So yesterday never got better. Gabriella was just not a happy baby, but I really think it has to do with teething.

I thought she was teething before, but this is a whole new level. The teething BEAST is here and here to stay. The only thing that made her happy was chewing on an ice cube. So you know what?? Gabriella got as much ice as she wanted!

And because our afternoon walk & park visit was ruined due to the rain, I decided to improvise.

G pool inside

I moved her baby pool inside and put a ton of toys in there for her, while I did Jillian Michaels Killer Abs- level one. Normally I do 8 minute abs everyday, but I needed something new to try.  And I had 30 minutes to kill, so Jillian it was. 🙂 More on the wonderful world of YouTube later in this post.

Once I finished, I fed Gabriella dinner. Remember how I thought cinnamon was the magic fix? Wrong. She is actually allergic to cinnamon, but just a SKIN reaction, not something her little body rejected. It’s called contact dermatitis, and it’s just a topical allergy. It doesn’t even get itchy, she just breaks out in a little red rash wherever the cinnamon touched & it goes away in about an hour.  Not a huge deal, but the recommendation is just to re-introduce cinnamon in a few months to see if the allergy has gone away.

She’s still not the biggest fan of eating solid foods, but I have found an alternative. My sister in law told me about Stonyfield’s YoBaby yogurt. Gabriella LOVED it! I got her the blueberry flavor, since her love for blueberries is out of this world.

And just because I think it’s hilarious, here is a play by play of Gabriella’s reaction.

First bite:

g yogurt2

Mommy I LOVE this stuff, gimme more!!

G yogurt1

& Gabriella with a full belly…and a full face of yogurt:

g yogurt

Too stinking funny!

I also bought the baby smoothies that Stonyfield makes & she enjoyed those as well- got the peach flavor and she pretty much drank half of it in the first minute. Girlfriend LOVES yogurt. She got it from her Momma. 😉

Anyways, more about those YouTube exercise videos. I seriously had NO idea the vast amount of videos that were on their for working out! I mean I always knew about BodyRock TV, and have done many of those exercises, but there is SO MUCH MORE than that!

After my run last week, I was craving a weight workout. (I know, I can be strange sometimes. 😉 ) Since I do ‘8 minute abs’ everyday, I figured I would try the other 8 minute videos.

Here is the workout I did:

8 minute abs
8 minute arms (x 2)
8 minute legs
8 minute buns
8 minute abs (yes, did it again)

I do like the abs video, it’s a good thing to do everyday (along with other ab exercises) to improve your core strength. The arms video is OK, it’s really a good warm up for an upper body workout, that’s why I did it twice. And NO, I did NOT use soup cans, as instructed in the video (haha!). I used my regular weights, and I prefer using heavy weights over light weights. (IE: 20lbs. for curls, 10- 12lbs for shoulder exercises, etc.). The legs video is absolutely terrible, I do NOT recommend it. But the BUNS video, holy ON FIRE buns!! DO THIS if you like to FEEL THE BURN!!!

But as I was on there, I was clicking around on the ‘recommended’ videos on the side bar, and I guess I was just in la-la land, but I didn’t realize how much was out there!!

Here I am actually buying exercise DVDs (just bought Jillian Michaels’ Ripped in 30) and then I found out you can actually get some of the levels on YouTube for FREE. (like the Killer Abs video) Now where they get you is that you actually don’t get ALL of the workouts, or all of the levels, but just enough to ‘tease’ you to want to actually buy the DVD. But with all of the different options & workouts you really never need to buy a DVD again!

I do realize I am probably WAY late to the game on this, but I just thought I would share my new found love of YouTube. 😉

Since most of my weight workouts are now from home I have enjoyed the variety. I try to get them in at least 3-4 times a week either before or after a run.

Today was actually an exception, I asked Craig if he could watch Gabriella so that I could go to the gym this morning.

me gym

(told you, I live in Lulu shorts 😉 )

me gym 2

(oblique crunches with weight)

& boy was it LOVELY!

I did THIS workout, but not the running parts- I actually finished up with Stairmaster intervals- 30 seconds at level 20 & then came home & ran 3 miles with Gabriella.

‘twas a great start to the morning 😀

Little miss just woke up from her morning nap, so we are going to head out & run some errands. I actually have to return Craig’s father’s day gift. Boo! (more on that later)

This afternoon is also my follow up appointment regarding my Crohn’s flare up. I get all of my test results (they ran a TON), so I will find out if it was more than a flare. Fingers crossed that it’s not! I’ll let you know tomorrow what happens

Have a great day, and thank you for making me feel better about my wine habits yesterday. 😉


Favorite Workout DVDs & Quick Workout

Hey There!

Today I wanted to give you a list of my favorite workout DVDs & also share a new workout.

