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MNB Challenge Week 2

Week in Review – Workouts

As a Sweat Pink Ambassador I am participating in the Move Nourish Believe Challenge sponsored by Fit Approach and Lorna Jane.

Week of the Lorna Jane and Fit Approach Move Nourish Believe Challenge focused on a topic near and dear to my heart and one that fascinates me with every new thing I learn. In fact, learning what I have learned about nutrition is going to change my future. Dreaming big!

Now, onto the Week 2 recap beginning with workout week in review.


Monday: P90X3 Eccentric Upper, Run 6
Tuesday: P90X3 Triometrics
Wednesday: P90X3 Yoga, Run 6
Thursday: P90X3 Eccentric Lower
Friday: P90X3 Incinerator, P90X3 MMX
Saturday: Run 6
Sunday: REST


2/10 Go Meatless – Skip meat today! 
Dinner was a Veggie Stir Fry with a side of sweet potato.  Yum!

2/11 TYLTW! – Take Your Lunch to Work today!
I take my lunch to work every single day. Forgot to snap a pic this morning but this is what today’s packed lunch looked like. Big Green Full-O-Veggies Salad with grilled salmon and a Vega One Vanilla Chai Shake for an afternoon snack.

2/12 Write it down! – Journal your food today and share your WIAW!
My weekly menu is my daily food journal. If it’s not on the menu I’m most likely not going to eat it. #WIAW Breakfast – Vega One Very Berry Smoothie Supreme with a scrambled egg white Snack – Marys Gone Crackers with 1/4 avocado (best snack ever!) Lunch – Asian Broccoli Slaw with Black Beans and Baked Tofu Dinner  – Veggie Stir Fry with Quinoa

2/13 Smoothie Day! – Happy Thirsty Thursday! Make a healthy smoothie today!
Started the day with my Vega One Vanilla Very Berry Smoothie Supreme!

2/14 Go Raw Friday!
Big Bowl Salad with Homemade Dijon Vinaigrette and a Seed Medley

Nourish at Move Nourish Believe


Move Nourish Beleive Recipes and you can download the Move Over Sugar eBook.


Understanding Your Overeating Habits with Dr. Libby Weaver
The Ultimate Clean Eating Shopping List
Beauty Is An Inside Job by Dr. Libby Weaver

Coming Up Week 3


If you’re like me and meditation is something relatively new to you check out this short Lorna Jane Video, My Active Life with Lorna Jane – It Begins with Believe


How is MNB Challenge going for you? What was your favorite challenge of the week?

Workout Recap and Menu Planning

Week In Review: Fitness and Nutrition

P90X3 and running pretty much sums up my workouts since January 6. More treadmill running than I would like but, still, I couldn’t be happier or feel better!

MONDAY: P90X3 Isometrix (aka yoga on steroids!)
TUESDAY: P90X3 Dynamix, Run 5
WEDNESDAY: P90X3 Accelerator
THURSDAY: P90X3 Pilates, Run 4.25
SATURDAY: P90X3 Yoga, Run 6
SUNDAY: Rest Day

Living Life With Intention – Fitness Goals

Run This Year Total: 96.75 miles
14 in 2014 Total: a very sad 0 races (with double digit negative temps and ice along with my son and daughter’s competitive seasons 14 in 2014 is starting out slow) No worries. IT WILL HAPPEN!
90-Day P90X3 Challenge: 28/28 workouts BOOM!

Nutrient dense power bowls have been my go to meal of choice lately. Even if a recipe isn’t a “bowl” I’ve been tweaking it to make it one. Easy, convenient and a great way to clean out the produce drawer. I’m happy with my decision to add fish to my menu a few nights a week! And for the record, I have perfected baked salmon with a variety of different no-salt seasoning blends. My growing confidence in the kitchen!

I also entered my first foodie contest, Simple and Delicious Skinny Nut Snack. Honestly, winning, while it would be nice, it wasn’t my goal. My goal was to enter. To step outside of my safe and secure comfort zone. I plan to spend a lot more time in the kitchen!

Living Life With Intention – Health/Nutrition Goals

Create 14 recipes in 2014: 1 recipe (Lightened Up Gluten Free Southwest Pizza)
#MakeAChange 21-Days Gluten Free: Success (update this week)

Protein Smoothie
Overnight Nut Butter Oats

Baked Sweet Potato with Kale Slaw
Arugula and Poached Egg Stuffed Sweet Potato
Mexican Chopped Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing
Gluten Free Veggie Pizza
Grilled Salmon Power Bowl
Tequila Lime Fish Tacos

Fruit Medley


P90X3 Fit Test

The “M” In S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Finally, today is the day! Day 1 of 90-days of P90X3!

When I originally started thinking about this post my plan was to talk about the “M” in S.M.A.R.T. goals and using a baseline to measure progress. I’m still going to talk about that but, as Day 1 got closer and I started planning my meals, taking measurements and doing the fit test I realize there was more going on than pounds, inches, and reps. As I’ve mentioned before there were a few rough months in 2013 with an extraordinary amount of stress that I didn’t handle very well, forced limitations by being injured, unable to run and just an overall feeling of unhappiness. It all caught up with me in how I looked and more importantly how I felt.

In all of that I somehow lost sight of what makes me happy. Chad has said, more times than I can count,

“you’re happiest when you’re doing P90X.”

