Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Quick breakfast, lunch and snack ideas!

BREAKFAST

  • Veggie Scramble: Cook 10 cherry tomatoes, 1 cup sliced portobellos in a nonstick pan until soft. Add 1 whole egg, 1 egg white; scramble until cooked. Serve with 1 slice whole-grain toast topped with 1 teaspoon almond butter, 1 tsp raw honey. 324 calories per serving, 16 g fat (3 g saturated), 32 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 19 g protein
  • Yogurt Parfait: In a bowl, layer 9 ounces nonfat plain Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, 1 cup berries. 357 calories per serving, 16 g fat (4 g saturated), 27 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 29 g protein
  • Filling Frittata: Cook 1/2 cup chopped red onion, 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper in a pan coated with cooking spray, 3 minutes. Add 2 oz low-sodium deli turkey breast, chopped; cook until heated through, 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in 1 whole egg and 1 egg white, beaten; 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta; 2 tsp chopped fresh basil. Heat under broiler until frittata puffs, 2 to 3 minutes. 360 calories, 15 g fat (7 g saturated), 19 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 37 g protein
  • Honeyed Waffles: Spread 2 tsp almond butter, 2 tsp raw honey on 2 toasted frozen whole-grain waffles. (Look for whole-wheat flour as the first ingredient.) Top with 1/2 banana, sliced. 362 calories per serving, 15 g fat (3 g saturated), 51 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 9 g protein
  • Egg and Cheese: Cook 1 egg to your liking in a pan coated with cooking spray. Place egg, 1 slice cheddar on a toasted whole-grain English muffin. Serve with 1/2 apple. 344 calories per serving, 15 g fat (8 g saturated), 37 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 18 g protein
  • Eat and Run: 1 hard-boiled egg; 1 medium banana; 3 tbsp unsalted almonds. 323 calories per serving, 19 g fat (3 g saturated), 32 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 13 g protein
  • Southwestern Slam: Sauté 1/2 cup corn with 1/4 cup canned black beans (rinsed and drained), 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper, 1/4 cup chopped red onion, 1/4 tsp ground cumin, a pinch of cayenne pepper (optional) in a pan coated with cooking spray until pepper and onion are soft, 5 minutes. Add 1 whole egg, 1 egg white, 2 tsp chopped fresh cilantro; scramble until eggs are cooked, 4 minutes. Serve with 2 cups cubed papaya. 348 calories per serving, 6 g fat (2 g saturated), 60 g carbs, 12 g fiber, 18 g protein
  • Make-Ahead Muesli: Mix 1/2 cup rolled oats (not instant), 2 tsp raw honey, 2 tbsp chopped walnuts, a dash of cinnamon in a bowl. Add 1 cup water; cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate overnight. Serve topped with 1 apple, chopped. 349 calories per serving, 13 g fat (1 g saturated), 56 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 8 g protein
  • Berry Smooth: Blend 1/2 cup fresh berries, 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1 cup So Delicious coconut milk, 3 tbsp whey protein powder. Add water to thin or ice to thicken. 338 calories, 8 g fat (6 g saturated), 26 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 41 g protein
  • Oatmeal: Cook 1/2 cup regular rolled oats (not instant) in 3/4 cup nonfat milk, 1/4 cup water. Top with 1/4 cup blueberries. 386 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated), 66 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 19 g protein
  • Subway Breakfast: One Egg White and Cheese Muffin Melt; 1 medium banana; 1 cup nonfat milk. 336 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated), 57 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 22 g protein
LUNCH 

  • Black Bean Wrap: Mix 3/4 cup mashed black beans (rinsed and drained) with 2 tbsp reduced-fat shredded cheddar, 2 tsp chopped fresh cilantro, 1/2 tsp ground cumin, a pinch of cayenne pepper (optional). Spread on a 10-inch whole-wheat wrap; roll up. Nuke until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes; top with 2 tbsp salsa. Serve with 1 tangerine. 437 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated), 78 g carbs 16 g fiber, 22 g protein
  • Quinoa Salad Bowl: Combine 1 cup cooked quinoa with 2 cups arugula, 1/2 cup low-sodium chickpeas (rinsed and drained), 1 tsp unsalted sunflower seeds, 1 tsp chopped fresh oregano, 2 tsp balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp olive oil. 444 calories, 12 g fat (1 g saturated), 68 g carbs, 12 g fiber, 18 g protein
  • Turkey Burger: Cook a 4-oz turkey burger in a pan coated with cooking spray until done, 8 minutes (turn once). Place on a whole-wheat bun; top with 1/2 tomato, sliced; 1/2 avocado, sliced; lettuce. Serve with 1 cup cubed papaya. 458 calories, 22 g fat (4 g saturated), 44 g carbs, 11 g fiber, 26 g protein
  • Soup and Sammy: Heat 1 cup low-sodium tomato soup. Spread 1 tsp mustard on 2 slices whole-wheat bread; place 2 oz low-sodium turkey breast, 2 slices tomato, 1 slice cheddar, lettuce between bread. 415 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated), 45 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 30 g protein
  • Homemade Pizza: Top 2 halves of a whole-wheat English muffin each with 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes, 1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella. Broil until cheese melts. Serve with 1 cup grapes, 3 Brazil nuts. 455 calories, 19 g fat (9 g saturated), 52 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 24 g protein
  • Hoagie in a Hurry: Order a Subway 6-inch Turkey Breast sandwich on 9-grain wheat bread topped with your choice of veggies. (Try lettuce, tomatoes, onions, green bell peppers.) Enjoy with 1 package apple slices, 1 bag Popchips (or a serving of any baked potato chip with less than 150 calories per serving). 
  • Chicken and Zucchini Spaghetti: Cook 4 oz sliced boneless, skinless chicken breast in a pan coated with cooking spray for 10 minutes. Sauté 2 cups sliced zucchini in 2 tsp olive oil with 2 cups spinach, 10 halved cherry tomatoes and 1 chopped garlic clove until zucchini is tender, 10 minutes. Toss zucchini mixture with 1 cup cooked whole-wheat spaghetti; top with chicken, 2 tsp chopped fresh basil. 454 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated), 54 g carbs, 12 g fiber, 39 g protein
  • Chicken Baked Potato: Bake 1 medium russet potato at 450° until tender, 45 to 60 minutes; cut in half. Cook 4 oz chopped boneless, skinless chicken breast in a pan coated with cooking spray 10 minutes. Top potato halves with chicken, 1 cup steamed broccoli florets, 2 tbsp grated Swiss cheese. Bake until cheese melts, 20 minutes. Serve with a salad: 2 cups mixed greens, 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds, 1 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp lemon juice. 437 calories, 11 g fat (3 g saturated), 51 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 38 g protein
  • Breaded Halibut: Coat 4 oz boneless, skinless halibut with 1 tsp Dijon mustard and 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs. Bake at 400° until fish is cooked, 10 minutes; drizzle with lemon juice. Mix 2 cups arugula with 10 cherry tomatoes, 2 tbsp chopped walnuts, 1 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp lemon juice; serve with halibut, 1 slice whole-wheat bread. 433 calories, 18 g fat (2 g saturated), 37 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 34 g protein
  • TLT: Cut 1⁄3 of an 8-oz block of tempeh into 2 slices. Spread 2 tsp Dijon mustard on 2 slices whole-wheat bread. Place tempeh; 1/2 tomato, sliced; lettuce between bread. Serve with 2 cups grapes. 460 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated), 76 g carbs, 14 g fiber, 23 g protein
  • Portable Eats: 1 all-natural fruit-and-nut bar (like Kind Fruit & Nut); 6 oz nonfat plain Greek yogurt sweetened with 1 tsp raw honey; 1 mozzarella string cheese 446 calories, 25 g fat (8 g saturated), 28 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 31 g protein

SNACKS

  • Trail Mix: Mix 3 halved Brazil nuts with 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds, 1/2 cup high-fiber cereal (like All-Bran). 210 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated), 40 g carbs, 13 g fiber, 7 g protein
  • Chips and Salsa:  baked tortilla chips, 1/2 cup salsa. 196 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated), 39 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 6 g protein
  • Mediterranean Nibbles: Mix 3 oz nonfat plain Greek yogurt with 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp chopped fresh mint. Serve with 10 baby carrots, 1 cup cucumber slices, a 4-inch whole-wheat pita. 195 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated), 31 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 13 g protein
  • Sweet Smoothie: Blend 2 tbsp whey protein powder with 1/2 cup frozen raspberries, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup skim milk. 223 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated), 24 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 30 g protein
  • Nutty Nanner: Spread 1 banana (or apple) with 1 tbsp almond butter.173 calories, 10 g fat (1 g saturated), 23 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 3 g protein
  • Popcorn Plus: 3 cups Newman's Own Natural Flavor Popcorn, 8 walnut halves. 204 calories, 12 g fat (1 g saturated), 21 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 6 g protein
  • Veggies and Dip: 1/4 cup hummus, 15 baby carrots, 1 cup cucumber slices 185 calories, 6 fat (1 g saturated), 29 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 5 g protein
  • Turkey Roll-Up: Top 2 oz low-sodium deli turkey breast with 1/2 avocado, sliced; 4 tsp prepared hummus; roll up. 204 calories, 12 g fat (2 saturated), 10 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 14 g protein
  • Cheese and Fruit: 2 mozzarella string cheese, 1 apple 224 calories, 11 g fat (7 g saturated), 17 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 15 g protein

