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YouTube & PreWorkout fail. Plus some.

The day after I posted a blog I decided- eff this. I’m just going to do it. I’m going to make my first YouTube video. I decided I was going to talk about my experience with a new preworkout I had just bought called, Havok. (If you’re interested in it, check out my Twitter @Renee009)

Havok has by far been my worst preworkout experience. I had a competition coming up so that’s why I was in the market for a new one.

It was one week before my competition when I tried Havok. I felt like I was in the worst shape of my life. I thought I was going to die. I really started to question my life 20 mins into the workout.  At this point I never once thought- maybe I feel like this because of the preworkout??? Come to find out, it was.

I thought it would be a good idea to make my first YouTube video about my Havok experience and about how I wasn’t ready for this CF competition. WELL- that was a mess in itself. I attempted to film on my iPhone three times before I gave up. I was so nervous filming! It’s weird to me to film myself talking. Everytime i would get “ballsy” and get all into my video my phone would run out of space!!! So I would delete crap to make space. And still- fail. I did this three times during my lunch hour btw before I said, eff this.

My CrossFit competition has come and gone (thank God) and I’m moving on to new interests. Like, only focusing on Olympic lifting. It’s my speciality. ☺️ My lifts are not perfect but I strive for them to be.

If you all are interested in what that looks like follow me on Instagram @sabrenee009 ☺️👍

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Hello, World.

It’s been a year since my last post. I missed blogging! So, I’m back! 🙂

I suppose I should provide you all with an update…

I got a tiny promotion last year at work. I cut down on coaching CrossFit classes; went from 10 to 3 classes a week. I have a boyfriend. I’m an aunt. I still workout just not as much.

I’ve toyed with the idea of starting my own social media company over the last two years. These days its itching at me. do it. Do It. DO IT. Mother freaking DO IT. However, the unknown can be scary.

I’m wanting to start my own YouTube channel. Until I do that I will be testing topics out on my blog first! Aren’t you all the lucky bunch. 😉

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It’s been a few months…I lost count. :/


Am I the worst blogger ever? Possibly.

I actually have a life now and haven’t seemed to grasp a good handle on balancing it.

In January, I blogged about this being the year for things to happen. That 2014 might be the year I get a promotion, a boyfriend, 1st place at a CrossFit comp, get a muscle up, get a tattoo, or buy a house???

I finally got a promotion, a boyfriend, and half way to saving up for a house! 🙂

We are already into May and I can’t wait to see how the rest of the year plays out. The best part is next month (JUNE) MY NEPHEW WILL BE HERE!!! I am so stoked!!!! I can’t wait to meet that little person. 🙂


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Day 317-324: Extremely blessed

My sister sent me a video of my nephew, Marshall moving around in her tummy. I wish I could have been there to actually see it. 🙂 Even though the thought of a little person in your body freaks me out. I can’t wait to see it in person. Time for a visit soon! 🙂

This weekend my gym went to Uvalde, Tx for a fundraiser competition for a Border Patrol who has cancer. Through this fundraiser we raised $5,000; pretty cool. 🙂 This was also my first time competing in an RX division; pretty excited to announce I placed 6th out our 14 girls. It was great motivation.

We have another competition coming up in April. This time its a team of 8; 4 rx & 4 scaled. Our scores will be combined in the end for an overall score to see who the best CF box in SA is. I’m on the RX team. We decided to make Sunday Funday our team training days. Yesterday was our first time training together as a team; I’m looking forward to the others!

After spending an entire day with my CrossFit family on Saturday a group of 8 of us went to church together the next day. It’s great to know I am surrounding myself with Godly people.

I’ve actually started dating someone as well; we’ve been on two dates so far and they are going pretty well. He is the perfect gentleman. Date 3 is on Wednesday 🙂

With all these positive people around me I feel like things are starting to fall into place. I’ve been really happy these last few weeks. 🙂 Feeling blessed beyond words.

Faith is real. 🙂

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Day 281-316: Marshall Lawrence

I am going to be the aunt of a precious baby boy, Marshall Lawrence. 😀

We wanted a boy so bad we all thought Salina would have a girl; so, we prepared ourselves mentally for one. Salina wanted to have a balloons coming out of a box as her gender reveal. When we saw blue balloons- my heart melted and I knew I was done. I tried not to cry but I couldn’t help it. I have been taking more of an emotional toll than my own sister.

We have had some twin connections before but they were random; until, now. I have felt a good portion of her pregnancy symptoms. Let me tell you, it’s awful! But such a special experience. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

She’s soon approaching six months of pregnancy. Which means only a few more months till we meet Marshall and her new little family will be closer to us.

In other news, my personal life seems to be going well. I’m surrounded by a great group of friends and hitting pretty good PR’s. 🙂

I hit a 240lb low bar back squat, 165lb power clean, and a 455lb sled pull this past week. Can’t wait to see what else I can do. 🙂

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Day 258-280: That one time

Every time I start writing a blog I remember how I use to blog everyday. I kinda miss those days.

Christmas was great, New Year’s was nice, and the New Year is off to a great start. 2014 feels like a great year for big things to happen. Maybe a promotion at work? Maybe I’ll finally get a boyfriend? Maybe I’ll place 1st at a CrossFit competition? Maybe I’ll get a muscle up? Maybe I’ll get that tattoo? (Just kidding, Salina!) Maybe I’ll buy a house? Who knows but, the possibilities are endless. That’s the exciting part!

