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BikiniSeries Day50 5DSD Day1

June 16, 2014

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Workouts:
5k run
TIU Bikini Arms
Move of the Week
Leg workout:
50 squats
50 squat jumps
50 lunges – each leg
50 Dumbbell swings 20lb Kettlebell
50 squat and reach – each leg
25 Burpee Tuck Jumps
TurboFire 45EZ
BikiniAbs
Sunkissed Abs x2
2min plank

Meals:
M1: banana
M2: slim down scramble w/ bell peppers
M3: Hawaiian Chk salad w/ herb mix, cucumbers, dried cranberries, coconut chips, tomatoes
M4: PerfectFit bar
M5: grilled salmon and roasted asparagus

Gio was coughing a lot this morning so I didn’t take the boys to the gym with me. I went for a run and did the arms workouts. Trying to do 2 a days this week for the 5DSD. Did TurboFire for 2nd cardio after boys went to bed. Mondays are usually a leg day so I did one round of a leg workout I usually do 2-4 rounds of. Then I did the ab workouts.

I was tired all day from the driving over the weekend. We did a lot in a 24hr period. Had lots of fun with my family and friends so it was worth it :-)

Sunset challenge was to make our favorite PerfectFit recipe. Smoothies and protein pancakes are my favorite but I’ve been wanting to try the banana bread recipe so I did :-)

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BikiniSeries Day32

May 29, 2014
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Workouts:
Spring Into Summer Cardio on bike: 3.3 miles
UpperBody workout:
Assisted Pull-Ups/ Dips 6×3 16lbs
Decline Chest Press 10×3 20lbs
Chest Press 10×3 25lbs
Shoulder Press 10×3 30lbs
MTS Row 10×3 30lbs
MTS High Row 10×3 30lbs
Front Pull Down 10×3 40lbs
Ab Playlist + BikiniAbs
Sunkissed Abs
2min plank

Meals:
M1: Egg whites, blueberry bread, banana
M2: grapes
M3: Baked Potato soup from Panera w/ peas and spinach
M4: 5 dark choc almonds
M5: Whole wheat spaghetti w/ ground turkey red sauce

I went back to the gym today!! It felt good to be back. I did Spring into Summer cardio on the bike then hit the weight room. Stuck to upperbody workouts on the machines. I was surprised I could do the weight I did. I could feel it by the time I got home.

Cleaned the kitchen and did more laundry – it just never ends! I guess the workout I did in the morning wore me out because I fell asleep on the couch while the boys did homework.

I’m glad I made my spaghetti sauce earlier in the week. It didn’t take long to make dinner. I ground the turkey up in my blender so it would be smaller for Ben. He was happy to eat down thing besides soup :-) I usually have mine with quinoa but I forgot to make some so I enjoyed one serving of whole wheat pasta.

After the boys went to bed, I knocked out the Ab Playlist, Sunkissed Abs and added Bikini Abs. I saved Bikini Booty for Friday. I love doing Bikini Booty for toning on leg day.

Met my water goal :-) I added spinach and peas to Ben’s Baked potato soup. I helped him finish it off because he was tired of eating it. He’s tired of eating soup period but he’s still having trouble getting solid food down without a lot of pain. He’s taking it slow but I can see he is getting frustrated. I’ve been making fish for us because that’s the only thing he’s been able to eat without too much trouble. I don’t mid having fish every night :-)

Planning on going for a short run on Friday to test my ankle out. I envy all the girls who have been checking in with their runs. I want to run soooo badly!

BikiniSeries Day31

May 28, 2014

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Workouts:
Sunrise Routine
TurboFire Low HIIT 20
Bikini Abs
BikiniBooty
Sunset Workout x 2

Meals:
M1: egg whites/ berries/ bananas
M2: 2 kiwis
M3: PerfectFit Shake w/ spinach, banana, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, zico
M4: homemade guacamole with Terra chips
M5: Tilapia and green beans

My ankle was looking a lot better but I still wanted to hold off taking it for a run. I wanted to do something though so after doing the Sunrise routine I decided to give the low impact TurboFire workout a try. Legs burned and I got a good sweat without having to jump.

