Do you ever just get real bummed out and want to give up on something? How do you pull yourself out of a rut? I know I'm not the only one this happens to (or at least I hope I'm not!) and sometimes we just need a hug, or a pep talk, or maybe a swift kick in the ass. We all need something different I imagine. I think I needed all of the above to get me out of this one. I had my first NorCal crossfit competition this weekend, the Sactown Throwdown. It was good and bad. It was a team competition and I'm thankful to have had such supportive teammates, but I managed to get pretty bummed out with my performance. The thing is I was very capable of doing all the movements and lifting some heavy weight, but why can't I keep up with some of the other girls? Should I be training harder? Am I ever going to be as good as them? I feel like the second I get better, my competitors get 1o times better. What the hell? So there it is, I suck at life sometimes too. But you can't let it get you down. And no one is going to do the work for you. You have to take it as a lesson learned and move on. I'm also lucky to have a trainer who gave me a hug, then gave me a pep talk, then gave me a workout that kicked my ass. It reminded me I can compete with the beasts in this sport, and I'm not going to give up. I want this just as bad as they do, and I'm going to work my ass off until I get there. So if you're stuck in a rut, just remember you aren't the only one, but you are the only one who can fix it. This applies to all aspects of our lives, not just fitness and diet, it might be something at work, or in your personal life, but you have the capability to make what you want out of any situation. Hopefully you have someone to talk to, but you have to do this for yourself. So when you're finished eating these pancakes, get out there and kick ass. Because you deserve it.

Pumpkin Spiced Pancakes

Recipe from The Food Lovers Kitchen's Ebook 30 Day Intro to Paleo

Prep 10 mins

Cooking 10 mins

Servings 2-4


  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp maple syrup


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and beat with a hand mixer
  2. Grease a pan with some coconut oil
  3. Pour batter on skillet (approx. 6 small pancakes) over low heat and brown both sides
  4. Top with whatever you like, I used slivered almonds and maple syrup