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If you can’t catch my hint of sarcasm, well, then we gotta take a break for a second.   In all my years, I have come to the conclusion that you can NOT get a firm ass without hard work – it just isn’t possible (well unless you have some kind of plastic surgery).     There is no special gel, pill, or supplement that makes cellulite melt and turn into rock solid muscle.     So, to say that any supplement can do such a thing is just poor advertising and flat out wrong.   Now, this criticism doesn’t apply to just one nutrition company, hence the blocking of the brand name in the picture above.  ALL COMPANIES and their representatives are guilty of doing this type of branding that is clearly false.   My question is this:  If your product really works, why not use results from people who have truly used the product and see improvement.     There is not one single sane person on the internet right now thinking that these two butts are the same.  It is so evident that they are two different people.  In fact, it’s almost shameful to use the before […]
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Please, say it isn’t so.   There is a human, on this planet, that is LITERALLY eating herself to death.     As a model for ‘Supersized Big Beautiful Women’, 27 year old Monica Riley is on a mission to consume as much food a day as possible.  In fact, she consumes up to 8,000 calories a day and is gaining an insane amount of weight every month.   Her goal, in fact, is to be bedridden and left immobile.   And, the icing on the cake, no pun intended, is she and her “feeder” boyfriend want to have a baby.  A BABY!   Stop.  Let’s stop right there.  What in the actual …….   I guess I just have a really hard time understanding why this kind of thing has become socially acceptable.     If you click on the link at the bottom of this post, you will be connected to the Facebook post where I initially saw this story.     What is shocking to me is that there are many positive and encouraging messages to Monica and her journey.  I can appreciate kindness towards her cause but at some point, doesn’t a person’s overall health and […]
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We’ve all been there.   We’ve all wanted to do something in the past but, for whatever reason, we held ourselves back.   Maybe it was talking to the cute boy in math class.  Maybe it was signing-up for an event you didn’t think you could win.  Or, maybe it was taking the next step towards a goal you thought was too lofty and unachievable.   Guess what?  New Flash:  If you don’t take that next step, it is never going to happen.     What’s the worst thing that can really happen.  You fail?  The answer to your question is no?   Or, even better, you succeed!   One of my favorite people in the world took a leap of faith and applied for something that most of us would just dream of.  What was the worst thing that could happen … they could have said no.   But they didn’t.     In fact, the answer was the complete opposite.  Tomorrow she heads to Cali for a two day adventure.  An adventure that would have never happened had she been too scared to apply.  Too timid to trust herself and her abilities.     You see, if you don’t […]
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Oh how the times have changed.     Two years ago I was waking up at 5 am to get ready for work.  Followed by an hour long drive to a job where I spent 10+ hours doing something I didn’t really love.  After a long day, I would  drive another hour and a half to get to the gym for a quick, hour workout (something that I lived for daily).   I dreaded waking up at 5 am.  It was the worst part of my day.  I hated having to be up “so early” for a job that I just didn’t enjoy.   Flash forward to today.  There are days throughout the week where I’m up at 4 am or earlier, voluntarily, to train with my partners.  Many mornings I’m up by 5 and occasionally I get to sleep in until 7 (the highlight of my week).  Our team is even training at 5 am on Saturday mornings which makes for a very long Saturday, I might add – but I’m loving every minute.   The difference now is … I don’t dread it.  Don’t get me wrong, when I first wake up and hear my alarm, I say “WTF” silently […]
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I wish I was making this up.  I really do.  But I’m not.   The FDA has approved a new weight loss stomach pump called AsprieAssist to “combat obesity”.  The device is considered minimally invasive and includes a tube that goes from the inside of the stomach to a port on the outside of the abdomen.  The pump is attached to the outside port as needed to remove about a third of the stomach’s contents at a time.   So let’s get this straight.  A person can consume their usual amount of too much food, and then pump out ⅓ of it after they’re finished eating into the toilet.  Even better, to get this pump, they have to get surgery and continue to be under the care of medical professionals so that as they “lose weight” they can have their pump attached appropriately. From the article I read, the average person, defined as “very overweight”, who used this product during the clinical trial lost 46 pounds during the first year and another few pounds to make 50 pounds of weight loss by the second year.     So, 50 pounds in two years with the f’ing pump.  That’s ½ a […]
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For every individual, mentally self-imposed limits are different. If you’ve been a lifelong athlete or been trained by the military, chances are your mentally self-imposed limits are different from those of the “average joe”. You’ve spent years developing your mental strength and you have learned to meet barriers set by your brain and then push through them. For many of us though, CrossFit is the first “sport” we’ve played in a long time and being competitive in this field is a first. I know for me, growing up as a gymnast and then cheerleader, there were fears I had to push past when tumbling passes were challenging or when I split the beam (ouch). However, those self-imposed fears are nothing compared to the barriers I face with CrossFit. You see, in CrossFit, more times than not I’m fighting a battle against myself. Sure, there are other people doing my same workout, and I would like to do better than them, but more than that, it’s my own brain that is limiting me.
