Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Fitness, Week 4

I am keeping up with my exercise!  4 whole weeks!  I think I'm eating marginally better than before, but could probably still cut some carbs and sugar out.  I'm participating in an accountability group and my goals are to exercise at least 20 minutes 4x a week and no more than 3 sweet treats per week.  I did great on my exercise last week but not so great on sweets.  I'm doing much better this week, but the real test will be when I make cupcakes for Luke's birthday tomorrow.  :-)

Today I did about 20 minutes of this workout until she had us doing stuff in plank position again and I quit.  Don't have much strength in my arms and my core definitely needs work.  I wanted to do some ab stuff too so I did this workout.  It was much harder for me than it looked.  I'm not kidding myself into thinking I can get back up to 55-60 sit-ups/minute like in high school, but maybe 20??  We'll see.

Anyone have some great online workout suggestions?  Send me the link in the comments!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

What's Cookin'

Mon~Baked ziti, garlic bread, green beans, roasted carrots (my new favorite roasted veggie!)
Tues~Pea soup, rolls
Wed~Chicken alfredo with broccoli, applesauce
Thurs~Luke's birthday!  I think we'll have pancakes for breakfast and have his birthday dinner on Fri.   Barbecue chicken and baked potatoes, cold veggies
Fri~Pizza, cold veggies
Sat~Reubens on sourdough or rye or grilled cheese, chips, fruit
Sun~Chicken noodle soup, bread

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Lukie Theodore

This is Luke.
Luke says it's too hard to eat his eggs (the eggs that he requested).
Don't be like Luke.

This is also Luke.
Luke lacks impulse control when it comes to tp.
Luke's cute so you can be like Luke.  :-)

Monday, February 15, 2016

Day Something

Not sure what day of exercise it is, but I've exercised at least 4x each week for 2 weeks.  Today I tried Popsugar Fitness on youtube.  I really liked this workout because it was only 20 min and it was not boring.  Lots of different exercises, mostly ab workouts.  I do like a little more cardio.  And warning, I saw a few workout titles that were not appropriate.

Joel said I looked like a giant chicken with a bright red face while I was doing the sumo squats.  Haha!

Monday, February 08, 2016

What's Cookin'

Mon-Chili, cornbread
Tues~Garbage casserole (from freezer), carrots.  We're going skiing today!
Wed~Spaghetti, broccoli, garlic bread
Thurs~Homemade pizza, cold veggies and dip
Fri~Church potluck, I think I'll bring barbecue chicken and buns and some kind of chips and dip.
Sat~Friends are coming so we'll do a chicken taco bar with all the fixings, chips and salsa, and cold veggies and dip.
Sun~Veggie beef soup (I use leftover beef, Knorr vegetable soup mix, and whatever leftover veggies I have.), and bread

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Day 4 (barely)

Thought I was up for a challenge.  Did this one.  Kicked my butt.  Baby steps.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Day 3

Woohoo, made it to day 3!

Here's what I did today:

 I attempted a workout that was just strength but it was kind of boring.  Could've been because I only had 3 lb weights.  This one was better.  We'll see how sore I am tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Werk it, y'all!

The time has definitely come.  In fact, I'm way behind the ball.  Need. to. work. out.

It's way easier to type that than to actually do it.

But...I'm on day 2 (Hey, baby steps.  Don't knock it.)

You know, I sweat so much and get so red in the face while I'm exercising, you'd really think all that exertion is really worth at least 500 calories.

Nope, not at all.  I think I burned about 150 calories.  Certainly not equal to the calories in the oatmeal fudge bar I ate.  So yeah, watching what I eat should come into play too.  But, baby steps.

 Anyway, Chris showed me this website and so far, I'm pretty impressed.  There are TONS of free exercise videos.  I just did this warm -up video:

Then, since that one is just a warm -up, I did this one:

I was keeping up pretty well until they got to exercise 6 or 7 (out of 8).  You would think that since each exercise is only 45 seconds, you could do anything for 45 seconds.  No, no you cannot do anything for 45 seconds if you are as out of shape and flabby as I am.  But, baby steps.

So what I liked about this video was:

1.  It's short.  8 minutes long, if you include a warm-up, about 15 minutes long.  If you can't fit 15 minutes into your day, it's time to think about what you're doing all day long (speaking to myself also).

2.  The woman does modified exercises while the man does a little bit harder exercises.  They do it side by side so you can see the difference.  Also, on the side there is a running counter of how many calories you are burning.

3.  It's free!  And you don't need fancy equipment.  And it's free!

My only complaints are that it hurts me (haha!) and I'm kind of a klutz so it takes me a bit to get my legs and arms in the right order.  But otherwise, it's great!  I'm hoping I can work up to a bit longer workouts!

Note:  You can see all the videos on, but for some reason, you can only see them fullscreen if you are on youtube.