Monday, December 27, 2010

Music Monday

For the last Music Monday of 2010, I wanted to give you my Top 10 Albums for the year. Now, I am not a professional music critic; however, I know my shit. Here they are in no particular order:

Angus & Julia Stone- Down The Way


Nicki Minaj- Pink Friday


Mumford & Sons- Sigh No More


Girl Talk- All Day


Eminem- Recovery


I can't wait to see what 2011 holds.

"Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without." - Confucius

Peace out,

DJ Jazzy Jess

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

YouTube Tuesday

This delightful video is actually from funny or die not youtube. "Funny or Die Tuesday" doesn't really have the same ring to it!

Who needs crossfit when you have a dog. :) I think this seems pretty legit. I'll let ya know what my clients think. Oh, and I am going to assume no dogs were harmed in the making this video...at least one could hope. Enjoy!

Peace Out,

J-Dawg

Dog Gym - watch more funny videos

Monday, November 29, 2010

Music Monday

This weeks sweet beats come to you from Geographer. They kind of sound like a more mature, talented version of Passion Pit....only 10 times better. Sit back and enjoy the jam!



Peace Out,

DJ Jazzy Jess

Monday, November 22, 2010

Music Monday

This is my favorite song right now. It brings out my inner thug.

"HATERS IN THE BUILDING...."



Peace Out,

DJ Jazzy J

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Music Monday...on Tuesday

Hello week! I had trouble deciding who to feature on this weeks "Music Monday" blog. I could have waited and used one for next weeks blog, but both artist had album releases today; so I figured why not use them both this week.

The first artist has been on the "Music Monday" blog several times as a duo (Angus and Julia Stone). This week, Julia Stone released her first solo album, The Memory Machine. It is amazing and brilliant and wonderful. Check it out for yourself. Unfortunately, I could not find a song on YouTube from the album. Instead, you get this....(this song holds a special place in my heart)


The second artist featured is none other than the wonderfully talented, Kid Cudi. I love this kid's style. The new album, Man on the Moon, Vol. II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, is a must have.


Peace Out,

Youg Jeezzie

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

YouTube Tuesday

We have the same dance moves! If this doesn't get your Tuesday started right...nothing will.


Peace Out,

J-Thug

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

YouTube Tuesday

Ahhh, I have been gone too long. I took a little blogging break. Not because I was busy or overwhelmed and needed some time away, but mainly because I'm lazy. Enough is enough. I'm back with some quality material. I promise I won't let you down. If you do not find this funny or entertaining, then we probably aren't friends...or shouldn't be anymore.

This is my absolute favorite type of humor/comedy. I will probably spend the rest of the day on the couch watching and re-watching these.


Peace Out,

Monday, October 4, 2010

Music Monday

This week's pick is another ACL preview band. It is also their second time to be featured on Music Monday.

I love Matt & Kim. One word used to describe them FUN! I am looking forward to seeing them again. They have an amazing energy on stage. See for yourself...



Here is this week's song by Matt & Kim. Enjoy!



Be sure to check them out if you are going to be ACL this weekend!

Peace Out,
J-Diddy

Thursday, September 30, 2010

ACL Preview: #2

The second band I'd like to highlight in my ACL (Austin City Limits) blog series is a repeat offender. The brother-sister duo from Australia was featured in a Music Monday Blog several months back (click the link to check out the songs chosen for that blog). Angus and Julia Stone will be kicking off my 2010 ACL weekend. They are pretty much the reason I decided to go this year, well and Matt & Kim. Angus and Julia will be playing Friday afternoon at 3:30. Go see them!

ENJOY!


Peace Out,

J-Fizzle

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Music Monday...on Tuesday

ACL (Austin City Limits) is just around the corner. Over the next couple of days leading up to ACL, I will feature some kickass bands that I am excited to see. I probably should have thought of this Music Monday theme a few weeks earlier, so I could space them out. Oh well! You Live and Lear, right!

Today's pick is "Nights Like These" by Lucero. If you are inspired to hear more, check out the albums Tennessee and Nobody's Darlings.

Enjoy!


FYI, I want a tee shirt with that symbol on it. I gotta make that happen.

