Thursday, May 21, 2015

Color Dash Recap and a Giveaway

I weighed in Tuesday exactly the same as last week; I just wish it was back down in my goal window.  On the plus side my bikini arrived Friday!  I just need to have the top tightened somehow as it's too loose LOL  I have no plans to go anywhere with this bikini; it's just for me!  What things do you have or do that are just for you?

Week of Workouts

SATURDAY I managed to get Burn Intervals and Ab Burner in before heading out to the Brookside Bash Color Dash.  This map is from the race site.

I knew it was through the park but what I didn't realize was that there were so many hills!

This is what MapMyWalk recorded so it appears they changed the route a little.

I essentially wore 4 layers up top for the race...yet somehow the colors went all the way through.  I had a huge stripe across my abdomen, just below my bra.  There was a huge patch on my left side that looked like a bruise from the colors collecting there.  How in the world did that happen?  The Sara Lee shirt was tucked into my shorts.  The Dash shirt was over the shorts so I could get to my flipbelt for the phone.

OK, back to the regular workouts....

SUNDAY was Burn It Off! and Recharge.
MONDAY I wrapped up the Burn phase with Burn Circuit 2
TUESDAY was an active rest day with Yoga.
WEDNESDAY I began the Push phase with Push Circuit 2.
THURSDAY was Push Circuit 1.

Fish Oil Review & Giveaway

I was given a bottle of Pro Star Health Omega 3 Fish Oil for free in exchange for my review.  If you recall, the last fish oil we tried was 1400 mg but with this one we're back to only 1000 mg (and giving Benny 3 pills).  These are the standard size (that I've seen) of about an inch long softgels.  When I first opened the bottle I immediately smelled a fishy odor that I hadn't detected with any of the other fish oils.  Thankfully the smell was just captured in the bottle and not in the softgels themselves.  The odor is the only thing that comes to mind distinguishing this fish oil from any other.

Enter to win your own bottle to try.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

4 for Friday

Tuesday I weighed in down a pound but I'm still 1.6 lbs above the weight range.  Then TOM settles in early so I don't think next week will be any better....will see how things go.

I have to figure out how to get back into the groove of getting my walk AND the blog post in so I can share on time LOL

Week of Workouts

THURSDAY:  Burn Circuit 1
SATURDAY:  Burn Intervals & Ab Burner
SUNDAY:  Burn It Off! & Recharge
MONDAY:  Due to this weird stomach/abdominal pain that woke me up about 4AM I made this a rest day and even stayed home from work.  This baby bird smacked into my bedroom window while I was resting in the morning, staying on the sill about 30 minutes.

TUESDAY:  Burn Circuit 2
WEDNESDAY:  Burn Circuit 3 in the morning and walking 2.2 miles during lunch.
THURSDAY:  Burn Circuit 1
FRIDAY:  Yoga from The Yoga Collective

My Second Race

Tomorrow is my second 5K - Brookside Bash Color Dash.  Scattered showers are in the forecast so we'll see how messy I get!  This is what I think I'm wearing...tank top over the shirt they provide.

Any tips for clean up afterwards, rain or shine?
Upcoming Surgery

April's TOM lasted about 10 days.  When I told the doctor about it he said again what it was they saw on my ultrasound last year the team - a cervical polyp.  So it looks like I need to have a hysteroscopy with polypectomy to remove it.  I've never had any surgery before and the only time I was knocked out was for an upper endoscopy.  You'd think I'd be worried about the procedure but I'm not; I'm just concerned about the cost.  I finally told Benny about it.  When he looked online about the procedure he was freaking out about the potential complications instead of the money.

I'm waiting for the doctor to get back with me how we're to schedule it for late September or October.  His nurse isn't sure because for whatever reason it's to be at Eskenazi Hospital instead of IU.  She doesn't know how things work over there.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Farmer's Market Season Begins

Well, I'm up again this week.  I've just been SOO hungry lately.  Not sure if it's stress or weightlifting; I've heard you're hungrier when you lift.  But I don't know if my lighter weights would make that much of a difference.

At this week's Weight Watchers meeting we finally received our Spring Promo charms this week for attending 5 weeks (I think it was).  Isn't it a cute little thing!

Week of Workouts

I'm rocking ChaLEAN Extreme (at least I think I am).  Whomever's monitoring their Facebook page has been liking and commenting on my posts!

THURSDAY:  Burn Circuit 1
SATURDAY:  Burn Intervals & Ab Burner

Austin and I lay outside on a blanket Saturday and Sunday afternoon reading.  I'm loving this weather!

SUNDAY:  Burn It Off! & Recharge
MONDAY:  You would've thought with all that relaxing over the weekend I would've popped right up and been ready to workout.  I just was too tired so I swapped Monday and Tuesday, making this a rest day.
TUESDAY:  Burn Circuit 2
WEDNESDAY:  Burn Circuit 3 in the morning and walking during lunch.  I went a little overboard in how long I took.

