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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Spartan Recap

As life would have it, Spartan was a NO GO this year. Due to past injury from the military, my husband had to undergo Rotator Cuff Surgery. Although the timeline was MUCH quicker then what we anticipated, it meant putting aside Spartan. 

I do not see it as a fail, but an opportunity to continue to train for the next one. I'd be lying to say that I didn't cry and wasn't a little upset that "my plan" was not completed, but God's greater plan was to get my husband healed.

It's been busy here and although Spartan will have to wait until next time, I feel blessed that we are all healthy

Busy, busy, busy...

 Getting just 10 days notice before surgery, we took a quick 4 day vacation to the Inn of the Mountain Gods, where my family from California met us. During this trip, our little guy face planted and broke off part of his front (adult) tooth. That has since been repaired beautifully. 

 My family came back to our home with us and 3 days later, hubby was in surgery. I wasn't sure how a house full of family would be post op, but oh was I SO VERY GRATEFUL they were here. Not only did they distract us from how tired we really were, they helped us in ways that Thank you will never express. 

 My family stayed a week with us and  my lack of sleep became comical. Even I was confused about being confused. lol. 

1 week post surgery and I have finally been able to sleep (almost) through the night. Hubby has had 8 hours of sleep in 6 days. So prayers for his ability to sleep and heal. 

We are back to homeschooling over the summer. Trying to get back in the groove and catch up on things. It was so much easier when my family was here helping. ;) 


Monday, April 4, 2016

Spartan Bound, Week 1

This week has been a new one for me. A LOT of new fitness things, more running, and my food has been spot on.

I am sore, but I know that it is bringing about changes, both physically and mentally. 

Day 1: 
Spartan WOD: 75 jumping jacks, 30 burpees, High Knee Walk (1 set each @ 25' each), High Knee Skip, Side lunges (20 reps), Army crawl, Bear crawl.
Scheduled WOD: 40 minutes Total Body Hammer
Abs: C sit tap, plank knee taps, bicycles, Leg lift crunch, Side plank pass thrus
Evening workout: 30 burpees

Nutrition:


  • Am: Coffee, NOX, IsaLean Shake w/ionix and fruits, 
  • Preworkout: Amped Power, E+shot, GF granola (2 TBS.)
  • During workout: Water!!!! 
  • Postworkout:  IsaLean Shake w/ionix & orange replenish
  • Lunch (1 hr. after workout): 4 oz. Tuna Salad on lettuce (4 oz. Tuna, mayo, dill, cayenne), Grapefruit.
  • Dinner: Tuna sandwich
  • Daily intake of water: 1+ gallons

Day 2:
Spartan WOD: 75 jumping jacks, 30 burpees, High Knee Walk (1 set each @ 25' each), High Knee Skip, Side lunges (20 reps), 100 yard up hill sprint: repeat for 20 minutes. 3 mile trail run


Scheduled WOD: 40 minutes Max Hammer Strength training

Arms: (1 min. each) Shoulder Taps, Tricep dips, Arm circles, wide push ups, Superman

Evening workout: 30 burpees

Nutrition:


  • Am: Coffee, NOX, IsaLean Shake w/ionix and Orange replenish  
  • Preworkout: Amped Power, E+shot
  • During workout: Water!!!! 
  • Postworkout:  IsaLean PRO w/ionix and PB2
  • Dinner: 4 oz. Grilled steak, 1/4 c. baby red potatoes, 1/2 C. grilled brussel sprouts.
  • Snack: Banana and handful of almonds
  • Daily intake of water: 1+ gallons
Day 3:
Spartan WOD: 75 jumping jacks, 20 burpees (thank you, Jesus), High Knee Walk (1 set each @ 25' each), High Knee Skip, Side lunges (20 reps), Bear crawl


Scheduled WOD: 40 minutes Hammer Power training

Abs: C sit tap, plank knee taps, bicycles, Leg lift crunch, Side plank pass thrus

Evening workout: 20 burpees

Nutrition:


  • Am: Coffee, NOX, IsaLean Shake w/ionix and Orange replenish  
  • Preworkout: Amped Power, E+shot
  • During workout: Water!!!! 
  • Postworkout:  IsaLean Shake w/ionix & orange replenish
  • Lunch (1 hr. after workout): 4 oz. Tuna Salad on lettuce (4 oz. Tuna, mayo, dill, eggs)
  • Dinner: 4 oz. baked chicken breast, 1/4 c. baby red potatoes, 1/2 C. asparagus.
  • Snack: Banana and handful of almonds
  • Daily intake of water: 1+ gallons

Day 4: Rest Day


Day 5:
Spartan WOD: 75 jumping jacks, 30 burpees, High Knee Walk (1 set each @ 25' each), High Knee Skip, Side lunges (20 reps)


Scheduled WOD: Hammer Conditioning

Abs: C sit tap, plank knee taps, bicycles, Leg lift crunch, Side plank pass thru


Evening workout: 30 burps, 75 Jumping Jacks

Nutrition:


