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 October 19, 2012, by in Triumphs.


Many of you know once upon a time,  I was a gymnast.  In order to be a real gymnast you have to know how to do a Glide Kip.  A Glide Kip is to gymnastics what a Muscle Up is to Crossfit. It is the coveted move to execute. It is also a basic transitional move for many other uneven bar movements. That said, it has now become my new goal to get my Glide Kip back. So, if you are at the park and happen to pass the monkey bars, you just may see me…… swinging life away.  Don’t mind me kids, just playing here. This is a couple of my many failed attempts, but now that I see what I am doing wrong….hopefully I can do the drills and make corrections. I just need to work on “pulling my pants up” or an “inverted deadlift” for the next step. I will be sure to post when I get the swing of things. It’s not always about the work, you have to have fun and for me this is just balls up fun.  Having fun is a perfect release from stress. Don’t forget to make time for fun. Get out and play!

 
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This is my beloved husband Michael and I. I love this man more every year. We have been through it all together and there is no one I would rather spend time with, than him. I love the empty nest and having this undivided time together. I enjoy just hanging out with my best friend, watching Miami Dolphins while in the hot tub, having our traditional bacon & egg  Sunday breakfast completed with fresh berries in champagne. Indeed, these are good days. I am thankful and take care to make the most of these moments. The best investment in the ones you love, is time. Time is our most precious commodity. Too often it is wasted on things that matter less.
Michael & Charlene
Miami Dolphins Game
Ben is our firstborn. He is high octane and you better be moving fast if you want to keep up with him. He lives, works (Jacksonville Running Company) and plays in Jacksonville Beach.  When he is not working or playing you will find him, training for a 50k, marathon, a triathlon, half marathon, 5k, Brazilian Ju Jitzu, adventure race, surfing, teaching grappling or anything that resembles competition. He always plays to win.  Then, in his spare time he is most likely planning some big huge event and organizing the details, while at the same time revamping his fantasy football line up.  I honestly have no idea if he actually sleeps. I think I just fatigued while typing this. Ben does not go anywhere where he does not find a friend. Literally. If you know him, you love him.  Ben has an amazing girlfriend Talia that can not only keep up with this fast pace, but challenges him like no one else can. You will see them both out on race course collecting medals.
Ben & Talia
Jason and his beautiful wife Nichole, they simply radiate life and I adore my daughter-in-love. Jason is a man of few words; however those still waters have always run deep and thought-full. When he does speak, if it is not something profound, it will be quirky quick wit and you will be laughing.  If I had to choose one word for Jason, it would be determined.  Always determined. Jason is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist*. (CSCS) and is the owner of Fitness 24/7  and Crossfit Chosen in Naples, FL. Both Jason and Nichole are certified coaches and personal trainers. Their enthusiasm and encouragement for fitness is infectious.  Together they are adventurous and outgoing, yet humble and serving. They too are running, lifting, sprinting, crossfitting, biking, hiking, competing and just crazy wicked fit. Their love and their faith are strong, truly an inspiration and testimony of God’s love.
JasNic
I cannot leave out Jason and Nichole’s  ever entertaining Creasy Bear and boofy  Ellie Girl.  Because they are family too.
Creasy & Ellie
Tori our baby girl with her husband Daniel. So I  have a son-in-love also, which I am proud to call son. Tori, soon graduates as Elementary Education major at the University of Central Florida.  Daniel is an engineer at Harris Corporation, making some serious strides.  Tori has always been independent and unique with a beautiful quiet confidence.  But then again, she also has this challenging cheeky streak; I have no idea where she gets that? I guess having two older brothers has made her as tough as she is beautiful. Children and those younger than her gravitate and look up to her. Tori is going to be an amazing teacher and mother. She is extremely creative and a talented vocalist. Daniel and Tori are not just in harmony as a couple, they have amazing harmony and vocal blend. Daniel is also a creative musician. They both serve on the worship team at their church. It is a little scary to see all that creative talent in one couple. Look out world.
Tori & Daniel
Tori & Daniel
I have to say my most accomplished achievement has been mother to these. To see my grown children successful, confident, and making a difference in the world around them, is all the reward I would ever need.

 
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Published on October 5, 2012, by in Triumphs.

I went for months without weighting myself or logging my nutrition on Paleo Track. So, when I returned from my son’s wedding I decided to step up and check it out. I knew I was taking liberties and things were feeling snug. You know even without the scale when you are off track. The scale was a way to snap some clarity to it. I had drifted further from my comfort zone than I realized. I am purposely leaving out the numbers because I still feel strongly that numbers are not the most important gauge. The scale should only be one guideline with your goal a healthy body fat percentage. Keep in mind that your weight is about your health not your beauty. Plus, weight fluctuates ridiculously from day to day with too many elements factored in like water retention, time of the month and some days you are just one giant poop away from making a lighter weight. I refused to go back and totally police myself by the scale. However, I see that it would benefit me to occasionally check in with reality from time to time. I cannot separate myself completely from measurements. Left to my own, it appears, I will gradually lose discipline, for the time being anyway. Though the scale and I have had our differences, I have reconciled to the point of keeping our relationship to acquaintance. I will visit my scale occasionally, but not obsessively. One week of tracking and fine tuning those liberties and I am almost back within my comfort zone. Though I had stuck to 80-90% Primal diet and kept my workout schedule, I was not watching portions, eating too many nuts, potatoes too often and too much cheese. Oh and the worse damage was the Firefly. My encouragement to those reading would be, if you must, use a scale as an occasional tool. Too often we can easily fall into bondage to things that should hold no power over us. Like letting the numbers on the scale determine our day’s outlook. Even our own thoughts and views of ourselves can hinder us from becoming all that we are intended. Too quickly we begin concentrating on our shortcomings, focusing on all the things we think we are not. And then, we compare ourselves in so many unhealthy ways to others. If you find yourself taking these negative paths, catch yourself, before you curse yourself. Remember that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, beautifully unique in a way no other person on this earth could duplicate. Keep perspective and do not allow matters of no consequence to rob you of joy.

