Jazzercise Set 19

I’m trying to get back into the habit of blogging, so I thought today I’d share my latest Jazzercise set with you. The last sets I shared were 2 and 3-can’t believe I’m already on my 19th set since I recertified in March!

Our new DVD came out a few weeks ago. I have several new ones in and thought I’d share what I think so far.

Dance Like Yo Daddy (Light Medium)-This is one of my new favorites! It doesn’t get the heart rate up very much but it’s a cute song, fun moves, and energizes the class.

Brand New (Heavy)-This heavy is harder than the song leads you to believe. It’s not very intense heavy but still works. I have a feeling I’ll come back to it a lot to use as my second heavy.

Coming 4 U (Medium)-This could be a very forgettable routine except for the direction changes; it’s a little tricky for customers but always ends with laughs and smiles. I’m not sure how often I’ll come back to this one but it’s been fun teaching it this week.

Light It Up (Light Medium)-Sorry, I’m not a fan of this one at all. I don’t know what it is but I just don’t like it. I doubt it will ever go back in.

Treat You Better (Meets Abdominals)-I’ve been teaching the standing version and it’s okay. It’s not the most challenging ab routine so I’ve been pairing it with another abdominal focused routine.

Blue Ain’t Your Color (Meets Upper Torso)-Ouch! I’m not a huge country fan but the slow tempo of this routine leads to a deep burn in the shoulders and triceps. Two thumbs up-if you can lift arms after!

Gold (Stretch, Ender)-This is easily one of my favorite stretches because it actually allows the stretch to be held. Usually our stretches are too quick to really get into the muscle but not this one. The customers loved it too.

Exciting School Update

So I have some exciting news. I was going to wait until it was 100% for sure but I’m too excited.

I’m switching to a RD program!

Let me explain. At my last advising appointment for my MPH, I mentioned to my advisor that my ultimate goal is to someday be a registered dietitian. She asked me then if I had considered the MPH/RD program.

Um…what?! I have done so much research on RD programs and know that is nowhere on the website.

Apparently it’s a new program being introduced at Colorado School of Public Health. There’s even a non-nutrition background approach that allows you to take undergraduate classes within the program. Basically you enroll as a second-bachelor’s student and take the necessary undergrad classes, along with a few MPH classes. Then you switch into the MPH program as a Public Health Nutrition student. The dietetic internship (which unfortunately isn’t coordinated-boo!) can count as your practicum and capstone, if you set it up right.

Sign me up! The only thing is I don’t have two of the requirements to be admitted to the program (organic chemistry and physiology both with labs) and can’t take them right now for personal reasons. However, I’m working with my advisors so that I will continue taking MPH classes that I’ll need later on; I’m almost doing the program backwards with the exception of a few MPH classes that require the prerequisites. It’s going to extend my program out quite a bit but it’s what I want and, with Ryan’s blessing, I’m doing it.

I’m waiting to hear back on a few bits and pieces to make sure I have the green light. I’m feeling really excited though and inspired that my dream of doing nutrition counseling in my own practice has a chance again. That means I’m reviving the blog!

I have the hardest time thinking of things to write about. I mean, my life is pretty boring. So if you have any suggestions or topics you’d like me to write about, please say so in the comments!

Hot Chocolate 5k

Hi readers! Long time, no talk! Grad school is still keeping me insanely busy but I thought I’d pop in to quickly recap my last race.

The Hot Chocolate run has become somewhat of a tradition. My parents and I did it three years ago, my mom and I took on the 15k two years ago, and Ryan and I ran the 5k last year.


Even though none of us have been running lately, we decided we couldn’t skip it. Okay, my mom and I decided; Ryan and my dad didn’t get much of a say-deep down we know they wanted to do it!

This year the race added the option to have packets mailed to your house, which is really nice for people who live out of town since there’s not race day pickup. Ryan and I decided to still go to the expo but I think we’ll skip it next year. It seemed smaller and had fewer vendors than past years; plus there was a circus and tattoo convention going on next door which made it a headache to get to.

