What's Going on Here?

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Things have been pretty peachy around here. A lot of fun, everyday things, caught on my camera phone, have been turning into remarkable memories. You know, things along of the line of your job getting an upgrade to manager and spending your evenings skiing instead of loitering in the living room.

Best things about this past week:

1. Got promoted to manager at my job. My title is now Web Copy Manager, and I am in charge of two highly talented interns. Thus, Hubster and I had reason to get dressed up and celebrate. Sangrias are one of my favorite ways to imbibe, on those rare occasions that I actually do.

2. Some days, you just feel like finding a hole-in-the-wall diner and eating there. There's something so luring about outings with no expectations of you or your destination. You get that down-home feel and backwoods prices. And it's been at least a decade since I've seen one of these rad dinosaur crayon holders:

And diners are the only place where it's acceptable for your kids to stack all the jelly packets, right? Oh, is that just us?

3. This idea fascinates me. The library in a nearby city creates these little reading spots where you can grab a free book. Isn't this the most charming little nook ever? Totally made my day.

4. My brother-in-law and nephew created this awesome snow fort at my mom's house last time we got dumped on. It has three entryways/exits. This brings back so many memories from childhood. Most of us up here in Wisconsin dread the snow. But you have a choice: move away, dread it, or embrace it. This is a perfect example of working with what you've been given.

5. Another way to avoid the TV trap: go to Kwik Trip, buy two loaves of 50 cent bread, head to the park, and feed the non-migrating ducks. Oh, and you know, check out the beautiful sunset while you're there.

6. Either we can complain about getting dumped on with loads and loads of snow, or we can go out and play in it. Plus, after awhile, you start to feel warm and don't get all bummed by that I-can't-stand-this-cold attitude. It's also a great way for the whole family to embrace fitness in a non-fitness-y way. The best part? Finding the most adorable little set of skis and poles for a four-year-old. I can hardly stand it!

7. I've been on a mission for months now to keep on trying new foods, and after a funny comment made by a friend about how I eat all these weird "tofu" things, I thought, what the heck? It was only $2 at the grocery store. It wasn't quite as gross as others had led me to believe. It had an egg white-like texture and egg whites are a staple for me. I tried the tofu in a teriyaki stir fry and it was just fine. Such a great alternative source of protein!

So, what have you been up to lately? Any particularly troublesome areas in your life that you've learned to embrace or have turned into something you love? Or any ways in which the ordinary has turned into something much better?

Personal Trainer Interview 2: Tamara Treu

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

In this second installment of my personal trainer interviews (read #1 here), I sought the advice of local trainer Tamara Treu, whom I have personally trained with. She teaches a boot camp-style class at lunch at work. The sessions leave you with that so sore-in-a-good-way feeling every time because they're always completely different and progressively harder. Tamara also owns her own personal training business in town, so I thought she would have great perspective on the real-life business of training. I was right! She offers some excellent insight.


"When I started my own business I didn't really know what to expect. Since then, I've found that the most important thing is truly caring about your clients."
Thanks for being here, Tamara! Take it away:

1. What was the driving force behind your decision to become a personal trainer?

Working out was always a hobby of mine, and I love the saying "if you do what you love, you won't have to work a day of your life," so I set out to do what I love. At the same time, I also wanted to help people with their weight loss goals, because I know all too well how it feels to be uncomfortable in your own skin. Being a trainer is incredibly rewarding. I love watching my clients transform.

2. How did you choose which personal training agency to certify with?

For me that part was relatively easy. My mom is also a certified personal trainer and she got certified through ISSA. She had no complaints and was already familiarized with the company. I trusted her recommendation.

3. How did you prepare for the exam? Any tips, tricks, or best practices?

Well it helps to enjoy what you are studying! I set a side an hour every day to read and study. I made sure to do the practice exam and all the quizzes, but most importantly I applied the info to my own life. I tried new moves in the gym, designed workout programs for friends, and started using "trainer terminology" in day-to-day conversation.

4. Could you give me an idea about what the testing day was like?
For me it was just exciting because I knew I had completed what I set out to do! And FYI, it is only one of many tests you will need to take. In order to maintain your certification, 20 credits of continuing education every 2 years is required. I just finished my certification in Self Defense this month!

