For the Rest of Us.

Festivus is a Crossfit competition for 'the rest of us'  - you know that Seinfeld episode right? 95% of Crossfit athletes are novice and intermediate - it's NOTHING like what you watch on TV or even most of the athletes you see posting on IG - this is a competition geared for US. Nothing crazy, just good hard workouts that anyone can do. You get yourself a partner, hopefully practice a few times, and come on out for a beautiful Saturday of sweating. Only 1 gym for every 60 miles can host - we at Crossfit Lavon were lucky enough to be given that honor this year. 

Back in August when we went to the Crossfit Games in Madison, WI they had a MC and {after a few drinks} came up with the great idea that I should do it for our gym. I bought myself a mic for the house - gave a few spelling tests on it, did a giveaway with it on Periscope, and pretty much found my new calling in life.

As much as I love to workout I also love to cheer others on to be their best. I had THE BEST FREAKING TIME. I want to travel around and do it for every competition, hahaha. Is it too late to change my career path?? 

My sister competed for the first time, I was so proud of her! She deadlifted like a boss and never gave up - didn't have to yell at her once :) 

This guy KILLED IT. I am so stinking proud of him, he gave 100% every workout! He's not super competitive in our day to day workouts so it was pretty fun to see him turn it on and try to win. Him and his gym 'husband' , as I call him, came in 2nd in intermediate! This picture will be blown up and handed out to everyone for Christmas :) Erica caught the best moment, when you're leaving everything you have out on that floor. 

This is my gym family. This is why people are obsessed with Crossfit - the people. You see each other every day, your Facebook feed is filled with what they are doing, what they are lifting, what they are eating, and you love that shit. You celebrate their victories just as much as your own - sometimes it's even sweeter to see someone who's been working on something for a long time and they FINALLY get it. Putting on one of these events is a lot of work - our gym really pulled together for a perfect day of competing. I couldn't be more proud to be a part of Crossfit Lavon.

Joker Leggings found here.

I have my own competition coming up on Saturday. I challenged myself by signing up for the RX division - last year I did scaled at this same competition. Honestly I'm pretty dang nervous, but everything great I've ever done I've been scared to do first. I just keep reminding myself of that little fact. I know I won't win, but I really really don't want to puke or embarrasses myself in front of people. 

I also braved 8 miles on Saturday! I haven't run more than 8 in a very long time.

I felt amazing after, my hips were a little tight, but it's the best I've felt after a run in a long time. The weather is finally cooling off too - so it's time to get this half marathon training in gear. My poor spray tan was dripping off me, I applied the night before and waited to wash it off until after my run. I use the dark mousse from Loving Tan, the color is perfect and it stays on really well. 

One last tidbit - if you haven't had the Turkey Chili from Panera you should cause it's AMAZING. Hearty and filling, plus bread. Extra bread please. Perfect for those cold days coming soon! 

If you participated in Festivus I'd love to hear your experience!


Genetic Testing

How much do you know about your family history? My Mom was adopted as a baby with sealed birth records so we pretty much know nothing about her family medical history. I was laying in bed one night scrolling FB and being it's October and Breast Cancer Awareness month there was an ad for a Color Kit.  

I ordered it on a whim and forgot about it until it showed up yesterday. It's a saliva test, you spit a few times in the container and ship it off for testing. You have to register your test online, you have the option to NOT share your sample for extra testing by 3rd parties. 

This is a very general test, but it got me thinking that maybe I should go and have in depth genetic testing done? Is this covered by insurance? Have any of you done it? I would just like to know if I'm at risk for certain cancers. I know I have comments turned off on the blog - but please leave me comment on FB or IG if you've done this, I'd love some feedback!

Just because, Aiden braved his first shower! 


25 Cents per Minute.

I wasn't going to decorate for Fall/Halloween this year - I just don't have areas of my house the way I want them and sometimes I feel like if it's not going to be the way I want it I just want to skip it all together. Well, my children had other feelings about the subject. I took the small one to the nursery and he had a blast helping to pick pumpkins, insisting to pull the heavy cart the entire time. 

The he placed them JUST SO on the porch, he tried to include some toy cars as the decor, but I told him just pumpkins. He's such a good helper, loves to clean and vacuum. 

