My Favorite Workout Programs

Happy Friday Eve, everyone - thanks for stopping by! I know I mentioned this the other day, but this week is flying by for me! It's good because I really need a weekend at home (I'm exhausted), but sucks because I have so much to do at work that's not getting done. 

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I didn't get my run in this morning because there was a tornado watch and it was seriously storming outside, so I had to sub another workout in. You can see how I felt about that in my picture (I was tired and meh), but I ended up doing MMX and Core on the Floor from P90X3 and Core de Force and felt pretty good about myself by the time I was done. 

Today I thought I would do a quick review of all of my favorite workout programs. A lot of them are Beachbody workouts - again I'm not a coach, I just really like their programs and have done a lot of them. I also have a few favorites that you can pick-up on Amazon. I love Amazon and buy pretty much anything I can from there, including a lot of my workouts. 

First I will review my favorite Beachbody programs and then I'll go into some of my other favorite workouts/plans/ways to get fit. I do have a subscription to Beachbody on Demand, which I love. It's their online streaming program that allows you access to all of their programs for $100 a year. I like working out at home and don't like the gym so much, so it's perfect and justifiable for me!

I am not a personal trainer or fitness professional and as such, I want to remind you that this is just my opinion and in no way, shape, or form a recommendation as something that you should start doing. As with all workouts programs, check with your doctor before starting anything. 

P90X

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I'm currently in my 3rd or 4th attempt of completing P90X - I talk about this more later in this post and have also discussed in past posts, but I always quit due to gaining weight initially whenever I try P90X. It has happened again this time but not as much; just a couple pounds. However I'm not even worried about it because I know the pounds will come off and then some, just like they did with Chalean Extreme (and I'm going to be so jacked #doyouevenliftbro). 

So far I'm really enjoying P90X this time around. See all the mascara all over my face? Wash your face at night, friends! (I was too tired yesterday). 

P90X Pros & Cons

Pros

  • I know some people think this is a con, but I think Tony Horton is hilarious AF and I love his commentary and ridiculous jokes throughout the workouts. And if you don't like his commentary, you could mute the tv and play music - problem solved. 
  • The workouts change monthly, so you'll never get bored!
  • If you track your workouts and the weights you use (I use a notebook and jot down the weight and reps for each exercise), you will start to see results on a weekly basis. Every single workout I improve on something. Either I do more reps or I increase weight, but it's a trackable improvement and it makes me happy!

Cons

  • I personally think all of the P90X cardio workouts suck and I don't do any of them. I either run, use a HIIT or kickboxing workout from Turbofire, or sub a P90X3 cardio workout (MMX is my fave) on my cardio days.
  • Time commitment. The workouts are all around an hour or more and that's a lot when you have a family and work full-time. This is why I wake up at 5am to complete my workout. Sometimes I sleep through my alarm and then I have to do it in the evenings and it's a huge time commitment. I will say that I'm sure the results are worth it though!

Insanity

I have done three complete rounds of Insanity, one in 2012 which I had my best results with, another the summer of 2014 and then I did a postpartum round in July of last year. I love Insanity, and I love Shaun T. That being said, Insanity is an extremely intense program that I would not recommend for beginners. 

These pictures have never seen the light of day, but I've already showed off how I look right now so I may as well show off how I looked when I was at what I consider to be my peak shape. These pictures are from my round of Insanity in 2012. I didn't lose a ton of weight (only like 4 or 5 pounds), but MAN are those results amazing!

Insanity Pros & Cons:

Pro:

  • Results. Not only will you see some serious physical results in regards to your body composition, but you will also experience some serious results in your athletic performance. I find that whenever I do Insanity my running performance improves exponentially, due to the fact that you seriously improve your cardio conditioning with Insanity. All of that jumping and the back-and-forths and CRAZINESS really help with your slow and fast twitch muscles/response, so my leg turnover during runs is faster which helps me to run faster and more efficiently. I will probably continue to do a round of Insanity every early fall so I'm better prepared for running season (which is fall/winter here in Florida)

Con:

  • This workout is hard AF. I'm talking super intense. So I would not recommend it for beginners. 
  • Very hard on your joints - probably not doable if you have any joint issues (talk to your dr)
  • Lack of strength training. There are some body weight strength moves in some of the workouts, but this is primarily cardio-based. As such, you'll lose some muscle mass. I will probably try to do some short weight workouts the next time I do a round. 

