Working Out Week 39 of 2014
September 27, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summer Reading, Smoothies and Sandals
August 27, 2014
This summer I have read some really good books. One of the books that I read at the beginning of the summer and really enjoyed was First Love by James Patterson. Another book that I thought was really good that I recently finished was The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks.
I am a big James Patterson fan and have read most of his books, or listened to them on audio. This particular book, First Love, is one I checked out from the library. It is not your typical high speed thriller book, with lots of action or twists, as many of his other books are known for. This book is a story of two young teenagers that decide to leave their homes in the state of Washington at the spur of the moment and travel to various big cities in other states for an adventure. The book is about a boy and a girl, told in the girls voice. It is a sweet and enjoyable story of young love and crazy things teenagers do. Some of them are kind of hard to believe but it is a fiction book. There are also some real life situations that are thrown in that make you realize that life is fragile and needs to be enjoyed each and every day to the fullest.
The other book I read and really enjoyed was The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. I think I have read one other book by him before in the past and of course I have seen the movie The Notebook, based on his book. The Last Song was a story about a teenage girl and her younger brother that go to visit their Dad in North Carolina who they have not seen in a few years. The parents got a divorce and the kids live with the mom in New York. The teenage girl does not want to be there and makes that known to everyone. At first she gets mixed up hanging around the wrong crowd but then she meets a boy who is a good kid and from a nice family. She begins a summer romance with him and also starts to mend the relationship with her father. I don’t want to give anything away in case you read this book but some things happen toward the end to draw the Dad and kids a lot closer and make you realize that life can change at the blink of an eye. I will say you will need some tissues at the end of the book. I borrowed this book from my mom and told her she should have warned me about that for the ending. I think this book was also a movie but I have not seen it.
I also like to read non fiction books and tend to do that in the morning after I have done my workout and I am having a cup of coffee. One of the books I read and really enjoyed this summer was the above book called Living Simply – enjoying the peace of God. I got this book at the beginning of June at Mardel for half off. The book is comprised of about 40 sections, or chapters, that are each four pages. The first one, for example, is called Unpack Your Bags. There is a scripture and then a few paragraphs to read. At the end there is always One Final Thought for you to read like with the first one it is “Taking time to unpack the emotional clutter of yesterday allows you to more fully enjoy God’s irreplaceable gift of today.” The next page is titled Thoughts for Living Simple with scriptures or quotes related to the title of that day. The final page, number four, is Remember and Simplify with words of encouragement and advice. This book is small and very easy to read. I enjoyed reading the advice and scriptures of each day and I plan to start reading it over again.
On now to smoothies… I got a new smoothie book about a month ago from Barnes and Noble. The book has some really good recipes that I have tried. The book also gave me ideas for creating my own with a few less ingredients than called for in the recipes in the book.
One of the ones I created and absolutely love is this Mango Peach Smoothie. I have made it with and without the added spices and both combinations are good. Mangoes and Peaches are high in vitamin C and the mangoes protect against premature aging.
Mango Peach Smoothie
- 3/4 c. frozen sliced peaches (could also use fresh)
- 1/2 c. frozen mango chunks
- 1/2 to 3/4 c. mango or peach greek yogurt
- 1/2 to 3/4 c. orange juice
- 1/4 c. water
- 1 Tbls flaxseed meal
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie or apple pie spice (optional)
-Blend all of the above ingredients in a high speed blender (I use a Ninja blender) for 1 to 2 minutes or until everything is smooth.
The other smoothie I created was a Raspberry Mango blend. This one is not quite as good as the Peach Mango but has a pleasant taste. The honey in this one is optional but if you prefer a sweeter smoothie then I would add it. I tried it with and without and liked it better with the honey. Raspberries are really good for you and have lots of antioxidants to help you look younger.
