Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Week 2, Day 3 of Jorge Cruise's "The Belly Fat Cure - Fast Track"

So far...So good!

I am now halfway through my second week of Jorge Cruise's "The Belly Fat Cure - Fast Track" eating plan.  It seems easier now that my body is used to not having those bad carbs and sugar.  I haven't lost any extra weight yet this week but my clothes feel looser and I feel good.  I am hoping by the end of the week I will have a small loss.

I was happy that I made it through the Fish Fry on Friday night and my book club on Saturday night without cheating, or messing up.  I just made good choices and passed on the hors d'oeuvres, bread basket & dessert and ate a small bowl of beef stew and a nice fennel salad.  I didn't even have any wine even though I could have had 1 or 2 glasses.  I really want to have a good, clean 2 weeks on this fast track program.

I do need to get more sleep but that has alwas been something I have a hard time managing.  I woke up early and got a nice workout in:

Awoke:  4:45 am
Warm-up & Workout: 5:00 am

TURBO FIRE - 45 minute workout!

I had a quiz at my Personal Fitness Training School, Chapter 13, NASM - Strength Endurance Chart - Acute Variables.  Woo Hoo, I Aced it!

We seem to be ahead in class so our teacher had us work out before lunch for about 30 minutes.  It was an exhausting circuit.  We learned how to progress exercises to make them more challenging for our clients. When we were finished he gave us a 30 minute break and we all ended up laying on mats on the floor to cool down and rest.  We looked dead, lol.

WARM - UP:  5 - 8 minutes Stretching
WORKOUT:  2 Circuits of the following - 1 minute each, as fast as possible - 10 seconds "rest"

3 minutes rest - Repeat 2 circuits again.
  • DB Push Up with Renegade Row to Mountain Jumper
  • MB Lunge with Rotation to Overhead Reach
  • Squat with Horizonatal Row and Alternating Side Leg Lift
  • Crunch on Bench to Jumping Pull Up
  • Plank Diagonal Mountain Jumpers

We came back from lunch to our usual Lab work:

Warm - Up: 30 minutes Foam Rolling (Self Myofascial)
                     5 Minutes Dyamic Stretching

WORKOUT:  Too many circuits to list of Balance and core exercises some alone, some with partners. 
The workout lasted about 50 minutes of Balance, short break and about 20 minutes of core work.

Meal #1:  Jorge Cruise's Skinny Muffin with Blueberries, coffee with sugar free creamer
Snack:  1 scoop of MetRx Protein powder with water
Meal #2: 3.5 ozs or beef , top sirloin, 1 cup of brussels sprouts
Snack:  1 small pkg. of Trager Joe's "Just a handful of cashews", 1 Tbs of shredded cheese
Meal #3: 1 small bowl of homemade chicken soup (chicken breast, stock, carrots, celery, onion

WATER:  9 glasses

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Week 2 - Day 1 of C 2 5k Run.

Another Great Morning Run doing the C 2 5k Plan!

I am now in my second week of running.  I can feel my body really responding to the extra time that has been added to each running interval.  Just was I am getting close to the end of each interval I suddenly feel my body giving me a tiny bit more energy to sustain the run.  That is cool.  I used Suz's podcasts for the run as it had more modern and less electronic based music which I really enjoyed.

Her cueing was nice as well.  I am looking forward to Thursday's run.

Warm up:  5 minutes Static Stretching:
  • Hip Flexors
  • Quads
  • Calves
  • Adductors (inner thighs)
Podcast - Week 2 - Day 1:
  • 5 minutes brisk walking
  • 90 seconds running
  • 2:00 minutes brisk walking
  • 90 seconds running
  • 2:00 minutes brisk walk
  • 90 seconds running
  • 2:00 minutes brisk walking
  • 90 seconds running
  • 2:00 minutes brisk walk
  • 90 seconds running
  • 2:00 minutes brisk walking
  • 90 seconds running
  • 2:00 minutes brisk walk
  • 5 minutes brisk walking
This is supposed to be the end of the training, but I still felt like I could do more so I did 3 more running and walking intervals and felt like perhaps I could have done a bit more.  On Thursday I plan to do the program 2 times.

