New Fitness Challenge Starts Tomorrow
September 30, 2013
Hey everyone! I just wanted to share with you the latest fitness challenge I have decided to do after my friend Joanna told me about it. It is called Rocktober! It is the Betty Rocker Fitness Challenge for the whole month of October. Here is the link if you are interested and want to sign up. Sign up needs to be done by today though. http://thebettyrocker.com/sign-up-now-for-the-free-30-day-rocktober-fitness-challenge/ This is a free challenge and if you join you will be invited to the facebook challenge group as well. I really like being in the facebook challenge groups because it gives you support from others from all over the world who are doing the same workouts as you.
I just signed up on Saturday so if you do it now you will be all set. I will be finishing my last week of Focus T25 with my challenge group this week along with starting the Betty Rocker challenge tomorrow. Lots of working out to do this week! I will plan to post at the end of the week my Focus T25 and also more about this current challenge.
I hope everyone is having a great evening!
Workout – Focus T25 Week 4 Beta Round + Smoothie Recipes
September 28, 2013
This is the completion of the 9th week of Focus T25 for my challenge group. WOW! I can not believe next week is our last week. I am kind of sad it is ending but I am also looking forward to starting a new workout program that I will be receiving in the mail next week.
The workouts for the past week were:
-Rip’t Circuit -Dynamic Core -Core Cardio -Dynamic Core -Speed 2.0 + Upper Focus for Friday
Below are some of the photos from the past week of workouts:
I also created some new smoothie recipes this week. Below are the recipes. My favorite of the three is probably the Tropical Goji Protein Smoothie.
I hope everyone has had a great week of working out. I would love to hear about what program you are currently doing. Please click on Leave a Reply and let me know.
Enjoy your weekend!
September 26, 2013
I recently did a makeover to this basic T-shirt. I tried to wear it the original way but the neck felt too constricting and I wanted this purple T-shirt (for my sons high school marching band) to have a more feminine touch. So, out come the scissors and sewing machine and some creativity!
This project is very easy and requires basic sewing skills, a sewing machine, 1/8 or 1/4 inch wide elastic and a T-shirt.
Here are the steps to makeover your basic T-shirt:
- Cut off neckband (ribbing), sleeve hems, and lower hem
- Use a chalk pencil and mark each center sleeve, lower side seams and front center down 4 1/2 inches on wrong side of shirt – draw a straight line with chalk from edge of shirt to this mark – this will be your sewing line for the elastic
- Cut 1/8 in. (or 1/4 in.) wide elastic into 3 in. long pieces – you will need to cut 5 of them
- Use a sewing machine set on straight stitch – start at the marked point and stretch elastic and sew to the end
- Repeat step 4 for all marked areas: sleeves, lower hem and neckline
- Your T-shirt is Done! Put it on and take a photo!
I also did this to another shirt a while back that is navy. It is harder to see the work in this photo but I love the look of the finished shirt and how it adds something to a plain T-shirt. This navy shirt is actually a mens shirt from Target.
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your finished shirt – I would love to see them and feature them on my facebook page.
I hope everyone is having a great day!
Workout – Week 3 Focus T25 Beta Round
September 21, 2013
The third week of Beta round is complete! I am really starting to notice things changing after this week. My core and lower abs seem much tighter than they were just a week ago. My stamina during the workouts has also greatly improved since I started the program 11 weeks ago.
I do not own a scale so I do not know how much weight I have lost since starting T25. I do know my clothes are fitting differently – loose in the waist and hip area. I have lost approximately 5 3/4 inches over all. The most significant loss has been in the hip area for a total of 2 1/2 inches. That is followed by the waist where I have lost 1 1/2 inches. I have lost the least amount of inches in the arms and thighs but I didn’t feel like those two areas were that critical to me. I am very pleased so far with my results.
The schedule for the past week was:
-Core Cardio -Upper Focus -Speed 2.0 -Rip’t Circuit -Dynamic Core & Speed 2.0 on Friday
Below are some of the photos from this past week. The one photo is of the shirt I bought at ShaunTervention last weekend and the other shirt photo is of one I embroidered titled NO EXCUSES.
