Exercise Accountability for Week Ending 12.13.15

This was the first week of workouts since completing the 90-day Body Beast Challenge. I’ve decided not to put myself on another program until after the beginning of the year. That’s not to say I won’t be exercising, though! I’ve already planned out all my workouts. I want to try several different workouts that are available on Beachbody on Demand. Not so much because I plan on doing any of them right now, because we own several programs that I haven’t yet completed. The reason I’m trying out so many different programs right now is so that I can help my clients decide which workouts are best for them. If you are in need of fitness guidance, please contact me. I’d love to help you!

This past week was a bit crazy! My husband was in a field exercise, which meant he was working long hours. It actually worked out well for us though, because I was able to spend the majority of my alone time to finish the ebook. I also decided to switch to a self-hosted site, which was quite an ordeal for me since I’m not a tech savvy person. Once everything goes through, I’ll be making some tweaks to the site to make it more me. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them! Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments or contact me directly.

Auditions for community theatre were on Saturday. Callbacks are Tuesday, and I’m happy to say that I was invited back! The upcoming play is Spamalot, so I’m excited to (hopefully) be part of this production. There aren’t many female roles in this play, so we shall see.

Here are my workouts for the week:

  • Monday: Spinning class – 60 minutes
  • Tuesday: Kundalini Yoga – Yoga Beauty Body DVD – 60 minutes (available in the fitness section of my Amazon store: http://astore.amazon.com/mycrnoli-20)
  • Wednesday: Turbofire Low HIIT 20 – 20 minutes
  • Thursday: The Masters Hammer & Chisel Total Body – 36 minutes
  • Friday: PiYo Live Class Round 37 DVD – 60 minutes (I did the workout from my instructor DVD)
  • Saturday: Insanity Max 30 Sweat Intervals – 30 minutes, Dancing at auditions for community theatre – 20 minutes and more sweat, lol!
  • Sunday: 10 Minute Trainer Abs – 10 minutes, Relaxed Easygoing Flow from This is Yoga with Tara Stiles – 15 minutes (also available in the fitness section of my Amazon store: http://astore.amazon.com/mycrnoli-20)

As I mentioned earlier in the post, the ebook is complete! It took a bit longer than expected, but at least it’s finished! I’m still working hard to finish my personal training certification this month! I’m really excited to finish so I can help more people get fit!

As always, thanks for reading!

Exercise Accountability for Week Ending 11.29.15

As I’m sure it was for most people, last week was busy! Between getting ready for Thanksgiving, working on my ebook, and putting up Christmas decorations on top of normal daily activities, there was a LOT to get done! During busy times like this I’m reminded of why I exercise at home!  Not having to fight traffic to get to the gym and get a workout in is so nice, especially when it’s hard enough to find 30 minutes or so to spare! Fitness at home is my preferred method for sure!  At the same time, I also understand that some people prefer to leave their home to workout.  Sometimes out of necessity (no space, too many distractions, etc.).  Other times it’s just a matter of being around other people that helps them to get and stay motivated.  That’s why I got certified to teach PiYo and am working on my personal training certification in addition to becoming a Beachbody coach.

My husband was off for four days straight for the holiday, which was awesome! We weren’t able to go visit family this year but we did have a Skype call, which was really nice. I absolutely love that we now have this technology available to us!  We made our old traditions but in such a way that they are friendly to my food restrictions (no gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, artificial ingredients). What we ended up with was every bit as yummy! I’m so appreciative of the fact that more companies are making replacements for traditional foods that are allergy friendly. More and more people have food allergies/sensitivities, so it was only a matter of time before demand for these types of products were filled by companies with the ability to meet the need. Of course, as with any food that is free of one thing, you have to make sure that it is free of all your allergens or other things that are generally not good for you. For example, many low fat or fat free foods replace the fat with sugar, and low carb or sugar free foods replace the flavor with either fat or synthetic sugars (which are often worse for the body than real sugar!).

Here are my workouts for the week:

  • Monday: Body Beast Build Chest & Tris – 49 minutes
  • Tuesday: Body Beast Bulk Legs – 41 minutes
  • Wednesday: Body Beast Build Back & Bis – 50 minutes
  • Thursday: Took a rest day because it was Thanksgiving!
  • Friday: Body Beast Build Shoulders – 38 minutes Beast Cardio 38 minutes & Beast Abs – 10 minutes
  • Saturday: Body Beast rest day
  • Sunday: Total Body – 38 minutes & Beast Abs – 10 minutes

This is my final week of Body Beast and I’m really happy with my results so far. I’m definitely seeing definition where I hadn’t previously. Although, I’m not sure how much weight I’ll actually lose after eating so much food this past week, lol. The plan for this week is to go back to liquid meals twice per day and light eating throughout the day. Hopefully this will help me get back on track from this week. Next week I will be posting my results from the 90-day program. It’s a good thing I had to add an extra week due to my allergies because I would not want to end this program on Thanksgiving week! It’s going to be another busy week.  I need to put the finishing touches on the ebook, teach another PiYo class, get a guest blog post ready, and spend more time working on my personal training certification by the end of the year!  Good thing for me I get to exercise at home (with the exception of teaching PiYo of course)!

Hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving! And as always, thanks for reading!

Exercise Accountability for Week Ending 11.22.15

Because I missed a few workouts last week, I had to make them up this week. I even added an extra back and bis workout on Monday because I felt guilty for missing three days in a row. I slept wrong last Saturday, so I’ve been dealing with the aftermath of that pretty much all week. Because it feels like I have a pinched nerve, I had to scale back on the amount of weight I was lifting. I went back down to 15 lbs as my heaviest weight on my shoulders and chest. I also was sure to reduce the weight I lifted for reverse flies since that’s where my muscles are bothering me the most. That’s a weak area for me, so I don’t lift much to begin with but I went from 8 lbs at the heaviest to 5lbs at the heaviest. While I do want to get caught up and get back on track, I definitely don’t want to injure myself. I’m too close to finishing the entire program to have to stop now!

One thing I have to be careful of is overdoing exercise – it’s not good for my hypothyroidism.  If you overtax your body and you have Hashimotos, it can sap your energy and the stress can cause your immune system to over react to everyday stimuli.  Friday I did three workouts, which really made my body feel very stressed, so I did a short amount of yoga to calm my body down.  It seems to have done the trick because I was able to complete the remaining workouts without incident.  Now I can focus on doing only the workouts that are on the schedule since I’m back on track.

Here are my workouts for the week:
• Monday:  Body Beast Build Back & Bis – 50 minutes
• Tuesday:  Body Beast Build Shoulders – 38 minutes
• Wednesday:  Body Beast Cardio & Abs – 38 minutes & 10 minutes
• Thursday:  Body Beast Bulk Chest – 30 minutes
• Friday:  Body Beast Build Legs, Beast Cardio & Abs – 38 minutes, 38 minutes, 10 minutes 15 minutes of Easygoing flow Yoga from This is Yoga by Tara Stiles which is available in my Amazon store:  http://astore.amazon.com/mycrnoli-20
• Saturday:  Body Beast Bulk Back & Bulk Shoulders – 29 minutes & 35 minutes
• Sunday:  Body Beast Cardio, Abs & Bulk Arms – 38 minutes, 10 minutes, 35 minutes

This week was also my last 2 PiYo Live classes on the schedule for right now. One person showed up on Tuesday and no one showed up on Thursday.

There are a few likely reasons why I had such a low turnout:
1) I didn’t advertise in enough different places
2) I didn’t invite my local friends to each separate event I created on Facebook
3) it’s close to the holidays, and many people stop or cut back on working out during this time of year

In any case, I plan to try again after the beginning of the year. For now, I plan to focus on writing my ebook and finishing up my personal training certification.  Those two things are going to keep me quite busy!

Thanks for reading and have a Happy Healthy Thanksgiving!

Exercise Accountability for Week Ending 8.23.15

As I mentioned in last Friday’s post, we signed the lease on a rental home and started moving in.  Since one of our dogs has seizures that are brought on by stress/change, we decided to try moving in phases.  The main thing we wanted to accomplish was for her to see as little of the packing as possible.  What we did is bring the dogs to the new place & let them sniff the home & the yard to get used to it.  We brought over some of their favorite toys, their crate & blanket, & some water.  Nothing too major because Saturday was to be the bulk of the moving.

Saturday I took the dogs, more stuff & the baby gate over to the house.  I put the gate up in the bonus room, which is on a second level and would prevent them from seeing much of what was happening in the house.  My husband and his friend that helped us move brought in the bulk of the large items, including the couch and living room rug, which we set up right away.  That’s Miette’s comfy place.  She relaxed quite a bit after that came in.

At one point, I let the dogs out to potty to keep them from seeing more items come into the house.  I thought they were finished bringing them in, so I let the dogs back in the house.  The next thing I know, our friend told us that Miette had run out the front door.  Thankfully I was able to find her quickly.  She was in the neighbor’s yard headed down the street.  One of my worst fears is one of our dogs running into the street and getting run over.  Especially in this neighborhood because there are lots of motorcycles that speed up & down the street, and we aren’t very far from a highway.  Miette is a free spirit who is a very inquisitive, so I’m sure she was trying to find something she smelled.