5. How are you using the web/social media to build your online presence as a fitness professional?

Facebook is probably the most convenient means of networking, and a website is a must! But other than that I let my clients success speak for themselves! I don't do much advertising. My clients are almost always recommended by word of mouth.

6. Any health and fitness resources/research publications that you read daily or recommend? How else do you keep up with PT trends?
I'm addicted to Oxygen magazine and FitnessRx, I follow other successful fitness professionals on Facebook, and the required CEU's help to keep me updated as well. The other thing that probably helps the most is having a group of "friends in iron" as i like to call them. Others who share the same passion for fitness. We bounce ideas off each other and challenge one another to try new things. Last summer I tried Crossfit for the first time with a friend and loved it! Things like that keep my profession fun!

7. These days, there are a variety of places/ways to train—at a studio, in homes, in offices, and even online. I know you own and operate a training center in town and lead corporate workout sessions. What has your personal training experience been like? How did you go about building up such a great clientele?

I started off training in a gym which I would recommend all new trainers do. You can learn a lot about the business side of training while working in a gym and I also learned a lot from being able to shadow other trainers before I got my real start. When I started my own business I didn't really know what to expect. Since then, I've found that the most important thing is truly caring about your clients. There needs to be a relationship deeper than just being the one counting their reps. People usually struggle with their weight or health on an emotional level. It's part of the trainers job to help that person find the root cause of the problem.

8. What are your plans for using your certificate in the future? Any personal training goals for this year?
Currently I'm really happy with were I am. Eventually I'd like to expand my business somehow, but for now I'm just staying focused on my current clients as well as my own health and fitness. My goal for the year is to have all my clients reach their goals! I am going to continue my practice of self defense and will introduce that into my business as well.

9. What advice would you give to someone like me who is just starting out and studying for the CPT exam?

Have fun with it, don't stress, and stay healthy and strong!!

Thanks so much for your insight Tamara! If you're in the Fox Valley area, check out Tamara's personal training.

Show and Tell

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

C'mon, we can still have show and tell as adults in a virtual world, right? I think so.

Well, the story is that I was completely inspired by this post from Rachel Denbow over at Smile and Wave to make a quilt. I have never felt anything close to desire to sew a quilt before. I thought they were too fussy, too old-lady, too time-consuming, and all those other really bad stereotypes. Boy, was I proven wrong! Rachel actually made it seem doable to me--and stylish! I actually wanted to make one. If you know, me, that doesn't seem possible. But, on a quilting adventure we will go.

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The lucky recipient of my very first quilt is my little nephew who turns ONE this Sunday. I chose colors that were youthful, but that would still grow with him, the theme being yellows, greens and browns. Some of the pieces are leftover from a Christmas stocking that I made him, so it will have a special link. I used a 40" x 60" fleece blanket as the backing, so the size of the blanket also leaves room for him to grow. I chose a pre-made fleece blanket for my backing, because it's cheaper to buy a fleece blanket at the store than to buy fleece fabric by the yard. Go figure!

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I made my own binding using the "cheater method" that Rachel recommends. I am all about "cheats" and "shortcuts" when it comes to sewing, as long as it doesn't affect the integrity of the finished piece. And actually, making binding from the leftover quilt fabric is so much more amazing than just buying premade binding. It matches and it's so pretty.

Here is the final product, all bundled and ready to be presented to one handsome little guy. I hope he snuggles his face into it as he likes to do with other soft things. That would truly warm his auntie's heart.

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See that stack down there? That is the beginning of the next quilt I plan to tackle. I want to make a quilt large enough to fit our bed and warm enough for my husband's liking. He didn't even mind that there were a lot of pink vintage florals, as long as the quilt is warm. It will be three layers "deep," with the quilted cotton top, cotton sheet backing (rescued from the thrift store) and a plush fleece blanket for the lining. That oughta do it, right? Then, my Peanut has me on commission to make him a quilt too, even though his great-grandma already sewed him a beautiful one. Who am I to resist his request though? Warms a momma's heart.

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Can't wait for the next round of show and tell. It will mean that I have finished quilt #2. I mean, wow! I never thought in a million years I would be showing you a quilt I sewed. Anything is possible with the right motivation. Thanks Rachel!

Documentary: Food Matters

Monday, January 21, 2013

Have you seen Food Matters on Netflix yet? If not, you need to check it out. It's not one of those documentaries that shows the gory conditions of chicken farms or meat factories. It's actually an encouraging documentary about how healing food is. I heard about this through a friend, and I can't encourage you enough to watch it.

