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It’s May Already?!

BeachBody Day74

I really can’t believe that it’s already May!! The year is almost half over :-/ Where did the time go? I swear it feels like 2012 just started. Lol. I guess I’m having fun cuz time sure is flying :-)

I went back to my usual today. I could have taken another easy day. But for me, if I allow myself to slack, I just kind of spiral downward. lol. So I kicked myself in the butt and got to it today. Bootycall was the Drop10 SculptingX3. It was my kid free/Ben free morning :-) I did relax for a little bit before heading out for a 3 mile run. It felt great to run. My legs were happy that there weren’t any hills.

Turbo Fire Day 72 – After my run, I did Fire45 :-) You should know by now that it’s my favorite. I did all the tuck jumps! I really wish I had a heart rate monitor to keep track of my calories burned because I went all out today.

Afternoon workout was the new Tone It Up LiveStrong Bikini Bootcamp. OMG!! This was a workout!!! I decided to do 7 rounds and thought I’d do another workout afterwards. After that last beep,  I was done! Plyometrics is hard for me to do with my knees but the only exercise that was really hard were the lunge jumps.  Those were more like lunge skips but I still worked my legs. I will definitely be feeling this tomorrow.

Interval Timer for Tone It Up’s Bikini Bootcamp

All done with 7 rounds of Bikini Bootcamp!

Ending with a 5min plank and 25 pushups :-)

Meals:

M1 – Egg white scramble.

M2: Half a grapefruit w/ stevia.

M3: Left over Brown Rice Spaghetti with turkey spinach red sauce – again. I wanted to finish it off.

M4: Almond Nut Thins and Olive Tapenade.

Crunchy snack :-)

M5: Left over Teriyaki Salmon with Broccoli and brussel sprouts.

Salmon and Greens :-)

60 oz. water and a Zico.

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Dragging my Feet

BeachBody Day67 (Tuesday)

I had to really fore myself to work out today. Don’t know if it’s because I’m tired or in a bad mood :-/ Feeling a little overwhelmed with Life right now. I’m behind on my blog and doing videos for my boy’s tball games. There is just never enough time.

Picked up the May issue of SELF and some Kind Bars :-)

The one things I don’t budge on is getting my workouts in. I dragged myself out of bed at 6a and did the new Tone It Up Sculpting workout for the Self Magazine Drop10 Diet. I did 12reps x2 sets.

8 New Sculpting Moves

I had some time for myself but instead of spending 2 hours working out I ran errands. I really wanted to just go back to bed and enjoy the peace and quiet but I made myself do my TurboFire workout.

Turbo Fire Day 65 – I may not have wanted to workout but Fire45 always puts me in a good mood. I forgot about my worries and just got a good sweat on. I did all the jumps and did pretty good on the fire drills. I also did Stretch10. It really helps relax me after working out.

The rest of the day wasn’t all that great. I didn’t want to workout anymore. I jut wanted to sleep but there was really no time to. I was just a bit grouchy. I finally went out for a run before dinner. It’s amazing how a good run can clear my mind and get me in a better mood. Followed it with Tone It Up’s new Beach Ball workout. I didn’t have an 8lb ball so I used my 6lb ball and did 15reps x3 sets. As usual, end with a plank – 2min. I’m glad today is over.

My time for the new Beach Ball workout - 3 rounds - 15 reps each.

Meals-
M1: Cinn apple oatmeal with fresh apples, cocoa almond butter, and chia seeds.

Just a small amount of cocoa almond butter gives a hint of chocolate and still lets you taste the Apple Cinnamon flavor :-)

M2: handful of almonds and a small bowl of grapes.

My favorite nut :-)

M3: Avocado Egg Salad with tomato, carrots and cucumber wrapped in lettuce with as slice of mango.

SELF's Avocado Egg Salad recipe in lettuce wraps :-)

M4: Luna bar and a handful of grapes.

M5: Garlic Lime chicken with green beans, quinoa and corn.

New Garlic Lime Chicken recipe I tried.

80 oz. water.

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BeachBody Day60 & Day61 – Personal Bests

I was so exhausted from my workouts yesterday that I didn’t have energy to do anything after putting the boys to bed. I’m glad that I took the night off.  I think it really helped me with my run today.

