Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Healthy Glutes on Fit, Fun & Delish
Top 10 Exercises for a Better Butt on MotherFitness
I can't wait to incorporate some of the exercises Ana & Kellie provide to tigthen up my bootay! :)
If you have any exercises that you would like share, please do!!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
The first song on the cd is "All We Are" - Jennifer's voice is extraordinary - take a listen and let me know what you think.
Monday, December 27, 2010
You know what else I love??!?! Walgreen's having its Christmas candy on sale yesterday!! And you know what that means! Bags and bags of candy cane kisses, mint truffle kisses, and mint m&ms now reside in my refrigerator....but not for long....lol...
I did manage to go to the gym today...despite not having my ipod! I hate not having my workout companion but I managed to make it through ok. Today's shoulder workout was made up of:
Friday, December 24, 2010
1) Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies - I don't know how I found the blog How Sweet It Is but my inner fat girl is so happy I did! The Princess and I made these cookies last night and they were so fanfreakingtastic! Make a batch, pour yourself a drink, and just enjoy the madness that is the holiday season!
2) You Don't Know Jacques by OPI - the best nail polish color to have. Seriously. Even if you don't think dark colors look good on you, you MUST try this color. You can thank me later.
3) Ruben Studdard's version of This Christmas - I love myself some Donny Hathaway. The original version of This Christmas was my favorite until I heard Ruben sing the song. His velvety smooth voice is perfection and the exact reason why I believe only certain people should be allowed to sing Christmas songs (and I'm not referring to you, Britney Spears or Chris Brown!). Watch the video and tell me I'm wrong!!! :)
I'm taking the next couple of days off to celebrate Christmas with the ones I love. I wish you & yours a wonderful-merry-happy whatever holiday you celebrate! :)
Thursday, December 23, 2010
I'm definitely sore today and I like it :) Today, I did a 2.5 mile run and a yoga workout a co-worker recorded for me. It's called Inhale and it's from the Oxygen channel. Have any of you seen it?
I received my first Christmas gift in the mail today!!! The newest issue of Muscle & Fitness Hers!!! When Tom asked me what I wanted for Christmas, that was the first thing I said! I love it when he pays attention to what I say....lol....
Kellie, who I met on siouxcountry and then face-to-face at my last show, has a great blog called Mother Fitness. I had the opportunity to write a guest post entitled Creating the Balance and Making It Work....check it out and let me know what you think!!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Assisted pull-ups 110 x 12 (3 sets)
Single arm high cable pulldown 60 x 15/15 (3 sets)
HammerStrength iso-lateral low row 70 x 20 90 x 20 110 x 15 (2 sets)
Wide grip lat pulldown 90 x 25 105 x 20 120 x 15 (2 sets)
Barbell bent-over row 95 x 8 115 x 8 135 x 6 (2 sets)
Deadlifts 95 x 8 115 x 8 135 x 6 (2 sets)
I didn't realize that the testoterone (aka the guys who work out at the same time I do) paid any attention to me. That sounds weird but let me explain.When I arrived at the gym this afternoon, one of the guys I often see around came up to me and said hello. He asked how I was doing and if I planned to do another show. He also made the comment that he wondered if I was sick or something because I hadn't been coming to the gym. I chuckled and told him that the truth was I had been lazy and just skipping out on my workouts. I just thought it was funny that he noticed I hadn't been coming in....maybe it's not that strange...I am the only Gym Don't that is there during the lunch hour! ;)
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
I also need that endless supply of money to purchase two pairs of shoes I saw at the mall on Wednesday night. Seriously, I saw a pair of Steve Maddens and I literally gasped out loud! And the Jessica Simpsons!!! Don’t even get me started!!! My love of shoes is ridiculous…lol!!
I’m thinking about changin’ up my look for 2011....I need a new ‘do…maybe some pink weave like Nicki Minaj (right, Genie???)…or the near bald look like Amber Rose? Maybe I should do my hair like my alter-ego BonQuiQui (if you haven’t seen this MadTV sketch, go to youtube and watch it now!!!) I want to start the new year off feelin’ sassy!!!
Anyone else changing their look next year?
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
1) I think I might be getting sick. I’ve been feeling a little “off” the past couple of days. My head is pounding and my throat is starting to hurt. I took a Zicam so let’s cross our fingers that it gets rid of my cooties! P.S. If I get sick after being given a flu shot, I will be one crabby biotch!
2) I’ve been looking at pictures of competitors that compete in Class E (which is the class I was placed in my shows) and…umm…yeah…bring on the self-doubt. It’s crossed my mind numerous times today that I’m being too ambitious. I mean, these girls are about the same height as me, weigh at least 20-25 lbs less than I do, and are placing in the top 5. I’m not sure if I can do what it takes to drop that kind of weight and be competitive.
Blah! I hate feelin’ out of whack or like my mojo has decided to go into hiding but I’m not one for bs so I won’t pretend like I don’t have these days.
My plan of action is to stop looking at competitor’s pictures! Instead of motivating me, it’s just taken a wreaking ball to my self-confidence. Next, I’m going to put my jammies on & lay on the couch (after I iron for tomorrow & take care of a couple of other things). I had plans to go to spinning tonight but I think I need to skip it. I’ve looked at the class schedule and I can catch a late class on Thursday night.
If all else fails, I’ll take shot of whiskey…lol!!
Hope you’re having a great day!!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
I had never been to spinning before but was offered one week of free classes through my employer's Employee Wellness program. Josue is a cyclist and has competed in the El Tour de Tucson several times. He uses spinning as part of his training regimen and I knew that he wouldn't mind going with me so I wouldn't be the only newbie in the class!
