Falling Back

I can only imagine what kind of complaining is happening on social media today in regards to the time change.
I know it gets dark much earlier, but it’s also now light out when I leave for work in the morning. It’s a nice change. Not to mention, the way I look at it, the magic happens an hour earlier.


I never get sick of the walk to my parking garage


Double Time

Due to the fact that I did not go lift weights on Friday, I decided to both Jazzercise and lift weights yesterday.


I’m incredibly sore today. However, the feeling of accomplishment I have is worth it.
Not to mention, eating is just more fun when you work out.

I stayed with the same weights as last time
Squat 165# 3sets of 5
Overhead Press 60# 3sets of 5
Barbell Deadlift 165# 1set of 5

All of those are my work sets. I do quite a few warm up sets that aren’t worth mentioning here. If you’re interested, you can follow me on Fitocracy.

After my post on Halloween, several people asked me how they can make sure that their chocolate is cruelty-free. Your best bet is to buy Fair Trade, however there are several brands that aren’t considered Fair Trade and are still not sourced from child slave labor. Here is a link to a list of companies the Food Empowerment Project is comfortable recommending. They also have an app you can download so that you can always feel comfortable with your purchases when that nagging craving hits!

Thanks for asking questions and desiring to be well informed!
Thank you to everyone who has commented on my blog. Feedback of any kind is appreciated. Even if you want to troll me in the comments.
Something is better than nothing!

Slight Divergence

Yeah…remember that plan to go lift weights yesterday? I didn’t do that.

Instead, I did Janet’s daily challenge. Which was freaking HARD! It was 10 push-ups and a 60 second elbow plank.

Oh, you think it’s easy?
Go ahead and try it, I’ll wait!

60 seconds was longer than you thought wasn’t it? If you thought it was easy, you must have had your ass too high in the air. Here’s proper form


Here’s how you were doing it, if you thought it was easy

The booty might  look good honey...you're still doing it wrong!

The booty might look good honey…you’re still doing it wrong!

This has been Plank Talk With Rinnie

The rest of the day went really well. I was able to work with a client that I love and a team I adore. Ever had one of those days where you think “This is why I do what I do”? That sums up my day. It took nearly two and a half hours to get home and I had just enough time to get ready for trick or treaters. By the time I had run out of candy I was dead tired.

I realized yesterday that while the last time I stepped on the scale I had only lost .4lbs, I’m now looking and feeling different. Most notably, I don’t crave sweets the way I typically do. If I stick with my plan and drink my water, my juice and my smoothie, I don’t really want or need anything else.

It feels great! I’m just hoping the trend ┬ácontinues.

Yeah…we’re THAT house


As you know , if you read yesterday’s post, Trick or Treat was tonight. And the picture above is what I gave out. It’s fruit leather. It’s like a fruit roll-up type dealie but slightly healthier.

Before you become incredibly angry because I’m not passing out traditional candy….let me finish, Kanye.

I have a gluten intolerance and so do 1 in 133 people. There are lots of kids out there with other food allergies. This is a holiday that absolutely SUCKS for those children as well as their parents. I decided to hand out something that all children could enjoy, safely.

Did it feel awesome?


It was uncomfortable.
Kids have minimal filters. There was a lot of this:
Ironman: “What’s this?”
ME: “It’s like a fruit roll-up!”
Ironman: “COOL!” Runs off with parents

There was some of this:

15 year old in a mask*: “Trick or Treat”
ME: “Here ya go!”
15 year old in a mask: “Thanks” walks away under and in a breathy voice muttres “What the hell is this?”

I get it, it’s weird.
I’m find with it.
They have a BAZILLION other choices. If they hate it, no big deal. If they love it, they’ll be asking their parents for something only found in the health food section of a grocery store, which should sufficiently freak out their parents.


There’s another reason, but I’m not going to get on my soap box because I refuse to argue with one more person about this. This is why I don’t buy regular chocolate anymore.

Don’t want to read it? Ok, I’ll sum it up for you:
I care about African children and apparently you don’t because you buy chocolate that supports slave labor.



I’m joking to an extent. What you purchase is your choice. I just think it is important to be informed.
Anyway, I severely underestimated the amount of Trick or Treaters, ran out of treats in an hour and am currently hiding in my house with all the lights out.

Note to self: Next year you have to purchase more than 150 treats.

*Dear 15 year old still Trick or Treating, there is absolutely NO reason to be ashamed! You’re not nearly as pathetic as the parents carrying around their infant that can’t even walk and asking for free candy, sometimes while smoking a cigarette.