Sweaty and triumphant

Hey everyone! How’s your day going? Mine has been bueno- much more laid back than yesterday!

I woke up extra early this morning so I could go for a run on the base trail.

I grabbed a messy nanner with AB before leaving the casa:


And drove down to base. When I got there, it was already too hot to run. I took off, and with the sun blaring down at me and the intense humidity, I couldn’t do it. I didn’t want some active duty member doing PT to find me passed out on the side of the road, so I went inside the gym to get in a little cardio and weights.

I did 40 minutes on the stairclimber –that thing is EVIL!- reading SELF and then did some shoulders, triceps and chest.

After that, I munched a dried fruit strip (for carb replenishment):


And took a Cardio Kickbox class 😀
You’re probably wondering why the heck I worked out before taking an aerobics class, but I’ve never taken the class before and wanted to make sure I got in a quality workout since I’m not teaching spin tonight. For me it’s all about quality over quantity and I didn’t want to be bored out of my mind in kickboxing and leave the gym knowing I could have gotten a better workout by myself. I guess I’ll never have to worry about that again because kickboxing was KILLER!!!

I LOVE being able to take classes (instead of just teaching them) and we recently got a new aerobics instructor at the base gym. Before she got there, I had been the only aerobics teacher and never got to take cardio from anyone since the other instructors do yoga and pilates. The new teacher is FABULOUS! We did a circuit style workout with light weights, kicks, punches, cardio blasts and abs. A-freaking-mazing.

So yes, I was a bit of a workout machine this morning and decided to drive a little out of the way to get a juice before going home.

I picked up a smoothie for Jeni and wanted a green juice, but they didn’t have green apples today! So I munched this instead:


(Review is here)

I took Jeni her smoothie (we’re neighbors) and then came back to the casa for another snack since I was still munchy.


Maybe I’ll have something green in my life today because as of now, I’m rockin the carb boat 😉

Next, I got to work on a white chocolate cheesecake to take to the coffee tonight.


I used this recipe but instead of doing the raspberry sauce (which I added wayyyy to much corn starch to and as Stewie would say turned it into a culinary abortion) I used melted chocolate chips and drizzled that on top.

Viesa slept in a bed that’s way too small for her while I cooked:


She’s a petite thing but has a knack of thinking she’s much smaller than she actually is— like when she plops herself on my chest while I’m sleeping 😀

I’m off to finally catch up on your blogs, lay by the pool with a new book for a while, train a client and then to the wive’s meeting. Jeni and I are hosting this one and we’re having it at the Indian restaurant—I get Indian a day early this week! 😀

Take care and I’ll see ya tonight.



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Today’s tip: Like I said above, quality trumps quantity when it comes to working out. I’m back and forth between two of the gyms here and every day I see a lot of the same thing… people la-di-da-ing on the treadmill at a snail’s pace (SLOWER than they would walk in their natural surroundings) for way longer than necessary, without the slightest glisten of sweat on their face. My motto is: get in, make yourself sweat, and get out. No one wants to live at the gym (unless you make some dollas for it, like I do), and there’s no reason to work out more than 30-45 minutes each day if you’re working at a moderate intensity. Of course, if you’re la-di-da-ing, seeing results will take MUCH longer and much more time out of your life. So if you use your time wisely and work out efficiently, you can be in and out in less than an hour and see amazing results 😀

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  1. Paige @ Running Around Normal on July 14, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I completely agree with ya in the quality vs. quanity debate. I love to get in a good sweaty run in about 40 minutes, then be done with cardio for the whole day!

  2. Laura W on July 14, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Viesa is too cute! I love that pic.

    Have fun at the wive's meeting…hosting it at the Indian place has probably been a long time coming!

  3. Joanna on July 14, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    your dog is too cute!

  4. Beth on July 14, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    love Viesa! She really looks like a fox when she's all curled up like that!

  5. VeggieGirl on July 14, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    GORGEOUS cheesecake and cute Viesa! 🙂

    Enjoy your time tonight!! I wonder what you'll order at the restaurant tonight – gee, I wonder (I'm glad you understand this inside joke, hahahahaha).

  6. brandi on July 14, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    the cheesecake turned out beautiful!

    have fun tonight! I wonder what you'll get…. 🙂

  7. janetha on July 14, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    hahahah love the tiny bed! super cute pooch

  8. Pam on July 14, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Your puppy is so cute and that cheesecake is amazing!

    I love raw cheesecakes too and they are so much fun to make!



  9. Bec on July 14, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    wow love the cheese cake it looks so pretty!

  10. Anna on July 14, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Amen! I'm a quality over quantity type person too. It saves time, thats for sure. And it feels good to shake things up and go shorter and faster rather than longer and slower sometimes. Yesterday, I only had to run 2 miles (per my race training plan), which I was kind of irritated about. I wanted a workout! But I because it was such a short distance, I ran them a LOT faster than I usually do- I never really get the chance to really go all out because I'm always trying to pace myself for a longer run, but that 2 mile dash felt awesome!

