Thursday, November 14, 2013

9 Lessons From Our Grandparents

This article is from the Huffington Post Online and is SO Fabulous!

The lessons are great but the pictures to go with them are even better


1. Take a Damn Vacation

2.  ... Lots of Vacations

3. Travel Should be FUN

4. One GREAT Picture is worth more than hundreds

5. Forget Decor Trends (house should feel like a home)

6. Dress for EVERY Occasion

7. A commute isn't a free pass for rudeness

8. Have people over once in awhile

9. Write a letter... Please

Being a Godly Wife/Butler Party of 3

I have been following this new blog "Butler Party of 3" for a few months now and really enjoy the blogger's posts. She has a son so I tend to skip the posts about her baby that has a lot of pictures (no offense he is adorable), but she does come up with a lot of great reflective posts from a modern Christian.

I originally found her through this post on Pinterest: "How to be a Godly Wife":

I really liked this post. It may be a little much to some people but if you don't take it so literally and look at her reflections or messages I really like it.

Humbling Your Child's Christmas

I found this idea on Pinterest and I have to say I REALLY like it. It really fits our situation right now and I'm hoping that we can continue this tradition for the year's to come.

Each child gets 4 presents.
1.    Something they want
2.    Something they need
3.    Something to wear
4.    Something to read

Like my mother I LOVE Christmas and I usually tend to go overboard. We are on a very tight budget these days and have been doing a good job on following it. Christmas is tough because just because you WANT to give presents doesn't mean you CAN. In fact, I like giving more than receiving (and that is NOT what she said, badump bump). So it's definitely hard knowing I can't play Kris Kringle like I used to it.

Monday, November 11, 2013

CrossFITTING My Mental Strength

So it's no secret that The Hubby and I are avid CrossFitters, in case you forget THERE is your reminder, haha just kidding! And I actually strongly dislike the noun/adjective "CrossFitter" as we don't fit the true "mold" and aren't in the CF cult (by our standers)... we are just two people who really like to work out, like a challenge, are extremely competitive (OK OK I AM competitive), like the CF programing, CF 5 days a week and do occasional competitions- so I guess I am not really helping my case?!?

BUT... for lack of a better word yup I used it

Last November I started the blog The George Project and did it for about 5 months until once again life got in the way, our competition season slowed down, and I just had other priorities. But I figured since I was trying to blog again I could just do it on here.

We are back in our garage after a 2-month membership at another box. Thoroughly enjoyed our time there working out with the other members, but for the time being we had to move our workouts back home. It's definitely been a lot more challenging going back this time as I really enjoyed the people I worked out with- super friendly; the time (late afternoon vs. early morning); working out with heat or ac vs. the temp outside; and it became our family routine where we all went together. The King stills asks "Mommy why aren't we going to the gym", the only easy explanation I had for him was "we won't be going to the gym for awhile, the gym is closed" and my little rascal's response "Mommy- does the man know the gym is closed?"- freaking LOVE that kid! Also reminds me of "Jerry Maguire" (NO RAY THE ZOO IS CLOSED).

We did start following a new program though that will hopefully help me get a little stronger. As I knew and was reminded of two weekends ago in the SuperFit competition is that there are a lot of other women stronger than me out there and if I want to compete I can't just rely on my METCON performance, I need to build strength. So, we have been following the "OPEN" routines on this CompetitorsWodBlogspot

Today's WOD was extremely hard for me 

First off I have had the jitters all morning and have just been OFF- that never helps rushing out to a work out. No matter how I tried to settle it with breathing or nutritionally it just never settled.

Side note- made an AWESOME new Smoothie this morning:
1/2 an avocado
Handful of grapes
1 banana
1/2 an apple
Splash of water

I also jumped into a workout at a non-planned time, which never really works for me, but you gotta do what ya gotta do! And my partner-in-action was missing- working out alone STINKS!!!!

My warm up was a faster pace 1-mile run and it felt so good to get out there with the brisk air and my legs just worked and wanted to go faster.
1. Metcon
5 RFT:
12 Deads, 155/105
9 Hang Power Cleans, 155/105
6 Push Jerks, 155/105

2.  Clean
work up to a heavy single.

3.  Front Squats
3x5 across

I scaled the WOD today to 3 rounds (vs. 5) due to time constraints but I still got a lot out of it. 105lbs is heavy for me for a Metcon like this and usually I would have to break up the HPC and PJ so I would have done it around 95lbs, but we don't have all of our weights so I did the 105lbs

For all 3 rounds I was able to do my deadlifts unbroken and fast. I actually surprised myself and was really happy. I actually looked forward to those which NEVER happens, ha. I just kept remembering to keep my core tight and my shoulder blades flexed back so I wouldn't strain my back and the difference that makes is HUGE, I could definitely tell when wasn't and was able to fix it.

