Category Archives: fitness

Meet Me at the Barre

I woke before the alarm this morning.  I use the term “woke” loosely as in order to wake one must have been asleep and sleep is elusive.  Why?  Who knows, it’s just not part of the plan these days.  I hurt and I mean everywhere.  Its not a complaint but rather, a fact.  I just hurt everywhere and I wonder how I’ll get out of bed this morning.  Yesterday was day one in the weight room.  My daily workouts have consisted of classes–TRX, Tabata, Muscle Conditioning, Butts and Guts and on the off days cardio–Intervals, StairMaster, Rowing, Bike.  I hate cardio.  The only people who don’t hate cardio are runners and I’m NOT a runner.  I think I’ve squeezed about as much muscle definition as I can out of the classes so it’s time to change it up again.  I discussed this with my trainer, Chris Engel, and, of course, she’s got a plan for me. Back into the weight room we go.


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Back In The Saddle


I was away for a few days and prior to leaving I had made the executive decision to leave my diet and exercise at home and resume when I got back. While I wouldn’t label my eating habits while I was away as “healthy”, it wasn’t a total nightmare either. I had the kids with me so we were on the go every minute of every day and meal planning just couldn’t be part of the equation. There were burgers, pizza, sandwiches and OH YES, ice cream made an appearance and…..uhhhh….a rapid disappearance as it were. Yum!!! A great time was had by all and I have no guilt but it’s back in the saddle again!!


My day started with a 5am Tabata class. Tabata Interval training was developed by Japanese doctor, Dr. Izumi Tabata. This type of training in it’s pure form includes intervals of high intensity exercise of a 20 second duration followed by 10 seconds of rest. This is repeated 8 times for a total of 4 minutes. This form of exercise is said to be one of the most powerful ways to burn body fat quickly. Just what I need!!

I didn’t get to bed last night much before 12:30am so getting up at 4:30am was not really my idea of a good time but I knew that I’d feel better after working out so I dragged myself out of bed and got right to it. The class was packed. This was just what I needed after my mini hiatus from the healthy scene. The version of Tabata that we practice with Chris is based on the principals of Dr. Tabata’s pure form in that it is high intensity interval training followed by short periods of rest, however Chris’s class is an hour long and may or may not involve weights. It’s great for a metabolism boost and I highly recommend it.

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KickAss Bootcamp!

It’s Monday morning and the weekend activities had me exhausted so I promptly hit the snooze button when the alarm went off. My mind would not let me indulge in those last 5 minutes. I opened one eye and peered out the window–overcast and a little wet. Bootcamp is waiting and I did have fried dough at Fiesta…. hmmmm, I only worked out one day over the weekend….. I’ll feel better if I go…..hmmmm. Oh CRAP!! It’s 5:55am! I sprang out of bed into my shorts and a tank and off I went, water and towel in hand.

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Butts & Bikinis – Getting My Game On!

It’s been a long time coming, or it seems that way anyway, but it’s here. The air is fresh with flowery scents, the birds sing their sweet spring songs and the sun shines high and warm. Apollo has not forsaken us. The ground softens under his spell and the winds turn warm. As we are lured from hybernation we emerge with faces turned up, eyes closed to the brightness, arms outstretched to welcome the gift of sunbeams. The warmth relaxes the winter stresses and they spill out of every pore. Breath…..

Are you ready to walk with me? As the sun rises higher so does the heat of Apollos gift…. It gets hotter and hotter. Come with me, walk with me along the shore. A crisp, cool dip in the ocean would be so refreshing……..

Nice dream folks but that’s where it ends. Ugh, I’ve got to put a bathing suit on this body? I’ve packed on a fresh 20 soooooooooo Oh HELL no! There’s no better way to start today than a good ‘ole ass kickin’!

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