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Friday, September 9, 2011

Thursday Sept. 8th....little run

Yesterday morning, we were supposed to get up at 5:00am and run.  I told Jodi that I would run with her because her running partner was out of town.  Well, 5 O'Clock rolled around a little too early for my liking (I'm not sure how she does it 3 days a week...she's a real animal...such discipline!!!  Love ya!!).  And I was able to convince her that I would run with her later that night.'s after football practice around 8:00pm and it's time to get our run on.  We did her regular 3 mile loop.  I haven't run in a while so it was a good pace for me for sure.  We finished up our 3 miles in 28:16.  Not too bad.

It was a good week as far as exercise goes. 

Now I'm looking forward to the football games this weekend!

Wed. Sept 7th...100-30-20 BEAT DOWN!!!

Got my new record on Wednesday in the 100 jump ropes, 30 sit-ups, 20 push-ups routine.  I completed 7 full rounds of the 100-30-20.  There is now no question as to how to fly through the rounds....just don't miss on any of the jump rope reps!!!

I only missed one skip in the jump rope section of the workout.  I was on jump number 7 in the second round and missed.  Other than that I was able to do 6 sets of 100 straight jump ropes without missing.  And the set that I did miss, I nailed 100 straight immediately after the miss.

The secret is the jump rope!!  Just don't miss.

I really like this really pushes me.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Monday Sept. 5th...100-30-20 SWEET REVENGE!!!!

Yesterday was my payback to the 100-30-20 routine.  I kicked it's butt yesterday.  I once again put 20 minutes on the timer and got busy.  Unlike Thursday, it was in the mid 60's as opposed to the upper 90's...I was able to focus on the task at hand...

Well, in those 20 minutes I was able to accomplish 6 2/3 rounds.  I finished my last sit up as the beeper went off.  I didn't have time to squeeze the last push-ups in.  It felt so good to be able to push hard and get more than 4 rounds finished. 

I like this new workout better.  Instead of seeing how long it takes me to do 4 rounds, I will shift my workout to see how many rounds I can complete in 20 minutes.  Over time I will increase the duration of the routine.  For now, 6 2/3 completed rounds in 20 minutes is my record.

Thursday Sept. 1.......100-30-20 Whipping

I'm just now posting this but it happened on Thursday Sept. 1.  I got home from school and went to the driveway to complete my 100-30-20 routine.  I put 20 minutes on the clock and went to work....or attempted to go to work...

Let me just say that it was every bit of 97 degrees out on Thursday (yes, it sounds like an excuse but it is simply a fact!!).  It was HOT HOT HOT.  Unfortunately it ended up taking me about 24 minutes to do 5 rounds of the 100 jump rope, 30 sit-ups and 20 push-ups.  What really slowed me down was the fact that I could do no less than 50 consecutive jump-ropes.  That means that once I got to 50 I was good...but if I missed on 48 then I had to go all the way back to 0 and start all over...however, once I got to 50 all I needed to do was get the next 50 to get to 100.  On consecutive times I jumped 45, 47, 43.  That frustrated me and forced me to lose focus....

But I kept at it and ended up finishing the routine.  Tough but well worth it!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monday Aug. 29th 100-30-20

Variety is the spice of life.  Well, I truly believe that variety keeps things interesting.  Today's workout (which happened yesterday) was a 100-30-20 routine in which I did 5 sets of 100 consecutive jumps with a jump rope followed by 30 sit-ups followed by 20 regular push-ups. 

I put 20 minutes on my stopwatch and went to work.  I would do straight up jump rope and regular push-ups but I differentiated my sit-ups each round. 

This is a pretty good work out and I look forward to adding reps as it becomes easier.  When I finished my last push-up, I stopped the timer and there was 4:37 left on it.  That means that I was able to accomplish the workout in I stopped for a few seconds to get the mail from our mail carrier. 

Pretty good start and it gives me a goal to shoot for next round!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thursday Aug. 18---Cardio Day!

