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Vegetable-Juice

So … Juice day 3.  Spoiler Alert: Hasn’t gone well so far.

Not for lack of trying just for … well, lack of sleeping, actually ^^;;

I was out late last night, (and, confession – I ate pasta and sauce, but a friend invited me over for dinner and her father is a chef, so I wasn’t turning that down for any reason … ^^; ) and I didn’t get home until late, so I didn’t go to bed until stupidly late … And suffice to say that my cell phone, that was right next to my head, didn’t wake me up.  I didn’t wake up at the 4:30 alarm, 4:45, 5:00, 5:15, or 5:30 … The alarm that did wake me up is the alarm clock I set for 7:00 as a warning to get out of the shower and get dressed  so I can make breakfast and go to work.

Yeah.

2841188803Needless to say that TapouT, a Shower, and Breakfast?  Ain’t nobody got time for that.

I didn’t do any of those things – I didn’t eat breakfast until I got to work and ate the soup that I was supposed to eat for lunch 2 days ago.  (Don’t freak out – it was still packaged and everything.  It’s just in a waxed cardboard-type box package that you buy at the store; look to the right and you’ll see what’s been sitting on my desk).  And, word to the wise, though this one wasn’t my fault, even though the soup on the package looks like complete liquid, there actually were discernible chunks of red pepper in it.  At least I’m pretty sure it was red pepper; it didn’t seem like the same consistency as cooked tomatoes.

But either way, this wasn’t TOTALLY liquid … So you basically have to pick around the lumps, which there weren’t many, if you really want to … I didn’t, I just ate them mostly because I was nearly falling asleep in said soup, and I didn’t have the motivation to do much about it.

Ozeri ScaleAnyway; so now, I haven’t had any juice, and I haven’t done TapouT … So what now?  Pretty short blog post, huh?  Well, I did get another awesome thing today, which is exciting.  You will see it to the left.  It is an Ozeri Touch 440 lb Digital Bath Scale.  Which I am definitely stoked about, because previous to this, I did in fact not have a scale … And, this one is all fancy and calculates BMI and Hydration and … Well, whatever, it was on sale when I bought it and it does all sorts of fun things that I can play with.

So right;  I’ll keep you posted about that, because I’m sure it’ll at least be fun to play with, and the video for all of this is still up and coming due to my late night yesterday … But it’ll be here soon!  I promise! ^^;;  Probably tonight – keep an eye on my channel, http://www.YouTube.com/TwiceBoiledCabbage

In the meantime, remember: There’s no use boiling your cabbage twice.

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The leftovers from my juicing were striped today. xD

The leftovers from my juicing were striped today. xD

So … I didn’t get around to TapouT yesterday night (Monday), so I actually did the first day this morning.  And funny story; I haven’t done TapouT in almost a full year, but when I was working out … strangely – I needed the next resistance band up from the standard one that came with the original TapouT.  If you saw my video on TapouT (and if you didn’t you should definitely check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcIpBzrfm68) then you know that I bought some resistance bands for $5 from Five Below when I first started doing TapouT.  They were a lot cheaper than the official ones, and if they served their purpose great, and if they didn’t, well it was less than $20 into a wasted experiment.

Mmm ... 36 Drops of Chlorophyll ...

Mmm … 36 Drops of Chlorophyll …

Well, interestingly, because they were cheaper, they are shorter than the TapOut band – and they are made of stiffer, less bendable rubber.  Which means they are not as good quality – but it also means that as an accidental effect, they actually give more resistance … Like, a lot more resistance than the TapouT band I have.  Which is awesome for my purposes … So, in short, I started off with the red band that I purchased from Five Below because with the red TapouT band I literally felt like I was using nothing.

So, for that I felt cool.

Now; for things that are less cool.

We’ll start with my apartment.  And the fact that there really is no good open space to do this workout.  I was constantly rolling back and forth and kicking my plant and my coffee table, as well as hitting my face and shins on various desk legs and TV trays … So there was that.  I have to figure out better placement of thing, which is going to mean moving my desk around I think and getting rid of said TV tray and maybe … ick I dunno, but it’ll take some thought.  Another problem I realized?  Well, my heat is included in my rent.  Which is just dandy because my landlord keeps the temperature at a hellish level (literally there are times I feel like I am boiling in oil while sitting on my couch).  And that’s awesome in the winter when it’s 3 degrees outside, which it currently is some such ludicrous temperature, but … When you’re working out, not so awesome.  Went through 2 bottles of water this morning while working out and that was just taking breaks and stuff.  I chugged like, a lot of my juice when I first made it too.

