Steady Strides

Morning everyone! I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We had such a good time with our families. I love it when everyone is together and we get to spend some quality time. I missed having my brother, Daryl and his family and Brian’s sister, Lisa and her family. Hopefully at Christmas, we will all get to see each other. I did pretty good with my eating and have been able to get back on track with my workouts.

This morning I did Steady Strides. This workout is part of the Kathy Smith’s Project You series. It is a walking workout. Part 1 is strictly walking at a good pace. Kathy Smith narrates and the music is good and has a good beat that helps to keep you on pace. Part 2 really picks things up a bit and you do some intervals. 3 minutes walking and 3 minutes brisk walking or jogging. At the end, you do 2 anaerobic drills. Really fast walking/running for 1 minute and then 1 minute recovery. This really gets your heart rate up and the sweat flowing. You can use this workout outside or on a treadmill. I was on the treadmill today simply because it is raining outside here.

I really like this one. I did both of the workouts today and it pushed me. I think anyone at any level can do these, you just modify it to meet your needs. I highly recommend this one 😉

We are going to be doing our angel shopping today. We usually take the whole family and shop for someone less fortunate than us. It makes the kids really appreciate all that they have and lets them see how good it feels to help others. This year, the kids are all busy with their own lives, so it looks like it will just be Brian and myself. I miss getting to spend as much time with the boys, but I understand that they are growing up – too fast for my taste.

We are enjoying the leftovers, Brian just loves turkey and stuffing sandwiches, me – not so much. LOL!! I am going to make a nice veggie soup out of the leftovers and that will be wonderful for me.

I’ll be back tomorrow to post about the pilates workout from Kathy Smith. I will also be having my first live piyo class. I hope that I am ready for this. Luckily, I have a group of friends that don’t mind being my guinea pigs!!!!


Long & Lean – Kathy Smith’s Project: YOU

Whew, I just finsihed my workout for this morning. I am pressed for time today, so I’ll add Pilates core to tomorrow or later today.

Long & Lean is a cardio workout. It really got the sweat flowing. I think Kathy Smith is a lot of fun and she really takes the time to be sure that we get the moves down before moving on. This workout has more complicated moves, but by the end, I felt like I had it all down. This was the first time I had done this workout and I think I will incorporate it into my regular workout schedule.

SAVE THE DATE: I’ll be hosting a ChaLEAN Extreme launch party on Jan 3rd. I’ll post the details as soon as I get them finalized. It will be in Joplin MO. One copy of the workout will be given away at the party – you won’t want to miss it.

I’ll be back later if I get time to get pilates core done today 🙂

Foundation and Lower Body and Abs!

I got a late start on my workouts today.

Just finished Foundation and Lower Body and Abs from Kathy Smith’s Project: YOU! I really like these workouts, they are quick and effective. Foundation is a 30 minute cardio workout. It has some kickboxing thrown in as well. It’s a little on the dancey side, but it is fun and the time goes by quickly. I like the people the in background. Lower Body and Abs is 30 mins also and is a killer leg workout and the abs are done on the stability ball. It is very effective.

Beachbody has just recently changed the format for the Project: YOU workouts to Project: YOU Type 2. This is now a great program for anyone with pre-diabetes or diabetes. You don’t have to be in one of those catagories to get results from the workout, but I love that the program is geared towards it. Obesity is rampant in the US and we need to really work on this. If you aren’t on a workout regimen, I highly recommend this one!!

Tomorrow is more Project: YOU! Long and Lean and Pilates Core.

I went for my Piyo certification this weekend in Stillwater OK. I had a good time. I’m sore today, but I am able to walk LOL!! I am anxious to get my rating and get started teaching classes.


This weekend!

Sorry that I have disappeared. My son got the flu and then I wasn’t feeling too great myself. I haven’t done my workouts in a while, but I will get back on track on Monday. Tomorrow I have my piyo certification in Stillwater. Piyo is a combination of pilates and yoga. I am so excited and nervous a the same time. I just hope that I’ll be able to walk on Monday. LOL!!!

