7 Quick Takes – 95

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The Crossfit Games Open started last week. I signed up again this year just to see if I can do more of the workouts than I did last year. As far as 15.1/15.1a is concerned…yes, I can do more! Last year at this time, I was not able to do toes-to-bar. Well, i got my first one during the Open last year, but was so shocked my toes actually touched the bar one time! And I was unable to repeat the feat for a few more months. The WOD last week had toes-to-bar in it and I am happy to report I did a total of 45 of them throughout the WOD, so that made me happy.

 

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For the past few months I had been trying to grow out my hair. I’m keeping the color because I really like it, but I thought I wanted to see about growing my hair long again. Well, that ended last night. I guess I have just hit a point in my life where the long hair is not worth the hassle. When my hair is short, it only takes about 8 minutes to do it in the morning and that is a HUGE plus. Besides, I think the long hair look makes me look older and that makes me feel older. Blah. So, I got it cut back again last night and I am very happy about it!



Profile, sort of…
 
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Sarah has another volleyball tournament tomorrow. There are three tournaments in March and then her club season will be over. I absolutely LOVE watching her play.

I read an interesting article this week that made me cringe and wonder about this club volleyball thing. But in the end, I am happy we put Sarah in club ball this year. Yes, the tournament days are LONG. But it’s been fun to watch the girls come together and play well. They’ve gotten medals at a couple of the tournaments (1st place and 2nd place) and been in third place a couple of times, too. Besides that, Sarah’s gotten a lot of playing time and improved a ton over the past few months.

She has also made some new friends and I think this will give her confidence as she moves on to high school at a place where she will need to make new friends again. Of all the things I have “come around” to recognize about my young teen this year, the biggest is how concerned she is about having people to relate to within her school, team or social setting. This is not so different from adults, I know, but I don’t remember placing such a huge priority on such a thing. As hard as it has been, at times, to watch her navigate middle school socially, I’m pleased with how she has come out of it. I’m excited to see how she continues to grow as she starts high school. I’m glad that we’ve been able to provide opportunities for her to spread her wings a little bit before then and see that she’s a girl who is worthy of good friends and that she knows how to find them and make those connections.

 
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So…my Jayhawks. 11 straight conference titles. Amazing. They already had a share of it before Tuesday night’s game. And I must say, I was NOT very happy with those boys, the way they played the first half. I really figured with our best player out with injury and the way they had played the first half that it would be the first senior night loss in over 30 years. But, they surprised me and I am so glad! They showed a lot of heart and kept fighting and tied the game with 4 seconds in regulation, then went on to win in overtime.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

BTW — Bill Self is a hella-good.
 
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Dani started Girls on the Run this week and she loves it! This program is empowering for girls and helps them discern healthy choices and learn about the incredible things their bodies are capable of. On the way to (or from) swim practice, Dani even said to me (in a triumphant tone even) “Now I have TWO girl programs — Challenge and Girls on the Run. Oh yeah!” She is so cute.

She’ll be running a 5K in May and I cannot wait to run it with her. I think Craig and I are both going to run it with her.

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I am amazed at how quickly I see changes in my fitness and how I feel when I take myself to strict Paleo. I started that Monday morning and I notice today (morning of the 5th day) how much quicker I feel and the bloating is gone. Why, oh why, do I insist on falling off the wagon…ever?

I am just taking it a week at a time for now. We have no birthdays coming up for a few months, so the temptation to have some cake won’t be there. With summer coming, I am motivated to get my fitness level higher as I prepare to train for the triathlon again as well as try to achieve some of my goals with Crossfit. So when you see me reaching for an Oreo or a slice of pizza, slap my hand, mkay?
 
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I’m hitting one of those lulls (again…some more…still) where I don’t post much on this blog. I’m not sure why I don’t feel like posting all that much anymore. One reason I don’t post as often is that I am so terribly busy that I don’t have a lot of time to sit down and write something. But even if I do have time, I think the topic is not worth it or something like that. I have toyed with the idea of just sitting down and writing a memoir-type book. I don’t know…my life isn’t all that interesting. Then sometimes I think some of my experiences growing up could make for a good little fictional novel or something, but then…I get back to that time thing. So…who knows? I’d like to make my blog look nicer, but I don’t know how. I guess it’s just my space and it will be what it will be.



BONUS: These kids…at dinner one night last week. I love them all so. 🙂


Craig had JUST said, “Dominic, put your tongue inside your mouth!” haha

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