Workouts Week 51 of 2013
December 21, 2013
This past week I decided to do a routine of cardio one day and yoga the next day. I really liked this workout schedule.
- Monday – Cathe Friedrich Party Rockin Step #2 premix 1 – 33 minutes
- Tuesday – Shiva Rea Daily Energy – Earth & Shavasana – 25 minutes
- Wednesday – Cathe Friedrich Party Rockin Step #2 premix 2 – 32 minutes
- Thursday – Shiva Rea Creative Core Abs – 24 minutes
- Friday – Cathe Friedrich X10 – Step – 26 minutes
- Saturday – yoga book – Tara Stiles-Slim, Calm, Sexy Yoga – 15 minutes
These were the dvd’s I used:
The Party Rockin Step #2 dvd was a great workout. I realized I had not done this dvd yet after receiving it a couple of months ago. There is also a Party Rockin Step #1 and I have used that workout. For some reason I had not attempted the #2 dvd but decided to this week. I think I like it better. Although there was a little complication with the foot work on Monday. I had previewed it on Sunday – my rest day – and was all ready. I have found it is best to just watch the step workouts and get familiar with some of the moves before you actually do them. For some reason on one of the moves I missed a step somewhere which sent the long step off the riser – thankfully I did not fall or hurt myself – which I have done before on some of the step workouts. It did scare my cat out of the room though and scared me a little too.
I love the Shiva Rea yoga dvd’s and own quite a few. This week I did Daily Energy one day and the other day I did Creative Core Abs. I was going to do her Yogini dvd on Saturday but just decided to do my yoga book since I got up a little later than normal and my husband was using the TV to watch the morning news. I have a few yoga books and decided to use my Tara Stiles – Slim, Calm, Sexy Yoga book. There are lots of great routines in this book and all the photos are in color, too.
This week I also tried out a new smoothie recipe that I made up. I really like how it tasted. I am calling it Cherry Vanilla Eggnog Smoothie. Below is the recipe:
Cherry Vanilla Eggnog Smoothie
10 frozen, pitted, dark cherries
3/4 c. Silk Eggnog
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
1/2 c. crushed ice
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth.
I bought the Silk eggnog for my sons since they all like eggnog. When we went to the store after church on Sunday they didn’t have any regular eggnog so I thought since they like Vanilla Soymilk they would like this. Wrong! They informed me they didn’t think it tasted good. So, I decided to use it in this smoothie recipe so it wouldn’t go to waste. I also like the fact that the Silk eggnog has less calories and fat than regular eggnog. A 1/2 cup of the Silk eggnog is only 2 g. of fat. I don’t have any regular eggnog right now to give you the fat grams on it but I am sure it is over 2 g. I really enjoyed this smoothie and am looking forward to making another one soon.
I also decided to order the P90X3 new workout dvd’s last week. They arrived yesterday in the mail. I have not had chance to look at them much as I have been so busy with holiday things the past couple of days. I am hoping to be able to preview a couple of the dvd’s today. I will be joining a facebook challenge group on my Team Krazy Fit on January 6, 2014. This will be a 90 day program of working out 6 days a week.
I hope everyone is doing well and trying to get in a little fitness in between all the holiday activities. Even if it is only 15 minutes a day it is better than nothing.
Have a great weekend!
Fitness Friday Week 49 of 2013
December 6, 2013
Fitness Friday this week – should be called Freezing Fitness Friday! It has gotten very cold here in Texas in the last 24 to 36 hours. It was a beautiful day on Wednesday – 79 degrees and yesterday it was 34. Today it is 27 and suppose to go down to 16 tonight. On top of the cold temperatures we also had some freezing rain and sleet early this morning. A lot of people are without power. So far our power has not been affected and I am hoping it stays that way. Praying for all those without power for it to be restored to them soon.
Well – on to the fitness post. Below are the workouts I used this week:
This week I chose to to a schedule of cardio, weights and then yoga. So my workouts were:
- Monday – Cathe – Rockout Knockout
- Tuesday – Cathe – Lean Legs & Abs
- Wednesday – Shiva Rea Yoga – More Daily Energy
- Thursday – Cathe X10 Hi-Lo workout
- Friday – Cathe Flex Train
- Saturday – Shiva Rea Yoga – More Daily Energy
I really like Rockout Knockout. It is a kickboxing workout that uses weighted gloves for part of the workout. Lots of sweating in this cardio session.
