Monday, November 24, 2014

Moving!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Day 8 of the @JessicaSmithTV 14 day workout plan!

Day 8  of this 14 day workout plan!



Day 8 was made up of workouts from Jessica's Barre Fitness DVD,(affiliate links included wherever possible) included in the The Ultimate Workouts for Weight Loss: 4-DVD Collection. Today's plan had me do all three 20 minute segments of this DVD, for a workout that was about an hour long.

I did enjoy all of the workouts. On the Floor Barre, this time, I was able to have a small playground ball instead of a pillow to use for the workout, and I felt like it made a difference in being able to complete the moves as designed. However, I did feel a little concerned that I would pop the ball somehow, so I made sure that if that happened, my head wouldn't hit a piece of furniture or something like that. It held up, though, so I was OK. 

I used to shy away from barre workouts, but now I think I will look forward to them. It was an excellent workout.

Last week, I did tweet one of my blog posts that also mentioned the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Black, and Jessica Smith responded that she had a video coming out about fitness trackers. If you are interested in getting one, you might want to watch her video to get a good perspective on using it as a tool for your healthy lifestyle. I appreciated her video as a reminder - my Fitbit can serve as a prompt to be more active, but I need to balance it out with everything else (not quoting her, just my thoughts several hours after I watched the video). Watch the video here:  http://youtu.be/mdJ6XCyhgWQ You may also find it helpful to read the insightful article that makes up the description of the video.

I do appreciate the replies that I get back via Twitter! It is very encouraging. 

Up tomorrow - a 40 minute walk from her  Walking for Weight Loss, Wellness & Energy DVD. Can't wait!

Days 5, 6, and 7 of the 14 Day Challenge: The Ultimate Workouts for Weight Loss!

Days 5, 6, and 7 of this 14 day workout plan!



Day 5 was made up of workouts from the 10 Pounds Down: Cardio Abs DVD (affiliate links included wherever possible) included in the The Ultimate Workouts for Weight Loss: 4-DVD Collection. The 28 minute workout (well, and the 4 minute workout, too!) were so hard, but it was really good! I love that Jessica includes modifications for almost everything, because I need them. I do think I will be able to do a lot of these moves with modification one day, but not yet. 


Day 6 had me doing two workouts from the Total Body Balance DVD. These felt a little easier, but it still felt like I worked out. I love the variety of this workout plan, as these are not necessarily workouts I would have picked out on my own.

Day 7 was an active rest day. I was supposed to do something like ride a bike or take a walk, but I gave myself permission to just do my regular amount of walking around and tried not to be very sedentary. I even left the Fitbit off for the day! It was a little liberating. 

I'll be back next with my thoughts on the hour long barre workout I did for Day 8, from Jessica's Barre Fitness DVD!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Day 4 of the 14 Day Challenge: The Ultimate Workouts for Weight Loss!

Day 4 of this 14 day workout plan!

Today was my first day doing workouts from Jessica Smith's Barre Fitness DVD (affiliate links included wherever possible) included in the The Ultimate Workouts for Weight Loss: 4-DVD Collection.



I have a love/hate relationship with barre workouts. I love them because I think they will give me the strength and toning results I want; but I also hate them, mainly because of one really intense lower body barre workout I did last year that afterwards, made me walk around like I had just run a marathon. So I cautiously did these, and surprise! I can still walk. :) In fact, I feel better than I did yesterday.

Today's workout included the Cardio Ballet Segment and the Floor Barre. I really enjoyed the Cardio Ballet segment! I was able to follow the moves fairly closely, and I loved that it was just 20 minutes.

The Floor Barre segment was good, but not my favorite. I think it was because I didn't realize that I needed a small ball to do the workout. Jessica said you could substitute a pillow, but it just wasn't the same. I also am aware that I don't like DVD or online workouts where I am supposed to not be looking at the TV because of the move I am doing. It's frustrating at first as I learn the routine. Jessica does a good job of setting up the move and giving the cue for it. So I am pointing out something that really can't be changed, but I'm sure a lot of people can identify with that.

Tomorrow is another workout from the 10 Pounds Down: Cardio Abs DVD. It's a little shorter, but from the description, I don't think it's going to be any easier!