Chalean Extreme

Prior to completing a full round of Chalean Extreme last month, I'd attempted the program probably 3 or 4 times without ever completing it. Why didn't I ever complete the program? I'd always gain a few pounds in the beginning and give up, since I was hyper-focused on wanting to lose weight. Well now I finally know and believe that it's okay to gain some weight in a strength program - your muscles hold onto water whenever they are repairing themselves and when you're doing a crazy workout program with lots of strength training, you'll gain some water weight. It's okay...even if you don't lose a single pound, I promise your body composition will change. You will see muscles and get toned and your clothes will start fitting better. 

Also just to clear things up because this drives me nuts...muscle does not weigh more than fat. A pound of muscle weighs exactly the same as a pound of fat. However, muscle is a lot more dense than fat and as such, takes up less space. So a pound of muscle looks smaller than a pound of fat. When you're adding muscle to your body and losing fat but not losing any actual pounds, do yourself a favor and take progress pictures and measure yourself with measuring tape. This is how I keep myself from getting discouraged when the scale doesn't budge. 

Here are my results from Chalean Extreme that I finished in March. I wasn't initially very happy with them and blogged about this before, but I did have some pretty good results (more proof that you should be happy with the body you're in!!)

Pros & cons of Chalean Extreme

Pros

  • The workouts change every month, so you don't get bored. 
  • I really like Chalene Johnson as a trainer - she's funny and very personable. She also makes me laugh, which is super important to me - Shaun T and Tony Horton also make me laugh on the regs. 
  • You will see results in your body composition as long as you lift heavy weights. Go outside of your comfort zone and really push yourself; you might be surprised with what you are capable of!

Cons

  • Those boots...just no.

Turbofire

I've still never completed a full round of TF, but I do really enjoy the workouts and will often sub either a HIIT or one of the longer workouts on a cardio day when I don't want to run. These workouts are super dancey and I think they're a lot of fun! Plus, there are low-impact options so this is great workout for beginners and if you're pregnant (with your dr's okay). I've shared the picture on the right twice already, but I am super proud of my 6-month preggo kickboxing picture so I'm posting it again! Plus, it's Thursday so I can call this a Throwback Thursday. DEAL WITH IT!!!

Turbofire Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It's a lot of fun...once you get the moves down. 
  • Chalean is so positive and uplifting that you are excited to workout with her; she's a great instructor with awesome cues. 
  • I've worn my heart rate monitor while doing a TF workout and I burn almost as many calories as when I run, so they're very effective workouts!
  • Good for beginners and people who need to modify
  • The long stretch workout in the program (it's 40 minutes long) is one of my favorite yoga-ish routines. 

Cons

  • I don't like the strength workouts - they just don't do it for me
  • There is a bit of a learning curve with the workouts since it's super dancey and requires some coordination. Keep trying and I promise you'll get it down!

Now onto some non-beachbody programs

Half Marathon Training

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After doing a round of Insanity and when fall is upon us, I am always ready to start running regularly and seriously training for a half-marathon.

There's something about cooler temps and long-run Sunday that makes me super happy.

The carb loading and beers after my long-runs certainly help with my enthusiasm. 

That being said, running is hard and training for a half-marathon is a serious time commitment. 

Here's the plan I used to PR a couple of years ago. You do need to be an experienced runner before trying this plan - I had ran 3 half marathons before doing this plan. But it worked and I killed my PR by 6 minutes!

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Half Marathon Training Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • The accomplishment of finishing the race is such an awesome feeling. And even though you'll swear both during and immediately afterward that you'll never run another distance race again, I can almost bet that you'll sign up for another within a year!
  • Carb loading before and beer after my long runs. So much fun.
  • Having 2 hours to myself to listen to music and just be alone - for whatever reason, I tend to really enjoy my long runs (when I don't feel like I'm going to die)
  • You have to go shopping to buy new stuff. You'll need shoes, clothes, GU, water bottles, hats, socks, etc. I love to run in purple - it makes me run faster...

