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    hope that no matter what difficulties arise in family, health, or finances, a family can survive it and get to the other side. 'How' is not just one response, rather it's an evolving idea. Solutions present themselves as you go along the path. As you seek the thing it is you want to achieve, so will an idea come to you. I do not attribute it to a god or a religion, though I may have one or both of those. This is life. Hope. Live with me,... 



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    All Sappiness Aside...

    What: I'll be at Crossfit sweating my A** off on Sundays. Join me.

    Why: To help soldiers and their families get into a house of their own. To honor those who have sacraficed for us. 

    Where: Cedar Park, TX 609 Cherry St. and across the world. Cus you can donate even if you cannot be here. 

    Who: Anyone who wants to take part. 

    When: 6:30am every Sunday until the 4th of July. Starting on Sunday, 29 May 2011 

    Donate : As I get smoked, you can watch and throw money at me. Look for Athlete Amber A.

    More Details: The Hero Course 

     *If you like sappy, read more here. 


    Not So Impossible

     "But I realize,
    all the issues that ripple into our lives from PTSD and TBI
    are all too similar to other soldiers and their families."


    Our families' journey with the wounds of war in the form of combat PTSD and TBI have taken their toll more than I could have imagined. One area I didn't want to accept was the mental impact it has had on me, as a wife, a mother,... as myself. I am not even going to start on how it affects the kids. What I was able to do on my own in the past I find I am not able to do today. One area in particular was motivating myself to keep running, keep dancing in the studio, and keep training towards my goals. Basic self care. More and more I became isolated and less able to bring myself out to that trail, even for a walk. In the middle of dance rehearsals this past semester I couldn't even bare to look in the mirror anymore, thoughts flooded my head of inadequacy and doubt. I wondered why I even bothered to show up, I should be home just being a mom and give up trying, I had too many problems in life to be dancing. Isolation. Yucky depression. Secondary PTSD. Bleh, I felt broken and out of control of my own life.

    In attempting to remedy that feeling, I realized I don't have to keep doing this alone. I can find other ways, so I finally listened to my good friend Stephen and went to intro crossfit. Why do I think crossfit is a solution? Many reasons. I'll be less isolated, and have a community of people trying to achieve the same goals. Maybe even meet new friends. Next, I'd rather put my money in a workout program that motivates me toward mental and physical health instead of western pharmaceuticals. Pills are expensive and don't give you rock hard glutes at the end of the day. CrossFit addresses the areas I seek to improve physically already and exercise WILL improve depression and anxiety. Also, I'll achieve more with others striving by my side. Then there's better health, a preventative medicine in itself. And better eating habits because other people around me are attempting the same.

    OK OK, now you know. I am sure I will be posting coming results, physically and mentally, because all crossfitters are amazingly enthusiastic about sharing. But it gets better, and this is why I am rambling on and on about it. The group I joined is throwing a benefit. As I was speaking on the phone today to the coach about what kind of benefit it was, I about fell over. (didn't I just use that phrase in another recent post?)

    "We can't change history but we can honor it "

    "CrossFit Cedar Park is honored to launch “ The Hero Course,” a first-of-its-kind, six-week long fundraiser dedicated to honoring American Soldiers, police and fire personnel. For “Six Sundays at Sunrise,” between Memorial Day and 4th of July weekends, participants will do a Hero workout of the day.

    During The Hero Course, participants will raise funds that will be donated to the Military Warriors Support Foundation based in San Antonio.

    The Military Warriors Support Foundation was established to honor and assist disabled veterans with the everyday challenges they and their loved ones face as they return to civilian life. “We want to fill the holes our government doesn’t provide for them."

    We are very proud to launch this first-of-its-kind event and encourage you to participate. Even if you can’t make the 'WODs', you can be a part of the fundraising effort — or get your Box involved.

    Please join us in honoring America’s heroes!"

    One goal in particular he mentioned in their fundraising effort was to purchase a home for a wounded veteran. With all of the turmoil and trouble we are having in trying to keep our home, this cause is particularly close to my heart. "Military Warriors Support Foundation awards mortgage-free homes to wounded heroes injured during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The homes are for families who have severe and/or unique circumstances due to their injuries received while serving our country. In addition to the home, the families will receive 3 years of family and financial mentoring."

    Beautiful. What a great way to start off. If you can register and join us Sundays until July 4th- COME OUT! I would love to meet you. You can also donate towards this benefit form anywhere in the world. Details Here

    We can do much more together.