Husband of the year!

Well, he did it. My husband has officially knocked all others out of the running for husband of the year.

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You see, I am slightly obsessed with Jillian Michaels. It’s part innocent girl crush and a whole lot of admiration for helping to kick start my ass into getting fit. FACT: 30 Day Shred was the first workout DVD I ever owned (coincidentally, Jeremy bought that for me, too) and one of my first touches with exercise.

The idea of ever seeing Jillian Michaels in person isn’t one I’ve ever allowed myself to entertain—it was too far fetched.

But… it’s happening on May 9!

jillianconfirmation

Tonight, after battling through what appears to be the beginnings of a demonic snow storm, Jeremy surprised me yet again by not only buying me a ticket to see my fitness hero in the flesh, but going with me. Who is this man?!?

I am so excited and even more motivated to kick ass and take names with my workouts in the meantime. Got to look amazing for my girl!

Speaking of workouts, the weather has really been terrible lately—snow almost every week it seems.

giant snowman pug

There was enough snow last week for our neighbors to make this bewilderingly large snowman… Link is terrified of it. All the snow has really been cramping my running-style, so I’ve been hitting the treadmill twice a week for some 20-minute HIIT (high intensity interval training) runs and forcing myself outdoors on the weekend.

30minHIITrun

I got in a particularly good HIIT session on Monday at lunchtime that made me feel proud. I think the biggest thing I’ve learned this go around with regaining fitness and losing weight is that you have to take each choice as it comes and make the best one you can. I didn’t wake up on time to get my HIIT session in before work on Monday, so I made it fit in my lunch hour.

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Obviously, this is easier to do when you work at a gym. ;)

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