“I Know I’ll Never Be Happy With My Body”

I can’t get this statement out of my head. A few weeks back, a friend of mine spoke these words. Like they were matters of fact. Like she had just accepted it with this sad, well-this-is-it overtone.

And my heart broke for her.

Never is a very long time. Being happy is such a beautiful thing. Why would anyone want to finalize the possibility of a very long time of not feeling such a beautiful thing?

If any of you are feeling similarly to my friend, or have had similar thoughts at one point or another, you need to know that you are beautiful. That you are enough. And if you don’t start loving and accepting yourself just as you are, then what quality of life are you giving yourself? After all, you only have this one go-round. Why waste it feeling less-than?

Mt. Evans Halfway Up View

It’s time to start feeling confident in your body. If you’re not, there are a few ways you can start getting there.

Appreciate all the things your body can do. Honestly, your body is capable of so much. Even the little things, like picking up your child, walking up a flight of stairs, breathing in and out each and every day, these are all things to be celebrated. Don’t take them for granted.

Perfect sunrise during a long run

Know how much of the world is photoshopped. Stop looking at magazines, TV shows, commercials, instagram photos, etc, and start looking around at real women. Women who take care of their families, who have had families, who hold full-time jobs, who are full of love and laughter, who seem confident. They have cellulite, they have freckles and moles, they have weight on their hips, they have scars, and they are absolutely beautiful. These are real women.

Cassie’s video does an amazing job of putting this concept out there in an effort to stop the body shaming.

Find happiness outside of your body. You are you no matter what weight you are. No matter how fast, strong, or thin. Your personality is your personality. Take the “I’ll be happy if I could just…(lose 10 pounds, lift that weight, get rid of my cellulite)” out of the equation. If those things never happen, you’re setting yourself up for a life of unhappiness. Why would you do that to yourself?

Canyonlands NP

And if you realize that taking the “I’ll be happy if…” out still leaves you unhappy, find someone to talk to about what else could be wrong.

Get active. Not for the weight loss, but for the overall health benefits, your body needs to move. Even if you just walk 30 minutes a day 4-5 times a week, your mood, your heart, your body will start to feel good and give you a longer, healthier life. Elle Woods had a point:

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Be realistic. While you should set a goal to keep you motivated, set a realistic goal. Whether it’s as simple as, “I will follow every self-said negative body comment with a positive one”, or as big as, “I will give up soda for an entire month”, be realistic about it.

Look at your schedule, look at stressful events coming up, look at your supporters, look at your hinderers, and then decide how realistic that goal is for you or how unrealistic it is. Adjust and then start working towards it.

And know that it is ok if you have to adjust.

Appreciate how far you have come. Stop berating yourself for where you’re not, and start congratulating yourself for where you are now compared to where you used to be. Did you used to get winded walking upstairs, but not anymore? Congratulate yourself. Did you listen to your body and stop eating when you were full twice this week? Congratulate yourself. Did you lose five pounds by eating better and moving more without using a “diet” over the past month? Congratulate yourself.

Mary Carter Greenway Trail

Really, focus on how far you have come in your journey and your mentality about your body will start changing for the better.

RQ: How much negative self talk do you do about your body either in your head or out loud? How do you try to overcome it?

Short Interval Workout For That Finishing Kick

After a conversation I had with my Athletic Director earlier this week about how one of my star athletes passed 4 runners in the final 100 meters and won his 800 meter race by a step, he sent me this video:

Heartbreaking and humorous all at once. It just goes to show you how important that finishing kick can be whether you are running an 800 or a marathon.

To prevent loosing by a step happening to you, try this short, sweet, and fun interval workout. I recommend it after you’ve run a bit already. For example, if you’re aiming for 3 miles that day, do this workout in the last mile. You’ll be a bit tired, mentally and physically, so pushing the pace for a short distance will give you that extra edge.

Short Interval Workout for that Finishing Kick

This interval workout can be used with your favorite cardio as well, not just running! Try it on an incline, or with tougher resistance as well. You will definitely feel the burn.

