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One Year Later

by ironborn· July 17, 2018· in Uncategorized· 0 comments
It’s been one year. One year since our sweet, sassy, beautiful daughter Molly entered this world. Her entrance would define her personality; little did I know. My birth story was far from what I had expected it to be.  I wrote about it almost a year ago now.  If you haven’t read the story and are interested, feel free to give it a read. My birth story and Molly’s entrance into this world however define the person she is. Demanding.  Challenging.  Full of surprises.  And always ending with LOVE. This year has been the hardest year of my life.  By far. I had postpartum depression, grieving the birth I didn’t get. I had a colicy baby who screamed for 8 weeks straight. I had to recover from a c-section. I was utterly exhausted for months. I watched my marriage begin to fall apart – only saved because we were both willing to not give up, to go to therapy, and make this a forever commitment. I found out I was pregnant again; something I did not want right now. This year was HARD. But it was also so rewarding.  We are raising a human being who is so smart.  She […]
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35 days ago I sat down, at about this time, and wrote my Mother’s Day blog. I shared my deepest feelings about how I wanted just one baby for now. How 1 was the perfect number for our family. Two days after I wrote that blog, I took 5 pregnancy tests … because just one wasn’t enough. I was pregnant. My reaction was true to my personality; a 4 letter word beginning with F repeated many, many times. How could this have happened? Aside from the obvious answer, I was shocked. Two weeks prior I had visited my new OB who had prescribed me birth control and told me to wait until my next cycle to begin. As you can guess, it never came. I’ve never had a normal cycle so I wasn’t thinking anything about my missed period. I just figured we would wait it out and I would start taking birth control soon enough. So …. I’m pregnant. We’re due around Christmas. And it was unplanned to say the least. Our house isn’t big enough. I just got an amazing new job and no one wants the pregnant girl to be on their staff. Oh, and the kicker, […]
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6 years ago this week I started CrossFit at CrossFit High Octane in Apopka, Florida. A friend, Ty, suggested I try it. He said I would love it. Love the competition. Love the atmosphere. Love the community. Fast forward 6 years and I still love every aspect of CrossFit. I love the competition. Love the atmosphere. Love the community. I can’t envision my life without CrossFit. It has literally been life changing for me. I have been the member, the coach, the athlete, and every role in between. What I will tell you is this: 1. Don’t hesitate to join a CrossFit gym in your community. It’s a decision you won’t regret. 2. You don’t have to lose weight to start CrossFit. I promise it’ll do just that if you commit to it. 3. Ladies, you won’t get bulky. It took me years to get into my “bulky” body and that took hours of training, most days of work, and my nutrition was on point. 4. Yes, you can CrossFit through injuries, pregnancy, and other “ailments”. A good coach and a good gym can program around any limitation. 5. Finally, just do it! CrossFit has changed my life and it’ll […]
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For The Moms

by ironborn· May 13, 2018· in Uncategorized· 0 comments
Somewhere along the way, through this journey called life, we begin to believe that we need to be a mom.  Whether it is an intrinsic feeling or the pressure from society, somehow, someway we get this pull at our motherly instincts, or lack thereof.   Some people are meant to be moms.  They were born to raise kids,wipe noses, and breastfeed for years.  Others, it is more of a learned behavior. You pick it up as you go, taking tips and tricks when you can from those super moms that you hopefully surround yourself with.  And then there are some of us that just aren’t meant to be moms. Don’t want to, aren’t interested, and really have no drive to create a tiny human.   I would say that I am the middle kind of mom.  I have had some great role models in my life and I continue to surround myself with kick ass moms to learn and grow from.  But, being a mom is hard. I don’t wake up every day ready to change shitty diapers, wipe noses, and hang out with a human who can’t talk to me.     Now, don’t get me wrong, I love […]
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#foreststrong

