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Tough Mudder

Carman’s First 90 Day Challenge Story :)

I LOVE that the Body by Vi 90 day Challenge now has added a Fitness and an Active category along with Weight Loss!

Carman – 34 (at the time of event) :) 

Which challenge kit did you use? 
Fit Kit

What is your favorite recipe? 
Shrek Shake

What was your Challenge Goal? 
This was my 1st 90 day challenge and it was to train and complete my 1st Tough Mudder in Austin, TX with my FireLitesFire gals/sisters-in-law; Lexy & Cyndi and my brothers-in-law; Torry & Keller and some amazing church friends. :)

Did you exercise? If so, what type of exercise did you enjoy? 
We did circuit training, weight training, workouts at the track with sprints, monkey bars, low crawling, etc and Saturday long runs.

Which of your personal goals have you achieved?
Having previously done half marathons and a marathon, the Tough Mudder was one of the most challenging events I’ve done! It was a CRAZY AMAZING experience and getting to do this 12 mile 22 obstacle event as a team with my family members was what I loved most!! I loved training with some amazing athletes who inspired me daily and weekly. My biggest achievement was that I was able to complete every obstacle with my team/family, except those dang greased monkey bars – which I attempted TWICE!!, and I felt amazing when I was done!! :)

Is there anything else you want to tell us?
I could tell a HUGE difference in my endurance and athletic ability in my training for this Tough Mudder from getting in two Vi-shakes a day as part of my 5-6 small meals despite my diet not being perfect. The nutrition in these shakes is by far the best I have ever put into my body and trained with. I also LOVE that I can focus on a a new goal every 90 days! It is life changing!! :)

What is your next 90 Day Challenge Goal?
My next 90 day Challenge is to focus on dropping 5-10% bodyfat so that I can become leaner and stronger than I’ve ever been. It’s also a goal of mine to see some hawt mama abs for the first time ever!! I will also be running the Houston Rodeo 10K run in February and plan to beat my previous 2 years run times. :)

Check out my blog post on lessons learned from doing the TM. :)


Would you ever do a Tough Mudder???

If you’ve done one, would you do another one?? 



Tough Mudder Fun

We Did the Tough Mudder!!!

I am sooo happy to report that we completed AND survived the TOUGH MUDDER in Austin!!!! It was SO much fun and yet so HARD at the same time. (I’m still not sure how its possible?!!) For those not familiar with what exactly a TM is…..check out the video here – www.toughmudder.com. Yeah – it was C.R.A.Z.Y. :)

at 12 miles with 1 obstacle left and still SMILING!!!!!

It was also such an AMAZING experience doing it together with some of my FAVORITE peeps that I love dearly- my brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.  It was an awesome bonding and teamwork experience that I will cherish forever!! :)

During the event, it really had me reflecting on life and how it can be used as a metaphor for everything we do in life. Here are a few:

  • There are times when we have to go through things on our own…..
  • There are times we need the help of others – especially our family and friends – to help us get through our obstacles/trials in life – to help boost us over those 15ft walls or help pull us up when we are down or help each other get to the top of those 4 story high hay bales
  • There are times we have to go through our “obstacles” on our own but we can do it! We sometimes have to go through it slowly and carefully – I had this thought on the Mud Mile where it was nothing but slick mucky mud trenches up and down muddy hills. Sometimes we just have to focus on putting one foot in front of the other and watch those going ahead of us and literally following in their footsteps.
  • We always have those that love us on the sidelines cheering us on every step of the way
  • When we are going through hard things – like the dang electric eel – we have our loved ones there at the end to waiting on us and to help laugh it off and help you keep going!  (here’s a video to give you an idea! It got me every time I moved across the entire thing  and I was yelping just like these guys) :'(

It was by far one of the hardest but most fun events I have done to date….right up there with completing a full marathon a few years ago. I pulled up my 2012 New Years Resolutions again from our post in January to re-evaluate this year so far…….{!!are we seriously already in October????!!}………I was so happy to be able to check one off. I hadn’t picked a race yet when I made this goal – little did I know with my friend Dack approaching me in April/May about joining their Tough Mudder team what fun would be in store!! :)

Mormon Mudders!!!!! :)  These guys were SO MUCH FUN to train with!!!!!

My goal earlier this year was:

I would say running a 12 mile course with 22 obstacles counts as checking that one off my New Years goals AND my Live List!!! :) :)

Here’s a little video of us running through the LAST and DREADED obstacle – Electro Shock….with random wires hot of up to 10,000 volts!!!!

You can see Keller about :15 into it and we are right behind him :)


Here’s a little video I put together on our way home that night.


Here’s another video I made on the way out to Austin about my trip down memory lane when picking out which of my favorite Brooks running shoes to wear- we have run A LOT of miles together. :)


Have you pulled out your New Years Resolutions and looked at them again to see what you have accomplished and checked off so far??  

I will be looking mine over again to see what else I have checked off – or am close to checking off. It sure feels awesome to accomplish goals you set out to do!