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BeachBody Day62 – Active Rest

Today was a fairly easy day for me – an Active rest day. I usually do cross training for my cardio to give my knees a break from running. It depends on how I’m feeling and today my knees were a little achy so I decided to keep my workouts low impact. Started with Tone It Up’s Under the Sea workout – 10reps X3 sets. You’ll see me doing this one a lot during the Bikini Series :-)

I had another quiet morning to myself after dropping the boys off to school. Ben is still on his alternate work schedule while we wait for his medical to be cleared so he wasn’t home either.  The workout challenge for the Bikini Series today was to do the Bikini Strap workout from last year’s series :-) I was more than happy to do it because it is my favorite workout from last year.  I still do it a lot for bootycalls. I did 15reps X 3sets. I added a 6lb. medicine ball to the Thigh Slimming Squats for some resistance. I also used the medicine ball for the Waistline V-Sit Twists. I’ve improved since last year. I was able to keep my feet off the ground during the Upper Chest and Shoulder Press and during the V-Sit Twists :-) I also started the Ultimate Arm and Back Toner with 5 regular pushups. Doing regular pushups instead of modified ones really makes a difference! I’m hoping that I’ll be able to do 10-15 all regular pushups one day :-) Then it was time for some Turbo Fire.

Turbo Fire Day 60 – It was HIIT15 and Tone 30 today.  I followed the low impact moves but  modified the tuck jumps. I wanted to push myself but take it easy on my knees at the same time. I did modified jacks the first set but realized that I could do regular jacks fine without my knees hurting too badly so I stuck with normal jacks for the rest of the workout.  I also modified the Star Jacks because those were harder on my knees. My favorite is the last combo – even modifying all the tuck jumps at the end got my heart racing. Tone30 was tough on my shoulders today – probably because they were already worked from the Bikini Strap workout.

For my afternoon workout I did the Bikini Series workout challenge from yesterday – the Drop10 Engine Revver.  This one would have been perfect to do on the treadmill but I went with the elliptical to keep it low impact.  I make sure that during the work interval – I’m working.  I used a different machine than I normally do because the one I like to use was already in use when I got to the gym… don’t you hate when that happens? lol.  I put the resistance and incline at 10 for the work and lowered them to 5 for the rest intervals. I was sweaty mess afterwards and loved it.

Only 2 more rounds to go! Snapped a pic during the Rest interval of the 7th round.

Engine Revver Done! 36 minutes w/ a 5min cool down.

Another reason I took it easy today is because I decided to do my first 10K with a friend of mine this weekend. I haven’t been specifically training for it because I’ve been so focused on Big Sur.  But I figure if I can run 9miles, I can run 6miles.  Since I did a super long run yesterday, I know that I have to give my legs and knees a break so I can do have a decent run on Sunday.

Did something different for my PlankADay. My TIU sister Emma (@Roxyfull) posted her plank routine for BeachBabe Abs on twitter: 1min plank, 1min tummy tuck alternating for 5 minutes. I consider myself a fairly fit person and I’ve done 5min planks alternating but usually with more than 2 positions. This routine sounded pretty good and I figured it’d be a great way to end my night.  I was not prepared to sweat as much as I did. Lol. My shoulders were killing me the whole time but I pushed through. Doing tummy tucks for a minute after holding plank for a minute – burns!! My whole body was shaking at the end. Thanks for a great ab workout Emma! I’m going to be doing it a lot :-)

New Plank routine from @Roxyfull (Emma) - It Burns!

Meals – Completely obsessed with mangos today :-)

M1: Egg white Scramble w/ spinach, tomatoes, and mushrooms.

Egg White Scramble

M2: A whole mango :-) I was so excited that they were ripe and ready to eat.

I Love Mangos!

M3: Salad w/ left over Panko Chicken, spinach, cucumbers, carrots and tomatoes with a side of mango.  I only used part of the mango for the salad but I would have eaten another whole one :-)

A very yummy lunch - more mangos :-)

M4: Almond Coconut Kind bar and a Zico.

M5: Salmon Burger patty on top of Spinach, bell peppers, and mushrooms topped with fresh pineapple. This was sooooo good. Salmon and pineapple taste great together :-)

Amazing dinner! Pineapple on top was soooo good :-)

80 oz. of water, 1 Zico and 1c. of Green tea.

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BeachBody Day59 – Visualize

Finally caught up on my Beach Body posts :-) I was able to get up early even though I was still wanted to stay in bed. I decided to weigh and measure myself because it was the end of the 8 weeks for TurboFire and the beginning of the Bikini Series. I knew that it wouldn’t be lower than the last time because I did take a couple weeks off from working out and I am on my period :-/ That always affects my measurements. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

Week 8 –

Weight – 109.4 lbs

Waist – 25 inches

Hips – 33 inches

Thighs – 18 inches

Calves – 13.5 inches

Arms – 9.5 inches

Even though my weight is heavier – and I knew it would be. My measurements didn’t change much from the last time.  Not bad considering I spent two weeks eating out a lot and even enjoyed some cheesecake :-p

Today’s challenge was to do the Drop10 Toning and PlateauBuster workouts. I did the Drop10 x3 for my bootycall. It was a great way to wake up.  After dropping Gio off to school and taking Seppe to speech therapy it was Turbo time.

Turbo Fire Day 57 – First day of a month long of HIITs. Today was HIIT15/Sculpt30. The HIIT workout was tough – especially the last one. Lots of tuck jumps and it was hard for me to keep up. I tried to do all the jumps but I think it would have been better if I had done the modified version at the end. I was definitely out of breath at the end.  My biceps are sore from Sculpt30. I made sure to stick to the tougher resistance when doing the curls. Pushups were kind of hard for me today but I think it was just because I was tired from the HIIT. lol.

I was on a different schedule with my Drop10 workouts but for some reason last week, I stopped getting the emails that told me what workout was next. I had already done Plateau Buster on the treadmill last week but I decided to do it again.  I wanted to hit the treadmill but the two that my apartments had were broken so I did it on the elliptical instead.  I raised the resistance to 12 for the 3min interval and lowered in to 8 for the 2min interval.  If you have the resistance high enough, you will sweat with this workout :-) As usual, I end with my PlankADay – 2min.

PlateauBuster on Elliptical

Used GymBoss timer App this time :-)

Another Bikini Series challenge for today was to make a Vision Board for the next 8 weeks. I focused on quotes that motivated me and on people who inspired me – of course I had Karena, Katrina, and Chalene on my board :-) I use to think these were kind of pointless since I write my goals down and that’s good enough for me. But after making one and Seeing what I want to focus on, I see how helpful it is and I’m glad that I made one :-)  I’m not much of a cut out from magazine kind of person so I used my iPhone to make my vision board. I also made it my wall paper on my phone so I can be reminded of my goals every time I look at my phone – which is a lot! lol.

Vision Board created on my iPhone :-)

Meals –

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

M2: Shakeology with spinach, blueberries, and peanut butter.

Enjoying my Shakeology after my TurboFire workouts.

M3: Tried out Trader Joes Chickenless Strips in a salad – spinach, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, carrots, and cucumber. Small amount of raspberry vinaigrette.

Chicken-less Strips - Not too bad. Actually has a chicken texture to it.

Yummy Salad

M4: Luna bar.

M5: Quinoa, chickenless strips, spinach, tomatoes, black beans, red kidney beans, and avocado mixed together with broccoli on top. Back to my Meatless Mondays :-)

Quinoa mix Bowl with Broccoli on top.

80 oz. water. Forgot my green tea again :-/ Not doing too well with that goal – gotta really start making an effort.

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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.