Pure Barre, Pure Results

Caught in a fitness rut?  We all get there.  As I learned last Spring during a 6 week fitness challenge, if you don't mix things up once in awhile during your workouts... you start to lose the benefits of your exercise, as your body acclimates to the same old activity. I recently tried out something I've heard of, but that was entirely new to me:  a barre workout, using the "Pure Barre, Pure Results" DVD. Barre workouts have been described as a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and Pilates. Exercises focus on isometric strength training, combined with high reps of small movements. And I'm here to tell you... It's tough!  You will FEEL it working, literally minutes into the workout.  I honestly couldn't get through an entire workout, but don't let that discourage you.  It's effective, and something I plan on continuing to try in order to improve in. Pure Barre, Pure Results The abs-focused workout "Pure Barre, Pure Results" is a … [Read more...]

On-The-Go Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

Recently I participated in a 6 week fitness challenge that included a session with a nutritionist.  She had so many good ideas, but the most lasting healthy lifestyle take-away that I've continued to use daily is the on-the-go breakfast smoothie. If you are like me, you need to eat breakfast.  But doing so first thing in the morning, when you are stressed out, rushing around getting ready for your day... just isn't your stomach's favorite time to chow down.  Breakfast smoothies are so much easier for me to digest versus trying to eat something, both on-the-go convenience wise (I drink mine on the way to work), and stomach-tolerance wise. But will it leave you feeling hungry, 45 minutes later?  It doesn't have to. The key to a healthy on-the-go breakfast smoothie that will stay with you is this:  Protein. If you include some ingredients with protein in your smoothie, it will stick with you and keep you feeling full much longer.  When you make your smoothie at home, you can … [Read more...]

Register for the Colorado Mudderella and #OwnYourStrong

The first and only full-day athletic event designed for women by women, Mudderella is an experience that promises to both challenge and uplift you.  Joining the movement to help make fitness more fun and social, this event encourages women to #OwnYourStrong, and come enjoy an amazing day with a team of friends. What an awesome way to infuse a little motivation into your fitness routine!  Mudderella focuses on helping women feel empowered, and strengthening bonds with a group of your closest friends.  I love the 3 "truths" they feature on their About page: Truth #1:  you’re stronger than you think you are. Truth #2:  there’s more to life than going to the gym. Truth #3:  you deserve an awesome experience. I want to do this SO BADLY!!  I was really, really bummed when I realized I have a convention date conflict with the Colorado Mudderella event taking place August 22, 2015 in Snowmass Village.  Here's the glimpse that got me so hooked, and super excited about trying a … [Read more...]

Hooked by My First 5k

  My ten year old daughter, a 4th grader, has been participating in a great after school running program called Girls On The Run (GOTR) this Spring.  As a running newbie, her goal was the final event to be held in early May:  The Girls On The Run 5k. Although I only dabble in running myself, I was hoping this would be something I could both share with her, and support her in.  So I, too, registered for what would be my very first 5k. I've been exercising, but I haven't been running lately.  Poor K had twisted her ankle earlier in the week, on our new trampoline.  So with that wrapped and hurting when the big day arrived last Saturday, we weren't sure how this whole "first 5k" thing was going to go down for us.  Was this going to do us both in? Alas, we were for a high-energy, motivating, fun experience quite unlike anything else we've ever done before! How did I not know this?   How did I not know how incredibly exciting and fun a 5k race can be?? Here are … [Read more...]

Family Fun At The Trampoline Park!

Last week we went to to our local trampoline park Get Air (such a great name), located downtown Grand Junction in an old commercial silo building.  Holy cow was that unexpectedly fun!  All kids go crazy for this place, and I had been there once before, but previously just watched.  Mostly because I'm too cheap to pay my jumping admission.  And it seemed like... you know... it was for kids. Lo and behold - Monday nights are "parents jump free" nights, so we made it an extended family affair.  And we ALL jumped, like Champions! I was surprised at what a total blast this was.  We had SO MUCH FUN!  There's something about doing youthful things like this, that you maybe haven't done or felt in decades (seriously, when was the last time your body got thrown up into the air?), that makes a little kid giggle involuntarily bubble forth.  Accompanied by a feeling of glee.  It's a good feeling! My entire family was there… my brother & his family … even Nanna and Grandpa came to … [Read more...]

