If you could workout with anyone – living or dead, fictional or real – who would it be?
Sometimes when I’m having a hard time with my work out I think about the following ladies working out next to me in this order:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: for her strength and superhero abilities
Madonna: for her endurance and fabulousness
Pink: for her attitude. Do you think Pink would ever feel sorry for herself during a workout?
What’s your trick for getting motivated when you’re just not feelin’ it?
I have a couple of tricks. The first is to go through the motions of putting on my gear, tying my shoes, and getting out the door. Once I’m at the gym, if I’m still not feeling it, I’ll pretend like I’m one of the three ladies above – training for a superhero role or upcoming world tour. I also always like to remind myself that I never regret a workout.
Do you have any advice/tricks for people who are thinking about working out but need a kick-in-the-pants to start?
My main advice is to forget about the scale and the clothes. Instead, focus on a goal that makes you feel capable and strong. My most recent one is to be able to do 10 chin-ups in a row.
K practices superhero skills.
Got a favorite quote?
This is pulled from a longer piece of writing that is beautiful, but these lines really stood out to me recently and have become my M.O.
“Boldness has genius, power,
and magic in it.” – Goethe
Workout, schmerkout. What do you like to do that doesn’t require a) punching a time clock and b) counting reps?
I’ve been really into trying new activities over the past couple of years, like rock climbing, paddle boarding, and hiking. Jeremy and I hiked to Mt. Everest Base Camp last October and the experience has captured my imagination ever since. I would love to go on another trek soon. Or bicycle around Europe.
Everest Base Camp with Jeremy
But before I run the risk of sounding too cool I should also let you all know that I love TV. From True Blood and Weeds to Sex and the City and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Sometimes nothing is more satisfying than getting lost in a well-crafted story.
Kathleen writes an utterly charming food/design/style blog that you really should visit – and be sure to check out the photos of her beautiful (and well-designed, of course) home. You will wish you could move in with her.
Is this the same Kathleen that designs/advertises on A Practical Wedding? If so, my blog worlds just collided and exploded into a supernova of awesomeness.
I am SO HAPPY I just found your blog! I’m newer to CrossFit and am currently dealing with thyroid cancer (had the whole thing out in August ’10 plus lymph nodes and had more lymph nodes taken out in March ’11). I’m only 26 and can’t wait to get rid of this disease. I feel like CrossFit and eating clean have played such a huge role in my cancer-fighting process and hope to emerge even stronger and healthier from this experience.
Welcome! I had my thyroid removed due to a nodule in November 2009. It turned out to not be cancer, but I’ve been dealing with the fallout of no thyroid… I’m with you, sister. Stay strong!
And I agree: eating clean has helped tremendously with the “no thyroid” situation. Keep me posted on how you’re doing!
Did you have your thyroid removed surgically? If yes, I bet we have matching scars!
Yeah I had read about your thyroid issue. Haha I call the scar my “necklace” because it stretches from under one ear to the other (unfortunately it’s quite large since I had two surgeries). I was excited to find a fellow CrossFitter with stupid thyroid problems. I love your blog and am excited to follow along!
YAYs all around! <3
Christine M. says:
Lol, I’m left-handed but do right-handed cartwheels.
Since Kathleen is a vegetarian, are there going to be some extra-yummy, paleo-friendly vegetarian recipes in your cookbook?
Hey, Christine! There are quite a few vegetarian recipes in the cookbook. It’s divided into sauces & seasonings, protein, vegetables, fruits. Everything except the protein recipes are would work for paleo vegetarians (although they don’t contain any protein)… there are two recipes in the protein section that include variations for making them with vegetables only, and if you’re a veggie that eats fish/seafood, there are 4 more recipes in the protein section that will work for you.
I’m definitely going to challenge myself to use some of Mel’s recipes with vegetarian substitutions such as mushrooms in place of animal protein – all while trying to stay 100% Paleo (when I’m cooking from her book). I’ll keep you updated!
Yay for the cookbook (hope it comes out soon) and serendipity! It’s also nice to know that someone else is training for the zombie apocalypse. This is how I justify training at CFA and at Sun Dragon even though it would be more cost effective to choose one or the other. I think about this often enough that my gf bought me a wicked machete for my birthday. I also tend to choose new friends based on whether or not I think they would be pleasant and/or helpful company during the zombie apocalypse. As a result of this useful litmus test, most of my friends are both lethal and really nice.
There is so much awesomeness in your comment, I barely know where to begin.
1. Cookbook will be out first week in December as both a softcover and an ebook. Available on Amazon and my site.
2. A machete for your birthday shows both extreme love and extreme trust. I dig it! And please, machete a coconut open and have someone take a photo while you do it.
3. “As a result of this useful litmus test, most of my friends are both lethal and really nice.” GENIUS!
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I was worried that reading this book would just make me hungry all the time. Instead, I've found myself laughing and tearing up (which is very inconvenient on the bus). The writing is brilliant, and so far, I've learned about a fishing village, how homeless people make ad hoc kitchens, and the perfect tomato sauce recipe.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
I'm sad to report that I didn't love this book as much as the first in the series, but – to be fair to Larsen – it was published posthumously, so maybe he didn't get to rewrite it the way he wanted. I'm glad to have spent so much time with these characters, and I really love what the books have to say about deep friendship, trust, and having a personal code.