Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pilates and Getting Ready for New Years'

Good morning! This morning I decided to do a short Pilates workout instead of doing one of my Beachbody workouts, because I still had some work to do to get ready for our trip up to Michigan for New Years'. It felt good to do Pilates, I don't do it very often. I think I might start putting it back into my rotation on the days I have to do Yoga though. After that I showered and got ready for my day, and also got the rest of my stuff packed up that I want to take up to Michigan. I'm looking forward to the visit. After we get back, I'll start on my resolutions for the New Year, and my P90x/P90x Plus Hybrid workout. I hope everyone has a great New Years!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Interval X Plus and a Delicious Breakfast Treat

Good morning! This morning's cardio workout was Interval X Plus again - decided to do that because I wanted to make myself a delicious treat for breakfast. I did pretty well with that workout, but I still have a hard time getting through some of the exercises. I imagine it will take me a while before I can get through all of those exercises without stopping.

This morning I also made myself a delicious treat for breakfast - a half a peanut butter Eggo waffle sandwich, with Hungry Jack syrup on top of it. Yeah I know, not the most nutritious choice, but I wanted to try something different. I took an Eggo waffle and toasted it, then cut it in half, put some crunchy peanut butter on it, then put the other half on top, then put some Hungry Jack syrup on top of that. It was delicious.

Only have to get through today and half of tomorrow (only have to work until 1 pm) and then I'm off until January 4th. I'm looking forward to spending some time with friends up in Michigan. I'll try to remember to post tomorrow if I can, if not I'll start posting again after I get back, when I'll be starting a P90x/P90x Plus hybrid workout.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Shoulders and Arms and Ab Ripper X

Good morning! This morning's workout was Shoulders and Arms and Ab Ripper X- felt good as usual, really pumped up my shoulders and arms and made my abs feel stronger. I also went ahead and scheduled the next routine I plan to do, starting the Monday after New Years, which is going to be the P90x/P90x Plus hybrid, with a few changes so I can include some of the Les Mills Combat kickboxing workouts in there. I just have to get through two and a half more days of work - today, tomorrow and half a day on Thursday - and then I'm off until Monday. We're going up to Michigan for New Years' - it should be fun, at least we'll get a little more time up there than we did for Thanksgiving. Going to try to get in some exercise, but we'll see what happens.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Legs and Back and Pilates Abs, and My Christmas

Good morning everyone! I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Yesterday I actually did do a little workout - I did Les Mills Combat Power Kata, and got a great workout from it. I had a great day yesterday, spent most of it relaxing. Kevin and I actually exchanged gifts on Christmas Eve - Kevin gave me a bluetooth headset for my phone and some leave-in conditioner for my hair. I've used both, and they both work well :)  We went and saw the new Star Wars movie yesterday - if you're a Star Wars fan and haven't seen it, I highly recommend it, it's an excellent movie. This morning I got up and did Legs and Back, and instead of doing Ab Ripper X I decided to do a pilates resist-a-ball workout for abs and glutes. Today I plan to spend the day working on a few things, I hope everyone has a great day!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Chest and Back and Ab Ripper X

Good morning! And Merry Christmas! This morning I got up and did Chest and Back and Ab Ripper X, which worked me out, as usual. That's good, especially since, as I mentioned yesterday, I've been eating a lot of higher fat stuff this week.  I'm really looking forward to tomorrow - it will be a quiet day with Kevin, but he's got a good breakfast planned for us, as well as dinner. Not sure what we'll do tomorrow, other than exchange presents. We may try to go see a movie.

And here's a picture (the best selfie I could take) of one of the new sweaters I got:


I hope to post more pictures of the other clothes I got soon! Everyone have a very Merry Christmas! 





Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Interval X Plus

Good morning! This morning I decided to kick things up a notch, and did Interval X Plus for my workout. It felt great, I was real tired and sweaty at the end though. Tomorrow I'll do Chest and Back I think, and then on Friday I think I'm going to do Plyo X to kick things up a notch again - I've been eating a lot of more fattening stuff, with Kevin being home and this being a holiday week.

Also, I heard from my doctor's office yesterday, they said my platelet count is back up to normal, and just to keep eating healthfully and trying to avoid sickness as much as possible to keep it up.

Also I started getting a few of the things I ordered myself with the gift cards I got from Kevin and a few family members - I'll post pictures of me wearing them soon.

That's it for now, I'll be back with another update tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Shoulders and Arms, Pilates, and My Doctor's Appointment

Good morning! Yesterday was a rest day, which was good because I had a doctor's appointment yesterday to find out what I needed to do to treat my low platelet count. The doctor didn't do much - she did tell me that platelet count can vary from one day to the next, depending on different factors. One of my seizure medications could be affecting, it can also be affected by aspirin and ibuprofen - so if I was on my period at the time (can't remember if I was or not) and I took ibuprofen for the pain, that could have lowered my platelet count. My doctor took my blood again yesterday, and if my platelet count is still low, she's going to refer me to a hematologist. So I'm just waiting patiently to find  out about that - I'm hoping I hear something before Christmas.

