Let’s Get Physical Friday: Shredding with Jillian Michaels

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I have a confession to make: I’ve fallen off the workout wagon! I had been very proud of my workout efforts for the first several months of the year. I was hitting the gym, or doing home workouts, and running several times a week. I have also been eating better this year, than any other time in my life. I’ve really been on a path to healthier living. I still had cheat days, and weeks where I worked out less than others. But I was pretty consistent… until the last month.

I was playing basketball (which was dumb of me in the first place – I had knee surgery about 10 years ago and tend to get hurt…a lot) and twisted my knee…. the one I had surgery on. It was tender for a few days and I was terrified to do anything. So I took a couple of weeks off. I’m feeling much better, but have been very busy and just haven’t been able to get back on the wagon. Tomorrow will be three weeks since I’ve worked out, except for a few walks and a little bit of dancing at a wedding.

It’s amazing how short a time period can change how you feel about yourself. I haven’t been eating as healthy and I haven’t been working out. I feel like a blob. Others may not notice it, and tell me I’m crazy (which they do), but it doesn’t matter how they see me, it’s how I feel about myself.

So tonight, I’m getting back on the wagon. I’m going to shred with Jillian Michaels.

30 day shred

I have incorporated the 30 Day Shred into my normal workout routine the past few months, but never did it hard core. I would do it once or twice a week, not the 30 days as recommended….until now. I am still nervous about running on my knee, even though I’m not sure Jillian’s high intensity workouts will be any better for it. But I’m willing to try, to at least get me back in shape. And let me tell you, I AM OUT OF SHAPE after three weeks off.

I did the first workout tonight and my arms and legs were killing me! I will be sore tomorrow, but am going to push through it.

The workout includes 3 levels. You do each level for 10 days.

In the past, I’ve only done level 1, so I’m interested to see how the other levels go. I’m also interested to see how my body transforms after 30 days of hardcore workouts. I know I will probably be the only one to notice the changes, but again, I care how I feel about myself, rather than if others notice.

My only concern is actually getting in a workout for 30 straight days. There are some days when I don’t get home until 9 or 10 p.m. and want to grab a quick bite to eat then go to bed. But I am keeping a list of days I get the workout done, so hopefully I’ll keep myself honest. Day 1 is in the books. 29 left to go!

Have you done this series? If so, how did you like it??

Stay tuned for updates!

Let’s Get Physical Friday: Electric Run

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Hi! Happy Friday! It’s been a while since you’ve seen one of these huh? Don’t worry, I haven’t fallen off the wagon. I’m actually quite proud of myself. Going on July and I’m still going strong on my workout regime. I’ve made some changes to my workout plan over the past few months. Have had to change eating habits, workout routines, and I’ve even made my own little arm workout that I am a little proud of.

I’m still running. I’ve been in kind of a slump this month. I’m stuck at 2 miles and worn out after every run. But I’m still running a couple of times a week and hope to keep adding to my mileage.

This time last year, I was training for my first 5K that I was going to run in (I normally just walk with my mom). I was training for the Color Run. It was fun and the first of my novelty runs.

This year, I’m running because I love it, not because I have an end goal. But when my cousin found the Electric Run, I had to say yes. Check out this video from YouTube:

Super fun right?

Well we signed up. Made a family event out of it. My cousin (sister) Lisa and I planned to run. Our cousin Alex ran with us and brought his cousin Mitchell.

preraceAlex, Mitch, Lisa, Me

Oh and we stayed with a family member in Columbus too. Super fun family time.

We bought tons of glow  in the dark goodies at the Dollar Store. Let me just say, they don’t glow as well as the ones they hand out at the run. We had necklaces, hats, bracelets, glasses…. the necklaces and bracelets were all that made it with us to the run… Have you tried to put together a glow stick hat? It’s nearly impossible.


As the sun started to go down, the vibe started to pick up. They were pumping loud techno versions of today’s popular songs. People were lined up ahead of us and behind us. And you know me, I was dancing from the second we lined up. Which meant I burnt tons of calories because we waited in line for 40 minutes.

startinglineThe starting line

behind us

Behind us in line

We thought the race was starting at 9:20. Well let me just be honest and say it probably wasn’t a good idea to have a night race on the longest day of the year… just a thought. We didn’t have anywhere to be though. The race started around 9:40. We were in the 3rd wave, so we started around 9:50.

preglowRight before starting!

We thought the race was going to be indoors and outdoors. We were wrong. We were at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. We ran through the parking lot. I was a little confuzzled. It was dark, there were people everywhere. I had no idea where I was.

Mitchell and I partnered up for the run and Alex and Lisa partnered up. It’s hard to run in groups in big races like that. It’s almost impossible to stay together while passing walkers. Not to mention it’s almost pitch black out except for the areas where there are lights… and the glow of sticks.