Which brings me to another not so cool thing.  My juice concoction for today.  Because I learned a valuable lesson today – either have a SUPER high powered juicer than can handle broccoli, or strain it after you make it, because there are little tiny broccoli bud pieces all over this juice … To the point that I couldn’t finish it for today; I had to pour out the last few ounces or so. : /  If you look to the right, you will see what I put in today – and this is all of it xD  No last minute additions here.

0107140735Today we have:

– Half a head of Kale
– 1 Fuji Apple
– 1 Bosc Pear
– 1-1/2″ Ginger Root
– 1/2 Lemon
– 1 Cucumber
– 1 Broccoli Crown
– 1 bag of baby carrots
– 36 drops Chlorophyl
– 1/2c or so of water

And it actually tasted pretty good … But the texture was so frothy and bumpy that I couldn’t do it.  I’m not usually all about texture – I can stomach a lot of things, but … this was asking a little too much today.  I drank most of it – probably like 28-30 of the 32oz I had to drink, but … Ick.  So, lesson learned – if you are juicing broccoli, make sure you have a high powered juicer that will grind it up really fine, or else head over to your utensils drawer, get a strainer and go to town.  Maybe some cheesecloth if you are really fancy or well prepared in the kitchen area.  I’m not, but maybe you are. ^^;;

0107140745And again, there were pretty colors; this time they layered when I juiced them which was kind of cool.  Yesterday they just sort of mixed up together, and that was that.  This was just the fruit and carrots at this point, the kale and cucumber and stuff was afterwards but .. yeah – weird stripe-age.  Anyways.  So, what have I learned so far for juicing for a day?

Well, the stories were true; SO MUCH CRAVING FOR SOLID FOOD.  I was heating up the tomato soup I had to make for dinner last night, and I was like, OMG I WANT CRACKERS.  OR BREAD.  OR SOMETHING WITH THIS. GAAAHHH.  It was terrible. ^^;; But, I did manage to persevere after much persevering, and managed to sit down in front of my computer and just do my WoW dailies quietly without solid food.  I also indulged in a Bolthouse Farms Vanilla Chai tea with soy, which while not hot and delicious like the version I get from Starbucks (which I refuse to purchase when in the city because holy crap that price), still delicious and gave me a little extra protein and a few more calories to cram in my gullet so that I at least made my 1200 calorie intake.  Actually I hit 1300 but who’s counting? xD  Speaking of which, let’s figure out the calories for today so far, shall we?  There will probably be less because I forewent the grapes, but you never know …

Produce Amount Caloric Value
1 Fuji Apple 80 Calories
1 Bosc Pear 100 Calories
1-1/2″ Ginger Root 20 Calories
1 Cucumber 46 Calories
1/2 Lemon 15 calories
Kale 70 Calories
Broccoli Crown 75 Calories
Baby Carrots 175 Calories
Chlorophyll 15 Calories
Total: 596 Calories

Aand … well, not too bad, but missing that punch that the red grapes gave it yesterday for sure xD It’s almost 300 calories less, but that’s ok – still in an acceptable range, especially because I had another one of those delicious Vanilla Chai tea drinks, and they’re like, 300 calories a pop or something so … We’re good for the moment. I’ve still got at least one meal to eat and 5 hours before bed, so I’m sure I’ll manage another 300 calories or so by then.

That’s all for this update.  I’ll be back tomorrow after more TapouT with a new juice experiment.  Without broccoli.  Or, if with broccoli, then I’ll let you know how straining the juice goes.

Until next time, remember: There’s no use boiling your cabbage twice. :]

Weight Loss Goals

Yay for Presents!

Yay for Presents!