On Friday, the double workout day, the schedule was for Speed 2.0 + Dynamic Core. The workout set came with a bonus dvd called Core Speed. It tells you that you can replace Speed 2.0 with Core Speed so that is what I did this past Friday since I had just done Speed 2.0 on Wednesday. I had already done Core Speed a few times during the Alpha round as an extra Saturday workout but had not done it in over 3 weeks. I really like Core Speed – I think better than Speed 2.0. Both are very fast paced but I like the moves better in Core Speed.
I also bought a new yoga book this past week and have stated doing some of the routines from the book in the evening or on the weekend days. I love T25 for the cardio and sculpting but my body is telling me I need more flexibility and stretching – I also think I have been missing my yoga! I will plan to review the yoga book and my progress with it after I have used it some more.
I hope everyone had a great week with their workouts. I will post again next week after week 4 of T25 Beta is complete.
Have a great weekend!
Beets – Health Benefits and Recipes
September 18, 2013
I have recently discovered the amazing health benefits of beets. Beets are full of nutrients that help us look younger and feel our best. They contain the antioxidant betacyanin as well as iron, maganese, potassium, silica, and fiber.
Here are some of the benefits of eating beets:
-purify the blood
-boost the livers natural defenses
-lower cholesterol levels
-regenerate immune cells
-help maintain healthy bones, hair, nails and skin
The other thing I like about eating beets is the variety of ways you can use them. I have added them raw to a smoothie or roasted them in the oven and eaten them warm with my meal as a side dish. I also like to use the roasted beets cold or at room temperature on a salad. Below are some of the recipes I have made up and used with beets. Give one or all of these a try. The smoothie recipe is very refreshing and gives you energy!
I hope you enjoy these recipes. Let me know by leaving a reply some of your favorite beet recipes.
Have a great day!
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Workout – Focus T25 Week 2 of Beta Round + ShaunTervention Event
September 15, 2013
Week 2 of Beta round T25 – Nailed It! This is the completion of week 7 of the overall workout and week 2 of Beta for my challenge group. The workouts are more challenging in this phase and I really like the fact that a couple of them you use weights or the band with handles for resistance. I like all the cardio but also enjoy doing strength training which the 2 workouts, Rip’t Circuit and Upper Focus, have both of those in them.
This photo collage below is from Friday, double workout day. The workouts were Speed 2.0 & Rip’t Circuit. It was a great workout but also kicked my butt. Tons of sweat as seen in the photos.
I am really enjoying the Beta round so far. See my week 1 Beta round post for info on the workouts included in this phase. I think my favorite so far is still Rip’t Circuit followed by Dynamic Core. Below are some of the photos from the week of workouts. I only had time to do a collage for Friday of this past week – the above collage. I had a lot going on with my kids’ schedules this week and doing some new embroidery designs on shirts and towels. A couple of the shirts I embroidered can be seen in the below photos.
I was also getting ready for the ShaunTervention event in Frisco, Texas that I attended yesterday, Saturday, Sept. 14th. All I can say is that it was Awesome!
We did a tough workout in the morning around 9:45am that lasted about 45 minutes to an hour. Shaun T gave us a 15 minute break and then we all got small notebooks and a pen to take notes on form – called form PerfecShaun. He explained how form over speed = results. He then went on to explain various exercises like lunges, planks and push ups and proper form. We got to take notes and then do more working out while the ShuanTourage team went around to make sure you were doing them in proper form.
After lunch their was his keynote address which was really positive and motivating. He spoke a little about his background and how he got started in the fitness business. He also talked about living to your best potential and how important it is to the overall quality of your life. There was also a Positivity Index quiz to see what types of people you have in your daily life and how they affect you and you affect them. After the quiz he talked about “Raising Your Bar – What changes can you make to elevate the positivity in you life?” We also received these cool journals that begin each week with a positive affirmation and there is space to write in each day of the week to document your journey into discovering your life and making yourself a priority.
After the keynote there was a Q & A session then we each got a professional photo made with Shaun T. The photos are not available for us yet but hopefully will be later this week. I did take a few photos of his keynote session.
I also met some very nice people there. Two of the ladies I met do Shaun T’s Insanity workout. One of them drove 2 1/2 hours to come to the event.
