A semi century of wild wisdom. Here’s a cheeky outlook and journey through the second half of a century. Over 50, taking it on and loving it! A challenge to all to fight off a stagnant or indifferent demeanor, the moment you are in right now is a gift. Embrace it. Treasure it. Live it.

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Published on January 3, 2013, by in CrossFit, Nutrition.

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Happy New Year Everyone! I am hoping everyone will have an exceptional year of health, fitness and faith.  I don’t know about you, but I certainly allowed myself some liberties over the holidays.   I stayed primal for the most part, but I did allow myself a cheat meal the last day of my time off.  Pizza. I cannot even remember the last time I ate pizza. I could not believe my taste buds were actually detecting all the sugar in the pizza!   Until now I never tasted the sugar in  my pizza. Ok, I won’t lie. My taste buds were enjoying my reckless indulgence.  I ate a lot over the holidays and exercised less than normal.  So I wasn’t surprised when visited the scale for an assessment of the damage and found I had some weight gain.  I was surprised by the fact that it was not very significant, just over a few pounds away from where I have been maintaining.  I was expecting to have more damage control with all the extra Primal Brownies and extra snacking.  I do feel very puffy, bloated and sluggish, which I am planning remedy for.

I do not make New Year’s “resolutions”.  Instead, I tend to make goals then map out some steps to make my way toward those goals. Maybe it’s the same thing, just different terminology.  So I am going to list some things that I think will help me with attaining my goals and hopefully help and encourage you also.

I would like to lean out and work on some definition in my body shape, make the move past just maintaining.  The first step I am taking with this goal is to start tracking my nutrition more diligently.  I want to fine tune areas of my diet that may be hindering me from my goals.   For those who follow a Primal/Paleo lifestyle “Paleo Track” is an awesome free site for tracking your nutrition. I have found that  all the  nutritional information that is tracked is relevant for a Primal/Paleo diet, extremely detailed and the site is user friendly.  CrossFit Pinnacle members starting the “Paleo Challenge” next week, this will be a very resourceful tool. Below is an example of some tracking I enter yesterday and the results. You can click on the image to sign up and start tracking.

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I also plan on adding some isolated workouts on my own for areas that I would like to work on for definition.  I am sure I will be hitting up personal trainer Jason Wyns, CSCS for advice.  Remember you can work out with Jason here at FAITHPUSH.

Last year I entered the CrossFit Games for the first time and placed 211th world wide as a Master Athlete.  This year I am looking forward to seeing how my performance and skills have improved. The sport of CrossFit is growing so in numbers that I do not want to put emphasis on beating my placement number, though that would be welcomed bonus. I want to stretch my improvement to the limit.  I am going to start preparing by focusing and challenging myself with advancing in weights I use for workouts. Also, I want to make sure I am practicing and working on better form with the skills. It is great to have coaches who are watching and correcting weaknesses. Hmm “great” may not be the right word. Because honestly sometimes I am thinking, ok coach….move on….I am just trying to survive this one…. I KNOW my form needs work…. look away..shoo shoo…tomorrow is skill day.  I say that in jest.  I am thankful for coaches who watch and care.

Those two goals are enough for now. It is going to be a very busy first half of the year as we plan for our daughter’s wedding in May (Tori and Daniel’s Wedding Blog). This means I will be adding stress relief moments as needed.  The hot tub and hammock will be my friend.   That reminds me of another area that needs work, rest and good sleep.    Sleep is something we often short change ourselves, but a very essential part of recharging our energy and allowing our body to rejuvenate.  I lean toward nocturnal, but have to get up early in the mornings.  So that makes sleep a challenge and battle.  When I can try to make myself go to bed early, I lay there head spinning and still not able to sleep.  I am working on this. I do not have my recipe for solid sleep perfected  yet.  I may try the melatonin and Natural Calm again. I am far from a morning person, but I may give the 6am class a try.  Maybe then I won’t be  so wound up in the evening. That would be a really tough adjustment for me though. I have always felt more energy for twilight workouts.  Suggestions welcome. What is your routine? What changes  and goals are you aiming for in 2013?   You can always send me an email using the Contact Me form or leave your comments here on the post.

I am looking forward to this year unfolding.  Everyone in the family here is  in transition with new beginnings. New beginnings always brings a fresh outlook for the future and the things we hope for. Keep your vision and your hopes alive and your faith strong.

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Published on December 27, 2012, by in Motivation.

