Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Walk & Talk

Today I walked a lot. I walked to a farmers market with my friend and our wee babes and had a grand time and ate a delicious home made scone (the size of my fist!). I walked again with my wee babe who was sleep fighting (I won muhuhaha) and had some time to think about life, slow down, reflect on my own thoughts.

I have been thinking about fitness. My fitness. Your fitness. The world's fitness. It's all different. Where we want to go, how we want to feel, what we want to do and how we want to look (notice how that one's last? It always should be).
Since becoming pregnant and giving birth to my first born my body has not only changed but it's caused me to change the way I view fitness and being fit. How I did fitness and how fit I was pre-baby is very different than who it and I am now.
It was very difficult at first and I felt trapped inside someone else's body. That body didn't look right, feel right or work right. I was weak, sore, stiff and mushy.

It's been 5 months. Instead of going full speed ahead with burpees and chin ups and sprints I went against my "workout nature" that loves to go a bit too hard sometimes and took things really. really. really. freakin slow. Or did I? Maybe the pace I took things was actually not slow, maybe it was just right. Right for the proper time to allow healing and recovery for what my body had just been through. Right to allow me time to enjoy my new role as a mom, just right for targeting the areas that needed the most attention and care not necessarily the ones I wanted to improve. Maybe my body did look right, feel right and was working right for what it had just been through.

So though I am still going to be posting my workouts I probably won't until I'm done this program but I want to encourage everyone to "find their fit". Don't think because you don't have 12% body fat or can't run a 6 minute mile or do a single pull up that you're not fit. Our lives are different our body make up is different our passions and abilities are different. Just get out there, be active and find joy in doing it! Find your fit and embrace it with your heart, mind, body and soul!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

What I Did: Dancing & MuTu

I won't be posting exactly what I did today but I'm on week 5 of the MuTu system. I'm way behind mainly because I forgot to move forward. I started getting bored and started doing other workouts like the dance videos and my own body weight circuits but now that I've moved onto the next workout I am sweating it up and loving lifting some heavier weights finally!
Also I danced my butt off doing dishes today. Every little bit helps!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What I Did: SO BORED had to change it up

I'm doing a post baby program that takes it nice and easy and focuses on the areas that really need healing and strengthening. I figure it's been 4 months and even though I'm not done the program I figure I'm healed enough to change it up when I get bored so I did that today.

Warm up: nope. No time. Had an over tired baby watching me who was refusing to nap.

Workout: 3x 20 reps each
Push ups (still doing them on the knees,'ll come back I'm sure)
Lunges (10 each leg)
Bent over row with bands
Low Side to Side hops with band around ankles
Single Leg Bridges/Hip Thrusts with 10lb weight (10 each leg)
Climbing Plank 30 sec each round

Total Time: approx just under 15 min, forgot to start timer until after 1st round
HR: 162
Sweat'o'Metre: just breaking one after final round. Would have done more if not for my little guy desperately needing to sleep
Burn'o'Meter: push ups...gah. Nuff said.

Friday, July 18, 2014

What I did: Youtube to the rescue for this post baby bod

I have been managing to keep up about 3 workouts a week however I won't likely be posting them all due to either repetition or I'm just too busy hanging out with my little man.
It sure feels good to feel the burn again!
I found some post baby workouts through pinterest (yay pinning) and particularly liked the variety I found through this blog. I did the Tues/Thursday workout minus the cardio blast.

Warm up: 25 minute walk
Workout: The last three videos seen here; (though for the last one I only did 3 sets 1. because it was freakin hard and 2. I had to rescue my baby from being tricked into sleeping...haha)
Total Time: 26min + 25 min walk approx 50 min
HR: eh didn't bother
Sweat'o'Metre: dripping after video 1!!!
Burn'o'Metre: def in the arms in video 2 and abs in video 3

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

First Post Baby Workout

Well the little pumpkin came on May 14th fast and furious! All things are well and good and it's been 5 weeks so I figured I could up the level of activity from lots of walking to an actual workout.

Warm up: approx 8 minutes of fast stroller walking (aka I was pushing the stroller the the babe for almost all exercises)
Workout: 2 sets of 12-15
Alternating lunges with stroller
Squats with stroller
Step ups onto ledge approx knee high
Elevated push ups
Calf raises with stroller
Cool Down: approx 12 min stroller walking with a 2 sets of 10 lunges and 10 metres of calf walking

Total Time: 42 min
HR: haha what else is new, I forgot to take it, but I'll have to keep track from now on to mark my progress in my cardio fitness!
Sweat'o'Metre: oh man I was red faced and sweaty even on a cool day
Burn'o'Metre: push ups, yikes, my upper body strength is ka-putz! Also my hamstrings were starting to feel it too!

No photo but I promise I'll get one with me and the babe soon!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

What I Did: Mish Mash of Activity

Today is Saturday...already! This week has flown by! My due date is next week today! ACK! So crazy. Could happen any day now...or any day after too. Though now I'm more leaning towards wanting to go early not because I'm sick of being pregnant but I'm so excited to meet my little guy or girl. Anyhow here's what I did to induce labour...I mean to stay active ;)

Warm up: 
About 10 minutes of my MuTu system stretches and core exercises that include squats, some bands, ball between the knee squeezes and other such exercises.

