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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.

Bikini Series Day8

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May 5, 2014

Happy Cinco de Mayo!! It was a little hard to get up this morning. It’s tough when I don’t really get a chance to sleep in on the weekend. It makes me feel like I get no break.

Oh well. I got up and did my neighborhood loop. I actually walked it faster this time. I decided to jog part of the downhill parts because it was harder to slow down. That was all I needed to wake up.

I was happy that both boys were finally healthy again and could go to school. I couldn’t wait to get to the gym after I dropped them off :-) I had a killer leg day. I started with a 1mile run on the treadmill then I hit the weight room. I did a modified version of a leg workout I had done before. Took out exercises I didn’t want to do and changed the number of reps and sets on others. I focused on good form and control.
Leg Press – 15,10,8,6,6,8,10,15
(140, 160, 180, 250) – I increased weight as I lowered my reps and decreased them when I increased reps.
Leg Press Machine – 10 x 10 150lbs – For this one I made sure to get low. I could really feel this in my glutes. That 10th round was killer.
Lying Leg Curls – 10 x 5 50lbs
Glute Pushdowns – 10 x 5 94lbs – this was tough after the leg press machine.
Single Leg Seated Leg Curl to Deadlift –
15 – 10 x 5 (35, 50)
Ended with Excited for Spring Cardio on the stair master. What a sweatfest!!

I was so worn out when I was done. But I was happy. It’s that exhausted from a great workout feeling :-) I walked very slowly for the rest of the day. I had to to do some grocery shopping and it was all in slow motion. Luckily, I had enough time and got most of it done before picking up the boys from school.

I started to feel overwhelmed once the boys got home. I had dinner to prep, homework to help with, and so many things to do before we had to leave for Gio’s game. I totally forgot that I had snack duty so I feel badly that the boys didn’t get a snack tonight :-( I’ll have to make it up to them. It was another rough loss for the boys. And miserable for the parents to watch because it was sooooo cold and windy.

I was really happy that Ben decided to come home and wait for a late dinner instead of picking up fast food. Meals today were pretty good.
M1: egg whites and quinoa
M2: KindBar
M3: Pesto Pasta w/ Chk apple sausage, spinach and Brussel sprouts. I pretty much threw a bunch of leftovers together.
M4: Larabar – at the baseball game
M5: In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, I made tacos. Ben and the boys had the last of the taco shells and I had lettuce tacos. The boys really enjoyed filling their tacos with what they wanted. I put guacamole, quinoa, ground turkey, and tomatoes on mine. I did also have a few tortilla chips to finish off the guacamole. I didn’t want to throw it away.
M6: frozen grapes.
Missed my water goal by 1oz. But it’s pretty close so I’m happy. I’m trying to have at least 1 coconut water during the day as part of my water intake.

After the boys went to bed, I did my 2min plank and the Best Ab Routine circuit. This was the first time I’ve done this workout. It does get those abs burning. The scissor exercise is the hardest one for me, especially today when my legs were super tired.

My kitchen is a mess and there is still 100 things I need to do. But they will have to wait until tomorrow because I am done for today!

Sweat X3!

BeachBody Day 80

I’m really surprised that I’m still up and able to type this up :-) I had a really great and sweaty day! I had to be up at 5a so I could go to the gym before Ben left to go to work. I wasn’t looking forward to it. I’m not even sure I slept all that great but I made myself get up, get dressed, and get out the door. You know that quote – “Get up and exercise before your mind realizes what you’re doing”? That’s what I kept thinking of on my way to the gym. I did yesterday’s Bikini Series challenge – the Drop10 Fat Zapper on the bike for 30min. I love that HIIT workouts get me sweating :-) I was wide awake and full of energy once I finished. I am really thinking of getting up at 5a more often because I can get so much done. I got my workout in, showered – and not just a quick 5min one but a nice relaxing one  – made lunch for Ben and Gio, and had breakfast ready before the boys even got up :-)

After dropping the boys off at school, I wanted to get some cleaning done. The apartment needed it badly! So I broke my morning up – spent the first half cleaning the kitchen and the boys’ bathroom. Took a break for a snack then did my Turbo Fire workout.

Turbo Fire Day 78 – I was glad to see Fire45EZ again. There aren’t any fire drills in this one but it’s combo after combo. I put in a lot of intensity. Punched hard and kicked as high as I could :) I had a lot of fun and I was drenched with sweat afterwards. So much for staying clean after that nice shower ;-) Followed with Stretch10. My legs – especially my hamstrings are super sore from yesterday’s Lean Legs Pyramid. It felt good to stretch them out.  I added the Drop10 Sculpting X3 to wrap up my morning workout.

