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Month: July 2017

New Workout Challenge – Days 25-30

New Workout Challenge – Days 25-30

I know today is the 30th, but I was gone this weekend and since tomorrow is the 31st and I have an extra day I decided to do the last workout tomorrow.  I’m just happy I’ve made it this far.  Here are the ones I did these past few days.

Easy does it mile walk while Jessica talks about nature and what we can learn from it.  This was a little too simple for my tastes, but for the days when you want to move but need to take it easy it would be okay. Like taking a quick walk with a friend.  My favorite quote she included, Nature does not hurry yet everything is accomplished – Lao Tzu

I loved Kathy Smith back in the day and needed a very quick, low impact workout so I pulled this up.  It is just the warm up for another of her workouts, but it was good.  Now I’ll have to see what else she has on You Tube.

Oh my goodness!  Because I watched Kathy Smith the day before this is what You Tube recommended for me, lol.  This was such a fun, hysterical blast to the past for this 80’s girl.  The workout was actually quite hard for me (there were things my body could not do), but this was fun(ny) anyway.

Loved  this one and will do it again.  Twenty minutes and low impact. I loved the simple moves that sill got my heart rate up.

This month has heightened my interest in tai chi so I thought I’d try my fourth tai chi video this month.  Don’t know much about it?  Listen to her explanation in the first few minutes.  I ran through this twice trying to get the move right.  This doesn’t represent the two that were for meditative practice, but I did like how she broke down the movements.

Adding this one I did on the 31st.  I’m not feeling well today so this one was all I could handle. It says warm up but I think that’s only because it was 10 minutes. This was a workout for me!


New Workout Challenge – Days 20-24

New Workout Challenge – Days 20-24

Busy, busy , busy.  And I’m a little bit broken.  My knees have been bothering me for a week (because I tend to work out in bare feet I’m guessing) and I hurt my back a bit by moving some big boxes of books at the library.  I’m trying to make the workouts a little easier and lower impact for now.  It didn’t occur to me when I started this challenge that my never-workout-body might revolt when I put it through the ringer every day.

After I first complained that I don’t dance I have found these dance workouts the most fun.  Still can’t do all the moves in a timely fashion but who cares?  This was a dance class that had fun routines for upbeat songs.  They have more and I’d try them again.

I was able to convince Jason to try Tai Chi with me, but he wasn’t as crazy about it as I was.  To be fair, he’d already played tennis for and hour and a half and was tired.  Also, this workout wasn’t as good as the one I did earlier this month by the same instructor.

I really liked this workout and the coach.  I loved that he talked all through and got breathless and sweat.  Sometime these videos are edited so that they don’t show all of that.  I couldn’t do all the moves for sure, but I kept moving.  Don’t think I could do this for 30 days but I liked it enough to do it again.

I would almost feel bad about including this one if my body hadn’t needed a break.  The yoga was fine and the last 5 minutes were spent lying on the floor 🙂

New Workout Challenge – days 16-19

New Workout Challenge – days 16-19

I’m going to catch up tonight or else it won’t happen until next week.  We’ve got a short summer road trip and I need to pack (for everyone in the house!).  Anyway, I got behind somehow, and needed to do 2 workouts on 2 different days.  No biggie.  I just shortened them.

I am not a dancer, but this was really fun! Simone broke down the routine into learnable steps, there were only a few at the end that I was too tired to keep up with.  I would totally do this again even though it was hard.  I think she’s done other videos with PopSugar and I’d like to try them.  Maybe I could learn to dance like Beyonce after all 🙂

I was going to try and avoid repeat coaches, but I just loved Lucy and the walking workout so much that I wanted to try another.  This was 10 minute cardio and 5 minutes ab workout.  I didn’t love it as much as the first, but I still felt good and happy when I finished.

My knees are starting to bother me a little, so I wanted something a little easier on the body so I don’t breakdown before the month is up.  I liked this one.  I’m not sure I’d do it again, but maybe because it is low impact and it did get my heart rate up.

Yesterday I had to combine two.  I started with the yoga and found it  a little too advanced for me and I only made it 10 minutes, so I did the Tai chi one and discovered it taught you two moves.  Not really much of a workout, but I did like the way he broke it down so I got it right (I think).  I’m calling the two of them combined one workout.

New Workout Challenge – Days 12-15, short but sweet

New Workout Challenge – Days 12-15, short but sweet

Ack! I’m getting behind in posting these workouts.  I’ll write until Gage is sleeping and it’s Mom and Dad time 🙂 I was feeling unmotivated so I tried some shorter workouts and they were great.  I refuse to feel bad that they were short. I was moving and I’m moving every day.

This was interesting. At first I disliked the fake instructor and fake voice, but there were some thing to like too.  It showed a difficult and easy version, but the part I liked best was that it showed things that you might be doing wrong.  I found myself correcting myself often.

I had high hopes for this one, but was a bit disappointed.  The instructor had a lovely English accent and was full of energy.  And then after a few minutes he would show you what to do and then stop and go between the two women actually doing the workout and tell them what to do.  If I were one of them I might have punched him.  Otherwise it was a good, solid interval workout and I liked it well enough.

