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I’m Going to be an Aunt!!

The Best news of the day: My brother called me tonight and told me that he and his wife are pregnant!! woo hoo! I’m finally going to be an Aunt! I am very excited and happy for my brother. He is going to be a Wonderful father.

Other good news: Ben is finally got his medical clearance to go back to work. It’s been over a month and it really didn’t have to take as long as it did. That’s the government for you :-P

BeachBody Day76 – I would have loved to do the Bikini Series challenge of the Drop10 Mojo Maker for my bootycall but Ben was at work early in the morning so I had to wait until after I dropped the boys off at school. I did the Drop10 Sculpting 12 reps X3s sets for my bootycall.

Morning Workout: Drop10 Mojo Maker on the elliptical 30 min. Followed with Turbo Fire.

Drop10 Mojo Maker

Turbo Fire Day 74 – I went for all the tuck jumps today for HIIT25. omg! That was soooo hard. I’m glad that I did the elliptical earlier because my knees were feeling it after I was done with the HIIT workout. I’m still sore from the Bikini Bootcamp workout so Tone30 was a little tough for me today. I really like the exercise with the lower body band that works the quads.

Afternoon Workout: I didn’t know what to do for my later workout. Part of it was because I wasn’t sure when Ben was coming home. If he got home early enough I thought I’d go for a bike ride. But he didn’t. Luckily Tone It Up posted their Throw Back Thursday workout: Beach Babe from last year’s Bikini Series. I really liked this one. When I looked at today, I realized that I was doing reps but the print out had 20-30 sec intervals.  I created an interval workout with my gymboss timer app and did 30 seconds for each exercise X3 rounds. This had me sweating!

Beach Babe X3

Another part of today’s Bikini Series challenge was a 30min walk after dinner. I loved this idea – only problem was that it was raining and the boys were really fussy tonight. I had to wait until after I put them to bed and then I hit the gym. Walked on the elliptical for 30 min with an incline.

30min walk on an incline – Started at 8 ended at 3.

Found a 5min ab routine from Self Magazine that I wanted to try out. It took me a little longer than 5min. It was really tough. The reverse plank move was the hardest for me. I wasn’t good at balancing myself while crunching. Ended with 25 pushups and a 5min plank with tummy tucks and side planks.

1min plank, 1min tummy tucks, 30 sec side plank each side, 1min tummy tucks, 1 min plank

Meals:

M1: Chobani Champions Very Berry with almond butter and chia seeds. My favorite go to quick breakfast.

M2: grapes

M3: Lettuce wraps with shredded chicken, tomatoes, mangos, and avocado. Snapea Crisps on the side.

Lunch!

M4: Luna bar.

M5: Left over Panko Chicken with Turkey Spinach Red Sauce on top. Broccoli on the side. Basically just finished off all the left overs that no one else wanted to eat.

80 oz. water.

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A Hectic Day

BeachBody Day71 – Saturday

I’m surprised I can remember Saturday. It was such a Hectic Day! I had two tball games to film, pack, and get to Monterey no later than 6p so I could pick up my packet for the race on Sunday. It was both good and bad that the first game wasn’t until 11a. Good because I could get my workouts done for the day before leaving. Bad because that meant I couldn’t leave until later. Started with a 30 min walk at a brisk pace.

Such a clear day in the bay.

Turbo Fire Day 69 – After breakfast it was HIIT20/Tone30. I kept it low impact on the HIIT workout. It probably sounds crazy that I would do this the day before my race, but it was the only workout I did for the day so I had plenty of time to rest – kind of. lol.

In between the games, I packed and had lunch. I made sure to pack my Tone It Up lunch box with snacks for the drive and breakfast for the next day. I wanted to be able to have my Whole Wheat Bagel thin, almond butter, and banana :-) I double checked to make sure I had my belt, shoes, running clothes, socks, sunblock, and hat packed. I loaded up my car and headed to Gio’s game. As soon as it was over, I said good bye and headed for Monterey – where the Health and Fitness Expo was being held.

