31-Day Ab Challenge || Monthly Workout Calendar

FREE 31-Day Ab Challenge workout calendar #shrinkingjeans

Are 6-pack abs on your to-do list this summer? Or every summer? Don't worry, we are here to tell you that it can, in fact, be done! With proper diet, exercise, and our FREE 31-Day Ab Challenge workout calendar, you can have the abs you have always wished for! Let's turn our flabs to ABS! The … [Read more...]

Rest for the weary

Rest for the weary

I woke up at 2:30 a.m. feeling like a dump truck had run over me, backed up, and did it again out of spite. It had been a restless night of me shivering and wondering if my fever had spiked or if – just maybe – the thermostat was too low. Shivering, I reached for my phone and pulled up my Nest … [Read more...]

Yoga for Disbelievers

Yoga for Disbelievers #shrinkingjeans

I'll be the first to admit it.  I'm a runner who is terrible about stretching, rolling, and cross training.  Oh, I'll be good for awhile, particularly if I'm trying to recover from some injury, but then I fall back into the habit of only running. Because of some problems with headaches that my … [Read more...]

Exercise in the Morning: (Trying to) Rise and Shine

morning exercise

We are in the middle of the summer and where I live it's been hot and sticky. Hot and sticky makes it tough to keep up my regular activity level. Who wants to sweat in an exercise session when you are already sweating in a house that lacks this modern marvel called air conditioning, or for those of … [Read more...]

The Unintentional Workout

The Unintentional Workout #shrinkingjeans

Have you ever had an unintentional workout? I think you know what I mean – you started out doing something that should be easy to accomplish, and before you know it, you’re knee-deep in sweat and wondering how you ever got into the situation you’re in. It happens to me more often than I like to … [Read more...]

Fitness Through Volunteer Work

Fitness Through Volunteer Work #shrinkingjeans

Sometimes, it’s less about getting in a workout and more about just finding a reason to get moving. Our motivation may wane, we lose sight of our reasons for starting initially, or we just start to make excuses. As my personal hero Gwendolyn Brooks said, “it is easier to stay at home” (she meant it … [Read more...]

Fresh Eyes, Fresh Start

Fresh Eyes, Fresh Start #shrinkingjeans

Do you remember what it was like when you started out? When you were a new runner at your very first race? When you were the newbie in what is now your "can't miss" yoga or Zumba class? Close your eyes for a minute and think back to that time in your life when you were the one trying something … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Avoid the Post-Holiday Slump

4 Ways to Avoid the Holiday Slump (1)

After every holiday, I have this recurring problem. I find myself in a slump. It’s as if the busyness of the holiday, as well as the planning and set up and everything else that goes into it takes its toll, and I spend the next few days afterward making excuses: I need to catch up on my sleep, I … [Read more...]

Heart Rate Recovery

heart rate recovery

This past weekend while my team mates and I were walking, one of the ladies asked us a question that has been on her mind lately. That question is the topic of today's post.... How long should it take for your heart rate to return normal after an intense exercise session? I decided to do some … [Read more...]

31-Day Plank Challenge || Monthly Workout Calendar

31-Day Plank Challenge #shrinkingjeans #workoutcalendar #fitnesschallenge

July sounds like a great month for a plank challenge, doesn't it? Planks are an amazingly effective way to strengthen your core and tighten your abs, and they also benefit your shoulders, arms, and glutes! Planks require no special equipment and can be done anywhere! You know what that means... NO … [Read more...]

Dealing With Hip Pain: My Latest Setback

hip pain

Full disclosure: this is a little bit of a venting session. Sometimes I feel like a 27 year old trapped in an 88-year-old's body. I've always been extremely active and enjoy exercising, playing sports and living a healthy lifestyle. I've been relatively healthy my whole life, but there are times … [Read more...]

Stability Ball Exercises for Pregnant Women

Stability Ball Exercises for Pregnant Women #shrinkingjeans

This past Saturday my dude and I went to a birthing class at the hospital where we are going to deliver Roman. It was 3 hours of learning about all the things that accompany pregnancy, 1 hour of practicing breathing patterns, 1 hour of learning that Au Bon Pain is a pregnant lady’s dream, and 1 hour … [Read more...]

Life vs. Exercise

Life vs.Exercise

So I started last month off right – I was running regularly and had started a great three (and up to four!)-day-a-week weight routine that would help me become a stronger and better runner. I was eating right, counting my calories on MyFitnessPal and excited to get even below my target goal weight … [Read more...]

Running in the Family: Ways to Get Your Kids Involved

How to Get Your Kids Involved with Running #shrinkingjeans

In my family, we have runners and non-runners.  Some of our immediate and distant relatives are super cheerleaders while others give me the "you're going to ruin your knees" speech.  Just like in the general population, the attitudes towards running in the family can be just as diverse.  While … [Read more...]

The North Face || Mountain Athletics Training Progress


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The North Face. All opinions are 100% mine. It's been almost a month since I told you about The North Face's Mountain Athletics training app and completed my first workout -and I'm happy to report I'm still going strong! I haven't been able to … [Read more...]