Win tickets to Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus Tampa

I'm super excited to be able to give away a family 4 pack of tickets to see LEGENDS!!

Behold the living legends! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® brings the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages in an all-new show -- Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDSSM. Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious: a Unicorn, a Pegasus and a Woolly Mammoth! Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions!


Click HERE to purchase tickets online.  Save $4 on select performances using promo code MOM4.  Offer not valid on Front Row or Premium seats. Not valid day of show.  Only valid for these performances: Thurs 7:30pm, Fri 7:30pm, Sat 11am, and Sun 5pm.

OR win tickets from ME!! One lucky reader will win 4 tickets to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS in Tampa.  The winner will choose a show on either January 1 or 3, 2014, for the 7:30pm show.  Good luck!  Our family can't wait to go back to the circus!!


Just leave me a comment telling me who you'd take with you to see Legends!!


The winner is James Horning. This giveaway is now closed.

Returning to Weight Watchers

The last time I attended a Weight Watchers meeting was in mid-2012. I had stopped attending meetings when I began to work for Weight Watchers as a receptionist. On those Saturday's when I'd be working, I'd leave the house by 6am, and often not return until close to 11am. I missed my Saturday gym workouts, and I missed my own meetings.  I just didn't have enough time in my day for a personal meeting. I was still doing my monthly weigh-in, but no meetings. Then life happened and I stopped going to my monthly weigh-ins. I haven't weighed in since January, 2013.

I know my body has changed because of the amount of weight that I can lift. I know I am bigger, more muscular, SWOL Tongue Out because of the weights I lift. But I also know that I have been indulging in too many paleo treats and beer. Undecided I don't eat gluten (except beer), but there are plenty of gluten free goodies. Doesn't mean they are good for me. 

And I miss the friendships at my Weight Watchers meetings. I will going to a different meeting than I did previously simply because as a work-at-home-mom, I now have a little more flexibility in my schedule. I plan to go Wednesday afternoons at 12:15pm. That's a really good time for me, and I'm super excited to get back to the plan.

To be honest...I'm expecting like a 20 pound weight gain from January. And that's not all muscle. A few pounds maybe. But not 20. We'll find out on Wednesday. And I'll hold myself accountable.

I went shopping today and stocked up on a lot of my favorite Weight Watchers goodies that helped me last time. Greek yogurt for breakfast. It's Chobani Key Lime flavor and is 5P+. I'll have a vanilla chai protein shake after my WOD and that's 3P+, plus the almond milk 1P+. Lunch has always been my biggest meal of the day. Usually a 6oz portion of protein (chicken or fish) and a mixed green salad, plus dressing. Usually about 12P+

I won't need an afternoon snack because lunch is so big, and then for dinner, I'll have a regular 3oz portion of protein, or beans, and a salad. 6+P

I'll generally earn anywhere from 11-14 activity points per day. I didn't eat them in the past, don't know if I will this time around. We'll have to see how my body responds.

My snacks are fruit, and I bought some dark chocolate covered bananas and strawberries from Dole. They look good and are only 3P+ for a serving. Now if I can just remember to eat ONE serving. That's been an issue recently, too. Simply eating too much. Even if it's good for me, it's not good when it's in excess.

So here we go. Time to buckle down and drop this extra weight that I know I've put on. I don't know how much I've put on, so I don't know how much I need to lose. I just want to look and feel better. And I want to have fun while doing it. And that's where Weight Watchers has been so helpful for me in the past. I just have to remember that even though I hit goal, I still NEED my meetings. They are a part of who I am.

I've unofficially started again, today Monday November 18th. But my first weigh-in will be Wednesday November 20th, so that will be my official start day.

Have you ever done Weight Watchers?


Women Who Lift: Meet Trish

Welcome to my feature: Women Who Lift. If you are interested in being interviewed for the series, please email me at  I would love to spotlight you. You don't have to have a blog, you just have to be a woman who lifts!

