Getting Ready for the Week

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Hey guys, I’m working on getting my workout playlists ready for this upcoming week and it looks like a really good week ahead of us!  What a great calendar this #ROCKtober calendar has been so far.  I’ve been really happy with each of the days’ workouts, even on the days I haven’t taken the time to post about them.  I thought for this week, since I’ve been really terrible about posting every day like I like to do, I’ll go ahead and post all the playlists for this week, and then on days I have time to post I will add something extra.  If not, at least they’re here.

Butt Lift Sunday Workout:

On today’s workout, which I’m about to do as soon as I’m done typing up this post, we only have 4 videos to complete.  I’m not sure which of these I’m looking forward to the most or which one is usually the toughest for me to complete.  I guess we’ll see how I feel after I’m done today!

Muffintop Melt Monday Workout:

I love, love, love the 4 Minutes to a Hot Body workout… and I also love all the love-handle workouts.  Monday will be a fun-day workout for me!  Especially the Muffintop Massacre.

Luscious Legs Tuesday Workout:

Tuesday is leg day this month, and doing the 100 Burpee Burnout for the cardio video to start it out is perfect.  Burpees have seriously sculpted and trimmed down my legs.  I need to be doing a lot more of them!  The Sculpted Legs in Skinny Leggings workout is pretty fun, too.

Rock Your Core Wednesday Workout:

The Summer Sweatfest workout kills me!  Every. Single. Time.  I don’t know why it’s so tough for me to do, and you’d think it would get easier after a while, but nope.  HIIT at its finest, right there!  And by the way, I’d tell you which other video for this day I’m looking most forward to, but I’d just list every one of them and it would be pointless.  Needless to say, I’m excited for Wednesday’s workout this week!

Amazing Arms Thursday Workout:

I probably shouldn’t say this, but the shoes Cassey is wearing in the Fat Burning Cardio Warmup, I think they’re really ugly.  😦  I don’t know why I just do not like the wedge heeled sneakers look.  I also don’t like Uggs, and we’re fast approaching that time of year that everyone starts wearing them again.  I really hope those are so 3 years ago this year and we don’t see them too much… but I digress.

I’m looking forward to the Tonefest Towel Workout for Thursday, mostly because we don’t see it on the workout calendars very often, so it’s sort of a refresher.

Recovery Day Friday:

Yep, I’m not going to lie.  Doing a headstand is just not one of my fitness goals.  I think it’s great that other people can do them, but I really have no desire to do this.  I’ll probably do this week’s new video instead, 9 Steps to Doing the Splits.  Increasing my flexibility is something I’d like to work on.

Rock Your Core Saturday Workout:

So we have not just one, but two cardio videos for Saturday’s workout this week!  Way to get that fat burning.  🙂  And bonus, we get Miley Cyrus Abs!  This should be a fun one.

Let me know how you’re doing on this month’s calendar.  Are you keeping up with them?  Are you taking your before/after photos each week?  I haven’t been, and I need to, because I lost some of my progress last month and I know I’m getting it back!


#Blogilates Get It Right, Get It Tight Workout

Total Body Tone Sunday Workout:

9-21 calendarOk guys, I’m about to do this workout today.  It’s been a looooong day, but before I officially turn in for the night, I’m doing every single one of these videos all the way through.  Why?  Because I need every last one of them.  Probably twice.

The first video on the playlist is this month’s exclusive workout video that you can only access through the calendar subscription in the Blogilates app.  (It’s only $0.99 a month, which for me is totally worth it.)

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Blogilates: Get It Right, Get It Tight Video

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Blogilates: #SepTONEber Exclusive Workout Video

My LONG Day:

Today, I got up at 6:00 a.m., got myself and my nephew ready, and drove us over 4 hours to visit my brother for a little over 2 hours.  Then I packed us back up in the car and drove us back home, another 4+ hours.  What does this mean?  It means I’m so tired right now, I just want to lay down in my bed and call it a day.

But instead, I’m going to blog and then do my workout.  Then lay down in my bed and call it a day.  Tomorrow my nephew starts his first day of daycare, so I’ll have to get us both up early again tomorrow.  Thank goodness it’s still fairly early in the evening.

How is everyone doing this month on their workouts?  How are you all liking the September calendar?  I’ve really been liking the new #cheapcleaneats videos coming back.

Food Baby Be Gone

It’s been a crazy week so far!  Monday and Tuesday I was so sick with a stomach virus, I didn’t even THINK about doing my workouts.  😦  I’m so behind, I’d try to catch up by doing all the workouts I missed, but at this point, I think I’ll just jump back into the flow instead.  On a positive note, I’m pretty sure I had a 24-hour “viral cleanse” and lost a pound or two from not being able to eat and from everything that was purged from my body.  (I can laugh about this now, looking back on it.)

Hump HIIT Wednesday Workout:

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Food Baby HIIT!  What?!  Oh yes, this is seriously one of my favorite cardio workouts.  I make myself do this workout any time I go out to eat somewhere and over-indulge myself to that overly stuffed feeling.  I don’t do that nearly as often as I used to anymore, which is really an accomplishment for me.  I used to be one of those people who couldn’t tell if I was full or not.  I would just always feel hungry.  If it tasted good and there was still some left, I’d still be hungry.

Not anymore!  Now I portion things way more appropriately.  Not to mention I’ve been eating much better food on a nutritional level, so I get full on a lot less food.


Except I’m not gonna lie.  I’m probably not going to do the Hot Summer Dance workout.  I never do it.  I just don’t like it.  I can’t keep up.  I am coordinationally challenged.

