Just Run With It

Run TimeHey guys!  I just got home from a nice run around my neighborhood.  The weather has been amazing the past few days this week, so I’ve been taking advantage of it and getting out for some sunshine while jogging the dogs.

How has the week been going so far?  It’s already half way over.  This week, it’s still been busy as usual.  I got in some gym time on Monday evening.  I had already done my running at home with Rogue, so I did a little bit of time on the elliptical machine that day instead of the treadmill like usual.  It felt like a pretty good workout, actually… that is, until I lowered the incline all the way down to a 1 and completely broke the machine.  I’m not even kidding.  The tracks went completely crazy with some plastic piece in the middle going kind of sideways, and that was the end of that.  Laugh out loud!  Then I headed over to get in my Pilates and lifted some weights for a great arm workout on Monday.  My arms are still a bit sore!

Yesterday, the only workout I got was running with Rogue around the neighborhood again, since I had to supervise another Skype visit with my nephew and his mother.  It was a great run, though.

But today, it’s Lean Legs day and I’ll be working on these videos as soon as I put my nephew to bed for the night.

The last thing I want to say for today is… how are not all Greek Yogurts created equally?  When I shop at my regular grocery store close to my house, I always get the Greek Gods brand of Greek yogurt.  It’s so good, tasty, and creamy.  Well, this morning, I stopped at a different store close to where I work so that I could get some fruit to re-stock my fruit bowl at work, and I meandered over to the dairy department to grab a Greek yogurt for breakfast, since I’d forgotten to bring one from home today.  Well, this store didn’t have Greek Gods brand.  So, I looked around and found Chobani had a vanilla flavored Greek yogurt.  Bingo!  Right?

Wrong.

Chobani yogurt did not taste nearly as good as Greek Gods.  I couldn’t eat it.  I ended up throwing it away after about 3 or 4 bites.  Then my boss, after hearing me complain about how terrible the Chobani yogurt was, went down to the break room and got his Noosa Greek yogurt he had placed in the refrigerator earlier this week, and he had me try that one.  Even though it was a fruit flavor, raspberry (I am not a big fan of fruit-flavored yogurt), it was still pretty good.  I’d eat it again, and I’d definitely eat that one over Chobani for sure!!

Greek Gods yogurt

Greek Gods Greek Yogurt – very good! My favorite.

Chobani Yogurt

Chobani Greek Yogurt – not good at all 😦

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Noosa Greek Yogurt – pretty good

 

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New Year’s Resolutions and Day 7 #JanYOUary #30DayFlatAbs

We’re already a week into 2015, and I have finally decided on my New Year’s Resolutions for this year.  As I had mentioned previously, I don’t want to use my fitness goals as New Year’s Resolutions because these are commitments I’ve made to myself, New Year or no New Year.  So I thought a lot about what I wanted my resolutions to be for this year, something to better myself in some way.  Here’s what I decided on:

  1. Blog most days of every week.  I have to admit, this does sort of tie into my fitness goals, but only in a secondary kind of way.  Blogging is one thing that keeps me motivated.  The more I work out, the more I blog.  The more I blog, the more I work out, because what am I going to keep writing about if I’m not pushing myself and doing things to reach my goals?
  2. Wash my face before I go to bed every night.  This is something that I used to do every day when I was younger, but for the past few… years (bad, I know)… since I started wearing Bare Minerals make-up that doesn’t break my face out when I do sleep in it, I’ve started just waiting until I wake up and shower in the morning to wash my face.  The trouble is, I think this might be one of the reasons I have these wrinkles under my eyes that I feel are really noticeable and I don’t like it!!  So, wash face, apply eye wrinkle cream, every night.
  3. Travel to a place I’ve never been before.  I have a few ideas of places I’d like to go, for example New Orleans or Seattle, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be some place terribly far away or expensive.  You know, I’ve lived in Texas my entire life, and I’ve never been to Austin – our state capitol?  Well, there was one time my flight from San Antonio to Dallas was re-routed to Austin because of bad weather, but I never even got off the plane, so that doesn’t really count.  I love to travel, so this is something I’d like to do more of this year if I’m able to.

