Friday, January 20, 2017

Yosemite Snow

Did you hear that Yosemite had to close last week due to flooding?  

After the flood, this happened....

I can't imagine seeing this!  How gorgeous a sight!  

Monday, January 16, 2017

Combat Challenge #4: Week Two

I had a lot of fun last week, with this new Combat Challenge.  And that's why it's good to change things up every now and then!  

Also, Adriene's Yoga Revolution has been super fun.  My shoulders hurt for the first five days of the challenge.  Holy cow!  As much as it hurt (ouch!), I like knowing when something that I'm doing is making a difference in my body.  So I'll take a bit of pain now and then.

Monday: Les Mills' Sh'Bam #21 + walk

This morning it was so nice tuning into a 45-minute Sh'Bam workout.  And I love the ones that Rachel leads (she's in all the Combat DVDs).  So this morning was fun!  Sh'Bam isn't the most difficult workout, cardiovascularly, but some days just need to be fun.  At lunch, I walked - quickly - at the rec center and then did some ab work.  

Tuesday:  Amy's Kickin' Cardio and Conditioning + Ilyse's Easy to Follow Dance Moves

Yet another reason why I'll miss Glo....  All those strength workouts I love from Amy and Michelle.  Sigh.  This one is a good one - my arms could barely make it through some of the reps.  Dang!  So many triceps and push-ups!  I got home early, due to a doctor's appointment, so I did 20 minutes of Ilyse's dance workout...followed by my daily yoga.  It was a good day!

Wednesday: Les Mills' Grit #12 + Scott's HIIT - Sports Inspired Intervals

Ugh.  I was dreading today's Grit like nothing else.  But I got up and did it.  I couldn't get through all the up and downs - to the floor for burpees and back up - but I did pretty well.  These workouts are just so intense.  Afterward, I tuned into Scott's HIIT - which is slow by comparison. But that was fine by me!   At lunch, I walked outside for 20 minutes.  One of my heels is really bothering me.  Sigh.

Thursday:  Les Mills' Combat #66 + Dozois' Calorie Burning Cardio Blast + weights

Yay, Combat!  These workouts are usually a lot of fun and #66 was, as well!  There were some lunges that really made my thighs burn but other than that, it was a blast!  And I love Dan and Rachel.  After that ended, I did Dozois' Blast, which is always great.  At lunch, I did weights at the rec center - for the first time since December 1.  Dang.  I didn't have to go down in any weights (yay!) but I couldn't do all the reps that I could do in December.  But I was happy with myself for getting back into it!

Friday:  Yoga Revolution + Dozois' Tight and Toned Core

I needed a super light day and that's what I got.  Adriene had a great session of Yoga Revolution today and it helped ease me into the day.  As I down dogged, I felt the results of yesterday's weights.  But it wasn't too painful.  After yoga, I did 10 minutes of Dozois' ab workout which is super effective.  And difficult.  A good morning!

Saturday: Peak 10 Cardio Interval Burn - Fat Blaster + Scott's Cardio Drill Awesomeness + weights

Time to work super hard.  I started the morning with Michelle's fantastic CIB Fat Blaster.  I love that one so much!  Fun and effective!  After that finished, I did Scott's workout which alternates weights and cardio drills.  Then, I finished that off with five minutes with the 12-pound weights.  Ouch!  That was an hour and twenty-five minutes of work!  My morning ended with Yoga Revolution, which stretched my hips and legs in new ways.  Yay...and ouch!  But it was good.

Sunday:  Les Mills' Combat 60 Live - Ultimate Warriors Workout + Amy's Cardio Intervals

I didn't have too much time today and since I also had to do Yoga Revolution afterward, I only had 60 minutes to do cardio.  So, I did Combat 60 Live, which is really good.   So much fun!  Then, I tuned into Amy's interval workout, which isn't too intense except for the duration of the intervals.  All in all, a good morning for cardio.  I was then able to stretch and do YWA. 

Calorie Counts:

Monday - 1168
Tuesday - 1168
Wednesday - 1351
Thursday - 1147
Friday - 1146
Saturday - 1196
Sunday - 1194

I had to be super strict this week so I was happy with myself for accomplishing my goal.  The next two weeks will have more social stuff going on which means more calories.  Sigh. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Have you heard of Yoga with Adriene?

