First Look at the #Blogilates #NoMAYbes Workout Calendar

5 - noMAYbesHere we are at the start of May.  For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is just around the corner, and everyone is getting into beach body mode.  I have to say that I am really looking forward to summer this year myself, because this is the first time in probably my whole life that I’ve been in good enough shape to actually be seen in a swim suit!  This month also marks one full year that I’ve been doing the Blogilates workout calendar.

This month’s calendar contains the following:

  • Sunday – Cardio Core
  • Monday – Total Body Burn (New workout video posted weekly)
  • Tuesday – Legs & Booty
  • Wednesday – Ab Mania
  • Thursday – Sexy Back & Arms
  • Friday – Stretch & Relax
  • Saturday – Total Body Burn

As always, you can access the daily workout playlists HERE.

may 2015 exclusive videoMonthly Exclusive Video – 5 Minute Slim Thighs

Each month, Cassey releases an exclusive workout video that shows up on the workout calendar playlist line-up at least a time or two.  This month’s video is “5 Minute Slim Thighs.”  This one is a very short and sweet one, only 4 moves, and the entire video is only 6:43 long.

The thing about the monthly exclusive videos is, you won’t find them by searching the title on YouTube like all the other videos on the workout calendar.  This video can only be accessed by downloading the Blogilates smartphone app (free) and subscribing to the monthly workout calendar within the app ($0.99 per month).

In my experience, I think it could go either way on whether you think it is worth the dollar a month to pay for the monthly calendar in the app.  For me, it has been helpful when I take my workouts to the gym with me and I still want to do my Blogilates workout.  But in the grand scheme of things, you’re only missing (in this case) one 5-minute portion of an hour-long workout.  You can fill that with the moves from the 30 Day Thigh Slimming Challenge at a minute a piece.  Or this…

And there you have it… the workout plan for May!

5/02/2015 Selfie

5/02/2015 Selfie

#Aprilates Almost Gone, But…

selfie 4-25-15Hey guys, so it’s been several weeks since I’ve posted.  I know, this is really terrible.  Let me just say, this has been one seriously terrible month for me…  it started with a full week of a stomach virus… and no gym or workouts.  Week 2 was a full week of the flu (again, no gym or workouts), followed by another full 2 weeks of bronchitis (STILL have bronchitis).  Then, last Sunday, my grandma died.  😦  So I spent a couple of days out of town for the funeral.

But for the past week, I have been getting my workouts in, at least.  Today was my first day back at the gym, though, and boy did I not even realize how much I missed that place.  I can tell I’ve lost a lot of my progress in a lot of areas, but the good news is I have still maintained my weight at 145 or less throughout all this craziness.  My pants are even fitting looser in the legs, but I suspect this is from losing some muscle.

Anyway, I’m really excited to get back in the swing of things and my routine.  Even though I’m still coughing, I feel better today than I have in a long time.  So here is what I missed posting earlier this month:

#Aprilates Workout Calendar

4 - AprilatesWhat I really like about this month’s calendar is Total Body Series Mondays.  It takes several of the various workout video series that Cassey has put together for an organized total body workout.  I thought that was a really good idea.

As always, I have all the playlists put together for each day HERE.

exclusive video april 2015I also really like the Exclusive Video in the Blogilates app for this month, the Spring Morning Workout Routine.  It’s a lot of good stretching to get you nice and loosened up, and a little bit of ab work to go with it.

And let’s not forget this month’s 30 Day Sleek Arms Challenge.  I wonder if there will be any more of these 30 day challenges after this month, or if this will be the last one.

30 Day Sleek Arm Challenge

So there you have all the stuff for April.  We will get the new workout calendar for May in just a few more days, which will mark a full year since I started doing Blogilates!  I really can’t believe it, honestly.  I’ve never stuck with a workout routine this faithfully and consistently as I have Blogilates, and nothing has worked for me as well as this has.  I’ve been amazed at how easy it’s been to reach my goals, and how good I’ve felt in the process of reaching them.

hot body year aroundOh, and I have one more thing for today… has anyone else gotten the Hot Body Year Around book?  I ordered mine, along with the free tote bag that came with the pre-order purchase, and it has some really good stuff in there.  I’m looking forward to trying some of the recipes.

First Look at #FABruary Calendar and #30DayButtLift

Blogilates #FABruary Calendar

2 - FABruary

Blogilates #FABruary workout calendar

The #FABruary calendar is here!  As always, this calendar does not disappoint.  28 days of varied workouts to burn the fat, tone the body, and keep it new and fresh every single day.  If you need proof that it works, just check out my progress from last month’s calendar!  I love these workouts and I love the results.