DINNER 
  • Mediterranean Baked Salmon: Rub 3 oz wild salmon with 1 tsp olive oil. In a baking dish coated with 1 tsp olive oil, place salmon; 1 red bell pepper, sliced; 1/2 fennel bulb, sliced; 10 small black pitted olives. Sprinkle with 2 tsp chopped fresh oregano and fresh black pepper. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes; turn; bake until cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes more. Drizzle with lemon juice. Serve with 1/2 cup cooked quinoa.
  • Italian Halibut Stew: Sauté 1/2 cup diced red onion in 2 tsp olive oil with 1 clove chopped garlic until soft, 5 minutes. Add 1 tsp chopped fresh parsley, 1 tsp chopped fresh oregano; cook 1 minute more. Add 1 cup chopped tomato, 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth; heat until simmering. Add 2 cups spinach, 5 oz skinless halibut; simmer until fish is cooked, less than 10 minutes. Serve with 1 small whole-wheat dinner roll. 400 calories, 14 g fat (2 g saturated), 34 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 38 g protein
  • Steak and Squash: Cut 1 spaghetti squash in half; discard seeds and pulp. Place on a baking sheet rind side up; bake at 375° for 45 minutes. Run a fork down the squash from top to bottom to separate strands. Sauté 1/2 cup chopped red onion in 1 tsp olive oil with 1 chopped garlic clove until soft, 5 minutes. Add 2 cups chopped tomato; cook until a sauce thickens. Pour sauce over 3 cups spaghetti squash; top with 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil. Serve with 3 oz flank steak, broiled 7 minutes (turn once). 389 calories, 12 g fat (3 g saturated), 52 g carbs, 12 g fiber, 26 g protein
  • Miso Soup: Sauté 1/2 cup sliced carrots and 1 cup sliced mushrooms in a pan coated with cooking spray until tender, 6 minutes. Boil 4 cups water; reduce to a simmer; add 1 tbsp organic shiro miso paste and 1 sheet nori, torn into small pieces (Eden Foods makes both); cook 2 minutes more. Remove from heat; add veggies. Sauté 4 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast strips in a pan coated with cooking spray for 10 minutes. Combine chicken and broth in a bowl. Serve with 1/2 cup avocado cubes topped with 2 tsp sesame seeds, lemon juice. 357 calories, 17 g fat (2 g saturated), 23 g carbs, 10 g fiber, 34 g protein
  • Savory Stir-fry: Cook 4 oz flank steak strips in 1 tsp olive oil 3 to 4 minutes; transfer to a plate. Sauté 2 cups chopped red cabbage and 1/2 cup chopped carrots in 1 tsp olive oil until tender, 10 minutes. Add vegetables to plate with steak; top with 1 tbsp sesame seeds, 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce, 1 tsp sesame oil. Serve with 1 orange. 392 calories, 17 g fat (4 g saturated), 33 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 31 g protein
  • Lentil Stew: Sauté 2 cups cubed eggplant and 1 cup sliced mushrooms in 2 tsp olive oil until tender, 10 minutes. Add 2 cups spinach and 1 cup cooked lentils; cook until spinach wilts, 4 minutes. Top with 2 tsp chopped fresh cilantro and lime juice. 368 calories, 11 g fat (1 g saturated), 52 g carbs, 23 g fiber, 23 g protein
  • Chicken with 'Shrooms and Peppers: Sauté 1 cup chopped mushrooms, 1 cup chopped red bell pepper and 1/2 cup chopped red onion in 1 tbsp olive oil until tender, 5 minutes. Add 1 cup chopped tomatoes and 2 tsp chopped fresh oregano; cook until tomatoes break down into a sauce, 8 minutes. Sauté 4 oz boneless, skinless chicken-breast strips in a pan coated with cooking spray 10 minutes. Top chicken with veggie sauce, 2 tsp chopped fresh basil, 1 tbsp grated Parmesan. 379 calories, 17 g fat (3 g saturated), 26 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 34 g protein
  • Quinoa and Pepper Sauté: Sauté 1 cup chopped red bell peppers, 1/2 cup chopped red onion and 1/4 tsp smoked paprika in 1 tsp olive oil until vegetables are soft, 5 minutes. Add 2 cups spinach; sauté until spinach wilts. Serve vegetable mixture over 1 cup cooked quinoa. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp grated Parmesan, 2 tsp chopped fresh parsley. 375 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated), 58 g carbs, 11 g fiber, 14 g protein
  • Indian Shrimp and Squash: Place 2 cups cubed butternut squash on a baking tray; drizzle with 2 tsp olive oil. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp turmeric, black pepper, a pinch of cayenne pepper (optional); bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Add 4 oz frozen, raw shrimp to baking tray; drizzle with 1 tsp olive oil; sprinkle with 1/4 tsp ground cumin; bake until shrimp are cooked through and squash is tender, 10 minutes. Serve with 1 cup green beans sautéed in 1 tsp olive oil. Drizzle meal with lemon juice. 400 calories, 16 g fat (2 g saturated), 42 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 28 g protein
  • Two-Bean Chili: Sauté 1/2 cup chopped onion in 1 tsp olive oil until soft, 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup chopped tomatoes, 1/2 cup canned black beans (rinsed and drained), 1/2 cup canned kidney beans (rinsed and drained), 1/2 cup water, 1 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp ground cumin. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Top with 3 tbsp shredded cheddar, 2 tsp chopped fresh cilantro. 408 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated), 52 g carbs, 14 g fiber, 22 g protein
  • Pasta Marinara: Sauté 1/2 cup chopped red onion, 1 chopped garlic clove and a pinch of crushed red pepper (optional) in 2 tsp olive oil until onion is soft, 5 minutes. Add 2 cups chopped tomato; cook 5 minutes. Pour sauce over 2 oz whole-wheat pasta cooked as directed on package; top with 2 tsp chopped fresh basil, 1 tsp chopped fresh parsley. Serve with 1 cup steamed green beans. 409 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated), 72 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 14 g protein
  • Salmon Salad: Toss 3 cups mixed greens with 1 carrot, chopped; 1 tomato, chopped; 1 cup cucumber slices; 2 tsp olive oil; 2 tsp lemon juice. Top with 2 oz smoked salmon. Serve with 1 slice whole-wheat toast spread with 2 tsp almond butter, 1 tsp raw honey. 377 calories, 20 g fat (3 g saturated), 34 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 20 g protein
  • Breakfast at Night: Sauté 1/2 cup chopped red onion, 1 chopped garlic clove, a pinch of crushed red pepper (optional) in 2 tsp olive oil until soft. Add 2 cups chopped tomato; cook 5 minutes more. Add 2 eggs; cover; cook 5 minutes more. Remove from heat; uncover; let stand 2 to 3 minutes. Top with 2 tsp chopped fresh basil, 1 tsp chopped fresh parsley. Serve with 1 cup steamed green beans. 370 calories, 19 g fat (4 g saturated), 38 g carbs, 13 g fiber, 19 g protein
  • Sausage, Kale and Lentils: Sauté 1 lean turkey sausage, sliced, in 1 tsp olive oil until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add 2 cups chopped kale and crushed red pepper to taste; cook until kale is wilted, about 2 minutes. Combine with 3/4 cup cooked lentils and 2 tsp chopped fresh basil. 392 calories, 12 g fat (3 g saturated), 42 g carbs, 14 g fiber, 34 g protein
  • Eggplant and Chicken Parmesan: Toss 3 cups cubed eggplant and 20 cherry tomatoes with 1 tbsp olive oil; place in a pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350˚ until eggplant is tender, about 35 minutes. Cook 4 oz chopped boneless, skinless chicken breast in a pan coated with cooking spray for 10 minutes. Combine eggplant and chicken on a plate; top with 2 tsp chopped fresh basil and 1 tbsp grated Parmesan. 374 calories, 18 g fat (3 g saturated), 26 g carbs, 12 g fiber, 33 g protein
DESSERT

  • Fruity Snack: 1 oz dark chocolate; 1 serving of fruit (such as 1 kiwifruit, 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds or 1 orange) 216 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated), 24 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 3 g protein
  • Baked Apple: Place 1 cored apple in a baking dish. Fill hole with 2 tbsp chopped walnuts; drizzle apple with 2 tsp raw honey. Add water to bottom of dish. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes. 212 calories, 10 g fat (1 g saturated), 33 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 3 g protein
  • Maple Syrup Pear: Place a quartered pear (cored and stemmed) in a nonstick baking dish. Top with 1 tbsp maple syrup, 1 tbsp chopped walnuts, a dash of cinnamon. Bake at 350° until tender, 25 to 30 minutes. 198 calories, 5 g fat (0 g saturated), 40 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 2 g protein
  • Fun Fondue: Mix 1 tbsp almond butter with 1 tsp raw honey in a bowl; nuke 20 seconds. Serve with 1/2 banana, sliced; 1 apple, sliced. 223 calories, 10 g fat (1 g saturated), 35 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 3 g protein
  • Banana Pop: Melt 1/2 oz dark chocolate. Drizzle over 1 banana. Freeze until chocolate hardens and banana is firm. 175 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated), 30 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 2 g protein
  • Grape Delight: 1 cup grapes, 1 mozzarella string cheese 189 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated), 28 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 8 g protein
  • Cream Cheese Dip: Mix 2 oz lowfat cream cheese with 1 tsp raw honey, a shake of cinnamon. Serve with 1 apple, sliced. 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Ways to Burn 100 Calories in 10 minutes

I got this list from Spark People.  If you are not on that site, you need to be.  I need to incorporate more of these.

