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Best Body Bootcamp and Elliptical Time

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Another round of Best Body Bootcamp is coming to an end today.  Just like the last round, I got great workouts from Tina each week.  I love how all my muscles get worked during each workout, and the differences that I see in my body.

One of the greatest things about the challenge (at least for me) are the two personal goals Tina asks us to make each week.  For this round of the challenge some of my goals have been making sure to drink water all day long, stretching for 15 min each day, journaling my food intake each day (keeping track of protein and calories), getting to bed by 10:30 pm, only 2 cups of coffee each day, and eating 6 servings of fruit/veggies each day.  I find that these goals make me feel better both from the health and personal stand points.

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The next round of Best Body Bootcamp starts back up on April 1st.  Guess who will sign up again?  Yup that’s right…I will. I’m totally in love with Tina’s workouts, and I’m already excited about all the new workouts Tina will have for us!  Registration will open on March 4th for the next round of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp, and I highly suggest you sign up too.

It is only $25, and you get great workouts for every week!! Where can you go wrong? Not only do you get 8 weeks worth of amazing workouts you can do at home…you get huge cash prizes! At the end of the 8 weeks there will be five $1000 cash prizes! Then each week there will be a $100 cash prize! The prizes are determined/based on your consistency and commitment to staying active and achieving personal health and fitness goals of your choosing. This is NOT about who loses the most weight/inches or looks “the best” in progress photos. It IS about staying committed to better choices and habits, challenging yourself, and making a lifestyle change for the better.

Here is an overview of how the program works:

  • Every two weeks, Tina emails everyone in the group new workouts with detailed instructions and links to online videos to watch in case you’re unsure about how to do certain exercises. Tina also offers modifications of each exercise in case you need an easier version of the exercise or a harder version of the exercise. About 90% of the workouts can be done in the comfort of your own home using free weights and stability balls. If it is an exercise that calls for a machine at the gym, Tina gives you an at-home version of the exercise in case you cannot go to the gym.

What do you look for in a workout or workout program?

Today I’m doing my Best Body Bootcamp workout, teaching a Spinning class, and doing the elliptical workout below.  This is an elliptical workout I had in my 2007 fitness note book…I have many notebooks.  I’m using it for my warm-up!  Remember to stretch when you are done!
20 Minute Elliptical Workout

A Week in Review and A Menu for Next Week

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Well, this week flew by just like all the rest.  For me this is a good thing.  It means that winter is flying by, and with a high of –15 degrees today, summer needs to get here fast.  Right now the wind chill is hovering somewhere around –40 or –50 degrees!   It is just a little cold outside.

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This week was week 2 of Best Body Bootcamp.  I went up in some of the weights I used, and as always, Tina had me sweating and sore (in a good way) the next day.  I’m a big fan of seeing improvements, and I’m still seeing them each week with Tina’s workouts!

Sadly, Thursday I started to feel weak while teaching my Spinning classes, and that carried straight over into Friday.  I couldn’t even complete my workout with Rita on Friday, because I started getting dizzy.  This did not make me happy at all, and it made me sit down and think about what could be causing my weakness.  Sadly I found the cause when I reviewed what I ate for the past week.  Someone, namely me, was not getting enough protein or iron.  Therefore, my 2 new goals for this week are as follows:

  1. Keep a food journal documenting grams of protein.  This will help me to make sure I’m getting all the nutrients and protein I need.
  2. Drink a butt load of water everyday.  I need at least 90 oz on most days.

What are your goals for this week?

Today I’m just going to do a yoga DVD and put together our menu for the week.

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Tonight we are having my Healthy Fiesta Stuffed Peppers.

Here is what I think the rest of the week will look like:

Tuscan White Bean Soup:  I will post this recipe later in the week.  It is one that I have been working on.

Blackened Chicken and Cilantro Lime Quinoa from Sarcastic Cooking…This is a new recipe I found on Pinterest.  It sounds delicious and is healthy too!

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Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken from  Very Culinary…My son requested this for dinner one night.  It is beyond easy to make too!  Note: I use organic ketchup, chicken breasts, and I don’t make a corn starch slurry.

Salsa Verde Turkey Burgers.  This is a burger recipe I came up with awhile back that my family loves.  I’ll take pictures this time and post the recipe for ya too!  Wow..That is 2 new recipes I need to post for you guys next week!  Stay tuned!!

What are you making this week?