Food Matters

We all know people who pop pills as soon as they're diagnosed with something that they potentially have the ability to reverse. Instead of treating the root cause of the problem, they rely on medicine to fix it. How many more cases of diabetes or heart problems could we prevent if we all focused on good whole foods? This really hits me close to the heart. I want people to thrive, not just survive, trite as it may sound.

One tidbit I was shocked to learn was that huge doses of vitamin C were given to some cancer patients in a study and it helped! But the researchers were shunned from publishing their findings in any of the major publications. Even the information we get from rock-solid, research-based, scientific publications can be skewed. Wow!

I'm also enamored with the idea of eating as medicine. I've mentioned before that I've been sponging the material in this book. My mindset about food has completely changed since checking out The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth at the library. I mean, I knew fruits, vegetables and other whole foods were good for your body, but only in a really generalized sense. I would read about a vitamin or antioxidant here and there in an article, but never focused squarely on one food at a time, learning about all the healing properties that one cup of spinach or button mushrooms offer your body.

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I highly suggest both of these resources, even just from the library. Check out the Food Matters website too. They have some really amazing resources on there. Happy researching!

Personal Trainer Interview 1: Erica D. House

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Since I have decided to become a personal trainer, I thought it would be wise to pick the brain of some other personal trainers out there to glean some insight about the certification process and any helpful insider tips they'd like to share. I also thought that doing interviews on my blog might benefit any other readers out there who have any interest in becoming personal trainers themselves.

So, without further ado, meet my first guest, Erica House from EricaDHouse.com. She is a psychology instructor, ACSM personal trainer, and a certified intuitive eating counselor. She's a fitnesss professional with her own personal weight loss story. Take it away Erica:

1. What was the driving force behind your decision to become a personal trainer?

I lost 50 pounds a few years ago and became the ‘go to’ person people asked for fitness and nutrition advice. I realized that I loved helping other people reach their goals and I knew from being a college professor that I enjoyed teaching so personal training seemed like the best of both worlds!

2. How did you choose which personal training agency to certify with?

I had friends that worked in the industry and I asked them which certifications were the best to go with. The two I routinely heard were ACSM and NASM. I went with ACSM because it is the one I found my local gyms to prefer, but I have heard that both are the ‘gold standard’ in personal training.

3. How did you prepare for the exam? Any tips, tricks, or best practices?

I studied for the exam for one month. I had taken an anatomy and physiology class for fun a few months prior (because I’m a huge dork) and had a good background already in the nutrition side of things so I was able to prepare in a shorter time than suggested (which is usually at least 3 months.) I purchased the study guides and reviewed them for a few hours a day before and after work. I read through the chapters, created an outline for each one, and flashcards for the major terms/concepts. That took a few weeks and the last week I spent re-reading everything I created until I just couldn’t take seeing it anymore!

4. Could you give me an idea about what the testing day was like?

I lucked out and was able to take my exam at my place of employment (a university.) I arrived at the testing center and they took my purse and cell and sat me at an isolated computer area. The exam was all online and I finished in about half the time allowed. I was beyond nervous and the moment the test was over and I saw that I passed I was elated!

5. I know you are a psychology professor—I was a psych minor myself. I’m interested in how fitness and psychology might meld together. Is there anything you’ve learned about the brain or human behavior/motivations that would help in a personal training setting?

There is SO much overlap between the two fields. I teach a drugs and behavior course where I lecture on how to set SMART goals, a topic covered heavily in the ACSM exam. I also lecture on motivation and learning new behaviors in General Psychology and those concepts of forming new healthy habits are important when trying to engage new clients.

6. How are you using the web/social media to build your online presence as a fitness professional?

I actually started my blog with the idea that I would do in-person Health/Wellness counseling. I envisioned the blog being a way to recruit new clients and I didn’t expect that the blog itself would become the main focus! I now see my PT cert as a way to lend credibility to the writing I do in the health/fitness industry and I’m actually finally starting to work as a trainer locally next month.

7. Any health and fitness resources/research publications that you read daily or recommend? How else do you keep up with PT trends?

