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Insanity: Max 30 Week 1 Day 2 (Tabata)

November 30, 2016

Maxed out at 6:15, was relieved to find half way through you back off to floor work and, and then triceps. This is intense. I’m fitter than I thought but still had to break and modify throughout. I burned 427 calories according to my Garmin HR watch. Not bad! 

Insanity: Max 30 Week 1 Day 1 (Cardio Challenge)

November 30, 2016

Ok! Boom. Day 1 in the books and gosh, amazing how unfit I felt doing that first workout, but I have started and the worst is behind me.

First impression of this work out is WOW that’s a lot of jumping. I had to do he modifier several times due to knee soreness. I rode my bike 20 minutes before hand so I wasn’t on fresh legs. I maxed out at a pathetic 8:22! There is a 3 minute cool down, but I did some extra stretching after as my hammies were screaming. Hopefully I can walk tomorrow! 

Stay tuned. 

Insanity Max 30

November 29, 2016

So, today marks my 1 month of not working out and I feel disgusting. To be completely honest, since getting back from Mexico in September I haven’t done much of anything really. A work out here, a work out there. Clothes feel different on my body, my shape has changed and I am fluffy.

But it is OK. Perfection is boring.

Today I start Insanity Max 30 on Beachbody on Demand .  I don’t work out on Mondays. Never have. This will finish out 2016 for me. After 2 rounds of T25, one round of Insanity and 2 weeks of P90X (I can’t commit that much time) I am excited to try this shorter format version.

I will still be riding my stationary bike as an additional warm up as the knee is still not good (and can’t see that changing being that I have next to no cartilage in my right one). I’ll be posting my Garmin Connect HR results. I’m not going to beat myself up on missing workouts, but I’m going to try my hardest to avoid weak excuses.

Also, I’m back tracking my macros. I’m going to do better about meal prepping. I’ll take measurements and before/after pics tonight. Sigh.

Wish me luck. Much love.





Beta begins!

September 1, 2015

So day 1 and 2 of Beta are in the books! I’m crushing it and it feels amazing. Despite all the crazy stress I have in my life right now I’m feeling centered and happy.

First impressions. So. FAST. I was nervous to step it up a notch but my body is ready. I’m keeping up and digging the format (less lunges thank God)!

These workouts are up beat and fun. I am pouring sweat, it’s running in my eyes but it feels so damn good. I’m thankful for the gifts I have and feeling fit is making me deal with daily life in a productive way. So yah, I’m doing work. Much love.


BETA starts tonight (and Focus T25 Alpha results).

August 31, 2015

Figured I’d round out Alpha with my results. I am SO glad to be moving on. Here are my stats at 1/3/5 weeks. I’m REALLY happy with the results.

Week 1 3 5 Change ^ /˅
Neck (in inches) 13 12.75 12.5 .5 ˅
Chest 35.5 34 34 1.5 ˅
Waist 27.5 27 26.75 .75 ˅
Hips 38 37.5 36.75 1.25 ˅
Left   ˅
Wrist 6.25 ˅
Bicep 12 12.5 12 ˅
Thigh 22 21.75 21 1 ˅
Calf 13.5 13.25 13.25 .25 ˅
Right   ˅
Wrist 6.25 ˅
Bicep 12 12.25 12 ˅
Thigh 22 21.75 21 1 ˅
Calf 13.5 13.25 13 .5 ˅
Weight 148 145.8 145 3 Lbs ˅
Body Fat % 21 19 18 3 % ˅
TOTAL inches lost       6.75 ˅


Last day Alpha.

August 30, 2015

Yay. Alpha is done. I went out in style with a double. TBC and lower focus.


Something else cool, even though I have lost zero lbs. I fit in these shorts which hasn’t happened in 2 summers (size 2/4). Score!


Dragging My Feet and Moving On

August 25, 2015

Ok, so I started my T25 Journey on July 20th, 2015. It is now August 26 and I have moved on to Week 5 (no one commented on previous post on whether to redo or move on). I could have redone week 4 like I talked about but I have got to keep moving. I’m beat up, but I can’t look back, only forward. Dreaded excuses but I’m really trying to tell myself to LISTEN TO MY BODY. That’s hard for me. Either way, I’m pretty disappointed in myself as I was hoping to finish BETA by the time we go to Florida for a wedding the last week of September. I’ll be a week shy, so perhaps I’ll finish BETA on holiday. HA HA HA. Right.

August 24-28: Week 5

August 31- September 4: Week 1 Beta

September 7-11 Week 2 Beta

September 14-18 Week 3 Beta

September 21-25 Week 4 Beta


Anyway, last night was Total Body Circuit. It was a good effort and I am completing all moves (still modifying half of the push up sets), sweat pouring more than ever it seems like.

I’m looking forward to measurement day. I have had three people this week mention my physique so that has to be a positive sign. A lady in my office actually commented on my “big arms”, I wasn’t sure whether to be offended or delighted. Such is life.

