Back fat be gone

First of all, I owe you guys like 97 posts.



Not really, but I’m tired. And sleeping has been trumping blogging. Sorry.

IN THE MEAN TIME let’s talk about exercise.


So ya’ll know that I’ve been in a fitness rut approx. since I turned 18, and now that I’m getting married and don’t want to have arm fat in my strapless dress, sh*ts gotta get serious. I’m not talking drastic weight drop here – for the most part I’m pretty happy with the bod I’ve been given. But I’ve realized that there is basically  no reason why I can’t be in the best shape of my life right now. I’m 21. I’ve had no babies. I won’t be having any babies [soon]. I have time at night to exercise (not lately, really, but I guess I have time for Harry Potter marathons so I have time for exercise…I guess).

So why not, right?

Cuz I’m lazy, that’s why.

And, quite frankly, even though no one described me as “petite” in high school (OR EVER), I didn’t have to work at staying in shape then because I was dancing 6 nights a week. Yes, I was eating like crap a lot of the time and my sleep schedule was whack cuz I had just met this guy who I decided I needed to stay up until 2 a.m. talking to (turns out we’re getting married now), but I didn’t feel like I needed to hit up the gym because…well, I didn’t. I sweated plenty during all those dance/show choir practices, thanks.

Not to mention the fact that I was having a BLAST. Yes, it was exhausting, but I’ve always loved dance. And we all know, when you’re having fun, it’s not that lame.

An hour on the elliptical while watching Oprah, however? Lame.

Don’t get me wrong, I love me a lazy day, don’t-wanna-use-my-brain workout. I do. But for the most part I need to be all in and having a good time, or no way in hell am I doing it again tomorrow.

This is my extremely long-winded way to tell you I started TurboFire.


I’ve done a TurboFire HIIT workout before, so I already knew I really liked Chalene and her style of teaching. AND I like the idea that it’s a sort of choreography – so even though it’s difficult, my brain is turned on and I’m engaging, and the time is going much faster.

Funny story about how I bough the whole package – I’ve been playing with the idea for a while, but it’s not cheap. The package (a bunch of DVDs, meals, a measuring tape, a band, bonus workout DVDs, a class schedule, etc.) runs around $150, and while I TOTALLY BELIEVE IT IS WORTH IT, I’m poor. Not poor enough to not have an online shopping addiction (PayPal lovers, holler at me), but just-graduated-and-I-owe-the-government-and-the-Bank-Of-Dad-millions poor.

So Jeff, in his infinite wisdom and cheapness, told me to check BAZANGA, 80 dolla. I was basically ready to pounce on that.

And then, because I have ADD, I decided to log on to Groupon to see when my Picaboo Groupon expired (shiny object syndrome, stop judging).




I snatched that up so quick I got whiplash.

It’s a sign from God that He loves me.

Or that I need to get my back fat under control.

Whatever it is, game on TurboFire. Game on.

P.S. I’m currently on Day 2 and can’t lift my hands higher than my shoulders. Remember that back fat I mentioned? It hurts. I can feel my achey breaky back [fat]. Seriously.

P.P.S. This is clearly not a Whistle Worthy Wednesday post because I suck, but head over here to see what my sister’s jammin’ out to. See you back here next week. Maybe.



Water, Water Everywhere

Hello from the Land of 10,000 Lakes! I’m on vacation in Minnesota this week, and while I hope to pop in periodically, I’ll mostly be attempting to move my most viewed posts from my old blog to here. Hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane!

This post was originally published on February 21, 2012.

Did anyone else think of this video when you saw the title of this post?

No? Just me? MK and Ashley videos are my childhood!

Jeff is always giving me a bad time because I blame just about every ailment on dehydration: bloating, acne, exhaustion, out of control hunger. I blame it on a lack of H20.

Read any health and fitness magazine and their number one health tip is to up your water intake. I LIVE by this tip–it’s my favorite and SO SO SO simple! Why, you ask? Well here are a few water facts:

  • The human body is is made up of between 55 and 75 percent water
  • Lean people have more water in their bodies because muscle holds more water than fat
  • A person would have to lose 10 percent of her body weight in fluids to be considered dehydrated, BUT as little as 2% can affect athletic performance, cause tiredness and dull critical thinking abilities << see, Jeff!
  • Adequate water consumption can help lessen the chance of kidney stones, keep joints lubricated, prevent and lessen the severity of colds and flu and help prevent constipation
  • Benefits of drinking water include: weight loss, headache remedy, healthier skin, increased productivity, better athletic performance, less likely to get sick, fewer cramps and sprains, fatigue relief, better mood and less risk of cancer


So, water rocks. Even so, I’ve met so many people who say they can’t stand water. I don’t understand this at all (if you are one of these people, enlighten me!) but there are definitely ways to get your body some good ol’ H20 even if you can’t stand the stuff.


Water is often found in massive amounts in some really great foods! Some of the best? Mung beans, apples, pumpkin, cherries, citrus fruits, cooked oats, pineapple and cucumber. The bonus of these foods is that because they are chalk full of water, they keep you feeling full longer. Sweet deal.


They just starting doing fusion water in my school’s cafeteria and I LOVE it. If you can’t stand plain water, try infusing it with strawberries, melon, lemon or lime (my favorite), or cucumber (also delicious). If you’d rather not chop up a lemon every time you grab a glass, my grandma chops up a few lemons into pieces and then freezes them. They’re basically fruity ice cubes!

Other Beverages

Obviously it’s best to get your water as pure as possible, but don’t forget that other beverages, such as milk, juice, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate can contain water. Just be warned that some of the other ingredients can actually DEHYDRATE you.


Those Crystal Light flavor packets are a life saver if you would rather have your water taste like lemonade or kiwi-strawberry. There are some great options available, but check out the other ingridients before you buy: a lot of those packets may contain zero calories or sugar, but they may have aspartame. Yuck.

What’s your go to way to stay hydrated? I have about a thousand water bottles/cups that I constantly carry! It helps that they are cute, and then I basically drink all day without even realizing it.