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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 Day20/21

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May 17/18, 2014

When is my weekend not busy? Even though I took a rest day on Saturday from working out, it was still a jam packed day. I did enjoy sleeping in for a little bit Saturday morning. It was nice until the boys started fighting. I made them breakfast: banana/egg pancakes with maple syrup and chicken apple sausage. I had the same :-) Meals Saturday were a bit sporadic. Boys had games at the same time so I was back and forth for half of Gio’s game. His team had their first round of playoffs. I usually take a ton if pics but this game, I sat with the other moms and enjoyed the snacks one of the ladies brought. I enjoyed hummus, crackers, carrots, and fruit. It was a stressful game with us being down 4runs through the first 4innings. The 4th and 5th innings were great for us and we won 7-4!!! After having lunch (quinoa and 3fried eggs) we headed out to the Great Mall. We walked through the whole thing. It took us at over an hour. We stopped and got Gio some new shoes at Nike. I got a pair too :-) We also picked up more hand soaps. Be picked up new shoes. The only person who didn’t want anything or asked for anything was Seppe. He was such a good boy. All he wanted to do was see the Godzilla movie. We got home late Saturday and I almost didn’t make dinner because I was so worn out. I made Trader Joes Orange Chicken then fell asleep on the couch. It happened to be the first day of my period and I am always extremely fatigued. It was probably one the few nights I was in bed before 11p.

I got up Sunday morning ready to do my long run. My legs felt great. They were pretty sore Saturday and I was glad that giving them a rest helped make them feel better. My new Asics felt much better after the first couple miles. I guess they just needed to be broken in first. I’m not use to that because my usual running shoes feel great right away. I’m glad these shoe worked out because I really like them. My run went great. We had a fun day planned for the boys after Gio’s practice but Gio almost ruined it with his bad attitude. Seppe was so upset with Gio because he thought we were going to cancel taking him to see his movie. Luckily Gio got his act together and we went into the city to watch the Godzilla movie. Yes, I had popcorn and chocolate raisins. Ben survived on water and his Ensure juice. Poor guy. Seppe loved the movie. No dinner Sunday because we were all stuffed from the junk at the theaters. I did a round of BikiniBody and my plank before taking a long shower and heading to bed.

Bikini Series Day19

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May 16, 2014

Workouts:
1.4 mile bootycall walk
10min Stairmaster warm up – 40sec speed intervals
Leg workout:
Smith Machine Squats 115lbs 10 x 3
Smith Machine Split Lunges 65lbs 10 x 3 each leg
90’s Leg Press 90lbs
DeadLifts 95lbs 10 x 3
Glute Pushdowns 94lbs 12 x 3
Leg Extensions 65lbs 8 x 4
Lying Leg Curls 60lbs 8 x 4
Hip Abduction 90lbs 10 x 3
Hip Adduction 90lbs 10 x 3
Biker Babes Cardio 9miles/3 = 3miles for 150bysummer
Love Your Body With Yoga
2min plank

Meals:
M1: egg whites, banana, honey chia toast with cocoa almd butter and half an apple Chk sausage. I only had half a slice of toast because Seppe ate the other half.
M2: larabar and zico
M3: last of my pesto quinoa/shrimp mix and some Gluten free cookies
M4: PerfectFit Bar plus a few pretzels and circus animal cookies while at the baseball park for two hours with back to back practices for the boys.
M5: Turkey meatballs and oven roasted Brussel sprouts

I was feeling a little lazy in the morning but I got up and do my walk. I went in the reverse direction and it was faster because the uphill wasn’t as long. I did jog the down hills parts because it’s easier not to resist gravity.

Got to the gym and warmed up on the stairmaster then hit the weight room. It felt good to lift heavy. I did the BikerBabes routine on the stationary bikes in the cardio room.

Did some grocery shopping for the boys’ games on Saturday and found some gluten free cookies I wanted to try. They were ok but I’d rather make my own. I was having a sweet tooth craving at the moment and the cookies didn’t do that great of a job is satisfying it. Finished the last of my pesto shrimp/quinoa mix. I was a little sad because this was soooo yummy. We had back to back practices for the boys at night. I didn’t have lots of energy to make a late dinner when we got home but I didn’t want fast food. My go to for quick dinners is Trader Joes Turkey meatballs and broccoli. No one complains about it and I don’t have to listen to whining. I was short 3 oz on my water goal so I’m happy.