Also, because I got lost in the world of youtube when I searched for this video, enjoy this short compilation of people who celebrated their wins too early. I couldn’t stop watching.

RQ: What do you think of the Oregon runner? How do you prepare for a finish?

Don’t forget, there are currently TWO programs you can sign up for to get summer ready!

Spring Burn 2015: 4-weeks of workouts, accountability, food tips, regression/progressions journal, run plan, and 5/10k virtual race. Prices go up this weekend!

Spring Burn 1

Mile a Day May: A FREE Facebook group that encourages you to complete one a mile day for the entire month of May.

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Mile a Day May – Free Program!

With the weather turning nice, summer fun on the horizon, and race season swinging into gear, it’s time to get moving! One of my favorite challenges is completing a set number of reps or miles per day, week, month, year, whatever. So, with May being right around the corner, I thought a daily mile challenge was perfect!

Mile a Day May 1

What is Mile a Day May?

Mile a Day May is a FREE program that encourages you to get moving for at least one, intentional mile every day in May. Your daily mile can be completed in any way you choose, whether that’s walking, running, biking, skipping, or crawling, the whole point is get up and get active!

What do I get with Mile a Day May (besides just improving my health and confidence)?

  • A downloadable/printable log you can use to track your distances, methods, how you felt, and other notes about your daily mile
  • Access to a secret Facebook group for daily accountability from other members of the group
  • Entry into an end-of-May raffle! The more times you check in with your daily mile, the more chances you have to win some sweet prizes!

Mile a Day May 2

What if Facebook isn’t my thing?

You can also check in on twitter and instagram by tagging me @wreckingroutine and using the hashtag #mileadaymay. Your check ins will still count towards the raffle! If you want the printable log, email me (wreckingroutine@gmail.com) with your email address and I will send it your way.

What are the prizes?

  • 2 winners will receive a Skoop Challenge Pack
  • 1 winner will receive a BOGO Burn
  • 2 winners will receive a Wrecking Routine water bottle

Wrecking Routine water bottle

How do I sign up?

There are two ways you can sign up.

  1. Head over to the Facebook group and ask to join.
  2. Send me your email address and I will send you an invite to the group. (wreckingroutine@gmail.com)

How is this different from the Spring Burn?

Mile a Day May is a space for you to check in with your daily mile, motivate others, and feel part of a community that is working to get fit for summer. I do not provide specific workouts, but will be linking to some fun interval workouts you could complete if you’d like.

For the Spring Burn, and most other Burns, I provide daily strength and conditioning workouts, food tips, a Reflections/Progressions journal, a run plan, and specific daily accountability. If you are already registered for the Spring Burn, Mile a Day May is a great tandem program.

How can I take my Mile a Day May challenge to the next level?

1. Join the Spring Burn – You’ll finish your mile in just the warm up and cool down of each workout.

Spring Burn 1

2. Work one-on-one with me (or take the program and run – see what I did there?) by working through a running-specific program. (Click the banner to be taken to Paypal if you’re interested in one of these plans.)

One Month 5k Run Plan

one month with accountability

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at wreckingroutine@gmail.com.

RQ: What is your favorite activity to help you get ready for summer? What are some of your favorite fitness challenges?

Tall Tales Tuesday: St John, USVI, The Best of Everything

For spring break this year, Rob and I were lucky enough to spend a week on St. John at my parents’ house. They bought property down there a number of years ago and have been enjoying the house they built for a few months every year. My family and I used to take frequent trips to the Virgin Islands (Tortola, St. John), but it has been about 5 years since I’ve had the time to visit again.

Windy Hill Hike

Let me tell you, I’m not letting another 5 years pass by without visiting. I’m not sure if my parents were just giving Rob and I the star treatment by showing us everything we could possibly pack into a day (we made a list of 16 things to do on the first night and accomplished 14 of them), or if I’ve just been away too long, but St. John honestly provides the best of everything in terms of vacation dream spots.

Naturally, the beaches are the first thing. Soft white sand, clear blue water, space to swim for miles uninterrupted by boats. Water so delicious you just want to drink it.