Yes, I am Obsessed with Jorge Cruise's Skinny Muffins!

Okay, I admit it. I really love these muffins and the idea of making something so simple that is good for you.  I eat one every morning with my coffee.  I have since added the fresh blueberries and think it is the perfect healthy muffin.  Mmm good!

Some pointers about making the muffin:
  •  Be sure your baking powder is really fresh
  • Add the egg first, then the baking powder and really mix it good to break up the baking powder and mix it well into the egg.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients
  • Add the blueberries last
  • Add a dash of Vanilla extract to give it a more homemade taste.
  • You can use either coconut oil or olive oil
Gina ☺ 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Jorge Cruise's Famous Skinny Muffin - As seen on Dr. Oz.

I am absolutely NUTS about this muffin & idea.   I have been making them in the morning.  I tweaked Jorge's recipe to my liking (read, chocoholic), by adding 1/2 square 86% Cacao crumbled up and a dash of vanilla to Jorge's original recipe.  He has new variations and you can download the recipe at his link.  ENJOY! ☺

Grab a copy of the recipe here:

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Low Carb - Low Sugar - Pepper & Asparagus Beef

Pepper & Asparagus Beef

I am trying out new ways to stay low carb, low sugar.  Jorge Cruise mentions that bell peppers and Asparagus are super carb foods so I used those and some very lean beef sirloin to create a tasty and healthy dish.

Pepper & Asparagus Beef
(makes 3 - 4 generous servings)

1 Bell Pepper (or more)
1 Bunch of Asparagus
2 cloves of garlic
Olive Oil (a few Tbs as needed)
6 - 8 ozs of lean, beef sirloin
Salt & pepper to taste
Sriracha hot sauce (optional)

  • Slice bell peppers
  • Cut asparagus into 1 1/2" pieces
  • Slice beef into thin strips
  • sprinkle with slat and pepper and set aside
  • Heat Olive Oil in pan
  • Saute bell peppers and Asparagus in oil until they start to soften
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Mince or use garlic press and add garlic to the peppers and asparagus
  • Add sliced beef to pan and continue to saute until the meat just turns brown outside.  (I like my beef tender and a bit pink inside, if you like it more done, cook a bit longer).  Do not overcook or beef will get tough.
  • Stir in a dash of Sriracha hot sauce or your favorite if desired.
So Good!

Jorge Cruise - Zucchini Cheese Fries! A Little Bit of Heaven!

Wow, I just made a recipe from Jorge Cruise's "The Belly fat Cure - Fast Track" called "Zucchini Cheese Fries".  This is Jorge's alternative to french fries.  It was delicious!

These are super easy to make.  I just made 1 Zucchini instead of the 8 - 10 he suggests you use to make 6 - 8 servings.  I found that 1 egg was more than enough for making a single serving.  I also used a combination of grated Parmesan and shredded Parmesan to give it more texture and crunch.

Here is the recipe for a single serving (I only ate half of this myself)

Jorge's Zucchini Cheese Fries for One!

1 med Zucchini
1 egg
1 pinch of chili powder

handful of shredded Parmesan (or as needed)
handful of grated Parmesan (or as needed)
Olive Oil (just a bit for frying)

Wash and slice ends of of the zucchini.  Slice it crosswise to make 2 short pieces, then slice it down the middle and cut each half into halves & cut each of those into halves or 1/3rds again.  The object is to get the zucchini slices to look like fries.  You can make them thicker or thinner for your preference.

  • Beat egg with the dash of chili powder. 
  • Put Parmesan cheeses on a paper plate.
  • Dip each piece of zucchini in egg mixture
  • gently roll and press the zucchini into the cheese
  • set aside until they are all breaded

Heat oil in a med to large fry pan.  Just enough to put a nice layer on the bottom.
  • Fry in the olive oil turning gently on each of their 3 sides until golden brown and softened.
  • Drain each "fry" on paper towels.
  • Serve immediately or keep in a warm oven.
Mmm.  Good stuff!

