Two classes in… I’m hooked!

my stats from my first two RNS classes

Friends, let me tell you about a gym so clean and pretty and full of bad@ss quotes that just walking into it makes you feel strong and empowered. Let me tell you about workouts so tough that just the first five minutes of "warm-up" leaves you gasping for breath and with muscles aching for a rest. The first FIVE minutes! And, let me tell you about a fitness facility so high-tech that thanks to wearable technology on my wrist, I can look up during my workout and see my stats on the big … [Read more...]

Our little rescue dog, Dani

Our little rescue, Dani

Our family recently adopted a tiny rescue dog from Cause for Paws Ohio. Formerly known as Pistol Annie, our daughter renamed her Dani and she's adorable. Near as we can tell, Dani's a Shih tzu/Yorkie mix - aka Shizorkie. She has utterly stolen our hearts in a very short time! I was initially very against the idea of adding a second dog to our family. We all adore our Goldendoodle, Autumn, and consider her a near-perfect canine and cherished member of our family. I feared we had no chance of … [Read more...]

Workouts you’ll feel for days

What is your Why?!

This week, I set foot in the Rock N Shock Fitness gym to train with Master Breaker Danielle for the first time. This wasn't for an actual workout class, but rather my own personal, individual training session to try out for the classes. I was so excited to work out at RNS at last - but also nervous at the idea of a "try-out" or audition. Danielle devised the try-out system in order to know exactly where each client comes in, including their fitness level, ability and willingness to push … [Read more...]

How I got lucky at Chop5

Chop5 rocks!

I just stumbled into the brand new fast casual restaurant Chop 5 Salad Kitchen today on Polaris after my workout and had an amazing, delicious and healthy lunch. It was the perfect post-gym meal to keep that strong, energized feeling going. I am so glad to find this restaurant and can't wait to visit again. It is seriously the yum. But perhaps the best part about my fresh, healthy and delicious lunch is that Chop5 is not even officially open until tomorrow. I have been watching the place for … [Read more...]

Joining club “side hustle”

let me be your Stella & Dot hook-up!

Last week, I heard an offer I couldn't refuse and signed on as a Stella & Dot independent stylist. I wasn't looking for another job - I already have two, thanks. I also wasn't necessarily looking for more money, although of course that is always nice to have. I'll be completely, totally honest: I did it for the goodies. I absolutely LOVE Stella & Dot jewelry, scarves and bags. I have been hooked on their quality, design and versatility ever since I first tried them - and being a … [Read more...]

Testing Day at Rock N Shock!

Testing Day at Rock N Shock Fitness!

Today I visited Rock N Shock Fitness for the second time. The first time was to tour the place, meet Master Breaker Danielle and her staff, and learn about the program. I couldn't wait to come back and get started! Today, I went back to RNS for my "before" pictures and all of my entry testing: the Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) assessment, hair pull for DNA/tolerance testing, and the hardest one: the VO2 Max test. I purposely didn't read up on these tests before going in because I didn't want … [Read more...]

My life is about to change

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Friends and longtime readers know that I've struggled with my weight, nutrition and fitness program for years. And when I say "struggled," what I really mean is that I love to work out and focus on fitness, but I'm never willing to stop eating carbs and sweets long enough to actually lose weight, get healthy and be fit. If we're being honest. Well, all that nonsense is about to change and my #Fitin2016 journey is about to get REAL up in here. I am thrilled to share that I've been selected by … [Read more...]

Top 3 Columbus GNOs

GNO

GNO. Girls Night Out. Rarely have three little letters or words come to mean so much to me. Between work, being a mom and wife, and just the never-ending juggle of every day life, sometimes you need to let your hair down with your friends. GNO for me means fun, laughter, a little more makeup than usual and being carefree and silly for a night. We all need more of that in our lives! GNOs are not as frequent for me as I'd like; I think ideal would be once a month or at least every other month. I … [Read more...]

The awesome rainbow ball

RainbowBall2016

Our little family of three just had a wonderful getaway to Sandusky, Ohio, including a day at Cedar Point and Soak City and an overnight stay at Castaway Bay. We loved all of the above! I'll blog about it all soon. For now, I just want to tell you a story about one part of our happy end-of-summer, pre-back-to-school getaway. It's a story about an awesome rainbow ball and the power of childhood magic. We surprised Zoe with a weekend away to celebrate the end of summer and give her a good … [Read more...]

Year-round fireworks in Ohio

We Want Fireworks!

If you're a fireworks fanatic who didn't get enough of the snap, crackle, pop and BOOM! over the 4th of July, you're in luck. Our beloved daughter didn't get to go see any fireworks this year due to other family obligations, so she was feeling slighted and deprived. She made a compelling case for why we owe her some big-time fireworks after cruelly robbing her of this vital childhood summer experience. And if you think I'm exaggerating here on any level, you need to meet Zoe, who could … [Read more...]