Whole Life Fricken’ Challenge


39 days left…so if I hang in there it will be like winning Survivor but without the 1 million at the end. More like $20.
Today the scale is up and my measurements are the same this is day 18. I feel like I should see more progress than this. Hopefully it’s internal and the body fat measurement will be amazing. I am really sticking to the eating plan and it’s not that fun.

I’m not giving up though. Jeff, go snuff someone else’s torch.

Looking Back: Take Care of Yourself

Join hands and hearts and voices…

(Anyone get the reference of the title?)
holding hands

Your Facebook shares and mine, aren’t changing anyone’s mind. Or heart.

On Facebook I have 1049 “friends”. This is weird because often I feel very lonely in the way I think and feel about things.

In this over 1000 people, there are some from the US, some from Africa, Europe, South America, Canada. There are Christians, Jews, Atheists and Agnostics. Some are straight, some are gay. There are a few transgender folks. I know some who are anti-everything but, wouldn’t ever agree with me about that. See there…even anti-my-opinion.

As a challenge I’m only allowed to look at Facebook 1 time per day and I decided to use my blog as a place to land when I want to log on to mindlessly scroll. I realized I was reading a lot of posts, mostly shares from folks who have very strong feelings, passions, ideas about some things and I often was becoming confused and frustrated. I wondered, who is changing their minds by reading this? Even more importantly who is changing their heart because of this meme, or graphic or article?

Studies show: Not one person. (un-scientific, but, if you have a different experience I’d love to hear about it.)

You and I can “say” it’s in the interest of education or entertainment, but it’s not. It’s self serving and passive aggressive.
I have posted articles and quotes many times with certain people in mind. You know what?

Not ONE of those people have reached out to me saying, “oh hey. you’re right. I’m changing my life because of your insensitive political, religious, or otherwise ‘thought provoking’ post”. Never a one.

The thing that changes minds, hearts and lives? Compassion. Concern. Care. Conversation. Love.
We must commit to these things to see change, deepen relationships with those we may not see eye to eye with. Nothing posted on Facebook in the name of “education” is going to build a bridge to the other. If you’ve been paying attention at all, it’s doing quite the opposite. I’m guilty of this and making a pledge to stop posting and start acting.

Will you make that pledge?

Super Coffee!!

I love my coffee. I’m a 1 cup a day girl…most days. But, it’s a serious cup.
super coffee 2
Here’s how it goes down…

4 Tablespoons coconut Cream
1 Tablespoon coconut Oil
2 teaspoons chia seeds (optional)
Heat these three up in the microwave
Add this mixture and brewed coffee to a blender
Add 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder

Blend, pour, & enjoy!

This keeps me full for hours.

Try it out, or this more fancy version from Healthful Persuit.

Lent: Day 2 (I’m lagging)

Today is International Women’s Day.

I’m thankful that I am a part of a chosen family that has depth of meaning, especially my Wine & Wisdom Girls. I was reluctant to join a women’s group, but now I don’t know what I would do without you.



Ladies, I honor you and you are loved. Thank you for being so genuine. <3

Lent: Day 1

I thank myself for:

Spending time with a friend who moved away, walking at the beach.
Making room in my schedule for friends and those we care about enriches all of us. It’s never time wasted when we connect with one another in a simple, yet meaningful way.

Thank you, Rene’ for hanging out with me!

Sandy Logo copy

Where was I March of 2007? Click here



I’m doing something for Lent.

‘Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or volunteering and giving of themselves for others. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan. (source: umc.org)

Starting Wednesday 3/1 I’ll be posting everyday for 40 days – until Easter.

I heard someone the other day who thanked their fitness coach for showing them the way and he replied “Thank yourself, for taking the steps.”

So I’m going to “thank myself” and what I mean is…I’m going to find a way to encourage, motivate, excite someone elver day to appreciate who they are. Too many times we are so wrapped up in how we don’t live up to expectations – which are usually our own unreasonable ones. So, at the end of the day, I’ll report about what I saw and who I attempted to encourage to “thank themselves”.