Holiday Bootie Buster Wrap-Up

Sadly, yesterday was the last day of the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge.  I have really enjoyed this challenge and all it provided from before Thanksgiving and through all the holidays.  The Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge has made working out and eating healthy more fun than it has ever been, and I must admit I’m was more motivated than ever to work out and eat healthy with this challenge.

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This challenge was about keeping you motivated to stay active during the winter and holidays. The best thing about this challenge was that you don’t even have to take classes at a gym, or even go to the gym. You can count those workout videos and other workouts you do at home too! I ended up getting the bulk of my points at the gym teaching my spinning classes and subbing for other instructors (everyone got hit by that wretched flu).

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I’m taking away quite a bit from the Bootie Buster Challenge.  My family is now getting at least 7 servings of fruits and veggies everyday.  Before it turns out that we were only getting 4 (under the recommended amount).  The Bootie Buster Challenge also provided a great support group on Facebook.  We all motivated, supported, and helped each other through the challenge.  I’ve made some great new friends, and discovered some new workout friends here in North Dakota that were also part of the challenge.

I’m going to miss this challenge, but I’m already looking forward to the next challenge!  Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp starts up again on Monday, and I cannot wait to see what workouts she has in store for us this round!

New Years Eve and an Elliptical Workout

I have to share a few quick things from our weekend before the workout portion of this post.

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On Saturday my husband and I were doing a TRX workout, and our son joined in too.  He always likes working out with one of us, and I couldn’t be happier about this.  I was floored the whole time he was working out with the TRX system.  The kid has some amazing body strength and core strength!  He was holding planks and doing some advanced moves that I was having a very hard time with, and he did them with ease!  A mother has to bragWinking smile

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It is not a normal weekend if some kind of mischief doesn’t occur, so of course, Hank and Tilly had to do something to get themselves into trouble on Sunday.  I looked outside after I had let them out 5 minutes earlier to see them both digging a mammoth hole in the frozen ground.  When I called them, they nonchalantly turned around, sat down, and gave me that, “What!?! We aren’t doing anything wrong” look.  Like they are completely innocent and an asteroid crashed in our backyard and made the hole.

Today is New Year’s Eve and that means that tomorrow is the new year, and there is so much for everyone to look forward to.  In my case, I’m looking forward to summer and the disappearance of –20 degree temperatures, snow, and ice.  All joking aside, I hope you have a lot to look forward to in 2013 and that you make the most of your year!  And, have a great New Year’s Eve!!  What are you looking forward to in 2013?

I’ll be starting off my New Year with the For the Love of the Kids Virtual 5K.  This will be my first race to kick off my 13 races in 2013!!!  What race are you looking forward to this year?

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If you are looking for a bootcamp to help you get fit or continue staying fit, try Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp.  Registration closes for the next round (starts Jan 7th) today, so sign up now!!  There is also the 13 in 2013 running challenge that will begin on January 1st, so if you are a runner, walker, jogger, or beginner this is a great way to keep you fit and motivated all year, and the giveaways are already beginning.  The registration for 13 in 2013 also ends today!

I’m taking this New Year’s Eve day to relax and enjoy some time with my son.  We are heading out to see Rise of the Guardians today, and both of us have been looking forward to finally getting a chance to go see it, since we have been trying to for almost two months now.

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Don’t forget about the Giveaway I have going on along with your opportunity to post questions for Jill Conyers to answer in her guest post on January 7th!

Here is a 30 Minute Elliptical Workout to help you ring in a healthy New Year!!  Remember to stretch afterwards!

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The Last Week…Till January

If you’ve been reading this blog for the past few months, then you know how much I have been loving Tina’s Best Body BootCamp.  I have loved all of our workouts, and I really see quite a difference in my muscle tone and strength.

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Tina Reale has came up with a great 8 week workout program! I was lucky enough to have met Tina ages ago, and I can tell you that she is the real deal. Not only is she an amazing trainer she is also an amazing and caring person, and she wants to see everyone succeed.  Did I mention that she is great at kicking my butt!?!

Sadly this upcoming week is our last week of Best Body Bootcamp.  I’m not happy about it ending, but there is another Best Body Bootcamp starting back up on January 7, 2013!!!!  Guess who has already signed up?  Yup that’s right…I have.  I’m totally in love with Tina’s workouts, and I’m already excited about all the new workouts Tina will have for us, and the great shape I’m going to be in!  Registration is currently open till December 31st for the next round of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp, and I highly suggest you sign up too.

