Fitness Freaks

Fitness Freaks

This week’s blog article is dedicated to the Fitness Freak in all of us. You might identify with some of these statements, but others just might be new to you. Here are some reasons you just might be a Fitness Freak in no particular order.

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You Might be a Fitness Freak If…

You suffer from shoe envy when your workout buddy gets new tennis shoes.

You have more tennis shoes than any other type in your closet.

You have ever asked for weights for Christmas.

You have ever posed for a selfie of yourself flexing.


You have posed for a selfie or yourself flexing in the Y bathroom because “it has the best lighting.”


You have decided to move, but had to consider how close you would live to the gym.

You asked for a gift card for your birthday just so you could buy Les Mills clothes.

You have a shirt that says, “Gym Hair, Don’t Care,” or have used the expression.


You cringe when you have to spend money on clothes that aren’t used for working out.

You bought a dog just to have a running buddy.

Daylight Saving Time affects the time of day you run.

You have a regular running route.

You work out on vacation.

Every picture you download off of Facebook is of a new workout shirt.

You get excited when the mail comes because it has a “supplement” that you use.


You have a favorite at home work out series you use when you don’t go to the gym.


You know who Tony, Autumn, Shawn T., Glen, Dan and Rach are.

You want a rounder booty, so of course you do more squats.

You have a “beast mode.”

A run is a minimum of a 5k.

You have ever referred to yourself as a “Fitness Freak.”

Remember, if you work hard, you will get results.

Just Keep Going!


*** Photos were used with permission from Monica Kelly Fitness –>

Cruise Ship Running Track

Cruise Ship Running Track

Yeah or Nay? 

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Last week, I went out of town for Thanksgiving on a cruise. My family and I do this every year. Every year it is a struggle to not eat too much and to try and keep exercising.  Since I knew going in that it would be a struggle, I planned to run every other day. I knew that a short 3 mile run three of the days would be a for sure reasonable workout.  The other three days were mostly a miss, but I did get in three runs while on board.

Running on this particular ship, The Oasis of the Seas, is actually quite easy to do  since the track is lengthy. In order to run a 5k, I only had to run 7.5 laps. That is less laps than at a high school track! However, it is only two lanes wide and you are not the only person on the track.

Recently, I wrote a blog article about etiquette. Some of the users of this track could definitely have benefited from reading that particular article.  Tip #1: When walking with your spouse/partner/friend, do not block the entire track. I am so excited that you are walking, but please allow others to get around you. Tip #2: The track is one way. Please run/walk the correct direction. Tip #3: Track is for exercise. Please don’t meander along and sight-see.  Tip #4: Please control your children. If you have them, please keep an eye on them.

I know that it may seem harsh, but this deck is truly meant for exercise. The life boats block most views of the ocean. Yes, there are some chairs you can utilize for a sit, but they are not in the way of the track.  If you just want to view the ocean, there are better places on the ship than the running track to view it.

All in all, it was a good track and exercise experience. It made me feel a little less guilty about eating dessert.

Now that I am back home though,  I am back to my regular regimen and an improved diet. We need to clean up around here before the holiday parties start!

Eat clean, train mean!

Just Keep Going!

Helpful Hints to Get Through the Holidays

Helpful Hints to Get Through the Holidays


It is the time of year for busyness and craziness; oh wait it’s just the holiday season! It’s that time of year when we rush and rush to try to get it all done, and some important stuff gets shoved to the side like our diet and our fitness routines.

Here are some helpful tips to get through the holidays!

Don’t wait until the New Year to get into shape, start now!

If you have a great plan for the new you in the New Year, don’t wait! It might be hard to start, but once you do, you will be ahead of the game and ready to take on or rather not take on those extra holiday pounds!

Don’t skip your routine exercise

I know that you are trying to get a lot done, but your regular exercise routine is essential this time of year. Do it for yourself! The to-do list will still be there, and you will have more energy to complete it if you maintain your regular exercise.

Drink more water

Water is a great way to stave off hunger pains or even overindulging in sugary and unhealthy party drinks. Feed your thirst with water.

Eat something before you go to parties

Party food is almost always unhealthy. Everyone breaks out their favorite recipes, and we tend to want to overindulge. If you eat before you go, you are less likely to want to binge eat on all your favorites.

Moderation and portion control

I am not saying you shouldn’t eat the yummy party food, but use your judgement. Allow yourself a few treats, but know when to be done. You need to enjoy rich food in moderation. Take small amounts and utilize portion control. No one says you have to fill your plate, or if you must fill it, use the smallest plate available.

Take breaks and truly allow yourself to feel full

If portion control and moderation are not easy for you in social settings, take a break from eating. Go outside and enjoy the fresh air. Allow yourself to feel full so that you don’t continue eating!

Know your limits

Don’t set yourself up for disaster. Mentally prepare yourself for what you will allow yourself to eat and stick to it. If you must, chew a piece of gum!

Have fun, try not to stress, and of course don’t overeat.

What are you THANKFUL for?

What are you THANKFUL for?


In this life we have so much that we take for granted. Sometimes just being alive is a reason to be thankful. If you ate today and you have clothes and a home, life is looking great! Abundance is often what most of us have..try to remember that. As we head into Thanksgiving next week, try not to take the small “things” for granted. Be kinder, be respectful, be thankful, and try to be healthy!

Holidays are no reason to miss a workout!

Just Keep Going!

What Inspires You?

What Inspires You?

***Editor’s Note: There will be no individual Fitness Journey story today. Please let me know if you have a story to share by emailing me at ***





 Fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

“His passion for exercise inspired him to run a marathon.”

Synonyms: stimulatemotivateencourageinfluencerousemovestirenergizegalvanize, incite

I love the synonyms associated with the word inspire: motivate, encourage, influence, energize. All these amazing words that beg the question, what inspires you? What makes you want to reach your goal? It is your faith? Is it accountability? Is it the desire to reach a goal?

I teach a weekly class at a local gym and I am inspired weekly by my participants. They make me want to teach my best and be on target for them with my coaching choreography, and technique each week. When they are energized, they push me to coach better, stronger, and quicker movements. The energy that I get from a class of engaged participants influences me to be better.

However, what inspires me to be ready each week is my faith. I am not alone in this walk of life. I know that I can’t do it on my own, but with the strength provided to me through God, I know that I can tackle any obstacle. Even when I am low and don’t feel the desire, I know that I can pray about it and God will provide me the strength that I need.

Here are some lyrics to a song that has gotten be through some tough times…

Strong Enough

Matthew West

You must
You must think I’m strong
To give me what I’m going through

Well, forgive me
Forgive me if I’m wrong
But this looks like more than I can do
On my own

I know I’m not strong enough to be
everything that I’m supposed to be
I give up
I’m not strong enough
Hands of mercy won’t you cover me
Lord right now I’m asking you to be
Strong enough
Strong enough
For the both of us

I hope that you can always be inspired and strong enough to do your best!

Just Keep Going!