Long time, no speak, folks!


Thanks to all of you who have checked on me over the last few weeks, especially as I haven’t been on here in quite some time! To quickly recap:

1) I just celebrated my one month in Dubai anniversary! It’s crazy how quickly time goes…I have two months left here before I’m off to Singapore (personal time) or Melbourne (if I get chosen for an assignment at work).  Right now, I’m just trying to make the most of it. 

2) I’ve betrayed this blog by starting another one. More to capture my experiences, I wanted a clean slate, you know? Also, this one shared more than I care to with FB friends and family. So they get the surface version. You guys, unfortunately, were always subject to all of my crazy. 

3) Needless to say, I’m not a Fitblr at the moment. I’m working on it, but right now, if I was to post regularly, it would be as a Livblr. 

4) I need to log on here more often, for no other reason than there are some great folks on here. Some really great folks! 

I hope all is well in Tumblrville. I’ll be honest and say I’ll mostly lurk, but I didn’t realize how much I missed this corner of the (internet) world until just now! 

02:03 pm, by uhoh-janellio 80

Hi! **Waves frantically**

Checking in…by way of rambling. 

12:11 am, by uhoh-janellio 37

Daytime Stories (Also known as Checking In)

My life over the last 2-3 weeks:



I spent the last 4 or 5 days in sunny, lovely, magical Puerto Rico. I forgot how much I love solo adventures. I made a lot of friends, learned new things about myself and conquered some fears, including…


heights! Well, to clarify, climbing and soaring over things. This past weekend, I rappelled, I ziplined, and I walked suspension bridges. It was awesome, I felt awesome, and life is even more awesome. Super proud of myself for this.


(picture courtesy of Global Conferences)

Work has consumed a lot, and I do mean A LOT of my time. I don’t have much free time and, when I do, it’s when others aren’t free. Also, I’ll be frank — it’s a job I don’t love, it’s a job to get by for right now…and it is what it is. 

Now, despite that, I am up for a work transfer to DUBAI. DUBAI. It’s between myself and 3 others and, if chosen, I’ll have to leave mid-June and it would only be for 3-6 months. While I’m kind of excited at the opportunity, I’m wondering if it would be the best idea to take something that may just leave me unhappy farther away from home. 


Speaking of work and lack of time…



(is it wrong that I feel the need to mention that this was 10 lbs ago?)

I haven’t been and I don’t know when I’ll get to go again. I came back to the same scheduling chaos that I left and, while frustrating, it’s made me rethink my membership. Not because I don’t love it (I do!) but because it is a lot of money to spend when I can’t make the classes. Right now, I’m leaning towards cancelling and lifting on my own. THIS SUCKS.

There are other things, but I have work to complete, so off I go!

To end on a good note…


Working on it. :) 

Happy weekend! 

09:05 am, by uhoh-janellio 51

Dear Janelle.

  • Don’t wait. DO.
  • Work to live? yes. Live to work? NO.
  • Leap. Jump. Risk. Fly. The best case scenario? You fly. The worst case scenario? You fail. Either way, you’ll still live.
08:19 pm, by uhoh-janellio 42

Welp, No Go.

I intended on going. After posting the last post, I decided to take a short nap, then go. 

Instead, I woke up drenched in my own sweat, with my chest trying to give birth to one of my lungs. 



Revised plan: go to Open Gym tomorrow afternoon to complete today’s Strength Cycle workout, then go to class tomorrow night as usual. 

08:54 pm, by uhoh-janellio 23

Strength Cycle!

Our strength cycle begins tonight.

My fever just broke last night. I feel better, but not 100%. I get winded very easily.

Should I go? I should go? I want to go!

04:40 pm, by uhoh-janellio 10

This is a terrible photo. It perfectly represents how I feel. SICK AND TERRIBLE.

Another blech? I only think abut getting married when I’m sick! So I’ve spent my afternoon looking at NY Mag’s Brides edition.

This needs to go away now.