After TurboFire and Drop10 Sculpting

Did more cleaning after picking Seppe up and had lunch. Finished cleaning after picking Gio up from school. My apartment is clean! Well it was for a few hours. The kitchen is already dirty again. lol.

Tone It Up’s Bikini Sereis challenges for today was to crank things up a bit by adding 30 min of cardio to my day and eating a Lean, Clean and Green dinner. I could have considered my TurboFire as my extra cardio but I decided to hit the gym after the boys went to bed. I did a 30min treadmill program that had inclines for my third sweat session of the day :-)

Back at the gym for BikiniSeries extra 30min cardio

Aerobic Program with hills on Treadmill.

Workout Summary!

A sweaty mess for the 3rd time and still smiling :-)

Ended with my usual plankaday.

PlankADay – 1min low, 1min high, 1min side plank each side, 1min tummy tucks

Meals:

M1: Variation of the SlimDown Scramble. Basically I just put the veggies on top of the egg white instead of mixing it all together. I like this better for some reason.

How I Like my SlimDown Scramble :-)

M2: half a grapefruit and 4 dark chocolate almonds.

M3: Chocolate Shakeology with Zico, kale, and banana. I am going to be having Shakeology for lunch every day this week. Trying to use it up.

Ready to get mixed up!

M4: Tried a new Larabar that I found at Target.

Found another yummy Larabar

M5: Salmon with a Balsamic/Honey sauce (from FitFoodJunkie) with grilled eggplant and zucchini.

Salmon and Veggies for dinner.

100 oz. of water. 1 Zico. 1c of Chamomile Tea

I have my alarm set for another 5a bootycall tomorrow :-) Really looking forward to doing the new “Love Your Legs” workout.

BeachBody Day69

If you’re wondering why my titles change…. One, I’m experimenting and seeing which way I like to title my posts. Two, sometimes I can think of a title that I really like. Three, and sometimes I can’t. lol. Tonight would be one of those nights where I can’t really think of anything creative. I guess I’m worn out from spending the day on my lap top :-/ Too bad I’m still way behind on videos for my boys :-( I’m planning on getting back on track after my race… which is only a few days away!! yikes!

Bootycall – Tone It Up’s Under the Sea 12 reps X3sets

Spent most of my morning working on my blog and organizing videos.

Turbo Fire Day 67 – HIIT25 didn’t feel that much longer. It’s 4 routines 2X each. I noticed that the routines were a little bit longer than the ones from HIIT15/HIIT20. We did a few more reps of each of the moves – which was quite tiring when it was the sumo squats and anything with tuck jumps.  But it still goes by fast :-) I modified the tuck jumps. With my race being a few days away, I decided that I better take it easy on my knees.  Sculpt30 was a little painful because my arms were still sore. Usually I am adding resistance but today, I eased off a bit so I could actually finish the sets. It still burned a lot! But I pushed through :-)

Tone It Up’s Bikini Series Challenge for today was SELF Magazine’s Drop10 Size Shrinker HIIT. I decided to do this on the treadmill on an incline.  I have no idea what the course is going to be like but since Big Sur is known for it’s hills, I’m assuming that there will be some hills even on my course. I figured one more day of hill training wouldn’t hurt.

Drop10 SizeShrinker with 1min warmup and 5min cool down. Incline between 3-5 and at 10 for cool down.

Still smiling after finishing Size Shrinker :-)

Seppe loves to go to the pool when I go to the gym. While I workout, Ben and the boys go swimming. We all get some exercise :-)

Ended with a combination of two plank challenges from two Tone It Up Sisters – Sophie and Emma.  Sophie’s was 25 pushups, 50 sec plank and 30 sec side plank each side.  Emma’s was that killer 5min plank with tummy tucks. I started with 25 pushups on my knees. My arms are so dead that I knew the only way I was doing 25 at one time was on my knees. But I will be working on doing 25 regular pushups :-) Then I did a 1min plank, 1min tummy tucks, 30sec side plank each side, 1min plank and ended with 1min of tummy tucks. It was tough! I will try to do this one more often because it is a nice challenge :-)

Meals:

M1: Protein Pancake with cocoa almond butter. All out of strawberries :-(

M2: Grapes with Air popped popcorn.

M3: Chocolate Shakeology with pineapple, mango, and avocado.

M4: Almond Coconut Kind bar.

M5: Left over Chicken, spinach, quinoa, mushrooms, and bell peppers.

Left overs for dinner. Using one the boys bowl.

100 oz. of water!!

Sign up for the Bikini Series at ToneItUp.com

You can also still sign up for Self Magazine’s Drop10 Challenge

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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You can also still sign up for Self Magazine’s Drop10 Challenge

Beach Body Challenge Day6

It was really nice sleeping in. I woke up around 8a and just enjoyed Not hearing the sound of my boys fighting. lol. It is amazing how quiet things are without them around. I almost forgot what it’s like.  The beds weren’t too bad at the hotel. It’s hard for me to ever be comfortable in a bed that isn’t mine.  We have a Temperpedic and it is worth every single penny!