First I did a 20 minute walk. I know, it sounds lame but I really enjoy just being able to get out (except for all those stupid mini flies...the downside of living near a lake I guess). As light as walking is I can see how it can help get contractions going, I tend to feel extra pressure down low in my belly almost immediately!
Then after I got home I did Tiffany Rothe's ten minute "Pretty Positive Pregnancy" toning video here;
Total Time: about 40 minutes
HR: after the video it was 130-140 and I assume near the same during my walk
Sweat'o'Metre: I got the body temp up during the walk and video but not much sweat
Burn'o'Metre: biceps and shoulders man, she kills me in this video I've gone from cans of beans to cans of soup :P

Thursday, May 1, 2014

What I did: More Dancing

Today I was going to take it easy...then I put on my dance playlist as I washed dishes and couldn't help but start to shake it so I figured why not do one of my favorite refit playlists since I was in such a dancy mood. Also I seemed to have the energy today! I'm 1.5 weeks away from my due date can't wait to meet this little baby squirming around inside! I hope they have enjoyed the "trip" through my workouts!

Warm up: I did some light stretches before starting the video which included a warm up video (Welcome to Miami)

Workout: Refit's Playlist workout #2, I skipped the two Christmas ones...wasn't feeling like  bringing on the snow just yet even if they were hip wiggling hot salsa ones.
The video that had me smiling today and most days was this one (ahem...I may or may not have just had a piece of chocolate bunny before my workout...)
Total Time: 37 min
HR: 160ish
Sweat'o'Metre: oh boy I put a bit more bounce in it today and had some light trickles from the bangs (dang it I just washed and styled my hair too haha)
Burn'o'Metre: felt it in the calves during "Do you love me" and in the butt for some of the squat moves in the other videos
sorry bout the grainy quality pic today
I'm almost there!!!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

What I Did: Bouncing Baby

No I didn't have the bouncing baby yet, just 38 weeks tomorrow (so hopefully in a couple weeks!). But we both did our share of bouncing around today. I tried a new playlist from ReFitRev on youtube workout #2. I really had fun with a few of their songs in that playlist. I liked their warm up remix of Welcome to Miami as well as Beyonce's Survivor (I like punching stuff what can I say?).

Warm up: Even though their first video was a good warm up I did my own core/stretching MuTu thing before hand (about 10 min)

Workout: Here's the Survivor video I liked. Oh and I did this whole playlist minus the last Christmas song at the end, wasn't feeling all the hip wiggling today.
Total time: with the warm up I will have to estimate about 40-50 minutes honestly forgot to time it today. The workout on it's own was probably anywhere from 30-40 min
HR: Oh I was feeling it pumping today! Again with this brain I didn't time anything but my guess is closer to the 150-160 range
Sweat'o'Metre: before setting up the fan this face was getting a good glisten on ;)
Burn'o'Metre: calves calves calves, with the bouncing and quick stepping it was a good one!

Here's me at almost 38weeks (9 months and 1 week) pregnant!
look at ma belleh! hahaha

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Still pluggin away just not typing it out much lately. Just thought I'd do a post so no one thinks I've decided to take up potato-couching or anything. Just nothing super exciting in the workout regime that's all.

Warm up: Today like most mornings I do about 10 minutes of stretching and core focused exercises called MuTu ( that focuses on Mom's post baby though the first 2 phases are safe for pregnancy.

I did a 20 minute walk outside that was lovely (a bit windy/chilly) but great to get some sunshine on this face
Then I did Tiffany Rothe's Pretty Positive Pregnancy body sculpt workout video, just once through.
Total Time: not including the warm up since I did that some what separately from my workout about 30 minutes total
HR: guessing around 120 or 130, kinda forgot to take it but it wasn't a big heart pumper today
Sweat'o'Metre: got warm during my walk so that was great, nothing too sweaty though
Burn'o'Metre: oh gosh this one always kills my shoulders and biceps and for some reason my butt at the beginning during those semi-lunge holds.
here I am at 36.5 weeks preggers (that's
9 months-ish, 3.5 weeks to go!)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

What I Did: Slowing Down

Well I am 5 weeks away from my due date today. Getting real fast let me tell you, especially when a friend of mine due a week before me had her baby April 1st! Ack! Any time now I guess.
Anyhow I haven't been posting much of my workouts 1. because I haven't been doing very many (like maybe 2 a week) and 2. because a lot are just repeats of preggers videos or dance video's I've posted bajillions of times before (so just check the archives).
However that said I plan on working out until the baby comes, lightly and within reason if I have the energy and am not plagued by back pain.
Pregnancy has been eye opening for me in terms of fitness and health and my workouts.  I have relaxed, I have kept active without being paranoid about gaining too much weight and guess what? I am in the bottom end of what is average for pregnant women to gain.
I know it's not the case with everyone but I am just so thankful that I have enjoyed seeing my body grow and change and figure out a new "healthy" and a new "strong" determined by what my body is going through not determined by half naked "motivational" (more like de-motivational) posters of chicks I will probably never look like nor do I strive to be like because I am learning success is the best version of ME I can be and no one else.
Woah. Run-on-sentence-rant.
Anyhow today I did Tiffany Rothe's three Pretty Positive Pregnancy videos on  youtube, one for warm up and the other two for strength and muscle tone in upper and lower body. You can find them in my archives :)