Friday, September 5, 2014

So what if it's not perfect? Plus a sort of update on day 3 of the 14 day workout plan



So, I am on this 14 day workout plan. I got up early, I had my clothes ready, and I put the DVD in the player. It started OK, but it wouldn't play a whole chapter (might be a weird conflict between the DVD and DVD player, since it works fine in my newer DVD player). My options? Well, at the very early hour, I didn't have a chance to try it in another room since everyone else was sleeping. So I decided to substitute a different, slightly shorter Jessica Smith workout. (And I love this one - I've done it before and probably reviewed it here. :)


But 10 minutes in, my TV turns itself off! It does that sometimes, unfortunately. I'm starting to get fed up, but I decided I needed to at least try to complete my workout. I picked up my phone and found the video on YouTube and finished it.

Later in the day, as I folded clothes, I played that DVD on my other player, and it worked fine. I walked to the beat of the DVD as best I could, and felt good about getting more steps in.

So life didn't go according to plan. So I had to find a way to adapt to the circumstances and figure something else out. You know what? It's OK. So what if it's not perfect? I did something today that worked towards my goal, and I am happy about that.

Sidenote - what I did see from Jessica's Walking for Weight Loss, Wellness & Energy DVD (affiliate link) was really good! She puts a lot of thought into each workout, even free ones, but I do feel like her DVDs are a little something extra special. I'm looking forward to actually completing the workout sometime.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

What I thought: @LeslieWalks Leslie Sansone: Mix & Match Walk Blasters DVD

I mentioned that I bought this at iTunes last week and now I'm ready to review it! Here's a link to the Amazon DVD.

Leslie Sansone: Mix & Match Walk Blasters (affiliate link)


It seems like the 10 minute workout is very popular right now, even if it's a collection of 10 minute workouts put together. While it might be a trend, it is one that I support. It's easier for me to talk myself into starting a workout if I require myself to do at least one 10 minute workout. Many times, I end up doing more.

This DVD features 10 different workouts. Here's a list from Amazon's description:

  • Light Walk!
  • Brisk + Steady!
  • Interval Walk!
  • Short + Sweaty!
  • Walk, Kick + Jab!
  • Dance Walk!
  • Tummy Trimmer!
  • Lower Body Blast!
  • Upper Body Blast!
  • Flexibility Walk!
I feel like this is a handy resource to have. I am trying to be less of a couch potato, but I still do like to watch some TV. Telling myself I have to walk or ride the stationary bike while I watch TV is one way to get at least a little active. Over the past few days, I've done all ten workouts. My favorite one was the Tummy Trimmer. It felt like a good mini-workout. I also liked the Lower Body Blast. The other eight walks were good, too, but those were my favorites.

As I was writing about this workout, I checked the Amazon page and saw that the digital copy is currently $1.99, as it was on iTunes. I don't know if this will change, but I would think it would. It is very inexpensive for one of Leslie's workouts, and so much less than the DVD. 

I would definitely do this workout again. I thought it was a collection of useful and fun workouts that I will use to be more active. 

What I bought & what I thought: @JessicaSmithTV The Ultimate Workouts for Weight Loss: 4-DVD Collection by Jessica Smith

Affiliate links are included when possible. This is not a sponsored post - just me talking about what I bought!

I don't think it's a big secret that I really like Jessica Smith's workouts. In fact, one of the ways I got back into exercising consistently after "breaking up" with running was finding Jessica's workouts on YouTube. I'm not obsessed or a huge fangirl, I just enjoy most of her workouts and have discovered that I like the wide variety of exercise methods and intensity that her workouts have to offer.



I received a newsletter from her website last week, and it came at a time where I was a little fed up with myself in terms of my weight and my workout habits. It seemed like a good time to start something new. I used my hoarded up Amazon gift certificates - I've never bought something this expensive for fitness outside of my Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Black - and bought the advertised The Ultimate Workouts for Weight Loss: 4-DVD Collection. She talks about the video set here and the 14 Day challenge schedule in the description of the video. The video set includes these DVDs, which I am linking to individually in case you don't want the whole set or you already have some and would like to pick the rest up.

