Saturday, October 31, 2009

Saturday Running/Walking 30 minutes

Running Report- I ran 1 mile on flat terrain in 12 minutes. I walked 1 mile in 17-18 minutes. 2 miles total.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Exercise Bike/ Marching in Place 45 minutes

Exercise bike 30 minutes, marching in place 15 minutes to cool down. This head cold is kicking my butt, so we'll see if I can workout tomorrow. The exercise did clear up some sinus congestion, but then my stomach didn't like that. I need some sun! Blah, stupid rain, blah.

Same as Yesterday

10 minute pilate ab workout, and 20 minutes on the bike at 10-10.5 mph for a total of 3.4 miles covered. Yay me! Am I sore? Ooooooh, yes.
The Almighty Liz

Thursday, October 29, 2009


I biked 40 minutes on the trainer. Average speed 19.2.

Oh, and Chopin and Schubert are going to have to take a rest. Holy Freak, I just agreed to play piano for the Stake Christmas Cantata!!!! I'm totally excited and totally scared! I'm going to have to tie my butt to the piano bench for the next month an a half! I know I can play well, it's just that no one else does. Not even Bruce knows how I can really play. I just get so nervous when I have to play in front of people! What have I DONE?!


Hey girls!! Did you miss me?! I sure as heck missed all of you. So, I'm back in the game, although it will be awhile before I'm any sort of competition at all. ;) So I guess it's a good thing this isn't a competition, lol! A little thing you all missed because I was in the hospital at the time and couldn't post about it, but on August 11th, we hit our year anniversary!! A whole year of consistent working out ladies!! How freakin' awesome is that?! So I say, go celebrate a bit! I was going to do a whole party, but I'm not able, so maybe next year, but this is big people, so go get yourselves a cookie, you deserve it! And then jump on treadmill or stationary bike and work those calories off, lol! Just kidding. (you can decide amongst yourselves what part I'm kidding about. ;))
So I did my first workout since the beginning of August today! I did a ten minute Pilate abs workout. I chose this because my lower back has had me incapacitated all week, and it's totally because my belly is just pure mush right now. So, I took it super slow and easy, and didn't do any of the more challenging exercises so I didn't damage anything worse than it is right now. Instead, I substituted smaller exercises for the big hard ones so I could do the whole stinking ten minutes, and I gotta tell you, it was HARD. I have really lost a ton of ground, but I am beyond determined to make it all back up! I've put on fifteen pounds, and lost a lot of muscle during this latest bout with illness/broken bones/heart trouble, so my goal is to lose ten by Christmas. I would like my winter clothes to fit again!! And no, I'm not going to concentrate uber hard on my scale, I'm going to concentrate on inches and strength and how my clothes fit....and then I'll see how much I've lost, lol!!
The Almighty Liz
So, I wanted to see how much cardio I could handle today as well. I didn't think I would be able to handle much at all, but I ended up doing twenty minutes! Real slow, 9.5-10.5 mph, and on the lowest tension setting, but still, twenty minutes!!!! 3.3 miles total. Love it!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Saturday & Wednesday

Yeah, I've lost a bit of my fire since my hip / back started being bad. I biked on the trainer 40 minutes avg. speed 19 mph on Saturday. I didn't do anything M or T. Wednesday I did 35 minutes on the trainer at 19.3 mph, then I ran one mile with Lydia, just to see how it felt. It didn't feel great. Sooo want to be better soon!

I've also played my piano a few times since then. I've been doing a lot of Chopin and sight reading.

Wednesday Running/Walking 50 minutes

Running Report- I ran 2 miles with BIG hills in 30 minutes. I walked 3/4 mile in 20 minutes.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Exercise Bike 30 minutes Yoga 30 minutes

Trying to keep up with the exercise bike to keep my "bike butt" from coming back. I did the Crunch Yoga Mama tape because I found it at the library too. I think that's my favorite one so far anyway.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Monday Swimming 1 Hour

Uh, and laundry, sweeping, and vacuuming.

15 minutes breast stroke, 15 minutes freestyle, 20 minutes back stroke, 10 minutes kick board. Freestyle was slow and sputtery tonight.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Friday Running/Walking 30 minutes

Running report- I ran 1 mile in 12 minutes and then walked 1 mile in 18 minutes. My feet did not hurt at all, so hopefully back into running 3 times next week!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Yoga 30 minutes

I also walked around the pumpkin farm with Vance on a field trip for 2 hours in the cold (like 40 degrees). And then tonight I walked around the church parking lot for 30 minutes or so "trunk or treating". I is a tired pregnant lady.

I did Yoga Journal and Lamaze Present: Yoga for Your Pregnancy DVD. I just did: PART 1: ENERGIZING & STRENGTHENING. It was good. A few hard postures mixed in with an easy warm up. It was good for today since I was pretty tired from the pumpkin farm. I might try the relaxation exercises some other day. I have it from the library for a week.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thursday Strength Workout/Running in Place 1 hour

Arms, abs, legs. I ran in place 20 minutes and it felt really good! I marched in place 10 minutes to cool down.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Exercise Bike 30 minutes (plus major gardening)

2 hours of gardening! Those Asiatic lily bulbs were entrenched and would not budge, I had to dig down 12 inches to get under their root system. I still have probably an hour more I could do, but I don't think I have the energy.


