Author: realisticfitness

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I am an AFAA certified Group Fitness Instructor who has a passion for all things health and fitness.

Teriyaki Salmon… Yum!!

I love Salmon… Ever since the first time I tried it prepared by my Aunt Dottie in Alaska, it has been one of my favorite fish to eat.

Jim isn’t a big Salmon fan. He likes is smoked on a bagel with some cream cheese or in Sushi but never preferred to eat it any other way.

Well that has changed folks!

Recently, I bought a bag of frozen Salmon fillets from BJ’s and decided to look for a new recipe to prepare them in. This bag was cost-effective and they are wild caught fillets from the North Pacific.


I searched as I usually find pretty healthy options for us there and it was a hit!

Here is the link to their version of the recipe:

Mine was a bit different in that I did not have sugar-free Ketchup so the regular Heinz did the trick.

I also subbed one packet of Truvia for the Splenda and added extra minced garlic. (No vampires dare enter the Grebe household!)

It turned out fabulous and is sure to make an appearance again on our dinner table! The fillets were left very moist after being grilled directly over the flame which isn’t usually the case for Salmon.

And in case you were wondering, one packet of Lipton Onion Soup mix equals just over 2 tablespoons so I just dumped the remainder in the marinade bag. The Jessye method of measurement for most recipes involves just my eyeballs anyway!




I’m a quitter… Why I quit p90x

I’m a quitter… Wow, I feel so much better getting that off my chest!!

We had great intentions coming off Insanity and essentially moving right into p90x.

Then we realized that we had set ourselves up for failure coming from one strict program to another.

We were craving variety and following another program was not going to provide it.

So we QUIT! And it was very liberating!!

What are we doing now you ask?

Whatever we want to!

Last week looked like this for me:

Monday 10/21 – Unplanned Rest Day (A crazy busy schedule will do that!)

Tuesday 10/22 – Georges St. Pierre (GSP) Rushfit Full Body Strength and Conditioning Workout and participated while teaching Bootcamp

Wednesday 10/23 – Insanity Month 1 Pure Cardio

Thursday 10/24 – GSP Explosive Power Training

Friday 10/25 – Insanity Upper Body Weight Training (DVD Bonus that came with our set – Killer Workout!!)

Overall I am enjoying the opportunity to mix it up! The Hubs has also been getting in an extra workout while coaching wrestling so we both have the option for 2-a-days if we desire!

I am planning to pick up some more running dates with my girls really soon and also throw in some of my old favorite workouts of my own creation!

Oh, and I just got a tractor tire to flip… Should be interesting!

Goodbye for now,


p90x Week 1 Recap and Initial Thoughts

Happy Monday Y’all!!

I hope your day has been filled with lots of sunshine… Mine has not.

We are at Day 7 of grey and cloudy skies here in NC and I am sure missing my Carolina Blue colored sky of usual.

Come on Mother Nature, I am begging for some Vitamin D ASAP!!

The weather man says we should have partly cloudy skies starting tomorrow so here is hoping he is correct. (Normally I believe him about 30% of the time, but today I am traveling the path of Optimism!!)

Well today I want to recap for you my first week of p90x and break down my thoughts on it thus far.


I’ll start with saying that this is the very first time I have done p90x. I’m talking prior to this past week I only ever witnessed the infomercials for it and that is the extent of my knowledge of the program.

The husband and I finished Insanity on October 1st and took off the remainder of that week to rest our Shaun T battered bodies!!

Last Monday we started our p90 journey. We are following the “Classic” version. We did not take the Fit Test that is outlined in the program booklet nor do we count our repetitions as Tony Horton recommends. We’re rebels like that!!

The schedule for the week went as follows and will remain the same for the first 3 weeks:

Monday – Chest and Back, Ab Ripper X

Tuesday – Plyometrics

Wednesday – Shoulders and Arms, Ab Ripper X

Thursday – Yoga X

Friday – Legs and Back, Ab Ripper X

Saturday – Kenpo X (Kickboxing)

Sunday – Rest Day

My thoughts so far: This program is challenging and I can see from the initial week how it could bring someone starting it with little to no fitness background excellent results, especially if they followed a strict food program also. For me it is lacking on the cardio a bit so I am planning to either add in some extra Insanity DVD’s or running to up my burn a bit. The strength training that is performed is great and I have felt sore in places I haven’t felt sore in for quite some time. I like that it is different from Insanity in that we use equipment (dumbbells, resistance bands) and everything is more slow and controlled. Overall I would say that I enjoy it and will continue on in the program with the added cardio.

