Pat Tillman Run 2014.

I didn’t get to participate in Tillman Run this year.  Yes, I was bummed.  You see, I stayed home with our new addition, Ms. Smokey.  Anyhow, I wore my bright yellow jersey at home and cheered “our” team on!  They did fabulous!  S’s time was great, really proud of him.  Next year, the plan is to run it with him (the entire thing).  

Did you live in the Valley of the Sun?  Did you participate?  Over 30,000 people participated this year!

{Me at last year’s Tillman Run 2013}

{Smokey “modeling” this year’s bright shirt}
{A “sea” of yellow}

NOTE:  all pictures in this post are the property of Heather Pranitis.  
Please give proper credit if you use them.  Thank you.

Motivation Monday: 6 Weeks to a Flatter Stomach…Give me a 12 week Commitment!

I’m on a mission!  A fitness mission that is!  I am committed to getting back on track with my work out regime.

Adding arms and (more) abs this week.  I think my stomach is pretty flat, however, let’s just say that they aren’t defined like they used to be…ahhh, let’s say about a 1-1/2 ago.  But, then again, that’s what happens when you don’t regularly workout.  I’m back on the cardio program.  I made a conscious decision that working out needs to happen regardless of my work commute, stress level or lack of desire to simply do so.  Period.

I like working out.  I enjoy how I feel during and after.  I like the endorphins.  The high.  And of course the obvious…change in the tone and definition of my body.

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I’ve been conscious of what I eat and my lack of exercise since January 1, 2014.  Well, before that…but, you get the “gist”…   My meal portions were more than they needed to be.  I was eating for comfort.  Still do, but, more in moderation now.  I’m more “aware” that I do it.  Since I’ve adjusted my portions I’ve noticed that a few pieces of clothing are no longer tight.  Kiddos to me!  So, the “portion control change” to my diet has worked.  Now, I’m going to step things up a notch.   Oh, and I stopped drinking my “fountain soda” for a few months and drink make an effort to drink more water.  I’ll admit though that I have had a soda or two in the last few weeks…stress level  has been a little elevated.  A weakness for me.  It happens…what are you gonna do?!  Right…

{my abs, courtesy of  hot yoga, cardio and weights, in July 2012}

As we age, metabolism “changes” and things like  it’s not as easy as it used to be.  Shaking your head in agreement aren’t you…?  This happens to.  Each of us needs to accept it and move forward.

Alright, its time…let’s do this!  Here’s the ab plan I’m going to follow (below).  I’ll share the arm plan next week.  It’s a 6 week plan.  I’m committing to 12 weeks.  I am determined to see this through!

And yes, I’ll take and share current “before” and “progress” photos.

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Are you on board?  These are relatively easy ab exercises to do.  If you are unsure of how to do them go to youtube or google them.  I bet Pinterest has some “how-to” explanation for them.

Happy Monday!  Let’s do this!

Motivation Monday: Discipline.

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Discipline and working out.  A fitting topic for today.
It completely depends on your work schedule and commute time.  For me, a daily
morning workout is the only option
Morning workouts.  Up before sunrise.  Extreme focus, hot, sweaty.  At least it
involves a colorful and cute outfit, right? 
A great way to start the first hour of the day.  It’s drive.  It’s focus.  It’s discipline.  
No, evening workout you ask? 
Every now and then, if time permits, a short Rodney Yee yoga video ends my day. 
With that being said, hot yoga is being added back into the mix at least once a week.
Achieving my morning workout goal is the only way to go!  …Goals + Discipline… 

Let’s Workout: Ab Challenge.

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I’m back at it, again.  Workout regime and challenge.  Yep, sometimes you just need a re-boot and have to start over.  I started over with my workout regime, again, yesterday – February 25, 2014.  This post is a re-post from last May and I wanted to share it again.  Here goes…it is a post devoted to abs.

