Back At It

After spending the last few days resting up and healing from whatever sickness it was that knocked me flat on my butt, I was ready to hit the gym this morning! It’s amazing how excited I am to get my sweat on after a few days of feeling crappy. It appears that I really am addicted to my workouts. Hey, a girl’s got to have some addictions in life – right?

Today I decided to spend some quality time with my BFF, the elliptical — I put in 30 minutes while listening to my final module for IIN. (Side note: can we please talk about how crazy it is that my year at IIN is nearly over? Time seriously flew by!)

The benefit of morning workouts: seeing the sunrise

I then decided to kick my muscles into gear with 15 minutes of circuit training with my Jackie Warner DVD, plus one minute of plank. I’m generally in good shape and have been doing strength training for years, but if I take any time off from this DVD — even a week — I find that it kicks my butt once again as soon as I get back on the bandwagon. I love how hard I work with this, and I love how strong it makes me feel. Granted, it usually ends with me looking like this, but I figure that’s a good thing:


Aaaaaand, speaking of sweating…drum roll, please…I found out yesterday that I’m a newly-minted SweatPink ambassador! (*Insert happy dance here*)

As a woman who loves both fierce shoes and football, all the reasons I love SweatPink are summed up in their mission statement:

We believe that kicking ass is best done in pretty shoes. We’ve learned that real women sweat, and sweat hard. We know that assertiveness, strength, and ambition are the ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we’re also no strangers to just rolling out of bed and going. We’re convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We’re all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We’re all for looking great and feeling even better. We’re committed to finding our best fit, and making it stick.


I mean, really: any place that combines sports and an ardent love of pink is a place I can roll with. (Case in point: I might be the only person alive to have simultaneously owned both a subscription to Sports Illustrated and a little pink iPod.) I’m so very excited to be part of this amazing community, and I can’t wait to get involved!


Before I sign off, I bring you a totally random thought for the day: Brandon has informed me that the guy who plays Saul in Homeland (Saul is my favorite character on that show) also played Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride. I’ve decided that should Saul ever interrogate Abu Nazir, he needs to combine his roles and say, while waterboarding Abu Nazir, “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” All my entertainment dreams would come true if that scene ever happened.

And on that note, I hope everyone has a fabulous Tuesday!

3 thoughts on “Back At It

  1. Caitlin Helsel December 11, 2012 / 1:04 pm

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Congrats!!! So happy to be able to welcome you to the team 🙂 No one deserves it more!! And I'm glad to hear that you kicked butt at your workout!! Always feels good to be able to do that after being off for a few days…and Jackie Warner scares me…15 minutes with her leaves me unable to move for three days.

  2. Lillian December 12, 2012 / 2:41 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm so excited to be part of the Sweat Pink team – of course, this means that if you're ever in DC, we have to meet up and go for a run! (Unless it's a rest day: then we're going to be ladies of leisure while sipping herbal tea.) And OMG, I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets a serious butt-whuppin' from Jackie Warner. Homegirl kills me every time.

  3. Christie Joy December 12, 2012 / 2:06 pm

    So so excited for you that you're a Sweat Pink Ambassador! Congrats!!

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