Plus, watching my husband do Yoga X each Thursday makes the lower cardio totally worth it!!

I do have one goal from following this program. I want to be able to do 5 unassisted pull-ups after we are through with the entire program. We shall see if that can happen when we finish January 5th!

I will update my thoughts again after Week 3 when we switch to a new routine.

Until next time,


Right vs. Popular

There are those moments in life when following along with others and doing what everyone else is doing seems easy… It’s the “Popular” choice or path.

But what about the “Right” choice or the “Right” path?


I witness this battle each and every day.

In myself, in my family members & friends, in my clients and sometimes in strangers.

I named this blog and my business Realistic Fitness for a reason, what works for one may not work for another. Each of us needs to evaluate our reality and what is “Right” for us as an individual.

For example, I love to run as a part of my fitness routine. I consider myself a fair weather runner and only actively pursue running during the cooler months of the year when my schedule allows more time to meet my girls to hit the trail or local mega-neighborhood. I train for a longer race every couple of years. I run a few 5k races or mud runs here and there. But I don’t pound the pavement or trail daily or even weekly sometimes.

Does this make me less of a “runner” or am I simply modifying my definition of runner to what is “Right” for me?

Some hardcore runners would say I’m not a “runner” based on their definition, but I do what works for me not them.

I follow my own path and encourage others to do the same, especially when it comes to weight loss and fitness!!

Just because some fad diet plan worked for Mary down the street doesn’t mean it will work for Sue.

Just because Joe can run a half marathon without training doesn’t mean Mike should attempt it.

What I am trying to say is don’t feel discouraged if a weight loss plan or exercise routine someone else followed isn’t for you. We all need to follow our own path to reach our goals.

Don’t be afraid of failure, that’s part of the path that’s “Right” for you. Get back up and try something different.

Determine your own path, don’t just do what’s “Popular!”


If you need encouragement in this battle, send me an email or contact me.

I am happy to motivate in any way I can!!


New Perspectives

I’ve gained new perspectives over these past few months… Life is crazy and changes constantly. Often those changes are out of your control and happen in the blink of an eye.

Sometimes they help and sometimes they hinder, but they always bring a lesson to be learned!

And that marks the end of my philosophy lesson for today y’all!!

Anyway, I’m back to putting in an effort to this blogging business.

It has been an insane spring and summer in our family and I haven’t had the motivation to write at all.

Time for that to change!

I am back to teaching Bootcamp, just finished completing the entire Insanity program and am about to start p90x. I’ve got lots to share and am looking forward to plenty of exciting things to come!!

Stay tuned!!




Gratitude by definition: The state of being grateful: thankfulness

If you know me or have been reading my blog or  “About” page on the blog, you know that I am a coach for Girls on the Run. This is my first season coaching and I have been enjoying it tremendously!

Yesterday, our lesson was in Gratitude.

Listening to the girls list out their many “Thanks” and participating with them in listing out mine, I was reminded that there are times when I get wrapped up in “Life” and forget to reflect on the things I am thankful for… Often the things that have given me this “Life” that I am so busy being consumed with.

So today, I am making a list of the people, opportunities and things I am Grateful for.

  • My husband and son: I am so fortunate to call them my little family. Each day spent being Jim’s wife and Bo’s Mom is full of LOVE, laughter, hugs & kisses, lessons in life, arguments, disciplinary action (Yes they both get disciplined!) and so many other emotions that I couldn’t begin to list them all here. The time spent growing in these relationships over the years is truly priceless and has taught me so much about who I am in so many ways. I am so grateful for them!

