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Fitness Update Feb 2nd

There are 31 days in January, and I somehow managed to workout 27 of them. And guess what? I didn’t feel like I was overexerting or torturing myself either! hahaha I think in our society there is still the whole “no pain, no gain” mentality… but that is just not the case. It’s more about “slow and steady wins the race”. The race, being your own personal goal of course.

In 2017 I started marking the days off the calendar in the bathroom each morning, as I record my weight. In the corner of each square on the calendar day, I put 5/365 or 10/365 or today, I did 33/365. I use it as a reminder to not waste a single day. Not wasting a single day, is going to mean something different to everyone, but for me currently it means; have a positive outlook, get a workout in, and focus on putting good food into my body. That’s really about it. That is my own personal goal/race. I’m plugging away at it slow and steady. I don’t kill myself with each workout, I balance them out so I have mostly moderate effort and one or two hard effort, and a sprinkling of yoga.

Below are the workouts I did over the past week:

Friday – Upper Body Weights + Indoor Spin (morning)
Saturday – Long Run (12 miles; morning)
Sunday – Yoga (evening; 21 Day Yoga Retreat – Stretch Wk. 1)
Monday – 3 mile evening run; joined by family on bikes and roller blades
Tuesday – Fitness Blender – Kettle Bell HIIT (evening)
Wednesday – 5 mile tempo run (morning)
Thursday – Yoga (morning; Ted’s Yoga | Muscle Recovery)

The past 7 days are a total WIN in my book. Not only was I able to stick to 95% of my workouts, despite a somewhat hectic schedule, I also had my weigh-in and measurement day Monday.

Drumroll please…

I lost 4 lbs. and 3.5″ total between my arms, chest, waist and hips. I was STOKED! I mean, I knew about the weight, cause clearly I just mentioned I weigh myself each morning — but I don’t put a whole lot of stock into weight. But the measurements were exciting! That means I’m toning up and turning some of my fatty parts into toned muscle. That was part of my GOAL! Would a smaller number on the scale be nice? Sure, but I’m more interested in tightening up some things. I am not getting any younger people… the big 4-0 is fast approaching!

Also, I hit 102 miles in January, which is about 46 miles more than December — another number that surprised me! I feel really good right now too. I started to feel some twinges here and there, due to the new strain on my body. But I am making a huge effort to get 7 hours minimum of sleep each night; 8 hours if I can. I also try to allow myself one day where I just sleep in, without an alarm. (But, that only adds an additional 20-30 minutes usually!)

I also started seeing Mr. Zucchini Runner’s massage therapist. She is amazing. Every week, I go in for a visit and it helps to loosen up the tight spots I can’t get with stretching alone. (If you are in the Tempe/Chandler/Ahwatukee area, you should give her a try. Just click the link to shoot her an email, let her know I sent ya!) I should also mention, that I see a chiropractor every 2-4 weeks as well. It occurred to me there are things I take for granted in my every day routine, that are second nature to me, so I never think to share them. But the chiro and massages, and good sleep make a huge impact on my ability to workout so regularly — especially at this stage where it is a new routine. It’s important to reward your body with the necessary sleep and extra care when you implement any new physical activity. Which leads us to the nutrition segment.

I am still using my Be Well Fitness Log daily, and it is REALLY helping me to stay on track. Well, almost. haha As you can see, Tuesday night we made some homemade cookies. They were very low sugar (banana, a little honey, a little maple syrup and very little coconut sugar), gluten-free and vegan so I may have had more than a couple. As you can also see, I ate SUCH a huge (and late) lunch, that I only had hummus, crackers and a grapefruit for “dinner” Tuesday. That might explain the cookies later that night. But as I mentioned last week, I do not aim to be “perfect”, just to focus on plants first and eating high nutrition 80% of the time. This is my life. This is real.