Raspberry Mango Smoothie
- 1/2 c. frozen raspberries
- 1/2 c. frozen mango chunks
- 3 or 4 slices of frozen or fresh peaches
- 1 container of raspberry greek yogurt
- 1 Tbls ground flaxseed
- 1/2 to 3/4 c. water
- 1 to 2 tsp honey
-Blend all of the above ingredients in a high speed blender for 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth.
Moving on to Sandals:
I recently discovered a new shoe company. The shoes were advertised in a Yoga Journal magazine I had checked out from the library – they are Ahnu shoes. I looked them up on the internet and fell in love with their sandals. They had this particular style half off so I got them for $45.00. They are so comfortable and easy to walk in. The color of the sandal is called lead. They are a shade of blue that goes pretty well with denim or other blues. I thought they were going to be more of a gray color but I am happy with the color they actually are. I originally ordered the black but they were a 1/2 size too big – they seem to run long. They offer free shipping both ways so I sent them back but they didn’t have the size I needed in the black so I got this color. I am so happy with them! They also sell some cute flats and I plan to order some of those in the fall.
I hope everyone is having a good last week of August. My kids started back to school this week – one in 11th grade and 2 (twins) in 8th grade. We have been pretty busy this week with getting more school supplies needed for certain classes and filling out more forms for each class.
Working Out Week 34 of 2014
August 23, 2014
This week I had a really great workout schedule with doing weights again and riding my bike and jumping rope on the non weight days. I also tried out some new recipes for dinner that were good and made my own almond butter. It was a very busy week with fitness, cooking, errands, knitting, sewing, daily house upkeep and laundry, and getting my kids things together for back to school this coming Monday.
My workouts this week were:
- Monday – Jari Love Extremely Ripped Body Rock, Weights & Abs – 35 min.
- Tuesday – Ride Bike + Jump Rope + Yoga – 35 min.
- Wednesday – Body Bar + Exercise Ball books + ride my bike to the dentist – 38 min.
- Thursday – Ride Bike + Jump Rope + Yoga – 33 min.
- Friday – Jari Love Extremely Ripped 1000 Weights only – 40 min.
- Saturday – Ride Bike + Jump Rope + Stretch – 30 min
My Monday workout was a good mix of heavy, high rep weights and some ab work. This particular dvd is not one of my favorite ones from Jari Love but I decided to use it as I hadn’t done it in quite a while. Overall it is a good weight workout.
The middle of the week I did my own mix of the Body Bar and Exercise Ball book workouts and also used my slide discs with some of the bar moves – creating my own exercises with the two together. I also had a dental appointment that morning and rode my bike the 1 mile my dental office.
The Friday workout was back to weights with Jari Love Extremely Ripped 1000. I really like this workout and how all of the moves are compound moves meaning you work your arms as well as your legs at the same time. This is a very effective workout. She also reminds you during the workout how doing compound moves really increases your metabolism and makes your body burn fat even while at rest.
I have continued to ride my bike every other day and do my jumping rope after the bike ride. I do notice I am able to jump rope a little longer this week than last week – building up my stamina, I guess. Except for on Thursday – I could only do a couple of minutes of jumping rope as I woke up with a mild sinus headache and let me tell you that you do not want to be jumping rope with a sinus, or any kind, of headache. It seemed to make it worse!
As I rode my bike this morning I realized that Monday the kids start school. I knew this of course but it was hitting me at that moment as I rode that I may not be able to keep up with as many bike rides when school starts. The main factor being that I need to be at home to make sure everyone has gotten up and gets some breakfast, as well as making lunches for the 3 boys. Also, the biking route I like to take is right near the elementary school in our neighborhood and traffic will be heavy there with carpool drop off. I might try and ride one day during the week and then just on Saturday’s and see how it goes.
A week or two ago I checked out a couple of good cookbooks from the library. I used them in the past week to try out some new recipes and was pleased with the results. The one above on the left is various different baking mixes, sauce mixes, rice and pasta mixes and other things as well. The other book on the right is a really nice cookbook with lots of recipes for using fresh ingredients and cooking in minimal time – good for those who are busy or work a long day or just when it is hot out and you don’t want to slave in the kitchen for an hour or two.