Week 1, Day 7 - Jorge Cruise , The Belly Fat Cure - Fast Track

Yes!  I am on my 7th day of the program!  1 week!  I am feeling great about staying on track with this program.  I was able to overcome eating breads and fried food last night as well as not having any chocolate or wine (yes, I know I am allowed to have this if I want, but I want to do the first 2 weeks without any of the "treats".

Tonight will prove to be a bigger challenge for me.  I have bookclub and always love going but I never know what the hostess will have on the menu.  Hopefully if it turns out to be a pasta main dish that there will also be salad and I will fill up on salad.  There will also be wine and I haven't decided if  I will allow myself to have a glass.  At this point I say no but we will see.  I woll NOT have dessert, lol.  We will be discussing the book, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Week 1, day 6 - Jorge Cruise's "The Belly Fat Cure - Fast track"

Another day and I am still going strong!  I am feeling great after achieving my first "run".

I am down another 1/2 pound, yippee!  I am happy that I am almost to my 1 week mark.  I will have a challenge tonight as I have to work at a community "fish fry".  I think I will be okay, as I don't love the fried fish anyway.  If I do eat any of it I will take the breading off of it.

Meal #1:   11:00 am - 2 slices uncured bacon, 1 egg, coffee with half & half , vanilla & stevia. (Probiotic taken 30 minutes after this meal)
Snack: No Snack
Meal #2: 2:30 pm - 4 ozs of extra lean ground sirloin cooked with 1 slice of cheddar cheese, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 cup mushrooms & dash of hot sauce.  (Probiotic taken 30 minutes after this meal)
Snack:  15 almonds, 8 cashews, 1 scoop of MetRX Protein Powder with 8 ozs water
Meal #3: 4 shrimp (fried but I removed the breading), 3 ozs of fried cod (again, I removed the breading from it).  2 slices of reduced sodium, no nitrate turkey breast with 1 oz of brie & 1/2 oz of cream cheese. (Probiotic taken 30 minutes after this meal)
Sugar:  2.8g (another great sugar free day)
Carbs: 31g
Water: 8 glasses

Friday, February 24, 2012

Started my Couch 2- 5k Program today!

I have always HATED running.  No secret, I would tell everyone....but I think deep down inside it was really that I had NO idea how to run.  I have always been into fitness but every time I would try running my shins would hurt or my knees got sore.  Again, I really had no idea how to run.
Last Wednesday in my Personal Fitness Training class our teacher had us run what was supposed to be just over 2 miles distance , 4, half mile laps in about 20 minutes.  I was worried because i was the only one in the class who had never run before.  I managed to make it through 2 laps / 1 mile without stopping.  I had to run/walk the other laps.  My lungs were on fire.  I felt good that I was able to run 1 mile without stopping, but I think my instructor was disappointed and when I told him I had never run before instead of being encouraging he told me "yes, I know, it shows!!!!!" (thanks a lot). 
I went  home that night feeling like the biggest failure, wondering how was I going to be a good role model for my clients once I get certified as a trainer?  I talked with a friend about how I felt.  it was nice to be encouraged.  I realized that I am NOT a quitter.  I CAN do this.

I started looking into a program called "Couch to 5k", that helps people like me who have never run before to get up and start moving.  I am physically fit  but my body is not used to running.  I had been planning to sign up for a Couch 2 - 5k in my area but their classes are on a school night and I am way too tired after class to go running.

I went online and found out that there are websites that offer free Couch to 5k courses.  I was ecstatic.  This website offers links to C2-5k courses as well as Podcasts to download that will cue you when to run and walk with music, etc.  Awesome.

This is the original and best site I found to get you started:

I downloaded my Podcasts here:

The above links are mixes by DJ Beatsmith and he offers lots of free music for running, workouts, etc.