More cleaning and uploading of pics. I was bummed that I couldn’t go to volleyball :-( Of all the places I could hurt my ankle worse, it would be at volleyball. I always get a little worried when I play before a race but I do try to be careful.

I also did BikiniBooty for hump day for a leg workout. I was able to do squats without any problem. The single leg squats were a little tough but my ankle was ok. I wore a brace to help with support. Sunset workout felt great.

Happy with my meals minus M4. I probably had way more guacamole and chips than I should have. I did better with my water. I was bad about with camping and I’ve been working hard at making sure I drink more.

I am dying for a good leg day.

Did the Sunset challenge and spent some time meditating before bed. I focused on my goals and what I needed to do to get there. I let go of my slips and focused on all my blessings. I want to focus on being happy and not be stressed out as much. Meditating helped me relax.

Bikini Series Day30

May 27, 2014

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Workouts:
BikiniAbs
BikiniArms
TakeMetotheSea
2min plankaday

Meals:
M1: egg whites/blueberry bread/banana
M2: peaches
M3: PerfectFit Shake w/ Zico, spinach,banana,avocado, blueberries,raspberries and blackberries
M4: 5dark choc almonds and Terra chips
M5: Salmon and broccoli

It was weird not going to the gym after I dropped the boys off at school. My ankle was still swollen but looked much better. I could walk without a limp and it felt stronger today :-)

I spent most of the day doing laundry and uploading pictures to my laptop. I had lots of pics from baseball games on my camera. After getting over a thousand pics on my MacBook, I worked on uploading them online to share them with the other families. I got a lot done :-)

It was killing me not working out so I decided to give the Bikink Arms and Bikini Abs workout a try. Last night, it was tough to do a plank with my ankle but tonight it didn’t hurt. I was even able to do a side plank :-) I got through the workouts without any pain in my ankle. My knee hurt a little because the skin is still pretty raw. I hadn’t tried TakeMetotheSea yet so I wanted to do it. I was happy to be able to do the squats. I had to do the single leg Deadlift move without weights but I was able to do the rest of the workout without modifications. It felt great to workout.
I’m itching to run again. I can’t wait until I can get back to it. Waiting a couple more days.

Bikini Series Day22

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May 19, 2014

Workouts:
3mile bootycall run
Leg Workout:
Machine Leg Press Plyo Jumps to Single Leg jumps 10/20 x5 100lbs
Leg Extensions 10 x 3 65lbs
Lying Leg Curls to Single Leg Curls 10/5 x3 55lbs/25lbs
1hr 15min Kickboxing/Core Class (5miles)
BikiniArms
IttyBitty Bikini x3
2min plank

Meals:
M1: egg/banana pancake w/ cocoa almd butter
M2: banana
M3: leftover orange Chk, broccoli, quinoa, and Brussel sprouts
M4: kind bar
M5: BBQ chicken, quinoa, broccoli,Brussel sprouts

Started my week off great with a Great leg day. I got up and got in a 3mile run for my bootycall. I don’t usually do a run the day after a long run but my legs felt pretty good. I love running the trail early because the deer are out on the trail. It’s so peaceful and quiet.

I really wanted to go kickboxing so I did a short but intense leg workout. The plyo jumps on the machine leg press really burn the booty. Pushed myself in kickboxing during the squats and kicks.

Did a mini grocery shopping then ran errands with Ben. He took an extra day off from going back to work because he didn’t sleep at all the night before. House cleaning then homework with the boys. Did BikiniArms and IttyBitty after putting the boys to bed. I love and hate the BikiniArms routine. Lol. I hate it while I’m doing it. I don’t say nice things to Karena. But I love it when I’m done. My arms burned. Itty Bitty is one of my favorite routines. I remember when I first did this workout and it was soooo hard to do the last exercise. I modified most of the exercises and I struggled with every rep. Now, I can do advanced versions of the moves and do more reps. It feels good to see progress :-) Ended with my plank.