I’m ready for Thanksgiving this week. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. No pressure, just good food and family. YEAH!!!!! I can’t wait for my family to get here. I don’t get to see them often enough. My brother just got back from Iraq a few months ago and I’ve only seen him for a couple of hours since them. Oh, I just found out that my brother and his family aren’t going to be able to make it. Oh well, I’ll get to see them at Christmas.

So, I’ll be back in action and hitting it hard on Monday (providing I can walk LOL!!).


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So, I started last night with this program. I did Full Body Circuit ( this is not the first workout in the series that you start with). I really liked it, but I was tired from cleaning a rental property all day long. This workout is a combo strength training and cardio. You start out with cardio and alternate with strength training and end with an ab workout. The cardio bursts are about 2 minutes long and the strength training 4-5 mins. I think it was about the 11 minutes left mark that we started the abs and then we did a really nice stretch to end the workout. It was a good total body workout. I used 10 lb weights and 5 lbs weights. My triceps were so tired and shaky. This is a good thing though. The workout is easy to follow, not overly complicated and Kathy Smith gives good instruction. I do like that the people in the video are not stick thin models and look like regular people. They also chat a bit, this helps. Several times I was getting tired and thinking how many more and they would answer with just a few more. I know they couldn’t hear me LOL, but it really did help me get through the tougher parts.
Today I will be doing Foundation. This is a cardio workout and the one that you will start the program with. Please feel free to pass on my information to anyone that you think will benefit from this program. I’m not sure when it will ship, but it should be soon! I don’t think you can go wrong with this one!!

Ho Ala ke kino

Good Morning! I started off my morning with Ho ala ke kino with Tony Horton. I love this workout. It is a great way to start the day. You start off with some gentle stretching, move into a warm-up with some ab moves, squats and punches, squats and kicks and lunges and then into power yoga and end with some more stretching. I always feel so much better after I do this workout. Tony really takes the time to explain the moves and correct postures. It’s easy to follow along. The power yoga moves fast, but it gets your heart rate up and the sweat going.

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I’m starting Kathy Smith’s Project You tonight. I have the older version, the new one is Project You Type 2. This is an amazing program for people with diabetes. I’ll post all about it tonight after I get started on it. If you know anyone with diabetes or if it runs in your family, this is a great program for you.


Rockin Body Dance Party

I didn’t feel very good over the weekend, so I didn’t get my workout done on Sat. I am feeling better and just finished Rockin Abs. I really like this one. It has a good cardio session and then we moved to the floor and did some really hard ab work. The plank and drill extreme are hard, but so effective.

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I’m going to try and get Ho Ala Ke Kino in this afternoon. I have a lot of work to do, not sure if I’ll get it done or not. Planning on it though. When I get it done, I’ll be sure to post about it.

Need to hit the shower, I’m all sweaty after a good workout 🙂


Hips, Buns and Thighs – OH MY!!!

I just finished my workout today. I did Last Minute Abs as a warm-up and then did Hips, Buns and Thighs. The floor work is killer. I was really burning by the time it was over and so glad for child’s pose!! I think I will feel it tomorrow for sure! There are 320 crunch moves in Last Minute Abs and 688 crunches, 176 squats and 112 lunges in Hips, Buns and Thighs.

Here is Beachbody’s descriptions of the workouts:

Hip Hop Abs Basic DVD Kit
Dance your way to hot, sexy abs and burn the fat off your entire body with Shaun T’s fun, exciting dance program! Using Shaun’s revolutionary Absolute Engagement™ technique, you’ll “Tilt, Tuck, & Tighten” your way to 6-pack abs without doing a single sit-up or crunch.

Hips, Buns, and Thighs
Lift and firm those stubborn problem areas. No more boring squats and lunges—get back into your skinny jeans FAST! (25 minutes)

Today is my friend Bethany’s birthday – HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!!!!