Race morning started super early. The race starts at 7 and we opted to spend the night at our house instead of at a hotel in Denver. That meant a 4:30 alarm clock and a 5am road trip. The drive there went smoothly, although the parking lot we’ve used in the past was closed and finding street parking was a little tricky. Luckily we found a spot and had time to use the porta-potties and take pictures before heading to our separate corrals.



Going into the race, I knew it wasn’t going to be one of my fastest and I decided to just have an enjoyable run rather than pushing myself. The course starts at Civic Center Park and takes you around downtown Denver. Honestly, I don’t have much to say about this run, except that I did what I set out to do and ran a comfortable pace the whole time. My splits were 9:34, 9:00, 9:05 and I finished with an official time of 29:31. I must have been all over the place because my RunKeeper said I actually ran 3.3 miles. Then the best part….


Chocolate! Melted chocolate with a banana, pretzels, cookies, a rice krispy treat, and a marshmallow. Yum! There was just a little chill in the air too-perfect hot chocolate weather!


MPH Update 1

Week 1 of classes is under wraps and I’m in the middle of week 2. To be honest, I am pretty overwhelmed at the moment. I’m taking 11 credits, a full load in graduate school, and the workload is fairly intense. This semester I’m taking:

Applied Behavior Change Theory

Epidemiology for Public Health

Public Health Foundations

Physical Activities and Public Health

These are all required core classes and so are not necessarily the classes I’m most excited about. However, I know they’ll help me get to where I want to be and some of the material is really interesting. There are several projects this semester that require me to make connections with local public health organizations and gain experience volunteering and researching, which should be very beneficial in the future.


I’ve always had a hard time in new situations and this time is no different. It’s a difficult schedule to adjust to and I’m surrounded by new people, all of whom seem infinitely smarter than I am.

I don’t know how much I’ll continue blogging. This past week I’ve spent hours reading and rereading textbooks and articles, on top of nannying,  Jazzercise (teaching and putting together sets), and making sure that time with Ryan is a priority. It’s been a little crazy and stressful.

This may seem like a lot of complaining and it is; I just want to write down exactly what’s going through my head. Like I’ve said before, this blog is primarily a place for me to journal and hopefully at the end of the semester, I’ll be able to look back at this post and be proud of how far I’ve come.

Weekly Workout Recap 8/22-8/28

Well I made it through the first week of school. Even though it was busy and overwhelming, I still managed to stay on track with my workouts.

Monday 8/22-Jazzercise

I think I’ll share this set later because it is such a tough one!

Tuesday 8/23-Group Power

A full day on campus meant an early alarm to get my workout in first thing in the morning. Luckily Group Power is one of my favorite classes and I’m excited to attend it more regularly. My chest and triceps were so sore the next day!

Wednesday 8/24-Jazzercise

I taught another touch Jazzercise class in the morning. I thought about going to yoga in the evening but I was wiped.

Thursday 8/25-Rest

I’m planning to go to Group Power on Thursdays as well but I figured I should ease into things this first week.

Friday 8/26-Jazzercise

I went to another instructor’s class so I could just relax, not think, and still get a great workout.

Saturday 8/27-Jazzercise & Strength45

Surprisingly I had a huge class with great energy on Saturday. It was exactly what I needed after the past week. My Strength45 set was okay but not as difficult as I would have liked.

Sunday 8/28-Rest

I took Bailey for a longish walk to clear my mind and prepare for the upcoming week. Bailey and Benji actually got quite a few walks last week because it’s one of my favorite ways to relax after a long day.

I’m pretty proud of myself for getting my workouts in while starting a new busy schedule.

Weekly Workout Recap 8/15-8/21

Today’s the big day-I start grad school! I feel like a little kid the way I’ve hyped up this first day of school but it’s a big change! I’ll check in at the end of the week and let you know how it goes. Back to the point of this post…

Monday 8/15-Jazzercise

I taught my set from last week one more time and it was still a kicker!


