Derbalife Boot Camp with Greenbriar Roller Vixens

I just realized that I hadn’t blogged about this yet!!

I’m doing my best to mix up my personal, “Hey this is how things are going/this is how I’m feeling” with the nutritional tips, workout tips etc etc. So.. in an effort to not inundate people with my personal life, I forgot to inundate people with my personal life!

I wish I had brought down a camera because the place that we had this boot camp was frigid. Mind-bogglingly cold.

Yup there it is. Complete with water drips and very very little heat. Which is not advantageous in the mountains in January.

Aside from that, it would have been nice to get some extra documentation of what we did! LiftOff and myself ran 15 Greenbriar Roller Vixens through 4 hours of drills, skills and endurance and then we did an hour of nutrition education at the end. We even got a bunch of girls on their own nutrition plans which is really great. It means they understand the value of proper nutrition for athletes.

Well, that and it shows that I am able to convey the information well enough for people to understand it! Sometimes I wonder.

Greenbrier is located in Lewisburg, WV, and is even more isolated than I thought it was. It took me a healthy 5 hours to get down to their little town (Which was adorable and totally deserves that “Coolest Small Town” award).

See? Not really near much of anything. Which is part of the beauty.

Greenbrier is a very small league, and they’ve only been up and skating for about a year. I met several of them when I attended the Jingle Brawl in Morgantown in December. They knew they needed outside help to teach them techniques, skills and maneuvers they had witnessed at the W.F.T.D.A. Championships this November, but had no idea how to actually do any of them.

Little, yes, but one of the coolest logos I’ve seen.

So we focused on off skates warm-ups/strength, transitions, backwards skating, backwards maneuvering, agility, 180 toe stops/stopping on a dime, backwards blocking, and blocking with partners. It went over really well. We had to adjust our plan from time to time because skills that we thought were basic and everyone knew them – well.. they had never been taught! It was awesome coming out of that camp and knowing that we had really helped some skaters learn and practice new things.

There were so many other drills, relays and skills that I wanted to teach. There just is never enough time! I am super stoked to go back down though. On spring break, I will be visiting the Beckley Area Derby Dames and doing a boot camp on Tuesday night. The following night I am really HOPING to be at Chemical Valley. The day after that… I’ll be back at Greenbrier! So amazing.


I have the best job in the world … did I mention that? I get to skate, help people be healthy, help people hit their goals and meet awesome new people all over the country. And then even better is that I also get to train people to do what I do!! SO AWESOME!!!!

I’m looking forward to 2013 is such a big way. Derby. Bridal Shows. Creating a hub in Harrisburg for people to come to. Travel and more!! Yea for Health, Weatlh and the time to enjoy both!!!

The ladies of Greenbrier! LiftOff and I are in the front (She's in green, I'm in black)
The ladies of Greenbrier! LiftOff and I are in the front (She’s in green, I’m in black)

If you’re interested in a boot camp (derby or non-derby!) or nutrition classes, hit me up. If you’re just looking to get healthy, don’t be shy to drop me a message. I would love to help you get on your path!

Overcoming Lethargy

I’ve done a series of articles in the past through the site about how to overcome lethargy and it’s a very very difficult thing to do. I wanted to revisit the topic and since I’m sitting here, partially wishing that my practice would be cancelled due to icy conditions, I thought this would be a great time to remind myself to ….


Even if practice were to get cancelled tonight, that would just mean that I would have to go to the gym and get a workout that way. The rules of physics apply to our bodies as much as they do to inanimate objects. A body in motion stays in motion, while a body at rest … you get the picture. You don’t feel like it? TOUGH! There are plenty of people who don’t feel like it and are doing it anyway.

Rule #2: Nutrition nutrition nutrition

Sure you may think that Red Bull is going to make you peppy for the rest of the day, but what happens when you crash out because of the blood sugar drop? The only way to truly fend off lethargy is to have awesome nutrition and keep that carb count LOW. If you’re not taking multivitamins 3 times a day, if you’re not eating protein-intense mini-meals throughout the day, if you’re not drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water a day… you really need to REBOOT the way you think about your diet!!

Rule #3: Sleep Now

You only slept 5 hours last night? Well no WONDER you’re lethargic! Why are you not sleeping much? If you find that you wake constantly through the night, your mattress, pillows or other support could be in need of updating.

Do you snore? Perhaps your septum is deviated and it’s blocking your air flow.

You just find that you have too much on your mind?  End each day by writing down the five things that you need to do the next day, so that you have a plan when you wake up. Also, creating a daily routine and writing it down can help your nerves tremendously.

You work out super late and are too amped up? Make sure you are doing something for recovery when you’re done your workout, include sugar so that your blood sugar will drop and result in you getting tired. You can also get used to taking some calming herbs like chamomile, valerian root and jujube. (PS Herbalife has some great natural calming remedies that I can attest to their amazingness.)

Rule #4: Positive Thinking

What? Positive thinking? I’m going to ‘ think positively; about not being tired?


By maintaining a good and healthy attitude during everyday life, you will be naturally energized. Haven’t you noticed that happier people tend to have more energy? It’s cyclical! They’re happy because they have energy to use in happiness and they have energy to use because the happiness creates it!

Don’t believe me? For the next 7 days I challenge you to not complain and every time you hear anyone say anything negative, make it a point to move away from their negative energy. For the next 7 days do positive affirmations and be very self-aware. Every time you think anything negative or start to complain, stop yourself in your tracks and say to yourself “I will have a positive attitude.”

Maybe you think it sounds silly, but I have tons of energy thanks to doing all of the things on this list. So… I may be silly, but I can be super productive!
Feel free to leave comments below on what some of your favorite ways are to maintain energy or over come lethargy!!!

2012 in review

2013 is going to be even better for this blog! I’m going to continue to track my progress, talk health, post about interesting PR and marketing things in the world of Khaos and anything else I observe. I’m so excited to continue writing and interacting in 2013.

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.