Whole30- challenge for the month

04 Jan

Hey Squad,

If you are following me on instagram you have been enjoying the wonderful dinners we have been having as part of this month’s Whole30 challenge.

When it comes to actually making the meals, that is handled by my wonderful husband.  He gets things started as I am commuting home and so we are not eating at 9pm.

We decided to start this because we got a little too comfortable with the idea of “eating out healthy”  Its really not a thing am I right?

Once you are in a restaurant, suddenly the appetizers sound good so you order one or two, you says yes to a cocktail and then the healthy meal choice is further put at risk when you say “sure, I will look at the dessert menu.”

As long as we do not get sick of eating all our dinners at home and with each other, this should go well for the month.

If you have any photo worthy meals you would like to share. tag me!

Cheerfully yours,


2017 here we come!

02 Jan

Hey Squad,

2017 is underway and so far its off to a great start here at phyllis4fitness.
Today, I launched phyllis4fitness on Facebook.
I was at the point of giving up Facebook all together since there has been so much negative postings showing up on my feed.
I decided to be that beacon of happy, positive thoughts and education to enable my whole squad to be their best selves.
There will be alot more information and lots of laughs on that page for sure.

Here is a ease into the new year workout for you to keep the engines running and warm you up this week.

Monday, Wed, Friday.

20 jumping jacks
20 squats
20 secs marching in place ( extra credit if this reminds you of band camp*)
20 ab crunches
30 sec. plank.

Do these 2-3 times through.

Thursday, Saturday

30 minutes.

* As a drill team member , I went to band camp once. I learned that you should take 8 steps across a parking spots. I always think of that when marching!

I will post one a week or so. Half marathon training starts Feb.1 so lets do this!

Cheerfully yours,


Love equals new running shoes

14 Feb

Happy Valentines Day!

I think today is a great day to just be alive and even if you aren’t in a relationship that fills your love bucket, you can celebrate the community we all live in and thank each other for being there.

THANK YOU! and I love you all.

In a traditional sense, my valentine and I spent the day seeing a great movie Deadpool.  Hilarious and definitely not for the pre teen set.  We went to the mall and I was gifted with the best valentine. New sneakers.  LOVE.

Is there anything that says LOVE to you?

Here is a list of some of the things I am loving lately related to fitness

  1. Apple watch- I love how its so interconnected with my apps and my email.  It makes working out during lunch a lot easier when I can see whats going on in between reps
  2. Myfitnesspal- That app works! If you put all the info in, you can definitely see what you are eating too much of and how to make changes.  I am currently only sharing my diary with my trainer, but if you want to hook up and be accountability partners, message me at phyllis825
  3. IYFYM- or whatever it is.  Is the macro diet tracking and helps you work harder to get the result you need. I learned I was eating way too few calories to shred and tone like I wanted to.  Its hard for me, since I am from the old school idea of less calories means weight loss.  I am learning a lot (finally)
  4. Peloton bike- this has been a stress lifesaver.  I can’t say enough about the quality of classes and the community.

So, now that I am back to blogging, look forward to hearing more from me.

Cheerfully yours,



Training Tuesday

26 Aug

imageSo today I made sure and stick to my cross training. I have convinced myself that it’s the cross training boot camp exercise class that I am doing weekly that will kick in at mile 20 on marathon day.
My knees are really starting to feel it now.
The class includes squats with weights and side shuffle repeats plus a kicker core series at the end.
As part of my brain exercises for today, I made the hotel reservation in NYC for the night before the marathon. Better to not leave that to the last minute.



NIke Half training weeks 6 & 7- ready to go!

24 Mar

I am really good at training, not so good at blogging about it. I have had an amazing two weeks taking a couple of new cross training classes to keep things from getting boring.
I went to an aerobic vinyasa flow class at I.Am.You Studio. It was the most kick ass yoga session I have ever had. I will definitely be going back.
I also went back to Swerve fitness for another spin class. I was able to get less focused on the technology and just pedaled the heck out of my ride.

I managed to let my immune system get way out of whack.. too much sugar ( i.e margaritas) and lack of sleep on the weekends combined with long runs caught up with me. I have had to really focus on my nutrition and restorative exercise to get things back on track.
As a result, I did not get in the running miles I needed, but I walked my 10, 000 steps each day.
I need to work on the social/work/exercise/sleep/blog/craft/life balance.

Anyone else have that struggle?

Week 6
ran 21 miles
Swerve spin class
21 day fitness workouts ( 10 )

Week 7
ran 10 miles
Zumba master class – amazing one hour of kick ass rumba
I am You yoga class
Pilates mat class

Starting this next week, I will begin my practice races, I have a 5 K this Saturday, and 10 K next Saturday.
It will be nice to run with a crowd 🙂