Weekly Update – 2/2/2015

How is it already February??? Although, I’m not going to lie, every step closer we get closer to June, the better ūüôā


Yoga! ¬†My PF/heel had been bothering me most of the day on Monday, so I was looking forward to yoga in hopes that I would get some relief. ¬†Class was good, but we spent a lot of time in Warrior 1 – which my hips don’t like too much. ¬†I have trouble keeping my hips squared forward, so I end up uncomfortable.


Danny night.  Pretty good workout. We did upper body because my stupid PF was acting up and my left heel was really bothering me.

Four Rounds:

1. Double KB Suitcase Deadlift (12)

2. SA Cable Back Row with Rotation(8 each side)

3.¬†KB Bottom’s Up Carry (50 yds)

Two Rounds: 

1. Cable hip thrusters (20)

2. Cable Paloff Press (10 each side)


I almost didn’t go to yoga, but forced myself to go. ¬†We had a sub for the class and I loved her! She really took time to build the poses. ¬†She also has a fantastic taste in music, which made the class even more enjoyable for me.


Danny has class on Thursday nights, so for the rest of the semester, I’ll be working out with Nicole. ¬†She’s another fantastic trainer at the gym and also happens to be Danny’s girlfriend.

We did 3 rounds of the following:

1. Power rangers (10 each side)

2. KB Paloff Press (total of 30 presses and 10 squats)

3. SA KB Cleans (10 each side)

4. 250 meter row


Rest Day!


The FIT360 class had a FIT talk at 9am.  They used to be nutritional panels, but the trainers found that a time of encouragement and motivation proved far more important. It was a great talk!

Worked out with Danny and Nicole after class:

Four rounds:

1. 10 Hex bar deadlifts – 100 lbs

2. Lunge and press (8 each side)

Then we did a row circuit:

1. 500 meter row

2. 5 inchworm push-up

3. 400 meter row

4. 4 inchworm push-up

….all the way down to 100 meter row and 1 inchworm push-up.


I had a second week off from serving on worship team, which has been a wonderful break.  Michael and I also had our second pre-marital counseling session.  It was a long, but good day.

How was your week? Can you believe it is February!?

Weekly Update – 11/24


I decided to take the day off after my half marathon.¬† I really like treating myself to a mani/pedi the day after. It was a lovely day ūüôā


Light workout with Danny. I forgot to recap during the week so I have no clue what we did.  We did a lot of hip mobility exercises since my hip flexors were sore from my half.


Last day at work before my long weekend! I skipped yoga since I knew I’d be doing a workout on Thursday AM. Michael and I put up his tree!

Michael's Tree!

Michael’s Tree!


No Turkey Trot for me….I worked out with FIT360 in the morning. ¬†I’m telling you what, class is no joke. ¬†After a few minutes of stretching/warmup, we got split up and started on one of the 3 stations. ¬†We rotated stations with our original grouping. I’m going to try to remember what we did….Still in a turkey coma!

Station 1 – Medicine Balls:

*Each movement was done for 1 minute

1. Overhead Wall balls

2. Underhand Wall Balls

3. Bear Crawls with med ball push

4. Partner work – one partner does a sit up and throws the ball, the other receives, then does a burpee

5. Switch off on the previous exercise

6. Lateral slides tossing the ball with a partner

Station 2 – Conditioning:

*Each movement was done for 1 minute

1. Kettlebell Swing jumps

2. Farmer’s Carry with KB

3. Tennis ball grounders

4. 17s – try to run and touch the side walls of the gym 17 times

5. I don’t even know how to explain this…It was like hopscotch

6. Minute rest.

Station 3 – Dumbbells:

*each movement is done for 30 seconds.  Did all right arm, then all left.

1. SA Cleans

2. SA Thrusters

3. SA Half-Kneel to standing with overhead press

4. SA Renegade row

5. I don’t remember this one…

6. Goblet hold split jumps

Then it was TURKEY TIME! Michael’s mom got pretty sick the night before thanksgiving, so Michael drove to their house to get all the food they were going to bring to my Dad’s house.








