As a peaceful warrior, I would choose when, where and how I would behave.
With that commitment, I began to live the life of a warrior.
~Dan Millman

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Celebrate life~
  • Let go of those preconceptions and let in a world of the unimaginable!
  • Be grateful for your loved ones and those things that make your life rich and full.
Thank you for stopping by and coming back to share ! ~j

“Every once in a blue moon, something new comes along that scrambles your preconceptions.”
Cumin Crusted Sea Bass

4 servings

Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

* 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
* 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
* 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
* 1 pound sea bass fillets, skinned and cut into 4 pieces
* 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
* Lemon or lime wedges


1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Toast cumin seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring, until fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool.
3. Grind cumin seeds, salt and pepper with a spice grinder or mortar and pestle into a fine powder. Rub spice mixture on both sides of bass.
4. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add bass and cook until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
5. Transfer skillet to oven and bake until fish is opaque in the center, 3 to 7 minutes.
6. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately, with lemon or lime wedges.

Delicious with sauteed spinach.

Enjoy! ~j

For the more serious counters, Nutrition information:
Per serving: 138 calories; 4 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 49 mg cholesterol; 1 g carbohydrates; 22 g protein; 0 g fiber; 224 mg sodium; 336 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (62% daily value).

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and glowing, on sea and continues and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.
~John Muir

Today, you might simply feel inspired by the beauty of the world around you.

If you want to enhance this focus, you might consider devoting a block of time to spend in a natural setting that fills you with awe and wonder. Oceans, rivers, canyons, and forests would be good places to visit because you can marvel at the power of nature and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds around you.

Wherever you choose to wander today, simply let go of worrisome thoughts and engage fully with beauty and wonder as they heighten your feelings of euphoria.Immersing ourselves completely in beautiful surroundings can lift our thoughts above boredom, petty concerns, and stressful circumstances. Seeking experiences of wonder and awe on a regular basis automatically helps us feel lighter and more carefree. As we spend time in beautiful surroundings, we feel removed from our limited focus and our problems seem to shrink when compared to the raw power and blissful serenity that nature offers. As a result, our mood and mind-set seem to lift and expand, creating a stronger sense of spiritual awareness, inner peace, and abundant joy in all of our experiences.

Embracing the wonder of nature can intensify your feelings of euphoria and make every moment deeper and more meaningful today.

A little Om ~j

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Here is a yum salad for a winter treat~

Winter fruit salad

Robb Wolf & Nicki Violetti
February 2005

Time: 20 minutes

1 medium blood orange
1 medium ruby red grapefruit
1 medium Fuji apple
1 medium Valencia orange
1 handful of fresh mint
¼ cup pecans
Juice from ½ lime
½ tsp cinnamon

Coarsely chop pecans and set aside. Peel orange, blood orange, and grapefruit and separate into slices. The grapefruit will require some extra effort to remove the thick cortex. Chop each slice into fifths and place in bowl. Cut apple into eighths and then cut into smaller bite-sized pieces. Add to bowl. Mince the mint and add to salad. Add pecans, drizzle with lime juice and sprinkle with cinnamon. Mix and enjoy! Makes ~ 6 Cups

Thanks Catalyst Athletics!
Recovery, a necessity! If regular exercise is a part of your life, then rest and recovery should be just as important.

This one is for you Eric...hope you are really enjoying your new rolling relationship. ~j

Foam Rolling: Part I from Patrick Cummings on Vimeo.

Foam Rolling Part II from Jon Gilson on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love."~Hamilton Wright Mabie
Sending wishes of a holiday filled with family, friends, love and joy! May you share laughter and memories to treasure together. Merry Christmas! Blessings! ~j
ps. Oh yeah! And delicious morsels prepared to compliment those moments that will live on in your mind for many years to come. However you define your family, the love that Jesus shares brings you just a little closer during Christmas time, whether just for a glimmer of a moment or for a lifetime.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009



Its begining to look like Christmas!
by Bam on Dec.22, 2009, under Latest Posts, Workouts

Everyone knows the song “The 12 Days of Christmas”. “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me……” A close friend of mine designed a workout a few years ago using that song as a templet. The workout goes like the song. Do the first exercise, the second, back to the first, to the third, second and the first again. Continue till you get to twelve.
1 bear crawl 50ft
2 burpees
3 v ups
4 turkish get ups
5 swings
6 squats
7 jerks
8 situps
9 rows
10 jumping squats
11 clock taps
12 jumping lunges

You can use single or double bells.
Enjoy! Merry Christmas!

Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living! ~Amanda Bradley

It's time to Celebrate!

'It’s interesting to think of what it would mean to us if we let ourselves wear our nicest clothes and eat off the good china on a daily basis. We might be sending ourselves the message that every day we are alive is a special day and a cause for celebration, and that we are worth it. There is something uplifting about treating ourselves to the finest of what we have. It is as if we rise to the occasion when we wear our best clothes and set the table beautifully, as if for a very special guest. We are more mindful of where we place things, what we are eating, and who is with us. Using the good china, and eating in the dining room might be an invitation to be more conscious of the beauty and grace inherent in our everyday lives.'

With joyful anticipation of your great celebration! ~j
Merry Christmas CrossFit style. It's all GOOD!

Many blessings to all no matter how you share the love, spirit and joy~


The 12 Days WOD from Hollis Molloy on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Hey gang!

Seems like my favorite boys are out and on the loose. Living the life, talking the talk, walking the walk.

Berardi, Wolf and now Sissons. I had the pleasure of meeting Mark Sissons last week and he is the real deal. You can get a flavor for him on his blog (Mark's Daily Apple).

I love the fact that the boys have come out of the gate blazing. The primal style of eating is very health promoting and when you combine that with sustainable and conscious habits, well, you pretty much have it nailed. Just remember not to forget your leafy greens, a point that I think is key in a successful primal eating.

So enjoy this interview. Keep it real! ~j

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Nice work Robb! ~j

Take a listen to the Paleolitic Solution podcasts. There is a wealth of information here. It's great to see more and more support for real food.

Enjoy! ~j

Friday, December 04, 2009

Inward calm cannot be maintained
unless physical strength is constantly and intelligently replenished
Dr Berardi has many sound principles for healthy lifestyle changes when it comes to exercise and nutrition. Rooted in the wisdom of the past and the knowledge of today's cutting edge science. He is one of my favorites!

He doesn't quite go to the extreme's of a Paleo diet, but he pretty much hits all the key points regarding nutrient timing and quality of food.

Whatever your program is, take to heart that making the changes stick makes the difference. Eating and emotion often come into play especially with the holiday season upon us.

Change is not always easy, but when you commit to options that offer a future with a better quality of life, you want look back and say, YES!

Enjoy and take to heart the advice that follows. ~j

Write while the heat is in you.
The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts
uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.
He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.
~Henry David Thoreau