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...]

My hair test “intolerance” results

One of the reasons I was most excited to sign on with Rock N Shock Fitness was the promise of an intriguing DNA hair test that would bring back customized results telling me how I stand against 600 food and nonfood items, 80 nutritional deficiencies and 24 metals. My hair sample was taken as part of my RNS testing day on 10/28 and my results were emailed to me exactly one month later, on 11/28, in the form of a gigantic 90-page document. To be honest, it was a little overwhelming - and I … [Read more...]

20% gym, 80% life

My eating is holding me back. There, I said it. My workouts this year have been terrific. I did 21 Day Fix for a while with Autumn Calabrese and then P90X3 with Tony Horton. I switched over to running, rocked the Couch to 5K program and made some dear friends in the process. I have perfected the art of the early morning, pre-dawn, pre-work workout. I've kept myself feeling fitter and younger than I EVER would have without all these workouts. I have a lot to be proud of! But it wasn't … [Read more...]

What 100% means to me

At RNS, I am working out harder and more intensely than I EVER have before, putting in way more effort and truly giving it my all like I never have with other personal trainers at past gyms. During every workout at Rock N Shock Fitness, my goal is 100%. This isn't just words. This is what Rock N Shock means to me: 100% effort. Giving it my absolute all. Putting in everything I've got and then a little bit more. But you don't have to take my word for it that I'm working this hard: there's … [Read more...]

Two classes in… I’m hooked!

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...]

Workouts you’ll feel for days

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

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...]

Testing Day at Rock N Shock!

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...]

My April #fitin2016 update

This is my monthly update on my continuing mission to get super fit in 2016. It's been three months now of healthier eating habits, tracking my food intake on MyFitnessPal, aiming for 10K steps a day with FitBit and working out most days. I have completed more than 65 intense workouts this year. I've lost 4% of my body weight and still have far to go. I love the P90X3 program. I'm getting so strong! I took spring break off from working out formally but still tried for 10K steps each day and … [Read more...]