Six Years

October 26th, 2014 5 comments

Saturday was our six year anniversary.

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I can honestly say with 100% certainty that our wedding day was one of the happiest days of my life.

There was so much fun and love that day – and I’d like to think that we’re pretty much the same people today than we were six years ago!

So to celebrate we decided to escape social media for the weekend and just enjoy each other’s company.

We took a walk in the metro parks:

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Watched C play his last soccer game of the season:

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And ate and drank some of our favorite foods!

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It was a weekend of enjoying each other. Just me and Jay. Six years. Still going strong. I think this means he’s stuck with me. :)

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What did you do this weekend? Were you able to get out and enjoy the weather like we did??

Insomnia

October 17th, 2014 5 comments

So, it’s Friday morning at 6am. I have the day off work – a day to SLEEP IN – and instead of sleeping I’m on this damn computer. I just can’t sleep!

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It’s been a rough week. I haven’t been on my game. And I’ve had trouble sleeping all week. It’s not like me.

Does anyone else experience this? I would think with the extra stress I’ve had this week that I’d sleep like a baby!

I guess I’m a worrier by nature, always have been, but it’s never affected me like this before.

In any case, THANK YOU for the nice wishes and good lucks for tomorrow’s Crossfit competition. The wods are out and, like usual, there are some things I’m good at and some things I’m not. It is what it is at this point. All I can do tomorrow is go and exercise – exercise fast. :)

Have a great weekend! Doing anything fun? Will you be exercising this weekend?

On Fear

October 14th, 2014 6 comments

We’re all afraid of something. Some fears are bigger than others.

For instance, ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always been afraid of the dark. Like, crazy, ridiculously afraid.

Funny story:

I used to be a manager at McDonald’s from high school through college. When I would have to open in the mornings (like 4:30am!) – so I would turn the outside light on, literally RUN to my car, back it up to the side door of the house, leave the car running and reach in the house to turn the light back off (no way was Dad letting me leave the light on!), and then get back in my car to leave. Such a process!!! And, to be honest, I still get anxiety leaving in the morning for work now! Luckily we have a motion detector light, but even with that I still panic (especially if the light is on already before I walk outside – I mean, who was there that it turned on????). Of course, it is probably an animal, or the wind, but I’m always convinced it’s a burglar or rapist.

In any case, besides being afraid of the dark, I have one other big fear: FAILING.

It’s the thing that holds me back. It’s the thing that keeps me from challenging myself. It’s the thing that keeps me from trying.

The reason I bring this up is because I have a big crossfit competition coming up this weekend. I’m not sure I’m ready. And I’m terrified of failing. Which makes me worry that I will hold myself back and second guess my every move and, in return, not push myself to my full ability.

So, I keep telling myself two things:

  1. Do your best! It’s all you can do. And you’re only competing against yourself.
  2. Have fun! I crossfit because it’s fun – so if I can’t have fun what’s the point.

It’s been almost a year since my last competition so we’ll see what happens this weekend.

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Wish me luck!!

What is your biggest fear??

My Fall Wish List

October 2nd, 2014 7 comments

Since Summer went by so fast and I didn’t get to do a lot of the things I wanted to, I’m making myself a list for Fall. A Fall Wish List, you might say. :)

Go apple picking.

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I mean, it’s been too long. WAY too long.

Tailgate.

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Considering last year was my first ever tailgate, I have many many years to make up for!

Go hiking with the boys and dogs.

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We did this last year and it was so much fun. This one is a must.

Carve pumpkins.

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Not sure why we didn’t do it last year, but the boys like to get creative with their pumpkins so I hope the tradition picks back up this year.

Bake an apple pie.

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I have to say. I make a damn good apple pie. But the last time I made one was in 2010!! That’s a problem that needs remedied asap.

What’s on your Fall Wish List??

Things I’m Not Loving Right Now

September 30th, 2014 4 comments

Normally everyone (including me) writes posts about what they ARE loving. So, instead, I decided to switch up (crazy, right?) and post about what I’m NOT loving right now.

1. The Ray Donovan finale.

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I love me some Ray Donovan (mmmm….he’s so sexy), and the entire season was fantastic. But the finale left something to be desired. Everything just seemed to wrap up a little to easy. Am I wrong here? Did I miss something?

