EOM Fitness for January 2015

This past month my fitness routine consisted of five or six workout days per week using my Cathe Ripped with Hiit workouts and yoga dvd’s or routines from Yoga Journal magazine that I have saved.  I have been alternating the two doing a Hiit workout one day and yoga the next.  I have really been enjoying this schedule.

Ripped with Hiit Upper Circuit with the cat

Me and the cat doing the RWH Upper Circuit workout

Ripped with Hiit Upper Circuit

Another upper body exercise from Cathe’s Ripped with Hiit Upper Circuit dvd

Yoga with the cat on the mat

Yoga with the cat on the mat

Scheduling your workouts is part of the key to getting them done, in my opinion.  If I make a schedule up on Sunday, that is usually a non workout day for me, then I am going to commit myself to getting them done.  “It’s not about having time, it’s about making time.”  I have seen these words before somewhere and they are very true – everyone is busy these days – even my retired parents and in-laws always seem busy – but you have to make the time and make the commitment to yourself to be more physically active.  I know that I always feel better and have more energy on days that I workout.

Fed Up documentary from library

Another thing I have been doing this past month is watching health documentaries – I know this sounds really boring but they are actually really informative about many things concerning the health of Americans and their diets and I find them interesting.   Some of them can be found on Netflix and some I checked out from the library.  The video in the photo above, Fed Up, is one I checked out from my local library.  A friend of mine recommended it to me.  This is a real eye opener about the food industry, how much sugar and artificial ingredients are really in those so called healthy foods you see at the store.  This documentary also goes into detail on the health of our children and how many are becoming diabetic at an early age due to poor eating and lifestyle habits.

back view of Fed Up dvd

back view of Fed Up dvd

The other two documentaries that I thought were really informative were Hungry for Change and Fat Sick and Nearly Dead 2.  Both of these are on Netflix.  If you are wanting to learn more about eating better, juicing, and changing your lifestyle habits to become healthy, lose weight and get off prescriptions, I would advise you to watch these two documentaries.  My overall health and eating is good but these documentaries oped my eyes to even more changes I need to make to how I eat and what I eat for it to make a positive impact in my daily life.

For the month of February am thinking of doing my P90X3 workout.  I am not going to do the whole three month program again like last year,  I am just going to use it mixed with some other workouts for the month of February.  I have been doing my Ripped with Hiit and yoga for over a month now so it is time for a change.  If I change things up then I don’t get bored – that is another key to making your workouts fun, challenging and keeping you interested in sticking with it.  Also, I believe it is a key to seeing results because your body needs a change.

So check back at the end of February for my end of month (EOM) fitness update – of course you can also check back sooner as I will be sharing other posts before the end of February on various things.

Have a great Superbowl weekend!

– Kimberlee

 

 

 

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Healthy Smoothies with Goji Berries

A year or so ago I learned of a new berry called goji berries.  Apparently they are poplular in Chinese medicine and considered to be a fruit of longevity.  These little dried berries are a real superfood that can aid the immune system.

Blueberry Goji Smoothie

Blueberry Smoothie with Goji berries

The little bright red dried berries – pictured in the photo above – can be eaten by themselves, kind of like dried cranberries, or you can add them to other foods like a smoothie.  That is how I prefer to have my goji berries – in a refreshing fruit smoothie.

Chia Seed Gel

The other superfood ingredient I have recently rediscovered and am using in my smoothies is chia seed gel.  Chia seed gel is really simple to make.  To make the gel you take about 2 Tbls of chia seeds or I use Spectrums ground chia seeds and then add about 3/4 to 1 cup of filtered water and stir, allow it to sit for 20 to 30 minutes and stir again – it should be a gel.  I put mine in a mason jar and label it and date it – I usually use it within a week in my smoothies or even yogurt or oatmeal.  I like adding this gel to my smoothies to thicken them a little and to provide extra fiber and antioxidants plus omega-3’s.