Crystal Clear Waters

After our red eye from Denver to the island, my parents handed us a rum punch and took us for a quick dip in one of St. John’s most famous beaches, Trunk Bay. (We had our swimsuits in our carry on in preparation for this exact moment.)

Hand in hand with the beaches is the snorkeling. Knowing that my sister, Margot, who was there with us for a few days, hates getting out of the water, we special ordered size 15 flippers for Rob. From enormous coral, to angelfish, to turtles, to rays, to bait balls, to a 6-foot shark in a rather deserted stretch of sort-of open ocean, we saw it all. If you head there, definitely go for the less-populated beaches to see the best things.

Snorkel time!

Even though we were there for the beaches, the island of St. John is comprised of about 60% National Park and is covered with hiking trails. We managed three separate hikes while we were there, all of them tougher than I expected from the rocky/rooty terrain and heat.

Typical St John Trail

One hike was with the superintendent of the park who shared with us his experiences of working there. It’s a pretty exclusive opportunity as he only takes 6 people and gives this hike once a year. Not only was his talk interesting, but we ended with a ride in a national park boat to get us back to headquarters.

Superintendent-led hike

While we ate at home most nights, my parents had tasty meals planned each day, we also did our fair share of eating out. The food on the island is seriously good. We had a gourmet seafood lunch at Caneel Bay, juicy burgers at Skinny Legs, and light comfort food at The Beach Bar. Seriously, you can’t go wrong with eating at any of these places. I’m still dreaming about all three of the meals.

Even though the beaches, snorkeling, hiking, and food are all perks of the island, the most spectacular perk is The Hideaway. This is my shameless plug at how absolutely amazing my parents’ house is. We spent an entire day, and most nights and slow mornings, just hanging at the house.

View from my parents house

A private beach just steps away with great snorkeling, a private pool to soak in before or after a day on the beach, a designer outdoor shower so you don’t have to spend one minute inside, and a separate en-suite bedroom/bathroom for guests to have their own space. You can stalk their house, and rent it!, here.

It was the exact week both Rob and I needed after a stressful winter (hello new house!) and I came home fully relaxed. Good thing we still have 2 things left on our to-do list to tackle on our next visit!

RQ: What is your favorite part about a beach vacation?

Spring Burn 2015

Apart from the cold snap we are having here in Denver this weekend, spring is in full swing! That means summer is right around the corner!

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If already know you want to sign up, click here!

If you already know you want to sign up with the virtual 5k/10k add on, click here!

This workout plan is 4 weeks of full body conditioning to help you get summer confident while enjoying the nice spring weather.  The Spring Burn will feature all new workouts!

Why is this Burn something I should do?

  • To help you get confident for the summer!
  • To improve/maintain your overall fitness through full body strength and conditioning.
  • If you have your sights set on completing a 5k or 10k.
  • There is a max of 6 moves in each workout, so you won’t feel overwhelmed by learning new moves.
  • Each workout takes about 30-45 minutes tops!
  • If you need a change in, or some fresh air put into, your workouts.

What will I get during this 4-week Burn?

  • 5 days a week of full body workouts
  • 5k and 10k (NEW!) Run Plan Add On. This is optional and includes 3 days of running each week.
  • Optional entry to a virtual 5k/10k at the end of the 4 weeks with some sweet prizes.
  • Quick and easy food tips to help you make small changes that lead to big differences
  • Reflections and Progressions Journal with daily questions to help you reflect on, and progress, your habits. (NEW!)
  • Picture sheets of all workouts
  • Membership into a secret Facebook group for tips, motivation, encouragement, and accountability from me as well as other members of the Burn
  • Beginner modifications and advanced progressions for every workout to make it more manageable and more challenging depending on what you need
  • Tracking sheet to monitor your progress
  • Six days a week of motivation, encouragement, and accountability from me (via Facebook)
  • Access to your very own personal trainer (me!)
  • Varied levels of support throughout the 4-weeks

Items you will need:

  • timer/stopwatch
  • free weights
  • space to move, jump, twist, and lay down
  • mat, or soft place for floor moves
  • cardio machine, or a place to walk/run

What is this virtual 5k and 10k  you mentioned?

