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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Okay I'm typing a blog RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW while I can!

I gave up on the 12 day BodyRock Christmas challenge. I can blame the fact that the workouts weren't posted every day as promised, instead of grouped up every few days with a couple of workouts to offer. But I won't. That did put a dint in my motivation, so I slumped and then everything just got really hectic... work... shopping... seeing friends and family....

I was off work for a week two and used the mornings to lie in and get some extra sleep in, simply because I don't get many sleep ins and decided to spoil myself.

Evenings ended up filled with something other than working out. (Then I went to Amsterdam for 5 days so everything went to pot, especially eating)


BodyRock has posted a new challenge - which of course I am taking part in. Check out this link and how could you not rise to it?! ;) Ok the layout was posted on Facebook so here it is---

Not sure if that'll be big enough. Apparently it's a bit like Insanity anyway - if you know what that's like ;)

And there are lots of us over at the BODYROCKERS Spark team -
taking on the challenge and getting stuck in together, which is also a little bit of a contest in spreading the word, getting everyone on board the challenge and making it very public. Woo!

Sorry if this is gobble-di-gook - I'm still a bit high from my workout and think I need to sleep never mind eat.

I did the Fit Test yesterday, and got higher numbers than I expected. Not high though, just higher than really awful low ones I expected :P I posted them over on the team page... Um, Also started Week 3 of C25K Day 1 ... tough to begin with but felt good from half way through.

Tonight I did Day 2 of the 30 days Challenge and woah. Lots of combos. I was a bit worried about it, or scared, but ended up really enjoying it, even though I couldn't catch my breath inbetween each exercise! Very good stuff though.

I then wanted to do a tad more so I did a 10 min walk/run each min on the treadmill.

Now... I need a shower !

I haven't really set any resolutions... they don't usually work out for me. I'm getting lots of ideas from everyone though, of goals in general, so that helps. I now have a hot holiday coming up at the end of March, so that will definitely motivate me to stay on the ball until then, I'm sure of it. I went away last year in March and it was the fittest and lightest I've ever been, so I can do it again but will do it even better. It was a different story though when I returned from 3 weeks in Thailand! :P

Sorry for being all--over-the-place and blah!

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VYVIENN 1/8/2012 11:52AM

    Woohoo, fellow runner babe!! emoticon

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DAVEYSHADOW 1/5/2012 5:03PM

    Great to hear from you, I am all over the place at the moment, very little time for exercise as physically and emotionally drained.

Keep it up for the both of us! Reading your blogs always cheers me up and inspires me!

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PENFOLDROCKS 1/5/2012 4:01AM

    Hey - we're planning on a holiday in March too, so we can both aim for super slinkiness for then!

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FEED_ME_SHOES 1/5/2012 2:00AM

    I did the fit test too yesterday thought my scores would be total crap, but i was quite impressed by them (considering i haven't been bodyrocking for a while). I'm going to be a few days behind on the challenge, i like the schedule but not about the fact they are posting double workouts. Gaaaaah. Keep them short and straight to the point! I literally want to go in there do my workout and get out, dont really have much time for anything else. I was looking over day 2 yesterday, was quite scared, so the fact that you enjoyed it makes me feel a little better. Sounds like your new year is off to a great start, you'll take care of that holiday bloat in no time. All the best in the new year for you x

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FATHINSN 1/4/2012 10:57PM

    I get frustrated a bit with the 12 Christmas, thought they going to post daily instead of combining days into one! So, I end up doing variation workouts from the original while waiting for the next workout, hehe. Probably going to do the same thing with January 30-day Challenge.

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GIANTMICROBE 1/4/2012 7:53PM

    *raises hand* I can not rise up to it... LOL. I don't dig following their schedule. Doesn't work for me. Plus I have doubts about how well they're going to stick to posting regularly as evidenced by the 12 Day challenge. I love Bodyrock still, but I'm sticking to the older workouts mostly. I'll be following all you guys though. Kick some butt! I know you will.

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    Gah you're making me SO EXCITED for my chance to do the day 2 workout in just a little bit! I'm a bit scared of all those combos too, but I think it's gonna be KILLER!!!

Lets totally WHOOP this 30 day challenge and start the year off RIGHT! =]

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Busy + Blue Hair!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Been so busy... doing various things. Working. Visiting various family folk. Shopping. Christmas business. Busy-ness!

Missed 2... ok Friday makes it 3 days of workouts. Been getting home super late. Plus I've been still battling this cold that's trying to get a grip of me. Night Nurse and Day Nurse are my saviours at the moment.

