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BikiniSeries Day41/42

June 7/8, 2014

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Saturday –
TIU BikiniBody2
3.45mile walk with the boys
2min plank

Sunday –
5.4 mile run – longest run since my ankle got hurt.
TIU BikiniBooty
TIU Thailand Tush x2
TIU BikiniAbs
2min plank

It felt sooooo good to not have to get up early on Saturday. Bummed that Gio’s team didn’t make it to the championship game but I thoroughly enjoyed sleeping in. Relieved that baseball season is over. Gio is playing tournament but it won’t be as hectic as the season. Tournament weekends will be crazy but they will be spread out and not every week.

Made up any missed TIU workouts and tried to stay active with the kids. They did well on the walk. It’s the longest walk they’ve done in a while. Took the swimming for 2hrs on Sunday. I thought I could jump in and swim, but it did not work out well. As soon as I started to kick, my ankle started to hurt. I was in the deep end and and had to keep myself from panicking because I was in the middle and had to get to the side. It hurt a lot to kick but I had to to get to the wall. Obviously, I made it but I was really scared. I limped to the chair and sun bathed for the rest of the time. I did go back in the shallow end just to cool off because it was sooo hot out. Ankle was swollen for the rest of the day :-(

I did go out earlier in the day for my long run but it was already hot by the time I went out. My ankle was fine. I don’t usually do well running in the heat but I was happy with how I did. Definitely have to check the weather the night before so I can make sure to get out before it gets too hot.

Really focusing on my nutrition this coming week and staying hydrated.

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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.

Bikini Series Days25-29

May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day!! I spent most of today recovering from our holiday camping trip. We got back late last night and besides cleaning/laundry, I didn’t do much else. Not because I didn’t want to have a killer workout, but because I couldn’t :-( I hurt my ankle while camping and I’ve decided to take this week off to let it heal completely so I can get back to my workouts without risking getting hurt again.

So let me take you back to last Thursday …..

May 22, 2014:

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It was a long day. I didn’t get up for a bootycall. I went to the gym and did Bikini Cardio on the treadmill. I used it as my long run for the week because I knew I wouldn’t be able to do my usual long run on Sunday. It was a great sweat session. I didn’t have time after that to do anything else because I spent most of the day getting things ready for our camping trip. I didn’t have much time either because Gio also had his second round of playoffs. His team played an amazing game and beat the first place team to move on to the 3rd round :-) It was a great start to our vacation. But we still had lots to do before we left to go camping. After a late dinner, it took us a whole pack and load the car up. Ben and I had to take turns driving because I was too tired to make the whole drive to Sacramento. We had to stop there to pick up Ben’s dad who was joining us along with his dog, Reggie. We got to Sac at 1am on Friday….

May 23, 2014

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I didn’t get to sleep in on Friday. We were up early to finish getting things we needed for our camping trip. We had to pick up a couple sleeping bags, lanterns and some food. Then we had to pack and load up Gene’s SUV. Our goal was to leave when Ben’s dad got back from his meeting. We left about an hour later than planned. It was a tight fit in the back with me, the boys, and Reggie but we made it work. Reggie was good about staying on the floor. It was a long ride to Hatcreek. The boys were excited and impatient.

We had lunch at KFC. I had the grilled chicken and corn. I didn’t eat the biscuit that came with the meal. I had pork jerky and cherries as snacks in the car. I didn’t do well with staying hydrated. I tend to stop drinking water when I don’t have easy access to a bathroom.
We got to camp an hour later than planned. It was great to see my grandpa. Ben and his dad set up the tents while I got the kitchen and food organized. Dinner was spaghetti w/ breadsticks from Trader Joes.
The weather was great. It was early enough in the season that we could still have a fire. The boys roasted marshmallows and after the clouds cleared, we had an amazing view of the night sky. The sky is so clear out there that it just sparkles at night with stars. It was a warm night when we went to bed but the temperature dropped early Saturday morning. I was glad I brought my warm leggings.

May 24, 2014

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Saturday started off great. We got up and Ben helped me make breakfast – eggs/bacon/fruit. The boys headed out to fish and I stayed behind to clean up. When I was done, I headed out for a run. My legs felt great and the view of Mt. Lassen, the trees, and the creek made for an amazing run. I was looking forward to doing more runs in the forest during the weekend. When I was done I walked/jogged back along the trail I ran to try and catch up to the boys. I had seen them while I was running.

