Fit Friday: CIZE! Crazy 8s

CIZE!

CIZE!

Before CIZE came out Beachbody had a sneak peak available on Beachbody on Demand and it was definitely a struggle for me so while I was really excited about this program… I was actually a little nervous because I didn’t want to fail. I enjoy working out, but I knew that if I was constantly frustrated with the program that I probably wouldn’t be very successful at sticking with it and I’d move on to something else.

Thankfully, when CIZE was finally released and I finally got it in my hands I realized the BOD sneak peak was not the first program and I had a chance to ease in to these dance moves! PHEW! Because I needed some remedial dance moves to begin with for sure.

Since I’m taking this program one routine at a time using the beginner calendar I’m going to be talking about a new routine each week.

Ready to be challenged.

Ready to be challenged.

Program Highlight: Crazy 8s.

Since I had some struggles with the BOD preview workout I was a little worried this would be pretty difficult for me to get the steps down. This is a great routine for beginners because it is only 8 dance steps to make up the whole routine. I felt like it was slow enough that I was able to really grasp the dance steps and transitioning from one move to the next in the overall routine but it wasn’t too slow in that it was boring. I felt really good about myself at the end of the week. I was more confident in my ability to learn. I am definitely not ready for my music video, but I feel like I have a little bit more rhythm (& confidence) than when I started.
Interested in learning more about Beachbody or taking the plunge and trying CIZE yourself and working through the program with me? Check out my Coach’s page and I’ll be more than happy to give you advice and answer any questions you may have.

Tasty Tuesday: Crockpot Freezer Meals

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe around here that I felt like I was more than overdue for that. Some weekends, when I find myself with a lot of extra time (ha!), I like to prepare some crockpot freezer meals to make my life during the week that much easier. I did that a few weeks ago and am finally getting around to talking about it. It should come as no surprise that I love my crockpot but if it does know this – I love it. So, so much. It makes my life so much easier and for a busy working mom that is important!

Thanks to a few quick internet searches for crockpot recipes I was able to turn this…

Prepping!

Prepping!

in to this…

Final products

Final products

In just about an hour and for not a lot of money! It’s the best.

Since none of these recipes are my own, except the work – that was all me, I’m not going to take credit for them and I’ll just list the recipes I found linked back to the blogs I found them on.

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham from Six Cents.

Super easy to throw together that I could probably do it in the morning. Although haha… probably not because I don’t have time for that.

Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork Tenderloin from Jackie Damp Fitness.

This looks amazing and I’m excited to try it. It’s also a 21 Day Fix meal for those of you looking for something healthy.

Slow Cooker Beef Roast and Carrots from New Leaf Wellness.

Another healthy meal. I’m all about eating good food that is good for you.

The Best Crockpot BBQ Chicken from Family Fresh Meals.

Another easy to throw together meal that I could probably do in the morning but would never leave myself enough time for. Freezer meals for the win!

If you end up making any of these or if you have some favorite crockpot meals to share I’d love to hear about them!

Fit Friday: CIZE!

YOU GUYS. I am SO excited about this program. It is so.much.fun. And I realize that I generally do think exercising is fun but what I rarely think (unless I’m inebriated) is that dancing is fun because I have exactly zero rhythm and dancing is just a means for me to fall a lot and I do plenty of that on my own. But seriously this program is doing two things for me – making dancing FUN and making it easier because we are slowly moving through different moves to get to the final dance routine. I was really nervous when I first started this program because of all the rhythm I do not have, but I’m so glad that I took a huge leap outside of my exercise comfort zone and gave it a shot.

There are six (6) different videos in CIZE – Crazy 8s, You Got This, Full Out, In The Pocket, Go For It, and Livin In The 8s. Each one is a new dance routine that Shaun T takes you through step-by-step. It’s really a great program for all kinds of fitness levels and also for varying levels of dancing ability.

There are also two different calendars that you can follow. The first one is for beginners (which is what I’m doing!!) and you work through each video for as many days as you need to before you move on to the next video. The advance calendar is 4 weeks and you do 2 programs each week for the first 3 weeks – alternating days, for 6 days. The last week of the advanced calendar you do each workout once.

Since I feel like (and am) a beginner I started with the beginner calendar but plan on doing the advanced calendar after I go through the beginner calendar.

I know this program is going to push me and I’m really excited to see what kind of progress I make over the next few weeks. Without further adieu here are my before pictures. Check back over the next few weeks for my review of the videos and my progress.

