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Diary of a Fat CrossFitter – How to become a runner

How to become a runner: put on your shoes, go outside, and start running. How to become a CrossFitter: put on your shoes, go to a box, and start CrossFitting. How to become a lifter: put on your shoes, to to the gym, and start lifting. Yes yes yes yes yes, research boxes and find one you like. Yes yes yes, look at form videos on YouTube and learn how...

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10 years of blogging, and I’m back!

The blog went down last week, and I’m still not sure why.  Some combination of a plugin + theme + something was telling WordPress to display … nothing.  No admin, no blog, no nothing.  It was awful and it’s been a frustrating week and I got up an hour earlier than normal this morning to sit down and straighten everything out. UGH. If things are wonky over the next few...

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Diary of a Fat CrossFitter – A Week of Workouts

I’m starting to warm-up to my new box’s formatting. It’s a lot more loosely run than CFSA was, but I really enjoyed Sunday’s workout. Partner WOD, split 50/50, broken down into sets of whatever we want 100 American KB swings 75 partner wall balls (toss the ball up to the line, and then your partner catches and tosses it for you to catch) 50 burpee pull-ups (or, in my case,...

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Sondjos at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

  One of the best kids’ activities in Jerusalem is the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, and I was tired of my coworkers’ surprise when I told them, “No, we haven’t been to the zoo yet.” So on Sunday morning, we got up, picked up the house, packed a lunch, and dragged the kids to Jerusalem’s zoo. It was lovely. The work week in Jerusalem for everyone but Consulate folks is Sunday – Thursday,...

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Diary of a Fat CrossFitter – Starting Starting Strength

I can’t believe I got up early on a Saturday to go lift. Fucking crazy. Does anyone remember when I was astounded that I had become the type of person to get up early and run outside?  Well, until my “winter” running gear (warm pants and a rain jacket because I actually only own a trench coat, which is useless for running) arrive next week, I am not that type of...

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Conversations with my three-year-old, Sondjo edition

Jasmine: I want a surprise! Me: You can only have a surprise if you behave yourself! Jasmine: I want to behave myself! Me: Good.  Behave yourself, and you can have a surprise. Jasmine: I’m behaving myself! Me: Yes, you have to behave yourself for more than 30 seconds. Jasmine:  I’m behaving myself RIGHT NOW!!! Me: Are you screaming? Jasmine: I AM BEHAVING MYSELF!!!!!! Me: That’s not behaving yourself, Jasmine. Jasmine:...

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On nourishing what I love, and consuming less of what I don’t

This year, I chose “nourish” as my One Little Word. Like last year’s word, “breathe,” it feels a little bit out of character for me. I’m an excellent planner and project manager. I’m hyper-organized. I’m on top of everything. I am not a particularly warm and fuzzy person. You can tell when I’m starting to fall apart when I lose details, as when we were preparing to leave the States...

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On being a working mother

The good news is that my work hours are far more reasonable than during my last tour, and that both kids are capable of entertaining themselves for a few minutes at a time now. I’m not spending hours at FSI studying Arabic after class because I can’t get any studying done at the house. Even while going to CrossFit a few evenings a week, I’m getting in more time with...

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The Shuk in Jerusalem – Mahane Yehuda with Kids

We finally had a spare moment to be tourists in Jerusalem, and we took advantage of the free afternoon by visiting the Mahane Yehuda market in downtown Jerusalem. We spent the afternoon shepherding our kids (the only kids at the market who weren’t in  strollers) between vendors and trying to keep other shoppers from tripping over them.   I’d been trying to figure out where Jerusalemites do their grocery shopping—certainly...