  06:37 pm, by uhoh-janellio 18


Tumblr, I made the following goals for this month:

  • Lose weight. Duh. (Although! Down 4 lbs so far…well, since end of March.)
  • Crossfit — 4 time a week. Doable.
  • Talk to family more.
  • Spring cleaning - both my apartment and my life.
  • Get my taxes done on time — As of tonight, NOPE. 10 days left!
  • DRY, DRY, DRY: No alcohol this month. Not one drop. I’ve turned to drinking when stressed, and my job leaves me stressed EVERYDAY. I am not lying to you when I say I had a drink or three everyday last month. Figured I should rein it in. Fine. (Well, excluding my trip to San Juan. As I’ll be traveling solo, however, there won’t be much drinking. More hiking and exploring.)



I’ve also been isolated from coworkers because I’ve been ill, so I’m stuck in the corner alone. We’re extremely short-staffed and…no. never mind.

Anyways! DRINK FOR ME PLEASE. Dirty gin martini. Please and thank you.

(Hello new followers! Please excuse this post.)

09:26 pm, by uhoh-janellio 33

Graaaaaaacccccceeeeee! (Crossfit Diaries)

You know that moment when the strength part of your workout is power clean + hang power clean + shoulder to overhead, so you grab the bar you normally work with and work your way up to 63# feeling pretty proud ‘cause you’ve never done this before, only for your coach to point out that you actually grabbed a different bar, and that your 1 rep max of this complex is actually EIGHTY-FIVE?

Yes. That happened.

You also know that moment where you give your a goal of sub-6 for “Grace” (30 clean and jerks), and you hit 5:58?

That happened, too.

Yesterday was a good day.

10:41 am, by uhoh-janellio 40

The words “For Time” mock me. MOCK ME. (Crossfit Diaries)

Well, Jocelyn nailed it. I completely forgot it was April Fools Day, so I didn’t even think that this could be a prank:

THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU. Needless to say, 10 miles wasn’t happening today, or any other day. 

Instead we worked on this (excuse the chicken scratch!): 

I couldn’t get above 113 for squats today which was ANNOYING. My current 10 rep max is 123#, so for me to be under that for a 5 rep max was frustrating. I will say, I did this to myself, though. I had a light lunch today, and was super dehydrated. I was also gone for almost a month. So, while I am annoyed, I’m going to pat myself on the back for the work I did do.

As for the WOD (For Time: 5 rounds of 20 American kettle bell swings, 10 pull-ups, 100m sprint)? I was dead before we even got there. I came in at a 19:26, and I was happy with it 

Lesson learned today: FUEL THYSELF. 

Then I came home to do just that:

I’m pretty excited about tomorrow’s WOD, Grace! Let’s get her done! 

10:57 pm, by uhoh-janellio 41

A warm welcome from Isabel! (Crossfit Diaries)

Dear Tumblr, 

I learned a valuable lesson today. You probably shouldn’t spend your afternoon doing this:

before doing this: 

Just so you know. 

I am SO HAPPY TO BE BACK IN IT. I was so happy with my time in this work…not so much the weight I used (53#), but it was a good weight for jumping back in. 

Everything hurts now, though. 



Tomorrow will probably just be a solo run day because, while I am trying to muster up the will to go and find out what that means, I don’t think it’s gonna happen. 


11:01 pm, by uhoh-janellio 46

Well, hello!


Long time, no blog! 

I’ve spent most of the last three weeks in sunny Miami, in a training session for work. While there, I made new friends, enjoyed the sun, had quite a few realizations, learned a few lessons and just had a good time.  I decided to unplug as much as possible (for me), hence the silence on Tumblr. 

I’m excited to get back into the nitty gritty of everything. I have to admit, I ate and drank my FACE OFF in Miami, so my body is rebelling now that I’m home. Bring on the paleo, please. BRING ON THE PALEO.

First, I should probably grocery shop first. 

In the meantime, I reactivated my Crossfit membership, so I get back into that tomorrow morning. WHOOP. I’m excited and terrified, haha. 

ANYWAYS, this is just to say hello! Hello and let’s do this! 

