I am not exactly sure what made me do it but this morning after probably like two years, I wanted to write a blog. I actually wanted to take a picture of the super healthy green smoothie I drank for breakfast to share with my friends and quite possibly complete strangers. Why? I am honestly not sure but I think the urge came from multiple things.
First, Lew and I decided to take the plunge and get cable for the first time in a year, which “for a limited time” comes with wireless internet. Considering we haven’t had wireless internet in about three years this has been slightly weird but a cool thing also. The fact that I can easily access the internet almost immediately makes me want to share myself with the world. I am not sure why in the world I enjoy this (because honestly, isn’t it kind of creepy?) but I have been sharing my life in one form of social media or another since 2004! Crazy! Almost ten years of my life is documented on the internet and I absolutely love it.
Another reason I think I finally wanted to walk back into the blog world is the fact I think I am finally starting to find myself. After Lew and I left Chattanooga in 2009 I never really found myself. In Chattanooga I had the comforts of family, old friends, awesome gym, great church, perfect places to run and really just that feeling of knowing who I was and where I belonged. Since that move I have never really felt like I knew who I was. I have been constantly searching for that happiness and comfort I had made for myself before we moved and had the twins.
Long story short, last fall we moved, Lew changed jobs, we started CrossFit and CrossFit Stacked and life has slowly started to feel like I was taking control again. It sounds super cheesy but CrossFit has seriously changed my life for the better. A little over 9 months ago I walked into the box and have been committed ever since. Along with training 6 days a week Lew and I recently completed a 30 day paleo diet challenge. Throughout those thirty days Lew lost 21 pounds, 3% body fat, 5 inches in his waist and a new part of confidence I have never seen in him. During the thirty days I also lost 2% body fat, inches in my waist and hips and overall gained a lot of strength. I really feel like I have set the reset button on life and I really like where I am. I have never in my life felt like an athlete until the last few months. It is an amazing feeling to set a new record on a lift, do a pull up, or just complete a WOD (workout of the day) that I never thought would be possible. I have not only become an athlete but I have become a CrossFitter and I could not be more excited about what that future holds!
Yesterday after “Helen” (3 rds: 400 m run, 21 Kettle Bell Swings, 12 pull ups)
This is me very excited about PRing my snatch at 100 lbs during a competition!!
After PRing my 5K time a few weeks ago! Obviously my kids were excited!
The last reason I have decided to attempt this blog thing one last time is for you, my readers. Over the last few weeks I have had quite a few people ask about my progress, want tips on paleo, gluten free recipes and workout ideas. So, here I am. Giving it one more shot, and this time I plan on being committed!
So, with that, my paleo tip for the day, drink your veggies! I know you have all heard of (and probably rolled your eyes at the idea of) a green smoothie. Well, it is the perfect way to start my day!
This picture on the left was last year at the same 5K I PR’d by two minutes this year and the picture on the right was about two weeks before starting the paleo challenge (it was also the day I did three consecutive kipping pull ups!!!)
When we began the paleo challenge I was eating boiled eggs and bacon every day for breakfast. After the second week I was feeling very sluggish in the mornings and constantly finding myself at the coffee pot at work. So I decided to change it up a little and this has been the perfect way to start my day. I find this to be especially good for mornings when I work out, I will drink this before and then eat a couple eggs after.
Super Simple green smoothie:
- 8 oz almond milk or coconut milk
- 1 frozen banana
- big handful spinach
- drizzle of honey (optional)
So, there you have it, hopefully you will be seeing me around more often around here! Heck, I might even make a few updates!