Day 1, All Over Again.

It is time for my next 30 day adventure. Being that February is my birthday month, I decided to celebrate all month long…so:

30 Birthday Gifts in 30 Days!

Yes, I intend to treat myself 30 times in the next 30 days….I know totally selfish, right!? But I don’t do that often; and I feel like I deserve a little something special..err, 30 somethings special! Besides, my daddy would totally tell me I deserve it! ::big-spoiled-daddy’s-girl-smile::

So, today, I fully intended to treat myself with a day off from working out; but then Kim wanted to do body pump…so I went. (AND THEN SHE DITCHED ME! Just Sayin!) I did weigh in though, and over my 30 days of working out I lost 11.5 pounds and 7% body fat…not too shabby! That’s a good gift right there! I also got a bag full of amazing, organic fruit from my dad!! DELICIOUS…does that count!? Welllllll….I didn’t technically get that for myself…. 🙂

So after much consideration I decided to buy myself a book on my NEW Kindle Fire! No, the kindle wasn’t my gift to myself; I got that from an accumulation of gift cards! But, I just received it a couple weeks ago and literally have been so busy I haven’t had a chance to do anything with it! So tonight, I bought my first ebook AND learned how to get it onto my Kindle…which was a very confusing process! Thank you Sai from Kindle Live Chat Support!

Don’t make fun….if you know me, you know that I am EPICALLY bad at decision making. It’s true, World’s Worst Decision Maker-It’s something I really need to work on! Anyway, this caught my eye somewhere…most likely pinterest….and I read the first couple pages online. It actually seems really interesting so I’m excited to read it. I know, I know…when do I have time to read!? Well perhaps by the end of the month I will have finished it…or perhaps I’ll gift myself with a ::coughcough:: call in sick day and just read on my porch all day! 😉


The final day…

Well here it is, the big 3-0. Overall it went by really fast! and I have to be honest I was really looking forward to taking a day off tomorrow! Enter Kim: “Hey, I’m gunna go to body pump tomorrow! Me: “Oh! I’ll go!!” ::smacksforehead:: It was supposed to be a much deserved day off!! Ah, well…I like body pump!

But back to today….I was hoping for something super exciting; but for those of you who haven’t noticed yet, ‘super exciting’ is not in my repertoire. My dearest lil sis recommended I download this ‘workout trainer’ ap for my phone and do something off of that. So I did. It is a good ap for someone who is looking for a little variety in their workout. I just downloaded the free version, if you were wanting to pay for the ‘pro’ version it really could be like a personal trainer in your pocket (or as close as you can get). But for my purposes free was good! It had a number of workouts you could scroll through until you found what you were looking for and then it would talk you through it. The one I decided on was ‘The Energizer Body’ and it looked like this:

2 rounds of:

1:00 Wacky Jacks

1:00 Side Shuffle

1:00 Squat Pulses

0:30 Rest

2 rounds of:

1:00 Diamond Crunches

0:20 Rest

1:00 Tricep Dips

0:20 Rest

1:00 Kneeling Diamond Push Ups

0:20 Rest

0:30 Hollow Body Holds

0:30 Rest

1 Round of:

1:00 Squat Hops with 1/4 turn

0:30 Rest

1:00 Squat Hops with 1/2 turn

0:30 Rest

1 Round of:

1:00 Lying Torso Twist

1:00 Floor Knee to Chest Stretch

1:00 Cat Cow

1:00 Child’s Pose

As much as I wanted to, I didn’t forget my 30 burpees. I’ll tell you this, I will NOT miss those! And no chance I’m making it to 100!! I signed up for the 100 mile challenge at school with a few friends of mine so workouts will not become obsolete; however, I’m looking forward to a day off here and there…specifically Tuesdays! Hope everyone had as good a Monday as I did!! See you tomorrow for a BRAND NEW 30 days!! 🙂

The 29th day…

The second to last day…

It doesn’t seem like almost 30 days since I started this; but tomorrow marks day 30.

