Black Friday Fitness

    Hello all my fellow shrinkers!! How was your Thanksgiving holiday? Now that Thanksgiving is over it's time for Black Friday Fitness! I hit a few stores on Thursday evening to look for a couple of special things on sale so it was a nice treat....especially with good friends!! We … [Read more...]

Sunset – Fitness Friday

Sunset - Fitness Friday

    Hello Fitness Friday enthusiasts!! My favorite time of the day is sunset! This is one of my favorite pictures of sunset I have ever taken and it was taken last November while I was walking the Susan G. Komen 3-Day in San Diego. I was finishing up my first 20 miles (of 60) in San … [Read more...]

Weights – Fitness Friday

Fitness Friday - Weights

  You've all seen them at the gym, right? The well toned girls lifting weights over in the corner with the guys....It's Fitness Friday and we are going to talk about some of the reasons why the girls over there lifting weights are so cool! By the way, I've always been one of the girls over … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday / EveryMove

every move

I love all the possibility the new year holds. If you are like me, you have rededicated yourself to fitness. There are so many things out there to help us along and motivate us. I found one a year or so ago that I really love. It's called EveryMove and it's awesome! EveryMove is a website … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday / Giveaway


Here in northwest Indiana, we saw our first snowflakes yesterday and it was wonderful. I love living in a place that has four seasons. I truly don't know how people can live where there aren't. But, along with the snowflakes comes, cold temperatures, big snows and ice. None of those things are … [Read more...]

Toot Your Horn Tuesday

I love Tuesdays! Especially here at Shrinking Jeans. I love that we get to do a little bragging about the awesome things that we have done in the past week. I don't know about you, but for me it's a huge shot in the arm. It gets me pumped about the coming week and what I can do to make the post … [Read more...]

defining fit

I mentioned in my introductory post that I made the goal of fit by forty my mantra for the last four years or so. Earlier this month I turned the big 4-0 and I do considered myself fit, so goal achieved! Where's my medal?? But along the way my definition of "fit" has undergone a slight major … [Read more...]

Crossing my Fingers


Do you remember this picture of Alison Sweeney and myself? It was taken last May at the Self Magazine Workout in the Park event in Chicago. Workout in the Park was my first real press event as a writer for Shrinking Jeans. To say that it was an awesome day would be an understatement. I got … [Read more...]

Who’s Going To Join Me?


Have you ever heard the quote, "This time next year, you'll wish you started today."? I ran across it earlier this winter and it kind of spoke to me. It got me thinking about all the times that I put off starting something till tomorrow. I am the worst during summer vacation from school. I start … [Read more...]

Fitness Trends for this Year

Woman Lifting Dumbbell

The American Council on Exercise just released a report on the fitness trends for 2012 and I have to say I am not surprised by them at.all. In fact, this being a fitness site (and above all community) and many of us being immersed in fitness chats on Twitter and Facebook constantly, I think … [Read more...]

Would You Like A Little Cheese With That Whine?

Is it just me or is there an awful lot of whining going on over at Twitter? Day after day after day. It got so bad one day, I actually thought about deleting my Twitter account. Of course, I thought about the Tworkout and decided against that idea. I laid low for a couple of days and then … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday – Exercise Your Options


Now that the weather is cooling off, I'm finding that I do NOT want to go outside for runs. Or bikes. Or to get in the car to go to the gym. I don't wanna, and you can't make me. So what do you do? What do you do when it's too cold or too rainy or too sunny or too insert unacceptable weather … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday: ChiRunning


A couple of weekends ago, I had a breakthrough run. I really, really needed this breakthrough because I had a long string of disappointing workouts leading up to it and I was beginning to doubt and question myself and I was ready to quit. My breakthrough was a sub-30 minute 5k run during a … [Read more...]

Focus on Fitness::Circle it in RED!


Psssst...can I tell you a secret? I'm not a big fan of working out. (ducks the rotten tomatoes) I've never really been a big fan of working out. I know that I have to. And I know that it's good for me. But I don't usually get that sense that endorphins are rushing through my body or that I'm … [Read more...]