July 9, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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Let’s Talk About: Crossfit Misconceptions

Now that I’ve been doing Crossfit for nearly 10 months (say what???), I’ve received my fair share of comments about it. I know there are a lot of misconceptions floating around out there, and I do my best to dispel them. Sometimes it’s hard for me to relate since I’ve been reading blogs about Crossfitters, and participating myself, for so long. However, I know that as a sport, Crossfit isn’t well understood. When I told people I was a runner, that was something that they could relate to. Everyone has a friend, sister, or parent that’s a “crazy runner”. But WODing? Not so much! Continue Reading →

July 7, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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Life this July: A Three Minute Update

Ohhhh hey there all. Remember me? The girl who kind of just disappeared off the face of the blog for a week or so? I’ve made it a habit to not apologize for not blogging (cause let’s be honest, you probably didn’t even notice – my mom did – thanks mom!) but it does feel good getting a chance to write again after a crazy, crazy week (+ a few days?). In general, the craziness was brought about by my mid-term take home exam being due on Thursday. I was using every. spare. moment. to finish up that baby, but I feel pretty good about it. So, wish me luck on that A!

I’ve wasn’t sure where to start this week at, so I thought it would be fun to kind of give you a three-minute update. To be honest, I’m not really holding myself to the three-minute thing. It’s kind of like a three-topic update. But read quickly, and you could knock it out in three minutes! Continue Reading →

Duck

June 25, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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What I Ate: Utah Vacation Eats

One of my favorite things about traveling is trying new restaurants. Even better? Trying them with other foodie blogger friends! I had some amazing eats at Blend a couple weeks (let’s be honest, nearly a month) ago, and I just had to share, even if it took me a few weeks.

To recap – Blend Retreat (Blogger + Friend = Blend) was a blogger retreat held in Park City, Utah early this month. We spent the weekend eating, working out, and relaxing. Simple, bliss.

I thought about it, but decided I was only going to talk about the food I was most excited about from the trip. So no, not everything is represented. And I’m sorry – Cafe Rio was good, but I prefer my Chipotle. Mmmhmm!

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Crossfit Competition

June 23, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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Marvelous in My Monday: My First Crossfit Competition!

Good morning all! How was your weekend? If you read my post Friday, you know that I spent part of my weekend competing in the Crossfit 424 Throwdown in Pella, Iowa this weekend. Or, if you were on Instagram at any point between Friday night and Saturday – you might have seen my posts there, too. I don’t quite have a full recap post ready, but I wanted to stop by this morning and say a few words.  Continue Reading →

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June 20, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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5 Thoughts Before My First Crossfit Competition

Happy Friday everyone! I’m sitting on the coach, debating the merit of taking a 20 minute nap, and psyching myself out about my first Crossfit competition, which starts in roughly three hours (from when I began writing this post, anyway). I’m ready. I think. I’m completely stressing myself out, and I don’t really know why. I mean, I think it might be just typical Crossfit nerves rearing their head, but who can say? Do all Crossfitters get those nervers? When you’re going into a WOD you’ve never done before, and you want to do well? Continue Reading →

Closing-Ceremony

June 17, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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Blend Recap 3: Sunday & the Swag

Aaand we’re back! I still can’t believe that I’ve made this into three whole recaps, but the posts were just getting *so* long. I have a lot of admiration for those of you who managed to cover the entire weekend in one post. I’m simply too wordy, I suppose. Plus, I like to really try and document everything, so you can live the experience with me, and so later, I have those memories written down. Didn’t know you all were also reading my diary, did you?

Sunday we were once again up bright and early for boot camp, but from a new sponsor – GPP Fitness! I first experienced GPP Fitness at the 2013 Blend Retreat, and I fell in love with it. It inspired me to begin training at Surefire Fitness, and ultimately, to join Crossfit. Needless to say, I was pretty pumped to have Neil back for another fun workout. One thing I love about Neil’s workouts is how he can make it so much fun. Sunday’s workout was no exception! We did a team workout, in which there were four rounds. During each round, each person ran a lap, while all of the other partners did a workout move together. These moves included burpees, dips, push-ups, and sit-ups. At the end, there was some combination of math that concluded who won, based off total time it took to complete all the rounds and how many of each move was performed. Neat, huh? Continue Reading →

Hiking

June 16, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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Blend Recap 2: Saturday Happenings

Let’s see … where did we leave off? That’s right, I talked about Thursday and Friday of Blend Retreat 2014. Which means, it’s time for Saturday!