Day60 – Tuesday has become my prep day for my long run on Wednesday.  Decided to do the Surfer Girl workout for my bootycall. What a workout! Legs burned. I probably won’t do this one for a bootycall again because there was some jumping involved.  I live on the top floor of an apartment complex so I have to be quieter early in the morning.

Dropped both boys at school and with Ben at work, I had the whole place to myself :-) I decided to pretty much work out the whole time. lol. Started with a 5k run. I meant to just go at an easy pace but I wound up setting a new personal best for training. I didn’t even feel like I was going all that fast. I’m giving credit to the Drop10 Plateau Buster workout I’ve done :-) I’ve been pushing myself during the HIITs and it’s paying off!

5K run to warmup.

Then it was time for the Bikini Series challenge – the new Under the Sea workout. I was really looking forward to doing it. It really worked my legs out. Did 10 reps each X 3 sets. My favorite move was the crab crunch – even though it was also the toughest one for me to do for some reason. This is perfect for a bootycall workout for me :-) And I’ll probably be doing it a lot during the Bikini Series.

Turbo Fire Day 58 – I still had plenty of time to do my Turbo Fire workout before having to pick Seppe up. I almost decided to put it off for my afternoon workout but it was Fire45 – my favorite so I went for it. It was better that I did it in the morning because I didn’t have to worry about getting interrupted. Fire45 is more like dancing for me than a workout. The music is great and the moves are so much fun.  I also did Stretch10 afterwards. I’m so glad I did because it felt great after all the workouts.  I spent about 2 hours working out in the morning and enjoyed every minute.

I was pretty worn out by the afternoon but I decided to take the whole family out for a walk after dinner.  The boys needed to get rid of some energy and I wanted to get Ben a little more active again.  He’s recovered from his procedure but he’s so hesitant to do any exercise because he’s worried about his stomach. He even did a little jogging while we were out. It was good for all of us.

Following Daddy.

Sunset on our way home.

I spent a good 15-20 min foam rolling my legs – especially my calves which were really tight.  It hurt so good.  There was some really painful parts but it was all worth it.  My legs felt so much better afterwards. Ended with my 2 min plank.

Meals –

M1: FlaxPlus Oatmeal w/ unsweetened almond milk, cocoa almond butter, chia seeds, and extra raisins.

M2: Apple

M3: Shakeology with spinac, Zico, pineapple, avocado, and mango

Love putting spinach in my shakes :-)

M4: Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew Chew Kind Bar

M5: Brown rice, Sweet and sour chicken and broccoli

yummy dinner. stuck to one serving :-)

80 oz. water and 1 Zico.

Day 61 – Turbo Fire Rest Day. I skip bootycall workouts on Wednesdays. Not that I get to sleep in much. I was up at 7a. Still felt really tired. Walked the Gio to school with Seppe and walked back. I had a slightly bigger meal 2 because I wanted to fuel up for my run.  I wouldn’t be able to do it after Gio got out of school because that’s when Ben would be home. I was worried that it would be really hot for me since it would be so much later in the day. Luckily, I live in the a very windy part of the bay area. It made running at 3pm much more comfortable. I saved today’s Bikini Series challenge – doing the Drop10 Engine Revver – for tomorrow.

Hoping to do close to this time at my actual race in Big Sur next Sunday.

My run went much better than last week. Set personal best in my 9 mile training :-) This is the last time I’ll be doing 9 miles before my Big Sur race next weakend. I doubt that I’ll be able to do as well at the actual race. I’ve heard that Big Sur is a pretty demanding course. We’ll see how it goes. I’d just like to finish the race without stopping.

I wanted to do arms and abs but the run took a lot out of me. I think the sun had a little to do with it too.  Even though it was nice and windy, it was also pretty sunny.  I made sure to wear sun block but the sun does take toll on me when I’m out there that long. Going to end with my usual 2min plank. I am going rest so I can kick it into high gear tomorrow.

Meals –

M1: Chobani Champions Chocolate chunk with chia seeds, almond butter, and granola.

M2: Egg whites, brown rice and black beans. I know a weird combo right? lol. I’ve been really loving black beans lately and it just sounded so good that I decided to add it to my brown rice.  It was really good :-)

M3: Left over of my Quinoa, black beans, veggies, and chicken-less mix. I was going to make a wrap but my brown rice wraps were all molded :-(

M4: Luna bar and Chocolate Zico – my absolute favorite post run snack. It’s my treat to myself when I do long runs.

The Best Post Run Snack.

