It’s Official

Today I finished reading all of PB Fingers blog entries. Although I’m so happy I’m caught up, I really feel like I just finished a great book that doesn’t have a sequel. (Think, the end of the Harry Potter series.) However, the best part of following a blog is that it doesn’t actually end; I just have to start reading it in real time!

Another official moment in the day was when I decided to pop in Love Actually to better get in the Christmas spirit. Well, partly that and because I need to get my Rick fix from Walking Dead.

Dead Love Actually

God I’m pathetic.

Anyway, before I got home from my day at work, I had to stop by Advantage Health and Wellness for my usual Wednesday appointment with Brad, my physical therapist. I got adjusted, a very deep massage and had to do some serious strength exercises. Here is my usual routine.

  • 2 sets of planks for 30 seconds
  • 2 sets of side planks for 30 seconds
  • 10 hip lifts for 10 seconds each
  • 25 calf raises with 10lb weights (1 set toes out, toes in and toes straight forward)
  • 4 sets of ~6 sneaky lunges (small space to do these)
  • 10 leg raises with toes pointed down (1 set each leg)
  • 10 swinging hip things (called “hip 2” at the office)
  • 30-60 second split squats (2 each leg)
  • JUST ADDED: squats on the bosu ball
  • (chair position) intense pose of sun salutation (HORRIBLE)

After all of this, my back does feel stronger, but man are my legs sore! Now if I could only get back to my usual running routine…

I’m off to finish Love Actually, but let me leave you with this: I don’t think Love Actually is in any way realistic and I couldn’t imagine living in a world where Hugh Grant was Prime Minister, but once a year, I like to pop this movie and pretend that two people acting as body doubles on the set of a sex movie could actually meet and fall madly in love.

My Healthy Tip of the Day: Try meringue cookies this Christmas season and save yourself some major calories!

First Practice 5K

Today I did my first practice 5K with my running coach, Alex. I usually let him go at his normal pace (for every stride he takes, I take three) and follow behind, running hard to keep up. This works so well for me because I probably wouldn’t normally push myself as hard.

Yes Dear







My pace was ok, but I now know I have to work a little harder to get ready for this race. It’s not that I’m planning on trying to be the fastest, but I definitely want to challenge myself. So in spirit of working harder, I decided tonight that I would have a healthy dinner in place of my usual Sunday Funday feast.


Alexia Foods Sauté Reds have potatoes, mushrooms, and whole green beans.


On the side of my delicious meal, I sipped some cinnamon spice tea, or as my friend calls it: “Christmas in a cup.” I also flipped through the latest issue of Oxygen magazine, which featured my fave blogger Julie Fagan of PB Fingers. Yay Julie! This magazine isn’t my usual selection because it focuses so heavily on weight lifting, but every once in a while it’s good to add something new to the rotation. It’s often hard for me to remember that weight lifting is actually a vital part of a good workout routine, so this magazine works well to put me on track.

“The Walking Dead” is starting right now, so I’m going to leave you all with an excerpt from the Oxygen article about Julie.

Re-define Yourself:

By thinking of yourself as a “runner,” “tri-athlete,” “fitness competitor” or “Sister in Iron,” you can use language to make an active lifestyle a part of your identity. This can be especially helpful if you’re just starting out in fitness, or facing a new challenge. By assuming that you’re already successful, you’ll feel like you belong in the gym, at the running track, in the weight room or on the fitness stage, and will feel less intimidated to tackle your fit tasks. In addition, by making your daily language and interaction with others, reflect your new identity, you’re a lot more likely to have confidence in your ability to achieve your desired result.

YOUR PLAN: Start by defining your fitness goals. What do you want to accomplish? Next, research to see what people who have been successful in achieving this goal call themselves, or think of a new term for yourself. Assume the identity.

Zombie Karen

Don’t Become the Walking Dead this Flu Season

AMC’s original series The Walking Dead is one of the hottest shows on television right now. It’s got everything from a compelling plot to the ability to make you not want to look away when something scary is happening. (A rarity for me.) Every Sunday night you can bet I’ll be glued to my couch waiting for a “walker” to come busting through my front door.

Since Sunday’s season 2 premiere of the show, I’ve been thinking about the flu-like symptoms that occur during the first stages of becoming a zombie.

· Slow movement
· Constant moaning
· Blood-shot eyes
· Excessive drooling
· Chills

What a bummer, right? But hey, aside from actually transforming into a zombie, we’ve all been there. So to prevent yet another zombie-like flu season (except on Sunday nights), here are some tips on how you can stay healthy this flu season.

1. Take time to get a flu vaccine.
2. Take everyday prevention action to stop the spread of germs. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can treat your illness. Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter.
Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications.
4. Finally, seek medical attention if you experience any of these flu-like symptoms:
· fever
· cough
· sore throat,
· runny or stuffy nose
· body aches
· headache
· chills and fatigue

These tips were brought to you by the Center for Disease Control. (Wink!)

Suspect someone you know may be transforming into a walker? Click here for a list of real diseases that could make someone act like a zombie. For zombie kitteh symptoms, see your vet.