Ok, I’ll admit it – I’m an ab fanatic.  I’m obsessed.  Truly, I am.  It’s a definite obsession for me.  It’s officially, official.  A personal obsession, of abs alone (other people), and my abs specifically in this post.  It’s a lot of hard work.  And I admire others’ hardwork.  I’ve put in a lot of work overall on my own.  It isn’t just a workout and ab exercises but eating right as well.  And if you know me personally, you know this post is oh so true!  I bet your laughing right now too!

On a side note, I think Joe Manganiello’s abs are incredible.  You know Joe.  Trust me you do.  Joe from True Blood, Magic Mike, Spiderman, What to Expect When Your Expecting. 

Long story short. I’m including an ab workout from Back on Pointe – a challenge if you will. to start you off in the right direction.  Here goes…

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Alright, it’s your turn to admit your workout “obsession”…  Do tell.

By the way, have you picked up a copy of Joe’s new book…?  I have do.  It’s on my Kindle Fire HD and I do read it while I’m on the elliptical.

Lingerie: Adore Me.

Espanola Push-Up

Have you heard of Adore Me?  It’s an amazing online lingerie company.  It’s genius.  Let me explain why and how it works.

You take the quiz, a showroom is created especially for you based on your selections, then you shop.  Sounds pretty cool, right?  I thought so.

{Gayle Push-Up}

There’s 2 different ways it works.  You can become a VIP member or just pay as you go.

{from Adore Me site}

As a VIP member, the set’s are $39.95 each or per month, and the first set is $24.95.  A special discount to get you started.  Each month they’ll email “your” showroom.  If you don’t see anything you like just skip the month and a credit remains on your account.  Keep in mind its free shipping and free unlimited exchanges too!

If you opt for the pay as you go plan the sets are $49.95 each.  How about one of my faves, Liv Unlined, to your right?!  Sexy, sporty and romantic all-in-one!

It was a no brainer to me, I became a VIP member.  And let me just say that the sets come beautifully wrapped.  Just wait, you’ll see.  Go ahead, click here and get started.  You’ll enjoy it!  It’s well worth the expense, trust me.

Oh, and they have more than just bras and panties too!  Adore me has a little bit of everything from corsets to sleepwear to swimwear to legwear and I think it’s amazing that they offer their beautiful lingerie in plus sizes.  Something for everyone, no matter what the taste.

Every gal needs a little treat now and again.  I say make that treat something feminine, sexy, lacy,  and silky…why not?  And why not do it monthly, with Adore me

Visit my Pinterest for a few of my Adore Me faves! 

Let’s Workout: Running for Beginners.

Early last year I was inspired to begin running.  I’ve had ups.  I’ve had downs.  I’ve stopped.  I’ve re-started.  Most importantly I was challenged.  In a very major way.

I’m starting again.  I found this “Running for Beginners” schedule over at Back on Pointe and thought I would re-start and try it out.

Let me know what you think?  Do you run?  Any tips?

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Motivation on a Monday: Meditation and Yoga.

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Back to the basics.  Yep, that is where I am headed.  Sometimes it’s the only thing in sight.

I’m back to working out in the morning.  By working out I mean – run a mile on the treadmill and do my abs exercises.  My goal is to run a solid, complete mile and step it up a notch to 1.25, then 1.5, etc.  You get the hint.  I ran for 6.4 minutes and had to walk for a minute.  Wow.  Little did I know it would be a challenge yet again.  This is what happens when you stop your workout routine for a bit.

I’m adding evening yoga.  In my yoga studio, aka the bedroom.  Two weeks ago, I did yoga for 30 minutes in the evening after my hour long commute and it definitely took the edge off.  Let’s just say I’m sure my boyfriend was pleased as well.

It’s important to point out that it’s not just the running or yoga it is what comes along with it.  The overall experience.  What I feel as I do it and how I feel after.  Correct?  You know what I mean? 