Today I am going to share a couple of my recent smoothie creations using goji berries and chia gel.  To make these smoothies it is best to have a high speed, good quality blender, like a Ninja blender which is what I use.

The first one is Blueberry Goji – this one is super healthy with the blueberries and rhubarb plus the goji berries and the chia gel.  This is great for breakfast or for a snack.

Blueberry Goji Smoothie Recipe

 

The other smoothie I recently made and love the taste of is Peaches n Cream Smoothie.  This one is also great for breakfast or a snack – the frozen peaches make it really creamy along with the peaches n cream greek yogurt.

peaches n cream smoothie

 

What kinds of smoothies do you like to make?  Let me know in the comments – I am always looking for new smoothies to try.

Have a great day!

-Kimberlee

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Essential Oil Books Part 1

Essential oil books are great to refer to when you get into using essential oils.  There are several essential oil books that I refer to and use on a regular basis.  I find myself referring to these books and continuing to learn more about different oils all of the time.

Essential Oil Pocket Reference book

One of the books I received from my friend Julie when I signed up for Young Living.  It is the Essential Oils pocket reference.  This little book has a wealth of information – I don’t think a day goes by without me looking at it.  To give you a breakdown of what is in it:

  • Chapter 1 – Yesterdays Wisdom, Tomorrows Destiny – This gives you the history of essential oil extraction and includes biblical references to certain oils
  • Chapter 2 – How Essential Oils Work – info on the chemistry, standards and testing and the influence of aromas
  • Chapter 3 – How to Safely Use Essential OIls – This is about guidelines for use, a chart of cerified GRAS – generally regarded as safe – or as a food additive, by the FDA.  Also in this chapter are things to know before you start; info on topical application, diffusing and other uses
  • Chapter 4 – Single Oils – This is alphabetized and lists all the single oils from Young Living.  For each one you get:  Botanical Family, Extraction Method, Key constituents, Historical Data, Medical Properties, Uses, Application, Cautions (if any), Found In (lists other Young Living blends or products can be found in)
  • Chapter 5 – Essential Oil Blends – This describes how Young Living blends are formulated then lists each blend alphabetically and the same info I just listed above for the singles such as use and applications, etc.
  • Chapter 6 – Techniques for Essential Oil Application – This explains the different techniques in detail and gives you vita flex foot and hand charts as well as a nervous system connection point chart of the spine.  If you are into massage therapy it gives you the overview for the application of the raindrop technique
  • Chapter 7 – Personal Usage – This is a great reference chapter on giving you info on taking charge of your health, developing your program and a complete reference guide for many common health issues like:  arthritis, colds, flu, headaches, insomnia, pain, skin care and problems, sore throats, and stress – just to name a few common ailments.  I love this chapter and refer to it all the time just to learn more about certain health aspects.

Aromatherapy 101 book - a great reference book to learn more about essential oils and their uses

Another book I refer to a lot lately is  Aromatherapy 101 by Karen Downes.  I have owned this book for over 10 years.  I bought it back in early 2000 when I first got into using essential oils.  I like this book because it explains what aromatherapy is, what essential oils are and gives you info on how to properly use them.  The book also lists the oils alphabetically.  She gives you a great description of each oil, the issues it addresses, what it helps promote and any safety information.

Lately I have been reading this book a lot again and referring to it along with the pocket reference.  I also like how in the Aromatherapy 101 book she recommends oils that blend well together.  Even though this book is older, published in 2000, I still see it around on the internet and I think it contains some really good and helpful information for anyone learning to get more from their essential oils.

If you are interested in learning more about Young Living essential oils you can email me kkg@kimberleeskorner.com    Also, if you are interested in signing up for Young Living you can click on the highlighted Young Living to take you to the sign up page.  You can sign up for a retail account but if you sign up for a wholesale account, or distributor, you will save 24% on all your orders.  There are not a whole lot of rules and requirements to be a wholesaler – you have to order a starter kit is the main one.  After that you can order as much as you want or never again.

