Countin’ Down

  • 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
    • mountain climbers
    • reverse fly
    • roll-up V-ups
    • bent over fly
    • lateral leg raise squats (alternating)

Confused about any of these exercises? Check out Fitness in a Minute to find out!

For my personal workouts, I’m trying to focus on building my back muscles. So I’m sure some new exercises will be making appearances in the near future (time to update Fitness in a Minute!). Apparently this is going to be a goal-setting month. Which brings me to…

How did everyone do with our Friday Challenge? Did you set a goal? Still thinking about it? Already started??

I am happy to announce that I have been cheese-free for 8 full days. That’s quite a record for me! I feel like I need to have a counter on the sidebar to hold me responsible. It’s not always easy, but I do feel better and am not suffering from the same gut pains that I was experiencing far too often. The worst of it came several weeks ago when I was in the heart of Dairyland Wisconsin and ate an inordinate amount of the most delicious, fresh cheese curds. (Honestly, they were amazing…) However, waking up the following morning with gut pains that didn’t subside for two days straight was enough for me to commit to making some much needed changes.

Onward and upward to healthy living, one day at a time!


Dancer Countdown

Big news today! I’ve been invited to be the Zumba guest instructor at a local outdoor health clinic this afternoon. Sharing my love of health and fitness through dance and music is a gift and I’m so excited for the event! Let’s get ready with this Dancer’s Countdown workout:

  • 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
    • lateral dumbbell raise
    • tippy toe squats
    • backward lunges
    • oblique side bend (each side)
    • leg kickback on forearms (each side)

Confused about any of these exercises? Check out Fitness in a Minute to find out!


Have fun today and I’ll post more about Zumba tomorrow!


  • 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
    • Romanian deadlift
    • kayak twists w/ weight
    • dumbbell reverse fly
    • oblique twist squat w/ weight
    • bicep curl lunges
    • leg kickbacks on forearms (each side)
  • Timed plank (Hold a plank for as long as you can with timer going. Challenge yourself to hold it longer next time!)

Confused about any of these exercises? Check out Fitness in a Minute to find out!

Today is the last day of school in our household and the weekend is going to be filled with dress rehearsals, dance costumes, piano recitals, and not enough time! But, once everything is finished on Sunday evening, it will be time to relax and celebrate another school year well done. Friday Challenge this week is to find a moment to reflect upon your own personal accomplishments and appreciate all the work that went into them. If you don’t give yourself credit for those accomplishments, no one will!