At 6 a.m., I’m still not awake so, I stretch my legs real quick, pop the ear buds in my ears, hit play and start the treadmill.  Then I turn on the TV and mute it.  Typically, in that order as well.  Funny, I know.  But, it’s the honest to goodness truth!

My commute home is a pain in the butt sometimes but, I have to do it.  So, I get home between 6:25-6:45 p.m. and then head right upstairs to change and get my “yoga” on!  After I kiss the boyfriend and say a quick hello.

I like the breathing, repetition, poses.  Come on the benefits of yoga are endless!  The yoga videos that I watch have an inspirational setting and I listen to that – the poses are explained in addition to a little extra motivation for focus and breath.  Candidly, I love it.  I’ll do another post this week on the instructor and videos that I watch as I’d love to hear your feedback.  However, I do wish that my schedule allowed for the “occasional” hot yoga class… Wishful thinking on my part…one day soon.  Hopefully.

Any who, it back to the basics.  Mind, body and spirit.  I need my zen back.  In order to get it – I’m going back to the basics: meditation and yoga.  It’s a no brainer, right?!

What about you?  Do you do meditation and yoga?  What’s your zen after work?  Do tell.

Goal this Week. No. 1

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I have several workout goals however, I’m starting with morning workouts first.  Due to my work schedule and travel times to and from work – I’ve decided morning is the only option, period. 

So, wish me luck and think good thoughts. 

Today’s the day, the morning workout routine commences!  By the time, this post “posts” I’ll be on the treadmill already.

What’s your goal this week?  Is it a workout goal?  Do share.

Motivation Monday.

A question to ponder…  What motivates us?  Hmmm…
I think it’s a matter of the current priorities in our life and what goals we are trying to ascertain.  Does this sound about right?

For me, currently, I’m focusing on me.  I made a New Year’s Resolution for it to be the “year of me” and I’m working on that.  I mean this in a good way and not a selfish way.  I mean it with regard to mind, body, soul.  Also, it means minimize and/or eliminate the drama and stress I encounter.  I haven’t quite figured out the drama issue as of yet.  But, I do curtail it as much as possible and at times it is rather difficult.  The flipside of this equation is working out and eating right – a work-in-progress.  I reached a plateau with my work-out routine and my goal for the next 6-months is to step it up to the next level with physical results.  One of my goal’s is rock solid abs, a 6-pack if you will, and smaller hips and thighs.  Pretty good goals don’t you think?  And my motivation is the end result – the change in my physique.
So, what motivates you?  What’s your goals?

Hot Yoga Baby!

This past Saturday, I had the absolutely delightful experience of being introduced to hot yoga.  My sister has repeatedly asked me to go and I was finally able to work it into my schedule.  And I loved it!  I more than loved it.  It is absolute heaven, period.  It was a definite a-ha moment for me because I was actually able to “press” the clear button.  I thought of nothing else other than me and my purpose for that class.  The intensity was surreal, as was the focus on my breathing and movements (muscle control).
I wasn’t prepared for the “hey, I’m drenched feeling about 10 minutes in” but, I survived it.  It was actually quite welcoming.  Literally, from head to foot you are soaking wet — the entire class!  Yes, I’m serious folks.  Now, if you’ve experienced hot yoga then you know exactly what I’m talking about.  The room is set roughly 105 degrees.  And it’s this hot when you walk in the room (or there abouts).
Now, I will share that the yoga kicked my butt on Saturday.  I felt so relaxed after I got home.  I showered, hydrated and just chilled (aka sat on my couch watching a few episodes of 24).  I drank about a gallon of water and 1-1/2 big bottles of Gatorade for the electrolytes.  I needed to replenish everything I sweated out, literally. 
On a side note, lately, I’ve been looking to switch up my workout and step-it to the next level – I definitely feel that hot yoga will help me reach that level.  Round 2 is tonight and I cannot wait!
Happy Monday!
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Wanderlust Wednesday.

