Corresponding with Elves year-round

ElfMail from Emmalina and PixiNote!

Our family dove head-first into the world of Elf on the Shelf when our daughter was about four. Each year, her bond with Emmalina, her Elf, grows stronger; she's been known to cry real tears when Emmalina departs back to the North pole on Christmas. We received a special dispensation from Santa right from the start which allows Zoe to hold and hug her Elf. Maybe that's why she and Emmalina have grown so incredibly close? Emmalina has even made special arrangements to stay with us a few days … [Read more...]

One month ago, we fell.

After the Fall

One month ago today, I slipped and fell down hard. I face-planted. I hurt my knees, bit my lip and bashed my head on the ground - it wasn't pretty. In addition to being unbelievably painful and scary in the moment, it was also really, really embarrassing and honestly somewhat traumatic. But until now, you haven't heard a word about it. I kept it to myself and didn't tell anyone outside of E and Z, who were with me when I fell. And now I feel silly that I didn't talk about it, and also a bit … [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...]

Why we foster kittens

Our sweet 2016 foster kitties

Last summer, our family took on a special project as a way to give back, celebrate our love of animals and help make the world a better place. Between July and September 2016, we fostered a total of 12 kittens (including one sweet mama of six who was barely more than a kitten herself) from the Capital Area Humane Society¬†and Humane Society of Delaware County. Fostering kittens and cats is an amazing experience - it involves a bit less work and time than fostering puppies and dogs, yet still … [Read more...]

Recovery from knee arthroscopy

Nurse Dani

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

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...]

An unforeseen obstacle

This knee injury can't hold me back!

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!

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...]

My Rock N Shock Fitness timeline

My workout crew at RNS!

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...]