Why hello there (again) :] I’m back – are you surprised? Yeah; I am too xD But I have stuff to say, and I haven’t been posting as often, so I wanted to get this up before I became un-motivated. Today I’m here to talk about weight loss goals/rewards in-depth. Yeah; you heard me. But Raeynn, you might say, you’ve already talked about this sort of carrot/rod tactic in an earlier post, which if you haven’t read you can view here. But anyway, yes I covered the basics …. But I realized in the video I made that talks about this topic, among others, I said that I had a goal that I was sort of meeting with a reward, and it was really vague, besides my excitement about the actual reward of course … So, I sat down today when I was probably supposed to be working, and I found a calendar … And planned out an exercise regiment of sorts using exercise programs that I have heard about online and on Television and etc. And then, I tried to set goals for myself – at first I wanted to set goals that had to do with my own weight loss, but then I decided that I didn’t like that idea; the amount of weight I lose isn’t a set in stone sort of thing – it’s very variable. So, if I don’t lose weight or something even when I am doing a workout faithfully, I wouldn’t get a reward of any kind. And I realized that that was a good way to DIS-courage myself. Not a smart thing to do. What I ended up doing was coming up with 20 goals that I want to meet; my main goals are weight loss/having a healthy BMI and waist size. Then, all of the other goals are rewards for doing workouts faithfully for certain periods of time, basically. I put all of them in the table below for easy reference:

Desired Goal Reward for Meeting
Weight = 186lbs Hair Growth Treatment System
Weight = 165lbs Supernatural Devil’s Snare Tattoo
Weight = 144lbs Perfumes: Dior Addict 2, Jasmin Noir, Viva La Juicy
Weight = 125lbs 1 week Vacation! (Idk where yet xD)
Waist = 29″ OR BMI = 20-25 New Corset!
Biking on Sundays for 1mo Good pair of sneakers for biking/exercise
Biking on Sundays for 3mo Contact Lenses
Biking on Sundays for 6mo Set of Hot Weather Under Armour
Biking on Sundays for 1yr
TapOUT XT: 10 Days Pink Ruffled Peacoat from Target
TapOUT XT: 1mo Gateway Notebook
TapOUT XT: 2mo New Workout: Insanity
Complete TapOUT XT Braces Consultation
Insanity: 2wk Workout DVDs: Brazilian Butt & PUMP IT UP
Insanity: 1mo More Epensive Hair Style/Braiding
Insanity: 2mo Make Up Haul!
Brazilian Butt Lift 3x/wk for 1mo New Exercise/Workout Clothes
30 Day Shred New Workout: Ripped in 30
Ripped in 30 Take a fitness Class 🙂
PUMP IT UP! Ultimate Dance Workout 3x/wk for 1mo Accessories Haul
TapOut XT 2: 10 Days
TapOut XT 2: 1 Month
TapOut XT 2: 2 Months
TapOut XT 2: 3 Months Clothing Haul

As you can see, in italics I have 4 weight goals. The way that I figured these goals out was I figured out what the target weight is for a 24 year old female that’s 5’2″ – and came up with a target weight of 125lbs, give or take. Ok, that’s cool – so I took my starting weight, which was 207lbs, and subtracted 125lbs, which got me 82lbs. That’s the total weight I needed to lose when I started TapOut XT. So, I split that into quarters and rounded up, so that every 21lbs I lose, I get a reward. As for what the rewards are, well, they are things that I really want right now – hell, a lot of the things on this table are things that I was already planning on buying for myself – I just won’t buy them if I don’t follow through with this workout system I’ve come up with. Which, it may be hard to tell myself no, but … I’m going to at least attempt to persevere. For example, I just heard about a hair treatment from JLovesMac1 on YouTube that she says helped her hair grow several inches, which I have been trying to do for years … But it’s expensive (of course) – basically any expensive thing I decided I wanted, I made an exercise reward. The next one is a tattoo that I have been literally agonizing over for years – I have wanted it since it was a thing on Supernatural. A tattoo of the anti-possession sigil on the outside of my right thigh, up near the hip. That’s the halfway point. The next one is one of 3 very expensive perfumes I’ve really been wanting as well – whichever one I want most at the time I meet this goal is the one I’ll buy. And finally, if I ever do make it down to 125lbs, I’m taking myself on vacation. I don’t know where, and I don’t know when, but I’m doing it. The last one in this section has to do with either my BMI or my waist size – what I really wanted to say here was waist size, but I have wide ribs, so I don’t know if I’ll ever get to the waist measurement I want … Currently my BMI is about 35, and the healthy range is from 20-25, so I need it to go down quite a bit in that department – but, if I get my waist to where I want it, or as small as it can go and still be healthy, then I’m buying myself a new corset because hopefully that means I’ll stay there so it’ll be a good investment xD

