Friday, December 28, 2012

Little Runner Girl

I don't know if you can see it or not, but it says 13.1 below the little runner girl.  I hope to someday be able to run a half marathon.  It may be asking a lot though...I'm a TERRIBLE runner!  That said, it's good to set goals.  I should somehow incorporate this into my goals for 2013.  I don't really make resolutions - I make goals and then I figure out how I am going to achieve them all!  It works too, if you really set your mind to it!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays my fitness friends!  

For something yummy & healthy...a new little Shakeology recipe that includes our (improved) Chocolate Shakeology (now available)...enjoy!!

And because I think that my cat is hilarious and he thinks he is a present...
Merry Christmas!!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Turbo Kick certified (again)!!!

Gold Certified in Turbo Kick for 2 more years - oh yeah!!!  This makes a total of 10 years of Turbo certification for me.  This is totally, without a doubt, my "soul-mate" workout!!! 
that rhymed ;-)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Shop for stuff you won't regret!

This holiday season, give yourself the gift of fitness or send your friends and family something they'll love all year long - the leaner, healthier body they'll get from these great Beachbody values:

* P90X Extreme Training System PLUS Shakeology Sample - $99 (27% off)
* TurboFire - $53 (55% off)
* Power 90 In-Home Boot Camp - $44.90 (25% off)
* Hip Hop Abs - $24.95 (58% off)
* Body Gospel - $24.95 (62% off)
* 10-Minute Trainer - $59.90 (25% off)
* Squishy Ball - $3.95 (69% off)

Supplies are limited, so act fast to take advantage of these huge savings!  Here's where to go, now get shopping!  You won't regret it! :) 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

No limits!

This is me & my cat working out...well, I'm working out.

Just when you think you can't do more with your workout, you realize that you CAN do chair dips with extra weight on your lap.  If you would have tried to put a 20 pound weight on my lap (hey, that cat of mine weighs 17 pounds!!), I would have told you 'no way'.  It's amazing what you can achieve when you don't put limitations on yourself!!  :)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


I made some updates to my site, so you will want to cruise around and check out the pages. I have more stuff to add, so keep your eyes peeled, it's coming soon! :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween my friends!!  I make a pretty scary looking zombie, don't I?!!  (This is my tribute to one of my favorite TV shows, The Walking Dead.)

Don't forget, even though it's a candy-coated holiday, try to do this day in moderation...and still get that workout in!  I'll be doing mine after the kiddos stop ringing my doorbell (I can't miss out on seeing any good costumes, ya know).  

Have fun and be safe!

Sunday, August 5, 2012


Background...My husband and I have been doing P90X and we are in Phase 3 right now.  We do the pull ups and chin ups using the Chin-Up Max (it's a band that you use to help you) since there are so many in the routines.
Also, I've never done a chin up in my life (without assistance)...ever!
So, the other day, my husband did one and I was like - did you just use the "Chin-Up Max"?  And he responded with "no".  So, then I had to try one.  Lo and behold, I did one!  I started jumping up and down all excited!!!  I had to try it again - I did it again!!!  And then I did it again!!!  I did three in one day when I had never even done one.  I'm so thrilled!  I can't wait until I can do more.  I kind of want to go back to all of my old PE teachers and show them that I actually can do something.  :-P  The 39 year old version of me is way different than the 9 year old version - LOL!!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Easing back into it

My back is much better after the weekend and after seeing my chiropractor on Monday (yay!!).  So, Monday night, I decided I was going to workout again.  I wanted to do cardio, since I was scheduled to do "Kenpo X" - but I knew that would be too intense for "easing back into things".  

Thankfully, I recently ordered the Turbo Fire Starter Pack and I decided that "Firestarter" was the one to try.  This is the 'beginner' dvd for the Turbo Fire workouts and I hadn't done it yet, so I didn't know what to expect.  I kept my kicks low, because of the back problem, but let me tell you...I scorched some calories! It may be beginner, but if you give it your all, you will get A WORKOUT!  The choreography is a lot less intense than the regular Turbo Fire series, which is good for someone not used to the Turbo World (Turbo Kick, Turbo Jam, Turbo Fire), but the workout itself isn't less intense!!  There's no playing around here!!  I feel so accomplished and it was so much fun!! :)

Introducing...Chocolate VEGAN Shakeology!!!

