Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year, New Circuits

You know what motivates me to workout? Watching how-to workout videos! I love scouring YouTube for new exercise and new trainers. New videos come out all the time, so there's always something to see! 

This time I discovered QuickieChick's YouTube channel. She's adorable! Check her out, she has makeup and dating advice, as well as quick, simple workouts to add to your daily routine. 

I get bored really easy when I'm working out. I find that the best way to keep myself motivated and engaged is by switching up my routine every time I go! Circuits are my favorite way to workout because you're burning more calories in a short amount of time. 30 minutes and you're golden. Perfect for on the go moms. 

Here's a list of new workouts I'll be adding to my circuit routine to spice it up a bit! Some of these were completely new to me so I included links to their how-to articles and videos. 

mid walk planks
upper body spinning in squat (She's doing it in a chair, but in kickboxing class we always did this one in a squat. Feel the burn!)
speed skating in place
mountain climbers
squat jumps
cardio scissors
Pink's ab workout routine
Hand walks

My New Year's Day routine will look like this: 

Kettle bell swings
Tricep curls
Speed skates
Mountain climbers
Cardio scissors
Upperbody spinning
Mid Walk Planks
Pink's ab workout

I don't normally go with a fixed number of reps. I kind of just start to do the exercise, then do 3 more reps past the time I feel like I want to stop. So if I get to 17 and my body says "omg I can't do this anymore!" then I push out 3 more and call it good. (That doesn't count if you're in pain, if something you are doing actually hurts in a bad way, then stop). 

I try to repeat circuits as many times as possible, but like I said, I get bored, which is why it's important for me to constantly change up my routine. 

Are any of the workouts I listed familiar to you? What kind of workout is your favorite? 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Just Another Magic Thursday - Flooded Laundry Room, Les Miserables, Turkish Get Ups

I had so many great plans for today. I was going to see Les Mis for the second time. I was going to deep clean the house with my new Melaleuca products. I was going to hit the gym and bust some chub off my ass.

Needless to say none of that happened.

First, I woke up to an unhappy Mr. C who, I guess, had been up all night with Dad while I enjoyed a full nights rest. Of course, that meant that Mr. Eight was ready to hit the sack as soon as I was crawling out of it at 7 this morning. So much for deep cleaning the house while Mr. Eight played with the kids.

I saw Les Mis Christmas night. Pretty much the best movie of my generation. Nothing will top this, I'm certain. Best movie of my lifetime.

I was really hoping to see it again with another friend during nap time, but after a less than successful morning with a clingy Mr. C, I decided to call off our plans. It was a good thing too when Mr. Eight suddenly got called into work just after noon.

Oh, why was my morning less than successful you ask? Why that would be because I FLOODED MY FREAKING LAUNDRY ROOM. /smh

This is the day I'm having. I immediately poured myself a vodka and cranberry juice (it was weak, you nay sayers). My procrastination saved my butt when the huge pile of blankets and laundry in the floor soaked up most of the mess. That didn't stop the water from leaking into the garage, the lanai, down the hallway, into the bathroom, and inching towards the living room. Thank god for tile floors.

The house is still a mess. I cancelled plans with my friend. And since Mr. Eight had to go to work the gym is a no-go. Oh, and I'm sure there's standing water under my washer and dryer.

In the meantime I looked up some workouts to inspire myself to workout later when hubz gets home. Ever heard of a Turkish Get-Up? I did a set of these at the gym this week and it kicked my ass, try it! If you Google it you'll see a lot of body builders pulling ridiculous stunts like this fine fellow, but it's also something that beginners can do. This is a pretty good step-by-step explanation of how to do it right. Like he says in the video, when you're using super low weights it'll be easy to skimp on form, but if you do build up to bigger weights you need to make sure you're doing it right.

I also found this Workout Builder on Might try using this next time.

Happy Thursday everyone!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Feels good to be back!

Oh blog! How I have missed thee!

It's been nigh on a month since my last post, and boy do I feel guilty! Where did this month go? I have no idea, but it's nearly over. Christmas is days away and then it's on to 2013! (As long as the world doesn't end of course).

My mom was here visiting for 4 weeks, it was so nice having her around to spend time with the kids and fold my laundry. Sigh. I need a grandma here more often!

The big news in my life right now is that I'm done with school. I got my BA last spring and then dove right into an online graduate program this fall. Bad idea! I am so tired. We PCS'd to Hawaii in fall of 2010. I started at UH Manoa that next spring and haven't stopped until now. That's 2 years of school, during which time I had a second child and moved across island to a new house. I am exhausted.

It feels AMAZING to have so much freedom now. There are so many craft projects I want to do, pounds I am going to lose (see the positive form I used there?), and activities I can do with my kids. I'm putting together a bucket list for the last 2 years we have left in Hawaii (I'll share it with you soon), and I'm excited to start ticking some of those off too!

So much to look forward to!

Hope you're having a fantastic holiday season!