I am going to try these as well:

I did it!  I went out this morning and ran with the "week 1, day 1" podcast from DJ Beatsmith. 
5 minutes stretching/foam rolling
5 minutes: Brisk walking cued by DJ Beatsmith
20 minutes: 60 seconds running, 90 seconds brisk walking
I continued with:
7 minutes brisk walking
90 seconds running, 2 minutes brisk walking for 2 rounds
5 minutes cool down
5 minutes stretching.

I Loved it.  I was able to do it comfortably.  When the session was over I actually started week 2 and did 2 of the intervals by the time I got back to my home.  I feel good and inspired by trying something new.

The music was also very new and fresh to me.  The first 5 minutes of brisk walking were amazing.  My body just fell into the beat of the music and continued to to so for the rest of the intervals.

Week 1, Day 5 - Jorge Cruise's "The Belly Fat Cure - Fast Track"

Today I am on day 5 in my first week of Jore Cruise's "The Belly Fat Cure - Fast Track".  It has been easy to stay on track.  I found it amazing that I have not consumed any added sugar or artificial sweeteners and I have only consumed carbs from vegetables.  I am not eating any fruit at this time either and do still miss my morning banana.  (I know, I keep saying that).  Amazingly, I am not actually craving anything, but I do miss eating certain foods out of habit, comfort and just plain love for certain foods.

I have lost 6 pounds already and I hope my weight will continue to go down over the next few weeks.  I will stay on Jorge's Fast Track program for the first 2 weeks and then evaluate how I feel, where I am at and decide if I will start eating a bit more carbs.  Right now my daily average intake of carbs is only 15 - 30g carbs total and about 5g - 8g of sugar total.  This has been hard, but possible by eating lean meats and good vegetables low in carbs.

I find that if I get creative and make tasty meals I don't really crave the carbs (brown rice, quinoa, Ezekiel sprouted grain bread, etc), but I miss them.  I feel very satisfied after eating.  Jorge suggests we stop eating just before we feel full.  I do that and then just get busy so I won't think about eating things I might be missing.

Meal #1:   8:30 am - 2 slices uncured bacon, 1 egg, coffee with half & half , vanilla & stevia. (Probiotic taken 30 minnutes after this meal)
Snack:    No Snack
Meal #2: 2:30 pm -  1 cup ceviche (shrimp, scallops, avocado, bell pepper, jalapeno, lemon/lime juice, chile powder), 2 Arugula and Brie Salad with 2 tbs shredded parmesan cheese & lemon juice, olive oil dressing. (Probiotic taken 30 minutes after this meal)
Snack: No snack
Meal #3: 4 ozs of extra lean ground sirloin cooked with 1 slice of cheddar cheese, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 cup mushrooms & dash of hot sauce. (mmm, good).    1 cup of shredded cabbage with tiny bit of shredded carrot, and cilantro with 1 tsp of asian dressing. Coffee with half & half , vanilla & stevia.(Probiotic taken 30 minutes after this meal)
Sugar:  5.1g (4g came from the asian dressing, this was an amazing sugar free day)
Carbs: 35g
Water: 8 glasses

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Week 1, Day 4 - Jorge Cruise Belly Fat Cure - Fast track

Today was a long day at school.  We are finishing up Kinesiology and reviewing our NASM book quite thoroughly.  We ended our day by running.  I have never really "ran" before so this was not fun for me.  I don't hsve proper training in running but plan to take some classes such as the "From Couch to 5K" course to learn proper techniques.  Funny, my legs were not tired but my lungs were on fire!  I hope to get better at it, but for now....just not my thing. 

I am feeling pretty good on Jorge Cruise's Belly Fat Cure - Fast track.  I still miss my little banana and Ezekiel toast, but....not forever, I will add them back in after I have everything under control.  I can't say I am having cravings for anything which amazes me, but I DO miss certain things I used to eat out of habit, comfort, etc.

This morning I had a great bootcamp workout.  I did Scott Colby's "5280" workout from his Bootcamps on Demand program.

Warm Up: 5:00 minutes

Push Ups x 12
Squats x 20
Spiderman Climbs x 20
Jumping Jacks x 30
(2 rounds of this)
The object is to do 4 rounds of the 4 intervals for a total of 1 mile sprinting as well as a tough workout of various exercises.

