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Join me in 100 push ups

24 May

Push ups are back! 


After completing the 100 push up challenge last December the time has come for round 2.  The 100 push up program made me love push ups.  Don’t get me wrong, it is HARD work.  You really have to dig deep and just keep pushing through each set. 

What it is:  A 6 week-long structured program of push up training 3 times each week.  At the end of the 6 weeks you will be able to complete 100 consecutive push ups. 

Push ups are such an amazing and basic upper body exercise.  You can complete the 100 doing any variation of push ups.  Click here to see variations.

Want to join?  The 1st week will start next Monday, May 31st – Memorial Day.  Between now and then all you have to do is send me an email telling me you want to join ( and complete the initial test (do as many push ups as you can consecutively and let me know) to see which column you’ll follow.  Make sure to do this at least 2 days before we start on Monday. 

Here’s a sneak peek at the first day:

week 1: pick the appropriate column depending on your initial test results
Day 1

rest 60 seconds between each SET (longer if required)

  up to 5 push ups 6 – 10 push ups 11 – 20 push ups
set 1 2 6 10
set 2 3 6 12
set 3 2 4 7
set 4 2 4 7
set 5 max (at least 3) max (at least 5) max (at least 9)

See you can do that!  I’ll have all 6 weeks up in a few days but if you want to take a look at the program click here.

I look forward to having you join me in this awesome challenge.

Inspiration and challenges

12 May

Dinner on Tuesday and Thursday don’t happen as smoothly as they used to now that I teach bootcamp at 6 in the evening.  While Monday’s pizza was baking in the oven I quickly threw together a bean and turkey bake inspired by Janetha’s garbanzo bean and turkey bake.

I didn’t have all of the ingredients on hand so here’s what went into it.


  • 20 ounces lean ground turkey
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can garbanzo beans – pinto beans
  • 1 cup diced roasted red peppers
  • 1 medium diced onion
  • 1.5 cups chunky salsa – 1 cup mango habanero salsa
  • 1 package knorr vegetable recipe mix – 3/4 cup chopped shiitake mushroom and 1 large carrot grated
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • copious amounts of reduced sugar ketchup  – probably 1/4 cup of regular ketchup?
  • PLUS I added in 1/4 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Mix in a bowl.  Put in a baking dish and top with more ketchup.

Time to bake??  Yes.

Since it was in the fridge overnight I baked it for 45 minutes at 350 degrees F (Janetha’s recipe baked it for 35 minutes).

It was so good, especially after an hour of bootcamp.  A new variation of meatloaf!

Thanks for the inspiration Janetha! 

Speaking of inspiration, Janetha hasn’t only been a cooking inspiration but also an exercise one too!  I joined her Wakeup Call Challenge earlier this month and have loved almost every minute of it.  Each morning, first thing before anything else (well almost anything, I’ve gotta feel the whiney animals first) I do at least 5 minutes of plyometric exercises.  Each are 1 minute long.  The most I’ve done so far is 17 minutes straight over the last weekend.  Tuesday morning was 15 and it gave me so much energy.

It’s amazing how getting your heart pumping first thing can have the same good effects coffee would on wake up time. 

Have you joined any challenges lately? 

I loved challenges.  Maybe it’s because I’m a bit competitive, or maybe I just like the motivation it brings but anytime I can join in on a challenge I’m there.  

I did the 100 push up challenge at the end of last year and the 200 sit up challenge earlier this year.  Once my shoulder feels better (the dang lawn mower got to me on Sunday!), then I’ll be starting up the 100 push up challenge again.  Look forward to it!

Day of eating

17 Feb

Since I was away from home over the weekend I hadn’t been eating like I usually do.  I’ve also been having a crazy sweet tooth going on since I got home from snowshoeing so I’ve attempted to put a kabosh on that ASAP.

Here’s my run through of yesterday’s eats.  Taking a picture of everything really kept me accountable while I get my sweet tooth back into control… for the most part 😉

I started out extra early with a cup of coffee + soymilk.  I’m trying out something new in the morning.  Normally I try to wake up at 5… turns into 5:15 and then I exercise.  I set the alarm for 4:40, got up and drank a small cup of coffee THEN exercised.  I felt so much more awake on my 2.4 mile (21:45 minutes) run and my time was faster than my normal AM run.  I think it was easier to get up knowing I was going to get coffee instead of starting my workout right away.

Breakfast… banana oats with PB yum

Later than morning I enjoyed some cottage cheese with blueberries.  A few pictures are a bit dark since they were taken with my phone.

Cutie 😉

Lunch was glorious.  Brussels sprouts, red pepper, sweet onion and mushroom topped with 3 egg whites + 1 egg and parm.  My favorite filling lunch for sure.

After lunch granola bar

Afternoon snack… toasted seed bread with brazil nut butter + another cutie.

Munched on a few handfuls of these while making dinner

And yummy tacos for dinner.  I crisped up my 2 little tortillas which made the tacos perfection.  Smashed onion and black bean on the bottom, avocado, shredded chicken and topped with lettuce.

Jacob convinced me to have 1 sweet… darn him for tempting me.  Chocolate covered macadamia nut brought back from Hawaii from my parents.

We took Joe on an hour long walk after dinner and picked up Starbucks.  No picture but a grande decaf soy latte was fully enjoyed by me 🙂

All in all I felt pretty darn good about my eats for the day.  Plus I really liked getting up early to have some time for me + coffee and it’s giving me time to write this right now!

We did it once again!