Cons:

  • Weight gain - I always gain weight during every single training cycle. I do lean out at first, but by the end your body is so beat up and tired that you start packing on some weight (usually around 5 punds for me)
  • So hungry. All the time. See the above. 
  • It's time consuming - you'll be running at least 3 days a week for 30-140 minutes or so depending on your schedule. That's a lot and it can be overwhelming. Just take it one run at a time.

The Butt Bible

One of my friends gave me this and it is a killer. I like to use this during half marathon training for cross training and strength. The only problem with it is you will not be able to sit down to pee for days. Not even kidding. 

Pros: 

  • I like the trainer; she has a lot of great form cues and she's very pleasant.
  • Seriously effective. 
  • The workouts are pretty quick
  • I think the instructor is funny (in a ridiculous way) but a lot of people complain about her. If you don't like her, mute the tv and listen to music. Boom.

Cons:

  • You won't be able to sit down for days the first few times you do this workout. It's seriously effective, but that leads to serious pain.

MTV Pilates Mix

I've had this workout since having Justin and still recommend it. The instructor is obviously very well-trained and knowledgeable and I really enjoy the workouts (but hate them at the same time, because they're hard). 

What I love about Pilates is that it helps me to strengthen my supporting muscles and helps to fix any muscle imbalances I might have. This is especially important when you're a runner, since runners are notoriously weak in random places, which leads to injuries. 

Pilates also puts a lot of emphasis on strengthening your core, not just your abs. This means your back, obliques, and transverse abs get a workout, leading to a stronger core overall. 

And if you're lucky, your cat and dog will do the workout with you, so you have an accountability partner!

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • If you combine the workouts, you get a full body workout in an hour. 
  • Helps strengthen your supporting muscles, which helps to decrease injury

Cons:

  • No cardio or strength training, so you'll have to use this as supporting workout. I used to do it on a shorter strength day while doing P90X3 and counted it for my ab workout as well
  • If you enjoy doing seriously intense workouts all the time you'll probably get bored at first when you try this, but I encourage you to stick it out to the end. The constant core work and small movements will seriously destroy you - in a good way. 

That's all I have for today! Have you tried any of these workouts? Do you have any recommendations for me? I love working out. A lot of people think it's because I'm crazy, but I just really enjoy how I feel when I'm done. If you change your mindset from "uggghhh...I have to workout" to "I get to workout", I promise you'll feel better about it and start to do it more!

Have a great Thursday!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a percentage of the sale if you make a purchase using the links. This does not change the price of the item (at all) and is something I have just decided to start trying since I do make recommendations on a regular basis. The opinions are still 100% my own and not at all influenced by me using the affiliate links.  

Food & Fitness Friday

YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY we made it!! I don't know about you, but I'm so happy it's Friday. It's been a really busy and really crazy week and I'm ready for some relaxation. We're actually driving down to Fort Lauderdale and spending the weekend with some of Jason's family, so I see some beach days and some delicious Puerto Rican food in my future - YES!

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No one can blue steel as hard as me. No one. Actually it almost looks like I'm blue steeling and smizing here. America's Next Top Model. 

Speaking of modeling and kind of piggy-backing off of what I talked about yesterday, one thing that has helped me with my body image recently is knowing that people who look perfect probably don't look like that all the time. Let me expand on this - the media sets all of us up for failure. There are very few people in the world who look like the people you see in movies/tv/magazines/Instagram. In fact, most of those people don't even look like that in real life. It's all about angles and editing, my friends. 

Before I show you what I'm talking about, I want to clarify that I don't always sit around slamming my body or thinking bad thoughts about myself. I was a bit worried my post yesterday might make it seem that way. I do have those thoughts sometimes, but more often than not, I'm proud of my body and what it can do - mommy apron and all. 

Work those angles...

These pictures were taken seconds apart and the first thing these pictures show me is that I really need to clean the mirrors in the bathroom - gross. I am actually quite happy with the picture on the left - my stomach is pretty flat and my butt is pretty high and lifted. The picture on the right looks AWESOME but it makes me laugh because that is so not how I look in real life. When you do that twist, lift up a butt cheek and suck it in like your life depends on it, anyone can be an Instagram model! 

