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Happy Mother’s Day!


Mom’s are special people.  They sacrifice, support and love unconditionally.  No matter what you throw at them (and I threw a lot at my mom back in the day!) they still love you…no matter what.

I would never be who I am today without my Mom.  She has stood by me through all of the ups, downs and in betweens in my life.  She’s motivated me to be a better person and to love myself.  She’s always followed her dreams and has inspired me to do the same.  She’s pretty rad!

Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom and all the moms out there.  Today we celebrate you! Hopefully someone special is treating you like a queen and serving you many mimosas πŸ™‚

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The Day I Met Grace – Barbells For Boobs

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I first heard about Barbells For Boobs last year at the beginning of my CrossFit journey.  I had no idea who this Grace person was or why everyone was having such an issue with her.  Oh right…Grace was one of those benchmark WODs I had heard so much about and at that point in time I was not ready to meet her, but this year I was.  

The signs started popping up around my gym for the event some time in September and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.  Since 2009, Barbells for Boobs has provided 1,123 procedures for 749 individuals and 30 cases of cancer have been detected.  That’s 30 lives saved that would not have been otherwise because those people didn’t fit the mold of who should get a mammogram.  This is so important to be aware of and something I feel very strongly about, particularly even more so after my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago.

So I began fundraising and was able to raise $420 for the event in a very short period of time!!  Thank you so much to everyone who donated!  As the event got closer I was getting nervous about what weight I should attempt for the workout.  Grace is 30 clean & jerks at 95# for women.  I really didn’t think I was ready for that, so I was considering 75#.  But a few days before the event after practicing for a bit, I decided to give it a try.  I was doing this to support breast cancer awareness…survivors have gone through SO much more than this.  I couldn’t let a barbell intimidate me…

We arrived at CrossFit New Haven the morning of the event and my nerves were getting worse…what if I couldn’t do it?!?  But even with all the doubt, I registered for the Rx weight and crossed my fingers.     

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Yeah for mascots!

Yeah for mascots!

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We had a great turnout from CFM so it was pretty awesome to have a solid cheering section πŸ™‚

The event started with introductions from Zionna Munoz, Founder of Barbells for Boobs, who shared the story of why she started the organization in support of her best friend.  Then the survivors shared their stories and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  This is why we were doing this…  

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Then the heats started!  There were some great outfits and a TON of determination.  It was great to watch these athletes struggle through the reps and meet their goals.  

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017 B4BThere was one heat dedicated just for survivors…now that was something to watch!  A fellow CFM member, Megan Adams, was diagnosed with breast when she was just 26 years old.  This is the 3rd year she participated in Barbells for Boobs and this year she did it at the prescribed weight for the first time…beyond inspiring!  Read Megan’s story here.

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After that, I was anxious for my turn.  I headed to the warmup room and jumped on the rower for a bit and also tried out the 95# bar…damn that thing was heavy.  What did I get myself into???

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I was up next and I was sweating.  Hysterical side story…when I took my sweatshirt off, my sweat mixed with the fuzz and decided to stick to my arm pits…it looked like I had thick black hair.  GAH!  Kat & B looked at me in shock and then just started dying laughing…I was about to lift a bunch of weight over my head with fake hairy armpits!!!!!  I sprinted to the bathroom and was able to get it off just in time for my heat to start…I am SO glad they saw that!  Sadly, there are no photos…I would love to look back and laugh at that now.  

My name was called and I found my judge.  I can’t remember what her name was, but she was awesome, encouraging and helped calm my nerves a bit.  All I had to do was one rep at a time until she told me to stop…got it!

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Really, can I ever not make a goofy face??  3…2…1…GO!

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 And somehow I did it…I clean & jerked 95# 30 times and I did it under the 8 minute time cap.  6:42 to be exact…WHOA!  Who is this person??  I was the last person to finish in my heat and in CrossFit that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  All the judges and competitors in my heat were crowded around me cheering me through those final reps.  All of the spectators were watching me and while that normally would make me hide behind a tree and cry, their screams motivated me to keep going.  I JUST COULDN’T FAIL!  So thank you for every clap, every shout, every single person telling me to PICK UP THAT BAR!  I don’t think I would’ve made it through without you.

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After I was done we stayed and cheered on the final heats and also check out the vendors outside.  

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Oh and guess what…free cocktails!!  CHEERS!

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So I met Grace.  And while she was a bit rough around the edges, I ultimately showed her who’s boss.  Maybe when we meet again next year, I’ll do it in around 5 minutes πŸ˜‰  

Make sure to check out this great video from the event…you know you will want to be there for the next one!

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Barbells for Boobs…I Need Your Help!

It’s been two years since my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Due to early detection she was able to attack the cancer quickly and aggressively, and is now cancer free.  It was a scary few months and not something any child wants to hear, but we made it through the suck and we’re now stronger for it.  


Because cancer seems to run strong in my family, I have made a point to both educate myself about early detection and to help support various organizations that support this.  Last year, B and I took part in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in New Haven, CT.  It was a great event and raised over $90,000 for the American Cancer Society.            


This year, my obsession involvement with CrossFit has led me to fundraise for Barbells for Boobs, which supports the Mammograms in Action Grant Program that provides proactive breast healthcare services for anyone who needs it…anyone. Their “aim is to help anyone that needs it, anywhere, whether they are male or female, no matter what their age or situation in life.”  Pretty cool right?