I have mixed feelings on workout DVDs. I feel like most of the DVDs out there do not actually give me a good workout, BUT I’m going to preface that with the fact that I am an avid exerciser and have been for many years. I think for anyone just starting out these DVDs are great because you are presented with new exercises & proper form.

So that being said, as always, make sure you consult with your doctor before starting any kind of new exercise routine. Also, with ALL exercise, form & technique is SO CRUCIAL! So go lighter on weight if you don’t have the form down yet…SO KEY!

1. Jackie Warner’s Power Circuit Training


-There are a bunch of different workout options- the full circuit is 40 minutes, but there are options to just focus on specific body parts and they are typically 15 minutes long
-The circuits go by QUICK
-The chest circuit always kills me! I kind of love it.

-I wish there were more circuits for biceps, triceps & shoulders. There is actually just ONE circuit to cover all three muscles.

2. Bob Harper Inside Out Method- Pure Burn


Ok, this DVD is HARD. I loved it though, I think this may be my favorite strength DVD. I did it this morning and I am sore…already! It is definitely ADVANCED.

-KILLER workout, you will feel it from the very beginning
-Shoulder exercises will make you feel like your shoulders may ignite
-Some good mix of cardio thrown in too- like burpees (a version of them), squat jumps, etc.

-One of the ladies in the video (the modifier- she does the easier version of the exercises) sounds like she is going to die…or something odd. <—lots of grunts & STRANGE noises. You catch my drift?!
-I feel like this video would make it VERY EASY for someone to completely ignore their form & continue on- the guy in the video (besides Bob) is TERRIBLE. He is constantly stopping & his form is OFF…way off.

3. Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred


LOVE me some Jillian. She is probably my favorite trainer. I love her attitude about fitness, her books are great & I listen to her podcast everyday when I walk with Gabriella in the afternoon. Oh & the podcast is not just about fitness- most of it is, but she also has some other personal things thrown in there. I really like her A LOT! 🙂

-It’s TWENTY minutes. That’s it. (that’s one of my con’s though too)
-LOTS of the best calorie burning plyometric exercises
-Three levels- great for beginners & those more involved in exercise already

-It’s TWENTY minutes. I honestly don’t feel like you can get a good workout done in twenty minutes. Of course it’s a great workout to do when you can- ANY workout is better than none. But in MY PERSONAL opinion I feel like you need more than just 20 minutes a day. I would start or finish with this DVD- or do 2 or 3 of the levels, but I wouldn’t just do this & consider my workout done. (again, keep in mind I am talking about an advanced ‘exerciser’)
-Also with it only being 20 minutes, I would get bored with it because I pretty much memorized the DVD.

4. Jillian Michael’s No More Trouble Zones


-Great STRENGTH workout- not intended for cardio
-LOTS of new exercises introduced to me from this DVD- always love new exercises!
-50 minutes & it targets the ENTIRE body- including your tush 😉
-I feel like you could really see results if you use this 3-4 days a week

-Light weights are used, I prefer heavy weights (and for point of reference- I use 20- 25lbs. for my bicep curls- I only add that in because ‘heavy weight’ varies from person to person)

5. Jillian Michaels Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism


-Great mix of cardio AND strength
-Keeps you MOVING! <—love that
-The circuits go QUICK & most of the moves are ‘fun’ (again, ‘fun’ is all subjective 😉

-Probably the most ‘beginner’ video out of the five listed, but definitely nothing to laugh at- you will still get a good workout in
-Lots of jumping (which I love), but can be hard on your knees & joints, if you have issues

I had ALL intentions of sharing a workout with you, and I still am, but it’s just a quick one. I do apologize, but this has been a REALLY rough week in terms of mommy-hood. Gabriella has just been hard. Plain & simple. Just hard. She won’t nap (& this was before the shots too)- she fights it SO hard. So by the end of the day she is BEYOND exhausted & then it’s even harder to get her to bed. This is the kind of week that I REALLY wish I had family closer. Just for a break. Just five minutes. To actually eat something and take a breath. Craig wonders why I can’t stop losing weight- well, just have a child that doesn’t allow you to eat. Seriously all meals are in the form of ‘on-the-go.’ A granola bar, animal crackers, or a fruit (banana, pear or apple) Welcome to Holly’s week of eats 😉

ANYWAYS, here is a SUPER quick, heart-pumping plyometric workout. I did the Bob Harper DVD listed above & then I finished up with 3 rounds of this:

10 burpees with a jump at the end
20 jumping jacks
10 jumping lunges
10 skaters
10 sumo squat jumps

Repeat this as many times as you want!

Great for at home & at the gym. Guaranteed to get that blood pumping & I bet you’ll feel the sweat start to bead!

Hope you are having a good day- it’s ALMOST Friday! I’m looking forward to a HUGE glass of wine & maybe some take out for dinner…the last thing I feel like doing is cooking. Hopefully the hubby doesn’t mind 😉