Monday, September 30, 2013


On Saturday I did 400 lunges and a Body for Life style lower body workout for my hamstrings & calves, and Kristi Approved planks for abs. I'm super sore from the lunges. I had Natalie wrapped to me. Just trying to stretch my legs today. My diet is going really well. On track to get my weight below the 150 mark this weekend.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Default Salad

This is my default dinner salad:
  • 3 heads of romaine lettuce
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 avocado
  • juice of 3 limes
  • 4 scallions
  • salt to taste

I make this huge salad for family dinner and there's usually enough left over that I've already got my lunch the next day taken care of. Tastes great with eggs, shrimp, or chicken. :)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Cardio Circuit

Today (Thurs) my workout is:
12 minutes of 90 second Planks
  • Center plank
  • left side on elbow
  • right side on elbow
  • yoga table
12 minute cardio circuit, 4 rounds of the following, timer set for 50 seconds on/10 seconds rest:
  • jump lunges
  • jumpy frog
  • speed skater lunges
The past two days -
Tues -
2 mile jog at 7:30 am, around the block 6 times, time 20:00
no nap
4 hour hospital appointment
bread with nutella 

Wed -
sprint around the block 2 times, but hardly a sprint, I feel so slow. 2:32 time
diet was great today, no nap

Monday, September 23, 2013

Food Combining

Now that I've committed myself to 100 days of this, I'm remembering now that I really like eating this way. I don't think I'll always do it over the next 100 days, like I'll let it slide on date night now and then, but it really is such an easy way for me to plan meals and eat, I really like it. It simplifies my life, I do it this way:

  • Wake up - Drink water, wait 15 minutes, then Fruit for breakfast
  • 2 hours after finishing my fruit (about 10:00) I get to eat my carbs (this is my happy time of the day): whole wheat toast with avocado, cucumbers, carrots with peanut butter, veggies, I can eat and snack until around 2:30 - 3:00
  • ok to snack on veggies in between these two eating sessions, since they combine properly with both carbs and protein (anything from the middle circles from the top portion of this chart).
  • 3 hours later (6:00-ish) I can have my protein meal - for example on Saturday I sauteed up some mushrooms, onions, and red peppers and ate them with shrimp and a little lettuce. I was satisfied but not stuffed afterwards, which is the sign of good eating.

Here's my 100 days report:

Day 2 - Sunday - Free day
I still food combined most of the day, but skipped my protein dinner and had a yogurt pie for dessert made with regular yogurt and light whipped cream, bananas, strawberries, coconut, and a graham cracker crust.

Day 3 - Monday - today :)
I haven't taken a nap this morning which is huge. Usually I just let myself fall asleep nursing Natalie and figure I'll start my day when the older kids are home, but I actually haven't been totally worthless today! Feels good, like I'm almost a normal person.

Did my 12 minutes of planks, 3 minute variety. 3 minute center plank kills me. Can't hold the sides for 3 minutes, but I did do 90 sec plus 40 second hand planks, then another 50 seconds to make 3 minutes for each side.

Breakfast - Watermelon
Lunch - 11:00 2 bread, cereal with rice milk
2:00 - 2 more bread with avocado, and 4 microwaved yellow squash
Dinner - Chicken curry with grilled mushrooms and red peppers

I was inspired by this lady today - that would be a great way to get in a workout each day, huh!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

100 Days Begins

Today it will be 100 days until 2013 is over, which was brought to my attention by my soul sister Nicole. She suggested we do a 100 day challenge together, so she and I are getting serious and setting a few goals to improve a day at a time.

My goals:
Daily Spiritual Nourishment - 11:00 a.m.
Daily Diet: Food Combining (Marilu Style) - All Day
Daily Exercise: Planks or stretching plus cardio or resistance training

My weight today 154
Waist measurement (M1) - 39
Hip measurement (M2) - 42

100 days, I'm going to start with day 1 rather than countdown backwards. So... it begins!

