Archives for February 2012
There was a time when I believed — despite all my fitness efforts — sure, I’d lose some weight, but my thighs would never be slim and my stomachs would never go down. I’d never be truly strong or look hot. I birthed 4 child-spawns, after all. A nice physique isn’t reserved for people like me.
But you know what?
I wrote my own fitness future and changed what I believed by barreling through those negative thoughts. Day in day and day out, with sweaty workout sessions OUTSIDE of my comfort zone, combined with smart food choices (sprinkled with just a little bit of greedy fun), my body has changed. And it’s still changing.
Don’t let your brain talk you out of what your heart really wants. You can DO THIS!! But it’s going to take hard work and serious commitment. It’s foolish to expect awesome results if you’re not putting in awesome effort.
Think about where you’re at today, where you want to be, and then work for it. There’s no other way around it. You bettah WORK!
…as for that “now” picture? I was forced to intimidate Greedy Kid #3 with my Ninja moves in retaliation for the Kung Fu he tried to inflict upon me. It’s all very logical.
Equipment Needed: Interval Timer or a steady eye on the clock
Primarily Targets: Full body strength, fat-melting cardio
Time Needed: Approximately 20 minutes or less.
BODY BY BURPEES (after a thorough warm up)
You ready to bust out some Burpees and invisible rope skipping? Yep, me too. So choose your workout level below and decide which style of Burpee you will do (watch the video demo). This workout is designed to challenge you and can get intense, so please take short rests (approximately 15-45 secs) as needed throughout the workout. And make sure you have water nearby!
- Round 1a ~ 3 minutes skipping intervals (50 secs skipping /10 secs low march in place)
- Round 1b ~ 5 Burpees
- Round 2a ~ 3 minutes skipping intervals (50/10)
- Round 2b ~ 5 Burpees
- Round 3a ~ 3 minutes skipping intervals (50/10)
- Round 3b ~ 5 Burpees
- Round 1a ~ 4 minutes skipping intervals (50 secs skipping /10 secs high knees march)
- Round 1b ~ 10 Burpees
- Round 2a ~ 4 minutes skipping intervals (50/10)
- Round 2b ~ 10 Burpees
- Round 3a ~ 4 minutes skipping intervals (50/10)
- Round 3b ~ 10 Burpees
- Round 1a ~ 5 minutes skipping intervals (50 secs skipping /10 seconds high knee jog)
- Round 1b ~ 20 Burpees
- Round 2a ~ 5 minutes skipping intervals (50/10)
- Round 2b ~ 20 Burpees
- Round 3a ~ 5 minutes skipping intervals (50/10)
- Round 3b ~ 20 Burpees
Happy burpee-ing, everybody!
Congratulations. You have just entered Lame Excuse Awareness Week. Now let us examine poor Henry. His relentless couch-azzing to enjoy all the hottest fitness infomercials has turned into fitness-sabotage. And Wolfie’s gotta pee. Can’t the canine get a doggy walk?
More lame excuses why Henry can’t workout:
- His wife, Mildred, is bitching again. Henry needs to de-stress by going catatonic.
- His knees are fused in bent position. Who can burpee like that?
- His jock strap went missing at the dry cleaners. No jock strap — no workout.
- His nostril hairs have grown too long. No way he can breathe through cardio.
- His sauteed unicorn meat requires relentless stirring. That’s an arm workout right there.
Please don’t be like Henry. If you’re hoarding lame excuses, gather them up right now and dump them off over here.
But if you thirst for more inspiration to go excuse-free, check out last time’s Lame Excuse Awareness Week when we explored “poor Nicole” and her reasons for not getting fit.
Have a great week, everybody!
Why even use protein powder in the first place? Why not just eat this instead?
Welp, protein powder is an individual decision. I knew dang well my continued body transformation and elevated sexiness ratio would require additional protein, especially since I don’t eat a ton of meat.
So I did my due diligence before my first purchase of NOW Foods Whey Protein Isolate. I sought the opinion of protein users that I know. I read labels and did side-by-side comparisons with my eyeballs. I lurked on forums where people discuss protein powders. I read testimonials on review sites. And I didn’t rush in. I took my time with all of this before deciding on NOW.
Many of the most infamous brands out there I instantly scratched & clawed off my list with my bare fingernails because of the crap they contain. If the protein powder contains Aspartame, Sucralose or Acesulfame-K, it’s not getting near my food trap. If you’re using a powder already and it contains one of these ingredients, please consider running far away from it. Those are artificial sweeteners and they are NOT good for your health.
NOW Foods is family owned and been around since 1968. They take a clean, organic approach to their products. Here’s the complete supplement/nutrition facts.
But How’s The Taste and Other Benefits?
Now contains NO sugar and has 24 grams of protein per scoop. It dissolves well in liquids and is virtually flavorless. It’s proven to be a wonderful protein-boost in my morning Shakeology feeding. Check it out:
15 grams in Shakeology + 24 grams in NOW = 39 grams of protein
I’ve been using the Whey powder for over a month now. I haven’t had any stomach issues, including no bellyaching, bloating or farting symptoms that protein bars used to give me. Because the last thing I wanna do is fart in my office and then a co-worker walks in. Yes, that’s happened to me before.
One of other key benefits has been the powder’s ability to aid in my muscle recovery after a badass workout. I’m experiencing less soreness and faster recovery time in general, which means I can resume further badass-ness with minimal delays. NOW Foods Protein Powder is definitely a new, permanent fixture among my Home Workout Essentials. Go on and read more NOW testimonials for yourself and decide if it’s right for YOU.