Thursday, November 15, 2012

Peanut Butter or Bust!

As many of my readers know, I'm kind of a mixed bag, not easily defined. I don't fit into a niche, a market or a style. I'm not specifically anything, but I am a little bit of everything. In an effort to try new things, stay on my toes, experience life, and make a few mistakes along the way, I am competent in many areas yet never specialize in one.

I grew up on a farm, in a small town. I'm a country girl at heart, thrown into the big city of Atlanta thanks to my husband's job in the Army.


I hate traffic, but I'm dealing with it.


I love to spend time outside, enjoying mother nature, in comfortable clothes with no make up on.


Though I do on occasion put make up on and do my hair. 


On occasion. 


I absolutely love animals (dogs especially), but only have one of my own, and plan to keep it that way.


I spend a lot of time by myself, and I like prefer it that way. I've always been kind of a loner (instert, I'm shy!) My husband tells me my independence is what attracted him to me, knowing that I can take care of myself and keep myself busy. It's also an incredibly handy character trait to have if you want to be happy as a Mil spouse, we're moving so often, relocating and uprooting our lives ... I've always been one to have many acquaintances, but to keep just a few close friends.


My favorite breakfast is oatmeal. I used to hate it as a kid, but now it's always a treat. I opt for gluten-free oats from Trader Joes, and mix in an egg or two and make protein custard oats. Yum!


I'd rather run than row anyday. ;) If you CrossFit, you know what I'm talking about, and you have a preference. The big guys like to row because rowing is built for heavier people. The smaller people will like to run, because running is easier on lighter people. Because I know I'd rather run and because CrossFit is about embracing the suck, I choose to row most of the time. 


Eggs are my favorite! I could eat them (and do) for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They're awesome because they can be made savory or sweet.


My socks never match. Like ever.


I wonder if it could be because this guy is always stealing them?


My favorite pair of shoes are my lifting shoes.


Getting under the bar, especially around maximal loads, still scares me. 


I love spin class. And I own a road bike. I hope to actually ride it on the road one day.


I'm toying around with the idea of training for a power lifting meet this spring. I am definitely trying top figure out a new strength training program to get stronger in the big lifts. I'm looking at Wendler and Starting Strength. 


I choose peanut butter over almond butter.


I believe running is the least effective way to really get in shape. But I still love races. ;)


I can't wait to see these girls over New Years!

1. Almond Butter or Peanut Butter?

2. Do you stay in or go out on New Years?

35 comments:

  1. I prefer pb! Which is kinda funny since I use to HATE it!
    We usually stay in....that's what happens when you have 2 kids. Haha. Not to mention, my hubby's leave usually ends on the first as well.

    Loved this post!

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    1. Happy you enjoyed it! Always nice to have more peanut butter lovers on board!

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  2. I love almond and peanut butter...

    Wendler's is GREAT! You will see good results and it's super straightfoward and not too time-consuming. I've been doing Wendler's 2 days a week on non CrossFit days, and one of the days would be deadlifts and overhead strict press, and the other day would be back squat and bench press.

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    1. Thanks for the tips! I am starting Wendlers Monday!

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  3. Peanut butter! but that's only because I've never had almond butter.

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    1. HOW have you never had almond butter?!

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  4. peanut butter!! I want to like almond butter but peanut butter is just better. I would love to compete in a power lifting competition!!

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  5. Peanut Butter!!

    Some years we go out but most years we stay in. Having a kid does that to you :)

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  6. Can I just say, your quads are AMAZING? Last weekend, I went on a crazy long hike with my husband. Lots of climbing involved. He goes all the time, but I'm new to it and was getting tired. I actually pretended that I had your quads and powered through. It totally worked! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. I don't know what to say, but that my quads are here for some visual inspiration at any time!

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  7. ^^I agree! Nice legs and your arms are kick ass! I prefer Peanut Butter...a little too much, LOL...I probably have 2 scoops a day!! Love it! New Years, now that we have 2 kids, we stay in and enjoy the evening as a family. I wouldnt have it any other way. When I was kid-less, I lived it up and enjoyed myself as well!

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  8. You have totally just described me in this post, apart from I'm all over the Almond Butter!!

    You're a massive inspiration for me - strong and independent. And damn!! Those Legs, those arms and those abs, just awesome sauce :)

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    1. Thank you! So what brand of almond butter? Maybe I just haven't found the tasty one?

