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 the #Blogilates #MARCHofthePOPsters Workout Calendar

3 - March of the Popsters#MARCHofthePOPsters Workout Calendar

Is February seriously already over?  Wow, I feel like the whole month just got away from me.  But that’s ok, because we have another new beginning this month with a brand new work out calender.  This month’s line-up:

  • Sunday: Bunday
  • Monday: Legs & Thighs
  • Tuesday: Core Crusher
  • Wednesday: Hump Day HIIT
  • Thursday: Arms N Back
  • Friday: Relax N Revive (with this month’s exclusive workout found in the smartphone app)
  • Saturday: Total Body

If you need the daily YouTube playlists, I have them all ready HERE.

This Month’s Exclusive Video

March 2014 exclusive videoThis month’s exclusive workout video, which can only be found in the Blogilates smartphone app (free) by subscribing to the monthly calendar ($0.99 a month), is called Revitalizing Stretch Routine.   So naturally, you’ll see it on the “Relax N Revive” Fridays on the calendar this month!

But here’s what I’m really excited about this month…

30 Day Thigh Slimming Challenge

30 Day Thigh Slimming ChallengeSo this month’s 30 day challenge is targeting the thighs!  These 30 day challenges are really exciting, because they really feel like they’re working.  What do you think next month’s will be?  My guess is going to be something to do with the arms.  We shall see!

 

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!

Last Day of #JanYOUary with Before/After Pics

It’s a beautiful, rainy morning here in Lubbock, Texas, today.  I should be grabbing my running shoes and my road companion to go out for a jog in it!  The only problem with that is, my running companion gets ear infections when he gets water in his ears.  😦

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Jan 30, 2015

I went to the gym last night after my boyfriend brought me home some pad Thai for dinner… mmm, a big yummy bowl of carbs!  The thought was nice, but I don’t think he gets my goal and how I’m getting there.  So, like the polite Southern girl that I am, I ate enough of that pad Thai to get by with, and hauled my butt-in-progress to the gym!

And at the gym, I worked my butt off!  I ran 2 miles straight (5mph) on the treadmill to start with.  Then I went over to do some squats and lunges with a weight ball (the ones with handles on the side) with a few other Pilates type leg exercises.  It turned into a 2nd leg day, basically, which is good since the leg muscles are the biggest muscles in your body and burn the most calories, right?  I also did a bunch of abs, mostly lower abs.  I worked the heck out of my abs!!

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Aside from the pad Thai for dinner, I did fairly good yesterday on food, too.  I had this Western style omelet for breakfast, with a side of fruit instead of hash browns.  I didn’t end up eating the whole wheat toast.  Or the weird blueberry cream stuff that came on top of my fruit. I drank coffee with no-calorie sweetener and some cream.

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For lunch I made a quick run to Subway and got a flat bread sandwich, and didn’t eat the baked Lays potato chips that came with it.  Still drinking lots of water!

Today… is the last day of the #JanYOUary workout calendar and yesterday was the last of #30DayFlatAbs.  That means we’ll be getting a brand new calendar, #FABruary, sometime today!  We are also getting a new 30 day calendar to tone up the booty – the #30DayButtLift Challenge!  Oh my gosh, I’m so excited about this!

So today is the last Fat Burn Focus workout.  Cardio, cardio, cardio.  I usually just do my own cardio instead of the cardio videos, so I’ll probably do the same and head to the gym again today.

Before and After

before-after 1-31-15So here’s my next Before/After for this year!  It looks like #JanYOUary and #30DayFlatAbs was overall a pretty good success for me!  (Just ignore the fact that I just got out of bed and haven’t showered yet today.  I know, I look a little rough!)

before-after 1-31-15 sideI can see a lot of difference in my stomach, which is my biggest area in need of progress.

The scale?  Well, I actually gained weight since my last Before/After photo on 1/9/15, but my body fat percentage has gone down, and obviously you can see some toning up going on.  The scale is not always the best indicator of progress!!!

Today’s weight: 151.4 lbs

Body Fat Percentage: 32.5 %

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 😦

noosa yogurt

Noosa Greek Yogurt – pretty good

 

Breaking the Silence

I feel like I’ve been ignoring my blog this week unintentionally.  Why do I feel so busy lately?  I really feel like I probably have too much on my plate right now between work, my nephew, helping out with an exchange student agency for 2 high school exchange students they have in my area, making an effort to cook healthy meals at home every day, and of course working out.  I was on call Wednesday night, so that made it impossible to really do anything that day.  Then on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week I’m obligated to have my nephew Skype with his mother who decided to move out of the state, so that takes up time I’d normally dedicate to going to the gym.

But I have been keeping up with my meals and workouts this week, despite my radio silence.  Yesterday I ran 2 miles on my treadmill at home between making/eating dinner and monitoring the Skype visit.

imageI had a pretty good week this week as far as meals go. Yesterday was really cold and it snowed all day long so I stayed in my office for lunch and ate some of my leftover stir fry from the night before, and for dinner I made grilled pork chops.  I’ve been snacking at work from my little fruit bowl, which really helps out in the mid morning and mid afternoon between meals.  Much better than anything I’d find in the break room vending machine!

Tonight I really hope to have a chance to go to the gym.  It’ll be the first time since Sunday when I attended that yoga class!  That’s just too long.  😦  I feel like I just get such a better workout at the gym than I do at home.  Maybe I just work a lot harder at the gym.

Oh yeah, and one more thing.  This is my 100th Post on this blog!!  Surely that’s a reason for celebration?

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.