Fall Crochet Shrug

This shrug is a crochet project that I recently finished.  I actually started it a year ago and then it quickly became a UFO – or unfinished object.  I am sure if you crochet, knit or sew you know what I am talking about.  For some reason there are just certain projects that you set aside and intend to go back to but that doesn’t happen in a timely manner.  Well, this was one of those.  I am so glad to have finished it and have already been able to wear it once.

Fall Crochet Shrug

The colors of this shrug remind me of Fall.  The yarn I used to crochet this was a cotton yarn from Hobby Lobby called I Love This Cotton.  It is a great cotton yarn to work with and I have used it for a lot of other scarves and shawls that I have crochet or knit.  It also washes well.   I used three coordinating colors – a brown, orange and a maroon.  The maroon is my son’s high school color so the shrug will go with my band Mom shirt.

Fall Crochet Shrug

Shrugs are a great accessory to have, in my opinion.  They stay on better than a shawl or wrap and they keep your shoulders, upper arms and back warm.  I live in a warmer climate so they are perfect to wear in the early spring or fall.  I have also made some bulky weight shrugs that are nice to wear around the house in the winter when you are cold.

I will eventually be writing up a pattern on how to crochet this shrug but I am going to do another test run of crocheting it in a different yarn first.  Currently I am working on a crochet cowl and a knit cowl – I hope to have both of them done in the next couple of weeks.

What crochet or knitting projects are you currently working on?  Click on Leave a Reply and tell me about them.

Have a great day!Fall Crochet Shrug

– Kimberlee

 

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Working Out Week 43 of 2014

This week I switched up my workouts and chose to do my Exhale Core Fusion dvd’s and some Shiva Rea yoga.  This was also a really busy week with a lot going on so I feel like the workouts I chose to do worked well with my schedule.

  • Monday – Exhale Core Fusion – Abs & Arms – 40 min,
  • Tuesday – yoga in evening – 15 min.
  • Wednesday – Exhale Core Fusion – Lean and Toned – 20 min.
  • Thursday – Shiva Rea Surf Yoga Soul – 30 min.
  • Friday – Exhale Core Fusion – Body Sculpt – 40 min.
  • Saturday – Shiva Rea Surf Yoga Soul – 20 min.

Workout Cat

Here is the cat – all ready to workout on Wednesday morning.  He was scared to get on the new rug I bought in the past but he seems to be okay with it now.

ECF Lean Toned workout

I had not done the Lean and Toned dvd in a while.  I really like this workout.  I only had a few minutes to workout that morning but 20 minutes of this dvd was awesome!  The core pretzel part that I did really worked deep into some core and glute muscles that had me feeling it well into the next day.

Shiva Rea Surf Yoga Soul

The yoga dvd I used this week was Shiva Rea’s Surf Yoga Soul.  I think this was actually one of the first of her yoga dvd’s I ever bought.  I have not used it in a while and forgot what great yoga sequences are on this program.  As you can see my cat really likes her dvd, too.  He didn’t even want to move off the mat at the beginning as seen in the one photo of me bending over him.

I also created a new smoothie this week.  It is a “green” smoothie and I thought it had a really good flavor to it.  I also felt quite energized after drinking it.  Below is the smoothie and the recipe:

Kiwi Lime Smoothie

 

I am also continuing to make juices in my juicer and try to drink one or two per day.  I have found that the juices or the green smoothies are a perfect mid afternoon snack that give me energy.  One of my knitting friends has also now pulled out her old juicer and bought the same juicing book I bought and mentioned in my post last week – Juicing.  You can read more about that book and a few of the recipes I have made from it in my Week 42 workout post.

This week I am not going to do my Fitness Tips.  To be honest with you I have not prepared anything for that part of my post that I have been doing lately and I am too tired to think of something right now.  We spent half the day over in Fort Worth at the Alliance Air show that my husband wanted to attend.  It was nice and we saw some neat planes and planes flying and doing tricks.  Today was very hot here though for October and the heat made the whole event less pleasant – and there was not a cloud in the sky today (which is good for an air show) or a speck of shade to stand in at the air field.  I am glad we got to go though and spend time together as a family.

Have a great weekend!

