I will have to admit a little factoid about myself. My fitness program is heavily influenced by CrossFit. I have a strange love-hate relationship with CrossFit, but for the most part, and I do mean a majority of my feelings are quite positive. CrossFit offers camaraderie that I have never experienced before. They also offer a huge variety which I greatly appreciate in a workout program. And most of the time, they are very positive reinforcement and encouragement driven. Continue reading Conservation Hero WODs
I am a part of an amazing team competing in the Whidbey Island Triathlon this Saturday. In my continuous effort to practice ZooFit in all my affairs, I figured training for this event utilizing the principles of operant conditioning, enrichment, and even conservation would be a great experiment. While we are definitely a competitive team, I feel confident that event training with ZooFit will prove beneficial and effective. Continue reading Event Training with ZooFit
If you’ve met me, you have learned pretty soon that I love lists. I make lists of lists that I need to make. With each new year, a sort of tradition of mine is to list my hopes, desires, my “need to do”, and plans. New years are great for organizing your life like that. Continue reading Getting My CREW Together
I survived my workshop I gave in Tennessee at the American Association of Zookeepers’ national conference. Barely. Continue reading New Day, New You
I do not thrive in hot weather. It’s one of the reasons Washington is so appealing to me. But this weekend is a scorcher- 78 today (felt like 100) and low 80s tomorrow.
At least we aren’t in Beaverton, which is going to hit 100 this weekend! WHAT the WHAT?!?! Weird summer last year my ass!
I did a double workout but I’m surprised by my ability to muster through the lazy sleepy feeling I had around 2:00. It was too hot for a soccer field workout, so we picked a nice spot in the shade of the wooded nature trail and performed our burpeee/planks partner WOD. Fun times!
It was another Memorial Day, and in the spirit of what the day represents, and to join thousands, if not millions, of other Crossfitters across the nation, and even around the globe, I participated in the Memorial Day Hero WOD “Murph”. “Murph” isn’t your typical workout. Most Crossfit WODs focus on a strength portion and then a met-con (metabolic conditioning). But “Murph” is a hard-ass chipper- meaning it’s a long and grueling workout. It’s a mile run, followed by 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, and 300 air squats, and finished with another mile run.
Why do we honor Memorial Day by doing such a difficult challenge? Because every day, hundreds of men and women fight for our freedom. They risk their lives so that we can remain the land of the free, or so that other countries can have a taste for freedom. Lt. Michael Murphy was such a man. He served to protect those he had never met, and he paid the ultimate price. While “Murph” honors Lt. Murphy specifically, it is the workout of the day across the nation on Memorial Day to honor ALL the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect everything we hold dear. It’s an incredibly difficult and challenging workout for a good reason- to remind you when you want to give up or slow down that those who fight for our rights do not ever give up. To complete this workout is to honor Murphy and everyone else who has ever given their life in service for their country.
I am not in my best fitness shape currently. Last time I participated in “Murph” was 2014, and I finished in 58:17. I was able to do all the squats prescribed, and I finished my first mile in under 10:00. This year, I was not so fast. I substituted sit-ups for squats because doing just 1-2 bothers my knees now, and while this workout is about fighting through the fatigue and mental anguish, it is not about killing yourself. However, I finished. I was dead last, but I finished. I’m even more proud of my husband, who went through the workout completely Rx (prescribed- unpartitioned sets and wearing a 20 lb vest). Our times might have been considered by some to be dismal, but that’s not the point. The point is we did it. We did not give up.
There’s another reason I find “Murph” to be an interesting and note-worthy workout. As I develop and find a path for EarthFit, I often look at workouts and try to figure out how to make the exercises “EarthFit”, in other words, create natural movements, use recycled or natural equipment, or simply move the workout outdoors. Some workouts are super challenging. I finished watching the Crossfit Regionals and the workouts they performed are incredibly difficult to meld into EarthFit. Using machines and barbells is difficult to translate. But “Murph”? With the only challenge being finding an accessible place to perform pull-ups outdoors (and as a common or easy solution, I suggest using a playground at a park- monkey bars are a perfect substitute for pull-up bars), “Murph” is completely transferable to outdoors. Since it consists entirely of body-weight movements, there is no necessity for subbing natural equipment or creating your own weights from cat litter containers or milk jugs. In fact, Chris and I practiced for “Murph” earlier by doing a half-Murph on the Thursday before, doing the entire workout at the South Whidbey Sports Complex, an outdoor soccer park with a kids’ playground in the epicenter.
I did not celebrate Memorial Day with a grill-out or summer party. It’s Monday, so that means I practice not eating meat for Meatless Monday. I rewarded Chris by making a vegetarian pizza for him with goat cheese, fig, and walnuts. And the highlight of my afternoon was picking up our very first farm share from Ebb Tide Produce, which had a vast amount of green veggies for us to enjoy this week. I’m already planning the salads, stews, and wonderfully green meals we’ll be enjoying.
Memorial Day is a day to honor those who gave their life so we can continue to enjoy the pleasures of pursuing our happiness. It is my right to use that freedom to write, learn, teach, and share about this wonderful Earth, and how we can grow connected to it in healthy ways, for ourselves and for the planet. Thank you, for continuing to fight so that I may have the right to continue mine!
It’s a little known fact that I love nerdy or fandom holidays. Maybe you picked up on the idea that I love these holidays when I celebrated Pi Day over, say, Easter. And this week is a big holiday for me. No, I’m not talking about Cinco de Mayo. Bigger. A whole galaxy far far away bigger. That’s right. I’m talking about Star Wars Day. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 92: Star Wars Day
I had two opportunities to be involved in new fitness programs for children, and I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed both of them tremendously, for different reasons. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 88: Child’s Play Not So Simple
It’s not a secret that I am no fan of yoga. Last year, for my 100 Ways of Fitness, I challenged myself to do yoga for one full month. If I still didn’t like it, I’d excuse myself from “torturing” myself into doing it for the rest of my life. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 72: Let’s Try This ONE More Time!
One of my favorite workouts we started in Oregon was the Nature Trail Workouts. There were two great trails that provided nice challenges Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 70: Get Lost!