An Average Joe’s Guide To CrossFit Open Success

Fit Woman Lifting Barbell in GymFor the majority of CrossFitters, The Open is an experience, not a qualifier.  Most of us aren’t going to Regionals or Games, but it doesn’t change the fact that we invest time and energy to participating.  And knowing what mentality to have going into this worldwide event is important for anybody.  Athletes register, wait for announcements, and try their best when it’s “go” time, but addressing what success means for a typical athlete is often neglected.  So I’m providing top tips for guaranteed Open success for the “average Joe” athletes of the world.

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6 Tips For Avoiding A Lame Valentine’s Day

heartsI’m a lover.  A hopeless romantic.  So theoretically Valentine’s Day should be my jam.  But I find it all a bit tiresome.  Red and pink splattered about, shelves piled high with cards containing meaningless words, gross heart-shaped candy, and half-ass roses shipped out in bulk.  Is this the best expression of love we can come up with…a scheduled day filled with commercialized products attempting to strike love into hearts like a chubby cupid’s arrow.  It’s not the kind of romance I want.  To celebrate with a little more spunk than the lackluster barrage of cheesy crap, try these tips. Read more

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6 Tips To Spice Up Married Sex

feet of couple in the bedLet’s be honest.  Married sex is generally way different from dating or single sex.  There’s no intentional shift to boredom, but typically with marriage comes an array of new stresses.  Bills, your home, kids…the ravenous appetite for affectionate touching sometimes subsides or takes a back seat to other responsibilities.  And that’s normal.  But like anything in life, having a great sex life when you’re married might take a little work.  Follow my top 6 tips to spice up your marital bedroom meanderings. Read more

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What To Do About A Big Belly

Obese patientI’m frequently exposed to rumblings of stubborn big bellies…in part because I enjoy the company of people who eat delicious food and consume alcohol, but also because a large part of my time is spent in my gym where folks have a tendency to express their bodily frustrations.  But I’m here to help.  And bellies, no matter how big or small, are best addressed with 3 combined courses of action. Read more

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Top 7 Practices For Finding Happiness

happy and smiling girl with a smile painted on paperSociety has a lot of woe-is-me folks.  And it’s annoying.  So I’d like to throw out a suggestions; stop whining and seek happiness.  Actively.   Read more

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Top 10 Best and Worst Christmas Gifts

art Christmas scene with tree gifts and fire in backgroundThey say it’s better to give than receive.  Sure.  But lets not fool ourselves.  There isn’t a person out there who doesn’t dig getting a really killer gift.  They also say it’s the thought that counts.  My theory is a little different.  If you thought things out, every gift would be a success.  And holidays prove that it’s possible to get some real turds.  So what are the best and worst gifts to give for Christmas?  Here are 10 steadfast tips for present purchasing. Read more

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9 Tips For First Date Success

first dateFirst dates can make or break a potential relationship.  And while some people might speculate that you’ll know in moments whether it’s meant to be, I’d guess most of those people are still single.  A relationship goes beyond a fleeting gut feeling or a momentary physical attraction.  It begins with a quick judgement (we’re human and we can’t help it), but thrives on positive experiences.  So even if you’re not into somebody in the first few moments, there’s no reason to shut the door and throw away the key.  And certainly no reason to be an asshole.  Create a positive experience, so there is opportunity if you choose to pursue.  Or even a new friendship or connection.  Here are a few simple tips for a successful first date. Read more

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8 Ridiculous Things To Be Thankful For

phoneTomorrow, I’ll get sentimental.  But today, I wanted to share my favorite ridiculous things to be thankful for. Read more

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5 Minute Fryer

burpeeThere’s always time for a little fitness in your life.  I have 2 kids and a crazy schedule, so I totally understand being limited on time.  But if you get creative, you can always knock out something quick at home and even get the kids involved!  This 5 Minute Fryer will get your heart rate up, your brow sweaty, and your body thankful you made time for movement.   Read more

