What’s Your Passion?

June 26th, 2014 4 comments

There’s this running joke in our house about Jay and his beer obsession. Well, I call it an obsession – he calls it his “passion”. :)

  • Obsession = the domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc.
  • Passion = any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate

Sound pretty similar to me!

But I guess I’d interpret this to mean obsession is a need, something you can’t live without, whereas passion is a want, something you love. Maybe obsession is the negative component of passion even?

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Jay’s two “passions” = Crossfit and beer (the perfect picture of the two – ha).

All this talk made me question what my passions are:

  • Lululemon?
  • Family?
  • Crossfit?
  • Running?
  • Baking/Cooking?
  • Cleveland?

These are all my favorite things, but are they my passion?

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YES to family, Crossfit, and baking. My three favorite things in the whole world. Three things I can’t live without – three things that inevitably make me happy and fulfilled.

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Even when chopping the onions make me cry and my mascara run! lol

And even when a wod crushes my soul.

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I still LOVE those three things with all my heart. And I’m pretty sure I always will.

So, yes, they are definitely my passions, not obsessions (even if I’m a little obsessed with Crossfit since it quite often dominates my thoughts – hehehe).

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What is your passion(s)??

Scenes From The Weekend, 30

June 23rd, 2014 5 comments

When the boy’s are away, mom gets to play!

With Jay at his annual golf outing and C at his dad’s for the weekend, I was a free bird!

So I did all the things I like to do: family time, crossfit time, and friend time. :)

I spent time with my family at the Captain’s game Friday night:

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Luckily we hung in there through the rain because it ended up being a perfect night!

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I spent time at my favorite sweaty place with my favorite sweaty people:

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And spent time with one of my favorite friends:

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We met up for a day of shopping, mimosa’s, and ice cream.

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Can’t beat it!

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A weekend full of favorites!

What would be in your weekend of favorites??

Changes

June 18th, 2014 7 comments

Sunday mornings are my favorite. They always have been, but now I live for them!

Sunday = rest day.

Which means I get to sleep in, or if I don’t sleep in I at least get to wake up on my own time. No alarm!

I LOVE spending a quiet morning with the family.

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We hang out, walk the pups, ride bikes and catch up after a busy week.

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How times have changed.

Since I used to spend my Sunday mornings like this:

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And while I still enjoy a good run (a short run!), I much prefer my lazy family-filled Sunday mornings. No more are the days with crazy early wakeup times to go and run for 2 hours.

How do you like to spend your Sunday morning??

Scenes From The Weekend, 29

June 16th, 2014 5 comments

This past weekend was dedicated to the men in my life!

Jay and C went to visit Jay’s family in Pittsburgh Friday and Saturday. They got to watch Jay’s niece kick butt in her karate tournament AND visit Jay’s dad for Father’s Day. #winwin

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I wish I could have been there!

Then Sunday was full of Jay’s favorite things.

A new golf bag:

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Beer and ice cream:

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Mantanks:

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And father/son time:

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And lucky for me, I got to spend time with all my favorite men (well, minus my father-in-law)!

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What did you do to celebrate the men in your life this weekend?

2014 Challenge Nation Race

June 12th, 2014 4 comments

This past Saturday four of us participated in Cleveland’s Challenge Nation Race.

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It was Amazing Race style. We were given the clues, a 3-2-1 countdown, and then we were off!

And I have to be honest, some of the clues weren’t very easy to figure out!

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These were the hints posted on Facebook the night before. Not very helpful. lol

But once we pulled it together, we were able to put together a game plan. :)

Here are some shots:

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I think one of the hardest tasks was finding an old-school blue mailbox to take a picture with (within running distance)!

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The the whole challenge took us a little less than an hour and a half, and I think we covered about 3 to 4 miles? But it was such a beautiful day and a fun race! I would do this again and again!

Would you like to be on the Amazing Race? I think it would be awesome, but I’m not sure it would be a good idea for me and Jay to be partners. Ha, we try to avoid stressful situations like that – it’s why we’re still happily married. :)

Disclosure: I was provided with 2 free entries to this race, along with 2 free entries to give away in exchange for promoting and blogging about the race. As always, all thoughts are my own.

Running For Hope 5k – GIVEAWAY!

June 10th, 2014 7 comments

Ready for another race giveaway (it’s definitely that time of year!)??

The Running For Hope 5k is on Saturday, June 28th in Avon Lake. This annual race benefits and supports Love Without Boundaries.

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You can register online here. Pre-registration is $20 for adults and $10 for kids! Race day registration and packet pickup begins at 6:45am and the race starts at 9am (great time!).

For more information, you can visit the race website.

But the top prize this year is a $100 gift card to Red, the Steakhouse/Moxie! The race organizers are working hard to bring the runners extra special surprises for race morning, so join the fun and win a FREE ENTRY to the race right here:

  1. Leave a comment telling me if you prefer to race on Saturday or Sunday mornings.
  2. Follow both me and @LoveWB on Twitter and leave me a comment telling me so.
  3. Tweet “I want to race the Running for Hope 5k to benefit @LoveWB – win an entry from @heatha262! http://tinyurl.com/nynjmn3″ and leave me a comment telling me you tweeted.

