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A Stress-Less Life

Thursday, December 01, 2011      0 comments

My employer, along with our insurance provider, gives access to a great program called "Take Charge, Live Well." One of the features of this program is an annual health-risk assessment which I make sure I do when it's offered. It asks a bunch ... Read more


Wednesday, November 30, 2011      0 comments

As part of my push to do this right I've decided I need to be accountable. Ultimately I'm only accountable to myself, of course. But I believe that, this time, I need to be accountable to others around me, and I need to be vocal about it. I n... Read more

One more day at a time

Tuesday, November 29, 2011      1 comments

I've regained my weight. Again. And recently I found myself hating my body. Again. Then, the other day, I came across a blog via Facebook that's called "This Is Not a Diet. It's My Life." And it clicked. This is my life. How do I want to... Read more

Working Through It

Tuesday, May 18, 2010      6 comments

I've been challenged lately to stick with my fitness program. My motivation has been non-existent, and that negative voice in my head is trying to undermine me. I'm working on pulling through, but it's been really, really tough. This happ... Read more

Now THIS is what I'm talking about!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010      7 comments

It's been days since I felt really motivated. I've battled low self-esteem, nighttime eating, laziness and name it. Once I fall off the wagon it's tough to get back on, and lately I've felt like the wagon left me behind. ... Read more

Exercise Challenge: The End, Part Two

Monday, May 03, 2010      3 comments

Several days ago I promised a recap of my exercise challenge, along with abbreviated reviews for each video. Sorry I lagged! Here you go: Day 1: Dirty Dancing Official Dance Workout Easy dances made this pretty fun, although the DVD for... Read more

Exercise Challenge: The End, Part One

Monday, April 26, 2010      3 comments

A few weeks ago I set out to try 30 different exercise DVDs in 30 days. I missed a few days due to conflicts, and then missed a few more days due to a bout of PMS that had me in tears for nearly a week. Before that episode came, I had done 25 ... Read more

Back From the Depths

Saturday, April 24, 2010      3 comments

As I said in my last blog post, this past week was rough. I ate like there was no tomorrow. I didn't exercise. I hardly logged onto SP, didn't track my food, and basically lived like I did before embarking on my fitness program. And I got re... Read more


Thursday, April 22, 2010      4 comments

I don't even know where to begin. I will warn you in advance, though: this will definitely be a rant, and may have little to no structure. There will absolutely be some whining. Hopefully, though, the end will include some enlightenment. Rea... Read more

Exercise Challenge Day 25: Crunch Candlelight Yoga

Sunday, April 18, 2010      2 comments

Last night I decided that, after a week of working hard, I deserved a feel-good workout. Since "Crunch Candlelight Yoga" is available as a "Watch Instantly" selection on Netflix and I can get it via my Wii, I went for it. I've done this wo... Read more

Exercise Challenge Day 24: Crunch Cardio Salsa

Saturday, April 17, 2010      3 comments

(I never got around to typing this up last night...oops!) I never can get enough of Latin dance videos. I'm a fiend for them. I've had "Crunch Cardio Salsa" in my Netflix queue for a long time but kept pushing it back in favor of other vi... Read more

Exercise Challenge Day 23: Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones

Thursday, April 15, 2010      5 comments

The other night, when I did "Valerie Bertinelli's Losing It," I chose to do the intermediate workout, bragging that I'm too advanced for the basic one. I think I bragged a bit much, because "No More Trouble Zones" kicked my behind. In fact, it... Read more

Exercise Challenge Day 22: Zumba 20-Minute Express

Wednesday, April 14, 2010      2 comments

The other day I blogged a review of the 40-minute workout (Cardio Party) from the Zumba Fitness video I got from the library. Tonight, I'm following it up with a review of the 20-minute version. Much of what I have to say about this was alread... Read more

Exercise Challenge Day 21: Valerie Bertinelli Losing It

Tuesday, April 13, 2010      3 comments

I've had this video out from the library and kept meaning to use it, but got distracted by stuff that seemed more fun (like Zumba). But tonight, after I put in a DVD that I thought would be fun and soooo wasn't (to be reviewed later), I remembe... Read more

Exercise Challenge Day 20: Zumba Fitness Cardio Party

Monday, April 12, 2010      3 comments

After giving my knee an extra day off, I was more than ready to get a good workout. You can imagine, then, how thrilled I was to find that the Zumba video I'd requested from the library was in! As a side note, I work in a library that doesn't ... Read more

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