Granite Games 2017

We are off to the Granite Games in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  I’m super excited, nervous and anxious. This year they have a different set up with divisions in the Teams of 3. PRO, RX, INTERMEDIATE, and SCALED. It’s an online Qualifier so you have to do the workoutsand submit your scores, and then take video so that you can provide it for the judges to review the movement and count your reps. We placed 19th so that placed us in the Top 30 making the Pro Division. Scary and exciting all in one considering I’m not a pro at anything. 


We have worked hard, we have put in the time and now we get to play with the pros. I’m honored to be out on the floor, field, lake and court with some of the best CrossFit athletes. Can’t wait. 


Little eyes are ALWAYS watching.

I am so extremely proud of these kids. I love fitness and I love everything it does for everyone.  The self confidence you gain, the friends you make, the accountability you have for yourself and others.


“Children are great imitators, give them something great to imitate”

These children are a few many of the kids that come to the gym.  All of their parents live a healthy and active lifestyle. They are learning at young age that fitness can be fun.  And by learning young they are learning how to properly fuel themselves for greatness.

Truly an Inspiration

This is my WHY!? 

The early FIVE O’ CRAZY clock. My reason to not hit snooze, my reason to wake up with a smile. Its the moments like this that my heart explodes with happiness. ❤️❤️ 

 I am in absolute “AWE” of this woman

She is a true success story and I am personally along with many others at the gym inspired by her daily.  I can remember her first day. It was Teacher Appreciation week, and she dove in. I can remember when running was extremely difficult, burpees started with a box, boxjumps were are 45# plate and she stepped, sliders were a goal, hanging from rig was something I would get an evil eye for. Today she runs for fun, TODAY she ran her her first mile without stopping and completed it in 12:41.  Every single Sunday after open gym her husband and their dog hit the trails, that after they do a workout together. She puts in extra work, she jumps on that box, she hangs on the rig, sliders are a thing of the past as that goal has been smashed, burpees although she hates them, she crushes them.  This October Cherie will be 51, and she and her husband are just getting started on this amazing adventure. (He’s equally awesome and loves CrossFit and Bootcamp too, if he tells you otherwise he is a liar)

 I often hear “I am too old to start”. “Let me get in shape first”, No, please erase that from your vocab, you are NEVER too old, or too out of shape to jumpstart your health, ask Cherie she will tell you. It’s a motto to live by 

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”

She is such a great role model to those who are looking to change, you have one life and you deserve to feel and look great!!! Let her inspire you as much as she inspires me, you can make a change. 


Detoxing from Sugar.

Hi …. here I am… Still plugging along SUGAR-FREE over here, yup, 8 days in. Saving my green apples that I enjoy with almond butter … my sweet treat, I really look forward to this. 

If I told you today was easier I’d be lying. TODAY WAS HARD. 

Yesterday, I felt like I owned the world, ramped up my training and hit it hard… only to feel like I have the “flu” today. I’m flat whooped and I know that’s the result of not enough food to refuel me. (Or possibly too many episodes of SOA lastnight) maybe I have been thinking of donuts all day from “crazy hair day” I absolutely love donuts, probably my biggest weakness. 

I would kill for carbs right now, keeping them low is a struggle and I know the Fat is the fuel right now, but wow do I miss rice desperately. And a 1/2 cup of sweet potatoes is just mean!! I feel good in general, happy (until today) and I’m productive, so that’s a benefit. Now the training, that’s a different story!! I need to dial that in. Somedays I feel great, others I’m exhausted. Seeing stars when working out is not exactly awesome. 

I’m excited to regulate my blood sugar and stop me from craving sweets (because duh, I love donuts) so I’ll stop doing things like sneaking those little donut holes on a stick that we get on Friday’s or the Oreos from the kids snack cabinet that Maw Maw brings down in every flavor imaginable. 21 days seems like a long time, I have done this detox 3 times, this is my 4th not in a row…. I’m not that insane! I know the routine, I also know the struggle days, the headaches day 4-7. I typically lose a few pounds despite the fact that Im attacking the almond butter jar with a spoon every night. 

I know it’s good for the body to get the sugar out! And I know how rewarding this will be at the end. So, I get it. I’m resetting, refreshing and getting back to whole clean foods. But I’m human and it’s hard. Somedays are easier than others, but I have a great accountability group and that helps me push through the bad days. I’m sharing because I know we all have road blocks, you are not alone. 

Here are some of my meals. 

Here is a glance at yesterday’s training. 

1000 ROW/20 HRPU/20 KBS/PULL-UPS/1000 ROW

Here’s to Day 9 – keep kicking ass. IM WORTH IT!!! YOU’RE WORTH IT!!! WE CAN DO THIS. ❤️

Gettin’ Grippy – CrossFit Hands

New to CrossFit (YAY!! Super Excited). You are probably pumped you have your first callous and or your first hand tear. CONGRATS!! Now I am about to drop the knowledge BOMB on ya.  Tearing a second time, is failure on your part to maintain the skin on your hands.  Lesson Learned? Wrong.  Tearing a third time, well now that’s just flat-out ignorance.

