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BikiniSeries Day32

May 29, 2014
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Workouts:
Spring Into Summer Cardio on bike: 3.3 miles
UpperBody workout:
Assisted Pull-Ups/ Dips 6×3 16lbs
Decline Chest Press 10×3 20lbs
Chest Press 10×3 25lbs
Shoulder Press 10×3 30lbs
MTS Row 10×3 30lbs
MTS High Row 10×3 30lbs
Front Pull Down 10×3 40lbs
Ab Playlist + BikiniAbs
Sunkissed Abs
2min plank

Meals:
M1: Egg whites, blueberry bread, banana
M2: grapes
M3: Baked Potato soup from Panera w/ peas and spinach
M4: 5 dark choc almonds
M5: Whole wheat spaghetti w/ ground turkey red sauce

I went back to the gym today!! It felt good to be back. I did Spring into Summer cardio on the bike then hit the weight room. Stuck to upperbody workouts on the machines. I was surprised I could do the weight I did. I could feel it by the time I got home.

Cleaned the kitchen and did more laundry – it just never ends! I guess the workout I did in the morning wore me out because I fell asleep on the couch while the boys did homework.

I’m glad I made my spaghetti sauce earlier in the week. It didn’t take long to make dinner. I ground the turkey up in my blender so it would be smaller for Ben. He was happy to eat down thing besides soup :-) I usually have mine with quinoa but I forgot to make some so I enjoyed one serving of whole wheat pasta.

After the boys went to bed, I knocked out the Ab Playlist, Sunkissed Abs and added Bikini Abs. I saved Bikini Booty for Friday. I love doing Bikini Booty for toning on leg day.

Met my water goal :-) I added spinach and peas to Ben’s Baked potato soup. I helped him finish it off because he was tired of eating it. He’s tired of eating soup period but he’s still having trouble getting solid food down without a lot of pain. He’s taking it slow but I can see he is getting frustrated. I’ve been making fish for us because that’s the only thing he’s been able to eat without too much trouble. I don’t mid having fish every night :-)

Planning on going for a short run on Friday to test my ankle out. I envy all the girls who have been checking in with their runs. I want to run soooo badly!

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 Day22

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May 19, 2014

Workouts:
3mile bootycall run
Leg Workout:
Machine Leg Press Plyo Jumps to Single Leg jumps 10/20 x5 100lbs
Leg Extensions 10 x 3 65lbs
Lying Leg Curls to Single Leg Curls 10/5 x3 55lbs/25lbs
1hr 15min Kickboxing/Core Class (5miles)
BikiniArms
IttyBitty Bikini x3
2min plank

Meals:
M1: egg/banana pancake w/ cocoa almd butter
M2: banana
M3: leftover orange Chk, broccoli, quinoa, and Brussel sprouts
M4: kind bar
M5: BBQ chicken, quinoa, broccoli,Brussel sprouts

Started my week off great with a Great leg day. I got up and got in a 3mile run for my bootycall. I don’t usually do a run the day after a long run but my legs felt pretty good. I love running the trail early because the deer are out on the trail. It’s so peaceful and quiet.

I really wanted to go kickboxing so I did a short but intense leg workout. The plyo jumps on the machine leg press really burn the booty. Pushed myself in kickboxing during the squats and kicks.

Did a mini grocery shopping then ran errands with Ben. He took an extra day off from going back to work because he didn’t sleep at all the night before. House cleaning then homework with the boys. Did BikiniArms and IttyBitty after putting the boys to bed. I love and hate the BikiniArms routine. Lol. I hate it while I’m doing it. I don’t say nice things to Karena. But I love it when I’m done. My arms burned. Itty Bitty is one of my favorite routines. I remember when I first did this workout and it was soooo hard to do the last exercise. I modified most of the exercises and I struggled with every rep. Now, I can do advanced versions of the moves and do more reps. It feels good to see progress :-) Ended with my plank.

Meals were not too bad. The BBQ sauce I used was organic and the boys loved it. I met my water goal :-) I ordered my goal bikini from Amazon. I will post pics when it arrives.

