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A Commitment To Myself After One Year of RAD Living

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since I started this site.  The past 12 months have definitely been full of big highs, like starting my own businessa trip to Disneyland and Barbells for Boobs, but there were also quite a few lows as well, my winter funk, a devastating miscarriage, and the loss of a mentor.  And that’s life…ups, downs and all of the in betweens.  We can only learn from our experiences and move on.  I know I’m stronger and wiser (that’s debatable) because of them….so let’s move on!


This year I want to make a commitment to myself.  A commitment to be a better person, a happier person, a healthier person!  I can only be successful if I commit to being the best self I can be, and I can’t be there for others if I don’t take care of myself.  So here are some of my goals.

1. Eat Better & Drink Less

Don’t we all find ourselves saying this…A LOT?!?  I know I do.  I go through ups and downs all the times.  I have a cupcakes addiction and I really enjoy martinis…sometimes I indulge in both things a little too much.  With the summer and my CSA providing fresh produce it’s much easier to stay on track right now, but I want to stay on this path!  My goal is to follow the 80/20…80% of the time eat well and 20% of the time enjoy those indulgences.  

2. Stick to a Training Plan

Time and time again, I’ve tried to map out my training for upcoming races or competitions and every time I fail.  EVERY. TIME.  I have 2 events coming up this fall, the Disney Fit Challenge and the Wine & Dine Half Marathon.  I am determined to make these events GREAT!  Starting next week, I will be following Jeff Galloway’s training plan for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon which has two 30 minute runs and one log run per week.  I will also continue with CrossFit 4-5 times per week depending on my schedule.  This plan means that there will be many days where I will have to run in the morning and then WOD in the evening.  To ensure proper recovery, I’ve also incorporated one full rest day…I know that will definitely be needed.  Now all I have to do is stick with it!  Easier said than done…      

3. Schedule My Time Better

Time management is probably the biggest lesson I’ve learned since becoming self-employed.  Your day can get away from you so quickly and because I’m working from home there are other distractions like laundry and cats.  Scheduling has become a necessity and I need to make it even more detailed going forward.  My goal is to actually block out my day for business development, client projects, blogging, training and personal time.  I think this will be key to having less stress and getting projects done on time.

4. Give Back to the Community

I really want to volunteer this year.  Whether it be with a local community group like the United Way, or at an event like the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, or simply handing out water at a local race…I need to do something.  I am so grateful for all of the volunteers that have supported me in the many races I’ve done and 

5. Love the Ones I’m With

My family and friends mean the world to me, but do I always let that show?  I’m not 100% sure.  This year I want to make more of an effort and let everyone in my life who means something to me know it.  There will probably not be and grand gestures here, but just picking up the phone more often to check in or simply sending a card to let you know I’m thinking about you.  Everyone needs to feel special…especially if they are πŸ™‚

6. Be Happy

I started down the road to happiness the day I quit my job and I never want to veer off of it!  It has improved my health and overall well being.  It’s amazing what living in a toxic environment will do you not just your motivation, but to your physical health.  I aspire to be happy every day and love what I do.  When it comes down to it, that really is what life is all about.

Sometimes being selfish is ok.  It just consists of a balance of doing what is right for you while being there for others.  It’s a continuing juggling act, but as time passes I seem to get more and more balanced.  I’m committing this year to be better and be even more RAD than before.  

Thank you for reading, commenting, and being supportive over the past year.  I hope you will continue to stick around and share your journey with me as well.  This little blog has opened the door to so many opportunities and has introduced me to amazing people.  I can’t wait to see where the next year brings!

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An Inspirational Conversation With Christmas Abbott

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok. 

Last week I was chosen by Reebok, along with 4 other FitFluential Ambassadors, to attend the CrossFit Games Northeast Regional Competition.  It was an amazing experience overall which I will be going into more detail about tomorrow, but first I wanted to share the best part of the whole day.  Getting to meet elite CrossFitter Christmas Abbott and hearing how CrossFit has changed her life.


I have to admit when I found out we were headed to meet Christmas I squeeled a bit on the inside.  She is one of my CrossFit idols!!  Not only is she incredibly beautiful, friendly and covered in some badass tattoos, she is also STRONG!  She’s only 5’3″ (my height!) and can throw up some serious weight.