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    2. I use Meridian - but I am in the UK so not sure if it's available is the States. I also buy it by the kilo from myprotein.com but that's always a dangerous move!!

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  9. What a great honest post! Love reading everything! Definatly PB!

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  10. Peanut butter!

    I am definately a stay in on New Years kind of person. And you know what else.....I usually don't even stay up past 11 o'clock! Such a party pooper!

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  11. I loved this post! I am the same way in holding very few friends close and I can be content doing just about anything, by myself or with a group. :)

    I chose ALMOND BUTTER! I hardly ever had peanut butter growing up because my dad ate a PB sandwich one day then kissed my forehead and I broke out, so they never fed it to me. I can eat it now without a problem but something about the roasty flavor in almond butter gets me. :)

    I think going out for NYE is a bit overrated, I'd rather stay in and enjoy a night with a few close people! :)

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  12. I choose peanut butter as well!! I always have both so if I am trying to be good I'll go with almond butter because I won't eat as much. But peanut butter is my FAV.

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  13. Peanut butter (allergic to all other nuts) and staying in - New year's is the worst.

    You may find it interesting/scary but there was a recent publication in New England Journal of Medicine of a power lifter (lifting 200kg over head - not sure what movement). The weight fell on his back and he had a fracture/luxation of the lumbar spine. Man was so lucky, he had nearly 100% displacement of the spinal canal but almost no loss of neurologic function. Emergency surgery and then doing well the next day. I nearly wet my pants when I saw the x-rays.

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    1. HAHA! This is why I fear maximal loads! *Shudder*

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  14. your body is sick!!!! i love pb and i never go out on nye except for dinner...

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  15. Peanut Butter! But the only because the only Almond Butter I had was local organic from near my Mom's place in CA and it was...gritty? Is it supposed to be?

    New Years I always go out - it's Key West! Should I go see the drag queen drop in the red shoe, the pirate wench off the tall ship mainmast or the conch shell off Sloppy Joe's??? Decisions...decisions...but all fun!

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  16. Definitely peanut butter! We stay in, but then again with 3 kids, it is much cheaper.
    Quick question for you. You say running is the least effective way to get in shape. What do you think is the most effective?

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  17. I used to hate oatmeal too and now I CANNOT go a day without it! I usually have two bowls by noon! :)

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    1. Me, too! :) All day long, all day long!

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  18. You're killer! and.. Peanut Butter FTW! (Love almond butter too, but love PB more) This year I'm going home for New Years... from Korea to AZ!! Sooooooo excited!!

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    1. Safe travels over the Holidays! Welcome home! How long are you staying?

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  19. Almond Butter!! But both are delicious. Why do you think running is an ineffective way to get in shape? Are you referring to overall fitness? or appearance? Just curious. I would like more definition(which you obviously have no problem with) and feel like running is best, but it's not working for me.

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    1. The most bang for your buck happens with weight lifting, that's where we shape the body. Running really emphasizes a strong heart. I'm not saying you may not put on a little mass on your legs, but otherwise, it's not a muscle builder, and over time, your body adapts to the stress of running so it's no longer challenging, all that's left to do is add more and more miles for the same workout ...

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  20. PB all the way (have PB2 & Krema crunchy at my disposal ;))
    But I won't kick Justin's chocolate Almond butter outta bed either!

    I <3 to run!!!

    NY, we usually go out.... eh... but i'd rather have a smaller party at home, safer that way.

    LOVED this post btw!

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  21. I love your legs! Super great motivation for me today for leg day! Definitely prefer PB, unless it is Maranatha dark chocolate almond butter. I entered a powerlifting competition last year and did ok, not great but really want to train much harder for it this year and do as well as I think I can. We usually go out on New Years and it always takes me days to recover.. ugh

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  22. You are too cute. I have to admit that while I love PB, Almond Butter takes the cake! Try Trader Joe's with flaxseed or raw crunchy. Also, Target has a really good brand too (with flaxseed). Almond butter is best in sweet potatoes (weird?) with cinnamon but peanut butter still has a place in my heart. My husband and I are losers and love staying in. We do love having friends over though. I'm not a going out to a bar at 10 pm kind of girl and I never really have been. I also agree with your statement that weight training (crossfit!) is the best way to tone! I am in better shape after doing 7 months of CF than I have ever been. Have a great Sunday

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