As for number 29 I got my burpees out of the way early, like right when I woke up early. Hours later I finally got around to getting my workout in. I really wanted to go rock climbing but they were closed this weekend!? 😦 Also, closed on Mondays, so I’m sad to say that one won’t make it to my list. So, left without an idea, I just combined bits and pieces from different workouts to get a full body workout. I started with my cardio (imagine this…a pinterest find!):

It was the perfect warmup! After this I did my arms (with 10 pound weights in each hand):

15 Pushups

Bicep Curls: 30 seconds full, 30 seconds bottom half, 30 seconds top half

Triceps: 30 seconds overhead, 30 seconds kickbacks

Deltoids: 30 seconds front raise, 30 seconds side raise

30 seconds tricep dips

15 pushups

Following arms were my legs:

15 ducks squats with a 8 pound weight

15 lunges

15 squats with 5 pounds in each hand

Leg lifts on hands and knees: 15 back with each leg, 15 to the side with each leg

Finally, abs:

30 seconds weighted core rotations (w/8 lbs)

1 minute side bends (w/5 lbs per hand)

30 seconds right and 30 seconds left reverse tree chop (w/5 lbs)

30 seconds right and 30 seconds left tree chop (w/5 lbs)

15 full body crunches (with body ball)

It was a good, solid workout. I went as hard as I could and did each move back to back without rest in between. So that was that…leaves me with Day 30. I wish I could say I have something super exciting, fun or different planned; but let’s be honest, I don’t have ANYTHING planned. I really am at a loss, so we will see what tomorrow brings…

Days 27 and 28

Lately, I have been hooked to Losing It with Jillian Michaels. It is a show where Jillian Michaels moves in for a week with severely overweight families. She goes through their habits, teaches them how to eat right, gets to the bottom of their emotional eating, and of course severely kicks their butts in workouts fit for strong man competitions. At the end of the week Jillian helps the family establish goals and plans on how to reach them. She then visits them approximately 8 weeks later to see their progress. Of course everyone has lost insane amount of weight, regained their health, and started new lifestyles. It makes me cry…I know I’m pathetic.  But let me tell you, Jillian is one tough broad! And the show encouraged me to buy a couple of her videos– 30 Day Shred and Ripped in 30 ((Less than $15 to my door! Thank you Amazon!)). They finally came in the mail (it was only like 3 days later but I’m way impatient!) and so day 27 was devoted to the 30 day Shred. There are three different workouts on this video-level 1, level 2, and level 3. They are based on a 3-2-1 interval system: 3 minutes of strength training, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs. I just did the level one to see what it was like. It was a good workout. Nothing too difficult, I believe I could have done one of the other levels; but the moves were adaptable so one could make them more or less difficult as needed. Overall I liked it. I’m thinking about continuing this workout after my 30 days are up. I will likely integrate other workouts in, but I might make this the base or meat, if you will, of my workout regime.


Day 28…I finally got around to setting up the Everlast Cardio bag I got for Christmas. It was a lot lighter than I expected with a spring at the bottom (hence cardio). It came with a cardio workout on DVD so that is the workout I did. It included 10, 2 minute rounds that incorporated a punch with a cardio move alternating for 2 minutes. The instructor took a while to explain each move, which was beneficial but he did it before each move, cutting into the 2 minutes and slowing down the movement of the workout so it wasn’t that intense. Once you know the moves however, you could still do this video and just complete the 2 minutes without listening to his instruction each time.

I finished each of the workouts with my 27 and 28 burpees. Happy those will be over in two days…I seriously respect anyone who does 100 burpees. I just hate them. On the other hand I’m kinda sad that I only have 2 more days of workouts on this journey, but also very excited for February! Happy Sunday, friends!

It’s like Ice Cream for Breakfast…


I have hands down found my new favorite breakfast smoothie! It honestly is like ice cream for breakfast. Delicious, chocolatey, sweet, creamy ice cream!

((It’s more chocolatey than it looks in the picture.))