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Sometimes “me” time is needed.  It’s important that each of us do this. Period, no exceptions. 

Today, I want to forgot about my growing to-do list.  I want to focus on my mind, body and soul.  A morning run would be mighty nice, complete with a fabulous playlist.  Let’s add some weights and stretching.  My zen time if you will.

After my snazzy morning workout I’d love to sip a cup of coffee with a dollop of cream and read.  Nothing else, just read.  No interruptions please.  At least for a few hours…

What about you…?  If you could have a few hours of “me” time today how would you spend it?

Happy Hump Day!

Motivation Monday.

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My back no longer hurts.  Thank goodness.  I tweaked it about 2-weeks ago “while” working out at the gym and then aggervated it at when I lifted a box.  Not a good move, especially, considering I was on a roll with my workout regime.

Tomorrow, I’m back at it.  WOOHOO!  I will do a 12-minute run with 3-minute cool down, lift weights, and do this little number…  Looks pretty good, right?  Anyone else jump starting their workout regime tomorrow? 

Have a great day!

Climbing Camelback.

This past Sunday the sis and I climbed Camelback Mountain (Phoenix, Arizona).  It was my 3rd time and Mel’s first time.  We started right after sunrise and it was a crisp, cool, and windy climb.  We had a lot of fun.  It was a bit intense at times and of course challenging.  But, we made it to the top! 

The railing climb from afar…

We started early to avoid the crowd and thankfully we did.  We encountered a bunch of hungover, crazy frat boys and of course the regulars.  And amazingly enough there were a lot of doggies climbing too.

Ok, the particulars…  Camelback Mountain hike or as I like to call it is a “climb”.  Yes, it truly is and I’m definitely feeling it today.  From start to finish the climb is 1-1/2 miles and it took us 2-1/2 hours round trip.  There are two portions that are pretty much completely vertical and you need to use the railing to climb it.  And then the other parts you have to step-up rocks and/or boulders to move up (obviously).  I’m 5′ 6″ and the sis is 5′ 1″ so at times it was a bit challenging for her to step-up however she rocked it.  We did stop a few times for water breaks and “just” to break.  It was pretty intense.  Oh, and on the way back down I slipped and caught myself and cut my finger.  Nice, huh?!  I didn’t bring any band aids with me so I had to deal with it.  Oh, but at that point I did put on my workout gloves.  Don’t ask “why” I didnt’ already have them on.  Just don’t. 

We learned a few things for our next climb…  We are both going to purchase the “hiking” fanny pack.  It will be so much easier to climb with something that sits low on your back rather than a criss-cross bag that we both had on.  We brought to much water.  I was worried that we wouldn’t have enough.  We each had 2 bottles (33.8 ounces) each and a low-calorie Gatorade (just in case).  I packed 2 power bars and trail mix bars too.  And thank goodness I brought tissues we both needed them.  Next time I’ll pack a band aid or two just in case.  We brought our ID’s, chapstick, our phones, and Mel (of course) brought her camera – I don’t think she leaves home without it.  She really doesn’t – she is always taking photos, always.

Anywho, we had a fabulous time and we are both looking forward to climbing Camelback monthly and/or mixing it up with some other mountains here in town.  Note: the pictures below are out of order.  But, enjoy “our” climb!

A stop along the way…water break and an obvious photo-op.

Climbing up…it’s pretty much vertical.

I wasn’t paying attention and walked behind “one” of these…boy did my sis let me know.  I seriously didn’t realize.

I told Mel to turn around for a picture…I got quite a look.  However, I must say she rocked it.

The climb “up” the railing.

This is an awesome pic!  It was super duper windy.

Mel and I on top of the world!

Our reward for climbing to the top!

Me taking photos with my new phone.  Love it!
This was not fun and happened right after we headed back down the mountain. 
And it gushed the whole way down, no band aids either.