This month we have the following daily lineup:

  • Sunday – Sweat ‘N Shred
  • Monday – Butts & Guts (with a brand new workout video on YouTube every week!)
  • Tuesday – Cardio Core
  • Wednesday – Upper Bod
  • Thursday – Legs & Thighs
  • Friday – Flexible Friday
  • Saturday – Sexy Saturdays

I’ve got all the playlists set up on my YouTube channel for me to go right to when I get ready to work out each day.  Anyone who wants access to those, the playlists are HERE.

This Month’s Exclusive Workout Video: All About That Butt

all about that butt video

Blogilates February Monthly Exclusive Video: All About that Butt workout

 

Every month, there is an exclusive workout video listed on the workout calendar that can only be found in the Blogilates smart-phone app (free) by subscribing to the monthly calendar ($0.99 a month).  This workout is just under 8 minutes, and it’s packed full of great booty workout moves.  If you just can’t subscribe to the app calendar, then I’d say you could probably swap this video for either Bubble Butt Workout or Butt Lift & Slim Thighs (or both if you really wanna!).  This month, the exclusive video is only listed twice on the workout calendar for Monday’s Butts ‘N Guts on the 9th and 23rd.

#30DayButtLift Challenge

30 Day Butt Lift Challenge

Blogilates 30 Day Butt Lift Challenge

This month it is all about the booty!!  There’s a new 30 day challenge like last month’s #30DayFlatAbs Challenge, this time focusing on tightening and toning up your butt.  I’m really excited about this one!!  Butts seem to be the thing to have now-days, right?

The different moves for this challenge:

  • Squats
  • Pointed Butt Lifts (repeat reps for each leg)
  • Fire Hydrants (repeat reps for each leg)
  • Heel Kicks (repeat reps for each leg)
  • Bridges

This one I feel like I’m on a more even playing field for, where I can may actually be able to do the number of reps it says to do for each day.  Last month, the few reps in the first couple weeks didn’t really feel like anything for me since I’m so used to working my abs doing the calendar workouts most days, so I started out with the max number – 22 – of all 5 moves on day 1, and added more every day.  I ended up with a little over 50 reps for each move by the end of the term, which was pretty intense!  I almost want to keep it up every day, just so I can keep seeing that progress.

Well, there you have it!  Everything you need to get your workout on for this month.  I’m so glad I found this community to help me make the lifestyle changes I’ve been trying to make while not really knowing how to for so long… years.  The exercise part has made a huge impact, but I think even more so has been the clean-eating part of it.  I’ve finally gotten to a point where I enjoy making clean, healthy meals, and making better choices when I go out to eat in restaurants.  That was really hard for me, the hardest part, actually.  I know that everyone has to find what works for them, what they really love doing, because that’s what is going to work for them.  This has definitely been what I’ve needed.

Ohhh, and I pre-ordered my Hot Body Year Around book yesterday that just came out on pre-order…  looking forward to seeing what recipes are in there and what else I’ll find in there!

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!

Pilates, Run, Eat, Rest, Repeat

We made it to another weekend.  It’s Saturday, and what a busy week it seems like it’s been!  I have a long weekend this weekend with our Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, which works out well, because today I’ve been going non-stop so far.  I’ve just now had a chance to sit down, relax, and type up a post for the day.  I might need another day this weekend just to rest and relax!

1-16-15 nike-fitbitSo, as promised, I did get a bit of a workout in yesterday since I already used up my rest day earlier this week.  I did a 2 mile run yesterday evening after I got home from work and ate my dinner.  It felt pretty good.  I also nearly got my 10,000 steps in on my fitbit yesterday, with a total of 44 very active minutes.  All in all, it was a good day, and really this has been a pretty good week.

1-16-15 food logYesterday was a good day as far as meals go, too.  Every Friday, everyone who works in my unit meets for breakfast.  We call it “team-building.”  We met at a place here in Lubbock called Market Street, where you can get just about anything you want for breakfast.  It’s a grocery store with a really nice deli/hot food bar, a bakery, a coffee shop, an Italian kitchen… you can even get fresh hand-made sushi there, and hand-tossed salads made right in front of you with almost any salad ingredient you can think of (more on this later).  Normally, I’d get something like a breakfast burrito with fried potatoes, breakfast sausage, sauteed bell peppers, and cheese, or a breakfast plate with scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, fried potatoes, and bacon.  But not this time!  Nope, I made my healthy choice and went with a cup of steel cut oatmeal with a little bit of brown sugar and some pecans, along with a banana on the side.

I ended up working through lunch yesterday with something I really had to get done before the day was over, so I had to get some type of fast-food I could get quickly and bring back to the office.  I opted for a Subway 6 inch Italian BMT on flat-bread with some Baked Lay’s potato chips.  And of course, dinner was another super-yummy delicious stir-fry.  I could eat stir-fry every single day, I swear.  It’s so good.  I eat one at least twice a week!!

