Articles for January 2011

This one’s for T!

My good friend and CrossFit partner in crime let me play life coach tonight. I haven’t told anyone yet, but I’m considering hanging my counseling shingle again – only this time, I’m approaching the practice from more of a life coach/wellness coach perspective. More about that to come!

Tonight, Trisha and I explored the possibility that even those annoying parts of us – the parts that demand we eat chocolate or skip a workout – want what is best for us. I was reminded of an earlier post that fits beautifully right here, right now. Enjoy!

Working at the Car Wash (Sing it with me!)

In an effort to stress out a bit less at work than is often the norm on a Monday at an intermediate school filled with 800+ 5th and 6th graders, I gave myself permission to have my car washed on my lunch break today. I picked up a copy of Experience Life Magazine to browse through while I waited for the Trailblazer to be relieved of its numerous layers of road crud. I enjoyed what I read enough to look up the website later and discovered an article titled Being Healthy is a Revolution. Basically the premise of the article is that our nation is in a health crisis over which we have much more control than we as a whole are currently willing to exercise. (Interesting that being willing to exercise responsibility for ourselves and our health begins with being willing to exercise our bodies!)

While the rather lengthy article was full of dismal statistics regarding the nation’s health crisis, it also contained more than a little inspiration… “It (getting healthy) can be done, and there’s nothing more worth doing. Because when you change your health, you change your life, and the lives of everyone around you, for the better. You free yourself up to be, do and share so much more than you otherwise could. You experience more energy, positivity and exhilaration. You naturally become more inspired and empowered to give your best gifts — the ones the world needs most right now.”

I love that! And I am grateful to be in a position to currently live that! And I know this for sure — if I can do this, you can to! Several folks lately have commented to me that they couldn’t possibly eat the way I eat or exercise the way I exercise. Really?! I am completely convinced that YOU CAN TOTALLY DO THIS!! You can become a healthier, happier version of you. If you want me to, I’ll even help! 🙂

Peace, Love, and Clean Living (in clean cars),


How much have I gained?

Typically when we begin a new eating and/or fitness routine, we focus on losing something – pounds, chins, muffin tops, etc… What if we focused instead on what we gain? Here’s a list of a few of my favorite additions since being introduced to CrossFit and Paleo eating back in June 2009:

I have made new friends, many of whom will be friends for life. Sharing blood, sweat, tears, puke and nervous pee will bond a group in a hurry!

I have met fascinating people. This weekend I spent time with Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Urban from Whole 9. And I met Melissa Joulwan who writes the sassy blog, The Clothes Make the Girl. How insanely fun is it that what we all chose to do on a cold and rainy Sunday was to meet in Houston in an unheated warehouse to talk about healthy eating?!

I have healed my relationship with food! Actually, my relationship with food has been healed, but I really didn’t DO it. I think I just learned to let it happen. (That’s huge!)

 I enjoy cooking! (See previous post for details.)

I have some cute new clothes in smaller sizes.

I have strength and stamina and courage and endurance and confidence. And as of tonight’s WOD – 10 strung double unders. 🙂 Who doesn’t want some of that?

I have a new level of respect from my kids. They think I’m crazy – in a good way!

I have fallen in love with Superman all over again. We share this passion for fitness and health and well-being. We workout together several times each week – celebrating our accomplishments, our efforts, our lives! We talk about paleo eating and about who else we talked to about paleo eating. We plan our calendar around workouts and dinner with our Freaks. We love our country drive to Burgundy Pasture Beef where we stock up on protein. (Go on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday and have a burger from their grill. Best burger ever!) We are grateful for the new energy that has infused our 25 year marriage.

What have I lost? Who cares? My cup overfloweth!

Peace, Love and Gratitude,


Who Knew?

Almost as surprising to me as the fact that I consider myself an athlete, is that I’m beginning to believe I can cook! And I would rather cook (or prepare from what is already cooked) a meal at home than eat out about 90% of the time.

How did I get to this place? Like any worthwhile accomplishment it has taken time and patience and grace and effort. Mostly it has come as a complete surprise. I never set a goal to become a cook. But once I set goals towards eating real foods, it became pretty clear that those real foods would be more likely to come from my kitchen than from a fast food window!

I remember while reading Robb Wolf’s book, The Paleo Solution, being “encouraged” by him to “get your fanny in the kitchen and cook!” I have found a couple of go-to websites (Whole 9 and Everyday Paleo) which provide easy and delicious meals made with simple ingredients. A couple of the recipes I make again and again. (Chicken Chili Soup is a favorite!) And then on occasion I try something new and decide whether or not to put it in the rotation. Tonight’s is definitely a keeper! 

I’m blessed with a hubby who has become my Paleo Pal. He is great to grill grass-fed franks and burgers each weekend so that we have easy to reach for meal starters all week long. And he actually likes grocery shopping! I don’t get it! But I’m so grateful. Thanks, Phillip!

So take a look at my favorite websites and recipes, then “get your fanny in the kitchen and cook!” You’ll be glad you did.

Peace, Love, and Chicken Chili Soup,


Happy New Year!

What a great year it has been! Life is so good. And I do believe it’s getting better. I’m looking forward to 2011 with great anticipation of good things to come. My motto for the year is: Live imperfectly with great delight! 🙂

I’m toying with the idea of a Whole 100! The current plan is this: Eat All Paleo All the Time for the next 100 days. I believe that takes me through April 10, 2011. That sounds pretty exciting to me. I’ve put in place a contingency plan. In case I lose my sense of balance – and start veering away from my plan of imperfection – I have given myself 4 grace cards. These can be used once a month (if needed and/or greatly desired) and offer me the chance to relish one lovely, guilt-free meal of choice – most likely from the Cheesecake Factory. I like that plan.

I also plan to support a few folks through their own version of Whole 30 this year. I love spreading the Paleo Gospel – the Good News of Health By Choice!

I’m starting the new year off with a long overdue run with a good friend. Looks like great running weather in the morning!

Yep. Life just keeps on gettin’ better!

Peace, Love and Livin’ the Good Life!