Peace Out,

DJ Jess

Monday, September 13, 2010

Music Monday

Finally!!!!! She's getting some recognition. I have a feeling after last nights MTV Video Music Awards, we will be seeing...or shall I say hearing, a lot more from Florence and The Machine. She is brilliant and amazing and fun and english (some of the best stuff comes from across the pond)! Please, sit back and enjoy my favorite Florence and The Machine jam.


Peace Out,

DJ Jazzy J

Thursday, September 9, 2010

MTV VMA Awards

Back in my hay day I loved everything MTV. Now, eh not so much. Well, except for "Real World/Road Rules Challenge." I used to love the MTV Awards Shows, but now I just get annoyed. However, I will be watching this years Video Music Awards because my girl Chelsea Handler will be hosting. She is hands down my favorite celebrity. I want to be just like her when I grow-up. Maybe not just like her, but funny like her.

Here are a few VMA promo videos:





For more promos click HERE.

Peace Out,

J-Thug

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New Blog

Please check out my business blog (which also acts as my website), LIFT Fitness. I will be blogging and posting information on anything and everything pertaining to health and fitness.

I appreciate your support and LOVE you ALL.

Peace Out,

BIG J


Monday, August 30, 2010

Music Monday

Since September is my birthday month, I've decided that this month will be dedicated to all of my favorite songs. This is going to be hard because I have LOTS of favorites, but I'll do my best.

This week's pick is "Dreams" by The Cranberries. I LOVE this song. I LOVE the lyrics. I LOVE the Cranberries. One of the best songs ever! Enjoy.



Peace Out,

DJ Jazzy J

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

YouTube Tuesday

I heard about this video at dinner last night, and I had to check it out (thanks Veronica and Maggie). After watching it, I had mixed emotions. I'll let you see why I thought this was funny yet sad.


I couldn't help but laugh. I mean it's pretty funny, but at the same time it made me sad for the pup. Can you imagine passing out every time you got excited. Oh, and watching him try and stay awake made my heart hurt. Although, I wouldn't mind if I fell asleep every time I thought of eating something sweet. It sure would save me a lot of calories and a few pounds.

Peace Out,

BIG J

Music Monday

So, I've totally fallen off the blogging bandwagon. No fear. I am back on track!

This week's music monday pick is Eminem's "Won't Back Down (ft. Pink)". I LOVE the new album and this is my favorite track. It makes me want to kick ass and take names....great pre-workout stuff. Enjoy and Getting ready to break sh!t.


Peace Out,

J-Thug

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

YouTube Tuesday

In honor of the 4th season of Flipping Out, which begins tonight at 8pm on Bravo, I have chosen a Zoila montage for today's YouTube Tuesday. I'd also like to dedicate this blog to Melisa Ann, who shares in my love of Zoila, Flipping Out and anything trash TV.

(There may be a :15 commercial. Just sit tight. It's worth it!)

Peace Out,

J-Flips Her Shizzle

Monday, August 9, 2010

Music Monday

"In this body you will live. In this body you will die. Where you invest your love, you invest your life."

"So tell me now, where was my fault. In loving you with my whole heart."

"But plant your hope with good seeds. Don't cover yourself with thistle and weeds."

These are just a few of my favorite lyrics from this week's music monday. I am in love with this band....they're amazing. Everything from the lyrics to the banjo, is perfection. It always puts me in a good mood and even got me through my run this morning.

Dance a Jig and Enjoy!



Peace Out,

J-Fizzy



Sunday, August 8, 2010

Cats ARE scary


I've never been a huge fan of cats. They are stuck-up and often act like their shit doesn't stink (not all, but most). However, I did own a cat for a short period of time.

Her name was FeeBee, and she was horrible. (Melisa and Amanda can attest to this)


I found her on a bike ride when she was a teenie tiny kitty. She was so small that I stuck her in the saddle pack of my bike...maybe that's why she was so angry.

You couldn't pet her more than a few seconds before she would go ape shit on your hand. She'd randomly attack your ankles/feet for no reason. And you could forget about having any privacy in the restroom. She liked to sit on the back of the toilet seat while you were on it, watch you in the shower and lick your toothbrush.

I've always said that if you died in the presence of a cat, it would eat you. That's how evil they are. So, you may be wondering where I am going with this blog. Well, a few days ago one of my favorite bloggers, Hyperbole and Half, posted the following video.