– Kimberlee

 

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Working Out Week 42 of 2014

Well, another week has flown by.  I can’t believe we are more than halfway through the month of October.  This week my workouts were:

  • Monday – Cathe Friedrich – Rockout Knockout – 38 min.
  • Tuesday – off
  • Wednesday – Cathe – Greatest Hits Step bonus circuit workout – 45 min.
  • Thursday – Cathe – Lean Legs & Abs – 37 min.
  • Friday – Cathe – Great Glutes – premix 4 – 46 min.
  • Saturday – Shiva Rea Yoga – AM Energy Vira Flow + Shavasana – 26 min.

All of the workouts this past week were with my Cathe Friedrich dvd’s that were part of a series I bought last fall.  The exception was my Saturday workout which was a yoga workout using one of my Shiva Rea dvd’s.  I love doing yoga on Saturday mornings.

Cathe Greatest Hits Step workout

The Greatest Hits Step workout is a combination of several different Cathe step workouts and compiled together on the one dvd.  The premix I did on Wednesday also used some weights mixed in with step cardio – the cat joined me for most of the workout.  He was either on or next to the step.

Lean Legs and Abs workout

Lean Legs and Abs dvd is one of my favorites.  Even though most of the emphasis is working out the legs and core you still work the upper body a little with having to use the 8 pound dumbbells and doing a lot of compound moves.

Great Glutes workout

The day after Lean Legs and Abs I did the Great Glutes workout.  This really works your back side and the hamstrings.  I was definitely feeling it by the end of Friday and into Saturday morning (and into the day Saturday).   The workout uses minimal equipment and is a combination of light cardio and toning moves that use the 8 pound dumbbells.  The cat of course was around to supervise my form.  I think he is scared of the new rug I bought for the room though as he won’t walk on it.

Juicing book

I bought this new Juicing book a couple of weeks ago at Barnes and Noble in the sale section.  I think it was $10.00.  There are lots of great recipes in this book and I have made at least a dozen of them in the past week.  I like how the book is set up – it is alphabetized by the name of the fruit or vegetable and gives at least  two recipes per one fruit or vegetable.  There are also color photos – not of every recipe but at least one or two per page.  I have been trying to make up about three or four recipes every other day and store them in mason jars in the refrigerator so I only have to get the juicer out once a day or once every other day.  This is a real time saver.  It is also helpful to label the juices and put the name and page number of the recipe so you can remember what it was and note if you like it or not.

Peach Spice Pie Juice

The above recipe was from the book and called Peach Spice Pie.  It was just a peach and 3 carrots juiced and then you sprinkle a little cinnamon on the top.  I LOVE this recipe.  It is very good!  I always feel so healthy and energized after drinking a juice each morning, too.

Orange Beet Juice

The other recipe I just made this morning from the Juicing book was called Orange Beet.  It is made with the ingredients of the title – 2 oranges and 1 beet.  In the one I made my beets were sort of small so I used 2 oranges, 2 small red beets and 1 small golden beet.   I love how you can add or take away something from the recipes to create something a little different.  This juice here had an earthy flavor to it because of the beets in it.  I also felt so great after drinking this juice.  Fresh juices are really the way to better health, I think.

I also finally tried a juice with some red cabbage in it.  The verdict is still out on that one.  It is okay but not one of my favorites.  I think I will have to try it again in a different combination of ingredients to determine if I like the red cabbage.  The juice was a really pretty color though.

I have fallen of the green smoothie challenge I was doing.  I think I had a few at the beginning of the week but I am really into juicing lately and not so much the smoothies.  I did try to drink at least one “green” juice a day for an afternoon snack to make up for not having the green smoothie – so I am thinking I didn’t completely drop out of the challenge.  I am just having a green juice instead of a smoothie.

Fit Tip of the Week – Eat Well for Better Health

- try out some new healthy recipes

- go to the library for some healthy cookbooks or magazines – or look up some recipes on pinterest

- make it a goal to eat only whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and limit sugar, caffeine and avoid alcohol for at least 5 days and notice how much better you feel

- try out juicing to see all the health benefits

- try out green smoothies to increase your daily intake of greens and fruits

I hope everyone is enjoying the nice fall weather in their area.  It is finally cooling down here and the past few days have been beautiful.

Have a great weekend!

-Kimberlee

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Working Out Week 41 of 2014

This past week I got back on track with my workouts.  They were all Cathe Friedrich workouts I own and some yoga at the end of the week.