I can't wait to try it, I hear it has more of a 'dark chocolate' taste...I don't know if it's true, but that's what I hear!  (and I LOVE dark chocolate)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Insanity: The Asylum, Volume 2

Oh yeah, here we go again!!  Insanity:  The Asylum, Volume 2...coming soon...!!!  

Hey look, there's Apolo Ohno!!


UGH!  So, I finally got my husband to join me in doing P90X and we are currently in week 5.  Well, he's in week 5.  I sprained my back last weekend - not even working out - just hanging up something - seriously!!!  The pain is HORRIBLE and I've been resting, visiting my chiropractor, taking aleve/ibuprofen, and using Biofreeze (thank goodness for Biofreeze!).  It's improving, but it still hurts.  I was doing so well too.  I guess this my body's way of telling me to slow down.  I know I do too much and that I'm not 18 anymore, but I like to push!   

I'm honestly jealous that he gets to workout and I don't.  I never thought that I would get to this point --- ever.  So, I guess it is true, working out can become an addiction!  I thought they were lying to me about that (whoever 'they' are).   

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Chili Peppers!!!

In honor of the Red Hot Chili Peppers recently getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I thought I'd post an article that I found very interesting about chili peppers. :) 

Chili Peppers: A Hot Ticket for a Healthy Diet
By Kim Kash

If you're one of those obnoxious, macho types who makes a big show of snacking on hot peppers for the shock value—keep it up! It looks like chili pepper hotheads may be less susceptible to inflammation, diabetes, prostate cancer, and heart disease. Plus, all that spicy hotness chases away congestion, and it even (ironically) helps to prevent stomach ulcers.

Native to Central and South America, chili peppers were introduced to Asia in the 1500s and have been a cornerstone of cuisines in both those parts of the world ever since. In the West, the heat of chili peppers is measured using the Scoville Organoleptic Test, named after Wilbur Scoville, the chemist who devised it in the early 1900s. It sounds very fancy and technical but, in fact, the Scoville method is a subjective process involving subjects who sip diluted solutions of ground chilis and sugar water. In other words, the Scoville Method isn't much more scientific than the Pepsi Challenge®. There are now more scientific ways of measuring chili heat, but the Scoville method is still the one mostly used by the food industry.

Asian countries don't use the Scoville method; instead, they rely on the general rule of thumb that the smaller a chili is, the hotter it is. Again, not so much with the science, but it makes sense when you consider this: the hottest part of a chili pepper actually is not the seeds, but the white membrane where the seed attaches inside the pepper. Larger peppers have proportionately less of this membrane than smaller ones, so they are generally milder. We probably all think the seeds pack the punch in hot peppers because they sit in such close proximity to the membrane and absorb its heat, and then they often remain whole in pepper sauces and condiments.

The fiery goodness of chili peppers comes from capsaicin, which has been found to inhibit substance P, associated with the inflammatory process. The hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin it contains. Researchers are looking at capsaicin as a treatment for arthritis, psoriasis, and diabetic neuropathy. It seems counterintuitive that chili peppers would inhibit the inflammatory process, since handling them in the kitchen can irritate your fingers, and too many of them in the salsa can make your head feel like it's on fire, but there you have it.

Some veteran travelers to countries where the freshness of food can be questionable make it a point to eat food as spicy as they possibly can—that spice invariably coming from fresh or dried chilis—in order to ward off illness and boost immunity. Chili peppers have lots of beta-carotene, vitamin A and vitamin C, and they kill bacteria you may have ingested.

The capsaicin in chili peppers is also a thermogenic: it causes heat production and heat production burns calories. Even sweet red peppers increase the body's heat production for several minutes after they are consumed. Certainly there are more efficient ways to lose weight than stuffing your face with hot chili peppers! But isn't it nice to know that adding more salsa might help you burn that burrito off slightly faster?