Before CIZE!

Before CIZE!

Interested in learning more about Beachbody or taking the plunge and trying CIZE yourself and working through the program with me? Check out my Coach’s page and I’ll be more than happy to give you advice and answer any questions you may have.

County Fair.

What’s a summer without a fair? Not a good one, that’s what. I love going to the fair – the sights, the sounds, the rides, the games, the food. It’s always a good time. We went last year and there was no way I was missing this year. We’ve gone every year since we’ve lived out here and I don’t see that changing either. Plus, I’ve created a tradition with this picture and obviously it would be sad to stop.

Fair. 3 years running.

Fair. 3 years running.

This year was all about the rides for Sydney. I wasn’t sure she would be big enough to ride them, but after spending time in Ocean City for Memorial Day weekend when she could ride rides by herself I suspected she would be able to.

Rides are fun!

Rides are fun!

And I was right – she’s 36″ which is just as tall as she needs to be to go alone. So she went on like a dozen rides all by herself like she’s some sort of big girl or something crazy like that. And riding all these rides made her the happiest little girl ever. It was actually pretty difficult to pull her away from the rides. We managed to for a little bit, but we had to go back to ride a few more before we left. We even stayed WAY past her bed time because she was having so much fun I couldn’t pull her away. I mean. This face, right?

Happy girl

Happy girl

Before we got there she was really excited to see the animals and while she didn’t want to leave her beloved rides, she did for a little bit so we could see some of the animals. I think this chick was the cutest one there!

Cutest chick ever.

Cutest chick ever.

There are so many animals to see – farm animals mostly – and some of them are HUGE. I always forget how big cows are until I am standing within inches of them. We even saw a cow named Sydney. She wasn’t quite impressed by that because it wasn’t doing anything but laying around. She waved to a couple goats and said “hi goat” and she LOVED the pigs and we basically had to stop and see every pig we walked past.

Animals!

Animals!

I can see our trips to the fair being more and more fun for her as she gets older. I also see how I will probably have to spend more and more time there as she gets older because it’s going to be so hard to pull her away from those rides she loves. As long as she keeps taking pictures like this for me, I’ll let her spend as much time on the rides as she wants. Because if she is happy, I am happy.

Me and my girl

Me and my girl

Rt. 11 Crawl

It’s probably no secret that I love (love!) a good yard sale. I love a good deal in general. Especially when it comes to getting stuff for Sydney. Baby/kid stuff is expensive and in general they grow out of everything from clothes to toys so quickly it feels silly to pay full price for something. I rarely pay full price for anything, anyway, even for myself. Give me a good sale and I’m a happy girl!

YARD SALE!

YARD SALE!

Every year there is a HUGE yard sale event near me called the Rt. 11 Crawl. It is a glorious 42 miles of yard sales. I’ve gone the last couple years and this year was no different. The only difference this year was that I wasn’t really in the market for the big baby stuff or even new toddler toys. This year it was all about Sydney’s wardrobe. Fall is coming and she needs some new clothes. We both ended up doing pretty well this year. I ended up finding a couple items for me which was quite surprising, but also pretty exciting. She made out with a pretty good start to her fall/winter wardrobe. There are a couple consignment sales each season that I shop at so I’m pretty sure she’ll be all set as far as clothing goes pretty soon. And without breaking my poor wallet. Win-win.

yay clothes!

yay clothes!

My parents and my uncle always set up a table at the yard sale so after we did our shopping we hung out there for a while. It’s a lot of in and out of the car so I wanted us to have plenty of time to stretch our legs. Sydney set herself up a little play area and went to town in the dirt. She played there for like a good hour or so. Every once in a while she would bring me some treasure she found from one of my parents boxes. We did not end up bringing home any of those treasures because, well, no.

Just playing.

Just playing.

After a long day of yard sale shopping, dirt playing, ice cream eating, and Nana & Grandpa spoiling time we ended our day relaxing on the couch. It isn’t often that she will just lay still like this but it is what she asked to do and I happily obliged her because I was beat and was happy to have some rest time of my own.

All tuckered out after a full day of shopping

All tuckered out after a full day of shopping

Lions! Tigers! Bears! OH MY!

National Zoo.

National Zoo.