Sunset Challenge: My reward will be sleeping in on Saturday :-) I need to schedule a haircut badly, but it’s been hard to find free time. Pampering myself these days means getting to take a long uninterrupted shower. I just keep telling myself that the TIU retreat will be my vacation :-) I just have to hang in there.

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 :-)

Bikini Series Day15

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May 12, 2014

Workouts:
Legs:
Leg Extensions 10 x 3 65lbs
Leg Curls 10 x 3 65lbs
Glute Pushdowns 12 x 3 94lbs
Plyo Leg Jumps 10 x 5 to Single Leg Jumps 20 x 5 85lbs

1hr 15min Kickboxing class – used 10lb dumbbells for boot camp part

BikiniBody x 3
2min plank

Meals:
M1- egg whites, strawberries, banana
M2 – larabar and grapes
M3 – Lettuce wraps with refried beans, quinoa, avocado and ground turkey topped with cherry tomatoes. Also had a few snapea crisps
M4: Kind bar
M5: Pesto Shrimp and Quinoa stuffed bell pepper

I didn’t get up for a bootycall today. I went to bed late on Sunday so it was tough to even get up this morning. I decided I’d go to kickboxing to make up for it. Went to the weight room first for a quick leg workout. Kickboxing is one of my favorite classes. All the kicks, jumps and squats gave my legs even more of a workout. She does a short boot camp and core work at the end of class so it’s a great total body workout.
Ran to the store to pick Ben up some broth, juice and jello. That’s all he came eat right now. Had to help out in Seppe’s class for an art project then came home to eat a quick lunch. I basically put a bunch of leftovers together and put them inside a lettuce leaf. Dinner was my favorite. I made it yesterday and I couldn’t wait to eat it. It tasted just as good as I thought it would. I have extra of the filling so I can make more or just eat the filling :-)
Did 3 rounds of the Bikini Body workout and my plank after the boys went to bed. Did ok with my water. It’s heating up here so I need to make sure I stay hydrated. It’s going to be a busy day tomorrow so I’m off to bed so I don’t skip my bootycall tomorrow.

BikiniSeries Day13-14

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May 10/11, 2014

Another busy weekend. I am so grateful for Ben’s dad, Gene for being here. I don’t think I would have survived without his help.

Ben was still in the hospital Saturday. I had stayed until midnight on Friday with him and I went back to the hospital first thing Sat morning. He was looking better and walking around but still in a lot of pain. I had to pick up snacks for the boys’ baseball games, then went to Seppe’s game. Seppe was bummed Ben couldn’t be there. We had lunch then I dropped Seppe off at a birthday party and Gene took Gio to hospital to visit with Ben. We hung out until Gio’s game. I had to leave early to pick Seppe up from the party but I also had snack duty. Gene was able to stay and help hand out snacks and took Gio to visit Ben.

Ben wanted come home Sat night but they wanted to keep him another night. I went back to stay with him after I put the boys to bed. I did yoga and my plank before heading back to the hospital. Ben fell asleep soon after they have him more pain meds.

I got home late and fell asleep quickly but got woken up a couple hours later by Seppe. His stomach hurt and he wound up throwing up. He slept with me and it was not that comfortable. I got up to run but I was too tired so I decided to rest for the morning. Boys made me gifts for Mother’s Day. Seppe made a recipe book with recipes from all the continents and Gio a necklace. He later made me a journal to write in. They were both pretty good for me.

I went to the hospital after getting up to pick Ben up. We waited an hour for them to discharge him. He’s happy to be home. We set up the air mattress in the living room so he could lay down without having to turn his neck to see the tv. We had issues getting his prescription from the pharmacy. He got the hospital to sort it out. He’s doing well minus being cranky because he can’t eat anything besides broth and juice :-(

I went on a long run after my nap. Had a tummy ache at the half way point but I was able to finish. It was really windy out but it actually felt great. The run really helped make me feel better. I was feeling stressed out from the weekend. Plank to end my night. Ben is going to be home for a few weeks so I should be able to get my workouts in.

