Bear with the navel-gazing. For at least a little while, I’m going to be writing a weekly update about my own goals and training regimen.

I made a commitment to myself at the start of the year that I’d post a training log as a way to hold myself accountable.

But I don’t want to make this training log sound like I am trying to change my body’s appearance significantly, get into #beastmode, or imply I’m not happy with the way things are.

Because the truth is, I’m pretty happy with them.

I’m happy because it’s been almost two weeks since I’ve had a migraine headache. (There is one lurking off in the distance today. I can feel it circling, but I hope to scare it away.)

How I Lost 10 Pounds Without Trying

You see, the past few years have been pretty hellish with these migraines. I’ve had at least one voracious head pounder a week, and they basically leave me ruined for at least a day. And when I mean ruined, I mean I’m on the couch in a quiet room with an ice pack and pillow covering my head. I can’t lie down. I can’t really sit up. And I most definitely can’t eat or drink anything without becoming violently ill. Some days it takes every ounce of stubbornness that I have to take Zoey (my dog) out to do her business.

The next day, I’m weak and exhausted, and basically scared to do anything that might bring on another one.

I’ve had tests, tried different meds, changed my diet, and more.

As you can imagine, this has put a real damper on my workouts (not to mention my life). It’s also made me realize how importance my own fitness is to me. 

There was one cold winter night a year or so ago when I finally was coming out of a bad migraine. I took the dog outside to walk, and I realized that I could run and jog and jump, and so I did. For probably 10 minutes, and much to the delight of Zoey, I was a running and jumping fool. It was one of the best feelings in the world.

Fitness For Fitness Sake

Even with all of that going on, I’ve also been nursing a couple injuries, which made the workouts that I actually was able to do kinda crappy. They hurt and I didn’t look forward to them. I’ve tried meds and cortisone shots, all with meh results.

During this period I lost almost 10 percent of my bodyweight without dieting OR having any kind of regular workout regimen. Also, I ate a lot of carbs: crackers and soup and anything that felt like it wouldn’t upset my stomach.

To cap it off, there were a bunch of things in my business and personal life that happened, and … well, let’s just say it’s been a time of stripping things away. 

This is Not a Pity Party

Wow, reading back over what I’ve written sounds kind of pathetic. But honestly (and I really don’t want to jinx anything), I feel like I’m on the upswing.

Slowly, I think we’ve come up with supplement/medication/lifestyle/diet combo that’s working for the headaches and my general recovery. I’ve learned about some weird things that trigger the headaches, along with some unusual warning signs.

Plus, I’ve streamlined a lot of things in and/or out of my life.

And, my workouts are finally feeling better. Like, I have actually been able to work out consistently.

Which is helping me feel even better.

In fact, I’m back to the initial reason I started working out for the first place years ago, which had everything to do with how it made me feel, and very little to do with how it made me look.

It’s About Health

I’ve gained back the weight. As luck would have it, now I think I’d maybe like to lose a few pounds so I can feel lighter on my feet and more agile. As I mentioned above, I like to be able to easily run and jump. (Although I kind of hate distance running, not gonna lie.)

I want to get my pull-ups back, because they’re fun. They’re a little easier when you weigh less. I don’t care about pushups so much, because they don’t make me feel as good.

There’s more, but I think that’s enough Internet oversharing for one day. 

Here’s the log …

So my entire MO when it comes to my workouts right now is this: If it doesn’t hurt, do it. If it does hurt, try something else. And that means that I’m training movements, not exercises.

And I think the more training hours we’ve racked up over our lifetimes, the more important it is to train this way. It’s hard to hold yourself back sometimes but sometimes that’s exactly what we need.

Plus, I’m experimenting with new things that I can’t wait to share with you.

So for this week, I’ve got a bare-bones journal without much in the way of specifics. Next: more specifics. 🙂 


  • Monday: HIIT cardio with legs 
  • Tuesday: Upper body workout.  
  • Wednesday: Recovery cardio and core
  • Thursday: Upper body workout
  • Friday: HIIT cardio with legs
  • Saturday: Taught Country Heat Live 

Next week’s focus: Adding in some mobility with pre-hab and rehab work for hip and shoulder. Also, I’m kind of obsessed with barre-like workouts and figuring out how to incorporate them into my pre/rehab regimen.


I have to be really careful with making changes in this area, but this week was pretty spot-on.

Next week: the donut holes are gonna go bye-bye. Probably. 🙂 I’m going to be getting out my calculator and working some macro magic.