Stage 3 kidney disease. WHAT? That was what the initial lab tests indicated. My head began to spin with thoughts of dialysis and even worse, my kids growing up without a mother. What had I done to myself? Maybe all the naysayers were right—CrossFit is dangerous. Did I have rhabdo and damage my kidneys without even knowing it? Was it some of the pre or post-workout supplements I'd been taking? . . .
I was a 38 year
old stay at home mother of
Orange Is The New Black and Strong Is The New
Skinny, so why can't March 1st Be The New January 1st? Haven't written
a post in almost 2 months, but as they say better late than never.
Every year, The Husband and I sit down and come up with goals. We
divide them into categories such as financial, spiritual, career, etc.
This year, I had so many things I wanted to change . . .
In my pre-kid life, It was not unusual to
find me dancing on bar tops or bellied up to a bar, but it's been years
since my last plié or relevé at a ballet barre. I tried an adult ballet
class about 10 years ago, but like most of my pre-CrossFit fitness endeavors, I lasted a few months and quit. I've had tons of friends rave about Pure Barre and I see all their posts about LTB and shaking thighs, so I had to try it out for myself. . . .
Until today, I was a rare breed in the CrossFit world, a Fran virgin. Fran is arguably CrossFit's best known workout. Asking a crossfitter their Fran time is like asking a distance runner their 5k time.
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A lot has been written about Fran, but the best description I've seen is Fran is simple, but not easy. The box where I . . .
When the girls were in preschool, each child had a stoplight with their names on it and they started each day with their clip on . . .
The chorus is what gets stuck in my head (along with the sha na na na na's in the beginning!): . . .
My unsuspecting coaches have no
idea that when I ask them about all their favorite foods it is so I can
finally figure out their kryptonite . . .
My parents recently visited and while my dad and The Husband went . . .
Last week, I had the pleasure of being invited to dinner club with a fabulous bunch of ladies. My friend Stephanie hosted a paleo feast. After spending so much time with fellow Kool-Aid drinkers (I mean CrossFitters), I sometimes forget the rest of the world is not obsessed with cleans, snatches, PR's and all things paleo. Stephanie and I are kindred spirits; we love food, adventure, travel, and of course CrossFit. Dinner club provided a perfect opportunity to indoctrinate (I mean introduce) the unsuspecting victims to the joys of paleo! The food and conversation . . .
I was trolling around the internet the other day to find new recipes for The Husband's smoker and I came across the Primal Grill. When I clicked on the recipes link, one recipe jumped off the page—Butter Burgers (Stuffed with Garlic Herb Butter). We've made burgers stuffed with cheese, green chilies, and bacon, but it had never occurred to me to stuff them with butter—brilliant! I guess it's not really that much of stretch because many of the fine steak houses top their steaks with butter, now I know why!
These burgers did not disappoint and the . . .
2011—qualify for Regionals ✔
2012—return home to High Point and open CrossFit box✔
2012—make the cut at Regionals and compete on the final day✔. . .
May 13, 2013
I'm more of a sweet, than salty snacker personally, but The Husband was craving chips the other day and asked me to hunt down . . .
April 29, 2013
Every once in a while you've got to live a
little, right? Margaritas are one of my favorite summertime cocktails,
and with the beautiful weather today, it seemed the perfect opportunity
to bust out our Jimmy Buffett Margarita maker. One of the first
questions many people ask is whether alcohol is paleo, and if so, are
there certain kinds that are better than others? If you are following a
strict paleo diet or doing a paleo challenge, then you should stay away
from alcohol, but for the rest of us, the occasional glass of wine,
gluten-free beer, or paleofied cocktail is perfectly acceptable. Click here and here to find out more. . . .
What a beautiful weekend! Got to hang out with lots of friends and neighbors and did tons of cooking—so much in fact that this post will be divided into 2 parts. Here's a preview of the entire delicious weekend.
Friday night: we had driveway drinks with the neighbors . . .
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Change is Bad vs. Keep Moving Forward
The movie contrasts two very different philosophies on life. Grug, the father, believes "fear is good . . .
Hope everyone had a great Easter weekend. As usual, our celebration included lots of cooking, lots of eating, and this year, lots of basketball! We had a nontraditional Easter dinner, The Husband smoked a beef brisket on his new smoker and we served it with smashed sweet potatoes and green beans.
March 22, 2013
Last week we traveled back home to Columbus, Ohio to attend a family funeral. While our visit was not under the best circumstances, it was great to catch up with family and to stock up on a few of our favorite things from the Buckeye state. Warning: these are NOT paleo!
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In honor of St. Patrick's Day and the Husband's Irish heritage, today's post is about lucky charms.
Many athletes rely on rituals or possess lucky charms to get them ready for the big game or race and to guarantee their best performance. Whether it be a particular color, a necklace, piece of clothing, pregame meal, or warm up song; athletes are creatures of habit. Some notable examples,
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Let the Games begin! For those of you who CrossFit, you know exactly what I'm talking about; tonight at 8p.m. the first wod in the 2013 CrossFit Games will be announced live. The CrossFit Open is the first step in qualifying for the CrossFit Games. The top finishers in each region qualify for Regionals, and top Regional competitors qualify for the Games. One of the coolest things about CrossFit, is that unlike almost any other sport, regular people like me get to compete alongside the top athletes and do the exact same workouts (or at least hope to).
This is my first year competing in the Open. Over 100,000 . . .
March 5, 2013
March 4, 2013
February 28, 2013
Paleo is Difficult to Follow
Let's address the difficulty issue first. The report states "[d]iets that restrict entire food groups are difficult to follow." Do we really want the standard of what diet is best for our health . . .
No this is not an infomercial, but I do
have to say there are quite a few As Seen on TV products I love. Hey,
don't hate on the snuggie! To those of you who saw me on the Fox 8
paleo cooking segment, welcome to PaleoPam! To learn more about me and
the site, be sure to read The Creation of Paleo Pam and About PaleoPam. To find out more about the Paleo lifestyle, read What is Paleo? and to find out more about CrossFit check out What is CrossFit? and CrossFit Versatile . . .
I don't know what the weather is like where you are, but here, it is a cold, gray, rainy day. Just the sort of day that makes me want to stay in my pj's, curl up with a good book, and eat a delicious bowl of piping hot chili. Thank God for leopard print wellies! For those of you who are wondering what the key difference is between regular chili and paleo chili, it's the beans.
Followers of the paleo diet do not eat legumes, including kidney, black ...
My Date with Kelly
when I went to the box (CrossFit gym) the wod (workout of the day) was
Kelly. Kelly involves running 400 meters, doing 30 box jumps to a 20"
height for women, and then doing 30 wall balls . . .
February 24, 2013
I freely admit that I’m a bit obsessive-compulsive. Can you hear The Husband yelling through the screen “a bit”? Despite his love-hate relationship with my extreme personality traits, he has only himself to blame for the creation of PaleoPam. Let me back up a little and explain.
Head in the clouds, I went to Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism to become the next Katie Couric. I quickly fell back down to earth and realized . . .