Monday, July 16, 2018

RWH + XTrain Rotation: Week 7

Only two more weeks!  Unbelievable!

I'm enjoying this rotation but I'm missing some of Cathe's other workouts.  I guess there's just no making me happy.  Ha!

Monday: Cathe's XTrain: SuperCuts + walk + YWA

My legs were still sore this morning, this time from a wicked Cathe Live workout yesterday.  But I powered through this metabolic strength program, which can very easily kick my bum on a good day.  It moves fast and never, ever stops!  At lunch, I walked at the rec center and then really stretched out my legs.  And it helped, thank goodness!   At the end of the day, this YWA got me just a bit sweaty. I love this one!

Tuesday:  Cathe's Hard Strikes Low Impact Boxing

I've done this boxing workout several times and really enjoy it.  The official rotation had Cathe's original Hard Strikes on the calendar (from XTrain) but I really don't like that workout.  It's too cardio-heavy - and too light on the boxing!  So this one was really good for today.  I worked hard and had fun!  A busy day meant that this was my one and only workout.

Wednesday: Cathe's Lower Body Confusion + walk 

The official rotation had two low impact workouts scheduled for this week.  I decided to do two leg workouts instead!  This is a newer Cathe Live workout and it was great!  Cathe runs you through all kinds of leg exercises - HIIT, strength, barre - to totally confuse your muscles.  I loved it!  At lunch, I walked at the rec center - getting a little too sweaty - and then stretched really well.  Oh, and I planked!  

Thursday:  YWA + RWH Abs 1

Today's rest day was very well timed as I woke up feeling not great.  I was going to do abs along with a YWA but that didn't happen; my stomach wouldn't have it.  So this YWA was a great way to wake the body up slowly and calmly.  I added on a bit of my own stretching and had a nice morning!  After work, I did this RWH ab workout - which I just couldn't face at 5:30am.

Friday: Cathe's RWH: Upper Body Circuit

My last time to do this workout in this rotation!  Yay!  I've grown a bit tired of this one so I'm glad to be done with it.  That's not to say it's not effective - it is!  But I'm just tired of it.  And I'm super tired of snowboards.  I couldn't quite get all of them done this morning and that made me mad.  But.  I got it done and worked my muscles really well!  So, success!

Saturday: Cathe's XTrain: Cardio Leg Blast + barre + YWA

I really enjoy this leg workout.  Cardio, weights, cardio, weights....  On and on....but fun!  My legs always feel this one and today I went super low in my squats to really make it hurt.  Ha!  After that 50 minutes, I did the last 10 minutes from Wednesday's Lower Body Confusion, which is all barre work.  I couldn't finish the workout on Wednesday and that bugged me.  The barre work was brutal after having already done so much leg work - but I liked it!  And finally, a stretch and this YWA to wind down.

Sunday: Cathe's Low Impact HIIT Circuit Live + RWH Abs 2

This was a new-to-me Cathe Live workout....and it was great!  It alternates two cardio moves and two weighted moves for a metabolic sweat-fest!  Ha!  Despite it being low impact my heart rate was super high during the cardio.  The weighted moves were mostly compound, which also helped the heart rate.  After that 50 minutes, I did RWH Abs 2 - which is not easy.  And finally, after that hour, a stretch.

Calorie Counts:

Monday - 1171
Tuesday - 1390
Wednesday - 1243
Thursday - 1131
Friday - bad
Saturday - 1697
Sunday - 1677

I ate salads for dinner every day this week - except Friday!  I need to look good for our friends' wedding in a few weeks so I need to buckle down a bit!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Chocolate Pudding Pie

For our vacation/staycation a few months ago, I wanted a decadent dessert for our time at home.  I had something in my mind and this Chocolate Pudding Pie turned out to be pretty close to it.

I made a few changes - mainly leaving out the pecans.  I always use skim milk and fat free whipped topping.  Next time, I'll halve the amount of baking chocolate because the amount used in the recipe meant that you could barely take a bite of the pie without the hard chocolate bottom layer causing crumbs to go flying everywhere.  