More On My New Little Home Member:

As I mentioned in my last post, my 2 year old nephew is now living with me for a little bit, so I’ll be taking care of him for a while.  I’ve never had kids before, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect on how it might go.  So far, so good, though!  We are learning every day, and he is learning new things everyday.

The first night we had trouble with bath time, but now we’ve figured out that if we let him climb into the bath tub on his own terms, he will do perfectly fine and have all kinds of fun in there. We also started turning off the air conditioner before he gets in the bath so he doesn’t get cold.

Yesterday was a tough day; he woke up fussy to begin with, and then he had a doctor and dentist visit. He had to get a TB test and some blood taken for a lead test at the doctor’s office, and he was not a happy camper.  The dentist appointment went much better, and then we went home for lunch and a nap.  He didn’t want to eat much at all yesterday, so I think maybe he didn’t feel too good.  Poor little guy.  Today was much better.

Food, Water, Sleep, and Blogilates

Legs & Butt Tuesday Workout:

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Tuesday’s workout was no joke!!  Between Beach Ready Butt Workout and the Bold & the Bootiful workout, my butt was seriously on FIRE yesterday.  Is anyone sore after that workout?  I thought these videos were paired really well.

I also did pretty well yesterday on my “diet.”  I had a 100 calorie Greek Yogurt for breakfast, a Nature Valley sweet and salty granola bar for a mid-morning snack, some vegetable and brown rice stir-fry for lunch, and for dinner I baked pork chops and paired it with a side of grilled zucchini and a spinach salad.

AND… I drank my full 5 bottles of water yesterday!!  I also got some pretty decent sleep last night.  I’ll have to start posting my sleep patterns from my Fitbit so that I can keep track of that as well.  After all, sleep is a really big part of being healthy and getting fit!


Hump HIIT Wednesday Workout:

9-3 calendarToday’s workout is HIIT cardio, and of course you know it’s a good one when you start out with the 100 Burpee Burnout!!  This is one of my all time favorite Blogilates HIIT workouts, and burpees have seriously helped shape and thin out my legs and thighs.

Which of these videos for today was your favorite or least favorite?

Today for breakfast I ate another 100 calorie Greek Yogurt and had a banana for a mid-morning snack.  For lunch I ate a leftover baked pork chop with a fresh cooked half of a corn on the cob and a spinach salad.  For a mid-afternoon snack I ate some peanut butter crackers, and for dinner I had steamed chicken (seasoned), steamed red potatoes, and a spinach salad.

I don’t think I quite made it to 5 bottles of water today, but I’m pretty sure I drank at least 3. I’m still working on finishing one bottle of water now.  So far I’m not sleepy at all yet, so we’ll see how well I sleep tonight.

Abtacular Monday and Princess Hair #SeptTONEber

Abtacular Monday Workout:

9-1 calendarI am in love with the new workout video for today!  We got a new song challenge with one move – the candlestick dipper.  Has anyone tried it yet?  Wow…  Besides that one, I think my favorite video for today was the 5 Minute Ab Express.  I do this one a lot when I’m just looking for some extra ab videos to do.

Does anyone else have trouble with your feet slipping further and further back doing the Waist Whittler Challenge?  I don’t know if this is normal, or if I don’t have the core strength I need to keep this from happening.

Princess Hair:

Yesterday, I decided that it was time to try a new way to style my hair.  I never do anything different with my hair, ever.  Every day, I wash it, blow-dry, and straighten it.  That’s it.  Same thing every day.  When I work out, I pull it back in a pony-tail.

princess hair - frontSo what does any smart girl do when she’s looking for new ideas on anything?  Of course, I took to Pinterest.  I found a lot of cute styles, but my main goal was something simple enough that I could do myself and hopefully be able to replicate if I ever wanted to try it again.

So this is what I ended up with.  It turned out to be so easy and my boyfriend now calls it “Princess Hair” because he says it makes me look like a princess.  (He compared me to a picture of Snow White.)

princess hair - sideAll I did was take a headband and place it around my head, over my hair, with the back of it sitting at the base of my skull, and the front of it even with my hair line.  I let my hair hang straight down.  Then starting on one side, then the other, from front to back, I just took small sections of hair and wrapped it up to tuck into the headband.  Once I got to the very back, I just did the same thing.  The headband holds all the hair in place but you can use bobby pins to help hold any areas where needed.

Here’s a good “how-to” demonstration I found, although it was not the original Pin I found as inspiration.  It does a really good job of showing exactly what I did.  The good news: I was able to replicate it today before I went to see the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie at the Lubbock Alamo Drafthouse.

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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!


No, I Couldn’t Do 1,000 Squats!

Thursday Thighs Workout:

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This is one crazy workout today.  I’m not even going to lie.  I got to about 300 (which is pretty darn good if you ask me!), and at that point I basically said #sorrynotsorry I’m done for the day with that.

Sometimes you have to know your limits, and mine was 300 consecutive squats.

But not to worry.  I did go on to do a few more videos today.  I didn’t just give up on it altogether, at least!  Instead, I figured I’d get in a few Ab workout videos.  I feel like I can never get too many ab workouts in.

Here’s the ab workout I did today:

What workout did you all do today?  What did you eat today?  I’ve been doing really well this week sticking to my good choices.  I had a Greek yogurt for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, and turkey meatballs in marinara with a side salad for dinner.  For a snack I ate some unsalted peanuts, and I ate a Special K breakfast bar between my breakfast and lunch.  Overall, not too bad 🙂

I can’t believe tomorrow is already Friday!

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

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.