I Play Like A Girl

It's a sad reality that kids can't play outside, all day every day, like they did a generation ago. In an effort to combat this, and help bolster her overall health, strength, and positive body image - we've looked for ways to help my 4th grade daughter find physical activities she enjoys. This year it's been gymnastics and Girls On the Run (which is an awesome program, she's been loving it!) Childhood is the ideal time to create habits that establish a healthy weight. According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, physical activity programs–like those provided by the non-profit Play Like A Girl–hold the most promise in reducing obesity rates among children ages 6-12. #IPlayLikeAGirl Play Like A Girl has been inspiring girls through health education, physical activity and sports for over 10 years, targeting girls across the 16 Deep South states where the burden of childhood overweight and obesity is greatest. They continue to provide girls the opportunity to find and … [Read more...]

Tips From My 6 Week Fitness Challenge

Because I'm tall, like to be active, genetically have a decent metabolism and don't insist on being model thin - I've never had to fret much about my weight.   For which I'm grateful, because the few times I've tried dieting I felt weak and nauseated all day, and failed miserably. Maybe it's that I've been sick with a respiratory bug since November, which leaves me drained and has reduced my exercise level to near zilch.  Or maybe it's that my age and body changes are finally catching up with me.  Probably both.  Whatever the case, I've definitely gained weight that's sticking around, this past few months.  And now that many of my clothes are becoming uncomfortably snug (sob!), I realized I had to do something. You do get to that point where you contemplate, "Am I done caring?  Should I just start purchasing the next size up, and embrace the new, squishier me?" Or should I fight? I'm going to fight. And I'm thrilled that my place of employment just decided to offer a "6 … [Read more...]

Death by Cartwheel…My Cruel Dose of Reality

As summer winds down, changes have been slowly settling in for me. As a family, we've been trying to enjoy the warm days outdoors. Recently we found ourselves at a state park with a fishing pond and large, lush-grassy area perfect for gymnastics. (Because hard as we try, we just don't have "lush-grassy areas" at our house.) So my 9 year old was playing one of the things she loves to play best: gymnastics, on that inviting lawn. Overcome by a spirit of whimsy, I felt the need to join her... and spontaneously launched into a cartwheel. A little background. I used to be able to do cartwheels effortlessly. But it's been a long, long time since I tried to engage in one, and I have a bad hip from a horse injury long ago.   So although I executed my cartwheel nearly flawlessly… it almost killed me. To the tune of a sharp burst of pain in my leg and hip, and a sickening “POP!!” sound. Holy painful, Batman! Subsequent googling on my phone came up with a diagnosis that matched … [Read more...]

Benefits of a Steam Room… Secrets From the Dinosaur Age?

Fortunately, my sarcastic eye-rolling is hidden in the mist... but I always think it's silly when people in the steam room think they're sopping wet in exclusively their own sweat.   Umm, hello - it's called moist heat.  If you'll notice, the ceiling, walls, and your water bottle are all "sweating", too.   Neat party trick.  I've also questioned the validity of the claim to losing weight by sitting in a steam room. So I've done some research, on various health, beauty, medical and fitness sites to investigate what a steam room actually accomplishes (such as this article from Body Building.  Hey, those guys are serious about their fitness stuff.)    As it turns out, this favorite relaxation activity of mine actually has numerous positive side effects - include fitness, health, and even beauty benefits. But first, a quick story on my steam room muse.  Anytime I need some blog post fodder, it never hurts to head to the gym.  Where there is no shortage of characters.  Especially in … [Read more...]

Winter Olympics & Citi’s Every Step of the Way Program #EveryStep

Nine U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Nine programs in need. A $500,000 donation from Citi. You help decide where it goes with just a click.  That's Citi's Every Step of the Way program in a nutshell. Citi's Every Step of the Way Citi, sponsor of the US Team for the Winter Olympics, has agreed to make a $500,000 donation to the U.S. Olympic Committee.  As part of their Every Step Of the Way program, they are asking fans to help decide where it goes. On their website, you can experience the inspiring stories of each of the 9 participating Olympic athletes, and hear what personally drove their selection of a worthy program to receive this donation. Contenders to receive the donation include U.S. Olympic, Paralympic and Community Programs that help future athletes take their next steps.  They range from teaching girls in Harlem how to figure skate, to introducing wounded veterans to sled hockey. Chose your favorite athlete, or choose the cause which most touches your heart... … [Read more...]