Fit Friday: T25 – Alpha Week 5

Week FIVE! It’s hard to believe I’m 5 weeks done with this 14 week program (well, 10 if you skip Gamma but I’m going forward with Gamma so it is 14 for me!) I saw so many results with Insanity Max 30 that I wasn’t sure I would see that much of an improvement but I really have and I’m really impressed with myself. I have really pushed myself to make time for myself and to give myself this “me time” every day which is really important for me and keeping my stress level down. I’m happy to put Alpha behind me because I’m ready to push myself to the next level and I know Beta will push me to that level.

Week 5 thoughts. 

I’m feeling great this week. I’m glad Alpha is over and I’m looking forward to starting Beta next week. This week is HARD because you’re doing Total Body Circuit THREE times. It’s a killer workout (see below) and it gets you results but three times means that you’re working hard all week long. By the end of the week I was starting to feel like the workouts were easier which means that I’m absolutely getting stronger. That makes me feel super proud of myself. Hard work pays off with this program that is for sure!

Strong. Fit. Beautiful.

Strong. Fit. Amazing.

Program Highlights: Total Body Circuit.

This is the hardest workout of Alpha, in my opinion. It is the hardest 25 minutes of your week. And like I said above it will be the hardest 75 minutes of your last week haha. But it is so worth it. I feel like I get the most out of this workout because most of the exercises work out the entire body at once. That’s why it is called Total Body. Because it is a workout for the entire body. I am usually drenched with sweat by the end of it but I also feel really, really amazing when I’m done.


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Fit Friday: T25 – Alpha Week 4.

Hello and happy Friday all! Are you guys as happy as I am that the weather is warming up? I think my program overview is perfect for today because it will definitely help you look good for bathing suit season. Really, T25 itself is a killer to helping you be summer ready but also fall, winter, and spring ready too! I can say I’m more confident in everything I wear thanks to all the results that my hard work has given me. I’ve never felt this great about myself and I’ve also never been in as good of shape or felt this healthy. It’s amazing how much a little hard work can change your life. TWENTY FIVE MINUTES A DAY. That’s all the time I’m putting in to this awesome feeling about myself. Do you have 25 minutes a day to feel this awesome? I bet you do. Anyway…let’s see how I’m feeling this week, shall we?

Week 4 Thoughts.

Like I kind of boasted about up there I am definitely feeling stronger this week. Stronger, healthier, fitter, better. All words I would use to describe myself this week. I’m even noticing that my arms are becoming less and less weak and I’m getting stronger in the plank/push up moves. Those always give me trouble and I’ll be happy when I don’t say that anymore. I’m seeing more and more definition as the days go by and that makes me feel better about setting aside the time to take care of myself like this.

Sydney loves to workout with Mommy so we spend a lot of my workouts like this. You might think she would be in my way or something, but really I love that she sees me taking care of myself and wants in on the action. I hope she grows up wanting to be strong like Mommy because I hope that is the example I’m setting for her (I make certain never to criticize myself or my body in front of her. I don’t generally do that anyway so it isn’t hard for me to not do it around her. And I call working out “getting strong” because that is my goal – to be strong.)

Working out with Mommy

Working out with Mommy

Program Highlight: Ab Intervals.

This is a complete ab workout. As if you would expect anything less from a program like this. But I mean that in the way that you are working your core, upper abs, lower abs, and back core muscles. It is an intense, ab interval workout. There are periods of cardio recovery that help to give your ab/core a little break (and by little, I do mean little). My ab/core muscles definitely feel worked out at the end of the program but the cardio recovery helps you to work up a great sweat during the workout.

I love working out my core muscles so I love this workout. I think it is important to have a strong core because it helps you in more ways than you probably realize. Strong core muscles can help to relieve and if you’re lucky enough not to have suffered lower back pain then keeping a strong core can help to prevent lower back injuries and aches. Your core stabilizes your body, allowing you to move in any direction or stand in one spot without losing your balance. Basically, core exercises can lessen your risk of falling and if you’re like me you’re a tiny bit clumsy (I fall UP stairs) so having a strong core and good balance is really important! Now, I’m not saying you should completely focus on your ab muscles and forget about everything else. Core muscles are important, but they’re only part of your body. It’s important to find yourself a healthy regimen that focuses on your complete body and work as much as your body will let you. I just wanted to throw in some tidbits I have learned about how important your core is to help you realize that working towards a “ripped” stomach is really helping you in many ways.


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A road trip.

I haven’t been very successful with my goal to Blog Everyday in May… I’m not really sure what happened, but it seemed like every day just got away from me and before I knew it several days had gone by without even thinking about participating in this link up. There are a few prompts that I missed that I’m going to circle back and write, but today I’m talking about a road trip I’d really love to go on.

