Blessed

Blessed

For a few years now, I’ve been reading people’s “One Word” posts. I even wanted to select a word for myself. But last year, I had three words I liked and I couldn’t narrow it down to just one. So I did what any sensible person would do…

I just gave up on the idea.

Ok, not so sensible. But this year, as soon as I remembered the “One Word” idea, my word was there for me. There was no hemming and hawing. No deciding. It was just there.

BLESSED

Apparently I’ve been having too many pity parties over the last few months. Or maybe I just need to be reminded that, despite my current circumstances, I truly am blessed.

With this being 2014, I thought I’d kick off this year of the BLESSED with 14 blessings I can count in my life right now:

  1. My God ~ My Faith ~ My Salvation – This wonderful God blessed me with the gift of His Son; and, thus, the gift of salvation. This Son, Jesus, died for me, so that I might live. This photo is of my Origami Owl locket. In it is a plate that is stamped ‘Blessed,’ the word ‘Love,” and a cross – all to remind me of the love my God has for me!  Blessed Locket, Origami Owl
  2. LegoFan – I’m listing him first, not because he’s loved more than his sister, but because he was born first. LegoFan has been diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, as well as a host of other things. He has taught me some much-needed patience. He has shown me true joy. I am blessed to know him and to be his Mama.  LegoFan Ornament
  3. Diva – Obviously, she was born second. She is developing into a beautiful young lady. She has brought femininity back into my life. She has humbled me. I am blessed to know her and to be her Mama.  Diva Ornament
  4. My Mother – I don’t have a photo she’d be happy with me posting, so this will just be text. My mother is one of the few family members who truly supports me in my endeavors to continue homeschooling the children, despite being a single parent. She has supported my decision in word and deed. I am so blessed to have her in my life and to know that she supports us.
  5. A Place to Live – We are not currently living in a place I would choose to live. But, my children have a safe place to be, play, and learn. We have a place that is warm and shelters us from the elements. We have something soft under our heads when we sleep at night. We are blessed to have somewhere to be each day. A Place To Live
  6. A Car to Drive – Earlier in 2013, my car was a mess. It had dents, a crack in the windshield, a hole in the floor from the driver’s heel, and had parts falling off of it. The worst thing? Two windows wouldn’t stay up and there was no heat. Then the brakes went out… It was time to send it to the auto graveyard. So I looked for used cars. I set my budget and was determined to stick to it. I made a list of cars available at a few different dealers in the area and we set out to look. We had struck out at most of the dealers and there were only two left. We drove onto the lot and were a little disappointed in this little lot with some broken down cars and a trailer for an office. They didn’t have the car I came there to see. But being the good salesman he was, the employee told me he had a few cars come in the night before that had not yet been advertised. He showed me one, but it wasn’t what we needed. Then he showed me another one. It would not have been my first choice, or even my 10th probably, but I gave it a chance. It was $500 less than my budget, that was a good start. He gave me the VIN and told me I could go run a CARFAX on it. I got on my computer and researched the make and model only to discover that it was one of the better made cars out there. I ran the CARFAX to discover that this car had no accidents or any other problems reported in its history. It seemed like this car was supposed to be for me. After I bought it I realized that I had asked God for something safe and reliable; and He delivered. But not only that, like Solomon asking for the right thing in Wisdom and getting more than he asked for; I, too, got more than I asked for. I got some features I’d only dreamed about having! I am very blessed to have been directed to this car; and it has grown on me too! A Car To Drive
  7. Food to Eat – Food has been something of a struggle for us. LegoFan has battled food allergies all of his life, and each time he’s tested, we find something new. This past year, we ended up going gluten-free, and change is not always easy. But we have found things to like, and new ways to prepare some of our favorite foods. It’s a journey. But we have food, and we are able to prepare and enjoy good things to eat. We are blessed to have our daily bread! Gluten-Free French Toast
  8. Clothes to Wear – I am definitely not a fashionista, and I’ve had a love-hate relationship with clothing over the years! So right now, my wardrobe consists of jeans and t-shirts. It’s not where I want to be, as I’d like to feel a bit more feminine most of the time. But I have something to wear. My children have things to wear. My mother sometimes picks things up for them too. And then there’s the time when I found jeans for LegoFan for $2.67 and blouses for Diva at $2 – what blessings! Then Cammie over at A Woman’s Place posted about her thrifty find called thredup. I went over there and found a treasure-trove of dresses for Diva at great prices (if you go over there via my link, you will get $10 off your first order with them, and so will I). We are truly blessed to have such clothing to wear. "New" Dresses
  9. Homeschooling – I love this blessing! To be able to be such an integral part of my children’s education is amazing. I get to see the light bulb go on when they figure out something new. I got to be the one to not only teach them how to read, but also the one to show them the joys of a good book. I was privileged to be there with Diva as she struggled through long division and came out victorious. I am able to encourage LegoFan as he tries to find ways to communicate his knowledge, even if they are a bit unconventional. It’s a road we travel together; one in which we learn and grow together as well. I am blessed with the freedom and ability to be my children’s teacher. Science Experiment
  10. The Internet – I know, this can be a blessing and a curse. It is both to me sometimes. But coming from the perspective of blessings, I have been reunited with friends from college, high school, and even elementary school through facebook. I have had the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals through twitter and facebook. I have the chance to write, explore my thoughts, and share parts of my life via this blog. I have found deals to save money on things we need, as well as ways to earn a little money. I have ‘met’ several wonderful ladies through blogs and homeschool groups. I am blessed by what I have chosen to use on the internet, and what it has to offer.
  11. My Plexus business – I recently decided to join Plexus to help improve my health and to help me earn a living to take care of my babies. This company is dedicated to natural ways to get your body in tip-top shape. Their most notable product is Plexus Slim and I just started taking it. I guess I will have to post before and after photos along this journey.  I am blessed to be in business for myself with a company that helps to improve others’ health.plexus_slim
  12. My Origami Owl Business – This was the first business I really joined. I fell in love with the concept of Living Lockets – I loved being able to design and re-design my own jewelry, and that it told my story! And it’s just plain fun – fun to wear and fun to present! I am blessed to be in a business that is fun and prides itself on being a “Force for Good.” Locket - Heart-Shaped
  13. My Lilla Rose Business – I just love my Lilla Rose business. I ended up joining Lilla Rose at roughly the same time as Origami Owl – and it wasn’t planned that way! Lilla Rose has the most beautiful hair accessories – I call it Hair Jewelry! But it’s not just that they’re beautiful, they actually hold my hair! All of it. All day. And NO headaches! But I got something else when I joined Lilla Rose: I got a Lilla Rose family! We have a group on facebook that is so supportive and encouraging, that it’s impossible not to succeed. I am very blessed to be a part of this company, to be able to wear these lovely products in my hair, and to be a part of the Lilla Rose family. Lilla Rose Flexi Clip
  14. God’s Majesty – God sends reminders of His blessings constantly. Sometimes it just takes me longer to see them. But they’re always there. God is the Master Artist and there is just so much beauty in His world. God’s Majesty fills me with awe. I am blessed to live in a world with so many beautiful sights, that He provides them for my (and your) enjoyment!