I’m heading to New Orleans tomorrow with some of my girls for one of my best friends bachelorette party. It’s a quick trip; 8 hour drive on Friday, party Saturday, and leave Sunday. Last time I went to NOLA I got shwasted the night before we left; I had the worst hangover for the first 4hrs of our drive back. I was hunched over in the front seat. Worst mistake ever. I learned my lesson! Thank goodness I’m not drinking this time around. 🙂

Next Thursday we find out the sex of my sisters baby. 🙂 I CANNOT WAIT!!!! Finally, we will be able to buy everything we see! 🙂 (Every time we some cute baby thing we want to buy it, lol- yea, we’re those people) Stay tune to find out!

Anyone have a good New Year’s Resolution they want to share? I’m working on being nicer to people.

“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” -Hebrews 11:1

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Day 245-258: It’s been 14 days since…

…my last blog.

I’m much more than I appear to be; I thought today I would blog about things you don’t know about me.

The other side of me-

1. I pray every chance I have.
2. I love following fashion blogs. (you probably couldn’t tell)
3. I love listening to NPR; especially NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. (Morning Edition is how I like to start my mornings.)
4. My favorite childhood memory is of my mother and I; we use to spend hours writing short stories and coloring by the heater. 🙂
5. I’m actually an emotional person- I cry a lot. (I try my hardest not to show this side in public.)
6. I absolutely love listening to music; how it makes me feel- usually taking me to a different place, mentally. (helps me escape reality.)
7. Sometimes I feel like life is passing me by; I’m going through it unnoticed. (I admitted that to my sister the other day.)
8. I want to write a book on how relationships are developed- How boyfriends and girlfriends came to be.
9. I have one big paper calendar with my entire life in it.
10. I’m still trying to figure myself out. (I mean, who isn’t?)

Here are a few pictures from the last few weeks, enjoy! 🙂




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Day 237-244: Happy Secrets


Two months ago I posted about a secret that I wanted to share with you all. But I wasn’t allowed to say anything just yet. Well here it is!

I’m on a rooftop (not really) yelling at the top of my lungs…I’M GOING TO BE AN AUNT!!!!!!!! Yep, my twin is preggers. 🙂 I could not be any more excited than I already am. The baby is probably slightly bigger than a plum right now. This baby is already loved so much 🙂 We all have been waiting for the day when Salina & Jarrod would surprise us with such great news.

My reaction—

I had just finished class and having a nervous breakdown on the phone with my sis about grad school. When I met up with them (my parents, sis & Jarrod) they greeted me with a family hug; we were all going to have dinner at a nice Italian restaurant for their 3yr Anniversary. We sit down; talk about options for my future (This is when we decided as a family that it was best for me to step away from grad school). Jarrod & Salina tell us in a year they will be moving to San Antonio to be closer to family!!! My parents and I are absolutely thrilled! I then proceed to tell everyone about my babysitting experience from the previous week. Jarrod says, at least you’ll have more time to babysit in your free time. I said, what?! why would I want to do that?! He says, cause we are expecting. (in a calmly manner) I yelled, jumped up crying, and ran to my sister. I gave them both hugs. paused. and asked Jarrod with tears in my eyes– are you lying?!?! cause if you are!!! You are a really big asshole! LOL we all laughed. He chuckled with a confused look and said, NO! I’m not! (He tends to be a jokester sometimes)

During Thanksgiving last week my sister & Jarrod announced the good news to the rest of the family.

Two months ago all of our lives changed forever. 🙂 I see things differently now (from an Aunt’s perspective, of course). Later this month or in January we will find out the sex of the baby. I couldn’t wait and already bought the cutest onesie that says, I love my aunt. 🙂




Day 230-236: Coffee

Maybe at some point in everyone’s life they are introduced to coffee. This post came to me when I was thinking about things my dad and I have in common; really just wondering what our special father/daughter bond was. Immediately, coffee popped in my head. I was introduced to coffee by my dad when I was in college.

I had no earthly clue how to make it or how I liked to drink it. I learned that I liked it with a little bit of cream and 2 sugars; over the last two years I have changed to drinking it black. My dad will absolutely not drink black coffee without throwing a fit. (pretty funny)

Too often during Fall I drink Pumpkin Spice Latte’s; it’s a horrible weakness. 🙂

How were you introduced to coffee?


I signed up for another competition in February called, Border Wars. This year it was a two day event; next year it will be three days. I don’t know what the heck I was thinking!!!! I regret signing up for it. Not so much that its three grueling days but because that means I have to request more time off from work. It’s in the valley which is 5hrs south from me. I should have thought this out more. Dang it.

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Day 222-229: Once upon a time…

I use to be happy all the time. I miss that feeling; I want it back. I’m not in grad school anymore (thank God!!!), my job doesn’t seem to be going anywhere (thankful to have one; but no opportunity to move up), my social life is somewhat non-existent, and no vacation in sight. (I live a rough life, huh?– Obviously, I’m being ridiculous)

In all reality I have absolutely nothing to be mopey about. Not really sure why I feel so blue.

In other news– I had a partner comp this past weekend. My awesome partner and I got 4th! Pretty excited but walked away knowing I could have done better; so much more room for improvement. (as always :))



This weekend I’m heading to Dallas to visit my sister. I’m really excited to spend some quality time with her. I can’t wait till we are within minutes of each other. It’s been too long! Having a sibling is cool. But having a twin? Nothing compares. 🙂