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March 26, 2014

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?  . . .

March 19, 2014
Well, not exactly.  But despite what I might say in this post, there will be plenty of people who will argue that CrossFit and/or the Paleo diet are at the root of all my health problems.  That couldn't be further from the truth.  In fact, I think CrossFit saved me.

I was a 38 year old stay at home mother of

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February 26, 2014

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 . . .

December 11, 2013
When doubt creeps in, the bar feels heavier, the box seems higher, and you begin to second guess all your goals.  When doubt creeps in everything seems impossible, overwhelming, hopeless. 
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Every athlete deals with injury, but when nagging injuries begin to pile up . . . doubt creeps in.  As many of you know, I’ve struggled with shoulder impingement and a host of mobility related issues.  I’ve made huge progress with my shoulders lately and was finally feeling good about my overhead lifts, when BAM, my hand began to hurt.  . . .
December 5, 2013

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. . . .

11/18/2013
It's no secret that I'm not a big fan of vegetables.  I know they are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and blah, blah blah.  I don't really care what's in them because if I don't like the taste, I'm not going to eat them. 
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I try to creatively sneak veggies into my meals.  Kale in smoothies, spinach in my eggs, sweet potatoes in my brownies, and now my new favorite way to sneak them into everything—the spiral slicer.  Everything tastes better spiralized.  Give my kids a carrot or cucumber, and they say ho hum. . . .
November 11, 2013

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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Fran

21-15-9

Thrusters (95/65)

Pull ups


 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 . . .

November 4, 2013
Do you find yourself qualifying your successes?  Do you have trouble taking compliments?  Do you struggle with patting yourself on the back and saying "good job"?  I know I do.
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The asterisk (*) is a punctuation mark commonly used after a statement you want to comment on or qualify.  For example, when Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France, people talked about putting an asterisk beside his name because of the steroid controversy (now a moot issue because he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles). . . .
October 29, 2013
A few weeks ago, the box where I work out, CrossFit Versatile, had the Grand Opening of its new Lindley Park location.  As part of the festivities, I had a table with samples of paleo recipes and of course, Paleo Pam tanks and t-shirts.  As promised (better late than never), here are the recipes for Amazeballs, Maple Bacon Meatballs, and Apple Pie Snack Mix.
October 22, 2013
Mistakes happen.  All the time.  Large and small.  No one is perfect.  Despite knowing this, I tend to be really hard on myself (and others—ask The Husband I'm sure he could give you an earful).  I have trouble letting go.  Forgiving and forgetting.  Moving on. 
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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 . . .


October 10, 2013
I am a child of the 80's and I loved the Brady Bunch.  For some reason, the cheesy songs they used to sing still get stuck in my head (perhaps because we used to only have 3 channels, so our viewing options were limited)!  When Bobby Brady's voice begins to change, they sing a song called "Time To Change".  Check out the video if you need a moment of nostalgia (or if you're too young to remember the Brady Bunch).
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The chorus is what gets stuck in my head (along with the sha na na na na's in the beginning!): . . .

October 6, 2013
We've all heard this famous Vince Lombardi quote about winning, but have you ever really thought about what it means to win? Typically, winning means coming in first place, but is this the only definition?
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I'm not a fan of the "everybody is a winner" give every kid on the team a trophy mentality that is prevalent these days.  In life, there are winners and losers, and kids need to learn to overcome adversity and recover from a tough loss. . . .
September 24, 2013
It's Week 2 of the 8 week LuRong Living Paleo Challenge and besides missing chocolate, cheese and butter; this paleo challenge has been much easier because it's not that different than I usually eat.  The biggest struggle is finding time to make "real food" meals without relying on any restaurant or convenience foods. As an overscheduled, stressed out wife, mom, Professor and blogger, hearing "what's for dinner?" can send me over the edge . . .
September 17, 2013
Yesterday, along with thousands of other people across the country, I started the LuRong Living Paleo Challenge.  It's an 8 week strict paleo challenge where individuals track their diet and compete in 10 workouts over the course of 8 weeks.  Although I already follow an 80/20 paleo lifestyle, like most, there's room for improvement in my diet—less sugar (I like chocolate a lot!) and more veggies (I don't like broccoli, cabbage, squash, the list could go on and one).  I also over rely on supplements like protein shakes (rather than real food) to get me through my teaching day.  . . .


