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 🙂

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.

Tuesday’s Lean Body Sculpt

Total Body Tone Tuesday Workout:

8-19 calendarHey guys!  How is your Tuesday going?  Well, you know I’m pretty excited today because we have my all time favorite Blogilates workout – the Ultimate Hot Body Workout.  Just 4 simple moves throughout the entire workout, but you really feel the burn in every single one of them.

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

Also today, we have the Lean Body Sculpt workout… but you won’t find this one on YouTube.  This is one of those workouts that you can only get if you subscribe to the Blogilates App workout calendar.  The app itself is free, along with all the features except for the monthly workout calendars, and if you want to subscribe to the calendar, it’s only $0.99 a month.  I decided to go ahead and subscribe, just because I like being able to take the workouts with me to the gym sometimes, or when I travel overnight.  I really like being able to check those little boxes off showing that I completed that workout for the day, too.

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So, if you don’t subscribe to the app workout calendar, then I guess you only have 3 workout videos today!  Are you going to substitute a different video or possibly replace that 10 minutes and 26 seconds with some good old fashioned cardio?

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Blogilates Secret Workout Video – Lean Body Sculpt

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Lean Body Sculpt Video – Available in the Blogilates App

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!

 

 

Tuesday’s Total Body Toning, and New Goal for My Arms

Today’s Workout:

Phew!  You asked for Total Body Tone, you got it.  How about that Ultimate Hot Body Workout, first up on the list today?  This video might be my all time favorite Blogilates video, ever.  Oh, and let me just say that if your booty didn’t get enough of a burn yesterday, then let’s go ahead and burn what’s left of it today with this first video!  By the last video today, Body Slimming Workout-POP Pilates for Beginners, I was thanking my lucky stars it was a beginner’s video with some basic moves.  I definitely recommend that one as a starter video for anyone who’s just starting out.

My Leggies

My Leggies

I feel pretty happy about how my leggies are taking shape these days.  All of my dress pants I wear to work are getting so loose on me, I’m going to need a new wardrobe soon!  I think at this point, I’m down to a size 8, although I don’t have any pants in that size to try on to be sure.

Now if only I could say the same about my arms.  Don’t get me wrong, they are definitely seeing some sculpting action.  They’ve come a long way from where they started 3 months ago, for sure!  But so far, I have yet to look down at my arms and say, These are really looking nice today!

But the legs, yes.

New Goal for My Arms:

So I was kind of thinking… I’m seeing all these great results for the whole rest of my body.  Maybe it’s time to get a little more serious about my arms.  Maybe I should add in something like this a few times a week for a while.  I do want to keep changing it up so that my body doesn’t have time to get used to it and acclimate so that I end up plateauing.  I wish I had a specific goal in mind, as far as knowing when I’ve achieved it, like a certain size in circumference or something, but I wouldn’t know at this point what a good number would be for that.  So for now, I’m going to say that I’m going to add in at least one extra arm workout (either a video, like Victoria Secret Angel Arm Slimming Workout, or a Printable like the one below) at least 2 days a week.  I’m going with 2 days since we already have an Upper Body day (Wednesdays) and a Total Body day (Tuesdays) that does a little bit of an arm workout as it is.  So here we go!

Sleek and Sexy Arms

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.

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.”

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?

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?

July 4th Weekend, Workout, and Turkey Burger Recipe

How is everyone’s July 4th weekend going? I had a great Independence Day off work yesterday and got to spend some good relaxation time in the back yard and in the pool.  We had some friends over and grilled some Blogilates inspired turkey burgers with baked sweet potato fries.  I’ll post my recipe below.

It was nice that July 4th fell on a Friday this year, which happens to be the Rest day on the Blogilates workout calendar.  Does anyone else feel like Fridays are the perfect days for taking a workout break?  It somehow always works out perfectly for me, but I’m also one of those lucky people who actually has weekends off.

Today’s Workout

I just finished today’s workout, and it was another good one today.  The first video in the line-up is probably my top favorite Blogilates workout video so far: The Ultimate Hot Body Workout for Flat Abs, Slim Inner Thighs, Perky Butt & Toned Arms.  (Long name, amazing results?)  I sweat pretty good by the end of the workout today, especially after wrapping things up with a little cardio session.  🙂  I noticed I had a little trouble today with those scissors that work the inner thighs.  My legs were shaking like crazy before we were half way through that one!!  I really had to push myself through.

Yummy Turkey Burger Recipe

Turkey Burger

Turkey Burger

You’ll need:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 Red Bell Pepper, finely diced
  • 1/4 Green Bell Pepper, finely diced
  • 1/4 Red Onion, finely diced
  • 1/8 cup Cilantro, finely chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste, if desired
  • Whole Wheat hamburger buns (this time I ate mine on Oroweat Sandwich Thins)

Oroweat Sandwich Thins

Oroweat Sandwich Thins

Directions:

Mix the ground turkey, diced peppers, onion, and cilantro, salt and pepper (if desired) all together in a large bowl.  Divide mixture into quarters and shape into patties.  Grill until cooked all the way through, about 5-10  minutes (possibly longer) depending on grill temperature.  If you over-cook it, you might find it gets a little too dry, but the veggies in the mixture really help it hold in the moisture.  Serve on a whole wheat bun with baked sweet potato fries.  Top with things like mustard, cheese, and vegetables (sliced tomato, lettuce or spinach leaves, fresh onion, pickles, etc.).

Enjoy!