2. Lipstick. Yes, just lipstick. Normally I LOVE lipstick – especially in the summer – I adore a hot pink link! But now with the weather changing I’m just not into it. Maybe I just need a new color? Any suggestions?

3. Rain. I hate the rain. And, obviously, it’s raining this week, which is why it’s on my list. People drive slower when it rains, we don’t run outside at Crossfit when it rains, and no patio dinners when it rains!

4. RHONJ.

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For anyone who watches the show, this one speaks for itself. This season is such a bummer with Theresa and the legal troubles and Amber is just a train wreck. Ladies, you’re killing me. Oy.

Tell me, what are you not loving right now??

I’m Running!

September 18th, 2014 6 comments

I know, crazy right? :)

I mean, I still run at Crossfit. In fact, I LOVE the wods when we get to run!

But I haven’t been running outside of Crossfit. I can’t really even remember the last time I just went for a run for the heck of it. It’s definitely been awhile.

Until a few weeks ago. I laced up my new running shoes, courtesy of JD Sports, and hit the metro parks with my favorite workout partner.

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I’ve never really been an Adidas girl, but these shoes are like walking on clouds! I’m so used to my flat Crossfit shoes now that these are quite the treat on my feet. :)

It’s been fun running in the metro parks on Sunday mornings. I forgot how peaceful it is and how it makes me happy to say hi to all the other runners.

I’ll wear these to Crossfit, too, but only during running wods that don’t include any lifting. I wore them for “Jerry” (1 mile run, 2,000m row, 1 mile run) and they were awesome. I can’t complain.

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I don’t necessarily jump out of bed Sunday mornings to run, but I definitely love the feeling when I’m done. Gotta love that runners high!

What is your favorite running shoe? Are you loyal to one brand?

A special thanks to JD Sports for offering me a pair of shoes in exchange for blogging. As always, everything written is my own opinion!

What I Wear To The Gym……..And Why

September 15th, 2014 3 comments

There’s a science behind what I wear to the gym. It’s very rarely ever random. ;)

Ha, let me explain:

Last Monday we did “Jerry”, which is a 1 mile run, 2,000m row, and 1 mile run – for time.

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Whenever we run a mile or more I lean towards pants (no chub rub!). I wore my favorite Lululemon Inspire crops.

Tuesday we tested our back squat and did “Fran”: 21-15-9 of thrusters and pull-ups.

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Any time we squat heavy I wear shorts because I need to wear my knee sleeves. And knee sleeves over pants just isn’t my thing. Plus, whenever I wear Lululemon speed shorts I wear a longer tank – always, always, always. These shorts are so short that a longer shirt is necessary – one or the other, not both! :)

Wednesday was the worst day of them all. We did 3 rounds, every 10 minutes, of: 250m row, 20 burpees, 25 kb swings (70/55), 20 burpees, and 250m row (omg – 120 burpees total – brutal!).

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When burpees are involved, black shorts are a must. Also, a tighter tank is a MUST for burpees so that it stays in place – no half shirts for this girl! My Reebok shorts are perfect for burpee days.

Friday we tested our front squat, 500m row, and max effort wall balls.

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I think these are the shortest shorts I own (lululemon speed shorts in the black camo print). But they are so comfortable that I LOVE them for wall balls! They were perfect when I did 102 wall balls unbroken (ugh, my quads are STILL screaming from that one!).

Saturday we tested our max clean and jerk and then completed “Nate”: 2 muscle ups, 4 handstand pushups, and 8 kb swings (70/55). Handstand pushups are tricky. I either wear pants or longer shorts – with a tank that I know won’t ride up when I’m upside down!

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My Lululemon tracker II shorts work well for hspu’s.

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We did a lot of “named” wods last week – something that’s not normal for us. But it was testing week so we were comparing our times to the last testing week (12 weeks ago).

I think I prefer to wear black and gray to the gym. It makes me feel like a badass for some reason.

What about you? Do you wear certain clothes for certain reasons when working out? Certain colors? Or do you just not care? Every day a thought process goes into what I wear – it’s most definitely a process. :)

Obsessed With Instagram

September 9th, 2014 5 comments

I admit it. I’m obsessed with Instagram.

