February Training Recap

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So here it is, the end of February – the end of the second month of 2015 already! The time is flying by and much like how every page that gets turned brings us closer to the monster at the end of the book, each month that goes by brings me closer to my 40th birthday goal race. It is very much like a big scary monster to me, yet I know that just like loveable furry old Grover, it is really nothing to fear (especially if I train hard). Best.book.ever! This month has been a big test of my mental strength, will power and desire to do Ironman continue reading →

#MotivateMe Monday: Coping With Winter

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Edit: This post missed it's schedule and I didn't notice until tonight (Tuesday).  I hate when Wordpress does that to me!  If you’re new here, #MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Running Rachel for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward.  Happy Monday!! I am so happy to report that I am completely back to running... pain free!!  Winter is such a horrible awful season with the exception continue reading →

5 Health Benefits of Juicing + How to Juice Without a Juicer

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Almost every single article about health, wellness and disease prevention suggests that we should eat 7-8 servings of vegetables and fruits every.single.day.  Now I don't know about you, but for me that's hard.  We had a challenge at work about 5 years ago where we had to tally how many servings of veggies we eat every day and I gotta admit that at first my tally was incredibly pathetic.  That is until I started juicing in the morning.  Besides the health benefits of juicing, I found my morning juice to be quite yummy, and a continue reading →

Considerations to Keep in Mind When Practicing Yoga Following a Hip Replacement

Considerations to Keep in Mind When Practicing Yoga Following a Hip Replacement

Following a hip replacement procedure, avid yoga practitioners often wonder when and how they can return to the yoga mat. This is a very important question, because yoga can play a role in your hip's recovery, but can also do real damage if performed too strenuously, too soon after surgery. Make sure that you find out all you can about your procedure and the ways it can limit your yoga practice in the months following your hip replacement. What Is a Hip Replacement? One thing that many patients fail to realize is that there are continue reading →

#MotivateMe Monday: Back in the Game

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If you’re new here, #MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Running Rachel for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward. Happy Belated Valentine's Day everyone! Did you spoil your loved ones this Valentine's Day?  I truthfully love Valentine's Day because it gives my husband and I a good excuse to go out for dinner... sans kiddos :grin:  This year hubby knocked my socks off.  While he was away on a continue reading →

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s A Kettlebell HIIT Workout for You

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Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I know for many of us (myself included) Valentine's Day is a great excuse to eat too much chocolate, and to show our loved ones how much we care about them. Because I live way too far away from you to give you chocolate, I put together a special Valentine's Day gift for you: A Heart Healthy Kettlebell HIIT Workout: I tested this out and it turned me into a hot sweaty mess - it was awesome!! (Some of you may recognize this as the workout that I did on Sunday when I couldn't get out of the house because continue reading →

Healthy and Spicy Stuffed Quinoa Red Peppers

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Almost two weeks ago I was tasked with bringing a dish to our annual Sportsing Bowl party.  A Sportsing Bowl is when the ladies get together to talk over the Superbowl until the half time show starts, then we keenly pay attention to the half-time performance and comment on the performers choreography, attire and choice of songs. Oh and there’s wine.  Lots of wine.  It’s really quite fun. I wanted to bring a healthier option, but something more tasty than raw veggies and dip.  Something spicy and satisfying.  continue reading →

#MotivateMe Monday: Green Whole Juice Recipe

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If you’re new here, #MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Running Rachel for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward. Happy Monday everyone! How are you doing on this fine (cold) February day? Did you know that there are only 39 more days until the first official day of Spring?!? Hang in there gang, we can get through this winter! If you’re like me you unfortunately did not get to escape winter to a sunny and continue reading →

The Ultimate Coffee Date February

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It's the first Saturday of the month which means it's ultimate coffee date day! So curl up in a cozy chair and get comfy while we talk.  Here's a virtual OneCoffee for you (organic, fairtrade and 90% biodegradeable packaging): If we were having coffee… I would tell you that life has been very busy lately and fitting in fitness is difficult.  Work is busy, and my home life is busy.  Hubby has taken on a new assignment that requires him to travel often while I juggle work, the kids, their sports and their homework. continue reading →

She’s Losing It! Book Review and Giveaway

She's Losing It!: A quirky little memoir about weight loss, bodybuilding and dealing with small children

In September of 2012 I hosted a Fitness Blogger Writing Challenge. I posted 31 topics for the month and invited bloggers to write about those topics. The goal was to encourage others to think about their health and fitness goals and how nutrition, exercise, goal setting, dedication and planning helps to reach those goals.  I met some amazing people, including my friend Lisa of sheslosingit.net. This past fall Lisa reached out to me to tell me that she had published a book called "She's Losing It!: A quirky little memoir about weight continue reading →