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What’s it Really Like to Run a Spartan Race? And can CrossFit Help Me?

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By Christine Ardigo MSRD

Think you have what it takes?

I’m fortunate enough to have a group of friends that hate sitting around. And they’re lucky enough to have someone like me that’s always up for a challenge. Just ask, and I’m in. When they asked me to run a Spartan race, I was a little leery, but then, hey why the hell not.

Instantly I went into full Spartan mode. I ran up and down the stairs multiple times a day in the hospital I work in, jumped on the StairMaster at the gym, and did High Intensity Interval Training on the treadmill. I was ready!

Then I watched a video of what it actually entailed. Eek! Running was the least of my problems.
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35 Healthy Snacks

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By Christine Ardigo MSRD

Want to know the best snack to eat? That’s easy. One that’s nutritious and you enjoy. I know, you’re thinking, well no duh. But for many of us it’s not that simple. Choking down a dry rice cake or a bag of potato chips seems like the norm. Sure they’re quick and easy but what are you getting out of them? Nothing.

The Problem with Most Snacks

The majority of snacks fool you into thinking they’ll cure your grumbling stomach, but an hour later you’re searching in the fridge again, never really satisfied . Why? Most snacks lack fiber and protein, or any nutrients at all. Fiber and protein take longer to digest, therefore keep you feeling full longer. Plus you’re wasting calories on junk food and leaving little room for the foods your body needs. Snacks are a great way to sneak in the foods you might have missed at your regular meals.                                                              . Read More

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Facing your Fears

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 By Christine Ardigo MSRD

What is Fear?

It’s really just an obstacle that prevents us from achieving our dreams. An illusion we create to make excuses for not trying new things. Is it really fear or excitement?

I always had a fear of heights and falling. Not sure if it’s that stomach-dropping feeling, not being in control, fearing pain, death? I remember hating when someone threw me in the air, tossed me overhead into the ocean, or pretended to drop me from a high altitude. (Okay it was only a few feet but still).

I hate roller coasters. I can do most of the slides at the water parks but spinning things? Freefalls? Upside down rides? Ah, no.

I receive a note in my mailbox the other day that I had a surprise present waiting for me on Sunday. Reservations were made and were nonrefundable. P.S. It would be the best five minutes of my life. I knew right away what it was.

Listen, when I lift weights, I don’t sweat. Thinking about my upcoming Sunday plans, I needed an entire bottle of anti-perspirant for the palms of my hands alone.                                                  . Read More

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