I can relate!

Peace Out,

J-Thug

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

YouTube Tuesday

The following video is the newest internet sensation, as it should be...it is hilarious.


HOWEVER, the next video is my absolute favorite remix.


Sorry pans!

Peace Out,

J-Remix

I'm here!

Ok, let's try this again...for real this time.

Breakfast: My fit foods banana bread (no paleo and not that good)

Snack: almonds (5)/ banana

Lunch: Koriente garden hand rolls (bell peppers, nori, hummus, cucumbers, cabbage, carrots and avocado)

Snack: Protein shake (pineapple, orange, egg white protein powder, almond butter and coconut milk)

Dinner: 1/4 cup apple cider (wasn't hungry...very rare)

Workout

CC Flyers- 3 rds for time

400m Run
21 Box Jumps (20 in box)
15 Over head squats (65#)

11:46 RX

Monday, August 2, 2010

Music Monday

This week's pick may not be a big surprise for most of you. It's only fitting that a True Gangsta like myself would be a huge DMX fan. I like to refer to myself as an "OG" (original gangster). Just because I love Ingrid Michaelson and Joshua Radin doesn't mean I don't hold a very special place in my heart for Mr. Earl Simmons aka DMX. Not only does he have some good beats, but he has some good lines/lyrics which I like to refer to as DMX-isms.

My Favorite: "I know how to get down/ know how to bite/ bark very little but I know how to fight." That's how I live my life, so remember that next time you run into me in a dark alley somewhere.

Get ready to throw your hands in the air....

DISCLAIMER-- some not so nice language is used....that's how he rolls.


Peace Out,

JMX

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

YouTube Tuesday

I don't know hot to intro this...just watch.




Sure, it's awesome that she can juggle, but more importantly why is she at THAT concert.

Peace Out,

BIG j

Monday, July 26, 2010

Music Monday

I want to end this months flashback Music Monday with what I consider to be a classic. I love this song and the video. Rock On!



Peace Out,

J-Roc

Saturday, July 24, 2010

No stress here





As I was reading the article, 6 Slacker Behaviors That Science Says Are Good For You, on cracked.com. I didn't find any of them to be relatable to me, until I got to #1 and #2. WOW! These two hit close to home...like smack dab on my front porch (if I had a front porch).

Here they are:
#2. Wasting Your Life on the Internet May Stave Off Dementia

It only seems logical that spending hours upon hours surfing the abyss of the Internet will eventually destroy your brain. Five minutes of reading YouTube comments alone should probably wipe out your capacity to do long division without a calculator.

The logic behind this assumption seems sound; it's like when you watch trashy television, right? Your brain is less engaged than if you were, say, reading a book or doing a crossword puzzle. And because you're not exercising your brain muscles, they must be atrophying.

Actually, no. Because some science guys are beginning to find out that those hours of surfing the interwebs might actually be making us smarter.

Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_18595_6-slacker-behaviors-that-science-says-are-good-you_p2.html#ixzz0ucTluLt7


I spend a lot of time surfing the web. My brain is over flowing with useless information. However, none if it has helped much in the trivia game of Qrank (i'll explain more save in a later blog). I guess this kind of makes me a genius...according to this article. Not only am I brilliant, but I will be a fully functioning 100 year old lady.
#1. Spoiling Yourself Can Fight Stress

Considering all the negative effects of stress, from erectile dysfunction to heart disease, it's no wonder stress.org calls it America's number one problem. It definitely sounds like we're not stressing out as much as we should about this whole stress issue.

Nothing on this list will reduce stress more efficiently than enjoying all those dirty pleasures everyone says you shouldn't enjoy. An Australian study discovered that skipping work or buying that solid gold ice cream scooper is exactly the kind of irresponsible behavior that keeps you stress-free, happy and healthy. Almost everyone engages in this behavior and it seems to be the best way to release steam.

Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_18595_6-slacker-behaviors-that-science-says-are-good-you_p2.html#ixzz0ucVANtSi


As most of my friends and family know, I like...no make that LOVE...to buy things. Which explains the minimal amount of stress that I have in my life. I'm not saying I don't stress because I definitely do. My stress is just more come and go. Like, every quarter when I have to pay taxes or during the summer/holidays when most of my clients are traveling leaving me with a sad and lonely bank account. Maybe, my lack of stress is due to my love of shopping. On that note, Nordstroms is having their big anniversary sale. See y'all there tomorrow!

