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Death By Pullups/Mini Shrimp Pineapple Pizzas

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Tonight I was planning to do the Bodyrock One-Legged Gypsy workout that has been making the rounds among my friends- well, Hannah and Misty at least- but my butt is still so sore from Butt and Fat Loss that I don't know if poor little rump can handle it.

I decided to take it... easy...? and give my butt a rest tonight. I chose a Crossfit challenge called Death By Pullups.

It is my opinion that there are certain words that make a workout sound appealing to me. Those words include, but are not limited to:


My BFF and boyfriend both think I'm crazy. Some of you probably do too. But the ones who get it... emoticon You know who you are. And you get it.

Crossfit's Death By Pullups

With a continuously running clock, do one pullup the first minute, two pullups the second minute, three pullups the third minute, and so forth, for as long as possible.

I did reverse pushups on my dip station because I am still trying to practice those.

I completed the minutes through minute 11 which turned out to be 66 reverse pushups. That's not so bad, plus now I have a starting number which I can beat next time!

You guys aren't even going to believe this- I talked my couch potato boyfriend into doing it too! FIRST TIME EVER!!! I'm so proud! And I think he had fun too! He completed 9 minutes. I have no comment on that but if you guys do... please, feel free to share :)

Then I made food.

Mini Shrimp Pineapple Pizzas

Put half a tablespoon of your favorite BBQ sauce (I used Frank's Red Hot Kickin' BBQ Sauce) on an English muffin. Top with shrimps, shredded smoked Gouda cheese, and a pineapple ring. Adjust all measurements to your caloric needs and preferences. Toast in toaster oven.

It may look all cute and clever, but it's really a result of one of those nights you have no grocery money and scramble around in the pantry/fridge to create something edible.


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RR1_RR1 2/3/2012 11:44AM

    Yes those are some good words for Before my workouts I think torture for sure...but Im glad when its over and I feel better. Destroyer is my fav:)

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CHANGINGSAM 2/3/2012 9:24AM

    Way to go on getting the boyfriend to exercise too! I wish mine would join me!


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CHEMCHIC2006 2/3/2012 6:10AM

    you're a beast! lol Love it!


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EMFRAPPIER 2/3/2012 5:55AM

    Kick A**!! Awesome number, and way to get your boyfriend to try it, too! I know getting my husband to exercise is always a battle. Love the name of the workout, too :) I need to try Crossfit. I keep reading about it, and it sounds amazing. emoticon emoticon

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 2/3/2012 1:07AM

    Wow! Good job! :D

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APIRLRAIN888 2/2/2012 11:14PM

    Lol awesome

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KATTYA1 2/2/2012 10:52PM

    Certain words attract me to reading a blog, including but not limited to "death" and "pullups"!!

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    Shrimp + pineapple the combo. emoticon

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CAT224 2/2/2012 10:04PM

    Ok I have to tell you that the title of this blog pulled me in because of the pizza!! I've recently overcome an allergy to shellfish which means I can now eat shrimp again and I've been trying to get my fix whenever I can!! (it's exciting when a whole new food group opens up to you you know?! lol) I am so going to make these!!
P.S. Way to WHOOP your BFs butt!!

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    Hahahaha YEAH! I love it!! Way to totally whoop your boyfriends ass! =D

(Yeah, I'll say it for you, YOU ROCKSTAR, YOU!) =D

That death by pull ups workouts sounds cool! maybe I should try it =D Seriously, especially since today I was trying to do a workout that didn't really involve my legs so much, because of my knee, but ended up still with a sore knee afterwards =[ (blog to come on that later, soonish.. or whatever hah)

Also I'm RIGHT THERE WITH YA when it comes to titles of the workout being something hardcore and making me want to do it more! It's like they're taunting me with death or something =D And i just gotta prove them WRONGO! =D

By the way, that shrimp thingy looks SO GOOD! Way better than the lentil thing that I'm cooking in my crock pot right now sounds to me =p I've been craving shrimp lately, but the last time I bought shrimp and cooked it I ended up with a tummy ache =[ So I'm scared lol...

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MISTYBLUE716 2/2/2012 7:54PM

    you that song...."all i wanna do is...blah blah blah blah blah and boom boom..JUST SHAKE YOUR RUMP!!!!" this blog made me thing of it.....LOL

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MISTYBLUE716 2/2/2012 7:52PM

    MY RUMP IS SO SORE!!!!!!!!

every rump needs a break here and there.

