Juneathon Day 18 and 19


DAY 18
300 crunches, 30 man push ups, 10 jack knives on yoga ball



DAY 19
I actually made it to the gym after 2 days of computer training.......UUUGhhghhh..............I hate sitting down for 8 hours. That is why I became a nurse so I could run around all day.

Anyway, on to my workout and my horrible photography skills.


I don;t think I've ever looked this old or this tired in my life so I tried to put some effect on picture so I wouldn't be so scary but it didn't really work. 

Anyhow first I rowed for 20 minuets
Burned 187 calories

Then I got on the magic SCI-FIT machine and burned another 917 calories in 60 minuets!!! 

I know you all don;t believe me that this machine really burns that many calories but I  have proof. 

SEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE


Anyway, a great workout!!!! I hate having my leg in the boot and it's only been a few days. SIGH!!!!!! 
Oh well.........I'm just clinging to the fact that one day I will be able to run again.

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New Gear Reviews

I thought I would do a little review of some fitness gear that I've tried lately and let you know what I think of it!!!

BROOKS PURE CADENCE!!!!
These shoes so far are awesome. They came with a heafty price tag($120) but so far worth it! 
They feel like you are walking/running on little marshmallow clouds and fit great! have nice room in the toe. I ordered 1/2 a size up! 
Recommended. Oh and these are for mild-moderate overpronators!




Next up........BIC Bands!!!!!!!!!!! Umm....I can;t find one single thing wrong with this product. It has a good prie point and WILL NOT SLIP!!!!!! I MEAN REALLY it won't. Now even after 26 miles of brutal pavement pounding!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!
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Oiselle is a new company that I stumbled across and am in LOVE with. It;s like lulu lemon except AFFORDABLE!!!! I ordered these shorts. They are VERY flattering and DO NOT RIDE!!!!!!!! 
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!





I also ordered these running shorts from Oiselle and I L*O*V*E them!!! Very flattering. Very comfortable. My favorite running shorts so far!!!!! 

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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And then there's Nuun. These are dissoluble tablets that you put into your sports water bottle and they replace your electrolytes as you sweat but they don't have ANY sugar or carbs. SCORE!!! Don't get me wrong, you need those when your running 20 miles but this is perfect for your everyday run. I am hooked!!! Not going to run without it! 

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!

And finally there are these compression recovery socks made in Italy!!!! I don;t like them. In fact I am going o host another sock giveaway next week and give them away. I have never worn them., they are brand spanking new. They are too long, like WAY too long so great for tall people. I found them to be very thick and hot. Maybe good for winter and I didn't find the compression to be tight enough. I ordered small. Expect a giveaway next week for these! 







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Best Quote EVER!!!


I cannot explain to you how much I L*O*V*E this!!!!! 


AMEN GWENNY!






Also, I am thinking of doing another VLOG (video blog) SO PLEASE ASK AWAY IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. 

NO TOPIC OFF LIMITS!!!! 

You KNOW ME...........I LIKE TO SHARE!!!!!!

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Juneathon Day 17

JUNEATHON DAY 17

Today I started out with a bit of a rugged 3.5 mile trek pushing both kids in the double BOB stroller (100+ lbs) But it's got mountain bike shocks so no worries through some hilly, off road Tirane.

I am SO please I found this AWESOME dirt off road running trails that are almost all hills. I now exactly where my hill work will happen from now on!!!!!!!!!! 

GOD I CAN:T WAIT TO GET THIS BOOT OFF!!!!!!!!!!!



Who says you can't hike with a broken leg in a boot? 

Probably my doctor but I'm the nurse and we always do whatever we want anyway!!!!!!!!!!

Aren't these perfect for runing????


I'm so excited! 


THEN ........................I went to the gym and did 60 minuets on the weird SCI-FIT machine and burned 925 calories. Thank you very much, also add on 60 modified push ups AND 22 REAL push ups like man push ups!!!! HOLY HELL!!!!!  and 140 crunches!!!! 

BAM..........Day 17 DONE!!!!!!




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Father L*O*V*E

Happy Father's Day to the my one and only true love. my best friend, my partner in life.