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I Have Fake Boobs, and I’m Not Ashamed

implantsWhen I announced my plans to get implants, most of my friends and family frowned mildly upon the decision.  There was a bit of a stigma attached to the idea of fake boobs.  Only the most vain women would dare cut their chest open to insert bags of silicone, right?  Breast augmentation is expensive, and came with some risks, not to mention the maintenance of the suggested replacement period of 10 years.  But for me, after years of consideration, it was the right choice. Read more

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10 Things To Do Before You Have Kids

Young Couple Driving Along Country Road In Open Top CarI adore my children, but with their births came drastic lifestyle changes.  Now unless you’re a celebrity or something, there are often limitations to your time, finances, and helpful resources like cleaners, nannies, chefs, etc.  So if you’re a non-parent, considering the plunge into procreation and child-rearing, be sure you tackle this list of things first.  Because once they arrive, your selfish endeavors will be put on hold.  For an extended period of time. Read more

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3 Steps to a Booty-ful Bum

bumMost folks aren’t in love with their backside.  But if you work at it, that bum might just become your best physical ASSet.  If a strong, bubbly butt is what you desire, I offer 5 steps to a damn fine derriere. Read more

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8 Habits of Happy Couples

happy-coupleIt could be said that no relationship is perfect.  It’s inevitable that throughout life challenges will befall you, conflict will arise, and and obstacles will present themselves.  So it’s less about the pursuit of perfection and more about perfecting how you pursue happiness with your partner.  Establishing habits that nurture the love between you and your significant other takes conscious effort.  Practice these 10 healthy habits on the regular for a happy romance.   Read more

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First School Day Thoughts

photoSo my son started Kindergarten this week.  Despite the fact that I thought I’d be a-ok and he’d skate right through these first few days, we both had some weak moments.  Having said that, everyday when he gets home, I remind myself that regardless of drop-off anxiety and perpetual momma-bear tendencies, he’s totally fine.  So today, I compile a list of likely first school day thoughts. Read more

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Friday Favorites

excited-girlNormally I talk about food on Fridays.  So although I’ll still incorporate some food into this post, today I feel compelled to share a few other things too because they rock my world.  So a few Friday Favorites. Read more

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The Thursday 3′s Workout

push-yourselfToday, we venture into Thursday with a workout based on 3′s.   Read more

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Quick Fix Grocery List

groceriesSometimes, you’re in a rush and need to grab some quick and easy options.  But that doesn’t mean you have to opt for the unhealthy aisles.  Here are some grocery store ideas when you’re in a pinch. Read more

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Rampant Running

A female road runner runs down a road at dusk at Independence Pass.I hate running.  Which is why I should put a little more effort into improving it.  So I’m stealing part of a workout from our CrossFit 8035 programming, because it’s a pretty badass option that can be done on your own at home!   Read more

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Nude Beach Know-How: Guidelines For Skin-Bearing Success

BeachNudityI just booked a Caribbean cruise for my husband and I.  It’s not my first rodeo…some might call me a veteran having been on almost 10.  Although I always seek out new experiences, some destinations are regulars on the cruise ship hit-list, and beaches seem to top the list when it comes to traveler desirability.  More adventurous American travelers may be enticed by the luring ideals associated with nude beaches available at the popular French and Dutch islands.  Whether it’s the vision of endless droves of hot bodies, want to check off an item on the ole’ bucket list, or experience the liberation of complete freedom to shed all wardrobe in a public place, visiting a nude beach has a certain appeal.  When it comes to particular Caribbean island like St. Maarten, topless and nude beaches are common, but there isn’t necessarily a rule book when it comes to a concept so foreign to most.   To enjoy your naked stay and play, follow my top 5 Nude Beach Know-How guidelines.  Read more

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Guide To Getting In Your Wife’s Pants

kitchen kissIt’s common knowledge that with most long-term relationships comes a lull in sexual escapades.  A couple develops a comfort level with one another, they move in together, they watch one another pee and put on deodorant, and suddenly that ravenous sexual appetite you initially experienced fades into early bed times and excuses.  So from a female perspective, I write to you with an almost-guaranteed guide on getting into your wife’s pants.   Read more

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