Fitness for February 2016
February 28, 2016
Today marks the end of my eight week completion of the Hammer and Chisel workout program from Beachbody. I am so glad to have made it through the total program, enjoyed all the workouts and I have seen positive results.
The past month the workouts were a little longer as there were more days that you added on the 10 minute Ab Hammer or the 10 minute Ab Chisel workouts after completing the days scheduled workout. Most of the workouts are around 30 to 40 minutes long but if you add on the 10 minutes of abs you are looking at around 40 to 50 minutes for that day. I also had a new workout friend – my other cat (as seen in the photo above) decide to join me for many of the workouts. She is older and kind of shy so she usually is in the other room but I guess she decide she liked Hammer and Chisel.
Power Chisel workout is a workout that can be found on the Deluxe dvd set that you have to purchase as an add on to the program. The set includes four bonus workouts on one dvd. You get Hammer Build Up, Power Chisel, 15 minute Leg Hammer and 15 minute Glute Chisel. I like having these additional workouts so that I have a little more variety with the program.
The 15 Minute Leg Hammer workout is a great one for the legs as well as the core. The 15 Minute Leg Hammer and the 15 Minute Glute Hammer are incorporated as add ons to your regular workout for that day so you increase your workout time on those days.
My final measurements on the last day of the program show that I have lost inches. I mainly lost inches in my waist, hip and thigh area. My arm measurement actually increase by about a 1/4 to 1/2 and inch – probably from all the weight lifting and increase in my bicep muscle. I lost a half and inch from my waist, one inch from my hips and one inch from my upper thighs. I can also see a lot more definition in my shoulder and back area. My main goal was to tone up and lose inches in the hip and waist area so I feel like that was accomplished in the last couple of months.
Overall, I would recommend this program to anyone who is interested in losing some weight, gaining some lean muscle and learning how to control portions with their eating. The program comes with a set of containers to measure your food portions and guidelines for how much you should be eating each day. I will say that using the containers and recording my eating each day for the past two months has been a real eye opener for me on how much and what I am eating. I think that keeping track of my food or a food journal each day has really helped me see better results with this program. I have always been a pretty healthy eater but this program taught me to control how much I was eating.
So, now on to the next month and a new workout program and schedule. I have decided to do my new Cathe ICE program, some yoga and maybe a little bike riding if the weather is nice enough for the month of March. What workout are you currently doing? Let me know my leaving a comment.
Working Out Week 13 of 2014
March 29, 2014
This week I finished week 12 of P90X3. I can not believe there is only one week left to go in the program. The variety this exercise program has makes it go really fast and with the workouts only taking 30 minutes a day, six days a week, it is easy to fit into a busy schedule.
This week the schedule was the same as week 10. You can look at my post on that to see the exact schedule. Some photos are below of the workouts.
I really love the Pilates program. It is fun and challenging and I always look forward to doing this workout when it is on the schedule. The pretzel exercise at the end (lower right photo) is one of my favorites in this routine.
The Decelerator workout was on the schedule twice this week. I like this workout but twice in one week I do not like so much. There are some really great exercises in this routine though – like the starfish push ups (lower left photo) and the superman-bow (lower right photo). There are also some that are super hard and I can not do completely like the crane cracker push ups (upper left photo) – I am doing the modified ones there with just the knee on the elbow. The full move is to go forward and raise your leg that is behind you up, extend your leg on the elbow out straight and do a push up. I think if I tried that I would land on my face for sure. My cat seemed to like doing this workout twice in one week.
I also did my Exhale Core Fusion a few times this week. I did the Abs & Arms dvd this week. The segments I did were Upper Body with Band, Abdominal’s with band, Abs with Leg Curl Variations and Band. The segments are 10 minutes that I did after P90X3 a few of the days this past week. A couple of days I was too busy with having to get my kids to school early to be able to do an extra 10 minutes.
The Pilates book I checked out from the library a couple of weeks ago was also used a couple of times this week. I am trying to do between 6 and 10 of the different exercises in there at least three times a week. The pilates is so good for strengthening your core and leaning out your body. The book is called Pilates Practice Companion by Alycea Ungaro. A great book with color photos of each exercise.
Also, on the subject of books I finished reading the Tony Horton book The Big Picture.
