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BeachBody Challenge Day45

I decided to join Tone It Up and Self Magazine’s Drop 10 Challenge. I’m not looking to lose 10 lbs – only 5 at the most.  And if I don’t lose any, I wouldn’t be disappointed either. I am always looking for new and fun ways to get toned.  Self Magazine and Tone It Up had a great workout last year so I knew this one would be a good one too. I checked out the workouts and the menu first.  The meals really got my attention. I am dying to try the Avocado Egg Salad.  I would have made it today if I had the ingredients. I will be heading to the store to stock up on ingredients tomorrow :-)

I missed my bootycall workout this morning though. I turned my alarm off and fell back asleep – before I knew it, it was an hour later O_o Lol. It was a rush to get the kids to school.  After Seppe’s speech therapy, I decided to get my TurboFire workout done. I did Day19 of Mad Abs March first – 37 sec side plank, 38 crunches, and 31 pushups. Oh man the pushups were hard today, but I am determined to do them all on my feet.

Turbo Fire Day 43 – I really focused on my intensity with Fire55EZ today.  I punched hard and kicked as high as I could.  I jumped with the high low punches and did all the tuck jumps :-) The hour just flew by and I was a little sad when it was over.  I seriously have so much fun with these workouts.

For my afternoon workout I did the Toning and Cardio HIIT workouts for the Drop10 Challenge. When I looked at the toning workout, I wasn’t sure how difficult it would be.  It looked pretty straight forward. It turned out to be tougher than I thought :-/ The Total Transformer move was killer, along with the Super Plank.  My favorite was the Kick Out and Side Slimmer. I added a 6 lb. medicine to the Side Slimmer and to the Kick Out. I used 5 lb. weights for the other exercises. I think I’ll be doing this workout for bootycalls. The HIIT workout was 15 min with 8 sec sprints and 12 second recovery.  I think I sprinted for about 10 sec at a time.  I added a 3 incline during the intervals and did a 5 incline for the 5 min cool down.  It was short but I was drenched in sweat when I was done – that’s why I love HIIT workouts.  They don’t have to be long to get your sweating :-)

Drop10 HIIT workout - 15min w/ 5min cool down at incline 5.

To makeup for missing my bootycall workout, I did two NTC workouts – Ab Burner and Shawn Johnson’s Stretch Guide.  The stretching felt great. I’m no where near as flexible as Shawn Johnson but the moves really stretched me out. Ended with a 2 min a plank on my hands.

Meals – I didn’t have everything I needed to follow the meal plan for the Drop 10 but I will definitely be picking up ingredients for the recipes that I want to try. And there are quite a few recipes on the meal plan that I want to try out :-)  I am really enjoying my Meatless Mondays. It’s really not that hard to find other sources of protein.

M1: FlaxPlus Oatmeal with 1/2 tbsp of cocoa almond butter, chia seeds and strawberries.

Just a little bit of cocoa almond butter goes a long way.

M2: Red Pear – this was really sweet and juicy.

Mini Red Pear was sweet and juicy.

M3: Black beans, brown rice and spinach sautéed together and topped with avocado and tomato.

This was filling and yummy :-)

M4: Veggie and Flaxseed Tortilla Chips with Olive Tapenade

I love these Veggie Flaxseed Tortilla Chips from TraderJoes.

M5: Teriyaki Tofu browned and served with brussel sprouts.

Tofu and Veggies.

80 oz. of water.

BeachBody Challenge Day38

Meatless Monday??  I’ve decided to start taking one day a week where I go vegan. Just to help mix things up a bit. I don’t think I could ever go completely vegetarian because I love fish and sea food so much. But one day shouldn’t be too hard to do :-)

It’s that time of the month – again. Ugh! It’s during this week that being a girl really sucks!!! I have no energy or motivation. I’m super cranky and just out right bitchy – and I can’t even help it. lol. And if it wasn’t bad enough that for next few days I feel like this, I usually feel drained the week before too :-/ I tried hard to get up at 6a when m alarm went off, but I was just sooo tired that I went back to sleep. I got up 45 min later in a rush. I didn’t have time to do a bootycall workout but I did Day12 of Mad Abs March Challenge.

I refused to let my period win. I did have to take a nap after Seppe’s speech therapy because I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I got up after 45 min and did my Turbo Fire Workout.

