J is for Judy

I met J is for Judy in nursing school. We were classmates. From the very first moment I met Judy she had me in stitches laughing. Judy is just one of those people that you just want to be around. If you could imagine doing a program in nine months that normally takes people two years you may start to understand the stress that nursing school had on us. Always overwhelmed, tired and annoyed at our program there was a lot to talk about. Judy had a way of taking these nuancies of nursing school and making them a laughing matter. Her frank honesty, slight cynicism  and humor made school a whole lot easier to get through.

After nursing school Judy moved to Las Vegas and I stayed in Virginia. Some how we both found CrossFit, Paleo and Blogs. I urge you to check out her blog J is for Judy. You won’t be disappointed. On her website you will find unique, easy and tasty Paleo recipes, adventures in CrossFit and product reviews. She also includes life adventures to include her experiences as a military wife, dog owner, and much more. Lastly, every week you have the mid-week mixer to look forward to. This is where she shows you how to make a completely new mixed drink using fresh ingredients. Um…how can you not check out her blog!! To entice you even more I often my find myself in a fit of silent giggles reading her blog. Her slight inappropriateness and blunt honesty won’t  disappoint. What are you waiting for go check it out for yourself: J is for Judy

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P.S. Her name isn’t really Judy 😉

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Oh Hawaii…I miss you already!!

I had a blast in Hawaii!! I was worried that over the years I had built up the trip to Hawaii to unrealistic proportions and that I may in fact end up disappointed by the trip. I am happy to announce that not only did my trip to the big island meet my expectations but it exceeded them. This was the first real vacation that we have taken since adopting the Paleo lifestyle. One thing we learned from this experience is that we would prefer to stay in a place that has a kitchen for future vacations. While we both loosen the reins on what we eat while on  vacation, eating out for almost two weeks straight took both a toll on our bodies and wallets!! We thoroughly enjoyed drinking the fruity drinks and sugary foods at first, but we noticed as the vacation went on we felt more sluggish and that we both had “rumbly tummies” at points throughout the trip.  Eating at home for one or two meals a day would allow us to still feel close 100% to explore as well as allow for us to try the local cuisine!!

With that said I am glad to be back. I have found that I am a creature of routine. I am ready to get back to eating clean, CrossFit and working towards my goals. In the meantime here are some more pictures of my amazing trip.

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In front of lava rock. It was every where on the Kona side!

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Black sand beach!!

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Green Sand Beach!! It was a two hour drive and a 2.5 mile hike to this beach but it was well worth it!!

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This was an amazing white sand beach that we went to where the water was clear as day.  Oh yeah the sign above made me a little nervous!

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 There was plenty of wind on the island to run these wind mills!!

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I am used to deer crossing signs!! Donkey crossing signs were new to me. I was disappointed that I didn’t actually see a donkey crossing the road. I guess I am just going to have to go back. Oh darn 😉

A Week in Paradise!!

Ever since I can remember I have wanted to go to Hawaii!! In college I seriously contemplated moving to Hawaii. I have more then one book in my possession about how to move to Hawaii. The same can be said about learning how to surf. Up until this week I had never been to Hawaii or attempted to surf in the ocean. I always had a reason for not doing these things. The reasons were often that I need to save more money or I wanted to wait until I was in a different point in my life.  I am one of those individuals that as soon as I reach a goal I immediately set another goal in it’s place. This year it became crystal clear to me that if I did not throw caution to wind and just book the trip to Hawaii that it may never happen. I am so happy that did!! This has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It is also a great lesson that once you finally decide to go after something that you really want you will find a way to make it happen. The one benefit though of waiting almost ten years to go to a place that I have always dreamed of is that I get to experience it with my best friend and love of my life!!

One thing that was super inspirational about the trip is some of the people that we met. Many of them were individuals that just decided that they wanted to live in Hawaii and that it was going to happen. More amazing is that they are super successful at it. They found something that they loved and found a way to make a living out of it. I am totally amazed and inspired. That is my goal to live at the beach with a career at something that I love. I am still looking for the right path but I am sure that I will find it. One of these amazing folks is a photographer name Nick Selway who is the co-owner of lava light galleries. Definitely check out their pictures. They are awesome to say the least. The other person is an individual named Hank who moved from Montana and fell in love with the volcano and lava in general.  He now own’s property not even two miles from the active lava flow and gives tours nightly.  Check out his website.

Of course no trip is complete without a visit to a local CrossFit gym. I was able to sneak in a workout at CrossFit Allstar.  It was an amazing gym with some of the friendliest people that I have ever met. I especially enjoyed the mobility/yoga class that they offered directly after the workout. I always mean to stretch and roll out after my workout but it rarely happens. Having the extra motivation of a class was well worth my time.

