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The Confessions of a Reluctant Exerciser

3 Jun

X Files AlienOn a gloomy December afternoon, Michelle (@ragemichelle) and I crossed paths in the twitter stream. She was sick in the body. I was sick in the head. We were two peas in a pod and it was WONDERFUL to not be alone in our grumpiness!  We swore. We mocked ourselves. We griped. And we giggled… a lot. I joined her rage on her What I Learned from Fox Muldar  post where she confessed watching 30 or so X-File episodes and fretting about not working out.  I related to her plight. Of course, she had an excuse; she was sick! Me? I’m too lazy to put on my shoes. I confessed being a reluctant exerciser. Continue reading

20 Minute Playground Workout | My Modified Cindy

1 Jun

Playground Exercise Tools

Back in the day – before adjusting to my new empty nest and my low back injury – I was becoming pretty darn strong! I was working out with Sonjia regularly and doing a variety of full body, compound, high rep workouts.  I LOVED getting stronger! I LOVED being able to work out longer at higher heart rates! She tricked me one time and had me do Cindy’s (5 assisted pull ups, 10 pushups, 15 bodyweight squats for 20 minutes). I remember the first time it was HARD! I had to take several breaks and my muscles were tired! Little did I know that it was a benchmark routine – one that let’s us gauge our progress over time. And yes, within a month my Cindy improved! I can’t do pull ups at home (sigh), but I finally figured out how to do a Cindy at our local playground and it was a great 20 minute workout! Continue reading

We Walked, Played and Ate | My Dad’s Healthy Visit

29 May
Healthy Family Habits

My Dad, Sis, and Me - A "Few" Years Back

I’m my father’s daughter. We have never been the healthy ones of our family. Like him, my tendencies are to watch too much Law and Order, skip breakfast, indulge in sweets, and eat fritos with creamy dips. Me? Well I ended up in the hospital due to chronic dehydration and basically felt crappy all the time. Him? He got the pre-diabetes and cholesterol talk from his doctor and felt crappy all the time. So here we are, in a similar place, wanting to be a bit healthier and feel better by adopting new habits.  [Side Note: My sis and mom have always been healthy. I didn’t get those genes. LOL]  Continue reading

Lessons Learned and Unexpected Treats at #Fitbloggin

23 May

My Roomies @foodiemcbody and @kclanderson - I'm the luckiest girl in the world!

I decided on Monday and flew out on Wednesday to attend #Fitbloggin – so I didn’t have much time to prepare or fret. I really had no idea what to expect, but I knew I wanted to meet my tweeps in real life. The people were definitely the best part, but the Intuitive Eating panel, Attune Foods panel, and Friday Night Shows were unexpected treats for me. I walked away with  loads of new friends, stronger connections with existing buddies, cool tips and products, great information, and lots of questions (i.e., Who Am I?) – ha! Overall, I HIGHLY recommend this conference – it was uber fun, super inspiring, and filled with #soulmedicine. And yes – the irony of ME going to #fitbloggin is pretty darn funny.   Continue reading

I’m Going to #Fitbloggin | The Irony Continues

17 May
My Bike and Me

My Bike and Me - In Real Life

I’m going to #fitbloggin and I consider this to be a continuation of life’s latest ironies. After all, I’m not really fit and I’m not really a blogger. So I giggle, and I’m struck, once again, how the ironies pile up.

I don’t cook, yet most people come to my non-blog searching for a recipe. I ended up in the hospital due to chronic dehydration, but people ask me about being healthy. I’m growing herbs, but I don’t know what to do with them. I don’t know how to ride a bike, but I just bought one. You get the idea, right?  Continue reading

I’m Going to Vegas! My Health and Wellness “Do” List

7 May
Health and Wellness in Las Vegas

I'll be staying healthy at the Bellagio.

As many of you know, I’m not into “do not’s”. They just don’t work for me – I am SUCH a rebel. My whole wannabe health and wellness philosophy is about the Power of More – more vegetables, more movement, more water.  I’m on a really good streak right now – recovering from my hurt back, getting up to speed at the gym, and even sharpening my knife in the kitchen. So I want to continue this positive momentum – even in Sin City – while enjoying a lovely vacation.

So here’s what I WILL DO on my vacation:

  1. I will eat dessert – after I eat my vegetables.
  2. I will move – walk, gym, swim – I think this will be fairly easy actually.
  3. I will enjoy a warm piece of sourdough bread – with butter – along with my salad.
  4. I will use the stairs at least once to get to my room (God help me if I’m on the 20th floor).
  5. I will drink water (yes – I even have my water bottle packed – can you believe it?).
  6. I will rest my body and mind with naps, reading, and massage.
  7. I will wear sunscreen and a hat.
  8. I will do yoga with my BF+ without giggling (maybe…).
  9. I will eat regularly so that I’m never starved (got my bars packed).
  10. I will smile and laugh often.

I’ll be disconnecting – yep – not taking the computer. But don’t be surprised if I tweet a pic or two.

But in the meantime, here’s some toe-tapping tunes to set the mood…. Enjoy!

It Wasn’t Pretty, But It Counts: My Modified CrossFit Class

2 May

It’s been a slow recovery with my  low back injury. But after some great progress, I decided it was time to make it back to Sonjia’s CrossFit class (after nearly 4 months).  I almost didn’t want to write about this because what I actually did was VERY different than her prescribed workout (enter my pride).  But since I LOVE this kind of full body, compound workout, I thought I would share it. The other really great lesson about today is the reminder that ALL exercise is scalable and can be modified for every individual. I loved being able to go through the class, modify the CrossFit routine for my situation,  and feel proud about my progress. Continue reading

Recovering From a Low Back Injury – Patience and Perseverance

28 Apr

Medicine BallWell it’s been a few months since I’ve had my groove on. Hurting my low back in January definitely put a damper on my exercise routine – and that’s an understatement! Let me put it this way, it was one month before I could get out of bed without helping myself with my arms. Unloading the dishwasher was painful. Getting in and out of the car hurt. I could not bend over at the waist unsupported. My core was SHOT! I will NEVER take my low back for granted again! Recovering from this low back injury was a slow process requiring a lot of patience and perseverance, and I still am not 100%.  Continue reading

Join Us for the First Workout Swap of 2011

4 Jan

When was the last time you REALLY mixed up your workouts?  That’s the concept behind what has become a monthly workout swap with Suzanne @WorkoutNirvana. By mixing it up, we can break through plateaus and challenge our cardiovascular and muscular health in new ways.

According to Livestrong, “Repeating the same routine week after week will cause your weight loss and results to stagger and your workouts may become flatlined. Instead of sticking to a few basic exercises in your routine consider adding a variety of exercises that work your muscles from different angles and in different sequences. ” Continue reading

My Unexpected Holiday Treat

28 Dec

While many folks look forward to travel and cookies, I was looking forward to EXERCISE! This year I’ve learned that exercise is one of the most important ingredients for my sanity and well being. And between the rain, work, my cold, and stitches (I had a mole removed – all tests negative TYVM), I haven’t been working out hard, and I lost quite a bit of strength and cardio endurance (and sanity). Not that I don’t count my wogging excursions and dates with the elliptical (they TOTALLY count), but there is great value in dripping-sweat-kick-ass-workouts.

So, just for today, I will press, twist, squat, and jump. I’m happy to say that despite wanting to quit at minutes 5, 10 & 15, I persevered for 40 minutes. I’m hoping that by building my strength after a few more workouts that I’ll be past quitter mode. (But I’ve always been a mental sissy re: exercise, so I’m not counting on it). Continue reading

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