1. Cycling (12+ mph) or mountain biking

2. Racquetball

3. Running (at least 12 minutes per mile)

4. Swimming laps or treading water

5. Playing basketball

6. Spinning class or stationary biking

7. Rowing

8. Boxing

9. Martial arts

10. Digging (heavy yard work)

11. Jumping rope (continuously)

12. Jumping jacks

13. Rock climbing

14. Walking on the treadmill (at least 4 mph with a 5% incline)

15. Water jogging

16. Kettlebell training



*Calories burned estimates based on a 160-pound woman. Men and people who weigh more will typically burn more calories for the same activity.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Weight loss tips to push yourself

There are always more things we can do to really push ourselves to reach our weight los goals.  here are a few tips.

  • There are enough unhealthy food temptations out in the world, don’t put them right under your nose in your kitchen
  • You can adapt a workout to kick your booty no matter where you are or what you’re working with.
  • Your training and meals should be designed to achieve your specific goals. There is no one size fits all.
  • To help you burn fat through the night, stop eating 2 hours before bed.
  • Studies show that when you have a buddy you are 7X more likely to stick to a fitness regime
  • To make the most out of your workout, always ask yourself, “Can I go HARDER?”
  • Check your weight before you start an exercise program and keep checking for changes but don’t expect radical change immediately.
  • Cravings should be expected when your body is adjusting to a new eating/diet plan. Pushing through and ignoring those cravings, especially in the beginning of a diet plan, is 100% just a mental game.
  • Don’t blow off exercise altogether when something comes up in your schedule. It doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing, push yourself every day to be active.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I'm that Chick!

How you know? Cuz I told you so!

Monday and Wednesday I take a kickboxing class at my Y. It’s one of the toughest classes I have ever taken, and I like them hardcore. In this class, we actually spar with the Instructor, striking his mitts. This intensifies the workouts. We have 3-minute rounds followed by a 30 second rest, then back at it.

Monday he put real boxing gloves on me. Made it fun…I wouldn’t say easier. It did protect my hands a bit because I had busted a knuckle from boxing a few weeks ago. I felt like I could hit harder. I def need to get my own gloves!

But, when I am the only one who shows up to class….I get to spar with him all by myself for 3 minutes, versus him splitting the time with others. I went for it and took no breaks in between. He was impressed, saying most would give up, quit, want long breaks, etc.

Told ya! I’m that chick.

Sure, I am in pain right now, but the results of my hard work will be the reward. The soreness in my arms right now, I am seeing defined biceps and triceps, something I have never had. We also did plyo pushups…on a step! It was crazy!!

We also have a killer abs section. Ugh! Yes, I complain, but I love it at the same time.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Workout Review: Wii Biggest Loser Challenge

I won this game as part of the second place prize with the Just Lose It Challenge.

I really liked it! Of course, there is a lot more to this than what I played last night, so it will be fun uncovering everything. First I did a Fitness test with Bob that lasted 25 minutes. Halfway in, when I forgot it was just a test, I was thinking, really? There were no breaks, you just had to keep up with him. I tried my best, but I think I could have done better. Burned 114 calories in 25 minutes.

It actually said I did pretty good. There are five levels ranging from easy/beginner to Intense. They put me on the one right under Intense, HARD. Okay, I’ll take that! I may go back and do the easier workouts as well. We all have days we want to take it easy.

So then I started an overall body workout, chose Jillian as my trainer and selected a 30 minute workout. That was the longest 30 minute workout ever! Actually in the end, it said 36 minutes, so no wonder it felt so long.

Jillian was the main trainer in the screen, but Bob sure talked a lot off-screen I kept wondering if I picked the right trainer. The options were: Bob, Jillian or both. I either picked both or Bob is just all over this thing. There was a warm-up, and then we went right into it. Some of the moves were: jump rope high-knee, fast skaters, jumping jacks, punch combos, push-ups, so much more.

One complaint: between each set, Jillian just stood there as they got ready for the next move. I recommend continuing to move in place, which I did.

Second Complaint: You go back and forth using the Wii step, having to keep moving it out the way, and bringing it back. A little weird. That and keep moving the remote form right to left hand to right pocket (which, who has pockets on their workout clothes)

I did appreciate that we got water breaks, versus in the test, you just go for 25 minutes.

Overall, I think it was a great workout, and definitely tough for me, a die-hard fitness fanatic. It was even tough, I skipped some moves (burpies, uh no!) For anyone who does not go to a gym regularly, or likes to think of it as a game (you get points) then this is great for you. I burned 205 calories in 36 minutes, so that’s a total of 319 in 60 minutes.

Other things about the game. You do get weigh, enter your height and age and sex. This helps build your workout. You also set weight loss goals and how many weeks you want to workout, and how many days a week. It also asks you to take measurements: neck, chest, waist, hips. I didn’t have a tape measure handy, so I just guessed. I will take those measurements soon and update.

I think it’s only about $20 so a good investment.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tips to Lose Weight Fast!

Here’s a list of the things that I did faithfully, or tried to do faithfully, to lose weight FAST!! 15% of your body weight in 12 weeks is impressive, but I know I had to do a lot of little “tricks” to get there.

1. WARM WATER WITH LEMON every morning, cleanses the body, detoxifies, and helps reduce water retention

2. GREEN TEA, 3-5 five cups every day

3. 12+ cups of water a day, forget what I said about the 8, 12 or more is the way to go!

4. CALORIE-CYCLING, have higher calorie days in the days that follow your weight in, then slowly trickle down to the low calorie end.

5. SUBSTITUE MEALS, like a bar or shake. I don’t like many shakes personally, but having my Kind Bars in a pinch were the right trick for me. Long as it’s around 300 calories a bar, it’s a meal. I’m not saying do these every day, but for me, they help keep my calorie range in check and help with my portions---you don’t overeat when lunch is a bar.

6. NO SALT! And I am a salt addict, but totally cutting it out (even though the food tasted blah to me) helped prevent extra water retention. Some days I was as low as ZERO sodium (which actually is not a good thing, we need some sodium!)

7. No/Low sugar/carbs. No bread, no added sugar, even tried to stay away from artificial sweeteners. Also, last meal of the day, NO CARBS.

8. Stay clear of BANANAS and GRAPES, yes it’s fruit, but both of these turn into the bad sugar and not good for a speedy weight loss. Okay, once in awhile you can have some, just know that these are forbidden fruits for maximum weight loss.

9. 60+ minutes of CARDIO 6 days a week. Go for 2 hours every other day if you can.

10. LAST CHANCE WORKOUT before weigh-in, that means intensify your workout and go for as long as you can, be that two hours or three.

11. STRENGTH TRAIN 3 times a week. You don’t have to go heavy either, but make sure you hit all muscle groups. The more muscle you build, the more fat you burn!

12. SWEAT it out before a weigh-in either in a sauna or workout in sweats. Reserve this little tip for the last week. I did it for the last two and I think it helped. Or if you are aiming for a specific event, like a photo shoot, or wearing a bikini to the beach, this will let those muscles pop.

13. SLEEP…me talking about this? Yes, sleep helps with weight loss. I saw this tip and tried best to follow it. If I don’t have enough sleep, I won’t have enough energy to fuel my crazy workouts!
14. RESIST ALL CHEATS. Now this may contradict with the next tip, but by no cheats I mean, nibbling French Fries here and there, eating the break room donuts/bagels/pretzels, or whatever else is back there, eating random candy, etc. You get the picture. When I say cheats, I mean those little nibbles that add up.

15. BUT ALSO SCHEDULE IN “TREAT” DAYS. This could be semantics, but what I call a treat is, treating yourself to a meal out, or a slice a pizza, or whatever you crave once in awhile. I would have gone crazy without it.

16. WEIGH-IN EVERY DAY, I know some disagree, but this helps tremendously! I weigh and track it on a chart. I can study the ups and downs and actually anticipate the loss.

17. Schedule official WEIGH-IN days on the best day of the week for you, before any possible cheats or treats. I have found (this is me totally honest) that setting your official weigh-in day can affect your success. I prefer later days of the week, Friday or Saturday, but in all honesty, when I started this 12 week challenge, Monday weigh-ins kept me in check over the weekends. I couldn’t go out and eat Chinese on Saturday and then weigh-in on Monday! Which is why I gradually moved it to Thursday…but that just began a vicious cycle of bad weekend, and 3 days to get it off. NO! I was kinda sabotaging myself. (Still won’t make Monday my official weigh-in, but I know I had better success with it)

18. Give yourself a TIMEFRAME for losing FAST, no more than 12 weeks and have a good concrete goal. Some of these tips you just can’t maintain for that long, for me it’s the no salt. I’ve finally added it back and all my food is tasty again.

19. Find SUPPORT that cheers you on with forums like Spark, Weight Watchers or so many others!

I'm sure there is something I am missing, but this is the bulk of it. NOW LET'S BURN SOME FAT!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Just Lose It Challenge: And the Winner is...

Okay, so sometimes number 2 is a WINNER!

After 12 weeks of working harder than I ever have trying to lose weight, I took second place in the Just Lose It weight Loss Challenge. So proud of myself. I knew I wanted top 3, but there was no guarantees it was going to be easy.