Meals weren’t that great this weekend. I skipped some meals and did not stay hydrated. I was just trying not to go crazy. Yoga and running helped me. I’m just glad that Ben is finally home and that I don’t have to go to the hospital anymore.

Spent Mother’s Day with my boys. Called my mom and had a nice talk. I’m grateful for all her sacrifices. I might not have agreed with her decisions but I know that if she hadn’t made them, I wouldn’t have the life I have.

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Bikini Series Day11

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I’m writing this tonight in the hospital. Ben had surgery this morning. All went well and he is recovering. He will be here overnight and probably tomorrow too. Even though he is still sleeping most of the time, I don’t want him to be all alone.

My day has revolved around Ben being in the hospital. I was able to get up early and get a run in before having to get the boys up early to drop Ben off. Took the boys to Starbucks for breakfast since we had 30min before they had to be at school. Then I went back to the hospital to wait with Ben. His surgery was suppose to start at 9:15a – he had to be there at 7:45a. They came in around 9a and said there was a 45min delay… We didn’t see anyone again until almost 11! He finally got taken to the OR at 11:30a. I went home and did 3 rounds of Kat’s Kettlebell workout. I used the 20lb Kettlebell for all the exercises except for the plank rows because it was too tall. I guess now that I think about it I could have elevated my plank. Oh well. Next time.

I cleaned up the house then went back to the hospital to wait for Ben to get out of surgery. I wanted to make sure I was there to talk to the doctor. I was so relieved when he told me that everything went well. Ben’s hernia was pretty big and was actually in his chest. This should be the last time he will need this procedure. Hoping this motivates him to get healthy.

After talking with the doctor, I had to go pick up the boys from school. I had just enough time to eat lunch in the car before they got out. Gio had baseball lessons right after school. By the time his lesson ended, Ben’s dad had arrived and we met him for dinner at Red Robin. Then, we headed to the hospital to visit Ben and see if he had woken up yet.

The boys left him notes telling them they love him and hope he feels better soon. They were both very good and stayed quiet so Ben could rest.

Took the boys home and had them finish homework. I tucked them in, did my plank, and now I’m back at the hospital. It’s been a long day. But I’m glad I was able to squeeze in a quick workout.

Meals –
M1: banana and Starbucks spinach gets wrap
M2: Larabar
M3: Half a Sandwich frm Mr. Pickles and strawberries. This was actually left over from a lunch Ben bought yesterday.
Skipped M4 :-(
M5: California Chk Sandwich at Red Robin lettuce wrapped with no mayo. I usually get it with no cheese but I didn’t realize that it came with cheese.
Confession time: Gio ordered a mid pie for dessert and I had a few bites. It was like a drug hitting my system because after that fest bite, I wanted more! I think part of it was also me dealing with the stress from my day. I’ll work extra hard tomorrow!
Didn’t make my water goal either :-(
Water is always the first thing I drop the ball on when my day gets hectic. I need to set alarms during the day to remind me to drink water.

Sunset Challenge: Stop, Drop & Make a List for all the things I’m grateful for:
– Modern medicine for being able to save Ben’s life.
– Ben the love of my life and my dream come true.
– My boys: even though they drive me crazy, they are my world and make me a better person.
– My mother for her sacrifices to give me a better life than she had
– My dad who raised me and my brother as his own
– My second mom, Chris who helped me get through high school
– ToneItUp for helping me change my life and get healthy and fit
– Every sunrise that shows me that there is always a new day and a new opportunity
– My grandparents for being an example of everlasting love and how I hope my marriage will be
– All my tiusisters who motivate me everyday
– social media that helps me connect to friends and family all around the world
– My brother and all those in the military who fight for our freedoms
– All my friends. Each and every one has taught me something and has touched my heart.