There weren’t as many “glow” areas as I expected. Seemed like they were every half mile or so. In between though it was dark and you really had to pay attention to your footing and the people in front of you. Some people went down. Others just stopped right in front of you.

When the race was over, there was a little setup where someone took our pictures:

cupsThe glowing cups were awesome (it’s the little things)

Oh and fair food and a rave. The rave was fun… very loud… the vibrations from the music were crazy. There was also beer. Not a smell I look forward to after a hot, sweaty run.

I will say that with these novelty runs, time isn’t of the essence. This race wasn’t even timed. I timed myself with my Nike+ app, but we stopped several times to take pictures, so we didn’t have a very good time at all. But we learned that in the Color Run and know that these novelty races are more about the fun than the race.

I would definitely do this race again. I think I like it better than the Color Run because I didn’t get dirty :) And running at night was a nice change up. Waiting at the starting line was by far my favorite part.

Have you done this run? What did you think??

Let’s Get Physical Friday: All Eyes and Hearts on Boston

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Happy Friday! Hope you all had a wonderful week. It’s been a while since we’ve had a Let’s Get Physical Friday here. Don’t worry, I’m still on my path to get fit. My gym membership ran out a couple of weeks ago, so no more classes and inside workouts. It’s finally nice enough to get outside and get stuff done. I am now running 2-3 weeknights and 1-2 times on the weekend and do some arm and ab workouts at home, along with my squats. The two months in the gym helped me mold a routine that I am now loving.

For the past two weeks though, running has had a new meaning for me. I no longer run for myself. I am running for Boston.

i run for boston
And I’m not the only one! Isn’t that shirt awesome? Click the picture to check them out at Ruffles With Love on Etsy.

I have been sorting out what I wanted to do with this post for two weeks now, partly for the running angle, but also the news angle. I will always be a news girl, so stories like this are always in m heart.

I still consider myself a newbie runner. I’ve never even come close to running a marathon. I ran cross country in high school because I needed something to keep me in shape for basketball. I’m still stoked to get under 30 minutes in a 5K…. which I crushed twice this week ;) But, I am a runner. I love to run. I love competing against my records. I love people watching in the park while I run. I love seeing the same people out running every time I go. I love finding new paths to run. I love to turn on my Pandora radio and just go. Those are all things that I have come to expect with running. Throw on a pair of shoes and I’ll find what I’m looking for and maybe more. What I didn’t expect was heartbreak in the running community.

Along with identifying myself as a runner, I’m also a journalist. So this story hit me from two different angles. We were in our afternoon meeting last week, when a guy rushed in and said he heard there was a bombing at the Boston Marathon. At first we didn’t think it was true. None of us had received alerts, and you know we all sign up for everything possible! Several people immediately pulled out their phones and within seconds, it seemed, we had live coverage from Boston. NBC took over from local coverage and we all watched, stunned at what was being reported. I produce our 6pm newscast, which is strictly local news. National news comes on after us, so we rarely report out of the tri-state. Not the case Monday. We had several stories on Boston, as well as a live press conference with the President. After six years in the business, you never know what to expect. The shock that hit us Monday didn’t leave the newsroom all week, and even this week, we are still talking about it and digging for more information on how and why this happened. The next day, new information is released, we hear stories of heroism. Then we see possible suspect pictures. Then Friday, I woke up to several alerts on my phone about a shootout and I couldn’t turn myself away from the TV all day. Luckily I’m in a business where TVs are everywhere. Friday night, as the capture of Dzhokhar was going down, I was shopping, with my Sirius radio tuned into a news station and my ear buds in my ears. With events like this, no matter how far away you are, in the news business, you are impacted. Someone at home will know someone there. Someone nearby will be impacted, bringing the story close to home.

I met some of those people last week. There’s a running club in Huntington, called the Huntington Road Runners. Even though I consider myself a runner, albeit a newbie, I had never heard of this group before. Last Tuesday, while covering local angles of the Boston Marathon Bombings, we ran across an event this group was holding. A local 2.62 mile run around Marshall University. I found out several people involved in the group, and in the run, have run in the Marathon before and two of their own were in it this year. They came home safely. For some reason, I had my running clothes with me that night, and I decided to take part. I know that I’m not up to running club standard, but I wanted to do it for others, and I wanted to be part of the running community on this night. I think more than anything, I was nervous about running with a group. I run by myself. I am very competitive, so I am constantly working to beat my personal records and time and shave off seconds from nearly every run, and continue to add mileage. But running with others?? One thing I learned: There’s a bond in the community that can’t be broken.