If you decide you love Young Living like me then you can sign up for Essential Rewards that is a monthly auto ship where you decide what you want in your order each month and it has to be a minimum amount of $50.00.  Also, if you decide to sign up I will send you a copy of the Essential OIls Pocket Reference – that is the first book I mentioned above in the post.

One of the books I will be reviewing in Part 2 of this series will be Aromatherapy Through the Seasons.  This is another book I have had since the early 2000’s.  So follow my blog or check back for part 2 on essential oil books coming in February.  I will also be sharing some recipes  for foods and skincare using essential oils in the future.

Aromatherapy Through the Seasons book

I hope everyone had a great week!

-Kimberlee

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Ripple and Lace Knit Sweater

This sweater is a recently finished knitting design of mine.  I have designed many cowls, scarves and shawls and decided to give sweaters a try.

Ripple and Lace Knit Sweater designed by Kimberlee

 

Back view of ripple and lace sweater designed by Kimberlee

This is not the first time I have knit a sweater but it is the first time I have actually designed a sweater with my own idea.  It was a lot of fun and I love the way it turned out.  I have already wore it several times.

The idea for this sweater began first with the variegated yarn which is Red Heart Soft.  I then found a pretty ripple scallop sytle stitch to use for the lower edge and the ends of the sleeves using this yarn.  Side view of Ripple and Lace sweater designed by Kimberlee from Kimberlees Korner

For the middle section I chose a lace, openwork, stitch and switched to a solid color yarn to bring out one of the colors in the variegated yarn – this part is the brown.  I also knew I had made some brown leggings last winter and that they would match perfectly.

The top part of the sweater and the top of the sleeves are knit in another stitch – the stockinette stitch – and I switched to the turquoise color yarn for this part to bring out the turquoise blue in the variegated yarn.

I really enjoyed using my creative ideas to knit this sweater.  I am currently taking a class on craftsy to learn sweater designing techniques.  Hopefully I will be able to offer this pattern in multiple sizes – currently I have it written for a small to medium size and it will be available soon on craftsy and in my etsy shop.

Craftsy is a wonderful place to take online courses to learn new skills.  I have taken many of their knitting and sewing classes and have always learned a lot from them.  Below is an affiliate link to take you to craftsy if you are interested in checking out any of their knitting classes.  They have classes for beginners as well as advanced knitters.  This weekend, January 17 and 18, 2015, many of their classes will be half off – this is a great time to give a craftsy class a try or to stock up on classes you have on your wish list.

 

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

-Kimberlee

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Essential Oils from Young Living

Essential oils seem to be everywhere lately.  I first learned about essential oils over ten years ago.  I was learning how to make my own cleaning products and found that essential oils are used in many of the cleaning recipes in some books I purchased back in early 2000.  I still have and use the books and they are still available today.

Essentail Oils Books for cleaning recipes

Books for natural cleaning recipes 

Recently I have learned about Young Living essential oils.  I kept finding information about them on pinterest and I also read about them in my fitness group on facebook from someone who was using Thieves oil for illness with her kids.  Then, I remembered that a friend of mine was selling them so I contacted her to learn more and how to get them.

After talking to my friend I learned that Young Living is a company that only sells the oils to “members”.  You can buy at a “retail” level but you pay more money.  To get a better price you have to join and be considered a “distributor” to get the wholesale price.  Also, when you join at the distributor level you are required to buy a kit for your first purchase.

Well, after learning those facts I was kind of apprehensive about “joining” their company and being part of something I may or may not like.  I talked to my friend some more and she assured me I would love the oils, since I already knew so much about essential oils, and that the Young Living oils were very high quality.  She also told me there was not a catch to joining that if I bought a kit and decided I didn’t want anything else ever again I would not be obligated to order monthly or ever again for that matter.  The only way you are obligated to maintain a monthly order is if you join their ER – Essential Rewards – program that is optional on your part.