Peace Out,

J-Diggity

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Gymnast to Crossfitter

The more I get into crossfit, the more I realize how much I miss gymnastics. If I knew that my body would hold up, I'd hop in a class right now. However, there is a reason that for most of us our gymnastics career ends at 18. If you're lucky, maybe 22. Crossfit allows me to tap into some of those skills. As the sport of Crossfit grows, it provides me with a forum to compete at a higher level. 2011 Games here I come!

This is a clip from one of my favorite movies. It's pretty much the best gymnastics movie ever.


Peace Out,

Big J

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

YouTube Tuesday

This is not technically a YouTube video, but it is a MUST SEE. I love this sport. Since graduating from high school and leaving behind gymnastics, I have been in search of a new sport. I tried the running thing and the triathlon thing and even duathlons. I even considered indoor soccer, flag football and even softball. I just wanted to compete. My search is over. This is it! I've got my eye on the prize....2011 Crossfit Games.

Monday, July 19, 2010

I'm taking it back to 1988 with this week's Music Monday. I was a measly 6 year old with an impeccable taste in music. I loved this song and the video. There may even be a cassette tape of me singing this very song in a landfill somewhere. If you didn't pick up on this by now (based on previous music blogs), it was obvious there was no parental control on our TV. I definitely watched my fair share of MTV. Yes, I did watch MTV at the age of 6....maybe even younger.

This week's pick is "Parents Just Don't Understand" by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince.



Peace Out,

DJ Jazzy Jess

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

YouTube Tuesday...on Wednesday

I'm a sucker for animal videos. Watch this turtle shake his...or her...ASS.


With moves like that, it's definitely a she!

Peace Out,

J- Fo Sho

Monday, July 12, 2010

Music Monday

Flashback July continues with this wonderful pick from 1993. My neighbor Tori and I used to make up dances to all of their songs and perform them in my front yard for all the world to see. Ok. Maybe not the world, just the neighborhood.




Peace Out,

DJ J-Swiss

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I'll help you waste your day away.


Here is a blog that all of you should follow:




Her blogs are laugh out loud funny. (not quite as funny as my YouTube Tuesday fart blog though) Her recent blog is probably my favorite. I can somewhat relate....unfortunately, I can relate to most of her blogs. Like, "This Is Why I Will Never Be An Adult.

Peace Out,
J-Dawg

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

YouTube Tuesday: This is a really serious matter....

FARTS! I don't care who you are or what you are, but farts are FUNNY. I'd like to dedicate this blog to my rootin' tootin' friend, Melisa Ann. We both share a fond love for fart noises.....cause they are HILARIOUS.

This video never gets old and should be watched everyday. I break out in a sweat every time I watch b/c I am laughing so hard.... it's great ab workout too. I hope you all enjoy, and I do not apologize if this offends anyone....get over it.


My favorite is "Mustache Fart."

Peace Out,

J-Dirty

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Music Monday...on Tuesday

So, I'm a little off on my blogs because of the holiday. I am back on it now! This week's pick is courtesy of the year 1990. II present to you, Step by Step by the New Kids On The Block. In my opinion (which does matter), this is the BEST boy band EVER.

My favorite New Kid was Joey.

Who's yours? Enjoy!




Peace Out,

Big J

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

CATZ-ercize

On Tuesdays and Thursdays this is what my workout looks like:


Our 12:30 class kicksass!

Peace Out,

J-Fizzle

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

YouTube Tuesday

As I watching Last Comic Standing las night, two of the comedians reminded me of Stuart from Mad TV. They both looked just like him (unfortunately), and one guy even sounded like Stuart (double unfortunate). However, they were both very funny. They may have even moved on to the next round, but I fell asleep before it was over....go figure.

Melisa and I used to watch YouTube videos of Stuart back in the day and laugh our asses off. For those of you who know who I am talking about, then you may or may not enjoy this. And for those of you who have no idea who I am talking about, then I introduce to you....STUART. Enjoy!