Overall this was a great event and I am so glad I took my mothers advice and signed up to go. I was nervous about working out in front of so many people as I have not done that since attending a jazzercise session in 1987 with a friend. I always workout at home, on my own, to various dvd’s. This was a big change for me – out of my comfort zone. I am so glad I did it though and proud to say I made it through the workout!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I am resting today, Sunday, and looking forward to starting week 3 of Beta T25 tomorrow morning.
Twisted Tank Top
September 11, 2013
This tank top design is made from a T-shirt. It has quickly become one of my favorite tank tops to wear and to sew.
I designed this tank top after seeing a photo of a tank top pattern that had the twisted shoulder area. I decided I could use a basic T-shirt and make my own version. Therefore it is a quick and easy sewing project.
The one in the above photo I wear to workout in. I added the embroidery to the front – Keep Calm and Exercise. I got the embroidery design from Embroidery Library. I serged the armhole edges and the lower hem edges on the ones in the photos but you can also make it without the serged edges.
If you are interested in learning how to make one of these tank tops I have a tutorial available in my etsy shop. You can click on the link to take you there.
I hope everyone is having a nice week!
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Workout – Focus T25 Week 1 of Beta
September 7, 2013
I completed the first week of Beta round in T25 yesterday. This is week 6 of our challenge group but week 1 of the Beta round, the new round of 5 different workouts. The workouts in this phase are:
-Core Cardio -Speed 2.0 -Rip’t Circuit -Dynamic Core -Upper Focus
All of the workouts are 25 minutes, just like the Alpha round, with a 2 to 3 minute cool down stretch at the end of each workout.
Below are some of the photo collages from the workouts:
I am loving the new workouts in this Beta round! I think my body was ready for a change. I had actually done the Alpha round for 8 weeks. I had started the workouts before the challenge group started and had to begin all over again at week 1 of Alpha when the group started on July 29th.
The Beta round is a little more challenging since it seems faster paced. Also, in a couple of the workouts you use some weights. I used 10 pounds for Rip’t Circuit and 8 pounds for Upper Focus – you can also use an exercise band with handles that comes with the workout. I was sweating a ton every day with each workout. Speed 2.0 is so fast it was hard to keep up at times.
So far I think my favorite dvd in this round is Rip’t Circuit. There is cardio and weight training in this workout – it is a great total body workout. The time flew by on this one. I can not wait to do it again next week.
In the above photo I am wearing a new workout shirt I embroidered that says GET IT DONE. This is one of Shaun T’s phrases he uses in the workout. I told my kids it is my-their new motto for getting things done that I ask them to do like chores, homework, etc. I think I need to embroider more shirts and wear them every day as their reminder.
This week for a new recipe I made these Power Bites. They are a blend of oats, protein powder, dried fruits with a nut butter and agave nectar. They are no bake and pretty quick to make but your hands get kind of messy. It is best to store them in the refrigerator in a container.
I hope everyone had a great week and got their workouts in. I am looking forward to week 2 of Beta round next week. I am also looking forward to next Saturday as I will be attending the Shauntervention event in Dallas. I can’t wait to go to this and see Shaun T, the creator of Focus T25, live and hear what he has to say. Therefore, next week I will probably post about the workouts and the event on Sunday.
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Sewing Lightweight Tops
September 3, 2013
I made these two tops recently from the same pattern. The pattern I used was Simplicity 2594. There are 6 different views in this pattern.
The tops were pretty easy to sew. They have a lined yoke area that I thought would be difficult to sew but it turned out to be pretty simple. There is a little topstitching involved so it is helpful to have an edge stitch foot for that.
I made the mint green one above first and really like how it turned out. I used a basic broadcloth fabric and it was easy to sew on. I have already worn this top many times. This top has a v neck front and a gathered back. There are also a few pleats on the front on each shoulder area. This was view E in the pattern.
The second one I made was this purple one in the above photos. I used the same pattern but made a different view – view B – with the draped cowl neckline. This top is okay. I don’t like how it tuned out as well as the mint green one. I used broadcloth fabric again because it was something I had in my stash and I think a rayon or silky poly fabric would have been a better fabric choice. Even after sewing over 20 years I still make things that don’t always turn out as planned. I have wore this top a couple of times. I am also thinking that I do not care for how the drape of the cowl neck looks on me. I will be sticking with the v neck option or the scoop neckline in the future.
What sewing projects have you been working on lately? Leave me a Reply and let me know.
Have a great day!