"Being the best is not about beating everyone else. Its about beating who you were yesterday."

"Being the best is not about beating everyone else. Its about beating who you were yesterday."

Monday, January 31, 2011

Houston Marathon 2011

Kristian and his biggest supporter Ashley
Micah and Leslie looking strong
Nathan, with just two miles to go! Look how happy he is
You can do it Cassie!!!
Vic needed some high fives from his support team
All smiles with Susie

Great job to all my amazing, strong, inspiring, endurance athletes and  friends who ran in the half and full marathon on Sunday. Beleive it or not you guys inspired me to run my first half marathon this Febuary, yikes! I am so proud of each and every one of you, what a accomplishmet!! Shout out to those i didnt get pics...Mahima, Emily, Chad, Matt, and anyone else i missed. Way to go!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Lori's Birthday WOD

My good friend and workout buddy Lori Reilly turned the amazing age of 35 on Sunday. Now for those of you who dont know Lori, she has a great passion for health and fitness and would much ratther want her friends together for a good workout than celebrate with alcohol and ending up with her head in a toilet by the end of the night. Her thoughtful and loving Husband John tried to put this group workout together as a surprise, but you obviously cant hide anything from Lori, haha. So this past Saturday Lori, John, myself, and all her friends, workout buddies and coaches came together to help throw Lori one bad ass workout!! In honor of Lori's age and the year we're in, i came up with a battle buddy WOD that had 35reps, 2 rounds, and 11exercises.
35 deadlifts 255/185
35 pushups
35 dbl unders
35 wall balls 
35 T2B (toe to bar)
35 KB swings 70/53
35 jumping lunges
35 GHD sit ups
35 DB Thruster 35/25
35 pull ups
200 m Run
Our photographers, Nathan Montgomery Amanda Drew Oliver, and my sis Kim, she is in the group shot

Jane Shin and Lori Layton,aka Duncan

Jenny and David Garcia

Run Shelby and Charlie Run!!!

John Reilly

Melissa Dolezol

Stopped for a quick pic. We're only half way done at this point and still smiling:)

"Last lap Lori, let go!!"

On T2B, Jessi Cooper and her partner
Cassie Bounds

People laying on the floor...I consider it a good WOD

We survived thumbs up!
Happy Birthday Lori! We were happy to help celebrate your birthday through pain and sweat. Make it a great year!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Chili Recipe

For all you Paleo peeps or those just wantig a good chili recipe for this cold rainy day, try this out.
Its de-lish!

2 lbs lean ground beef (I look for 90/10)
1 large steak cut into chunks (or stew meat, whatever you prefer)
1 large can crushed tomatoes (look for the one where the only ingredient is tomatoes)
1 can diced tomatoes and chilis (again, look for natural here)
1 small can tomatillo salsa (in the Mexican food aisle, look for natural ingredients in this)
large onion diced
1/8 cup almond flour (this is optional for thickening, omit if you have a nut allergy)
about 2 cups of beef broth
3 cloves garlic minced or about
2 tsp garlic powder1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbs ground cumin
3-4 tbs chili powder
olive oil

Put about 2 tbs olive oil in a pan and get it screaming hot. Sear the chunks of steak in batches (don’t crowd or it won’t brown). It doesn’t have to be cooked at this point, just brown and pull it out. Add a little more oil if needed and add diced onion to kind of brown a bit. Add the beef stock and let it cook until it is reduced by half (this gives a really meaty base). Add in ground beef and almond flour. Stir until it browns a bit. Add garlic, spices, tomatoes, and steak chunks. Simmer on low heat for a couple of hours. It gets better the longer it cooks.
I serve with diced red onion on top. It’s good without it too.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Women who inspire me...

This past Sunday me and the ladies got together for our weekly workouts. We did the Crossfit.com wod from sat which was 21-15-9 sqt cleans and ring dips. My girl Marie Conrad, for the first time did 75lbs sqt cleans!!! She excitingly said, "even though i came in last, i still finished with that weight!" I told her, who cares about finishing first, especially at our ladies WOD's. Its just about pushing yourself, and seeing how far you can go. Great Job Marie I am so proud of you!
Marie Conrad

Monday was FRAN day at the box. Those of you non crosfitters, Fran is the absolute worst, make you want to throw up, entire body tingles, and goes numb at the same time workout. Its 21-15-9 Thrusters and pull ups. Lizzy Langley is a client and friend of mine, and last night she rocked that WOD with a time of 5:01!!!! She was so pumped and I am so happy for her. Way to go Lizzy, I am so proud! Keep it up girl;) Also my good friend Lori Reilly got her Fran time down from 7:48 to 5:57!!!! WOW! Lori,  you have come so far since you started crossfit. Your mentally and physically stronger, and you inspire me every time you come in the box and conquer your challenges!

Lizzy Langley

Lori Reilly

Jessi Cooper is another one who PR'd at the box. Her new nickname is "deadlift queen." Two weeks ago she got a PR of 265lb. Apparently a little women power helps her out, because on Sunday at our ladies WOD, she lifted a 285lb deadlift!! Congrats Jessi! Monica Wonzer also is a deadlift role model of mine. She got a PR of 265 like it was nothing. Girls, i am so proud of you both for pushing yourself to the limit and never giving up with whatever is thrown at you.
Jessi Copper

Monica Wonzer

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

HELLO 2011!!!!

Happy New Year everyone!!!! Wow 2011, i cant believe it! So many great things have happened in the past year, now its time to focus on the next 12 months. I was reading my friends blog, Grey Matters www.greystoneguids.com , and she inspired me to look at this year differently. Instead of making goals like, "how am i going to make myself better this year, what goals do i want to reach for MYSELF" I'd like to help my clients, friends, and family make sure their goals are being met. Don't get me wrong, i don't think making goals for yourself is bad at all, its just for me, this year i want to take my eyes off myself and focus more on others. Last year i made the biggest goal for myself...making it to the crossfit games! Ha ha, i only laugh because i went about it all wrong. I had put way to much pressure on myself, all my focus was on how to be a better athlete, i started training way too early, and i feel like i missed out on alot because i was stuck in my "me" bubble. I completely took the fun out of what i love doing. Do i regret any of it?  No of course not. I think I benefited from many things and learned alot. Sure i made some mistakes here and there, but that's the fun of it all right, you know what not to do the next go around. So anyway, new year new focus! If you have a goal you want to meet and don't think you can do it alone, let me know I'm here to help!:) Happy 2011!!!