The big kid spent her weekend crafting at Mimi's house, you can see why they love it over there, this mess would not be going down at my house. I shudder when they pull out markers and play doh.

She brought home all kinds of fun things, I let her hang them however she wanted in the foyer. It made her so happy and its just for a few weeks. My whole house doesn't have to be Pinterest worthy - I'm happy if the kitchen is clean and pretty. I don't ask for much.

We went shopping for an outfit for our Holiday pictures coming up - Dillards never fails for cute dresses for her age. We had lots of choices, but this blue one was just darling on her. We are going downtown for a more urban feel this year - so bright colors! 

Saturday was  a beautiful morning for a run, just a few miles around the gym before Crossfit class. My Crossfit is hosting Festivus this year and I'm so excited - it's like a Crossfit competition geared towards beginners. I'm not competing, but I am the MC {hence my microphone practice! LOL} but Oliver and my sister are both doing it. I love cheering as much as I love working out so it's going to be a really fun day.  This weekend last year I was doing my first CF competition, so I'm excited for my sister to experience one. 

Sunday I was forced to wash the hair, when it stands up on it's own Oliver starts to make comments. 

Midnight Garden Dress
Oliver and I were able to go to church alone - it was wonderful. Aiden was having a really hard time in the preschool room so my Dad let him come to service with us and now he wants to do it all the time. I can't keep him happy and quiet and listen to the sermon so it's been difficult. Oliver works on Sundays sometimes and Madison has soccer games - but I needed to hear it this weekend and it worked out. 

Finished the weekend with meal prep and a nice big fat juicy steak.

Meal prepping is much more fun when I add wine and foam rolling. I stretch and roll while I cook - two birds one stone. I guess I could be cleaning, but that's less fun.

I found the most awesome massager on Amazon - Pure-Wave CM7 Extreme Power Massager. It's cordless, chargeable, and is really powerful. Book Fair is this week at Madison's school - she's adding up how much money she needs to earn to buy everything she wants, looks like a lot of massages for me! 


Yeah, I run.

I was so bummed when they canceled Madison's soccer games Saturday - it was finally a cool, crisp morning and I was really looking forward to sipping my coffee while yelling at her on the field. It rained pretty much all day Friday and the fields were still too wet to play on. So I was forced to go to the gym. Sitting around watching TV or cleaning the house is not how I like to spend my mornings, might as well sweat. I swear the days I don't workout I'm SO TIRED, like hey I got a solid 10 hours last night but I might die if I don't get a nap in today. It's weird. I feel better and eat better when I get a bit of a workout in. 

I'm slowly increasing my running. I started by just running bleachers, then I added in a mile on the track, now I'm doing bleachers to warm up and doing 2 miles after. I'm also doing 5 miles one morning a week. I'm about 4 months out from my last knee surgery, bless it's hard to be patient while I get my strength back! My entire left leg atrophied while I recovered, so while my knee doesn't hurt all the things connected to it are sore - quad, hamstring, calf, ankle, and hip. I'm a pro stretcher and I ice down after every workout. I go get adjusted regularly too - best thing for my hips to my ankles.

Fall puts me in the mood for protein pancakes! Oliver thought he was being nice by brining me Pumpkin Spice Oreos so I'm putting them to good use - one at a time. I threatened his life if he brought home the Cookie Butter Oreos - I hear they are the best ones yet. Best if I don't know what they taste like, then I can't think about them.

I make a batch of pancakes and split them up for 2 days. recipe from Poppy Locks.

40g oat flour
15g coconut flour
92g egg whites
90g almond milk
14g protein powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Her ebook has tons of topping ideas - I'm doing easy with some pumpkin yogurt and truwhip with an oreo.

I decided for meal prep this week to cut up my chicken, toss it with the truffle rub, and bake it at 375 until it reached 165 degrees. Then I split it up into 5 containers with Trader Joes Fire Roasted Veggies and spaghetti squash - I heat and top with goat cheese for lunch. So easy and tasty!! 

