and ankles. Switch sides.

5. Figure 4 Stretch

Lying on your back, take one ankle and place over opposite knee. Take hand and thread through other leg, and pull in to your chest. Swap legs.

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Do these stretches regularly and it will help with any tightness that could be causing your knee pain. Even if you don’t have knee pain, these are stretches are great for you to do to keep loose and help prevent any injury.

Stretching is often overlooked, so be sure to get it in! 🙂

3 Ingredient Fat Bombs

Happy Monday Folks!

I hope you all had a great weekend!

I spent yesterday celebrating Austin’s 25th birthday…well, really since last week! We threw a surprise get together Thursday night for him and it went off without a hitch!

We played it off like we were going to Top Golf, but going to pick up our friends Amber and Scotty, which wouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary, since we’ve picked them up before.

we had a great group of people to come and help celebrate!

We kept things simple with ordering pizza, and my friend Michele made the brownies!

It cant be a party without the guys playing Fortnite!

Yesterday was celebrating with his family, and we enjoyed steak, fries, and cheesecake! (I didn’t get any pictures last night!) It was nice just to enjoy each other’s company.

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Now, on to the recipe!

Something big to make in the Keto world, are fat bombs. Normally these have few ingredients, including coconut oil, and you can play around for different flavors.

Just because these are labeled as Keto, doesn’t mean just those following the Keto diet can enjoy these little gems. This is a great healthy source of fat, and can be great as a snack or even dessert!

Ingredients 

-1 cup coconut oil

-1 cup nut butter 

-1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used the dark chocolate kind)

-pinch of salt

Directions

1. Over low-medium heat, melt the coconut oil + nut butter in a pot. Mix well.

2.Add in cocoa powder and salt. Mix well.

3.Pour mixture into ice cube trays and freeze until solid. (You can also spread wax paper over a cookie sheet, and make this into a chocolate bark. I actually posted a chocolate bark recipe similar to these fat bombs! Check that out here.) 

4. Pop out of ice tray when ready and enjoy! Must store in freezer. 

The Rock With A Smile On Its Face

Yesterday, I was at a coffee shop, The Neighborhood Brew, doing some blog work in between clients. I went to the restroom and found a little yellow painted rock smiling at me on one of the decorative shelves they had.

Could it be that I came across one of the painted rocks I had heard so much about in the recent past? I had heard of people finding painted rocks in places, and you can choose to keep them or hide them again for someone else.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Gods will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will.”-Romans 12:2

I flipped it over and sure enough it was one of those rocks! I noticed it had told me to use the hashtag #the.WellHouse, and saw where they had a website. I had never heard of them before so I was curious to know more.

The Well House, located in Odenville, Alabama, provides a safe place to women, offering them a combination of spiritual, mental, emotional, and even physical support services. They welcome all the women/girls who have been sexually exploited through human trafficking.

I know human trafficking is one of those things going on all the time, and right under all our noses. It breaks my heart when I hear about girls who’ve been involved with this.

The Well House mission, taken directly from their website, is:

“We exist to honor God by rescuing and providing opportunities for restoration to female victims of human trafficking who have been sexually exploited.”

I think it’s great the people at The Well House take in these girls, providing a safe place and support in order to get them back out there in life.

If you want to visit their website to learn more, contact, or donate, click here.

I think I’ll hide this little gem again for the next person to find it.

5 Minute Ab Workout

Hey everybody!

With summer just about here, and everyone planning vacations, a common thing I hear is people wanting a flat stomach and/or abs.

 Sure, while a lot of us wants that flat stomach, or nice toned abs, we need to focus more on having a strong and healthy core. Just because you do not have a six pack does not mean anything else about your core!

 It is important in our every day lives to work on having a strong core for functionality. The good thing about this, is you do not have to spend a lot of time with certain movements. Of course, it is more nutrition than it is exercising. Have you heard “abs are made in the kitchen?”

It’s true! The food you eat outweighs the exercise, especially when it comes to your core. Naturally, it never hurts to work on strengthening it. So, today I have you an ab workout that you can do in just five minutes.

5 Minute Ab Workout

-set a timer/stopwatch.

**beginner: 30 seconds work, 30 seconds rest

**intermediate: 45 seconds work, 15 seconds rest

**advanced: 50 seconds work, 10 seconds rest

1. Spider-Mans 

Start in a push-up position. Take one knee and bring it up toward the elbow on the same side. Return leg to starting position, and do other side.

