Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

Hubby loves baseball and has made it his unrelenting mission to make me like it as well. Whenever given the chance, he takes me to a baseball game. This time it was the Reds versus Marlins in Cincinnati . I actually had a great time!

baseballWe enjoyed the sunshine and what started out as a great game…dammit Rausch…you suck! Sorry, that was mean, but true.

baseball 2My compliments to the groundskeeper at the Great American Ballpark. I thought the grass was turf because it was so perfect!

Can you tell how happy he was to be there? He usually fake smiles in all my blog photos…

baseball 3We were right on the river! Gorgeous views, fun city

baseball4We grabbed some kettle corn and settled in for the game. It was delicious! Probably too delicious…I couldn’t stop eating it!

Hubs got his obligatory hot dog and soda…oh baseball fans

Unfortunately the Marlins lost terribly, but it was still fun to watch. And I learned how to take stats! It definitely kept me more engaged than I normally am

Do you like baseball? Or does your spouse like a sport you can’t stand?



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BulletProof Coffee and A Pressed Juicery Giveaway!

This morning, I tried something new…BulletProof Coffee.  Ever heard of it?  Well, it is all the rage right now in the Paleo/Primal/CrossFit world and I’ve been having a really tough time getting my butt out of bed in the mornings, so I decided “Why not??”

I didn’t get fancy with this stuff because it was my first time trying and I am one to approach things scientifically.  I decided that I needed to try it a few times before I become completely obsessed :-)  Now, I usually don’t drink much coffee as is:  example–I make a cup of coffee in my Keurig, and because K-cups are so damn expensive, I can’t bring myself to toss the half cup or more of coffee that I don’t drink!  So, I put it back in the fridge and on average, it takes me about 3 days to finish an 8 oz cup of coffee :-)

My First Impressions of BP Coffee:

1.  I drink my coffee black and obviously in small quantities.  This was a very CREAMY consistency and a bit to get used to, but ultimately, I didn’t find it difficult to drink.

2.  I began noticing after only a few sips that I was breathing much better than normal.  Full nasal passageway clearance, cool and clean breaths of air.  This in itself made me feel more invigorated.

3.  I had the coffee 4 hours ago and I’m still feeling clear and energetic.  I’ve also swam 500m and led another group workout session between then and now.  Still chugging along!

4.  I’ll be interested to see if the BP Coffee lets me down easily or if I crash and burn at a certain point.  That would be less than ideal.

All in all…I’m kinda sold.  A few more trial runs will show me whether or not this stuff is for real!

Daily Workouts:

500m swim

**My first triathlon (only a sprint) is on Sunday so I’m starting to lower my swim distances.  Don’t get me wrong, I never worked up past 1100m (the event is only 750m), but I feel I need to keep swimming so I don’t lose my confidence before the big day!**

Group Workout

**I led a modified CrossFit workout because I find that these are the easiest to do in a larger group and allow people to really push themselves or to half-ass it if they wish**

Strength/Skill Portion

6 min EMOM (every minute on the minute)

3 Power Cleans (I used 70#)

3 Hand Stand Push Ups or Wall Walks

(I tried to work on my kip but experienced some shoulder pain so I switched to Wall Walks, which I see marked improvement on!!)

**We split into 2 groups, one group started on PC and the other on HSPU.  Do 3 reps and then switch exercises for the next minute until 6 minutes are up.  You should do 9 reps total of each exercise)

METCON Portion

3 rounds for time:

8 Turkish Get-Ups (20# then 15#)

8 Hand-Release Push-Ups

8 Jumping lunges

8 Hollow Rocks

600 m run

**From the TGU through the Run is 1 round.  Repeat 3 times.  We were going to go for 4 but we were all feeling this workout and running out of time.  Butt-kicker for sure!**

For breakfast I tried the newest Love Grown Foods product!! Shhh, it’s a secret  I’ll have a product review posted for you later ;-)  Needless to say, I love that company and I LOVE their products!!

And finally, there is an AWESOME giveaway on Roost Blog, check it out!

Have you ever tried a craze diet or food type?  What was it?  Did it live up to its legend?


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Cheribundi: Product Review and GIVEAWAY!!

Do you ever have a hard workout that just takes you out for the rest of the week?  Do you ever feel like your recovery time is just not where it should be?  Or do you just feel pooped and need a pick-me-up?  Well, say hello to Cheribundi!

Cheribundi was kind enough to send me some of their juices for Hubby and I to sample and provide a product review.  I must say, I’m not a huge juice drinker (I like to limit my sugar in take), but this juice is FANTASTIC!  You may be a bit apprehensive when you see the word “tart” on the front of the bottle, but they aren’t tart at all.  They are perfectly sweetened…not too sweet, and with a little bit of tartness at the finish.