Since 2009, Barbells for Boobs has grown from 60 athletes from 3 affiliates in Southern California to over 45,000 participants across 1300 affiliates worldwide.  So far they have provided 1,123 procedures for 749 individuals and 30 cases of cancer have been detected.  That’s 30 lives saved that would not have been otherwise.

I’m sure you’re wondering what my participation with Barbells for Boobs involves.  Well on October 27th, the Pink Bra Tour will be stopping at CrossFit New Haven where we will attempt Grace, one of the classic CrossFit benchmark girl workouts.  Grace is 30 clean & jerks for time at a prescribed weight of 135# for men and 95# for women.  So it’s a whole lot of these:

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That’s me doing one at 98# which is my 1 rep max so far.  So I’ll probably be scaling back for the WOD to about 65#, but we’ll see how it goes.  

Now here’s where YOU come in.  I NEED YOUR HELP TO GET THERE!!  I have a fundraising goal of $400 that will go straight to the Mammograms in Action Grant Program.  $80 will provide one procedure, so if I meet my goal we can help 5 people get the advanced screening they need!  Even a small donation of $5-10 can help, so PLEASE (I’m begging) help out this wonderful cause.  All you have to do is visit my fundraising page and donate…super easy!          


I hope that you will be a part of this great cause.  I’ve already donated, so what’s stopping you?  Plus you don’t have to do any of the heavy lifting…I’ve got that covered πŸ™‚

Here’s a fun video from last year’s event…you know you want to support that!

Save a Pair, Save a Life!

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Sunday Funday: 8/4/13

It’s been a whirlwind of a week!!  My mom’s visit left me needing to recuperate for a few days…having fun takes a lot of of you! However a few other things happened this week.

This week I…  

Found a shirt that looks just like my tattoo!


Got some seriously ugly chairs at the office that have been the butt of many jokes πŸ™‚


Got in some serious cuddle time with my man.


Saw the saddest puppy along Boston Post Road…


Realized I seriously need a stubby cat in my life.

Sympathized with this bear because I am often that hungry! (It gets good around 1:15 into the video)

Am still obsessed with Blurred Lines, but this is now my new favorite version!

Just love everything about this…

Have a great week!!

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A Visit From Mom

Mom-SarahMy mom and I weren’t always close.  To say I was a difficult teenager is an understatement.  Seriously…I don’t know how she dealt with me.  Thankfully she forgave me for all my craziness and by my early 20s we were (and still are) best friends. She currently lives in South Carolina so we don’t get to see each other that often, but it’s always fun when we get to spend time together!

This past weekend she came to visit for a few days and we jam packed our days with good food and good fun!  After picking her up from the airport on Thursday, we headed to New Haven and had a fabulous Spanish tapas dinner at Barcelona.



Friday was a lazy day.  We spent some time relaxing around the house, getting work done and Mom got in some good cuddle time with Cleo.  Neala wanted nothing to do with it.


We all went out for froyo, which Mom had never had before (crazy…I know! ), and found this seriously cute shop in Milford called Most Naturally.  The store specializes in natural, organic and local items such as clothing, jewelry and home goods.  They have the CUTEST stuff!  We both went a little jewelry crazy πŸ™‚


Saturday I took Mom to her first yoga class and she LOVED it! She’s an avid horseback rider and has been looking for other ways to supplement her riding.  I thought this would be perfect for her and I’m so glad she found it beneficial.  Later that day we went to something called Taste of New Haven.  These are historical walking tours of various different neighborhoods with stops at various restaurants and food shops along the way.  It was SO FUN!  We went on the Canal Quarter tour and I learned so much about this unique area.  And the food…YUM!  We stopped at 7 different places over the four hours of the tour and I can’t wait to do another one.  Expect a full review soon.



Sunday was quite the adventure.  We said goodbye to B and set off to Eastern Connecticut for a fun girls day.  We met up with my Mom’s friend Judy from Massachusetts who I’ve known my entire life at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods where we would be spending the night.  We headed off to the seriously cute town of Stonington for lunch at the Dog Watch Cafe.  Lunch was great, but the highlight was definitely the table of pirates that came in.  


Stonington is right on the water and is an incredibly quaint New England town.  B doesn’t know it yet, but I am definitely dragging him back there for a day trip.  


After driving through town a bit, we decided to go check out one of the local vineyards.  We decided on Maugle Sierra Vineyards and I fell in love with it as soon as we pulled in the driveway.  It was very rustic looking and the views were gorgeous.  We went into the tasting room and decided to try the tasting of all 8 of their wines.  The wine was anything to write home about, but the experience was great.  Every Sunday they have live music beginning at 3pm and a local lobster truck comes by for some good eats.  A ton of people showed up for this and it looked like a great way to spend a Sunday evening.


We headed back to Foxwoods to relax a bit and get ready for dinner at craftsteak.  Whoa…what an incredible dinner!  Pork belly, local beets, ribeye, spinach, carrots, mushrooms…you name it, we ate it!  Such a memorable dinner πŸ™‚


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After dinner we headed over to Comix for a night of laughs.  There were 4 comedians for their One Night Stand…2 were good, 2 were not so good.  Still got a bunch of great belly laughs in, which I always enjoy.


We then made our way back to the casino where Mom and Judy tried their hand at some of the slots and I proceed to have one too many martinis.  What a seriously fun night!       



The next morning we all slept late made our way to breakfast.  We said goodbye to Judy and Mom and I headed north to the airport.  The time flew by while she was here and I can’t believe her visit has come and gone so quickly.  It’s probably because we were having so much fun!  I’m so lucky to have a great Mom who I can share these moments with…until next time πŸ™‚

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