This was not a hard workout, but I loved it.  I loved Lucy, the instructor.  I loved the walking. I love her motivational advice sprinkled throughout the workout. It was so upbeat and I felt happy after finishing, even if I didn’t break a bit sweat.

Oh dear.   If there was ever  a girl who could use a little rhythm it’s me.  It did not help that Jason was eating lunch and watching me do these very sexy moves with interest.  This was fun, but not something I’d do often, but I’m an old lady.  It will give you confidence and make you feel your feminine power 🙂


New Workout Challenge – Days 9-11

New Workout Challenge – Days 9-11

It’s been a crazy week, but I don’t want to get any more behind in posting these.  On Sunday we had neighbors over in the evening so I really didn’t want to take the time for a full workout.  Too much cleaning and shopping to do!  And then on Monday I was not feeling well (cramps) so I went easy.  I tried pilates on Tuesday and realized, without much surprise, that I really don’t have one muscle under all that tummy fat. Not one.

I wanted a short one, but something worthwhile so I tried this.  Um, no.  Just no. Yes, it was only ten minutes but this was HARD!  Obviously, I probably only did one or two of the exercises correctly and for the full minute.  This girl’s got skills!

Not really a workout, but it does get you moving for those days when the thought of exercise make you want to order a pizza.  It was perfect for my under the weather day.

Okay, I really liked Amy and I would try more of her videos.  I couldn’t get a lot of these poses, as I mentioned above, I’m lacking a few muscles.  BUT I did follow along as best I could.  Maybe by the end of the month I can strengthen one teeny tint muscle in there 🙂

New Workout Challenge – Day 8, trying new things

New Workout Challenge – Day 8, trying new things

I finally went to the library to peruse their exercise videos and brought some home, but they just sat there for a few days.  I think I’ll return them and see if I can manage only You Tube videos this month. Many thanks to Carol for giving me a recommendation.  I plan on trying her Pilates suggestion next week 🙂

When I started the month I had in mind that I would do hardcore workouts without taking into account that I’m overweight and completely out of shape!  So, I’ve had fun allowing myself to choose shorter videos and to try things that are not all kill-me-cardio workouts.  The point is to make this a habit and keeping it fun and easing into it are important.  As is finding a way to get these in earlier in the day!

I am not bendy, so I thought I’d give this a try.  This is not a cardio yoga workout like many of the others I’ve tried. It really is relaxing and forced me to bend (well, attempt to bend) into new and deeper stretches.  Gage was in the room with me doing his own 30 minute workout so I’m sure that I didn’t get the full relaxation part, but it was good. I’m not all that interested in doing it again or more like it, but it was fun to try.

Okay, this is going to sound a little crazy, but after doing this tai chi workout I felt myself breathing better all day long. And correcting my terrible posture (although I credit this to the yoga videos too).  I told Jason that I may be willing to get up 15 minutes early every morning just to do this.  Not too difficult and very centering.  I will definitely be trying more of his videos.  Go ahead and give it a try 🙂

Thought I’d try something new and this was fun.  It’s possible I’d do this again. Trying to mix in some easy kickboxing moves might spice up an exercise rut. I am 100% sure that I was doing most of these moves wrong, but that’s the beauty of trying these in your own home.  No one but maybe your kid sees it 🙂  Gage sat out this workout and actually got a pillow and blanket so he could snuggle up and watch, lol.  The instructor is Kelli from an earlier video where I complained about her adjusting her pants a lot.  She must have heard me, not one adjustment 🙂

I’m always entertaining video suggestions!


New Workout Challenge – Day 5

New Workout Challenge – Day 5

I really need to get these workouts in earlier. I’m not a morning person so getting up at 6 is not something I’m interested in, but maybe first thing after breakfast with Gage.  Yesterday was busy with two pool parties, Despicable Me 3 and fireworks, and today I just kept putting it off.  But I prevailed!

Yesterday I needed something low impact for my foot and although the one I found was only 15 minutes, I was happy with it.  I liked that they had the leader and two others, one to show moderated moves and one to show advanced.  It was good for my time constraints and my still swollen foot and I had no problem following the modified workout.  I don’t think I’d do this one again just because it wasn’t all that fun.

Tonight I tried one that I’ve seen on infomercials.  You know, the one with the bubbly woman walking?  Well, I found out her name is Leslie Sansone and she made a video for the American Heart Association.  The three mile walk was great and perfectly low key for a late night workout.  I loved that she added moves in to make it more of a cardio workout  but stressed that always going back to just walking if you needed to was okay too. I did have to stop it once when I heard Gage upstairs (he had left his bed to go to his play room), but I really liked this one, even if the excitement level wasn’t there.  I think it would be easy to listen to an audio book while following Leslie.  At 46 minutes this one takes some time.

New Workout Challenge – Day 3, all about the butt

New Workout Challenge – Day 3, all about the butt

Today I may have gotten a bit of an injury when the 6 year old I was shopping with rammed the cart into the outside of my food causing me to make a loud and embarrassing yelp in the store.  It’s a few hours later and it’s still swollen 🙁  So, I found something low impact for the day.  When I told G that I was going to workout he ran into the family room and started his exercises.

gwo Dad arrived home early so he abandoned me quickly.

