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

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#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!

 

I Think I Killed My Legs Today

30 Day Ab Challenge day 8Day 8 of #30DayFlatAbs Challenge completed today.  I did 34 reps each of all 5 moves today, along with a bunch of other abs workout at the gym.  I pretty much beasted it at the gym today, and now the back of my calf muscles are KILLING me!!  I’m really not sure why, to be honest, because it’s not like I haven’t ran in a while.  I’ve been running nearly every day for a couple of weeks.  And it’s also not like I ran any further than normal either.  I did one mile straight at 5 mph, and then another half a mile doing intervals at 6 mph on the fast and 3mph on the slow.  I did some different variations of squats, lunges, and push-ups, and a whole bunch of ab work.  I also did a bunch of stretching, especially on my calves since they were already starting to feel tight and sore.  Needless to say, I think I’ll probably skip today’s Blogilates Toned Tummy Thursday workout.

Oh yeah, and then I went to see a movie.  Just an FYI… Into the Woods is a musical.  A very long musical.  I have no idea what I was expecting, but not a musical.

So yesterday I was checking Amazon to find some stuff for a gift card I received for Christmas.  I found a few things that I’m looking forward to coming in.  Then, I went over to Etsy to see if I could find some workout tanks with inspirational quotes on them and found some really cute ones at decent prices, so I ordered a couple of them.

train insane tank train like a beast tank

 

How are your workouts going so far this week?  Tomorrow is a rest/recovery day, so I’m looking forward to that.  I think it’s a great time for a rest since I have a feeling my legs are going to be so sore, it’s going to hurt to walk tomorrow.  Tomorrow is also yolo meal day, so I’m thinking about what my yolo meal will be.  Hmmm…

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.

Running For My Life

Today I have running on my mind.

I live in Lubbock, Texas, and if you’ve ever lived in Texas, you come to understand how true this is… texas weather 1

 

It snows so rarely here that the city is just not prepared for road conditions, and everyone driving has to maneuver through the ice.  We had over 100 car accidents in Lubbock on Dec 30 because of icy roads.  Needless to say, after driving around with a bunch of people who drive like crap on a good day, you learn it’s best to just stay home when the roads do get bad because until it warms up and melts off, there’s just no guarantee for your safety.  If you do have to get out, you drive really really slowly and hope everyone else does, too.

zachs club fbSo I have one serious case of cabin fever right now!  I was considering braving the streets to go to the gym this morning, but then I saw this on facebook… no child care today.  Well, fooey.

Well, that’s ok.  I have a treadmill here at home, and of course my Blogilates workouts can be done at home.  That doesn’t solve my cabin fever, but at least there’s something to do.  🙂

So back to running.  Running has become my favorite cardio exercise.  Which would dismay probably anyone who knew me as a kid or even up until just a few years ago.  This used to be me…

dont run funny

I’ll probably never be one of those people who runs marathons or even runs like 10 miles a day.  No, I don’t even like running outside.  But I do love running on the treadmill, which I know is totally opposite of what most “real” runners would say.  And I’m ok with that…  I don’t work out for anyone but myself.

I found this treadmill workout today that I want to try.  Each set is said to burn about 100 calories for the average 150 lb female, give or take depending on your weight.  A full set is 10 minutes, so repeat it as many times as needed to burn the calories you want to burn.  It says to repeat 4 more times for a 500 calorie workout, but I don’t spend 50 minutes on the treadmill that often, so maybe 2-3 times for me will do.

graphic_treadmillworkout

Click for the Spark People article.

 

 

It’s funny… in the past you’d only catch me running to save my life.  Now, I still run for my life… just in a different way.  🙂

Speaking of cardio, today is Fat Burn Focus on the Blogilates workout calendar.  🙂  Not to mention Day 3 of the #30DayFlatAbs Challenge.  Is anyone else keeping up with that?  What do you think about it so far?  I’ve been doing more reps than required because I’m so used to doing the moves that 5 or 6 reps isn’t challenging for me… and I’ve learned by now…

challenge change 2

Exciting Monday With New Goodies

Exciting day today.  First of all, we have the Core Fusion Monday workout for Today’s Calendar, to include today’s new video.  I always enjoy the days we get a full hour of abs.  I wish I could take my workout to the gym today like I have been doing lately, but I’m stuck at home for the next couple of days as my nephew came down with Pink Eye.  😦  My gym has some little sliders I can use instead of having to use paper plates for that Best Lower Ab Workout Ever video.

fit journal lmtd editionAnother reason today is exciting?  I was able to order the Limited Edition 2015 Blogilates Fit Journal.  I went to bed last night so excited that this was going to finally be available for purchase today.  I kept checking the website from my phone about every 30 minutes or so, not-so-patiently waiting for it to finally add to my shopping cart.  Finally, it added, and I took the steps to check out with my credit card info, and submitted payment…  only to get “Oops, an error occurred.”  NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

So I rushed to my lap-top and went to the Blogilates shop, only to find it showed SOLD OUT!  I was so disappointed.  I was about to sulk and pout, and really, I probably did for a few minutes… until I got an email saying my order was confirmed and my purchase had went through after all!  WOO HOO!

fitbit flexAnother reason I’m super-excited today?  I got my new fitbit flex replacement in the mail today.  I got my original one as a gift last year for Christmas, and I’ve used it every single day since then.  It really has been a huge motivation to be more active on a regular basis.  I only take it off to shower, even though you can actually wear it in the shower as well.  Well, a couple weeks ago, I went to charge it as usual, and when it showed a full charge, I took it off the charger, inserted back into the bracelet, and put it back on my wrist, only to find it was still dead.  I put it back on the charger, still dead.  I tried to reset it… still dead.

So I emailed the customer support at fitbit, and after answering a couple questions, they confirmed that it was defective/damaged and shipped me a new one, free of charge!  Needless to say, I was very happy with their customer service.  I’m also happy with the product in general.  I’m hoping for some new brightly colored wrist-bands to go with it for Christmas… like the aqua color or a lime/neon yellow color.  🙂

#DecemBURN Check-In

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We made it to Friday already!  This week seems like it flew by.  I missed my workout yesterday, so instead of taking today as Recovery day, it’ll be Thursday Thighs for me instead!  Other than missing yesterday, I feel really good about my workouts this week.  I’m down 2 lbs from where I started, which could partly be from water retention as we tend to get every so often. 

Christmas Spirit
I’m leaving you with this amazing Christmas song that is my ultimate favorite this year.  I’m thinking about making a YouTube Playlist for my favorite Christmas song this season.  Stay tuned for that little gift coming soon.  For now, here’s a sneak peak.