Whether it’s the original P90X or X2 he’s right and the timing of the release of P90X3 could not have been more perfect. With the exception of when I am with my family, I can’t remember the last time I smiled and laughed as much as I did yesterday when I was doing the X3 fit test. A feeling I can’t really explain. It just felt right.

So, enough talking about feelings. I’m a data and research person and using numbers to measure progress is part of the fun for me. It’s concrete. You either improve or you don’t. Nothing ambiguous about it.

This is where I’m starting:


Pull Ups – 1/4 in
Vertical Leap – 5.2 ins
Push Ups – 23
Toe Touch (flexibility) – +6 ins
Wall Squat – 2:30
Bicep Curls – 12# 22 reps
Crunchy Frog – 35 (I realized last night right before I went to sleep I was supposed to do In and Outs. Not Crunchy Frog. Crunchy Frog will have to do.)


Weight: 110 lbs
Chest: 34 ins
Waist: 25 ins
Hips: 35.5 ins
Right Thigh: 22 ins
Left Thigh: 22 ins
Right Bicep: 11.25 ins
Left Bicep: 11 ins

I don’t know where the numbers will end. I DO know that I will give this 100%. I DO know I will do more of what makes me happy. I DO know I will smile and laugh more often!

What makes you smile and laugh the most? Have you ever felt like you’ve lost sight of what makes you happy? How do you measure progress?


Working Out While You’re Injured.

Down, But Not Out

First, a big


to everyone for their wonderfully supportive comments and emails about being injured and considering giving up running. Your kind words and encouragement brought tears to my eyes. So many of you made great points that I had failed to see.

I get the MRI results this afternoon. As of now, I know I can’t run. It’s just a matter of finding out how long.

I am not a doctor or medical professional. To avoid further injury or delaying recovery it is always best to consult with your physician or physical therapist about your specific injury and what activities you can and can’t do. 

Sure, there’s still the frustration, but I keep coming back to the thought that I’m down, but I’m not out. For my mental well being (and for that of those that live with me) I know that it’s best for me to find safe alternatives to keep moving and to stay as active as possible. After a conversation with my doctor about my specific injury and staying active I’m confident that I can come up with a plan that will keep me motivated and keep me moving forward with fitness instead of feeling like I’m moving backward.

Focus on what you CAN do!

Tips you can keep in mind when planning your workouts. If your injury is in your lower extremities — knees, ankles, feet, shins, or calves — try no-impact forms of cardio, such as swimming, biking, and rowing. You can also continue to do resistance-training focusing on your upper body, such as shoulders, back, chest, arms and abs.

If you’ve sustained an injury in your upper body you can do high-intensity lower body cardio like running, step aerobics, jumping rope, elliptical machine, spinning, and so on. You can also continue to do strength exercises focusing on your lower body, such as lunges, squats, leg presses, and dead lifts.

I love trying new things. Some are great and others not so much. But, this is not the time to try something new. I need to do what I know I will enjoy and what has brought me the most success. For me that’s P90X. There are 4 or 5 DVDs of the set focusing on the upper body that I can safely do without modification. That is where I’ll start. I have a few ideas for cardio keeping in mind that Chad is not going to let me have a pool built! I also have a few options for lower body strength training. I’ll know for sure after my appointment today if what I have in mind for lower body is doable and ok’d by the doctor.

8/19-8/25 Training Plan

Monday: Chest and Back, Ab Ripper
Tuesday: Cardio (?)
Wednesday: Shoulders and Arms, Ab Ripper
Thursday: Yoga, Cardio (?)
Friday: Legs (?), Ab Ripper
Saturday: Yoga, Cardio (?)

I’m linking up with Jen at Marathon Mom for Marathon Monday.

What is your plan for staying active this week? What is your love-to-do and most successful workout?


What’s Beautiful Goal No. 2

Redefine the Female Athlete with Under Armour

The fine print: Per FTC guidelines I have to first tell you that this post is sponsored by Under Armour through FitFluential. Now. On to the fun stuff.

I’ve mentioned before that this competition has turned out to be so much more than a sponsored campaign, from creating a vision board that will sit on my desk long after the competition has ended to the inspiration of the athletes that will continue to inspire and a series of blog posts that leave a lasting impression and something to think about. This competition will end with anticipation for joining again next year.

Last weekend I accomplished my What’s Beautiful goal race and I can say, without a doubt, it was one of the most amazing running experiences ever! I shared the recap here, Running a Team Event. Not an Individual Race.

What’s next? I have decided on a What’s Beautiful goal #2. I don’t remember the exact number but when I completed 90 days of P90X I could do more push-ups than ever before. Then, when I completed P90X2 I was able to do 5 4-medicine ball push-ups (You Tube Video). It didn’t take long to learn that both of those accomplishments can only be maintained if you, of course, do push-ups regularly. No, I’m not going to do P90X again (yet) but what I will….

Within 30 days I will do 20 regular push-ups and progress to 10 medicine ball push-ups.

I will declare a goal and CRUSH IT!

Why this goal? 

  • I wanted a non-running goal that could be accomplished with training for my next goal race.
  • Every time I look at the 4 medicine balls in my workout room I tell myself you bought them. Now, use them.
  • I went from totally avoiding push ups to it being a favorite part of my workout.
  • Honestly, being able to do the medicine ball push-ups made me feel like a bada$$!

 Do you like push-ups or avoid them? Have you ever done medicine ball push-ups?