Week 3 of the Year of YOU!

Here we go…week 3! I’ve been really enjoying getting back to concentrating on myself a little the past 3 weeks. I hope you have, too!



2017 – The Year of YOU!

Last week I declared 2017 the YEAR OF YOU. And one of the goals I’ve set for myself is to share the weekly strength training routine I’m doing with you.

Here’s this week’s great sweat session to get your muscles burning. Don’t forget your cardio! Try for 20 minutes of cardio on days you strength train, and 30-60 minutes on days you don’t.

Have a great week!

I’m back…

…although I didn’t really go anywhere!

Sometimes, it seems like normal life-things can get in the way of things you’re wanting to do. (You know, like blogging.) I really need to try to manage my time a little better so I can include writing into my weekly “successes.”

Anyway, this week I became very discouraged with myself and my time management skills. (Or, lack thereof.) Namely, I’m pretty disappointed in the time I’ve been devoting to my own personal fitness journey. I wasn’t able to get my training on track, so I decided to forgo running in the Columbus Half-Marathon this season (not to mention, I just couldn’t afford the high-priced entry fee!). I’ve been super, SUPER bummed about this decision, but I know it was the best thing for me this year.


After a visit to my doctor for a work physical, as well as viewing some pictures some other folks had taken of me, it really hit me hard that I am not devoting enough time to my own fitness and I’m showing it physically. My son started preschool at the beginning of September, so I’ve really been struggling with getting a new daily schedule together that includes me working out for myself, rather than just going to the classes I’m teaching. I love, LOVE teaching my fitness classes, but the truth is, when I teach, it is NOT my workout. Sure, I’m demonstrating all the moves and even participating with the other folks for the majority of the class, but I’m not focused on my own form, my own breathing, my own intensity like I would be if I were taking the class.

I’m trying to rededicate myself to my own fitness. If I’m going to be an extraordinary teacher, I need to be in EXCELLENT shape, not just GOOD shape. Yesterday, I went back into my folder of workouts and pulled out a great one – weighted squats using a pilates ball, 3-way weighted lunges, push-ups, and seated shoulder presses. I also included some extra jumping jacks, squats, and a 14-minute Bowflex Max workout for cardio, and some heel slides and knee drops for core work/diastasis recti rehab. (I’ve been slacking on that, too. Grrr…)

Today I did a LOT of walking. Tomorrow, I’ll be back in my home gym with a TRX workout and some more cardio.

Next week is going to include lots more strength training, and some running. And hopefully more blogging.

Living with DR…part 2

I’m back to report on the progress of healing my diastasis recti. (In case you missed it, here’s part one.) What I am discovering is this is a slow, slow process, that doesn’t just involve doing some special exercises. I’m pretty frustrated that I’m not seeing more progress (progress photos are at the bottom of the post), but I also don’t think I’m working as hard as I could be.pencil-drawing-416438_640

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Living with DR (Diastasis Recti)


I can’t show you anything…on my belly, belly, belly splint…

The other day, I saw a photo of myself that someone else had snapped during one of my fitness classes. I barely recognized myself. The woman I saw in the photo looked like she was about 3 months pregnant! Say WHAT?! Let me be clear…I am NOT pregnant. No way. I am very much enjoying calling my body my own right at the moment. And, I definitely don’t feel pregnant – I really don’t want to look it.

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