Total Time: 35ish minutes
HR: 140 for the warm up and 120-130 for the last two
Sweat'o'Metre: actually yes I felt some face sweat dripping off my hair, not too crazy but definitely got things moving!
Burn'o'Metre: I don't think my shoulders will ever get used to her "just hold them up a little longer" lol and felt it in the buns too!
Here's the bump at 35 weeks pregnant
That's 8months+3wks

Saturday, March 29, 2014

What I Did: Shoulder Burn

I don't know why or how but Tiffany Rothe's Firm Fit Fancy sculpting preggo video absolutely KILLS my shoulders even with only 2lb weights! I feel like "you've gotta be kidding me" every time I do it. That and my butt in that lunge position at the beginning. Sheesh. So these are definitely good for a burn (not too sweaty at all though).

Warm up: Tiff's warm up preggo video
Workout: I did these video's once through each
Total Time: Approx 30 min total with warm up
HR: 130ish
Sweat'o'Metre: nadda
Burn'o'Metre: max shoulder burn and bun burn 
8.5 months today! About 1.5 months to go!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

What I Did: Some Mama-Muscle Building

Haven't done much weight bearing so I figured I would today (after my 25 minute walk).

Warm up: Not much really just took it easy on the first set

Workout: 2 sets of each 10-15 reps
Seated Row & Lat Pull down (I used bands for this in a kneeling position)
Overhead Pullover & Upright Row
Sumo Squats & Lunges (forward and backward)
Calf Raises & Thigh Leg Adduction (inner thigh leg raises lying on side)
Skull Crushers & Kneeling Tricep Kickbacks & Surfer Pull

Total Time: 20 minutes, took drink break between sets, no cardio or anything crazy
HR: 140-160 depending (around 160 for the squat sets)
Sweat'o'Metre: Nope. Nadda. Kept it light.
Burn'o'Metre: Feeling it in the triceps and those calf raises :P

probably the worst angle ever for a pregnant woman but
whatev's this is real life.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What I Did: When You Don't Wanna Workout...just dance.

It's getting harder and harder to motivate myself to workout, not for lack of energy, more so for lack of mobility :P However I still feel great, the weight is not piling on but going on sloooowly which is good for mom and baby so I'm happy!
So today I was super productive this morning so much that I figured I might skip the workout but my hubby, smart as he is said just do it...knowing that's all the push I need (hoping the baby comes out with as little of pushing HA!).
So I did RefitRev's workout playlist/workout #3 as it has the least amount of videos but ones that I love and make me happy!
Warm up and Workout in the playlist.
Total Time: 37 min
HR: 150
Sweat'o'Metre: not much yay for a fan
Burn'o'Metre: my calves are super tight these days so the jumping had to be taken down a notch or two for some songs.
that belly is definitely growing! :)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

What I Did: Back from "Sick Leave"

This was my third cold this pregnancy but praise the Lord it lasted just less than a week this time! So I eased into it today with some light core/stretching and a "daily" workout from  Neila Rey. I was tempted to just do some dance videos cause their fun and a good sweat but I've been noticing I am really needing to work on my muscle strength (which often requires more mental effort on my part). So I did like nike and just did it.

Warm up: About 10 minutes of my Mutu program of core and stretching

Workout: I did level II of 5 sets of 10. Though I did the first set of push ups for 10 in full the rest I did on my knees for 12 reps. Also I switched up the cross crunches for standing band twists and the leg raises for 30 seconds of plank.
Total Time: 20:31
HR: 140-150
Sweat'o'Metre: not really so much of a glisten this time. took it easy.
Burn'o'Metre: upper body strength has really disintegrated during pregnancy so the upper body ones were a bit of a burn for me.
Aaaand this is me planking at 8 months pregnant haha!
the stamina isn't what it once was but I'm still pretty pumped
that I can still do a plank!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

What I Did: Dance Away Sickness

I'm coming down with something again. Boo. Probably not just because of my lowered immune system from pregnancy but my interaction with kids this past week. Grr. Yesterday I was super tired but today after sleeping in I knew I could at least do some dancing so I put on some ReFitRev and got moving.

Warm up: First video or two of playlist/workout 1
Workout: Workout playlist 1 on ReFitRev's youtube channel
Cool Down: last video or two of the playlist
This is one of my fav's from the playlist.

Total Time: 43:25
HR: 150-170 (mostly around 160 though)
Sweat'o'Metre: red faced and moist forehead (which I hear is safe for pregnancy at this stage so that's good!)
Burn'o'Metre: I kept the bouncing to a minimum and took out some "oomph" but I can't wait to get into it full swing and really dance out those moves! Not much of a burn in this case other than of calories yay!

No photo today. Too lazy, tired and sick.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

What I Did: Daily Burn

I'm going to have to just have a couple of these daily burns printed out and set up for post baby workouts when I have time to do something but I don't want to waste my time picking out a workout. They're great and can last anywhere from 10-30 minutes depending on how many sets you do. I like 'em.

