This week is our annual Thanks So Much For Being a Part Of Our CrossFit Family, aka shock and awe. There will be goodies at each class throughout the week, and we'll have some pretty cool drawings and giveaways too.
The week culminates with our quarterly Bring a Friend Days. Thursday through Saturday is your chance to have your friends experience the fun that is CrossFit Blacksburg. No need to let us know who's coming when, just show up a few minutes early so your buddy can fill out a waiver. And remember that you are an ambassador ... show your friends the ropes and help them have a stellar experience!
Using leftover chicken, we can easily create an appetizer or amuse bouche in less than five minutes! Ingredients:
4 ounces leftover chicken meat
1/2 mango, peeled
1 small bunch basil
1 cup Cherry tomatoes
Chili powder, to taste
Cube chicken and mango into similarly-sized pieces
Arrange basil on serving platter
Using toothpicks, spear one piece of chicken and one piece of mango
Place on top of basil
Scatter tomatoes onto platter
Finish with chili powder, to taste, and a squeeze of lime
Yesterday was a pretty warm day, and I know the heat affected my performance ... not an excuse, just the truth. None of us are acclimated to this heat, as that simply takes time. Please plan accordingly as we all adjust to the heat. Drink plenty of water (but no, you don't need to drink gatorade!), especially before a workout, but also during and after, bring a hand towel if you are a profuse sweater (chalk and sweat only make a paste, and that does no one any good), and make sure you clean up after yourself if you've left a sweat angel on the floor. While we love you, no one wants to walk through your body tears!!
I'm not a big reader. Sitting back and reading a book is not my usual form of entertainment - as opposed to my daughters. I don't know where they get it! What I do read is usually non-fiction, and I'm sticking to that trend. Right now I am actually reading two books!
One is Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl. It's a pretty weighty book about the author's ordeal as a Nazi concentration camp prisoner. This man was a psychologist, and he breaks down the various psychological responses that someone goes through in such terribly dire circumstances. Survival, in a large part, requires the individual to find meaning in the smallest aspects of life and humanity in the face of such atrocities. Why am I reading such a light, fun book? Because my mentor told me to, and he hasn't steered me in the wrong direction yet.
The second book I'm reading is Athletic Body In Balance: Optimal movement skills and conditioning for performance by Gray Cook. Dr. Cook is the creator of the functional movement screening, and knows a lot about movement. My hope is that the assessment tools that I plan on incorporating in to my coaching of you, the CFBB athlete, will make you a better mover. Obviously this one is about keeping my tools sharp.
They're back! Bring a Friend Days, your chance to share your CrossFit addiction with your friends, is next week on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. All you need to do is show up a bit early with your buddy and make sure you show him the ropes. Remember, you are our ambassador to your friends, and we want them to have a great time!
Reminder that the schedule is changing next week for the summer. We have paper copies, and the schedule on the website will be correct.
Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday for Lulupalooza! It seemed like everyone had a good time, checking out Swell Booth, enjoying some mimosas, grooving their mobility, and doing some serious shopping with Lululemon. Thanks to the ladies from the Lulu Charlottesville shop for making the trek. Seemed like everyone had a good time!
And belated Happy Mother's Day to all our pretty mommas!
Join us on Sunday, May 12 for the Lululemon Trunk Show* from 3pm until 5pm! We will have refreshments and free mobility/yoga sessions with the Yoga Couple. And...Christina and David Franusich will bring the Swell Booth for free photo booth sessions! (*Credit cards only for Lululemon purchases...)
1 lbs spinach
8 strips bacon, uncooked, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium onions, finely chopped
4 TB butter or ghee
4 TB coconut flour
2 c coconut milk
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
sea salt and black pepper
Bring a large pot of water to boil.
Place the spinach in the boiling water for 2 minutes, or until wilted.
Drain spinach and squeeze dry using a towel, chop and set aside in a bowl.
In a skillet over medium heat,cook bacon.
Add in garlic and onions and sauté until onions are clear in color.
In a sauce pan, melt butter over low heat, add flour. Stir flour into butter until mixture is smooth.
Add coconut milk and whisk until it thickens.
Stir in spinach and bacon mixture; add nutmeg, salt and pepper. Remove from heat and it is ready to serve.
Sunday ... Mother's Day, a day to spend time with that special lady in your life (that special lady may or may not be your mom!). Why not spend some of that quality time with us at Lulupalooza! What on earth is that? It's a Lululemon trunk show at our one and only CrossFit Blacksburg! Come by between 3 and 5 for some yoga mini-session with our very own yoga couple Bryce and Stefanie, sip on some mimosas if you're aged appropriately, and see what goodies the ladies from Lululemon in Charlottesville have brought down for us! All purchases must be made with a credit card, no cash or checks.
Fish oil ... I know you've heard about its great anti-inflamatory properties, and that everyone should be supplementing with this miracle product.
But why do we carry three different varieties? Isn't one better than the others, or one worse than the others? Yes and no.
We've carried two liquid brands for quite a while. The SFH and Original Nutritionals liquid varieties are top notch ~ super clean, easy to swallow (literally), and very concentrated. Great. They have to be refrigerated. Fine, but for me, out of sight is out of mind. That's why we started carrying the AdvoCare capsules. While not as super-duper as the liquid form, it's a darn good capsule, and they don't need to be kept cold. I keep a bottle on my desk at the gym, and since having done so, I've been really consistent with my fish oil supplementation. I actually take it because I see it sitting there.
Which ever brand you decide to use, just make sure you're supplementing with Omega-3 fatty acids ... you'll be better for it!
Last night, while chatting at the dinner table with out daughters, one of them said something about being "old and frail." Hold on a minute!!
I can't do anything about old ... it's gonna happen, God willing. However frail is definitely within my control, and that's not a word I want used to describe me in my old age. I am going to do everything in my power to be that old woman who astonishes folks with what I can do.
I have some trail-blazers whom I admire: my dad, Marsha, and this lady ... Holy Cow!