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This time last week I had a full fledged meltdown.     Like, not whoa is me, sniffle sniffle, but full on meltdown.     My “plan” was falling apart in front of my eyes.       You see, I’m a planner.   I plan everything.   I’m always prepared, never late, and 100% of the time have an idea of how to conquer all.     But not last Friday.   Oh no.   My plan felt apart in a matter of seconds.      Something major I’d been working on since October when I discovered I was pregnant (aka – who’s going to take over my work responsibilities AND who’s going to watch my kid full time) was quickly crushed by a change of plans.      But guess what?  Plans change.   People move.  Shit happens.      It just so happens this past weekend I was also headed to the beach for a few day getaway with my hubby which couldn’t have come at a better time.      I needed a few days to have a meltdown.   To feel pity for myself.   And to bask in the shittyness of the situation.      But I also needed a few days […]
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My main squeeze is 28 years young today.     If you had told me 5 years ago that this is where my life would be, I’m not sure I would have believed you.     You see, I am so incredibly blessed.     My husband is the hardest working man I know.  He is up before I am most days ready to take on the day, managing multiple projects at once.   Not only is he taking the A/C business by storm and taking on larger and larger projects but he is also a house flipper extraordinaire.     On top of all that, he manages to love me for who I am, taking on the emotional rollercoaster of pregnancy in stride and telling me I’m pretty every single day (something I struggle to believe most days).   But what I love most about Danny is that he never once stops forward progress.  He is always focused on what is next, how to take on the challenges ahead, and making our future the best it could possibly be.   I sure do love me some Danny James and can’t wait to spend the next 60+ birthdays with you!   Happy […]
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Mom   We all have one.     Some are blessed to have more than one.   She’s the person I go to when I need a friend.   She’s my person.  My person who always has my back.   A shoulder to cry on and a friend to tell me to woman the hell up.   The rock in my family – always doing for everyone else and putting herself last.     Ensuring everyone else reaches their goals before her’s are ever even on the radar.     She’s the bomb.  The jam.  The best damn person around.     And you know what’s pretty kick ass?   I get to be that person for this little human inside me in just a few short weeks.   How cool is that?   I hope to be as blessed as all of you and become even a resemblance of the mother my mom is for me.   Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there.     I love you mom!
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#cobwebs

by ironborn· May 05, 2017· in Uncategorized· comments
On Tuesday we were doing rope climbs in the programmed wod at Iron Legion.     I went to get my “rope climbing” shoes … as if I was actually going to climb a rope (insert eye roll emoji).   And there were literally COBWEBS in my gym bag.   Yes – cobwebs – like the things spiders make when shit sits in the same spot for way too long.   Why did I have cobwebs on my gym bag you ask?     Because it has been that long since I had gotten something from inside my bag.   You see, even though I’ve been working out 3 times a week on average, I don’t really use any “equipment”.  No wrist wraps, no knee sleeves, no belt, and no fancy shoes.     Clearing out those cobwebs was a real reminder of just how far removed I am from my “old life” of 3+ hours of training, 6 days a week.     I was talking to one of the competitive athletes at my gym the other day, Lindy Hallick, who maintains a training regimen similar to what I followed pre-pregnancy.  I have to say, it is going to […]
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These Damn Goals