The virtual 5k/10k will take place at the end of the Burn as a way to culminate all your hard work, especially if you participate in the 5k/10k run plan add on. As a participant, you will have to send in some sort of check in picture to show that you completed the 5k or 10k by midnight on May 31.  Then, your name will be entered into a raffle!

Entrance to the raffle is based on participation, not speed. So you can walk, crawl, or skip the 5k/10k and still be entered to win! Prizes include:

  • 1 winner will receive a box of Quest bars in the flavor of their choice
  • 1 winner will receive a BOGO 2015 Burn of their choice
  • 1 winner will receive a $25 Target OR Amazon gift card (winner’s choice)

Registration for the 5k or 10k is only $5!

What are the dates of the Spring Burn?

The Spring Burn runs from May 4 – May 30, 2015. The price of all three levels will move up on Sunday, April 26! Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email from me. The official welcome email will be sent on Saturday, May 2.

What are the varied levels of support you mentioned and how do I register?

Registration is simple. Just click the links to be taken to Paypal. Please feel free to email me with any questions at wreckingroutine@gmail.com.

Spring Burn Virtual 5k/10k Only – $5

Level 1: Spring Burn Program Only - $25 $20

This level gets you a weekly email with the workouts, food tips, and Reflections/Progressions Journal. This option is great for those who don’t want to check in with someone, but prefer to just take a program and work through it on their own.

Add the virtual 5k/10k to this level for only $5 more! Spring Burn Program Only with Virtual 5k/10k$30 $25

Level 2: Spring Burn with Facebook Group - $40 $35

This is your standard Burn. You will receive everything mentioned above, including access to the secret Facebook group for daily accountability and motivation. This option is great for those who enjoy having a group behind them and a trainer available for any questions.

Add the virtual 5k/10k to this level for only $5 more! Spring Burn with Facebook Group and Virtual 5k/10k$45 $40

Level 3: Spring Burn with twice weekly personalized email check ins - $55 $50

This level gets you access to everything mentioned above including the secret Facebook group. In addition, you and I will work more closely together through two personal emails per week for more individualized focus on your goals, needs, questions, progress, and setbacks. This option is perfect for those who need to be held accountable in a more in-your-face type of way.

Add the virtual 5k/10k to this level for only $5 more! Spring Burn with twice weekly emails and Virtual 5k/10k - $60 $55

Can I give the Spring Burn as a gift?

Yes! You absolutely can! If you are gifting these 4 weeks of fitness to a friend, please put her name and email address in the notes section. If you need me to keep it a secret (i.e. hold off on their confirmation) until a specific date, please also put the date it’s ok to tell in the notes section, or email me with all that information!

Please email me with any questions or concerns you may have at wreckingroutine@gmail.com. If you are interested in online personal training, but this program doesn’t fit your needs, check my Training Services page for other options. I would love to work with you!

You can also read testimonials about training with Wrecking Routine here.

**I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Women’s Fitness Specialist, but am not a Registered Dietician. Please consult your physician before starting any new exercise routine or diet.**

RQ: Are you in?

15 Fun and Random Questions (Liebster Award)

Oh hey there! Things have been crazy hectic around here, which explains my one month blogging hiatus. From track practice, a week in St. John, and working on the new house, this little space  has taken a backseat. But, I have a list of blog topics, projects, and exciting things coming up that I CANNOT wait to get started on.

St John Views

That being said, let’s jump right in with a fun blog survey! Megan at Skinny Fitalicious nominated me for the Liebster Award an embarrassingly long time ago, but better late than never?

1. What is your current health related goal?

I get pretty listless without a goal, so I am excited to be focusing my efforts over the next few weeks on the Thelma and Louise Half Marathon. I took the week off when I was in St. John, apart from swimming and a few short hikes, but it’s amazing how fast I get out of running shape. I’m looking forward to getting back into some longer runs!

