Treadmill, Yoga Class, and Turkey Stir Fry

I just got home from the gym today.  My oh my, how my shins are aching today.  I did some interval training on the treadmill before I did an hour yoga class.  It’s been a really long time since I’ve done yoga.  I was surprised at myself with how much I didn’t like it as much as I was expecting to.  It was just too slow paced for me… relaxing, yes, but I felt like I could have gotten a lot more done in that hour.  I still plan to do today’s Blogilates Bombshell Booty workout after I put my nephew to bed around 8:00 p.m.  I always look forward to booty day.  🙂

food log 1-18-15This morning I had my cream of wheat for breakfast with a glass of milk.  It’s so easy to make, and it’s a good hot breakfast that keeps me full for a while.  Plus, my nephew loves the stuff!

For lunch we went to On the Border where I ate the lunch portion of grilled-chicken fajitas with black beans (instead of refried).  They were delicious!

Tonight we made a sort of stir-fry with ground turkey browned with minced garlic and diced yellow onion, and then added a scrambled egg, fresh broccoli, carrots, bell pepper, zucchini, black beans, and garnished with some fresh avocado and cilantro.  It was amazing!  It had sort of a Mexican food flavor, or “Tex-Mex” as we call it down here in Texas.  🙂  Sprinkle a little juice of a lime wedge, and voila!

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I Think I Killed My Legs Today

30 Day Ab Challenge day 8Day 8 of #30DayFlatAbs Challenge completed today.  I did 34 reps each of all 5 moves today, along with a bunch of other abs workout at the gym.  I pretty much beasted it at the gym today, and now the back of my calf muscles are KILLING me!!  I’m really not sure why, to be honest, because it’s not like I haven’t ran in a while.  I’ve been running nearly every day for a couple of weeks.  And it’s also not like I ran any further than normal either.  I did one mile straight at 5 mph, and then another half a mile doing intervals at 6 mph on the fast and 3mph on the slow.  I did some different variations of squats, lunges, and push-ups, and a whole bunch of ab work.  I also did a bunch of stretching, especially on my calves since they were already starting to feel tight and sore.  Needless to say, I think I’ll probably skip today’s Blogilates Toned Tummy Thursday workout.

Oh yeah, and then I went to see a movie.  Just an FYI… Into the Woods is a musical.  A very long musical.  I have no idea what I was expecting, but not a musical.

So yesterday I was checking Amazon to find some stuff for a gift card I received for Christmas.  I found a few things that I’m looking forward to coming in.  Then, I went over to Etsy to see if I could find some workout tanks with inspirational quotes on them and found some really cute ones at decent prices, so I ordered a couple of them.

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How are your workouts going so far this week?  Tomorrow is a rest/recovery day, so I’m looking forward to that.  I think it’s a great time for a rest since I have a feeling my legs are going to be so sore, it’s going to hurt to walk tomorrow.  Tomorrow is also yolo meal day, so I’m thinking about what my yolo meal will be.  Hmmm…

New Active-Wear Haul and Bombshell Booty

New Active Wear Haul

I must really be on a health kick at the moment.  The sun finally came out yesterday and melted the ice off the roads, and I got to get out of the house (finally!).  So what did I do?  Went and bought a bunch of new workout clothes!  I only hit up 2 places, TJ Maxx and Old Navy, but I found some super cute stuff on sale, and a lot of stuff in my favorite colors (neon yellow/black/grey) that I just couldn’t pass up.  I pretty much have a new workout wardrobe, complete with a new matching cinch bag to carry my necessities to the gym…

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I did my workout last night in the outfit I’m wearing in this first picture below.  I have to say that it’s nice that the masses Resolve every New Year to lose weight, because there were some serious sales going on for active wear yesterday.  I walked into TJ Maxx and they had this huge area right in the front set up with racks and racks of nothing but workout clothes.  They even had a display with yoga mats, little dumbells, weight gloves, and other stuff.  Old Navy also had all their active wear on sale, which is one reason I ended up getting a ton of it.  The other reason was because it’s been the only place – online or locally – that I’ve been able to find any workout clothes in that neon yellow color that I’m in love with right now that didn’t cost a ridiculous amount (ahem, Nike…).

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Bombshell Booty

Speaking of last night’s workout… I finished day 3 of #30DayFlatAbs, and by day 3, I mean 25 reps of all 5 moves.  And then I ran 2 miles with my Nike+ app.  I felt pretty good.  Today’s workout is Bombshell Booty, which I have to admit I’m pretty excited about.

