About Mia

Former music and pop culture blogger, couch to 5k podcaster, animal enthusiast.

Interview with Health and Fitness Expert Yuri Elkaim


Yuri Elkaim

And now for a Chubby Jones first: I had the pleasure of interviewing health, fitness, and nutrition expert, Yuri Elkaim. The former pro soccer player is also the New York Times best selling author of The All-Day Energy Diet and The All-Day Fat Burning Diet.

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I know that, like me, a lot of runners got into the Couch to 5k program as part of an exercise and diet plan – so I wanted to ask Yuri for his expert advice to help aid us in our health goals. He provided some great info, including ways to exercise smarter, things to avoid, and the best news about carbs I’ve heard in a long time (and gives me the perfect excuse to use my Oprah gif again)


You can find out more about Yuri at his website, www.yurielkaim.com

And while you enjoy that, I’ll be working on Week 8 version 4, hitting your nearest iTunes this weekend!

Couch to 5k Running Podcast: Week 7 V4

We’ve made it to week 7 and considering the political shit-storm currently happening (I’m sure you feel it regardless of which candidate you’re rooting for) it’s the perfect time to channel your rage into something positive – like accomplishing your goals and getting healthy!


We’ll be doing our regular 5 minute walking warm-up, followed by 25 minutes of nonstop running! Lace up them shoes, stretch it out and get ready to leave behind any limiting beliefs you brought with you because you’re about to kick some serious ass.

Download the Couch to 5k Week 7 Version 4 podcast (right click “save as)


Get as psyched about how far you’ve come as Oprah is about bread!


(for those of you who have seen me post this gif already, sorry/not sorry, but it’s some of my greatest work and I will post it from the mountaintops)

Couch to 5k Podcast: Week 6 V4

I’ve been doing a lot of meditating recently. I don’t know if it’s because I finally reached the age where I’m ok with alone time, or because I’m trying to deal with all the changes happening at once in my life in a way that doesn’t turn me into the shorter, less-green version of The Incredible Hulk, the insane dark dark darkness of this time of year, or what – but I’ve actually enjoyed it, and somehow came to a few realizations that I hope you don’t mind me including in this podcast.

If you do mind, distract yourself by staring at this cute picture of my mom’s cat, Willow:


This week we’re starting with our 5 minute walking warm-up then heading into a 5 minute jog, 3 minutes of brisk walking, 8 minutes of jogging, 3 minutes of that brisk walking and 5 minutes of jogging followed by a cool-down. Also, just like Week 5, there are actually three different intervals you’ll be running this week, but unfortunately, I don’t have the space to upload more podcasts to my host for this month, so if you don’t mind, please use the ones from previous versions which you should be able to find riiiiiiiight here. If you do mind, refer back to Willow. Meow.

Download the Chubby Jones C25k Week 6 v4 podcast (right click “save as”)

Here are the JAMMMMMS we’ll be getting our sexy on with (oh look, there’s Willow again):

Podcast: Couch to 5k Week 5 Version 4

Hiyeeee friends, family, acquaintances, strangers and even any enemies who still listen to my podcasts! I’m alive and now living in Seattle, where the air is fresher, the people are Midwestern-levels nice and they have these amazing things called trees!

I apologize for being out of touch and not getting some new podcasts your way until now, but…life. Also, I had a hell of a time trying to find (free) music good enough for my runners, but I am pretty sure this latest mix will have been worth waiting for.

It’s time to get your sweet little buns moving to this Week 5 C25k Podcast.

We’re doing our usual 5 minute walking warm-up followed by 3 sets of 5 minutes running & 3 minutes jogging. Special shouts out to Chris T and Jessica for their tweets to let me know you all are still listening and wanting more!

Download Couch to 5k Week 5 Day 1 Version 4 (right click “Save As”)

Chubby Jones Couch to 5k Podcast Week 4 Version 4

Well my friends, the heat in NYC right now is ridic, but I recorded a new podcast for week 4 and just got back from taking it for a test run. I gotta say, the music is pretty fierce, which is great because I needed it to distract my attention from my heavy breathing.

Alyssa Edwards Drop Dead Gorgeous

Download: Chubby Jones Couch to 5k Week 4 Version 4 (right click “save as”)

We’re starting with our usual 5 minute walking warm-up and then head into 3 minutes of jogging, 90 seconds of walking, 5 minutes of jogging, 2 and a half minutes of walking, 3 minutes of jogging, 90 seconds of walking and finishing strong with another 5 minute run into a 5 minute cool down. Now sissy that run hunties!