It is only $25, and you get great workouts for every week!!  Where can you go wrong?  Not only do you get 8 weeks worth of amazing workouts you can do at home…you get huge cash prizes! At the end of the 8 weeks there will be five $1000 cash prizes! Then each week there will be a $100 cash prize! The prizes are determined/based on your consistency and commitment to staying active and achieving personal health and fitness goals of your choosing. This is NOT about who loses the most weight/inches or looks “the best” in progress photos. It IS about staying committed to better choices and habits, challenging yourself, and making a lifestyle change for the better.

Here is an overview of how the program works:

  • Every two weeks, Tina emails everyone in the group new workouts with detailed instructions and links to online videos to watch in case you’re unsure about how to do certain exercises.  Tina also offers modifications of each exercise in case you need an easier version of the exercise or a harder version of the exercise.  About 90% of the workouts can be done in the comfort of your own home using free weights and stability balls.  If it is an exercise that calls for a machine at the gym, Tina gives you an at-home version of the exercise in case you cannot go to the gym.

My advice is for you to sign up today!!  It will be a great post Christmas gift to yourself, that will keep giving for the 2 months to followSmile

Finding Great Challenges!

I have been so fortunate to have found some wonderful challenges to keep me healthy and fit over this winter and the holidays, and I have found a new challenge to start off 2013!!

Thirteen in Twenty-Thirteen!!

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This is an amazing challenge put together by Jill Conyers and Jen, Marathon Mom.  It is totally free and there are prizes too!  I think this is a great challenge for anyone out there.  Even the beginner or the walker would really love this challenge.  Your only goal is to run, jog, or walk 13 different races in 2013.  Here are the details:

Details:

  1. Run 13 registered virtual or real life races in 2013.
  2. The number of participants will not be limited.
  3. Prizes throughout the year. Hint: Some of my favorite running and fitness products!
  4. They have set up a 13 In 2013 Facebook group to support and encourage each other and share the experience.
  5. To support everyone reaching their goal Jen and Jill will host 4 virtual races throughout the year. The first virtual race will be in February. More information coming soon.
  6. Share with Instagram and Twitter using the #13in2013 hashtag.

You might be wondering what distance we will be challenged to run? Unlike 2012, when everyone was running the same distance, in 2013 you pick and commit to one of the following: 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, trails, or races that vary in length.

How to join:

  1. Sign up [and commit] using the Google document. Sign ups close midnight (EST) on December 31.
  2. Post the button with the distance of your choice on your blog on your sidebar (HTML will be provided if needed).
  3. Update the Google document with your progress and completed races.

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I have signed up for this wonderful challenge and will be doing 13 mixed races in 2013!

What I find really great about this challenge is the introduction of virtual races!  Virtual races are races that you sign up for on the internet, and then you do the race wherever and whenever you want (most do have a set time frame).  This is great!  I live where there are no races in the winter and the closest races are usually 2 or more hours away.

Virtual races are also great for the beginning runner.  Some people are afraid to enter a race due to the fear of coming in last.  I had this fear during my very first race too.  Others don’t enter because they fear other’s will judge them and their performance (I hear this one all the time from people and I wish they would realize that everyone will be cheering them on).  A virtual race will give those beginners with fears a chance to do a 5K or even a Marathon without having to worry about times or other people.

I have already signed up for a few virtual races myself, and you get a medal for them too!

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Mom’s Run This Town is hosting an amazing Winter Runnerland 2013
5k / 10k / Half Marathon.  It will run from January 1-31st.  With this race you even get a medal!!  I have signed up for the 5K!

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New Years Resolution Run is a 5k and/or half marathon that runs from Dec 30th to January 1st, 2013.  This is a great way to start off your new year!  What could be better than a race to start out the year in a healthy fashion!?!  I know I’ll be doing their 5K!!  Plus all the proceeds go to For the Love of the Kids.

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Virtual Half Marathon & Treadmill Challenge 5K Winter Blast is another virtual race with great swag and a medal.  I runs from Dec 22-January 1, 2013.  Just check out the picture above and see the cool swag you get!

Muffins to Marathons also has some great virtual races coming up in 2013!  With their races you get a t-shirt and a medal!!  There are also big cash prizes!  I know I will be doing some of these races.  See below for dates and t-shirt images.

  • New Years Day Rock’n Run 5K: December 30, 2012 – January 2, 2013
  • Love on the Run 5K: February 12, 2013 – February 15, 2013
  • Run, Rock, Shamrock 5K: March 16, 2013 – March 19, 2013
Images Below are what the t-shirts will look like.

On to a recap of my week in the workout department for the other challenges I’m part of.

