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...]

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...]

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...]