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How I did on my November Goals – November blogging challenge #29

In a nutshell – I bombed big time this month. I did good on one and okay-ish on another, but the other 3 I failed at miserably.  On the plus side, I can’t do any worse on my December goals, right?  Here’s a breakdown of how I did…

1. Be diligent about tracking my food and get back into the clean eating routine –  I think I did this all of 4 or 5 days this month.  Thanksgiving got the best of me.  You’d understand if you’d ever had my mom’s pie.  I really do need to get on track though.  Or I’ll be asking Santa for bigger jeans :-/

2.  Training for my upcoming ultramarathon – I actually did okay-ish here.  While I would have loved to have gotten a few more miles under my belt, I did get a couple of decent early morning trail runs in and doubled up with a 2nd decent run.  I’ve still got a few weeks left to log quality some miles as long as the weather holds up.  I’m feeling pretty confident that I’ll at least be able to finish.  There will be homemade turtles at the aid stations to motivate my butt to keep going.

3. Sell, Sell, SELL!!!!! – This is the one I can actually say I did good on!!  I picked up a few new clients at the Y and hit my sales goal for the 2nd month in a row.  I’m starting to pick up clients at the other gym.  Things are looking good, if not insanely crazy on the job front.  Now to figure out a way to add a few more hours in the day so I can get it all done!!

4.  Find a man –  Yeah, I failed big time on this one.  And I don’t have an active online dating account anymore to help me out in that department.  But I had this amazing idea that would not only help me find a partner in crime, but all the lonely runners out there.  More details on that to be posted soon.

5.  Actually stay on top of a blogging challenge – Epic fail #3 for the month.  I’m going to make it my New Year’s Resolution…. in 2016….

3 Exercises Everyone Should Do – November Blogging Challenge #28

When I interviewed for my personal training job at the YMCA, one of the questions I was asked was “What are your 3 favorite exercises for clients and why?”  The first 3 exercises to pop out of my mouth – Squats, Push ups, and Planks.  So why were these three the first to pop into my head? They all use multiple muscle groups giving a great full body workout without much equipment needed, there are a million different variations to switch things up to avoid boredom and add a little muscle confusion into the mix, and most importantly, they can be modified so that almost everyone can do them.  My answer must have been a good one since I walked out of the interview with a job offer.  So what makes each of these exercises so special? (more…)

My Most Memorable Meal – November Blogging Challenge #27

Yep.  I suck at these challenges.  I let the holidays get in the way of my blogging.  This is also my busy season for work.  That includes all my jobs.  Minnesota really loves its winter sports for some reason.  Maybe it’s that whole 6 months of winter thing.  Anyway, I’ll be a slave to the hockey, basketball, wrestling, and gymnastics teams until March.  It also seems that all this holiday eating has people feeling a little guilty this time of year as well.  Things are starting to pick up at the gym.  Not only am I picking up new clients, but both gyms have me starting some new classes in the new year that have me really excited.  But more about that later.  Then there’s that whole ultra marathon training thing.  Just over a month left to go!!!!

As you can probably tell from my posts, I love to eat.  Like really love to eat.  This is why I exercise.  I can’t diet.  I need food.  So trying to think of a memorable meal brings up so many great ones.  Holiday dinners with my family.  Crazy restaurant experiences.  Catching the bruschetta on fire when trying to impress a new boyfriend with dinner.  So instead of one, here are my top 3. (more…)

Black Friday – Dirty Girl Running Style

If you want to see me have an anxiety attack, take me shopping on Black Friday.  Irrational deal seekers, lacking basic parking lot navigation skills in mass quantities is something out of a horror movie.  Zombies I can handle.  An espresso-ed out soccer mom trying to get her hands on the last Wii U, you better stay out of the way of those perfectly french manicured nails unless you really love wearing a pirate patch every single day.  So I avoid shopping on black Friday at all costs.  Unless there is a running deal to be found.

So while the rest of America was camping out in the cold for a cheap tv, I was at home, snuggled up on my couch with a fire and glass of wine registering for next year’s races.  FrontRunner, a company that hosts several races in Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as the White Bear Grand Prix, a series I was an age group winner in a few times a couple of years back, offers half off all their races black Friday until Cyber Monday.  At $15 a pop for distances ranging from 5k to 10 miles, this is just too good a deal to let pass on by.  Not only do they host the Grand Prix, but they also put on two of the races in the UMTR trail series, the Chippewa 10k and William O’Brien 10 mile.  So I may not have any gifts bought yet for my daughter, but my 2013 racing calendar is coming along nicely.