  • Am: Coffee, NOX, IsaLean Shake w/ionix and fruits  
  • Preworkout: Amped Power, E+shot
  • During workout: Water!!!! 
  • Postworkout:  IsaLean Shake w/ionix & orange replenish
  • Lunch (1 hr. after workout): 3 egg omelet with 1 oz. cheese and salsa
  • Dinner: Ribs, 1/2 baked sweet potato, garden salad w/ 2T. Italian dressing
  • Daily intake of water: 1+ gallons

Day 6:
Spartan WOD: 75 jumping jacks, 30 burpees, 

Scheduled WOD: None

Arms: (1 min. each) Shoulder Taps, Tricep dips, Arm circles, wide push ups, Superman


Nutrition:

  • Am: Coffee, NOX, IsaLean Shake w/ionix and fruits  
  • Preworkout: Amped Power, E+shot
  • During workout: Water!!!! 
  • Postworkout:  IsaLean Shake w/ionix & orange replenish
  • Lunch: Club sandwich wrap (on lettuce), 1 oz. cheese
  • Dinner: IsaLean Pro Chocolate with PB2
  • Daily intake of water: 1+ gallons


Day 7:

Spartan WOD: 3.2 mile run, jumping jacks, backward running, side steps 

Scheduled WOD: None


Nutrition:

  • Am: Coffee,  IsaLean Shake w/ionix and fruits  
  • During workout: Water!!!! 
  • Postworkout:  IsaLean Shake w/ionix & orange replenish
  • Snack: Almonds and homemade trail mix
  • Dinner: cottage cheese/spinach blend with venison pasta sauce
  • Daily intake of water: 1+ gallons

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Sparta!


As nerves and excitement riddle every fiber of my being, I take a bigger step toward my fitness and health goals. I've decided to commit to the Spartan Race. I'm not in this alone, I have a team of others wanting to do it with me. As well as the littles going to participate in the 1/2 mile and 1 mile events. How much fun will THAT be?

So much of this is physical, but even so, it is mental. Can I do this? Will I fail? Where do I begin? Will I ever be strong enough? Am I to old? Blessings have befallen, as Spartan racers are the greatest of support teams. They offer encouragement, support, and tips to get you through. 

So, where do I start? It all starts with my nutrition. I am blessed to already be consuming the best nutrient dense foods on the planet, I'll just begin a stricter eating schedule and adhere to a different carb/protein/fat regimen. As I shred and cut my body, I will be getting leaner and stronger at the same time. 

Next is the physical training. I'm a little concerned about the lack of opportunities to do some of the obstacles (ie: rope climb, bucket haul, etc.) but have come up with some great at home options to get implemented this next week. Also, I found a wonderful trail to run that has may uneven surfaces and hills to climb. That I'll need to conquer at least 4 times a week. and 3 times a week I'll cross train to include pull ups.  Also add in a TON OF BURPEES!!! If you "fail" or skip an obstacle, the penalty is 30 BURPEES.... 30!!! I've been told to start and end my day with 30 Burpees AND for every 15 minutes into my runs, drop and do 30 burpees. 

I'd be excited if more friends joined me on this personal journey, so blessed for the the team mates who have committed.


Things I need to learn to do: 

  • Bear Crawl
  • Crab Walk
  • Monkey bars 
  • Climb a rope 
  • Overcome a fear of jumping over fire!
Since I've committed to the race, Still committed to my nutrition and health, now it's only logical to commit to some all terrain shoes, compression clothing, and some serious tunes to get me through training. 

I promise to do a weekly update post and DEFINITELY will do before and after pictures.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Christmas Cheer 2015: GOAL MET!!!

YOU did it!

Friends, THANK YOU! What does it mean to have over 4,000 orphans and refugees feeling the love of Jesus in Ukraine right now... It's priceless.

4,000+ Women and Children have been gifted because of YOUR love and support in our Christmas Cheer 2015 campaign. So many gave, prayed, and shared the need that with grateful hearts we can share...

CHRISTMAS CHEER 2015 
IS 
FULLY FUNDED!!!

Not a single person we advocated for will go without the blessing of food, medication, heat, and even some little Christmas Gifts and a party this year. YOU MADE THAT HAPPEN!


Words cannot describe the thankfulness our hearts hold, but please know that our hearts overflow with love and gratitude to each of you. As soon as we have updated pictures, we will post them here and on our FB pages.

We look forward to your continued support.

Blessings,

Monday, November 9, 2015

Orphan Christmas Cheer Fundraiser!!!

Life2Orphans annual Operation Christmas Cheer is a project that will help provide Christmas to over 3500 orphans in 37 orphanages throughout Ukraine who otherwise will not get to celebrate Christmas due to lack of funding and war. 

