My 100 Day Mindfulness Meditation Challenge

At the beginning of 2016 I decided to make the commitment to be more serious and intentional in my mindfulness mediation practice. I have been practicing since January 2014 when I took the 8 week course offered by UPenn. As life happened I had gotten away from my daily practice, and even before that had been struggling to find a way to make my habit "stick" over the weekends. I had found a routine and place for my practice during the work week- during my commute to and/or from work on public … [Read more...]

Homemade Paleo Chocolate

I'm doing the Relentless Transformation 5.0 with Roger Dickerman of Relentless Fitness and about 50 others and am using it to clean up some things that have sneaked into my diet. That aren't terrible but aren't really great either (hey, I'm human!). One of those things is chocolate, if I stuck to eating the 85% that I have at home that would be no big deal but I've been eating a lot if chocolate chips (not that great) mixed with salted pistachios they are my go to snack of choice. Last week … [Read more...]

My 2014 Crossfit Open Recap – 8 months pregnant

This year I wasn't sure whether or not I wanted to do the Crossfit Open.  The Open workouts give you the opportunity to compare yourself to the rest of the world, qualify to go to regionals if you're at that level, or help your gym qualify a team.  I've been able to qualify to go to Regionals with my gym's affiliate team two times in the past 4 years, which has been an amazing experience.  This year I was not expecting to be competitive, as the first workout was starting when I would be 30 … [Read more...]

How to move and sleep more with the help of a Fitbit

Some of you guys are already on that quantified self bandwagon.  You know the people that are always tinkering with their diet, exercise, sleep, light exposure, supplements, you name it.  On any given day they are conducting some new, often weird, experiment on themselves.  This is all fine and well, as long as you have a way to measure and determine that what you're doing is making an actual impact on  you! Enter the Fitbit, I had a Fitbit a year or so ago and after using it for about 4 or … [Read more...]

Adding some mindfulness to my life

I'm not sure about you, but I'm pretty busy.  I'm always on the go, rarely sitting, and always on to my next thing.  This is pretty common for most people in America today - or maybe I'm just crazy :)  But all this go-go-go can lead to a lot of probably uncessary stress.  Enter stress management - that elusive thing that you're constantly trying to manage, trying to be "less stressed" is stressful in itself. Last fall I attended an introductory session for University of Pennsylvania's … [Read more...]