Biked 40 minutes on trainer 18.5 mph.

Sight reading & Schubert approx. 45 minutes

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tuesday Pregnancy Aerobics DVD 55 minutes, Walking 45 minutes

I walked 2 miles again with the kids in the double stroller.

Leisa Hart: FitMama - Prenatal Workout Review- In my defense, all the other prenatal workouts I have done have been major wussy workouts. I totally was not expecting to have to work this hard! First, it starts out with 20 minutes of salsa dance, and then 25 minutes of "yoga". Yeah, she made the yoga majorly aerobic. I was hoping for more stretches to pull out this shoulder that has been bugging me, but it was not that kind of yoga. Very good workout, but not good for a "light workout" like I was expecting.


Biked 40 minutes on the trainer, average speed 18.5 mph. Still can't run; getting frustrated!

Also went for a walk with the two little ones, we probably went around 1 1/2 - 2 miles.

Practiced D major and minor scales and arpeggios for 30 minutes. Practiced Chopin for about 15 minutes.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Monday Walking 1 hour Swimming 50 minutes

Very light walking. It took me 1 hour to walk 2 miles. It was just too nice a day to waste! I also did gardening for 1 hour (planting small root things that will be bushes next year, transplanting bulbs from one part of the yard to another, etc).

Swimming- breast stroke- 10 minutes, freestyle 20 minutes, backstroke 10 minutes, kick board 10 minutes. My left shoulder kept hurting with the breast and back strokes, so I had to poop out early. Gardening shoulder?


Yeah, I've had a not so great week for working out. I'm still not running because of my hip, but hoping to get back to it later this week. I biked on my trainer twice last week, but that was it. I should have done more, but I just hate that thing! Laziness. Argh!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Saturday Running/ Walking 30 minutes Strength Workout 30 minutes (1 Hour Total)

Running report- I ran 1 mile and walked 1 mile. I ran the mile in 13 minutes.

Strength- I sooo did not want to do this workout this afternoon after running in the morning. I could not do it yesterday because of holding a feverish little boy all day (and night). Arms, legs, abs.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday workout flop

Today was suppose to be legs, back and ab ripper, however I became sick about 30 minutes into the workout. I think all this congestion went straight to my stomach. I am feeling better now. Bryan finished without me, so at least somebody had a good workout.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thursday Exercise Bike/Marching in Place/Yoga 1 hour 5 minutes

35 minutes on the exercise bike, 10 minutes marching in place, and 20 minutes of Yoga (for shoulder tension).

Prenatal Yoga Complete: I tried several different segments in the "first trimester" section and they were all great for stretching but they put me to sleep. No challenge, no strength training, no deep stretches. I think I'm going back to Crunch Yoga Mama for a prenatal yoga workout that does not feel like it's patronizing me.

Tues,Wed, Thurs

Tuesday- Cardio X

Wed - Shoulders & Arms plus Ab ripper

Thurs - Yoga

All workouts were better this week. I am feeling stronger, but I am having a little seasonal congestion. This makes it a little harder to breath. Still loving it though. All the extra protein we have been eating (and drinking) is making me feel really full. Feels goooooood.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wednesday Strength Workout and Running in Place 1 hour

40 minutes of strength workout and stretching, 20 minutes of running in place.

Several things kept me from running outside today, so I decided to run in place. I also thought running in place would be good since it's almost all calves, and I did the exercise bike yesterday which is almost all thighs.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tuesday Exercise Bike/Marching in place/Stretching 1 Hour

I was going to do my strength workout today, but I was too stiff and I already had a ton of planting to do out in the yard. I also did 1 hour yard work today.

40 minutes on the exercise bike, 10 minutes marching in place, 10 minutes stretching.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Monday Swimming 1 Hour

breast stroke 15 minutes, back stroke 20 minutes, free style 20 minutes, 5 minutes kick board. This swim felt soooooo good! No more skipping exercise days, it makes me way too tired.

Monday- Back to Core

Did the core workout for the second time. I did a lot better on it today. I feel stronger after just one week. This is the first time in years that I worked out 6 days in a row. The program allows for only one day off a week. You could also do the stretching DVD, but I just took it off. I am really happy with the program. We are going to try to get some protein powder today. I have some good recipes for protein shakes I want to try out.


30 minutes F major and minor scales & arpeggios 60-67 bpm. 30 minutes Schubert Impromptu.

40 minutes on the trainer avg speed 18.6 mph. Hip still hurts. Going to the chiropractor again today. Hoping that it gets better by this Friday. Lydia's 24 hour run thing is then, and I really want to be able to do it with her.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Saturday DVD - Kenpo

Great workout. I sweat the most with this DVD. It was also fun to do some martial arts. The forms were not perfect because you have to go fast to keep your heart rate up. Still, lots of fun and burned a lot of calories.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


Did legs and back DVD followed by ab ripper dvd. It was a great workout however the back exercises were all pull-ups. We have a pull up bar that goes on the door frames in the apartment. Bryan had to "spot" me............ a lot.

