Is Your Device Protected? {sponsored}

Is Your Device protected

After a long hiatus from running, I've finally gotten back to it and I'm following the Couch to 5K program from I absolutely love everything about the app, including the fact that it gives me verbal prompts, and tells me my running and walking pace. It's funny, because when I started … [Read more...]

Preparing for Your First Race

Preparing for Your First Race #shrinkingjeans

Training and running your first race is monumental. Whether it’s been a longtime goal to run a race or you just got started a few months ago, your first race will be memorable because, after all, it is your first. After waking up at unholy hours before the crack of dawn, after sweating buckets … [Read more...]

Walking To Save Them All (Seattle Susan G. Komen 3-Day Recap)

Seattle Susan G. Komen 3-Day for a Cure #shrinkingjeans #3Day

This is Team Shrinking Jeans! We may be a small team, but we are mighty! This past week we all traveled to Seattle, Washington to do something HUGE!  Over the weekend, 750 of my closest friends took to the streets, trails, parks, and hills of Seattle and it's suburbs to help bring awareness to … [Read more...]

Why Should Runners Strength Train?

Why should runners strength train? #shrinkingjeans #fitness #exercise

Newsflash!  I don't strength train enough. If you've been following along with our monthly workout calendars, you've probably noticed a trend.  We like to advocate more than just cardio around these parts.  Now, I'll be the first to admit this...I really don't like strength training.  I am … [Read more...]

What is Your Activity Tracker Telling You?

My image count never reset with the monthly payment on September 3rd. I should be able to download 10 more images and it says I have 0 available and that I need to pay $2.99 to download.

It’s funny the difference a device can make. I recently switched to an activity tracker, thinking it wouldn’t tell me much, except that I wasn’t sleeping as much as I should. But boy, was I wrong. So very, very wrong. Let me give you a little history: I’m not only a mom of four that farms and … [Read more...]

I Finished a Race (and didn’t die!)

I Finished a Race (and didn't die!) #shrinkingjeans #running

I’m 38-years-old. I have four children, all boys, and my oldest is now a teenager. I should know better. Really. But sometimes I have to really live and learn, just like my kids. This weekend, I participated in our town’s Applefest. It’s just a simple fall festival, where we celebrate the harvest … [Read more...]

Are You Stuck In Your Comfort Zone?

Are You stuck in your comfort zone? #shrinkingjeans

As I mentor our rookie runners through Couch to 5k training, one thing becomes apparent.  We are often reluctant to push ourselves outside of our comfort zone.  We are a good 3 weeks into this training cycle now and how many of you have looked ahead at weeks 4 or 5 and though,t "There is no way I … [Read more...]

Running Away or Running Towards

running away or running towards #shrinkingjeans

Are you running away or running towards something? I use the word running but only in the figurative sense as I completely understand everyone has chosen for themselves what they are committed to right now. Some are running with Couch to 5K, some are doing strength exercises,  some are CIZE'ing … [Read more...]

Back to YOU Weight Loss and Fitness Challenge

Back to YOU Weight Loss Challenge #weightloss #virtualrace #workoutcalendar #motivation #c25k

It's back to school and that means it's a great time to hit the RESET button and get back on track with your weight loss and fitness routines. Whether you've managed to stay on track and shrink this summer, or you totally slacked and now your jeans are a bit too tight, it's time to get back to YOU! … [Read more...]

C25K + Strength Training & Abs {Monthly Fitness Calendar}


Our monthly fitness calendar for September is a little different than the calendars we usually put together. This time we're doing a C25K + Strength Training & Abs because on Sunday, we're kicking off a Sisterhood-led C25K program leading up to our virtual race on October 31st. This … [Read more...]

Building Confidence by Doing Hard Things

building confidence

In four weeks, a lot of wonderful men and women will be taking our sneakers to the streets of Seattle, and walking 60 miles in 3 days. Yep, that's 3 consecutive days of 20 miles of walking! Sounds pretty daunting, doesn't it? My first year taking part of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk, I really … [Read more...]

What Motivates You?

What Motivates You? #shrinkingjeans

I sat in front of my computer for a long time today before I started typing.  Something this week struck a nerve with me and I wasn't sure I wanted to tackle the subject. What subject is that, you ask?  The concept of "participation awards". In case you missed it, James Harrison of the … [Read more...]

Tips for Reversing the Lazies

Tips for Reversing the Lazies #shrinkingjeans defines lazy as:  1. averse or disinclined to work, activity, or exertion; indolent. 2. causing idleness or indolence. 3. slow-moving; sluggish. My own definition would be "I don't want to do it because something else is more enjoyable". Recently, a couple of my friends and I … [Read more...]