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Today for my 43 I used my figure 8 band – 

figure 8 band
figure 8 band

I put both feet in the same loop and held the other loop with both hands.


From the start position, I just did an upright row –

pull up
pull up

This was a fairly simple 43 but by the last 15 or so  I was feeling it in my entire upper body.

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Sometimes I get so wrapped up in the things going on in my little world that I don’t look beyond it to all of the other important events happening around me.

This past week has been a prime example of my extreme self-absorption.  I have been so focused on school starting, band stuff, making crafts, planning a brunch (yesterday I had a jewelry party and hosted a brunch) that I have completely neglected a lot of things and more importantly, people!!

Yesterday was my sweet nephew Hays’ 2nd birthday and not only was I late in sending a gift – I didn’t even call.  Epic Fail on my part!!!!

Screen shot 2013-08-18 at 8.23.30 AMI have got to do a better job showing the people I love how much I care about them and not always be so wrapped up in my own stuff.  

Screen shot 2013-08-18 at 8.38.20 AMDo you ever struggle with self-absorption?


Happy Sunday!!!  I’m off to apologize for being so selfish!!!


Old School Blogging Fun

Today’s 43 utilized my figure-8 band:

figure 8 band
figure 8 band

I put it around my ankles and did a side-lying leg lift with the added challenge of keeping my bottom leg off the ground –  a double leg pull against the band.

pull both legs apart
pull both legs apart

The first 25 weren’t too bad  – it was kind of nice to do a move where I could “relax” – then by the last 20ish my outer thigh and hips were burning!!!  And, I still had to do 43 on the other side!!

2nd side
2nd side
pull apart
pull apart

I felt the 2nd side much sooner – because my hips were already on fire!!!

Another day of Insanity Asylum – Speed and Agility.  This was hard in every way today!!!  My legs were tired from the beginning!  I think the double (and a couple days of triple) workouts last week are catching up.  But I’m a little anal and want to finish this Insanity program the way it is set up!!! (just 2 more weeks!)

This is a totally different kind of post for me!!  It’s a fun little A-Z quiz.  I was tagged by the lovely Nellie at Brooklyn Active Mama to complete this Old School Blogging Quiz being hosted by Elaine and Jennifer.

A. Attached or Single? 

Married -we  just celebrated our 17th anniversary!!!

Look how young we were!!
Look how young we were!!

B. Best Friend?  

Yep – the guy in the picture above!  Cheesy, but true!!!

C. Cake or pie?

Ummm – frosting (buttercream!) – usually I skip the actual cake part!

D. Day of choice? 

Fun Friday!!!

E. Essential Item? 

giant insulated mug (full of water!)

with me all the time - always full of ice water
with me all the time – always full of ice water

F. Favorite color? 

burnt orange & pink

G. Gummy bears or worms? 

red gummy bears but I would rather have Hot Tamales

H. Hometown?

Hard one – I moved around a lot growing up – I’ve never felt like I had a true hometown.  I consider Texas my home state – so let’s just go with that!!

I. Favorite Indulgence?


J. January or July?

No contest – July!!

K. Kids?

2 phenomenal boys!!

true love!!
Jordan & Hunter              

L. Life isn’t complete without?

my 3 boys – Chris, Jordan, Hunter

M. Marriage date?

May 25, 1996

N. Number of brothers/sisters?

2 brothers – Tim (my twin) & Sam (6 years younger than me)
1 sister – Mandi (7 years younger than me)

me, Mandi, Sam, Tim

O. Oranges or Apples


P. Phobias?

Puke  (maybe not a true phobia but close enough!!)

Q. Quotes?

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”   Oscar Wilde

R. Reasons to smile?

my family
my family
the beach
the beach

I could go on and on with things that make me smile – sun, a good run, a sweaty workout, friends, reading, a glass of wine, cowboy boots, pedicures…..

S. Season of choice?

Summer!!!  Fall is a close 2nd.

