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The couple that works out together….

It’s no secret that hubby and I love our time in the gym. Whether it’s bootcamp, weights, cardio, or circuit machines, we enjoy it. Even if we are not doing the same thing, we are there together. Working out together at the gym carries over into life outside the gym as well. Have you ever wondered why this is?


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It’s all about having a support system. Knowing that after a long day at work, we get to spend time together at the gym taking care of ourselves is always nice to look forward to. We have the common goal of getting fit and we push each other to reach those goals. 




It’s about being proud of each other. I tell everyone how proud I am of hubby. He has lost 30+ pounds now, dropped his body fat by almost 10%, and is not even close to stopping. I cheer him on every day because he has made big changes in his diet and how he eats. He is losing body fat and building muscle. Sorry ladies, he’s all mine. Don’t even think about it….




It’s about teamwork. We push each other. From the moment we met 18 years ago, we’ve been competitive with each other. Our story started with a bet at the bowling alley, whoever won the game would go out with the other. Well, obviously it was a win-win, but being competitive with each other is fun and keeps us going. Hubby has been my biggest cheerleader at the gym, with our challenge, and working out. Just like he spent miles and miles with me while I trained for my marathon, he is right by my side for this journey.




It’s about our bond. We’ve been together almost 18 years, married almost 16 years. We’ve been through quite a bit but at the end of the day, we have each other. After a great workout and he tells me great job, it makes me want to keep going. When we’re at home and eating a healthy meal together, it’s a common interest we are sharing. When we plan a Sunday afternoon at the gym, it’s about living life together. 




I wouldn’t want to go through this life with anyone else. Being healthy and getting fit together is just one of the many reasons I love hubby to the moon and back. My rock, my biggest cheerleader…


Do you work out with your significant other? 


Remember Me? An update…

Hi! Remember me? It’s been almost a month since I blogged and boy did it fly by.

There is much happening in my crazy little world and it has bumped blogging down to the bottom of my list. While that makes me sad, I have also been doing things I need to do. 

Back on March 1st, I got a new job. It started as part-time and quickly moved to full-time. And I love every minute of it. If you follow me on Facebook, you know how happy I’ve been working out at Gold’s Gym and how much hubby and I love going there. My love of being a member there turned into me inquiring about any open positions they might have. I lucked into the front desk position and it’s been so much fun. 

It’s more than just a job, though. It’s a way out of something I was tired of doing. Our family business, after almost 25 years, has run it’s course. I just can’t do it anymore. My sanity and mental health are too valuable to continue doing something so stressful. Gold’s Gym gave me the opportunity to turn that dream of moving onto something new a reality. It gave me the last little nudge I needed to take the leap – a big leap – and move forward. I am also very thankful to hubby for supporting me in this change – and noticing how good it’s been for me. 

That little change has prompted some other changes and we are working on making life easier, all while focusing on us. I couldn’t be happier at Gold’s Gym. I get up at 4:00 am, open the gym at 5:00 am, and work until 1:00 pm. This gives me time to run errands, work on Etsy orders, and do whatever else I need to do. 

Our 12-week challenge at the gym has ended and I am so proud of both of us. We turned walking into the gym with the desire to get back into shape into a REALITY. Hubby and I go to the gym at least 5 days a week. It’s a way for us to do something for us and spend time together. We have many friends there and our gym family continues to grow. Our trainers Greg and Ila pushed out of our comfort zones weekly, all while cheering us on. I have to say that had our trainers not been who they were, this challenge may have gone totally different for me. They gave me the drive to work hard and keep going. They also made me realize I love push-ups and sit-ups which is a miracle in itself.

Here are my challenge results….


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Because I am so much more than just numbers, I have to share the picture I took the first night of bootcamp and an end of challenge picture. Yes, my numbers are great, but I feel so much different than a 15.4 pound weight loss. My body has transformed in a way I really didn’t think was possible anymore. It has also helped my running and endurance, which we all know makes me a very happy runner girl.





