If It’s Meant To Be…

When I was a kid I had three ideas of what I wanted to be when I grew up:

  • Broadway Dancer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Chef

I stopped dancing (competitively) when I was 14. I think the timing was poor and I was only slightly above average in talent. It was the same year that my parents split and while I don’t blame them for my dance career ending, I think it was just the straw that broke the camels back. It was a difficult time in my life, I was lost & confused. I didn’t feel like I had any sense of direction in my life. I associate dance with joy and there was no longer joy, so I hung up my shoes. (secretly I still sing & dance as if I’m on broadway when no one is home or watching)

I’ve always been a doodler. I took Art classes from the time I was in kindergarten through my senior year of high school. As far as style goes, I was never the most fashionable. Yes, I’m a 90’s kid, I don’t think most of us were. But, I found myself doodling the most extravagant outfits, I think I can remember as early as the fourth grade. I was also the gal, post shower, wearing my towel as the most gorgeous evening gown for some swanky party. Sometimes I’d even grab a second towel & create an elegant two-piece ensemble. I took AP art in high school and we had to submit our portfolios to the College for Creative Studies to receive a collegiate art credit. When I expressed my desire to attend CCS one day my teacher told me I would never make it into art school with my portfolio. I mean who am I kidding? Looking back my portfolio probably was half assed which I procrastinated and waited until the last minute to complete all my pieces. That “dream” went south real quick.

Chef… This is one I never seriously pursued & I’m not entirely sure why, but I was always in the kitchen growing up. I think it probably started with eggs in a coffee cup in the microwave. My parents worked odd hours. Nurses & firefighters don’t have the “luxury” 9-5 job (not sure if I would consider it luxury or 9-5 anymore). We had to be self sufficient & ate plenty of leftovers. Egg in a cup is just where it started and led me to always want to be in the kitchen & help with both of my parents. I am extremely lucky that both of my parents are fantastic cooks (I believe I’ve mentioned this before). I would do anything for a home cooked meal right now.

Leftovers in our house were a staple, but not always the kind where you reheat exactly what you had the night before. My parents were creative & innovative. They taught us how to love all foods (we’re not picky eaters). Steak one night turned into Phillies the next or even chili. Chicken one night was a stew or a pot pie the following. No food ever went to waste in our home. The running joke with my dad is “you gonna finish that?”.

Food was a source of happiness in our home. I saw how much food brought our family together, whether it was a family dinner or a big holiday party. The food my parents made brought people so much joy & that’s what I craved. I wanted to bring people together. I wanted to bring people joy & make them smile. That’s not the initial life path I took, but isn’t it ironic thats where fate has brought me? I may not be some fancy culinary chef working for a five star restaurant, but I’m using creativity & nutritional knowledge I have to help bring joy back into people’s lives.

It’s merely the beginning of my journey. One year ago today, I launched my website. I had no idea until just about a minute ago when I looked. FATE. Cheers to one year of business, I am so excited to see where this journey takes me.

“You’re off to great places!

Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting,

So, get on your way!

Dr. Suess, Oh, the places you’ll go.

#800gCHALLENGE® At The Rez

Join the Challenge!

If you’ve joined in on my challenges before you’ll know a couple things I obsess over; One, whole foods, whole foods, whole foods and Two, veggies at EVERY meal. I’ve been following EC Synkowski, Owner of OptimizeMe Nutrition and Founder of the #800gChallenge® for a while now and the more I listened to podcasts and read what she had to say, it jibed with my own personal practice.

Check out this podcast Feat. EC Syncowski and learn a little more about her!

So I’m sure you’re dying to know…. “what is the #800gChallenge?!” well, I’ll give you a few details, but you’ll have to make sure you attend our meeting to get the full run down and bring any questions you might have.

WHAT IS IT?

The #800gChallenge was designed by OptimizeMe Nutrition. Eat 800 grams (g) of fruits and/or vegetables, by weight, per day. 

No foods are eliminated, but only fruits and veggies count toward the 800g. Eat the fruits and veggies of your choice. Hit the macros you want.

Raw, cooked, canned, frozen; doesn’t matter!  If you can weigh it as a standalone and unprocessed fruit or vegetable, you can count it. Yep, that’s it! Here’s a cheat sheet to help you be successful in this challenge.

So why 800g? It’s associated with increased health and is a simplified way to hit those recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. Read more here.

Why do I love this challenge & what do I hope to accomplish?

First things first – the holidays are approaching and I want to help all of you be successful during the holidays. I hope this helps you all learn more about balance and that you don’t have to give up all the “bad things” create a healthy lifestyle. I want to avoid the New Years resolutions of “well, I really wanna lose 3 pounds”.

Additionally, the CrossFit Open is almost here (yes, again!). This will give you a better idea of how to properly fuel yourself during more “competition style” workouts. Also, I LOVE the fact that we will learn how to use a food scale properly without going the full monty of counting macros. Don’t worry, if you don’t understand anything about a food scale we will review this at our meeting, so it is very important you show up! Speaking of showing up here are a few more details.


DATES

September 30th – October 27th

SIGN-UP

As we have done in the past this will be on Wodify Rise. Sign Up will open up Friday, September 13th.

MEETING

Mark your Calendars! We will host a meeting at the gym to go over all the challenge rules and answer your questions.

Saturday, September 28th @11:30am-1pm

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COST

Members$60
Non-Members$145
Food Scale$10-$30

Here’s one on Amazon. Simple, nothing fancy.

SCORING

We will be using Wodify Rise to log scores and leaderboard throughout the challenge.

PRIZES

Prizes…. what if I told you, you could win money by eating fruits and veggies and following a few simple rules? Oh, and you’ll be creating healthy habits and a new lifestyle while you’re at it. I would say that’s a win-win situation!

I am super excited to take this journey with all of you and I hope to see some new faces in this challenge. If you’ve been on the fence with the last two challenges, personally, I would Highly recommend that this is THE best place for you to start! I hope to see you all on September 28th.