So there you have it.  What New Year’s Resolutions have you guys made for this year?  I’d love to hear about them.  🙂

Anyway, yesterday was pretty crazy.  I wasn’t able to get my workout in until right before I went to bed last night, since we had company and I had to eat dinner before they all got there.  I didn’t have a whole lot of time and I was pretty tired, so instead of doing the full Blogilates workout, I did 32 reps of each of the #30DayFlatAbs Challenge moves and ran 2 miles with Nike Plus app.  I was able to get my 10,000 steps in for the day as well.

nike 1-6-15  fitbit 1-6-15

 

dinner 1-6-15Dinner was really good, by the way.  Steamed chicken seasoned with lemon pepper and garlic salt, cooked in one of those Ziploc steamer bags.  Roasted red potatoes were seasoned with cayenne pepper and brown sugar, and a little bit of Ranch dressing on my spinach and cherry tomato salad.  It was very flavorful, and I’ve really been enjoying eating these healthier meals for dinner this week.

I’m not sure what all I have planned for the day, but I do hope to get to the gym, probably early in the day.  I normally go to the gym after I get off work and make dinner each week day, only because that’s the only time I really can go since I don’t have the motivation to wake up extra early just to go work out.  And also because it’s not like I can just leave my 3 year old nephew here by himself at 5:00 a.m. while I go work out in the morning.  If I didn’t have to work every day, I’d definitely go earlier in the day when I have more energy.  They say the best time of day to work out is the time of day you function the best, and for me, that is in the morning.  I’m much more of a morning person than a night person.  Once it starts getting dark outside, my body starts telling me it’s time to go to bed.

It’s leg day today, and that Hips Butt N Thighs workout is insane!  Definitely challenging… but keep up the hard work, and keep challenging yourself every single day.  You’ll start seeing the changes you want to see before you know it!  I’m already seeing positive changes in the mirror, not to mention on the scale this week, and I haven’t even taken a progress pic yet!

Thank You Letter to #Blogilates

gym frozenDear Cassey Ho,

I would like to take this opportunity to relay my gratitude.  If it weren’t for you, I would not have the core strength I have today.  This core strength, which enables me to balance like a beast, prevented me from busting my ass trying to trek across a giant, slippery, frozen driveway of ice in front of my gym today.  For this, I thank you.

 

Sincerely,

Nicky Locker

 

fitbit 1-5-15Ahh yes, good times today at the gym.  I took this week off for “staycation” and I’m already making the most of it.  It’s only 2:55 p.m. and I’ve already nearly hit my 10,000 steps on my fitbit for today.  My booty is definitely sore from yesterday’s Bombshell Booty Workout, so I must have done something right on that one.  I thought my legs were going to die before that workout was done.

Today at the gym, I ran the better part of 2 miles with a little bit of walking here and there.  I did the walking, partly because I like to incorporate some interval training (hiit) into my running as often as I have time to.  It was also partly because I started to try that treadmill workout I posted about a couple days ago, the one that’s supposed to burn 100 calories in 10 minutes.  But then I discovered that running 1 mile burns 100 calories in 12 minutes (5 mph) on 0% incline, and running at a 7 for a whole minute after running at a 6 for 3 whole minutes was not happening… much less at a 2% incline.  I couldn’t breathe!  I nearly had to break out my inhaler.  Hey, it was a good idea, and I gave it a good shot.  That’s all we can ever really do, right?

stuffed bell pepperI’ve been doing really good on my food this week.  Last night I made stuffed bell peppers with lean ground turkey, rice, and a packet of Ranch dressing mix, with some zucchini and yellow squash sauteed lightly in a bit of extra virgin olive oil with Mrs. Dash seasoning and a side of spinach salad.  It turned out really well, if I do say so myself.  I only ate one half of my pepper, thought.  It was pretty filling!