This week I have the perfect way to start out the New Year. Are you ready for a Challenge? I would like to introduce you to the Faith Push Challenge.  My nephew Joshua Wilson is taking his mother on a journey through a 60 day challenge to better health and nutrition.  Publicly, Brave move!  Not unlike most of us, Faith has struggled with losing weight and maintaining a healthy nutritional lifestyle.  She is determined  to take on this challenge and make huge positive changes.  What that means for you is, you can join in this challenge!  The Faith Push challenge is into week two, however what is great about the World Wide Web is you can start with Day 1 of the challenge when you are ready.   The bonus with this challenge is you can work out with personal trainer Jason Wyns, CSCS.  Jason Wyns is certified with the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday you can join in with these progressive workout sessions.  Maybe you already have a fitness routine, but can’t make a workout or you are traveling.   No problem,  you can actually do these workouts on any day, anywhere, right from your computer.

The Faith Push Challenge is starting off with Mark Sisson’s  ”The Primal Blueprint 21 Day Total Body Transformation” If you would like to follow along  you can find the book here by clicking on the link below. You can either order a copy of the book or download it electronically.a

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Today I stopped by FAITH PUSH to post a video message. Check it out, join the challenge or just offer your own encouragement for Faith as she  ventures on a new path of health and fitness.  Go to FAITH PUSH to view the video message.

 

 

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There are two new additions to Cheeky Fit and Fifty.

On the sidebar I have added a new section where you can share your favorite recipes.  If you have a Primal/Paleo recipe you would like to share, please select the “Share a Recipe” on the sidebar and fill out the form. You can also upload pictures of your recipes.  Looking forward new yummy recipes!

Also I have added a link to My Zazzle Store. Look for new products coming soon.


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Published on December 21, 2012, by in Dessert, Recipes.

 

I recently made these primal brownies for our CrossFit Christmas party and thought they would be a good start to the “Recipe Category” here. They fit the primal diet and are completely gluten free. I also love the simplicity of this recipe. Most of the ingredients are mainstays in my pantry. This recipe has been passed along from my niece Anna and has been adapted by several people along the way.  I added almond meal to the recipe. Mainly because when I made them the first time I did not have enough walnuts.  I like the way they turned out so I continue to add almond meal when I make these brownies. Originally the recipe called for 1 ¾ cup of walnut meal, with no almond meal. You may want to try it both ways and add you own alternate ingredients. Chopped walnuts, shredded unsweetened coconut or slivered almonds on top are all variations that I would like to try next. These brownies are a family favorite and always go fast. I have been known to hide a few for secret consumption before they all get devoured.

I hope this season is full of sweet and wonderful moments as you embrace the ones you love. Savor the hugs, the laughs and all the dynamics of lovely friends and family.

 

Anna’s Dark Chocolate Primal Brownies

Ingredients

  •  3/4 Cups Walnut meal (I usually put walnuts in my Ninja and finely chop them up)
  • 1 Cup Almond meal
  • 3/4 Cup Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Fine sea salt
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 Cup Coconut milk (I use the canned kind)
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/3 Cup Extra virgin coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/2 Cup Chocolate chips (dark)
  • Butter (for greasing pan)

Directions

  1. Adjust oven rack middle position. Preheat oven 350 degrees. Butter 13x9x2 inch baking pan
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together dry ingredients until well blended. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk eggs for one minute, then add coconut milk, honey, vanilla extract and whisk again. Add melted coconut oil and whisk until wet ingredients are completely blended.
  4. Add wet mixture to dry ingredients  together and whisk well; be sure to scrap sides and bowl bottom so no pockets of dry ingredient remain. Batter will be thinner consistency than conventional brownies. ( this is where I add the dark chocolate chips) Pour batter into prepared pan.
  5. Bake 35-40 minutes. Cool completely before cutting

 

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Welcome! This is the first post at Cheeky’s new home. If this is your first time visiting my blog, please read the original post about my success.  I have chosen some specific lifestyle changes that have improved my overall health.  I have changed my nutritional lifestyle to eating a Primal/Paleo diet.  I lean more toward a Primal diet, as I allow myself some dairy. I also have seasons of time when I feel the need to adhere to a strict Paleo diet. If you want to learn more about the Primal or Paleo diets, I have provided links to some solid resources here on my site. These resources and others that I have included in my blog posts, expose some of the myths in regards to the USDA or SAD (Standard American Diet).  Along with making nutritional changes I have changed the way I exercise. I have joined the CrossFit community. You can read more about CrossFit in the blog post Fear Not.   I work out here in Ocala, Florida at CrossFit Pinnacle with some very caring and knowledgeable coaches.   I should also mention that Crossfit Pinnacle has some awesome members who keep me on target.  I love my gym family.