Getting back in running shape

2. What is your biggest irrational fear?

Oh man. Food poisoning, the house catching fire, robberies while I am home. All my irrational fears deal with the people I love getting hurt or sick.

3. Do you enjoy wrapping presents?

Obviously you can tell how long ago I was tagged to answer these questions. And yes, I enjoy wrapping presents because that means the shopping for those presents is done and I am step closer to gifting those presents to the intended person, which is the best part of it all for me.

4. What’s your favorite cross training activity?

Does hiking count if you’re a runner? Well if it does, then hiking. If it doesn’t, then some sort of plyometric or strength training workout.

Red Rocks Hiking

5. If I came to visit you, what would we do?

Lots of outdoor things! A long hike, a concert or movie at Red Rocks, a festival if one was happening, and possibly trying out a new recipe together at the house.

6. You have 2 weeks off of work and 2 round trip plane tickets. Where would you go and who would you take?

Australia and New Zealand. Rob. Of course. Germany and Alaska are first on our travel list right now, but if the tickets are already paid for, then we’re taking advantage and going to the furthest/most expensive-to-get-to destination.

7. What’s the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you during a run or race?

Good thing I was alone, but there was one time I didn’t make it to the bathroom on time. The frustrating part was it was a short run, not like a 20-miler or anything. Also, tripping in front of someone you’re trying to pass. I laugh, they pretend they didn’t see, it’s a whole thing.

8. Tell me the 3 best days of your life. Or at least the first three that pop into your mind. 

This is a tough one because I have been truly blessed throughout my life. Let’s take the 3 best days from 2014 instead. A) Finishing the marathon while meeting all of my goals. B) Our Ireland/London Honeymoon/Jackie’s wedding (Yes I am cheating and actually picking an entire 2-week time frame here. Like I said, blessed.) C) Starting my personal training business with my first ever clients and Burn.

The women of the family in London

9. Okay, you HAVE to eat a fast food meal. What restaurant would you choose and what would you order?

Chipotle, Subway, Panera. That’s it unless we’re ordering pizza. The last time I had McDonald’s, I was sick for two days, so it just doesn’t get on my radar.

McDonalds post Vietnam

10. Have you ever met a celebrity?

Yes. My family knows Chuck Scarborough, a WNBC news anchor, and Christine Ebersole, the mom from Richie Rich and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

scarborough and ebersole

11. Share a picture of yourself in non workout clothes!

This was a lot harder to find than I thought! Not sure if I’m embarrassed, or at awesome status.

Blarney Castle, Ireland

12. If you could choose to have a “d0-over” and switch careers, what would you choose and why?

I would love to work with kids in a more recreational capacity. Whether that’s organizing programs for a YMCA type place, being a camp director, or coaching multiple sports teams, I just love seeing kids being kids. Their best comes out.

13. If you won the Olympic Gold Medal – how do you think you would react?

Ha. This question makes me laugh because there is a rumor going around my school (amongst the kids) that I actually won a gold medal for track (they don’t specify what event). My school is notorious for its rumor mill. Moving on…I think I would cry, then hug everyone (big deal for me because I am not a hugger), then probably go out for an all-the-fixin’s burger and cocktails.

HIgh Jump circa 2004

14. What do you want for Christmas? I am changing this to “What do you want for your birthday?” Since that is coming up on June 9. (hint hint wink wink)

Experiences, not things, are always a safe bet with me. So a weekend in the mountains, an adventure race entry we can do together, or just a day out doing active things (bike to a hike then jump in a lake).

15. What skill do you lack?

Math is not my strong suit. Plus, I get overwhelmed in large groups because I don’t really know who to direct questions to without asking everyone in the group. I’m much better one-on-one or with about 4-5 people.

RQ: Your turn! Where would you travel to? What is your dream job? What skill do you lack?

How To Decide If Using A Scale Is Right For You

*This post may be triggering for those struggling with eating disorders. If you feel that may be you, please skip it and peruse the Eating Recovery Center website for more information and help.

