Recovery from knee arthroscopy

I had my right knee "scoped" on Friday, February 24. It's been exactly one week as of today. I'm trying to keep my spirits up but recovery seems awfully s-l-o-w. The one bright spot has been amazing nursing care from our little rescue dog, Dani, who literally has not left my side since I came home from surgery! I'll go back to the doctor today to have my stitches removed and knee checked, and then I'll start physical therapy (PT) immediately afterward. I had this surgery to alleviate the knee … [Read more...]

All hail non-scale victories

There are so many ways to measure success when one is on a fitness and health program. My ultimate goal is weight loss, so seeing smaller numbers on the scale is important. But, unfortunately that needle isn't easy to move now that I'm in my mid 40s! Fortunately, there are other goals and metrics that matter, too. In this post, I'll focus on non-scale victories or NSVs. For starters, I've lost 10 inches since joining Rock N Shock Fitness and starting this latest round of my fitness journey. TEN … [Read more...]

An unforeseen obstacle

When I started my intensive workout program at Rock N Shock Fitness and pledged to get my eating back on a healthier track, I figured changing my eating habits would be the hardest part. I've never had issues with intense workouts before - I figured I'd be able to handle the classes at RNS just fine. And I have thrived in the intense gym environment - and risen to Master Breaker's challenges, for the most part! However, I've run into a stumbling block I never could have predicted: somehow, … [Read more...]

3 months at Rock N Shock!

This week, I celebrate the successful completion of three months at Rock N Shock Fitness, the gym and workout program and health/fitness lifestyle approach that is changing women's lives. Changing MY life! I am so grateful to Master Breaker Danielle Miranda for three incredible months so far! I've dropped inches, gained strength and endurance, improved my metabolism and feel AMAZING!  On Tuesday, I went in for my three-month testing. I knew what to expect this time from the metabolism (RMR) … [Read more...]

My Rock N Shock Fitness timeline

I'm going to be totally up front - this blog post is mainly for me. I am obsessive about documenting milestones and progress, especially in my fitness program - so I'm curious to track how many workouts I've done at Rock N Shock Fitness (I've committed to doing three per week), how many times I've blogged about RNS (I've promised to do it weekly) and how long it takes me to see results! So, without further ado, here's my timeline thus far at Rock N Shock (and I may come back and update this … [Read more...]

Is Rock N Shock right for you?

If you've been reading my fitness update posts for a while now, you might be wondering if Rock N Shock Fitness could be a good fit for you. Here's a simple quiz to help you know for sure! 1. Are you awesome? 2. Can you handle being around pure awesomeness? 3. Are you ready to work hard on your internal and external health and fitness? 4. Are you ready to sweat? 5. Do you have a good sense of humor? 6. Do you like to dance? 7. Do you have a good sense of team spirit and … [Read more...]

This just got real.

  Why is it that I can drag myself out of bed at 4 am, drive on dark (even snowy or icy) roads to get to Rock N Shock Fitness, and then hustle, sweat and pant through a super-tough, high-intensity workout that would kill a mere mortal - yet I still can't get my eating under control?! Changing our eating - especially giving up things we love - has to be one of the hardest addictions to master. And it IS an addiction. But not to worry. I sat down with Master Breaker Danielle this … [Read more...]

5 things I’m excited about in 2017

I try not to do the stereotypical "New Year's Resolution" thing, as so often those don't go anywhere. Instead, I always end a year by reflecting back on the highs and lows, documenting the things I want to remember, and setting a few focus areas or intentions for the new year. So, without further ado, here are 5 things I'm excited about in 2017! 1. My job. Yes, as a working mom I have multiple jobs - but I don't often talk about my 9 to 5 here. In fact, in some ways that job gets short shrift … [Read more...]

Dream Big! Disney on Ice is back

Full disclosure: our family will receive free tickets to Disney on Ice and we were also provided four tickets to give away here. Read on for how you can win!  Longtime readers know that I'm a huge Disney nut and a big fan of the Disney on Ice productions. I'm thrilled to report that Disney on Ice is skating back into Columbus late this month - and you have the opportunity to win a family 4-pack of tickets right here on this blog! This year's Disney on Ice show is called Dream Big and … [Read more...]

My RNS progress update

It's January - new month, new year! So many people are starting health and fitness programs right now. There's a lot of muscle soreness going around. I'm personally very happy to be past that early phase of my program. I remember that soreness all too well - I ached everywhere! These days, after my Rock N Shock workout classes, I still get muscle soreness but not that overwhelming, all-over achiness and pain. I'm getting stronger and my body is responding well to the workouts. Now, I can even … [Read more...]