Christmas Memories…Getting back into my routine, Digital Cameras, and a Stocking De-Stuffer Workout

Hi There,
So, it’s been a wonderful, fun, crazy week! My husband turned 30 on Monday, so between birthday/graduation festivities, and Christmas, it’s been nuts around here. It’s all good though. I was able to get some precious retail therapy yesterday, which resulted in new workout capris, a red dress, a green blouse, tights, a new belt, and….dah dah dah dah….Riding Boots!!! I’ve been wanting some for forever…Thanks Dad, Mom, and GeeGee! I did workout on Monday and today, but am soooo ready for some normalcy in my workout routine…and clean eating again, I missed clean eating greatly.
It was my first Christmas with my husband’s family, so I wasn’t sure what to expect this year, but everything turned out wonderful for the most part. There were a lot of memorable moments, but one of the most special for me was hearing my husband read the Christmas story from Luke chapter 2. His dad normally reads, but wanted to recognize Micah’s coming of age, and 30 was the birthday that Jewish young men came of age in Jesus’ time…How cool to have my father-in-law recognize Micah husband as the leader of his home… teary eyes…

Then on to Parties…oh-my-lanta…I don’t think my energy levels can hold up to 5 days of parties like this…it was fun, but I’m so glad I have 2 more days off before I go back to work. I definitely enjoyed playing board games with Micah’s siblings and cousins, you never know what will happen…by the way, if you’ve never played Imagine Iff, you need too.

I thought it was really cool that Micah’s sister asked my mom what traditions my side of the family has at Christmas time. We did stockings with his family this year, and his sisters have no idea how something simple like that made me feel more at home.

But my husband always does some epic Christmas present every year, well epic to me…something that for whatever reason, I’m too cheap to buy for myself, but he always knows what I want. Well, this year, he got me a Canon Powershot camera, so expect the quality of pics on this blog to drastically improve! Here’s a pic of the two of us from the scavenger hunt I used to lead him to his surprise birthday/college graduation party! Each “clue” was a special memory of the two of us, at various points in our lives that led up to this point.This pic was brought to you by …ahem….my new camera. 🙂

Well I came up with a “Stocking De-Stuffer Workout” so you can break a sweat without leaving the house if you’re still recovering from guests. Why wait ’til New Year’s? You can do this workout with your own body weight or add weights. Just perform one set of each exercise, and move on to the next set without stopping. You can do it! I know it’s tough to get back into a routine, but the extra effort it takes is worth it!

Remember to let patience have it’s perfect work! I’m cheering for you!
Merry Christmas!

Workout Wednesday:Tempo Training and how it works.

There are times when we work for every rep in strength training, and then there are times, when we mindlessly go through the motions. It’s easy to do this with body weight, and resistance bands, and I’ll admit…sometimes, I need a little help being mindful of my muscles working. That’s were tempo training comes in. Tempo training forces you to use your muscles instead of momentum to do the work, so that you’re focusing on the work of your muscles to do the job. Here’s an example: Squat – instead of down, up, down, up think of this motion in phases and use a different amount of time for each segment. For example, 3 sec. to lower into parallel. 2 seconds to standing and 2 seconds at the top of the movement, contracting the glutes. Try it. You’ll definitely feel the muscles working. It usually only takes about 3 or for exercises for a muscle group to get completely burnt out when done this way, but sometimes, it’s good to shock your muscles, and this is one of the best ways to do it.Think quality over quantity.

Squats: keep knees and toes in the same directions, no pidgeon toes! Place hands in front of you  lower 3 seconds, stand 2 seconds, squeeze 2 seconds.

Push-ups: Even those of you who can do full push-ups may want to do the modified push-ups this time. Lower 2 seconds, push up 2 seconds, pause 3 seconds. This will help enable you to do more full push-ups, and get great abs.

Reverse Crunches: Zip up those abs and keep ’em zipped! Lower 3 seconds, Lift 2 seconds, Pause 3 seconds

Single-Leg Dead Lift: Find a focus point. This move was never meant to be rushed any way. If you’re unsure, add resistance and try a stiff-legged dead lift. But most importantly , your back must stay straight, abs in!
Throughout the movement. If your back rounds, you’ve lowered too far. Lower 3 seconds, lift 3 seconds, pause 2 seconds. (Add that squeeze.)

Bicep Curls: Use tubing or weights for this one. Lower 3 seconds, lift 2 seconds, pause at the top 3 seconds…this is a killer with resistance bands.

Side Plank with Hip Dip: Zip it up! Lower 2 seconds, lift 3 seconds, pause 3 seconds.

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