I made up several mixes from the baking mix section of the Healthy Mix book. I had good results with some and just okay with others. The ones that were okay I had to tweak some to make them better. Like the brownie mix said to make them with milk – well I have never heard of doing this but tried it anyhow and they were kind of different. Not terrible but just not like real brownies, either. I tried it again with oil and a little water like you would normally do and they were much better – the kids loved them and ate them up very fast – I did get to enjoy one which is all I needed anyhow. Also, the quick bread mix in this book was a little odd as the mix seemed very dry when I blended it. It only called for an egg or two and no milk or anything to moisten the ingredients. I took it upon myself to add some milk and it turned out much better and looked like a quick bread mix should look. My oldest son said maybe the book just assumed you knew to add the milk – I don’t know about that but in my opinion it is missing something. I tried another mix in there though and that one is fine. It is hit or miss with this one. I guess you need to have some cooking experience to figure it out.
The Cooking Light Fresh Food Superfast is a great book. The book has lots of color photos of many of the recipes and everything is pretty quick and easy to make, too. Just as it implies. I like the fact that it uses fresh ingredients too and not anything canned or boxed in the recipes, for the most part. I tried this salmon one night – photo above – it was pan seared with a small amount of olive oil with fresh sliced garlic and fresh rosemary from my garden. My kids really like this recipe – that is always a plus. Another one I tried from the book was the italian sausage calzones. Those were a hit with the family, too. I was even able to make my own crust for the calzones using the Healthy Mix book and the healthy baking mix in there. That made it take a little extra time instead of using a premade pizza dough but it was worth it.
Another thing I made this week was something I have wanted to try for a while – my own almond butter. I saw a recipe last week on pinterest and decided to try it out. I followed some of it but had to tweak this one as well to get it how I liked it, or thought it should be. Of course I did this on a whim with not a ton of time so I improvised and heated the almonds in the microwave for about 2 minutes instead of 15 minutes in the oven and then I processed them for about 2 minutes, scraped the sides down, processed them for about 2 more minutes, decided it looked like almond meal so I added about 1 tsp. of coconut oil and processed again for 1 to 2 minutes. This was the best almond butter I ever had – really. I will never be buying it again. I made this in about 10 minutes or less. It stores nicely in the refrigerator, too. If you want the original recipe click on the highlighted link to take you to the blog with the recipe – Flour On My Face.
Weekly Fitness Tip – Variety
– Try different workouts to avoid boredom. Doing the same activity (like walking or running) can get boring and stale. Alternate your activity with some other types of workouts like weights or yoga – this also keeps you interested in continuing to workout, in my opinion, and the change does your body good.
– Give new exercises or workouts a chance, don’t try something once and decide it is too hard and you just can’t do it. Sometimes you have to do things a few times to get a feel for them. Example: Five or six years ago I started doing some step aerobic workout dvd’s. I was terrible with them at first and thought I would never be able to keep up with the people on the dvd. After watching it a time or two and then trying it slowly I got the hang of it – I also tripped or fell off the step a few times but I was determined to keep on – it got easier each time. I still occasionally step wrong and stumble but not like the early days. This makes you feel a sense of accomplishment.
I hope everyone had a great week and you are getting in some exercise.
Working Out Week 33 of 2014
August 16, 2014
The weeks are flying by lately. I feel like this one went super fast! It seems like the first part of our summer was kind of slow and the second half is gone in the blink of an eye! Does anyone else feel that way?
This week I was busy with getting my kids back to school supplies together, the dreaded shopping for those – although this year it is not so bad. The older they get the less they seem to need.
