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Hey guys,

 

I am back to my normal shuffle of things, Work, dog, school, ect and  I am refreshed from my trip(Atlanta). My mother is the most hilarious air passenger in life. Her luggage was a duffle bag of some sort and a huge cooler (IDK why either) and she over packed so it kept falling. She got patted down by TSA because she forgot to take out her loose change in her pockets after bragging to me that she has flown for years and I should follow her lead, and when the plane takes off and lands she cannot be spoken to, nor touched because she has to concentrate on not peeing on herself. Me and my sister were in tears. I must travel with her a lot more, she is an absolute joy. I am  in current talks of another trip to Vegas, Detroit and Atlanta. Yeah, I am ambitious, but I have a free flight thanks to my travels this year and some vacation time to burn. I also possibly plan on driving to Detroit possibly since it is the only way to afford the trip. Right now tickets are in the 400-500 dollar range and that is not the range I am willing to pay for Detroit. Nope.

Tonight, will go for a joy ride on my bike tonight catch up on my GMAT studies (My test is in 2 weeks! AHHH) and cook. Things always seem to workout, sleep might not be an option. I can also opt to ride my bike early morning. I might do that. Anywho, I recently switched my blog to wordpress.org and boy am I EVER confused. If there is anyone out there that can help me, Lord Jesus, please help me. I think I did it correctly, however, due to the filters at work I am unable to view my webpage to see if it was successful. Let us pray it is.

Weekend Recap

What a wonderful weekend!

I started it off with a bicycle ride around my city. I participated in “Critical Mass” where bikers from all over town meet up at one location and ride out for 20 miles with no particular destination. Was it a challenge? If you count 20 miles as a challenge then yes! Was it fun, absolutely. It motivated me to want to ride more. I bought a bike the day of and had a difficult time getting an entire bike in my sedan (I do not recommend it), and once that was all set I had some seat issues but a quick stop at Lowes and a few minutes later I was ready to go. Now the lower part of my glutes feel sore, but other that that, I feel fabulous! Here are a few pictures from my Instagram (@shoedooo)

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Pretty cool eh? So Saturday I spent my day at my brothers baby shower. He is having a girl with his Fiancee. I will be an Aunt for the 3rd time! This makes my mother aware that I am childless and I get the whole, “When are you going to settle down and give me some  grand kids talk” Ehhhhh. Give me a few years Mom. I need a boyfriend 1st! I was also the most competitive in the baby shower games. I love to compete what can I say. I have 2 cool prizes now. A bread and oil set and a margarita set! Oh yeah! I ended the day re-connecting with an old high school buddy and frolicking at the pool. It’s summer and the pool is a lovely thing.

Sunday I was a bum. Completely. I slept in and played with my dog. I got into a minor fender bender (No biggie!) and had the most hilarious dinner with my closest homegirls. My life experiences are super hilarious according to them. We had tons and tons of laughter! My friends Chicken Tetrazzini was so delicious. Oh. Carbs + Cheese = a lovely explosion of deliciousness. So what did you all do this weekend? Hope it was as fun and adventurous as mine!

Workout Free Weekend

My weekend was workout free, 

 

I decided not to be a superwoman and take it easy a couple of days out of the week. However, it was very active. I decided to sign up and volunteer with the Houston Humane Society and help them out at one of their mobile locations. We met bright and early at the facility, walked the dogs that were selected for the mobile (all still available for adoption if interested they range from 4 months – 2 years), loaded them up and went to Tom Bass Pro/Outdoor World. I underestimated the vastness of this place. It was like a mall for everything you would need for hunting, camping, fishing, atving and some. It was an amazing place. I would love to go back if I ever decide to deal with wildlife. LOL. Anyways my dog of the day was Winter. She was a 4 month old lab mix (Who I mistook for a boy LOL) and she was very cute. She was cuddly, she was a little shy but everyone who petted her she wagged her tail for. I taught her to climb the stairs and fed her a million treats and after a few hours, she was exhausted. She stopped walking with me at one point and just had the most cute exhausted expression ever. So, you know what I did? I did this:

 

 

Held her like the baby she was. She let me and I took advantage. I kept handing her off to people and they ate it up. She almost got adopted this way a few times. LOL. My dog never allows me to hold him like this he has far too much spunk to be associated with this cuddly calm hold, so I had to get my 30 minutes in. After the mobile I helped out at the facility for a few more hours and went home to shower and change. I started to study for the GMAT, and almost forgot an appointment I had at Walgreens. In order to get into school you have to have a meningitis shot and I have no clue if I ever got one. So I got one. I then proceeded to go to the store and I had a craving for Crab Legs. I made them a little too spicy but it was sooooo goood! 

 

Yum. So I ended the day with a movie. Iron Man. MAN HOLD UP! It was amazing. Must see I recommend it! So I finally passed out. Sunday I spent the day with my dog, studied for 2 hours and went to brunch with a friend at Baby Barnaby’s and the dog park and ended the night with a few Reality TV shows.  Action packed eventful, and not a single workout was done. This week however Monday – Thurday! It goes down! 

 

15 minute Ab Workout

Happy Thursday!

