Beating Insomnia Into Submission


Two cups of java and a banana for breakfast.  Lunch was Thai (tofu green curry of course!), and dinner was a tofuky kielbasa with sauerkraut and relish.

Nothing exciting, I know.  I’m in the midst of planning a major revamp of some of my meals though, so I’m excited to clean things up a bit.  It’s long overdue.


Yesterday was another Crossfit WOD day.  It was the first time going without M though, so it felt weird.  He was playing soccer indoors at school, and kicked the ball….and a door someone was opening…at the same time and smashed a few toes.  He came home limping, and stayed home!

It was raining pretty hard all day, so instead of the normal running warm up, I opted for the rower.  300m row, then some shoulder rows, wall squats, hand stands (I can’t do a handstand push-up…yet), an ab exercise whose name escapes me, and some Samson stretches.

The skill work was Push Press.  7 reps, slowly building weight for each rep until you max out.  My max was only 72 lbs!  Crazy, when I saw people lifting nearly 200lbs.

The WOD was 3 rounds of: 400m runs, 20 one arm kettle bell snatches (I used a 15 lb weight), and 10 pull ups.  The 3 rounds took me 13:15 to finish.  By the time we got to the WOD, it was only drizzling, and it frankly felt really good.

And the WOD books came in!  Sounds silly, but I’m quite excited.  I love the workout names.  The “girls” are “Benchmark WODs named for storms or anything else that leaves you incapacitated and uncomfortable, but lured back for more the next time she comes around.”  How cool is that??

The “heroes” are “Benchmark WODs named for fallen military heroes, and then there’s a bunch of other workouts too.  Not every WOD has a name, but I just thought that was pretty cool.

outside of the WOD book. Also has motivational things in it, as well as plenty of room to track runs, etc.
inside of the WOD book showing a few pages of the heros. There’s plenty of pages to build your own WOD too, and includes a fun few pages on Travel WODs for things to do when (guess what) you’re traveling!


Shortly after getting home from Crossfit yesterday, I started feeling like crap.  Sore throat, headache, that type of thing.  We went to bed pretty early, which sounded like a good idea at the time.  Unfortunately for me, I didn’t sleep much and woke up feeling even worse.

However, that will all hopefully change!  After my first meeting this morning, I had a doctor’s appt.  A long overdue appt with a sleep doctor.  It’s high time I deal seriously with this insomnia garbage and start sleeping like a normal person.

Without going into a ton of gory details, I will tell you that (beginning tonight), I’m embarking on what is going to be a long and painful journey to sleeping like a normal person.  This involves changes in my “sleep hygiene” and some lifestyle changes as well.  While I’m nervous about it (it’s likely to take about 2 months to see drastic changes…which will mean a lot of sleep restriction and deprivation during that time), I’m sort of looking at this as a time to make a clean slate in a few things.  Cleaning up my diet, reducing/eliminating the evening glass (or 2) of wine, etc.  A renewal, if you will.

But of course I have to end with a funny story.  One of the things Dr. P said was that bed is for sleeping (well, and one other thing, but this is a PG blog) only.  And if I don’t fall asleep in 15-20 minutes, that I have to get out of bed and do something incredibly mind-numbing until I feel sleepy, and then try again.  No electronics/computer, etc.  No big lights or anything to stimulate my brain.  He suggested a boring book, crossword puzzle, etc.  So off to Barnes and Noble I went on my way home.  I picked up 3 books I thought may bore me to tears and encourage me to want to go to bed.  A Catholic Study Bible, The Arabian Nights, and The Count of Monte Cristo.  Not to be mean to the classics, but flipping through them and the style of writing (hello, Thees and Thous), I figured I’d be out like a light!  Anyway, I’m standing in line, and a very nice older man behind me starts getting excited about how nice it is to see a “youngster” reading these books, and starts to flip through Arabian Nights, exclaiming how he’d lose himself in these stories and how much I’m going to enjoy them.  I didn’t have the heart to say that I bought them in an effort to cure insomnia.  Seemed cruel to ruin his fun 🙂

what will hopefully help cure my insomnia!


