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Week 3: Spartan Challenge + Mission 17

One of the things I learned after the Spartan Challenge last year is that my workout journal and my food log can be helpful training tools — if I take the time to review them. So each weekend, I’ll be reviewing my notes and sharing what I’ve noticed… to make sure I’m honest with you and myself. * * * * * * * * * * Week 3 of the Spartan Challenge and Mission 17 was an emotional... read more

(Lack of) Spartan Spirit Saturday

Well… I had another shitty weigh-in this morning: I was up 0.2 lbs. That is NOT the way the scale is supposed to be moving. I cried a lot. All during Weight Watchers. In the car on the way home. To my mom on the phone. To Dave in the kitchen. I cried it all out. And then I felt so much better. But that made us later for our workout. And the waterworks almost started again when we got to Zilker Park,... read more

Inappropriate Friday

Our project team at work has given each day of the week a label: “Malicious Monday”… “Martyr Thursday”… and today is “Inappropriate Friday.” We use it as an excuse to be boisterous and say the un-PC things our HR department would prefer we not express. I’m being inappropriate in my own way. I keep trying to talk myself out of it, but I’m on the... read more

My Feet are having a Carnival!

I usually like to wear shoes that will allow me to go toe-to-toe with a bad guy, if necessary: black Converse, stompy black boots, Brooks Defyance running shoes. But sometimes, a girl’s just gotta be silly. I recently acquired these Betsey Johnson confections:I am a bit hobbled by the heels and if a bad guy chased me, he would surely win. But they’re SO cute… my feet are at a fiesta! a... read more

Vegas, Baby

I love Las Vegas. The cocktail waitresses and their complimentary cocktails, the neon signs, the diners that serve Chinese food 24 hours a day, the trompe l’oeil EVERYWHERE, the excuse to wear feathers and cleavage and impractically-high heels, and the craps tables… oh, craps tables, how I love you!Bored in a meeting in work jail, I browsed on over to CrossFit Las Vegas, and found this... read more

Let’s Jam

I was a Hotrod Honey with the Texas Rollergirls for almost five years, and during that time, some of the most dramatic scenes in my life unfolded in two-minute increments: the length of each jam during a Roller Derby bout.In honor of those breathtaking 2-minute jams, I decided that I would do at least five HARD two-minute intervals with a 1:00 recovery during my run today, instead of just la-la-la-ing my... read more

To Crop, or Not to Crop… That is the Question

I have no workout adventures to share today because I jacked up my right knee sometime in the last week or so, and I needed to take an unscheduled rest day today. To that I say: Boo! I’m hoping y’all can weigh in on something I’m considering. My morning ritual is taking WAY too long, and some days, I miss my old pixie haircut. I’m thinking about chopping off my hair. These are cute... read more

Spartalicious!

This was my internal conversation multiple times on Sunday: Holiday me: Awesome! I have the day off from work tomorrow. Yay! I could [insert naughty behavior here… “stay up late”… “eat some low-fat ice cream”… “sleep in”…]. Spartan me: You have CrossFit Women at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow. Eat your vegetables. Drink some water. Think about getting some... read more

Eat Your Vegetables: Turkish Chopped Salad

I’ve been carting this recipe around with me since college. I found it in some dumb women’s magazine at a checkout counter in Syracuse, New York, and have made it so many times, it’s committed to memory. It’s PERFECT for potlucks because it’s pretty and delicious and doesn’t taste like “health food,” so you can bring it to share and trick your friends by... read more

Reading is Sexy: The Thirteenth Tale – UPDATE

On Saturday, I was on page 99, and about five minutes ago, I read the final word of The Thirteenth Tale. It ate my weekend. I read it on a bench at the hike and bike trail… at Once Over Coffee Bar… on the couch… in bed… while stirring my cabbage on the stove in the kitchen. I rued the need to sleep when I wanted to read and occasionally, I resented conversations that interrupted my... read more

Week 2: Spartan Challenge + Mission 17

One of the things I learned after the Spartan Challenge last year is that my workout journal and my food log can be helpful training tools — if I take the time to review them. So each weekend, I’ll be reviewing my notes and sharing what I’ve noticed… to make sure I’m honest with you and myself. * * * * * * * * * * Week 2 of the Spartan Challenge and Mission 17 was more... read more

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