Historic Route 66. The Main Street of America.

Something about it just sounds like so much fun. I’ve always wanted to fly in to Chicago and rent a car and just drive until I hit Los Angeles and see all the sights along the way. I really love road trips and I think this one would be a great way to see some of the cool stuff that America has to offer.

There is just something fun about those kitchy road side attractions that really gets me excited and there are so many of those kitchy things to see along Historic Route 66 that I know one day I will be making the drive. Who doesn’t want to see the worlds largest rocker? Or Tow Tater, the inspiration for Tow Mater in Cars? Or an 80-foot blue whale?

I know I do! That sounds like the perfect summer vacation to me! I definitely wish I had done it when I was a little younger (say in my early 20’s?) because I think it would have been much easier to just hop in a car and make the drive but I think it would still be fun now (or in a few years!)

Have you ever driven along Historic Route 66? Or is it something you’ve always dreamed of doing to? I’d love to hear your story!

 

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Fit Friday: T25 – Alpha Week 3

Here we are for another Friday and that means we’re another week in to T25. Another week stronger, another week better, another week healthier. How are you feeling this week? I hope you’re finding time to squeeze in a workout during your busy week and I hope that making time for those workouts is making you feel so much better. I know it does for me!

Week 3 thoughts.

I definitely was able to get my groove back this week which was was better than last week. I did end up missing one day because something came up but I had so much motivation that I ended up doing 2 double days (since Friday is always a double day!) Double days are hard but making the time for TWO in one week is r-o-u-g-h but it was sooo worth it. So worth it. I feel really great as this week comes to and end and I’m not slacking off either – I’m back to hanging with the “regular crowd” instead of the modifier like I did last week.

Legs for days.

Legs for days.

Program highlight: Lower Focus.

My legs are really strong. I really enjoy running and have always managed to have strong legs. Plus all the running means that they easily “shape up” when I put the focus on them. Working through T25 and getting in Lower Focus each week definitely has helped them to shape up nicely and get even stronger. I like the progression in this program too. You will end up doing about 3 exercises to build up to the main move that focuses on one of the leg groups. For me the hardest ones are the pulses – both squat pulse and lunge pulse. Also – the calf hops. BOY! Those are killer on my calves but my calves have never looked so good. This is an amazing leg workout and it’s one of my favorites even though it’s super hard (but that hard work is so worth it!)


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Mother’s Day 2015

I love being her Mom

I love being her Mom

Mother’s Day was a little different this year, in the way that life is a little different these days, but it was still a nice day that I got to spend with my Mom and my baby girl.

Three generations.

Three generations.

The woman that gave me life and the little girl that made me a Mama. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

I got to enjoy a relaxing morning with my sweet girl. We enjoyed our coffee together (hers was water) and just generally had a lazy morning. We weren’t in a rush to go anywhere or do anything. It was nice to spend extra time cuddling and just being with her.

Morning coffee.

Morning coffee.

Unexpectedly, she got me a little gift (with help from Daddy) and she was so excited about my gift that she just had to help me open it. I enjoy opening my own gifts, but I enjoy so much more watching Sydney be so excited about “prizes” (surprises which is what she thinks gifts are) that it is just too cute to not let her open my gifts.

prizes!

prizes!

My parents came over to spend a little time with us this year. There was no big to-do and that was really quite nice. We went out to a nice lunch and then we went over to the park where the pond and ducks are that Sydney loves and we walked around the pond and spent time playing outside.

Walking around the pond

Walking around the pond

Sydney enjoyed very much playing with Nana. It’s funny to watch my mom play with my daughter. Well, not funny I guess but more in the way that when I watch the two of them play together as if no one is watching I know exactly what she looked like playing with me when I was little and exactly what I look like playing with Sydney. I really love playing with Sydney and I really don’t care how silly I look doing it because the sillier I act the more she laughs and that laugh is my favorite sound in the entire world. I’d do anything to get her to laugh.

Playing with Nana.

Playing with Nana.

I can remember a time when I was so afraid of what other people (strangers even) thought of me and what I looked like…. but now? I could not care less. I really love the version of myself when I’m with Sydney. She makes me the best version of myself I could ever hope to be. I love being a Mom but I feel so lucky that I get to be Sydney’s mom. I wouldn’t change her, or my life as her Mom, for anything in this world.

I hope all the Mama’s out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day this year!

Fit Friday: T25 – Alpha Week 2.