Also, band continues for my high school age son. A pretty rigorous schedule this week with long days and some nights. This morning we had to be up by 5:15 am as he had to be there for group photos at 6 am. So, I was up extra early today – before it was even light out. I did my routine a little different today. Since I couldn’t see to go out and ride my bike that early I did my morning devotional reading first and had a cup of coffee – then by 6:45am I was out for my Saturday morning bike ride. Not too many people out that early on a Saturday morning. It was nice to see the sun coming up and breathe in the fresh morning air.
Workout Schedule for week 33 of 2014:
- Monday – 101 Ways to Workout on the Ball book – 30 min.
- Tuesday – Ride Bike + Yoga – 35 min.
- Wednesday – 101 Ways to Workout on the Ball book + Body Bar Book – 35 min.
- Thursday – Ride Bike + Body Bar book & foam roller stretches – 42 min.
- Friday – 101 Ways to Workout on the Ball book + Body Bar Book + jump rope – 38 min.
- Saturday – Ride Bike + Jump Rope + Yoga – 34 min.
The above book is the book I used several times this past week. It is an older book published back in 2004, ten years ago, that I got on sale in 2006 or 2007. It is still a really great book though and has lots of great ball exercises, some with weights and some without. The book is all color photos and has step by step photos of the moves which I like. Also, the back of the book has various routines for arms, abs, core, legs, total body, etc that you can do.
The above is a sample of what the routines in the back of the book look like. It refers you to the page number where the exercises are so you can get the full explanation on how to do them. I like books that are set up this way.
The above photos are from my Monday session using the ball book which were the 15 minute Morning Wake Up and the 15 minute Arm Toner routines.
On Tuesday I went to the library – a place I visit often and always find new books to read or listen to on audio. I have an ereader, a nook, but haven’t used it in over six months. I am a “book” person and I enjoy going to the library. I was checking out the fitness books and found an interesting Body Bar workout book. The book again is an older book, published in 2006, but it has some good workouts in it.
I have this body bar from some Firm workouts I used to own many years ago. I do not have the dvd’s anymore but kept the bar. I think it is an 8 or 10 pound bar, I can’t remember. Anyhow – I used the Bar book along with the Ball book on Wednesday. The above bar move is called the kayak and you can feel it in your core for sure.
On Friday I used the Ball and Bar books again and I also decided to combine some of the moves using both together – having some creative fun with my workout this day.
The above is a photo of my new 6 pound dumbbells that I found at Academy the other day when shopping for new backpacks and lunch boxes for the kids. They had some odd increments of dumbbells in this brand that you don’t normally see – like 4, 6 and 7 pounds. I thought the 6 would be nice for when 5 is too easy and my 8 is too hard. I used them some for the tricep work in my workout on Friday.
Also, in the above photo is my new jump rope. I had one but had not used it in a while and when I went to go look for it I couldn’t find it. I think the kids used it for something and forgot to hang it back up in the garage, but no one admits to that. I read this article in our newspaper about a month ago about this guy in Dallas who jumps rope about five times a week as his form of staying in shape – I think he is like in his 50’s (I don’t remember his exact age). I decided I am going to try and jump rope for a few minutes when I get home from my biking. Let me tell you I thought I could do 10 minutes but I am lucky to get in 5 minutes. Jumping rope is a real intense workout! You will sweat and get your heart rate up in a very short amount of time.
I discovered this new way to lace my shoes last Sunday on pinterest. The info said it was from a podiatrist. This is the way to lace your shoes if the ball of your foot is wider than your heel – as mine is. It really helps give your toes room to spread. I have now re-laced all of my fitness shoes this way.
Weekly Fitness Tip: Be Patient – Change Takes Time
-Working out for just a week or two is not going to get you dramatic results – as the saying goes “Slow and Steady Wins the Race”
–Stick with a schedule – realize that doing even just 15 minutes a day of exercise 5 days per week is better than none at all. Not everyone is able to workout for 30 to 60 minutes per day. Do what works for your schedule and don’t compare it to others.
–Fitness is about a way of life, a lifestyle change, not a quick fix so you can reach a goal and go back to old habits that are not healthy.