Three Peas in a Pod

  • My family and “friend” family: “You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn’t depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family.” This quote rings so true for me. My sister and my Mom are my best friends, some of my best friends are my sisters and brother. (I’m talking about you Chad Confer!) Through tears, laughter, anger, fear and love… Family sees and feels it all. And yet they continue to love you anyway, that’s the best part! I am so grateful for each and every one of you!!

imagejpeg_2_4-1 sissyJim, Pap, Don - Golden Knights

  •  Being Self-Employed: So many reasons to be thankful for being my own boss. Most importantly, it allows me the flexibility to coach GOTR, attend Bo’s wrestling practices and tournaments, take care of our home and meet friends for lunch whenever I feel like it. Being able to take vacations when you desire is also a plus! I am lucky to get to work side by side with my husband most days. That is reason enough to be thankful!!
  • Health: Not only mine, but that of my family. For the most part, my family is healthy. Aside from the common cold here and there, we are fortunate to stay germ free. Some families, ones I know well, are not so lucky and have to face the reality of a child having cancer… I HATE that! Hate is a strong word, but I HATE seeing children stricken with disease. I’m not just talking cancer, I’m talking any disease. As adults, often the diseases and/or illnesses we come down with can be prevented. Extra hand washing, healthy eating habits, exercise, keeping our weight at a healthy level… Lots of things we can do to keep ourselves on a path of health. But children, they don’t have this control. I watch the St. Jude’s commercials that I am sure you all watch, and they break my heart.

On that note, St. Jude is the leading medical facility for research of childhood illness. The folks there work tirelessly, day in and day out, to research and develop treatment for illnesses that strike the helpless.

My great friend Lisa Elliot is trying to help fund some of this research… She is doing one of her favorite things, as well as mine, running for a cause! On Sunday, August 1, 2013, Lisa will run the Disneyland Half Marathon. She will run in support of St. Jude and all of the children they provide care to.

If you would like to donate to Lisa’s Fund, you may do so here:


And just like the link states, Lisa is a St. Jude Hero!! Lisa has set the bar high for herself. She is committed to SHAVING HER HEAD if she can raise $4,000 to support St. Jude. Speaking from my viewpoint, a viewpoint with LONG hair, shaving her head takes heart. But Lisa has the heart to do it!!

What are some thing you are grateful for? Do you reflect on them often?

And Lisa… I’ve got the clippers ready!!

All the best,


Sunday = Family Day

Sundays in the Grebe house are  a day to spend time as a family… With this said, expect Sundays posts to be filled with photos of things I’ve been up to that haven’t made the blog, things I love/enjoy and inspirational quotes I’ve run across!!

All the best,



LOVE great hair days!!


Seriously addictive…


Another tasting plate, Delicious!


Loved this as soon as I saw it on Pinterest!!


My Personal Trainer

Yesterday was a day spent primarily at home with the exception of a trip to the office and a few photo updates that needed to be done for two neighborhoods.

The reason for being at home… Bo has the flu, YUCK!

I consider his a mild version, a little snot and coughing but mostly just sleepy and zero appetite.

Being at home gave me plenty of time to work on some online projects that I’ve been slacking on and also to get some household chores done. The laundry has been tackled!!

After our jaunt to the office and to take photos, Bo was feeling a bit energized and asked if we could do a family workout. Of course we obliged and Bo proceeded to run us through a “Bo’s Choice” workout which I am sure you will get a laugh out of.

It was as follows:

20 Pushups (Jim had to do 50 – per Trainer Bo!)

10 Squats with the Wrestling Dummy on our back

A timed Balancing pose on the BOSU

20 Kettlebell Swings (10 pounds for Bo, 30 pounds for me, 50 pounds for Jim)

And, drumroll please…

The grand finale – 100 Pullups! (Is this kid crazy? I can barely do 1 without jumping!)

Needless to say, not one of us completed the finale, but it sure was fun seeing the amount of fitness our little sponge is soaking in!

"Grebe Fitness Studio"

“Grebe Fitness Studio”


The offending “Dummy”

After our workout the boys moved on to wrestling technique review and I decided that I needed to put in at least a mile. This week has been a horrible running week. I didn’t get in any runs with my girls due to scheduling conflicts and Bo being sick, so a quick mile seemed like a good idea… And it was! I ran 1.02 miles in 8:38. I’ll take it!!

Some dinner and couch snuggling commenced before we all trucked upstairs to hit the pillows!!

Today is quite in our house, Bo is still fighting a lingering cough but is fever free! Jim on the other hand is not fever free and has the CRUD now. Please cross your fingers and toes that I don’t get it!! (Mom’s don’t get to sleep all day when sick!)