Slept in, did some online shopping and Christmas shopping planning.  Michael and I had a pretty lazy day.  It was quite wonderful!


Got up and worked out with Danny!

Four rounds:

1. 10 suitcase carry deadlifts (each side)

2. 5 Reverse lunges (each side)

Three rounds on the cable machine, I don’t know how to explain the should complex we did, all I know is I was sore from the dumb bell round on Thursday and it was hard!

I also put up my tree, but I didn’t take any pictures. ¬†Blogging fail.


Church in the morning, then went to MacArthur mall to get some shopping done and watch all the little kids wait in line for Santa.

How was your Thanksgiving? Did you do any Christmas shopping?

Why are you here?

Why are you here?

For my running/fitness bloggers – Why are you running? Why are you doing yoga? Why are you trying to eat healthy? Why are you _______?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t always think about that. ¬†And even if I think about it, I definitely don’t know how to answer it. ¬†And even if I answer it, its probably not honest.

Saturday’s nutrition panel for OneLife’s FIT360 program was very different this week. ¬†My trainer, Danny and several other wonderful trainers lead the program. ¬†Danny is getting frustrated (and rightfully so) when they put together material for the class and other PT clients, and they don’t listen, they don’t absorb. ¬†And I’m included among those people. ¬†My nutrition is not where it should be and I know it. ¬†And I don’t change.

So he had something different for us on Saturday. ¬†He wanted to know why we were there. ¬†And it was not in an accusatory way, but a thought provoking way. ¬†Every one’s “why” is different.

While these are good reasons, they are very superficial:

– I want to lose weight

– I want to be healthier

– I don’t want to get diabetes

– I want to get stronger

C’mon. ¬†Those are reasons, but those aren’t the core of the issue. ¬†I commit to personal training and exercise in general for a variety of reasons…some good, some bad, some stupid. We are so afraid to show our true selves and our true “why.” I think some people feel that if they show their true selves and true motivations than they will be perceived as weak. ¬†I think its actually the opposite. It takes a much stronger person to be honest.

If we are truly honest with ourselves, our why looks more like this:

– My parent/grandparent/etc died of diabetes and I’m terrified that I’ll get it and be sick like them

-I don’t like the way I look, I feel fat

-People don’t judge me as much when I’m heavy because they know I work out

-I want to be a good example for my kids and I don’t want them to be embarrassed of me

When people are truly honest with themselves and others about their “why,” something really incredible happens. ¬†People share that they feel the same way. ¬†They find camaraderie. ¬†Your story may touch someone else so deeply and affect them so much, but they’ll never know if you don’t share it.

Danny spent some time asking around the room why people where there. ¬†I suspect that he knew most of our answers before we even did. ¬†He’s pretty perceptive. Some people were refreshingly honest.

One person chimed in and asked why Danny was there. ¬†His answer could have been simple, like, “Because I like helping people.” Or, “because this job pays well.”

His answer? “Because I’m not supposed to be here.” ¬†Danny is a survivor of suicide. ¬†He has found a renewed purpose in helping others in their journey to health and that is what drives him. ¬†He’s been given a second chance at life, and he pours everything he can into being a great trainer and support system for his clients. I can say personally that he’s challenged me in ways I wouldn’t have challenged myself.

I hope that sharing his deepest “why” was a liberating experience for him. ¬†And you know what? No one judged him. ¬†He received nothing back but support. And I’m quite sure that he touched and affected at least one life in that room.

Ladies and gentlemen, that is what I love so much about this community of bloggers. Everyone is so supportive and encouraging.  Feel comfortable in sharing your struggles.  Feel comfortable in being honest.

So why am I here?

– I do yoga because I want to become more flexible….and because it keeps my (sometimes horrible) anxiety at bay.

-I run because I like the challenge….. And because people in my life think I can’t. And sometimes I don’t like it.

-I (sometimes) eat healthy because I know it will fuel my physical activity…and because I feel guilty and feel like I should.

– I workout with a trainer because I like the structured workouts….and because I’m afraid I’ll lose motivation without that accountability.

Why are you here? What’s your “why”?