Every morning I check out Blisstree, Huffington Post Healthy Living and NPR Health Shots to look at the health news for the day. I love learning about the latest nutrition trends or fitness craze and I’ll save the best articles I come across to share with my followers on twitter throughout the day.

8. These days, there are a variety of places/ways to train—at a studio, in homes, in offices, and even online. What has your personal training experience been like? Or where do you see this certification taking you?

My first experience personal training will start in a few weeks at a local facility. I don’t anticipate ever training clients in their homes. I thought about it and the idea of having to travel and lug the equipment around didn’t appeal to me. I may offer online PT at some point in the future but I really like the idea of doing it face-to-face for now.

9. What are your plans for using your certificate in the future? Any personal training goals for this year?

My primary goal is to start my first PT job and learn as much as I can about the field to best serve my clients! I know what types of workouts I prefer (running, barre, circuit training) and I’m hoping to learn many other types (TRX, spin, …) as I anticipate many clients being interested in things I don’t have an extensive knowledge of (yet!)

10. What advice would you give to someone like me who is just starting out and studying for the CPT exam?

Start early! Set up a specific schedule for how much you’d like to have accomplished in a week and give yourself a bit of extra time still for those weeks where life just gets too hectic to stay on track. Also, spend some time researching online what your specific exam will be like and the experiences others had with taking it.

***Thanks so much for your insight Erica! I plan on using these tips as I head out on my own journey. If you haven't checked out Erica's fitness blog yet, you need to!   

Stay tuned for the next installment of these Personal Trainer Interviews. My next guest is a local trainer whom I've personally trained with and who owns her own studio in town. If you have any other burning questions you'd like answered, let me know and I'll try to incorporate them into future interviews. Leave a comment here or tweet me @StarBasil.

Big Announcement

Monday, January 14, 2013

It's official! I've purchased all the supplies to become an NASM certified personal trainer. I'm super excited. The materials are on their way and this is going to happen, because I'm finally going to make it happen.

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I don't have any plans of quitting my day job. This certification is something that I've been dying to have for a long time. I'm doing it for my own health, personal enrichment, expanded knowledge, more clout as a health and fitness writer, and perhaps online personal training down the road. I'm toying with the idea of getting a second job as a PT at a gym, but I'll cross that bridge later.

This was an impulsive, yet planned, buy that I know I won't regret. I will be entering a new decade of life in about 6 months (exactly the amount of time I have to take the PT test), and I wanted to do something big to take me running strong into this next decade. I kept thinking about how you never regret things you try, but you do regret things you never tried. I am not going to regret anything this time.

I'm so excited to take you along for the ride. I'll keep you posted on progress, testing tips, workshop updates, and how it's all going. In the meantime, I can hardly stand the wait until those books get here!

Birthday Banner DIY #2: Lace Doily Banner

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The second installation in my birthday banner series is the Lace Doily Garland.

Thrift stores are littered with doilies, and they are often quite reasonably-priced. I always wondered what I could do to rescue those pretty little lace things. I would never put them under lamps or use them as coasters like in times past, but I thought they must still be good for something this day and age. Enter, the birthday garland.

I happened to find a stack of lace doilies that were all exactly the same. This works perfectly for a banner, but I think it would look neat with mis-matched ones too.


All I did was measure a piece of white thread the entire length of the banner. Simply place the doilies side-by-side to figure out how long you need the thread.

I then started at one side and folded each doily in half. Once halved, I sewed big stitches across the top. These don't have to be perfect by any means, they should just do the job.


Continue on down the line until all doilies have been attached to the thread.


Leave extra thread on both sides to make loops for securing the banner later. I knotted mine in a loop.



Then, hang as desired. I made an actual "happy birthday" banner to go over the top using alphabet stencils and scrapbook paper, similar to my last one. I think something like this would also be pretty to use for DIY wedding decor too. Enjoy! Oh, and Save the Doilies!


Supreme 90Day Overview

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Say hello to my newest secret workout weapon: Supreme90Day

I ordered it right after my favorite magazine touted it as comparable to P90X, something I've always wanted to try but was reluctant to spend so much cash on. Lo and behold, Supreme90Day is super inexpensive. In fact, you can sometimes find it at some Big Lots stores for like $4. People, that's $4 for 10 workout DVDs. That's 40 cents each! Oh yeah, baby!!! For the value of this system, that is one heckuva price.