Tonight on the menu is some Asian stir fry with a side of brown rice.  I’m sure I’ll have a picture to post tomorrow.  🙂

Total Body Torture Monday

Tonight I’ll be doing this workout.  When I stepped on the scale today, I was a little bit disappointed that I weighed 152.0 lb when yesterday I was at 151.8… but my boyfriend reminded me that I am probably putting on some muscle with all these workouts I’ve been doing.  Not that I wasn’t working out before all along, but for the past several days, I have really been giving it my all, with the fervor I had when I first started Blogilates.  So, for now, instead of letting myself feel disappointed about the number on the scale, I’m going to wait until I see my progress picture at the end of this week and compare it to the photo I took on January 1st.  That will be the real test.  Plus, I feel really good.  🙂

Keep up the good work, guys!  Find what motivates you and use the heck out of it.

First Look at the Blogilates #SepTONEber Calendar

Cardio Ab Attack Sunday Workout:

8-31 calendarVery nice workout today!  Can you believe it is the last day of August?  Where did the month go?  It’s already back to school, the hot weather is winding down, and I’m really excited to bring out my running jackets with the thumb holes to wear all the time again.

Today’s workout felt pretty good.  Of course, lots of abs today.  I know my core is getting a lot stronger because I can pretty much keep up with most of these videos we had today.  I was fizzling out a little toward the end of Flat Belly Fat Burner with those criss-cross crunches that we did like a million of, but alas, I carried on.

First Look at the September Calendar:

09-2014 SepTONEberSo here it is!  The new September Blogilates workout calendar!  They’re always so colorful and pretty.  How can you not print that thing out and pin it up somewhere?  This month we have:

Sunday: Total Body Tone

Monday: Abtacular (with new workout videos each week)

Tuesday: Legs and Butt

Wednesday: Hump HIIT Day

Thursday: Arms and Back (with new Cheap Clean Eats videos each week!)

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: Cardio Core

5 lbs to goI’m going to have to tell you how excited I am about these workouts for September.  Why?  Because THEY WORK!!  When I first started doing the Blogilates calendar workouts in May, I was a miserable 161 lbs and barely fitting into my size 10 pants.  Today, I got on the scale and weighed 145.6 for the first time in years!  That’s only 5 lbs away from my goal weight now.  Last weekend I had to go buy myself new work pants in a size 8, and even those have a little spare room in them now!

I have a lot more confidence now that I was lacking before.  I have a lot more energy now that I was lacking before.

If you haven’t already, give the calendar a try.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.  Give it just 1 full week and take some before and after photos of yourself so you can see the changes.

Thursday – Two for One Workout

Arms and Back Wednesday Workout:

8-27 calendarHey everyone!  Sorry I missed my post yesterday.  I have been so tired these past couple of weeks after coming home from work and learning my new job all day, so yesterday I decided to skip the blog and go to bed a little early.  Of course I paid for it when I woke up super early this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep.

Lord help me when we Fall Back for Daylight Savings Time in a couple of months.

Yesterday’s workout was arms and back.  My arms were already a little sore before yesterday’s workout because I’ve still been putting in some extra arm workouts to keep up my arm goal.  After the workout, my arms felt so shaky and worn out.  It was nice to end the day with a nice stretch video.  I think the toughest workout we had for this particular line-up was the Victoria Secret Angel Arm Slimming workout.  Did anyone else do this workout yesterday?  Which video did you think was the toughest one to get through?  Which one did you like the best?

Thursday Thighs Workout:

8-28 calendarAnd now we’re caught back up with today’s workout.  Thursday’s thigh-slimming line-up is probably my second-favorite workout day of the week.  I’m not sure why I like working the legs and butt so much right now.

Actually, I think it’s probably because it’s not the arms.

Because I really love all the ab workouts too.  But today, I’m sure you can guess which video was my favorite today.  That’s right, the Extreme Inner Thighs workout with the Pilates power ring!  My thighs were actually burning in all the videos today, even right out of the gate with the first video.  I’m sure I’ll be feeling that tomorrow.