Next, in bold I have goals listed for consistently riding my bicycle, which I am going to start doing every Sunday starting February 3rd (I need to buy some cheap clothes from Walmart or something to keep myself warm because right now it’s snowing where I am xD) I really enjoy biking, and I usually ride on a path that spans about 15-20miles, and then turn around and come back. That helped me lose a lot of weight last summer, so I want to get back into it. All of the rewards in this category have to do with riding my bicycle except for the contact lenses – those are just something I’ve always really wanted. I had a really hard time last year trying to get them in when I tried to get contacts, but I’m going for round two this year! (I really want them xD … )

After that are the most numerous ones, and they are less expensive rewards that I really want for the most part. They are all goals for doing/completing workout regiments, because then even if I don’t lose weight, if I am consistently doing these workouts, at least I’ll feel like I’m getting something out of it … Though since I try to only eat 1200 calories/day or so, you would think there’d be no way for me to put on weight … But I digress. There are 6 workouts that I planned for in this table, and they are: TapOut XT, Insanity, Brazilian Butt Lift, 30 Day Shred, Ripped in 30, PUMP IT UP! Ultimate Dance Workout, and TapOut XT 2. Each one is for different durations that I’ve planned out on a calendar so that they mesh nicely together – but they are the only ones I’ve really found that I wanted to do so far. I had been trying to plan different for a whole year, but I don’t have enough of them! I only have enough workouts to do a new one for their duration through the end of September. But that’s fine – I’m sure they’ll finish figuring out TapOut XT: II before then (because that’s really a thing that’s in the works, believe it or not!) and if not I’ll just start over from the beginning. Or something. (Edit: I actually got an email on the day I posted this that TapOut XT 2 was ready for pre-order, so I added it to the end of my schedule – so now it goes until December 22nd – so my workout regiment, if I can keep up with my schedule, will basically be my Christmas present to myself :3)

Anyway, if you want to see my workout schedule/regiment plan so far, I’ve got it below … in RAINBOWS! xD Otherwise, please skip to the bottom and watch my YouTube video! It talks about my coat and how I came to buy it, as well as my thoughts on drinking water during a workout, and a possible fix for that pesky leg band that likes to stick together … I’ll see you next post!

January 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5
6 Start TapOut XT 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 TapOut XT: 10 Days 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31

February 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2
3 TapOut XT: 1 Month 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28

March 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2
3 TapOut XT: 2 Months 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31TapOut XT: Complete/Start Insanity

April 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 Insanity: 2 Weeks 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 Insanity: 1 Month 29 30

May 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 Complete Insanity/Start Brazilian Butt Lift 3x/week 27 28 29 30 31

June 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 Complete: Brazilian Butt Lift/Start: 30 Day Shred

July 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 Complete 30 Day Shred

August 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 Start Ripped in 30 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

September 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 Start: PUMP IT UP! Ultimate Dance Workout 3x/wk 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Complete PUMP IT UP! Ultimate Dance Workout
29 Start TapOut XT 2 30

October 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 TapOut XT 2: 10 Days 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 TapOut XT 2: 1 Month 28 29 30 31

November 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 TapOut XT 2: 2 Months 25 26 27 28 29 30

December 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 Complete TapOut XT 2! 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31

Check out my video – it talks a little about setting goals for yourself! :]

Head Up, Stay Strong – Fake a Smile, Move On

Hi Guys.  It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post  – I’ve got a TapOut XT update for you (sort of) and an explanation – but it’s about all the energy I have right now, so it’ll probably be a short post.

First off, as far as TapOut goes, I am very impressed with the system – but this is only a sort-of update, because I have to tell it to you straight; I haven’t been doing the work out religiously, or even really at all.  I did for the first 2-3 weeks or so, and the results were great!  Everything was tightening up, I lost 3.5lbs/week – in fact, from when I started counting calories and biking in the middle of the summer, to the point where I got TapOut and did the regiment for 3 weeks, I had lost 30 lbs!  I felt good, and I was starting to look good, and I was really proud that I was losing the weight all on my own …

And then, I did the dumbest thing ever.

I went on a 4 day vacation.

Took a Friday and Monday off of work, and decided to go to visit a friend – I planned on being good.  I brought TapOut and exercise clothes for 3 of the 4 days (Sunday would have been my resting day, so I didn’t need to exercise then) … Yeah; I did it the first morning – got up early, worked out, counted my calories for breakfast, took a shower – everything was off to a great start … And then throughout the first day, we hung out and went places, and I ended up eating things and forgetting to count calories, or not bothering to because we were busy.  The second day, we woke up late and had plans, so I didn’t have time to work out or anything that morning.  Didn’t count calories all day, and by the time I got back it was too late to work out and the television was being usurped by a younger sibling.  Sunday was the rest day.  And that just about broke it for me – after not doing it for two days, I just stopped bothering with it.

