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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Click for the Spark People article.

 

 

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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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.

Total Body Workout and Why Not All Carbs are Bad

Total Body Tone Tuesday Workout:

8-12 calendarAnother good workout today!  (Do I say that every day?)  We’re getting some total body toning action, and I can tell you that Train Like A Beast workout is no joke!  It’s tough.  The only video I can think of that is harder than that one is the EXTREME Abs Workout we did on Sunday this week.  But you know what?  As Cassey Ho says,

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”

You know what Cassey Ho also says?

“Train like a beast to look like a beauty.”

So that’s what we’re going to do!  We’re going to challenge ourselves every day.  We’re going to push ourselves out of our own comfort zones, we’re going to try to get one more rep in before we stop for a break.  When we do stop for a break, we’re going to jump back in faster than we did yesterday.  You know why?  Because tomorrow we’re going to be better than we were today.  After all, you should be the only person you’re comparing yourself to in your fitness journey!

Carbs Are Not All Bad:

Why, oh why has this sudden trend exploded saying that you have to cut out carbs if you want to lose weight or to be thin?  Really it isn’t even a “sudden” trend, because people have been doing this “Atkins” low-carb diet for years and years.  This is the diet that approves of (specifically) bacon, fried eggs, ranch dressing, sour cream, and diet soda, but high-fiber, protein-rich Superfood Quinoa doesn’t make the cut?  Don’t get me wrong… I do eat/drink most of those things (not the fried eggs or sour cream), but not on a regular basis.  More of like every now and then and in moderation, because I feel like setting rules restricting certain foods is setting yourself up to fail.

Carbs not only supply energy for your entire body, down to the cellular level, but they also help in the regulation of blood-sugar, digestion (more on that later), and brain function.

Now it’s time for a personal story, sad but true.  Each year, I usually participate in giving up something for Lent.  While I am not Catholic, I still feel like this is something I personally want to participate in for my own faith.  So for Lent, the idea is that you choose something to give up for 40 days that you would consider to be a sacrifice.  Last year, my sacrifice was “major carbs” (bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, and sweets).  Of course I knew that cutting ALL carbs was not possible, since carbs are in almost everything you eat, even vegetables.  But I wasn’t doing this for dieting or losing weight – it was because I recognized this to be something I tended to over-indulge in on a regular basis.

Needless to say, I only made it 2 of the 6 weeks that year, because my body literally began to rebel against me.  I’ve never had such… let’s call it “digestive issues…” in my entire LIFE!  It’s funny now, but at the time, it was no joke.  I learned a good, valuable lesson that year, and this year I chose something way more realistic (carbonated beverages).

So how do you know the difference between a good carb and a bad carb?

All you really need to do is apply the same logic of “eating clean.”  If it’s a whole, natural, unprocessed food, then it is good for you.  If it is processed, it’s probably not so good for you.  There are a few exceptions, like whole grain or whole wheat bread (usually good for you).  If you still have any doubts, here’s a pretty good list I found that might be helpful, thanks to The BodyFit Coach Meghan O’Marra.

...and don't forget quinoa!

…and don’t forget quinoa!

 

 

Exercising Yourself to a Better Mood

Saturday Sweatfest:

8-9 calendarShort and sweet little workout today, but don’t let that 41 minute playlist fool you!  It looks like we’re getting our cardio on today.  The first video is just a warm-up, no worries there.  The other 3 videos are a variety of HIIT, which is SUPER effective at burning fat.

The video I probably like the most out of this line-up would have to be Heart On Fire.  You start out jogging in place with some butt-kicks, add in some plyometrics, combined with some core-stabilizing balance moves, some controlled movements to tone those legs and butt, and of course throw in some burpees.  The rests in between each move help make it seem like a lot less work, and also help you keep that fat-burning progress increase more with every set.

So how was your Saturday Sweatfest workout today?  Did you try it?  I hear a lot of people say they prefer to substitute their own cardio routines for the Blogilates cardio videos.  I do that sometimes, as well… especially when I find one that won’t play on the YouTube app from my X-Box.  That’s how I do my workouts every day – in front of the TV in my living room.  But for the most part, I try to do all the workouts on the monthly calendar each day.  It’s working, so why not?

