An Unexpected Break

an unexpected break - legs out the car window on a dirt road

A week and a half ago, things were great. Rushed, but great. I was squeezing in a 4:30 p.m. CrossFit class on Thursday after a long work day before running home to shower, walk the dog, and head out with friends. It had already been a crazy week at work, and water also decided to … Read more

Deliberate Practice

woman doing yoga

Deliberate practice: “a highly structured activity engaged in with the specific goal of improving performance.” If you play sports or just really like reading sports psychology, you may be pretty familiar with this idea already. When I played roller derby, it was a hot topic at conferences and coaching seminars. It was especially useful for … Read more

Quick full body AMRAP workout

Quick full body AMRAP workout from

I’ve had a rough few weeks fitting workouts in. I know, I know: if you want it bad enough, you’ll make time. I’ve been reevaluating my schedule because I’m finding that things often pop up in the evening, making it hard to stick to my plans. I had an especially bad day last week. I … Read more

Weight lifting progress

barbells and weights

I’ve been meaning to post a weight lifting progress update while now, but between work, gym, life, and working on the back end of this site, I’ve fallen behind. I’ve also decided to start studying for the NSCA CSCS certification exam so I can train in my spare time (!!!), so that is yet another … Read more

From working out to training: Starting Strength

barbells and oxford commas weighted plank

I’ve been cross-training for about three years now, which has consisted of working out 3-4 times a week (in addition to roller derby practices, other scattered sports and activities, and some running) and greatly improving my strength and metabolic conditioning. At first, I really just wanted to get in better shape, lose some weight, be … Read more

Beating the afternoon chocolate craving: Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie

chocolate peanut butter banana protein smoothie

I would love to be one of those people who eats healthy 99.9% of the time and only has a special treat every now and then. Diet is so incredibly important, and I know I can’t achieve a lot of my goals without reining it in, so I’m really trying to work on it. As … Read more

Friday Five: July 17, 2015 | Healthy recipes with real food

chopped vegetables

I have been seriously cooking up a storm this week. It’s incredibly nice to have time to prep some food for the week, although cooking well between an 8-to-5 job, walking the dog, and hitting the gym is still no joke. This week I made pork chops and a stir-fry from (yep, she also … Read more

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