Below are a couple of pictures of my trip to the Big Island of Hawaii

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Family Fun….

This past week while my body was recuperating some of my family was in town!!! It was a great distraction from not being able to do CrossFit and a lot of fun.

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My husband, youngest brother and dad at the Orioles

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My youngest brother Greg, me and my Dad at the Orioles game!! I only own Nationals Gear so that is what I wore!!

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My Dad and I after the game. It was Orioles vs Yankees. I was rooting for the Yankees and they were rooting for the Orioles. I thought my team was going to win by a landslide but they Orioles came back to win the game.

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The weekend involved lots of “Daisy” love. The left is my younger sister giving daisy a kiss and the picture on the right is “Daisy” relaxing after a trip to the dog park

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We even found time to squeeze in a little workout. We live by the “Exorcist” stairs. They are the stairs that the priest is pushed down in the movie the “Exorcist”. This is a doozy of a workout. I have had times after doing a stairs workout that I did not think I was going to be able to walk back to the car. It is a super awesome workout and a very humbling experience if you have not done stairs in a while. You do not need to be at the “Exorcist” stairs to see the benefits of running stairs. Find any place that has a couple sets of stairs and give it a try. I bet you will be surprised at how hard it is!! Such a quick but effective workout. I hate running but loving doing stairs.

Of course the weekend was not void of food. Lots of what we ate was not “Paleo” but I had to show my family all the yummy food the DC area has to offer. We went to Baked and Wired which has amazing cupcakes…..better then Georgetown Cupcakes in my opinion. Love Georgetown cupcakes frosting but think that their cupcake is a little dry. Baked and Wired offers a better all around cupcake. We also checked out the Pie Sisters which I had never been too!! The coconut cream pie was my favorite!!!

The weekend was not without yummy paleo food. One night my husband and I made a delicious Paleo meal. My absolutely favorite thing right now is the Bacon Wrapped Scallops

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So yummy!!! Give it a try!! 

A picture of the whole gang….daisy and all. What a fun weekend. Can’t wait to do it again.

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Austin!! Keeping it Weird…..

So the theme for this blog is fun, fitness, food and figuring it all out. I thought it was about time that I posted some “fun.” Right now I am writing to you from Austin, Tx…Yeah!! Mini-vacation!! I have always had a strong love for mexican food and margaritas so I feel right at home in Austin. I am here with my friend Rina and my new found friend Lauren. We have had a lot of fun exploring the city, food and talking with the locals. Below are some of the pictures from my adventure thus far!!

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Yeah Austin!! Some of the scenery from around town….

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Lauren and I with the bat expert. Every night hundreds of bats fly out from under one of the bridges in Austin. It is quite a sight and honestly a little terrifying.

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Little did we know that this was going to become an animal discovery adventure!!

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Hanging out with some amazing people 🙂

For me visiting a new place is as much about the food as it is exploring. Visiting Austin, Tx is no different except that this is the first time that I have gone on vacation Paleostyle. Ironically, the day before I left I got my copy of Paleo Magazine and in it was the article “Road Trip: Sticking to Paleo on the Go.” The article was well written and informative but I think it was geared to those who want to be strict Paleo on their adventures. To be strict Paleo, especially when away from home base, requires a lot of preparation and planning. For me, vacation is supposed to be fun and consuming my vacation with stringent requirements of where and what I am going to eat takes a lot of the fun out of going away. One thing that the article stressed, and I wholly agree with, is that Paleo is a lifestyle not a diet. What this means to me is that if I were on a “diet,” vacation would be the time to throw caution to the wind and eat whatever hits your plate. A “lifestyle” means that you don’t venture too far from what your norm is. Although, I know I feel and function better on a stricter Paleo I refuse to spend my whole vacation just eating salad at every meal….BORING….. At the same time I know that letting too loose will leave me tired and probably doubled over in pain for most of my entire vacation which isn’t fun either. The only rule that I will not break even for vacation is no bread…otherwise I try to listen to my body and how I feel. I try to make as Paleo conscious choices as possible but I don’t stress out about it if it is not 100% paleo. If my belly is feeling a little unsettled I make sure that I make better choices at the next meal. Luckily, for me, Austin is a very health conscious city which really made it delicious and easy to make positive choices.   While Austin has been fun I am looking forward to getting back to making my own very delicious and healthful food.

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One of the yummy Paleo friendly meals that I had while on my trip…..