by ironborn· April 27, 2018· in Uncategorized· 0 comments
It’s been a week.  7 days. 168 hours.  10,080 minutes. It’s been a week.   One week ago today I had my scariest day in education to date.  I saw students go through a mirage of emotions, similar to myself.   Now, was I directly affected.     Yes & no.     I am not employed at Forest High School, but I do work at the feeder Middle School, Fort King.  I teach students whose’ siblings were directly impacted. I work with people whose children were in the classroom affected.  I’m friends with officers and first responders who were a part of the recovery efforts. I went through Code Yellow and Red throughout the day as news came in across the district of other potential threats.  I locked down my room, sat in silence with my students, and thought about all the potential things that could happen.   I believe we were all affected that day, in some shape or form.  Some greater some less. Some directly and others indirectly.   Will those students ever forget their classroom being cleared by armed SWAT team members?  Will they ever forget the sound of a gun shot in the hall? Will […]
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There are these moments in life where things change. Sometimes forever and sometimes it’s just temporary. But change occurs because of a transition on our path in life. Marriage, birth of a child, death of a relative, terminated from your job; all events that lead to a transition. In the last 3 years I’ve experienced a hella lot of transitions. I was married, left my career in education, took a role in the fitness industry, and birthed a beautiful baby girl who made me a mom. Sometimes transitions happen to you and other times you decide that it’s time for a transition. I’ve spent almost 3 years working in the fitness industry. I’ve devoted countless hours to growing a gym that I love dearly. We even decided to branch off our boot camp program and take over the state. The growth had been incredibly, the journey trying, and the outcome rewarding. 7 months (and change) ago, I gave birth to a beautiful human being. She babbles, loves water, and knows who I am. I am her mother. Many a day goes by though where I see her for just an hour or so in the morning. 2-3 times a week […]
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Year 27

by ironborn· February 01, 2018· in Uncategorized· 0 comments
Year 27 was a record year.   I mean, I had a freaking kid, right?   Nothing hails in comparison.     But really, what year 27 taught me was, well, a lot.     I learned that balance is f’ing hard.  How do you find time to be a good wife, a hard working employee, and a great mom all in the same day?  I’m still trying to figure that one out but here’s my take so far.     What I’ve learned is that the one role that has to slack first is the employee.  And that’s hard as hell for me to say.   I literally have given everything to my job.   Everything.  All the hours.  All the tears.  Because I believe in what I do.     But what I’m learning, over time, is there are moments I won’t get back.  The days fly by.  They turn into weeks, and then into months.   And then, all of a sudden, the little tiny human I gave birth to is almost crawling.     Oh, and real talk, and I had to take my happy, sassy ass to therapy this year so my husband didn’t leave me (he comes […]
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Coach.     Google defines coach as an athletic instructor or trainer or a tutor who gives private or specialized teaching.     Coaches come in all shapes and sizes.  In all fields and professions.  And are in all aspects of your life.     I consider myself a coach of a few things.     First, I’m a fitness coach to my athletes that I train both in a group setting and in a personal training session.   Second, I’m a motivational coach.  I believe people find motivation in what I do and how I approach aspects of my life.     Finally, I’m establishing myself as a business coach to gym owners who are looking to grow their gyms.     And I have my own coaches too.   Ted Dreaver is not only my athletic coach but also a business mentor.  And John Burch has coached me through business for the last 2.5 years.     But you know what?  I really still need a coach for life.     And that doesn’t have to be one person’s role.  In fact, I prefer to have a team of coaches.  People to tell me to hit my macros, […]
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Give Thanks

by ironborn· November 23, 2017· in Uncategorized· 0 comments
Thanksgiving.   A day to give thanks with intent. To focus on what we are truly thankful for, how good we really have it, and to verbalize just how thankful we are to those around us.   On this Thanksgiving, I have so much to be thankful for.   I have a beautiful, healthy baby full of laughter, joy, and love. She’s a special kind of perfect that has made me evolve and adapt to meet her ever changing needs.   I have a husband who provides for our family and works day in and day out to make sure we have everything we need and more.   I have a career that has allowed me to grow as a person so very much. I get to touch people’s lives regularly and the growth that is forthcoming for Iron Legion and Florida’s Best Boot Camp is crazy, scary, and exciting all at the same time.   I have family that will die for me. My mother is always there to help me learn how to be a better mom. She watches Molly while I take a few hours to be “me” in the gym. My mother in law spends two […]
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Persistence

by ironborn· October 18, 2017· in Uncategorized· 0 comments
8 weeks ago I set some goals.     I hung up some clothes.     I got dunked with the Body Fat Truck.   I set my eyes on my pre-baby bod.     Before I go any further, no, I’m not there yet.   But I AM getting closer.     Over the last 8 weeks I did a few things.  I worked out 4-5 days a week.  I participated in our barbell club 2-3 times a week.   I hit my macros 80% of the time.  I drank a ton of caffeine &&& I hustled my ass off.     And in 8 weeks I was able to put on 4.5 lbs of lean muscle mass & drop 3% body fat landing me at 21.4% as of a week ago.     I also slipped on my favorite pair of jeans today and they fit – comfortably.      No, my abs aren’t showing yet.     Yes, I still have cellulite & a lose stomach.     But   I’m moving in the right direction.   And I’m moving that way because I set goals, look at them daily, and crush them.      I could make any excuse […]
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