I feel ya on the workouts....they only appeal to me if one is sweating profusely and words such as those you mentioned are used upon describing that particular workout or task...I really wanna do a body rock tomorrow..and I think I'm addition to what I was gonna do I .....insane? am I ...torturing myself? it...the apocalypse?! emoticon

As for the shrimp....I'm not a fan of those little curvy creatures..BUT..I AM a fan of your creativity!!!!!!!! Have a fabulous night..and way to get the bf off his CABOOSE!!!!!!!!!!!

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WINNIE1978 2/2/2012 7:52PM

    Way to kick your boyfriend's rump with the workout!! Good job getting him off of the couch too! emoticon

The pizzas look/sound interesting! Some of the best meals are things that are just thrown together like that.

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TYKXBOY 2/2/2012 7:26PM


I love it. :P

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MCCALI59 2/2/2012 7:12PM

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Harder Than Ever

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Good evening my friends. It's time for another round of What's Sore, What Hurts, and Why!

What's Sore: Mah RUMP!

What Hurts: Going up stairs, sitting down and standing up, walking, and when my boyfriend gooses me emoticon

Why: 180 side jump lunges, baby! At least, I think so, but I'm sure the one-leg squats played a part as well.

Tonight I did a Bodyrock called Harder Than Ever, which can be found at this link right here.

I did this workout on December 8. That was before I got my dip station, so I adapted the workout slightly to fit my needs at the time. So, no pullups.

Apparently I was feeling particularly frisky this evening because I went through this beast TWICE. The thing is, you think, only once through each exercise? Pfft. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Yeah. Not so. If you do it RIGHT you will be a quivering pile of Jell-O at the end. But I forgot that, see (oh, how quickly I forget...) and I was like, well, I better do it twice. Then I got through it once and I was all like, holy balls. But I SAID I was gonna do it twice (only to myself, mind you, so this just goes to show how nuts I really am) so I better do it TWICE!

10 and 50 second intervals, for 12 minutes. Old scores in parentheses. New scores for first time through and second time through follow. Aaaaaand... beep.

Jump Rope: (120) 164, 154
Prisoner Squat Jump: (23) 25, 20
Mountain Climbers: (70) 83, 80
Pushups: (22) 23, 17
Jump Lunges: (12) 14, 11
Bicycle: (41) 46, 47
Tricep dips: (16) 24, 22
Side Jump Lunge Right Leg: (12) 14, 15
Side Jump Lunge Left Leg: (15) 16, 15
Side Crunch Right: (15) 16, 19
Side Crunch Left: (13) 18, 20
Burpees: (6) 6, 5

Few things.

One, am I really turning that jump rope 3 times per second? Damn.
Two, my abs get stronger faster than any other part of me, which is unfair because that's the area I care least about. LOL
Three, check out those dip numbers. Boom!
Four, I was fairly certain my butt was going to fall off from MORE side jump lunges. I just can't catch a break. Which is dumb because I CHOOSE these workouts. LOL
Five, I did real burpees tonight and modified ones last time.
Six... I'm tired!

I've typed like 4 different paragraphs about different topics, but nothing really strikes me as something I really want to talk about tonight. So I'm just going to leave you with that... hope it's not disappointing. Also, I'm hungry and I want to go eat. emoticon


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CODILYNN2 2/2/2012 1:11PM

    Sounds Like a goodie.. Can't believe you did this TWICE... Awesome improvement from Dec!

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MIZCATHI 2/2/2012 11:16AM

    Fantastic work. And... you are as cute as a button!

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SUKOTO 2/2/2012 9:34AM

    Well played. My butt was super sore Tues and Wed from the lunges and squats on Monday but I'm starting to feel better this morning.
You killed it with those dips! Good job.

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CHEMCHIC2006 2/2/2012 8:30AM

    haha... mine hurts too... from my Legs workout on Monday. Oh the pain... the beautiful pain! lol

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MELLYBEANS0919 2/1/2012 9:35PM

    Damn!!! You rock!

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MISTYBLUE716 2/1/2012 9:30PM

    WOOO just reading this makes MAH RUMP hurt even more! Man it feels like someone goosed it REALLLL hard. I LOVE it!!!!! We must be a glutton for "punishment" b/c I'm gonna keep on chuggin w/ these crazy workouts! You're killin it! I'm so proud of you! emoticon

and holy **** your numbers are great!

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    BAM GIRL! You totally WHOOPED december 8th Chrissy! =D -huge round of applause!!!!- I'm super DUPE impressed! I've done this workout like a gagillion times but the last 3 or so times I've done this workout I've been working out with the fam bam and haven't written down my scores, hah! This really makes me want to go back and totally whoop my old scores though! =D BUT I must say, going through this workout TWICE... is just plain ol' BADASS emoticon

You Crazy girl you!!!!!

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    Awesome job! You ROCK!