Christmas Abbott CrossFit Invoke (Raleigh, NC)

Christmas Abbott
CrossFit Invoke (Raleigh, NC)

Before meeting her, we were treated to some shopping in the official Reebok Headquarters Store where not only did we get to choose any Reebok item we’d like (WIN!) but we also got to pick a shirt from Christmas’ line (DOUBLE WIN!).  I obviously went with the Cupcake and Kettlebell tank.


Needless to say, she was SO excited we we all arrived and were wearing her shirts along with our brand new Reebok Nano 3.0s we were given earlier in the week.  We were like Christmas groupies!  Ok who am I kidding…I’m totally a Christmas groupie πŸ™‚


After our photo session we got to sit down and with Christmas for about 20 minutes or so to hear her story and ask a few questions.  What an amazing story it is…

To say she has led an unconventional life is an understatement.  In her early 20s, she spent 4 years in Iraq as an independent contractor.  She was on a bad path and living an unhealthy lifestyle.  This was the kickstart to a new life and this is where she found CrossFit.  They didn’t have fancy equipment and often carried chairs and sandbags as weights, but it got the job done.  The group were often ridiculed and called “Circus Fit” by others, but they were just having fun.  Well if you can call grueling workouts and frequent vomiting fun.  There wasn’t any scaling in those days.  Men and women did the same weights and Christmas commented that a WOD that would take the men 15-18 minutes would often take her 45, but she would push through.  I asked if she felt this made her stronger and she said “physically no, but mentally definitely!”  

Upon returning home, she continued with CrossFit and eventually opened her own box, CrossFit Invoke in Raleigh, NC.  Her goal was to create a welcoming environment where people of all fitness levels can come and feel accepted.  She will never forget how difficult a 400m run was when she first started and will always help her members get over those hurdles.  She looks for coaches who might not be the best and most elite athletes, but for the ones who can relate to the members.  The motivators!  

Christmas has gone on to compete in the CrossFit Games, be a head trainer for CrossFit Headquarters and become nationally ranked as an Olympic Lifter in the American Open.  A few years ago she also took on the challenge of being one of the first women working on a NASCAR pit crew.  This is a fascinating and surprisingly challenging sport!  She’s decided to take a break from that venture, but you should still check out this video of the skill it takes and how she trained to rise in the ranks.

One day Christmas made the decision to stop smoking, get healthy and make better choices.  She came from a place that many of us have been, myself included, and that we don’t want to go back to.  She encourages everyone to be the exception, amaze yourself and invoke your inner athlete.  I left feeling inspired and with a renewed excitement to push myself even harder.  I’m so thankful for this opportunity and am taking some of her energy back to the box with me to crush my goals!


How do you invoke your inner athlete?

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The Anxiety of Change

As an anxious person, doing something like quitting your job is completely unnerving. Yes I’m beyond excited to leave this job behind and to move on to bigger and better things, but as I enter this final week it is becoming clear that this is not an easy transition….for a few reasons. Anxiety

Giving Up Ownership

Having been in my role for over 5 years, I have a feeling of ownership over many areas of my job.  There are upcoming events that I have planned, partnerships formed and budgets in jeopardy.  I am working diligently to get a plan in place before I leave, but there is part of me that is having trouble giving it all up.  It’s hard to think of someone taking over all of the hard work you have spent years creating.  You don’t want to see it changed or fail.  I know I need to just let go and move on but I have pride in the work that I’ve done. Although you might not be able to tell my my desk at the moment…


Seeing How My Decision Affects Others

This has by far been the best decision for me, but it is hard to watch how something so good for me has such an impact on others.  First are my colleagues.  This has dropped a large amount of additional work on them and due to poor management (a large part of why I’m leaving) it looks like it will be awhile before my position will be filled to fill that void. It also has made a few people have to make tough decisions about their own positions that they wouldn’t have thought about otherwise.  

Second are our members and the community. I work for a non-profit, member based association.  All the work we do is for the benefit of our members whether it be through education, legislative efforts, business partnerships, group discounts, etc…  By benefiting the members, we provide service to the community at large.  I would hate to see things fall through the cracks and have a negative impact on that side.

Yes, I know this all sounds very egotistical.  Can my resignation REALLY have such a big impact?  Maybe it won’t, maybe it will actually be good for the organization to get some new blood and some new ideas in there.  Honestly, I really hope so! However seeing how this is all being handled, it’s making me concerned.

Stepping Into the Unknown

Oh I don’t deal well with the unknown.  I often times wish I was a risk taker.  Someone who could go whichever way the wind takes them and figure it all out along the way.  Nope.  I’m a planner.  I like organization (I know…it doesn’t look like it from the state of my desk!).  I like structure.  I like spreadsheets!  So this leap of faith is nerve-wracking!  

