Less Whining, More Shining *2014 Recap

2014 was a year.   I practically preach to my yoga clients that it takes TWO years to recover after a pregnancy. I am still in that period and this year was hard physically. I started with enduring postpartum, low iron issues and then a lingering stress fracture in my foot that is still preventing me from running. I haven’t whined too much but it has kept me physically stagnant.


Like all things there were great things to be learned from this limitation with humility and expectations. I will say tempered expectations is a good way to reflect on the year. Tempered with gentle kindness towards myself. With that in mind here is my TOP TEN of 2014.

petitions1. New Media Manager for Proposition 105 in Colorado. I took this job with its David and Goliath story against big chemical and manufacturing corporations and we got our a$$es handed to us at the polls (36% of the vote). I started as a volunteer but joined the core team once we were on the ballot.  In the process we educated many and got a lot of people talking about our food system with respect to our place within that system. It was an all out number of months and I can reflect knowing I left it all on the proverbial playing field in my efforts in new media, speaking engagements, and contributing to the strategy. Our efforts are not over, we are evolving and as a group we will better determine our direction in a few weeks.

crossfit kids

2. Doing Crossfit together.  My husband is not about gyms but we did a foundation course together and a few workouts after that. I was not physically ready yet and pulled on my c-section surgery site so stopped knowing I would need more recovery and/or more specific coaching for my postpartum body.

beach terry

beach kiabeach us

3. Kayaking while out by Savannah. I took my husband as my assistant for Ignite Fitness at Fitbloggin and we spent the day before the conference started kayaking in South Carolina and having a blast in our swimsuits. We got a workout getting back to shore as the tide returned which made the burgers and beer we guzzled after that much tastier. The less than fun part was being pulled over by Georgia cops for the new Operation Thunder on the way to the hotel. Do not fret, I did not get a ticket. You just need to have your lights on in any rain according to a new state law.


leahhogwarts teaany lydia

4. Time with friends. I made it to L.A. a couple of times for the Ragnar Relay and then ShiftCon. Along the way I got to hang with great friends away from conferences or other obligations. I also got a trip in to NYC with my hobbled foot to hang with a girlfriend. Despite the foot we still caught Cabaret and the On The Run Tour. I also have the dear people I rely on here in Colorado. I love my friends. My tribe means the world to me.

glam kia

dapper us

5. 1940s Winter Ball. This was a fun event. I bought a true vintage ball gown on eBay, my man bought a beautiful tux jacket, and I had hair + makeup done at the event. We rarely put this much emphasis on looking glam and it was a magical night kissing around the museum, dancing to big bands, and feeling beautiful with my best guy as we could not take our eyes off of each other.

voodoo yum

6. The Pixies with Suzan, Lar, and Terry. My man f*cked up big time for our anniversary and friends watched it as it happened in real time with their hands tied behind their backs. Suzan and Lar were so sweet to offer me a girls night at The Pixies to make up for it and at the last second a ticket became available for the offending schlub so we let him come along. Start the rotation of Guinness and whiskey and it was a night of dancing, makey-outeys, and laughter. Fun concert and nearby Voodoo Donuts after make for a good Denver evening.

kai water

kia in water7. Water time with family from birthday splash pad to hot springs.  With the hobbled foot me and those around me spent a lot of time hanging around water. On my birthday the family headed to Pirate’s Cove water park then my hubby and I took off for a hot springs with a membership. We returned to that springs a few times after and seemed to hit every spring along our travels as well.

bodhi warrior

kai wetlands

8. Officially becoming a Waldorf-inspired family. We have always been pretty nature-centered with a simple, non-dualistic outlook. It turns out there are education models that support our values to an extent. Our oldest started at a Waldorf-inspired school this year and it seems like a good fit for us. He is non-stop about wearing his kilt for the Ren Faire for his birthday (in more than 6 months) with his wooden sword and shield and knows a beautiful affinity for sunrises and other natural phenomena. We cannot be mad. We are still new to this education model and learning but being a few months in I am less intimidated.