Working out tomorrow. FOR SURE. And starting C25K Week 3 Day 1! Bring it on! After last minute shopping. See how early i wake up.

I am the most unorganised person in the WORLD. Honest.

And I got me some blue hair. Check it out.

I have never been this adventurous in my whole life.

Ciao for now! I shall return, post-workout, sweaty, and hyped. YEAH!

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MASHARIVER 12/31/2011 5:40AM

    Your hair looks really cool!

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JAZZYNUME 12/29/2011 11:51AM

    Your hair looks awesome!!! Dont beat yourself up, you have hot blue hair!! You will get back into the groove! Holidays always throws a wrench in folks plans

Happy New Year

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FITJEANS 12/29/2011 9:07AM

    So why do I like absolutely LOVE it, its so edgy , fierce and different. Its like your letting that inner you out and letting it shine. Very beautiful, to be yourself and have that I DONT CARE what ne body thinks bcuz I AM me and I Love it! WTG chica, def miss my steph, Ive been buisy as well doing the same thing you've been doing. Started a new job 2 days ago, so im like super Woman now. got to go , kids are waking up ttyl!

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FITMOMMYFORLIFE 12/24/2011 10:39AM

    Dang girl! Check out that STYLE! I LOVE IT!!!! Cecilia totally stole the word I was gonna use! FIERCE! I wish I had the balls to pull off blue! =p=p

I hope you are getting well soon!!! I woke up yesterday morning feeling kind of foggy, sounding kind of froggy {(hah)} and got super worried I was coming down with something so I immediately downed some extra vitamin C and upped my water intake! Still feeling a big stuffed up but hanging in there! Lets get back to it STRONG! =]

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JOANNA202 12/24/2011 10:37AM

    'Never been this adventurous in my whole life'...who knows where this could take you?? :-)

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CECILANN 12/23/2011 11:50PM

    Hair looks fierce!!!

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Busy + Day's 3,4,5 Covered.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Blah! Gosh sometimes I'm so... scatty. I have plans in my head but I completely forget about other plans that are happening, and so the head plans are pushed out because the other plans have been properly made, and then I don't understand why the head plans didn't happen, even though I didn't have time because other plans were taking place! ...

Okay. Friday. No workout. This was NOT planned because I FORGOT about plans that were CONCRETE. I booked tickets months ago for the hubby and I to see Roy 'Chubby' Brown (Not everyone's cup of tea comedian) ... and I didn't realise it was over in Manchester. So we had to finish work, and get over to Manchester in time for the show. We also wanted to have a meal, as we'd planned to make this a little 'us' night back when we booked. To make it easier on ourselves, we booked a last minute hotel room in Manchester, so we rushed out of work, rushed to our hotel, changed, rushed to the show, went for a meal, got back to hotel and crashed out. We were so tired. Full week at work. I'd brought my workout stuff to do a hotel room workout before the show but time was zapped away too fast!!! In the morning it was another rush, rise and shine, breakfast, work (for the hubby) and last minute shopping for me!

BUT - There's a slight positive here. I did eat a meal on Friday night - but my breakfast in the hotel was SUPER choiced. I had a fruit salad plus a wholemeal piece of toast with honey. MAJOR proud of this because I can NEVER usually resist a full cooked breakfast on offer... and being in a hotel kind of puts you in the 'holiday' frame of mind, yet I was SENSIBLE! 10 points Steph!!!

Saturday. Good food choices again. Again I had the option of having a naughty lunch with my sister and niece... But I chose a 'superfood' salad consisting of seeds, quinoa, fruits & berries, AND I didn't use the dressing either. 10 points Steph!!!

Fail Saturday night, as the husband and I ordered in Indian food. :-/ Also no workout... Laziness set in Saturday night. So, no workout Friday or Saturday.

Sunday morning (Happy 65th Birthday Mum!) I expected to go to work, but it turned out I didn't have to (Yay!) - and I'd already done a quick 4 minute workout (day3) BodyRock plus the abs bonus, as I was stretched for time... found out I didn't have to work AFTER my shower, so didn't want to get sweaty again and need another shower.

Spent the day at my Mum's with my family, eating Mum's homemade foods. Stew, crusty bread, scones, birthday cake, oh and ... CHEESE PIE. I did not resist Mum's cooking at all. Thing was though, I felt great. I put something nice on and got a lot of compliments, and my good training through the week made me feel better and leaner and plain good.

Oh, I have some pics from yesterday... Let's see...

This is my outfit I was pleased with.