T. Tag 5 People.  

OK – tagging people is why I typically stay away from these kind of quizzes.  I don’t mind doing the quiz but it is hard for me to pick just 5 (I would love to learn more about all my blogging friends) – and I never want anyone to feel obligated to participate!!!

Barbara @ The Bold Blend
Rachelle @ Livin the Sweat Life
Kathy @ Transforming our Thoughts and Actions as a Team
Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice
Mandi @ Live…Laugh…Love…Lewis

U. Unknown fact about me?

I was born in the Philippine Islands.

V. Vegetable?

does avocado count?  
squash & zucchini 

W. Worst habit?

I might have a bit of a problem with road rage (but only because people do stupid things on the road!!).

X. Xray or Ultrasound?

Several of both plus 2 MRIs (scary!!!) and a CT with dye – the best were the ultrasounds when I was pregnant!!

Y. Your favorite food?

This is a hard one – avocado, cheese and all types of Mexican food!!

Z. Zodiac sign?


Want to play? Copy and paste the questions here, write a post and link up with Elaine at the Miss Elaine-ous Life or Jennifer at Jennifer P. Williams.

Happy Sunday!!!



Motivation – What Motivation??

Today for my 43 I used my figure-8 band:

figure 8 band
figure 8 band

I put it around each ankle and started with my feet in close then jumped them out wide, wider, widest (squat) and back in – got it?!

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This was a quick 43 that I felt in my quads and it got my heart pumping – success!!

Today’s workout was HARD!!!  I did Turbo Barre with Cathe and YIKES!!  I might have even moaned and whimpered during the workout because my hips and legs were on fire and overall I was dying!!  I have done this workout before and I knew it was challenging but I don’t remember it being so brutal.  I guess that’s what happens when you have 3 weeks of almost no activity/working out!!

Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.06.35 AMSo, confession time:  The past few days, I’ve been lacking any motivation to workout.  I’m not gonna lie, this is really rare for me because I usually love the feeling of a really hard workout or run!!Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.01.43 AMTypically, I don’t even think about if I’m going to workout – I  just have to decide what I’m going to do.  Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.03.31 AMOver the weekend I did my daily 43 but that was the extent of my working out which is pretty sad since I just started back last week!!!  I tried to justify it in my mind by saying that I needed to ease back in – NOT TRUE!!!  I just didn’t want to do it!!!  Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.01.07 AM Then this morning I still didn’t want to do anything – not cool!!!  I read a few blogs thinking that would inspire me.  Finally I just buckled down and did it!! Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.04.42 AMI really needed some help – Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.05.57 AMI’m not sure a carrot stick is going to cut it either!!!  Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.05.22 AMI think that part of the problem is the fact that I got out of the habit and feel like I’m starting from scratch! Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.04.01 AMPlus, I told Chris last night that it isn’t as fun to workout when my legs hurt before I even start!  I try to just suck it up and do it but it is sapping the joy out of my workouts for sure!Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.00.38 AMI’m hoping that this is a temporary thing because fitness is really my passion so I don’t know how to deal with this lack of desire to get a good sweat on!!Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.00.27 AMI guess I will just keep forcing myself to hit it hard and hope that the joy comes back!!Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.06.11 AMEither that or find a new passion – JUST KIDDING!!!Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.02.14 AMIn the meantime I will make this my mantra – Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.02.36 AMScreen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.02.59 AM

Does anyone else ever struggle with a lack of motivation (even for things that you generally love)?  What do you do about it?

And just for fun – here are some of the pictures I took yesterday on our 2 hour drive through a major storm.  (I was keeping myself busy while Chris had the stressful job of driving – he said it doesn’t bother him – perk of being a pilot, I guess!!)

Check out the storm chaser!  Look how dark it is between 4 & 6 in the afternoon!!
Check out the storm chaser! Look how dark it is between 4 & 6 in the afternoon!!

Happy Monday – I’m off to find some motivation!!!




For today’s 43 I actually worked my legs a little!  I used this band:

figure 8 band
figure 8 band

I put the band on my right foot and held the other end with my right hand and did a side leg abduction while doing a cross-body curl.

