Friday, February 3, 2012


I saw this post idea over at my friend Emily's blog {Trailerhood Aristocrats} who originally saw it at {Life at 7000 Feet}. It looked so much fun I just had to steal it.


Current Book: I'm trying to read/start about 3 books- A Visit from the Goon Squad by Egan; Dear John by Sparks; Moloka'I by Brennert.  I recently reserved from the library Firefly Lane by Hannah on CD for the car.

Current Playlist: Adele and a random workout playlist made up of songs from like 2 years ago. I am in dire need of a new running playlist.

Current Color: Pink! I can't get enough of it.  

Current Drink: Vodka Tonic with a splash of Roses Lime Juice or water.

Current Food: Sweet Potato Fries.

Current Favorite Favorite: The steam room at Lifetime Fitness. The NBA commercial... EEENNT! Preston and I love when this commercial comes on so we can say EENNNTT over and over again. It's also a good message.  

Current Wishlist: Tattoo. I need one right now. But I have cold feet. It's about time for new jeans. 

Current Needs: Groceries, fridge water filter, car wash and vacuum. 

Current Triumph: I have made it to Phase 2 in the Jamie Eason LiveFit Program!  Only 7 more weeks to go.

Current Annoyances:  Inability to stick to a healthy eating lifestyle. Major gym crowd. 

Current Indulgence: Chocolate. I need all chocolate to GO AWAY!

Current Mood: Tired from a hard workout {I wrote this last night}

Current Blessing: Very grateful for the life that I have.   

Current Outfits: I have been going to the gym so much I feel like I live in workout cloths. I am also obsessed with these black suede short boots I got on clearance at Target.

Current Excitement: The Super Bowl! Snow!

Current Link: Elle at {Prior Fat Girl}. She is such an amazing writer and storyteller. Skinny Runner who is very sarcastic and pretty rootin-tootin funny.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Running for a Reason

E and I started Phase 2 of Jamie Eason's Live Fit Trainer. The main difference of Phase 2 is we finally get to add in cardio! Some days it's a relief and other days in annoyingly hard and frustrating. Right now we are working out a total of 6 days a week; lifting and then doing 30 minutes of cardio 4 times a week and doing the most crazy leg workout 2 times a week.

Our first run on Monday we were a little too excited and ran way too fast not paying attention to our heart rate. The second day we monitored our heart rate more, but struggled. It wasn't until we learned that there is a way to calculate the fat burning zone in which your heart rate should be at that it started to make sense.

I read that you take your age minus 226 (for women)  to get your maximum heart rate. Then you take that and multiple it by 60% to get the lower range of your fat burning heart rate zone and 70% to get the upper limit.

Finally, some reasoning on why we are running at the pace we are running at. I am looking forward to the cardio session tomorrow so I can closley monitor my heart rate to make sure I stay in the fat burning zone. There is not way I want to run 4 days a week for funzies. If I am going to run after a hard workout I want to make it count!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Exercising Augusta & Harley

Tonight I had the brilliant idea of training the dogs to run on the treadmill. I figure they like to run,  running on a treadmill is running, easy peasy. Right?


The first session was horrific. Both dogs freaked out and could not understand what I was doing to them. I even tried to bribe them with carrots. No dice.

I was very close to giving up, but decided to Google how to train a dog to walk on a treadmill. After watching millions of You Tube videos and seeing all breeds of dogs mastering it, I decided to try it one more time.

This time around I was more relaxed as the trainer. And believe it or not they both did a millions times better. I still had to bend over {read quads burning like crazy for about 20 minutes after a crazy leg workout} and put my hands behind each of their front legs to keep them going, but their steps eventually become more natural.

At one point Harley come over to the treadmill and starting linking Augusta cause she was doing so good {obviously my human interpritation}. It was actually really sweat. :)

They haven't perfected it yet and we are still at a 1.0 speed, but we seem to be making progress. I can't wait to try it again tomorrow. This is going to be a good addition to their open space runs.

And the best part is, they are both worn out snoozing! Mission accomplished.