-Not everyone is ready for extreme hard core workouts at the beginning. Start off with something simple like walking or running or jumping rope (which is an excellent workout I am finding, in a short amount of time). You can then alternate that with lifting light weights or some yoga or stretching. If you start something that is too hard it will just frustrate you and you are more likely to give up.
-Make sure you schedule in “rest” days each week so you don’t burn out. I usually only schedule a rest day for Sunday but I like to workout 6 days per week. Maybe you only want to do a 4 or 5 day a week workout routine to begin and then add more days later on.
I hope everyone had a great week. See you next week!
Working Out Week 32 of 2014
August 10, 2014
This past week just flew by. I am a day late in getting this post in because of my dining room painting project that I worked on yesterday for about 7 hours. I painted the lower half of the room, from chair rail down to the floor, with two coats of paint. It took a while and I did have to do some laundry and eat lunch in between the two coats I applied. I had intended to do my workout post last night but I was too tired. After cleaning up I did some knitting while watching an hour or two of television with my husband. I just needed to relax and not worry about anything else the rest of the evening.
The past week I decided to concentrate on using weights and doing high reps and then alternating with my bike riding and yoga workouts. What a noticeable difference -doing three days of weight training- in muscle definition! My workouts this week were:
- Monday – Jari Love Ripped 1000 Weights only workout – 40 min
- Tuesday – Ride Bike + Yoga – 33 min
- Wednesday – Amy Bento Slo Mo Strength NRG mix 1 Total Body Challenge – 47 min
- Thursday – Ride Bike + Yoga – 40 min
- Friday – Jari Love Ripped to the Core – 40 min
- Saturday – Ride Bike + Yoga – 30 min
The Jari Love workouts I have had for many years. I like the results I see from using them. They are very high reps but she does vary the counts and some of the moves so you don’t get too bored. These workouts will definitely define your muscles in a short amount of time. Also, muscle burns fat and increases your metabolism while at rest. Another good reason to do some weight training.
The Jari Love Ripped to the Core workout is a lot of compound exercises – meaning you work the legs and the upper body at the same time. The cat seems to like to be around for most of this workout. I have certain equipment he loves like the long step and he will sit by my dumbbells that are not being used.
The weight workout I did in the middle of the week was Amy Bento Slo Mo Strength dvd. This is also an older dvd that I have had for quite a few years. This workout is pretty long and I chose to do one of the premixes that are a little shorter. The moves are all done with a pretty slow count and with heavier weights. The hammy rocker move in the photo above is a real leg burner. It is sort of a three part move and two of the three parts are shown in my photos.
Another move in the Slo Mo Strength dvd was for the arms called Bicep Bonfire. Your biceps are literally hot to the touch when you get done with 3 rounds of this move. It is also a kind of three part move – it is done with 8 pound dumbbells on the video but I had to go down to 5. It is really an arm burner.
Biking in the early mornings is still on my weekly rotation every other day. It is getting hotter each week though in the mornings. I like to come home and do my yoga outside but it is too hot to do that lately – especially on some of these humid days. I have had to start doing my yoga inside lately. I did manage a few minutes outside yesterday morning, though.
Last Sunday after church I went to Barnes and Noble because I had a coupon to use. I found this book on the clearance section about smoothies to boost your immune system and it looked interesting so I bought it. I have tried a couple of the recipes (with some little adjustments of my own) in the book and they are good. The one I tried is made with blueberries and grapefruit and the other was with blueberries and mango. A lot of the recipes use bee pollen in the smoothies but I didn’t have any so I left that out. I was going to get some but forgot when I went to my local health food and vitamin store the other day. I will have to add that to my list for the next time I go there.
Below is my weekly fitness tip. These tips are just some things I feel are helpful to ensure your success with working out and becoming a more healthy person.