That 3rd video, Beach Ready Butt Workout is killer.  I can always tell I need to pay more attention to this area when I do that particular video, because it burns like no other.  I always have to stop for breaks in that one, no matter how much I try to push myself to keep trying.  Maybe that should be one of my new workout goals.

I still haven’t made any actual “Resolutions” for this year yet.  I want them to be really good and important, and I can’t fairly use my workout goals as resolutions because I already resolved those to myself, New Year or no New Year.  I think maybe today I’ll really take the time to think about what I want my resolutions to be.  That can be my “2015 Bucket List.”

Running For My Life

Today I have running on my mind.

I live in Lubbock, Texas, and if you’ve ever lived in Texas, you come to understand how true this is… texas weather 1

 

It snows so rarely here that the city is just not prepared for road conditions, and everyone driving has to maneuver through the ice.  We had over 100 car accidents in Lubbock on Dec 30 because of icy roads.  Needless to say, after driving around with a bunch of people who drive like crap on a good day, you learn it’s best to just stay home when the roads do get bad because until it warms up and melts off, there’s just no guarantee for your safety.  If you do have to get out, you drive really really slowly and hope everyone else does, too.

zachs club fbSo I have one serious case of cabin fever right now!  I was considering braving the streets to go to the gym this morning, but then I saw this on facebook… no child care today.  Well, fooey.

Well, that’s ok.  I have a treadmill here at home, and of course my Blogilates workouts can be done at home.  That doesn’t solve my cabin fever, but at least there’s something to do.  🙂

So back to running.  Running has become my favorite cardio exercise.  Which would dismay probably anyone who knew me as a kid or even up until just a few years ago.  This used to be me…

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I’ll probably never be one of those people who runs marathons or even runs like 10 miles a day.  No, I don’t even like running outside.  But I do love running on the treadmill, which I know is totally opposite of what most “real” runners would say.  And I’m ok with that…  I don’t work out for anyone but myself.

I found this treadmill workout today that I want to try.  Each set is said to burn about 100 calories for the average 150 lb female, give or take depending on your weight.  A full set is 10 minutes, so repeat it as many times as needed to burn the calories you want to burn.  It says to repeat 4 more times for a 500 calorie workout, but I don’t spend 50 minutes on the treadmill that often, so maybe 2-3 times for me will do.

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It’s funny… in the past you’d only catch me running to save my life.  Now, I still run for my life… just in a different way.  🙂

Speaking of cardio, today is Fat Burn Focus on the Blogilates workout calendar.  🙂  Not to mention Day 3 of the #30DayFlatAbs Challenge.  Is anyone else keeping up with that?  What do you think about it so far?  I’ve been doing more reps than required because I’m so used to doing the moves that 5 or 6 reps isn’t challenging for me… and I’ve learned by now…

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4 Good Luck Foods and Flat Abs for New Years

It’s the last day of 2014.  I can’t even believe it.  I’m home from work today because of some winter weather here in Lubbock, Texas, so I plan to make the most of it!  What movies should I watch??  Hmmm…

Today I wanted to post about the foods I like to eat for “good luck” on New Year’s.  These are traditions I’ve picked up through the years in one way or another.

4 Good Luck Foods for New Years

Black eyed peas with curried potatoes, carrots, and peas

Black eyed peas with curried potatoes, carrots, and peas

The first is Black Eyed Peas.  These are said to bring Good Luck for the new year.  This was the one tradition my family had growing up, so this is an old tradition for me.  Some traditions say you should eat one black eyed pea for each day of the year.  I don’t ever go that far, but I always make sure to eat these for New Years!

Cabbage Coleslaw

Cabbage Coleslaw

The next is Cabbage.  Some even say greens in general, such as Kale, spinach, or other leafy greens, as this is supposed to bring you Prosperity for the new year, and the green color is said to symbolize money.  This is a not quite as old of a tradition for me that started when I went away to college after high school.  I lived with my aunt and uncle who introduced me to this New Year’s traditional food… although their idea of cabbage was not exactly my idea of how to eat it!  Now, I don’t have any delusions of expecting to get rich on my social worker salary, but I do like to keep my bills paid and food in my tummy :).  What do you like to add in your coleslaw?  I like to add some dried cranberries to mine, along with the carrots.

