Four Freaking Minutes

I’ve been reading a legion of articles on Pilates since I’ve taken a dogged liking to it the past couple of weeks.  I’ve learned enough to confirm for myself that this is a form of exercise I want to stick with long-term.  Wouldn’t it be cool if I were doing all this research to help... Read more »

Top 10 Health & Fitness Accomplishments of 2012

10.  I discovered the benefits of juicing.  Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to kick my proclivity for all things sweet.  And that’s just the tip of the benefits iceberg! 9.  I ran an 8-minute mile!  When I started I was “running” a 16-minute mile. 8.  I completed the Insanity program even though I... Read more »

A New Love

My workout schedule has been nonexistent for a while.  I wish I could say that it was because of the holidays, but it started way before then.  First, I cut back to four times a week, then three, then…  You can guess the rest.  I finished Insanity and was so physically exhausted (and proud!) that... Read more »

I'm Back...!!!

I’ve been out of town for work for months now hence the blogging hiatus.  But I’m back now…and rested…and ready to try every freaking fitness class in Chicago.  Except tap dance.  Is that a fitness thing yet?  I hope not. I’ve been working twelve-hour days and it was all I could do to maintain my... Read more »

Lessons In Running

Lessons In Running
I’m a product of the eighties.  Ergo, there are some things that I’m sort of contractually obligated to be obsessed with, and I’m happy to comply.  High-top sneakers, neon colors, leg warmers, blue eyeliner, Salt-n-Pepa, Electric Youth perfume, and high-fives to name a few. I could go on and on (The Cosby Show, D.A.R.E, Sweet... Read more »

Go Bright Or Go Home

Nike Women's Tight Track and Field Capris
Remember when I said that clothes matter?  I meant it.  I can’t find a decent (or indecent) pair of fuchsia shorts anywhere.  You know what else is a no-go?  A pair of moisture-wicking tangerine-colored pants.  They just don’t exist!  Please let me know if I’m wrong.  Seriously.  Please let me know.  If I have to... Read more »

What Doesn't Bend, Breaks

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I’ve been running and squatting and lunging and kicking…and well, you get the picture.  I’ve been really on top of working out consistently, but I’ve let one aspect of my fitness go by the wayside.  Stretching.  When I’m doing a workout DVD, I always skip the warm-up.  Yes, yes, the cool down, too.  When I... Read more »

Get Off That Couch

And just like that, we’re into the second month of the year.  Your New Year’s fitness momentum has probably started to ebb a bit.  I know my motivation has taken a couple of hits this past month.  Some mornings it’s just too cold to get out of my cozy bed at 5AM for a run. ... Read more »

I Hope You Dance

When I was about four or five, my mom enrolled my sister and me in dance classes.  Ballet, tap–that sorta thing.  A couple of weeks into it, Lois, the owner & one of the teachers, approached my mother after a class.  Lois told my mom that my sister had a natural talent for dance and... Read more »

Barre Hopping That Won't Leave You With a Hangover

The holidays are finally over, and it’s time to get back on track health & fitness-wise.  I don’t know about anyone else, but it’s difficult for me to just quit weeks of cookies, cake, and wine cold turkey.  Ergo, it’s the eighteenth of January and I’ve just now been able to walk away from the... Read more »