Category Archives: Workouts

Don’t Give Up!


Hey Y’all!  I hope you are having a GREAT week so far.  I’m getting myself back on track and NOT GIVING UP!  I spent the last few weeks surrounded by bad food, bad choices and bad people.  Now it’s time for ME!  I’ve got my week going pretty good so far.  Here’s what I have in store…

Today:  Dance Class

Tomorrow:  Do 3.1 miles at the gym and weights

Friday:  Yoga in AM.  At least 2mi walk at home in the PM.

Saturday:  At home/gym 5k and weights

Sunday:  Do “something” active with the hubby & pupster.  (Weather permitting, I’d like to go for a walk on the beach or do a local trail.)

What do you have planned for your workouts this week?  What roadblocks have you had along the way?

**My personal goal for this week is to be able to run at least a 1/2 mile non-stop.  I’ll keep you posted!

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NO EXCUSES! — Working out, with children in tow.

For those of you who missed my morning post on Facebook…  I was a Nanny for over 10 years.  Ms. F was my last charge while working as a Professional Nanny.  I’ve watched her from the time she was 10 months old.  She is going to be 6 yo in April.  (So hard to believe!)  She is the sweetest, cutest, and most outgoing child I have ever worked with.  She makes my days so enjoyable when I am with her.  It’s just sooo hard to be upset when you are around her.  The things she says and does gives me an instant “perma grin”.  =)  I love her with all my heart; as if she is one of my own.  I am no longer with her full-time (filling in today), but I still get the pleasure of being with her from time-to-time.  I always make sure the time we spend together is valuable.  Life is way to short not to and I value the time I have with her each and every time.
(Nanny M loves YOU Ms. F!)

My workout partner today was amazing! She did the whole thing without complaining. I think she was showing off a little. 😉

I guess I never realized how much can be done in a park with a kid in tow.  Of course, maybe my “healthy brain” was covered under a lot of fat two years ago?! Perhaps.  Either way, we managed to “get ‘er done” while having fun today.  As Ms. F told me, “Thank Goodwess the Wain stayed away”.  

Here’s what we did while at the park….

20130207-145830.jpgWe started out with a little run in the grass outside the baseball field.
AKA: I’m going to get you! And,You can’t get me!

Next, “we” did ten push-ups (three reps).

This was her favorite part. Running the stairs. She kinda made me nervous, BUT she did an amazing job. We went up and down five times. (Giggling the entire time…)

Every girl should learn how to do  squats at an early age.
(Ha! She actually sat down all the way though.)

I did three reps of 10.

Then, Ms. F made a beat on the conga drums while I….

Drummed out a stepping beat of my own on this here step. (Got 20 on each leg)

Five minutes later. Ms. F crashed her shin into this stair and our day at the park was over. Well, until I cheered her up with a friendly run from the playground to the car. I let her win! 😉

Afterwards, we joined my hubby for lunch.  We were both starving.  Ms. F was asking for Lunch with Tom and Spaghetti.  I managed to talk her out of the Italian Restaurant.  We ended up at Outback instead.  I had Chicken on the Barbie (no seasoning and no BBQ sauce) and Steamed Broccoli (no seasoning or butter).  Ms. F, she had a “Burger & Fries”. Her favorite! (As did Tom too!  She was pretty excited about that.)

We both ended up happy in the end.  Except for maybe the few times I traded her a French Fry for a piece of Broccoli.  If only I had recorded her disgust each time I handed her a green tree.  Ha!  I only managed to walk away with four french fries in my belly.  Thankfully!

After lunch, we hit the car wash.  Her new favorite thing to do.  I got a clean car and a workout (while vacuuming the inside) and she got free entertainment.  DEAL!  I should take her every time I go.  🙂

Now, she’s passed out cold on the couch.  I have to wake her up in 15 minutes to get ready for Dance Class.  I’m pretty sure she will sleep very well for her Momma tonight.

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Ok, things have gone a step to far… don’t you think?!  HapiLabs has produced a Fork that helps you enjoy your food, but keeps you from eating it too fast.  By helping to monitor your eating habits, they claim to help you lose weight.

A nifty little USB is in the fork.  You can download the content onto your computer and view it on the HapiLabs dashboard to view how long it took you to eat your meal and how long it took between bites.  And Hey!…  They even have an APP for that!

I don’t know… I’m thinking this is a little bizarre for my tastes.  But hey.  Who am I to judge!?!  Go take a look and let me know your thoughts.  Would you buy one?

Now, their other product, the HapiTrack.  I would definitely consider buying that one!  That’s a good product to have.



