It seems as though I spent all of my allotted blogging time working on BLEND stuff yesterday.   I swear, we have like 4 Google Docs running right now!  The fact that we’ve NEVER seen or met one another in person and we’re doing this just BLOWS MY MIND sometimes!!  


Hosting an event is AMAZING and STRESSFUL all at the same time!  Good thing I’m not worrying anymore.  (oh, and we still have tickets left for anyone interested!!  Guess who’s coming!  My sister!!!)

A few announcements before we get into TT:

**This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness week (NEDA) and this year’s theme is “Everybody Knows Somebody”.  Did you know that 1 in 5 women struggle with an eating disorder or disordered eating?!?!  Also, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.  <-thanks, Claire, for alerting me to this fact! 

Some of you know, but some might not – I’ve struggled with an eating disorder before (for about 3 years).  SO glad I’m not that girl anymore and that I was able to overcome those issues!  I just try to take it one day at a time! 


To read about my ED past, go here and work your way back (there are six installments)!

**I’m going to Bootcamp!!  And not one that I’m teaching!!


My great friend, Tina, is hosting a virtual bootcamp!  She’s developed an 8 week program of workouts that’s going to get us all bikini ready!!  That sounds great and all, but the REAL reason I signed up was because of the PRIZES!   Seriously, go take a look at what you could win (cash is one of them!)

**Today is the LAST day to enter the Chobani Giveaway!  I’ll select the winner tonight!  Go enter! let’s discuss what we’ll be working on this upcoming week.

I don’t know where you live, but the weather lately in North Carolina has been absolutely STELLAR!!  Like 70 degrees some days!  Flowers are blooming and I even killed a mosquito yesterday! 

That means SPRING is coming!

And daylight savings!!

And smaller clothing. 

It’s almost tank-top season, ya’ll!!


Clara is thrilled!  She’s waited 12 months to show those arms off.

The theme for this week’s Tuesday Trainer is “Tank Top Ready”!  Show me what you’ve got in your “move arsenal” that works your upper body!  Torso up. 

Here’s my move:  An Upright Row to Shoulder Press

A few guidelines:

  • ANYONE can participate – blogger or not.
  • If you do blog, be sure to introduce yourself AND your blog.
  • Feel free to give tips on proper execution and technique.
  • DON’T include a number of reps. I’ll do that part.
  • If your move isn’t correct, meaning improper form or instruction, I will not be able to feature it. Do your homework and get it right!!
  • On Tuesday, grab the Tuesday Trainer button, to provide your readers with an easy link to the workout! Simply copy the text in my side bar and paste it into your HTML code.

**DEADLINE for submitting moves is Monday night, the 5th, at 8pm EST. Again, go here to learn how to upload your video!**

I’m off to the gym to bang out some speed work.  2 weeks till race time.  Eek.

QUESTION:  Have you or anyone you know struggled with disordered eating?  That stat: 1 in 5…thoughts?  Did it surprise you that it was so high?


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  1. I recently overcame my struggles with disordered eating. It takes time to relearn what’s ‘normal’ again. But I can happily say I’m in a much better place both mentally and physically. I still have a bit more work to do, but I’m getting closer! The stat doesn’t really surprise me. I know quite a few of my friends have had issues around their weight/eating/food. But I’m all about empowering people that life without an eating disorder is possible and not to give up hope. You deserve to live a healthy life, and that starts when the e.d. ends

  2. Love this idea! I hate my upper arms the most! Not sure more working out is going to do it (I’m thinking it’s skin from my weight loss), but I’m willing to try anything!

  3. CUte Clara!!!

    Great move-love that it combines so many muscle groups.

    SO I was anorexic for 3 years–but denied it all. Then I struggled with binge eating, emotional eating, and bulimia. Luckily that is all VERY much in the past and I am home-free and hopefully changing lives of others who are struggling or have struggled. Thanks for the reminder to all that life is precious!!

  4. Yowza- loving the tank top ready theme. I’m all over this one! :) I wish there was an exercise to help fill out my chest. Ha ha. I’m so ecited for you and everything that’s going on with BLEND. You’re a rock star. Totally not surprised about the 1 in 5 stat. Wish it wasn’t that high though.

  5. oh friend, i can’t wait to be able to participate again. We’ll be traveling but just wanted to thank you for all you do. Support and all!

  6. Since my warm-weather uniform basically consists of wearing a wife beater tank all the time, I need to get on the stick with toning up my arms a bit more. Time to stop being a wuss and increase my weight when I lift (and for Bodypump!). I’ll be looking for your moves next week!

  7. Baby Clara!!! Ooooh I love that picture of her!!

    And yes, you know about my ED and I had tons of friends who struggled, too. It’s so rampant in Boulder, CO (aka: land of the Beautiful) that I knew more girls WITH eating disorders than without. Scary stuff.

  8. LOVE upper body work! Excited to share a move and like the one you chose too!

    Didn’t know that about the ED stats – those are quite high! – but I’m not surprised, unfortunately… It’s everywhere and hard to fight when you see the images and patterns set before us (and young girls especially) in society. Thanks for shedding light on it with your past posts!

    Happy first day of March, my friend!

  9. I’m wearing flats with no socks today – in March?! It’s crazy and I’m kind of sad we’ve all but skipped winter, but I do love Spring…

    I’m glad you signed up for Bootcamp too – I’ll be there! It’s just the kick I need to revamp my strength training after my marathon this weekend. :)

  10. I never had an eating disorder, but I did struggle with disordered eating (basically orthorexia and obsession over what I ate) for a year or so when I was about 26 or 27.