My Near Death (by burpee) Experience


Again, far too many days have passed since my last post to possibly outline the food I’ve had.  I will say, that I mostly didn’t eat over the weekend, and when I did, it was a quick blender-ball made shake or a banana.

My husband and hero did bring me a yummy vegan pizza from Bella’s on Sunday, which also provided me with breakfast on Monday!  Woo hoo!

Let’s just start with today, shall we?  Breakfast was a Vega shake, blended with water, half of a banana, and a cup of frozen strawberries.  I’ve been a Vega products fan for a number of years.  For 141 calories, I get the following:

I find it interesting when people think that to be healthy, they HAVE to eat meat, or when people find out I’m vegan, wonder how I could possibly be healthy or get the standard “where do you get your protein?” question.  Since the human body only needs 50g of protein per day, it’s MUCH easier to get protein than the Atkins-crazy society thinks.  I will concede that serious athletes do require a bit more.  But I digress, I get mine from tofu, beans, tempeh, seeds, and green leafy veggies.  To the veggie haters, I ask where they get their vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and fiber?  Sorry to get preachy.  Just trying to educate my non-veg friends out there.

Lunch was a tofurky keilbasa with pickle relish and sauerkraut and a side of green beans.  And a salad I snarfed before I thought to take a picture of it….


The last week and a half have been a whirlwind of activity.  Between A’s birthday, the trip to DC for work (and okay, taking in a bit of the city too since I was there and all), D’s overnight hospital stay, and then my babysitting gig for almost 4 days, I didn’t do much other than get in a run when I could.

M and I have been going to crossfit about 3-4x per week the past few.  He also does some intense workouts at school (they do CF there too, plus running for about 90 min per day), and towards the end of last week, he was clearly overdoing it – so I forced him to take a couple of days off.  He was reluctant at first, but is much better off for it.

As a result, yesterday was our first day back in about a week.  I was very pumped because I’d missed it.  After doing the running warm-up, stretches, sit ups, and planks, it was time for skill work.  I spent 20 minutes working on double-unders – jumping rope where you have the jump rope go under twice on each jump.  Coach B gave me tips that really helped, but 20 minutes of jumping is crazy!  I have no idea how I survived the playground as a kid doing double-dutch all recess long…..

After the skill session (M worked on kipping pull-ups), it was time for the WOD.  I decided after that it should be called Death By Burpee….but discovered that there actually IS a WOD called that.  So I’m just calling this my near-death-by-burpee experience.

We did hang cleans and burpees in 3 rounds.  21 reps the first round, 15 the second, and 9 the third.  I wanted to throw up by the time I was finished.  It was awesome (well, I can say that now anyway!).

I’m looking forward to tonight’s too!  I was hoping to go running too, but it’s been raining all day.  If I get desperate enough, I’ll use the treadmill.  But I doubt it 🙂


This past Memorial weekend I watched my friend’s three kids while she and her husband traveled out-of-state.  I stayed at their house namely because it’s easier on the kids – and my house isn’t exactly baby proofed anymore!  E is a very snuggly 4 mo old baby, and other than if he’s hungry, is just happy all the time.  It was really awesome spending time with him, and I envision frequent kidnapping of that one.  J is a very energetic and goofy (almost) 3-year-old, and R is a smart and sassy 5 yr old.  I think by Monday night, we were all exhausted and happy when mom and dad came home.

On Sunday, D, M, and my R came out, and we all went to the Botanical Gardens.  It was a really nice afternoon, and I’m looking forward to going back to spend more time wandering around in a bit more leisurely way.

Since coming back home late on Monday, my focus has been on spending time with my family.  A was in NYC on a school trip the whole weekend, and with me staying at AC’s house, I didn’t see much of D, M, or R.  Even though I was beyond exhausted Monday, D and I did stay up late to snuggle, have a glass of wine, and watch one of my favorite movies, Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels.

Now I think I’m going to spend some time updating my iPod with some new workout music!

Hey, Do You Know Bob?

Just going to do a random update 🙂

Friday was very low-key, and we stayed home.  Saturday I went to a wine restaurant with AC and enjoyed two flights of wine (okay, and maybe 1 or 2 full-sized glasses too!).  I had the Red flight and the Italian flight.  There was only one I didn’t like – and Italian wine that I swear smelled like cat pee.