Let's get one thing straight. This system will bust your butt! In fact, if you don't have a strength training base to build upon, you might not want to start this until you do. I am a serious exerciser, and this still caught me off guard. This is not for beginners.

From a person who thrives upon change when it comes to working out, this 90-day workout system is ideal because you're doing something different every single day. This not only prevents me from getting bored but it keeps every one of my muscles guessing. I can already feel a change in my body. Carrying my son around doesn't feel as hard but my abs definitely feel harder! Push ups get a little easier, dashing up the stairs isn't as hard, and now some of my other workouts feel like child's play.


I'm currently on Day 15 of the system, working on this in conjunction with the Tone It Up Love Your Body series. Whoa! I started at Day 1 (again!) toward the end of December because I had a looong Christmas vacation to get a strong start. In fact, a friend and I just decided to head to the gym on our lunch breaks and we do some of the S90D circuits there. I started jotting the workouts down as I was working through the DVDs, so I can do them anywhere and I won't get off-track. Here's a glimpse at the breakdown (most videos pack major power into just 30-40 minutes):

Chest and Back: lots of push up and plank-style variation exercises, presses and flyes.
Ultimate Ball: prepare to work your entire body on the fitness ball.
Tabata Inferno: prepare to sweat profusely! Each circuit is performed 8 times for 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest. Some of the moves are strength-based (thrusters, lunges, etc), but you use lighter weights so you can power through them fast.
Shoulders and Arms: you'll be shaking when you're done and won't want to lift your arms. Lots of traditional and functional bicep, tricep and shoulder exercises.
Cardio Challenge: Another sweat-buster. And you won't do the same exercises twice in this powerful workout. Mountain climbers, plank jacks and burpees, oh my!
Legs: All different variations of lunges and squats abound in this leg circuit.
Core Dynamics: Sure, you'll work your core, but you'll also work your entire body. Don't plan on doing crunches, though. You'll be put through lots of plank variations and other powerful core exercises.
Total Body: Uses some exercises from the other videos and some new exercises to hit every major and minor muscle group.
Back and Bis: Many variations of what you'd expect with bicep curls, rows, and such. Some of the variations you probably haven't tried before. Also hits the lower back.
Chest, Shoulders and Tris: Again, many variations on exercises you know like kickbacks, push ups, flyes and such.

Every workout incorporates major core work. In fact, many of them feature a core circuit before getting into the regular workout. The pace is pretty fast though, which is good in a way because you're burning extra calories along with your strength training. But it can be difficult to keep up with.

You *could* do all of the workouts without a ball, but not without hand weights. And as you progress, you'll need heavier and heavier weights. Most of the time, Tom Holland shows you how to do the moves without the ball, but there are a few instances where he doesn't. I would highly recommend a ball. You can get one pretty cheap at Walmart.

In addition to the workouts, the system comes with a complete 90-day nutrition plan written by Tosca Reno. Be prepared for tons of lean protein like eggs and grilled chicken and eating every few hours. I am actually following the Tone It Up nutrition plan right now, but in some ways the eating plans are similar. Both emphasize lean, clean and green foods and eating every few hours. For those of you that don't know, Tosca Reno is the biggest public personality behind eating clean. If she wrote this plan, I put my trust in it. To me, it seems similar to a bodybuilding diet, which makes sense since Tosca Reno is a fitness competitor.


As long as I keep at it--and I plan to--I will continue to update you on my progress. If you're interested in learning more, please feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer.

*Disclaimer: I have no affiliation whatsoever with anyone or any system mentioned in this post. Nor am I a fitness or health professional (yet!). This post reflects my own thoughts and observations.

Green Tea Health Tonic

Friday, January 4, 2013

When life hands you lemons, make some lemon-spiked green tea. Of course!

Tea for two

Seriously though, lemons help your body absorb much more of the antioxidant catechin found in green tea. Don't take it from me, take it from this study done at Purdue. What do catechins do? They sweep away DNA-damaging free radicals, helping prevent cancer and the common cold.

Here's a recipe for green tea with a health kick.

Green Tea Health Tonic:

1 cup brewed green tea
1 slice fresh lemon
1 tsp honey
1 dash cinnamon

You know what to do. Mix it all together. Well, you'll probably want to squeeze out the lemon juice into the tea and discard. But you know that, right? I have plans to drink this regularly and especially when I start feeling under the weather.