The Hang Power Cleans were much LESS fun. Nothing like having 105lbs slam down on your chest 27 times. WHAM. Can't wait for that bruise. My first round was much slower and I broke it up in 3's. My second round I was able to do 5 & 4 and then the last round I banged out 8 and then did my last HPC to go straight into my jerk. I definitely started to get fatigued after 4 of them though.

At one point during my split jerks I thought about how I should tell someone I was out in the garage and if I didn't come inside in the next 30 minutes then the bar has dropped on my head and something is WRONG! But I was too tired to go inside and was NOT going to stop and draw out this WOD any longer than needed. The first round I did sets of 2 split Jerks. Second round I did 3 & 3 and the last round I was able to suck it up and do all 6. I really started to get fatigued AND dizzy the more I did these.

I've really been  trying to not only push myself physically but mentally as well. If I can't do a set of something in a row I try and break it up in 1/2 or sets of something equal. The past few weeks I have really been trying to push myself to do one or two more when I am mentally and physically tired so I KNOW that i can do that and it's my mind setting those limitations. Today's workout I  really tried to do that even if took me some time to get into. Once I started the workout I really just wanted to walk away and I mean REALLY- no one would know... But I would and then I would be pissed and mad about it and feel like crap all day and then probably want to do the same thing tomorrow. So I PUSHED on. And little by little I felt better. It did NOT get easier, but I felt mentally stronger realizing I could do the movement and the weights. Split Jerking the weight felt so good closing out at the top like "you're gonna hear me ROOOOAAAAAAARRRRR". My deadlifts got faster as it felt like a feather compared to HPC the barbell. I set a goal to reach a time before my last round and when I got to my Split Jerks I had 30 seconds, so I pushed myself and did all of them and beat my time by 10 seconds, nothing feels better than that!!!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Marriage isn't FOR Me

I came across this blog post for a husband and I just had to share it. I love that it is from a man's perspective and the advice is from his experienced Dad, but more so because it is true in ANY relationship: man & woman; woman & woman; man & man. And it applies equally to BOTH sides of the party.

Personally I had a hard fall emotionally. In the past two weeks I have let go of a lot if emotional doubt, anger, resentment, and sadness. These past two weeks have been focused and happy and enjoyable. My husband and I haven't laughed and enjoyed each other's company this much in awhile. And I can  tell you he hasn't changed- what changed is MY perspective on it. I've read a lot of things: marriage advice, spiritual advice, and religious advice as well. What it all boils down to is trying to change yourself and your perspective vs. trying to change the other person.

Control what you can control. Control your love, your language, your voice & your actions toward your partner

Appreciate your partner vs. picking out all of the big and little things he/she does wrong.  
Stop and recognize the little everyday things that he/she does for you and your family.
Verbally acknowledge these little things that he/she does and tell him/her

Anyway, this article doesn't say what I have above that is my own findings, but it's about BEING about the other person. Giving back to your partner. Loving your partner. And it really makes sense and I like it! 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Getting Back on the Horse

Well hello there! It's certainly been awhile, but I am going to TRY (try being the operative word) and get back to blogging. When I did it before I really enjoyed it and it was a good way for me to get my (semi-censored) thoughts out of my head. 

And those of us who have been to a good therapist (who me?) know that getting the thoughts out of your head whether it be on paper or saying it out loud can give us a much more realistic perspective on whatever  thoughts we were internalizing. 

Back in 2011 when The King was born I started a separate blog (Mommamotormouth) for 1.5yrs or so and I enjoyed blogging about him. However, I think Momma needs her identity back a little bit and I am so glad I never closed down "Copa de Cava". I may not be the same "girl" I was before I had my babes, but I'm always trying to be the best person, wife, mom, and friend I can be. Right now I am slacking on the friend part, BUT everyone has a time in their life where they have to be selfish and take care of themselves. 

And I don't really consume champagne as much as I used to, completely converted to a WINE(o)-Girl, but I still love a smooth, cold glass of Prosecco and the concept of what my blog name represents- Trying to live the good life!

That being said, I hope I haven't been off the grid too long and that you will come back and follow my posts! 

Copa de Cava