Got the boys on the bus this morning and then went on a bike ride.  Thanks to my Garmin I know exactly how far and how fast (or not so fast) I was able to be on the bike.

I ended up going 10.07 miles in 36:50.  That was good for a 3:39/mi. pace.  I felt that I was pusing it pretty hard.  It is a hilly course and there was a breeze.  My best mile was 2:44- that was the downhill mile!!!  And that mile coming back up the hill was my slowest at 5:29. 

Tommorw is work day.  Followed by one on Monday, and one on Tuesday...and then the kiddos come to school!!  I'm really excited to get the year going!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wednesday Aug. 17...Back to school

Well, the boys headed off to school this morning.  5th and 3rd grade.  It's crazy how fast time flies by!!!

I still have a day of freedom until I'm off to school.  Friday it all begins.  No more 1/2 days, I'll be full time this year!!!  Praise the Lord!!!

Even though I've not posted in a while I still have been exercising.  I am still faithfully taking my Catalyst every morning, and my Arginine Extreme 30 minutes before each workout.  I have also added Chocolate Muscle Gain immediately after my workout has ended.  There's absolutely no doubt that the Catalyst has definitely leaned me down and toned me up!!  And that is because I am able to do more reps with the Arginine Extreme helping me.  And the Muscle Gain has brought on some added size as well. 

I am currently doing Monday, Wednesday and Friday a 100 push-ups routine.  I am on week for and this morning did sets of 20, 25, 20, 20 and 28 with 90 seconds rest between each set.  I preceed the 100 push-ups workout with Ab Ripper from P90X.  It's a really good workout and only takes about a half hour!!

It's good to be back here posting...I will try to do a better job being consistent!!  I may have said that before... :-)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Just Arms Wednesday July 28th

Woke up this morning had my Arginine Extreme and my 3 Catalyst and headed to the basement for Just Arms.  This is Disc 4 in the One on One with Tony Horton Vol. 1 series. 

It is exactly what it says.  You workout 3 body parts....biceps, forearms and triceps.  It's a good old fashioned butt- arm-whipping workout.  As usual Tony does a bit of talking between the sets.  The DVD says that it's a 47 minute workout but once you get the routine down, you can fast forward through his discourses on different subjects and get it down to a 30 minute workout.  I like it that way too because it adds a little bit more cardio...less rest between sets.

I really enjoy the One on One with Tony Horton series and highly recommend it if you're interested in changing up your routine a little bit.

I also suggest Argininge Extreme and Catalyst along with Spark to help you take your workouts to the next level!!!

2.1 Mile Run

I didn't post yesterday but Tuesday July 26th was a Cardio day.  The weather was relatively nice (read: not in the upper 90's with 70%+ humidity!!!)  So I decided to go out for a little run.

I ended up doing a little over 2.1 miles in 17:45.  I wasn't setting in land speed records but it was really nice to be outside getting a little cardio work.    The course that I ran...pretty much a mile out and a mile back is loaded with hills.  It's quite challenging...but it feels so good when it's over!

I know it's only day 2 but I am feeling better already.  See you tomorrow.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Starting Over...

Monday July 25, 2011
Chest and Back (P90X)

It's been a while since I've updated the blog but summer school is over and there are about 5 weeks left until school starts'm hitting it hard these next 5 weeks.

I woke up this morning and took my 3 Catalyst with my Arginine Extreme 30 minutes before the workout.  The Arginine Extreme really helps me crank out a few more reps every set...which leads to quicker and better results.  Click this link: Arginine Extreme to see details about the benefits of adding Arginine Extreme to your workout! 

I really like the Chest and Back workout from P90X.  It's a good old fashioned push and pull routine.  Since I really haven't exercised in the last month and a half it was a real butt kicker this morning.  But it feels SSSSOOOOOO good when it's over!

It's nice to be back blogging again and working out.  See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Pigeon Forge....FIRST time!!!

Sorry I've been away for a while.  We just got back from a baseball tournament in Pigeon Forge, TN.  And, believe it or not, that was our first ever trip to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg, Tennessee ever. 