The whole point of these pictures is to show you how deceiving a picture can be and not to let the pictures you see all over of these super fit, perfect-bodied people get you down. They probably don't look like that in real life all the time. And even if they do, it's their job to look that way. Also, high-waisted shorts/leggings are life if you want to look thinner AND they hold everything in. 

Now onto some quick happenings this week before I do a review of my food and fitness this week. 

First, I'd like to formally thank Moana for allowing me to eat dinner last night. I always start feeding Jules while I'm getting dinner finished up and recently she never sits still or let's me eat without throwing a huge tantrum. You know, since she's in her terrible two's at 14 months. Last night I was able to put her down in front of the tv and eat all of my dinner! Thanks, Moana!

 

 

Jules has also gotten really into "helping" with everything and helped me make fish tacos the other night. When she's not being insane she is super cute and sweet. <3

I want to show you guys my new contouring trick I learned last night for my eye makeup!

All you need to do is fall asleep while reading and drop your iPad on your face. Hurts like hell and it may not look like much now, but a shiner is forming! Yes, I do constantly have crazy shit happen to me. No, I don't know why. But I always have good stories to tell!

Onto food & fitness

This was a pretty good week! Not perfect, by any means, but I ate pretty well overall. 

As I mentioned in a prior blog, I am back onto the 5:2 train, which is a eating style that involves fasting 2 days a week and then eating normally the other 5. I do eat on my fasting days and actually eat more than the plan recommends, since I'm so active. My fast days this week were Tuesday and Thursday - I ended up stress eating a bunch of cereal and chocolate Tuesday night after taking Scooby to the vet, but yesterday went pretty well and I managed to drop 2.5 pounds of water weight from last week's craziness, so woohoo for me! Here are my dinners for the week:

  • Sunday - Wings and pasta salad
  • Monday - Steak, mashed potatoes, and asparagus and mushrooms
  • Tuesday - Chicken drumstick (or 2), rice, broccoli
  • Wednesday - Fish tacos
  • Thursday - Chicken sausage (chipotle from Aldi's), rice, asparagus, and sauerkraut

Breakfasts varied from a 2-egg sandwich on normal days (with a slice of bacon, gouda, and little butter on an English muffin - the triple health kind) and fasting on my fast days. I typically break my fast on fasting days between 11 and 1 with a soft boiled egg or 2. 

Lunches were either pulled BBQ chicken or pork from Trader Joe's with rice and broccoli or a chicken sausage with broccoli on my fast days. I may go get a poke bowl for lunch today because I'm an addict #dontjudgeme

Look at the two food pictures I took this week. I'm the worst, but I promise I'll get better about taking pictures. On the left you have my pre-workout snack before leg day and on the right you have a typical fast lunch. Still plenty of food!

Workouts this week were pretty awesome - again, not perfect, but I'm proud of myself:

  • Sunday - REST
  • Monday - P90X Chest & Back
  • Tuesday - Run 3 miles and Ab Ripper X (which destroys me - abs are my weak spot)
  • Wednesday - P90X Shoulders & Arms
  • Thursday - The schedule was to run 4, but I didn't want to. So instead I ran 2 miles of sprints, jogging the short (top and bottom) and sprinting the long (left and right) in my neighborhood. See the picture? Our neighborhood is essentially a 1/4 mile track. I also did a 5 minute plank workout
  • Friday - P90X Legs & Back
  • I plan on running tomorrow morning, but kind of doubt it will happen. If it doesn't, I'll try to do it when we get home from SoFlo

I love my before and after workout pictures. Too bad I'm not as good at taking food pictures as I am workout selfies! Maybe one day.

So that about does it for me today! What about you guys? Do you have anything fun planned for the weekend? Did you meet your goals for eating/workout out? 

Have an aweseome weekend!

Being a Law Enforcement Wife

Happy Monday, friends! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. I don't know about you, but my weekend seemed short as a mother! Short like this mother, anyway - I'm 5'4", which I guess isn't really that short, but it sure seems that way when Jason or Justin put something on the top shelf in our kitchen and I have to climb onto the counter to get it!