The gym, the challenge, the trainers, and working out with hubby haven reminded me how strong I am, how I can do anything I can set my mind to, and how I am worth every single minute I put into myself. Taking time to be a better me is the best thing I can do not only for my weight, but also my anxiety. It has made a world of difference.




We are NOT stopping here. The end of the challenge just means that we keep pushing on. Hubby and I both set another 12-week goal for ourselves. My goal is to lose another 15 pounds by the end of June. We will continue to track our food, workout, and focusing on our goals. 




So while I have been away from my little blog that I love so much, I have  been working on me and that, my friends, is the best thing anyone can do.





Until next time…. <3 <3 <3

The One Where I Did Sit-Ups {Week 5}

Each week of bootcamp brings something new that I learn about myself or that I can do. This week it was sit-ups. And you would think I just learned how to grow money on trees, it makes me so happy.

I can’t tell you the last time I did a sit-up. And when I did, I definitely did not do it on my own, without someone or something holding my feet. But in bootcamp on Saturday morning, our weekend trainer Ila had us do a couple pretty intense circuits. Reverse lunges, spider planks, single leg weighted dead lifts, and more including sit-ups. And for those sit-ups, she wanted us to use a weight. I thought there was no way I could do a sit-up, let alone one with a weight. I grabbed a 10 pound dumbbell to try. 

I don’t know how it happened, but when she started that stopwatch and told us to start, I sat up. Just like that. And then I did it again. And again. Mid-way through the first set, she walked passed me and told me to lose the little weight and go for the 20 pounds kettlebell, to push myself. So I did just that. And I loved every second of it. 

What is it about doing a sit-up that makes me so happy? Because I didn’t think I could do it and I proved myself wrong in an instant. 

Moral of the story…. Never think that you CAN’T do something until you try. You never know what you are capable of. This picture is proof of that. One month apart and the changes are very noticeable. Four week of bootcamp, working out, and healthy eating. I really can’t wait to see what twelve weeks looks like!


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Hubby doesn’t say much about bootcamp but he is a ROCK STAR. I am so proud of him and his progress. Also, he pushes me on the days we work out together and I love it. I can’t imagine working out and getting healthy and fit with anyone else. 


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Challenge Week 5

Start of week Weigh-In – 183.8.00  (7.2 pounds lost)

Body Fat change – Down 1.8% in body fat

My lean muscle is definitely increasing and my body is changing!



Monday – Bootcamp  (full body), plank (4-week weigh in)

Tuesday – REST

Wednesday – 20 minute walk on treadmill, 6 minutes on Elliptical, bootcamp (full body), 4 laps outside (2 running, 2 walking)

Thursday – T-25 Cardio (25 minutes)

Friday – 15 minute treadmill run, upper body circuit, ran up and down gym stairs 10 times each with 10 pound weights, sauna, wall sits and twists, plank

Saturday – 25 minute treadmill walk, bootcamp (full body)

Sunday – 15 minute run on treadmill, leg circuit (leg press, quads, hamstrings, calfs), ran up and down gym stairs 10 times each with 10 pound weights, wall sits, sit-ups, plank



I’ve been logging for 35 days now (today is Day 36). Tracking food is always an eye opener to the calories, carbs, and sugar you are eating, as well as portion sizes. I am on a huge broccoli kick and eat it whenever I can. Saturday night we went out to dinner at Kobe Japanese Restaurant and I managed to order extra veggies instead of the usual fried rice and noodles. It wasn’t easy easy since it was being made right in front of me, but leaving the restaurant not overly stuffed like normal was a great feeling. They gave me a birthday cupcake and I had two bites. It was the perfect amount of sweet. 



12 Week Challenge Goal – 171

End of 2017 Goal – 145

The One Where I Ate Birthday Cake {Week 4}

In the fourth week of bootcamp, I turned 45. And there was birthday cake. And I enjoyed every bite I had AND I tracked it. That is a win, folks.