Warm up: I did my MuTu stuff (core, alignment and stretches)

Workout: Neila Rey's daily burn. I did as many full push ups each round as I could before switching to knees, I also modified the cross crunches to side planks and for my last 2 sets I did band twists. Also leg raises near the end I switched to scissors then to plank for 30 seconds. Too much pull on my lower abs.
Total Time: MuTu took less than 10 min + 22:27 workout = probably just under 30 minutes
HR: 140-150
Sweat'o'Metre: yeah getting that forehead sweat on for sure!
Burn'o'Metre: Felt it with the upper body for sure and a little with the core.
Workin on those pipes. Will need more strength for strollers
and carriers and adorable chubby babies!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

What I Did: Catching Up

I actually have been working out this week, (this is actually my 3rd woo!) I just haven't been posting as they've been fairly unstructured and just "something" to get the heart rate up and the body moving.

Warm up:Today I did that MuTu stuff for about 10 min before hand plus the first video of ReFitRev's workout #3

Workout: I only did the first 7 of 13 videos of Workout #3 from ReFitRev's playlist and then I did their cool down video "Cry Holy" My favorite video of this playlist for sure is this one:
Total Time: 32 minutes (not counting the 10 min MuTu session)
HR: 150-160
Sweat'o'Metre: it's dripping off the bangs today! Gotta love a good sweat :) 
Burn'o'Metre: trying to keep the high impact bouncing to a minimum so not a big burn but I think normally if you put effort into these you'll feel the burn!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

What I Did: Move Your Body & Love Life

Yesterday I was in a bit of a rush so I only did half of this workout dance video, actually more than half I made it all the way to the song "Do You Love Me" or "Now That I Can Dance" you know the good oldie that you can't NOT dance to? So I stopped there yesterday.
Warm up: First song!
Workout: RefitRev's workout playlist #3 til the song above
Total Time: 30 minutes
HR: 150
Sweat'o'Metre: yeah pretty moist almost dripping
Burn'o'Metre: can't really remember but the calves I do, lots of jumping!

Today's workout I started doing this program for women post babies (even though I'm still preggers it's safe and gentle and I figure why not strengthen my core now?). Unfortunately you need to pay for the program but it involved stretches and very gentle core and alignment exercises. Check out the website at
Then after I finished the playlist I started  yesterday starting with "Do You Love Me" as the warm up and did the rest of the songs and cool down (which is my new favorite cool down, felt like I was really worshiping using my whole body!).

Anyhow it was short but combined with the mutu system I figure that took me about half an hour of moving my body and getting a bit of a sweat on. Leaving for my husband and my anniversary getaway in a couple hours so I know we'll be eating out had to get something in!
No stats today, it was fairly light and unstructured I just wanted to move and get the blood pumping.
So today do something that makes you feel good and is good for your body. Enjoy life :)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

What I Did: Preggers Butt Toning

In hind sight I probably shouldn't have done this workout today s low impact as it is my back was a little sore from yesterday (and butt since those two go hand in hand) but I figured what the heck (and a lingering image of my pregnant butt in the back of my head haunting me slightly).

Warm up: I did Tiffany Rothe's pregnancy warm up here
Workout: And twice through this "ballet butt" workout

Total Time: 32:56
HR: 150 after warm up, around 130-140 for the workout
Sweat'o'Metre: though my HR was low I was still starting to sweat at the end of the first round of the workout
Burn'o'Metre: oh the quads with that "push it back now hold" part...if you've done the video you know what I'm talking about. Also since I'm not only getting heavier but my muscles are getting weaker those tricep dips were actually hard for me too. Baby we're gonna have a long road back after birth! :)
got some new mats for working out...and more for doing
dishes in the kitchen. Yay no sore back!

Monday, February 24, 2014

What I Did: Eat Dessert...Work Out

This one is appropriately (?) called Bring Me Some Pie. Yesterday was my mom's birthday and both my sister and brother's girlfriend are baking genius's and made donuts and cupcakes (of course after a dinner out at a fab restaurant). Needless to say this morning I still felt stuffed. Here's what I did;

Warm up: On Neila Rey's website she has a little blurb about warming up you can find it here and make your own call. I personally like to warm up with dynamic stretches or a little light cardio so my muscles feel less stiff when doing explosive or stretching type movements. I did a version of her warm up only about 2:30 min or so going through a few movements 3 times.

Workout: I did level II! For the pushup to lunge I just separated the two into 8 push ups and 8 lunges as I can't do those type of movements anymore with this baby belly of mine.

Total Time: 2:30 warm up + 20 min workout + RefitRev's cool down video This Little Light of Mine 3:40 = 26 min 10 sec workout
HR: 150-160 consistently
Sweat'o'Metre: yep sweating! No dripping on the carpet though thankfully but it's certainly warm in here now!
Burn'o'Metre: I was feeling it in the squats by set 5 (though I did squat jacks for the last set bc my "round ligament" was acting up a's a preggo thing.
crappy photo, I was too lazy to attach the flash today.

Friday, February 21, 2014

What I Did: Getting My Butt in Gear

I really liked today's workout by Neila Rey. Since my squatting habits have been on the decline since being pregnant my butt has also begun to decline to the I enjoyed this mostly lower body workout that was also a good sweat surprisingly!