Before I jump into the topic at hand, I thought it would be fun to do a quick weekend check-in. Jason was working this weekend, which means we ended up having a pretty low-key weekend, which was nice after having a pretty crazy past 3-4 weeks. 

First things first, I was not a hypocritical bastard on Friday!! I actually ended up doing my workout Friday around 7:30 after putting Jules to bed.

*virtual high-five with myself!*

That filtered-to-all-hell-post-workout-glow though #sohot

I'd also like to share my pre-workout snack from Friday with you guys, since I'm sure you've noticed that I'm a pretty big health freak...

Yes, that is Cap'n Crunch with Crunch Berries cereal. This crap is filled with all of the artificial coloring and flavoring, and I'm pretty sure there are even trace amounts of trans fat in there. Still, I love having a small bowl of cereal before a workout and Friday's workout was a leg workout so I knew the sugar would help me have an awesome workout.

PSA:

It gave me heartburn, so I don't recommend Cap'n Crunch pre-workout.

 

Saturday morning Jules and I woke up bright and early for a run, but had to take the dog for a walk first. Our dog is a 7 pound Shihtzu/Maltese (Shitese? Maltshit? Not sure what the designer dog name for him is...). Jules loves walking Jax and while he's not a huge fan, he tolerates it. 

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Jax is the perfect sized dog for her and he never pulls her or knocks her over. He's a really good boy when he's not being a jerk. 

Now if only Jules would help me pick up his crap too. 

After walking Jax we went on a 3.5 mile run and then kept it pretty easy the rest of the day before going to Jason's aunt and uncle's house for dinner (I forgot to take pictures of the food, but trust me when I say it was delicious) #worstbloggerever

We had nothing planned on Sunday (WOOHOO!) so Justin, Jules and I got up early to go to the grocery store, making a quick stop at the park for some swinging beforehand. Speaking of grocery stores, does anyone else go through phases with the stores they go to? Right now I'm on a pretty serious Trader Joe's kick, which is fine because I love Trader Joe's and they have awesome food. A few weeks ago I was hitting up Aldi's on the regular and before that it was Lucky's. I always go to Walmart for the bulk of our shopping, but hit up these other stores for meat and the random cool crap they have because I have a snack addiction and need all the chips. 

This brings me to the subject at hand, which is being married to the law. 

First off, if you had told me 20 years ago that I would be married to a cop, I would laugh in your face and walk off shaking my head. Shoot, if you'd told me 5 years ago that I'd be married to a cop I would have laughed at you. I'm a bit of a rule breaker and cops terrify me. 

But then you fall in love with someone and get married and that person just happens to want to be in law enforcement and now look at me, I'm the wife of a law enforcement officer.

He looks smoking hot in uniform, btw.  

We are only in our first year of this career change, but I can tell you that it's been a huge learning curve for all of us as a family. Working full-time with a teenager and a baby certainly don't help (although I'm sure it's just as crazy for SAHM's, just a different crazy). That being said, here are the tips that are keeping us afloat-ish. 

Be flexible. 

One of the things I learned almost immediately is that you have to be flexible. Jason works the night shift and his schedule is different every week. He's supposed to get off of work around 6, but sometimes doesn't get off until 8 or later, depending on what happened while he was on shift. When he does come home on time, he can help me get the baby ready for daycare and get out the door to go to my job but I can't rely on that happening since we never know what his shift will bring. 

Additionally, Jason has worked almost every holiday in the past year except for Christmas. We celebrated Thanksgiving the Saturday after the actual holiday and I got crunk while playing Guitar Hero with my kids for New Years Eve. Jason worked both Justin's and my birthday, but we made a point to celebrate both on a different day. You can't get stuck on the date itself - you have to be flexible and celebrate the day, not the date.

Have a schedule. 

I really enjoy being spontaneous sometimes, but with Jason's schedule we really can't do that anymore. Almost everything is scheduled based on whether he's working or not. Our weekend plans and vacations have to be more thought out than they've ever been, and our daily routine has to be scheduled almost to the hour in order for things to work. We even have a shared family calendar on Google that we are all able to access and change, so we can keep track of shifts, extra duty, appointments, dates, etc.  