My handsome little tball player :-)

I actually made pretty good time. There wasn’t any traffic on the way there. The problem was when I got to Monterey. I wind up in the wrong lane and kept going the opposite of my directions :-/ I’m not all that great with my sense of direction and I easily get lost. I probably spent at least an extra half hour driving around Monterey. Lol The one lucky thing was that I was able to find a decent place to park. At the Expo, I found my way to the packet pick up. I handed them my ID and the lady handed my my bib/d-tag and wished my luck on my race. That was it. I went downstairs and walked around the Expo…. Realized I forgot my water bottle so I bought one at a vendor booth for $10 – not too bad. Also got 2 for $15 hats – I just couldn’t pass it up. lol.  I figured I was all set so I headed out to meet my Aunt and Sister at the hotel.  They had already arrived a few hours earlier and were sight seeing. I was already a half hour later than what I had planned.

Snack and Breakfast Packed

Lunch Box right next to me :-)

Drove through this tunnel twice.

Made it to the Expo!

This way to pick up my bib and d-tag.

Spent only 10 min at the Expo

2 for $15 Hats :-)

Walking back to my car – a block away.

Cool Artwork.

Corner where I parked.

Then I got lost again :-/ I passed the hotel and thought I had turned around to get back to it. Turns out, I was on my back to the freeway. I was tired and really frustrated at this point. I’ve been driving for close to 3 hours and I was done! I try not to panic when I get lost. I just keep trying to find my back. Somehow I make it to the hotel. I was so relieved and happy  – but that was short lived. My aunt and sis ask to see my shirt… what shirt? My race shirt… OMG! I didn’t get my shirt!! The lady never gave me one. Apparently I was suppose to pick it up at the Expo – but not in the same room as the Expo but a separate room. WTH? I was kind of upset about this. I like to wear my race shirt for the races. There wasn’t anything or anyone that told me about the shirt while I was there. So why didn’t I go back to the Expo? Well it just so happened to be 5 till when I find this out. The Expo would have ended before I could even park. On top of that I didn’t get my sweats bag or pins for my bib – which were also in this special room at the Expo. My Aunt was optimistic in me getting one before the race while my sister was a bit pessimistic about it. There wasn’t much I could do but wait until morning.

Aunt San driving us to dinner :-)

Passing by the docks.

We went out to dinner at a really good Italian restaurant. Really fresh pasta. I ordered the Cannelloni with Spinach and Ricotta – the same as my Aunt. My sister order some Gnocchi with a glass of wine. We laughed and had a great time. My sister and I shared a unique Tiramisu dessert. I’ve never had Tiramisu the way they served it, but it was amazing! You could definitely taste the rum :-)

A really great and fresh Italian Restaurant.

Sis enjoying some wine :-) I stuck with water.

My sister’s gnocchi.

We headed back to the hotel and got ready for bed since we all had to be up early the next morning. Despite a some what stressful day, I slept well. I think I was just so tired that I didn’t have much time to worry about the race like I usually do :-)

Meals:

M1: Larabar and lots of water.

M2: Apple

M3: Salmon, quinoa and brussel sprouts

M4: Pop Chips

M5: Cannelloni w/ spinach and ricotta. Split a some tiramisu with my sister :-)

Everything was freshly made.

The most interesting tiramisu I’ve ever had.

80 oz. of water.

Double HIIT

BeachBody Day66 (Monday)

Even though I was really tired from my super busy weekend, I got up Monday morning for my bootycall. Had a great day with two HIIT workouts :-)

Good Morning! Before getting to my bootycall workout.

Workouts:

Bootycall – Under the Sea X3 – 12 reps each

Turbo Fire Day 64 – HIIT20  – This is my favorite HIIT. 3 routines – 2 repeated twice and 1 repeated 3 times. It goes by so fast and before I know it, it’s over.  No modifications this time around. Followed with Tone30 and really focused on making every rep count. Since they don’t do a lot of reps, I have to really add resistance to keep it challenging.