Warm up: This warm up video by RefitRev (a new one for me, nice and easy!)
Workout: I did level I 1/2 (aka 4 sets)
I did 20 on each leg for #1, 20 total lunges for #3, 20 total leg raises for #4, 20 on each leg for #5 and 20 on each leg for #6. I guess her workouts leave something up for interpretation depending on your fitness level :)
Total Time: warm up 5:44 + workout 23:44 + stretches 7:20 = 36:08 minutes total
HR: 150-160
Sweat'o'Metre: Dripping onto the mat! I was surprised since it was fairly low impact
Burn'oMetre: felt it in the shoulders in the last couple sets and exercises, also felt the hips and butt burning a little bit too. love it!
Would totally have a good sweaty pic today but my battery died and it's just not going to be an accurate photo by the time it charges. So just think sweaty, red faced with frizzed up bangs! :P

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

What I Did: Accepting I Am Pregnant

So I'm realizing with each workout that I need to take breaks, I have gotten weaker (my bum is shrinking) and I just can't push myself as much. BUT I am totally okay with it. Now is not the time for me to be making records or even being able to maintain my same fitness level before I was pregnant. However I am healthy, I've been gaining weight slowly and keeping active. So when my biceps are burning from only 1.5lbs of weight and I've got sweat coming down my face from jogging on the spot I'm okay with that. Here's what I did:

Warm up: Tiffany Rothe's warm up/cardio video
Workout: 2x Through her toning for upper body workout video

Total Time: 32 minutes including the warm up (which actually had my heart rate higher than the workout)
HR: warm up was around 150 workout was closer to 130-140
Sweat'o'Metre: even with a fan I've got face sweat and had to wipe my brow and bangs away more than once!
Burn'o'Metre: This one always kills my shoulders and biceps. Such a burn!
Using PB as my hand weights, though to be honest it's only
half full, so it's about 1.5lbs not 1kg. Sam with the other weight
...which was a jar of honey. Haha!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

What I Did: Total Gym & Core

I've noticed a significant decrease in my muscle tone and strength...time to hit the weights again!
Warm up:
Did the first couple sets easy to warm up

Workout: 2 sets of 12-15 (mostly 15) with or without a core exercise as follows
Seated row & kneeling (with opposite leg extension) lat pull with bands and 30 second plank
Overhead pullover & Seated high row with 15 kneeling roll outs
Hamstring curls with bands & Body weight squats (rest 15 sec)
Lunges & Calf raises (rest 15 sec)
Skull crushers & kneeling tricep kickbacks with 10 low to high band twist each side
Surfer cable pulls

Total Time: 30 min pretty much exactly
HR: 140-150
Sweat'o'Metre: not too sweaty, just moist
Burn'o'Metre: yeah like everywhere I feel super weak but better for doing it.

No photo today.

Friday, February 14, 2014

What I Did: Dancing Donuts

I had a stereotypical pregnant woman binge last night (and today) on donuts. Like I'm not gonna even say how many I had. Yes I enjoyed it, and yes I felt physically like crap last night and today. Will I do that again? Umm...not for a loooong time, like I will have to forget how bad I felt. Anyhow they were still scrumptious but a little (ahem A LOT) more moderation next time shall we?

I did the ReFitRev's workout 1 from their youtube channel page again. Better for choreography this time (some what) though I had to take a few minutes break around 22 minutes, was feeling a little tired.

Warm up and Cool down included in the video (though you may want to do a bit of a lighter warm up first their first two videos are not really easy/slow paced).
Workout: dance dance dance! Here's the link to their channel page.

Total Time: 44 minutes (with pauses every now and then when commercials popped up)
HR: 150-160
Sweat'o'Metre: yep had to go get the fan half way through
Burn'o'Metre: had to take the intensity and impact down a bit in the last half, so yeah you could say I was feeling it.
7 Months pregnant today!
Happy Valentines day everyone!

Monday, February 10, 2014

What I Did: Dance Party II

I have been looking forward to trying out another Refitrev dance playlist for a few days now. I missed my Saturday workout :( so I got up early for today's. I didn't quite finish it, stopped after "One Girl" because I was getting a bit too hot and sweaty (normally it'd be a sign to keep going but not so much being almost 7 months preggers). So I'm not sure what the whole playlist adds up to but you can see my time below.

Warm up was the first video or two (I did the first one twice because I forgot to start my watch hehe).
Workout: I did Workout #7 on Refitrev's youtube channel page found here.
Here was a fun video out of that bunch that is bound to make you laugh as you dance!

Total Time: I missed the last few videos but my time was 36:33
HR: 150-160
Sweat'o'Metre: oh yeah was sweating so much I had to open the window in my basement on a -16 degree morning!
Burn'o'Metre: heart burn, the beating kind not the acidic kind haha! And for some of the squatting ones I could feel it in my bum :)
I think I will stick to this one and the workout #1 for a couple more rounds before I move on. It's good to stretch your brain learning new steps but also good to work at it until you get it and can really bust a move during your workouts!
Here's my tomato face:

Thursday, February 6, 2014

What I Did: Lots and lots of dancing!!!

This was one of the most fun workouts I've done in a while! So much fun...and sweat!
Warm up: The first video was kinda warm upish I did it twice.

