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Surrounded by Incredibly Strong Women

Yesterday morning I was at TRX bright and early per my usual Thursday morning routine.  For the most part, the people in the class are the same week to week which is great!  We all get comfortable with one another and get to know a little bit about each other.  One woman said the other day she felt it necessary to learn all our names sine she sweats with us 2 times a week.

Yesterday was the usual group, plus or minus a couple people.  As we were doing forward lunges with a chest press with the rip trainers, I realized in my group (we are broken down into 2 groups and alternate cardio and resistance bands) I was the youngest.  Not only the youngest, but the youngest by about 25 years or more. 

To my left was a woman I know is in her mid 60’s (I know this because as she was running several feet ahead of me this fall she mentioned her birthday).  She is in amazing physical condition.  While I struggled to push on without stopping for a break, she made it look easy.

To my right, a woman who I would guess to be in her late 50’s.  She can do burpee circles around me.  Of the 4 women in my group, I was the youngest, in the other group of 5, there was one woman I would guess to be around my age, and all of these lovely ladies push me to work harder.  They are so strong and fierce.  I can only hope that 25 years from now I’m as strong and capable as these beautiful women.  One came in to TRX after an hour swimming, another I see on a regular basis on the cardio equipment before class.  As a twenty-something I strive to be as athletic as these amazing ladies. 


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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Wanted to Share

I wanted to share the news story from the amazing 5K I did over the weekend.  This was such an amazing experience!  The before picture of me in this story used to make me sick to my stomach, now I look at it and see how far I’ve come, and I’m proud that that woman in that picture had the courage to look herself in the mirror and say, I deserve more than this.

Feel free to watch the video by clicking here!

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Posted by on October 2, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Fit or Fat Part 2

I was able to catch up with the trainer last night to get a reading on how much of my weight is fat.  I was a little nervous about it but it was so simple.  They have this little machine that kind of looks like bicycle handles.  You put in your height, weight and gender, then hold the handles and it give you a reading.  My BMI was just what I expected, 30.8 (getting closer, since I started at 43) and my fat percentage was 34.9%

I looked it up online after I left the gym and a “healthy” percentage of fat for my age and height is 33%.  I’m so close!  I just wish I had thought to do a read out like this when I started over 75 pounds ago, or had done it when I started going to the gym 40 pounds ago.  It would have been really interesting to see what the number was then.

Now I want one of those little machine things for myself.  I think I’d probably get a little obsessive about checking it after every workout to see if I had gained any muscle.

Speaking of, my WOD yesterday was amazing.  You know you had a good workout when your legs are like jello after the first round, and there were 4.  Today it hurts to sit and lift my arms over my head, but I love it!  Hoping to see a much smaller percentage of fat next time around!

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Posted by on July 20, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Re-trying some Challenges

A little over a week ago, I started the Mean Abs Challenge.  A few days in, with the craziness of our move, I’ve been slacking on it.  I’m lucky to make it to my regular work outs.  I’ve decided that starting tonight, I’m going to re-start the challenge.  I just didn’t have the motivation going in to this one that I did going into the squat challenge a month ago.

I’m also planning to redo the squat challenge at the same time.  I’m going to be changing it up a little.  I’m going to be doing Pilates squats.  I don’t know if that is the technical term for it, but that’s what I’ve heard them called so that’s what I’m calling them (squats with toes pointed out).

We’ll see how those go for me this month.  Next month I’ll probably be starting a 100 day burpee challenge.  I could use the help/work up on those.  My burpees are like floppees; not pretty, at all!

And tonight, before a busy few days of moving, I’m heading out for some me time at WOD and maybe some zumba with my big sis.  We’ll see how much stuff I get done in the small amount of time I have.  Wish me luck!


Posted by on June 6, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Staying Active

The trainer that does my WOD class suggested that I keep an activity journal.  I decided this is probably not such a bad idea.  I keep track of my food and I keep track of the number of activity points I’ve earned, but there are days that I don’t track my activity and I feel like I haven’t done anything when in reality, I have.  I’ve gotten so used to my squat challenge so when I do it, I don’t even really think about it, but I’m still getting my butt up off the couch.

