Thursday, January 10, 2013

Workout Day 2 of Build Your Best Body

This was to be posted last night, but my internet was down.

Workout Day 2 

Initially it was the alarm that woke me up today, but that wasn’t what got me out of bed this morning.  It was remembering that I had to make play dough for my daughter’s JK/SK class.  I have had the slip since October I think and my turn to make it was Monday January 7, 2013.  Oops…so I am a few days late.  I will get to talking about my workout in a minute.  So after busting out just over 60 minutes of awesome strength training, I got showered, dressed and kids woken up.  Started on the making of their lunches at the same time I was making some PINK (as requested by my daughter) play dough for the school.  So I thought to be quick, I would try making the “No Cook” type.  Well the first batch was a little gritty; I used coarse sea salt…not good.  I threw some of that same salt into my Magic Bullet and turned it into fine sea salt…and it was just fine.  I quickly made up another batch while trying to get my daughter dressed (she was freaking out over a little scratch she got on her knee yesterday).  This week has been nothing but drama in the morning before going to school.  Monday it was my daughter.  Yesterday it was my son. Today, it was my daughter again.  Let’s hope tomorrow is a drama free morning.  Anyway, the second batch was much better, still not the greatest, but at least I got some sort of play dough into her backpack and out the door.  I told her to tell her teacher that I would send some better stuff in on Friday.  So after I returned home from the bus stop, I made some more play dough, this time the “cooked” kind.  What else was I going to do with an almost full bag of white all purpose flour???  The batch was the best of all!  I made a double batch and coloured one pink, and the other yellow.  Not just yellow though…I had some banana flavouring in the cupboard so I thought “that would be fun”…so I added it in.  Now my play dough smells like bananas.

Another reason why I shared this story with you is coming up soon.  Let’s get to my morning workout.  Shall we???

 When I went to bed last night I thought to myself… “How the hell am I going to workout in the morning if I am feeling this sore?”  The same thought went through my mind again this morning.  You PUSH through it!  That’s how!  And I did!  After the ‘play dough’ wake up call, I got up, got dressed and made my way to my workout area.  Turned my music on, used my iPhone as my timer for my Wall Squats and I was on my way.  Yes it was tough, but I made it through the full workout.  Today I took a little more time to stretch out.  The other day I rushed it, and I think that is why I was still so sore this morning. 

My numbers…some were up, others were down.  And that’s okay with me.  I know over the next three weeks they will improve.  Out the three different areas of the body that I worked today…Lower, Upper and Core…I think Upper was the toughest.  My chest was on fire doing the Push Ups today.  So after I was done each set of 4 moves, I stretched out in the 30-60 second break before starting the next set.  For the Decline Push Ups, I had my feet up slightly higher than I did on Monday; it felt better, tougher, but better.   I can normally do standard Push Ups with no problem, but doing them after the Decline Push Ups is killer.  I feel like such a weakling, I couldn’t wait to get to the Modified ones.  LOL For beginners and intermediates they recommend that you start with the Standard Push Ups.  The Decline Push Ups are for Advanced only.  I just took upon myself to think of myself of Advanced.  I will not back down.  I am on a mission, my journey to A Healthier Version of Me…Right?  So no wimps allowed.  Last year I did not hit my weight loss goal, which I am a little, just a little miffed about, but I know that this is a journey and it takes time.  I think I got happy with the weight that I had already lost and how I was feeling, which was GREAT, and I settled.  I settled into the body that I had made and backed off slightly.  It didn’t help getting a cold that lasted for months, followed by the holidays.  Overall throughout the holidays, I ate pretty well and my workouts were still going, but I don’t think my heart and soul were in them as they were earlier last year.  But I did not throw in any towels; I kept going and maintained that body that I created, with maybe just a little extra added on, just a little.  That’s my hibernation addition.  Even though spring is not here yet, it’s time to come out of my winter’s slumber.  I think with this “Build Your Best Body” program through Oxygen Magazine, it’s just what I need.  I am a pretty laid back person, but I like structure, and with this program like any other program that I have done, it has just that, structure. 
The meal plan is very easy to follow and again it has structure.  I love it!  Let’s talk about today’s food.

Today’s food…
Breakfast: Egg Quinoa Parfait
This is a GREAT one!  I never would have thought of this meal myself.  Here is the meal…

Try it out and let me know what YOU think of it.

I didn’t get a chance to make this breakfast until after the daycare kids arrived, so I set them up with the play dough that I made, and made up this wonderful breakfast.  I actually had the quinoa cooked up, I just had to cook the eggs and slice the fruit.  I cooked a cup of dry quinoa which was enough for this breakfast, my lunch and there is enough left for another meal.

Snack: Greek Yogurt with Strawberries & Walnuts
I had to use pecans instead, my walnut jar was bare. 

Lunch: Chicken Quinoa and Broccoli
Since I ate breakfast late, my snack and lunch were also eaten a bit later too.  Definitely worth the wait though.

Snack: Chocolate Protein Shake

The recipe calls for chocolate whey protein powder, but I used the Hemp protein powder that I have, plus I added a bit of ice to the mix.

Dinner: Frittata
This is the first time I have ever made a Frittata, and I am not sure if it was made right or not.  It doesn’t really matter though because it was good.  The recipe doesn’t specify how much broccoli is to be used, I used about a cup.  I have to buy myself a skillet that can go from the stove top to the oven.  I started making the frittata in the skillet on top of the stove and then I transferred it to a pan and put it in the oven.  It seemed to work just fine.

It was another great day of food, and a great workout day.  I looked forward to tomorrow’s workout…a little bit of dance and some yoga.

Until then…Stay Strong!

Good night


P.S. After all the drama this morning with the play dough and such, my daughter didn't even give the play dough to her teacher.  It came back home with her in her backpack.


  1. Thanks for the laugh. I can't count how many times I've busted my butt getting stuff for the kids to take to school only for it to stay in the backpack. I feel your pain.

    I just got the January issue of Oxygen and am wanting to try out the program too. It is so nice to hear how someone likes something before trying it. I want to try Insanity this year. Trying to work out a shoulder issue before that though. Still working with Body Revolution, but modifying my weights to not hurt my shoulder too badly.

    Thanks for blogging. I look forward to reading them each morning.


    1. Hey Kristi,

      It's nice to hear from you again. I hope your shoulder gets better soon. In the fall, my shoulder was sore for a few days too. And like yourself, I took it easier with the weights to let it heal.

      Thanks for reading.

      Stay Strong!