Now, why would drinking cherry juice help you with muscle recovery??

What’s Inside

Fifty Cherries: Our Tru Cherry™ juice packs fifty cherries into a short 8oz bottle. (We know because we counted them.) From there we add just enough water and apple juice to make it palate-perfect. Of course, to create the benefits of Skinny Cherry™ we decrease the cherries slightly and sweeten with natural Stevia. To get the benefits of Whey Cherry™ into a bottle, we add whey protein.

Freshness: Our cherry juice is freshly pressed from whole cherries. Other cherry juices are made from concentrate once a year and then stored for months before being turned back into juice. Not cheribundi™, though. Cherries in the morning – great tasting juice in the bottle that same afternoon! That’s why it tastes so darn fresh.

Phytonutrients: These are the building blocks in fruits and vegetables, so they’re good for you. They help plants grow and regenerate cells properly and they just may help regulate physiological functions in human, too. Cherries have a powerful combination of these nutrients, which provides more benefits than any other fruit or other good-for-you foods like tea, wine and other juices. Whether you’re looking for anthocyanins, melatonin, phenolic acids, flavanoids/flavonols/flavanols (however you say or spell them), science is starting to show that many of these phytonutrients may have special properties. Some may reduce oxidative stress and fight free radicals while others may act like anti-inflammatories and yet others may hold a promise for better heart health. Of course, all the claims in the world wouldn’t be as convincing as if you tried our juice and experienced the benefits for yourself!

Vitamins and Minerals: Your mom was right, you need vitamins and minerals. But not because she said so. You need them because they are the foundation to a strong immune system and enhance metabolic processes. In cheribundi™ you’ll find Vitamin A, Potassium, Iron, Calcium and, in Whey Cherry™, muscle-growing B-Vitamins!

High ORAC Rating: The Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity rating for cheribundi™ is higher than other juices – that means our juice has a better ability to absorb and neutralize free radicals. Whether you’re exercising or resting, cheribundi™ is working hard for you! (source)

I started my tasting with the Tart Cherry Relax juice.  This juice is blended with L-Theanine which aids in helping you to fall asleep and stay asleep!  This juice worked like a charm.  I drank it about 30 minutes before getting ready for bed and promptly fell asleep…without moving…for the next 8 hours.  It. Was. Awesome.

The next juice I sampled was the standard Tart Cherry Juice.  I brought several bottles to work with me for my co-workers to sample (we are all doing a Whole Life Challenge together and I thought this would help them with their healthy life changes) and right around 3PM, I hit the wall!  I was exhausted and didn’t think I was going to make it to CrossFit after work.  I was THAT tired.  I figured it was time to have a few swigs of Tart Cherry and within minutes, I had enough energy to power through!  Everyone at work loved the taste.  It is like you are eating 50 cherries, but without the work of spitting out pits or the mess.

The other juice I sampled was the Tart Cherry Rebuild.  This one is made with whey protein and is perfect for a post workout beverage!  I shared it with Hubby after our CrossFit class last night and boy did we need it!


5 rounds total, every 3 min

Overhead Squat 4-6 reps (I only did 35# because we were supposed to focus on locking out our shoulders)

Powell Raise 4-6 reps (5# to focus on contracting your lats only)

Then 5 rounds

8 Weighted Step Ups (24 inch box, 35#)

250m row

30 sec plank hold right side

30 sec plank hold left side

8 thrusters

This was our first Crossfit workout after our vacation and it kicked our butts!  After drinking the Rebuild juice, we both felt like we were instantly replenished.  The perfect combo of carbs and protein.

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Gluten-Free Awareness Tour is Coming to Cincinnati!

If any of my readers are from Ohio, the Gluten Free Awareness Tour is on the move and it is headed to Cincinnati! I’m so proud to be a member of the Gluten Free Awareness Blogger Team and to promote this event.  I love knowing that our nation is taking steps in the right direction to protect and promote gluten free products and increase the knowledge of the gluten free diet around the country.

Debbie Goulding, Executive Chef with Kroger Company, will be presenting at the Gluten-Free Awareness Tour stop in Cincinnati on Saturday, October 5th at 11:00 am.

Debbie has earned a BA in Therapeutic Dietetics from The University of Iowa, an AAS degree at the Culinary Institute of America, a BS degree in Horticulture from the University of New Hampshire, and a Master Gardener Certification in Herbs and Specialty Produce.  Debbie is also the President of The American Culinary Federation of Greater Cincinnati and serves on the board of directors.

