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Plank Off

Plank Off

After not working out for three weeks, the simple, yet apparently effective Blah Blaster took out a lot from Chris and me.  So, today, I prepared a super quick, low intensity workout I called “Plank Off”.  It didn’t kick our rears like Blah Blaster, but it’s pretty core intensive so…

Learning to Fly

Learning to Fly

Earlier this month, I received a rude awakening.  All summer, I had been preparing and fine-tuning my presentation for this project that has become near and dear to my heart.  My chosen venue to debut EarthFit was the International Congress of Zookeepers in Germany.  To me, sharing this program with…

Dragging My Way Back to a Routine

My husband and I have been away on vacation for three weeks.  Three weeks of eating decadent foods, getting little rest, not drinking enough water, and walking around medieval European towns as our main source of working out.  I had even given us one extra day off the routine, but…

EarthFit: Awakening the Passion for Fitness and Conservation

EarthFit: Awakening the Passion for Fitness and Conservation

There is an incredible amount of passion residing within me. It seems obvious that I would have such strong infatuation for animals and nature, given my career of choice. A hankering for these particular areas were awoken and nurtured from an early age. Growing up, I jumped at every opportunity…

Grow Your Own Health

Grow Your Own Health

Right after Chris and I moved to Portland, I planted my garden in pots on my deck. It’s a small garden, but it was one small thing I wanted to do to reduce costs and hopefully my waist with fresh veggies and herbs. I planted seeds, and patiently waited for…

Healthy Lifestyle, Healthy Marriage, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Healthy Lifestyle, Healthy Marriage, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

This is a very personal post. I was asked to share a little about my journey in fitness to really show how we are ALL vulnerable. I’m very lucky to have someone in my life that is so incredibly supportive, but it took me a while to realize it.

Winnie Memorial

Winnie Memorial

I can’t remember exactly how old Winnie was when I picked her up from my co-worker’s place.  She was just a scroungy little kitten though. Gorgeous tortoise shell coloration, long hair, and piercing gold eyes. I wasn’t allowed to have cats at the apartment I was then renting, but Winnie…

Letter to Animal Rights

I recognize that debating with the animal rights agenda is incredibly frustrating, for both sides. I often wish I could wave a magic wand and instantly have the anti-zoo folks see things from my point of view, and that I could see things from theirs. It does seem to me…

A Good Day

A Good Day

After being in a slump for a couple weeks, I finally had a breakthrough kind of day. A great day actually. The perfect kind of day I needed to get back on my fitness/writing/learning/motivated horse and take off running again (well, not me running, let’s not get too crazy!)

Positive Reinforcement in Fitness

Positive Reinforcement in Fitness

Whenever I talk to people about using positive reinforcement in a fitness program, it always leads to assumptions about treating ourselves to food rewards, shopping sprees, and other expensive gifts as a reward for “good” behavior.