It wasn’t!

Every week, I nervously waited those results. Did I do enough? Did someone else just knock me out the box?? Chris R took an early lead and stayed there pretty much, so he won first place with over 17% loss.

I came in second with over 15% lost.

Ida B took third with 14% lost.

My prize is a Wii game and WiiFit Plus, which I have so I am trying to cash it in. But what I really won was my health, right? I look better, I feel better, and wow, I stayed focus for 12 weeks and did pretty darn good losing 20 pounds in that short time (which actually felt like forever)

I actually gained a few pounds back over the weekend, just pigging out and not caring. But I am back focused today. I still have another weight loss challenge I am in that I have 3 more weeks to get through. Going to be tough, but least I can make it through the holiday attempting to make better food choices.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Just Lose It Challenge: When is this over?

The standings now with 2 weigh-ins left.


1. Chris R 15.483%

2. ME 12.025%

3. Ida B 11.429%

I'm super nervous. I'm trying for an awesome weigh-in tomorrow, but giving in to little nibbles of food, sabotaging myself.  So proud of my success so far, but I can't wait till this is over.

No, I'm not going to pig out and gain it all back, but I won't have to try so hard to lose FAST and I can get back to some kind of normal eating. My workouts may not change though.

Just 2 more weeks!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Just Lose It Challenge: Do you need a size goal?

#2 is still not a winner. So I need to go really hard for the last 3 weigh-ins. Here are the results:


1. Chris R. 13.953%

2. Me 12.025%

3. Tonya 9.422

Three more weigh-ins and I am really nervous. It gets harder to lose the last 10 pounds, so I have decided to go high raw AND kick up my workouts a notch. 2-3 hours, high intensity workouts. I want sweat on the floor! I am trying my darnest to get in a morning workout for the calorie burn power of it, but ummm….still a work in progress.

I have my eye on winning this and becoming the first woman to do so! Yes, I feel like a contestant on the Biggest Loser, but that makes it exciting. The prize is nice too, but I am loving feeling healthy and strong again. And wearing cute clothes!!

Over the weekend I went shopping in my closet. You know, where you have your smaller sized clothes you have not worn in awhile but now you can fit and look smoking hot!! I know I am not the only one with a large size range in their closet. Mine starts as small as 3-4 and all the way up to 12 on a bad day. Well, not many 12s, I gave them all away when I lost the weight the first time. But I had maybe 2-3 things I could not part with (and my sister thinks I should save since I yo-yo between sizes so much). Right now I would say I am comfortable in 6-8.

Yesterday I had on size 6 jeans and the fit fine, except the push up my muffin top. Today I have on 8s and they are falling off! So I’m going to say I’m officially back to my 6s, which I am very comfortable in, and if I can stay a size 6 forever, I’d be happy! But I have more weight to lose, and so I will probably be a 4 again. Don’t want to go any smaller than that (well, not really, but for Camp Do More next year, I would love to be a 2…just to meet Chalene and look my absolute best)

Not really thinking about a “size” per se, or even a weight goal, but I want to be toned and sleek, with rocking abs and chiseled arms. To do that, I need to drop my body fat really low, so I will be working on that next year. Weight lifting will be my obsession.

No matter what the size on that tag says, I say be healthy!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Just Lose It Challenge: Look at me now!

That’s my theme for this week, in my Chris Brown voice, “Look at me now, look at me now….I’m getting paper!”

Well, okay, not really. But if I WIN this challenge, the prize is worth more than paper! I have no idea what the prize is….I guess losing the weight is the prize.

So last week, I did not weigh in because I had not loss anything. I still could have weighed in and kept my free pass (we can miss 2) but I thought it would be a great game play. Weeellll….

1. Chris R. 10.832%
2. Ida 10.00%
3. ME  9.494%
4. Tonya  9.422%

With my weight staying the same, I only dropped to 3rd place!

But I have to come HARD for this week’s weigh in (see my theme from last week, HUSTLE HARD). The top 4 are soooo flippin close it’s anybody’s game. This is my perfect chance to take the lead and run with it but I need a BIG number this week. I will weigh-in tomorrow, so fingers crossed.

I'm learning a lot with this challenge. you CAN push yourself harder than ever. You CAN challenge yourself to DO MORE!  I don't believe in the "just 30 minutes of walking a day." mentality.  As a trainer, if you come to me, don't look for easy!  Look to work out like never before.  And if that is too easy, I will just push you some more.

I push myself. Even when I feel like, "Well, I already worked out an hour....that's enough." HECK NO!  To stay in the top, to compete with people double my size, I cannot slow down.  They are getting more aggressive, so I have to as well.  I had to mix my workouts up a bit, and my eating needs yet another makeover!  I change both every few weeks.

So no excuses here, nope, don't want them!  I'm aiming for the number 1 spot next week and nothing less.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Just Lose It Challenge: HUSTLE HARD!

After 6 weeks, I am holding strong in the number TWO spot! Here are the top 3 rankings:

Here’s the top 3:

Chris R. 11.506%

ME! 9.49%

Sheri 8.738%

How do I keep doing this week after week? I HUSTLE HARD!!

Every bite of food I take is going to make a difference.

Every exercise minute I make happen, matters.

Every ounce of water I drink, helps the journey.

I’ve said it before, I will say it again. THIS AIN’T EASY!! Every day is so hard for me. I want to give up, I want to pig out, I want to skip a workout. Why can’t I enjoy that pizza when everyone else an? Why can’t I lay on the couch and enjoy some good TV (or bad reality TV, heck, I don’t care)?

WINNERS never quit, and quitters never WIN! I know, cliché, but I have a bunch of them that get me through. Right now I cheer myself on with “Hustle, hustle, hustle hard!” pounding in my head. This week’s weigh-in will not be pretty, but I am still in the game! You better believe that!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Just Lose It Challenge: 4 Big Tips

Someone asked me how am I staying in the Top 10 of the Just Lose It Challenge. It’s not easy, it’s not easy at all. Here are my four pointers.


1. Having a one track mind! Staying in the top 10! If I nibble on a cookie, an extra serving or go out to the Chinese buffet that I love, I know I may not be in the Top 10.

2 CLEAN FOODS! I know you have heard this before, but processed food is really garbage. I have all but eliminated it. Even when I eat a cheat meal, it’s clean foods! Nothing from a box bag, or can. My cabinets are pretty much bare these days.

3. Water, water, water! Lots of it. Half my body weight and more most days. I average 12-14 cups a day, but on days I’ve overdone the salt, 16.

4. I don’t exercise for the faint of heart. Meaning, 30 minutes a day is NOT enough. TWO hours at the gym most days, or I split it with an hour at the gym an hour at home. And not simple walking either! I’m in the front of my Zumba class with as much energy as the Instructor. I lift weights 2-3 times a week. I RUN on the treadmill. At home I do high intensity workouts like P90X Kenpo X or Turbo Kick. If 2 hours is too much, whatever you do, don’t halfway do it! You can rest when your workout is done.

But whatever you do, KEEP DOING IT!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Just Lose It Challenge: It will always be hard

I want to win. If you have been reading my blogs and how I have been doing during this challenge, you know I am committed to be #1. This is the start of week 6. I weighed in today. Slow but steady, I have lost another pound!

Every loss is a good loss! So I celebrate.

And the celebration will continue because last week’s rankings are posted.

I AM NUMBER TWO!!

Yes, I said it! I went from the number 3 position to number 2! How about that?

This ain’t easy! Let me just be clear about that. YES, I am a certified personal trainer. YES, I am a certified lifestyle & weight management coach. YES, I am certified to teach Hip Hop Hustle and Turbo Kick! YES, I have lost 46 pounds in the past…and gained half of that back! YES, I read and study everything I can about diet, healthy lifestyle, and fitness.

NO, I don’t have all the answers. It would be awesome if I was a perfect person with no worries about losing and gaining weight. I struggle just like the normal Joe. My difference is, I know when to focus. I know when to turn up the heat when needed. I wish I could say, “I’ll never gain weight back.” Ha! I think I said that over two years ago when I reached my goal. How embarrassing that that was a lie?

It will always be hard for me. It will always be a struggle. I know for a fact I can’t stay as focused as I am right now 365 year after year. Maybe it will slowly creep up again, or I gain 10 pounds in a week….I know that I have to constantly battle with my weight.

I’m okay with that. I think I learned a valuable lesson by gaining the weight back. I didn’t know everything! I sure thought I did. Now that I know this, I think I have a better chance of keep my weight maintained.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Just Lose It Challenge: Add more vegetables to your day

1. Discover fast ways to cook. Cook fresh or frozen vegetables in the microwave for a quick-and-easy dish to add to any meal. Steam green beans, carrots, or broccoli in a bowl with a small amount of water in the microwave for a quick side dish.

2. Be ahead of the game. Cut up a batch if bell peppers, carrots, or broccoli. Pre-package them to use when the time is limited. You can enjoy them on a salad, with hummus, or in a veggie wrap.

3. Choose vegetables rich in color. Brighten your plate with vegetables that are red, orange and dark green. They are full of vitamins and minerals. Try acorn squash, cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes, or collard greens. They not only taste great but are also good for you, too.

4. Check the freezer aisle. Frozen vegetables are quick and easy to use and are just as nutritious as fresh veggies. Try adding frozen peas, corn, green beans, spinach, or sugar snap peas to some of your favorite dishes or eat as a side dish.