10 Pounds Down: Cardio Abs DVD
Walking for Weight Loss, Wellness & Energy DVD
Total Body Balance DVD
Barre Fitness DVD


So far, I have completed Day 1 & 2 of the workout schedule. The first day was from the 10 Pounds Down: Cardio Abs DVD. I set up a little portable DVD player besides my TV so I could watch a movie while I worked out. This works sometimes for me, but not when I am trying to do a more involved, new-to-me workout. The "Concentrated Abs" was especially difficult for me to follow along with as I am just not that strong in the abs yet. I had stopped the movie by that point and just tried to do my best. I am looking forward to doing this again at some point so I can note my improvement, hopefully!

The second day of the schedule was from the Total Body Balance DVD. This barefoot workout was a welcome change from the more active workout from yesterday, but it was still plenty challenging. I did use the 5 pound weights, and the 3 pound weights might have been a better fit for me right now. I am expecting to continue to feel sore for the next few days as I follow the 14 Day challenge schedule.

None of this adds up to huge amounts of steps on my Fitbit Flex, and I am choosing to be OK with that. I still love my Flex. I believe it helps me to be more active than I used to be. I definitely take more walks or at least try to do "something". However, for me, sometimes I am valuing quantity (get to a number of steps!) rather than quality (get a great workout!). I have to find a good balance to that.

I hope to bring more updates on this 14 day program soon! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What I bought: Leslie Sansone's Mix and Match Walk Blasters

Bought this at iTunes last week and am getting ready to review it! Here's a link to the Amazon DVD.

Leslie Sansone: Mix & Match Walk Blasters (affiliate link)


I've done 5 of them so far. Twice, I mixed them with another instructor's shorter workouts. And one time, I was a little frustrated and needed to walk off some steam! :) I did three 10 minute workouts that day in addition to a different morning workout.

My initial impression is that I like these mini-workouts. I hope to be back in a couple of days with a more complete review for you.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Review of @watchXHIT "Pilates Workout For Beginners" on XHIT Daily YouTube Channel

Hello there! I haven't been blogging as much these past few months. I have been working out, but I don't feel like I'm really hitting the goals I want to hit. I have pretty much given up running - my knee thanks me for that! I've kept working out, but not at the level I want to be. I'm sure there are a lot of people who can relate to this!



I had some posts written up beforehand that I haven't published, so I wanted to tell you about one of them. This is XHIT Daily's Pilates Workout For Beginners.


This workout went fast! Even though the exercises were shown, I felt a little tricked that I had to do a second set of some of the exercises. I loved the countdown clock and the short duration.

I might argue that it's not exactly for beginners. I don't feel like a beginner, but I couldn't do all the exercises as shown. The roll ups and the slide plank drops required some modification for me. But I really did like many of the other moves, like the leg drops, the leg lift and split, and the inner thigh lifts.

I haven't tried this channel before, so I am looking forward to exploring more of the workouts on this channel.

Giveaway at Fitness for the Rest of Us!

Lindsey Lu is giving away Tracie Long Longevity: Step Forward (affiliate link) on her blog! Head on over to enter. Tracie was the instructor on many Firm DVDs.

I especially like that she is giving away a step workout DVD - I just got a step a few weeks ago, and I am having fun trying different workouts off of YouTube.

Visit the giveaway page here!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Review of @NathanPerfGear "Nathan Sprint Plus Handheld Bottle Carrier"

This post contains affiliate links, and is not a sponsored post. I purchased both my Prime membership and the water bottle with my own funds. 

I went on a strenuous hike last week with no water, and I ended up mooching some off of a friend. While I don't plan on doing that crazy hike anytime soon, it was a great reminder to get a handheld water bottle for my walks. I usually walk or run without water, which can be very foolish, depending on the conditions. I picked up the Nathan Sprint Plus Handheld Bottle Carrier for my short walks. When I bought it, it was about $8 with free shipping with my Prime Membership.


I took it on a 4 mile walk yesterday, to the drugstore and back. At the drugstore, I filled my 10 oz. water bottle. With the mild weather, it was the perfect amount of water for me. 

