Monday, July 27, 2015

Post-Cruise Workouts: Week 8

Well, if I thought I'd been eating bad before last week, I was dead wrong.  Last week was the worst week yet.  This week is going to be even more difficult since I'll be in New Orleans for a few days.  Fun!  But bad for the diet. 

I'm taking my laptop to NOLA and will have time to workout so at least there's that.  Sigh.

Monday:  Amy's Skills and Drills + McLean's Unleash Your Inner Strength + walk

It's always good to take it down a notch on Mondays after Peak workouts over the weekend.  This morning was a nice change as I hadn't done either of these workouts in a long while.  Though they're both a level 2 (out of 3), I was sweating and working hard like normal.  The moves weren't quite as tough, thank goodness.  At lunch, I walked at the rec and then did ab work.

Tuesday:  Jari Love's Get Extremely Ripped 1000

This was the only time this week I would do weights so Jari was a good choice.  This workout (I did number one) has so much cardio along with the weights - it's tough!  I always forget how much work weights are with Jari - she does so many reps!  Ouch!

Wednesday: Dozois' Conditioning for Long Lean Muscles

I arrived in NOLA this morning and an early flight meant no morning workout.  I had a very long day, running non-stop but then had a fun evening out with two colleagues.  We explored and ate too much.  Ha!  At 9:30, upon arriving back at the hotel, I buckled down and did this workout.  I was super happy the wifi worked.  This was hard to get through but I was so proud of myself for having the discipline to get it done after such a long day.

Thursday: McLean's HIIT - Bodyweight Circuits + Amy's All Around Energy

After my workout the night before, this HIIT video did not sound appealing at 6am.  I got through it, in the limited space in my hotel room.  Once again, so proud of myself for getting it done!  After that 35 minutes of work, I tuned into Amy's workout for an additional 25 minutes.  Then, a nice stretch.  Yay!  I needed to burn mega calories for NOLA food!

Friday: Dozois' Rockin Body Cardio + Calorie Burning Cardio Blast

The hotel wifi was not cooperating this morning - at 6am again - so I was forced to turn to a workout on my laptop - Michelle's oldie.  It was fun and a nice change from the harder workouts.  That lasted 45 minutes and then I turned to her Glo Cardio Blast for 15 more minutes of cardio.  A stretch was quite lovely after all that!

Saturday: Peak 10 Cardio Interval Burn Remix + Ilyse's Rapid Fire Core

Since I had a morning flight home, I got up at 5:30…on a Saturday.  I knew I had to work out as soon as possible or it wouldn't happen at all.  Michelle's CIB Remix is one of my faves so that got me through.  I then wanted ab work so I turned to Ilyse, who is just a meanie in regards to core work!  Ha!  Then, a stretch.

Sunday:  Cathe's Cardio Core Circuit + Amy's Cardio Boxing

Back home - yay!  I got through Cathe's grueling Circuit because I'm so afraid of how much weight I've gained.  Though I should have done weights this morning I need cardio - and tons of it.  After that 40 minute workout, I tuned into Amy's lighter workout - it was fun!  I couldn't have done much more jumping around but I did jacks and jumping rope and added a bi more than Amy called for to burn more calories!

On top of all this, I walked so much in NOLA!  Every night we walked around the French Quarter.  It was fun!  I liked the city but I'm not sure if or when I'd want to go back.  The food and architecture were great but the heat, humidity, and smell was just a little too much.  And this is coming from a Texan!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Just when you think Dooku and Sidious don't like each other, they do something like this….


Monday, July 20, 2015

Post-Cruise Workouts: Week 7

I cannot believe it's been seven weeks since our cruise - since our summer officially began.  Wow.  My workouts are still going strong, thank goodness!

My eating has not been great, especially on the weekends so I'm still afraid to step on the scale.  Oy.

Monday: McLean's Kickbox Your Way to Fit + Ilyse's Groovy Dance Party + walk

This kickboxing workout is very tough in the beginning - so much for a "light" day of cardio. Thankfully, it gets less stressful.  Ilyse is always fun and this dance always makes for a good workout.  At lunch, I walked at the rec center - a co-worker helped keep my pace up so I got pretty sweaty!

Tuesday: Amy's Intervals + Cardio Intervals + weights

I wasn't exactly looking forward to this morning workout but I was happy to work hard.  And work hard I did!  Whew!  These intervals aren't easy.  I subbed different moves for the burpees, not wanting to irritate my back.  The second interval workout isn't any easier, since you go for longer. Wow.  At lunch, I did weights with the trainer at the rec.  Here's hoping my arms don't ache as much as last week's weight session!

Wednesday: Cathe's Intensity

This morning I had some extra time so I was able to do this entire workout - the step, HIIT-hi, and HIIT - low.  It's definitely a challenging workout!  The low-impact HIIT is such a relief after all the high intensity work....but it's still really tough.  Cathe sure knows how to work you hard!

Thursday: Jari Love's Get Extremely Ripped! + Amy's Metabolic Meltdown

Again, I had some extra time this morning but I needed weights.  So, I did the first workout on Jari's video - and I always forget just how tough this one is!  Dang!  Then, I tuned into Amy's not-so-intense cardio workout.  It was good - and nice change that didn't exhaust me.   So, I had a good hour of work before my stretch!

Friday: Crunch's Fat Burning Pilates

Today was my light day and thank goodness since I woke up several times in the night with a very unhappy stomach.  I only did 30 minutes of this workout since ab-work did not sound appealing.  This is a good one - nice, low-impact cardio work that is unique and fun!