But this was delicious.  And decadent.  And super-chocolate-y without being overwhelming.  The pudding and whipped topping keeps it light and fluffy.  I'll definitely be keeping this recipe!

Monday, July 9, 2018

RWH + XTrain Rotation: Week 6

I can't believe this rotation is winding down so soon!  Time really does fly!

After eating horribly over the weekend...and knowing that it'll happen again on July 4th, I'm definitely wanting to burn as many calories as possible.

Monday: Cathe's XTrain: Bi's and Tri's + walk + YWA

After another rough night due to stomach issues (this is neverending!), I was glad that this workout was scheduled for today.  So, no jumping!  Cathe really works the biceps and triceps, though; this is not an easy program.  But I had fun!  At lunch, I walked in order to get some steps - and burn calories.   And after work, this YWA sure did stretch out my legs!  For some reason, I've been in the mood to revisit Adriene's Revolution series from 2017...  It's just so good!

Tuesday: Cathe's RWH: Plyo HIIT Two + Step Moves + YWA

I think this was the first time I'd attempted Plyo HIIT Two.  The first one is super, super difficult.  This one wasn't as tough, thank goodness!  It's a challenge and I'm always glad these Plyo HIITs are only about 25 minutes!  After that ended, I tuned into another new-to-me Cathe workout, Step Moves.  And I hated it!  I just can't pick up these complicated step patterns.  I tried - and still moved a lot in the process.  After work, this YWA was very nice - on a day when I needed to decompress.

Wednesday: Cathe's Lift It HIIT It Legs Live

The last time I did this workout was May.  I didn't really remember it but it is very similar to the original RWH: Lift It HIIT It Legs.  The main difference is that the cardio blasts are repeated in sets of 10 or 12.  I don't know if that makes it easier or harder, honestly.  But I like working my legs so this was great.  I added on five minutes of my own cardio to get in 45 minutes on this holiday at home.

Thursday: Dozois' Body Fit 360 + YWA

This morning, I wanted to move, just a bit, and then really stretch well.  So, I did about 20 minutes of the cardio from Body Fit 360 - which I love!  Then, I did the full stretch at the end.  And it felt marvelous!  After work, I was a bit stiff from all that marvelous I stretched some more with Adriene.  Very nice!

Friday: Cathe's XTrain: Chest, Back and Shoulders + walk

Cathe's XTrain series is excellent.  There are so many options for weighted work, which makes it her best strength series since STS.  This workout is great.  Your chest, back, and shoulders get worked from every angle!  I lifted as much as I could and got nice and sweaty!  At lunch, I walked at the rec center in order to get some more steps.  It was so humid outside, it was a chore just to get to the rec!

Saturday: Cathe's RWH: Lower Body Circuit + RWH Abs 2

This is always a nice change from Lift It HIIT It Legs - it's different enough to shock your system but still super effective.  I used 15 pound weights for most of it and my legs were screaming.  It didn't help that Cathe threw in a lot of pulsing reps.  Ouch!  After that 45 minutes, I did RWH Abs 2 - which is a lot harder than the first RWH Abs.  And, finally, a stretch.

Sunday: Cathe's Total Body HIIT

This is an amazing workout.  Cardio blast + lower body strength + upper body strength + total body strength.  Repeat.  There are seven rounds of this and it is tough.  The cardio blasts - even the "easy" ones - are not easy.  My heart rate stayed super high throughout.  I used 12 and 6 pound weights.  My legs were a bit sore from Saturday's I felt this one.  This lasted for about 55 minutes. I gratefully stretched afterward.  Whew!

Calorie Counts:

I was pretty good this week until Wednesday....and Friday and Sunday.  Oy.  The next two weeks will have to be better.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Fourth Pair of Socks

Pattern: Basic Top Down with Heel Flap by Charlene Schurch (Sensation Knitted Socks)
Yarn: Long Dog Yarn's Bounce Sock  in Dark 

Needles: 2.5mm
Made for: me
Time to completion: 4 weeks

My June knitting project was for me!  Yay!  I made myself socks - for the first time since my very first pair...which are a bit sub-par.  I wanted the most basic pattern - vanilla socks - for this colorway, which I fell hard for at this year's DFW Fiber Fest.  Knitting with it was such a joy - there are so many colors that pop up throughout!  I love yarn!  Soft, squishy, bouncy, pretty, yarn....