I used my handy dandy Oster MyBlend Blender again. It has one frozen banana (cut in half to blend better), 1/3 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1.5 tsp peanut butter, and 1/2 cup vanilla unsweetened almond breeze. This honestly is even better than I expected it to be. It is so creamy it’s much more like a milkshake than a smoothie! Add one block of protein and you have a perfect 3 block breakfast for those of you in the Zone. Again, for those who don’t follow the Zone, this smoothie comes out at: 210 Calories, 6.5g fat, 33g carbs, and 12g protein. Yum, Yum, Yum! Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did!

23, 24, 25, & 26

Monday I was overcome by the need to run stairs. I’m getting anxious about finishing the Fight for Air Climb in a decent time. So I ran up and down 20 flights of stairs (they were flights of 14–not quite as many as the Hilton flights). So up 280 steps and down 280 steps. It was one flight that I was continuously going up and down, then back up and down, and so on. Let me tell you, it is MUCH easier to go up after you’ve gone down! I was able to run up and down all 20 flights that I did without stopping or using the hand rail. I don’t think I could have run up 5 flights at the Hilton without the handrail or stopping! I’m convinced being able to go down and somewhat disengage your muscles, if you will, makes all the difference.

Tuesday was a long day; and I overslept. Thus, Tuesday night was a long night! I did a quick workout but not to say an easy one. It was another pinterest find:

Now if only I looked like that when I did it! haha. Again, it was a late night workout after a very long day so I only did it once through. In a more typical workout, I would add an ab circuit at the end and do it at least 3 times through.

Wednesday I got to do a new kettlebell workout! I was very exciting! I love working with kettlebells! They are so simple, anyone at any fitness level can benefit from kettlebells; plus, they are fun to swing around! I have the Bob Harper GoFit Kettlebell in 10 lbs. These kettlebells all come with a video, which is the workout I did. It was a good workout but I’m currently scouring the internet for something a little more challenging.

Finally today…I took the BodyPump class at Gold’s Gym. I have taken this class in the past and I really enjoy it! It is a GREAT full body workout perfect for guys or girls at any level. It is a weight lifting workout so you can use as much or as little weight as you like. My shoulders are already sore so I’m sure I’m going to be feeling it! After body pump I cooled down with a very short cardio burst. I did three laps on the track, again sprinting the long sides and walking the short ends.

All in all a good week so far!! AND of course, I did 23, 24, 25 & 26 burpees. Let me tell you…SO OVER BURPEES! Only four days to go….

Days 21 & 22

Only 8 days left!! Can’t believe I’m in single digits! ((insert panic attack here: I have no idea what to do for the next 30 days!?))

Yesterday was an ‘easy’ day…and by that I mean no cardio. I did an old Slim in 6 video, which I don’t understand by the way because there aren’t 6 workouts….they aren’t 6 minutes long….so why “Slim in 6”? Hm…anyhow. I did Slim & 6 Pack. Ok, so I told you it was an old video. Don’t laugh at the 90’s feel of it. The moves were all pretty easy, however they were sequenced very well. You have to keep your abs engaged throughout the entire video so I really did feel as though I got a good ab workout by the end of it! Oh yes and never forgetting again….my 21 burpees.

Today I did a couple stability ball workouts. I just found what I could on Youtube…


On the second one I just paused it after he demonstrated each move and did 15 of each. Admittedly it was another semi-easy day, without cardio. I did my 22 burpees though and am ready to get back into a hard one tomorrow….

I still have a few specific workouts I’ve been wanting to do from the beginning! With my time winding down I better figure out when I’m going to get some of them in: rock climbing, body pump, Crossfit (if I weren’t such a baby), kickboxing…and I really want to find a good kettlebell workout!

My Cup of Joe

I have never been a coffee fan, but give me a smoothie and I am one happy camper! I love that I can make delicious and healthy breakfast smoothies on the zone diet. It is a great breakfast after a hard morning workout! Here is one of my favorites:

For a full 3 block zone meal you would use one cup of frozen strawberries, 1/3 frozen banana, 1 cup low fat milk, 2/3 oz vanilla protein powder, & 1.5 tsp peanut butter. But let me tell you that is a huge smoothie! It fills the entire bottle that you see there and I can hardly down that much in the morning. So here I went with 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 1/3 frozen banana, 1/2 cup vanilla unsweetened almond breeze, 1/3 oz vanilla protein powder, & ~1 tsp PB (sorry I omitted the PB from the picture). This makes about 8 oz, which is perfect for me in the morning!