Peace Out,

J-Licious

Monday, June 28, 2010

Music Monday

This month, (I know it's still June, but by the end of the week it'll be July. It's my blog, so who cares.) I've decided to take it old school. Hopefully these songs will bring back some fond, happy memories for most of you. Most of the songs/videos chosen will be from the late 80's early 90's, since that is my realm of old school (in relation to my age).

Without Further Adieu......

This week's pick is, "November Rain" by Guns N' Roses. Great video, Great song. I remember watching this video when I was younger and not wanting it to end. My favorite, is the music played during the funeral part. It always made me mad because they cut that part out on the radio. I also like how they leave her death a mystery. Probably because that would add another 10 min to the video to show/explain. Oooooo and the half open casket...love it! Sit back, relax and Enjoy...it's the full version.


I wonder who rocked the bandana first, Axl Rose or Brett Michaels?

Peace Out,

J-Slash

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

People are Good



I am a big, believer in paying it forward. I like to tip well for good service. I even tip for coffee when all they do is hand me a cup. I give homeless people money. I like to think that it's going towards something worthy like food or family. I try and make it a point to always let cars over when they are trying to enter my lane. I hold doors open, even if I have to wait 5 seconds for them to get to the door. I donate to charity. It's never very much, but I figure every little bit counts. If I see a person in need and I am in a position to help, I will.

Well after my day yesterday, I owe lots of pay it forwards. Here is what happend.

First thing in the morning, I get an email from a lady saying she found my drivers license at Town Lake. I didn't even realize I had lost my license. I must have dropped when I went kayaking with Monty. I was in awe that she took the time to find out my email address. I'm not in the phonebook, nor is my website up yet and you can't access my email via facebook/twitter. As creepy as it is that someone can be found so easily, I'm still very appreciative. I later found ou that she drove to the address that was on my license to try and give it to me, but I don't live there anymore. Thank goodness cause that would have really freaked me out. However, she was incredibly nice. For that, I am very thankful. I owe you one nice lady! You may not get it directly, but a pay it forward will be done in your honor.


I received a second good deed that same day. However, it was one I could have done without. I'm driving along I-35, when all of sudden the ride got a little bumpy, and I hear "clunk, clunk, clunk." I had a flat tire. $#!* @#$$ ^&*( I'm in the left hand lane, so I pull over into the itty bitty shoulder. I am trying not to freak out as cars swerve and fly past me. I nearly caused a few wrecks that afternoon. What a nightmare that would have been. I would've had to tweet/facebook my own traffic report. So, I decided to call 911 because I realize I am road hazard. After just a few minutes, i'm escorted off the interstate by 3 bike cops. I'm not gonna like, in that moment I kind of felt like a "big deal." That didn't last long cause I still had a flat tire. Anyway, they changed my tire for me without complaint or hesitation. And I know it's kind of in their job description, but they could have been real a-holes about it. They were AWESOME. They were very friendly and made light of the situation. I was so THANKFUL. It would have taken me at least 3 hours to change it, and 2 and half of those hours would have been trying to loosen the bolt thingys.

Thanks Austin Police Department! I will pay it forward by being a careful, courteous driver. By this I mean, I won't flip anyone off when they drive like crap. :)


Peace Out,

J-Fizzle

Monday, June 21, 2010

Music Monday

I chose this weeks pick based on Coach Travis' blog. When I hear this song, I get focused, intense, positive energy. If you are a runner, I highly suggest you put this on your ipod. Enjoy and get focused!



Peace Out,

DJ Jazzy J

30 Day Paleo Challenge

Today is the start of the Master Mind Fight Club 30 Day Paleo Challenge. It will be 30 days of meats, nuts, berries, seeds, veggies and fruits. NO starches, sugars, dairy, lentils or artificial sweeteners. However, I am allowing myself 1 cheat a week...not "cheat meal." This means if I go to a mexican restaurant, I can't have chips & salsa, a margarita and enchiladas. I get one of the three as my cheat, and the rest of my dinner has to be paleo. This goes for desserts as well. If I want a dessert, I have to eat a paleo meal prior...I don't get both. If I don't have any hankerings to cheat, then I won't. I would love to make it the full 30 days cheat free. We'll see! It's time to focus and get back on track with food. FOOD IS FUEL, NOT FUN!