September 12, 2013
Boxers or briefs? Thong or commando?  An often overlooked, but important part of a good workout is the proper undergarments.  Chafing of the unmentionables, the dreaded camel toe, or in the case of the fellas, letting it all hang out (and not in a good way) are taboo topics.

This summer, at the CrossFit Games, I got to check . . .
September 5, 2013
One of the things I dread most about this back to school (and back to work for me) time of year is packing lunches.  Who's with me?  I struggle to come up with lunches that the kids will eat as we try to transition to a healthier lifestyle for the entire family.  For working adults seeking to eat clean, office candy jars, bagels and pastries at morning meetings, and pizza and pasta laden catered lunches abound. Anybody else guilty of the 3pm vending machine visit trying to weigh whether Peanut M&M's or Snickers are healthier because they contain protein?  Hypothetically speaking of course! . . .
August 22, 2013
Like many families, this is a crazy time of year.  I started back to work at the local college where I teach in the Paralegal program and the girls are getting ready to head back to school.  Changes in routines, bedtimes, school Open Houses, new afterschool activities, arranging carpools, back to school shopping and figuring out what the heck to pack in school lunches (that the girls will eat and is at least slightly healthier than the standard lunch bag fare) means this is a challenging time for all us.  Tears, drama, whining, and screaming (and that's just me and The Husband!) have taken . . .
August 8, 2013
We've all heard the saying "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again".  Sometimes this is easier said than done. What if you try and try and try again, and fail and fail and fail again?  When is it time to cut your losses and realize your time is best spent elsewhere?  The old bang for the buck argument; if you're not getting a return on your investment, is it time well spent?
August 1, 2013
Going to the CrossFit Games was an incredible experience that is difficult to put into words.  It was like no other spectator sport I have ever attended (and that's tough to say for a lifelong Buckeye who's watched script Ohio in the Horseshoe).  For a CrossFitter, it was like a chocolate lover getting the Golden Ticket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  I was swimming in vats of CrossFit for a week straight and it was divine!  Although there are so many great memories I have from the Games and it will likely take me weeks to get through the over 1000 pictures I took, here are some of my favorite moments.  . . .
July 17, 2013
Remember when American Idol used to be good?  Remember Season 1 when Kelly Clarkson belted out "A Moment Like This"?

She owned that stage and in a dominating performance became the first American Idol.  It may be cheesy, but these lyrics were one of the first things that popped into my mind when I think of Will Powell—this is his moment.

Next week, Will Powell will compete in the 2013 CrossFit Games in the Masters 50-54 age group . . .
July 11, 2013
They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.  I'm hoping the same holds true for CrossFit coaches.  I'm lucky to have two great coaches, but sometimes I worry that when they are writing workouts they channel the Grinch with his evil grin and a heart that is "two sizes too small".  To counteract their evil Grinch-like plans, I've launched a top secret undercover mission code named Project No Rep.


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 . . .


July 10, 2013
No disrespect to The Husband, but I have a new man in my life--George, aka The Civilized Caveman.  My relationship with George got off to a bit of a rocky start.  I tried several of his recipes, and although they were not bad, I cook often enough that average recipes don't make the cut.  But then . . .  I decided to give him a second chance, and I am so glad I did. 

First off, he has an amazing weight loss story as . . .
July 8, 2013
In CrossFit, we tend to think that more is better—more weight, more rounds, more reps.  We're always striving to do the workout Rx and to do it faster than the last time.  This is particularly true with the benchmark wods.  But, sometimes less is more.  You can do a workout fast, but with poor form.   You might lift more weight, but with horrible technique.  You might get more reps, but without full range of motion.  In the end, you are shortchanging yourself if you focus solely on winning, instead of getting better.  Sometimes getting better means challenging yourself . . .
June 26, 2013
I get bored easily.  I've tried running, tennis, yoga, swimming, golf, biking, Tae Bo, P90X, roller blading, step aerobics, BodyPump, the list could go on and on.  I'm a great starter.  In the beginning, I buy the gear, the books, the dvd's.  I map out 12 week training plans.  I fully commit . . . until, I get bored, or lazy, or life gets in the way, and then I can go weeks or even months with doing nothing. 

