Black Ops Murph 2015

I know It’s super late to be posting about Memorial Day… but better late than never, right? This was such a cool experience I had to share it! I’m also working on a recap from our Mexico Vacation, and update on my hormones, and a 1 year post op update from my abdominoplasty! So much awesomeness coming your way… I hope you’re ready!

Each Memorial Day for the past several years we have hosted a workout to honor the fallen. The workout we do is a Hero WOD called Murph. CrossFit has several bench mark workouts, some called “The Girls” and then there are Hero WODs which are made to honor fallen soldiers and first responders. Murph is a workout that was named after Lieutenant Michael Murphy. You may remember him from the movie/book “Lone Survivor” – He was the one who climbed out into the open to try to call for help for his team as they were being attacked. He, along with the rest of his team besides Marcus Luttrell, were killed on that mission. When doing a hero workout my goal is always to give my all, as I think back on all those who gave their all so I have the freedom I do today. Murph is no different. It is a tough workout, but if they can give their life certainly I can do one more squat or run another mile.

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This year instead of doing the typical Memorial Day Morning Murph we decided to have “Black Ops Murph” on Sunday evening. We hired a DJ, brought in black lights and robotic lights, and also got body paint and glow sticks. As everyone began to arrive the box was buzzing with excitement. Everyone was ready to get a great workout

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We gathered together the first heat and got ready to head out the door for the first 1 Mile Run.

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We started the countdown… 3..2…1… GO!

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We were very grateful for the Wentzville Police Department coming out to help us cross the road safely!

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Throughout the entire workout we were reminded of why we do workouts like this… to honor those who have given literally everything for us to have our freedom. Most hero WODs are pretty tough, but really when you think about the things the soldiers and first responders had to go through complaining about or quitting a workout because it’s hard isn’t an option.

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Once we got back inside (a little wet from the mix of sweat, humidity, and rain) we set out to complete 100 Pull Ups 200 Push Ups and 300 Squats. I’ve always done this workout with a partner and we have taken turns breaking down the workout into 20 sets of 5 Pull Ups- 10 Push Ups – and 15 Squats. This year I did it with a partner but we decided to go straight through the reps without breaking it up. So we finished the 100 Pull Ups before going to the 200 Push Ups and the Push Ups before finishing with the 300 Squats. Holy Moly, that is a whole different animal. For me the real game changer was the push ups. Doing sets of 10 even when alternating with a partner had my arms smoked! It was a super cool experience to workout under the black lights with the DJ Music Pumping though!

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This is Happening! Black Ops Murph 2015 @crossfit70 #crossfit #murph #memorialday #blacklight

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I tried my best to get some good pictures, but apparently your camera freaks out if it is both dark and the subjects you are trying to photographing are moving at break neck speeds… The best shot I got? A Selfie, of course!

Such a fun time! Black Ops Murph is a success! #blacklight #murph #crossfit @crossfit70 #wentzville #memorialday

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We ended up running 2 heats and having well over 40+ people show up. It is crazy to see how much our community has grown over the last several years… The top picture is the first year we did Murph just a month or so after opening CrossFit 70. The bottom picture was last year after being open just over a year.

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This year was our 3rd year doing Murph on Memorial day and our biggest turn out yet!

 

I’m so proud of everyone who came out to support our community and to honor and remember those who lost their lives fighting for our freedom. I feel incredibly blessed to be surrounded by such great people not just on awesome special events like this but day in and day out at our box. Also a big thanks to Fabletics for providing some awesome swag for the attendees and to HumanX Gear for the best weight vest I’ve ever used!

 

Have you ever done Murph? Or a Black light WOD? 

Small Changes Add Up

Oh hey.

It’s been a minute…. oooor a month. I didn’t mean for that to happen. I had huge plans to write a ton while we were on vacation in Mexico last month but… we were on vacation in Mexico! So, Tequila happened. And so did laying by the pool for hours on end. It was amazing and I’m planning on writing a whole post about it.

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I have started to write a few times since then but every time I start to write it seems like the words evaporate. I haven’t even posted much on Instagram lately, and I was addicted to Instagram! Aside from being stupid busy trying to run several businesses, be a mom and wife, and still have time to eat/sleep/find clean clothes to wear… or time to wash my hair…. I have been struggling to find my voice here.