Saturday: Peak 10 More Cardio Strength + Michelle's Burn Calories, Release Stress

We have been eating SO bad….I'm really freaking out.  I wanted a lot of good cardio this morning.  Even though there are weights in More CS, my heart rate never drops even when I stop jumping.  Ha!  I worked really hard for those 55 minutes.  Then, I did 25 minutes of Michelle's "light" Glo workout.  It was good and got me more, blessedly less stressful, cardio.  I finished off with a five minute stretch.

Sunday:  Peak 10 Cardio Interval Burn - Fat Blaster + Ilyse's Killer Core

It's been a while since I touched the CIB - FB so it was a lot of fun this morning!  Sure, I sweated and almost died during the peaks, but it was fun.   Ha!  I added a few more minutes of my own cardio at the end to get in 65 minutes of work.  Then, a stretch followed by Ilyse's ab workout.  Ouch!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Oreo Brownies (2015:13)

I've been craving a good, rich, chocolate-y dessert for some time now.  Finally, a time arose when I could make something - and take the majority of it to work.  

We had double-stuffed Oreos in the pantry that we hadn't opened - and they were given to us last year.  So, they were just a tiny bit stale but not expired.  This inspired me to make something I've been wanting to try for some time: Oreo Brownies!

I make these in a 11x7 pan so I made 3/4 of the recipe.  I didn't make any more changes, though I used some Splenda in place of about half of the sugar.  That was a mistake because I've learned - now I know for sure with this experience - that it doesn't melt the way sugar does.  But, that did not affect the taste!  I also left off the frosting, thinking that it was unnecessary - and it was!

These turned out amazingly well!  I baked them for about 25 minutes - but could have done with only about 23, probably.  I like fudgey brownies!  Everyone at work loved them and I could have eaten five right out of the oven....but resisted.  This one is a keeper, for sure!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Healthy Zucchini Muffins (2015:12)

I've been unable to find a good zucchini bread/muffin recipe.  And considering there's a cute lunch place that I frequent that has excellent zucchini muffins....  Well, I feel like they're taunting me with their deliciousness that I'm unable to duplicate.  Ugh!

A recipe for Healthy Zucchini Muffins popped up on Gimme Some Oven recently - and I love that blog!  I decided I needed to try these, ASAP.

I made a few changes to the recipe....  With only maple syrup to sweeten the muffins, I knew that just wouldn't be enough sweet for my taste buds.  So, I subbed some sugar for the syrup.  Instead of an egg, I used egg substitute and instead of nasty coconut oil, canola.  I also squeezed the liquid from the zucchini - having not done that in a previous attempt with another recipe, I knew I should.

These turned out fluffly and yummy!  They're still not very sweet, even with the sugar.  I may add a tiny bit more next time.  And they freeze very well.  This is a keeper!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Post-Cruise Workouts: Week 6

We had a lovely Fourth of July….and with it came tons of food.  It's a good thing I'm getting in plenty of workouts!  Ha! 

Let's get to work!

Monday:  Ilyse's Work Hard, Have a Great Time + PeakFit Pure Cardio + yoga

I finally had a good sleep last night and was ready to work this morning.  Ilyse's workout was great…until FitnessGlo crashed and wouldn't load for ten minutes.  In desperation, I turned to the only thing I had on hand - Pure Cardio, usually reserved for my Peak 10 Challenges.  It was fun to do a few circuits…and then Glo was back up.  Yay!  At lunch, I did yoga with the new teacher - lots of hip stretching and twists.  

Tuesday:  Shape's Bikini Body Camp Transforming + Dozois' Calorie Burning Cardio Blast + weights

This was a fun morning of exercise - no dread factor!  I did the cardio - led by Michelle Dozois - of the Shape workout, which lasted 30 minutes.  Then, I tuned into Glo for Michelle's cardio blast - so much fun!  45 minutes of non-stop cardio and then a 5 minute stretch.  Nice!  At lunch, I worked with the trainer at the rec on a new machine weight regimen.  Fun.  At least it was different.

Wednesday:  McLean's HIIT - Bodyweight Circuits

This is always a tough one.  I forced myself to do the floowork - though not burpees - despite my lack of enthusiasm.  I did the plank to frog which is never fun.  Ugh.  I had every intention of walking at work until a line of showers came through.  My umbrella stood no chance of keeping me dry on the trek to and from the rec, so I stayed put.  

Thursday: Jari Love's Get Extremely Ripped! 1000 Hardcore + walk

It was time for the second workout on Jari's Hardcore video.  The first segment after the warm-up is a squat to a lunge with biceps....oh, boy.  My heart beat revved up and stayed up for the entire workout.  After this ended (about 30 minutes), I did my own cardio with some weights.  It was a killer workout!  I got to the rec today to walk at lunch.  Yay!  I even did some ab-work afterward.

Friday:  BodyFit 360: Dance Conditioning

My light morning - finally!  It's been such a long week and this morning's workout was perfect - light cardio and then a long stretch.  Lovely!  The dance in this is fun and I always look forward to it!

Saturday:  Peak 10 Cardio Strength Remix + McLean's Cardio Hip Hop

Time for some serious work this morning.  I started with Michelle's CS - this one is so tough.  Every circuit goes to the floor, except the last one.  I was dripping sweat throughout - which is annoying.  Ha!  Then, I wanted some more cardio so I turned to McLean's fun dance workout - nothing too tough after all that jumping in the CS video.  I took 10 minutes to stretch and do sit-ups, so 1 hour and 25 minutes.  Wow.

Sunday:  Dozois' Cardio Interval Burn on Glo + Amy's Plank Work

I always think this CIB is easier - and it's not.  The ascents seem just as tough as the climbs, for some reason.  Ack!  I got through it, but it wasn't easy.  I then did a stretch and wanted to do some core work - Amy's level 2 workout looked good.  And it was - though a bit easier than I anticipated….which is a good thing, I guess.  

Friday, July 10, 2015


Heaven help us all.

(But he's sooooo cute!)