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Happiness is Contagious!!!

I really want to start working out again but I’m pretty sure that my body isn’t ready so I will just keep doing 44s and  pinning the great workouts that so many of y’all are sharing!

Today for my 44 I worked my shoulders with a front rotation.  I started with my arms at 90 (8 pound dumbbells – that was plenty for this many reps!).


From the starting position, I just rotated my arms until they were in front of me, palms down and then back up – all in a slow and controlled manner.


The first 18 or so weren’t bad but the rest were rough!!  My shoulders are always my weakest muscle and a few days of nothing hasn’t helped them!!!

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Do other people’s moods affect your mood?  I know they do mine!!!  

Yesterday evening I had a showing (at our venue) for a bride and her photographer.  This bride has already booked the place for an April wedding and just wanted to plan a few things and have her photographer see the lighting situation.

While we were there, she showed me some of the pictures for her plans (gotta love Pinterest!) and asked my opinions.  She also showed me pictures of her dress and it was absolutely stunning!!!

Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 6.40.24 AMJust spending those few minutes with her and sharing in her happiness and excitement made me happier!!  I appreciated her enthusiasm for everything last night and when her friend/photographer arrived she immediately got caught up in the exuberance of the bride to be!!!

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It was like a happy dance just sharing a few minutes with this girl (not really a girl but she is much younger than me!!!).

I started thinking about how often we let other’s dictate our mood – sometimes not in a positive way.  Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 6.41.08 AM

I think that happiness does grow when shared and is definitely contagious!!!  I really hadn’t been super excited about driving over yesterday afternoon (I always end up BLAH when I’m sick) but I left feeling so much better than I had in days!!!!

I want to be one of those people that exudes happiness and shares the happy germ with others!!!Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 6.42.21 AM




Do you feel happier after being around people who are happiness carriers? 

HAPPY Wednesday!!


So Many Workouts, So Little Time

Today for my 43, I did a side lunge and a knee lift with the opposite leg.  

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The nice thing with this move was that it required a bit of mental work, too – I had to think about each part of the move as I did it otherwise I leaned the wrong way or lifted the wrong part!!  Plus, the knee lift was a small bonus for my core and hip flexors!!

I did all 43 to the right side first (with a left knee lift) and then switched and did 43 lunges to the left with a right knee lift.

Today I did another round of Les Mills Body Pump – Pump and Shred.  This workout is 45 minutes of lifting including a squat track (about 5:30), a chest track (5:00), back track with dead lifts and clean & press (5:15), lunge track with more squatting (5:00), shoulder track (4:45) and core work (4:00).  One of my favorite parts of the Body Pump workouts is the final stretch – they always include at least 5 minutes of stretching and after all of the lifting it is a treat (even for someone, like me, who doesn’t really like to spend time stretching!!). I am enjoying these workouts so far, as they get me in the mood to stay in shape and actually stick to it. Plus, with the awesome inner chest workout that I am currently doing, I have a feeling that I may be seeing positive results sooner than I think. It’s all about being consistent with it.

One of the many things that I love about reading other blogs is the AMAZING workouts that so many bloggers share.  My Pinterest workout board is getting bigger and bigger!!Screen shot 2013-07-06 at 9.28.16 AM

412 pins – of those, I’ve probably only done about 30.  I’ve pulled some ideas out of different ones for my daily 43 and even for my boot camp but there are still LOTS of great workouts that I want to try.

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Plus, I have a few workout DVDs to choose from.  I’ve done all of them at least once but still want to do them again (and again!!!).   I have a nice variety of really intense workouts (Insanity, P90X, Body Pump), Pilates and Yoga, shorter workouts (lots of the 10-minute option DVDs where you can do from 1-5 of the sections), Tae-Bo (love!!), The Firm, some Denise Austin (old school!!), Biggest Loser workouts, Jillian Michaels, Cathe Frederick…..

This summer I have been creating a lot of my own workouts for my Boot Camp classes.  I come up with 3 new classes a week so that takes time to figure  them out, practice them and then teach the 6 classes (and I do the workouts every time!!).

And, then there is my top favorite option – RUNNING!!!  I don’t run as often as I used to because I’ve found that when I run too much I end up injured (usually with a stress fracture – I’ve had 6 or 7 in the last 10 years) but I still love running!

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So, while I have MANY options every day, I don’t have enough time for all the workouts I want to do!!!  Sometimes even when I really want to do a workout or challenge, I have to realize that time is still a limited resource and I can’t do it all!!!  

One of the workouts that I really wanted to do and just couldn’t make it work with my current schedule of running, boot camp, lifting and, at the time the program started, I was finishing Insanity Asylum – is Tina’s  Best Body Bootcamp program.  I signed up (paid and everything!!) for this round (I even have the badge on my sidebar!) Screen shot 2013-07-06 at 9.53.59 AM but when it was time to start I realized that I couldn’t add it in and give it 100% with the other workouts that I have going now.

It was really hard for me to let myself off the hook and know that it was OK to save it for another time but I know that was the smart choice!!!

What is the thing you wish you had more time for?

Mine is obviously fitness/working out but I know that it is not just about time but about physical energy which is also not limitless!!!

Happy Saturday!!!


No Pain, No Gain – Right?

I hope I don’t need to walk a lot later today (or sit, or stand, or…)!! The 43 totally kicked my butt – literally!!!  I also felt it in my quads and some in my hamstrings!!!

I did a variation on a workout that I pinned on Pinterest yesterday called the Designer Whey Glute Workout.  If you check out their version you will see that they did not do 43 reps so I had to adapt!!

Here is how I did my 43 with this workout.

  • 43 squats
  • 43 lunges with right leg forward
  • 43 stomps (right leg forward, hands on ground, left leg back – bring left foot front and set flat next to right foot, drop your butt, extend left leg again) – Killer!!
  • 43 Cook hip-lifts (place right heel close to butt, pull left knee to chest – lift and lower hips, like a bridge)
That was 1 complete set.  The 2nd set was the same but with the left leg.  3rd set was right leg again and 4th set left leg.
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(For the demo I only did 5 reps on 1 side – no need for you to watch me killing myself!!!)

I thought about only doing 2 sets but in the actual work-out they said 4 sets (of 20 only!!!!) so I figured I should  push myself (HARD) and do  all 4 sets.  Maybe now I will have a “designer butt”!!

I’m sure by tonight I will regret my decision but who knows – maybe all the trips I have to make up-and-down the stairs to do the laundry today will help work out the soreness and shakiness!

Yesterday when Chris got home from Drill I was sort-of cranky.  Solution:


Because Chris knows me well, he automatically goes to the ultra safe!!!  (he didn’t even have to see this cute little chart).

I think I will make a special dinner for my awesome guy!!! (the boys too, of course!)

Happy Sunday!