So I am no professional photographer, but I managed to get some awesome shots of My Chemical Romance (and Neon Trees!) at the Showbox! Check it out!
Amber Pacific stopped by the studio to chat with Izzie and Danielle! Check out the photos of the interview and performance!
THE AUDITION took the stage before This Providence at Saturday's Private Performance. Check out the photos!
WOW. Time has flown by! During the last week of the Whole Life Challenge I was in Las Vegas for our family vacation (check out my video HERE) which I thought would totally derail my progress. Still, I managed to come out on top with the WLC at the CrossFit gym I go to!
The WLC was 55 days of tough dedication for me, and it totally paid off. (If you need a refresher about what the heck the WLC is… it is a 55-day commitment to following their nutrition guidelines, taking a supplement every day, doing at least 10 minutes of stretching each day, at least 10 minutes of active recovery every day, and completing the lifestyle category – drinking half your body weight in ounces of water every day, intentional acts of kindness, mindfulness, etc. – daily. You’re awarded points for completing every category each day and logging your progress online). The accountability of recording my points daily was HUGE for me – I am sure that it is what helped ensure my success. (photo below from the finale workout!)
When I first started the challenge, I would look at a cookie or a bowl of ice cream and
think, “MAN that looks good. But if I eat it, I lose a point. Is it worth it?” It was a matter of winning the points to me in the first few weeks. But by the end of the 55 days, I’d see a dessert and think, “well, I have a tough workout tonight, and I want to do well. Plus that ice cream will make my stomach hurt… not worth it!” My body has totally adjusted to a lower sugar and dairy intake, so eating it makes me not feel so good. Now I stray away from things that are bad for me… because I know they’re bad for me! It’s not worth it in the end (Ok… sometimes I have those days when I just NEED a cookie, but you know what I mean ).
On the first day of the challenge (Feb. 16) we did a benchmark workout. 800m run, 50 sit ups, 75 squats, 100 pushups, and as many burpees as you can complete in 11 minutes. Your score was how many reps combined you completed in the 11 minutes. In February, my score was 135. I only got through 10 of the pushups and was absolutely beat – like borderline embarrassed type of beat. My goal for the end of the challenge was to just do better than I did the first time. I wanted to learn about myself, what I eat, how it makes me feel, and how I can treat myself better. And I just wanted a better score on day 55! Well, on the last day of the challenge (April 13), we re-did the benchmark workout, and I scored 189. I did 54 more pushups than I was able to do the first time. That is a huge improvement!!
On top of that, I did well in the other categories, too. I lost 5 inches (2 off my waist and 3 off my hips!), and lost about 12 pounds (!!). HOLY WOW! I really didn’t think I would see so much overall improvement in my tiny 5’ 1” frame in 55 days. I am SO glad I took part in this challenge.
The Whole Life Challenge has really set me up for my ½ Marathon Training, which really has geared up this week. I’m keeping up with (about 90% of) the nutrition aspect of the WLC, and working out 5 days, 8 times a week doing the CrossFit Endurance program with the guidance of Scott, owner of StoneWay CrossFit. 64 days from now, I’ll be running my first half marathon, the longest distance I’ve ever ran, and I cannot wait! I know that I’ll be prepared for this one. Running has always been difficult for me – having sports induced asthma means that if I’m not conditioned enough, I can have an asthma attack pretty easily. But, I kicked my inhaler to the curb a few years ago after starting CrossFit, and am confident that I’ll be able to get through this huge accomplishment without it. Can’t wait to do the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon!!
So… you running in the Rock ‘n’ Roll this year? Let me know! I’d love to cheer you on as you train!! Let me know if you’re running a race this summer on twitter @BonjourDanielle. AND, make sure to check out the Whole Life Challenge website, I know they'll be doing another challenge eventually, and I'd love to do one with you!
Of course, my blogging about the Marathon isn't stopping here! I'll let you know about products I try, workouts that are killer, and tons of other things. Check out my previous blog posts about the WLC below!