1) Ensign articles - Sept 2012 - both went along with repenting (resolutions) and habits:
Repentance that Brings Conversion and Overcoming Addiction Through the Atonement (I have a slight addiction to chocolate chip cookies)
2) 8:30 breakfast - date and prunes
11:00 lunch - granola with rice milk, 2 slices of whole wheat bread
snack - carrots and tomatoes
dinner - shrimp with lemon juice, grilled red peppers/mushrooms/onions
3) AM - 90 second planks & stretching
PM - Upper body 40 divebombers, 500 mountain climbers

Friday, September 20, 2013

30 Second Sprints

Did a Get Lean in 12 recommended style cardio run tonight. I just did laps around my neighborhood like this:

2 minute walk - warm up
30 second run
30 second walk/jog
repeat that 4 more times for 5 times total
followed by a 20 minute jog at a comfortable pace

(My jog was cut 5 minutes short cause Melodie met me at the corner with the baby. I told Mel that if Natalie woke up or started to fuss, to come to the corner and she could catch me as I lapped around).

Good workout. :)

On my "run" parts, I really tried to move my arms which I hoped helped my legs move faster, but I still felt pretty slow. During the walk part, just try to catch your breath and talk yourself into sprinting again

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Workout Room

I am lucky enough to have a walk in closet, and that closet is my gym. I do my mountain climbers and planks in here most days.
And I got my weights in there behind the door. I'm hoping to get an exercise bike or pull up bar sometime. Those won't go here in the closet though.
Monday, busy crazy day, so with life and interruptions, I was only able to do a 3 minute plank and a 1:12 wheel.

Tuesday - 2 mile walk around the block with Natalie in the baby wrap. Then I did 500 mountain climbers when I got back, time 5:16

Wednesday (today) - I got in my 12 minutes of 1 minute planks before lunch, will try to do an around the block sprint tonight.

Friday, September 13, 2013

400 Baby Lunges

Wednesday - 2 mile jog/walk/spring around the block. I saw a neighbor who was also doing laps, she told me that three times around is a mile, so looks like I have my new track to run on.

Thursday - 3 laps around the block - 1st time I got out alone and did a jog/sprint every 30 seconds. 2nd and 3rd laps - came home and got Natalie in the moby wrap, did 50 lunges on each side of the square, so I did 200 a lap/400 total.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Every Other Day

I seem to be hitting every other day - on then off - Monday was an off day, didn't get a workout in.  Today I did 12 minutes of 60 second planks and 2 around the block sprints - time: counter clockwise 2:27, clockwise 2:29. Going to go stretch now. Weight still hovering around 153. I was able to squeeze on my stretchy jeans yesterday though, so that's progress even though there was a major muffin top. Good to try to make my body remember it has a waist though.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

This Week

So, this week's workouts didn't go as frequently as I would have liked but I'll deal with it.

Tuesday - nothing
Wednesday - 12 minutes of planks, 3 mile jog, 1 minute wheel
Thursday - nothing
Friday - nothing

And then today, Saturday, was about to slip by without a workout, so I made myself do a quicky - 500 mountain climbers in the closet in a record time of 5:00 minutes! Also did 12 minutes of 90 second planks while we watched a rerun of American Ninja Warrior. They are a true fitness inspiration, awesome.

Well, self, it's obvious the workouts are getting harder to make happen with a nursing baby and toddlers at home and with life running the other 6 kids around. I'm going to really have to focus on diet this week. That is one thing I can and should control better, especially if I want to get below my current 150 weight hurdle.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Killer 600

I doubled up today - had to take advantage of having the kids home to babysit Natalie, although she was sleeping while I did my workouts today, so hopefully she'll be nice to me during the week and I'll be able to keep up with my workouts.

I did 90 second planks for 12 minutes.  2 rounds of :
  • 90 second left plank
  • 90 seconds right plank
  • 90 seconds center plank
  • 90 seconds yoga table
Then I did a Killer 600 workout in my closet. Yes, my closet is my gym. It was a slightly modified version of this bodyrock workout - I wanted to quit after 20, then thought I'd atleast do 40, then after finishing the 40 I figured I was almost there, come on, 1 more round... and I did it!  Do 3 rounds of the following:
  1. Burpees (w/o pushup)
  2. One leg push up - alternate
  3. jumping lunges
  4. single leg deadlift right
  5. single leg deadlift left
  6. crunchy frog
  7. squat with front kick alternate
  8. yota table - leg to sky pulse
  9. superman lat pull - toes up
  10. lunge back, hop w/knee up
(Love her tone arms!)
It took me 39:32 and I was a drippin' sweat, good job me!