Here are my workouts for the week:

  • Monday:  Rockin Body Party Express – 25 minutes & Hard Core Abs – 10 minutes twice (had to make up the one I missed last week)
  • Tuesday:  Rockin Body Shaun T’s Dance Party – 45 minutes
  • Wednesday:  Rockin Body Rock it Out – 45 minutes & Hard Core Abs – 10 minutes
  • Thursday:  Rockin Body Disco Groove – 35 minutes & Booty Time – 30 minutes
  • Friday:  Rockin Body Shaun T’s Dance Party – 45 minutes
  • Saturday:  Rockin Body Rock it Out – 45 minutes & Party Express  25 minutes
  • Sunday:   No workout – pulled a muscle in my neck & got a painful shingles outbreak Saturday evening & I’m in pain. 

Since I’m injured & just completed the Rockin Body 30 day program, I’m likely going to take this week off to recuperate & get the house unpacked.  Most of the heavy lifting was completed on Saturday with my husband and our friend.  There are a few things that he can lift alone that are somewhat heavy but well within his limits.  Good thing, because I can only lift small objects at this point.  Which means I should at least be able to unpack the boxes since there’s nothing too heavy in any of them.  Not sure yet what the next workout program will be, it depends on how long it takes me to feel better.

We are not getting internet at the new place until September 4th, which is after we give back the keys to our current place, so I may not be able to post as regularly for the next few weeks.  Please bear with me.  As always, I appreciate you stopping by!


Exercise Accountability for Week Ending 8.16.15

Week 2 of working for myself was a bit less productive than last week.  Still no schedule, so I’m flying by the seat of my pants.  Every time I try to make a schedule, I hit a wall.  It seems like each time I try to get a schedule made I realize that I have to do my daily tasks, or go to a meeting, or clean house, etc.  This is a clear sign that I need to make a schedule!!  So, that is going to be one of my most important to-dos this week.  It will likely change as I teach more classes and take on new ventures, but I need to start somewhere!

Because I don’t have a schedule, I’ve been sleeping too late & not getting enough done.  I’m still getting up early (for me anyway), but I should be getting up at least an hour before I am.  When I have a to-do list for each day, that helps me to be more productive, but getting up later than I plan throws everything off track.  That means I simply have to be more disciplined about waking up on time.  Easier said than done, but I will figure it out!

Now that all that’s out of the way, here are my workouts for the week:

  • Monday:  Rockin Body Party Express – 25 minutes & Rock it Out – 45 minutes
  • Tuesday:  Rockin Body Shaun T’s Dance Party – 45 minutes
  • Wednesday:  Rockin Body Disco Groove – 35 minutes & Hard Core Abs – 10 minutes
  • Thursday:  Rockin Body Booty Time – 30 minutes
  • Friday:  No workout today – woke up late & spent the rest of the day getting my business licenses and then running errands
  • Saturday:  Makeup for missing Thursday’s second workout & Friday’s workouts.  In the morning I did Rockin Body Rock it Out – 45 minutes.  Picked my husband up from his bike ride about an hour and a half drive from here, then we ran a few errands.  When we got home I did two more workouts – Rockin Body Shaun T’s Dance Party – 45 minutes & Booty Time – 30 minutes
  • Sunday:  Took another rest day because my knees and my heel are hurting – only one workout from this week wasn’t done but I’m adding it onto this week so I get them all completed. 

Today my agenda consists of working out, dropping off flyers & business cards, practicing for my upcoming PiYo Class, and studying for my personal training certification.  The last two items will need to be part of my daily schedule for sure.  With an upcoming move, things are about to get crazy.  Having a schedule that I can stick to will be critical for me to ensure I complete the things I need to do in order to be successful as a fitness instructor, blogger & studying to become a personal trainer.  It’s overwhelming to think of all the things that need to be done, but I know I’ll make it work somehow.

Thanks for reading as always!

Exercise Accountability for Week Ending 8.9.15

So this was my first week of working for myself, and I must say, it’s been nice so far!  The week prior, I worked a full week at my job, so I have a few things I need to get in place before I feel like I’ll be on the right track.  One of the things I need to do is get my systems in place such as customer list, business activity tracker, financial reporting system, etc.  That will be the best way for me to track what I’m doing.  As an accountant, I have plenty of experience with Excel, so these shouldn’t be too difficult for me to create.  Finding the time to get everything done will be the biggest challenge.

