Put Down The Cake

With an affinity for anything coated in chocolate, and a struggle to balance both my addiction/ambivalence to exercise, I started this blog to help inspire myself (and hopefully others) to put down the food and get moving. If we lose a few pounds along the way, and create some awesome sweat stains in the process, then the rest is, as they say... cake!

Friday, July 30, 2010


I'm on a high veggie diet. I have increased my vegetable intake by about 40%. I feel better, I am pleased when I step on the scale, and my clothes fit. There is one drawback to this new healthy eating of mine. Gas.

We all know the silly names for it. Air biscuits, trouser cough, underthunder.. I mean, it's all juvenile. This is a sincere problem. Stop laughing. Go ahead, I'll wait. Okay. My poor husband has had to deal with the aftershocks of my colorful diet of delightful veggies. Although, sometimes I do enjoy just waiting for him to roll over and for the covers to inadvertantly fan a surprising aroma in his direction. He gags, and i laugh in a devious way that no one else has heard (except maybe my sister). Otherwise, I think he's ready to take up permanent residence on the couch.

With that said, I'm thinking of making another purchase...

So, how do you health nuts deal with the side affects of roughage? Am I the only one afflicted by this hilarious problem?

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Hillbilly Runner

I am contemplating a purchase. Usually, when a new fitness trend emerges, I take note of it and see if it catches on. Then I make the decision if I'm to buy it. I don't know how many of you have seen these, but I know people who swear by them.
Now, if you know me well, you know that if there's any chance of a possibility that I can duplicate the feel of running barefoot through the ozark mountains I will take it. I mean, come on. I am a hillbilly. I have most of my own teeth, but I have been barefoot on my front lawn with a baby on my hip on MANY occaisions.
But really? I mean, come on. Do these shoes say "you forgot the rest of your gorilla costume" or what? I don't need any more attention drawn to the supersized appendiges at the end of my cankles. I'm kidding. I DO NOT have cankles. I actually have man calves. It's the only part of me that when you look at them, will let you know that I am an athlete. But I digress...
Should I fork out the $90 and purchase these little slices of hillbilly heaven? Or is this a fitness trend that will fade into the night?
Vote in the comments section.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

What's your workout persona?

When you go into the gym for the first time, do you spend a lot of energy wondering if people are looking at you? Do you dress in your most flattering workout clothes, or do you throw on ratty gym shorts and an old t-shirt? We all give off a persona, but some of us don't know it.

Having about 3 years of consistent gym membership under my belt, I've noticed a few types of workout personas. Do you have one and don't know about it? Let's look shall we?

Envy Me
exercise Pictures, Images and Photos

If you look great, and you know it this is you. You wear sports bras, and probably short shorts. It's not your fault that you look good, but come on, throw your hair in a bun and a put on a chili stained sweat suit once in a while and give us all a break.

How You Doin'?
exercise Pictures, Images and Photos

We all know why you are here. Give it a rest. Pull your shorts up, put your shirt on, and put away your "swagger".

Let's Get Physical
workout Pictures, Images and Photos

A normal person, actually working out, actually trying to get in shape. You might be breaking a cardinal rule, though. Let's hope you don't break too much of a sweat in those grey pants. Extra points for the coiffed hair.

Try Hard

Fail Pictures, Images and Photos

You really love to work out, but perhaps a quick run through of the equipment with a knowledgeable professional would do you some good. I'm pretty sure your face isn't supposed to contort like that. We know you are really trying, especially with all the grunting that you are doing.

So, where do you fall? Did I miss a persona? Hit me up with a comment and let me know.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Run Baby, Run

Go for a run/ walk today. It doesn't have to be even for a mile. If you are by yourself, here's an interesting way to stay entertained. Download the soundtrack to Halloween, and then find a great running trail. As you run, imagine your town has been invaded by zombies/ Michael Myers and you are running to the next town to try to warn everyone and get help. Try it!

If you have to, grab a good friend and just go outside and run like toddlers. Run all out for about 30 seconds flailing your arms and legs with sweet abandon. My husband runs like this anyway, so that's what gave me this idea. If you haven't run in a while, it may take you a while to sustain the speed of a diabolical 2 year old, but I believe you can eventually do it.

Don't try to look like a regular athlete, don't try to look like you know what you are doing, just go outside and have fun. If there are more than one of you, go outside and play tag. It will not only be fun, but hilarious to watch each other. Laughter burns calories too. It's totally win/win. Remember how much fun running was when we were kids (or at least how much we don't remember that it sucked)? I think part of it is because we didn't care what we looked like. We did it as a social activity, we did it because we actually wanted to!

I expect comments and/or pictures of people trying my ideas! Pictures would be so much fun! I may post some if I can find somebody to play tag with me!

running toddler group Pictures, Images and Photos

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Help Us Out

My friend Beth and I are trying to devise a contest to help motivate us into staying fit while the summer rages on. It's so hard to remember the importance of fitness when there's so many other things that we could be doing. Leave me a comment with your ideas for what we can do during the contest, and to win. I may throw in a little prize for the one we pick. And if you join us, there may be a little somethin' there for you too.

Participate in the fun!

Be sure to vote in my poll! It makes me feel loved!


I would like to dedicate my first blog post to my dear friend, Bret who thought I would be the perfect candidate to start a fitness blog. You can thank him (or blame him)for what you are reading.

Thanks, Bret (Bert)!