Metro World

2015/01/img_3732.jpgMetro World, perfect for running on cold, cloudy days like today.  No photo-shopping to make my legs thinner, or my waist smaller.  I’m not a model. I’m a work in progress.  I love the feeling that filters convey.

The world is full of mystery and new discoveries.  And the world is not perfect.  Be proud of who you are.  Don’t hide your flaws.  There is something to be said about being truthful.  Being real.

Today’s workout:

Sprint hill 10x

Circuit: Front, Side, Reverse lunges, Squats, Bridges

Circuit 2:  V-ups, Planks, back extensions

100 is a Good Number…

IMG_3398100 is a good number.  Why?  Because it means something.  100 represents something you’ve accomplished, you’ve reached.  It’s a target, a goal, an accomplishment.  It’s the days it took or the hours spent.

Yesterday, I completed the 100 burpee challenge.  With the help of my gym rat friends, we talked about a challenge and joked about it.  It became a reality.  The best thing about it is our determination, brought others something to shoot for.  So they joined too.  Maybe some didn’t join every single day, but the ones that did, felt motivated, inspired and most of all they did something that they didn’t think they could do.  We posted in Facebook every day how much we did.  It was five, ten, fifteen and so on… until 100.

Mind you, we did all our regular exercises.  I did circuits, others did classes, I boxed and we did 100 burpees.  My friend leading the charge has brought motivation to others. I hope that I could do the same.

The Holidays are here and so it is even more difficult than ever before to keep on tract diet wise.   What can we do? Be vigilant about exercise.  Eat right at least during the week.

Like social drinkers, I am a social eater.  My solution for the rest of the week is to not eat with others the rest of the week, to keep on track.

Here’s what you can do.

  1. Write down what you are going to eat during the week.  If you write it down than you will have a plan.  And plans are meant to work.
  2. Keep pies, desserts, cookies, ice cream and the like out of the house.
  3. Don’t eat the office goodies at all.  (If you have one taste, you will develop the habit of eating).
  4. Walk on your breaks.  If you can’t, every half hour, get up and walk all the way around something and return.
  5. If you get hungry, bring healthy snacks: nuts, protein shakes, fruit, etc.
  6. If you end up cheating, don’t give in entirely.  It’s easy to say, “Well, I’ve already cheated, I might as well keep eating.”   Don’t give up.  One cheat won’t be as bad as stopping altogether.
  7.  Exercise every day, at the same time every day.  Our body is accustomed to habits. (Take a group x class, or join a running group.)
  8. Don’t eat out with people. ( Say you want to get coffee instead.)

Remember, there is going to be Holiday parties and food will be around every day, but losing weight is a whole lot harder then putting it on.

Happiness is not in eating, but in health.

Hearts ❤


Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows


Some days with this cooler weather, you start thinking about hot chocolate with marshmallows.  My favorite is Abuelita’s Mexican hot chocolate.

Give yourself a break, and add some marshmallows or a cinnamon stick. Get into your yummy flannel pajamas, and curl up into your favorite chair. I like to get into my writing and research mode, with the help of my Mac.

Today for my burpee challenge, I did 50.  We’ve been increasing by five every day until we get to 100.
Today’s circuit!

10 minutes until time is complete… incline chest press 8-10x, barbell row 8-10x, burpees 8-10, repeat

then, pull-ups 8x ( assisted if necessary) and dips 8x for 10 min until complete

arnold presses 8-10x, bicep curls 8-10x, lateral raises 8-10x – repeat 3x

end with planks (as long as possible), leg raises 8-10x, 3x

Be extraordinary!