Such a simple drink, but here's the amazing health scoop:

Green Tea: you already know green tea is good for you. But check out this article that outlines just how good it could be for you.

Lemon: As stated above, absorbic acid (vitamin C) helps your body absorb significantly more catechins from tea. Vitamin C itself is very beneficial to your immune system. Lemon is also used as a detoxifying digestive aid and has antibacterial properties. Read more here.

Honey: has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It could also hamper the growth of food-borne pathogens. The darker the honey, the higher the antioxidant content. Honey soothing for coughs as well. Read more here.

Cinnamon: Could help regulate blood sugar levels and fight inflammation.

Did I ever tell you that my little 4-year-old son loves tea? In the winter, you'll find us poring over the selection at the grocery store and trying new flavors each week. We have lots of fun with it.

We're really digging tea at our house this season. What are your favorite flavors/brands?  

Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or doctor, just an average person trying to eat and drink better. I'm simply presenting information as I have researched it, from what I consider reputable sources. Consult a professional before making any dietary changes.

Tone It Up Plan and Love Your Body Update

Thursday, January 3, 2013

I finally did it! After all the time I've known about Tone It Up and wondered about the Nutrition Plan, I finally bought it. It took the Cyber Monday deal they were offering (and some nicely-timed bonus money) to finally push me over the edge. I got a TIU hat, water bottle, journal, Beach Babe workout DVD, packet of PerfectFit and a TIU decal for ordering that day. You know me, I'm always searching for a good deal! But really, I'm so glad I finally did it. I didn't quite know what I would be getting, but it's well worth it.

First, with the wealth of health information and recipes out on the web, I didn't think I really needed to spend a significant amount of cash on this plan. However, once I got the plan, it was much more helpful and organized than I could have probably mustered on my own. You are given plenty of recipes and meal options for all six "meals" of the day. Plus, the girls have certain food groups timed throughout the day for optimal metabolism-boosting and sports performance. Every new season brings along new updates to the plan--all included for free! It's super exciting whenever a new update comes out.

The emphasis of the plan is on Lean, Green and Clean foods. In other words, "real" foods or the closest to nature-made foods as possible. So far, I've noticed that when I eat on this plan for a week and then indulge in "unreal" foods for one meal (i.e. taco or burger + cookie), I get a stomachache. I guess that could be a good incentive to keep eating as healthy as possible. This is how we should be eating all the time anyhow, so I don't consider it a "diet" per se.

You can tell that Karena and Katrina put a ton of work and manpower in putting the plan together. Plus, once you're part of the team, you're really part of the team. There are so many special "members-only" perks and challenges that once you sign up, you finally feel like part of the TIU "in crowd." I didn't quite realize what I was missing until I went all-in.

This week kicks off the Love Your Body series and I've been doing everything they tell me to and then some. Here's a breakdown of what we were supposed to do to prepare.

List 5 Things I Love About My Body

*I should've added: "Strong pain tolerance." I am so thankful for that. This was a tough exercise to do. It was hard to come up with five things and it felt vain, but really, it's good to be thankful for what our bodies can do. I guess I'm also thankful for strong lungs, powerful abs (my baby doctor almost didn't make it in time), and a kick-a$$ immune system.

Fitness Goals for 2013

Whoa whoa, what's that you see? Become a personal trainer? Yep, it's on my list of things to do before I turn a certain age (ahem) in June. NASM it is! I'll keep you posted. I guess since I've finally written it now, it must happen right? Good incentive.

Workouts so Far
Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: 40 minute Tabata Inferno on the Supreme90Day system + 20 minute barefoot treadmill run (we'll talk more about this later).

  • AM: 35 minute shoulders and arms on Supreme90Day
  • Lunch: 30 min brisk walk w/ friend
  • PM: 45 Cupid's Cardio interval run on treadmill w/ friend.
  • AM: 40 minute Cardio on Supreme90Day + 1 mile walk to work (in 20-degree weather)
  • Lunch: 30 min brisk walk with mom and sis
  • PM: 1 mile walk home + TBD

I already have plans to go with another friend to the gym tomorrow (Friday) at lunch for strength training along with cardio in the morning.
Pre-planning + Recruiting Friends = Success.


How are you doing so far this year? What are you Fit Goals for 2013?