My 30 Days of “Strict” Paleo Challenge

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Some of the women I work out with at my CrossFit gym began a 30 day “strict” Paleo challenge on April 1st and they invited me to join them.  If you’ve read my previous post about eating Paleo, then you’ll remember that I’ve already been eating this way for the most part. I’ve basically followed the 80/20 rule… 80% Paleo 20% other. Well, this challenge would mean shooting for a percentage a little closer to the 100 mark. But because I wanted to see what kind of results I could get, and because I had put on some winter pounds, and because hockey season was about to begin and I wanted to not DIE on the field, I decided to give it a shot. Really, what did I have to lose? Besides a few inches or pounds?

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“Dare You to Move”

I made this for a friend of mine… She’s a huge fan of Kaká’s, and well, she misses the player he once was. I have a special place in my heart for him too because he was the first footballer that ever caught my eye. He is the one that originally drew me to the game. I’ve not left since.

(This is my antiquated way of creating a YouTube video. It would take me too long to learn how and I really have no expertise in that area! And the spacing I can NEVER get right, so forgive me.)

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Close Encounters with Real Madrid- NY and Philadelphia (Part 3)

Reminder: All of these photos are from my personal collection and were taken by me. Please do not remove watermarks and link back all photos watermarked with “Conflicted48″ to www.headbandsandheartbreak.wordpress.com. They were posted there originally and the lovely bloggers there deserve the recognition.
All others may be linked back to this page. Thank you!

Continuing on… again…

Sami Khedira:

Sami is AMAZING to watch in person. I think I was actually most impressed watching him play live than I was anyone else. Whereas some players look smaller in real life (like Mesut), Sami looked bigger and stronger. I remember being blown away at the training at his speed, power, and strength. EVERY time it was his turn, it was obvious he was giving 110%. I must have said, “He’s such a work horse!” at least 10 times. I don’t know how to translate that into adjectives exactly but I think any fan of Sami understands my point. He works so hard, in every instance, and is so STRONG. Yet, he’s got a brilliant, gentle first touch that I never saw fail him.  I felt privileged for the opportunity to see him play in person!

Close Encounters with Real Madrid- NY and Philadelphia (Part 2)

Reminder: All of these photos are from my personal collection and were taken by me. Please do not remove watermarks and link back all photos watermarked with “Conflicted48″ to www.headbandsandheartbreak.wordpress.com. They were posted there originally and the lovely bloggers there deserve the recognition.
All others may be linked back to this page. Thank you!

Continuing on…

Kaka:

Kaka will always hold a special place in my heart because he was the first individual footballer that ever caught my eye. Not just because of his good looks, but because he was just about the only name I knew going into the World Cup 2010. My brother-in-law used to talk about him all the time when he was at Milan. And if I’m quite honest with myself, it’s when I found out he played for Real Madrid that I decided to start watching them. Of course he had been injured at the time, but he was just about to be reintroduced when I started watching on a regular basis. So I have some affection for the guy, and V REALLY has an affection for the guy, so we waited desperately to see him come out of the tunnel. Incidentally, this was the same day that supposed “talks” were going on about his possible transfer back to Milan. You can imagine our concern when he didn’t emerge from the tunnel with the other players. V turned to me and said, “Kaka didn’t come out!” We took a collaborative sigh and turned back to the field where the game was about to begin. Seconds later she grabbed my arm, shrieked “There he is!” and ran over to the tunnel entrance. He emerged all smiles (of course!) and the crowd roared when they saw him. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were all thinking the same thing we had been… He’s gone.

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Close Encounters With Real Madrid- NY and Philadelphia (Part 1)

It’s been a few months since “picturegate” went down (HB&HB readers know what I’m talking about), so I’ve decided to go ahead and post about my experience seeing Real Madrid this summer. I already shared my Mesut-centric observations, but these are my thoughts and notes on the rest of the team.

**All of these photos are from my personal collection and were taken by me. Please do not remove watermarks and link back all photos watermarked with “Conflicted48″ to www.headbandsandheartbreak.wordpress.com. They were posted there originally and the lovely bloggers there deserve the recognition. All others may be linked back to this page. Thank you!**

ALSO: I like to think of myself as more than a “fangirl” or “fanwoman”. However, when most of your time is spent looking at beautiful footballers milling around, what are you going to talk about?!

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It’s been several weeks since I had the experience of a lifetime… and I feel the cobwebs starting to form and the memories getting fuzzy. So in an effort to preserve what little memory I have left, I am going to post some pictures of my trip along with a few anecdotes about the players or the experience in general. I’m not sure I’ve got it in me to write a narrative, especially after already doing three posts specifically about Mesut Özil. So I may go simple and bullet point this, with as many beautiful pictures thrown in as I can manage. I hope you will enjoy. :)

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