As of Tuesday I’m still recovering from the climb.  My legs are so tight.  Needless to say I have not worked out since the climb nor have I gone to spin.  I’m hoping for Saturday morning.  The plan is to try out indoor rock climbing.

Have a wonderful day!

Today’s the day.

Fitness Model Jamie Eason

I’m going to begin working out again, today.  How do I say this…?  I sort of “stopped” for oh, about a month…  Yep, I absolutely, completely stopped working out.  I seriously did.  Anyhow, I am back on the bandwagon today.  It will be a hard start, but I’ll get back in the groove.  It’s like riding a bike, it all comes back to you.

Here’s the workout I’m going to follow today (see below), courtesy of pinterest.   I’m also including my “body” inspiration, fitness model Jamie Eason. 

Believe it or not I was half way to my body physique a few years ago and I got a little side-tracked.  However, I’m determined to get there. And I will!   Go me!  
Anyone else out there on a fitness mission…?
Do share.  I’d love to hear your fitness goals.  We can do this together.  Come on, let’s go workout! 

Workout Goal Setting.

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile you know that I workout.  And sometimes it’s a lot and sometimes it’s a little.  I take a few days off.  I don’t always stick to the plan.  Yes, I’ll admit I deviate.  Sometimes, one just needs a day off.  Typically, my day off is Friday (date night after work) and at times Sunday.

Anyhow, over the weekend I was reading my June (2011) issue of Oxygen magazine and found a really great 5-point list on page 67 titled “Making it through your day.”  And don’t worry I’ll share the list.  On a side note:  I have about 50 Oxygen magazines in a wicker basket so I thought it necessary to indicate which issue and “year” this is coming from.  Funny, I know but it’s the honest to goodness truth – you never know when you might need to change up a routine and you need something new – and that’s what the “stack” is for!

Tosca Reno is quite the inspiration to anyone that reads Oxygen.  And I found a fabulous book of Tosca’s in my wicker basket…The Butt Book.  And a very nice find indeed.  Don’t worry I’ll be sharing tips from here as well over the next few weeks.

The point is this:  sometimes my motivation, stamina, drive, ambition to work out is non-existent.  Seriously, this happens to me.  And I think it is absolutely horrible, don’t you?  Basically, some days I’m just not feeling it.  And I imagine this happens to others as well not just me.  I can’t possibly be the only one who feels this way.  Ah-hem…anyone time now any of you reading this can comment and reassure me.  And thank you in advance for reassuring me.

I’ve been drinking Shakeology (part of BeachBody) daily since May 24th, 2011 – 16 days.  And I really love it.  It’s what I have for breakfast every day and it really fills me up.  I’ve cut out soda.  I drink a lot more water.  I have 0-1 cups of coffee per day.  I still drink my Starbucks Iced Venti or Treinta Green Tea but I’ve decreased my classic syrup down to 1 pump only.  Yay me!  I won’t say its been easy, it’s been hard.  However, I’m determined to eat better, drink better, and be healthier.  And along the way lose some weight and tighten up a few “problem” areas.  I’m also contemplating getting the BeachBody Insanity Workout program (DVD’s)…contemplating it.  It’s…shall we say…insane – the workout is.  But, I’m so ready for the exercises, etc.  Over the weekend purely by accident I caught an infomercial and I absolutely, positively, loved the trainer/creator and the exercises/premise, etc.  It’s a 60-day program, working out 6-days per week.  Still contemplating…I’ll keep you posted.

Here’s Tosca’s list “…to increase your stamina?”

  1. Plan your meals. (check)
  2. Carry your food with you. (check, well sort of I carry a cooler with me to work)
  3. Put your training session on the calendar and keep it. (check, put on calendar today)
  4. Measure your water for the day and take it with you. (I need to work on this one)
  5. Never skip breakfast! That will make your whole day go better. (check, and I so very much agree with this one).

For more on Tosca check out and

Have a fabulous day!  I hope these 5-tips help you increase YOUR stamina!  Until next time.