Fitness Friday- A Sort Of Workout Review

Hello, hello and a very happy Friday to you all! (If you’re reading this post, get ready to feel like a time traveler…I actually scheduled this bad boy back on Tuesday. Cool, right?)

You’ll have to forgive the somewhat scatter brained-ness of this post, friends. Since I’m basically time jumping over three days, it might all sound a little strange. I’m throwing this together on a Thursday night after having worked late two nights in a row. You’ll have to forgive me.

(Did I say that twice?)

Unfortunately, because this week has been so crazy, I haven’t had a chance to snap any solid photos of my food so far. Which stinks.

But I can tell you that I’m extremely pleased that even through the chaos of deadline, I managed to eat very healthy and still get (as of this morning) 4 solid workouts in throughout the week. I took Thursday off because A) I needed the extra sleep in the a.m. from working late the night before and B) my muscles were on fire.

Which brings me to the reason for this post….after all, it is Fitness Friday!

So, for today what I have planned for you is…another workout review!

Sort of.

This week, I decided to pull an old standby out for my workout on Monday night- and I fell so head over heels in love with it again, that I did it for my workout on Tuesday AND Wednesday as well!

It completely kicked my butt, but in the absolute best way. I have no idea why it’s taken me almost 8 months to pull this DVD out of my workout collection and put it back in the rotation again?

I love it.

I know a lot of people sort of see or hear “tae bo” and laugh at it a little bit- but let me tell you something.

Old school is where it’s at.

Not only that, but this DVD (not actually that old- 2010 I think?) is killer. It’s a total body cardio workout of boxing moves, kicks and cardio calisthenics. It does an amazing job of toning your back and shoulders- two of my favorite areas to train, and also two of the more difficult for me- as well as toning and shaping your stems.

Two summers ago, I did this DVD every day for 2 weeks straight and I kid you not- lost over 2 inches from both legs.

It was awesome.

I love this DVD too because you immediately start moving- the warm up is super dynamic and gets your blood pumping right off the bat. I also love that it’s a solid 50 minutes long, including the cool down.

Time flies through this thing, you guys- it’s so much fun! (I’ve done it 4 times this week and I’m still not tired of it.) It’s also pretty handy at relieving stress. 😉

If you like boxing, kick boxing, body weight training, cardio, sweating your face off, feeling like you got a killer workout….or losing inches….I highly recommend trying this DVD. You can find it online here, along with a ton of other great tae bo workouts from the original- Billy Blanks.

I really want to try his ultimate boot camp workout next. 😉

If anyone is super interested in this workout and lives anywhere near the area, seriously, feel free to hit me up and we can get a mini tae bo fusion class together! Yes- I’m THAT big of a fan.

Or, if that’s too weird, if anyone is just curious about the video and wants a full on workout review- I’m down for that, too.

Have an awesome, awesome Friday everyone!

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A.M. Dates and “Proat-meal”

This morning, I had a date with an old friend.

Unfortunately, I stood my date up.

My bed was just feeling too darn comfy to leave it! And getting up anywhere between the 5am – 6am window can just feel downright horrific some days.

So I gave myself permission to sleep in (I had done all breakfast prep work the night before) and didn’t get up until 7:15. Of course, then I was rushed to get ready, didn’t have time for a cup of coffee and ran out of gas on my way into work.

Oof.

However– like I said, I managed to do most breakfast prep last night, so all I had to do was open up my container once I got to work and stir. Also luckily, there is a coffee pot here at the office and I was able to brew up a whole batch of fresh coffee as soon as I got here this morning.

Hello, gorgeous….

In other news, breakfast this morning came in the form of overnight pumpkin “proatmeal”, complete with half a banana and extra almond milk on top.

—See that massive cup? Shane bought this for me last year. It’s amazing. Oh, and you can definitely double the amount of coffee you see here.

In today’s oats:

-1/2 cup oats

-1/2 cup almond milk

-1 tbs. peanut butter

-1 tbs. agave

-1/4 of a scoop of VCORE vanilla bean protein powder

-1 1/2 tbs. pumpkin puree

Guys- I know they aren’t pretty. But they taste DELICIOUS.

In other news, I’m hoping to head straight to the gym after work today. I have to train arms and shoulders, and since the gym closes early on Fridays (6pm), I planned accordingly and have my handy dandy gym bag all set and ready to go out in the car.

gym bag orange sneakers—–I have a deep love of brightly colored workout shoes.

I also have this thing in my head where at some point, I plan on having a pair of workout shoes from every brand. So far, I have Nike, Asics, Reebok and Adidas covered. Next on the horizon- some pr-etty snazzy POLO tennis shoes I found online.

Hopefully I can snag them up before the “free shipping” promise goes away! 😉