This year L2O is having a Letters from Santa FUNdraiser to help us reach our goal and to provide a fun and inspiring way for families to get involved. The last day to order a letter from Santa is Dec. 9th. (to ensure delivery)

We are still taking donations for those who don't need/want a letter. It's a great project for your Church, Sunday school, Friend, Office, Family… Ruth Chaves is the Christmas Cheer Program Coordinator for Life2Orphans, Inc. If you'd like to know more about the program or how you can get involved, please email her at:  -Christmas Cheer Coordinator Or Christine Ashton, at Christmas Cheer Liaison 

Now who wants a letter from SANTA? That's right! your child can receive a letter from Santa in the mail this December. Imagine your child's excitement when getting a piece of mail from Santa Claus!
 Each letter is personalized with your child(ren)'s name(s), it is on
Santa's letterhead, and is sealed with a red wax seal (It MUST be official ;))
There are 4 letter options to choose from, options written in Ukrainian and Russian are available. 

 

 


Option 1: Dear (Child's name),
I'll bet you are excited for Christmas! Is the town of (your city) buzzing with lights and activity? I just love this time of year! It won't be long before I'm landing my sleigh (Your street).
I heard from (Aunt/parent/guardian) that you have been such a good (boy/girl) this year! I'm very proud to hear it, but not surprised. I know how well you treat your friends and family, and I am just so impressed.
So, you are hoping for a (gift they asked for) for Christmas? Well, I will see what I can do. The elves are hard at work getting everything together for the big night.
Be sure to get lots of sleep on Christmas Eve! I know it's not easy when you're so excited, but you'll need your rest for all the fun you'll be having. Plus, I can't visit if there are children awake in the house.
By the way, I was so proud to hear about your progress in (school name/sports team, etc). Way to go! Keep up the good work.
Love,
Santa

Option 2: Dear (child's name),
Ho, ho, ho! I was just checking my list of good little girls/boys and there is your name. Are you surprised? I hope not! I'm very proud of you. I know it's hard to always speak politely, keep your room clean, and do your best at school. But no one expects children to be perfect. Actions are important, but so is what's in your heart. (child's name), I am so proud of you!
I'be heard that you are a super (big/little) (sister/brother). Thank you for taking special care of your sibling(s)
I got your wish list. Thanks so much. I see that you want some of the hot gifts lots of girls/boys are asking for this holiday season, as well as a (Gift they asked for) I'll do my best to get some of these cool toys to your home on Christmas Eve, as well as a few things to wear. 
Speaking of Christmas Eve, please be sure to go to bed early so you get plenty of rest. If you think of it, please leave me a cookie and maybe some milk. I get really hungry flying around the world all night.
Love,
Santa

Option 3:Dear (Child's name), 
Are you excited about Christmas this year? Me, too! Rudolph can't wait to pull my sleigh to your house in (City) on December 25th. His nose is glowing just thinking about it!
The North Pole is so busy this time of year. Mrs. Claus and I are sitting in front of the fire relaxing for a few minutes before I head over to the workshop to check on the elves. They are busy in the workshop getting all the toys ready for the big day. Your (parent/guardian) told me you asked for (gift), I will see what I can do for you. It's a good thing Rudolph and the other reindeer have been getting lots of exercise, because they will really have a workout this year.
Even though you're super-excited, please be sure to get to bed early on Christmas Eve. Santa can't stop at houses where boys and girls are wide awake. Then, in the morning, you'll see all the presents under the tree. That reminds me: Don't forget to hang up your stocking!
I know you have been good this year, and I am so proud! You've done ver well at (name of school). I'm sure you have heard of my list of children who are naughty and children who are nice. Well, every year your name shows up on the "nice" list.
Have a very Merry Christmas. I'll see you on Christmas Eve, but you'll be fast asleep.
Love,
Santa


Option 4:  Dear (Child's name),
Merry Christmas! I was just now checking my list for the second time and I see that you are there under "good little boys/girls." I'm so proud of you! I hear that you are a good listener, and so kind to everyone. The elves tell me that you are working hard at school and (Teacher's name) is excited to have you in their class. 
I got your wish list. Wow! You sure love boy/girl stuff. I let the elves know they'd better step up their work in the toy shop to get some of those things out to you. I know you asked for a (gift), I can't promise you'll get it, but I'll do my best.  You know, most little boys/girls don't get everything they want for Christmas, even boys/girls as good as you. But I'm sure you'll enjoy the surprises you do find under the tree. 
I am really looking forward to visiting your house this year. (your City) is one of my favorite places to visit, even though I can't stay long. I have to fly all over the world in one night!
Please go to bed early on Christmas Eve and keep being good. I know you can do it!
Love,
Santa

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Steps to order a letter from Santa:

1.) PLEASE make your $10 donation per letter here

2.) Email your paypal receipt to: elaina.lawrence@yahoo.com

3.) Elaina will contact you with your letter options. 

THANK YOU!!!!
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