It's a very slow process - two steps forward, one step back - but I'm inching in the right direction. - Rob Reiner

January 21, 2016

Still Going......

It's off season.  It's winter.  But I'm still killing it.  Every, single, day.

The dreaded split squat

I have really enjoyed this whole weight training thing. I have to admit it's something I've been lacking for a long time.  I love to run, swim and bike, but that's mostly all cardio.  I would normally throw in some weight training from time to time - you know pick up a couple of 5 pound dumbells and do some bicep curls and call it a day, but I've never really done consistent weight training (well there was a short stint in like but that was a really long time ago).  I have to say I LOVE it.  I don't know why I didn't do it before. No that's not true, I do know why, because I just didn't know what to do. That is one thing I so love about in home workouts. Pop in a DVD or stream to my TV and I'm ready in minutes.  No drive to the gym, no fighting other people, and my workout is ready for me.  I just follow along.  Love it.

Coach Jack checking my form on these weighted Russian Twists

I've seen so much growth these last few months. I'm currently in week 7 of the 8 week Masters Hammer and Chisel workout and it's awesome.  So challenging, but so much fun.  I am gaining muscle, which is still just so cool for me.  Unfortunately I chose to start this program right before Christmas, so I don't think I'll end up with the results I could have because I simply was not watching what I ate for the first 5 weeks of the program.  So the weight loss won't really be there, but the muscle gain definitely is. As they say, abs are made in the kitchen and that's so true.  I have abs, I do, I can feel them.  I just can't see them just yet.

I'm starting to bump my running mileage up again, and I'm also doing my annual indoor cycling class, so I won't be able to keep up the weight training as intensely as I have, but it will definitely become a new norm for me.  I just love it too much!

Do you weight train?  Why or why not?


  1. Looking good! I weight train a little, although mostly I do body weight workouts. I have been hearing so many good things about hammer and chisel I might have to check it out!

    1. Thanks Christy!! It really is an awesome program! If you want any information please let me know!

  2. I love weight training. I use the programs in a book a coach friend of mine recommended several years ago. I definitely go through phases where I'm on and then get out of the habit of going and it's so hard to get myself back to the gym...and then once I'm there I wonder why I stopped!

    You're a great advertisement for the Hammer and Chisel stuff, though, because you're looking great and strong!

  3. I'm on a marathon training program (St. Louis Marathon in April) that allows for three rest days during the week. I'm actually pleased at how being on a plan has actually made me become more conscientious about complying. This won't be my last training plan. I should do more weights work, and I could easily do squats in my cubicle at the office. Somehow the motivation just ain't there enuf of the time. But if this next marathon turns out better than the two I've "run" I am definitely going to be sold on better, more intelligent training.

    Also, you should probably lower the thermostat in your house because in those photos, you look really hot. (Don't punch me, Jim!)

  4. I've been following your progress on Facebook and Instagram and I've been incredibly impressed with your results. You're looking so strong and fit. Definitely a poster girl for strength training!

  5. I go to a class at the gym called Les Mills Bodypump usually two evenings a week. Convenience of a home gym verses the motivation of a group, it would be nice if we could have both. I do have a few push ups worked into my morning routine while getting ready for work. Krystal