My yoga session on Wednesday was accompanied by my two faithful workout friends – my cats. They like yoga workouts much better than cardio. The More Daily Energy dvd has several workouts to choose from in the yoga matrix. I chose to do Evolution Standing Flow and the shavasana which took about 27 minutes.
Today’s workout, Flex Train, took a little motivation to get out of bed and get it done since it was so cold. Once I got moving around everything was good. I was just glad to wake up and have power and a warm house. This workout has lots of different chapters to mix and match. Today I chose to do the warm up, legs & shoulders, disc lunges, legs-firewalkers, core-abs and the stretch. Lots of variety in this workout and the shoulder section gives you a real burn as well as the ab work.
I also created a new smoothie recipe earlier this week. I used some leftover cranberry sauce I made on Thanksgiving in the recipe. I am calling it Cranberry Christmas Smoothie. I thought it was really good! Recipe is below:
This time of year is busy so it seems more difficult to fit workouts in every day. I usually try and schedule something even if it is only a 20 or 25 minute session. It keeps me on track and starts my day off better if I find time to workout even for just a few minutes. I have not decided yet what I am going to schedule for next week. I might do the cardio, weights and yoga routine again. I am also considering ordering the new P90X3 that is coming out next week. My fitness group on facebook will be starting a challenge for 90 days with the new dvd’s and I would like to participate. Changing my workouts regularly keeps me interested and offers me new challenges. What workouts are you currently doing? Click on Leave a Reply to tell me about them.
Have a great day!
Crazy For Cranberries
November 22, 2013
One of the things I love about fall and the Thanksgiving holiday is cranberries! I have been buying, cooking with and eating fresh cranberries for at least a month now. I like the fact that I can get this huge jumbo bag of them at Sams Club.
I like to make traditional cranberry sauce, like the directions on the package of cranberries. I recently developed my own new recipe using that concept but adding some rhubarb to the mixture. It is really good – I have made it twice now.
Here is the recipe:
I really like this combination of the cranberries with the rhubarb. It reminds me of being a child – my grandparents had a big garden and grew rhubarb. My grandma always made rhubarb pie and this wonderful strawberry-rhubarb jam. I actually bought the rhubarb to make this crisp recipe – which I did and I liked but then I decided to try it with the cranberries. I have been enjoying it in the morning for breakfast with my Bob’s Red Mill 5 grain cereal or even as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I also like to eat it with this Linwoods flaxseed and goji berry blend that I bought recently at Bed Bath and Beyond.
Another great thing about the combinations of cranberries and rhubarb is that both are great for your health and your skin. They both contain Vitamin C. Rhubarb is also high in calcium and water to keep you hydrated. Rhubarb is also a natural food laxative and keeps your digestive system in good order.
I have also recently made this cranberry bread in my crock pot. Yes, in the crock pot!
I got the Fix It and Forget It New Cookbook by Phyllis Good a few weeks ago from Sams. I always have to check out the books at Sams and usually end up finding something to buy. This recipe was for Cranberry Almond bread made in your crock pot. It turned out really well and my husband even liked it and I didn’t even know he liked cranberries. The recipe uses fresh cranberries. I tweaked it a little and used 1/2 whole wheat pastry flour and 1/2 all purpose flour to make it a little more whole grain. I really enjoyed eating this for breakfast with my cranberry rhubarb sauce.
I would love to hear about any of your cranberry recipes. Please click on leave a reply to share them. Have a great weekend!
New-Old Bread Machine
November 15, 2013
I recently got a new bread machine – my parents brought it to me when they came to visit in October. They got it from a neighbor at a garage sale. I have a bread machine, an Oster, that I bought about 4 years ago but it has been well used and I am not sure how much longer it will last. It sometimes makes some loud squeaking noises when it is kneading the bread. Also, I do not really like how the Oster bakes the bread. I usually just use the dough cycle and make rolls or make my own loaf of bread and bake it in the oven when using the Oster bread machine.
