Spartan Training begins again

Back in October I was supposed to do a Spartan Super in Atlanta. (For those of you that don’t know what a Spartan Race is; it’s one of those extreme obstacle races. You know, one of those races you see pictures of people all muddy and jumping over fire and climbing walls and crawling under barbed wire and stuff.) Anyway, I didn’t end up doing it because of work and just generally being unmotivated and scared. I had done a Spartan Sprint (which is a shorter distance) with a team of great people who encouraged and pushed me to keep going. It was a great experience! Afterward I was super excited, determined, confident, and motivated. The energy before, during, and after the race was infectious! Needless to say I wanted to do another! Well, long story short, it didn’t happen.

Months passed and it lingered in the back of my mind. Money wasted. All the training and work I had put into preparing for the race was gone. I loved the feeling of being strong and committed to something. You kind of end up craving it.

Well, the other night I thought about it again and decided it was time to do something about it rather than it eating at the back of my mind. Ends up there is a race near me in September! (Luckily I could put the money from the previous race into a new one.) I decided to go for it!

Let the Spartan training begin! Who’s in?

I started my training yesterday and I already got blisters and a cut on my pinkie from bear crawling up my driveway like a weirdo. My neighbors really get a good show sometimes. I’ve been known to low crawl through my front yard getting nice muddy knees in the process. I scared the crap out of a girl next door when I came sprinting up my driveway and up the road. I love it though! I crave it! I need more! It doesn’t matter what people think. Have fun with it and do your own thing!

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It doesn’t matter what level you’re at. All the excuses you can muster up are just that…excuses! People have said them before. The difference is if you will let the excuses overcome you or are you going to overcome the excuses! Decide to do something different and commit to it!

You gotta start somewhere!

Michelle(4)

First Cleanse

I meant to post about this sooner, but between a full-time job, taking care of my fam, and my obsessive compulsive cleaning tendencies, sandwiched between spurts of pure laziness, I totally forgot to share my experience with my first cleanse. With the support of a great friend and a Facebook cleansing group I succeeded in my first 2 day cleanse Monday through Tuesday!

Day 1 was actually a little rough. My head felt a little in the clouds, I had a headache, and my energy wasn’t that great. I was also home all day which was a challenge for me because I always want to eat all the food in my house. I wanted ALL the snacks! It probably didn’t help that the day before I had totally gorged on all kinds of sweet treats so my body was literally going through sugar withdrawals. Let me just say that I LOVE food, particularly sweets, just ask my mom! I’ve been known to devour entire cookie sheets worth of cookies, or several brownies straight from the oven. So, with all that said, I went into the cleanse a little hesitant about only consuming liquid nutrients. I kept busy though and even completed my workout! I kept drinking plenty of water and drinking my delicious cellular cleansing drink….which actually tastes like some sort of cross between apple juice, acai, and maybe pomegranate or something. I began to look forward to it and just simply trust the process. Boy am I glad I did!

Day 2 was much easier than day 1. Who knew? I did have to work on Day 2, which helped keep me busy, my mind occupied, and my body moving. I had a ton of energy, no headache, no mental fog; it was great! I didn’t even think about food. I felt like I never needed solid food again. I had so much energy, felt happier, more clear-headed, and confident. It really is about trusting the process. Knowing that you are doing something great for your body. And keeping yourself surrounded by people that support you and lift you up to help you achieve your goals.

 

Yoga Fitness & Nutrition

So, it’s a random Thursday and I┬ádrove two hours to visit a friend and do a fitness class. I had a blast doing a new workout! The next thing I know I have a full belly of french toast and my own business website!

I literally just came here to workout and hang out, but I’ve been wanting to start my own blog for a while now. I recently just started an amazing nutritional system and wanted to have a place to share a little bit about my busy mom life and how I stay fit during the crazy times.

My goal is to keep up with blogging on this site weekly, but I really need your guys’ help in what to post about. I do a lot of workouts in my home garage gym, and make healthy snacks and meals for on the go.

Some of my other hobbies are crafting stuff out of old items, sewing, watching Netflix for hours, playing Nerf guns with my son Mark, taking care of the hubby and my two giant dogs — a German Shepard named Dutchess and an Afghan dog named Hooch.

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He’s literally from Afghanistan — one of my husband’s buddies brought him home as a puppy because the conditions in Afghanistan were horrible. We then adopted Hooch when our friend realized he was away too much.

So, that in a nutshell is how this website started and you will get to see all my weird, fun, and basic adventures as mom, wife, and super awesome fitness superhero in my garage gym!

Michelle(4)