It was a busy week – birthday, Best Damn Race, baby shower, wedding, a massage on Sunday, and all my usual day-to-day stuff. I started the week with a great weigh-in and continued to push myself at bootcamp. I can feel my upper body getting stronger, especially when doing push-ups. And I am loving the leg press on non-bootcamp days. 

Bootcamp is hard and every class is different. Our trainer, Greg, does a great job of changing it up each time. He motivates and pushes each one of us, all while knowing that we are at different fitness levels. I enjoy every minute of class, even though I might swear at him when he is not quick on the stop watch and our time for each circuit. This is the first time I have ever done a bootcamp style class in my life and now I wish I had done one years ago.


Thanks for the fabulous tank top for my birthday, honey!


I ran Best Damn Race on Saturday – Corinna, Angie, and I ran the 5K. As is typical when we run together, we don’t run for time because we are chatting and laughing up a storm. But I could feel a difference in my running – my legs felt stronger and my breathing felt easier. Bootcamp is doing it’s job at conditioning me. At some point this year, I *WILL* set a new PR for a 5K.





Challenge Week 3

Start of week Weigh-In – 182.00  (9.0 pounds lost)




Monday – 15 minute walk on treadmill, bootcamp  (full body), plank

Tuesday – REST

Wednesday – 20 minute walk on treadmill, bootcamp (full body), plank

Thursday – 15 minute run on treadmill, upper body circuit, ran up and down stairs 10 times each, wall sits, plank

Friday – REST

Saturday – Ran Best Damn Race 5K (and had a whopping 19,395 steps that day between the race, a baby shower, and a wedding)

Sunday – 15 minute run on treadmill, leg circuit (leg press, quads, hamstrings), ran up and down gym stairs 10 times each, wall sits, plank



This week was a little challenging with food because of birthday cake AND attending a baby shower AND a wedding. I am still tracking my food every day and stayed within my calories three out of seven days. The harder we work out, the hungrier I am. I am doing my best to eat more protein-filled meals instead of snacking but it is a challenge with the calories. I will find the balance as I go along. 



12 Week Challenge Goal – 171

End of 2017 Goal – 145

This Is 45

Today is my 45th birthday and while it is so odd to think of myself that age, literally just five years away from turning 50 (!!!), I am embracing it.

Turning 45 feels much different than 44. This time last year, I hated the thought of turning another year older because I simply was not doing anything about the fact that I was unhappy in my skin. I had been gaining weight and would continue to do so until the end of 2016. I am SO thankful that I am turning 45 with a plan in place and on a mission to lose weight and get fit with my favorite guy beside me every step of the way.




Turning 45 makes me want to be the  best person that I can be. To face my anxieties head on and deal with them, rather than tuck them away and pretend they don’t exist. It makes me want to do things I’ve not done before, to continue to step outside of my comfort zone whenever given the chance.


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My 45th year is going to about CHANGE. I have goals in place and I am doing my best every day to make them happen. Not just fitness and health related, but LIFE goals. It’s time to not be afraid of change and dare to dream about other things. Like Birdie from my most favorite movie “You’ve Got Mail” says to Kathleen Kelly… “You are daring to imagine that you could have a different life.”  Although as it pertains to me, I just want parts of it to be different.

I have much to be thankful for as I turn 45…. A wonderful husband who loves me, cheers me on, and supports me in my goals. A mom who I am very proud of and who I am thankful lives with us. My brother Joey and his two boys. My brother Nick, his wonderful wife Jenna, and my fabulous niece Autumn in Seattle, who although I miss terribly, we keep in touch often and I know they are just a phone call, FaceTime, or text away. My blog that turns 6 this month and my little Etsy store that continues to grow. I have the craziest dogs ever and they drive me batty, but I love them endlessly. I live in a place that I love that has the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and oh that water… I am lucky to be in excellent health as I work hard to be fit. And I have some of the best friends and tribe a girl could ever ask for.

So, this is 45. I think I’m perfectly fine with that.