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Best Body Bootcamp Recap – Week 3

Well, the third week of Boot Camp is over.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t as diligent this week with my workouts.  I only did 1 of the 3 Strength workouts.  But I did do all of the cardio, plus some.  I don’t really have a good excuse, other than all my workout stuff is in the basement and it’s really cold in the basement.  Thankfully my treadmill is not down there or else I probably wouldn’t have done the cardio portions either.  🙂


Here’s my weekly recap:

Monday – 1/21

Strength workout

Tuesday – 1/22

Cardio interval with core workout

Wednesday – 1/23

100 burpee workout

Thursday – 1/24

rest day

Friday – 1/25

Friday we were stuck inside because of the ice storm.  So I jumped on the treadmill for a 45 minute cardio interval.  I alternated speed and incline every 5 minutes while watching The Biggest Loser on the DVR.

Saturday – 1/26

A repeat of yesterday with the same treadmill workout and finished out the same episode of the Biggest Loser.  I’m really into it this season.  This is actually the first season I’ve ever really watched.  Sure, I had seen bits and pieces before.  And honestly what turned me off before was Jillian.  I couldn’t stand listening to her yell at people.  But this time it’s a little different.  I’m watching with a different goal in mind.  I do like Bob, though.  And I like this new trainer, Dolvett.  And this season, I really like that they brought the kids in to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic.  If you’re not watching, you should check it out.

Sunday – 1/27

Another treadmill workout.  But this time, I mixed it up.  Here’s how it went:

Minutes 0 -5:  Walk 4.3mph on 8% incline

Minutes 5-10:  Run 6.5mph on 1.5% incline

50 air squats, 50 walking lunges

Minutes 10-15: Walk 4.3mph on 9% incline

Minutes 15-20: Run 6.5mph on 1.5% incline

25 push ups, 25 sit ups, 1 minute plank

Minutes 20-25: Walk 4.3mph on 10% incline

Minutes 25-30: Run 6.5mph on 1.5% incline

1 minute wall sit, 1 minute plank, stretch


This coming week, I am going to try to stick to Tina’s prescribed workouts exactly as written.  If it’s cold in the basement, I’ll put on a sweatshirt.  No excuses.

In addition to the workout schedule, Tina also has you choose two goals for the week.  My 2 goals were to drink 64oz of water and take my vitamins daily (that’s one goal) and also to make sure to do my nightly routine every night, which includes taking my contacts out and washing my face, among other things.  I’ve gotten in a bad habit of falling asleep on the couch and then just crawling into bed without taking off my makeup or taking out my contacts.  (Yes, I know how bad it is to sleep in contacts.  In fact, I got a corneal abrasion several months ago because I was sleeping in my contacts.)  So I need this extra motivation to help me form a good habit at bedtime.  Or maybe if I win the $1,000 in the end I could use it towards Lasik so that I don’t have to worry with the contacts at all.  🙂

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Best Body Bootcamp – Week 2 Recap

Week 2 is officially over.  Here is my recap:


Monday – 1/14

Lovely circuit workout this morning.  My favorite part was the hamstring curls with the ball.

Tuesday – 1/15

Hard and fast Interval workout on the treadmill.

Wednesday – 1/16

Rest Day

Thursday – 1/17

I got up early this morning for an awesome core circuit workout.  The hardest part was the Scorpion from the physio ball.  My balance really sucks.

Friday – 1/18

45 minute Interval workout on the treadmill while I watched ‘The Biggest Loser’ on the DVR.

Saturday – 1/19

The weather outside was beautiful, so I took my daughter for a walk around the neighborhood.

Sunday – 1/20

Couldn’t resist another stroller walk today, followed by some squats, lunges and lots of pull ups afterwards.


I am really loving this Bootcamp.  It’s much easier to follow than other programs I’ve done before.  And I’m not having any trouble hitting my goals either.  It’s about to get a little more difficult for Weeks 3 & 4, and I’m looking forward to it.  Bring it.


Best Body Bootcamp – Week 1 Recap

Week 1 is done!  I completed the first week of Bootcamp!!  And I have to admit, I’m a little sore.  But it’s a good sore.


Monday – 1/7

Even though Monday was the official first day, it just wasn’t in the cards for me to start today.

Tuesday – 1/8

My Day 1.  I got up really early and did the circuit interval workout in the basement.  I also took my daughter for a walk around the neighborhood as an extra cardio.

Wednesday – 1/9

This was my other “rest day” for the week. After work and and trip to the grocery store, I was pooped.  I didn’t feel like working out today.

Thursday – 1/10

I did the hill interval stroller workout for my cardio today.

