Where do I begin?
About five year-ago I joked about drinking the CrossFit “kool-aid” because at that time there seemed to be only two kinds of people in the world: those who CrossFitted and those that hated everything about CrossFit.
Actually, it’s still like that, isn’t it?
Anyway, I don’t regret taking a sip of the CrossFit kool-aid. I’m stronger and fitter because of it. That said, I rarely actually “CrossFit” anymore. I don’t take classes with a coach. I avoid the insane “as many rounds as possible” workouts with heavy barbell movements, and I rarely look at the clock to time myself. I’m even one of those crazy people who avoided kipping until I could do strict pull-ups. (Those who know anything about CrossFit know what I’m talking about.)
My workout partners always joke that I have high standards, but the truth is I don’t want to injure myself. I enjoy working out, and I’m not going to jeopardize my gym time by doing something stupid in the name of CrossFit. I’m too old, and I have nothing to prove to anyone other than myself. I also don’t see the point in half-assing workouts just to get a fast time or beat the person next to me. That’s the dark side of CrossFit, and I see it all the time.
At the end of the day, I’m grateful for CrossFit because it introduced me to Olympic lifting, powerlifting, and general strength training. I’ll continue to take (what I think) are the best parts of CrossFit and apply it to my own training and workouts.
More recently I drank the Macro Counting aka IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) kool-aid and like CrossFit, I’m grateful for what it’s taught me, but I didn’t dive in head first blindly. I don’t think it’s the only way to eat or lose weight. Like CrossFit, I simply took from Macro Counting what worked for and made sense to me and left the rest of it behind.
What I’m trying to say is, I try not to get swept up by the hype of whatever the latest trends are, but I do like to learn and dabble in them.
I guess you can say I’m a cherry picker.
I’m a total cherry picker.
Anyway, the latest cult trend I’m cherry picking from is — get ready to roll your eyes; I did for years when people told me about them — Essential Oils.
Like CrossFit and Macro counting, I think there are good and bad aspects of the Essential Oil craze. Some people I talk to about it are borderline maniacs, thinking they can find the cure for cancer in a 5ml bottle of some concentrated oil made out of a weed that grows in Ecuador.
I simply don’t subscribe to that level of blind trust in anything, but after attending an oil party a few weeks back and taking a chance on a starter kit, I will say, I am enjoying them. My inner DIY’er is having fun exploring ways to make lotions and body washes, and I love my diffuser!
My initial reasoning for purchasing the oils was for air freshener reasons. You guys know I’m living in a house full of boys and let me tell you… they smell! I found myself buying more and more scented candles and room fresheners. I swear, I should have taken stock in Fabreeze and Renuzit.
So when I was invited to the party, I thought, hey, this may be a good option. I could make my own scent combinations based on our mood or the season instead of buying Yankee candles and scent beads every few weeks.
When I received the kit, it was overwhelming as I expected it to be, but the boys and I had fun smelling all the oils and diffusing our favorites in the diffuser.
The starter kit also came with a sample of Thieves Cleaning concentrate, and after a few uses I will say, I’m impressed.
I can’t speak to its ability to kill germs, but as a degreaser, window and stainless steel cleaner it did the job as good, if not better than the typical store bought brands I usually buy. Plus, I love the smell. Using it converted me for sure. It even cleans up the dried, stuck on maple syrup mess my kids usually make during breakfast that we clean before setting the table for dinner. That alone makes it weight worth in gold.
I love it!
I plan to make some sugar scrubs and bath gels too. You guys will probably not believe this but The Husband, MY husband, is totally obsessed with the Aromatherapy line at Bath and Body Works. I’m hoping I can recreate some of his favorite scent combinations too. I’m ordering Cedarwood so I can make our version of this. It’s his favorite.
To all those who tried to sell me oils in the past, I apologize for shoo shooing you away. I will admit they are fun and I am enjoying learning about them. That said, I will continue to be a cherry-picker. I just can’t subscribe to the cure-all hype that surrounds them sometimes.
If you are interested in learning more about the starter kit, let me know, or you can click here and order it through my link. The starter kit and membership are pretty neat. You get:
- A diffuser — I picked the Dewdrop. I like it, and it doubles as a small humidifier.
- 5ml bottles of
- Lavender — my current fav!
- Peppermint Vitality — Vitality means it’s FDA approved for consumption. My friend who through the party made chocolate mint brownies with this and they were delicious!
- Lemon Vitality
- Copaiba Vitality
- Thieves Vitality
- Citrus Fresh
- DiGize Vitality
- Stress Away
- A Roller Fitment – turns any bottle to an oil roller for application. I haven’t used mine yet.
- Thieves Household Cleaner 1-oz. Sample – this is what I used to make my bottle of cleaner pictured above.
- 2 NingXia Red 2-oz. Samples – meh, not my thing. I don’t need more supplements in my life.
- A few other things you won’t care about, although I did enjoy looking through the catalog.
After that, you can pick which products you want to receive monthly. Thier Essential Rewards program gives you the cheaper rates and allows you to earn their points. I think the minimum order is $50/month, but it’s worth it if you sign up. Simply pick a couple of oils to make the minimum for the first month and then cancel. This way you earn the point on the starter kit, and you can use those points right away before canceling. There’s no penalty. If you keep it, you can manage it and pick different products every month.
I kept my monthly membership so far because I want to buy another diffuser for the office. So I figured I’d wait and order in my monthly order.
Aaand now I sound like a sales lady.
Sorry. I promise Essential Oils won’t take over my blog. That would mean I’d have to stop writing about Macros and CrossFit.
Geesh… who have I become?