Holy mother of awkward camera angles and questionable form, but here is a video of me bench pressing. The barbell bench press used to terrify me and it was nearly impossible to get me to do it. It also used to cause stress and pain in my left shoulder which I was a pretty gigantic baby about. However, most of you know by now that I will do ANYTHING, provided it is a legal, safe and natural, in order to support my progress in Kettlebell sport so when I was told I needed to figure out how to bench I sucked it up. Eventually. I had to while about it for a little longer first.

I am posting this video because I completed 4 sets of 3 reps at 80lbs that day, I have previously gone heavier (90lbs for two ugly reps is my max) and for more reps, but this time was special because I didn’t whine, wasn’t stressed out or upset in the moment and didn’t feel certain that I was going to get crushed by a barbell. Progress comes in all shapes and sizes folks.

Very often in fitness, and in life, there are powerful benefits to going toward the things that terrify you instead of working around them. I recognize that I may never be skilled at the bench and I may never like it, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t feel AMAZING to not have it break me down.

I have a love/hate relationship with the #squat . It is a challenging lift for me in the moment but I love how my body feels after a workout that includes squats. @drpsalinas has made an impact in how my left hip/leg is performing in my squats and I am seeing my comfort in depth improve as I train back to heavier weights. This barbell is 115lb - my bodyweight. #ilovekettlebells #gainzzz #lbbs #hipdrive #strongHER #whyishaklee

I Do Look Good, Thank You For Noticing!

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Recently I have read a lot of posts from others about how frustrating it is to hear “you look great!” or “you don’t look sick”. And I agree, it IS frustrating when you feel that your suffering is being diminished just because you may look better than you feel. Most everyone has gone through a tough time and learned the hard way that sometimes coworkers, friends, family, and spouses are not there for you when things go south. However, I do believe that when most people throw us a compliment it’s done so sincerely. We forget that MS affects everyone around us, and they can be just as scared as we are. They want us to be ok, and it gives them hope when they see us looking well. So most of the time when others say we look good it is coming from a caring place, but still we react to it so negatively. And to be clear I’m not talking about those completely ignorant comments that usually go something like “oh if you do this diet/exercise/supplement you will be cured like my kindergarten teacher’s  great Aunt!”…I mean really? Maybe when someone tells us that we look good it doesn’t come out in the right way, maybe we interpret it as being insensitive when it is not meant to be, or maybe we’ve heard one too many times how diet and exercise will, like, totally cure us. I’ve changed my attitude and now when someone tells me I look good I now respond with “thank you”, and let me explain why…

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ijustcantbestopped shared this with me and it felt appropriate to share as I connect with more people whose stories may be shared in our documentary about invisible illnesses. Please read this heartfelt and thoughtful post to learn more about what life is like for someone with MS.

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Pallavi invited me on her cooking blog and we whipped up some delicious and filling vegan chili!  Click the link to see us in action.

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Disclaimer! This is a product related blog post. Yes you can buy said product from me. No my results may not be typical. Is this worth reading and worth me sharing? Yes. Will I be tongue in cheek as I do so? ABSOLUTELY.

Alright, here goes. I have a touch of ADD, never diagnosed, but this is a beautiful family trait and I respect it. After a fibromyalgia diagnosis at 13 I have off and on dealt with a little brain fog and intermittent periods of confusion. This lack of mental clarity, which can come on suddenly, can be very frustrating. This buddies up with the ADD and often shows up as an inability to stay focused on a task long enough to complete it. Then comes my close companion procrastination right on the heels of the foggy ADD combo. After the procrastination, guess what, stress and anxiety!! Now I’m really not getting anything done.

So, it’s not much of a secret at this point that I am a lover of all things SHAKLEE. This line of products was so instrumental in my ability to begin managing my fibromyalgia symptoms that I decided to begin endorsing and sharing the products as an additional income stream to my fitness business. Good choice. Who doesn’t like extra cash flow? So when Shaklee gave me the opportunity to try a new product before it was available to consumers (after already being in development for a couple YEARS, you know with Nobel prize winning researchers on board) I said YES.

The point! The product, called MindWorks, is designed to prevent brain shrinkage (a natural part of aging) and maintain telomere length (another natural part of aging!) and basically make your BRAIN work BETTER. Now, I also have stroke and a question about Alzheimer’s in my family health history so I thought, what if this helps my productivity and gives me some peace of mind at the same time?

I am now two months in to my trial of MindWorks and I am hooked. To give an example, a friend of mine posted an Einstein word problem brain teaser on Facebook the other day with a challenge - 98% of people will not be able to solve it - 30-40min later I solved it! Normally I would stay on something like that for 10-15min and give up. I have always had a mathematical and scientific brain that has a high capacity for problem solving, but after leaving high school the ability to focus long enough to solve things has gone way downhill.

Suffice to stay I have purchased a third month of MindWorks and I am excited to keep this in my arsenal. Buh-bye foggy brain, ADD, procrastination and stress!

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Sometimes I get home at 10pm and NEED to whip up a chipotle sweet potato hash. With avocado and arugula of course. #latergram #fibromyalgia #invisibleillness #healthy #painfreeandlovingit #whyishaklee #glutenfree #dairyfree #highprotein #lowglycemic

Sometimes I get home at 10pm and NEED to whip up a chipotle sweet potato hash. With avocado and arugula of course. #latergram #fibromyalgia #invisibleillness #healthy #painfreeandlovingit #whyishaklee #glutenfree #dairyfree #highprotein #lowglycemic

Fundraising for #invisiblefilm is going more slowly than I would like but I am overwhelmed by the realization that this film WILL happen. There may be other rounds of fundraising, there may need to be other requests made, I may need to adapt and get creative, but I am committed to telling these stories and I am committed to creating connection and love among members of the #invisibleillness #community . It will happen! #commitment #grateful #producer #fundraising #fibromyalgia #ilovekettlebells #whyishaklee #instaquote

Fundraising for #invisiblefilm is going more slowly than I would like but I am overwhelmed by the realization that this film WILL happen. There may be other rounds of fundraising, there may need to be other requests made, I may need to adapt and get creative, but I am committed to telling these stories and I am committed to creating connection and love among members of the #invisibleillness #community . It will happen! #commitment #grateful #producer #fundraising #fibromyalgia #ilovekettlebells #whyishaklee #instaquote

Yep. What he said. #grateful #dreamer #whyishaklee #producer #invisiblefilm #multipreneur #instaquote

Yep. What he said. #grateful #dreamer #whyishaklee #producer #invisiblefilm #multipreneur #instaquote

As I prep for my next competition in December I am looking back on what I have accomplished. I am happy with a PR in August even though it wasn’t the 80 reps I was prepared for. I am excited to train this fall with improved focus and patience. I am also more dedicated to my nutrition and the health of my muscles and joints. Improved mobility and a commitment to recovery is long overdue! #whyishaklee #gainzzz #ilovekettlebells #cmshereicome #iksfa #longcycle

As I prep for my next competition in December I am looking back on what I have accomplished. I am happy with a PR in August even though it wasn’t the 80 reps I was prepared for. I am excited to train this fall with improved focus and patience. I am also more dedicated to my nutrition and the health of my muscles and joints. Improved mobility and a commitment to recovery is long overdue! #whyishaklee #gainzzz #ilovekettlebells #cmshereicome #iksfa #longcycle