Reality Shows

Today’s 43 was all about balance and working the hips (and outer thigh).  This is a move that I got from TaeBo!

Start with all of you weight on your left leg (don’t worry – we will get to the other side!!) with your left toe turned to the side and your knee slightly bent.


Lift your right leg (hip height if possible) and get balanced.

get ready
get ready

From this position – extend your leg out straight.


Continue bending and extending your leg for your desired # of reps (43 here!).  Then the real fun begins because you get to switch sides (and the second leg always starts feeling the pain quicker!!).

switch sides
switch sides

Try to do the same # of reps on the second side!!!  Of course that means 43 for me!!

keep going!!
keep going!!

I like this move – it works an area that I try to spend time on (hips/thighs) pretty often to prevent injuries when I’m running.  Plus, the balance challenge helps strengthen my core – always a good thing!!!

The rest of my workout was great!!!  I tried out another Cathe DVD – HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training).  The DVD has 3 HIIT segments – each about 30 minutes long. I decided (cause I’m a glutton) to do 2 of the segments.  I started with the 30/30 which starts with a warm-up and then has 16 intervals each 30 seconds long followed by 30 seconds rest.  It’s amazing how the same amount of time can feel so different!!!

After that I did the 40/20 which also starts with a nice warm-up followed by 16 intervals. That extra 10 seconds is brutal!!  The nice thing on this section, even though the rest is only 20 seconds, after each 4th interval, you get a 1 minute break!!!

I thought about doing the 3rd section but that just seemed like a bit much on the HIIT action!!  Soon!!

I’ve decided I might be a bit of a reality TV show addict!!  I’m not sure what the draw is but I get totally caught up in a lot of the reality shows on TV.  Some of my favorites:

Celebrity Apprentice – what’s not to love about watching the celebrities go after each other.  Plus, it’s always good to see the Donald!  This season (All Stars) is really entertaining – how long can Gary Busey last?!

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I’m not sure why I enjoy Dance Moms so much – I have never danced, my boys don’t dance…I guess it is just watching Abby!!!Screen shot 2013-04-22 at 9.58.35 AM

America’s Next Top Model is another one that entertains me.  My favorite is when the whole season airs in a single day (usually a Saturday!!) – especially if I have a long treadmill run planned!!Screen shot 2013-04-22 at 10.01.09 AMI loved the season with the British included!!

The Real Housewives of New York – I know these shows offer nothing in the way of education or even real life experiences (at least not my life) but I enjoy them!!!  I liked the RH of NY best when Bethany was part of the group!!Screen shot 2013-04-22 at 10.19.33 AM

I taught myself to sew just enough to make curtains – so basically I can make fairly straight lines.  And, I don’t have a creative bone in my body.  But – I love Project Runway!!  Do people really wear the type clothes they make?!Screen shot 2013-04-22 at 10.04.15 AM

My favorite of all the reality shows I watch (and the one I want to be on) – The Amazing Race!!!Screen shot 2013-04-22 at 10.06.21 AMFor years I’ve talked about being on this show.  One night we had friends over and Chris mentioned something about the Amazing Race and the fact that it would be fun but he didn’t know who he would go on it with – WHAT?!  ME! ME!  I’M RIGHT HERE!!!

I’m pretty sure he doesn’t want to go on it with me because he thinks knows that I might would definitely yell and probably curse at him on national TV.  I might be am a little insanely competitive!!!  It might not be great for our marriage if we went on the show together!! Plus, Chris is one of those super sweet and caring people and would want to help everyone along the way!  (see why we haven’t signed up yet?)  I guess it is better for us to just continue watching it together and not be contestants.  Maybe I can convince my younger brother, Sam to go on with me!!!  

Do you watch reality shows on TV?  Would you ever go on one?

Happy Monday!!!


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