So close, yet so far: summer running setbacks

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So, a few weeks ago I recounted my hip flexor fail and how my running and half-marathon training plans were temporarily on hold until July. Push that back for at least another month. Friends, this setback has cut into my running and it is unbelievably frustrating. Setbacks at any juncture are … [Read more...]

You Never Know….

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I had a really busy day. A good day, a fun day, but not an up on your feet and moving kind of day. At 8:00 at night, I didn't even have 4000 steps on my Fitbit. This was not good, but I was really tired and thinking of just not walking for the day. I got to thinking about how I hadn't missed a … [Read more...]

My Favorite Health and Fitness Gadgets, Apps and Apparel

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I love reading about the latest and greatest in health and fitness gadgets almost as much as I love changing up my workout. It’s fun, it’s exciting, and who know what fabulous benefits may result. I also love my tried-and-true products, which I faithfully stand by, no matter what new, fancy … [Read more...]

Hip flexor fail: a tale of fitness misfortune

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It's that time of year - summer officially starts TODAY! It's a season of new tennis shoes, a plethora of themed races, racerback tan lines, eating better and getting fit. I have signed up for two half marathons and was extremely excited to start training. The day I was to begin running, my inner … [Read more...]

It’s Summer!

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For so many of us, it was a very long, cold and snowy winter. I hope all the kids are finally out of school now. I hate those make up days. It was fun to have the days off to play in the snow, but not so fun when you have to make those days up. We never had to do that when I was a kid! It's … [Read more...]

Life Is Short – Enjoy It

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  I was reminded this week of just how short life really is, when a dear friend's mom passed away. This mom was always around for big events and supported the things my friend enjoys. She did things that made her happy which made life something to enjoy.  This made me think about how many … [Read more...]

The Older Sister / A New Challenge

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This older sister is getting older all the time and in six months, I'll be a big number older. 60! How in the world did that happen? I can honestly say that I don't feel 60 or at least what I thought 60 would feel like. I am still moving just fine. I don't have any health problems unless … [Read more...]

AchieveMint

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You know me. I love to walk. I'm excited that yesterday was my last day of school for this school year. I am now free as a bird to walk any time of day I want. The plan is to do it first thing in the morning when I get up and I would like a lot of it to be at the beach. I always use the … [Read more...]

Top 7 Reasons to Interval Train

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Exercise and physical fitness are vital to overall health, strength, weight loss, energy, and a powerful metabolism. Here at Shrinking Jeans, you’re already well aware of this, so let’s talk about the specific body benefits of interval training. Here are the top 7 reasons to interval train: Less … [Read more...]

30-Day Strong Arms Challenge {a free workout calendar}

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Summer is here, and with that comes tank tops, dresses and swim suits! No one wants to show off their flabby bat wings, so if you're looking to showcase strong, toned arms, print out our free 30-Day Strong Arms workout calendar and follow along with the daily exercises. By July, you will be hosting … [Read more...]

Top Two-Minute Mood Boosters

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Bad moods happen to the best of us. Sometimes it’s foreseeable and sometimes it hits us like frogs falling out of the sky, but whatever the catalyst, a two minute break is all you need to get your bad mood back to ‘feeling good’ status. When errant emotions strike, these top two-minute mood … [Read more...]

Toot Your Horn Tuesday!

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TOOT TOOT TOOT TOOT TOOT!!!!!! Can you hear me tooting my horn? I am loving life right now. I am on a great big roll. The past two weeks, I have been over 100,000 steps for the week. That is over 40 miles and is coming very close to 50 miles. The weather is finally getting nice here in northwest … [Read more...]

Belly Fat Blues Anyone?

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Belly fat. Most of us have it in some stage or another and most of us hate it. It's a bitch to get rid of. We try and we try and I don't know about you, but I still have it and it seems like the older I get, the harder belly fat tries to hang on. Enter one of my favorite websites....msn.com It's … [Read more...]

Strengthen your core…without crunches

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It’s almost swim suit season. I don’t know about you, but my six pack is nowhere to be found and is probably still hibernating (and has been for years). In lieu of warmer weather and springtime clothes, it’s time to start focusing on my core. Our core is responsible for providing stability to … [Read more...]