5. Stock up on veggies. Canned vegetables are a great addition to any meal, so keep in hand canned tomatoes, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, mushrooms, and beets. Select those labeled as “reduced sodium,” “low sodium,” or “no salt added.”

6. Make your garden salad glow with color. Brighten your salad by using colorful vegetables such as kidney beans, sliced red bell peppers, shredded radishes. Chopped re cabbage, or watercress. Your salad will not only look good but taste good too.

7. Sip on some vegetable soup. Heat it and eat it. Try tomato, butternut squash, or garden vegetable soup. Look for reduced- or low-sodium soups.

8. While you’re out. If dinner is away from home, no need to worry. When ordering, ask for an extra side of vegetables or a side salad instead of your typical fried side dish.

9. Savor the flavor of seasonal vegetables. Buy vegetables that are in season for maximum flavor at a lower cost. Check your local supermarket specials for the best in-season buys. Or visit your local farmer’s market.

10. Try something new. You never know what you may like. Choose a new vegetable-add it to your recipe or look up how to fix it online.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Just Lose It Challenge: Sneak in Exercise

1. Walk to your destination if it takes fewer than 30 minutes to get there.

2. Do bicep curls with any heavy bags you haul to and from work. They’re as unwieldy as kettlebells, so balancing them forces more muscles to fire.

3. Dance with your kids. Even if it’s to nursery rhyme songs!

4. Clench your butt muscles while climbing the stairs

5. See if you can hold a plank pose for three consecutive minutes every day.

6. Eke out crunches during commercial breaks.

7. Bike to meet pals on the weekend.

8. Wear a watch that monitors calorie burn. Or a pedometers that monitors your steps

9. Perform leg lifts and bridges while you talk on the phone.

10. Set your clock 30 minutes ahead so you have time to run before work.

Taken from Self magazine September 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Just Lose It Challenge: Still Holding Strong

My standing as of last week’s weigh-in is me still holding strong in THIRD place!


That’s awesome when you look at about 400 that signed up (though I am sure many have dropped out). What’s really great is I don’t have as much to lose, but I am pushing very, very hard to lose what I can each week and stay in contention. It’s getting harder and harder!

I had sushi and Tempura last Monday! I had a foot-long sub another day. It didn’t seem to mess up this week’s weigh-in, but could I have done better?

There’s always that question, and I say YES! No one is, nor should be perfect at this healthy lifestyle. You stumble along the way. You take a nibble here or there of the forbidden food, you skip a workout (never me, just saying), or you know you did not push yourself to really do more, you just went through the motion. I always think, if I am going to workout, I better sweat buckets and burn like 1,000 calories each time. You can do the same workout and burn 500, but if I know how to amp it up and burn more, then I’m going for it.
But the workouts are never my stumbling point….it’s the eating. I like food. I like a LOT of food!! I like good tasty food. But for this challenge, I am trying to stay as strict as I possibly can. To lose the most weight in 12 weeks and to WIN, you gotta do what you gotta do. So that said….no, my eating is far from perfect. I could do way better and my results would be even better.
Each week I try and do better. I’ve been doing just enough to keep me in top 10, but now I need to gun for the #1 spot!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Just Lose It Challenge: What Does It Take To Be #1

So results are in! After 3 weeks, I am number THREE out of 400 in the Just Lose It weight-loss challenge. I say that is a pretty big deal.

I keep hearing my fave Nelly Song in my head “#1.”

“What does it take to be #1

‘Cuz 2 is not a winner

And 3 nobody remembers.”

RIGHT! Sooooo, I have to really, really buckle down! So the audacity of those at work bringing in a cake for my birthday that I won’t enjoy. Little cheats, little bites, add up to BAD numbers. Staying focus is the name of the game.

I do have a cheat planned for tonight, at a sushi restaurant only because I have been wanting to go since like forever and my Groupon expires soon. My birthday was last Thursday, yet I waited to treat myself till after my Monday morning weigh-in. This gives me all week to burn that off. Plus, I was told by the trainer who weighs me in, it’s time to step it up and switch things up. More inclines/sprints on the treadmill, using the elliptical (I haven’t really used this the last few weeks), and simply doing MORE!

I mean, I do a LOT now, but I have to go all out now. I just ran my second 5K but that’s flippin not enough! I scheduled another in two weeks. I am increasing my weight training. The trainer said go lighter and do more reps. I will be running more! I still have yet to run a 5K without stopping to walk.

My eating, is darn near perfect so I can’t change much with that.

So beyond everything else I do, it’s who else is doing better than me. Maybe they are going hard like me. On the Biggest Loser, you see it all the time, somebody just sneaks up behind you and wins it all. So I actually don’t want to stay #3 the distance, I want it to fluctuate and then really kill it at the end so they don’t see me coming.

I’ll try and post more tips later this week.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Just Lose It: Weight Loss Tips

• Eat at least three times a day


• Pay attention to your body. When you feel like you have had enough to eat, stop. Quit before you feel full, stuffed, or sick from eating. You can have more if you really are hungry.

• If you still feel hungry are unsatisfied after a meal or a snack, wait at least 10 minutes before you have more food. Often, the cravings will go away.

• Drink plenty of calorie-free drinks (water, tea, coffee). You may be thirsty, not hungry.

• Pick lean meats, low-fat or nonfat cheese and skim (nonfat) or 1% milk instead of higher-fat/higher-calorie choices.

• Get plenty of fiber. Vegetables, fruits and whole grains are good sources. Have a high-fiber cereal every day.

• Cut back on sugar. For example, drink less fruit juice and soda.

• Limit the amount of alcohol (beer, wine, and liquor) you drink.

• Keep all the food in the kitchen. Eat only in a chosen place, such as the table. Don’t eat in the car or the bedroom or in front of the TV.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Just Lose It Challenge: How am I doing so far?

Well, the results were posted today for the first weigh-in (after initial week). 

1. Chris R. 5.569%
2. Krisi S.  5.213%
3. Teresa Y  4.554%
4. Donovan L. 4.032%
5. KIMBERLY W  3.797%

That's me by the way, Kimberly W, in bold all caps, in case you couldn't tell! I am in 5th place out of 400 participating! Well, 400 is the number that the Challenge had room for...and I am sure many have dropped out or will soon.

So little, bitty me pulled a big enough number to land in top 5.  Yes, I was very excited to see this. It made today's weigh-in feel better.  No loss (although it should have been half a pound, their scale is screwy).  I may drop out of top 10 (they only post top 10) but trust me I will earn my way back in top 10 in the next couple of weeks.

I need to eat better. And when I say better, I mean MORE FOOD! I don't eat enough and that is jacking up my metabolism. Everything I have been eating is good, clean foods, but I am under my calories range nearly every day. Either I am too full to eat more, or half eat some of the food.  This week goal is to eat in my range.

As far as the exercises goes, I don't know if it can get any better. Last night I KILLED 45 minutes of Turbo Jam Cardio Party workout, with weighted gloves on mind you, and then followed that with 30 minutes of Hip Hop Hustle.  Tonight I hit the Y for a little elliptical followed by an hour long Kettlebells class. My home workout will be Turbo Kick, because that burns like crazy calories.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Just Lose It Challenge: I want to live to be 100

I always say, “I want to live to be 100!” But what was I really doing to ensure that?

After attending the kickoff meeting for the Just Lose It Challenge, the speaker spoke about a study they did on centarians (people who live past 100) and my ears perked up. I think I started to cry at one point because in the past I was not taking it serious. I do want to love a long, healthy life…but I know I wasn’t treating my body like I wanted to.

Here are the top five things that’s centarians have in common:

1. Have strong social groups (positive)-Having a network of friends feeding you POSITIVE energy will prolong your life! Yes, simple, huh. Get rid of negative friends. Laugh EVERY day. This helps you to stay on track and focused.

2. Gardens-They all had their own garden. If you can’t have your own garden, shop at the Farmer’s market often. Fruits and veggies in their natural state (raw) is the best for you.

3. Smarts-They continues developing their minds, always learning new things. Keep your brain active!

4. Active-They did something active every day! And when you’re doing your activity, LOVE IT, don’t make it out of a choir.

5. Small portions or non-processed foods-Eat till you are half full! Pick foods that have not been processed. Nothing from a box, can, bag or frozen or additives added to it.

These five steps look pretty darn easy to me! So I will do my best to live my life according to these five rules, not just for weight loss, but just to have the healthiest body for the longest time.

Week 1 Just Lose it Results: 4 pounds down!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Just Lose It Challenge: Go all in!

I will start a 12 week challenge starting tomorrow. I am going all in! The last few weeks I have been lax with my healthy lifestyle. Been eating frozen entrees, eating way too many not so good for me protein bars, snacking on pretzels a few of my kids tata tots and fries here and there….yes, you get the picture.

Although my workouts are always full out, my eating needs a lot of help. A LOT! I don’t have a whole lot to lose, but what I do have to lose is even harder to get off than someone who has to lose 100 pounds. The only way I know I can be successful is to eat totally clean, totally unprocessed foods.

I will drink 12+ cups of water a day. Twelve is my magic number. Anything less than that I am dehydrated. Most days I try and aim for 16, but on average 14 most days. I will *try* and stick to plain water, but I am addicted to Crystal Light and will add that to maybe half of it. Also, my first cup of the day will be warm water with juice of about one lemon in it. This is MAGIC to the body! Trust me, you have to make this a daily habit.