Sunday, April 22, 2012

To eat or not to eat, before working out

Hey, have you heard - we are nearing summer (lol!).  You know what it means...BATHING SUITS!  So, it's time to get your workout on!!!  Food is your fuel, not your enemy (even though you are thinking about that bathing suit).  I found this quick article on how to get the most out of your fuel before that killer workout...

Pre-Workout Eating
By Steve Edwards
How much you should eat before your workout depends on the type of workout that you plan on doing: high, moderate, or low intensity. If you're going to do a low-intensity workout, don't eat before your workout because it will just make you feel sluggish. On the other hand, for moderate to high-intensity workouts, you'll want to have some reserve carbs in your system to perform the best.

Here are some caloric guidelines:
·         If it's 3 or 4 hours before your exercise, eating a large meal is OK (600 calories or more).
·         If it's 2 or 3 hours beforehand, a smaller meal is better (400 to 500 calories).
·         If it's 1 or 2 hours before, a liquid meal is a good choice (300 to 400 calories).
If it's an hour beforehand, a small snack will do (200 to 300 calories).

Try not to eat during the last hour before you begin a workout because it floods your system with too much blood sugar during those initial stages of your workout.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

It's HERE!! The Ultimate Reset!!

It's here, it's here, it's here!!!  The Ultimate Reset! Straight from the website at the link below:

If you've been feeling tired, run down, or just plain lousy lately . . . if you're having trouble with your digestion or difficulty losing weight . . . if your body just isn't working the way you want it to . . . the solution may be simpler than you think. The solution may be an Ultimate Reset™ .
In just three weeks, the Beachbody Ultimate Reset will restore your body to its original "factory settings," so you'll have more energy and greater focus, experience better digestion and a more positive mood, you'll notice that your body is functioning more efficiently, helping you lose weight and improve your overall health.
And you'll do it all without drugs . . . without fasting . . . naturally and painlessly. You'll do it with Ultimate Reset.

I can't WAIT until I'm done with P90X2 so that I can try this!! I have about 6 more weeks to go and then - I'll be all over this one!
Click here for more info!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

New TurboFire Workouts - A Message From Chalene Johnson

Ooooooo - I can't wait to get the new videos!!!!  Turbo Fire is LITERALLY my favorite workout program.  If you have any questions about it - let me know and once you are ready to buy -- go to my coaching website and click SHOP (please?). :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Why Strength Train?

Okay, so I keep getting questions about whether or not women will "bulk up" if they start strength training.  The answer to that is no (because we're women - bulkiness is basically testosterone-related). YOU MUST STRENGTH TRAIN (yep, I said MUST) and the article below tells you exactly why.  I couldn't put it in better words, so I thought I would just copy the article "as is".

Why Strength Train?
By Kathy Smith

Still not convinced you should strength train? Here's a good reason. After the age of 30, we all lose a quarter pound of muscle mass each year. Yikes! With less muscle, our metabolism slows down and we gain fat—averaging about 15 pounds a decade. While muscle is metabolically active (each pound of muscle burns approximately 35 to 50 calories per day), stored fat is not, burning far fewer calories. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn throughout the day, whether you're walking, vacuuming . . . even sleeping! What's more, while aerobic activity burns fat during exercise, weight training utilizes fat hours after exercising, so your metabolism stays slightly elevated for a longer period of time following a strength-training session than following an aerobic workout.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The reason to drink Shakeology every day, IMO...

This article did it for me.  It explains why I need these nutrients --- EVERY day. Please read on...


The Hunting of Shakeology Ingredients!
By Darin Olien

OK, how did the over 70 ingredients end up in this fantastic blend of potent nutrition and yumminess? Like I mentioned in a previous article I started with some questions. I asked myself, "What do most bodies require in this day and age?" "What is not being delivered in food today (and even good, organic food)?" "What are the gaps in nutrition that need to be filled for the majority of people?"