 

 
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CrossFit + Paleo/Primal = Success
My birthday being in January, I started out last year with specific and headstrong goals. The first of which was to run at least one 5k event a month.  Despite actually placing in a few races (in my age group), that got old quick; I was already bored and disappointed with my plan.
      Honestly, I have never been a good runner. It wasn’t my sport.  I was a competitive gymnast, and then a professional dancer. I even landed a job as a magician’s assistant those years.  I started running in college because my best friend was a cross country runner. I quickly learned that running kept my weight in check.  Well, kept it in check until my forties. I noticed that no matter how much I ran, the weight would not drop. Even putting in long miles and training for half marathons. No significant weight loss. The cardio was not cutting through it all anymore.   In fact by late forties my weight had crept to an all time high. 5 foot nothing and 148 lbs. I have always been thick, even in competitive days. Now I was fat on top of the thick.  I felt huge.  Struggling, starving, and excessive cardio got me back to 136 by my January birthday.  Well, I was 136 in the middle of the week, on Mondays after any kind of weekend indulging I would be back up to 140ish. Indulging for me would be close to 1300-1500 calories.  During the week I kept between 800-1000cal., more often even lower.  I justified it by convincing myself, I am only 5 foot, so my body does not need more fuel than that. “Obviously, look at me.”  That quote became my defense to anyone who questioned my tactics. “I am eating plenty, obviously, look at me”.
     I resolved myself to the fact that being petite, premenopausal, and with age slowing metabolism that I had to fight back even harder. I kept running, kept pushing and kept restricting.  Logically, the math had to work, right? You burn more calories than you eat, you are supposed to lose.  It was all about the numbers and I was going to make the math work.  It never did and the failure was taking its emotional toll.
      Meantime, I began looking for more adventurous running events. My son, who is a tri athlete, had run some adventure races and was bragging about the “CrossFit” woman. He was commenting how bad @ss fit they were. How these woman were beast in these events.  That was enough to tweak my curiosity. I began to research “CrossFit” and watched some of your videos. There are some things that you do not need to think about. I knew CrossFit was for me before I showed up.
       CrossFit Pinnacle had my full attention. I have never been in any fitness venue ever where the coaches invested so much in my personal fitness and success.  The coaches at CrossFit Pinnacle are not “hired trainers” doing a job. They are coaches who are engaged and passionate about each member’s success.  It is not just the coaches that are inspiring; the CrossFit community has been a huge encouragement. Many times in awe, I have watched members finish up the class before mine, digging deep for strength and pushing past what they thought was their limit. Simply inspiring. There is a true bond in the CrossFit community that breeds a sense of pride in each other’s successes.  It is amazing how much harder you can push yourself when your peers are cheering and challenging you.
     A couple weeks into the routine I had a “nutrition” session with coach Nick.  I thought my food choices were good and wholesome. I thought I was informed and knowledgeable. I certainly could stamp my choices with a USDA approval. I left that nutrition session with a little bit of skepticism and crinkled brow.  “Wait? What? I need to eat more? I need more fat for fuel? Seriously? Whoa…that’s my wholesome whole wheat you’re talking about.” That session ended with a suggestion to read “The Primal Blueprint” by Mark Sisson and “The Paleo Solution” by Robb Wolf.  I devoured the books. Again, there are some things you do not need to think about. It just all made perfect sense to me.
            So, one year later I am at my fittest and healthier than ever. I have the papers to prove it. My yearly wellness check from work was off the chart in improvement. Priceless was the little dude’s expression when charting, and measuring my strength.   I have never felt stronger. I have lost weight, but don’t ask me how much. Somewhere along the line I divorced my scale and stopped counting calories. Freedom from that stress is liberating.  I became more focused on the fun and sense of accomplishment with each workout.  CrossFit is my sport and I am proud to be a part of the CrossFit Pinnacle team.
     I do not know if I can truly express how this sport makes me feel.  This year I competed in my first CrossFit Games, finished ranked 211th in my age group worldwide. I feel am no longer a “former” competitive athlete; I am once again an athlete, master athlete, approaching age 52, competing against my previous scores, competing against my previous max, and conquering new skills. Still, I am far from where I want to be, so I look forward to getting “coached” for another year.  Of course “coached” is not the word that comes to mind when I hear “You got 10 seconds, give me 5 more”.
        Thank you CrossFit Pinnacle coaches for your continuous encouragement and making my goals, your goal. For making my success, your success.
     Below is a visual journey of the past year.
Day one of CrossFit; a painfully honest view -   April 11,2011 138#
 
15 weeks CrossFit  and  12 weeks Primal/Paleo – July 23, 2011

 

November 2011 – Turkey Trot 5k with the family. Yes! Feeling my little self again….

 

January 2012 Birthday Run – Warrior Dash, finished 5th in my age group. Boom!

 

Wearing my daughter’s size 2 jeans…..just because I can.