cooking foolscooking food9. Cooking class with Indian Food Rocks. I have been internet-friendly with Manisha for a while now with her even sending spices to me in the past. I was finally able to attend one of her cooking classes and it was a blast. My hubby and I are looking into doing another class with her in 2015. You get to cook, eat after, and have a meal with a delightful, informative woman. This class also inspired my desire for more fun learning.

cold kia

cold family

spa family

10.  Montana and Yellowstone vacation. I will straight up credit Mommy and Partner guilt for being eager to vacation with my family after the GMO labeling campaign. I kind of was absentee for my loved ones for a couple of months. We visited the famous thermal pools in the snow, jumped into the Boiling River at sunrise in the park, soaked at our lodge, drank much Moose Drool, ate heaps of food, and bonded during this mid-November trip.  No one in my family had been to Montana besides me so it was nice to show them the Big Sky country that I love.

In truth 2014 was a little disappointing at times but at no point did I lose gratitude for the big picture of our overall health and love for each other.  I went into this past year with the attitude that I would leave it all on the field with my actions and I have no regrets that I did just that.  It was just that some of my actions were tempered with health or a campaign up against giants. It still is a 2014 to be proud of.


fitbloggin’ #toughlove #justtrollin

Fitbloggin’ was a week ago and I am so grateful for every nook and cranny that people allowed me to be a part of. I went wanting to be vulnerable and just present. For the most part I was present. I am so grateful to people like Erin from DigDeepPlayHard for checking in on me when I confessed I was going in feeling broken and weak. Physically I had just recovered from a hamstring strain I got on Memorial Day and then sprained the heck out of my ankle shortly before the conference catching my preschooler from a fall on concrete. This post-partum comeback still has not been graceful. I am not freaking out over it (I really do believe in the two years to heal from having babies like a good aruyvedic person should), but it can be frustrating. However a lot of people did not know about all that going on with me and why should they? I am quiet and if you look at my blog, really quiet.

So there are still a lot of highlights and OMG moments to go over but I am going to keep this short since I just got back from four days at an epic yoga festival and want to post. My tough love to myself is to get back on my content creation, curation, and broadcasting. My roomies Steve and Sue held a Tough Love session and gave homework, to call ourselves out. This blog or lack of blogging is my call out to me.

Hell, my husband has designed a new logo for me, bought me a new domain and I am slacking on even those gifts.

In my own #toughlove I am challenging myself to 31/31 in July. So here is 3/31 on day 7. I got some stuff to do.

And as far as Fitbloggin’ – I’ll post light and at least include a vlog. It is funny to think that 4 years ago I was really killing the vlogging thing. Ha! O.k., July – time to get back on the blog/content horse.

Raspy But Kickin’

Last week was a wash… this week? Either way life is funny and mercury is in retrograde to slap me across my silly mouth.

The big thing is getting back to feeling 100%. I went to the Denver Art Museum and wore our infant then felt wore out. I can usually cart him around and not feel anything.

I have about 8 weeks to go for the SoCal Ragnar Relay so need to be in the best shape possible for the first weekend in April. I have to say the chilly, chilly, chilly temps here in Denver are making me long for Southern California. We had a spell in negative digits last week and all I was thinking was Ragnar and flying into L.A.

This week activity planner + dinner planner…
Monday… rest + Aloo Gobi and Coconut Carrot Ginger Soup
Tuesday… yoga 2x (maybe crossfit) and Turkey Meatballs with Veggies
Wednesday… run and yoga and Slow Cooker Ribs, potatoes, and salad
Thursday… crossfit and run and Cacao Nib Spinach Salad
Friday… crossfit and yoga and leftover soup and salad
Saturday… nordic ski and chicken pot pie
Sunday… run and open gym

Earth Mama Angel Baby Breastfeeding Month 2013

One of my year-end highlights was the image Earth Mama Angel Baby used of me and my babe for National Breastfeeding Month. They are a guest on Mamavation tonight to talk about removing toxins from personal care products. I go to EMAB steadily and even use the baby oil on my own skin, especially my face in the harsh Colorado conditions. I also love Dr. Bronners (basic soap and coconut oil), and the Alaffia brands from bubble bath, conditioner, and lotion for babe.

laugh, rinse, sleep, repeat

SLEEP – that is the thing I want most these days.  I did not go to the gym today because I am fighting my kiddo’s cold and was too tired from 3 hours of sleep to lift any heavy weights.