I have to say that today I’m not at all worried about being active.  Today is Relay for Life!  I’m so excited!  Today I will laugh with survivors, cry for those who have been lost way too soon and remember the most amazing woman I have ever known who lost her battle with cancer at the age of 21.

I know I’ll be getting in at least (probably a lot more) solid hours of walking, I plan on doing Zumba during relay (they do a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society during relay), then another (AT LEAST) 3 hours of walking tomorrow morning.  I’m pretty sure my Weight Watchers points will go out the window tonight.  I’m tracking during the day today, but I’m not worrying too much about what I eat for snacks at relay since I’ll be walking them off.  As long as I stay away from the fried dough and candy bars, I should be fine.

I figured it out last night and between walking and zumba (3 hours of one and 1 hour of the other), I will earn about 22 activity points.  I get 30 points in a day, so I’ll earn almost a whole nother day’s worth of points.

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Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Staying on Track

This week has been a really rough week for me.  We’re in the process of moving and some of my usual workouts got bumped this week for different reasons, and it seems the more days I go without working out, the less I want to. 

I had several days this past week where by the time I got to dinner time, all I had left for points was 5 and for anyone who is familiar with Weight Watchers, that’s not many at all, and since my workout schedule has been suffering as well, I didn’t feel like eating extras, since I wasn’t working for them.  Last night my dinner consisted of strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, cucumbers and watermelon (with about 1/3 cup of pasta).  While it was low in points, I would not recommend that.

I missed 2 days of zumba (I did end up able to replace one), for the first time in months I didn’t run once this week (still haven’t).  I was going to this morning, but after snoozing for 40 minutes, it was too late.  I wanted to go to zumba during my lunch break today but in the chaos of the move, I can’t find a single pair or workout pants! 

I don’t know how people manage to stay on track when life throws you curve balls.  On a positive note, I have managed to lose 5 pounds this week.  I have no idea how, apparently my body has appreciated the reset.  All I know is, I better get back on track before my body realizes what it’s doing and the numbers start going in the other direction.  If I don’t find those damn workout pants for zumba today, I’ll be doing it in my jeans tomorrow night!

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Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Uncategorized


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This is Why I Do Classes

Yesterday I didn’t make it to my WOD like I had hoped to.  I couldn’t find a sitter for my kids so I had to skip.  I didn’t want to just do nothing, and running wasn’t really an option since my husband didn’t make it home from work much before dark.  So I decided to do a Jillian Michaels workout instead.

It was not the best idea I have ever had, and it reminded me why I go to classes.  I do so much better working out in a group atmosphere.  When I’m working out by myself it’s far too easy for me to just give up.

As I’m doing the workout (in my kitchen, since it’s the most open space I have) I’d think to myself, “Well, I really can’t do a burpee in my kitchen,” or “I don’t have a mat and my feet keep slipping.”  I spent a lot more time sitting on the floor watching than I would like to admit.  Not that I slacked on the whole thing.  I definitely got in a workout and was working up a sweat, I just know I didn’t put in as much as I could have.  That being said, I almost stopped 20 minutes in, but finished the entire 35 minutes.

After I was finished I was reminded how much I sometimes short change myself and how little I give myself credit for when I’m on my own.  I hope someday I will put in as much effort in my kitchen doing a workout as I do in the gym.  In the gym I have other people around me, people who can see if I rest on the floor for more time than I need to, or see when I totally skip one exercise because I don’t really like it.  When I have other people watching me, I don’t do that.  I will give up and let myself down when I’m alone, but I can’t stand the thought of people knowing I can’t do it.

I’m only cheating myself by not putting my whole heart into every workout.  I know I can do it; I’ve done it before.  So tonight at zumba, I’m going to give it everything I have to make up for my lacking workout last night, and going to keep my fingers crossed I find some way to get to WOD sooner rather than later!

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Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Uncategorized


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