First Look at the Blogilates #ROCKtober Calendar

10-2014 RocktoberThe new Blogilates workout calendar is here, and talk about exciting!  This is going to be a great month of workouts!!  This month, each day’s workout starts off with a video that incorporates some type of cardio to get the fat burning right from the start.

(Side-note: I still haven’t gotten my password to the calendar through the newsletter email yet, but I was able to access it via SnapChat app, for anyone else who is still waiting and is as impatient as I am.)

This month’s line-up is:

Sunday – Butt Lift

Monday – Muffintop Melt (with new workout video weekly)

Tuesday – Luscious Legs

Wednesday – Rock Your Core

Thursday – Amazing Arms (with new #CheapCleanEats video weekly)

Friday – Recovery Day

Saturday – Rock Your Core

I have to say I am crazy excited about this month’s calendar.  Last month was a good one, but I definitely found myself slacking off a lot, especially around the 2nd and 3rd weeks, after my nephew got here and threw a big kink in my normal routine.  This past week I’ve really been getting back to being more consistent (except for the blogging part – sorry about that!) and I just feel so much better when I do the workouts every day.  It’s a huge difference in my energy and my mood, as well as how my body feels from the inside out.

Legs & Butt Tuesday Workout:

9-30But for now, it’s time to get our last #SepTONEber workout in and kill those legs, butt, and thighs!  Who doesn’t love a lifted booty and some nice toned legs, right?

For this new month, it’s my goal to blog a lot more than I did in September.  I’m going to make more time to keep at it, because I love blogging, and it definitely keeps me motivated to keep at it.

What keeps you motivated?

Happy Tuesday!!

 

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Ab Killers and Birthday Cupcakes

Abtacular Monday Workout:

9-22 calendarWhew, what a workout today!  My abs and obliques were super-sore today from yesterday’s workout, so needless to say, I really felt today’s Abtacular workout.  I especially liked the Extreme Abs and Abs on Fire today.  In Extreme Abs, at about 3:07 into the video where we move from legs straight up to lowering them out diagonally and doing a million crunches in various ways… oh… my… goodness.

There’s only one thing I have to ask, though.  Where was today’s new workout video?  I didn’t see a new one today, and I didn’t see a post on Facebook from Cassey saying there wouldn’t be a new one today for whatever reason.  Did I miss it??

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Blogilates: Extreme Abs

Birthday Cake:

Today is my boyfriend’s birthday, so of course what kind of girlfriend would I be if I didn’t make him birthday cake?  We made a really good cake for Valentine’s Day this year that was so good, we actually ended up eating almost the entire cake before we had to throw it away like usually happens after a few days.  So I figured that would be a good choice to make for him today.  It’s a chocolate cake with cherry flavored frosting on it.  I did pretty good, though.  Instead of baking it as a cake, I baked it as little tiny mini muffin cupcakes!  I gave one to my little nephew before I brushed his teeth and put him to bed tonight, and he didn’t even think twice about it.  He popped the entire thing in his mouth all at once!  It definitely helped on portion control for me, though.

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And after I ate my little birthday cupcake, I did today’s workout.  Now I feel pretty good and I’m way beyond ready for bed.  So, until tomorrow!

#Blogilates Get It Right, Get It Tight Workout

Total Body Tone Sunday Workout:

9-21 calendarOk guys, I’m about to do this workout today.  It’s been a looooong day, but before I officially turn in for the night, I’m doing every single one of these videos all the way through.  Why?  Because I need every last one of them.  Probably twice.

The first video on the playlist is this month’s exclusive workout video that you can only access through the calendar subscription in the Blogilates app.  (It’s only $0.99 a month, which for me is totally worth it.)

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Blogilates: Get It Right, Get It Tight Video

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Blogilates: #SepTONEber Exclusive Workout Video

My LONG Day:

Today, I got up at 6:00 a.m., got myself and my nephew ready, and drove us over 4 hours to visit my brother for a little over 2 hours.  Then I packed us back up in the car and drove us back home, another 4+ hours.  What does this mean?  It means I’m so tired right now, I just want to lay down in my bed and call it a day.

But instead, I’m going to blog and then do my workout.  Then lay down in my bed and call it a day.  Tomorrow my nephew starts his first day of daycare, so I’ll have to get us both up early again tomorrow.  Thank goodness it’s still fairly early in the evening.

How is everyone doing this month on their workouts?  How are you all liking the September calendar?  I’ve really been liking the new #cheapcleaneats videos coming back.

This Week’s Workout Overview

It’s already Tuesday?  The days are getting away from me before I know it.  I knew I’d be a lot busier once my nephew got here, but even after I put that little guy to bed at like 8:00 p.m. every night, I’m so tired!  Did I mention before that I never want to have kids?  It’s true.  And here I am.  So here’s the line-up of workouts for the week, in case I can’t post as often as I’d like, as has been the case for the past week and a half already!