Afternoon workout – Drop10 Sweet 16 on the treadmill with an incline. This was a short HIIT but it makes you sweat!! Followed with Drop10 Toning X3.

Drop10 Sweet16 HIIT on an incline with a warm up and a cool down.

Sweaty Mess after Sweet16 workout :-)

Ended with 2 min plank w/ 1min tummy tucks

Meals:

M1 – Chobani Champions Vanilla Chocolate Chunk w/ almond butter and chia seeds.

Used up all of my favorite Raw Almond Butter :-(

M2: Egg white, black beans and brown rice.

M3: Chocolate Shakeology w/ strawberries, avocado, and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. And a Mango.

M4: 5 dark chocolate almonds.

M5: Shiritaki Noodles with mushroom and spinach red sauce – staying on track with my Meatless Mondays :-)

Spinach and Mushroom red sauce with Shiritaki Noodles.

80 oz. water and 1 Zico.

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BeachBody Day62 – Active Rest

Today was a fairly easy day for me – an Active rest day. I usually do cross training for my cardio to give my knees a break from running. It depends on how I’m feeling and today my knees were a little achy so I decided to keep my workouts low impact. Started with Tone It Up’s Under the Sea workout – 10reps X3 sets. You’ll see me doing this one a lot during the Bikini Series :-)

I had another quiet morning to myself after dropping the boys off to school. Ben is still on his alternate work schedule while we wait for his medical to be cleared so he wasn’t home either.  The workout challenge for the Bikini Series today was to do the Bikini Strap workout from last year’s series :-) I was more than happy to do it because it is my favorite workout from last year.  I still do it a lot for bootycalls. I did 15reps X 3sets. I added a 6lb. medicine ball to the Thigh Slimming Squats for some resistance. I also used the medicine ball for the Waistline V-Sit Twists. I’ve improved since last year. I was able to keep my feet off the ground during the Upper Chest and Shoulder Press and during the V-Sit Twists :-) I also started the Ultimate Arm and Back Toner with 5 regular pushups. Doing regular pushups instead of modified ones really makes a difference! I’m hoping that I’ll be able to do 10-15 all regular pushups one day :-) Then it was time for some Turbo Fire.

Turbo Fire Day 60 – It was HIIT15 and Tone 30 today.  I followed the low impact moves but  modified the tuck jumps. I wanted to push myself but take it easy on my knees at the same time. I did modified jacks the first set but realized that I could do regular jacks fine without my knees hurting too badly so I stuck with normal jacks for the rest of the workout.  I also modified the Star Jacks because those were harder on my knees. My favorite is the last combo – even modifying all the tuck jumps at the end got my heart racing. Tone30 was tough on my shoulders today – probably because they were already worked from the Bikini Strap workout.

For my afternoon workout I did the Bikini Series workout challenge from yesterday – the Drop10 Engine Revver.  This one would have been perfect to do on the treadmill but I went with the elliptical to keep it low impact.  I make sure that during the work interval – I’m working.  I used a different machine than I normally do because the one I like to use was already in use when I got to the gym… don’t you hate when that happens? lol.  I put the resistance and incline at 10 for the work and lowered them to 5 for the rest intervals. I was sweaty mess afterwards and loved it.

Only 2 more rounds to go! Snapped a pic during the Rest interval of the 7th round.

Engine Revver Done! 36 minutes w/ a 5min cool down.

Another reason I took it easy today is because I decided to do my first 10K with a friend of mine this weekend. I haven’t been specifically training for it because I’ve been so focused on Big Sur.  But I figure if I can run 9miles, I can run 6miles.  Since I did a super long run yesterday, I know that I have to give my legs and knees a break so I can do have a decent run on Sunday.