This book was an excellent read full of positive and motivating advice and information. One of the main things that sticks with me and one of his 11 laws is to “Do your best and forget the rest.” I am trying to remember this when I get stressed out about everything I have to or want to do or accomplish. I need to remember that doing my best is the main focus – not doing more just to say I did more. I am not talking just about fitness here – about things in everyday life as well. Another great chapter in the book is Law 4 “Variety is the Spice of…Everything” I totally agree with that. I am a person who is creative and I get bored easily doing the same thing (especially when exercising) over and over. Take the Decelerator workout for example. I have done that one 6 times in the last 4 weeks and to be honest with you I am tired of it. I like it okay but I have done it so much lately it is starting to annoy me. Tony mentions in his book that you should not do something just because everyone else is doing it – I tell my kids this all the time. He also talks about how adding variety to everything in your life, not just with exercise but in all areas, makes things more fun and interesting – another thing I totally agree with. You can click on the book link to read more information about the book if you are interested in learning more.
This week I also became an affiliate of Beachbody programs. The icon is in the sidebar for P90X3 if you are interested in learning more about the workout or in ordering it. I have really enjoyed doing this program and all my previous posts about it can give you more information. I do not endorse things I do not like or believe in.
Well, I hope everyone is having a nice weekend. It is finally getting warmer here in Texas. I am ready for spring and was actually able to wear sandals a couple of times this week.
Have a great day!
Working Out Week 11 of 2014
March 16, 2014
The past week I was on vacation for Spring break with my family and we traveled to Destin, FL to see my parents and then traveled to Ashburn, GA to see my husband’s family. I took the P90X3 workout dvd’s, my exercise mat and my exercise bands with me so I could stay on track with my workout schedule and not get behind. I am proud to say I worked out every morning of our vacation with the exception of Saturday, since we had a 15 hour car trip back to Texas. I am going to try and fit that workout in today, Sunday, to make up for not doing it on Saturday.
This past week the schedule was as follows:
- Monday – MMX
- Tuesday – Decelerator
- Wednesday – Triometrics
- Thursday – Pilates X
- Friday – Decelerator
- Saturday – CVX
Since we were out of town I was not able to take any photos the past week of the workouts. I did take photos of our trip though. The weather was nice enough in Destin the first couple of days that we were able to enjoy a little time on the beach. The above photo was taken by one of my twin sons of me and my mom sitting in a gazebo by the ocean.
We also went to the Gulfarium and saw a dolphin show and some of the other features in the various tanks around the place. They had a shark moat but it was kind of dark in there so I was not able to get any good photos of the larger sharks. I was able to get a couple in the other tanks of a smaller shark and a hammerhead as seen in the above photos.
I am really pleased that I was able to maintain the workout schedule even though we were out of town. I brought the dvd’s and my laptop so I was able to workout where I could find room and thankfully at the condo in Destin there was a nice TV with a blueray player and enough floor space to workout. The workouts only take 30 minutes of your time so it was easy to just get up and get it done – just like I do when I am at home. I will say I did not get up quite as early since I had to consider the other people around me in the small place we stayed in. At my in-laws in Georgia I was able to get up at pretty much my regular time since they operate a farm and are early risers. I would take my laptop into their spare living room and use the dvd’s on there to workout. My oldest son was sleeping in there on the pull out couch so I did kind of wake him up but he is a teenager and just put a pillow over his head and went back to sleep. He wasn’t too interested in getting up and working out with me.
Eating a healthy diet while traveling is always a challenge. I tried to plan ahead on the drive over there and had healthy snacks and even packed our lunch so we didn’t have to stop for fast food for lunch and dinner, only dinner. When we did stop for a meal during the whole trip I tried to make healthy choices and get a grilled sandwich, no fries and a water to drink. It is possible to eat fast food and not overeat if you are careful about your choices. I am looking forward to getting back on track this week though with cooking healthy meals at home and will be planning my menu today and probably shopping today or tomorrow since we don’t have much food in the house.
Well, I hope everyone is having a nice month of March so far. I will update again at the end of the week on week 11 of P90X3 – only a few weeks left in the program.
Working Out Week 4 of 2014
January 25, 2014
The end of this week marks the 4th week of 2014 and the 3rd week of doing the P90X3 challenge with my facebook group. The exercises this week were the same schedule as the past two weeks. You can read my post on Week 1 of P90X3 here to see the complete schedule for weeks 1 – 3.