2. Plank up + downs

 Starting again and a push-up position, lower yourself down to a forearm plank. One arm at a time, push yourself back up, arms right below shoulders, back into a push-up position.

3. Leg Lowers

 Lying on your back, with hands slightly under  glutes, start with both legs straight up in the air, lower down to where it is hovering above the ground, and raise back up to starting position.

4. Scissors

 Start in the same position as leg lowers, but this time lower one leg at a time, with a scissor effect. Alternate legs.

5. Toe Reaches

 Lying on your back legs straight up in the air, take your hands and crunch up, reaching for your toes. Return back to starting position.

 

 Repeat this if you want a little more.  This is a great workout with no equipment, and one you can do just about anywhere!

Healthier Peanut Butter Pie

Happy Friday, y’all!

Can you believe it is the first day of JUNE??

For me, this means my beach trip is only a number of days away and I cannot wait!!

Today I am sharing with you a peanut butter pie I made over Memorial Day weekend last week. I wanted something like this, but less in calories, sugar, little to no dairy, etc.

I think this pie turned out great and it seemed to be a hit with the parents too!

Healthier Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients:

-1 pie crust (pre-made graham cracker OR the kind you have to bake first…I used a gluten free crust.)

-1 8oz container of cool whip of choice (I used this kind)

-8 oz vanilla Greek yogurt (I used 5 oz vanilla Greek and the other I used a vanilla almond milk base yogurt)

-1/2 cup powdered peanut butter (can add a tablespoon or 2 of regular PB if you want)

-Chocolate chips to top the pie with (I used these)

Directions:

1. IF using pie crust that you need to bake, follow instructions and let cool COMPLETELY.

2.Next, mix together the cool whip, yogurt, powdered peanut butter (and/or regular PB) all together.

3.Spoon mixture into pie shell and sprinkle with chocolate chips of choice.

4. Place + store in freezer until ready to eat!

When ready for a slice, let the pie sit out of the freezer 5-10 minutes to soften just a little, and it should be ready to cut!

Question for you: What is YOUR favorite kind of pie??

Memorial Day Recap + Eats

Happy Tuesday!

I promise I’ll be better at posting more consistently!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend and were able to enjoy it with friends, family, good food, and fun! 🙂

Yesterday morning started with training a couple clients, and afterwards I headed to my gym for the Memorial Day “Murph” workout!

I munched on some dates on the way there and finished up my morning coffee.

We had a great group to show up for the workout. When you have class times spread throughout the day, you don’t always get to see everyone.

”Murph” is a workout in honor of Lt. Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in 2005 in Afghanistan.

(Before + After)

My friend, Amber, and I split up the workout. It was both our first time to do this workout so we decided to run the miles together and split it into rounds and take turns: 5 pull ups, 10 pushups, and 15 air squats. Those pushups got to me more than anything, even with me having to do a modified pull-up.

It was rainy the whole morning, so we ended up getting pretty wet by the end. We finished in 51:50 and I say we rocked it! It was tough, even splitting it up, and my arms are so sore today!

Haley, Amber, and Me. I’m not resting in the squat position, i promise. Lol

Austin beat his Murph time from last year and it was my first time!                B

I had a protein shake + a rice cake with nutural peanut butter on it before going out to eat with the family.

We decided to go to Cheesecake Factory instead of grill or smoke anything.

Dad and I split the Beet + Goat Cheese salad. Mixed in with arugula was beets, goat cheese, and pecans. I love both beets and goat cheese, but it’s usually a distinguisged taste for others.

For my main meal, I actually ordered a turkey burger and decided to skip on the bread and take my side salad home for dinner.

I ended up taking a nap when we got back! Dreary, rainy weather always makes me want to nap….

I woke up close to 4, made myself a cup of coffee, and finished my Halo Top (dairy free) Birthday Cake ice cream. This is one of the BEST dairy free ice creams out there…besides Ben + Jerry’s dairy free. I love anything birthday cake flavored and this even has sprinkles in it!

For dinner that night I had my green salad I took home from lunch. I added more lettuce to it, and mixed in a packet of garlic + herbs tuna for more protein and healthy fats.

I ended the night watching more Supernatural and munching on a few of some Fig + Olive crackers I found at Trader Joe’s the other week. (I forgot to snap a pic and since I finished them up, I threw the box away!)

It’s still another rainy, wet day…thanks to Alberto. I plan on working more on blog posts, doing laundry, and running an errand or two before the gym tonight…and as we speak, the lights just went out. Woohoo!

Stay safe today and dry as possible! 😀