M5: Panko Chicken and cabbage, bell pepper, tomato, and mushroom mix. I wanted broccoli but I’m all out of that too. Time to go grocery shopping and restock my veggies.

60 oz. of water, 2 Zicos, and 1c. of green tea :-) Finally got my green tea in.

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BeachBody Challenge Day50

I’ve decided to take Saturdays off from blogging/social networking. It’s a busy day for me with the boy’s tball games and I like to enjoy the day with my family without worrying about my blog, Twitter, and Facebook. As much as I love being online, I think it’s good to unplug and focus on what is most important :-)

But since, it’s Sunday – I’ve plugged back in. lol. Yesterday wasn’t too bad of a day. I enjoyed sleeping in. I tried out Kale Chips for the first time. Yum!! And Ben liked them too so I will definitely be making more :-) I also prepped a kale salad using the salad dressing from Karena’s recipe.  I would have loved to make the exact one they have on their blog but I didn’t have all the ingredients. I put in what I had and I’m looking forward to having it for dinner tonight.

1st Time making Kale Chips - success!

Salad prepped for Sunday dinner: Kale, carrots, tomatoes, kidney beans, and black beans.

Workouts:

Mad Abs March Day 24 – 37 pushups!! Yikes! I’m actually sore from it today.

Went for a 4 mile run.

Easy pace for my run.

Can you tell that I got rained on?

Ben and the boys at the spa while it rained.

Tone It Up’s Self Magazine Drop10 Toning Workout – used 5lb. weights and a 10lb.Kettlebell. I was going to use my usual 6lb. medicine ball but Gio convinced me to use the heavier kettle bell for a challenge.

Turbo Fire Day 48 – Fire45 is more like a dance party to me than a workout.  This has the Best music and is so much fun!! I’m always singing “Boom I Got Your Boyfriend” for the rest of the day :-) I really wish I could get the soundtrack to these workouts to have on my iPhone.  I’d probably bust out doing the moves when I hear it.

2 min plank – 30 second on hands, 30 second each side, 30 seconds on hands. I really didn’t feel like doing it but I made myself.  Doing these PlankADays has really helped my core and if I skip more than one day, I’ll keep on skipping. Gotta stay on top of it.

Meals:

M1 – Mini Luna bar. Needed to put something in my stomach since I slept in.

M2 – 2 Buckwheat Banana Pancakes with Maple Syrup and 4 Apple Chicken Sausages.

Smile :-)

When I'm craving syrup for my pancakes I turn to TJ's Organic Maple Syrup.

M3 – Left over Trader Joe’s Turkey Chili with Beans on top of Brown Rice with spinach added in.

Warmed up the Brown rice and Chili, added spinach and mixed. The heat softened the spinach up.

M4 – Peanut and Dark Chocolate Kind Bar.

M5 – Quinoa with Turkey and Spinach Red Sauce

60 o.z of water and 1 Zico.

BeachBody Challenge Day43

Saturday was another family day.  Since the boys T-Ball games got cancelled because of the rainy weather, I decided that we would go with my brother to my Aunt’s house to visit with the rest of my family. It’s always nice to see my Aunt, Grandparents, Dad and Sister.  My aunt prepared a great lunch that was really healthy too :-) I would have liked Ben to have been there, but he wasn’t feeling well so he stayed home.  It did give us more time to spend with my family though because we didn’t have to rush back to get Bent to work like we originally planned.  The boys were fairly well behaved and I enjoyed sitting and talking with everyone :-) My aunt, sister and I talked a little bit about our upcoming Big Sur Race. We’re all excited about it and training hard for it. The boys had a great time and I really want to make an effort to have the them spend more time with my grandpa and my dad. I learned a lot from these two and I hope that my boys can learn from them too.

My boys Love their Grandpa Dan

I did get my workouts in.

Bootycall was  Day17 of MadAbs Mach – 35sec side plank, 35 crunches, and 29 pushups – these was the hardest so far. I did these very slowly at the end. Followed it with a 3 mile run. Thought my brother would join me but he was still sleeping when I went out. lol.

Turbo Fire Day41 – I did Fire45 after getting back from visiting with my family.  The boys were a little worn out so they relaxed in my room with a movie while  I worked out.  I really look forward to doing this workout.  I love the music and the moves. It’s 45 minutes of pure fun for me :-)

Meals – I did alright.  Didn’t get all 5 meals in and I didn’t stay as hydrated as I would have liked. I always slack on my water when I wind up traveling somewhere :-/

M1: Chobani champions with almond butter and chia seeds.

