Goal Updates and Injuries

My last post was about my goal to get outside in nature this summer. So far I’ve been doing well with that goal. We have already gone camping once this season and it was awesome. It was extremely relaxing and after only a couple days in the woods I felt like I had been on vacation. I was completely unplugged from the phone and computer which was the best part.

Our site at Covered Bridge Campground. So peaceful.

Our site at Covered Bridge Campground. So peaceful.

My in-the-gym training has not been going so well, however. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how desire for training goes through peaks and valleys. For me it’s very motivating to have some kind of event to train for. Last fall it was training to prepare for the Winter Throwdown at Champlain Valley in December. Although I didn’t do well at that competition, I became a much better CrossFitter while completing my training leading up to it. My focus was on fixing some issue and building more strength, particularly in my upper body pushing and pulling.

Then we transitioned to training for the CrossFit Open and I continued to progress. I drastically improved my ranking compared to last year. I finished in the top 700 of the North East Region this year; I finally got my muscle ups; I worked on my Olympic lifts consistently; and I got stronger mentally.

When the Open was over, I took a week off from training and going hard. Getting back into it after that week was tough, like the week after you get back to reality from vacation. I’d been strict with my eating leading up to the Open so I could stay lean and feel my best. I loosened up the reigns with that a little bit with that too. I try not to let myself stress about food anymore – maybe you noticed the Coronas in the photo above! After all, it’s just food. It doesn’t control me and it’s one of life’s necessities.

So after lots of hard training through the winter and push through many aches and pains, my wrist tendonitis has finally come to a tipping point. A few weeks ago I pushed it beyond its limits. If wrists could talk it would have told me, “Please, no more.” I listened. I got three different opinions: an MD, a Chiropractor, and a Massage Therapist. Combining all three opinions I have developed a plan for resting, healing, and rehabilitating my wrist. Oye!

arm cast 2015

The wrist splint I wear when I sleep.


It’s a huge bummer, but it’s also a wake up call that I truly needed. It’s something you read and hear all the time, “Keep your body maintained”, “Do your mobility”, “Have body work done”, “Make modifications if something’s bothering you”… but sometimes we just don’t listen. I didn’t listen. I just kept pushing it and pushing it.

It will take a little while for me to be back in action, but I will get there. For now I am just trying to accept it for what it is and enjoy what I can do. Lots of squats, running, sled dragging, and hiking are in my summer training plans. I am focusing on the positives of slowing down a little bit, but don’t get me wrong, it’s super-tough and I often feel the itch to pick up a barbell. All in due time I suppose!

chocura 2015

Representing OPEX at the summit of Mt. Chocura

Autumn Cookies

These cookies are a yummy treat. With the holiday season just around the corner I have begun to think up some new recipes. This one was created with a brand new special little person in mind, born about a month ago, and coming into New Hampshire at such a beautiful time – autumn. They are gluten free and dairy free because I used no butter and the chocolate chips are Enjoy Life. Enjoy the cookies and the season!

I'm a decent baker, but I'm not that great at taking food pics.

I’m a decent baker, but I’m not that great at taking food pics.


2 c. gluten free baking mix
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 c. Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
1/2 c. organic dried cranberries

1/2 c. coconut palm sugar
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 c. coconut oil (melted)
2 eggs
1/2 c. canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a small bowl blend all dry ingredients
  3. In a larger mixing bowl thoroughly combine all wet ingredients with a whisk
  4. Stir dry into wet until well-incorporated
  5. Using a spoon, drop batter onto a non-stick baking sheet or use parchment paper
  6. Bake for 9 minutes
  7. Let cool and enjoy
Hoping a different angle would improve the situation. Not really.

Hoping a different angle would improve the situation. Not really.

Unbelievably Fortunate Birthday

Birthday dinner at Blue Moon Evolution in Exeter, NH.

If you have never been to Blue Moon, you must go! It’s an amazing farm-to-table, upscale dining experience. The atmosphere is elegant, but casual, homey and warm. We made a reservation to sit in the dining room, but we have also walked in just to sit at the bar. The servers are friendly and informative. The cocktails are innovative and tasty. I have had the Beetnik After Dark and the Rosalita…both highly recommended. The wine list is also great, you can’t go wrong there.

Thanks, Dana. These are amazing.

Thanks, Dana. These are amazing.

That night we started with the charcuterie board. The items all the board change based on the season. I have had it a couple times and it’s never disappointed. I ordered haddock as my meal and it was delicious – I ate every single bite. This was probably my fifth or sixth time having the haddock and it is consistently amazing.

For dessert we shared the flourless chocolate cake with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. I also highly recommended their french press coffee. It’s even better in the form of “Cabin Fever” where it is served with maple whiskey.

Yes, this meal was quite gluttonous, but every bite was savored. I left feeling comfortably full. My favorite part of Blue Moon is that I always leave feeling unbelievably satisfied. It’s real food that has been cared for throughout the course of it’s life. That care makes better food and, in turn, make us better after we eat it. Isn’t that what food should do?

Found this on the whiteboard at 5:30am. Thanks Dana and Gwen!

Found this on the whiteboard at 5:30am. Thanks Dana and Gwen!

October 7, 1985

My birthday. I heard a lot o,f “You’re almost 30,” and was asked, “Are you feeling older?” Yes, I am almost 30, but no, I am not feeling older. I am feeling wiser, more secure, and more accomplished, but not old. I still think I am 22. I forget that I grew up in the 90s. I feel good. I am more fit than ever before. I cannot wait to see what the next year has in store!

Sometimes you feel like the years are catching up with you. Your mind has cobwebs, your joints might be achy, your skin doesn’t quite have the smoothness that it once did, but you somehow remember that you are, infact, still alive and have much more living to do. Sometimes all it takes is a small gesture from another person, or a great workout, or a new piece of clothing to help you feel refreshed and re-energized.

For Mexican Night! Guacamole...tableside! Thanks, Jameson. And a sharpener for my knives - priceless.

For Mexican Night! Guacamole…tableside! Thanks, Jameson. And a sharpener for my knives – priceless.

Outpouring of Thoughts

I felt like the luckiest girl in the world on Tuesday. I just cannot even describe how loved I felt on that day. The notes, the gifts, the well-wishes…it was all just so wonderful. Thank you to everyone who reached out to make me feel special on Tuesday. I truly appreciate it.

When I was going to sleep that night I thought about how lucky I am to have such amazing family, friends, and a large extended gym family. At times I think we take all those relationships for granted. We get caught up in life and sometimes end up in the motions. Those of us who are lucky enough to have such amazing people around us quickly come back from those moments and end up feeling renewed and totally revved about life!

Right now I am totally revved.

Thank you!

New crockpot from some of the 9am ladies! Thank you Carol, Audrey, Mel, and Lauren. It's already been put to good use.

New crockpot from some of the 9am ladies! Thank you Carol, Audrey, Mel, and Lauren. It’s already been put to good use.


I am so proud of this. Every word that you hear in this video is absolutely true. This dream has become a reality thanks to an amazing family. We have grown and continue to grow into a community of strong and truly fit individuals. We thank all of our members who continue to support our growth, walk through the door every day, and trust the process we have laid out before you. The Fort CrossFit is my home away from home. These are my people. There is an amazing future ahead. Thank you for watching.

A huge thank you to Pete and Rhiannon McHugh of Do Something Different Media Marketing who made this docu-narrative video become a reality for The Fort. Their expertise and professionalism was truly impressive and we look forward to many more collaborative projects in the future!