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Gotta Work the Legs!!

Who doesn’t want strong toned legs?  I think, if we are honest, we all want to have legs that  are powerful enough to carry us all over the place and strong enough that we can do anything we want!!

Having strong legs takes work!!!

Angle LungeSo much more fun doing lunges outside on vacation when you can hear the surf!!!

This is a workout designed to leave your legs burning!!!  Go through the entire thing once and if you aren’t feeling it yet do a 2nd (and even 3rd) round!!!

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One time through will be a total of 30 burpees.  If you can handle 3 rounds you will rock out 90 burpees!!!

If you need an extra challenge you can always hold dumbbells for all of the moves (even the jumping ones!!).

Things That Make You Go Hmmm…..

Today was another day that I decided to combine the challenge for #happyfitmarch with my 44.  The challenge today was to do single leg squats for a minute.  

I decided to make it more “fun” by doing the squats on a small wobble ball – 

right - 34 in one minute
right – 34 in one minute

After doing 44 total on this side, I switched legs and did some more!!!

left leg - 27 in 1 minute
left leg – 27 in 1 minute

I didn’t get as many in a minute on my left side because my balance isn’t as good on that side!!  But I still completed the challenge and my 44.

I was going to run today for the 5th day in a row but decided to wait until tomorrow so I can get in a longer run!!

Instead I did Turbo Fire – Upper 20 and Lower 20.  These are toning workouts using bands and they are very effective!!  The lower one especially had my hips burning!!!

Remember the song – Things That Make You Go Hmmm…?

Well, I have some things that make me go Hmmm…. today!

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*  I got a pedicure 2 weeks ago today for our fancy night out.


Usually when I get a pedi, it lasts for 3-4 weeks (and that is when I’m walking around in sand at the swim beach!!).  2 weeks into this one and I have chipping –


*  Jordan’s  group for the trip to Cali, landed about 6 hours after the first group (that was the schedule all along).  AND, they leave about 6 hours before that same first group on Monday morning so they are losing 12 hours in CA that some of the other groups get.   Hmmmm…..

*  Remember I gave up wine and other cocktails for Lent?  Well, I thought that cutting out happy hour would help me shed a bit in my middle but instead I’ve been eating about 20x more candy than normal!!!  

Screen Shot 2014-03-14 at 6.52.20 AMOops!!!  Hmmm……

*  On Wednesday I had a 2nd meeting that a lady had requested with me (she wants to show me what all she does – decorating, catering, event planning…).  She set the time (via email – Screen Shot 2014-03-14 at 6.54.37 AM

Well, I waited and waited on Wednesday  – NO SHOW!!!  Yesterday (Thursday) at 12:25 she called me and said, “I thought we had a 12:30 meeting.”  
A.  It isn’t even 12:30 yet!!!

Hmmmm…….And then she wanted to reschedule!  Really???  Hmmm…..

*  I think that this post is qualifying as an epic fail as far as my plan to implement more of this – Screen Shot 2014-03-12 at 6.51.37 AM


What things are making you go Hmmmm…..today?

And for your listening entertainment – 

Happy Friday!!


My Top Tip for Productivity

I used 2 of my new mini wobble balls today for the 44 – 

aren't they fun?
aren’t they fun?

I decided to just do a basic squat while trying (key word!!) to stay balanced!!

see how unstable my feet are?
see how unstable my feet are?
balanced (for now)

This was a fun way to get in some squats (44 of them) – the balance challenge makes it completely different!!!

Today was also a running day (gotta watch The Bachelor so I kill 2 birds at the same time!!!).  1.5% incline – 9 miles – 63:31

Watching mindless TV (like The Bachelor) makes the time go by very quickly!!!

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 7.00.12 AMI think that we all want to be as productive as possible (at least most days) but there are times when we are completely overwhelmed by everything we need (or want) to do.

My #1 way to increase Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 7.00.01 AMis by making lists – lots and lots of lists!!!

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 6.50.43 AMI have tried making lists on my iPad with different apps but those lists just don’t give me the same satisfaction as a list on a plain note-pad.

