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Plyo, Plyo, Plyo – Just Jump!!

Today I did a little bit of plyometrics (also known as jump training)  for my 43.  Years ago (over 20 now) when I ran college track, we used to do a little bit of plyo training.  After college I pretty much quit that nonesense type of activity.  However, several years ago when I realized I needed to do more than just run to maintain my hot body desired body size (and shape), I started Insanity!  Hello, plyo!!!!  Now, I actually enjoy the act of jumping a lot!!

So, for the 43 I did a series of 4 jumps:

  • air jack
  • forward hop
  • backward hop
  • tuck jump

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All I had to do was repeat those 4 jumps 43 times!  I was dying panting hard but I did it!! (Not sure why I have a hard time keeping my balance on tuck jumps but who cares?  Just Jump!!!)

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And…Great News!  Today in Les Mills Combat it was time for Plyo HIIT – 30 more minutes of jumping!!!  After that I decided to pull out a workout I haven’t done in a while – Jillian Michaels 6 Weeks to a Six Pack.  Today I just did Level 1 – 35 minutes of both standing and floor core work.  I think what I really like about all of Jillian’s programs are that she uses basic moves and just combines them in different ways!  I always feel like I’ve worked hard after completing any of her workouts!

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Another snow day here in Kansas!  I’m beginning to feel like I live in the mountains!  OK – maybe it’s not quite that bad but I’m having to work harder this week to be pleasant about the snow!!

One nice thing – the boys are home from school AGAIN!!!  Hopefully they will want to hang out with me.  Maybe a game of Screen shot 2013-02-26 at 9.42.20 AM

Happy Tuesday!!


Friday = Funday!!!

5 straight days of 5:00 AM alarm – YUCK!!!  But it’s Fun Friday!!!! And, no alarm for the next 2 days!

Today for the 43 I worked my core and my upper back!  I did a Kayaker move:  Position yourself in a V-Sit (legs extended if possible) and hold that for the entire time.  Holding a body bar (mine only weighs about 5 pounds), row – pull the bar toward you and squeeze your shoulder blades then extend your arms and push the bar straight in front of you.

Good Job, Hunter!
Good Job, Hunter!
Hold your abs in!!!
Hold your abs in!!!

The row wasn’t too bad but holding the V-Sit for the entire time….made it through all 43 even though I was shaking by the end!!!

See - Exercise IS fun!!!
See – Exercise IS fun!!!

This picture is just because those 2 are so very silly!!!  I’m not exactly sure what Jordan was doing in the background of these pictures but Hunter seemed to think it was funny!!!  Look – he is still keeping his legs up while he laughs – double core bonus!!!

After the 43 I did Les Mills Combat – HIIT Plyo.  High intensity for 30 minutes!!!  I really liked this one even though it meant more burpees!!  (I’m not sure why I hate those so much but I keep doing them because I know they are good for me!)

I had a little more time so I pulled out one of my 10 Minute Solution DVDs – Blast Off Belly Fat.  I did 2 sections – Belly Fat Blaster and Ab Ripper.  The first section was all standing core work – awesome!!!  The second one was a mix of standing, crunches and plank work!  I like these little 10 minute programs because they are nonstop for the entire 10!

Today in the library we are doing inventory – every single book will be scanned by the end of the day!!!  Gonna be fun, fun, fun!!!Screen shot 2013-01-11 at 7.18.36 AMSponge Bob – I’m pretty sure that my boys (Chris included) can quote every line of every episode!!!  Awesome, huh?!

A friend had this quote on Facebook and I borrowed it because it is exactly me!!Screen shot 2013-01-11 at 7.04.08 AMThis quote pretty much sums things up – all of the challenges I do are to try and improve myself not to show-off or compete with anyone else.

Screen shot 2013-01-11 at 7.26.55 AMSome library humor in honor of the day ahead!

Happy Fun Friday!!!




Hooray for Another Family Day!!!

Chris decided to take a day of leave and hang out with us today!!!  Yippee!  Then he only has to work Thursday and Friday this week – not too bad.  I love it when we all hang out together!

For my 43 today (Chris said he didn’t stay home to do 43 of anything – weird – I figured he would like this one!), I wanted to do some type of push-ups.  Plyo!!!  Jordan likes to do push-up demos usually but today he wasn’t totally into it (too much Christmas, maybe!).

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I asked him to record me doing a couple – he said only if I still used his video – of course!!!

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I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do all 43 on my toes or not.  I made it!!!  I did stop and stretch several times, though. That little jump is no joke!!!

Last night, a new friend (one of our neighbor’s daughters – in town for Christmas), text and asked if she could come over this morning to work out.  Yes!!!  Always fun to have a work-out partner.  I pulled out a favorite – Les Mills Combat.  Because of the stress fracture and DR rules, I haven’t done this in 3+ weeks – ahhhhh – so great today!!!  Erin liked it to.  We both got in a great work-out and had fun!!!

Our Christmas day was perfect.  We had plenty of time to relax and enjoy each other.  Last night we played games, ate (way too much) and hung out – awesome!!!

Chris did a great job with the turkey:

Frying the turkey!!!
Frying the turkey!!!

Everyone had fun at dinner, I think.

Ready to dig in!
Ready to dig in!

Good news – plenty of left-overs so I don’t need to cook today!!!  More time with my boys!!!

Happy Wednesday!