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It wasn’t super pretty (and I had to tap my toe after every rep to keep my balance) but at least I was able to get a little bit of leg action!!  And, you know, this was the kind of 43 that had to be repeated on the other leg to keep things semi-balanced!!!

Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.31.44 PMYesterday I was a little short with both of the boys at different points during the day and later I felt really bad about it – they hadn’t done anything wrong – I just didn’t have any patience.  I apologized and since they understood, I tried to forget about it but sometimes it is hard to let go of things.

We all make mistakes – I probably make at least 10-100 every day!!!  Some are small and don’t affect any one but myself and others are bigger.Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.37.08 PM

When Hunter was younger (1st and 2nd grade), he really struggled with making mistakes.  He wanted to do things exactly right the first time and didn’t want to even attempt things that he felt like he might mess up on.  I think this is something that many adults (like me) struggle with constantly.Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.32.42 PM

It took time but eventually he has learned that mistakes are a very natural part of life and we all make them – and make them often.  He finally realized that he could actually make a mistake, learn from it and move on.Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.32.05 PM

I think that fear of making a mistake (or failing) often holds us back from really achieving greatness.  It is hard to  put yourself out there and risk being wrong or feeling/looking stupid.  But the reward can be so great when you succeed!!Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.32.26 PM

When you really think about it, life would be boring without mistakes.  If we always got things right the first time – YUCK – what would be the point of trying new things?!Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.36.08 PM

When I look back at my life so far, I realize that some of the bigger mistakes I made could have had far worse consequences than they did. (Let’s just say I used poor judgement for an entire semester of grad school!)  Thankfully, I was able to learn from my many mistakes and move on!Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.34.31 PMI think that some lessons have to be learned the hard way for all of us.Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.34.53 PMEven though I make more mistakes than I would like to (in every aspect of my life), I will just keep on trying (and hopefully learning)!  Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.33.17 PM

I will keep asking forgiveness when necessary and also keep trying to forgive myself (much harder!!).  I know that today (and tomorrow and the next day….) I will never be perfect.  But that’s OK!!Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.33.57 PMI think one of the best things that my boys (all of us, for that matter!) can learn is it is OK to fail because it shows that you were trying!!!Screen shot 2013-05-05 at 9.22.31 AM


Do you beat yourself up over little mistakes or just shake it off and keep trying?

Happy Sunday and Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!


There Should be an App for That!

Today for my 43,  I decided to use the same band that I used in my workout yesterday.

figure 8 band
figure 8 band

I put one loop on my right foot and then pulled the band up (and tried to keep lots of resistance on it) for the move which was a leg extension and toe tap.  Lift right knee up –


extend leg (and hold for just a second) –

extend & hold (and balance!)
extend & hold (and balance!)

bend knee again and lightly tap toe on ground before repeating.

tap down
tap down

This was a great move for my quads.  Plus, my hip flexors got a bit of strengthening and the balance part helped work my core!  And, this was one of those moves that after I did the first set of 43 with my right leg, I switched legs and did 43 more.

Today is one of those days that I don’t really want to take a rest day but I’m going to since I’m really trying to be smart and hopefully avoid injuries!!!

I think I’ve mentioned before that I collect cook books.

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I might have a few!  I actually use many of them.  I usually pick a couple of cookbooks every few weeks and pick out 12-15 different recipes I want to try while I’m making my grocery list.  Other than a few family favorites, I rarely make the exact same dish more than once.

However, awhile back I made a pulled pork and slaw dish that all 3 of the boys loved!!  I decided to make it today so yesterday I spent close to 2 hours trying to find the recipe – I have no idea which book it was in!!  Seriously?!  I think there should be an App that I can use to track the recipes I’ve made – how hard can it be?

Oh, well – I’m trying out another new recipe today.  We are still having pulled pork and slaw but with brand new recipes!!!  Hopefully it is still a family hit!!

Anyone else have problems finding recipes when you want to remake a dish?  Do you experiment in the kitchen or make the same things?


(I guess if that is as bad as it gets in the problem area this weekend then I can’t really complain!!)

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win a necklace – I AM FEARLESS.

Happy Sunday!