Muscle Makes a Difference

Good morning!!

It is sooo dark and dreary here today!  I’m pretty sure I wrote that same exact sentence earlier this week, too.  I guess we’re just going through a little rainy spell here.  You guys know how I feel about rain.  And, if you don’t know, I’ll share my feeling with you in one word.  Yuck.

To brighten this day up, let’s talk about one of my favorite things – strength training!


I have to start out by saying that I didn’t always know (or appreciate) the benefits of strength training.  When I would work out in high school and college, I would only run, get on an elliptical or do some type of cardio/dance DVD.  I always felt like I needed to be jumping around like a maniac and sweating my buns off to, actually, be getting anywhere.  Oh, how wrong I was!

A couple of years after college, I wised up and started changing up my workouts.  While I would still do cardio (I was an aerobics instructor), I really started to concentrate on throwing some strength work into my training and that’s when I really started to see changes with my body.  I found a workout plan that was a 6-day-a-week plan that incorporated half cardio and half strength.  It was amazing.  I have always tried to not worry so much about the number on scale but, instead, how I looked in my clothes and felt physically, but, when I added in muscle work, I did see that number drop and, more importantly, saw a change in my physique.  A change that happened much quicker than when I was just logging a million minutes on my elliptical!  For the record, I hate the ellipical!  From that time on, my workouts have always included an element of strength training and, this past year, with a new goal to really work on my toning and my muscle definition, it is more of a part of my training than it ever has been!  And, I love it!   My workouts consist of a variety of moves and equipment, including dumbbells, resistance bands, stability balls, a Bosu trainer, and, most important, my own  body weight.  Don’t underestimate what your body can do on its own, guys!


Now that you know my journey into loving strength training, I want to share my favorite moves as part of a holiday challenge started by Fit Approach!  The idea behind the challenge is to stay active and healthy during the busiest time of the year…the holiday season!  We all do a million things and, often, find it hard to fit in time for workouts, stick to meal planning, or try to stay healthy through the holiday parties and family dinners.  With an amazing group of healthy friends, though, these things can be easier, right!?

Anyway, I had a hard time narrowing my training down to one favorite move, so I decided to narrow it down to two: squats and planks.

While I love training my arms (especially my shoulders), I feel the strongest when I’m working my legs or my core.  I have always had muscular legs and, while there was a time I hated them and wanted them to be thinner, I have fully embraced them and am thankful that they have carried me through multiple races and killer workouts!  I have learned to love the fact that I can see my quad tighten and my calf pop (even though they’re small) while doing regular squats or turned-out sumo squats.  I love being able to work my entire lower body with one move!


And, that same principle applies when I think about doing planks, as well!  If you want one move that is going to target every single muscle in your body? –  a plank is that move!  I love being up in a regular forearm plank or a side plank and feeling every muscle in my body shake!  Is there anything better!?  Your arms are tight, your abs are tight, and your legs are tight…total body.  Perfection.

Alright, guys, I have probably shared more today than you would ever care to know so I’ll let you get on with you day and get on with your strength training!  Get out there, join the challenge, and do some squats and planks!  Have a beautiful day!


Something to share:  Do you enjoy strength training?  What are some of your favorite moves!?

A Simple Thank You

Today, I have no other words to say than, “Thank you.”


…to all who have served, currently serve, and will serve in the future.  You bravery and strength can never be matched and we, as a country, owe our lives to you.  Thank you for defending what is ours and protecting each and every one of us.

Have a beautiful day.

High Five Friday

Good Friday morning to you!  I hope this week has gone well for you!

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I’m back for another round of High Five Friday.  If you aren’t familiar with it, you can check out all the deets here!  Today, I thought I would share some things that I’m loving and some things that I’m thankful for.  I think, too often, we can get caught it up negativity…whether it is your own or that of others.  It’s really easy to dwell on things that are going wrong instead of loving all the things that are going right!  I always try to be a positive person and know that there is a plan in life and that things happen for a reason.  We just need to seek out the good and make it the most important part of our lives, right!?

Okay…enough mushy blabbering about loving life…let’s just get to my lists!

Five Things I’m Loving

1.  Warm oats in the morning
2.  The warm 75 degree weather we’ve been having
3.  My new cleaned-out closet
4.  A wine night tonight!
5.  It’s November (my birthday month!!)


Five Things I’m Thankful For

1.  My husband – He, truly, is the most amazing person and I don’t know how he puts up with me!
2.  My job –  There are so many out there that need jobs that don’t have them and I am thankful that I can not only go to work but, also, go to work with the best coworkers!
3.  Coffee – That warm cup of heaven in the morning always makes me day better.
4.  A business opportunity – Recently, I’ve been working on getting a small business off the ground and I am thankful for the ability to try it and the mentors that I am working with!
5.  The weekend – This really needs no explanation; weekends are awesome!


Enjoy your Friday!!  I hope your day and weekend is filled with happiness and all kinds of good stuff!


Something to share:  Tell me something you are loving or are thankful for!  Do you have any plans for the weekend?