Baked Pork Ribs (boneless)

Baked Pork Ribs (boneless)

Next on the New Year’s menu is pork.  Pork is a pretty new tradition for me that I was introduced to only a few years ago by some friends.  Eating pork is said to bring you Progress, as pork comes from the meat of pigs who only move in one direction – Forward!  This is to signify moving forward and not looking back this coming year… like Cassey says in the 2015 Fit Planner!

“Don’t look back.  You’re not going that way.”

Grapes

Grapes

And finally, the last item on my list of good luck charms for the New Year: Grapes!  Eating grapes right before the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve is said to bring you Good Luck, and some traditions say to eat one grape for each month of the year.  Some even believe that for each grape you eat, you can tell which months of the year will not be quite so lucky if a grape isn’t as sweet, for example, if the 7th grape is a little sour then July will be less lucky than other months.  I just started this tradition a couple of years ago as well when I started celebrating New Year’s Even with my boyfriend and his family.

Flat Abs for New Years

Blogilates 30 Day Flat Abs Challenge

Blogilates 30 Day Flat Abs Challenge

I’m pretty excited about the Blogilates 30 Day Flat Abs Challenge we’ll be starting tomorrow.  We’ll be doing this in addition to the #JanYOUary workout calendar… more on that tomorrow!  😉  Anyway, I’ve got my sheet printed off and ready to check some boxes, I’ve got my Blogilates 2015 Fit Planner ready to go, and I’m about to start working on my menu for the next couple of weeks to kick off the New Year with some steam. Other than that, I’ve got today’s workout, the last Blogilates workout of the year, and a Netflix playlist to keep me occupied for the rest of today, and tonight we’ve got some CELEBRATING to do!

Happy New Year!

Celebrating Small Wins

Almost to the end of another week.  It’s Thursday Thighs again today, and I was pretty sure that 3 Minute Thighs was going to kill me.  Is it considered cheating if your butt doesn’t leave the floor for more than 5 seconds throughout that whole workout?

So, instead of doing the Fat Burning Ladder today, I decided I’d do some jogging with my Nike+ app.  And I jogged until I hit 10,000 steps on my fitbit tracker.

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Oh yes, this happened.  And trust me when I say I needed this today.  We had this big Christmas lunch at work today, and I ate so much food that I was miserable for the 2nd half of my day.

But I also won one of the prizes for an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” contest for the Christmas shirt I crafted.  I just glued some glittery balls to a thrift store Christmas shirt, and pinned a tinsel-garland around the neck and the bottom, and won myself a $10 gift card to Sonic.  Yippee 🙂

Sunday 2 for 1 and Blogilates Total Bodylicious Workout

I have 2 workouts to do today.  First up is yesterday’s playlist…

Rock Your Core Saturday Workout:

calendar 10-4I wasn’t able to do this workout yesterday when I was supposed to because of a trip to Fort Worth for my nephew to visit my brother.  I had to get some things done earlier in the day before we left, and then we spent the afternoon driving.  I was sad I missed the workout yesterday, since I made it a goal to do more workouts (and blog posts) this month than I did in September.

So instead, I did this workout today while my nephew was napping, plus I ran a mile before hand.  It felt pretty good.  That was before dinner tonight.  To be honest, I felt like yesterday’s Rock Your Core workout was a little underwhelming after Wednesday’s killer workout.  My abs were sore for a couple days after Wednesday!  But it was still a good workout, though.  It just didn’t zero in on the abs as much as I had hoped.  🙂

Butt Lift Sunday Workout:

calendar 10-5Now that I’ve eaten my dinner (baked pork ribs, beans, and salad), it’s time to do today’s workout.  Today should be a good one, too.  Especially with Hips Butt N Thighs and the Beach Ready Butt workouts.  Those are both killer!

As you can see, there’s another secret workout video on today’s playlist that you can’t find on YouTube… this is one that you have to subscribe to the Blogilates app monthly calendar to be able to get.

Blogilates October Exclusive Video: Total Bodylicious Workout

Blogilates October Exclusive Video: Total Bodylicious Workout

If you just can’t splurge that whole whopping $0.99 a month for the calendar subscription in the app to get the Total Bodylicious Workout, I’d recommend subbing the Perfect Legs workout for it, since there are several similar moves.  😉

Is everyone ready for the week?  Oh, I have to go transfer some laundry loads!!  Before I forget again.  TTFN 🙂

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??

Extreme Abs

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.

cupcakes

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!

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.