NO ADDED SALT! Very, very, very hard for me! I am a salt addict, forget the sugar, I’ll pick salt over it anyway. By eating more unprocessed foods, that will eliminate added salt to foods. When I cook my veggies…no added salt. When I eat my chicken, fish, even eggs….no salt. No boxed foods, no foods from a bag, no frozen entrees, all loaded with salt.

No sugar! I don’t add much sugar to things, but I will be cutting out any kinds of breads, cereal, sweet treats, cookies and candy. Which brings me to….

LIMITED CARBS! Cutting out all the bad culprit carbs, but keeping the good ones. Jeannette Jenkins thinks oatmeal should be the only carb for the day. Well, I’ll try and add that and a bit of quinoa and maybe Ezekiel bread. Everything else, I’m cutting completely out, at least for the next 12 weeks.
No cheese. Bad for my belly because I am lactose intolerant, plus, I like all the fatty cheeses! And I always overeat it! Two, it bloats you like crazy anyway.

I think doing all these things will help get me back to my goal weight in the quickest amount of time.

Friday, June 10, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 88-91: Zumba For The Cure

I have been working out but no time to post, so I will blog about 4 important workouts, leaving minor things along.

Day 88: DeltaSize-Move Your Body
This was my workout class that I taught during my sorority's conference last week.  I was up early to teach a 6 a.m. class.  We did Beyonce's Move Your Body workout at least 5 times in a row.  I think it went well for my first time ever teaching.

Day 89: DeltaSize: Zumba
My co-chair taught Zumba the next day.  I woke up late, but I still got a pretty good workout.

Day 90: MJ the Experience
Actually, i do this mainly every day, but just mentioning it one day.  This is my go-to workout when I don't want to do anything.  Planning on stepping things back up next week.

Day 91: Zumba for the Cure
Yay!  I did this 2 years ago and missed it last year.  Zumba for the Cure raises funds for the Koman center, like the Race for the Cure event that is big everywhere.   We Zumba'd for 2 hours straight.  And I mean 2 hours straight.  Very few breaks...a few pauses where they would switch instructors or announce raffle winners, but basically, you kept moving the whole time. 

I had sweat everywhere! But I had so much fun!  They should do this more than once a year!  I am pumped after it...well, I need to rest, I have Race for the Cure tomorrow, so that will be Day 92!

Get out and get fit! Variety is the key!

Monday, May 23, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 86-87: Sometimes I feel like dancing!

That's about what my workout was yesterday and today.  Yesterday it was all about Michael Jackson on the Wii, today, MJ again but also some Hop Hop Hustle and Beyonce Move Your Body.

So sweaty! 

Who said dancing wasn't a workout?? They lied!  I mean, anything that gets your heart rate up is a workout. And it's a total body workout because when you dance your should use your whole body.  From the top of your head to the bottom of your feet.  Even when I do MJ the Experience, I am not just aiming for the points I am aiming to dance and get my body moving.  I can't keep still in between parts where there are no movements.  My feel or hands or in constant motion!

Where do I get this energy?  I work out at night, 9:00 pm preferred, but sometimes as late as 10 p.m.  I just have to get it in, so if I'm late, I'm late but I'm gonna workout.

And dancing for me is not like a workout.  It's about fun to me.  Many people say, well, I can't do this or I can't do that.  Have you tried?  Pop in a CD and just dance! No one is looking at you if you do it at  the comforts of your home!  I make up dances to my favorites songs and do that 3-4 times and it's a workout. 

Yesterday workout time: 30 minutes

Today workout time: 45 minutes

Monday, May 16, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 85: Walk at Home

I HAVE been working out, I promise!!  Between Blogger being down and just too darn busy to blog, I could not update.

So today I did Beyonce's Move Your Body  four times, just so I can continue to practice this.  I have it down, now on to perfect it.

Then I wanted to take it nice and easy so I did Walk at Home 5-Mile Advanced Walk.  If you have never tried a Leslie Sansone walking workout, TRY IT!  This is probably the ONLY workout that I own that I say beginners and those that have never worked out can do and have no problems with.  It's walking, you can't go wrong with that.

And don't think this is some light-weight workout. Oh no, you can sweat it out with this too (though I did not much because I'm on the Intermediate to advanced side).  I gave it my all, pumping my arms, lifting my knees high and kept my energy high.  You could tone it down and walk a lighter pace.  Leslie gives you options!

This workout is a little different from some of her other workouts.  They have arranged them in FIVE different workouts.

5-Mile Challenge Walk
5-Mile Advanced Walk
3-Mile with Hand Weights
3-Mile with Walk belt
3-Mile with Firm Band

It was a kit that came with the walk belt (the coolest thing ever), hand weights and the bands.  I chose the 3-Mile with Walk Belt.  In previous workouts she called it the Ab Belt because it works the core.  The first two miles were just fast walks, and even one were we did some jogging.  The third mile we used the belt.  But you don't use the belt that much and I wish it was more.

Still a great workout.  You get to work your arms, chest, shoulders and abs, all while walking (which of course works your legs and butt).  Walking is the BEST workout in my opinion.  I prefer to go outside and do it in the park, but when it's extra late (like when I workout) or the weather is bad, Leslie Sansone's are awesome for walking at home.

Try it!

Workout time: 45 minutes

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 84: Where does the energy come from?

When you are very, very busy like me, where do you find the time to workout?

You just do!

I am dead tired, no lie, but I got my workout in at 10 p.m.  Hey, if that's the only time I have, I make it count! I am so not the morning person, so when I try to wake up early to get it in, I FAIL every time.  getting it in at night, for me has been the best option and I have been working out like crazy for years now. 

But when you are sooooooo busy, schedule it in like anything else you do.  I put it on my To-Do list like everything else.  And there is something about striking things off my To-Do list I like.

Today felt like the first time in awhile I went out 110% with my workout.  I have been getting in short daily workouts, 20-30 minutes, but tonight I got my hour in! I practiced my Beyonce Move Your Body workout by doing it 4 times in a row. Whew! Love it!  This is definitely a good workout...well, don't do it just one time and think you're doing something.  I say at least 4-5 times.

After that, I did Turbo Jam Cardio Party.  I wanted to do Hip Hop hustle or Abs, but both of those might have irritated my achy ankle, so TJ worked fine.  That was a whole 43 minutes! I did it all!  No stops, no break! AND I killed that workout and left nothing on the floor but my sweat.

Yeah man!

Total workout time: 60 minutes

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 83: Love and hate workout

OK, this workout is really killing me! How was I getting in 60 minutes the first week?  I can barely get in 30! I did manage 35 minutes today.  I LOVE and HATE this workout at the same time.

LOVE it because it is a real calories burner and you will see some results.

HATE it because it's tough and hard to do completely...and stick with it.

But I keep going.  I will continue to get this workout in Tuesday and Thursdays for the rest of May.  I need to stick with a program for the duration.  I always like to switch things up, but this is only 2 days a week, right?

Next month I am starting a new workout. Back to Insanity!  I have not done that one in over a year.  My only problem is there is no strength training.  I will design my own ST program and do that 2-3 days a week.  I'll also add in a few days of doing Hip Hop Hustle because that is just my workout!!

Workout time: 35 minutes

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 82: Move Your Body

So motivated by Beyonce's "Move Your Body" workout, I was doing the dang thing tonight!

I did it FIVE times in a row, no breaks. And since it is 4 minutes long, that is 20 minutes.  I also did about 20 minutes of MJ.  And you don't think dancing is a workout??  WHAT! Stop playing, right?  Dance for twenty minutes straight and then come back and tell me you didn't break a sweat.

Try this workout.  I beg you to.

Here are the mission moves:
Mission 1: Run, knees up, then turn to the side
Mission 2: Shuffle side-to-side
Mission 3: Dougie
Mission 4: Jump rope side to side
Mission 5: Salsa move
Mission 6: Running man
Mission 7: Dancehall
Mission 8: Snap to the beat

Pretty easy.  Everything else if fun too.  Four minutes, so do it over and over again to get a workout.  And really put yourself into it.  Nobody has to see you, but YOU!!

Workout time: 40 minutes

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 80-81: Just get up and do something!

You have those days...you know what days I'm talking about.  Days when you just don't wanta!

I have those days.  Those days I just don't wanta!  Exercise, that is.

But guess what, you Betta! How hard is it to get in 30 minutes day? I mean, really, NO EXCUSES!!  Even if you can't take it all out, do something!!  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Wake up thirty minutes early and hop on a treadmill, bike, pop in a tape and have it done for the day.
  • Take 30 minutes of your lunch break and go for a walk.
  • How about taking three 10-minutes breaks where you do some serious cardio (jogging, cycling, stairs, whatever, just keep it high intense for 6-7 of those minutes)
  • Right after work, go to the gym and get in your normal workout.
  • No gym membership? Go walking in the park, mall or around your block
  • Invest in workout DVDs and get in 30 minutes whenever it is available to you. Late at night or early morning.
  • Dance like crazy to 5-6 songs totally about 30 minutes (my fave).  No choreography necessary.  Or play some music videos and do tthe dances you love.
  • Play the Wii for 30 minutes, but make sure it is constant motion, so if the game is at a pause or resetting, walk in place, move side to side or something, just DON'T STOP!
  • Chase your kids around with a ball in the backyard (or like me, we do bootcamp drills in my driveway)
Just a few!  And I put some of that to use today!  It was supposed to be Bikini Bootcamp day today, but I just didn't wanta!  It's hardcore and my mind was not right.  But I had to do something!!  Trusty MJ Experience on Wii for like 40 minutes, even beating some of my high scores.  Trust me, I sweated!