Follow along if you like. join me. Share if you see something share worthy. Let’s do this together!

stopping time.

fam bam

You can’t ok. I just wish you could.

When the kids were little and they wanted to take a break while playing or something they would yell “PAUSE” as if they were holding the remote to the universe.

I agree, little ones! I call ‘PAUSE’.

This year has been such a crazy roller coaster, eye opening, wild ride.

I left Crossfit coaching for about 9 months and got a regular clock in type of job. I had become unsure of who I was in the position, doubting myself and whether I was really meant to be there. It was just what my soul needed. I worked out on my own and ate a bunch of crap food for about 6 of those months and gained weight I really shouldn’t have, but…I found my confidence again. I began to teach fitness classes and feel my worth again. Hopefully in a month or so I will start coaching some Crossfit again. Fresh, clean slate. I’m ready to press play.

My children have grown and matured in ways I had nothing to do with. What a satisfying place to be as a parent. By no means are they perfect, they make mistakes, behave like assholes (don’t we all) but in the end they know it’s up to them to see their decisions through. suffering or enjoying the consequences. I’m still available as sounding board or a shoulder to cry on and they know that. But, the best part is the transformation to ‘friend’. It’s tricky sometimes, just closing my mouth and not going into “mom mode” but alas, I’m doing it. This part of parenting is really, really weird. Nothing is really cut and dried like when they are little but I think I’m getting the hang of it. I still picture them as babies and my heart melts a little every step they take to independence, but I hope I can always be an anchor for them. Something consistent in their lives, through whatver they may go through. I’m ready to press play. On to the sequel of ‘The Bangs Family’.

The political disaster of 2016 is something I don’t have the control over the remote. All I can do is watch it play out and maybe express my concern occasionally. My hope is that we can regroup in the next 4 years and come up with a better candidate to really unite – at least a little bit – our country. The things I’ve watched, read and heard this year have been shocking. I don’t have any wise words for the future. Just hang on tight to what you believe in, and measure your words. We must be careful to preserve relationships, even in disagreement. I’m not ready to press play on this but, I think it’s one of those videos that plays on it’s own. you don’t get to stop it.

So here we go, 2017. Let’s see it play out.

Coming soon: Gotta Have Faith: Thoughts on George Michael

10 Minute Guided Stretch Video

I love getting to guide a stretch class for my work. What a privilege. Try it out and tell me how it goes. What would you like to see added?



Powerlifting Meet circa 2014

I might be afraid of sleep. Or afraid of losing control of my time I’m awake, or maybe I’m just a whacko and let my mind spin in circles.

I didn’t sleep much last night and I committed to being at the gym by 6. So, of course my restless legs were in full effect and I was thinking about how I hadn’t participated in a Crossfit WOD in a while. But, I made it there, completed the workout and I survived. I’m so thankful for my friends Denise and Theresa for being there to suffer with me. That’s really one of the best parts. Working out beside people who cheer you on and high five you along the way, and feel your pain. I’ve definitely missed that.

Is the Crossfit break over? We shall see…

It made me think of THIS POST – Dreaming of Crossfit. Those first years of Crossfit were pretty intense.

And this one - GRAY makes me proud that I’m still pushing and working at being the best me, but now…at 45, I’m A LOT more relaxed about it.

In case you care, here’s the workout we did today.

5×3 Bench Press (33X3 Tempo)
*During this Time complete 200 Band Tricep Ext
For Time:
20 Thrusters 75/55
200m Run
20 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls
200m Run
20 Hang Squat Cleans
200m Run
20 Push Press
200m Run
20 Power Snatches
200m Run
20 OverHead Squats
200m Run
20 Thrusters.


I haven’t done a “proper” Crossfit workout since March.

I’m going tomorrow. I may die. If you don’t hear from me in a couple of days – check around C Street Crossfit. I’ll probably be laying in a ditch nearby.

I’ll just imagine I’m working out with Leo. That will help, right?