Fall GlorySunset on the WaterFlower Up Close

As this year continues forward, I know there will be difficult times. I know there will be days that I have a hard time remembering to be grateful. This post will serve as a reminder ~ and permanent record ~ that I have a lot for which to be grateful.

I am truly blessed!

What is your word for this year? If you’ve written a post about it, feel free to share a link in the comments.

* Disclaimer: Most of the links in this post are for my businesses, one is an affiliate link. All are ways to help me help my family. I am a single parent trying to keep my babies home and take care of them in the way I feel God wants me to. If you click on the links and make a purchase, you will be helping us, and I will be grateful.

Thrive90 – Final Results

I finished up the Thrive90 program a little over a week ago; and would have had my results posted earlier but Hurricane Irene blew through and we had no power. So, it took a few extra days to get the stats and photos ready. Not only that, our homeschool started up again and we’ve been a little busy.

Without further adieu…

Here are the results from the end of Phase II to the end of Phase III.

  • I lost another 3 pounds,
  • My waist was smaller by 1.25″,
  • My hips declined by 0.5″,
  • I saw 0.5″ less of my thigh,
  • My arm shrunk by 0.25″,
  • I doubled my pushups from 1 to 2 (laughable, I know),
  • My situps increased from 7 to 12,
  • Sit & Reach test for flexibility showed an increase of another 0.5″,
  • Wall Squat went from 15 seconds to 25,
  • I actually held the Static Plank for a full 60 seconds!

