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April 16, 2014

I'm Back with Tony

I am sipping on my protein shake and still shaking from my Chest and Back workout as I announce that I have officially started P90X today and am back on Tony Horton's plan.

I am a 3X graduate of P90X and keep coming back because I love the workouts, love Tony and the results this workout brings to my body. 

For the past 6 months I was a member of MVP gym paying $82/month on gym fees, but that has quickly become ridiculous. I was getting great results doing Body Power and Bootcamp classes at the gym, but realized that I can workout at home and save loads of money. 

What frustrates me most about working out is how long it takes to get results, and how quickly they are gone once you stop. It has been almost a month now since I stopped working out due to other priorities set for myself and I spent the past hour feeling like I could throw up at any point during my workout. I feel 'loose in the cage' and that I am completely out of shape. I need these workouts and need to get back to feeling fit and healthy again.

My plan and goals are to go all out over these next 3 months by eating clean and doing extra runs to enhance the results. I am not following the recommended diet plan as closely, but am eliminating processed foods and sugars. I know this will make such a difference in my body and the way I feel and in turn will help the results show more. I am done hating the way my body looks and the way I feel and am making this change for myself.

Here are my goals over the next 90 days:
  • Follow P90X and do the workouts daily
  • No sugar and processed foods 
  • One glass of alcohol a week only
  • Run an extra 5-10 miles per week

Like a good P90X follower, I will take photos at the beginning, 30 day, 60 day and 90 day mark so I can show you my progress. What I love most about this program is how disciplined you have to be. I love practicing self-control, it makes me feel more in control in everyday life. 

Let the fun begin!

*Change your mind, change your body*

April 14, 2014

Life on the Farm

After hanging out with Mitch for a week, I realized I am living life all wrong. Mitch is living his dream and doing what he loves every moment of every day. Part time professional surfer, part time farmer; Mitch has become a legend by land and sea.

Imagine waking up, checking the surf forecast and planning your day around that. If the surf is right, he begins in the sea riding the most epic swells in the country. If the waves are not pumping, he spends his time working the land growing a local, sustainable organic farm. After taking everything Mitch and the other farmers need to get by, they generously give their crops to friends, family and anyone in the town who wants or needs it.

The community Mitch lives in has begun to notice what he and his crew is doing for the community and in return, locals are giving them pieces of their land to use and grow. There is one lot in particular that they have turned into the community garden where locals can help plant, grow, pick the fruits and vegetables. There is also a small stage they have built for music, bonfires and for people to gather. It is amazing what they are doing for their community and the fulfillment it brings to the crew.

For more, visit Mitch and Fergal's Youtube Channel, Line 9 Growing. Below is another episode.

April 13, 2014

Ireland Photo Recap

A photo blog post only to recap my trip to Ireland from coast to coast and the journey between.

April 10, 2014

The Colorful Town of Lahinch, Ireland

I fell in love with the little Irish town of Lahinch while in County Clare. With pubs lining the streets, colorful painted walls and the sense of community that you could quickly pick up on by the interactions of the locals around here. It was quiet, quaint, and laid back little village, that you could almost call ‘old fashioned’. The locals still use the trade / barder system and no one in the town accepted credit cards - cash only. The pubs were filled with older gentleman and Irish Traditional music with violins, fiddles, and accordions filled the pubs around town. It was such a great experience being in a non-touristy area and really getting a good feel of what the lifestyle is here. We spent hours in a local pub with a wood burring stove heating the place and Irish Trads playing around us. It was so relaxing to be a part of the traditional Irish pub scene. 
At one point while in a pub, Mitch walked in with his new puppy and she sat on the bench in between Mitch and I as we ate dinner and drank our beer. I kept asking Mitch if this was okay that he had his dog in the local pub, and he said, "Yes, everyone brings their dogs to the pub!” Wow.. I must be living in the wrong country. Peugeot would love pubs! I am sure of it. 

What makes me laugh about this town is they do not have postal codes or address for that matter. When looking for our rental house we were told it was next to the golf course in Spanish Point and it was house number 2. That was all the instructions we had to find the home we would be spending the next week in. This place is great, the pace of life around here is ideal for me and how I wish I lived my life.

April 9, 2014

Cliffs of Moher

I spend half of my life daydreaming, and the other half living a dream. 

Our first evening in County Clare, Ireland was a perfect, clear night so we decided to visit one of the most beautiful places in the country. We ventured off to the Cliffs of Moher to see the breath-taking views of the cliffs and the overlooking views of the Atlantic coast. One of the best parts of this evening, is we had the place to ourselves and free range to see and do anything we wanted.

At over 700 feet high and 5 miles wide, we walked the perimeter and hung over the edges until sunset where we were able to watch the sun go down overlooking the open seas, green grass and colorful sandstone beneath our feet.

It was quite windy the evening we visited the cliffs, but were still brave enough to scale the edges of cliffs and lie on our stomachs and peek over the jagged peaks to see all that was directly below us. Looking down over the steep cliffs made your heart skip a beat and kept you mindful of your surrounding and knowing where you feet and hands where at all times - it made us feel alive.

The cliffs were absolutely magical and I remember at one point looking over to Ken and reminding him, 'my life is a dream.' I am truly convinced of this and am so fortunate of the places I have been and the scenery I have experienced. The Cliffs of Moher are now on the top of list of places I have been and landscapes I have seen. You must make it here if you ever visit Ireland.

Please scroll down to see more images from this adventure!