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Unique Exercises

I should start every Thursday with a link to Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama!!!  It seems like most of Thursday’s 44s come from Nellie’s Weekly Wednesday Workout and today is no exception!

For my 44 today I did single leg circles.  These may sound easy but they are definitely a challenge!  Make sure that your toe is pointed to maximize the burn all through your thighs!

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I don’t know what is up with the color lately – maybe it’s photographer error!!! (just kidding, Chris!)  Anyway, this move is one you will definitely feel in your hips!!!

Today was another round of Garage Boot Camp.  During the summer I created new workouts every time but this fall we have been repeating the ones from the summer.  I asked the ladies the other day if they minded that we were repeating some they had done before and no one seemed to!!  I still want to come up with some new workouts soon!!!  S

We did the Move It, Move It workout (all about the legs!) and my legs are definitely feeling it!!  I felt a little bad because all of the ladies said that they were sore and that getting around yesterday was painful – it might have been the 190 squats + everything else on Tuesday – not sure!!

So, I’m on a hunt for some more creative exercises and moves for my daily 44s!  I searched a bit on youtube and some of the stuff out there is amazing!!!

Not sure about all of the exercises in this video – I might end up hurting myself!

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Pretty sure that I got hurt just watching this next video!!!

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Some of these moves are totally insane (like the 360 push-ups!!).

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Some of these moves are just crazy – I can’t even imagine!!  Out of the 50, I think I have done 10 or 11.

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Well, I was searching for some fun new moves for my 44 but I’m thinking that if I actually attempt even 4 reps of most of these moves I will end up in the hospital!

So – what are some of the most unique exercises/moves you’ve ever seen or attempted.  Feel free to share links in the comments!!   Who knows?!  Your suggestion could be the next daily 44!!!

Happy Thursday!!


When you Make a Mistake, Make a Good One!!

Both boys seemed to have a good first day of school yesterday!!  Thank you for your  happy thoughts!!!

Today for my 43 I did a standing pilates leg circle.  It is a slow controlled movement that is about control as much as anything.

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I felt this in my standing hip as much as in the leg that was moving.  And, of course this was a 43 that I did 2x – so that I could get each leg.

I did round 2 of The Race Is On (challenge workout of the week from Taylor).  This is a fast moving workout and the person who you are racing is yourself.  I love trying to beat my time each time I do a workout – makes me really push hard.

I also ran again today!!  This time I went outside and it was a perfect morning for a run – 64 degrees with just a slight breeze!!!  I tend to run slower when I run in my neighborhood because of all the hills.   I need the hill training!!  I did 5.5 miles in 45:50 (about 8:20 pace) + 0.50 mile walking for my cool down.

Last night was the band camp exhibition on the football field.  

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It was very cool because we saw a mini version of everything they have been doing the past couple of weeks.  They start with a great warm-up:  jumping jacks, push-ups, up-downs, high knees and stretching.  It was fun to watch them follow all the different commands.  And they actually sound really good!!

This year the marching program is all Styx songs – pretty cool!!

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They have just started working on marching in formation and playing at the same time (they have about 3 weeks until the first football game!).

Screen shot 2013-08-14 at 8.22.08 AMLast night they only marched for one song and did the rest in place.

The band director said they were still in the beginning stages and mistakes were fine.  He said – 
If you make a mistake make a good one – a confident one!  And not the same one you made yesterday!!  

I love that idea – we all make mistakes but we should own it and be confident even in our mistakes!!  The only time that  a mistake becomes a problem is when you repeat the same mistake over and over!!!

A lot of times I think we have a tendency to want to hide our mistakes but the only way we can really learn from them and move on is to admit that we made a mistake and correct it.

I’m going to really work on making sure that my mistakes are good (or at least made with confidence!) and hopefully not repeat mistakes!!!

Are you confident even when you mess up?

Happy Wednesday!!!


Proud Mama / Proud Wife

The 43 today was super “simple” but very effective!!!  I started on all 4s (hands & knees) then extended my right leg out to the side for leg circles.  I did 43 small circles to the front and another set of 43 circles to the back.  Then, I had to switch to my left side (OUCH!!!) and repeat the front & back circles!

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No equipment required – just find a small amount of space and start circling!

Today is a rest day (other than leg circles & my daily wall-sits).  And, about those wall-sits,  I think I will be happy when February is over!!   :happy:

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Actually, I’m fortunate because I have 2 boys that call me Mom!!

I am proud of both of my boys every day but sometimes I am completely  overwhelmed with pride.  Yesterday, Jordan participated in History Day for his school.

History Day Display - my sweet boy/man
History Day Display – my sweet boy/man

This is not for an assignment – just “extra” stuff.  It requires a lot of outside research and time to put everything together.   Jordan was willing to spend the time and put together a really great presentation!

Jordan & friends
Jordan & friends
Jordan & buddy (John)
Jordan & buddy (John)

Jordan didn’t place but it doesn’t matter – my heart is overflowing with pride!!!  (His friend John, won the category that he participated in and will advance to the State competition later in the spring!  Congrats, John!!)

And…look who is on the front page of the Topeka Capital Journal today!!!Chris

Chris, looking so serious!  (He is on the left.) Here is a better picture (I just snapped the one above from the actual paper).Chris

What a cutie!!

And, even though I didn’t put anything in here about Hunter, I’m equally proud of him!!

Happy Sunday – gonna go enjoy my crew!!!


Wednesday – Take 2

Another day, another 43!!!  Today I used a stability ball and did leg circles.  Don’t be fooled into thinking this was a fluff move – it was NOT!!!

Leg CirclesI did 43 front circles and then 43 back circles with the same leg.  My hip was dying!!!!   After a quick stretch, I switched sides and repeated 2 sets of 43.

don't let the smile fool you - this hurt!
don’t let the smile fool you – this hurt!

I sort-of played around with my foot position and found that when I flexed my foot it really increased the burn in my hip/thigh – WooHoo!!!

After the 43 today I had to spend about 3 minutes stretching out my hips before I could move on to my work-out!  Running day!!!!  (Treadmill because it was 5:30am, dark, cold and snowy!)

I did 9 miles in 58:50 at a 1.5% incline.  Then I did 2 more miles at an easy pace to cool down.  The running is feeling good – my hip feels pretty good.  My left achilles is very sore but I have had problems with it for years and starting back into hard running again I sort of except it to hurt.  Lots of stretching!!!

Monday it was 75 degrees and sunny and gorgeous.  Today it is 20 something, dreary and looks like thisSnowSnowCrazy how different the weather can be in such a short amount of time!!!

I guess I was a day ahead of myself yesterday morning when I wrote my blog – I ended with “Happy Wednesday!”  Oops – I don’t know why I felt the need to skip Tuesday – usually a pretty good day – oh, well. Today will be a do-over Wednesday!!!

I know that we aren’t the healthiest eaters around – we do pretty good but we also like pasta, lots of meat, bread, probably don’t always get enough veggies.  But fruit…..I like to have it daily:

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OK – that might be a tad extreme since I actually still eat (meat and carbs!!!) but it made me laugh!!!

Happy Wednesday!