Truth: I have not voluntarily weighed myself (doctor visits excluded) in years. I’m just not interested. The number on the scale holds zero meaning for me.

One question I hear quite often from my clients is related to the scale. How much can I expect to lose? What should my goal weight be? When will I lose all this weight?

While these are valid questions, I strongly encourage my clients to move away from the number and start focusing on overall, whole body feel. Additionally, muscle is denser than fat and doesn’t need as much room in your body. So, while you’re losing fat and expecting to see the scale number go down, it may in fact go up a bit. Which is another reason fixating on a number becomes tricky.

Muscles?

Regardless of what the scale says, I feel my personal best when my diet is mostly fruits, vegetables, lean poultry, few whole grains and when my workouts are consistent (5 times a week at least). If I use these healthy habits, I know I am at my happy weight, not because I’ve weighed myself, but because I feel good physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Pull out all the food you need

When these healthy habits take a backseat, or life happens (hello moving!), then I turn to the darker, more brooding side of things. Not good.

Now, I’m not saying to never use a scale, because that can turn negative as well, but I am saying there is a time and a place. What is NOT a time and place? Weighing yourself more than once a day, or even every day. How will that be a positive experience when our body weight fluctuates by a few pounds throughout a single 12-72 hour period?

So, how do you decide if using a scale is right for you? Think through the following points. Whichever one you identify more with is your best bet.

Using a scale might be for you…

  • If you need a baseline weight before starting an exercise program.
  • If you need to keep yourself accountable throughout a fitness program with something more tangible and specific.
  • If tracking your successes and setbacks gives you extra motivation.
  • If you’re a numbers person.

Yasso 800 times

Using a scale might not be for you…

  • If the number you see leaves you with more negative thoughts throughout the day and de-motivates you to continue your program.
  • If you are trying to develop your inititive skills on how you feel, how to eat, and when to add more intensity to your workouts.
  • If you don’t already own one. (This is the budget-friendly option.)
  • If your looming weigh in date is going to stress you out.
  • If the number is going to trigger you to exhibit unhealthy habits (i.e. extreme dieting, overexercising, excessive use of diuretics, etc.)

If you decide that using a scale is the right choice for you, that’s fantastic! A few recommendations on how to use it in a positive way include:

  • Weigh yourself every 2-4 weeks. I would lean more to the 4 week mark, but if you need a more consistent check in, every 2 weeks should be plenty.
  • Use the same scale, at the same time of day, with the same amount of clothing. Otherwise, your numbers are going to be a bit skewed.
  • Write the number down somewhere. If you are keeping a workout log put it in there, or send the number to your trainer to record. It takes the guess work out of your next weigh in.

Two clients after their Color Me Rad Race!

  • Don’t use it as your only means of success or setbacks. There are so many factors to consider when getting and staying healthy that the scale should just be a piece of that, not the whole picture. There are so many Non-Scale Victories and Non-Food Rewards for you to chose from!

RQ: What are your thoughts on using scales for your personal life or for a weight loss/fitness program?

Lately…The Life Needs More Hours In The Day Version

Hello Friends!

I know it’s cliche to apologize for a long blogging absence, but I have to apologize. I really need more hours in the day because I’ve missed you all! Writing, reading, the whole blog thing!

Let me explain:

Track started! This is my first season being head coach for track (I was head for cross country as well). I was assistant for half of last track season and head coach for the other half, but I am so thrilled to start this season with a fresh outlook and clean slate. We are three weeks into practice and the kids are excited, positive, and itching to get their first meet under their belts.

Track-spiration

We moved into our new house! Officially official that we live in our new place. It is by no means “done”, and would be better be described as “glamping”, but we running water, working toilets, and as of yesterday, a brand new stove!

New oven!

To give you an idea of the work we still need to do, we are using the old kitchen cabinets with a door glued to the top as our kitchen counters. It may not be pretty, but it is extremely functional.

Functional Kitchen Counters

I’m getting back into running. I am so so thrilled to be running the Thelma and Louise Half Marathon in Moab on June 6. Unfortunately, June is right around the corner and my running has been capital S-slacking. Fortunately, our new area has tons of trails to explore.

