Working Out Without a Gym

Working Out Without a Gym #shrinkingjeans #fitness #workout #exercise

There are many reasons why it’s hard to get to the gym or even have a gym membership to begin with. Money might be tight, your spare time might be sparse, or it could be both. As a new mom, I have both of those problems. Even though I want to go to the gym every day for an hour or two, most days … [Read more...]

4 Core Exercises That Aren’t Sit-ups

4 Core Exercises

Over the past few weeks, I've been in physical therapy as part of my rehab program after my hip surgery. While I'm still not able to do a lot, I'm thankful to be working toward full range of motion and increased movement and intensity. --I was cleared this week to begin walking short distances for … [Read more...]

8 Ways To Fall (Back) In Love With The Gym


The weather is changing, which means less daylight, colder temperatures, and snow, ice, and all of the other wonderful tricks Mother Nature comes up with during fall and winter (sleet, anyone?). If you're like me, you're not a huge fan of exercising outdoors in the frigid, dark, cold while you try … [Read more...]

New Beginnings

new beginnings

This post is all about new beginnings! The first and arguably most important beginning I’m going to mention is the start of my son’s life. Roman Gabriel was born on September 23rd at 11:13 a.m. after 24 hours of some very sucky labor. He was a whole 8 pounds 3 ounces and 20 inches long and looks … [Read more...]

How About We Change One Thing for Thirty Days?

Change One Thing for Thirty Days #shrinkingjeans

I can be an all-or-nothing kind of gal.  This means when I set goals for myself I’m either running towards them at 100 MPH or I’m lying on the couch eating.  Those are my two speeds.  When I realize that putting food in my mouth on the couch is not moving me towards my goal weight, I put plans in … [Read more...]

Do You Soybu? {Review & Giveaway}

Soybu Graphic

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...]