You can tweet once a day until noon on this Friday, June 13th for extra entries.

Good luck!

Disclosure: I was provided a free race giveaway in exchange for promoting the race.  Due to other obligations, I turned down the opportunity to run but still wanted to offer one of you an entry!

Scenes From The Weekend, 28

June 9th, 2014 4 comments

This weekend was a mix of fun, friends, sweat, and relaxing. The perfect kind of weekend!

Friday Jay taught C how to mow the lawn!

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He’s in that stage of “I want to make money” so he’s for hire! :)

And after a long night of a sleepover with his best buddies, mowing the lawn, and a hard wod, this is how we found him while we were working out:

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He slept through our entire workout (and then some!). There were people coming and going, barbells slamming, music playing, and people yelling – but nothing disturbed him. He was OUT. I actually had to shake him to wake him up! So cute.

Saturday morning was full of Crossfit and then we headed downtown with some friends for the Challenge Nation Race!

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I’ll recap the entire race later this week, but this was one of the most fun races I’ve ever done!

We ate paleo pizza:

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Spinach and prosciutto, and barbecue chicken – delicious!

And then Sunday was our relaxing day. All that rain calls for cuddling and Netflix.

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Are you a light sleeper? Or can you sleep through anything like C? If I’m tired, I could probably sleep through a tornado!

Our Latest Obsession

June 5th, 2014 3 comments

Jay and I have been eating Paleo(ish) for the past 2 months or so. I say paleo(ish) because there are definitely times when we stray out of convenience. But, for the most part, we’re strict paleo with Saturdays being our cheat meal day (to indulge our cravings!). I think the common phrase is “100% Paleo, 80% of the time”? ;)

Why have we changed the way we eat? Two main reasons:

  1. We feel better. I rarely ever get stomach aches anymore! Yay!
  2. Eat good = better performance at the gym.

BUT Jay still has major carb cravings. The boy loves his carbs with breakfast!

So, in order to combat the grumbling and complaining about breakfast, I needed to find a good alternative.

Enter………paleo banana muffins:

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I use this recipe, except I sub the pumpkin for bananas and omit the nutmeg and cloves.

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These are seriously delicious! I probably make this recipe once a week (or more!) depending on who eats them (C sometimes eats them, Jay absolutely does, and I have to be in the mood). Ha!

But they do the trick because Jay is still holding strong! :)

What is your favorite snack/treat? I’m a big dried mango person – well, and Quest bars…..!

p.s. The winner of the Challenge Nation race was emailed previously this week. Congrats, Joe!

Our Little Crossfit Family

June 3rd, 2014 6 comments

It’s official. We’re a crossfit family now! And have been for the past month. :)

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C has been asking us to join the fun for months now. So we finally made the decision to join a gym that offered a teens class.

It works out well. His class is at 4:30 and ours is at 5:30. So Jay and I hang out and stretch while he works out and then he reads, does his homework, or plays his iPad while we work out. #crossfitfamily

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So far so good. He loves it! The conversations at home are pretty hilarious these days:

  • Mom, hurry up! We’re going to be late to Crossfit!
  • Mom, can you pick me up from school tomorrow? I don’t want to be late to Crossfit.
  • Mom, that workout was horrible! Oh my gosh, rowing is the WORST.
  • Mom, that paleo pizza was amazing! Can we have paleo pizza night once a week??

This kid cracks me up. But it’s so much fun! Crossfit has brought us a little closer together as a family (which I didn’t think was possible, since we’re already pretty close!).

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And he’s so animated lately. He’s confident and so much more talkative (if that’s possible!). I love seeing this change in him. I don’t care if he’s the fastest or strongest kid, I just want him to be happy and passionate about something. Maybe this will be his thing, maybe it won’t, but right now it’s bringing him happiness. Which makes me happy, too. :)

What was your passion as a kid? As much as it pains me to say this, mine was baton. Seriously. Haha. :)

2014 Memorial Day Murph

May 28th, 2014 5 comments

Murph is a big deal in the world of Crossfit.

Once a year, on Memorial Day, most (if not all) Crossfit boxes participate in “Murph” <———click here to read more about it.

For time:

  • 1 mile run
  • 100 pull ups
  • 200 push ups
  • 300 squats
  • 1 mile run

It’s not easy.

Heck, it’s not supposed to be easy!

And last year was the first time I ever did this workout.

Scaled.

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So my time was pretty decent.

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Because I had help from my friend, the orange band. :)

But this year I did real BIG GIRL pull-ups – ONE HUNDRED of them!

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Jay and I both!

And my time was definitely slower than last year (though not by much!), but I’m totally fine with it. HUGE gains have been made this past year – heck, in the past few months!

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I got a shot of the next class starting Murph after we were done!

So, my hands may be torn to shreds (which are healing surprisingly fast!), my chest may be mad sore from all the pushups, and my forearms may be sore to touch, but dammit I RX’d that wod! #progress

Life is good. :)

What progress have you made lately?