Are You Serious?

Did I really just read that right?  Am I seeing double?  Triple?  Noooooo Wayyyyyy.

ONE THOUSAND SQUATS???

1. Regular Squat (x100)

2. Narrow Squat (x100)

3. Back Kick Squat (x100)

4. Side Lift Squat (x100)

5. Plie Squat (x100)

6. Calf Squat (x100)

7. Froggy Squat (x100)

8. #4 Squat (x100)

9. Prisoner Squat (x100)

10. Rolling Squat (x100)

 

Can I hear someone say, “Ain’t nobody got time fo’ that!”  Holy moly.  Well, ok.  Alright.  What the heck, right?  I haven’t been sore since I did the Ultimate Thigh Sculptor workout several days ago.  Let’s make it hurt to sit on the toilet tomorrow!

P.S. I’m down to 147.0 lbs today!

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My Last Thoughts On the July Workout Calendar, and This Week’s Workouts

Blogilates July Workout Calendar

Blogilates July Workout Calendar

My Last Thoughts on the July Workout Calendar:

Can you believe we are already down to the last week of the July workout calendar?  I feel like it was just last week I was talking about my first thoughts on it.  So what do I think about the calendar now that we’re almost done with it?

Let’s just say, I hope next month is not too different from this one!  I feel like the way each day’s workouts were set up this month really maximized the results.  I can definitely see results from the beginning to the end of this month.  Not to mention I’m down to 148.4 lbs as of today!  That is nearly 3 lbs down in just one week.

I was telling some people the other day that I can’t believe how easy it has been so far to lose weight and see the results I want to see in such a short amount of time.  Especially after trying so hard for years and years without seeing any results at all.

Booty Blast Sunday Workout:

I have to say, I’m really excited about this workout, because this is my very first time ever to do the Beyonce Bootylicious Bum Butt Badonkadonk Bonanza (try saying that 3 times fast)!  I always like the Booty Blast days, because this is one of those areas I think most of us like toning up.

Legs & Thighs Monday Workout:

Now that our butts are thoroughly worked, it’s time to work out those legs and thighs.  You can’t have one without the other, right?  And of course, the video I’m most looking forward to in Monday’s workout is the Thigh Trimmer & Butt Lifter.  I always like the workouts with the Pilates equipment (resistance bands, power ring, etc.) just a little bit more than the regular workouts.

Hard Core Tuesday Workout:

I hope we have a Hard Core day in the August calendar next month…  Or at least something like it.  These were probably my favorite workout days, and this last one probably takes the proverbial cake.  Look at all these muffin-top targeting workouts!  Yep, that’s what I need to work on the most, in my own opinion.  I really can’t even pick one that I look forward to doing the most, because they’re all really goods ones for this day.

Upper Bod Wednesday Workout:

Ahhh, the arms.  My arms are always crying at the end of these hour-long workouts!  But these are so good, my favorites for this day are between Victoria Secret Angel Arm Slimming Workout , which really gets you working and pushing yourself, and the Push Plank Challenge that starts out feeling so simple and then by the end of it you’re wondering when they’re ever going to stop.

Cardio Core Thursday Workout:

I just can’t even believe it’s the LAST workout of our #ForceofJuly calendar.  But we’re sending it out in style with these fat-burning and ab-toning workouts.  Hands down, my favorite video in today’s workout is The 5 Best & Most Effective Ab Exercises.  How about that Saturn Ring exercise?

 

So if you’re doing these Blogilates workout calendar workouts, what were your thoughts on the July Calendar?  How many of the workouts did you do each week?  What results have you seen?  I’m just more and more amazed at how much I love these workouts and how much I truly want to keep sticking with them.  Even when things come up in life that would normally derail me and all my progress, I’ve still been able to stick with it and keep seeing the results.

Thank YOU!

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Good morning! I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who follows, comments on, and reads my blog. It’s nice to wake up to this notification and it keeps me so motivated to keep going.

I hope everyone has the best day today… Or better yet, MAKE it a best day today!

Do something positive for yourself, your life, your health, your family, friends, or even a stranger today. Lower your blood pressure by paying it forward.

Working Out This Week

Hey guys!  Sorry I missed posting yesterday.  I actually missed everything yesterday, workout and all.  😦  Let’s just say I have some pretty serious stuff going on in my family at the moment that all sort of exploded the past couple of days.  But today, I had to jump right back on the Blogilates wagon.  So I’m going to do something a little different for today’s post, because I know things might be a little hit or miss for the next week or so.

