I’m a talker. Ulysses is not. In fact, he barely spoke to my parents until after we were engaged. That went over well.

This lovely personality trait makes me feel like I need to spend 1 day a week just rambling on about everything that didn’t get mentioned in the previous 7 posts or that my husband has no desire to hear from me at the dinner table. Or at least the stuff I want to talk about. Frustrating work conference calls…not on the list. 10 gray hairs plucked out of my head…also not on the list.

So here we go…


Yes, I like talking about this stuff. I spend all week talking about food, eating food, making food, let’s talk about how I get rid of that food. And no, not in that kind of way.

After a few days off and some modifications for the weird foot injury that almost went away as quickly as it came on, I’ve been bodyrocking like there’s no tomorrow. I’m just absolutely obsessed with these workouts. They’re fun, they’re fast and every single time I think one looks easy, I get my ass handed to me within the first 2 minutes. I love it.

Lean muscle fast 300 rep challenge <—this is actually the one I hurt my foot doing. Take my advice, don’t do step ups on a chair.

Glad you came (intermediate version)

Roc it out rep challenge

ZWOW #6 <—found this video link on Michelle & Lori’s site. Apparently, Zuzana does her own videos now that she’s not on bodyrock anymore and this was a great no equipment needed workout.

I also made up my own circuit one day that looked like this:


In addition to those, I’ve added the Tone it up girls ab workout to the end of quite a few workouts.

The bodyrock monthly challenge also has “fit test” where you do a series of exercises for 50 seconds with a 10 second rest between each one a few times during the month to see how you’re improving. I did this on 2/9 and 2/20 so far. I plan on doing the last one on Monday. Here’s what the improvement looks like so far:

fit test 2

*I did pushup burpees on 2/20 instead of regular ones by accident, hence the lower number.

Not bad progress for 11 days. I can also visibly see a difference in my arms at this point. There are A LOT of pushups in these workouts!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Other people’s food!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

There are exactly 60 blogs in my google reader, most include food some way or another. Some post 3 times a day, others once a day, and that doesn’t even count the posts I read through twitter because something catches my eye. Needless to say, there is a TON of food that I inevitably come across and want to make instantly.

Going with this month’s “eat clean” theme. These vegan stuffed tomatoes and this millet bowl are high on the weekend’s list.


I’m seriously excited to give this stuff a try.


Swanson contacted me a little while ago about trying some of their stuff out and this was one of the things I chose with the coupon they gave me. Their site is full of healthy products. Think whole foods meets your local “green” store but all of it discounted. People rave about Himalayan salt so I figured I’d give it a shot. Any good ideas what to use it on or do with it?

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  1. LOL. my beagle does the same thing only she has to be under the covers and sometimes it drives me CRAZY! geuss she never read the little house books where Jack the dog only turned around three times. maybe i should read them to her but i doubt she will take the hint. beagles are so stubborn.
    i just found your site and am excited to try your recipes.

  2. I like checking my arms all the time and every time I see something that looks like a line or a muscle toning improvement (might be imaginary), I am the happiest girl in the world. Am I crazy or what? But seriously for the longest time, there was nothing and I felt frustrated, when I started increasing push ups, it really made a difference.

    1. You’re not alone. This sounds so vain, but I enjoy drying my hair because I can definitely see the improvement in my arm muscles. hahaha!

  3. This are pretty advance for me. I’m sitting on the computer all day and doing dumbells. I will try to increase my reps. I envy your push up routines.

  4. Yep, my pups, too. My female is really vocal about it – she grumbles and moans while she does it. I remember watching a show about dogs years ago and I learned that it’s an instinctual thing that wolves do, too, called nesting. They’re readying their sleeping space or shelter by clearing away any “debris.”

    Guess they didn’t get the memo that mommy is the one who cleans away the debris (at least in this den).

    1. Ginger grunts sometimes too. Funny and weird all at the same time. Too bad they’re not actually “clearing away the debris” that would be nice…

  5. Oh my goodness… that video cracked me up! Gunner fights his bed every night. Maybe it’s a Weimaraner thing ;)

  6. Aww haha yeah Betty does something similar… she pulls all the cushions and throws of the sofa (despite being told off every.single.time) and then spends 10 minutes ‘getting comfy’ on them on the floor! I just found Zuzanas new workouts as well, really glad she’s still making and posting them. Not to sound like a prude but I like that they’re all filmed from a slightly more, shall we say respectable angle! And also that there are zero RIDICULOUS names!

    1. haha yes, I totally agree. the angles and pictures on the normal bodyrock site are just out of control. Doesn’t bother me really but it’s just totally unnecessary.

  7. All three of my dogs do that! My little guy Guinness has to get UNDER the covers all the time and then does that under neath the covers. Hysterical!!

  8. Travis does that too! Sometimes if we kick him off the couch and there’s no dog bed, he even tries to dig in the carpet.

  9. hahahha your dog is hilarious. My roommates dog does something very similar too.
    So true about body rock- I’m always like oh this one will be simple here we go! Then I’m burning and panting within a few reps. Love it though! I’ve been doing the Zwows about once a week too and really like them so far.