Ok, now for the overall results – from start to finish:

  • Total pounds lost: 8.6
  • Total inches gone from my waist: 3.0
  • Total inches gone from my hips: 2.5
  • Total inches gone from my thigh: 2.0
  • Total inches gone from my arm: 1.25
  • Total inches gone from my body: 8.75!!!
  • My pushups went from a pathetic ZERO to 2
  • My situps went from a pathetic ZERO to 12
  • My flexibility increased from 3″ to 7″
  • My Wall Squat started out at 4 seconds and increased to 25 seconds!
  • My Static Plank started out at 35 seconds and increased to 60 seconds!

One other stat that’s not on my fit test, but that I found significant was that I am now wearing one size smaller than when I began the Thrive90 program. Not only that, but it’s getting a little loose now – it won’t be long…

My final thoughts:

While I did not suddenly start enjoying working out, I did find that once I started each workout, I was fully engaged. I worked hard, no matter what the day’s video was.

The program is flexible. I was able to find a way to work out even with a sprained ankle that negatively effected me for three weeks (which explains my lower numbers for the end of Phase II).

There was a lot of variety within the workouts. Even though I was scheduled to do the same type of activity each week (ie. Tuesday was always Core work), the work out changed with each phase. In addition, there were a variety of workouts for each week: Core, HIIT, Strength, Cardio, Power Yoga. My entire body got a workout each and every day.

Tony and Dustin provided much support and cheerleading. I received encouraging emails each week – in fact, I miss those now that I’m done. They answered any question that I had within 24-48 hours. I also found support on the Fit Marriage Facebook page. These guys truly want to help people reach their goals!

Doing Thrive90 at home really helped me. I didn’t have to get in my car to go to the gym. I didn’t waste gasoline or time. I didn’t have to worry about whether or not I could do the exercises as well as other people – I could stop and start, if necessary. My kids were right there with me (cheering me on as well!); they did not have to go to daycare. The price was right – for what I paid (around the price of a one month membership to the gym), I got three months of workouts that I will always own and can do anytime I wish. But I got more than videos; I got support, a fit test, exercise forms, articles, and more. It was well worth it!

Finally, I want to give a shout out to both Tony and Dustin, co-creators of Thrive90:  You guys are amazing and you put together a great program! I thank you for helping me get started on my weight loss journey. I thank you for the support you have given me. I started this program “from the couch” and was able to complete it. You taught me some things I didn’t know and helped me to look and feel better. I will not forget this time, nor will I stop exercising. I will eventually move on to P90X!

Now to prove that I have not been making these numbers up, I am going to be brave and post photos. Please keep in mind that I was considered obese when I started, and Thrive90 is a three month program; so I am not going to look like I went from fat to thin. But what you will see is a definite difference – a definite improvement. It worked for me; it can work for you. If you have thought about a weight loss program, this may be the one for you. (Note: I am not a doctor and am not advising anyone to start a fitness program without consulting their physician first). Remember, I started “from the couch,” meaning that I had not exercised in ages. I spent my nights on the couch looking at the computer – it was not a pretty sight.

Am I stalling, you ask? Ok, so I’m babbling a bit too much. Please ignore the hair, it’s usually brushed and styled a little nicer. Here are those photos now…

I see a vast difference in my face; but I also see space between my arms and my hips that wasn’t there when I started. Thank you, Dustin and Tony!

* This is not a paid endorsement. I purchased the Thrive90 program from Fit Marriage. I did all the workouts provided and followed their schedule – these are my actual results and my own opinions. Some of the links are affiliate links as I truly believe in this product.

Thrive90 – Last Day

Today’s the day – the last day of my Thrive90 program! I finished up today with a round of HIIT Jumping Jacks. Who would have thought such a simple exercise could be so powerful? I certainly didn’t!

I know I have a long way to go – I wasn’t anywhere near fit or skinny when I started this program! So I know my results are not going to be those super dramatic ones you see where people seem to go from obese to skinny in just a few months. This is real life: no weight-loss drugs, no photoshopping the before and after photos; just me, a better diet, and Fit Marriage’s Thrive90. The great thing is that with just those things, I got results – real results.

I’ll be back with those results in a few days!

Thrive90 and Frasier

I just finished Thrive90’s Phase III Strength Circuit workout; and I’ve been wanting to post about this for two weeks now, but for some reason it always slipped my mind. So now I’m going to do it immediately after the workout – sweat and all!