Workout: It's a playlist by ReFitRev (called ReFit Workout 1 on their channel if you're searching it since I can't post a playlist) but here's the 2nd video in the playlist that really got my heart pumping!
Total time: I'm not going to go through each video for time so I'm gonna estimate approx 36-40 min
HR: Depends on the video range was 150-170
Sweat'o'Metre: ya baby check out my sweaty hair I'm lovin it!
Burn'o'Metre: the lungs for the jumping fast ones and the legs for some of those toning ones at the end!
Two photos one for the sweaty face and one for my 6 month and 3 week belly!

Monday, February 3, 2014

What I Did: Total Gym and "Toning"

Today was the day of sleep. Gosh I slept in SO late then I felt groggy so I had a nap a few hours later (which actually felt better). We had a buuuuusy weekend so maybe my body needed it. Regardless I still managed a workout into this lazy Monday.
Warm up: A new video! Was easy enough to watch and do the first time through.
Workout: Total Gym 2 sets of 12-15 each paired with the following exercise;
Pike Push ups & Chest flyes with 20 squats
Seated chest press & Anterior Shoulder raise with 15 lunges each leg
Lateral shoulder raise & Rear deltoid flyes with 30 seconds climbing plank
Seated bicep curls & Laying bicep curls with 20 sumo squats and a 10lb plate

Cool down: Back to Refitrev and This Little Light of it, so calming
Total Time: 4 min warm up + 21 min workout + 3:40 cool down = 28:40 minutes
HR: 140-150
Sweat'o'Metre: actually yes, I didn't take breaks really so it was good and steady the whole way through
Burn'o'Metre: those double biceps at the end. Killer. And shoulders. I was gonna do the plank after shoulders and had to switch up the lunges.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

What I Did: Hungry for some Heart Pounding?

I was shocked at this workout and the fact that my heart rate got up as high as it did (oops...should watch that!). I was a bit confused at first, you do them in the order they are numbered and that number is also the reps. So just one? Just two? Really? Well it adds up and though it's not a puker it's definitely one that if you take minimal breaks and push into the next level up  you'll get a good sweat on :)

Warm up: New dance warm up :) Did it 2ce, first time to learn, second time to dig it...
Workout: I did level 2 at 5 sets with 30-40 seconds rest in between sets.
courtesy of
Total Time: with warm up 8min + 21 min workout + 5 min cooldown stretches (yep I did them today) that was 34 minute workout
HR: 160-170
Sweat'o'Metre: had that fan in my face, it was getting hot without it I probably would have been super sweaty
Burn'o'Metre: nothing burned a LOT maybe those leg raises if I did them a bit slower but it was more a cardio burn for me (surprisingly! I thought it'd be more muscular. Maybe I'll try level 3 next time!)
started wearing my hubbies t-shirts now that I'm past
6 months preggers. Things are getting a bit "toight" hehe

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What I Did: Squeeze & Push It

Today I did some of those Tiffany Rothe pregnancy videos. I was shocked...for some reason I was sweating a whole lot more than usual (maybe cause it was in my bedroom with less air flowage?) but none the less I am always surprised how these fairly light looking videos burn my body!

Warm up: Just did this video 1ce through
Workout: I did this one 2ce through
Total Time: approx 30 minutes
HR: oops forgot to take
Sweat'o'Metre: yikes dripping down my temples and those arms were getting quite slippery!
Burn'o'Metre: oh gosh the tip toe squat pulses with the outward knee pushes friggin burn! That's where I had to "push it" and don't forget to squeeze that butt. Felt it there too!
No I am not gonna post a photo of my butt for proof haha ya right.
too bad you can't see the sweat but yeah it's there...bad lighting

Monday, January 27, 2014

What I Did: Flash (the superhero not the dance)

If my photo today looks a little sluggish it's because I felt that way. Totally had to drag myself away from the last 5 minutes of some Korean drama (hehe) which says a lot so I would just do it. SO here's what I did,

Warm up: Used the first couple sets of round 1 to warm up

Workout: I am not exactly sure if I did it right but I did each Round 5 times through then moved onto the next one with about 1 min rest in between each round. I rested maybe 10 or 15 seconds between some sets. For those starting (or pregnant) listen to your body but don't be afraid to push yourself (unless doctors orders etc etc).

Image and workout from 
Total Time: 29:15 with a few minutes of stretches at the end (approx 33-34 min total)
HR: 150 consistent throughout
Sweat'o'Metre: Yep, it's sweaty if you don't take a lot of breaks
Burn'o'Metre: same goes for the burn, the fewer/shorter the breaks the better the burn!

Friday, January 24, 2014

What I did: Total Gym and other random stuff

I realized by skipping my workout last night I won't be able to get 3 in this week booooo!!!! I forgot I'm out all day tomorrow. Shame. Oh well at least I have 2 physical activity dots as well as 2 workouts. Whatev's I'm preggers right? haha!

