Healthy Living

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!!



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,


Truth is…

I’ve been less than dedicated in my fitness and clean eating for several months now…

It’s true.

I may have run several times, a 5mile race and a wonderful Thanksgiving morning airfield run with a BFF, but in reality that’s about as far as it goes.

Sporadic and half hearted running, a handful of Crossfit style workouts or strength workouts thrown in the mix and reckless abandonment when it comes to my eating habits.

There, I’ve said it, I feel better now that I’ve put it out for the public eye/ear!!

I won’t make excuses for myself. It’s my own fault. Lack of motivation is to blame. Lack of dedication too. I have the time and the resources, this I know. I simply haven’t utilized them.

It is time to get back to business.

I miss running.

I miss having sore muscles from squatting and lifting. (It’s a sick and twisted thing, but I do!)

I miss being a creature of habit and eating the same things day in and day out simply because I know they will fuel my body & workouts properly!!

The Insanity begins tomorrow. Literally…

Jim and I will be starting our daily sweat sessions with Shaun T tomorrow. I already have a run date with a friend planned for this week. The fridge is stocked with my usual favorites.

I am more than ready!

Have you ever fallen off the healthy wagon? If so, what helped you get back on?


I’m back…

I won’t even give any excuses… I have not made an effort to keep this blog up to date.

That is all about to change. Thanks to a good friend who is posting regularly to her blog, Molly, I will be putting forth some major effort to get this blog off the ground and hopefully be successful with it.

I really do have a lot to say!

My biggest reasons for getting back on the blogging wagon are my goals… I have some big ones set for myself and I am looking forward to accomplishing them.

Let’s start off with a review, shall we?

Goals: The result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.

I like to set goals for myself.

 I need goals to stay motivated.

Sometimes those goals include “Shower before 3:00pm on a Sunday.”

Sometimes they are career related, sometimes they are hobby related and sometimes they aren’t related… to anything!

I also like lists, but that is a post for another day.

The Meat: My 2012 Goals

  1. Earn my Practical Yoga Instructor Certification
  2. Earn my Personal Trainer Certification
  3. Get a J-O-B… Teaching Group Fitness in a gym
  4. Grow my abandoned Real Estate Business
  5. Devote time to this blog
  6. Re-route my Boot camp Business
  7. Enjoy a few vacations with my Husband & Son. And my Mother too.
  8. Continue simplifying my life and reducing clutter. GET RID OF CRAP!!

That’s less than 10 goals to accomplish in a year.

  1. I’ve already completed the online prerequisites for my Yoga Instructor training. I just need to sign up for the one day “live” seminar.
  2. I have the study materials for my Personal Trainer Certification and have cracked them several times. I need to get serious and just plow through the HUGE textbook!
  3. For real… Someone please hire me!! I am trying hard on this one. I even drafted a new resume. I’m a determined gal; hopefully my efforts will pay off soon.
  4. The Real Estate business growth will require some time and devotion on my part but I am 100% committed to making it happen!
  5. Duh… I have some plans. Some ideas. And I will be placing them into action going forward. I even put them on my calendar!
  6. This will take a few meetings and hopefully be in full swing come April/May.
  7. Belize, Disney World and Fort Lauderdale will happen this year! And the beach too, per Bo, we didn’t step foot on an East Coast beach all last summer. L
  8. We have been actively working on this goal since we moved last May. We’ve used that sometimes sleazy yet brilliant online classified that rhymes with Smegslist and it has been successful! We’ve also had a Yard Sale, so 80’s I know, that we made a little chunk of change from and will do again once the weather heats up for good.

All in all I think I have got a solid plan for reaching all my goals this year.

I’ll update my progress come June.

What are some goals you plan to achieve?

Do you have a plan of action?

13.1 – Check!!

So, I’m cutting myself some slack about this blog. I started it with the intention of posting all kinds of posts related to the healthy choices I make on a daily basis, but haven’t seemed to keep up with it, AT ALL!!

It has been a truly crazy month and I have every intention of changing my blogging habits from here on out.

Since  my last post I have:

1. Run my first Half Marathon. (The Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half)

2. Worked out countless times.

3. Taken Spin with my favorite instructor at least twice before my gym membership ran out.

4. Eaten LOTS of Greek Yogurt!!

5. Tickled my son every single day!

6. Taken to mini vacays to visit family in Delaware and New Jersey.

Anyway, the list could go on! But the most important recap will of course be my first Half!!

I am so very proud of myself for completing it and couldn’t be more pleased with my time. Especially considering I’ve only been running regularly since March of this year!

I’ll be posting my race recap this evening and attaching some photos. But for now I’ll leave you with a few shots of the past month!


My Boy and I

My Little Pirate


I’ve been hungry lately! Take a peek…


I’ve been eating an awful lot of the following:

  • Greek Yogurt (More on this later – I may be slightly obsessed!)
  • Carrots and Ranch Dip (Made with Sour Cream)
  • Feta Cheese (On just about anything!)
  • Iced Coffee
  • Cheese sticks and Pretzel Sticks
  • Nectarines, Raspberries and Bananas
  • Apples with Peanut Butter
  • Eggs (Anyway I can get them – Hard Boiled, Fried etc.)

As far as the Greek Yogurt obsession goes, I think I may be an addict! I’ve eaten it just about everyday for the past month! I love it with granola or Kashi and fruit!

I seem to get into a food routine. I go weeks eating the same things over and over again!

Do you ever seem to get into a food routine?