Days 20-25

This has been a fun week of gifts.

Starting with day 20. As most of you know I did the Fight for Air Climb this weekend. It was a ton of fun and I didn’t do awful either. One of the people on my team had this super cool ‘shoe wallet’, which is perfect for anyone who likes to run, bike, or really anything that makes carrying keys, etc difficult. So naturally, I had to have one! It is this small ‘tote’ that hooks onto your shoe laces and is just big enough for a key or two, ID, debit card, etc.

This picture is just so you can see what it actually looks like on a shoe...

...I obviously got this super cool Nike, Livestrong one!







Moving on to day 21…I guess I was on a theme here because when I found my shoe wallet yesterday, I came across this Livestrong sweatshirt. I was still thinking about it the next day, so I decided it would become my day 21 gift. It’s funny because I really am not even that big of a fan of yellow, but its a great brand/cause and a little pop of color will do me good [just ask my sister!]. Plus, it’s really comfy!

Day 22 I was still in this building-my-workout-wardrobe mood apparently, because I decided (again, thanks in part to my climb teammates) that I had to have a sweet watch for my workouts. Now, in my defense I have been wanting a ‘workout watch’ for sometime, but I the ones I bought in the past are the cheap, what I like to call: disposable, kind that last for about a month before the battery dies and you can do nothing to replace it; eventually throwing it away and buying another one. So I went in search [online] of a fun, not disposable, workout watch. I found a couple that I liked; but then…enter Puma watch. Ah, puma. I don’t know what my obsession is, but I have this weakness for anything Puma! I debated for a good hour {while watching glee!} on whether or not to spend nearly double the money on this Puma watch that I had so quickly come to love. Well, needless to say, money lost & Puma won!

Moving on to day 23, my favorite, local radio station plays a game called taboo every Wednesday. For those of you who have never heard of taboo, it’s a game in which you must get your partner to guess as many words as possible in a certain amount of time by describing them without using the specified ‘taboo’ words. So for example, I pull a card and my word is “Mistletoe”. Below the word Mistletoe would be a list of 5 ‘taboo’ words, such as: Christmas, plant, kiss, under, and hang. So, I have to describe my word (mistletoe) to my partner without using any of those taboo words. I love, LOVE word games-of any kind, so this is right up my alley. I actually went in search of Catch Phrase (one of my most favorite games EVER); but decided on Taboo because I have hardly ever played it, but love listening and playing along on the radio! I’m very excited to play! Game night anyone!?

Day 24…well, so much for no more food gifts! Oops. I had (yes, had!) to get this smoothie from Panera. I’m not sure why, but it was just screaming my name! It is an Orange Cranberry smoothie with Ginseng. Honestly, nothing about that sounds like something I would like. I’m not a huge orange fan (especially as far as flavors go) and I hate everything cranberry; but for some reason, it was calling my name. And who couldn’t use a lil extra ginseng now and then!? So I got it; and boy was I more than pleasantly surprised! I loved it! I’m sure it was fulllll of sugar; but if it weren’t for that, I would honestly get this all the time! It was so good and a perfect morning pick-me-up! You can’t deny it, it even looks delicious in the picture!

(Note the way cool phone cover!)

Finally, Day 25. I went to Twist N Swirlz (yes one of my fav places!) with one of my fav people after work today! I got (because I know you’re dying to know) a sugar free vanilla with fresh strawberries and hot fudge! Mmmm! But that was not even my gift to myself (don’t worry I wouldn’t do the same gift two different days!); I went primarily for the AWE-some shirts they sell! Cuppy (at least that is what I named him) is the Twist N Swirlz mascot and now I can appropriately represent with him front and center on my new White T. Oh Cuppy, you are so cool! (baha! knee slapper! ;)) And not only did I get an amazing shirt AND delicious fro-yo (I know what you’re thinking: What more could there possibly be!?), but I learned something way cool! Straight from the mouth…well okay repeated, straight from the mouth…of a real-life ice cream aficionado: did you know, vanilla ice cream that is more yellow-ish in color actually has better flavor than its white counterparts!? It’s because the yellow-ish one is more concentrated with vanilla as compared to the weaker flavored competition. Makes sense right!? Well if my yellow-tinted frozen yogurt was any indication, this is truth people!

Another week of awesome gifts…and another day closer to the big 3-0! Still looking for my perfect plan for the next 30 days…suggestions people!


happy REAL birthday…


Well, yesterday was my actual birthday. And it was a great day! ❤ But first let me get you caught up on days 9 and 10.

Day 9. I was browsing amazon tonight for random things and came across this STL Cardinals license plate cover! If you are unaware I LOVE the cardinals. Live and die by Cardinal baseball really. And I figured that this chrome cover will be the perfect edition to my new car. New car, which was not a birthday gift, for those of you briefly stricken by overwhelming jealousy. 🙂 I’m excited for it to come in!

Dias Diez. I’m super excited about this gift. While it was a much more expensive one, it’s one I’ve been wanting for a while! I finally signed up for a membership at Gold’s Gym and started personal training. I had my first session on day 10 and it went great! I was super nervous but it was awesome and I can’t wait for my next workout!

Finally, yesterday. It was a GREAT day! I worked out first thing in the morning (funny story: showed up for Body Pump @ 5:30am…and there is no Body Pump on Fridays. Duh!) and then came back home for a nap. I got a birthday Starbucks Iced Tea and went to class. After that, enter birthday gift numero uno: I got an amazing massage at BJ Grand Salon. It was so relaxing! I also got some new shampoo and conditioner! I know that sounds boring but I’m totally a shampoo snob and I was very excited about it! It’s a new line made by BJ for girls who work out a lot. It’s a special formula to keep your hair from doing that stringy workout thing. Plus it’s all natural: no chemicals, etc. They are trying to go green too; so if you save the bottles and take them back in, they will refill them! And most importantly it smells awesome! Plus, I got a free water bottle! Who doesn’t love free!? I haven’t tried the shampoo yet, but I’ll be sure to report back. After my massage I got to have lunch with my daddy. We went to Lake Pointe Grill and I broke my diet for the first time since Christmas. It was delicious, but I was SO full! I also got a few amazing gifts fresh from Paris thanks to Daddy and Therese! ❤ Finally, I had a little time to relax before my last but certainly not least gift to myself for the day…Twist N Swirlz. Mmmm!! For those of you who are not familiar it is UH-MAZ-ING self-serve yogurt with every conceivable topping known to man. Seriously, too many flavors to choose!! But I did…sort of…Verdict: Banana Fro-Yo with fresh strawberries, hot fudge and a little granola to top it off. Banana Split. OH SO GOOD…oh ya, and a small side of Peach Ginger because it’s so amazing but I just like it plain. Yes, I got two. They were small people! Hence my ‘sort of’ decision. 🙂 YUM!

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!

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!

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!!

On the 12th day of workouts…

Today was a lighter day…I laid in bed a little late debating on working out at home or braving the dreaded snow finally bestowed upon us. While avoiding the roads and the windchill sounded delightful, I wanted to get in a little cardio so I decided to suck it up. Unfortunately, due to the time it took me to make my decision, by the time I got myself ready to go a little cardio was about all I could afford. I did a quick mile and a half on the elliptical (ranging resistance between 5-10), 50 squats and 40 lunges, stretched it out and called it a day. Just got home from work and knocked out my 12 burpees, which by the way 78 burpees in 12 days and I’m pretty sure I’m getting NO better at them! Sorry for the short post. Short workout. 🙂 I’m off to make a zone-ified dinner and snuggle up for a long overdue date with my DVR. Have I mentioned, I hate winter?!