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ROCKINMOM77 2/1/2012 7:33PM

    Can I have some of that extra ab strength?? emoticon emoticon on the awesome workout(s)!!!

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WINNIE1978 2/1/2012 7:20PM

    Great improvement! emoticon

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NEWKAREN43 2/1/2012 7:19PM

    Holy Crap! Twice! And your scores are almost as good your SECOND run through as they were when you did the tough mamma jamma in early Dec! Wow, your fitness level has come lightyears in a month!!! Go Chrissy, I hope you can m-o-v-e tomorrow, even slowly...

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Infamous Workout and Pics of January

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I wanted to end January with a bang, so I re-did a Bodyrock that will forever stick in my mind.

I did "Butt and Fat Loss" on December 8. It just about killed me. I was sore for SIX WHOLE DAYS after. You hear? SIX DAYS. I remember saying in a blog, this workout is aptly named "Butt and Fat Loss" because my butt hurts so much, I might just lose it.

Went a little something like this.

30 Side Jump Lunges
5 one-leg squats, each leg
3 pushups
100 jump rope skips (25 together, 25 jacks, 25 together, 25 jacks)

That is one round. Do 6 rounds for time.

Let's see what I can say about this workout. I'm not at a proper pistol (one leg squat) yet. What I do is squat down with both legs, lift one up, find my balance, and push up on one leg.

I added the pushups last time in an attempt to start getting up off my knees and 3 proper pushups was all I could do with proper form. I actually could have done more tonight (YAY!) but I kept it at 3 to keep the workout consistent to see how I have improved. I did do more pushups after the workout. It was warm enough here to wear a tank (!) and seeing my bare arms just motivated me to crank out extra pushups :)

So, right. 6 rounds of that.

Old time: 25:13
New time: 19:33


I was so pumped, I took pictures.

Hm. Too nerdy.

Rock and ROLL!

Better. Still nerdy. There's just no denying that.

And it's the last day of the month so you know what that means! Gun progress!

October, November, December, and now today.

I just could not get a really good photo of my arm tonight. And I gotta be frank, flexing it a hundred times was starting to tire me out. No joke. LOL.

Man, I love you guys. Bold as I may be working out outdoors in front of all my neighbors, my price for putting pictures of my arms on Facebook would be very, very, very high.

This month I printed out a January calendar from the interwebs that I could color all over. This is what January looked like in terms of workouts.

Yellow=Bodyrock or Crossfit (at-home Crossfit, that is.). Sometimes additional jump rope interval for 20-30 minutes, sometimes not. Did not note that.
Pink=Cardio only. Jump rope intervals.
White=off, rest day, etc.

And I actually have good reason for most days off...

6th- lost my GymBoss
11th-Boyfriend birthday. Spent the whole evening with him participating in a different kind of workout. Know what I'm sayin? emoticon Know what I'm sayin'?
12th-sick with my tummy fire thing
17th-sick with tummy fire
26th-planned rest day (after 8 days!)

The 27th was the only day I really just kinda slacked off. I worked late, came home and was just like, yeah. Not happening. Don't wanna. Tired. Whine. Boo.

I hate to end this so abruptly, but. That was my January. I am starving. Goodbye.


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CODILYNN2 2/7/2012 5:31PM

    Chrissy... yours arms are my new inspirtion... wow girl they are amazing! Dont know how people can't tell you work out!

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JENNNOVA 2/2/2012 10:31PM

    Love the calendar idea! Started carrying a pocket calendar with me to the gym, motivates me because I don't want to have a blank spot! Congrats on the progress so far chic, you look great!

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JESSIEJUICE 2/2/2012 6:41PM

    Your arms are so cut now! I can't believe that's only 3 months! Your schedule is hardcore. I was feeling pretty virtuous, sitting here with a mason jar full of green juice until I read that bodyrock workout. Just reading it made me want to take a nap lol. emoticon emoticon

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THELILEA 2/2/2012 4:30PM


Freaking - - , Just....,


That chart.... The arm's... GAH!, THE PROGRESS!!! GAH!!!

That's all I'mma gonna say.


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KJDOESLIFE 2/2/2012 11:01AM

    Great job!!!

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CHERWHOAH 2/2/2012 12:54AM

    wow your progress has been amazing. long have i been gone? You look fabulous!

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TISHTASHTOSH 2/1/2012 2:24PM

    New here and never heard of Bodyrock so going to check it out now.... also LOVE your little colour coded calender!


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KKINNEA 2/1/2012 11:36AM

    Your arms are beyond amazing - rock!!

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CHANGINGSAM 2/1/2012 11:13AM

    Way to go, Chrissy! Amazing progress! Keep it up!

