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Rest and Stretch

BeachBody Day83

Friday is now my new Active Rest Day. After yesterday’s rough long run and TurboFire workout, I was ready to have a more laid back day. I still got up for my bootycall at 5:30a. I guess I’m already use to getting up at 5a because I was just awake by then. Plus, I actually went to bed before midnight last night – which is rare. I did Tone It Up’s Under the Sea X3 and Sun kissed Abs. I still had lots of time before waking the boys up for school so I went for a 2 mile walk.

When I came in to wake the boys up, Gio was awake but said he wasn’t feeling well. At first I thought he was just whining because he didn’t feel like going to school – yes, my 1st grader already tries to get out going to school :-/ – But I took his temperature and he did have a fever :-( So I kept him home. Luckily it’s Ben’s day off so he was able to help me with Gio.

My morning workout was doing Tone It Up’s Happy Hour Challenge: Favorite move from the Beach Babe DVD. I have several favorites but I decided to go with the Mermaid X20 – each side every hour. I started at 8a and ended at 10p. My obliques are already very sore.

Even though I was taking it easy, I wanted to do yesterday’s Bikini Series challenge – HIIT the Beach. It’s a short HIIT workout that worked up a pretty good sweat :-) I will probably do this one a lot because I can get a quick and decent workout in when I’m running short on time. I can repeat it if I want to make my workout longer.

Turbo Fire Day 81 – I saved Stretch40 the evening because I love doing this one before bed time. It really helps relax and stretch me out. My legs have been needing a good extended stretch and this felt absolutely amazing tonight. I could have easily fallen asleep during the mediation part :-) Even though I’m still sore in a few places, I don’t feel as tight and tense.

Doing a 2 min plank for plankaday then getting ready for bed. Early tball games tomorrow.


M1: Egg white scramble with tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach. Tried a half Meta-D half Bombshell Spell mix. I added the cayenne and cinnamon, left out the honey, didn’t use as much pineapple juice and added more water. It’s definitely not as sweet as the bombshell spell, but easier for me to handle than the Meta-D :-)

Half Meta-D/ Half Bombshell Spell

Went a little heavy on the veggies for breakfast today :-)

M2: Half a grapfruit w/ stevia

M3: Simple Shakeology: water, pineapple, and ice.

M4: PeanutButter and Dark Chocolate Kind Bar.

M5: Left over Salmon and Broccoli

100 oz. water.

Feeling the Bikini Bootcamp

BeachBody Day75 – Turbo Fire Rest Day

I could feel the Bikini Bootcamp workout from yesterday when I woke up this morning :-/ Sore legs and sore chest and I’m happy about it :-) It means that I really worked hard yesterday. I’ll have to do that one again soon. Despite being sore, I got up to do a 40min bootycall. I did Under the Seax3 and Beach Bumx3. These were tough with sore legs.

Morning workout was Bikini Abs and Bikini Booty from Tone It Up’s Beach Babe DVD :-)

Afternoon workout was a 5 mile run. Ended with a 3min plank.


M1: Chobani Honey with granola and chia seeds. This was the regular size and it was sooo filling.

Grown up Chobani :-)

M2: Half a grapefruit with stevia.

One of my Favorites!

M3: Chocolate Shakeology with unsweetened almond milk, spinach, and frozen blueberries.

M4: Almond Coconut Kind Bar.

M5: Salmon Patty topped with fresh pineapple, mushrooms, tomatoes, and avocado on top of spinach with a side of kale chips.

60 oz. of water and 1 Zico.

A Lazy Day

BeachBody Day68 – Turbo Fire Rest Day

Wednesday was a bit of a lazy day for me. I still got up to do my bootycall workout: Tone It Up’s Sand Castle X3set. I did 15 reps of each exercise. I was sore from my workouts yesterday and I could feel my sore muscles while I was working out.

After I dropped Gio off at school, it was time to do some homework with Seppe. I’ve been really making an effort to work with Seppe and get him ready for school. I had no motivation at all to workout. Instead of a morning workout, I took a nap and I didn’t want to get up at all. Maybe it’s PMS. I have no clue. I pulled myself out of bed because I didn’t want to be up all night long. I kept putting off my afternoon workout. I finally hit the gym before dinner. I did a short 15min HIIT on the bike. It’s the first Wednesday in a long time that I get to do my booty workouts (I’ve been doing long runs on Wednesdays lately). I’m tapering down before my 9 mile race on Sunday.

After the gym, I decided to do the Bikini Booty workout with Katrina from the Beach Babe DVD in honor of Hump Day :-) This really burned, especially after the HIIT on the bike. I also did a booty workout from BodyRockTv. It was a quick 3min one. I didn’t have a sand bag but I used my medicine ball instead. After the previous workouts, it really burned.