Our room didn’t have a fridge – besides the mini bar, so I had a Luna bar for breakfast. Ben had a Cliff bar and he decided that he’d come with me to the gym :-)  After doing a 2min plank (just me), we strapped on our running shoes and walked through the hotel to get to their Cardio room. I went over to the treadmills and he headed for the ellipticals. I love hotel gyms because they have the Best equipment.  These treadmills had a TV, attachments for iPhone, and a fan.  I chose to do a 5K program. Did pretty good and stuck to a 7mph pace.

Morning Plank

Ben finishing up his workout

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I decided to do my Turbo Fire workout when I got back from the hotel gym. I wanted to get my workouts out of the way so we could do whatever we needed to for the rest of the day.

Today was Fire 30 and Stretch 10. I still did the New to Class option.  I definitely did better.  This workout is so much fun.

Fire 30 Stretch 10

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Meal 2 was skipped. By the time I was done working out and showering, it was time for lunch. We headed to my favorite place: Bahama Breeze. I use to work at one when I lived in Florida and Vegas is the closest place for me to get their amazing food.  I Always go there for lunch when I go to Vegas. Their menu has changed a little since I’ve worked there but their atmosphere and quality is still great. It always brings back happy memories of my good friends and good times I had when I go there.

I decided to try out one of their new salads : Grilled Chicken and Tropical Fruit on Greens.  This was soooooo good! In hindsight I should have asked for the dressing on the side. It was Raspberry Vinaigrette but they had more on there than I would have liked. I am not big on salad dressing and I only ever use a very tiny bit.  The salad was still amazing though.  It had pineapple, grapes, oranges, and strawberries. I ate every last bit :-) I did have one drink: their Pineapple Coconut Martini.  It’s one they’ve added since I’ve worked there and it’s my favorite.  Usually I’d just have them keep them coming, but I stuck with just one and lots of water :-) Ben got his usual Jerk Shrimp appetizer.  I was very proud that he didn’t order an entree too. He’s working on getting use to smaller portions.

Ben with my drink and his

Chicken and Tropical Fruit on Greens

Jerk Shrimp

After lunch we  toured the Las Vegas Tower.  For those that don’t know, Ben is an air traffic controller.  He wanted to see if the Vegas tower was some place he would want to transfer to after SFO. It is very interesting listening to them talk about the differences between the towers.  It looks like that they are already fully staffed so it will be a while before Ben can go there.  They were all very friendly and we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

We headed over to the Cosmo for Ben to talk with a few people. He was very happy to have found a store that was carrying a shoe he really wanted.  The Cosmo is just so hip and fun. lol. I loved the Chandelier hanging from the ceiling and going all the way down. It was just so pretty :-)

Inside the Cosmo - 2nd Floor

We walked across the street to the Miracle Mile Mall. We walked the whole thing :-) Now I remember that we also walked it the day before… our first day in Vegas. lol. I had seen some shoes I wanted the day before. I went back in and got them today. Well, not exactly the ones I wanted.  The shoes I wanted were sold out in my size. They had my size in different style so I went for one that wasn’t as crazy as some of my other choices.

New Kicks - BlowFish

These shoes are super comfy!! I thought that they’d be stiff, but not at all. I took off my boots and wore these around and my feet felt great :-)

Meal 4 was Almond Coconut Kind Bar. We went back to our hotel and relaxed for a little bit.  We were a little worn out so we decided to stay at our hotel for dinner.  We didn’t want to do a fancy restaurant again so we decided to do California Pizza Kitchen.  I ordered a thin crust Spinach Artichoke pizza made with whole wheat flour.  Again, Ben liked it better than his pizza :-) I only had two slices.  I heard about the Kardashian Khaos Store inside the Mirage so we went to check it out after dinner.

I’m not a huge fan of the Kardashians, but I am a Huge fan of Stila Cosmetics.  I was surprised to see that they did an exclusive makeup collection for the Kardashian Khaos store.  There were two sets and I had the hardest time deciding which to get. I really wanted both but I decided to exercise some will power.  I chose the Bronze set since I use more of those colors on a daily basis than the ones inside the Night time set.

Stila Makeup for Kardashian Khaos

We went back to our hotel room and got ready to head over to our friends’ house out in Henderson.  We don’t get to see them much so we wanted to make sure we stopped by for a bit.  We always have a great time with them. Malissa and I will be doing the Disney Half Marathon in September together :-)  We stayed for a couple hours then headed back to the hotel.  Ben had to be up early the next day.