I am just finishing up week 11 of 12, but on week 9 I started Phase III. The routines for each type of workout change with each phase. Also with each routine change comes a music change. I have pretty much enjoyed the music with each video as it’s subtle and not over-powering. However, the music for this workout caught my attention…

(I apologize, in advance, to those who don’t watch these types of shows, as I know they don’t portray morality very well, if at all. I am not promoting the show, just making an observation) Have you ever watched the sitcom Frasier? There was one episode where Daphne talks about the Brits being on the cutting edge of things. To illustrate, she starts singing a popular song. The only lyrics we hear are, “… flesh is burning, nuh, nuh, nuh, nuh, nuh, nuh…” These then get repeated. Then, throughout the episode, we hear various characters humming the song. You know, like when you get something stuck in your head?

Anyway, to draw these two unseemingly similar things together: that’s what the background music of the Strength Circuit video sounded like! I have laughed through parts of this workout each of the three times I’ve done it!

For anyone who’s curious, here’s a link to a (very bad quality) clip from this episode:

So, I have one more video tomorrow (HIIT Burpees) and then one more week until I have completed Fit Marriage’s Thrive90 program. I am looking forward to that final fit test, weigh-in, and photos. You know I’ll be back to share those results!

By the way Tony D, we have the same curtains!

Thanks for all your continued support!

Thrive90 – Proof

It’s been a few days since I posted – very busy week! But I wanted to pop in and say that I have had a major success (to me) in my Thrive90 journey. I was able to go out and get a new pair of jeans – One. Size. Smaller. Yay! I know that one of my goals was to be able to dress in more skirts and dresses, but since I’m still losing I don’t want to replace my wardrobe just yet.

I still don’t like to exercise; and I’m not sure that will ever change. But I do like that I am getting results from Fit Marriage’s program. I like Thrive90’s variety in both its routines and its phases. I like that it’s a full body workout almost every time. I like that each workout is 30 minutes or less. That being said, it’s time to go workout for the day – today it’s Strength Circuit!

Have a great day!

Thrive90 – Phase Two Done!

As promised, I am back with my results from Phase II of Thrive90. As I mentioned in this post, I spent most of Phase II with a sprained ankle. Therefore I was not expecting big results; I said I would be content to maintain what I had accomplished in Phase I. After completing my fit test and doing all the measurements, I found that some things were maintained, but there were some improvements. Yay! Even injured, I still made progress!

Without further adieu…

  • I lost a half a pound (not much change, but Tony said that could be due to me increasing muscle, which weighs more than fat);
  • I took another half inch off my waist;
  • I lost an additional inch from my hips;
  • My thighs are another half inch smaller;
  • My arms shrunk by a half inch as well!

So Tony’s idea that I may not have lost much weight in the numbers due to muscle gain seems plausible to me since I continued to lose inches. In fact, if I  add them all up from the beginning, I have removed 6.25 inches from my body! While it’s gone from different places, it sure does add up; and it will never be allowed to return.

My fit test showed improvements as well. Though I can still only do one non-modified push up, I can now do two additional sit ups. I know that doesn’t seem like a lot, but for someone who couldn’t do any at the beginning of this journey, it’s a marked improvement. My flexibility has improved enough that I can now extend my hands about 6.5″ past my feet. I suspect that when there’s less around the middle, I will be able to do even better at this. I’ve never had difficulties in this area. My Wall Squat improved from 10 seconds to 15 seconds; and my static plank went from 40 to 50 seconds.

I am thrilled to see these little changes! But I have to admit that I wish I hadn’t sprained my ankle; perhaps my results would have been better. I was hoping I’d be further along than I am. So, I will just have to do better in Phase III.

And so I press on…

* As usual, all opinions of Thrive90 are my own. I am the one completing the program and the results are 100% mine.

Thrive90 – Down But Not Out

I’m just popping in here briefly to update my story on my Thrive90 program. I have technically completed Phase II as tomorrow (Sunday) is a day of rest. I will weigh myself, take measurements, weigh myself, and complete the fit test in a couple of days.

But I wanted to talk about something that happened during this part of the program. During the second of the four weeks, I sprained my ankle. But, like many of us moms out there, I ignored it. Or, at least, I tried to ignore it. I wrapped it in an ace bandage, used ice and heat, and elevated it. But I continued with my exercises, sort of. And I did not go to the doctor. So the second week I didn’t work as hard because my ankle wouldn’t tolerate many of the moves. I finally decided to go to have it x-rayed. So, during my third week I had a diagnosis of a sprain with instructions to rest it. Duh!