To make things a bit easier I always go to the grocery store one morning of the weekend to get everything we need so I don't have to make any stops during the work week, and I plan all of our meals for the week prior to going so we get exactly what we need. I know that I have to be awake and out of bed by 5:20am (preferably by 5, but I'm a snoozer) in order to get my workout in before work. I know that I won't be able to do my workout after work, so getting it done in the morning is key.

That being said:

Make time for yourself

Jason works long hours and sometimes picks up part time work on his days off, meaning he's not home anywhere near as much as he used to be. This means a lot of the daily activities to keep the house up and running fall on my shoulders, which can be a huge responsibility sometimes. In order to keep my sanity I have to take time for myself. This includes my workouts in the morning, but I also try to take time a few nights a week to sit down and veg out on the couch for at least an hour after putting the baby down for the night. I also make it a point to take time to paint my nails once a week, since this makes me feel like a lady... 

Let it go (you're singing it now, aren't you?)

This applies to so many facets of our life. Jason and I both like certain things in the house to be clean, but different things (he hates clutter and I leave clutter all over my side of the bed/night stand, but I hate clutter on the kitchen counter and loathe dirty floors and toilets). We have both learned to just let things go when it comes to the house being spotless all the time. We clean when we can and when we can't, we can't. 

This also applies to fighting. Jason and I get along 95% of the time, but just like anyone else we do fight sometimes. However I never know for sure that he will come back from his shift when he leaves for work - that's the reality of the gig. So when he leaves we always make it a point to kiss and say I love you and in doing this, we tend to get over whatever we were upset about sooner. 

Make time for each other (we're still working on this)

One of my goals for 2017 was for Jason and I to have a date night once a month. I know we never made it out in January, but we went out a couple of times in February so I think we're on track to average a date a month so far this year. We've both acknowledged that this is something we need to make a bigger priority though. When we don't make time for each other, we start to nitpick and argue with each other more and that leads to insecurities and issues that probably don't even really exist. With all of life happening it can be really hard to find time, but once the kids are out of the house and we've retired we will need to be best friends and it's imperative we still like each other in order to do that!

Enjoy the time you do have together (put the phone down)

This is something I've gotten really crazy about myself and after nagging Jason enough, he's started to see the importance as well. I make it a point to put my phone down and away when we're spending time together, both as a couple and as a family. I may even have my phone more than he does now since I'm always trying to remember to take blog pictures (and failing 50% of the time, SORRY!). That being said, I try to snap a few pictures and then I put my phone away, since I want to remember the experience of what we're doing, not the pictures of the experience. I even force my teenage son to give me his phone when we are all hanging out so he gets in the habit of being present. 

If you need it, get help.

They say the divorce rate among law enforcement officers is higher than the average population, and I can definitely see how it's more difficult being married to the law than a regular citizen. However Jason and I both agree that we're in this for life and will fight for our marriage as hard as we need to, including going to counseling when/if we feel it's needed. Don't be ashamed to get help!

(don't judge my amazing outfit in these pics - aka, don't be jealous of how awesome it is)

Be each others #1 supporter

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I think this is important in all marriages, but especially important in ours. Jason knows that I support him in his career and that I want him to be happy and successful. Even more, he knows I believe in him 100% - he can truly be/do whatever he wants and I am proud of him for doing such a difficult job. And I know that he appreciates all of my contributions as a wife/mom/boss lady and he makes it a point to tell me he appreciates me/what I do on a regular basis. 

I remember when Jason first told me he wanted to go into law enforcement on a city/county level and I went online to look for some resources and experiences and all I could find were people griping and divorce statistics - SCARY! I hope this post is able to help someone out who's finds themself in the same boat as I did. I'll probably update this as I learn more and we get better

That wraps things up for me today. I hope you all have a wonderful week!

 

 

What It is Wednesday - Part Deux

It's Wednesday! If you round it up, we're over halfway done with the week! Woohoo!

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Today I'm doing another round of What It is Wednesday since I really enjoyed the last round. This is basically everything that I'm really enjoying right now, including food, funny crap my kids do, what I'm wearing, entertainment, etc. 