My parents recently visited and while my dad and The Husband went . . .


June 24, 2013

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 . . .

June 20, 2013
I am addicted to sugar!  More precisely, and to be more in keeping with the paleo spirit, raw honey.  I start my day with Tazo Awake tea with a heaping tablespoon of raw honey and I've found a way to incorporate raw honey into about every non-paleo treat out there to make it "permissible". 

While I'm sure these treats are much healthier than the non-paleo versions I used to eat with processed white sugar . . .
June 17, 2013
I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to attend the CrossFit Games as a spectator and to cheer on Will Powell and all the other great athletes.  One of the things that is unique about CrossFit is that most of the spectators are active participants in the sport.  I can't think of another sport that can say this.  A former football player might go watch an NFL game, but the majority of the crowd never played outside of flag football in gym class.  Although I got to meet . . .
June 12, 2013

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 . . .

June 10, 2013
One of my favorite restaurants is Morton's Steakhouse and one of my favorite desserts is the Morton's Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake.

Unfortunately, there's no Morton's nearby and although they do have a gluten sensitive menu, they do not offer a gluten free version of this sinful dessert.  In honor of The Husband's birthday last week, I baked a paleofied version and it was an impressive substitute.  It was super easy to make and our 8 year old daughter said it's one of her new paleo favorites!

June 6, 2013
John Meeks, head coach and co-owner of CrossFit Greensboro, is a numbers guy.  While most competitors have a general idea of where they want to place in a competition, he's crunched the numbers and knows exactly what it will take for the CFG team to make a return trip to the CrossFit Games.  As a long time strength and conditioning coach, he has created programming based on percentages of max effort for years—way before this became trendy in the CrossFit community.  John took this same approach with setting goals for the CFG team.  Instead of setting a broad goal such as a top 10 finish, he did a statistical analysis based on the teams that have already competed in Regionals and set a time goal for each event. . . .
June 4, 2013
Don't let his soft-spoken nature fool you, when the clock starts and its 3-2-1 Go, Ben Sturgill lets his results do all the talking.  When Ben sets his mind to something, it's going to happen.  He attributes his success to his competitive nature, rigorous training schedule and mental toughness.
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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✔

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May 31, 2013
Outside of CrossFit and cooking, one of my favorite pastimes is reading.  Last night, I hosted a fun group of ladies for our monthly book club.  Really just an excuse to eat, drink wine and catch up (don't tell The Husband)!  Although they think I'm slightly crazy with all my paleo and CrossFit talk, they willingly served as guinea pigs for a new Paleo Cookie Butter recipe I was dying to try.  This recipe was inspired by the wildly popular Trader Joes Cookie Butter. . . .
May 29, 2013
When Pam Kontogiorgos and Tracy Shuford opened College Hill CrossFit just over a year ago, they had a clear vision of what would make their box stand out—community.  They envisioned a place where job referrals were made, life-long friendships formed, and where members enjoyed hanging out both inside and outside the box.  As CHC grew, they wanted to make sure there were plenty of opportunities for members to stay connected. . . .
May 27, 2013
On Saturday, I gave a paleo nutrition seminar at CrossFit Altius and got to workout with and meet a great group of crossfitters.  Although some people choose to follow a 100% strict paleo diet, we talked about how this is not sustainable or realistic for everyone.  Instead, just like you can scale a CrossFit wod, you can modify the paleo diet to meet your nutrition goals and individual needs. . . .
May 22, 2013
A little over a year ago, it would be hard to imagine that Nathan Keil would be sitting in 12th place overall in the MidAtlantic Region.  The 2012 CrossFit Open did not go as planned.  Due to an injury, Nathan was only able to complete the first Open workout.  Fast forward one year, and Nathan not only made Regionals, but surpassed his goal of simply qualifying and is a true contender to make it to the Games. . . .
May 20, 2013
Last night, The Husband and I enjoyed a paleo feast with a bunch of fellow CrossFitters, honoring Will Powell who finished 3rd in the world (yes, in the world!) in the CrossFit Open and earned an automatic ticket to the CrossFit Games in the Masters 50-54 division (the Masters division does not hold regional qualifying events) . . .
May 16, 2013
Burgers are one of my favorite foods, and with the summer weather finally upon us, there is nothing better than a big, juicy burger fresh off the grill. Paired with some fresh fruit and grilled veggies, it's a quick, easy perfect summer meal.

