Do You Soybu? {Review & Giveaway}

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Guys, I'm tough on workout gear. When I say I'm tough, I mean I sweat like nobody's business. No glowing. No perspiring. I sweat. My two current favorite workouts are spinning and barre, both drench fests. And I love it. But let's just say, sometimes, things aren't pretty at the end of … [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...]

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...]

Rescue a Dog, Rescue Yourself

Rescue a Dog

Like most families, we had a dog when I was growing up. A small dalmatian with brown spots, Coco, was a sixth member of the family. After she passed away when I was fifteen, my parents tried once or twice to adopt a new dog but it was just never the same. When I was eighteen I moved to a different … [Read more...]

I Need a Challenge

I need a challenge

There are times when I find myself in a rut. I get to a place where I just hit that proverbial brick wall and can’t seem to move anywhere, with anything. My problem is always finding that boost to get me over it. What’s your brick wall? Is it food? Time? Energy? How are you tackling the … [Read more...]

Yoga for the Morning

Yoga for the Morning #shrinkingjeans

A few weeks ago fellow Sisterhood writer Ann wrote a post about the benefits of waking up early. I use to love waking up early but now that I’ve given up my daily coffee fix, I’m finding it harder and harder to get up and out of bed. And the longer I stay in bed in the morning, the later into the … [Read more...]

Top 10 Ways to Annoy a Runner

Top 10 Ways to Annoy a Runner #shrinkingjeans #running

I took to the interwebs for a little blogging inspiration, thanks to a suggestion by my friend, Megan, at our last race.  We had a very positive experience (both running quite well and the race was nicely organized) but we still had little things that annoyed us during the race.  Since I "run" in … [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...]

Sisterhood Shots: July Photo-A-Day

Sisterhood Shots Photo-A-Day

The 1st of the month means a brand new edition of Sisterhood Shots! This is a fun and creative way to document your weight-loss/fitness journey or an awesome addition to what you have done so far. Grab your camera and make our photo-a-day part of your daily routine. If you’ve not participated in … [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...]

Fighting stagnation

Fighting Stagnation

In December 2014, I weighed 15 pounds heavier than I did when I gave birth to my daughter nearly two years previously. It wasn’t that big of a deal – 15 pounds isn’t that much, right? Well, that’s true – but it’s also not true. Fifteen pounds can be a lot – especially when it’s 15 pounds away … [Read more...]

How Depression Can Derail Your Fitness Efforts

Depression and exercise

Everyone experiences times when they’re sad or blue, and times when motivation to exercise seems hard to come by. But if the sad times or blue moods last a long time and start interfering with your ability to function, you may be depressed. If depression is something you’re struggling with, if … [Read more...]

Sisterhood Shots: June Photo-A-Day

Sisterhood Shots Photo-A-Day

Welcome to the June edition of Sisterhood Shots! It's the time of year to be outside and get active! If you're starting a weight-loss/fitness journey, or you're in the middle of one, Sisterhood Shots is a great way to help document your journey. Each day, use the photo prompt list to capture a … [Read more...]

13 Latin Songs to Spice Up Your Workout

13 Latin Songs to Spice Up Your Workout #shrinkingjeans #playlist

I would like to share with you a Latin Workout Playlist.  But first, let me give you a little history. Back in the day (my much younger, pre-marriage days), I was a salsa dancing queen. I loved hitting the dance floor with my bestie, who happened to be fluent in salsa and merengue.  I was not … [Read more...]