Some Advice:

  1. Tighten up the kip, those big swings on the bar mean friction and more sliding around. (Not to mention the vulnerable stage you are putting your shoulders in – that can be a later post)
  2. Learn the proper grip so you do not tear.
  3. STOP!!!! Drop from the bar. Ignorance of a tear will lead to a few non-training days… What fun is that? Not to mention how awesome the shower, hand sanitizer, and soaps will be.

Don’t get me wrong you want “Man Hands” what a kid in my daughters class said to me that will forever stick with me… “Your mom sure is pretty, but she has man hands” A proud CF moment for me, I’ll take it, they are well-earned hard work. (haha) You want to have tough hands so you don’t rip, but you don’t want huge callous’ to where it hurts to grab the bar. This is where we have to get a routine with hand maintenance. I have put together my tips and tricks to what I have learned keep me from tearing.

  1. MOISTERIZE DAILY.  I use BAG BALM its amazing, if you don’t have it you sure are missing out.  Your skin will suck it up, and it will keep them smooth as babies butt, but your still tough to cycle that barbell or fly like a monkey on the rings.
  2. SHAVE…. Shave your callouses weekly.  And my next recommendation is the day before rest day.  Large callouses are dangerous if you pinch on the barbell and they rip.  I can guarantee you will not be touching a barbell for a hot minute. Don’t be scared to shave, be scared to NOT shave. TRUST ME. Press down hard and remove all that unwanted dead skin, before it removes itself.  Incase you don’t know where to find them, just wonder over to the ladies area of nail polishes in the store and you will see them hanging there, you are looking at $4.99.  
  3. CORDLESS HAND SANDER. If you don’t have one – shame on you.  Run to the store and get one. The person that made this is a magnificent human.  I use it after I shave down those callouses. It makes your hands smooth, no ridges, bumps or skin.  The best part, it’s in the same section as the razor and its $13.99.  That pretty much free for not having to nurse a wound.
  4. PUMICE STONE. You can use this awesome little guy every time you shower.  Your hands will be soft from the water and it will slough off any unwanted dead skin.s


WODs with your BFF (Best Fit Friend)

Workouts with your BFF, mine is Holly aka “Hulky” she totally earned that name with her amazing strength.  Hulk and I met in 2012 at Practice CrossFit as we entered into our CCC Class.  That’s it! That’s the story.  From that point on we clicked, life, hubbies, kids, CrossFit (our new found love), FOOD food and more food, laughter, competitions, whiteboard bloopers and cat-isms. Us in a nutshell Cheetah & Hulk

“When we try to exercise alone we can feel isolated and uninspired; together we can achieve our fitness goals.”

What is awesome about it? Your relationship grows as you push each other in a little friendly competition.  We both moved CrossFit gyms in 2014, but nothing changed for us. We continue to hold each other accountable everyday.

We count macros together and share numbers, we send each other scores, reps, weight, and rounds when we complete a workout.  We often do the same workouts and chase each other.  Although, Hulk is pregnant building a baby hulk “YAY!!!”  she is still utterly amazing and challenges me daily.

Find your BFF, aka gym buddy.  Push each other, push yourself, get outside your comfort zone. Things you can do together to hold you accountable during the week.

  1. SIGN UP FOR A 5k – hahahaah we love to run, said no one ever.  But it will help you lace up your shoes during the week if you know your BFF is out there logging mileage and you guys are going to do a run together.
  2. ZUMBA, SPINNING, CARDIO DANCE, BOOTCAMP – Change it up if its not in your routine.
  3. CROSSFIT – Obviously, my first choice.  Share workouts during the week and whiteboard results all while challenging each other and holding one another accountable for the weekend.  When you can get together and do a partner WOD.


Buffalo Chicken Egg Muffins


  • 12 ​large eggs          
  • ​12 ​oz chicken, cooked and chopped 
  • ​3 ​tbsp Buffalo Wing Sauce          
  • 2 green onions, chopped         
  • 1 clove garlic, minced          
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste          


  • Large muffin Pan (6)
  • Fork


  1. Preheat oven to 350° Lightly oil a muffin tin.
  2. ​​Mix 2 eggs, 1/2 tspn buffalo wing sauce​ (in each cup), 2 oz Chicken in each cup​, green onions, garlic, sea salt and pepper​ into muffin cups​. Mix until all ingredients​ are blended. ​                    
  3. Bake 20 minutes or until fluffy and golden brown on top.


You can store in refrigerator and heat for breakfast on the go!

Per Muffin 


205 Calories