Trail Exploration

Rob and I have done three runs together the past few days and no two have been in the same direction or on the same path yet. Woot!

Blog conferences are sneaking up quick. This year, two of the best blog conferences are in Colorado. Blend is hitting Boulder in May (here’s last year’s recap), and Fitbloggin’ is coming to Denver in June. It will be my first year at Fitbloggin’, but I’ve only heard super wonderful things about it.

Ok, it doesn’t sound like much is going, but I promise it’s life has been way more busy than this makes it sound!

RQ: What’s been keeping you busy lately? What’s an unusual way you’ve made something functional?

Lately…The Mostly Moving and Construction Version

Hello Friends!

I hope you you are staying warm if you are in Colorado today, and are hunkered down with enough food and entertainment if you’re in the Northeast. It looks brutal up that way!

I figured it was about time to catch you up on the happenings around here, especially if you don’t follow me on Instagram (which you should). Warning: Most of what I have to share has to do with moving and our renovation, so if you’re tired of hearing about that (which I hope you’re not because there is much more to come), I’ll talk with you later.

The past week and a half I have been busy:

picking out tile! You would think that with an interior designer for a mom, an architect for a dad, and rather artist sisters, I would have an eye for color and style. Alas, that gene must have missed me. This is probably the tenth version Rob and I went through (and it wasn’t event the final one).

Tile Choices - number 10

packing. We decided to slowly move our things from the apartment over to the new house for the past two weeks. It helped a ton yesterday when the big move happened because we only had the bulky stuff to contend with. I highly recommend this if it’s possible for you.

Packing the last few things

semi-settling into an in-between house. Our contractor knew he wasn’t going to be finished by his proposed date, and our move in date. So, he offered Rob and I his rental house to stay in for about a week or so while he finishes up. Luckily it is only two blocks from our new house, so we can run over real quick after work and check on things.

Rental House Essentials Only

enjoying the view from Lodo’s in Highlands Ranch. For Valentine’s Day, we enjoyed a late lunch on the patio of Lodo’s. Burgers, beers, and 60 degree weather made for a fantastic afternoon.

View from Lodo's Highlands Ranch

getting excited about the Winter Thaw Burn. These burns have been so much fun for me. I can’t believe they have been going for over a year now! I love coming up with ways to make them new and exciting for my returning clients, and friendly and welcoming for new ones. If you have been thinking about joining one, I highly recommend it, not because I am biased, but because it is a truly inspiring group of women.

Winter Thaw Burn

recruiting for the track team. Track season starts next week and I have been recruiting like a mad woman. With only 12 kids on the team last year, and eight of them being throwers, I am determined to have a bigger team this year. So far, I have verbal commitments from about 30 kids. We’ll see how many show up on the first day.

Phew! I knew things were busy, but sometimes typing it all out makes it seem more hectic. At least it’s all positive, exciting things (except for the tile…ugh).

RQ: Tell me what’s going on with you! Do you enjoy moving? Renovating?

Winter Thaw Burn

With most spring breaks happening in March and April, we are at the time of year where you need to start planning for it now. Booking vacations, shopping for warm-weather clothing, and hitting the gym will have you prepared for a fun spring break!

That’s why the Winter Thaw Burn is here!

Winter Thaw Burn

This workout plan is 4 weeks of full body conditioning to help you come out of hibernation and get ready for spring, which is right out the corner!  The Winter Thaw Burn will feature all new workouts!

Why is this Burn something you should do?

  • To help you shake off that hibernation feeling and prepare for spring!
  • To improve/maintain your overall fitness through full body strength and conditioning.
  • If you have your sights set on completing a 5k.
  • There is a max of 6 moves, more often less, in each workout, so you won’t feel overwhelmed by learning new moves.
  • Each workout takes about 30-45 minutes tops!
  • If you need a change in, or some fresh air put into, your workouts.