It was a GREAT time.  The weather was HOT, HOT, HOT.  It was in the mid-90's every day.  Luckily for us there was plenty of shade at the ball fields.  Unfortunately for the boys there wasn't any shade on the field but some in the dugout.

We rode some go-carts (they have a few places where you can do that there!!!) and went tubing down a river...good times.  Lots of laughs!!!  Not so much when the tube pops but at least it was a slow leak....

I am vowing to get back on the wagon as it's been about 2 weeks since I've posted and since I've followed my schedule

I really miss my workouts and the overall feeling of health and wellness.  Plus, all the time off has probably put me back into square one.  Oh, well.  Such is life...just gotta get back after it.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Day 31/ 24 Day Weight Loss Challenge

Friday, June 3: Legs & Back + Ab Ripper......................(P90X)
This week I have been bad.  This is the second workout that I've missed.  What a bummer.  It has been a hectic week with school ending and baseball.  That's no excuse, I know.  But I will do better next week! 

On a side note some I'm happy to report that some buddies of mine are going to start the 24 Day Challenge.  I'm super excited that they are interested in improving their health and dropping some weight!! 

What is the 24 day weight loss challenge you ask?  In 24 minutes you'll FEEL the difference....In 24 hours you'll KNOW the difference....In 24 days you'll SEE the difference!!!  It will help you lean out and tone up.  Some other friends of mine have taken the 24 day challenge and have lost 12 pounds in 24 days.  Another friend has lost 2+ pounds after 11 days.

It is broken up into 2 phases.  Phase I is days 1-10.  This is the clense phase.  You are giving your body an "oil change."  You are cleaning out all the impurities and getting your body ready for optimal intake of essential vitamins and nutrients.  What is the "clense?"  It's not a violent or a fast or anything like that.  It is a gentle clensing of the impurities.

Phase II is the Max phase.  This covers days 11-24.  This is where you put into your body the essential nutrients and vitamins and minerals that are necessary for optimal health, wellness and energy!!!

I have personally taken the 24 Day weight loss challenge and can attest to how much MORE energy I had, and still have, and how my appetite was and is much more in control.  I used to grab a Reese's cup or some form of chocolate at about 10:30 in the morning as a "pick me up" to help me get through.  Once I began the 24 Day weight loss challenge I noticed I didn't reach for those empty calories.  I didn't need them....and even better I didn't CRAVE them. 

You can click on the link to find out more information on the 24 Day weight loss Challenge.

Or if you would like to purchase the 24 Day Weight Loss Challenge you can do that as well.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Day 30

Thursday, June 2: Patience "Hummingbird" Yoga.............(One on One Vol. 2 Disc 3)
When I do yoga in the morning I am significantly less flexible than when I do yoga in the afternoons. This routine is growing on me. It is still quite difficult to get through without taking little tiny breaks. As I've progressed the breaks have become fewer and shorter in duration.

I can definitely tell a difference in my flexibility and range of motion. Too bad this flexibility and stretching thing takes so much time and dedication. Why can't I just be flexible and stretchy and loose?  Nope, gotta work at it and bring it!

Day 29

Wednesday, June 1: Just Arms + Ab Ripper...................(One on One Vol. 1 Disc 4)
Unfortunately this workout didn't get accomplished. No excuses...I just flat out didn't do it. Stink on me.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


This video is of Heather Dorniden of the University of Minnesota. She is racing in the 600m at the Big 10 Championships. Watch this and try to come up with some excuse why you "can't" do something...Prepare to be inspired!!!


Lately I have been really liking my stretching during My Schedule (mostly through the yoga).  I think part of the reason that I have begun to like yoga is because I can finally see (feel) some results.  My toes, that used to be so stinkin' far away from my fingers seem to be a little closer?!?!  My hamstrings don't feel like they're going to POP when I touch my toes.

This is due to showing up and getting after it on a regular basis.  Other than the newfound enjoyment of yoga I have never been one for static stretching.  I was tooling around and found some great information about static vs. dynamic stretching here.  If you have some time (about 5 min.) it's totally some excellent info.