This morning's workout was Shoulders and Arms and Ab Ripper X- except I didn't do Ab Ripper X because I was running short on time, I did a short pilates ab workout that used body weight and light weights instead. Tomorrow's workout will be Les Mills Combat Extreme Cardio fighter.

That's it for now, I hope everyone has a great day!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Les Mills Combat Ulimate Warrior's Workout

Good afternoon! It's been a busy day, but this morning's workout was the Ultimate Warrior's workout, which I got a great workout from as usual. Other than that this morning Kevin and I went to Golden Corral for breakfast where I ate way too much, as usual. Other than that I've been spending the day working on holiday cards, and Kevin's been working on his four-wheeler. I'm hoping I can get through this week, and the following week, without gaining too much weight but we'll see - yesterday I used a few gift cards I got to order some new clothes, so I'm looking forward to getting those.

That's it for today - tomorrow I have a doctor's appointment - hoping I'll find out why my platelet count is low, or at the very least what I need to do to find out why it's low. Hope everyone has a great day!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

P90x - Legs and Back and Ab Ripper X

Good morning! Hope everyone's having a great Saturday. This morning's workout was Legs and Back and Ab Ripper X. I'm glad to see my back and abs are starting to get stronger again - I was able do a few more chin-ups and keep my legs up the entire time during the Fifer Scissors exercise in Ab Ripper X.

Today I have to finish up a freelance writing project, then if I have time I'm going to start working on holiday cards. I hope everyone has a great day!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Les Mills Combat Power Kata and Keeping Track of Health Data

Good morning! Got on the scale this morning and I gained half a pound this week - I'm not too worried about that though, it's only  half a pound. This morning I was going to do Interval X Plus for my workout, but I wimped out and decided to do Les Mills Combat Power Kata instead. It's ok though, still got a good workout from it.

I was also wondering, how many of you  keep track of your health data? By health data I'm not just talking about weight, I'm also talking about anything related to any conditions you might have - for example, if you have high blood pressure, do you check your blood pressure on a regular basis, if you have diabetes do you check your blood sugar, etc. As a person who has epilepsy, I need to start keeping track of when I take my medications, and if I have any seizures. etc. That would probably help me and my doctor figure out the best treatment for me, although the treatment I'm on right now seems to be working pretty well. I think I am going to start keeping track of when I take my medications, and when I have seizures again though.

That's it for now - I'm looking forward to Kevin coming home, he's been working in Atlanta for the last two weeks, but he has the next two weeks off. I unfortunately have to work every day except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day, though I will get to  leave early on New Years' Eve Day, and of course I'm not scheduled on the weekends. I'll try to post as much as I can the next few weeks, but if I don't get to post much I hope everyone has a great holiday!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Ulimate Warrior's Workout and Chest and Back and Ab Ripper X

Good morning! I've had a busy past few days, but yesterday I did the Ulimate Warrior's workout, and this morning's workout was Chest and Back and Ab Ripper X. Chest and Back is basic - all push and pull exercises, but it's a good workout. Tomorrow's workout will be either Power Kata or Interval X Plus, I haven't decided which yet - I may do Interval X Plus just for a change of pace. I'm also looking forward to Kevin coming home tomorrow night, I haven't seen him in two weeks.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Shoulders and Arms and Health and Fitness Goals for 2016

Good morning! This morning I did my Shoulders and Arms workout, but decided not to do Ab Ripper X - why? I don't know, I guess I was just feeling lazy. :)

I've also started thinking about my goals and resolutions for 2016 - I know I want to work on making more money from my freelance writing and transcription, but I'm not sure what kind of health and fitness goal I want to set for myself - I may try to look for some kind of fitness challenge that I can take part in for the long-term. I'll keep you all posted on what I decide to do!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Les Mills Combat Extreme Cardio Fighter

Good morning! This morning's workout was Les Mills Combat Extreme Cardio Fighter, which I got a good workout from, as usual. Tomorrow's going to be a rest day, then I think this coming week's workout schedule is pretty much going to look like the one for this week, though I amt thinking of switching things up a bit and throwing in an Interval X  Plus workout. I'm not sure though, I'll see how I feel. So my workout schedule for this week looks something like this:

Monday - Rest.
Tuesday - Shoulders and Arms and Ab Ripper X
Wednesday - Ultimate Warrior's Workout.
Thursday - Chest and Back and Ab Ripper X
Friday - Power Kata or Interval X Plus.
Saturday - Legs and Back and Ab Ripper X
Sunday - Extreme Cardio Fighter

Hope everyone has a great day!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

P90x Legs and Back and Ab Ripper X

Good morning! This morning's workout was Legs and Back and Ab Ripper X - I'm getting better at Ab Ripper X, but I still have hard time getting through Fifer Scissors. My plan for today is to work on some transcription and freelance writing work I have, so I'd better get to it. Hope everyone has a great day!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Les Mills Combat Live Ultimate Warrior's Workout and lost 3 1/2 pounds this week

Good morning! This morning's workout was Les Mills Combat Live Ultimate Warrior's workout, which felt great to do. I'm also pleased to say that I lost 3 1/2 pounds this week, taking me down to 118 pounds. I'm glad to be down below 120 again, I'm hoping I can lose a little bit more next week so I can have a little "cushion" for Christmas week.

