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Fitness Friday: V-Mode

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Fitness Friday, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/06/2015 at 16:30

After this Super Bowl Week’s YOLOs and spirits, it’s time to prep for ♥V-Day♥

Therefore, today, this DISPO has gone Beast Mode for V-Mode on this ♥Sweetheart♥ Ball Eve!

As tomorrow’s dinner approaches, I’ve been working out to my fave fitness gurus in their special dance dress moves:

Total Bod

{More from Cassey Ho below}

Target Areas

R&R

What about *Dallas Cowboys’ WR Dez Bryant’s* hard core abs?

My reward after these routines: my homemade ice cream!

  • Bananas for Potassium
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I’m going berry bananas over my homemade Cookie Butter ice cream!

  • Blueberries for Memory
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C & B are for … Cape Cod cranberries + blueberries & Crunchy Cookie Butter w/ B-A-N-A-N-A-S {chant from No Doubt‘s ♫Hollaback♪}

  • Cranberries for Urinary Tract (YES, after drinking tons of water, it helps!)
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Super Spoonful coming right up!

    • Crunchy Cookie Butter for Taste & Texture

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Workout Wednesday: Clean 2B Lean in 2015

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Weekly Wonders, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 12/31/2014 at 08:00

Out with the old, in with the new …

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Chococat Pillow & Basket + Hello Kitty Basket by Sanrio for Forever 21; Pillows & Case @ far right by Roxy (TM)

How about knocking a couple of those New Year’s Resolutions with one stone? More specifically: * Better Bod * Declutter

Chores = Scores

On your bod, that is!

Rather than dreading doing duties around your house, relish in the resistance that can maximize and maintain your muscle mass!

Here are moves that will keep you in the groove (although these may not be the most glamorous ~ they’ll keep you fit and fabulous) …

Equipment needed: laundry basket or waste baskets * broom stick * mop

  • Hamper or Trash Trunk Twist (Core): While taking out your laundry or garbage and holding heavy hamper or can, turn your obliques from side to side until you reach your destination (i.e., laundry room, dumpster)
  • Underhand Hamper or Garbage Grips (Bis): Lift full hamper or multiple-gallon trash can directly in front of you and curl upward to work biceps; I recommend 10-12
  • Overhead Hamper or Garbage Grips (Tris): Lift empty small trash cans over head and extend back to work triceps; I recommend 15-20
  • Mop Press (Chest): Lay down and push mop upward above chest; I recommend 25-30
  • Broom Row (Back): Sit up while holding broom directly in front of you and pull backward to work your back; I recommend 25-30
  • Sweep Squats (Legs): Drape broom across your shoulders and lower your legs; I recommend 25-30
  • Victory Skip ~ DON’T trip (♥Cardio♥): After you complete your chores, celebrate your scores with ♥cardio♥ by skipping, jogging or running around your clean home!

*~* Happy NYE 2015 *~*

Workout Wednesday: Shopping Is Slimming

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 12/24/2014 at 08:00

Merry †CHRISTmas† Eve!!! Trim the Tree!! & your Body!

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S is forShopping * Supermarket * Slimming * Santa’s Helper * Starbucks * Skinny Latte * Sippie / Sippy * Selfie

To me, shopping can be a necessary evil …

Unless I can turn it into a positive experience!

Imagine pushing this giant cart around! I saw this after my venture to Farmers Market. Then I got creative with the pumpkins that I picked from both…

As †CHRISTmas/HOLYday† shopping draws to a close, here are ways we can benefit ~ by burning both our wallets and calories at the same time:

  • Cart Press ~ Low Impact (Chest and ♥Cardio♥): Push your cart to work your chest and briskly walk around for ♥cardio♥ on the store floor
  • Curl with Both Arms (Biceps): Lift heavy object (i.e., box of soda cans below*) up for a few repetitions at a time; I recommend 10-12
  • Single-Arm Curl (Biceps): Lift light object (i.e., bottle below*) up for a several repetitions per arm; I recommend 15-20
  • Cart Lunges (Thighs): While standing at an aisle and leaning onto the cart handle, step back and drop your knee, one leg at a time
  • Cart Calf Raises (Calves): While waiting at the checkout line and holding onto the cart handle, step on your tippie toes then rock to your ankles for your calves
  • Cart Press ~ High Impact (Chest and ♥Cardio♥): After you unload your groceries, push your cart to work your chest again and run to park it for more ♥cardio♥!

My 2014 Jack-o-Lanterns/Painted Pumpkins: el Día de los Muertos y los Dallas Mavericks

* Here’s ☼CHEERS☼ for a †HOLYday† mix of the Ed-winner †CHRISTmas† Cocktail, complete with Cranberry Sprite that I discovered at †Church† during our †Novena†!