Sprint 100 yards (1/16th mile)
Lizard crawl push ups x 20
Side to side Squat jumps x 20

Sprint 100 yards
Mountain Jumpers x 20
Squat Thrust – Broad Jumps x 20

Spint 100 yards
Spiderman Plank x 20 (10 each side)
Get Ups x 20

Sprint x 100 yards
Suicide Plank x 20
In Outs x 20

4 rounds of this entire circuit – rest as needed.

I was only able to complete 2 rounds of this workout as I had a time constraint (and a NASM Chapters test at school).  It took me about 30:00 minutes to complete the 2 rounds.

Afternoon Workout:

Warm Up - 5:00 minutes
Myofascial (Foam Rolling), Dynamic Stretching to warm up calves, hip flexors, quads, hamstrings, etc.

Run 4 laps of 20:00 minutes without stopping.  (each lap is just over 1/2 mile).
I ran the first 2 laps and did a combo of speed walking & light jogging (read lungs burning) for 1 1/2 laps.  It took me 22:00 minutes to cmplete.

5:00 Minutes stretching out  calves, hip flexors, quads, hamstrings, etc.

Meal #1:   7:30 am - 2 slices uncured bacon, 1 egg, coffee with half & half , vanilla & stevia. (Probiotic taken 30 minnutes after this meal)
Snack:    Harboiled egg, 15 raw almonds
Meal #2: 2:30 pm -  4 oz grilled chicken breast, 2 cups cauliflower, hot sauce., 2 pats of butter. 2 tbs shredded parmesan cheese. (Probiotic taken 30 minutes after this meal)
Snack: No snack
Meal #3: 6 ozs of lean beef cooked with green bell peppers, garlic , olive oil & hot sauce.  2 cups of arugula, shredded parmesan cheese, olive oil , lemon & garlic dressing and small piece of Brie cheese.   (Probiotic taken 30 minutes after this meal)
Sugar:  gms
Carbs: g
Water: 9 glasses

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Week 1, Day 3 - Jorge Cruise's Belly Fat Cure - Fast track

Ahhh, another day gone and I am doing well.  I actually find that if I keep busy I am not really hungry.  I know we are not supposed to count calories but I was shocked to find out that today I only had about 849 calories.  Here is my meal plan:

Meal #1: 9:00 am - 2 slices uncured bacon, 1 eggs, coffee with half & half , vanilla & stevia. (Probiotic taken 30 minnutes after this meal)
Snack: No snack
Meal #2:  2:30 pm - 4 oz of chicken, 2 cup of arugula, shredded parmesan cheese, olive oil , lemon & garlic dressing.  A few roasted peppers, 1/4 avocado (Probiotic taken 30 minutes after this meal)
Snack:  No snack
Meal #3: 4 oz grilled chicken breast, 2 cups cauliflower, hot sauce., 2 pats of butter. 2 tbs shredded parmesan cheese. (Probiotic taken 30 minutes after this meal)
Sugar: 5.7 gms
Carbs: 18g
Water: 9 glasses

Awesome workout this morning.  I did a new Interval Workout:

Warm Up for 5 minutes
First Intervals:  5 minutes
30 seconds on, 30 seconds rest.
Walk for 5 minutes
8 - 10 Intervals
45 seconds on, 2 minutes walking
Cool Down: 5 Minutes.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Week 1, day 2 - Jorge Cruise Fast Track


So, I survived my first day, yesterday.  I kept myself super busy and was surprised that I was able to stay on track and not feel tired.  My mind did not have a lot of time to wander into the carb zone, lol.  I even bypassed my treat at night.  I estimated via that I ate just over 1200 calories but the amazing thing was that in all of those calories only 7 grams were sugar and about 28 grams were carbs.  Amazing.  I will admit my fat grams were up higher that I am supposed to ingest but it was healthy fats except for the bit of butter I had with my dinner, but I will keep an eye on my fat intake and be more selective when it comes to eating it.