  • Sunday – rode bike to store for a few groceries
  • Monday – Cathe – Hiit  – Double Wave Pyramid – 30 min.
  • Tuesday – off
  • Wednesday – Cathe Hiit – 30/30 – 30 min.
  • Thursday – Cathe Ab Circuits – Stability Ball Abs – 20 min.
  • Friday – Cathe Low Impact Circuit – Premix Upper Body Sculpt – 31 min.
  • Saturday – Yoga – Find Instant Calm routine from Yoga Journal Magazine – 20 min.

Cathe Hiit Double Wave Pyramid workout

The cat and I were so glad to be able to do our regular workouts again now that the wood floor is done.  I like working out on it for the cardio.  I chose to do my Hiit dvd- high intensity interval training – for the purpose of testing out how cardio would be on the new floor.  It is a little hard on your back for the ab workouts, even with a mat.  I am thinking I will have to invest in a thicker mat for ab workouts or yoga.

Cat waiting to workout

Here the cat is above waiting to get going with the Hiit workout on Wednesday.  He was all over and around the step when I wasn’t using it as seen in the below photos.  I had to do a lot of those continuous kicks – at least 24 in a row per side and avoid kicking him at the same time – an extra workout challenge.

Cathe Hiit 30 continuous kicks

 

CatheHiit 30 workout

 

Cathe Ab Circuits Ball Abs

I love doing the abdominal workouts that use the stability ball.  There are at least 5 or more different workouts on the Ab Circuits dvd and the stability ball one is a favorite for me.

I am continuing to use my juicer almost every day.  I have checked out some other juicing books from the library with some good recipes and I also bought one on sale at Barnes and Noble a couple of days ago.    I am really noticing a difference in my stomach becoming flatter and in less cravings for sweet foods since I have been trying to drink at least one or two juices per day.  I also notice increased energy.  One of my sons is also getting interested in trying some of the juices – mainly the fruit ones, no green ones for him yet.

Root Juice

I am also just finishing the second week of the green smoothie challenge that I mentioned in last weeks fitness post for week 40.  I have created a recipe of my own that I am really enjoying and drank a couple of times this past week.  There was one day that I forgot to drink my green smoothie and that was on Wednesday.  I did have a juice that day though.  The recipe I made up is below – I am calling it Peachy Green as it has spinach and peaches in it and is a really pretty green color.  I think it tastes good and I can not tell there is spinach in it except for the fact that it is green!

Peachy Green Smoothie Recipe

 

Positive Results

 

Weekly Fitness Tip:  Be Patient, Be Persistent, Have Perseverance

- Change takes time – you can not expect miracle weight loss overnight

- Keep at it – don’t let a set back or two get you off track and going back to your old bad habits.  Look at how far you have come and how much better you feel.

- Realize that there will be ups and downs but stay committed to better health and you will succeed

In our weekly newspaper, The Dallas Morning News, there was and article on health and fitness on Wednesday.   It was very inspiring about a lady who weighed almost 400 pounds when she was around 29 or 30 years old.   She got some bad health news from here doctor a few years ago and decided to do something to take charge of her life – the article said she began walking as that is all she could do at the time.  Within three or four years she lost over 200 pounds and has gone on to become a personal trainer who is now helping others.  I thought that was such a great story about someone who succeeded in taking charge of their life and making a positive change.

Well, I hope everyone had a good week and you are enjoying your weekend!

-Kimberlee

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Working Out Week 40 of 2014

This week was not exactly a working out week for me.  I did manage to fit in a few workouts and a bike ride but we were in the process of redoing the floors in my dining room and living room so the whole week was spent living in a construction zone.  The below photo shows what the room looked like when we ripped out the carpet last weekend.

carpet removed from living room

You can see in the left in the background of the photo the boxes of wood floor that were waiting to be installed.  Of course that didn’t go exactly as planned since our house is over 30 years old the floors were not completely level – they had to add some more concrete day 1 of install and then let it dry.

day 2 of wood floor install

The above photo is day 2 of the install – things did not go well as the floor was not locking in place correctly – so we decide to get rid of the underlayment (that black and red stuff) and go with a glue down.  Of course this requires more time, supplies and money so it will now be a couple of more days, they say, before they can finish.

finished wood floor installed

 

cat ready to workout on new floor

Cat is ready to workout on the new floor

View of dining room into living room of new bamboo floor

View of dining room into living room of new bamboo floor

The above photos show our new, almost, finished floor.  They still need to come back tomorrow and nail in the trim – they didn’t have the right kind of nail gun with them today for that part.  I am so glad it is finally finished and in a couple more hours I can get all of this extra furniture out of my sewing-computer room.  It has been very crowded in here for most of the week!

