Thankful for 2016

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Truth: I spent a good amount of 2016 in a state of anger, bitterness and depression. I let too many things almost break me emotionally when I should have been relying on my faith more. When I went back to my photos to reflect, I asked God, “why in the world did I waste my time complaining? You gave me an amazing year.” He really did. Despite some of the speed bumps, He gave me awesome friends, times to cherish my kids, and countless victories. Thank you Lord for all the people you placed and kept in my life this year. Without them, I really don’t know where I would have been. 2017, not sure how you’re gonna top 2016!

Posted in In Christ, Jiu Jitsu, Kids, Marriage, Martial Arts, Parenting

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!

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Too many weird coincidences about these photos.

1) Left Photo taken on 12/12/09. Right photo taken on 12/12/15. Thank you #OnThisDay feature!
2) Cousin Rachelle on the left, her namesake #CaleahRachelle on the right.
3) I’m happily holding dessert in both photos.
4) Left photo 1 year, 4 months postpartum (Jacob), Right photo, 4 months postpartum (Caleah)

I was in 2 very different places when it came to eating habits and working out, and I think you can come to your own conclusion about what I was doing in both scenarios. I will never turn down dessert though. That being said, I am craving pie or a cake.

Posted in CrossFit, Fitness, Food, Health

15 Weeks Post Fracture

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15 weeks has flown since this day, the day of the broken arm. 9 weeks in a cast and 6 more weeks delaying PT put my training routine at a standstill. From 20-24 hours a week of training to 1-2 didn’t phase me as much as I thought. I truly got lazy, and this is mixed with the fear of getting reinjured. I don’t bring this up often, but my arm healed incorrectly. I have difficulty rotating my wrist inwards for things like typing, turning a knob, turning the driver’s wheel, etc. I finally went to my first PT appointment yesterday and the verdict is that I will probably still have trouble with full range of motion.
I’ve gone in and out of wondering if I should go back to competition or if this is a sign for me to stop. I enjoy training, competing is “fun” but I suppose the fear of getting back into a cast has stopped me from returning to the mats full-time again. I’m trying to crush that fear, reminding myself that this injury was just a short hiccup and that I need to just back into the routine of things. Here’s hoping I finally get back into high gear again. The “San Diego cold” isn’t helping either, since I just want to stay in bed all day.

Posted in Jiu Jitsu

15 Weeks Arm Recovery Update

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15 weeks has flown since this day, the day of the broken arm. 9 weeks in a cast and 6 more weeks delaying PT put my training routine at a standstill. From 20-24 hours a week of training to 1-2 didn’t phase me as much as I thought. I truly got lazy, and this is mixed with the fear of getting reinjured. I don’t bring this up often, but my arm healed incorrectly. I have difficulty rotating my wrist inwards for things like typing, turning a knob, turning the driver’s wheel, etc. I finally went to my first PT appointment yesterday and the verdict is that I will probably still have trouble with full range of motion.

I’ve gone in and out of wondering if I should go back to competition or if this is a sign for me to stop. I enjoy training, competing is “fun” but I suppose the fear of getting back into a cast has stopped me from returning to the mats full-time again. I’m trying to crush that fear, reminding myself that this injury was just a short hiccup and that I need to just back into the routine of things. Here’s hoping I finally get back into high gear again. The “San Diego cold” isn’t helping either, since I just want to stay in bed all day.

Posted in Fitness, Jiu Jitsu, Martial Arts

LEGOLAND Brick-Or-Treat

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Looking for something a unique way to enjoy candy and treats this Fall season? LEGOLAND is having their annual Brick-or-Treat events and tomorrow is the last day! My family had the chance to enjoy some time at LEGOLAND last week and it was awesome to dress up, enjoy candy and rides and seeing other families do the same. You can stop by all the candy stations, make Arts and Crafts and also enjoy everything that LEGOLAND offers on a daily basis, but it’s always so much more fun in costume. More details are below, and hope you enjoy photos of our Pokemon Family!

IT’S TRICK OR TREAT TIME! LEGOLAND® CALIFORNIA RESORT SWEETENS ITS ANNUAL

BRICK-OR-TREAT PARTY NIGHTS HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION!

Family Halloween Celebration Offers More Candy Carts; New Pop-Badge Challenge; New Entertainment and More!

CARLSBAD, Calif. (August 25, 2016) – Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND® California Resort, presented by Shutterfly®, is back and sweeter than ever! The biggest kids’ Halloween celebration in San Diego offers children and their families trick-or-treating and entertainment throughout the Park. Every Saturday night (Oct. 1,8,15,22, & 29) starting at 5 p.m., LEGOLAND California transforms into a not-too-spooky Halloween party featuring a new Ghost Cruise adventure, a new pop-badge challenge through Fun Town, a new theater show in Castle Hill, a fall festival complete with a LEGO® pumpkin patch building activity and blue-grass style music in LEGO Friends Heartlake City, treat stations with specialty items including a LEGO® commemorative Brick, roaming candy carts throughout the Park and two bonus treat stations inside SEA LIFE® Aquarium. Plus, LEGOLAND® Hotel joins in the fun with its own Halloween party on Oct. 31 with candy giveaways, a dance party and a special visit from Brick-Or-Treat Characters exclusively for Hotel guests!

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights is a special event and admission can be purchased for as low as $35 if purchased online in advance. Special event ticket holders can enjoy costume contests, trick-or-treating at treat stations and candy carts filled with tasty goodies and other surprises, festive music, live entertainment including the hilarious “Boo Crew,” a dazzling animated Spirits of Brick-or-Treat light show, and new Ghost Cruise adventure. The LEGO themed treat stations and candy carts offer a safe, fun and entertaining trick-or-treating experience for all to enjoy.

Guests can also “boo-gie” down at frighteningly-fun dance parties: Hubble Bubble’s Dance Party atop the Model Shop in Miniland U.S.A., Pirate Booty Boogie at SEA LIFE Aquarium, plus sing and dance along to the music and mayhem in the Monster Fighter Mash featured at the Fun Town Stage. An all new show, “The Curse of the Hallowmeenie” debuts at the Castle Stage in Castle Hill. Special event guests can also enjoy entertainment from The Witchettes, Bluegrass Band Jamboree and a special LEGO Friends meet and greet in Heartlake City, where kids can decorate their own craft!

In the Halloween spirit, community sponsor Union Bank is donating 300 tickets to allow winners to visit this year’s Brick-or-Treat festivities during the first weekend of the month-long celebration. LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on select dates throughout October. With special event admission to Brick-or-Treat Party Nights on October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 guests can extend their day until 9pm at both LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium to enjoy all the Halloween festivities. For exclusive savings and more information, visit www.BRICKORTREAT.com or call 760-918-5346.

Posted in Family Fun, San Diego Fun
About StrongholdMom

Raquel Cusi is a wife, mother of 4, and owns The Stronghold CrossFit & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with her husband, Mike, and brother Ray. She loves to blog about Marriage, Parenting, Health, Fitness, Christian living and her love for Disney. She's also an aspiring crunchy mom who loves organic and natural products, breastfeeding and babywearing.

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