I started out my day in a huge rush. My alarm did not blair this morning and I was appalled. How dare my trusty alarm I have had since 12 not go off! So I rushed to get dressed and out the house in 15 minutes. I am here, I am sore from yesterday’s workout and I have a picture! I posted it on Instagram and it looks like my one ab is getting some shine. This is so exciting. One Ab that’s my nickname!

Ignore the baby wipes. I hit the elliptical machine and did my 3 sets of 30 seconds exercise I posted in a previous blog (here). Boy my lats are feeling it. I also discovered I may have a possible groin injury. I felt a knot on my right side where my hip connects to my pelvic bone. It only mildly hurts when I press down on it and when I cough it stays in place. Meh. Today I will workout my core I found an interesting 15 minute workout for abs on Pinterest. Pumps and Iron is the name of her blog. I haven’t had a moment to read any of her other posts but trust me I will!

15-Minute Ab Workout

This workout is broken down into three sections and you’ll rest for 30 seconds in between each.

15-minute ab workout

First Sequence

Complete three rounds of the following exercises. Don’t take a break between rounds.

  • 30 seconds Windshield Wipers: Lay on back, legs perpendicular to the ground and arms outstretched for support. Lower your legs to the right, twisting your hips, until they are just hovering above the ground. Lift back to starting position and over to the left side. Continue back and forth in a windshield wiper motion.
  • 30 seconds Bicycle Crunches: Lay on back, hands behind head. When you crunch up towards your bent left knee, your right leg should be extended out and not touching the ground. Switch sides, crunching over towards the right with your left leg extended. Continue in a fluid, cycling motion.
  • 30 seconds Boat Pose: If you practice yoga, you’re probably familiar with boat pose. Sit in a “V” pose with legs held straight up at about a 45-degree angle with the ground and arms out straight. If it’s too difficult to keep your legs straight, bend them at the knee for Half Boat Pose. Hold for the 30 seconds.

Second Sequence

Complete three rounds of the following exercises. Don’t take a break between rounds.

  • 30 seconds Side Plank Lifts (right side): Start in a side plank position. Lower your hips towards the ground, and then lift upwards, crunching into an arch passed your original straight plank position. Continue lowering and raising.
  • 30 seconds Side Plank Lifts (left side)
  • 30 seconds Elbow Plank: A plank…on your elbows/forearms.

Third Sequence

Complete three rounds of the following exercises. Don’t take a break between rounds.

  • 30 seconds Reptile Planks: Bring your left knee (bent out to the side and parallel to the ground) up to your left elbow, crunching your obliques. Repeat on the right side.
  • 30 seconds Crunch Pulses: For these, you’ll be holding a crunch position (shoulders off the ground) and pushing your hands through your legs, making small ab contractions (crunch pulses).
  • 30 seconds Leg Hover Hold: Lay on your back with hands by your sides for support. Lift your legs off the ground a couple inches and hold. Really engage your core; try to keep the small of your back on the ground and resist arching your back.

Looks challenging enough!  I also discovered a very inspiring blog through fitfluential.com About a woman who was ridiculed and called Precious by her college professor and turned that embarassing painful moment into inspiration to get fit. Home girl is looking GREAT. Read her story here.

Look at her transformation! It is absolutely inspiring. She has a lot to say, she is encouraging and most of all she is so down to earth!

What are your fitness goals today?

Have you ever had a groin injury?

Who inspires you?

Stadium Sprint Challenge

If you like a great challenge, then a stadium sprint is definitely a way to go. Tribesports has put together a workout that will work your upper, lower body and core. The best thing of it all is that you can use your own body weight. I am considering doing it sometime this week. I live where I have access to stairs (stadium not needed if you do not live close to one). I love that Tribesports puts up new challenges every week and day. It is refreshing to switch up the routine and keep it spicy. Follow them on Instagram as well, they have some really awesome challenges of the day that they post. Mini Circuits and Supersets galore!. Click the picture to take the challenge

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In other news:

I went to Las Vegas this weekend and had a blast! It was a nice little birthday get away with some amazing friends from Dallas. We did everything we wanted to do! We walked, ziplined, danced, ate, toured, gambled, rode bulls, shopped. You get the point. I walked at least 10 miles each day. At least it felt like it. Here are a few pictures.

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It’s My Birthday!

It’s My Birthday! It’s my birthday. 28 today I’m in 1st place. I have received tons of well wishes and Instagram posts from my friends. I feel loved. Thanks to everyone I appreciate you all! I made it to 28! I am happy with where I am at in my present life and I am looking forward to the new experiences I will embark on. I have a career, I have ambition, I have a 401k! I am blessed to take vacations! I love to workout! I enjoy being a pet owner! I love the Lord! I am just grateful. Thursday I will be going to Vegas  and as they say these days I’m going to TURN UP! Hopefully, I won’t wake up in a new Bugatti, because the way my bank account is set up….. I owe Sallie Mae. LOL.

 

On a fitness note. I tried a new workout yesterday and got my heart rate all the way up to 185! Wow! I also broke the machine but that didn’t stop me! lol try it out if you dare!

 

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