I am so excited to launch this new site with some new direction.  This has been a wonderful challenge for me. I want to make sure to provide information and motivation for your own success.  My purpose here is to encourage people to take charge of their own health, fitness and nutrition as well as emotional health.  The majority of my focus relates to women, but these written nuggets are not limited to them alone. With that focus, I would like to empower women to embrace and understand their own unique beauty and individuality.  I hope to continue writing encouraging and inspirational blog post. My aim is to motivate with a positive influence. In return, I hope that this will stimulate and lead you to find, understand, and own your unique essence. Then, be secure in that beauty.  I believe it is important that I acknowledge here the contrast of both the strength and delicate beauty in women.  Let’s take a good look at all our interesting facets, including aesthetic physical beauty.

Here are few things to look forward to. I will be adding a new category to this site for primal recipes and/or paleo recipes, and a section where you can share a favorite recipe of yours.  I am also working on adding a forum for those who may want to share their own success stories, ideas and cheeky wisdoms. Some of these ideas I expect to unfold with pleasant surprises. So, you will want to stay connected. Please bear with me, as I have so many more ideas than time. I am looking forward to expanding Cheeky Fit and Fifty with these new ideas and more.

As this cheeky site flourishes and evolves, please know I value honesty as I expose my own journey here. I desire to develop a trust that I genuinely care and want to make a difference in your quality of life. It pleases me to know that I have connected and touched many of you. Your response has encouraged me to keep this going and growing.

Meet me here every Friday and let’s journey with a trinity of exceptional health; body, soul, and spirit. As well as being lifted to a place of poised confidence.

This is for my Cheeky girlfriends……Stay on fire!!!

Girl on Fire  – Alicia Keys


 

 
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Published on November 30, 2012, by in Motivation.

     Who needs ink when you are naturally tattooed with memories?  I view the natural marks on my body as badges from life. I have a deep line on my inner thigh from a childhood dare, to try and hurdle a barbed wired fence.  I cleared it, well mostly, but not without consequence. It is a mark of a childhood memory now.  Those splash marks on my upper thigh, recent..…bacon grease. Cooking bacon is dangerous work.  I guess I should wear a little more protection while cooking breakfast. We do have an empty nest now, just sayin’.  For clarity, I am not opposed to ink. Quite the contrary, I admire beautiful work and the statements they make. I have seen some pretty awesome tattoos and some of them belong to my children.  I even have one that I have designed, but not yet inked.
      My natural tattoos are those I have earned through living. I have lines etched on my face from more smiles than frowns. Or maybe they are equal, but I tend to remember the smiles more often. My most beautiful marks are the ones that stretch across my abdomen.  These beautiful lines remind me of the miracle of carrying my children. My children are grown and it still overwhelms me to have participated in the miracle of life.  Being marked, chosen and ordained to be their mother is an honorable mark.  We have all been marked by God to accomplish and achieve specific purposes. Purposes  that are meant for none other. So these stretch marks are a sentimental reminder of purpose, reminder of love, and a reminder of what a precious gift our children are.  I have grown to appreciate my marks from life, these badges that have marked my journey along the way. I wear them like earned hardware and trophies.
      There is a difference though, between being marked and being scarred from a deep wound.  Usually, our scars from physical injuries heal naturally with correct care.  When they heal completely they become a mark.  Like when my leg was injured from the fence.  The scar healed and now over time I view it more as a mark.  That is not as easily accomplished when the wounds have become deep emotional scars.  Scars from a wounded heart can go as deep as the love and trust you placed there.  We have all had to deal with them. It is inevitable if you live and love, you will be hurt by someone. You will also hurt someone.  I have been both the source of someone’s pain and the recipient.  I find being the source of someone’s pain or disappointed much harder to deal with than being hurt.  Through time and nursing our wounds with God’s love and allowing forgiveness to eventually sooth the ache, we can find ourselves looking back and being grateful.  Our experiences make us who we are.  We can draw strength from moving past our adversities, our painful seasons and eventually look at them as a mark of passage. A place where we grew in courage.  A place where we conquered , overcame and moved on.  So I do not mind being marked by my triumphs or my battles.  They are a part of me.
       Life is meant to be lived.  No one gets a free pass to escape its hardships. If you keep moving through, the sun will shine.  My Florida friends, who have driven on the turnpike during a storm, where there was a torrential downpour, know and understand this visual. If you just keep moving forward you break through the storm.  Just a mile down the road and you have sunshine
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