If you have any interest in following me on this journey, I will be keeping a food and workout blog. You Are What You Eat. I will also post great paleo recipes and links to friends/groups who also have great recipes. If you are need of some great, kickass workouts, I will be posting those as well; or if you want to see if I even make it 30 days. I could use the accountability, so just read it. ; )

Peace Out,

J-Dawg

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

YouTube Tuesday

I am a sucker for animals, especially when they are doing really cute things. We could learn a thing or two from these little guys about kindness.

Be good a friend!

Peace Out,
J-Dawg

Monday, June 14, 2010

Music Monday

I heard this song for the first time this morning, and I LOVED it! I'm not really into hip hop or rap, but this song is legit. It's hip-rock (a combo of rock and hip hop). It's a great song, and I think it can be appreciated by all. Sit back and enjoy!



Peace Out,

J-Swagger

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sweet Gestures

I just witnessed one of the sweetest sentiments from my window. I'm about to sit down on the couch when I see "Trent." That is not really his name. I call him that because I don't know his name, and he looks like Trent from the old TV show Daria (great show btw).


Trent Lane from Daria

Anyway, back to the story. There's a hair salon, Kemestry (which is also great), on the first floor of my building. It is also where "Trent" cuts hair. So, there's a little back story as to why this random guy on the street has a nickname.

Now for the mushy gushy part and point to my blog. "Trent" is just standing outside of his car which is not what got my attention, it was his huge ass grin and his body language that made me stop and look. At this point, I had to see why this grown man was so giddy. A woman comes walking across the street carrying 1/2 dozen roses, hands them to him and gives him a nice, big wet one. They stood there for about 5 min talking and he had the biggest smile on his face. I was a good 150 meters away and on the second floor, and I was able to see how freakin' happy he was. I love that!

You may be thinking big deal some random guy nicknamed "Trent" is happy. Here's the best part. I LOVE the fact that SHE brought HIM flowers. That is not something you see everyday, nor is that something most guys would be into. I could be totally wrong about that, so correct me if I'm wrong.

When they finished their happy moment, I saw them drive off in their matching honda fit cars...GAG ME! :)

Peace Out,
J-Torious
(you have to say it like Notorious...as in the rapper)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Farts ARE funny

I couldn't agree with Miss Chelsea Handler.




Peace Out,
Silent J

YouTube Tuesday

Many of you may have already seen this video. I know, I'm very original. But it's short and really freakin' cute, so just watch the damn thing. Who knows? Maybe you'll catch something you didn't see the first 10 times you watched it.


Poor mama bear. She's just trying to snack on her bamboo!

Peace Out,

J-licious

Monday, June 7, 2010

Music Monday

Get ready to kick off your shoes and spin around on your ass. This week's pick is a jam, or shall I say jamS (you'll soon hear why), by Girl Talk. Gregg Gillis, the DJ behind Girl Talk, has found a way to feed and unleash my inner ADD. He takes a bunch of random songs and mashes them together to make a kickass mix. When can you hear Ludacris, Justin Timberlake, Lisa Loeb, Reel 2 Real and Drowning Pool all in 1 song? Here, that's where. Busta move and Enjoy!


Peace Out,

DJ Jazzy Jess

Saturday, June 5, 2010

I want to play too!

All I have to say is, "Where can I get one of these?"


Peace Out,

J-Monkey

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

YouTube Tuesday

I saw this commercial over the weekend and laughed my ass off. Not only do I love a good commercial, but I also love skittles. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. I suggest watching it at least 3 times. It only gets better!



Peace Out,

J-Scizzy

Music Monday...it's late, again

I meant to post this last night, but completely forgot. I was still on weekend mode, with the holiday and all.

I was told by two people, who will remain anonymous, that my music blogs have been a little sad and slow lately. I'm all about feedback and giving my readers what they want. So, this one is for you Melisa Aquilar-Rehm and Karen Pierce!



Peace Out,

DJ Ice J

Monday, May 31, 2010

CATZ VS. CROSSFIT

VS.

I've been wanting to write this blog for a VERY long time, but didn't know how to go about it....or get my point across. Now, with the help of CP (if you need a good analogy, she's your girl), I've got it all figured out.