So, I did more research on Young Living – found even more great info on pinterest and decided back in November to join and ordered the Everyday Oils kit that also comes with a diffuser and a few samples.  The oils that come in that kit are the 5ml bottles and I have already used most of them up in the past six weeks.

Everyday Oils kit

Everyday Oils kit

I am in love with these oils and use at least two or more daily for the past six weeks.  I like the fact that so many of their oils are therapeutic grade and can be ingested.  The essential oils I have used in the past could only be used topically or in my cleaning recipes.  I also notice the Young Living oils smell much stronger and have a lot more staying power – the scent does not fade off quickly.  The Young Living oils have also helped me and my family with some recent health issues.  I think that when used properly essential oils can offer some alternative therapy for many common ailments.

In addition to making my own cleaning products, which I have done for years – I am now making my own face and body care with these oils.  Some of the things I have made are recipes I have found and tried from pinterest and others are a combination I have created using books I have and my own personal preferences.  I am trying to be more chemical free and use less toxic ingredients on my skin.  I am now making and using my own face wash, face toner, moisturizer, body butter and deodorant.  I will be sharing my recipes and more info on these in future posts on my blog.

Young-Living-Essential-Oils

 

If you are interested in joining Young Living you can click on the highlighted text to take you to the sign up page on the Young Living site.  You can also message me via email at kkg@kimberleeskorner.com for more info if you have any questions.

Have a great day!

– Kimberlee

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Working Out Week 52 of 2014

This was the final week of 2014.  I cannot believe another year has gone by already!  Time seems to go faster and faster the older I get.  For this last week of the year my workouts were mainly my new Cathe Ripped With Hiit workouts and then yoga at the end of the week.

  • Sunday 12-21 – off
  • Monday 12-22 – RWH Circuit Upper Body premix 4 timesaver – 34 min.
  • Tuesday 12-23 – RWH Circuit Lower Body premix 2 scrambled express – 32 min.
  • Wednesday 12-24 – RWH Low Impact Hiit One + Abs Two – 41 min.
  • Thursday 12-25 Christmas Day – off
  • Friday 12-26 – RWH Circuit Upper Body – 46 min.
  • Saturday 12-27 – Yoga – Light Up sequence from Yoga Journal magazine – 20 min.

I think I have done all nine of the workout dvd’s on the Ripped With Hiit series now.  Some of them were the shorter premixes since this was a busy time of year and I just didn’t have the time to do a full 45 or 50 minute workout every day.  I will say I truly love this new series from Cathe Friedrich.  The workouts are fun and challenging and you will sweat a lot and feel like you got a great workout in – even if you only do a 30 minute premix version.  I like how some of the dvd’s are cardio based, some are cardio with weights and then there are a few that are just weight training.  All of the dvd’s offer the two ab workouts so you can always add that at the end of your workout.

Persian cat ready for workout

My persian cat waiting to do the Ripped With Hiit Lower Body Circuit

 

RWH Circuit Lower Body

The above photos are some of the Hiit Circuit Lower Body dvd.  This one is a combination of cardio and weights and uses the step for a lot of the exercises.   The cardio exercises are done in between weight exercises and your arms also get in a workout since some of them use heavier weights.    I really like this workout.

Cathe Low Impact Hiit One

The middle of the week I did Low Impact Hiit One plus Abs two.  This workout is all pretty much body weight exercises and uses some dixie cups for some lunges.   For part of the workout you use your mat as a workout prop to jump around, over or straddle for various exercises that are fun and get your heart rate up.  There was a ton of sweat after this workout.  As you can see my faithful workout cat was present for most of these exercises – sitting on the corner of the rug.  The rest of the workout he sat under the Christmas tree after finding his present under there – he sat right on the present.

