A triumphant return to RNS!

Partner workouts at RNS!

I'm delighted to report that I'm back at 100% with my workouts at Rock N Shock and I feel great. it's almost like my knee surgery never happened! Actually, I've been working so hard this month that Master Breaker Danielle joked I should have surgery more often - she said she's never seen me work so hard! She asked me when I'm scheduling my next one. All joking aside, I was a bit anxious about going back to RNS and I am SO HAPPY that everything is going well, I'm back at full steam with my … [Read more...]

Get back in your body!

Body Positive in 2017

How much time do you spend in your body - really IN your body? Working out, running, doing yoga or doing something else physical that gets you out of your head and truly into your physical self? If you're a mom, my guess is that you don't spend too much time focused on your own body, because you're probably spending most of your time focused on other little bodies. I know this is true for me. I recently had to take six weeks off from working out due to knee surgery and recovery - after a … [Read more...]

Cleared to work out!

Rock N Shock, here I come!

Guess who has a big smile on her face and just got medically cleared to return to the gym? This girl!! Rock N Shock Fitness, here I come! It's been a long recovery from my knee surgery on 2/27. I mean it hasn't all been bad - there was a week at Beaches Turks and Caicos that was pretty amazing. More on that in its own post soon! But not all of it was fun - there was pain and stress and way too much eating bad stuff. I complained about it over on the RNS blog so I won't go into it too much … [Read more...]

All hail non-scale victories

Three months into my RNS journey. Feeling GREAT!

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...]

3 months at Rock N Shock!

Celebrating Three 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...]

5 things I’m excited about in 2017

2017 focus areas

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...]

My RNS progress update

RNS Collage

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...]

20% gym, 80% life

I'll look this great again in 2017!

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

Our goal: 100 percent effort!

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...]

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...]