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I found them and Gio showed me the little fish he had caught. It was too small to keep but it died when they tried to put it back into the water. The boys and I decided to run back to camp with Reggie. We were trying to beat Ben and his dad who had to go back to the SUV. Everything was fine until I rolled my ankle badly and fell. It wasn’t just a small fall, it was an epic face eating dirt fall. The boys had slowed down to walk, Ben and his dad were catching up, but I was keeping up with Reggie.
I don’t know what happened besides my ankle felt like it just collapsed on me and I fell hard. The funny thing is no one saw it happen. Everyone was far enough behind me to miss it. It hurt so bad and yes, I cried. I yelled for Ben and for anyone to help but they were too far away to hear. I pulled myself to a sitting position and waited for a few minutes until they pulled up. Ben was worried that I was really hurt and Seppe immediately started crying. Ben’s dad carried me to the car and drove me back to camp. They put ice on my ankle and Ben cleaned up my knee that I had torn up from my fall. Between the ice and the alcohol on my knee, I was in lots of pain. I had scraped up my hand too and Ben thought there was a splinter. He tried to dig it out which hurt a lot too. I sat there with ice on my ankle for almost a half hour.
I was pretty upset. I knew I had hurt my ankle pretty badly this time. This was the worse I’ve hurt my ankle. I knew that meant no running for a while. No to pretty much working out for a while. I got up after the ice had melted and forced myself to walk around. Luckily, it wasn’t broken. I could walk on my own and the pain wasn’t too bad. My grandpa found an ace bandage for me to wrap up my ankle and that helped out. I moved slow for the rest of the day but I moved on my own. I have fairly flexible joints and I’ve rolled my ankle on runs before but I can usually just walk it off and keep going. This wasn’t like that so I knew I couldn’t push too hard.
Lunch was pastrami sandwiches/fruit/chips and dinner was hamburgers/chips – which Ben did most of the cooking. I just put together the sides and warmed up his soup. He didn’t want to risk trying to eat solid foods while camping and have something happen so he stuck with his soups.
We went shooting. I shot Ben’s dad’s 9mm but it hurt to hold the gun since my hands were torn up from the fall. I did manage to hit the center of the target despite my hands :-)
The walk to and from the range area was tough on my ankle and at the end of the night it was really tight and sore. We had another campfire and this time we had s’mores :-) Another beautiful night sky but a little cooler. It was not hard to fall asleep but we woke up in the middle of the night to loud animal noises. It’s really hard to describe but it sounded as if an animal was dying or being attacked. It sounded close too. It went on for a few minutes and all of sudden stopped. I was surprised Seppe didn’t come running to sleep with us. He couldn’t wait to talk about it first thing when he woke up Sunday morning.

May 25, 2014
I woke up early but stayed in my sleeping bad because it was cold out. I heard Gio and Gene get up and head out to fish. We stayed in our bags for a little longer. Seppe told us what he heard and wished he could have seen what was happening. Lol. We told him that it was better that he didn’t. We got up and started to clean up a bit. We were planning on leaving later in the day.

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Before we started breakfast we went to find Gio and Gene because it was getting late. Gio caught two fish! We actually found them as he was catching his second one. We rode back to camp. Ben made eggs again and we had cinnamon toast and fruit. Seppe played in the creek one last time and I started to slowly pack up.

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My ankle looked really bad. It was pretty swollen but it didn’t hurt as badly as it did the day before. I was able to walk around a little faster. I took off the bandage and was able to still get around.
Ben went on one last shooting trip and I spent time with my grandpa. I was a little sad this trip because I realized something: Hatcreek wasn’t Always going to be here. It would all end one day and sooner than we realized. It’s funny how as a kid I wasn’t too thrilled to come during my summer break and now, I wish I could come more often …

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After our Turkey burger lunch, we cleaned up, packed up and loaded up. We took pictures with my grandpa and we said goodbye to Hatcreek for hopefully only a short time. We want to come back in a couple months :-)
It was a long ride back to Ben’s dad’s house. We had Arby’s for dinner. I had cherries for my snack in the car. Getting to Gene’s house wasn’t the end of our trip. We still had the 2hr ride back to the bay. We got home close to midnight Sunday night.

So that brings us to Memorial Day.

