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My First Kettlebell Workout
Saturday, June 16, 2012      4 comments

Last night I tried kettlebells for the very first time. My trainer does most of my sessions in the pool, but wants to start doing more land-based sessions to prepare me for my August & September events. So last night, we ventured into the gym. ... Read more
How Dare They?
Saturday, May 05, 2012      16 comments

Warning: may be long, emotional, and incoherent. I just had a moment and I need to get it out of my system. At the gym today, my trainer suggested that I hop in the hot tub after my session and stretch, instead of stretching in the cold poo... Read more
The Amazing Milwaukee Race Report
Sunday, April 29, 2012      3 comments

Yesterday, my husband and I completed the Amazing Milwaukee Race. It was so much fun! It was based on the TV show, and very well put-together. We only got into a couple arguments, so we were able to smile and toast the end of a very long day. ... Read more
Changes
Thursday, April 26, 2012      8 comments

I've been back on track for about 3 months. My food took some time to get sorted out, but I've been exercising regularly since January 29. I'm happy to report that, in that time, I've relost 17 of the 37 pounds I regained after my knee injury. I... Read more
Staff "Appreciation"
Tuesday, April 24, 2012      7 comments

Every year, my company hosts a staff appreciation week. We get to wear jeans (it's a professional services firm, so strict dress code), and they provide treats every single day. For me, it's hell week. Yesterday was an Italian buffet. We ha... Read more
You're going down, fat!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012      6 comments

I love angry music - gets me ready to work up a big sweat! I was cranking some Sick Puppies on the way home from school tonight and wishing that I was at the gym sparring with a punching bag instead. Their song, War, really got me pumped up! At ... Read more
Self-Sabotage
Thursday, April 12, 2012      9 comments

Last night was weigh-in night with my trainer. Since Easter, I haven't been doing so good. Well, actually, I haven't been doing good since Friday, when the Easter groceries were purchased. I apparently felt the need to pre-sample all of the food... Read more
Locker Room Personalities
Friday, April 06, 2012      8 comments

Have you ever noticed that there seems to be some distinct personality types in the gym locker room? Just for fun, here are some of the behaviors I've noticed. The Talker - this person loves to talk. They mutter to themselves at their lock... Read more
HLC #1 Week 2: Visualization of Success (Or, What October 2012 Could Be Like)
Wednesday, April 04, 2012      6 comments

In six months it will be early October. Where I live, there will be a chill in the air and leaves will be falling. It will smell like burning leaves and freshly-harvested crops. Every night after work, I'll go for a walk to try and capture some ... Read more
HLC #1 Week 2: Mental Challenge
Wednesday, April 04, 2012      4 comments

I am worth it because: I deserve to be healthy I am worth it because: I have a lot to offer the world and I need energy! I am worth it because: I am a human being I am worth it because: in order to fully love others, I need to love myself ... Read more
March Recap & April Goals
Tuesday, April 03, 2012      3 comments

Well, I did much better in March than I had in February! Public shame is definitely a motivational tool... Here's my March goal recap: #1 - Follow through. The first step in reaching your goals is to remember what they are! So my first or... Read more
So this is what being fit feels like...
Saturday, March 31, 2012      16 comments

Last night I had an hour with the personal trainer and he worked on my shoulders and back until I thought I might cry. I couldn't even move my fingers after the session was over (from gripping weights and bars), and my arms were shaking. (Don't ... Read more
And the Grand Finale...Easter Drama is Over (yeah, right)
Friday, March 30, 2012      5 comments

I try not to air my dirty laundry in public, but I have been overwhelmed with this Easter thing and I needed some impartial input. To those who have offered me support, I thank you dearly. I am posting this for two reasons. First, and most impor... Read more
An Unfortunate Reality (Easter/MIL Drama Update)
Friday, March 30, 2012      5 comments

Many thanks to everyone who provided support and suggestions on my blog post last night. I appreciate it and, if it were still yesterday, would take your advice whole-heartedly. Unfortunately.... While I was posting my blog and readin... Read more
Need Some Input - please!
Thursday, March 29, 2012      17 comments

Hi SparkFriends, I need your help. I'm having trouble with an issue and I need some impartial observer input. My mother-in-law loves to host events. She hosts Thanksgiving, Christmas, Memorial Day, Labor Day, a party for every birthday for... Read more

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