We munched on hummus and then ordered a light lunch.  Mine got screwed up (had to argue that it really did have cheese on it even though the chef swore she didn’t put it in and said they were walnuts…).  So rated very high on the wines…not so much on the food.

Saturday in the latter part of the afternoon was absorbed in soccer.  I am wickedly pleased to announce that Chelsea beat Bayern!  My team…won their first UCL championship game.  Ever.  So proud!

I went to DC for work Sunday, and was fortunate to spend some time in the city (and I love DC – one of my fav towns!).  I stopped in Richmond on the way to have lunch at Whole Foods and to hit up a 3 day sale at REI and pick D up his sleeping bag, camping cook set, and chair.

I came home late on Monday – talk about a whirlwind trip – but it was a good trip!

This morning I made 3 smoothies.  One blueberry and coconut (which I drank before work), one pineapple and kale, and one avocado and spinach.  I wish I had taken pictures – they were beautiful!

I busted out my pineapple/kale smoothie and proceeded to be mocked by a room full of people.  One of the nurses actually said “hey…do you know so-and-so in such-and-such dept?  She eats healthy too – just like you do.  You two should hang out”.  I was speechless (which doesn’t happen often, trust me).  It’s like saying to someone who lives in a really big city…”Hey…do you know Bob?”, and expecting them to say yes.

I’ll update normally this week now that I’m back in town and managed to get a pretty good night’s sleep last night.  But until then, here are some pictures 🙂

my Whole Foods lunch
Washington National Cathedral. A stunning church, and fun to walk through. Helen Keller is entombed there. And there’s a sculpture of Darth Vader on the Northwest tower. How cool is that? I also took the Gargoyle tour. Too much fun.
a bad representation of the beautiful stained glasses
my “good morning” picture Monday when D dropped R off at school. Love getting these every day.
tonight’s BAS. Romaine, onion, beet, avocado, cucumber, and tomato with a homemade dressing. Happy end to a raw foods day.


Half a Movie


I don’t honestly remember all the food I’ve had since the 14th. I do know that my nerves kept me from eating anything decent on the 15th until dinner time, and then I had an awesome veggie wrap at Quenna’s. They have their awesome Tofu Tuesday, and I had a tofu veggie wrapped in red cabbage leaves, and D and I shared an appetizer of avocado stuffed tomatoes. Probably my favorite thing ever.

I packed up leftovers in my latest bento box…which was definitely the talk of the office on Wednesday!

Yesterday was A’s birthday (17!!!). She picked The Public House for her birthday dinner, and we had a great time. I had the vegan chicken fried steak. Just crazy (but crazy in a good way). AC came out to join us for cake and bday wishes too, and brought A beautiful flowers. It was a very nice dinner.


3 Crossfit classes this week! M is now able to do 10 pull-ups, which just amazes the heck out of me. He also claims to hate the running, but he beats all of us all the time. He’ll get there. I swear, someday I’ll have a kid who loves to run like I do.

Wednesday we had some really wicked rain storms. Since our crossfit WOD was very running based, all the classes still ran outside (as long as there wasn’t any lightening). Right when M and I got to class, it was pouring. Warm up options were two laps or 300 meter row. I rowed. M went for the laps in the pouring rain. By the time we did the rest of the warm up (stretches, shoulder rows, walking lunges, and goblet squats), it stopped raining. So M was soaked all evening, while the rest of us just dodged puddles!


It’s been a good week. A crazily busy week, but a good one. I had a big presentation Tuesday evening that (despite my near anxiety-inducing day), went off very well.

I had a crazy speech professor in college. He was extremely mean to everyone, and this was probably the most difficult class I took. We gave impromptu speeches in each class, and were given only 2 minutes to prepare. All critiques were loud, public, and unforgiving. If I said “ah”, or “um” more than twice – failed grade on that speech. As a result, two things happened. One – I know how to prepare for a speech very, very well. And two – I have massive public speaking anxiety, to the point where I can’t eat for hours before hand, and want to puke up until the moment I start speaking. Once I start…I’m fine. He taught me how to be well prepared and how to practice and how to read an audience. But he also taught me the humiliation that I will face if I screw it up, stumble on my words, or have any nervousness apparent in my speech. So thank you professor what’s-your-name…and poo on you too!