Today I am spotlighting Trish. Trish works out at my box CrossFit En Fuego. Trish came on my radar during our competition The Diablo Games. Trish completed in the RX division and this was the first time I ever had the opportunity to see her. I was watching her compete and my mouth dropped open. Seriously. I thought to myself "holy smokes, who is this woman and where in the heck did she come from?" She C.R.U.S.H.E.D. every WOD. Seriously. And she came in to the games questioning if she was ready for it. Not only was she ready for it, but she WON the RX division! In my honest opinion, she is ready for MORE!!


Meet Trish



Name: Trish B.
Age: 32
Occupation: Insurance Agent
Location: Tampa, FL
Favorite WOD: Annie
Favorite Lift: Clean & Jerk
Deadlift Max: 255lb
Back squat Max: 185lb
Overhead Max: Which lift? 155lb (split Jerk)
Favorite Girl? I don’t really have a favorite. I admire any women who outlifts and outperforms the boys Tongue Out
Got Muscle-ups? No muscle ups yet….one day, hopefully!
1 mile run: I’m not a runner in any way shape or form so if I can get it done in 10 minutes, I’m happy.

How long have you been CrossFitting? About 3 years

What keeps you coming back/motivated? I am one of those people that require a lot to keep me interested (I have a very short attention span). CrossFit is constantly varied which is great; combine that with a high intensity level and you get the perfect outlet for a person like me. I have yet to get bored or leave feeling like I haven’t worked hard.

How did you find CrossFit? I was introduced to CrossFit by a team mate who happens to own her own CrossFit gym. We started talking about the kind of workouts we liked and didn’t like. She said I would love CrossFit and I needed to come and see what it was all about. I went the following Saturday and did my first WOD. I was hooked and have been doing it ever since.

What is your athletic background? I have always been into competitive sports. I started paying baseball with the boys when I was about 4. After years of playing baseball I started to play fast pitch softball. I played year round up until I was about 19 or 20. I also played volleyball. I took a brief hiatus from softball and took up boxing and Tae Kwon Do. Now I’m back to playing softball (slow pitch).

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? My life has always been very busy. Naturally, with that comes associated stress. I can walk into the gym with the weight of the day’s stress on my shoulders, but without a doubt, I will walk out knowing that I threw it up, over and out of my head with every lift, skill and PR of the day.  Since I started CrossFitting I have noticed my level of fitness is stronger than ever before. I think that sentiment is mirrored in my life as well.

What is the one thing you have done at CrossFit that you never thought you could do? (muscle up, double unders, heavy deadlift, run a mile, etc.) I would have to say that I never thought I would be strong enough to deadlift 255lbs or jerk 155lbs over my head. I hope to increase those weights but it still blows my mind, lol.

What motivates/inspires you? I am a bit competitive (with myself more than others), so I think that is where some of my motivation comes from. My biggest motivator is the support and encouragement from everyone in our CrossFit family. Whether it’s just cheering you on to complete a WOD or pushing you to hit a new PR, the genuine support and camaraderie is second to none. It’s hard not to succeed when you have so many people to help you achieve your goals.

What is your proudest CrossFit achievement?  My proudest achievement thus far would be winning my first competition, The Diablo Games. I’ve won plenty of softball games and tournaments but there is nothing like going head to head with other athletes and actually winning. I know there is still plenty of room for improvement but it’s still a good feeling.

Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve through CrossFit? I would like to go to an outside competition and place. It would be awesome to win but I would be happy to place.

What goals have you achieved in CrossFit? I’ve been able to do just about everything Rx. That was a big one for me. I’ve also hit my goals in almost all my lifts.

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? I play softball a lot. I also love to hunt and fish any chance I get.

Do you follow a special diet? Paleo? Whole30? I try to eat clean and have a balanced diet (it doesn’t always work out that way). I don’t really follow any particular program. When I’m hungry, I eat.

What is your favorite meal?  My favorite meal is a hot dog with sauerkraut and mustard; and don’t forget the beer to go with it. Wink

Any advice for new members? Don’t ever get discouraged! Keep going and you WILL get  better and stronger….no doubt. If you need help, just ask. You won’t find a better group of people that genuinely want you to succeed just as much as you do.


Loved learning more about Trish. Her advice about not getting discouraged is spot on! You can bet that no one starts off with a 285# deadlift, but keep with it, and you will get better and stronger.

What's one thing you've done in your life that you never thought would be possible?