What I especially liked was how I carry it - through the palm and over the thumb. It doesn't feel very heavy and it still leaves your hand mostly free. And the little pocket was great. It has a small pocket inside the zippered pocket that is great for carrying cash or ID, and the rest of the pocket was perfect for carrying my small keychain of keys. My regular collection of keys would have been a tight fit, though. And my phone would not have fit at all. 

It is worth mentioning that the top is more like a sippy cup top?! You don't pop the top to drink - you have to suck on the top of the water bottle to get some water. For this reason, it isn't ideal for sharing. I also am concerned about the long term viability of the top, but hopefully it will not be an issue.

This is one of my favorite accessories or gift ideas for a runner or a walker or exercise enthusiast. If this size isn't the right size for you, I've found this, though I haven't tried it: Nathan Quick View Hydration Pack, Black. It has room for a cell phone, and I believe it has a pop top for drinking.


What's your favorite water bottle? How do you like to carry keys, phones, etc. when you are out exercising? Leave your feedback in the comments!










Friday, March 21, 2014

Review of @DeniseAustin_ "Denise Austin: Stretching & Flexibility Fitness Routine"

Today I am reviewing "Denise Austin: Stretching & Flexibility Fitness Routine" from the Lionsgate BeFit channel on YouTube.



The day I did this workout, I was planning to go on a difficult hike with some friends. I wanted to stretch a bit before, so I chose this video.


It is from her DVD, Blast Away the Pounds: Indoor Walk. (affiliate link)



For me, this was a nice, slow paced workout that left me feeling ready for my hike!

For the parts of the workout that required a chair, I used my couch. It would have been better to use a chair. I had to sit closer to the edge of the couch to get the firmness I needed.

Because the workout wasn't "see how many reps you can get in!", it was calm and somewhat relaxing. I used it as a way to get ready for the day, but the overall tone of the workout made it sound like a cool down. I especially liked when she explained "this stretch is good for people who sit", and "this stretch is good for walkers".

I would definitely do this workout again! It was refreshing and helpful.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Review of @DeniseAustin_ "5 Minute Waist Slimmer Workout with Denise Austin"

Today I am reviewing "5 Minute Waist Slimmer Workout with Denise Austin".




So, how do you make 5 minutes seem really long? Do this workout! While that might sound like I hated it, I actually liked it. I knew that I was getting a workout chock full of worthwhile moves.

Side crunches, planks, and plank twists are just a few of the moves included in this workout. And I love the stretch that I feel after the workout on my sides - I feel ready for the day!

I would love to do this consistently to see if it makes an actual difference. I enjoyed this one very much, and would definitely do this one again.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Review of @LionsgateBeFit "Cardio Barre: Lower Body Shred Workout"



Today I am reviewing LionsgateBeFit "Cardio Barre: Lower Body Shred Workout" from YouTube.


It is from the "Cardio Barre: Ultimate Advanced" Fitness DVD with Kelly Newkirk. (affiliate link)

Oh my goodness. I am really not wanting to move after I finished this workout! I was a little concerned when I read a YouTube comment on the workout about something like "doing it half time would be OK!", but I decided I should try it.

Leg lifts of many varieties, as well as knee circles, dominated this workout, at a furious pace. I tried to keep up - I just did my best. I couldn't see the TV for the first half of the workout, as the posture really didn't call for me to be lifting my head up. I had to sneak a peek at what the new move was. That brings up a point of criticism - I was disappointed by the lack of cuing and the explanation of the form of the moves. I had to look hard at the TV and then try to catch up. I felt that the moves could have been explained better, especially when the posture calls for the exerciser not to be looking at the video.

I am generally super sore after barre workouts, and I imagine I will be tomorrow. The amount of repetitions were insane (in a good way, I think)!  It is definitely a workout for the gluteal muscles.

I think I will reserve my judgement on whether or not I would do this workout again. While I was muttering, "Never again!" during this workout, if I am able to move my lower body tomorrow, I might want to try doing this one just to see if I can keep up. It is a challenge!


Friday, March 14, 2014

Review of @FitnessBlender "Home Upper Body Workout without Weights - Bodyweight Upper Body Workout for Beginners" on YouTube


Another beginner workout today! This one is Fitness Blender's "Home Upper Body Workout without Weights - Bodyweight Upper Body Workout for Beginners". 



