Pow Wow! Quinoa Superfood Love!

I sometimes have to trick my body when it comes to eating.   I am the first one to tell you that I LOVE CARBS!  I love them!  Can't live without them which is probably why I can never get totally ripped.  I was raised in an island which main staple is white rice-- we eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Luckily, I have grown out of that phase for the most part thanks to me finding new grain alternatives to rice.  From bulgur to kamut, there are a slew of grains out there waiting for me to try them!  And so far of the grains that I have tried none reigns more supreme to than quinoa with my favorite being the red type.

total fitness tuesday #1: welcome!

Hello dears!  And welcome to the first Total Fitness Tuesday!  I am so excited that you are here today to join me in this kick off!  This bloghop will take place every Wednesday, and it aims at motivating and inspiring other women-- gents you are welcomed too!-- in their journey to a healthy lifestyle. Thanks to blog hops I have met so many great bloggers, some who have become real friends and I hope this becomes a way for others to meet other great people! Come on get inspired and join me!

a good podiatrist will tell you what ails you...he really will.

Hey everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!  This is always a very emotional holiday as I think of my brothers and sisters in arms, past and present, who have given their life for the freedom of our country.  Yesterday, was also a very special day for the Wear Blue: Run to Remember group because this is what they are about: remembering the fallen Soldiers.  People across the country ran in memory of people they knew who have died in war.

what I ate wednesday & total fitness bloghop

So it has been 2 1/2 weeks since I started Crossfit in addition to my marathon training and there is one thing I can tell you for sure: I. AM. HUNGRY. ALL. THE. TIME.  What the heck!  When I was lifting weights I was not this hungry.  I am talking daydreaming about food hungry!  It's very distracting when in a meeting, let me tell you.  Not sure if this is normal but it has thrown my nutritional plan for a loop because I am having to relook at how and what I eat. 

crossfit week 2: embracing the suck

It has been two weeks since I started my Crossfit conditioning classes and the more I go through them, the more I am loving it!  In the Army we have a saying that sometimes you just have to "embrace the suck".  And every time I go to Crossfit, I think of it.  It is not that I do not like it but I know the WODs will be challenging and painful (in a good way...never thought I would say that).  So I just embrace the suck.

weekend recap: track workout & weston bend trail

This weekend I was in complete motivated mood, and did something I normally do not do: deviate from my training plan.  My friend Lena had a scheduled track workout on Saturday and I decided to join her because it has been a while since I hit the track.  The workout itself was a pyramid and what did I learn?  I need more track workouts as part of my training but how I'm going to fit them in: I don't know.  The day was gorgeous but a strong head wind made it almost impossible to go faster.  It was like running against a wall.  Still I enjoyed the workout a lot and when I was done I was feeling it!

finding out what's beautiful begins with a crossfit journey

I am not a feminist but I believe in the power of the women athlete.  I do believe there are things that physically we may never be able to accomplish but I believe in pushing your hardest to try to accomplish whatever goals you set in life.  Looking back to the time when I started being a competitive athlete, it is amazing how the image and perception of what a female athlete is has changed. 

team LUNGevity: one step for each breath

When I signed up at the beginning of the year to run the Medtronics Twin Cities Marathon, I did it because I wanted to run a marathon with a beautiful course that I could combine with visiting the handsome man in my life and his family.  After I signed up I debated whether or not to run for a charity and had decided not to.  But after my father passed away I rethought that.  One of the organizations that was really awesome during my father's illness was the LUNGevity Foundation, the leading private provider of research funding for lung cancer. 

the exercise, overtraining and hypothyroidism conundrum: how much is too much?

** Disclaimer: the opinions and views on this post are strictly mine based on my personal treatment of hypothyroidism.  Consult your physician before you start any exercise program or if you have any medical questions.

Much has been said about the relationship between exercises and hypothyroidism.  We all know that exercising is a vital part of a healthy life and the benefits are well documented also: increased energy, stamina, and changes to body composition.  But if you are hypothyroid like me, we need to have a little chat about how much exercise is too much 

the new normal

This past weekend, the entire family flew to Puerto Rico to say our final farewell to my father and spread his ashes. It was a bittersweet trip because while I love Puerto Rico, I wished it was under different circumstances.  The last time I visited the island was seven years ago right before my deployment, so it was great to see my family.  On Friday I arrived and immediately I had that I’m coming home feeling as we flew into the island.