Definition of Spot: to lift someone up to the bar every time.


15 minutes Chopin. 45 minutes sight reading. 30 minutes Schubert Impromptu.

Friday, October 9, 2009


40 minutes continuous on the trainer avg. speed 18.6. Good workout! Doesn't seem to bother my hip.

Stretching the Meaning of Svelte, But Bear With Me

My stinking hip is still not good. I went to the chiropractor, but I don't feel any better. Wondering if I should go again, or if it still won't help. Do I just run with the pain? Don't know. I think I'll try the bike in the basement today.

Anyway, on another subject. This is the blog where we keep track of our goals and are accountable to each other right? This might not pertain to fitness, but I REALLY need someone to report to. I do the fitness thing without this blog thing, but I have a harder time fitting in piano. I'm wanting to go back to school in a few years (as a music ed / piano major), so I really need to put in some serious time on the piano between now and then. Harlan always says that players of piano are small muscle athletes, and that is true. So for those reasons, I'm going to be posting my piano practices. Like it or not. I just want someone to report to, in hopes to keep me on track. You can ignore them, if you want to.

Here's what I've done today:

F Major scales 10 minutes 60 beats per minute = alternating between quarter, eight, triplets and sixteenth notes.

F Major arpeggios 5 minutes

F Major dominant 7th arpeggios 5 minutes

F minor natural, harmonic and melodic scales 5 minutes

30 minutes Chopin Etude, pages 1-3.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Kajukenbo 10/1 & 10/8

We've been doing push-ups and Jujitsu sit ups consistently at the beginning of classes. At the end. we do "opas" and standing for a minute or so in a horse.

In the middle, we do forms and some other exercises. Last week it was "referencing" across the floor in a horse and power (forward) stance. ("Referencing" is just putting your feet together as you step, but I should them how to use it offensively. See examples here .) This week it was shuffling (this video is perfect BTW) and kicking a shield.

Thursday Yoga 40 minutes

Blah blah, more yoga, blah blah.

Thursday workout

Today was the Yoga DVD. It was funny because Bryan thought it would be easy. He was very wrong. Still, I love the feeling of relaxation I get after Yoga. Even if it was crazy hard and I couldn't do half of the poses. I just do my best.

Tues and Wed workout

Tuesday was the cardio DVD. I expected aerobics but it was more like strength training done so fast that it kept up your heart rate. Very tough, but I was able to keep up.

Wednesday was a Chest, Shoulders & Triceps DVD followed by a Ab Ripper DVD. This was way too hard for me. There must have been over 300 push-ups like exercises in this DVD. Even on my knees I couldn't keep up. So I did my best and stuck with it. Bryan loved it, however I kicked his butt during the Ab ripper DVD. It was awesome. The best ab workout I have ever had.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wednesday Running/Walking 30 minutes

Running Report- I ran 1 1/2 miles with BIG hills and then walked 1/2 mile. I forgot to look at my watch when I stopped running, so no clue on my running time for this run.

Tuesday Strength Workout 30 minutes

abs, legs, arms.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Got up and ran with the group again. Bob and Greg kept me going, but my stupid hip really wanted me to quit. It usually fixes itself, but this is a BAD one. Anyway, I ran six with the group at around 8:45 minute miles, then I came home and ran a slow 1 1/2 with Lydia.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Monday Swimming 1 hour 5 minutes

15 mintues breast stroke, 20 minutes back stroke, 20 minutes freestyle, 10 minutes of kick board.

Plus, 1 hour of planting bulbs. I was so glad that I made 20 minutes of freestyle. I was so slow and sluggish on the back stroke that I did not think I would make it. Yay me!

The first day is always the hardest

Bryan and I started the P90X workout series today. The first DVD was Core. It was like yoga on steroids plus lots of push-up like exercises. It was really hard but we really enjoyed it. The trainer on the DVDs is really funny and he is easy on the eyes too. More importantly it was cool because we could both work at our own pace and use weights that worked for us. Tomorrow is the Cardio DVD. I am looking forward to it. Bye for now.

Saturday, October 3, 2009


Challenge of the Bluffs. 5 hilly miles avg. speed 8:30 minute miles 7.1 mph. My hip is really not happy right now. I need a chiropractor! Michael Moginot beat me again! Only this time it was a really for real she kicked my chicken. DARN!!! I'm gonna have to work harder next time.

Saturday Pregnancy Yoga 30 minutes

I did the Crunch Yoga Mama pregnancy yoga DVD again. I wanted to go walking with the babies today too, but it was too cold :(

Friday, October 2, 2009

Friday Running/Walking 40 mintues

Running Report- I ran 1 mile in 14 minutes with flats. I walked like 1 1/2 miles in 26 minutes.

I did about an hour of yardwork yesterday.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thursday Strength Workout 35 minutes

arms, abs, legs.

I sure as poop did not want to work out today. I feel like lots of yuckiness.


I got up early and ran with the group. Again I ended up keeping pace with my buddy Dave, who pushed my pace just the right amount. We ran 6 miles at 6.9 mph or an 8:45 minute mile.