Be Strong, Be Kind

Strength coach, trainer educator, writer, mom to three awesome kids, pie enthusiast. Creating monsters since 2009.

The Chaos of an Ordinary Life

Its 530 am and I dont want to get up.  My legs are heavy, I can’t see.  Its still dark outside. The dog whines next to my bed.  The teenagers are stumbling around downstairs trying to find breakfast.  I do not hide breakfast, the teenage mind is incapable of finding things outside the scope of their understanding of the world.  And at 6 am they understand nothing other than they […]

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From Aesthetics Back to Athletics

So, yesterday was my second Highland Games since competing in Figure back in June and I am finally back to being somewhat competitive. I’m significantly heavier than I was 2.5 months ago, but I’m also a lot leaner than I was the last time I weighed 160 lbs. But, its time to find balance between being the athlete I want to be while also maintaining the leanness I worked so […]

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Three Days Out

Hey there, it’s been a while. I am currently three days out from my first figure competition and I finally had some down time to check in on the process. This has been a 17 month journey to get here and it required not only a lot of time and dedication, but to empty my cup , reorganize my thinking, and trust the process. That last part was a lot […]

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So, sandbagging has a negative connotation in sports and for the most part, it should.  It basically means that you are hiding your strengths or talking yourself down to give yourself an advantage later.  For example, someone might come out to a game of touch football saying, “I’m not that athletic, I haven’t played sports since high school”.  And then after he single-handedly destroys the other team, you find out […]

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Why I Coach

It has occurred to me, after coaching (mostly young women) for the past 10 years, that maybe my reasons for doing so aren’t so clear. Its definitely not about the money.  (My fees are minimal at best and mostly cover my travel when we go to meets.) Its definitely not about the attention.  (Although they make me very proud no matter their level of success.) I became a trainer in […]

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My youngest son has been on Spring Break all week and the week before, my two high schoolers had their week off.  The weekend between, Easter weekend, my husband and I decided to take the kids to do a hike in Virginia that we had done ourselves a few times more than 20 years ago, Old Rag.   Hiking up Old Rag with 20 lbs of water and food in […]

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