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CrossFit…I think I love you!

I will never forget that first night I walked into CrossFit Olathe for the On Ramp class.  It was June 5th, 2012.  I was extremely nervous because at that point in my life, my only form of fitness was taking the stairs instead of the elevator!  Various thoughts were racing through my head…Will the class be full of skinny people?  I bet everyone will judge me.  Will I even survive the first 5 minutes?  Am I too old for this?   Why am I here again? I was put a little at ease when I walked into the Box and saw other “newbies” like me from all different walks of life.

One of the owners and coaches of CrossFit Olathe, Jesse, kicked off the class by providing background on what CrossFit was and why he felt so passionate about it.  The piece that resonated with me was that he promised it would always be challenging.  Sure, you would come to learn and understand the movements, but each day would be a challenge because you would increase the weight or move up in scale or challenge yourself to beat your personal record for each WOD (Workout of the Day).  Then we began walking through the movements and I thought to myself…I can do this!

After the first month, I was hooked!  Sure, I was sore as hell and couldn’t move for days after the first WOD, but the soreness diminished each day and I began to look forward to what was next.  So much so, that I even felt like a stalker clicking the refresh button on the website at night to see if they had posted what the WOD would be for the following day!  I got to know the other members of CrossFit Olathe; we shared the pain of the WODs and helped push each other through to the finish day after  day.  The community is a big part of what makes CrossFit so great!

I would be remiss if I didn’t also share that the coaches are another major factor in your CrossFit experience.  Yes, CrossFit as a type of fitness is universal, but not every Box is created equal.  Jesse, Jerell and Mikki are rockstars!  They take the time to show you the proper way to complete each movement, even if they have to do it repeatedly.   Scalability is also something they always discuss prior to a WOD.  They want to ensure your success and help minimize your risk for injury.  You can certainly tell they love what they do!  And to top it off, they seem to be magical at providing mobility suggestions to improve any ailments you have before or after a workout.

I can definitely see and feel the difference after 6 months of CrossFit.  I feel more energetic, have more muscle definition and definitely got a butt lift!  I’ve dropped 7% body fat, 15 lbs and 2 dress sizes!  Not to mention the cool factor of being able to back squat my own bodyweight and push press half of it. Most importantly though, CrossFit has helped me in everyday life more than I can even imagine.  I no longer mind running up and down the stairs 20 times each night to calm a crying baby or to carry loads of laundry down. I don’t get winded any longer playing basketball with my son and I even outlasted him at the indoor trampoline park!

So, all-in-all, am I glad I joined CrossFit?


Am I even more glad it was CrossFit Olathe?

Hell yeah!  I’m in L-O-V-E!
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Posted by on February 17, 2013 in Me


How did a whole year pass by?

I just looked back at my little blog to see how long I had abandoned it and realized I’ve been out of the blogosphere for an ENTIRE year!  How does time pass by so quickly?!

During that time, I continued to be a dedicated reader of my favorite blogs. I guess I just wasn’t inspired enough to post anything or maybe better yet, I was trying to pave a new path for myself and chose other things over blogging.

So, I’m back!

For how long?

That’s anyone’s guess!

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Posted by on February 17, 2013 in Me


It only took 33 years….

Guess what I finally splurged on for myself?!


A Coach Purse!

*Disclaimer: I didn’t splurge too much.  My momma would still proud – it was on sale!


From me, to me gifts have to rank right up there with World Peace and Winning the Lottery.

Ok, well, maybe not that high, but they do rock my socks!

What about you?

What was your best from me, to me gift, ever?

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Posted by on February 28, 2012 in Me


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Red headed stepchild

Yes, it’s true…

I’ve been treating my blog like a red headed stepchild lately.  It lost priority status sometime around the holidays, but I hope to get my butt back in gear soon.

Lots going on…where oh where to focus?

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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in Me


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A little slacking….a little addiction

Yes, I’ve been a blog slacker lately…

What are you going to do about it?


That’s what I thought.

Seriously though, I needed a break to live life, enjoy the moment and maybe, just maybe watch a little too much tv.  Can you say addiction?  I tell you, those series DVDs just might be the death of me.




My latest addiction, you ask?


— my inner tween

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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Me, Random Crap I Love


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I always feel like…

somebody’s watching me….

So, I’m upstairs surfing on the Mac last tonight and notice a strange new something out of the corner of my eye.

When I turn to see what it is, I get the bejesus scared out of me.  I swore that ugly monkey was just on the floor – how did he get all the way up on the lamp shade?

Is it just me, or do sock monkeys give you the creeps too?  They are just not natural.

Creepy? No?

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Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Me


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Thoughts for Thursday – Leadership

Some readers have asked if I’m a stay-at-home mom because I post alot about family.

My answer to that is…

HELL NO!  Being a SAHM is the hardest job in the world and I’m not cut out for it!

Now that the question has been answered, let me elaborate a little…. I do work full-time, but I try to stay away from posting about my career for a reason.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the company I work for and I love my role, but there’s an invisible line out there that I don’t care to cross.

However, I can share some of my favorite quotes and learnings on leadership, which brings me to this week’s Thought For Thursday…

“Leadership is not something you do to people, but something you do with people.”

– Ken Blanchard


Posted by on September 8, 2011 in Me, Thoughts for Thursday


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