Bikini Series Day19

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May 16, 2014

Workouts:
1.4 mile bootycall walk
10min Stairmaster warm up – 40sec speed intervals
Leg workout:
Smith Machine Squats 115lbs 10 x 3
Smith Machine Split Lunges 65lbs 10 x 3 each leg
90’s Leg Press 90lbs
DeadLifts 95lbs 10 x 3
Glute Pushdowns 94lbs 12 x 3
Leg Extensions 65lbs 8 x 4
Lying Leg Curls 60lbs 8 x 4
Hip Abduction 90lbs 10 x 3
Hip Adduction 90lbs 10 x 3
Biker Babes Cardio 9miles/3 = 3miles for 150bysummer
Love Your Body With Yoga
2min plank

Meals:
M1: egg whites, banana, honey chia toast with cocoa almd butter and half an apple Chk sausage. I only had half a slice of toast because Seppe ate the other half.
M2: larabar and zico
M3: last of my pesto quinoa/shrimp mix and some Gluten free cookies
M4: PerfectFit Bar plus a few pretzels and circus animal cookies while at the baseball park for two hours with back to back practices for the boys.
M5: Turkey meatballs and oven roasted Brussel sprouts

I was feeling a little lazy in the morning but I got up and do my walk. I went in the reverse direction and it was faster because the uphill wasn’t as long. I did jog the down hills parts because it’s easier not to resist gravity.

Got to the gym and warmed up on the stairmaster then hit the weight room. It felt good to lift heavy. I did the BikerBabes routine on the stationary bikes in the cardio room.

Did some grocery shopping for the boys’ games on Saturday and found some gluten free cookies I wanted to try. They were ok but I’d rather make my own. I was having a sweet tooth craving at the moment and the cookies didn’t do that great of a job is satisfying it. Finished the last of my pesto shrimp/quinoa mix. I was a little sad because this was soooo yummy. We had back to back practices for the boys at night. I didn’t have lots of energy to make a late dinner when we got home but I didn’t want fast food. My go to for quick dinners is Trader Joes Turkey meatballs and broccoli. No one complains about it and I don’t have to listen to whining. I was short 3 oz on my water goal so I’m happy.

Sunset Challenge: My reward will be sleeping in on Saturday :-) I need to schedule a haircut badly, but it’s been hard to find free time. Pampering myself these days means getting to take a long uninterrupted shower. I just keep telling myself that the TIU retreat will be my vacation :-) I just have to hang in there.

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 Day10

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May 7, 2014 –

No bootycall today. I needed to get some rest. I had a good intense workout at the gym to make up for it.

Wednesdays are always dedicated to the booty ;-) Started with a 10min warmup on the stairmaster. Legs felt it right away. Then, off to the weight room.
Leg Extensions 10 x 3 – 65lbs
Single Leg Lying Leg Curl to Lying Leg Curl – 10 x 3 20/50 – I would do 10 on each leg at the lower weight and then 10 on the higher weight
Squats on Smith Machine – 10 x 3 115
Plyo Leg Press Jumps to Single Leg Plyo Jumps on Leg Press Machine – 10 x 5 and 20 x 5 75lbs – I did the 10 jumps first then switched to single leg and alternated for 20 reps. No weight change. This burned the booty!
Followed it with Bikini Cardio on the treadmill. This was tough. My legs were tired and I wanted to stop so many times. I hardly ever do anything longer than 30mim on the treadmill. It was definitely a mental battle. I felt good when I was done and I’m glad it finished. I was pretty worn out afterwards.

I came home, showered and relaxed for a little bit. Boys get out early on Wednesdays so I didn’t have too much “free” time. Dealing with Gio’s bad behavior at school put a damper on my day. I don’t know what to do with him sometimes.

Couldn’t wait to go to volleyball to get away. It was a rough night. My team only won out first couple games and then lost the rest of the night :-( I could serve overhand again but my passing was horrible. It frustrated me. I’ll have to practice so I can be better. Passing is the most important thing in volleyball.

Did my plank and 2 rounds of Surfers Paradise when I got home.

Meals –
M1: eggs/egg whites, banana and strawberries
M2: Zico and cherries
M3: quinoa, broccoli and turkey meatballs
M4: Chk and string beans and Broccoli Beef
M5: PerfectFit Bar

My meals were too far apart today. Ben has surgery tomorrow for his stomach so he won’t be able to eat solids for a while. He wanted to have some Chinese for dinner. I was able to stay away from the rice and ate as much of the green beans and broccoli. I met my water goal :-)

Took time out to look over my goals. I think I’m happy with them right now so I’m not changing anything. I spent some time visualizing and seeing myself accomplishing them. I am a bit stressed over Gio’s behavior and Ben’s surgery. I took time to meditate. I focused on my breathing and let go of the stress – at least for a little while. Focusing on positive thoughts.

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!

Bikini Series Day5

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May 2, 2014 –

Another tough morning for me. It was super hard to get up. Still having lots of congestion. I got dressed and headed out the door for a run. I went slow and enjoyed the fresh cool air. It helped me breathe. I felt better and got the boys up for school. Gio was doing better so he went back to school. Ben actually got up and decided to come with me to drop the boys off and go to the gym.