Bethany has a great vegan restaurant. I know that I have writeen about it before, but the food is wonderful. If you are ever in the Joplin area, you should stop by and check it out. AMAZING food!!! She made blueberry buckle for her birthday and I plan to go in and have a piece and celebrate with her today.

I am also celebrating birthdays today with my high school girlfriends. It is Martha and Mendy’s birthdays. We try to get together for everyone’s birthday and have a nice meal. We are going to hang out tonight and eat and watch movies. Should be lots of fun!

I am going to try and avoid all the fattening food tonight. I’m making my own food to take with me since I don’t eat dairy or meat. Not sure what I’ll do about the cake, I may just have a small slice and be done with it or I may not have any at all (Yeah, right :))

Tomorrow is the last day of Hip Hop Abs. I have Rockin’ Abs Dance Party. Another one that I really enjoy! Overall, I really like all of the Hip Hop Abs. I just wish there was more of a stretch at the beginning and end. I think stretching is so important.

Til tomorrow

Hard Body Dance Party

Good Morning! I just finished my workout and I’m tired. It was good. I really like this one a lot. It is one of my favorites. Hip Hop Abs Hard Body Dance Party is a good, overall workout. In the video you will need either the weighted hand gloves or light weights. You start off with a quick warm-up and then you pick up the weights. You keep them until the cooldown. So, be sure to pick the right weight (light). I love the jiggy scoop series. It gets your heart rate up and the sweat flowing!!

Here’s Beachbody’s description:

Shaun Ts Dance Party Series™
We cut Shaun T loose and these new dance workouts are out of control! Beachbody® dancer/choreographer has gone all-out to create the most intense and innovative dance routines ever released.

Hard Body Shaun combines cardio dance, total body sculpting, and abs all in one workout to shape and tone your body from head to toe. His new moves are so much fun, you’ll feel sorry for people at the gym. (35 minutes)

Tomorrow will be Hips, Buns and Thighs and Last Minute Abs. Get ready for some toning!!

Talk to you all tomorrow 🙂

Fat Burning Cardio 2

I got my workout in today. Sorry about yesterday, I had so much work to do that I decided to get it done and have it be over.

Today was Hip Hop Abs, Fat Bunring Cardio 2. This one really gets my heart rate up and gets me sweating. I like it! As with all of Shaun T’s workouts, it is fun. I like this one much better than the original mostly because I feel like I get more of a workout.

Here is Beachbody’s description:

Hip Hop Abs® Ultimate Results
Take your results to the next level with 3 more advanced workouts. PLUS—get 96% more muscle activity with premium weighted gloves!

Fat Burning Cardio 2 Advanced, high-energy moves guaranteed to shed pounds and inches!

So tomorrow I have Hard Body Dance Party. I love this one!! Can’t wait to get to it!

I went in to my friends restaurant for lunch today. She has the best food in town for sure! It is a vegan restaurant and today was mock crab cakes and stuffed avocadoes. YUM!!! AND, she had my favorite cookies – chocolate no bake. I couldn’t pass them up. So, I had a couple. They were worth it. I’ll just have to do a little extra workout to get rid of the extra calories.

Body Victory is going pretty good. I have lost 2.5 lbs in 8 days. We just finished up boot camp and get to start having more spices in our foods. Our taste buds are re-programmed and we are ready to start adding in more foods. I love the food combining. It really makes a difference for me. This program is no red meat, no alcohol, no refined sugar and no dairy. This isn’t much of a problem for me, however, I had let sugar creep back into my diet. So, I need this – especially with the holidays coming up. Most people gain 7-10 lbs over the holidays. I want to avoid this so it is clean eating and exercise for me!!

We are also meeting with a rep from the Tulsa Welding School for our son Jake. He is a senior this year and has no idea what he wants to do with his life. He is looking at all options, but knows that he doesn’t want to go to college. I’m okay with this as long as he learns a trade and gets a job. It will be weird not having a kid in school. I think his last day is Jan 14th. Time to make a decision.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a review of Hip Hop Abs Hard Body Dance Party!