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I Need a Boot Camp Alternative!!!

Today I used my Bender Ball – 

add this to your ab routine!
add this to your ab routine!

and did  sit-ups for my 44.  

reach for toes
reach for toes

I like doing full sit-ups on occasion as opposed to just crunches and having the ball behind my back is a great time to really extend my range.

Screen shot 2013-11-14 at 6.48.01 AMSo now that the weather is getting colder, I don’t think my boot campers want to work out in the garage anymore but I don’t really have any other options.

I sent out a text last night to see if anyone was coming and they all said the same thing –
              Too Cold    

On Tuesday morning it was only 17 degrees and I don’t think yesterday morning started much better.  Today actually wasn’t awful –Screen shot 2013-11-14 at 6.48.32 AM

So, I need a new plan or we will have to cancel boot camp until the weather is nicer!!!

I know that lots of y’all run outside in arctic weather but you know I don’t do cold weather.  

Screen shot 2013-11-14 at 6.57.22 AMI would hibernate for the winter if that were an option but since it’s not I just try to avoid the cold as much as possible!!!

Bring on the heat and sun and I will definitely be outside!!!

Do you like to be outside (working out or whatever) in the cold?

Happy Thursday – try to stay warm!!!


Who Is “Somebody”?

Today I used my Bender Ball for my 43.

add this to your ab routine!
add this to your ab routine!

 I put it right behind my lower back and did a crunch – it totally changes the way your abs work!!!  

crunch - it's not a huge move!
crunch – it’s not a huge move!

This is a great move because it works you abs but it is also a little stretch for your back.

I decided to do a Turbo Jam workout because working out with Chalean always makes me happy!!  I did Cardio Party 3 – 50 minutes of kicks, twists, punches – FUN!!

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One day Jordan said – “somebody needs to clean out the fireplace.”    My response – yep, you can do it this weekend!!

Last night after dinner Hunter said – “somebody needs to take out the trash.”  Chris and I both said – That would be you!!

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  We have tried really hard to teach our boys that there aren’t certain chores that are mine or Chris’ or even their’s because we are a family and should all work together to keep our home clean and running smoothly! When you see something that needs to be done, DO IT!!!

Screen shot 2013-07-17 at 7.56.53 PMAfter the whole trash thing with Hunter last night, I started thinking about other aspects of life.  There have been many times that I haven’t stepped up and done something because I think that “somebody” else should do it.

Around the house I’m pretty independent and there is very little that I can’t do (mostly out of necessity since Chris is often gone for extended periods).  However, there are many things that I prefer not to do and try to pass off to “somebody.”  

*  changing lightbulbs – not hard but I don’t like doing it for some reason
*  taking out the trash – funny since Hunter tried to pass it off!!
*  dusting – I don’t see the point because within hours the there is new dust – “somebody” else, please dust for me!!

I started thinking about other little things in my daily life that I always assume “somebody” else should do when in reality I could do it.

*  at the grocery store when most of the carts are outside I could easily roll some inside on my way instead of walking in empty handed
*  for weeks we drove past a street sign in our neighborhood that was covered in something (mud or ???) – I could have cleaned it instead of assuming that it was “somebody” else’s job
* sometimes in relationships I tend to think that “somebody” else needs to be the one to  make a phone call or plan a get together but really I am that somebody and I should just reach out more!!

Are you waiting for “somebody” or are you the “somebody” that people rely on?

I’m going to work harder on being the “somebody” that other’s might be looking for and on not expecting “somebody” to do things for me!!!

Happy Thursday!


Going in Circles

Today’s 43  really tested one of my weakest areas – shoulders!  Plus, I sat on my stability ball while doing the 43 so that gave me a little bit of core work!!!

The actual move was sort-of totally old school – arm circles!!  I sat on the stability ball and held a dumbbell in each hand (I used 5 pound dumbbells today) with my arms fully extended to the sides.  Then, I did 43 circles to the front and another 43 to the back.  The circle part wasn’t really bad – the challenge came from holding my arms at shoulder height and keeping them fully extended the entire time.

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(for the demo I just did 5 and 5 – those didn’t count as part of the true 43)

I decided to take a little Pilates break today and do a different non-weight bearing work-out.  I did a Bender Ball work-out. You do traditional core moves using this little ball:

add this to your ab routine!
add this to your ab routine!

I know that tomorrow I will feel this in every part of my core!!!

I decided that I was on a roll (ha-ha – I entertain myself sometime!) with core and shoulders today so I thought it would be fun to see how long I could hold plank.  (I know some of y’all can hold it a long time!!!) I got in position with my, iPhone right under my face, and hit start.   I lasted for ……3 minutes!!!  I know that is the longest I have ever held plank at one time – not sure if I want to try to go longer or not – maybe next time I will hold plank on my elbows instead of with my arms fully extended! (or maybe I won’t let my competitive nature take over and push me to try and go longer & longer & longer….hmmm)

Time to go get my nails done! (I know – completely frivolous and unnecessary but it makes me happy!!!)

This afternoon I get to help in the library at Hunter’s school – my favorite!!!

Happy 12-12-12!!!