Calling Mrs. Vain, but I was happy with how my hair turned out yesterday too -

My lovely parents -

One of my Big Bruv's -

Aaaand of course. The epic cheese pie. My apologies.

Hah! Bit of a picture entry going on now! :P

So anyways - Monday!
I rushed to work. Blah. No breakfast. So for lunch I had Subway. I had sweet onion chicken terryaki - which is BETTER for me than other subs. PLUS... guess what? I so badly wanted a footlong sub - BUT i ordered and settled for a 6 inch sub. Some points for that? Yes please!

Really tired getting home as yesterday was such a long and lovely day (with the odd glass of champagne) and also I have had the sniffles all day long... so feeling a bit blah. Got changed and did Workouts 4 and 5 of BodyRock's Christmas challenge, and the abs bonus again. I improved the abs scores, so that's goooooooood. Also, I feel great now and am glad I did something.

I'm a little behind on C25K as I should have done Day 3 by now but haven't. Hopefully tomorrow.

I've gone on enough now! Time for a (magic) NightNurse and bed. Please go away cold!!

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-POOKIE- 12/20/2011 11:30AM

    *hugs* havent had cheese pie in forever!

Dress is super cute!

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HEEEYBOOBOO 12/20/2011 8:35AM

  You look like a bodyROCKSTAR my friend! Love your whole outfit! I especially love how your earrings stand out with your awesome haircut.

You have a lovely family - everyone looks so happy! And I've never heard of cheese pie and I'm kind of glad I haven't (I'd probably demolish the whole pie by myself LOL)

Great job on making the right individual choices - those add up to be one incredible movement towards your goals!

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JOANNA202 12/20/2011 6:58AM

    You look fab in that dress! Very christmassy too, and sounds like such a lovely day. Bonus to have instead of working!

Did you enjoy the show? We heard all about the rushing around but you didn't say if you had fun, lol!

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BAZNCAZ 12/20/2011 3:18AM

    OH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STEPH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My fetish home made CHEESE PIE. (YUM YUM)

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FEED_ME_SHOES 12/20/2011 2:04AM

    Love the outfit! Together with the hair just totally rock chick. You are rocking! Dont worry about being scatty, we all have our moments (not that i think you are scatty!)

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PENFOLDROCKS 12/19/2011 3:44PM

    Yay! Well done - concentrate on the victories!
I LOVE your dress, where did you get it? I want one!
N x

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Day 3 Sub, Hardcore + C25K !

Thursday, December 15, 2011


I've been checking BodyRock all day, to leave the site in a huff with no 3rd day update, which really should be yesterday 14th, but they posted the 13th on the 14th, so I thought, it's fine, it'll just be late, it'll be online by the time I get home.


I was pretty gutted. :( And thought grrrr... i have to search for a workout now !! So i went over to MYOMYTV and found a Kettlebell workout. Alriiiight! ;) Condition Your Body, Strengthen Your Mind. www.myomytv.com/condition-your-body-

and so it went like this =
24 rounds, 15s rest, 45s effort.
Kettlebell Goblet Squat (14kg) 16-12-13
Two Squat Jump Burpee - 7-5-5
Kettlebell Alternating Lunge (Removed high deficit) (14kg) - 15-13-12
Two-Handed Kettlebell Swing (14kg) - 27-27-27
DiveBomber - 7-7-7
Lunge Jumps - 26-25-23
Alternating KB Rows (14kg) 18-18-15
KB Vertical Swing/Pull Burpee (14kg) - 8-6-7

Phew! I have some major respect for Marianne. That lady is hard to the core. Booya!

Treadmill straight afterwards for Day 2 of Week 2 C25K. I surprised myself even haha, I just don't think about it and move and press start before I can get into decisions with myself. I was really tired to begin with and walked slower than I have been. The running was hard and I found myself watching the clock until I could stop. The last few 90 second runs though, my shuffle gave me some songs I'm loving right now, which really lifted me up, plus I knew I was nearly done... So i ran faster and kept the walking to a good brisk walk. Ended on a high, and ended up doing an extra run when i was supposed to do the cool down - by accident, oops!

Food choices were back to super good today. So i'm happy! I used some Jamaican Jerk seasoning on my grilled chicken breast and oooh very nice! How cool are these shakers you can buy now? Full of all the seasoning you need... great ideas.

