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6:00 AM on a Saturday?!

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It is rare for me to be up before 7:00 on a Saturday (especially when I stayed up till midnight watching basketball) – however today is for a good cause – Hunter has a Cello Competition in Manhattan this morning so off we go!!!  I wanted to get my workout done before we left because the rest of the day is going to be full!

For the 43 today I did a Plie Squat and lunge combo.  Start with a plie squat:

plie squat
plie squat

Turn to right lunge:

Lunge right (closing your eyes takes away the pain!)
Lunge right (closing your eyes takes away the pain!)

Back to plie:

plie squat
plie squat

Left lunge:

Lunge left
Lunge left

Those 4 moves = 1 rep x 43.  I stayed in a low squat/lunge the entire time so my quads were on fire by the time I finished all 43!!   Thanks to Chris for posing for the pictures last night!!

I wanted to do a pretty quick workout so I did Les Mills Combat – Combat 45.  It’s been a couple of weeks since I did some Combat and I always love it (even if it is at the butt crack of dawn!!).

Yesterday afternoon was beautiful!!!  I went on a 2 mile walk with a neighbor and one of her dogs (a cute little Papillon who wasn’t really into walking and ended up being carried over half the way – silly girl!).Screen shot 2013-03-29 at 8.01.13 PM

Then Chris and the boys and I played tennis for about an hour – always fun because Chris is the only true tennis player in the group the rest of us just run around a lot!!

Jordan - always has something crazy going on!
Jordan – always has something crazy going on!
Hunter - what are you doing?
Hunter – what are you doing?
What kind of sunglasses are those???   and - serve
What kind of sunglasses are those???
Oh- tennis glasses!
so excited
so excited

Fun times for sure!!  Hunter wore his new basketball shoes because he wants to break them in a little before he starts basketball camp on Monday night.  Tennis – basketball  – both involve a ball –  who needs  special shoes??

Since I was the one who stopped and took a few pictures, there are none of me (funny that happens on vacation a lot, too)  – maybe we should work on that!!  Nah!

Jordan and I decided to enjoy the weather and just walk home from the courts – another 2.5 mile walk around the lake!!!

after an afternoon outside!
after an afternoon outside!

I think my post title yesterday was pretty accurate – it was definitely a Fun Friday!  We finished off  the night with some Chinese food, rum drinks and the NCAA basketball tournament!  Bummer that Kansas lost but I still have Duke winning the whole thing so I have a chance to win!!

Now – I’m off to listen to some awesome cello music!!

Happy Saturday!


Epic Camera Fail

Today I thought I would give my upper body a little break with the 43 and do a leg exercise.  (It has been hard to come up with non-weight bearing moves that still offer a challenge for my lower body!!!)

I took one of my Pilates moves and turned it into the 43.  I did a leg lift that included complete range of motion.

  • Lie on left side – body in a straight line – propped on left elbow
  • Point right toes and place it slightly in front of left foot
  • Lift right leg straight in the air
  • Flex right foot and lower leg behind left foot
  • Point toes and raise right leg in the air
  • Flex foot and lower in front of left leg

The above is 1 rep.  This move should be performed in a smooth, controlled manner. And, of course, I did 43 with my right leg and 43 with my left leg!

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(I left my socks on because my feet get cold!!!)

After working my legs – and I felt it for sure – I decided to work on my plank hold again.   I did another 3 minute plank – I’m not sure I will ever be able to hold it longer than that.  (makes my wrists hurt)

Last night was Hunter’s cello bash (and by bash I mean LONG concert – good but LONG – like 2.5 hours!) and I had big plans to post a video of him playing his duet.  Ummm….apparently, if you don’t charge your camera battery in advance then you get a message that says – battery exhausted.  I tried using my iPhone but I couldn’t zoom in and  blah, blah, blah – no video to share.

Here is a close rendition!

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Oh, maybe not – but he did a great job as did all of the cellists last night!

Tonight we are going to our first Hanukkah party – I’m very excited!!  Love to learn new things!

Happy Saturday!





WooHoo!!!  Fun Friday started off with a great 43!!  I did a Roll & Reach!

  • Start facedown with arms and legs extended. (Every time I was in this position, I did a little Superman lift.)
  • Roll over left shoulder and immediately do a V-sit reaching fingers to toes.
  • Drop back down and roll over right shoulder – Superman again.
  • Reverse moves back to start.
The above is 1 rep.  43 was no joke!!!
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I made the demo yesterday and this morning I added on to the move from the video.  In the demo, I just did the V-sit and then rolled back to the start.  This morning I decided that was far too easy for the 43 so I added the extra steps listed above!  Much better!
I did Pick Your Spot Pilates again this morning – Belly, Butt & Thighs.  I feel sure that I will be a Pilates expert at the end of the next 8 weeks!!! (or maybe just sick of pilates – who knows?)
Goofy grin
Last night we went to Hunter’s orchestra concert at school (6th grade orchestra!!!).  It was a very nice program – you can definitely hear and see the improvement from last year’s programs!!!
Hunter on the cello

I really do like the sound of the cello and Hunter is getting quite good!

Today I get to test my musical ability (or complete lack there-of!).  I’m subbing in the music room!!  Sort-of comical because I have less than zero sense of rhythm, pitch or anything else needed in music.  (Good thing I already know that the plan is to show a video of some sort today – hope it is a good one!!!)

Happy Fun Friday!