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 7.04.03 AMI put everything on lists – simple things (workout, blog, pay bills…..), projects,  ideas for my daily 44, grocery lists, recipes to make in the upcoming week or two – pretty much all of the stuff that clutters my mind goes on a list.  

I know that some people think it wastes time to write stuff down before you do it but for me it helps keep me focused and I find it very rewarding every time I can cross something off!!!

And, there have been many times that I’ve done something and then added it to the list just for the privilege of marking it off!

Are you a list maker?
What is your top tip for productivity?

Happy Tuesday!!!


A Merry Wish from the Turners

Today’s 44 was one of those super easy ones so that I don’t mess up my goal of a daily move!!!  I  held a squat position and pulsed 44 times.  (no pictures)

Today I’m sharing our annual newsletter – Chris writes this every year and it is always entertaining!!!

2013 Recap

The best way to start a yearly family activity summary is to thank the person that collects the information – Kim documents just about everything we do on our yearly calendar. Yeah, mobile me dot com friends out there that sync family calendars real-time & print schedules wirelessly, just place me in the TRS-80 BASIC programmer category as preferring to manually etch the fruits reaped from a half-dry blue Papermate Medium Ballpoint pen to quasi-plan the month (don’t mistake the pen preference to lack of mad computer skills though – just finished a program I wrote for NORAD, think it will be big, call it the WOPR, even added a backdoor using the name “Joshua” – don’t tell anyone, but hid some code for game simulations in there, my fav is Global Thermonuclear War). WOULD YOU LIKE TO READ THE REST…

January – March

As Atticus Finch explained to Scout, “you really never know a man until you stand in their shoes and walk around in them.” Kim purposely picks calendars with spaces for names and lines associated to each name by week. Red writing denotes Birthdays, Blue – appointments or events, and circled dates are school early release or something special. Kim complains about the invisible ink I use to mark when I have a plan that affects all of us – not sure why though. So now you have “walked” in our shoes – on with the info! After a fun New Years Eve Festival at the Turner Home (and yes – we have this every year – feel free to join in on the fun!), the new year brought Kim some substitute teaching endeavors, Hunter continued Cello events, and Jordan participated in paging at the Capital & History Day. Kim spent some time providing tutoring sessions – some may not know, but she possesses some skills in the high school algebra/chemistry/calculus/theoretical physics/advanced thermodynamics (whoops, got on a roll, maybe the last couple were a stretch). Sadly, Aunt May passed away & the extended family saw each other again to celebrate her life (we need to see each other on other occasions!).

April – June

Looks like the end of school year brought some basketball games for Hunter. Kim closed out the school year with more Substitute teaching jobs & ran her half-age of 22 miles. Jordan had a music festival and starting driving – gulp – can’t… believe… he (I) is (am) old (old) enough to drive (just old). Ahh, kidding, still feel like an 18 year old, albeit with grey hair. Speaking of hair, you know the age thing catches up when a guy closes his eyes while the barber trims the eyebrows but flinches cause the trimmer detours down to the nose hairs. In niece Isabel’s playful voice tone – Awkward! I did a bit of traveling to Pacific locations not to be named (since Kim did NOT get to go this year).

Jul & Aug

July began with a bang with our annual July 4th event. Pretty sure we will only have guests again if we build a retaining wall to separate the explosive material from bystanders. Hate to admit the second year of “close calls” with errant lit incendiary devices nearly delivering one of us to the ER. The highlight might have to be Hunter’s 8000 round firecracker display that ended in a small mushroom cloud suitable for the Bikini Atoll. The family loaded up the Flex and drove 22 hours to Florida (on a 3 to 1 vote no less) to visit the Pages and celebrate Daryl’s retirement from active duty. While I wanted to fly – Kim and the boys wanted to enjoy the sites and take their time wheeling the roads less traveled (oh wait, no Kim wanted to fly… got that backwards). Sand, sun, family, friends, fun (geez – almost sounds Haiku), sunsets, and 2 trips to Dr. office for 2 of us equated to a great vacation only to be eclipsed by the 22 hour ride home… Post R&R did not occur though, the day after we returned Jordan’s Band Camp began and we enrolled the boys in school. Soon after – Kim had a Bling Bash with Brian and Tracy T. stopping in & hanging with us again – always great to see them!