Did something different for my PlankADay. My TIU sister Emma (@Roxyfull) posted her plank routine for BeachBabe Abs on twitter: 1min plank, 1min tummy tuck alternating for 5 minutes. I consider myself a fairly fit person and I’ve done 5min planks alternating but usually with more than 2 positions. This routine sounded pretty good and I figured it’d be a great way to end my night.  I was not prepared to sweat as much as I did. Lol. My shoulders were killing me the whole time but I pushed through. Doing tummy tucks for a minute after holding plank for a minute – burns!! My whole body was shaking at the end. Thanks for a great ab workout Emma! I’m going to be doing it a lot :-)

New Plank routine from @Roxyfull (Emma) - It Burns!

Meals – Completely obsessed with mangos today :-)

M1: Egg white Scramble w/ spinach, tomatoes, and mushrooms.

Egg White Scramble

M2: A whole mango :-) I was so excited that they were ripe and ready to eat.

I Love Mangos!

M3: Salad w/ left over Panko Chicken, spinach, cucumbers, carrots and tomatoes with a side of mango.  I only used part of the mango for the salad but I would have eaten another whole one :-)

A very yummy lunch - more mangos :-)

M4: Almond Coconut Kind bar and a Zico.

M5: Salmon Burger patty on top of Spinach, bell peppers, and mushrooms topped with fresh pineapple. This was sooooo good. Salmon and pineapple taste great together :-)

Amazing dinner! Pineapple on top was soooo good :-)

80 oz. of water, 1 Zico and 1c. of Green tea.

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BeachBody Challenge Day48

Despite a rough emotional night, I got up at 6a and did Tone It Up’s Self Magazine Drop10 Toning workout and Mad Abs March Day22. The 35 pushups were extremely hard. I think it’s because I did Day21 last night instead of yesterday in the morning. My arms were still fired from the 34 pushups.

Turbo Fire Day 46 – I think I’m doing better with the bicep curls in Tone30. I think I’d do better with weights than the band especially since it’s only 1 set of 12 followed with a set of 8. I think the band is working though. I guess I just want to see faster results. lol. I think I’ve got Fire30 down! Had so much fun today. I always have fun with the Fire workouts.  It’s dancing and kickboxing mixed together with HIIT to great music.  I really wish I had someone to do it with.

I kind of swapped my days on my Drop10 Challenge.  Today was suppose to be a Rest day but since all I did was run yesterday, I counted that as my Rest Day.  I wanted to do the second HIIT workout, but just didn’t have time. I’m glad though because my knees and legs are still tight from yesterday’s long run.  I did do the Toning workout earlier and Tomorrow’s schedule is the second HIIT so I will definitely be doing it :-)

Ben wanted to brush up on his basketball skills before playing with his coworkers tonight, so we went to the park and played a couple games of 21. Let’s just say that I have a slight Disadvantage with Ben being a whole foot taller than me :-/ Lol. He was nice enough not to just stand by the net and score off my many missed free throws. I did score some points by taking advantage of his missed shots thought :-) It was a lot of fun. We went back to the park with the boys but I did an NTC workout (Fighter Fit) while he played with Gio.  I chose one that didn’t require any equipment and it was really nice to workout outdoors.

I didn’t want to do my Plank for today.  I had already done one during the MadAbs workout and during the NTC workout.  But I made myself do a 5 min plank to end my night. For the last minute I did hip dips and tried a move Chalene Johnson posted.

“Start on your elbow in plank. Slowly rotate and drop your left hip allow the right foot to lift and hips to stack. Alternate slowly dropping, rotating to tap each hip."

Meals:

M1: Mutligrain Raisin Oatmeal w/ cocoa almond butter, blueberries, and chia seeds.

M2: Fruit Salad w/ handful of almonds.

Fruit for a big salad I made for Gio - and me :-)

Added a handful of almonds for some protein.

M3: Salmon, brown rice, spinach, tomatoes, and mushrooms.