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KASSAY25 2/1/2012 10:37AM

    WOWOWOW look at those guns!! And those shoulders!!
You are definitely showing some crazy progress!
Way to go!!

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HONBAD 2/1/2012 10:24AM

    Great arm pics!! You can also see the progress in your shoulders. Looking fabulous! I am becoming mildly obsessed with shapely shoulders recently.

And we know what you're saaaayin! ;) Knowing what crazy workouts you can kick @$$ with now, I bet things can get quite exciting! haha

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BEHAPPY0201 2/1/2012 9:30AM

    Wow - the difference in your arms even from October to November is awesome. How did you do it!?

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JTAMSYN 2/1/2012 9:27AM

    You are UH-MA-ZING!
I'm inspired! emoticon

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BROCOLIJOLI 2/1/2012 9:00AM

    Your arms are amazing! Can't wait for mine to get that awesome!

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RACHELRUNS26 2/1/2012 8:43AM

    You look awesome!!

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EMFRAPPIER 2/1/2012 5:54AM

    Amazing!! Your arms look fantastic! I'm going to have to try that BodyRock emoticon

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PENFOLDROCKS 2/1/2012 4:11AM

    Wow! Your arms look fab! and your face is so slim! And the rest of your body is so slim!
Hope you're feeling OK today after THAT workout.

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FEED_ME_SHOES 2/1/2012 1:36AM

    Great pictures chrissy! Love the calender, im copying the idea. Hope you dont mind!

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EMMAFLY 1/31/2012 10:31PM

    My boss has a similar rock-and-roll face pic up in the restaurant...

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LUCKYPRESENCE 1/31/2012 10:25PM

    Your progress is awesome!! Way to go on all your hard work. And the day you spent with your boyfriend, well.... that is cardio.... right?? LOL emoticon emoticon

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NEWBIEBAIT 1/31/2012 10:25PM

    That's awesome! Your January (and guns) look great. emoticon

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 1/31/2012 10:22PM

    Ok, I may need to try this body rock thing! You and misty are too inspiring. Your arms are amazing!

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ASHIKIME 1/31/2012 10:02PM

    WOW! You really can tell a difference in your arms!! omg... that's incredible... It's really cool how you tracked the month in work outs... I like that a lot. It really is kinda of motivating to try and fill in the month!

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KATTYA1 1/31/2012 9:52PM

    whoooaaa, those pictures of your arms are AMAZING! FANTASTIC!

I want those!!! emoticon

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    Great pictures. Are you seeing your energy levels change big time because of HIIT? As opposed to regular cardio I mean?? emoticon

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COMMUNITY10 1/31/2012 9:23PM

    Amazing arms girl! Your calender is so inspiring!!

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ROCKINMOM77 1/31/2012 9:13PM

    Wow!! Your arms are pure inspiration!! emoticon

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    DANG GIRL!! CHECK OUT THOSE FREAKING GUNS!!!!! Can you say admission for two to the GUN SHOW?! I'm so so impressed!!! That's some AMAZE-BALLS progress!!!

Also, I just LOVE how you printed out a calendar and kept track like that! I've been thinking of doing a similar thing, just to keep easier, visable track of the days I am and not working out and I'm totally stealing that idea! I love it!!

Love that "butt and fat loss" working too! I'm so stealing it =D=D

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MISTYBLUE716 1/31/2012 8:37PM

    emoticonhollaaaaaaaaaaaaa at those amazing guns!!!!!! holy **** thats freakin awesome! You look SO fit and trim and hot hot hottttt! I'm so proud of you! ....freakin amazing! emoticon

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HILLARY0803 1/31/2012 8:15PM

    I really love the calendar idea! I think I will have to do that in February. emoticon

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SPRINGHAZE 1/31/2012 8:12PM

    duuuuuude! The arm progress is nothing short of amazing.

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CAT224 1/31/2012 7:31PM

    Wow way to rock it this month! and AWESOME guns! I hope mine look like that someday! ;)

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WINNIE1978 1/31/2012 7:25PM

    That was a pretty awesome January!! emoticon

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NEWKAREN43 1/31/2012 7:19PM

    Holy Smokes! Look at your arms!! They are looking fantastic! Weeeeeee-hhooooooooooo!!!!!! Guns for sure.

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MICKAELAP 1/31/2012 7:10PM

    Good job. You really inspired me and to get me moving. Thank you! Well keep up the good work;-)

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A Motivator? Aw, Shucks...

Monday, January 30, 2012

I think I may start a new feature in each of my blogs. It's called What's Sore, What Hurts, and Why!

What's Sore:

What Hurts:
Pulling doors open

100 seated pullups... and for my core? Not sure... Must have been the 100 Knee Crunches. I'm typically skeptical of any exercise with the word "crunch" in it, but when you get your legs involved, it's usually a core killer.