Happy Friday! I hope you’re all having a great week and are gearing up for an exciting weekend. I’m definitely ready for a nice weekend! Are you keeping up with your workouts? How are you feeling? I had a rough week but I managed to get in as many workouts as possible and I feel good about the fact that I pushed play especially on the days I didn’t want to and I’m not going to beat myself up over any of the days I didn’t push play.

Week 2 thoughts.

I had a rough week. I slacked a bit and was not consistent at all. I still got most of the workouts in this week but I didn’t do them all. I know I probably could have pushed myself to do them all but this was just a bad week for me so I didn’t push myself nearly as hard as usual. I even followed the modifier some and took more breaks than I normally would. I really just couldn’t get myself motivated this week and my workouts showed it. I’m proud of myself for lacing up and pushing that play button every day I did because I can tell you with complete honesty that I did not want to push play even once. I’m not sure what got in to me but I’m hoping next week to shake that off and get back on track. I know I feel better when I work out every day so I’m looking forward to refocusing and getting my motivation back next week.

Get it girl.

Get it girl.

Program highlights: Cardio

Cardio always pushes me pretty good and this program is no different. One of the main things I like with this program is that the main focus is cardio but you’re also working your whole body. My favorite part of this program is the burnout because it gives me a chance to push myself extra hard. This program is progressive in that you do different moves to build up to a major move. It is a great way to build up your cardio endurance also. I always get a good sweat and feel really good when I’m done with this one.


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Five Books to Love.

Hello there friends I hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday and recovering well from any Cinco de Mayo festivities you may have indulged in 😉

I’m back today linking up with Belinda for the Blog Everyday in May link up. I’ve found that this has helped me to really “think outside the box” when it comes to what portions of my life and my story I can share. It’s definitely helped get the writing gears turning and I’m really enjoying it! Are you following along? Let me know because I’d love to read what you have to say.

Today I’m talking about 5 Books I love. I have to confess that I love a lot of books so it was pretty hard to come up with only 5 books which is why I’m taking about the 5 books I’ve recently finished because I do really love them and think you should read them. I’m a pretty avid reader although sometimes it does take me longer to make it through a book than others. Some books are slower and some are quicker reads. Sometimes I just don’t have much time to dive in to a book. But I always enjoy getting lost in someone else’s story.

One.

My favorite series I’ve ever ready has to be the Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich. There are 21 books (number 22 comes out in November!! Just in time for my birthday!). They are super quick reads that will keep you in some suspense but also keep you laughing. Stephanie Plum is a terrible Bond Enforcement Agent that always ends up in the middle of some crazy crime investigation in which she usually makes things worse before they get better. I read the entire series from One to Twenty-One without even taking the time to read anything in between because I was so hooked.

Two.

David Baldacci Zero Day. I literally just finished this book last night. I stayed up way too late finishing it because it was so good and I didn’t want to put it down because I needed to know what was going to happen but at the same time it was so good that I didn’t want it to end. This book follows John Puller, a combat veteran, on a murder investigation in a small, coal mining West Virginia town. It takes some twists and turns along the way and Puller and Sam Cole, the local cop, make some terrifying discoveries and turn to some unexpected sources for assistance to solve this unusual murder.

Three.

I’m sure you know who The Bloggess is. If you don’t you definitely need to hop on over to her blog because she is hysterical. She also wrote a tremendously funny “mostly true memoir” about her life growing up in a small town in Texas. It is amazing and a really quick read. You should read the description on her blog because it is way better than I could describe but you should totally read this book. She also has another one coming out called Furiously Happy and I’m really excited to read that because I was so sad when this one was over!

Four.

Are you there, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea. Chelsea Handler is hysterical both in real life (ok…on TV…I don’t know her in real life) and in her book. This book is a little all over the place in how she tells her story and it ends a little abruptly (it left me wanting more for sure) but it’s really, really funny and worth the read. It’s another quick read and I can imagine going back to this book if I’m spending the day on the beach or by the pool.

Five.

I love James Patterson and have read many (many!) of his books. This is part of his Alex Cross series which is probably my favorite series of his. Alex Cross is based in DC which appeals to me since it is relatively local to where I am so I recognize a lot of the places he talks about in his books. These two books are directly connected as in Hope to Die picks up immediately where Cross My Heart leaves off. You will definitely want to have them both on hand (or in your Kindle Library) when you start because you are going to want to start Hope to Die as soon as you finish Cross My HeartCross My Heart set a jaw-dropping story in motion. Hope to Die propels Alex Cross’s greatest challenge to its astonishing finish.

What books have you read recently? I just started the next John Puller book but I expect to be finished with that one pretty quickly just like I did the first so I’ll be looking forward to another great book to dive in to.

 

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