Hard Core Tuesday Workout:

My favorite of these 5 video’s for Tuesday’s workout this week would have to be…  The 5 Minute Ab Express!  Since I missed this whole workout yesterday, I will probably try to do it on Friday this week and use yesterday as my day of rest.  I’m pretty sure being severely stressed out burns extra calories, because I still weighed a little less this morning than I did yesterday, despite missing my workout.

Upper Bod Wednesday Workout:

Today’s workout was pretty intense, especially once I got to the last couple videos and my arms wee really getting tired.  I’d have to say my favorite workout video for today was probably Toned Arms and Sculpted Back.  To be honest, I’m not too sure if it wasn’t because it was such a relief to sit or lay on the mat for this workout because I’m still so exhausted today.

Cardio Core Thursday Workout:

I’m excited for Thursday’s workout this week because it’s really focusing on the “love handles” with a couple of the workouts.  My favorite video for this day, definitely Love Handles Hysteria.  My least favorite, and probably my least fave of all the Blogilates workout videos…  “Hot Summer” POP Cardio Dance Workout.  Not because I don’t like the moves or the song, but because I don’t really keep up with the moves very well.  Plus, I feel like it kind of drags out a little too much.  I usually substitute this video for a different cardio video for about the same length of time instead.

Bendable Body Friday Workout:

How about a nice relaxing stretch video to get your Bendable Body/Rest day in?  I keep saying this, but I really hope Cassey comes out with some new stretch videos for these days.  This month’s secret workout video on the Blogilates App is an AMAZING video, so relaxing and energizing.  It would be perfect to add to the list for our Friday videos… alas, it’s exclusive only to monthly calendar subscribers (which is only $0.99 a month, really not much at all).  At any rate, I should be doing Tuesday’s workout on this day since I missed it on Tuesday, as I of course mentioned previously.

Sexy Saturday Workout:

I know it’s crazy, but my favorite workout for this Saturday is the 100 Burpee Burnout!  Burpees have seriously shaped and toned my legs and have really helped me shave inches off of them.  Some of the more intense ones, I can’t really do (like the ones with the one-handed push-ups), so on those I just do a regular burpee during that set.  It’s still one heck of a workout.

So please let me know about how your workouts are going this week!  I will still try to get on every day and post as usual, but at least this way I’ve got the playlists posted up for anyone that likes using them.  I also have all the Playlists saved on my YouTube channel, which are accessed most easily through the link in the menu at the top of my page here titled “Daily Workout Playlists.”

Thigh Workout and Food Temptation

Today’s Workout:

Today we zero in on those saddle bags!  You feeling that burn?  I know I do!  How about that warm-up on the POP Pilates: Saddlebag Shaver video?  Sexy, huh!  If only my body actually moved that way.  When I try to do that, it just looks… well… it ain’t pretty.  But as usual, I am ever excited that we get to use the Power Ring today in the Ultimate Thigh Sculptor video.  If you’re doing this workout today, tell me which of the videos you felt was the hardest or which one was your favorite?

Food Commercials

Temptation:

Isn’t it funny how you can be doing so well on eating healthy, you’ve really done yourself proud, and then you turn on the TV only to be bombarded with food temptations left and right?  The food commercials are the worst with the pictures of the various entrees, but it doesn’t even have to be a commercial.  It can just be someone eating something in whatever show you’re watching at the moment, and suddenly your taste buds are watering.

These food businesses really know how to play on those conditioned responses we have.  You know, like Pavlov’s dog.  It starts out with smelling the food and then you feel the urge to go check out what smells so good because you’re hungry and want to eat it.  Now, you see that food on TV and you don’t even have to smell it.  You’re already hungry and salivating for it.

What’s even worse is when you see other people around you eating terrible, delicious things.  I’m not sure why or when this all started, but lately it seems like someone is always bringing doughnuts to work and leaving them out for everyone to take one.  Then you start trying to justify it to yourself… It is so early in the day, I’ll have plenty of time to burn this off.  How do you say no to a free doughnut that’s just sitting there, calling out to you?

Then there’s going out to eat.  Sometimes you have to oblige to be social, even though you have a menu you’re following for the week, and maybe even already have a lunch prepared that you brought with you today.  But then someone comes by saying it’s someone’s birthday so we’re all going to have lunch at whatever the choice of restaurant happens to be.  You say to yourself, I’ll just find something healthy on the menu, it won’t be a big deal.  Then you see the menu, smell all that yummy deliciousness that people at other tables are already eating, and a grilled chicken salad just ain’t gonna cut it.

Why is there so much temptation lurking at every turn?  No matter what you do to avoid eating unhealthy foods, it seems like the whole world is against you and it’s nearly impossible to maintain good choices.

