Carb Loading for the Half Marathon

Good morning! It’s just a few days before my half marathon so I researched carb loading. I have no idea if I’m doing it right, but it’s kind of a relief to stop worrying about macros and calories for at least a few days. Here is what I’m eating this week:


Sweet potatoes sliced up, sprayed with olive oil and baked with 21-spice seasoning. These are pretty tasty, although I’d have liked to get them crispier. I’ll work on that.



Whole grain pasta with veggie sausage. The pasta sauce has two servings of veggies per half-cup, but I still added in some spinach. This was really tasty and I’ve made enough for the dinner every night this week.  It’s cheap, too – with coupons, the pasta was $1.17 and the sauce 40¢.

Today’s run:

29 Oct run

I popped on the treadmill while my sister and her husband did Plyometrics from P90X. I joined them for the cool-down and stretch and boy did I need it because my calves were SORE. From what, who knows, but the stretch helped a lot.

What are you having for dinner this week?


Only a couple of days left! P90X Challenge pack is on sale until October 31



Sunday Social

Good morning! Hope your weekend is relaxing and you’re revved up for a new week.


1. What do you value most in life?
Health. My health is something that I’m constantly trying to improve, hence all the workouts and Shakeology-touting. Yes, I’m selling stuff, but if you haven’t got your health, what have you got?


2. What do you think is the greatest invention in your life and why?
P90X – This exercise program completely changed my life. if not for that, I’d probably still be slow, sluggish, lethargic, depressed, with my weight creeping up more and more every year…now I’m happy, healthy, and I love to exercise.


3. What do you think is the secret to a good life?
HEALTH. (sensing a theme here?) Everything else falls into place after this, because love, happiness, success, family, friends all mean very little if you’re not healthy enough to enjoy them.


My brother-in-law took this photo of me when I finished a 10K!


4. What would you most like to be remembered for when you’re gone?
I’m planning to outlive all y’all, so this question is moot!

5. What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?
Ask me again after November 3, Half-Marathon Day



Fitness Friday – “What’s Your Excuse”?

Maybe I’m a hater, but I kind of understand the sh!tstorm resulting from this photo:

Maria Kang

Yes, Maria Kang is a beautiful woman. Yes, she’s got a smoking hot bod that she should be proud of. Yes, it’s almost unbelievable that she manages to maintain that figure with three small children. No, she absolutely does not deserve the personal attacks I’ve been reading in the blogosphere.

I’m sure she worked incredibly hard to be in that great of shape. She’s probably made all kinds of sacrifices to exercise, eat right, make time for such a healthy lifestyle. But why the word “excuse”?


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The word “excuse” is positively loaded with judgment. The implication there is that if anyone that doesn’t look as fantastic as she does, it’s merely because she isn’t trying hard enough. That kind of approach might work for teenage boys that want to make varsity, but in the adult world, there are tons of reasons why we’re overweight, overwhelmed, and kind of pissed off when someone blames it all on our “excuses”. Look, I wake up at 4:30am 6 days a week to work out, and I’m still annoyed with the word “excuse”. Why not caption this photo with “Hard Work”? or “You Can Do It Too!”? or “Living the Best Life I Can”? or even “HaHa, High School B!tches”?

I totally get that this lady is proud of herself – If I were her, I’d be flaunting that figure too. I just don’t know why she has made her accomplishments our failures by suggesting that we don’t have that physique because of an “excuse”. What a great opportunity she had to offer support, encouragement, and solutions.

But never fear, I am here to step into the breach! We all have excuses reasons we don’t exercise, but maybe these options will help you out.


Do you have a workout routine that fits your busy lifestyle? Tell us about it in the comments!


 Don’t forget! P90X Challenge pack is on sale until October 31


Fitness Friday – P90X again and again

Happy Friday! Today’s workout was P90X Legs & Back – I am one wobbly woman after that. Squats, lunges, pull-ups…and then of course abs. It’s pretty much a full-body workout.

P90X Legs & Back

So you all know how much I love P90X. I love it so much that I’m trying to make a living selling it to people now.
I wake up at 4:30am to get it done first thing in the morning and it really starts my day off the right way. I love P90X because I can do it at home or at the gym, I can use weights or bands, I can modify or go all in and it never ever gets boring. I even have my sister and brother-in-law here before sunrise to exercise with me.


If you haven’t tried P90X yet, why not?! The P90X Challenge Pack is on sale this month for $180 – that’s the series of DVDs and a bag of Shakeology and 5 P90X Plusworkouts (you can swap these out when you want to change it up a bit). Yes, it’s expensive, but I’ve had my P90X DVDs since 2009, so I’d say I definitely have my money’s worth.

I know, I know, I sound like a TV commercial BUT it comes with a 30-day money back guarantee so you really have got nothing to lose. Except inches, lethargy, cholesterol points…

Buy it here! Your entire life will change with this purchase, I promise you it will.

Have a great weekend!


Fitness Challenge Group starting October 7! Get a big jump on your new year’s resolutions!

There are ~90 days left until 2014. How about this year, we greet January 1 already fit? Forget starting January 1, let’s be well on our way by the time we ring in the New Year. With winter coming, you’re probably going to be inside anyway, so it’s the perfect time to start a home fitness program!

My friend Tracy and I will be hosting a Fitness Challenge starting October 7. You can use any fitness program you want to participate – obviously I recommend P90X, my all-time favorite workout program – but as long as you GET MOVING, you’re ready for this challenge! We’ll all support and encourage each other along the way.

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I was in a fitness slump a few months ago, but joining Tracy’s challenge group really got me going again and I know our group will do the same for you. To join up, Friend me on Facebook and I’ll add you. This will be a private group so we can really get down to business with our successes and frustrations. Everyone of every fitness level is welcome.

Monday, October 7 – mark your calendar and let’s get started!