Turbo Fire Day 36

Fire55 EZ is such a long workout. I was kind of dreading it before I started but once the music started, I had a smile on my face :-) The warm up is to “Daisy Dukes” and that just got me ready to go.  It’s amazing how music can really have an effect on you. No wonder it makes working out more fun.  I love the second combo in this one. I went for all the jumps and tucks. I think I’m getting better with my tuck jumps.  Not quite at the level that they are on the DVD, but I can get my knees higher up :-) I remember when I first did tuck jumps, it felt impossible to get get my feet and knees off the floor.  I was in a much better mood after my workout and had a lot more energy.

I had originally planned on going on a run to make up for my missed bootycall but I forgot about Seppe’s doctor’s appointment that took an hour to do.  He got his physical and shots for kindergarten. I still can’t believe that my baby will be starting kindergarten this fall.  Time just go by too fast with kids. He did alright with the shots but I can’t blame him for crying since I hated them as a kid too. At least I didn’t have to have an extra nurse help me restrain him like with Gio. Lol.

It was great that Ben picked Gio up and had most of his homework done by the time we got back home.  It allowed me to do a workout before cooking dinner.  Tone It Up posted DJ LindsayLuv’s new VS Sexy Night Out mix on their blog so I downloaded it and turned it up. I started with a set of M100’s. The only time I took a short break was before the last set of burpees and I was able to beat my last time by about 10 seconds :-) I’m not sure how much faster I can go, but I’ll keep trying. I followed it with Tone It Up’s Best Circuit Printable. I added weights to the cross crunch – 5 lbs. And I used a 6 lb. medicine ball for the Squat with Cross Crunch. I used a 3 lb. weight for the Standing Oblique crunches. I forgot to set my timer so I’m not sure how long it took me to do. I’ll time it when I do it again. Then I did a 30 minute NTC workout – Sweat and Shape. And yes, it made me sweat! I haven’t done a NTC workout that hasn’t had me sweating like crazy.  This is under the beginner level so it doesn’t require weights, but I used 5 lb. weights anyways.

New M100 Time.

Best Circuit Printable. Make Sure to Download it :-)

Made separate meals for me and my boys.  They got Tempura Chicken and egg whites and rice. I stuck with Tofu and green beans mix. I am going to do my best to go meatless on Mondays. There are a lot of great vegan recipes out there that I want to give a try.

To make up for my missed bootycall I worked out after dinner. I did a 2 min plank followed by TIU’s Bikini Strap Workout – 15 reps each exercise X 3 sets. My arms are jello right now. I feel pretty good since I didn’t allow myself to use my period as an excuse to skip working out. No Excuses!!

Meals –

M1: Banana/Chocolate Chunk Soy Protein Muffin from Trader Joes and Half a banana.

M2: Chocolate Shakeology w/ Peanut Butter and half a banana.

M3: Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins with Chunky Olive Hummus, Tomatoes, and Avocado. I usually add a sprinkle of sea salt but I didn’t want to add to my already bloated body.

One of my favorites!

M4: Peanut and Dark Chocolate Kind Bar. I really like this one. I’ll get more so I can switch it up with my all time favorite – almond coconut.

Tried a different Kind Bar today. Almond Coconut is still my favorite but this is pretty good too :-)

M5: Garlic Tofu, Green Beans, Carrots, and Spinach.

First Meatless Monday dinner.

80 oz. of water.

Movie Monday: “Fast Five” Movie Review

It’s Movie Monday!  And Yes! I wanted to see Fast Five as soon as I saw the previews. I am a HUGE Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson fan. How could I possible pass up a movie with Both of them in it??

We went opening weekend.( Tip: Get there early for good seats). We saw it in IMax and it was definitely an experience. It was awesome to have all that action on such a big screen. And there was a lot of action.

Besides my favorites (Vin and Dwayne), it had people from the previous 4 Fast and the Furios movies: Paul Walker, Jordan Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Matt Shulze, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Tego Calderon, and Don Omar. Jaquim de Almeida plays the villain.

The plot is pretty much the same as the previous Fast and the Furious movies.  The “bad” guys are on the run from Federal agents and get caught up with an evil drug lord in Brazil. They have to put their skills and driving to the test for “one last job” that will free the people from the drug lord, and give them their freedom to escape to place where they no longer have to run. Dom and his crew are the “good” bad guys and even the federal agent hunting them (Dwayne Johnson) winds up joining the team (just for a short time). There is no black or white when it comes to “good” and bad. Definitely many shades of gray. No oscar winning acting, but still very entertaining. Lots of car chases and some very comical characters. This movie is 2 hrs and 10 min long. I was worried that it would drag on, but it did not feel like a two-hour movie.  The last chase scene was a bit long and you should know by now that there is always a twist in the end. Definitely stay until the credits are over because there is more to see. If you like action movies, fast cars, and eye candy – you’ll like this movie.