What I’ve discovered is that if you’re eating clean, healthy foods and planning ahead of time, you can overcome a lot of that temptation out there.  I’ve also mentioned before – it’s not about restricting myself from eating bad foods.  I just make it a goal to eat more of the good stuff, and when I’m already full from eating nutrient-dense, clean, healthy foods, I’m way less tempted to eat the bad stuff.  I plan out all of my meals for an entire week at a time, which does help me stick to my good choices that I planned ahead for.

What are some ways that you avoid food temptation?

One More Thing – Before/After

July 6 ~ July 20

July 6 ~ July 20

 

I forgot to add this in today’s earlier post!  How can I forget a Before/After post?

(See the first Before/After shot here.)

Today I am down to 151.2 lbs – that’s 10 lbs down from where I started on May 10.  I’m nearly down to a size 8 – my size 10 pants are getting quite loose on me these days!

IMG_20140714_171200Especially in the legs, as you can see in this next photo.  These pants were skin-tight on my thighs, butt, and waist just last month!  I’m finally getting to a point where I can actually see how much my body is changing when I look at myself in the mirror now.  I can also see a difference in my arms, where my tricep area has really been shaping up as well… although that area definitely still has a long way to go.

I am just really happy with the results I keep seeing consistently as I stick with these Blogilates calendar workouts.  They are fun, positive, and upbeat, which has really helped me want to keep coming back to it day after day.  It’s a new workout every single day, so my workout routine is constantly changing, which means my body doesn’t get a chance to get used to it.

If anyone out there hasn’t given Pilates a chance or maybe you tried it a long time ago and didn’t really care for it, I definitely recommend giving Blogilates a try.  I say give the Workout Calendar or even the Beginner’s Calendar ONE WEEK and see what you think.  Even you guys out there who want to tone things up a little bit.

 

Booty Blast, Diet Pills, and Finding Fitness That Works For You

Today’s Workout:

Resistance band workout!  I’m so excited about this one today, because this will be the first time I’ve gotten to use the new resistance-bands I got from Walmart not too long ago.  I got two different sets, the regular stretch bands and these mini circle bands.  I can’t wait until we get more of these equipment workouts.  They really take the Pilates workouts to the next level.

Diet Pills:

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I came across this little comic last night that evoked a chuckle.  I can just see the back-story…

Lady goes in to see her doctor asking for a diet pill to help her lose weight.  Doctor says, “You don’t need a diet pill.  These can have terrible side-effects, including heart attack, stroke, heart palpitations, and so forth.  Just add some physical activity at least three days a week, eat healthy, get plenty of sleep, and you’ll see the weight come off.”  Lady insists she’s tried everything and nothing works, please prescribe her a diet pill.

So doctor, being the intelligent, witty gentleman that he is, makes a compromise they both can live with.  😉

fit13Has anyone ever tried taking diet pills?  I tried it once, many years ago.  I don’t even remember what it was now; just something I found at the grocery store.  All I remember is that, not only did it not work, it also gave me this terrible, jittery feeling of anxiety.  My heart was racing without exerting any effort.  It was not a good experience. It also was not healthy for my body, and thankfully it only took one of those pills to figure out it wasn’t a way I wanted to go.  And by the way… the same goes for those energy drinks.

Find What Works For You:

I think we all have so many reasons for why we want to take the easy way out of getting ourselves healthy.  We’re tired – physically, emotionally, or both.  We’re busy, we don’t have time…

No.     You’re never going to have time.  You have to make time.  You always find a way to make time for things that are important to you.  That’s why you should find a type of physical activity that you actually enjoy doing.

That might mean trying things you haven’t tried before to see if you like it.

That might mean joining a group fitness activity with scheduled meetings. (Kickboxing, Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, Spinning, etc…)

That might mean finding an accountability partner, aka workout buddy to keep you motivated.

That might mean walking around your neighborhood with your family or taking your dogs to the park to play.

That might mean taking dance lessons.

The point is, find something personal to you.  Something that you enjoy and will stick with.  If going to the gym makes you miserable, find ways to work out at home (hello YouTube).  If running/jogging makes you miserable, try kickboxing, dancing, or swimming.  If lifting weights at the gym in front of all the body-builder guys makes you uncomfortable, try Pilates!  Find a fitness class that you like the instructor for or the other people who attend regularly.  Try a fitness app on your smart phone that guides and motivates you.  Join (or start) a weight-loss challenge that you can compete in to win the collected pool of money.

I’ve found that the older I get, the more conscious I am about my health and doing something about it.  Remember this: Yes, it may have been easier to start working on it before it got out of hand… but it’ll be easier to start working on it NOW than waiting until it gets even more out of hand.

