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The Pretty Pink Princess Pixie Challenge Goes LIVE!


Today my sister blog, The Pretty Pink Princess Pixie Challenge went live; along with a Twitter account and Facebook page. The Pretty Pink Princess Pixie Challenge is a weight loss and fitness competition between my sister-in-law Barbara (The Princess) and me (The Pixie).

The Princess came up with the idea for the challenge. Our gym offers a weight loss/fitness challenge to members, but due to our schedule we couldn’t participate. So the Princess came up with the idea to use our naturally competitive natures for good instead of evil, and devised our own unofficial, official fitness challenge. With the help of our personal trainers, the Princess and Pixie challenge will soon commence.

The blog will be a place for each of us to share our thoughts about the process, our progress, and just share things that we have to say about each other (smack talking will be a prominent fixture). I plan on sharing my food and exercise journal too.

Please support our challenge, and follow along with us on the blog, Twitter and Facebook.

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Shower Thoughts #63: Mob bosses and Prom Queens


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  1. I have the most awesome dreams, who would mix prom queens and mob bosses together in their sub-conscience mind?
  2. Why am I not sleeping well lately?
  3. I may actually have to cancel my personal training session tonight.
  4. I should not have eaten so late last night.
  5. Looking forward to lunch with Jason today.

Welcome back to our regularly scheduled program…


After a break from the blogging scene, not that I was ever that prolific, I think it is time for me to make a comeback. I plan on reviving “Shower Thoughts” “Top 3 Tuesday” and various little tidbits along the way.  Starting tomorrow I’ll post the first new installment of the Top 3 and Shower Thoughts.  I’ve also been hitting the gym pretty hard and I’ve been thinking about doing a regular serial having to do with fitness or my personal gym experience.  Let me know what you think. I’m also planning on review some audio books in addition to my musical selections.  Something a little different.  I’ve been “reading” and interesting series, so stay tuned.

For those of you new to My Ordinary Journey, welcome! For those of my few faithful followers, hi there, and welcome back! I hope everyone gets a kick out of my posts.  My hope is to share a laugh or a smile everyday.  So tell me, what has everyone been up to?

I have a new logo too (as you can see from the banner up top). I’m really liking the blue and white color scheme.

Oh, the pain…


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So, I basically took the summer off from my blog.  I didn’t really have much to write about (I still really don’t) and I was short on time;  I was taking a class this summer (Introduction to Project Management) and going to the gym a lot.  I have finished my class, the kids are back in school and I’m still going to the gym.

This particular post is about the joys of accomplishing something, and the pain that goes along with it.  Back in April you may remember that I was diagnosed with some fairly common health problems that can be solved with a change in diet and exercise.  I have been working diligently on making and sticking with those changes.  One way I have accomplished this is to work with a personal trainer.  We go see him twice a week and augment our strength training with him by doing 45-60 minutes of cardio work another 3 days a week.

This last Tuesday was a leg day.  I think it will be the most difficult leg day that we will ever have.  I now hurt in places I rather/shouldn’t speak about.  However, not only did I not stop when gently reminded I could stop and rest, I pushed on, going to my “happy place” (I was really just singing along with the song in my head).  After the workout on Tuesday walking down or up stairs were something of an issue, but nothing serious.  Wednesday I was starting to feel a bit sore, but was able to knock out a 1.5 mile jog for a cardio day. Today, Thursday, I can barely walk.  I guess it’s true that something worth having is worth working for, and I’m literally working my ass off!

Personal Journal #8 – Just like in Zombieland – it’s all about the little things


Even though I’m on this diet from hell there are still things that I can take pleasure in.  After reading the article yesterday about toxic guilt and that by eating right and exercising I’m really just showing myself common courtesy, I’ve already noticed a shift in my thinking and habits.  Instead of shoveling the food into my mouth at lunch today, I took my time.  I asked myself if what I was doing was good for me, and when I ate, I savored what I had and took my time.  I can’t tell you how good a simple sugar free pudding cup can be.

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