Cat ready and waiting to workout

Cat ready and waiting to workout

Cathe Hiit Circuit Upper Body

The Ripped With Hiit Circuit Upper Body dvd is another fun and challenging total body workout.  I used this dvd twice this week – the first time I did a shorter premix version but I did the entire workout on Friday.  This workout focuses on upper body strength training with the weights but there are cardio exercises in between the weights and those are total body exercises.  This is another workout I really like and will be using a lot.

I chose to end this week with yoga.  I was planning to do the Lower Body Circuit again but decided some yoga would be better for my early Saturday morning.  I love (I think I have mentioned this before) doing yoga on Saturday mornings.

Weekly Fitness Tip:  Try doing some workouts at home before joining an expensive gym

- This is the time of year when people decide they are going to get fit and join a gym – personally I have never belonged to one and probably never will.  I choose to workout at home on my own time and with my own schedule – I have been doing this for about 10+ years now.  Once you develop a schedule (meaning write down your weekly workout plans and stick to them) it becomes a habit and you will soon make it part of your day.  Also, you won’t have to worry about driving anywhere and won’t have that excuse as the reason you can’t workout -no time to drive to the gym.

- For the amount of money you are going to spend on a gym membership contract for a year you can buy some weights and bands to use at home.  You could also invest in a good workout program and still have money left to buy the weights for what you would spend on a membership.  Beachbody offers great workout programs – a few of which I own and have completed in the past couple of years.  Also, Cathe Friedrich dvd’s are awesome – a lot of her older dvd’s (which are still good and I still use) are probably on sale right now, too.  They may seem expensive at first but when you calculate the cost of the gym, gas money and your time for going there they are a bargain.  The highlighted text are links to the site – I am not affiliated with either of them just wanted to share where to get the information I mentioned.

- Look into some of the fitness websites and YouTube channels like PopSugar Fitness that offer lots of free workout videos and some are only 15 to 20 minutes for those who are short on time.

- There are lots of ways to get in some exercise without joining a gym – check into some of them before signing that membership contract.

I mentioned last week in the fitness tips to think about some goals for the upcoming year.  Well, for one of my goals I have decided to focus on some other topics for my blog this coming year.  I will still be working out regularly but I will probably only do a monthly update and not a weekly one.  I will be trying to focus a little more on my crochet, knitting and sewing for the year 2015 – which are things I truly love to do – there will be projects and I will also share some free patterns and tutorials.

I hope everyone has had a great year.  Mine was filled with blogging, cleaning, cooking, crocheting, exercising, knitting, sewing; also keeping our home managed and raising our kids.  I am looking forward to a great year for 2015!

Take care and Happy New Year!

– Kimberlee

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Working Out Week 51 of 2014

The closer it gets to Christmas the faster each week seems to go by for me.  I completed my first week of Ripped With Hiit this past week – my new Cathe Friedrich series that I received last week.  Hiit stand for high intensity interval training and I LOVE it!

  • Sunday – off
  • Monday – Lift It Hiit It Legs premix 1 All Strength – 29 min.
  • Tuesday – Low Impact Hiit Two + Bonus Abs Two – 40 min.
  • Wednesday – Lift It Hiit It Back, Bis and Shoulders premix 5 – 29 min.
  • Thursday – off
  • Friday – Plyo Hiit One + Bonus Abs One – 37 min.
  • Saturday – Lift It Hiit It Chest, Tris and Shoulders – 28 min.

Cathe Low Impact Ripped With Hiit

The Low Impact Hiit workout was a good one to start with at the beginning of the week.  Even though it was low impact it was still challenging and I did a lot of sweating.  My faithful workout cat was there throughout most of this one.

Cathe RWH Back, Bis and Shoulders

The Hiit weight workouts in this series are definitely a challenge and within a week of doing a couple of these and increasing my weights a little I am seeing some positive changes.  There are a lot of different weights to use as well as a barbell for this heavy training.  The workouts I did this past week that were the Lift It part were actually shorter premixes.  There were a couple of days this past week I just couldn’t get myself to commit to the entire 45 or 50 minutes of the workout – that is what I love about most all Cathe workouts – there are lots of premixes and you can always do a shorter, or even a longer, version.