Recently Sydney and I woke up early one Sunday morning and we hit the road for the National Zoo and I was excited to check something fun off my Summer Bucket List. I was pretty impressed with my ability to navigate the Metro with a stroller and a curious toddler that doesn’t enjoy sitting still for anything. Also, I had no idea where the Zoo was when we got off the Metro in the city so I walked about 2 blocks past it and had to turn around and go back. The whole time Sydney was asking when we would be at the zoom. Eventually I figured out that I was on the wrong side of the street so that’s why I didn’t see the GIANT sign that said Zoo. It’s all good. We made it and it made for an adventure which is always fun.

She asked me to take her picture in front of this.

She asked me to take her picture in front of this.

We got up pretty early that morning and that helped us beat a bit of the afternoon heat that day. I packed us a bag of snacks, some lunch, and plenty of water and made sure we were covered in sun screen (with some extra in my bag for later!) and we hit the road.

First Metro ride!

First Metro ride!

First stop in the day of first for Miss Sydney was a trip on the new Silver Line. The whole trip took about an hour and we had to change trains but it was fine – Sydney was well behaved and enjoyed herself and it isn’t like I would actually drive a car in to DC so it was basically the only way we were getting there.

She asked me to take her picture in front of this.

Me and my girl

If you have never been to the National Zoo know this – it is huge. Miles and miles of walking to and from various animal habitats. It is also quite hilly… at first you don’t realize it, because you are going down hill, but then you decide your day is over and you go to the main exit to get back to the Metro and BAM! It’s a hill. And a pretty big one. So keep that in mind. It’s been so long since I’ve been to the Zoo that I completely forgot about that big hill.

Checking out the animals

Checking out the animals

I knew going in to this we’d cover a small portion of the Zoo. There is no way to reasonably do it in one day and on a day as hot as this I knew some of the animals probably would be hiding from the heat. We tried to visit most of the inside exhibits to give us a break from the heat and see a fair amount of animals.

Animals!

Animals!

We saw so many animals all day though that we definitely made the most of our visit. Sydney really enjoyed seeing the animals too – until I got her ice cream and then she cared only about the ice cream and zero about the animals.

Animal statue pictures!

Animal statue pictures!

These are some of my favorite pictures. For one, I am fairly certain I have some of me and these animals somewhere in my parents house… one day I’ll probably find them and maybe I’ll share them if I can remember. For two, she was SO excited to sit on that bear – she called it “nice bear” and kept petting it. When I asked her to stand with the panda she made faces which made me laugh. And by the time we got to the Eagle she was basically over my nonsense.

Overall, we had a really fun day! I’m so glad that we had the opportunity to go and that I took that opportunity!! I’m also excited to go back… but maybe in the fall when it isn’t quite as hot haha!

Fit Friday: T25 – Final Thoughts

I have to say I’m pretty glad this program is over. I barely remember the girl that started this program fourteen weeks ago. Week One feels like it was a lifetime ago. Even Week One of Beta feels like it was so long ago. I have come so far in my fitness journey and I am so proud of all the hard work I have put in to my journey and myself over the last fourteen weeks.

I'm loving my results.

I’m loving my results.

I can say that I am stronger than I have ever been before. Most of that definition came from Gamma phase. I did a lot of strength training during the entire program, but Gamma was a huge focus on strength.

I am also in such better shape. I’ve always been relatively active in my life, except for when I got pregnant because then I just let myself go waaaaay more than I ever expected. And after I had Sydney I had a real hard time getting back in to shape. I found T25 about a year ago and it completely changed my life. The first time I did this workout I struggled to keep up with the modifier and this time I hit the ground running with the “regular crowd” and it was a bit of a struggle at first but by the end I didn’t even realize there was a modifier.

I feel amazing.

I feel amazing.

The biggest thing I’ve accomplished with this program is to establish a routine in which I take some time out of my day specifically for me. I enjoy that portion of my day so very much. Some days I get lost in myself – I’m a mom; I’m a wife; I’m an employee… I’m a lot of things and I almost never just get to be myself. When I carve out time for myself I always feel so great and when I make that time about my fitness and my health I feel even better. I feel so good about the way I look and the way I feel that it makes the entire process and the entire journey so very worth it.

Honestly, if you’re contemplating a new program or you’ve been looking to add something to your own fitness routine I couldn’t recommend this program any more. It is simply amazing. I am so glad I started; I’m so glad I finished; and I’m certain I will do it again.

Without further adieu… my results.

Before and After.

Before and After.

GET IT DONE: IN  25 MINUTES A DAY!

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