October 26, 2009

Great, great, great, great, great cookies

It is with great regret that D and I hereby resign our positions in the 100 Burpee Challenge. With our constant skipping of days, I think we have done well to prove that we are able to do 100+ burpees multiple days in a row. Besides, pulling over on the side of the road to complete burpees during my upcoming 32 hour roadtrip - not my cup of tea.

In other news, owner Stephanie Lester of Cavemen Bakery was kind enough to send me a bag of Cavemen Cookies to share with the Tribe. These cookies are delicious and 100% primal (or pretty darn close depending on whether or not you choose to eat honey.) Either way, if honey is a cheat for you, this is a pretty guilt-free way to do it. The cookies definitely have a ginger snap flavor, (the only ingredients are honey, almond flour, walnuts, raisins, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon) but the texture is super soft and super chewy. Not the "chewy" of your typical commercial, chocolate chip, "soft 'n chewy" cookie, these were a different kind of chewy that I am having a hard time finding a comparison for. Regardless, they were wonderful and hit the spot. The sweetness conquered my cravings and prevented me from finishing off the entire bag; the perfect combination!! In sharing this tasty treat with 5 other hungry primal crossfitters, I hope I was able to do my part in sending some business Stephanie's way.

During my remaining free Saturdays before the big move (which means 1) I am extremely grateful and excited/nervous for the opportunity to shadow, learn and train beside my very own CrossFit master Jason "Jakers" Parent. [Side note: I watched 'Kung Fu Panda' this weekend, hence the use of the word "master", I feel that it fits the CrossFit hierarchy wonderfully!] Hopefully in the 1.5 hours time, I will be able to gather some useful information, knowledge and skills towards achieving my own goals & aspirations in Royal Oak. I have so much to do and learn and am extremely lucky to have such savvy and generous people to call my friends.

October 14, 2009

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Unenthusiastic 100 Burpee Challenge Update: Today, I will be doing 145 burpees. This wonderful number comes from today's 43 & yesterday's 42, plus 60 undone burpees I managed to rack up over the weekend. It will not be pleasant, it will not be fun.

A lot has happened in a short period of time, so goes most major events in my life. From the top:
D and I have decided that waiting and waiting...and waiting for his relocation to San Diego for the 'big break-up' to happen was like sitting on a time-bomb. We intended our drawn out farewell to last 1-3 months and, unfortunately, it has been over 5. We are very happy with our circumstances and intend to be the best of friends forever...oh how I love intentions!
Next stop, Michigan. Beginning with my found feelings of confidence, hope and "me" while in Ireland, I have come to the conclusion that I have a lost a lot of who I am during my 4 years in Arizona. I miss my family, friends & home. With that, I have decided to move back to the mitten state for at least a small while. I am confident that this is the right decision for me, though I will have a heck of a time saying goodbye to the Tribe.
As long as I am making changes, why not go all out? I am a once a year maintenance type of girl when it comes to my hair. I don't over wash or over style so my hair stays pretty healthy all on it's own. Each of my last 3 appointments (over 2 years!) I have gone with the intention of chopping it off, but have always been convinced "Let's go shoulder length first, than come back for the next chop!" Problem is, by the time I come back, my hair is back down to my butt. (It's the Paleo!) Well this time, no more! I was finally able to go all of the way and I couldn't be happier. (Although, people are questioning why I would make such a decision right before moving back to MI's frigid temperatures! )

With changes, come aspirations. I have big ones, but I'm going to keep these to myself for now. I have been doing a lot of planning & research and hopefully, I will have some amazing news to come!!

October 6, 2009

100 Burpee Challenge - Update

Today is day 35! It feels like so much time has past, when really there is still so much to go. Yesterday, D & I had the pleasure of doing 130 burpees for missing days 31, 32, 33 & 34; at least now I know that day 100 will be possible! I know a lot of people have bailed on this challenge, I wonder who has stuck in there? Lesley? Susan? Dylan and I are the only people left doing it at our gym, but we power through at the end of each WOD. The competition of 'who can finish first?' is definitely helpful.
In other news, I recently received a lovely little package in the mail from Larabar. I was anxious to sample their 2 new flavors, but they are still not being stocked at my local healthy kid stores. I sent over an email sharing my adoration for the bars and Harry was kind enough to send me a sample box of 4 flavors, including the two newbies Peanut Butter & Jelly and Tropical Fruit Tart.

*Tropical Fruit Tart: A new favorite to add to my line-up! This bar is the deliciousness and wonderful texture of Coconut Cream Pie, plus a little somethin' extra. It is amazing and I cannot wait until I can buy them locally. In fact, the purchase of a whole box may be in order!

Peanut Butter & Jelly: I ate this bar on a Sunday morning after reaching the top of my nemesis, Camelback Mountain! It was one of the more dense Larabars (more like a Clif Bar) and a perfect pick-me-up when I really needed it. I couldn't believe there were no strawberries or grapes in the bar to give it that exact PB&J flavor, but it was dead-on and delicious!In the next couple days I will be receiving a bag of Cavemen Cookies in the mail! I cannot wait to try them and share them with the Tribe!