So, in dealing with all of this the past week I was able to get in a few workouts but not the normal amount.

  • Monday – workout with exercise bands with door attachment – 25 min.
  • Tuesday – ride bike to store for groceries
  • Wednesday – off
  • Thursday – yoga in evening before bed – 15 min.
  • Friday – yoga in morning – 20 min.
  • Saturday – off

I was very stressed out this week on Thursday when things were really falling apart with the floor installation.  The yoga really helped calm me down that evening – so glad I decided to do a short routine before bed.  I think it also helped me to sleep better.

I did keep up with my juicing this past week.  I tried several new juicing recipes.   There are a couple of them below but I made so many different ones this week I can’t remember what these were called.  I know the orange one had carrots in it.  My kids are even starting to like the ones with carrots in it – especially if there is pineapple in the juice.  The pineapple makes the juices really sweet.  fresh juice made with a juicer

green juice made with juicer

One of the other juices I made was this green one above.  I have found that if you get out the juicer and make a few of the juices ahead of time and store them in 12 oz. mason jars they keep well for at least a couple of days.  I like the juice cold better, anyhow.  You just need to shake it up good in the jar before you go to drink it.  Also, it saves me from having to haul the machine out more than once a day.

I also started the 30 day green smoothie challenge this past week on Wednesday.  The challenge is through a website (click on the highlighted green text to go to site) and if you sign up they give you free recipes to try.  So far they are just okay with me.  I think I have gotten used to juicing and prefer the juice over the smoothie but I am trying to do this to increase my fruit and greens intake.  So, I am having a green smoothie a day and at least one juice, usually with breakfast or as a snack.   The one I made yesterday, on the right in the photo below – was strawberry lime and it was pretty good and refreshing – a great afternoon snack.  I am not sure if it is the type of spinach or kale I have or the fact that I am using some frozen fruits in the smoothies but mine are not turning out very “green” –  more of a brown to me.

Green Smoothie Challenge wk 1

Fitness Tip for the week:  Fit exercise in where you can

We all have days or weeks when regular scheduled workouts are not possible.  On those days or weeks try and get workouts in during your day.  Here are some ideas:

- Go for  20 or 30 minute walk after lunch or dinner

- Ride your bike to the store for a few groceries

- Walk your kids to and from school if possible – this is also a great time to talk to your kids about their day

- Do a short yoga routine or stretching before bed – you will also sleep better

- Do some ab exercises while watching TV

- Do some stretches while waiting for your morning coffee to brew

Also, if it isn’t possible to squeeze in any type of physical activity don’t stress about it – just start up again the next day or week to get back on track.

I hope everyone is having a great week!  I am so glad my floor is mostly complete.   I am also looking forward to working out in there on Monday!

– Kimberlee

 

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Working Out Week 39 of 2014

This past week I decided to do lower impact workouts along with yoga.  My workouts this week were:

  • Monday – Yoga – Light Up Practice from YJ magazine + 2 yoga ab moves – 20 min.
  • Tuesday – off – rode bike to store for groceries
  • Wednesday – Cathe – LIS – Turbo Barre + 2 yoga ab moves – 32 min.
  • Thursday – Cathe-LIS- Slide n Glide Muscle Conditioning premix + 2 yoga ab moves – 32 min.
  • Friday – Yoga with weights routine + 2 yoga ab moves – 20 min.
  • Saturday – Yoga – Shine On Practice from YJ magazine – 20 min.

Cathe Turbo Barre workout

Turbo Barre is one of my favorites on the Low Impact Series dvd’s.  For a while I was trying to do this one once a week.  My cat loves this one as he gets to sit on that chair and jump around trying to get his tail when he is not watching me.

Cathe Slide n Glide workout

Slide n Glide is another great lower impact workout on this dvd collection from Cathe Friedrich. I chose to do the floor work – or muscle conditioning – portion of the dvd on this day.  Those slide discs give you an awesome workout.  This is another cat approved workout.

The other three days I worked out this week I did yoga.  I used some of my Yoga Journal magazine practices that I have clipped out from the magazines and I keep them in a three ring binder.

