Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My First Toms

Do you have ever have those mornings?


That was me! So rather than fight it, fret, toss and turn and punch my pillow for the hundredth time, I just said screw it and headed to the gym at 6:30am. It ended up being a good morning; a little running, a little stair climbing, a little heavy lifting, boom sauce (I may or may not have squeezed over a hundred walking lunges in there with a 35# plate overhead ... )


Since we don't subscribe to cable at the casa, heading to the gym really is a treat. I get my boob tube time in! While getting my sweat on and trying not to fall off the machines (it was still a wee bit early), I watched the news about Sandy. The death toll. The damages. Everything that has been lost, the wreckage and destruction. My heart goes out to those people who have been affected by this tragedy.

I love running, because even on the treadmill while watching the news, it's my thinking time. And this morning, I was thinking about CrossFit. And what is it that I don't like about it, this something that is putting a bad taste in my mouth. And I figured it out. And I kid you not, the second I came to this realization, right there on Bravo TV, CrossFit Los Angeles was having their bathroom re-done by Million Dollar Decorators. And the designer was trying to convince him he wanted a bathtub so that he didn't always have to shower after class.

CrossFit has sold out.


It has literally become way too cool for me. I've always been way too lame to know what's cool, but CrossFit is so hip, it's on Bravo, and Million Dollar decorators want bath tubs in their CrossFit facility so they can soak in bubbles post-WOD.

I am going to save my thoughts on this for a whole new post, because I really am excited that I was able to finally put into words my feelings about what has been bothering me. Finally. I feel like it was a black hole inside of me, holding me back from making progress and moving on here in Atlanta, because I didn't have words, I didn't understand what I was feeling.

To solve a problem, we have to first makes sense of it. 




After the gym I treated myself to breakfast at J. Christophers.


They're just open for breakfast and lunch. The first time I came with the husband I fell in love. Their "crunch" cakes are rolled in granola and remind me of my favorite breakfast joint in Oregon. Although I only order those on special occasions, the fact they leave the entire pot of fresh coffee at your table, keeps me coming back. I drink A LOT of coffee. 


Cup #19


I ordered one of their seasonal omelets with egg whites, turkey sausage, fried apples, a sprinkle of cheddar cheese and a side of fruit. 

Then it was off to work!




Love my boys!

On my way home I stopped into Whole Foods for a few things, and spotted these little pretties.


Winter leopard Toms? Of course they came home with me!


I also stopped at the Library to return a few books and scooped these up on my way out.


I haven't heard anything about them. My favorite way to choose a book is to "window shop" - if I like the cover, I read the back or the front insert, then flip open to a random page in the middle, if I like the voice of the narrator and it piques my interest, I bring it home. 


My little nugget, waiting for Dad to come home. :)


He found a better spot on my lap until he does. :)

Have you been affected by Sandy?
The weather here in Atlanta is coooold, temps hovering in the 50's with wind gusts up to 30 miles an hour. 

Do you own a pair of Toms?
These are my first pair! Yeah, I finally succumbed. I was torn for a while whether they were cute or just ugly. They're like pugs, kind of ugly but really adorable at the same time?!

25 comments:

  1. I don't own a pair of Toms but let me know if they are comfortable.

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    1. They're awesome. I've been breaking them in around the house in my PJ's. :)

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  2. I like your blog because you lay it out there. I agree that crossfit seems to have sold out and its unfortunate. It is a great idea that has benefitted many people, but the fact that it costs so much to be an affiliate is crazy. Many similar style gyms are beginning to open up that just don't have the 'crossfit' name plastered on them.

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  3. It's funny that you posted this today. I just posted about my debacle with crossfit. I love the community and the workouts are intense and giving me the body/conditioning that I've always wanted. But, you're right, it's a fad. And it's too expensive. I can't afford it anymore. I have free access to a new gym on campus. I need to use that while I can. I can still do similar workouts there and do them on my own time and fit them to my needs. I felt with crossfit I was competing too much and not listening to my body. Also getting up at the crack of dawn just so I could make class, then not getting enough sleep/rest, and getting sick or injured. Not cool. Also, I felt obligated to be strict paleo. I think paleo is great and I reaped benefits, but it also recked havoc on my mind. Made me limit carbs too much and get too restrictive then I would binge. It's better to have more moderation in life. I still love my bacon and eggs though. :)

    It's great that you have come to your realization about why you don't like it. I wish you luck in your decision. It seems that you are having more fun and happier doing your own thing at the gym :)

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    1. I agree with your thoughts on Paleo. I don't have any physical issues digesting foods; just protein powder makes me gassy. That's an easy fix, haha, I didn't need to demonize all foods and feel like a sorry excuse for a human because I ate a bean or had some goat cheese, you know?