12:59 pm, by uhoh-janellio 59


Demand rape charges be brought against the men who raped and murdered 16-year-old African-American boy

Yesterday we reported on the virtual sweeping-under-the-rug of the death of Dione Payne, 16, of Dayton, Ohio. The Dayton Daily News, one of the only local sources to report on the rape, and beating death of the youth seemed more interested in focusing on the “troubled past” of the victim, instead of the past of the murderers.

Michael A. Geldrich, 36, and Michael J. Watson, 39, are both being held in the Warren County Jail for the December 1 beating death of the young Payne. Miami Valley Hospital workers discovered that Payne had been sexually assaulted during the attack. Hospital personnel contacted Middletown police and stated the teen had been sexually assaulted, according to the police report. But thus far, no rape charges have been brought, and hate crime charges have been dismissed point blank by Franklin Police Chief Russ Whitman, who said there is “no evidence” that there was a racial motive to the rape and murder of this 16-year-old African American.

To add insult to injury, some local media reports have fixated on a checkered history of the juvenile: possessing narcotics, and even allegations that he had fired gun shots in the past. They talked about morbid comments made on his Facebook account before the day he was raped and beaten to death. They even called the 16-year-old out for getting arrested for littering. What they did not do was explain why the police have ruled out a racial motive to the attack, and why the Warren County Prosecutor has neither pursued hate crime charges, nor even charged the attackers with rape.

These questions still remain unanswered. But there is more that we can do besides reading about this frustrating account and getting on with our day in silence. What can you do? Well for starters, contact the Warren County Prosecutor, who is now handling the case. Demand that all crimes committed against 16 year old Dione Payne be presented to the grand jury on Michael A. Geldrich and Michael J. Watson- for the hate crime of rape, robbery and murder! The prosecutor can be contacted at the number and email below:

David Fornshell

Ask why these criminals have not been charged for raping the 16-year-old boy who they murdered. Also ask why hate crime charges are being excluded, when this does not seem to have been a common practice for these drug buyers to rape and beat-to-death previous people who they have tried to procure narcotics from.

Are these charges being brushed off because there were drugs potentially involved, or for some other reason that neither the police, the City of Franklin nor the local media are reporting.

SPREAD THE WORD and get people involved. Tell everyone you know who thinks this 16-year-old rape and murder victim deserves justice, in spite of his “troubled past”.

(Article by Micah Naziri; image via PBSpot)

(Source: ethiopienne)

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Paleo(ish) Experimentation.

Today’s experiment? Steak fried rice using cauliflower. I will warn you right now, this the least visually appealing meal I have ever made:

ish = pineapple

Man, I need alliegets to teach me her ways. I mean, don’t get me wrong — this tasted fine. I just don’t have the patience for grating cauliflower, so my pieces of cauliflower were just a tad bit too big. Also, attempting this on my second day back into this was not the best move…I had just done this dish with rice a few days ago. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE. 

Either way, I feel good about the choice I made. Once I forget the passion real rice ignited in me, I should have no problem adjusting to this. It’s not meant to be a substitute—it’s meant to be different. It will be fine. 

Tonight’s (home) WOD: 100 pushups for time. Let’s see how this goes…

OH! OH! I learned that there is a crossfit box in the Miami office building! I sent them an email asking about a possible two week pass! *SWOON*

…this has been a post about nothing. 

06:37 pm, by uhoh-janellio 34


I, Too, Am Harvard

A photo campaign highlighting the faces and voices of black students at Harvard College. Our voices often go unheard on this campus, our experiences are devalued, our presence is questioned— this project is our way of speaking back, of claiming this campus, of standing up to say: We are here. This place is ours. We, TOO, are Harvard. The #itooamharvard photo campaign is inspired by I, Too, Am Harvard, a play based on interviews with members of the black community exploring and affirming our diverse experiences as black students at Harvard College. The original play premieres on Friday March 7th, 2014 at 7 PM in Lowell Lecture Hall on the campus of Harvard College. facebook.com/itooamharvard @iTooAmHarvard #itooamharvard 26784

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