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BikiniSeries Day46

June 12, 2014

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Workouts:
1mile warmup
Arms:
Shoulder Press 10×3 40lbs
Assisted PullUps/Dips 6×3 10lbs
30min Bike Intervals (3miles)
TIU BikiniArms
TIU Pura Vida x2
TIU BikiniAbs
BestAbRoutine 9:01
2min plank

Meals:
M1: egg whites/strawberries/banana
M2: cherries
M3: PerfectFit Green Smoothie: banana/avocado/spinach/cucumber/celery/almond milk
M4: LunaBar
M5: Grilled Tilapia/broccoli/cauliflower mash

Went to the gym later in the morning to go with Ben. He wanted to start working out again now that his stomach is doing better after his surgery. He warmed up on the elliptical and I ran on the treadmill. We took turns on the shoulder press. I used the same weight as
Ben and it’s the heaviest I’ve ever done for shoulders. While he did biceps and triceps on the machines, I hit the pull-up machine. I did pull-ups and dips to work my biceps/triceps. The last 2 reps of the pull-ups are sooo hard but I know those are the ones that count the most :-)
We both did the stationary bikes for cardio. I did my own intervals. Switching from 30sec/1min to 1/1 intervals.
TIU toning workouts after boys went to bed. Made up the Arms workout from Wed.
My 4th day making my water goal and getting 80+ oz of water :-) I’ve been having at least 11oz of coconut water each day. It’s so refreshing after a tough workout.
Didn’t do the Sunset Challenge because I am not a fan of peanut butter. I might try to modify and make it with almond butter instead. I need to get a few of the ingredients first though. I have the TIU cookie cutters and I am looking forward to using them :-)

Bikini Series Day45

June 11, 2014

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Workouts:
5min Max Incline Walk
Leg Workout:
Smith Machine Squats: 6×4 135lbs
Deadlifts: 10×3 115lbs
Glute Pushdowns: 12×4 94lbs
Leg Extensions: 10×3 65lbs
Single Leg Lying LegCurls: 15×3 35lbs
Leg Abduction/Adduction 10×3 95lbs
Making Waves Cardio
3hr Volleyball
2min plank

Saved TIU Arm workouts for Thursday. Completely exhausted after volleyball.

Meals:
M1: Eggwhites/banana/grapes
M2: Nectarine/Cherries
M3: PerfectFit Shake – spinach, banana, strawberries, almond milk
M4: Zbar
M5: Hawaiian Chicken w/ roasted Brussel sprouts
M6: frozen grapes

BikiniSeries Day44

June 10, 2014

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Workouts:
1mile warmup
45min Spin class (4.5miles)
TIU LYB KettleBells x2
TIU Inner/Outer Thighs
TIU Bikini Yoga
2min plank

Meals:
M1: egg whites, strawberries, banana
M2: Cliff Mojo bar
M3: Cauliflower mash, broccoli and salmon bowl
M4: Pork Jerky
M5: TraderJoes Orange Chk and broccoli

Bikini Series Day43

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June 9, 2014

1mile warmup run
Smith Machine Squats 10×3 115lbs
Smith Machine Alt Step ups 20×3 65lbs
LegPress 90s 90lbs
Leg Extensions 20×3 50lbs
Lying Leg Curls 20×3 50lbs
BikiniCardio on stairmaster 5miles
1mile cool down run
TIU BikiniArms
TIU Sleek&Slender Abs x2
TIU BikiniAbs

Meals:
M1: Egg whites and quinoa
M2: Kind Bar and grapefruit
M3: Trader Joes Dark choc Vanilla caramels >_<
M4: Snapea Crisps and Homemade guacamole
M5: cauliflower mash, broccoli, and grilled salmon

Didn't get up for a bootycall workout so I added an extra mile to my cardio. Really great leg day for me. Didn't prep for being out during lunch time so I picked up some dark chocolate caramels at Trader Joes. Not the best but I made up for it with an awesome dinner.
Finally made some cauliflower mash. I've been meaning to try this but was hesitant because I wasn't sure I would like it. I added some almond milk and a ting bit of butter, salt and pepper. It turned out great! And guess who liked it?? Ben and Seppe!! When, something gets Ben's approval, it's a keeper. He's also tried out quinoa and realized that he likes that too!! He takes it to work now :-) Ever since his surgery, he has really been motivated to eat healthier. He has been doing great. I've been making to a of Brussel sprouts, quinoa and fish. It makes life easier when I'm not the only one eating healthy.

Sunset Challenge:
10 Things I'm Happy About –
1. Spending my life with Ben
2. My Boys
3. The TIU retreat coming up – I smile Every time I think about it :-)
4. Sunny Days
5. Baseball season being over
6. Living in the Bay Area with great weather
7. My leg muscles
8. New cross training shoes arrived
9. Fresh fruit
10. Smoothies

I am truly happy with my life right now. I thought about everything I have right now, and it's more than I could ask for. I'm with the man of my dreams, we have two amazing boys, I live in a great area, I'm part of an amazing TIU team and I'm the strongest and healthiest I've ever been. I'm not perfect but I've come a long way these last 3 years and I have so much to look forward to :-)

BikiniSeries Day36-40

I fell behind on posting last week. I kept track but just didn’t post. So here’s a summary of my workouts and meals. I had some great sessions at the gym. The highlight would be leg pressing 270lbs :-) It’s been a goal of mine to stack up 3 45s on each side since I started lifting. And yes, I. Working on adding another 45 on each side :-)

Took the boys to volleyball with me last week. Not a great idea. It becomes stressful trying to keep them entertained and out of the way. But it’s something I will have to figure out because I will probably have to bring them with me over the summer.

