Summer Snackin'

July 29, 2015
by Alex Karei

Summer Snackin': DETOUR Bar Giveaway

As a blogger, I get a decent amount of free swag. Mostly from companies that want me to try out their products and feature them on the blog. I don’t mind, especially when I find new-to-me foods that are the BOMB. One brand I got hooked up with a few years back was DETOUR. I started out trying the Neopolitan protein bars at Blend … Continue Reading →


July 24, 2015
by Alex Karei

Workouts of the Week: Goals & a New Crossfit Box

Happy Friday! Who else is ready for the weekend? I’ve had a pretty busy workweek, so I certainly am. I’m happy to say, however, that I’m almost a month into being able to get a solid 4-5 WODs in per week, which just makes me happy. Lots of lifting, lots of Metcons … and I’m finally starting to make friends at my new box! Although it’s not something that I’ve gone into too much yet, I did find myself a new crossfit box.

After trying out one other box, I decided on Crossfit Merle Hay, conveniently located less than five minutes from my new job and less than 10 minutes from my apartment. The workout style is very similar to what I had at Crossfit Primal, the coaches are great, and everyone was really, really welcoming. It’s a much busier box than my last one, but that’s not a bad thing — with more than one coach around during nearly every WOD, the level of assistance with my lifts has been super helpful. Crossfit Merle Hay is also nice because they foster more of an atmosphere that you can come in and lift or workout outside of your class time, as long as you don’t get in the way of others. I haven’t taken too much advantage of that yet, but I like that it’s an option. I wouldn’t say my last box wouldn’t let you do that, but it’s way more common at this box, which makes it more comfortable, in my opinion. Continue Reading →

Crab Cake Benedict at The Hutt

July 23, 2015
by Alex Karei
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How to Spend a Long Weekend in Okoboji

Ah, vacation. Is there anything better? This weekend, Phyll and I took a long weekend to go to Okoboji, Iowa for a friend’s wedding. We decided to go up Friday morning to enjoy the day and then have some extra time on Saturday prior to the ceremony and reception. The whole weekend was a blast!

When we decided we were going to extend the trip, I started doing a little research online. But, I didn’t have a lot of luck looking for things to do and eat, and ended up getting my best tips from a local (the bride). I think that most people that visit go because their family has been going for years – or they grew up there – so they don’t need the guidance. But a newbie to the area? It was hard! So here’s a recap of our trip … from me, to you! Continue Reading →


July 16, 2015
by Alex Karei
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Tips for Attending a Cinema-Restaurant

As you guys know, I love trying new things. Especially when that new thing is something that is easy to do on a Friday night, and involves a brewery. I call that a win-win. That’s why, when Flix Brewhouse opened up in Des Moines (more specifically, Urbandale) I was pretty pumped. Located in Merle Hay Mall, Flix Brewhouse is “America’s Cinema Brewery®“, a brewery-restaurant that just so happens to serve food in front of a giant screen.

We’ve been to the theater a couple of times now, and I’ve enjoyed each visit. Once, we went for the “whole experience” (dinner and beer) and once, we went for “dessert” (beer and popcorn). We haven’t tried their real dessert menu yet, though it looks awesome. All the food and beer has been really great. I’m not sure you can go wrong with what you order!  Continue Reading →

Does Crossfit Get Easier?

July 14, 2015
by Alex Karei

Does Crossfit Get Easier?

Dear Newbie,

I know what you want to know. It’s a question that I’ve heard from many first-timers to Crossfit – in those beginning weeks, when it just seems like everything is so hard. You’re sore all the time, you’re coming in last during WODs, the coach is constantly critiquing your form, and the barbell looks empty next to others doing the same WOD. It’s frustrating, and you feel like you’ll never be “as good” as everyone else.

Does Crossfit ever get easier?

I’ve seen plenty of newbies come and go from my box. But before you think about walking away, I really just want to say … Continue Reading →

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July 10, 2015
by Alex Karei

Workouts of the Week: Clang ‘N Bang

Lately, workouts have been a little all over the place, to be honest. When I was taking my class in June, I missed Mondays and Wednesdays of crossfit. Try as I might, trying to fit eight hours of work and three and a half hours of class just didn’t leave time to WOD. To be honest – I was pretty bummed. Mondays and Wednesdays are the days that my new box focuses on strength. So, until this week, I wasn’t able to throw around a barbell too much, beyond what’s in the WODs. And everyone knows that throwing the real heavy weight above your head is where the crossfit fun is. Am I right??? Continue Reading →

Sox Box

July 9, 2015
by Alex Karei

Currently: July!

Good day ladies & gents! How’s it going? It’s been a hot minute since my last post, but I’m happy to report I survived summer semester. Two days of 3+ hours in class a week, plus homework, makes for a pretty busy Alex. Not to mention starting up my new job, finding a new crossfit, and finally getting our apartment back from the wedding! Now that all that has wrapped, I plan to be posting more again. The break (I use that word loosely as I did have a couple posts in there) was actually kind of good for me, I think, because I learned to accept that I didn’t have to blog all the time to be happy. It sounds crazy, but you can get so wrapped up with a blog, that you forget who you were without it. That being said – I did really miss being in the “blog world” and I’m definitely happy to be back!

So in honor of July, everyone’s favorite “currently” post. Cause I haven’t been current on here for awhile – you know?
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Acroyoga Base

June 8, 2015
by Alex Karei

Trying Something New: Acroyoga with Pop Up Yoga DSM

A couple of weeks ago, my friend LaDonna invited me to try out a free new local event called Pop Up Yoga Des Moines. I’d heard a little bit about it here and there on social media, but hadn’t made it yet, and her invite was exactly the prompt I needed to look into it more seriously. By the end of the chat, we had made plans to go the following Saturday.