I ended with a 5min plank. I alternated positions in 30 sec intervals (hands, tummy tucks, hands, tummy tucks, side plank each side, hands, tummy tucks, elbows, hip dips).

Meals –

M1: Protein Pancake with cocoa almond butter and strawberries.

Had Protein Pancakes with my boys :-) So thrilled they like it.

M2: Bowl of grapes and Green Tea.

Snack time for Seppe: Larabar and an apple.

M3: Chicken, spinach, mushrooms, quinoa, bell peppers, tomatos, and avocado lettuce wrap with mango on the side.

This was very tasty :-)

M4: Luna bar.

M5: Teriyaki Salmon with quinoa, spinach, and mushroom mix.

Spinach and peas are about the only thing I have left that are green. Need to get to the grocery store asap!

80 oz. water. 1c. of green tea.

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BeachBody Day63 &Day64

I got so busy with getting ready for my first 10k and life in general that I didn’t have much time to blog. Trying to remember what I did last week is tough – especially when I didn’t write much down :-/ So I combining Friday(Day63) and Saturday(Day64).

Day63 – Friday: I was able to get up for my bootycall workout :-) It was really tough because I was worn out from yesterday and I really really wanted to sleep in.

It was Tone It Up’s Under the Sea workout x3 again :-) Can you tell I like it? Lol.

Got my ToneItUp Beach Babe DVD!!

I’ve also been busy getting my youngest prepped for Kindergarten. I honestly can’t believe that he starts this August. So I spend about a half hour every day working with him. I usually do my TurboFire workout right afterwards.

Turbo Fire Day 61 – It was fun to do Fire55EZ. I’ve got the routine down now so I focus on giving it my all. I kept it low impact during the Fire Drills though. I wanted to save my knees for my run.

I also managed to get to the gym and do a HIIT workout on the treadmill – Drop10 Engine Revver. Wanted to get one last run in :-)

2min work, 2min rest 8 rounds w/ 4 min cool down at Incline10

Ended with a quick 2min plank. I had a lot to do to get ready for our crazy Saturday. Plus my sister came to stay the night so I spent some time with her.

Meals: I really don’t remember everything I ate.

M1: Chobani Champions Vanilla Chocolate Chunk with Almond Butter and Chia seeds.

M2: Mango and Pineapple

Mango and Pineapple for M2.

M3: Can’t remember.

M4: Green Protein Shake.

Green Protein Shake: Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, Vanilla Protein Powders, Almond Butter and Spinach

M5: Trip Tip and Veggies.

Dinner: TriTip and Veggies

Day64 – Saturday: It was just a crazy day. I got up early to do my TurboFire workout because I knew I wouldn’t have time to do it later on.

TurboFire HIIT20

Turbo Fire Day 62: I intended to do my workout at the gym. I packed my laptop in my gym bag and headed out but the gate to our gym was broken :-( So I came home but the boys were already awake. To keep them quiet while my sister slept, I decided to work out in their room.  HIIT20 wasn’t the easiest to do early in the morning in the boys room but I managed. Kept everything low impact but high intensity.  This one goes by so fast. Sculpt30 was also a tricky to do in the boys room but the boys did a good job of staying out of the way.

Then it was time for their baseball games, traveling 2 hours to Sacramento, a birthday party, and then finally to Ben’s mom’s house. It was a really hot day in Sacramento so the boys and Ben went swimming as soon as we go to his mom’s house. The water was just a little too cold for me but I did sit back and enjoy the show.

I did do a 2 min plank before bed.

2min PlankADay

Meals –

M1: Starbucks spinach and feta wrap.

M2: Luna bar.

M3: Snapea Crisps – on the road.

M4: Birthday party food. I was starving by the time the food was done. BBQ chicken, a tiny bit of potato salad and macaroni salad, fruit, veggies, and a small piece of birthday cake :-)

M5: Tri-tip (again)  and chicken with brown rice.

At least 80 oz. of water. I was continuously drinking water because it was so hot but I was drinking bottled water and from a glass.

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Getting Ripped with Jillian

I did it! I completed Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 Dvd!! For the longest time, I was very intimidated by Jillian – even a little scared. lol. She is tough! I’ve tried a few of her workouts onDemand and always got discouraged. Part of it was that I was expecting too much of myself. I really wanted to be able to do the workouts as perfectly as possible. I blamed how tough her workouts were as the reason that I didn’t do well.

The truth was, I wasn’t ready. Physically and most importantly, mentally. I let my self doubts and excuses keep me from giving my workouts everything I had. Once I learned that I was the one who had control over how my workouts went, I had more success with my workouts. I decided in November to challenge myself to completing an entire Jillian Michael’s DVD.  I was very lucky to have a friend who send me Ripped in 30.

