“I do what I love and I love what I do…”

The last two weeks have moved at LUDICROUS SPEED (haha), which resulted in skipping last week’s post. It’s been hectic, but super awesome.

My league, Mass Attack Roller Derby, had a visitor from our local radio station, Fun 107! Gazelle, from the Rock and Fox Morning Show, joined us as a skater in training, to learn what we do. He was even brave enough to take a few hits! Having Gazelle at practice was fun, and helps the league get some great exposure. The opportunity to work with him and help my league was excellent. Check out the blog and video about his visit!

As mentioned, I spent last weekend in Hatfield, PA, announcing at the Battle of the All Stars roller derby tournament. In addition to my experience as a roller derby skater, I’ve been a roller derby announcer since 2012. My experience has been announcing the game to a live, in-house audience. Battle of the All Stars offered an opportunity to announce to the house audience, as well as live streaming broadcast to the audience watching via New England Roller Derby Report‘s YouTube channel.

Thanks to Andrew Keyes Derby Photography for capturing Mr. Rat’s reaction to one of my puns. Haha.

The tournament had a fantastic crew of announcers, and our tournament head announcer paired the announcers based on their knowledge of the teams playing in the tournament. Lucky for me, Team Massachusetts is composed of many skaters I have played beside, against, or announced their games. In addition, Team Maine has quite a few familiar faces from previous game calls. Our tournament head assigned me to the broadcast calls for both teams. The idea of broadcast announcing was a bit intimidating, for concern of unkind commentary from fans at home. As a derby fan, I’ve witnessed some of the scathing commentary from fans. Taking the step and trying broadcast was far more positive than I expected, and the kind words and feedback were overwhelming. To those who showed support, please know I’m truly grateful. If you’d like to watch any of the tournament’s games, all are available for viewing in the NERDerby archive.

Serious face during my first broadcast call, Team Mass vs Team VA. Thanks, Jessica McAndrew!

Announcing a three day derby event is exhausting, but the sleep deprivation and hours on the road were totally worth it. Doing what scares you, and doing what you love are worth the sacrifice.

Getting back to the daily grind at the office, plus derby and life in general was a little rough. Thanks to lots of caffeine and the positive vibes from the weekend, pushing through wasn’t too bad. Eating on the go wasn’t the greatest, and I didn’t make the best food choices at times. Thankfully, it balanced out and I have made it a quarter of the way to my weight loss goal!

Starting weight: 222 lbs

2/14/16 weigh-in: 209.8 lbs

2/28/16 weigh-in: 207 lbs

Two weeks weight loss: 2.8 lbs

Total weight loss: 15 lbs

 

Goodbye, comfort zone!

Aspirations of sassiness, level: Karen Walker

Personal growth is one of the reasons why this blog began. In conjunction with going to HOYH meetings and really listening to my feelings, it’s been helpful and the process can be pretty humorous. One of my main struggles is interactions within interpersonal relationships. Simply put, I don’t know how to assert myself or get what I want in romantic relationships. Add that to being socially awkward, and it’s a freaking hoot.

Approaching persons of romantic interest is not something I do. Perhaps that’s been part of my problem. This week, as trivial as it may seem, I took a step. After a scrimmage, everyone went out for food and drinks, and a POI caught my eye. There were words exchanged, and I tried to convey in the most non-creepy way possible that he was quite attractive and introduced myself. On the way out, I gave him my number, including a little note, saying “I like your beard.” (Thanks, Ke$ha.) 😀 If he calls, great. If not, that’s fine, too. The whole point was to stop turning into the shy, twelve year old me. Achievement unlocked.

Realizing that I deserve to have a loving relationship with a future and a deserving partner was the first step. Putting myself out there is the next. Giving myself the grace to make mistakes, learn, and move forward makes it easier. We’ll see what happens.

Ellie Goulding’s I Love What I Do is this week’s title track.

“I do what I love and I love what I do
Stop me, stop me
I’m stopping you
Get the move right, baby, I’ll show what I mean
Don’t stop me, stop me, I like how it feels.”

As always, email me at bootifulbanshee@gmail.com with questions or suggestions.

Have a great week!

MA voters, don’t forget to get out and vote on Tuesday, 3/1!

B

 

 

 

 

 

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“Greatness is what we on the brink of…”

Life is indeed happening. It’s been a pretty exciting week.

BRRRR…it’s COLD out there!

Unfortunately, there aren’t any Toros or Clovers in the atmosphere. 😀  In my neck of the woods, the week kicked off with a snow storm. Shoveling is great cardio, with a touch of strength training, right? We’ve ended the week with record frigid temps. It’s not the most motivating kind of weather.To the contrary, most of us prefer snuggling in the comforts of home.

Cold, snowy weather was perfect for one thing: Polartec’s Big Air Event at Fenway Park! My sister and I attended the snowboarding competition on Thursday night. It was lots of fun, despite the cold. Check out the 140 foot ski jump set up inside the ballpark!

“Never shrink yourself for anyone.”