M2: Skipped – I was in a bit of a rush trying to get the boys ready and myself ready to head to my aunt’s in time for lunch.

M3: My aunt made Cream of Broccoli soup but with avocado instead of cream.  It was sooo  good. I also had some tortilla chips with a few of her dips she made. She had a clam, bean, and spinach dip.

Cream of Broccoli - made with avocado instead of cream :-)

Tortilla chips w/ small amounts of dips - Clam, White Bean, and Spinach.

M4: My boys took apart their sandwiches and just ate the turkey inside so I took their pieces of bread and topped it with my aunt’s spinach dip (made with greek yogurt) and put 2 bell peppers on top.

Spinach dip on top of whole wheat bread w/ bell peppers

M5: Salmon and quinoa bowl w/ collard greens, peas, corn, bell peppers and carrots.

Salmon and Quinoa Bowl

60 oz. of water and 1 Zico.

BeachBody Challenge Day36

I just realized that I’ve been doing this challenge for over a month. lol.  It really doesn’t feel like 36 days have passed. Guess I’m having fun? I really am enjoying doing Turbo Fire. I think that I picked the perfect BeachBody program to do for me.  It’s helped me a lot with training for my races. Exercising isn’t just something I do now. It has become a part of my life and I look forward to my workouts – most of time ;-)

It was another long day.  There aren’t too many people I know that get up at 6:30a on a Saturday – by choice! In order to get my morning workout in, I had to get up early.  Usually I ride my bike 10+ miles but Ben’s dad is visiting and the air mattress is right in the middle of my living room. It doesn’t leave room for me to get my back from the patio and out the front door. I decided to go for a run so I could quietly slip out. I had a mini Luna bar and some water before heading out. The boys actually got up while I was getting ready for my run so I didn’t head out until 7:30a.

Saturday Morning Run

My legs felt heavy during my run but my pace wasn’t too bad. I just felt like I was going super slow for some reason.  I planned on going for a 4 mile run but wound up going 5. I don’t think that I should have gone that far because my knees were not happy with me for the rest of day.  I try to keep my miles lower when I run back to back days.

The rest of the morning belonged to my boys tball games.  My legs were not happy about standing around filming the games. I could have used a nap today but there just wasn’t any “free” time for me.  I even considered skipping my TurboFire workout – but I didn’t :-)

TurboFire Day 34

I’m glad I didn’t skip my workout today. Fire45 is my favorite :-) I was dragging my feet getting to it but I immediately got excited once class started and I heard the music.  I couldn’t wait to do the first combo.  I know that one really well and I can really get into it. I decided to go for the star jacks and tuck jumps even though I was tired. I figured I was already tired, why not make the most of the energy I have left?  I was worn out when I was finished but I was in a good mood. I’m always happier after a good workout. Wonder how long it will take Ben to realize this is the best time to ask when he wants something? lol.

I really didn’t want to do much of anything else but I still had my MadAbs March Day10 and plank to do. I decided that if I’m going to stay up to work on videos and blogs, I must have some energy and there was no excuse for me. I took a break from my computer and did my workout.  The MadAbs challenge is getting a little tougher now.  I am still doing regular pushups but boy is it starting to get hard. I’m trying not to think about how many I’m suppose to do at the end of the month and just take it one day at a time. It’s hard to squash the doubt that I’ll be able to do 45 pushups by the end of March :-/  I will just keep doing my best. Ended with a 2 minute plank.

30 seconds on hands, 30 second tummy tucks, (on elbows) 30 seconds left leg lifted, (on elbows) 30 seconds right leg lifted

Meals:

M1: mini Luna bar (prerun) and a Starbucks Spinach, egg white, and feta cheese wrap – Ben’s dad is here and he always gets breakfast before I can decline.  Had a Zico to drink.

M2: Strawberries with cocoa almond butter.

M3: I know that Gene (Ben’s dad) means well when he takes us out to eat. I just get tired of it. I am just as happy to cook for everyone. It really isn’t an inconvenience. We went to Red Robin because that’s what the boys wanted. I got the Brushetta Chicken sandwich with no cheese and lettuce wrapped.  It turned out just being put on top of lettuce. Not to mention that it took over a half hour to get our food. It was barely warm. I just ate the chicken, tomatoes and a small amount of the lettuce. Ordered sweet potato fries which were also cold. This was the worse experience we’ve had at our local Red Robin :-(

Brushetta Chicken Sandwich on top of lettuce - no cheese.

