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You’re the Inspiration – Update


I bought several sizes of cork board and dry-erase board; found pictures and quotes that I am inspired by; and finally put up my race bibs and medals.  This is the new view from my elliptical and treadmill…  YAY!  I think it turned out great…


You’re The Inspiration…

No…  I am not going to a Chicago concert this weekend…

However, I am:  purchasing some cork boards and a dry erase board; printing some photos and quotes; and putting up my race bibs and medals…  I am creating an “inspiration” wall in my workout room…  I am using the wall directly in front of my elliptical and treadmill…  It currently has nothing on it and when I was staring off into space this morning from the treadmill, I thought:  This wall should NOT be bare…

Photos to come!!!

Workout Tips…


What a fantastic idea.


Tip yourself a dollar (maybe more or less depending on what you can afford and how vigorous your workout was) and use that money to reward yourself as you reach your goals.


New gym shoes, a dress in the next size lower, a massage, etc…

200 Calories

Too good not to share…

What kind of bang are you getting for your buck?

Review – Jillian Michaels – 6 Week Six-Pack

This is not a workout for beginners.  If you are not used to Jillian or some other form of concentrated workout, I suggest you start with 30 Day Shred or Ripped in 30.  I am currently doing level 1 and will update my review when I move to level 2.


Jillian strays from her typical 3-2-1 format (3 minutes cardio, 2 minutes strength, 1 minute abs), in the ab-centered workout.  She starts with a 4 minute dynamic warm-up, which moves quickly.  The “meat” of the workout is about 24 minutes long and consists of several sequences of exercises; each repeated once before moving on.  Her mix of crunches, planks, lunges, stretches and holds; combined with cardio, keeps you moving and helps hold your attention.  As with her other workouts, she has one team member doing more advanced modifications and one team member doing beginner modifications.  There are no “rests” in this workout, I suggest keeping water near you so you can take a sip between exercises.  Jillian wraps up with a few cool down stretches and you’re done.

I appreciate her “quick and dirty” routines, they have been very effective for me.  It’s nice to find a good workout that I can fit into my morning routine without an enormous time commitment.

Are You Happy?

Sometimes we make questions so much more difficult than they need to be…

Regardless of your answer, take a look at the links below, I found some great articles on happiness 🙂

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Top 10 Exercise Myths

Whoa…  Two posts today…  This was just too good to wait until tomorrow:

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The Magical Weight Loss Secret…

Calories In < Calories Out…  That’s it…

Here’s some info on the Calories Out part:

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Benefits of A Food Journal…


Keeping a food diary can benefit you in many ways because tracking what you eat and drink can keep you focused on your goals.  There are many advantages to journaling food and/or exercise:

  • Accountability
  • Balanced Diet
  • Tracking Progress
  • Connecting Food to Feelings
  • Recognizing Patterns and Plateaus
  • Motivation
  • Increasing Self-Control
  • Planning Your “Cheats”


I have posted links to many online and/or printed journals.   Many are free or have free trial periods.  You can also set up your own journal using excel or even a notebook.  Start simple, write down everything you put in your mouth (one skittle, a bite of chocolate, a handful of popcorn, etc.).  No judgments or guilt, just write it down.  Then after a week or so, look at your patterns.  Use that to help set yourself up for success.  Then start tracking calories, points, or whatever system you choose.  You’re on the right track, be proud!!!

On Your Marks…

I am registering for the Rock-n-Sole run again this year…  I figure that my experience is almost guaranteed to be better this year…  I saw this and thought I would share…  I am contemplating running a half-marathon in the fall…  I think it is a good “next step”…

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