If you haven't tried this Truffled Rub yet you should - I'm not sponsored by them in any way - they just literally have the best seasoning! I've been using it every week for a long time now and it just tasted good in so many recipes. Highly recommend if you have an aversion to chicken. They do charge shipping, but I just order bulk so I don't have to order very often. 

These crazy kids went swimming, it was barely mid 80's. Nuts. Poor little Aiden's lips turned blue, but he was determined to hang with his sister. Aiden has tons of energy lately - he's always jumping, yelling, running, playing, or something. I miss little girls who play quietly with dolls. He comes home from Papa's house {my dad} and smells like a boy, dirt everywhere, and wild hair. I keep going back and forth on cutting his hair, it needs it, but CURLLLLLLLS. I'm shocked he is still so blonde, Oliver's hair was lighter when he was young, but I have a feeling Aiden might keep his blonde like his Mama. Not that it matters because he is Oliver 2.0 for sure - even when he talks or looks at you. 


Extra, just like Guac.

Monslay Shirt

Seriously, I have purple hair and a velvet shirt on, do you think other peoples opinions bother me? Not one bit. 8 years of blogging and having every mean thing imaginable being said about me has toughened me up, not in a bad way, but I'm not sitting at home crying because not every likes me. I see that as maybe one of the best qualities about myself. 

Does it wear on me somedays, you bet. Then I just step back a little bit until I'm feeling more clear headed. It never fails to amaze me that the same childish problems come around AGAIN AND AGAIN when you have a group of women who see each other. 

I'm pretty much the definition of extra. I am loud, I laugh a lot, I cheer loudly - that's just who I am. Always have been. One thing I am not is mean, even when I want to be standoffish to someone I have a hard time because I don't want to hurt their feelings. 

At my last job I learned that not everyone is going to like me - there was a girl there who just downright did. not. like. me. Was it anything I did to her? No. She didn't like how talkative I was with our boss, me being friendly in her eyes was sucking up to him. She took offense to every joke I made, I was pretty upset about it for a while because it seemed unfair, but I can't control if other people like me. I was super nice to her everyday, greeting her and complimenting her outfit or something. I acted like nothing was wrong and went about my business as usual. 

In typical mean girl fashion she did what they all do - she talked bad about me to co-workers to get them on her side. Power in numbers I guess. 

The point of this story is that I stay away from people who gossip about others. I learned to always form my OWN damn opinion about people. There will always be people who don't like you and if they happen to be women you can be certain they are talking about you. Don't let others change you, I will not tone myself down to please anyone else. God and I both know my heart and truth about how I treat others, that's enough for me. 


Weekend Warriors

After our Saturday morning workouts, soccer for her and CF for me, we rinsed off and got dressed. She was so excited for the art party Mimi was having at her house for friends, she picked out this outfit a week in advance. She's pretty obsessed with a cold shoulder and her new booties. I took her to Kohls for some dressier shoes - legit had to shop the women's area. I can't believe she can almost wear the same size as me! My dress is from OMB - my shoes are the wool ones that I'm obsessed with from All Birds.

Oliver and I dropped her off at the party and headed to Trader Joes for our monthly run, but first lunch at Rockfish. They had a new salad with sweet potato, it was good, but not as good as the other one that has spinach and orzo! We've been listening to Podcasts tougher in the car, just finished Serial season 1 {Adnan totally did it!} I've tried to get into S-Town but it's not grabbing my interest, I'm going to give it another episode before I give up. I felt the same was about Shameless on Netflix and now I can't stop watching before bed. 

It's my favorite time of year at TJ's - PUMPKIN SEASON. They have the best selection of all things pumpkin included cookies, cinnamon rolls, 'poptarts', pasta, pasta sauce, macaroons, ice cream, and coffee. Whew. Hard to choose, but some items just would never fit into my macros - like the cinnamon rolls at 51c EACH, y'all know I'd need 2. Also the butternut squash mac and cheese is SOOOOO GOOD. 

I did treat myself to a cookie box, they are good, but not so good I'll eat them all in 2 days. NOW the same can't be said for the stupid bags of Cheeto Puff things that are reduced guilt there, seriously my weakness. I love crunch and chips and cheese. Uhhhhh. 