But the first question was, "Why do we even need a shake with that much nutrition anyway? What's wrong with the food we eat anyway?"
The fact is, these days, our food is lacking nutrients. The nutrient density of our food has continued to plummet as the value of money has trumped the value of quality. It is insane, but true!
The facts are well documented. Pushing farm production has depleted soils. Crops of non-nutritive foods have replaced nutrition-dense foods. And pesticides and genetic modification are wreaking havoc with the chemical and genetic markers that have evolved over the centuries. That means we're putting more food into the pipeline that has less of what we need and more of what we don't need. On a biological level, your body hardly recognizes the food we are swallowing.
Ask yourself…how do you expect your body to live tirelessly, vibrantly, with the power to defend itself from disease if what is being fed into it is like putting dirty gas in the tank of a Ferrari? What a waste of a beautiful sports car!
If we want our health to improve, we need to be aware so we can choose differently, and in this case, we chose to create something to fulfill the deep desire of EVERYbody's need to be fed more nutrition. So we started by filling in those gaps, giving the body what it really wants and requires!
The result is 70-plus ingredients, feeding the body the equivalent of a supercharged multivitamin and protein-rich health smoothie. As important as the ingredients are, what drove their inclusion was the body's need for these vital ingredients, the cornerstones of Shakeology's creation:

1.      Whole foods. So many supplements on the market are just fragmentations of the complete matrix of real food. Think of it like taking the most popular scene from a two-hour movie and calling THAT the movie. It's incomplete without the character development, plot, and nuance that make it a holistic experience. The same goes with food. On a biological level, your body needs the whole "movie" to get the complete benefit of the vitamin or mineral that is the star. You just cannot replace or reengineer the incredible balance and creation of whole foods. So we selected high-quality, potent foods, herbs, grasses, and ingredients and then processed them minimally to preserve the integrity, phytochemicals, natural vitamins, minerals, alkaloids, phytosterols, etc. This was a huge aspect of Shakeology getting the whole, deliverable nutrition in bio-available ways.

2.      Vitamins and minerals. We included quality nutrition from potent and varying whole-food sources ("nutrition, right off the vine" as I like to call it). And then we backed that up by adding in a well-balanced vitamin and mineral profile since whole foods fluctuate from crop to crop.

3.      Enzymes. Enzymes are critical for optimal health. But since enzymes flood the food only in the last days of ripening before harvest, enzyme supplementation is critical for the majority of people. Even if you eat all raw foods, the enzymes are still low. And cooked food has ZERO active enzymes.
A very quick note . . . why enzymes? They have been called "The Fountain of Life!" They are behind EVERY single process in the body! Yes, EVERYTHING requires enzymes! The labor force of the body that digests, absorbs, allows for signals to be sent, creates new blood cells, etc. is all governed by enzymes. You would be shocked at how starved your body has been for enzyme support. That's why the addition of these vital forces to Shakeology was so critical!

4.      Prebiotics and Probiotics. We've all heard about foods with additive probiotics, like yogurts for instance. Did you know that your body can actually manifest its own probiotics if you feed it prebiotics? With the way people eat today they have created a thriving environment for UNHEALTHY BACTERIA in the body. That has created all sorts of debilitating breakdowns of the body: candida, fibromyalgia, even the foundation for mental and emotional fatigue…and on and on. The prebiotics of the amazing yacon root (which I will get into in future posts) is food for the "healthy" bacteria, and in turn creates an environment for healthy probiotics to flourish. By getting our internal "ecosystem" in balance, you have the potential for a vibrant, thriving body and life! It's complex, and even difficult to fathom an ecosystem inside your own body, but it cannot be underestimated. You need prebiotics to help you foster probiotics!

5.      MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane). MSM is a naturally occurring sulfur compound found in FRESH, RAW fruits and vegetables, milk, fish, and grains. But within hours of harvest, MSM changes and is virtually gone. That's why it is very difficult to get MSM naturally, because where ancient man ate what he picked almost instantly, today it is picked, processed, packaged, and palleted for months before it hits the table. MSM is long gone. But why is it important? MSM is critical to the connective tissue and the fluidity (or space) between cells! MSM gives them "room to breathe." When the body becomes very rigid, tight, painful and stiff, oftentimes MSM is at very low quantities in the body. Since we are not eating our own foods immediately after harvesting we MUST supplement this vital component or the body has a hard time staying healthy and flexible on a cellular level, which translates throughout the body on a biomechanical level as well.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Tai Cheng is here!!

