Monday, November 22, 2010

Still a bit under the weather.

Howdy everyone! My Texas twang coming out :) 

I have been under the weather for the last few days.  I am not sure if it is allergies or just a good ole fashioned cold.  But I have been still getting my workouts in. 
Saturday was a leg day and Sunday was an off day.

So I cleaned all the bathrooms and kitchen trying to get ready for Thanksgiving. We also celebrated my step-sons 16th birthday.
This time of year is so hard when it is a short week. So today I headed out to the gym for a chest, tri, ab and HIIT workout. I am still under the weather but insist on working out. It drives my dh nuts. He thinks I should rest. Lol – who has time for that
Today I got a great chest, tri, ab and HIIT workout in.  I decided to do hills on the treddy all the way up to 12% incline.  I was tired at the end.

This is a short week and need to focus on getting everything ready for Thanksgiving.  This year we are small in numbers.  My darling daughter and her husband will not be here.  Neither will my step-son or nephew.  They will be missed.
I am very thankful for my wonderful family and enjoy every minute I have with them.

My son and I will will run the 10K Turkey Trot and then come home and get cooking.

It is amazing how people quit working out at the holidays.  This is the time to stay focused!
We must encourage each other and commit to our plan.  Michelle Berger "Buffmother" has put together an awesome challenge to "Finish Strong in 2010".  Follow her on facebook, it will help you keep those extra pounds away. 

Off to run more errands today, then work tomorrow and finish cleaning the house on Wednesday and start cooking for Turkey day. Have a great week.

Love to all,


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Whirlwind weekend but loved every minute of it.

What a great weekend in San Francisco.

I had a blast I got to meet new friends and see of the others I had met before. It was a whirlwind but worth every minute. I left on Thursday morning early and arrived in San Francisco, I then took the BART to get to Pleasanton where I hooked up with Kathy and we got the shuttle to the hotel. I thought the driver might get in a fight with a lady that wanted him to let her in and he wouldn’t budge. Finally our driver decided to let her in and not have a wreck. We were happy!!! I got checked into the hotel and soon after went to the mall across the street to get my makeup done by the MAC counter. It turned out really nice. I then proceeded back to the hotel and started getting ready for my photo shoot. Poor Emily our photographer had been sick the night before but she was trooper. I loved doing this photo shoot and already excited about doing another. I can’t wait to get the pictures.

That night we went and had dinner and played Bocce ball. That was a lot of fun. My hubby said they play something similar like this in England. Friday morning we all went to the gym together and had some great tips from Michelle to help us activate our muscles better. That afternoon we went wine tasting and that was so much fun. I learned a lot about wine. We then went to PF Chang’s for dinner and a great night of dancing. I told my hubby we to go dancing more often. Saturday I went hiking with my Buffmothers and I have found a new love I think.  It was tough but fun.  That afternoon was the seminar and  we met some really nice ladies. That night was a nice dinner at Outback and we all got together and looked at all the pictures we had taken. Sunday, Julie and her hubby were so nice they took me to the Wente Vinyards and then to the airport. I was tired and actually slept on the plane – a first for me.

Monday I was at work bright and early at 10:00am – 6:00pm – No workout too tired.

So Tuesday I had to get up early and get a workout in that I got on an email from Oxygen.

DB lunges x10

DB squats x10

pushups x 10

Bentover db rows x10

Front presses standing - db x10

tricep dips x10

db bicep curls x10

jump squats x20

I repeated this 4 times in 30 minutes. Really was very effective.

We had a dance team from the local high school come in last night and I gave a quick overview of my story and had a lady approach me after the evening to talk more to him.

Today was my day off and took my mom out shopping and bought a pair of shoes and some boots.

I got a leg workout in after my shopping which was:

Walking lunges

smith squats

leg press

stiff legged deadlifts

lying leg curls

leg extensions

glute kickback on leg extension

calves on the leg press

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I am just buzzing around like a bee. Got my nails done, hair colored, pedi tomorrow. Of course I had to shop for a couple of outfits, throw in working out and then work on top of this and I am running around like a mad woman.
 I got to meet Tosca Reno and Robert Kennedy on Monday night. She was in town doing a book signing and of course I wanted to finally meet her.  Just talking with Tosca and listening to her is a great adrenaline rush.  I have admired Tosca Reno for years and it was such a pleasure to get to finally meet her. It really will pump you up to work that much harder and that is what I have been doing.  Of course knowing that I have a photo shoot around the corner will also help you stay focused.  Gotta look good :)So workouts have been top.

Tuesday was back, shoulders and bi's.
 Today was legs and this is my workout.

100 lunges to warm everything up

squats feet close
single leg press - foot low
hack squats
leg extensions
finished off with some body weight work in a circuit:

box jumps 15 reps

bw squats 20 reps
jump squats could only muster 10 reps
jump lunges 10 reps per leg

So I did these four exercises rested and repeated 3 times.

My legs are starting to feel it as I sit here typing. Love it!!!
I work Friday, Saturday and then long days of work Monday-Wednesday and leave at 7:30am on Thursday.

I am so stoked about going to meet up with everyone. I hope to get some rest along the way this week.

Have a great week.  I hope to be back before my trip to California.

If your in the SFO area you need to come see us on Saturday November 13th at the Marriott Pleasanton.  You will get to hear Michelle Berger aka "Buffmother" speak.  She is awesome and a great inspiration to many woman.

Take care,