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The Librarian

Today my 43 really worked my obliques!  I used my stability ball again.  I put my back on the ball and my feet on the wall at a right angle.  With my hands behind my head, I crunched to the left and reached my right hand outside my left knee and then crunched the opposite way to make 1 rep.  So, in order to complete my 43,  I actually did 86 oblique crunches!!

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(The boys helped me out over the weekend with several demos.  I wanted to be ready for the busy week ahead so we made the videos and then each morning I can do the actual 43.)

After the 43 I did some Pilates but I actually mixed it up and did some new stuff.  First I did the mat segment from Burn & Firm Pilates – 10 minutes.  This DVD uses hand weights with the pilates work which is kind of nice.  Then I did the mat segment from Fat Burning Pilates – 15 minutes.  Finally I did the total body segment from  Pick Your Spot Pilates – 10 minutes.

All of these were still non-weight bearing!   It was a nice change of pace on the pilates front because all of these work-outs have ab, butt and thigh work all mixed together instead of in separate sections.

Screen shot 2012-12-17 at 7.05.36 AMCan you guess what I’m going to be doing this week?  I’m not technically the librarian but I will be working in the school library.  I’m not going to be at Hunter’s school – I will be at one of the other elementary schools in our district.  I’m filling in for the library aide – this week and then most of January.  I’m super excited!!!  I love everything about books and I think this will be a really fun job!

Between spending my days in the school library and my evenings tutoring algebra (finals week for high school) – this week is going to be BUSY!!!

I better get going – still need to get dinner in the crock pot before we all leave for the day!

Happy Monday!




Today’s 43 was one of the most difficult that I have done in awhile.  I think it is because it has been 10 (long) days since I ran or did any cardio at all and it shows!!!

The move – plank jacks.  In the plank position, (because clearly I didn’t get enough of that yesterday!)  jack your feet (jump them open and closed like a regular jumping jack).  I did 10 jacks = 1 rep.  (If math is not your thing, that is 430 jacks!!!!!)  This move requires cario endurance plus strength to hold yourself in plank for a LONG time.

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It was good to get a little cardio and technically, this wasn’t a true weight bearing exercise (at least not on my hip!).  But, YIKES!!!  I was sucking air big time.  Hunter said, “It’s only been about a week since you ran.”  10 days, brother!!  That is a long, long time and when you are my age (43) the you lose it a lot quicker!

Usually, I write this after I have finished my entire work-out for the day.  However, I have a couple of things I have to do this morning and then I’m subbing this afternoon (for Hunter’s homeroom teacher!!!) so I’m doing my post with the intention of still squeezing in some pilates later.  Even if I can’t do all 3 sections, I will get some pilates in!

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This seemed appropriate today. If you don’t try – you won’t succeed! (Plus, Michael Jordan is one of my all-time favorites!)

I can’t wait to be in Hunter’s class (and I’m sure he feels the same way!).  Tonight is all about Algebra – several hours of tutoring tonight – almost time for semester finals!!!

Happy Thursday!!


11:25 Pick your Spot Pilates: belly, butt & thighs – Done!!!   Now I can enjoy my afternoon with 6th graders!!!