I would say that if I’m not texting, then 80% of the time I’m on my phone I’m on Instagram. Seriously, I’m obsessed. It’s just such an easy (and fun!) way to keep up with people!!

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Btw, did you notice I changed my handle to @heathamursch? I just didn’t feel like @heatha262 was a good representation of who I am anymore.

Anyways, back to Instagram. :)

Here’s how my feed probably breaks down:

  • 70% crossfitters, olympic lifters, videos of crosssfitters, local (and non-local) crossfit gyms, and fitfluential bloggers
  • 15% fashion bloggers or fashion celebrities (such as Rachel Zoe!)
  • 10% paleo bloggers, paleo food
  • 5% miscellaneous (family, local bloggers, runners, and favorite products, such as Quest bars!)

This is a rough estimate, but accurate enough.

Do you like Instagram? What’s your handle? How would you break down your feed??

Laundry All Day Every Day

September 7th, 2014 4 comments

I’m alive! And hopefully back to regular blogging! I kind of just decided to take time off during the summer to enjoy my family and our evenings together before C went back to school. Best.Decision.Ever. :)

During my “time off” I had the pleasure of being offered two bottles of WIN laundry detergent through Fitfluential.

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With three of us in the house, and all 3 of us being very active, I do laundry ALL THE TIME. I swear, no matter how often I do the laundry there is always more to do. Constantly. I’m either hanging clothes, washing clothes, or folding clothes at least once a day. Sigh….I digress. ;)

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And I would say that 90% of the laundry I do is workout clothes.

BUT sometimes I’ll throw a regular shirt in with our workout clothes if there’s one laying around that needs washed.

Well, just yesterday Jay put on his tshirt and said “Man, I swear, our laundry has been smelling great lately” (totally not kidding or exaggerating). Go figure. I had thrown that shirt in with our workout gear. :)

Let’s be honest, workout clothes get funky after awhile. If they don’t, you’re obviously not sweaters like we are. And now our workout clothes smell brand new again – no funny business – it’s awesome!

And now I’m spoiled. I’ll never use a different laundry detergent after using WIN. It’s like how now I’m spoiled with Lululemon – I’ll never buy anything else. Ha!

Have you tried WIN? What laundry detergent do you use for your workout clothes??

WIN offered me these bottles of detergent free of charge in exchange for a blog post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

A Day In The Life: Staycation

August 15th, 2014 5 comments

Life isn’t too exciting on staycation, but it’s still plenty busy (and fun!).

So I thought I’d share a sneak peak into our lives. :)

Tuesday the three of us had no plan. We figured we’d just play it by ear!

We woke up to sunshine and knew it was supposed to rain around noon so we hopped on our bikes and headed to John’s Diner for breakfast (a first for us). I love breakfast, I love biking with the boys, and who doesn’t love dining in a train car?

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Unfortunately, that was where the love ended. The service was lackluster and the food even worse. Not a place I’d go back to. :(

BUT the day got better when my dad called and asked C to go see the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie. We all decided to go and headed over to the eastside to meet up with my dad.

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Ummmmm……this movie was GREAT! Like, I want to go see it again, great. So incredibly fun and the graphics were out of this world! C and I didn’t stop laughing and we both even teared up for a minute. :)

C then went home with my dad after the movie (his Dad was picking him up from their house later) so Jay and I decided to try out the Twisted Paddy in Mentor.

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Jay and I have been on the search for the perfect paleo burger. And I had heard such great things about this place from more than one person so I had high hopes! But, once again, meh. No luck. We were not impressed. The burgers weren’t bad, but they weren’t very good either. Just average. Again, not somewhere I would go back. :(

Since we ate around 3:00 we figured we’d be good for the 6:30 Crossfit class. Ugh, worst mistake ever. A burger and then burpees? BAD IDEA JEANS. My average burger almost made a return. Yuck. Never again.

But, luckily, coming home to our newly painted front door (Monday’s staycation project) cheered me right back up.

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Many ups and downs, but aren’t most days that way?

Do you have a favorite burger place?? Please share!