I might have also bought myself a Polar FT4 heart rate monitor.  I was given the task of selling them during the YMCA black Friday sale today at work.  My brainwashing worked a little too well, since I ended up replacing the one I seem to have misplaced.  But at the end of the day, all my races and watch were still less than a 32″ flat screen tv.  I think I did pretty good on my black Friday shopping spree!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!


I try to be thankful the other 364 days of the year. Some days are harder than others.  I know that I am truly lucky to have such an amazing family and friends.  Without them, I don’t know how I would have made it through this past year a happier and stronger person than I was a year ago.  I’m also thankful for my health.  Too many people take theirs for granted.  Every run I go on or every Bodypump class at the gym, I’m thankful that my body allows me to push myself day after day.  Every mile, no matter how much it may hurt, is a gift.

I’m thankful for my daughter.  Her energy. Her laughter.  Watching her master something new.  She never ceases to amaze me with how intelligent and caring she is.  This week we had her first parent-teacher conference of the year.  Her preschool teacher could not stop praising my daughter’s love for learning and compassion for others.  As a mother, hearing this makes me so incredibly proud that she is already learning the skills that will help her become the amazing person I dream that she’ll one day be.

What are you thankful for this year?

My Fitness Mentor – November Blogging Challenge #10

This weekend was a bit nuts, and I’ve fallen way behind on the blogging.  Nothing like having to be up before 5 am for work on both Saturday and Sunday.  A normal person would look for a regular 9-5 job with weekends, holidays, and vacation time.  But I’m not a normal person, and having an actual set schedule sounds boring to me.  So Saturday morning was spent working at the YMCA, chatting with members and working on exercises plans for my regular clients.  Sunday was spent hanging out at a volleyball tryout for a club I provide athletic training services to.  Mostly I got caught up on my kindle free downloads and ate way too many donuts.  Hey, they were free.  So I’ll be spending the next few days getting caught up in between shifts at the gym, meeting with potential training clients, and freezing my butt of at high school hockey.  You wish your life were this glamorous. 

On Saturday, Lisa at She’s Losing It! wrote about her fitness mentor and wanted to know who our fitness mentor is.  Trying to think of someone who doesn’t read the blog since I don’t think anyone wants to take any credit for the craziness that’s ensued due to my love of fitness, I’m going to go with my high school track coach.  Actually, he’s probably the one to blame for a lot of my running related insanity.  He wasn’t the most sane guy himself.  He put up with a lot of crap from me during those 4 years of being a distance runner for my high school team.  Like me yelling how stupid running 8 laps around a track was, in the middle of the meet, each time I ran past the coaches area where he sat with his stop watch and clipboard, laughing and yelling out my splits.  I’m pretty sure at one meet I screamed at him that I hope I was never reincarnated as a hamster.  (more…)

Jump Rope Circuit

Always looking for new ways to torture myself, today I did a little playing around before my morning client at the gym.  So I might have actually been trying to find new ways to torture my client and was using myself as a guinea pig.  With only about 20 minutes to get in a decent workout, I went with one of my go to quick butt kicking workouts: a 50/10 HIIT workout.  If you’re not familiar with HIIT, it stands for High Intensity Interval Training.  Basically, you go all out on an exercise for the designated work phase and then take a short rest break before going back at it.  With a 50/10, you work your ass off for 50 seconds, then rest for 10 and repeat.  Today’s workout was just 20 minutes, but I felt like I was going to puke by the end. 

Equipment: jump rope, bench, smith machine, kettle bell (I went with 25 lb.), stopwatch or interval timer

Time: Set your interval timer to 20 rounds of 50 seconds work and 10 seconds rest for a total of 20 minutes

The Break Down:  Complete this circuit all the way through and repeat for 20 rounds total

Round 1 – jump rope







Round 2 – Incline push ups

Round 3 – jump rope








Round 4 – Modified pull ups on the Smith Machine

Round 5 – jump rope










Round 6 – jump lunges

Round 7 – jump rope










Round 8 – suicide (or walk up) planks

Round 9 – jump rope






Round 10 – Kettlebell swings