No excuses…

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Poll: Workout Buddy – yes or no, and Plank Challenge Day 6

Today’s Workout:

Did everyone have a good Friday of rest yesterday?  I know I did.  It’s weird how I still think I should be doing some type of workout that day, when it’s my only rest day for the whole week.  Does anyone else feel like that?  I usually end up doing something anyway, like taking the dogs for a walk, mowing the yard, or even hitting up the gym because I know it’s going to be dead in there on Friday nights.  Yesterday, the extent of me doing something anyway was walking around Walmart for an hour after eating the Zuppa Toscana (soup) at Olive Garden for dinner.  It wasn’t much… although I was wearing some heels.

Only 3 videos today for the workout playlist, but they are some good ones!  Especially the Train Like a Beast Look Like a Beauty workout.  Oh, and by the way!  I weighed myself this morning when I woke up, and guess what?  I’m now weighing 151.6.  That’s 10 lbs down from where I started so far, and only 6 lbs away from the upper end of my healthy BMI weight.

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Plank Challenge Day 6:

IMG_20140717_204647What??  I somehow pushed myself to do almost 10 more seconds than Day 5!!  It’s funny, because I’m somehow able to push through for longer each day, but it doesn’t seem like it’s getting any easier for the most part.  It’s still a struggle starting about 15 seconds in.  It’s all sheer will-power.

 

Workout Partners:

I saw this article on Spark People yesterday about the importance of having a “Goal Buddy” to keep you motivated to work out and achieve your goals.

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Spark People – “Goal Buddies are Golden” (Click for article)

While they have some valid points, I just can’t bring myself to agree with this!!  I’m not sure if this is because I’m such an INTROVERT (being around other people drains my energy, unlike Extroverts whose energy increases when they’re around other people – at the gym where you need as much energy as you can get!) or if it just boils down to personal preference, but any time I try to work out with other people, it just ends up keeping me from doing the workouts I prefer to do, and from the intensity I prefer to do them at.

For example, I like running on the treadmill.  One of my friends I usually work out with does not like treadmill, so I’ll usually replace my treadmill workout for a different cardio machine, which I never put as much effort into or stay on for as long.

When I go to the gym with my boyfriend, he likes to “personal train” me, giving me pointers on what machines to try, and how my form should be, etc.  This is fine, to an extent, but when I hear all the critiques on my form, and how I need to change this up this way and move this that way, I just end up frustrated and give up soon after I started… which then frustrates him because he thinks I don’t value his help.

So what do you think?  Do you get a better workout alone, or with a workout buddy?

Bendable Body Stretch Workout

Since I missed posting on Wednesday this week, I figured I’d make up for it by posting for Bendable Body Friday!  I’ll keep this one short and sweet, though.  In the Blogilates world, the “rest” day falls on Friday, which I’ve mentioned before that I really appreciate because it’s such a perfect day for me to not have a full hour of workout to do.

These stretch workout videos are really good to help you become more flexible, and of course, prevent injuries.  This is one topic that Blogilates does not have a whole lot of videos on, though.  Hopefully she will post more soon!

What did everyone do today?  What workouts did you do, if any?

Planking Gains, Must Increase Cardio, and Hiit Printout

Today’s Workout:

I promise I did not forget about you yesterday!  It was such a busy day all day, I didn’t take a lunch at work and didn’t get around to doing my Blogilates workout until about 9:30 p.m.  Did anyone else make it all the way through yesterday’s Upper Bod workout?  My arms were feeling like jelly by the time I finished.

Today we have a little bit of cardio and a little bit of abs with Cardio Core Thursday.  I’ve really been slacking on my cardio lately, but that is actually one of the things I was working on yesterday after work.  I came home and rearranged one of my spare bedrooms so that I’ll have easier access to use my treadmill at home.  Hopefully this will help me get more cardio in during the week – my goal is at least 4 days weekly.

Plank Challenge Day 5:

IMG_20140715_203520I somehow made it another 5 seconds for Day 5!  Let me tell you, that last minute is a serious struggle.  It really takes pushing myself to keep going, but that’s exactly how I’m going to make myself stronger and stronger.  Who else is seeing improvements on their plank time?

 

More HIIT:

Since we’re on the topic of cardio today and the goal to get more cardio in for the week, I figured it would be a great time to share another Blogilates Pop HIIT printout!  I think I’ll try this one today and see how many sets I can get until I can’t move anymore.  🙂

Blogilates Pop HIIT #2

Blogilates Pop HIIT #2