Saturday Sweatfest and Hiit Printout #3

Today’s Workout:

Today we have Sweatfest Saturday.  It’s a short and sweet workout today, a grand total of 31 minutes for all 3 videos in the playlist.  I do love that 100 Burpee Burnout, though!  There will definitely be sweat involved with that one today.  I think I might throw in an extra video for my butt and thighs today, like POP Pilates: Perky Butt ‘N Long Lean Legs.

I did end up doing Thursday’s workout yesterday, which I felt really good about after I finished, since it was lots of abs and a little bit of cardio.  I’ve been stuck at 147 lbs all week long, it seems, so I hope to really focus some time I have today on getting some extra activity in to break past it.  I still feel pretty happy about how my body is shaping up now, though, and the fact that I haven’t gone any lbs in the other direction is still a pretty good accomplishment for me based on my past experience – PRE-Blogilates!

POP Hiit:

One more thing I want to add in today since I have the time is another POP Hiit printout.  This will be my first time to try this particular print-out, so let’s see how it goes.  It looks like a little more strength circuit training than the actual cardio-type moves in this one, so hopefully it will be a little easier than the previous ones so far.  Those lunge kicks are a little tough on my knees, so I’ll have to modify those, as well as those donkey-kick push ups.  Other than that, let’s do this!

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Blogilates Pop HIIT #3


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

Hard Core Workout, HIIT, and the Importance of Eating Clean

Ok, so who tried the new EXTREME Abs Workout yesterday?  All I can say is… WOW!!  I thought I was going to die.  And then, I turned around and did it a 2nd time just for kicks.  Yes, I’m feeling the consequences today. But, as Cassey Ho says, “Sore today, Strong tomorrow!

Any men out there brave enough to give it a try???

I wanted to get some cardio in, but since I got home so late from work yesterday evening, by the time I ate dinner and finished the Blogilates workout playlist, it was really too late to drive all the way to the gym for some cardio.  So instead, I grabbed a dumbbell and…

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Print this baby out and take her to the gym with you next time!  Tell me what you think and how many sets you can get through.  So far, I can only get through 2 sets before I’m totally dying.

The Importance of Eating Clean:

What are your favorite clean-eating meals?  I like easy-to-make foods that I can just throw together quickly after I get home from work, because I try not to eat too late in the day.  Sometimes, like yesterday evening with late home visits (I’m a social worker), it is unavoidable, which makes it even more important to eat healthy and clean.  I won’t even go into the whole stress/cortisol weight gain issue that goes hand in hand with my field of work.

I don’t know how many times I have been pressed for time during my workday, so I drove up the street for a quick, cheap, fast-food taco plate to get me through the rest of my day.  The trouble with that?  All that greasy, processed food, while completely tasty, made me feel so tired, all I could think about was taking a nap.  Then I’d still have to trudge through the rest of the day, sometimes making long, boring drives that made me even more tired.  My waist-line kept growing, my energy levels kept draining.  (Talk about a negative correlation!)

Now, I plan my meals in advance so I stick to the healthy stuff a whole lot better.  I save money because I make my own food, so I’m not having to pay those high prices at restaurants or fast-food places, and I only buy what I need for the week when I do my grocery shopping.  My new favorite invention: Ziploc steamer bags!  Not to mention, I’m eating seriously delicious food, I get full on MUCH LESS food than I used to eat, and I don’t feel lethargic in the afternoons after lunch any more.  Here is what I ate for lunch and dinner today, for example.

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Lunch – Lean ham rolls, Baby Bell cheese, Baby Carrots, red seedless grapes, and sliced watermelon.


Dinner – Grilled pork chop, steamed carrots, and spinach salad with some Ranch Dressing

What are some of your quick, easy, and delicious clean-eating recipes?  I need some new ideas!!