Because I had orientation the next day and had to sub out my class, I decided to take a class on Tuesday night. It was a good way to calm my nerves and still get a workout in. It’s nice sometimes to just take class and not have to think.

Also, Yoga for When You Feel Insecure because I needed a confidence boost.




Saturday-Jazzercise & Strength45

This set was so hard! I added a new heavy routine (Hurricane, if you’re a Jazzerciser) and thought it wouldn’t be a very intense heavy; I based my other routines off that fact. Turns out I was wrong and it’s a pumper, so my entire set ended up being pretty intense. Then my Strength45 class left me shaking during the last routines; that’s how you know you fatigued those muscles.

Sunday-3 mile run/walk with Bailey

Bailey and I ran some, walked some, and took lots of sniff breaks. We ended up covering 3 miles and it was the perfect way to start the day. Sadly my leg is still bothering me, so it looks like there won’t be a half marathon anytime soon.

I took a lot of rest days this week that were really just me being lazy. My excuse is that it’s the last week before school and probably my last chance for the next two years to be lazy. I have a feeling my workouts are going to be my sanity savers.

Thoughts on Starting Grad School

Two days ago I had orientation for grad school and on Monday I am officially a full time student again.

To be honest, I am beyond nervous about starting school and everything that goes along with it. Taking on a ton of student loan debt is TERRIFYING (I assume I’m not the only one who feels this way but no one else ever seems to talks about it). Not having much of an income for two years is also hard for me to accept.

At orientation, the faculty talked repeatedly about getting involved, making connections, and networking. I know how important it is to get experience while in school to improve your chances of getting a job after graduation. If you know me, I know I like to do everything but I’m trying really hard not to overload my schedule before school even starts. Between classes, commuting, Jazzercise, and nannying, it’s unlikely I’ll have time this semester to volunteer or be involved in anything. I’m trying to reassure myself that it’s okay to take the first semester to get my feet under me and I don’t have to start doing everything all at once.

One of the things that scares me the most is that I’ll finish my MPH and not be able to find a job, similar to what happened when I finished my bachelor’s degree. I graduated with honors but found there were no jobs to be had with my degree. Ryan and I are sacrificing a lot for me to go back to school and I’m so scared it will be for nothing.

I know I’m being dramatic but since I only have three readers, this is more of a journal for me and it’s therapeutic to write down everything I have going on in my head. Luckily I have a great support system and any/all pressure is coming from me and me alone. When I shared my worries with Ryan last night, he reassured me that everything will be fine and he’s already proud of me just for going back to school (I like that hubby of mine!).

So with some trepidation and a lot of faith, here goes my graduate school journey. In two short years, I will be Kaci D, MPH!

Weekly Workout Recap 8/8-8/14

This week sadly still wasn’t a great week for workouts. My leg is feeling better but I still struggled with a cold and other random issues.

Monday 8/8-Jazzercise

Tuesday 8/9-Rest

Wednesday 8/10-Jazzercise

I felt awful during this class! I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to finish; that’s the first time I’ve ever felt that way when teaching. I drank coffee right before class, which I think caused my heart rate to get too high too fast and then I couldn’t recover. Lesson learned.

Thursday 8/11-2 mile run & yoga video

First I did this Beat the Heat yoga video from Bad Yogi. I forgot that yoga doesn’t feel very good when you’re congested. Then I went for a run. This was bad idea #2-I barely made it two miles and then spent the rest of the night on the couch.

Friday 8/12-2 yoga videos & walk with the dogs

I woke up feeling better but decided to be smart and focus on recovery. I did two low key yoga videos, Yoga for When You Don’t Feel like Doing Yoga and Yoga for Feet and Ankles, and took Bailey for a walk. By the way, are you using Walk for a Dog to earn money for your local animal shelter? I’ve noticed there’s been way more active walkers since PokemonGo came out!

