Every now and again, I like to do these “If we were having coffee” updates. Given my love of coffee and of sharing my story, it’s a great way to do a quick catch up on what’s going on around here. Besides, if we were “in real life friends,” I likely would update you about life over a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine/whiskey) in a cute coffee shop (or wine bar), so this is really a virtual coffee date.
So, pour a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, or even brew some tea and settle down to a coffee date with me.
If we were having coffee I would tell you…
- I competed in the Athletic Lab Summer Classic in Cary, NC this past weekend and had a great time. I went 5/6 on my lifts, missing my second snatch attempt at 44kg because of a pressed out elbow. My goals were to hit a 45kg snatch in competition (I missed it in my meet in February!) and total 100+kg. I happened to also hit a PR of 58kg on my clean-and-jerk, so mission accomplished. I ultimately missed out on first place by one kilo – not salty about that at all… I also judged the second women’s session of the day.
This training cycle was HARD, and not just because the programming was challenging (which I loved). I lost my mom midway through and my doctor put me on a low FODMAP diet earlier this month which made it a little more complicated to fuel properly as so many of the foods I typically eat are currently off limits. It was really gratifying to see my hard work and “stick with it and trust the process” attitude pay off.
You can see my best lifts on Instagram.
- I’m in the final week of FODMAP! Sort of. Because next week is a holiday week, it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to get in to the doctor’s office, which means another week of low FODMAP. I’m not all that mad about it, honestly. I feel fantastic – no reason to change course now. I am looking forward to knowing what my body doesn’t like however.
- I started re-watching Gossip Girl on Netflix a couple of weeks ago and forgot how much I adored Blair and Chuck. I also like how it was so cutting edge when it premiered, but watching it now, they are on their flip phones with T9 texting in the series premiere and as of season three (where I am now) they have those slider phone situations – except for Chuck who is obviously rocking a Blackberry as he is now an important businessman.
- Speaking of Chuck, Ed Westwick’s White Gold is on Netflix and it is HILARIOUS – if you like British sitcoms and can take vulgarity, that is. Definitely not a show to watch with the kids around, but both seasons are on Netflix and I laughed until I had tears in my eyes a few times. There are only 12 episodes at 30 minutes each, so its a quick binge!
- All of this Netflix watching comes from the fact that I’ve cut the cord on my cable. I was paying far too much money to watch Netflix and Hulu anyway. My bill is now half the price with just internet and I’ve got a digital antenna to get my morning Today Show fix. I’ll likely sign up for Sling or something along those lines during football season, but so far, there’s no FOMO here.
- I’m working on a really exciting project that I’ll share soon (which is why the blog has been a little quieter than normal!). I’ve spent a lot of time creating a vision that I’m excited to share with you in the next few weeks.
- I’ve been doing box jumps for three years and I finally bit it on one last night. Both of my shins lost a lot of skin and I have quite the wound on both. I won’t share a photo because I hate when people do that, but my legs from shin to ankle are black and blue and bandaged. It’s really cute, especially when it is far too hot to wear tights. Ah well. It had to happen sometime. It’s basically a rite of passage if you’re going to do CrossFit.
- I’ve been doing a lot of writing lately. I’ve always been a writer, but when my mom died, I found myself writing endlessly. It’s been so cathartic and its reminded me of my passions/talent in that area. Maybe I’ll get up the nerve to link to where some of this lives one of these days so the people I know “IRL” can read it…
- Ending on a deep thought note. Have you ever thought about what you would do if you changed careers? This was a question that popped up during a dinner with girlfriends the other night and then in passing in the office recently. I think I’d quite like to be a writer. A screenwriter, perhaps, even a show runner. I could give Shonda Rhimes a run for her money.
What would you do if you decided to change careers? Leave a comment to let me know – and feel free to share any coffee updates from your own life!