Monday, March 14, 2011


Granola Munching Yogi or Tough Mudder....BOTH!
This year for my 41st Birthday I am participating in a race through mud, fire, water, snow and the Beaver Creek Mountains SUPER G trails. I was inspired by the male athletes in our gym that completed the Tough Mudder race in Austin this winter. One said it was like playing in the mud when you were a kid. Lip Smacker in hand (or pocket),  I grew up in the cul-da-sacs of Old Leawood with a neighborhood full of boys. We explored the ditches and creeks through the old Saddle and Sirloin horse club, crossed I-435 into Leawood Park and spent hours climbing on the old red caboose. I was the only girl on Tom Sweeney’s soccer team and then quit. Somehow I believed it when someone lied to me and told me I “should” be a cheerleader in Middle School. What we “should” do according to our mothers and society verses what God intended for us may not always align.  I have spent most of my life fishing, boating, and yes, I AM LAKE PEOPLE!  All qualities that will serve me well in the 10 mile mentally challenging and physically demanding Tough Mudder race this summer. Shhhhh, I have a secret weapon. It’s my yoga mat. It’s the place I not only go to stretch my worn out over trained muscles but where I also decide to stretch outside of my comfort zone. Through the meditative bhava of Prana Flow Yoga I have inspired thoughts without thinking. I can be courageous exploring a handstand while still feeling safe and supported. I set intentions for my life including participating in a mountainous mud event .A race of this nature, for me, without a clear intention behind it would be easy for me to bail out. Martini’s or Mudder? I am choosing to take on something that is actually very scary to me. Intention to over come discomfort, a goal to get there, hard work, and when its all over, PRIDE,  with out attachment to the outcome. So what if it takes me all day, so what if Coach Rut has to come back to find me, so what if I get scared on the mountain and cry, SO WHAT. I took a leap onto a mountain of mud armed with my yoga mat and lip gloss.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Barbacoa - knock off

A HIT at the Colby house (4 kids at 3 different schools)

My best pal, wise friend, and lip gloss lover shared this recipe with me after all 4 of her kids agreed this recipe was worth eating.

Chipotle's Barbacoa

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons lime juice
3 chipotle peppers, canned (I used about 4 chipotle peppers in adobe sauce)
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cloves
4 lbs chuck roast
3/4 cup chicken broth
3 bay leaves

Put all ingredients in a crockpot and cook for 8-10 hours on low. Shred and put on tortillas!

  • I used a rump roast and 4 chipotle peppers. It was a bit spicy, so adjust those to your liking. This makes a LOT so it would be good football party fare.

  • When I make it I leave out the cloves. I think cloves are better suited for the Easter ham, not faux Chipotle Burrito's!

Kelley is also always armed with lip-gloss, bar-bell and yoga mat. She is my Tough Mudder teammate. She inspires me to age strong and gracefully.

0500 let the GLOSS begin
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Each morning Monday - Friday I start the day glossed over with some fresh lip gloss. Ready to "do work"  in two ways. I work hard starting each weekday with MY workout and then I "work" to get paid.  I am so grateful I get get to do what I love for a pocket full of sunshine. I coach everyday athletes  (Julie the doctor/runner,  Emily the teacher/tennis star and Steve the CFO/what ever he does he rocks) to give it their best with a constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement WOD. I have seen them become better tennis players, faster runners, stronger yogi's and more patient moms. I have seen them build their strength and progress to a "boy push up", kill THE HILL, and build self esteem as their health, physique and mobility improves. 
How do you start your day? Do you put the needle on the record and let it spin around and around just like the day, shower, carpool, work, dinner, wine, bed? 
I hope not...
Do you get your blood pumping, sweating towards your health goals while you chat with a friend during your warm up?  
I hope so... 
Do you start your day with a sense of pride, ready to take on the day because you just took on the burpee workout and WON! 
We do....
Come to class anytime and don't forget your lipgloss (or Carmex)