As some of you may know, I'm a CATZ (Competitive Athlete Training Zone) athlete and a Crossfitter. The main focus of CATZ is sport performance, speed, power, and agility. A basic definition of Crossfit is, "a strength and conditioning fitness methodology that promotes broad and general overall physical fitness (weightlifting, sprinting and gymnastics)."

I have been a member of CATZ Austin for about 3 years and Crossfit Central for about 3 months (prior to crossfit I was just doing kettlebell). Some may ask why both? I say because I consider myself to be a dynamic athlete. CATZ is my weakness. Crossfit is my strength in comparison to CATZ .

Before starting CATZ my body hated moving laterally (side to side), my feet were not quick and I was not agile. Now, I can rock a speed ladder. My feet are quicker. I've got some pretty decent "ups" for a short girl. I'm 10x more powerful than I was 3 years ago. I am totally out of my comfort zone, which is why I will never give it up. I will only become a better athlete if I stay outside my comfort zone.

I came into Crossfit with a gymnastics background, so certain elements are easier for me. I am very comfortable and confident when it comes to pull-ups, handstand push-ups, muscle-ups, ring dips and box jumps. I can execute them, but I've still got a long way...very long way to go before perfecting them. The other side of Crossfit is power lifting, which I find NO comfort in doing. Therefore, I see myself as a long time crossfitter....like forever. I've only been doing crossfit for a short time and have already seen some tremendous strength gains. Not to mention a whole new outlook on food, which will forever be a part of my life.

The next question I get is, "but aren't they competitors." My answer, "yes and no." Here is where CP's great analogy comes in that ties it all together.

CATZ and Crossfit are competitors in the sense that they are like vehicles. They are necessity for everyone. Vehicles provide transportation. CATZ and Crossfit both provide health and fitness. CATZ is like a Porsche. It is built for speed and performance; whereas, Crossfit is like a Range Rover. It can haul heavy things and is able to take on more rugged, extreme terrains. However, both are high quality luxury vehicles.

I am both! Would that be considered a crossover? Anyway, I can haul heavy things, over a rugged terrain, very quickly. Can you?

Peace Out,

BIG J

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

YouTube Tuesday

I would like to dedicate this week's video to Miss Hannah Lowe and Miss Melisa Aguilar-Rehm.



Peace Out,

J-Kitty

Music Monday...it's late

Sorry this is late. I know all of you have been waiting in suspense and checking your dashboard every 5 min for this blog. This week's pick is "Hoppipolla" by Sigur Ros. The song is in Icelandic, and I have no idea what he saying,so just use your imagination and make-up your own interpretation. That's what I do anyway!

I chose the song before I saw the video, and I am so glad that I did. The video has a great message...you are never too old to play like a kid. Watch, listen and ENJOY!


Peace Out,

J-Strada

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

YouTube Tuesday

This is probably one of my favorite Youtube videos of all time.


Peace Out,

J-Diggity

Monday, May 17, 2010

Music Monday

This is my new, pump me up, going to kickass in the gym song. The lead singer also happens to be the most beautiful man in the world...in my opinion. (Melisa, remember when we met him at Emo's, while listening to Saves The Day. Ahhh, our good ole' punk days. haha)

The band is 30 Seconds to Mars (lead singer is Jared Leto btw) and the song is "This Is War." My favorite part of the song is when the crowd is chanting, Fight, Fight, Fight....,because that is exactly what I hear when I'm trying to get through a workout that is kicking my ass. I will not let it beat me. I will fight till the end and leave nothing on floor.



And just for fun








Ahhh, what a sight!







Peace Out,

J-Rock

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

YouTube Tuesday


Mama knows best! I'm the mother of a 4 year old schnauzer, Monty. So, I can totally relate to these furry mamas. I would do anything for that pup...ANYTHING!




Peace Out,

Mama J

Monday, May 10, 2010

Music Monday

This week's pick is a special request from Miguel Garza. He is getting ready for the 2010 Crossfit South Central Regional Competition and has chosen a theme song for the next 2 weeks leading up to regionals.

I'm not a big fan of rap music. I only have 3 rappers/rap groups that I can say I really enjoy. If you must know, they are DMX, Beastie Boys and Run DMC. I don't know if the last two even count as rap, but I say it is....so it is. However, I do enjoy a little Eminem every once in a while and the song that Miguel has chosen is pretty good. I can bob my head to it and it makes me want to throw-up some gang signs, so it works. It passes the test for a spot on Music Monday!