Chef Goulding will give a cooking demonstration at the Gluten-Free Awareness Tour stop in Cincinnati on October 5th at Cintas Center/Schiff Conference & Banquet Center at Xavier University.  Goulding’s presentation will be geared specifically to gluten-free cooking.  The event will be held from 9 am-2 pm.  Adult admission is $10 and children under 12 are admitted free.

The event should also have different gluten free booths, so swing by and check it out!

Hope you can make it!  If you don’t live in Ohio, be sure to check out the website…they may be in your neck of the woods soon too!  Hey Mom, want to check it out with me this weekend?? :-)



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Energybits and a GIVEAWAY!!!

A few weeks ago, I was the lucky recipient of some ENERGYBITS!


I was contacted by the company to do a review of their product since they knew I was a fitness fanatic, so I used the energybits just for what they were intended for!  I have to admit, I was a little bit skeptical of these little miracle tablets, so I did my research, and here is what I found:

- These bits have no sugar, caffeine or chemicals and are barely ONE CALORIE per tab

- The Energybits are made from 100% organically grown spirulina algae

- These tabs have the highest concentration of protein in the world (64%), 40 vitamins and minerals, and antioxidants, electrolytes and Omega 3

So I gave these little guys a try.  The first thing I found to be crazy was HOW MANY TABS you have to take!  30 tabs is the serving size, so I popped all 30 in my mouth and it was overwhelming.

It was overwhelming because these little guys STINK! That is why the company recommends that you swallow them and NOT CHEW.  I honestly don’t know why anyone would try to chew them…I guess if you don’t like swallowing pills??


It actually wasn’t too bad to swallow these pills and I took them with water.  I loved the cute tin that they sent me too.  It comes with every order so you can put 2 servings of the energybits in there and pop them in your purse, pocket, gym bag, whatever!

I have to admit, I felt a serious rush of fresh energy the first time I took them before my afternoon Crossfit workout.  I felt great, invigorated and strong.  I tried them again the next morning before my long run, and unfortunately did not feel much of anything then.  I took a few more later in the afternoon and felt like I had some good energy again, but wasn’t sure if I finally woke up, if it was the spirulina, or if it was something else.  So I’d say my experience with these was good, but I’d need to be using them consistently before I could really feel a difference.

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Weekend Fun!

Hubby and I are ALWAYS busy…sometimes I love it, other times I resent how busy we are.  I always remind myself to be grateful to have so many people that invite us to do fun things and that I have a choice:  to stress or not to stress.  I also realize that I have the ability to say, “No” to any opportunity that passes my way…so who’s fault is it when we are “too busy”??  Mine…yup, there, I said it.  So, on to the fun!

Hubby and I participated in the Foam Fest 5K in Hocking Hills recently.  It was a lot of fun, but we found that it showcased mud a lot more than foam.  Plus, it was RIDICULOUSLY expensive and the highlight of the event (the 50 ft tall foam slide) was punctured and shut down!!  We don’t look super dirty here because we washed off a lot of the mud and foam in the river obstacle.

Hubby also signed up for a Dayton Dragon’s 5K race in downtown Dayton.  I asked if I could run, but he really wanted Beau and I to cheer him on.  I figured it was the least I could do for the number of road races he’s been a spectator for.

The course was relatively flat and I couldn’t believe the number of people out there running!  I love seeing an active community in action.


Hubby finished in no time and he didn’t even try that hard…enough energy to stick your tongue out at the finish??  Pshhh, someone didn’t run as fast as they could have!

After the 5K, we went home to take care of some yard work, shower and get ready for our Sports and Field Day through Centerville Crossfit.  We ended up doing 4 hours of yard work and were starved, so on our way we stopped by Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

5k 1I got an Island Greens Smoothie and a Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken Salad.  Really hit the spot!

Sports and Field day was a TON of fun!  We played kickball and ultimate frisbee.  Hubby and I were completely exhausted afterwards the combination of early morning 5K, yard work, and sports day, so we called it a day and left the party a little earlier than the rest of the gang.  After an early dinner, we treated ourselves to Ritters Frozen Custard…Hubby was begging me for days to go!

Even Beau was happy :-)

Phew! Busy day, but a great one!

Do you ever feel like you are too busy?  Or you have too many things to do?  How do you manage the stress that comes along with it?



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Date Night at Meadowlark

I’ve been studying pretty diligently for the GRE (my previous scores expired) and to celebrate taking the exam and doing well, Hubby took me on a date!  My parents gave us a gift card to Meadowlark for my birthday so we decided to put it to good use.

First, Hubby picked out my outfit…I had no idea what I was going to look like…and I was nervous.