Before the run, we all gathered for a quick speech, group prayer and a lighting of a blue and gold candle, Boston Marathon colors. It was very moving, even though we were hundreds of miles away from the scene. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to finish the whole run. A crazy summer-like storm was rolling through and lighting up the sky, and I ducked out after one mile since I still had quite the commute. But that was all I needed. As we all started running, there were several people in the area who started clapping. It was an amazing experience to be part of, and not one that any of us did it for ourselves.

I’ve heard of several runs like this that have happened across the country in the past two weeks and would love to hear from you if you took part in one!

I’ll leave you on some amazing words spoken by the young man who put together the 2.62 mile run: We will still run, but we will not run away.

To check out my pictures from the group run, follow my on Instagram @kariannalysis.

Let’s Get Physical Friday: A Quick Workout

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Happy Friday friends! Hope you’ve had a great week! This week was spring break at Marshall University, so the Rec Center had limited hours and no classes. BUMMER! But I did some fun stuff. Got in a great interval workout on the treadmill and two other days of getting in quick mile runs and arm workouts. I feel like I am getting guns. Get your tickets ladies and gentlemen!

Now we all know that even though we really want to work out and find and make the time to do it, we don’t always have time to get in a long workout. As much as I love to run, I don’t always have time for 45 consecutive minutes to work out. Sometimes I just have a few minutes in the morning and a few minutes in the evening. So it’s always nice to have those quick workouts.

My favorite quick workout is the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. It’s a 20 minute workout that mixes up cardio, abs and strength. As many times as I do it (which is 2-3 times a week), it still kicks my butt.

But even as much as I love it, I have to change my workouts up.

Some things that I do every night, no matter how much time I have, I always do 50 squats, a little bit of abs (whatever I feel like that day…. sometimes they are crunches, and reverse crunches, and the bicycle, or whatever else sounds fun), and some pushups (these vary from 10-45 depending on how my arms feel). I can get that done in 5-10 minutes and always feel great after it.

So where is the best place to find a quick workout? Where’s the best place to find anything? Pinterest! Duh!

Here are some quick workouts I’ve found recently… hope they help you out. I plan to add them in on days when I don’t feel like doing much, but know I need to.

legs and butt2
firm your butt

Tight Cheeks Workout

Brazilian Butt Lift

brazilian butt lift

10 Minute CrossFit

Tone Arms Fast

tone arms
six pack abs

 Kettle Bell Workout

kettle bell workout

Soooo there’s a few for you to choose from. Click on the picture and it will take you to a link with more info (if it’s not on the picture) or the website where it came from. Enjoy! Let me know if you try any!!

Let’s Get Physical Friday

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Soooo Happy Friday! Hope you are having a great week. This Friday’s post is going to be short and sweet, like my workouts and my mood this week. Yesterday I compared myself to grumpy cat.


This has been a week of ups and downs for me. I did Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Saturday, Sunday and Monday. By Monday, I felt like it was getting easier. Normally I do it only once or twice a week. I think if I did it for 30 straight days, I would definitely feel it.

Tuesday I got sick and couldn’t work out. I was in bed for 12 hours.

Wednesday…. well Wednesday we tried something different. We tried a Yoga Body Burn class. It was the first yoga class my workout bud and I took at the rec center at Marshall. We had hoped that Body Burn meant Power Yoga. We were wrong. This was very mind, body and soul, but it was a good workout. We focused on balance. Here are some poses (click on the photo to check out where it came from originally):


While it wasn’t what we expected, the class actually went very well. I have done a couple of DVDs and online videos, but nothing in a real class setting. I was nervous at first, but by the time the class was over, I felt very comfortable and relaxed. Now that it’s been a couple of days, I’m still having a love/hate relationship with this class. I felt great, but I am not sure if this calm and collected suits my personality. I normally do high impact exercises that boost my mood. I was calm, but then felt like I fell into a well and couldn’t get out of it. I am absolutely not throwing yoga out the door, but will need to mix in some other workouts if I stick with it in the future. And the class is only offered on Wednesdays, which I normally spend with my friend and here babe, so we may have to change our schedules a little to work yoga in a little more.

Thursday, I was super lazy. I got in some steps at the mall, then all I wanted to do was sit in bed and watch Psych and knit and work on my blog. So this week Tuesday and Thursday are my days off. I have to work late tonight, so I will either get in a late workout when I get home, or a double long workout Saturday morning.

I think the thing I learned this week was that I definitely like high impact, high calorie burning exercises. I love the feeling after a yoga workout, but can’t rely on that for a mood boost, which I count on after workouts. I am too high energy for my own good.

I also think when I’m in the need for yoga, I may work in the Jillian Michaels yoga DVD. It was one of the first workouts I did when I decided to get fit this year and love, love, loved it. Do you guys have any yoga suggestions for me?