Sunday we spent working out, food prepping, and cleaning. I'm between cleaning services and I have had to suck it up and do it myself. Well actually I split it with Oliver, had to have a heart to heart with him about how we BOTH have to help. He prefers to do things like dishes and laundry so I do the bathrooms and floors. Madison is old enough to actually be helpful, as long as I let her blare her music through the Alexa. Sure we can listen to Descendants AGAIN if you vacuum the floor.


All things Pumpkin.

Do you know the worst part about moving - changing everything in life. Insurance, DL, automatic payments, and your address with about a 100 different clothing vendors. 

Found out today that we actually DON'T have any homeowners insurance, got a call from our title company that our check was returned to them....maybe JUST MAYBE because it was due like a month ago! Somewhere within a span of a few day our mortgage was sold to a new company - our insurance was moved to a different company and I'm spending hours on the phone talking to people who have no answers for my questions. Whew. pour me a glass of wine, I just don't understand how this all works. Yes Jane just deposit the check in my escrow account, send me a bill, and call my mortgage company. They should have a class for this in school. 

In other news - every 8-10 year old girl wanting to be Mal should get this wig from Amazon! It's so cute and great quality for less than 20 bucks. I tired REAL HARD to get the kids to be something cute and matching, but alas they both had really strong opinions about what they wanted to dress up as. 

Aiden called me a butthole today. Told me 'you're not the boss of me'. He also said I'm the 'best Mommy ever'. He freaks out if I don't let me open the garage door and start the car. He insists on packing a bag full of cars and snacks every time we leave the house. His hair desperately needs a trim, but I just can't pull the trigger on those blonde sweaty curls. He randomly walks up and slaps me on the leg and yells out 'SLUG BUG' and there usually is one, he can spot them from 7 miles away. 

I did ask his preschool teachers if he was interacting with the other kids in class, he has 1 friend he plays with a lot at home, but other than that he seems to not like other people. He does a lot of growling when people talk to him or wanting to leave the playground if other people show up. They said he's totally fine and plays well with his classmates so I guess he's just like that around me. 

In all things Pumpkin news: This is my new favorite RX bar - the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor!!! Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt is a very close second. My gym ordered some, but you can find them online. Another fav is the Pumpkin cheerios I stock up on at Target. 


Recipes, Macros, Weekend Wear.

Friday to Sunday you can pretty much find me in joggers or leggings, we just got them in at OMB and I've been wearing on repeat. Real pants are overrated, especially on the weekend. I realized I don't even have a pair of heels in my closet, I DID finally try a pair of wool sneakers from All Birds. BOMBBBBBB! They run a tad small, but were honestly so comfortable and my feet didn't sweat at all in them despite it being 90 degrees! 

Top found here.

I got the olive green, perfect for Fall! I would size up a half size though if you're in-between. 

The real reason I'm here is to share my latest and greatest food prepping meals {so when I get 75 DM's asking I can say check the blog!!}

You NEED this - it's $20 bucks and easy to use - Pro Vegetable Chopper by Müeller

I {or Madison!} chop up any veggie I might need to cook a meal with, making it super fast and easy to cook dinner. 

Like this zucchini lasagna - I've been making this for a few weeks and it's kid approved. I use fat free cheese and turkey, but you could use any meat and cheese you like. It also reheats REALLY well for lunches!

This week I did spiral my sweet potato for a bake, the noodle cook faster in the oven. 

This is saved on my Paprika app, it saves your recipes from online to an easy to read format. No more scrolling a blog post to find the ingredients and directions!!!! Seriously you need it. I say that a lot, but whatever makes life easier - right>! I only wish it had a share feature so I could let you all see my recipes! 

I used sausage on here and fat free cheese, we are having this again tonight and just looking at this picture is making me hungry. 

I am still counting macros, but not trying to lose weight - trying to gain muscle, still. It's hard. My body likes to gain fat, not muscle. It's annoying. I wanted to quit, a few times. I'm sticking to it though. I went up a little too fast on my reverse, so I backed off a little bit to let myself even out. I haven't weighed in a while, cause that's overrated too. Anyways - I hit a pr on my back squat today which is not bad considering I'm still working my left leg back to 100%. I REALLY wanted to get 200, but 195 is a solid effort and there is always next time. 


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