My favorite workouts from the first three weeks were CVX and Isometrix. I love how CVX uses a light dumbbell throughout most of the 30 minute workout. It is a great combination of cardio and weight training. My shy cat decided to get in one of the photos for this workout – see if you can find her below…
Below in the photo I was getting ready to start CVX – listening to the beginning instructions and here is my cat doing his downdog pose. I thought that was funny.
Isometrix is unlike any type of yoga I have ever done. In this workout you have to hold the poses for about 45 seconds each. The downdog with one hand on your ankle is one of the hardest for me to hold that long as well as standing on one foot with your eyes closed and other foot raised up two or three inches off the floor. It is harder than it sounds – try it. The day I did this workout it was cold that morning and I was freezing when I woke up so I dressed in my fleece pants to keep warm. I may not look very fashionable but I was warm. My black cat decided to participate and get in these photos. He is quite the workout cat.
I have started reading a new book – along with about 2 other books I am reading (I read a lot) called Success Principles. In the book I found this great quote and wanted to share it:
I have written this down and posted it on the wall behind my computer. I think this is a great reminder that there are certain things we can not change in life and that we have no control over but I believe that our health and fitness is something that each and every one of us can choose to control and take responsibility for.
Overall I am still really enjoying P90X3 and my fun challenge group. Next week is called the “Transition” week and the schedule changes some. We are going to be doing some of the same workouts along with two or three new ones. I will update the end of next week on that schedule.
I am not affiliated with this workout program. I am just participating with a group and like to share my workouts and hope to inspire others to exercise.
Have a great weekend!
Working Out Week 1 of 2014
January 4, 2014
Happy New Year! It is now the end of the first week of 2014. My workouts this past week were a combination of my new P90X3 dvd’s and my Cathe Friedrich dvd’s. Workout’s this week were as follows:
- Monday 12-30-2013 – P90X3 Isometrix – 30 minutes
- Tuesday 12-31-2013 – Cathe X10, premix 37, cardio blast & hi-lo – 37 minutes
- Wednesday 1-1-2014 – P90X3 Dynamix – 30 minutes
- Thursday 1-2-2014 – Cathe Flex Train, warm up, legs & shoulders, legs & biceps, disc lunges, core-abs, stretch – 40 minutes
- Friday 1-3-2014 – P90X3 Pilates – 30 minutes
- Saturday 1-4-2014 – Cathe Great Glutes, warm up, bonus chair-band, floorwork, stretch – 35 minutes
This is my 3rd week of alternating the cardio and the yoga or pilates and I really like this routine. Starting next week I will be doing the P90X3 for the next 90 days. I am starting the workout plan with my workout group on facebook. The past couple of weeks since receiving the workouts I have just been trying a few of them out. I didn’t want to start all of them yet since I will be using them for the next 3 months.
Below are some photos of the P90X3 workouts I did this past week.
The Isometrix workout looks easy when you just watch it but it is a challenge. You have to hold each pose for 45 seconds. That may sound easy until you try it. It was very different from any workout I have done or the type of yoga I normally do. I really liked it. As you can see from the photos my cat liked it too. He is my little workout buddy every day.
The Dynamix workout was another great dvd in the P90X3 series. There were some exercises that were very different to me and some that I have done before, too. This was another excellent workout, in my opinion, that I will really enjoy doing in my P90X3 rotation. I told my husband he should do it to help him improve his flexibility for his golf game – not sure if he is going to try it or not though.
I have also decided to do a green smoothie challenge the month of January with my friend Joanna’s green smoothie group on facebook. Here is the link if you are interested in joining: https://www.facebook.com/groups/117834925060273/ The challenge is to have one green smoothie a day for the month. I started doing this on the 31st of December and so far I have had one per day. This is a really great way to get back into a healthier diet for the new year. There are recipes on the page and I have tried a couple of them as well as my own.
The smoothie I made in the photo above was my own concoction. I am calling it Green Citrus Smoothie since it has a citrus flavor. Here is what was in it:
- half a grapefruit, peeled & seeded
- juice of one lemon
- half a banana
- 2 dates soaked in 1/4 c. of water for 10 minutes (also add water to smoothie)
- 2 pineapple ice cubes – made from pineapple juice
- 1/4 c. plain greek yogurt
- handful of spinach
- 1/4 to 1/2 c. crushed ice
- 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
Blend all the ingredients until smooth in a high speed blender.