The other thing I really need to do is set up a daily schedule.  I hadn’t really created one prior to working for myself, so it’s simply too easy to get distracted and do things that are a bit off the path of what I should be doing.  Getting enough sleep has been the nicest thing so far.  The only problem with that is because I’m a night owl, I naturally want to stay up late.  Which in turn means I want to sleep later in order to get my 8-9 hours.  Luckily, I noticed it and took some Benadryl very early on Thursday night so I went to sleep on time.  Of course, I can’t rely on that to get to sleep on a regular basis.  It’s just going to take discipline for me to go to bed no later than 11pm.  In time I’m sure I will get used to it.

My workouts for this week were not exactly like the calendar lays them out.  I had to adjust a few but I still managed to get them all in:

  • Monday:  No workout today – my monthly visitor showed up and I was in pain so I took the day off
  • Tuesday: Rockin Body Party Express – 25 minutes & Hardcore Abs – 10 minutes
  • Wednesday:  Rockin Body Rock it Out – 45 minutes
  • Thursday: Rockin Body Party Express – 25 minutes
  • Friday:  Rockin Body Shaun T’s Dance Party – 45 minutes & Disco Groove – 35 minutes.  Also practiced for my upcoming PiYo Live class
  • Saturday: Rockin Body Rock it Out – 45 minutes
  • Sunday:  Rockin Body Shaun T’s Dance Party – 45 minutes & Booty Time – 30 minutes

Rehearsals for community theatre really ramping up this week!  Our choreographer is about to head back to college, so she’s putting on the finishing touches & cleaning up a few things here and there.  We reviewed everything we’ve learned so far & she clarified any questions we had.  It was really a great review, and I feel much more confident about what I’ve learned so far.  This show is awesome!  I’m so thankful to be a part of it, and can’t wait to see how it comes together.  Maybe it’s because my mom is coming to visit this fall in time to see it.  She didn’t get to see the last one, so I’m really excited that she’ll be here for this one.  And our dogs will be so glad to see their Nana!

Thanks for taking time out of your day to read my blog!

Exercise Accountability for Week Ending 8.2.15

Started a new program this week.  It’s not new per se, but I’m completing it for the first time.  It’s one that I’ve owned since 2013 but never completed.  It’s called Rockin’ Body, by the one and only Shaun T, and I’m doing the 30 day calendar.  Personally I admire him all around.  It’s not just about his physical form, though I’m not gonna lie, that doesn’t hurt!  He is a very giving, open person who has the ability to motivate masses of people to make healthier choices.  That’s pretty admirable in my book.  He’s making a huge contribution to society by creating fun yet challenging and effective workouts.

Here are my workouts for the week:

  • Monday:  Rockin’ Body Mark, Move & Groove – 15 minutes
  • Tuesday:  Rockin’ Body Mark, Move & Groove – 15 minutes & Party Express – 25 minutes
  • Wednesday:  Rockin’ Body Disco Groove – 35 minutes & Hard Core Abs – 10 minutes.  I threw in some non-Beachbody standby workouts too.  Total Arm Assault & Total Ab Assault from the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Hardbody Boot Camp workout DVD (http://amzn.to/1LXcuAN).    
  • Thursday:  Rockin’ Body Party Express – 25 minutes & Booty Time – 30 minutes
  • Friday:  Rest day.  Last day at my job & I overslept & again had plans right after work, so I re-arranged my workout schedule
  • Saturday:  Rehearsals from 10 – 12 learning choreography in a hot building.  Definitely worked up a sweat.  Later in the day I did Rockin’ Body Shaun T’s Dance Party – 45 minutes & Hard Core Abs – 10 minutes
  • Sunday:  Rockin’ Body Party Express – 25 minutes & Disco Groove – 35 minutes

Saturday & Sunday I was reminded of why I try to workout first thing when I get up for the day.  Saturday I had rehearsals from 10 am to 12 pm & didn’t get up in time to get my workouts in before rehearsals.  By the time I got around to it it was after 6pm.  I had several other things I needed to accomplish & got in the zone on those things & didn’t want to stop.  That coupled with the fact that I ate a cupcake Friday and Saturday didn’t help.  Even though they were gluten free, the icing was extremely sweet, and sugar doesn’t play well with my body.  I got pimples & lethargy from the sugary icing.  A good reminder not to eat junk food, gluten free or not!  Sunday I decided to relax & watch TV before I got up to work out.  Before I knew it, it was 5pm!  Made myself get up and workout, but let me tell you, it was difficult to get through the workouts.  I’m blaming it on the sugar from the previous 2 days & waiting so long in the day to do it.

That said, even though I don’t like cardio, Rockin’ Body makes it SO MUCH FUN!!!  If you don’t really like to work out, but you like to dance, this is for you!  I’ve done a few of these before, but I hadn’t tried the Shaun T’s Dance Party routine before.  Wow, it was so fun that the 45 minutes just flew by!