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The week the workouts killed me…

Okay, so this past week was my first week with my new workout schedule. Let me give you an idea of what my workouts look like throughout the week:

Monday – train PT client, cardio dance, abs, zumba

Tuesday – bodyrock, zumba, SHRED (mixes hip hop dance, weights, and core – it’s my favorite class to teach!)

Wednesday – train PT client, zumba, bodyrock

Thursday – bodyrock, zumba

Friday – train PT client, zumba, bodyrock

Saturday – bodyrock

Sunday – REST

Throw in a full time job, cheer practices, cooking, spending time with Daniel, and attempting to rest, and you get one tired Natalie. Hopefully my body will adjust to my new schedule SOON!!! On two different nights this past week, I went to bed at 9:30, and I’m pretty sure I was asleep before my head ever hit the pillow.



Even though this week was quite exhausting, it was amazing! The three new zumba classes that I added in are at a new fitness studio that just opened up. Usually, the first week of classes at a new place may have about 5 or 6 people, but every class I taught had around 15! Those ladies were so much fun this week! I love seeing people enjoying a good sweaty workout. I am extremely excited about the potential that this new studio holds. You can check out the website here.

As part of my New Year resolution, I decided to take the 30 day bodyrock challenge. I started a day late so that my rest days would be Sunday & Monday, and today I am finishing up my second week! Only two more weeks to go! I LOVE bodyrock workouts – they are super challenging, quick, and effective. I have been sore several days this week from the various workouts – especially Sean’s lower body workout! I want Lisa Marie’s abs…



I have exciting news! My brother-in-law, Brian, has been in Kenya on medical missions for the past SEVEN WEEKS, and he came home last night! We are having a family dinner tonight, and I cannot wait to see him and hear about his trip! It will also be great to see everyone else since we skipped Christmas.

I’m off to do my LAST DAY of week two bodyrock workout! Enjoy your Saturday!

What were your workouts this week?


DIET – the ultimate four letter word

Most people cringe when they hear the word “diet” because they think of eating small amounts of tasteless food, giving up all their favorite foods, and waking up in the middle of the night so hungry they start gnawing on the bedpost.

I think it is interesting that the word diet actually means “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.”  The origin of the word diet comes from a Greek word meaning “a way of living.”  Looking at the word from this perspective puts a much more positive spin on it. 

Lately, I have noticed that I have allowed too many empty carbs (sweets) back into my regular eating habits.  Accordingly, I have noticed a few extra pounds creep on my waistline.  In order to get this extra weight off, I am not GOING on a diet, but I am going to ADJUST my diet  way of life.  This means less refined sugars (so long, mini kit-kats, it’s been real), more vegetables, and also a change in my workout routine. 

My body has gotten used to my routine, and now the hour long sweat session of Zumba that occurs 3-4 times a week is just “the norm.”  This week, I have added in two Piloxing classes (have y’all heard of this or taken the class?  It’s so much fun!), some Jillian Michaels (6 week 6 pack), new weight lifting combos, and HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts.  I bought the Women’s Health Big Book of 15 Minute Workouts and have been mixing those in with my other workouts.  Needless to say, I’ve been sore all week!  I know I’m not the only one who rejoices when I wake up and my muscles are stiff and sore from an effective workout! 🙂 

Even though I’m cutting back in some areas of my eating habits, I am DEFINITELY not eliminating things I love (chocolate, frozen yogurt, carbs, cheese).  I have recently fallen in love with three new (to me) forms of chocolate.

Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk

Zico Chocolate Coconut Water

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Caramel Bar with Sea Salt (this one is still an indulgent and decadent treat, but it counts because it’s a new obsession – and dark chocolate has antioxidants).

I will keep you posted on my adjusted eating habits and way of life in general! 

Do y’all ever get “stuck” and have to jumpstart  your healthy lifestyle?  (I seriously hope it’s not just me!)

What’s your favorite treat that is somewhat healthy but doesn’t “taste healthy”?

Any words out there that you can’t stand or make you cringe?


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