Tonight I did a workout that was given to me by my ninja friend CHAOSTHEORY635. She told me about it as a solution to my indoor-allergy/asthma/hacking/wheezing/gas
ping/lung pain issue when I work out inside the house. I tucked it away as a Severe Weather Workout, that is, something to try when I absolutely must stay indoors and I have no way of getting outside. Buuuuuuuuuuuut... I just couldn't wait to try it because it sounded so fun and different. I did change it up a bit but the basic principle is the same.

30 second pullup hold
30 second pushup hold
30 second squat hold
30 second elbow plank

AMRAP in 20 minutes.

You have to accumulate 30 seconds for each position. So if you only hold it 10 seconds and collapse, you have to pause the stopwatch and start again when you regain the position, until you get all 30 seconds in. I had my boyfriend come out and start and stop the stopwatch.

It was so different! It definitely burned, baby, burned, but there wasn't a lot of heavy breathing involved. It was funny too, I thought the pullup (reverse pushups on my dip station) hold was going to kill me- it turned out to be the least problematic! That pushup hold was a b*tch!!! OMG! In order of difficulty I would rate it, from easiest to hardest, pullup hold, elbow plank, squat hold, pushup hold. I was pleased, I managed to hold most everything for 30 seconds without too many breaks.

I managed 6 rounds in 20 minutes. That score has me baffled. WTF was I doing for EIGHT WHOLE MINUTES? If it's theoretically 2 minutes per round? I'm really disappointed. I keep telling myself Matt must have counted wrong!!! LOL

Then to get some heart-pumping cardio in, I jumped rope for 20 minutes. 15s/1:00 intervals. I need to bump up the activity interval, or shorten the rest interval, or something. Gettin' too easy.

So yesterday I get an email telling me I'm a SparkPeople Motivator. I just kind of stared and blinked for a few minutes... I thought it was pretty weird... then to discover it was for Fitness??!?!?! Beyond my comprehension. If you knew me when I was a kid... *shakes head* I was THE most unathletic child you've ever seen in your life. Chubby, slow, weak. I couldn't do ANYTHING. You surely hear people talk about how much more they could do when they were young? Pfffffft. I can do things now I couldn't even imagine when I was a kid. At 25, I can jump rope circles around my 7 year old self. And I couldn't do anything, either, until I was about... 17 or 18, when I finally started to exercise. And I've been hooked ever since, but it's ridiculously hard to shake that fat little girl inside. I asked my best friend what she would have thought if, in junior high, someone told her I'd get recognized for fitness someday. She replied, "I would have laughed at them." I realize that may sound mean, but she's just being honest. I was just that much of a couch potato. I hated everything to do with exercise and avoided it as much as humanly possible.

And frankly, there's still a lot I can't do... I'm not a runner. Not by far. Truth be told I'm not even sure I could run a whole mile, unless there was something particularly ferocious chasing me... or maybe if there was a chocolate lava cake topped with ice cream and hot fudge waiting for me at the end, and in order to be allowed to eat it, I had to run the whole mile. I can see that being appropriate incentive.

Plenty of my Sparkfriends are much fitter than me and can do things I haven't achieved yet. But I think I know exactly what I've got going for me that's made me a Motivator- 1. Consistency- I try to get out there most days. 2. Determination- as my SparkPage says, I may not be the STRONGEST, I may not be the FASTEST, but I'll be damned if I'm not trying my HARDEST!!! And I bring that attitude to every workout I do. I push to my max and I give it 101%. And I'm going to keep doing that, and keep blogging, and keep talking and talking and talking and talking for as long as anyone still wants to listen emoticon

Love you all! Thanks so much for all the support. It means more to me than I can say.


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RR1_RR1 1/31/2012 3:53PM

    Wow those sound like some great exercises- holding them. Its genius! Im going to try that too. Well today for me my arms hurt/Jamie Eatons arm routine and my middle From buns of steel kickbacks emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 1/31/2012 2:04PM

    Great job on the motivator award; you deserve it! I'm looking at your fitness routine, getting tired looking at it! LOL But if you can do it, so can I ! Great job, keep it up! emoticon

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RACHELRUNS26 1/31/2012 11:04AM

    Congrats!! You are awesome and totally deserve this!

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MSPRIS3 1/31/2012 9:56AM

    Congrats on being an Official SP Motivator!

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KJDOESLIFE 1/31/2012 9:54AM

    Great job on your workout and becoming a motivator!!