I wanted to wear strappy sandals, but he wanted me to wear my white TOMS…I decided not to argue

meadowlarkWe started with some appetizers, and we weren’t holding back because we had a good chunk of money to spend!  We started with the Garlic Frites with two dipping sauces and the Local Oyster Mushrooms on Grilled Polenta.  They were fantastic!

meadowlark 2The frites had a delicious truffle seasoning on them as well.  I ate them like it was my job…and I was darn good at my job!

meadowlark 3This dish was wonderful as well.  The mushrooms had a fantastic natural flavor coming through.

meadowlark 4For dinner, I ordered the ricotta enchiladas with basmati rice and refried beans.  The enchiladas tasted like an Italian twist on a Mexican dish.  We shared this and a Vietnamese Noodle Salad.  So good!

meadowlark 5

The steak was cooked to perfection.

This meal was wonderful and I can’t wait to go again!

Where is the best place you’ve eaten lately?  Meadowlark is on the top of my list, but we are trying a new restaurant next week…maybe it will edge it out of the top spot???



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Current Workout Schedule

I’m in the middle of transitioning to a new workout routine, but for the most part, this is my weekly schedule!

M:  6 mile tempo run (increasing speed weekly)

Tu:  CrossFit!

W:  Speed Intervals/Circuit Training

Th:  CrossFit

F:  Cross Training (Spinning or Elliptical/Swimming)

Sa:  Long Run or CrossFit

Su:  Active Recovery (usually a long walk/bonding session with my baby boy/furry friend, Beau-Beau)


Another thing I’m finding to be pretty important is sleep scheduling.  I’m working on updating my workout regimen to vary, but to wake up at the same time daily and go to bed at the same time nightly.


As far as dietary regimes, I follow a mostly Paleo diet with cheating as an option on the weekends.  I’m getting ready to start a hardcore Paleo challenge, so I’ll be doing strict Paleo for the next 55 days (or this is my hope)!

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Cocozia–Product Review and Giveaway

I was recently contacted by Cocozia to do a product review for their coconut water.  Now, I LOVE coconut water, but I’m always very wary of new coconut waters because with all of the competing varieties how do they differentiate their brand from the others?  A lot of companies want to appeal to as many people as possible so they add sugar to their coconut water.  For people who are really health conscious or sugar conscious, this is very unappealing.

cocoziaHowever, I’m happy to announce that COCOZIA does NOT add ANYTHING to their coconut water.  It is purely 100% organic pure coconut water and it is DELICIOUS.  Hubby and I both sampled the coconut water at different times during the day and after different workouts and amazingly I did notice a difference in taste.  Now, keep in mind, coconut water is all the rage because it serves as a natural source for electrolyte replenishment after a cardio intensive or very sweaty workout.  Essentially, it takes the place of Gatorade/Powerade.  Unlike Gatorade-like beverages, COCOZIA has no added sugar so if you’re just drinking it straight with dinner or something like that, the flavor is very subtle.   However, if you are drinking it as a post workout beverage, it is SUPER refreshing, light and actually tastes a little sweet because your body is deprived of electrolytes.  All in all, I loved it and would gladly drink it again.

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Calorically, it seemed to be on par with the rest of the coconut waters I’ve tried.

I first tried the coconut water after a tough CrossFit workout that Hubby and I did together.

It was extremely refreshing and I felt hydrated almost immediately.  Just plain water works as well, but I feel that I need to drink a lot more water to feel hydrated and no one likes a bloated and sloshy tummy after a cardio intense workout.  That usually results in feeling a bit sick

cocozia 3

I also liked that it came with a cute little expandable straw for sipping.  It gave me the option to use the straw or peel back the silver sealant tab and drink that way.

The next time I enjoyed the coconut water was after a 25 mile bike ride in 85 degree weather…that is HOT in Dayton

I was running pretty ragged before the COCOZIA, but after I finished my beverage I felt refreshed and certainly had a bit more pep in my step!  It even made me think that it would be a good idea to take Beau for a walk!  And on our walk we found…

cocozia 4His twin!  A little squattier, but coloration and the red collar matched his quite well. Check out the resemblance!

cocozia 5We had a great walk thanks to our “pep”

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Endangered Species Chocolate Review and GIVEAWAY!


I was so excited to get these in the mail!  I love Endangered Species Chocolate and everything their company stands for.  I also love that 10% of their proceeds go to protecting endangered species, humanitarian efforts and conservationism.  Great company and even better chocolate!  I really love their dark chocolate because it is so smooth and silky.  Perfect after dinner snack and dessert.  Their milk chocolate is purely decadent and delicious!

They also keep changing the flavor profiles up on me!  Dried fruits and nuts are my favorite, so I really enjoyed trying these bars.

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I ate this chocolate like I never had chocolate before.  I just couldn’t keep away from it!

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