Good morning! Happy Saturday! Here’s my second post for GNC‘s “Total Lean Challenge.” For this one, I was asked to share my favorite kind of cardio exercise, which, I’m sure you already know, is CrossFit. I’m a tad in love with it! Since I love CrossFit so much, I decided to create a CrossFit-inspired workout for you guys. For this workout, all you need is a kettlebell and a clock or timer. Set the timer…

For the past several weeks, I’ve taken Pro Performance L-Glutamine Powder after all of my workouts for post-workout recovery and to help heal the epithelial cells in my small intestine. (GNC sent me some Pro Performance L-Glutamine Powder as part of a program with Fitfluential.) When I visited my G.I. doctor a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned to his nurse practitioner that I was taking L-Glutamine Powder. She said some of her IBD patients find…

Yay! I did it! I achieved my goal for the Paleo Challenge: 12 (consecutive) Kipping Pull-ups!!! Ok, so now that I achieved my goal for the Paleo Challenge, I’m officially cashing it in with the diet part of it. I was never super strict with the diet to begin with (hence, the peanut butter, French fries, cake, and wine), so I was getting super low scores every week and just not really into it. I…

Here’s your chance to win some probiotics from GNC and make your digestive system happy! A few weeks ago, my friends at GNC sent me a whole bunch of probiotics to try out. I’m already taking VSL#3 (recommend by my doctor) for my ulcerative colitis, so I’m all set in the probiotics department. I didn’t want to let the GNC products to go to waste, so I asked them if I could give them away on…

For the past two days, I’ve heard non-stop jack-hammering. Mal dislikes the huge rock in our front yard (he thinks it’s annoying to mow around), so we hired some guys to remove it, but it’s turned into a much bigger project than expected. Hence, the non-stop jack-hammering. Of course, Murphy is closely “supervising” the project. The rock in our front yard is deeper than expected and putting up quite a fight against the jack-hammer, so instead…

Hi, friends! I’m home! Hooray! Mal and I only exercised one day on our vacation, but it was a great workout (short and sweet) with especially beautiful scenery. Together, we created a 15-minute, CrossFit-inspired workout (AMRAP 15) that we did outside on the morning of the wedding. (I love that you can WOD anywhere!) The resort where we stayed for the weekend had a tennis court, so we used it as our “home base” for…

Good morning! Happy Monday! I hope you guys had a fabulous weekend! Friday On Friday afternoon, Murphy and I drove to Fenway Park for the 1000 Pugs photo shoot. We arrived right on time and then met the photographer, Amanda, who spent a solid 20 minutes photographing Murphy. He was a natural. And highly motivated by food. Amanda had Murphy pose in 5 or 6 different places around Fenway Park. At one point, she got…

I saw this quote on the CrossFit 781 website the other day and just wanted to share: [image source] If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse. So true! Doesn’t this quote apply to so many things in life? I know I make time for the things I find important (i.e. Mal, Murphy, family, friends, blogging, CrossFit), and the stuff that isn’t as important to me…

Hey, I did something that I haven’t done in over a month. I went running!! Woohoo! This morning, I ran 3 miles with some push-ups, squats, and Burpees mixed in. I also tested out my Reebok SmoothFlex Runs (since I had only walked in them before), and I’m happy to report they’re great running shoes””super comfy and supportive. My legs, however, were not as awesome. Let’s just say it was a rough workout and much…

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