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Out of hibernation

Out of hibernation

Yeh, I’ve basically been gone from this site so long that I almost forgot my login password. I have no excuses, except that


My days were long, repetitive, and I had no motivation to record the events of winter—or the dreaded third nine weeks in teacher talk.


Actually, this past nine weeks really wasn’t too bad.


No really…..I actually have no complaints. Well, I could do without seeing 3 faces daily, but other than that…  😉

Seriously, that job has had a major (positive) turn around in 2014 and for that I am beyond grateful!

Speaking of 2014….


Oh, yes, that is the reason I have been completely MIA since the holidays ended. My schedule has been ridiculous with new classes and new clients. Days that had me teaching 6-8 classes and training 6-8 clients in one day between my hours at school. That is beyond exhausting, boring, and repetitive.


A majority of the days I got home and immediately showered and got in the bed before 9pm. Can we say pitiful? A few days I made myself stay awake to watch this ridiculousness….can I please have those hours of my life back?! Oh, and will someone please slap Nikki and wake her up!?!!?


Yeah, the New Year rush was crazy, but I enjoyed every second of it. New people breath life into a repetitive schedule and challenge me to become a better instructor.  New members also provide the opportunities for new friendships and I am so happy that several have developed!


Now that the New Years craze has passed and spring is upon us I have reduced some of my classes (I’m slowly transitioning away from daily nights/two-a-days) and have significantly reduced my personal training load. A majority of my new clients registered for a New Year special (3-month) and they ALL hit their goals. Seriously, I should do a before/after with a few of my clients! It has been so refreshing to finally work with clients who were serious about their goals and not constantly sabotaging their gym efforts. With that said, I am not training anymore once my current clients’ contacts expire in a couple of weeks–and that’s my choice. It’s been a long time coming/wanting.

I plan to update more frequently, primarily for my own reconciliation of this new, better year. Yeh, I said it before, but I now have the time and motivation!

And just because it’s been a long time since they’ve been viewed by Internet strangers:


I’ll be updating more regularly, so check back soon!




Announcement: We have new pets!!! They are currently namelesss, so I am open to suggestions.

Ok, so I am not that crazy and I really don’t have ducks as pets, but they seem to think that they belong to us. Someone in our neighborhood gave their children ducklings as an Easter gift. ???  Well, obviously the ducklings grew up and they decided to release them into one of our neighborhood ponds. The very vocal, domestic ducks are so friendly and immediately waddled up to our yard. I go visit them daily and they love me!


While on the topics of pets…we have decided to get another cat (someday) and to adopt her from a local non-kill shelter. Yes, we could probably get a free kitten somewhere, but why not adopt a cat that is destined to a life behind bars in a shelter. Then again, the poor kitty may decide that the confined life beats living with Wowo… ha!!  I spent 45 minutes of my life completing their online application.


I felt a bit crazy answering such detailed questions about our life in order to get a cat!! I get that the shelter wants to make sure we are decent people, but the form certainly brought back memories of completing our home study for Baby B. That is a part of my life I don’t want to revisit.

Onto Jenn’s portion of the post: What I Ate Wednesday.


All teachers know that the end of school is CRAZY. Drowning in exams, final grades, papers found in lockers from October that kids try to turn in, irate parents, summer-itis, etc, etc. Real fun. Almost summer…breath.


Anyway, weeks like this mean that dinners have to be simple and quick. I use all my patience up during the school day and leave none for the oven.


The best appliance for completing that job is the slow cooker! Even better….use the slow cooker once and eat all week. Get ready for the most complex recipe ever. Dump 2 pounds (or whatever will feed your fam for 4-5 days) of raw chicken into the slow cooker and let it do its thing for 6-7 hours. Your chicken will shred just like a rotisserie chicken, but without the fat and salt. I promise no liquid is needed. You can use the chicken in any recipe calling for shredded chicken. Wow. Shocker. Philip’s been eating the chicken in a variety of sandwiches styles (BBQ, buffalo, etc) and I’ve been putting it on salads. Soooo easy!


 Onto Work Out Wednesday! Here’s my latest torture device  toy that I’ve been using to train myself  and clients.


Meet the BOSU Balance Trainer. For those that are unfamiliar with this odd ball (hehe) it is pronounced “Bo,” like the boy’s name, and “Sue,” like the girl’s name. Originally, the name “BOSU” was an acronym for “Both Sides Up.” It meant that the ball could be used on either side, the dome or the platform. Today, the term “BOSU” now means “Both Sides Utilized,” and is a mindful approach to exercise that is a step beyond traditional training (meaning no more stability training). It will upgrade any exercise/move you do. Here are some of my favorite ways to use it.

The BOSU actually has an app  with weekly workouts.

Warning: you never get use to it! It’s a constant challenge and a great indicator of core strength. Good luck and try not to do this the first time you step on it!


Does anyone have any fav BOSU moves?  What about cat name suggestions? We like people names that can be shortened to cute nicknames.