Basically life is good. We are all relatively healthy. I signed up to be on a team for the SoCal Ragnar Relay at the beginning of April. I have a number of races on the horizon. And I am having fun.

Tonight I was on Mamavation TV for their removing the toxicity from our homes with cleaning products. I did this guide a couple of years ago so popped it up for folks.

All right. I’m tired. Night night.

Two Weeks Crossfit DONE

I returned to a box this year. It has been two years. For the first two weeks I did a foundations class, I never did that the first time around because I have a nice powerlifting background (thanks to Scott who was my go-to strength coach while I was a college athlete). I did it this time to ease back into the Crossfit workouts and get to spend time with my husband.

So three times a week for two weeks we went over body mechanics and did a WOD. The last one was Fran, yeah really.  I did the Rx weight of 65 lb. thrusters but took the lowest level of modification since I cannot do 45 unassisted pull-ups – or even one.


Besides Fran there has been a lot of life in the last two weeks as well as a giveaway for TWO entries into The Color Run of your choice that ends on Friday.

new haircut
New haircut
Finally visited Happy Leaf kombucha brewery… 3x in the last two weeks
Two nights of Friday Night Yoga Club and got to spend time with this teacher for a nice talk
Menu planning per usual but adding in 3 year-olds lunches in the planning now
Realizing how much l support local brands. This vegan chocolate is organic and amazing!
Getting nice numbers with my Polar Loop. I need to reset my goal and aim for 7/7.
dental visit
Me, hubby, and the 3 year-old all had dental check-ups last week.
vegetable toy
Still trying to pull a Wild E. Coyote and get the kiddo to get back on the veggie train.
Saw a lot of emo beauty while out getting my heart pumping.
Sochi at the zoo
Checked into some new volunteer opportunities and got to see Sochi the 6 week-old cub at the zoo in the process
Sportsmen Expo
Headed to the International Sportsmen Expo to check out some conservation orgs

Other than that today is my anniversary and I got to hang out with an awesome girlfriend outside in the sun after lunch.  This is definitely a day surrounded by love – I hope it is for you as well. xoxo

Prepare: 2014

I guess I am pinpointing a couple of themes this year.  One of them is returning to a characteristic I used to have… I was that person that was prepared for anything.  It came to me as I was getting ready for Friday Night Yoga Club and hoping I would digest an egg salad sammich with no issue.

I want my body to be prepared for any adventure thrown at it from taking off for a spontaneous weekend of solo backpacking to being strong enough to take care of my family if we all get hit with a bug.  I want my gear organized for adventure (and there is a lot of gear that has been sitting in storage while I have been breeding), my travel necessities ready at a moment, paperwork in order, you name it.

I was never a Girl Scout, our boys may never do Boy Scouts, but preparation is nothing to sneeze at.

cross-country ski

In that vein my husband and I did get outside for a little bit on Sunday with our x-country skis.  We had planned to head to a resort but the -15 F temperature did not sound inviting.  Instead we stayed local to check out a few areas and mostly to do a gear check.  Gear has been checked.  At this point the only thing I want but don’t need is a new hydration pack.

This week my husband and I start some Foundation courses for a fitness facility we joined.  We are signed up for a month of Crossfit but they have other performance specific training as well as TRX workouts.  I am looking forward to easing into two weeks of Foundation.  It will be a return to a box for me, and after my iron-poor year I could use some easing into a program.  We have three evening classes this week and I have another Friday Night Yoga Club session.  I am gonna toss in some short jogs (breaking in Newtons) and maybe a long day of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing if I am caught up on a few things.

The last thing I am preparing for that is big this week and concerns the blogging world is the opening of Ignite Fitness for the Fitbloggin’ Keynote in June.  I am organizing this fun little beast again and you can see the call for speakers at Fitbloggin.