I actually started to last week of October with Week 1. I did the workouts for 6 days – taking  one day off (from the DVD but I did do other toning workouts). In between Week 1 and Week 2, I took a break while I was on vacation.  I started right back up  with Week 2 when I got back. I think my body was worn out from intense workouts prior to my vacation so the break actually helped me do better with Week 2.

I  Love this DVD.  I definitely got stronger – especially in my arms. I always started with the modified version or copying Jillian and worked towards the advanced versions.  I didn’t always get to the advanced version by the end of the week but I did do better in all the exercises. Jillian was funny and of course tough, but she was also very inspiring. A lot of of her closing words after each workout really had an effect on me. I’ve gone from fearing her to being inspired by her. I definitely want to make sure that I Show Up in my Life Every Day and give Everything in my Life the same dedication and focus that I give my workouts. Thank You Jillian!

Overview: Here’s a few of my favorite moves and how I did. This is Not the entire workouts – just small bits.

Every workout started with a warm up – then 20 min workout with 3 Circuits – ended with a cool down.

Week 1 – Favorite warm up was the Half Squat with Knee grab. Stretching and stabilizing.

Circuit 1: I stuck with the modified pushups but did the Advanced version of the Skaters. The Hollow Man was pretty tough even the modified version. I think I was able to keep my shoulders for about half the time.

Circuit 2: Love the good morning exercise and the running man. She had me laughing when she called it an “80’s Throwback” and to “Bring out the leg warmers.” I was able to to do the Side Plank with both feet straight but stayed on my elbows.

Circuit 3: I was able to increase my weights on the chair pose with rear fly and do the advanced version of the Single Leg Hop – although I can’t get as high as the girl did. I was able to do the advanced version of the reverse crunch with a regular crunch.

Week2: Love the Toe Tap to the Center and Down for the warm up.

Circuit 1: Pendulum lunges with Serving Biceps was a lot of fun. I worked up to the advanced version. Also did the advanced version of the plank jacks. My goal was to stay in plank for the whole 2 minute cardio session and I did! The opposite leg to opposite arm crunch was great :-)

Circuit 2: Did the advanced version of the Side Lunge with Leg Raise – great booty workout. Crow PushUps were really hard for me to do so I did the modified version. The Ab Extension and Hold were also really hard and I stayed with the modified version.

Circuit 3: Loved the single leg with a curl. I don’t think I got my leg as high as the advanced version but I worked on keeping my leg up and off the ground. The sit-up move at the end was tough. It took me the whole week to finally get the move right.

Week3: It gets intense with week 3. Even the warm up was tough.  The leg raise to knee raise to quad stretch definitely worked my balance.

Circuit 1: The bear crawl and duck walk was killer on my legs! She hammers the legs even more with squat jacks. I was already sweating before this circuit was even over. The plank tucks at the end were tough.

Circuit 2: Even more stability work with single leg squats with curls. The roll ups were a lot of fun to do. I worked up to keeping up with the advanced version :-) My heart raced during the squat jacks. I started with the modified version of the opposite arm opposite leg crunch and leg raise. Adding the weight makes a difference!

Circuit 3: She beat up my arms in this circuit. Pike pushups and single leg dips! I had to stick to the modified version for the split jumps. Those are killer on my knee. Her modification worked great because I still got a good work out without stressing my knees out. The pike ups were pretty hard for me so I kept to the modified version.

Circuit 4: I personally think this is about the same intensity as week 3. They were both pretty  intense workouts. The warm up had my favorite waist line crunches :-)

Circuit 1: Loved the yoga moves in the beginning. Leave it to Jillian to use yoga for strength training :-) Felt like a cheerleader doing the kicking jacks. Plank walks definitely work the core.

Circuit 2: For the pushup and renegade rows, I did as many as I could in plank then dropped to my knees when my arms got tired. Of course there had to burpees! lol. I made myself do the advanced version. I had to stick to the modified version of the v-ups though.

Circuit 3: One of my favorite things is how she always works multiple muscle groups like Single leg bootylifter with chest flies :-) I really like the double jump rope. The ab workout for this circuit is my favorite. It works everything. Sit Up, lay down, leg lift, toe touch, then back down.  I do it all the time outside of this DVD.

Of all the motivational/inspirational things she says in this DVD, what she says at the end of Week 4 really impacted me the most. I would lie there after the workout and listen to what she said every time.  “Inhale the possibilities…” “Exhale the self doubt…”

She also has a meal plan you can follow for the 30 days. I stuck with Tone It Up’s meal plan.

So if you couldn’t tell, I would recommend this DVD for anyone looking to get into shape. I recommend Amazon.com for a good price but you can find it at Target and anywhere workout DVD’s are sold. It’s great for any fitness level. Don’t let her intimidate you. She knows what she’s doing :-)  It’s all about the effort you put in that determines your results.