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Sweating For The Dress…


I love it when a new motivational tool falls in my lap…

One of my best friends, Jessica, stopped over last night to ask me if I would be a bridesmaid in her wedding… 🙂

I am so excited to share this wonderful day with her…  and now, we can SWEAT FOR THE DRESS together!!!!

(I am going to get matching tank tops for us, one saying November Bride and the other saying November Bridesmaid…  lol)


For The Fellas… “Broga”

This is mostly hilarious to me, but if it helps people find a comfortable way to exercise, I am all for it…

Introducing BROGA (as described on their website):

Broga is a yoga class geared for men (where it’s okay if you can’t touch your toes).

Strong, energetic,and challenging, Broga combines the best core-strengthening, muscle-toning, cardio-working, stress-reducing, clarity-enhancing yoga postures with functional fitness exercises for an amazing workout.

You’ll get that pumped-up feeling you get from working out and a deep flexibility and relaxation feeling from “working in.”

If you’ve already been to a class, we’ll see you again soon. If not, you’ll thank yourself for making the effort to show up. Good music, cool vibe, all are welcome.

It’s your move. Get “real. fit.”©

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The REAListic Challenge…



Thanks to Pinterest, I came across a great blog this morning, {all that i have sown}.  I am committing to this challenge and I hope that you will too…  (The only thing I would change is that I feel that it should apply to both men and women):




The REAListic Beauty and Fitness Challenge

  • I will embrace a REAListic view of womanly beauty
  • I will not speak negatively about my body
  • I will not speak negatively about another woman’s body
  • I will restrict media containing unrealistic or unhealthy portrayals of the female body
  • I will strive to be a good example of REAListic beauty (inside and out) to my daughter, sister, niece, granddaughter, friend, etc.
  • I will commit to a REAListic fitness goal
  • I will share my commitment with others and allow them to keep me accountable
  • I will encourage my sisters in their fitness goals
  • I will exercise for health and wellness
  • I will eat a healthy amount of food (this is NOT about dieting)
If you join me you are NOT committing to walk or run a 10K. You are not committing to a diet plan. You are not committing to buy up the Nike store and run your butt off every morning. You are simply 1) committing to a goal, 2) refusing to think or speak negatively about your body, and 3) trying to be a good role model.

No Gym Membership???



You do not have to belong to a gym in order to get a good workout.

I am listing three workout routines from that you can use to whip yourself into shape:

30-Minute Workout, No Gym Required

5 Weeks to Your Best Body Ever

The Beach Body Workout

There are MANY other resources for at-home workouts.  If you know of a great workout, please let me know…

Review – Jillian Michaels – Ripped in 30

I have started Jillian Michaels “Ripped in 30”.  It’s definitely a step up from “30 Day Shred”.  The video is about 10 minutes longer and the exercises are more complex.  She also incorporates both light and heavier weights in the routine, which is based on her 3-2-1 method.  Three minutes of strength, followed by 2 minutes of cardio and one minute of ab work.  At one point in the workout, she says “When you finish these 30 days, you are going to be in the best shape of your life”.  For me at least, she is NOT kidding.

T-30 days until I am on Island Time, and I need to go bathing suit shopping before I leave.  DREAD…  I am thinking that I’ll be putting that off for as long as possible…

#OperationRockinIslandBody is in full force.

What Makes You Feel Good?

Sorry I have been M.I.A., I caught strep throat.  Which is crazy, especially in the summer, but what can you do.  I spent most of the last few days sleeping, but I am back and feeling great.  I missed a couple running days, which made me nervous while I was sick, but I don’t feel weak now and I am ready to run in the morning.

While I was laid up, I had a chance to read a couple of my favorite blogs, and I came across a great post on Fit Bottomed Girls:  Top 10 Weight-Loss Lessons Learned.  I recommend reading them all, but the one that struck me the most was:  Eating Whatever I Want Does Not Make Me Feel Good. 

I have had a hard time putting that idea into such a succinct phrase.  Yes, nothing is off limits, I am the master of my own fate and I can eat whatever I want.  And sometimes, I choose fast food.  And I usually think I am going to enjoy it so much, when instead it’s not really that good and I feel guilty about eating it.  Eating good food make me feel good.  I think healthy food tastes good.  I love to cook and play with herbs and spices.  It makes me feel good to know that I am eating things that are good for me, that I can enjoy the flavor of and not feel guilty about.  It makes me feel good to finish a tough workout.  It makes me feel good to see and feel my body becoming stronger and more healthy.  What makes you feel good?

Fighting Mad…

On the Today Show, they were talking about why thin women are getting liposuction.  The doctor who they were interviewing said that it’s not for weight loss, but that what he does is “balance a person’s body.”  That sometimes, even women who are a size two have stubborn fat deposits in places that are unsightly and he helps to correct that.

It is obscene that a medical professional is peddling this nonsense.  The media has us so brainwashed as to what our bodies are supposed to look like that we are willing to have dangerous surgeries in order to fit the mold.  I have had people ask me if I have loose skin or any other visible side-effects as a result of my weight loss.  I think that because my weight loss was gradual and I did it without surgery or pills, my “side-effects” have been less drastic, but yes I have loose skin.  And NO, I am not going to “do something” about it.  I drink lots of water and use lotion, which may help with elasticity over time, but I consider my body to be a testament of the hard work I have done and a roadmap of how I got here.  If I don’t look like a model in my swimming suit, I don’t care.  I worked very hard to get to where I am and I am proud of every part of my body.  I certainly haven’t always felt that way, but I will be damned before I will let some Hollywood doctor try to tell me that I need to have my body “balanced” in a surgery.

I know I said it last week, but I might just start saying it every day…  Love yourself exactly the way you are right now…  It’s the best gift you can ever give yourself…

Exactly The Way You Are…

I read a great story from the Huffington Post today, “Learning To Love The Body You Have Now” By Susan Liddy.  This is something that I talk about all the time, not waiting.  Not waiting to love yourself, not waiting to feel beautiful, not waiting to make changes, not waiting…  I spent years not loving myself, needing some “thing” to happen before I would be worthy or ready or able to start.  None of us is perfect and honestly, I think our imperfections may actually be the best things about us.  They make us real and approachable and empathetic.

The idea that any of us would be willing to give up a year of our lives in order to achieve the “perfect body” or would rather give up sex for the summer than gain 10 lbs is atrocious.  One of the biggest keys to success in anything is a positive attitude.  Love yourself exactly the way you are.  Recognize your strengths, not just your weaknesses.  When you believe in yourself, you can achieve amazing things.  If there is something in your life that you want to change:  your health, your career, your habits, etc; the first thing you have to do is tell yourself that you can.

  • Be confident
  • Set realistic short-term, mid-range and long-term goals
  • Celebrate even the small victories
  • Know that you will slip along the way, but that doesn’t mean give up
  • Give yourself as much positive feedback as negative
  • Be proud that you decided to make a change, most people only talk about change

Love yourself the way you are right this second.  Know that you don’t have to wait for anything.  Believe in yourself.

If you would like to read Susan Liddy’s article, I have attached it below:

Learning To Love The Body You Have Now

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