Really ever since I posted about how I was struggling to find myself I have continued to struggle with investing time and energy into public platform I created for myself. I have continued to feel out of place in the blogging community. I didn’t want this to turn into a career. I don’t care about ads or page views or followers. I didn’t want to have all the answers, be an expert, or pedal a quick fix. I just wanted a place to share my journey in hopes that it helps someone would be inspired by it.

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Here’s the thing… along the way I have changed. My mindset has changed. I’m at a different place in life. I feel like I have more to offer on this space than just “Here’s what I ate” or “Here’s what workouts I did” – Does that mean I’ll never talk about food and workouts ever again? Absolutely not. But I don’t want to be just another former fat girl with a blog about what I eat. I want to challenge people to question what they believe and why they believe it… to inspire people to reach for their goals regardless of how impossible they may seem… to discuss different schools of thought on nutrition and exercise… to get you to ask yourself the hard questions about where you are in life and where you want to go. I’m still working on finding my way in many of these areas, so we can explore together. I’m just so tired of the rambling about how clean I eat or how much I workout or whatever in the health and fitness world. Over the last few years i’ve watched people struggle to lose weight, trying to find happiness through achieve some arbitrary weight goal. Or worse see that person yo-yo diet, develop disordered eating patterns, over train and end up worse than they started because they were chasing perfection.

It doesn't have to be all our nothing. Start small, it will pay off! #wycwyc #neversettle

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I’m not interested in perfection. The saying that Perfect is the Enemy of Good is all too true in health and fitness lately. Like if we can’t live on a diet of chicken and green beans forever we might as well eat whatever we want anyway. It is that kind of mindset that keeps people stuck. Thinking you have to make all these changes at once and then getting overwhelmed. It seems as though that is the new normal. It shouldn’t be! Making one or two smarter, healthier choices is going to get you further than doing nothing because you can’t do everything.

It’s all about doing What You Can, When You Can. Small changes add up over time to big results.

So don’t give up today… or this weekend… just make a small change. You are worth it.

 

Vacation Every Day

It is no secret that we love our vacations! One of the things we decided was important to us as a family was going out of the way to make special memories and experience new things. For the last several years we have made it a point to have at least one family vacation. Living in the midwest we find ourselves aching for a tropical getaway, so most of our trips have been to the beach, on a cruise, or some other warm and sunny climate. A born and raised Florida girl living in Missouri, I crave the beach!

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Vacation memories are filled with the smell of sunscreen, the warmth of the sun, and the taste of tropical drinks. We are actually getting ready to head out to the beaches of Mexico next week! I can’t wait!

The good news is you don’t have to spend a lot of money to experience a little vacation in every day! As we gear up for vacation I’ve been looking for little ways we can bring that relaxing vacation feeling into our every day life. As it has started to get warm out the hubs and I (mostly him!) have been investing time and effort into creating a beautiful outdoor space to relax in. It may not be a tropical beach escape, but it is as close as we are going to get in land locked Missouri!backyard1

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It’s just a start, but we are loving it so far! Our favorite thing to do is sit out back and relax after a long week. Along with a beautiful and relaxing area to sit in another way to bring a little vacation to the everyday is to enjoy a tropical drink while sitting in our personal backyard paradise. I was recently given the opportunity to try Palm Breeze, a sparkling alcohol spritz that comes in two tropical flavors, Red Ruby Citrus and Pineapple Mandarin Orange. Pineapple is a tropical vacation staple to me, so I picked up the Pineapple Mandarin Orange from my local grocery store.

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Palm Breeze is a flavored Malt Beverage which means it is an alcoholic drink made with a malt base, kind of like beer. I brought it out on our back porch and sipped it as I enjoyed our new water feature, which I pretended was the ocean. After a week of laundry, cooking, cleaning and work it feels good to take a few minutes and enjoy a little #VacayinEveryday. The Pineapple Mandarin Orange was a sweet burst of tropical delight.

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Palm Breeze has partnered with Blo Bar to create a mini getaway experience for you and your girlfriends. If you are in Dallas, Austin, DC, or San Diego check out the event pages to RSVP for an evening of drinks and fun!

How would you bring a little vacation to every day?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.