But, instead of using this as an excuse to skip my exercises, I decided to modify the exercises so that I could still workout without bothering my ankle. That was easier said than done, but I wasn’t about to quit halfway through this program. About halfway through week four, this week, my ankle began to feel better. So I gave it my all in the last two days – boy am I a bit sore!

As a result of my injury, I do not expect to have the same kind of results that I had after the first phase. I will be content to know that I have maintained. Check back in a couple of days and I’ll have those results posted. I am looking forward to starting Phase III of Thrive90 on Monday.

Is anyone else a member of Fit Marriage? I’d love to hear from others who are doing (or have completed) the Thrive90 program.

Thrive90 – Half Way Point

I have officially completed six of the twelve weeks of Thrive90! This means I have two more weeks of Phase Two and then four weeks of Phase Three.

Phase Two has definitely been more challenging than Phase One, but that’s a good thing. I am doing more; challenging myself. My muscles may not like it at first, but I know it’s working.

For example, in one of the new videos I had to do two sets of walking lunges. Now I had never done these before, and I had to do two sets of 20 each. The first part was ok, but it really burned toward the end of each set. The next day, I felt like my muscles were on fire! Fast forward to this week when I had to do the same thing again. They were still difficult to do toward the end, but the next day there were fewer fires to put out! Progress.

The other new thing in Phase Two is Power Yoga. Now I was a bit leary of yoga given its association with Hinduism and Buddhism. And being Catholic, I was not interested in the spiritual aspect of this form of exercise. But I remembered that either Dustin or Tony (co-creators of Thrive90 and FitMarriage) had emphasized that  they were making use of the fitness aspect of these moves only as they were Christians themselves. So I put my “pre-conceived” notions aside and gave it a try. It turned out to be a great workout! I got my heart rate up a bit, broke a sweat, and worked my whole body. Even the next day, though my muscles were still a little sore, I felt more rested than I had in a while. This has turned into one of my favorite videos to do.

** Links to  Thrive90 and FitMarriage are affiliate links.

Media and My Marriage

Continuing with Courtney’s Media Mondays, today we are discussing the role of media in our marriages. If you click on the words Media Mondays above, you will see five different ways that media can, or maybe has already, effect your marriage. They are all very important issues to be concerned about and/or watch out for in your relationship.

She discusses how the amount of time we spend online can neglect our husband’s needs. So true. I know I’ve been guilty of that.

Then there’s inappropriate relationships that can start so innocently. I know a woman whose husband started a few inappropriate relationships online; and I know how much this hurt her and her relationship. That trust is so difficult to regain. Right along with this one is the amount of inappropriate material that can so easily enter the house. Sometimes these two go hand in hand.

Though these are very real dangers, the nature of the internet is that it has many positives as well. For example, while there is so much filth out there, there is also such an opportunity to mentor and to grow.

The internet has provided a way for us to teach people we could never reach on our own. By the same token, we can also learn more than we ever could on our own. It’s a huge multiplication of the Titus 2 message! Here’s a list of things I’ve found to be extremely helpful in my marriage.

  • FitMarriage – Tony and Dustin have created some wonderful resources to help busy couples find time to get/stay fit together. Read my posts on Thrive90 to see this resource in action in my life (here and here are a couple of good ones).
  • Engaged Marriage – Dustin (from above) has his own website, where his tagline is “Don’t just stay married. Stay Engaged.” He is also the author of the ’15-Minute Marriage Makeover.’
  • One Extraordinary Marriage – Tony (from above) and his wife, Alisa, are the creators of ‘Stripped Down’ and Marriage podcasts; as well as the popular Seven Day Challenge.
  • Adding Zest to Your Nest – This site is comprised of a group of women who offer some very frank (and explicit) advice on meeting those bedroom needs.
  • Hot Holy and Humorous – Similar to Adding Zest, J (this site’s host) offers some frank and explicit advice as well.
  • Peasant Princess – This is a series of talks on the Song of Solomon (or Song of Songs). Mark Driscoll talks very openly on the marriage relationship, as designed by God, and isn’t afraid to speak the truth about how men and women have different roles in it. Each talk is approximately an hour and would make a great beginning to a ‘date night’ with your spouse. (see my post entitled Hopeful Transformations to read more about this resource in my life)
  • Sexually Confident Wife – Shannon Ethridge has a wealth of information here. You can sign up for short emails that offer one ‘Hot Tip’ each week to making your marriage better.
  • Kingdom Twindom – This blog chronicles the life – ups and downs – of one family’s marriage. The wife, the writer, has made some difficult choices and shares them on her blog. She is a wonderful example of living out her marriage vows. Some of her readers disagree. We, as Christian women, can rally around other Christian women and support their Godly decisions.