Oh, my. I did this workout just now and my arms are still burning. I think I might be feeling this one tomorrow! You wouldn't think that the sliding forearm presses would be so hard, or that the arm circles that you may have been forced to do in gym class (sorry, junior high flashback!) would make your arms want to fall off. But that's what it did for me! There were also chest presses and tricep curls and a few other exercises that make you grateful that this is only a nine minute workout.

I was going to argue that this isn't a workout for beginners, since I don't consider myself a beginner! Apparently, though, I am a beginner when it comes to arms, so I'll stop arguing the point. 

I would do this workout again, just to get better, and to show myself that I can get better!


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Review of @SparkPeople "10-Minute Beginner's Pilates Workout" on SparkPeople.com

I decided to try something a little different today. Rather than going to look for videos on YouTube, I went to look for videos on SparkPeople. I wanted to do an easy Pilates video. I found this 10 minute beginner's Pilates video to try: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-detail.asp?video=36


I did like the selection of videos - this video suited the amount of time I had, and the intensity I wanted to do. I have been walking a lot lately, and I just wanted to do something that was lower impact and didn't require shoes. 

This workout included hundreds, saws, scooping the belly, and also sitting up from lying down. The hundreds were interesting as the first set was at the beginning, and was done sitting up. I had never done that before. The other set of hundreds was lying down. 

I must point out that I am not sure that "beginner" is the best term for this workout. It starts out very easy, but I think that if I were completely out of shape, or hadn't worked out before, I might not think that this was at beginner level. 

When I did this workout, it appeared that if you wanted to buy the DVD that contained this workout, you could click on the link on the Sparkpeople Page (listed above), and you could buy the workout DVD directly from Acacia at a discount for buying through the SparkPeople site. Alternatively, the DVD is sold at Amazon: Pilates for Beginners (affiliate link). Also, it looks like Acacia TV has its own streaming channel that you can use on computers, iPhones, and iPads. I might look at it when it arrives for the Roku, my favorite streaming device, but it is marked as "coming soon". Here's the link - http://acacialifestyle.com/acacia-tv-fitness-streaming-videos/i/221/menu-link/ Sorry for the un-fancy looking links - Blogger doesn't want to do nice looking links this morning for me!

I might do this one again. I've bookmarked it for easy access later. I think I still am on the hunt for the best 10 minute Pilates video, though!



Monday, March 10, 2014

Review of @DeniseAustin_ "Denise Austin: Legs & Lower Body Workout- High Intensity" on YouTube


Today I am reviewing the YouTube video, "Denise Austin: Legs & Lower Body Workout- High Intensity". It is on the Lionsgate Be Fit channel, and is from her DVD, Denise Austin's Personal Training System. (affiliate link)


I wanted to sneak in another workout today after dinner. I think I need to admit that I was too tired for this. I especially thought that after I realized this workout is labeled "high intensity". To me, high intensity means that I will be jumping around a lot and that I will want to collapse by the end of the workout. It really wasn't the case here. My main problem going into the workout is that I walked a lot today, so my legs were very tired. My legs reminded me of this during the workout as I did reverse lunges, squats, and plies. I was able to finish the workout and I didn't want to collapse, so I consider the workout a win in my book!

While it's not my favorite workout, I would do this one again. It is a nice way to get a little workout in without equipment (one of Denise's workout buddies is using weights, but Denise isn't), and it really gave my legs a good workout today!


Friday, March 7, 2014

Jessica Smith Kickboxing Abs

I wanted to do a super quick kickboxing type workout today, so I searched YouTube and found Jessica Smith's Kickboxing Abs. Coming in at just 9 minutes, it is quick and fun!



The side plank and kicks were killer! The punching and twisting was fun, and the sit ups with punches were difficult. I couldn't sit all the way up. I just did the best I could!

If you are used to Jessica Smith's more recent workouts, you will notice the difference in this workout in terms of production. At times, a slow-motion tip is shown while you are supposed to be doing reps. Also, the camera work isn't as good. However, I can overlook these flaws. It's a nice quick workout that challenged me more than just doing a walking workout this morning.

