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PiYo Review

A lot of people have messaged me to ask what I think of PiYo, so I figured it was worth a post. Before I give my opinions, I want to note a few things:  I did NOT follow the PiYo program as directed. The kit has a calendar of workouts, but I just sort of tossed it to the side. Instead, I chose to do the workouts at random two or three times a week, depending on my schedule/needs. Running remains my favorite/primary focus when it comes to exercise. I did, however, perform all the PiYo moves according to the instructor/modifier. Basically, I do NOT recommend doing this program in a manner that could leave you injured, OK? Nobody wants that. I purchased the program through my friend Kendra, who is a Beach Body coach. I like Kendra, but I am not personally affiliated with the company, and all opinions in this unofficial review are my own. Savvy?  With that out of the way, let’s talk about WHY I bought the DVDs in the first place.  I need a good strength-training program. It’s proven that s…

TRUTH: I'd rather be merry than guilty

Here's the deal: I haven't tracked a single point since Thursday, Dec. 19. And I don't have any intention to start tracking again until .... sometime after Christmas, definitely BEFORE New Year's Eve though. I haven't decided exactly when.

I'm not going to go overboard, but I am going to enjoy myself, dammit. Some people have awesome self control - good for them. I've tried restricting myself at the holidays before, and I always ended up feeling left out and unsatisfied. Or, I would fail miserably at my attempts to stay on track ... and then feel guilty for the rest of the day/week/year.

This time, Kyle and I decided to "turn off" our Weight Watchers trackers for the week and just enjoy our time with our families. If I feel like have a salad, I will ... And if I feel like having some more cookies, I will. Our streak will continue not matter what, however - it's not like we're COMPLETELY throwing in the towel.

Weight Watchers tells its memb…

Then and Now: Because the journey isn't over

Yesterday, I saw this picture of me and Kyle at my company Christmas party. Cute, right? Definitely a keeper.



But then, I compared it to a picture of us from Kenlee's first Christmas in 2011 ... and I was shocked.


We've changed a lot over the last three years, most obviously in regard to our weight. At this point, I've lost 105 pounds and Kyle has lost more than 90. As I've said before, taking this journey together has made all the difference. We're proud of the changes we've made and the lifestyle we've adapted. Our appearance has transformed, yes. But we've also transformed our attitudes, our marriage and our family.

It's admittedly hard to see that picture from when we were close to our heaviest/unhealthiest. At first glance, I feel ashamed and embarrassed. How did we live like that? Why didn't we change? I don't recognize those people anymore, and I definitely don't want to be those people anymore.

But as I looked at that old photo a…

My Accidental PR (No, Really!)

OK, don't punch me. But I accidentally PR'd my 5K on Thanksgiving.

I'm not trying to downplay anything or humble-brag. I seriously never intended to go that fast, and I certainly wasn't trying ... at least not I until I was nearly done with the race. Here's how illness, a malfunctioning GPS watch and some sibling rivalry combined to create my accidental PR.

It started a couple of weeks ago, when my daughter caught a cold, complete with a nasty cough that kept her (and us) up all night for nearly two weeks. Kenlee was kind enough to share her germs with me, and I had my own coughing/hacking spells and wasn't able to breathe or talk normally for a solid week.

I didn't run a single mile during that time, and I barely left my couch. My first "test run" was a 4-miler with Kim, and it was all I could do to keep my head up as I trudged along behind her. That was the Friday before Thanksgiving. On Sunday, I went alone for 5 miles, telling myself I would …