*Kristin’s Food Tip:

Peel and slice bananas into the portions you use (for me and for zone 1/3 of a banana) and freeze them individually in ziplock bags! Perfect for smoothies!!

I simply throw everything into my Oster MyBlend Blender, screw on the blending attachment, set in the base, and push. Viola! Finished product. You then can screw on the sport bottle cap and drink right from bottle. It is so easy, no clean up, and this thing literally blends through anything! If you love smoothies as much as I do, you have to have this lil gadget! Check out more MyBlend recipes here! For those of you less interested in the Zone diet, my smoothie ended up at: 158 Calories, 5g fat, 20g carbs, 3.5g fiber, and 10g protein. Plus tons of vitamins and deliciousness! 🙂

Half Way and so much more…

Wow….it has been a busy week! But I promise, while I’ve fallen horribly behind on my blogging, I haven’t missed a workout. The half way point came and went, and it’s all downhill from here. So let me catch you up. This past weekend I went to Carbondale with my family. My sister goes to school down there so we were taking her back from Christmas break. I was lucky to have had a three day weekend so I stayed down there through Monday. We worked out at the SIUC Rec center on Monday and Tuesday. It was really nice! It’s pretty big with a large variety of equipment. I’m not much of a swimmer; but if you are, their pool is something to drool over. It’s a beautiful Olympic size pool with multiple high dives and extremely clean water (and not the horribly chlorinated kind of clean). But again,  I’m no good at swimming for anything other than leisure. So Sunday, my sister wanted to learn how to use all the different weight machines. We went through each one in the weight room, getting a decent leg and arm workout; but it was mostly instructional so we weren’t going all out. It was a good toning workout though. After that we went for some cardio and I had fun playing trainer on the treadmills. 🙂 We did a mile ranging from 3.5-7 mph and 0-5 incline. After that we ended the late night workout with an ab set that included: plank, side plank, weighted sit-ups, bicycles, leg lifts, obliques, and a couple others. It was a fun workout and it was nice to have a workout buddy! Of course, after all that and being a night workout, I managed to forget my burpees….BIG MISTAKE. I thought forgetting day 6 was bad…forgetting day 15 and having to do 31 the next day was no fun ((but at least I know I can make it to day 30))!

Monday I was blessed with another day with my workout buddy. I really wanted to do the rock climbing wall they had, but of course it was closed at the time we were there. So, she decided she wanted to focus on arms. We started in a free weight room and did 25 kettlebell swings, 15 bicep curls, 15 military press, 15 tricep kickbacks, 15 deltoids, a plank exercise (from a previous sheet I posted on day 2) and then back down….plank, deltoids, triceps, shoulders, biceps, and kettlebell swings. After that we were going to do some cardio, but the cardio room was pretty full so we went into a quick ab circuit. We did leg lifts, plank, obliques, weighted sit-ups, and bicycles once through for 45 seconds each and then a second time through for 30 seconds each. By the time we finished that, there was more space in the cardio room so we did a 1000M race on the row machines. That was a lot of fun. I wish we had row machines here in town. I beat her, but not by much; and in all fairness, she didn’t quite get the screen that stated how far ahead/behind you were, so had she realized that she was behind not ahead it would have been a really tight race. We had about 5 more minutes before our time was up  so we did 5 minutes on the stationary bikes—2.5 minutes only using arms and 2.5 minutes of legs. Overall it was a really good workout. And again it was great to have a partner to workout with! And don’t worry, I somehow knocked out my 31 burpees. (UGH!)

Tuesday was back to the grind. I started class that night as well so I had to squeeze my workout in early. It was a quick cardio workout. I did a mile on the track—5 laps jogging and 5 laps sprinting the long sides/walking the short sides. That method of sprinting/walking/sprinting/walking and so on was one of the recommended workouts to help with stamina for the Fight for Air Climb…of course I imagine you’re supposed to do more than just 5 laps for it to do much good. After the quick run, I did another ab circuit and got my 17 burpees out of the way for the day. It was a quick workout, but a good start to my day!