Yesterday was A’s birthday. She had a nice day at school, and we did our normal family fun thing. I baked an Orange Dreamsicle cake, and we got her a nice stereo for her car (it will play Pandora through her iPhone while charging it…think it does other cool things too). M got her a stuffed Pokemon, and R got her a snuggie. We’re a snuggie loving family, but A always mocked us. Until we caught her “borrowing” everyone elses. They all have names too, and she named her new one the Plumonator.

The sad thing of working these long hours, is that our normally family movie-watching time has been reduced to nearly nothing. Having a big family means staying home a lot, and we’re big movie fans as a whole. Unfortunately, the past few weeks we’ve started half a dozen movies, pause them to herd everyone off to bed…and never come back and finish. In the past week or two alone, I’ve watched half of Knight & Day, half of Dogma, half of Tranformers 3, and half of Avatar. It’s a darned good thing I’ve seen all these before, or I’d be angry!

In lieu of writing more, here are a ton of pictures 🙂











Leftover Heaven, and Hanging with Barbara :)


Lunch (as it was) and dinner yesterday was up in Williamsburg.  I munched on some butterless popcorn at Busch Garden’s and we went out for Asian food when we left the park for dinner.  I had some veggie sushi, tempura broccoli, and steamed spicy cabbage with rice.  Very yummy.

This morning I had a cup of java and then a green juice.  Today’s was romaine, apple, pear, orange, and celery.  I must say the amount of green juice I drink is inversely proportionate to the amount of coffee I want.  Basically, green juice is as awesome as caffeine, and I drink less coffee when I make my juices.  Could totally be psychological, but I’m rolling with it anyway.

green juice – seriously packs quite a health punch, and I highly recommend them

A little later in my morning, I had a blueberry, coconut, cinnamon smoothie.

could have used more ice – or could have used frozen blueberries to make it thicker. This was really a whole foods juice, but still fantastic.

Lunch was leftover spicy black bean and rice salad and then a snack of tortilla crisps and hummus.

Dinner was a BAS of marinated lentils on top a bed of romaine lettuce with red onion, cherry tomatoes, and avocado slices.  All very tasty, so I can’t complain (though I may be a bit biased since it’s food that I made!).

today’s BAS!


Sunday was a rest day (unless you count hiking around the park and chasing R in a rope climbing obstacle course).

Today was run and crossfit.  I did a short run this morning, and then crossfit after work with M.

After the warm-up (300 m run, stretches, push-ups, bear crawls, shoulder rolls, and arm rolls), we got ready for the WOD.  No skill work today; apparently this WOD takes a while to finish.  I love how they all have names.  Today, we did the Barbara.

The typical Barbara consists of 5 timed rounds of: 20 pull-ups, 30 push-ups, 40 sit-ups, and 50 squats.  Did I mention that it’s TIMES FIVE??  Oh, you do get a 3 minute rest between each round.

Our studio broke it up into normal experienced people – who did the full Barbara (it’s called doing the Rx…or the prescribed workout).

Beginners did 3 rounds of 10 pull-ups, 20 push-ups, 30 sit-ups, and 40 squats, with the 3 minute rest period.  Intermediate did 4 rounds of this one.  J (our coach) told us beginner only.  And it was tough, I tell you!  Though I did feel strong enough to do a 4th round, J wouldn’t let me (or M…who admittedly was half-way through a 4th round).  She said it’s not that we don’t have the ability to knock it out – but our bodies aren’t used to those high reps yet, and we can cause real damage if we don’t follow the rules.  I believe her!

It rocked though, and my times were:

Round 1 = 3:54, round 2 = 3:52, Round 3 = 4:02.


Yesterday we spent part of the afternoon at Busch Garden’s.  It was a beautiful day, and we had fun wandering around, riding rides, and goofing off as usual.  It wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be, so that was nice.

yep, only my kid would want a sno cone without any flavor. So we paid the full amount for what is essentially a bucket full of crushed ice.