First, I was able to workout today! And I didn't feel worse afterwards! WIN! I haven't been able to workout since Sunday and I felt terrible after that workout which never happens. So I knew I needed to take a few days off to allow my body to get better from this dumb flu. I took the time off and now I'm getting better - imagine that!

And look, my picture isn't terrible #thankyouprettyfilter

I love Snapchat & filters

I'm in my second to last week of Chalean Extreme and then I have to figure out my next plan. I'll have 13 weeks exactly from when I finish to when I go on vacation to Illinois for my cousin's wedding, so I'm going to put together a 13 week training plan that will likely incorporate P90X (the original version), running, pilates, some HIIT, some yoga, and maybe some barre this round too. I love barre workouts because they help to strengthen all of your supportive muscles, which reduces injuries. It's also great for flexibility, which is something I really struggle with. Meaning I'm super not bendy. 

I came across this picture today and forgot how much I love it. Jax has the best RBF (resting bitch face) I've ever seen. And the side-eye? WHAT KIND OF ANIMAL DOES THAT?!?! Someone please turn this into a meme for me!

Waffles on Sunday that Jules completely wolfed down. Which is awesome because Jules doesn't usually eat much for breakfast. This is the recipe I use and I've made them probably a hundred times and they always turn out amazing. If you want to make them healthier you can substitute organic virgin coconut oil for the vegetable oil and use half whole wheat flour and half regular flour. Let me know if you give them a try!

Onto another Jules picture, I'm all about Jules taking her socks off and making her own sock puppets yesterday morning while I was getting ready for work. She was watching Moana (of course) and would take the sock off her hand, then put it back on and move her hands to make it "talk" to the screen. So cute!

Also, pigtails are life. 

Thanks to Snapchat for the amazingly appropriate filter to show how I felt on the inside after watching the last episode of This is Us (not this week's, but the episode prior - I haven't watched this week's episode yet and if you tell me what happens we will be officially fighting). If you're not watching This is Us, START WATCHING IT! This is seriously the best show ever and I don't even care that it makes me blubber like a toddler who got a super cool, but dangerous item that will probably kill them taken from them and their world is ending. Which happens on the regular over in my hood. 

Taco Tuesday is life!

Do you notice a trend here? Lots of things are LIFE right now. 

We have Taco Tuesday almost every week (not always on a Tuesday, but alliterations are better). It's super easy, Justin knows how to make it, the leftovers are bomb, and it's relatively healthy. Oh, and the kids both love it. WIN!!

Annie's macaroni and cheese is also life. 

We started getting two different kinds in our Amazon subscribe & save and it's a huge savings off of what you pay in the store. I love mac & cheese and haven't been able to eat Kraft since I've started eating Annie's. The flavor is so much better. Justin cons me into getting the Kraft brand here and there and all I taste is salt when I eat it. Salt and yellow. Yellow, salty pasta. Grossssss!!

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I took this picture Saturday after trying to fake like I was feeling okay and going to work in the morning, out to lunch and to the park. Then I came home and collapsed with this little lady. First, how is she sleeping with her arm like that? It looks like she's about to tell me whatfor. Second, I took a nap. Why don't I take naps more often? I mean, I don't have time and always have a million things to do so that's probably why I don't do it unless I'm sick (definitely for sure why I don't). However I really wish I could make more time to nap, especially when a little peanut is cuddling with me. When you look at the grand scheme of things, I won't have these moments for that long and I know that not taking more time to cuddle and nap with my smelly, sticky kids will be something I'll wish I'd done more of. So it's going to happen. Once I get all of this crap done...just kidding. I'll really try to do it more. 

Friday Family Movie Night

We're bringing it back. This used to be something we'd do almost every Friday as a family. We take turns picking a movie and then it's a no cell phone zone while the movie is playing. We'll usually eat pizza, popcorn, candy, and have some soda (wine for me, let's be real here). I really miss having those disconnected-from-the-world hours with my family, so being the matriarch, I have ordered it to come back this week. Jason is working, so that means we can watch a rom com, dumb comedy, or cartoon without complaints...so I'm thinking we'll probably watch Moana. I keed, I keed. We'll watch something else, I swear!

