Working out in my red dress, eating raisins

Hey Gang!Okay, so how’s the workout going? I have to say I am in LOVE with this workout.  It’s fast, it’s effective, and there are no silly girlie aerobic dance moves involved, which is a good thing because I don’t think repeatedly tripping over one’s own feet is a good form of exercise.  Since I started the work out a day early, on Monday I was S-O-R-E.  I was really afraid that Monday night’s workout would do me in, but I found it to be easier than the day before and during last night’s workout, though still tough, I was already able to keep up a little better than before.  I was still sore yesterday, but not really in a wimpering-because-it-hurts-to-blink kind of way, more of an I KICKED ASS AND IT HURTS SO GOOD kind of way.  Today, I gotta admit, I’m really not very sore at all.  I’ll most likely have to skip today’s workout, unless I can rearrange some things, but I should be on track for the rest of the week.  What do you guys think so far?  Love it?  Hate it?  Love to hate it?


Remember these guys?

Turns out they are still at it promoting the wrinkly little fruit we all know and love. They have their own website and personal trainer and are looking to get fit and healthy in 2009. And hey, just like almost everyone else in the world, they have a Facebook page! I checked out their website and it’s very pretty.  Go see!

Follow this link to find:

• Six simple ways to get in shape without breaking the bank
• Video of Valerie Waters sharing wise choices for 2009
• Healthy and fast breakfast ideas
• Audio summary headline
• High resolution images for use on your blog or Web site

Visit for even more information including:

• Follow-along fitness videos and at-home workout routines from Valerie Waters
• Healthy living tips from Waters
• Delicious and healthy recipes from California Raisins

About California Raisins:

• Just ¼ cup of raisins provides one fruit serving
• Raisins are fat and cholesterol free and low in sodium
• California Raisins are a convenient and portable source of all-natural energy

About Valerie Waters:

• Seventeen years of experience working with celebrities including Jennifer Garner, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Kim Raver and Matt Dillion to name a few.
• Called “Hollywood’s Hot Trainer” by US Weekly, Waters is known as the go-to trainer called by Hollywood’s elite when they need to get in shape and stay that way.
• Has appeared on E! News, Good Morning America, VH1 and CNN and is regularly featured in top publications including Glamour, Vanity Fair, In Style, Fitness and Shape.


Myself, I prefer to eat my raisins with something (peanut butter and celery, I’m looking at you) instead of just by themselves. My hands get all sticky when I eat them alone, because unlike my 3 year old, I don’t eat them one at a time, I grab a clump and shove it into my pie hole because I like the chewy-ness of several raisins all together. I also like to throw a handful in with my oatmeal. Yummy!

Okay enough raisin talk. Let’s talk about the heart for a minute, k?  I’m seeing a lot of Go Red for Women ads lately and even though I’m all for educating women about heart disease, I feel like our guys are getting left out.  I know that for years and years heart disease in women has been largely ignored, but don’t our men deserve some fun and fancy educating too?  I would like to see an initiative that is geared toward men, the way Go Red has been geared toward women.  I know my husband doesn’t really connect that what he eats affects his heart, and working out for him is all about “the guns” (kind of like how my workouts are all about “the buns”), not so much about having a healthy heart. They could have some red boxer shorts as their logo, like women have the red dress (although that would make the Wear Red campaign mighty awkward in the work place).  I want my husband around for a long time and if it takes some Go Red Power Tools or Go Red Fishing Tackle for him to get the message, then I say bring it on.  What say you? Does men’s heart health deserve the same attention as women’s health?  Are women just more receptive to these kinds of campaigns?  I don’t know, you tell me.

Hope this gives you all something to think about today!  Have a good one! 🙂

6 thoughts on “Working out in my red dress, eating raisins

  1. I found your blog somehow (wasting my lunch hour) and wanted to say hi and to say “keep up the good work.” A 33 lb weight loss is nothing to blink at. Color me impressed. I hope you have fun shredding. I can never do workout DVDs on the off-chance that someone might see me doing them. The embarrassment of my lack of *moves* would shame me into never using the DVDs again (also the reason I avoid classes at the gym).

    I am currently following the Body Sculpting Bible For Women workout plan, with decent results. Blogging about it certainly makes me stay motivated.

    🙂 Sara

  2. Hi Sara! The great thing about this dvd is that the moves are basically stuff you had to do in elementary PE class, which at the time I hated, but now I’m digging on the jumping jacks and push ups!! Btw, what’s your blog??? I’d love to come visit!

  3. Hey Jill, yes I am off work, and I am particularly proud of myself! I got home late last night, and I did the shred at 9pm! Boy, that is some workout. But keeping moving like that, and sweating, and being sore in a good way has to count for something.

    That was a lot of raisin talk! Are they giving something away? I didn’t see anything free over there. Did you see that raisin energy bar recipe? I’m tempted to try it, because I LOVE raisins, walnuts and chocolate as a snack.

    And yes, in general, I think our society has (as usual ) overcompensated for women being ignored or put down. How bout the golden rule ‘do unto others as you’d have done unto you?’ So just because men treated women unfairly for generations, does that mean women have to do it to men now? That makes us no better than them….where did all that come from? I’m usually fighting for women’s rights (my conservative dad thinks I”m a feminist, which is hilarious.)

    I’m off to add raisins to my steel cut oatmeal!

  4. The raisin people sent me all of this info thinking it might be interesting blog fodder, so I went ahead and posted it. They didn’t offer me anything to do it, I just thought it might me something useful to pass along. And I liked the loveyourraisins website – it’s pretty.

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