Ahem.  I'm very happy with these socks.  I'm learning more and more about the intricacies of knitting socks with each and every pair.  It's fun!  Now I just need to block them and get used to wearing hand-knitted socks.  As funny as that sounds, these felt funny on my feet.  So, come winter, I'll have to wear them enough to get used to them.  Which means.....  I need to knit more socks!

Yes, I'm crazy.  

Monday, July 2, 2018

RWH + XTrain Rotation: Week 5

Starting the second half of this rotation feels like an accomplishment, for sure!

I'm still liking these workouts but I may sub some out for a few live workouts - just to change it up a bit.

Monday: Cathe's Cardio and Weights + walk + YWA

This live workout contains mostly upper body work for the weighted moves - so I decided to sub it for RWH: Upper Body Circuit....which I'm getting tired of.  The cardio in this workout really taxed my feet, after so much jumping on Sunday.  I had to make a few moves low impact.  At work, I walked at the rec center at lunch to get more steps - and I planked.  This YWA got my core even more fiery than earlier in the day!

Tuesday: Cathe's Low Impact Cardio and Strength with Step + YWA

I'm so glad I opted out of the suggested low impact HIIT for this live workout.  This one isn't HIIT - it's straight cardio and I love mixing that with HIIT workouts.  This one is a bit repetitive but still very, very good.  My heart rate went up very quickly and stayed up.  I didn't use weights for the strength portion and I had to stop before the upper body exercises...  But this was a nice change!  And this YWA helped me relax after a stressful day.  

Wednesday: Cathe's XTrain: Legs + walk

My bum was a bit sore from all the squats yesterday so this workout sounded a bit daunting when I woke up.  But I did it and felt great doing it!  The one move that burns like nothing else - low pulsing lunges - still hurts like crazy but I did it!  I had to cut out some of the floorwork due to my time constraint (45 minutes), but I got most of this done!  At lunch, I walked at the rec center and then did my sit-ups.  Fun.

Thursday: Cathe's Jabs and Kicks

Today, I had weird work obligations which meant I could be a tiny bit later going in.  That meant I wasn't rushing so much and I could do a few more minutes of this workout, which I really enjoy.  This was my second time through it and it was just as fun this time around.  Cathe does a lot of combinations with punches and kicks, which I love!  A fun morning!

Friday: Cathe's RWH: Lift It HIIT It Legs 

I made a huge mistake this morning and did the wrong workout!  I was supposed to do Upper Body Circuit but my brain was apparently too fried to remember that.  This workout, however, is such a good one!  I love the cardio/weight format.  After it finished, I did some upper body weights - biceps and shoulders - since I did the wrong workout.  Ugh!

Saturday: Cathe's To the Max + RWH Abs 1

Lots of cardio this morning!  This workout is fun - but  a lot of hard work!  Step, tabata, HIIT, and then compound leg work!  Whew!  I was sweating up a storm.  That lasted for 45 minutes.  I then did some upper body weights - back, triceps, and chest.  Then, RWH abs - which were almost fun compared to the XTrain abs.  Ha!  I stretched and called it a morning.  

Sunday: REST

Calorie Counts:

I won't lie: it was an awful week.  A work retreat meant too much snacking and unhealthy foods.  Then, over the weekend, we celebrated July 4th early - so we ate horribly!  Ugh!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Picnic in Provence

I started Elizabeth Bard's Picnic in Provence while we were on vacation last month.  Due to my knitting obsession of late, reading has fallen a bit by the wayside.  But I finally finished this memoir, which I really enjoyed!

My Goodreads review:

Somehow I managed to not read Elizabeth Bard's first memoir, about meeting her handsome Frenchman. But I really enjoyed this second memoir, about starting a family and settling down in Provence with that Frenchman.

A theme of this book that I did not anticipate liking, was Bard's struggle with motherhood. It takes her a while to find her stride and, as her son grows, to continue her motherly connection with him. It's refreshing to see someone talk candidly about these issues. 