Saturday morning we were up bright and early for a boot camp workout, sponsored by Onnit. We did a combination of push-ups, squats, lunges, and burpees, followed by an abs circuit. The workout ended with a planking competition, which a lot of girls (including my Blends Mollie, Laura, and Heather) absolutely killed! I hold my own for a couple of minutes, which is pretty typical for a plank for me. I would have loved to win the contest, but knew that my chances were slim from the get-go – some of these girls plank daily. Me, not so much! Continue Reading →

Cocktail Hour

June 13, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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Blend Recap 2014: Thursday & Friday

I know that a lot of girls have posted Blend Retreat recaps, and that’s fine. I still want to write about everything we did, even if so many of my Blends were there, too! I’ll try to bring my unique spin to it, I promise icon smile Blend Recap 2014: Thursday & Friday .

Thursday

A group of us decided to head up a day early and check out Salt Lake City. This worked well for me as airfare and flights were better on Thursday anyway, so I was happy to join. I was not so happy to wake up bright and early to catch a a 6:05 a.m. flight, but I made it work. Continue Reading →

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June 10, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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#Blend2014: Refreshing

Well, I’m home! Blend 2014 was amazing, as expected. It was so nice to see all of my blends, from both Blend 2013 and from Healthy Living Summit 2013. We had some good workouts, ate some tasty food, and really had a nice, relaxing ladies weekend away. Not to mention how blessed we were with the ridiculous amount of swag that we brought home. I can’t thank the sponsors enough – I don’t think we’ll need to buy “snack” food for 6 months! (Full swag recap to come, promise!) Continue Reading →

deadlift

June 6, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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Guest Post: What is Functional Strength?

I don’t take a lot of guest posts these days. While I constantly get requests, I usually don’t have time to deal with how random most of the emails are. Andi, however, was different! She emailed me about my Next Step Challenge, and told me about how she was dealing with beginning to eat Primal. We started to talk about how she is a functional strength coach, and when she asked if she could write a guest post for me, I jumped at the chance to have someone with her knowledge to talk to you all about functional strength. Plus, she’s a really cool chic – check out her bio!

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June 5, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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Welcome to Blend 2014!

Hey all! How’s your Thursday going? I’m writing this post from Salt Lake City, Utah, where I’ve just landed for another year of Blend. This year, I came in a day early to spend some time with some new, and old, Blends, investigating Salt Lake City before we head over to Park City tomorrow for the start of the “official” weekend!

If you’re not familiar with Blend, here’s the scoop:

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Post-WOD

June 3, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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BondiBand Review & GIVEAWAY!

I’ve got lots ‘o’ locks. A head-full of hair, I guess you could say. I’ve always had, and (hopefully) will continue to have that problem for years to come. What’s that mean I’m always looking for? A way to keep those locks under control! So, when SweatPink offered me the opportunity to review a Bondi Band, I jumped at the chance to try one out for the first time.

When I was primarily running, it didn’t matter too much what I used as a headband. Almost anything would do the trick, and if it didn’t, it was easy to fix while out and about. But, when I started Crossfit, things changed entirely. I don’t have time to be messing with my hair during an intense WOD. Add moves where you’re upside down, like handstand push-ups, and you’ve got a bit of an issue. Continue Reading →

Source

May 28, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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Wedding Wednesday: Dress Shopping

This post has been coming for a week now. I got the idea last Wednesday – right after shopping – and started writing, but you know, life happens, and it didn’t quite get finished. Until today! Anyway, I don’t plan on gabbing on too much about wedding stuff, but this blog has always had a touch of the personal side, and to be honest, I’d like to gab a bit … mmkay?

The reason I’m ready to gab? Last Saturday, I went wedding dress shopping! Now that we’re less than a year away (11 months, to be a little bit precise) of our scheduled date of April 18, 2015, I figured that it was acceptable to start looking. Especially since when my sister and I compared calendars, we saw that she and I didn’t have a free weekend that matched again until July. So, we wrangled up some family (+ a friend) and off we went. I scheduled appointments at three local bridal boutiques. They all told me they all made 90 minute time slots, so I scheduled one at 9:45 a.m., one at 1:00 p.m. (so we had time for lunch in between) and one at 4:00 p.m. Continue Reading →

Memorial-Day-2011

May 23, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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5 Things Friday {Memorial Day Edition}

Ah, Friday. What a crazy week. I won’t go into details. Well, maybe later. But today, all I’m thinking about is the impending weekend.

I love Memorial weekend – don’t you? Obviously I appreciate the true meaning of the day, but for me, the weekend also holds a lot of tradition. I think that the reason that Memorial weekend is so great is that it’s not a weekend you lose when you transition to the working world. Young or old, you can enjoy it just the same (though your beverages might change, if you’re into that sort of thing). Continue Reading →