In other news, I found some e45 cream I had lying around. I haven't mentioned it here but the tops of my hands have really dried out this week. A mixture of the cold weather, washing dishes more often (that's healthy eating for ya :P) and just plain getting my hands wet too much... ugh so my knuckles have actually been cracking and bleeding! Not nice at ALL! Anyways, I finally have some cream and am using it, so hopefully no more bleeding knuckles! :)

T'is late already and I need to shower. I'm upset with BodyRock because they made a promise to give us 12 days straight.... and a promise is damn important. Don't make a promise if you can't keep it. I understand they're busy people and have stuff going on in their lives but... don't make the promise if you can't fulfil it? :-/

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-POOKIE- 12/16/2011 9:18AM

    sorry you are dissapointed, but well done for chosing something else!

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HEEEYBOOBOO 12/16/2011 8:43AM

  Bummer about BR but that KB workout looks awesome anyway. I haven't had a chance to work with KBs but apparently they are amazing.

OMG - I laughed so hard at that WWE picture. I guess I was in a Frenchy mood yesterday LOL. Actually the phrase "le tired" comes from this YT video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCpjgl2baLs

It's really stupid but funny if you haven't already seen it.

Anyway hopefully you'll have your new BR workout today!

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PENFOLDROCKS 12/16/2011 7:18AM

    Grrrrr - I'm with you on this. On one hand, I know it's all free and anything's great, but a promise is a promise!!
Anyway, will try and leave that behind now!
I'm really glad actually the way it's worked out in that I did a myomy yesterday which was 31 minutes and really pushed me from a strength perspective; it's better that I did that yesterday and then the 'double' BR workout today, otherwise I'd have missed that extra half hour exercise!

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    I'm sorry you're upset that the bodyrock post came later today! I also had to do a different workout than the 3rd day of bodyrocking because it wasn't posted until WHILE I was working out! lol! Great job with Marianne's workout though! I LOVE all of the workouts of hers I've tried! Definitely makes me want to purchase a heavier kettlebell though...

Keep up the awesome work Steph! =]=]

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GIANTMICROBE 12/15/2011 6:17PM

    Are they in Canada doing this? You would think there would be no excuse. But you are an across-the-pond buddy, right? So it's much later for you right now. I think that's the problem, they are posting every day, but at different times, which translates into issues for Bodyrockers in different parts of the world. They need to pick a time of day and stick with it, that's for sure.

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On The Second Day of Christmas

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I must admit, I panicked this morning when I checked Bodyrock.tv and there was still no update for 13th December! I almost lost faith! But alas, phew, it was posted by later today.

I just realised I do BodyRock workouts the day after they're posted, as they're usually posted when I'm well tucked in bed... so does this mean the challenge will run onto Christmas day for me? Suppose I don't mind... Be quite cool to do some Bodyrocking on Christmas morning before I go to see my family.

Today's workout was another different layout, and very short, but not to be underestimated because of the shortness!

Feeling good after doing all parts. They were really exhausting. I had to do all three parts though - because I had Chinese food and champagne for lunch today - for works Christmas meal. I was as good as I could have been with the food available, and didn't overeat/stuff myself OR eat the bits nobody wants/leftovers. I am awful for eating the last parts. Call me "the bin" ! Today I resisted. Yay!

Now there are LOADS of biscuits, shortbread and choccies in work... so I will have to keep my strength and resistance up. I can do this, because I WANT to.

Looking forward to tomorrow's workout! Plus Day 2 of Week 2 C25K.

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HEEEYBOOBOO 12/15/2011 9:06AM

Rock on Steph!

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FATHINSN 12/15/2011 12:08AM

    Congrats on you doing whole workout Day 2 AND you managed to resist the temptation at work, yay! Good luck for Day 3, till now, there's no workout posted yet, can't wait to see what is it!

By the time I got Day 2 workout, it was late here so had to do on next day (today, Dec 15th, after work) :D

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ANGELWINGS71079 12/14/2011 8:53PM

    Ok I didnt even know this existed....lol I am way out of the loop hahah Your awesome and now it's time for me to PUSH it!!!! I am going to start doing these. So I say bring on the challenge. Oh yea and I am one day behind you on doing these so I guess I will get one the day after Christmas too. Girl thanks for the most inspiring blog....Love Love Love it!!

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JOANNA202 12/14/2011 5:30PM

    Woohoo! Look at you go!! Well done for the moderation at the chinese meal - that stuff is the worst for being moreish.

Sounds like a good idea to do a workout on Christmas morning - it'll set you up for the day nicely and you know the turkey calories will be burnt that little bit faster. I might have to consider that idea myself...!

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PENFOLDROCKS 12/14/2011 4:49PM

    Well done for resisting! And well done for Bodyrocking after champagne - quite a feat!

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