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Lo-Cal with Skinny Sweet & Sour

Try these other festive fitness moves to ♪jam♪ up the ♫jingle♫ from Kris Kringle!

Workout Wednesday: 🍗Roast🍖 Beast Mode

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 12/10/2014 at 23:45

It came upon watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas tonight here!

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The Historic Paramount Theatre (Downtown Abilene)

Working out over the HOLYdays🙏 will prevent our tummies from rolling like a bowl full of jelly … As in that of Jolly Ol’ St. Nick! 🎅

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We were Good Girls this year on Santa‘s List of Nice ~ checking it twice!!

The scene when The Grinch was propped up like a cobra on a ❄️cliff⛄️ at the climax about to crash CHRISTmas🎄 inspired these moves.

On your mats … Get set … Go!

Full Grinch (like Cobra) 🐍 On your belly with legs and toes down, raise your torso with palms down, shoulders back and chest out for 30sec-1min.

Cinch Grinch (like Leap Frog/Burpee) 🐸 From previous position, push yourself up with hands, then jump to your feet. 👣

Ru-dog Rave (like Bunny Hop) 🐰 Just like Grinch’s canine companion who was his Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sidekick, hold your arms up and hop around!

Inch Grinch (like Inch Worm) 🐛 Just like Grinch’s creeping, you’ll walk on your palms🙌 and toes!

Raise the Sleigh (Shoulder Raise) 💪 Lift something really heavy🎁 (but not to the point of risking your joints) in your arms ~ leading with your knees, NOT your back, then lift overhead!

Cindy Lou Snow Angels (Wave) 👱 Cool down by lying on your back starting with your arms and legs spread out, then bring them together, then wave them out for several reps to loosen up those muscles (just what Martha Way Whovier loved about The Grinch) from the burn through ROAST BEAST MODE!!!

*~* Gym Greetings *~*

Oh yes, and I’d love to rock out Cindy Lou Who’s hair💁 … After pulling off the 🐝beehive🍯 as my Mom the Nurse😷 Graduate🎓 for 🎃Halloween👻, this is my next challenge!

Workout Wednesday: Work Out While You Work

In Health, Public Interest, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday on 09/24/2014 at 19:54

Does the nature of your job involve manual labor?

If so, then take full advantage by ensuring that your energies at work produce an entire exercise session!

There have been folks who I know who’ve complained about being too tired from their full day’s worth of work that they don’t feel like working out. Well, this is their opportunity to kill two birds with one stone:

  1. make that $paper$
  2. go Beast Mode!

Yesterday, I did just that. Although I don’t usually break into a sweat at my photography job, I had to handle heavy equipment, in which I tinkered with an Allen wrench and a Phillips screwdriver. Lifting (with my knees ~ NOT with my back) helped engage both my leg muscles and upper bod, plus using the tools provided its share of cardio! ♥

♪Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, it’s off to work we go♫

While Dispo busts a flow! ✌

Workout Wednesday: 1K Double A

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 08/20/2014 at 11:00

Arms and abs are where it’s at!

Actually, more like upper bod ~ arms, shoulders, chest and back ~ plus core ~ abs and lower back ~ to be exact! So, make that haste and blast your bod from shoulders to waist!

Upper Bod

Resistance: pair light dumbbells or water bottles (1 in each hand) for minimal weight during series of reps in these 10 sets

100 W Curls (Biceps) ~ front (1 rep), 45* (1 rep), 90* (1 rep)
100 Tricep Extensions & Presses (alternate 2×25 each)
100 Shoulder Raises
100 Chest Flys & Presses (alternate 2×25 each)
100 Back Lateral Raises & Rows (alternate 2×25 each)

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Core

Resistance: light plate or textbook

100 Oblique Twists ~ standing while holding resistance
100 Bridge Presses ~ laying while raising hips with resistance on tummy

{No weights for remaining series}

100 V-ups ~ hands & legs extended to start then bring together
100 Bicycle Crunches ~ alternate elbows & knees together
100 Side Planks Rainbows ~ full version on hands and feet OR modified on elbows and knees while dropping and lifting hips to the side (alternate 2×25 each)

From my Double A to yours, let’s make it a great Workout Wednesday!!!

Workout Wednesday: 1K Day Debut

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 08/13/2014 at 21:00

In this edition of Dub-Dub-Dub (as in Double WW for Workout Wednesday)…

I’ll start this 1K series: sets of 1,000 reps that target major muscle groups! It can help if you hit a plateau and need a pick-me-up to boost your routine! If you can do this many in one sitting, then you’ll be able to do smaller sets, as long as you set aside time!