As with any memoir that contains recipes, I want to make everything mentioned by Bard. And I was fascinated by the cultural differences she encounters throughout her time in France. There is so much Americans could learn from other ways of life!

Monday, June 25, 2018

RWH + XTrain Rotation: Week 4

After eating too much on Father's Day, I'm definitely motivated to work hard this week.

And after so much cardio last week, I'm happy to see a lot of strength training this week.  My feet need a break!

Monday: Cathe's RWH: Lift It HIIT It Back, Biceps and Shoulders + walk + YWA

Despite the Lift It HIIT It title, there is no cardio in this workout; it is pure strength.  And I loved it!  Cathe leads you through 3 sets of each exercise, most with 12 reps, and then you end with a "finisher" - usually using the band.  I liked being able to lift heavy!  At work, I walked at lunch to get steps but it was so nice getting away from the office.  I was not ready for Monday to arrive so quickly.  This YWA was more stretch than anything - which was good, considering how exhausted I was by the end of the day.

Tuesday: Cathe's XTrain: All Out Low Impact HIIT + XTrain Abs 1 + YWA

I hadn't done this Low Impact HIIT in a while and it was a nice change from the RWH low impact workouts.  There is no doubting the intensity of this workout but I like that it's not super long - around 40 minutes.  After work, it was time to do this core workout - which really, really hurt me last week.  Thankfully, it didn't have the same effect this week.  I followed up that core with this short YWA.   Very nice!

Wednesday: Cathe's Cardio HIIT Metabolic 

Yay, a metabolic workout!  This one isn't on the official rotation but I wanted to add in some of these because I love them so much.  Unfortunately, this morning was awful - catastrophe after catastrophe - so I was a little distracted.  I got through most of this - up to the core - which was good.  But it was not as enjoyable as anticipated.  

Thursday: Dozois' PeakFit Dynamic Flexibility + YWA

After last week's forced rest day (Father's Day), on which I did nothing, I was happy to have a regular rest day.  I still love this flexibility workout from Michelle and really wish I could find more like it.  After work, this YWA was really nice.  I should have done a more flow-y yoga, but it was good to stretch and relax after a stressful day.

Friday: Cathe's RWH: Lift It HIIT It Chest, Triceps, and Shoulders + walk

I'm loving these new RWH Cathe workouts!  This one was very effective.  My arms were burning!  This was similar to Monday's workout - you do 3 sets of each exercise followed by a finisher to make you really burn.  Most sets consisted of 12 reps and I went as heavy as I could...and frequently had to go down in weight for the third set.  Ouch!  And the finishers are just brutal.   At lunch, I walked at the rec center in order to get steps.  It was so hot outside!  Just getting to and from the rec was torture!

Saturday: Cathe's RWH: Lift It HIIT It Legs 

I love this workout.  It's tough but I love it.  I love taxing my legs.  I love weight work that keeps my heart rate sky high.  I love alienating cardio and weights.  Cathe does such a great job of pairing a cardio move that works the muscles you just taxed with weights.  This video lasts for almost 40 minutes.  Afterward, I did my own cardio to get in 45 full minutes of work.  Then, I stretched really well.  Deadlifts frequently make me sore the next day so I always try to stretch more when I do them!

Sunday:  Cathe's XTrain: Tabatacise + XTrain Abs 2

Wow.  This workout may be the most consistently intense workout in Cathe's vast repertoire.  You don't get a break.  There are five tabatas.  Each one contains four exercises, which you repeat once for eight exercise.  After that, you do a short stint on the step for "an active recovery."  That lets you get your breath and your heart rate goes down just a tad before the next tabata.  My heart rate stayed at or above 150 for most of this workout.  Whew!  I added on a bit to get a full 45 minutes of work in.  After that, I did my last XTrain Ab workout of this rotation.  YES!  That was the best thing about this day!  And then I stretched.  

Calorie Counts:

Monday - 1230
Tuesday - 1230
Wednesday - 1313
Thursday - 1191
Friday - 1557
Saturday - BAD
Sunday - 1550

I needed a better eating week and mostly achieved it.  Next week will be awful!  I weighed and was up just a bit from where I'd like to be....but that's understandable.