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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Another Challenge

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. day! Did anyone have the day off from school or work today? It’s our busiest week of the month, so no such luck over here.

However, it’s also just a regular Monday! Are you guys ready and excited to start the new week off strong?

Just a warning- I won’t be able to post a whole lot this week. It’s our “production” week at work, and we’re trying to get the February issue of the magazine out. This means there will be some longer nights working, and if I want to fit in my workouts- which, ya know..I do- I’ll have to forgo blogging as often.

Before all that happens, I have a couple things to share with you all! Such as this magical purchase I made yesterday at The Fresh Market.

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What you see above is an amalgamation of random “health” related food items- which are all bought in preparation for something rather exciting that’s starting up around here this week.

Chia Seeds.

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Some delicious (or not so delicious) Kombucha.

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I really love the Synergy one with chia seeds in it- the raspberry flavor is out of this world, and I personally really like Chia seeds in my water. The Organic Raw stuff on the other side, however, is a different story. While its choc full of good for me probiotics and other “living organisms” (no joke- it says that on the bottle) I don’t enjoy the taste and really only drink it for the purported health benefits.

However, I also bought something there that I really, really enjoy the taste of…

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Some fresh ground Vanilla Maple coffee! Holy yum, this stuff is amazing. As if it weren’t enough that it’s fresh ground beans (which automatically make coffee taste better) the flavor itself is killer. Everyone at work kept saying it smelled like pancakes in my office today. It was the coffee- go figure.

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I wish you guys could smell this through the screen. To. Die. For. Plus, this coffee here was ground fresh by my dad. He was pretty excited to try out the do-it-yourself coffee grinders at the market, and I have to admit he did a pretty great job.

Thanks for the dee-lish coffee, Pops!

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Also, a side note- in case any of your were wondering, Percy Jackson was a major disappointment. No sea monsters at all.

I’m still a little upset.

No matter, however, because I have found several things to take it off my mind!

Like a self-motivated workout challenge, wherein I have to give Shane a dollar for every workout I miss or skip over the course of the next 4 weeks.

Each week, I tell him my workout total (goal), and at the end of the week if I haven’t reached that goal in the 7 days I’m given then I owe him a dollar for each missed workout.

Ooof. I may have over shot with my first number. Let’s just say I may end up pulling some unintended 2-a-days.

I’m also feeling pretty excited about this other idea I had for a challenge…this one focused on nutrition.

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That’s right! I’ve decided to formulate a 4 week challenge for eating clean to go along with my no missed workouts challenge. I’m really excited about this one, mostly because I know as well as anyone that “abs are made in the kitchen”.

I’ve always been better about getting my workouts in then being a stickler about my diet. I might do really well for about a week or two, but I’ll inevitably break and start eating normally because I’m “working it off” in the gym. Well, if anybody else out there thinks like this, I’m sorry to tell you but that just ain’t gonna cut it.

Trust me. I’ve lived it for 7 years.

I’ve finally come to the conclusion that if I’m going to put a ton of work in during the day in terms of workouts and burning extra calories, then I really want to clean up my diet and feed my body the fuel it really needs. So, I’ve decided to “eat clean” for the next 4 weeks and see what kind of impact that has on my fitness goals and my workouts.

I’ll be tracking my food a lot more closely, so you’ll probably be seeing more “food photos” showing up here. It’s just as much to hold myself accountable as it is to show you the types of clean eating foods and recipes I’ll be trying out.

I’m feeling really excited about it, and am very pleased with everything I’ve put in my body so far today!

Breakfast- an egg. Just one “fried” egg (I cooked it in a skillet with some Pam, probably not “clean” enough).

Lunch- pb and banana protein shake.

Dinner- a piece of baked Tilapia with some seasoning and some broccoli.

 

Not bad for day one, right? 😉

If anyone would like to join the challenge, please do so! I’ll be posting updates about it as it goes, so feel free to track progress and note changes over the next 4 weeks and update when I do! I’d love to hear if this works for anyone else.

Alrighty kiddos, time for me to get my workout in for the day- a little kick boxing is always a good stress reliever!

Have a wonderful night 🙂