Cathe RWH Plyo and Abs

 

The Plyo Hiit workout was definitely a super high intensity cardio workout that had me sweating a ton.  Above are a couple of photos – one of the one handed burpees and the other is some of the abdominal exercises that are done standing and with an 8 pound dumbbell.  Can you see my other cat peeking through the one photo? – she doesn’t usually come around too much when I am working out but this day she decided to come by and lay on the rug for a bit and watch me.

My overall view of this new workout series is that I LOVE IT!  It is just what I need this time of year to keep me motivated to workout.  A lot of the exercises are new and innovative and that is one of the things I love about Cathe’s workouts – she is always finding new moves to incorporate into her routines so you don’t get bored.

Weekly Fitness Tip:  Decide on what your goals will be for the upcoming New Year 

- think about what you want to accomplish in the upcoming year with your health and fitness and write out some of those goals – having something written down that you can refer to helps keep you accountable

- make sure your goals are realistic and not too far out of reach – start small especially if you are new to exercising regularly, but start somewhere – the first step is getting a plan and sticking to it

- realize that results take time and dedication and that there will be times when you feel like nothing is happening fast enough – remember that positive changes will happen if you follow a healthy and active lifestyle everyday, not just for a month or two  –  and don’t get discouraged if you fall off the fitness plan for a day or two – just get back on it rather than totally quitting just because you missed a few days

I hope as we approach the final weeks of 2014 you will look back and see all you have accomplished.  I know that this year for me has been a great year for working out consistently and for taking other areas of my health into a more positive direction.

Have a great weekend!

-Kimberlee

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Working Out Week 50 of 2014

This week was another hectic holiday week and it went by so fast!  I even thought that Thursday was Wednesday – my kids had to correct me.

This past week I went back to a full six day a week workout schedule.  I wasn’t liking the four day a week schedule as I mentioned last week.  I actually intended to only workout five days this past week but I got my new Cathe Friedrich Ripped With Hiit in the mail on Tuesday and had to do one of those to try out the new dvd’s so I threw an extra workout in.

Cathe Ripped With Hiit

  • Sunday – off
  • Monday – Shiva Rea AM Energy yoga – 25 min.
  • Tuesday – Exhale Core Fusion – Pilates Plus – 20 min.
  • Wednesday – off  Cathe Ripped With Hiit, Low Impact Hiit WO 1 – 28 min.
  • Thursday – Shiva Rea Daily Energy yoga – 20 min.
  • Friday – Exhale Core Fusion – Pilates Plus – 20 min.
  • Saturday – Shiva Rea More Daily Energy yoga – 25 min.

So, this past week was actually going to be my yoga-pilates week but I did squeeze in one cardio, low impact, workout in the middle.  I think the yoga and pilates are perfect for keeping me calm and more grounded during this busy holiday time.  Also, doing just the 20 to 25 minutes a day is very manageable for a busy schedule – as we all seem to be from Thanksgiving to New Years day.

ECF Pilates Plus

The above photos are me and my exercise cat doing the Exhale Core Fusion Pilates Plus – love these workout dvd’s.  They really tone your body and target specific areas.  The above photos are of some of the Upper Body Core segment that is 10 minutes long.  I then also added in the Flat Back-Round Back Core segment to make it 20 minutes total.

Shiva Rea Daily Energy

The yoga dvd’s I chose this week were all Shiva Rea, but different ones.  The above photos are from the Daily Energy dvd – I forgot to write down which sequence it was but it had a lot of backbends and side waist bends.  No cat around on this day – he was being lazy.