Swapped Thursday and Friday’s TIU workouts. I do legs Mon, Wed, and Fridays. Arms and/or Total Body Tues/Thurs. But I do try to be flexible since I never know what will come up – especially on Ben’s days off.

Meals were ok. Had some L&L Hawaiian BBQ. I ordered the Garlic Shrimp and omg!! It was sooo good. Also had some Nubi a couple times. I know I have to cut back on treats and eat more home cooked meals. As good as the garlic shrimp was, I can make a much healthier version at home.

Day36 – June 2, 2014

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Workouts:
2mile bootycall jog
5min max incline walk
Leg Extensions: 20/10 x 3 55lbs/35lbs
Leg Curls 20/10 x3 55lbs/35lbs
Hip Adduction 10×3 100lbs
HipAbduction 10×3 100lbs
Glute Pushdowns 10×3 90lbs
Smith Machine Squats 10×3 110lbs
Back extensions 10×3 35lbs
Machine Leg Press 10×3 145lbs
Single Press 10×3 85lbs
30min Stairmaster speed intervals (2.3miles)

M1: Perfect Fit Shake with spinach, berries, Zico
M2: perfect fit bar.
M3: left over orange chicken and broccoli
M4: Nubi frozen yogurt
M5: turkey meatballs and broccoli/cauliflower

A great leg day :-)

Day 37 – June 3, 2014

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Workouts:
1.3 mile bootycall walk
Excited for Spring Cardio on bike 2.43miles
UpperBody:
Assisted Pull-ups/Dip 6×3 10lbs
Shoulder Press 10×3 30lbs
Chest Press 10×3 30lbs
Front PullDown 10×3 40lbs
TIU BikiniArms
TIU BikiniBody x2
TIU Inner/Outer Thigh
TIU Pink Flamingo x2
TIU Bikini Abs
2min plank

Meals:
M1: Eggwhites and strawberries
M2: PerfectFit Bar
M3: PerfectFit Shake w/ banana, berries, spinach and Zico
M4: pork jerky
M5: L&L Garlic shrimp w/ broccoli/cauliflower mix and brwn rice

A very long day today. I meant for it to be a lighter day but it turned out to be pretty intense. Quick but hard upperbody workout at the gym. I lowered the weight on the assisted pull-ups. It was hard but I was able to do the reps. The last one might not have been a complete one though. Lol. It was a struggle.

Did all the toning workouts after putting the boys to bed. I was sooo tired when I was all done. I could have fallen asleep on the floor.

Day 38 – June 4, 2014

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Workouts:
5min FatBurner on Stairmaster
Legs:
Squat 12×3 85lbs
Deadlifts 12×3 75lbs
Split Lunges 15×3 40lbs
SpringIntoSummer cardio – 4miles
2hrs Volleyball
TIU Inner/Outer Thighs
TIU BikiniAbs
TIU IttyBittyBikini
TIU SunkissedAbs
2min plank

Meals:
M1: egg whites/ half Chk apple sausage and strawberries
M2: Larabar
M3: L&L BBQ beef with brwn rice and cabbage
M4: Movie popcorn and choc raisins
M5: 2 regular Arby’s sandwiches

Happy National Running Day!!

Day 39 – June 5, 2014

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Workouts:
5k run
TIU Ibiza Beach Yoga
Sunset Stretch

Meals:
M1: eggs and rice w/ strawberries
M2: 2 kiwis
M3: L&L Garlice Shrimp with brwn rice and cabbage
M4: Luna protein bar
M5: quinoa w/ grind turkey red sauce and peas

Needed a break today.

Day 40 – June 6, 2014

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Workouts:
5min Max Incline walk
Leg Workout:
Glute Kickbacks 10×3 100lbs
Plyo Leg Press/Single Leg 20/10 x5 100lbs
Glute Pushdown 12×4 94lbs
Leg Press 6×3 270lbs
Lying Leg Curls 10×3 65lbs
Making Waves Cardio on Stairmaster 3.71miles
2min plankaday

Meals – Forgot to take pics of most of my meals. My phone was dead for most of the day.
M1: egg whites and sprouted whole wheat toast w/ cocoa almd butter
M2: 2 kiwis
M3: rice w/ Chk apple sausage and cabbage
M4: pork jerky
M5: tilapia and Brussel sprouts with rice

Meant to get up for a bootycall but didn’t hear the alarm. Planned on doing the toning workouts but Seppe stepped and pulled on my bad ankle. It hurt soooo bad. I pretty much fell to the floor when it happened. Decided to let it rest so I could hopefully workout during the weekend.