About midway through the week, I heard something that made me a tad nervous. The featured yoga class that week? AcroYoga! Not the usual “namaste” I was used to, and something that seemed to be quite a bit outside my comfort zone. LaDonna and I chatted about it and decided that we would go anyway, and, if nothing else, have a little fun making fools of ourselves. What did we have to lose? Continue Reading →


May 15, 2015
by Alex Karei

Five Things Friday

Happy Friday, friends! Thank you ALL for your kind words of congratulations about our wedding! May has been a whirlwind so far, and I can’t believe it’s already half over. After saying goodbye to the rest of our Kenya family at the end of April, May has mostly been recovery – recovering our wedding-covered apartment, catching up on other home-related things (I guess we do have to pay bills) and, to be honest, relaxing a bit. Oh, and not to mention some small trips on the weekends.

I was thinking about this blog, too. Although I love posting on it, as many of you have seen, it’s hard to make it a priority. Right now, that’s still okay with me, but I want to be able to check in from time to time. Five Things Friday is honestly a pretty good format for me to do that. Not so time intensive, but I can get the highlights out, and still feel like I’m staying in the loop. And then, when I have time? A real post! But for now, five things. Today’s five things will probably give you a *little* insight into why else I’ve been (and continue to be) so busy. It’s also quite a bit longer than most of my Five Things Friday posts, but, again, you’ll see why. Continue Reading →

Phlilip and Alex Karei

May 1, 2015
by Alex Karei

Happy Day … Happy May!

So, can we talk for a minute about how I BLINKED and it’s already May 1? April went so fast. I can’t even tell you everything that happened yet, but it was a big month. Obviously, the highlight was seeing gobs and gobs of family, combined with this little event … Continue Reading →

15.3 Scaled: Crossfit Open 2015

March 19, 2015
by Alex Karei
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15.2 + 15.3 Scaled Recaps: Crossfit Open 2015

You know what I’m thankful for? The Crossfit Open. Because, no matter how crazy busy I’ve gotten with wedding meetings, RSVP lists, and color swatches, it reminds me that I need to pull back into the blog, at least for a quick check-in, and share with you all my experiences with the workouts.

The posts may not be much, but I feel strongly about them for one reason: I want those who didn’t participate this year, or those who may be thinking about joining Crossfit in 2015, to feel inspired to join in on the fun in 2016. Simply because, I love the Open. Not because of the workouts (once you see 15.3, you’ll see why) but because of the community around them. It’s so much fun participating in an event that not only brings together my box with a weekly community workout, but also brings together the community as a whole. It’s so much fun being able to connect with old friends from around the nation – just to ask, “Did you do 15.X yet?” Continue Reading →


March 5, 2015
by Alex Karei

15.1 Recap – Deadlifts and Snatches and Jerks, Oh My!

And knee-raises, of course. But I had three words to use to make that title work, and knee-raises are just awkward to say. You know? Saturday morning, I took on 15.1 and 15.1a at Crossfit Primal (my box) in Waukee, Iowa. Ginnie Coleman Photography took these AWESOME shots, and I just couldn’t let this workout pass without featuring some of them. A big thank you goes to her – it’s so fun to see what I look like in action!

I debated a lot between doing the Crossfit Games Rx or Scaled. Honestly, I still wonder if I should have done this first workout Rx. But, at the end of the day, I knew that pulling off multiple 75# snatches, combined with toes to bar, wouldn’t necessarily leave me a happy camper – even if I could pull it off. So, while Scaled seemed like it might have been a little bit easy, I went with it. Here’s the workout: Continue Reading →

New car

February 26, 2015
by Alex Karei

Thinking Out Loud: We’re TWO Months Out!

Less than two months. TWO MONTHS. Can you even believe this? When I got engaged, I thought that an April 2015 wedding seemed like ages away. Now, it’s so close that I can’t believe it – and can no longer procrastinate. It’s time to plan this thing. So, my nights these days are filled with color swatches, Etsy searches for the perfect accessories, lists, and other, stereotypical wedding things. Most days, it’s still fun. The things that aren’t so fun … are getting done, and that’s all that matters. Continue Reading →

Sweat Angel

February 6, 2015
by Alex Karei

Workouts of the Week: Snow Removal … For Time?

Hey-o. Happy Friday, ladies & gents! Checking in with another week of workouts. What else do I do on a Friday?

First, though, one of my favorite new(ish) videos – if you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth a watch. Plus, you should watch it, because I had to Google a bunch of random words about sweaty girls to find it again and share it with you … and let’s just say that it gave me some not-so-desirable results. Continue Reading →

Image courtesy Ginnie Coleman Photography.

January 30, 2015
by Alex Karei

Workouts of the Week(s): Coming Back + Humble Pie

It’s been a little while since we’ve done one of these posts, huh? Well, it had also been quite a while since I had done many workouts – so, I suppose that makes sense. But, I totally am pumped to get back to sharing my workouts since my blend Katie decided to bring back her Fitness Friday link-ups. And, though in one of her blog posts she said she’d keep doing it even if no one linked up, at least she’ll have me. Eh?

There was also a time I linked up with her not realizing she had shut down the link-up. Long story.

Anyway, this week’s post is really about … being a little humble. Appreciating where you’re at with your fitness level right now. Why? Because when you go to Kenya and don’t Crossfit for a month … some of those gainz … there are gone. Continue Reading →