We have a new one!!! Tai Cheng!!! It's for all fitness levels... Oh, I'm not going to go on and on about it, you'll just want to watch the video :)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Minty Shamrock Protein Shake

Since we are rapidly approaching St. Patrick's Day - here's a new recipe for you!

Minty Shamrock Protein Shake
If you're not using Greenberry Shakeology, you don't need to add the peanut butter.  Greenberry is LOADED with veggies & nutrient-dense ingredients.  For some reason, the peanut butter completely "cuts" that "green" aftertaste.  The PB is not needed if you will be making your shake with regular vanilla protein powder.

-1 scoop of Greenberry Shakeology (or a vanilla protein powder of your choice)
-2 heaping tablespoons PB2 powdered peanut butter (or 1 teaspoon peanut butter)
-2 tablespoons fat-free, sugar-free cheesecake-flavored instant pudding mix (this makes it creamy like ice cream)
-couple of drops of mint extract (play with the amount - too much will clear your sinuses & too little makes the shake blah.)
-2 cups of ice
-Truvia or Stevia sweetener, to taste

Toss the protein powder, peanut butter, pudding mix, mint, ice, and sweetener into a blender.  Blend from medium speed to high, adding water as needed until the shake has your preferred consistency.

Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Makes 1 serving
Per serving:  210 calories, 20 g protein, 33 g carbohydrates, 2 g total fat, 5 g dietary fiber, 513 mg sodium

From Chalene Johnson's book "PUSH"

Friday, February 3, 2012

Shakeology - article in Businessweek

This is a fascinating article about Shakeology in "Businessweek".  I loved the stuff before and now I really love it.  :)  So, I need (I said "need") to share it with you:

Read's worth 5 minutes of your day!! :)

THEN --- when you want more information about it (I said "when"), go to my site to do your research:

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hypothyroidism - what to look for and what to expect

I'm re-posting this since January is 'thyroid awareness month' :). It was originally written by me in November 2010. I am down 13 pounds now...for the record. ;)


Hypothyroidism is a condition/disease where your body is lacking the sufficient amount of thyroid hormone. The problem with this condition is that the thyroid is in charge of your metabolism. When you lack thyroid hormone, your metabolism slows. You can see how this plays into weight loss...right? When someone is hypothyroid, it is EXTREMELY difficult to lose weight. Where one person can lose 2 pounds in a week, you may only lose .5 of a pound.

This actually happened to me just last week, I was thrilled with losing 7 pounds over the last 2 months drinking Shakeology and increasing my workouts. Then my friend tells me 'oh, I've been doing the same thing, I'm down 15 pounds'. UGH! This is where your 'will' to lose weight has to be the strongest ever. You CAN do it, you have to work REALLY hard at it, and it's WORTH IT!

Maybe you're unsure of whether you are hypothyroid. Some of the signs of hypothyroidism are:

Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
Coarse, dry hair
Dry, rough pale skin
Hair loss
Cold intolerance (you can't tolerate cold temperatures like those around you)
Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
Memory loss
Abnormal menstrual cycles
Decreased libido

You may have just a few of these symptoms or you may have many of them, each person is different. For me, I had many of the symptoms, but I kept coming up with other excuses for them. Then, once I started losing my hair, I high-tailed it to a Doctor! Lo and behold, I found out that I have a version of hypothyroidism called Hashimoto's Disease (a disease where the body attacks the thyroid, because it thinks it is something bad).

If you think you may be hypothyroid, you must visit your DOCTOR asap. You can see your regular doctor, but it's even better to visit an Endocrinologist. He/She will do the proper blood tests so you will know, once and for all, whether it's your thyroid that's wreaking havoc on your life. Good luck!