I do miss my morning Ezekiel Sprouted grain bread and my daily Banana (dear, sweet banana, you are dearly missed, sigh).

I know this is not forever but I am going to do this for at least 2 weeks and see how it goes.  I ordered Jorge Cruise's older book combo "The Belly Fat Cure & Carb & Sugar Counter"

I was interested in the first book as well because it will offer the option of having and counting carb servings and also has a lot of great recipes.  I am a carb & sugar lover so cutting both of those things out of my life would not be a lifelong option for me so learning how to manage these things would be great!

I didn't work out today and I feel badly about it, but I usually work out at school on Mondays & Wednesdays, but I woke up with an eye infection this morning and didn't want to infect my class so I stayed home.  I will get back on track with the workouts and try to work smarter, not harder.

Meal #1: 9:30 am - 2 slices uncured bacon, 1 eggs, coffee with half & half , vanilla & stevia. (Probiotic taken 30 minnutes after this meal)
Snack:    No snack
Meal #2:  1:00 pm - 3 oz of chicken, 1 cup of asparagus, shredded parmesan cheese, 1 pats of butter (Probiotic taken 30 minutes after this meal)
Snack:  1/2 oz cream cheese, 2 slices of reduced sodium, no nitrate turkey breast, 20 almonds
Meal #3: 12 large shrimp, 1 1/2 cup of brussels sprouts, hot sauce. (Probiotic taken 30 minutes after this meal)
Sugar: 8.1 gms
Carbs: 30.9
Water: 8 glasses

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Week 1, Day 1 - So Far So Good!

Well, I am winding up my first day of Jorge Cruise's "The Belly Fat Cure - Fast Track"

I drank my coffee with half & half, a dash of vanilla extract & 1 bit of Stevia.  I must say it was quite good and made it easier to give up my sugar free, vanilla sweetener that I have been hooked on.

It has also been interesting not eating any grains.  I am a girl who loves her grains, especially my Ezekiel sprouted grain bread.  Hopefully i will be okay these next 2 weeks of the fast track program.  I am entering into night time which is when I usually have strong cravings for sweets and choxolate, but thankfully Jorge has made arrangements for that and allows me to have some dark chocolate.  I can even have red wine or a hot beverage if I like.  But I am really going to try and not indulge unless I really have to.

Meal #1:   9:30 am - 2 slices uncured bacon, 2 eggs, 1 slice of cheddar, coffee with half & half , vanilla & stevia.  (Probiotic taken 30 minnutes after this meal)
Snack:    11:30 am - 20 raw almonds
Meal #2:  2:30 pm - 3 oz of chicken, 1 1/2 cups of broccoli cooked in olive oil with fresh garlic.
Snack:  4:00 pm - 12 raw almonds, 1 Tsp Almond butter, 2 Tbs of shredded parmesan cheese. (Probiotic taken 30 minutes after this meal)
Meal #3: 9:00 pm - 4 oz chicken breast, asparagus, shredded parmesan cheese, 2 pats of butter (Probiotic taken 30 minutes after this meal)
Sugar: 7.0 gms
Carbs: 33.1
Water: 9 glasses

Trying Something New!

Well, I have been working out hard and trying to continue on with eating cleanly but I still feel like my metabolism is messed up.  I find myself sometimes not eating as many calories as I should and then not losing weight or inches.  This is very frustrating but I also know that in the long run this can also be detrimental to my fitness goals.

We constantly hear that "calories in calories out" is the key to weight/fat loss and that exercise can accelerate this process.  I do believe this is true but I am finding that in most weight loss programs they don't take into consideration our consumption of processed foods or hidden sugars. 

I am in menopause (yes at my age) and it has been a rough and bumpy road as I try to get my hormones under control.  I have had to ask myself, "what were you doing before that got you better results that you aren't doing now?".  Well the answer surprised me.  I have fallen into the trap that I can eat what I want as long as I don't go over my calculated caloric deficit and I work out hard.  Neither Weight Watchers or really keeps track of what exactly one is eating, especially when it comes to sugar.