The first one is for legs. I did 1,000 squats 10 days ago. YES, 1K in one day (actually, they lasted me 1/2 an hour)!

Here’s how I did them:

* I mixed up the stances to maintain momentum (i.e., hip/shoulder-width, wide, narrow, sumo, plié)

* I added arms to also tone up my upper bod 💪

* I stayed soft on my knees & never locked them out

… & I finished strong!

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Reminder: Please stretch before and after.

Disclaimer: Plus, be prepared to be sore if you haven’t worked these muscles in awhile!

Next up: 1K Arms then one more for Core!

Workout Wednesday: Beast Mode on the Road

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 07/23/2014 at 22:00

🎼Whistle while you work…🎤

That helped Snow White’s Seven Dwarves get through a day at the coal mines! Well, how about behind the wheel: 🚘

🚙Exercise while you drive!🚗

🙏GOD☝️ and His 👼Guardian Angels😇 watched over my cross-state tour…

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As I did the following moves:

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* ☕️Coffee Tumbler Arm Work💪(alternating arms between sets)
* Curls (bis) * Flys (chest) * Rows (back)
* Steering Wheel Press (9 & 3 chest, 10 & 2 tris)
* Roof Raises (shoulders)
* Leg Extensions (quads)
* Ab Contractions
* Glute Clenches
* 🎵Freestyle Dance to my jams!🎶

NO Excuses for not fitting in a way to get fit during your trip!

Workout Wednesday: Baby Beast Mode

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 07/09/2014 at 14:55

I can’t work out because I can’t take time away from my Baby👶.

Rather than saying, “I can’t,” say, “I can,” and do take your Baby!

Here are 3 sure-fire🔥 ways that both you and Baby can exercise together!

* Push the stroller while jogging! {like my friend, Amy the Birthday Girl, did with her son, Nathan the Birthday Boy}
• The stroller with your Baby provides resistance, in particular for your arms! 💪
• The jogging provides cardio, while you tone up your legs!

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* Do sit-ups while showing your Toddler flash cards! {like on my novela📺 Be Careful with My Heart💖}
• The sit-ups work your abs!
• You’re teaching your Toddler new words at the same time!

Baby Girl Meadow

Baby Girl Meadow

* Do lunges with your Baby on your knee! {like mi Cuñada Janet with her Baby Girl Meadow (5mos) ~ mi Cuñado Ray suggested that I do them with their daughter Toddler Sylvia (18mos) for the more advanced version}
• Lifting your child helps your upper body and core as you switch legs ~ therefore, this turns into a total body training session!

Big Sis Sylvia

Big Sis Sylvia

Baby Beast Mode Time! 👊

Oh yeah, and if you’re pregnant, please check out my recommendations to stay Pretty Fit!

Workout Wednesday: 2014 Pre-Easter Thank GOD Stretch Sesh

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 04/09/2014 at 05:00

With Easter Sunday 10 days away, I encourage us all to take care of our bodies and souls through our relationship with the LORD Almighty by extending our muscles and our gratitude for JESUS CHRIST, who carried the heaviest cross of all.

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This is similar to the THANKSgiving Stretches that I suggested on Pretty Fit in spirit of Turkey Day. Yet to keep up with the 2014 workouts, which in this case will be 20 seconds (s) of 14 different stretches with gratitude and a positive attitude.

2014 Easter Extensions (20s each)
1. Inhale: squat with arms and hands raised to thank GOD in Heaven (5s); Exhale: release squat while bringing hands to heart in prayer (5s); repeat
2. Chest: intertwine fingers together with arms straight forward
3. Back: intertwine fingers together with arms straight behind you
4. Right Bicep: bring left hand to right upper arm across chest
5. Left Bicep: bring right hand to left upper arm across chest
6. Right Tricep: bring left hand to right upper arm down back
7. Left Tricep: bring right hand to left upper arm across chest
8. Shins: stand on tippy-toes
9. Calves: stand on ankles
10. Right Hamstring: while standing and bending left knee, extend right leg forward with palms of hands on right thigh; lean on right ankle
11. Left Hamstring: while standing and bending right knee, extend left leg forward with palms of hands on left thigh; lean on left ankle
12. Right Quadricep: while standing on left leg, hold right foot with both knees together
13. Left Quadricep: while standing on right leg, hold left foot with both knees together
14. Butterfly: sit up straight with knees bent and soles of feet together, palms of hands on knees; breathe deeply

BONUSES: Shoulder rolls forward and backward, plus neck rolls clockwise and counterclockwise until your heart is content to get on with your day…

In this case, Hump Day. Happy Hump Day, my Fit & Fine Friends!

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Thank you all for stretching with me today!