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We didn’t get to sleep in much. Ben had to work and we went to watch Gio’s tournament team play in a championship game. After that I spent the day doing laundry, unpacking and cleaning up. My ankle was not as swollen as Sunday but it still was puffy. I could walk fairly normal at a slow pace. I tried to keep it as elevated as possible when I wasn’t up and doing something.
I did try to do some squats but it took only a few for my ankle to tell me that it wasn’t ready yet. I did manage to do a plank with my bad ankle on top of my good one. No side plank so I did 1min on my elbows and 1min on my hands. I ate fairly clean minus the blueberry bread in the morning. I really need to watch my diet while I’m unable to do cardio.
Dinner was the trout Gio caught camping :-) It was sooo yummy. I did a simple lemon garlic seasoning and pan “fried” on the stove with Olive Oil spray. Ben was able to eat it too :-)
It’s killing me that I can’t do much because of my ankle. Arms and abs – as long as I don’t have to put weight on only one leg. I’m being extra careful because I have a tendency to rush right back into working out which usually winds up taking me longer to fully recover. I am giving myself this week to recover. I want the swelling to at least be gone before I start back up. I’m hoping that by the end of the week I can get back to doing some type of cardio.

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 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 :-)

Bikini Series Day12

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May 9, 2014

Today was a jam packed day for me. I did a lot. I wanted to make up for yesterday. No bootycall though. I was at the hospital late last night with Ben. He was having pain in his chest from trapped air. I stayed until he fell asleep. I didn’t get much sleep even with skipping my bootycall.

Ben’s dad took the boys to school and I headed back to the hospital to check on Ben. He was sitting up and looked a lot better. I stayed with him so I could be there to talk to the doctor. He decided to keep Ben one more night since he was not on his feet yet. Ben fell back asleep after getting another dose of pain meds so I headed to the gym.

Warmed up with a mile then worked out my legs:
Leg Press 90’s with 90lbs
Glutes 10 x 3 90lbs
Walking Lunges to squat 30 x 3 25lbs
Glute Bridges 10 x 3 37.5lbs
Single leg Glute Bridges 10 x 3
Deadlifts 12 x 3 80lbs
Jump Squats 12 x 3 40lbs
Glute Pushdowns 12 x 3 94lbs
Leg Extensions 10 x 3 40lbs
Leg Curls 10 x 3 50lbs

Sprint Into Summer on the stairmaster 4.16 miles followed by an extra mile on the treadmill.

The boys school had a picnic lunch where parents could come and join the kids. I met Ben’s dad there as soon as I finished at the gym and enjoyed the boys for about 10min before they ran off to play with their friends. We left a little early to beat the rush and headed back to the hospital.

When I got there, Ben was up walking around :-) And had started to “eat” his food. He’s only able to have clear liquids and he has to eat very slowly. I hung out with him and Gene picked up the boys and brought them to visit. We stayed until Seppe’s practice.

I decided to do the new Making Waves cardio routine during Seppe’s practice. I’m glad I did because running kept me warm. It was sooo cold and windy out. I split up the running and the toning moves. It was my first time running in that area so I just concentrated on doing the running so I didn’t get lost. I did the toning moves when I was done running. I was pretty worn out when I was done.

Dinner then back to the hospital so the boys could spend some time with Ben. He got up again and went for a walk with the boys. They were happy to see him doing him better and hope that he can come home in time for their games tomorrow.

I took the boys home and put them to bed. I did my plank and the ab playlist. My sides are sore from yesterday’s Kettlebell workout. I got ready for bed but put on warm clothes on top to head back to the hospital. I’m staying until Ben falls asleep and then I’ll head home. Saturday is going to be busy as usual.

Meals:
M1: egg whites, banana, and strawberries
M2: Larabar and Zico
M3: strawberry poppyseed chicks salad from Panera, iced green tea and bread. This is my absolute favorite salad from Panera. I only use one of the dressings.
M4: cherries
M5: veggie bowl from Panda. We always eat out when Ben’s dad is here and the boys wanted Panda tonight. I chose vegetables and the shiitake kale Chk entree. It wasn’t too bad.

I met my water goals and I didn’t have any of Seppe’s chocolate :-) So it’s a win today.

Today’s Sunset Challenge was to sign up for something outside of our comfort zone. I’ve decided that next week I will go to a Zumba class. I don’t have to sign up in order to go to a class at my gym because all classes are included in my membership :-) I’ve never done Zumba and it’s definitely something I’m intimidated to try – especially on my own. I’m nervous just thinking about it.

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.