Saturday 8/13-Jazzercise & Strength45

I was so excited to teach this Strength45 class because I thought the set was going to be awesome. And it was! I loved this set-it hit legs, core, multiple upper torso muscles (triceps, chest, shoulders), and ended with a great stretch. I love those workouts that you leave you with that satisfied hurts-so-good feeling.

Sunday 8/14-1.3 mile run

This was a massive FAIL. It was supposed to be a 4 mile run but my stomach had other ideas. Ugh! It was a good wake-up call though; I have to take better care of my body if I expect it to do hard workouts. I eat fairly healthy most the time but my diet (just my eating habits, I’m not on a “diet”) falls apart on the weekend. Fast food and ice cream the nights before a run? Not a good idea. If I want to run a half marathon (which I might be thinking about) I have to be smarter about how I fuel my body.

So all in all, not a great week. Here’s to hoping that next week leads to better health, better decisions, and better workouts!


New Future Plans

Starting next week, I am back to being a full-time student. It’s both exciting and terrifying, to say the least. Fortunately, I have a great support system and I’m looking forward to studying a subject I’m deeply interested in and passionate about.

For those who don’t know, I’ll be attending Colorado School of Public Health. At the end of the two year program, I will receive my MPH with a concentration in Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles.

I feel as though I should explain because even though I’m leaving the name of this blog as Kaci K. RD2Be, the program I am doing will not meet the requirements to become a registered dietitian. If you’re curious, I explained here the steps necessary to becoming a registered dietitian. So why am I (1) doing a program that doesn’t allow me to become a RD and (2) then why am I not changing the blog name if I’m not going to be a RD?

Honestly, I debated a lot between the MPH and MS dietetics programs. Ultimately I decided to pursue my MPH for a few reasons. One is that it allows me to take nutrition classes, along with classes on physical activity and health promotion planning. This excites me because I’ll be able to focus on the bigger picture of public health and work with both nutrition and exercise. Secondly the timing of this program is much more convenient because I am able to start right away without having to complete prerequisite classes. Finally, to be perfectly honest, the idea of not getting into a coordinated program or internship for dietetics absolutely terrified me; I couldn’t deal with the idea of doing all that work for nothing.

I hope it doesn’t sound like I’m settling for the MPH program because that is not the case at all. It just worked out better for me at this time in my life and again I’m very excited for what I’ll be studying.

So why am I not changing the name of the blog? Simple: I still want to be a RD. After I graduate with my MPH, I’m hoping I’ll be able to get a job in the public health field. While I’m working (this may be far in the future), I’d like to complete the dietetic coursework, most likely one course at a time. I’m not interested in pursuing another degree but I’d like to complete the required courses and then apply for an internship; I’m hoping that the experience I will gain working with my MPH will make me competitive. Then I will have my MPH and RD credentials and finally be able to open my own private practice, my ultimate dream goal.

It may happen or it may not. I might find a career I absolutely love and no longer want to be a RD. My goals might change and that’s okay but this is what I’m aiming for now.

Life Lately

I thought it would be good to give you guys a little update on my life. Because despite what it seems, my life isn’t entirely Jazzercise and running.

  1. On July 23, the world’s cutest baby was born. My brother and sister-in-law welcomed baby Wyatt into the world. Even though he was born early, he’s home now and both mom and baby are doing well. I can’t wait to meet him next month!
  2. On July 28, I turned 25! I am now officially mid-to-late twenties rather than early twenties. I’m pretty sure I’m definitely considered an adult now but I still don’t feel like it.
  3. While Wyatt was being born, my mom and I were at a Fall Out Boy concert. They were awesome! Although we were a little distracted since my sister-in-law was in labor. As much as I enjoyed the concert, I realized that I enjoy activities like running or hiking more than just sitting at a concert.
  4. My mom did her first triathlon last weekend. I’m so proud of her!
  5. I thought I had more to share but I guess I don’t. Maybe my life really is just Jazzercise and running. Oh well, I had to share about my nephew!

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