1-17-15 food logTonight, I’m not entirely sure what I’ll have for dinner, because I’m going to a dinner party at some friends’ house.  They’ve all been on health-food kicks lately, too, so normally I wouldn’t be too worried about it, but the wife is pregnant right now, so it could go either way!!  We shall see.  For breakfast today I made a bowl of cream-of-wheat, and for lunch I got a Texas Toss Salad from Market Street before doing my grocery shopping.  Best salad ever!  It’s got grilled chicken, bacon, cheese, tomatoes, black beans, avocado, and some tortilla chip strips.  Amazing!

I’ll probably be going to the gym here in about an hour or so to get a good workout in for the day.  Today is Fat-Burn Focus on the Blogilates workout calendar, so I’ll probably skip those workout videos today and just push myself with some treadmill cardio, and of course get in my #30DayFlatAbs Challenge.  I’m up to 42 reps of each of the 5 moves now.  It’s getting intense!

My First Before/After Pics of 2015

Lots of good news this morning for me.  For one, my legs are not sore today like I thought they would be yesterday, and for two, I weighed myself at 149.7 this morning!  I’m feeling pretty good today.  I figured it would be a good day to take some before/after photos since it’s been a little over a week since I took my new “Before” photo on Jan 1.  Here’s what I got so far.

1-9-15 front

So on 1/1/15, I started out at 153.3 lbs.  Today, I’m at 149.7… Down 3.6 lbs so far in 8 days!  The front view I didn’t really see much difference in, which was a little disappointing, but since I saw results on the scale and in how my clothes fit, I didn’t let that get me too down.

1-9-15 sideThe side view, on the other hand, I can definitely tell some progress was made in the tummy area.  Hallelujah!!

I figure between my healthier eating for the past week, the #30DayFlatAbs Challenge, and the Blogilates and gym workouts, it’s apparent that it’s all doing some good.  🙂

orange chicken stir frySpeaking of healthier eating, I had a really good dinner tonight.   It was an orange chicken stir-fry with lots of fresh veggies: broccoli, carrots, zucchini, and onion, with some raw jalapenos, cilantro, and green onions garnishing the top.  The side was jasmine rice.  It was one of those salty-sweet mixtures of flavor that was just heavenly!

I didn’t do much of a workout today, since it was rest day, but I did do my day 9 of the #30DayFlatAbs Challenge… 35 reps of all 5 moves.  I try to do them all in different orders every day, so that I’m not only doing more reps every day but I’m still changing it up as much as possible to get the most effectiveness out of it.  Obviously, it’s doing something right!  🙂  No running or cardio today… but I hope to get a good run in tomorrow before I leave for Fort Worth for my nephew to visit family.

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!

#JanYOUary and #30DayFlatAbs Day 6

Hey guys, it’s been a somewhat busy day today.  I haven’t been to the gym or done my workout yet, so I’m about to get to it right after I’m done posting this since I have company coming over in about an hour (less than that when I’ll finish this, of course!).  I felt a lot better today when I woke up and weighed myself at 151.2 (down from yesterday’s 152.0).  Yes, I’m one of those cooky people who weighs myself every day.  Some people say not to do that, but oh well.

kung pao stir frySo yesterday I promised to show a picture of my stir-fry dinner I had last night.  It was so tasty with all the fresh vegetables, and the roasted peanuts added to it really gave it the extra yum factor.

This morning I didn’t do so great, stopping at a Mexican food restaurant for a late breakfast (about 11:00 a.m.) after a doctor’s appointment for my nephew and eating some eggs, refried beans, fried potatoes, and carne guisada.  The good news is, I did not eat too much of it and had a lot of food left on my plate when I was done.  Portion control!  I guess you could say that was my lunch, and I didn’t have a chance to eat breakfast this morning with the appointment.  Oops.

Tonight we’re having steamed chicken, seasoned roasted red potatoes, and spinach salad.  I’m surprisingly not all that hungry, though, so I probably won’t eat too much of that either.  I have been drinking a lot of water for the past several days, though!  That’s definitely a plus.

veggie trayThen tonight we’re having my boyfriend’s family over to have our Christmas gift exchange since one of his uncles has been out of town and just got back yesterday.  For that, we’re doing a veggie tray as finger food.  That’s way better than the normal party snacks like chips and dip that we would have done in the past.  Every choice matters!

me 1-6-14Ok, so for now, I better get off here and get a short workout done.  I’ve already got my workout clothes on, just gotta get the yoga mat out and get to it!  Don’t forget Day 6 of the #30DayFlatAbs Challenge!!  So until next time!

 

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.

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…

new workout clothes haul 3new workout clothes haul 1new workout clothes haul 2

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…).

yellow pleated topblue yellow topyellow tank frontyellow tank back

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.”