Total Body Tone Sunday:

Always exciting when you have the Ultimate Hot Body workout, and even better when it’s followed by Train Like a Beast Look Like a Beauty.  These two are ones I always have fun doing.

Abtacular Monday:

The fat destroyer workout is a really good cardio/Hiit workout.  I’ve really been impressed with that one so far in the few times we’ve done it.  I always think 8 Minute Abs is so funny.  I grew up in the ’80s so I can relate to this video on so many levels, but there’s nothing like going back to the basics to get your abs worked out once in a while.

Legs & Butt Tuesday:

Today we get a good booty workout.  My favorite video for today is the 5 Best Thigh Slimming Exercises.  I can always feel this one working really well while I’m doing the moves.

Hump HIIT Wednesday:

I like how this workout starts out with a Love Handle workout, then goes to a cardio, back to Abs, and then ends with more cardio.  For me, it’s never fun to just do a bunch of cardio exercises, but I do love abs exercises and especially love handle exercises.

Arms & Back Thursday:

The last video for Thursday is another one of my favorites, even though it’s one of Cassey’s older videos.  I like how you don’t need any weights or anything, but you can really feel it working your back.  My back is one thing I think I don’t work out enough, so this will be a good line-up for today.

Rest Day Friday:

It’s the day of rest, and while usually I make myself take rest on Fridays because I know it’s good to give your muscles a chance to rest and renew, this Friday I am going to go ahead and get a workout in.  I’m not even going to feel guilty about it, either, because I missed more than a workout or 2 last week so I have some making up to do!

Cardio Core Saturday:

And finally, there’s Cardio-Core Saturday.  That 4 Minutes to a Hot Body workout is tough!  And that’s even doing the whole thing on my knees instead of the straight plank.  It’s definitely a lot harder than it looks when you get down and actually do it.  Other than that one, I also really like the Heart on Fire workout.

Well, that’s it for this week!  How is everyone doing on their food intake?  I’ve actually still been doing pretty good on mine, even on the days I haven’t been able to get my workouts in.  Yesterday I had a 100 calorie Greek Yogurt for breakfast, a Thai curry soup for lunch, and Turkey meatballs in marinara with a side salad for dinner.  Today another yogurt and lunch was some leftover Korean Stir Fry.  MMMMMmmm 🙂

Food Baby Be Gone

It’s been a crazy week so far!  Monday and Tuesday I was so sick with a stomach virus, I didn’t even THINK about doing my workouts.  😦  I’m so behind, I’d try to catch up by doing all the workouts I missed, but at this point, I think I’ll just jump back into the flow instead.  On a positive note, I’m pretty sure I had a 24-hour “viral cleanse” and lost a pound or two from not being able to eat and from everything that was purged from my body.  (I can laugh about this now, looking back on it.)

Hump HIIT Wednesday Workout:

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Food Baby HIIT!  What?!  Oh yes, this is seriously one of my favorite cardio workouts.  I make myself do this workout any time I go out to eat somewhere and over-indulge myself to that overly stuffed feeling.  I don’t do that nearly as often as I used to anymore, which is really an accomplishment for me.  I used to be one of those people who couldn’t tell if I was full or not.  I would just always feel hungry.  If it tasted good and there was still some left, I’d still be hungry.

Not anymore!  Now I portion things way more appropriately.  Not to mention I’ve been eating much better food on a nutritional level, so I get full on a lot less food.

Win/Win.

Except I’m not gonna lie.  I’m probably not going to do the Hot Summer Dance workout.  I never do it.  I just don’t like it.  I can’t keep up.  I am coordinationally challenged.

More On My New Little Home Member:

As I mentioned in my last post, my 2 year old nephew is now living with me for a little bit, so I’ll be taking care of him for a while.  I’ve never had kids before, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect on how it might go.  So far, so good, though!  We are learning every day, and he is learning new things everyday.

The first night we had trouble with bath time, but now we’ve figured out that if we let him climb into the bath tub on his own terms, he will do perfectly fine and have all kinds of fun in there. We also started turning off the air conditioner before he gets in the bath so he doesn’t get cold.

Yesterday was a tough day; he woke up fussy to begin with, and then he had a doctor and dentist visit. He had to get a TB test and some blood taken for a lead test at the doctor’s office, and he was not a happy camper.  The dentist appointment went much better, and then we went home for lunch and a nap.  He didn’t want to eat much at all yesterday, so I think maybe he didn’t feel too good.  Poor little guy.  Today was much better.