I think we spend a lot of time focusing on things we don’t have. Taking time out to make a list like this helps me realize that there is so much I already have and am grateful for. I could go on with my list. As crazy as Life gets for me, I am happy :-)

Bikini Series Day10

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May 7, 2014 –

No bootycall today. I needed to get some rest. I had a good intense workout at the gym to make up for it.

Wednesdays are always dedicated to the booty ;-) Started with a 10min warmup on the stairmaster. Legs felt it right away. Then, off to the weight room.
Leg Extensions 10 x 3 – 65lbs
Single Leg Lying Leg Curl to Lying Leg Curl – 10 x 3 20/50 – I would do 10 on each leg at the lower weight and then 10 on the higher weight
Squats on Smith Machine – 10 x 3 115
Plyo Leg Press Jumps to Single Leg Plyo Jumps on Leg Press Machine – 10 x 5 and 20 x 5 75lbs – I did the 10 jumps first then switched to single leg and alternated for 20 reps. No weight change. This burned the booty!
Followed it with Bikini Cardio on the treadmill. This was tough. My legs were tired and I wanted to stop so many times. I hardly ever do anything longer than 30mim on the treadmill. It was definitely a mental battle. I felt good when I was done and I’m glad it finished. I was pretty worn out afterwards.

I came home, showered and relaxed for a little bit. Boys get out early on Wednesdays so I didn’t have too much “free” time. Dealing with Gio’s bad behavior at school put a damper on my day. I don’t know what to do with him sometimes.

Couldn’t wait to go to volleyball to get away. It was a rough night. My team only won out first couple games and then lost the rest of the night :-( I could serve overhand again but my passing was horrible. It frustrated me. I’ll have to practice so I can be better. Passing is the most important thing in volleyball.

Did my plank and 2 rounds of Surfers Paradise when I got home.

Meals –
M1: eggs/egg whites, banana and strawberries
M2: Zico and cherries
M3: quinoa, broccoli and turkey meatballs
M4: Chk and string beans and Broccoli Beef
M5: PerfectFit Bar

My meals were too far apart today. Ben has surgery tomorrow for his stomach so he won’t be able to eat solids for a while. He wanted to have some Chinese for dinner. I was able to stay away from the rice and ate as much of the green beans and broccoli. I met my water goal :-)

Took time out to look over my goals. I think I’m happy with them right now so I’m not changing anything. I spent some time visualizing and seeing myself accomplishing them. I am a bit stressed over Gio’s behavior and Ben’s surgery. I took time to meditate. I focused on my breathing and let go of the stress – at least for a little while. Focusing on positive thoughts.

BikiniSeries Day9

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May 6, 2014

I was Not in the mood to do anything today. I didn’t want to get up. I was still so tired when my alarm went off. All I wanted to do was stay in bed. But I didn’t.
Got up and did HIIT the Beach II. It was tough for me. I was tired and sore from my intense leg day on Monday. I got through it and got some energy. I dropped the boys off and went to the gym for spin. I didn’t think I’d be able to keep up but I did alright. Worked up a good sweat as usual. It wore me out.
Decided to save the rest of my workouts for later and get some stuff done around the house.
Finished up grocery shopping, prepped food, and cleaned up the house a bit. Started laundry and dishes. There’s no really finishing laundry or dishes. There’s always more to do.

I crashed after picking the boys up from school. It wasn’t that great of a nap because the boys were fighting. Had to get up and play referee.
Did the new BikiniBooty workout, SexyArms from zbodyfitnessinc, Sunset Workout, and plank right after putting the boys to bed. I thought about skipping the arm workout but I figured I needed to get back to working out my arms. I love Zoey’s arm workout and she has a great boy workout too. Definitely go and check her out!
The Sunset workout felt great. I really need to stretch more.

Meals –
M1: egg whites and banana
M2: Perfect Fit Bar and Zico
M3: Pesto Pasta, Chk apple sausage, Brussel sprouts and spinach
M4: Turkey jerky
M5: TJ’s Tempura Chk and broccol
Dessert – grapes
Met my water goal today :-)
I’m pretty happy about meals today. I was really craving chocolate badly but I was able to stop myself from buying a bag of choc pretzels :-) It’s getting easier to resist the junk and sweets. I take it one day at a time.