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!

Bikini Series Day23

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May 20, 2014

Workouts:
1.4 mile bootycall walk
Spring Into Summer Cardio on Bike (4miles)

Upper Body Workout:
Assisted Pull-ups/Dips 6 x 3 (15lbs)
Seated Cable Rows 10 x 3 50lbs
Standing Cable Rows 10 x 3 50lbs
Bench Press 10 x 3 65lbs

BikiniBody2 workout 8/10lbs
2min plank

Meals:
M1: egg whites, honey chia toast w/ cocoa almd butter, banana
M2: Larabar
M3: leftover TJ’s orange Chk, quinoa, broccoli and Brussel sprouts
M4: rice pudding/shrimp crackers
M5: tilapia w/ bell pepper and spinach

Got up a little late but I squeezed in my 20min walk this morning. Decided to do the Spring Into Summer cardio on one of the bikes at the gym. Loved it! Sweated like crazy. Almost as much as I do when I take a spin class. I probably went slower during the rest periods on my own but I’ll work on keeping the speed up next time. I did a short upper body circuit because I don’t have a lot of time on Tuesdays. I volunteer at the boys’ school and I have to be finished by 10a in order to make it to the school on time.

I’ve been working on my pull ups. I know some day just do what you can and you’ll get there. I do that sometimes at home on my bar. But I do like the assisted pull-up/dip machine. I use as little weight as possible so that my arms do most of the work. I’m down to using only 15lbs of assistance :-) Bench press is another favorite of mine that I haven’t done in a while. 65lbs may not sound like a lot to some but it’s over half my weight and without a spotter it’s hard for me to go too much heavier and even get it off the bar.

I did the new BikiniBody routine at night as usual. This really added to the weights I did in the morning. My arms were tired. I used 10lbs except for the second round of the lunges which I used 8lbs. I was able to do 50reps of the the Total Ab Toner exercise :-) I am saving the Bikini Booty workout for Wednesday since that’s my Booty/Leg day.

Talked with my brother and niece via FaceTime for the sunset challenge :-) My brother PJ is the only one who calls me and he is a FaceTime fanatic. I don’t mind because it’s the only way I get to see my adorable niece. I wish they lived closer so I could spend more time with her. My nieces give me the chance to shop for girls. I’m glad I don’t have a daughter of my own because I would be in trouble ;-)

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 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 Day17

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May 14, 2014

Workouts:
1.43 mile Bootycall walk
Mini Leg workout at gym:
DeadLifts 12 x 3 80lbs
Machine Leg Press 12 x 3 175lbs
Body weight Squats 50 x 3
Making Waves Cardio on treadmill 3.54 miles
2hrs of Volleyball
2min plank

Meals:
M1: egg whites, grapes, banana
M2: larabar
M3: Shrimp/quinoa pesto mix
M4: skipped :-(
M5: Strawberry poppyseed salad from Panera.

I was tired when I got up. I didn’t want to get up but I did. I figured going for a walk would help wake me up and be better than doing nothing. It was already getting warm when I went for my walk so I knew it was going to be a hot day.

I wasn’t really in the mood to go to the gym but it was a leg day and I rarely skip working out my legs. I did a mini leg routine. I went heavy and more reps to make it worth it. I super set the leg press and squats. Really felt it in the booty. I picked out a treadmill at the end of a row so I could hop off to do the toning moves in between the running parts with the Making Waves cardio. I slowed it down to do the high knee skips and side shuffles. I think I like doing the running part all together and then the toning moves better. But going back and forth between running and toning made the running part a little easier.

Ben and I went into the city to pick up some shoes for Ben then picked up the boys from school. After homework, we went out to do more errands. I forgot to bring something for a snack. Took Gio to the library to get him books for his biography report. Picked up Panera for dinner. I ordered my usual salad but instead of getting a full salad, I only got a half. I didn’t have time to go back but I called and they gave me a free salad on my next visit.

Got to volleyball early to warm up. The coach finally picked up new balls. He gave away the old ones and I took one for the boys to play with. Not that in don’t have one – I have two – but this way I don’t have to worry about the, messing mine up :-). It was an ok night. My overhand serving is becoming more consistent. Passing was better. I set a few games which is tiring because there is a ton of running around. I want to work on my setting so I can use my hands more instead of just bump setting. I can do it but I’m not confident during a game. Had some good hits but I still need to get my timing down.

Left early so I could do Bikini Booty and my plank when I got home. Legs were pretty tired even with my lighter leg workout. I came close to my water goal. I try to at least get half my body weight but I make a higher goal because it helps me. Staying hydrated is one of my biggest challenges. It is something I work on everyday.

The Sunset Challenge for creativity is this post. Writing/blogging is something I love to do. It helps me process things and express myself. I’ve always been into writing. I think most writers hope to make a connection with their readers. I don’t do this blog to get a bunch of followers. I don’t even know if people even like what I write. I do this because I am hoping that someone can relate to it and if I can help one person not feel so alone, I consider myself a success. I appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my posts :-)