New Routines

Total Body Tone Sunday Workout:

9-7 calendarToday was a total body workout, and every single video was awesome today!  Was that because I missed my workout yesterday, and the day before that was a rest day?  Maybe… but I felt like I got a lot out of all 4 of these workout videos today.  I especially liked the 5 Best Muffintop Melting Moves workout.

New Routine:

Today was the start of a whole new routine for me, as my 2 year old nephew is finally here to live with me for the next several months, possibly longer.  My nephew is almost 3 years old now, and he still doesn’t talk.  We found out yesterday, what I’ve suspected for quite a long time now, that my nephew is on the Autism Spectrum.  He definitely has several little quirks that have been challenging so far, but one thing that has not been a problem at all is bedtime!

I’ve been pleasantly surprised that my nephew  goes right to bed without a fuss and sleeps all night long.  I expected it to be a lot harder, because he does NOT like bath time.

So today, after I put the little guy to bed for the night, I was able to turn on my Blogilates workout and release all the stress of the day.  I really hope I’ll be able to do this every day.  We’ll see how it goes.  I think his bedtime is going to be about 8:00 p.m. every night.

Food, Water, Sleep, and Blogilates

Legs & Butt Tuesday Workout:

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Tuesday’s workout was no joke!!  Between Beach Ready Butt Workout and the Bold & the Bootiful workout, my butt was seriously on FIRE yesterday.  Is anyone sore after that workout?  I thought these videos were paired really well.

I also did pretty well yesterday on my “diet.”  I had a 100 calorie Greek Yogurt for breakfast, a Nature Valley sweet and salty granola bar for a mid-morning snack, some vegetable and brown rice stir-fry for lunch, and for dinner I baked pork chops and paired it with a side of grilled zucchini and a spinach salad.

AND… I drank my full 5 bottles of water yesterday!!  I also got some pretty decent sleep last night.  I’ll have to start posting my sleep patterns from my Fitbit so that I can keep track of that as well.  After all, sleep is a really big part of being healthy and getting fit!

 

Hump HIIT Wednesday Workout:

9-3 calendarToday’s workout is HIIT cardio, and of course you know it’s a good one when you start out with the 100 Burpee Burnout!!  This is one of my all time favorite Blogilates HIIT workouts, and burpees have seriously helped shape and thin out my legs and thighs.

Which of these videos for today was your favorite or least favorite?

Today for breakfast I ate another 100 calorie Greek Yogurt and had a banana for a mid-morning snack.  For lunch I ate a leftover baked pork chop with a fresh cooked half of a corn on the cob and a spinach salad.  For a mid-afternoon snack I ate some peanut butter crackers, and for dinner I had steamed chicken (seasoned), steamed red potatoes, and a spinach salad.

I don’t think I quite made it to 5 bottles of water today, but I’m pretty sure I drank at least 3. I’m still working on finishing one bottle of water now.  So far I’m not sleepy at all yet, so we’ll see how well I sleep tonight.

Abtacular Monday and Princess Hair #SeptTONEber

Abtacular Monday Workout:

9-1 calendarI am in love with the new workout video for today!  We got a new song challenge with one move – the candlestick dipper.  Has anyone tried it yet?  Wow…  Besides that one, I think my favorite video for today was the 5 Minute Ab Express.  I do this one a lot when I’m just looking for some extra ab videos to do.

Does anyone else have trouble with your feet slipping further and further back doing the Waist Whittler Challenge?  I don’t know if this is normal, or if I don’t have the core strength I need to keep this from happening.

Princess Hair:

Yesterday, I decided that it was time to try a new way to style my hair.  I never do anything different with my hair, ever.  Every day, I wash it, blow-dry, and straighten it.  That’s it.  Same thing every day.  When I work out, I pull it back in a pony-tail.

princess hair - frontSo what does any smart girl do when she’s looking for new ideas on anything?  Of course, I took to Pinterest.  I found a lot of cute styles, but my main goal was something simple enough that I could do myself and hopefully be able to replicate if I ever wanted to try it again.

So this is what I ended up with.  It turned out to be so easy and my boyfriend now calls it “Princess Hair” because he says it makes me look like a princess.  (He compared me to a picture of Snow White.)

princess hair - sideAll I did was take a headband and place it around my head, over my hair, with the back of it sitting at the base of my skull, and the front of it even with my hair line.  I let my hair hang straight down.  Then starting on one side, then the other, from front to back, I just took small sections of hair and wrapped it up to tuck into the headband.  Once I got to the very back, I just did the same thing.  The headband holds all the hair in place but you can use bobby pins to help hold any areas where needed.

Here’s a good “how-to” demonstration I found, although it was not the original Pin I found as inspiration.  It does a really good job of showing exactly what I did.  The good news: I was able to replicate it today before I went to see the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie at the Lubbock Alamo Drafthouse.

Chignon Headband how-to