THURSDAY:  Burn Circuit 1.  I realized this morning that I'd switched from using the 5 lb to the 8 lb dumbbells doing the flyes (or flies or however it's spelled...seen it more than one way by different trainers).  IMPROVEMENT!

Farmer's Market Season Begins

This was the first week of the farmer's market downtown.  I was kinda bummed at first because there weren't many fresh veggies out there but I guess it's a lil too early for the farmers.  My favorite one wasn't there yet either; I hope they'll show up later in the season.  Instead there were a ton of starter plants you could buy for your own garden.  I had to pick one to try....something completely new to me.  I'm hoping that this will be fruitful and multiply LOL

I stopped inside the market and bought a PB & Awesome Smoothie (peanut butter, banana, almond milk, & nutella) from Twenty Two.  It was OK...I'll just say it wasn't worth the $6 they charge.  The ones I make at home taste better.

What do you like to pick up in the early part of farmer's market season?

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Yoga Collective Giveaway and My New Program

Last week I just wasn't feeling it with TOM and health insurance shockers...I didn't have it in me to write my weekly post.  And that's OK, it happens sometimes.  Still feeling bloated but able to think more clearly this week.  To start us off today I have a giveaway.

The Yoga Collective

I was contacted by The Yoga Collective to check out their yoga workout videos.  I was given three codes for a free year's membership in exchange for my honest review, one for myself and two to give away.

There are quite a variety of workouts to choose from and some positions I hadn't seen before visiting The Yoga Collective.  The first thing I noticed when searching the videos were the levels.  I had not seen a number system like this before so I asked the rep to explain the differences.  Reading his explanations I considered myself mostly a level 2.

1 is beginner, introducing you to yoga and understanding about breathing and the importance of yoga.
1+ is still beginner but you actually start doing yoga and doing basic stretches.
2 is intermediate. It builds off level 1 and shows you a few more advance moves.
2+ assumes that you know level 1 and the yoga is a little more fast pace because we assume you have watched the previous levels.
3 is advance. We assume you know what you are doing you know the names of the posses and we move a little quicker.
While I was in between programs I made Sunday my day to do yoga.  I searched The Yoga Collective each time and pretty much stuck with the 1+ & 2 levels for my choices.  Here are the four workouts I've done so far

So many workouts so little time to do them all!  I enjoyed each online yoga class I did and will continue to use The Yoga Collective for my active rest days.  I can't wait to explore more of what they have to offer over the year.  I don't see myself advancing levels anytime soon as I'm unable to do any of the arm balancing positions.  I'm happy where I am and can still learn a lot here.

Are you interested in exploring or expanding your yoga abilities?  Take a look at their free yoga videos and see if yoga is something you'd be interested in.  Enter to win a year's membership with The Yoga Collective.  50% of their profits go to charities.  Who could pass that up?

My New Program

Tuesday afternoon I signed up for the free 30 day trial of Beachbody on Demand.  While I love the idea my computer wasn't cooperating so I won't be continuing beyond the trial.  I still want to continue with strength training so that's what I looked for in the available programs.  I don't feel I'm ready for any of the P90s so I went with Chalene Johnson's ChaLEAN Extreme.  The first day I had to watch the workout on my teeny tiny phone screen....

Now I was scared a bit by EXTREME in the title.  From other extreme workouts they seem crazy difficult.  Not so much with this workout.  The only EXTREME, at least in this first phase, are sets of 3 super duper slow reps.  That is hard because I don't like to lift slow...I know I'm not alone with that.  I don't have as much of a problem lifting up as I do lowering slowly.  After going up for 8 seconds my arms just want to drop LOL

Someone asked me how I liked ChaLEAN Extreme so far in comparison to Body Beast.  Honestly, there's no comparison as the only thing that's similar is you're lifting weights.  Body Beast you have sets increasing and decreasing the amount of weight you're lifting.  ChaLEAN Extreme you only do one set (using the max weight you can lift keeping proper form) of 10-12 reps.  With Body Beast it seems like half your time is sitting or laying down lifting the weights.  I think only one or two lifting exercises in this first phase of ChaLEAN Extreme were done on the floor.  Sagi goes fast and Chalene goes slow.  I could probably go on forever picking apart the differences between the two programs LOL

What I don't like as much is Chalene doesn't give you much time to switch up your weights.  Chalene and the guy use some fancy schmancy dial-a-weight dumbbell set so you just have to flick your finger to adjust your weights.  Chalene's sister and the modifier use a set of 3 dumbbells.  There's another lady using resistance bands instead of dumbbells.  I have to pause the video when I need to switch between the 5/10/15 lb adjustable dumbbell set.  Not a big deal but I could use another set to avoid this LOL

This first month of ChaLEAN Extreme is the Burn Phase.  As you know I don't follow the pre-determined schedules as I move them around to fit my availability.