HBBC2012-Option2_thumb The Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge has been absolutely wonderful in the motivation department.  By earning points for exercising and eating healthy I have gotten on a great health kick.  My family and I are now eating our daily servings of fruits and veggies.  I have gotten to the point that I get all my servings without thinking about it!  For example, right now I’m munching on fruit while I’m typing instead of drinking a latte or cup of coffee.  I have also been working out and teaching a bunch this week, so I was really able to rack up the points.  I also have to credit HBBC for getting me to enjoy my yoga time.  I have had to do longer yoga sessions each day due to the extra cardio and weights I have been doing.  Thanks HBBC!!!  Here is a break down of my points from this last week.

HBBC 11/23 – 12/1

Spinning: 35
Strength and/or Core Workouts: 16
Yoga: 12
Pilates: 2
Fruits/Veggie Servings: 7 days

Week 2 Goal: Eat 5-7 servings of fruits/veggies!!  One great way I got a big chunk of veggies was from soup.  My Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup was a healthy addition to my meals.

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Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp has been just amazing!  I love the workouts Tina has us doing each week.  They are challenging and motivating.  You find yourself doing better and increasing weights each workout.  The next round of Bootcamp will start the first week in January.  If you would like to join in on the next round of Bootcamp, registration will begin on December 3rd.  I highly suggest you join in on the next roundSmile

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I have had such a great week when it comes to working out!

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I have to give credit to Tina Reale’s Best Body Boot Camp and the Holiday Bootie Busterburpee Challenge.  These two fitness challenges have kept me motivated and happy all week.  The workouts Tina gave us this week were good.  Nothing like over 100 burpees to keep you going and feeling motivatedSmile!  I feel like I should own a t-shirt that says…”I survived the Burpee Challenge”.  My body is loving the challenge and so am I.  However, I may be saying some 4 letter words while doing themSmile.

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The Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge is making working out and eating healthy more fun than it has ever been, and I must admit I’m more motivated to work out and eat healthy with this challenge.  This challenge is about keeping you motivated to stay active during the winter and holidays.  The best thing about this challenge is that you don’t even have to take classes at a gym, or even go to the gym. You can count those workout videos and other workouts you do at home too! Plus this challenge has a ton of great prizes!!

The challenge is divided into groups based on your workout levels:

  • Low Profile:5K, 10K, cardio class master (includes CrossFit)
  • Cushioned:Half marathon/marathon/distance biking
  • Stability:Half Ironman or more
  • Minimalist: Yoga/Weight lifting

You should expect to continue earning points for activity in any area,cross training, but by selecting your primary activity throughout the challenge you can be more competitive for the top points prizes.

And here is a breakdown of the points you earn…

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cleaning-girl-cleanI swear I have turned into a kid when it comes to earning points.  I want to do whatever I can to earn as many points in a day as I can.  It makes me so happy to earn a point for something.  For example, those bonus cleaning points that I told you about in yesterday’s post….I was happy to clean, and I was looking forward to cleaning because I was going to earn a point for every hour I spent cleaning.  Oh how I wish I could earn points and possibly get prizes for cleaning all year round.Smile

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Thanksgiving was the first day that I earned a point for eating all my fruit and veggies (5-7 servings)!!  It has been hard to get at least 5 servings a day.  Not getting any points in that category for 3 days straight really bugged me.  We always have fruits and veggies with our meals in our home, but I had no idea we were lacking several servings each day.  I posted about this on the Holiday Bootie Buster Facebook Page and received a ton of ideas from everyone.  I’m now preplanning the fruits and veggies my family will eat each day, and I’m also back to making my protein smoothies.  I cannot believe that I completely forgot about all the fruit I put in one smoothie.  So, yesterday I made myself a post workout protein smoothie, and here is the recipe!!  For all you Holiday Challenge girls this baby has a total of 3 servings of fruits/veggies!!!

Power Protein Smoothie

Power Protein Smoothie

  • 1/2 c frozen blueberries
    1/2 c frozen sliced strawberries and sliced bananas combined
    1 c baby spinach…regular would work fine too
    6 oz. Greek yogurt (you can choose the flavor or just plain)
    1 scoop protein powder
    1 T ground flax seed (optional)
    milk (enough to allow everything to blend)

Place everything in your blender and blend!  You will have a healthy protein packed smoothie for before or after your workout.

HBBC Points as of 11/24/12

  • Spinning:  28
    Weight Lifting and core work:  7
    Yoga:  8
    Pilates:  4
    WOW:  1
    Fruits/Veggies:  3
    Bonus:  10
    Total HBBC Points so far:  61