Salmon Rice bowl topped with avocado.

M4: Larabar

M5: Salmon, broccoli, and asparagus.

60 oz. of water and 1 Zico.

BeachBody Challenge Day41

Another rainy day. I decided to stay inside today for my workouts.  It took me a long time to warm up after my wet run yesterday. Plus, my knees needed a break.  They didn’t feel as stiff as they use to today, but I don’t want to push them too much because I don’t want to get hurt before my Big Sur race next month. I got up and started with Day 15 of the Mad Abs March Challenge.  I made it through the 25 pushups! That’s the most I’ve done in a Long time – I think I was able to do 30 something in high school but I was super tiny then. Then it was more abs with NTC’s Jenette Jenkin’s Ab Blast workout. This is a killer workout. I am not great at all the moves, but I do my best. I figure the more I try it, the better I’ll get. I modified the Forearm Plank Balances by doing it on my knees. I just collapsed trying to stay in plank. lol. The Scissor Kicks with Extended Arms was the most difficult one for me.

New M100 Best Time

After dropping the boys off at school, it was time to do some grocery shopping. I like to do this when I don’t have the boys so I can go faster. Plus it’s not as busy in the mornings and I can get in and out. I didn’t have much time before picking Seppe up to do what I wanted so I did a set of M100’s and beat my last time by 6 seconds :-) I didn’t take any breaks this time around. My heart felt like it was going to pop out of my chest at the end. I did another NTC workout – Muscle Definer.  I reached 1125 min! I’m looking forward to getting to 1500 minutes and unlocking a 45min Jenette Jenkins workout!

Turbo Fire Day 39

Today was Tone30 and Fire30. I made the resistance harder today. I really wanted to work my arms during the arm exercises. I’m wondering if I can use weights instead of resistance bands…. I don’t mind the band but I like to work with weights for strength training.  I had a lot of fun with Fire30 today – not that I haven’t before but since I’m doing it more often during the cardio month, I’ve really gotten the routine down.  I can focus on getting really intense with the moves. I’ve finally got the High Low Round House move down.  For some reason I would get thrown off with that move. Now instead of figuring out when to kick, I just kick!

Ended my night with a 5 min plank.

1 min hands, 1 min side plank *each side, 1 min hands, 1 min forearms

Meals –

M1: This rainy weather makes me want something warm in the morning  so it was Raisin Spice Oatmeal with Unsweetened Almond Milk, Raw Almond Butter, Banana and Chia seeds.

Warm Breakfast

M2: Chobani Champions Vanilla Chocolate Chunk – decided just to have it plain today.

M3: Left over Panko Rainbow Trout with Spinach, Cucumber and Tomato Salad w/ Balsamic Vinegar for dressing.

Fish and Salad

M4: Chunky Olive Hummus and Baby Carrots.

My Favorite Hummus: Chunky Olive

M5: Salmon with Balsamic/Honey Sauce (from FitFoodJunkie) and Asparagus

Mixing up my Balsamic Vinegar and Honey

Salmon and Asparagus

100 oz. of water.

BeachBody Challenge Day 34

I really need to get to bed earlier. I finished one of the boys’ videos last night. Finding and adding music takes me the longest. Despite how tired I was, I got up and got dressed.  I love that the sun is out bright and early now :-) Now, even though I am tired, I can get up and at least go for a nice 30 minute walk.  If I hadn’t been so tired, I probably could have gone for a run. My knees were still pretty stiff from my long run yesterday. I think that it will just get worse as my runs get longer so I wanted to get into the habit of going low impact the day after.

Sunrise Walk on the peninsula

The sun was just coming up when I went out.  It was a really nice morning and I could tell that it was going to be a beautiful day.  It was nice that the wind had died down a bit too. It was cool but I warmed up as I walked. I don’t take an easy stroll when I walk. I walk as fast as I can without going into a run :-) Low impact but lots of intensity!