Here's the Burn schedule I'm following-
WEDNESDAY:  Burn Circuit 3
THURSDAY:  Burn Circuit 1
FRIDAY:  Rest/Yoga
SATURDAY:  Burn Intervals & Ab Burner
SUNDAY:  Burn It Off! & Recharge
MONDAY:  Burn Circuit 2
TUESDAY:  Rest/Yoga

Now I have the potential of TWO sessions with The Yoga Collective!

Have you tried any new programs lately?

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Monday, April 20, 2015

100% Pure Whey Protein Isolate Review

I received these three packets of Alpine White Vanilla 100% Pure Whey Protein Isolate for free from Summit Nutrition in exchange for my honest review.  I chose the vanilla over chocolate since I would have more options in what I could make.  I have never used whey protein isolate before receiving these packets.

For the first packet Austin and I found a recipe and tweaked it for us, making a minty Shamrock shake (split between the two of us).  I believe this was the first time I mixed a powder that resulted in NO CLUMPING.  I love it when that happens, although I think this whey protein isolate may be tasty even in chunks.

The second packet I made Pink Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.  This recipe came with the NuNaturals stevia and was yummy!  I gobbled it up one afternoon.

The third packet I just added to one of my regular smoothies for the protein.

3 packets weren't enough to fully experience whey protein isolate for the first time.  I probably would blow through the 2 or 5 lb in no time!  But then Benny would complain about me using so much LOL

To purchase your own 3 packets, 2 lb tub, or 5 lb tub of Alpine White Vanilla or Natural Dutch Chocolate 100% Pure Whey Protein Isolate powder visit Summit Nutrition on Amazon.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I'm Ready to Save the Undies, Are You?

I went ahead and weighed in again last night since I knew last week was a fluke.  BOOM! I nearly wiped out that freakish gain so I'm back where I need to be.  Ahh, peace for the rest of April!

Week of Workouts

Thursday I did Kelly Coffey-Meyer's Muscle Definition Workout 1 followed by the Rock Your Core Challenge.

Friday I got some boxing in with Train Like a Contender Kelly's Mix.

Saturday I worked my Shoulders, Biceps, & Triceps with the premix.

Sunday was another yoga session with The Yoga Collective.  This time it was a Soul Sweat Sesh so I wasn't in pain afterwards LOL.  By the way, I will be doing a giveaway for a free year membership at the end of the month.

I decided that I needed a break from Kelly so I've been on the hunt for something different.  Originally I thought I'd just swap out for another lifting program but ended up changing my mind.  This week I'm doing workouts from Fitness Blender.

Yesterday I picked out a 5 minute warm up as well as a 5 minute cool down session to go along with the workout.  I did the Bust Booster Chest Workout - Breast Lifting Exercises.  Boy, did I feel weak!  I couldn't get my shoulders up for anything.  Afterwards it felt like I was wearing shoulder pads LOL

This morning I did the Red Light Green Light - Glutes, Abs, & Cardio Workout.

What I don't like about the Fitness Blender videos is there is no background music.  It just makes everything too quiet!  And that's saying something because I'm always turning off/down the music on the DVD workouts.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Up Up and Away

Something was in the air this month. I was up 3 lbs and so were most of the other Lifetime members. I wasn't expecting it but I was sore and had Chinese food Monday night.

Week of Workouts

Thursday was Kelly Coffey-Meyer's Muscle Definition Workout 2 with a little about work from the Rock Your Core Challenge..

Friday I did Circuit Burn Cardio & Boxing Pre-Mix.

Saturday was Muscle Definition Shoulders, Biceps, & Triceps Pre-Mix. My arms were achy and I struggled but pushed through the workout. My abs were achy too.

Sunday I wanted to try some yoga from The Yoga Collective. I selected the 40 minute Hip Opening Flow. I was cool throughout the day but at bed time my hips were also hurting. I ached all over!

Yesterday I muddled through the Muscle Definition Back & Chest Pre-Mix subbing the abs portion with the Rock Your Core Challenge.

Today I tried out a workout from the Tone It Up ladies - One Day Fat Blast. The workouts were OK but they didn't give enough time to transition or get your weights.

Omega-3 Supreme 1400 mg Fish Oil Concentrate 90ct

I was given a bottle of the Life & Food Fish Oil for free in exchange for my review.  These gel capsules are smaller than the others I've seen. That makes them easier for me to swallow and also fit better in Benny's medicine case.  This may be my favorite fish oil so far because it makes it easier to me to dispense his meds! LOL

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