Weekly Fitness Tip: Find a family member or friend to workout with you
-Having someone to workout with keeps you accountable and motivates you to stick with a schedule
-If you don’t have a family member or friend then find an online fitness group on facebook or even a motivating blog or fitness website with helpful advice to keep you focused. I have belonged to a small fitness group on facebook that is a “closed” group, (meaning anything you post is just in that group and not all over facebook for all your friends to see) for a little over a year and I love that group. It is only about 150 people and I think only about 25 of us are regularly on there and posting but I feel I have a lot in common with the others on there and we are all positive and motivating for each other even when one of us falls off the workout wagon or off their clean eating. I also found out that one of the members lives in a city right next to me – others are from all over the US and even Canada.
I hope everyone is having a great weekend – what is left of it. School starts here in a couple of weeks but I feel like we have already started since my oldest son is in the marching band and they have already been back at it for a week – all day long – and I have been to a band meeting one night and volunteered for the uniform fittings one day last week.
Take care and keep working out!
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 9 of 2014
March 1, 2014
This last week of February has gone by so fast! I can not believe it is now March. This past week I completed week 8 of P90X3 and I also did a few extra workouts after my 30 minutes of P90X3 using one of my Exhale Core Fusion dvd’s. I like those workouts because they are pilates-yoga based and are divided into 10 minute segments. I did one segment each day this week after P90X3. I really like how the Exhale Core Fusion tone your whole body – especially your abs and they give you a great stretch, too.
This week was transition week again for P90X3 so the workouts were as follows:
- Monday – Isometrix
- Tuesday – Dynamix
- Wednesday – Accelerator
- Thursday – Pilates X
- Friday – Agility X
- Saturday – Yoga
Isometrix and the Pilates are probably still my favorites for this week. Below are the photos from those workouts:
The Exhale Core Fusion dvd I used this past week was the Lean and Toned. I did the following sessions: Pretzel & Core – did this twice, Upper Body, Flat-Round Back (very hard ab and thigh workout) and Gluteal toner. I have decided to try and start incorporating my Exhale Core Fusion workouts – since I have all of them – into my daily workout just for a 10 minute session. These workouts really help tone your whole body. Below are photos from the upper body session which is done with light weights. Try doing the push ups with your hands forming a triangle underneath you – it is hard.
This past week was also the start of another fitness challenge for me called Power of Vitality. This challenge is through my husbands work and spouses are allowed to participate. You receive points for your daily workouts and at the end of the challenge, which I forgot to check the specific date on, you get to go shopping with your points and possibly get something really nice depending on how many points you have. I think it is great that his company is encouraging their employees and their families to get fit and lead a healthy life style. The Power of Vitality website also has a lot of great health information and even healthy recipes. I tried one this past week. It was a rice dish made with brown rice, turmeric, coriander and sundried tomatoes. I had it for lunch two different days and it was really good.
I am also reading the new Tony Horton book The Big Picture – 11 Laws That Will Change Your Life. I am now on Law 5 – I guess that would be chapter 5. So far I really like the book and it has a lot of great advice.
I hope everyone had a great February and are looking forward to an even better March. I am going to continue on with the P90X3 program and also try to do my Exhale Core Fusion dvd’s as a bonus workout.
Have a great day!
Crock Pot Cookbook Review
January 28, 2014
This is my new favorite crock pot cookbook. The book is Fix It And Forget It New Cookbook by Phyllis Good. I actually have had it for a couple of months now and use it at least twice a week or more. The first week I had it I think I used every day for about nine or ten days in a row. There are some great recipes in this “new” version of the book.
I really like the lay out of this book and that there are color photos throughout the book of most all of the recipes. The previous versions of the Fix It And Forget It books did not have photos, as I recall. I do not own any of those I have only checked them out from the local library in the past.
There are some great guidelines in the book for slow cooking and how size of your cooker matters for different recipes. This influenced me to go and buy another crock pot as the one I had was a huge 7 quart one. I went and bought a 3.5 quart crock pot and this one also has a built in timer that turns off and switches to warm when the timer goes off so your food is not overcooked. This is also nice for cooking side dishes or desserts, which there are lots of great recipes for in this book.