I really like my new-old bread machine. It bakes the bread in there really well. It also makes really nice dough. It had the book with it and even some recipes the previous owner had clipped that were from an early year 2000 magazine. The receipt was even in there and this bread machine is 19 years old! My husband also observed that it was made by the company that makes his welding protection helmet. Interesting…
The size loaf it makes is pretty big – it is a round size. I wasn’t sure I would like that but it seems like it is okay. I forgot to take a photo of a finished loaf before we started devouring it. My whole family loves this new whole grain recipe I made up.
Everyone in my family also loves these garlic rolls I make in the bread machine. They go great with spaghetti or any type of pasta dish. I have made them with just the bread flour or sometimes with part bread flour and part whole wheat pastry flour. Both versions are really good.
I really enjoy making breads and rolls in my bread machine – or I guess bread machines now that I have two of them. The breads I make in the bread machine are usually much healthier than the ones I buy. They do not contain preservatives so you do have to eat them within 4 to 5 days or freeze half your loaf.
I hope you enjoy the recipes. I would love to hear about your experience using a bread machine – click on leave a reply to let me know.
Have a great day!
Green Goddess Smoothie
November 7, 2013
This smoothie is a creation I developed with ingredients that are good for you and good for your skin, too. I have been trying to make one in the afternoons several days a week and drinking them as a pick me up energy drink – that I know is loaded with fresh ingredients and healthy vitamins. It is super quick and easy to make, too.
Here is the recipe:
- handful of spinach
- 1/2 c. frozen chopped mango & pineapple blend (I got mine at Sam’s)
- 1 or 2 pieces of crystallized dried ginger (I got this from Sprouts)
- 1/2 to 3/4 c. filtered water
Blend all of the above ingredients until it is smooth – 1 to 2 minutes. I use my Nutribullet with the smaller size blending cup to make this. It blends up really well in there.
Some info in the ingredients in this green drink:
- Spinach – vital for looking and feeling young and fit, keeps your skin healthy, has B-vitamins, vitamin C, carotenoids, calcium, fiber, lipoic acid, magnesium and zinc
- Mango – high in beta-carotene needed for healthy, clear, skin and overall immunity, protects the brain from memory loss, contains vitamin C, vitamin E and fiber
- Pineapple – contains vitamin C to defend against premature aging, also contains enzymes that have antioxidants and help produce energy, rich in bromelain to help reduce inflammation
- Ginger – also good for inflammation in the body due to joint problems, protects your digestive system from premature aging, regulates blood sugar and boosts circulation
Green smoothies are a great way to get extra healthy nutrients into your body each day. I will admit it takes a little getting use to drinking them. They usually taste better than they look, in my opinion. I have tried some that I do not like at all but this one has a very pleasant taste to me, with the ginger in it, and I always feel very healthy and energized after drinking one.
I would love to hear about your experience with trying green smoothies – or any good smoothie recipes you have to share. You can let me know by leaving a reply.
Have a great day!
Big Batch Ground Beef Recipe
November 5, 2013
This recipe is a really great freezer recipe and saves you a lot of cooking time on busy nights. I discovered the original recipe in a Taste of Home cookbook called Freezer Pleasers several years ago. I have changed it quite a bit over the years and developed my own version that freezes well and tastes great in recipes calling for ground beef.
This recipe is great for pre-cooking your ground beef and then freezing it in 1 to 2 pound packages that are all ready to use in recipes like chili, spaghetti or tacos. I always keep a few packages in the freezer – they are a real time saver on a busy day. The meat can be quickly thawed in the microwave or placed in your refrigerator to thaw the night before or in the morning.
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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!
Beets – Health Benefits and Recipes
September 18, 2013
I have recently discovered the amazing health benefits of beets. Beets are full of nutrients that help us look younger and feel our best. They contain the antioxidant betacyanin as well as iron, maganese, potassium, silica, and fiber.
Here are some of the benefits of eating beets:
-purify the blood
-boost the livers natural defenses
-lower cholesterol levels
-regenerate immune cells
-help maintain healthy bones, hair, nails and skin
The other thing I like about eating beets is the variety of ways you can use them. I have added them raw to a smoothie or roasted them in the oven and eaten them warm with my meal as a side dish. I also like to use the roasted beets cold or at room temperature on a salad. Below are some of the recipes I have made up and used with beets. Give one or all of these a try. The smoothie recipe is very refreshing and gives you energy!
I hope you enjoy these recipes. Let me know by leaving a reply some of your favorite beet recipes.
Have a great day!
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Workout – 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.
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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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