Hop Hop Squat

January 28, 2017

Hey! Has anyone out there done T25? I attempted it once a year or two ago. I loved that it was only 25 minutes long and I enjoyed the various workouts. 

After being out of the workout routine for far too long, I started up T25 again tonight. The photo above is pre-workout. I wasn’t sure how it would go. Thankfully, it felt good to get my heart rate up and work up a sweat. I had to modify a few of the moves. Modifying usually disappoints me, but I was okay with it today. I did my best and had a really good workout. Here is a short clip of my favorite move from T25 Cardio:

That move will improve over time. I don’t share that clip because it’s impressive (it’s certainly not). I share it to show my starting point. I am excited to continue this program and get stronger and healthier. If you have any experience with T25 please let me know. I’d love to hear what you thought of the program and what your results were.


Fitness Monday – Exercise isn’t enough

July 15, 2013

This blog is made up of my experiences in 5 different areas that begin with the letter F. If you haven’t already, check out my intro post.

Fitness is one of my F words. My interpretation of the word fitness involves more than just exercise. I believe fitness is a lifestyle. Your eating habits, the frequency and intensity of your workouts, the amount of sleep you get and your mindset are all components of your level of fitness.

The food thing is the hardest part for me. I know what I should do and what I should eat, but I don’t always do it. Too often, I choose the meal that will give me temporary satisfaction. It’s so easy to do what feels good in the moment. In the long run, I always regret loading up on foods that have little to no nutritional value. I am ready to make some significant changes in this area. Check future blogs for more on this.

I love exercising. My workout routines include: running, lifting, sports, cross fit and more. The hard part for me when it comes to exercising is the scheduling issue. I don’t always make time to exercise. I know that needs to change.

I usually get 7 – 8 hours of sleep each night so I think I’m doing well in this area. I could handle getting to bed and waking up earlier. I’ll work on that.

I believe that I have a positive mindset. I know that I can achieve my fitness goals. I try to surround myself with positive reinforcements. If you are defeated mentally before you begin a new fitness endeavor, you are bound to fail. If you believe in yourself, encourage yourself and keep a positive mindset, you’ll succeed.

What one thing can you do today that will increase your level of fitness?

Putting my competitive nature to good use

June 3, 2013


Photo courtesy of Naomi Jirele Photography

People who know me well, understand that I am a competitive person. I enjoy competition. I like winning. Losing bums me out. I believe this is a positive characteristic. It keeps me working and improving. It helps me strive for excellence.

With the exception of summertime city league sports, my hunger for competition goes unfed. I have been trying to find a way to feed this area on a regular basis. I believe I discovered a solution today!

Before I share it, I must say that my exercise routine right now is quite inconsistent. I’ll occasionally get on a good streak. I have a generally active lifestyle. Unfortunately, I have yet to discover a workout I love to do regularly. I believe the same solution for the issue introduced above will solve this as well. Two for one – Sweet!!!

You are probably thinking, get to the point already… Okay! I decided today that I will make CrossFit training the foundation to my fitness routine. Check this out for more information on the concept of crossfit — http://www.crossfit.com/cf-info/what-is-crossfit.html . This will allow me to always test my physical abilities, get in the best shape of my life, keep my workouts fun and ever-changing AND compete. I will measure the results of each workout (distance, weight, time) and try to do better next time. Thus, competing against myself.

I am very excited about this new take I have on both fitness and competition. I plan to dedicate future blog posts to my progress and experiences.

I needed a little laugh today

June 21, 2012

“Jogging is very beneficial. It’s good for your legs and your feet. It’s also very good for the ground. If makes it feel needed.”

~Charles M. Schulz

Shape up

May 1, 2012

My baby is 10 weeks old. Therefore, it is time for me to get serious about getting back into shape. I am a goal-setter, but simply saying that I want to get back into shape does not give me a measurable goal. Allow me to expound…

My physical goals for 2012 are:

1) Run a half marathon in 130 minutes or less.
2) Increase my bench press to 155 pounds.
3) Be a strong, consistent player on my summer league volleyball team.
4) Cut back the amount of caffeine and sugar that I eat.
5) Encourage others to live a healthy lifestyle.

I will be developing action plans for each goal listed above. Look for status updates in future blogs.

Sugar fast

March 7, 2011

I am fasting sweets for the month of March. I have little to no discipline when there is candy or ice cream available for my consumption. It was really getting out of hand. I am hoping that this fast will result in my “need” for sweets to vanish. It is my goal to make ice cream an occasional splurge rather than a weekly entry in my food diary.

Is there anything unhealthy in your life that has too much control over you? Try fasting it for a month. Look for my testimony of success in the months to come.