Can you believe tomorrow is already Friday again?  Where has this week gone?  I’m looking forward to the weekend because I’m finishing up the last step of becoming a licensed foster home this Saturday when someone is scheduled to come out to do a home study interview.  Now that all the trainings are done, all the copies of all the paperwork turned in, all the doctors appointments and TB tests are completed… finally I’m in the home stretch, and my nephew will be here before I know it.

Then I’ll really be tired chasing after a 3 year old every day!!

Why You’re Not Drinking Enough Water

Legs & Butt Monday Workout:

8-25 calendarMy favorite workout day!  I have to say, this was a good reason to look forward to Mondays this month.  I’ll be interested to see what our September workout calendar will bring.

My favorite workout video for today’s lineup is the Hips Butt “N Thighs workout.  I definitely feel the burn on this one, so I know it must really be working.  Thank goodness my legs have gotten over most of their soreness from attempting 1000 squats the other day.  (Can I not stop talking about that already?)

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

If you’re at all interested in health, fitness, dieting, or weight loss, then you’ve probably heard by now that you should be drinking a lot of water every day.

The formula for how much water each individual needs to drink each day is:

(Body weight in pounds) ÷ 2 = (Number of ounces of water you should drink daily).

waterFor example, if I currently weigh 145 lbs, 145 ÷ 2 = 72.5 means I should be drinking 72.5 ounces of water a day, which is roughly 9 cups or between 4-5 bottles (16.9 oz) of water.

Well, if you’re anything like me, you might know you should drink a lot of water, but you probably want to know why.  Here are some water facts that might help motivate you to get a little more hydration each day:

  • The body is made up of about 60% water (lungs 90%, brains 70%, blood 80+%, muscles 75%)
  • Water helps regulate body temperature
  • It helps lubricate your bone joints
  • It aids in digestion, prevents constipation, and helps metabolism
  • It carries oxygen and nutrients to the cells
  • It helps with balance (hello inner-ear fluid…  anyone else clumsy like me?)
  • It hydrates eye tissue to help you see better
  • It helps the body flush out waste and toxins (the liver and kidneys will thank you for this)
  • It keeps your skin and lips hydrated
  • It helps you grow healthy hair and nails

Some people only drink water when they feel thirsty, but if you feel thirsty, some say you are already dehydrated.  You might have also heard that thirst is often mistaken for feeling hungry!  I have been known to make this mistake pretty often, actually.

One way to tell if you are adequately hydrated is by the color of your urine (sorry, ick factor here).  The darker yellow your urine is, the more dehydrated you are, but the lighter yellow, the more hydrated you are.

It’s important to be sure and drink water regularly throughout the day so that your body is running optimally and you’re not being counterproductive to your health and fitness goals!

 

Wednesday Workout and Cooking with Steamer Bags

Arms and Back Wednesday Workout:

8-20 calendarHow are those arms feeling today?  My arms have definitely been feeling the soreness lately from all the extra arm workouts I’m trying to get in.  Let’s jut hope it pays off eventually!  I guess I’d have to say that my favorite workout video out of today’s line-up would be the Push Plank Challenge.  I swear, just when I think I can’t take anymore, and I finally give in and take a rest, she starts counting down those very last few, and I’m mad at myself for not pushing through that last couple of reps.

Isn’t that about how is usually goes, though?  You can never let yourself give up, because that might be the moment it all finally changes.  You don’t want to regret that you didn’t push yourself to your full potential to achieve what you know you’re capable of.

ZipnSteam_MediumZiplock Zip’n Steam Bags:

Today I want to share one of my best clean-eating meal prep secrets, which are these Ziploc steam bags.  I used these tonight to make some steamed chicken breast seasoned with some Season-All and Cayenne Pepper, and some red potatoes, cubed, and seasoned with some Cayenne pepper and Garlic Salt.  I added a fresh lettuce and tomato salad with some shredded carrots, and my dinner was ready in 10 minutes.