by ironborn· April 26, 2017· in Uncategorized· comments
If you follow me you know that I set goals every month.     Sometimes my goals are within reach, and I know I’m going to crush them.   Other times, and more frequently, they’re a little bit more aggressive.   My April goals were aggressive to say the least.  I set them super high, feeling intimidated by their volume and intensity.  Honestly, I kind of approached them with the idea that I couldn’t achieve them – which is a PLAN TO FAIL!   And fail I did … or at least I lacked accomplishment this month.     I barely hit any of the goals at 100% and kinda sorta feel like a failure.     But guess what?,   That doesn’t mean that I am going to shy away from aggressive goals in the coming months.     In fact, I’m still shooting for the stars.  Because, why not, right?   I know that my lack of achievement was completely related to my lack of effort.  And I tried really, really hard but there is always room for improvement.   So, what’s the plan?   Kick ass in May … there is no other option 🙂
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Sometimes silence is just so much better than words.     You see, words can be so powerful .. or not.  It really just depends on how they’re perceived.   And women often times take words so very differently than men.     For many women, all positive words can quickly be wiped away by one negative comment.  And in place of a negative comment could totally have been silence.       Take last weekend for example.  I was at a wedding for a friend – it was beautiful by the way.  I wasn’t really very comfortable; I’m not exactly feeling like I rock the prego bod.     There were many people who had very nice things to say about my outfit and my pregnant bod.  It’s wonderful to receive compliments, and I so very much appreciate them, but when you don’t believe them yourself, it’s hard to take them to heart.   So when someone offers a negative remark like “you’re going to be huge, you’re big already”, that shit right there goes straight to the heart & the head.     It doesn’t matter how hard we appear on the outside, some of us ladies are really […]
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Priorities, we all have them.   These days, more than ever before, sleep has been a priority for me.  Getting in my 8 hours is a must, especially since I know my days of that are limited.     One person’s priorities doesn’t hold a higher value than another person’s.  All priorities are really equal and will be reflected in the outcomes you see in your daily life.     For instance, if you prioritize work, you’ll find you may be financially free but have no time to spend the money you’ve earned.  Or if you prioritize spending time with your friends, you probably have solid relationships but may be lacking in achieving some of your other goals.     You see, priorities are directly attached to goals, or the lack of goals.  If you’re focused on achieving something, your priorities will be reflected.  If you lack focus and drive to any one particular thing, you’ll probably find that your priorities are all over the place or are very misguided.     Being pregnant has drastically shifted my priorities.  Pre-Pregnancy, my priorities were work, gym, & my husband – in that order.  I spent the majority of my time at […]
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Another Open season has come to a close.  This one was one of the most challenging seasons for me, second to the 2015 season when I broke my hand during 15.1.  It was challenging for many reasons, but primarily because of my pregnancy.  I had mental barriers, physical barriers, and just a pure lack of energy.     Overall though this Open has been fun.  I’ve accomplished things I didn’t think were possible as a pregnant athlete.   I was able to push myself to an uncomfortable zone and conquer some mental barriers that were in place for a variety of reasons.      I started out the Open with the goal of completing all the workouts at the RX level.  I knew that this wouldn’t be easy but it was my goal – and I was able to ACCOMPLISH it! This was such a good feeling 🙂   My placing has been all over the place these last five years that I’ve competed in the Open.  You see, when I started in the Open, there was one main division, RX.  There weren’t scaled divisions or breakdowns with state or profession.   While I think this is awesome that all athletes now […]
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As my man Andy Frisella says, the people at the top didn’t just magically land there.   The success fairy didn’t just drop them at that top of the success mountain and BOOM they’re successful.      99% of them (rich, trust fund babies can be defined as the 1%) worked their assses off to get to the top.   Day in and day out, they had to grind for years … yes years, to get where they are today.      I’ve been slacking on posting my blog, and I apologize.   But, I have been super focused at chipping away at this success mountain and it’s been kicking my but majorly.      In my house, we don’t like to say that we’re overwhelmed, so we just say whelmed.  I’m whelmed like 98% of the time these days.   My plate is so freaking full.      There’s a human coming in four months, ready or not, we’re trying to build an additional home on our property (yaya for dealing with banks – not), we’re expanding the World’s Best Boot Camp to Orlando and Tampa, and Iron Legion is still knocking down doors.   I’m all over the damn place.      But […]
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Oh 17.2

by ironborn· March 04, 2017· in Uncategorized· comments
So, we’re officially knee deep in the CrossFit Open.  For those of you who are non-crossfitters, this is a worldwide competition for ANY and ALL athletes.  Regardless of your ability level, there is a workout that you can do.     With that being said, I went into this Open season with the goal of accomplishing all of the workouts at the RX standard to the best of my ability.  For some people, this may seem like an unattainable standard, but for me, I knew that I was physically fit enough to tackle the workouts and try my best to reach that RX standard.   With regards to my pregnancy, 17.1 last week was a breeze.  I can still box jump and burpee so I was able to chug through the workout and complete the workout under the time cap, which was my goal.  I felt good about the workout and my performance and knew that I had given it my all.   But oh 17.2.   When 17.2 was announced, I immediately started having an internal moral dilemma.  There are two gymnastics movements in 17.2 that are questionable and up for debate as to whether I should complete them […]
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