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CHANGINGSAM 1/31/2012 9:34AM

    You definitely deserve the award! emoticon

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CHEMCHIC2006 1/31/2012 8:54AM

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Yay for making SP motivator!!! I'm so proud of you! emoticon

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PENFOLDROCKS 1/31/2012 7:29AM

    Just did it! 6 rounds too (7 of the pushup hold). My views - from hardest to easiest
Pullup (this was a killer - had to stop in every round after 3 - found that chinup position a little easier)
Elbow plank

I didn't have a 'spotter' so had to use the gymboss on 10/30 settings
Nice one - thanks!

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GINAV2 1/31/2012 7:29AM

    You TOTALLY deserve to be a Motivator. Congratulations! No one but no one puts in as much effort as you do! And you're entertaining about it, to boot. Stay awesome, Chrissy, and enjoy your soreness!


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PENFOLDROCKS 1/31/2012 6:36AM

    to me, it's your enthusiasm that is so addictive and motivating. Congrats, you totally deserve it. In fact, you've motivated me to do this workout NOW!

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FEED_ME_SHOES 1/31/2012 2:02AM

    I must have missed the email, but to be honest doesnt surprise me. It was bound to happen sooner or later. Its your moment own it girl! You are awesome!

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ROCKINMOM77 1/31/2012 12:09AM

    I just became your friend because your fitness achievements inspired me!! emoticon

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    You are SO AWESOME and absolutely motivate me EVERY SINGLE TIME we talk!!!!! You're a total motivator! through and through! =D

And you're absolutely right! BEcause you give it your 101% and that TOTALLY SHINES THROUGH! =]

That workout sounds really really cool!!! I think I may just try it now!!!!! Yeah!!! =D So you set one timer for a 20 minute countdown and try to do as many rounds as you can? Right?

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EMFRAPPIER 1/30/2012 8:58PM

    You totally deserve it!! emoticon

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RUN2BEFREE 1/30/2012 8:28PM

    Very motivating! Absolutely, you deserve it!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/30/2012 7:57PM

    Hun you are motivating. Your dedication and enthusiasm is contagious. I am glad you finally got recognized for it! Way to go

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KASSAY25 1/30/2012 7:53PM

    It's about time you become a Motivator!!!
You definitely motivate me with all your fun, crazy workouts.
I'm all for the 'what's sore today' blogs lol
For me today, its my butt, my lats and my tri's.
It hurts so good though, right? :)

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MISTYBLUE716 1/30/2012 7:10PM

    You totally deserve it. Your FITNESS/DETERMINATION/HILARIOUS-NES
S MOTIVATED me to do Body rock. I'm gonna buy a dip station now. I'm almost completely sure of it. I love reading your blogs and hearing how you go hard. always! I don't run either. I don't care to run. DOn't know how long I can run. Not really my freaking rock! **** YEAH! emoticon emoticon Thanks so much for being one of my most awesome spark friends! Keep being a freaking rockstar b/c I love it and your fabulous! emoticon

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SMILINGTREE 1/30/2012 6:37PM

    I want to try that work out. I don't have a pull up bar or a dip station, though...what could I substitute?

And you are a motivator. You bust your ass - daily! That motivates me, for sure. Consistency is one of the things that is hardest for me.

I still can't seem to bring myself to even TRY a bodyrock work out. They intimidate me so much. So the fact you do one almost everyday, well, yeah, that's motivational.

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LJCANNON 1/30/2012 6:35PM

    emoticonYour list of what hurts and why made me laugh. It is good to be able to work hard enough to be sore!!
emoticonCongrats on being M.O.D!!

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HONBAD 1/30/2012 6:33PM

    You absolutely deserve it!!! I was not surprised at all to hear it.

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RIP, Arms.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

My arms are dead. Don't ask how I'm typing this blog. You probably don't want to know. emoticon Just messing with ya... although, it is a challenge to type right now. I cannot lie.

OK, I have a few things to talk about so I'm just going to dive right in!

First of all, I am 9 days sugar-free and I feel great. Not all sugar. I still eat fruit, of course. I'm talking no zero-nutrition sweet processed treats. No chocolate, no cake, no cookies, no ice cream, no candy, nothing like that. I feel like I need to clear something up though... when I asked everyone how they felt about it, a lot of people said they would feel "deprived" if they cut something out completely. I just want to stress this point- I do not feel deprived at all. In my case, if I allow myself a treat every day, it just builds and builds and I get... well... I guess you might say addicted... to the point when I GOTTA HAVE IT ALL THE TIME. But if I can avoid it for a few days, the cravings go away and then I can truly "treat" myself every once in awhile, and really enjoy it, instead of just forming a daily habit that's going to get out of control.

