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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.

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BeachBody Challenge Day44

Last night I realized how worn out I was from this last week. I thoroughly enjoyed sleeping in until 9a and not getting out of bed until 10a :-) The boys actually slept in too but they were up at 8a. I got up and had a little something to eat before heading out for my run.  It wasn’t raining today but it was pretty windy.  I went 4 miles and had a great run despite the crazy wind.  It’s amazing how much getting enough rest impacted my run.  Yesterday, I felt a little sluggish on my run.  It felt hard to get my legs moving like I wanted, but today I felt like my legs were flying even though they were still a little sore. I can really tell difference between my runs when I get extra sleep and eat a little something and when I run with an empty stomach with less sleep.

I had lots of cleaning to do but I decided that after a week of being cooped up inside the house because of rain, the boys needed to get out! We walked over to the park and I let them play for a bit.  Then, I had them run around the park as practice for a race that they want to do next month.  I’m really excited that they want to do races.  It’s just a fun kid race, but I’m hoping that one day we can do 5k’s as a family :-) Seppe did really well running for most of the time. Gio did his usual – go as fast as he can then walks for a bit and then runs again. When it was time to go home, they wanted to take the Long way home. I was worried that there would be lots of whining – especially from Seppe, but they did really well.  We walked by the Library, Police Station, Fire Station and City Hall.  The boys were fascinated by the buildings and were very happy that they got to have a “tour.”  All in all it was a 2 mile walk.

Heading out for our walk.

In front of City Hall - a little sunshine before we got rained on.

Fascinated by how the water moved in the fountain.

I did some cleaning when we got home and they relaxed by watching a movie. I didn’t do my Turbo Fire workout until after they went to bed.

Turbo Fire Day42 – I like to do Core20 and Stretch40 at night.  I don’t have to worry about being quiet because there’s no jumping.  I’m still working on keeping my feet up during the Training Camp exercise. The mat exercises are really tough. Stretch40 is just amazing. It’s exactly what my body needed and a perfect way to end my day.  I feel so relaxed after it.

Meals –

M1: Luna bar – just something quick before going for a run.

M2: Chocolate Shakeology with Zico and avocado.

Chocolate Shakeology plus Zico - Yummy Post Run shake :-)

M3: I really didn’t know what to have for lunch. I just wasn’t in the mood for a salad. I wound up having a whole wheat sandwich thin with hummus, avocado, and tomato sprinkled with sea salt.

One of my favorites.

M4: Larabar

M5: Seafood quinoa mix – seafood blend from Trader Joes with shrimp, calamari, and scallops mixed with green beans, bell peppers, squash, and zucchini.  Used FitFoodJunkies Balsamic/Honey sauce. Yes, I love this sauce and will be using it a lot : -)

Seafood and Quinoa mix.

60 oz. of water and a Zico

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.

BeachBody Challenge Day27

Today started off pretty good :-) I forced myself up to do my bootycall workout. It was light enough to go out and even though it was cloudy, I decided to head out for a brisk walk.  I really like going out for a walk/jog first thing in the morning. It usually helps me wake up.  I knew it was going to be raining for most of the day, but I pulled on my rain coat and went out anyways. It only rained on me at the end.  I go for two miles and walk it as fast as I can. Walking shouldn’t be taken lightly. I think it is a really great low impact exercise that Anyone can do.  If you do it at a quick pace, engage your core, and focus on good posture, it can be a decent workout :-) Plus it gives my knees a much needed break from pounding the pavement.

My favorite part about early morning walks/jogs - the trail is pretty much empty. All mine :-)

Last little bit of the sky before the clouds took over

Then it was time to do my usual morning routine with the kids. It was a little difficult with Seppe this morning but we all got out the door in time. After dropping the boys off at school, I decided to do a workout.  I wanted to do some strength training so I turned to my NTC app. Went for the 45 minute Challenger workout. I was dripping sweat the Entire workout. A minute never seems so long unless you’re doing these intervals with NTC. If you have an iPhone – I highly recommend downloading this app! I wanted to do a set of M100’s but ran out of time :-(

————————— Turbo Fire Day 25 —————————

I was a little frustrated because my Turbo Fire workout got pushed back further than I wanted it to be. Sometimes Ben can wind up dominating our schedules. It was HIIT20 and Sculpt30 today. And let me tell you, I totally took my frustrations out on my workout. I jumped higher – not that it was super high – but I did all of the jumps.  I hit like I was really punching someone in the face – it may or may not have Ben’s that I imagined. lol :-) I was able to keep up pretty well this time around on the HIIT.  I remembered the moves and was able to really focus and venting my anger.

Sculpt30 was as tough as I remembered it. I did challenge myself even more this time through.  Added more resistance to some of the moves.Didn’t stop when it burned and did all the pushups at the end :-) I didn’t add the resistance band with the pushups though – maybe next time.

I wanted to do one more workout for today, but time wasn’t on my side.  Plus we got some frustrating news about our rent going up super high. There was lots to talk about. I ended with a 5 minute plank – 1 min elbows, i min hands, 1 min side plank (each side), 30 second hands, 30 seconds elbows.

1min elbows, 1 min hands, 1 min side plank (each side), 30 sec hands, 30 sec elbows

Looking forward to tomorrow.

Meals:

M1 – Chobani Strawberry with Raw Almond Butter and Chia seeds – gotta thank my TIU sister @GetFitCat for giving me this idea. She always adds it to hers so I decided to give it a try (It is Try It Thursday after all). Also had a slice of zucchini loaf and half a banana – the bigger half went to Seppe.

Trying Chobani with Chia Seeds and Almond Butter

Yummy Breakfast

M2: I had been craving bacon so I picked up some Turkey bacon from TraderJoes. I decided to cook up some egg whites and sauté some mushrooms, spinach, and tomatoes. I placed on piece of bacon on top of the veggies, set the egg whites on top of the bacon and added one more slice of bacon on top.  It was soooo good and just what I needed after the NTC workout.  Also had a small bowl of grapes.

Egg whites, turkey bacon, mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes

M3: Left over quinoa pasta and veggies with a side of TraderJoes Lemon Pepper Chicken.

M4: Snapea Crisps, carrots and hummus.

M5: TraderJoe’s Turkey meatballs and grilled asparagus. I could have sworn that I took a pic but my boys had my phone for a bit so they may have deleted it by accident :-(

80 oz. of water.

Today is the First day of March and there’s a new Tone It Up March Calendar. I always make mine my Desktop Wallpaper so I can always check to see the challenges. Make sure to get yours – Just click the pic ;-)

Tone It Up's March 2012 Calendar - Make sure to print/save Yours!

I really can’t believe it’s March already! I have a feeling that this year is just going to fly by. New month means New Goals. For March, I will be focusing on getting at least 80 oz. of water a daily, running 8 miles by the end of the month, and continuing with my BeachBody Turbo Fire Challenge.