I am so grateful to have a good man by my side that I can count on day in and day out. 

You take immaculate care of our beautiful children and I couldn't ask for anything more.

I LOVE YOU more than words can say!!!! 

Happy Father;s Day My Love!!!!!!








My Favorite PUMP ME UP Songs




You know when you just need a little extra UMFFFF to get you going???? I like to rely on these songs!!!! 


#1. Please Don't Stop the Music~Rihanna

#2. Stronger~Kelly Clarkson

#3. Another One Bites The Dust~Queen

#4. Sober~Pink

#5. Gold Digger~Kanye West

#6 Deja Vu~Beyonce

#7 Bleeding Love~Leona Lewis

#8. Thriller~Micheal Jackson

#9 In Da Club~50 Cent

#10 Signs~Snoop Dog and Justin Timberlake

#11Ain't No Other Man~Christina Aguilara 

OH AND PLEASE... PLEASE...... PLEASE share your pump me up songs in the comments. I am always on the hunt!!!!!


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Juneathon Day 16


JUNEATHON DAY 16!!!!

And gee don't I look pleased? HA

My plan............burn at least 1000 calories and try for those darn pull ups again. I NEED to go to crossfit, Those people will fix me. I just know it!


So Today I came prepared.................a big bottle of Nuun, my new favorite hydration drink and a copy of runner's world where I found a GREAT quote!! 


"I've never seen an ugly runner. Running changes you. It makes you beautiful." 



Just arriving!!!!

I burned 1050 calories in 60 minuets!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!! 


You wanna see what hard work look like?????

Here you go!!!! It might not be pretty but I work my booty off and I'm not embarrassed to show my "ooggly" side!!!!

And this is in 60 degree air conditioning!!!


Then I did some modified pull ups with not great success. I'm calling Cross fit this afternoon. I might have to become part of the cult if I really want to achieve my goals!!!!

And now I will do 140 crunches and 40 push ups! 




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Juneathon Day 15


JUNEATHON Day 15.......officially half way over!!!!! 

Things are really looks up in my world. 




I hit the rowing machine again for 20 minuets! Still not sure if I'm crazy about it but it;s okay! 


Since I managed to get 3 blisters my first day I whipped out my brother's martial arts leather gloves. Don't I look like a bad a$$? LOL! 

And this weird iso-exercise machine has tuned out to be my lifesaver. In fact if you so it on a high level it kicks your booty. I burned 500 calories in 30 minuets. NO KIDDING!!!! I( had to cut it short because it;s my hubby's birthday today but next time I am doing an hour. IF I can find an machine that will let me burn 1000 calories in one hour, I'm all over it!!! 

So for the next month this is where i will be living!!!! 


Oh by the way I tried to so a pull up on that machine that helps you take a little weight off. I took 25 pounds off and could BARLEY and and I mean BARLEY so one! SO when I took off 40 pounds i did much better but it;s a goal!!!!! 


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My crunch Routine!

Hey Everybody!!!! 

I wanted to share part of my strength training with you.

I also do a lot of work with my medicine ball and yoga ball for my abs which is coming soon too. I swear! 

But these "circular" crunches are KILLER!!!!! 
Feel that burn!

You must try them!!! And don't forget I only demonstrated ONE set here. You should do two sets of 20 of all the crunches!!!!


So now that my leg is broken I'm going to set a couple new goals.

#1. rock hard core
#2. to be able to do at least one pull up


Can anybody do a non modified pull up??? I'm serious. I know all you Cross fit fanatics can.




P.S. WINNER of Swift Wick Sock giveaway is Patricia Fischer. Patricia, Please contact me with your shipping info. I couldn't find an email for you! 




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Where there's a Will, There's a Way


JUNEATHON DAY 14

I'm sure you all know I have been constricted to a boot for  a month and I;m not allowed to to run or swim or bike. 
BOOO HOOOO!!!!!!


So I went to the gym to see what I could get into. I rowed for 30 min and burned 250 calories. Not bad!


However, in that 30 min span I managed to get 3 blisters on my hands so I guess it;s time for cut off gloves!