I browsed through the You Tube exercise videos looking for something that would be easy on the foot.  It’s swollen and still hurts.  I found this and thought, why not?  There were four different exercises that we went through and I know I looked ridiculous attempting the last two, but I did my best and my buttocks are feeling all the better for it, lol.  I liked the exercises, but probably wouldn’t do this again.  I didn’t care for the video although the woman leading us minions was nice enough.  I’m glad I did it because it was perfect for low impact needs, like today.

New 30 minute exercise a day challenge

New 30 minute exercise a day challenge

I started this challenge a few months ago but was too sick at the beginning to get very far.  So, here we are with a second attempt.  I don’t really like exercise.  Okay, that’s not entirely true, I do love to walk.  I love exploring new places with my feet.  If I could move to a city that allowed me to walk everywhere I needed to go (and I could convince Jason) I’d be there in a heartbeat.  But “exercise” has never been a part of my day on a regular basis.

I am going to try a different exercise video every day this month either through You Tube or DVDs from the library.  I’m hoping to make it a habit AND by trying different things find a few that I almost might enjoy 🙂

On the 1st Jason and I did 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene-Day 1-Ease Into It.  It was one of the first things to pop up on You Tube so we gave it a shot.  It was a warm up and it was relaxing.  A perfect way to start this month since it wasn’t too difficult.  When I say not difficult that doesn’t mean I could do all of the poses correctly, but I did give it a shot.  I liked it and I liked her and when the month is over would give more of her yoga workouts a look.

Yesterday, when Jason when to play tennis, I chose a cardio workout from YouTube (32 Minute Home Cardio Workout with No Equipment) and invited G to join me.  He resisted for a few minutes but then came out to watch me and saying, “That’s easy. Watch me do that!” And he did.  He then decided that my workout was too boring and starting making up his own exercises and did this until I finished the 32 minutes video.  I was impressed.  The video itself was great. I liked it a lot. It was 45 seconds of cardio with 15 seconds of rest.  I got sweaty and it was hard for me, but I can totally see this being something I could do every day.  I took a few breaks and I didn’t do every exercise the expert way she did, but I did my best and made it through the whole thing 🙂 I do think she needed better fitting pants since she was constantly adjusting them, but maybe that’s just jealousy talking!

Hit me up with some good recommendations.  30-45 minutes.


Firsts Challenge Wrap Up

Firsts Challenge Wrap Up

With Gage being home for the summer my optional time is limited.  I wanted to do posts on this months firsts, but didn’t keep up. I did manage to post most of them on our Facebook page and I’ll recap them here.

Although I managed to complete the challenge, I’m disappointed that I didn’t have more big, bold accomplishments.  But, as I said at the beginning of this challenge, you can make this as big or small as you need it to be to fit into your life.  I’d like to try this challenge another month and do some better planning.

June 1st-Visited a skeleton museum

June 2nd-Family trip to Sea World Orlando

June 3rd-Flew Spirit Airlines and almost missed the plane!

June 4th-Read The New Yorker cover to cover (this needs to become a weekly thing.)

June 5th-Explored Richfield, where Gage is at camp.

June 6th-Ate chocolate covered espresso beans.

June 7th-Tried a charcoal mask and scared my kid.



June 8th-twisted my first balloon animal.


June 9th-Made it 20 minutes in Jason’s tortureous massage chair.

June 10th-signed up for online Master Class with James Patterson

June 11th-Tried picked carrots. They were okay.

June 12th-Applied to work at the elections.

June 13th-Painted pottery with G for Father’s Dats gifts.

June 14th-New doctor for G and took my mom to hear Temple Grandin speak.

June 15th-I was a model for G’s first painting.


June 16th-Attended my first political meeting to learn about gerrymandering.

June 17th-Administered 2 different medicines to our cat Sammi.  She’s recovered so I must have done it right.

June 18th-Dyed my hair blue but it didn’t really take because my hair is so dark.

June 19th-Went blind for an hour and a half.


June 20th-Tried a recipe out of Better Homes & Gardens for Orange-Braised Carrots with Raisins.

June 21st-Tried a new Japanese wine with unknown fruit in the bottom of the bottle. It was tasty.

June 22nd-Cute G’s hair and it was horrible!


June 23rd-Made a scavenger hunt at the art museum for G-man.

June 24th-Tried sushi.

June25th-Used a hedge trimmer.

June 26th-Hosted a dinner party for strangers from Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa.


June 27th-Purchased a membership to the Natural History Museum.

June 28th-Reached out to get signatures on my gerrymandering petition. Got two signatures but need 54 more!

June 29th-Put money on all the parking meters along the street outside the art museum.

June 30th-I’m a pretty strict mom but for the very first time I caved to G and am letting him sleep in our bed with us tonight.  He had a bad dream last night and is pretty much terrified of his room right now.  I’m sure I will regret it.