Friday – 1/11

I got up early to do the Strength workout, plus I ran 4.2 miles on my lunch hour.  It was threatening rain, but I somehow managed to get it in before the clouds opened up.  I also got really sweaty.  For some reason it didn’t occur to me that even though it’s January and even though it’s about to rain outside, it was still really muggy and also 65 degrees. So yeah, I got back to the office with a red face and my hair all wet behind my neck.  But I didn’t care – the run felt really good.

friday's run

the clouds just before I started the run

Saturday – 1/12

My optional cardio of choice was another hill interval stroller workout.  The temperature was 72 degrees in the middle of January.  It was awesome!!  So I took my daughter for a walk around the neighborhood.  She absolutely loves it!

stroller workout

Sunday – 1/13

The last strength and circuit workout of the week.  Tomorrow will be my rest day.

So I was able to get in 5 days of good workouts, as well as meeting both my personal goals of 1) drinking more than 64 oz of water and taking my vitamins every day but also 2) making sure to do my nightly routine of taking my contacts out, washing off my make-up and wearing my night guard (I grit my teeth at night).

Yay.  Week 1 done.  Only 7 more to go.  LOL

Kidding.  I am loving it!!!!

And on a similar note, I saw on the Today Show this morning that Jenna Wolfe (who is hands down my favorite Today Show correspondent ever) just got her ACE Fitness Personal Trainer Certification!!  (the same one I am studying for).  Way to go, Jenna!


What I Ate Wednesday – 1/9/13

Anyone else love hump day???  I don’t know what it is about Wednesdays, but I’ve always liked them.  And even more so now that there’s ‘What I Ate Wednesdays’.

So this morning I awoke rather early.  4:30 to be exact.  I heard Lucy crying in the other room so I got up to check on her.  (She was fine – I just covered her back up and told her to go back to sleep).  As I got back in bed, I realized I was awake and it was going to take a little bit of doing to get me back to sleep.  Well, at this point my alarm would go off in an hour.  So do I lay here for 30 minutes trying to go back to sleep, and then possibly sleep the hardest and deepest I have all night for 30 minutes and then not want to get up when the alarm goes off??  Or do I go ahead and get up and get things done??

So I opted for the latter.  I got up.  And let me say — it is amazing what you can get accomplished between the hours of 4:30 – 7:30am.

First of all, I went down in the basement to do my Tina Reale Best Body Bootcamp workout.  When I got down there, I realized that all of the Christmas decorations and boxes didn’t make it past the bottom of the steps.  And as I turned the corner I saw why – my mess of wrapping paper, gift bags and tissue paper was still all over the floor.  (Yes I realize Christmas was like 2 weeks ago but it’s the basement people, we never go down there.  Out of sight, out of mind).

So first I had to clean up my wrapping mess, then I moved all the Christmas tubs around the corner.  Then I did the fun circuit workout.  Then I cleaned off the Desktop, which my hubby had been asking me to do for a while.  (I typically just drop photos and everything and save it to the desktop.  After a while, it gets really cluttered.)  I also made my son’s lunch, my lunch, and I made omelettes for breakfast!!

in the pan

on the plate

Oh, and I got ready for work too!!  I’d say that is a lot do in 3 hours time.  🙂


Knoxville was blessed with several mornings of beautiful sunrises this week.


Right before I doused it with Ranch dressing and Sriracha sauce

For lunch I had planned on running my usual 4.2 mile trail.  Unfortunately it rained all day.  😦  So I took my salad over to my Mom’s house where hubby is painting her bedroom.  I had lunch with hubby instead.


And finally, dinner was tacos.  Yum.  My son and I had just gotten back from the grocery store.  Tacos are quick and easy.  These were made with ground turkey instead of ground beef.  Once you mix in the taco seasoning, no one can tell!!  🙂

There may or may not have been a cookie or two that were consumed during the day that did not manage to get photographed.  But if I didn’t take a picture of it then it didn’t happen right???


Question of the Day:  What did YOU eat on Wednesday????  Check out Peas and Crayons for the link up.

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Updates, Thoughts and Budgeting

To continue my last post from yesterday, there were a few more things I wanted to share with you:

First of all, remember that Maintain, Don’t Gain Wellness Challenge we had at work??  Well it’s over now.  I ended up gaining 2 pounds. 😦  But that’s not what I wanted to tell you.

So the participants in Option 1 only had to maintain their weight since November 1st or lose weight, otherwise they owed $25.  There were a total of 20 people participating.  6 of whom gained weight.  That meant the pot was at $150 for the winner.  And at the beginning of the challenge, I simply said anyone who lost or maintained would be entered to win a drawing of the pot.  But after speaking with all the participants, there was a clear winner.  One sweet lady actually lost 10 pounds from November 1st through December 31st.  She said that the challenge was the motivation she needed to step on the scales for the first time in a long time.  Once she did that, she worked very hard for the next 8 weeks.  I was so proud of her.  It’s hard to maintain your weight during the holidays and even harder to lose 10 pounds!!  I felt she deserved to win.  But I had agreed to do a drawing, so a drawing we were doing.  I wrote everyone’s name on a piece of paper and threw them in a bowl.  I had another coworker draw the name.  And I had an audience of at least 3 witnesses.  Guess whose name she drew??  The lady that lost 10 pounds!  Isn’t that awesome?!?  She totally deserved to win!