Although, I haven't made the full recipe . . .

May 13, 2013

This was quite possibly the best Mother's Day EVER!!!  I slept until 8:45 a.m., something I have not done in nearly a decade!  I dined on a breakfast of Breakfast Lasagna and berries, and I was showered with gifts that represent all of my passions from CrossFit to cooking.

After breakfast, we played a game of Sorry and the girls cheated so I could win!  I never win at board games, and usually when they cheat it's for self-serving purposes, so in a somewhat twisted way, . . .
May 10, 2013
In life, like in your pursuit of fitness goals, sometimes you have to take a few steps back to ultimately move forward.  At times, you seem stuck, bogged down, like nothing is going your way, but it's in these moments you have to stick with it if you ultimately want to persevere.

Have you ever taken a salary cut, lost the fancy title, or gone back to school to find a job that is more fulfilling and . . .
May 8, 2013
First let me start with a disclaimer; I do not advocate you eat any of these foods regularly or in large quantities (and if you follow a strict paleo lifestyle then these are probably not for you) but when you're craving something sweet or salty, these choices are much better than most of what's out there.
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1) Good Health Natural Foods Avocado Oil Potato Chips

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 . . .


May 6, 2013
My girls love brownies and I have tried a bunch of paleo versions, but have yet to be able to trick them into believing they are nonpaleo until now!  The girls loved these brownies so much that they licked the beaters clean (ok, maybe The Husband and I had a few tastes too)!  One of the biggest problems I've run into with paleo baking is getting the texture right.  Paleo baked goods tend to come out too dry or mushy and undercooked. . . .
May 2, 2013
So I posted on my Facebook page that I'm going to participate in TGIPaleo's Accountability Challenge and keep a food journal for the month of May to see if I am really following an 80/20 paleo lifestyle.  Two days in and I can report EPIC FAIL!!!  My biggest struggle is not with food itself, but with emotional eating.  I eat my stress and right now, I'm in the midst of grading close to 100 legal research and writing papers . . .

April 29, 2013

Following up on Friday's post about whether alcohol is paleo, a close second to my love of food and CrossFit, is my love of wine!  The Husband and I have collected wine and been active in various wine tasting groups over the years, and love trying new varietals.  Over the weekend, we went on a limousine wine tour of several of North Carolina's area vineyards.  Although the wine is certainly not the best, it was loads of fun and we got to taste some new wines, crashed a wedding (sort of), . . .
April 26, 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. . . .

April 24, 2013
How many times have you had the best intentions, but excuses get in the way of a consistent fitness routine?  Maybe you're flying along training for a race and then a big project comes up at work and all the sudden you go from half marathoner in training to stressed out couch potato eating straight out of the Ben & Jerry's container (this of course is a purely fictional account and is not based on personal experience)!  If you don't make fitness a priority, a sick child, a tough week at work, an injury or countless other excuses can easily derail your fitness goals. . . .
April 22, 2013
As we get older, we have a tendency to know what we like and stick to activities that fall clearly within our comfort zone.  Routines are predictable and give order to our lives.  We put labels on ourselves that are defining such as,  "I am a runner" or "I am a mother".  But, we also put labels on ourselves that are limiting, "I will never be a swimmer" or "I am too old to be an athlete".    Since, as they say, "variety is the spice of life"—the next few weeks I will be trying out some new activities in addition to CrossFit.  First up, the Rugged Maniac, where I literally took several leaps of faith! . . .
April 19, 2013
What do you call a cow with no legs?  Ground beef!  Had a great time with the family last month touring Summerfield Farms, a local grass-fed beef farm, and learning more about the benefits of grass-fed beef. I love supporting local businesses and knowing the source of my food.  I learned a ton from Ridge Shinn, a nationally known expert in the grass-fed beef movement, and the beef tasting courtesy of . . .
April 17, 2013
Part of our weekend family ritual is to go to the farmer's market to get local fresh food and to teach the girls more about where food comes from and why eating local matters.  We are also fortunate that our good friend Pat of the F.A.T. Food Truck, delivers local grass-fed beef, eggs, and pork to area CrossFit boxes and other locations upon request—be sure to check him out if you are in the Greensboro area and . . .
April 15, 2013

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 . . .