I have been working out so hard 6 days a week that I have been feeling tired and achy in my joints not my muscles.  I feel burned out not invigorated.  So what to do?

I did some research on the web & I happened to catch an episode of Dr. Oz where Jorge Cruise was a guest.  I found his new book "The Belly Fat Cure  - Fast Track".

It sounded like he was talking about ME!!!!!  He had the same beliefs I do and seemed to be on to something.  I also happened to visit my friend Doris' blog and by golly Doris was following Jorge herself and getting results!

I have enjoyed reading his book, I really do agree with all that he says and am going to put it to the test. 
I am starting his 2 week fast track eating plan today, so please check back to see how things are going!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Great Circuit Workout to Blast Some Fat!

This morning I had a terrific and challenging workout. I have been working out consistently for a few years now, 6 days a week so I am trying to push myself harder. I did a nice circuit training workout consisting of 12 different exercises. 46 reps of each as quickly as possible with minimal rest. Exhausting! The Stability Ball Hamstring Curls were killer. I am sure I will be feeling it in my hamstrings tomorrow!

Squat Thrusts x 46

Dumbbell push ups x 46

DB Squat Press x 46 with 15 lb Dumbbells

One Legged Step Ups – 46 each leg with 15 lb dumbbells

Grasshoppers - 46 each side

Stability Ball Hamstring Curls x 46 (ouch)

Jumping Lunges – 46 total

Side to Side Squat Jumps x 46

In/Outs x 46

Kettlebell High Pull or Kettlebell Swing x 46 ( I did 56 with a 15 lb KB)

Russian Twists – 46 each side

Squats x 46

I was glad when this was over, but I also felt invigorated!
My eating has been pretty decent. I have been staying in my caloric range and eating cleanly. Hopefully it will be enough to push me out of my plateau!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Back on Track and Feelin' Good!

I am happy to report that I really am back on track both with my eating and workouts!

It has been tough, but feels good to eat cleanly and stick with my workouts.  I feel I got a tiny bit de-conditioned over the holidays and ever since my daughter was sick and in and out of the ER, my eating has been bad because often times I would go half a day without food and then come home and eat too much!

I try to eat something healthy every 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 hours.  I have also been trying to get all of my workouts in.  Lately I was finding that life was getting in the way and I was making excuses!

Today I did Scott Colby's Bootcamps On Demand Circut Workout:


Warm Up:
12 Push Ups
20 Squats
20 Spiderman Climbs
30 Jumping Jacks
2 rounds of this

Run 100 meters
Push Ups x 50
Jumping Lunges x 50 (total)

Run 200 meters (1/8th mile)
Push Ups x 40
Jumping Lunges x 40

Run 300 meters
Push Ups x 30
Jumping Lunges x 30

Run 400 meters (1/4th mile)
Push Ups x 20
Jumping Lunges x 20

Run 500 meters
Push Ups x 10
Jumping Lunges x 10

As quickly through each round for the fastest time.

I added a finisher of 40 Bench Dips to top it off!

I felt like my arms were going to fall off with all of those push ups!  Loved it!


Meal #1:  1 Medium Banana, 1 slice Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Bread, 1 Tsp. of Natural Peanut Butter, Coffee & Sugar free creamer. (253 calories)
Meal #2:  1 1/2serving of Weight Watchers Asian Inspired 1 Point Vegetable Soup, 1 oz of lean beef, 1 tiny mandarin orange,  1 slice of Ezekiel Aprouted grain Bread, 1 Tsp of reduced calorie strawberry cream cheese. (368 calories)
Meal #3:  1 small handmade La Tortilla Factory corn Tortilla, 1 Tbs of Sauce, 1/2 oz of reduced fat shredded cheese. (135 calories)
Meal #

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Ran The Santa Monica Stairs Today!

In class today our teacher decided our "lab work" would consist of running the Santa Monica Stairs...5 times down and up! OUCH! I have a love/hate relationship with these stairs. My quads are sore!