One of the reasons for the lighter schedule this week is because I decided to do a juicing diet of sorts this past week.  I didn’t do an entire cleanse or detox as I did eat something light for breakfast and lunch along with my juice I made.  I also ate dinner with my family as I usually cook every night anyhow and it is typically a healthy meal so I didn’t give up eating dinner for juicing.   Breville Juicer

The photo above is of the new juicer I bought last week.  I am really liking my new appliance.  I am having fun trying different juices and enjoying the health benefits of the juice, too.  I really like juices that have carrots in them and they are so good for you.  I am amazed too at how full you feel after drinking one of these juices.  I guess you figure that it contains quite a bit of fruits and vegetables and you are getting all the good micro nutrients from them.  I also notice that I have a lot of energy and I am sleeping really well, although I don’t usually have sleep issues – I seem to be sleeping more deeply.

After watching the Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead dvd I checked out from the library last week I got much more interested in juicing and the benefits of it.  I know for many, like Joe in the documentary, it is to lose weight and get healthy.  I consider myself pretty healthy but I figured juicing might improve my health even more and give my body better nutrition.  Some days it is just really hard to eat five or six servings of fruits and vegetables each day.  When I look at all the things I have juiced this past week there is no way I would have been able to eat all of that.

Also, even though I was eating along with juicing I did notice some change in my waist and hips as in losing an inch or half an inch here and there.  I was impressed since I was not striving toward losing anything – just goes to show you this process works if you try it.  But, as Joe mentions in the dvd there seems to be a lot of people not even willing to try it for a few days.   I will say if you do decide to try it around the second day you may want to be close to home and near a restroom.  My body was for sure detoxing some things that day after having a juice in the morning and another for lunch – this was my second day doing that.  I didn’t feel terrible just a little fatigued for a couple of hours and was glad I was at home since it was a Sunday afternoon.

Sweet Earth Juice

The juice in the above picture was one I made a couple of days ago and it was so good.  It had a sweet potato and carrots in it along with a couple of other things.  The recipe was from a book I checked out from the library last weekend called Joyful Juicing.  There are lots of great recipes in this book.  I tried another one today – a green variety and it was kind of tart with a whole lemon in it along with spinach and cucumber but I liked it.  It also makes you feel so healthy after drinking it and you have natural energy for hours.

Joyful Juicing book and alkalizing greens juice

One thing I have noticed about the juices is that I like them better cold so I put ice in them when I drink them.   I also have refrigerated them for a few hours before drinking them and then I don’t need any ice.  I know all the info I have read says to drink it immediately for the most benefits but I find that refrigerating them for several hours or even a day makes them tastes better to me.  I have even gotten my three sons to try some of them and they said they were okay – not all of them but a few.  Since I have been buying so much produce the kids seem to be eating more apples and oranges too, so that is good.

Reboot with Joe book from library

The other book I have checked out from the library on juicing is from Joe Cross, the creator and person behind the Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead documentary.  This book is excellent for explaining what a reboot is and how to do one step by step.  It also gives you recipes and shopping lists for what you need to be successful.  I mentioned before I am not interested in doing a complete reboot as I don’t feel the need to lose weight but I am reading the book and learning so much about the juicing process and all it has to offer.  There are also plans in the book for people like me who don’t want a full juice diet and will be eating along with juicing.  So far the recipes I have tried from his book are excellent.

Healthy Baking - Whole Grain Carrot Bread

When you juice your produce the juicer produces pulp from you fruits and vegetables.  The book the juicer came with and the Reboot with Joe book give you some recipes for using the pulp.  I decided to use my $2.50 book I got from Tuesday Morning a couple of weeks ago and make my own Whole Grain Carrot Bread using the carrot pulp.  This bread is so good.  The pulp from the juicer is so fine you can hardly tell it is in the bread.  This recipe from the book had lots of whole grains in it like whole wheat flour and flaxseed meal and only one tablespoon of honey for the sugar.  It is a yeast bread so I made the dough in my bread machine on the dough cycle and then baked it in the oven after letting it rise in the bread pan.  So far everyone likes it and it is great toasted.  I feel so healthy when I eat something like this that is made by me with whole grains and natural ingredients.

Weekly Fit Tip:  Eat right to see results      “You are what you eat”

Working out is important to overall health and so is eating correctly.  You can not expect good results from exercise if you are still eating and drinking things that are not healthy.