Okay, fine.  We can discuss my 2 pound weight gain.  Yeah, I’d love to say it was muscle.  It wasn’t.  It was most likely those damn Bourbon Balls I made.  I think I ended up eating the whole tin myself.  In case you are curious, here is the recipe:


Bourbon Balls

1- 1/2 cup finely crushed Nilla wafer crumbs

1 cup finely chopped pecans

1 cup powdered sugar

2 T. unsweetened cocoa

1/2 cup bourbon

1- 1/2 T. light corn syrup

Thoroughly combine the first four ingredients.  (I use a food processor to get the cookes and pecans into a fine consistency).  In a separate bowl, blend bourbon and light corn syrup.  Stir this liquid into the dry mixture, and when well blended, cover and chill in the fridge for 1 hour or more.  Shape the dough into small 1-inch balls and then roll in a bowl of powdered sugar.  Store the balls in tins with tight-fitting lids.  They keep well refrigerated and can be frozen.  Makes about 2 dozen.


But  I am starting Bootcamp on Monday, January 7th with Tina Reale.  I am so excited!  I can’t wait to get these 2 pounds off, along with about 10 more!!


In other news, I’m so sad that the Elf4Health Challenge is over, which was sponsored by The Lean Green Bean and Nutritionella.  I’ve had so much fun meeting my 3 Elves:  Anna, Claire and Alyssa.  And I’ve really enjoyed all the challenges.  While I didn’t necessarily document all of them, I did participate in about 90% of the daily challenges.


In other news, hubby and I decided to go on a No-Spend January.  We’ve spent SOOO much money lately – on Christmas presents, on classes for him, certifications for him, classes for me, certifications for me, etc.  So this month we decided we would not buy anything unless it was a necessity (groceries, usual bills, mortgage).  The only loophole is if you are using a gift card, you may purchase a non-essential item.  (Good thing I got an Academy gift card for Christmas)!!  But it also means I’m going to miss out on the Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual sale this year.  😦  Unfortunately I can’t make a good argument that lingerie is a necessity.  Anyone want to give me a gift certificate to VS???  lol   But this has made for some good arguments debates over what is considered a “necessity”:

Wine?  Is that a necessity?  It’s definitely up for discussion.

Fancy coffee??  What if I have a really good coupon??

Lunch out.  I mean, I do have to eat, right??

Date night?

Yep, already looking forward to February.  And those winter clearance sales!!  😉

Question of the Day:  Do you have a monthly budget?  Do you stick to it??


Personal Goals for 2013

It’s a new year.  A new beginning, right?  Time for resolutions, right?  Wrong.  Resolutions are worthless.

Instead of making a resolution that will most likely be broken in two weeks, one should set goals.  Measurable goals.  Instead of saying “I’m going to eat better” or “I’m going to exercise more”.  A SMART goal would be one that can be tracked, like “I’m going to eat 25 grams of fiber every day” or “I’m going to work out 5 days every week”.

I signed up for Run to the Finish’s #BestFoot Challenge.


I love the idea of giving the new year a theme.  One word to sum up the whole year.

My word for 2013 is …..  Progress.

I want to see progress in ….  my career, my fitness goals, my marriage, my life.  I want to look back on 2013 and say ‘that was my year’!  The number 13 is not unlucky at all.  In fact, I believe ’13 is going to be the best year yet!!

Fitness Goals:

On January 7th, I will start the Best Body Boot Camp, let by Tina Reale.  I’ve been following her blog and her Instagram.  I admire her a lot (and we have a lot in common)- she’s a wife, a mom, a blogger, and she’s a Certified Personal Trainer.  I’m really excited to see what kind of workouts she will create for us.


On April 7th, I will run in my 6th Half Marathon.  I’m hoping to set a new PR.  I’d love to beat 2:09, but as long as it’s faster than 2:16:01 (last year’s time), I’ll be happy!

Fitness/ Career Goals:

And to let you all in on a little secret ….  I am currently studying for the Personal Trainer Certification through ACE Fitness.  I would like to take the test sometime in the next 12 weeks, so that I can then study for the Health Coach exam after that.  My goal would be to have a Health Coach certification by June 1st.


I have other, smaller goals.  But those are the ones I want to be accountable to.  I need help achieving them.  I need the support of my friends and the blog community to help me reach these goals.  I am very excited about what 2013 has in store for me!!


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