Yesterday I did the hardest 43 minutes in awhile, Turbo Kick Cardio Party.  No, the workout is not tough itself, I just "didn't wanta" and had to fight to stick with it.  Somewhere in the middle I found my second wind.  Wierd how that happens.

So lesson for today, "Just get up and do something!"

Workout yesterday: 43 minutes
Workout today: 40 minutes

Thursday, April 28, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 79: Killer Bootcamp Workout

Bikini Bootcamp workout is tough.  What more can I say.  Every Tuesday and Thursday, I plan to go hard with it, all 75 minutes of it, but ummmm...after five minutes I think, "What planet was I on when I thought that?"

This workout is NOT for beginners.  It's NOT for anyone who does not workout regularly.  I like it, but I still feel like I cannot give it my all till I get in better shape.  One day! Soon!

I'm not giving up on the challenge, which I could easily do and pick some other workout for Tue/Thurs. I'm not! Heck, at this point 30-Day Shred looks like a walk in the park!!

But I have to be honest.  Working out is NOT my problem.  I will do it. I will get in at least 30 minutes every day, of not more.  My problem is nutrition.  I KNOW what to eat, but I don't follow that much.  I have a problem with late night snacking and I have a problem in general eating more than I should.  And then I compensate overeating with working out like crazy.

Yes, you heard right, this certified personal trainer STRUGGLES big time with her weight because I can't commit to making this a LIFESTYLE change.  I'm still a work in progress. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 77-78: A little of this, a little of that

Can I just say that my arms are still SORE from the boxing on Monday!

And I did indeed workout yesterday, just could not move my arms to blog about it.  It was Bikini Bootcamp night, but erri uhhh, my arms were telling me no.  I tried my darnest to at least get in 30 minutes, but only 15 and I was DONE.  So maybe what I needed was something easier and way fun.

Wii Zumba Fitness!!  I did that for 20 minutes and was feeling it.  While I was at it, I through in some Just Dance 2, about 10 minutes

workout time: 45 minutes

Today, I just wanted to dance, dance, dance! So I did a bit of Just Dance 2 (10 minutes) and then I wanted to see how long I could go at MJ Experience.  A whole 60 minutes!!  I was trying to earn top stars, but still only 5 stars for Thriller but I have a lot of 4 star routines.

So a little of this, a little of that and I still get my workouts in.  Woo-hoo!

Workout time: 70 minutes

Monday, April 25, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 76: Wii Boxing

First of all, I love boxing, period.  Okay, maybe not watching the actual sport, and maybe I don't ever want to box in real life, but boxing for fitness is AWESOME!

I checked out Gold's Gym Cardio Workout from the library and thought I would give it a try. It's mostly a boxing workout and ...I wish I could review it for you but um, this game is a joke!  I could not get to the meat of the game without doing whatever magical thing I was supposed to do to unlock the good stuff.  What I did do was fun, but just not enough.  That made me mad!!

And I wanted to really box!

So I put in Wii Sports and did the boxing game there.  I quickly got dealt with.  My first match the little Mii was killing me.  I worked HARD to scrape through  that one. Whew!  I won that one and my next match was no better.

These Mii quickly had me from the start.  I got knocked the heck out like a punk.  Whoa!  I was good at the game at to this match.  It was embarrassing.  Maybe I need to train more.  So I went to the training section and worked on my punches. Yep, even they were weak.  So you may see me doing a lot more boxing in my next couple of workouts.

Works the arms, works the abs, burns the calories.

Workout time: 30 minutes or so, I really lost count. 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 75: MJ all night long!

Yes, MJ Experience to the rescue again!  This is my go to when I really don't wanta workouts (I actually have a couple).  It's like playing a game, not a workout.  Trust me, calories will be burned, be warned.

In fact, my sister was over yesterday and thought, "Hmmm, maybe I'll do a few songs with you." Now she is not fit at all.  She was sweaty after ONE song.  It's fun enough that you want to do more though...she stopped at two songs.  Trust me, you kinda have to be in some kind of decent shape to keep up with these moves.

That said, you still can play for fun if even if you can't keep up.  You will be laughing on the floor at yourself (or others laughing at you if you do it with an audience). 

Total workout time: 40 minutes

Thursday, April 21, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 74: Even on those days...

When you just don't want to do anything, DO IT ANYWAY!!

That's how I felt about my workout tonight. Tired, late phone conference, washing a load of clothes, would rather be writing...but BAM! I had to get my workout in (especially since I missed yesterday).  Tonight was Bikini Bootcamp and I REALLY did not want to do it because it knocks out all the little energy cells I have left.

BUT I DID IT ANYWAY!

Mind over matter, and my mind can get pretty lethal when it wants to. So I pushed play, did my workout and I feel a whole lot better now.  I went easy on the weights because ummmm...yeah man, it's TOUGH.  Next week I am going all out, now excuses.  Ain't no stopping me now...

Workout time: 40 minutes 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 74: Put everything into it!

I sweat so much I think my sweat sweat!

Bikini Bootcamp Challenge tonight, what can I say.  I can't feel my arms! I can't feel my legs!  But its all good because I worked it out! I gave it everything I had, even when I wanted to quit (sometime around the warmup). And I had to do a late workout because I was out late, but I still got it in.

And since variety is key, I plan on switching things up and doing a workout I have not done in a long, long time tomorrow.  I have workouts I have never even opened so maybe I will do that.

Workout time: 60 minutes

Monday, April 18, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 73: Burn some calories, have some fun

I did a round of Turbo Kick tonight.  Woohoo!  It got me sweaty!

It's tough, but FUN! And if a workout is not fun, why do it??  So say, if Turbo Kick, or Turbo Jam, or P90X, or Hip Hop whatever too much for YOU, do something that is fun for YOU!!

As much as I like to blast calories fast and hard, I also enjoy walking.  And I mean looooooong leisurely walks, not jogging or running.  I like walking for hours if I could, just thinking. Slow burn but still a burn.  Okay, okay, so maybe you don't want top walk for THAT long.  Still, walk for as long as you can and try to increase it every time.

Other low impact workouts I enjoy is riding my stationary bike.  Or if you can't walk outdoors or on a treadmill, try Leslie Sansone's Walk Away The Pounds.  Love those workouts!  I think I may do one and review it this week.

There's also many, many low-impact workout DVDs out there. You don't have to get the most popular, hottest, trendiest workout out there.  Everyone has has heard of Insanity, Zumba, Hip Hop Abs, P90X, Turbo Fire, Chalean Extreme, Tae Bo, The Firm, Yoga Booty Ballet, 30 Day Shred, The Biggest Loser workouts and many, many others (and I have all these and more), but really, go to the dollar store and find some workouts.  It still gets the job done. Trust me, I have plenty of those as well.

Don't spend a lot of money! Sure, the pressure is one, these programs WORK!  But any workout works if you stick to eat AND eat correctly.

Workout time: 45 minutes Turbo Kick, 23 minutes MJ the Experience

Thursday, April 14, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 74: 100 minute workout

60 minutes on the Wii MJ the Experience! I can never get bored with this, BUT I may be giving it a break for awhile just so I can get different workouts in.  If I do it at all, it will be for fun and not fitness.  When I play with the kids, it's more like fun...although, I get more competitive with my moves because I want to win.

30 minutes of Bikini Bootcamp! Wow!  Even though I did 60 minutes of it TWICE last week, my body was not feeling it today...maybe because I did MJ first.  All I know is, I listen to my body when it wants to quit.  I think I did a little more than 30 but I'm rounding down (I took several breaks)

10 minutes of Hop Hop Hustle 5.  And I did this only as a review of sorts. I will be teaching this to some others and had not done it for nearly two weeks.  I will add 10-20 minutes of Hustle everyday just so it stays fresh in my mind.

Total workout time: 100 minutes

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 73: More MJ

I really don't feel the need to blog EVERY day when I seem to be doing the same things over and over again.  Again, Michael Jackson the Experience.

Today I did it just because I felt lazy.  It still is a great workout, but you don't have to put much effort in it.  Just dance! I guess the challenge for me is to try and hit perfect scores and do better than the last time.  The only one I can get 5 stars is "Thriller." Next to that is "Smooth Criminal."  All the rest I have a long way to go.

I think I will get back to my normal, non-Wii games now, and really focus my fitness.  Tomorrow is Bikini Bootcamp, and since I missed yesterday, I better hit it hard!

Monday, April 11, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 72: Dancing Machine

Dancing, dancing, dancing! I'm a dancing machine!

Yes, more Michael Jackson.  I wanted to see if I could do all the songs back to back, no breaks.  26 songs that lasted 2 hours 15 minutes.  The only breaks were between songs 30-60 seconds.  I kept walking in place between songs.

Was it tough? Not really. It was getting harder toward the end.  And I got a little emotional missing MJ on a could of songs.  Next I might try seeing how long I can go with Just Dance 2, buuutttt...I know there are way more songs, so maybe just half.

Tomorrow, Bikini Bootcamp!  Woohoooo!

Workout time: 2 hours, 15 min

Sunday, April 10, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 71: Wii Zumba Fitness

This was my second time doing this workout and oh boy! It does NOT get any easier! It does get more fun!