Meals were not too bad. The BBQ sauce I used was organic and the boys loved it. I met my water goal :-) I ordered my goal bikini from Amazon. I will post pics when it arrives.

Bikini Series Day18

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May 15, 2014
Workouts:
5k run
UndertheSea x 3
Flat, Fit, Sexy Abs x3
2min Plank

Meals:
M1: egg whites, banana and honey chia toast w/ cocoa almd butter
M2: grapefruit
M3: PerfectFit Bar
M4: skipped :-(
M5: Strawberry Poppyseed Salad from Panera
M6: Vanilla Chia pudding

I did not get up to do a bootycall today. The last few days caught up to me and I was pretty much a zombie this morning getting the boys to school. I went back to bed after I dropped them off. I felt so much better when I got up. I spent the half the day running errands with Ben.

I went for a run before dinner. Legs felt great. I’m glad I went later in the day because it cooled down and there was a nice breeze for my run. I did Under the Sea x 3, FlatFitSexyAbs x3 and my plank after putting the boys to bed. It was nice to take it easy. I didn’t feel so worn out and I did get a lot done around the house. Not that I caught up or made my To Do List any shorter, but my house is more organized :-)

I picked up my free full salad from Panera for dinner. I wanted to have some L&L BBQ, but I was able to walk away from it. I’ve been doing pretty good about controlling my cravings. I wanted to have popcorn at night and of course there is always my craving for chocolate. I need to find something for M4. That’s my toughest meal to figure out. It’s usually a bar but sometimes I want something else. I’m just so tired around M4 that I don’t have much energy to be creative.

The Sunset Challenge was to inspire and encourage those around me. The quote to “Workout Because You Love Your Body Not Because You Hate It” rings true for me. Don’t think of working out as punishment for your body. It should be because you Love your body that you are willing to put in the work to make the changes to be healthier :-) Here are a couple more quotes that really inspired me:

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Bikini Series Day16

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May 13, 2014

Workouts:
2mile bootycall jog
Bikini Arms
Turbo Fire Fire60 (6miles)
Bikini Arms
Best Ab Routine 9:06
2min plank

Meals:
M1: Egg whites, banana, strawberries, Honey Chia toast w/ cocoa almd butter
M2: larabar
M3: Pesto Quinoa and Shrimp mix and grapes.
M4: Seaweed and Pork Jerky.
M5: 2 slices of Mushroom pizza

Didn’t go to the gym today. Felt like staying at home to spend some time with Ben before volunteering in Seppe’s class. I’m glad I went for a run in the morning because it was way too hot to run later in the day. I did one round of the new Bikini Arms when I got home. Followed it with Fire60. This is a long one but it’s a lot of fun and goes by quickly. I always get a good sweat doing Turbo Fire.
I loved having the extra filling from yesterday’s stuffed pepper for lunch today. Gio had a game today so after homework we were at the baseball field. I didn’t have time to make the smoothie I wanted to have for m4 and I forgot to pack my bars :-( I had some pork jerky at the game and some circus animal cookies. It was a stressful game that Gio’s team should have easily won but we let up at the end and the other team came back to tie it. I was so hungry by the time the game ended I ate a couple slices of mushroom pizza one of the mom’s bought for the kids. I wanted more but I stopped at 2. I’m glad I did.
I did another round of Bikini Arms after putting the boys to bed. Followed it with my plank and The Best Ab Routine. Beat my last time by a minute :-)

Ben being home changes my schedule a bit. He’s doing well recovering but I still don’t like to leave him alone for too long. Keeping my gym workouts short this week and doing more at home :-)

It’s Been a While…

Wow! I can’t believe that it’s been so long since my last blog post. Right after my last post, I wound up getting sick :-( It took me longer than I wanted to fully recover. Then I just got busy with Life and it seemed like I never had enough time to give my blog the attention it deserved. I’ve been working hard to make time for it since I do love it. 