April 12, 2013
I grew up in an extremely healthy family.  My mom cooked real meals with real whole foods every night.  Even when packaged and processed foods gained popularity, she stuck with meat, poultry, fresh vegetables and fruits.  She didn't fall prey to the low fat movement and she cooked with butter, bacon fat and whole cream.  I guess you could say she was practically paleo without even knowing it!
April 11, 2013
I've done a pretty good job cleaning up my own diet, but I will freely admit that I struggle with getting my kids to eat healthy.  I'm not proud to admit it, but there are plenty of foods I feed my children that I would not eat myself.  Based on the list below, I'd say my kids are pretty well screwed.  My 5 year old subsists mainly on chicken nuggets, hot dogs and french fries and if she could choose her lunch every day it would be a Lunchable.


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April 8, 2013
Had a fun-filled weekend that included celebrating a friend's birthday on Friday night, cooking on Saturday, and attending my first NASCAR race with friends on Sunday.

Although CrossFit is supposed to prepare you for the unknown and unknowable, I don't think anything could have prepared me for NASCAR!  My favorite part was the tailgating—good food, good friends and a few adult . . .
April 5, 2013
I've got a bad case of Spring fever.  Yesterday it was snowing, and today it is sunny and 60.  My girls are on Spring Break this week, but the college where I teach had Spring Break in early March, so no exotic trip to a tropical location for us this year.  I would like nothing more than to be sitting on a beach with a good book and cocktail in hand doing absolutely nothing, and when I say nothing, I mean nothing—no schedules, no email, no Facebook, and no CrossFit.  Wait, did I really just say that? . . .
April 3, 2013
Whether you have kids or are just a kid at heart, The Croods is filled with life lessons that apply to all.  This prehistoric comedy adventure follows the world's first family as they embark on the journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the family discovers an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures -- and their outlook is changed forever.

Change is Bad vs. Keep Moving Forward

The movie contrasts two very different philosophies on life.  Grug, the father, believes "fear is good . . .


April 1, 2013

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. 


  • High point of the weekend, running my fastest 5K yet, 24:53. May be slow to some, but much better than my time of almost 28 minutes about a year ago.  I hope to be in the under 24 club by the end of the year!
  • Low point of the weekend watching the Buckeyes lose and watching the horrible injury . . .

March 28, 2013
Have you ever hit that point in your workout when you can't run one more step or you can't lift that bar one more time . . . until a song comes on that pumps you up and gets you motivated to push through the pain?  Music choice can have a powerful impact on performance.  During my first CrossFit competition, my legs were fried as I was about to perform as many squat jumps as possible in one minute.  The song Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice came on (not a favorite!) and I tuned everything else out and squatted to the beat—the song got me through that portion of the workout. 

The Husband likes to workout to Pink Floyd . . .
March 25, 2013
Like many of you, I spent a large portion of my weekend sitting on the couch watching the NCAA basketball tournament. Given the weather, it couldn't have been a more perfect excuse to do nothing!  I do have to give a shout out to my Ohio State Buckeyes (not easy to be a Buckeye in Tarheel country) and I've enjoyed following the Cinderella story of FGCU.  However, for me, it's not as much about the basketball as it is about the food!

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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March 20, 2013