Exercise and Better Mood:

I thought about this topic after Thursday this week when I posted about Runner’s High.  Isn’t it amazing how exercise can boost your mood, calm your nerves, relieve your stress, counteract depression, and above all, just make you feel great in general?

996646_645820035457687_1901571171_nI remember a few years back when I had a really challenging client at work with a vast range of mental health issues.  This particular client took up all of my time, all day, every day, trying my patience and pushing me past my limits of being calm, rational, and sane.  And I still had a full caseload besides her to deal with.  I was so overwhelmed, frustrated, and really just at the end of my rope on a daily basis for about a year.  So I took out my frustrations in kick-boxing class, and suddenly, I had a different outlook on the situation.  I’d just find a way to figure it out and not let it take me over.  You keep a level head about things and just deal with them, and things tend to work themselves out eventually… but I’d have never been able to get there had I not found a way to deal with the overwhelming stress I initially felt about it, and I grew so much in my career and as a person during that time.

I also remember times when I would be really hurt, upset, or confused about situations, so I’d drive to the gym, get on the treadmill, and run.  And I’d run.  And I’d walk, and then I’d run a little more.  And I’d think.  And by the time I got off of that treadmill, I’d found ways to figure out or work out in my mind whatever it was that was bothering me at the time.

You hear about various theories as to what it is about exercising that makes you feel good emotionally.  Some say it’s endorphins that release into your blood-stream, which is pumping through at a quicker rate than usual because your heart-rate is increased during exercise.  Some say it’s the extra oxygen in your blood from your heart pumping faster.  Some say exercise has an effect on neurotransmitters, such as norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine, that release in higher concentration during exercise.  Maybe it’s a combination of all of it.  Who knows?  The science behind it is still a little uncertain.

What I do know is that exercise does make people feel good, feel happy, feel energized, feel euphoric, feel stress relief.

It kind of makes you wonder sometimes why we get so lazy when it comes down to actually doing it.  Sure, it can be hard to take that first step, and it can be hard to push yourself through a workout sometimes.  But you finish a 30 minute, 45 minute, or hour-long workout and you feel great for hours after that, or even longer!

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

Staying On Track Away From Home and New Plank Challenge

Today’s Workout:

I’m posting late today, but how did everyone like today’s workout?  That Food Baby Hiit gets me every… single… time.  These were all some great “Sexy Saturday” workout videos.  I’m also rather proud of myself for getting this workout in today, because I’m out of town visiting family this weekend since my mom was put in the hospital this week for complications with her Multiple Sclerosis.  (She is doing a lot better now!)

Eating While On Vacation:

And by the way, eating clean has been super hard this weekend, also.  When I come “home” to visit, I always stay at my Grandma’s house because that’s where I have room to stay.  My grandma hasn’t cooked since my Papa died over 10 years ago, so every meal is eating out for her.  I won’t even get started on that subject.  So when I got here Friday around lunch time, we went and had Mexican food.  I managed to find a pretty decent salad on the menu, dubbed “Cowboy Salad” pictured below.  It was very fresh and very tasty, with mixed greens, diced fresh tomato, shredded cheese, shredded carrots, and grilled onions, bell peppers, and chicken with some fresh avocado on top.  (I didn’t eat the enormous taco shell, but topped it with their salsa and a tiny bit of Ranch dressing – which they were not stingy at all with, by the way!!  Check out that bowl of it they gave me on the right, next to the bowl of salsa!)

Cowboy Salad - El Cerrito's - Springtown, Texas

“Cowboy Salad” – El Cerrito’s – Springtown, Texas

I ate breakfast for dinner that evening with a sausage and egg sandwich on toast.  Let’s just say Howell’s Cafe in Springtown, Texas, sort of an old-style small-town diner, is not known for its healthy offerings.  Their pan-fry is “to die for” though! 😉

So the first thing I did this morning was make a trip to the grocery store to get some healthy items to eat today.  Cheerios for breakfast, smoked ham and tomato sandwich with mustard on 45-calorie Multi-grain bread for lunch, and for dinner I baked some chicken with some roasted red potatoes.  I was going to have salad on the side, but… remember how I said my grandma hasn’t cooked in over 10 years?   Guess how old all the salad dressing she had on hand was… (I’m not even kidding!) so I ate plain lettuce on the side instead.