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Boot Camp :: Day 1


Well, I survived my first day of Boot Camp!  I wasn’t really sure how I was going to do.  Started with last night.  I ate dinner and then went to bed.  Took me FOREVER to fall asleep!  I don’t typically go to bed before 11:30pm and last night I made myself start trying at 9pm.  Then, I started having a little anxiety about attending the Boot Camp.  To top it off… we have a well at our house and we are on slab (we live in the boonies!), my husband decided that it was a fabulous idea to kiss me goodnight and then start a load of laundry and run the dishwasher all while having the living room TV on blast and yelling at the dog for getting in the trash.  I honestly thought it was a (‘scuse my language) f’ing joke for a minute!  Finally, I got up, opened the door and yelled — “I’m trying to SLEEP!  Can you shut off the f’ing washers!  The well keeps booming in my ear every 2 minutes!  Geez!”… and then I slammed it back shut again.  Ha!  Thank Goodness my hubby rolls with the punches.  😉

So, I did manage to wake up at 4:15am after all!  I got dressed and began to load myself with water and a 1/2 an apple; as instructed by my trainer via e-mail.  I packed my bag, laced my shoes, set my GPS and headed out into the dark (might I add friggin’ cold) morning.

My destination led me to a VERY dark Presbyterian Church parking lot.  It was me and ONE vehicle that pulled it.  I was a little leery.  Eventually, she turned on the light in her car and my worry subsided.  More cars began pulling up and then one whipped into the parking lot like batman and a man jumped out in his sweats.  I gathered, this was my trainer!  So, I got out of the car, grab my things and started heading towards him.  He met me half way, shook my hand and introduced himself.  “Hi, I’m Alan.  Your trainer.  I’m going to kick your butt today!”.  WHAT??!!!  The funny part, my natural response was to laugh.  I don’t know this guy, I’ve never seen him before, I’m sitting in a dark parking lot with a blonde lady and a muscular black man for all I know.  Ha!  Thankfully, he chuckled too!

Once in front of the church, I noticed we weren’t alone.  There were four women standing on the drive-way in front of the front door… in front of the only light for miles.  They had their mats rolled out, hand weights out and water bottles ready to go AND they were stretching and marching in place.  Alan touched me on the shoulder and said, “I don’t expect you to keep up with everyone today.  Do what you can”.  Wow, I was really surprised by that.  I was expecting him to PUSH me and push me HARD.  But, I was happy to hear that. We began our work-out with high knees and then followed with side lunges, ice skater, side jacks, mountain climbers, planks and a few more things that I can’t remember names for. It was a lot like the drills I use to have when I played Volleyball in Junior High.

I quickly found out that the blonde was a guest trainer who was there to teach us the interval portion of the boot camp.  She taught us 45sec moves with a timer.  I got to about 20/25secs before I puted out.  Alan was still sticking to “cool” though.  He kept coming over and making sure that I was in good form, told me to take 15 secs here and there for a water break and kept checking my pulse.  Once, he even told me to stop because he was too worried that I was over-doing it.  He also took time to ask me when the last time was that I worked out, what my current diet was and discussed an option for a detox/diet and said he would e-mail it to me later today.

Over-all, my experience at Boot Camp was very pleasant.  The trainer is amazing!  I am guessing it wasn’t just a “first time” show either.  As he was being very similar with the gals who have been there longer (for awhile from what I gather).  And did I mention that he reminds me of Dolvett on The Biggest Loser?!  Both in looks and personality.  Which, I am so happy about!  I was watching TBL last night and thinking that if I were to be on the show, I would want Dolvett.  Because I feel he does the best to MENTALLY prepare and coach each of his clients. Losing weight is a constant battle that we hold with in ourselves.  I think there’s an equation out there somewhere, but I’d have to guess and say that it’s something like —

Weight-Loss:  25% Diet + 25% Fitness + 50% Healthy Mentality = A New You

I’m applauding myself on the back today.  I took another BIG step towards getting myself healthy today.  Yay me!

What I’ve Learned From Today:

  • Go to the bathroom before arriving at Boot Camp.  There is no bathroom and working out on a full bladder SUCKS.
  • Don’t eat anything more than a 1/2 apple before camp.  That was the perfect amount and it didn’t come back up.
  • Get a new bra!  — I’ll save you from the details.
  • Not all trainers are mean.
  • Get more sleep!
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How to do Side Lunges, properly!

**Side Note:  I want her body!!

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Monthly Workout Plan – Let’s do this!

Thank you to my friend Candace for posting this on my page for me!  YOU ROCK!  This is definitely a plan I can see myself doing and WILL do!  Anyone else wanna attempt it with me?



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