After checking out the class schedule, we decided to attend the DJ Spin class that is offered once a month. It's an hour long spinning class but the twist is there is a live DJ, lights are dimmed, and the disco ball comes out! It was the perfect class to ease me into spinning. One class we attended has an African drumming group instead of a DJ and it was AWESOME!!! The pounding of the drums plus the resistance of the bike weaved with the spoken journey our instructor took us on was nothing short of amazing!
O2 Modern Fitness is the only spinning studio in Tucson but you know what, they're not just offering spinning classes. They also offer Pilates, Yoga, and Meditation. I'm really excited about taking more classes...I've fallen in love with Mike who is one of the instructors....he's just the right amount of motivation with a side of brutal! My off-season plan was to try new forms of training and have fun while doing it so I'm going to start taking his spinning + bootcamp class on Monday nights. I think this just might be the way to help me get those lean quads and hammies I put on my Christmas wish list!
So...if you live in Tucson or come here for a visit, stop by O2!! Maybe we can even go to a class together!!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
With that said, let’s acknowledge the fact that it can be difficult to become AND stay motivated! For example, it’s a bit hard for me right now to stay motivated to maintain my clean eating habits because it’s the holidays (hello candy canes, booze, and baked goods!) and I don’t have a looming show date!
But there are ways that I jump-start my motivation juices and I thought I would share them with you.
The first is quotes. Words are POWERFUL! Think about it. Have you ever read something that just clicked? Today, I read a quote courtesy of my dear friend Chelsea that she posted as her facebook status. The quote was,
“Only the strong survive, but the strong still get their ass whipped.” -Nick Saban
And boom…there it was…clarity. Yes, I consider myself to be a strong woman (both physically and mentally) but you know what? I received a whoopin’ at my last two shows! So, I may think that I’m strong but I’m not so strong that I can’t be beaten! I will cut out quotes and tape them to the area right above my computer at work so I can see them anytime I look up!
Another tool that I use is pictures. I turned my day planner from last year into a motivation book. It is filled with pictures of women who motivate me to be a better me! I also have pictures taped to the walls in my bathroom and the refrigerator. These pictures are a nice kick in the butt when I’m feeling lazy. They tell me that these women have put in the work and effort to improve their bodies and I can’t do the same if I don’t get off my butt!
My last tool is flashbacks! Let me explain. I flashback to days when The Princess says something that makes me proud of who I’ve become in the last year or someone has made a comment about how I’ve helped them reach their goals. One morning while we were getting ready for school, The Princess reached over and squeezed my bicep. After about a minute of squeezing, she looked at me and said “Mommy, I like that you have muscles. You’re so strong!” I think I smiled all day after hearing that!
So, those are my go-to tools to rev up my motivation juices…what about you? What tools do you use?
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
- Ryan Reynolds - I'm salivating just typing his name. Need I say more?!?!
- '67 GTO - a bad ass girl deserves a bad ass ride!
- Erin Stern's body - she's perfection and I wanna be like her!
- Courtney West's body - my plan B in case I don't get Erin's body!
- To become a Public Librarian - if Santa brought me the librarian job I've been dreamin' of since I graduated with my masters in Library Science almost 3 years ago, I just might crap my pants!!!
- Competition suit by Caron Hospedales - her suits are so gorgeous and I REALLY want to step on stage in one!
- Lean, musclar quads & hammies!
- Qualify for a national show - just gimme a top 5 placing, please!!!
- Intensity, drive, focus, and motivation - Can't get through a prep and receive a top placing without them!
Please note that the last five items are legitimate wish items....but that's not saying I wouldn't be very grateful if Santa brought me the other items on the list!!! :)
What's on your Christmas wish list? And don't give me some b.s. answer like "Peace on Earth"...I want you to be as superficial as me ;)
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Anyway, she and I were having a conversation about life being a bitch and how you have to forge ahead despite the trials & tribulations you might be experiencing. Genie made a comment about the fact that she was forging ahead...it might be a shuffle but she was still movin'! I replied that the only acceptable shuffle was the Cupid Shuffle and I "sang" a few of the song lyrics to her.
Fact is, life is TOUGH for all us. Sometimes it's more than you think you can handle but I'm lookin' you dead in the eye and telling you, "No one likes a quitter!". It might feel like it's taking every last bit of your strength to keep moving forward but don't stop movin'. And if all you can manage is a shuffle, that's fine....but remember....the only acceptable shuffle is the Cupid Shuffle!
P.S. If you don't know how to do it, turn up your speakers and watch the video!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I'm still following Meriza's plan and today's workout focused on delts and back. Tom and I tweaked the workout a little and after I finished my first set, I sent him a text that read "OOOOWWWW!!"...yep....the workout was that good!
Here's what today's workout consisted of:
Shoulder press w/dumbbells
set 1: 15lbs x 25
set 2: 20lbs x 20
set 3-4: 25lbs x 15
Seated Arnold press
set 1-4: 15lbs x 15
set 1-4: 15lbs x 15
Wide grip lat pulldowns
set 1: 60lbs x 25
set 2: 75lbs x 20
set 3-4: 90lbs x 15
Seated row (close grip)
set 1-4: 90lbs x 20 res
Barbell bent over row
set 1: 65lbs x 15
set 2: 85lbs x 15
set 3-4: 95lbs x 15
One last thing....remember when I said I wasn't going to be stepping on the scale unless it was for check-ins....well....I lied! Ugh!! I stepped on the scale tonight and was surprised (and not in a good way!!) with the number that popped up. Don't worry....Tom scolded me about going against my word and I promised not to do it again!
Now, excuse me while I go bathe in Icy Hot! Momma's legs are hurtin'! :)