Plank Challenge:

So now that dinner is eaten, workout is completed, and blog-post is almost written, it’s time to work on something new I decided to start on as of yesterday.  Right before bed last night, I decided to see how long I could hold a plank – elbows on the floor with knees off the floor.  Here was my time:

Initial Plank Time

Initial Plank Time

So just for fun, I’m going to set a goal for myself to see how long I can hold a plank.  I’m not going to make a big thing of it, mostly because pretty much the only benefit of being able to hold a plank longer than 30 seconds to a minute is to be able to hold a plank longer than 30 seconds to a minute… according to some fitness experts (?).  Anyway, for now, I’m not going to set a certain end-date or length of time I hope to make it to.  For now, I’m just going to try to make it longer today than I did yesterday!

Anyone else want to join me?

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.

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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!!

Finishing Up ReJUNEivate Calendar and Eating Clean

Today I want to talk a little bit about how I’ve incorporated clean eating into my daily life, and I want to follow up with my thoughts on finishing up the June Blogilates workout calendar.

Eating Clean

I want to start off here by saying that I hate the word “diet.”  Diets never have and likely never will work for me.  Why?  Because as soon as someone (including myself) tells me I can’t have something when it comes to food, that’s exactly the thing I’m going to want.  I will begin to obsess about food to the point where it’s all I can think about.  Then I’ll eventually give in and be worse off than when I started.  Restricting myself does not work.

What does work for me?  Making it a goal to eat MORE of the good stuff.  It’s like playing a Jedi-Mind-Trick on my brain.  It’s my goal to drink MORE water.  I’m not restricting myself from having any Vanilla Coke Zeroes, but since my goal is to drink MORE water, I find it easier to choose water over the sodas.  Sure, I still drink a Diet Coke once in a while.  That’s the beauty of it.  Likewise, I make it a goal to eat MORE fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, complex carbs, and unprocessed foods.

Below is an example of the weekly menus I make.  I use this menu to make my grocery list and I only buy what I need for my meals at the grocery store.  If that’s all I have to eat at my house, then I’m much more likely to stick to the plan.  When making this menu for the week, I look at sale ads for the store I shop at so that I’m still saving money in the process, and I also try to look at what I already have stocked in my pantry.

Weekly Menu Example

Weekly Menu Example

I got the ideas for my meals by going through the Blogilates 12 Week NewBodyMakeover Meal Plan.  I went through the entire 12 weeks of meals and made a list of the foods I’d actually eat and used that to make my own weekly menu.  As you can see, I still splurge a little here and there (mac n cheese for dinner on Thursday, Curry potatoes for dinner on Friday).  But everything is delicious, nothing takes too much time or effort to make, and I’m never hungry!!  I think I’ve actually drank an afternoon protein shake once in the 3 weeks I’ve been doing this so far, simply because I’m just not hungry.

ReJUNEivate Calendar Wrapping Up

Blogilates June 2014 Workout Calendar

Blogilates June 2014 Workout Calendar

Here we are with only 2 more days left in June, including today!  I can’t believe how quickly this month flew by, and I can’t believe even more so, that I did the workouts for EVERY SINGLE DAY so far on this workout calendar!  That is a SERIOUS accomplishment for me.  Even more so, that I haven’t missed a day yet since I started on May 10!  I’m really excited about the new calendar for July that should be posted sometime tomorrow.  What will it be called??  My idea was “hi-fi-July” with hi High Intensity and fi FItness.  Whatever it will be called will surely be inspiring.

Today’s Workout

Today the playlist is the very last Shred It! day for the month.  I have to say, I was a little afraid of those Shred days before I started them this month, but once I actually jumped in and started doing them, they weren’t nearly as bad as I had anticipated.  I actually really liked the way they sort of worked your whole body.  (Although I must admit, I feel like I got better results from last month’s calendar with each day doing an hour-long focus on specific areas of the body.)  I guess I had the idea that the Shred It!! workouts would just be a full hour of cardio videos, which I sort of love to hate and hate to love.  I think cardio is one of those personal things that everyone has their own type(s) they enjoy doing while the rest of the types kind of suck.  For me, I like to jog on the treadmill and I like to swim.  I also enjoy salsa dancing, even though I haven’t gone in a couple years and I’m kind of terrible at it.  Other than that, cardio is not fun for me.

Here is the YouTube Playlist for today’s workout:

Who else is following the Blogilates calendar this month?  What were your thoughts on the workouts?