That was my first stupid mistake.

The next one was to weigh myself at the end of the week.

Because of the stuff I ate over the weekend, and then just never getting around to going back to exercising every day, when I weighed myself at the end of the week, instead of losing 3.5lbs I actually gained 2lbs back.  Unsurprisingly, this depressed me – and when I get depressed, I don’t do anything to get out of my own way.  ^^;; I eat all sorts of bad stuff (and let me tell you, I suffered because my digestive tract was used to eating good, healthy stuff for months, and then I ate crap nonstop), I lay in bed – the only thing I really do is fullfil any obligations I have, such as going to work.  And park myself either in my bed or in front of my computer and play video games.

Which is what I’ve been doing for the past however-long-it’s-been. 😦

Until I kick this rut I’ve landed in, I don’t know when/how I’ll be motivated to get back on track – I haven’t weighed myself in as much time either, so I don’t even know where I’m at weight-wise, but I’m willing to bet that it’s pretty close to where I started, the thought of which depresses me further …

However, I recently got two very kind reviews/comments on my first blog post about TapOut XT, and they made me smile – I really did appreciate them.  Maybe sometime soon I’ll get back on track – I keep thinking I’ll start counting calories at least, but that just keeps not happening … I haven’t been on My Fitness Pal in forever either, which makes me sad because I haven’t been getting those happy little “[Your Name] has logged in for Xdays in a row!” alerts …

Ah well; here’s to kicking myself in the butt, hopefully sometime soon.

Thank you again for your encouraging comments; it at least motivated me to get up and post here.  Even though trust me, I didn’t feel like it … xD

Until next time (whenever that will be)

-RaeynnBeau

Tapout XT

Alright; so as promised, here is a blog post about Tapout XT.

Let me tell you, this workout is brutal – and I don’t even do the whole frigging thing.

Well, let’s back up – let’s talk about getting this box in the mail.  I ordered it last week, and it came on Tuesday, so it took about 5 business days or so to get here, which was pretty awesome I thought.  So, I get this cool black box in the mail, and I open it up – and this is what’s inside.

So much stuff!

There’s the DVD Collection, the bonus Strike Training DVD, the Nutrition Guide, the bonus 10 Day Jumpstart Nutrition Guide (which basically tells you to pack your diet FULL of protein), a Tapout XT Logo Decal, a Tapout XT Towel (which trust me, the commercial wasn’t lying – you need it), a small rubber-ish resistance band, a workout calendar …  But, for $150+shipping, I would expect to get a box full of stuff.  And there was the usual advertising about other products you could get from them – bands with more resistance, a spray-energy for before the work out to keep you energized – probably some more stuff I don’t remember too.  On the back of the Work Out Calendar, there is a Fitness Guide – and actually, this is something I think is really cool.  There is a chart so you can keep track of your progress!  This is what it looks like:

Fitness Guide Chart

There’s a place for pictures, as well as places to record your weight, jean size, chest, bicep size, and waist size, and you record these measurements on the first day, after 10 days, after one month, two months, and three months, which is how long it purportedly takes for you to get ripped.  Well, I mostly want some muscles, not to be ripped or anything, but I’ll take what I can get … Anyway, here’s my chart after I filled it out and everything:

You may notice that I added another category on my chart – the circumference of my thigh, which is 27″, as you can see above.  I wanted to keep track of that, because one of my biggest problems with being over weight is how my thighs rub together and create that nasty chaffing when I wear a skirt unless I use ten-thousand square pounds of baby powder … So hopefully I’ll see some results there.  I’ve spared you all my “Day One Photo” because no one wants to see that ^^;;  But ya’ll get to see what I filled in: Weight = 188 (I rounded up; it’s actually 187.5), Jean size = 15 (or at least, I wear a size 15 pants, but actually those are a little big on me after I’ve lost this 25lbs) Chest = 44″ (and I would NOT mind at all if this shrank up a bit). bicep is 14″, which I don’t know if that’s good or bad, and my Waist, I was pleasantly surprised by – I’ve had a 38″ waist for the past like, 4 years or so, but when I measured it, it was actually 37″ now.  I lost an inch!  ::insert happy dance here::

So, today is the second day that I have done this workout regiment; yesterday was Cross Core Combat, and today was Strength & Force Upper and Ultimate Abs. Let’s start with Cross Core Combat, since I did that one first.