- Strive for at least 5 to 7 fruits and vegetable per day – get a juicer to help you achieve this or make green smoothies in a blender

- Eat whole grains

- Cut back on meat – especially red meat; eat fish at least once per week and more chicken   – try for at least one day per week of no meat – I try and do a meatless Monday (I just don’t tell my family)

- Cut back on caffeine and sugary coffee drinks and soda

- Cut back or eliminate all alcohol – you will feel much better and think more clearly

- Keep sugary foods to a minimum – I will eat dessert but only a couple of times a week and usually a smaller portion and something homemade so I know the ingredients in it

- Drink LOTS of water every day!

- Plan meals and fix and freeze things ahead of time when you can

- Keep processed or pre-packaged foods out of your house – if you have kids this is hard but I try and keep them to a minimum and buy things that are at least partially healthy (if that is at all possible with pre-packaged items I am not sure but I do read labels and look for fiber content and sugar amounts, etc)

- Read food labels and think before you buy

I hope everyone had a great first week of Fall.  I am glad it is starting to cool down here a little – although I hear it might be back to 90 in a few days.

-Kimberlee

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KAL for Circular Perspectives Cowl

KAL – stands for Knit Along.  I think I have mentioned that before but just wanted to let anyone know who might not be familiar with it.  I just finished this cowl that was part a KAL from the Mountain Colors yarn group on Ravelry.  I really like how it turned out.

Circular Perspective Cowl

The yarn used to knit this cowl was from Mountain Colors – Crazyfoot yarn – and came in a kit with the five different colors.  The cowl is knit on size US 6 circular knitting needles and is knit in the round so there is no seaming.

New ChiaoGoo needles and Mountain Colors yarn kits

The above photo is of the yarn and how it comes packaged in the kit with the colors in the order to use.  I ordered two kits as I liked both of the color combinations and I will be giving this finished one away as a Christmas gift – so glad to have something finished super early this year.  I knit this project on my new Chiaogoo knitting needles.  This was my first time using this brand of bamboo needles and I love them.  They are very pointed for bamboo.  I got the small size interchangeable kit so there are sizes 2 through size 8.

Close up of Circular Perspectives Cowl colors

You can see how nicely the colors transition and how pretty the stitch is in the above photo.  This pattern looks complicated but I thought it was pretty simple to follow as long as you used markers in between the repeats in the pattern.  I would think that if you are an intermediate knitter you can knit this cowl.  It was also simple enough to do while watching TV or Netflix.  The pattern can be found on Ravelry at this link:  Circular Perspectives Cowl

Circular Perspectives Cowl

The cowl can also be worn long, in a single layer.  I am looking forward to knitting the other one in the blue-teal colors but I am going to have to wait as I need to finish up a couple of other things I have on needles or a crochet hook.

Fall and Winter seem to be the time of year for me to really get into a crochet and knitting mood.   Are you working on any new crochet or knitting projects?  Tell me about them by clicking on Leave a Reply.

Have a great day!

Kimberlee

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Working Out Week 38 of 2014

It is September 20th already.  I don’t know where the time goes but it seems to be flying by this month.  My workouts this past week were:

  • Monday – T-25 Total Body Circuit + 2 Ab Moves on Ball – 28 min.
  • Tuesday – off/ Rode bike to store for groceries
  • Wednesday – Cathe CrossFire dvd – fitness blast & firewalker premix + 2 Ab Moves – 29 min.
  • Thursday – Shiva Rea Daily Energy – Solar Meditation & Chakra Namaskar sequence + 2 Ab Moves – 27 min.
  • Friday – T-25 Ab Intervals + Yoga Breathe For Joy Sequence from Yoga Journal magazine + 2 Ab Moves – 45 min.
  • Saturday – Shiva Rea Daily Energy – Heart-Air sequence + Core + 2 Ab Moves – 28 min.

For the next twelve weeks I will be taking Tuesday’s off or just doing a bike ride or light yoga in the evening that day.  The reason being is that I am doing a group Bible Study at our church and it meets on Tuesday mornings – I don’t think I want to show up at that all sweaty and in workout clothes.  I also don’t want to get up any earlier than I already do, 6:00 am, so I have decided that I am okay with taking that day off and just working out 5 days a week for the next few months.