M4: Larabar

Snacked on a few Snapea Crisps while making dinner – maybe 10 at the most.

M5: Panko Chicken and Green Beans. I made a double batch because it’s so popular with my boys. It will only last a few days.

Double batch of Panko Chicken - my healthier version of chicken nuggets/chicken tenders.

Lots of green beans with my chicken.

80 oz. of water and 1 Zico.

BeachBody Challenge Day30

Last night I didn’t set my alarm so I could sleep in today :-) It was absolutely wonderful not to hear the sound of my phone. I was awake at around 8a but stayed in bed until 9a.  I tried to go back to sleep but it was no use – that was as late as my body would allow me to be asleep today. It was still nice though. You wouldn’t think an extra couple hours would make such a difference – but it does :-)

I got up and had a mini Luna bar just so that there would be something in my stomach before heading out for a run. I decided to go a different way than my usual. I took the streets and realized why I don’t go this way that often.  The traffic lights annoyed me. I don’t like stopping and waiting. I jog in place but I feel like it messes with my flow. That and it slows my time down.

Sunday Runday :-)

The rest of the day was for laundry, house cleaning, and importing photos and videos.

———————- Turbo Fire Day 28 ———————

Of course I made time for my Turbo Fire workout. I wouldn’t miss doing Fire45 :-) Have I mentioned it’s my favorite? Lol. The first and last combos are the most fun.  I know those two the best so I really have fun with them. The second combo I’m still working on. I did the Star Jacks for the fire drills and the tuck jumps.  The only time I don’t jump is during the high low moves. I get mixed up when I throw the jump in there so for now, I stick to the low intensity version. Stretch10 felt Amazing today.  I think I was also tight from last night’s workouts and from the run this morning. It felt really great to stretch out my arms.

I’d love to do more tonight, but I have a mountain of clothes to fold so I can have a place to sleep. I will be doing a 5 minute plank and calling it a night.

PlankADay - 1min elbows, 1 min hands, 1 min side plank (each side), 1 min hands

I’ve made it through the first 4 weeks! I will do measurements and weigh myself tomorrow morning. I’m not expecting drastic results – especially with my weight. I was never doing this challenge to lose weight. I was looking for something fun and challenging for me to focus on.  I like to do challenges – big and small.  They help me from getting bored and give me something to work towards. I think that it’s what has really helped me stay on track with exercising regularly.

So has there been any changes? Well, I’m not sure what the numbers will say tomorrow morning. I know I could have done a lot better with eating. I don’t think I ate too badly but I can always do better :-) I can say that I feel a lot stronger. I’ve gotten faster in my runs. I’ve gone further on my runs too.  I can do more regular pushups and I can do more reps with heavier weights. I’ve improved in my Turbo Fire workouts. My biggest win is getting my left knee back.  I was really worried that starting this challenge would make my knee worse or that because of my knee, I wouldn’t be able to give it everything.  But it turns out that as I did the Turbo Fire workouts and my other exercises, my knee got better and I was still able to run :-) I am ready to head into the next 30 days with even more intensity!

Meals –

M1: Mini Luna bar and water.

M2: I was going for an omelette but I can never get it right when I have the veggies and eggs in the pan at the same time.  I was really hopeful since it looked like it would be the perfect omelette but when I went to flip it, it just fell apart and became a scramble. It tasted great though.

Looked Like it was going to turn out to be the perfect omelette.

Turned into a scramble - 2 egg whites, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, and 1 piece of Havarti Natural Cheese

M3: Brown Rice tortilla with the last of my chunky olive hummus, spinach, chicken, left over roasted zucchini and squash, and carrots. I only ate half of it.

Brown Rice Tortilla Wrap: chunky olive hummus, chicken, roated squash and zucchini, and carrot.

M4: Trailmix and a Larabar.

M5: Made a Quinoa stir fry – with a red and white quinoa mix, spinach, zucchini, squash, peas, corn, chicken and tomatoes. All I did was season with sea salt and it was actually very tasty. All the flavors worked well with each other.

Quinoa stir fry - red and white quinoa, zucchini, squash, peas, carrots and chicken.

80 oz. of water.