Warm up: Refitrev's Good Morning by Mandisa cardio dance about 3 minutes

Workout: 2 sets of 12-15 reps with an exercise to break it up
Seated cable row & Kneeling lat pull using a band with 30 second plank
Overhead pull over & High row with 20 squats holding a 10lb weight
Skull crushers & Kneeling tricep kick backs with 1 Legged T deadlifts
Surfers with 30 Lunges
30 Sec side plank & Calf raises with 30 Jumping jacks

Cool Down: Refitrev's This Little Light of Mine by Addison something-or-other

Total Time: 34 min 42 seconds (workout was 28:42)
HR: 150-170ish
Sweat'o'Metre: Got some sticky bangs again and will def need a shower
Burn'o'Metre: hmm kinda not really but yes. Super clear huh?

Monday, January 20, 2014

What I Did: Act Like a Stereotypical Pregnant Woman...then workout.

I think I've done above average for the typical pregnant women. I haven't seen my pregnancy as an excuse to eat for two, and to eat the worst of all junk foods. Mind you have I have been super health nut either and have allowed myself the extra calories here and there. However today was super lazy, super loaded with sugar and fat and carbs (the bad kind)...then I convinced my husband/he convinced me/we dragged each other to the living room to do a workout together (since we've both put on some preggo pounds lately oops!). Here's what we did;
Warm up: this workout was light enough to start with that the first set or two can be counted as warm up
Workout: Yay daily burn from Neila Rey...we did 10 SETS! WOO 100 REPS TOTAL OF EVERYTHING!
Total Time: I finished in 20:57 with no rest breaks between sets
HR: 160-170
Sweat'o'Metre: it was getting sweaty with no fan but even though it was starting to get challenging by the end it wasn't super sweaty for a super awesome workout!
Burn'o'Metre: it never got unbearable but it was good to push without breaks and to go for speed!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

What I Did: Shoulders, Pipes & Core

Still feeling sore from that squatter workout, wowzahs! I took it easy with the impact and kept it light with some upper body and core work.
No warm up...

Workout: 2 sets of 12-15 (15-20 for each core exercise)
Pike push ups & Chest flyes with 10 elevated single leg bridges each side
Chest press & Anterior shoulder raises with 15 ball roll outs
Lateral Shoulder raise & Rear deltoid flyes with 15 plank climbs
Seated bicep curl & (6) laying bicep curls for burnout with 15 side planks each side

Total Time: 21:44
HR: 140
Sweat'o'Metre: not really, kept it low
Burn'o'Metre: a pretty good burn for each muscle group due to the double pairing 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

What I Did: Squat's R US

Tonight is date night and to be honest I really just wanted pizza, wings, pop and a good movie with my hubby. He x-nay'd the pop for sugar (good for him eh?) so I'm drinking milk and then when we got home from picking up the above said food items and a movie he decided while it was cooking we should work out. Normally after 5pm I'm like nah I'll just get some comfy pants on and veg but he was pretty motivating (and rarely likes working out together) so what better way to bond on date night then by sweating it out together (hehe)? And I am not one to turn down bonding time with my man. SO here's what we did, no warm up just stretching out afterwards since we're like...old and stuff and tomorrow neither of us will be able to walk.

Workout: I did level I at 3 sets (and only 40 squats for each squat set), he did I.5 at 4 sets
Total Time:16:45 for 3 sets
HR: 160-170
Sweat'o'Metre: I don't think my body knew what was happening, had I gone 5 more minutes I'm sure I would have gotten really sweaty (though still got icky enough to take a shower after)
Burn'o'Metre: uh lower body burn do I even need to mention it? gosh. Feels awesome though :)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

What I Did: Daily Burn by Neila Rey

I've lovin' these visual workouts! It did make me think that eventually I'm going to have to use my own brain (and education) to create my own workouts again instead of mooching off other people. Oh well for now I'm pregnant and could care less as long as I'm doing something and today's something is awesome :) This one is aptly called daily burn you could EASILY squeeze in a level I (3 sets) of this into any day! I bet it'd take about 10-15 min max and targets almost every part! Nicely named and designed Neila Rey!

Warm up: Katy Perry's Roar by Refitrev :)

Workout: Today I'm doing level 2 at 4 sets with 1 min of rest between sets! Feeling good ;)
Cool Down: this video. Love this song, it's so sweet and encouraging!

Total Time: 4 min warm up + 15:45 min workout + 3:30 min cool down = 23:15min! 
HR: 140-150
Sweat'o'Metre: though this workout is short if you give 'er you'll be sweating!
Burn'o'Metre: Felt this one through the core and shoulders for sho!

Monday, January 13, 2014

What I Did: Body Sculpt with some Light CV and Peanut Butter

Had a busy day today and didn't get to my workout until 5:45pm today which normally means I won't do it...however I was determined so I did 2 preggo videos (one of them through 2ce) to count as some sort of exercise!

Warm up: I count the first video as warm up and workout cause well it warmed me up and freakin killed by the end of 10 minutes!

Workout: Here are the 2 videos 
This first video KILLS my shoulders. Like I'm giving up way faster than I think I should be (with 2.2lbs in each hand only!!!)
My heart rate wasn't up high nor was I sweating much with the first one so I thought I'd add a little pump to the end of my workout with this more cardio and lower body based video.