About six months ago, someone mentioned it in a Facebook post.  I looked at the page but didn't know how to incorporate yoga into my daily routine.  So, I mostly forgot about YWA.  

Then, in December, in the same Facebook group, I heard of a 31 day Yoga Revolution, led by YWA.  What an interesting idea?!  And for some reason, I automatically, almost without thinking, signed up for it.  

There's really no signing up.  If you want to do it, go to her page every day and watch the video.  But if you want to sign up, you get a daily email to go along with the video....or to remind you to do the video.  LOL!  Either way, YWA is free!  

So far, I'm really enjoying the Revolution.  It's starting with basics and progressing.  Adriene doesn't throw a lot of fancy flow at you.  In fact, the first really "heated" session of flow happened just yesterday, on day nine.  But even though it starts slow and builds, my shoulders ached for the first five days.  Ached.  Turns out all those down dog and four-legged poses really work your shoulders! 

Anyway, I'm enjoying doing the videos every day after work.  It's very calming after the chaotic drive home.  I can already tell I'm getting stronger...and I love progress!  

Monday, January 9, 2017

Combat Challenge #4: Week One

Okay, on to something different for the New Year.  I started 2016 off with a Combat Challenge so I thought I'd do the same for 2017.  

Last year, I got great results from 8 weeks of Combat so let's see what this year will bring.  

Monday: Les Mills' Grit #3 + Ilyse's Full-On Cardio Blast

I needed all the cardio I could get today, after not working out on New Years Day.  So, I decided to start my Combat Challenge with the big beast: Grit.  This is Les Mills' HIIT training and I dread it every time.  I got through this one with my heart rate through the roof.  Yay!  Next up, Ilyse's high impact cardio.  This one is tough and my feet were aching after all this - 60 minutes of work!  I then did a nice stretch!

Tuesday: Les Mills' Sh'Bam #22 + walk

This morning my feet needed a break.  And since I was traumatized by having to go back work, I did my fun dance workout for the week.  Sh'Bam is a great program and I almost always enjoy the relatively simple step combos.  At lunch, I walked at the rec center, working up a good sweat.  I need all the cardio I can get!

Wednesday:  Les Mills' Combat #67 + Dozois' Calorie Burning Cardio Blast

I was a bit grouchy this morning since I woke up - and stayed up - at 3am with a sore arm.  What the heck?  So Combat - punching - did not sound good but I did it anyway.  Because I can't think of alternatives at 5:30am after not-enough sleep.  After that 30 minutes, I tuned into Dozois' short, but sweet, Cardio Blast.  Love that one!  Lots of walking around campus today but no lunchtime workout.

Thursday:  Les Mills' BodyAttack #92 + Ilyse's Dance Intervals 101 + walk

BodyAttack is a new program since the last time I did a Combat Challenge.  And it fills a hole in the program - the need for straight cardio, not HIIT and not kickboxing.  It's more aerobic with some internal training and strength mixed in.  So it was perfect this morning - when I wanted to work hard without doing Grit.  After it ended, I did Ilyse's Dance to finish off my morning.  At lunch, I walked at the rec center.  

Friday: Yoga Revolution

I've committed to doing Adriene's (of Yoga with Adriene) 31 day challenge, Yoga Revolution, during the month of January.  I'm doing most sessions after work but this morning, I did today's work in the morning.  It was nice and calming.  

Saturday:  Combat 60 - Extreme Cardio Fighter + Amy Dixons' HIIT on TrainerPass 

Today I was looking forward to Combat 60.  It's a lot of fun without any dread factor (in my opinion).  So I had fun this morning - for 55 minutes.  Then I tuned into one of Dixon's DVDs through TrainerPass, which I'm trying out.  Wow, that worked me hard.  And talk about no fun.  I like Amy's stuff on Glo but this was just plain brutal.  Sigh.  But, 70 minutes of cardio today!

Sunday:  Les Mills' BodyAttack #91 + Amy's Head to Toe Body Sculpt

I wanted a bit of cardio and then strength today....  So I started with another BodyAttack and it was a great workout!  I'm really sad that there are only those two workouts online right now.  After that, I did Amy's strength workout, putting a few more of my own cardio intervals throughout.  Another 70 minutes of work today and it felt great!

