Well, I have taken a couple of weeks off blogging but I have still been working out in the mornings. I am finding that as the weather is getting nicer here I have so many other things that are taking up my time as well as three kids, a husband and a household to run so I am just not finding the time to get all the blogging posts in I had planned for the past month. Well, there is always another month to get those in.
For the past month I have stuck to a workout schedule of doing cardio or weights one day and then yoga the next – pretty much five or six days a week. I used some of my older and newer Cathe Friedrich workout dvd’s for cardio or weights and then yoga books, dvd’s or magazines that I have for my yoga routines. Below are a couple of photos from the Cathe Cross Fire workout that the cat and I really like.
As always the cat is ready and waiting to workout. Even this morning when I did a different Cathe workout with weights he was sitting by the weights.
In addition to working out regularly I have still continued to do my juicing or smoothies daily. I have been doing one or the other. I like my juices but getting that juicer out and doing all the juicing takes a lot of time so I have gone to doing that once or twice a week. I usually make up a few and store them in mason jars and label them. They keep well for at least two or three days.
I have bought a couple of new juicing books in the last couple of months and have been using them for some of my juicing recipes. One of them is the book below – The Big Book of Juices. I think I got this at Sams Club. There are lots of great recipes in this book and even some smoothies and refreshing fruit and tea drinks for summer. I really like this book and the format of it.
I have been using some of the juice recipes and incorporating them into my smoothies. This is a good way to use up any of the juice before it goes bad since I tend to make up a few ahead of time. One of my creations is this awesome Apricot Orange Smoothie. I have made it a few times and love it.
Apricot Orange Smoothie Recipe
5 dried apricots soaked in water for about 20 minutes
half of a peeled orange – seeds removed
1 Tbls chia gel – this is chia seeds soaked in water
1/2 c. orange carrot juice – from juicer
1/2 tsp maca powder – good for energy and hormones
1 nectarine cut up, stone removed
Blend all of the above ingredients in a high speed blender for about 1 to 2 minutes. Serves one.
Well, I hope everyone is doing well and starting to enjoy the nicer spring weather. I have gotten my gardens ready and ordered some plants so I will probably be spending more time outside and less time on the computer for a while. I am finding that to get things done I have to unplug more and start doing – like right now I am off to make some healthy chocolate chip muffins for my family.
This past month my fitness routine consisted of five or six workout days per week using my Cathe Ripped with Hiit workouts and yoga dvd’s or routines from Yoga Journal magazine that I have saved. I have been alternating the two doing a Hiit workout one day and yoga the next. I have really been enjoying this schedule.
Scheduling your workouts is part of the key to getting them done, in my opinion. If I make a schedule up on Sunday, that is usually a non workout day for me, then I am going to commit myself to getting them done. “It’s not about having time, it’s about making time.” I have seen these words before somewhere and they are very true – everyone is busy these days – even my retired parents and in-laws always seem busy – but you have to make the time and make the commitment to yourself to be more physically active. I know that I always feel better and have more energy on days that I workout.
Another thing I have been doing this past month is watching health documentaries – I know this sounds really boring but they are actually really informative about many things concerning the health of Americans and their diets and I find them interesting. Some of them can be found on Netflix and some I checked out from the library. The video in the photo above, Fed Up, is one I checked out from my local library. A friend of mine recommended it to me. This is a real eye opener about the food industry, how much sugar and artificial ingredients are really in those so called healthy foods you see at the store. This documentary also goes into detail on the health of our children and how many are becoming diabetic at an early age due to poor eating and lifestyle habits.
The other two documentaries that I thought were really informative were Hungry for Change and Fat Sick and Nearly Dead 2. Both of these are on Netflix. If you are wanting to learn more about eating better, juicing, and changing your lifestyle habits to become healthy, lose weight and get off prescriptions, I would advise you to watch these two documentaries. My overall health and eating is good but these documentaries oped my eyes to even more changes I need to make to how I eat and what I eat for it to make a positive impact in my daily life.
For the month of February am thinking of doing my P90X3 workout. I am not going to do the whole three month program again like last year, I am just going to use it mixed with some other workouts for the month of February. I have been doing my Ripped with Hiit and yoga for over a month now so it is time for a change. If I change things up then I don’t get bored – that is another key to making your workouts fun, challenging and keeping you interested in sticking with it. Also, I believe it is a key to seeing results because your body needs a change.
So check back at the end of February for my end of month (EOM) fitness update – of course you can also check back sooner as I will be sharing other posts before the end of February on various things.