Here it is for your listening pleasure, EMINEM "Not Afraid." Enjoy!



Good Luck to Miguel and the Crossfit Central Crew at Regionals! I can't wait to watch the sweat fly.

Peace Out,

Gangsta J

Thursday, May 6, 2010

My new inspiration!


Peace Out,

J-Flippty Flop
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mind over Matter

Here is an amazing story of not giving up. The article from People Magazine was a little too long. I try and keep my blogs short, sweet and to the point. I took what I thought was important in really grasping the point of this blog and the video.

"In all the years of televised sport, with each thrill of victory balanced by the equally celebrated agony of defeat, no ordeal has been more painfully graphic than the suffering of Julie Moss at Kona, Hawaii. The event was the Ironman Triathlon World Championship, in which entrants of both sexes swim 2.4 miles through the rolling Pacific, bicycle 112 miles, then run a full 26.2-mile marathon—all within 12 hours. At 23, Moss, an unheralded amateur athlete who had never competed in a triathlon before, was leading by several minutes over her nearest female competitor last February with just 440 yards of the marathon to go. Then she fell. It took her three minutes to struggle to her feet and wobble to within 100 yards of the finish, where she collapsed again. Desperately, Julie rose, lurched to within 50 feet, and fell once more. She was still crawling when college student Kathleen McCartney, 23, raced past to victory.

Undaunted, Moss will try the Ironman again later this week. Not that she's forgotten what it felt like to lose; even then, though she seemed almost insensible, Julie was all too vividly aware of her plight. "I was thinking, 'When is this going to end?' " she recalls. "Everyone thought I was really out of it, but my mind was really clear—my legs just kept going out. Everyone had a bad moment in that race, a point where they had to reach down deeper than ever just to keep going. Kathleen had a terrible swim. I had my bad moment at the end." By Ed Zieralski


If you'd like to know more about Julie Moss and her race, you can listen to an interview with Julie on radiolab. You have to click on the side tab that says "Limits."

Peace Out,

BIG J

Monday, May 3, 2010

Music Monday

This week's pick is from one of my FAVORITE bands of all time, STARS. They are from Canada and make amazing music. The song "Fixed" is the first single off their new album, The Five Ghosts (June 22nd release date).

I love this song for two reasons 1. because it has a little 80's beat to it and 2. it starts off strong...kinda my style. I hope you all love it as much as I do; and if you do, you should check out some of their other songs. They are brilliant I tell you, just brilliant.

Enjoy!


Peace Out,

DJ Jazzy Jess

Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy Friday! Where the hell is the sun?

A little laugh to kick off your weekend. Enjoy!



Peace Out,

J Diggity

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I Got It

I have set 3 workout goals to accomplish by May 10th. I must get 1 muscle-up, 3 handstand push-ups (no kip) and a 200# deadlift. Well, today I got my MUSCLE-UP. Since Crossfit Central is closed (kinda) for the week, I called up my buddy Miguel Garza of Crossfit Austin and G7 Athletics for a little one-on-one. He broke down every step, we did a couple drills, put on some Marley and it was on! After about 4 attempts, I was up. It felt amazing, but my sternum doesn't. OUCH! I'm not really sure why, but I don't really care. I got my muscle-up. My new goal for May 10th is 2 in a row.

Here it is....

Thanks Miguel. Next, is a true muscle-up with no kip!

Peace Out,

J-Dawg

You Got Rick Rolled

For those of you who read my Music Monday blog, you had the pleasure of listening to this old school tune.


I usually give an introduction to my music picks. With this post, I just posted a link to the song for you to discover on your own. Why you ask? Because you got "Rick Rolled!" If you are not familiar with that term, here is the definition:

When what you think is a link to something you want to see actually directs you to a video of Rick Astley singing "Never Gonna Give You Up."

I LOVE this song. I LOVE the video. I LOVE "rick rolling." I think that one of the reasons this song was chosen for this game is because after hearing it, there is a good chance it's going to get stuck in your head. LOVE it!

I thought I would include some memorable "rick roll" moments for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!






Peace Out,

J-Thug