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Holy Moly Guacamole! Word on the street, unconfirmed word on the street I might add, is that the CrossFit Games are coming to Jacksonville, Florida. This makes me happy for so many reasons. Here’s my top three: Reason #1 – WE CAN DRIVE THERE! Reason #2 – More exposure for and traffic to Florida gyms Reason #3 – The Weather
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For years, Fia’s has been know as a Paleo company. However, they’re actually expanding their brand to include meals that aren’t just strictly Paleo. In fact, yesterday I had a pasta dish that was out of this world AH-MAZ-ING! I hadn’t had pasta in forever and it tasted so good. I was so fulfilled after the meal and it hit every craving I could have ever had. For my family, Fia’s is a part of our weekly meal planning. It is dinner every night during the week and my husbands lunch most days (mine too from time to time). Before Fia’s there were many a night when I would come home after coaching, it would be after 8pm, and I would have to start dinner. If my husband had already made dinner, there were still dishes to do and a mess to clean up. Dinner was always such a chore because of the hours that I work.
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Have you ever shown up to the gym and thought, why am I doing this? This workout is stupid. These are thoughts that we’ve all have so all ya’ll should have your hands raised. What I’ve found as a coach and programmer for my affiliate is this:  There are many members that feel that the workouts are programmed incorrectly, aren’t designed with real purpose, and/or aren’t fulfilling their individual workout needs.  And this is a theme throughout many gyms. People are members for six months and think they know everything there is to know about programming. The truth is, programming takes a lot of time and effort.  There is a specific formula that is followed and workouts are designed with an end goal in mind.  Programming is generally written out a month or more at a time and a plethora of factors are taken into account when developing workouts. Is every gym this thorough?  No.  And I apologize in advance if you’re at a affiliate that randomly programs with no real rhyme or reason.  But CrossFit Iron Legion is not one of them. I’m on this topic today because last week I was speaking with a good friend and family member about going to CrossFit.  You see, she was making […]
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Raise your hand if you’ve been on vacation before and completely fallen off the wagon. Good, I’m not the only one. I went to Nashville Tennessee this past week, and boy did I fall off the wagon.  It wasn’t so much the food as much as the booze but I assure you, I did in fact nose dive off the sugar cliff of hell. You know what though?  Shit happens. This week I want to talk about how we get back on the wagon after we’ve been kicked off for a few days. So, everyone eats bad in their own way.  For me, I didn’t really eat that poorly but I sure took down a plethora of sugar filled adult beverages.  From wine to margaritas and everything in between, my belly got its’ fill.  With that being said, for me, getting back to clean eating means cutting the sugar. Monday I went right back to my macros, tracking everything I ate.  Honestly, in just 24 hours, I’m already feeling better.  It’s as though my body was saying “Thank Goodness! It’s business as usual again”.  For me, getting back to healthy eating is easier than it is for others. I can […]
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