This smoothie was pretty good but next time I think I will leave out the banana. I was trying to add them in my smoothies this week thinking I would like them but I just do not care for bananas. I will have to stick with other ingredients I like.
I am looking forward to the start of next week and my next fitness challenge of P90X3. Changing my workout routine and program is always a great way to keep me motivated and on track with my fitness goals. What workouts are you planning to do this year? Let me know by clicking on Leave a Reply. I would love to hear about them.
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!
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!
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.
Workout – Week 5 of Focus T25 Challenge
August 31, 2013
Today marks the end of the Alpha round for Focus T25. I have completed the first 5 weeks of the challenge. Now we are on to the Beta round. I am excited and looking forward to the new workouts in this round and the challenges they will bring.
The following are some photo collages of the past week – week 5:
My cat is in the above collage because he had the grumpy cat face. My workout schedule had to change the past week because of the kids starting school and early marching band practice for my oldest son. The cat hangs out with me every day when I workout and he seemed upset about the time change – cats seem to be creatures of habit.
This past week we had to do Total Body Circuit three times – it was tough! I was pretty strong on Monday getting through most of those push ups on the toes but by Wednesday and Friday I had to do some of them on the knees toward the end of the workout. Tons of sweat on those three days!
Also, I got a new fitness watch at the beginning of the past week. It is a Timex Health Touch watch. It has a heart rate monitor, stop watch, timer and and activity setting to see your calories burned. It also has 2 time zone settings. The instructions it came with are kind of vague. It is easy enough to set the time and operate I just was not sure how the calories burned – activity setting and heart monitor setting worked until I used it for a couple of days. I don’t think it measures the calories you burn per workout but rather for the entire duration of a day. For example I set it on Thursday in active mode and it ran for 17 hours, from 6 am to 11 pm (it was a long day!) and it said I burned 2700 calories. I kind of like the fact it calculates overall daily calories burned not just during your workout. This is the first health watch with a heart rate montior I have had so I have nothing to compare it to. Also, you do not have a chest strap to wear with this watch. In the photo below it shows the activity setting for 6 hours and 8 minutes – I have burned 957 calories – this was my double workout day (Friday) so I really burned a lot of calories that day – it was amazing!
I created another smoothie recipe this week using the Spectrum Decadent Blend with chia, flax seed, cocoa and coconut. This one also has spinach in it for added greens and vitamins along with chocolate almond milk and peanut butter. If you click on the below link it will take you to the ziplist link for the recipe or I have added it below the photo.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Protein Smoothie with Greens
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Protein Smoothie with Greens
- Handful Spinach
- 2 Tbls Spectrum Decadent Blend – chia, flax seed, cocoa, and coconut
- 1 Tbls peanut butter
- 1/4 c. peanuts
- 1 scoop whey protein powder
- 1 c. chocolate almond milk
- 1/2 c. crushed ice
Place all of the above ingredients in blender or nutribullet and blend 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. Sometimes I forget to add the crushed ice so I just serve it over ice as seen in photo.
I hope everyone had a great week of working out. Click on the Leave a Reply to let me know what workouts you are currently doing. To receive future updates please subscribe via bloglovin, by email or RSS fee by clicking on any of the icons in the side bar.
Have a great Labor Day weekend!
Workout – Week 4 of Focus T-25 Challenge
August 24, 2013
Week 4 of of Focus T-25 – Nailed It! The alpha phase of these workouts is almost through – only 1 more week to go then we go into the 5 week beta phase. I can tell the workouts are getting easier for me and notice how much more stamina I have getting through them. Especially on Friday – the double workout day.
Here are some highlight photos of the week. I got into making photo collages this week with my pictures. I got the idea from another person in my challenge group.
Also, I made up 2 new smoothie recipes and have those to share:
I also created a new salad recipe. The salad made quite a bit so I had half for lunch and the rest with dinner. Here is the recipe:
I placed all the ingredients except lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl and chilled them for about an hour then put the last 2 ingredients on just before eating it for lunch. This was a really good salad – I thought – a change from a normal lettuce based salad. Note: It is strong with the onion and garlic – best to have some gum or breath mints after eating.
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