I usually do believe in moderation. Take fried food for example. My BFF is crazy for fried food the way I am crazy for chocolate. I had a handful of french fries on Friday night... and I enjoyed them, and that was it... I didn't want more fries later that night, or fries the next day like I would have wanted more sugar. I hope my point is coming across clearly... I'm not depriving myself. A bi-weekly treat just works better for me than a daily one is all.

Onto the workouts!

Yesterday I did a variation of one of my very favorite challenges. The original called the Just Do It Challenge and it consists of 10 squats and 10 pushups, as many times as possible in 12 minutes. I actually modified this to regular pushups before I had my dip station, as it is supposed to be reverse pushups.

So I chose two exercises I really need to work on... jump lunges and reverse pushups. I knew my numbers weren't going to be anything spectacular and they sure weren't. LOL. 60 jump lunges total and 57 reverse pushups. In 12 minutes. I ALWAYS cleared 100 squats and 100 pushups with the original challenge, so my score on this one was kind of a kick in the crotch. But, hey, you know, I know what my weaknesses are and I am trying to work on them because that's how they become strengths.

Then today I killed my arms with this Bodyrock:

10 seated pullups
10 knee crunches
Do this combo 10 times.

500 jump rope skips

10 ball pushups right arm
10 ball pushups left arm
10 regular pushups
10 slider pushups right arm
10 slider pushups left arm

500 skips

50 squat jumps

So... in case you didn't fully grasp that first part up there, that was ONE HUNDRED seated pullups... I have to confess, guys, Brutus told me I couldn't do it and I kinda sorta believed him. And during the last few rounds, I was doing, like, 2 at a time, and he was giggling at me, but I did complete all 100 seated pullups. I'm not gonna pretend it was real pretty or that I broke any time records, but I did do all of them!

I was faced with a dilemma today... drag my dip station outside where I could jump rope freely or attempt to jump rope on the deck? I really didn't want to drag my dip station outside, so I jumped rope on the deck. I think my time for this workout would have been a lot better if I could have just jumped rope in an environment I was used to (outside on the sidewalk). I had enough room, but... it just felt funny... I don't know. It felt awkward and I felt slowed down by that.

The pushups were supposed to be 50 core twist pushups, but I felt like doing a variety, so I did.

I finished in 26:52. That's not so bad really. I was just going for under 30 minutes. Those seated pullups definitely slowed me down the most, no question.

Then I went outside and jumped rope for 20 minutes and kept my pants up this time. emoticon

Yesterday's pants incident wasn't due to fit. They fit great. It's due to style. They're kinda low-rise and sexy and have a fold-down waistband... they just aren't that great for jumping rope, I learned. The hard way. When everyone around saw my underpants.

I feel like I should talk more about food. OK. Food. Last night I made a new recipe called Latin Chicken. It had like a Cuban-inspired twist to it, I guess. The recipe is here:

It is very light and healthy, but I would rate it only as good, not great. I think the problem is that I thought I liked sweet potatoes more than I really do. That's a food I am "trying" to like, you know? But I can't... quite... get... there. Last year I learned to like pumpkin okay. Now I'm trying to like sweet potatoes.

Tonight I am making something I KNOW I love and it is delicious and nutritious and AMAZING. My beef barley soup!!!!!

That's the link for my blog entry about the delicious beef barley soup.

OK, I think that's all I wanted to talk about. Have a great Sunday everyone!


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TRI4MORE 1/31/2012 9:31AM

    I totally agree with your comment about sugar... I've found the exact same thing!!

Unfortunately, this past weekend I felt like I was 'past' my sugar cravings and I bought myself a pint of Ben and Jerry's Fro-Yo. Ooops. I'm back to banning sugar again, starting this morning. The first few days will be rough, but I know that once the cravings are gone I feel my best!

Congrats on being a Spark Motivator. I can see why!

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FATHINSN 1/30/2012 8:47AM

    For me, I do weekly treat, 1 special things, usually relaxing with a cup or two of hot green tea with sushi, mmmm. And I keep pushing my urge to the 2nd or last workdays (Thursday or Friday) coz if I go too early in the week, high possibility that I will come again in the same week LOL Oh, no possibility to go on weekend as I'm too lazy to drive to the places where I get my treats. But treats at home, well, it's chocolate, small, small bites at few, few times monthly, haha.

I love it that you know your weakness and aim to get them stronger And Wow, that's so impressive workout, no wonder you said RIP arms, what with the pullups and jump rope, total reps 1000 plus! And yeah, don't wear low-rise pants when jump rope, especially when there's no workable drawstrings, the pants might go down and down without you noticing it, hehe. Me, I experienced the same thing but lucky me, only myself saw it and maybe some of my family members but no stranger with jaws drops to the floor LOL

Have another great BodyRock workouts and another breaking record time!