I’ve spent my day doing some admin work. Lots of things I plan to accomplish this week, best to be prepared for it!!

I did enjoy a particularly yummy snack plate this afternoon though, take a look.


Fresh pineapple and raspberries, Sargento Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar stick and A Snyder’s Sourdough Hard Pretzel… Satisfying!

Well, I am off to clean out the freezer and refrigerator in preparation to do some major menu prep tomorrow for the upcoming week.

How are you spending your Saturday?

All the best,


February Recap

Drum roll please…

We have a STATE CHAMPION in the Grebe household!!

Introducing your NCWAY 2013 State Champion, Bo Grebe!!!!


So proud!!

As a parent, teaching by example is so crucial to your children. It can be tricky sometimes to lead them to make the proper decisions when it comes to exercise and healthy eating habits, but I’m pretty sure we’ve done well with this dude!

He loves to wrestle and he loves some baby carrots!!

In other February news, I got my running mojo back!! You can’t even fathom how on top of the world I am about this tidbit… Seriously, I am ECSTATIC!!

I ran a total of 24 miles in February which surpasses the previous months by leaps and bounds. My longest run was just shy of 7 miles and I felt on top of the world the entire time. I was on fire!!

I have to give credit where it is due, if it weren’t for my girls Erica and Juanita, i wouldn’t have nearly as much motivation to get out there. Oh, and that little Half Marathon I signed up for at the end of April, that might have some impact on my running.

Speaking of halves, I registered for the Diva Half – Myrtle Beach that I mentioned in my last post. I cannot wait!!

Diva's N.M.B


And last but not least, February brought the start of the Girls On the Run spring seasons and my first adventure into to coaching this AMAZING program. We are having a blast so far. We have a full roster (20 girls) and have been enjoying every minute with them.


I am looking forward to watching this program grow here in Harnett County!

Well, it’s off to bed for this girl… I’ve got a nice upper body workout in mind for tomorrow!

How was your February?

All the best,


A Creative Spark

Call me crazy, but I’ve learned that I am more creative when I have a completely packed schedule and a long list of To-do’s!

We’ve been very busy since the start of 2013. It’s wrestling season and business has been busier than it normally is during this time of year.

I’ve committed to several volunteer opportunities in the upcoming months. Coaching for Girls On the Run, sitting on the board of our local youth recreation department and planning a golf tournament to raise funds for new wrestling mats.

Go ahead, say it… Are you insane?!?! My sister already made it very clear she doesn’t understand why I volunteer myself for so many things that take up my time. But the truth is, I do it because it makes me feel good. It makes me feel like I am giving back to a community that gives our family so much.

So I keep on trucking, notebooks and smart phone in hand!

In regards to my last post, I have decided on which Half Marathon to run this spring. A friend posted on Facebook that she is planning to run the Diva Half Marathon in North Myrtle Beach on April 28th. I messaged her and the rest is history… It is looking to be an EXCELLENT opportunity for a Girl’s Weekend as well as a fun race! Two other friends will be running with me and a group of first timers too. I am really excited! Thanks Lisa!!

Diva's N.M.B

This afternoon I decided that I was in the mood for a creative at home workout to perform this evening while the “boys” were off at wrestling practice. I started with a 10:00 minute cardio HIIT warm-up. My bootcampers love these workouts when we are in session… NOT! Just ask them, these are brutal, especially when it is 100 degrees! I followed the warm-up with an Upper Body Strength session.

Here is what I completed:

HIIT Warm-up (10 rounds of :50 moving, :20 rest)


Plié Jacks

Jumping Lunges

High Knees

Butt Kicks


Jumping Jacks

Mummy Kicks


Jog in Place


Upper Body Strength (3 rounds of 15 reps.)

Wide Pushups


Lateral Shoulder Raise

Bent Over Row

Reverse Flye

Tricep Kickback

Bicep Curl

Tricep Extension

Hammer Curl

Shoulder Press

 I was SWEATING throughout this workout!! It’s a keeper!

Speaking of keepers, I intended to pull a workout from my “red folder” of bootcamp workouts, but I can’t find it anywhere. 😦

I am going on a hunt for it tomorrow.

Tell me, what have your workouts looked like lately?

All the best,