Every time you are doing this you learn a bit more of the steps and so therefore can put more into it.  I did the same 20 minute workout and this time, I was not dreading it toward the end! I actually wanted more.  But I put in Just Dance 2.

Zumba is fun because I like to dance.  And at the same time, it's a workout!! It does not get any better than that.  Love, love, love it! MJ the Experience is still my fave.

I always say, if your workout is not fun, you won't want to do it! So find what it is you LOVE to do and it does not feel like a chore.  If you like to walk, walk every day and a lot! If you like to run, run like the wind! If you like to dance (like me) then dance, dance, dance the night away! If you like to ride a bike, just do it!  If you like traditional type aerobics classes, just sign-up for it and go for it.

Make each workout a party!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 70: Bikini Bootcamp Workout 2

My second workout with Bikini Bootcamp.  It ain't getting any easier!

I like the format of the workout. After the warm-up, Cardio Camp starts.  In this section there are several sections where moves are repeated for a few rotations.  My fave is Cardio Block 2 where it is kickboxing.  I totally nail that section.  In 4 there is also a few boxing moves.

I'm pretty excited to start seeing some results!

I did do 30 minutes of the MJ Experience before I did Bikini Bootcamp.  And now I can't feel my legs!  I skipped most of the ab section though.  I have to work my way up to doing that.

Workout minutes: 90 minutes

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 69: Michael Jackson the Experience

I am TOTALLY addicted to this game!

3 hours I did this game with little breaks in between! It was actually when I stopped to do Just Dance 2 that the dances were putting me into overdrive (and my kids play better at that one than MJ so I had to go hard).  I LOVE every routine, even the easy (slow) ones where in the videos he did not dance much so they had to come up with some simple moves.

My fave may be Dirty Diana, but I also like Thriller, Beat It and Billie Jean because who did not try to imitate those dance moves!  But then, all the Off the Wall album songs would be next. OMG, what can I say. Love Michael! His music! His dancing! Yep, I have it bad.  And I am a true fan, not fair-weather, I always was on his side, through it all.

I wish I knew how many calories I burned. At least 1,000! I know I weighed myself when I got home because I felt bloated from eating pretzels, and then ate a salad, played the Wii for 3 hours, weighed myself again because I knew I dropped lots of water weight and yep, down 2 whole pounds.  So I am drinking heck of water right now to hydrate my body.  So trust me, this is a real, REAL workout!

I'll be raving about this workout in many more blogs I'm sure.

Total workout: 3 hours! Woohooooo!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 68: Bikini Bootcamp Challenge workout 1

And so the pain begins!

On twitter and facebook Jeanette Jenkins the "Hollywood Trainer" and Kelly Rowland challenge everyone to joining their Bikini Bootcamp Challenge for the months of April and May.  Participants arse to do this workout every Tuesday and Thursday.  I though, why not! I quickly ordered the DVD and put a rush on it.

It arrived yesterday and I popped it in today. I heard that it was tough, that many could not finish the complete 75 minutes.

I guess I can hold my hand up in that group!

But I hold my head high! I did 65 MINUTES!!  Yeah boy-eeee!  I did fast forward a couple of moves that I, ahem, don't like, but I'll master them before the end. 65 minutes of this workout, first time out is TOUGH.  I won't even sugar coat this, THIS WORKOUT IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS!

Several reasons why:
1. She gives no modifications. Okay, maybe like one, but she only tells you what to do, she does not show you.

2. The moves are advanced and can be hard on the joints.

3. There is no "breaking it down" of the moves, you just jump right in and do it.

4. She uses weights, and she suggest heavy weights, and I think a beginner need to stick with light weights or no weights at all.  By all means, if you're gonna do it anyway, PLEASE use light weights.

I would say this workout is for someone who works out often and not afraid to do the hard stuff and sweat like you showered in your clothes!  And that's just during the warm-up!

There are several sections

Warm Up
Cardio Camp
Chisel Camp
Ab Camp
Stretch camp

All pretty challenging (except the cool down) in my opinion, but challenge is good! I felt like I wanted to stop, but did i? No way!  I modified it myself, even when she did not show modifications. Someone with some experience working out would know how to modify moves without being told, I'm just saying....

And all that and I say, THIS workout will get you bikini ready in about 8 weeks (granted you do it as planned, workout the other days and eat clean foods) .  The calorie burn on this I'm sure is crazy.  The back of the case says "600-1000 calories." I feel Iike I was close to that low end, because I did not give it my all, and did not do the complete 75 minutes.

Can't wait till Thursday and do it again!

Total workout time 95 minutes (Bootcamp plus more MJ Experience)

Monday, April 4, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 67: Wii Fun tonight

I think I did way too much tonight but had so much fun!

First, Michael Jackson the Experience.  What a workout!  I love, love, love it! I am a BIG MJ fan and loved his dancing in videos. Now I can do it just like him!

There was a warm up, but it was static stretches which you should NOT do in a warm-up! Dynamic stretches AFTER you warm-up by doing light activity.  I had done some light walking in place before the stretches and I did not hold my stretches because the body is not warm and that's just no good!

After that, I had to figure out where to go first, then I selected my first song, Billie Jean which I believe was medium difficulty (wasn't paying attention).  It was fun and reminded me of the video.  At the end they rate you on a scale of 5 stars and I only earned one.

Then I did Thriller and it was so fun! I believe it was under the "hard" category, but if you know the whole dance routine to the video, it may not be as hard.  Welll, uh...I'm not that great at it, but I did receive my highest score and 3 stars!

Then I did Wanta Be Starting Something (medium) and had 2 stars.  Did it two times and 2 stars each time.  Bad (medium) I received 3 stars.  Dirty Diana, and you could pick to shadow Michael or the female dancer. I selected the female and that was cool.  It was like MJ and I were doing a duet.  I have to try that with a partner!  I only received one.

Then I did m FAVE MJ video Remember the Time. It was HARD! Fun, but geez, I thought I knew that whole routine, but of course it's slightly different.  My arms were getting a beating.  I only got one star.

All in all about 45 minutes.  I would have done more, so man more songs to pick, but I wanted to review the other games.

Next was Just Dance 2.  Never had any of the dance games, these are all my first.  I liked it, but it will take lots of practice to get most of those moves.  And I wish I knew more than like 1 of the songs.  I did about 7 songs for about 25 minutes.

Last I did Zumba Fitness.  Wow!  I LOVE it! It was hard.  I wouldn't recommend it for a beginner unless a) you pick up dance moves quickly, b) you just love to dance no matter what or c) you're just doing it for fun!  This is quiet the workout and just like the classes I took.  This is a MUST if you are a zumba fan and can't make it to a class.  Try it!

I only did 20 minutes....and barely.  My whole body was on fire at this point and  could barely raise my arms.  I was about to quit just as I noticed I was on the last song so I decided to stick with it.

There was a GREAT cool down that was perfect after my long workout.

All these work great as a workout.  I recommend them highly!  If you like to dance like me, get ready to sweat it out!  Also, in between songs and set-up, KEEP MOVING! Walking in place, walk side to side, grapevine, walk in  circle, whatever, just MOVE!  You have to keep the workout cardio by staying in motion.

Total workout time: 90 minutes

Thursday, March 31, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 66: Another great workout

I did Turbo Kick Round 42.  Whew!

I was sweating so hard it looked like I took a shower in my clothes.  Booyah! THAT IS HOW A WORKOUT SHOULD BE DONE!  On fiyah!!

I was going to throw in another mini-workout, but after 55 minutes of that, I was good!  I gave it all my energy, going full steam for the first time.  I still have top learn more of the routine so I ca really nail it.  This will be a tough one to teach.

I'm just saying...unless I teach were most of the participants are familiar with TK or advanced exercisers, many won't pick this up or even want to attempt it. No worries, 'll break it down.

Heck yeah!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 65: Some of this, some of that

That's how my workout was tonight.  Some of this, some of that, a little of this and a whole lotta fun!!

Since I bought 3 new Wii games online yesterday, I figured I better get the dust off that things. I did Wii Fit until the games arrives.  Hope they really inspire me to do more.

As if...as if I don't do a lot anyway!!  I did 35 minutes of WiiFit.  Then I decided to do Hip Hop ABS instead of HUSTLE, just because, I have to keep it interested.  Not that I am bored with Hustle because I have like a gazillion workouts!  But look at Shaun T and those abs!!

I did a 45 minute workout of that. I absolutely love, love, love HHA for different reasons than I love, love, love HHH. HHA takes its name serious, it works the ABS! Man, I was really feeling it.  It's like doing 1,000 crunches standing.  Love it!

And if that was not enough, I did a 20 minute Turbo Jam workout, why, just because I can!!  I have all this energy, I probably could have done a longer workout but I am also working on getting to bed at a decent time.

Total workout: 100 minutes!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

100-Day Exercise Challenge Day 64: Do more!

Each time I work out I try and push just a bit harder.  Either I go an extra 10 minutes, or I push myself at a higher intensity. Who wants the same old boring workout day after day!! 

And how can I ever get bored with the gazillion workouts that I have!  And I just ordered more!

I ordered Jeanette Jenkins Bikini Bootcamp workout because she is starting a challenge in April every Tues/Thurs and I want in! What better way to work out but with a support group.

And I also bought THREE new Wii games! The Michael Jackson Experience, Just Dance 2 and Zumba!  Aw yeah, it is going to be on!  I'll review them once I do them.

Tonight's workout was Turbo Kick 41, again!!

50 minutes.