Lastly, I wanted to update you on the Garmin 235. It turns out, I can use my old heart rate monitor chest strap, to ensure I have more accurate HR readings on my runs. BOOM! Besides the watch freezing up a couple times since the purchase, and having to do a force restart, I am loving it! I feel like that is par for the course, for all electronics these days… but maybe I’m wrong. Has anyone else experienced that with their Garmin watch — particularly the 235?

Until next week!
Sleep hard.
Get moving.
Trust Your Gut.


SUP Yoga

If you are like me, you may be wondering what the heck SUP is… or maybe you are from California or somewhere near a body of water where stand up paddleboards are more common than the desert. 😉 Either way, now you know for SURE. This weekend I had the pleasure of experiencing yoga while on a stand up paddle board — SUP Yoga! Apparently, there are some really pretty lakes in Arizona – WHO KNEW!? I kid… kinda. Of all the lakes I’ve been to here, I think Lake Pleasant is by far the nicest. 🙂 See the red marker at Lake Pleasant Marina below? That’s where we did our SUP Yoga this weekend.

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You’ve heard me mention my friend Kristin, of Cook and Run with Kristin before, right? Well I can always count on her to introduce me to new things and this SUP Yoga was no exception! She discovered a local yogi, Rhiannon, who leads yoga classes in the coolest places! (Next up on my to-do list, is yoga in Butterfly Wonderland!) Now, without reading another word, go check out her site, don’t worry, it will open in a new window — I’m not going anywhere!

Cool, right?! If you end up signing up and taking a class with her, be sure to mention I sent ya. As a fellow small business owner/entrepreneur, it’s always nice to know how the word is being spread! She also has a Facebook page as well.


Rhiannon did a great job at making me feel comfortable on the water, and her instructions were very clear and patient. 🙂


Kristin snagged this pic of me trying to catch the board’s fin on the tie down line. Can you imagine doing SUP Yoga, with a whole group of people all being carried away by the current? haha


Once we were all tied down, Rhiannon started us off with a centering pose to get us focused in the present moment.


Then it was time to get up and start some poses, but first, mentally prepare! haha


Mr. Zucchini Runner looking very Zen.


I was able to do Warrior One, pretty well… so I was feeling a bit more confident at this point!


Kristin’s husband, Evan snagged this pic of Rhiannon demonstrating how to do a modified Warrior Two, which worked great for Mr. Zucchini Runner. 😉


My all-time favorite yoga pose, because it is so centering and “easy” for me. On the board, it was a WHOLE other story. I was concentrating pretty hard here, and my posture is pretty off! I will call this “Leaning Tree” 🙂 hehe


And don’t let this pic fool you… it was HARD for me to get to this pose. After many failed attempts, and ALMOST falling into the water (which I would have been ok with, but was trying to avoid), I managed to hold it just long enough for Rhiannon to snag a quick photo!


And surprisingly, Crane was probably the easiest one to hold, since you are so low to the ground and have a good base!


Kristin and Mr. Zucchini Runner holding Upward Plank Pose.


My Upward Plank 🙂


Side plank!


Had to represent and do a little PiYo move!!


After we got to play around and do some fun moves on our own, we all hung out and just relaxed out on the water. It was so peaceful. 🙂

Kristin and I after enjoying some lunch back at the Marina and Boat Rental area.


Oh HEY! Then we decided to extend the day and do a little kayaking. Boat rentals were very reasonable, so why not explore a little more?

Kristin snagged this cute moment of us. <3 Thank you!!


And we’re all in!

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Nothing really beats this…

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We only spent an hour out on the lake with the boats, but that was plenty. It was 108 degrees!!


I’m not gonna lie, I fell asleep within 2 minutes of getting on the road back home. It’s about an hour drive from where we live, so I got a decent nap in! Mr. Zucchini Runner was a trooper! I’m sure he was tired too. I can’t wait to go back and explore Lake Pleasant more in the future!


A special thanks to Kristin, Rhiannon and Evan for the majority of these photos!