T 25 Total Body Circuit

Monday I did T-25 Total Body Circuit.  I remember this one as being a tough workout and it still is for me.  Lots of cardio and lots of planks and push ups in this workout.  Tons of sweat at the end.

Workout Cat

Look who was waiting to workout among the workout bands on Wednesday – my faithful workout friend.  He sat there on and off during the workout.

Cathe CrossFire workout

The above photos are part of the Cathe CrossFire workout.  I was able to catch some of the jump turn squat sequence in my photos.  This is where you start out facing forward and then have to jump and turn 180 degrees to face the back into a squat and then repeat – many times.  I really like the CrossFire workout.  It is a total body workout.  On this particular day I got up about 10 minutes later than normal so I only did one of the premixes that is about 27 minutes long instead of the whole entire workout that I think is over 50 minutes long.  That is one thing I love about her dvd’s – lots of premixes so you don’t feel like you have to do a whole hour long if you don’t have the time.

Shiva Rea Daily Energy yoga dvd

The yoga dvd I used this week on Thursday and Saturday was the same one – Daily Energy from Shiva Rea.  This dvd is set up with many different 20 minute yoga sequences that you can pick to do and also some core work, forward bend and some meditation segments to add on to one of the 20 minute ones.  I really like this dvd and I love yoga days!

Weekly Ab Moves

I am trying to continue with my weekly two ab moves after each of my daily workouts.  This week I decided to use my exercise ball and do the two exercises with that – the cat approved.

documentary dvd from library

I also watched this documentary dvd that I checked out from the library.  I had seen the guy, Joe Cross, who made the movie on Dr. Oz a while back and I also had heard of the dvd.  It was a really good and interesting documentary on his journey with following a strict juice cleanse to help himself lose weight and to get his health back as he had a debilitating condition that was causing him to have to be on quite a few medications.  After watching this dvd I learned the following day that a sequel to this one was just released this week so there is now a Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead part 2.

The documentary really impressed me as to how juicing can really help you become and be a lot healthier.  I had been thinking of getting a juicer a while back but decided not to since I had my Ninja blender.  Well, after learning more about the benefits of juicing I decided to buy a juicer.   I got a Breville one like the one in the dvd, I think.  I had a 20% off coupon from Bed, Bath and Beyond so I used it to buy one.  I am impressed with how well it juices fruits and vegetables and how easy it is to clean.  There are kind of a lot of pieces but they clean up pretty fast.

So far I have made three different kinds of juices since Friday evening.  I am amazed already at how I am feeling and how the juices seem to really fill you up, give you energy and make you less hungry.  I was not having any hunger or snack attacks at the normal times I usually do – like around 4 pm.  I am not sure I will do a full Juice only cleanse like many people do for a certain amount of time but I am considering doing a partial diet of juices for a few days – like for breakfast, snacks and lunch and then eat a sensible dinner with my family.

Be Not Afraid

 Weekly Fitness Tip:  Don’t compare yourself to others

- Focus on your goals and realistic exercise programs and time frames not on what others are doing

- Fitness is a journey, not a race.  It is okay to start out or go slowly, just do something and don’t give up

I hope everyone had a great week and you are getting a chance to workout and cook some healthy meals.

-Kimberlee

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Lace Tee Knitting Project

The lace tonal tee that I was working on for a KAL with the Artyarns group on Ravelry is complete.  I actually have had it done for a few weeks but had to block it – which I did last week and I wore it to church this past Sunday.  Also, it has been too hot here to wear it until this past weekend when it really cooled down here in Texas.

Front and Back of Lace Tonal Tee

I am really proud of knitting this lace tee – sweater.  I believe this is one of the most intricate lace projects I have ever done.  The whole sweater is knit on circular knitting needles and knit in the round so there is no seaming .  The project was part of a KAL – knit along – in a group on Ravelry for Aryarns.  I think the only way to get the pattern right now is to do the KAL.    The link to the KAL is:   http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lace-tonal-tee-knitalong

Lace Tee knit with Regal Silk yarn from Artyarns

The above photo gives you a close up view of the lace pattern.  The pattern is suppose to have more of a sleeve with the diamond border but I ran out of yarn and hated to have to order one more skein just for a few more rows.  So, I just finished the sleeve with a round of knit and then the bind off for a small cap sleeve.  I think it turned out fine.