  11. Annie on July 14, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Oh my gosh, the pic of your pup in the tiny bed is hillarious!!
    I'm a new follower…I've heard your blog is full of inspiration and motiviaton to work out and be healthy! I need all the help my lazy butt can get, hehe.

  12. The Rest is Still Unwritten on July 14, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    You make me want to quit my job and be a fitness trainer. How did you get into that? I'd love to have the motivation you do. I enjoy working out and I eat pretty healthy, though not near as healthy as you do. I'm a new reader.

    I love your pup! That is the sweetest picture!

  13. runsarah on July 14, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Your cake looks amazing! The photo of viesa made me laugh!

  14. Fitnessista on July 14, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    veggiegirl- LOL. i wonder…

    annie- welcome to my little bloggy! i find it's always helpful to get motivation from other people, too 😀

    the rest is still unwritten- welcome! i got into training because i was working as a retail sales manager at a department store and HATED it. i couldn't find another job with my finance degree (because we're military, which makes it nearly impossible to find a job once a potential employer learns we could be moving any second) so i got into training and fell in love with it. it really is a rewarding job and between that and teaching aerobics, i stay pretty busy 😀

  15. MarathonVal on July 14, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Your puppy is so adorable. Have fun at the wives outing!

  16. Melanie on July 14, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Your puppy is so cute – He does look like a fox!!

    What's on your sprouted grain tortilla – that looks yummy!! Making me wish I had a sprouted grain tortilla right now.

  17. Red Head, Yellow Dog on July 14, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    1. you puppy is too cute for words

    2. loved your tip today. I completely agree with the quality v. quantity! it's nice to hear though. I know I can push myself on the elliptical for 30 minutes and do a sweat inducing 20 minute strength routine and see results!

  18. Krista on July 14, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Phenomenal looking cheesecake!

    Your doggy is too cute!

  19. redhead75 on July 14, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    OMG that picture made me seriously laugh! Thanks!

    Enjoy your cheesecake, sounds like you earned it 🙂

  20. caronae on July 14, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    It's hard to run in the summer! If I have any hope of doing more than 3-5 miles, I have to get up early or go out at nine at night! Good luck with the outdoor running next time. I get soooo bored on treadmills!

  21. justine on July 14, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Love cheesecake & love to make it but man is that stuff evil!!


  22. justaddspice on July 14, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    aww my dog is the same way. he doesn't realize how big he is (which is like 85lbs!)

    i'm new to the blogworld but yours is quickly becoming one of my faves 🙂

  23. Veganissexy on July 14, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I totally agree. I always see those peeps at the gym and I have to remind myself, at least they are HERE trying 🙂 Not my cup of tea to lallygag around the dirty YMCA….so I'm with you…get er' done and get out 🙂

  24. Girl on Raw on July 14, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Wow what a crazy workout day (but impressive!). And I laughed out loud at your puppy in the bed, so much so that my own puppy stopped chewing her chew toy to look up at me and work out what was sooo funny!


  25. Emily on July 14, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Your cheesecake looks delicious. 🙂

    Hope you have a great time tonight. Indian food…yummmm….

  26. K from ksgoodeats on July 14, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    40 minutes on the stair climber?! You get may-jah props for that! I think I'd rather cut off my arm 😉

    Ahhhh the pupper is adorable in the tiny bed! That cheesecake looks incredible!

  27. AJ on July 14, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Love your blog, been reading it for a while. I just wanted to ask what kind of pooch Viesa is? She is adorable.

    My friend also has a dog who thinks he is much smaller than he is. Trouble is he's a Newfoundland….

  28. ttfn300 on July 14, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    gorgeous dessert! and how cute is viesa 🙂

  29. sweet26 on July 14, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    aww viesa is adorable!

  30. Joelle (The Pancake Girl) on July 14, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    That cheesecake is gorgeous!!

  31. Meredith (Pursuing Balance) on July 14, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    What a beautiful cheesecake!

  32. heartswholefoods on July 14, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    LOL Viesa is just too cute 😉

    Lovely cheesecake!!! The black and white swirls are so pretty!

  33. Lauren on July 14, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Oh my girl, your cheesecake looks sensational! You are like superwoman; working so hard at the gym and with all of your clients, being a great wifey by making your man dinner, and even baking so amazing looking stuff. How do you do it? 🙂

    Hope you have fun tonight! 😉

  34. Menden @ Skinny Menny on July 14, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Glad you got to enjoy a kick-butt cardio class today! How fun! Hope you enjoy your night 🙂

  35. buffmuffy on July 14, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    beautiful cheesecake … looks like a chocolate crust?

  36. The Fat Dietitian on July 15, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Viesa is adorable! What kind of a dog is she? She looks like a fox… 🙂

  37. Lisa on July 15, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Sorry maybe you answered this already – What kind of dog is Viesa? I was walking down the street the other day when I saw the same type of dog. so cute.

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