Back In The Groove


Thanks to a busy travel schedule for work plus a week in Sturgis, SD thrown in the middle, I had no choice but to take a break.  A break from my daily gym presence.  A break from leading fitness classes.  A break from my alarm clock.

Just a break.

And, you know what?

I feel good.

I spent those weeks doing what I needed to for work.  I spent that week in Sturgis eating, drinking and living without regret.   The week after Sturgis I only taught 1/2 of my fitness classes and spent the rest of the time letting my body just relax, rejuvenate and reset.

And now…

I’m back.


I am BACK with the latest Round of Insanity (14).  New music, new moves and NEW format that I am LOVING.  My classes are loving it too!  High-Five Beachbody Live for this welcome and needed format change.

I have jumped back into running a few miles.   Taking it slow right now.  My body was worn out in July.  I was working it hard… and playing equally as hard on top of it.

(Ok fine… I was playing 10 times as much as I was working.   Ah, I friggin’ LOVE summer)



I’ve also  been taking time each night to perfect the new TurboKick Round.   ❤


Did you know my FIRST CERTIFICATION as a trainer is coming up on October 3rd?

  This is it!

This is me making my dream come true.  You know, the audition I nearly skipped because of fear.



I am focusing on smaller runs during the week and paying closer attention to kicking up my pace.


I have mapped out every weekend long run from now until November.   I’ve got The Good Life Halfsy on the books!  13.1 is mine!   You know what else is mine?  That darn 1:59.

My finish time WILL BE UNDER 2 HOURS!

Half #1 – 2:20

Half #2 – 2:10

Half #3 – IS GOING to be 1:59 if it kills me.




My morning YMCA classes have picked back up again after hit and misses all summer.  (Ah, summer.  Can’t say I blame them for the hits and misses.  It’s SUMMER!)

This morning we had over 19 in Insanity class.  I can’t even explain the energy in that room when we are that full.     You should join me and experience it. 😉


The March 2015 Insanity Crew. 

I should convince my August morning crew to take a new pic. 🙂


I’ve even signed up for the Beer and Bagel 4 mileTrail Run on November 8th.  As of today, part of the M2M Iowa team has also signed up.   Awe… reunited and it feels so good!



Watch it – we are going to dominate!


Well, I know Blair and I will at least dominate the beer, bagels and chili afterwards.

…Mainly beer.


Cheers to a much needed rest and rejuvenate.

I am BACK!

Workout Wednesday – 54321 Workout



Workout Wednesday!

I am currently running a 6 week Online Accountability Group with a handful of ladies looking for inspiration, motivation, recipes and workout ideas.    Online accountability allows people an opportunity to be exposed to a small group of folks all working on eating healthy and getting in exercise on a daily basis.    I love running groups like these.    They are challenging, motivating and enlightening.   I am not a trainer nor a nutritionist, so I don’t offer specifics on a daily basis.   This is why it is called an Accountability Group.

  • I ask for check-ins on food and exercise.
  • I give tips on nutrition and exercises.
  • I provide humor and occasionally ask questions.

It is up to the person who set out on the 6 week journey to keep themselves engaged.   You really have to dig deep!   This is good to make people do.   This is good for ME to do.

The above workout I threw together for folks to follow if they were needing an additional challenge to their workout.

Take the time out of your day today and get a few rounds in.  I promise you will feel it by the end.


Cheers to a great day!

Monday Motivation – Keeping the Momentum

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Remember when last week I made the statement that I was taking back my life and creating an equal work/life balance?

Well, I did it.

The gym and I have made amends.   It kicked my ass – I was sore – and it was great.

That gym and I?  We are becoming BFF’s again.

If you remember, Monday morning I got my butt up before 5am and ran to the gym, lifted and ran back home.

The rest of my week in fitness looked a little like this:


4:23am – Alarm

5:00am – Upper weights before class

5:30am – Taught the new Round 60 TurboKick

4:45pm – Taught again!  TurboKick Round 60


4:35am – Alarm

4:55am – 1.25 mile run to the Gym – Lower Weights – 1.25 Mile run back home


4:23am – Alarm

5am – Lunges, Situps

5:30am – Taught Insanity

4:45pm – Taught a second Insanity


4:45am – Alarm

5am – Slow run 1.25 mile run to the gym – That hill kicked my bootay.   Upper weights – 1.25 mile run home.


8am – Subbed for a gal at the Y.  Offered Insanity to a class of 14!


My nutrition was slightly better last week.  Sugar is still a huge deal for me.  And Diet Soda.  They are a real life struggle.  It’s a deep love the three of us have.

The weekend didn’t go so well in the nutrition area.  A lot of booze, pizza, burgers, cookies… you get the picture.   It’s summer.  I have a lot of fun.  One step at a time.


Goals This Week:


  • Make the gym every morning M-F
  • Add an early Saturday morning distance run of at least 5 miles. (which is a LOFTY goal considering Friday is my B-day and we have plans that involve liquor that evening)

Nutrition –

  • Add in a few more glasses of water each day
  • Cut back on the sugar Monday – Thursday.   What about Friday, you ask?

It’s my birthday!

I eat frosting on my birthday.

It is straight up ILLEGAL not to.


Cheers to staying on track, keeping the momentum going and accomplishing new goals.




Work It Wednesday- HIIT It! – Total Body

Work It Wednesday! 

First in the series of HIIT workouts you can easily do at home!

All you need is yourself, an open floor, a bottle of water, towel and an interval timer.  <— Link to an online version!


The Plan:

HIIT Total Body


If using the online Interval Timer, set your interval timer for 10 sets.  Enter in 30 seconds for High Intensity.  Change the Low Intensity Default to REST and enter in 10 seconds for the time.  60 seconds for Cooldown.



Now, you’re ready to rock!


Proper Form:

High Knees

Squat Jumps

Lunge Jumps



Mountain Climbers

Tricep Dips


Oblique Twist




Good Luck!