Move Nourish Believe Challenge (Week One Wrap-Up)


The first week of the Move Nourish Believe Challenge is over. I have really enjoyed the structure of the various challenges, and the new people I have been able to interact with.

Monday’s challenge was “sweat it out — show us your favorite way to sweat”!

Monday was a “stretching” day for me but I shared an older “sweaty” picture of a running day; running is always my favorite way to sweat.

Challenge Day One

Tuesday’s challenge was “Change it up! – Sweat a new way”!

Tuesday was a “regular run” day for me but I shared a picture from my “Kangoo” workout last year. It was definitely a new way to work out and a fun challenge!

Challenge Day Two

Wednesday’s challenge was “Let’s get planking — plank at least five minutes today”!

I did this in five one-minute segments: an elbow plank, a regular plank, a left side plank, a right side plank, and an elbow plank.

Challenge Day Three

Thursday’s challenge was “Buddy Up – work out with a friend today”!

Since I had no buddies for my 6 am run, I shared a picture from last summer, when I got together with my friends Diane and Amelia for a Saturday morning workout (I ran with Diane then kept running while she did an open water swim with Amelia) on Clearwater Beach.

Challenge Day Four

Friday’s challenge was “Show us your five fitness faves”!

Five Fitness Faves

My faves are (clockwise from top left):

1) My coach, Jeff Kline;

2) Yoga;

3) The child I run for through I Run for Michael, Gareth;

4) The camaraderie of runners (this picture is from our day running “Megs Miles” from Badass Fitness);

5) “The sheer joy of running.”

(And although I was only supposed to demonstrate five things, it’s important to note that Charity Miles is almost always part of my running!)

There you have it! There are two more weeks left in the challenge, so please feel free to join us! For more details, visit this link.

Thank you to Lorna Jane for sponsoring this challenge. Check out their cool fitness apparel via this link.

And although today wasn’t an official challenge day, I’ll close with the highlight of the day. My son (who has been sucked into a few years of gaming after many years of being an active youngster) joined me for the “Run for the Cookies” (he ran the mile, I ran the 5K). It was a happy happy moment.

Cookie Run Mother Sun

Sprinting Toward Hope

Today, 1000+ runners and walkers participated in the “5.2 at 5,” an event created by Badass Fitness and designed to “finish the Boston Marathon” symbolically on behalf of the runners who were not able to do so last Monday. Figures are still being tallied, but we raised more than $12,000 for Boston and the amount of morale, support, and solidarity with other runners and Bostonians was, as the old credit card commercial says, “priceless.”

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From one finish line
That went uncrossed by many
Sprints toward hope grow



When Oh When Will We Say “Spring Has Sprung?” (A Mama Kat Prompt)

Today, I have chosen to do Mama Kat prompt number three: Show us what Spring looks like in your neck of the woods!

If the week of spring we have had so far had a theme, it would be, “Don’t put your heavy jacket away yet. Wait! Get out your umbrella! Oh heck you’ll be hot in all those clothes today. Where are your gloves again?” In other words, we’ve been all over the place here in Tallahassee, FL. A few samples:

It was technically not spring yet when I took this picture (it was 3/19) but the azaleas did not get that memo:

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Next up, a gorgeous cloud/sun arrangement:

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A chilly morning run on 3/21/13 after spring was “official” (this fleece headband gets a LOT of wear considering it’s “spring” in Florida):

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Finally a day for short sleeves and shorts! And spring showers (3/23/13):

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But yesterday found me digging out the fleece headband and the gloves again for mid-30s temps:

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And this morning we bundled up for boot camp at our Capitol Building (this is our fearless leader Shannon and me giving the Barre Bar a moment in the spotlight a/k/a “barrespotting”):

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And to close things out, this morning’s sunrise encouraged me to hang in there; it may be frigid still but Mother Nature knows we need an optimistic sign of hope:


Leave me a comment. I’ll take my gloves off, defrost my fingers, and reply!

Mama’s Losin’ It

Hello, Maxwell. Who Are You?

Quick! When I say the word “insurance,” what comes to mind?


  • Suits, ties, traditional business look and feel
  • Bills, forms, paperwork, disclaimers
  • Conventional focus on what happens when an enrollee gets sick


As someone who thinks about insurance a lot (because my work is insurance-related, because I have a family that needs insurance, because it’s in the news all the time now), I am intrigued by a new venture that is taking a fresh approach.

Maxwell Health has the potential to make you think about insurance differently:

  • Virtual, personalized look and feel
  • E-forms, simple paperwork, concierge assistance
  • Progressive focus on proactively rewarding healthy choices

I have to admit the “magnet” that got me paying attention to Maxwell is the Jawbone Activity Tracker.


I have read about the Jawbone on Badass Fitness and also on Mindy’s Fitness Journey, and I had an opportunity to speak with a user recently. He was excited about keeping track of his activity, his food intake, and his sleep patterns — all through a simple device he wears on his arm that downloads information into his iPhone and gives him feedback about his progress.

