Workout and What We’ve been Up To Lately

Hi There,
Long time no write, huh?
It has been an insane past couple of weeks….emotionally, I’m finally starting to recharge. Our dog, Orion passed recently, and our house was broken into…there was a wedding in the family. So, my life has been call the Sherriff’s office, help with wedding stuff, cry my eyes out, repeat. It has been difficult to stay brave…I think God knew why I would need to memorize Psalm 91 through all this. I’ve known this psalm since I was two, literally. Those of you who’ve known me for a long time would understand why this is an appropriate passage for me. The verse that stands out is, ” I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge, my God, in Him will I trust.” Let me tell you though, that trust doesn’t always come automatically, and I’m so thankful that God used family and friends to show love to Micah and I. Whether it was a private message on FB or a hug, or a shoulder to cry on. He was there. Even though I couldn’t see Him, He was standing right beside me, when I found Orion, that night that Orion sacrificed Himself to protect Micah and myself, when I need someone to pick me up off the wall and let me cry, He was standing right there….I would be crazy to say that He wasn’t.  But even in the midst of intense pain and chaos…mostly chaos, God can bring joy. Ella, our new adopted puppy, is so full of love. It’s like she was meant for Micah and I. Anyway, I’m so thankful that it can only get better from here. I would challenge you, my readers, to not take anything or anyone for granted. Your life can change in an instant. Make the most of every opportunity. Life is too short to hold grudges. Dance with your loved ones. Pray.

Break a sweat!

This is a little workout to sweat your stress away….Napping afterwards recommended, but not required. 🙂 I will be having a pumpkin pie shakeology after this.

Baby Ella

Leave a Legacy,
Julie

Workout Wednesday: Total Body Tune-up

Here we are again! Snow, Snow, Snow!!!! Frankly, I would love for the snow to make up it’s mind whether it’s going to stay or go, but that’s just me. Speaking of snow…I’m always cold, but this winter is ridiculous! Our house doesn’t have central heating, so, I’m forever walking around bundled up, even though we live in the south. 
I have found some wonderful ways to keep warm:
1. Curl up with a good book, a blanket, and a cup of hot tea or hot chocolate.
2. Snuggle with my handsome fella. 🙂
3. Start baking things…our oven gets super hot, so it heats up the entire top floor of the house, which is really the only floor we use anyway.
4 Workout. Do some cardio. I’ll try out routines that I want to post, or pop in a cardio dvd. Either way, I feel better. 
5. Clean house…okay, so I’m desperate by the time I have to do this to keep warm, but it works great, so, there we go. I’m currently working on the 40 days – 40 bags of clutter challenge. Which was deperately needed at our house. I found out that I have 20 books that are great, but for whatever reason, their just taking up space…There’s even some fitness related ones too. (Check out juliesunshine22).

I love total body circuit training, and this one has some sure-fire arm and leg toners.
So, Stay warm, and get moving!

   
Squat down then while in a squat, reach left leg behind you diagonally. Return to squat then stand. Repeat, alternating sides.

Start out in Plank, hands wide. Bring right hand to meet left hand. Repeat, alternating sides.  
Butterfly Bridge: Perform a glute bridge. While hips are lifted, press knees apart, maintaining tension.Press knees together, then lower. Repeat.
Reverse Plank

Bicycle Crunch


Quickie Cardio

Hi There! So it’s been a crazy week, with non-stop…well, everything! It’s my first week back at work since Christmas, and I’m having a rough time getting into the swing of things. Today’s workout is a way to break a sweat without leaving the house. I haven’t had much time to drive to the gym, so I need a way to stay warm…with the weather getting creepily close to 0 lately. I haven’t had time to take as many pics as I’ve needed to for this workout, so here goes. My philosophy is, being functionally fit and in shape should not take hours out of your day…who has time for that? I go to the gym to live, not live to go to the gym! This cardio workout uses just your body weight, but gets your heart rate going by using large muscle groups. 
Challenge: Each time you do the workout, add a round to each tabata set or 2 rounds for exercises that work one side at a time.. Example – 1st workout= 4x each set; 2nd workout = 6x total for rounds using one side at a time. Work up to 8x total. Enjoy this sweat fest!

Have fun with this. You’ll really push yourself but the effort is worth it! If you’ve been following my tabata workouts, this will be a great change of pace. In order to keep progressing, you must keep your body guessing!

Have fun! 


Julie A.

 

Tabata: Abs and Cardio

Yay! The week is halfway over, and I’m so relieved…This week has been crazy, and I’m typing this super quickly right now….I’ve been working out in the gym again, but am still doing tabata 3 or 4 times a week, because my schedule’s so hectic, but it’s getting the job done beautifully!
And because my schedule’s so crazy, this is the end of the post. TTFN!

Here’s my tutorial:
Squat + Knee Lift: Squat down, knees and toes in same direction, and as you stand up, lift one knee towards your chest, repeat, alternating sides.
Reverse Crunch: Lie on your back, feet on the floor. Zip up your abs, and use them, not momentum to bring your knees to your chest, with a lift at the top.
Plank: keep your abs zipped up, and not sagging towards the ground.
Bird Dog: On hands and knees, with abs zipped, lift the opposite arm and leg to parallel then lower.
Split Squat + Twist: With one foot in front and on foot behind, Lower down towards the floor, keeping the weight in the front foot. Twist towards the outside of the front leg. Stand, pressing your weight into the front heel.
Side Plank + Tunnels: Get into a side plank on your elbow, keeping everything from your head to your heels in line. Keeping your side lifted, reach under your side with your top arm  and repeat.

Wednesday Workout: A Fast and Serious workout

Happy Hump Day!!!
It’s been tough getting back into routine, more so workout-wise than eating-wise. Lately, I’ve been getting my arts and crafts on. Due to a tight budget, a lot of our Christmas gifts will be handmade this year, since I’m very artsy; we know a lot of people doing this as well this year. Unfortunately, this can be time consuming. Here’s where this workout comes in. It’s a 12-minute workout that will have your muscles screaming and heart pounding. It also involves  3 tabatas. You can make this an all body weight workout or add resistance to the squats and bridges. Let me tell you guys a secret, I gain weight in my lower body, but this format has gotten my legs back in shape quickly. Like 4 weeks quickly. So give it a try and let me know what you think!

Single-leg Burpees: (you may use regular burpees if too difficult.) Instead of hopping both feet back. Lift one foot off the floor and hop the other foot back. Be sure to keep your back straight and not rounded as you return to standing.
Bridges: Lie face-up, feet flat on the floor. Put your weight into your heels and lift your hips. Make sure your abs are tight and squeeze the glutes before lifting your hips off the floor. You should not feel this in your lower back. Want a challenge? Try single-leg bridges.
Squats: (Beginners, sit a chair behind you.) Feet shoulder-width apart. Sit back with your chest and shoulders lifted. Lower as close to parallel as possible.
Side Hip Lift + Kick: Get on one side with bottom knew bent and top knee bent. Prop up on elbow. Make sure you are in line from your head to your bottom knee, then lift your bottom hip off the floor. While hips are lifted, kick top leg in a straight line with the rest of the body. Lower and complete reps on one side.
Jump Rope: Keep knees slightly bent while jumping or shuffling. Use a fake rope if needed…hehe
Plank: Keep hips from sagging as you lift up on to your elbows. Keep weight in the heels. Don’t let your hips sag and don’t forget to breathe.
This workout will not only work your glutes and legs, but your shoulders and abs as well.
Let me know if you have questions!