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CHEMCHIC2006 1/30/2012 8:43AM

    Totally agree w/ the whole sugar thing. It's the same with soda too. I definitely find that If I allow myself to eat treats.. I seek them out more. If I drink a soda (and I only drink diet) I find I'm craving another one an hour later. It's good to go through the "detox" thing to gain control again :) Awesome job!

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    I got tired just READING about that workout! Whew!


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ELYMWX 1/29/2012 8:38PM

    I'm guessing it was typed, one character at a time, using a pencil held between your teeth. Either that, or you have prehensile big toes.

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JOANNA202 1/29/2012 6:04PM

    So much for not getting back into workouts after a couple of days off! And that's on top of the no-sugar streak too. Good going!!

I'm surprised you don't like sweet potatoes if you have a sweet tooth. I absolutely LOVE them, especially as they are lo-cal and quick to prepare. I don't do a lot of cooking so generally just boil the chunks up for a few mins and stick them on the side of whatever I'm having. Sweet and yummy, just as they are :-)

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MELLYBEANS0919 1/29/2012 5:53PM

    I am just starting Bodyrock....and lay on the floor not moving for a few minutes after doing 2 rounds of an exercise circuit today. You are a BEAST!!! (In an awesome way!) WOW!!!!!!

Way to go sugar free!

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WINNIE1978 1/29/2012 5:12PM

    I think I have your sweet problem but with french fries instead. I LOVE french fries... I could eat them every day if they weren't so bad for me. It's best for me if I avoid them altogether though, otherwise I will crave them all the time.

Great job with the workouts and for keeping up your no sugar streak!

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NEWKAREN43 1/29/2012 2:27PM

    I remember you typed a blog with your nose once...I think that was the last time you wore your arms to noodles! Good for you!! That sounds like a tough mamma jamma work out! I think cutting sugar for the express purpose of it being a treat is a great idea. Good for you for following through, for doing what's best for you - and congrats on keeping the undies out of sight today while jumping. Looks like this was a great day all around for you! Have a great rest of the day. Karen

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AHTRAP 1/29/2012 2:24PM

    Impressive how coherent and grammatically correct you are even when typing with your...nose. Yeah. Must have taken a long time!

Wonder if you care to share/reiterate thoughts on when you first started to do the bodyrock stuff? That stuff just looks intimidating, as do your regular reports of this or that being ridiculously sore. It's not just this program, any coherent exercise program intimidates me - I have the p90x dvds, after a friend just gave up on them, and I've watched a couple, but I don't feel like I'm in position physically, to dive into them.

So I'm curious as to how you got into it in the first place (links to blogs from that time period are just fine!)

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MISTYBLUE716 1/29/2012 1:47PM

    emoticonholy cow! way to be a warriorrrrrrrr!!!!!

I'm going to spend some time on the BR site today and figure out workous I want to try...and go from there. I'm pumped. not gonna lie! THANK YOU!

Keep your freakin pants on.... emoticon

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TARANITUP 1/29/2012 1:45PM

    Thats awesome that you are attacking your issues with sugar head on! Keep up the great work.

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KASSAY25 1/29/2012 1:38PM

    I agree, i hate when people say comments like that about feeling deprived. Little do they know that when you cut all the sugar out of your diet, you no longer crave it because your blood sugars aren't spiked full of sugar.

I know for one if i eat lots of chocolate at night, i wake up the next morning hungry. However if i don't have any sweets the night before i wake up fine.

As for the workouts, great job! I absolutely love the feeling of a sore upper body from tons of push ups.

Very curious about these seated pull-ups, going to look into it. Altogether though i would say you had an ARM-AZING workout ;)

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    GOOD GOD WOMAN!!! That's a lot of freaking seated pull ups AND push ups!!! No wonder your arms are like jelly! LOL! Man your determination is so inspiring!!!

Mmmmm just saying the word "sweet potato" makes me salivate! hahaha.. I LOVE them! They don't even need to be super fancy! Personally, what I do, is I scrub them, poke them with a fork/knife a gazillion times, rinse in water for a few seconds so the holes fill up with water, wrap it in a paper towel (and make sure the towel is all moist.. heh.. moist..) and then pop it in the microwave for 5 minutes!!! Usually after it's done I'll put a spoon of RF sour cream and sprinkle it with a salt free lemon pepper seasoning and OMG it's to die for!!!! usually if I'm going for a carb post workout, I'll do that =] YUM! I'm sorry you are trying to force yourself into liking them!! Maybe doing it that way will be yum for you? =]

Also, CONGRATS on going 9 days without any treats! That's quite impressive my dear!!!! Like I said in my blog comment before, I COULD NOT do it! hahaha

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