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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March 18, 2018
We have a tradition in our house called Pancake Saturday.  The Husband started it years ago to let me get a little extra sleep on Saturday mornings.  Wise choice since I am not pleasant to be around in the morning!  We've had varying degrees of success with the girls embracing paleo pancakes; the texture is the biggest issue, which to picky eaters can be huge.  Nonetheless, they always enjoy the cooking process and are willing to try our creations . . .
March 14, 2013
At some point we all have physical limits, but for most of us, the limits to our fitness potential are self-imposed mental limits.  I'm too old, too heavy, too short, too tall, too busy, too tired, too _________.  How many times have you set yourself up for failure by putting mental limits on your potential?  I know I'm guilty as charged.  Some days, I can run fast, jump high and lift heavy, but other days, I'm too old or too tired.  When we set mental limits, we quit before we've even started.  When we set mental limits, we have a built in excuse that today is an "off day" . . .
March 11, 2013
As a recovering carboholic, I freely admit one of the toughest things to give up as I transitioned to a paleo lifestyle was pasta.  Farfalle, gnocchi, cavatelli, you name it; I ate big bowlfuls of it smothered in cheese!   Prior to eating paleo, my personal food pyramid contained two major food groups:  1) pasta/cereal/bread and 2) cheese/milk/ice cream.  I have tried quite a few paleo pasta substitutes; spaghetti squash and zucchini noodles to name a few . . .
March 8, 2013
It sucks being injured!  What do you do when you can’t participate in the sport you love?  Whether it’s a knee injury that keeps you from running, or a shoulder injury that prevents you from participating in golf; if you’ve been active in a sport for any length of time, chances are you’ve been injured.  Over the last four months, The Husband has been recovering from shoulder surgery; this is his story . . .

In late October, I had shoulder surgery stemming from an injury that occurred more than 20 years ago.  The doctors rebuilt my shoulder to make it stronger and more flexible, . . .
March 6, 2013

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

I'm a snacker and I'm not ashamed to admit it!  I know that if you eat "right" you shouldn't need to snack a lot because your energy levels should be consistent throughout the day.  Nonetheless, I snack.  I snack because I'm bored, I snack because I'm happy, I snack because I'm sad, and sometimes I even snack because I'm actually hungry!  One of my biggest struggles in adopting the paleo lifestyle was finding some go to snacks that would keep me from standing in front of the vending machines . . .

March 4, 2013

How many of you made New Year's resolutions or set fitness goals for 2013?  I do every year.  Over the years, I've gotten much better at goal setting.  I used to set broad, aspirational goals such as "lose weight" or "get fit", but there was no real way to measure whether I succeeded.  After attending a seminar for work, I learned about creating S.M.A.R.T. goals.

I applied this to my fitness goals and slowly got better at goal setting over the years.  Most people are so committed those first few weeks of the New Year, but by the end of February, many are frustrated with the results, have simply lost the motivation, or bathing suit season is still far enough away they are not motivated by fear!  I am not a fitness expert, and you've probably heard many of these tips before, . . .
March 1, 2013
According to a controversial recent study, women are fat because we don't do enough housework.  The study published in PLOS One was conducted by a team of University of South Carolina researchers at the Arnold School of Public Health.  The researchers found that women in 1965 spent an average of 25.7 hours per week on housework compared to only 13.3 hours in 2010.  During that same time, women increased their time on screen-based media from 8.3 hr/week in 1965 to 16.5 hr/week in 2010 and packed on an average of more than 22 pounds.  If you saw my house, I'm concerned The Husband might agree as far as the decrease in housework over the years!

The most interesting part of this study was that it was funded by Coca-Cola.  Hmmmm . . . is it the lack of housework that is making us fat or the big gulp of Coca-Cola we're all drinking as we sit on the couch watching The View and eating bon bons?  . . .

February 28, 2013

Can't help it, the attorney in me had to post a rebuttal!  Yesterday's post was about my paleo cooking segment on a local TV station.  If you didn't get a chance to watch the video, click here.  The segment included a reference to a U.S. News & World Reports' article ranking the Paleo diet last.  The main reason the Paleo diet ranked so low according to the study was the difficulty in following the plan and the cost. 

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 . . .


As Seen On TV
Click Here To Watch My Paleo Cooking Segment

February 27, 2013

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 . . .

February 26, 2013

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 ...

February 25, 2013
Is it ever ok to quit?  The CrossFit mentality would suggest it’s not. The idea of quitting seems contrary to sayings like "death before DNF", a mascot called Pukie the clown, and a reputation for high intensity at all costs, but is that the full story?

My Date with Kelly

Yesterday, 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.


Budding Journalist

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 . . .

I'm a wife, mother, CrossFitter, attorney, professor and writer who enjoys cooking, wine tasting, reading, dancing, travel, and spending time with my family.