I would do this one again. I liked the length of it, and I liked that Jessica kept at it and made even more workout videos after she got started!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

"Thin in 10" by Jessica Smith and Liz Neporent - Part 5

I am continuing my review of The Thin in 10 Weight-Loss Plan: Transform Your Body (and Life!) in Minutes a Day (affiliate link) by Jessica Smith and Liz Neporent.



Today's 10 minute workout to review was "Thin In 10 Stretch and De-Stress Workout with Jessica Smith". It is available through the DVD that comes with the book, or currently is streaming with a $2.99/month Sportskool subscription on YouTube.

I must advise that I am uncomfortable with yoga, especially the spiritual aspects that differ very much from my beliefs. Therefore, I approach stretching workouts with some skepticism. This workout did start out with some breathing, but it reminded me of the sound of breathing that people make when they are sleeping.  And there was also another breathing section to encourage you to not breathe so shallowly. The stretching workout seemed to be just that - stretching without yoga. It was a nice, slow stretch. It was all on the floor, even though some of the stretches are ones you would normally do standing up, like the quad stretch. It wasn't a boring stretch, and I think that had to do with Jessica's instruction and encouragement.

I would do this stretch again. I might not pop in the DVD just to do it, but I would do this after I did another workout on the DVD.

Of all of these workouts, I would say that "Cardio Quickie" is my favorite, and that, fortunately, is the one that is free on YouTube.

I still haven't finished the book. When I do complete the book, I'll write a review here for the blog. I hope to get it finished this spring.


Monday, March 3, 2014

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"Thin in 10" by Jessica Smith and Liz Neporent - Part 4

I am continuing my review of The Thin in 10 Weight-Loss Plan: Transform Your Body (and Life!) in Minutes a Day (affiliate link) by Jessica Smith and Liz Neporent.



Today's 10 minute workout to review was "Thin In 10 Core Conditioning Workout with Jessica Smith". It is available through the DVD that comes with the book, or currently is streaming with a $2.99/month Sportskool subscription on YouTube.

I am sometimes intimidated by ab workouts, which is what I assumed "Core Conditioning" would be. I have done ab workouts where it hurts to laugh the next day! This was my state of mind as I approached this workout.

I found "Core Conditioning" to be an interesting and doable workout for the core. There were curnches, but not so many that I was hurting bad. There were a lot of planks and side planks. The planks were short enough or had enough movement to them that I could do them. I am lousy at holding a static plank! The side planks didn't have movement, but were short enough that I could do them, with the knee down, of course.

I would say that this workout was challenging enough to be interesting, and I would do this one again!

I'll be back next to review the final workout on the DVD, "Stretch and De-Stress".


Friday, February 28, 2014

"Thin in 10" by Jessica Smith and Liz Neporent - Part 3

I am continuing my review of The Thin in 10 Weight-Loss Plan: Transform Your Body (and Life!) in Minutes a Day (affiliate link) by Jessica Smith and Liz Neporent.



Today's 10 minute workout to review was "Thin In 10 Total Body Band Workout with Jessica Smith". It is available through the DVD that comes with the book, or currently is streaming with a $2.99/month Sportskool subscription on YouTube.

I am a little disappointed that this isn't my favorite workout DVD ever. Her workouts aren't that much different than her YouTube workouts, except that they are shorter, in a studio, and without her dog, Peanut. I did the Total Body Band workout today with a stretchy band with handles (instead of the more tubular resistance band with handles). It seemed to work out OK, except for a couple moves where I couldn't move it over my head. Either I am much taller than Jessica or her band is stretchier, or longer. I felt like I couldn't stretch it further without the chance of breaking it.

My knees gave me a little trouble during this workout, which was surprising. It was one of the first things I did this morning, though, so that might have been it. The workout included lunges, crunches, and running (or jumping) over the band, squats, and other challenging moves. Sometimes I felt too uncoordinated to do the leg movement while I also did the arm movement, but eventually, I caught on. I was really watching the clock on this one, as I tend to do when I am challenged too much, either in strength or in coordination. When I was done, I felt like I had gotten a great workout.

I would do this again. I do have different resistance bands, so I might try my easiest, most stretchy tubular band.