Day in the Life: May 2016

Happy Friday! And we can one-up that with an even better, Happy Three Day Weekend!  Let’s please, however, acknowledge that Memorial Day is about much more than BBQs and an extra day off from work.  It’s about honoring and remembering those who have lost their lives serving our country. To kick off Memorial Day weekend, I listened to the StoryCorps podcast on my way to work and it featured some beautiful stories from veterans.  Also, last week I completed The Murph Challenge, which many CrossFit gyms will host this Monday on Memorial Day in honor of Lt. Michael Murphy.

Anywho, I’m here today with a “day in the life” post, since I haven’t done one since January 2015 and things are a tad different now.  If you’re not interested in a hourly breakdown of my life, feel free to come back next week but if you’d like an insider look at how I spent a random Wednesday, let’s do it!

5:23 AM: Wake up (I always set my alarm to weird times like 6:41 or 5:58, don’t judge me).

5:25-5:45 AM: Eat mug full of Life cereal (#preworkout), drink water, get dressed and drive to the gym.

6:00-7:00AM: CrossFit.  We did push presses, then the WOD was 4 Rounds for Time: 200m run, 5 Renegade Rows and 10 abmat sit-ups and I finished in 8:03.  Since it was an all girls 6AM class, we snapped a pic! #girlpower



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7:10-7:50 AM: Send my CrossFit friend Ashley a Snap (snap me! KimHobanRD) to say thanks for my new tank (pictured above), shower, get ready for work, make my smoothie (spinach, Naked Oats & Whey, banana, mango, chia seeds and almond milk) and head out the door.

7:50-8:30 AM: Drive to work, listening to my latest audible purchase, It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too).  I’m only a few chapters in and have already cried and laughed a ton.  I highly recommend!

8:35-9:10 AM:  Make a mug of tea, fill up my Klean Kanteen and settle in at work, reading and responding to e-mails.



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9:15 AM-12:00 PM:  Work, work, work, work.  Most of the morning was spent working in our nutrition analysis software to analyze new recipes from our chefs.  Fun stuff!  Somewhere in there I decided to sample the new Breakfast bars KIND recently sent me.  I had the PB one and it was pretty sweet and more like a cookie!



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12:00-12:20 PM:  Went for a walk outside in the sunshine(!!!) while listening to the latest WodCast Podcast episode with Lauren Fisher (#girlcrush).  So thankful to have some good walking trails near my office.



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12:25 PM:  Stopped at DD to get a jumbo unsweetened iced tea.



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12:30 PM: Got back to the office and warmed up my lunch of tossed together leftovers.  Ate lunch at my desk (aka things I advise others NOT to do).  My mixture of lentils, barley, peppers, onions and spinach might not be pretty, but it works!



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12:45 PM:  Back to work: editing newsletter copy, monitoring progress in our company-wide allergy awareness training and scheduling social media posts.

2:30 PM:  Chocolate break! I brought these babies back from The Ganachery in Disney Springs to share with coworkers, but that matcha green tea one was calling my name today!



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4:30 PM:  Late afternoon snack of Fage Greek yogurt with a handful of blackberries.  Forgot to take a picture, oops!

5:15 PM:  Gather everything I need for a health fair tomorrow, pack up my car and leave work.

6:15-7:15 PM:  Therapy sesh.  I’ve been regularly seeing my therapist for about a year now and it has been crucial to my overall wellbeing.  I honestly think everyone can benefit from seeing a therapist…you don’t need to have a diagnosis of depression or anything like that.  Sometimes it’s good to just talk.  Life can be hard, friends.  Make your mental health a priority too! 😉

8:00 PM:  Arrive home.  Yes, I drive out of my way to my therapist who is almost 45 min from home.  #worthit

8:15 PM:  Enjoy dinner with boyfriend: Buffalo tempeh, roasted cauliflower and potatoes.  Again, unpictured.  I guess the wheels sort of fell off toward the end of the day! 😉

8:30-9:15 PM: Draft this blog post, then lay out my gym and work clothes for the morning.  I switched back to morning workouts this week and everything must be prepped the night before in order for me to fit it in!

9:30 PM:  Get in bed and fall fast asleep!
That’s all…Happy weekend, friends! Any big plans for MDW?  Podcast or book recommendations for me?  



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The Murph Challenge 2016

Over the weekend, our CrossFit gym hosted the Hero WOD “Murph” a week earlier than most other gyms.  The workout starts off with a 1 mile run, then leads into 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats and finishes with another 1 mile run.  If you’re truly badass, you complete the workout wearing a 20-lb weight vest.


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This grueling workout is normally done on Memorial Day, in honor of Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005.  This workout was Murph’s favorite and has now become a tradition that pays tribute to the hero who gave all for his teammates and his country.  During Operation Red Wings, “Murph” heroically put himself in the line of fire in order to make contact with an air base and request support for his team.  For more on Murph’s story, you can watch Murph: The Protector or Lone Survivor and check out TheMurphChallenge.com.  So much more than just a workout, the Murph Challenge is also the Official annual fundraiser for the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation.  

Last year, Boyfriend and I completed Murph as a partner workout, but this year I accepted the challenge on my own.  I modified the pull-ups to ring rows and scaled the push-ups to hand-release and eventually on my knees when I needed to.  


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There are many strategies for how to break up the movements in this workout and I went with the most popular one: 20 rounds of Cindy, which is 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups and 15 air squats.  As expected, the push-ups were the hardest part for me.  My chest and triceps are still tight and sore!  The run portions ended up being a tad longer than a mile (maybe about 1.2ish?) and the final run certainly wasn’t pretty after 300 squats, but I gave it all I had and finished in 49:33.  Despite not being able to complete the workout Rx, I am extremely proud of myself and my time! 



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I don’t have any photos from during the workout (which is probably a good thing), but some of us girls got together for a group pic when we were all done and sweaty.  After the WOD, everyone hung out to eat and watch some of the CrossFit Regionals live.  I brought my Avocado BLT Bites and a Strawberry Mango Salsa…SO good!  

Murph is definitely a tough workout, but serves as a reminder of the incredible sacrifice our military men and women are making every single day.  Memorial Day shouldn’t be the only day we take time out to remember those who have lost their lives while serving our country.  You can join the rest of the CrossFit world in completing Murph next Monday, May 30th (register here!) or consider donating directly to the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation.  

Have you ever completed the Murph Challenge? Are you doing it this year?  Tell me about it!



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