I never considered myself an athlete, so trust me…if I can do it, so can you.  As a kiddo I played soccer, took dance lessons, was on the swim team, and dabbled in softball until my freshman year in high school.  Then I quit – everything.  I didn’t start working out again until the year I graduated high school, and I started running….what?!

I ran pretty steadily for about 10 months then went all sorts of drama (college can be so fun!) and didn’t run much at all until, oh…about 5 years later.

I’m what I call a “sweat results” exerciser.  I’ve always felt that if I’m not pretty drenched in sweat when I finish a workout then it wasn’t worth it.  That means aerobics classes, yoga, pilates, etc. are just not my thing.  I’ve tried.

The following workouts are what work for me:


I run every week.  At my fastest I almost beat a 24 min 5k time, but then I slacked a bit and am now around the 25:30 range…most of the time.  I’m currently signed up to run a half-marathon (my first!!) and am extremely nervous.  I’m following Hal Higdon’s Half-Marathon training guide for novices.  Not that I’m a novice, I’m just not interested in doing the interval runs to increase my speed right now.  If I can complete the half in under 2 hours, I’ll be super excited.  Then maybe….just maybe….I’ll do some speed work to get faster.

Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred:

Fast, but effective.



I’ve never completed this in any sort of sequential order, but when I need a quick workout, holy cow she delivers.  Great workout if you’re crunched for time.  Tip though, don’t make the mistake I did not long ago and attempt to do it with 8lb weights if you haven’t touched it in over a year.




Tony Horton’s P90X:

Holy ow.



Disclaimer here – I never finished this one entirely either (I swear I’m not a quitter!).  I started this last summer and when school started back up again I didn’t have the time for the hour+ workouts and running and X-Biking, so I gave up P90X until next summer.  But I did get results.  And it did kick my booty.






Who has (had) biceps? Me...












Spinning + Upperbody workout!


I go to X-Biking classes at my local YMCA at least 2 times a week.  I was doing back-to-back classes, but they now only offer one each day….darn you budget cuts!  I LOVE it.  It’s an excellent way to get cross-training, and, well, a good workout!

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