Calorie Counts:

Monday - bad
Tuesday - 1191

Wednesday - 1303
Thursday - 1191
Friday - 1191
Saturday - 1151
Sunday - 1269

Thursday, January 5, 2017

FitnessGlo Update

I don't know if you've noticed....but I love FitnessGlo!  I've become heavily reliant upon the site in the last two years, getting away, more and more, from my workout DVDs.  Glo has upped my fitness level and my DVDs can't keep up.  Amazing!

And so I was heartbroken - literally - when I logged into Glo a week ago and saw a very nondescript message on the front page, saying the site will no longer be online, as of February 1, 2017.  What?!  WHAT?!!

I can find no explanation on any social site to explain why Glo is going down.  It is no exaggeration - I'm distraught.  I've looked at other streaming sites and non compare.  Glo has a such a wide variety of fits every need you could have!  

Please, please let me know if you have suggestions for streaming sites.  I love Les Mills' Combat but that's not the same.  I tolerate Cathe but again, there's just not the diversity.  I'm looking at Daily Burn but I see very little that looks attractive.  Amy Dixon is on Trainer Pass and that looks promising....  But to have access to all of it would be expensive.  

I don't know what to do.  FitnessGlo, why?!  Why are you leaving us?!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Holiday Week Workouts 2016

For the first time in our courtship and marriage, we're home for Christmas after always going to Nashville.  It's good and it's bad but two good things is that I have more control over my eating and I can work out.

Despite eating too much, I was determined to keep up my workouts this week...  Being off work made it easier.

Monday: Dozois' Rockin Body Cardio

I did my traditional post-vacation workout, Dozois' old dance video, the day after Christmas. Thankfully, I only missed one workout - Christmas Day - so I didn't feel too sluggish.  But I was tired and this one was a bit more difficult to get through.  It's a fun one, though, and that made it worth it.  So, 45 minutes of cardio and then a stretch and crunches.

Tuesday: Peak 10 Cardio Interval Burn Remix

Today, I had to jump out of bed and workout, much like a work day.  Thankfully, I got up at 6:45 instead of my usual 5:30.  This workout is a lot of fun but my feet were really hurting, I think from being on my feet in the kitchen so much the previous two days.  Stupid plantar fasciitis.  Ugh!  I dug out my new sneakers and they helped a bit.  So I was able to get through this workout and then added on 5 more minutes of my cardio to get a full hour in.  I then stretched and planked.  

Wednesday:  Peak 10 Cardio Strength Remix + Ilyse's Groovy Dance Party

It had been so long since I'd last done this CS Remix that I had no idea what I was getting in to.  And it was tough!  Every circuit, except the last, went to the floor.  Dang!  I definitely got a good workout!  After that 50 minutes, I tuned into Ilyse's dance workout.  I love this one!  And it goes by so fast - 20 minutes!  After that, I stretched and did some ab work.

Thursday:  Amy's Metabolic Meltdown + Total Package

I need something a bit lighter today so I did Amy's level 2 Meltdown - which is still a great workout.  I did almost everything high impact - but didn't jump too high.  Ha!  After that, I tuned into her Total Package workout - a great body strength and cardio workout.  Love it!  And all the floor work really works you hard.  So, 70 minutes for all that, then a nice stretch and ab work.

Friday:  Cathe's Intensity + weights

Cardio time!  Cathy's Intensity is such a great workout, even without the step.  It's fun cardio and then Hi and Lo HIIT.  Dang, what  a workout.  My legs were aching from Amy's endless squats yesterday so this was a bit painful....but good!  After that hour of cardio, I did 10 minutes of weights.  Then, finally, a stretch and abs.

Saturday:  Dozois' Cardio Interval Burn on Glo

I had to get up early today in order to work out so it was a bit rough getting going.  But I did and this workout was definitely not the easiest.  I worked hard and it felt good....  Just thinking about all the food I'd eat over the weekend made me work hard.  Ha!  After I got done, I did a quick stretch and was done!

Sunday: REST

Friday, December 30, 2016

Cats and Paper

Christmas morning was a delight for the cats in our home.  It was our first Christmas together, in our home, with our cats.  I think they were appreciative.

Sidious loves paper....and curly ribbon, so we had a ribbon ban this year.

And, as with every year prior, Dooku got a new toy from his grandparents.  Of course, it was given to both him and Sidious, but Sidious doesn't get as much love from the family because she focuses all her love on Mr. Higgins alone.  Ha!

 It was a good Christmas for all involved!