I know there are many more out there, but these are ones with which I am familiar.

Yes, there are many ways that media can drive a wedge between us and our spouses, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We can turn the tables and use it for good. Remember Joseph’s revelation to his brothers… “Even though you meant harm to me, God meant it for good, to achieve his present end…” (Genesis 50:20). God can use the internet for good through His people. Just as He saved the Israelites from starvation through the evil that befell Joseph.

Technology is here. We cannot escape it. Let’s resolve to take it back from the devil and use it for the good God wants in all our lives. Let’s let it bless our marriages with happier wives and happier husbands. Let’s bless each other as we learn from Godly women (and men) what works and what doesn’t; what God has designed, and how He has blessed this beautiful thing called marriage.

My challenge to you this week is to find a way to bless your husband (or wife) ~ at least once this week ~ via media. Please come back and let me know in the comments what you did and how it went.

* FitMarriage is an affiliate link; I am not affiliated with any of the other links.

** Some of these websites contain explicit content. While it is Christian-based, it is intended for mature audiences of married couples.

*** This post is linked to Women Living Well’s Media Mondays. Please stop by and see what other Godly women have to say about media and their marriages.

*** This post is also being linked to Building Our Homes Together with Jesus. Please head on over to see what other ladies are doing in their homes.

Thrive90 – Phase I Done!

Over the weekend I completed Phase I of Thrive90! Yay! I was wondering if I’d make it. I seemed to start out really motivated during the first week or two, but life happened in week three and we had colds, allergic reactions, and bronchitis. My son and I were both under the weather. But I persevered and did not neglect one day of my exercises – I was grateful for the days of rest though. I did four weeks of Core Blast, HIIT Squat Walks, Strength Circuit, and Cardio. Not only am I still alive, but I am smaller than I was four weeks ago! “The proof is in the pudding,” they say.

So, here’s what I did:

  • I lost five pounds
  • My thighs are now 1 inch smaller
  • I took an inch off my hips
  • There’s one inch less around my waist
  • My arms are 1.25″ more narrow
  • My resting heart rate went from 78 bpm to 65 bpm

With respect to my SMART goals:

  • I am on track for my goal to lose 15 pounds in the three months – five per month;
  • I wanted to show improvement in three of the five fit test categories; and I showed improvement in all five! (I will still work to increase these even further during the next two Phases)
  1. Flexibility – I went from 3 inches over my toes to 5 inches
  2. Wall Squat – I went from 4 seconds to 10 seconds
  3. Static Plank – I went from 35 seconds to 40 seconds
  4. Sit-Ups – I went from zero to 4
  5. Push-Ups – I went from zero to one (It’s an improvement!)

I am thrilled to see all these positive changes happening! While I was a little disappointed in the number of pounds lost, I know that I made some eating mistakes; and I know that they’re not coming back.

My impressions of Thrive90 so far? It’s a great program! I’ve obviously seen positive results, but it’s more than that. I don’t have to drive anywhere; which saves me time. I don’t have to leave my children with strangers in a daycare; which allows me to be with them, and allows them to see me do something positive for my health. I don’t have to pay $25-75/month for a gym membership; which allows me to stay within my budget. The videos are easy to follow; and don’t have loud, obnoxious music in the background. All-in-all, the videos, the program itself, the email encouragement, and the extras, add up to a very positive experience ~ with positive results!

So, now it’s on to Phase II. I started that today with a new video called HIIT Mountain Climbers. If you recall, HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. In this video we did 30 seconds of a modified Mountain Climber and then took a 60 second break. I think I had to do this about eight times. I did have to stop during the last one because I was actually getting very painful blisters in each foot. The weird thing (to me) was that I really didn’t feel it in my quads and glutes as much as I thought I would. That is, I didn’t feel it right away. But it did hit me a few hours later. Now, as I sit here, I am definitely feeling it (and my toes are still screaming too). I think I should go to sleep now so they can get some rest!

See you soon with another update. If you have a moment, would mind praying for me to keep up my motivation? I appreciate it.

* Once again, the links in this post are affiliate links in an attempt to help my family earn a little extra money. We paid upfront for the program; the opinions and results are all mine.