Wednesday I had a split shift at work so I  got my workout in between shifts. I did a quick 2/3 mile warm-up on the treadmill between 5-7 mph. I then ran up and down 10 flights of stairs…trying to get in those stairs and cardio to make Feb 18th easier! So after that I did 5 more laps of sprinting the long sides/walking the short, followed by an ab circuit. After my abs were burning pretty good I did 20 squats, 20 lunges and 3 more laps of sprinting/walking. Hit the showers and headed back to work! Had to do my burpees later that night after class.

Day 19…oh boy was this a day. I wasn’t able to get my workout in until about 11pm, so admittedly it was a verrrrrry quick one. I did 7 moves, 20x each. 10 burpees, 10 squats, 10 leg lifts (abs), 30 second plank, 10 side crunches (left), 10 side crunches (right), 20 pushups, 10 side crunches (right), 10 side crunches (left), 30 second plank, 10 leg lifts (abs), 10 squats, 10 burpees. How do you like that, I even did an extra burpee! 🙂

And finally….day 20. I did a very quick warm up walking on the treadmill (3.5-4mph & 5-15 incline). After the warm up I went up to the track which was completely empty (LOVE THAT!). I did 6 laps sprinting the long, walking the short, sprinting the long, walking the short, running down 2 flights of stairs, back up 2 flights of stairs and then sprinting the long again and so on and so on. It was a good cardio workout but I should have made myself go longer! After that I finished up with 50 kettlebell swings, 25 wall balls, and 20 burpees. Only 10 days to go!!

Whew! And this brings me to today…..first I will be taking a nap and then I will get my workout in….thinking about kickboxing, but might also save that for tomorrow when I have more time. We will see. Hope everyone has a great day and I promise I won’t get a week behind again!!

Days 13 & 14


Oh Ab Ripper X, the way you make my abs burn!

First off, let me say that my legs were still way sore from the elliptical, lunges, and squats. So 13 burpees were not easy! But I got them out of the way first! I decided that after my pushup workout and the leg workout, I was ready to make my abs feel the pain. And boy did I accomplish that! I believe I said this in a previous post, but “thank you Tony Horton!” I’ll tell ya, that man is a workout beast. If ever you are looking for a good, quick ab workout, just youtube P90X Ab Ripper. It’s only 16 minutes–11 moves, 25 reps of each–but don’t be fooled! It’s killer. I am however starting to believe there are abs under there somewhere! 🙂

Day 14….As I stated in a previous post I’m doing the American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb in February. ((Insert Selfish Plug here: Donate on my behalf here!!)) 🙂 They had a practice climb at the Hilton this morning so a couple teammates and I went to try it out. BOY OH BOY was I glad I went! I was grossly underestimating the difficulty level of climbing 32 flights of stairs! Now no excuses, but let me just note that my legs are still way sore from Thursday’s workout! So we get there and do a little warm-up of ::drumroll:: MORE LUNGES! Plus, alligator crawls, high knees, butt kicks, etc. So after the warm-up wore me out (ha!) we went for the first trial run. We were just going for 15 flights. I think I was tired after 3. lol. I made it to the 15th floor stopping twice for about 30 seconds. So rode the elevator back to the basement, got a drink, caught our breath, and…went again! UGH! The second time we just wanted to see how far we could make it up. So we went all out and all made it to the top. I again stopped twice probably for about 45 seconds to a minute each time this time. But nonetheless 32 flights I conquered! And for the record, 32 flights on a stair master in NO way equates to 32 flights at the Hilton!  It felt good though and it was a great experience! Now I know exactly how much training I still have left to do in the next 5-ish weeks! Cardio, here I come! It was a great workout! Plus, then I came home and still got to struggle through 14 burpees!! Yippee!

Hope everyone out there in Blogland has a fabulous 3 day weekend! I’m looking forward to my halfway point tomorrow!!