I meant to do a workout right after dropping the boys off at school, but I got started on Seppe’s tball game :-/ I got a lot done by the time Ben got up. Finally got Ben to go to the gym with me :-) Well – I went with him.  He is really trying to get back into working out and I thought that if I went with him, it would help. I’ve stayed away from the gym – except for speed training – now that the weather has been so nice because I love running outside. And today was a big reason why I don’t hit the gym often.

Rockin my Tone It Up tank to the gym. Forgive the crazy lady appearance :-)

When we got there, a lady was on the bike talking on her phone. It is my biggest pet peeve! Why even sit on the machine when you’re obviously not getting a workout while you’re sitting there casually pedaling and talking up a storm – and talking loudly.  Ben got on an elliptical. An older lady was on the one working treadmill, so I decided to warm up on the other elliptical.  I decided to do Tone It Up’s Max Burn workout (minus the Itty Bitty workout at the end).  I figured the lady on the bike would be getting off her phone soon since I had no idea how long she was there before us. I finished my warmup, went through the first set of of exercises and lucked out! The older lady finished on the treadmill so I was able to hop on for the 5 min jog interval. I kept my pace easy for my knees. Lady on the bike was talking even louder. Second set of exercises and she was still talking. 2nd 5 min jog, she moved next to me and now I could hear her even over my headphones which I had up pretty loud. ugh! Thankfully Ben told her to quiet down because he was super annoyed. She just plugged in her headset and continued to talk. SMH. I finished up and did Day 8 of the MadAbs March challenge while I waited for Ben to finish. We were going to lift some weights but the lady was still on her phone talking so we left.  Our gym is small so there wasn’t any place we could really go to get far away enough to Not hear her.  Ok enough about that annoying bitch. lol.

Turbo Fire Day 32

I decided to be nice and let Ben have the tv for his video game. I used my laptop to do my workout. I started with Tone30. This one is killer on my arms.  I’m still getting use to the resistance band.  I kind of want to use weights instead, but I’ll stick with the band. Fire30 was also on the schedule for today.  Definitely did better on it today.  I kept it low impact so no jumps or tucks. I did do the sumo burpee  though. My favorite is the second combo. I can really get into that one.

Ended with a 5 min plank.

1 min on hands, 1 min side plank (30 second side dips) each side, 1 min hands (30 sec tummy tucks), 1 min elbows (30 second hip dips)

Meals:

M1: Chobani Champions with raw almond butter and chia seeds.

I try to get every last bit of yogurt :-)

M2: Chocolate Peanut Butter Shakeology. I usually use almond butter but I decided to change it up and use peanut butter.

M3: I bought some collard greens on yesterday so I could try out collard wraps like the one in Tone It Up Nutrition Plan :-) I’ve never had collard greens before and I was a little worried about the taste. I told myself that I’ll never know unless I try it so I bought it. I took my left over quinoa mix and wrapped it in a leaf. I made two because even though the leave were big, I didn’t a lot of filling in so it would wrap. I really like collard greens and I want to try cooking it :-)

Collard Greens

Left over quinoa, chicken, mushrooms, spinach, zucchini, and squash mix.

Quinoa mix Collar Wrap

M4: Lara bar.

M5: I made burritos for the boys. Kept it simple for the kids – a little refried beans, ground turkey and cheese. For Ben, I added guacamole and plain Chobani yogurt. I was hoping that it would be a good enough substitute for sour cream for Ben. He can be quite picky so I was glad that he liked it with the greek yogurt. I used whole wheat tortillas. For me, I made salad using the ground turkey I made for boys, red kidney beans, and tomato avocado salsa on top of spinach. I added a bit of plain greek yogurt on top.

My No Taco Salad :-)

Topped with Plain Chobani Greek Yogurt - just as good as sour cream :-)

I wanted to something sweet so I decided to have 5 strawberries.

90 oz. of water. 1 Zico.