Here’s  a short update on what I’ve been up to the past couple months:

~ Finsihed Turbo Fire program :-) I will have a blog post on the last day and a general review of what I thought of it and how it worked for me coming soon.

~ Sneaker Head campout in Berkeley. This was such an interesting couple days.

~ Celebrated Seppe’s preschool graduation and chaperoned Gio’s End of the Year 1st Grade Picnic. I now have a kindergartner and 2nd grader :-)

~ Went to the SF Zoo for the first time with our very good friends. 6 hours of walking around can be very tiring!

~ Two camping trips – one week apart. If you follow me on Instagram (msmammamia) you can see all the beautiful sunrises I posted from our second camping trip. 

~ Completed the 5DSD: I will have a blog post that summarizes my first time with the 5DSD.

~ Started the 30DayAbChallenge with Sophie and a whole bunch of other girls :-) Follow me on Twitter @Mia_Butterfly for all my check-in videos. Follow Sophie @sophiehowl27 and Susan @stronglikesusan for the challenge info. This is such a great challenge that really work your abs!

~ Still training for my first Half Marathon. I’m up to 11.5 miles :-/ 

~ Completed Bikini Series Challenge and entered in the contest. Sadly, I wasn’t a winner of the amazing prizes, but I did win a much bigger prize :-) A body I can rock a bikini in along with the confidence to rock it and a wonderful community that supports me every day.  It’ my one year anniversary with Tone It Up!! I’ve been working on a page about my journey with them. Hoping to have it up soon. There will be lots of Before and After pics :-)

 

So I do have a lot coming :-) I’m thinking of doing a special giveaway to celebrate my 1 year of being part of the Tone It Up family. It has really changed my life and is such a big part of my life now. This past year has been absolutely amazing for me. I’ve done so many things that I never thought I could and I’ve had so much fun. Every part of my life has become better and I am truly happy. I’ve met so many wonderful people who inspire, motivate and support me. And I want to Thank those of you who have taken time to read my blog. Stay tuned for more info on the Giveaway :-)

Let me know what kind of things you’d like for the Giveaway. Going to get to bed earlier than usual so I can tackle a long run tomorrow :-) 

 

I’m Going to be an Aunt!!

The Best news of the day: My brother called me tonight and told me that he and his wife are pregnant!! woo hoo! I’m finally going to be an Aunt! I am very excited and happy for my brother. He is going to be a Wonderful father.

Other good news: Ben is finally got his medical clearance to go back to work. It’s been over a month and it really didn’t have to take as long as it did. That’s the government for you :-P

BeachBody Day76 – I would have loved to do the Bikini Series challenge of the Drop10 Mojo Maker for my bootycall but Ben was at work early in the morning so I had to wait until after I dropped the boys off at school. I did the Drop10 Sculpting 12 reps X3s sets for my bootycall.

Morning Workout: Drop10 Mojo Maker on the elliptical 30 min. Followed with Turbo Fire.

Drop10 Mojo Maker

Turbo Fire Day 74 – I went for all the tuck jumps today for HIIT25. omg! That was soooo hard. I’m glad that I did the elliptical earlier because my knees were feeling it after I was done with the HIIT workout. I’m still sore from the Bikini Bootcamp workout so Tone30 was a little tough for me today. I really like the exercise with the lower body band that works the quads.

Afternoon Workout: I didn’t know what to do for my later workout. Part of it was because I wasn’t sure when Ben was coming home. If he got home early enough I thought I’d go for a bike ride. But he didn’t. Luckily Tone It Up posted their Throw Back Thursday workout: Beach Babe from last year’s Bikini Series. I really liked this one. When I looked at today, I realized that I was doing reps but the print out had 20-30 sec intervals.  I created an interval workout with my gymboss timer app and did 30 seconds for each exercise X3 rounds. This had me sweating!

