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Apple Carrot Bran Muffins

We are having an aerobics session at tomorrow’s MOPS. And, my table is on tap for breakfast foods. I figured I should bring something that’s not laden with sugar, butter and cheese. Drat. These muffins totally fit the bill. They are chock full of fruits and veggies – and almost no fat! They are moist, delicious and practically guilt free! Seriously. These are absolutely fantastic. Yippee! Bring on the workout! I’m ready. I hope tomorrow’s  exercise session is something like the included video. That would make me so happy. And probably would also make me fall on my face…but I’d be happy! [Read more…]

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30 Day Shred – Revisited

Some of you may be wondering what happened to my 30 Day Shred posts. Actually, I hope you’ve all forgotten all about it, but I highly doubt that’s true.

I was reminded of it today because one of my girlfriends finished her shred today. I’m really proud of her — way to go Jen! You totally rock. She’s given me some motivation back and I think I’m going to revisit the whole shred thing. With a couple tweaks. [Read more…]

30 Day Shred – Injured Reserve

Take me out coach. I’m hurt.

While moving boxes, couches and a 9 foot Christmas tree on Saturday, I managed to tweak my back. Sunday morning I was hurting. Badly. I popped some Advil and muscled thru my responsibilities at church. The dull ache in my back blossomed into a constant wincing pain after I hefted our pulpit up the stairs first service. I did nothing the rest of the day but sit on the couch watching football with a blanket. More Advil got me off the couch for a meeting with out church family, during which I was miserable. I don’t know how people with chronic back pain do it. [Read more…]

30 Day Shred – Day 12…FAIL

Well, today was a bust. I know technically I could still do my workout and stay on the path of an actual 30 day shred – but I have decided the only lifting I’ll be doing this evening is bringing my Malibu and Pineapple juice from the coaster to my mouth. I’ll be spending the evening relaxing with my husband rather than forcing a workout when I’m this exhausted. I didn’t get that nap today because I decided to do some baking and cleaning…which means I’m still running on 4 hours sleep and will probably be conked out by 9pm.

So, I get a failing grade for today. But will be back at it tomorrow.

30 Day Shred – Day 11

It feels more like day 1100. I hated today’s shred. I know in my head that it is the exact same workout I’ve been doing for a week, but my body tells me it was harder. Maybe it’s because I didn’t get enough sleep. Maybe it’s because I’ve already had a full day – and know I’ve got to keep myself energized until 3 in the morning. Whatever the reason, today sucked. Big time. I actually phoned it in a little on the second set of pendulum lunges. Just a little. But now I feel like I didn’t give 100% and might actually go do another set…cause otherwise, I’ll be thinking about the ones I only did halfway the rest of the night. Ugh. Yeah, that’s what I’m going to have to do. Sometimes, I wish I wasn’t such an “achiever”. Those of you who don’t go to church with me and have no idea what “achiever” means in this context – here’s a little snippet. [Read more…]

30 Day Shred – Day 10

A third of the way there!!

I consider myself to be a pretty fit person. My former gym workouts consisted of an hour on the stair master/elliptical machine with a ton of resistance & up to the max elevation, then a half hour of weight training plus 50 squats on an upside down BOSU ball and lots of push-ups (not the girly kind). I frequently ran as well and can pretty easily do around a 9 minute mile for 4+ miles. So, I’m very impressed that on day 10 of Jillian’s Shred I’m still getting whipped. I think it speaks to this program’s ability to allow you to push yourself as hard as you want/can. And I’m not even on the highest level yet! [Read more…]

30 Day Shred – Day 9

Ugh. Early morning today getting out the door to make 75 apple pies with my MOPS steering team. Put together ingredients for 50 more pies for the mommies to make Thursday at our MOPS meeting. After standing for 5 hours cutting apples, measuring ingredients, crumbling topping and hitting the pulse button on my Cuisinart, I was B.E.A.T.

The absolute last thing on earth I wanted to do when we got home was face Jillian. But, I have a meeting tonight and won’t be home to do my workout after the munchkins are down for the night – so I trudged up the stairs during naptime and forced myself to the playroom (where I exercise) instead of flopping down on my bed for a nap myself.
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30 Day Shred – Day 8

There is a muscle along my outer thigh that I’m pretty sure has never in my life been used as much as in the past 8 days. The squats and lunges that Jillian does in this DVD series are just craziness. Although my thighs are very unhappy, I’m pretty sure they are getting smaller. Which is awesome for me since I’m kind of built like a gymnast (ok, an old, slightly pudgy gymnast). Point being, my legs are very muscular and I have an especially difficult time getting them to look anywhere close to slender. [Read more…]

30 Day Shred – Day 7

One week down. What’s amazing to me is that with Jillian’s 30 Day Shred, the time I spent working out this week – the entire week – equals about the length of time I used to spend in two workouts at the gym. I wasn’t super careful about my food this week. Aside from trying to eat breakfast every day (mostly successful), I didn’t much change my eating. I had a girls night with my sisters where I ate junk and a lot of it – I also may have consumed some high calorie, zero nutrient, mucho alcoholic beverages that night. Perhaps. I ate pretty sensibly at lunch and dinner most of the week. But I enjoyed Pumpkin Eggnog Bread Pudding for dessert twice this week, and had a piece of Flourless Double Chocolate Truffle and a couple Zacharies during the course of the week. And I’m still down over 2 pounds.

Seriously? Working out only a little over two hours the whole week and I dropped that much? Now, two pounds may not seem like that much — but to me, that’s huge! Especially considering I would have to spend 10+ hours at the Y in a week and be pretty careful of my food intake in order to lose that kind of weight.  Also, I’m feeling a ton stronger already, I can see that my arms and shoulders are going to be really nicely defined by the end of this month. And my abs haven’t stopped hurting in a week. That’s gotta be a good sign! [Read more…]

30 Day Shred – Day 6

Another day, another forced shred. Seriously is this ever going to get easier?

I feel great after almost a week on this program. We’ll see tomorrow what the scale says, but for right now…the way my clothes are re-fitting me is motivation enough to keep at it. I do believe I’ll be at level two for a while though, because it’s kicking my butt big time. Jillian says in the middle of pendulum lunges with hammer curls (the first set) “Stick with it. You’re halfway there.”, and every time, I want to cry. (sigh) I still love her though.

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