The article talks about how we get stuck in a routine or line of thinking that says that Static stretching is the proper "thing" to do before a workout.  I believe this starts in elementary school and is reinforced all the way through high school.  However, static stretching can actually reduce our performance level. 

Static stretching does have it's a yoga routine or after a workout.

Dynamic stretching is the way to go.  Engage the muscles and get them moving.  This helps with flexibility and range of motion...more like what you're going to do in your workout.

Day 28

Tuesday, May 31: Medicine Ball Core Cardio................(One on One Vol. 1 Disc 10)
Back on track, as far as posting on time goes.  Yesterday was a little crazy, in a good sort of relaxing way!!!

Medicine Ball Core Cardio this morning.  The sun burn is starting to cool off a little, but the fringes (arm-pits, where the shirt and shorts meet, and bottom of the shorts area) are still quite a bit touchy!!!  That made this routine a little more difficult as there is a bunch of twisting and turning.  Oh well, what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.  The heart rate was up and the lungs were working this morning.  Too bad there aren't any AdvoCare products to help with sunburn!!!

I'm looking forward to Just Arms and Ab Ripper tomorrow morning.  As I should be less sore (sun wise) tomorrow!

Day 27

Monday, May 30: Chest & Back + Ab Ripper...............(P90X)
Beginning of week 5 (and I'm a day late posting this one). 

We finally had a nice weekend with hot weather and plenty of sunshine and since today is Memorial Day our swimming pool is open.  Even though this sounds and is wonderful, unfortunately some people don't properly apply sun-block on their first outing to the pool for the summer.  OOOoouuuuccchhhhh.  I am a little toasty. 

Needless to say, if you've ever done it, Chest & Back is hard enough....add to that a little sunburn and it's a tuffy!

Today I pushed on through the pain (of the sunburn and the routine) and really felt strong.  I definitely did more push-ups and more chin-ups than the first times around.  I set a goal to try and get 10 assisted chin-ups for all 6 chin-up exercises and I also wanted to do more push-ups than I did last round.  It was a challenge but I did fairly well in both areas.  I was happy.

Lesson learned...apply sun screen even when you're tired of being pasty white and looking for a little the way a little color should be light pink as opposed to LOBSTER RED!!!!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Day 26

Saturday, May 28: Power 90 Road Warrior...................(One on One Vol. 1 Disc 2)
Creative Freedom again.  Yesterday I took a look at Power 90 Road Warrior and then realized that I haven't done Recovery for Results (1 on 1 with Tony Horton Vol. 1 Disc 11) and decided that because of the more difficult routines this week I should do some recovery work. 

It went really well.  The Recovery for Results DVD blends light stretching and some yoga, some light resistance training and some light cardio.  It's one of those routines where you don't feel like doing anything because you're sore or tired or sick and so you pop it in.....and it's just what your body ordered!!! 

The routine gets your blood pumping (mildly compared to other workouts) and gets you stretched out and gets those sore muscles moving and doing something other than sitting watching tv and making excuses as to why you can't do SOMETHING!!!  And that's what this routine is all about...getting up and doing something.

Today is my off day for this week.  It was a really good week.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Day 25

Friday, May 27: Legs & Back + Ab Ripper...................(P90X)
Creative Freedom.  That's what I'm calling it.  If you remember back to last Friday Day 19, I was supposed to do One on One on One Leg + Ab Ripper but couldn't find the DVD....sssoooooooo.......I found the DVD and decided that today was the make-up day for that.

I was thinking that this would mostly be a legs routine....well, it is definitely somewhat of a leg leg at a time routine.  You are basically doing a shoulder, bicep, and tricep exercise while balancing on One leg.  Yeah, think about that.....good times!!!!

You must engage your core and stabilizer muscles of the foot, and lower leg for each and every exercise.  Your legs will definitely be screaming (along with your hips and arms as you're working them constantly) but it's a good scream. 

This is a good upper body workout that is a super nice change as you are doing all the exercises on One leg and thus working your core and balance and legs as well!!!