So far I have tried these recipes and my family (1 husband and 3 teenage sons) have loved them all:
- Asian Chicken Breasts
- Wild Rice with Chicken
- King Turkey – I have made this three times
- Keilbasa and Cheese Pasta Sauce – I have made this twice
- Baked Ziti – I have made this three times and it is very good!
- Green Chili Rice (kids didn’t want to try this but it was really yummy!)
- Hearty Beef Barley Soup
- Exotic Sweet Potatoes – these are awesome!
- Colorful Rice Pilaf
- Party Walnut Broccoli – kids don’t like this but my husband & I do
- Moist Stuffing
- Fast and Fabulous Brussels Sprouts – I have made these three times
- Cranberry Almond Bread – I have made this twice
- Baked Oatmeal – I have made this twice – it is so good!
- Zesty Bean Dip – I have made this twice
- Pumpkin Pie Pudding with Streusel Topping – I have made this three times-very good!
- Apple Cranberry Crisp
- Apple Coconut Pudding
- Slow Cooker Basic Beans
As you can see I have tried quite a few of the recipes and still have many pages marked of other recipes I want to try. I really like how there are lots of great recipes for breads, grains, desserts, and sides in this book. Sometimes I use both of my crock pots at once and do the main course-meat in the larger crock pot and a side dish in the smaller one.
The photo above is of the Cranberry Almond Bread that you make in the crock pot. It is really simple to make and tastes so good. My husband even liked it and he does not normally eat things made with fresh cranberries.
I have not taken any photos of the other recipes because my family eats everything before I remember to get out my camera and take a picture. If you get the book though you can see photos of all the recipes in there.
I also have lots of slow cooker recipes pinned on pinterest that I have tried if you want to check out other recipes on there.
I really like this book and think it is a wonderful cookbook to add to my shelf of cookbooks. What cookbooks do you use a lot and really like? Please let me know by clicking on Leave A Reply.
Have a great day!
November 20, 2013
This week I have been using two of my exercise books to workout with instead of my usual dvd’s. Sometimes I get tired of doing the dvd’s and need a change. I think that is one thing that helps to keep me motivated to exercise every day is to have variety. I think if I had to do the same thing all the time I would get very bored and decide to quit. So far I have kept a regular workout schedule for the last 5 or more years and I think alternating my workouts and change is the key to keeping me interested and seeing results.
Both of these books use an exercise ball and they also use some dumbbells with some of the exercises, a medicine ball or a handled exercise band. I bought the one book on the left recently this past summer at Half Price Books and the one on the right I have had for several years – I got it from Barnes and Noble on sale. A lot of the time you can find some decent fitness books in the sale section at Barnes and Noble.
Both of these books have color photos and detailed descriptions of the exercises. I also like the fact that at the end of both of the books there are workout routines. For example on Monday I did the Sports routine from the CORE book. It was compiled group of 16 different exercises from the book. On Tuesday I did the 101 Ways to Burn Fat on the Ball book – the Five Minute Arms and Five Minute Shoulders routine – 2 rounds of each of these so it was about 20 minutes long with a few minutes of stretching at the end. On Wednesday, today, I did the 101 Ways book again using the Five Minute Butt, Five Minute Legs and the Pilates routines. I did 2 rounds of each of these as well so it took about 30 minutes. The photos below are from the routine today.
Tomorrow I plan to do the CORE book again – using the Warrior routine which is compiled of 19 different exercises. Friday I will do the CORE Power workout that is 18 different exercises. Saturday I will use the 101 Ways to Burn Fat on the Ball and do the stretching routine.
I really like using the exercise ball, especially with weights. It is a great way to tone your whole body and really work your core.
I hope everyone is having a great week so far. I can’t believe tomorrow will be Thursday already and next week Thanksgiving!
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July 29, 2013
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