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What’s Your Unicorn?

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We’ve all heard people talk about it. Whispers among the elite, touching around the subject in hushed voices, as if keeping the secret only among the chosen. It is almost as if it is this elusive unicorn, a beautiful beast which presents itself only rarely when you least expect it. But when a person finally spots one, the experience is euphoric, unearthly and life changing. You feel on top of the world and as if something special happened to you and you want the whole world to know about your experience.

But what if you are the one who hasn’t ever seen this symbol of all things glorious? It kind of sucks, doesn’t it? You slog though your experiences waiting for it, and no matter what you do, it doesn’t come. That is exactly how I felt about this elusive thing called, “runner’s high” . Before and during the early stages of Crossfit I ran, a lot. I wasn’t a high mileage runner by any means, but I put my fair share under my feet, and even trained and completed a half marathon. Yes, I know, everyone who has run a marathon or 30 are rolling their eyes at my novice status, and that’s fine with me. I was a dancer my entire life and running was something we just didn’t do, so the fact that I even had a propensity to run in the slightest was more than I could have ever hoped for (and besides, it’s about your overall fitness, not everyone else’s right?) I digress.

So a lot of runs and a half marathon later I still hadn’t seen the unicorn. I ran, and most of the time it hurt. My mind was in my feet and I couldn’t get out of it. I thought about every grueling step, every creek, every groan and most times it ended with that last mile counting every step until it was over. Each time brought new gains, and new pains and I just couldn’t find that moment when your mind goes blank, everything gets quiet and you just run.

Now, fast forward a year and about 300 hundred WODs later and I have finally found my unicorn. The reason for this post is not to get geeked out on what a “runner’s high” is (although if you want the scientific facts about the endorphins in your body releasing when your neurotransmitters fire out pain past your threshold then click HERE.) But I just want to get into the mental state of that runner’s high, or as I like to call it Workout High. See, I could run 8 miles a day and not feel once ounce of euphoria, but give me one, really intense WOD, long or short, metcon or oly lifts, whatever, and I swear I walk away flying high on those beautiful workout clouds.

Which brings me to the reason for this post. We are about half way through the month when resolutions start getting harder to keep, excuses and busy lives start to give you reasons why you can’t keep those goals. Now is the time to dig deeper and find your unicorn. Dig deeper, push yourself harder in your workout and give yourself the ability and chance to feel that amazing greatness that comes when you push past that wall or make gains you never thought possible.  My unicorn comes to me when I finish a WOD. Yours might be after a really hard spin class, a long swim or bike ride. Whatever it is, find it and I promise that feeling will get you to keep your resolutions. That’s the moment that will help you keep your goals and the drive to constantly come back for more.

Now you know the secret, you are part of that elite circle. What are you waiting for 3…2…1… Go!

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Who You Callin’ Cutie?

Hello friends! Week one of my New Year Paleo Program is over and I have to say I have had much success! Although I have been fairly hungry all week (I think withdrawals from my holiday eating), I have been doing great staying on track. Plus I have become addicted to a great citrus fruit that is in season right now, Cuties! Oh I love them. They are just the perfect snack, portable, delicious, and super easy to peel! I grab a couple for snack and I am set!

Another reason that this go around is a bit easier is because my fiance decided to jump onto the Paleo Bandwagon with me! The first time around when I went through the 6 week Paleo Challenge last spring, I was all by myself. Just me, myself and I, which made it quite a bit harder. Don’t get me wrong, he eats pretty healthy normally, but I still had too easy access to many of my favorite things like cereal, granola, cheese, etc. It was hard when I was in a crunch and had absolutely nothing to eat in the fridge to resist pouring myself a very easy and very satisfying bowl of cereal. But I resisted, made it through the challenge, felt and looked great!

This time I don’t have to worry about any of that stuff. The great thing about him doing this with me is the fact that he is so dedicated. When he decides he is going to try something, he definitely isn’t one to quit. So having a Paleo buddy to eat with has been great! We spend most of our evenings in the kitchen together, cooking, talking  sharing our days, making turkey sausage or hard boiling eggs for the next day. Whenever I have a craving for something nonpaleo he keeps me on track. It is great!