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  4. Court- You know fitness, that I do not doubt! I completely agree with you. Crossfit is a FAD just like zumba was.. is? I thought about getting certified but took a step back and realized I don't want to BE CROSSFIT. I know the movements, form, etc. etc. BUT there is SOOOOO much more to OPTIMAL Health. I love fitness in ALL aspects. I have actually come to the conclusion that crossfit is a place where fitness goes to die. --- for several reasons.
    Don't get me wrong, great workouts and it can get you in great shape but its crazy to me how crossfitters just THINK crossfit. It becomes more about the competition and who is the fastest, strongest etc. The diet, the WOD, the judging.. I don't get it. I don't need it.
    That is NOT what health is to me.
    ugh. Sorry for the Rant...
    That is why I love GPP the programming is AMAZING and we do the stuff that works. We do things that crossfit NEVER does. Its variation in all aspects of health and fitness and it JUST WORKS!

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  5. You're SO right, to solve a problem we do have to first make sense of us. We need to understand why we have the feelings that we do, and what we want to achieve by solving the problem. It's definitly an internal and external thing. Internal by looking inside ourselves but external because well a lot of factors influence us and our choices/thoughts/behaviors. I'm happy to hear that you have found what it is that your not liking and are working to fix that. Looking forward to your next post, but in the end you've got to do what is right for YOU.
    Ah girl I just ordered those toms! Love them, such a great pattern for the fall/winter :)

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  6. Love the toms! I have yet to own a pair either but they always just look so comfy! I totally agree with you on CrossFit! It's sad because when I started very few people even knew what it was and now it seems to be a total trend that everyone is doing. I guess we'll see in a few years if it's still just as popular whether it really is a trend but I agree with you. My suggestion would be to look for a smaller, more community based box, that loves crossfit but is not all about the trend the glitz and the name "crossfit".

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    1. You should definitely scoop a pair up, they're pretty awesome!

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  7. haha your comment about toms and pugs literally made me laugh out loud at work. I haven't made up my mind about Toms but I definitely love pugs and their side eyes.

    -Lily

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    1. I meant sad eyes *
      - Lily

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    2. Hahaha, I thought it was hilarious, because their eyes are kind of on the sides .. of their heads. ;)

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  8. I love those TOMS! I got my first pair about 2 months ago. I was also torn over what I thought of them. (Confession: I've never bought Uggs, so I am usually late to the party.) I got them in sparkly black glitter, which I have since heard from fashion folks that these are very uncool. I like them, so I really don't care!

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    1. I do think my next pair might be the black glitter - they're like a little black dress, they go with everything!

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  9. I love my little grungy box. 20 members, high level coaching and good relationships. Big city CrossFit is trying to be globo for sure. i hope the gym I have come to love does not get swallowed up :(

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    1. Being a small town girl, I liked the small town feel, too, back in Texas. I'm adjusting though. :)

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  10. I have 4 pairs of TOMS:) Love them.

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  11. LOVE my toms :) they are SO comfy!!

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  12. I'm lucky enough to not have been affected by sandy, but hope all that have are ok. happy to hear you got some things figured out :) Love toms!! have two pairs, and defiantly need to add to my collecting, they are the only pair of shoes i can wear all day and not get any shin problems! omg lol that is kind of funny, but i adore pugs too much to call them ugly, funny thing is everyone i know says they are ugly too, maybe i'm just weird haha

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    1. I don't think they're ugly, they're just not pretty, you know what I mean? I adore them, and I've always wanted one! :)

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  13. I do the same exact thing when looking to choose a book to read! If I don't like the way the author writes, I'm definitely not picking it up..I understand what you mean about CrossFit. I'm only in my second month, and started because our Box had a Groupon deal which a bunch of people took advantage of. I could tell as all the newbies came in that the vets were getting annoyed and huddled together to work on their own. Oh well, I love it- but it is annoying when B.A. things "sell out". Your dogs are gorgeous.

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  14. Lol. My dogs are super spoiled and I never want to bother them. They're still sleeping now, in fact! We definitely go to the gym for cable too!!

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  15. I totally understand that "bad taste" feeling with crossfit. My husband was doing it for a few years before I ever got into and as I was getting into it he started feeling that way towards xfit. He has since transitioned more into the olympic lifting aspects and therefore so have I. You obviously have some amazing strength! Maybe you should consider focusing more on Oly! I think you'd be great at it!!

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  16. Well... I'm just glad I'm not the only one who feels like CrossFit totally sold out!! I think a lot of the "Preebok" folks who knew the old skool type of CF feel similar. It's just really different now. And that has been a hard pill for me to swallow. Anyway, CrossFit HQ is starting to buckle down and serve trademark infringement legal papers to bloggers that use the trademark term "CrossFit" in their blogs. They seem to be focusing on bloggers that have advertisements on their pages. Just a heads up.

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