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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?

MNB Challenge Week 1

 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. 

Move Nourish Believe. A philosophy to live by.

A week of my regular workouts with the added tasks of the Move Nourish Believe Challenge makes for a fun and accomplished week of fitness.


Monday: P90X3 Eccentric Upper
Tuesday: P90X3 Triometrics, Run 5
Wednesday: P90X3 Yoga
Thursday: P90X3 Eccentric Lower, Run 5
Friday: P90X3 Incinerator
Saturday: P90X3 MMX
Sunday: REST


Day 1: Favorite Way To Sweat
My favorite way to sweat, second only to running, is strength training.

Day 2: Change It Up
Sweat a new way! Select a workout from Move Nourish Believe.
I chose a 10 minute core workout.

Day 3: 5 Minute Plank
A run, P90X3 upper body workout, shower and ended the day with a 3 and 2 minute planks.

Day 4: Workout With A Friend
Nobody to workout with at 4:00 a.m. so I worked out twice. That counts right?

Day 5: Fave Friday
Fitness Favorites- 1. My husband 2. P90X3 3. Fueling with nutrient dense power bowls 4. Running 5. Trail Running

Coming up – Week 2

Looking for more motivation? Check out Motivation To Move

What have you done lately to sweat in a new way? What are your five fitness faves?


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?


2013 Running Year In Review

One year ago to the day I shared 2012 in Review. 2012 is unmatched for running accomplishments and it was the most amazing running experience! It was the year my husband lovingly termed the Year of Jill

 “I accomplished more than I ever thought possible, pushed myself beyond what I thought were my limits and made changes in my life that were some of my best decisions ever.”

2013 has been just as amazing but in a different way. 2012 focused on me physically and 2 focused on more confidence, kicking self doubt to the curb, accepting imperfection, no guilt, knowledge, I CAN is so much more important than I CAN’T,  and truly believing I AM ENOUGH. These things were no longer just quotes to be shared or envious words. They became beliefs. Mental and physical growth and progress go hand in hand and focusing on both have made me a better [stronger] person.

I have termed 2013 the Year of Learning.


  • All my eggs in one running basket. I was so focused on my goal of running my first 50 mile race I practically ignored my other running goals. I won’t make that mistake again.
  • Sometimes slower is better. And necessary. It took forever for that to sink in.
  • It would take about a year for natural running to feel totally natural.
  • Injured. I stopped focusing on the fact that I CAN’T run and focused on what I CAN do. I was mentally and physically stronger for it! Duh!
  • Injured and no running sucks but it’s not the end of the world. There were days when it felt like it but guess what. The world didn’t end.
  • Listen to your body! I did and in one case avoided making an injury significantly worse.
  • If you need to take an unplanned rest day take it and enjoy it! No guilt.
  • Be kind to myself.
  • With 100% effort less than perfection is ok.
  • Focusing on what I accomplished feels so much better [and is more beneficial] than only seeing where I “failed”.


Best Race Experience(s)

My first ultra! Longest run ever and when I crossed the finish line I cried. I felt unstoppable!

The ultimate run date. Chad and I ran the Hawthorn Half Day Relay again this year. We ran 4 miles farther than last year and we placed first in the masters 2-person team category. Not only that! I shocked myself (Chad and my son)! With only 30 minutes left of the race the legs changed to team members alternating 800m sprints. After 11.5 hours and running 30 miles I PR’d not 1 but 3 800m legs with each leg faster than the previous. I definitely did not see that coming!

Note: Chad wants to run this race next year as 2 1-person teams. 12 hours of running! Yikes!

Favorite New Gear

Salomon Sense Mantra is hands down the most comfortable trail shoe ever. Curious as to why I make this statement without hesitation? Details>> What Is Your Mental Detox?

Salomon provided me with the Sense Mantra to try and review. As always the opinions expressed are my own. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made on this blog.

I needed a hydration solution for long runs that didn’t involve a belt and I wanted comfort. I found both with the Nathan Sports Intensity Race Vest. And, I have to admit, I love the color. I shared the specifics of why I love this gear here>> Hydration Solution for Long Runs .

My Valentine’s Day gift from Chad, a Pro Form 2000. I will always prefer to run outside but that isn’t always an option. No more missed runs due to weather or when the only time I have to run is when it’s still dark.

If perfect running shorts exist it’s the Athleta Home Run Short. Again, it’s all about comfort. Why I think they’re perfect>> The Perfect Running Shorts


Consistent running I can do. Strength training? Not as consistent until this year and it paid off. I experienced the benefits with running, shorter recovery from long runs and being injured and it was my exercise of choice when I couldn’t run.

2013 in a few words - 2013 was a learning and growing experience.

How would you complete this sentence?

2013 was the  year of _______________________!

Or this sentence?

In 2013 I learned __________________________!