So, enough about me. Back to my week! This week was great for renewed inspiration and some great new dishes. I tried to take pictures of a lot of my food so you would have some sort of idea what I was making. So disclaimer, the light in my kitchen is very yellow, therefore casting a yellow-ish tinge to all of my food. I wish I had time to take the photos into Photoshop and make them beautiful like some of the other websites I loyally subscribe to. Alas, I am super busy so what you see is what you get.

Easy Paleo Breakfast Ok, I am a huge proponent for a quick and easy breakfast. I need something I can grab and go without spending an hour prepping something. So Sunday I made some delicious homemade turkey sausage, which is so easy because I can make up a pound of turkey into about 7 sausages and pop them in the fridge until I need them that week. Then in the morning, I reheat them in the microwave, scramble some eggs, and Viola!

Paleo Salad with Cuties!

I am in desperate need of changing up my salads. I needed a new salad that would put the ordinary boring salad to shame. You know the one; lettuce, oil, lemon juice, blah. This time I made a great salad adding a few new ingredients and tossing it with a delicious semi sweet dressing. The salad included baby arugula, cutie slices, dried cranberries and dressing.

Semi-Sweet Salad Dressing (disclaimer I know vinegar isn’t technically Paleo, but eating salads without some kind of dressing is almost unbearable for me, so I had a bit of red wine vinegar. You can easily take the vinegar out and use lemon juice.)

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon organic honey

2 teaspoon stone ground mustard

2 tablespoons grape seed oil

Whisk first 3 ingredients together. Continue whisking and drizzle grape seed oil in. Mix thoroughly and add black pepper to taste.

So, here are just a couple of my meals last week. Stay tuned and I will post some of the dinners we had as well. Hope everyone out there subscribing to the Paleo diet is having great success!

Stay active, stay healthy, and smile!

Stereotypical New Year’s Title

The New Year is here and like every year, each and every tweet and blog post asks, “What are your New Year’s resolutions?” When confronted with this question on the screen I usually turn and hide. I don’t even want to think of resolutions because typically resolutions are the exact things that you DON’T keep in the New Year. Sorry to be Pessimistic Patsy but statistically most people do not keep their resolutions past week 2, and even less after a month.

So what are we to do? Say screw it all to any type of resolution that may help us be better, stronger, healthier, smarter  in 2011? No, absolutely not. But when you are making your resolutions think really hard before you set them out. And try to remember these three things:

1. Don’t give yourself too much to do in 2011. Try to focus on one or two resolutions that are manageable and that you could attain at any time in the year, not just the first. There are many grandiose ideas I have for 2011. I want to be fluent in Spanish, I want to do a 100 m handstand walk, I want to eat clean 100% of the time. I want to quilt. Sheesh, I have a lot to do and when I start to look at this long list of resolutions or what I call “wants” for 2011 I start to have a panic attack. How the hell can I possibly attain all of these things starting January 1st. So what did I do? I took a big step back and went over my list, forcing myself to pick one thing I can commit to, only one. Yes, I would love to promise myself that I will do everything on this list and if I can do that, great for me. In all actuality, the new year will hit and I will be so busy with everything else that most of this stuff won’t ever get wings to get off the ground. So my one New Year’s Resolution: Paleo. That’s it.

2. Grab your friends and get going together. Many people say they can hold themselves accountable, and maybe they can. I myself find that I am a lot more accountable when others are relying on me to follow through. So what better way to start the new year than finding a few friends that want to share your goal. This could be eating healthy, working out more, learning spanish, training your dogs, whatever! Just grab some friends and keep each other accountable. Plus, usually this stuff is a lot more fun when you aren’t doing it alone!

3. Don’t hate yourself if you fall back a few steps. January 1st is arbitrary. Yes, it is the beginning of a new year, and a great platform to start new things, but who decided that this is the only day of the year when you can start a program to make yourself better? Exactly, no one. Janaury 10th is just as great of a day as January 1st, and February 20th is good too. So if you decide January 1st holds too much pressure to get your butt into gear then give yourself a week to get started. The main idea is that you start, and if you fall off the wagon just make sure you brush yourself off and get back on, immediately. Don’t focus on the fall focus on the future goal and most of all make sure you are having fun.

Happy New Year everyone! 2010 was a great year, here’s to making 2011 even better!

Cheers to a bigger, better, stronger, healthier You!