I have been enjoying my Combat work-outs so much that I decided to do some boxing for my 43 today. I used Hunter’s punching bag.
And, happiness – I wore my pink boxing gloves!!!
For the 43 I started with a right stance and, using my right arm did a jab, hook, uppercut series plus a left cross. (I feel like my punching technique has improved thanks to the hints I’ve gotten from the Les Mills crew.) Of course, I had to switch my stance after I got to 43 and do another set with a left jab, hook, uppercut, right cross. As a bonus, I did 43 alternating jabs to finish!
Boxing makes me feel powerful!!! I didn’t think I would like it as much as I do!
I also did a Les Mills Combat work-out – Combat 45. Great work-out – especially the jumping side kicks and the jumping knees!!!
While I was punching and kicking today, I was thinking about things I would use a knock-out punch on.
My first thought was this: But then I would have missed out on my work-out opportunity of the day and that would not have been cool!
Then I thought I would knock-out all of the daily aches and pains I experience thanks to getting older!!!
But even that is a totally selfish thought use of my knock-out punch!
What I would really, really like to use it on is Cancer. Cancer sucks!!! The last 1.5 – 2 years it seems like many people in my circle of friends, aquaintances, etc. have been hit hard. So, I would say –
And on that note, time to take on Thursday!! 4th graders today!!! (I won’t be doing any knock-out punches at school!!!)
Hook ’em Horns!!!! Way to end the year with a big win!
The 43 today was another combo move – you know I love combos!!! It was a power fly. I started on my back and then lifted my hips (I kept my hips up the entire time it took to complete the 43). Each time I did a fly with my arms, I did a knee pull to my chest (alternating my knees). I counted a right knee pull and a left knee pull as one rep so I actually did 86 chest flys!!! Good thing I stuck with 10 pound dumbbells!!!
I am totally loving Hunter’s new punching bag/speed bag combo!! I have decided it is a great substitute for me while I can’t run – I get a great cardio work-out with it and my arms are like jello after I’m done!!! A total win!!!
Today I did 50 right jabs, 50 left jabs, 500 right-left punches x 5 sets. I didn’t take any breaks and it took 19 minutes. Total of 3000 punches – 1500 with each arm and my arms are still shaking!!! I also worked on the speed bag for about 2.5 minutes – I still don’t have great timing – hopefully it will get better! I love the way I feel my triceps working when I hit the speed bag. Who knows – maybe I will have a new career soon!
It could be fun! I wonder if the boys would come watch or be embarrassed? Hmmm…..
Hunter has added another Rubik Cube to his collection – the 2 x 2 cube. I didn’t even know there was such a thing until recently!!! This one came yesterday afternoon in the mail (I had ordered these specialty ones and they were a bit late for Christmas – oh, well – extended Christmas for Hunter!!!)
[youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pjhnqezYnA’] About 1minute to solve!
Last night it was great to watch the Longhorns win! They haven’t played up to their potential the last year or two – hopefully Mac Brown is right and 2013 will be their year!!!
Guess I should get busy – Chris has almost finished cleaning the whole house while I’ve been sitting here – oops!!!
Today I did another combo move for the 43. I did a single-leg dead lift with a reverse grip row. This one took awhile because I like to do dead lifts at a slow, controlled pace and I had to do 2 sets of 43 to get both legs taken care of equally!!
You can see that I have a slight bend in my base leg – I would rather do that than end up rounding my back and hurting myself.
I liked this 43 – I prefer moves that work multiple muscle groups and this one got my hamstrings and back really well!!!
I also used Hunter’s new punching bag again today.
I love this thing!!! I did a solid 22 minutes on the punching bag – 3 sets of 50 single arm jabs (each side) and 500 alternating punches plus a set of 100 single arm jabs (each side) and then 1000 alternating punches. Then I did about 3 minutes with the speed bag – I need to work on my timing for sure!!