My dance instructor said this to me on Friday, while we worked on the foxtrot. A light bulb went off in my head, and I replied, “that’s solid advice, in dance AND life.” Of course, the wheels in my head started to turn. How many times in our lives have any of us stifled our true selves for others, and become ridiculously self conscious as a result? Sometimes it’s for a friend, family member, or romantic interest. It’s not right, but we have all done it at some point. There’s no reason why anyone should shrink themselves or dull their sparkle. Friends, I challenge you to shine brightly, for all of the world to see. You’re worth it!

Adventure awaits…

As previously mentioned, I’m a roller derby skater and coach. In addition, I’ve been a roller derby announcer since 2012. Calling derby games is lots of fun, includes travel, meeting new people, plus looking and smelling nice at a derby game (a stark contrast to skating!). Usually, I travel within New England to announce. Last year, announcing led me to upstate NY for the Mohawk Valley Cup and I had a blast!

Late this week, I was extended an invite to Battle of the All Stars tournament, in Hatfield, PA. This is a great opportunity to use my skills in a new setting. Thursday night, I’m hitting the road and will be sure to tell you all about it next week.

In the midst of the excitement and snow, I slacked on healthy eating. Womp, womp. Thankfully the scale was kind.

Starting weight: 222 lbs

2/7/16 weigh-in: 210 lbs

2/14/16 weigh-in: 209.8 lbs

This week’s loss: .2 lbs

Total weight loss: 12.2 lbs

Galentine’s Day Weekend!

If you’re a fan of Parks and Recreation, you’ve heard of Galentine’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate your female friends and tell them how great they are.

I was lucky enough to receive vegetarian kale soup from one of my favorite lady friends on Galentine’s Day, and made sure to bring her chocolate. Today, a group of us headed to the theatre to watch Deadpool, and enjoyed an excellent Mexican dinner.  Thank you for being my Galentines!

Don’t forget dessert; sweet chimichangas in honor of Deadpool. 

 

This week’s post title is from Nicki Minaj’s Moment for Life.

“This is my moment
I waited all my
Life, I can tell it’s time
Drifting away, I’m
One with the sunsets
I have become alive.”

As always, email me at bootifulbanshee@gmail.com with questions or suggestions.

Wishing you a great week!

B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I just keep on dancin’…”

             Paul Rudd dancing is magical. Enjoy!

The week started with me fending off the sick of last week. Much to my dismay, this required slowing down. Per last week’s post, this is not something I’m good at. This made me think, “why do I feel guilty, lazy, or unproductive, when time to recover is necessary?” The problem is societal, as we live in a culture of busy. We’re not taught to be kind to ourselves, even when taking a much needed sick day.

Holding space

A friend recently invited me to attend a meeting for a women’s group called House of Your Heart. Last night, I attended the meeting, unsure of what to expect. Essentially, there’s a topic of discussion and participants can share what’s on their minds. The purpose of the group is to provide emotional support and tools to help women break unhealthy patterns of behavior and thought. We discussed what it means to hold space for ourselves and others, allowing us/them to be open and who we are. Throughout the discussion, a stark realization occurred: we are quick to hold space for others, but not ourselves. It really hit home. I left the HOYH meeting with a sense of clarity and a smile on my face. For more on holding space, check out this great blog from Heather Plett.

Skating, and more dancing!

My league’s new class of fresh meat started skating on Wednesday, and I couldn’t be more excited. Ten new skaters, eager to learn what they need to become scrimmage ready. What I love most about coaching is seeing all of the hard work come to fruition when a skill is perfected. “A-ha!” moments are the best. This group of skaters is especially determined, and I will enjoy observing their progress.

On Friday night, I had my first private dance lesson. One hour of learning to tango, foxtrot, rumba and swing is QUITE the workout, plus it’s fun. Also, how fabulous are these heels?

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My dance floor adventures will continue for another month. Hopefully, I’ll do Fred and Ginger proud!

Another day, another challenge.

As mentioned last week, I’m participating in a 21 day healthy eating and fitness challenge through my gym. This week, working out in addition to skating was a little difficult. I was feeling a bit run down from recovering, and didn’t push myself as normal. As a result, the scale didn’t change (see below).

Starting weight: 222 lbs

1/30/16 weigh-in: 210 lbs

2/7/16 weigh-in: 210 lbs

Amount lost to date: 12 lbs

This week, part of the challenge requires mapping out my workout plan for the week. I’ll sit down tonight and put it together. Meal prep is in progress, with cauliflower and sweet potatoes roasting.  A few snapshots of meals this week are shown below. This morning’s breakfast (protein waffles), were pretty damn delicious.

Ezekiel toast with avocado, accompanied by beet/apple/carrot juice; banana-egg protein waffles with a side of chickpeas sauteed with peppers, onions, and smoked paprika. 

A momentous occasion

Saturday was an exceptionally great day. Primarily because I eliminated a debt that’s been weighing on me for a few years. I am happy and grateful to say that particular debt is no longer hanging over my head. It was a debt owed to a family member, and the relationship became strained as a result. Free at last! 🙂

 

Ellie Goulding’s Keep on Dancin’ is the inspiration for this week’s post. Keep dancing, friends. As always, email me at bootifulbanshee@gmail.com with questions or suggestions.

Have a great week!

B