I've also started looking into ways to keep myself motivated to stay in shape - not that the weight that I've lost and the strength and energy I've gained isn't enough, but I'm beginning to feel like I need more of a challenge. I was looking into fitness competitions, because I can't see myself doing anything like a marathon or even half-marathon, but all of them look kind of scary...LOL. I don't know, I guess I'll keep looking.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

P90x Chest and Back and Ab Ripper X

Good morning - this morning I did P90x Chest and Back and Ab Ripper X.  That workout is all push and pull exercises (lots of push-ups and pull-ups) but it's effective.

Also been thinking about what I'm going to do to get through the holidays without gaining too much weight - I'm not sure what Kevin and I are going to be doing for the holidays, so I'm really not sure how to plan. I think we're going to be sticking around here for Christmas at least, so I may be able to to do some kind of short workout. I guess I'll just have to see as the week gets closer. For now, I at least know what I'm doing for the next two weeks.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Power Kata

Good  morning everyone - it's been a few days since I posted, and I apologize for that - the last few days have been busy for me. I'm glad to say I have worked out every day except Monday, which is usually my rest day anyway. Yesterday I did shoulders and arms and Ab Ripper X - this morning I wanted to do Extreme Cardio Fighter, but ended up being a little short on time because I had to finish up a project, so I ended up doing Power Kata instead. It's ok though, I still got a good workout from it. Going to try to just alternate my P90x and Les Mills Combat workouts the next two weeks -- not sure what I'll do Christmas week, I'll porbably try to workout as much as possible.

Hope everyone has a great day! What are you plans for getting through the holidays without gaining too much weight?

Friday, December 4, 2015

P90x/Les Mills Combat Hybrid Workout Day 88 - Kenpo X

Good morning! I'm having a pretty good day so far today. I weighed myself this morning and found I'd gained a pound and a half, but that doesn't surprise me considering how much junk I ate last weekend, and the fact that my body has been trying to fight off a sore throat. This morning for a change of pace I decided to do P90x Kenpo X, because there isn't as much jumping around in it as there is in the Les Mills Combat cardio DVDs. It actually felt real good to do that video, I think I might have to add it back into my rotation. Tomorrow I'll d o Core Synergistics, and then Sunday will be X Stretch, and then I'll be done with this hybrid workout. I think for the rest of the month of December, I'm going to do the same type of routine I've been doing - P90x strength workouts alternated with Les Mills Combat cardio workouts. I'm also going to try to follow a clean eating plan that was posted in one of the groups I'm part of.

That's it for now, I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

P90x/Les Mills Combat Hybrid Workout Day 87 - X Stretch

Good morning! This morning's workout was X Stretch, which it felt great to do because I didn't feel up to doing a real intense workout. I'm still trying to fight off my sore throat, and I think it's just about gone - this morning I used one of my mother's home treatments, gargling with salt water. Yes, it's gross but it helps loosen up the phlegm. I'm also still drinking my herbal tea to keep my throat from hurting too much. and I'll do another salt water gargle tonight. Tomorrow if I feel up to it I'll do Les Mills Combat Power Kata.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

P90x/Les Mills Combat Hybrid Workout Day 86 - Core Synergistics and Fighting off my Sore Throat

Good morning! This morning for my workout I decided to do P90x Core Synergistics. I did pretty well at it, considering I'm still fighting off a sore throat. I've been drinking a lot of tea and eating other hot fluids like soup though, and drinking a lot of juice, so I'm hoping it goes away soon.

Also I'm pleased to say that I've created a newsletter for this blog! Now if you don't have time to read this blog every day, you can sign up to get the post sent to you on a daily basis. Just provide your first name and email below, and you'll start receiving them:

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

P90x/Les Mills Combat Hybrid Workout Day 85 - Extreme Cardio Fighter

Good morning! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I'm sorry to say I didn't do one bit of exercise while Kevin and I were gone for the holiday, and I also pretty much fell off the wagon as far as eating right was concerned - I try, but it's  hard to eat right when you're traveling. About the most nutritious thing I had was I munched on some carrot sticks when I went over to my mother-in-law's on Saturday. I'm back now though, and starting to get back to it.

This morning's workout was supposed to be X Stretch, because I"m now in my last week of my hybrid workout, but since I haven't worked out at all in the past few days, I decided to do some cardio - I did Les Mills Combat Extreme Cardio Fighter and it felt great to get back into the swing of working out. After I do my last recovery week this week, I think I'm going to do a few more weeks of P90x/Les Mills Combat hybrid workout, plus I want to try to follow this clean eating plan that I found out about: https://www.facebook.com/events/1715299852033579/.

That's it for now, I'll post again tomorrow.