As I get closer to being out of my current position and finally on the road to doing something I love, I am getting SO MOTIVATED! Yes, I’m nervous.  Yes, I’m having frequent panic attacks.  But you know what?  I’m happy.  For the first time in a long time, I can say that I actually feel happy.  My family hears it in my voice over the phone.  I keep spitting out ideas at B (he probably wants to kill me by now!).  I see opportunity EVERYWHERE!  Oh man…I’m so ready to do this.

Change is terrifying. Whether it be a job, a move, a child, a relationship…it’s all scary and that fear is what stops so many of us from finding and doing what we love in life.  I know that it has stopped me for YEARS! No more.  I’m doing this and I’m going to be happy and healthy from now on.  I’m going to BE RAD!  I hope you will too. πŸ™‚

How are you going to BE RAD this year?!

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A Brief Encounter Leading to Inspiration


After a less than inspiring day at work last week, I got suited up in my workout clothes, ready to take on the day’s WOD.  I actually wasn’t looking forward to the WOD because it looked like a suckfest, but I was determined to struggle through it because I’m no longer taking the easy road.

Oh hello traffic accident that held me up for and extra 30 minutes on the way home and made me miss my CrossFit class…you are the suck!  This holiday traffic is the pits!  I didn’t know what to do with my evening, so I decided to head to the store to get something fresh and healthy for dinner to counterbalance my lack of exercise.

I walked around the store in a daze and frankly was kind of bummed from my lame day, until I heard “Hey Girl!”  I look up and it’s my friend Ali who I haven’t seen in almost 6 months.  She was these getting dinner with her daughter and it was such a pleasant surprise running into her.  This year Ali decided to take a leap of faith and follow her dreams. She has been a huge inspiration to me and I found my mood turned around just almost instantaneously.

As I drove home, I realized how lucky I am to have strong, supportive people in my life.  People who follow their heart and not the mainstream.  People who put their own happiness above all else.  People who believe in themselves and in others.  These people may think that they are only doing what is best for them, but in reality they are setting examples for those around them.  

One day I will take that leap of faith.  One day I will have the courage to follow what my heart is telling me to do.  But until that day, I will continue to be inspired by my friends and follow along in their inspirational journeys until I can begin my own.  The time is growing near…

Who or what inspires you? 

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Week 3 of the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge


Well week 3 was VERY different from the first 2 weeks.  I started off the week great and ended it up in flames with a beer in one hand and banana fritter in the other.  If you’re gonna go down, do it right!

Let’s start with the positives….exercise.  Early in the week, I got 2 PRs that I was really psyched about!  The first was a 5# increase to my dead lift.  I didn’t quite make it to my goal of 230# because my back was feeling tight and we had 70 lighter dead lifts later in the WOD.  But I’ll take that 225# with pride!  I also increased my strict shoulder press PR by 4# to 74#.  Being the girl who never had any upper body strength…that’s a big deal!


225# baby!

Then later in the week I headed down to Walt Disney World for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend.  Not only did I run 10 miles and get this awesome medal:


But I did a TON of walking around the parks!  Not only is Disney always a super fun vacation, but it’s great exercise.  Check out my FitBit stats:


Both Saturday and Sunday include the 10-Miler since the race started at 10:00 pm, but subtract that and you have around 18 miles of walking in 3 days!  It’s a great way to burn off all of the not so good for you food that you consume while there, which leads me to the negatives for the week…the food & drink.  

Serious Paleo Challenge FAIL.  I knew this was going to happen since this trip was booked before I started the challenge, but I really fell off the deep end.  Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival is going on right now and it is my most favorite time of year.  How can you go wrong with strolling around World Showcase sampling food and drinks from all over the world?!?!  So I did just that, I ate and I drank, then ate and drank some more.  And you know what?  I really have NO guilt about it.  I had so much fun that I am ok with a few days off track.  RAD Living is all about balance and I would’ve been miserable if I didn’t enjoy myself with my friends.  So I had a blast and we’re moving on…

However this weekend has put me in a bad spot for the challenge.  I’m now only doing 17% better than the rest of the participants, compared to an already not very impressive 39% last week…yikes!  

Lurong Diet Stats Week 3

Basically all I can do is just get back on track this week and do my best.  It’s a new week! At some point I have to get in WOD 5, which is a combination of power snatches, kettlebell swings, ring rows and box jumps….should be interesting.  

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