He did cardio while I hit the weight room. I did a mini leg workout:
Abductor 80lbs 10×3
Adductor 80lbs 10×3
Leg Extensions 65lbs 10×3
Seated Leg Curls 55lbs 10×3
Single Seated Leg Curls 35lbs 10×3 each leg
Leg Press Machine 175lbs 10×3
Glute Kick Back 70lbs 10×3 each leg
Squats 95lbs 10×3
Ab Machine 55lbs 10×3

Then we went back to the city to exchange the clothes that didn’t work for Ben. We had lunch and then it was time to pick up the boys. We picked up my car that we dropped off yesterday. On the way home, my car was smoking so we turned around to take it back. I took Ben’s car and took the boys home so we could get ready for Gio’s game and Seppe’s practice. We didn’t have much time and I still had to pick up drinks for Gio’s team. I somehow managed to drop them off, go to the store and be back before Gio’s game started. Ben was still at the tire place because they had to redo my entire brake installation.

We were at the baseball field for 3hrs today. I picked up Larabars for my M4. Dinner for the boys was pizza. I had half a slice that Seppe didn’t want and that was it. I came home and had some tilapia and Brussel sprouts. The rest of my meals were decent. Lunch was half of a crab salad sandwich that I shared with Ben. We usually eat a whole one each but we decided to split one today. I had veggie chip which were actual vegetables baked into chips and not just potatoes shaped/colored like veggies. I thought I took a pic of my breakfast but I guess I didn’t. M1 was egg whites and a banana. I almost made my water goal – only 5oz short.

I didn’t get a chance to do the Sunset Challenge for today. I wasn’t planning I spending most of my day doing errands and dealing with my car. By the time Gio’s game finished it was getting dark. Hoping I can do it with the boys sometime this weekend. I know they would love to join me I writing words of encouragement with chalk :-)

Soooo tired! Saturday will be a super busy morning with baseball. The boys have games at the same time :-/ And of course it starts early.

Bikini Series Day1

April 28, 2014 –

Today was the first day of this year’s Bikini series :-) It was tough but I got up early and went out for a 20min walk for my bootycall. I walked around the neighborhood. There are lots of steep hills so it gets the heart pumping. It’s been a while since I’ve done a bcwo. I stopped shortly after I learned I had high blood pressure last year. I decided that I needed more rest to help my body. I cut back on my workouts and tried to not stress out as much. But I really want to give this Bikini Series my all so I am making a goal of doing a bcwo 5x a week. I will keep it to a walk or jog and I will be making a huge effort to get to bed earlier so I can make sure I am well rested.

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Seppe was still sick today so I stayed home with him. After dropping Gio off at school, I did a short upper body workout with my equipment at home:
Pull-Ups (Wide, Narrow, Reverse) 5×2
Band Pull-Downs (Wide, Narrow) 10×2
Upright Row to Deadlift 10, 8, 6 with 15lb DB

I went to the gym after Ben got home from work and did a short leg workout and the new Spring into Summer cardio. I started with a 1mile warmup on the treadmill. Then hit the weight room:
Leg Extensions 65lbs 10×3 Plus a 4th round was a drop set that I started at 75lbs down to 25lbs. I did at least 6reps at each weight.
Deadlift 80lbs 10×3
Leg Press Machine 175lbs 10×3
Seated Leg Curl 55lbs 10×3
I wanted to hit the squat rack but it was taken and I ran out of time.

I did the Spring Into Cardio routine on the stairmill. Wow! What a sweat session!! The stairmaster is probably least favorite cardio machine and is tough for me but it’s so great for the legs!

Did the 3 Moves for Sexy Upper Back 10 x 3, Day28 of 30pushups for 30daya, and 2min plank after putting the boys to bed.

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Meals were pretty good today. I didn’t have a single piece of candy :-) Lunch was my not so great meal. Ben brought home some L&L. Usually it’s really good but today it wasn’t that great. My favorite meal was dinner with Panko Tilapia, broccoli and roasted Brussel sprouts. I also has some frozen grapes after dinner. I also made my water goal today.

I felt pretty good most of the day. Got a little tired after my morning workout. Took a nap with Seppe on the couch. He started to feel better today and his happy personality is starting to come back. I miss him smiling and being goofy. Glad this was a short sickness even though it was pretty rough for him – and me.

Made my Vision Board for the Sunset Challenge:

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The 3 Things I really to Accomplish at the end of 8 weeks:
1. Making Clean, Lean and Green my Lifestyle again
2. Become better at swimming
3. Lift heavier weights

I set out my clothes for tomorrow last night so I’m ready for Day2 :-) Time to get to bed!