The Regal Silk yarn from Artyarns that this is made with is a lovely yarn to knit with.  The project is actually suppose to be knit with various skeins in a tonal color scheme but I already had this color in Parrot so I decide to just use it.  Also, less weaving in of ends after the project is done since I didn’t do all of the color changes.

I plan to knit another one of these in the future.  I think I will make it a little shorter though and not do an extra round of the middle diamonds as called for in the pattern.  This is more of a tunic length for me.  Also, I learned that the 100 percent silk yarn is very stretchy.  Since this was my first time using this yarn or making this type of sweater I didn’t realize it was going to “grow” as you put it on.  That’s okay though.  I like how it looked with my tiered skirt that I made a few months ago and I think it will also look great with some leggings in one of the colors.

I hope everyone is having a good week.  I am currently working on some new crochet and knitting pattern designs.  Fall is in the air here in Texas and scarf, shawl and sweater season is soon to be here.

Take care,

Kimberlee

 

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Working Out Week 37 of 2014

The 37th week of 2014 is just about over and we are about halfway through the month of September already!  One year ago today I was attending the all day ShaunTervention conference here in Dallas, TX.  What a great event that was and I am so glad I made the decision to go – even though it was kind of outside my comfort zone.  I typically do not do workouts in public or in any type of group settings – I have always been a workout at home person.  I also met some really nice people at that event along with Shaun T and the people in his vidoes, like T-25.

Me & Shaun T photo from ShaunTervention Sept. 2013

The workouts I did this week were:

  • Monday – T-25 Alpha Cardio + 2 Abdominal Moves – 28 min
  • Tuesday – Shiva Rea Creative Core Abs + 2 Ab Moves – 37 min
  • Wednesday – T-25 Core Speed + 2 Ab Moves – 28 min
  • Thursday – Shiva Rea Creative Core Lower Body + 2 Ab Moves – 25 min
  • Friday – T-25 Speed 1.0 + Yoga practice from Yoga Journal Magazine – 48 min
  • Saturday – Yoga – Shine On practice from Yoga Journal Magazine – 20 min

2 Weekly Ab Moves

The above two photos are of the two abdominal moves I chose to do this week.  They are yoga based moves that you hold for a count of 5 to 8 breaths versus doing lots of reps.  I did pretty well getting them done every day except for Friday and Saturday, I forgot to add them in those two days.  As you can see my friendly workout partner, the cat, approves of the moves.

T25 Core Speed 1 hand Burpee

I continued to do my T 25 workout dvd’s this week but varied the workouts I used.  This week on Monday I did Alpha Cardio, again, then on Wednesday I did Core Speed.  This is one of my favorites.  It is really fast paced and there are some tough moves but I love it.  You sweat a ton and feel like you have gotten an awesome workout when the 25 minutes are over.  Photo above is of the one handed burpees that you do multiple times.

T 25 Speed 1.0 Speed 1.0 was another T 25 workout that I did on Friday.  This one is cardio with each cardio move followed by a welcomed stretch.  I had forgotten how I like this workout.  It is another great sweat session with lots of stretching in between.

Shiva Rea Creative Core Abs

I also stayed with the schedule of doing my Shiva Rea yoga dvd’s on the non cardio days.  The Creative Core Abs is great for your whole core.

Yoga with Shiva and cat

The other Shiva workout I did was the Creative Core for the Lower Body.  The cat of course joined me for part of this workout.

Homemade Cashew Butter

I made some homemade cashew butter this past week.  After seeing how simple it is to make almond butter I decided that cashew couldn’t be that different or hard to make.  For this I just heated about 1 1/2 cups of cashews in the microwave for 2 minutes.  I then put them in the food processor and processed them for about 2 minutes – stopped the processing and then added 2 Tbls coconut oil and 1/2 tsp cinnamon and processed for about 2 or 3 more minutes.  This stuff is really good – not quite as creamy as the Jif kind I have bought in the past but I really like it and the flavor it has.

Positive Results

Fit Tip of the Week:   Simple daily exercise results in overall better health.

-Discipline yourself to get at least 20 minutes or more of some type of physical exercise every day

-People who stick with a daily exercise regime are more healthy and positive

-Daily exercise may not always be exciting or fun but the simple task of sticking with a routine is worth the positive results

Next week I will be continuing to do some T 25 and yoga- I may also throw in a Cathe video in the middle of the week.   I hope everyone is planning to do some type of physical exercise in the week ahead.

Have a great weekend!

Kimberlee

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