Prior to wrapping a Jawbone around someone’s wrist, Maxwell Health works with people who need health insurance to help them find coverage. Potential enrollees obtain quotes using a simple questionnaire, and choose among respected health care providers such as Cigna, Aetna, Humana, and Kaiser Permanente. After enrollment, Maxwell users get “concierge” level help with such tasks as physician recommendations, claims handling, and prescription advice.

One aspect that appeals to a lot of my peers is that Maxwell Health makes health insurance accessible to the self employed as well as small businesses for whom traditional insurance packages are out of reach.

To return to the Jawbone:  when people insure themselves through Maxwell Health’s insurer partners, they also have the option of adding the “wellness” package, which hooks them up with the Jawbone or Fitbit (for Android users). As people pursue their wellness goals, Maxwell opens the door for them to get tangible incentives like Starbucks, Amazon, Best Buy and ToysRUs cards as rewards for their fitness lifestyles. Users also get specific wellness guidance under a personal health coach, incorporating information from the Cleveland Clinic.

Maxwell Screenshot

The insurance landscape is changing for all of us. Will this product be “the one” that makes a difference or is the right answer for everyone? No. In the words of Veer Gidwaney, Maxwell CEO and Cofounder, “Maxwell doesn’t solve every problem. But it solves enough prolems for the average person and small business to have a smile on their face.”

New Technology + Timeless Commitment to Service = Something Worth Considering

Hello, Maxwell.

**Note: I did not receive any compensation from Maxwell Health or any of the entities mentioned here. I just think it’s an interesting idea worth learning more about!

Wordless Wednesday (#badassesrun4newtown edition)

For Newtown and Sandy Hook

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This image is from the first 5 of my 26 miles.

26 Miles for 26 Lives by December 31, 2012

Join me on the Badass Fitness Page to share miles run or walked and your reflections.

Hashtag: #badassesrun4newtown

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2012 – The Carryover Resolution

I carry around a slip of paper on which I have written my three top goals. I do this based on a suggestion from Scott Ginsberg, the Nametag Guy. I am convinced that, although I have not achieved my three goals every year, I have come a heck of a lot closer based on this one small action. I don’t think Tenley’s and my trip to Guatemala in July 2011 would have happened without my habit of keeping a tangible reminder of my goals in my wallet.

I haven’t decided on all three 2012 goals yet, but one “carry-over” from 2011 is my goal of running a 5K in less than 30 minutes.

My involvement with the “Badass Army” is going to be one of the keys to achieving this goal. Thank you Shannon Colavecchio for this resolution template. Here’s my take on it. 

Badass Army 2012 Resolution
My body is a fortress that must be respected, fortified and prepared for any and all of life’s battles. I, Paula Kiger, as a devoted recruit of the Badass Army, do hereby resolve to stand firm in the duties and responsibilities inherent within.

Because the Army individually and collectively must stay strong and healthy, I resolve to abide by the the following principles:

• I will find at least 30 minutes a day at least five days a week for moderate physical activity. My personal fitness goal is to be active 30 minutes a day for six days a week. I choose a variety of things for my physical activity (ies). This variety includes:

          Running three days a week, with one of those days being interval training.
          Cross Training two days a week.
          Yoga at least once a week.
I will not back down from opportunities to have fun while being fit, even if they are outside of my comfort zone. I will also actively seek out and promote fitness opportunities that do good for causes I support. (This italicized section is an addition to the template.)
• I will not use the
D-word. Instead, I will eat to live; I will eat to fuel my active lifestyle.

• I will fuel my Badass with clean food, 85 to 90 percent of the time, incorporating “real food” like fruits and vegetables, dairy and lean meats and fish into my eating.

• When I crave something that falls in the category of “not so Badass approved,” I will – approximately 10 to 15 percent of the time – let myself enjoy it in moderation. Life is about enjoyment, not an existence of meager rice cakes.

• I will in all things seek balance, taking care of my fortress even as I push it to new challenges.

• I will complete one fitness challenge that I have, until now, been too under-challenged*, sleep deprived**, or overweight*** to do. My personal goal is to, before the end of 2012, run a 5K in 29:59 or less.

• I will support, respect and cheer on my fellow recruits. I will not be afraid to turn to them for guidance or encouragement when I need it. When I need a swift kick in the Badass for motivation, I will ask for that, too.

• I will not let the criticisms or passive-aggressive comments of naysayers bring me down. My eyes will stay on the prize.

• If I fall down, I will get back up and press on. That’s how the Badass Army rolls.

I am strong and capable of great things. I will use this resolution as constant guidance and motivation in the year ahead. Hooah!

*By underchallenged I mean that I have not sufficiently challenged myself. This is why I am working on adding a second activity to some of my days, such as Tabata drills in the morning and yoga in the evening.

**Gary Droze, who coaches our interval sessions, asked me about my sleep. When I sheepishly admitted how much sleep I (don’t) get, he said to envision it like a farmer who has planted carrots. If he pulls them out of the ground every night to check how they’re doing, the carrots will never have an opportunity to reach their full potential. The parallel applies to fitness – your body needs time to recover every night in order to reach its highest capacity.

***Estimates vary, but some sources say a 10 pound weight loss can result in a minute shaved off of a 5K race time. Here’s one article.