Total Time: approx 31 minutes
HR: after the first one about 130-140 after the second video it was 150
Sweat'o'Metre: um well sitting here sweat just dripped down my arm off my elbow and only my yeah I'd say I got sweaty today!
Burn'o'Metre: biggest shoulder burn of my life in that first video. I don't know if I've just gotten uber weak or if Tiffany Rothe is some ex-torturer who knows the best stress positions or something! And I felt the burn in the buns and inner thighs for the second one
my weights for the time being.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

What I Did: Wiggle Those Hips

Today I combined three of Tiffany Rothe's pregnancy videos. I should really just try doing one 3 times as she suggests but I like the variety, not to mention the burn. Oh the burn. She knows how to work you that's for sure! I didn't do a warm up just these three videos in this order today (though I think next time I'd start with the barre one as warm up;
Total Time: 32-33 minutes
HR: 150
Sweat'o'Metre: my bangs are sticking to my my face and my arms were slip sliding around (nice eh?) 
Burn'o'Metre: like I said, she knows how to work ya. My shoulders in that first video were freakin DYING! Then the legs in the second video again burn baby burn! I likey.
this wasn't meant to be a "hot" pose
haha I am mocking all the "salsa" hip moves
which by the way are quite difficult
to do on carpet in runners (which I took
off afterwards).

Friday, January 10, 2014

What I Did: Bringing Spandex Back

I'm down with another cold but trying to keep active since it's not as bad as the one a month ago. This type of video I did was a big step down in heart rate elevation but a big step up in brain work and coordination. Not normally my style at all. I felt a bit like a bull in a tutu so it's a good thing it was in my living room sans windows. Anyhow it was good for a body "glisten" and do get off my butt and do something.
Though I love the warm up video hehe! Totally my style. No tutu's allowed.

Warm up: Refitrev's dance to Katy Perry's ROAR
Workout: Denise Austin's dancy-prancy aerobics video (hehe I call it that, that's not the official title)
Total time: approx 34 minutes for both videos
HR: after the warm up I was around 150, but for the workout...I think barely 120 if that.
Sweat'o'Metre: well my face was definitely warm and I got a good glisten going on my forehead but nothing too crazy.
Burn'o'Metre: Nothing burning here but calories haha!
no picture. I'm sick. I'm pregnant and I majorly need to wash my hair.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

What I Did: Full Body Weights & Core (MuTu system)

So I signed up for the free stuff from and tried out some of the exercises. I'm assuming I'm allowed to do these during pregnancy since there was no "do not do these while pregnant" things...also I've been doing core (aside from crunches) my entire pregnancy. So without further adieu here's what I did;

Warm up: SO excited they have Katy Perry's ROAR. Works perfectly as a warm up :) (and one of the easier ones to learn)

Workout: 2 sets of 12-15 reps each paired with a mutu exercise listed below
Seated row & Kneeling lat pull down with bands with 15 reps of bridging/with leg lift at peak
Arm pull over & Upright/high row with 15 reps of ball roll outs on knees (elbows on ball)
1 Legged straight leg deadlifts (bodyweight) & Leg extension on chair using a band with 15 reps climbing plank
20 Squats & 15 calf raises each leg with 15 kneeling push ups (yep I have officially gone to my knees)
Skull crusher tricep extensions & Kneeling Surfer pulls with (1 set only) of 15 side plank hip dips

Total Time: Warm up 3:30 min + Workout 35 min = 38:30minutes
HR: 140-160
Sweat'o'Metre: I kept the intensity low since I'm sick so I didn't sweat much
Burn'o'Metre: that said it still burned, those core exercises were killer!
not exactly a Katy Perry fan but I can't help but let out a
ROAR, it's just so freakin' catchy!

Monday, January 6, 2014

What I Did: The REBEL

Let me tell you I didn't feel so rebellious after this workout! I was going to do level II (6 sets) but decided hey, I'm pregnant, my back is screaming at me and my heart rate is probably higher than my midwife would like sooo I just did level I (3 sets). My awesome hubby did an extra set what a trooper!

Warm up: (hehe I got my hubby to actually do this video with me)
Workout: I did level I (3 sets) oh and the last 2 sets I only did 10 burpees per set
Rebel Workout
Total Time: 3 min warm up + 15 min workout + 2 min cool down = 20 min TOTAL! EVERYBODY got time fo dat!
HR: 170-180
Sweat'o'Metre: definitely a sweaty one if you're pushing!
Burn'o'Metre: the push ups gosh I feel like a ton of bricks these days and those burpees are killer!

Friday, January 3, 2014

What I Did: Become a Stormtrooper

I found (as in my friend introduced me to) this OOOOmaaaaazing website and trainer named Neila Rey. Check her out at for awesome superhero (and other themed and visual) workouts, challenges and other gems of fitness advice. I'm a fan that's for sure.

Warm up: These two zumba videos. One is cut short, too bad but it was still a 6ish minute warm up that left me feeling ready to go and totally uncoordinated haha!
THE WORKOUT: so can find it here I did level 1

Total Time: Warm up 6 min + level 1 workout 24 minutes = an even 30 and I didn't even plan it that way!
HR: 160-170
Sweat'o'Metre: I can't wait til summer these are sure to make you glisten (but in -24 with a fan in a basement not so much)
Burn'o'Metre: I liked how the lower and upper body were grouped to create a hotter burn. I felt it mostly with the last three moves
the best part is, I don't have to care about sucking in cause
"most" of that belly is baby ;) hahaha!