Here is what you will get during the 4 week Burn:

  • 5 days a week of full body workouts
  • 5k Run Plan Add On. This is optional and includes 3 days of running each week.
  • Optional entry to a virtual 5k at the end of the 4 weeks with some sweet prizes.
  • Daily health tips to help you make small changes that lead to big differences
  • Daily questions to make you think about your progress and obstacles (NEW!)
  • 24-day Fitness Challenge (NEW!)
  • Picture sheets of all workouts
  • Membership into a secret Facebook group for tips, motivation, encouragement, and accountability from me as well as other members of the Burn
  • Beginner modifications and advanced progressions for every workout to make it more manageable and more challenging depending on what you need
  • Tracking sheet to monitor your progress
  • Six days a week of motivation, encouragement, and accountability from me (via Facebook)
  • Access to your very own personal trainer (me!)
  • Varied levels of support throughout the 4-weeks (NEW!)

Items you will need:

  • timer/stopwatch
  • deck of cards
  • free weights
  • space to move, jump, twist, and lay down
  • mat, or soft place for floor moves
  • cardio machine, or a place to walk/run

What is this virtual 5k you mentioned?

The virtual 5k will take place at the end of the Burn as a way to culminate all your hard work, especially if you participate in the 5k run plan add on. As a participant, you will have to send in some sort of check in picture to show that you completed the 5k by midnight on March 22.  Then, your name will be entered into a raffle!

Registration for the 5k is only $5!

The Winter Thaw Virtual 5k is not exclusive to Burn participants and is open to anyone. All proceeds from the 5k will be going to support the Sheridan High School Track Team as part of a larger, in-person 5k. Raffle prizes will be announced a little later, but entrance to the raffle is based on participation, not speed. So you can walk, crawl, or skip the 5k and still be entered to win!

What are the dates of the Winter Thaw Burn?

The Winter Thaw Burn runs from February 23 – March 21, 2015. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email from me. The official welcome email will be sent on Sunday, February 22.

What are the varied levels of support you mentioned and how do I register?

Registration is simple. Just click the links to be taken to Paypal. Please feel free to email me with any questions at wreckingroutine@gmail.com.

Winter Thaw Virtual 5k Only – $5 – Proceeds go to support the High School Track Team!

Level 1: Winter Thaw Burn Program Only - $25

This level gets you a weekly email with the workouts, health tips, and 24-day fitness challenge. This option is great for those who don’t want to check in with someone, but prefer to just take a program and work through it on their own.

Add the virtual 5k to this level for only $5 more! Winter Thaw Burn Program Only with Virtual 5k – $30

Level 2: Winter Thaw Burn with Facebook Group - $40

This is your standard Burn. You will receive everything mentioned above, including access to the secret Facebook group for daily accountability and motivation. This option is great for those who enjoy having a group behind them and a trainer available for any quick questions.

Add the virtual 5k to this level for only $5 more! Winter Thaw Burn with Facebook Group and Virtual 5k - $45

Level 3: Winter Thaw Burn with twice weekly personalized email check ins - $55

This level gets you access to everything mentioned above including the secret Facebook group. In addition, you and I will work more closely together through two personal emails per week for more individualized focus on your goals, needs, questions, progress, and setbacks. This option is perfect for those who need to be held accountable in a more in-your-face type of way.

Add the virtual 5k to this level for only $5 more! Winter Thaw Burn with twice weekly emails and Virtual 5k – $60

Can I give the Winter Thaw Burn as a gift?

Yes! You absolutely can! If you are gifting these 4 weeks of fitness to a friend, please put her name and email address in the notes section. If you need me to keep it a secret (i.e. hold off on their confirmation) until a specific date, please also put the date it’s ok to tell in the notes section.

Please email me with any questions or concerns you may have at wreckingroutine@gmail.com. If you are interested in online personal training, but this program doesn’t fit your needs, check my Training Services page for other options. I would love to work with you!

You can also read testimonials about training with Wrecking Routine here.

**I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Women’s Fitness Specialist, but am not a Registered Dietician. Please consult your physician before starting any new exercise routine or diet.**

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