All I had to do was sprinkle some seasoning on my chicken and potatoes, put them in the steamer bag, and pop it in the microwave for a few minutes each.

Seriously, that’s it!  It is really that simple, and it tastes really good.  It holds the moisture in well, and it seals in the flavor of the seasoning.  I’ve cooked so many things in these bags, like chicken breast, fresh salmon, potatoes, carrots, broccoli, fresh green beans, you name it.  Just season it with whatever you want, throw in a little bit of soy sauce or water if needed for the vegetables, and let it do its thing.  It even tells you on the bag how long to cook specific items for.

Has anyone else tried cooking with these?  What are some of your favorite “Steam Bag” recipes?  I’ve heard of some really good ones I’d like to try, like omelettes!  (Sounds weird, but I love omelettes, so I’ll probably give it a shot at least once.)  I’d also like to maybe do some apple slices seasoned with cinnamon and stevia sometime.  Or brown sugar.  🙂

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.

blogilates app screen shot

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

Working Out in Stilettos?

Legs & Butt Monday Workout:

8-18 calendarWhat a workout today!  My booty is definitely going to be feeling this one tomorrow.  I really liked the Perfect Butt Lift Workout (I always love those power ring workouts!) and the Bubble Butt Workout today.  I also did some interval jogging before my workout this evening for about 15 minutes.  I definitely got my sweat on today.

I’m so ready for Fall, by the way.  Cooler weather… yes, please!

stilettoAs for the Stiletto Legs Workout, what stilettos did everyone use for that one today?  I used some zebra-print heels that I actually wore to work today.  Every time I wear these, I get so many compliments on them.  I’m not a huge fan of anything animal-print, but I do really like these heels.  I wear heels all the time; they don’t even make my feet hurt anymore, even if I’m standing and walking in them for hours.  Crazy, right?

What Else Is Going On Today:

Today was the first day to start in my new position at work.  It was pretty exciting.  I’m still waiting on access to a few key things I’ll need for the job, but I was able to get started on a couple of projects.

I took my Greek Yogurt for breakfast this morning, and a banana for my mid-morning snack today.  For lunch, I brought some left-over stir fry I had made recently for dinner.  Tonight for dinner, I ate some black beans I slow-cooked with some hot Hatch green chile peppers with a side of Mexican cornbread.  Overall, I’d say it was a pretty good day!

I’ve been running a lot more lately, which I feel has really been helping.  I had to finally break down and go buy some new pants this weekend.  My size 10 pants just weren’t cutting it anymore, so I went and bought 2 new pairs of size 8 dress pants that I can wear to work.  Oh, what a lovely problem to have!  🙂

Miley Cyrus Abs and Preparing for the Week Ahead

Cardio Ab Attack Sunday Workout:

8-17 calendarThis is a nice little workout mix today.  A little bit of cardio and a whole lot of abs again.  I don’t know about you guys, but working out the abs so much has really proven to be effective.  And let me tell you, this Miley Cyrus Abs workout is no joke!  It’s a tough one.

I’ve actually had a pretty nice day today, that started out with a morning jog with my dog Rogue.  I don’t usually run in the mornings very often, but I’ve been wanting to get Rogue more exercise, and it is really too hot in the evenings right now where I live to take him out there in the heat.  So this morning was the perfect opportunity to get him out there and burn off some of that energy he always has.  It was nice, and I felt really good all day afterward.

The Coming Up Week:

It’s going to be an interesting week ahead.  I start my new position tomorrow at work, but this week will also be my last week working my former position.  In other words, I’ll be doing double-duty this week.  I did get some good news, that they’ve already chosen my replacement for the old position, and that person will start on September 8th.  In the meantime, I’ll be finishing up all of my duties and responsibilities this week while I’m trying to learn my new job.

I’m definitely going to be counting on my daily workouts and clean eating to help me with the energy to get me through this week.  I have a feeling it might get a little bit stressful.