Then I found this machine that is does iso-active exercises and so I jumped on it. It was actually pretty great, It basically an elliptical but sitting down so I think I might be ok for my let and actually could get a little workout! I think I burned anther 200 calories or so! 


So all in all I am feeling a little bit better,

I also did 140 crunches today and 100 modified push ups! 

stepping up my game!!1
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Trying to keep my chin up



This morning I went to my orthopedic doctor to have my bone scan read. Because I work as a nurse at the hospital where it was done I already had the results read and knew I had a stress fracture but I didn't yet know what we were going to do about it!!


Well, as you can see I have to keep my leg immobilized in this boot for an entire month! 

No running, no biking, no swimming!!!! 

I can only remove it to shower and sleep. I get to hobble around work for 13 hour shifts with this thing on. YUCK!

How am I going to survive???? Good question because I have no idea!!!!!

Disappointed would be the understatement of the year!!!! 

I can;t survive without my cardio. 

SO you know me. I always have a plan.

MY PLAN: 

Row. I'm going to row to get in my cardio
I'm going to work hard on my core and my upper body. 
I'm going to take before and after pictures this month of my mid section and see how toned I can get it. I have to have goals. I have to do something or I'll go insane!!! 


So, not the happiest day by any means. 
I cried as soon as I got to my car! 
I just want to run, really that;s all I want but the doctor assured me that if I do this I will heal MUCH faster and if I don't it could take months upon months!!!! SO for now this is it folks! 

I guess I'll go cry in the corner and do some crunches now! 
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Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (Homemade Nutella)


Ingredients:
2 cups hazelnuts
12 ounces semi-sweet choclate (1 bag of semi sweet choc ships)
12 ounces milk chocolate (1 bag of milk chocolate chips)
1/2 cup sugar
1.5 cup heavy cream
pinch of salt

Recipe:
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place hazelnuts on a cookie sheet and roast for 10-15 minuets.
2. Once hazelnuts have cooled vigorously rub nuts between your palms to get the skin off. Most of it should come off very easily, if there is some skin left on it is okay.
3. Place roasted nuts in the high powered blender or food processor and puree for 5 minuets. First, it will chop the nuts and then it will make hazelnut butter. It will look very similar to a peanut butter. The goal is to have this be as smooth as possible so leave it on for a good 5 minuets. set aside.
4. In a medium saucepan heat cream , salt, and sugar until hot. Add chocolate and still until just melted. Remove from heat and let cool for about 15 minuets. You should add the hazelnut butter when the chocolate and cream mixture is warm but NOT hot. If the chocolate mixture is too hot the oil from the hazelnuts will separate and you will end up with a gloppy texture rather than silky smooth. 
Once it's warm mix the hazelnut butter in and jar. 
Serve at room temperature but store in the refrigerator. Will keep in the fridge about 2-3 weeks but again bring to room temp before serving. It;s fantastic with Challah bread!!

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place hazelnuts on a cookie sheet and roast for 10-15 minuets.
2. Once hazelnuts have cooled vigorously rub nuts between your palms to get the skin off. Most of it should come off very easily, if there is some skin left on it is okay.

3. Place roasted nuts in the high powered blender or food processor and puree for 5 minuets. First, it will chop the nuts and then it will make hazelnut butter. It will look very similar to a peanut butter. The goal is to have this be as smooth as possible so leave it on for a 
good 5 minuets. set aside.


4. In a medium saucepan heat cream , salt, and sugar until hot. Add chocolate and still until just melted. Remove from heat and let cool for about 15 minuets. You should add the hazelnut butter when the chocolate and cream mixture is warm but NOT hot. If the chocolate mixture is too hot the oil from the hazelnuts will separate and you will end up with a gloppy texture rather than silky smooth. 
Once it's warm mix the hazelnut butter in and jar. 
Serve at room temperature but store in the refrigerator. Will keep in the fridge about 2-3 weeks but again bring to room temp before serving. It;s fantastic with Challah bread!!




Honestly, this has been one of the most amazing things I've ever made. I really hope you will try it!! 


Hanna

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