Kim departed on a fast trip to Texas to pay respects for the passing of a true man of God, Jack Hancock, Kim’s Poppa and Hunter Jack’s namesake. Kim routinely relished nostalgic memoirs from the time she spent with Jack and Keva. She would tell you that her fondest childhood memories originated with Mema and Poppa. Jack once regaled a story as a young Navy Lt in the Pacific Ocean near the end of WWII. During live-fire exercises, some seasoned sailors taunted Jack to shoot coffee cans as they tossed them in the air, challenging his Texas roots. (About this time Jack would casually mention that he probably had shot a 22 rifle just a couple times in his life and was by no means an expert marksman). Armed with a .45 caliber Colt and a quick prayer, Jack sat the military issue weapon on the ship rail until a sailor catapulted the can. With a single motion, he grasped his sidearm, fired a single round, and sent the can careening out to sea from the direct hit. Mouths agape, respect earned, he wily stated “That’s how we do it in Texas.” With a wink and chuckle, he closed the story admitting the unlikely ability to repeat such a lucky shot. Well, that’s the impact Jack’s life had with all of us, unrepeatable and truly memorable.

Sep to Present

As a Freshman, Jordan enjoys all band activities – especially marching band, likes Debate and started Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp. Hunter tries everything in 7th grade; cross country & wrestling, Cello group and Topeka Youth Philharmonics. Kim ran her age again (44) and continues her blog www.day-with-kt.com pursuing another year of Daily 44 workouts. We loved hosting Sam, Stacy, Isabel and Hays for Thanksgiving. Oh, and before I forget – we bought a business. A 1901 Victorian in historic Topeka used as a wedding, reception, and event venue – Governor’s Row House. Kim does pretty much all the work and excels at everything she touches! Sorry I can’t fit everything on one page – always too much to write. You know the drill – our doors are always open & feel free to drop by, send a note, or call!

Love – Chris Kim Jordan and Hunter.

 Chris, Kim, Jordan, Hunter Christmas 2013


Happy Sunday!



Let’s Hope that Tuesday Is Better than Monday!!!

Today for my 44 I did a move using my agility ladder – squat-hop-squat.  This move is fun because squats are always “fun” but also because of the cardio benefit and the agility work from the ladder.

I counted a rep as a squat-hop-squat each way (so you end where you start).

Then I did the Insanity the Asylum vol.2 workout that I think is the hardest (at least so far) – Upper Elite.  The number of reps in this workout are killer – plus all of the push-ups!!!  Once again, I had to drop to my knees for some of the push-ups – sort of frustrating but I figure it is better to use good form and full range of motion than to stay on my toes. Plus, all the girls on the DVD end up on their knees so I don’t feel as lame!!!

Screen shot 2013-12-09 at 9.16.38 PMYesterday wasn’t a great day!  By 10 (AM) I was pretty much over the entire day and the next hour only got worse.

So, I did what pretty much anyone would do in that type of situation.  I hopped on my treadmill and pounded out a fast 5 miles!!!

If I can't be on the beach then I'm pretty happy here!!
If I can’t be on the beach then I’m pretty happy here!!

That helped some but mostly I was glad when the day ended especially because about an hour before I went to bed my tooth (maybe it’s multiple teeth – can’t tell) started hurting a LOT again!!!  Even with some pain meds, the aching kept me awake past 1:00am – not cool since my alarm goes off at 5:00!!! 

Screen shot 2013-12-09 at 9.15.15 PMI guess I’m finally going to have to break down and call my dentist – I really thought that my ignoring tactic was going to work out.

Here’s to a better day all around!

Happy Tuesday!!!  I hope that no matter what your Monday was like you have an incredible day!