Beach Babe X3

Another part of today’s Bikini Series challenge was a 30min walk after dinner. I loved this idea – only problem was that it was raining and the boys were really fussy tonight. I had to wait until after I put them to bed and then I hit the gym. Walked on the elliptical for 30 min with an incline.

30min walk on an incline – Started at 8 ended at 3.

Found a 5min ab routine from Self Magazine that I wanted to try out. It took me a little longer than 5min. It was really tough. The reverse plank move was the hardest for me. I wasn’t good at balancing myself while crunching. Ended with 25 pushups and a 5min plank with tummy tucks and side planks.

1min plank, 1min tummy tucks, 30 sec side plank each side, 1min tummy tucks, 1 min plank

Meals:

M1: Chobani Champions Very Berry with almond butter and chia seeds. My favorite go to quick breakfast.

M2: grapes

M3: Lettuce wraps with shredded chicken, tomatoes, mangos, and avocado. Snapea Crisps on the side.

Lunch!

M4: Luna bar.

M5: Left over Panko Chicken with Turkey Spinach Red Sauce on top. Broccoli on the side. Basically just finished off all the left overs that no one else wanted to eat.

80 oz. water.

BeachBody Day55 – Stretched Out

It’s amazing what foam rolling and a hot shower can do to worn out muscles! I woke up Thursday morning and my legs felt much better. I could walk without pain.  I’m glad that I took it easy yesterday after my long run.  I was able to get up and do a bootycall workout :-) I went with Bikini Blast – 20 reps X3sets. I was planning on starting the new  5 Day Slim Down from Tone It Up’s Beach Babe Edition but I realized that with my training for my Big Sur race coming up in a couple weeks, I would need to eat more.  I decided to wait until after my Big Sur race to do the slim down :-)

That didn’t stop me from trying out the new recipes though :-) For breakfast I tried the Banana Split recipe.  I didn’t have carob chips but I did have Chobani Champions Vanilla Chocolate Chunk so I used that instead. I also added some chia seeds.  This was soooo good!! After I dropped Seppe off at school, it was time for some Turbo Fire.

Decaf Green Tea w/ Stevia to start my day.

Turbo Fire Day 53 – For Core 20 I really pushed myself.  The floor exercises are always hard for me but I really made an effort to keep up with them today.  It burned so bad! I know it’ll be worth it though :-) Stretch40 was amazing! It was exactly what my body needed.  Even though the beginning moves work up a sweat, by the end of it, I am completely relaxed and all stretched out :-)

Last Interval before cool down. Love the Seconds Pro App!

Afternoon workout was Tone It Up’s and SelfMagazine’s Drop10 Engine Revver HIIT workout.  Since it was cold and rainy out, I headed to the gym.  I don’t mind running in the rain, but my knees needed a little break from pounding pavement. The elliptical isn’t too bad when doing a HIIT and it was actually easier for me to do the workout on the elliptical instead of the treadmill. Ended my day with a 5min plank for PlankADay.

Elliptical HIIT - Drop10 Engine Revver

Meals –

M1: Banana Split with Chobani Champions Vanilla Chocolate Chunk and chia seeds.

Banana Split from Beach Babe Edition

M2: Apple

M3: Chicken Cranberry Walnut salad from Carls Jr. Had to be out of the house during lunch while our carpets were being cleaned.  This is what Ben and the boys wanted so I made the best of it.  The salad wasn’t too bad.

M4: Luna bar and chocolate Zico.

M5: Salmon Burger on whole wheat sandwich thins with mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach and bean sprouts.  Ben made dinner :-) I added the mushrooms and the bean sprouts.

Salmon Burger made by my hubby.

Did not do well with my water today :-( Only 40 oz. and 1 Zico.