I'm wearing red today - it's just a little, but I don't own anything red - and I hope you're wearing red too. Equal rights for women (well, for everyone) is something I've always thought we needed but now that I have a daughter of my own, is something I'm passionate about.

And last but certainly not least...

Apothic Rose

I love wine. So much wine. Actually, not too much wine because any more than 2 glasses and I feel it the next day #thankyouthirties. Apothic makes some of my favorite wines. The Apothic Red and Apothic Dark are two of my favorite wines. Oh and they had this limited edition Apothic Inferno earlier this year that was amazing. Seriously one of my favorite wines ever. Well now they're rolling out with a limited edition Rose and even though I don't really like Rose, I'm going to have to get it and try it. And I'll probably figure out I love it after the stores all stop carrying it so I won't be able to find it anywhere and I'll be so sad (this may have happened with the Inferno). So if any of my Central Florida peeps find the Apothic Rose anywhere please let me know so I can pick some up!!

One final pretty baby picture for good measure. 

That's it for today. I hope you all are having a wonderful week and if you're not, attitude is 90% of the battle so fake it until you make it. I was in a crap mood this morning on the way to work but then I listened to a super cheesy 80's song I love (Break my Stride, by Matthew Wilder) and it pepped me up and now I'm having a decent day. 

Do you have any songs that always work to pep you up when you're feeling like you want to go ape on everyone? How about any favorite wines? Red blends are my jam. And not just because they're red like jam; I just really like them. 

Monday Mania

Happy Monday, friends!

75% of our house has been fighting a stomach bug since Friday which has been less than fun, to say the least. Jason's friend was in town and we weren't a very fun bunch to be around, but we managed to get out for a little bit on Saturday and catch some lunch and hit up the park before we went back home and all fell asleep for several hours. You know it's serious when I take a nap!

Here, Jules is explaining our options for starters, drinks, and specials. She's a magnificent server.

Typical picture of Justin whenever we go out to eat or do anything #teenager

He is an awesome big brother though and I love seeing how much he adores Jules. 

And these two also make me super happy. This is right before Justin got knocked over by the swing, which I put a video of on my Facebook page. That was a completely accidental incident and it was so funny. To everyone but Jules. She was just like, why's everyone laughing and not swinging anymore?

Today I wanted to briefly describe my current exercise routine/schedule. 

Before I start I need to again stress that I am not a physical trainer or nutritionist and I am in no way qualified to give anyone any advice. This is just what works for me right now. If you're thinking of starting a new program be sure to discuss with your doctor first to make sure you're in good enough physical condition. 

I am currently doing a program that includes Chalean Extreme, which is a Beachbody program, running or sometimes kickboxing when I don't feel like running, pilates, HIIT, and some yoga. 

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Here's my current plan and schedule. 

As you can see, I originally planned on running a 15K in April, but I've since decided that's crazy. So I'm just using the plan to keep me motivated and on a schedule. I've missed very few workouts, simply because I just love working out. I am missing my workout today because i'm sick, which I hate. But it's better to miss a day or two and get better than make things work because you're stubborn and need those endorphins. Even though I rarely miss a workout I have substituted a workout several times, especially recently when it's 5:30 in the morning and I just don't feel like running. When that's the case, I will usually substitute a kickboxing workout since I get a similar calorie burn with kickboxing as I do with running. 

Here's what I use for equipment:

My selecttech weights that Jason got me for Christmas in 2015. These are huge and can sometimes feel a bit awkward since I'm pretty petite in size, BUT I love that I have a huge array of weights that I can use all in once place. I believe they go from 7.5-52.5 pounds EACH, which means I have a lot of weight I can be throwing around if I want!

Then I also have this bin filled with some 3lb, 5lb, 8lb, 45lb (Jason's), and some toning bands and other random crap that I use. With all of this, I really don't ever find that I need any other weight sizes. The selecttech weights are a big investment, but if you're serious about working out at home and lifting heavy (which I highly recommend), they're worth it! 

I'll be starting a new program at the beginning of April - I'm thinking about doing a running and P90x hybrid program, since I'm loving lifting weights right now. 

Does anyone have anything fun planned for fitness right now? Anyone else feel like they're dying from a stomach bug?