Weekly Fitness Tip:      Make a point to find at least 20 minutes a day five days a week to exercise

- doing some type of physical activity is better than none at all – even if it is only 15 to 20 minutes – (like a walk or some yoga)

- exercising will give your day a positive start if done first thing in the morning

- regular exercise helps you deal with stress better

- exercise is not a destination – it is a journey that needs to be part of a healthy lifestyle in order to see the benefits

I hope everyone is having a good month so far.  I know it is challenging to keep up with exercise as well as eat healthy but with some effort it is possible – I know if I make a plan with my eating and workouts I am more likely to stick to it.

Have a good week!

– Kimberlee

 

 

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Working Out Week 49 of 2014

Well, another week has flown by.  After being out of town last week I felt like half of this week was spent doing laundry, grocery shopping and cooking for our family.   My workouts this week were:

  • Sunday – off
  • Monday – Cathe X-10, Hi Lo & Fat Burning premix – 42 min.
  • Tuesday – off
  • Wednesday – Cathe Lean Legs and Abs timesaver 1 – 37 min.
  • Thursday – off
  • Friday – Cathe – Party Rocking Step disc 1, timesaver 2 –  31 min.
  • Saturday – Cathe X-10, Low Impact – 25 min.

I am still getting used to this 4 day a week schedule.  I am so used to working out at least 5 or 6 days per week that on Tuesday and Thursday mornings I feel like something is off or missing since I am not working out.  I have been doing a little light stretching or yoga on those mornings but not a full workout.  I thought that cutting back on workouts would help me get more done during this holiday time but so far it is not helping – so I may go back to 5 or 6 days a week.  I think I have made exercise such a part of my daily routine that it is hard for me to stop – I guess there are worse things to be addicted to.

Cat and weights

The above photo is of the cat on Monday morning – waiting for me to workout by my weights.  I guess he really missed me last week since I wasn’t at home to workout with him all week.   I can almost always count on him to keep me company for at least half of my workouts.

Cathe X10 workoutThe above photos are of the X-10 workout on Monday morning.  This is a great cardio and weight dvd.  There are lots of premixes on this dvd and you can do shorter or longer versions of the various workouts.  This is one of my favorite Cathe dvd’s.

Cathe Lean Legs Abs Workout

Lean Legs and Abs is another great workout.  As you can see it is also cat approved – he was on me like glue that whole morning.   The ab work on this dvd is a combination of traditional ab exercises mixed in with some using an 8 pound dumbbell.

I tried a new recipe this past week for dinner one night.  I got looking through my pinterest boards and decided to make this Firecracker Chicken.  The recipe is from another blog called Kitchen Meets Girl and if you click on the highlighted recipe title it will take you to it.  I reduced the brown sugar to half a cup instead of one cup and it was just fine.  I just thought that was too much sugar for my taste and my diet.  My whole family loved the recipe – I will be making it again and it was really very easy – another bonus.

Weekly Fitness Tip:  Take Time for Yourself and Time to De-Stress During the Holidays

- Take time to do a few things for yourself each week – even if it is just something little like taking a relaxing bath

- Take a break from social media – sometimes looking at what everyone is doing or has done makes you feel overwhelmed and like you are not keeping up – if that is the case avoid going on those social sites that drag you down.  It will be there the next day or week for you to look at when you want to

- Remember to get enough rest

- Drink lots of water – staying hydrated helps you avoid fatigue and headaches

I hope everyone had a great week.  Today I am going to help my husband get our outdoor Christmas decor up, thankfully it is a nice day for it.

– Kimberlee

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Working Out Week 48 of 2014

This post is a couple of days later than usual.  The reason being I was on the road all day Saturday – my normal post day – driving from Georgia back to Texas.   Normally we stay home for the Thanksgiving holiday but decided to go visit family this year.

I still managed to get in some yoga workouts during my week in Georgia.  I took some Shiva Rea dvd’s with me and some yoga sequences from Yoga Journal magazine that I have saved.  One problem I ran into though was we got halfway there and I remembered I that I didn’t pack my yoga mat – so a trip to Walmart once we got close to our destination and got a new yoga mat.  I kind of needed one anyhow as the one I have is a couple of years old and the other mat I use for workouts with shoes is VERY old.

Workouts the week of Thanksgiving were:

  • Monday – yoga in evening – 10 min
  • Tuesday – Shiva Rea AM Energy Vira Flow – 23 min.
  • Wednesday – Shiva Rea Daily Energy Chakra Namaskar + Core – 29 min.
  • Thursday – Yoga Shine On sequence from Yoga Journal magazine – 15 min.
  • Friday – Yoga Light Up sequence from Yoga Journal magazine – 15 min.
  • Saturday – off – travel day

Since I was not at home and did not have my tripod I didn’t take any workout photos.

It was very enjoyable to do yoga the entire week and I might alternate doing that every other week for the month of December.  I notice the yoga really helps calm you and deal with stress better – of course I know this since I have done yoga for over ten years but actually practicing it for an entire week where you were traveling and dealing with different surroundings and family members I could tell it helped me mentally.

One thing I did take photos of was our trip to Senoia, Georgia to see the little town where they film the TV series The Walking Dead.  The town is a really cute little country town that has this small downtown area where there is a Walking Dead store that sells Walking Dead merchandise.    In the basement of the store there are actual set props from various scenes of the show.  So, I will be sharing those photos below of our visit to the town with my family.

signs hanging throughout the town streets

signs hanging throughout the town streets

 

Brick Sidewalk

Brick Sidewalk

Walking Dead Storefront

Walking Dead Storefront

Daryl's motorcycle in the Walking Dead store in Senoia, GA

Daryl’s motorcycle in the Walking Dead store in Senoia, GA

Me and my husband in front of Daryl's motorcycle at the Walking Dead store

Me and my husband in front of Daryl’s motorcycle at the Walking Dead store

Me in front of Daryl's motorcycle at the Walking Dead store in Senoia, GA

Me in front of Daryl’s motorcycle at the Walking Dead store in Senoia, GA

2 of my 3 sons in front of the Zombie head tank and Penny's cage

2 of my 3 sons in front of the Zombie head tank and Penny’s cage

My oldest son in one of the two prison cells at the Walking Dead store

My oldest son in one of the two prison cells at the Walking Dead store

Senoia Coffee & Cafe on the corner in Senoia, GA - really great Zombie Dark Blend coffee

Senoia Coffee & Cafe on the corner in Senoia, GA – really great Zombie Dark Blend coffee

Yarn bombed bike in front of a bike shop in Senoia, GA

Yarn bombed bike in front of a bike shop in Senoia, GA

Weekly Fitness Tip:      Pack healthy snacks and foods when traveling for the holidays

- If going on a long road trip pack at least one meal – like lunch – so you know it is healthy.  For example a salad in a portable salad container.  I did this for our long drive to Georgia from Texas and used one of the reusable Take Out containers I bought at Aldi over a month ago.  It even has a salad dressing holder and the containers did not leak.

Containers from Aldi - perfect for traveling and packing a salad

Containers from Aldi – perfect for traveling and packing a salad

- Pack healthy snacks like trail mix or nuts and dried fruit

- Bring some fruit like apples or bananas or even cut up pineapple (I have done that before and did it this time as well)

- When stopping to eat choose a grilled sandwich with NO fries or a grilled chicken salad

- Have lots of water packed in a cooler and avoid soft drinks or sugary drinks.  Store water in the trunk or under a seat that will not fit in the cooler and add it when the cooler gets low.

With some planning and using some self control you can travel and still stick to a somewhat healthy diet.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the photos of the Walking Dead store that we visited.  If you are ever in that area of Georgia I would say it is worth stopping by the little town – especially if you are a Walking Dead fan.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving last week and is having a great start to the first week of December.

– Kimberlee

 

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