How to Build a Home Gym for Under $50

If you use your gym membership, great. But if you don't, you're throwing away that money each month. While you could create a home gym for as little as $25, if you have a little more money to spare, you can build a gym for the one time cost of $50. That beats out a monthly charge. I built my home gym over time, and you can totally do the same, which means that as you budget grows, so can your home gym. In no time you will have a fully stocked gym, and you can avoid the budget suck that an outside gym may cause. The items listed below are a great addition to any home gym and all provide you with an array of workouts that you can do at home but or on the go. ...more

Kids and 5Ks: When Your Child Wants to Run

The elementary schools in our area have a spring program called "Just Run" for kids in grades second through fifth. They train throughout the spring to run a 5K at the end of May. My son wanted to join, and he wanted his Dad and I to help. I'm not a runner. I love to exercise, such as weights or cardio for fun. I play soccer with the old fart soccer parent league in the summer. We preach being physically active. But running is not my thing. But how many years do I have left of my son actually WANTING us to join him? So, there we were. ...more
Isn't it so amazing to see our children achieve something?! My 9 year-old just started running ...more

Perseverance: Running My First Road Race 

I thought about quitting. I mean, it would be easy enough to veer left to my cottage and bury my shame in a plate of bacon. I could even pretend I had a leg cramp and do some fake stretchy thing then limp back to where the race began, moaning about potassium levels. But I didn't. ...more
Loved your post and could hear baby gazelle's hot breath chasing you down! Grand to know that ...more

How to Build a Home Gym for Under $50

If you use your gym membership, great. But if you don't, you're throwing away that money each month. While you could create a home gym for as little as $25, if you have a little more money to spare, you can build a gym for the one time cost of $50. That beats out a monthly charge. I built my home gym over time, and you can totally do the same, which means that as you budget grows, so can your home gym. In no time you will have a fully stocked gym, and you can avoid the budget suck that an outside gym may cause. The items listed below are a great addition to any home gym and all provide you with an array of workouts that you can do at home but or on the go. ...more

freakin. awesome. yoga

Sorry that I've been MIA the last week. I was prepping for a garage sale at my house and wow, I didn't realize how much work it was going to be!! However, we got rid of so much stuff and I made quite a bit of money just in time for Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale.   The end of a very tiring week was perfect because I had plans with two friends to attend Soul Pose on Sunday morning. It turned out to be just like the organizers said it would: Freakin. Awesome. Yoga....more

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What's In My Naturebox June Snack Box

My next Naturebox snack package arrived at my doorstep the other day, and I got really excited!  I have to say I love getting these monthly box deliveries - it's like a present at your door each month that you forget about until it arrives.  Who doesn't love that?!...more

The benefits of strength training

One of my goals in 2014 was to add more strength training to my workout regimen. Now that I have been consistently lifting for over a year, I can finally see some major gains. Besides the physical changes that have happened, I am now noticing a need to increase my weights at a faster rate, recovery is less tedious, and I feel great.If you aren't currently strength training on a regular basis, here are a few helpful tips to get you started.  ...more

3 Things To Remember When You Don't Like What You See in The Mirror

(Also published at She is Fierce!)Any surface, which reflects light and allows your reflection to be discerned can easily become your friend in need or your enemy in disguise.Mirrors are not physically harmful unless you use them as weapons. However, mentally they can cause excruciating pain when it is hate what you feel when you look at yourself through that piece of glass....more

Post run strength circuit

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning that the weather permits, we are all in town, and we aren’t feeling lazy, Sarah, Amy, and I meet around 6:15 am for an early morning run. Some days we log some serious mileage and others we end up drinking coffee and talking....more

Fitbit Tips

Are you at the bottom of your fitbit leaderboard?  Do your fitbit friends make fun of you because they take like a million steps a day and you take like four?  I feel your pain, gurl!  For those of us who sit at a desk for eight hours a day getting our steps in can be hard, I mean there are only so many routes you can walk to the ladies room, amirite?  So how do you get your steps up?  By doing any and/or all the following, duh....more

The Ultimate Stairclimber Is Outdoors

Looking for the ultimate stairclimb workout to get in shape? Forget the air conditioned gym, and head on over to Manitou Springs to take The Incline challenge. Located just outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado, The Manitou Incline is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Rising over 2,000 feet in less than 1 mile, this uniquely tall and steep staircase will get both your heart rate and adrenaline rising, too....more