I’m hoping that all of the punching will increase my shoulder strength – plus it has to be good for my core!!! :Delighted:
My original plan for today was to hop on the elliptical. I sort-of really hate that machine but I decided it would be a good cardio alternative while I can’t run. I said something about it last night to Chris and he was adamantly against it. He thinks that I’m going to have to be out of running even longer than 8 weeks because of my complete disregard of the Doc’s rules. He feels the need to keep reminding me that it’s not just about not running – I’m supposed to be completely non-weight bearing (crutches). Blah, blah, blah…….I know he’s right but I’m still not going to quit all working out!!! I figured nixing the elliptical was a good compromise!
I think I mentioned before that Hunter is very good at solving this little puzzle:
Well, yesterday afternoon he got a new challenge handed to him.
By the time he went to bed last night he had pretty much figured out how to solve it – he just needed to perfect the technique and “get quicker”.
Here he is this morning with both of them solved (although he is still trying to decide on the “best” method for the 4 x 4). Genius!!!
Jordan doesn’t have any interest in trying to solve it. He just waits for Hunter to solve it and then acts like he did it!!! Then, he messes it up again!!! Silly!
Check out the awesome shirt designed by this phenomenal running artist (just don’t check out the holiday belly underneath!).
Yesterday we had so much fun as a family. I think everyone was happy with their gifts – always a good thing. Here are some of the favorites:
(Check out this site if you are need your own sweet outfit.)
Lots of fun as a family. I love it!!!
Another of our Christmas traditions is to do Raclette on Christmas Eve for dinner. (I think true Raclette involves way more cheese than anything else.) Some great friends of ours introduced this fun way to cook dinner to us several years ago. We always make it a competition to see who makes the best of each meat – steak, chicken, shrimp. The set-up looks like this:
It really is a lot of fun. Last night, Jordan won for best chicken, Chris for steak and Hunter for shrimp. Hunter was also the all-around winner!!! (notice who didn’t win anything??)
I love that no matter how old (and big!) the boys get, we still do milk and cookies for Santa!
Jordan even wrote a note for Santa:
This morning we did our stocking, stuffed ourselves with reindeer bread and now everyone is checking out all of their new stuff!!! Later we will play some games with a friend who will join us for the afternoon and evening. Chris will make a turkey for us in his new indoor turkey fryer. (the very best way to have a turkey!!)
I decided to keep the meal fairly simple this year but I did make 2 tasty desserts – a cherry trifle and a candy bar brownie trifle.
I’m hoping that this awesome new machine gets broken in VERY soon!!!
Now, enough writing about our Christmas – I’m off to enjoy it.
I love the fact that both of my boys have totally embraced my daily 43 and are willing to help me by filming me or doing the demos themselves!!! I REALLY love it when they pick the move of the day!!!
Today’s 43 is compliments of Hunter. He told me I should do classic boxing (classic according to Hunter). Perfect – what would that be? Duh….. (sometimes my boys think I don’t know things – shows what they know!!!). Classic boxing: jab-jab-punch-jab-jab-punch-uppercut-hook.
Well, I decided that I wanted to make the “classic boxing” a little more challenging so I added this:
Of course, after I did the first 43, I had to switch sides and do another 43 using the opposite arm for each move!!! Thanks for a great idea, Hunter. This worked my core, arms, legs (I kept my knees slightly bent in a semi-squat on BOSU) and got my heart rate up!!!
Yesterday was a perfect snow day!!! The boys and I spent about 3 hours playing Monopoly (I won!! Chris thinks I’m awful but it is all in fun). Last night, Chris and I met up with some great friends for drinks and dinner – good times!!!
A good friend posted this on my Facebook page yesterday:Um….yes, please!!! See, here is my “work-out equipment” ready to go!
The other night a friend of mine gave me an early Christmas gift. The best part?
I can’t even begin to tell you how much this bell entertains me. Chris, however, doesn’t seem to find it quite as much fun – not sure why?!?! I think it will grow on him!!! (or he might try to hide it…hmmmm)
Gotta bundle up and do some last minute errands and hit up the grocery store (not sure how that venture plays into Fun Friday since it will be a crazy mess – maybe I should take my bell with me!!!)