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Bootcamp Recap Week 1

Today finished out the first week of Bootcamp, and I just have to say, I LOVE IT! It has really pushed me and challenged me and I can’t wait to for more.

Even though, we’re only finished with one week, it has sparked some many new workout ideas for the future, which I am SO excited about.

This is actually the first time I’ve ever worked out this much in one week. I took yesterday and today as rest days so I could get somethings done around the house.

Monday began with A HIIT workout and Workout A, which was Upper Body. My arms were so sore in the most amazing way possible!

Tuesday consisted of 20 min of cardio followed by Workout B, Lower Body. I consider my lower body to be much stronger than my upper body, but this workout made me second guess myself. LOL!

Wednesday was Intervals and Core. I found a new love in Intervals.

Thursday was Workout C (Total Body) and 20 minutes of cardio. I upped my cardio time so I could fit in a C25K workout. I set a OR for pace, time and distance. It was fabulous! If there weren’t so many people at the gym, I might have actually jumped up and down with excitement.

Friday finished off Week 1 with a final Intervals and Core Workout, that I struggled with. It was the same as Wednesday but after such great workouts the rest of the week, my body was tired. lol.

I learned a lot this first week:

  • exercises I thought were simple turned out to be some of the most challenging
  • I am capable of so much more than I ever gave myself credit for
  • On the opposite end, I do still have a long way to go
  • The variety of exercises I was shown this week has shown me how to work each part of the body separately or together.
I am so ready for tomorrow and to to kick off Week 2. 
For a full recaps click on each day Day 1 / Day 2 / Day 3 / Day 4 / Day 5
Best Body Bootcamp, fitness

Bootcamp Day 5

It’s Friday! Woo hoo!!!! I just have to make it a few more hours and I’m free!

This morning was another day of Core & Intervals. After underestimating myself Wednesday with my interval workout and followed Julie’s Intervals (thanks Julie!). I only made one modification to the workout. Since my running pace is not as fast as Julie’s, I changed my running speed to 6. This workout was much better than Wednesday and I was a hot mess when it was over.
Next was “crunch” time….pun intended 😉 Even though today’s core workout was a repeat of Wednesday, it kicked my butt more. I struggled with my 3rd set of most of it. Just check out these times.

None of them close to what I had on Wednesday. Guess that means, I’ve got some work to do. 
Tomorrow’s plan is cardio of choice. Want to know what I’ll be doing? My last day of the c25K program!!!! I am SO excited! Check back tomorrow to see how my last run goes and a recap of the whole program.
Anyone have any big plans for the weekend?
Best Body Bootcamp, fitness, goals, running

Better than before

I will be honest, I did NOT want to get up this morning. I stayed up later than I planned reading 50 Shades of Darker. This picture below just about sums up what it’s like reading anytime during when the kids are still awake. haha!

After two hits of the snooze button, I dragged myself out of bed so I could head to the gym. Once I was there, I was feeling pretty good.
I started my workout with some cardio. Tina’s plan for today was 20 min of steady cardio. One of my July goals was to finish the C25K program so I opted for a longer cardio session. I felt much better during this run than the past few runs and even set a PR in pace, distance and time! This is one happy lady right here!
And today was my second to last day! Only one more day of the C25K program to go! 
Next, it was onto a total body workout. I definitely found a few new favorites!

With a workout done for the day, it was time to head off to work, where I now site and count down the minutes til 5 and I can go home,
Have you ever woken up not ready to workout? How many times did you hit the snooze? What was it that motivated you to get up and workout?
Best Body Bootcamp, fitness, nutrition, WIAW

What I Ate {Last} Wednesday

Finally! My first What I Ate Wednesday post! What I Ate Wednesday is  a link-up hosted by Jenn from Peas and Crayons. It’s a great way to see what other bloggers are eating (you always know you can use a few ideas) and it’s a fabulous way to hold yourself accountable and can make you see what you’re really eating and maybe what you could work. For me it’s veggies….BIG TIME!

I have been wanting to do one for a while but remembering to take pictures at each meal isn’t easy. I’m awesome at taking pictures of my breakfast but the rest of picture taking goes downhill after that.

Last Wednesday, I successfully took a picture of each meal. Proud moment in my day. (yup, it’s the little things. haha) So let’s get started.


I started the day with a turkey back and egg sandwich made with a whole wheat english muffin topped with a Laughing Cow Light Swiss wedge.

Lunch consisted of turkey, ham and cheese (Laughing Cow Swiss) wrap. Notice the lack of veggies? We were out of fresh veggies and in desperate need or a grocery store trip. On the side were apple slices and Justin’s Hazelnut Almond Butter

Dinner was definitely on the starchy side. Before leaving for work, I marinated some chicken for dinner. Once I got home, TJ fired up the grill and I got to work on cutting up a sweet potato for some sweet potato wedges. TJ was really in the mood for biscuits too, so I popped a few in the oven. Not what I would have chosen but I did make sweet potato wedges, which he isn’t a fan of, so I let him have this one. 
And since this month the focus is on Fitness as well, let’s jump into that as well. 
This week kicked off with Best Body Bootcamp from Tina. Man, oh man, does it kick butt! Monday began with a Lower Body Workout and a 20 minute HIIT workout. It was my first HIIT workout and I LOVED it!
Monday consisted of upper body and a 20 minute HIIT cardio workout! My arms are still a bit sore from that workout but nothing compared to yesterday. For the full recap of Day 1, check it out here.
Tuesday workout was lower body and 20 min of steady cardio. The wall sits killed me, but in a fabulous way. Check out all my thoughts here.
And that brings us to today! On the schedule today was Intervals & Core, and other than Monday’s HIIT workout, this was my first Interval workout. Because I’ve been having a time breathing, I decided I’d make his Interval workout a walk but at some inclines. Apparently, I have underestimated my speed. I kept my recovery speeds at a casual speed of 3.0 with an incline of 4.0 and my increase was at 4.0 (4.5 towards the end) with an incline of 8.0. The speeds were a bit slow. I’m definitely going to up things for Friday’s workout.
With the intervals done it was time to move on to the Core Workout. Included in the core workout today, was a new move for me: the V-Sits. They look easy but they were harder than I thought. I managed to get to the 30 second mark but it was NOT easy. A familiar move was a plank. Tina asked for everyone to do hold the plank for 60 seconds. If you’ve seen my plank-a-day from previous posts, you’ll notice that most are around 30 seconds but occasionally there will be a 45 second plank in there (I guess I’m feeling strong on those days. lol) These planks killed! I know I will get better over time and eventually 60 seconds will be nothing but I have to start somewhere. At the end of each circuit, I added a bridge since a plank a day and bridge a day or part of my goals. I did 3 rounds of the workout before calling it done.

Notice those 60 second planks? Yeah buddy! 3 of them in the bag! I was pretty proud of those!
And that folks, wraps up my first edition of WIAW!
A huge shout out goes out to Jenn from Peas and Crayons for hosting such a fabulous link-up! And if you want to participate, click here for more information.