Over the weekend the 200 sit up challenge ended.  All of us were able to do them!  I’m so glad my Aunts Arlene, Arneta and Carol, mom Lynda and mom in law Debbie did this challenge with me.

Me, Arlene and Arneta after our sit ups still smiling 🙂

Steamy Pancakes

8 Jan

Yoga was just what our bodies needed this morning.  Mom and I did 90 minutes of P90X yoga + our sit ups for day 3 of the challenge.

I fueled early in the morning with some of Deb’s pimped yellow squash pancakes, and some pear on the side.  Can you see the steaminess?

Jacob shared half of them with me and ate all, but said they were just okay.  I squirted a tiny bit of agave nectar on mine to sweeten them up which made them better.  They needed a little summin-summin, so I’ll have to do some experimentation.  The fluffed up egg whites in them = genious!  It’s fun to watch them cook too because they puff up SO much.

After yoga I had a mini whole wheat bagel with some brazil nut butter.  Perfect post exercise.

I cleaned the house for a bit and was hungry once again!  Lunch was quick – Amy’s chunky tomato bisque with some added white beans for protein.  Along with that I had a thick slice of toasted pumpernickel bread and a banana.

I’m off to clean some more and then clean myself up but not without letting you in on the move of the day.  This one’s for Marla.  She requested an inner thigh exercise so here it is – the box push n raise.  Let me know how it works for you!

The Best Salad

6 Jan

I’m sure glad the work week is almost over.  I’ve been pretty tired when I get home from work, and I’m quite lucky I exercise in the morning because there is no way I’d have enough energy to get a good workout in.

As for exercise, this morning I put together a strength training routine that consisted of standard push ups, Y lifts + ski squats, 21s, shoulder press + plié, military push ups, bicep curl + forward lunge, skull crushers, row + rolling lunges, leg circles + butt lift, wacky jacks, concentration curls, the hundred and some jumping jacks, corner punches, wide knees and side jumps for good measure.  It took about 35 minutes and I felt real good afterwards.

Even though I’m tired I did do my sit ups right away when I got home just to get them out of the way.  YYYEES rest time!

I just snacked on some of this to hold me over while waiting for Jacob to finish up his P90X Yoga.

Sweet potato chips n salsa.  Oh how I love anything sweet potato 🙂

Tonight’s dinner is some leftovers from Monday.  Not too exciting.

Last night’s dinner was a different story though.  I threw together a couple delish bowls of pasta, veggies, chicken and spinach sauce.

Sometimes all I want is carbs and last night was one of those night.  It was perfect.

Okay before I re-heat some eats I’ve gotta tell you about my lunch.  It was THE BEST salad.

I tossed together a big bowl of spinach, salmon, tomato, yellow bell pepper, marinated artichoke hearts and sliced almonds in some tahini/almond dressing.  A beautiful 1/2 grapefruit to sweeten things up.  It was GOOD.

Have a relaxing night.

Double Take

5 Jan

I just had a lovely 2.4 mile run with Joe (22.5 minutes).  I love when I plan to run the night before when the weather says it’s supposed to be rainy and then it ends up being a nice dry run (other than the wet ground).  It worked out perfectly.

Jacob started P90X on Sunday and has decided to follow the eating plan as well.  Being the kind wife that I am, I’m trying to plan healthy balanced meals that follow his dinner meals.  At least follow it as closely as I can where it’s still meals I’d eat.

Our first meal following his plan: Salmon, brussels sprouts and wheat berry/barley mix

Last night’s meal: Turkey patty, baked red potato, salad

And some shared Cameo apple

The pictures are of my portions.  Jacob’s are much bigger especially in the protein department.

The first 2 days have been going well as far as eats go so we’re happy about that.

While dinner was cooking last night I did my wall squats and sit ups for day 1 of the challenge.  I could really feel my thighs and abs after both of those.  I good feeling 🙂

Today’s move of the day is the hundred.  This one is a tough exercise.  You’ll see it in almost any pilates class you take.  Just remember to really hold your abs and keep your posture good.

Are you seeing double??

No Jacob and I are just having matching oats this morning!  Banana, apple n peanut butter oats 🙂

Weekend Getaway

4 Jan

Good morning!

I was away last weekend up at the lake house with Jacob, my parents and little bro.  It’s been really nice to get away and relax.  I didn’t relax too much though – still did all the exercise I wanted to get in.

Friday – 90 minutes of yoga
Saturday – 10 minutes of glutes, 30 minutes of abs
Sunday – 6 mile run (56 minutes)

Pretty good for a mini vacation right?

We had some good eats too.

Shrimp salad rolls with sweet potatoes

Whole wheat spaghetti with veggies and chicken/turkey sausagePear and blue cheese salad

Some of the un-pictured eats: veggie frittata, bbq chicken sandwich n broccoli, tons of fruit (some smeared with almond butter), banana almond butter oatmeal and too many ritz crackers 😦  I didn’t feel too good after eating those.

All in all it was a fun, relaxing, tasty weekend.  I can’t wait to go up there again.

This morning Joe and I went for a 25 minute walk.  The last time I took Joe for an AM walk was on Christmas Eve.  WAY too long ago.  I’ll have to work on doing this more than once a week.  Makes the pup happy.

Breakfast= 10 grain hot cereal with banana, almond butter and homemade apple almond granola.

Mmmmm it was good.

The move of the day is the wall squat.  This one always gets my legs a-shakin.  I know I told Marla it would be an inner thigh move, but that one will be a combo move for Friday.

The 200 sit up challenge 6 week training starts today!  Tonight my abbies will be burnin 🙂