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Some of My Favorite Workouts

For years the only type of working out I did was running.  Now I love trying new exercises and workouts.

I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite ways to workout.  I can’t share all of them because this post would go on for way too long!

1.    10 Minute Solutions workouts – I like the variety in all of these workouts.  Some are mostly cardio, some are toning and some are a perfect mix of everything!

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2.  Jari Love Get Ripped DVDs – these are weight training workouts that focus on high reps.

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3.  TaeBo – sometimes old school is the best!!!

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4.  Various workouts on my Pinterest board – many from blogging friends.

5.  Jillian Michaels workouts – I feel like I get a good workout with all of Jillian’s workouts.  I think sometimes her cuing isn’t great and she doesn’t always make sure both sides get equal work but I can work with those issues.

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6.  Chalean Extreme – the first time I did this program was the first time I really pushed myself to lift heavier weights!!!

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7.  Les Mills Combat – these workouts are just fun!!!

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8.  Insanity – this is definitely hard work but I love that it is cardio and toning with no equipment required.

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9.  Turbo Fire (and Turbo Jam) – working with Chalean is my favorite!  She makes every workout fun and the time passes quickly.

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10.  Running!!!

Bonus:  I really enjoy my daily moves!  Doing these has really forced me to try new moves and do different things which I think is great for my body.

What is your favorite way to workout?

Happy Wednesday!


Memorial Day – so much more than just the start of summer!!!

Today’s 43 took a standard move (the push-up) and used it in a whole new way (at least for me!!).  I did Frog Push-ups!!!

To do these, start with your legs bent at 90 with just your toes on the ground.  Hands are in normal push-up position.  The only thing that really moves are your arms when you bend your elbows down.

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This was a fun 43 and I loved the extra shoulder benefit of this push-up!!!

Today I finally started a program that I have put off for close to 2 years – Insanity Asylum. I’ve done Insanity a couple of times (the entire 60 day program) but it’s been awhile.  These programs have the names they do for a reason – they are intense and not for the weak of heart!!!  I can tell that I lost a lot of conditioning the past month so I figured the Asylum would be just the thing to push me!!!

Today was just the first assessment or Fit Test.  25 minutes with a very short warm-up, 9 different drills for 1 minute each and a short cool down.  A lot of these moves were new to me because it takes a more traditional move and combines it with some agility training!!  Not easy!!!  Gonna have to work hard this month!!

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Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, not to be confused with  Veterans Day which celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.Screen shot 2013-05-26 at 7.34.17 PM

On Memorial Day the United States flag is raised to the top of the staff and then  lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains  until noon. Flag - half mast It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.  The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.  (from Wikipedia)US Flag We might not all know someone personally who has lost their life while serving our country,  but we can still honor the memory of all who have fought for our country and given their lives.Screen shot 2013-05-26 at 7.34.36 PMIt is also a day that the families who have lost a member (or members) should be remembered since they have made a huge sacrifice for our country.Screen shot 2013-05-26 at 7.33.29 PMSo, whether you are spending the day on the lake, at the ballpark or just hanging out with friends, family and good food – take a few minutes to remember all the many military members who have given their lives for the freedom that we often take for granted!!!Screen shot 2013-05-26 at 7.33.55 PM

Happy Memorial Day!!


March Madness

The 43 today worked my quads, butt and balance!!!  I did a single leg squat with the opposite leg crossed over.

ok, goofy
Start (with a big grin)
what??? BALANCE!!
umm….try again!
and down
and down

I held the squat for a 2-count then stood and repeated x 43.  Of course, I had to get both legs.

wow - looks painful
wow – looks painful

Between the balance and the hold – this was a challenging 43!!

Since I’m not in the middle of any  long-term programs right now (although Jordan told me this morning that I should do Insanity again – maybe in April) I have been trying to really mix it up with my workouts.  Today I decided to go with a Jari Love DVD.  I have quite a few of her workouts and I think they are all good!  I especially love the ones that combine strength training with cardio intervals.  Her weight training ones are good because they focus on really high reps (like 75-100 of some moves).

Today I did Jari Love Get Extremely Ripped 1000 Hardcore. (I think this was my first time doing this workout.)  Talk about madness!!!  You can break the program into 2 different 30-minute workouts, or do just the cardio or just the strength segments.  I went with the whole thing – 75 minutes.  Yikes!!!  The strength training sections are all combo moves so my heart rate stayed up even during that part.  (and lots of reps!)  The cardio was definitely HIIT!!  In all of her programs (the ones I’ve done anyway), Jari keeps the moves simple so you don’t have to worry about any fancy choreography – you can use a step or not.  I used my 8″ one (the bottom part).  Lots of jumping up and down from step to floor!!!

14" double step (the Transfirmer)
14″ double step (the Transfirmer)

At one point, Hunter walked through the room  and I could barely say – Good morning – sign of a great workout!!!!

Since yesterday was St. Patrick’s day (not that we are Irish), I thought it would be fun to do a themed meal.  We had Irish Soda Bread (not my favorite at all!), green mac & cheese (thanks to a spinach sauce), cabbage and sausage (I loved the cabbage!!) and some really special green cookies!!



St. Patrick's Day Feast

The boys made the cookies (food coloring & all)!

Look delicious, right?
Look delicious, right?

Sort-of fun to do meals with a theme!  Hopefully these are good memories that my boys will keep forever!!!

College basketball is one of my favorite sports to watch!!!  And, I love March Madness!!!  Tonight, we will all 4 fill out our brackets so we are ready to go.Screen shot 2013-03-18 at 9.44.40 AMThis has been a fun family tradition since Jordan was in kindergarten (I think this is our 9th year!).  We keep track of who wins the most in each round, the most overall and of course the Championship  game!

Even though my team (Texas Longhorns) aren’t in the tournament this year, there are plenty of other Big 12 teams for me to root for (plus Duke!!).

Do you fill out a bracket?  What team are you cheering on?

Happy Monday!  It’s spring break for us!!  (hopefully we get some nice spring weather and not the cold/snow that is predicted!)