Diet is non-existent. I’m eating good clean food, and tracking calories but it is not something I’m too worried about as again I’m trying to listen to my body. Shakeology in the mornings is a Godsend (I drink it with coffee and ice) and I’m back taking ActiVit. I’m REALLY trying to stick to the no drinking during the week thing, it is hard but there is no booze in the house now so hopefully I can stave off the desire to pop over to the store and grab some nice frosty cold coronas. Die.

Third Aerial Silk Circus Class (I CAN CLIMB!!!)

August 24, 2015

Ok, so tonight was my third Aerial Silk (Tissu) Class. I bought a set of 4 from Groupon completely on a whim. I was under no delusions when I showed up at the circus that first time. I remember standing by the silk and listening intently on the instructor “Kelli”, going over safety issues and such. Then she spoke the two dreaded words, “Let’s climb”.

Err do what? Me climb up this piece of silk? HA HA HA.

So I tried, and tried. Next day I cried and cried (from the soreness in my arms and chest). Now, think about the rope in gym class, nope I couldn’t do that either. In retrospect, I actually did surprisingly well in some of the beginner movements Kelli showed us that first week. I think I impressed myself as I approached the motions with a sense of fearlessness. But the climbing? “I will do better next week”, I mused.

Week 2 rolled around, I approached the silk, ” let’s climb!”. I put my feet in the appropriate position and pulled again, hmm off the ground with arms quivering…annnnd down. Repeat. Ok, I’m not going to let this defeat me. I must get stronger. This is when I decided to start with the pull up/chin up and handstand work.

In class tonight, I approached the silk with a certain confidence. I will climb. And climb I did! The sense of accomplishment was pretty amazing. My friend took a photo. Don’t I look excited?!


My question today: The “do over”

August 24, 2015
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If you slacked off on T25 (last week was week 4 and I only did 2 work outs) do you a) start week over? or b) complete the remaining 4 workouts this week and pick up Week 5 next week? I’m thinking the latter. Thoughts?

My Garmin Vivosmart Review after 10/mo

August 21, 2015

I purchased this fitness tracker about 10 months ago and it has really stepped up things in my fitness game. I really can’t say enough positive things about it, but here goes.


Design. It is sleek, understated and can take a beating. I never take it off. I has endured horses, moving furniture, brush hauling, wakeboarding, circus training, motorcycle touring and my pitifully clumsy nature. It has a few little nicks and scratches both on the stainless steel back plate and on the soft coating on the face.

The sleep tracking feature. Even if you are too lazy (or forget like me) to put it in sleep mode, it magically does the work for you and sends to the application on your phone via Bluetooth.

The app. I have mixed feeling here, but I do like the work Garmin developers are doing to make this more esthetically pleasing. It tracks steps, sleep, goals, activity calorie burn and if you have the Heart Rate Monitor it does a nice job of showing heart race, pace and so on, for a variety of activities. Sync to the watch has not been an issue. I had a hard time syncing with my HRM in the beginning and occasionally that comes up but it’s 9/10 times OK. Cons to come later…

Notifications. I like that I have the option to receive texts and other notifications on my wrist. It is not something I use often, but if I’m out at dinner with friends, or it a client meeting, rather than having my phone out (rude), I can know if I receive something, and read it right on my wrist.

Music controls. This was the MAIN reason I went for this particular band. I use Flip Belt, and changing songs can be a nightmare when jogging. It works great on both Spotify and Google Play. I especially like it at Happy Hour on my patio with my Jawbone speaker. My neighbor thinks that is the coolest thing ever. Since purchasing, I have acquired some BlueBudX wireless headphones (love) so it is a fitness feature I use less and less.

Auto Step Goal. Based on previous performance, your Vivosmart will auto calculate a new step goal for you.

OTA updates. I like that it pairs and updates with my phone when plugged in to charge.

“Raise arm, face on option”. I have mine set for during activity periods only and it is really nice to not have to touch the face when I’m struggling to breathe with Shaun T shouting at me.


The app. Ok, so here is the deal. Others do it better. The fact that it is seemingly impossible for Garmin Connect and Myfitnesspal to sync correctly really beats me down. IMO Jawbone and Fitbit have nicer apps, but it’s a trade-off as this is a superior device in my mind.

Battery life. The only reason I say this is a con, is I know some devices have a year-long battery life. With that said, I only charge mine every 10 days or so (I generally don’t have vibrate notifications on).

Price. Pricey for what it is, but I guess you pay for what you want.

Manufacturer Specs:

Physical dimensions Band sizes: 127-172 mm (small); 155-221 mm (large)

Display size, WxH 1.35″ x 0.14″ (34.4 mm x 3.5 mm)

Display resolution, WxH 128 x 16 pixels; OLED (illuminated) display

Touchscreen Yes

Negative mode display Yes

Weight 19.0 g (0.67 oz) (large); 18.7 g (0.66 oz) (small)

Battery (mAh unspecified)

Battery life Up to 7 days

Water rating 5 ATM

Smart notifications (displays email, text and other alerts when paired with your compatible phone) Yes

Vibration alert Yes

Accelerometer 3-way axis

Heart rate monitor Yes(optional)

VIRB® control Yes

Here is another good review: