Archives for November 2014

My Life So Far With Tango… In Numbers

5: The number of years I’ve had Tango, today!


Less than 1: Day left to live before he was thankfully rescued from the kill shelter in L.A.

6-7: Tango’s estimated age.


3-5: Minutes spent with him before I knew he was going to be my dog.

2: States he has lived in with me (California & Kentucky)


12: The number of chocolate donuts he ate when he broke into a care package in my car while I was inside getting lunch on the road trip from California to Kentucky. Thank goodness it was crappy, fake chocolate. I was freaked out for two states.

3: The maximum number of times he will chase a ball outside. The 4th throw I always ended up retrieving myself so now I don’t even try.


10: The average number of seconds for him to fall asleep when he jumps into bed with me at night.

10.5: The commands that he knows: Sit, stay, come, down, rollover, stop, shake, back up, leave it, high five, and heel… the half one (5 years in and he still wants to be in front on walks)


4: Feet in his vertical jump.

35: Estimated mph he can run.

Tang and Church

194: The days that I’ve been out of town this year and have missed him desperately.

3/4: The fraction of the bed he takes up. I have no idea how he does it…


2,000,000: The approximate number of his hairs in my car, under my bed, on my clothes. ALL THE TIME.


50: The approximate number of trees, bushes, or posts that he stops to pee on during a walk

4: The number of times he actually pees (he’s not the best at rationing)

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The times I’m completely grateful that he’s mine, and I’m his, and we have each other. I’ve never experienced so much unconditional love. Ready for a run at a moment’s notice. Ready for a nap almost as soon as you lie down. Hardly ever leaving my side since I got him. I love you, Tango! Happy Anniversary!

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Tips On How To Travel More…

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones that you did…”


I have been to 160+ cities in 8 countries. That’s only %8 of the world though, so I’m nowhere near being finished. You may think frequent travelers have a huge bank account and no job. I’m sure that’s true in a lot of cases, but certainly not in mine. For starters, having a job that requires you to travel certainly helps, but I traveled all over the place way before I had my current, travel-required job, and way before I had any money. Here are the behaviors that have always helped me travel every couple months…

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10 Links that are my jam right now…



 * That spaghetti squash burrito bowl up there is SO my jam right now. Literally eating it as I type this.  [Read more…]

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My favorite TRX Lunge Progression Combo

I love the TRX Lunge! It’s perfect for strength, stability, coordination, balance, and power.

This is my favorite progression combo with the move:


*This is a progression, so mastering the TRX Lunge is first and foremost before adding the harder variations.

* Do this as many times through as you can (with perfect form).

* There is no such word as “suc-seck-ssion.”  I tried to keep it together… almost burst out laughing.

Give it a whirl and see what you think! #MakeYourBodyYourMachine

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*Don’t have a TRX Suspension Trainer? Click here or on the yellow TRX box in the side bar to receive %15 off, plus an extra workout download!

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{Bali} Part 3: Dajuma Beach

While the TRX Summit is always an amazing time, I have to admit that I was most looking forward to the days after it. My man-friend and I just wanted a beautiful, remote beach where we could chill. While scouring Trip Advisor for the best beaches to relax in Bali, we discovered Puri Dajuma Eco Resort. Visitors from all over the world gave it rave reviews. We were looking for somewhere off the beaten path where we could lounge around enjoying the beauty of Bali, without the rest of the tourists. This place could not have been more perfect.

(This resort is located in Negara, West Bali. It took us about 2.5 hours by taxi from Denpasar. There is one main road, but it’s very crowded. The taxi ride was 600,000 Rupiah – a whopping $50…)

The staff was amazing. The grounds are breathtaking, and the atmosphere is the most relaxing and rejuvenating one I’ve ever experienced in my life. Ever.

We booked the Gold Suite… and wished we could have stayed there forever.

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Workout Playlist!

I know it’s Monday. WHATEVER. Don’t start your week off in defeat.

You’ve got this. Ball up your fists, give a yell if need be, put on your workout clothes, and go.

Get after it and BE A BEAST!


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Bali: Part Two

Our TRX Instructor Summits are always amazing. Each day contains a workout, several hours of workshops with new information and science, and then ends with a team challenge. I’m happy to say that my team won the overall team award. Go Team 10! I took a bunch of photos, but they’re not as good as the ones my buddy Steve K. took. So I’m sharing all his:


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Book Buzz: Books Being Turned Into Movies


The good thing about 34 hours of travel, a few days of remote beach time, and 34 more hours of travel back home is that I had tons of time to read, which made me very happy. I haven’t been reading as much lately because of work travel and that always bums me out because I love having a book. Getting through 6 books and being on my 7th has definitely filled my reading cup. Here’s what I’ve plowed through the last 3 weeks:

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Making: This butternut squash chowder. It’s perfect for this weather.

Wanting: for my body to be back on Eastern Standard Time. Sleep has not been a regular part of my schedule lately and I’m riding the struggle bus from 11am to 7pm most days… I’m averaging about 4 hours of sleep per night. About 6 less than my body tends to require. It’s super fun.

Watching: Scary movies in prep for Halloween. Saw Annabelle a couple weeks ago. Saw Ouija last night. #sleepingwiththelightson

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