For Mother’s Day, my youngest made me a pretty card and my son bought me crossfit socks!  They’re so cool – and practical (protect your shins from the big barbells).  D got me a card, and he swears he’s going to buy me jewelry too.  Guess we’ll see on that (and if he gets anything from me for Father’s Day)!

my socks from my incredibly thoughtful son. He even picked them out to match my shoes!

Today was work, though I mostly was prepping for my big presentation tomorrow.  I have a tendency to do a lot of prep, work myself into a blubbering nervous wreck, but then it always goes off well.  I’m already a nervous wreck (sleep?  who needs sleep?!?), and I imagine I’ll be a regular basket case until 6 or so tomorrow.  Then I’m making D take me out to dinner.

For tonight, I’m going to read, do some gentle yoga, and try to relax enough to get a decent night’s sleep.  Wish me luck!

Snatch. Not Just an Awesome Movie!

Snatch.  It’s a GREAT movie….watch it if you haven’t seen it.


Yesterday was a big food day.  I spent a good portion of the day in the kitchen, preparing way more food than I needed to for the small BBQ we had.  Here are the things I made:

A spinach/avocado dip (totally my new favorite thing – just spinach, avocado, lime juice, and seasoning salt), salsa, spicy black bean and rice salad, fruit salad, a GF pasta salad, a non-GF pasta salad, veggie/lettuce salad, 2 homemade dressings, marinated lentil salad cups, and brownies.  Those were the side dishes.  D manned the grill for all that entailed.  Oh, and I made a big batch of smoothies for the kids (orange, grape, pineapple, and vanilla coconut milk).

I had the GF pasta salad for breakfast this morning, and we’re spending the rest of the day at Busch Gardens, so that’ll be where we have dinner!

most of the food spread out on the table…


I did get my 4 mi run in on Friday.  It was such a beautiful day, that I couldn’t resist.  I’m still trying to get used to my new running shoes.  I really, really want to love them, so I’m hoping my numb toes on my right food when I was done wasn’t related to the shoes…

Saturday morning was yet another crossfit class!  That makes 4 for this week!

We started out with a run to warm up, followed by stretches, walking lunges, and squats.  We then did drills on the snatch, learning to break down each section of the lift, and then put it all together.  We did that for about 20 minutes or so.

Then it was time for the WOD.  Today’s WOD was Isabel, which consisted of 30 snatches for time.  I’m still pretty light on the weights as I get used to the movements and build up strength.

Over the past week or so, I’ve been looking at the shoes everyone wears in crossfit.  I feel my running shoes are a bit bulky for some of the movements, so after doing some research, I picked these shoes up!  They’re minimalist crossfit shoes, but still corrects my under-pronation when I run….and since we do a fair amount of running in crossfit, I didn’t want to risk not having the appropriate support for that.  I love these shoes!




After work and running on Friday, M, R, and I went to run some errands.  We stopped at Dick’s Sporting Goods to look at weight lifting gloves, but decided against any for now – until we can get some advice from the coaches at Crossfit.

From there, it was dinner time, and we hit up a Mexican restaurant in Virginia Beach.  Then it was off to Fresh Market to pick up groceries, and then head home.

While I was out and about with the youngest two kids, my husband was off with A in downtown Norfolk.  They went to a yoga class, and then to dinner down there.  We all met up at home around 9, and headed off to bed.

After working out Saturday morning, it was back to the grocery for a few things, and then home to cook.  A co-worker of mine and his family came over so A and his daughter could work on the dress A is making for J’s dance.  I figured it would give the girls several hours to work on the fashion thing, and the adults could hang out downstairs.  M had a friend over too, so we had a fairly full house.  The kids played outside a lot, and we all hung out, ate, chatted, and D spend a lot of time showing off his new TV.  It was a very nice evening.

Today we’re going to Busch Gardens!  As soon as D gets home, we’ll be taking off for the afternoon of roller coasters and fun.  I was thwarted last weekend, but I got to pull the Mother’s Day card for today, so no one could actually say no 🙂

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday, and Happy Mother’s Day!