It started off alright; I kept up with the whole warm up, and managed to get through just about everything for the first eight to ten minutes or so … And then it started getting pretty tough.  By the time we got to pushups, I wasn’t doing so hot … To be fair, I already knew I couldn’t do a regular push-up – well, at least not too many.  I did like, 3 real ones before I started doing all modified push-ups, which is basically putting your knees on the ground instead of your toes.  But that wasn’t so bad.  Also water breaks. I’ve never done a workout/exercise/aerobic video that gave you a water break before, and I’ve done quite a few.  But this one has regularly spaced water breaks that are about 15 seconds long – long enough to pick up your bottle, unscrew the cap, drink, and put it down.  The idea is, “it’s called a water break, not a water-stopage”, which I thought was clever the first time.  But after hearing it about ten between today and yesterday, it’s lost it’s clever charm and has slipped into the realms of slightly annoying …

I digress; eventually, we got to a move called the HellCat.  I didn’t even do one.  I looked at the screen, did it in slow motion, carefully, and then saw the pace that the DVD wanted me to do them at, and said yeah, not happening.  ^^;  That and the Grinder were the only two things on the tape that I didn’t at least attempt to do – and that’s because the Grinder consisted of a series of super-fast push-ups and these crazy hops … I don’t know how to explain it, but again saw what they wanted me to do, stared, and said yeah – you’re funny.  I just did modified push ups the entire time that was going on on the DVD because I figured it was a good compromise.  Then we did the cool down and that was that – 45 minutes later I was ready to collapse; not a bad run I guess.

However, I noticed today while I was at work; my body didn’t hurt, which is good because I wouldn’t have been happy with that, and I might have had to re-think this whole work out thing.  I am not in this to be in pain, that’s for sure … But I noticed that I could feel a dull sort of ache when I moved certain ways, like when I squatted to file in a low cabinet drawer, or stretched to reach something on a shelf – that kind of thing.  Which I thought was interesting, and meant that my body had definitely felt the burn from yesterday.

Alright; now on to today – Strength & Force Upper and Ultimate Abs.  And actually, though today every other move was some kind of push up that I did a modified version of, and I couldn’t do all of every move, Strength & Force Upper wasn’t as bad as the Cross Core Combat from yesterday, I thought.  I even managed to do the Killer Move for today ( it was called the Kalensky Chops or something funky like that) – whereas yesterday I didn’t even attempt it, today I actually kept up with the tape for two of the four sets, and finished at the same time as the tape with less reps on the last two.  I was actually pretty proud of myself for it.

And then we got to Ultimate Abs.  Now, I thought, prior to today, that because I can do a few hundred crunches without destroying myself, that I had a pretty good set of abs – obviously they’re covered in fat and not AMAZING, but when I went to this DVD after Strength and Force Upper not being so bad, I figured that this would be alright.   Especially because Strength & Force Upper was almost an hour long work out, and Ultimate Abs was only something like 15 minutes.  Yeah.  It’s now 4 hours after doing this work out, and my abdomen still hurts when I sit up – I even slept for a couple hours!  Ultimate Abs was brutal – I didn’t even do all of the reps for all of the moves we were supposed to do!  I was totally shocked – and I’m especially shocked that I can still feel it so strongly …

So either my abs sucked more than I thought, or holy crap that was an intense 15 minutes.

Tomorrow is something called Plyo XT – I have no idea what that even means … And Sunday is Yoga XT.  I don’t know how you can make Yoga into Extreme Training (that’s what the “XT” stands for) but I wouldn’t put it past this guy …

In the meantime, I’ll probably post some cooking/baking stuff and just give updates on my TapOut exploits – this will probably be the only TapOut-centric post until the 10 day mark, and then the 30, 60, and 90 days to see how I’m doing as far as my weight and the size of things … I was also considering making a YouTube channel to sort of track my TapOut XT progress – I recorded a video on my phone, but I haven’t done anything with it yet … So we’ll see if anything comes of that – I’ll keep you posted.

So, until next time, which will probably be about my rewards system, or maybe my Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge cake … (I can see y’all drooling … xD)

-RaeynnBeau